Even I have paid fine for speeding: Gadkari

first_imgAmid concern over the hefty fines for traffic violations, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said even he has been fined for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink in Mumbai. Talking to reporters about the major decisions of the Modi-led government in its first 100 days, Mr. Gadkari said abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir was the “most important achievement” of the government. Criminalisation of instant triple talaq and the amended motor vehicles law were some of the big achievements of the Centre, he said.“Even I have paid a fine for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink,” Mr. Gadkari said adding that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet collegaue Gen V.K. Singh also got speeding challans. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, approved by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations and to bring discipline on roads.“Passing the MV Act amendment is a big achievement for our government. The high fines will lead to transparency, and (will) not result in corruption,” Mr. Gadkari said.Claiming that overspending on fines has helped people to adhere to traffic rules, Mr. Gadkari said: “For the new over speeding rules all are equal be it lawyers, doctors or politicians. We have increased the fines to save lives of lakhs of motorists.” The minister said road engineering is a reason, along with auto engineering, for the high incidents of accidents in India.Amendment of MV Act will improve road safety and reduce the number of road accidents and lives lost on roads, Mr. Gadkari said.last_img read more

Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Legacy? Well, all five composers are dead now and they number among the major figures of our musical past. Yet they are known by few of their fellow Canadians. Gary Kulesha, the TSO’s composer adviser, expresses no surprise. As he puts it, “would the average Canadian know who Brahms was?”Probably not, but the average Canadian lover of classical music certainly would know Brahms, whereas such native figures as Mercure and Weinzweig?There are various reasons for this situation, Kulesha acknowledges, including the diminished profile of music in our public schools, and on radio and television. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: And it surely is a welcome way to fund some major commissions to our composers in addition to 40 or so two-minute fanfares to be performed by the TSO and partner orchestras from British Columbia to Newfoundland.The whole enterprise begins next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Roy Thomson Hall, when Victor Feldbrill and Alain Trudel preside over a program titled Canadian Legacy, featuring Godfrey Ridout’s Fall Fair, Pierre Mercure’s Kaléidoscope, Jean Coulthard’s “Introduction” and “Three Folk Songs” from Canada Mosaic, John Weinzweig’s Suite from Red Ear of Corn and André Mathieu’s Rhapsodie romantique, the latter with Alain Lefèvre as piano soloist. “Innovators. Renegades. Pioneers. Canadian musicians have long punched above their weight both at home and internationally.”Or so claims a news release announcing Canada Mosaic, an ambitious cross-country celebration of Canadian music and musicians spearheaded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and funded (to the tune of $7.5 million) by the government of Canada.“What a wonderful way to celebrate our 150th,” enthuses Mélanie Joly, minister of Canadian Heritage.last_img read more

Mandate for Muskrat Falls inquiry incomplete says former bureaucrat

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN News The public inquiry into the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam in Labrador has drawn a lot of criticism since it was announced in November.The inquiry is looking at the financial issues facing the project – mainly why the cost of the project has doubled to $12.7 billion.A group of people gathered in St. John’s, Newfoundland this week to share their concerns.jbrake@aptn.calast_img

House of Commons debate sets up vote on Pope Francis apology next

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsA motion calling for Pope Francis to apologize to residential school survivors was debated for nearly four hours in the House of Commons Thursday.The motion presented by NDP MP Charlie Angus also called on the government to pressure the church on a number of other issues.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

BAHAMAS Ohio UAB Come Together to Swim with Dolphins

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Nassau – They may be rivals on the football field this week but players from Ohio and UAB came together Tuesday afternoon to swim with dolphins at Atlantis Paradise Island resort.The Blazers and Bobcats players come from teams with intimidating mascots, but they were in awe when they got up close and personal with the world-famous dolphins.“It was amazing,” Lee Dufour, UAB’s redshirt sophomore center said.   “It was something I have always wanted to do.   To come out here and get to touch and interact with the dolphins was incredible.”The players watched the dolphins leap, flip, shake hands and even cry like a baby during their hour-long experience.“It was really cool getting to see all of the tricks up close,” Javon Hagan, Ohio’s redshirt sophomore safety added.   “The best part was watching the dolphins do front flips in front of us. I have never seen dolphins before.”With some incredible memories created, the two teams will return to the gridiron Wednesday as they continue preparation for Friday’s Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Vandalism over Facebook post section 144 imposed

first_imgfaridpurPolice detained a youth from Malo Para in Krishnopur union of Sadarpur upazila in Faridpur on Thursday for posting a photo on his facebook wall demeaning the Holy Kaaba, reports UNB.The detainee is Brishna Malo.Chairman of the Union Parishad Billal Hossain said enraged by the facebook post, locals vandalised the house of Brishno in Malo para and his business establishment at a local bazar at noon.On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. They also held Brishna.Sadarpur Upazila Nirbahi officer Purobi Goldar said that section 144 has been imposed from 3pm on Thursday to 6pm on Friday to avoid any untoward situation.last_img read more

HC upholds Mamatas Rs 10000 cash grant for Puja organisers

first_imgKolkata: Disposing of the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the state government’s grant to Durga Puja organisers, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday decided not to interfere into the matter as the legislature is the right forum to take decision on the government’s expenditure.With the Court’s direction in this connection, there is no restriction anymore for the state government in giving the grant of Rs 10,000 to each of the Puja organisers. Around 28,000 Puja organisers in the state will be receiving the grant. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Debasish Kar Gupta and Justice Sampa Sarkar has, however, mentioned that the Court can interfere later.It may be mentioned that it was October 5 when the High Court put a stay on the state government’s decision to give the grant to the Durga Puja organisers.Refusal of the High Court to interfere into the matter related to the state government’s grant to Durga Puja organisers and disposal of the PIL, the interim stay on the same gets vacated, allowing the state government to initiate the task of distributing cheques among the Puja organisers. Steps have been taken for the distribution through local police stations. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSources said that steps have been taken on an immediate basis after the High Court’s decision in this connection, so that the grant can be utilised for traffic safety campaigns during the Puja.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that Rs 10,000 will be given to each of the Durga Puja organizers, while addressing a programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Accordingly, the Puja organisers had also planned to campaign in a big way for creating awareness on traffic safety. Now with the Court’s order, the Puja organisers can carry on with their plans for the same.Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, said: “It is not a matter of winning or losing a court case. I thank the Calcutta High Court as the aim of a section of people to restrict the growth of Bengal has not been fulfilled.”last_img read more