Was not in the know of CBI raids, says Bihar government

first_img PMO role?Some reports from New Delhi said the Prime Minister’s Office had informed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar prior to the raids, apprehending law-and-order problems and seeking adequate security measures.“Information regarding raids was given by the CBI to the Director-General of Police around 7.30 a.m., some time after the raids began following which the police made necessary security arrangements in view of law and order,” the official statement said.Also Read  CM awayChief Minister Nitish Kumar has been away at Rajgir in his home district of Nalanda since Thursday afternoon reportedly because of health issues.Mr. Kumar and his party, Janata Dal(U), have remained tight-lipped about the raids, while the Congress, another RJD ally, has backed Mr. Prasad’s claim that those were part of “vendetta politics” by the BJP and the Modi government.Security reinforcementsAdditional security personnel were deployed at the offices of the BJP, the RJD and the JD(U) in Patna while the raids were on.Additional Director-General of Police (Headquarters) S.K. Singhal said a general alert was sounded across the State in view of the political ramification of the raids. The Bihar government on Saturday rejected news reports that senior civil and police officials were tipped off about the CBI raids on locations linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and his family on Friday.“It is a totally baseless news,” an official release said.Quoting sources, reports said Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and State Police Chief P.K. Thakur were alerted by the CBI on Thursday night to the impending raids on the premises of Mr. Prasad, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and other members of the family.Also Read Won’t be cowed by such raids, says Lalu ED raids premises of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in Delhilast_img read more

India Today Conclave 2011 Day 1 Highlights

first_imgHighlights 180: See you tomorrow at 10 am for the Day 2 proceedings.#Highlights 179: Day 1 proceedings at the India Today Conclave 2011 comes to a close.#Highlights 178: ElBaradei: We need a lot on electoral reforms.#Highlights 177: How important is sport in Egypt? To which ElBaradei says – Knowing political process is also important for youth.#Highlights 176: ElBaradei says UNSC should authorise nations – on ‘why is not Egypt sending troops to Libya?’#Highlights 175: ElBaradei: Women are more courageous in certain situations – on their role in Egypt post revolution.#Highlights 174: ElBaradei: I was a strong supporter of Indo-US N-deal.#Highlights 173: ElBaradei answers audience’s questions.#Highlights 172: ElBaradei on N-safety: There is no technology, which is 100%safe.#Highlights 171: ElBaradei ends his speech by quoting Mahatma Gandhi.#Highlights 170: ElBaradei: It is fair to ask in what kind of Egypt people should invest.#Highlights 169: ElBaradei: I run single-handedly. But my priority is work with people.#Highlights 168: ElBaradei: We need to have a proper transition.#Highlights 167: ElBaradei: We need to have a Constitution so that there is a civil state.#Highlights 166: ElBaradei: We are on the right track, we are liberated.#Highlights 165: ElBaradei: Despite challenges in Egypt, there are huge opportunities for economic development.#Highlights 164: ElBaradei: We need to reconcile though crime needs to be punished.#Highlights 163: ElBaradei: People did not buy the theory that if Mubarak were to go, chaos would follow.#Highlights 162: ElBaradei: There is no rush, after 30-40 years of repression, to have a new Egypt. It will need time to build the country.#Highlights 161: ElBaradei: The distorted interpretation of things meant that from a Nobel prize winner I became a security threat.#Highlights 160: ElBaradei: As we appealed to them, we had 12 million people.#Highlights 159: ElBaradei: Young people, who lived with Internet, realised that they were about to move from virtual world to real.#Highlights 158: ElBaradei: We felt if something was to be done, we needed to work with young people.#Highlights 157: ElBaradei: When I returned to Egypt last year, there was depression. People’s souls were dead.#Highlights 156: M.J. Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, welcomes ElBaradei.#Highlights 155: Mohamed ElBaradei, Leader of the Opposition, Egypt and Nobel Peace Laureate 2005, is to address the India Today Conclave shortly.#Highlights 154: Next session – The New Middle-East: Challenges and Opportunities.#Highlights 153: Gopalakrishnan on N-plans: Why should this country pay through its nose. Jaitapur cannot be a testing ground.#Highlights 152: Saiki: It is too early to draw conclusions from Japan disaster.#Highlights 151: Gopalakrishnan on N-deal: The damage has been done.#Highlights 150: Gopalakrishnan on India N-programme: We cannot distinguish between sellers and buyers.#Highlights 149: Gopalakrishnan: AERB operates like a lapdog for PMO and other N-bodies. There is no independence.#Highlights 148: Gopalakrishnan: 650-reactor-type policy for India is baseless in view of what happened in Japan.#Highlights 147: Gopalakrishnan: PM was keen on N-power and it was used by Western powers.#Highlights 146: Gopalakrishnan: We have huge amount of thorium.#Highlights 145: Gopalakrishnan: There is a need for analysis after Japan disaster.#Highlights 144: Saiki: Fukushima plant has 10 reactors, while Japan has 55 reactors in all.#Highlights 143: Saiki: We are faced with a very difficult situation. We cannot deliver food and relief, because of bad weather.#Highlights 142: Saiki: 6,000 die & many missing in Japan. The toll may increase.#Highlights 141: Saiki thanks India for its deep condolences over Japan disaster.#Highlights 140: Saiki: This session has more important implications for audience#.Highlights 139: In India we have 19 N-reactors generating 6000MW power: Raj Chengappa#.Highlights 138: Raj Chengappa briefs the audience about the Japan disaster.#.Highlights 137: After Japan session chairperson: Raj Chengappa, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune#.Highlights 136: Speakers: Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India & A. Gopalakrishnan, ex-chief, AERB#.Highlights 135: Next session: After Japan: The dilemma of nuclear energy#.Highlights 134: Jaitley on BSY: These are mere charges, but let the last word come.#Highlights 133: Self-obsessed politics is no politics, Jaitley to Mani on 2G, Bofors#Highlights 132: Aiyar to media: You are doing your job, but you are entertainers. But what you are doing is not in national interest.#Highlights 131: Simultaneous LS, assembly polls need of the hour: Rahul Bajaj#Highlights 130: Let’s not be holier-than-thou: Rahul Bajaj#Highlights 129: It takes two hands to clap: Aiyar to corporates on corruption#Highlights 128: State funding may curb corruption in politics: Patel#Highlights 127: WikiLeaks is no evidence, but it corroborates in a big way: Jaitley#Highlights 126: Aiyar asks why we are not getting engaged in real issues that concern us. ‘Everyone is talking about WikiLeaks.’#Highlights 125: Aiyar – A note is not a vote.#Highlights 124: Aiyar: Politics is a daily challenge when it comes to integrity.#Highlights 123: Aiyar: Honesty in politics is not only about money matters.#Highlights 122: The real problem is, we don’t have transparent political funding: Jaitley.#Highlights 121: Patel: I don’t think even a ward member election today can be free from money power.#Highlights 120: Rahul Kanwal, Executive Editor, Headlines Today, in chair.#Highlights 119: Speakers: Arun Jaitley, MP, RS, Praful Patel, Union minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP, RS.#Highlights 118: Next session – Politics & Ethics: Is honesty possible in Indian politics?#Highlights 117: Swamy: Ours is a spiritual society. Hinduism, unlike Islam & Christianity, permits freedom of expression.#Highlights 116: Swamy: I won’t support those Hindus who indulge in violence, but what I say is, Hinduism doesn’t preach this.#Highlights 115: Swamy: All religions are emotional.#Highlights 114: Those who punish people in the name of Islam abuse it, says Madani.#Highlights 113: India’s diversity is its beauty, which cannot be changed: Madani.#Highlights 112: There is no other place like India for Indian Muslims: Madani.#Highlights 111: Maulana Mahmood Madani, president, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, begins his speech.#Highlights 110: Aitzaz Ahsan – There is more than religion that drives people to indulge in violence.#Highlights 109: Aitzaz Ahsan – Religions in sub-continent are co-existential.#Highlights 108: Barristor-politician from Pakistan Aitzaz Ahsan begins his speech.#Highlights 107: Swamy – Unless some changes take places, the sub-continent will remain destabilised.#Highlights 106: Janata Party chief S. Swamy: Short answer – Yes, religion has destabilised the sub-continent.#Highlights 105: Roundtable on Religion: Has religion destabilised the sub-continent. Speakers: S. Swamy, Aitzaz Ahsan & M.M. Madani.#Highlights 104: Bharat Bhushan, Editor, Mail Today, to chair Roundtable on Religion#Highlights 103: We should focus on our powers – Democracy, youth power, judiciary: Modi#Highlights 102: Union and state elections should be held simultaneously: Modi#Highlights 101: No riots in Gujarat since 2002: Modi#Highlights 100: Gujarat is a peace loving state: Modi# Highlights 99: Let the Supreme Court deliver its verdict on the Gujarat riots: Modi#Highlights 98: Gujarat has launched a programme to empower women in the rural areas of the state: Modi#Highlights 97: Gujarat has become an energy-surplus state: Modi#Highlights 96: Tourism is a priority for the Gujarat government: Modi#Highlights 95: Development should be made a mass movement: Modi#Highlights 94: Skill gets you job. Knowledge creates job: Modi#Highlights 93: There is a need to impart quality education: Modi# Highlights 92: India should be made a knowledge-based society: Modi#Highlights 91: Gujarat has shown that government machinery works: Modi#Highlights 90: India can emerge as a super power: Modi#Highlights 89: Ajay Kumar, Executive Producer, Aaj Tak, introduces Narendra Modi.#Highlights 88: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is set to speak at the India Today Conclave 2011.#Highlights 87: We take some decisions and some of them provoke protests: Ramesh.#Highlights 86: We may pause and look at our systems, but India cannot put a ban on N-egergy: Ramesh on Japan N-crisis.#Highlights 85: Environment protection is viewed as a formality: Ramesh.#Highlights 84: ‘G’ in GDP stands for green: Ramesh.#Highlights 83: We should target 9% growth, which protects our forests: Ramesh.#Highlights 82: We need laws that should not harass us: Ramesh.#Highlights 81: Ramesh: India needs more regulations, but we could do with less regulators.#Highlights 80: Ramesh: Kudos to Indira Gandhi, who introduced key environmental programmes.#Highlights 79: Ramesh: Big gap between economic growth & real well-being adjusted by environmental factors.#Highlights 78: Growth that we define is not the real well-being: Ramesh#Highlights 77: Economists are grappling to define green GDP: Ramesh#Highlights 76: Public health and sustainability key to green GDP: Ramesh#Highlights 75: The country that’s going to be most affected by climate change is ours: Ramesh#Highlights 74: India’s economy is still dependent on monsoon, whatever we may: Ramesh#Highlights 73: Climate change is here and it’s reality: Ramesh.#Highlights 72: Unless we are unpredictable, we cannot go to a green GDP: Ramesh.#Highlights 71: Activist Madhu Kishwar introduces Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who will speak on the way to a green GDP.#Highlights 70: Killing innocent people as informers is detrimental to the Maoist cause: Ashim Chatterjee.#Highlights 69: Maoists should not be branded terrorists: Ashim Chatterjee, former Naxal leader.# Highlights 68: Tahrek-e-Taliban Pakistan is not a monolith. It operates under various warlords: Aziz Ahmad Khan, Former Pakistan Commissioner to India.#Highlights 67: MJ Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, introduces the panel.#Highlights 66: The Roundtable on Conflict Resolution has begun.#Highlights 65: The Roundtable on Conflict Resolution is to begin shortly.#Highlights 64: I wish to be recognised, so I don’t want privacy. I want to be disturbed: SRK#Highlights 63: I should be able to hold the attention of young people: SRK.#Highlights 62: We should make films which can appeal to all sensibilities.#Highlights 61: We are a self-sufficient film industry: SRK#Highlights 60: I work to bring smile to as many faces as possible: SRK#Highlights 59: I’m a self-centred superstar: SRK#Highlights 58: We need to have a give-and-take relationship with Western cinema: SRK#Highlights 57: Apart from roti, kapda aur makaan, entertainment is the fourth basic human desire: Shah Rukh.#Highlights 56: Shah Rukh says he doesn’t agree with the concept of crossover films.#Highlights 55: No bigger superstar than me: SRK#Highlights 54: See life as a magic as I make movies: Shah Rukh#Highlights 53: Gone are the times when Indian cinema could not compete in the West: Shah Rukh.#Highlights 52: Business has to be looked at when it comes to cinema: SRK.#Highlights 51: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says magic is a view of life.#Highlights 50: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan begins his speech on Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade.#Highlights 49: Koel Purie Rinchet, actor and TV host, introduces Shah Rukh Khan#Highlights 48: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan to speak on Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade#Highlights 47: The government has started many programmes for children and women: PM# Highlights 46: There are various instruments, which have been made available to young entrepreneurs: PM#Highlights 45: This is the only way to decentralise the power: PM#Highlights 44: Our government started structural reforms five years ago, which we have been pursuing with vigour: PM# Highlights 43: We have to deal with historic inequities: PM#  Highlights 42: There are serious doubts about the veracity of the diplomatic dispatches: PM#Highlights 41: Singh says the government is committed to administrative reforms.#Highlights 40: All of us are bound to follow the constitution: PM#Highlights 39: I did not authorise anybody in the Congress to purchase votes for the trust vote in 2008, says Singh# Highlights 38: Singh refuses to comment on the WikiLeaks cables that had alleged that bribes were paid by the UPA government to win the trust vote in 2008.#Highlights 37: We need a more transparent election process: PM#Highlights 36: India has a strong interest in the security of the sea waves and our Navy is doing a commendable job: Singh# Highlights 35: We can contribute to overcome the recent financial crisis: PM# Highlights 34: Existing institutions of global governance must reflect the changes in the balance of power: Singh# Highlights 33: We are happy to see our brothers in West Asia taking a bigger role in their future: Singh# Highlights 32: Recession is behind us, we are coming up with a plan for a skill revolution in two months: Singh#Highlights 31: Modern sectors of our economy are also beginning to understand the values of public welfare: Singh#Highlights 30: The government is trying to bridge the divide in infrastructure, education and health: Singh# Highlights 29: We have introduced many landmark legislations: PM#Highlights 28: We have sought to make political democracy meaningful: PM# Highlights 27: Shift in power to ordinary citizens: PM#Highlights 26: PM Manmohan Singh begins his inaugural address at the India Today Conclave 2011#Highlights 25: The 9/11 attack introduced another enemy, without a face or geography, to the world: Purie# Highlights 24: The youth can be our Demographic Dividend, but if we don’t get it right, we will have brought Demographic Disaster upon us: Purie#Highlights 23: For the youth in India the world is their must-have oyster: Purie#Highlights 22: The Al Qaeda which so dominated our first Conclave in 2002 has been rendered speechless by the developments in the Middle East: Purie#Highlights 21: My heart goes out to the dignified people of Japan who are battling the nuclear radiation: Purie#Highlights 20: This year we have made a special effort to make the India Today Conclave 2011 as topical and relevant as possible: Purie#Highlights 19: India Today Editor in Chief Aroon Purie begins his welcome address at the India Today Conclave 2011.#Highlights 18: The India Today Conclave 2011 begins.#Highlights 17: India Today Conclave 2011 is due to start in a short while.#Highlights 16:Wael Ghonim, the hero of the Egyptian revolution, will be joining the Conclave live for the Digital Debate session on Day 2.#Highlights 15:ElBaradei will speak on the revolution in Egypt and its ramifications in the session, ‘The new Middle-East: Challenges and opportunities’.#Highlights 14:The last session of Day 1 will feature Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate.#Highlights 13:Japanese Ambassador to India Akitaka Saiki and former Atomic Energy Regulatory Board chief A. Gopalakrishnan will address the gathering.#Highlights 12:The Japan session on ‘The dilemma of nuclear energy’ will discuss the after-effects of the looming nuclear fears in Japan.#Highlights 11:BJP MP Arun Jaitley, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel and Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar will deliberate on ethics.#Highlights 10:The session on politics and ethics, ‘Is honesty impossible in Indian politics?’, will have senior politicians on the panel.#Highlights 9:The religion panel will comprise Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, Pakistan barrister-politician Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Mahmood Madani.#Highlights 8:A roundtable discussion on religion will deliberate on ‘Has religion destabilised the sub-continent’#. Highlights 7:Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address on ‘How can India develop in the next decade’.#Highlights 6:Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh will speak on ‘The way to a Green GDP’.#Highlights 5:Ashim Chatterjee, former Naxal and leader of Communist Revolutionary League of India, Lt Gen (retd) Jacob, former Punjab and Goa governor, and Aziz Ahmad Khan, Pakistan High Commissioner to India, will speak at the session.#Highlights 4:A roundtable discussion on conflict resolution will discuss ‘Can conventional armies defeat terrorism’.# Highlights 3:Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will deliver his speech on ‘Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade’.#Highlights 2:Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to inaugurate the Conclave and deliver the inaugural address.#Highlights 1:The 10th India Today Conclave is scheduled to begin in New Delhi on Friday, March 18.#advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Love Jihad on the cover of RSS mouthpieces ahead of UP bypolls

first_imgTara Sahdev and Ranjit Kumar KohliDespite the BJP dropping plans to discuss Love Jihad at a meeting in Uttar Pradesh last month, the party’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has put the controversial issue on the covers of Panchjanya and Organiser, its Hindi and English mouthpieces, respectively.The Organiser cover features a photograph of Ranchi-based shooter, Tara Sahdev, who has accused her husband, Ranjit Kumar Kohli aka Rakibul Hassan, of forcing her to convert to Islam. The caption next to her photo asks: “Love Jihad Reality of Rhetoric?”The more provocative Panchjanya cover has the photograph of a man wearing a kaffiyah (traditional Arab headdress) sporting a beard in the shape of a heart and sunglasses with a reflection of red hearts on them. “Pyar andha ya dhandha”, says the cover. The Hindi text with the photograph says, “The story of Tara (Sahdev) forced to become Sara in Jharkhand has exposed the business of Jihad in the name of love. It is being said that the money from Gulf nations is the source of Love Jihad.”This is the first time the RSS has addressed the issue of Love Jihad which refers to the alleged phenomenon of forced or deceitful conversion of Hindu women to Islam by Muslim men. Hindu groups affiliated to the RSS, like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, the Hindu Jagran Manch and Dharm Jagran Manch, have campaigned in the region on the issue.The two cover stories came a week ahead of the crucial bypolls to 11 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, scheduled on September 13. Opposition parties have accused the BJP of fanning communal tension to polarise voters in the areas that vote next week.advertisementOn Thursday, the Allahabad High Court asked for replies from the UP government and the Election Commission of India to a PIL seeking a ban on the use of Love Jihad as a term. The PIL also asked for a ban on BJP leaders Kalraj Mishra and Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for the bypolls.last_img read more

Looking to cash in on promise of charity, PBA All-Star game sets scoring records

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess North All-Stars. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Paul Lee threw a three-pointer, then turned around and sprinted back on defense without checking on his shot result, ala-Steph Curry.Japeth Aguilar had a dunk over June Mar Fajardo. He dribbled from the perimeter and leapt over the five-time MVP from San Miguel Beer. It was a dunk both players shook hands on before the game, Aguilar admitted. But its effect on the crowd was like it were unscripted, even if Fajardo clearly lowered his head to allow Aguilar an unimpeded slam.ADVERTISEMENT The records were so smashing that LA Tenorio’s triple-double was nearly overlooked. The Barangay Ginebra quarterback had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. The PBA’s newest Iron Man also had the best +/- at plus-40.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, several All-Star marks were reset at Calasiao Sports Complex here.The 185-170 victory of the North all-stars over their South counterparts was a three-way record: Highest winning score, highest losing score and highest combined scores.Paul Lee attempted a record 25 attempts from beyond the arc. He took zero attempts inside it and drained a record nine triples.The North squad made 29 triples in all, another new mark, off a record 107 attempts. And throw in the 16 of the South squad, whose 83 tries from beyond the arc could have been the most had it not been for their opponents jacking up triple after triple, that added up to a record 45 combined three-pointers by both squads.The 45 dunks and 37 triples combined for 82 wheelchairs to be donated by the promoting Double V Productions.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Perhaps the crowd would have cheered on anyway even if they knew it was choreographed. They did, after all, erupt when legend Benjie Paras upped the dunk count by slamming one home with a little help from Fajardo, his defender, who lifted him up for the jam.Everyone was dunking or shooting threes Sunday night, a result of a promise by the promoters of the PBA All-Star game here that every three and every slam would be the equivalent of a wheelchair donated to the Alagang PBA foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It adds another meaning to the game,” said commissioner Willie Marcial. “The players are having fun and the crowd is enjoying but now, it’s also for a cause.”And it certainly helped add points to the scoreboard, resulting in a record scoring night for the annual classic. View comments Kevin Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes get automatic ONE title rematch Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

FortisTCI Sends Crew to Dominica to Help Restore Electricity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales –  FortisTCI (the Company) is sending a five-member crew from the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist with the restoration of electricity in Dominica, the Company announced today. It was in mid-September that Hurricane Maria, a destructive category 5 storm, wreaked havoc on the country, destroying infrastructure, demolishing homes and killing more than 25 people.The request for assistance came to FortisTCI through the Company’s membership with Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC), an association of electric services, and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South America and globally. CARILEC is known locally as having assisted the Turks and Caicos Islands back in 2008 following Hurricane Ike, sending 40 utility workers to help rebuild the Transmission & Distribution network on Grand Turk.FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “We are thankful to be in this position. We recently completed the restoration of electricity across Turks and Caicos, and we can now extend a helping hand elsewhere in the region. It is important that we support where and when we can. Dominica needs our help right now, and I could not be more proud of the team from FortisTCI that has volunteered to go and help restore electricity to the citizens and residents there. FortisTCI is sending well wishes to everyone, and we know that our colleagues will do a superb job.”The five FortisTCI employees will depart the TCI for Dominica on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and the mission will be led by DOMLEC, Dominica’s electricity provider. The FortisTCI team will spend three weeks working as a part of the restoration efforts, joining several crews assisting from elsewhere around the Caribbean. The team is comprised of senior journeymen linemen Kavin Ewing and Aneil Lightbourne, a 3rd-year apprentice Jeffery Desir, and the Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Marcus Francis and Gregory Thomas.Press Release: FortisTCIPhoto Caption:FortisTCI volunteer crew going to Dominica to assist with electricity restoration is pictured with FortisTCI President & CEO Eddinton Powell and Senior VPs Devon Cox and Ruth Forbes. (L to R) Senior VP of Operations Devon Cox, Senior VP of Corporate Services & CFO Ruth Forbes, Linemen Supervisor Gregory Thomas, Senior Journeymen Linemen Aneil Lightbourne and Kavin Ewing, EHS Manager Marcus Francis, President & CEO Eddinton Powell.last_img read more

Shaky Times at ALM

first_imgBelow, via Gawker, is an internal memo from ALM CEO Bill Pollak [pictured above]:Folks, Several weeks ago, I wrote to you about our business results for the first quarter of 2008 and shared some of the challenges we face as a result of the credit squeeze and other market factors. I also described our intention to tighten our belts and reduce costs. With no change in sight on the economic horizon, the senior management team and I have spent the past few weeks examining our business options. Our goal was to find solutions that would lower expenses without compromising quality, and which would allow us to continue to invest in and meet our long term business goals. In particular, we all strongly agree on the need to continue investing in our Web infrastructure, while expanding ALM’s ability to generate and publish content online.We looked at each business with these questions in mind: Are we getting the right return on our investment? Do we need to keep doing this work? Can we do this work another way? We believe that while we are primarily doing the right work in the right way, there are changes we need to make immediately to respond to economic conditions.Some of these changes involve revising the timing or scope of planned initiatives. Others, however, are staff related and go beyond simply delaying the filling of open jobs. In total, we have decided to eliminate forty-two current positions across ALM and Incisive’s US operations. These staff reductions are distributed across businesses, locations and job levels and all the employees involved have already been notified.The business changes we will be making are also broad in scope. These include scaling back plans to grow Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly magazine; closing down the Operations Department of Incisive’s Norwalk, CT. office; and shifting Law Firm, Inc. from a print magazine to a digital product.Another change in business strategy – and the one that will have the greatest impact on staff – is our decision to restructure ALM’s Event Division and reassign management responsibility for many of our existing SRI conferences to Insight in Canada, Incisive’s Events group in London and ALM’s Legal Publishing Division. A number of SRI’s financial events will be eliminated.Accepting and working through change is never easy, and changes that affect our colleagues and friends can be particularly painful. We did not make these decisions lightly. But we know that our future success depends on our ability to align ourselves with our markets and clients, and to ensure we have the resources we need to develop and grow our brands. The changes announced today will not only help us during the current economic turbulence, but will make us stronger in the future.As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note at[Redacted].Bill Ever since British acquisition firm Incisive Media purchased U.S.-based ALM last July for $630 million, it seemed that the Apax Partners subsidiary was on the fast track, quickly evolving from an entrepreneurial startup to a b-to-b powerhouse.Now, it seems there is some apprehension from inside—mostly about revenues. Is the legal market not as recession-proof as once thought?Earlier this month, ALM slashed 42 jobs across the board. The company apparently is scaling back plans to grow Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly magazine and is shifting Law Firm, Inc. from print to online only.last_img read more

Throwback When Pakistan PM Imran Khan and Zeenat Aman made headlines with

first_imgWhen Imran Khan and Zeenat Aman made headlines with cross-border romance.STEPHEN DUPONT/AFP/Getty Images/YouTube ScreenshotFormer Cricketer and current Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan had often been in news for his affairs and multiple marriages. One of his most talked about rumoured romantic liaison was with yesteryear Bollywood diva Zeenat Aman.Imran as a Cricketer was highly popular among the female folks, and the credit goes to his charming persona. On the other side, Zeenat was one of the most sizzling Bollywood actresses of her time, and something was bound to happen when the two crossed each other paths.There are many reports claiming that Zeenat and Imran first met each other during the early 70s, and soon began a high profile cross-border love story. They remained in news for quite some time for their affair, and there were even rumours that the duo was supposed to get married.However, things did not go well for too long, and they parted ways. Later, Zeenat got married to Mazhar Khan, and Imran tied the knot with Jemima Goldsmith. Nonetheless, Imran’s first two marriages turned into divorce, and he is currently married to his third wife Bushra Bibi.Zeenat was born to a Muslim father and a Hindu mother in 1951. She had begun her acting career with a small role in a movie titled Hulchul in 1971. She rose to fame after her appearance in Dev Anand starrer Hare Rama Hare Krishna, and went on to become one of the most bold and sought after Bollywood divas.On the other side, after a successful career as a Cricketer, Imran joined politics in 1996, and is now serving as the PM of Pakistan.last_img read more