Few details are available about Sunday’s 3 am drive-by shooting in Anchorage near 47th Avenue and Arctic Blvd. An Anchorage party bus with 17 people inside was shot 10 times by at least four different guns. Bullets entered through the back window and the body of the 28-passenger vehicle. No one was injured.Left: Markers showing where APD found bullet casings.Right: Bullet holes in the Anchorage Limo and Sedan vehicle.Photos courtesy of APD.The police contacted the driver about three and half miles away near Lake Otis and Northern Lights. All of but one of the occupants had fled when the bus stopped. The remaining witness told police she didn’t know why anyone would shoot at the bus. They had been at Al’s Alaska Inn for about two hours before the shooting. She said she didn’t know about any fights there.Police are still trying to identify the shooters and locate people from the bus. They photographed and collected more than 30 shell casings at the scene. They say incidents like this are very rare.
Host Lori Townsend (left) with Republican gubernatorial candidate incumbent Sean Parnell (right). (Photo by Monica Gokey, KSKA – Anchorage)Sean Parnell is in a close race to keep his position as Alaska’s top executive. The state is facing tough issues. Revenue shortfalls mean hard budget questions in the future, and reform is needed in the troubled National Guard. But gasline development may also be on the horizon.Download AudioHOST: Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Gov. Sean Parnell, Republican gubernatorial candidateCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVE
The first Tlingit language immersion program has ended after a week of activities in Sitka.The Sitka Sentinel reports that things wrapped up Saturday for the 63 language speakers that traveled from across Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 to attend the workshops.Program organizer Heather Powell says there are only about 100 Tlingit speakers total.Participants made traditional drums, performed plays and puppet shows of Tlingit legends and discussed correct pronunciation, vocabulary and structure.Most activities were in the Mt. Edgecumbe High School student union building. Language teachers were paired with learners for most activities. The group played bingo entirely in the Tlingit language on Thursday.The Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sealaska Heritage and Sitka Native Education Program have helped create the immersion program.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen NowAnchorage to close year with 34 homicides and no clear solution Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIt’s been a deadly year in Anchorage. As of Dec. 29, there have been 34 homicides, more than in any previous year on record. 2015 also saw an exceptionally high number of violent deaths. But with no one factor responsible for the surge in homicides, there’s no clear solution to the problem.National Weather Service forecasts snow for much of AlaskaAssociated PressSouthcentral Alaska including Anchorage is bracing for a predicted snowfall that could be significant.In wake of impending snowstorm Golden Valley Electric preps for outagesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksWith heavy snow and wind in the forecast, Golden Valley Electric Association in Fairbanks is bracing for power outages.No missing people or property damage reported after avalanche scare over downtown JuneauJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauAn avalanche came down Mt. Juneau yesterday. Juneau’s Emergency Programs Director Tom Mattice said there have been no reports of missing people, injuries or property damage.Winter fire pops up in Delta JunctionDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksState wildfire officials report a rare winter incident in Delta Junction. An Alaska Division of Forestry post said a 20 by 50 ft. fire was called in by passerby December 20th, who spotted the burn on trails behind the Delta High School.Continued unrest at Bogoslof volcanoZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaSeismic unrest continues at Bogoslof volcano. Scientists are watching the eruption around the clock — even though monitoring stations are far from the site.Alaska village renews push for road through federal refugeAssociated PressA remote Alaska village is renewing efforts to build a road through a national wildlife refuge so residents with medical problems will have land access to an all-weather airport.Anchorage schools taking proactive approach to security, safetyJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIncidences of gun violence at schools in the U.S. are increasingly dominating the national spotlight, raising questions about school security and what can be done to ensure the safety of students. Anchorage schools are taking a proactive approach.State monitoring spill at Tesoro pipeline facility near Cook InletRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauWorkers at a Tesoro facility on the Kenai Peninsula are cleaning up contaminated soil and snow after more than 120 gallons of oily water spilled out of a pipeline near Cook Inlet. The company notified the state of the spill at its Kenai Pipeline Facility on Dec. 18.Demolition begins on shuttered North Pole refineryAssociated PressDemolition has begun on a shuttered interior Alaska refinery that once produced jet fuel, heating oil, gasoline and asphalt from North Slope oil carried in the trans-Alaska pipeline.Galena to receive more than 1,000 acres of land from National Defense Authorization ActDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeOnce President Barack Obama signs the national defense authorization act into law, the City of Galena will acquire a hefty plot of public land. 1,290 acres of land where the Campion Air Force Radar Station used to be located will be conveyed to Galena for the purpose of preventing future flood damage to the City.Clamming halted on East Cook Inlet beaches due to low razor clam numbersEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA decline in the number of mature razor clams the past several years has prompted the state Fish and Game department to curtail clamming on East Cook Inlet beaches for the foreseeable future.Nome-based non-profit hopes to revitalize Inupiaq with ‘language nest’Davis Hovey, KNOM – NomeComing to the region at the start of the new year is a “nest” project focused on Inupiaq language revitalization. A Nome-based non-profit organization called Inuusiq Inc., which started up this year, is spearheading the project.
About 80 retired nets have been baled up and are on their way to a recycling program halfway around the world. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KUCB)There’s no easy way to get rid of old fishing nets in Unalaska. America’s top fishing port is remote and nets can weigh thousands of pounds.Now, for the first time, about 80 retired nets are on their way to a recycling program halfway around the world.Listen nowIt all starts outside Unalaska’s Grand Aleutian hotel. The view is almost always the same — men moving piles of fishing nets. This day is no exception.With the help of a crane, Andy Pirrello is part of a team hoisting huge nets into the back of a flatbed truck. His job? Compressing the nets, so they can fit tightly into shipping containers to be sent to Denmark. It’s not easy.“You know you’re getting showered by rust, dirt, jellyfish, anything can fall off the back of the crane,” Pirrello said.Pirrello has been coming up to fish in Unalaska for three years. Today, he’s happy to be helping clean up the island for the people who live here year round.Pirrello has one person to thank for coordinating this project — Nicole Baker. In 2010, Baker started coming up to Unalaska as a fisheries observer and the piles of nets caught her eye.When Nicole Baker first came to Unalaska, she was shocked to see piles of junky nets everywhere. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KUCB)“I just noticed that there was a lot of old, junky nets lying around,” Baker said.The nets are monstrous, from 5,000 to 20,000 pounds each. The industrial gear was used for catching pollock and cod.Finding a way to remove and repurpose the nets became Baker’s passion project. For the past two years, she’s been looking for organizations capable of recycling the worn out gear. She sent samples to companies like Parley for the Oceans — which was working to make sneakers with Adidas out of nets confiscated from illegal fishing.“And so I wrote those guys and emailed and said, if you’re interested in unused fishing nets, I know where you could possibly get some,” Baker said.The problem was, they only wanted nylon nets and most of the nets in Unalaska are made of polyethylene or polypropylene.So, Baker kept looking. Eventually she found the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, an organization focused on dealing with abandoned fishing gear, and they suggested a company capable of recycling the nets.Plastix is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. CEO Axel Kristensen is focused on recycling unwanted fishing gear into high quality plastic pellets.“It seems so unreasonable and not logic[al] to just throw it away when we know that if handling plastics right — if sorting and homogenizing it — you can actually reuse it over and over and over again,” Kristensen said.According to Kristensen, Plastix is the only company in the world recycling fishing nets in this way. Once the nets arrive at the plant, they’re cut into smaller pieces, sorted by material type – be it polyethylene, nylon or polypropylene – and processed.“You cannot produce a quality recyclate, if you don’t ensure that you get the right input,” Kristensen said. “If you get a lot of, excuse me for the word ‘crap,’ then you get crap recyclates.”For now, Plastix is selective about who they work with. The company is small and they want to be sure they are only sent products they can recycle. If a container is loaded with unusable waste, it will end up in a landfill in Denmark.Kristensen was happy to work with Baker to recycle the nets from Unalaska.“We cannot do this alone,” Kristensen said. “We need someone like Trident [Seafood], Nicole Baker, all kinds of stakeholders to take part in this project.”Plastix is a Danish cleantech company that turns unwanted fishing gear into high quality plastic pellets. (Photo courtesy of Plastix)This is the first time the company has recycled nets from the United States and it involves buy-in from multiple parties. The boat captains or fishing companies are responsible for packing the nets small enough to fit into shipping containers. With the help of Trident Seafoods, Plastix is paying for the containers to be shipped directly to Denmark.This is the first year of the collaboration, but Baker said there was high demand from fishermen looking to find a new use for their nets.“I hope to keep this going somehow,” Baker said. “So we we’ll see.”Continuing the recycling project will take more than just Baker. It will require investments from multiple people and organizations — from the fishermen to Plastix.
“They’re talking with me to help change the system and make it better,” Johnson said. “And then the second part,” Johnson explained, “we start to talk about what justice means for them in these types of cases, and whether they think justice was done in their case, and what kinds of things people could have done differently to make them feel like justice was done, what kind of recommendations they have for making improvements.” “I’m asking them to talk to a stranger about something very traumatic and personal,” Johnson said. “I can promise confidentiality, so I can promise that I’m the only person who would know their name and that they did participate.” Every interview begins the same way: by asking about the assault. Answering is optional. From there, Johnson asks about the experience of reporting the assault and about how the case was handled. Adults who reported a sexual assault to state troopers between 2006 and 2016 are asked to take part. If you’d like to participate, you can call Johnson at 907-786-1126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacting her does not mean you have to do the interview. Johnson is also interviewing the professionals who handle sexual assault cases once they’re reported, including people working in law enforcement, criminal justice, health care and advocacy. Dr. Ingrid Diane Johnson is an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. She knows that she’s asking people to do a hard thing: talk with her about their experience reporting sexual assault to state troopers. Participants get a $45 gift card, but that’s not why they’ve been sharing their stories. Alaska has one of the nation’s highest rates of sexual assault, and the state wants to improve how it responds to people who report these crimes to the Alaska State Troopers. A researcher leading a study on the topic is asking victim-survivors for help. “People are free to reach out to me just to ask questions or just to feel me out, talk to me a little bit and see if they even feel comfortable talking with me,” Johnson offered. “I’m happy to have a lot of initial conversations before someone even commits to doing an interview.” The Alaska Department of Public Safety hired Johnson for the project using federal funds.
This year is different.The deep divisions over the budget have led to a series of unprecedented steps this year, from a month-long delay in the House organizing to Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoing $390 million from the budget. These divisions paved the way for a period when the Legislature was literally divided, between Juneau and Wasilla.The Legislature has passed a bill funding the capital budget, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he’s glad about it.That means he’ll likely sign Senate Bill 2002, although he could still veto parts of it that he vetoed in an earlier bill. The bill allows the state to receive close to $1 billion in federal matching funds.Federal dollars aren’t the only news in the capital budget funding bill.Dunleavy’s signature also would mean the preservation of 54 separate state accounts, through what’s known as the “reverse sweep.” These accounts fund power cost equalization; university scholarships and loans; medical education; vaccines; and other areas.The Legislature reversing Dunleavy’s vetoes may not mean much.Dunleavy still has the ability to veto these items again, and he’s indicated he will. On Twitter, Dunleavy said the reversals in House Bill 2001 are “yet another attempt to blow up the size of government,” and that he stands by the earlier vetoes. He also said he considers the vast majority of the budget to be final. So while the capital budget and items funded by the reverse sweep may move forward, other cuts will likely remain.The university budget remains uncertain.Dunleavy’s administration has indicated he could reduce the size of the cuts this year from $136 million to $96 million. But it’s not clear whether the governor will attach strings to the money that the university may find difficult to accept.The Legislature may have passed a $1,600 permanent fund dividend — but that doesn’t mean that’s what Alaskans will receive.Dunleavy could veto the funding, since it’s less than the full, roughly $3,000 PFD that Alaskans would receive if the state followed the formula in a 1982 law.It’s possible there may not be a dividend.The governor and all legislators say they want Alaskans to receive dividends this year. But they will have to agree on an amount. And the legislative majorities that passed the $1,600 PFD see a larger amount as unsustainable, threatening the future of the permanent fund’s earnings reserve and of PFDs. Dunleavy says government spending is unsustainable.The Legislature may not be done for the year.Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham independent, sent a letter to Dunleavy on Wednesday saying they’d like to have a third special session focused on the future of use of permanent fund earnings. They said they’d like to collaborate with the administration on the timing and location of the session. The next time the Legislature meets, it could consider overriding Dunleavy’s vetoes again.The second special session is ending, but lawmakers will keep meeting.A bicameral permanent fund working group is planning meetings to discuss the future of permanent fund earnings and the PFD. The work they do could lay the groundwork for a third special session.We should know more next week.That’s when the Legislature is likely to transmit the bill funding PFDs and reversing the vetoes to Dunleavy’s desk. It’s still possible Dunleavy will allow the $1,600 PFD to become law. Between budgets passing and parts being vetoed, the reverse sweep and a divided Legislature, it can be a confusing time. But there are some essential facts that may be helpful to keep in mind:
SHIMLA: Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur has appealed to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh not to shift the headquarters of the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) from Shimla to Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. In a letter, Thakur said, “The state of Himachal Pradesh has had the honour of being a strategic location for the Indian Army for many years.” Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us “The Army Training Command headquarters has been in Shimla since 1993 and a sudden shift will significantly affect the officers of all ranks, large number of serving personnel, a majority of whom are locals along with an impact on the local business as well as local employment.” BJP leader Thakur, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, said Shimla has provided a conducive environment for the functioning of ARTRAC. Earlier, Congress MP Anand Sharma had also written to the Defence Minister against the government’s proposed shifting of ARTRAC from Shimla.
Vikarabad: MLC Patnam Mahender Reddy and MLA Dr M Anand inspected the area, where district party office is coming up. Earlier, MLA Anand inspected several areas for construction of party’s office. At last, he zeroed on a land in survey number 290. The government also sanctioned the same land for the construction of TRS district party office. Foundation stone for the construction will be laid on 26 June. People’s representatives across the district along with party leaders will attend the event.
Kakinada: With vast seacoast of 138 kilometres across 13 mandas in the district and more than 4.50 lakh acres of agriculture land, East Godavari along with West Godavari known as rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh. In the last one and half decade along with paddy, aquaculture also picked up momentum in the district. The activity spread to fresh water and brackish water culture is said to have attracted the attention of politicos both in ruling, opposition and even the leaders of national parties as profitable business with good crop yield and best financial results with less labour costs. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us As per official information, the aquaculture has been taken up in 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres across the 36 villages in the district). It is assessed that the unauthorised aquaculture is going on in another 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) The rise in unauthorised activity and the problems that are being faced by them was brought to the notice of the district administration by some paddy farmers of Konseema area in the district at the newly started Spandana grievances cell on last Monday. These include water sources pollution besides contamination of water ponds in paddy cultivation areas. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us It is suspected that the aquaculture is going on in some areas with active unauthorised support of officials of stakeholder departments for personal gains as the process of clearance involves lengthy process. For clearance of aquaculture, revenue, agriculture, fisheries, groundwater, pollution control authorities have to give clearance. Some big farmers are said to be luring small and marginal farmers of paddy, with additional financial benefits and getting the lands on lease for aquaculture. These sections, in turn, simply obtaining unproductive land certificates from agriculture department to pave way for conversion as aquaculture tanks. Advertise With Us According to Kakinada revenue division sources, aquaculture is more in Karapa, Tallarevu and Pedapudi mandals out of total 9 in the revenue division. In this revenue division, the unauthorised aquaculture noticed to the extent of 4,500 acres whereas the permitted area is to the tune of 15,000 acres. This indicates the raise in unauthorised activity in the district. District Fisheries Joint Director V Venkateswara Rao said they have given June 30 as deadline for regularising the unauthorised aquaculture by applying in proper format and by paying the fee fixed for regularisation. If this facility is not utilised on or before deadline, the panel of stakeholder departments may opt for the decision to dismantle the existing unauthorised aqua tanks in the district after verifying the records and number of applicants, the JD made it clear.
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday took note, on its own, of the “alarming rise” in the number of rape incidents against children and said it will pass directions to ensure a “concerted” and “clear” national response against such acts. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it has decided to take “suo motu” (on its own) cognisance of various reports of news papers and portals on rising incidents of child rape. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, appointed senior advocate V Giri as amicus curiae (friend of the court) and asked him to assist it in framing guidelines on the kind of directions that can be issued to states on infrastructure and video-recording of the proceedings. It made clear that no third party except Giri and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta would be allowed to intervene in the matter saying that otherwise nothing can happen in such a matter. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The bench directed the apex court registry to register the case as a writ petition titled as “In-re Alarming Rise in The Number of Reported Child Rape Incidents” and posted it Monday for issuance of directions. The bench said it had asked the Registry to file a report on two aspects such as the total number of rape cases involving child registered across India since January 1 and the stage of investigation and the time taken to file a charge sheet as also the status of trials. Advertise With Us It had asked the Registry to collect details from all the states and high courts. Referring to the data on sexual crimes against children, it said that from January 1 to June 30 this year, 24,212 FIRs have been filed across India. Out of over 24,000 cases, 11,981 are still being probed by the police and in 12,231 cases, police have filed the charge sheet, it said. Trials have commenced in 6,449 cases only, it said, adding that they are yet to commence in 4,871 cases. Till now, the trial courts have decided only 911 cases, about 4 per cent of the total cases registered, it said.
Visakhapatnam: A medical camp was conducted at Old K D Peta, Golugounda mandal on Sunday by Visteel Mahila Samiti, Ukkunagaram. A team of doctors from Gayatri Medical College, VSGH, Sri Sathya Saimobile Medical Unit examined about 850 visitors who availed the facility provided to them free of cost. Samiti president Sharada Rath, vice-president Jyotsna Das, secretary Mitu Chakravarti, among others supervised the camp, inaugurated by district president of Sri Sathya Sai Seva organisation V R Nageswara Rao.Sets of saris and blankets were given away to the needy by the samiti members.
Hyderabad: City Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar had issued traffic restrictions on Saturday and requested people to take alternative routes to avoid getting caught in traffic congestions and gridlocks in the old city on account of Lal Darwaza Bonalu processions between 12 noon and 11 pm on Monday. Traffic coming from Chandrayangutta, Falaknuma will not be allowed towards Aliyabad and will be diverted at new Shamsheergunj junction towards – Goshala, Tadban or Goshala Misri Gunj, Khilawath. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Similarly, traffic coming from Rajanna Bowli towards Lal Darwaza temple will be diverted at Pather-ki-Darga lane towards Ramaswamygunj. Traffic coming from Kandikal Gate will not be allowed towards Lal Darwaza temple road and it will be diverted at Old Chatrinaka PS junction towards Gowlipura. Vehicles coming from Balagunj will not be permitted towards Lal Darwaza Temple and will be diverted at Laxmi Devi Pan shop towards Nehru Statue Nagulchinta junction. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Motorists coming from Uppuguda and Chatrinaka side via. Gowlipura will not be allowed towards Mohammed Shukoor mosque, and will be diverted at Balraj Jewellers point towards Moghalpura Police Station. Traffic coming from Meer-ka-Daira and Moghalpura will not be allowed towards Hari Bowli “X” Roads and will be diverted towards Moghalpura Water Tank area. Similarly, traffic coming towards Charminar main road from Asra Hospital side and Moghalpura Water Tank will not be allowed and instead will be diverted towards Bibi Bazar. Advertise With Us Traffic coming from Bhavani Nagar and Mirjumla Talab will not be allowed towards Charminar and will be diverted at Bibi Bazar X Roads towards Alijah Kotla (Miralam Mandi road). Vehicles coming from Alijha Kotla / Moghalpura areas towards Charminar via Sardar Mahal road will be diverted at Chowk Maidan Khan towards Hafiz Danka Mosque / Arman Hotel via Sri Gayatri College and Alijha Kotla. Traffic coming from Yakutpura will not be allowed towards Gulzar House and will be diverted at Etebar Chowk towards Mir Alam Mandi and Alijha Kotla road. Traffic coming from Purani Haveli towards Tipu Khana Masjid via Chatta Bazar will be diverted at Lakkad Kote Crossroads towards APAT Junctions or Dar-ul- Shifa. Traffic coming from Chaderghat / Noorkhan Bazar / SJ rotary / Shivaji Bridge will not be allowed towards Salar Jung Museum road and it will be diverted at SJ Rotary towards Purani Haveli road, Shivaji Bridge and Chaderghat. Vehicles coming from Fateh Darwaza will not be allowed towards Himmatpura X Roads/ Rajesh Medical Hall and it will be diverted at Volga Hotel “T” Junction towards Khilawath road. Traffic coming from Khilwath road or Moosabowli road will not be allowed towards Laad Bazar and will be diverted at Motigalli junction towards Khilawath playground or Moosa Bowli. Vehicles coming from Bandi ke Adda and Ghansi bazaar will not be allowed towards Gulzar House and it will be diverted at Mitte-Ke-Sher (Sher-E-Batul Kaman) towards Ghansi Bazar and Chelapura. Traffic coming from Puranapul, Goodwill Hotel and Moosabowli will not be allowed towards Nayapool via, High court Gate No-1 and will be diverted at Muslim Jung Bridge towards– Bhoolaxmi Temple- Begum Bazar- Chatri. Vehicles coming from Gowliguda and Siddiamber Bazar towards Nayapool will be diverted at Afzalgunj towards Muslimjung Bridge via Osmania General Hospital backside road along the Musi River or Shivaji Bridge. The Main road between Madina X -Roads to Engine Bowli, Via Gulzar House – Charminar monument, Charminar Bus terminal, Himmatpura, Nagulchinta, Aliabad will be closed for all types of vehicular movement till the conclusion of Bonalu processions. Parking places Devotees coming from Aliabad side have to park their vehicles at opposite to Post office, Shalibanda in single line and Alka theatre open place. Devotees coming from Hari Bowli side have to park their vehicles at Vaidik Dharma Prakashik school ground and at Arya Maidan, opp Sudha Theatre lane. Devotees coming from Old PS Chatrinaka side have to park their vehicles in the premises of Sri Venkateswaa Temple, Laxmi Nagar and near Pattar ki darga. Devotees coming from Gowlipura side shall park their vehicles in the premises of Mithra Club Ground, Gowlipura and Balagunj Ground. RTC buses will not be allowed towards Charminar, Falaknuma and Nayapul side and will be terminated at old CBS, Afzalgunj, Darulshifa X Roads and Engine Bowli and will take alternate routes open to them.
Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the Centre on Sunday against the revocation of Article 35A, saying any tinkering with the constitutional provision would be akin to setting a powder keg on fire. Addressing a function here to celebrate the Peoples Democratic Party’s 20th raising day, Mufti asked her party workers to get ready for a big fight for the protection of Article 35A, which gives special rights and privileges to the state’s permanent residents. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us “We want to tell the Central government that tinkering with Article 35A will be akin to setting a powder keg on fire,” the PDP president said. “If any hand tries to touch Article 35A, not only that hand, but that whole body will be burnt to ashes”. Mufti said they would fight till death any attempt to tinker with the state’s special status. The former chief minister said many attempts would be made to harass the PDP and its leaders. She said New Delhi knew the PDP was the “only party” that “stands like a wall” to protect the state’s special status and identity.
Hyderabad: The staff of Director General of Police (DGP) Office in Hyderabad held Independence Day celebrations with great joy and enthusiasm. ADG, Personnel Shivadhar Reddy hoisted the National Flag at the state police headquarters and distributed sweets to the staff.
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on Thursday, schoolchildren and women tied ‘rakhis’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After addressing the nation on the 73rd Independence Day, Modi was tied ‘rakhis’ at the Prime Minister’s Office here, where he also interacted and played around with the children. In a video, the Prime Minister can be seen sitting on a chair while kids and women from different religions tie ‘rakhis’ to him. He also received several gifts from the women. He took to Twitter to wish the nation on the festival. “Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan,” he wrote.
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Dimensions159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mm159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mm OSAndroid Pie with MIUI 10Android Pie with MIUI 10 Close Display6.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shieldAspect ratio: 19.5:9Contrast ratio: 1500:1Brightness: 450 nits and 84% NTSC colour gamut6.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shieldAspect ratio: 19.5:9Contrast ratio: 1500:1Brightness: 450 nits and 84% NTSC colour gamut ColoursBlack/Blue/PurpleBlack/Blue/Red Processor14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core with Adreno 512 GPU11nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core with Adreno 612 GPU RAM +Storage3GB LPDDR4X RAM+ 32GB storage4GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB storage[Note: storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card]4GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB storage6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB storage[Note: storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card] Weight 186g186g The long wait for the Xiaomi’s much-awaited Redmi Note 7 Pro will be finally over later this afternoon. The company is hosting the first ever flash sale on Flipkart, Mi.com and also brick-and-mortar shop Mi Home from 12:00 pm, March 13.There is no word on how much units are in the Xiaomi and Flipkart stock, but going by last week’s Redmi Note 7 flash sale, there will be a bigger mad rush for Redmi Note 7 Pro, as it is one of the most feature-rich phones with cost-effective price starting at Rs 13,999.Even the generic Redmi Note 7 will be up for sale at the same time today on the aforementioned e-commerce sites and store with prices starting at Rs 9,999. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inch full HD LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 series shield.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaFor those unaware, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 sports a dot-notch design featuring a 6.3-inch full HD+ screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield and on the back, it flaunts glossy shell with gradient finish.Under-the-hood, it comes packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core with Adreno 512 GPU, 3GB/4GB, 32GB/64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD card), Android OS-based MIUI 10 and a 4,000mAh battery, which is more than enough to last a whole day under mixed usage.The Redmi Note 7 house a dual 12MP+2MP primary snapper with LED flash. On the front, it houses a 13MP AI camera. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 comes with dual-camera on the back with AI Portrait mode and other features.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaThe top-end Note 7 Pro model also comes with premium Gorilla Glass 5 series enclosed body (front and back) with same 6.3-inch full HD+ display. But differ in terms of internal hardware. It boasts the 48MP + 5 MP dual camera, having IMX 586 sensor made by Sony, which not even top-end phones can boast off.The Pro variant comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor backed by Android Pie-based MIUI 10 OS, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage and a massive 4,000mAh cell.Also read: Top 5 reasons why Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro is a smart buyXiaomi is offering two Redmi Note 7 models—3GB RAM +32GB storage (buy here) and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage— for Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. They will come in three colours—black, blue and red. It is set to go on sale on March 6 onward.On the other hand, Redmi Note 7 Pro will come in just one model—4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage— for Rs 13,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively.ModelsModelsXiaomi Redmi Note 7Xiaomi Redmi Note 7Xiaomi Redmi Note 7Xiaomi Redmi Note 7ModelsDisplayXiaomi Redmi Note 76.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shieldAspect ratio: 19.5:9Contrast ratio: 1500:1Brightness: 450 nits and 84% NTSC colour gamutXiaomi Redmi Note 76.3-inch full HD+ (2340x1080p) with 2.5D glass screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shieldAspect ratio: 19.5:9Contrast ratio: 1500:1Brightness: 450 nits and 84% NTSC colour gamutModelsOSXiaomi Redmi Note 7Android Pie with MIUI 10Xiaomi Redmi Note 7Android Pie with MIUI 10ModelsProcessorXiaomi Redmi Note 714nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core with Adreno 512 GPUXiaomi Redmi Note 711nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core with Adreno 612 GPUModelsRAM +StorageXiaomi Redmi Note 73GB LPDDR4X RAM+ 32GB storage4GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB storage[Note: storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card]Xiaomi Redmi Note 74GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB storage6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB storage[Note: storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD card]ModelsCameraXiaomi Redmi Note 7Main: 12MP + 2MP dual rear camera with PDAF, EIS and AI Portrait ModeFront: 13MP with AI Portrait modeXiaomi Redmi Note 7Main: 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor, F1.79 aperture) + 5MP (F2.4 aperture) dual rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and AI Portrait mode, dual-tone LED flashFront: 13MP with AI Portrait modeModelsBatteryXiaomi Redmi Note 74000mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 capabilityXiaomi Redmi Note 74000mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 capabilityModelsNetworkXiaomi Redmi Note 7Dual 4G-VoLTEXiaomi Redmi Note 7Dual 4G-VoLTEModelsAdd-onsXiaomi Redmi Note 7P2i water splash resistant coating, hybrid dual-SIM slot (nano SIM 1 + nano SIM 2 or microSD card), facial recognition, fingerprint sensor, IR sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), USB Type C, 3.5mm audio jack, AK 98937 Smart PAXiaomi Redmi Note 7P2i water splash resistant coating, hybrid dual-SIM slot (nano SIM 1 + nano SIM 2 or microSD card), facial recognition, fingerprint sensor, IR sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), USB Type C, 3.5mm audio jack, AK 98937 Smart PAModelsDimensionsXiaomi Redmi Note 7159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mmXiaomi Redmi Note 7159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mmModelsWeight Xiaomi Redmi Note 7186gXiaomi Redmi Note 7186gModelsColoursXiaomi Redmi Note 7Black/Blue/PurpleXiaomi Redmi Note 7Black/Blue/RedModelsPrice Xiaomi Redmi Note 73GB RAM + 32GB storage: Rs 9,9994GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 11,999Xiaomi Redmi Note 74GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 13,9996GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs16,999 Price 3GB RAM + 32GB storage: Rs 9,9994GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 11,9994GB RAM + 64GB storage: Rs 13,9996GB RAM + 128GB storage: Rs16,999 CameraMain: 12MP + 2MP dual rear camera with PDAF, EIS and AI Portrait ModeFront: 13MP with AI Portrait modeMain: 48MP (with Sony IMX586 sensor, F1.79 aperture) + 5MP (F2.4 aperture) dual rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and AI Portrait mode, dual-tone LED flashFront: 13MP with AI Portrait mode Battery4000mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 capability4000mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 capability NetworkDual 4G-VoLTEDual 4G-VoLTE ModelsXiaomi Redmi Note 7Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday provisionally closed the day’s trade 350 points or 1.33 percent down, as consumer durables, automobile, capital goods, metal and banks stocks plunged.All sector-based indices of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) ended in red.The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P BSE, which opened at 26,260.35 points, ended at 25,999.34 points, down 349.99 points or 1.33 percent from the previous day’s close at 26,349.33 points.The Sensex touched a high of 26,462.08 points and a low of 25,933.98 points in the intra-trade.Sector-wise the S&P BSE consumer durables index was down 405.05 points, followed by automobile index which was lower by 359.91 points. Capital goods index plunged 294.66 points, metal index fell by 253.38 points, bank index decreased by 223.85 points, oil and gas index declined by 202.55 points and healthcare index slipped 197.92 points.The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also provisionally closed in red. It fell 115.80 points or 1.47 percent at 7,748.20 points.
Sony Pictures has threatened microblogging website Twitter with legal action if it didn’t block out individuals and accounts that have constantly posted content from the leaked emails exposed by hackers. In a letter addressed to the General Counsel and Secretary of Twitter, Sony’s attorney David Boies cautioned that if any “stolen information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner,” the studios would hold it accountable.Sony especially asked Twitter to take down the account of Val Broeksmit, a musician who kept posting screen shots of the leaked emails from the hacks from his Twitter handle @BikiniRobotArmy. Sony asked twitter to remove any material from the leaks on the website and destroy them.Sony’s demands were drafted as follows:”We ask that you promptly suspend the Account Holder’s Twitter account and:(1) notify us using the contact information provided below;(2) take all reasonable actions to prevent your company and any of your employees, independent contractors, agents, consultants, account holders, or anyone who may have access to your files from examining, copying, disseminating, distributing, publishing, downloading, uploading, or making any other use of the Stolen Information;(3) arrange for and supervise the destruction of all copies of the Stolen Information in your possession or under your control, particularly information protected under U.S. and foreign legal doctrines protecting attorney-client privileged communications, attorney work product, and related privileges and protections, as well as private financial and other confidential information and communications of SPE’s current and former personnel and others, confidential personnel data, intellectual property, trade secrets and other business secrets and related communications;(4) confirm that such destruction has been completed; and(5) comply with all future requests with regard to any other account holder seeking to disseminate the Stolen Information via Twitter.”Twitter hasn’t commented on the letter yet.Meanwhile, Sony Pictures has agreed to release the James Franco- Seth Rogen starring political satire movie “The Interview” in select theatres in the United States. The decision comes days after it pulled the film out after the hacker group threatened to blow up theatres screening the movie. The hacker group, which calls itself the “Guardians of Peace,” breached Sony’s cyber security system and exposed confidential data ranging from employee salaries, social security numbers, previously unpublished pilot scripts and private e-mails as well.Experts say the hacks could cost Sony Pictures over $200 million.
Make in India’ campaign launch in Delhi by PM Narendra Modi. [Representational Image]Reuters FileTaking forward the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, mobile phone maker Spice Group announced on Tuesday an investment of ₹500 crore to manufacture smartphones in Uttar Pradesh, India.The company also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Uttar Pradesh government for the purpose.Spice claimed the manufacturing unit will strengthen the company’s strategy to introduce affordable smartphones in India through domestic manufacturing, thereby catering to a larger market by offering best technology at affordable prices.The MoU stipulates that the UP government will support Spice Group in establishing the facility in a time bound manner and facilitate the necessary infrastructure, ecosystem and incentives under various schemes announced by the State government and the Central government.Dilip Modi, Chairman, Spice Group, said, “We are delighted to announce our investment plans to set up a mobile manufacturing unit in Uttar Pradesh with the support of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. With a local manufacturing plant, Spice Group can achieve its vision to create affordable and high technology mobile products for a larger audience.” In a survey conducted by The Economic Times Brand Equity in 2014, Spice Group was ranked as the second most trusted Indian mobile brand in the country. Spice Group targets tier II and III markets through its affordable segment of smartphones and featurephones, and unique offerings.