Canada Nova Scotia and Halifax to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_imgA joint government project will use natural gas to power a number of buildings in Halifax, bringing a cleaner source of energy into the city and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project was announced today, Nov. 24, by Cecil Clarke, Minister of Energy, Stéphane Dion, federal Minister of the Environment, John McCallum, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Natural Resources Canada, and Peter Kelly, mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality. The federal and provincial ministers also announced three projects that will provide financial incentives to commercial and institutional building owners who convert to energy-efficient natural gas space and water-heating equipment. The overall cost of implementing the Community Energy System Project is estimated to be $47 million with the province of Nova Scotia and the government of Canada each committing up to $20 million. The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 128,000 tonnes per year in its first phase. The proposed system would generate electricity and provide heat and hot water using clean natural gas instead of traditionally used bunker C oil. Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre’s Victoria General and Halifax Infirmary complexes are potential anchor customers. Details of the cost-sharing arrangements by the federal, provincial and municipal partners will be worked out over the coming months, once negotiations with these key anchor customers are concluded and a business plan is finalized. “The Halifax district heating project is another way in which the government of Nova Scotia is demonstrating its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mr. Clarke. “This announcement is just the start of a list of items we want to advance on climate change as we move on our recently released Green Energy Framework.” “Provinces and territories, Aboriginal peoples, industry, environmental groups and all Canadians have a fundamental role to play in achieving our climate change goals,” said Mr. Dion. “This project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit of our environment and our health as well as providing economic benefits.” “Today’s announcements are aimed at using cleaner energy, like natural gas, and making sure that we use energy as efficiently as possible,” said Mr. McCallum. “By making natural gas more available in Halifax, it will help businesses, institutions and individuals make decisions that will address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” “The announcement of these funds is great news,” said Mr. Kelly. “HRM has made a commitment to the community energy project because air quality is so important to regional council and our residents. The federal and provincial financial support will certainly help move the community energy project forward, resulting in huge environmental and economic development benefits for HRM.” The ministers also announced that the government of Canada, along with the province of Nova Scotia and Heritage Gas, will provide financial incentives to owners and managers of commercial and institutional buildings and municipal, university, schools and health facilities to convert furnaces and water-heating equipment to energy-efficient natural gas equipment. The government of Canada will invest about $3.8 million, matched by the province, to provide rebates for up to 50 per cent of the capital costs paid by medium and larger energy consumers to replace their existing space- and water-heating equipment with high-efficiency equipment.last_img read more

Tourism Plan Gives New Direction

first_imgIndustry and government have launched a tourism plan that addresses the realities of the current global tourism market and sets new directions to ensure Nova Scotia remains competitive. The plan, called New Realities, New Directions, was developed through the industry-led Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council. It was launched today, Dec. 4, at the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s annual summit. “The Tourism Partnership Council has developed a solid, research-based plan that focuses on delivering exactly what our customers are looking for in vacation experiences,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “It’s an innovative, ambitious plan that will take a number of years to implement. It sets new directions to ensure our industry adapts to change, and continues the long-term trend of growth.” Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 1.9 million visitors by the end of October — on par with the same period in 2005 — and room nights sold were up two per cent provincewide. The preliminary revenue estimate for the year is $1.31 billion, an increase of 1.7 per cent over 2005 and on par with 2004. “The leveling off of our visitor numbers reflects the new realities in our global tourism industry,” said Patricia Lyall, chair of the Tourism Partnership Council. Today’s travelers have less time, want more value and want experiences that match their passions, so we have to adapt our product and our marketing.” “We developed the new multi-year tourism plan with three key strategies to keep Nova Scotia competitive in the face of these changes.” The courtship strategy will make fuller use of the Internet with innovative ways of luring potential customers to novascotia.com, giving them engaging samples of Nova Scotia experiences, and making it easy to buy more tourism products online. The gateway strategy takes advantage of the trend of increasing air travel. Marketing will focus less on large geographic areas and more on target cities with air access to Nova Scotia, such as Washington, New York, Calgary and Frankfurt, while travel by road and ferries will still be promoted. The third strategy is building Nova Scotia’s tourism brand around the core experiences that match customers’ passions, such as food, wine, music and history. New Realities, New Directions can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .last_img read more

Registry of Motor Vehicles New Glasgow Office to Reopen on Monday Dec

first_imgInvestigation into oil fumes experienced today, Dec. 7, at the New Glasgow Registry of Motor Vehicle Office has determined that the office is safe for business. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10. Originally it was thought that oil was leaking into the office; however, the office has been checked out by experienced professionals and there is no evidence of any problems. Oil spilled on a customer’s clothing may have been the possible source of the smell. The office was closed as a safety precaution to both staff and customers until an investigation could be completed. -30-last_img

17Million Road Paving Contract Awarded

first_imgWhether travelling to a ceilidh or a Cape Breton clam bake, Nova Scotians will have a smoother trip on Highway 19. The province awarded a $1.7-million road paving contract to Dexter Construction Company Ltd. to repave 6.6 kilometres of Highway 19 (Ceilidh Trail). “The Ceilidh Trail is starting to realize its terrific potential as a recreation and tourism resource and this job will help smooth the way,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This job and many others are listed in the province’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan that serves as a long-term blueprint for maintaining Nova Scotia’s highway system.” The road will be paved from 1.2 kilometres north of the intersection of Creignish Mountain Road north for 6.6 kilometers. The province plans to pave 500 kilometres of road this year and resurface more than 200 kilometres. This year’s $281-million road construction budget is part of a three-year stretch of record-breaking highway improvement investments. The 5 Year Plan is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan/2012_13Content.asp .last_img read more

Province Police Launch Operation Christmas

first_imgThe province is joining with police to make Nova Scotia roads safer for travelers this holiday season. Law enforcement agencies across the province are teaming up today, Nov. 23, in New Glasgow to launch Operation Christmas. The annual campaign is aimed at reducing impaired driving and encouraging motorists to practice safe winter driving. To signify the start of Operation Christmas, checkpoints targeting impaired drivers will be set up throughout New Glasgow. There will be an increased number of checkpoints across the province throughout the holiday season. “I have said it many times before, there is zero tolerance for impaired drivers in Nova Scotia,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Everyone has a role to play to ensure those who drink don’t drive. By planning ahead to get home safely and making sure others do the same, lives will be saved.” Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of preventable death and serious injuries on Nova Scotia’s roads. In 2011, 19 Nova Scotians died in alcohol-related automobile collisions. “Mothers Against Drunk Driving appreciates the opportunity to participate with law enforcement, responders and other highway safety partners as part of Operation Christmas,” said Susan MacAskill, MADD Atlantic regional manager. “Today’s provincial launch means police will conduct an increased number of sobriety checks in their own communities over the holidays. We are asking motorists to exercise responsible choices and drive safe and sober.’ New Glasgow Regional Police Service is partnering with Pictou County RCMP, Stellarton Police Service and Westville Police Service to host Operation Christmas 2012. “Operation Christmas is a shared responsibility between law enforcement and the community to eliminate all injuries and deaths due to impaired driving during the holiday season,” said New Glasgow Regional Police Service Chief Delaney Chisholm. “Operation Christmas is a great opportunity for road safety partners to remind motorists about the importance of planning ahead to ensure everyone gets home safely.” The Criminal Code makes it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level above .08. Nova Scotia imposes administrative penalties, including a minimum seven-day licence suspension, for motorists who are driving with a blood-alcohol content of .05 to .08. With winter only weeks away, Nova Scotia motorists are also reminded to prepare for winter driving conditions. “Canadian Tire welcomes the opportunity to be part of an important program like Operation Christmas,” said Tom Mara, associate dealer of New Glasgow Canadian Tire. “With the holiday season upon us and winter weather just around the corner, it is imperative the we prepare our vehicles for safe winter travel. Snow tires and preventative maintenance items such as battery testing, wiper blade replacement and stocking the car with emergency roadside kits will ensure we all arrive at our destination safely.”last_img read more

Homicide Case Added to Rewards Program

first_imgGovernment is hoping to receive information about the death of Kevin Martin through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for this homicide could receive up to $150,000. “It’s been 20 years since Kevin disappeared and his family is looking for closure,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “The death of a loved one is difficult, the death of a child is especially tragic. I strongly urge anyone with any information, no matter how small it seems, to contact the rewards line and help police solve this case.” Kevin was 13 years old when he went missing from his Stellarton home on May 19, 1994. In November 2000, commercial loggers found his remains in the Burnside area of Colchester County. It was determined his death was a homicide. “To investigators no piece of information is too small,” said Sgt. Paul Vickers, RCMP Northeast Major Crime Unit. “We want to solve this case and bring much-deserved closure to the family. By adding this case to the rewards program, we are hoping those with information will decide to come forward. That one piece of information could be all that’s needed.” Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. In July 2012, the program helped the RCMP arrest and charge two people with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock. In August 2013, the program helped Halifax Police and RCMP in an arrest in the homicide of Ryan White. In October 2013, the program also helped RCMP in an arrest in the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. Those who come forward must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The program was launched in October 2006 as another tool to help police gather information about unsolved crimes. For more information about this case and others, visit www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

Film Productions Announced

first_img 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 once a 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 To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. Quick facts:center_img Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has announced six newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Sept. 25. A TV series, Stand & Deliver, produced by Winter Light Productions Limited, has been approved for a funding commitment of $220,100 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $710,000. A TV series, Haunted II, produced by Winter Light Productions Limited, has been approved for a funding commitment of $243,200 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $760,000. A documentary, Afghanistan – The Exit Interviews, produced by Exit Interview Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $142,335 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $482,490. A TV series, City Farmers – Urban Homesteading, produced by City Chicken Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $151,562 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $505,206. A TV series, Field to Fork, produced by Clerisy Farm Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $161,574 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $521,207. A documentary, Two Lives, Four Strings, produced by Four Strings Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $146,054 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $471,143. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding. last_img read more

Budget 201920 Invests in Annapolis Valley

first_img For more information about the 2019-20 provincial budget, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/budget . Communities in the Annapolis Valley will benefit from investments in health care, education, the economy and communities as part of Budget 2019-20. Budget 2019-20, the government’s fourth consecutive balanced budget, estimates a surplus of $33.6 million with revenue of $11.01 billion and expenses, after consolidation adjustments, of $10.98 billion. It also projects balanced budgets in each of the following three years. “This budget builds on our strong fiscal foundation,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Managing our finances well and balancing budgets has given us the ability to invest in new and existing programs and services for Nova Scotians, in areas most important to them.” Highlights in Budget 2019-20 for Annapolis Valley include: The Annapolis Valley will also benefit from provincewide investments including: $10 million increase to further develop collaborative care teams to make it easier for Nova Scotians to see a doctor or other primary care clinicians $2.9 million increase to open 15 residency spaces for specialty medical positions at Dalhousie University Medical School for a total of 65 seats $1.1 million continued funding to open 10 family practice residency seats at Dalhousie University Medical School this year for a total of 46 seats $10.2 million increase to expand pre-primary classes. By September 2020 every four-year old in Nova Scotia will have access to a free early learning opportunity $15 million increase, for a two-year total of $30 million, to continue implementing recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education $500,000 increase for incubators and accelerators that support startup companies, for a total of $1.5 million $620,000 increase to support growing immigration multi-year road improvement projects, including major construction for Highway 101, including twinning from Three Mile Plains to Falmouth investment to replace the Hantsport aboiteau support for the Valley Regional Hospital Dialysis Unit funding to revitalize the province’s tourism icons, including along the Bay of Fundy and in Annapolis Royal funding to continue work with federal partners on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, including the Small Farm Acceleration Program funding to continue support for the Vineyards and Wineries Investment Programlast_img read more

Wont give BJP House walkover

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the party’s newly-elected 52 members in Parliament will fight every inch of the way like “a pride of brave-hearted lions” to protect the Constitution and the country’s institutions and there will be no walkover for the BJP. Addressing the meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party in the central hall of Parliament, Gandhi cautioned the lawmakers that it will “be like the British period, when not a single institution supported the Congress party” and asserted “yet we fought and won and we are going to do it again”.last_img

No language should be imposed let students choose Congress on mandatory Hindi

first_imgHyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy Monday welcomed the Centre’s decision to drop the provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states in the revised draft education policy. “No doubt that the three language policy has been enunciated long back. But, it was almost given up. Recalling the long anti-Hindi agitation that was witnessed particularly in Tamil Nadu, now, for that to find a place in 2019 in draft education policy, was something which was not necessary,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe knowledge of English gave a headstart to Indians in the IT sector, while the Chinese struggled to learn English, he said. If a student feels that a certain language would help him, he would choose it but no language should be imposed, he said. Organisations like the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, which actively spread Hindi in the southern states, should be strengthened, Reddy, a former vice-chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said. The Centre on Monday dropped the contentious provision of mandatory teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states, as it issued a revised draft education policy amid outrage over its earlier suggestion. The DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu had strongly opposed the three-language formula in the draft National Education Policy.last_img read more

Diesel tank blast kills 1 hurt 3 in Govindpuri

first_imgNew Delhi: A man died and two others were injured after a blast reported from a diesel tank during welding in South-East Delhi’s Govindpuri area on Thursday. Police have registered a case of negligence and started their investigation.Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that they received a PCR call at 12.15 pm in police station Govindpuri regarding a fire in the tank and one person is burnt. “On receiving the PCR call SHO Govindpuri along with staff reached the spot and found four persons injured,” said DCP South-East Delhi adding that all the injured were removed to hospital. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarPolice further stated that one of the injured identified as Sumit a resident of Dakshin Puri was declared brought dead by the doctor in the hospital. The investigation in the case revealed that the deceased was a welder and was welding the diesel tank of a truck and while welding, the tank exploded and there was the fire in which the deceased was burnt and later died. The tank was not attached to any truck. Police identified the victim as Mohd Nurain Khan alias Mama, Nizamuddin and Vakil. They were near the spot when the incident took place. The explosion was such that no one gets time to react. Police said that two injured Mohammad Nurain Khan and Nizamuddin were the passerby who were standing near the shop and they tried to save the victims. Both the persons received minor burn injuries and received treatment in local hospital at Govindpuri. Shakil was running the shop. He is in ICU at Safdarjung Hospital. A case under section 304 A (Causing death by negligence) and 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) of Indian Penal Code is being registered at Govindpuri police station. “The case is being investigated and many persons were questioned in this regard,” police said.last_img read more

DiCaprio steers attention to Chennai water crisis

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar winning Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, known for his environmental activism, has raised awareness about the ongoing water crisis in Chennai. DiCaprio took to Instagram to share a photograph of a dry well. He wrote: “‘Only rain can save Chennai from this situation.’ A well, completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran dry.” “The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tankers. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city’s metro. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water — but the community continue to pray for rain.” Chennai has been facing a severe water crisis. While Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft), Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) and Chembarambakkam (3,645 mcft) lakes that supply water to Chennai have gone dry, there is only 19 mcft water left in the Poondi reservoir (full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board. DiCaprio, who works extensively as a climate champion, had visited India in 2015 to film a segment for his 2016 documentary film, “Beyond the Flood”. He also visited the Taj Mahal during his trip.last_img read more

Man planning armed robbery arrested after shootout in east Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A 32-year-old man, who was out on bail in connection with a robbery case, has been arrested following a brief exchange of fire in east Delhi’s Akshardham area, police said Saturday. Accused Mohammad Rehan, a resident of the Bhajanpura area here, was nabbed on Friday night from the Khelgaon Residential Complex, Akshardham, after a shoot-out, they said. According to the police, Rehan’s associate Mohammad Mujeeb, who was arrested 15 days ago in connection with eight cases of armed robberies, had disclosed that Rehan and others were planning to commit armed robberies in the national capital. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark “Rehan was going to meet his associates to commit a robbery when he was spotted by the police team and asked to surrender,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah said. The accused, however, fired two rounds at the police personnel, who then opened fire in self-defence, he said. Rehan sustained injuries to his legs and was rushed to a nearby hospital, the officer said, adding that he was discharged Saturday morning after treatment. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items A sophisticated pistol, along with three live and two empty cartridges, and a stolen motorcycle have been seized from him, the DCP said. Rehan was on bail in connection with a dacoity case registered in Preet Vihar police station last year, he said. He and four of his associates Mohammad Taj, Sawez, Daud and Faisal had looted Rs 8.9 lakhs and other valuables from a trader in Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar, police said, adding that further investigation is underway.last_img read more

Hotel management graduate turned gangster

first_imgNew Delhi: A hotel management graduate who turned into a gangster was arrested from the area of Outer Delhi.The investigating agency said that a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh was declared by Delhi Police on information leading to his arrest. Police identified the accused as Sonu Jaat native of Rohtak in Haryana. He was nabbed near Mukundpur to Bhalswa Dairy Road on June 29. The accused had done hotel management from an institute in Inderlok. Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell) Pramod Kushwah in 2010, he along with his associates were arrested in the area of Shalimar Bagh police station when they attempted to commit robbery at one petrol pump in Shalimar Bagh area. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”After being released on bail he resumed his Hotel Management classes and simultaneously continued his criminal activities with is associates Monu Bajitpur and others. In the mean-time he completed his hotel management course,” said DCP Special Cell. The arrest was made by the team of ACP (special cell) Attar Singh. Police said that on January 20 he along with Sukhinder, Nishant Bawana and Yavinder committed the murder of one Mohit in the area of Shalimar Bagh police station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn February 1 he along with his associates committed murder of one Vikas as later was rival of Dushyant. He has been absconding since then and continued his criminal activities with Monu Bajitpur. In March, 2019, he was scheduled to meet Monu Bajitpur to plan and execute some heinous crime in Delhi but Monu Bajitpur was arrested. In 2009, Sonu Jaat visited Bajitpur and came in contact with Monu Bajitpur, a close associate of Neeraj Bawana and is having rivalry with Happy Bajitpur, Ashok Pradhan and Rajesh Bawania. Sonu Jaat developed friendship with Monu Bajitpur and with the passage of time they became good friends.last_img read more

Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce dies at 20

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Cameron Boyce, best known for his performance in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, has died at age 20. According to ABC News, the actor passed away on Saturday morning after suffering a seizure as a result of “an ongoing medical condition”. “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron. He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother,” a spokesperson for the Boyce family said in a statement. Cameron became popular with his role on Disney Channel’s “Jessie” and in the “Descendants” movies. The third film in the franchise will release in August. He also was the voice of Jake in “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” series. Born in LA, Boyce made his acting debut at the age on nine with horror film “Mirrors”. Two years later, he appeared in Adam Sandler’-fronted “Grown Ups,” as one of his children. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “Jessie” was his break through and he soon became one of the biggest Disney Channel stars. Cameron was also set to appear as a series regular in HBO’s “Mrs Fletcher,” starring Kathryn Hahn, and the TV spin-off of the film “American Satan,” called “Paradise City,” about rock stars navigating the music industry. “Descendants” director Kenny Ortega remembered the actor in an Instagram post “Cameron, You left a big piece of your heart for those of us who knew and loved you in this life and you left with a big piece of our hearts today. We will continue to carry your loving spirit forward. You are our forever boy. “In your short time on this earth you lit it up with your incomparable talent and goodness. I will be forever grateful to have known and worked with you. Thank you for sharing your amazing gifts with us all. God Bless you and may God watch over your Incredible and loving Family during this difficult time. Only Love…,” Kenny wrote alongside a photo from the sets of the film.last_img read more

Iran says it has arrested 17 CIA spies some sentenced to death

first_imgDubai: Iran said Monday it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the country’s nuclear and military sites, and that some of them have already been sentenced to death. The arrests took place over the past months, and those taken into custody worked on “sensitive sites” in the country’s military and nuclear facilities, an Iranian intelligence official told a press conference in Tehran. He did not elaborate, say how many of them were sentenced to death or when the sentences were handed down. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPresident Donald Trump tweeted that the claim had “zero truth,” calling Iran a “total mess”. The announcement comes as Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers is unraveling and tensions have spiked in the Persian Gulf region. The crisis stems from Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the agreement last year and intensify sanctions on the country. The Iranian official did not give his name but was identified as the director of the counterespionage department of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry. It’s rare in Iran for intelligence officials to appear before media, or for any official to give a press conference without identifying himself. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe official claimed that none of the 17, who allegedly had “sophisticated training,” had succeeded in their sabotage missions. Their spying missions included collecting information at the facilities where they worked, carrying out technical and intelligence activities, and transferring and installing monitoring devices, he said. The official further claimed the CIA had promised U.S. visas or jobs in America and that some of the agents had turned and were now working with his department “against the US.” He also handed out a CD with a video recording of an alleged foreign female spy working for the CIA. The disc also included names of several U.S. Embassy staff in Turkey, India, Zimbabwe and Austria who Iran claims were in touch with the recruited Iranian spies. Trump rejected the allegations. “The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!” he tweeted. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former CIA director, declined on Monday to address specifics of the arrests. But he added that “the Iranian regime has a long history of lying.” Pompeo pointed to differences between the US and Iranian accounts of the location of an unmanned US drone the Iranians shot down in June, among other incidents. “I think everyone should take with a grain of salt everything that the Islamic Republic of Iran asserts today,” he said. “They have 40 years of history of them lying, so we should all be cautious reporting things that the Iranian leadership tells us.” Pompeo, speaking to The Associated Press over the phone, said that the world is “watching the Iranian regime understand that they’ve got a real challenge, that America and the world understands that they are a rogue regime conducting terror campaigns.”last_img read more

NPCC Director Eng under CBI scanner in Rs 25L bribery case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Director (Engineering) of the National Projects Construction Corporation has come under the CBI’s scanner in a Rs 25 lakh bribery case, where the probe agency had recently arrested seven people, including two NPCC officials, officials here said.Manohar Kumar’s role in the case while he was the Chairman and Managing Director in-charge of the NPCC between 2018 and April 2019 is being probed, they said. The Central Bureau of Investigation recently raided Kumar’s premises, including his NPCC office in Gurugram in connection with the case. Agency sleuths conducted searches at Uttam Nagar in Delhi and Ashok Vihar Extension in Gurugram. Retired NPCC official, Mahesh Kumar Kaushik’s premises were also searched by the probe agency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The central agency had earlier this month arrested seven people in the case, including Ramesh Kotwal, NPCC Zonal Manager in Silchar and Latiful Pasha, Manager (Engineering) for demanding and accepting bribes to process bills of a civil construction project of building Border Out-Posts for the Border Security Force worth around Rs 60 crore. Officials said that searches from Kumar’s offices in Gurugram led to the recovery of several incriminating documents, including paperwork “connecting him to Kotwal”. At Kumar’s residence, agency sleuths found documents related to seven immovable properties worth more than Rs 15 crore in his and his family members’ names, several incriminating documents about illegal gratification, 3.4 kg of gold and diamond jewellery, and details of bank accounts under his and his family members’ names, with more than Rs 25 lakh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe CBI also found property documents of eight immovable assets worth crores from the raids at Kaushik’s residence in Gurugram. Officials added that entries worth crores were also found in books of accounts of Kaushik’s family members in addition to details of at least 16 bank accounts held by him and his family members. The probe agency’s FIR alleges that Kotwal had initially demanded a bribe of Rs 40 lakh to process bills of construction work undertaken by one Gautam Construction Company. CBI sleuths had arrested the seven accused in a trap, including the director of the construction company, after the money exchanged hands at a Safdarjung hotel here.last_img read more

Noida authority launches mobile app for street light grievance redressal

first_imgNoida: The Noida authority, on Friday, launched a mobile app for LED street light grievance redressal. The mobile application was launched by Noida authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ritu Maheshwari.As per a senior authority official, people can register complaint of any non-functioning street light in their area through the app. “The application is available on google play store as well as apple store by the name ‘Noida Smart LED Light’. A person can register their complaint of non-functioning street light in their area through the app which will be replaced within 48 hours. A dedicated control room has also been set up to monitor the complaints. Through the new system, the authority wants to ensure women safety and will curb petty crimes like snatching that occur mostly at dark spots,” said a senior Noida authority officer. The authority has a tie-up with TATA projects limited to change 74, 000 street lights in Noida with much efficient and power saving LED lights. “Around 64, 850 street lights in Noida have been converted into LED while rest will be changed soon,” the officer added.last_img read more