Former Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma dies

first_imgFormer Punjab BJP president and senior party leader Kamal Sharma passed away on the morning of October 27 after suffering a heart attack in Ferozepur district.Mr. Sharma, 48, went for a morning walk when he suffered a heart attack, a close aide of Mr. Sharma saidHe was taken to a local hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, he said.Mr. Sharma is survived by his wife and two children.Two hours back, Mr. Sharma had greeted people on Deepavali through his Twitter handle.last_img

Newly-wed George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin make appearance in Venice

first_imgWedding bands glinted under the Venetian sun on the hands of George Clooney and his new bride, Amal Alamuddin, as the heartthrob actor and the human rights lawyer emerged Sunday from the luxury hotel where they were married a day earlier.The groom, in a smart light gray suit, sported a simple ring on his left hand. His wife, in a flouncy white short dress with pastel-colored appliques resembling flower blossoms, wore a thin band studded with what appeared to be roundish diamonds. The newlyweds shaded their eyes from the afternoon sunlight with dark glasses.George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin on Saturday in Venice. AP PhotoThey hopped into a waiting water taxi and, with Clooney putting his arm around her frequently, made their way down the Grand Canal to another waterside hotel where many of their guests were staying. Gondoliers steered out of their way.Tourists and Venetians cheered when Clooney waved and Alamuddin smiled broadly.The 53-year-old actor, who had vowed he’d never wed again, and the 36-year-old London-based lawyer, were married with Hollywood stars and family among guests.George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin, cruise the Grand Canal after leaving the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice. AP PhotoCelebrity-watching will last at least another day in Venice. City officials have announced the closure on Monday of a stretch of pedestrian walkway along the Grand Canal near the 16th-century Cavalli Palace, so the couple can have a civil marriage ceremony there. The palace is right across from the Aman hotel where the couple wed on Saturday evening.George Clooney marries Amal Alamuddin in Venice | When Clooney, Alamuddin enjoyed private party before wedding The marriage is the first for the bride and the second for Clooney, who had been one of the world’s most sought-after bachelors since 1993, following a four-year marriage to actress Talia Balsam.advertisementThe bride left her native Lebanon during its civil war and was raised in the United Kingdom. The Oxford-University-educated Alamuddin met Clooney, who is involved in many political causes, through her work.Venice closes down Grand Canal access for Clooney’s wedding | Pics: George Clooney and his saga of affairslast_img read more

Six arrested for posing as Sales Tax officers, extorting money

first_imgThane, Apr 26 (PTI) Ulhasnagar police in Thane district have arrested six persons who allegedly posed as Sales Tax officers and extorted lakhs of rupees from shop owners. The arrested men were identified as Harish Chhajad (48), Ramkrishna Gunjal (42), Brijmohanlal Sarate (47), Sharadkant Nerkar (64), Prakash Gaikwad (50) and Sunil Kolekar (36). Chhajad was the mastermind of this racket, police said. The accused visited a wholesalers shop dealing in chikki, chocolates and biscuits near Vitthalwadi railway station in Ulhasnagar on April 24. The car in which they came sported the logo of Maharashtra Government. Introducing themselves as Sales Tax officers, they `inspected ledgers, documents, receipts, etc., and told the owner that he had breached some regulations and they would have to seal the shop. The owner requested them to talk with his chartered accountant. The accused told the CA that the owner would have to pay them Rs five lakh if he wanted to avoid action. In the meantime, owner of a nearby shop came there, and realised that these were the same men who had extorted Rs two lakh from him by fraudulently posing as Sales Tax officers. The shop owner engaged them in conversation while alerting the Ulhasnagar Central Police station. Police rushed to the spot and arrested them. Duplicate I-cards, fake Sales Tax forms and the car with Government logo was seized. During the interrogation the accused confessed to similar offences in Ulhasnagar and also in Nashik, police said. A local court has remanded the accused in police custody till May 2. Further probe is on. PTI Cor DC KRKadvertisementlast_img

NAT Boosts Profit

first_imgzoom Bermuda-headquartered Nordic American Tankers (NAT) ended the second quarter of 2015 with USD 30.9 million net profit, compared to USD 16.5 million net loss recorded in the same period a year earlier.NAT attributes improved results to a slide in oil prices, which led to increased transportation requirements and lower fuel costs. Tanker rates achieved on average for 2Q2015 were about USD 38,800 per day per vessel for NAT’s trading fleet, as against USD 37,000 per day per vessel achieved in 1Q2015 and USD 12,100 in 2Q2014.The company’s net voyage revenue for the 2QFY2015 of USD 73.5 million was over three times higher compared to USD 22.6 million net voyage revenue in the same quarter a year earlier.”So far in the third quarter, we have secured higher average rates than in the two preceding quarters of the year. In 2Q2015, NAT continued to benefit from both a solid Suezmax tanker market and a top quality fleet (22 vessels in operation in 2Q2015 and 4 vessels expected to be included later in 2015 and thereafter). Cashflow from operations was USD 54.5m, compared with USD 51.0m in 1Q2015. For all of 2014, cashflow from operations was USD 77.7m compared with -USD 11.1m in 2013,” NAT said in its report.last_img read more

FIR against 3 in UP Bar Council chiefs murder

first_imgAgra: Sunny Yadav, the nephew of slain Uttar Pradesh Bar Council president Darwesh Yadav has named Manish Sharma, his wife Vandana and another lawyer Vineet Gulecha as the accused in the murder of the first woman chief of the council, who was shot dead in a lawyers chamber. Manish Sharma, a lawyer, who fired three shots on Wednesday at Darwesh Yadav, later shot himself in the head, and has been shifted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram in a critical condition. Also Read – Rajnath Singh receives IAF’s first Rafale fighter jet from France Lawyers across the state have decided not to work on Friday as a token of respect to the Bar Council chief. Meanwhile, a festering relationship between Darwesh Yadav and Manish Sharma is now believed to be motive behind the killing. Both had started practicing law in 2004 and the two even shared the same chamber in the court. According to Sunny Yadav who lodged the FIR late on Wednesday, Darwesh Yadav often helped Sharma with his career and gave him money, car and jewellery. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CIC “A few months ago, when Darwesh Yadav asked Sharma to return the money he owed her, his wife Vandana threatened Darwesh Yadav with dire consequences. Manish Sharma had taken over Darwesh’s chamber and she had to start working form other lawyers’ chambers,” Sunny has said in the FIR. Minutes before the shooting in lawyer Arvind Kumar Misra’s chamber — where Darwesh was sitting with her colleagues — Sharma got into an argument with her. Lawyers present said that Sharma shouted “Tu jeet gayi” (you have won) and fired at Darwesh Yadav’s cousin Manoj Yadav who was seated beside her. He ducked and escaped the bullet. Sharma then fired three shots at Darwesh Yadav. She was hit in the head and chest and slumped into a pool of blood. Before anyone could realise what had happened, Manish Sharma put his pistol to his temple and shot himself. Talking to reporters, Sunny Yadav said that another advocate Vineet Gulecha is the mastermind and jealously was the motive behind the crime. “Gulecha was jealous of Darwesh’s growing popularity and used Manish Sharma to settle the scores,” he said. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Minister for Law Brijesh Pathak was expected to be in Etah to pay respect to the departed soul on Thursday. Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav is also scheduled to reach Etah later in the day and meet the family of the slain lawyer.last_img read more

Toni Collette Named As Global Ambassador For Concern Worldwide

first_imgEmmy and Golden Globe-winning actress and star of the Broadway play “The Realistic Joneses,” Toni Collette, has joined the international humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide, as its first official Global Ambassador.Award-winning actress Toni Collette joins humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide as Global Ambassador.“I am deeply honored to join Concern as their first Global Ambassador,” says Ms. Collette. “I know I am becoming part of a global team of men and women committed to transforming care and empathy into real, direct and effective action that creates lasting change in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.”As a Global Ambassador, Ms. Collette will work to shine a light on the challenges facing those impacted by poverty, war, conflict, and natural disaster. In this role, Ms. Collette will travel to Concern’s program areas, which include 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Caribbean, to bring much-needed attention to the conditions of those living in extreme poverty and in emergency and conflict environments.“We’re so grateful that Toni has agreed to make Concern Worldwide her chosen cause because we know that she can have a transformative impact on our work,” says Dr. Joseph Cahalan, CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S., the organization’s affiliate headquartered in New York City. “Toni has a rare ability to translate concern into action, having helped us reach countless new friends and donors as part of our Concern Gifts program in the last two years. Now, as our ambassador, she can help us reach millions more and strengthen our effort to change the lives of the world’s poorest people.”Video: Toni Collette talks about Concern WorldwideIn 2012, Ms. Collette lent her celebrity to Concern’s global campaign to fight malnutrition and hunger and later to a holiday appeal to make a difference to families across the world through gifts such as livestock, clean water, and health care. Together, the campaigns raised money that helped Concern fight poverty, hunger, and disease, and ultimately save lives.Ms. Collette is currently starring alongside Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei on Broadway in “The Realistic Joneses,” a play written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold. Her upcoming films include “Lucky Them” (May 2014), “The Long Way Down” (July 2014), “The Boxtralls” (September 2014), and “Glassland.” She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in “The Sixth Sense” and won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” for her performance in Showtime’s hit series “The United States of Tara.”last_img read more

Constitutional body powerless

first_imgThe Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been taken lightly in many instances. Political leaders have crossed the line and become recipients of ensuing notices issued by the Election Commission (EC). Amongst the several instances reported, one stands out as utterly intolerable in India’s democratic narrative. Hate speeches by politicos during campaigns have been subject to abject criticism. Statements from BSP chief Mayawati and UP CM Yogi, in particular, made it to the apex court’s bench where an irked Chief Justice of India asked the poll body about the action initiated in the whole matter. To Ranjan Gogoi (CJI), other judges, courtroom and people’s astonishment, EC apprised the court of its powerlessness in this regard. It asserted how there is a procedure to be followed when MCC is flouted wherein a notice is issued and an advisory follows with a police complaint being the extent of punitive measures. Disappointed, the Supreme Court has demanded an explanation from EC on its “powerless” and “toothless” remark, asking an EC official to be present for the proceedings today. The Supreme Court will examine in detail the issue of the ECI’s powers to deal with hate and defamatory election speeches, and violations of the Model Code of Conduct. But EC’s extent of power, as per the petitioner’s lawyer, is mismatched. Under Article 324, EC does have powers to act strictly in this matter which has further convinced the apex court to subject EC’s powers to scrutiny. The petition filed by NRI Harpreet Mansukhani seemingly represents the average Indian dissent over the increase in hate and divisive speeches in the name of religion in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. Much to everyone’s disappointment, hate speeches so far have carried a sense of impunity. And, EC’s powerless claim on the issue further aggravates the situation. As per the petition filed, communalism of Indian politics and caste-based parties were a “great threat to the spirit of the Constitution” and so the petition called for strict action against political leaders and party representatives spreading hatred on religious and caste lines. It also requests the court to constitute a committee headed by a former apex court judge to closely watch the election process and check the fairness of the EC. While the petition pronounces the concerns of million voters, it also takes a dig at what more can be done in this regard. Also Read – A compounding difficultyMeanwhile, EC post-hearing ordered a 48-hour and 72-hour prohibition for Mayawati and Yogi respectively in regard to their violation of MCC by asserting communal remarks. Both the leaders have been barred from holding public meetings, road shows, public speeches, interviews and use of social media. EC’s haphazard order is likely to be mentioned today in the hearing but will it hold as punitive enough is an important concern. This has larger implications on India’s democratic machinery. The word secular imbibed by our forefathers in the Constitution has been mocked by those who want to run the nation with the very Constitution by their side. Hate speeches are detrimental to the democratic values of this nation as they wither the fabric of our society. The Supreme Court’s scrutiny of EC is constructive as it may yield directives which EC will be obligated to enforce. It could not be as drastic as cancelling of candidature but it might be more severe than a few hours of ban from any political activity regarding campaigns. The apex court’s verdict here will be instrumental in reinvigorating MCC’s status which has, so far, been reduced to classroom rules. EC on its part acted swiftly to ensure a reply today in the court but the issue here is not over compliance of orders by SC but rather over its duty as a constitutional body to protect the interests of voters and hold elections in a free and fair manner. Today’s proceedings will be decisive in establishing measures to deal with political parties who drag religion and caste in political campaigns. It is important to remember that such ploys by parties and candidates not only incite communal, sentiments but also insult the secularism this country holds sacred. If hate speeches are not punished it may have severe ramifications causing instability to the ongoing elections.last_img read more

Saudi Prince Executed for Murdering a Young Man

Rabat – A Saudi Prince was executed for murdering a young Saudi man 3 years ago in a group fight.Saudi Ministry of Interior released a statement on Tuesday confirming the execution of Prince Turki Bin Saud al-Kabir after he was found guilty of murdering Saudi citizen Adel bin Suleiman bin Abdul Karim Mohaimeed.The incident took place three years ago during a group fight in the al-Thumama region near the Saudi capital, Riyadh. “Turki Bin Saud Bin Turki Bin Saud Al Kabir, a Saudi national, had shot Adel Bin Sulaiman Bin Abdul Kareem Al Muhaimeed, also a Saudi national, following a group dispute,” stated the Interior Ministry.The statement continued, “The authorities were able to arrest the above mentioned offender. After the investigations, they charged him of committing the crime and his indictment was sent to the General Court. He was convicted with what was attributed to him and sentenced to death as retribution.”Both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court confirmed the indictment. The implementation of the execution was carried out after a Royal Decree was issued.The family of the victim was offered money to stop the execution, but it demanded that justice be served, according to Alarabia English.The statement pointed out that the Saudi government is keen on “enforcement of security, justice, and God’s judgments,” and added that whoever assaults innocent people and sheds their blood will face the same punishment. read more

A look at Drakes storied and sometimes stormy history with the Raptors

Drake, Raptors support Canadian basketballUnder a new program called ‘Welcome Toronto,’ Drake and the Toronto Raptors announced the donation of $2 million to Canada Basketball and $1 million to refurbish local basketball courts.“The thing I’m most proud of in this partnership is the million dollars that we’re going to be giving to the city to re-do these courts,” Drake said at a news conference. “To create an amazing atmosphere for anyone in that community to come out and either play casual basketball or potentially breed the next generation of Canadian superstar basketball players.”In the video below, Drake discusses the importance of the initiative, and team president, Masai Ujiri, talks about some of the amusing texts he receives from Drake. Beyond skin deepIn case you questioned Drake’s love of Toronto, there’s always this: Hardcourt confrontationsDrake’s emotions got the best of him during, and after, a heartbreaking overtime playoff loss to Cleveland last year. Drake exchanged heated words with Cavs veteran Kendrick Perkins, who accused Drake of interjecting as he spoke to a fellow teammate. Perkins reportedly told Drake, in colourful language, to sit back down. The jawing continued at the game’s conclusion. It wasn’t the first, and wouldn’t be the last time Drake’s antics would draw attention.Drake and Kendrick Perkins exchanged more words postgame— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 2, 2018Future owner?Drake fueled speculation that his ambitions with the Raptors could stretch far beyond his global ambassador role when he captioned this Instagram post: “future owner.” Not everyone was convinced. Here’s the results of a poll conducted after learning of Drake’s appointment.We The North campaign The team’s rebranding efforts continued in April, 2014, when the Raptors, with help from Drake, launched the hugely successful We The North campaign. The team produced a stirring YouTube video (below) that melded images of the Raptors in action with scenes of Toronto street basketball. Then-MLSE president Tim Leiweke credited Drake with helping the team find its identity. “Now this is a cultural thing and Drake said, ‘Stick to it and just define your culture and make it you,’ ” Leiweke said.And while the Raptors were upping their coolness factor, they were also making strides on the hardcourt, posting a club record 48 wins and earning their first playoff berth since 2008.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Drake uses lint rollerBefore the Raptors were unceremoniously ousted by Brooklyn Nets in seven games in 2014, Drake provided a light-hearted, viral moment when he pulled out a lint roller while seated courtside for Game 2 of the series.If anything, it was proof of Drake’s star power and reconfirmed that his every move was being heavily scrutinized. Few non-athletes have become as inextricably linked with a professional sports team as Drake has with the Toronto Raptors.He’s a ubiquitous courtside presence — a bearded cheerleader and occasional masseuse who chirps the stars of rival teams and gives rousing impromptu speeches declaring his loyalty and love for the team and the city of Toronto.Love him or hate him, Drake is synonymous with the Raptors. And much like the once-lowly team that’s soared from cartoon dinosaurs to serious contenders for the NBA championships, Drake has had a few ups and downs along the way.Here’s a look at the rapper’s storied, and sometimes stormy, history with the franchise:Drake is named Toronto Raptor’s Global Ambassador:Monday, September 30, 2013, was an important date in Raptors history, and one that in many ways ushered in a new era for the franchise. In addition to announcing that Toronto would host the 2016 NBA All-Star game, the team made a bold PR move, naming Drake the team’s global ambassador. The former Degrassi Junior High actor and rapper had been a fan of the team since its early days and desperately wanted his popularity on the world stage to rub off on the team. “I want to bring the excitement into this building, I want a team that people are dying to come see, I want the tickets to be extremely hard to get, I want to bring that aggression, I want to bring that energy,” Drake said. “And obviously I want it to be a top team in the NBA, if not the top team.” ‘All we are is proud and passionate’With all eyes on the Raptors as they pushed their historic playoff run all the way to the finals against Golden State, Drake’s courtside behaviour inevitably came under the spotlight again. The league even warned him to tone things down after he engaged in verbal confrontations with players and massaged the shoulders of Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse. But in an impromptu interview after the Raptors won Game 5 against Milwaukee, Drake issued an unapologetic war cry on behalf of Raptors fans. “All we are is proud and passionate,” he declared. “I love Toronto. I love this team and we are going to the NBA Finals! Let’s Go!” he shouted before storming off.#raptors one game away from the #nbafinals and the moment we had a surprise scrum with @drake @CityNews @680NEWS— Lindsay Dunn (@LindsayDunnTV) May 24, 2019His words would prove prophetic.Raptors lead the best-of-seven NBA Finals 1-0. Game 2 is set for Sunday.With files from The Canadian Press and Sportsnet Courtside embrace with Gord DownieDrake’s courtside antics are often a hot topic of conversation at Raptors games. But in May, 2017 he shared a heartfelt moment with Canadian music legend Gord Downie. A year earlier, Downie announced that he had a terminal brain tumour. The two crossed paths at a Raptors playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, embracing in a deep hug before the more-than 20,000 in attendance. The moment was a top trending topic on Twitter. Downie passed away on October 17, 2017. Coun. Norm Kelly calls Drake out for fraternizing with the enemyLong-time Toronto city councillor Norm Kelly and Drake struck up an odd friendship over the years. But it was tested when the Raptors faced Washington in the 2015 post-season. Kelly called out Drake after seeing a photo of the Raptor’s global ambassador shaking hands with a gleeful-looking Paul Pierce after the Wizards’ 117-106 victory in Game 2 of the playoffs.Yo, @Drake. What the hell is this?— Norm Kelly (@norm) April 23, 2015Washington went on to sweep the Raptors, and Kelly swept Drake’s indiscretion under the rug. The two remained friends, with Kelly becoming known as 6 Dad — a humorous take on Drake’s famous 6 God moniker. read more

Peterson Helps Minnesota Vikings Win Over Washington Redskins

The Minnesota Vikings found a way to stop Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, showing late resolve after a series of final-minute collapses.Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns, and the Vikings forced Griffin into three straight incompletions from the 4-yard line to hold on for a 34-27 victory Thursday night.After losing three games this year in the final minute, the Vikings finally pulled one out.“There were many times during the course of that game where they could’ve gone, ‘Oh, no, here we go again,’” coach Leslie Frazier said.Christian Ponder went 17-for-21, for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Minnesota before leaving late in the third quarter with a dislocated shoulder on his non-throwing left arm. John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, and rookie Cordarrelle Patterson also had a scoring reception for the Vikings (2-7).“We just played the way we were supposed to,” Ponder said. “We executed like an NFL team is supposed to, especially a 10-6 playoff team like we were last year. We really needed that, to help out with our confidence, and now that’s our expectation for the rest of the year.”Griffin was 24-for-37 for 281 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers for the Redskins (3-6), who led 27-14 early in the third quarter. He also ran seven times for 44 yards, but the Vikings took him down for four sacks for 39 yards in the second half, including 2 1/2 by Kevin Williams.The Redskins committed eight penalties for 63 yards.“You can’t do that,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “You’ve got to keep your poise. You make mistakes like that and so often it will cost you the game.”With the Redskins out of timeouts, Griffin ran for 12 yards on fourth-and-1 at his own 49, right after the 2-minute warning. After a run to the 4, the Vikings stopped the clock. Wide receiver Greg Jennings was livid on the sideline, but Frazier defended the timeout to give the drained defense a rest and allow at least a few seconds for a comeback in case the Redskins scored.Read more at ESPN. read more

British businesses struggling to fill jobs as EU migrants stay away

first_img By AFP A seamstress works on an EU flag in Belgrade. Image: Darko Vojinovic/AP Monday 13 Feb 2017, 11:48 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: BRITISH BUSINESSES ARE struggling to fill in vacancies because of a drop in the supply of European Union nationals following the Brexit vote, a new report revealed on Monday.The survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) highlighted that the growth of EU nationals in employment halved to just 30,000 in the final quarter of 2016.According to the latest data, there are currently about 2.26 million EU nationals working in Britain.“The survey data… suggest that a fall in the supply of EU nationals may heighten recruitment difficulties in the year ahead,” the CIPD wrote in its Labour Market outlook report.Job vacancies in the UK economy remain well above historical average levels and the report emphasises that a fall in the supply of EU nationals would hit some specific industries hard.These include low-skilled sectors such as wholesale, retail, accommodation and food services as well as human health and social work, which employ large number of EU workers.More than 1,000 employers were polled for the survey.British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is expected to start the divorce proceeding with the EU before the end of March, has said she wants to guarantee the rights of EU citizens who are already living in Britain.But uncertainty over what that would entail and whether visa restrictions would be enforced is also prompting some EU nationals in the UK to consider relocating.Almost one in three British employers surveyed by the CIPD say they have evidence that the EU nationals they employ have looked to leave their organisation and/or Britain in 2017.The issue of immigration was at the heart of the EU referendum campaign last year in which 52 percent voted for Britain to leave the European Union.- © AFP 2017Read: Calls for UN to step in after Kim Jong-Un ‘personally guides’ ballistic missile launch A seamstress works on an EU flag in Belgrade. British businesses struggling to fill jobs as EU migrants stay away Job vacancies in the UK economy remain well above historical average levels. 15,432 Views 69 Comments Image: Darko Vojinovic/AP Feb 13th 2017, 11:48 AM Share124 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Primary surplus exceeds JanuaryJuly target figure

first_imgGreece’s state budget registered a 2.27-billion-euro primary surplus for the seven-month period covering January to July, exceeding expectations by 1.47 billion euros, Finance Ministry data showed this week.The favourable result was attributed to the collection of higher-than-expected state revenues, combined with the containment of expenses beyond the objectives that had been set.However, not all was rosy in the latest budget figures. OAEE, the social security fund for all the country’s self-employed, appears headed for trouble by the end of the year as it has already dug into 81.3 percent of its annual credit allowance with five months remaining.State revenues before taxpayer returns exceeded the target set for the seven-month period by 713 million euros, without taking into account prospective revenues to be provided by the new ENFIA property tax, currently undergoing revisions ahead of the first round of payments, which are expected late in September.Net revenue amounted to 26.2 billion euros, or 451 million (1.7 per cent) more than than forecast. Total tax revenues reached 24.4 billion euros, exceeding the target figure by 342 million.Tax returns for the seven-month period came to 2 billion euros. Although this figure exceeded the target by 262 million euros, it has helped to inject some much needed cash into the market.Primary expenditure for the seven-month period was 880 million euros less than the target figure, contributing to the primary surplus achieved.As for the country’s travel balance, figures showed a travel surplus of 1.8 billion euros for the month of June, a 16.7 per cent increase compared to the figure registered for the same month last year.Travel receipts in June, including those provided by cruise ships, increased by 278 million euros, or 16.3 percent, against the same month last year. Reaching 1.99 billion euros from 1.71 billion, the increase was attributed to a 13.7 per cent increase in tourist arrivals, combined with an average spending increase of 2.5 per cent per trip. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mane still buzzing about the number 10 jersey

first_imgSadio Mane has revealed why he decided to switch squad jersey numbers this summer and gave insight about his team’s run of fixtures.Mane spent his first two years at Liverpool wearing the number 19 shirt but switched to jersey number 10 after Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona earlier in the year, and the Senegalese admits he couldn’t wait to swap.“I was very happy to get it because I have always taken the number 10 everywhere I have gone,” added Mane. “When I first came to Liverpool, Philippe (Coutinho) had it, so I was happy with my number 19.“But when he left I thought: it is free, I want to take the number 10 because it has always been my favourite number.“Everywhere I go, I wore number 10, and now I wear it for Liverpool.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Liverpool’s are bracing up for the trip to Stamford Bridge which is their fifth game in a run of seven in 23 days.“It’s a very, very tough list,” said Mane, speaking to the official Liverpool matchday programme. “But if you think about it you should be happy because of our strength.“If we are a team at the bottom of the table it would be a lot more difficult, but we are a big team with a big squad so let’s do it.“For us, it is no problem. We will take it game by game, try to win and only then concentrate on the next game.”last_img read more

Washington State Fair building destroyed by fire

first_imgPUYALLUP — One of the oldest buildings on the grounds of the Washington State Fair was destroyed by fire early Monday, just hours after the spring fair concluded Sunday night, spokeswoman Karen LaFlamme said.No one was inside Evergreen Hall when it caught fire and no one was injured.One piglet from the petting farm died; 49 other animals — including a miniature donkey, goats, alpacas, turkeys, ducks, chickens and rabbits — were safely moved to a nearby barn by firefighters and fair staff. A veterinarian treated some that had breathed in smoke, LaFlamme said.The fire broke out around midnight and went to two alarms before it was extinguished by the Central Pierce fire department. The cause of the fire is under investigation but it apparently began in a food concession area in a corner of the building. The Sales Lunch restaurant has been operated for generations by the same family and is known for its onion burgers and Krusty Pup corndogs.Evergreen Hall was remodeled last year to house the agriculture and floral departments at last fall’s Washington State Fair. During the spring fair, it housed the petting farm and Future Farmer of America displays.There’s no dollar estimate yet of the loss, but the building will probably be replaced, LaFlamme said. Floral and farm displays may be exhibited in a tent in the meantime.The traditional state fair held in September is one of the largest in the nation.last_img read more

CEC asks magistrates to act neutrally

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday urged judicial magistrates to act neutrally to gain people’s confidence and ensure a fair election, reports UNB.”You must be free and fair as you are the judges. You’ll have to apply your judicious minds,” said KM Nurul Huda while briefing the judicial magistrates at election office in Agargaon.The CEC asked the magistrates to perform their duties as per the constitution and law.He said, the election commission is accountable to the nation, constitution, political parties and public for holding a fair election.Some 600 magistrates will perform duty from 29 December to 1 January to ensure a fair election atmosphere, Nurul Huda further said.Election commissioner Mahbub Alam said, it is their aim to make sure no candidate goes to the Jatiya Sangsad without confirming their win through votes.Election commissioners Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam, brigadier (retd) Shahadat Hossain and EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed also spoke at the briefing.last_img read more

Social worker Meher Engineer passes away at 75

first_imgKolkata: Noted social worker Meher Engineer died in the city on Wednesday. Engineer, who was a scientist, passed away at the age of 75.He was associated with the Singur Nandigram movement and visited places to organise the people to protest against the red terror unleashed by the CPIM. He was an active member of the forum of the intellectuals and cultural activists that came up after the Singur and Nandigram incidents. He was a presidium member. He was associated with many NGOs associated with slum development and empowerment of women.last_img read more

Kerala launches Yalla Kerala campaign to woo Arabian tourists

first_imgIn a bid to woo the west Asian tourists, Kerala Tourism Board has launched ‘Yalla Kerala’ campaign in major countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait and Oman.‘Yalla’ which in Arabic means ‘let’s go’ aims to lure the growing popularity among the Arabian travellers to ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala. This new initiative was adopted after a very positive response from the Arabian tourists to a campaign showcasing the state’s waterfalls and backwaters on Dubai’s taxis.The ‘Yalla Kerala’ campaign is set to adopt the ‘most friendly destination’ outlook to position itself in the aggressive campaigns as Monsoon, Ayurveda, Health and Wellness holidays, historic and cultural affinities along with good connectivity in the Arabian landscape.Commenting on the promotional campaign in various media, Director of Kerala Tourism Board, P Bala Kiran said, “The tourist arrivals to Kerala from the six nations have shown a growth in the range of 42.54% to 169.05% in 2016. The significant chunk of the marketing funds is being used in view of the increase in Arab footfall.”In the taxi campaigning, as many as 200 Kerala-branded taxis will ferry the message of ‘A Faraway Land Four Hours Away’ from three international airports with eye-catching visuals featuring hill stations, backwaters, waterfalls and also Ayurvedic therapies – through the streets of Dubai.last_img read more

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