Canadian – Bahamian Friendship Celebrated in Treelighting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew Providence, Bahamas, December 12, 2016 – Last weekend the Botanical Gardens lit up with holiday cheer at the opening of its annual Christmas Village.  The center of the celebrations was the lighting of a soaring, twenty-foot tall Christmas tree, donated by The Canadian Cultural Committee, with assistance from CIBC FirstCaribbean.The tree is a gift from the Canadian community to the people of the Bahamas to symbolize the longstanding friendship between the two Commonwealth countries. The Canadian community in The Bahamas is large and longstanding and hundreds of Bahamian students are educated in Canada each year. The annual tree-giving tradition has been celebrated for over four decades, and according to Peter Goudie, President of the Canadian Cultural Committee, “is our way of saying thank you to the Bahamian people.”For the past four years, CIBC FirstCaribbean has helped to defray cost of the gargantuan tree with a donation to the Canadian Cultural Committee. Mr. Goudie states that this too is an important symbol.  “CIBC FirstCaribbean, as both a Canadian and a Caribbean bank, is in its own way a representation of the friendship between Canada and the entire region,” said Mr. Goudie.  “Canadian affiliate banks like CIBC FirstCaribbean have a long and rich history here. We thank them for their support in this annual event.”The tree was lit and presented by Mr. Goudie at a ceremony at The Botanical Gardens on Saturday, December 10.  Senator Gregory Burrows symbolically accepted the tree on behalf of the Bahamian Government and people.CAPTION: Peter Goudie of the Canadian Cultural Committee accepts a donation cheque from Lorraine Johnson, Branch Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean Bay Street Branch. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

BHU student shot dead inside campus by bikeborne assailants police arrests four

first_imgGaurav had been suspended by the university administration last year for his alleged role in the violence that singed the campus in 2017 over the issue of safety of students. He was accused of helping to burn down a bus in the violence, reported NDTV.The police have accessed the CCTV footages to apprehend the accused. “We have arrested four people in this matter. It was a case of personal enmity,” Anil Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Varanasi Cantonment told a news agency. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot.FacebookA Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student was shot at outside the gates of his hostel inside the university campus on Tuesday evening. The student, Gaurav Singh, succumbed to his injuries early on Wednesday morning.The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. Gaurav was shot at by unidentified motorcycle-borne miscreants who opened fire at him and fled the spot. The BHU student was pursuing his masters and resided in Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on the university campus. He was standing outside his hostel and talking to his friends when the mishap occurred. Although he was rushed to the trauma centre of the BHU’s Institute of Medical Sciences after sustaining bullet injuries, his life could not be saved. Rakesh Singh, Gaurav’s father, reportedly works at BHU.last_img read more

Tk 75000 handset incentive for ministers bureaucrats

first_imggovtThe minster, state minister, deputy minister, secretary and acting secretary each will be entitled to Tk 75,000 for buying a cell phone.And they will enjoy their mobile services without any limit and their bills will be paid from the exchequer.The facilities were endorsed at a cabinet meeting on Monday.The cabinet in fact approved a draft of ‘Government Telephone, Cellular, Set and Internet Policy-2018’.Under the policy, the amount of money fot buying a mobile phone set has been raised from Tk 15,000 to Tk 75,000.After the meeting chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed newsmen about the cabinet’s decisions.He said joint secretaries and additional secretaries, who used to get mobile conveyance round the year, will get Tk 1,500 a month, up from Tk 600.It is being provided as per a 2004 policy which has just been updated.The cabinet has also given instructions to include judges of the apex court and state affairs chief at the foreign affairs ministry into the policy, said the cabinet secretary.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi resigns as Congress president

first_imgRahul Gandhi. Photo: AFPRahul Gandhi quit Wednesday as head of India’s main opposition Congress party, taking the blame for a second-straight election humiliation by right-wing Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election,” he said in a statement on his official Twitter account.”Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president.”The 49-year-old, who was seeking to become the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to become prime minister, had only been Congress president since December 2017.Congress has dominated Indian politics since independence in 1948, but it has seen a spectacular collapse in support in the past decade.Gandhi said immediately after his party’s defeat in the April-May national elections that he would not continue as leader, but party barons had hoped to change his mind and Wednesday’s official announcement still came as a surprise.Congress won only 52 of the 543 seats in the lower house of parliament in the election. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took 303 seats, increasing its majority as it won a second consecutive five-year term.The BJP’s huge victory stunned the opposition and political pundits who had predicted a reduced majority for Modi’s party.While saying he could not avoid his share of the blame, Gandhi launched a virulent attack on the BJP’s tactics, hinting that the vote had not been free and fair and saying that the Indian press, judiciary and election commission had all been turned against the opposition.- Privileged scion? -“We didn’t fight a political party in the 2019 election. Rather, we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state,” he said.Gandhi also accused the BJP of seeking to “destroy the fabric of our nation” and vowed to protect the country until his “last breath”.”I have no hatred or anger towards the BJP but every living cell in my body instinctively resists their idea of India,” he said.Veteran Indian politician Motilal Vora, new intern president of India`s main opposition Congress party, gestures at his residence in New Delhi on 3 July, 2019. Photo: AFPCritics accuse the BJP of stoking religious tensions and trying to undermine the country’s secular credentials.The BJP denies the accusations, insisting it believes in equality for all.Around 80 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population is Hindu, but it is also home to large numbers of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists.The great-grandson, grandson and son of three past premiers of the world’s biggest democracy, Gandhi had set out to rejuvenate the party after it lost to BJP in the 2014 election.But he struggled to shed his image as a privileged, dynastic scion.He even lost his constituency in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, that had been a family bastion for decades. He was allowed to contest a second seat, however, and won in southern India.Gandhi’s efforts at rebuilding the so-called Grand Old Party also seemed to flounder with the senior members refusing to yield space to the younger generation. Media reports said party baron, 90-year-old Motilal Vora, would become interim chief.”Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019,” Gandhi said.”It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility,” he added.Analysts said Gandhi’s resignation was likely to throw the party into fresh turmoil.”Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is an important point, but the bigger thing is what comes after this,” Manisha Priyam, an independent political analyst, told AFP.”Is it going to be a substitute who is going to be placed as the president?” she said indicating that making a Gandhi family pawn as new leader would not end its troubles.Rahul Gandhi’s mother, Italian-born Sonia, remains party chairperson. His sister Priyanka also took an increased role in this year’s election.last_img

Degree of devotion

first_imgSo what does this show explore? Well, the answer is a list of questions. What is devotion? Is it a mere a tool? Or a religious observation or worship?  Or an instant mantra to quell one’s innermost disquiet?  Or is it all a grand delusion and religious posturing? These are some of the ideas that this show explores through the works on display. Bajaj noted, ‘The art works in the show portray multidimensional elucidations of devotion and the way it transmutes individual entities. There are works that conjure up peace and spiritualism while others that invoke disquiet and action.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show opens today with the performances by Sweta Bhattad and leading puppeteer of India Dadi Pudumjee.This exhibition brings in an interesting exercise to examine the modern intellectual’s notion about devotion. The show has been in the making for the past one year and eminent group of artists contributed to make it so beautiful and absorbing.Curator Puri explains, ‘Great literature, art and cinema have always flourished in times of turmoil and strife. If censorship has imposed laws to stop the common man from protesting, art has provided the perfect platform for him/her to express angst through art.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe art works by this fairly large and varied collection of artistes, depicts devotion the most basic and profound human emotion since the inception of the civilization, in multidimensional forms and renditions reflective of each individual entity and his/her leanings or preoccupations.The concept for this annual show on this open platform is reflective of the gallery’s own ethos and support to a diverse representation of art where the only limitation is the ideas that the artiste is able to dream up and the degree of their dedication and commitment to realise it.When: On till 15 January 2015 Where: Gallery Art Positive, Lado Sarai Timing: 10.30am – 7.30pmlast_img read more

Consumer Affairs department coming up with consumer court at Rajarhat

first_imgKolkata: State Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande said on Monday that his department is coming up with consumer court facilities at Rajarhat. The building has already been set up and work is on for developing the infrastructure.”People from Salt Lake and Rajarhat-New Town have to travel to Barasat for filing complaints related to consumer matters. So we are coming up with a similar facility at Rajarhat to help the people of Salt Lake and its adjoining areas,” Pande said after attending the inauguration programme of a consumer complaint box at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePande also announced that his department is installing electronic weighing machines at all the markets in the city that are maintained by KMC. This will enable customers to weigh things purchased by them and feel convinced that they have not been cheated by the shopkeeper. “As per law, there is punishment for shopkeepers who cheat people by giving them things less than the original weight. Common people often complain that some shopkeepers manipulate their weighing machines to fleece customers. We want to ensure that customers are not cheated by any means,” Pande added. Mayor Firhad Hakim said that the complaint box has been installed to ensure that nobody is cheated under Right to Public Service. “If a consumer feels that a civic body official is unnecessary delaying service to him/her, complaint can be dropped in the box. Action will be taken as per law. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants consumer rights to be upheld in Bengal in the best possible manner,” Hakim said.last_img read more

Bengal entertainment industry to be hit by suppliers ending work over arears

first_imgKolkata: Bringing to the fore the failure of production houses in clearing payments in West Bengal’s entertainment industry, an association of suppliers on Monday threatened to go on a cease work agitation if their dues were not cleared in the next four days. “The suppliers are facing huge problems as certain producers haven’t cleared payments (in crores) for a very long time… Till Thursday if we don’t see any initiation of payment, the suppliers will not take the responsibility to support the industry,” Neet Paul, General Secretary, Cine Video and Stage Supplier Welfare Association (CVSSWA), told the media here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata It is a body of members who supply camera, generator, lights, costume, vehicles and other props required for shootings. There are 60-70 members in the welfare body and more than 600 people who work under them. Many suppliers have become bankrupt and one of them even thought about committing suicide. “We are no one to stop work but the vendors are helpless and will not be able to provide the supplies without payments. We could have taken a legal step but wanted the channels, producers and suppliers to sit together and solve the issue,” Argha Mitra, Assistant Secretary, CVSSWA, said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Pal named one producer Rana Sarkar who owes the suppliers more than Rs 2 crore and is absconding. The said producer has allegedly not cleared payments of 14 suppliers for some of his television serials. “We still hope that the industry will support us. We do believe in the judicial system but we cannot wait for months and years involved in a legal process and want the matter to be solved within ourselves,” Paul said. The West Bengal Motion Picture Artists’ Forum is supporting the suppliers. “We are approaching the channels as the serials are their products and they can easily solve the issue by making the payments. If the artists and technicians can get their dues, the suppliers should not be left behind,” Mitra added. Costume supplier Zakir Hossen Mollick, a member of the body, said the producers thought that the suppliers lacked a collective voice and no one will stand up against them.last_img read more