Nestle India brews 11 Q1 profit rise to Rs 438 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: FMCG major Nestle India on Friday reported an increase of 10.83 per cent in net profit to Rs 437.84 crore for the second quarter ended June 2019, led by sales and volume growth. The company, which follows January-December as financial year, had posted a profit of Rs 395.03 crore for April-June 2018. Net sales during the quarter under review were up 11.35 per cent at Rs 2,982.83 crore as against Rs 2,678.57 crore in the year-ago period, Nestle said in a BSE filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We have now delivered 10 straight quarters of volume and mix led growth. Our continuing momentum is a testimony to the unrelenting efforts of our employees, partners and other stakeholders, as well as to our quest for consumer relevant, science based innovation and renovation,”Nestle India Chairman and MD Suresh Narayanan said. Total expenses were at Rs 2,414.29 crore in the latest quarter as against Rs 2,163.32 crore a year ago. Revenue from domestic sales in April-June 2019 was at Rs 2,835.37 crore, up 13.08 per cent from Rs 2,507.33 crore a year earlier. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostExports were down 13.88 per cent to Rs 147.46 crore as against Rs 171.24 crore earlier. Meanwhile, Nestle also said it will ramp up its production capacity by investing around Rs 700 crore in two years to set up a new factory in Sanand, Gujarat to manufacture its range of popular instant noodles Maggi. Nestle India would soon commence construction of its ninth plant, which would generate employment to around 400 people, it said in a statement. “In line with our commitment to ‘Make in India’, we will soon commence construction of our newest, and ninth factory in India, at Sanand, Gujarat,” said Narayanan. This plant would be a “significant step” in enhancing Nestle’s manufacturing footprint in India, he added.last_img read more

Gildas Club NYC To Honor Actress Krysta Rodriguez

first_imgThe Associate Board (AB) of Gilda’s Club NYC is hosting its 7th annual benefit event, The Gildie Awards – A Celebration of Life, Laughter and Courage, at City Winery on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.The emerging philanthropists expect more than 250 guests to enjoy an evening of music by Alex Simon and DJ Vida, passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction. Broadway actress, Ellyn Marsh, will be the host for the evening.Broadway and television star, Krysta Rodriguez will be receiving The Red Door Award for Advocacy. Ms. Rodriguez was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and has been vocal about her illness and raising awareness through her blog, ChemoCouture. Ms. Rodriguez recently starred opposite John Lithgow in the NBC comedy TRIAL AND ERROR and is also well known for playing the role of Ana Vargas in the NBC musical drama SMASH. TV guest credit include Inside Amy Schumer, Quantico, Younger, Chasing Life, and The Mysteries of Laura.The AB was formed nine years ago as a junior board for young professionals and emerging philanthropists who are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of people touched by cancer. The mission of the AB is to promote awareness of Gilda’s Club NYC in the community it serves through philanthropic initiatives and volunteer service.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Among the duds, Tom Cruise’s The Mummy and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword both disappointed on opening weekend, while huge franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Planet of the Apes showed signs of running out of steam.Without the hits, Cineplex feels the sting on its box-office revenue and at concession stand where hungry moviegoers shell out for marked-up popcorn and drinks.Any shimmer of hope that August would save the season was quickly dashed when The Dark Tower stumbled out of the gate with $19.2 million its first weekend. It’s a mere fraction of the $132 million opening of Suicide Squad at the same time last summer.“We haven’t really had anything of any consequence,” said Raymond James analyst Kenric Tyghe. “There’s literally been nothing to see.”Summer box office downThe North American summer box-office was off about 13 per cent to $3.63 billion as of Aug. 23, helping to drag down the year’s box-office tally by 5.4 per cent, according to comScore senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian.While some observers have pegged the decline to a growing popularity of low-cost streaming services like Netflix and CraveTV, not everyone is convinced that the notoriously volatile box-office won’t pick up again in a few weeks.“In September the tables turn,” Tyghe suggested, pointing to Stephen King’s It remake, which is currently projected to break box-office records for the month.Cineplex is discounting its tickets ahead of another weekend with very little in terms of new offerings.The Hitman’s Bodyguard, last week’s No. 1 film, is expected to hold the top spot while an expansion of indie thriller Wind River and a re-release of 1991 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick Terminator 2: Judgement Day in 3D round out the highlights.Saturday night’s hyped pay-per-view fight between UFC fighter Conor McGregor and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is also expected to take a bite out of box-office receipts. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Hollywood’s cruel summer of box-office flops has Cineplex hoping to reel in elusive audiences with a cheap movie ticket offers.Canada’s largest movie theatre company has put into effect Tuesday discount pricing for all screenings running from Friday to Aug. 31.Cineplex said patrons can expect a 30 per cent discount on tickets during those days, with SCENE members receiving an additional 10 per cent discount. It’s an unusual move during a period that’s often considered the victory lap after months of huge blockbusters — except this summer hit movies were almost non-existent.Earlier this month, Cineplex joined other chains in announcing weaker profits as fewer people filled theatres.Even though Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 delivered strong results, the number of box-office failures easily outshines the successes.This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from Wonder Woman, which has been one of this summer’s box office winners. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment/Associated Press) Twitterlast_img read more

Aboriginal domain needs seismic shift

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Conservative Senator Patrick has turned to YouTube as a megaphone for his call to freeze any additional funding to Indian Affairs and Aboriginal organizations until there is a full accounting of how their current spending impacts ordinary Aboriginal people.Wearing a turquoise tie and a black suit jacket with red, yellow, white, red and turquoise embroidery of diamonds and bear paws, Brazeau delivered his video message from the floor of the Red Chamber, where the Senate gathers.In the video, Brazeau calls for a review of the “entire domain of Aboriginal affairs” to determine whether the money they already get is actually benefiting Aboriginal people across the country. He said no additional funding should flow until those questions get answers.He said it was time to move “beyond the hopelessly broken status quo that favours elites and promotes a sense of entitlement” at the expense of oridnary Aboriginal people.“The federal government spends over $10 billion on federal program and services for Aboriginal people, yet despite this progress…improving quality of life for First Nations, Inuit and Metis people seems to elude us. This reality begs answers to numerous questions,” said Brazeau, in the video titled, Senator Patrick Brazeau on enhanced accountability in Canada’s Aboriginal affairs.It was one of three videos posted.The former head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, takes special aim at federally funded Aboriginal organizations like the Assembly of First Nations.“Is the AFN, which is the national voice of 600 plus chiefs, as well as other aboriginal organizations, the great majority of which are 100 per cent funded by tax payer dollars, acting responsibly?” said Brazeau. “We need to look at the machinery of government to re-examine the entire notion of funding representative groups that run parallel bureaucracies and yet provide no programs and services to those in real need.”Brazeau’s video went live Tuesday afternoon, hours after AFN national Chief Shawn Atleo held a press conference in Ottawa calling for about $2 billion in new funding for education.In an interview with APTN National News, Brazeau said the timing was pure coincidence. He said he has been planning production of the videos for several months and they were finally ready for posting Tuesday.“You can speculate on the timing issue. That is not an issue whatsoever. The messaging in the accountability video is nothing new and it reflects what I have said,” he said.Brazeau raised the issue in the Senate last spring when he called for a Senate inquiry into the accountability of Aboriginal affairsSenators debate issues that have been put under inquiry.Brazeau said the inquiry is ongoing and more Senators have asked to speak to the matter. Once that ends, he hopes the Conservative government will take the issue on.“Either the government will be interested in pursuing any of the items debated or discussed. If not, I will have to roll up my sleeves and see what type of strategy I can (develop) to move forward,” he said.Brazeau said Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan”s office was aware of the videos, but he said they were not part of a strategy that would lead to the unveiling of a government initiative. The videos are simply meant to increase debate on the issue, he said.“These are my personal views on the Aboriginal accountability video,” he said. “I have not been designated by anyone to do this.”Brazeau also posted YouTube videos about how the Senate works and the importance of participating in democracy.last_img read more

Sierra Leone veteran war crimes lawyer tapped as top prosecutor UNbacked court

22 February 2010A United States attorney, who leads the prosecution against former Liberian president Charles Taylor, has been named by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the new Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed tribunal trying the worst acts committed during the decade-long brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. Since 2007, Brenda Joyce Hollis has served as a principal trial attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), where she heads up the legal team prosecuting Mr. Taylor, who is under indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity.Prior to that, she was an expert legal consultant on international law and criminal procedure, training judges, prosecutors and investigators at courts and international tribunals in Indonesia, Iraq and Cambodia.Ms. Hollis has helped victims of international crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Colombia prepare submissions requesting investigations by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.She was also senior trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 1994-2001, serving as lead counsel in preparing the case against former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic as well as cases in which rape was charged as torture.The newly-appointed prosecutor paid tribute to Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Kamara, who has served as Acting Prosecutor since Stephen Rapp left the post last September.Also today, Mr. Ban named Binta Mansaray, a Sierra Leonean national, as the Special Court’s Registrar.Appointed as Deputy Registrar in 2007, she has served as Acting Registrar since last June.Ms. Mansaray first joined the SCSL as an Outreach Coordinator, where she designed its acclaimed grassroots programme to inform the people of Sierra Leone and Liberia about the Special Court and its trials.Prior to joining the SCSL, she worked as a human rights advocate for victims and ex-combatants.The Special Court is an independent tribunal established jointly by Sierra Leone’s Government and the UN in 2002. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for atrocities committed in Sierra Leone after 30 November 1996.Last September, the eight prisoners convicted and held by the SCSL were transferred to Rwanda to serve their sentences since no prison in Sierra Leone meets the required international standards. The remaining trial, involving Mr. Taylor, is continuing at The Hague, where it was moved for security reasons. read more

As Iraqi military prepares to enter Mosul ISIL forcibly relocates thousands of

A young girl stands outside her family home in al Houd, a town outside Mosul, which was retaken by Iraqi security forces. Photo: UNICEF/Sharon Behn The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported that early this morning, ISIL attempted the forcible transfer of some 25,000 civilians towards locations in and around Mosul. While coalition flights patrolling the area foiled the effort, some buses did reach Abusaif, 15 kilometres north of Hamam Al-Alil City, south of Mosul. “We have grave concerns for the safety of these and the tens of thousands of other civilians who have reportedly been forcibly relocated by ISIL in the past two weeks,” OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters at the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva, explaining that ISIL brought dozens of long trucks and mini-buses to Hamam al-Alil City – most of which were prevented from proceeding towards Mosul by coalition flights. Responding to questions, she said OHCHR had observed a pattern: ISIL was taking people closer and closer to Mosul city, and putting them close to their offices and to military installations which could be targets.“That would support the assertion that they are planning to use those people as human shields, and to make sure the area was heavily populated with civilians to frustrate a military operation against them,” she said, noting that ISIL is also killing some people that they are abducting, particularly those having formerly belonged to the Iraqi Security Forces. “Using civilians as human shields is a war crime,” she explained, citing relevant Articles of the Rome Statute, founding document of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which state, respectively, that taking hostages in a non-international armed conflict is a war crime, and that ordering civilian displacements for reasons non-security or imperative military reasons is also a war crime.“We urge parties to the conflict to ensure that international law is strictly observed,” continued Ms. Shamdasani, “in particular the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in attack. All feasible precautions must be taken to avoid and minimise the loss of civilian life and injury to civilians.” The OHCHR spokesperson elaborated on further reports of mass killings by ISIL, noting that this past Saturday, 40 former Iraqi Security Force soldiers were killed and their bodies thrown in the Tigris River. The soldiers were reportedly among the civilians who had been abducted earlier from al-Shura sub-district of Mosul and from villages surrounding Hamam al-Alil.According to Ms. Shamdasani, there have also been reports that ISIL has been threatening relatives of people they suspect are supporting the Iraqi Security Forces. read more

Cobb out again for Packers with hamstring injury

MINNEAPOLIS — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb will miss his sixth game this season because of a hamstring injury.Cobb was sidelined Sunday at Minnesota for the third straight week, along with cornerback Kevin King (hamstring). Defensive end Mike Daniels (foot) and cornerback Bashaud Breeland (groin) were also out. Safety Kentrell Brice (ankle) returned from a one-game absence. Tight end Jimmy Graham (thumb) was in the lineup after being listed as questionable.For the Vikings, linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring) returned after a three-game absence. The previous time Minnesota hosted Green Bay, Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers broke the quarterback’s collarbone.Safety Andrew Sendejo (groin) missed his seventh straight game. Wide receiver Chad Beebe (hamstring), linebacker Ben Gedeon (concussion) and tight end David Morgan (knee) were also out.___More AP NFL coverage: and Associated Press read more

Chimdi Chekwa and Cameron Heyward to return for senior seasons

Ohio State won’t have to revamp its entire defensive line. Junior Cameron Heyward announced his decision Tuesday to remain at OSU for his senior year.“I am excited about next season and am looking forward to being one of the senior leaders of our team,” Heyward said through a press release. “I sat down and talked at length with my family about my situation, and they totally support my decision. I’ve been blessed to this point. I am just having fun being a college student.”Despite being a central part of a team that won the Rose Bowl, Heyward declared his intentions to help the Buckeyes reach higher goals during his senior campaign.“I want to help our team achieve the goals of winning another Big Ten title and possibly accomplishing a national championship,” he said. “If I could win some recognition, that would be great as well. I think I can be a leader for our team, and I know another season will help me become a better player.”Heyward said he wants to follow in the footsteps of the current departing seniors, who paved the way for a young OSU squad to win 11 games.“I learned a lot from seniors like Doug (Worthington) and Kurt (Coleman) and all they were able to accomplish during their senior year,” he said. “I would love to be a part of Buckeye tradition like that. I think the upside is very positive.”Heyward paced the Buckeyes with 7.5 sacks during his junior year, and had 11 tackles for loss.Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa will return to Ohio State for his senior season, he announced through a press release Tuesday.“I am not ready to leave Ohio State,” he said. “I am looking forward to my senior season. I prayed about this decision and talked about it with my parents, and I know this is the right decision for me.”Chekwa expressed his excitement for the high expectations the Buckeyes will carry into next season.“I will graduate next fall, and I am looking forward to being a leader on what can be a very special defense for the Buckeyes,” he said. “After the Rose Bowl win, we are working toward accomplishing more great things, including another Big Ten title and a run at the national championship.”Chekwa has recorded 103 tackles in his three-year career and led the Buckeyes with seven pass break-ups during his junior season. He also nabbed one interception. read more

Tuttle gets 2 years juvenile detention in weapons case

first_imgTwelve-year-old Quincy Tuttle was sentenced Thursday to two years in a juvenile detention facility for attempting to assault two boys Oct. 23 when he brought a handgun and ammunition to Vancouver’s Frontier Middle School.In an agreement with prosecutors, Tuttle pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree attempted assault and one count each of theft of a firearm, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possessing a dangerous weapon on school facilities. In exchange, Deputy Prosecutor Abbie Bartlett dismissed a charge of first-degree attempted murder.Superior Court Judge Scott Collier also sentenced Tuttle to serve two years of probation and 40 hours of community service and to pay restitution, which may include the cost of counseling for the two victims.Tuttle apologized Thursday for his actions, saying he wants to believe he wouldn’t have carried out his plan to shoot the two boys, who, along with Tuttle, were students at the school.Tuttle said, in a statement read by his attorney, John Lutgens, that he was in a “very dark and angry place” at the time of the incident and has been working on his anger issues with counselors in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.last_img read more

CES Responded To Two Residential Fires This Afternoon

first_imgBrowning: “The Kenai Fire Department assisted us with mutual aid, and we were able to send one crew from Soldotna over to Sport Lake. For a kitchen fire that started from cooking and was contained to the stove.”  The first call came in at 3:29 p.m., for a residential fire off of Scout Lake Loop Rd. towards Sterling, near Forestner Ave.CES Chief Roy Browning: “We had two-story log home that when the fire crews got on scene they found fire throughout the first floor, extended to the second floor, and through to the attic.”  As of 6:20 p.m., crews are still on scene. Browning says at this time the cause of the fire is unknown. At 3:57 p.m., CES received a separate fire call for a kitchen fire out near Sport Lake Road. CES crews responded with mutual aid assistance from the KFD. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services responded to two separate residential fires this afternoon with mutual aid assistance from the Kenai Fire Department. According to Browning no occupants were in the home at the time of the fire. CES responded with 22 firefighters on scene with two engines, two tankers, and a ladder truck. During the time of the two fire calls CES crews received two additional medical calls that KFD assisted with and transported one individual to the hospital.last_img read more

My wife was shouting save me Im getting burnt

first_imgMehedi Hasan survives US-Bangla plane crash in Nepal. Photo: CollectedFive members of two families hailing from Gazipur were on board the US-Bangla aircraft that crashed in Nepal on Monday.Two including a child died. Three others who escaped have been undergoing treatment at Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital.”Everything was normal — the cabin crew nicely announced that the plane would land shortly. It was approaching the runway for landing; But all of a sudden, it went up after failing to touch the ground,” Mehedi Hasan, one of the survivors, said narrating the critical moments of plane crash that claimed lives of 49 out of 71 people on board.”I saw through the window several aircraft waiting on the runway. Our aircraft attempted to land again… I felt jerking twice. Within moments, it hit a wall and came to a halt,” he went on to say.”The passengers started screaming. They were helpless. Some were reciting excerpts from the holy Quran; some were running to and fro.”All of a sudden I noticed smoke and spark coming out of fire from near my legs.””I saw my wife Syeda Kamrunnahar Shawrna screaming… She cried out, “Save me, fire is burning me up.”””I can’t recollect whether my seat belt was tied or not. I had shoes in my legs. I attempted to break and open the window with my hands and legs. I was unable to breathe in. It was as if I would be able to break the window and I could at least breathe in, but I failed.””So far I remember, the plane caught fire in the back. In the front where the pilots were seated, a portion including door close to the pilots broke down. Defying fire and smoke, I reached that point. I found a hole and there was some light at the end. I came out following the light. I took breath and went inside again. I saw my cousin Priyok’s wife Almoon Nahar Anyee coming out. I brought Anyee out and went inside again. I saw Shawrna was screaming and trying to come out.””Fire is burning my body up,” Mehedi quoted his wife as saying.”I brought her out. I saw blood coming out from her nose and mouth. Afterwards I can’t remember anything,” Mehedi Hasan said as he shared his experience with this correspondent over phone from Nepal on Wednesday.Rescue workers work at the wreckage of a US-Bangla airplane after it crashed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal 12 March, 2018. Photo: ReutersPriyok, his wife Almoon Nahar Anyee and their three-year daughter Priyonmoyee were with Mehedi Hasan. Almoon Nahar has lost her husband and daughter.Priyok’s family hailing from the village, Nagarhawla in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur, is shell-shocked at the deaths. Priyok’s mother Feroza Begum has fainted time and again. The family members have been waiting to receive the bodies of their loved ones.Priyok got married in 2012. His daughter Tamara Priyonmoyee was born on 14 September 2015.Priyok’s wife Almoon Nahar Anyee, 26, his maternal cousin Mehedi Hasan, 27 and his wife Syeda Kamrunnahar, 25, survived the deadly plane crash in the capital of the Himalayan country.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.Read more…’I saw the plane landing and catching fire’Pilot Abid Sultan had resignedlast_img read more

33 villagers killed in lightning storm in northern India

first_imgLightning strikeOfficials say dozens of people have died in a thunderstorm that struck the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.State disaster relief official Sandhya says that lightning Sunday killed 33 people and injured 13 more. The official who only goes by one name said that 20 houses collapsed in the storm.Heavy rains and lightning lashed the region when farmers were working in the field.India Meterological Department official JP Gupta says that a low pressure area developed forming a squall line.Police officer Pradyuman Singh says that seven people were killed in one village while working in a paddy field, including a woman and a child.Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister Yogi Adityanath says families of those killed would receive compensation of 400,000 rupees (about $6,000).last_img read more

DC Fashion Week Brings Couture to Washington

first_imgBy Lauren E. Williams, Special to The AFROAs members of the fashion community flocked to major cities such as New York City, Milan and Paris to see upcoming Spring and Summer 2019 collections, Washingtonians had the opportunity to see new couture right in their own backyard with D.C. Fashion Week (DCFW). Held for the last 29 years in venues across the District, DCFW brings together the DMV’s finest movers and shakers, international, national and local designers and budding fashionistas for a multi-day fashion extravaganza.The DCFW Spring and Summer 2019 presentation was held September 19-23. The marathon moda event started with a D.C. press party in Crystal City, Virginia and ended with a star-studded international couture showing at the Embassy of France in Georgetown.This model is donning a Modcloth dress. (Courtesy Photo)“As a designer, I saw there wasn’t a platform for local designers to launch their fashions to a fashion community,” DCFW Founder and designer, Ean Williams, told the {AFRO} on September 23. “Most of the local fashion media focused on other city markets and did not feature local designers. The other existing platforms were extremely costly for designers to participate in and were not convenient for local designers.”With this in mind, DCFW was born. DCFW is a non-profit partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models committed to increasing awareness through events and programs. Presentations of fall/winter and spring/summer collections are held twice per year.According to Williams, DCFW is now the largest media covered fashion event in the Washington area. The event has won the ‘Best Tourist Attraction for Small Business,’ and is strongly supported by the Muriel Bowser Administration. This year’s sponsors included Sprite, Events D.C. and T Mobile.Though the event has grown – and expanded to include designers from across the globe – DCFW remains a key platform for new designers.“I participated in D.C. Fashion Week because it provides a platform for designers to gain exposure and tap into another audience that they may not have reached yet,” new designer, Iran Paylor, told the AFRO via email after showing at the NextGen Designer Fashion Showcase on September 20 at The Living Room.“The inspiration [behind my collection] was comfortable, but traditional clothing that men can lounge in but also wear to the beach with their swim Speedo’s under and transition from the pool to the beach bar,” Paylor continued when describing his first collection.  “I wanted to create a male line in contrast to the women’s cover ups that they wear over their swimsuits, this way men are able to receive the same coverage when needed to obtain access at the different resort diners and bars where you must have a shirt or top as a male.”Several local designers have started at DCFW and gone on to show in New York City and other larger cities and platforms. Conversely, national brands are coming to DCFW to build exposure.Modcloth, a national online retailer which opened a D.C. storefront in August 2018, presented for the first time at the DCFW finale and international show. “We are all about vintage fashion and size inclusivity,” said a Modcloth representative during the show.Other designers featured during the finale include Corjor International, Ellen London, Sierra Mitchell, and the Molato Project.Williams is already planning for the next event in February 2019.  In the fashion industry before one fad is over another is already beginning. But, with Williams’ non-profit-D.C. Fashion Week- the District will be ready for the next trend.last_img read more

Treated Water a national challenge

first_imgThe Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), is geared to meet the challenge with focus on its ‘Water’ technological interventions on the ninth day of CSIR Platinum Jubilee Technofest at 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF), at Pragati Maidan in the National Capital. Theme-day seminar highlighted  important aspects of water conservation and water management system in India. Scientists and researchers from the concerned laboratories of CSIR unfolded the means to generate pure and treated water for a large chunk of India’s population. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmitava Das, Director, CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), said, “CSIR is focused to find out the solutions to minimize the adverse effect of water crisis in India. We are 4% of global water resource. 88% of India’s population has access to different water bodies, out of which only 32% gets treated or pure water. It has become a national challenge to provide access to treated water to a large chunk of India’s population. There is a huge gap that needs to be bridged and CSIR is dedicated in this cause.” Quoting a data he added, “The per capita usable water availability has drastically gone down from 1820 cubic meter in 2001 to 1550 cubic meter in 2011. As expected, till 2025, it will be struggling at 1340 cubic meter.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe ‘Water’ theme pavilion showcased advancements in water processing technology. ‘Indigenously developed Membranes’ namely Reverse Osmosis Membranes, Ultra Filtration Membrane and Hollow Fiber Membrane, have revolutionized the efforts targets towards water purification. This technology is commercialized now. The lab has provided resins to overcome the lethal effect in the Arsenic and Fluoride prone water states like West Bengal. 65 water sources have been installed in some parts of West Bengal. Nirmal Kumar Saha, Scientist, CSIR-CSMCRI, marked, “People say water is life, but we say clean water is life. CSIR has been working hard to provide safe, hygienic and affordable water to the masses.” Dr. Alok Dhawan, Director, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), said, “We have developed water filters using membrane. ‘O neer’ is a solar-operated purifier eliminating any hassle of changing filters. This is a breakthrough in providing safe and affordable water in the rural areas. CSIR is working on several pilot projects to manage water crisis in the future.”Dignitaries from other major CSIR labs also attended the seminar and discussed on waste water treatment. Working in the theme area, Mr. Rahul Kesharwani, PMPL (Vadodara) and Mr. Soumendu Porel, MD, Poral Dass Water and Effluent Control Pvt Ltd were amongst the industrial partners of CSIR who attended the seminar.The event day embraced several scientific activities for school students, science quiz and public science talk by CSIR-Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.last_img read more

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first_img(AP photos) “It was hard to do when you only have a very limited number of opportunities there and not a lot of yardage. Hopefully we can get some things accomplished this week,” Wilks said of the receiving group, specifically.Starting quarterback Sam Bradford threw catchable incompletions to receiver J.J. Nelson and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones while going 1-for-4 for six yards passing on Sunday. By the end of the night, two players who had impressed in Week 2 of the preseason went fairly unnoticed.Related LinksWilks takes stock in Cards’ preseason turnover figures; Rosen’s status TBDCardinals RB D.J. Foster tore ACL, MCL vs. CowboysCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald to speak at Phoenix tribute of John McCainKeim, Fitzgerald helped Cardinals’ Shipley move forward after ACL injuryRookie receiver Christian Kirk caught two passes for a total of one yard, while second-year pro Chad Williams, who also ran with the first team in Fitzgerald’s absence, didn’t receive a target.Veteran Brice Butler led Arizona with two catches for 17 yards in a return after he missed last week’s dress rehearsal with a foot injury.“We got to improve on moving the chains on third down,” Wilks said of the offensive issues. “Sixty-two yards passing is not good enough. We had too many dropped balls.”Relatively, Arizona gained a little more knowledge about its running back depth behind Johnson.Rookie Chase Edmonds rushed 11 times for 55 yards, and as backup D.J. Foster went down to a season-ending knee injury, second-year pro T.J. Logan finished six carries for 86 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. — The Cardinals have yet to discuss any decisions regarding the 53-man roster that must be set by Friday.— Arizona, which has used many three-safety looks with Tre Boston, Antoine Bethea and Budda Baker, is also considering how to use linebackers Josh Bynes and Haason Reddick in nickel coverages, Wilks said.— Wilks, unsolicited, on Mason Cole’s success in his evaluation of the offensive line: “I just love, number one, the continuity they’re playing with up front. And I’m very excited about Mason,” the coach said. – / 28 “He showed some of the things that he showed in college,” Wilks said of Logan. “I know he had a limited role there, but when he was on the field there, very explosive. He gives you some flexibility in the kicking game from the standpoint of return guy. He’s been doing some good things, he’s been flashing.”Extra points— In addition to Foster’s season-ending knee injury, Wilks said veteran linebacker/defensive end Arthur Moats suffered an MCL sprain that could keep him out “roughly, maybe” 2-4 weeks.— Cornerback Brandon Williams, a third-round pick two years ago, missed Sunday with an ankle injury. He could be fighting for a roster spot heading into Thursday. “I feel like he definitely needs to play just to get out there and again be part of a live game situation going against another team,” Wilks said of Williams. “Hopefully he’s able to play this week. He’s still dealing with an ankle and we’ll see how things go.”— Wilks on Bradford taking a sack, his first of the preseason: “You have to ask him this, but I think that he feels good about it now — not about the sack itself but just about getting hit and being able to get back up. I think you get the jitters out.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals know they have a lead receiver and a franchise running back.They held out Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson from playing in a 27-3 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. But barring a heavy dose of two-back sets appearing in the regular season, Arizona head coach Steve Wilks didn’t gain much clarity in searching for which players can be regular third and fourth offensive options. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 22 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Rally organisers under fire for using Turkish names

first_imgOrganisers of the Cyprus Rally on Tuesday said the maps they used for the routes and special stages of the event are those used internationally after they were put on the spot for including the unauthorised Turkish names for some areas in the north.The issue was raised by the Greens’ MP Giorgos Perdikis, who asked Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides whether he was planning on taking any measures against the organisers of the Rally for using such maps, given that the event in question is sponsored by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and shown by state broadcaster CyBC.The use of geographical names not registered by the Republic of Cyprus is an offence, Perdikis said in his written question to the minister.In response, Petrides said that indeed on some of the maps found on the Cyprus Rally website the names of some communities and municipalities in the occupied areas appear with both their Greek and “illegal” names.“Some of these are ‘Yigitler’ intead of Arsos Larnacas, ‘Haspolat’ instead of Mia Milia, ‘Düzova’ instead of Exo Metohi, ‘Pasaköy’ instead of Askia, ‘Demirhan’ instead of Trachoni, ‘Balikesir’ instead of Palekythro, ‘Erdemli’ instead Tremithousa, ‘Aslanköy’ instead Angastina, etc,” the letter said.It added that based on the law, the alteration of geographical names of areas of the republic is criminalised. The same applies, for “illegal publication, import, circulation and distribution of maps, books or other documents, digital or conventional on which geographical names of areas of the republic are shown differently from those provided according to the law or from those included in the official dictionary of geographical names.”The authority responsible however for the application of the law in question is the minister of education, Petrides said.The Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA), which organises the rally, said the designation on the map of the special routes is done by a special office abroad, which is approved by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).“The maps used by the office in question are the international maps of the country (Cyprus) as they are mapped on Google Earth,” the CAA said in a written statement.The association said it was taken aback by “the predisposition of some to question the seriousness and commitment of the organisers to serve the interests of our country and consequently to tarnish the event.”Based on existing legislation, violating the law concerning geographical names of the Republic is a criminal offence with up to three years imprisonment and or up to €50,000 fine and all documents are subject to confiscation and destruction.You May LikeFood PreventThis Is What May Happen When You Eat Oatmeal DailyFood PreventUndoCollegebook15 Best Public Colleges In U.S.CollegebookUndoYeah! MotorIs Your Favorite Car In Seinfeld’s Garage? His 40 Best CarsYeah! MotorUndo Britain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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