Mamata sets example for other states with beneficiary feedback platform

first_imgKolkata: For the first time in the history of any state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given a platform where the beneficiaries of various government schemes can directly converse with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), sharing their feedback and suggestions for improvement of the delivery mechanism.One of the main objectives of the initiative is to bridge the gap between the beneficiaries and the government, thereby ensuring smooth implementation of all the schemes run by the Mamata Banerjee government. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThis will also help the government fix accountability on the officials at various levels and also to catch hold of those who indulge in corruption. The move will also ensure a time-bound delivery mechanism. Once a beneficiary from the districts raises his/her issue with the CMO through email at, it will be thoroughly examined and replied to within 10 days. The new and unprecedented approach aims at refining the whole delivery mechanism in the state. The fundamental objective of the move is to reach out to the marginalised beneficiaries. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Chief Minister had already constituted a monitoring cell of government welfare schemes with Colonel Diptangshu Chowdhury as its advisor, which will visit the districts to directly talk to the beneficiaries, listening to their feedback and complaints. It has already started its work and addressed various issues of the people. The grievances of two widows at Purulia’s Bagmundi have been addressed within two days and pensions have been provided through the District Magistrate. A SBSTC bus was also introduced between Belpahari and Midnapore. It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government has been successfully running more than 49 social schemes including Kanyashree, Khadya Sathi, Sabuj Sathi and Banglar Bari. The monitoring cell will interact with the district administrative officials and Zilla Parishad and Gram Panchayat functionaries, to take a stock of the schemes, how they were implemented or if there was any problem in the delivery system at any level. It will also converse with the beneficiaries, seeking their suggestions to make the process more effective. Some ration dealers often try to hoodwink the beneficiaries on various pretexts. The monitoring cell’s job would also be to crack down on these ration dealers and take stern steps against them. The main motto of the government is to ensure that poor people availing rice and other grains at Rs 2 per kg are not deprived. When contacted, Colonel Chowdhury said: “The Mamata Banerjee government’s sole purpose is to ensure that all the schemes reach the marginalised people, so that all of us can move forward on an equal footing. It is our Chief Minister who can raise the voice of the marginalised people. She has set an example for other states to follow by introducing such a monitoring cell.”last_img read more

Detention of Yechury Raja at Srinagar airport antidemocratic CPIM

first_imgNew Delhi: The CPI(M) on Friday hit out at the government for detaining its general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D Raja at Srinagar airport, saying it was an “anti-democratic” act, which showed the ruling BJP’s “authoritarian face”. The Left leaders had gone to Srinagar to meet CPI(M) MLA Md Tarigami and other party colleagues. “The politburo calls upon the people to protest this anti-democratic act of the BJP government,” the statement said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “This shows the authoritarian face of the BJP government,” it added. Yechury and Raja had written to Satya Pal Malik on Thursday informing him of their visit and requesting him to facilitate their entry. “Both of us had written to the Jammu and Kashmir governor requesting him that there should be no hurdles for our visit… despite that we have been detained. I wanted to meet my ailing colleague and our comrades who are here,” Yechury told PTI. On Thursday, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was detained and sent back to Delhi from the Srinagar airport.last_img read more

Annan welcomes Iranian moves on nuclear issue

On Monday Iranian Ambassador Ali Akbar Salehi delivered a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna conveying his government’s acceptance of the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) following concerns over its possible development of nuclear weapons.”The Secretary-General welcomes the recent decision by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to conclude the Additional Protocol, to act in accordance with its provisions until its entry into force, and to suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said in a statement in New York.”He encourages the IAEA, the Government of Iran and the other governments that have been working with Iran on this matter to continue their efforts in this respect.” read more

FTSE firms criticised for woeful lack of progress as women boardroom numbers

The authors warned that while many companies had launched high-profile diversity drives including measures such as unconscious bias training, it was having limited real-life impact. “There is no doubt that there is a tremendous amount of activity around gender diversity in many of the FTSE 350 companies – beautiful websites, great policies, innovative women’s leadership programmes and Unconscious Bias training available to all employees. Yet these count for nothing unless targets are truly embedded in the organisation.”It recommended that managers who do not meet targets for gender quotas are “penalised”.  Mentoring programmes were also suggested as a way to encourage the promotion of more women, with some interviewees highlighting the benefit of having male as well as female mentors. One woman said senior male colleagues “were more likely to give direct advice ‘why not go for it’, if they believed the competence was there, ‘just do it’”. Advice from female colleagues, on the other hand, “was more likely to be couched in more cautious terms, focusing on framing, positioning, proving before putting oneself forward.”Interviewees also said that senior teams were less likely to take a chance on women by promoting them.”Our prior research on inclusive talent management  has shown that men are more likely to be judged on ‘potential’, whereas women need to have proved their capability,” the report added.  FTSE firms have been accused of a “woeful” lack of progress as the number of women in boardrooms has dropped by more than a fifth.A report by Cranfield University found that there are 30 women in full-time executive roles at FTSE 250 firms, a drop from 38 last year.Women make up 6.4 per cent of full-time executives, the report found, with five of the 30 holding CEO positions and 19 holding chief financial officer positions.”It is imperative that FTSE 250 companies examine their female talent pipeline, identify the challenges and commit to improving this woeful situation,” the report said. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The number of boards where all positions were held by men has risen from eight to 10, the report added. The report also found that the position of businesswomen in the FTSE 100 has remained unchanged for a fourth year, with 9.7 per cent of leadership positions held by women. In the FTSE Women on Boards Report, which has been produced for 20 years, academics said it was “disappointing to see a slowing of pace in appointing women to boards, together with a slight increase of all male boards to ten.”This must be addressed urgently and again calls for renewed efforts from Chairs and search firms.” Fiona Hathorn, managing director of Women on Boards UK, which helps women reach senior roles, said: “With the number of executive women actually falling in the FTSE 250 it is clear to me that there is very little effective and collaborative leadership happening in the UK regardless of the number of women on the board.” 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. read more

Japans strongest typhoon in 25 years kills at least six

Huge waves were whipped up (Photo: KYODO/VIA REUTERS)(BBC) Japan has been hit by its strongest typhoon in 25 years, causing at least six deaths and 160 injuries.Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western areas, bringing heavy rain and reports of winds up to 172km/h (107mph).In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of a railway station roof came down.Officials ordered more than a million people in affected areas to evacuate their homes amid warnings of high waves, flooding and mudslides.It has already left tens of thousands without power and authorities have urged people to move to safety.The storm made landfall on Shikoku island around noon on Tuesday local time and then moved across Japan’s largest main island of Honshu.It is expected to weaken as it moves north.Jebi is the first typhoon classed as “very strong” by the country’s weather agency to make landfall on Japan’s main islands since a typhoon left 48 people dead or missing in 1993, Kyodo reports.Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries have had to be cancelled.Flooding covered the runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, which is built on a man-made island in a bay.Universal Studios Japan, a popular amusement park near Osaka, was closed.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an emergency meeting and called on people “to take action to protect your lives, including preparing and evacuating early”.Footage from the storm making landfall showed giant waves crashing against the coastline, and flying debris.Japan’s weather agency has warned of possible landslides, flooding and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes in the areas affected.The country is regularly struck by major storms and this summer has been one of extreme weather.In July landslides and massive floods – the worst in decades – killed more than 200 people. That was followed by a record deadly heatwave. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRED ALERT: Strongest storm on Earth targets Taiwan, ChinaSeptember 14, 2016In “latest news”Typhoon Mangkhut: Miners and families buried by landslideSeptember 17, 2018In “latest news”Hurricane Irma: Cuba hit with strong winds and heavy rainSeptember 9, 2017In “World” read more

Every day Rehab doesnt disclose salary causes dreadful damage to charities

first_imgIt’s a terrible state of affairs, the trusting relationship between the public and volunteers has been broken. They’re left in limbo and they’re just as angry as everyone else but they’re helpless because they’re associated with the charities.‘Everything has changed’“Our line to charities is that everything has changed now and they must be transparent and get over their qualms – they have to step up to the plate now,” she said.The charity sector had long been calling for the introduction or a regulator according to Garvey but she added that, in order for it to be effective, it must be properly resourced and staffed.She called on the public not to “tar all charities with this brush” though she said everyone understands the public anger at what has happened.Related: Rehab Group will decide whether to reveal Angela Kerins’ salary… next month>More: ‘Your local GAA lottery wouldn’t work like this’: Varadkar criticises Rehab Group>Read: Rehab chief Angela Kerins won’t say what her current salary is> THE CEO OF Wheel, a network of 930 charities, has said that with each day that goes by until Rehab discloses its CEO’s salary, “dreadful damage” is being done to the sector.“We’ve now come to believe that the damage could well be permanent and if not permanent, than very longterm,” Deirdre Garvey told on from controversy over minuscule profits made by its lottery Rehab Group has confirmed that its board will meet to discuss whether or not to disclose Angela Kerins’ salary, but not until next month.Garvey said that the delay in disclosing this information is doing damage to all charities and to the public trust in them and urged them to have a “more speedy discussion”.“It’s not any way to do business, to allow this to happen, and you shouldn’t have to have the PAC dragging information out of people,” she commented.DamageIn a survey published last week, Wheel found that 20 per cent of charities saw a significant  drop in their Christmas donations and 97 per cent of people thought the recent controversies had damaged all charities.Garvey said charities are now receiving calls every day from people cancelling their direct debits and standing orders.last_img read more

Amazon Black Friday Page Launches

first_imgPlantronics Discovery 925 Bluetooth Earpiece: $52.99 (Down from $149.95)Archos 5 500 GB Internet Tablet with Android: $309.99 (Down from $499.99)Acer AS5745-7833 15.6-Inch Laptop: $749.99 (Down from $649.99)TCL L40FHDF11TA 40-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV: $399.98 (Down from $649.99)Fujifilm FinePix J40 12 MP Digital Camera: $79.00 (Down from $99.95) Four days left until Black Friday! Time to start camping out in front of your computer. Amazon this morning kicked off Black Friday week with a landing page devoted to the consumer holiday. The page is devoted to more than just Friday, with “doorbuster-style deals now through Cyber Monday”–a full week of discounts, starting today.There are plenty of deals is just about every Amazon category–particularly in electronics (though, fair warning, that page doesn’t seem to be particularly well formatted for the Chrome browser). There are a number of on-going deals, as well as “lightning deals,” which will only be available for an extremely limited time, starting with the Creative Labs HS-980 Fatal1ty Professional Series MKII Gaming Headset, which will be discounted to some mystery price (from $99.99), later today.Available electronics categories include TVs, camers, GPS, MP3 players, laptops, storage, printers, and cell phones. All of the items on the page are eligible for Amazon’s free shipping deal on orders over $25. A quick sampling of some of the available deals, after the jump.last_img read more

Natura 2000 et Life la Commission européenne lance deux consultations publiques

first_imgNatura 2000 et Life + : la Commission européenne lance deux consultations publiquesLe 15 décembre dernier, la Commission européenne a ouvert deux consultations publiques en ligne portant sur la politique environnementale de l’Union. La première concerne l’instrument financier qui succédera à Life +, ce dernier arrivant à expiration en 2013. La seconde consultation porte sur le financement du réseau de zones protégées Natura 2000.Ces deux consultations seront ouvertes jusqu’à la mi-février 2011. Celle qui porte sur l’instrument financier successeur de Life + vise à recueillir des avis quant aux objectifs, aux priorités et aux modes de soutien. Comme le souligne la Commission, il s’agit “notamment de recevoir des contributions de la part des administrations nationales, régionales et locales, des acteurs de la protection de l’environnement, du secteur privé et du grand public”. La consultation se présente sous forme de questions, dix-neuf au total, qui sont traduites dans six langues parlées au sein de l’UE (anglais, français, espagnol, italien, allemand, et polonais).À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiLa seconde consultation concerne le réseau de zones protégées européennes Natura 2000. Elle a pour but de préparer la communication de la Commission, qui prévue pour l’été prochain, portera sur l’évaluation de la mise en œuvre effective du réseau, et les moyens qui permettront de consolider les actions existantes. La Commission attend pour cette consultation une contribution des autorités publiques, du secteur privé, des acteurs de la protection de l’environnement et des citoyens intéressés par le sujet. Dix questions sont soumises à ces derniers, mais les participants ont également la possibilité de proposer librement des idées et des observations. A ce jour, Natura 2000 couvre près de 18% des la surface terrestre de l’Union européenne. Ce réseau interconnecté, qui vise à protéger la biodiversité de sites naturels ou semi-naturels abritant une faune ou une flore exceptionnelle, est le plus grand du monde.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 10:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Two teens arrested accused of starting Carlsbad playground fire

first_imgTwo teens arrested accused of starting Carlsbad playground fire 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCARLSBAD (KUSI) – An arson fire damaged playground equipment Monday morning in Carlsbad, authorities said.The non-injury blaze was reported shortly before 3:50 a.m. on playground equipment located between Saltgrass Avenue and Sweetwater Street, Carlsbad Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Chumbley said.The Carlsbad Fire Department and the Carlsbad Police Department will be conducting a joint investigation into the fire.The investigation lead to the arrest of two juvenile suspects, a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, according to police.Firefighters arrived and found the playground equipment fully engulfed, Chumbley said.Crews knocked down the flames within 10 minutes and prevented the fire from spreading to other structures, Chumbley said. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 8, 2019last_img read more

Reliance Jio Mukesh Ambanis day out in Indias largest startup

first_imgIt isn’t easy to say if the new work culture adopted by the Reliance Group in India’s largest start-up Reliance Jio, led by Chairman Mukesh Ambani, has raised the rank-and-file a few notches higher in hierarchy or made the top management come a few steps down.However, it appears the “open office” concept Jio adopted this week has been a hit.To give an insider view of that eventful Wednesday, 4 November, Ambani walked into the “TC22 building” at the sprawling Reliance Corporate Park in Mumbai with his close confidant Manoj Modi.Minutes later, his son Akash Ambani — a Brown University alumnus — ambled in, dressed in a pair of black trousers and a tucked in white shirt. No private elevator, no assistants taking notes. No liveried stewards either — the food stations were self-service.Even the security for Ambani — the richest Indian, ranked 36th on Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful people — maintained a respectful distance, despite the Z-category status, which is India’s highest security level with a cover of 36 personnel, accorded to him by the Union Home Ministry.Akash’s twin sister and Yale University graduate Isha Ambani was out of the focus area, engrossed in a chat with Jio and retail veteran Pankaj Pawar in another part of the hall.But, she is no less important as the twins conceptualised the open office for Jio and delivered it in six months.At the epicentre, in walked human resource head Sanjay Jog from his workstation. He had a query, but did not have to wait for an audience. Modi was seated and the father-son duo preferred to stand. They pondered over Jog’s slides — and in 150 seconds the meeting is over.Then, Ambani took a small round and complimented the team with a smile. Initially, there was an apprehension, but the folks were encouraged to keep working and not get up for a customary greeting. Then, Akash left for his own work area to the right of the hall.Back at his workstation, Ambani and Modi spoke for another 10 minutes. By then, others had settled down. A larger review happened over video.Suddenly, one realised that the working day had spilled over to midnight — as has been the case often.However, the team saw it as one day closer to delivering Jio.So, how did it feel to work in the line of sight of the bosses? One Jio leader quipped: “Hands-on but walls-free.”last_img read more

ESPN to LiveStream League of Legends Esports Events Under New NonExclusive Pact

first_imgESPN+, the Disney-owned sports programmer’s recently launched subscription service, is carrying Riot Games’ “League of Legends” live esports tournaments and events — starting with next month’s North American League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split.However, ESPN+ won’t have exclusive rights to the “League of Legends” programming, which will continue to be distributed on Amazon-owned Twitch and other platforms.Here’s the backstory: In 2016, Riot Games (publisher of multiplayer battle-arena title) inked a long-term pact with BAMTech for “League of Legends” esports content. Under the terms of that pact, BAMTech was to pay Riot Games at least $300 million through 2023 for exclusive rights to distribute and develop “League of Legends” esports events, as well as sell ads and sponsorships, sources confirmed. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 According to Riot Games, the 2017 League of Legends World Championship held in China drew a record peak of 80 million unique viewers who tuned in for a single match while fans overall watched over 1.2 billion hours of content during the event. Then, last year Disney acquired majority control BAMTech, the streaming-media provider founded by Major League Baseball (which remains a minority shareholder along with the NHL). With Disney’s takeover of BAMTech, the focus shifted to supporting ESPN+ as a “multi-sport” streaming product rather than launching a separate “League of Legends” service. So, Riot Games entered into a new, multiyear agreement with the Walt Disney Co.’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment along with ESPN, which provides for non-exclusive content rights to “League of Legends” content.New York-based BAMTech Media handles development and operation of ESPN+ (as well as the forthcoming Disney SVOD service, set to launch in 2019).ESPN+, priced starting at $4.99 per month, provides thousands of hours of live sports events, including hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, and the full library of ESPN Films (including “30 for 30”). The over-the-top service, while it includes ads in live content, eliminates standard display ads as well as pre- and post-roll video ads for subscribers.The question is how much the live “League of Legends” competitions will enhance the appeal of ESPN+. Given that the coverage will be available elsewhere for free, esports fans don’t need to subscribe to ESPN+ to catch the action.In any event, ESPN+ subscribers will be able to tune in to “LOL” coverage starting June 16 with the 2018 North American League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split (NA LCS). Riot Games announced the 10 franchise teams for the league last fall.The NA LCS’s 10 teams will face off against each other twice in the course of the season, for a total of 18 matches each with teams playing once per day. The competition stretches across two splits, spring and summer. Matches will stream live on ESPN+ Saturday and Sundays.This year the NA LCS Summer Finals will be at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 8-9, with the third-place match on Saturday, Sept. 8, before the Summer Split champion is decided on Sunday, Sept. 9.After the completion of the NA LCS Summer Split, three teams will qualify for the League of Legends World Championship in South Korea. The World Championship will see 24 teams from the 14 regional leagues fight for a chance to hoist the Summoners Cup later this fall. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Diablo III offline play crack released in beta form

first_imgBlizzard decided the best way to protect Diablo III from piracy was to implement always-connected DRM through It has led to more than a few problems, thousands of angry gamers, and the threat of a few lawsuits.While all that has been playing out over the past few weeks, renowned Chinese hacking group Skidrow has been working away on a crack. The online DRM Diablo III uses, works by constantly checking to see if a user is connected while running the game. So Skidrow has developed a server emulator that makes the game think it is connected to when in fact the gamer is playing offline.The crack is still a work in progress, but it does work in so far as allowing the game to load and run, and a beta version has been released as a torrent. It also looks like it includes a LAN play option suggesting you can still play with friends. However, because the game effectively runs online it is apparently devoid of much content at the moment. And in order for that content to be added, Skidrow would have to steal it from Blizzard’s servers and add it to their emulated server.As Diablo III isn’t available in China yet, you can imagine how popular the crack is going to be even if it doesn’t do that much yet. With the issues gamers have been having around the world, it’s likely to spread very quickly.So popular are Blizzard games in China, legitimate news website in the region are reporting the crack as a positive development. These include Tencent and the People’s Daily, who even ask users to be patient with the bugs they find in the crack.For Blizzard, it will mean alarm bells ringing. Not having the game available to buy in China means thousands of gamers will revert to attempting to crack it. Even if it leads to nothing, it opens the way for viruses to start spreading as part of torrents claiming to be the offline crack, and it will confuse more than a few gamers eager to play the game at any cost.All Blizzard can do is try and figure out how to stop the server emulation from working and updating clients with a patch. Other than that it should make sure it has bullet proof security protecting the servers in case someone does try to steal the Diablo III gameplay content.More at Kotakulast_img read more

21 more die of swine flu toll reaches 833

first_imgSwine flu claimed the lives of 21 more people as the toll reached 833 across the country while the number of persons affected by H1N1 virus breached the 14,000 mark.According to Health Ministry figures, the total number of persons who have died of the disease till February 22 is 833 while a total of 14,484 persons has been affected by it across the nation.Health Ministry data on Sunday had showed that 812 people had died due to the disease while 13,688 people had been affected with the H1N1 virus. The maximum toll was reported from Rajasthan with 214 deaths till February 22 out of 4,549 people who were affected by it while 207 people have perished in Gujarat where the number of affected persons stood at 3,107. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIn a stormy start to the Gujarat Assembly budget session on Monday, State Governor O P Kohli had to cut short his address to the House owing to continuous protest and slogan shouting by Opposition Congress members demanding discussion on the swine flu outbreak. Data available with the Health Ministry showed that in Madhya Pradesh 112 people have died due to the disease while 99 have perished in Maharashtra where 1,013 people were affected. In Telangana, 51 people have died while the number of affected persons was 1,316. Health Ministry data showed that eight persons have died in Delhi while 2,241 people are affected by the disease.last_img read more

SC wonders how transparency cant be taken beyond a point

first_imgDuring the hearing on the new law to replace the collegium system of appointments, a bench of the court headed by Justice J S Khehar noted that transparency could be there only to a “certain degree”.The bench put a query as to how it can be proved even when it is known that a person under consideration for appointment for judgeship is casteist, communal, dishonest and misleads. “How are you going to prove that a person is casteist? He is a communal? He misleads or is dishonest,” asked the constitution bench. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“Can you put an opinion in public when it opens up a candidate (for judgeship) to public ridicule? Hundreds of litigations will then start. We can be transparent to certain degree but not to the world at large” the bench said.“The wisdom of people who watch over needs to be preserved. Transparency is good but you should give views above it. It may be transparent to a degree but not at large. We want to devise something that wrong is not perpetuated.,” the bench observed. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe bench intervened when senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani said the collegium system needs to be “opened up” and more transparency must be brought in appointments. Resuming his arguments he asked the court step in to stop the NDA government from “tinkering” with the independence of judiciary with new law on appointment of judges which takes the country to the days of “notorious emergency”.“India would do what Dr Ambedkar, Nehru and other galaxy of patriots and constitutional experts wanted to be done in India. It is a matter of shame that what is sought to be done is what the late Indira Gandhi did with our judiciary during the notorious emergency by her diabolical advisors,” he submitted before the five-judge Constitution Bench. He attacked the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act and asked the apex court to assert itself and not leave it to executive to tinker the independence of judiciary.“I feel insulted that I have to deal with this kind of junk. I request the bench to assert itself and not leave the issue of appointment of judges to the executive,” Jethmalani told the bench, also comprising Justices J Chelameswar, M B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and A K Goel. “The Attorney General seems to tell us that in 15 countries the Executive is the final authority. This is what he wants India to do. This is disgraceful. I suggest that this court should express its anger and contempt for such a submission,” Jethmalani submitted.last_img read more

In Guanacaste too many crocs

first_imgFrom the print edition Fabricio Pizarro has no trouble spotting a crocodile. The tour guide for Palo Verde Boat Tours sees them all the time relaxing on the riverbanks of the Río Tempisque, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Lately, Pizarro has noticed more crocs in places he hadn’t before, like in his hometown of Filadelfia, Guanacaste. Crocodiles always skulked around parts of the town, but never like this. Years ago, locals knew which rivers were safe to cool off in. Now, they’re not so sure. “People used to go swimming there,” Pizarro, 24, said. “And they don’t now because there are more crocodiles.”The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is found throughout rivers and brackish water in Costa Rica, on most of the Pacific coast and parts of the Caribbean. Around Río Tempisque, the gigantic reptiles – which can grow up to 6 meters long – are showing up in strange places.Workers for the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), a branch of the Environment Ministry, have received calls to remove crocodiles from cemeteries in Bagaces and a water treatment plant in the provincial capital of Liberia. The explosion of crocodiles in the area has grown out of control, with at least 2,300 living in Río Tempisque, which empties into the Gulf of Nicoya and its tributaries. Overpopulation seems even more bizarre when considering where it’s occurring. Guanacaste is the fastest-growing province in the country, but cities like Cañas, Liberia, Nicoya and Bagaces are observing increases in croc populations. Although SINAC said urban development is destroying animal habitats in Guanacaste, the number of crocodiles continues to rise, heightening the risk of a clash with an encroaching human population.Conservationists consider the American crocodile a vulnerable species, and Costa Rican law prohibits hunting them. However, overcrowding has forced local wildlife authorities to enact emergency measures to remove crocodiles from the area. OutnumberedLaura Porras, a professor at the National University (UNA) in Heredia, studies crocodile populations in Tempisque. She said residents report up to three crocodile attacks per year there, and milder incidents go unreported. She said another phenomenon also could lead to more close encounters: Around Tempisque, male crocodiles outnumber females by three to one. Most males cannot find a mate, and as a result, when mating season begins in September, the crocs act more territorial. “They fight with each other for every female, and they grow more aggressive,” Porras said. “It increases the probability of an accident with people.”Competitive male crocs complicate an already worrying situation, as the reptiles have no natural predators in the region. In other parts of Costa Rica, wild dogs that steal eggs help keep the croc population down. Snakes and birds of prey also eat baby crocodiles. Those assailants are less present in Tempisque, where crocodiles grow faster and larger due to the main factor contributing to overpopulation: too much food. Many tilapia farms are located in Guanacaste. In time, fish escaped from the farms and swam into the Tempisque basin. Tilapia multiplied in the region’s rivers and streams, and now provide an endless supply of meals for the carnivores. (Porras said the crocodiles “eat like pigs.”) They feed on any animal that can be snatched between their powerful jaws, and with the influx of tilapia, crocodiles keep eating and growing to enormous sizes.As for the surplus of males among the crocodile population, nobody is certain why it is happening. Several possible culprits exist: Climate change could be influencing the sex of crocodile offspring while in the egg, or contaminants in the water or powerful hormones fed to the tilapia could be the cause.Porras wants to obtain financing to research the toxicology of the crocodiles, in hopes of understanding the cause of the boost in male populations. She noted the ratio creates an internecine struggle between crocodiles and with humans. In time, if female crocodile numbers continue to dwindle, the crocodile population could drop off precipitously. Porras and other exerts studying the Tempisque region hope that in time, a balance of male-to-female ratios and crocodile-to-human ratios can be reached. Moving them outAt the end of August, SINAC enacted an emergency plan to remove 80 male crocodiles from Guanacaste. Wilber Orozco, who leads SINAC’s wildlife conservation efforts in Tempisque, said authorities have extracted 50 crocodiles from that area so far. The organization tries to find locations to place the crocodiles, but it can be a struggle. Crocs need a permanent home and cannot be reintroduced into the wild because of overpopulation. They have a lifespan of up to 60 years, and few places exist that can adopt so many of them. A reserve in Caño Negro, a wildlife refuge in northern Costa Rica, took 10 of them. Another 10 were placed in a Guacalito zoo in Tárcoles. The other 30 crocodiles were euthanized. Porras and other UNA employees are working on zoning projects with SINAC to find places to put the extra crocodiles. They also are conducting forums in towns near Tempisque to try to better gauge how the problem affects locals. At the end of the year, SINAC will evaluate how well the extractions worked.“Apart from the mitigation measures, there is a management plan for the medium and long term,” Orozco said. “It involves using public and private companies to help manage the population properly.”The specifics of that plan remain a work in progress, he acknowledged.On Sept. 18, Orozco met with residents in Filadelfia to discuss the problem. Villagers are bothered by the crocs, but they try not to overreact. If one approaches someone’s property, locals call SINAC to ask for its removal. But they also threaten to kill crocs if SINAC doesn’t show up. Still, residents enjoy the benefits of local wildlife: Crocodiles do help bring tourist dollars. But weariness is mounting, and both human and crocodile populations in Guanacaste are growing faster than officials can come up with a long-term fix. “The solution is not just to extract the animals,” Porras said. “We need to establish a way to take care of the population.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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