A day after intense showers ravaged several parts of Pune district, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil faced the ire of citizens on Friday, even as the death toll across the district rose to 18.Speaking here after surveying the worst-hit spots in the city and the district, Mr. Patil blamed illegal constructions and encroachments for the flash deluge that resulted in massive damage to property and loss of life.“Illegal constructions and encroachments on various canals have diverted the natural flow of streams, which led to water entering residential societies and wrecking property. The causes for these constructions have to be investigated. Moreover, why weren’t basic security measures followed at the time of these constructions?” Mr. Patil asked. Team to probe disasterHe said a team comprising senior IAS officials would be constituted to investigate the disaster. He also said all relief measures for the rain-affected in Pune would be applicable under the government resolution (GR) issued at the time of the Kolhapur and Sangli floods.On Thursday, when the city was coping with the rain damage, the Guardian Minister was in Delhi to iron out the seat-sharing issues between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena for the elections.Earlier, irate protesters blocked Mr. Patil’s convoy near Tangewala Society in Aranyeshwar area, prompting him and his entourage to leave the spot after barely 15 minutes. Five people died after the society’s compound wall collapsed owing to the relentless downpour. Protesters demanded to know what Mr. Patil was doing in Delhi when the city was being battered by flash floods.Urging him to go back, they said the Guardian Minister’s belated visit was merely a photo opportunity.Mr. Patil said those heckling him were mere “troublemakers” hired by the opposition parties. “There were no problems whatsoever. I was [at Tangewala Society] for 20-25 minutes. Genuine citizens told me about their problems. The rest were troublemakers hired by opposition parties.” He said because the model code of conduct is in place for the Assembly elections, he was compelled to put things before the aggrieved citizens in a restrained manner.Toll up to 18Meanwhile, the death toll across the district rose to 18 with at least four people still missing. There were unconfirmed reports of two more bodies being recovered, indicating a likely rise in the number of the deaths.More than 3,000 people in the city are lodged in transit camps, while teams of the fire department and nearly 2,000 municipal workers carried out cleanliness drives and relief operations.Despite the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warnings of likely heavy rain on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, the weather remained calm throughout the better part of Friday. Schools and colleges across the city and four other tehsils of the district remained shut following a precautionary directive of the Pune District Collector.According to a release issued on Friday afternoon, the IMD has forecast light to moderate rain on Friday night to be followed by light rain over the weekend.
Images leaked online show that Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has more than just the BlackBerry Passport headed to consumers. A service that allows users to use their smartphones remotely through tablets, laptops or desktops. This service is called BlackBerry Blend and may follow the BlackBerry Passport soon. The service was listed on BlackBerry World and first spotted on by Crackberry. With Blend, Blackberry users will be able to accomplish a variety of tasks from their choice of computer like sending and receiving texts, responding to BBM chats, access Blackberry Hub accounts, view appointments and agenda, create new entries in calendar, and also transfer files between their BlackBerry devices and the computer. Users will also be able to use company intranet securely with Blend if their devices have BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. Tasks like creating backups of user data, restoring user data to a device and copying pictures, music and videos which earlier needed the Blackberry Desktop Software can also be accomplished using Blend.BlackBerry has recently been sending out invites worldwide to an event on the 24th of September. Invites have been spotted for events in Toronto, Dubai, London and Delhi. It’s expected that this event will see the unveiling of Blackberry Blend as well.Also at the event, Blackberry is expected to launch the 4.5 inch, QWERTY sporting Passport, a smartphone powered by a 2.2 Ghz Snapdragon 800, a resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels, 3GB RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU and 32GB built in storage. A 13MP rear and 2MP front camera are also available on the device. The phone is a novelty in that it brings a physical keyboard back after smartphones have completely ditched the feature in recent years. advertisement
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThere was super support for the Red, White and Gold Gala of the Turks and Caicos Islands Red Cross. Related Items:event, gala, palsm resort, red cross, Tci, tess charles Patron of the Red Cross, Jill Beckingham, the Governor’s wife was thrilled at the turn out Saturday evening and shared that this fundraiser is key to helping anchor projects and services from the organization in the event of any disaster; it becomes particularly important as we near the start of another Atlantic Hurricane Season. Deputy Premier, Hon Akierra Missick was also in attendance and agreed. DP Missick said that Government sees the Red Cross as an easily mobilized partner and protector of the vulnerable when disaster strikes; she said this is one of the reasons TCIG sees it fit to financially support the Red Cross via subsidy. The ball was held at the Palms Resort and featured a first class show by local singer, Tess Charles. TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Irma hits TCI
Come New Year, the 150-year-old Milwaukee Bar Association will join the magazine fold with the January launch of its quarterly title, the MBA Messenger. The 22 page magazine is set to replace the organization’s monthly newsletter, called The Messenger.With a full-color cover, MBA Messenger will be distributed to the organization’s 2,600 members as a member benefit, according to a report in Milwaukee’s Small Business Times. In addition to covering recent developments in law, The magazine will feature lifestyle topics, restaurant reviews and practice and technology tips.”The Messenger in its newsletter format has always served as the principle vehicle for the MBA’s communication with its membership. Now, as one of America’s oldest bar associations turns 150, we are trading in that vehicle for a spiffier model,” said editor Charles Barr. “The new professional, more pleasing look has already encouraged the contribution of articles from a broader segment of our membership and other non-legal professionals in the Milwaukee community.”
The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed to ease tensions between the powers.The State Department highlighted the actions against the five people, plus one entity, as it submitted an annual report required by Congress on actions taken under a law over human rights in Russia.The law, which blocks any US assets of blacklisted people and bars them from traveling to the United States, is named after Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption accountant who died in custody in 2009.Among the five newly blacklisted figures are Ruslan Geremeyev, an interior ministry official in the restive North Caucasus region of Chechnya who is close to its leader Ramzan Kadyrov.On his Telegram account, Kadyrov said the sanctions, were “clear proof that the United States is afraid of us.”Geremeyev has faced accusations of involvement in the 2015 killing in central Moscow of Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister turned leading critic of President Vladimir Putin.The US Treasury Department said Russian investigators twice tried but were blocked from bringing charges against Geremeyev as the possible organizer of the killing of Nemtsov — the most high-profile death of a dissident since Putin rose to power two decades ago.The United States also slapped sanctions on two Russian investigators, Elena Anatolievna Trikulya and Gennady Vyacheslavovich Karlov, for allegedly concealing facts over the death and detention of Magnitsky, the accountant.”Nearly 10 years after his death, we remain concerned by the impunity for this and other violent crimes against activists, journalists, whistleblowers and political opposition,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.She also voiced concern about “the intense atmosphere of intimidation for those who work to uncover corruption or human rights violations in the Russian Federation.”In response, the Russian embassy in Washington said: “These moves will be followed by reciprocal measures.””Moreover these unconstructive decisions clearly run counter to a positive outlook of the recent Russia-US talks in Sochi,” it said in a statement.The sanctions came just two days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi, with both sides voicing optimism at finding areas on which to work together.Pompeo said he still had deep disagreements with Putin but believed the two powers could cooperate on issues including finding a political settlement in war-ravaged Syria and seeking a denuclearization deal with North Korea.Also hit with sanctions were the Terek Special Rapid Response Team in Chechnya and its commander, Abuzayed Vismuradov.The Treasury Department said that the force had engaged in extrajudicial killings and torture, including in a crackdown on gay men that has drawn international condemnation.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation carried out a special drive to combat dengue in ward 69 in south Kolkata on Friday.Sukhdeb Chakraborty, local Trinamool Congress councillor along with senior civic officials of Health, Building and Soil Waste Management (SWM) departments were present during the drive. The KMC teams visited houses on Beltola Road and Ballygunge Circular Road where people who had dengue in 2018 are residing. The teams talked to the residents and requested them to follow the dos and don’ts suggested by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe teams examined the overhead tanks and underground reservoirs and visited the terrace of some houses. The senior officials urged the owners of the houses where garbage was found in the terrace to clear them immediately. “The house owners fail to understand that even an used plastic cup that contains water can serve as a potential mosquito breeding ground,” senior officials said. The drive had tremendous impact on the area as the residents lauded the effort of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to reduce the number of dengue cases. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all civic bodies to take steps to control dengue in their respective areas. She had presided over a high-level meeting in Nabanna where she instructed the senior state government officials to ensure that the water at the metro rail construction sites are cleaned as stagnate water may serve as a major mosquito breeding ground. As a follow up mayor Firhad Hakim held a meeting at the KMC headquarters on Wednesday. Senior officials of the central and state government establishments were present at the meeting. The KMC will conduct anti-larvae drive in three phases. The ongoing phase will continue till June while the second phase will start in July and continue till October while the follow up phase will be November and December.