APTN National NewsAn AFN national chief candidates’ forum was recently held in Toronto.Six candidates vying for the position took part in a question and answer session.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo was there.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – After Shepard Smith set off some internal Fox News Channel bickering over his description of “entertaining” opinion programming, a glance at the cable television rankings reveals the extent to which political talk has become a pastime for millions of Americans.The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each weeknight telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Lawrence O’Donnell.Seven were telecasts of games from opening week of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament and four were professional wrestling. Only three scripted programs — AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” an HGTV episode of “Fixer Upper” and a Hallmark movie — made the list.Smith, the afternoon news anchor who signed a contract extension last week, had one show on the list. He said in an interview with Time magazine that some of Fox’s opinion programming “is there strictly to be entertaining.“I get that,” he said. “I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there. I don’t want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me.”Smith also said that Fox’s opinion shows don’t really have rules. “They can say whatever they want — if it’s their opinion,” he said.That comment drew rebukes from Hannity and fellow Fox prime-time host Laura Ingraham, who said both of their shows make news.Maddow’s Tuesday evening telecast on MSNBC, with 3.42 million viewers, was the most-watched news program on cable last week, Nielsen said. Hannity was in second and third place. Sixteen of the 26 political programs were on Fox, with the other 10 on MSNBC. Fox, which averaged 2.31 million viewers in prime time last week, was the most-watched cable network while MSNBC was second with 1.98 million, Nielsen said.CNN, which averaged 1.11 million viewers in prime time last week, has been losing ground to its rivals recently as viewers settle into political camps. That may be behind its decision last week to shuffle its lineup, adding a prime-time show with Chris Cuomo as host.CBS was the most-watched broadcast network last week, averaging 7 million viewers. NBC had 5.6 million, ABC had 4.7 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.Following Fox News and MSNBC, the remaining three networks in cable’s top five were boosted by the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. TBS averaged 1.78 million, TNT had 1.77 million and TruTV had 1.55 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.8 million. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.7 million.For the week of March 12-18, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 13.27 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.88 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million; “This is Us,” NBC, 10.94 million; “Bull,” CBS, 10.64 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.08 million; “The Good Doctor,” ABC, 9.89 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 9.25 million; “Instinct,” CBS, 9.05 million; “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 8.41 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com
London – The strong growth of the manufacturing sector in 2013, particularly in the automotive, aerospace and electronics fields, helped consolidate Morocco’s balance of trade, says London-based think tank the Oxford Business Group.In recent years, the proliferation of manufacturers, both foreign and Moroccan, generated new sources of revenue from exports, which should help reduce the budget deficit, says OBG in a recent study.The value of auto exports grew 23.2 pc over the year to € 2.7 billion in 2013. In addition, exports of aeronautics grew by 20 per cent (717 million euros) while those of the electronics industry increased by 11.6 pc (697 million euros), the study said. The sustained increase in industrial exports is partly explained by the presence of major foreign players such as Canadian company Bombardier and French automaker Renault, OBG experts say, noting that the expanded network of suppliers of cable components in Tangier and Casablanca also weighed in the balance of trade of the Kingdom.
Rabat- King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan will pay an official working visit to Morocco on March 10-12 at the invitation of King Mohammed VI, the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced Sunday.“On this occasion, HM the King will hold official talks with His illustrious guest,” the ministry pointed out in a statement.“The Sovereign will also offer an official dinner, at the Royal Palace in Casablanca, in honor of HM King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, and their accompanying delegation,” it added.
Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. How Should Teams Influence Enterprise UC Strategy?It’s recommended that an organization break its requirements and the application’s capabilities into their constituent parts. From here, a business can develop a deployment plan that is focused on the benefits and not necessarily on adopting the application’s entire functionality at once. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. So why does Teams seem to warrant such a hype, and is adoption as rapid as Microsoft claims? Microsoft has never disclosed how many individuals are using Teams, nor does it disclose how many of these have simply inherited Teams as pre-existing Office 365 users rather than making a conscious decision to use it. How does Teams differentiate itself from Microsoft’s previous collaboration offerings, or any other application on the market, for that matter? Dive into this topic further at Enterprise Connect, in the Monday, 2:00 p.m. session, “Transitioning to Teams: What’s Your Next Move on Microsoft?” led by consultant Kevin Kieller. If you haven’t yet gotten your pass for Enterprise Connect, coming to Orlando the week of March 18, register now to save. Get an extra $200 off your pass by entering the code NJPOSTS at checkout.Tags:News & ViewsMicrosoft TeamsUC StrategyOffice 365enterprise telephonyUnified Communications & CollaborationCloud CommunicationsEnterprise ConnectSCTCTeam Collaboration Tools & Workspaces Articles You Might Like Three partial deployment options should be considered. The first is to utilize Teams for its collaboration functionality only, without adopting any of the UC capability. The organization would retain the operation of a separate telephony and unified communications solution. The UC Side of the CoinTeams is to become Microsoft’s new, cloud-based UC solution in Office 365, replacing Skype for Business. The UC features in Teams include peer-to-peer voice and video calling, conferencing, individual and group personal messaging, plus enterprise telephony phone systems (subject to additional licensing). change_corkboard_774.png Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. On the flipside, however, putting control in the hands of the user can lead to security, privacy, and governance issues for enterprise IT. An organization must consider where it’s appropriate to store data based on who will then have access to it, as well as issues relating to backing up, archiving, and so on. Because of this, the key message applies to all vendors and offerings: Match the deployment to the requirement, and don’t be bullied into deploying all capabilities, especially when there is no business need. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share. It may aid understanding to consider Teams as two separate products: one offering for unified communications and one for team collaboration. Whilst the UC side of things is, according to Microsoft, a freshly written offering, elements of the team collaboration functionality have been recycled from existing applications. The user also benefits from a UC solution that is tightly integrated with desktop applications and information. However, this is constrained by the cloud-only limitation which does not, at present, act as a full substitute for much of the functionality of a legacy telephony system. As I’ve said, understanding of the Teams functionality can be aided by considering it as two separate products. It’s entirely understandable, however, that many consider it to be just one, as Microsoft seems eager to market Teams as an “all-or-nothing” solution. It’s this attitude that can complicate the adoption model and result in barriers to entry. Both aspects of the Teams offering present benefits and constraints to the end user. One benefit of the team collaboration functionality, for example, is how easily users are able to share work and collaborate around it. A second option is to utilize Teams for collaboration and personal unified communications, but not for enterprise telephony, retaining a traditional solution for enterprise telephony and location-based voice requirements. The third option is to utilize Teams for unified communications and telephony, whilst retaining existing legacy information storage and sharing solutions. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide. Is the UC Landscape Changing?Collaboration products are certainly changing our outlook on unified communications, but don’t be influenced by one-size-fits-all vendor messages. Instead, match solutions to business requirements and strategic direction. There may still be a place in your organization for a separate unified communications solution; be prepared to mix and match and deploy hybrid solutions where necessary. sctcperspective_Small.png Microsoft Teams seems to have had a significant impact on the unified communications market since its release in early 2017. In fact, Microsoft claims that Teams is the fastest growing product it has ever released, with use of the app more than doubling between September 2017 and September 2018, rising from 125,000 organizations to 329,000. There is one key difference between Teams and its predecessors, however: Teams is available as a cloud-only solution — as an application within Office 365. Microsoft will no longer offer an on-premises UC solution to its customers. Team CollaborationThe collaboration side of Teams is based on the previous functionality of Office 365 Groups and includes document storage and sharing, with an automated front-end to SharePoint libraries and lists, and persistent messaging organized around channels, topics, and threads. Any of these deployment models are feasible and can often facilitate an earlier, and simpler, entry into the Teams-based unified communications and/or team collaboration space than would otherwise be possible. Be aware that your strategy may be challenged by those who have been fed the “all-or-nothing” message from Microsoft. Document your reasoning and consider how solutions are presented to your users. Explain any unused functionality to your users so as not to cause confusion. It would be advised to have a roadmap relating to omitted functionality, even if it includes non-Microsoft-based solutions. Is This Message Only Relevant to Microsoft Teams?Put simply, no. Teams may be driving the conversation, but this is mainly due to the manner in which Microsoft has created an instant user base, derived from existing Office 365 users. Many vendors are adopting a similar approach, including Cisco, with Webex Teams, and Unify, with Circuit. These offerings share two key characteristics with Microsoft Teams: They are primarily cloud-based, and their functionality centers around combining unified communications and team collaboration. Amongst other questions, the most pertinent is this: More on that later. First, let’s address our earlier question. How Does Teams Differentiate Itself?At face value, Teams seems to be a simple re-brand of Skype for Business, following predecessors Lync, OCS, and LCS. According to Microsoft, Teams doesn’t actually utilize much of the Skype for Business code, and the UC element is a total re-write. The application does, however, harness existing Office 365 Groups and SharePoint capabilities. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Log in or register to post comments
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the three men and four women were shot dead on 29 January in San Carlos municipality in Antioquia province, where the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), right-wing paramilitaries and army troops were active. A woman and two babies were injured in the attack in which three men in green uniforms broke into a house and after asking for “the guerrilla weapons” opened fire, it added. It has not yet been established who was responsible. “The Office calls on the authorities to adopt the necessary measures to protect the civilian population from the violence of illegal armed groups and to guarantee adequate reparations for the victims,” OHCHR said in a statement yesterday.
Car production dips in October but optimism reigns Provisional output data for October released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: October CV production down 1.1 per cent on October 2004 Export production up 1.8 per cent on October 2004; year-to-date remains on par with 2004 Rolling annual total of 208,190 units at year-to-October ‘Commercial vehicle production in October remained within a few hundred units of last October,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘The sector remains in good shape, despite no overall increase in 2005, partly due to a fall in demand from European buyers. We’ve seen a small fall in production volumes of late but expect 2005 full year production to be close to 210,000 units.’The table below shows UK car production figures.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: Car production fell 7.6 per cent in October; year-to-date volumes down 2.7 per cent Production for export rose 0.5 per cent over the year-to-date, but fell in October ‘Overall, car production figures continue to reflect losses at MG Rover’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘But two recent landmarks, the new Civic at Swindon and production of the two millionth Toyota at Burnaston, should send a signal that car production in the UK is still healthy. SMMT’s latest issues survey shows that car and commercial vehicle makers are optimistic about the future, despite concerns about the cost burden of legislation and a transport infrastructure that hinders competitiveness.’ Exports help stabilise 2005 CV production
Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoThe dismissal of Bri’onte Dunn from the Ohio State football team has become much more clear, as today new details arose about an alleged altercation between Dunn and a woman who is thought to be his girlfriend.Dunn, 23, was dismissed from Urban Meyer’s team on Monday for a “violation of team rules” according to the coach of the Buckeyes. First reported by 10TV, a 911 call placed by the woman early Sunday morning outlined a series of events that ended with a protection order against Dunn and his dismissal from the team. The dialer claimed Dunn had struck her, then began to choke her when she returned some time later.“He hit me the first time at 4:40. I left,” the caller told police. “Then I was just calling my friend and see if I could sleep somewhere and nobody answered. So I made a circle back around and came back here and he was still here. So I came upstairs and I said, ‘You need to leave before I call the cops.’ He saw that I had my phone out cause I was going to try to record it because this isn’t the first time that this has happened and that’s when he started going crazy.”There have been no criminal charges filed against Dunn other than the protection order.Dunn was entering his final year of eligibility with the Scarlet and Gray after graduating at the end of the 2016 Spring Semester.
Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:John Stillwell/PA Evelina said last month that it was not the kind of event it wished to be associated with and would “therefore be declining funding from it and returning all previous donations from the Presidents Club”. However, Lord Fink, the former hedge fund boss and Evelina’s honorary president, is said to have told trustees that he was opposed to returning the previous donations.”He doesn’t want to do anything which could disadvantage the sick children who are treated at the hospital,” a person close to Lord Fink, a former Conservative Party treasurer, told Sky News.In a statement, a spokesperson for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity said: “We have written to the Charity Commission about our proposed course of action and are currently in dialogue with them about our next steps.”It has been claimed that only one of the five organisations which vowed to return Presidents Club donations has so far formally applied to the Charity Commission watchdog to do so.The Royal Academy of Music is said to have requested permission to return a £10,000 donation made in 2017 as a scholarship for a violin student.The Liverpool-based Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Alder Hey Children’s Charity have also said they will refund donations.GOSH said trustees would make a formal decision about the funds when they meet next month. A second children’s hospital is reconsidering its decision to hand back a hefty donation from the Presidents Club in the wake of the harassment scandal, it is claimed.Evelina London Children’s Hospital may keep two six-figure donations it had previously vowed to return after concerns were raised that sick children could lose out.The change of heart follows a similar rethink by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) which has revealed it is in discussions with the Charity Commission about the £530,000 it had collected from the disgraced club since 2009.Evelina, which is supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, received four donations totalling £265,000 from the Presidents Club in 1998, 2013, 2016 and 2017.At last month’s controversial dinner at the Dorchester hotel, London, at which female hostesses were groped and sexually harassed by businessmen, restaurant tycoon Richard Caring also pledged to donate £400,000 for a new intensive care unit at the hospital.It is understood that in the wake of the scandal, which resulted in the Presidents Club closing down, he has offered to donate the money privately. 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.
The head of Germany’s central bank is warning that there would be no basis for further financial aid to Greece if the country backs off agreements with international creditors.Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann was quoted on Saturday as telling the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung: «If Athens doesn’t stand by its word, that is a democratic decision – but that means the basis for further financial aid falls away.”Weidmann’s comments come as Greek politicians, divided over the value of austerity and reform measures that creditors demanded in exchange for rescue loans, flounder in efforts to form a new government.Weidmann says that if Greece ended up leaving the euro «the consequences would be more serious for Greece would be more serious than for the rest of the eurozone.”Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Une apparition de “soleils fantômes” en Chine en imagesTrois soleils sont apparus dans une province du nord de la Chine. Un phénomène qui s’avère tout à fait naturel bien que rarissime. Les habitants de la province chinoise de Jilin ont cru avoir la berlue lorsqu’ils ont observé le phénomène. En effet, ce n’est pas un mais trois soleils qui leur sont apparus dans le ciel, comme si notre astre fournisseur de chaleur avait attiré à lui deux petits jumeaux. Mais comment cela est-il possible ? Il s’agit en réalité d’un phénomène rare appelé “soleil fantôme”, et qui résulte de la réfraction de la lumière dans l’atmosphère terrestre.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn hiver, les nuages sont plus hauts dans le ciel. Cela a pour effet de voir les cristaux de glace qu’ils contiennent se trouver dans la bonne position pour réfracter la lumière du soleil. C’est ainsi que sont apparus les trois soleil de Jilin. Découvrez ces soleils fantômes apparus en Chine en vidéo sur Maxisciences. Le 11 janvier 2011 à 18:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’élagage autour des pylônes profite à 716 espècesUn inventaire des espèces de plantes profitant de l’élagage régulier effectué par RTE (réseau de transport d’électricité) sous les lignes électriques en Ile-de-France a recensé 716 espèces différentes sur les 900 hectares évalués.Sur les 716 espèces de plantes qui ont été recensés sous les lignes électriques en Ile-de-France, 18 bénéficient d’un statut de protection régionale ou nationale. Parmi elles, on retrouve entre autres l’œillet magnifique, la bruyère à balais, la cardoncelle molle ou encore la pédiculaire des bois. En fait, ces plantes bénéficient directement de l’élagage régulier réalisé par RTE qui entretient ses lignes à haute tension.À lire aussiContemplez en accéléré la fantastique floraison de ces cactusEn effet, ces plantes parviennent à subsister grâce à l’entretien constant des zones dans lesquelles elles poussent. Quant aux arbres qui sont élagués, ils laissent la place à la végétation basse. Les chênes, charmes ou châtaigniers sont assez nombreux et courants dans la région pour ne pas pâtir des élagages réguliers, assure Clémence Salvaudon qui a procédé à l’inventaire sur 900 hectares placés sous les lignes électriques.Parallèment, RTE travaille dans les Hauts-de-Seine et l’Essonne à la mise en place de tranchées mellifères, composées de plantes butinées par les abeilles, indique 20minutes.fr. Certains pylônes sont même habillés de «chaussettes vertes» constituées d’arbustes qui fournissent de la nourriture et un refuge aux animaux dans les champs ou les milieux ouverts.Le 12 juillet 2012 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambert
Convicted killer Cal Coburn Brown was executed early Friday by lethal injection for the rape, torture and murder of a Seattle-area woman, after delivering a statement forgiving the victim’s family for hating him but complaining he was treated unfairly by the legal system.Brown, 52, died at 12:56 a.m. PDT, after a four-member team injected a lethal one-drug cocktail in the execution chamber of the Washington State Penitentiary.The father, brother and two sisters of his victim, Holly Washa, 21, witnessed the execution, as did King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg.Brown protested sentencing disparities, saying that criminals who had killed many more people, such as Green River killer Gary Ridgway, were serving life sentences while he received a death sentence.“I only killed one victim,” he said. “I cannot really see that there is true justice. Hopefully, sometime in the future that gets straightened out.”Brown did not apologize to the family of the victim, but said he understood their emnity for him. He said he forgave that hatred, held no emnity toward them and hoped the execution would give them closure. He also said the prison staff had been most professional and that he had no complaints about his treatment there in 17 years.
ADC AUTHOR Plans outlined in the Pentagon’s Future Years Defense Program would cause the base defense budget to balloon to $735 billion (in today’s dollars) by 2033, according to new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.The base amount requested for 2019 was $617, plus overseas contingency costs. It is expected to be higher when the administration sends its budget request to Capitol Hill mid-March.“About 25 percent of the total growth from 2024 through 2033 would be in military personnel costs, 55 percent in [operations and maintenance] costs, and 20 percent in costs to develop and purchase weapon systems,” the report said.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday invited Korean firms to invest in India.Addressing mediapersons in Seoul, the Prime Minster said, “I invited Korean firms to invest in India in a big way. Companies such as LG, Hyundai and Samsung are already household names in India. We would like to see small and medium sized Korean companies also making India a base for their manufacturing.”Manmohan, who is on a bilateral tour in the Republic of Korea, encouraged Korean firms for more investments in India and suggested the small and medium sized companies to launch its business in Indian markets.”I am delighted to be on an official bilateral visit to the Republic of Korea. President Lee Myung-bak and I have just concluded our talks aimed at adding momentum and substance to our Strategic Partnership. Ours is a partnership built on shared values that provide a firm foundation for further development. President Lee has made an outstanding contribution to give added meaning and substance to our strategic partnership and I thank President Lee for that contribution,” he said.He sought Korean President’s support in India’s quest to join international regimes such as the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Missile Technology Control Group, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement. He appreciated Korea’s initiative to host a significant multilateral meeting, the Nuclear Security Summit, in Seoul.Observing that the year 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Korea, the Indian PM said both the nations had agreed to celebrate this landmark event in a befitting manner.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photo Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday blamed the government’s negligence for the devastating FR Tower fire that claimed at least 25 lives, reports UNB.Talking to reporters while visiting the fire-hit building, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said dangerous fire incidents are repeatedly taking place as the current government has no accountability to people.”The 22-storey building was constructed without following the building code and keeping any fire-safety measures in it. Even there was no emergency exist stairs in the building. I can’t understand how permission was given for making such a high-rise,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “We’re seeing such fire incidents happening repeatedly one after another. The negligence of the government and its authorities concerned are responsible for these.”Terming FR Tower fire as a ‘killing incident’, Fakhrul said it took place as the government has failed to play its due role in ensuring public safety.He also said the fire brigade could not carry out their rescue operation on Thursday properly for lack of necessary equipment. “Otherwise, many lives could have been saved.””The government must take the responsibility of the fire incident as it’s running the country. I think an anarchic situation has been created in the country since the government has no accountability.”Fakhrul further said the tragic fire incident at FR Tower has stunned people of the country. “We cannot accept the deaths of so many people in this way.”The BNP leader alleged that the government has failed to take effective measures to check fire incidents even after the loss of many lives in such incidents one after another.He suggested the government to strengthen the Fire Service and Civil Defence by enhancing its capacity equipping it with modern equipment.At least 25 people were killed and over 70 others injured in the tragic Banani fire incident on Thursday.
The BJP on Monday gloated over Congress’ embarrassment following publication of articles critical of Jawaharlal Nehru and Sonia Gandhi in its mouthpiece, saying the “truth” it had been “hiding” has come out. Rubbing salt in the wound of ex-Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam, who is the editor of the journal, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar “congratulated” him and quipped he was known for such write-ups when he was the editor of the Hindi edition Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Dopahar Ka Saamana’. Nirupam, who was in Sena before he joined Congress, is also the president of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee, which publishes the magazine ‘Congress Darshan’. Though initially Nirupam sought to wash his hands off the controversy by claiming he had nothing to do with the articles, he later admitted the “mistake” and sacked the editorial content in-charge. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“The Congress journal which is named Congress Darshan should be called ‘Satyarth Darshan’ (sight of truth). It is significant that it has come on the 131st foundation day of the party. Sardar Patel had maximum support in Congress to become the prime minister but Gandhiji proposed Nehru and kept Patel at a bay. “Patel merged 562 provinces into India and Nehru was in charge of only Kashmir and it remains a problem. Patel had warned about China’s betrayal on Tibet… This is not BJP or Javadekar saying so but the mouthpiece of Congress. What Congress had been hiding has come out. I congratulate Nirupam,” Javadekar said.
DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter why not join us there? A huge African Rock Python was caught in Chisty Place this afternoon (Thursday).Youngsters were walking along in the area when they noticed the huge snake slithering from the road into veld.They ran to a nearby lodge, where an employee phoned snake catcher Mr Zam Paulik for assistance. Mr Paulik responded immediately and managed to catch the reptile.The python is about 3.5 metres long and weighs in excess of 20kg.Mr Paulik will free the snake in Nambiti Game Reserve. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite