MONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. expects to regain top spot among global business jet manufacturers in the coming years after delivering the fewest aircraft in more than a decade last year.“With the Global 7000 we are going to regain the leadership position in the marketplace,” CEO Alain Bellemare said Wednesday at a Citi conference in Miami.The Montreal-based company’s largest business jet is expected to be delivered later this year, contributing at full production US$3 billion to the US$10 billion in division revenues projected for 2020.Bombardier sold 140 business jets worth US$5.2 billion at list prices last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. Deliveries were the lowest since they shipped 130 in 2004.In 2016, it shipped 163 aircraft valued at US$5.9 billion.That compared with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., which shipped 120 planes valued at US$6.5 billion last year, similar to 2016.Overall, the business jet industry delivered 676 aircraft last year, up 1.3 per cent from 2016, GAMA reported Wednesday.Bombardier deliberately reduced its production rate in 2015 for business jets, causing the layoff of thousands of workers, as part of its turnaround plan that focused on improving margins.“We wouldn’t have expected the down cycle to have lasted so long and everyone was anticipating some recovery at some point in time,” added chief financial officer John Di Bert.He said the company “made the right call” by balancing supply with lower demand, something its competitors were slow to act upon.Signs of life in the corporate jet market — including a lower number of used planes for sale and increased usage — portend to better results to come, Di Bert said.“The second half of 2017 people started to get more confident but before that not so much so.”Di Bert said the company is being realistic about the recovery, but 2018 could be an important year and higher than projected sales are possible for 2020.“We’re going to watch this and going to favour getting strength back before we kind of think about big rate adjustments.”Asked about the future of Learjet, Bellemare said the small business jets aren’t “material” to its operations but he didn’t indicate any interest to sell the unit.Meanwhile, Bellemare acknowledged that Boeing’s trade complaint — which Bombardier ultimately won in a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling — created a “drag” on C Series sales.“The customers didn’t move away, they were just more prudent,” he said.“They wanted to know what the outcome would be but the momentum is good, the market is solid and we’re seeing it from the multiple discussions that we have with customers everywhere around the world.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)
NEW YORK — One of the most reliable warning signals for a recession just got a bit brighter.The signal is called the “yield curve,” and it shows how the bond market is feeling about the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. On Tuesday the yield curve signalled caution and, along with worries about global trade and interest rates, it helped send the stock market to one of its worst days of the year.WHAT IS IT?The yield curve measures how much more in interest investors get for owning a long-term Treasury bond than a short-term one. When the economy is healthy and investors are forecasting good times ahead, they generally demand higher yields for Treasurys that mature a decade or more into the future than those maturing in a year or two. That’s in part because investors expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the future as the economy and inflation power higher.But when investors are worried that growth will fall off sharply, perhaps as a result of the Federal Reserve pushing short-term rates higher, they’re willing to accept less in interest for a Treasury maturing far in the future.When yields for short-term Treasurys fall below yields for long-term ones, market watchers call it an “inverted yield curve,” and Wall Street starts getting more nervous.WHAT JUST HAPPENED?The yield on the five-year Treasury dropped below the two-year and three-year Treasury yields on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, the five-year yield was at 2.78 per cent, 0.01 percentage points lower than a two-year Treasury and 0.02 points lower than a three-year Treasury.It’s the first time any part of the yield curve has inverted since 2007, before the start of the Great Recession.SHOULD I PANIC?No, at least not yet. Most economists are forecasting the U.S. economy will continue to grow in 2019, though at a slower pace than this year. The job market is strong, and consumer confidence is still high.Market watchers also say they won’t get worried until a more important part of the yield curve flips. They pay much more attention to the spread between two-year and 10-year Treasury yields. An inversion of this part of the yield curve has preceded each of the last nine recessions dating back to 1955. It was still positive on Tuesday at 0.12 percentage points.Of course, that’s still “pretty doggone tight,” said Randy Frederick, vice-president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. A year ago, the cushion was at 0.62 percentage points.The Cleveland Fed, meanwhile, has focused on the difference in yields between three-month Treasurys and 10-year Treasurys. An inversion in that part of the curve has preceded each of the last seven recessions. But it also has not inverted, and a 10-year Treasury yields 0.50 percentage points more than a three-month Treasury bill.Even if the more important parts of the yield curve flip to inversion, that doesn’t mean a recession will happen the next day. It has sometimes taken more than a year for a recession to occur after the yield curve inverts.There have also been false positives in the past, where the yield curve has inverted but no recession has followed, such as in 1966.___AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — Baseball players may get a little more sleep when travelling after Sunday night games next year.ESPN plans to announce it will move up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. EDT.The network intends to make the announcement on Monday at the winter meetings, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the announcement had not yet been made.Philadelphia hosts Atlanta in the first Sunday night game next season on March 31, the second game of a television doubleheader that begins with Texas playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.Among other Sunday night games next year will be a World Series rematch between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston at Fenway Park on July 14, three games between the Red Sox and New York Yankees (June 2 and Aug. 4 in the Bronx, July 28 in Boston) and the Little League Classic with Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs playing Aug. 18 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.ESPN started the “Sunday Night Baseball” telecast in 1990, and it developed in a showcase time slot. It nearly always is the only game scheduled for that time.But players who had to travel after games complained they reached the next city at dawn, disrupting their sleep schedules ahead of the next series against an opponent that usually has more rest.Major League Baseball has been more cognizant of player health issues in recent years. As part of the collective bargaining agreement that started in 2017, baseball scheduled earlier start times for many weekday games on getaway days beginning last season.MLB also is nearing an announcement on broadcast coverage for its first games in Britain, between the champion Red Sox and New York Yankees on June 29 and 30. Fox is likely to televise the Saturday game and ESPN the Sunday game, the person said.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on sales at Apple Inc., which issued a rare cut to its revenue forecast citing weakness in China (all times local):9:15 a.m.A rare call by Apple to walk back its quarterly revenue projections is weighing broadly on U.S. markets, and particularly the tech sector.Shares of Apple Inc. are down 9 per cent before the opening bell Thursday, and the S&P tech sector is by far the worst performer with less than an hour before trading begins.Apple sits at the top of an immense food chain of tech companies that supply it from Europe, Asia and the U.S., and almost all are being hit hard. STMicroelectronics, based in Paris, plunged 14 per cent. Broadcom Inc. in Silicon Valley dropped 4 per cent, as did the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.In a letter to the company shareholders after the stock market closed Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook traced most of the damage to China, which is squaring off with the U.S. in a trade war just as its economy begins to show signs of slowing.Ten of the 11 S&P sectors are in decline.The Associated Press
Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody without further incident.37-year-old Dawson Creek resident Shauna Liza Freeman has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, obstructing a police officer, and failing to comply with conditions.Grande Prairie residents Claude Normand Dufresne, aged 39; Crystal Mary Kiyawsew, aged 37; and Adam Patrick Byrne, aged 34, are each charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and failing to comply with conditions.Kiyawsew and Byrne are each facing an additional charge of obstruction a police officer, while Byrne alone has been charged with identity fraud.All four appeared in court in Grande Prairie on September 19th. GRAND PRAIRIE, A.B. – A woman from Dawson Creek is one of four people who were arrested and charged over the weekend after they were caught driving in a stolen vehicle.At approximately midnight Sunday, Grande Prairie RCMP officers were patrolling near Rotary House when they initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle that had been reported stolen.As police attempted to arrest two men, two women fled the area on foot. Police quickly caught up with one of the women, while the other was located with the help of Police Dog Services.
The RCMP can confirm that there is a lone male possibly armed and barricaded in a residence in the Countryside South neighbourhood.Traffic is currently being re-routed in the area.RCMP will issue an update when more information is available, and thank the public for their cooperation. UPDATE – The RCMP attended with Police Dog Services and the RCMP Emergency Response Team. One male was arrested without further incident. To read more CLICK HEREGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – RCMP are currently on scene at an unfolding event on 65 Avenue in the Countryside South neighbourhood and are advising the public to avoid the area until further notice.While the public is not believed to be in danger, RCMP are currently asking residents in the area to stay in their homes or stay away from the area.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In September of 2018 the Fort St. John RCMP initiated a pilot project for a Youth Liaison Officer for the Detachment.Constable Chad Neustaeter had been selected for this position for his extensive history in working with youth.Staff Sergeant Steve Perret chose to implement this proactive position as it is part of the RCMP’s strategic priorities. Officer Chad looks for any opportunity to connect with students while visiting various schools. His interactions vary from schools visits, participating in recess activities with the youth, to presenting classes with proactive information on topics that are relevant to their safety.Officer Chad says the interactions with the youth in elementary schools is about Who are the police and what do they do. While Sexting and managing your online presence, are key topics for middle school students, the Party (Preventing Alcohol-Related Trauma in Youth) Program allows him to connect with students in the Senior Secondary Schools.“Although the program is still in its early stages, I am starting to see the benefits already. In the fall, I received feedback from a parent who let me know their children couldn’t stop talking about how I had participated in a game of Tag with them. I am extremely flattered that the youth in our community recognize me and feel comfortable just stopping to say hi.”If anyone has any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to contact S/Sgt. Steve Perret of the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. “Youth Involvement is of the RCMP’s national strategic priorities that impact RCMP planning and operations within our community. Our goal is to reduce youth involved in crime, both as victims and/or offenders.”The RCMP say this position will run until June 2019 where it will be re-evaluated at that time to determine its effectiveness and if any modifications will be required.Constable Neustaeter introduces himself to students as Officer Chad.Even though he has almost three years’ experience as a police officer, he comes to the position with 16 years of experience in working with youth.Officer Chad is one of two DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) trained officers at the detachment that is instructing the DARE Program to grade five students.The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge to make safe and responsible choices with the hope of protecting themselves now and in the future.
Vehicle fire on 86 street Sunday night – Submitted by JenniferAt this time there is no official confirmation that both incidents are connected.Our staff will reach out to the authorities in the morning to learn more about what happened. If you have any photos or video you’d like to share, email firstname.lastname@example.orgA photo of the vehicle fire on 114a avenue – Submitted by Tamara FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department was busy Sunday night responding to two different vehicle fires at almost the same time.Just before 10 p.m., crews were called to a vehicle fire on 114a avenue near 100 street. Eyewitnesses say a small explosion was heard after the fire started. The fire quickly spread to a nearby parked car.At almost the same time, the Fort St. John Fire Department was also called to a vehicle fire at an apartment building on 86 street near the Best Western Hotel. A photo of the second fire shows the vehicle was located in the parking lot of an apartment building near 86 street and 85 avenue.
For a full schedule of events, visit npcc.bc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bright Nights the annual arts festival is setting the stage for the 2020 Winter Games.The North Peace Cultural Society in partnership with the City of Fort St. John and community groups are gearing up for a fun-filled, family friendly weekend with the best of local art and local sport.“In all our activities, we are going to blur the line between art and sport, and revive the city’s spirit for the Winter Games by showcasing arts related to sport,” said Baptiste Marcere, Executive Director of the North Peace Cultural Centre. Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. marks the start of the festival with Art Stars, an interactive opportunity for the public to meet and hear from professional artists and performers who grew up in Fort St. John and how they made a career for themselves in the arts. “We are gathering local artists and art groups to showcase, demonstrate, and delight,” said Marcere.Art Stars FB Event Page; CLICK HEREFriday, June 7, the Cultural Centre will host a gala evening with fresh cocktails at the ready, and Vancouver Theatre Sports to entertain guests with their hilarious improv skills.Bright Nights in June Gala; CLICK HERE Saturday, June 8, the festival ends with a public art market, hands-on pottery and weaving demonstrations, live entertainment, and the 2019 World Fair.The North Peace Cultural Society shares, this year we will host an extraordinary printmaking workshop. “The city recognized the success of the printmaking and will close the 99th avenue from the 100 St to 102 St,” said Marcere.
New Delhi: Actor Jim Sarbh who has created a niche for himself in Bollywood by playing grey characters in films like Neerja, Raabta and Padmaavat is back with web series ‘Made In Heaven’. “There are plenty of projects in my hand right now. I am looking forward to play characters that I have not played so far. It is important for an actor to play different roles,” Jim said. The 31-year-old is currently enjoying praise for portraying Adil Khanna in web series ‘Made in Heaven’, which he says explores reality of society. “The show is like a great juxtaposition of all those that go on behind beautiful facades. It removes the curtains and make you see the reality of backstage. It shows what actually goes on in a wedding, not just looking perfect from outside. It reflects the integration of modernism and traditionalism,” said Jim. To a question whether a web series give more depth to an actor, he said: “It totally depends upon the writing. Be it films or shows or plays, it’s the content that matters the most. Good writing is the key.”
New Delhi: Congress leader Hardik Patel Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Gujarat High Court order rejecting his plea to stay his conviction in the 2015 Vispur rioting case. His petition is likely to be mentioned Tuesday for urgent hearing and his lawyers would seek stay of the March 29 order of the High Court which is coming in the way of his contesting the Lok Sabha election. Patel, 25, had started preparations to contest from Jamnagar on a Congress ticket after joining the party on March 12 and the last date for filing of nominations is April 4. Polling for 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat will be held on April 23. The Sessions Court at Visnagar in Mehsana district sentenced Patel to two years’ imprisonment last July for rioting and arson in Visnagar town in 2015 during the Patidar quota stir which he led. The high court in August 2018 suspended the sentence but not the conviction. Under the Election Law — Representation of the People Act and a related Supreme Court ruling — a convict facing a jail term of two years or more cannot stand for election unless the conviction is stayed. In the high court, the state government had submitted that there were 17 FIRs including two sedition complaints against Patel who is known for making inflammatory speeches. The high court had declined the contention of Patel’s lawyers that if the conviction was not stayed, it will cause “irreparable damage” as he intended to contest the Lok Sabha election. In the order, the high court noted that a conviction can be stayed only in rare and exceptional cases, and the case did not fall into that category.
New Delhi: Less than 15 aircraft of Jet Airways are currently operational, Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola said on Wednesday. The SBI-led consortium of lenders had taken over the management of the cash-hit Jet Airways last month. Asked about the active fleet of the beleaguered airline, the Civil Aviation Secretary said here that “yesterday, it was 28”. On the airline informing stock exchanges on Tuesday evening that 15 more aircraft have been grounded, Kharola said the current fleet “would be less than about 15”. The airline has around 119 aircraft in its fleet. In the last few weeks, the airline has been grounding its aircraft in tranches due to non-payment of dues to lessors. Regarding funding issues of the airline, Kharola – who was speaking on the sidelines of an event – said, “The issue is between bankers and Jet management. So they are discussing with each other.” The private carrier Tuesday said it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of rentals to lessors. Till last month, the Mumbai-headquartered airline, which is now under the new ownership, had taken 54 planes out of operations due to lease rental defaults. On March 25, Jet Airways’ board approved a resolution plan formulated by SBI-led domestic lenders. Under the plan, lenders decided to take control of the airline and make a fund infusion of Rs 1,500 crore.
Chicago: Chicago on Tuesday became the biggest US city to elect a black woman its mayor, as voters put their faith in an openly-gay political novice to tackle difficult problems of economic inequality and gun violence. Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former federal prosecutor and practicing lawyer who has never before held elected office, won the Midwestern city’s mayoral race in a lopsided victory. She beat out Toni Preckwinkle, a career politician who is also black, by a wide margin of 74 to 26 per cent with most ballots counted. “We were up against powerful interests,” Lightfoot said in a victory speech, with her wife and young daughter by her side. “Today, you did more than make history, you created a movement for change,” she told a cheering crowd. Lightfoot will become Chicago’s first openly gay mayor as well as the first African America woman to hold the post. Since 1837, Chicago voters have elected only one black mayor and one female mayor. Her ascendancy to the top of Chicago government was a stunning development in a city where insider deals and entrenched party politics held sway for decades. “It is a city-wide rejection of the Chicago political establishment at the mayoral level,” Evan McKenzie, political science professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago, said. Preckwinkle, the chief executive of Cook County in which Chicago is located, has for decades held various local elected offices, which analysts said hurt her in an election in which voters were looking to shake up city hall. Among the top issues were high levels of gun violence that claims more lives than in other major American cities, and years of political corruption in the Democratic stronghold. The initial field in the mayoral race consisted of 14 contenders, but Lightfoot managed an upset — sidelining moderates and establishment figures by promising to clean up city government and reduce economic inequality. She and Preckwinkle were the final two left competing in Tuesday’s run-off election. Voters left little doubt they wanted the next mayor to tackle the major issues vexing the city of 2.7 million people — including economic disparities and gun violence. “The message is that (voters) want new ideas and cleaner government,” McKenzie said. Community groups have for years complained about disparities in living conditions among the sprawling city’s diverse communities. Gun violence, fuelled by gangs and the drug trade, plagues economically-depressed neighbourhoods in the South and West, which are majority African American. The downtown business district, and areas to the north and along the city’s famed lake shore, have enjoyed an economic boom even as more than 550 people were murdered last year alone. Reforming the police department, which has a sordid history of abusive tactics, and city hall, which is mired in a federal corruption probe of one of its members, were priorities for voters, McKenzie said. Lightfoot headed a panel investigating the city’s policing problems and held a number of appointed positions in city government. She has promised to increase affordable housing, fight homelessness and crime, and boost oversight of the police department. “We can and will finally put the interests of our people, all of our people, ahead of the interests of a powerful few,” Lightfoot said Tuesday night. Lightfoot will replace outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel — once a rising star in the Democratic Party and former president Barack Obama’s first White House chief of staff. The powerful Emanuel sustained political damage for his handling of murder of black teenager Laquan McDonald and declined to run for a third term. Lightfoot emphasized during her campaign that she was among the few early candidates to declare her candidacy before Emanuel decided not to run again. McDonald was a 17-year-old boy shot dead by police in a 2014 encounter caught on police dash cam video. The video — showing officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 bullets into the knife-wielding teen even after he fell to the ground — was not released for more than a year. Emanuel faced accusations of an attempted cover-up. He fired the police chief and brought in a reformer who instituted changes, worked to rebuild public trust, and reduced gun violence. But as Van Dyke was about to go on trial for murder in September, Emanuel announced he would not run for re-election. Van Dyke was convicted and sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.
NEW DELHI: The special cell of Delhi police has arrested two criminals Shakeel and Rashid involved in almost 85 heinous cases in Delhi. One of them was having a reward of Rs 50,000 on his arrest. Both were arrested from their rented house in Shahin Bagh, Jamia Nagar, Delhi on April 2.Two semi-automatic pistols of .32 along with 8 live cartridges have been recovered from the duo.During surveillance, it was found that Shakeel was wanted in three fresh cases. He was having a reward of Rs 50,000 in a case of armed dacoity, committed on September 17, 2018 in broad daylight in the area of Jagatpuri. In this dacoity, Shakeel along with his 5/6 associates had waylaid a businessman and his employee in Old Arjun Nagar area and tried to rob them at gunpoint. When victims resisted, gang members opened fire and injured Ram Sewak. They robbed Rs 15 lakh from them and fled from the scene. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”He also disclosed that he along with Rashid and other associate burgled the house of the famous poet Ashok Chakradhar in the area of Sarita Vihar and took cash and valuables from the house, but his awards and medals luckily remained intact. Shakeel is facing trial in many criminal cases in various courts but he is not appearing in these cases,” said PS Kushwah, DCP Special cell. Arrested Shakeel and Rashid were thoroughly interrogated. It is revealed in the interrogation that Shakeel is previously involved in more than 70 cases of dacoity, robbery, snatching, extortion, kidnapping, attempt to murder, assault on police, hurt, arms act etc. Arrested accused Rashid is previously involved in more than 15 cases of various nature including murder, dacoity, arms act, rape, burglary.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal claimed on Thursday that the BJP’s North West Delhi candidate in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, Hans Raj Hans, is “ineligible” to fight from a reserved seat, urging the voters not to waste their votes on him.He tagged a tweet of senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Rajendra Pal Gautam, in which he claimed that Hans had deliberately concealed the information that he had converted to Islam recently and was not eligible to contest the polls from the North West Delhi seat which is reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category. “Hans Raj Hans is ineligible to fight from a reserved seat. He will finally be declared ineligible,” Kejriwal said in a tweet, adding that the voters of North West Delhi should not waste their votes on him. However, the BJP said the AAP was levelling baseless allegations against its candidate. “They have lost mental balance sensing their defeat in the Lok Sabha election. With people deserting them, they are trying all sorts of propaganda to remain in the news,” Ravindra Gupta, the head of Delhi BJP’s media committee for the Lok Sabha polls, said.
Washington DC: After a deadly crash in Indonesia, American Airlines pilots called a meeting to press Boeing executives for safety changes to the 737 MAX aircraft, US media reported Tuesday. The call for changes, which could have required the best-selling aircraft model to be temporarily grounded, were reported by The New York Times and CBS News after they obtained an audio recording of the November 27 meeting between the American Airlines pilots union and officials from the aircraft manufacturer. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe 737 MAX 8 is currently grounded worldwide after the March crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that killed all 157 people onboard and drew scrutiny to the new Boeing model’s anti-stall system, which investigators believe may have brought the jet down. But the meeting shows that pilots were already worried about the safety of the model following the October 2018 crash in Indonesia of a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 that left no survivors of the 189 people onboard. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysAccording to the reports, the pilots were particularly concerned about the MCAS anti-stall system that investigators in both Indonesia and Ethiopia have blamed for the crashes. “No one has yet to conclude that the sole cause of this was this function on the airplane,” Boeing vice-president Mike Sinnett told the meeting. “The worst thing that can ever happen is a tragedy like this, and the even worse thing would be another one,” he said later in the meeting held four months before the Ethiopian Airlines disaster. Meanwhile, the pilots in the meeting said they felt they weren’t told enough about the MCAS system, which was new to the 737 MAX 8. “These guys didn’t even know the damn system was on the airplane, nor did anybody else,” said Mike Michaelis, head of safety for the pilot’s union. Following the Lion Air crash, Boeing had issued additional instructions to pilots in case they faced a malfunction of the MCAS. But in a letter obtained by AFP, Michaelis said the instructions weren’t sufficient for pilots to know how to handle malfunctions with the anti-stall system.
Gurugram: The Punjab and Haryana High Court in its recent order has directed that all residential societies registered under the Haryana Regulation and Registration of Societies Act (HRRS), 2012, have to become fully compliant with the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, by July 2.The directions were given in a civil writ petition — Saraswati Welfare Association Vs. Pradeep Kumar Raparia and others. The petition challenged an order of the State Information Commission (SIC), Haryana, directing all RWAs registered under the 2012 Act to implement RTI, which was given on a complaint by Raparia. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAn order to this effect was has been sent to the principal secretary, the chief secretary, and the registrar general of societies, Haryana. The order makes it mandatory for all residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) in the state to appoint a public information officer (PIO) responsible for communication coordination and a first appellate authority designated to hear appeals. Various societies and RWAs registered under the HRRS Act, though obliged to provide information in response to RTI requests, have not been proactive about the same, allege RTI activists. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”This is because there is no formal system in place for sharing information, such as appointing PIOs or appellate authorities,” said city-based RTI activist Aseem Takyar. These will now have to be appointed in two months once the state gives instructions. The advantage of the ruling is that RWAs will have to become more transparent about their finances, and can no longer hide any information about their books, Takyar added. It is important to note that there have been various complaints of how the residential societies in Gurugram are not using the maintenance funds to its proper use. “Due to various residential societies in Gurugram and people pay maintenance for upkeep of common areas, street lights, etc., several RWAs have become money syphoning machines. They lack transparency and accountability. It takes years to get information on how much has been spent on what,” said Karan Ahuja, a city resident Even though the 2012 Haryana society act states that RWAs are liable to provide information under RTI, most RWAs claimed they were non-governmental organisations, making the extraction of information extremely difficult. I’m glad about the clarification in the high court’s order. Now, RTI responses will help resolve many issues,” said Abhay Puniya, who has been active with various city RWAs for 20 years.
Kolkata: The state Higher Education department has directed all universities under its aegis and colleges affiliated to these universities that admission process in undergraduate level for the 2019-20 academic session will be conducted entirely online. Students need not come to colleges during the admission process and will have to report directly on the day of commencement of classes.”We are going for online admission which will be merit-based. This will ensure transparency and students will not face any harassment during the admission process. They should not be called on campus during admission and communication with college authorities, if needed, will be through e-mail. Students will report to colleges only when the classes start,” said R S Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Higher Education department. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShukla, however, made it clear that colleges will do physical verification of documents when classes start and if they are found to be not authentic then the concerned student’s admission is liable to be cancelled. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee chaired a meeting with vice-chancellors and principals of colleges on Monday at a private university based in New Town and informed them about the modalities of admission in the undergraduate level. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe admission process will start soon after the results of the Higher Secondary Examination on May 27. It may be mentioned that CBSE Class XII and ISC results have already been published. Student unions will not be allowed to set up any help desk in colleges and the administrative process will be entirely under the supervision of the college authorities. “We have already issued clear-cut guidelines about the admission. Today (Monday) we convened the meeting to clear any confusion. Instructions regarding admission have also been sent to the District Magistrates across the state,” a senior official of the Higher Education department said. It may be recalled that last year, there were allegations of extortion on the part of students’ unions in some colleges for admitting students. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had to intervene to resolve the issue. She had reiterated that if someone is found asking for money for personal interest in lieu of granting admission, stern action will be taken against him/her. Members of students’ unions in some colleges were also arrested by the police after Banerjee’s intervention. The state Higher Education department had issued a notification directing all colleges that counselling for admission to undergraduate courses must be done strictly online and physical verification of documents, if required, can be done only after the commencement of classes. It may be mentioned that it was former Education minister Bratya Basu, who had mooted the idea of online admission for the first time.
Fez – Less than a month after the Moroccan opposition party, Party of Modernity and Authenticity, announced that the government of Paraguay had decided to withdraw its recognition of the so-called Arab Saharaui Democratic Republic, self-proclaimed by the Polisario in February 1976. Asuncion declared on Friday its decision to suspend its relations with the Polisario, while the UN-led negotiations process is underway to find a long-lasting, political and mutually acceptable solution to the Sahara conflict.In a communiqué issued on Friday, the Paraguayan government said it had decided to suspend the agreement it had signed with Polisario in February 2000, which formalized the establishment of diplomatic relations between Paraguay and the so-called RASD. The government decided to “suspend the effects of the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Paraguay and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic,” said the communiqué.According to the same document, the government of Paraguay, “welcomes the efforts and commitment of all parties to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious to find a satisfactory solution for all,” adding that “dialogue and negotiation are the ideal means to achieve a political, peaceful, just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the question of Western Sahara.”This is the third country in less than four months to withdraw or suspend its recognition of the Polisario’s RASD after Haiti and Panama, which signals the dwindling legitimacy of this separatist movement as a representative of the Saharawis.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
By Rania EntifiTangier – At many events in northern Morocco, there is a singer that impresses the audience with her amazing voice and her style… When she sings Flamenco, you can’t say that she’s not from southern Spain, and when she sings northern folk songs, you know she’s definitely from Tangier.She is Naoual Alaoui, an artist who has perfected the Flamenco, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern musical styles, but chooses to perform a fusion of Flamenco and folk songs of the northern region. Her first album “El Amor Ya Habibi” contains diverse musical styles such as Flamenco, Reggeaton, Rap, and others. The songs are in different languages. Alaoui chooses to express herself in Arabic, French, Spanish, and Turkish. She is an artist who believes that music is an international language, and that every song has a message to deliver to the audience.The new Flamenco star is about to launch her next album very soon. It will contain Fusion music, where she sings both Moroccan folk songs and Flamenco. The album also features a duet with Moroccan Rai star Rachid Berriah.Alaoui just finished shooting an episode of “Fein ghady biya” a discovery show on the Moroccan channel Al oula. According to her, this experience took her to an “exotic and unexpected destination.”