297 EVMS hit snag in Himachal

first_imgHimachal Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said on Thursday that the Assembly elections were peaceful and no incidents of violence were reported. A total of 11,283 VVPAT units were used in all polling booths of the 68 constituencies out of which 297 were replaced, he said, adding this was well within the technical limits.Voting in some booths of Bilaspur Sadar, Naina Devi and Rekong Peo was disrupted when the button against the name of a particular candidate did not respond and record the voter’s choice. Supporters of the candidate protested the glitch which was later rectified.Shyam Saran Negi, the well-known first voter of the country, cast his vote in Kinnaur. A red carpet welcome was laid for the centenarian at the polling booth and he was escorted by the DM of Kinnaur. Mr. Negi, has used his electoral franchise for the 29th time in India.Former Union Minister from Congress and now senior BJP leader Sukhram cast his vote in Mandi along with his son and grandson, all of whom have now joined the BJP. Talking to reporters the octogenarian leader said the present Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was responsible for this plight of Congress in Mandi as well as the entire State.Mr. Virbhadra Singh voted in Rampur with his family, although he is contesting the elections from Arki in Solan and his son from rural Shimla. Senior Congress leader Kaul Singh Thakur voted in his native constituency of Drang in Mandi and said people would send him for ninth time to the State Vidhan Sabha.The BJP’s chief ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal voted along with his son Anurag Thakur and wife in Samirpur.Sixty sitting MLAs were among the 337 candidates fighting for a seat in the 68 member Assembly. As many as 7,525 polling booths were set up and 37,605 personnel deputed for poll duty in the state, which has a total of 50,25,941 voters.Security arrangementsA total of 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force had also been deployed.The Congress and the BJP, led by Mr. Dhumal, contested all 68 seats. The BSP fought for 42 seats, the CPI(M) 14, the Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI three. There are also 112 independents in the fray. Dharamsala had the maximum number of candidates at 12.last_img read more

Coutinho makes Barcelona debut

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Coutinho debuts for Barca in Copa clash with Espanyol Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:56 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Andres Iniesta Barcelona Copa del Rey LLUIS GENE Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol Copa del Rey The Brazilian came on in the second half of the Blaugrana’s quarter-final tie with his side comfortably in control Philippe Coutinho made his debut for Barcelona on Thursday, coming on in the 68th minute of Blaugrana’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash with Espanyol to replace Andres Iniesta. Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi both scored in the first half to put Barca 2-1 up on aggregate, after Ernesto Valverde’s outfit lost the first leg 1-0.Former Liverpool star Coutinho entered the match looking to help his side ease into the semi-finals of the competition.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coutinho arrived from Liverpool in a £145 million deal earlier this month but has been recovering from a thigh injury. The 25-year-old took over the No.14 from Javier Mascherano, who wore the number for seven and a half seasons before his departure from the club was confirmed on Tuesday.Mascherano will join Chinese side Hebei China Fortune on Friday,  Barcelona have confirmed .  The No.14 at Barcelona has also been worn by  Johan Cruyff, Emmanuel Amunike, Gerard Lopez, Santiago Ezquerro and Thierry Henry .Coutinho’s debut came fittingly against a club he once played for, having spent time on loan with Espanyol in 2012. His first real contribution was drawing a foul in the 70th minute just outside the Espanyol area, with Messi fizzing the ensuing free kick over the bar. The Brazilian nearly earned his first assist for the club minutes later, slipping a pass into Suarez just in front of goal, only to have the shot brilliantly saved by Pau Lopez, though the Uruguayan really should have finished the chance. In the end, it was a promising start for the 25-year-old, who had some nice moments in his limited action, and Barcelona did enough to move on to the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 2-0 win on the night.last_img read more

Local Government Ministry to Procure 100 Garbage Collection Units

first_imgStory Highlights The Governor-General said three “key regulations” governing solid waste disposal will be brought before the Parliament later this year. During the new legislative year, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will give priority attention to procuring 100 garbage-collection units for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).“This will significantly broaden the capacity of the agency, and tremendously improve responsiveness,” said Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech in Parliament, today (February 14).The Governor-General said three “key regulations” governing solid waste disposal will be brought before the Parliament later this year.These include:• The National Solid Waste Management Authority (Disposal of Solid Waste Facilities) Regulations, which seek to regulate the kinds of material that may be disposed of at a disposal site, and the “manner in which such disposal is done”.• The National Solid Waste Management (Public Cleansing) Regulations, which will outline the full schedule of penalties for all breaches of the Act, and• The National Solid Waste Management Authority (Disposal of Hazardous Waste), (Electronic and Electrical) Regulations and Order, which will provide for the disposal of hazardous waste, to include electronic and electrical items.He said that the Jamaica Fire Brigade, another agency under the Ministry, will acquire eight pumpers in the 2019/2020 financial year, and 20 life rafts for flooding and swift water rescue. “This equipment will strengthen the Brigade’s ability to respond to emergencies,” the Governor-General said.The Governor-General said work continues on the Human Services Bill, which will come before the House this year to replace the Poor Relief Act, abolish the Board of Supervision, transfer the functions of the Board to the Ministry, and “modernise the structures through which human services are provided”Regulations to the Local Governance Act and the Local Government (Financing and Financial Management) Act, to give operational meaning and clarity to the new standards of governance, and the new regime concerning the financing of Local Government are also expected to be concluded and taken before the Parliament this year for consideration, according to the Governor-General. During the new legislative year, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will give priority attention to procuring 100 garbage-collection units for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). “This will significantly broaden the capacity of the agency, and tremendously improve responsiveness,” said Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech in Parliament, today (February 14).last_img read more

Stars Give Tree Top Troubadour A Boost

first_imgOn Saturday 2nd June, tree surgeon Ben Trevor will scale the tallest tree in his home county of Surrey, serenading his audience and entertaining music enthusiasts all over the world by performing a mini-concert at the top.His Tree Top Troubadour charity campaign, which has already attracted the attention of local media and celebrities and raised over £1000 in sponsorship for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, will be filmed and turned into a documentary with the help of fellow climbers and local filmmakers.Saturday’s event is the first in a series of three climbs which Ben hopes will continue to raise awareness and funds for the cause – chosen after his mother was successfully treated for breast cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital.‘We were all so relieved when my mum got the all clear, and obviously very thankful for the amazing care she’d received,’ explains Ben.‘After her recovery, mum did the Marsden March and a few other events to raise money. Seeing what she had achieved inspired me to do something myself to continue our support of this wonderful charity.’Following Saturday’s performance at the top of a 140ft Douglas Fir just off the A24 in Surrey, the intrepid tree surgeon’s sights are firmly set on the tallest trees in the UK and the World respectively. He is already working with top tree expert Iain Duncan towards a second performance atop the 210ft Grand Fir in Scotland before the end of Summer 2012.For his third and final concert, he will travel to the Redwood National Park in California, where Hyperion, the tallest tree on earth, stands at over 379ft. Almost three times the height of the Surrey tree, this is the ideal venue for a third and final Tree Top Troubadour gig, after which Ben willauction his own guitars to raise further money for the charity.The unusual method of fundraising has already grabbed the attention of former motor-cycle world champion James Toseland, who has pledged his support; and actors Andy Beckwith and Brian Blessed, who have agreed to record video messages of encouragement and inspiration.Rock star John Parr has agreed to perform a version of his classic hit St Elmo’s Fire at the start of the Scotland tree, and is currently assisting Ben in rewriting the lyrics for the Tree Top campaign.The Tree Top Troubadour in his natural environmentBen, a father of two, also plays in his own band, Bommerillo. It was his combined love of music and climbing which led to the idea for this unique charity stunt: ‘I was planning on climbing the Surrey tree at some point anyway, just for the achievement. There is a tradition among tree surgeons to leave a souvenir at the top, so I was going to leave my band’s CD. Then I realised it would be a good way to raise money, and before I knew it I’d committed myself to playing at the top of the tallest tree in the world!’Ben is well-qualified for his task in every respect, having been a tree surgeon for 8 years and played music since childhood. For him, the two activities complement one another perfectly: ‘the physical challenge and mental discipline of tree work balance the creative processes of songwriting andperformance.’More information about the Tree Top Troubadour campaign can be found on their Facebook page.Information about the Royal Marsden Hospital and Cancer Charity can be found at www.royalmarsden.org.Donations are welcome at www.justgiving.com/treetoptrobadour or you can show your support by following @treetoptroub on twitter.last_img read more