Homebase Limerick jobs under threat

first_imgLimerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Twitter TAGSbusinessLimerick CityNews Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Linkedin JOBS at the Limerick Homebase store are under threat after its owners, Hilco Capital announced it would close three Irish stores in 2019.Hilco Capital, a British firm specialising in restructuring and refinancing other companies, acquired the struggling retail chain from Australian company Wesfarmers for £1 and last June said that it would close up to 60 stores in the UK with the loss of 1,000 jobs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Today, Tuesday, August 14, Hilco announced that it would close 42 stores across the UK and Ireland.30 people are employed at the Limerick branch.300 jobs were lost at its Milton Keynes headquarters but Hilco, who also owns HMV, said that it was looking to turn around the fortunes of the retail chain that sold for £350million two years ago.Homebase has 250 stores and a workforce of just over 11,000 people throughout its networkThis Tuesday, the retailer said that its current store portfolio in the UK and Ireland is “no longer viable” due to unsustainable rental costs.At the end of this month, creditors will vote on the proposals but it will be “business as usual” until then. Previous articleLimerick string sing out for IrelandNext articleLimerick FC handed home draw against first division Cabinteely in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Facebookcenter_img Email Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Print NewsBusinessHomebase Limerick jobs under threatBy Staff Reporter – August 14, 2018 1944 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

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WDFW Schedules Tentative Razor Clam Digs Through December

first_imgFacebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced a tentative schedule for the fall razor clam season set to begin in early October.This fall, spend a gorgeous day along the coast digging razor clams. Photo credit: Aaron Hulst.Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests, which are usually conducted about a week before a dig is scheduled to begin.“We’re releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to go digging this fall,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.State shellfish managers are also seeking public input on management options, including scheduling for spring digs. Comments on the spring digs can be sent via email to [email protected] summary of last season and an overview of the recently completed razor clam stock assessment are available in WDFW’s 2017-18 Razor Clam Management Plan at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.Based on beach surveys conducted this summer, WDFW estimates the total razor clam population on Washington’s beaches has decreased significantly from last season, which means fewer days of digging this season.Locals and tourists alike line the beaches during a razor clam tide where camaraderie outweighs competition.Photo Credit: NOAAAyres said the decline in clam populations was likely caused, at least in part, by an extended period of low salinity in surf zone ocean waters, particularly those near Long Beach and Twin Harbors.“The total number of clams may be down this year, but we still expect good digging on most beaches,” Ayres said.Proposed razor clam digs through December are listed below, along with evening low tides and beaches:Oct. 6, Friday, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksOct. 7, Saturday, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksNov. 2, Thursday, 6:03 p.m.; 0.1 feet; CopalisNov. 3, Friday, 6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksNov. 4, Saturday, 7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisNov. 5, Sunday, 7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 1, Friday, 4:42 p.m.; -0.3 feet; CopalisDec. 2, Saturday, 6:49 p.m.; -1.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 3, Sunday, 6:15 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisDec. 4, Monday, 7:02 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksDec. 31, Sunday, 5:12 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksFor more information about recreational razor clamming, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.last_img read more

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Holmdel Man Delivers Baby Girl at World Trade Center PATH Station

first_imgBy Emma WulfhorstAugust 13 – ON TUESDAY MORNING, August 4, at around 2:30am, the Port Authority Police Department responded to a call of a full-term pregnant woman in labor at the World Trade Center PATH station.“The woman stated she felt the baby coming and the officers prepared the area and aided for a possible birth,” said Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo.One of the officers responding to the scene was Holmdel resident and former Jersey City EMT, Brian McGraw. After evaluating the patient, McGraw had determined the birth was about to occur. A few minutes later, the 6-pound, 14-ounce baby girl, later named Asenat Abdrabo, was born.After EMS arrived, the parents, along with their two-year-old son, were transported to Beekman Downtown Hospital.last_img read more

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Cosmologists Need New Physics

first_img(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 More new observations don’t fit current cosmological theory.Measurement of Universe’s expansion rate creates cosmological puzzle (Nature News). The subtitle reads, “Discrepancy between observations could point to new physics.”The most precise measurement ever made of the current rate of expansion of the Universe has produced a value that appears incompatible with measurements of radiation left over from the Big Bang. If the findings are confirmed by independent techniques, the laws of cosmology might have to be rewritten.If dark energy is out there, it might have increased since the big bang, astronomers conclude from the new observations. Or, it might mean that the “standard candles” used to measure the universe are not reliable—so says Wendy Freeman, the astronomer who arrived at the oft-cited consensus age of the universe, 13.7 billion years.Given the long-standing puzzles over dark matter, dark energy, inflation, fine-tuning and the multiverse, Adam Riess, astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins, made the following massive understatement, “I think that there is something in the standard cosmological model that we don’t understand.”‘Bizarre’ Group of Distant Black Holes are Mysteriously Aligned (Space.com). According to thinking about the isotropy of space, one shouldn’t find mysterious alignments of objects, yet at least nine of them in a sector of space have spin axes that are aligned. It’s a “bizarre relationship”—A highly sensitive radio telescope has seen something peculiar in the depths of our cosmos: A group of supermassive black holes are mysteriously aligned, as if captured in a synchronized dance.Black holes don’t have any way of knowing about other black holes. They have no way of sharing information. How did they get this way? Some cosmologists are quick to offer hypotheses. Perhaps they were part of the same fluctuation when the universe was small. Maybe powerful magnetic fields aligned them. Maybe hypothetical particles called axions did it. Further down, though, the article is less optimistic.The researchers hope to use this surprising discovery to perhaps better understand the conditions in which they formed, but the discovery will be a huge challenge to explain as there’s no cosmological model that can currently account for it.“This is not obviously expected based on our current understanding of cosmology. It’s a bizarre finding,” said collaborator Romeel Dave, of the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.The astronomers were not looking for this alignment when they found it. Now, they have a new “vexing problem” to solve.Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? (Live Science). Is reality real? Who asks these kinds of questions?Researchers pondered the controversial notion Tuesday at the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate here at the American Museum of Natural History.Those who are interested can read the article for the arguments for and against what they call a “legitimate scientific hypothesis.” Behind it, though, are philosophical notions of free will. No less than Neil de Grasse Tyson (of Cosmos 2.0 fame) thinks the probability is high that we are living on an alien’s hard drive. If so, he was just programmed to say that, so you can ignore him.Need a spin doctor? Go to the cosmologists. They always know how to keep their jobs when they have been falsified, self-refuted or embarrassed by observations contrary to theory. They call the new observations “exciting.”last_img read more

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Plenty to like in Boks’ win over Australia

first_imgHat-trickHe completed his hat-trick two minutes from time thanks to Louw, who first threw an outrageous dummy to open up space and then found Habana out wide with a long pass. The winger received the ball on the 22-metre line and had a clear run in to the line for a deserved third try. Fellow debutant, Jaco Taute, was a little nervy early on at centre, but he grew in stature as the match progressed and was especially effective on defence. He looked like he belonged in the green and gold. After five losses on the trot to Australia, something had to give at Loftus Versfeld as the Australians had never before won at the ground in five previous attempts. With a charged-up Springbok team in their face and injuries hampering their performance, it was the Wallabies that gave. Kirchner had scored South Africa’s opening try after the forwards had opened up space on the right with a ferocious assault on the Aussie tryline and he nearly scored a second just before half-time. A dummy run to the inside by Habana was what created the space on the outside and only a desperate cover tackle by Adam Ashley-Cooper just forced Kirchner out of play. Yellow cardIt was Habana’s urgency to get a penalty taken quickly in the second half that put Australia under heavy pressure in their quarter and eventually led to James Slipper being yellow-carded for slowing the ball down at a ruck. While he was off, the Springboks scored two tries. The fans certainly enjoyed seeing the running game. Nothing said that more than when Pat Lambie came on early in the second half for Zane Kirchner at fullback. Kirchner had scored a try and just missed out on a second, but Lambie is a more attacking player and even though the game was taking place on Kirchner’s home ground, the crowd loudly cheered the inclusion of the Sharks’ star. EncouragingWhat was encouraging was that it was decided after only two misses to take the pressure off Goosen by handing the goal kicking duties to Pienaar. In the Boks’ previous match against the All Blacks at the Otago Stadium, they had persisted too long with Morne Steyn, despite his poor kicking form, and that had cost the team dearly. FlyhalfThe biggest news on the selection front ahead of the game had been the decision to start Johan Goosen at flyhalf ahead of Morne Steyn. Did it pay off? On the kicking front, it was a wash; Goosen missed his only two kicks of the match, which was pretty much on a par with Steyn’s performances so far this year. In terms of the running game, it was a smashing success. DefenceNo victory is built on attack alone, however, and it was South Africa’s sturdy defence that made a big difference. The loose trio of Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts and Francois Louw was hugely effective, with Louw playing a brilliant game, his best for South Africa, and pushing hard for the man of the match award. He was effective on the ground and also in the support game, delivering a try to Bryan Habana on a plate. The locks, Andries Bekker and Eben Etzebeth, put the Australians under big pressure at lineout time and got through a mountain of work in the loose too. The victory brought to an end a three-game winless run for the Springboks. In those games they had drawn 16-16 with Argentina, gone down 19-26 to the Aussies and lost 11-21 to New Zealand, all away from home. Being back on South African soil certainly helped the Springbok cause. 1 October 2012 Goosen attacked the advantage line well and distributed the ball effectively, resulting in the Bok backline looking the best it has all year. He also came within centimetres of scoring try after he sliced through the Wallabies’ defence in the first half. center_img After South Africa’s 31-8 Castle Rugby Championship victory over Australia in Pretoria on Saturday, captain Jean de Villiers insisted the Springboks’ game plan had not changed – but they certainly seemed to run the ball a lot better and more often than they did earlier this season. Out on the flank, Bryan Habana enjoyed the opportunities that came his way. Throughout the contest, he looked to ignite South Africa’s attacking opportunities and was rewarded with three tries. The first of those came from a lineout five metres from the Wallabies’ line. Captain De Villiers, for the second time in the game, opted for a touch-finder rather than a kick at goal when close to the Australian tryline and was rewarded both times. On this occasion it was Francois Louw who benefited, as he spun out of a tackle after the Boks had driven the ball up and fell to ground for a try. With a better goal kicking game, which is usually a South African strength, the Springboks will be a very tough team to beat. And with the young talent emerging in the green and gold ranks, there is plenty of reason for optimism. Saturday’s comprehensive win appeared to be a first step towards bigger and better things. The second try went to Habana. Once again, he started and finished it. After a loose Australian pass, Habana chased the ball into touch and fielded it. He immediately found Adriaan Strauss, who had an impressive game, with a quick throw-in. The hooker took the pass, and sprinted along the five-metre line before passing inside to Habana, who had too much speed for the scrambling defenders and ran in for a try under the uprights from almost 40 metres out. Goosen’s off-day with the boot was not typical of the young man and he will no doubt improve and take over the number one kicking duties with distinction. He possesses an impressive all-round game. Unfortunately for Ashley-Cooper, his head was in the wrong position when he made the tackle and he was knocked out cold. His was the worst of a string of injuries that undermined the Australian effort, but they were not what cost the visitors the game. Rather, it was a far more rounded Springbok effort that made the difference. A lot of credit should go to scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar, too. He took a lot of pressure off Goosen with his kicking from the base of the scrum and mixed up his game well, which allowed the young flyhalf, like Pienaar a product of Grey College, some space to mix up his own game. The first of those came after he started an attack and then ended it with an excellent angled run to take a short offload from Pienaar and crash over for the Springbok’s second try. It took him to seven five-pointers against the Wallabies and equal with Breyton Paulse’s South African record against Australia. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Powered By: Web Services

first_imgEnterprise Information Portals are deployed across organizations as tools for centralizing corporate information.  A portal is an application framework that functions as a hub for accessing both structured and unstructured data, holding together content and information drawn from very many sources both inside and outside the enterprise. Each information source used in a portal is ‘component-ized’ and shrunk into a tiny UI called a portlet that occupies only a small amount of the total screen real estate.  Portlets are then mixed and matched together building-block-style to create high-relevancy dashboard-like portal applications. What sorts of information can a portlet expose?  Almost anything.  Corporate Policies and company directories.  Data Warehousing, Collaboration, Knowledge Management, and  Business Intelligence tools.  Any kind of information or IT system can be molded into a portlet and then later merged into the composite portal application.Portals are powerful.  They are time-savers because information is consolidated into a central location.  Portals reduce the screen clutter of multiple applications running side-by-side.  They also offer convenience by letting users log into the composite Portal application just once, and then via single sign-on, gain access to all component portlet applications.In many ways, the mix-and-match construction of Portal applications parallels the mix-and-match philosophy used in constucting mashup applications.  Because of that, it may not be that surprising to find that Web Services is the technology that is fueling both of these approaches to building applications today.Given a Web Service data source, designing and creating a new portlet is easy.  Portlets are often built by mapping data retrieved from a Web Service call into an HTML results-page presentation.  The UI for a portlet tends to be simple and easy to build, and the combination of HTML with Web Services provides a clean and natural separation of data from presentation.Once built, standards allow portlets can be easily migrated to different environments.  For example, portlets that have been created using standards like those of Web Services and JSR-168 (or JSR-286) can be ported to most Portal vendor products.Because content and documents have relevance within every domain, it is only natural that portlet integrations with Enterprise Content (ECM) and Document Management systems are frequent ingredients of successful Portals.  Portlets can provide very personalized windows into enterprise content.Almost any kind of ECM and DM functionality can be exposed in portlets.  That includes support for the life cycle of content and document creation and capabilities like authoring, approval, version control and scheduled publishing.Formtek offers the Web Services module as part of the Formtek | Orion SDK.  Formtek Web Services can act as the data source when building a portlet with almost any kind of ECM requirement.last_img read more

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Pete’s Puzzle: Mold on Painted Clapboards is Food for Thought

first_imgIn addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter. Ah, OK. The mold culprit has to be this new wood, I thought. Sure, the Paulownia seemed as robust as the cedar when it first went up, but look at what happened over time… How else are the two sides of our house different?The deep-energy retrofit of our house — including the recladding of our exterior walls — has been a 12-year project, mostly “weekend warrior” work of mine. That is quite a bit of time for things to change from one side of the house to the next.And change they did: the north gable of our house I did two years earlier than the south, with what turns out to be a completely different source of pre-primed, finger-jointed wood clapboards. My local building materials supplier — without any notification — switched sources, from local cedar pre-primed, finger-jointed clapboards to Paulownia clapboards from the Philippines (which I purchased because I was told that the Paulownia is equal or better quality, a “greener” product, and more cost-competitive). See this brochure. RELATED ARTICLES Got Mold?The Mold Explosion: Why Now? Pete’s Puzzle: Mold in Certain Closets How to Avoid MoldHumidity, Mold, and Indoor Air QualityQ&A: Mold on the north side of the sheathing in my attic So, the solution?Chris Hunt from the FPL continues:“My recommendation is clean thoroughly and then topcoat with another latex. However, this time buy mildewcide and add it to the paint before application. Another approach that worked in the past is top-coating the existing paint job with a solvent-borne water repellent preservative to give about 5 years of protection… Beware of a glossy appearance, however.” The problem is not the wood…As I talked around about this problem, a guy smarter than me said, “How could the wood be the problem? The mold is not growing in the wood.” I felt like he had just said, “OK, Mr. Building Scientist…” (See Image #6.)I have to admit, I was stumped (pardon the word choice). So, I did what I always do when I have a question about wood building materials: I called my good friend at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), Bob Falk.Bob was nearly as puzzled as I was, but he knew exactly who to ask at the FPL: Research Chemist Chris Hunt:“Growth of mildew is determined by three factors: food, water, and mildewcide. Availability of spores or colonization is not a problem: the entire outdoor world is covered in spores, and everything gets wet once in a while allowing them to germinate. What makes for visible growth is good conditions on a regular basis.Enough water for mildew to grow occurs with RH is in the 85%+ range. Food might come from the wood but more likely comes from oil-based primer. Oil is wonderful food. Oil-based paint/primer is also. Modern oil-based paints are not as tasty as the older formulations but still have some food value.Mildewcide/biocide is commonly put in oil-based paint but not so much in latex because bugs have a hard time digesting latex paint. Latex paint is very porous, however. Mold will burrow down through many coats of latex to get at alkyd layer or other food source underneath.”Chris also suggested this resource: DSC Technical Bulletin 04-03, Subject: Mildew and Oil-Based Paint.NOTE: If you go back and carefully read the EPrime brochure I linked to, you’ll find that, sure enough, the factory-applied primer is oil-based. Whenever my wife starts a conversation with, “OK, Mr. Building Scientist,” I know I am in some kind of trouble. That proved to be the case one day when we were out hanging laundry on the south side of our house.“OK, Mr. Building Scientist, you supposedly worked your moisture magic when you re-sided the house with clapboards.” (See Images #2 and #3, below, and this GBA Green Home case study). “But I am looking at little black dots all over the siding. It looks a lot like mold to me.” (See Image #1 at right.)Sure enough: mold seemed to be growing through the paint rather than simply growing on the surface; very strange. And stranger still: no mold of this sort (or any sort) growing on the north side of the house, nearly always shaded by our large sugar maple (see Images #4 and #5). My lessons learned?Keep your eye out for oil-based primer on exterior wood trim and cladding. It’s great to order materials that have been factory-primed, but what they use can make a difference.Beware of potential problems when you install a latex topcoat over an oil-based primer. If you are in any sort of “wet” climate (generally more than 20 inches of precipitation annually), these are probably not a good mix.Don’t ever let anyone cut the FPL budget; these folks know more about wood than all of us builders and remodelers and architects put together, and we need their thorough and practical knowledge.last_img read more

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Compositing in Autodesk Smoke: Nodes vs Action

first_imgWhat I have been seeing with new users since Smoke 2013 was released, is that separate node compositing seems to be the default ways people are comping. However, it’s also a very 2D way to composite using nodes.  It’s my theory this is due to the fact that they are unfamiliar with Smoke’s Action Node.Example of Smoke CFX Node Setup (Nuke/Shake Style)Lights, Camera, ACTION!Action is a node that contains a 3D environment with Cameras, Lights, and Images controlled by Axis Nodes for transformations of your media inputs. Each media input also contains it’s own Blur & Crop controls, Keyer, GMask, and each has an individual Color Corrector, including the Color Warper.  Click images  below for larger view.Smoke’s Action can also import 3D models, create 3D text, Lens Flares, Shadows, and generate Motion Blur. Action also allows you to have multiple outputs where you can specifically select which layers in your composite get output. With Action you can customize matte outputs and generate special outputs including Z-Depth, Shadow, and Ambient Occlusion (AO) so you can further composite downstream of Action if you need too.Action also contains it’s own internal schematic that allows you to link transforms and use instances of your media instead of having to reload a clip to duplicate it like you would duplicate a layer in After Effects. Each Transform Axis node in Action and each image layer also has access to tracking and stabilizing. All of the Photoshop blending modes are also available for each Image layer.Save Time. Use Less Nodes. Use Action.By using the internal Blur, Crop, Color Correct, Transforms, Keying and Masking inside Action, you can use less nodes in your schematic, which can speed up rendering time.  It certainly keeps your CFX Schematic simpler.Action also gives you the ability to work in Context. So you can Color Correct your Keyed clip over it’s background to better sell the shot and create a more realistic result.  Here is an example of a composition using the Nuke/Shake separate node workflow.  Click images  below for larger view.And here is the same composition using Action.Both ways are perfectly acceptable. I am a huge proponent for doing whatever it takes to get the job done. But I do encourage you to explore Action in your composites because it really is the heart of compositing inside Smoke. I think you will find it much easier to build and work with your composites when using any Transforms, Color Correct, Keying and certain blurs.The internal Action schematic may take some getting used to, as it is unique to the Autodesk ecosystem, but once you see the ease and power you have, the faster and more creative you can become in Smoke.I’d be interested in how you like  to build your comps.  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts. When it comes to compositing in Smoke’s ConnectFX, should you use Nodes or Action?  Read on to understand the benefits each has on your next composite.Since the release of Smoke 2013 there have been 2 types of users who have embraced the connection of editing and effects.  The first are video editors who want more compositing with their timelines.  The second are visual effects artists who want more editing in their composites.These VFX compositors may have come from other node based products, mainly Nuke and even some from the long lost Apple Shake Community.  The editors are familiar with timeline layers, or maybe even After Effects layers, and start their composites on the timeline.  Both of these users might be new to Autodesk Smoke and although they can understand the ubiquitous tools like Color Corrector and Keyers, they may not understand the most powerful Node in Smoke’s compositing arsenal – The Smoke Action Node.The Nuke & Shake style compositors work in a very unique way. They use individual nodes to perform specific tasks and string all of these nodes together and comp individual pieces and parts into the final shot composite. They use separate Transform, Color Correct, Masks, & Keyers, to affect a single image and then use a series of blend or merge nodes (Multiply, Add, Screen, Over) to layer each shot over another to reach the final result.  Each blend or merge node would accept 2 inputs and blend A over B.  So if you had 5 clip layers, you needed to merge together, you would need 4 merge nodes.  For those comfortable in Nuke or Shake you can composite in Smoke the same way.  Click images  below for larger view.Example of Nuke Node SetupExample of Shake Node Setuplast_img read more

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Policeman killed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgA policeman was killed by Naxals at a weekly market in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Sunday, a police official said. The incident took place around 2 pm when assistant constable Chaitu Kadti went to the market in Mirtur village with his family, he said. A ‘small action team’ of Naxals (typically comprising four to five cadres) suddenly stabbed Mr. Kadti with knives, killing him on the spot, and fled, the official said. The rebels did not harm the family members of Mr. Kadti, who was posted at Mirtur police station, he said.On getting information about the incident, a police team rushed to the spot and sent the body for postmortem, the official said. A search was underway to nab the assailants, he added.last_img read more

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Over 1 lakh Gorkhas excluded, claims community body

first_imgThe Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP) has claimed that more than 1 lakh people belonging to the community have been excluded from Assam’s final NRC. The list otherwise is believed to comprise mostly Bengali-speaking Hindus and Muslims.State BGP president Nityananda Upadhyay said the figure was arrived at by speaking to members of local units of the organisation across the State. The BGP is one of the stakeholders in the cases related to NRC in the Supreme Court.“We are waiting for the data to reach us in two-three days. The number of rejected Gorkha people who are bona fide Indian citizens is expected to be more than 1 lakh as on date,” he said.“The NRC has been based on the historic Assam Accord. It is time to realise that we have been identifying genuine Indian citizens based on documents, so inclusions have been done legally after multi-layered verification, but the numbers of foreigners traced after cases in the Foreigners’ Tribunals will not meet the expected lines that the government narrated. As a whole the NRC is not on expected lines,” Mr. Upadhyay said.BGP leader Nanda Kirati Dewan said Gorkhas showed patience throughout the upgrading process.“The number of exclusions has come down from the draft NRC. Of the 1 lakh Gorkhas in the reject list, about 20,000 are facing D [doubtful] voters cases, while others have been hit by surname mismatch. The BGP will engage legal and para-legal community members trained to fight Foreigners’ Tribunal cases to help those excluded,” he added.The BGP’s intervention had helped people with minor mismatch in names get included in the final NRC. But while Sahitya Akademi award winner and Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha president Durga Khatiwada and his children have been included, founding member of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee Chhabilal Upadhyay’s granddaughter Manju Devi has been left out along with her two children.last_img read more

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