Prime Minister Narendra Modi said several women had left an “indelible mark in the history of mankind” through their “exemplary deeds” and paid tribute to the late Kunwar Bai, the mascot of his flagship Clean India mission.In his Twitter posts, the prime minister also urged people to write about women who had inspired them and use the hash tag ‘#SheInspiresMe’.Through their exemplary deeds, several women have left an indelible mark in the history of humankind. They continue to inspire generations. I urge you to write about some women who inspire you. #SheInspiresMe, Modi tweeted on International Women’s Day. Lauding Kunwar Bai, who passed away at the age of 106 earlier this year, the prime minister said she sold her goats, reportedly her only asset, to build two toilets at her home in Chhattisgarh’s Kotabharri village. Her contribution towards Swachh Bharat (Clean India) cannot be forgotten , he said I will always cherish the time when I had the opportunity to seek Kunwar Bai’s blessings during one of my visits to Chhattisgarh. Kunwar Bai lives on in the hearts and minds of all those who are passionate towards fulfilling Bapu’s dream of a clean India. #SheInspiresMe, he added. The prime minister also shared photographs and a video clip of him felicitating Kunwar Bai during a programme in the state two years ago.
The flood situation in Odisha has shown signs of improvement as rain has stopped in almost all districts. Except for Malkangiri and Kalahandi, there was hardly any rain in any other district on Thursday. The floodwater flowing towards the delta region in the Mahanadi river was not likely to pose any major threat as its level was decreasing. People in low-lying areas close to the coast are, however, worried about possible overflowing of floodwater before discharge into the sea. At Naraj, the water level was gradually dropping. The water discharge at Kharimal into the Mahanadi was measured at 3.35 lakh cusecs and at Barmul, it was 5.88 lakh cusecs. In most major rivers, the water level has been found either falling or steady.Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said 64,354 people were evacuated and sheltered in 173 relief camps. Of them, 83 camps with 23,383 evacuees were operating on Thursday. An estimated 2.96 lakh people in 11 districts were hit by the floods. Balangir has so far been the worst-hit district where 2 lakh people have been affected.
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hosting a pair of Mexican dignitaries who will hold key cabinet portfolios once their country’s incoming government take power.Freeland and International Trade Minister Jim Carr will sit down for bilateral meetings in Ottawa today with Mexico’s future foreign affairs minister Marcelo Ebrard and economy minister Graciela Marquez. The meetings come just a few weeks after Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to an updated North American free trade pact.The agreement narrowly beat a deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming government.The visiting Mexican officials, Ebrard and Marquez, will take on their ministerial roles once Lopez Obrador’s government takes office.Canada and Mexico are still dealing with stinging steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration _ and both countries have responded by slapping the U.S. with retaliatory duties of their own.
Two Ontario university professors who are being sued for defamation by controversial author and professor Jordan Peterson over comments made during a private meeting allege a former teaching assistant who recorded the conversation is responsible for its broader publication.Nathan Rambukkana and Herbert Pimlott, who teach at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., maintain their comments about Peterson were not defamatory but argue in a third-party claim that they could not have known the statements would be recorded or disseminated outside the November 2017 meeting.The pair allege Lindsay Shepherd, then a teaching assistant, had “power and control” over the recording and the distribution of the conversation, and meant for the contents of the meeting to potentially become widely available and discussed.Therefore, they argue, should the court find Peterson suffered damages or injuries, those would be “attributable to Shepherd and her publication and dissemination” of the recording.The allegations have not been proven in court and Shepherd’s lawyer says the young woman has not yet been served with the document.Howard Levitt says that while he has not seen the claim, his client will defend herself against the allegations. He further says the professors’ argument makes no sense considering the conversation was also shared by media outlets and others.“Why don’t you sue all the news agencies…that published it, if that’s really your position?” Levitt told The Canadian Press.Neither Rambukkana nor Pimlott immediately responded to requests for comment, but they have previously denied the allegations in Peterson’s lawsuit.At the heart of both suits is a 2017 meeting between the professors, a Laurier staff member and Shepherd, who was then a teaching assistant in Rambukkana’s communications class.According to Peterson’s unproven statement of claim, the disciplinary meeting was called after Shepherd showed students an excerpt of a TVOntario broadcast in which Peterson defends his opposition to gender-neutral pronouns.Peterson, a University of Toronto psychology professor who has gained international attention for his views on free speech and political correctness, alleges in his suit that the professors and staff member compared him to Adolf Hitler and accused him of being a “charlatan” over the course of the meeting.Shepherd recorded the discussion and later posted the audio to Youtube, where Peterson — who is seeking $1.5 million in damages — alleges anyone searching his name online could be exposed to it.“This has a significant impact on Peterson’s reputation among those with whom he deals, including fellow academics, future or existing students, the university where he works and those whom might read his books or listen to his lecture,” his statement of claim said.Peterson further alleges Wilfrid Laurier University is liable for the conduct of its employees.Shepherd, meanwhile, has filed her own lawsuit against Laurier claiming the university behaved negligently and left her unemployable in academia after the incident.Wilfrid Laurier University said it would fight both Peterson’s and Shepherd’s lawsuits.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Language in the House version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to prepare a new, more detailed infrastructure assessment likely will do little to change lawmakers’ opposition to a new round of base closures, according to an op-ed in the Hill by Frederico Bartels, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. If nothing else, the pending study, due in February 2020, will provide Congress an excuse to postpone a decision on the need for a new BRAC. And while the requirements for the new study will allow for a more up-to-date assessment, the result is unlikely to change significantly from excess capacity studies the department prepared in March 2016 and October 2017. “Lawmakers are once again changing the parameters, in the hopes they will be able to avoid a new round of BRAC,” Bartels stated.The provision’s requirement for DOD to identify installations with either a capacity shortfall or excess almost certainly will serve to trigger opposition to a new BRAC from lawmakers representing districts with bases cited in the study, he said. The lack of detail in DOD’s previous estimates of its excess infrastructure probably frustrated lawmakers but was needed to avoid signaling possible actions in a future BRAC round. The best way for Congress to learn more about the military’s excess capacity is to authorize a new round of base closures, Bartels emphasized.“As it stands, Section 2812 is a delay tactic dressed up as a robust data call. The Pentagon has excess infrastructure. Whether that excess accounts for 22 percent of its holdings, or 19 percent, or even just half of that is largely irrelevant for starting a new round of BRAC,” he stated.Don’t miss a panel discussion covering the trends, politics and policies that will define the year ahead on Wednesday, June 20 at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. Featured speakers include Bartels along with Blaise Misztal, director of national security at the Bipartisan Policy Center; Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The Tata Group is the ‘most valuable Indian brand’ this year too, with its brand value surpassing $15 billion for the first time, according to the consultancy firm Brand Finance.A key development in this year’s Brand Finance India 100″ is that new brands comprise 20% of the list. Micromax, Flipkart, Sun Pharma and Royal Enfield are among the new entries.The new brands represent various sectors, ranging from e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, to telecom, heavy engineering and banking.”There is increasing competition for places in the Top 100. Emerging sectors like e-commerce, telecommunications, technology companies, banking services are particularly competitive,” said Ajimon Francis, CEO, Brand Finance India. Here is the List of Top 10 Most Valuable Brands1. Tata GroupIndia’s largest business house is the top brand, with a value of $15.37 billion. The enterprise value of the group stands at about $121 billion. The logo of Tata GroupReuters 2. State Bank of India (SBI)The Mumbai-based public sector lender has a brand value of $6.5 billion, with a market capitalization of $38 billion. A customer walks out of a State Bank of India (SBI) branch in Mumbai March 31, 2015.Reuters3. Life Insurance Corporation (LIC)The brand value of government-owned insurance giant LIC is $4.92 billion. An exterior view of Life Insurance Corporation of India’s (LIC) headquarters is seen in Mumbai September 18, 2014.Reuters4. Bharti AirtelGlobal telecommunications service provider Bharti Airtel’s brand value is $4.52 billion. A worker cleans a logo of Bharti Airtel at its zonal office building in Chandigarh.Reuters 5. Reliance Industries Limited.Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is the fifth most-valuable Indian brand, with a value of $3.66 billion. It is the second most valuable company in terms of market capitalization. Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries LimitedReuters 6. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)State-owned oil refiner IOC’s brand value is $3.49 billion. The enterprise value of IOC stands at $28.3 billion. 7. InfosysIndia’s second largest IT firm Infosys has a brand value of $3.41 billion. An employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company’s campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.Reuters 8. Larsen & ToubroDomestic engineering company L&T is at eighth position in the list with a brand value of $3.23 billion. A man waits at a bus-stop with an advertisement of Larsen & Toubro outside the company’s manufacturing unit in Mumbai January 22, 2014.9. HCLIT major HCL has a brand value of $3.14 billion. People walk in front of the HCL Technologies Ltd office at Noida, on the outskirts of New DelhiReuters10. Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC)India’s largest oil and gas producer ONGC is at the bottom of the top 10 list with a brand value of $2.89 billion. A technician opens a pressure gas valve inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) group gathering station on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 2, 2012.Reuters
Amirul Kabir Chowdhury. File photoFormer chairman of National Human Rights Commission and retired Supreme Court judge Amirul Kabir Chowdhury died at a city hospital on Tuesday evening. He was 78.The retired Appallate Division judge, Amirul Kabir, was admitted to Bangladesh Medical College Hospital due to old-age complications on 25 March, said his son-in-law Rajib Ahmed.Amirul Kabir was survived by a son and two daughters.His first namaz-e-janaza is scheduled to be held on Eidgah Mosque premises on Tuesday night.His last namaz-e-janaza will be held at Chandgaon residential area mosque in Chattogram after Zuhr prayers on Wednesday, according to family members.He will be buried there.
Students take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamThe authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College suspended the classes and examinations (from class I to XII) in all branches for an indefinite period amid growing protests of students and guardians over the suicide of a student named Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.Mustari Sultana, a sociology teacher and a representative of teachers to the school governing body, said all the activities of the educational institution will remain suspended until further notice.She said the decision has been taken as their students are unable to give attention to their study amid the evolving situation.Responding to a question, Sultana said the school will reopen when the situation will get normal. The students will be informed through mobile SMS, while the guardians will be informed about the exam dates, she added.Students take position before the gate of the Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding trial of the ‘instigated’ suicide of Aritree Adhikari. Photo: Abdus SalamEarlier in the day, the students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College resumed their demonstrations on the second consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding punishment and removal of its principal and accused teachers over the suicide of its student Aritree.Meanwhile, the probe body, formed by education ministry, has found three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College responsible for the suicide of Aritree Adhikari, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid while briefing journalists at his secretariat office.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination.
The Associated PressA 75-year-old Florida man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly threatening to lynch the president of a local NAACP.Ronald Wadford was arrested Aug. 9 on two counts of aggravated stalking as a hate crime. Gainesville Police say he threatened to hang Evelyn Foxx who is the president of the Alachua County NAACP chapter.75-year-old Ronald Wadford (l) was arrested Aug. 9 for threatening to hang Evelyn Foxx (r), president of the Alachua County NAACP chapter. (Courtesy and Facebook Photos)Police say Wadford called Foxx six times in November 2016, saying he was with the Ku Klux Klan and was going to her house to lynch her.The Ocala Star-Banner reports she left the state to stay with family for weeks and eventually the country because she was afraid to go home.She went to Wadford’s first appearance in court Aug. 10 and says she’d like to ask him why and also tell him she loves him even though she said she could see bigotry in his eyes.
When driving in a built up area with street lights what is the maximum speed limit (unless otherwise stated)? Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailASPIRING taxi drivers will be required to demonstrate their abilities to speak English and navigate Stafford’s roads as part of a “knowledge test” set by the borough council. The written and oral test for new taxi licence applications is part of a new policy which aims to “promote excellent standards of customer service and ensure that customers can be confident they can travel safely”, a report to Stafford Borough Council’s full meeting said. Last week councillors approved the document, which brings together existing policies and conditions. It follows a formal consultation with the Hackney carriage and private hire trade in the borough, including licensed operators and drivers, as well as organisations including Stafford and District Access Group, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards department. Councillor Jeremy Pert, cabinet member for communities, said: “I want to recognise the vital role taxi drivers play in making sure vital information is passed through to the relevant authorities, so nowhere can be seen to be immune from issues such as child sexual exploitation, gangs, modern day slavery, radicalism and extremism. “They are so close to the communities, and having that understanding and being able to come back to the council and police to share issues is really important. They play a really important role in the safety of the borough. “They are key to the success and health of the night time economy and they ensure people get home safely after a night out.” Opposition group leader Councillor Jack Kemp said: “I would like to ask about the medical exemption for carrying assistance dogs. “When I was at the Local Government Association conference the Guide Dog Association asked how many taxi drivers have this exemption. They say there is an awful lot of taxi drivers saying they don’t want to carry dogs in their cab. I wonder how many in the area have this exemption. “Also I am sure some of you will have had the email from a man about the knowledge test. He said it’s almost like doing a GCSE. Next question 20 miles per hour30 miles per hour35 miles per hour40 miles per hour Question -1 of 5Score -0 of 0 Traffic on a road Thanks for taking part in this quizYou scoredReplay quiz “There are a lot of things in there about driving on the roads of Stafford Borough, if they get closed off and the locations of popular destinations.” But Councillor Chris Baron said: “The drivers have to apply for a medical exemption through a professional. I do accept assistance dogs are very important but I also understand that some people are allergic to animal fur.” Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health said: “Councillior Baron is right, it is about anyone who suffers from an allergy and I understand there is one taxi driver in the borough who suffers from that. Stoke-on-Trent cabbie hit with fine – after picking up passengers in Stafford “With regard to the knowledge, it is nothing like the London knowledge test. I think it is only right and proper drivers should have the right knowledge to get people to places in the quickest possible way. Big Issue: Should Uber lose its licence to operate in North Staffordshire? “For new visitors to the town, their first point of contact is very often a taxi and it is of vital importance the taxi drivers and services they give are of the highest order. “I think we have achieved something that has been done by consensus.”