Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir Rajnath

first_imgLeh: Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir and no country is backing it on the “current issue”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday amid Islamabad’s efforts to internationalise the Centre’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370. Addressing a DRDO event here, Singh asked how can India talk to Pakistan when it keeps trying to destabilise India using terror. India wants to have a good neighbourly relationship with Pakistan, but it should first stop exporting terror to India, Singh said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir. However, it is in illegal occupation of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, including Gilgit Baltistan,” the minister said after inaugurating the ‘Kisan-Jawan Vigyan Mela’. Parliament had passed an unanimous resolution in February 1994 in which India’s stand had been made clear, Singh said. “I want to ask Pakistan, when had Kashmir belonged to it. Pakistan was also formed out of India,” he said. India respects Pakistan’s existence, but that does not mean that it can keep making statements on Kashmir, Singh said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Kashmir has been ours, there has been no doubt about that in the country. The truth is that PoK and Gilgit Baltistan is in illegal occupation of Pakistan. Pakistan should focus on addressing human rights violations and atrocities in PoK,” Singh said. He said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a telephonic conversation told him that abrogation of provisions of Article 370 was an internal matter of India. “No country is with Pakistan on the current issue,” Singh said. He also cited Hindi proverb ‘begani shaadi mein abdullah deewana’ to assert that Pakistan had nothing to do with Kashmir. Earlier this month, the government had revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and divided the state into Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “When we made a law to make Ladakh a separate Union Territory then we not only respected the public sentiment here but also gave a solution to the problems of the people,” Singh said. “Our prime minister has made it clear that localised solution will be brought in for India’s strategic areas,” he said. Organised by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) DRDO, the ‘Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela’ is a big step towards strengthening the strategic ecosystem in Ladakh, Singh said.last_img read more


first_img Facebook “I sat on a small hill overlooking the set, skipping school for three days only going home at the end of the school day to check in then running back down to the set until dinner time. It was only when the school Principal called to find out if I was sick that my absence was discovered by my parents who were not pleased. But it was worth it because then and there I knew for sure what I wanted to do with my life”.How long have you been directing?I started Directing right out of the gate, when I began making movies as a kid. Back then I had to do it all, out of necessity- Writing, Directing, Cinematography & Editing. But when I started telling stories with a camera professionally working for CBC it was one job at a time and I concentrated on the Cinematography and Post Production. But when I left CBC and headed to South America as a Freelancer in the 1990’s I again found myself doing all three jobs, although rarely on the same project. It wasn’t until I was hired by CNN to open their South America News Bureau in Rio de Janeiro that I was once again Directing as well as Shooting and Editing- what turned out to be over 100 documentaries during my 10 year career with the network. But, my first love has always been fiction movies and I have spent the last twelve years Directing many projects, from feature films to shorts, music videos and advertising videos.Who inspired you to pursue your goals?My older brother Mike, upon seeing my nascent interest in making movies as a kid bought me a new state-of-the-art (for the time) Super 8mm camera. I no longer had to borrow the neighbour’s camera to make movies with the neighbourhood kids. Needless to say, I was hooked.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? The challenge for every Indie movie maker, especially in Canada, where there is little to no government support for up and coming filmmakers, is raising money. I have attempted to raise money many different ways over the years from crowd funding to private investment to taking out personal bank loans. After 29 movies it is still very difficult to fund movie projects, not just for me but for every Indie movie Producer and Director I know. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Danny McIvor is a Director, Cinematographer and Writer. He is one busy man in the industry!We chatted with Danny recently … Check out our Q and A below:As a child, did you always want to make movies and work in film and TV?Born into a family of Writers and Artists Danny, age 12, one day came across a movie company on location in the small village of Caulfeild on Canada’s west coast, where he grew up. He watched in fascination as the magic of making a motion picture was unveiled before him. Written By:  Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter What has been your most rewarding experience?My most rewarding experience was the production of my feature film THE TIME BETWEEN. A project I wrote, Directed and, to save money, also acted as Cinematographer and Editor. The old saying “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” was never more pertinent than when I made this movie.What is your favourite type of film to direct?I have worked in many genres but it seems I have a special flair for light comedy, especially physical comedy. As a Screenwriter black comedy and satire are my favorite genres.What market do you currently work in? I work in Toronto one of the world’s most saturated motion picture markets as far as production and technical people go. It was saturated even when I arrived from Vancouver in the early 80’s which is why after 10 years working in television for the CBC my real goal, to make fiction movies, still seemed nothing but a dream as I found getting in and getting the experience I needed was all but impossible. This is why, when I quit CBC to go freelance with my own equipment. I packed up and moved to Rio de Janiero Brazil, a huge movie market but still in need of new blood. It was there I began to work professionally on movies, documentaries. television shows and advertising getting the experience I needed to build a career more easily when I returned to Toronto after 10 years.Are there other areas you would like to work?I am primarily a Director and Cinematographer and I often edit the movies I shoot. So I get work in all these jobs which I find extremely rewarding. One skill informs the other making me better at all three.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the filming industry?No matter what you want to do in movies, from Producing to Directing to Cinematography, knowing how to edit movies is a fundamental skill that informs all those other jobs and makes location shooting much easier and more streamlined. Editing is truly the heart and soul of making movies.What fuels your passion?I need to be creative. And seeing a story go from script to screen is, for me, the best thing in life.What is something about you that most people would never guess?I’ll never tell. Besides, if I did no one would believe it.If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? No. On the day I left high school I should have hopped on a bus to Los Angeles and done anything, any job to get my foot in the door of the motion picture business there. That’s the world capital of movie making and that’s where you want to be if you are in your late teens or early 20’s and serious about making this your career.Successes that make you proud?I grew up poor and being able to make a good living doing what I love is my proudest achievement.Tell me about your current projects.I have four scripts “on the launch pad” and as usual I am searching for funding. In the meantime I am shooting 4 short films in the Spring of 2018 as well doing a music video and a number of scenes for Actors through my new side business SCENE IT. My Production Company Miramac Productions also produces advertising videos. I also host a monthly networking event in Toronto for Indie movie makers and Actors which is connected to my Facebook group “THE TORONTO INDIE MOVIE SUPPORT GROUP.”Check out what Danny is up to:Website: pages are:–– read more

Ban on grizzly bear hunt regulatory changes takes effect April 1

first_imgVICTORIA – A ban on hunting grizzly bears in British Columbia comes into effect next month, along with a number of regulatory changes.The NDP government says taxidermists and tanners will be required to report information about any grizzly bears or parts brought to them as of April 1 to help enforce the hunting ban or face a $230 fine.The province announced the ban in December to protect the roughly 15,000 grizzlies in the province — a move that was welcome by environmental groups.The government previously said roughly 250 grizzlies were killed annually by non-First Nations hunters.Hunters will now be required to carry all their species licences during hunting trips, including cancelled licences, and show them to conservation officers as requested.The province says the changes to the Wildlife Act also increases the amount of edible meat hunters can collect from big game by including neck and rib meat.Requirements to remove edible portions of an animal, which previously pertained to types of deer, moose, elk, sheep and goat, has been expanded to include cougars as well.last_img read more

UN environment chief lauds marine adventurers as they end antipollution voyage

27 July 2010The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has congratulated the adventurer David de Rothschild and his crew for completing a voyage across the Pacific Ocean in a boat fashioned from recycled plastic bottles to raise awareness about pollution of the seas. The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, has congratulated the adventurer David de Rothschild and his crew for completing a voyage across the Pacific Ocean in a boat fashioned from recycled plastic bottles to raise awareness about pollution of the seas.The boat, named the Plastiki, was constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles. It reached Sydney Harbour in Australia yesterday after a four-month voyage that started from the United States city of San Francisco in March.“David, you and your shipmates have achieved not only a journey but a milestone in terms of raising global awareness of human-kind’s increasingly serious impact on the marine environment,” Mr. Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director, told Mr. de Rothschild by video link from UNEP headquarters in Nairobi.“Through the novel and inspiring design of Plastiki – with its innovative use of recycled materials – to the informative, daily blogs and tremendous media coverage, you have engaged the heads but also the hearts of millions upon millions of people,” Mr. Steiner said.“If collectively we carry on using the seas and oceans as a dustbin, human beings will soon have turned the once beautiful and bountiful marine environment from a crucial life-support system into a lifeless one,” he added.According to UNEP, more than 13,000 pieces of plastic litter are now floating on every square kilometre of the world’s oceans and some 8 million items of marine litter are thought to enter the oceans and seas every day, about 5 million (63 per cent) of which are solid waste thrown overboard or lost from ships.An estimated 100,000 turtles and marine mammals, such as dolphins, whales and seals, are killed by plastic marine litter every year around the world, according to the agency.UNEP research has also shown that more than 2 billion tons of wastewater – a cocktail of sewage, heavy metals, fertilizer, pesticides and other pollutants – are discharged into rivers, estuaries and coastal waters each year. Climate change is also beginning to acidify the seas with real threats to shellfisheries, coral reefs and the food chain.“If society can begin to turn the tide [of sea pollution] in 2010 and beyond, then I am sure that David and the Plastiki crew will have played their part in helping humanity to chart a new and transformational course towards the low carbon, resource efficient green economy so urgently needed,” Mr. Steiner added. read more

UNmanaged irrigation project in Sudan boosts communitys crop production

The rural community in Arabaat, 30 kilometres west of Port Sudan, which has traditionally relied on rain-fed subsistence farming, has benefited from generators and pumps delivered through the Sudan Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme, enabling them to draw groundwater to cultivate vegetables and other crops year round, UNDP said yesterday.The $72-million project is managed by UNDP on behalf of the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan and funded by the European Commission and Norway.“There is a big difference now,” said Aisha Sharief, who heads one of the Arabaat farms. “Nowadays we have permanent irrigation and alternate crops like sorghum and vegetables.” She also grows tomatoes, okra and arugula.Hussein Musa, who is in charge of getting the farmers’ produce to the market, said: “In the past some people used wells run by merchants who took 50 per cent in profits and farmers earned little. Now each farm has a well.”Farmers have also participated in management training and formed the Arabaat Development Association, which has enabled them to pool resources and run other development projects, such as water systems and fisheries.“Previously women were not represented in leadership but now they are part of the way we do business,” said Ms. Sharief. 24 May 2011Irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) has enabled more than 1,000 farmers in north-eastern Sudan to increase harvests and boost incomes from the sale of their produce. read more

Theatregoers are off to see the wizard

Theatre fans will soon be off to see the wizard in Port Dover.The curtain rises Friday for Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s community show production of the musical The Wizard of Oz.Once a year local amateur actors have the opportunity to perform on the Lighthouse stage, backed by the same tech crew that works on the professional shows in the summer season.Lighthouse’s artistic director, Derek Ritschel, brought back the community show in 2011. There has been an annual show ever since.The community show gives actors that have always wanted to be in a show the opportunity to work closely with the crew to put on a professional-grade performance.“These people came out to auditions, they have a love to perform, a passion to perform. They dedicate maybe hundreds of hours in rehearsals, preparation, and execution of the show,” said director George Araujo.Araujo has directed multiple shows in his past.“I’ve acted in a lot of musical theatre, as well as non-musical theatre. Eventually I saw directing as a way to express myself a little bigger. It encompasses not just one role, but everybody’s role,” said Araujo.None of the actors are considered professional, but some of the performers have done professional shows before.One of the actors that has been in professional shows before is Libby Adams, who will be starring in the lead role as Dorothy Gale.“My cousin is big into theatre, and she asked me to go audition with her. I’ve wanted to audition for a production at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre for a really long time. I told her I’d go with her and I ended up with the role of Dorothy,” said Adams.Adams started acting when she was five after her mom got her an agent in Toronto.She has appeared in commercials, movies, and a production of The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.When she was 18 she decided to take a break from acting, but recently realized she was missing it. That is when she decided to audition for the community show.“I’m just excited for everyone to see the show. It’s going to be amazing, everything is really coming together. I’m excited to be there and to show everyone what we’ve worked so hard on,” said Adams.The production of The Wizard of Oz opens on April 19 and runs until May 5.  Evening performances are Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees are Sundays. Tickets are available on the Lighthouse Festival Theatre website. read more

Security Council sanctions against Liberia take effect

The development was confirmed by the Council President through a UN spokesman, who noted that the sanctions — involving travel restrictions and a diamond ban — “came into force at one minute past midnight today.”On Friday, the Council President, Ambassador James Cunningham of the United States, said that Monrovia had not demonstrated compliance with the Council’s demands. Those demands — along with the proposed sanctions — are set out in resolution 1343, adopted in March.That resolution demanded that Liberia immediately stop supporting the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra Leone and other armed groups in the region by expelling RUF members from Liberia and ending financial and military aid to the rebel armyThe text also stipulated that in the absence of compliance with the resolution’s demands, new sanctions would take effect, including a ban on the direct or indirect import of all rough diamonds from Liberia, and measures to prevent travel by senior members of the country’s Government or their spouses.On Friday, Ambassador Cunningham stressed that the Council “will continue its dialogue with all States of the region — all the Governments and leaders — including Liberia, and will keep this item under close consideration.” read more

First draft of new Afghan constitution to be ready by March UN

According to a spokesman for the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), once that draft is completed, wide consultations with civil society and experts in all 32 provinces as well as among Afghans in other countries will follow. A final draft is expected to be ready by October, and will be submitted to the Constitutional Loya Jirga for adoption as stipulated in the Bonn Agreement of 2001.In a press briefing from Kabul yesterday, Afghan Vice-President Naematullah Shahrani, Chairman of the Constitutional Drafting Commission, called on representatives of the international community for donor support, noting that the Commission’s budget of $2.8 million does not include the future Loya Jirga. He also announced that President Hamid Karzai is working on the establishment of the Constitutional Commission, which will absorb the Drafting Commission.Mr. Shahrani said that the future constitution would be based on Islamic principles, Afghan legal traditions as well as international norms and standards. “Hopefully,” he said, “the new constitution will move the country away from isolation and show the world that Afghanistan wants to be integrated into the international community.”The Constitutional Drafting Commission was inaugurated on 3 November. Its membership consists of nine legal scholars and jurists. UNAMA, with the support of UNDP, will be responsible for coordinating technical and financial inputs to this process. read more

Despite withdrawal of most staff essential UN work in Iraq goes on

“We have sufficient staff in-country, national and international staff, to carry out everything that is an essential humanitarian task,” Kevin Kennedy told a news briefing in Baghdad. “Our number of international staff throughout all of Iraq varies from day to day.“We continue to carry out what we think are the most important activities that affect the daily life of Iraqis,” he added. At the height of UN operations this summer there were some 650 international staff in Iraq, but after the 19 August terrorist bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 people including mission chief Sergio Vieira de Mello, many were withdrawn. Last Friday Secretary-General Kofi Annan ordered a further temporary reduction. Mr. Kennedy said the UN was involved with the Iraqi ministries in the whole food distribution system, “an enormous undertaking” comprising 500,000 tons per month, and was also continuing work in such areas such as water sanitation and the importation of over 600,000 tons of fertilizer for the planting season over the next two months.“As you see, our work continues,” he added. “Obviously, there are some things that we might want to do and that we have to put off or postpone or that we have to have carried out by staff outside the country. Much of that goes to activities like planning for reconstruction; they do not necessarily have to take place in Iraq.” Praising the work of local staff, Mr. Kennedy added: “We have a sizeable national staff component in Iraq that for years has done a fantastic job, often under very difficult conditions. Obviously, this is not a situation that we would want to continue for months and months. We evaluate the situation every day and we make adjustments every day to ensure we can get our job done.” read more

Mens hockey Lack of offense hurts No 12 Buckeyes in series finale

Ohio State freshman defenseman Matt Miller fights for the puck against a Michigan forward against the Wolverines on Feb. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorEntering the weekend, Ohio State and Michigan averaged 11 combined goals per game in their last six contests. After a 4-2 victory at home Friday night, the Buckeyes’ (17-9-6, 8-7-1-1) offense went silent in the series finale, falling in a quiet Game Two to the rivaled Wolverines, 1-0.The lone goal in the game from Michigan freshman forward Nick Pastujov sealed the win for the visitors, who recorded just their first regulation win in 2017. The loss drops the Scarlet and Gray to 6-6-2 at the Schottenstein Center this year, and marks their first shutout loss at home since 2012 — a 4-0 loss to the Wolverines.“I thought we chased it from the start,” coach Steve Rohlik said following the loss. “Give credit to Michigan, give credit to their goaltender. They did what they had to do to come in here to win a game.”Similarly to Game One, the Scarlet and Gray controlled the tempo the opening half of the first period — but the Wolverines (10-17-3, 3-11-2-2) again found the back of the net first. Freshman forward Nick Pastujov cashed in from close range to give the visitors a 1-0 lead with a little over 10 minutes remaining on his first goal of the season.Five minutes later, Michigan senior forward Max Shuart found himself one-on-one with OSU senior goaltender Christian Frey for a chance to quickly double the lead just outside the crease. However, the Buckeyes’ netminder prevailed with a pad save to keep the one-goal deficit into the first intermission.Even on shots out of the locker room, OSU continued to pepper Wolverines’ senior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort throughout the period, searching for the equalizer. Rohlik’s squad provided a number of opportunities to level the scoreline, but the nation’s third-ranked offense lacked the finishing touch in front of net and struggled to bury its chances.“(Chances) are so close at times with scrums in front of the net, and you wonder why they’re just not going, but it’s just kind of how it goes sometimes,” senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey said. “You can’t quit on it….we did force it at times, but for some reason they just weren’t going.”It took nearly two full periods for the both sides to earn their first power plays of the game, but neither could add to the scoresheet in the second stanza as the visitors carried their lead into the third at 1-0.More and more chances presented themselves in the final frame for Michigan to add to a one-goal advantage, or OSU to get back into the game. Frey and Nagelvoort continued to fight off waves of shots, but after 60 minutes, the Buckeyes dropped an important conference clash, 1-0, despite outshooting the Wolverines 42-23.“Down the stretch, I feel like we drew a few calls that normally we would actually get. But the reality is that we have to score some five-on-five goals,” Schilkey said. “We’ve got to be better offensively five-on-five, and that was kind of the theme of the night.”A home series with Michigan State, and a weekend trip to Wisconsin remain on the regular season slate for the Scarlet and Gray. With Big Ten seeding and NCAA tournament implications on the line in the closing weeks, Rohlik said his team can’t dwell on this loss to Michigan, and that their hopes of postseason play still remain in their control.“We just want to get back on the ice. We got to get back after it next week, and have a great week of practice,” he said. “We just got to go out and keep winning hockey games, and as hard as it is, we’ve got to put this one behind us and we’ve got to look forward to Michigan State next week.”Puck drop next Friday for Game One of a weekend series with the Spartans is set for 7 p.m., while the season’s home finale Saturday night is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. read more

ATT wants to bring 4G icon to iPhone 4S

first_imgYou thought the 4G agnosticism that Apple expressed during their iPhone 4S unveiling was going to be the end of the story? Think again. AT&T has confirmed to us that they are working with Apple to add a 4G icon to the status bar of the iPhone 4S.After initial reports that AT&T was pushing for the icon, an AT&T representative confirmed to that they are “working together [with Apple] on this.”4G has been a muddy term in wireless marketing. All four US carriers claim to have 4G, though speeds can vary wildly. LTE (currently available on Verizon, is in the early stages on AT&T, and is being planned by Sprint) is now generally accepted as “true 4G,” though even it is a compromise over the original standards set forth for 4G.As presented by Apple, AT&T’s version of the iPhone 4S will have download speeds of “up to 14.4 Mbps.” As we previously reported, though, your real-world speeds won’t likely get anywhere close to that. Owners of AT&T’s Android HSPA+ phones can tell you that their download speeds can often be indistinguishable from 3G speeds.AT&T’s website curiously makes no mention of the term 4G in advertising, so perhaps Apple insisted that it not be used (at least at launch). But since the AT&T 4S should have the same speeds as the Atrix 4G, Inspire 4G, or LG Thrill 4G (the three devices Apple compared it to in the keynote), it isn’t surprising that AT&T would also describe their iPhone as 4G.While those of us that frequent Geek likely know about the vastly different technologies that are all called “4G,” your typical customer may be less likely to. Even statistics like Mbps aren’t likely to mean a lot to some. That’s when the use of the term in marketing can get confusing. If Joe Phone Shopper walks into Best Buy, is he going to know the difference between the “4G” that the AT&T iPhone 4S has and the much faster 4G that Verizon’s Droid Bionic supports (using LTE)?We have reached out for further clarification from AT&T, and will keep you posted when more details are available.via Thisismynextlast_img read more

Clark County students walk out of class to protest gun violence

first_imgHundreds of students protested across Clark County campuses Wednesday, while tens of thousands across the country organized in the wake of continued mass gun violence across the nation.District officials and parents in the Vancouver, Battle Ground, Evergreen and Camas districts estimate schools had walkouts ranging from a few dozen students to a few hundred students at middle and high schools.In most cases, students walked out for 17 minutes, one for each person killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School one month earlier. Students at most schools were marked with unexcused absences for the period, a punishment akin to cutting class.These are students galvanized into action after childhoods that have been marked by mass shootings in school and universities, from last month’s shooting in Parkland, Fla., back to Newtown, Conn., in 2012, when a gunman killed 26 people and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They called for stricter gun laws, safer campuses — and for their classmates to be kinder to one another.Here’s a look at demonstrations at two local campuses.Fort Vancouver High SchoolFort Vancouver High School freshman Laila Lopez was so moved by the story of one of the victims killed in last month’s shooting in Florida that she turned to poetry.last_img read more

Cup semifinal doesnt scare me – Gerrard

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard claims he is not scared ahead of one of his biggest games as a manager.Gerrard insists he has no fears about heading into Sunday’s Scottish League Cup clash against Aberdeen without his two key strikers.Alfredo Morelos is suspended for the all-important semi-final, while Kyle Lafferty is cup-tied after representing Hearts in the same competition.Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail:“I’m definitely not going to tell you my team. But there’s no getting away from it, Alfredo has been our talisman. I’ve only got good things to say about him. I’m big fan of his and he will be missed, so will Kyle, they are two big players for us.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“But that doesn’t scare me, it’s a challenge for me and an opportunity for someone else.”“I still have a confidence and belief that we will have enough to go and get the job done.”“In semi-finals, you don’t need to score loads and loads of goals to reach the final.”“I hope we do – but there are other ways to achieve it and I just hope we have enough because those two guys are going to be big misses. We’ve still got good players and threats in all areas of the pitch”“We are really excited and looking forward to it.”last_img read more

Jio GigaFiber Triple Play set to launch soon All you need know

first_imgReliance Jio kicked off the GigaFiber preview offer with lucrative broadband internet service in several cities across India in late 2018 and before it could officially launch, a report has emerged that the company has begun testing Triple Play plan for its employees.What is GigaFiber Triple Play Plan?This is said to be new all-in-one entertainment plan that offers consumers to jointly subscribe to GigaFiber internet along with Home TV (previously known as GigaTV), a multimedia streaming service, unlimited calling in addition to access to Jio suite of apps. Extra benefits include 100GB data (high speed) allowance (beyond the limit, the speed comes down) for 28 days validity, reported Telecom Talk. Reliance Jio GigaFiber registration goes live in India.Reliance Jio Website (Screen-shot)There is no word on the price structure of the GigaFiber Triple Play subscription, but going by the Reliance Jio’s disruptive cellular service debut in 2016, I believe the new broadband-cum-entertainment package will definitely come for dirt-cheap fees and the prospective customers will surely line up for the subscriptions.It can be noted that Reliance Industry Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash at the 41st Annual General Meeting (AGM) in July 2018 had announced that GigaFiber will also be bundled with several other services to offer complete home solutions including entertainment and security via CCTV surveillance option. I believe the aforementioned triple play plan might the same.Junior Ambani had also said the package will come with Jio GigaRouter, which promises high-speed wall-to-wall wireless internet connection throughout the home. Users can also subscribe to GigaTV  (now Home TV) set-top box with more than 600 live TV channels, on-demand video (also available in 4K), music content, support voice-command in multiple regional languages and TV video calling (compatible to any smart devices including smart TVs powered by Jio GigaFiber and even phones under another network carrier).The company has also announced to offer Smart Home solutions, which include an audio dongle, video dongle, smart speaker, Wi-Fi extender, smart plug, TV camera, outdoor camera security, door sensors and motion detection. The best part about this is that the engineers will be able to assemble them within an hour. Close RIL’s 41st AGM: Biggest highlightscenter_img Commuters use their mobile phones as they wait at a bus stop with an advertisement of Reliance Industries’ Jio telecoms unit, in Mumbai, India.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeFor those unaware, Reliance Jio GigaFiber preview offer comes with gives you ultra high-speed internet up to 100Mbps for 90 days along with a monthly data quota of 100 GB and complimentary access to a host of Jio’s premium apps. In case, you consume 100 GB of your data quota within a month you can continue to enjoy our high-speed internet services by performing a complementary data top-up of 40 GB via MyJio App or through As this is a preview offer, there are no installation charges levied but there is a refundable security deposit of Rs.4,500 taken for the ONT device (GigaHub Home Gateway). This amount needs to be paid through Debit card, Credit Card, Jio Money or Pay TM.last_img read more

Infosys to digitally transform Finnish postal company Posti

first_imgREUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaInfosys has been chosen by Posti as its partner to digitize its business and IT services. The Finland-based postal service company will be taking the help of the Indian IT and consultation giant to change its infrastructure to a flexible IT service model.Infosys will be taking initiatives to create a cloud workspace to help Posti reduce cost and increase efficiency by minimising error with the help of an end-to-end encrypted technology-led business. Additionally, it will be building a proper command centre to provide a transparent interface that will allow a smooth user experience.Infosys will also help the Finnish company to use robotics and artificial intelligence in their work sphere; it would help in enhancing Posti’s ability to respond to changes in customer needs.”With our diversified experience in the postal and logistics industry, we look forward to partnering with Posti in the journey to help realise its strategic goals of digital transformation and operational excellence. Our digital capabilities and solutions will help Posti enrich customer experiences while strengthening its competitive differentiation,” said Karmesh Vaswani, Executive Vice President and Global Head for Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods and Logistics at Infosys, Mint reports.The partnership with Infosys will help Posti grow digitally and will help the company get better with core applications and fulfil their customer needs faster.Infosys has been successful in completing many ventures of digitalizing companies before.Some of the lists are as follows:Infosys had partnered with ValGenesis to enable digitisation in life sciences.Proximus partnered with Infosys to simplify and digitize its enterprise solutions ecosystem to provide superior customer experienceCalix partnered Infosys to create advanced network serviceslast_img read more

An Unexpected Impact of Harvey Hundreds of Damaged Clocks in for Repair

first_imgHurricane Harvey. In the neighborhoods it flooded, residents tell of how eerily quiet things got in the weeks and months afterward. So many homes were unlivable, so there were a lot fewer people. But, in hundreds of those homes, there was something else that went silent.Old clocks.It turns out, a lot of people flooded by Harvey owned them. And many ended up at Chappell Jordan Clock Galleries. Located in the River Oaks area, the shop dubs itself as the largest clock store in the South.“There’s always something chiming here. People ask if I ever get used to it. I say, ‘I don’t even hear it, anymore’” said co-owner Ralph Pokluda, who has worked at the shop for 49 years. They have 10 showrooms that hold 1,500 clocks. One clock-owner’s storyAllison Lee/ Houston Public MediaJerry Arnold, 78, sits on his porch on July 3rd, 2018.One of the clocks sitting in the warehouse came from a home that was flooded with four feet of water from the Addicks Reservoir.“We didn’t get back in there for two weeks when the water went down,” said the clock’s owner, Jerry Arnold, 78. “I mean, everything was so soggy.” – / 5Jerry Arnold is a home-owner, though he and his fiancé are temporarily living in an apartment, while they search for a new house. He’s currently waiting for his grandfather clock to be repaired, which was one of the only items he said they were able to save, from Harvey’s floodwaters.“[The clock] always sat in the living room, ever since I got it,” said Arnold. “When I picked it up to move it, I was very careful… and the whole bottom piece came apart. So, they’re having to rebuild all of that now.”A stuffed giraffe is currently sitting in the place of where the clock will go in the apartment, said Arnold.And Arnold said his losses didn’t stop once Harvey’s floodwaters receded. His 13-year-old family dog, Queen Victoria, continued to be upset after being rescued in a boat during Harvey, and stopped eating, said Arnold. She passed away three months after the storm.  Allison Lee/ Houston Public MediaRalph Pokluda, 67, works on repairing a clock in the workshop at Chappell Jordan Clock Galleries on June 28, 2018. X – / 3Post-Harvey, Arnold is trying to repair and replace what he can, and repairing his grandfather clock will cost around $3,500 dollars. That’s about a thousand dollars more than its value, said Ralph Pokluda, from Chappell Jordan Clock Galleries.But Arnold said the over-100-year-old clock is worth the money.“It means a lot, as far as just surviving this long. Ya know? I think it probably rode in a covered wagon,” said Arnold. “Maybe, even if it wasn’t a family clock, I would still take care of it. Because of where it’s been… I respect it.”The clock shop’s Pokluda said he expects to be caught up on their workload by the end of the year. – / 10“Dial painters are backlogged. The cabinet makers are overwhelmed, because they’re working on probably the hardest part of this equation. We’re seeing clocks that were in water for a week,” said Pokluda. “All these different trades are involved, and everybody is sort of overwhelmed. Matter of fact, I talked to Fred, our cabinet maker here in Houston, and he said, ‘Ralph, I don’t think that I’ve got another one of these in me.’ It is hard work.” – / 9 ‘Harvey clocks’ are still coming in, some will cost thousands to repairAllison Lee/ Houston Public MediaCo-owner Ralph Pokluda, of Chappell Jordan Clock Gallery in River Oaks, reviews a work order in the warehouse on June 28. 2018.A warehouse adjacent to the shop is holding 150 grandfather clocks for repair. Not all of them are Harvey clocks, but Pokluda said they’ve been so swamped, they haven’t been able to also move their existing repairs.“We were bringing in all these clocks. We needed to mold remediate them right away, to stop the mold issue,” said Pokluda. “So, we went and rented a warehouse to put all of our own things in, so we could handle all these clocks coming in.”Pokluda said some of the Harvey clocks will cost thousands to repair, the challenging antique clocks are even approaching a $10,000 repair cost. He added other related industries have also been impacted. Share 00:00 /03:56 ‘Unlike any storm that we’ve ever dealt with in the past’Along with selling clocks, Chappell Jordan Clock Galleries also repairs them. Pokluda said they’re still getting what he calls “Harvey clocks”—and they’re currently at a six month turnaround time. Normal time to restore an antique clock is usually a couple of months, Pokluda said.As a native Houstonian, Pokluda said he’s seen lots of storms. But, Harvey was different, he said, because it was so widespread and affected more of their customers.“We quickly saw this was unlike any storm that we’ve ever dealt with in the past,” said Pokluda. “This time we quickly became overwhelmed…. We’ve already been running at 100 percent, in the repair end of the business before Harvey; doing as much as we possibly could with the staff that we had. But, all of the sudden, we started getting calls, immediately after the storm.”Pokluda said they ended up taking in about 200 grandfather clocks, along with wall and mantle clocks. Some clocks in for repair were some of the few items people were able to actually save, when several feet of water rushed into their homes. To help his customers, he said they’ve been working 6 days a week. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Narrating tales from an era bygone

first_imgDesires Unlimited, a Delhi based theatre group, is soon presenting the city’s first classical theatre festival titled Epoch – A Classic Theatre Festival. Commencing on 8 March, the festival will showcase the group’s flagship plays which include 3, Sakina Manzil and Rope, that are based on a bygone era.Epoch is set in a month, which is known for its significance be it historic or social. The festival captures two prominent yet classical themes of the month of March: ‘spring’ and Idus Martii (Ides of March). The Gandhian love story based in a pre-independent India, 3, Sakina Manzil promises to be refreshing like the spring. While, the play Rope which is a classic murder story, resonates with the touted Ides of March known popularly for assassination of Julius Caesar by Brutus. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play 3, Sakina Manzil which will be staged on 8 and 9 March is set in pre-independence era when the country was fighting for its independence, when the world was being ravaged by World War II, and the Hindi film Industry was learning to stand on its feet. Amidst all this, in an old apartment building of Bombay, 3, Sakina Manzil, a love story of two silent lovers Shashi and Comrade Shashi unfolds. Torn apart by destiny, they tread different paths only to meet again after five decades. The play explores how people despite the crisis of their times, managed to fall in love and sustain it over the years, no matter the distance or time that separated them.  The other play Rope being staged on 15 and 16 March, questions how we view murder. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDaniel and Sunny, graduates from St. Georges College Mussorie, fancy the notion of murder being an art. Influenced by Nietzsche and their own Prof. Kohli’s theories about superior beings, they consider themselves superior to their innocent classmate and strangle him. The two then call for a party and serve food from the chest that contains Dilip’s corpse. To add to the thrill, the guests include Dilip’s relatives, friends and Prof. Kohli. The plot thickens when Sunny starts to crack-up under pressure and Prof. Kohli begins to suspect. Desires Unlimited, established in 2006, is a production house for digital audio visual content. It was co-founded by a group of engineers cum artists from IIT Delhi. Though IITians are known for their Silicon Valley startups, these youngsters opted for a different playground all together. The group has created corporate films for brands such as Britania, Samsung, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).WHEN: 8-16 MarchWHERE: LTG Auditoriumlast_img read more

Fire breaks out at multistoreyed building on AJC Bose Road

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at a multi-storeyed building on AJC Bose road near Mullick Bazar on Wednesday afternoon triggering panic in the area.The fire took place on the third floor of the building, where spare parts of vehicles were stored. No casualty or injury has been reported in the incident so far.Locals spotted smoke billowing out of the building at around 12 pm and reported the matter to the fire brigade. The area was soon covered in black smoke and people started running from one place to the other for shelter. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSome people, who were in the other floor of the building, panicked and left the building. After being informed, the fire brigade officials rushed to the spot and as many as ten fire-tenders were pressed into action to douse the flames. Police cordoned off the entire area to check any untoward incidents. Moulali bound vehicles were diverted due to fire incident. There was a huge traffic jam in the area. The situation became normal a couple of hours later. Locals also took part in the rescue operation. They rescued the people who were inside the building and removed them to prevent any accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed They initially tried to restrict the fire from spreading to other rooms. The fire fighters later restricted the fire from spreading into the adjacent buildings.The situation was brought under control within one hour. According to a preliminary investigation, police and fire officials suspect that some inflammable materials might have been stored which aggravated the situation. The exact cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.last_img read more

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