Karachi Airport Under Attack

first_imgAt least 27 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Pakistan’s busiest airport, Karachi’s Jinnah International, on Sunday night. The assault began when 10 heavily armed militants with grenades gained entry to a cargo area using forged identity cards. The gunmen used grenades to kill four security guards. Violence continued through the night as security forces clashed with the militants, leaving many passengers trapped inside the terminal. When the firefight concluded early Monday morning, the death toll had reached 21. All 10 militants were killed along with eight airport security workers, two Pakistan International Airlines employees, and one ranger.All inbound and outbound flights at Jinnah International Airport were cancelled as a result of the attack. The airport is currently under military control. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.last_img read more

South African team set for BRICS summit

first_img26 March 2012President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-powered South African delegation to the fourth BRICS summit in New Delhi, India this week – the second summit South Africa will be attending after its ascension to the grouping of powerful emerging economies in 2011.South Africa’s inclusion in the group at last year’s summit in Beijing put the country in the league of the world’s fastest-growing and potentially most influential group of nations: Brazil, Russia, India and China.South Africa’s inclusion was a recognition of its strategic role in Africa and its ability to act as an interlocutor between Africa and the international community, rather than because of the size of its population or gross domestic product (GDP).Focus on global issuesAccording to the Presidency, this year’s BRICS summit will focus on global governance matters, including the global economy and international peace and security, as well as sustainable development issues, including climate change.South Africa “will take advantage of the BRICS summit to advance the African Agenda, seek support from BRICS partners for Nepad infrastructure development and industrialisation initiatives on the African continent, and advocate for reform of global governance institutions,” the Presidency said.The summit takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.BRICS Business ForumBusiness Unity South Africa (Busa) has confirmed that it will be sending a delegation of over 50 companies to the second BRICS Business Forum, which runs in parallel with the summit.Busa CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni said the inaugural BRICS Business Forum in Hainan, China last year established a solid foundation for enhanced business ties among the fastest-growing economies in the world.“South African business needs to leverage on the commercial opportunities offered by Brazil, Russia, India and China for the mutual benefit of the grouping, South Africa and the African continent,” Majokweni said in a statement.Busa said Africa’s economic expansion of plus 5% over the past decade had been a direct product of its strategic ties to the emerging world, where the BRICS countries serve as the engine of growth.Surge in trade with BRICS countriesSouth Africa’s trade with its fellow BRICS economies increased by 108% from 2007 to 2011, compared with a 12% growth in trade with the European Union over the same period.“The comparison is not to diminish South Africa’s commercial relationship with Europe, but to emphasise where the next global growth is emanating,” Busa said.“Business expects further positive outcomes at the upcoming BRICS summit, particularly in the areas of agriculture and food security, information communication technology, energy and finance.”BRICS development bank on the agendaThe body said South African business was also open to discussion on the merits of a BRICS development bank, which could positively affect the financing of infrastructure as well as facilitate trade within the BRICS bloc.Discussions on mechanisms for currency convertibility among the BRICS countries were also welcomed, but with a caution on pegging the rand to any other currency, Busa said.South African business has already made inroads into BRICS markets with a number of high-profile investments, including Sasol’s coal-to-liquids plants in China and India, SABMiller’s investments in the Chinese beverage sector, and Naspers’ investment in the Russian ICT sector.Source: BuaNews, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

Have done in five years what others failed to do in 15: Devendra Fadnavis

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will get a bigger voter share in the Assembly elections than it did in the general elections this year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Wednesday while welcoming the new State and city unit BJP chiefs.Speaking at a function to mark the formal induction of Chandrakant Patil as the Maharashtra BJP president and Mangal Prabhat Lodha as the Mumbai unit president, Mr. Fadnavis said his government has done in five years what previous governments failed to do in 15 years. This, he added, was enough to ensure a second term for the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition. “We have shown in the last five years we do not want power for the sake of power. It is to change the life of the common man. The aim of this government when it will come back to power will be to make Maharashtra the number one State. We have achieved significant growth in the past five years inindustry, health and education. We want to do the same for the next five years,” he said at the party’s head office at Nariman Point. Both Mr. Patil and Mr. Lodha on Wednesday gave a clarion call to party workers to oust Congress from Mumbai and the State. Mr. Lodha said the party must make the most of the golden phase in its expansion and eliminate the Congress from the financial capital. “Simple workers like me have got a big responsibility. We want to rid Mumbai of the Congress in the next one year,” he said. Considered number two in the Devendra Fadnavis-led cabinet, Mr. Patil replaces Raosaheb Danve, who resigned as the state BJP chief after his induction into the Union cabinet.Mr. Patil said making the State “Congress-mukt” was his priority and added that BJP will look to secure over 51% of the vote share along with ally Sena. He was confident of making inroads into the strongholds of Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). When asked if the party would breach Baramati — NCP’s stronghold — he said the party would do what senior leader Smriti Irani did to win Amethi. “She kept going there (Amethi) day after day. On the same lines, we will win Baramati by 2024 and eliminate Congress and the NCP from State,” he said. He, however, admitted that defeating NCP leader Ajit Pawar in Baramati would be like day- dreaming.“NCP won got a lead of 1.20 lakh votes in the Lok Sabha elections in Baramati. It is difficult to cover it in this Assembly elections. But I have set the target of winning Baramati LS seat in 2024,” Mr. Patil said.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Jamaica Government Pensioners Association Annual General Meeting

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Government Pensioners Association, Jonathan Brown (left), observes as First Vice President of the Association, June Spence Jarrett (centre), makes a presentation to guest speaker, Rev. Paul DaCosta Pinto, at the Association’s Annual General Meeting, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in St. Andrew on April 24.last_img

Lobster season begins

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:000 pounds of lobster caught, 40, lobster season opens in TCI, provo seafood five cays Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 18, 2016 – When lobster season opened on Monday over 40,000 pounds of the coral dwelling crustacean were caught.  The spiny lobster opening day was not as big as last year, but with 80% of the boats in Provo and South Caicos reporting – it was a big day and scores turned out to watch as the fishing boats rolled in.Magnetic Media was informed that the lobster fisherman were returning to Provo Seafood in Five Cays from as early as 3pm on August 15 and that from Provo, there were nearly 70 vessels on the seas chasing the spiny lobster.Lobster season remains open until March 2017.  At least one season opening event is announced as planned at Froggies on Da Beach in September.last_img read more

Education dept puts teacher recruitment on hold in Daribhit High School till

first_imgKolkata: In the wake of the incident at Daribhit High School in Islampur in North Dinajpur district, the state Education department has decided to stall recruitment process of teachers till October 5.”The minister has directed all the DIs to submit a report to the department by October 5, stating the student and teacher strength, the infrastructure of the schools under their respective jurisdiction and other details. Till then, there will be no recruitment of teachers. We will examine the vacancies at the schools on the basis of the report and then the recruitment process will start,” a senior official of the Education department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn Islampur, two students were killed in a clash that broke out over the recruitment of Urdu teachers on Friday. It may be mentioned that the School Service Commission has already completed the counselling for 6,000 teachers on September 19. The Education department, in collaboration with the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, was in the process of handing over the appointment letters, amidst which the Daribhit incident occurred. “We are hopeful that the process of handing over appointment letters will be completed before the pujas,” a senior official in the department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that state Education minister Partha Chatterjee, in his meeting with the District Inspectors (DI) on Monday, had expressed his displeasure over the decision of shuffling teachers at Daribhit High School in Islampur and reprimanded some DIs for their aggressive role in the recruitment or shuffling of teachers. According to sources, Daribhit High School had no vacancy. Among its 22 sanctioned posts, five are para-teachers. “The act is heinous and nobody involved in the incident will be spared,” Chatterjee had said after the meeting.last_img read more