UP Two minors killed as old house collapses in rain

first_imgNoida (UP): Two minors were killed and nine of their family members injured after a two-storey house collapsed in a village near Greater Noida on Tuesday morning, officials said. The house located in Dubli village under the Rabupura police station limits was an old structure and it collapsed due to heavy rain, police said. “Eleven members of the family were trapped after the house collapsed. Two girls died of injuries while nine others of the family were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they are undergoing treatment,” a police official said. Those hospitalised were stated to be out of danger, he added. According to the police, the incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday. Rains have lashed Delhi-NCR over the last two days, with Noida and Greater Noida witnessing a good spell of showers even as it led to waterlogging and traffic snarls at various places.last_img read more

Govt measures to revive auto sector yet to make impact on ground

first_imgNew Delhi: The recent measures announced by the government to help auto industry overcome the ongoing slowdown is yet to take effect at ground level and uncertainty over GST reduction is making customers postpone purchases, automobile dealers body FADA said on Tuesday. The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) however said it was cautiously optimistic about retail sales to be either flat or marginally positive during this festive season compared to last year when there was degrowth. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”On the ground situation, I can’t say right now if I have seen much change from what we last reported. Inquiries are still there but postponement continues as of now,” FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said here in a media interaction. He was responding to query on whether the measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to help the auto industry has had any tangible effect. It is too early to comment. Whatever measures were announced were very recent and for them to actually reflect on the ground and in turn reflect into numbers will take time, he added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Towards September-end we will actually come to know whether measures announced by the government have really helped us grow volumes. Currently, postponement continues,” Kale said. On August 23, in a bid to address slowdown in the auto sector, Sitharaman announced lifting ban on purchase of vehicles by government departments, and allowing additional 15 per cent depreciation on vehicles acquired from now till March 2020. Also, the government clarified that BS-IV vehicles purchased up to March 2020 will remain operational for the entire period of registration while it will also consider various measures including scrappage policy to boost demand. Kale also said confusion over GST reduction for automobiles, which has been demanded by the auto industry, is also hurting sales with buyers postponing purchases. “If that is happening, it will immediately increase (sales)..if it is not happening we need to get clarity on that,” he said, adding some reports have come recently about the government recommending a cut to the GST Council which may confuse the customer resulting in postponement of purchases. Every consumer will like the best deal. If he knows that the government will reduce GST after 20 days why will he buy a more expensive vehicle now, Kale wondered. He however, said,”if it (GST cut) has been recommended, we really welcome it. It is a very welcome step. That was one of the requests we have put out in our meeting as an industry.” Elaborating on the situation at showrooms, he said,”situation is tough, there is no doubt about it…but confidence level of financers and bankers is coming back. That definitely can be seen but it is yet to reflect on the ground.” Kale further said,”financers and NBFCs, which have been missing from our showrooms for the last four-five months have actually started visiting to discuss plans for the festive season, not very aggressive, but at least they have come back.” Once the confidence in lending and retail credit comes back, he said,”a lot should change. Currently, we are still where we were.” While inquiries at showrooms have gone up, conversions to actual purchase have not happened.last_img read more

Hearing at Grossmont College discusses protecting student veterans

first_imgHearing at Grossmont College discusses protecting student veterans April 24, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More than 1,200 for profit colleges went out of business in the last 5 years. Many were characterized as predatory because they targeted veterans returning home from war zones.What those schools would do is recruit veterans knowing they had $18,000 a year of taxpayer dollars to spend on education.This was the topic of a congressional hearing at Grossmont College today.KUSI’s Steve Bosh was there. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 24, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

With her loving mercy

first_imgThis autumnal festival, popularly known as Shardotsav, celebrates the power of Shakti, symbolised by the Goddess Durga, who slays asura to re-establish peace and sanctity on earth again. Bengalis all over the world during these days rejoice to their heart’s content, reconnecting with friends and relatives. Durga Puja is not simply about celebrations and feasting. The actual carousing of the Puja is all about enlightenment of soul and the celebrations of the goodness over evil. It is about the triumph of truth over false and right over wrong. Durga Puja is about sustaining the mass believe of emergence of an almighty savior whenever evil tries to take over the goodness in the universe. Durga Puja is an occasion when the familiar sound of dhak, Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’dhunuchi nachh,the mild fragrance of shiuli, give a familiar tug at every Bengali heart. Spread over five days, Shashti, Shaptami, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami, multiple rituals are performed, though vermilion play ( Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixsindur khela) – probably four-century-old and perhaps the most glamorous captivates Bengalis like nothing else. As per mythology, since on Vijaya Dashami evening, goddess Durga returns to her husband’s home, hence all married women, mostly in white or yellow sarees with red borders, are seen honouring the goddess and each other with ‘sindur’. This ritual is all about resplendence accompanied with sweets and the sound of drums and cymbals.  The origin of public celebrations of Durga Puja can be traced back to the 16th century. With the ascent of the Mughals, Durga Puja became more of a status symbol. The annual festival soon became the most celebrated. It was an ocassion to make merry with friends, relatives, neighbours and acquaintances. Hosted for over a week, Durga Puja is considered one of the most expensive festivals of India. The social and ritualistic significance has also been modified to a certain extent. Durga Puja celebrations at Matri Mandir, Safdarjung Enclave, has been associated with grandiose and splendour in decoration. Each year thousands throng the Mandir premises to partake in the celebrations and appreciate the creativity and hard work that is evident in the intricate and imaginative themes in Pandal decorations. This year the theme is – ‘Go Green’ – back to the simplicity of life!They explored the vast diversity that is our country and rediscovered the Tribals in the East. Untouched by the madness of the cities, their concept of progress lies in co existing with the environment without disturbing nature. That is the essence they have depicted in the decoration this year. Progress is symbolized through the invention Boats as the main mode of transport, as they lived along the river banks, and the biggest invention of all, the Wheel. The entire structure and framework has been constructed out of environment friendly products and every piece used in decoration reflects the minimalism that marked human race when civilization began. The main entrance showcases the time wheel (Samay Chakra) and evolution of man.  The other entrance exhibits Tribal Goddesses found at the entrance of ethnic villages. Tribal handicrafts are on display in abundance. To realize this vision, more than 80 artistes from across West Bengal and Odissa have been working tirelessly for over 40 days. Extensive use of bamboo, raw wood, feathers and others natural products help build the ambience. The endeavor has been to capture the grandiose in simplicity and create, not only a visual treat, but also to give a message to conserve nature.In keeping with the practice of theme-based pandals, this year Co-operative Ground Durga Puja Samity will be celebrating its 40th Durgaotsav where they will portray SAT-CHIT-AANANDA (EXISTENCE – KNOWLEDGE – BLISS). SAT-CHIT-AANANDA is a Sanskrit phrase which means the existence of Gods and Goddess amidst the common people and imparting Knowledge to them and making their life bliss. Co-operative Puja’s theme for 2015 depicts a village scenario where Devi Saraswati, Devi Lakshmi, Ganapati and Karitikeya are amidst the common people and empowering them with knowledge, prosperity and good health. While Devi Saraswati is imparting Vidya and Cultural fulfilment, Kartikeya is teaching the secret of Good Health by daily exercise and attaining Perfection through Archery. Devi Lakshmi and Ganapati are enabling the prosperity and development of the Village. The entire Pandal depicting the above theme has been created by eco-friendly material such as Thatch, Jute, Mud, Bamboo and most importantly Areca Nuts’ bark. Areca Nuts bark (Supari Tree bark) which is an eco-friendly product is usually produced in Southern or Eastern parts of India. The bark is usually hard in form and thus they are shaped into various plates, bowls and spoon. In fact, co-operative puja has been serving Bhog (Langar) to the mass in these plates from last 19 years. In sync with the Pandal, the Idol have been created within a background of the Half Shaped Areca Nut Plate and been made with eco-friendly material and Colours. Catechu or Cutch tree (brown), Gamboge tree resin (dark mustard yellow), Himalayan Rubhada root (yellow), Indigofera plant (blue), Kamala tree (red), Madder root (red, pink, orange), Myrabolan fruit (black). The above colours have been used keeping in view the “Clean Yamuna Project” and we are trying to protect it from artificial, chemical based colours. The streets of Chittaranjan Park locality, adoringly christened “Delhi’s mini-Bengal”, delightfully transform into a whirlwind of colors, textures, aromas and culinary pleasures and the entire area comes alive with the sounds of children’s laughter, elderly gossips, trance-inducing religious hymns and gyrating beats of drums that refuse to die down even in the late hours of night – Durga Puja is here and it is that time of the year when the Bengali population gears up to adore and offer obeisance to Goddess Durga, the sophisticated Hindu feminine deity, and in this profound tradition they are joined by hundreds of thousands of residents of the city who turn up at CR Park for a taste of the enviable culture and delectable culinary delights that the Bengalis are renowned for. Though the whole place wears a festive look complete with lights, music and crowds that tend to spill out on the arterial roads and side lanes, the mainstay of the wonderful celebrations remain the numerous, brilliantly-lit grand “pandals” (makeshift temples composed of cloth and paper over a bamboo framework) which are erected in the larger community parks and temple arenas and house idols of the Goddess and her hallowed accomplices, it is around these pandals that it appears that a major fair is in progress where there are joyrides, restaurants, food stalls, shopping counters and souvenir stalls, in fact, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, each of these extravagant temporary structures, raised primarily through corporate sponsorship (with nominal religio-charitable donations to indicate collective social participation), are constructed at the cost of several million rupees after immense thought and enormous labor and bear a uniquely distinctive and often thematic appearance which eventually culminates into being a major draw for the visitors, spiritual-seekers and photographers for whom this entire festival of colors, lights and humanity is an offer to delve some more into the city’s inconceivably diverse culture and traditions. India is a land of holy places, holy rivers, and large religious festivals. Almost every aspect of life is infused with religious gestures, rites, and meaning. The importance of Hinduism as India’s most dominant religion extends far beyond the private sphere into the public realm. Every year hundreds of religious festivals and pilgrimages are celebrated all across this vast and diverse country, and being able to witness or participate in one or several of them is a great cultural or even spiritual experience for foreign visitors.  Among India’s most colorful and lively festivals is Navratri (Festival of Nine Nights), and Durga Puja is one of the most popular versions of this festival celebrated in Eastern India, especially in the city of Kolkata (Calcutta) in the state of West Bengal. For five days each year, the city takes on a festive atmosphere and comes to a complete standstill, when temporary temples spring up all over the city to honor the Hindu goddess Durga. Hundreds of thousands of worshippers from Kolkata and all over India visit these temples to pay their tribute.last_img read more