Political slugfest over rollback of toll tax exemption

first_imgThe Congress government’s decision to revoke the exemption given to private vehicles from payment of toll tax on the State highways in Rajasthan has led to a political slugfest here, with the Opposition BJP terming it a “deceit on the people”. The previous BJP regime had granted the exemption in April last year.While Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has affirmed that the BJP government’s decision was not based on merit and was taken without getting the consent of toll concessionaires, who were not paid any compensation, some senior Congress leaders have expressed concern over the impact of withdrawal of exemption on the public at large.Notification issuedThe Public Works Department issued a notification in this regard on Thursday. The ruling Congress’ stance that the previous BJP regime had scrapped the toll tax for private vehicles in view of the 2018 State Assembly election has also assumed political significance ahead of the municipal polls scheduled for November 16.The State government expects to get revenue of ₹300 crore annually after re-introduction of toll tax. However, BJP State president Satish Poonia said it was an anti-people step which would would put financial burden on those travelling on the State highways. “The BJP government had created a network of 63,000-km-long roads. We withdrew the toll tax on people’s demand,” he said.The BJP leaders and party workers staged demonstrations in Jaipur and at other district headquarters on Friday to protest against the State government’s decision.last_img read more

Rio Olympics: Sachin Tendulkar accepts offer to become India’s Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgSachin Tendulkar today joined Salman Khan and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra to become the third Goodwill Ambassador for India at the Rio Olympics this year.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had invited Tendulkar to come on board on April 29 and they heard from the Master Blaster today. Tendulkar said he would be happy to accept the honour and added that he would do whatever he could to promote sports in the country.There was a huge uproar after Bollywood superstar Salman Khan had been appointed Goodwill Ambassador ahead of other sporting luminaries. Former and current athletes were up in arms against Salman’s appointment and demanded to know why someone from the field of sports was not named by the federation. Interestingly, Salman’s new movie ‘Sultan’ based on wrestlers, is due for release soon.The IOA immediately went into damage-control mode and named Beijing Games gold medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra as another Goodwill Ambassador last week. Tendulkar’s ‘yes’ is now bound to soothe plenty of ruffled feathers in the Indian sporting fraternity.”Sachin Tendulkar has accepted our request to become goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent at the Olympics. We have received the official communication from him accepting our request,” IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta told PTI.”We are very happy to have an iconic sportsperson like Mr Tendulkar on board as goodwill ambassador. We are thankful to him. We hope his association and the association of other goodwill ambassadors will take Indian sport forward,” he added.Tendulkar today wrote a letter to IOA President N Ramachandran and Mehta, confirming his support for the Rio-bound athletes and expressed willingness to meet the Indian contingent before it departs for Brazil.advertisement”It will be my pleasure to meet these world-class athletes before they leave for Rio to learn their experience and preparations. I am also happy to be part of any awareness campaign that can rally the country around our athletes and motivate them, including amplifying their efforts and success on my Twitter and Facebook accounts,” Tendulkar said.Thanking the two IOA officials for the letter, which they had sent to him, dated April 28, Tendulkar wrote: “I have had the privilege and honour of representing our nation for 24 years and I continue to bat for India off the field. The welfare of sportspersons and encouraging them to give their best is very dear to me.”I strongly believe that the sportspersons from different parts of the country, pursuing their unique skills, are the true ambassadors of the growing sporting culture in the country. Awareness about their struggles, discipline and single-minded focus will help develop many more world beating champions and encourage passionate following of the Olympics in our country.”Tendulkar also said that he would look forward to receiving details on athletes’ progress.”I have mentioned the nature of the role as envisaged by me as I am keen to rally enhanced support for our champion athletes. I look forward to receiving details on your planned initiatives towards this objective. My best wishes to the entire contingent as we look forward to them proudly expressing themselves in Rio,” he said.The IOA Secretary General, meanwhile, said they are yet to get a confirmation from Rehman.”Mr. Rehman is yet to communicate to us but we are hopeful that he will also accept our invitation,” Mehta said.Asked about what specific role the goodwill ambassadors would play, Mehta said: “These iconic sportspersons and celebrities will spread the idea of Olympic movement in every nook and corner of the country, every village, block and city of India.”They will help in building up a sporting culture in this country. We need a sporting culture if we want to become a sporting country,” he added.  (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Full specs, top features, India price & everything you need to know

first_imgSamsung today officially launched the Galaxy J7 Prime in India today. The Galaxy J7 Prime was first announced in August, however, Amazon India’s website has listed the phone at Rs 19,400. Some Indian retailers were reportedly selling it for Rs 18,790.The Galaxy J7 Prime is a mid-range offering by Samsung. Considering the specifications, the latest J-series phone competes against the likes of Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo Vibe K5 Note, which are cheaper but sport somewhat similar hardware. Before you decide to choose this phone as your next one, here’s everything you need to know:Specification Processor: The Galaxy J7 Prime uses Exynos 7870 processor. It is an octa-core processor  running at 1.6GHz. The Exynos 7870 is also coupled with Mali-T830 GPU.RAM: Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime comes with 3GB of RAM. Internal storage: The phone packs in 16GB of internal storage, which is further expandable up to 256GB using a microSD card. Screen: 5.5-inch with FullHD aka 1080p IPS LCD display.Rear camera: 13-megapixel camera with F/1.9 aperture, autofocus and LED flash.Front camera: The Galaxy J7 Prime carries an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash on the front. Software: The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI.Battery: Galaxy J7 Prime is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery.Also read: Samsung launches J5, J7 Prime in India, price starts at Rs 14,790Special features– The Galaxy J7 Prime comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. — The J7 Prime is the most premium phone in Samsung’s J-series. The phone sports a premium, full-metal body. The J7 Prime will be available in black and golden colours.advertisement– The S Power Planning feature is essentially a battery saving feature that allows users to reserve the phone’s battery for calls, extend its battery time in general and forward calls when it is running low on juice.–  The Galaxy J7 Prime also supports S Secure feature, which allows users to lock and hide their applications, secure Wi-Fi and create a separate Secure folder for images and applications.How to buy it: The phone is available to buy from Amazon India website.India price: The official price of Galaxy J7 Prime is indeed Rs 18,790.last_img read more

EOW probes cheating case against Supertech company

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has started their probe in the case where complainant alleged that she was duped by real estate company named Supertech Limited and their directors, officials.Police said that the company has advertised for booking flats in various newspapers. “The buyers has booked different flats of different sizes in the project named Czar Suites. As a matter of proof allotment letter, Supertech issued acceptance letter and various other documents,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, on recent queries with the office staff of the above company and a visit to the site of the project, the buyers found that proposed project have neither developed as per the plan at the site nor got any approval from the competent state government. Authorities further, they have stopped even entertaining the complaints and attending telephone calls. The complainant further said that pertinently despite full payments in regards to the residential unit and in some cases no dues certificate duly issued by the company possession of the residential units has been denied to buyers on one pretext or other. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The suspects with the intention to cheat them misrepresented the fact that all the requisite authorization has already been obtained from all concerned authorities and statutory bodies and had also shown them the forged sanction letters of authorities in order to receive their hard-earned money in the form of payment for the residential unit,” complainant told police. Police have registered a case under sections 420, 406,409 and 120B of IPC.last_img read more

Glen Campbell Film To Screen At Alzheimers Benefit Concert

first_imgGLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), will be presented by LeadingAge at a special benefit screening and concert on October 19 at the Music City Center in Nashville.Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me opens in theaters October 24The evening features a screening of the film, and acoustic performances by critically acclaimed acts such as The Band Perry, Delta Rae and Ashley Campbell. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s disease awareness. The event will take place at the Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, Nashville. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 26 at 10:00am CT. The base ticket price is $95.GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME opens in theaters in New York and Nashville on October 24, followed by a national release to more than 50 cities.This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell reveals to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights and Gentle on My Mind. Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians. In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and The Band Perry among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.This film is made possible by LeadingAge, EMA, Volunteers of America (VOA), Mayo Clinic, The Disney Family Fund for the benefit of The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, Open Hearts Foundation and Easter Seals. These partners are passionate about improving the lives of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and are proud to support GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME as part of their ongoing efforts to promote awareness and find a cure.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

With election looming Alberta announces budget on track for 69B deficit

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta is on track for a $6.9-billion budget deficit amid speculation voters will go to the polls this spring before a new budget is introduced.The budget had originally forecast a deficit of $8.8 billion, but Finance Minister Joe Ceci says a lower dollar and higher than expected bitumen royalties have helped reduce the red ink.Ceci released the numbers as part of a third-quarter update for the current fiscal year. Total revenue this year is forecast at $49.6 billion and total expenses at $56.6 billion.Ceci has not confirmed whether his department will present a budget before the spring election call.However, the update contained long-term projections for deficit reduction, which are normally found in budgets, along with charts detailing what the NDP government has been doing to combat the downturn in oil prices.last_img read more

Yamuna Expressway crash leaves 8 dead 30 injured

first_imgGreater Noida: In a major road mishap, at least eight persons died while 30 others were critically injured after a private double decker bus collided into the truck from behind in Rabupura area of Greater Noida on Yamuna Expressway on early Friday morning. Cops said that the driver of speeding bus dozed off and rammed into the truck.The incident took place at around 5 am in Rabupura area of Greater Noida, around 29 km away from zero point at Yamuna Expressway. Eight persons, including a minor and two women, died on the spot while the rescue operations continued for nearly an hour to pull out victims from the mangled bus. Police officials said that the driver of bus and helper also succumbed to injuries in the incident. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAccording to police, the deceased have been identified as bus driver Mahesh Kumar (48), helper Bandu (25), passengers Vineeta (32), Arun (42), Asad (12), Suman (35), Vishwanath Tiwari (75) and one unidentified. Cops added that most of the victims hail from Jalaun and Auraiya districts of Uttar Pradesh while the bus driver and helper were natives of district Dhaulpur in Rajasthan. Sharad Chandra sharma, Circle Officer (Jewar) said that the bus was moving towards Delhi from Jalaun district while around 55 passengers were boarded in the bus when the incident took place. “Almost all the passengers present in the bus were sleeping when the incident took place. It seems driver dozed off and the bus rammed into truck from behind which was moving slowly on the e-way,” said Sharma. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe officer further said that the victims were rushed to Kailash hospital in Jewar while police had to use crane and cutters to rescue the victims. “Acting upon the information received, a police team rushed to the spot and immediately stared the rescue operation. The victims were taken to the Kailash hospital in Jewar where doctors declared eight passengers brought dead while around 30 passengers including women and a few children have been critically injured and are receiving treatment at hospital,” added Sharma. Based on the complaint from the family member of one of the deceased, who was himself a passenger, a case was registered against the unknown truck driver at the Rabupura police station under sections 279 (rash driving), 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (Causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. The truck was full of tiles. The police have seized it and are working on tracing the owner and driver. Contd on P4last_img read more

Three people cleaning well in Lunugala killed from toxic gas

The three men fell into the well while cleaning it and were reported dead. Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) Three people cleaning a well in Lunugala had died after reportedly inhaling toxic gas, the police said.According to the police, the three men had been cleaning the well located in a school in the area.

Oil prices stabilize at US9313 on encouraging news about global economy

Oil prices stabilize at US$93.13 on encouraging news about global economy by The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2013 8:36 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil was little changed Friday after declining five per cent the previous two days.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery rose 29 cents to finish at US$93.13 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Brent crude, used to price oil that many U.S. refineries use to make gasoline, rose 57 cents to end at US$114.10 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Encouraging news about the global economy helped oil prices stabilize.The European Commission said Friday that it expects the recession afflicting the economy of the 17 countries sharing the euro to bottom out in the first half of the year, with growth reaching an annual rate of 0.7 per cent in the fourth quarter. The EC expects growth in the eurozone to accelerate to 1.4 per cent next year.And a survey of German business optimism rose sharply this month, raising hopes that the country will avoid a recession. A solid German economy could help weaker eurozone countries out of recession.A stronger global economy is likely to mean more demand for oil and gas, which points to higher prices for fuel.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, natural gas rose 4.5 cents to finish at US$3.29 per 1,000 cubic feet, heating oil was up less than one cent to end at US$3.10 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and wholesale gasoline for April rose three cents to finish at US$3.27 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SMMT Update – 23 August 2013

SMMT’s weekly round-up, including all the latest news from UK automotive and a message from SMMT’s Interim Chief Executive.CLICK HERE: SMMT Update 282 online.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Najdawi fills stat sheet The Citadel beats Mercer 7969

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Zane Najdawi scored 18 points, with seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks and The Citadel beat Mercer 79-69 on Saturday in a Southern Conference opener.Lew Stallworth added 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs (6-2, 1-0). Matt Frierson had 14 points and four steals and Connor Kern scored 13 points.Mercer (4-4, 0-1) led 33-25 at the break before The Citadel outscored the Bears 19-11 in the first eight minutes of the second half to tie it at 44. Alex Reed and Najdawi made jump shots, Reed threw down a dunk and The Citadel never trailed again. Najdawi added back-to-back layups and The Citadel led 56-46 with 8:20 remaining. Frierson’s 3-pointer with less than two minutes left extended the margin to 15.Ross Cummings led Mercer with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range, Jaylen Stowe scored 15 with five rebounds and Ethan Stair scored 11 points with 14 boards.The Associated Press read more

Finally Ryanair overhauls its website to make it less ugly

first_imgUpdated 21:59FOR MANY YEARS, the Ryanair website has been the source of much angst for its customers.Potential passengers frequently complained about the bad design, the many requests to purchase add-ons for their flights, and the decidedly non-user-friendly experience.The company took pride in its no-frills approach online, pointing out that the website was still massively successful, despite the design problems. However as part of the Ryanair 2.0 which has emerged in recent months – including the announcement that seats are to be allocated from next year and that fees for reissued boarding cards are to be reduced, both of which were previous stalwarts of Ryanair’s back to basics policy – the website has now undergone a significant overhaul.The Ryanair Twitter account announced the new site this morning, telling customers: “We have a surprise for you!”. It described the new site as the “1st of many changes for Ryanair.com”.It comes a day after the airline announced 300 new jobs for Ireland and a number of new routes out of Dublin Airport from next year.Here’s how the  site looked up until last night:And here’s how it looks now:What do you think? Any better?First published 11:47Read: ‘Warm and cuddly’ or ‘harsh and caustic’: Are we seeing Michael O’Leary 2.0? > Read: Good news: Ryanair announces 300 new jobs > Read: Ryanair to cut fees and bring in quiet flights. No, seriously >last_img read more

New Democracy leads in latest poll

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The new Greek parliament would see the leading party without an overall majority and up to eight parties crossing the three per cent threshold, according to a poll published on Thursday. The poll on voter intentions, carried out by VPRC and published in the weekly Epikaira magazine, suggests that New Democracy and Pasok, the only parties backing the government of Lucas Papademos and the second bailout, may find it hard to renew their coalition government after the anticipated election. The two parties are polling a combined 35 per cent, a new record low. The poll did not examine how this would translate into parliamentary seats. Analysts, however, have said the two parties may not secure an absolute majority of at least 151 seats if their support drops below 36 per cent. The poll puts New Democracy in the lead, on 22.5 per cent of the vote, down five points since the last VPRC poll, but ten points ahead of Pasok and the Communist Party (KKE), which are each on 12.5 per cent. The Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) is in fourth place, at 12 per cent, followed by the Democratic Left (11.5 per cent), Independent Greeks (11 per cent), Golden Dawn (3.5 per cent) and the Popular Orthodox Rally (Laos) on 3 per cent. On the basis of the poll, the following parties will not pass the three percent threshold necessary to enter parliament: the Ecogreens, which polled 2.5 per cent, the Democratic Alliance (2 per cent) and the Anticapitalist Left (Antarysa), Drasi and the Panhellenic Citizens Chariot on 1.5 per cent). Other parties polled 3 per cent in total. The poll was conducted nationwide on March 15-19, before the formation of Louka Katseli’s Social Pact, a Pasok splinter, but after the creation of Independent Greeks, a new anti-austerity party founded by lawmaker Panos Kammenos who was expelled from New Democracy for opposing the bailout. “There is an unprecedented degree of uncertainty,” VPRC pollster Christoforos Vernardakis wrote in Epikaira. “The pre-election period which will officially open in a few days will be the most fluid and unpredictable one since 1974 (when democracy was restored after the junta),” he added. Speaking on Flash radio, Laos challenged the veracity of the poll, saying that it failed to reflect the party’s real strength. “There is a lot of money going around and the polling companies are among the most profitable businesses,” claimed Laos spokesman Asterios Rontoulis. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

Government fills 34 job vacancies more to come

first_img TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:anya williams, civil service, government, job vacancies Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Aug 2015 – Thirty four job vacancies were advertised by government and 27 individuals were found suitable to perhaps take on careers within the Civil Service. In a third recruitment drive for this fiscal year, TCIG explains that there were key roles advertised including Director positions, like: Culture, Gaming and Trade as well as Deputy Director positions in Road Safety, Social Development and for the Crown Land Unit. Several teaching and other support positions are currently being promoted and about a dozen roles are still being short listed according to the release issued today. The Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, who heads the Civil Service from the Governor’s Office said: “TCIG is committed to strengthening its resource base through attracting the best talent available… the creation of our new Jobs Webpage has greatly assisted in attracting more applicants to the civil service.” Crown Land Motion by PDM demands better processlast_img read more

Woodland councilman resigns for lack of time

first_imgWoodland councilman Aaron Christopherson stepped down Monday night due to “job constraints” that prevented him from committing completely to his position, he informed the council in his resignation letter.Christopherson faced the prospect of removal from the council Monday had he missed his third straight meeting without an excused absence. He is a principal with ARC Solutions LLC, a home design and planning business based in Woodland.Christopherson became Clark County’s youngest elected official in 2007 when he won a council seat at age 19. But in recent weeks the now 23-year-old Christopherson drew criticism from other Woodland officials for his sporadic meeting attendance record.Christopherson missed 10 of 17 council meetings prior to Monday. He also missed eight special or joint meetings.It remains unclear whether Woodland will appoint a temporary council member to fill Christopherson’s vacant seat. Woodland Mayor Chuck Blum previously said he doubted the city would appoint a member so close to the Nov. 8 general election.Tony Brentin and Marshall Allen will vie for a four-year term in Christopherson’s old seat in the general election. Christopherson did not seek re-election.last_img read more

Macau GGR up 222 in March

first_img 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau RelatedPosts Load More Macau recorded gross gaming revenue of MOP$25.95 billion in March, an increase of 22.2% year-on-year.The results comfortably beat consensus, which had March GGR pegged at around 17% growth, and sees cumulative revenue for the first three months of the year come in at +20.5% over the same period in 2017.According to Union Gaming, GGR sharply accelerated towards the back end of the month after slowing down due to the National People’s Congress (NPC) meetings in Beijing that ran from 5 to 20 March. Union Gaming analyst Grant Govertsen said that 2Q18 should also see growth of around 20% including +21.5% in April, +18.7% in May and +20.0% in June. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Big trouble in little China “It is likely that the VIP growth rate will continue to outpace the mass/slots growth rate, although mass/slots is likely still growing at least in the teens while VIP is growing in the mid-20% range,” Govertsen said. “We will get a slightly clearer picture of segment trends in mid-April when the DICJ releases the quarterly metrics.”Brokerage Bernstein is tipping April growth in the mid-to-high teens.last_img read more

Politicos officials told to work in tandem

first_imgPatancheru: Local MLA Gudem Mahipal Reddy on Tuesday called for coordinated efforts between people’s representatives and officials. He said that both should be answerable to people.Addressing a meeting at the mandal parishad attended by public representatives and officials, he advised the former to be always be involved in service to people, who elected the representatives, and reminded officials that they receive salaries from the taxes remitted by the public. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Reddy stated that the coordinated working was necessary for finding solution to people’s problems and in providing basic facilities in villages. He warned that negligence in redressing public grievances would not be tolerated. Among those present at the meeting were ZPTC Member Sudhakar Reddy, MPP Erla Devanand, Deputy Tahsildar Ramulu, MEO Rathod, sarpanches of villages, MPTC members, and officials of various government departments.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi to meet Sheila Dikshit party leaders to decide on CongressAAP

first_imgCongress President Rahul Gandhi (left) and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Amid mounting pressure over Congress-Aam Aadmi Party alliance for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has called a meeting of all leaders of the party’s Delhi unit on Monday, March 25. Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, PC Chacko and other senior leaders of the party are set to attend the meeting.This development came days after leaders from both AAP and Congress repeatedly denied the possibility of an alliance in Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. A section of the Congress wants an alliance with AAP to defeat the BJP in Delhi while the other is ardently against it. It seems that now both parties are working on a tie-up behind the scenes, with NCP leader Sharad Pawar playing a key role in forging an alliance between the two.Earlier on Saturday (March 24), Sheila Dikshit said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had not yet spoken to Rahul Gandhi or her about any tie-up between the parties. “Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has not once tried to reach out to me or our national president Rahul Gandhi directly about an alliance or the very purpose of it and specifics of seat sharing,” said Dikshit. Her reaction came in response to statements from AAP leaders who have accused Congress of being “indecisive” in forming an alliance. MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty ImagesSheila Dikshit has repeatedly voiced her opinion against the Congress-AAP alliance. Previously, on March 5, Dikshit had indeed confirmed that there won’t be any alliance between Congress and AAP in the national capital for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.While AAP had announced candidates for all 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi said that Congress will fight to win all the 7 seats. The Lok Sabha election for all seven seats in Delhi is scheduled to be held in a single phase on May 12. The results of the poll will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

Bermuda becomes first country ever to revoke samesex marriage

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Bermuda’s government is appealing Supreme Court’s same-sex rulingBermuda legalizes same-sex marriage again, just days after banning itEllen DeGeneres to boycott Bermuda following same-sex marriage banRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bermuda-revoke-same-sex-marriage/ Governor John Rankin signed the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 into law today (7 February).The bill clarifies that ‘a marriage is void unless the parties are respectively male and female’. A domestic partnership is essentially an interpersonal relationship between adults who share their lives without marriage.Bermuda legalized same-sex marriage on 5 May 2017.An initial victory gone wrongThe Supreme Court of Bermuda heard the case of same-sex marriage in early 2017. Chief Justice Charles-Etta Simmons issued the ruling in favor of it.Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiancé, Greg DeRoche (pictured above), were the original plaintiffs.Simmons ruled that the Registrar must ‘act in accordance with the requirements of the Marriage Act’. Ultimately, she declared ‘same-sex couples are entitled to be married under the Marriage Act.’However, when Progressive Labour Party gained a majority following the July 2017 elections, MP Wayne Furbert announced his intention to introduce a bill banning same-sex marriage. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Winston and Greg were the original plaintiffs in a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. | Photo: Twitter @RainbowBermudacenter_img They introduced the Domestic Partnership Act in November. It passed the House by a 24-10 vote and the Senate by an 8-3 vote.All it needed after was royal assent from the governor — which it consequently received today.Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown praised the Act, saying it ‘gives same-sex couples rights equivalent to those enjoyed by heterosexual married couples’.‘The Act is intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda,’ he continued. ‘By restating that marriage must be between a male and a female while at the same time recognising and protecting the rights of same-sex couples.’A ‘deplorable action’Ty Cobb, Director of the Human Rights Campaign Global, called it a ‘deplorable action’.‘This decision strips loving same-sex couples of the right to marry and jeopardizes Bermuda’s international reputation and economy,’ he further stated.However, he also added the fight in Bermuda is not over.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Today Bermuda became the first country to revoke legalized same-sex marriage. Instead, it has replaced marriage equality with domestic partnerships.last_img read more