first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN National News often brings stories about the Canadian Coast Guard helping boaters in Nunavut.This time, APTN has obtained video shot Sunday depicting the actual moment.Nine boaters from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, found themselves trapped in sea ice and contacted search and rescue for assistance.Soon after the video was shot, supplies were dropped off to the stranded people.They were reached by the Coast Guard ship Pierre Radisson on Monday.The boaters are going to wait out bad weather and return home with their own boats.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government will be defending itself against a lawsuit filed by the Onion Lake Cree Nation.The suit claims the federal government should not have the power to withhold funding if band councils refuse to disclose salaries on-line.Most First Nations in Canada have complied with the order, but about 50 have yet to submit their financials to the department.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf spoke with a Dakota chief about the issue in Saskatchewan.last_img

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsGrand Chief Joe Norton is keeping a close watch over the St. Lawrence Seaway these days.He’s concerned about a shipment of weapon’s grade uranium that could soon pass by his community of Kahnawake, Quebec., “With nuclear waste especially this type of nuclear waste, which is liquid is so dangerous that it lasts life times,” said Norton.The plan to transport the liquid waste in steel tubes has been approved by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.According to Norton, that could mean at any time, 23 thousand litres of radioactive liquid will be moved from the Chalk River reactor, northwest of Ottawa to an American site in South Carolina.Uranium expert, Gordon Edwards said he’s  keeping a close watch too.“It’s very intensely radioactive and its unapproachable by humans without shields, heavy shields,” said Edwards. “And even if you were stopped in traffic beside the truck carrying this material, you would be getting irradiated with a certain amount of gamma radiation and neutron radiation because it’s impossible to block it entirely.”That’s why the Iroquois caucus, that represents seven Iroquois communities in Ontario and Quebec are voicing their opposition against it,The Anishinabek Nation, which includes 40 Ontario First Nations are standing with them.“This is something that we just can’t sit here and if we’re caretakers of the land and if our purpose in life is to ensure that the water, the land is safe for our future generations, then it’s incumbent upon us to do something about it,” said Norton.According to Norton , there’s been no consultation or discussion regarding the plans to move the toxic material through their territories.“I’m no expert by any means but, I do understand the difference between spent fuel rods and the liquid and the liquid is so dangerous that it can contaminate very quickly in an area, and we’re talking about being shipped from Ontario down into I believe its South Carolina and in a vacinity of 40 million people, you know 40 million inhabitants both in Canada and the United States,” he said.Norton said they’ll be keeping track of what’s happening, and if needed, they’ll quickly rally against the dangerous movement.Edwards commends the Iroquois Caucus for taking the lead.“I think the only thing that can be done at this point is strong statements of disapproval and opposition,” he said.The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Natural Resources Canada did not respond to our requests for comment.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgYoung children at a residential school (APTN file).Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsDay school survivors may be promised an easier time obtaining compensation under a proposed national settlement agreement but critics say they still need a lawyer of their choice.“Even if it’s a paper-filing process people will still need access to legal counsel,” said Lisa Abbott, an Indigenous lawyer in Saskatoon.“Without assistance, the paper-filing process is going to be re-traumatizing.”Abbott is one of several lawyers with experience representing residential school survivors in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), who are voicing concerns about the McLean Day School settlement announced by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett last week.The IAP was the compensation portion for serious physical and sexual abuse under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.The day school agreement, which was designed by the law firm Gowling WLG and subject to court approval in May, is proposing compensation in the range of $10,000 to $200,000.But doesn’t include an IAP-type adjudication hearing.Instead, survivors will fill out forms and submit supporting documents and witness statements.They also have the option of making a video statement, said Jeremy Bouchard, a lawyer and partner at Gowling in Ottawa.“What really drove us in designing this process is we really wanted to make it as user friendly as possible,” he said in a telephone interview Friday.“A presumption of honesty that people who are making claims are providing information that is factually accurate has been built into the process.”But Abbott, who represented 500 IAP claimants, thinks that will short-change survivors.Register here“Some people found the hearing process was healing,” she said of the IAP hearings. “Telling their story – for some people – that was the first step in healing.”Nick Racine, another lawyer from Saskatoon who represented 300 IAP clients, agreed, and chastised Gowling for “demonizing” the IAP.“Garnering support for the proposed day school agreement – it should not include fear-mongering and misinformation,” Racine said.He acknowledged the IAP did “have its faults,” but said it was lawyers that claimants “did not know and did not trust on a personal level” that failed them, and not the system itself.“Here, we have a process being proposed that severely limits claimants ability to have the direct, personal assistance of a lawyer they know and trust,” Racine said.Both Racine and Abbott wonder about mental health support for survivors before, during and after they apply for compensation – especially if a claimant is working alone.They also worry claimants will be rushed through the one-year process compared to the five-year window for the IAP.And, they insist individual lawyers are needed to ensure claimants get the compensation they deserve.FILLING OUT A FORM“They’re filling out a form that is asking them very specific, detailed questions that takes them back to a time in their life when they were physically, emotionally and sexually abused,” said Racine.“They should do that with a lawyer who understands the legalese of the language in the application who has the ability to put them in contact with health support in the community.”Racine said he made sure to meet in person with residential school claimants who suffered sexual abuse.“I had the ability to monitor where my client was at all times during disclosure. It’s very important that when you take them to a place of trauma – you bring them in and you bring them out in as safe as manner as possible.”Bouchard said Gowling is open to hearing concerns and incorporating them into the agreement.But some things need the personal touch of a lawyer, argued Abbott.“In this process, the average complainant… will have a Grade 6 education,” she said, “and to have someone fill out a form by themselves with five very, defined types of (harmful) acts… will be re-traumatizing.”Abbott doesn’t believe one firm – Gowling – can handle all of the estimated 130,000 claims.Nor, said Racine, is there incentive for Gowling “to assist people with their claims and make them as successful as possible” when it will receive $55 million 30 days after the settlement is approved.“This is a great process for the government,” added Racine, an Indigenous lawyer in Saskatoon.“The amount of legal fees that they’re paying – if you do the numbers on it – it’s less than $1,000 in legal fees per claim.”Read: Notice of Certification and Settlement Approval Hearing documentsRacine said he’s “passionate about” wanting the ability to represent claimants who know and trust him “with their stories.”Instead, he fears they will go through a process where Gowling “is doing everything possible to limit the contact individual claimants have with class counsel.”Bouchard, a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River, agreed the day school settlement is “fundamentally” different from the residential schools settlement.“It is a paper-based process that is claimant-friendly, non-adversarial, and meant to be completed with very little outside or third-party assistance.”He said Gowling lawyers travelled the country to hear first-hand what survivors wanted and reflected that in the settlement.See the registration form here.“We wanted to do it differently…get out to communities before, meet with communities, meet with leadership, meet with the people.”Bouchard said that’s why the application process is only one year and has reduced the number of lawyers involved.“A lot of people just felt they got lost, they got re-traumatized,” he said.“Claimants could navigate their way through this – by themselves if they chose to – but with resources available it would not be as lengthy as the IRSSA process and would not re-traumatize and harm individuals.”Lastly, Bouchard said Gowling did its best to seek a balance between those who want to tell their stories and those who want to “limit their interaction with government lawyers and officials.”So, along with the video statement option, he said $200 million from Canada for legacy, healing and commemorative events will offer a “truth-telling forum.”He said these could take the form of national and regional events where survivors could share and document their experiences.“We understand that people will want to tell their stories. And we think that there’s an educational component to this, too,” Bouchard said.“Everyone needs to know that the abuse, the harm, that happened in federal Indian day schools were similar to what happened in Indian residential schools.” read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Communication, collaboration, co-operation. Those are a few favourite things when it comes to “managing up” at work, but handling a difficult boss can be tricky.The challenges and risks are playing out in the White House on a regular basis with a long list of departures as President Donald Trump grows increasingly wary of advice from staff. For the rest of us, though, what’s on the table when attempting to manage up, and what’s at stake? It’s more than just workflow, and it can be a job killer.Some common scenarios:WHEN YOU DISAGREE WITH A BOSSDuncan Lowe in San Francisco is co-producer and co-host of a weekly podcast called “Millennial Minded.” He also works in account management for the public relations and marketing firm Double Forte. His weekly podcast guest is his boss, the company’s founder, president and CEO, Lee Caraher, who wrote the book “Millennials & Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work.”Lowe, at 27, is a millennial. Caraher, at 54, is not. It’s a common age dynamic in workplaces today.“I always knew that communication is crucial, but sometimes we shy away from confronting an issue because it doesn’t feel good. We run away from conflict,” Lowe says. “But things can really fester. They just don’t go away. Confront, but do it respectfully and come with some context around the issue. Once you have that conversation, it feels really good and you feel like a weight has been lifted.”And what says the boss?“Company values have become so much more important to a wide range of workers,” she says. “There’s a high degree of expectation from a large portion of millennials to line up personal goals, personal values with company values. They want to know why, why, why. So tell them.”IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY WORK ISN’T A DEMOCRACY“Yeah, it’s not,” says Caraher. “However, the best businesses are the ones where leadership is asking for input, absorbing input and then making a decision, but it’s no longer command and control. You manage up by being cogent and persuasive, with backup, asking for the time to present your input, being able to answer questions.”Duncan’s takeaway:“Lee has taught me high input, low democracy is how a lot of companies are run. If we spent all week debating whether to go left or right and there were different people looking for different paths, we would deliberate for weeks. You need someone who can say we’re going to the right. And when your boss says that, after seeking input, it’s your job as an employee to get on the boat and go, and not dig in your heels and say, ‘Wow, I’m pretty angry and I’m going to make this difficult.’”IF YOUR BOSS IS A MICROMANAGERMary Abbajay, a Washington, D.C.-based organizational consultant, trainer and the founder-president of Careerstone Group, wrote the book “Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work and Succeed with Any Type of Boss.”“This is the kind of boss people complain about the most,” she says. “They want control and information, so first of all accept that’s who he or she is. He or she is not going to change. I would recommend that you flood them with information. If you want to be in the loop you keep them in the loop. Don’t wait for them to be over your shoulder. You get over their shoulder first.”Pivoting into defensive mode is counterproductive, Abbajay says. “You have to be proactive and say, ‘Here’s what I’m working on, here are the priorities, here’s where I think you are. Is there anything I’m not doing?’”HOW TO MANAGE THE GHOST BOSSThis manager is the flipside to the hyper-hands-on boss.“A ghost boss throws you a project and then disappears,” Abbajay says. “They’re never around. They’re not giving you feedback. You never see them.”Nurture their schedulers and assistants as best friends forever, but know that managing your own expectations is key.“They’re probably going to cancel half of your meetings, but at least you’ll have the other half,” Abbajay says. “When you do go in with the ghost boss, you have to be really clear what you need from them. If you need approvals, know what you need ahead of time.”Also, be up front about plans.“Say, ‘Hey, Ghost Boss. I’m going to be working on X, Y and Z. If you have input, please let me know.’ You’ve got to be the one who’s driving the train,” Abbajay says. “When you do get their attention, use it wisely.”WHEN YOUR BOSS HAS CROSSED THE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT LINE“This depends a lot on where you work,” Abbajay says. “We all know, as much as I hate to say it, that whistleblowers don’t always get a fair shot. If it’s a large company, you actually have a better chance, but you need to make sure that HR department actually has your back.”Be willing to stake your job on speaking out.Many millennials, raised by older workers who were pushed out of jobs in the economic hard times of 2009 and 2010, are more willing to leave, Abbajay and Caraher agree. That, combined with silence as complicity, as the #MeToo movement reflects, has changed the dynamic for many workers who once thought job security was the No. 1 priority.“It depends on where you are but document everything,” Caraher counsels. “One strategy is pretty straightforward. You can go to that person and say, ‘You may not be aware, but this is what I’ve observed. I’m telling you this because you’re at risk.’”WHEN YOUR BOSS IS, UM, TRUMPIANAli Craig is a fixer of brands. She weaves science, psychology, design and human nature into strategies on how to boost influence. She prides herself on knowing how to make large ideas doable for anyone serious about taking action.“Learn the ins and outs of your boss’s quirks and, to put it bluntly, learn how to manipulate them to the organization’s benefit,” Craig says.“If flattery and ego inflation are the ticket to getting your boss on board with a program, let the compliments flow,” she says. “If you know that they are influenced greatly by the last person they spoke with, make sure you are their last conversation before any important decisions are made. Basically, adjust your work style to turn your boss’s quirks into company wins.”Liz Bentley, a New York executive coach and leadership development expert, says most bosses are easily triggered.“When your boss gets triggered, there are a number of effective things to do,” she says. “First, don’t hide, address the issue head on and listen up. Do not get derailed by the emotions or drama your boss may be creating. Stay focused on the problem or challenge at hand.”Own your anger, if that’s the case. Be accountable, if you haven’t. Look for a solution.“If it’s not about you then remember, IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU,” Bentley says. “It’s about the challenge. Don’t become a bigger part of the problem. Look to diffuse what’s going on so you can get back to work.”___Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at @litalie.last_img read more

first_imgMILAN – The new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced management changes two months after taking over following the unexpected death of long-time Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne.Mike Manley said Monday that the head of the Alfa Romeo brand, Tim Kuniskis, replaces him at the head of FCA’s biggest-earner, Jeep, while Reid Bigland becomes head of the Ram brand.In Europe, Chief Technology Officer Harald Wester takes on responsibility for the premium brand Maserati, while Pietro Gorlier is now in charge of Europe, replacing Alfredo Altavilla, who resigned after Manley got the top job. Ermanno Ferrari was named CEO of components maker Magnetti Marelli, which is due to be spun off.Manley said the new management structure would help ensure the achievement of five-year targets laid out in June.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Renewed losses for technology companies are taking U.S. stock indexes slightly lower Monday morning. Internet companies are also down, while energy companies are falling along with the price of oil. High-yielding defensive stocks including real estate and utility companies are rising. Nissan’s stock sank after the company accused its chairman of serious misconduct and announced plans to oust him.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 12 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,724 as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 117 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,295. The Nasdaq composite shed 83 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,164. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 10 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,517.NISSAN BOSS: Nissan said Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested Monday and will be dismissed from the company after allegedly under-reporting his income. Nissan said an internal investigation found Ghosn under-reported his income by millions of dollars and engaged in other “significant misconduct.”U.S.-traded Nissan shares lost 7.4 per cent to $16.63. In Paris, shares of Nissan’s partner Renault dropped 9.6 per cent.TECH LOSSES MOUNT: Apple gave up 2.6 per cent to $188.57 and Amazon shed 2.3 per cent to $1,556. Facebook sank 3.3 per cent to $134.91 and Microsoft lost 1.1 per cent to $107.14. Chipmaker Nvidia dropped another 7.5 per cent to $152.10 after it said last week that it had a large number of unsold chips because of a big drop in mining of cryptocurrencies.Clashes between China and the U.S. at a Pacific Rim summit over the weekend left investors feeling pessimistic about the prospects for a deal that would end the trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. The U.S. has imposed a 10 per cent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. That tariff is set to rise to 25 per cent in January. Another $50 billion of Chinese goods already is subject to 25 per cent duties. Beijing has responded with penalty duties on $110 billion of American goods.Talks continue ahead of a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump planned for the G-20 summit later this month.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell 1.6 per cent to $55.76 a barrel in New York. U.S. crude prices have dropped for six weeks in a row and are at their lowest level in about nine months.Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 1.6 per cent to $65.72 a barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices fell after a sharp climb last week. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.08 per cent from 3.07 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 112.72 yen from 112.83 yen. The euro rose to $1.1430 from $1.1412. The pound dipped to $1.2828 from $1.2831.OVERSEAS: France’s CAC 40 gave up 0.1 per cent and Germany’s DAX was little changed. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.6 per cent.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.7 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.7 per cent. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.4 per cent.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img#BCHwy97 CLOSED due to a vehicle incident between Kennedy Rd and Azu Sub Rd. Detour not available. Expect dealys. Next update time at 2:00 PM. #JohnHartHwy #LemorayBC #OldFriendMountain— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) March 11, 2019A vehicle incident has caused the closure.  There is no detour available.  The next update is expected at 2 p.m.For updates and current conditions, visit UPDATE – The highway is now open to single lane traffic.CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between the Pine Pass and MacKenzie turn says a vehicle incident has closed the highway between Kennedy road the Azu Sub road.  The area is approximately 16 to 19 km south of the Pine Pass Summit.last_img read more

first_imgMy pet dog just had puppies. When can I put them up for adoption? Ideally, you should wait a week or two after the puppies have weaned from their mothers before putting them up for adoption. Generally, dogs wean from their mothers in six weeks. So, they can be put up for adoption when they are seven or eight weeks old. Some breeds wean from their mothers at 10-12 weeks. So, ensure that whichever breed you adopt or buy, the puppy has had the necessary time with his/her mother. If you separate a puppy before they wean, they can develop behavioural and socialisation problems as well as health problems. Make sure they are already eating solid food on their own before putting your puppies up for adoption. Also Read – Feel what you fearHow do I make the separation and sending of newborn animals to their new home less stressful? Separating the newborn litter from its mother and sending it to a completely new environment can be very stressful for your pet. To reduce stress, you can allow the new owners to come and spend time with the litter before sending them to their new house. This way, the newborn animals can familiarise themselves with them and perhaps feel less scared. Never let a newborn animal be sent away before completely weaning off and learning the basic socialisation and behavioural skills from his/her mother and siblings. If you are going to send the litter for adoption, it would be better to not get too close with the animals and prevent separation anxiety and stress. As owners of the adopted animals, let the animal familiarise themselves with the surroundings and let them come to you. Don’t force yourself on the animals as this can make them more stressed and frightened. Also Read – HomecomingPeople say that puppies should not be bathed until they are three months. Why? You should only bathe puppies that are older than 12 weeks. Until they are old enough, you might have to settle cleaning your puppy with a sponge bath. Before your dog is 12 weeks old, the less water the better. How often should I clean my dog’s ears and with what? The regularity with which you clean your dog’s ears depends on your pet’s breed, coat, level of activity, age and ear wax production. We recommend that most dogs with normal ears have cleanings at least once a month. Also, keep looking for any secretions or developing wax from time to time. Use a ear cleaning solution to wipe the ear. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached a Srinagar-located asset linked to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in connection with a 14-year-old terror funding and money laundering case against him and others, the agency said Friday. The property is located in Effandi Bagh in the Rawalpora area of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, and the central probe agency issued a provisional order to attach the asset under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The action is part of a multi-agency crackdown launched by the government against separatists and terror operatives functioning from Kashmir Valley. The ED said the asset is being “held in the name” of Shah’s wife and daughters. The seized asset is valued at Rs 25.8 lakh, the agency said. It added that Shah, currently in judicial custody, is “involved in carrying out illicit activities along with his accomplice Mohd Aslam Wani, who is an activist of banned militant organisation JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad)”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Shah was using Wani as a carrier for collecting hawala money sent by his Pakistan-based sympathisers through hawala operators…,” the agency said. Records show, the ED said, that this property has been gifted to Shah’s wife and daughters by his sisters-in-law in 2005, which was purchased in their name by his father-in-law in 1999. However, in spite of repeated opportunities given to Shah’s father-in-law and sisters-in-law they failed to justify the sources of fund to acquire the property, the agency claimed. Investigation has also revealed that Shah is the de-facto owner of the property purchased through unexplained source of fund by his father-in-law, it alleged. The ED said its probe revealed that Shah “was in touch with global terrorist Hafeez Sayeed, chief of banned outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa based in Pakistan and that he had been receiving money for carrying out separatist activities in J-K and has acquired various properties through a maze of dubious transactions”. Shah and Wani were arrested by the ED in 2017. Wani was granted bail by a court in January 2019. The case dates back to August 2005 case when the Delhi Police’s special cell arrested Wani (37), an alleged hawala dealer, who had claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah. Wani was arrested allegedly with about Rs 63 lakh, received through hawala channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition on August 26, 2005. During questioning, he had told the police that Rs 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and Rs 10 lakh to Jaish-e-Mohammad area commander in Srinagar, Abu Baqar, and the rest was his commission. An amount of Rs 63 lakh was earlier attached by the ED. Wani, who hails from Srinagar, had also claimed that he had delivered around Rs 2.25 crore to Shah and his kin in multiple instalments over the past year and in absence of Shah he used to deliver these money to his wife Bilquees Shah, it said.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Building on previous three-session gains, the BSE benchmark Sensex Tuesday added another 185 points to hit an all-time closing high of 39,056.65 and the NSE Nifty ended above the key 11,700-level on intense buying in auto, IT and banking stocks amid RBI rate cut hopes and robust global sentiment. The 30-share Sensex started on a positive note at 38,988.57 and swung between a high of 39,121.69 and a low of 38,846.96. During the course, it also set its new intra-day record by touching 39,121.69. The gauge finally settled the day at 39,056.65, 184.78 points or 0.48 per cent higher, marking its highest ever closing. Similarly, the NSE Nifty opened higher at 11,711.55 and rose to a high of 11,729.35. It closed at 11,713.20, up 44.05 points or 0.38 per cent. On the benchmark Sensex setting a new record, BSE CEO Ashishkumar Chauhan told PTI, “It is a matter of pride for BSE that Sensex has completed 40 years. It was the first real time index of India and caught imagination of investing public. Till date, it remains the barometer of India’s stock markets in public imagination.”last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Former Union home minister and senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde, who is locked in a keen contest on his home turf Solapur in Maharashtra, on Wednesday announced that the upcoming contest would be his final election and sought “blessings” of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Addressing workers of the Congress and the NCP in Solapur in western Maharashtra, Shinde said, “this is my last election. I want blessings of Pawar saheb. He has always extended his cooperation to me”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The former chief minister is squaring off against Lingayat seer Jaisiddeshwar Swami of the BJP and Dalit icon B R Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar. Prakash Ambedkar is a nominee of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and the AIMIM of Asaduddin Owaisi. In the 2014 general elections, Shinde had lost to Sharad Bansode of the BJP from his pocketborough. Shinde’s association with Pawar dates back to 1970s when the former was working as a police sub-inspector before he joined politics and contested assembly election from Karmala constituency in Solapur district in 1974. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KShinde then went on to become a junior minister in the government of the then chief minister Vasantrao Naik. He won the Maharashtra Assembly elections four times in 1978, ’80, ’85 and ’90. He had also served as Finance Minister and presented nine budgets under different chief ministers. Shinde resigned from the Congress and joined the Progressive Democratic Front government led by Sharad Pawar in 1978. However, he later rejoined Congress after the PDF was dismissed in 1980.last_img read more

first_imgA wave washes over evidence …… The reader must not get the impression that the Gujarat model went unchallenged. In fact, there were many voices apart from Sen and Drèze who wrote extensively about the limitations of the Gujarat model. Some pointed to the fact that growth rates in Gujarat were high even before Modi came to power. Others pointed out correctly that Gujarat’s social indicators lagged behind those of many other states. In human development rankings, states like Kerala did far better, while states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu had their own growth stories to tell. I myself wrote about the inadequacies of the Gujarat model. From one of my articles in 2014, I will take the liberty of quoting a section that seemed to capture what many were saying at the time. While I and many others felt the Gujarat model represented a discredited ‘trickle-down’ model of economics, Jagdish Bhagwati was arguing that its growth had a ‘pull-up’ effect. That was in essence how the Gujarat model was positioned. As we learnt in 2014, this latter argument won spectacularly. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalThe preceding discussion provides some context for the transformation of Narendra Modi, the man tainted forever by the 2002 Gujarat riots, into a Thatcherite reformer and decisive leader who would pursue good governance, fight corruption and bring achhe din. It is now time to recall what Modi actually promised in specific terms to the people of India. What was the vision and the policies and programmes that gave concrete shape to the exhortation: ‘You gave Congress 60 years, give BJP just 60 months’? Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceModi fought two successful campaigns. While we all focus on his spectacular victory in the 2014 election, he also fought an intra-BJP battle against other contenders who attempted to thwart his rise. He won his party’s internal battle using a potent narrative with just the right amount of Hindu nationalism mixed with a heavy dose of development through ‘good governance’. He had already built up a formidable reputation as a business-friendly chief minister who constantly marketed the Gujarat model of development. And he was already seen as an unabashed standard-bearer of Hindutva since the 2002 Gujarat riots. The BJP establishment had no answer to Modi’s nationalist narrative that powered his inexorable rise to the top. In June 2013, he became chairman of the BJP’s Central Election Committee over the resistance of some of its most senior leaders such as L.K. Advani. Modi was well on his way. The ‘achhe din’ campaign Modi and BJP ran a terrific campaign promising to remake India with ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ and a pledge to usher in achhe din. In speeches at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the BJP’s national council meeting, Modi rolled out his vision for India’s economy. He attacked the UPA for the ‘despair’ prevailing in India and how the country had become a country of ‘underachievers’. Modi presented an all-encompassing vision from the social sectors to infrastructure development to job creation and high economic growth. On education, he said the BJP’s dream was ‘to have an IIM [Indian Institute of Management], an IIT [Indian Institute of Technology] and an AIIMS [All India Institute of Medical Sciences] in all states’. With an eye on middle-class voters, Modi talked up infrastructure and the rural to urban transition. He spoke of building 100 smart cities and bullet trains. He also promised to build hydroelectric power plants, manufacturing hubs, roads, airports and ports. The PM’s party also wanted greater FDI for job and asset creation in all sectors except multi-brand retail. The BJP spoke of generating 10 per cent growth, creating millions of jobs and focusing on much-needed skill development. It was soon clear to everyone that Modi’s impressive rhetorical style was endearing him to the public. While the speeches were not purely about economic development, it is fair to say that the development plank was central to the campaign. Yes, there were references to BJP’s religious and social causes. However, for the most part, the ‘achhe din’ campaign was about good governance, improving economic performance, creating jobs and transforming India into an economic powerhouse that would lift poor people out of poverty and usher in high standards of living for the middle class. The ‘Modifesto’ as BJP’s Manifesto With opinion polls consistently showing that Modi would lead the next government, the BJP’s manifesto, dubbed ‘Modifesto’, was to be the icing on the cake. However, the manifesto was inexplicably delayed. In fact, the BJP released its manifesto on the first day of polling. While not many people may read election manifestos, they are important for holding political parties to account. As widely reported at that time, key members of the committee in charge of drafting the manifesto were not too fond of Modi. Murli Manohar Joshi, the head of the manifesto committee, had to give up his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, so that Modi could contest from there. Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha was back-benched and another senior leader, Jaswant Singh, was expelled. The delay in the release of the manifesto appeared to be strategic in nature, allowing Modi to grow stronger without revealing too many specifics about the delivery of promises. The manifesto generously spouted feel-good statements but remained very stingy about specifics. However, at that point, voters seemed to have made up their minds and any critique of the manifesto for its lack of detail, especially by the Congress, had very few takers. As a Frontline magazine article pointed out, Modi’s imprint on the manifesto was clear. While the images of most senior BJP leaders were on its cover, Modi’s popularity required help from neither the manifesto nor the party leaders gracing its cover. The manifesto boldly declared BJP to be a modern and inclusive party, relegating its pet projects such as the Ram Temple, uniform civil code and cow protection to the peripheries of the document. Frontline noted wryly, ‘So, for the BJP government, apparently both rural and urban areas are to be high priority. And all sections of people are to be empowered: the poor, the elderly, the new middle classes and entrepreneurs, rural dwellers, urban residents, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, minorities, other weaker sections, women, children, senior citizens, the “specially-abled”, the youth, sportspersons, farmers and small-scale business owners.’ Frontline went on to ask: ‘Did anyone get left out in this breathless attempt at inclusion?’ It is helpful to see the manifesto’s broader context without drowning in its details. At the time of the election, I was doing all I could to run down this manifesto. Of course, as with any manifesto, there was a lot to genuinely criticize. However, I could also see the elegance of the presentation. The BJP contended that the next government had to deal with immediate concerns before building a framework supportive of systemic reforms. These reforms required a broader platform, hinting at the need for inclusion. To my mind, that was logical and smart. With immediate problems out of the way and a stronger and inclusive framework, India could leap forward. This presentation clearly captured the hearts and minds of many opinion makers; hence, the victory of hope over genuine fears was complete. (Excerpted with permission from The Great Disappointment; written by Salman Anees Soz; published by Penguin eBury Press. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘The Promise’.)last_img read more

first_imgThane: Activists of the BJP and Raj Thackeray-led MNS clashed here over the issue of mango stalls set up by hawkers on footpaths, police said Friday. Police arrested two persons and resorted to cane charge to bring the situation under control after the clash in the Naupada locality late Thursday night, they said. Hawkers associated with the MNS had set up mango stalls on footpaths in the locality which was opposed by BJP workers on the ground they were blocking movement of pedestrians. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Personnel from the anti-encroachment department of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) arrived at the scene to remove the stalls, but faced stiff resistance from MNS activists. The issue triggered a clash between local BJP and MNS workers, prompting the police to wield canes to disperse them, they said. During the altercation, BJP and MNS workers raised slogans against each other’s leaders. The police have registered an offence under the Bombay Police Act and arrested two persons, they said. The situation in the area is peaceful, the police added. The incident comes in the backdrop of MNS chief Raj Thackeray holding several rallies during the Lok Sabha elections in the state and attacking the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.last_img read more

first_imgCasabalcan- FIFA president, Joseph Blater, expressed his satisfaction with the atmosphere surrounding the Club World Cup in Morocco, particularly after the qualification of Raja to the final.  “Although I am supposed to remain neutral, I had special feelings for Raja supporters. Congratulations to Raja for their qualifications to the final,” said Blatter on Thursday in a press conference in Marrakech. FIFA President noted that Morocco has all it takes to organize the World Cup 2026, especially after it successfully organizing the current edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. Blater also urged the organizing committee of the World Club Cup in Morocco to work on their “mistakes” for the next edition of the tournament, which will be hosted in Morocco in December 2014.  “Remaining arms-folded does not make good organization,” Blater said. “Good organization requires both the Moroccan committee and FIFA to unite their efforts in order to assess the current edition of the event,” he added. Raja earned a spot to the final of the tournament after winning against Brazilian Atletico Mineiro 3-1, thus stirring an atmosphere of hysterical celebration all over Morocco. Raja will play the final of the World Club Cup against the German club, Bayern Munich next Saturday. Raja enters History as being the first Arab club to make it to the final of this prestigious Cup since it was first established in 2000. Morocco is also the first African country to host this event, which took place previously in Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Japan. 160 players, from 31 different nationalities, have taken part in this edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

first_imgCAIRO- Egyptian prosecutors ordered at least 18 Muslim Brotherhood members, including an ex-lawmaker, held on accusations of belonging to a terrorist group, a day after the government blacklisted the movement, state media reported.They include the son of a deputy leader of deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s movement, which the government declared yesterday a terrorist organization, the official MENA news agency said.Seven were detained for a renewable two-week period in the city of Alexandria and 11 in the Nile Delta town of Zagazig. Police also arrested 16 suspected Muslim Brotherhood members for passing out leaflets in support of the group and “inciting to violence,” the agency reported.The Brotherhood’s designation as a terrorist group means anyone taking part in these rallies could be sentenced to five years in prison, the interior ministry said.Possessing their literature, or supporting them “verbally or in writing,” is punishable by up to five years in prison, a ministry statement said.The Brotherhood still organizes almost daily protests demanding Morsi’s return almost six months after the military overthrew him.More than 1,000 people have been killed in street clashes and thousands imprisoned in a police crackdown on the movement.last_img read more

first_imgBrdo (Slovenia) –  Morocco and Spain announced Tuesday in Brdo (30 km north of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia), the organization soon of a training session on the role of women in mediation in the Mediterranean.The announcement was made by minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida and head of Spanish diplomacy, José Manuel Garcia Margallo during the opening session of the third edition of the meeting on the Moroccan-Spanish initiative for mediation in the Mediterranean.This third edition is organized by Slovenia whose deputy prime minister and foreign minister Karl Erjavec co-chairs this session alongside the Moroccan and Spanish officials. The organization of this training, which comes under the Moroccan-Spanish MoU adopted at the second edition of mediation in the Mediterranean, held in Rabat in 2013, was entrusted to the Moroccan Centre for Studies and Research in Social Sciences (CERSS) and the Toledo International Centre for Peace (CITpax).last_img read more