3 Dec
2019

Urea shortage hits sowing of rabi crop in Rajasthan

first_imgThe shortage of urea fertilizer in Kota and Baran districts of Rajasthan’s Hadoti region has created difficulties for the farmers sowing wheat, mustard, gram and other crops during the ongoing rabi season. Farmers have made long queues outside the distribution centres, while clashes between the agitating farmers and police were reported from Baran’s Chhipabarod and Relawan villages earlier this week.The fertilizer is not available in sufficient quantity even at the State government-run cooperative stores. Against the requirement of 3 lakh metric tonnes of urea in the region, only 1.39 lakh metric tonnes have been supplies so far, as the Agriculture Department’s officials have distributed slips to farmers for getting the urea bags at several police stations to maintain order.The district authorities have held the farmers’ habit of stockpiling of fertilisers responsible for the crunch. Baran Collector S.P. Singh said on Thursday that about 44,000 metric tonnes of urea had been distributed so far against the total allocation of 57,000 metric tonnes.‘Centre discriminating’Newly elected Congress MLA from Kota’s Sangod, Bharat Singh, said the Centre has started discriminating against Rajasthan by reducing the urea allocation because of the Congress being elected in the State Assembly polls. “The BJP wants to create a crisis situation, for which the farmers will blame the Congress government here. This tactic will backfire on them in next year’s Lok Sabha elections,” he said.Ironically, Kota is a major production centre for urea, as two hi-tech nitrogenous fertilizer plants of Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (CFCL) are situated in the district. A large number of farmers have staged a dharna outside the CFCL plants with the demand that an adequate share in their daily production of 6,000 metric tonnes of urea be reserved for the local supply.Hadoti Kisan Union general secretary Dashrath Kumar told The Hindu that the demand for urea had increased in the current rabi season because of a higher sowing of wheat. ‘Withdraw condition’He said the CFCL should withdraw its necessary condition imposed on dealers for purchasing co-products along with the fertilizer and the urea should be distributed only at the cooperative stores.“Only an urgent provision of additional allocation for the Hadoti region by the Centre can improve the situation here. Farmers need an average of 20 to 30 urea bags each for their land holdings, but they are being given only 5 to 6 bags,” he said.last_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

Anoop Kumar to accompany MC Mary Kom at London Games

first_imgMC Mary Kom will not be alone when she begins her London Olympics campaign on Sunday.As reported by Mail Today earlier, Mary’s coach Charles Atkinson has not accompanied her to the Games, and that had raised doubts about the five-time world champion’s preparedness for her participation in the 51kg category.However, in a release issued on Thursday, India’s acting chef de mission and Indian Amateur Boxing Federation secretary general PK Muralidharan Raja stated that Mary will be accompanied by the chief coach of the national women’s team, Anoop Kumar, since she’s the only Indian woman to qualify.On the issue of Atkinson not being given accreditation, Raja said: “Mr Charles Atkinson, who has been coach with Mary Kom for the past six months, is a professional WBC coach and has trained Thai WBC boxers in Thailand. AIBA does not permit any boxing coach who does not have an AIBA 3-star certification to be coaches at Olympics.””As per rules, only those who are AIBA-approved and accredited are permitted to participate as coaches.”last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

Paul George, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder past Bulls

first_imgOklahoma Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots over Chicago Bulls center Lauri Markkanen (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY  — Paul George’s performance late in the first half was all the Oklahoma City Thunder needed against Chicago Bulls.George scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the final five minutes of the first half and the Thunder rolled to a 121-96 victory over the Bulls on Monday night in a chippy game in which both teams were assessed technical fouls following a second-quarter fracas.ADVERTISEMENT “I did my work early,” George said.George’s scoring outburst came in the final 4:47 of the second quarter as Oklahoma City outscored the Bulls 23-7 and built a 64-44 lead by the break. Outside of that nearly five-minute stretch, he shot 2 of 13 from the floor and scored just one point in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I thought he was unbelievable tonight and he had an incredible first half,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of George.The Bulls changed their defensive strategy against George after halftime, leading to fewer opportunities. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Russell’s been great,” Donovan said. “It speaks to his greatness as a player that he can see what the team needs and from there, facilitate, so to speak. He’s generating shots for Paul (George), he’s generating shots for Steven (Adams). When he and Dennis (Schroder) are out there, they’re both creating.”The Thunder sped into the lead with a 21-3 run that erased a 15-10 deficit. But the Bulls quickly reeled off a 19-8 run of their own and closed the gap to two points.From there, the Thunder took control, building a comfortable lead thanks to George’s 6-for-6 shooting to close to the half.The game was halted for several minutes with 4:27 left in the second quarter after a melee broke out near the Thunder bench when Chicago’s Cameron Payne fouled Terrance Ferguson and, nearly simultaneously, Westbrook and Kris Dunn exchanged pushes.The confrontation ended when Bulls coach Jim Boylen pulled Thunder forward Jerami Grant out of the scuffle by his neck.“I don’t know what really happened to be honest,” Dunn said. “Things just got out of hand.”When it was all said and done — after a several-minute delay for review — Westbrook, Grant, Dunn and Chicago’s Robin Lopez were assessed technical fouls.Lopez wound up in the front row between the bench and the scorer’s table as several people restrained him.“I was just trying to stand up for (Dunn),” he said. “I saw somebody fly in out of the corner of my eye from the other side of the floor. I was just trying to stand up for my point guard right there.“I felt kind of like I got twisted or flipped a little bit. Somehow, I ended up on that bench there. And then, I don’t know. After that, something happened.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Donovan said he was as impressed with George’s performance outside of his big scoring stretch as he was with the stint to end the half.“Here he goes crazy on that run in the first half . they elect to trap him in the second half. What does he do? He just facilitates. He gets other guys involved,” Donovan said. “It speaks to his greatness. He could have had a bigger scoring night, but I thought his playmaking, his facilitating and reading the game was really positive for us.”Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 16 rebounds and 11 steals for his 111th career triple-double. Steven Adams added 19 points and Dennis Schroder scored 18 for the Thunder.Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis had 16 points apiece to lead Chicago. Markkanen adding 15 rebounds.Westbrook secured the triple-double by threading a pass in the lane to a driving Hamidou Diallo, who finished with a reverse layup as he was knocked to the court and fouled with just over six minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Damian Lillard torches Clippers with 39 in Trail Blazers win PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Lopez was ejected less than three minutes later after he picked up another technical foul.Boylen downplayed the scuffle after the game — except as it pertained to the fight he saw from his team.“That’s all we’ve been talking about is fighting for each other and we talk about being a pack of wolves,” Boylen said. “I thought we had some of that. I liked the look in our guys’ eyes when that happened. It bonded them a little bit.”But Boylen said his interactions with Grant weren’t serious, saying that he was just trying to break up the altercation.“It’s really not that big a deal,” Boylen said. “Those things used to happen all the time, now they happen and it’s a major deal.“It’s not that big a deal. Everybody moved on.”Grant said he wasn’t concerned about the opposing coach pulling him out of the fray.“He’s trying to protect his team,” Grant said.TIP-INSBulls: Lauri Markkanen had 16 points and 15 rebounds, his first career 15/15 game. … Jabari Parker, who didn’t play in Saturday’s win over San Antonio after falling out of the rotation, missed the game with a stomach illness. . The Bulls turned the ball over 11 times in the first half. . Robin Lopez’s ejection with two third-quarter technicals was the ninth of his career and the first of this season. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Thunder: Paul George’s second quarter gave him double-figure scoring in one quarter for the eighth time in seven games. . The Thunder shot 4 of 6 from behind the 3-point arc in the second quarter and outscored Chicago 33-22. . Russell Westbrook and George are Nos. 1 and 2 in the league in steals per game. Westbrook had five Monday, while George added three.THUNDER PICK UP DONOVAN’S OPTIONBefore the game, the Thunder exercised its fifth-year option on the contract of head coach Billy Donovan.Donovan is in his fourth season with Oklahoma City, going 169-106, with playoff appearances in his first three seasons.“I’m grateful, appreciative and thankful for Mr. (Clay) Bennett and Sam (Presti),” Donovan said before the game, referencing the Thunder’s chairman and general manager. “I get a chance to coach a great group of guys. I’ve had incredible support from Sam and the people inside the organization.”UP NEXTBulls: Home against Brooklyn on Wednesday.Thunder: At Sacramento on Wednesday. View commentslast_img read more

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14 Oct
2019

Ottawa expected to announce new transition rules for assessing pipelines Wednesday

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The Liberal government is poised to announce new rules today for assessing major resource projects such as oil pipelines. A technical briefing is being scheduled for news media before Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announces the new process this afternoon. Liberals say the new rules will cover a transition period that will include existing pipeline applications already in the works. Those includes Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of the TransMountain pipeline in British Columbia and TransCanada’s massive $15.7-billion Energy East project that would take Alberta and Saskatchewan crude to New Brunswick refineries and seaports for export. The new environmental assessment process appears likely to require pipeline companies to report greenhouse gas emissions associated with their project, including what are known as “upstream” emissions produced during the production of the oil or gas carried by the pipeline. “If major energy projects have the confidence of Canadians, I think it will be good news for the Canadian economy,” Carr said on his way into a Liberal caucus meeting. Carr said he’s consulted industry leaders, Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, union and community leaders to set up the transition process. “People want to know that the process is up and running and fair.” Pipeline politics have dominated the return of Parliament this week amid deep regional acrimony. The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan expressed dismay after a group of Montreal-area municipal leaders publicly announced their opposition last week to the proposed Energy East route through their territory. Saskatchewan Premier Brad wall questioned whether Quebeckers should continue to expect billions in equalization payments if they won’t support the export of resources that help drive those government revenues. Environmental groups, meanwhile, say any new pipeline approval by the Trudeau government would undermine the Liberals’ commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A coalition of 74 North American groups issued a release today calling for Canada to put in place policy measures to help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as agreed at the Paris climate summit in December. “There is simply no room for major new pipelines in a safe climate future,” Steven Guilbeault of Equiterre said in the release. “The science is demanding we keep the carbon in the ground and start the transition.” Provincial environment ministers begin two days of talks Thursday in Ottawa with their federal counterpart Catherine McKenna in advance of a full-blown first minister’s conference that is supposed to establish a national climate policy, including putting a price on carbon. The announcement of a new transition policy for environmental assessments comes a day after a federal audit was released that showed the National Energy Board has failed to follow up on almost half of all conditions set for past pipeline approvals.last_img read more

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29 Jul
2019

Huawei P9 Flagship Set to Launch on March 9

first_imgHuawei P9. At the back two cameras are visible on the top corner along with autofocus sensors and dual-LED flash. Image Credit: VentureBeat Advertisement The Huawei P9 is the upcoming development P-series to the Huawei P8 that was launched last year in April, which was a great success. We hope that the P9 will provide the same high quality and affordability.According to Android Pit, Huawei teased a launch event taking place in Berlin, Germany, on March 9. The post shows a glass of beer being poured, with text below the image reading “Beer”. It seems that alongside the launch, we can expect some beer.The poster shows beer being poured in a glass with a text below it reading “Beer.” Image Credit: Huawei Inc.As per the latest rumours and leaks around the internet, the new P-series is said to come in Three Variants of P9: the P9, P9 Lite and P9 Max. – Advertisement – The new P-Series are rumoured to feature a Full HD display resolution, a dual rear camera setup featuring 12-megapixel sensor, 32GB storage space, 3900mAh battery, USB Type-C port connectivity, 3.5mm jack, Kirin 955 processor a chip that Huawei itself is developing, leaked benchmarks suggest that this is even faster than Samsung’s powerful Exynos 7420. Question is, could the Huawei P9 be one of the fastest phones on Android?Of most interest is the suggestion that the devices will pack in a whopping 6GB of RAM. This, alongside the company’s native Kirin 950 processor would make the range a daunting entry onto the 2016 market for Huawei, Android Pit reports.The dual-camera setup has been corroborated by the newly leaked images said to be showing the Huawei P9. At the back two cameras are visible on the top corner along with autofocus sensors and dual-LED flash, although the purpose of the second camera is not yet known, it might likely be used for wide angle capture.At the back two cameras are visible on the top corner along with autofocus sensors and dual-LED flash. Image Credit: VentureBeatAccording to Venture Beat, Huawei first employed a dual-camera, dual lens arrangement in the Honor 6 Plus; in that handset, the additional sensor-lens combo enabled a few neat tricks like post-capture refocus, simulated aperture adjustment, and filter application and now the second generation of that technology will be one of the highlights of this P-series family, we’re told.last_img read more

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