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NETFLIX INTERESTED IN OPENING TORONTO PRODUCTION HUB MAYOR JOHN TORY

By on October 15, 2019

first_imgAdvertisement This Oct. 11, 2011 file photo, shows the exterior of Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. The company recently announced new production hubs in Madrid and Albuquerque, N.M. (Paul SakumaéAssociated Press) It seems Netflix is considering creating a production hub in Toronto.Asked whether the video streaming giant is interested in setting up shop in the city, Mayor John Tory suggested to The Canadian Press it’s a strong possibility.“I have a very high level of confidence, without betraying confidences that aren’t yet concrete, that they’re going to,” Tory said in an interview at Tuesday’s Toronto Film Critics Association Awards gala. Advertisement Login/Register With: “They’ve been in active discussions with our industry, with me, about wanting to create one of their hubs here.”The Los Gatos, Calif., company has production facilities in Los Angeles and recently announced new production hubs for Madrid and Albuquerque, N.M.Tory said he met with Netflix representatives in Los Angeles last March as part of his annual trip to the city to speak with film and TV studios about their working relationship with Toronto.Toronto Mayor John Tory arrives for a meeting at Queen’s Park in Toronto on December 6, 2018. In an interview at Tuesday’s Toronto Film Critics Association Awards gala, Tory said Netflix is considering creating a production hub in Toronto. (Cole Burston/Canadian Press)‘Fingers crossed,’ says mayorHe hopes to speak with Netflix again early this year and also meet with company representatives when he returns to L.A. in February or March.“We’ve talked to them from here a number of times and they certainly know how much we would like to have them here,” Tory said.“And they certainly have a strong interest in being here, so fingers crossed.”Asked if he had any idea of when a production hub might be announced for the city, Tory said with a smile, “No. If I knew I wouldn’t tell you.”Netflix had no comment Wednesday on what Tory said.In September 2017, the company pledged to spend $500 million over five years to fund Canadian productions, a number it recently said it will exceed.Netflix has already shot film and TV productions in Toronto as well as other Canadian cities, including Vancouver.Because it’s a foreign digital company, it isn’t required to collect or remit federal or provincial sales tax.Toronto (Photo by Lisa de Jong)City would need to guarantee talent poolSo far Netflix also hasn’t fallen under federal regulations that require the country’s broadcasting companies to pay into the Canada Media Fund for the creation of homegrown programming.The impact of a Netflix production hub in Toronto “would be big,” Tory said, noting the city would need to ensure it has enough talent for the large amount of projects the streaming service would likely create.He said the city is working with local industry unions to increase the number of qualified cast and crew that could staff future productions. It’s also working on the amount of studio space available.Such are the priorities Netflix and other film and TV studios have expressed to Tory when it comes to bringing productions to Toronto, he said.“Their message to us has been very consistent in the four years I’ve been there: Don’t mess with the money, meaning the tax credits; build more studio space; get us an even deeper pool of talent by working to have more people available behind and in front of the camera; and give us good customer service,” Tory said.“So we just keep following their instructions and I go back each year and say ‘How are we doing?”‘center_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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No ban on foreign singers performing in Lanka

By on October 8, 2019

The Government says there is no move to ban top foreign singers from performing in Sri Lanka despite concerns raised over a recent concert.Minister S.B. Dissanayake said the President Maithripala Sirisena was concerned over the conduct of local fans at a concert staged by Latino star Enrique Iglesias in Colombo last week but was not against the singer. He said the concert saw some girls removing their undergarments and throwing it towards the singer while one girl got on stage and kissed him. Earlier this week the President said the Enrique Iglesias concert organised by Live Events Sri Lanka and staged in Colombo had a negative impact on local culture and tradition. The President said that usually people will punish the girls for their behavior at the concert but he feels the punishment should be given to the organizers.His comments drew strong criticism from social media users but on Tuesday the President defended his views. The comments made by the President also drew wide international media attention including on the top music website Billboard.Former Cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena who are the board members of Live Events Sri Lanka, later called for an internal inquiry into the shortcomings at the Enrique Iglesias concert staged in Colombo and have also decided to compensate the fans.Sangakkara and Jayawardena said in a joint statement that the organizers are in agreement, with their direction, that such shortcomings must not be tolerated. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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TSX heads lower amid China concerns BMO National Bank post solid earnings

By on October 4, 2019

TSX heads lower amid China concerns; BMO, National Bank post solid earnings by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2014 2:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The TMX Group logo, home of the TSX, is shown in Toronto on June 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Tuesday as concerns about China’s economy depressed commodity prices and resource stocks while two major banks posted solid earnings reports.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 38.1 points to 14,188.98.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) had $1.06 billion or $1.58 of net income in the first quarter, up two per cent from a year earlier and five cents higher than forecast. Adjusted net income was $1.08 billion or $1.61 a share, which was also ahead of estimates.At the National Bank (TSX:NA) quarterly net income ex-items came in at $384 million or $1.09 per share, well above expectations of $1.05 per share.Bank of Montreal stock edged up six cents to $72.63 while National Bank gained 62 cents to $44.23.“What has worked in the banks’ favour is the fact that the markets have been improving,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager and vice-president at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“And as they have improved, assets under management naturally have grown from the market increasing their value and as assets grow, the fees that they collect on those assets have grown.”The Canadian dollar slipped 0.16 of a cent to 90.2 cents US.U.S. indexes were lower amid data showing the latest weather-related impact on economic data. U.S. home prices fell for the second straight month in December as severe winter weather, tight supply and higher costs combined to slow sales.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index declined 0.1 per cent from November to December.The Dow Jones industrials fell 27.48 points to 16,179.66, the Nasdaq was down 5.38 points to 4,287.59 while the S&P 500 index gave back 2.49 points to 1,845.12.Other data showed a dip in American consumer confidence. The Conference Board’s index showed the index declined to 78.1 in February from 79.4 in January because of adverse weather conditions.Commodity prices declined with markets rattled by a deceleration in the rise of Chinese housing prices in January and weakness in China’s currency.Last week’s decline in the tightly controlled yuan prompted suggestions that Beijing might be trying to support exporters and help offset weakening domestic demand. That came after a HSBC survey showed Chinese manufacturing activity in February tumbled to a seven-month low.The base metals component was off 0.88 per cent while March copper fell for a second day, down one cent to US$3.26 a pound.The energy sector drifted 0.52 per cent lower as the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 99 cents to US$101.83 a barrel.The gold sector was also a laggard, down about 1.1 per cent while April bullion gained $4.70 to US$1,342.70 an ounce. But the sector has rallied in recent weeks and is up 30 per cent year to date.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) was a major gainer, up 86 cents or 7.91 per cent to $11.73 as the smartphone maker continued to benefit from a report from Bloomberg that automaker Ford will base its next-generation Sync system on the smartphone maker’s QNX and no longer use a system from Microsoft. The strong showing followed a run-up of almost seven per cent on Monday. read more

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Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales hit record last month

By on October 3, 2019

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2016 8:15 am MDT Last Updated Nov 15, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. The number of homes sold throughout the country last month hit a record for October, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales hit record last month OTTAWA – The number of homes sold throughout the country last month hit a record for October, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Tuesday.There were 42,473 residential properties sold last month through the association’s Multiple Listing Service, up two per cent year-over-year.Sales were up from October 2015 levels in about 60 per cent of all Canadian markets, with gains in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding communities, though that was offset by declines in B.C.’s Lower Mainland.The actual national average price for a home sold in October was $481,994, up 5.9 per cent compared with a year ago. Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the average price was $361,012.The figures coincide with changes brought in by the federal government aimed at stabilizing hot housing markets.New measures introduced last month require stress tests for all homebuyers in need of mortgage default insurance in order to ensure they can repay their loans if circumstances change, such as a job loss or an increase in interest rates. Previously, stress tests were not required for fixed-rate mortgages five years and longer.“Early evidence suggests that the influence of tighter mortgage regulations on sales activity has been mixed,” said association chief economist Gregory Klump in a statement.“The federal government will no doubt want to monitor the effect of new mortgage regulations on the many varied housing markets across Canada and on the economy, particularly given the recent rise in uncertainty about economic growth prospects following the U.S. presidential election.” read more

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Liberia has turned the corner towards lasting peace its President declares at

By on October 2, 2019

“As Liberia moves toward its tenth year of sustained peace, we can state with conviction that our country has turned the corner,” President Johnson-Sirleaf said in her address to the Assembly’s high-level General Debate, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. “Liberia is no longer a place of conflict, war and deprivation. We are no longer the country our citizens fled, our international partners pitied and our neighbours feared,” she added. President Johnson-Sirleaf thanked the UN for being “a very committed and effective partner” with her country as it emerged from conflict and embarked on the path to peace, security and development. “We owe the Organization much gratitude for preserving an enabling environment for peacebuilding and state-building.”The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force in Liberia since 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a decade of war that killed nearly 150,000 people, mostly civilians. The mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) includes helping to restore the rule of law and democratic processes, as well as facilitating humanitarian assistance.The President highlighted some of the gains made in recent years which have resulted in an average annual growth of over six per cent; the mobilization of over $16 billion in direct foreign investment; an expanded fiscal space through unprecedented debt cancellation, infrastructure reconstruction and institutional rebuilding. “More importantly, we have earned our rightful place as a country of hope and opportunity,” she stated. “The processes of change which have started will continue and will not stop until the country is placed on an irreversible path of sustained peace, growth and development.” The country’s Vision 2030, resulting from a robust nationwide consultation, is a long-term programme for transformation, which prioritizes youth development, infrastructure, reconciliation and capacity development.At the same time, President Johnson-Sirleaf said the Government is keenly aware of the challenges to be faced over the next three years, as UN peacekeeping forces are gradually withdrawn from Liberia.Earlier this month, the Security Council extended UNMIL’s mandate for another year, reducing its military strength in three phases and authorizing the Secretary-General to implement the first phase of that reduction – 1,900 personnel – between October 2012 and September 2013.The Council also decided that UNMIL’s primary tasks are to continue to support the Government’s efforts to solidify peace and stability, and to protect civilians, and that it will also support the Government in transitioning complete security responsibility to the Liberia National Police.“We have emphasized the need for a responsible transition, through a gradual process, occurring over a period of three to five years,” the Kenyan leader said. read more

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Gang who ran £1 million insurance scam at water damaged restaurants are

By on September 25, 2019

The gang claimed insurance payouts for water damage they had caused deliberately The gang claimed insurance payouts for water damage they had caused deliberately Detective Constable Daniel Dankoff, who led the investigation for the City of London’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department said: “The group used a complex set of tactics to try and remain undetected and defraud numerous members of the insurance and banking industries for several years – which shows that the bigger the lie, the more the insurance industry may believe.“Insurance fraud is not a victimless crime. Fraudsters, such as the members in this organised crime group, cause significant financial harm to the insurance industry which then leads to higher premiums for everyone who need insurance, whether it be for personal or commercial cover.”Scott Clayton, Head of Claims Fraud at Zurich, which first uncovered the scam, said: “This was a very complex case due to the scale of fraud and the level of detail to which these fraudsters organised their operation.” But they were eventually caught when insurance investigators in Lincolnshire discovered that a bar they had claimed to have been running did not have an alcohol licence and had not been open for trade at the time of the claim.Yesterday five men all from London were jailed for a total of 14-years after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. Kashif Bhatti, 35, from London, was sentenced to two years in prison; Ramone Carty, 36, from London, was sentenced to three years in prison; Jurelle Hayles, 30, was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years; Nyron Hughes, 35, was sentenced to four years in prison and Tarquinn Orgill, 34, was sentenced to five years in prison.Confiscation proceedings will now be started under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to recover any criminal benefit gained from the gang’s fraudulent activity. Tarquinn Orgill was jailed for five years Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tarquinn Orgill was jailed for five years A criminal gang who made almost £1 million by submitting fake insurance claims for restaurants they said had been flooded by burst water mains have been jailed.The five strong group made more than a dozen claims for commercial premises they had leased across the country.After deliberately smashing water pipes in the bars and restaurants, they contacted insurers claiming thousands of pounds for loss of earnings for having to close the businesses.But in reality the businesses had never actually been open for trade and each of the claims was entirely fictitious.The gang operated the scam between 2012 and 2016 raking in a total of £944,206 from 15 successful insurance claims.To avoid detection the gang used different geographic locations when leasing the premises, undertook checks to make sure the same loss adjuster was not used twice and even changed their names by deed poll. read more

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The 5 at 5 Tuesday

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #BUDGET 2014: The government today announced the Budget for 2014. The opposition parties are still debating the merits of the Budget, but if you missed it earlier, here are all of the key things to know.2. #JOHN GILLIGAN: Notorious drug dealer John Gilligan was released from Portlaoise Prison today. He told reporters at a house in Dublin earlier that he had nothing to do with Veronica Guerin’s murder and that his immediate plans were “to have another beer”.3. #BURGLARY: Three men have been arrested in Dublin in connection with an aggravated burglary after which a man in his 60s had to be hospitalised.4. #REPOSSESSION: A group gathered today at the Allsop auction in Dublin to protest against the sale of distressed homes, though the auctioneer claims that no repossessed homes were sold today.5. #LOVE/HATE: Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has said there are “issues that to be addressed” regarding the appearance of a serving garda in last Sunday’s episode of crime drama Love/Hate… as an undercover garda.last_img read more

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Two Greek banks seek liquidity assistance

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgTwo of Greece’s biggest lenders, Eurobank Ergasias and Alpha Bank, have formally requested access to an emergency cash facility run by the country’s central bank, amid concerns that liquidity conditions in Greece’s banking sector were tightening in the run-up to national elections tomorrow (Sunday).Banking officials from the two lenders said Friday that the moves were only a precaution and that neither faced an immediate cash crunch. “We have made an application to the central bank,” a senior executive at one of the banks said, “but it is strictly on a precautionary basis.” A Bank of Greece official also confirmed the requests, saying that a decision will likely be taken by next week. People familiar with the matter have said that Greece’s two other systemic lenders – National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank – may follow suit in the coming days. Sources have also said that the two lenders were seeking a few billion euros between them. Although the amount being sought is small, the move has again evoked fears over the stability of Greece’s banking system as the country lurches through another period of political uncertainty ahead of polls scheduled for January 25. The last time the banks started tapping the central bank’s Emergency Liquidity Assistance fund was in August 2011 during the depths of Greece’s protracted debt crisis. Since the start of the crisis in late 2009, Greek banks have been hit hard. Over the past five years, skittish depositors have withdrawn some €70 billion ($US81 billion) from Greece’s banking system; nonperforming loans now account for more than a third of banking system loans; and the banks have had to write down billions in euros in losses from an unprecedented €200 billion sovereign-debt restructuring in early 2012. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Mercedes se dote du Cloud Computing en voiture

By on September 20, 2019

first_imgMercedes se dote du Cloud Computing en voitureEquipée du systme “@your command” répondant au Cloud Computing, Mercedes semble avoir une longueur d’avance sur la concurrence…Le Cloud Computing est une des technologies les plus innovantes et attractives qui soient. Le marché de l’automobile ne devrait heureusement pas y échapper. En effet Le constructeur allemand a songé à ceux qui aimeraient accéder à des données personnelles lors de leurs trajets en voiture.À lire aussiSkyDrive se rapproche de DropboxLe concept car Mercedes F125, présenté au salon de l’automobile de Francfort présentait l’avantage d’être compatible avec le Cloud Computing. Le système “@yourCOMAND” du véhicule, utilisable par commandes vocales, avec un touchpad ou par reconnaissance de mouvements, permet de disposer d’une bibliothèque multimédia stockée en ligne , propose une série d’application de navigation précises et efficaces, de suivre des informations ou les derniers tweets de vos proches. Le Cloud peut également être utilisé pour climatiser l’habitacle avant l’arrivée du conducteur en se référant à son agenda comme le signalent Cartech.Très différent des autres systèmes de clouding actuels, @your command vise une connexion constante au réseau, pour un accès direct et optimisé. Les cloudings actuels préférant, eux, l’intervention d’un média tiers, comme un smartphone, pour se connecter à son espace personnel et en récupérer les informations.Et oui, même pour le cloud computing, c’est le meilleur sinon rien pour Mercedes.Le 29 octobre 2011 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Cassano closing in on move to Ibiza

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgUD Ibiza are closing in on the signing former Italy international Antonio Cassano, according to Football Espana.The veteran Italian striker is expected to join the Spanish Segunda Division B outfit on a free transfer this summer. The former Real Madrid striker would link up with another experienced Serie A striker Marco Borriello, who completed his move to the Islanders this week.The club, based in the holiday resort on the Balaeric Islands, were promoted to Spain’s third tier this summer for the first time since their formation in 2015.Reports in the Italian media say a deal is close despite the striker not appearing in football for over a year, announcing in January that he was ‘done’ with football.Cassano proposes Higuain-Icardi trade between Juve & Inter Andrew Smyth – July 26, 2019 Antonio Cassano reckons Inter Milan should forget about Romelu Lukaku in favour of doing a swap deal with Juventus involving Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi. Ibiza are currently owned by Amadeo Salvo, who is best known for his presidency of Valencia between 2013 and 2015 while they are attempting to generate great interest alongside building a team capable of promotion.Cassano is somewhat of a journey man in his career having played for Bari, Roma, Real Madrid, Sampdoria, AC Milan, Inter, Parma, Hellas Verona and the Italian national team during his colourful career.The Italian bad boy as he was fondly called by the press never truly hit the heights projected when he came onto to the scene as a talented teenager in Bari.last_img read more

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Two women found murdered at revenue division in East Godavari

By on September 6, 2019

first_imgTwo women found murdered in revenue division headquarters at Ramachandrapuram in East Godavari, about 32 kilometres from Kakinada, on early hours of Sunday. The deceased belong to the same family and were identified as Balusu Madhavi(45) and her daughter, Balusu Karuna(18). According to East Godavari SP Adanan Nayeem Asmi, who is on the spot in Ramachandrapuram, the two died of head injuries, and a hammer was used to hit them on the head. The weapon was found at the place of the offense. “We suspect some family dispute behind the murder. The police is investigating the case and the son and the husband of Madhavi are under investigation. As the family members are daily wage earners, we are not suspecting property issue as the motive for the murder,” the SP said on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

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Rafale order bombs markets volatility soars ahead of Phase 1 of Lok

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgRafale fighter aircraft. The Supreme Court ruling on Rafale on Wednesday rocked the markets.ReutersA Supreme Court order on Rafale fighter jets that India is buying from French aircraft maker Dassault bombed Indian markets on Wednesday with the benchmark indices shedding the gains over the past week. The market was moving sideways in the first half of the session but slumped to the day’s lows once the court ruling that some documents that were considered stolen from the Ministry of Defence could be examined in the Rafale case in a blow to the government stand. The India VIX volatility hit raced up more than 4 per cent with the first phase of polling set for Thursday.Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex closed at 38,585 points, shedding about 353 points or 0.91 per cent. Sensex had hit the day’s high of 38,950 points before tanking to the low of 38,543. The broader 50-share National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty lost about 87 points to close at 11,584, a fall of about 0.75 per cent, after hitting a high of 11,679 and a bouncing off a low of 11,572 points.A clean sheet from the top court could have been a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seeking re-election for a second term in the general election set to begin tomorrow. Opposition Congress party president Rahul Gandhi-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) went on the offensive right after the verdict, claiming it was proof of wrongdoing on the part of the Prime Minister’s Office in helping billionaire businessman Anil Ambani’s defence company, which is the offset partner for the deal. A television journalist sets his camera inside the premises of the Supreme Court in New Delhi. The court’s order on Rafale deal papers has been described as a setback for the government.REUTERS/Anindito MukherjeeAlmost all sectoral indices closed https://www.ibtimes.co.in/markets-offer-bullish-welcome-fy20-sensex-sets-record-high-39028-points-795056in the red except Nifty Realty, Nifty Pharma and Nifty Auto. Nifty Realty built up a 1.13 per cent rise to close at 276 points on the foundations of a 10.58 per cent rise in the value of India Bulls, which closed at 119 and 4.19 per cent increase in Oberoi Realty that closed at 564. Nifty Pharma’s 0.80 per cent rise to close at 9,407was eased by Cipla, which rose 2.72 per cent to close at 546, and Biocon, which increased 1.57 per cent to close at 628. Nifty Auto ended 0.25 per cent up at 8,644, revved up by movement in Tata Motors’ 4.81 per cent race to hit 215 and Amara Raja Batteries’ 1.35 per cent increase to reach 684.Realty major DLF sank 3 per cent on Singapore government’s announcement of shedding its holding in the company, despite the general rise in the sectoral index. HDFC Bank’s near 2.2 per cent fall dragged down Nifty Bank 1.03 per cent to 29,803 points. The premier new-gen private bank closed the day at 2,236, bouncing off a low of 2,231 after hitting a high of 2,284. Buildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India. The markets reacted sharply to a Supreme Court ruling on Rafale warplane deal and the rising election uncertainty on Wednesday as the first phase of polling begins on Thursday.Reuters fileWith FY19 Q4 earnings set to unfold with IT majors Infosys and TCS unveiling their results first, the market was expected to trade sideways with the first phase of election on Thursday. The perception of strong results for IT majors had ratcheted up their stocks in the past few days and a correction was expected. Nifty IT lost 0.76 per cent to close at 15,999 points, dragged down by. Infosys (Infy) that shed 1.02 per cent to close at 752 and TCS that lost 2.29 per cent to close at 2,043. The best performers of the IT lost were Infibeam Avenues Limited that gained more than 10 per cent to reach 45.70 and Wipro that gained 2.72 per cent to reach 281 on the back a share buy-back move.last_img read more

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2 killed in Kushtia Barishal gunfights

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgTwo persons were killed in what the law enforcers called separate gunfights in Kushtia and Barishal early Tuesday. In Kushtia, A man was killed in what police claimed a gunfight between two gangs of drug traders in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia early Tuesday.Police identified the deceased as Emdad Khunkar, 38, son of Kota Khunkar aka Rafi from Sadar upazila’s Rsanjitpur village. He was an accused in several drug cases, police claimed.Kumarkhali police station officer-in-charge (OC) AKM Mizanur Rahman said a team of police conducted a drive after coming to know around 3:30am that two groups of drug traders were exchanging gunfire near Chechua beel area of Adabaria in the upazila.When the police team reached there, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing the cops to retaliate, he added.At one stage, the drug traders fled the scene and the policemen recovered the body of Emdad, 100 pieces of yaba pills, a pistol, and three bullets, the OC also said.In Barishal, Mamun Sarder, 27, son of Malek Sarder of Khunna area in Hijla upazila, was killed in the reported gunfight with police in Kazirhat area of Mehendiganj upazila early Tuesday, reports UNB. Abdul Khalek, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Kazirhat police station, said that a case was filed in connection with a robbery incident at the house of one Panna Mir on 5 February. Later, police arrested Rasel in this connection, said the OC.Following Rasel’s confession that the robbery was planned by Mamun, a team of police in a drive arrested Mamun from Muladi Bridge area around 8:00pm on Monday.After collecting information from Mamun, a team of law enforcers conducted the drive to recover the robbed goods around 2:00am.Sensing the presence of police, Mamun’s associates opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight which left Mamun bullet injured.Later, the injured was taken to Muladi Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Saiful Islam, superintendent of Barishal police, said that Mamun was accused in several cases including that of robbery.A one shooter gun, a pipegun, two-round rifle bullets, two-round pistol bullets, several bullet shells, two machetes and several masks were recovered from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incidents independently as no version of them was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victims’ family. Prothom Alo Illustrationlast_img read more

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The treasure trove

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgThe genius of jewellery-making in India over the past five millennia will shine through a gallery that is opening in the National Museum (NM) this Friday (7 November). It will showcase varied aesthetics of ornaments across the class, gender and age of the wearer. Alamkara, which features a total of 255 jewels housed in 25 glass cases, will also throw light on techniques of moulding some of the ornaments integral to ancient, medieval and modern history. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There are also exhibits showing the flora and fauna used in ornamentation, while there is a separate section on amulets. Overall, the attempt is to bring to light to some of the ornaments that have survived the times in different parts of the country. Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik will inaugurate the gallery that will give the visitors a peek into ornaments that bear the stamp of regal splendour as well as the ones used in common households. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCurated by frontline jewellery historian Usha Balakrishnan, the permanent gallery housing necklaces, bracelets, pendants, bangles, earplugs, needles and girdles, among others, will make National Museum  the country’s largest repository of jewellery.  The 1949 founded institution did have a similar section till a decade ago when it was closed and the objects moved to a vault inaccessible to the public. NM Director-General Venu V said, ‘The comeback of the gallery was a long standing demand of   heritage lovers, as it was one of the most popular galleries.  The objects have now increased in number and also become better in quality. ‘The catalogue of spectacular objects includes hair ornaments, plaques, marriage pendants, armbands and belts. The ornaments at Alamkara are suggestive of the sense of beauty of the regal classes to common folk over the years’.last_img read more

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BJP leaders names crop up in cash seizure cases

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first_imgKolkata: Huge amount of money was recovered from a few persons on Thursday and one more person was detained in this connection on Friday. Names of a few BJP leaders cropped up in both the cases that came into light on Thursday. Cops are also trying to find out the political affiliation of the accused person, who was nabbed on Friday.On Thursday night, sleuths from Bakultala police station got a tip-off that a huge amount of money will be transported somewhere in the city in a car. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWorking on the information, police personnel started checking cars at Bahrughat area. During the drive, sleuths asked the driver of a SUV to stop his car for checking. Four persons, including a local BJP leader identified as Mintu Halder was found inside the car. Two women, who are the members of BJP’s Mahila Morcha were also inside the car. During checking of the car, sleuths found a cheque of Rs 10 lakh from Halder. But, police found no money inside the car. Suspicion grew when two women identified as Namita Sardar and Saraswati Halder refused to get out the car. When they were physically checked by women officers, huge amount of cash was found hidden under their clothes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe car along with the passengers was taken to the police station. After the money was counted and the police came to know that they had about Rs 24.12 lakh with them. Later, all four of them were arrested. Sources informed that the accused persons said that the Baruipur BJP party office provided them with the cash to be used for election. However, senior leaders of South 24-Parganas denied allegations made by the accused persons. On Thursday night, state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided a house in Burnpur and seized Rs 19.25 lakh. On Sunday, Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel intercepted two men at Asansol railway station, who were carrying Rs 1 crore. Later, it was found one of them, identified as Gautam Chatterjee, was the former personal assistant of Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh. Chatterjee and his aide, identified as Lakshmikant Shaw, were spotted at the platform number 5 of the Asansol railway station. The state CID and Asansol-Durgapur Police were informed. Later, the CID took charge of the investigation and interrogated the duo after being taken into police custody. During the interrogation, sleuths came up with a businessman’s name identified as Bajrangi Agarwal. On Thursday night, CID sleuths raided his house and found the money. But, Agarwal was not there at the time of raid. It is suspected that he had sensed danger and fled before sleuths arrived. On Friday afternoon, police personnel from New Town police station raided a house at an apartment near Eco Park and seized Rs 8.5 lakh. The occupant of the flat identified as Indranil Acharya of Jharkhand has been arrested. Sources informed that he claimed himself to be the owner of an advertisement agency. When he was asked to provide documents related to the money, Acharya failed to produce a single document. It is suspected that the money was meant to be used for elections. secretary general of Trinamool Congress Partha Chatterjee protested the BJP’s plan to circulate money to buy votes and said: “The BJP is circulating money like water from hose pipes.” Apart from money recovery, cars of BJP leaders such as Shamik Bhattacharya, Mukul Roy and others were attacked at Nagerbazar late on Thursday night. It was alleged that they were planning to circulate money inside a ceremonial house. Sources informed that a BJP worker, identified as Raju Sarkar, had organised a party to celebrate his wife’s birthday. There, CPM leader of Dum Dum Paltu Dasgupta was invited. Roy, Bhattacharya and other BJP leaders also attended the party. The TMC alleged that there are financial deals between the BJP and the CPM. Later, the police arrived at the spot and arrested 12 persons in this connection.last_img read more

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Six injured in car accident

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first_imgA driver was trapped in his car and six people were injured in a traffic accident in Limassol late on Thursday.At 11.45pm the fire services were informed that a car had crashed into a scooter at the intersection of Omonia and Macedonia avenues.The occupants of the vehicle, four adults and a child, and the motorcyclist were all injured.The driver who was trapped in the car was freed by the fire services, received first aid on the spot and was taken to hospital by ambulance.The motorcyclist was transferred to Limassol general hospital by a member of the public, the child by relatives and the other three passengers by ambulance.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchMedical Coding Jobs Are In Demand: See What You Could Earn. Research Medical Coding Class OnlineYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Three fires in Paphos brought under control

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first_imgOne of the three fires that broke out in the Paphos area on Sunday all have been brought under control, fore service spokesman Andreas Kettis said.He said that two fire engines from the Stroumbi station has attended one of two blazes in Arodes as had two helicopters.A fire has also been reported in the area of Lara which members of the forestry department put out.In total, the three fires destroyed 16 decares dried and wild plants.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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