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ED to take possession of AJL land in PanchkulaED to take possession of AJL land in Panchkula


first_imgNew Delhi: The ED will soon take possession of a land worth Rs 64.93 crore in Panchkula, allotted to the Congress party promoted Associated Journals Limited (AJL) by the Haryana government in 2005, after a quasi-judicial authority under the anti-money laundering law recently approved its order, the agency said Wednesday.It alleged that the plot was illegally reallotted by former Haryana chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda to AJL by “blatantly misusing his official position”. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe central probe agency has issued a provisional attachment order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on December 1 last year for attaching the plot located at C-17, Sector-6 in Panchkula. On the same day, the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a charge sheet against Hooda and others for allegedly using fraudulent means to allot land to the AJL. The AJL is controlled by senior Congress leaders, including members of the Gandhi family. The group runs the National Herald newspaper. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”…Since the value of plot fraudulently allotted to the AJL has represented proceeds of crime, the ED has attached plot under the PMLA Act,” the ED had said in a statement. Now, the ED said Wednesday, that the Adjudicating Authority of the PMLA “has held that defendants have committed the schedule offence, generated proceeds of crime and further found that the properties attached are proceeds of crime beyond any doubt and thereby ordered for confirmation of the provisional attachments order”. With this approval, the ED is empowered to take possession of the land and erect its authority signage over the plot that disallows any trespass or activity by anybody over the asset. However, the plot can be finally transferred to the government exchequer once the trial in the case concludes in favour of the agency, officials said. The agency said the plot was allotted to AJL first in 1982. But the same was resumed back by the estate officer of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) by an order in October, 1992 as AJL did not comply with the conditions of allotment letter, it said. “However, Hooda blatantly misused his official position and dishonestly allotted the said plot afresh in the guise of reallotment to the AJL at original rates plus interest in violation of necessary conditions and policy of HUDA by an order of August 28, 2005 for Rs 59,39,200,” the ED charged. The actual value of the property is about Rs 64.93 crore, it said.last_img read more


Brooklyn NineNine was saved and The Expanses rescue is imminent Designated SurvivorBrooklyn NineNine was saved and The Expanses rescue is imminent Designated Survivor


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Canadians actor Kiefer Sutherland, left, and Paulo Costanzo in Designated Survivor. The Toronto-shot series could be the next TV show saved from cancellation. (ABC) Advertisementcenter_img Cancellation isn’t quite the automatic execution it used to be for TV shows.This month, NBC picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine just a day after Fox laid it to rest. Fox resuscitated Last Man Standing a year after ABC killed the six-season Tim Allen comedy.And on Monday came news that Amazon Studios was in talks to save The Expanse after it was cancelled by Syfy. Advertisement Twitter Those first two shows were brought back by companies that own the series, which remains the most important factor in a network’s decision to save a show.Since program-ownership rules were relaxed in the 1990s, “We saw the networks gravitate toward content produced by their own studios,” says Stacey Schulman, chief marketing officer for ad firm Katz Media Group. “So it’s not surprising if shows in danger of being cancelled go to other networks” that own them and profit from selling reruns to other outlets.last_img read more


Tamang files nomination as Independent candidateTamang files nomination as Independent candidate


first_imgDarjeeling: Former GTA chairman Binay Tamang filed his nomination as an Independent candidate backed by the GJM (Binay Tamang faction) and the Trinamool Congress, for the Darjeeling Assembly by-election.Incidentally, the Calcutta High Court had ruled on Wednesday that both the Binay and Bimal factions of GJM can field candidates for the elections, but the candidates will have to contest as Independents. A GJM-TMC road show with Tamang culminated near the District Collectorate in Darjeeling, following which he filed his nomination. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater while talking to media persons, Tamang said: “I am no more a Chowkidar (guard). Many have claimed that in greed of the chair. On Thursday, I resigned from the capacity of chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, for the benefit of the Hill masses.” Tamang stated that in his 17 months in office, he realised that there were many problems that plagued the Hills. “Out of these problems we sorted many out but we also realised that many were not within our jurisdiction and required intervention of the state government. It is then we realised that coordination and sound relation with the state government is required for the Hills to progress. Owing to this, my party decided that I should contest. I will be the bridge between the Hills and the state government,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe said issues like handing out land documents (patta) and filling up vacancies in the GTA and government offices would require the state government’s intervention. “87.2% people in the Hills do not have land documents. If elected, I will work to ensure that people living in tea gardens, cinchona plantations, DI fund land and forest villages all get pattas,” assured Tamang. It may be recalled that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a campaign rally at Suri on Thursday, had stated that the party will extend full support to Tamang. Meanwhile, GNLF spokesperson Niraj Zimba has been fielded as the BJP candidate. He will be backed by GNLF and the Bimal faction of GJM.last_img read more


Morocco and USA Sign 3 Memorandums of Understanding on Energy, Business,…Morocco and USA Sign 3 Memorandums of Understanding on Energy, Business,…


Rabat- Morocco and United States signed three memorandums of understanding (MoU) in the fields of energy efficiency, trade promotion and innovative project grants on the sidelines of the fourth annual US-Morocco Trade Forum, held Thursday in Washington D.C.The first agreement, signed by the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) and the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), aims to strengthen cooperation links in the research and development of environmental systems and air conditioning using reduced GWP refrigerants. Moreover, the partnership will identify ways to better calculate and compare the carbon dioxide equivalent between greenhouse gas emissions and those of fossil fuels used by air conditioners.   The second Memorandum, signed by the Moroccan Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF), the Central Guarantee Fund (CCG), the American Wise Capital, and BMCE Bank Group, aims to mobilize the resources of the Morocco Growth Fund (SMGF), an investment fund strategy that invests in innovative companies based in Morocco with strong growth potential. The initiative plans to invest in “3Dental,” an innovative Moroccan company specializing in solutions for digital dental surgery. The company has developed a comprehensive surgical system based on a patented medical device, 3D surgical planning software, and 3D printing technology to help dentists perform dental implant surgeries in safer and less invasive conditions.The third agreement revolves around the renewal of the MoU between the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco (CGEM) and the American Chamber of Commerce, through which the two organizations agreed to pursue their common objective of boosting bilateral trade relations.On the basis of this MoU, the two partners pledged to promote business partnerships between Moroccan and US companies and to increase trade by taking advantage of the free trade agreement between the two countries.Organized by Morocco’s embassy in the US and the U.S. Africa Business Center (USAF BC), the fourth annual US-Morocco Trade Forum strives to identify business opportunities and potential US investments in Morocco in sectors such as energy, industry, and finance. The event featured speeches by Moroccan and American public and private sector leaders and provided an opportunity for participants to share experiences and determine a means of improving the business climate in the countries. US-Morocco Trade Forum is an annual conference whose purpose centers on promoting trade and investment partnerships between Morocco and the United States. Previous successful forums were held in Dallas, Atlanta, and Seattle. read more


China Takes Interest in Morocco’s Fisheries and Aquaculture AssetsChina Takes Interest in Morocco’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Assets


Rabat – After successful cooperation on tourism, China and Morocco are studying ways to reinforce cooperation on fisheries and aquaculture sectors.Secretary of State for Sea Fisheries Mbarka Bouaida and Deputy Mayor Wang Luming, of Qingdao in Shandong province, eastern China, held talks in Rabat on Thursday, July 26, about fisheries and aquaculture sectors.Wang led a large delegation of representatives from government sectors and private companies, who showed interest in Morocco’s potential. Bouaida presented the delegation with an overview on Morocco’s fisheries and the aquaculture sector.Bouaida expressed satisfaction with Morocco’s assets, emphasizing that the meeting “was very interesting” as China is a leading country in aquaculture at the international level.Both Morocco’s and China’s fisheries sectors are very important to their economies. According to the recent report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Morocco’s fish production ranked 13th globally, with 1.3 million ton of fish, while China topped the list with 1.2 million tons of fish.Bouaida also compared Morocco’s assets with those of Shandong province, emphasizing that the Chinese region “represents a certain similarity with Morocco in terms of coastline length.” “We are very interested in this important partner, because China has very important know-how in aquaculture that the country has developed on several levels.”The secretary of state also recalled the axes of Morocco’s Halieutis strategy and the potential of Moroccan coasts in the field of marine aquaculture.Launched in 2009, the Halieutis strategy was designed to overcome challenges in the fisheries sector, according to Morocco’s Ministry of Economy and Finance.The strategy seeks to ensure protection and sustainably of species exposed to overfishing.Bouaida also expressed Morocco’s interest in reinforcing its partnership with China in other areas, including solar energy, science, and technology.“We need to develop a real partnership in terms of scientific research, particularly between the Moroccan National Institute for Fisheries Research and other fisheries research institutes in China, in order to train the maximum number of experts in marine sciences,” the official said.Wang agreed with the Moroccan official, telling the press that their discussions were also an opportunity to “discuss various areas of scientific collaboration with the oceanographic institutions of the city, as well as Chinese investment opportunities in Morocco’s aquaculture and seafood processing industry.” China has become one Morocco’s most significant economic partners as the two countries have reinforced their ties in several sectors, including media and tourism. read more


Number of people uprooted by Namibian floods tops 54000 – UNNumber of people uprooted by Namibian floods tops 54000 – UN


9 April 2009According to the United Nations humanitarian arm, more than 54,000 people have been displaced by heavy floods to date in Namibia. Nearly one-third of these people whose villages and homes were submerged by the waters are taking shelter in relocation camps, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.Additionally, serious damage to roads and bridges is impeding full access to almost 350,000 people affected by the widespread floods, or 17 per cent of the Southern African nation’s population.Since the beginning of 2009, torrential rains in the north-central and north-eastern regions of Namibia have swollen rivers to levels not recorded since 1963 and claimed some 100 lives.Shelter, water and sanitation, health care and food have been identified by a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) mission as the main humanitarian needs.UN agencies have requested additional staff to respond to needs arising from the flood. The $2.7 million flash appeal issued last month – half of which has been funded so far – will be updated based on assessments.The heavy flooding has also impacted Namibia’s neighbour to the north, Angola, where an estimated 220,000 people have been affected.Authorities have predicted that the rains will continue through next month, and the risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases is increasing.The Angolan Ministry of Agriculture has provided 1,000 tonnes of millet to those impacted by the floods, but the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that a shipment of 84 tonnes of ready-to-use therapeutic food for malnourished children has yet to be unloaded at a port. read more


Appeal filed by Wele Suda against death sentence rejectedAppeal filed by Wele Suda against death sentence rejected


An appeal filed by notorious drug trafficker Samantha Kumara alias ‘Wele Suda’ against the death sentence imposed on him, was today rejected by the Court of Appeal.Wele Suda was in 2015 sentenced to death by the Colombo High Court, on the charges of possessing and trafficking 7.05 grams of heroin in Mount Lavinia in 2008. While handing out a 125-page judgement, the High Court maintained that the prosecutors have proven the accused was guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. (Colombo Gazette)


Toyota recalls 743 million vehicles globally for faulty powerwindow switch in manyToyota recalls 743 million vehicles globally for faulty powerwindow switch in many


by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2012 8:58 am MDT Toyota recalls 7.43 million vehicles globally for faulty power-window switch in many models AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling more than 7.4 million vehicles around the world, including some 240,000 in Canada, to fix a faulty power-window switch — the latest, massive quality woes for Japan’s top automaker.The recall, announced Wednesday affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010.The power-window switch on the driver’s side didn’t have grease applied evenly during production, causing friction in the switch and sometimes smoke, according to Toyota.No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the defect. But more than 200 problems were reported in U.S. and a fewer number of problems were reported elsewhere, including 39 cases in Japan, Toyota spokesman Joichi Tachikawa said.Recalled in North America are the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia and Scion models xB and xD, spanning 2.47 million vehicles.Some 460,000 vehicles are being recalled in Japan. The models are the Vitz, Belta, Ractis, Ist, Auris and Corolla Lumion. The Yaris, Corolla, Auris, Camry and Rav-4 are being recalled in Europe, totalling 1.39 million vehicles.The sprawling recall also applies to cars in Australia, China and elsewhere in Asia and the Middle East.Toyota has been trying to fix its reputation after a string of massive recalls of 14 million vehicles over several years.Before that, Toyota had boasted a reputation for pristine quality, centred around its super-lean production methods that empowered workers to hone in on quality control. Toyota executives have acknowledged the escalating recalls were partly caused by the company’s overly ambitious growth goals.Toyota is also suffering from a sales plunge in China where car buyers are shunning Japanese brands because of a territorial dispute over islands claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan. read more


Town evacuated after gas pipeline explodes in rural North Texas no injuriesTown evacuated after gas pipeline explodes in rural North Texas no injuries


by The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 11:08 am MDT Town evacuated after gas pipeline explodes in rural North Texas; no injuries reported AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MILFORD, Texas – A drilling crew punctured a gas pipeline in North Texas on Thursday and triggered an explosion that led emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town, according to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.Officials said the explosion occurred about 9:30 a.m. at a rig near Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas. A Chevron crew punctured a 14-inch line, and company spokesman Justin Higgs said the accident involves a liquefied petroleum gas pipeline.Milford, which has about 700 residents, was evacuated after Chevron requested a 1 1/2-mile evacuation zone. Deputies went door to door advising people to leave, said sheriff’s spokesman Lt. James Saulter.Those residents were expected to remain out of their homes until Friday, said sheriff’s spokeswoman JoAnn Livingston. Residents with no place to stay were directed to the high school gymnasium six miles northeast on Interstate 35E in the town of Italy.Saulter said no injuries were reported. He said Chevron has indicated it could take until Friday for the flare to burn itself out and allow the repairs to the rupture.In a statement Thursday night, Chevron said it was depressurizing the pipeline through the day and overnight, reducing the size of the flare as residual gas in the pipeline burned off.Flames could be seen shooting into the air Thursday afternoon as some vehicles at the worksite burned. A column of billowing black smoke could be seen from miles away. read more


Braxton Miller named OSUs starting quarterback for Saturdays game vs ColoradoBraxton Miller named OSUs starting quarterback for Saturdays game vs Colorado


Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell announced Thursday that Braxton Miller would start at quarterback in Saturday’s matchup against Colorado.  Fickell made the announcement during his weekly radio show around noon, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The expected start would be Miller’s first at OSU. Miller did not see playing time against Toledo, but split time with redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman in games against Akron and Miami (Fla.). Bauserman started the previous three games.  Kickoff for Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will air on ABC.


Gardaí search for poachers after deer found shot and decapitated in MeathGardaí search for poachers after deer found shot and decapitated in Meath


first_img Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 4:10 PM By Rónán Duffy Short URL Share481 Tweet Email2 Gardaí search for poachers after deer found shot and decapitated in Meath One deer was found dead and another had to be put down. 54 Comments Source: Facebook/Meath Crime Prevention“If you know the suspects involved in deer poaching let us know who they are,” local gardaí have said.“If you have spotted gunmen shooting from their vans or jeeps along the road or using a lamp at night-time to shot deer, this is illegal please contact Slane Garda Station on 041-9824202.” Source: Facebook/MeathCrimePreventionRead: Thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas? Here’s why you shouldn’t >Read: ‘Quiet, hungry’ puppies shipped from Dublin Port will soon need new homes >center_img Jan 15th 2017, 4:10 PM 28,413 Views Warning: The bottom of this article contains gruesome images of a dead deer that some readers may find upsetting. GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after two deer were shot and one was decapitated on lands in Co Meath.The gruesome discovery was made on protected lands near Slane according to An Garda Síochána’s Meath Crime Prevention Facebook page.Gardai say that poachers are to blame for the shootings with a small, light-coloured van seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time.Graphic images of the scene show the ground stained with blood and the deer suffering horrific injuries.Gardai say that a second red deer was found alive but had to be put down.The incident is not an isolated one with a spate of poaching in the Dunsay area having being recently reported. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3188260 last_img read more


GEEK PICK OF THE DAY SwitchPack is Our Favorite Nintendo Switch BagGEEK PICK OF THE DAY SwitchPack is Our Favorite Nintendo Switch Bag


first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Let’s be real. Although the key, incredible feature of the Nintendo Switch is that it can be used as both home console and handheld gaming device, many people are going to naturally lean in one direction or the other. For me, the Switch is primarily a very versatile and powerful portable game machine, the next step in Nintendo’s illustrious handheld legacy, the PlayStation Vita but good.If you’re like me and mostly use your Switch on the go, then you realize that a good case is crucial. The Switch is more fragile than typical Nintendo hardware, so you don’t want it to get damaged. You could lose hundreds of dollars (and game saves that can’t yet be backed up). Plus, a case just makes it easier to carry a Switch, and disguises it from potential thieves.We’ve got a whole feature showcasing the variety of great Nintendo Switch cases you can buy. But for my money the best Switch case you can get, the Switch case I personally use, is the SwitchPack by WaterField Designs.San Francisco company WaterField Designs is known for its premium cases for laptops, tablets, smartwatches, and other tech products. With that established expertise, WaterField quickly established itself as arguably the most impressive player in the Switch case market, provided you could swallow the price.I’ve tested and used pretty much every WaterField Switch case, sometimes for months at a time. So it means something when I say the SwitchPack is my favorite case from them by far. I believe them when they say it’s the result of listening to a year of customer feedback because this case fixes every issue I’ve had with previous WaterField cases. The CitySlicker case was sleek but could pretty much only hold the Switch itself. The Arcade Gaming Case fits in more accessories but not quite enough to be complete. The Multiplayer Pro Case could contain everything you want but it had to be bulky to do so.The SwitchPack case finally solves my Goldilocks dilemma. The case is very similar to the Arcade Gaming case. It’s like a little leather briefcase with a convenient handle, zipper and internal pouches, and front flap that closes with magnets. It’s just slightly bigger than the Arcade Gaming Case. But that changes everything.With the extra space here’s what I’m currently keeping in my SwitchPack case: Nintendo Switch with attached Joy-Con, Pro Controller, extra microSD card, HDMI cable, power cable, cartridge holder, SFANS portable dock, extra USB-C cable, Switch stand. I could probably even jam in an external battery.With all of those accessories not only can I take my Switch on the go for portable play, but if I wind up somewhere with a TV I also have everything necessary for console play. It’s true freedom. And if you’re a Nintendo Switch owner with $129 to spend, that freedom can be yours with the WaterField Designs SwitchPack case.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


Applications for city of Vancouver permits going digitalApplications for city of Vancouver permits going digital


first_imgThe city of Vancouver will soon require all applications for permits to be submitted electronically, city officials said Thursday.Over the next seven months, types of permits will be moved to online-only submissions. Starting June 1, all preapplications will have to be online via www.cityofvancouver.us/ePlans.The city said the move will cut down on paper printing, as well as physical trips for citizens and city staff. It might also speed up the plan-review process.“We’re looking forward to continuing to find ways to improve and simplify our plan review process for our customers to save them time and money,” said Jason Nortz, manager of the Development Review Division.The city’s ePlans platform currently allows people to submit development applications, commercial and residential building permits, grading permits, among others. People can check their submission’s status online at any time.last_img read more


Grand Bahama Power Statement after Tornado ActivityGrand Bahama Power Statement after Tornado Activity


first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Tornado in Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 9, 2017 – Grand Bahama – GBPC is aware that Power was recently lost in Greening Glade, Lucayan Knoll, Lowenmill, Arden Forest, Fortune Hills, Smiths Point, Port Lucaya Yatch Club, Tamarind Development, Kings Rd, Harbour House Towers, Taino Beach & Bell Channel as a result of a bush fire from downed electrical wires.Grand Bahama Power Company gave an update on the Tornado Activity on their Facebook page on Sunday, September 10 stating:With confirmed tornado activity on the island, GBPC will stand down all crews. The safety of our crews and the public is our #1 priority. We advise residents to remain indoors until the “All Clear” is given by NEMA.At this time, crews will not respond to outages until it is safe to do so. Further updates will be given as they become available.Tornado damage in an unknown house in Freeport, Grand Bahama. last_img read more


Gov Jerry Brown agrees to send National Guard troops to the borderGov Jerry Brown agrees to send National Guard troops to the border


first_img Posted: April 12, 2018 Dan Plante, April 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Gov. Jerry Brown agrees to send National Guard troops to the bordercenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It came as a bit of a shock to a lot of political observers. For the first time since President Trump took office, the Governor of California is going along with a “border issue.”After about a week of silence, Governor Brown has now agreed to call up 400-national guard troops to help crack down on crime at the border.“Definitely surprised, but glad that he did it,” said Terry Shigg of the National Border Patrol Council. “They will be doing communications, intelligence and other non-law enforcement duties. They will not be doing any law enforcement actions.”Right now, the border patrol is down about 2000-agents nationwide. The money has been approved, but the hiring has stalled. “We can clearly use the help,” Shigg said.While the numbers of illegal immigrants are the lowest level since 1971, it’s still a huge issue.“We captured 171 thousand people coming across the border so far this year,” Shigg said.But the biggest issue is violent gangs.The President often speaks of “M.S.-13.” They’re primarily a Mexican prison gang, based on the east coast. But they’ve been tracked to Northern California and they are spreading like a cancer.“Drugs and gangs are all tied to an international crime ring. Nothing comes across the border without the permission of the Cartels,” Shigg said.Even though the President and the Governor are polar opposites, somehow they found some common ground on this issue. The President sending a tweet, “thanking” Governor Brown. He even calls him “Jerry.”Now that’s a political breakthrough. Dan Plante Updated: 5:41 PMlast_img read more


ASA Asks EPA to Increase Biodiesel RFS VolumesASA Asks EPA to Increase Biodiesel RFS Volumes


first_imgIn comments submitted to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) urged EPA to increase the volumes for biomass-based diesel to 2.5 billion gallons for 2019, an increase of 400 million gallons over the levels in the EPA proposal, yet still below the amount utilized in the U.S. in 2016.“Biodiesel has expanded markets for farmers and livestock producers and created new jobs and economic growth, particularly in rural America,” said Ron Moore, ASA President and Illinois soybean farmer.In addition to expanding markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers, biodiesel provides additional economic, energy security, and environmental benefits.“The EPA and the Administration are missing an easy opportunity to help the agriculture and rural economy,” Moore added. “Given the many benefits that biodiesel provides, EPA should enthusiastically support higher, but easily achievable, volume targets for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels. An increase of biomass-based diesel volume requirements to 2.5 billion gallons in 2019 and the advanced biofuels volumes to 4.75 billion gallons in 2018 is achievable and warranted. There is idle domestic production capacity and ample, price competitive feedstock available to supply increased domestic biodiesel production.”In the comments, ASA pointed to the important market that biodiesel provides as an outlet for increasing soybean oil supplies resulting from increased demand for soybean production to meet protein meal demand.“Biodiesel production creates a value-added market for the co-product soybean oil generated by the growing global demand for protein meal. Without growing markets for the oil, U.S. farmers will not be able to maximize the opportunities being created by protein demand,” Moore said. “Soybean farmers have met the increased demand for protein meal and done so with increasing efficiency and sustainability. Since 1980 U.S. soybean farmers have increased production by 96 percent while using 8 percent less energy; land use per ton of soybean production has decreased by 35 percent; and greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 41 percent per ton.”The U.S. soybean harvest in 2016 was a record 4.3 billion bushels and plantings in 2017 are estimated at a record 89.5 million acres. Modeling indicates that these additional supplies support the increased biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volume levels and feedstock prices would still be less than their five-year average.last_img read more


Late monsoon worrying says Agriculture Minister Narendra SinghLate monsoon worrying says Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh


first_imgNew Delhi : Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday said the delayed sowing in the country due to late arrival of monsoon was a matter of concern and the central government will work with the states if a drought like situation arises. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the State Agriculture Ministers Conference here, Tomar said there was a delay in the arrival of monsoon but it would be too early to jump to any conclusion regarding drought. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “We have reports that monsoon will be normal. In case, there is less rains or a drought like situation, we will work jointly with states,” he said. On possible negative impact on foodgrain output due to lower rainfall, Tomar said: “There is nothing to worry. We are working with the states.” Jharkhand witnesses 35% rainfall deficit Jharkhand is witnessing a 35 per cent rainfall deficit in this monsoon season, a Met Department official said here on Monday. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Jharkhand has received only 181 mm rainfall against the normal 276 mm till now. In the last two days, the rainfall has improved and it will continue for next 48 hours,” S.D Kothal, Director of the Ranchi Met Department, told IANS. “But the rain will shift towards the Himalaya region from June 10 to 12. When it will retreat, state will then witness an improvement of the rainfall.” Advertise With Us Over 2,000 died due to extreme weather More than 2,000 people died in India in the last one year due to extreme weather events, the Environment Ministry informed Rajya Sabha Monday but denied any direct connection to the global issue of climate change. MoS in Environment Ministry Babul Supriyo said, “As per the information received from the Ministry of Home Affairs, 2,405 lives have been reported to be lost during the financial year 2018-19 in the country due to cyclonic storm/flash flood/landslides/cloudburst etc.” He said global warming may lead to increase in frequency or intensity of weather events. In reply to another question — whether about 4,000 deaths take place every year due to climate change, the minister said, “India experienced 431 major natural disasters during the period 1980-2010, resulting in loss of human lives, property and resources. However, any direct attribution to climate change has not been indicated.”last_img read more


No role of Virat Kohli in appointment of new coach 3member panelNo role of Virat Kohli in appointment of new coach 3member panel


first_imgThe process of selecting a new head coach for the Indian team is gathering steam and after BCCI invited fresh applications for the role, there are reports that the Indian captain Virat Kohli will be kept away from the process and that, he will not have any say in the appointment of the new person. The entire process will be overseen by a three-member steering committee which will be headed by former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev. The decision to exclude Virat Kohli from the process was taken keeping in mind what happened when Anil Kumble’s tenure came to an end and Virat Kohli threw his weight behind the inclusion of Ravi Shastri as head coach.Decision taken in mind keeping the earlier selection processes Virat KohliICCHead coach Ravi Shastri along with Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun have all been given an extension of 45 days till the West Indies tour, which is slated to begin from August 3, it is unlikely that all three of them will continue to hold their positions after the tour. All three, however, automatically enter the selection process but will still have to reapply for the respective posts.”Last time, the captain (Kohli) had expressed his difficulty, or the team’s difficulty, with former coach Anil Kumble. In the new selection process, he will have absolutely no say with regards to who becomes the coach. This time, we have Kapil Dev in the coach selection committee, and he will not listen to him (Kohli),” a BCCI official told the Indian Express. Kapil DevAdrian Murrell/Allsport//Getty ImagesThe steering committee will be led by Kapil Dev and will also have former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, They will select the coach and this will then be given a go-ahead by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators. Not only Kohli, but no member of the Indian team will also be consulted in the process. “Support staff will be picked by the selection committee. Normally, we allow the head coach to do that (pick the support staff) for team building. This time, if the head coach is selected (before the selection of the support staff), he might join the process,” the official said.All the reports suggest, that the BCCI will announce the new management before the commencement of India’s next home season against South Africa which starts on September 15.last_img read more


Oneminute blackout tonight to mark 25 MarOneminute blackout tonight to mark 25 Mar


first_imgFile PhotoThe country is set to stage a one-minute blackout from 9:00 to 9:01pm today, recalling the horror of the 25 March, 1971 black night when the Pakistanis launched genocide on Bangladesh soil.”We expect people in every household to join the programme by switching off their electricity during the one minute demonstration,” state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid told BSS.He said the power supply across the country would be normal while the people were expected to keep the switches off to stage a complete blackout in memory of the victims of 25 March night, 1971.Director general of power cell engineer Mohammad Hossain said the country’s electricity demand would be 3,000 mw less than the normal time.An inter-ministerial meeting with home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on 11 March decided to observe the nationwide blackout.The Jatiya Sangsad during its 14th session in 2017 unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 25 March as the Genocide Day.Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence calling upon the people to build a united resistance against the Pakistani occupation forces just ahead of his arrest from his 32 Dhanmandi residence.Different political parties, socio-cultural organisations and pro-liberation forms have chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of the Black Night to pay deep homage to the martyrs.last_img read more


Albright Bialik ready to join Muslim registryAlbright Bialik ready to join Muslim registry


first_imgMadeleine Albright, Photo: Reuters A former US secretary of state and a Big Bang theory actress have both vowed to register as Muslim if Donald Trump creates a database of Muslim Americans, reports The BBC.According to it, politician Madeleine Albright and Mayim Bialik said they “stand ready” to register, in defiance of the new president.”I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish,” Ms Albright – the first woman to be named secretary of state – reportedly tweeted on Wednesday.”I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.” The tweet gained tens of thousands of likes, said the BBC.Her comments come as rumours continue to circulate about an executive order which would announce extreme vetting, a refugee ban and a ban on arrivals from seven countries, said to include Syria, Yemen and Iraq.But, the BBC added, there has been no mention of a register of American Muslims in recent months – something Mr Trump said he would “certainly implement” in an interview in 2015, but later distanced himself from.A number of people vowed to stand in solidarity with America’s Muslim population after Mr Trump’s election in November, but Ms Albright’s tweet appears to have inspired others to speak out – including Ms Bialik, who stars as Amy Farrah Fowler in the hit series The Big Bang Theory, one of America’s most popular sitcoms, according to the report.”I’m Jewish. I stand ready to register as a Muslim in #solidarity if it comes to that,” she was said to have written.last_img read more