Darjeeling: Darjeeling Member of Parliament Raju Bista will be making the demand that the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) be converted into a separate railway zone or division.At present, it is under the North Eastern Frontier Railways. On Tuesday, the MP visited the railway station in Darjeeling and spoke to the officials and employees. “The DHR is a world heritage. It is an integral part of the lives of the people of this region. It is a part of the daily life of people through which the train passes. It carries the rich history and legacy of this place. We have to be more focused on the DHR,” stated the BJP MP. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTalking to media persons in Siliguri, Bista stated that as soon as he returns to Delhi he will take up the issue of creating separate DHR division or zone. “This will give more focus to the DHR. People from all over the world visit Darjeeling to see and ride the DHR. We have to overhaul it and improvise on it,” stated Bista. In Kurseong, the MP was apprised of the Railway printing press that has been shut down as manual tickets are no longer printed. “However the local residents have approached me with the proposal that this age old printing press should be converted into a museum. I will take it up with the Railways,” assured Bista. In 1879, work first started on the DHR, then called the Darejeeling Steam Tramways. DHR was inscribed as the a world heritage site on December 2, 1999.
Manali: Top Kerala actress Manju Warrier and a 25-member crew of Malayalam film “Kyttem”, who were stuck in high mountains of Himachal Pradesh following heavy rain and landslides, are safe and likely to be evacuated later in the day, officials said on Wednesday. In a signed letter to authorities in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday, the actress and the crew said they were staying at Chhatru, some 100 km away from Manali, in Lahaul-Spiti district of their own will. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The administration approached us twice but we preferred to stay here till the road connectivity to Manali is restored,” said the letter written by a Manali-based tour operator. The letter in Hindi, signed by the actress and the entire crew, was handed to Sub-Divisional Magistrate Amar Negi when he met them on Tuesday. The letter said the administration would not be responsible in case of any eventuality. A team of 11 local residents was accompanying the Malayalam film crew, said the letter. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Official sources said the road connectivity between the Lahaul Valley and Manali via Rohtang Pass was badly damaged owing to landslides. “Work is on to reopen the road. Traffic bound for Manali from Lahaul would be restored by Wednesday evening,” an official with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) told IANS. Warrier, who is also the first wife of actor Dileep, along with director Sanal Kumar Sashidharan and other crew members had been shooting in Himachal Pradesh for more than two weeks. Reports that they have been trapped at Chhatru village only surfaced late on Monday when the actress called up her brother using a satellite phone. Warrier, is a hugely popular actress in the South.
New Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Tuesday said that they have restored the bag containing cash Rs 1.22 lakh to the rightful owner at GTB Nagar metro station.According to CISF on August 26, CISF duty personnel deployed at the security checkpoint of GTB Nagar metro station noticed an unclaimed bag lying on X-BIS machine output roller. He immediately informed the mater to his Shift In-charge. “Shift In-charge of CISF reached the spot and asked the nearby passenger but no one came forward to claim it. Subsequently, the bag was checked from the security point of view and after ascertaining that there was no dangerous/hazardous item inside the bag, it was opened,” said CISF in their press statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn opening the bag, cash amounting to Rs1.22 lakh was found inside the bag. The bag was taken to Station Controller Room and announcement were also made but no one claimed the bag. Thereafter, the bag was deposited with the Station Controller. After some time, a person identified as Nafees (31) came at the security checkpoint and claimed for the bag. Shift In-charge of CISF brought him to the station controller room. After proper verification, the bag containing cash Rs 1.22 lakh was restored to him.
Kolkata: State Fisheries minister Chandranath Sinha inaugurated Bhuribhoj restaurant and seven kitchen on wheel vehicles at Nalban Food Park on Wednesday.Pradip Mazumdar, adviser to the Chief Minister on agriculture and allied sectors and Subrata Mukherjee, Managing Director, State Fisheries Development Corporation were present on the occasion. “Today, we inaugurated Bhujbhuri restaurant for people the along the along the water body. Along with it seven ready to meal vehicles were also inaugurated,” said the minister. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe vehicles, equipped with cooking facilities, will have different fish items. It will move about the city from 8 am to 8 pm. The inauguration of the vehicles comes three days ahead of the Ilish Utsav scheduled to start from August 31. The festival will conclude on September 4. “Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has a dream to make Bengal sonar bangla. We are trying to make her dream come true. People coming to Bhuribhoj will have a leisure time with family, friends and loved ones along with beautiful scenery of the water body,” Sinha added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe new restaurant will serve food at a nominal price. The items at the restaurant include fish, chick and meat. “People coming to the Bhujbhuri restaurant will be served food at a very low rate,” said Mukherjee. While, Bengal exports one tone of fish abroad, the state government is trying its level best to improve the production of fish. The Nalban Food Park, located beside the waterbody, is a major crowd-puller with a chain of specialty restaurants, including All Fish Restaurant of the State Fisheries Development Corporation. During weekends, a good number of people drop in to dine at the Nalban Food Park. The state Fisheries department had organised the three-day ‘Bengal Fish Fest 2019’ at Nalban Food Park in Salt Lake Sector V in January.
Mumbai: The Sensex opened over 100 points higher on Thursday, lifted by relatively positive global cues. At 9.55 a.m., the Sensex was trading at 36,848.19, higher by 123.45 points after the benchmark index opened at 36,821.71 from its previous close of 36,724.74. The Nifty was trading at 10,897.55, higher by 52.90 points. Meanwhile, Foreign Institutional Investors (FPIs) continued to sell Indian stocks despite the roll back of the tax surcharge. FIIs offloaded stocks worth Rs 1,738.49 crore on Wednesday. Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) bought Rs 1,304.58 crore worth of scrips.
LONGUEUIL, Que. – Joshua Kutryk and Jennifer Sidey have no shortage of tasks to accomplish as the new Canadian astronauts navigate their space careers, but one remains high on their to-do lists: inspiring the next generation.Kutryk, 35, of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., recounted Tuesday that seeing a Canadarm exhibit in Edmonton when he was just six years old triggered his dream to become an astronaut.“Kids look up to us,” Kutryk said as he and Sidey visited the Canadian Space Agency south of Montreal.“It’s a critical part of the job: everyone’s life starts somewhere.”Kutryk is an air force pilot with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in defence studies.Sidey, a Calgary native who has worked as a mechanical engineer, was a lecturer with the University of Cambridge.“It’s wild, it’s certainly my hope that kids will be able to look at Josh and I and think they could be in our shoes in a couple of years time,” Sidey said. “That’s really important to me.”Sidey has spent much of her life pushing for girls and women to get involved in the engineering field and she will use her platform to continue that.“I’ve done a lot of work to try to make sure that engineering is for everyone,” she said.“Engineering is just using science to make people’s lives better. That’s the only requirement. Besides that, it’s completely up to whoever wants to study it to take it where they want.”Sidey, who turns 29 in August, says her dreams of becoming an astronaut date back to 1992 when Roberta Bondar went into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.She was about four when her mother helped her make a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and she fashioned her own space shuttle out of a toilet paper roll with the word “Jenni” written on it.“And I was ready, I thought this was a wonderful thing and I had this person (Bondar) I could identify with,” she said.Both said they have fielded calls or met with retired astronauts Bondar, Julie Payette and Dave Williams since being named Saturday.After undergoing a gruelling recruitment process, the two new astronauts celebrated Tuesday as they scoped out the space agency where they were met with a rousing ovation and took questions from several children.Tougher days lie ahead as they embark on a two-year training program in Houston along with a dozen new American recruits under the supervision of fellow Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen.“It’s adapting to the environment and really settling in so much so that we can learn,” Sidey said. “Because we need to learn a lot and we need to learn it pretty quickly, so that’s a big challenge.”Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains called the new astronauts “just really good people” and role models for kids, including his own daughters, aged six and nine.“I want them to see Jenni, I want them to look up to Jenni,” Bains said. “At such a young age, she’s accomplished so much, but she’s just a good person, she cares deeply about Canada, she’s excited about the future.”Hansen said it’s an exciting time for the agency and that its two newest members will help shape its future.“These two extraordinary Canadians had amazing things going on in their lives, they were doing tremendous work,” Hansen said.“We stole them away.”A recently convened federal space advisory board is expected to report back this summer with a long-term plan for the sector.-Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter.
MONTREAL – A Montreal man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing was granted bail Friday.Michel Cadotte, who is in his mid-50s, was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility.He told reporters moments after his release from detention he wanted “to move on to the next step. I am tired. I am drained.”Cadotte must abide by several conditions, which include living with his sister, taking prescription drugs, getting psychological support and paying a $10,000 guarantee.On the day of his wife’s death, Cadotte wrote on Facebook he had consented to a request for assisted death, had “cracked” and was waiting for police.Elfriede-Andree Duclervil has suggested her client’s alleged actions were driven by empathy and compassion.She says Cadotte has received support from his family as well as the victim’s and that her client does not represent a risk to society.Duclervil said on Friday “the public would have been shocked if Cadotte was not released on bail.”She added that her client’s case was a perfect opportunity for society to discuss a difficult subject.“Our client is an occasion to debate something that is extremely difficult in society right now,” Duclervil said.“His situation is personal. He was someone who was physically and emotionally at the breaking point. No one condones what happened to Mrs. Lizotte. Unfortunately, Michel Cadotte was almost the only one there for her day in and day out.“At one point, as he said in his testimony, he cracked.”
WINNIPEG – A northern Manitoba Indigenous community that was forced to relocate 61 years ago will be getting some of its traditional land back.The provincial government has signed an agreement to transfer 52 square kilometres of Crown land near Little Duck Lake to the federal government, so that it can be converted to a reserve for the Sayisi Dene First Nation.The community’s 250 residents were forced to move to Churchill in 1956 after they were blamed for a steep decline in the caribou herd — an idea later proven untrue.In their new location on Hudson Bay, food was scarce, housing was inadequate and many residents died prematurely.The Manitoba government apologized for its role in 2010 and, last year, the federal government apologized and offered $33.6 million in compensation.The community’s chief, Tony Powderhorn, says the land agreement helps address a long-standing wrongdoing.“It is a recognition that removing us from our land was wrong,” Powderhorn said at a signing ceremony at the Manitoba legislature Wednesday.“It is an important step in reconciliation.”Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke said the forced relocation should not have happened.“They were relocated to areas devoid of the materials and resources that their people had always relied on. There was no adequate shelter, supplies or game to hunt.”In 1973, the Sayisi Dene left the Churchill area and moved back near their traditional territory at Tadoule Lake. The 52 square kilometres that will be transferred is further north, near the former Hudson’s Bay store where cargo planes were used to move the residents.“That’s where everything started and happened,” Powderhorn said.“We can probably go back and forth there (now), for maybe spring gatherings or something like that.”The community’s previous chief, Ernest Bussidor, was born one month before the relocation. When the federal government apologized last year, he recalled that many survivors of the relocation had suffered post-traumatic stress.“People freezing to death, fires, you name it,” Bussidor said.“A lot of children died. That kind of stuff never leaves you.”
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $12.7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Nov. 22 will be approximately $16 million.
ENGLISHTOWN, N.S. – A trucker who left a broken-down trailer on a Cape Breton highway was being questioned by police Friday after it was hit by a school bus taking children to class, seriously injuring the bus driver and leaving numerous students with minor injuries.Eleven high school students were on the bus when it came upon the trailer at 8:08 a.m. Friday as it approached the crest of Kelly’s Mountain near Englishtown, N.S.The trailer had been abandoned the previous night, said RCMP Const. Eric Latwaitis.“It was a two-lane area, with a passing lane and a slow lane,” he said.“It was in the slow lane a considerable amount, probably in that lane for the most part. It had broken down and the trailer was abandoned there. It took up most of the lane, because of the snow on the banks.”The driver, who is apparently from Cape Breton, seems to have left only two warning triangles behind the truck after it broke down the previous night, he said.The collision did considerable damage to the bus’s front end, moving its frame by 10 inches, said Latwaitis, who said it was remarkable the injuries weren’t worse.The children weren’t wearing seatbelts, but the design of the bus allowed the front end to collapse on itself, likely a factor in limiting injuries further back.“With the amount of damage to the bus, it was fortunate the outcome was as good as it was,” he said. “We’re very very lucky with what appears to be minor injuries to the youth.”Michelle MacLeod, spokeswoman for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, said the students’ injuries “were limited to bumps and bruises … I believe there was one sprained wrist.”She said the students were en route to Memorial High School, a Grade 9-12 school in Sydney Mines.Latwaitis said the children were “quite shaken up,” but able to walk off the bus. The driver was pinned by the damage, but conscious as first responders took about three hours to free him with the Jaws of Life.Latwaitis said he has never before seen a truck abandoned on a road in that way: “Never to this extent, right into the middle of the lane.”“We are currently looking to see if that act was considered reckless or endangering. We’ll be following up on that to determine if there’s charges to follow,” he said.The officer said weather conditions may have limited the bus driver’s ability to see what was in front of him.“It was a bright sunny day and the roads were very wet, and the sun was right at the top of the roadway as he came around the turn, so we believe that may have been a considerable factor in what happened,” he said.The driver was taken by air ambulance to hospital for treatment of serious injuries, MacLeod said.“He’s in serious condition and we’re just hoping for the best,” she said.MacLeod said members of the board’s crisis team were at both the school and hospital to offer information and comfort to the students and parents.
A woman who accused former federal cabinet minister Kent Hehr of making inappropriate sexual remarks says she’s been receiving threats.The sport and disabilities minister was ousted from cabinet on Thursday — less than 24 hours after the allegations were made on social media.In the statement, Hehr did not directly address the allegations, but said he believes harassment is never acceptable and everyone deserves to have their voice heard.Kristin Raworth alleged that Hehr made the inappropriate comments — which included calling her “yummy” — when he was an Alberta MLA a decade ago and she was an employee at the legislature.Early on Saturday, Raworth tweeted that since coming forward, she’s been threatened and called names.She says she’s afraid to leave her house.“The last 48 hours has shown me the best of people and certainly the worst,” she wrote.“This is why people don’t speak up.”
OTTAWA – Unions representing more than 225,000 federal public servants appealed directly to the prime minister on Friday for an order to block the government from collecting more money from its employees than they received in overpayments through the troubled Phoenix pay system.The leaders of 17 unions also demanded compensation be paid to civil servants for the suffering they’ve endured as a result of the pay crisis.The demands, contained in a letter to Justin Trudeau signed by all 17 bargaining agents, coincide with this month’s second anniversary of the launch of the electronic pay system and were issued ahead of protests planned for Feb. 28.Since the launch of the Phoenix system in 2016, tens of thousands of federal employees have been underpaid, not paid at all or overpaid.Those who received overpayments were told to report the mistakes before mid-January or risk having to repay the gross amount paid — in some cases amounting to tens of thousands of dollars — rather than the net amounts deposited to their bank accounts.The unions say civil servants should not be required to repay more than they received.“Therefore, we ask that your government grant a remission order to exempt federal public service employees in receipt of overpayments from repaying the gross amount and only require them to pay the net — the same amount they actually received,” the letter to Trudeau states.The Prime Minister’s Office did not directly respond to the letter, but a spokeswoman for Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough said the department hoped to close as many overpayment files as possible before government employees have to file their 2017 taxes.“As we approach tax season, Public Services and Procurement Canada’s priority is to process overpayments as quickly as possible,” Christine Michaud said in a email.Late Thursday, the department which oversees Phoenix issued a statement, telling government workers it’s not too late report overpayments, but assuring them they would not have to pay back money that was not received.Under federal tax laws, the department explained, some employees may be asked to repay the gross amount of their overpayment, depending on when the overpayment was processed.However, since no repayments will be required until at least July 2018, employee tax accounts should be credited with the difference between the amount of overpayment they actually received and the amount they were asked to repay, said the PSPC statement.“No employee will be out-of-pocket for any amount above what was deposited into their account by the employer.”Many civil servants have complained of stress and spending countless hours online or on phone calls trying to sort out their pay problems.Those employees should be compensated for their time and the strain the issues have placed on their private lives, said the unions.“Our members no longer have any confidence in the pay process thanks to Phoenix,” the unions wrote in their appeal to Trudeau.“We ask your government to accept that it owes its employees compensation for the suffering they have endured and continue to face.”The Phoenix system, initially approved by the previous Conservative government, was supposed to streamline pay for public servants across the country and save taxpayers an estimated $70 million annually.But the government’s latest estimates indicate the total cost of the system will likely rise to nearly $788 million by the end of March.
CACHE CREEK, B.C. – Two adults and a child have died in a two vehicle collision near Cache Creek, B.C.The RCMP say the accident happened shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of highways 97 and 99 north of Cache Creek.Police say a commercial vehicle and a car collided on Highway 97 as the car was turning left onto Highway 99.The Mounties say all three people in the car were killed as a result of the collision.No further information has been released by the RCMP.Cache Creek is about 80 kilometres west of Kamloops.(CHNL, The Canadian Press)
OTTAWA – Joshua McEvoy says he started to get nervous when the power didn’t return in Ottawa after a tornado tore through the city’s Dunrobin neighbourhood on Friday.McEvoy, a PhD student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., was getting married in Ottawa on Saturday and had no idea if the venue would still be able to host his wedding.Adding to his worry was the news that his uncle had been injured in the tornado when a barn collapsed on him.McEvoy says he soon found out that his uncle is in the ICU but in stable condition.And, he says the venue said they would go ahead with the wedding as planned on Saturday evening.McEvoy says there’s nothing more romantic than a candlelight wedding.
CALGARY – The CEO of the Royal Bank says the oil and gas sector is poised to deliver billions of dollars in new revenue to Canadian governments over the next decade by meeting growing global energy demand but it can’t do it without urgently needed support.Dave McKay, who has previously taken Ottawa to task over Canada’s lagging tax competitiveness with the U.S., says a new RBC study suggests that Canadian governments could earn an extra $195 billion in revenues between now and 2030 with the right kind of energy development.He adds that with support for advances in technology, the industry could reduce the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by a third in the same period.In a speech before a sold-out audience in the heart of the oilpatch in downtown Calgary, McKay says he supports carbon taxes if they help industry find new technologies to cut emissions.However, he wouldn’t comment later when reporters asked for his opinion of Ottawa’s announcement this week that it plans to return 90 per cent of its carbon tax to individuals with tax rebates while the rest will be parceled out to small businesses, colleges, schools and hospitals.The federal carbon tax on fossil fuels is to be imposed as of April 1 on four provinces — Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — where governments have failed to adopt their own equivalent taxes.“While we support the principle of revenue-neutral carbon pricing, we’re concerned that too much is floated into general government spending, rather than be invested in cleaner and more competitive energy production,” McKay said during his speech.
Another legal roadblock for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline.A judge in Montana has blocked approval of the line citing several issues, including the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions.TransCanada had said they planned to start construction on the pipeline in early 2019.The pipeline was denied a permit by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2015, but Donald Trump made it one of his priorities of taking office to approve it and asked the Calgary based company to re-submit the line.Keystone XL, which was first proposed by the company in 2008, would run from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska where it would connect with other pipelines.
FREDERICTON — Rising floodwaters have forced the closure of at least 25 roads in western New Brunswick, where the premier is urging residents to do what they can to protect their families and property.Premier Blaine Higgs issued a brief statement saying New Brunswickers are facing severe flooding in several communities.The province’s Public Safety Department says the Saint John River Basin is now beyond or nearly at flood stage in Clair, Saint-Hilaire and Edmundston in the north, and in Fredericton, Maugerville, Jemseg and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner in the south.The department says residents in other communities along the river should remain on high alert in the coming days as water levels are still rising.Heavy rain and a rapid snowmelt are being blamed for the flooding, which isn’t unusual at this time of year.About 120 soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in southern New Brunswick were expected to help residents fill sandbags and, if necessary, evacuate their homes.“Residents should know that they aren’t alone in these difficult times,” Higgs said in a statement. “Impacted residents should not hesitate to seek assistance and to take steps, where safely possible, to protect their family and property.”The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s election plane sustained some damage in Victoria after a media bus drove under one of its wings Wednesday night.The plane had just landed in the British Columbia capital after transporting Trudeau, his team and several journalists travelling with the campaign across the country for Day 1 of the federal election race.A bus was parked close to the plane to transport the journalists from the tarmac.The media bus just hit one of the wings of the Liberal plane. Drove right underneath one of the wings and scraping the underside. #cdnpoli #exln43 pic.twitter.com/vcgSdCOBLR— Teresa Wright (@ReporterTeresa) September 12, 2019As it departed, it drove under the wing of the plane, making a loud scraping sound as the top of the bus slowly dragged under the wing.The bottom of the wing had visible damage, but it is not yet known how this will affect Trudeau’s travel plans.Trudeau has a busy flight schedule planned for Thursday with stops in Kamloops, B.C., and Edmonton.The Canadian Press
HRH The Prince of Wales last week visited The Royal British Legion-funded Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh, taking the time to hear the stories of wounded Service personnel.Prince Charles visited Edinburgh House, the MOD’s only recovery centre in Scotland, and spoke with recovering personnel and veterans.Pte Paul Lambert, 32, lost both legs and suffered severe internal injuries during his first tour of Afghanistan in 2009 with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS). He spoke to the Prince about the courses at the centre that are helping him adjust to civilian life after eight years in the Army. Click here for more information about the Legion’s Personnel Recovery Centres.Source:Royal British Legion Edinburgh House opened in August 2009 and has residential accommodation for 12 personnel, with further capacity for up to 15 day attendees. The Legion took over the running costs of the centre in 2011 with the Army continuing to provide staff. The Legion is giving £5 million to fund the centre in Edinburgh until 2020. “I actually met Prince Charles when I was in intensive care, he came to see me,” he said. “Today he was asking me how my rehab was getting on and how my prosthetic legs were coming on.” Mark Steed, commanding officer of the centre, said the Prince of Wales continues to be a great supporter of the Armed Forces, especially those who are injured, wounded or sick. ”A lot of what we try to do is to build the self-confidence and self-esteem of people and I think for them to see a person like Prince Charles taking an interest and having an opportunity to chat really does boost their self-esteem,” he said.
Life Ball is coming to New York with a special charity auction at Sotheby’s on December 8.The auction will see Build-A-Bear teddy bears specially created by stars to benefit Operation Bobbi Bear. Among the stars who have created bears for the event are Bill Clinton, Elton John, Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum, Janet Jackson, Adrien Brody, Vivienne Westwood, Eva Longoria, Jean Paul Gaultier, Roberto Cavalli and many more.It is estimated that in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa), one in every four girls will be raped by her sixteenth birthday. Operation Bobbi Bear works on behalf of sexually abused and victimized children by helping to minimize their risk of an HIV infection, ensuring their health and well-being and bringing their attackers to justice. Their court-approved approach, which uses a teddy bear for children to describe their abuse, has helped save thousands of children from being victimized again through retelling their stories. Find out more here.To find out more about the auction, click here.