New Delhi: As the final list of national register of citizens (NRC) was released in Assam, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Saturday renewed his demand for a similar exercise in the city and said he will meet the Union Home Minister soon to press for it. The situation in Delhi is “dangerous” due to the presence of a “large number” of illegal immigrants including Bangladeshis and Rohingyas who have been found involved in “criminal activities”, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Tiwari, who had demanded NRC exercise to identify and evict illegal immigrants from Delhi, wrote to the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh in August and November last year on the issue . “This is a very precarious situation which needs urgent attention. I will soon meet Home Minister Amit Shah to urge him for conducting NRC exercise in the national capital,” Tiwari told PTI. Shah, during his campaign for Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, had repeatedly said that BJP will ensure after coming to power that illegal immigrants are identified and evicted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Tiwari said it was wrong to think that he was making the demand for political reasons. “I firmly believe that illegal migrants in Delhi are depriving locals of their rights and opportunities. I have even met Muslims from the city who told me that NRC should be conducted in Delhi because criminal activities of illegal immigrants maligned the image of their community,” Tiwari said. He stated that that the AAP government in Delhi should start the process to identify and evict Rohingyas and Bangladeshi living illegally in the national capital. “It is a very dangerous situation since many of these illegal immigrants have also acquired documents like Aadhaar and ration cards. Delhi government also needs to pay attention to it,” he said. Besides Tiwari, BJP MP from West Delhi Parvesh Verma too has backed NRC exercise. The issue was also raised by him in Lok Sabha. The updated final NRC, which validates bonafide Indian citizens of Assam, was out on Saturday, with over 19 lakh applicants failing to make it to the list.
VANCOUVER – Police say a 15-year-old boy is on life support and not expected to survive following a brazen exchange of gunfire on a busy Vancouver street.Chief Const. Adam Palmer says the teen was in a passing vehicle Saturday evening when he was struck by a bullet as shots were fired between at least two people.A 23-year-old man who police say was the target of the attack has died in hospital.Palmer identified the man as Kevin Whiteside and says he was known to police.Other suspects have not been identified but Palmer says more than 50 officers are working on the case and the department is doing everything to bring justice to the family who is grieving for their teenage son.Another bystander who is in his 30s was also injured in the incident but was treated at the scene.
REGINA – Representatives with the University of Regina say it’s difficult to handle recent allegations of students cheating in an ethics class without concrete evidence, although they say they’re taking the accusations seriously.President and vice-chancellor Vianne Timmons said the case was reported to the faculty of engineering, which she said they immediately “jumped on” and investigated.But Timmons said it’s hard to do because there’s not much information.“Remember, it was from one student with no names identified. It’s very hard then to investigate and find out exactly what happened,” Timmons told CKRM radio in Regina.“As with every incident that’s reported, we will do a thorough and comprehensive investigation.”A CBC report said a professor in a fourth-year law and professionalism class handed out a quiz to his class and then left the students under the supervision of teaching assistants. CBC said the university received reports from two students who witnessed others cheating.Thomas Chase, who is provost and also vice-president academic, said the school wouldn’t investigate unless concrete evidence surfaces.“It’s unfortunate when we learn that there are allegations of cheating,” Chase told The Canadian Press. “We’d stress in this case that we have allegations from two students, but no concrete evidence or names at this point for the incident that was alleged to have taken place.“More generally, any kind of allegation of cheating is troubling.”Chase confirmed two reports from a class on Feb. 6, but reiterated evidence is needed to investigate. He said there is evidence in a second, single case from the same class on Feb. 27.“We are certainly following that up,” said Chase, who added an associate dean is investigating.Any students involved could be reprimanded if cheating or plagiarism is proven, he said.“The penalty can range from a reduction in marks on that assignment, to a failure on the assignment or the exam, to failure of the entire course — all the way up to suspension from the university and, in very bad cases, expulsion from the university.”Chase said he’s never heard of cheating allegations in a class focused on ethics.“It’s a concern in any class if people are not being honest,” he said. “It’s particularly unsettling, I’d put it, when that may occur or is alleged to have occurred in a course that deals with ethics and professionalism.“It would be unfortunate if it is true.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton
The Elders concluded a two-day visit to Indonesia with a call for the government to take bolder fiscal, political and social measures to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), building on impressive achievements in recent years.Gro Harlem Brundtland and Ernesto Zedillo meet President Joko Widowo during a visit to Indonesia Credit/Copyright: ANTARA /Puspa PerwitasariGro Harlem Brundtland and Ernesto Zedillo visited the Indonesian capital Jakarta on 28-29 November for meetings with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at the Presidential Palace, accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Health Minister Nila Moeloek and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani.They also visited the Kebon Jeruk Puskesmas (health centre) in west Jakarta, meeting patients, staff and local residents. The Elders also consulted with civil society organisations and held a briefing for local media.Indonesia has the biggest single-payer health system in the world (covering 181 million people), and has committed to reaching full population coverage by 2019.The Elders congratulated President Jokowi on Indonesia’s progress to date. However they also expressed their concern about the fact that Indonesia’s rightly ambitious plan to achieve UHC is significantly under-financed. They suggested that without fiscal revenues stemming from additional general taxation, progress towards effective UHC could prove too slow.The Elders also conveyed to President Jokowi and other high level Indonesian officials their worries about the high rate of tobacco consumption in the country. Higher taxes on tobacco could both deter consumption and provide more resources for health financing. In the longer term, they urged a modification of Indonesia’s policies on tobacco production to promote alternative, less harmful crops.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Director-General of the World Health Organization, said:“Indonesia has taken significant steps towards improving access to healthcare in recent years, and I am convinced President Jokowi can reach his goal of covering all the people of Indonesia by 2019, if the government commits further resources to the health budget. The level of public health financing and the overall tax yield is still too low to deliver effective public services; increasing taxes on products harmful to public health such as tobacco would be a step in the right direction.”Ernesto Zedillo, Elder and former President of Mexico, added:“The healthcare debate in Indonesia stands in stark contrast to some countries in the world, notably in the United States, that are moving away from universal coverage. Here, President Jokowi, government ministers and civil society are all trying to find ways to increase coverage and bolster social protection. I am encouraged by the meetings we have had here, and urge the authorities to be even bolder in committing greater resources to the health system, taxing harmful products and promoting greater accountability.”The Elders believe Universal Health Coverage is the best way to achieve the overall health Sustainable Development Goal, and will join with civil society organisations and activists worldwide on UHC Day, 12 December, to promote their campaign so no-one is denied the healthcare they need because of a lack of financial resources.
Advertisement As an elder and chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, he was known for his wisdom, wit and work to protect First Nation’s land, water, resources and culture.Very saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard George. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family and Nation – I will remember him fondly as a leader of the @tsleilwaututh and a friend. #RIP pic.twitter.com/705YtuyU5d— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) December 7, 2017He also made economic strides for his community, initiating Takaya Developments, a real-estate development company majority owned by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Leonard George, a beloved leader of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, has died at the age of 71.Born in North Vancouver on Aug. 18, 1946, George was the son of the late Chief Dan George and his wife Amy.Like his father, George was an accomplished actor and shone on screen in classics such as as Smoke Signals and Call of the Wild. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Wellington: New Zealand police on Thursday arrested a man spotted in a “Trump” tee-shirt hurling abuse at worshippers outside one of the Christchurch mosques where dozens were killed in a massacre last month. Police said the man had “shaken” the Muslim community late Wednesday at the Al Noor mosque by shouting abuse at people. “Our community has no tolerance for those who target or victimise others because of their identity, and nor does police,” Canterbury district commander superintendent John Price said in a statement Wednesday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”This is especially so for members of our Muslim community who are already dealing with so much,” he added. The man described as being “of solid build with short dark hair and a tattoo on his left shoulder/neck area”, walked off into the park opposite the mosque after the incident, but was later apprehended. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder over the Christchurch twin mosque attacks.
“He reiterates his long-standing position that administrative detainees should be charged or released without delay,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The Secretary-General’s concerns on these issues were recently reiterated to the Israeli Government by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The High Commissioner also expressed concerns regarding a legislative amendment before the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, which would permit force-feeding and medical treatment of prisoners on hunger strike against their will under certain conditions, in contravention of international standards. “The Secretary-General has taken note of the related concerns raised recently by various human rights organizations and has responded, reiterating the United Nations well known positions,” said his spokesperson.Yesterday, members of a UN committee urged Israel to end the practice of administrative detention and heed the “desperate plea” of prisoners to be told what they are accused of so they can mount a defence. “It is a desperate plea by these detainees to be afforded a very basic standard of due process: to know what they are accused of and to be able to defend themselves,” the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories said in a press release. According to the Committee, a first group of around 100 Palestinian administrative detainees launched a peaceful protest on 24 April 2014 and were later joined by more detainees. The total number of hunger strikers now stands at 290, with more expected to join in the coming weeks.
If confirmed for the show, it would mark a comeback to prime-time TV for the 34-year-old who left the show following its 2015 series and has since had a baby with One Direction singer Liam Payne.Britain’s Got Talent presenter Alesha Dixon and dancer Jordan Banjo hosted the pilot, while Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse were also on hand as mentors on the coaching panel.Kate Phillip, the BBC’s controller of entertainment commissioning, said: “With the continued success of Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC is undoubtedly the home of dance. By launching The Greatest Dancer we want to give the vast array of dance talent across the UK the chance to shine.”I can’t wait to work with Syco and Thames to uncover the talent out there and let our audience critique and celebrate the nation’s unsung dance heroes.” They have been bitter rivals on the Saturday night light entertainment battlefield for many years.But the BBC has now enlisted the help of Simon Cowell to produce a new dance talent show aimed at filling the void when Strictly Come Dancing is off air.The partnership will mark the first foray into public service broadcasting for Syco, Cowell’s entertainment company responsible for flagship shows The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.The show, to be called The Greatest Dancer, is expected to air next year and will see dancers from all genres compete in the hopes of being crowned the overall winner.While the format might sound all-too familiar, the BBC insists that it will provide unmissable performances from ballet to jazz; hip hop to Bollywood.A pilot filmed earlier this year starred Cheryl, the singer most recently famed for sitting alongside Cowell as a judge on the X Factor. The new talent show is unlikely to clash with Strictly Come Dancing Credit:Guy Levy/Strictly Come Dancing Pro Dancers Nigel Hall, Syco Entertainment’s global head of television, said: “The auditions for the pilot episode saw some of the most jaw dropping, heartfelt and moving auditions I’ve ever seen on a dance show.”There are some spectacular moments and we are beyond thrilled to have secured this commission over fierce competition. We look forward to working with the BBC team on something just a little bit special.”The show will be co-produced by Thames, the entertainment arm of FremantleMediaUK, which described the format as “full of warmth and heart.”The series will comprise eight one-hour episodes on BBC One and if broadcast at the same time as the X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent would see Saturday night primetime dominated by Cowell’s company. Cheryl and Liam Payne attend The BRIT Awards 2018Credit:Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Engineering company, DavyMarkham (featured in IM April 2009, pp64-65) has been acquired by Indian EPC firm, Hindustan Dorr Oliver (HDO), a subsidiary of IVRCL Infrastructures & Projects, which is involved in engineered solutions, technologies and EPC installations in liquid-solid separation applications. The acquisition provides HDO with an entry into the heavy engineering sector, whilst boosting DavyMarkham’s sales and infrastructure in India.DavyMarkham supplies international markets with mine hoisting equipment, and also undertakes the machining of individual components weighing up to 350 t. It provides total engineering capabilities for extremely large turnkey projects, managing the whole process from engineering design, fabrication, machining to installation and commissioning of heavy and complex components and assemblies. In mining, DavyMarkham has supplied more than 300 hoists across the world for a variety of environments, from Northern Canada to Ghana.IVRCL is amongst the leaders of the Indian infrastructure industry, with a group turnover exceeding $1 billion, and it owns a controlling stake in HDO. HDO sees the acquisition as a platform for expanding into new sectors, using DavyMarkham’s corporate credentials and engineering expertise to gain a foothold amongst domestic heavy engineering clients. It intends to invest strategically in new plant and equipment at the Darnall works, continue the company’s successful apprentice training scheme and expand DavyMarkham’s sales and marketing infrastructure, in order to tap into opportunities in India. The IVRCL Group will introduce the Sheffield-based company to its existing international contacts.“It is great news for DavyMarkham’s customers, employees and suppliers, since HDO along with its parent is financially very strong, very growth orientated and dedicates itself to continuous improvement in all fields of its business,” says Parkin. “There are considerable synergies between ourselves and HDO, while IVRCL’s commercial aspirations in markets like nuclear energy match ours perfectly.”The new owner HDO is based on a 40,000 m2 site and equipped with an R&D facility certified by the Indian Government, HDO is exploring business opportunities in oil and gas, power and uranium processing and this month announced moves into the nuclear power plant sector.This provides a synergy to DavyMarkham’s own market objectives. When linked with the Sheffield company’s close physical and technical links to the nearby Nuclear Manufacturing Research Centre, this should enable both concerns to develop engineering and manufacturing facilities for supplying new-build nuclear energy markets. HDO also intends to build DavyMarkham’s presence in the oil, gas and power transmission markets, borrowing upon the group’s expertise and industry contacts.IVRCL employs over 7,500 full-time staff and around 15,000 temporary workers. HDO prides itself on a well-qualified and highly trained human resource base, with the majority of its employees either technical or professional grade. In Sheffield too, the emphasis will remain on training, with the apprenticeship program and links with local universities and technical colleges continuing, whilst there should be considerable opportunities for career development amongst existing staff, as the business expands in India as well as UK. DavyMarkham’s Managing Director, Kevin Parkin, and Financial Director, Duncan Hay, will continue in their current roles, along with the management team.“We shall certainly need more skilled workers and to train up people to fill important management and production roles, as the business grows,” says Parkin. “The good news for young people and their parents in the region is that we shall be able to offer jobs with a good future in an expanding industry, for many years to come.”
New nickel laterite heap leaching technology will increasingly provide more competitive and “greener” mining and processing options as the global sector makes the transition from nickel sulphides to majority nickel laterite production, according to European Nickel. Addressing the second day today in Perth of the Paydirt 2010 Australian Nickel Conference, European Nickel Finance Director, Mark Hanlon, said proprietary heap leaching technology – developed in part in JV with BHPB – had now achieved three years of successful and substantive testwork.“It will be the foundation of European Nickel’s new Çaldağ nickel laterite mine on the west coast of Turkey and our second planned mine, Acoje in the Philippines,” Hanlon said. “Despite the previous history of difficulties in processing nickel laterites, the results, – based on full height trial heaps and demonstrated permeability and recovery rates – have encouraged us to commercialise the process as it offers significant lower capex and opex than more conventional laterite HPAL processing methods,” he said.European Nickel says heap recoveries under test have averaged 75% and an annual capex of around $6/lb nickel concentrate – one third the cost of more conventional smelting operations – making it particularly suitable for smaller laterite deposits.“The method also has a low carbon footprint and does not require a large team of ‘experts’ to be hired to monitor and maintain the process,” he said. “Against this, conventional processes are under pressure as they require large-scale operations to be competitive and that requires large deposits, are high energy consumers and under the transition to laterite consumption outweighing sulphide availability and consumption, puts conventional smelting operations under cost and project execution pressures.”Subject to outstanding regulatory approvals, European Nickel is targeting first production from Çaldağ in 2012 and has announced plans to secure financing arrangements worth more than $300 million by the end of this year. Shareholders in recent weeks approved a strategic partnership with Hunter Dickinson in which the Vancouver-based private mineral development investor is acquiring a 30% stake in European Nickel for $60 million.This two tranche deal is subject now only to completion by European Nickel of the Caldag project finance.European Nickel merged mid-year with Perth-based Rusina Mining to form the larger nickel developer, with Rusina’s key executives, Robert Gregory and Hanlon, appointed to the lead roles of Managing Director and Finance Director respectively.The enlarged entity has a near-term production target of 50,000 t/y of nickel concentrate – from Caldag and the company’s also well advanced Acoje project on Luzon Island in the Philippines.European Nickel has negotiated an indicative term sheet and signed a joint mandate letter with Soc Générale and UniCredit Bank as the Mandated Lead Arrangers for funding of Çaldağ. Both mandated lead arrangers intend to commit $50 million each.European Nickel will assign $50 million of the Hunter Dickinson proceeds as its equity portion of the Çaldağ project financing. It will use the remaining $10 million for working capital.The Çaldağ open pit project has a JORC Reserve of 33.2 Mt @ 1.13% Ni for an estimated 375,000 t of nickel concentrate, with an expected annual output of 20,400 t/y and 1,000 t/y of cobalt over a 14-year mine life. $78 million has been spent on site to date with mine infrastructure substantially complete, engineering design work 76% completed and long lead-items already purchased.The company intends that Caldag’s start-up will be followed closely by the commissioning of the planned 24,500 t/y nickel operation at Acoje and currently the subject of a Definitive Feasibility Study. The project has already secured key environmental permits and a heap leach trial site has been constructed.
K-Tec has announced its 1263 ADT ”as the world’s largest earthmoving scraper available on the market today.” With a heaped capacity of 48.2 m3 and empty tare weight of 27.7 t, the K-Tec 1263 ADT is built for massive dirt moving projects. Designed to be pulled with a 40 t+ articulated dump truck (ADT), “this scraper is ready to help substantially reduce dirt moving costs and gain a massive advantage in the earthmoving industry”, the company says. To maximize the 1263’s capacity, a push dozer in the cut is recommended to use the standard roller push-block innovation (“an exclusive feature in today’s scraper market,” K-Tec says). “The hitch system transfers 32% of the scraper load weight directly to the point where the truck is designed to carry weight.”An exclusive digital display screen is included in the cab for visual operating details, tracking load count productivity, and troubleshoot serviceability. The 1263 ADT has a bolt-together design which enables overseas container shipment, and ease of maintenance.
A remorseful culprit, possibly an American tourist, send an envelope with a sealed plastic bag to the Greek National Tourism Organization in New along with an apology note.The bag contained four small stones which appear to have been removed from the ancient site of the Acropolis many years ago.“I am sorry. I took these from a trail on the Acropolis in Greece many years ago. Please return them,” the anonymous handwritten note said.The incident was made known via Twitter by the director of the Greek National Tourism Organization in USA and Canada, Grigoria Kamateros who in an emotional post said that the stones will be handed over to the General Consulate of Greece in New York.The mail arrived at the GNTO in New York on February 2nd 2018, according to the social media update.Here is Grigoria Kamaterou’s post on Twitter:Just received this letter .. what was inside brought tears in my eyes #Integrity #familyvalues #honesty #corevalues We are going to hand them over @Consulate General of Greece in New York pic.twitter.com/4GhMW1OLcn— Grigoria Kamaterou (@GKamaterou) February 2, 2018 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A wind advisory is in effect for the metro area from noon today until 7 p.m. Wednesday. As is often the case in the fall, the wind will be the most brisk in and near the Columbia River Gorge.The National Weather Service in Portland predicts sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts from 35 mph to 50 mph. The worst of it will be tonight into Wednesday, according to the advisory. By Wednesday evening, our dry weather pattern of the last several days should give way to what is expected to be several days of rain.Scattered power outages are possible, and the wind may cause some tree branches to fall and garbage cans and other light items to be blown around.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sint Maarten to close Kim Sha Marketplace to make way for future construction American tourist claims #MeToo after alleged sexual assault in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 9, 2017 – A staggering 10,000 plus applications have been received for the 1,500 jobs advertised for Baha Mar; overwhelmingly oversubscribed but those in receipt of those applications are thrilled. Kirsty Cowper, VP of Human Resources at Cable Beach Resort called the interest ‘fantastic’ in a media report. Cowper said the interest of people to either want to join or rejoin them is exciting and today 300 applicants were interviewed by their Hyatt Team.A new buyer announced by Government has brought a resurgence of energy at the property, once dubbed the ‘Riviera of the Caribbean’ and now with an April 2017 opening touted, thousands are expressing interest in careers at Baha Mar. Cowper told media the plan is to hire 5,000 at the resort in the long run; for now anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 people are needed. These newcomers will add to a current staff of 340 people.#magnetimedianews Related Items:#magnetimedianews Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Recommended for you
Clark County’s university campus lay still this week, with only a few final exams left in the summer term.But Jane Lanigan is not expecting downtime real soon.The Clark County researcher is involved in several national efforts to combat childhood obesity, and even made a splash in the international research community this spring. Her study on how to get kids to eat healthy and exercise produced an interview method that may soon be used to assess childhood-obesity programs nationwide.Lanigan, who has taught at WSUV for 10 years, last year completed a three-year pilot project as its lead researcher. The project was called Encouraging Healthy Activity and Nutrition in Childcare Environments, or ENHANCE.The project, which was a collaboration of several nonprofits, colleges and a K-12 agency, examined 43 child care and early-learning facilities in Clark County. It was paid for by the Northwest Health Foundation, a Portland nonprofit.“We were aware that the obesity problem has become quite acute throughout Washington,” Lanigan said.A lot of the then-current research focused on kids already in school. About one-third of all middle- and high-school-aged children in Washington are overweight or obese, according to federal health data.“But we were well aware that the problem starts before school,” Lanigan said. “We wanted to work through the child care environment (to help) children and families understand healthy eating and exercise.”
The Westfield Vancouver mall added two tenants in March, and more are on the way this spring and summer, the mall said in a news release.A new tenant is PLAYlive, a social gaming lounge featuring XBOX 360 titles that can be played on individual gaming stations. The store offers disc and console repair, birthday and social parties, and custom merchandise. It’s on Level 2 of the mall, at the northeast end.Also opening in March was the Fort Vancouver Mall Library Connection. The branch library of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District is on Level 2 at the mall’s southeast end. The former branch library at the mall closed in December for a makeover.The mall also has signed leases with several stores expected to open this month. Those are:• Francesca’s Collection, a boutique that offers clothing, baubles, accessories, and playful gifts. The Houston, Texas-based chain has more than 350 boutiques in 45 states. The store will be on the southwest end of Level 1.• Got Sleep?, affiliated with Sleep Train, will offer mattresses with latest advances in sleep technology. The store will be at the northeast end of Level 1.
News Facebook Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” Takes Spotify First From Drake “Shape Of You” Knocks Drake From Spotify First ed-sheerans-shape-you-takes-spotify-first-drake Email Twitter Billboard notes back in March when Sheeran’s Divide album was released it received the most first-day streams, more than 56 million, and “Shape Of You” at the same time had the best one-day Spotify record with 10 million.The same observant eye noted the other leaderboard Sheeran has yet to top — most-streamed artist overall, a title Drake still holds. It’s like an uphill race for most likable, run between two super likables.Ed Sheeran Makes Billboard Chart History With “Shape Of You” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 4:50 pm Ed Sheeran Wins Best Pop Solo Performance Spotify streams reveal super competition between Ed Sheeran and Drake’s “One Dance”Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 22, 2017 – 3:00 pm Everything is up for Ed Sheeran who bumped Drake from the top spot on Spotify’s most-streamed song leaderboard. “Shape Of You” climbed to more than 1.318 billion streams, while “One Dance” didn’t keep up at more than 1.317 billion — a difference of more than a million streams. You might say for Sheeran that everything is “Perfect.”
An employee speaks on his mobile phone as he walks inside Axis Bank’s corporate headquarters in Mumbai July 17, 2012.ReutersAxis Bank has posted weak quarterly earnings primarily due to a spike in bad loans and rise in provisions that hurt its profits. India’s third largest private lender by assets reported a net profit of Rs 432 crore in the September ended quarter.On a quarter-on-quarter basis the private lender’s net profit plunged 67 percent from Rs 1,306 crore in the quarter ended June, the company said in a filing on the BSE. This is the reason the lender largely missed analysts’ estimates which had pegged net profit at Rs 1,318 crore.On year-on-year bais, the lender’s net profit jumped 36 percent from Rs 319 crore in the quarter ended September 2017, to Rs 432 crore in the same quarter in the financial year 2018.The private bank’s asset quality deteriorated as gross non-performing assets (NPAs) at the bank rose in the last nine quarters. For the quarter on review, gross NPAs rose to Rs 27,402 compared to Rs 22,031 crore at the June ended quarter, the company said in the statement.As Axis Bank’s stressed assets grew, provisions, money set aside by the bank as assets to pay for anticipated future losses, also increased to Rs 3140 crore during the quarter, from Rs 2342 crore in last quarter.The bank said that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has pointed out certain reclassifications in the bank’s asset classification and provisioning as on 31 March, subsequent to the annual Risk Based Supervision (RBS) exercise conducted for fiscal 2017.”The bank has duly recorded the impact of such reclassifications in the results for the quarter ended 30th September 2017,” it said.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange January 15, 2016.Reuters fileAsian shares fell on Tuesday, tracking weak U.S. stock futures while dollar steadied after bouncing from three-year lows.Traders took their cue from European markets, which fell 0.6 percent on Monday following three days of large gains. U.S. stocks took a break for Presidents’ Day holiday while Chinese mainland markets open to trading on Thursday.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged down 0.1 percent. Japan’s Nikkei shed 0.4 percent after three successive days of gains.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 236 points or 0.69 percent to close at 33,774 on Monday.The partially convertible rupee ended at 64.22 per dollar on Friday from its previous close of 63.91 per dollar. India currency and debt markets were closed on Monday for a public holiday.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 0.54 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1 billion from local equity and $1.9 billion in debt markets.F&O Expiry: Trading is likely to be volatile this week as traders will roll over positions in the futures and options segment from the February 2018 series to March 2018 series.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.38 percent after two-day gains at $65.42 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 1.1 percent to $62.37 a barrel.Fed minutes: On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve will release the minutes from its January meeting at which the central bank opted to leave interest rates unchanged but upgraded its inflation outlook.Fed speeches: A slew of Fed policy makers are due to speak this week including New York Fed President William Dudley and Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic.
The head teacher of a primary school was killed as a bus ran over him in Uttarbazar of Chunarughat upazila in Habiganj district on Saturday afternoon.The deceased is Didar Ahmed, 40, headmaster of Badhberi Government Primary School in the upazila.The accident took place around 12:15pm when Didar was going returning home riding a motorbike, witnesses said.At one stage he tried to overtake a CNG-run auto-rickshaw but fell down from the bike and a speedy bus ran over him leaving him dead on the spot, they added.Police recovered the body, said Chunarughat police station officer-in-charge Amiruzzaman.