New Delhi, Mar 9 (PTI) Parliament today gave nod to a bill to convert 111 rivers across the country into National Waterways, a move that would boost movement of goods and passengers via rivers and expectedly reduce the transportation costs substantially. The National Waterways Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha today. The Lok Sabha had approved the bill last year. The bill provides for enacting a central legislation to declare 106 additional inland waterways as the national waterways in addition to five existing national waterways. Allaying fears of the state governments that the new law will infringe upon their rights, Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said the passage of the much-awaited Bill will infact boost the maritime trade of the states and augment their economy. “The declaration of National Waterways does not restrict the rights of state governments in any way. It only facilitates Government of India in developing the waterway for shipping and navigation. It will not infringe upon their rights on minerals and water etc,” Gadkari said. Justifying the measure, he regretted that the waterways had taken a backseat in India, with only 3.5 per cent of trade being done through the mode here as against 47 per cent in China, 40 per cent in Europe, 44 per cent in Japan and Korea and 35 per cent in Bangaladesh. “Inland Water Transport is an environment-friendly and cost-effective mode of transporation, which on development will have the potential to establish an optimal modal mix and reduce logistic cost,” he said. He said logistic cost was as high as 18 per cent in India and an industrialist had rightly pointed out to the Prime Minister that transporting things from Mumbai to London was less expensive and easy in comparison to transportation to Delhi from Mumbai. Responding to contention by some members that these were here tall claims, the Minister asserted, “I do not make any announcement in the air… I promise if any of my announcements is not fulfilled, I will apologise in this House….You may even bring a Privilege Motion against me if my promise is not fulfilled.” When Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked him to refrain from throwing such a challenge, Gadkari said, “I am 100 per cent ready.. We have already signed contracts worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore in the road sector. I am not dependent on budget.” (MORE) PTI NAM NKD AKKadvertisement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say RB Leipzig willing to sell Everton target Augustinby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Leipzig are inviting offers for Jean-Kévin Augustin.RMC says RBL are putting the striker up for sale ahead of the January market.Augustin is a top target for Everton boss Marco Silva, which are prepared to offer €40m for the youngster.Everton’s interest sparked angry denials from RBL, but they’re now willing to sell.Augustin, 21, is tied to RBL until 2022.
Lille join growing interest for Chelsea fullback Bababy Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe interest in Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba is growing.With Schalke cutting short Baba’s loan six months early, the Ghana international is fielding new offers from across Europe.Chelsea are happy for Baba to move out on a temporary deal again this month.And Revier Sport says Lille are the latest club to express interest in a loan deal.Baba has also attracted enquiries from Villarreal and Girona in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
d’angelo russell dribble footballD’Angelo Russell can handle a basketball pretty well. The former Ohio State star guard proved this dozens of times during his first-and-only season with the Buckeyes. The future NBA first-round pick had crazy highlight plays like this and this. It turns out that he’s nearly just as good with a football. Russell showed off his handling ability to former Kentucky guard Devin Booker while the two were working out together. Russell is expected to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which is set to take place on June 25.
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TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost a little ground Thursday as a further drop in the price of oil to an eight-month low weighed on the key energy sector.Markets on both sides of the border were softer after a very strong day following the U.S. midterms, says Jayson Moss, research analyst at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.“What’s weighing particularly on the Canadian market is the fact that we’re seeing oil entering a bear market, down now 21 per cent since the high on Oct. 3, on concerns that the market will be oversupplied and rising U.S. inventories,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was down for a ninth straight session, falling by $1 at US$60.67 per barrel. That’s the lowest level since March 8.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 11.96 points to 15,357.47 after hitting a low of 15,293.29 on 414 million shares traded.The health-care sector fell the most as cannabis stocks gave back some of Wednesday’s strong gains. Energy stocks lost 1.66 per cent.Industrials fell on a 24 per cent decrease in Bombardier’s shares after investors were concerned by its reduced free cash flow guidance amid efforts to refocus the company by selling some assets.Moss said companies have recently faced pretty significant share price movements when they fall short of beat expectations.Canadian Tire gained almost three per cent after posting strong results Thursday, while Freshii Inc. hit an all-time low of $1.95 and closed down 33.4 per cent to $2.65 after withdrawing its 2019 outlook.“It just feels like we’re more in the later innings of this bull market where we have seen some pretty inflated valuations and high street expectations,” he added.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 11.12 points to 26,191.42. The S&P 500 index lost 7.05 points at 2,806.84, while the Nasdaq composite was down 39.87 points at 7,530.88.Moss said the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates had no appreciable impact on markets. However, he expects a final rate increase of the year in December.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.25 cents US compared with an average of 76.36 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was down 1.2 cents at US$3.54 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$3.60 at US$1,225.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.85 cents at US$2.74 a pound.
New Delhi: If you think that you may be under the risk of dementia then start doing regular exercises, eating healthy diets along with staying away from the harmful use of alcohol and smoking as the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its new guidelines on dementia have stated that potential dementia patients can get rid of the disease by maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.While releasing the new guidelines on dementia, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that in the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time that what is good for our heart, is also good for our brain,” Ghebreyesus said in an official press statement released by the WHO. The guidelines provide the knowledge base for health-care providers to advise patients on what they can do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia. As per the WHO press note, the guidelines would also be useful for governments, policy-makers and planning authorities to guide them in developing policy and designing programmes that encourage healthy lifestyles. “The reduction of risk factors for dementia is one of several areas of action included in the WHO’s global action plan for the public health response to dementia,” the WHO said in its release.
Rome: Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova swept past Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Italian Open on Sunday. Pliskova, the 2017 French Open semi-finalist, clinched her 13th career title, in the final major warm-up tournament on clay before Roland Garros starts on May 26. A break in each set was enough for the former world number one to get past Konta, sealing victory on her third match point after 85 minutes on court. “It was a great week for me and my team,” said the 27-year-old, now coached by former Rome champion Conchita Martinez. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”There were a couple of tough matches so I was happy to fight through them. I was a little bit nervous today, but it was my first final in Rome, so that’s to be expected.” She had never gone past the semi-finals in her four previous appearances in Rome. Last year she exited in disgrace after smashing a hole in the umpire’s chair in a temper tantrum after losing in the second round. Pliskova, the highest remaining seed, got an early break in the final and swept 3-0 up in just eight minutes on the red clay of the Foro Italico. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersA double fault when serving for the set handed Konta a break point but the British number one squandered the chance with a smash into the net with the entire court open to her. Konta then hit a weak forehand shot into the tape and the ball bounced wide, allowing Pliskova to wrap up the first set in 36 minutes. Pliskova broke in the seventh game of the second set, despite Konta saving two break points, with the Czech world number seven powering through for the biggest title of her career since Cincinnati in 2016. She becomes the first Czech woman to win the Rome tournament since Regina Marsikova in 1978. – ‘Uphill battle’ – For Konta, who has won three WTA titles, it was her second straight defeat in a final on clay after the Morocco Open earlier this month. “It’s always tough playing Karolina,” said former world number four Konta, who has slipped to 42nd. “There’s rarely really a rhythm to the match. She plays with big shots, quite flat, and big serves. “It can feel sometimes you’re fighting an uphill battle. That was the case today.” “She didn’t really have a letdown throughout the match. “She played very consistently. I found it quite hard to get a footing into the match, which is credit to her. The 28-year-old Konta, the first British woman in the Rome final since Virginia Wade in 1971, will now be seeded at the French Open later this month. “I’m definitely pleased with this week. This is my second final in three weeks. That’s still quite an achievement,” said Konta. “I’m looking forward to Paris.” Top seeds Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova pulled out injured during the Rome event, while Roland Garros champion Simona Halep crashed out in her opening match in Italy. Four-time Rome winner Serena Williams also withdrew before the second round as her return after a two-month layoff was cut short when her knee injury flared up. In the men’s competition, world number one Djokovic — winner at the Madrid Open last weekend — will meet defending champion and eight-time winner Rafael Nadal. It will be the 54th clash between the world’s top two men’s players who have won 12 of the last 14 Rome titles between them.