TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Spring Weight Restrictions Aroundthe Corner Now that March is here and spring is around the corner, it’s timeto plan for spring weight restrictions on the roads. Each year, the Department of Transportation and Public Worksplaces restrictions on heavy trucks during spring thaw to helpprotect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather. “The department is monitoring the roads daily to determine whenspring weight restrictions will begin,” said Transportation andPublic Works Minister Ron Russell. “The trucking industry will begiven as much advance notice as possible.” The exact date for spring weight restrictions depends on weatherconditions. If the province has an extended period of mildtemperatures and rainy weather, spring weight restrictions may beimposed at any time. Last year, the restrictions came into effecton March 17. In 2002, it was about two weeks earlier, on March 4. Advertisements, with a complete list of roads that are exemptfrom spring weight restrictions, will be published in majornewspapers across the province.
Work crews are about to attack overgrown brush along NovaScotia’s highways to help increase visibility for motorists. “Improving highway safety is always our main objective,” said RonRussell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. The brush cutting campaign is about to begin along secondaryhighways throughout the province and will continue into December. “Our highway workers are set to start this week, cutting treesand brush, and making sure road signs are clearly visible tomotorists,” said Mr. Russell. “This work is needed and it’s theperfect time of year to get it done, when there is less foliageon the tress and before the snow flies”. High brush can hide highway signs and potentially create a hazardby attracting animals out of the woods and closer to the road. Brush cutting and mowing are part of the department’s roadsidevegetation program, which promotes safety and protection of theroadways. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries.
Local Area Office: 902-563-2245 Fax: 902-563-0505 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Closed Route 223, near Big Beach and Christmas Island, is closed for repairs until further notice. Local traffic can use the road up to that point but through traffic is required to detour on Route 216. -30-
Nova Scotians interested in the province’s history of amateur sport can take a step back in time with the latest virtual exhibit developed by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. The exhibit, called “Tom Connors: The Old Sport,” features almost 800 historical photographs dating from the 1860s to the 1940s. They show Nova Scotians hard at play or celebrating victories in more than a dozen different sports. “Nova Scotia has a strong tradition of producing exceptional athletes,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “This virtual exhibit showcases the great athletes of yesterday and was assembled with photographs by Tom Connors, the province’s biggest sports fan of the time.” From regattas to the boxing ring and from the rugby pitch to baseball diamonds, the digitized photographs are vivid reminders of medal winners, record-breakers, star athletes of the day, and people just keeping active. Many of the photographs include Mr. Connors’s own handwritten notes, giving further context to the images. His deep-rooted personal connection with amateur sport is evident as he identifies “old-timer” heroes from “the good old days,” and proudly labels up-and-coming young athletes as champions. “We are proud to present this popular photo collection to our Internet audience,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “A century ago, Mr. Connors’s specialty collection was regarded as the finest of its kind in Canada and the images are still just as powerful today.” Mr. Connors was born in Halifax in 1862 and competed as a youth in tug of war matches and boxing. His passion for sport drove him to train local athletes and support amateur athletics until his death in 1949. He was so well known in sporting circles throughout Canada and the United States that he was affectionately dubbed “The Old Sport.” Besides showcasing the history of amateur sport, Mr. Connors’s collection illustrates Halifax as a growing city and the scenic beauty of Nova Scotia. Images presented online include fire and police departments, parades and carnivals, businesses and streets, Halifax Harbour and the Northwest Arm, fishing villages and schooners. The exhibit is on the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/cap/connors . Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.
People in the Highland region will soon have more opportunities and places to be physically active thanks to a $327,000 investment from the province’s recreation facility development program. Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, announced the investments today, June 12, for community groups, not-for-profit organizations and associations in the Highland region. “Providing children, families, and seniors with accessible places to participate in sport and recreation is a key part of our plan to build safer, healthier communities,” said Mr. Barnet. “These groups have worked hard to improve their communities and we are proud to support them with these investments.” The grants will be used to develop trail systems, build and renovate community centres, construct squash courts, and build outdoor sport facilities. Recreation facility development is a $3-million program that helps municipalities and community groups plan, construct, renovate, conserve or acquire facilities for public recreation. Eligible projects include community centres, pools, sport facilities, parks, playgrounds, trails and other outdoor facilities. Community groups develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. They work with Health Promotion and Protection staff to plan projects and apply for funding. The recreation facility development grant program provides up to one third of capital costs; communities are responsible for raising the rest. The program will help create about $14.5 million in construction through 84 organizations. “Our goal is to make Nova Scotia the healthiest province in the country,” said Mr. Barnet. “These announcements represent another positive step toward reaching that goal.” Recreation facility development is one part of the province’s commitments to invest $68 million in sport and recreation infrastructure by the year 2017.
do not allow children to play in the ash or with unwashed toys use a small amount of water during ash clean up to help limit the redistribution of ash and dust into the air clean ash off house pets wash off any ash that comes in contact with skin as soon as possible wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts and long pants to avoid skin contact rinse home-grown fruit or vegetables thoroughly before eating them avoid clean-up activities and areas where dust and soot are present to prevent complications with lung or heart problems If electrical wires leading to the well have been damaged by the fire, the well should not be used until it has been inspected by an electrician and licenced pump installer. For details on what wells should be sampled for, contact a local Department of Environment office. For more information on well-water safety, visit the Department of Environment website at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp . Fire ash deposited on indoor and outdoor surfaces near the fire is similar to ash that might be found in a fireplace. However, any ash may be irritating to the skin, can contain small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals, can be irritating to the nose and throat, and may trigger asthmatic attacks. In order to avoid possible health problems: there have been any spills nearby as a result of the fire, for example, because of damaged fuel oil tanks fire-fighting operations have affected the well, such as water bombers dropping water directly on the well residents notice any changes to their water quality, such as cloudy water or unusual odours Detailed information on food safety of refrigerated and frozen foods after a power outage can be found on the Department of Agriculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/factsht/powerout.shtml . Water should not be consumed from wells that were damaged as a result of the fire, such as melted well caps or casings. Wells should be completely repaired, disinfected and have the water tested and confirmed safe before it is consumed. Well water also should not be consumed until tested and confirmed safe if: Nova Scotians returning to their homes after the weekend’s forest fires and resulting power disruptions should be mindful of food safety, well-water quality and take precautions when cleaning up fire ash. Foods will generally stay safe in a refrigerator for several hours. If the door is kept closed, food will remain cold for four to six hours. Residents should discard any perishable refrigerated or frozen foods that my have been above 4 C for more than two hours and any food that feels warm or has an unusual odour or colour. If the refrigerator air is warm when opened, all food should be thrown out. If in doubt, toss it out. The following can cause food-borne illness if stored above 4 C for two hours or more: raw or cooked meat, poultry, seafood and luncheon meats casseroles, stews and soups milk and soft cheeses homemade mayonnaise or dressings cooked pasta, potatoes or rice salads made with any of these foods People should also wear fitted dust masks while cleaning. Those rated N-95 or P-100 provide better protection than simple dust or surgical masks. Individuals with heart or lung disease should consult a physician before using a mask. More information on cleaning up fire ash can be found atwww.calepa.ca.gov/Disaster/Fire2003/FireAsh.pdf .
While permanent signs are on order, temporary signs will be placed at each end of the Cobequid Pass, which will warn of adverse road conditions. CB radios are being placed in snow plows to allow better communication with truckers using the Cobequid Pass emergency kits will be stored in strategic locations in the area. A consultant with road-safety issue experience is being hired to conduct a safety review of the Cobequid Pass. The report is expected in mid-December. “We are going to look at whether we need to have different winter maintenance season start dates for areas like the Cobequid Pass that may experience winter conditions earlier than other areas of the province,” said Mr. Scott. “The co-ordinator put in place to oversee the response to last Friday night’s storm will be made permanent and expanded to other parts of the province.” “We have apologized to those who were on the pass that night, and want to do all we can to avoid a repeat of that experience.” The ministers of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and the Emergency Management Office met today, Nov. 24, with officials from various organizations to discuss a recent storm that stranded a large number of vehicles on the Cobequid Pass for several hours. The meeting included representatives from the RCMP, Emergency Health Services, volunteer fire departments and municipal police. “This was a productive meeting that looked at how we can prevent cars and people from being stranded in such situations, and if we can’t, how do we take care of the people there,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott. “These road closure methods and emergency services exist, but we need to address communication and co-ordination issues so they can be called into action when needed.” “The safety of our citizens is paramount,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Emergency Management. “We are committed to working together to ensure effective response to any and all emergency events.” At the meeting, it was decided to develop a protocol that can be used for emergency closures on the Cobequid Pass, and anywhere these kinds of services may be needed across the province. Immediate actions include:
Premier Darrell Dexter returned today, Nov. 5, from the U.S.-Canada Energy Trade and Technology Conference in Boston where he found significant interest in Nova Scotia’s clean reliable energy opportunities. “The northeastern United States is Nova Scotia’s most significant export market, said Premier Dexter. “This conference was an opportunity to build on New England’s growing interest in our clean energy, which means good jobs and more investment in the province.” Premier Dexter gave the keynote speech at the energy conference. It is only the second time a premier has addressed the group. “This is a major event in the energy sector in North America, drawing more than 200 industry and government leaders,” Premier Dexter said. “As the premier, I make it a priority to seize every opportunity to get the message out about our vast potential to create clean, reliable energy for our province, and beyond.” On the first day of the conference, the premier participated with Nova Scotia business leaders in the conference’s first executive forum on clean energy. Scott Travers, president of Minas Basin Pulp and Power, Reuben Burge, president of RMSenergy, and Robin McAdam, executive vice- president of sustainability for Nova Scotia Power, spoke to a packed room about the exciting opportunities available in Nova Scotia’s renewable energy sector. Minas Basin made history in 2008 when the company was awarded the responsibility of building North America’s first tidal demonstration facility C Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy helping to promote Nova Scotia as a world leader in tidal power. “By connecting the vast natural resource found in the tides of the Bay of Fundy with the impressive human resources in Nova Scotia, we developed a facility of which we can all be proud, and one that will advance tidal energy in North America,” said Mr. Travers. “Perhaps of most importance is the fact that we also have a government that wants to make it work, and has created a clear regulatory process to follow.” While in Boston, Premier Dexter had several business development meetings, and also met with Pat Binns, Canada’s Consul General in Boston. Some of the issues highlighted at the conference, including energy and the environment, will also be discussed at the 35th annual New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers meeting in Halifax July 10-12.
Communities in the South Shore region have an opportunity to make more sustainable, active and accessible transportation choices through the latest round of the Nova Scotia Moves program. Through Nova Scotia Moves, the province offers grants of up to $200,000 to groups supporting sustainable transportation at the local level, including municipalities, band councils, community benefit organizations and social enterprises. Three successful applicants from the region were awarded funding grants in this round, totalling $91,000. “Nova Scotia Moves provides financial support to community-based projects, and encourages active transportation,” said Lunenburg West MLA Gary Ramey, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “Congratulations to the applicants from this region on their successful projects.” The Town of Bridgewater was awarded $60,000 to support a plan to revitalize its downtown to encourage active transportation. The Blue Route, a provincial bicycle network, is getting a head start on the Aspotogan Peninsula through the Route Enhancement Committee of the Aspotogan Peninsula, which will be developing and piloting Blue Route signage standards with a $16,000 grant. The LaHave River Trail Association was awarded $15,000 for the LaHave River Trail Route Plan, which is part of Lunenburg County’s active transportation plan. Across the province, 37 successful applications were awarded funding during the latest round, totalling $1.4 million. This round’s applicants are diverse and address many sustainable transportation issues including active transportation, public and community transit, land use planning, efficient vehicles and public engagement. “It’s clear the people of the South Shore region want better transportation choices that, over the long term, are healthier and will help protect and preserve the environment,” said Mr. Ramey. The program helps Nova Scotians drive less distance, move more actively and efficiently, use cleaner energy, access a wider range of sustainable transportation options and engage communities around sustainable transportation issues. In the 2012-13 pilot round, the province awarded over $900,000 to projects developing ideas from active transportation routes to online information services. Twenty-eight grants were awarded and are now underway. For more information, visit http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation released its first quarter results today, Aug. 27. Key business highlights for the period from April 1 to June 29, included net income (earnings) of $55 million, a decrease of $2.1 million or 3.7 per cent over the same period last year. Total sales were $144.4 million, a decrease of $2.8 million. Nova Scotia product sales continued to increase with ciders up 71.9 per cent, following last year’s 206.8 per cent increase, craft beers increased 29.9 per cent and wines grew by 1.6 per cent. A detailed news release can be found by following the News Releases link at www.myNSLC.com . -30-
Government is celebrating Small Business Week, Oct. 19-25, by helping entrepreneurs and businesses find opportunities to sell goods and services to the public sector. The annual Reverse Trade Show, hosted by government, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Halifax. Businesses can meet with buyers from the provincial, municipal and federal governments, health authorities, school boards and post-secondary institutions. “I encourage those looking to do business with government or network with other businesses to attend the reverse trade show and find out what opportunities are there,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Internal Services. “We want to maximize public sector buying power and this trade show is a great opportunity for us to make sure we have potential suppliers offering a wide variety of goods and services.” The trade show is a partnership among the provincial government, Greater Halifax Partnership, the federal Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. In 2013-14, government spent about $890 million buying goods and services like medical supplies, heavy equipment, construction, and maintenance work. About 80 per cent went to Nova Scotia-based suppliers. Business owners interested in attending the trade show and networking sessions can contact Kimberley Murphy at 902-424-6577 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 20. It will be held at Pier 21, 1209 Marginal Rd.
Les élèves du premier cycle du secondaire ont maintenant accès à de nouvelles ressources éducatives sur la prévention de l’abus des drogues et de l’alcool. Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance et le ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être ont lancé sept plans de leçon pour les élèves de la 7e à la 9e année, aujourd’hui 19 février, afin d’encourager les discussions sur les pressions et les influences qui pourraient inciter les élèves à consommer des substances telles que l’alcool, le cannabis et les médicaments sur ordonnance. « Nous pourrons utiliser ces leçons pour créer des endroits où des conversations importantes pourront avoir lieu avec nos élèves au sujet des situations dans leur vie et des pressions auxquelles ils font face, a dit Dan O’Leary, enseignant et conseiller en orientation à l’école A.J. Smeltzer Junior High School, à Sackville. J’ai fait l’expérience de ces leçons en classe, et j’ai vu les jeunes discuter et parler de leur vie comme jamais auparavant. » Les plans de leçon sont offerts dans le cadre du programme d’éducation actuel en santé. Les enseignants, les cliniciens en santé mentale, les conseillers en orientation et les administrateurs des conseils scolaires de toute la province ont été invités à participer à des séances de formation pour les aider à mettre en œuvre les plans de leçon. Jusqu’à présent, plus de 300 enseignants et conseillers en orientation ont participé à la formation. Le gouvernement provincial offrira du soutien et de l’encadrement de façon continue, au besoin. « Je suis ravi que nous soyons en mesure d’offrir des ressources améliorées qui aideront nos élèves en matière de prévention de l’abus de drogues et de l’alcool, et de faire en sorte qu’ils reçoivent les renseignements pertinents pour les aider à faire des choix positifs dans leur vie, a dit Leo Glavine, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être. L’abus de médicaments sur ordonnance peut ravager les familles, et c’est un enjeu qui me tient à cœur depuis plusieurs années. » « Les représentants de l’initiative ‘Get Prescription Drugs Off the Streets’ demandent depuis longtemps que de telles ressources en contexte réel soient offertes aux élèves du premier cycle du secondaire afin d’inciter un dialogue avec eux, et je suis fier que ce soit enfin une réalité. » Les leçons sont les suivantes : Superpouvoirs (7e année) Superpouvoirs, deuxième cours (7e année) Mon dos et mon cerveau (8e année) Au pays de la drogue (9e année) Anges et démons (9e année) En route (9e année) Superpouvoirs (9e année) Cette ressource, destinée à être intégrée au cours de Développement personnel et social, est la première du genre au Canada. Elle a fait l’objet d’essais auprès des jeunes de la province. Il s’agit d’un cours optionnel qui aidera les enseignants à obtenir les résultats d’apprentissage obligatoires en matière de santé. Les commentaires sur l’engagement des élèves et la réaction aux leçons dans les classes à l’échelle de la province ont été positifs. Les plans de leçons sont disponibles au novascotia.ca/education.
La Nouvelle-Écosse voit d’un bon œil les possibilités que l’Accord de libre-échange canadien (ALEC) offre aux entreprises et aux citoyens de la province par le truchement d’un commerce intérieur plus libre, d’une plus grande mobilité de la main-d’œuvre et d’un approvisionnement plus ouvert. « L’ALEC mettra en place des règles qui rendront les choses plus faciles et moins coûteuses pour les entreprises néo-écossaises qui voudront vendre leurs biens et leurs services partout au Canada, a déclaré le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. En tant que chef de file dans la promotion d’un cadre réglementaire progressiste pour les entreprises qui veulent faire affaire avec nos homologues de l’Atlantique, nous avons beaucoup à gagner de l’ALEC et de son accent sur la réduction des obstacles réglementaires. » L’Accord devrait entrer en vigueur le 1er juillet. Il crée également un nouveau cadre pour intensifier le commerce interprovincial dans les secteurs comme l’alcool et les services financiers. Au plan national, le commerce intérieur se chiffre à 400 milliards de dollars et représente grosso modo 20 pour 100 du produit intérieur brut (PIB) du Canada. Environ la moitié du commerce des biens et des services en Nouvelle-Écosse se fait avec d’autres provinces. Selon un récent rapport du Conseil économique des provinces de l’Atlantique, l’élimination des obstacles au commerce entre les 10 provinces canadiennes favoriserait à long terme le PIB du Canada atlantique et ces gains pourraient s’élever jusqu’à 7,6 pour 100 du PIB, ou 8,5 milliards de dollars. « Les nouvelles politiques d’ouverture des marchés de l’ALEC, qui visent des secteurs qui étaient auparavant fermés, offriront aux petites et moyennes entreprises de la province plus de possibilités de soumissionner des contrats publics partout au Canada, de préciser le ministre du Commerce, Michel Samson. Les entreprises qui fonctionnent dans des professions réglementées, comme les ingénieurs et les architectes, pourront soumissionner plus facilement les contrats du gouvernement. » Il existera un cadre plus ouvert pour l’approvisionnement dans le secteur de l’énergie, et plus de 4,7 milliards de dollars en contrats d’approvisionnement seront ainsi ouverts à une concurrence plus étendue. L’ALEC comporte également une Table de conciliation et de coopération en matière réglementaire qui travaillera avec les intervenants pour cerner et régler les différences réglementaires qui sont des obstacles au commerce. Le Bureau de l’efficacité de la réglementation et des services a réalisé un certain nombre d’initiatives d’harmonisation dans la région de l’Atlantique aux chapitres des transports, de l’indemnisation des travailleurs et de la santé et de la sécurité au travail. Le nouveau processus national de rapprochement réglementaire fournit une occasion d’élargir le travail qui se fait en région. « Les petites entreprises ont demandé aux premiers ministres canadiens de faire du commerce intérieur une priorité, souligne Jordi Morgan, vice-président pour l’Atlantique de la Fédération canadienne pour l’entreprise indépendante. La fédération est heureuse que les négociations aient donné cet accord ambitieux et nous attendons avec impatience de travailler avec les partenaires gouvernementaux et les entreprises dans sa mise en œuvre en Nouvelle-Écosse. » « L’accroissement de l’accès aux consommateurs d’ici et sur les marchés internationaux est essentiel à la croissance à long terme des manufacturiers canadiens, soutient Michel Raymond, vice-président pour la Nouvelle-Écosse des Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Canada. Nous saluons les efforts des ministres fédéral-provinciaux-territoriaux du commerce intérieur en vue de créer des chances égales pour tous les intéressés, et ce en assurant l’alignement sur les règles internationales et en veillant à ce que les entreprises canadiennes soient traitées de manière aussi favorable que les entreprises étrangères. »
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced four newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, May 14. Documentary TV series, Psychic Kelley Season 2, produced by Beyond3 Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $386,315 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $1,207,235. Documentary TV series, Slainte Season 2, produced by Winter Light Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $227,200 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $710,000. Feature film, Night Blooms, produced by Midnight Blue Pictures Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $140,717 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $485,231. Television series, Locke and Key Season 1, produced by 3324021 Nova Scotia Limited, has been approved for a funding commitment of $520,690 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $2,082,759. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at http://www.nsbi.ca . -30- Quick facts: the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on thursday refused to grant crime branch the custody of three women doctors arrested for allegedly abetting the suicide of their junior colleague, but allowed it to interrogate them for four days. A single bench of Justice S S Shinde said the crime branch can take the three accused from the Byculla Jail for questioning during daytime. “The arrested accused shall be taken from jail, where they are lodged today (Thursday) from 2 pm to 6 pm, and from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for interrogation,” the court said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The crime branch had earlier this week approached the HC seeking custody of the three doctors – Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Meher and Ankita Khandelwal. The trio, attached to the B Y L Nair Hospital here, were arrested last week on the charges of abetment of suicide of their junior colleague Dr Payal Tadvi. A special court had on Friday last remanded them to judicial custody after rejecting the police plea for further custody. Crime branch counsel Raja Thakare told the court on Thursday that it was handed over the probe in the case the day the lower court sent the three accused to judicial custody and hence it did not get an opportunity to interrogate them. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Advocate Aabad Ponda, appearing for the three accused, opposed the plea and said the accused persons were ready to cooperate with the investigation and can be taken from the jail daily for questioning. “The bail pleas filed by the accused are listed before the special court on June 10. The crime branch has three days time to question them and send them back to jail by the evening,” Ponda said. The court, while agreeing to this said, “The accused persons are medical officers and are making themselves available for interrogation. They are not habitual offenders or hardcore criminals.” The court added that the crime branch, during its interrogation of the three accused should, keep these factors in mind. Referring to the special court order remanding the three accused to judicial custody, Justice Shinde said, “The lower court has said the police did not do anything for two days when the three accused were in their custody.” “The state realises that it is a sensitive case, then when such an offence takes place why does the police not entrust investigations into the case to a senior officer immediately,” Justice Shinde said. Ponda claimed the three accused had only pulled up the deceased for not performing her duty in the hospital and shirking work. “The accused and the victim were attached to the women and child department of the hospital which is considered as a very sensitive department. Any lapse or flaw on part of the doctors there would result in serious consequences. The victim had on several occasions made mistakes in her reports,” Ponda claimed. The accused have been booked under relevant section of the IPC and under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
New Delhi: IT body Nasscom has urged the government to continue the tax incentives to units in special economic zones beyond March 2020, saying that such a move will provide industry with certainty and enable them to invest in long-term strategy.Nasscom, in its pre-Budget recommendations submitted earlier this week, said IT-BPM industry contributes 6.6 per cent to the country’s GDP, directly employs over 4.1 million skilled workforce and annually earns over USD 130 billion in foreign exchange. “It would be useful to build on this strength by laying out a Special Economic Zones (SEZ) policy keeping the next 20 years in perspective. This would provide industry with certainty and enable them to invest in a long-term strategy,” Nasscom Senior Director and Public Policy Head Ashish Aggarwal said. He said Nasscom has suggested that the new tax-friendly SEZ policy should retain existing tax benefits and provide concessional rate of 9 per cent Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT). Also, there should be exemption from dividend distribution tax (DDT). This would help in achieving the USD 5 trillion GDP milestone by 2024. “A new SEZ policy, on the proposed lines, would help generate further employment and increase earnings in foreign exchange. Such a policy would be a net contributor to the Budget kitty and contribute to inclusive growth through economic growth in tier II cities,” Aggarwal said adding that retaining the existing SEZ benefits will not result in any additional financial burden. He pointed out that growth of the sector was affected when MAT and DDT benefits were withdrawn from SEZs in 2011. “In the subsequent years, exports growth declined significantly to low single-digit rates, including negative growth in a year. Recently, the growth has again shown a promise to pick up…It is important that the hard earned gains are not lost, again,” Aggarwal added. He also pointed out that other countries provide significant tax incentives for exports and it is, therefore, important that India’s SEZ policy is as attractive, if not more. Citing China, he said that the country offers an incentivised tax rate of 15 per cent to companies in its specified zones. Moreover, Indonesia, Mexico and South Korea offer reduction of up to 100 per cent in income tax rate to companies in special zones. Nasscom has also urged the government to incentivise R&D for IT companies to support development of more technologies and patent creation as well as provide an initial budget for co-funding talent development and re-skilling in IT services. Besides, the industry body has suggested that long term capital gains arising from sale of shares of unlisted companies should be exempt from tax to encourage investment in startups, and that startups and small and medium enterprises with a turnover of less than Rs 50 crore be exempt from MAT. It has also urged the government to introduce a point-based reward system for E-waste Recycling Credits for formal organizations to encourage them to channel their e-waste through government-approved recycling centres. Nasscom has also pitched for providing co-funding incentives to metropolitan city governments to set up new recycling units through public-private partnerships with large e-waste companies.
New Delhi: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra on Tuesday took round of Issapur ward. She visited 14 villages to interact with the local residents and listen their grievances. She instructed the officers present on the site to take necessary steps to make the amenities being provided by the SDMC more pointed and purposeful.The Mayor further stated that she has been keeping a close eye over the action being taken on her instructions so that the amenities could be made more advanced. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe Mayor also reviewed the status of sanitation in the villages and asked the officers and employees of the DEMS to bring an improvement in sanitation services. She stressed upon the need of providing more focus on sanitation activities during rainy season to avoid breeding of mosquitoes. She also underlined the need of completing de-silting work of all drains before the onset of monsoon. The Mayor made it clear that un-confirmed data on de-silting will not be accepted and the officers responsible for this will have to give explanation. The incomplete de-silting not only brings difficulties to the people but also become responsible for health problems. The Mayor stated that she will conduct surprise check to assess the status of de-silting of drains. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Mayor expressed her deep concern over ongoing illegal constructions and stated that any activity to encourage illegal construction will not be tolerated. “There is a need to ensure planned development in rural areas so that the SDMC could face no obstacles in providing amenities in rural areas,” she said. She inspected the ongoing development of parks in the village. She stated that the villagers also deserve to enjoy beautiful, lush green and developed parks on the lines of such parks in the urban areas.
NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has directed forfeiture of performance guarantee of Rs 5 crore deposited by the Delhi government, expressing dissatisfaction with its compliance report on illegal banquet halls, farmhouses and hotels here. Noting that the report furnished by the Delhi government on illegal banquets and restaurants operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri was “not exhaustive”, the NGT said it does not properly address the issues raised by it. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Direction with regard to the installation of CCTV cameras at appropriate locations to ensure compliance of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and sewage discharge is not shown to have been complied. There is also no comprehensive report about the compliance of waste management rules,” the tribunal said. The green panel noted that no compensation is shown to have been assessed for the illegal withdrawal of groundwater for swimming pools except saying that unlicensed swimming pools were closed. It also noted that the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), which was asked to draw up an action plan on the issue, has not filed any report and only the joint secretary has appeared. “Only explanation given is that he is deputed to Parliament. If it was so, an appropriate affidavit or application should have been filed. MoEF should have filed the report, as directed. Let the same be done now before the next date. We make it clear that if there is further default by the joint secretary concerned, the tribunal will have no other option except to take coercive measures personally against the erring Joint Secretary,” the NGT said.
London: Nominated for New Zealander of the Year award, England’s World Cup hero Ben Stokes has graciously turned it down, saying Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson is the “worthy recipient” of the accolade. The 28-year-old Stokes was born in New Zealand’s Christchurch but moved to England aged 12, going on to establish himself in the England setup. The all-rounder was named Man of the Match after he broke Kiwi hearts with his gallant show in the epic World Cup final recently. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I am flattered to be nominated for New Zealander of the Year,” he posted on his social media accounts. “I am proud of my New Zealand and Maori heritage but it would not sit right with me to be nominated for this prestigious award. There are people who deserve this recognition more and have done a lot more for the country of New Zealand.” Stokes amassed 465 runs and took seven wickets in the World Cup as England edged out New Zealand in a thriller, decided by boundary count, at Lord’s on July 14 to clinch their maiden title. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I have helped England lift a World Cup and my life is firmly established in the UK it has been since I was 12-years old,” he said. “I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a kiwi legend. He led his team in this World Cup with distinction and honour. “He was the player of the tournament and an inspirational leader of men. He shows humility and empathy to every situation and is an all-round good bloke. He typifies what it is to be a New Zealander. He would be a worthy recipient of this accolade. New Zealand, fully support him. He deserves it and gets my vote,” Stokes concluded. In the final, Stokes smashed 84 runs to help England level the scores at 241 and take the match to the Super Over. Along with Jos Buttler, Stokes then plundered 15 runs in six balls.
New Delhi: The IT Ministry is likely to propose that personal information which neither qualifies as ‘critical’ nor ‘sensitive’ should be allowed to be stored and processed anywhere, while data classified as ‘critical’ should be kept only in India under the draft Personal Data Protection Bill. The proposal is significant as it marks a departure from the original draft of the Personal Data Protection Bill, which had recommended that copy of all personal data should be stored in the country. The tweaking of this provision, if accepted, will spell a relief for companies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe draft Data Protection Bill submitted by Justice B N Srikrishna committee last year had also suggested that personal data that is of ‘critical’ nature should mandatorily be stored only in India, a stance that will be backed by the IT Ministry. According to a government official, the IT Ministry is, however, of the view that not all personal data needs to be stored in India, and only critical and sensitive data should be kept here. While ‘critical’ personal data should be mandatorily stored only in India, ‘sensitive’ personal information should be stored and processed in India but permitted to be transferred outside the country, the official pointed out. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe IT ministry feels that there are adequate safeguards in the proposed Bill and even if a copy of all personal data is not stored in India, such information will anyway be governed by the stringent provisions of the data protection law, including penalty in event of a breach. After the Justice Srikrishna panel submitted its draft version of the Bill, the IT Ministry had sought public feedback on the provisions, and fine-tune the proposed document. The draft legislation will now be placed before the Cabinet, after which it will be introduced in Parliament. The official said the change in the clause pertaining to all kinds of personal data was primarily driven by industry feedback – both Indian and global companies – which argued that maintaining one copy of all information may become cumbersome, expensive and increase compliance burden on firms. “Most important change is that the original draft said that a copy of all personal data should be stored in India…ultimately, the Cabinet will take a call on the matter…IT Ministry is proposing that with regard to personal data only such data which is to be categorised as sensitive or critical needs to be stored in India,” the official said. Justice Srikrishna panel – which submitted its report on data protection as well as the draft Personal Data Protection Bill in July 2018 – had recommended that “every data fiduciary shall ensure the storage, on a server or data centre located in India, of at least one serving copy of personal data to which this Act applies”. The original draft had also stated that central government should notify categories of personal data as ‘critical’ that shall only be processed in a server or data centre located in India. The committee left it to the government to define critical personal data. The IT ministry is learnt to be of the view that Data Protection Authority of India – envisaged in the Bill – in consultation with the sector regulators and industry should recommend to the government what kind of personal information qualifies as critical data. The original version defines ‘Sensitive Personal Data’ as personal information related to passwords, financial data, health data, sex life, sexual orientation, biometric data, genetic data, transgender status, and caste or tribe, religious or political affiliation; or other category of data specified by the authority.