Biomedical Waste Contract Withdrawn

first_imgThe Department of Health has withdrawn its conditional contract awarded to Medic Delivery Services Limited of Dartmouth on April 6 to destroy and dispose of Nova Scotia’s biomedical waste. The company was unable to meet the deadlines set out in its original proposal, that was selected through the procurement tendering process. The department is now in discussions with the next highest scoring proponent, Medical Waste Management of Brampton, Ont. Nova Scotia’s 2.2 million kilograms of biomedical waste is currently trucked to Sydney, where it is incinerated. -30-last_img read more

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first_imgThe Department of Health has withdrawn its conditional contract awarded to Medic Delivery Services Limited of Dartmouth on April 6 to destroy and dispose of Nova Scotia’s biomedical waste. The company was unable to meet the deadlines set out in its original proposal, that was selected through the procurement tendering process. The department is now in discussions with the next highest scoring proponent, Medical Waste Management of Brampton, Ont. Nova Scotia’s 2.2 million kilograms of biomedical waste is currently trucked to Sydney, where it is incinerated. -30-last_img read more

New Energy Developments in Offshore Nova Scotia

first_img top tier net revenue rate of 32.5 per cent, 12.5 per cent above high-risk generic rate guarantee of 1.35 million person hours of work in Nova Scotia, with 850,000 person hours of that work to be undertaken by Nova Scotians with opportunities for even more; this work includes jobs related to project engineering, design, procurement, fabrication and manufacturing; work to be completed in Nova Scotia includes accommodation module fabrication, building of a supply vessel, flare boom and trawl-over protection; creation of a benefits fund for research and development, training and disadvantaged people; and a binding arbitration process. There is good news today for exploration and development in offshore Nova Scotia. The province and EnCana Corporation have signed an agreement that outlines the framework — including employment expectations, industrial benefits, royalties and R&D funding — for development of the Deep Panuke natural gas field in offshore Nova Scotia. “This agreement paves the way for new jobs and opportunities in both our offshore and onshore industries,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said during a speech today, June 30, at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. “We are working to put money in the pockets of our tradespeople, our businesspeople and our families.” Energy Minister Bill Dooks said the agreement will help spur oil and gas exploration interest in offshore Nova Scotia. “Today’s announcement is good news for exploration and development — and also for manufacturing and research and development,” said Mr. Dooks. “It is also a promise of greater prosperity for Nova Scotia workers, our businesses and, ultimately, our families.” “This is an important first step,” said Dave Kopperson, EnCana’s vice-president, Atlantic Canada. “We’re pleased to have established this framework and look forward to a continued constructive relationship with the province as we consider the future development of Deep Panuke.” EnCana is preparing to file a Deep Panuke project description this summer with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and a development plan application later this year with the Canada/Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. Highlights of the offshore strategic energy agreement include: Premier MacDonald said the agreement provides for five onshore rigs to be built in Nova Scotia with the financial assistance of EnCana. “This agreement builds on our expertise and also generates new skills and industrial development for our businesses,” said the premier.last_img read more

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first_img top tier net revenue rate of 32.5 per cent, 12.5 per cent above high-risk generic rate guarantee of 1.35 million person hours of work in Nova Scotia, with 850,000 person hours of that work to be undertaken by Nova Scotians with opportunities for even more; this work includes jobs related to project engineering, design, procurement, fabrication and manufacturing; work to be completed in Nova Scotia includes accommodation module fabrication, building of a supply vessel, flare boom and trawl-over protection; creation of a benefits fund for research and development, training and disadvantaged people; and a binding arbitration process. There is good news today for exploration and development in offshore Nova Scotia. The province and EnCana Corporation have signed an agreement that outlines the framework — including employment expectations, industrial benefits, royalties and R&D funding — for development of the Deep Panuke natural gas field in offshore Nova Scotia. “This agreement paves the way for new jobs and opportunities in both our offshore and onshore industries,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said during a speech today, June 30, at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. “We are working to put money in the pockets of our tradespeople, our businesspeople and our families.” Energy Minister Bill Dooks said the agreement will help spur oil and gas exploration interest in offshore Nova Scotia. “Today’s announcement is good news for exploration and development — and also for manufacturing and research and development,” said Mr. Dooks. “It is also a promise of greater prosperity for Nova Scotia workers, our businesses and, ultimately, our families.” “This is an important first step,” said Dave Kopperson, EnCana’s vice-president, Atlantic Canada. “We’re pleased to have established this framework and look forward to a continued constructive relationship with the province as we consider the future development of Deep Panuke.” EnCana is preparing to file a Deep Panuke project description this summer with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and a development plan application later this year with the Canada/Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. Highlights of the offshore strategic energy agreement include: Premier MacDonald said the agreement provides for five onshore rigs to be built in Nova Scotia with the financial assistance of EnCana. “This agreement builds on our expertise and also generates new skills and industrial development for our businesses,” said the premier.last_img read more

Improved Road System to Benefit Users in Cumberland County

first_imgA new bridge and more than seven kilometres of paved road will provide a smoother, safer ride for travellers in Cumberland County. The Department of Transportation and Public Works announced the tender for the job, scheduled to be completed by this fall. The work includes repaving Crowley Road from Trunk 6 to Pugwash Junction Road, and Pugwash Junction Road from Crowley Road to the end of pavement. Also included is replacement of the Doherty Creek bridge. “Roads and highways are vital to Nova Scotia’s economic and social well-being,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Government is constantly working hard to maintain these roads to keep them safe and comfortable for all road users.” Tenders for asphalt concrete paving will be accepted until close on Thursday, Aug. 24.last_img read more

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first_imgA new bridge and more than seven kilometres of paved road will provide a smoother, safer ride for travellers in Cumberland County. The Department of Transportation and Public Works announced the tender for the job, scheduled to be completed by this fall. The work includes repaving Crowley Road from Trunk 6 to Pugwash Junction Road, and Pugwash Junction Road from Crowley Road to the end of pavement. Also included is replacement of the Doherty Creek bridge. “Roads and highways are vital to Nova Scotia’s economic and social well-being,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Government is constantly working hard to maintain these roads to keep them safe and comfortable for all road users.” Tenders for asphalt concrete paving will be accepted until close on Thursday, Aug. 24.last_img read more

Reserve Some Time With Nature

first_imgCampers are now able to book their favourite sites at provincial camping parks with one phone call or by clicking a computer mouse, thanks to an updated reservation system. “It is now even easier for individuals to reserve and pay for campsites operated by the province,” said David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources. “Our old system only guaranteed people that a space would be available. This updated reservation software lets campers select specific sites at their favourite camping park.” Campers can log on the website to view information on all 20 provincial camping parks before making reservations. Operators on the toll-free hotline also have access to information on all park amenities so they can advise campers of areas that suit them best. The operators will refer callers to the Check Inns telephone system for information on privately operated campgrounds. “If a particular provincial camping park is fully booked, an individual can easily find out what is available in the area,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “That’s welcome news for travellers in the province.” To complete a reservation, campers will need to provide their address, arrival and departure dates, and the dimensions of their camping equipment or recreation vehicle. Individuals will also need to pay the camping permit fee by credit card when booking. Campers who arrive at provincial parks without a reservation will also see the benefits of the system since parks staff will be able to provide a list of unreserved sites. This will allow campers to select the best available site for their needs. One person can reserve up to three single campsites, providing each campsite is registered in a different name and the number of people staying at the site does not exceed campsite regulations. “This system will put an end to the days when people would have to arrive early to get choice sites, or have friends hold their favourite spots,” said Mr. Morse. “It allows people to better plan their recreation and vacation time so they thoroughly enjoy Nova Scotia’s magnificent provincial parks.” The reservation system opens today, April 2, and will operate until October. Telephone service will be available between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. at 1-888-544-3434. The reservation website is http://parks.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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first_imgCampers are now able to book their favourite sites at provincial camping parks with one phone call or by clicking a computer mouse, thanks to an updated reservation system. “It is now even easier for individuals to reserve and pay for campsites operated by the province,” said David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources. “Our old system only guaranteed people that a space would be available. This updated reservation software lets campers select specific sites at their favourite camping park.” Campers can log on the website to view information on all 20 provincial camping parks before making reservations. Operators on the toll-free hotline also have access to information on all park amenities so they can advise campers of areas that suit them best. The operators will refer callers to the Check Inns telephone system for information on privately operated campgrounds. “If a particular provincial camping park is fully booked, an individual can easily find out what is available in the area,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “That’s welcome news for travellers in the province.” To complete a reservation, campers will need to provide their address, arrival and departure dates, and the dimensions of their camping equipment or recreation vehicle. Individuals will also need to pay the camping permit fee by credit card when booking. Campers who arrive at provincial parks without a reservation will also see the benefits of the system since parks staff will be able to provide a list of unreserved sites. This will allow campers to select the best available site for their needs. One person can reserve up to three single campsites, providing each campsite is registered in a different name and the number of people staying at the site does not exceed campsite regulations. “This system will put an end to the days when people would have to arrive early to get choice sites, or have friends hold their favourite spots,” said Mr. Morse. “It allows people to better plan their recreation and vacation time so they thoroughly enjoy Nova Scotia’s magnificent provincial parks.” The reservation system opens today, April 2, and will operate until October. Telephone service will be available between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. at 1-888-544-3434. The reservation website is http://parks.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Province Repeals Tourist Accommodations Act

first_img A new approach to tourist accommodations will help ensure a quality experience for visitors and reduce the regulatory burden for operators. Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, introduced a bill today, May 2, to repeal the Tourist Accommodations Act, which requires accommodation properties to be licensed. Instead of licensing, operators who want to be promoted by the province must participate in a recognized quality program. “Visitors to Nova Scotia will be assured that the properties we promote meet industry standards for quality and cleanliness,” said Mr. Dooks. “Operators will face less red tape and enjoy the freedom to choose the type of quality program that best suits their business needs.” To be eligible for provincial marketing programs – such as novascotia.com, Doers’ and Dreamers’, or the Check In Nova Scotia Reservation Service – operators must choose one of several quality programs. They can participate in any of the recognized rating programs such as Canada Select or the Canadian Automobile Association’s diamond rating program. More than 60 per cent of accommodations operators are rated through a recognized rating program. They will automatically be eligible for provincial marketing programs, and will save anywhere between $80 and $800 previously spent on licensing fees. The other option for operators who want to be included in provincial marketing programs, but who do not want their property rated, is to participate in the new accommodation quality program led by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. The association is working with the industry to develop and lead the new program, which will include a set of quality standards for accommodations properties. “We are pleased with the move toward less regulation and the concept of promoting only those businesses that meet quality standards as part of the Nova Scotia brand,” said Susan Tilley-Russell, chair of the association. “Moving forward, we are confident that this industry-led approach will enable us to improve the quality tourist accommodation throughout Nova Scotia.” While quality will be industry led, safety issues will continue to be dealt with through other legislation. Accommodations operators who chose not to participate in a quality program must still comply with all federal, provincial and municipal legislation such as those related to public safety and the operation of a business, but they will not be promoted by the province. This new approach also aligns with the province’s Better Regulation Initiative – reducing red tape and helping to create a business climate that allows Nova Scotia tourism businesses to grow and prosper. Until the act is repealed, the department is granting short-term tourist accommodation licences to operators. Once the bill is proclaimed, accommodation licensing will end. Government made the decision to repeal the act after a thorough review that began in July 2006. The review included industry consultation, consumer research, a review of best practices in other areas and consultation with other government departments. More information is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc . Province Repeals Tourist Accommodations Actlast_img read more

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first_img A new approach to tourist accommodations will help ensure a quality experience for visitors and reduce the regulatory burden for operators. Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, introduced a bill today, May 2, to repeal the Tourist Accommodations Act, which requires accommodation properties to be licensed. Instead of licensing, operators who want to be promoted by the province must participate in a recognized quality program. “Visitors to Nova Scotia will be assured that the properties we promote meet industry standards for quality and cleanliness,” said Mr. Dooks. “Operators will face less red tape and enjoy the freedom to choose the type of quality program that best suits their business needs.” To be eligible for provincial marketing programs – such as novascotia.com, Doers’ and Dreamers’, or the Check In Nova Scotia Reservation Service – operators must choose one of several quality programs. They can participate in any of the recognized rating programs such as Canada Select or the Canadian Automobile Association’s diamond rating program. More than 60 per cent of accommodations operators are rated through a recognized rating program. They will automatically be eligible for provincial marketing programs, and will save anywhere between $80 and $800 previously spent on licensing fees. The other option for operators who want to be included in provincial marketing programs, but who do not want their property rated, is to participate in the new accommodation quality program led by the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. The association is working with the industry to develop and lead the new program, which will include a set of quality standards for accommodations properties. “We are pleased with the move toward less regulation and the concept of promoting only those businesses that meet quality standards as part of the Nova Scotia brand,” said Susan Tilley-Russell, chair of the association. “Moving forward, we are confident that this industry-led approach will enable us to improve the quality tourist accommodation throughout Nova Scotia.” While quality will be industry led, safety issues will continue to be dealt with through other legislation. Accommodations operators who chose not to participate in a quality program must still comply with all federal, provincial and municipal legislation such as those related to public safety and the operation of a business, but they will not be promoted by the province. This new approach also aligns with the province’s Better Regulation Initiative – reducing red tape and helping to create a business climate that allows Nova Scotia tourism businesses to grow and prosper. Until the act is repealed, the department is granting short-term tourist accommodation licences to operators. Once the bill is proclaimed, accommodation licensing will end. Government made the decision to repeal the act after a thorough review that began in July 2006. The review included industry consultation, consumer research, a review of best practices in other areas and consultation with other government departments. More information is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc . Province Repeals Tourist Accommodations Actlast_img read more

Province to Review Heritage Property Act

first_imgGovernment will ask Nova Scotians how it should protect heritage properties in the next phase of the Heritage Property Act review announced today, June 4. The review of the act is one of the recommendations in the provincial heritage strategy, A Treasured Past, A Precious Future, released in 2008. “The Heritage Property Act is an important means of protecting Nova Scotia’s built heritage and helps government keep its commitment to make life better for families in every region of Nova Scotia,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The review of the act is one more way government is showing genuine leadership. It will ensure Nova Scotia is able to respond to the needs of heritage preservation while balancing the benefits of good jobs and economic growth that future development can bring to communities across the province.” Public consultations will target municipal officials, heritage property owners and developers, and heritage advocates. A consultant will conduct targeted consultations over the summer and provide government with input on potential changes to the act. A final report is due in early fall. Details about the consultations will be announced shortly. “We are following the recommendations of the provincial heritage strategy by proceeding with a review of the Heritage Property Act,” said Bill Greenlaw, executive director of heritage. “We understand that there are many perspectives related to heritage property preservation and want to make sure that all points of view are considered as the review proceeds.” The provincial heritage strategy, released in February 2008, was guided by a heritage task force, led by Voluntary Planning. The strategy’s recommendations focus on policy and program development to strengthen heritage preservation in Nova Scotia and include a review of the Heritage Property Act. More information about the heritage strategy and the review of the act can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/spp .last_img read more

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first_imgGovernment will ask Nova Scotians how it should protect heritage properties in the next phase of the Heritage Property Act review announced today, June 4. The review of the act is one of the recommendations in the provincial heritage strategy, A Treasured Past, A Precious Future, released in 2008. “The Heritage Property Act is an important means of protecting Nova Scotia’s built heritage and helps government keep its commitment to make life better for families in every region of Nova Scotia,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The review of the act is one more way government is showing genuine leadership. It will ensure Nova Scotia is able to respond to the needs of heritage preservation while balancing the benefits of good jobs and economic growth that future development can bring to communities across the province.” Public consultations will target municipal officials, heritage property owners and developers, and heritage advocates. A consultant will conduct targeted consultations over the summer and provide government with input on potential changes to the act. A final report is due in early fall. Details about the consultations will be announced shortly. “We are following the recommendations of the provincial heritage strategy by proceeding with a review of the Heritage Property Act,” said Bill Greenlaw, executive director of heritage. “We understand that there are many perspectives related to heritage property preservation and want to make sure that all points of view are considered as the review proceeds.” The provincial heritage strategy, released in February 2008, was guided by a heritage task force, led by Voluntary Planning. The strategy’s recommendations focus on policy and program development to strengthen heritage preservation in Nova Scotia and include a review of the Heritage Property Act. More information about the heritage strategy and the review of the act can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/spp .last_img read more

Premier Offers Best Wishes to Bill McEwan

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter is offering Sobeys CEO Bill McEwan best wishes upon his upcoming retirement. Mr. McEwan announced his retirement today, Feb. 8. “Sobeys is at the heart of business in Nova Scotia. From its roots in Stellarton to the multi-billion dollar chain that it is now, the company has been creating good jobs and growing our economy for more than a century,” said Premier Dexter. “I wish Mr. McEwan good health in his retirement and on behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank him for his valuable contribution to the province.” Over the past eleven years, Mr. McEwan has expanded Sobeys nation-wide through a challenging retail market. Under his leadership, the company recently announced a partnership with Target, the purchase of 250 Shell gasoline stations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, and the completion of a new head office in Stellarton. Premier Dexter said he looks forward to working with Mr. McEwan’s successor. Sobeys operates 1,300 stores across Canada, including locations in 30 Nova Scotia communities.last_img read more

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first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter is offering Sobeys CEO Bill McEwan best wishes upon his upcoming retirement. Mr. McEwan announced his retirement today, Feb. 8. “Sobeys is at the heart of business in Nova Scotia. From its roots in Stellarton to the multi-billion dollar chain that it is now, the company has been creating good jobs and growing our economy for more than a century,” said Premier Dexter. “I wish Mr. McEwan good health in his retirement and on behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank him for his valuable contribution to the province.” Over the past eleven years, Mr. McEwan has expanded Sobeys nation-wide through a challenging retail market. Under his leadership, the company recently announced a partnership with Target, the purchase of 250 Shell gasoline stations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, and the completion of a new head office in Stellarton. Premier Dexter said he looks forward to working with Mr. McEwan’s successor. Sobeys operates 1,300 stores across Canada, including locations in 30 Nova Scotia communities.last_img read more

Commission Assessed More Than 2 Million in Fines in 2011

first_imgIn its effort to protect Nova Scotian investors and capital markets, the Nova Scotia Securities Commission investigated 65 complaints and issued $2,216,500 in administrative fines in 2011. The commission concluded eight cases against 10 defendants that included six cases in which inadequate or incorrect information was provided to investors, two cases involving misconduct by registrants, and one case involving unauthorized sale of investments to the public. The figures were released today, Feb. 29, as a followup to last week’s release of the Canadian Securities Administrators 2011 Enforcement Report. The report shows that members of the Canadian Securities Administrators concluded a total of 124 cases in 2011, involving 237 people and 128 companies. Of these cases, 24 were concluded in court proceedings, which resulted in nine jail sentences against eight people for a total of more than 14 years. “The Nova Scotia Securities Commission works hard to protect investors and build confidence in the fairness of the capital markets, through enforcement activities and investor education,” said Scott Peacock, director of enforcement for the commission. “The first line of defence for Nova Scotia investors is to be armed with knowledge and understanding of the capital markets. They also need to know that they can come to the Securities Commission with investment concerns and to report problems.” To report a complaint to the securities commission, go to www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/complaint.htm, or call 902-424-4558. For more information on investing safely and avoiding fraud, visit www.beforeyouinvest.ca. The 2011 Enforcement Report highlights enforcement activities and provides information and case summaries from the Canadian securities regulators. It is available at the Nova Scotia Securities Commission’s website, www.gov.ns.ca/nssc, or at http://er-ral.csa-acvm.ca/.last_img read more

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first_imgIn its effort to protect Nova Scotian investors and capital markets, the Nova Scotia Securities Commission investigated 65 complaints and issued $2,216,500 in administrative fines in 2011. The commission concluded eight cases against 10 defendants that included six cases in which inadequate or incorrect information was provided to investors, two cases involving misconduct by registrants, and one case involving unauthorized sale of investments to the public. The figures were released today, Feb. 29, as a followup to last week’s release of the Canadian Securities Administrators 2011 Enforcement Report. The report shows that members of the Canadian Securities Administrators concluded a total of 124 cases in 2011, involving 237 people and 128 companies. Of these cases, 24 were concluded in court proceedings, which resulted in nine jail sentences against eight people for a total of more than 14 years. “The Nova Scotia Securities Commission works hard to protect investors and build confidence in the fairness of the capital markets, through enforcement activities and investor education,” said Scott Peacock, director of enforcement for the commission. “The first line of defence for Nova Scotia investors is to be armed with knowledge and understanding of the capital markets. They also need to know that they can come to the Securities Commission with investment concerns and to report problems.” To report a complaint to the securities commission, go to www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/complaint.htm, or call 902-424-4558. For more information on investing safely and avoiding fraud, visit www.beforeyouinvest.ca. The 2011 Enforcement Report highlights enforcement activities and provides information and case summaries from the Canadian securities regulators. It is available at the Nova Scotia Securities Commission’s website, www.gov.ns.ca/nssc, or at http://er-ral.csa-acvm.ca/.last_img read more

NSBI Announces Appointment of Interim CEO

first_imgThe board of directors of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced today, July 22, that board member Ron Smith has been named interim chief executive officer while a search for a permanent CEO takes place. “Ron’s demonstrated leadership capabilities, together with his knowledge of the workings of NSBI through his tenure on the board, make him an ideal candidate to lead the organization while the search for a permanent CEO is completed,” said Janice Stairs, chair of the board of directors. “The board is very pleased that Ron has agreed to take on this interim role.” “Over the coming weeks, I will work with NSBI’s current president and CEO, Stephen Lund, to ensure an orderly transition prior to Mr. Lund’s departure in early August,” said Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith has held various senior executive roles such as chief financial officer of Maritime Tel and Tel Ltd. and senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Emera Inc. Along with serving as a member of the NSBI board of directors since September 2011, he is the past chair and a member of the board of governors of Acadia University, and also serves on the boards of AuRico Gold Inc. and PRO Real Estate Investment Trust, both listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Smith has previously served on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Canadian Accounting Standards Oversight Council. He is the former national president of the Canadian Association for Community Living and the former chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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first_imgThe board of directors of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced today, July 22, that board member Ron Smith has been named interim chief executive officer while a search for a permanent CEO takes place. “Ron’s demonstrated leadership capabilities, together with his knowledge of the workings of NSBI through his tenure on the board, make him an ideal candidate to lead the organization while the search for a permanent CEO is completed,” said Janice Stairs, chair of the board of directors. “The board is very pleased that Ron has agreed to take on this interim role.” “Over the coming weeks, I will work with NSBI’s current president and CEO, Stephen Lund, to ensure an orderly transition prior to Mr. Lund’s departure in early August,” said Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith has held various senior executive roles such as chief financial officer of Maritime Tel and Tel Ltd. and senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Emera Inc. Along with serving as a member of the NSBI board of directors since September 2011, he is the past chair and a member of the board of governors of Acadia University, and also serves on the boards of AuRico Gold Inc. and PRO Real Estate Investment Trust, both listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Smith has previously served on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Canadian Accounting Standards Oversight Council. He is the former national president of the Canadian Association for Community Living and the former chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Amendments to Municipal Legislation Give More Flexibility

first_img allow the municipal council to hold in-camera meetings for confidential intergovernmental matters clarify that council may make policies that require a special majority to decide a question during a council meeting allow infrastructure charges for new or expanded recreational, fire and library facilities in a subdivision by-law include a justice of the peace as an issuing authority for orders to enter a property make it optional for HRM to survey and prepare a description of property when considering to expropriate it harmonize provisions for regulating development near airports Changes to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Charter and the Municipal Government Act will give HRM more flexibility and discretion to make decisions. The six amendments were requested by the municipality to give it additional decision-making power, clarify provisions and correct inconsistencies in the legislation. “These amendments ensure legislation is clear and consistent,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. “The proposed changes to the HRM charter will ensure the municipality will have the flexibility it needs to govern and administer efficiently, effectively and it aligns with council’s long-term planning.” The proposed amendments will:last_img read more

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first_img allow the municipal council to hold in-camera meetings for confidential intergovernmental matters clarify that council may make policies that require a special majority to decide a question during a council meeting allow infrastructure charges for new or expanded recreational, fire and library facilities in a subdivision by-law include a justice of the peace as an issuing authority for orders to enter a property make it optional for HRM to survey and prepare a description of property when considering to expropriate it harmonize provisions for regulating development near airports Changes to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) Charter and the Municipal Government Act will give HRM more flexibility and discretion to make decisions. The six amendments were requested by the municipality to give it additional decision-making power, clarify provisions and correct inconsistencies in the legislation. “These amendments ensure legislation is clear and consistent,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey. “The proposed changes to the HRM charter will ensure the municipality will have the flexibility it needs to govern and administer efficiently, effectively and it aligns with council’s long-term planning.” The proposed amendments will:last_img read more

Prescription Drug DropOff Day on Saturday May 10

first_imgGovernment is encouraging Nova Scotians to participate in the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event provides the opportunity for people to anonymously and safely dispose of expired medications. It helps reduce the illegal use, abuse and trafficking of prescription medications, particularly pain killers and narcotics. “Proper disposal of old, expired and unused medications makes it less likely that they will cause harm, especially to young people,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to reduce risk to themselves and others by taking advantage of Drug Drop-Off Day or Nova Scotia’s regular Medication Disposal Program.” Events will be hosted by local police and community partners, including district health authorities and pharmacists. Nova Scotia also has a provincewide program to encourage people to return expired and unused pharmaceuticals to pharmacies for safe disposal. The Medication Disposal Program is led by the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. To protect privacy, people are reminded to remove labels containing personal information from bottles and packaging. National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is supported and led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Safety Canada and Health Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Partnership For a Drug Free Canada, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association.last_img read more

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first_imgGovernment is encouraging Nova Scotians to participate in the second annual National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event provides the opportunity for people to anonymously and safely dispose of expired medications. It helps reduce the illegal use, abuse and trafficking of prescription medications, particularly pain killers and narcotics. “Proper disposal of old, expired and unused medications makes it less likely that they will cause harm, especially to young people,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to reduce risk to themselves and others by taking advantage of Drug Drop-Off Day or Nova Scotia’s regular Medication Disposal Program.” Events will be hosted by local police and community partners, including district health authorities and pharmacists. Nova Scotia also has a provincewide program to encourage people to return expired and unused pharmaceuticals to pharmacies for safe disposal. The Medication Disposal Program is led by the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. To protect privacy, people are reminded to remove labels containing personal information from bottles and packaging. National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is supported and led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Safety Canada and Health Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Partnership For a Drug Free Canada, and the Canadian Pharmacists Association.last_img read more

New Market Development Program Launched

first_imgThe agriculture, agri-food and seafood industries will benefit from a new program to expand market share and foster economic growth. The three-year Market Development and Investment Attraction program begins in the 2015-16 fiscal year, with $450,000 available annually. “Our producers and processors are pivotal to growing the Nova Scotia economy, and this new program will help them have access to new markets and increase the positive impact their businesses have on our rural communities around the province,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “The ability to improve domestic and international competitiveness through collaboration and partnering is integral to what we are launching.” The program will also help agriculture, agri-food and seafood businesses increase added-value and market-driven initiatives, partnerships and collaboration, and to better attract and retain investment. “Our government is proud to support initiatives that help the agriculture, fish and seafood industries access new markets and grow their business,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “The purpose of this program is to help producers improve their incomes and strengthen the Canadian economy.” Seafood businesses qualify for projects targeting international market opportunities specifically. The new program is funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial initiative that is 60-40 cost-shared. More information on the Market Development and Investment Program is available at novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/financial-funding/growing-forward2/ .last_img read more

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first_imgThe agriculture, agri-food and seafood industries will benefit from a new program to expand market share and foster economic growth. The three-year Market Development and Investment Attraction program begins in the 2015-16 fiscal year, with $450,000 available annually. “Our producers and processors are pivotal to growing the Nova Scotia economy, and this new program will help them have access to new markets and increase the positive impact their businesses have on our rural communities around the province,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “The ability to improve domestic and international competitiveness through collaboration and partnering is integral to what we are launching.” The program will also help agriculture, agri-food and seafood businesses increase added-value and market-driven initiatives, partnerships and collaboration, and to better attract and retain investment. “Our government is proud to support initiatives that help the agriculture, fish and seafood industries access new markets and grow their business,” said federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “The purpose of this program is to help producers improve their incomes and strengthen the Canadian economy.” Seafood businesses qualify for projects targeting international market opportunities specifically. The new program is funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial initiative that is 60-40 cost-shared. More information on the Market Development and Investment Program is available at novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/financial-funding/growing-forward2/ .last_img read more

Commission Hopes Education Training Will Prevent Consumer Racial Profiling

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission hopes that education and training will lead to equal service for all Nova Scotia shoppers. A 2012 research study produced by the commission identified the negative experiences of shoppers from visible minority groups as a significant problem throughout the province that is disproportionately affecting visible minority shoppers. The commission is working with Nova Scotian retailers to deliver education materials and training to their employees to raise awareness of this issue and the harms caused by consumer racial profiling and to help provide retail staff with the knowledge they need to provide quality service to all shoppers. -30-last_img read more

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first_imgThe Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission hopes that education and training will lead to equal service for all Nova Scotia shoppers. A 2012 research study produced by the commission identified the negative experiences of shoppers from visible minority groups as a significant problem throughout the province that is disproportionately affecting visible minority shoppers. The commission is working with Nova Scotian retailers to deliver education materials and training to their employees to raise awareness of this issue and the harms caused by consumer racial profiling and to help provide retail staff with the knowledge they need to provide quality service to all shoppers. -30-last_img read more

Provincial Government Offices Closed in Sydney

first_imgSome provincial government offices located in Sydney remain closed this morning, Oct. 12, because of continued power outages. Offices closed are located at: Closures will be reassessed at 11 a.m. Provincial government employees can call 1-877-424-6045 for updates, visit novascotia.ca or contact their supervisor. -30- Access Nova Scotia,380 Kings Road, Sydney Provincial Building, 360 Prince St., Sydney 1030 Upper Prince St., Sydney 300 Mountain Rd., Coxheathlast_img read more

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first_imgSome provincial government offices located in Sydney remain closed this morning, Oct. 12, because of continued power outages. Offices closed are located at: Closures will be reassessed at 11 a.m. Provincial government employees can call 1-877-424-6045 for updates, visit novascotia.ca or contact their supervisor. -30- Access Nova Scotia,380 Kings Road, Sydney Provincial Building, 360 Prince St., Sydney 1030 Upper Prince St., Sydney 300 Mountain Rd., Coxheathlast_img read more

Heat humidity trigger highest ever power demand in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) met the highest ever demand for electricity in the city on Wednesday.It is said the demand was triggered by a soaring mercury. According to CESC, at 3:30 pm, on Wednesday, the demand of power reached up to 2319 Mega Watt (MW), which is reportedly an all-time high demand for electricity in Kolkata. According to a source, as the temperature since the past few days has been hovering around 36 degree Celsius, use of air conditioners in the households has increased which led to an increase in consumption of electricity. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaVarious shops owners claim sale of air conditioners in the past few months have gone up reasonably. Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation claimed that on May 10 at 3:45 pm demand of power had reached 2315 MW which was the highest in the summer till Wednesday. On May 18, the demand for electricity was 2228 MW whereas on the next day demand was dropped to 1732 MW. According to CESC officials, despite the summer has prolonged and the temperature is continuously rising, the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation is ready fulfill the soaring demands of electricity even if such situations crop up in future.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) met the highest ever demand for electricity in the city on Wednesday.It is said the demand was triggered by a soaring mercury. According to CESC, at 3:30 pm, on Wednesday, the demand of power reached up to 2319 Mega Watt (MW), which is reportedly an all-time high demand for electricity in Kolkata. According to a source, as the temperature since the past few days has been hovering around 36 degree Celsius, use of air conditioners in the households has increased which led to an increase in consumption of electricity. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaVarious shops owners claim sale of air conditioners in the past few months have gone up reasonably. Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation claimed that on May 10 at 3:45 pm demand of power had reached 2315 MW which was the highest in the summer till Wednesday. On May 18, the demand for electricity was 2228 MW whereas on the next day demand was dropped to 1732 MW. According to CESC officials, despite the summer has prolonged and the temperature is continuously rising, the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation is ready fulfill the soaring demands of electricity even if such situations crop up in future.last_img read more

Verdict 2019 – Takeaways

first_imgOn November 30 last year, when thousands of farmers had gathered in New Delhi protesting against the agricultural distress engulfing the country and calling for a special session of Parliament, a united opposition (with around 23 opposition leaders) made speeches in an attempt to assuage them. This happened in the middle of Assembly Elections 2018 and eventually followed up with farm loan waivers in the three Hindi-speaking states (Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan) where Congress formed the government. Also Read – A staunch allyCirca May 2019, the only time the opposition leaders of over 20 parties congregated again was during the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) row, days after exit polls were announced, with almost every single exit poll predicting a clean sweep for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). If only the opposition had successfully pitched for a united front, established pre-poll alliances, and brought about the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 3-led Common Minimum Programme to fruition, perhaps the numbers would have been slightly different. Also Read – Cuban pathosIt is only relevant to reflect just how one arrived at this juncture after Congress projected itself to be coming back with a resounding majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections barely six months back. Timeliness of the Priyanka factor and Rahul 2.0 On January 23 this year, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s entry into politics as the general secretary of Congress made much noise about how finally the party was upping the ante for the more significant battle ahead. Many expected she would contest elections. However, all the brouhaha over this evaporated without a whimper when the party instead chose to position Ajay Rai from Varanasi. While Priyanka’s not contesting the elections may be her personal choice, the move did leave observers disappointed who wanted the Priyanka magic to work like a charm. Over the years, “there is no alternative” or the TINA factor has come to define the maladies of the opposition. That there is no alternative, no option, and no charismatic leadership that could be pitted against BJP. This narrative was slowly changing with Rahul Gandhi’s transformation. His interaction with academics, students, and international communities; connect with the diaspora, induction of young minds into the party’s manifesto team started to transform the erstwhile caricaturing that he was subjected to. The tolerant and inclusive masterstrokes of “hugplomacy” and the syncretic statement after the assembly win last year of “Humein kisi ko bharat se mukt nahin karna hai” were reflective of an evolving brand: Rahul 2.0. On the other hand, with Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics, it was expected that the aggressive discourse could switch to a more congenial one. Priyanka exuded novelty, a towering charisma, political astuteness, and widely appreciated oratory skills, all of which had the potential to revolutionise the pre-electoral pitch of Congress. However, Priyanka’s maiden roadshow in Lucknow sans any electoral address belied countless hopes. The timing was a tad too late in the day to combat the aggression with which BJP contests. Author and columnist Prashant Jha terms this formidable force the “Amit Shah School of election management” in his book How the BJP wins Elections (2017). Failure to link NYAY with MGNREGA Next came the announcement of the much-celebrated Minimum Income Guarantee scheme. However, the party couldn’t tap into this back in January, and couldn’t sync that to its successful flagship programme, Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Travel to any rural pocket of the country. Even in the most remote tribal hinterlands, an average citizen will invoke the “Rozgaar Guarantee” that generates an adequate “recall” echoing sentimentality with the successes of the scheme. The Economic Survey 2017-18 points out at the scheme’s successes in spite of its various caveats — approximately 4.6 crore households were given employment under MGNREGA, of which 54 per cent were taken up by women alone. Congress didn’t have to wait for the official manifesto announcements of Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) to tap into the potential of minimum income guarantee clubbed with voicing the successes of MGNREGA, primarily because the announcement of the Minimum Income Guarantee was done before the interim budget presentation of 2019, amidst all the clamour and speculation over Universal Basic Income (UBI) by the government — therefore giving Congress an upper hand. The NYAY pledge stemmed more from a place of anger and got reduced to mere advertorial theatrics, with people questioning its economic viability. Anger and passion-based sloganeering such as “Ab Hoga Nyay”, or the chowkidaar jibe were formidable ideas to have worked in an already-jaded environment of political campaigning. Moving beyond the ‘Khan Market’ cabal In this context, it is imperative to note that masses fighting issues of unemployment and economic problems are, at best, limitedly bothered with the cover page of an international magazine, or editorials by occasional political tourists. An average voter is immensely fatigued with day-to-day bureaucratic hurdles; the sundry mundaneness of economic and household vocations, further isolated with the technological invasion amidst a deluge of information. In such an ecosystem of continuous willy-nilly connectedness, nuanced marketing masterstrokes such as an interview with a Bollywood film star laced with light-hearted personal anecdotes, or visits to temples seemed to have resonated with voters over and above the immediate needs of protection of national interests and nurturing national security. Politics of relatability, therefore, precedes politics of inevitability, the latter term borrowed from Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny (2017). Political parties are known to keep a gatekeeping culture, which in place of democratising politics, manages to create multiple hierarchies within hierarchies. The oft-mentioned “Khan Market” coterie is not just limited to a select few in the fourth estate, but more closely redirects the attention to the nexuses on top, where only a certain power elite has “access to privilege.” The Khan Market cabal disapproval that has come to haunt the hoity-toity enthusiasts carving out policies over chai-latte in the niche circles of Delhi is not limited to the Lutyens Zone but extends beyond the cosmetic ivory towers of a specific select few who seem to be the self-appointed messiahs of, by, and for the poor. This network is omnipresent in every elite locality of Delhi, where activists and intellectuals debate over concerns of ecology, poverty, illiteracy, and food security over cocktails. In such a scenario, the politics of grassroots, as an extension to relatability, that of empowering the electorate from below, works in place of computerised manifestos, Instagram posts, and retweets. Arun Jaitley’s opening speech at the release of the BJP manifesto, claimed how it was “not the ivy league manifesto” — a statement echoing the sentiments of the masses, deliberately excluded from an elitist system owing to exclusivity of languages, resources, and entitlements. It is this voter that wants politics of connectedness, a sense of association. It is this voter that wants the tyranny of distance minimised, participate in inclusive and representative politics while breaking the barricades of hierarchy, dynastic privileges, and privilege. This was one reason why many related to the politics of the Aam Aadmi Party, while it was still evolving. Initiatives such as inclusive grassroots politics undertaken by Congress in Rajasthan under the leadership of Sachin Pilot, talent pools such as the All India Professionals’ Congress (AIPC) under the guidance of Shashi Tharoor and Salman Soz among others, communication by Rahul Gandhi with party workers via the Shakti app, people consultations for manifestos undertaken by political parties, door-to-door campaigning by the Aam Aadmi Party, interpersonal voter-centric campaigns by BJP help decentralise the centralised idea of politics. An effective convergence of polity and policy shall entail taking the discourse to the bottom of the pyramid, establishing an emotional connect with people, ethnographic evaluations, a careful study of what schemes have worked and what haven’t. Additionally, elaborate, sustained, and continuous discussions with farmers, women, marginalised communities, and not mere guest appearances, usage of methodologies such as participant observation away from the “selfie-driven-village touristy cameos” shall define the order of things and the idea of India, detached from air-conditioned jumlebaazi, as demonstrated by the verdict. (The author is a social sector consultant who has worked as Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh. Views are strictly personal)last_img read more

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first_imgOn November 30 last year, when thousands of farmers had gathered in New Delhi protesting against the agricultural distress engulfing the country and calling for a special session of Parliament, a united opposition (with around 23 opposition leaders) made speeches in an attempt to assuage them. This happened in the middle of Assembly Elections 2018 and eventually followed up with farm loan waivers in the three Hindi-speaking states (Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan) where Congress formed the government. Also Read – A staunch allyCirca May 2019, the only time the opposition leaders of over 20 parties congregated again was during the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) row, days after exit polls were announced, with almost every single exit poll predicting a clean sweep for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). If only the opposition had successfully pitched for a united front, established pre-poll alliances, and brought about the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) 3-led Common Minimum Programme to fruition, perhaps the numbers would have been slightly different. Also Read – Cuban pathosIt is only relevant to reflect just how one arrived at this juncture after Congress projected itself to be coming back with a resounding majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections barely six months back. Timeliness of the Priyanka factor and Rahul 2.0 On January 23 this year, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s entry into politics as the general secretary of Congress made much noise about how finally the party was upping the ante for the more significant battle ahead. Many expected she would contest elections. However, all the brouhaha over this evaporated without a whimper when the party instead chose to position Ajay Rai from Varanasi. While Priyanka’s not contesting the elections may be her personal choice, the move did leave observers disappointed who wanted the Priyanka magic to work like a charm. Over the years, “there is no alternative” or the TINA factor has come to define the maladies of the opposition. That there is no alternative, no option, and no charismatic leadership that could be pitted against BJP. This narrative was slowly changing with Rahul Gandhi’s transformation. His interaction with academics, students, and international communities; connect with the diaspora, induction of young minds into the party’s manifesto team started to transform the erstwhile caricaturing that he was subjected to. The tolerant and inclusive masterstrokes of “hugplomacy” and the syncretic statement after the assembly win last year of “Humein kisi ko bharat se mukt nahin karna hai” were reflective of an evolving brand: Rahul 2.0. On the other hand, with Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics, it was expected that the aggressive discourse could switch to a more congenial one. Priyanka exuded novelty, a towering charisma, political astuteness, and widely appreciated oratory skills, all of which had the potential to revolutionise the pre-electoral pitch of Congress. However, Priyanka’s maiden roadshow in Lucknow sans any electoral address belied countless hopes. The timing was a tad too late in the day to combat the aggression with which BJP contests. Author and columnist Prashant Jha terms this formidable force the “Amit Shah School of election management” in his book How the BJP wins Elections (2017). Failure to link NYAY with MGNREGA Next came the announcement of the much-celebrated Minimum Income Guarantee scheme. However, the party couldn’t tap into this back in January, and couldn’t sync that to its successful flagship programme, Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Travel to any rural pocket of the country. Even in the most remote tribal hinterlands, an average citizen will invoke the “Rozgaar Guarantee” that generates an adequate “recall” echoing sentimentality with the successes of the scheme. The Economic Survey 2017-18 points out at the scheme’s successes in spite of its various caveats — approximately 4.6 crore households were given employment under MGNREGA, of which 54 per cent were taken up by women alone. Congress didn’t have to wait for the official manifesto announcements of Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) to tap into the potential of minimum income guarantee clubbed with voicing the successes of MGNREGA, primarily because the announcement of the Minimum Income Guarantee was done before the interim budget presentation of 2019, amidst all the clamour and speculation over Universal Basic Income (UBI) by the government — therefore giving Congress an upper hand. The NYAY pledge stemmed more from a place of anger and got reduced to mere advertorial theatrics, with people questioning its economic viability. Anger and passion-based sloganeering such as “Ab Hoga Nyay”, or the chowkidaar jibe were formidable ideas to have worked in an already-jaded environment of political campaigning. Moving beyond the ‘Khan Market’ cabal In this context, it is imperative to note that masses fighting issues of unemployment and economic problems are, at best, limitedly bothered with the cover page of an international magazine, or editorials by occasional political tourists. An average voter is immensely fatigued with day-to-day bureaucratic hurdles; the sundry mundaneness of economic and household vocations, further isolated with the technological invasion amidst a deluge of information. In such an ecosystem of continuous willy-nilly connectedness, nuanced marketing masterstrokes such as an interview with a Bollywood film star laced with light-hearted personal anecdotes, or visits to temples seemed to have resonated with voters over and above the immediate needs of protection of national interests and nurturing national security. Politics of relatability, therefore, precedes politics of inevitability, the latter term borrowed from Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny (2017). Political parties are known to keep a gatekeeping culture, which in place of democratising politics, manages to create multiple hierarchies within hierarchies. The oft-mentioned “Khan Market” coterie is not just limited to a select few in the fourth estate, but more closely redirects the attention to the nexuses on top, where only a certain power elite has “access to privilege.” The Khan Market cabal disapproval that has come to haunt the hoity-toity enthusiasts carving out policies over chai-latte in the niche circles of Delhi is not limited to the Lutyens Zone but extends beyond the cosmetic ivory towers of a specific select few who seem to be the self-appointed messiahs of, by, and for the poor. This network is omnipresent in every elite locality of Delhi, where activists and intellectuals debate over concerns of ecology, poverty, illiteracy, and food security over cocktails. In such a scenario, the politics of grassroots, as an extension to relatability, that of empowering the electorate from below, works in place of computerised manifestos, Instagram posts, and retweets. Arun Jaitley’s opening speech at the release of the BJP manifesto, claimed how it was “not the ivy league manifesto” — a statement echoing the sentiments of the masses, deliberately excluded from an elitist system owing to exclusivity of languages, resources, and entitlements. It is this voter that wants politics of connectedness, a sense of association. It is this voter that wants the tyranny of distance minimised, participate in inclusive and representative politics while breaking the barricades of hierarchy, dynastic privileges, and privilege. This was one reason why many related to the politics of the Aam Aadmi Party, while it was still evolving. Initiatives such as inclusive grassroots politics undertaken by Congress in Rajasthan under the leadership of Sachin Pilot, talent pools such as the All India Professionals’ Congress (AIPC) under the guidance of Shashi Tharoor and Salman Soz among others, communication by Rahul Gandhi with party workers via the Shakti app, people consultations for manifestos undertaken by political parties, door-to-door campaigning by the Aam Aadmi Party, interpersonal voter-centric campaigns by BJP help decentralise the centralised idea of politics. An effective convergence of polity and policy shall entail taking the discourse to the bottom of the pyramid, establishing an emotional connect with people, ethnographic evaluations, a careful study of what schemes have worked and what haven’t. Additionally, elaborate, sustained, and continuous discussions with farmers, women, marginalised communities, and not mere guest appearances, usage of methodologies such as participant observation away from the “selfie-driven-village touristy cameos” shall define the order of things and the idea of India, detached from air-conditioned jumlebaazi, as demonstrated by the verdict. (The author is a social sector consultant who has worked as Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh. Views are strictly personal)last_img read more

LT raises shareholding in Mindtree to 2845

first_imgNew Delhi: Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on Friday acquired over 24.9 lakh shares of Mindtree from open market, taking its shareholding in the IT services firm to 28.45 per cent, according to a regulatory filing. “Larsen and Toubro Ltd has acquired 24,99,619 equity shares (with a face value of Rs 10 each) of Mindtree Ltd on May 24, 2019,” a BSE filing by Mindtree said.After the latest transaction, L&T’s shareholding in Mindtree stands at 28.45 per cent. The latest stock purchase was made at Rs 980 apiece. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsEarlier this month, L&T purchased around 20 per cent stake of V G Siddhartha and Cafe Coffee Day in Mindtree through a block deal for about Rs 3,210 crore, and has since topped that up with share purchases from open market. On Thursday, L&T had acquired 4.5 lakh shares of Mindtree from the open market. In all, the infrastructure major is eyeing up to 66 per cent stake in Mindtree for around Rs 10,800 crore, marking the country’s first-ever hostile takeover bid in the information technology industry. L&T had proposed to buy additional stake in Mindtree through an open offer that was slated to begin on May 14 and close on May 27.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on Friday acquired over 24.9 lakh shares of Mindtree from open market, taking its shareholding in the IT services firm to 28.45 per cent, according to a regulatory filing. “Larsen and Toubro Ltd has acquired 24,99,619 equity shares (with a face value of Rs 10 each) of Mindtree Ltd on May 24, 2019,” a BSE filing by Mindtree said.After the latest transaction, L&T’s shareholding in Mindtree stands at 28.45 per cent. The latest stock purchase was made at Rs 980 apiece. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsEarlier this month, L&T purchased around 20 per cent stake of V G Siddhartha and Cafe Coffee Day in Mindtree through a block deal for about Rs 3,210 crore, and has since topped that up with share purchases from open market. On Thursday, L&T had acquired 4.5 lakh shares of Mindtree from the open market. In all, the infrastructure major is eyeing up to 66 per cent stake in Mindtree for around Rs 10,800 crore, marking the country’s first-ever hostile takeover bid in the information technology industry. L&T had proposed to buy additional stake in Mindtree through an open offer that was slated to begin on May 14 and close on May 27.last_img read more

Integrity of police officers personnel be monitored CP

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in a crime review meeting told senior officers that integrity issues of police officers, personnel should be constantly monitored. The police chief also directed officers to keep a tab on beat staff.Police sources told Millennium Post that the police chief in the meeting on June 4 stated that all supervisory officers should seriously pay attention to this aspect. “Top cop told officers that integrity issues of police personnel, officers should be monitored and strict disciplinary action be initiated where complaints of connivance in organised crime or illegal activities come to notice,” police sources said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkSources further revealed that staff should be clearly briefed that stern disciplinary action will be taken for acts of omission and commission. Further, CP said that district DCsP should closely monitor and ensure that the yardsticks for the posting of beat staff are strictly implemented. The meeting was held in Delhi Police headquarters. The top cop directed that the district DCsP should pay focussed attention for disposal of the cases, particularly rape and POCSO act cases and the pendency should be cleared on a regular basis. Special CsP (Law and Order) and Joint CsP (ranges) should also monitor it. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAccording to Delhi Police, in 2018 the Delhi Police conducted 472 Vigilance Enquiries against police personnel. Out of 472 Vigilance Enquiries, allegations in 107 vigilance enquiries were proved against 272 police officials ( 5 ACsP, 62 Inspectors, 53 SIs, 53 ASIs, 45 HCs and 54 Constables and commensurate disciplinary action were initiated). According to the investigating agency, as many as 433 police personnel were placed under suspension for various commissions and omissions. “During the year, 318 police personnel (07 Insprs, 50 SIs, 45 ASIs, 52 HCs, 163 constables & 01 MTS) were awarded major punishments excluding 61 Dismissals. 1690 police personnel (82 Insprs, 364 SIs, 310 ASIs, 355 HCs 579 Constables) were awarded the minor punishment of Censure, revealed Delhi Police annual report of 2018 adding that during the year, 1238 such calls pertaining to allegations of harassment, inaction or corruption were attended to by the Flying Squad.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik in a crime review meeting told senior officers that integrity issues of police officers, personnel should be constantly monitored. The police chief also directed officers to keep a tab on beat staff.Police sources told Millennium Post that the police chief in the meeting on June 4 stated that all supervisory officers should seriously pay attention to this aspect. “Top cop told officers that integrity issues of police personnel, officers should be monitored and strict disciplinary action be initiated where complaints of connivance in organised crime or illegal activities come to notice,” police sources said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkSources further revealed that staff should be clearly briefed that stern disciplinary action will be taken for acts of omission and commission. Further, CP said that district DCsP should closely monitor and ensure that the yardsticks for the posting of beat staff are strictly implemented. The meeting was held in Delhi Police headquarters. The top cop directed that the district DCsP should pay focussed attention for disposal of the cases, particularly rape and POCSO act cases and the pendency should be cleared on a regular basis. Special CsP (Law and Order) and Joint CsP (ranges) should also monitor it. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAccording to Delhi Police, in 2018 the Delhi Police conducted 472 Vigilance Enquiries against police personnel. Out of 472 Vigilance Enquiries, allegations in 107 vigilance enquiries were proved against 272 police officials ( 5 ACsP, 62 Inspectors, 53 SIs, 53 ASIs, 45 HCs and 54 Constables and commensurate disciplinary action were initiated). According to the investigating agency, as many as 433 police personnel were placed under suspension for various commissions and omissions. “During the year, 318 police personnel (07 Insprs, 50 SIs, 45 ASIs, 52 HCs, 163 constables & 01 MTS) were awarded major punishments excluding 61 Dismissals. 1690 police personnel (82 Insprs, 364 SIs, 310 ASIs, 355 HCs 579 Constables) were awarded the minor punishment of Censure, revealed Delhi Police annual report of 2018 adding that during the year, 1238 such calls pertaining to allegations of harassment, inaction or corruption were attended to by the Flying Squad.last_img read more

Defence ministry to look into issue of tax on disability pension

first_imgNew Delhi: The issue of tax on disability pension for military personnel was Thursday raised in the Lok Sabha by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh saying his ministry will look into the issue. As soon as Chowdhury raised the issue during the zero hour, Congress members rushed to the well and raised slogans like “Sena ko nayay do’ (Give justice to Army) and ‘sena ke naam pe vote mangana band karo’ (stop asking votes in the name of Army). Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah With Congress members creating a ruckus in the House, Speaker Om Birla said they were disturbing new members which was not right. Chowdhury said new members should be given chance to speak again and again. The Congress leader said that in June CBDT came out with a circular which said disability pension will be taxable for military personnel. This, he said, was very sad. Replying to him, the defence minister said, “I will look into the issue. The ministry is gathering information and will get back with details to the House”. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony The defence minister also said that in the last 40 years people were kept in the dark as far as ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) is concerned and were misled “but our government brought it into force”. Armed forces personnel who suffer any kind of disability due to their service receive separate disability pension. Sources had earlier said that disability pension will be taxable for military personnel who superannuated under normal circumstances. Pension will be non-taxable only for those personnel who have retired due to any kind of disability, they had said. Citing a Finance Ministry circular, dated June 24, the sources had said, “Tax exemption will be available to armed forces personnel who have been invalidated from the service on account of bodily disability attributable to or aggravated by such service and not to personnel who have been retired or superannuated or otherwise.”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The issue of tax on disability pension for military personnel was Thursday raised in the Lok Sabha by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh saying his ministry will look into the issue. As soon as Chowdhury raised the issue during the zero hour, Congress members rushed to the well and raised slogans like “Sena ko nayay do’ (Give justice to Army) and ‘sena ke naam pe vote mangana band karo’ (stop asking votes in the name of Army). Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah With Congress members creating a ruckus in the House, Speaker Om Birla said they were disturbing new members which was not right. Chowdhury said new members should be given chance to speak again and again. The Congress leader said that in June CBDT came out with a circular which said disability pension will be taxable for military personnel. This, he said, was very sad. Replying to him, the defence minister said, “I will look into the issue. The ministry is gathering information and will get back with details to the House”. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony The defence minister also said that in the last 40 years people were kept in the dark as far as ‘One Rank One Pension’ (OROP) is concerned and were misled “but our government brought it into force”. Armed forces personnel who suffer any kind of disability due to their service receive separate disability pension. Sources had earlier said that disability pension will be taxable for military personnel who superannuated under normal circumstances. Pension will be non-taxable only for those personnel who have retired due to any kind of disability, they had said. Citing a Finance Ministry circular, dated June 24, the sources had said, “Tax exemption will be available to armed forces personnel who have been invalidated from the service on account of bodily disability attributable to or aggravated by such service and not to personnel who have been retired or superannuated or otherwise.”last_img read more

Kamal Nath meets Gadkari over road projects in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgNew Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath met Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari here on Tuesday and discussed issues relating to national highways in the state. The chief minister said he informed Gadkari about the proposed Bhopal-Indore six-lane green field Expressway, which can be constructed either by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) or the state government. The proposed six-lane expressway will be a model highway and logistic hub and logistic parks, smart city, IT parks will be developed on both sides of the expressway, the chief minister said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The meeting was also attended by MP PWD Minister Sajjan Singh Verma and officers of the state. Kamal Nath urged Gadkari for inclusion of upgradation of 232 km stretches at a cost of Rs 1,271 Crore in annual action plan for 2019-20 and also reimbursement of Rs 363.78 crore in central road fund and sanction of new works amounting to Rs 1,131 crore for the year 2019-20. He also urged him for giving approval of periodic renewal of 116 km amounting to Rs 25 crore for the year 2019-20 and sanction of Rs 205 crore required for upgradation of existing stretches of the National Highway passing through towns of the state under a one-time investment scheme. Nath said that the cost of maintenance of in-principle approved National Highways of 1,507 kms should by borne by the central ministry and also approval may be given for strengthening of National Highway Under IRQP (Improvement of Riding Quality Programme) for the year 2019-20. Nath requested for sanction of cost of consultancy services for preparation of DPR of Bhopal-Indore six-lane expressway.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath met Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari here on Tuesday and discussed issues relating to national highways in the state. The chief minister said he informed Gadkari about the proposed Bhopal-Indore six-lane green field Expressway, which can be constructed either by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) or the state government. The proposed six-lane expressway will be a model highway and logistic hub and logistic parks, smart city, IT parks will be developed on both sides of the expressway, the chief minister said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The meeting was also attended by MP PWD Minister Sajjan Singh Verma and officers of the state. Kamal Nath urged Gadkari for inclusion of upgradation of 232 km stretches at a cost of Rs 1,271 Crore in annual action plan for 2019-20 and also reimbursement of Rs 363.78 crore in central road fund and sanction of new works amounting to Rs 1,131 crore for the year 2019-20. He also urged him for giving approval of periodic renewal of 116 km amounting to Rs 25 crore for the year 2019-20 and sanction of Rs 205 crore required for upgradation of existing stretches of the National Highway passing through towns of the state under a one-time investment scheme. Nath said that the cost of maintenance of in-principle approved National Highways of 1,507 kms should by borne by the central ministry and also approval may be given for strengthening of National Highway Under IRQP (Improvement of Riding Quality Programme) for the year 2019-20. Nath requested for sanction of cost of consultancy services for preparation of DPR of Bhopal-Indore six-lane expressway.last_img read more