APTN National NewsWinnipeg police are trying a new technique to get policing closer to the community.Cadets are now walking the beat in downtown Winnipeg.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out what kind of impact they are making on the streets.
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsDrezus said he painted the white hand across his face in the Warpath music video as an act of defiance.Drezus, also known as Jeremiah Manitopyes, a Plains Cree- Saulteaux veteran hip hop artist, said the war paint symbolizes colonizing European power structures that can no longer silence his people.“They did a pretty good job of it,” said Drezus. “Those institutions are trying to silence me, but they can’t and I’m speaking through it.”Drezus released the song Warpath and accompanying video on July 16. The song is from his latest album, due out on Aug. 5, called Indian Summer. The title of the album is tied to his song Red Winter which he released during the height of the Idle No More movement in January 2013. It became one of the unofficial theme songs for the movement which captured the nation’s attention through its flashmob round dances and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s protest fast on Victoria Island in Ottawa. The video for Red Winter has over 100,000 views on YouTube.“A lot of people say it might have fizzled out or whatever but it still goes strong in a lot of us,” said Drezus, 31.And in his latest release, Warpath, Drezus has taken it to the next level, both politically and aesthetically.The words in the song come loaded with metaphor.“I was almost channeling a spirit in that song. I was channeling my grandfathers and my ancestors,” said Drezus.He traces his genealogy to the renowned Plains Cree Chief Piapot, who made peace with the Blackfoot and led his people through days of hunger and darkness at the dying end of the 1800s.Drezus’ words are laced through a beat composed by 2oolman, a well-known hip hop producer who recently joined A Tribe Called Red as its newest third member, replacing DJ Shub.“When I heard this 2oolman beat, it was crazy, it was booming, with the bass, the strings, the stabbing synth,” said Drezus. “It’s also really sparse so there is room for a lot of content and I started reciting my verse to the new beat and, I was like, ‘this is the one.’”Drezus said Warpath is primarily aimed at First Nation men.“I wanted to represent the Native man and a lot of the ones that fell through the cracks. It’s kind of like a roll call for Native men of who we are and what our roles are as men,” said Drezus. “It is to ignite a spirit in all of us.”He said the song also throws down a challenge to the “Native hip hop world” still fragmented by “petty-ass beefs” leading nowhere.“Never mind this, ‘You looked at me funny I hate you. Oh you made a song with that guy, I hate you.’ There is a lot of that within the Native hip hop community. There are a lot of petty beefs and I have been involved in a lot of that too. I just choose not to get into that, we need to look past that. We need to band together and fight a bigger fight.”Drezus said he can feel something earth-shattering looming on the horizon.“I just know we are in hard times and we are going to face even tougher times,” he said. “I feel really wary about our future as a whole on earth, with the weather. But in particular, what is going to happen when the government decides to really turn on us. It seems like they have been setting us up for something big. We are overlooked, our people are overlooked and we are the people of this land and we’re treated as if we’re nothing. I feel like we are being set up for something bigger, as far as the Harper government goes.”And the times call for a change in the rhymes, he said.“There are a lot of Native hip hop artists out there that not saying a whole lot. They’re talking about their past, the street life, that’s cool. But I think as a culture and even musically we have to move past that message. We beat that horse dead a million times,” he said. “How many times can you say you hustled or lived on the streets? I feel people don’t want to hear that from a Native man. They want to hear the struggle, the pain, the inspiration, the motivation, the growth, the fire.”Then, there is the video. Melding urban-reserve identities, the video, shot across several locations between Edmonton and Calgary, takes the song to a “supernatural” level, says filmmaker Stuey Kubrick, who shot, directed and edited the video.“(Drezus) is basically calling to arms. It seems like a war cry to young men and young people,” said Kubrick, who is also known as Stuart Reaugh. “It is the first time he’s using his voice to call people up. It is almost a war metaphor.”Kubrick said he handled Drezus’ lyrical cocktail with care in crafting Warpath’s video.“I went neutral. Nobody is doing anything aggressive in the video, because it’s an aggressive song,” said Kubrick, who lives in Vancouver and has been filming hip hop videos for about six years. “It’s basically neutral images, with a bit of action. It’s basically a collage of what I saw. I didn’t want to go over the top aggressive.”The video surprises in the end with an appearance by renowned West Coast carver Beau Dick and one of his masks. The sequence was shot at the Fazakas Art Gallery in Vancouver.“It makes the song more supernatural and mysterious in the end,” said Kubrick. “It sends that cool, artistic chill up my spine.”The video was also film on a six-day road trip between Edmonton and Calgary. Parts of it were filmed in Edmonton, Maskwacis (formerly known as Hobbema), the nearby Solomon-Bull ranch and in Tsuu T’Ina Drezus said he rode a horse for the first time in the video.“And it was bareback,” he said.Drezus worked previously with Kubrick, who is known for delivering high-quality music videos, and wanted his talent for the song.“Stuey is not a Native cat himself… I love his visuals, he’s got a crazy mind. He’s a little bit on the dark side. I felt we could capture a little bit of the darkness that I have, that our people have and a lot of Native men have that are going through the struggle,” he said. “But also bringing darkness to the light.”Drezus said he’s hoping to go on tour to promote his new album in September. Plans are in the works to include Lightning Cloud and Inez Jasper on the tour.“It is time, it is heating up, it is heating up for our people,” said Drezus. “I really just wanted to ignite a spark, a fire, whatever you want to call it.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera WarpathFirst you should know that I have risen through the firein colorful buckskin, the object of my desireis the colour of my skin so divided are my kinwatch me turn the tables ‘til we eating like some kingsin beautiful headdresses the culture is so impressiveI’m just hoping I absorb it when he’s passing me the messagebecause baby it’s depressing, living in this mess we call a homewe should take it back to chokers resting on the collar bone;arrowheads ride along, the enemy’s like Styrofoampiercing through the strongest armor death in genocidal formand still I stand, a singular red manwith Jupiter size heart forever reppin’ my clanthe eagles an old man watching over my plansI’m talking real shit baby, no faking here for the fansI’m shouting out Bobby Jones, my aunties, my Moshom GeorgeI’m drawing all of my strength from my people here before me man.Hook whoh!!! Big chief in the building everybody take your place whoh!!Remove your feelings if you wanna ride with me whoh!!We about to go to war right now, no petty-ass beef whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me? Whoh!!When it all goes down whose gonna ride with me?Blessed is the man with sons who walk beside himnot enough leaders out there we should be ridingthey left our people broken but homie don’t play the possumlearn to grow yourself a set because you can bet there’s nothing promised;they saying I’m a problem, they call me public enemybut they don’t understand that, I hold it down for my familyand I hate it when they say that, I won’t be shit cause I’m Nativebecause in my mind we’re the strongestwe were built tough for the ages ( ay ay!!).Give me back mine before I take that,you don’t want that where my braves at?Put’em up high with a braid of the sweetgrass,put a prayer up, if you ain’t gonna ride then get back with your weak ass!No room for the weak or the type of speech that brings us down,We need them soldiers to be strong when the badman comes to town (ride out!)
APTN National NewsThe 22nd annual Indspire Awards wrapped up in Calgary over the weekend.The awards celebrate the best of the best of Indigenous peoples across Canada.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the highlights.
APTN National NewsStories of discrimination and sexual harassment experienced by Indigenous women in taxicabs have circulated for years in Manitoba.Now a chiefs’ organization is calling for changes.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.
The Canadian Press ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Estimated costs for the troubled Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador have now hit $11.4 billion including financing.That’s up from an original estimate of $7.4 billion — including the cost of borrowing — when the development was sanctioned in 2012.First power from the dam and hydro station under construction on the lower Churchill River was expected next year.But Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall now says first power is delayed until the fall of 2019.“In my opinion the Muskrat Falls project was not the right choice,” Marshall told a news conference Friday.Still, he said he expects the project will “finish strong.”Full power from Muskrat Falls to the island of Newfoundland and on to Nova Scotia through subsea cables is expected in mid-2020.Marshall says original cost estimates were optimistic or overly aggressive.He also says some contractors lacked experience working in harsh environments and that early execution by some “was poor.”About $6.7 billion has been spent or is already committed to the project.Marshall says most problems stem from construction of the power plant. He says Nalcor is in “a major dispute” with construction contractor Astaldi Canada. He said it’s the major uncertainty for Muskrat Falls but that talks continue.Marshall says electricity rates for domestic customers are now expected to rise to 21.4 cents per kilowatt hour in 2021, before tax. That’s up 6.3 cents from forecasts when the project was sanctioned in 2012.Sales of available export power would bring those estimates down by less than a cent, Marshall predicted.Consumers in the province paid about 12 cents per kilowatt hour last year before tax. That compares to almost 15 cents in Ontario and 16 cents in Nova Scotia.Marshall says forecasted energy needs have decreased, but the province still needs a new source of power to replace the aging Holyrood plant and to meet future demand.He predicts by the time Muskrat Falls comes onstream, consumers in the province will be paying among the highest rates in the country.Still, Marshall – who took over just two months ago as CEO of the project, which was sanctioned by the former PC government – says it’s too late to turn back.“It was a gamble,” Marshall said of energy price assumptions made when the project was approved.“And it has gone against us.”The province is obligated to provide power to Nova Scotia utility Emera for 35 years. Nixing Muskrat Falls and myriad contracts would be far more expensive than forging ahead, he said.“The project was too big for our needs,” says Marshall. “We speculated, and we lost.”
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsWhile the community of Red Pheasant tries to mourn the loss of Colten Boushie several people say it’s not helping that the RCMP have upped patrols that includes pulling people over and shinning spotlights into homes.Residents on the Saskatchewan First Nation say it’s harassment.“Getting stopped for no cause,” said resident Tash Baptiste, and Boushie’s aunt. “Just like last night. They asked why they were driving up and down … this is a reserve. We have relatives at every house. It’s not a crime to jump in your vehicle and go visit somebody.”Boushie was shot and killed Aug. 9 in a farmer’s field a short distance away in Biggar, about an hour west of Saskatoon. Gerald Stanley has been charged with second-degree murder and is out on bail pending a trial.The shooting sparked a massive outcry over racism in the province.Sabrina Peeaychaw, also Boushie’s aunt, said she’s seen RCMP out patrolling.“Stopping in people’s yards. Flashing their spotlights in their homes. Pulling into yards, as well as peeking into windows,” said Peeaychew.Peeaychew is also on the Red Pheasant council and said she called the RCMP to complain.“It has become a problem. I thought I would take it upon myself and question them. The RCMP returned my call stating they spoke to their constables. They are only to come to our community if there are any calls for them to be here,” she said.Stanley’s next court date is scheduled for Sept. 13.
Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsIt’s Day 23 of a Manitoba clan mother’s spiritual fast.Two weeks ago APTN National News brought you the story of Alma Kakikepinace, who is camped out and refusing to eat until she gets a new house.In a unique twist, APTN found a news story that aired on CTV’s W5 back in 1968 that features the woman’s father speaking out about his poor living conditions.
Larissa BurnoufAPTN National NewsA preliminary hearing started today for a Saskatchewan farmer who is accused of shooting and killing a young First Nations man last August.Gerald Stanley is accused of shooting 22 year old Colten Boushie.Stanley pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.His death has divided a firstname.lastname@example.org
COQUITLAM, B.C. – A British Columbia man has been charged with mischief after a U.S.-based social media platform was allegedly flooded with thousands of spam messages, effectively shutting down many of its channels.Brandan Lukus Apple of Coquitlam was charged Dec. 1 with one count of mischief to computer data after the alleged cyberattack.The 20-year-old man is also named in a B.C. Supreme Court civil lawsuit filed last April by Twitch Interactive Inc. that alleges he was behind an attack by so-called spambots last year, where unsolicited messages flooded more than a thousand of its channels, disabling the company’s chat feature.The Twitch website says the company is the world’s leading social video service using members to stream video games to 100 million viewers who can take part in game culture through real-time chats and discussions.A B.C. Supreme Court judge separately ordered Apple in April to refrain from creating, selling or promoting any other bots or robots allegedly aimed at the company’s websites.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment and a statement of defence has not been filed in the civil suit.None of the allegations in the lawsuit or in the criminal charge have been proven in court.The case stemming from the criminal charge returns to court in Port Coquitlam next month.The company says in a statement of claim in its civil lawsuit that over 1,000 channels were attacked with over 150,000 spam messages.“Twitch has received hundreds of individual reports regarding spam messages containing racism, homophobia, sexual harassment, links to shock imagery, false implications of viewbotting and soliciting child sex exploitation material ….” the statement alleges.Twitch is asking for damages to cover the cost of investigating the alleged attacks, as well as lost revenue.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Facing investigations by gambling regulators and allegations of sexual misconduct, billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn has stepped down as chairman and CEO of the resorts bearing his names.The Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts in a statement said Wynn’s resignation Tuesday was effective immediately. It came less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement.“In the last couple of weeks, I have found myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity,” Wynn said in a written statement. “As I have reflected upon the environment this has created — one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts — I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles.”Wynn has vehemently denied the report’s allegations, which he attributes to a campaign led by his ex-wife. An attorney for Elaine Wynn has denied that she instigated the news report.Wynn now faces investigations by gambling regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts, where the company is building a roughly $2.4 billion casino just outside Boston. The company earlier said a committee of independent directors would investigate the allegations that surfaced Jan. 26.Shares of Wynn Resorts’ China arm, Wynn Macau Ltd., were suspended from trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Wednesday in Asia. Gambling regulators in Macau, the world’s biggest casino market, said they were officially notified about the resignation.Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau also said in a statement that its director, Paulo Martins Chan, and the city’s financial and economic secretary, Lionel Leong, met last week with Wynn Macau Executive Director Linda Chen to request a detailed explanation of the allegations and demand Wynn notify it of any “result, progress or important information” from the investigation within an unspecified time frame.The company, which said previously it would co-operate with the regulator’s requests, operates two casino-resorts in the Chinese enclave that generate about two-thirds of its total revenues.A wave of sexual misconduct claims against prominent figures in entertainment, media and politics gained momentum last fall in the aftermath of articles detailing movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged rape and harassment. But Wynn is the first CEO and founder of a major publicly held company to come under scrutiny since the Weinstein allegations surfaced.Wynn is a titan in Sin City and played a major role in the revitalization of the Las Vegas Strip in the 1990s. He built the Bellagio, Treasure Island and Mirage before he sold his Mirage Resorts company in 2000. Two years later, he founded Wynn Resorts, which now operates two luxurious casino-resorts in the city and is in the process of building a lake and hotel development called Paradise Park on the site of a former golf course.Wynn’s two Macau casinos include the older Wynn Macau near the former Portuguese colony’s historic old town, and the Wynn Palace, which in 2016 became the latest opulent resort to open in the new district of Cotai, joining lavish developments by rivals including Las Vegas Sands.In announcing Wynn’s resignation, the company’s board of directors made clear it had done so “reluctantly.”“It is with a collective heavy heart, that the board of directors of Wynn Resorts today accepted the resignation of our founder, CEO and friend Steve Wynn,” said Boone Wayson, who was named non-executive chairman of the board. Matt Maddox, the company’s president since 2013, was named CEO effective immediately.Details of Wynn’s separation agreement were not immediately disclosed.Wynn resigned as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee a day after the allegations were published.Since 2013, Wynn has contributed nearly $2.4 million to GOP candidates and party organizations around the country, including Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and 2017 special election winners. Some Republicans in Congress, including Nevada’s Dean Heller, have already announced they are donating contributions they received from Wynn to charity.___Associated Press business writer Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong contributed to this report.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO
DETROIT — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal.Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel were named in a 12-count indictment alleging conspiracy, wire fraud and violations of the Clean Air Act.The indictment alleges the men took part in nearly a decade-long conspiracy to deceive the Environmental Protection Agency by cheating on emissions tests for 3-litre diesel engines.It’s not clear whether the men are in custody. Messages were left Thursday seeking comment from government and Audi spokesmen.Audi is a luxury brand owned by German automaker Volkswagen. VW pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal charges in the scandal and will pay more than $30 billion in penalties and settlement costs..The Associated Press
“I cannot emphasizes enough how critical it is for everyone involved to feel like they’re winning. Coming from a social work perspective, seeing the high rates of our people incarcerated, the social issues, the poverty. At some point you get tired of doing that job. It’s like you’re in a spinning wheel and you’re going nowhere because these social issues are continuous.”Ogan-Toews told the crowd that an important question that all parties to resource development need to ask is how things can be done differently than in the past. She explained that having previously led her community meant she needed to make difficult decisions that she felt were correct, despite opposition.“The are a lot of naysayers, there is a lot of opposition. You’re not going to make everybody happy. In my role with the First Nations LNG Alliance, that’s part of what I’m trying to do: to do the right thing for our people. If we can get those economic wheels turning for our communities and bring in revenue, that will help address some of the social issues that we deal with on a daily basis. We want to be able to increase the quality of life for our people. When you look at the rest of Canada and you look at First Nations, our quality of life is less than the average Canadian citizen’s. We want to be able to level the playing fields. We want to see more of our people in post-secondary, being teachers, nurses, doctors.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was a packed house at the Pomeroy Hotel for the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition symposium on LNG development last Wednesday.The symposium featured discussions to gather information and feedback from residents in the Northeast after the provincial government announced that it wants to create a new Energy Roadmap for the province. After a presentation on how Northeast B.C. can contribute to the new Energy Roadmap, a panel discussion that included Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman lead the conversation on ways that Northeast B.C. can help better educate B.C. residents about the provincial energy sector.The forum featured two keynote speakers: BC LNG Alliance President and CEO David Keane, as well as First Nations LNG Alliance CEO Karen Ogen-Toews. Ogen-Toews, who formerly served as chief of the Wet’suwet”n First Nation, gave a presentation on ways that Canadians can better develop the country’s natural resources, while also fostering better relations with First Nations. Ogen-Toews explained that her background as a social worker has given her a unique perspective on ways that resource development can benefit peoples of all backgrounds that are involved.
This week on Trev Talks, we discuss the upcoming municipal election with Janet Prestley. Janet has been with The City of Fort St. John since the days of Pat Walsh as Mayor.The Municipal Election will be held across B.C. on October 20, 2018. If you’d like more information running for Council in Fort St. John, click here. For the District of Tayor, click here and for the Regional District, click here.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below. Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.
Since March, the Government has implemented a number of changes that address the panel’s recommendations.Those recommendations include:installing new hydrometric monitoring stations in collaboration with First Nations communities;installing new groundwater observation wells near Fort Nelson;completing mapping of more than 55 aquifers;implementing an outreach and education initiative for land and dam owners in the northeast region; andmapping zones that are likely to experience greater ground motion from seismic events is underway.According to the Government, as part of the short-term action plan, the working group will review and clarify regulatory processes and procedures, and identify areas for improvements in data-management tools, systems, integration and public accessibility.The group will also recommend long-term research directions and priorities for the Government that address knowledge gaps identified by the scientific panel.The working group will engage with all British Columbians and will provide a status update in December 2019.The full Scientific Review can be found on the Government’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of B.C. has issued a response to the independent scientific panel’s Scientific Review of Hydraulic Fracturing report.After releasing the report in March, the Government says they have established a cross-government working group to develop short-term and long-term action plans for implementing the panel’s 97 recommendations.The working group includes staff from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commision and from three provincial ministries, which includes the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
VICTORIA, B.C. – In a new report, the Forest Practices Board is recommending that the B.C. Government adopts a tactical forest planning process to direct forestry operations on Crown land.According to Kevin Kriese, Chair of the Forest Practices Board, the Board has been calling for improved planning for over 20 years and that the plan does not address the need for planning for multiple forest values.“For more than 20 years, the board has called for improved planning and objectives at the landscape and watershed scales. Recent board work has confirmed that forest stewardship plans, despite considerable energy and effort to develop and approve, do not address the need for planning for multiple forest values across the landscape.” The Board’s report recommends that the process must:be inclusive of Indigenous peoples, stakeholders and the public;integrate all forest values;be place-based and forward-looking;be embedded in the forest management system; andinclude monitoring and continuous improvement over timeCurrently, the Government is consulting with the public on potential amendments to the Forest and Range Practices Act.The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.More information on the Board can be found at bcfpb.ca.
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the Padma Awards on March 11 and 15 in two investiture ceremonies at the Rashtrapati Bhavan as the Modi government has claimed to have transformed the national honours into “people’s choice” trophies by involving the general public in sending entries. For the awards announced on the eve of Republic Day, the government received a record 50,000 nominations, 20 times more than the 2,200 entries in 2014. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The awardees include 12 farmers from nine states, 14 doctors from 11 states, nine sportspersons, 16 social workers and others representing various fields. Of the 112 named for the awards, 56 will receive the honour on March 11. Among those to be awarded on March 11 include Balasaheb alias Balwant Moreshwar Purandare from Maharashtra who will be honoured with the Padma Vibhushan. There will be eight Padma Bhushan honours to be given to John Chambers, Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan, Vishwanathan Mohanlal, Budhaditya Mukherjee, Karia Munda, Kuldip Nayar (posthumous) and Hukumdev Narayan Yadav. The Padma award winners will interact with the winners of Padma Quiz organised by the government last week which saw participation by 35,499 people.
Kolkata: In a bid to control overspeeding by errant drivers across the city, Kolkata Police will soon install speed cameras in 40 locations, whereas Red Light Violation Detector (RLVD) cameras will be installed at 100 more locations.According to sources, speed cameras are installed at 21 locations across the Kolkata Police jurisdiction at present, which have been successful in prosecuting drivers violating the speed restriction norms. These speed cameras were installed after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the Safe Drive Save Life (SDSL) campaign, which is being followed strictly till date. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersNow, Kolkata Traffic Police has decided to install speed cameras in 40 more locations. The installing spots have been earmarked and soon the installation work will start. Speed cameras are able to take snapshots of vehicle registration plates, even in the dark. It snaps the vehicle from behind and calculates the speed using the distance travelled within a certain time. The data is being fed to the central traffic database, from where citation cases are being sent to the vehicle owners via SMS. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from speed cameras, RLVD cameras have been installed at several important and major intersections in the last few months. After those got operational, the number of signal violations has come down significantly. Keeping this in mind, Kolkata Traffic Police will install RLVD cameras in 100 more locations soon. “We are bound to ensure safe journey for the people and thus we are taking necessary steps to curb road accidents. Our appeal to the citizens is to please follow the road norms for both drivers and pedestrians to stay safe,” said Pandey Santosh, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Kolkata Police. Recently, Banerjee informed through Twitter that the number of road accidents has reduced by 12 percent across the city in 2018, compared to 2017. According to police sources, after commencing the SDSL campaign, several attempts by Kolkata Police were successful in curbing road accidents. Among them, a special drive against violation of speed regulations was an important one. In several places traffic guards could be seen conducting speed check using speed gun and prosecuting the errant drivers. After taking over the charge of Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, Anuj Sharma has also stated that traffic would be one of the important issues on which he wants to emphasize. According to sources, a few days after taking charge as the CP, Kolkata, Sharma instructed the traffic officials to conduct an inquiry for each of the accidents to find the cause and the way to curb accidents in the said area during a review meeting. He even asked the senior officials to visit the accident spot and submit a report on the same.
NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is planning to burn the 2014 manifesto of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on March 13 for failing to honour the promises mentioned in it. BJP’s 2014 manifesto had the promise of granting a full statehood to Delhi. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal alleged that both the BJP and the Congress had promised of statehood for Delhi but never acted on it.Arvind Kejriwal claimed that if Delhi is granted full statehood, the government can create lakhs of government jobs. “We are saying to the people of Delhi that you have tested the Congress and BJP. Give us seven MPs this time and we will get full statehood for Delhi,” Kejriwal said in February. In February, CM Kejriwal also planned to go on an indefinite hunger strike to put pressure on the Centre to grant full statehood to Delhi. However, he postponed the strike in the wake of of the tensions between India and Pakistan over the airstrike conducted by the IAF. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsMeanwhile, Rai said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal will hold a meeting with all state unit chiefs of the party and MLAs to discuss the strategy for the parliamentary polls later in the day. “The party is not in talks with the Congress for an alliance in Delhi and it will contest all the seats on its own,” the AAP’s Delhi unit convenor said. “Chief Minister Kejriwal would be holding a meeting this evening at his residence to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls,” he added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit announced last week the party will not form an alliance with the AAP in the national capital and contest the Lok Sabha polls alone. Meanwhile, AAP volunteers and its frontal organisations took out a march to the Congress office here, demanding the party to clear its stand on full statehood for Delhi. They were stopped midway by police as the march violated the model code of conduct. Rai said they had taken permission from the police for the march but were unable to get the Election Commission’s nod and had been trying for it since morning. The ruling AAP launched its mega campaign for Lok Sabha polls, with full statehood as its central theme, staging a protest near BJP headq uarters here over the issue on Sunday.
New York: The slow-moving US plans to set up six nuclear power plants in India have received a boost as the two nations reiterated their commitment to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation during the 9th India-US Strategic Security Dialogue. A joint statement issued on Wednesday after the dialogue, where the Indian side was headed by Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale, said that Washington “reaffirmed its strong support of India’s early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group”. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India,” it added. The statement also said that both countries declared their “commitment to work together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors”. The US delegation to the dialogue held in Washington was led by Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The statement seeks to breathe new life into expected results of the civil nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries, which have failed to live up to the hopes since it was signed in 2008 during the Prime Ministership of Manmohan Singh and the Presidency of George W. Bush. The law limiting civil liability for nuclear damages from the plants passed in 2010 was meant to overcome a stumbling block for US companies to set up nuclear power plants in India. However, financial problems of the US company Westinghouse that had agreed in 2016 to build six plants in Andhra Pradesh put the plans on hold when it went into bankruptcy the next year. Now owned by Brookfield Asset Management, the US-based Westinghouse has received the backing of the Trump administration for the project and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry promoted it during a visit to India last year. India has ambitious plans to increase its nuclear electric generation capacity to meets its growing needs with clean energy. Russia is the leading player in the nuclear power sector in India. Ahead of the dialogue, the third round of the US-India Space Dialogue was held on Tuesday at which the two countries “discussed trends in space threats, respective national space priorities, and opportunities for cooperation bilaterally and in multilateral fora”, the statement said. Indra Mani Pandey, India’s Additional Secretary for Disarmament and International Security Affairs, and Yleem Poblete, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, co-chaired the meeting. Also on Tuesday, Gokhale and David Hale, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs held India-US Foreign Office Consultations. A statement issued after the meeting by the State Department said that they affirmed “the importance of joint leadership to strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region”. “Recognising that the US and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners,” it added. The discussion between the two diplomats also covered the situations in areas of importance to the US — North Korea, where last month’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on denuclearisation failed; Iran, where Trump has pulled out of the multinational denuclearisation agreement and imposed sanctions on Tehran, and Venezuela, where the US has recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as its president and wants Nicolas Maduro to step down following elections marred by irregularities. Trump wants India to play a major role in the Indo-Pacific region where the two countries act as bookends of democracy, a task Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cautiously embraced without making it appear a direct challenge to China. India and the US have also stepped up multilateral cooperation with the other two major democracies in the region, Australia and Japan.