Swedish cable operator Com Hem has developed a tri

first_imgSwedish cable operator Com Hem has developed a trial TV remote application for smartwatches, allowing users to control their TV using their Apple or Android watch.The app enables viewers to pause TV shows or switch channels. The beta version, which has been developed for Com Hem’s TiVo-based advanced TV platform, also enables viewers to browse between channels and view programme information. The Android version also allows users to select channels using voice commands.“The growing interconnectivity of multiple devices and screens brings new opportunities for how we consume television. At Com Hem we are constantly looking at how consumer needs are evolving, and we are investigating how wearables can enhance the television experience to make it more fun and simple. This trial is part of that effort, “said James Lowther, acting commercial and product director at Com Hem.“We are still in the development stage but we believe wearables can make controlling your TV easier and more convenient. This is a prototype; if there is an interest among our customers, we will launch a live version.”last_img read more

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first_img — – CASEY: “Severe but survivable” event coming This event will have repercussions on everything from how and where you shop and seek medical care…to how you invest and receive fixed income benefits, such as Social Security. Click here to learn more. World-Altering Shock #6: Are You Ready? Since 1979, there have been five truly world-altering shocks. Bill Bonner’s small, private network of researchers has predicted every single one so far. Today, Bill is warning of a sixth major shock on track to hit right here in the heart of America. Are you, your family, and your money prepared? Find out here. Important information about a strange website This website lets you invest in little-known $25 investment notes that pay interest rates as high as 28.99%. If you buy enough of them, you could collect thousands every month. Mark F. has already collected an extraordinary $53,539 over 6 months. Carl P. collected an incredible $67,419 over 14 months. And Isadore P. collected an unheard-of $226,080 over just 4 months. They simply logged into a strange website and started on the path to collecting that income. Click here and find out how to access this website. – L: Some people might rather stay home, not wanting to seem like a Scrooge. Doug: Now there’s something I do object to – Scrooge has become a powerfully destructive meme loose in society. Dickens was a social critic of the Victorian age, perhaps rightly so in many ways, but his attack on the creative power of wealth in the form of his caricature, Scrooge, is misleading and harmful. L: There was great injustice in the Victorian era, and, to all accounts, much inhuman treatment of poor people by the wealthy, though that was hardly a Victorian invention. But the wealthy, back then, were also usually the aristocracy, with hereditary titles and power. I’ve long thought that the problem lay in the legal power – coercive power – the wealthy had over others, not their wealth, per se. Since then, there have been changes, including a huge though incomplete separation between the non-coercive power of money and the coercive power of the state. But people still conflate wealth with coercion and various personality traits that have nothing to do with wealth. Doug: Such as? L: Many people believe stereotypes, reinforced by Hollywood and other cultural sources, that rich people are obsessed with money, care only about money, are greedy, and completely lacking in generosity. Nice people don’t care about money. Rich people are mean – and being mean is how you get rich. But it’s not true. I’ve made a study of this. All the really wealthy people I know got that way by creating enormous value. I know one of the first guys to set up “sweatshops” in China, enabling people who had few choices other than prostitution and destitution to work in clean buildings, albeit for long hours, at better pay than they could get anywhere else. I know another fellow who saw a trading pattern and developed a system to take advantage of it and then sold it to Goldman Sachs for $125 million. And more, all were passionate about creating something of value, and that’s what led to great wealth. Most started with nothing more than anyone else, and even the few that were born with silver spoons in their mouths took the money they started with and turned it into a lot more money. And none of them think the most fun thing to do on weekends is to evict poverty-stricken people from their homes. I found that rich people do think about money; they understand it, invest it, put it to work for them. But it seems to me that poor people spend a lot more time thinking about money, precisely because they have so little of it; managing every penny is critically important. Poverty is not bliss, which is why people struggle so hard to escape it. They are not idiots fooled by Madison Avenue advertising executives: they’re poor, and they know that’s no fun. Doug: That’s right. As you know, I’ve pointed out in all my books that the key to accumulating wealth is to pay attention to these very things. Produce more than you consume, so you have money to invest in creating more wealth. Maybe the Calvinists were on to something, with their notion that visible wealth was a sign of inward grace; they figured God must think you’re doing something right if he rewarded you with wealth. That brings my mind back to Scrooge, not Dickens’s Scrooge, but Uncle Scrooge, who, in my view, is a totally sound character. (Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) This interview was first published on October 13, 2010 Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s Weekend Edition, Casey Research founder Doug Casey told us how he celebrates Christmas. Today, Doug explains why he admires Scrooge McDuck. Louis James: So, you’re not a Grinch. Reindeer and blinking lights are okay? Doug: You can even find them in some predominantly Muslim countries, and that’s fine. It’s good wintertime fun. L: I suppose societies need periodic celebrations, in one form or another. Doug: Yes, but there’s a dark side to what we call the holiday season in the West, at which time people are supposed to celebrate happiness. That’s a problem for unhappy people. L: Which is why there’s said to be so much trouble with alcoholism, increased suicide rates, and such during the holidays. Doug: Yes, and even generally happy people can feel increased stress from the increasing financial demands of the season. It’s becoming like the potlatch tradition of the Northwestern Indians, where gift giving is a very strong social expectation. That can be problematic in hard times, when extra cash for buying nice presents for others can be tough to come by. In Dickens’s days, there was no expectation that you’d buy presents for everyone you know if you were a Cratchit. Today, it’s becoming an embarrassment to go see anyone during the holidays without a gift in hand. Recommended Links “This is the Biggest Accounting Hoax Since Enron” According to Jim Rickards, this could be 525 times bigger than Enron. All 300 million Americans are potential victims. Read More. L: I’m familiar with Scrooge McDuck, but not all of our readers might be, so perhaps you should fill them in on the Disney reference. Doug: Donald Duck is better known, but he had three nephews and a phenomenally wealthy uncle of his own, named Scrooge McDuck. Uncle Scrooge is one of the great heroes of Western literature. He’s a miser, but he’s innovative and an adventurer, with a very good heart. That’s shown in all of the stories about him – he didn’t have to be transformed, as Dickens’ Scrooge had to be; rather, it was an essential part of his character. I remember one story in which he took Donald and the boys on an adventure to Alaska – he was always taking Donald and the boys on fantastic adventures all around the world – and had to make a choice between saving his sled dog, Barko, and saving the sled, which had a treasure on it. He chose the dog, which was typical of him. This is a positive image, one I wish were much more celebrated than Dickens’s caricature. L: And he created value. How many jobs did Scrooge McDuck create, feeding families all around the world? He had mines, as I recall, and factories and office buildings, always clean and modern. Doug: That’s exactly right. Scrooge McDuck embodies the true, creative, life-giving spirit of the holiday, if you ask me. L: [Laughs] You don’t have children; do you actually deck the halls? Doug: Well, I’ll be in Buenos Aires this time, and it’s a bit odd to decorate a tree with tinsel or fake snow in the middle of South American summer, but sure, I’ll get a tree; why not? L: So, when people sneer at you for being a rich Scrooge, your reply, with pride, is: “Yes, but Scrooge McDuck!” Doug: Right. The right Scrooge, the sound one, is my model. Doug Casey is a multi-millionaire speculator and the founder of Casey Research. He literally wrote the book on profiting during economic turmoil. Doug’s book, Crisis Investing, spent multiple weeks as number one on The New York Times best sellers list and was the best-selling financial book of 1980. Doug has been a regular guest on national television, including spots on CNN, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Regis Philbin, Phil Donahue, and NBC News. Doug and his team of analysts write The Casey Report, one of the world’s most respected investment advisories. Each month, The Casey Report provides specific, actionable ideas to help subscribers make money in stocks, bonds, currencies, real estate, and commodities. You can try out The Casey Report risk-free by clicking here. — Recommended Linkslast_img read more

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There are growing concerns and calls for an urgent

first_imgThere are growing concerns and calls for an urgent investigation into admissions by two police forces that they have shared information about protesters with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).BothLancashire and Greater Manchester police forces have now admitted passing oninformation to DWP about people taking part in protests.Theadmissions originally came following claims reported by Disability News Service(DNS) that police forces had been targeting disabled people taking part inpeaceful anti-fracking protests across England.Lancashirepolice then admittedin December that it had shared both information and videofootage of disabled anti-fracking protesters with DWP, in an apparent attemptto have their disability benefits removed.GreaterManchester Police (GMP) then told DNS that it had passed DWP information – butnot video footage – relating to protesters taking part in the anti-frackingprotests at Barton Moss, Salford.Thoseprotests took place in 2013 and 2014, but the force also confirmed that it hasshared information with DWP from protests not connected with fracking.There is nowgrowing confusion over how many forces are involved, what information they arehanding DWP, in what circumstances they hand it over and on what legal grounds,and whether this exchange of information is based on any written agreements.Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova (pictured), called last night (Wednesday) for an investigation into the extent of information sharing between police forces and DWP.  Last week, GMPadmitted having a “sharing agreement” with DWP, even though the departmentexplicitly stated two months ago – and repeated this week – that it had no such“formal arrangement” with GMP or any other force.But GMP hasnow backtracked from this admission, claiming there is no “specific formalagreement or policy in place” after all, and stating that the sharing ofinformation that takes place between the two organisations is carried out underthe Data Protection Act.It hasdenied trying to cover up its relationship with DWP.Labour’sdeputy mayor for policing for Greater Manchester, Baroness [Bev] Hughes, backedher force’s decision to share information with DWP.She said theforce had “a duty to act if they judge that individuals may be breaking, orhave broken, the law”. She said: “Ihave consulted with senior officers within GMP who have assured me that thereis no formal ‘sharing agreement’ in place, and that the police act on a case bycase basis, sharing information in accordance with the Data Protection Act.“Protestorsin Greater Manchester should never be deterred from exercising their right toprotest. “Should theydo so in accordance with the law, GMP will continue to do as it always does andfacilitate such protests.”But deCordova said the sharing of information with DWP by police forces was “aviolation of trust”.She said:“This is yet further proof of the hostile environment that this Conservativegovernment has created for disabled people. “Thisviolation of trust is not only shocking but also could threaten disabledpeople’s access to vital social security. “There mustbe an urgent further investigation into the extent of information sharing andaction must be taken to end this harmful practice.”A DWPspokesperson said: “As we have reiterated previously, there is no formalarrangement with the police for this scenario. “The departmentdoes not request referrals from the police and there is no obligation on eitherthe police or members of the public to provide referrals.“In theevent we receive information from the police, we consider it on its merits.“As is thecase with any responsible government department, we stand ready to assist thepolice in the event they request information from us for the purposes of crimeprevention or detection. “Thisservice is provided under the Data Protection Act for the purposes ofpreventing and detecting crime.”Meanwhile,GMP said this week that it had not shared any information with DWP aboutdisabled activists who took part in the anti-austerity protests that took placeoutside the Conservative party conferences in Manchester in 2015 and 2017.The Conservative party is returning to Manchester for its annual conference in October.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Facebook Now Allows Marijuana Businesses to Appear in Searches

first_img Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Social media is now a foundation of digital marketing strategy, but it’s a bit difficult to incorporate when the world’s largest social media platform doesn’t allow people to search for your products or services.That’s been the case with Facebook when it comes to cannabis-related businesses. The social media giant continues to allow people to post fake news at alarming rates, but until recently wouldn’t allow someone to search for marijuana products — even if they are legal in their state.But that all changed this fall.Related: State Regulators Consider Better Ways to Determine Who Controls Cannabis BusinessAbout-Face for FacebookFor months, Facebook blocked cannabis-related pages from user search results. The intent was to keep people from selling illegal products through the platform. However, it also led to them blocking such sites as the California Bureau of Cannabis Control and advocacy groups including the Marijuana Policy Project and the National Cannabis Industry Association. According to Market Watch, you also had situations where you could search “MPP” and find the Marijuana Policy Project page, but not if you actually searched for “Marijuana Policy Project.”Facebook finally decided in October to allow pages that have been verified by Facebook to appear in search results. That process involves an assessment of the company by Facebook and verification standards such as a publicly listed phone number.Related: Pass the Cannabis, Please: Marijuana Among Restaurant Trends for 2019Appease the gods.In Facebook’s defense, it is caught up in a situation that snags many other businesses — marijuana remains illegal at the federal level even as more states legalize it. Banks, for example, won’t extend financial services to marijuana companies.However, even with the new compromise, issues remain. Cannabrand CEO Olivia Mannix told Cannabis Business Times that it remains difficult to get verified by Facebook. She also said, “The way that I’m interpreting it is that you will be able to search for cannabis-related companies, [but] I don’t know if that’s actually going to alleviate any of the issues with cannabis-related companies getting flagged and shut down.”Perhaps the most practical outlook came from social media consultant Amy Donahue, who told Cannabis Business Times, “To me, business should be verified on Facebook anyway — that just makes you look more professional. … And if that’s what Facebook wants, then sometimes we have to appease the gods and do what they say.”Getting verified by Facebook involves supplying proof of business registration, validation of a business address or phone number, and proof of association with your business. Facebook provides a rundown of how to get verified here.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Add to Queue Facebook Guest Writer Image credit: Westend61 | Getty Images –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. 3 min read Facebook’s zeal for banning marijuana often made it impossible to find even regulatory agencies and advocacy groups. dispensaries.com November 27, 2018 Free Green Entrepreneur App Facebook Now Allows Marijuana Businesses to Appear in Searches Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

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Yahoo Unveils Massive New Encryption Scheme to Protect Users

first_img Next Article Register Now » Kim Lachance Shandrow Former West Coast Editor Alex Stamos –shares 4 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: @TrustyCon/Twitter Add to Queue Security Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Alex Stamos doesn’t play when it comes to the NSA.In his first big hammer drop as Yahoo’s new cybersecurity watchdog, Stamos announced yesterday that he’s overseeing a massive “around the clock” effort to encrypt 100 percent of the tech giant’s traffic, including the private data of its 800 million-plus users — “at all time[s], by default.”Related: 4 Things to Know About Yahoo’s New Information Security VP Alex StamosOn the heels of reports that the NSA allegedly secretly snooped around thousands of its user accounts, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company pledged to encrypt all of its data centers by March 31. Stamos and the “hundreds of Yahoos” in his charge made that vow a reality. Not bad for only four weeks on the job.  The San Francisco-based veteran information security expert and outspoken NSA critic officially announced the company’s newly bolstered encryption efforts on its Tumblr page yesterday.And Stamos made no bones about why the massive encryption project — which seriously steps up security for Yahoo data center traffic, Yahoo Homepage search queries, Yahoo! Mail and much more — is going down in the first place.“We will continue to work hard to deploy the best possible technology to combat attacks and surveillance that violate our users’ privacy,” Stamos wrote in a powerful, telling statement curiously buried as the last sentence in his Tumblr post.Make It Stop: Yahoo Reports Coordinated Email HackIt was clearly a dig at the NSA’s controversial PRISM surveillance program, which Yahoo recently reported requested to poke around in roughly 30,000 to 40,000 of its user accounts (between January and June last year) via Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) classified court orders. Yahoo arch rival Google said it was on the receiving end of FISC requests for information from approximately 9,000 and 10,000 of its user accounts around the same time.Here is Stamos’s complete bulleted list detailing Yahoo’s new beefed-up encryption efforts, directly from his Tumblr update: Traffic moving between Yahoo data centers is fully encrypted as of March 31. In January, we made Yahoo Mail more secure by making browsing over HTTPS the default. In the last month, we enabled encryption of mail between our servers and other mail providers that support the SMTPTLS standard. The Yahoo Homepage and all search queries that run on the Yahoo Homepage and most Yahoo properties also have HTTPS encryption enabled by default. We implemented the latest in security best-practices, including supporting TLS 1.2, Perfect Forward Secrecy and a 2048-bit RSA key for many of our global properties such as Homepage, Mail and Digital Magazines. We are currently working to bring all Yahoo sites up to this standard. Users can initiate an encrypted session for Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, and Good Morning America on Yahoo (gma.yahoo.com) by typing “https” before the site URL in their web browser. A new, encrypted, version of Yahoo Messenger will be deployed in coming months. April 3, 2014 Related: Young Millionaire: Inside the Mind of Yahoo’s Teen Sensation Nick D’AloisioStamos’s work doesn’t end with this list, though. Not as long as cyber attackers and government spies seek to snoop around Yahoo’s insides, which we don’t expect to stop any time soon.”This isn’t a project where we’ll ever check a box and be ‘finished,'” he said. “Our fight to protect our users and their data is an on-going and critical effort.”Yahoo did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Yahoo Unveils Massive New Encryption Scheme to Protect Userslast_img read more

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Compounded pain relief creams not effective finds study

first_imgImage Credit: Africa Studio / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDFeb 6 2019A new study has shown that pain relief creams are no better than dummy or placebo creams when it comes to relieving pain. The study titled, “Compounded Topical Pain Creams to Treat Localized Chronic Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” was published in the latest issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. These pain relief creams are prescribed to be applied locally over localized pain sites for pain relief explain the researchers. They come at a relatively high cost but are not better than placebo creams they add. The experts add that there have been concerns regarding the safety of pain relievers and also side effects and abuse potential of opioid pain relievers. This has raised the prescriptions for these compounded pain relievers with no real data regarding their superior efficacy or safety. They have appealed to prescribers as well as users due to the perception of their low rates of side effects due to topical use.This study is a randomized controlled trial from the researchers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The team included 399 patients with either localized pain that was diagnosed to be due to nerve damage or neuropathic (total of 133 patients) or nociceptive pain or pain due to tissue injury (not nerves) (total of 133 patients) or mixed type of pain (133 patients). The groups were further divided into two and one half was given pain cream compounded specifically for their type of pain or a placebo or dummy cream. The drugs used in the compounded creams were FDA approved and routinely used for pain relief. This included agents such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and muscle relaxants (such as “ketoprofen, baclofen, cyclobenzaprine, and lidocaine”) for nociceptive pain and anticonvulsants and others (“ketamine, gabapentin, clonidine, and lidocaine”) for nerve pain. For the mixed pain treatment group compounds with “ketamine, gabapentin, diclofenac, baclofen, cyclobenzaprine, and lidocaine” were used.Related StoriesResearchers survey orthopedic providers to understand factors that drive opioid prescribing practicesStudy shows potential culprit behind LupusEngineered stem cells offer new treatment for metastatic bone cancerPain sensation was evaluated, a month after prescription of the creams. Results showed that there was no significant difference in improvement in pain symptoms with use of compounded pain creams compared to placebo creams. Around 28 percent participants in the placebo group and 36 percent participants in the pain cream group reported pain alleviation. This difference was not deemed to be significant enough for use of pain creams, write the researchers. Further, the compounded pain creams were most expensive compared to other creams, the authors add. Small benefits seen with these creams, they add, are due to the effects on the peripheral nervous system and not due to effects on the central nervous system.Senior study author Dr. Steven Cohen, a pain researcher at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore in a statement said, “We know from other studies that some of the agents (lidocaine, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may be effective for certain types of acute and chronic pain, so it is surprising that the difference here did not reach statistical significance in any of the pain types…This matters because compounded pain creams are much more expensive than prescribed (lidocaine, diclofenac) or over-the-counter (capsaicin) pain creams, but they didn’t provide meaningful benefit compared to placebo cream.” Authors conclude that these compounded pain relieving creams should not be prescribed routinely for treatment of pain.The study was funded and supported by the Centers for Rehabilitation Sciences Research, Defense Health Agency, U.S. Department of Defense.center_img Source:https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/2724041/compounded-topical-pain-creams-treat-localized-chronic-pain-randomized-controlledlast_img read more

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Different sleep schedules among teens may have dissimilar effects on cognition and

first_img Source:https://www.duke-nus.edu.sg/news/split-and-continuous-restricted-sleep-schedules-affect-cognition-and-glucose-levels-differently Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 23 2019Many adolescent students sleep less than the recommended duration of 8-10 hours a night. It is unclear; however, whether short night sleep combined with an afternoon nap is as good as having the same amount of sleep continuously during the night without a nap. Researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School have demonstrated for the first time that different sleep schedules with the same total sleep opportunity over 24 hours may have dissimilar effects on cognition and glucose levels. This is the first study to gather experimental evidence on the notion that ‘what may be appropriate sleep for one health goal may not be for another’.The handful of studies that examined split sleep schedules with normal total sleep duration in working-age adults found that both schedules yield comparable brain performance. However, no study has looked at the impact of such schedules on brain function and glucose levels together, especially when total sleep is shorter than optimal. The latter is important because of links between short sleep and risk for diabetes.The researchers measured cognitive performance and glucose levels following a standardized load in students, aged 15-19 years, during two simulated school weeks with short sleep on school days and recovery sleep on weekends. On school days, these students received either continuous sleep of 6.5 hours at night or split sleep (night sleep of 5 hours plus a 1.5-hour afternoon nap).”We undertook this study after students who were advised on good sleep habits asked if they could split up their sleep across the day and night, instead of having a main sleep period at night,” said Prof. Michael Chee, Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Programme, Duke-NUS Medical School and one of the study’s senior authors. “We found that compared to being able to sleep 9 hours a night, having only 6.5 hours to sleep in 24 hours degrades performance and mood. Interestingly, under conditions of sleep restriction, students in the split sleep group exhibited better alertness, vigilance, working memory and mood than their counterparts who slept 6.5 hours continuously. This finding is remarkable as the measured total sleep duration over 24 hours was actually less in the former group”, Prof. Chee added.Related StoriesHigh sleep variability and short sleep duration predict blunted weight lossUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentHowever, for glucose tolerance, the continuous schedule appeared to be better. “While 6.5 hours of night sleep did not affect glucose levels, the split sleep group demonstrated a greater increase in blood glucose levels to the standardized glucose load in both simulated school weeks,” noted Dr. Joshua Gooley, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Programme, Principal Investigator at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke-NUS Medical School and the senior co-author of this study.Although further studies are necessary to see if this finding translates to a higher risk of diabetes later in life, the current findings indicate that beyond sleep duration, different sleep schedules can affect different facets of health and function in directions that are not immediately clear.Professor Patrick Casey, Senior Vice Dean of Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, commented, “Recent sleep surveys show that Singaporeans are among the world’s most sleep deprived people. This is the latest in a series of studies from a team of researchers from the Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme and Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience that have provided valuable insights into the importance of good sleep.”last_img read more

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Chandan Mitra quits BJP may join Trinamool with 4 Congress MLAsChandan Mitra

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Former Rajya Sabha MP and Editor of The Pioneer, Chandan Mitra, has quit the BJP and will reportedly join the Trinamool Congress along with four Congress MLAs on July 21.“I have sent my resignation to the party president,” Mitra told BusinessLine, although he did not confirm if would join the TMC.Trinamool sources, however, said Mitra would be the “big catch” in the TMC’s annual Martyr’s Day rally.Mitra was a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha during 2003-2009, after which the BJP got him elected to the Upper House from Madhya Pradesh. His tenure ended in 2016. Mitra had also contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Hooghly, and came in third.He had reportedly met Mamata Banerjee, who is seeking a bigger role for herself in national politics. Mitra, who runs a newspaper in Delhi, is an articulate member of the city’s literati and can be a useful asset to Banerjee in the Capital.Leading the pack of four Congress MLAs is Mainul Haque, a five-term MLA from Farakka in Murshidabad district. Murshidabad, a Congress bastion where the party won 14 of the district’s 22 seats, now has only six MLAs from the Grand Old Party. The TMC, which had won 4 seats in 2016, now has 12 MLAs from the district. No action has been taken against those who crossed over under the anti-defection law. July 18, 2018 Former Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitracenter_img West Bengal state politics SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Withdraw Dam Safety Bill Palaniswami tells PM Modi

first_imgSHARE COMMENT Our Bureau Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to go ahead with the legislation on dam safety till the State’s genuine concerns are addressed and a consensus is evolved among all States. In a letter to Modi, the Chief Minister also urged him to instruct the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to withdraw the Dam Safety Bill, 2018 introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 12. Earlier letterIn a letter written on June 15, Palaniswami had urged Modi not to legislate an Act on Dam Safety till all the States are consulted and consensus is evolved. The Resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on June 6, expressing concerns of the people of Tamil Nadu on the proposed Dam Safety Bill was also sent to the Centre. However, a Bill has been introduced in the Lok Sabha without considering views/comments of the State governments, Palaniswami said. The Bill specifies that where the specified dam in one State is owned by another State, then the National Dam Safety Authority would act as the State Dam Safety Organisation for that particular dam. This implies that the dam owning State will have no rights over safety and maintenance of the dam located in another State. Dams in Kerala Mullaperiyar, Parambikulam, Thunakkadavu and Peruvaripallam dams are owned, operated and maintained by the Tamil Nadu government by virtue of Inter State Agreements but are located in neighbouring Kerala. Further, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court upheld the rights of Tamil Nadu on the Mullaperiyar dam in a ruling on May 7, 2014. To deny Tamil Nadu the right to be the Dam Safety Authority to these four dams and vesting the powers to the National Dam Safety Authority will tantamount to encroaching on the rights of Tamil Nadu, which is unconstitutional. It is also a violation of the federal principles enshrined in the Constitution, the letter said. “I request, that the clause should be suitably amended to ensure that the Dam Safety Organisation of a State should have jurisdiction over the dams owned, controlled, operated and maintained by it even though they are located in another State,” it added. SHARE SHARE EMAIL December 15, 2018 Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

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