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Remains of crashed IAF aircraft found

first_imgAn expedition by the Dogra Scouts has recovered parts of an Indian Air Force AN-12 transport aircraft that crashed in the icy mountains of Himachal Pradesh 51 years ago, killing all 102 people on board, the Army said on Sunday.The Western Command launched an operation on July 26 to recover the mortal remains of over 90 missing soldiers, who were on board the AN-12 BL-534 aircraft which went missing over the Rohtang Pass in Kullu district on February 7, 1968.After 13 days of rigorous search and recovery operation in the Dhaka Glacier at an altitude of 5,240 m, the team recovered parts of the aircraft like the aero engine, fuselage, electric circuits, propeller, fuel tank unit, air brake assembly and a cockpit door, it said in a statement. Personal belongings of the passengers were also recovered.The search area, including the location of recoveries, has been mapped for future reference, the Army said. The expedition was joined by a team of the Indian Air Force on August 6 to augment the operation.The glacier had high levels of snow accumulation due to old avalanches, precipitous gradients, avalanche-prone slopes and open crevasses along the course which made movement of the team extremely difficult and energy sapping.The aircraft went missing on its way back to the Chandigarh Air Force base.Since the crash, there were rumours that the aircraft might have strayed into the enemy territory and might have been forced to land in the enemy territory with all passengers being taken as prisoners of war.However, the mystery of the missing airplane was finally solved as a mountaineering expedition in 2003 stumbled on the debris of the plane near the Dhaka Glacier, and found the identity card of a soldier who was on board the missing aircraft.Fresh hopeThis discovery gave a fresh ray of hope to the families of the missing passengers that the bodies would be recovered for performing the last rites.Since then, numerous search missions have been launched to recover the bodies of the missing soldiers. However, only five bodies have been found till date.last_img read more

Two arrested in Kashmir stone pelting incident in which truck driver was killed

first_imgTwo youths were arrested in the early hours of Monday for allegedly throwing stones at a truck in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, killing the driver of the vehicle. Police said that six others have been detained for questioning in connection with the incident in which some stones had hit the truck at Zradipora in Uranhall locality of Bijbehara area in Anantnag. The driver, Noor Mohammed Dar, 42, was rushed to a nearby district hospital, from where he was referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar where he was declared brought dead. The arrested youths were being questioned to ascertain their motive behind the crime, police said, adding that the duo had no past criminal history. It is alleged that the miscreants mistook his truck for a security force vehicle and hurled stones at it, police said, adding that a stone hit the windscreen and injured Dar in the head. A few days ago, a girl was seriously injured in a stone-pelting incident in downtown city of Srinagar.last_img read more

Mets’ Aces Ready for Royals

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anyone arriving a little early to a New York Mets game this season has probably witnessed “The Walk.”Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom or some other emerging ace striding in from the bullpen following pregame warmups, with pitching coach Dan Warthen right alongside — and the rest of that fearless rotation trailing just behind.For opposing hitters, it’s become an imposing march to impending doom.Riding four young starters all the way through October, the hard-throwing Mets are ready to fire their best stuff at the Kansas City Royals in the 111th World Series. Game 1 is the night of Oct. 27 at Kauffman Stadium, with Harvey set to pitch against Edinson Volquez.“I like our rotation no matter who’s out there,” New York Manager Terry Collins said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in them.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli has it in him to win India 2019 Cricket World Cup: Darren Sammy

first_imgKapil’s Devils changed the image of Indian cricket in 1983. Not many, including some of the ones in the Indian dressing room back then, gave them a chance of beating the big boys of world cricket in England.However, the mighty West Indies were beaten in the final and Kapil lifted the World Cup at the Lord’s balcony in what is being seen as the watershed moment of Indian cricket’s history.Some of the greatest Indian captains, including Mohammed Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly, had tried to emulate Kapil but found no success. However, another man from a small town in the country – MS Dhoni helped India end the Australian dominance and a 28-year-long wait at home in 2011.It is now the turn of Indian cricket’s new-age poster boy, Virat Kohli to shoulder the burden of expectations of a billion as the Asian giants head into the 2019 World Cup as one of the title favourites.Ever since taking over from Dhoni in 2017 as the limited-overs captain, Kohli has made sure India has remained one of the dominant limited-over sides in world cricket. The Delhi boy nearly aced his first big test as skipper as he led his troops to the final of Champions Trophy 2017 in England only to lose to arch-rivals Pakistan in a one-sided final.Backing Kohli’s captaincy skills, T20 globetrotter and the captain of T10 League’s Zee5 Northern Warriors, Darren Sammy, who knows a thing or two about winning world titles, insists the India captain has it in him to help to World Cup glory in England next year.Sammy said Kohli’s ability to lead by performance augurs well for Team India, who will be one of the teams to beat at next year’s global 50-over spectacle.”With the World Cup being played every four years, he has to win the World Cup next year. I am not sure if he will be around when during 2024 (2023) edition. But I am sure he has the qualities to win India the World Cup,” Sammy told India Today from the United Arab Emirates.The World T20-winning former West Indies skipper added: “We all are different leaders, we bring different qualities to our team with our leadership. Virat is one who leads by performance, he is a consistent performer. I was different as I led by motivation. I had a very good team in which I did not have the need to be a star.”India has always been a force to reckon with in limited-over cricket and T20I as well. India won under Dhoni who I think has been a brilliant captain. I learned a few things from him as well.”advertisementChris Gayle should play the 2019 World Cup: Sammy Chris Gayle was not available for the recently-concluded ODI series in India (Reuters Photo)Meanwhile, Sammy also stressed on the importance of having Chris Gayle in the West Indies side at the World Cup, saying the big-hitting opener should be the first name on the team sheet, provided he makes himself available.In the prolonged absence of several key players due to pay disputes and contract issues, the two-time champions failed to seal an automatic berth but managed to qualify for the 10-team tournament after playing the qualifiers earlier this year.Nonetheless, Sammy is buoyed by the emergence of exciting talents, especially in the pace bowling unit. If they head to England with the “right team”, the West Indies can challenge the big boys, according to the 34-year-old.”Chris Gayle should be the first person on the XI if he is available,” Sammy opined.”Cricket is played on the field no matter what is happening in the dressing room. If we get the right team and a good combination of players in the park, we will be able to challenge any team. I am hopeful of the West Indies doing well in England next summer.”‘T10 Cricket is the sport’s vehicle to Olympics’ Darren Sammy leads the Zee5 Northern Warriors side in the second edition of T10 League (Twitter Photo)Sammy also shared his thoughts on sport’s newest experiment – the T10 Cricket, saying the format has the potential to be cricket’s vehicle to Olympics.T10 cricket, as showcased in the much-publicised T10 League, is played over 90 minutes with 10 overs-a-side and the former West Indies captain believesthis football-like feature will take the format to unchartered territories.”It [T10 Cricket] a very exciting format. I was there last year as well. The crowd has been fantastic. Cricket is being played like a 90-minute football match. T20 is exciting but T10 cricket brings a lot more excitement. I would like to call this format ‘Highlights cricket’.””I also think T10 cricket is the ideal vehicle to drive cricket into the Olympics.”advertisementAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s IndiaAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso see:last_img read more

Boosted by Hardik Pandya option, India look to seal ODI series vs New Zealand

first_imgA well-deserved break on the cards, India captain Virat Kohli will be aiming to seal the ongoing five-match series when his team squares off against a confused New Zealand in the third ODI in Mount Maunganui on Monday.The Indian captain has been given a break as part of BCCI’s workload management programme and he would ensure that he finishes his assignment Down Under on a high after the maiden Test and ODI victories in Australia.An unassailable 3-0 lead would be a fitting revenge to India’s abject 0-4 humiliation during the 2014 limited-overs series.One of the primary focus of Monday’s encounter could be inclusion of Indian cricket’s latest enfant terrible Hardik Pandya, who is coming back from provisional suspension for his loose talk on a TV chat show.Pandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and the skipper has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.Pandya is a few clicks quicker than Shankar whose bowling in the three ODIs that he has played has not been penetrative.Pandya can also bat at No.6 if situation arises and his busy approach in batting can also get the scoreboard ticking in middle overs as the skipper wants.Otherwise Indian team doesn’t require much tinkering.advertisementNew Zealand, on the other hand, have looked clueless against India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who accounted for 12 of the 20 wickets in the last two ODIs.Kuldeep has looked the most menacing as he claimed two four-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs, while Chahal returned with two wickets on both the matches.Seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami also have done their job well, getting crucial breakthroughs for the team.India’s batting too have complemented the bowlers, looking rock solid in both the games with Shikhar Dhawan’s return to form lending the team the much-needed support at the top.If he had scored an unbeaten 75 in the first ODI, he cracked a 67-ball 66 in the second game.Vice captain Rohit Sharma, who had flopped in the first ODI, too entertained the spectators with a strokeful 87 en route his 14th century stand with opening partner Dhawan.Skipper Kohli also looked in good nick in both the matches, while Ambati Rayudu seemed to have found his mojo back with a 49-ball 47 on Saturday.An ageless Mahendra Singh Dhoni too continued his rampaging run with yet another unbeaten 33-ball 48 to take India across the 300-run mark, while Kedar Jadhav has also grabbed the role of a finisher with both hands.While the batting looked in place, there is a slight concern about the visitors fifth bowler’s slot where Pandya might fit in.India are yet to finalise their middle-order ahead of the World Cup.Once Kohli takes a break following the third ODI, Dinesh Karthik might get a place to boost the middle-order in the skipper’s absence.The team management might also think of handing an India debut to the very talented Shubman Gill.For Black Caps, captain Kane Williamson, who had top-scored in the first ODI, looked good during his short stay in the second ODI, while all-rounder Doug Bracewell tried to take the game to the wires with a 46-ball 57 but none of the other batters could convert their starts.”There’s two games in a row now where we’ve not had control at any stage, but we need to take small steps,” Williamson said.”Some of the dismissals were a result of us going too hard maybe. If you have wickets in hand, you never know. But we didn’t have wickets in hand. Those are the lessons that we need to take ahead.”SquadsIndia: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Micthell Santner, Tim Southee.Also Read | New Zealand police warn public to beware of Virat Kohli’s Indian team in funny postAlso Read | I will close my eyes and bowl wherever MS Dhoni wants me to: Kedar Jadhavadvertisementlast_img read more

There is always room for originality: Robin Sharma

first_imgA leadership expert and life coach, Robin Sharma, 54, considers himself to be a student at heart. The author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari invests 60 minutes every day learning something new. He quit his profession as a lawyer in 1997 to follow his creative instinct. His new,A leadership expert and life coach, Robin Sharma, 54, considers himself to be a student at heart. The author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari invests 60 minutes every day learning something new. He quit his profession as a lawyer in 1997 to follow his creative instinct. His new book, The 5 AM Club, focuses on living an inspiring life and owning your success. What made you give up litigation law and become a writer?Litigation law, for me, was very adversarial and my nature isn’t aggressive. I was struggling at that point in my life. I woke up every morning and I felt empty, thinking that there must be a way forward. Pain can be a great motivator. I turned to books and started reading about the world’s great leaders and creative people. I started experimenting and tried meditation and made some powerful changes in my life. Those around me thought I was crazy to give up my successful career and follow my passion to write personal development books. One of the lines in my latest book The 5 AM Club is your instinct is always wiser than your intellect and your heart knows what’s best even if it is a scary part to follow your heart’. I followed my instinct.What inspired you to write The 5 AM Club?What I always found interesting was that all great leaders had one thing in commonthey were early risers. I was fascinated why so many genius minds and influential people get up before the sun rises. I started my research and came up with this 20:20:20 formula of working out, self-contemplating and learning for 20 minutes each, and the book is based around that. I understood from some of my billionaire and sports celebrity clients that by following this, they were getting great results. The way you begin your day sets the way your day unfolds. After seeing so much success with the 20:20:20 formula, I decided to write a book. It’s the story of the power of getting up at 5 am and running this process so that you optimise your brain, body, heart and soul for a great day.advertisementWhat’s so magical about waking up early in the morning?I have been getting up at 5 am for 30 years. I call it the mother of all habits. It is the one habit that elevates every other habit, and if there is one reason I have been creative and productive in my life, it is because I have been consistently getting up early in the morning. You can get most of your work done by 8 am and I want people to incorporate this habit. Every day, I go for a walk that re-energises me and makes me present for the evening. The two massage protocol is another lesson from the book. Every week, I get two massages done and that allows me to stay productive, relaxed and happy throughout the week.How is your day planned?I do an hour of morning exercise and then I love to write in my journal and drink my coffee. I write about what I am learning and what I am most excited about. Often, I write statements about the type of man I want to become, where I need to improve myself, and then I spend an hour reading. That’s how I start my morning and if it’s a creative day, I am working on videos, or a new book, or a blog post, or I am with my team. Some of my days are theme driven and some are free days when I block off every distraction and interruption. I specifically don’t have the entire day for learning but I always do that while commuting, listening to the audio book.What drives you to write?I have a deep hunger to express myself. I took me four years to write The 5 AM Club; I wrote it in different places such as Mauritius, Russia, Brazil and Canada. It was an exhausting process because I was polishing every line and I wanted to go deeper than I have in any of my other books.Which was more difficult to penThe 5 AM Club or The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari?The 5 AM Club because this is an eclectic work and eccentric book and because I planned the storytelling based on neurobiology. It was a roller coaster ride of science and philosophy and creativity and productivity, and towards the end of the book, began writing about how to live a great life.advertisementHow would you like people to remember you?I want people to remember me for The 5 Am Club. If you get that first hour of your morning calibrated and optimised, you will have consistently great days that will lead to great weeks, months and years. If you live it, you will have a much better life and I would like to be known as someone who helped people own their glory and materialise their potential to live better lives.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Devastated not to get over the line, says Carlos Brathwaite after New Zealand heartbreak

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite offered a reminder of his astonishing firepower with a knock of 101 off 82 balls that almost delivered one of the greatest World Cup comebacks.After smashing West Indies to within six runs of victory over New Zealand, though, Brathwaite was caught by Trent Boult at deep mid-on going for glory with seven balls remaining.”Obviously, I’m devastated not to get over the line,” said the Barbadian.”I thought it had enough bat on it. I was willing it to go up and up and up but that was one of the best fielders in the world out there,” Brathwaite added.”It’s a game of margins. One or two yards more, we would have been victorious tonight,” he said.Almost every member of the New Zealand camp made it a point to shake hands with Carlos Brathwaite.A fitting tribute to a superb knock. #SpiritOfCricket | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/O8NMDL8VNQCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 22, 2019An innings including five sixes and nine fours, including a devastating trio of sixes as part of 25 runs off Matt Henry in the 47th over, brought back memories of Brathwaite’s famous innings which won the World Twenty20 in 2016 when he hit four sixes in a row off England’s Ben Stokes in the final over.Despite the lingering recollection of that feat, Brathwaite has yet to truly deliver with the bat in the ODI format having managed just one half-century in his previous 37 matches.”For me personally, for my confidence, as a result of all the hard work I’ve been putting in it’s finally good that it comes to fruition,” he said.advertisement”Obviously, I know I can (do it), I never stopped working so it’s good to see your hard work pay off. I am averaging 45 in test cricket so I think I can handle the bat a bit,” he said.”As it is a century in a losing cause it is bittersweet. I’m not going to beat myself up because the ball should have gone for six and we should have won,” he said.His captain Jason Holder said it would be wrong to criticize Brathwaite’s decision to go for a big shot when a single would have given him the strike for the final over.”We wouldn’t have gone down to the penultimate if it wasn’t for Carlos as well. He’s been playing excellently well up to that point. It’s just one of those things,” Holder said.”His work ethic is really good. He’s not one to shy away from his responsibilities. And he puts in a really good effort into his preparation. The knock that he played today is not surprising to me,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Brathwaite hundred in vain as New Zealand pip West Indies in thrillerAlso Read | Kane Williamson 3rd captain to hit successive World Cup hundredsAlso Seelast_img read more

Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after on-court outburst

first_img Reuters RomeMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 20:18 IST Nick Kyrgios threw a chair on the court after he lost the match (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNick Kyrgios lost his second round match in the Italian OpenKyrgios was penalised for unsportsmanlike conduct on the courtKyrgios conceded the encounter to Casper Ruud 2-6, 7-6(7-5), 1-2Nick Kyrgios was defaulted from his second round Italian Open clash against Norway’s Casper Ruud on Thursday after the hot-headed Australian hurled a chair on to the court.World number 36 Kyrgios was given a code violation for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after being broken early in the third set. Having already been handed a code violation earlier in the match, the latest outburst meant the umpire also handed him a game penalty.This prompted an angry Kyrgios to slam his racket into the ground, kick a water bottle before he tossed a chair towards the centre of the court.Cannot remember the last time this happened on the @ATP_Tour… King @NickKyrgios just got a game penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct then decided to peg a chair onto the court pic.twitter.com/KC0mNlL5j9Jake Humphreys (@JHumphreys28) May 16, 2019The frustrated 24-year-old shook hands with his opponent and the umpire before he strode off the court, effectively defaulting himself from the contest.Ruud was leading 6-3 6-7(5) 2-1 when Kyrgios was disqualified and will face Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.Also Read | Federer, Nadal and Osaka through to last 16 in RomeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Nick KyrgiosFollow Italian Open 2019 Nick Kyrgios thrown out of Italian Open after on-court outburstNick Kyrgios was engulfed in a rage after the umpire ruled against him and gave him a codes violation for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

India vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 8: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

first_imgIndia vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 8: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sWhile South Africa have been hit by injuries to Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi, India’s Kedar Jadhav seems to have recovered in time for the team’s opening clash in Southampton. Here’s all that you need to know about the pitch, weather and match prediction for Match 7 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. advertisement India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 14:25 IST South Africa vs India (@cricketworldcup Photo)It’s been a week since the 2019 World Cup started and joint-favourites India begin their campaign against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.India will be hoping to begin their campaign on a high and they start as favourites against battered and depleted South Africa who have already lost two in two in World Cup 2019.India are relatively fresh, considering their big boys of world cricket had close to 2 weeks of rest after Indian Premier League 2019.South Africa need to step up but as captain Faf du Plessis has put it, the Proteas have quite a lot of problems, predominantly injury concerns as they are in desperate need to get their campaign back on track.Recent formSouth Africa warmed up well to World Cup 2019, posting 338 vs Sri Lanka and beating the former champions by 87 runs in their first warm-up. However, Faf du Plessis’ men have had a horror start to their tournament proper.South Africa were thrashed by 104 runs in the World Cup 2019 opener by England. The hosts posted 311/8 and skittled the Proteas out for 207 after some of their star batsmen, including du Plessis, Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram failed with the bat.On Sunday, South Africa were handed a shock defeat by Bangladesh who took their weakened bowling attack to the cleaners, posting 330 on the board. South Africa lost the match by 21 runs, thereby registering their worst-ever start to a World Cup campaign.India, on the other hand, haven’t played a lot of ODI cricket in the lead-up to the World Cup. India had lost an ODI series 3-2 to Australia at home before IPL 2019. In the warm-ups, India thrashed Bangladesh 95 runs after hundreds from KL Rahul and MS Dhoni.advertisementPitch prediction – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton734 runs were scored when England hosted Pakistan in an ODI game last month. The Ageas Bowl in Southampton has been a batting paradise in the recent past but batsmen need to be wary of overcast conditions predicted for Wednesday.A green pitch is not going to be on offer for India vs South Africa but the surface had been under the covers on the eve of the big clash. Expect both teams to pack their teams with a few seamers for the Southampton match.Match predictionIndia’s top-order is vulnerable against swing bowling in overcast conditions but expect them to play safe cricket through the period and post a 300-plus total on Wednesday if they are sent in to bat. South Africa have lost Dale Steyn to an injury and will be without Lungi Ngidi for Wednesday’s clash after the pacer suffered a hamstring strain.The Proteas certainly lack the firepower to overcome India in the latter’s opening game but Pakistan taught us the other day that the “favourite” tag counts for nothing in World Cups.Predicted playing XIs – India vs South AfricaWhile South Africa have been battered by injury concerns, India’s injury issues seem to be getting better. Kedar Jadhav seems to be fit and is likely to return to the playing XI to add that bit of balance and flexibility Virat Kohli loves.India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav.South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.Also Read | Feeling bad for Dale Steyn: Virat Kohli on South Africa pacer’s World Cup-ending injuryAlso Read | World Cup 2019: History favours India over South Africa in recent ICC eventsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India cricket teamFollow India cricket team newsFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Virat KohliFollow Dale SteynFollow Kedar JadhavFollow Southamptonlast_img read more

MOLs CEO Reveals Areas of Focus for Coming Years

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has started 2019 fiscal year with new objectives aimed at addressing environmental issues and enhancing competitiveness.On the occasion of MOL’s 135th anniversary, Junichiro Ikeda, the company’s president & CEO, delivered a speech to employees on April 1, 2019. During the speech, he presented the company’s new Rolling Plan 2019.As informed by Ikeda, “aiming to make the MOL Group a collection of businesses that have a clear advantage and boast the highest competitiveness” has been positioned as the vision for MOL ten years from now.The vision has been unveiled after the company reviewed three core pillars it set forth. These include providing stress-free services from a customer perspective, promoting environmental strategies and developing the emission-free business into one of MOL’s future core operations, and investing management resources in fields where MOL has the greatest strength as the newly added pillar.“By adding the element of ‘from a customer’s perspective’ to stress-free services, and taking various strategic measures to address environmental issues, we will further enhance our relative competitiveness,” MOL’s president and CEO said.By following the first two pillars, MOL intends to move forward with five group-wide priorities — marine technical skills, ICT strategy, technology development, environment and emission-free businesses, and work style reforms — as mid-term actions.The company’s key phrases for 2019 fiscal year are said to be ‘LNG fuel’, ‘use and application of data toward autonomous sailing (promotion of Senpaku ISHIN NEXT)’, and ‘workplace reforms’.Moreover, the company wants to further develop its strengths and improve competitiveness by focusing its management resources on fields where MOL has the greatest strength, particularly the offshore business.In addition, MOL has set focus themes for FY2019. One theme is to establish a group-wide safety and quality management system with the objective of reflecting seriously on the incidents that occurred at the end of last year.The second theme is developing a strategic response to stricter regulations on SOx emissions effective in January 2020.“We have a daunting list of things to do-complete the technological verification of compliant fuel oils, properly time the changeover from current fuels, secure a supply of compliant fuel and negotiate with business partners and customers, to name just a few. This is a big challenge for the ocean shipping industry, but I think this is a good opportunity to differentiate our businesses at the same time,” Ikeda added.Ikeda also said that a new organizational structure will be established to support the promotion of Rolling Plan 2019.“We are currently seeing a trend toward economic deceleration, and the ocean shipping market still faces many uncertain factors. By no means we can say that we are in a strong position in our field,” Ikeda pointed out.“We set sail in FY2019 while anticipating rough seas, but we can see our course clearly. The will … and our accumulated efforts and achievements, must become the impetus for further growth,” he concluded.For fiscal year 2018, MOL expects its ordinary profit to exceed its initial outlook. This is due to wide-ranging efforts made to improve profits under Rolling Plan 2018.last_img read more

Partnership Brings Space into Classrooms

first_imgNova Scotia’s students will soon learn more about the excitement of space exploration, technology and careers thanks to a new partnership between the province and the Canadian Space Agency. Minister of Education Ramona Jennex and the Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, Tony Clement, signed a memorandum of understanding and licence agreement, today, Feb. 4, that will support the development of curriculum resources and space technology learning products for teachers and students. This agreement is the first of its kind in Canada. “This partnership is very exciting as it will provide students with access to resources that will expose them to the many interesting learning opportunities and careers space has to offer,” said Ms. Jennex. “What better way to learn about space than by using materials from the experts.” The Canadian Space Agency has already provided professional learning sessions and access to their many learning resources, such as DVDs on space suits, career information, and guest speakers. These opportunities will continue and expand as new supports are introduced. “The signature and subsequent implementation of this agreement is an excellent example of a federal-provincial collaboration supporting Canada’s efforts to create conditions for science and technology excellence in our country,” said Mr. Clement. Astronaut Robert Thirsk was in Halifax to support the partnership, and answer questions from students. This is not the first time students in Nova Scotia have received an opportunity to ask astronauts questions. In October 2009, 16 Grade 9, 10 and 11 students were given an opportunity to ask questions to Mr. Thirsk and the rest of the crew on board the International Space Station using a satellite downlink at Mount Saint Vincent University. “Because of this agreement, a lot of students will discover a new found interest in science and space, like I did,” said Kayley Malonson, a Grade 12 student at West Kings District High School in Auburn, Kings Co. “Participating in the downlink event and getting to speak to Mr. Thirsk while he was actually in space made me realize what I want to do with my future, and taking my bachelor of science is the first step.” The Department of Education has been meeting with the Canadian Space Agency to develop curriculum and resources over the past year, and classrooms have already began to receive materials. “Having a partnership between the province and the Canadian Space Agency opens so many windows of opportunity for the children and youth of Nova Scotia,” said Brian Ellenberger, principal of the Southdale-North Woodside School in Dartmouth. “Today’s opportunity for my students to meet a Canadian astronaut is an experience they will never forget, and I am very pleased that we were a part of this historical event.” For more information please visit www.ednet.ns.ca or www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/default.asp .last_img read more

Queries about new EWS category dominate first Open Day at DU

first_imgNew Delhi: Queries related to the newly introduced EWS category, cut-offs, deduction of marks on changing streams were some of the queries of aspirants that dominated the first open day at the Delhi University, which started the online registration on its admission portal on Thursday.The university organises Open Days for parents and students every year to resolve their queries about filling up the online forms, the admission process and the criterion for admission in the varsity. Moreover, within the 24 hours 1,01,811 registration were done on the portal. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarMany parents had queries about the newly introduced EWS category. Some aspirants also complained that their respective SDMs were not even aware about any EWS certificate they were required to issue. In January, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared 10 per cent quota in education and government jobs to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), a key demand of upper castes. Saurabh Sinha, who had come from west Delhi’s Janakpuri, said, “We know that this category has been introduced in DU and we had gone to SDM of our district to find out about the EWS certificate. “They said they had not received any notification about any such certificate that they were supposed to issue,” he said. Sinha said the officials here were asking aspirants to upload an acknowledgement receipt. Another student, Gunjan Makhijani, who had come from Naraina Vihar, had a similar issue. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”The district authorities are saying that they are not aware about the EWS certificate. DU is saying it’s not their prerogative. It is disheartening to know this. I had a subject engineering graphics in Class 12 and I wanted to know whether the marks I secured in that subject can be added to the best of four,” she said. An admission official said some 24-25 students who have registered themselves on the admission portal have uploaded EWS certificates and if any government official is saying they do not know about it, the varsity is helpless. Many other students and their parents had queries about the OBC certificate, which they said had been issued last year, while the Delhi University mandates that it should be dated March 31, 2019 or later. Some students also said that the district authorities were refusing to reissue certificates as they queried if they could upload income certificate along with a copy of the OBC certificate of last year. However, officials maintained that they are following guidelines and accepting acknowledgment receipts and the students have time till that last date of admission to get their certificates made. This year, the varsity will be effecting a 10 per cent increase in seats for economically weaker sections and due to this there will be a rise of close to 6,000 seats, taking the total number of seats for undergraduate courses to 62,000. There will be separate cut-offs for students belonging to the EWS category.last_img read more

PSU banks wilful defaulters soar 60 to 8582 in 5 years

first_imgNew Delhi: The number of wilful defaulters in nationalised banks has increased by over 60 per cent to 8,582 in five years to March 2019, the government said Monday.By the end of 2014-15 fiscal, the figure stood at 5,349, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. Rising consistently since 2014-15, the number of such borrowers increased to 6,575 in 2015-16; 7,079 in 2016-17 and further to 7,535 in 2017-18. “Wilful defaulters are acted against comprehensively. Moreover…as per RBI’s instructions, wilful defaulters are not sanctioned any additional facilities by banks or financial institutions, and their unit is debarred from floating new ventures for five years,” Sitharaman said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceRecovery of Rs 7,654 crore has been done from wilful defaulters’ accounts during the last five financial years, she said. As per data reported by nationalised banks, till March 31, 2019, suits for recovery have been filed in 8,121 cases. In cases involving secured assets, action under the provisions of the SARFAESI Act has been initiated in 6,251 cases. “Further, in accordance with RBI instructions of initiation of criminal proceedings wherever necessary, FIRs have been registered in 2,915 cases,” Sitharaman said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeBesides, vide Sebi regulations, wilful defaulters and companies with wilful defaulters as promoters/directors have been debarred from accessing capital markets to raise funds, she said. In addition, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 has debarred wilful defaulters from participating in the insolvency resolution process. For effective action against wilful defaulters fleeing Indian jurisdiction, the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 has been enacted to provide for attachment and confiscation of property of fugitive offenders and has disentitled them from defending any civil claim. The government has also advised public sector banks to decide on publishing photographs of wilful defaulters as well as to obtain a certified copy of the passport of promoters/directors and other authorised signatories of companies availing loans of more than Rs 50 crore, the minister said. Heads of PSBs have also been empowered to request for issuance of lookout circulars against wilful defaulters, she said. With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sustainable approach to growth crucial in Asia says top UN official

The “job-weak growth” is “not politically sustainable over the long run because underlying it all are different forms of social tensions already expressing themselves in different ways,” he said in an address to delegates at an ILO Asian Forum on Growth, Employment and Decent Work.The Forum is the first major gathering of senior government, labour and employer representatives from nearly two dozen countries in Asia and the Pacific since the launch of the Decent Work Decade at the ILO’s Asian regional meeting last year.Participants – including representatives of finance and planning ministries, academics and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – discussed how create policies aimed to integrate sustainable development and decent work.Mr. Somavia stressed that Asian countries share commonalities, and that the “time has come to strive for a social floor in every country according to its means, pursued as a systematic national and international development objective to expand the security of its people.”For example, he cited as a strategy “a basic income, health care and education package – together with organization, rights at work and empowerment to voice and defend their interests.”When combined, “these measures can no doubt enhance growth and productivity,” Mr. Somavia noted. “But they are also justified by the enormous growth in wealth creation that has been taking place.”During the conference, participants also conferred on a new ILO report entitled “Visions for Asia’s Decent Work Decade: Sustainable Growth and Jobs to 2015” said that the continent’s vast labour force, already estimated at some 1.8 billion workers, is expected to grow by more than 200 million by the year 2015, posing a series of environmental, economic and social challenges to the region’s rapidly growing economies.The report calls for an effective balance between flexibility, stability and security through improved labour market governance, including the adoption and adherence to international labour standards, improving accountability and transparency, and building the capacity of employers and workers to engage more effectively in serious dialogue. It also warns that growth and sustainable development could be seriously undermined by environmental degradation, depletion of natural resources and climate change, and stresses the need for governments, employers and workers to develop policy tools aimed at achieving environmentally sustainable development and job creation. 15 August 2007A sustainable approach to development is crucial to keep pace with Asia’s unprecedented economic growth, Director-General Juan Somavia of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said at a three-day conference wrapping up today in Beijing, calling for national measures across the continent to ensure social welfare. read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes climate change deal reached at UN conference in Durban

After extended negotiations over the weekend, the 194 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed on a package of decisions, known as the Durban Platform, which include the launch of a protocol or legal instrument that would apply to all members, a second commitment period for the existing Kyoto Protocol and the launch of the Green Climate Fund.In a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Ban said the new accord is “essential for stimulating greater action and for raising the level of ambition and the mobilization of resources to respond to the challenges of climate change.”Mr. Ban also welcomed the agreement to establish a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, stating it will “increase certainty for the carbon market and provide additional incentives for new investments in technology and the infrastructure necessary to fight climate change.”In addition, Mr. Ban said he was gratified that countries reached decisions to implement the Cancun Agreements, which were created at last year”s conference in Mexico. The new measures include setting up a Technology Mechanism that will promote access by developing countries to clean, low-carbon technologies, and establishing an Adaptation Committee that will coordinate adaptation activities on a global scale.Mr. Ban also welcomed the launch of the Green Climate Fund and said he was gratified that a number of countries signalled their intent to contribute to it. The Fund was created last year to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures, but had not been launched yet, and Mr. Ban had urged developed countries throughout the two-week conference to inject the necessary capital to kick-start it.“Taken together, these agreements represent an important advance in our work on climate change,” Mr. Ban said, calling on countries to “quickly implement these decisions and to continue working together in the constructive spirit evident in Durban.”The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) also welcomed the agreements at the conference, noting that key steps were taken such as negotiating “a new and more inclusive treaty and the establishment of the Green Climate Fund.”“The outcomes of Durban provide a welcome boost for global climate action. They reflect the growing, and in some quarters unexpected, determination of countries to act collectively,” said UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner.However, UNEP also said the conference still left the world with serious and urgent challenges if a global temperature rise is to be kept under two degrees Celsius in the 21st century.“The big question many will ask is how this will translate into actual emission reductions and by when? Whatever answer will emerge in the coming months, Durban has kept the door open for the world to respond to climate change based on science and common sense rather than political expediency,” said Mr. Steiner. 11 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the set of decisions reached by countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, saying they represent a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the coming years. read more

TSX lower amid falling commodities NY tumbles despite strong economic data

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 31, 2013 8:21 am MDT TORONTO – Mining and energy stocks led the way to a sharply lower session on the Toronto stock market Friday as demand concerns dented commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 96.14 points to 12,650.42.Falling commodity prices punished the Canadian dollar even as economic growth data came in better than expected.The loonie was down 0.64 of a cent to 96.45 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy expanded at an annualized rate of 2.5 per cent during the first quarter, which was higher than the 2.3 per cent reading that had been expected.Statistics Canada also said that GDP growth for March came in at 0.2 per cent, higher than the 0.1 per cent increase that economists had expected.U.S. indexes were lacklustre as traders balanced a disappointing report on personal spending data with a stronger than expected showing from the manufacturing sector and encouraging consumer confidence numbers.The Dow Jones industrials plunged 208.96 points to 15,115.57, the Nasdaq dropped 35.38 points to 3,455.91 while the S&P 500 index was down 23.67 points to 1,630.74.The Toronto market dipped a slight 23 points for the week while the Dow industrials gave back 188 points or 1.22 per cent as cracks started to show up in a rally that has gone on practically non-stop since late last year.Americans cut back on spending in April after their income failed to grow.The U.S. Commerce Department says American consumer spending dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.2 per cent in April, the most since last May. That follows a 0.1 per cent increase in March.Income was unchanged last month, after a 0.3 per cent rise in March.But a key reading on manufacturing in the U.S. Midwest came in much better than expected. The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for May came in at 58.7, higher than the 49.9 reading that had been expected and a big improvement from the 3.5-year low of 49 posted in April. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.“The Chicago PMI is normally more stable and less prone to violent swings than other regional surveys, and so the increase is encouraging sign particularly with many other surveys showing continued weakness,” said CIBC World Markets senior economist Andrew Grantham.“The detail showed all components improving, with a particularly strong increase in the production index.”Other data showed the final reading of the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey for May edged up to 83.8, the best level in more than six years.Commodity prices were weak with July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.64 to US$91.97 a barrel. The energy sector was down almost one per cent and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) stepped back $1.04 to C$30.90.The base metals sector dropped 2.7 per cent while July copper edged two cents lower to US$3.29 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 90 cents to C$27.69 while HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) dropped 47 cents to $8.25.Financials were also a weight, down one per cent as CIBC (TSX:CM) shed 87 cents to $78.35 after investment banking firm KBW cut its price target to $76. It cited a potential for lower earnings and risk from the company’s Aeroplan agreement with Aimia. The agreement is set to expire at the end of the year.June gold fell $19 to US$1,393 an ounce, taking the gold sector down about 0.5 per cent. Iamgold Inc. (TSX:IMG) faded 38 cents to C$5.43.There was also acquisition activity in the mining sector.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD) has reached a friendly deal to acquire Rainy River Resources Ltd. (TSX:RR), which has an advanced gold project in Ontario. The offer values Rainy River at about $310 million, net of its cash balance.New Gold is offering $3.83 per share to Rainy River shareholders. New Gold shares declined 61 cents to $7.05 while Rainy River surged 94 cents to $3.64.Centerra shares were 33 cents lower to $3.82 as hundreds of protesters attempted to storm the company’s office in eastern Kyrgyzstan Friday, near the village of Barskoon. The incident came after a protest that began earlier this week to demand that Centerra’s Kumtor mine be nationalized. The mine is the largest foreign-owned gold mine in the former Soviet Union.Trading has been volatile this week amid doubts about how long the U.S. Federal Reserve will carry on with its program of quantitative easing. The so-called QE3 involves the Fed buying up US$85 billion of bonds every month to keep long term rates low and encourage lending.But U.S. indexes have charged ahead strongly during May. For this month alone, the Dow industrial average has gained almost two per cent, leaving the blue chip barometer up about 15 per cent year to date.The Toronto market hasn’t fared nearly as well, gaining about 1.8 per cent for this month and the year to date, with some of the greatest declines coming from the base metals sector amid weak demand for commodities and a stubbornly slow global economic recovery.In other corporate news, Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) was 75 cents lower to $105.21 after JPMorgan Chase upgraded its stock to neutral from underweight with a target price of $110.CVTech Group Inc. shares surged 20 per cent to $1.48 before trading was halted Friday morning after a leading investor disclosed a takeover bid that was twice rebuffed by the company. Gestion G. Aubert Ltd. disclosed that a leading NYSE-listed electrical contractor offered $1.95 per share, representing a 70 per cent premium. 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UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalist in the Philippines

“It is essential that the authorities of the Philippines do all they can to identify and bring to trial those responsible for this cowardly crime,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “Murderers cannot be allowed to set limits to journalists’ freedom of expression or on citizens’ rights to information,” she added in a news release.Ms. Garcia, 52, was a reporter for the Remate newspaper in Bacoor City and host of a talk show on dwAD radio. She was shot dead by two gunmen in her home on 6 April.Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet every day around the world, journalists and media workers are under attack, facing intimidation, threats and violence from governments, corporations, criminals or other forces that wish to silence or censor.On 3 May, the international community will mark World Press Freedom Day, an annual observance that aims to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. read more

Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to help Pouille

PARIS — Amelie Mauresmo won’t be captaining France’s Davis Cup team after all because the two-time major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille.The French Tennis Federation announced Thursday it was searching for a new captain, who will also look after the national team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.A statement from the federation said Mauresmo gave up the role to focus on her new job with French player Pouille, ranked 32.The winner of the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006, who retired from playing in 2009, previously coached Andy Murray.The former top-ranked Mauresmo was announced in June as the successor to Yannick Noah, who is stepping down after France’s 3-1 loss to Croatia in the final last month, having previously guided the team to three Davis Cup titles.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Tiny new glass lens paves way for projectors in smartphones

first_imgThe smartphones we carry in our pockets are quite versatile devices. They used to be the size of a brick, required a separate battery pack, and only made calls. Now they fit in the palm of your hand, do HD video, surf the web, play games, hold gigabytes of data, and run for days on a single battery charge. Manufacturers continue to add functionality too, with NFC being the latest new tech to slowly be introduced to make them payment devices, and who knows what’s next.One potential future edition is the inclusion of a projector module. That would allow video to be projected on a wall as a 60-inch HD output, for example, maybe even larger. The problem with adding such functionality is one of size, power, and heat. At the moment the projector components are too big, they require a lot of power, and generate a lot of heat. That makes them unsuitable for inclusion in the tiny, cramped enclosure of an iPhone or Droid.Alps Electric is trying to solve that problem though, and has just announced the world’s smallest aspherical glass lens. It measures just 1mm x 1mm.Such lenses are used in high-capacity communication networks. The glass lens is used in optical communications for transmitting light signals to optical fibres, but those same lenses are also ideal for use in projectors.Alps’ latest aspherical lens is called the FLGS3. Not only is it incredibly small, but it has a high coupling efficiency (measure of light transmission efficiency) of 73% over the previous 68%. What that means is you need less light to gain the same level of brightness. Less light means less power and less heat.The gains from the new lens mean that palm-sized projectors may no longer require the Peltier device–metal component used to help dissipate heat–therefore making them smaller and cheaper. The savings in power will also mean you can use the projector for longer on a single battery charge.Even if the savings don’t turn out to be enough for use in smartphones, it should see a reduction in size of new, dedicated palm-sized projectors in future.Alps has already started production of the new glass lens, and definitely sees them being used in consumer devices as it ramps up production to 100,000 per month by the end of 2011.Read more at Alps, via Tech-On!last_img read more