PART IAPTN National NewsIn this week’s APTN National News‘ political panel, Conservative MP Chris Warkentin, NDP MP Dennis Bevington and Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett discuss the week’s issues.This week, the MPs discuss Obama, a trade deal with China and salmon.
Greater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Gautam Buddh Nagar police in connection with the murder of a 30-year-old sales executive in Gaur City area of Greater Noida West which took place on Sunday night. Cops said that the wife of deceased had illicit relationship with one of the arrested accused and she plotted conspiracy to murder her husband. According to police, the incident occurred on Sunday night when Roopendra Singh Chandel, a resident of galaxy North Avenue, was found dead in his car. Police investigated the case and arrested Omvir, resident of another apartment in galaxy North Avenue, Sumit Kumar, a native of Hapur and Bhule from Bulandshahr. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar told reporters that the wife of deceased had illicit relationship with accused Omvir. “Deceased Chandel’s wife Amrita Chandel had illicit relationship with Omvir and she wanted a divorce. As Chandel was not ready for the divorce she wanted to eliminate him and roped him Omvir to commit the crime,” said Krishna. read more
CARTER LAKE, Iowa — The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has scored another legal win in its fight to keep its casino in western Iowa open.U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose on Monday rejected motions in a lawsuit by the states of Iowa and Nebraska and the Iowa city of Council Bluffs seeking to derail the casino. The motions sought to amend Rose’s order earlier this year in which she required the National Indian Gaming Commission to revisit its 2017 ruling giving the tribe the right to build the Prairie Flower Casino on land it owns in Carter Lake.Attorneys for Nebraska, Iowa and Council Bluffs had wanted the judge to declare that her order had vacated the commission’s 2017 ruling, which likely would have required the casino to shut down as litigation dragged on.The Associated Press
The report on discrimination against women and girls in Afghanistan, which will be considered by the UN Commission on the Status of Women when it meets next month, paints a dismal picture of the plight of Afghan women while pointing to hopeful signs born of recent developments.Maternal mortality in Afghanistan is the second highest in the world, according to the report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on “Discrimination against women and girls in Afghanistan”. During Taliban rule only about 3 per cent of all girls received some form of education, while Afghan women were barred from working and their freedom of movement was severely restricted. Women also suffered “massive abuses during the civil war and the Taliban regime,” the report says.Following the fall of the Taliban, however, Afghan women increased their activities, participating in panel discussions, conferences and international meetings. There were also improvements on the education and employment front, with schools for girls reopening and women returning to their former jobs.“Afghan women should be seen as primary stakeholders and agents of change who have identified their own needs and priorities in all sectors of society and are ready to be full partners in the rebuilding of their society,” the report states. It calls for the UN and the international community to “ensure that gender perspectives are mainstreamed in all its interventions while, at the same time, seeking to proceed in a sensitive way that gives Afghan women ownership of the process.”The report also urges special attention to the human rights of Afghan women and girls. “Women’s effective participation in civil, cultural, economic, political and social life should be promoted and protected throughout the country, including the right to life; respect for the right of women to work; the right to education, to security of person, to freedom of movement and association, freedom of opinion and expression, to equal access to facilities necessary to protect their right to highest attainable physical and mental health,” the report states. read more
Calling for the immediate opening of all air and seaports to ensure the entry of food, fuel and medicines into the country, the humanitarian community ask the Saudi-led Coalition to facilitate unhindered access of aid workers to people in need, in compliance with international law, by ensuring the resumption of all humanitarian flights. “We reiterate that humanitarian aid is not the solution to Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe. Only a peace process will halt the horrendous suffering of millions of innocent civilians,” they stressed. “It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the media late Wednesday, after briefing the Security Council. Three years into a brutal conflict, Yemen depends on imports – amounting to up to 90 per cent of its daily needs – and millions in the country are being kept alive by humanitarian aid. The fighting has also all but collapsed the country’s health, and water and sanitation systems. Combined with the lack of food, millions of lives – including those of children – will be lost as their bodies will simply not have the strength to fight off disease. “What kills people in famine is infections […] because their bodies have consumed themselves, reducing totally the ability to fight off things which a healthy person can,” added Mr. Lowcock. We need to see a reduction of blockages on all sides, not an increaseUN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark LowcockUnderscoring that an immediate resumption of regular UN and relief organizations’ air services to the capital, Sana’a, and Aden are critical to save lives, Mr. Lowcock, also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that a clear and immediate assurance is also urgently needed that those services will not be disrupted. Furthermore, all vessels that have passed inspection by the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism should not be subjected to interference, delays to or blockages so that they can proceed to port as rapidly as possible, he added. “This is really important because humanitarian access through the ports was inadequate even before the measures that were announced on 6 November,” said the senior UN official. He also called for an immediate agreement to the prepositioning of the World Food Programme (WFP) – the UN’s emergency food relief agency – vessel in the waters off Aden, assurances that there will be no further disruption to the functions the vessel supports, as well as resumption of humanitarian and commercial access to all the seaports of Yemen. At the stakeout, Mr. Lowcock, also underscored the Organization’s condemnation of the missile attack on the Saudi capital, Riyadh, over the weekend, terming it an outrageous act. The coalition imposed the restrictions following the attack, effectively closing air, sea and land access to the war-torn country. VIDEO: Yemen Crisis – UN Emergency Relief Coordinator mission (October 2017). Credit: UNOCHA Vaccines will run out in a month – humanitarian groupMeanwhile, the humanitarian community in Yemen also warned that the current stock of vaccines in the country will only last one month and if not replenished, outbreaks of communicable diseases are to be expected with fatal consequences, particularly for children under five and those already suffering from malnutrition. “The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely fragile and any disruption in the pipeline of critical supplies such as food, fuel and medicines has the potential to bring millions of people closer to starvation and death,” said humanitarian organizations, including the UN, working in Yemen in a joint statement Thursday. “The continued closure of borders will only bring additional hardship and deprivation with deadly consequences to an entire population suffering from a conflict that it is not of their own making,” they added. read more
UN spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva that Member of Parliament, Bon Kalindo, was also set upon after being arrested for allegedly insulting the President.“Following his release on bail, on 16 January, Mr. Kalindo was violently assaulted, allegedly by members of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth wing”, he said, adding that the offence took place on the premises of the District Commissioner in the southern town of Mulanje, requiring the parliamentarian to seek hospital treatment. Mr. Colville added that Edward Govati, a supporter of another opposition party, Malawi Congress, “was savagely attacked” in Blantyre, also reportedly by DPP cadets. “He was extremely badly beaten and also required hospital treatment. Mr Govati had previously been threatened because of his political activities.”Mr Colville noted that women candidates have faced threats, harassment and intimidation ahead of national elections in May.DPP cadets were also allegedly involved in an attack last Sunday on several supporters of the United Transformation Movement, (UTM), as they made their way to a political rally in Mangochi.According to OHCHR, they were forced to take off their party T-shirts, leaving the woman in her underwear and the man who was assaulted, half-naked. He was also reportedly beaten with a beer bottle.On 23 January, President Peter Arthur Mutharika publicly condemned political violence, including acts aimed at humiliating women in the political arena. Welcoming the presidential announcement, OHCHR expressed concern that so far no one had been brought to justice for numerous politically motivated attacks committed in the last year.It also called on the authorities to step up their efforts to protect persons with albinism, and to prosecute and punish alleged perpetrators. The victims have included politicians, male and female party activists and persons with albinism – the condition where those affected are born with lighter skin, hair and eye colour.In one recent incident in the north of the country, a 55-year-old man with albinism was repeatedly stabbed in front of his child, before his arms were amputated by his attackers. read more
THIS SUNDAY, THE emergency department at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital will close for 18 hours for walk-in patients.The closure will last from 4am until 10pm to allow for the emergency department to relocate to the new Whitty Building.The move will also mean that the Department will close to ambulances from 10am to 10pm on 17 February.Patients with minor injuries can attend the Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic in The Forge, Smithfield Market, Dublin 7. It opens from 8am and has extended its closing time to 8pm this Sunday to facilitate the relocation.During this temporary closure period, patients that are seriously ill or injured should dial 999 or go directly to another Emergency Department.By 10pm on Sunday, the Mater’s new Emergency Department will open for patients and it can be accessed from Eccles Street.The new access is well signposted and situated approximately 100 metres from the Dorset Street end of Eccles Street. Pedestrian access is adjacent to the new car park ramp.The new A&E includes a resuscitation room; 15 new single patient examination and treatment cubicles; a dedicated CT and x-ray suite and space for liaison personnel.Read: Mater Hospital Emergency Department relocation postponed > read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Victoria (HACCI) held its annual general meeting at the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, capping a busy year for the organisation. In his report, HACCI President Mr Nicholas Mylonas told the meeting that he wished to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the organisation’s board and committee members. In 2012 the Chamber was responsible for organising the HACCI Excellence Awards and Gala Ball, participation at the Fine Food Australia exhibition, Peter Economides’ presentations in Melbourne and Sydney, and the Thessaloniki Trade Mission to Victoria and NSW which was attended by 16 companies from Greece. The past year saw the Chamber create business forums in conjunction with the Bank of Cyprus Australia (now Delphi Bank), and a range of networking events were rolled out, including the HACCI Golf Classic, International Women’s Day, the Apokries event (in conjunction with the Italian Australian Chamber of Commerce) and monthly Press Club Business luncheons. Mr Mylonas said: “The committees continue to deliver on such important initiatives as the HACCI Internship Program, which even in its early stages has succeeded in placing eight young Greek Australians into internships with host employers, our HACCI Editorial Committee, who produce the quarterly HACCI Herald publication and the monthly Hermes eNews. The president added that HACCI could not have achieved success in the past 12 months without the support of its major partner Delphi Bank (formerly the Bank of Cyprus Australia) and other supporters such as The Hellenic Museum, The Greek Media Group (including Ta Nea & 3XY Radio), Neos Kosmos, OPA! Magazine and The Press Club group. Mr John Velos, a former President of HACCI and honorary life member, commented that “seeing what HACCI has become today is a dream come true”. Mr George Kapnias, a member added: “HACCI has a great deal to offer members, and supporting HACCI ensures the great work can be continued well into the future”. Mr Mylonas stressed that the ultimate success of HACCI would be reflected in a larger membership base. HACCI’s president told the meeting that increasing membership would be a priority for 2013. HACCI Chairman, Mr Kostas Stefanidis, advised the meeting that after ten years as a board member, having seen the completion of the merger of HACCI and the Hellenic Business Forum, it was an opportune time for him to retire in order to make way for new candidates. Mr Mylonas thanked Mr Stefanidis for his invaluable contribution. Mr Stefanidis will now be honoured as a HACCI Life Member in recognition of his service. As the meeting concluded, Mr Alex Ninis praised Nicholas Mylonas for his leadership and guidance in 2012 and for imbuing the HACCI family with a “esprit de corps” and a “can do” attitude. To become a member of HACCI, go to www.hacci.com.au or call (03) 9602 2977. read more
A forgery suspect ran through traffic and tried to carjack a motorist near Vancouver mall on Friday afternoon before swift-moving police were able to tackle him.The incident began at 3:40 p.m. when employees at Chase Bank, 8203 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, reported a man in the lobby was apparently trying to cash a forged check using stolen identification.When Officer Ilia Botvinnik and another policeman arrived a few minutes later, the suspect was leaving the bank. When he saw the police, he started running west, weaving his way through traffic on Thurston Way. He crossed into a parking lot near a sushi restaurant and turned left, with the officers chasing him.“I thought I was like in the movies,” said Botvinnik, who chased him across four lanes of busy traffic and into the parking lot of the strip mall.Next the suspect approached a woman in a silver sedan parked between the Svitoch deli, 4804 N.E. Thurston Way, and Maly’s beauty supply next door. He then attempted to pull the driver, described as a woman in her 20s or early 30s with dark hair, out of the car in order to steal it. read more
Total pay for employees in Great Britain, which includes bonuses, increased by 1.5% in real terms between November 2017 to January 2018 and November 2018 to January 2019, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The Average weekly earnings in Great Britain: March 2019 report also found that regular pay excluding bonus payments increased by 1.4% in real terms, namely adjusted for consumer price inflation, between November 2017 to January 2018 and November 2018 to January 2019.In nominal terms, which have not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, both total pay and regular pay increased by 3.4% between November 2017 to January 2018 and November 2018 to January 2019.Jon Boys, labour market economist at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The outlook for living standards is positive. Nominal pay growth has stayed the same, but with a fall in inflation, real pay growth has increased.“In the face of Brexit uncertainty, businesses may be employing more people to reach demand instead of making investments in plants and machinery. The latter is needed for long-term productivity growth. As ever, the official figures lag and as we get closer to Brexit, the date of departure will soon fall within businesses’ recruitment planning horizon. At this point, many may hold steady so we might expect less rosy results in the coming months.”Average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £530 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay in January 2019. This compares to £684 a week for staff working within the finance and business services sector and £357 a week for those employed in wholesaling, retail, hotels and restaurants.Between November 2017 to January 2018 and November 2018 to January 2019, average total pay for finance and business services roles increased by 4.3%, versus a 2.4% increase for the wholesaling, retail, hotels and restaurants sectors.Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, added: “Pay has been outstripping inflation for over a year and gives individuals greater bandwidth to save any additional income for later life; this is timely, given that auto-enrolment pension contributions are about to increase. Even a small amount saved today could have a significant impact on a retirement pot in the future.”Average regular pay, excluding bonus payments, was £497 a week in nominal terms for British employees in January 2019, before tax and other deductions from pay. This compares to £480 a week in January 2018. Average regular pay in real terms equates to £466 a week.Ben Frost, solution architect, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Korn Ferry, said: “Not all businesses are in the financial position to offer monetary rewards to attract and retain top talent. However, for the most part, employees’ expectations have begun to shift, and so money is no longer necessarily the most effective way of rewarding staff or appealing to new talent.“[Organisations] need to look at benefits beyond financial incentives in order to attract the best talent. From flexible working schemes for a better work-life balance, to robust career development programmes and creative working environments, employers need to communicate the benefits associated with their brand.“With this change in focus, organisations are able to attract and retain the best talent and so combat the current skills shortage that is affecting many industries.” read more
Coimbatore, Oct 05 (ANI): Indian fabrics sales to double in the next three years as the Bangladesh fabric industry was hit after a fire broke out in an apparel industrial complex killing 377 knitwear workers earlier in April this year. The Indian government is also taking all effective steps to make sure there is a surge in the textile exports by implementing different schemes and benefits for the workers working in the garment industry. The reasons for buyers to get attracted towards India are raw material strength and due to the rupee depreciation India has now been identified as a new market by both Japan and Australia.
Between the long lines and required disrobing, airport security can be a real drag. Especially when you’ve absentmindedly packed your machete in the carry-on baggage.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week unveiled its top 10 “most unusual finds” of 2017.“Our officers often discover unusual items in carry-on and checked bags,” TSA social media manager Bob Burns wrote in a blog post. “We’d like to share just a few of the more offbeat items with you.”AdChoices广告 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Lonely throwing star: Found in carry-on bag at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). “Throwing stars are prohibited in carry-on bags and must be placed in checked baggage,” Burns reminds fliers. “Please make yourself familiar with local laws, as throwing star are illegal in some areas.” Pointy fidget spinner: Found in carry-on bag at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). “While normal fidget spinners are permitted, this one is a weapon,” Burns said. Face tenderizer: Found in carry-on bag at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF). “People go to great lengths to get soft skin, but a face tenderizer might be a bit radical. Unless the look you’re going for is raw meat,” Burns wrote in an Instagram caption, urging people to “please pack all face tenderizers in your checked bags.” Bone knife: Found in carry-on bag at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). “Make no bones about it, no knives are allowed to be packing in carry-on bags. I’d make a joke about it, but there’s nothing ‘humerus’ about trying to take prohibited items on the plane. They must all be packed in checked bags.” Grenade art thing 1: Found in checked bag at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). “This piece of art is prohibited due to the fact that it’s built around a grenade.” Duh. “Would you like to see somebody pull a grenade out of their bag at 30,000 feet?” Satan’s pizza cutter: Found in carry-on bag at Honolulu International Airport (HNL). “Normal pizza cutters are OK. All bladed items must be packed in checked bags.” Replica rifle umbrella: Found in carry-on item at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). “A replica rifle umbrella slung over your shoulder wouldn’t cause any concern at the airport, would it?” Stay on target Aggressive odor eater: Found in checked bag at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). “Most travelers stuff socks in their shoes. This Milwaukee (MKE) traveler chose inert grenades,” according to Burns, who warned that “items such as these” can lead to evacuations and delays. “Please don’t pack grenades.” Scythe: Found in carry-on bag at John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA). “If this were frozen, one might call it an ‘ice’ sickle.” Good one, Bob! “Whatever you want to call it, please know that it’s prohibited in carry-on bags. If you find yourself needing to travel with your sickle, please toss it in your checked bag.” Festively wrapped narcotics: Found in checked bag at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). “This is an example of why our officers have to open gifts at times,” Burns explained. “They don’t enjoy it, but if there’s an anomaly inside, they have to check it out. We’re not looking for drugs, but in this case, it was nothing but drugs. When narcotics are discovered, our officers must notify the police.”Bonus: Grenade art thing 2: Found in carry-on bag at Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). “I’m guessing you pull the pin to get it to walk?”Followers of the agency’s Instagram account (which is surprisingly hilarious and highly informative) may recognize some of these oddities from the past year.Plan ahead and pack properly using TSA’s handy “What Can I Bring?” guide. For more singular items—lawn darts, novelty coffee mugs, unicorn stained glass—not listed, send a photo or question to AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter for a definitive answer.Several high-profile skyjackings in the 1960s and ’70s prompted additional airport security measures; enforced screenings of passengers and their carry-on luggage began in early 1973. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks generated even tougher regulations. Traveler Detained for Missile Launcher in Luggage Still Catches FlightUncharged gadgets won’t be allowed on flights to the US read more
Related posts:Departing British ambassadors reflect on four-year tenure in Costa Rica US Embassy swears in newest Peace Corps volunteers in Costa Rica Her Majesty’s ambassador to Costa Rica misses Marmite Delays expected next week in Belén during meeting of Latin American presidents New ambassadors from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom presented their credentials to President Luis Guillermo Solís during a ceremony Thursday.Solís and acting Foreign Minister Eduardo Trejos welcomed Canadian Ambassador Michael Gort, British Ambassador Ross Patrick Denny and European Union Ambassador Pelayo Castro Zuzuárregui at the Foreign Ministry. The three diplomats represent countries that invested more than $489 million collectively in Costa Rica last year, according to figures from the Foreign Trade Ministry.Ambassador Gort previously worked in Ghana and volunteered in Guatemala in 1995. Before accepting the post as ambassador, he served as Canada’s permanent representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome. Gort has worked in the Canadian civil service since 2003 with an emphasis in development. Based in Costa Rica, Gort will also represent Canada in Honduras and Nicaragua. He replaced former Canadian Ambassador Wendy Drukier.Ambassador Denny is also the nonresident British ambassador to Nicaragua. He started his foreign service career in 1979 and has held three posts in Latin America, most recently as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bolivia. In Costa Rica, Denny is replacing outgoing Ambassadors Sharon and Christopher Campbell.“I look forward to working closely with the government of Costa Rica to build ever stronger relations across the range of our many shared interests, and to leading the work of the Embassy,” Denny said in a statement.EU Ambassador Pelayo Castro Zuzuárregui previously worked as an advisor to the European Commission’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as vice president of the European Commission in Brussels and as the principal liaison between the EU and the European Parliament and national parliaments. Facebook Comments read more
New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Many Liberals hoped Trudeau would run for the leadership of a party that ruled Canada for much of the last century but was regulated to third-party status in the last election.“I am in love with Canada. I want to dedicate my life to serve it,” Trudeau said in French.Pierre Trudeau, who died at age 80 in 2000, was prime minister for almost all of a 16-year stretch from 1968-84. Sweeping to power on a wave of support nicknamed “Trudeaumania,” Trudeau had a charisma reminiscent of another young, dashing politician who had captivated the U.S. eight years earlier _ former President John F. Kennedy. Trudeau’s sophisticated, sometimes irreverent style fascinated and captivated his country.Justin Trudeau was born while his father was prime minister, on Christmas Day, 1971.Justin gave a moving eulogy at his father’s state funeral which fed early speculation he would one day seek office, years before he eventually joined the ranks of his father’s party.He said Tuesday he’s determined to breathe new life into a party he says has lost touch with middle-class Canadians. He said Canadian families have seen their incomes stagnant, their costs go up and their debts explode. He said the opposition New Democrats have stoked regional resentment and blamed the successful while the ruling Conservatives have chosen to favor western Canada’s oil sector and promised that wealth will trickle down eventually. Trudeau only jumped into politics four years ago, but turned down offers to represent a usually safe riding to take on a stronghold of the separatist Bloc Quebecois, which he won. He increased his margin of victory in last year’s election. But the Liberal Party fared poorly in the 2011 election, finishing in third for the first time in Canadian history and seeing the latest in a succession of party leaders fail to inspire electors amid non-stop attack TV ads by the ruling Conservatives.It remains to be seen what kind of attack ads the Conservatives will run against a popular Trudeau should he become Liberal leader.Former colleagues of current Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper say his long-term goals are to shatter the image of the Liberals _ the party of former Prime Ministers Trudeau, Jean Chretien and Lester Pearson _ as the natural party of government in Canada, and to redefine what it means to be Canadian.____Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressMONTREAL (AP) – Hoping to turn around the fortunes of Canada’s once-dominant Liberal Party, the eldest son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced Tuesday evening he was following his father’s footsteps and launching his bid to obtain the party’s leadership.Justin Trudeau, 40, a charismatic member of Parliament since 2008, made the announcement in front of hundreds of supporters packing a community center in his Montreal district, ending days of speculation and adding sizzle to the political contest which officially begins next month and ends in April 2013. Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Check your body, save your life “Both are tidy ideological answers to complex and difficult questions. The only thing they have in common is that they are both, equally, wrong,” Trudeau said.He said solutions can come from both the right and left and said he will create policies based on facts.Analysts say Trudeau will have to make it clear his candidacy is more than just about his youthful charm and familiar name.Trudeau is a big draw at Liberal fundraisers and polls have shown the former teacher to be a party favorite reaching rock-star like status.Some observers fear Trudeau’s leadership bid packs such punch it may turn into a coronation of the party’s next leader, scaring away potential contenders. But critics have called him a political lightweight, saying little about major policy issues in his roles overseeing youth, amateur sport and immigration.“The impression this leaves an outside observer is if he wasn’t called Trudeau, no one would be talking about any political ambition,” University of Montreal political scientist Pierre Martin said. “We have someone here with a thin CV.”His name and recognition will put him in the spotlight but as a whole he has yet to articulate a clear vision in public, Martin said Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Comments Share read more
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Chandigarh: The BJP’s no-loan waiver policy for farmers will not have any political impact in Haryana in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, according to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who believes that such schemes only make hardworking people lethargic.Khattar, who is the first BJP chief minister of Haryana, also says that Congress’s Nyay scheme has no shadow budget and can only be implemented if all other schemes are closed. “There will be no negative impact of the no-loan waiver policy. The farmers have matured. Rather than providing them loan waivers, we have made efforts to improve their profits. The prices of the crops have been set at much higher rates. We have announced aids to them but not waivers. Farmers are happy with our initiatives to make their business profitable… They had never seen this kind of money,” 65-year-old Khattar told PTI in an interview. “The farming community in Haryana wants to eradicate the reasons for their economic downfall. Once you get something for free, people tend to get lethargic. They take loans from here, there and everywhere and are not able to do financial management. And this kind of scheme (loan-waiver) may be beneficial to farmers in some states according to the situation but it is not in our state,” he said.”Congress’s Nyay scheme is another example of the kind of politics they do. They have not presented any shadow budget to suggest that how such a huge amount will be generated. They can only roll out this scheme if they close all other schemes and utilise the cumulative funding for that. Can they afford to close all schemes for this,” he asked.According to Khattar, the nationalism debate in the country has not been fanned by the BJP but by the opposition parties which try to play with citizen’s sentiments by talking in the “language of terrorists” and “supporting Pakistan”.”The debate on nationalism has been fanned by the opposition and not by us. They are doing politics on subjects of national interests. Had they respected the sentiments of the citizens of the country and not politicised them, nationalism would not have become this big an issue. They started rejecting and discarding the sentiments and people started taking it seriously.”When people were taking it seriously, we had to take it too because ultimately people are the voters. They (opposition) talk in language of terrorists, their statements are in support of Pakistan and they raise doubts on armed forces … Such an atmosphere has been created by the opposition. Here citizens love their country, patriotism is a fundamental character here, you can’t play with it… They should restrain themselves from making such statements,” he said.Khattar, who is the first non-Jat chief minister of the Jat-dominated state, does not see the opposition as a competition in the 10 constituencies in Haryana which will vote on May 12 and believes the Congress has fielded its “heavyweights” in desperation in the state but they have no “character” and people are in a mood to uproot “dynasty politics”.”We will comfortably win the 10 seats. According to them (Congress), they have fielded heavyweights but their candidates only have number of years in politics to their profile but they are not heavyweight in terms of character. Each one of them has big question marks and people are wise enough to decide when there is a candidate with questionable history in fray,” he said.In 2014, the BJP had won seven seats, the INLD two seats and the Congress one seat in the state. Asked about allegations of political vendetta levelled by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in connection with the CBI raids and FIR against him in land allocation scam, Khattar said, “They always say BJP is targeting them. If they are ‘heavyweights’ how can they be targeted? If they are fair enough, why are they scared of investigation or enquiry?”He accused the Congress of being responsible for the violence during the Jat reservation agitation in 2016. “They burnt Haryana, the Congress was responsible for it. They wanted to do divide-and-rule politics and now when fingers are being pointed at them, they are trying to blame us. Offence is the best defence according to them. We were not even in favour of politicising that issue. The more they talk on it the more people will get to know reality,” he said.Khattar also believes that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s formal entry into politics will not yield any result for the Congress. “There will be no benefits. Ultimately people have started co-relating… and the undercurrent is that people are fed up of dynasty politics. People feel that are they (Gandhi family) the only ones who will run the country,” he said. Khattar also is of the view that issues like Rafale deal and question marks on Balakot air strikes raised by Congress will not have any impact on BJP’s performance in the elections. “They (Congress) only raise issues which are not in the reach of common public to verify. Like Rafale and the Balakot strike. How can people verify that? They trust the statements of Armed Forces.Similarly, everything about Rafale is documented. They want it to be examined by a JPC which has political people and not judicial or audit experts,” he said. congressharyanaharyana-lok-sabha-elections-2019Lok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 1, 2019, 5:42 PM IST read more