Stoinis likely to make comeback against Bangladesh

first_imgNottingham: All-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who had to miss the last two World Cup games because of a side strain, could likely make a return to the Australian team for Thursday’s clash against Bangladesh. Stoinis bowled and batted during the training session at Trent Bridge and didn’t look in any sort of discomfort. While coach Justin Langer stressed there is no guarantee the all-rounder will return to Australia’s XI to face Bangladesh, he indicated Stoinis will remain part of their 15-man squad. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “Not definitely, he’s a chance,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Langer as saying when asked about the likelihood of Stoinis’ imminent return. “It looked like he moved really well batting. We’ve been monitoring him. He’s an elite athlete, he’s an elite professional. He’s done everything possible to get himself fit. He wouldn’t give up the opportunity for anything, would he? “He’s determined so it doesn’t surprise me with where he’s at now. It’s a credit to him, it’s a credit to the medical staff that are getting him up. So hopefully he can have a real impact on the tournament,” Langer added. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships The absence of the 29-year-old forced the defending champions to tinker with the balance of the side for their game against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Although, they won both the games, their bowling depth was challenged and Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and skipper Aaron Finch had to chip in with some overs. With eight points from five games, Australia are currently placed at the second spot in the points table.last_img read more

Kovind for simultaneous elections says terror to end

first_imgNew Delhi: Appealing for simultaneous parliamentary and Assembly elections, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday outlined the new Modi government’s roadmap, saying it was determined to crush terrorism and Maoism. Addressing a joint session of Parliament, Kovind also said that India was on its way to becoming the world’s fifth largest economy in terms of GDP and said the government’s aim was to make women equal stakeholders in economic development. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Making a strong case for ‘one nation, one election’ concept, the President said simultaneous elections were the need of the hour to accelerate development. “With such a system in place, all political parties… will be able to better utilize their energy towards development and public welfare. “Therefore, I urge all MPs to seriously ponder over this development-oriented proposal of ‘one nation – simultaneous elections’.” The President’s remarks came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over an all-party meeting here to pitch for simultaneous parliamentary and state Assembly elections — an issue that has divided political parties. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah Saying economic prosperity was linked to nation’s security, Kovind said that effective steps had been taken to tackle terrorism and Maoism. “India has amply demonstrated both her intent and capabilities, first through surgical strikes and then through air strikes after the Pulwama attack at terrorist hideouts across the border. In future too, all possible steps will be taken to ensure our security. “The area affected by Naxalism is reducing continuously.” He said that illegal infiltrators posed a major threat to internal security, leading to social imbalance in many parts of the country. “My government will make the zero tolerance policy against corruption more comprehensive and effective. The mission to eliminate corruption from public life and government services will be implemented with greater zeal.” He said India was now getting information about economic offenders from 146 countries including Switzerland. “We are now receiving information about all those who have stashed black money abroad.” India, he said, was among the fastest growing economies in the world today and was set to become the world’s fifth largest economy in terms of GDP. As part of economic development, the Modi government was committed to make women equal stakeholders. “Priority will be given to those enterprises where women’s participation in the workforce is more than the prescribed limit.” The President said it was imperative to eradicate social evils like ‘triple talaq’ and ‘nikah-halala’. ” Kovind said that after assessing the performance of the Modi government during the first tenure, the people of the country have given “even stronger support for the second term”. Underlining the need for a strong rural economy, he said that the government will double the income of farmers by 2022. The President also spoke about the water crisis and the government’s determination to clean up the Ganga river. “On the lines of river Ganga, the government will also endeavour to clean up other rivers such as Kaveri, Periyar, Narmada, Yamuna, Mahanadi and Godavari.” He said that India had acquired a new image today “and its relations with other countries have become stronger”. “The world community supports India’s position on various issues… Today the whole world stands with India on the issue of terrorism.”last_img read more

India gear up for Russellless WI test

first_imgManchester: India will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday. After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game. Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevAgainst Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsWith nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals. West Indies, on the other hand, come into the match in what is a must-win proposition for them on the back of a heart-wrenching five-run loss to New Zealand. The Jason Holder-led side has been quite inconsistent in the tournament so far. They have had moments of brilliance from individuals like Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell but what they have lacked is the team performance. The Caribbean team has been unable to perform collectively as a team, a result of which is that they are currently positioned at the eighth spot with three points from six games. They have lost four of their last six games (one ended in no result) and are desperate for a win. Another concern going into the game against India is the absence of their star hard-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. They will need to come out with a complete performance if they have to beat an inform Indian team and keep themselves alive in the competition.last_img read more

ICJ to deliver verdict on July 17 in Jadhav case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Hague-based International Court of Justice on Thursday said it will deliver on July 17 its verdict in the case relating to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in Pakistan. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India approached the ICJ in May 2017 against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav.last_img

FM to address RBI board today

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to address the post-budget meeting of the RBI’s central board on Monday and highlight the key points of the Budget, including the fiscal consolidation roadmap. The government has lowered the fiscal deficit target to 3.3 per cent of the GDP as it is expecting net additional revenue of Rs 6,000 crore over the interim Budget estimates. The government in the interim Budget in February had projected a fiscal deficit of 3.4 per cent of the GDP for the current fiscal. The Centre also came out with a roadmap to reduce the fiscal deficit — the gap between total expenditure and revenue — to 3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020-21, and eliminate the primary deficit. Primary deficit refers to the deficit left after subtracting interest payments from the fiscal deficit. The Finance Minister would also apprise the board of various other announcements made in the Budget to spur growth by touching almost all sectors of the economy with the objective of achieving a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25, said an official. The Budget announced further opening up of aviation, insurance and media sectors to foreign investment while throwing a lifeline to the struggling shadow banks (NBFCs) to boost investment and lending in the economy. It has also proposed measures to improve NBFCs access to funding by providing a limited backstop for the purchase of their assets. The government will provide a partial guarantee to state banks for the acquisition of up to Rs 1 lakh crore of highly-rated assets from non-bank finance companies. The Reserve Bank of India has been made regulator of housing finance firms as well, replacing the National Housing Bank. With regard to surplus transfer from the RBI, the Budget envisages Rs 90,000 crore as dividend from the central bank in the current fiscal. This will be 32 per cent higher from the previous fiscal, when the central bank paid Rs 68,000 crore to the government, including Rs 28,000 crore as interim dividend.last_img read more

Wifeson conspired to kill auditor three held

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Police has solved the murder of Anand Singh (43), who was working in the I.A & A.D Department, IP Estate. Deceased’s wife Sunita Devi (36), resident of Meethapur, Jaitpur and Rishab (20), resident of Faridabad, have been arrested and the son of deceased (CCL) has been apprehended in the case. One knife used in the offence has been recovered.The body of Anand Singh was found at Om Nagar, Meethapur, Jaitpur on July 7 on the floor of a room of the said house in a pool of blood with injury marks on his body. There were stab injuries on the back of the deceased. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsDuring further examination, contradictions were found in the versions of the wife and the son of Anand Singh. On sustained questioning, Sunita broke down and confessed her role in the murder. Sunita disclosed that her husband was an alcoholic and he used to ill-treat her and children. Fed up, she along with her son conspired to eliminate Anand Singh, so that they can live peacefully. They both contacted one Vikas, who lives in their neighborhood and was a friend of the deceased’s son. They promised to give Vikas 1.5 lakh rupees, if he helped them to eliminate Anand Singh. Vikas roped in one of his friends namely Rishabh who agreed to the conspiracy to eliminate Anand Singh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn the fateful evening of July 5, accused Sunita along with her son called Vikas and Rishabh to their house and hid them on the roof of the house. At around 11:30 pm, Anand Singh returned to the house and was under the influence of alcohol. At around 2:30 am, when everyone was asleep both Sunita and her son went up to the roof and signalled Vikas and Rishabh. They all came down and went to the room where Anand Singh, was fast asleep. There, both Vikas and Rishabh stabbed Anand Singh with knives while Sunita and her son kept guard outside the room to keep watch on other family members. “Further investigation is in progress and raids are being conducted to arrest the co-accused Vikas,” said Chinmoy Biswal, DCP South East.last_img read more

India cant be worlds refugee capital Centre tells Supreme Court

first_imgNew Delhi: “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world”, the Centre and the Assam government said in the Supreme Court Friday while seeking the extension its July 31 deadline to finalise the National Register of Citizens to verify wrongful inclusions and exclusions in the NRC.The top court agreed to hear the pleas of both the governments for deliberation on July 23 to conduct a sample re-verification process to quell a growing perception that many illegal immigrants may have infiltrated the NRC especially in districts bordering Bangladesh. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayA special bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman had fixed July 31 as the deadline for publication of the final list of the NRC and had reiterated that it will not be extended. Both the governments said that they are allowed to undertake verification of 20 per cent random samples of citizens for wrongful inclusions or exclusions in the NRC. The bench took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the state government, that several lakhs people have been wrongfully included in the NRC, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh due to the involvement of local officers in the massive exercise. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat”Please extend the deadline for publication of final Assam NRC from July 31 to a future date. There is a growing perception that many exclusions and many more inclusions have been made wrongly,” the solicitor general said. “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world,” he said, adding there was a need to re-look the draft NRC list through sample verification. At the outset, the law officer said that although Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela has done “excellent work”, it has been seen on the ground that wrongful exclusions and many inclusions have been reported in some districts. “Hajela’s report says while disposing of claims (of those who were excluded in draft NRC), 80 lakh names have been re-verified. So there is no need for a sample re-verification. If we are satisfied that verification has been done properly, then there is no need for a sample re-verification, is it,” the bench asked.last_img read more

Sensex drops 135 pts Nifty slips below 11300

first_imgMumbai: Extending losses for the fifth consecutive session, equity benchmark BSE Sensex lost 135 points while the NSE Nifty fell below the 11,300 mark on Wednesday after the IMF cut India’s growth outlook. After swinging 394 points, the 30-share Sensex ended 135.09 points or 0.36 per cent lower at 37,847.65. It hit an intra-day low of 37,708.41 and a high of 38,102.84. The broader NSE Nifty slipped 59.75 points or 0.53 per cent to close at 11,271.30. During the day, the index hit a low of 11,229.80 and a high of 11,359.75. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Top losers in the Sensex pack included IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Hero MotoCorp, Axis Bank, M&M, Vedanta and Maruti, falling up to 3.50 per cent. On the other hand, Asian Paints was the biggest gainer, rallying 3.42 per cent, after the company reported an 18 per cent increase in consolidated net profit for the June quarter. HUL, HDFC twins, HCL Tech and ITC too ended in the green, spurting up to 2.06 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Besides unabated foreign fund outflows and tepid corporate earnings, IMF’s downward revision of India’s economic outlook further hit domestic investor sentiment, traders said. The IMF on Tuesday projected a slower growth rate for India in 2019 and 2020, a downward revision of 0.3 per cent for both the years, saying its GDP will now grow at 7 per cent and 7.2 per cent respectively, reflecting a weaker-than expected outlook for domestic demand. On a net basis, foreign institutional investors sold equities worth Rs 2,607.97 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs 2,625.10 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng and Nikkei ended higher, while Kospi settled in the red. Bourses in Europe were also trading on a mixed note in their early sessions. On the currency front, the Indian rupee depreciated marginally to 68.99 against the US dollar (intra-day). Meanwhile, the global oil benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.22 per cent to USD 63.97 per barrel.last_img read more

Mumbaibased delivery boy arrested for sending threat mails to Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: Cyber Crime Cell of Special Cell has arrested a Mumbai-based delivery boy for allegedly sending threat mails to senior political party leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. According to Cyber Crime Cell, the 28-year-old delivery boy Abhisekh Tiwari “gave life threats” to Kejriwal. Tiwari was arrested from Nala Sopara in Mumbai on Thursday. The accused also allegedly sent a bomb threat mail to the headquarters of a national political party in New Delhi. “Accused works for a furniture foam distributor in Mumbai. A school dropout, he was not satisfied with his job and his life, and wanted to do something big to draw the attention of people. He came up with the idea of sending threat emails to political leaders,” Anyesh Roy, DCP cyber cell said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe first such mail sent by him was to a local municipal office bearer of a major political party in Mumbai, however, he could not get the sort of response he thought he would. Disappointed with the lukewarm response, he upped the ante and decided to send threat mails to senior political leaders, the police said. “First, he sent threatening mails to the CM, Delhi. Ignorant about the fact that police is on his trail, he sent another threatening mail of an impending bomb blast to a national political party’s HQ in New Delhi,” the police said. The suspect, however, had gone underground and was leaving very few digital footprints. With deep analysis of technical inputs, his location was zeroed to Nala Sopara, a densely populated, low-lying area. The team in Mumbai searched through hundreds of Chawls till the accused was finally nabbed from a Chawl.last_img read more

Man commits suicide at Delhis Tagore Garden metro station

first_imgNew Delhi: A man committed suicide by jumping before a speeding train at Delhi’s Tagore Garden Metro station, police said on Saturday. According to the police, around 11 p.m. on Friday night, the Raja Garden Metro police station received a call informing them about a body lying between the tracks and the platform at Tagore Garden Metro Station. “A team rushed to the spot and found the body of a person identified as Rahul, a resident of Najafgarh, lying between the lines. CCTV footage revealed that he had committed suicide by jumping before the metro train. We have sent the body to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay mortuary for post-mortem,” said a senior police officer. The police have also initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc).last_img read more

Yogi to attend Janmashtami celebrations in Mathura

first_imgMathura: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will attend the grand ‘Janamashtami’ celebrations in Mathura.He will stay in Mathura for two days during Janamashtami and perform ‘Abhishek’ at the Krishna Janambhoomi.Janamashtami will be celebrated on August 24 but the week-long celebrations in Mathura-Vrindavan will begin from August 17. The cultural programmes will be held at the Ramlila ground in Mathura and near the Vaishno Devi temple in Vrindavan.Special security arrangements were being made for the festival as well as for Adityanath’s visit.SSP Shalabh Mathur has sent a requisition for additional forces that were being called in from Prayagraj, Agra and other adjoining districts for the occasion.The SSP said that an ATS commando squad will also arrive in Mathura on August 22.last_img read more

Ajay Devgns next Maidaan based on football

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood star Ajay Devgn on Monday announced his next film based on the golden years of Indian football. The actor shared the first poster of the film on Twitter. Titled “Maidaan”, the movie will be directed by Amit Ravinder Nath Sharma of “Badhaai Ho!” fame. It will feature south star Keerthy Suresh opposite Devgn. Saiwyn Quadros will write the screenplay, while Ritesh Shah will pen the dialogues. The film is presented by Zee Studios and Boney Kapoor. Kapoor will also serve as the producer along with Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta.last_img read more

NGT refuses to modify order directing DCB to give Rs 20 cr

first_imgNEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has refused to modify its order by which it asked the Delhi Cantonment Board to contribute Rs 20 crore for clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla landfill sites.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said there is no ground to modify the July 17 order, however, it added that the cantonment board is free to talk to the Chief Secretary for “any other appropriate arrangement”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe green panel said the amount of contribution required from Delhi Cantonment Board may not be proportionate to its garbage generation, but such direction was being issued due to practical considerations and suggestion of the Chief Secretary. “Thus, even though liability of DCB may only be for Okhla dumpsite where garbage from Cantonment is dumped, it is appropriate that the DCB contributes such amount to the huge cost of removing garbage for better air quality of Delhi which is affected by other dumpsites also,” the bench said in a recent order. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe bench further observed that improvement of air quality will be for the benefit of all residents of Delhi, including the residents of Delhi Cantonment area. “We do not find any ground to modify the said order but DCB is free to interact with the Chief Secretary for any other appropriate arrangement,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by DCB seeking a modification of its order directing it to contribute Rs 10 crore, Rs 5 crore and Rs 5 crore respectively towards the cost of clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla in Delhi to control pollution.last_img read more

Scrap Shimla pact with India JI chief to Pak govt

first_imgKarachi: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Ameer Sirajul Haq has asked the Pakistan government to scrap the 1972 Shimla Agreement with India, Pakistani media reported. “While our people are dying, you are acting as a mere spectator,” said Haq addressing a rally held here on Sunday to express solidarity with Kashmiris reeling under an unprecedented day-and-night curfew and communication blackout for several weeks. According to the reports, JI chief said it was their legal right to fight for freedom from India’s illegal occupation of their land. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn response to the Indian move to unilaterally withdraw the Article 370 and 35A of its constitution, he demanded the Pakistan government to revoke the Shimla Accord and take solid measures to eliminate fence from the 450-km-long Line of Control. The JI chief reiterated that his country would not be intimidated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s belligerent attitude. He announced that he would thrash out a strategy for Kashmir’s freedom after consultation with the people.last_img read more

3 CISF personnel among 4 killed in fire at ONGC plant

first_imgMumbai: At least four people, including three CISF personnel, were killed and three others injured when a major fire broke out in a processing plant of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai township on Tuesday, an official said.Those injured are also personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the official said. The mishap, however, had no impact on the oil processing at the unit, the ONGC said, adding that the gas was diverted to its Hazira plant in Gujarat’s Surat district. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIt said the fire broke out in a stormwater drainage unit at its Uran plant and was doused within two hours. Following the blaze, thick smoke engulfed the area, the police said, adding that they appealed to people staying in villages in the plant’s vicinity not to panic, and assured things were under control. The victims died during a blast while they were trying to check gas leakage at the site, a senior CISF official said. The mishap took place around 6.47 am in the ONGC’s processing plant at Uran town, located around 50 km from here, a police official said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Four people were killed and three others injured in the mishap,” a senior police official said. The deceased included three CISF fire personnel Eranna Nayakka, Satish Prasad Kushwaha, and M K Paswan, who were trying to stop the gas leakage, and resident production superintendent C N Rao of the ONGC, CISF’s Deputy Inspector General (west zone) Nilima Singh said. The injured persons were admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment, she said. At least 22 fire brigade tenders, including those of the ONGC, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Reliance Group, Navi Mumbai civic body and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation at Taloja, were rushed to the spot. The ONGC on its Twitter handle said: “Fire broke out in stormwater drainage in Uran Plant early morning successfully doused within two hours by fire fighting team. #ONGCs robust crisis mitigation preparedness helped put off this major fire in a concise time.” The exact cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

MF units held by NRIs in Mauritius Singapore decline

first_imgMumbai: Mutual Fund (MF) units held by non-residents in Mauritius and Singapore declined after the amendment in double taxation avoidance agreements (DTAA) with them for withdrawal of capital gains exemption in a phased manner, effective April 2017, according to an RBI survey. The survey covers 44 Indian MF companies and their asset management companies (AMCs), which held or acquired foreign assets and/or liabilities during 2018-19 and/or in the preceding year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Foreign liabilities of MF companies ($13.5 billion) in the form of non-residents’ investments in the units substantially exceeded their foreign assets in the form of overseas equity investments ($0.7 billion) in March 2019 with both foreign liabilities and foreign assets recording increases during 2018-19,” it said. The UAE, the UK and the USA were the largest investors together accounting for one-third of the MF units held by non-residents. According to the survey, foreign liabilities in units of MF companies at face value in the case of Mauritius declined 43.1 per cent at the end of March 2019 over the previous year. In the case of Singapore, the decline was 16.6 per cent during the same period. The survey further said that in the case of asset management companies of non-residents in the UK held over half of the foreign liabilities of AMCs in March 2019. On the other hand, AMCs’ equity liabilities to non-residents in Japan, Mauritius and Hong Kong declined during the year.last_img read more

Conservation officers remove arrow from deers head on Vancouver Island

first_imgVICTORIA – A female deer on southern Vancouver Island is expected to be fine after conservation officers removed an arrow from its head.Officers spotted the doe Thursday and tracked it to Maple Bay, north of Victoria, before catching and tranquilizing it.Sgt. Scott Norris with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service says the surgery was quite simple because there was no tip on the arrow so the team was able to easily pull it from the wound.Norris says once the arrow was out, the wound was cleaned and the deer was given a drug to reverse the effects of the tranquilizer before it walked away.He says there was concern because the animal had just given birth.It’s illegal to hunt deer at this time of year and violators can face stiff fines if caught. (CFAX)last_img read more

Cost of bringing First Nations water systems up to snuff could total

first_imgOTTAWA – Jane Philpott says the federal government will spend as much money as it takes to end long-term, boil-water advisories in First Nations communities by March 2021.The Indigenous services minister made that vow Thursday after Parliament’s budget watchdog warned that the federal government hasn’t devoted anywhere near enough money to fulfil Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to end boil-water advisories within five years.It will cost at least $3.2 billion in capital investment to bring First Nations drinking water and wastewater systems up to standards comparable to non-Indigenous communities by 2020, according to a report released by the parliamentary budget office.That includes $1.8 billion to upgrade drinking water systems and another $1.4 billion to upgrade wastewater treatment, along with $361 million in maintenance costs.The Trudeau government’s first budget in 2016 allocated $1.8 billion over five years for improving First Nations water and wastewater systems.But the PBO report says that falls far short of what’s needed to deliver on Trudeau’s 2015 campaign promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories in First Nations communities within five years.The planned spending, combined with the money that’s been devoted to improving water systems since 2011, will cover only 54 to 70 per cent — depending on population growth — of the total investments needed, the report says.Moreover, the report notes that the Trudeau government’s commitment applies only to water systems that are financially supported by the federal government — which covers most, but not all, systems on reserve.“As such, even if the federal commitment is fulfilled, there may remain inadequate infrastructure,” it says.Philpott said the report “highlights the tremendous amount of work that has to be done” but vowed that it will get done — and on schedule.“Our commitment is firm and Canadians need to understand that we are absolutely steadfast in our commitment to make sure that all long-term boil-water advisories in public systems on reserve will be lifted by March of 2021,” she said.“We will make sure we have the resources to do so and we have a very specific plan in place to get there.”She added that the government will study the PBO report’s conclusion that more money — at least $2.35 billion more, by the NDP’s estimate — will be needed.However, Philpott also argued that the number of boil-water advisories the government is promising to fix is not as high as the numbers used by the PBO or by the NDP. The government numbers include only long-term advisories issued on public water systems for which the federal government is responsible.By Philpott’s count, there are currently 67 such boil-water advisories in effect. Since the Liberals took office in November 2015, she said 29 such advisories have been lifted, although she acknowledged that some new ones have been issued over the same period.Her department’s website showed slightly different numbers: 69 advisories still in effect, 27 lifted and 19 new ones issued — for a total reduction of eight since the Liberals took the helm.The PBO cited Health Canada in reporting that there were 100 long-term advisories and 37 short-term advisories in effect as of last March, while the NDP put the current number at 147 — the same number arrived at by adding the boil-water and do-not-consume water advisories posted on Health Canada’s website as of Thursday.But Philpott said those higher numbers include short-term boil-water advisories, which may be in effect for only a day or two while a sewage system is repaired, for instance. They also include water systems for private entities on reserve, like a gas station, for which the government is not responsible, she said.Charlie Angus, the NDP’s Indigenous affairs critic, said the report shows the Liberal government hasn’t invested enough money to meet Trudeau’s promise.“Access to clean water is a fundamental right,” Angus said. “It is time the government got serious about this.”last_img read more

Winnipeg teens killer sentenced to life with no parole for 16 years

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man who killed a teenager and dumped his body in a garbage bin has been sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 16 years.Nicholas Bell-Right had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the February 2016 shooting death of Cooper Nemeth.Nemeth was shot in the head twice after a house party and his body was found nearly a week later after an extensive search.Family and friends described in victim impact statements how the 17-year-old’s death has disrupted their lives.Gaylene Nemeth, the boy’s mother, said she has been living in a fog ever since her son was killed and doubts that Bell-Wright is remorseful.She told court her own thoughts have been haunted and filled with torment since his death.“Every night is consumed (by) nightmares,” she said Wednesday.Court previously heard that Nemeth and Bell-Wright knew each other through the drug trade and that Bell-Wright said he could help Nemeth set up a drug deal.Court was told they left the party together and Nemeth was shot while he sat in the front seat of Bell-Wright’s car.Gaylene Nemeth said her son made some bad decisions but he wasn’t a gangster or a big-time drug dealer.“He was just a kid,” she said. “Cooper was a boy. My baby. A 17-year-old excited for life.”Ninety-six victim impact statements were entered at Bell-Wright’s sentencing hearing, but only 16 from family and close friends were read aloud.(CTV Winnipeg, CJOB, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Plans scrapped for Frenchlanguage debate in New Brunswick campaign

first_imgFREDERICTON – Plans for a French-language election debate have been scrapped in New Brunswick, with the Liberals and Tories each blaming the other — and even Quebec’s premier expressing disappointment.Radio-Canada Acadie cancelled plans after Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs said he couldn’t debate in French but another candidate could step in, and the Liberals said they would only be in a debate with the leaders.Denis Robichaud, executive producer with Radio-Canada Acadie, says a number of options were presented, but the Liberals only wanted a leaders’ debate.“The leader of the PC party is not able to debate in French, so that is the first step. We came back with other options, and the main reason why we weren’t able to go with those options is because the Liberal party only wanted a debate that would oppose the leaders,” Robichaud said.Higgs said he’s working hard to learn French, but is not fluent enough to take part in a debate, and can’t understand why the Liberals wouldn’t agree for another candidate to replace him.“I’m prepared to have my teammates speak more eloquently than I can in the French language in order to deliver the message that’s important to all New Brunswickers. We have a message that’s not regionalized, its a message about growth in New Brunswick,” Higgs said.Robichaud said the suggestion of a people’s forum with questions from the public in both English and French drew complaints from various francophone groups who wanted a French-only debate.In a letter to Radio-Canada, the New Brunswick Liberal Association also opposed such a forum.“It is not a debate. Each leader making a statement in response to each question with no interaction with the other leaders prevents New Brunswickers from seeing any contrast between positions and even prevents leaders from being held accountable for their claims by their counterparts,” reads the letter, signed by campaign co-chairs Joan Kingston and Serge Rousselle.Quebec Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard voiced his opinion Friday, saying it’s regrettable that there will be no French-language debate in New Brunswick.“The Acadian community is a major part of francophone Canada. I have agreed, with open arms, to take part in an English-language leaders’ debate so members of the anglophone community also have access to a political debate,” Couillard said.“So I find it regrettable but that is an internal debate for that province.”last_img read more