The sale of Dadri wetlands, home to several wildlife species, in Greater Noida to a private builder has come under the Environment Ministry scanner for flouting environmental laws.Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that her ministry had received a complaint regarding reclamation of wetland habitats in Bil Akbarpur by Ansal Private Limited and had sent a central team to verify the complaint.The team found that the sale of the wetland area by the state government violated the green clearance condition that no wetland should be infringed during construction and any wetland coming in the project area should be suitably rejuvenated and conserved.The clearance to the project was granted by the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority of UP.Mail Today had first reported the spotting of blackbucks, blue bulls, chinkara and four-horned antelopes by wildlife enthusiasts.”This wetland harbours a good concentration of avian fauna in terms of biodiversity and density and is considered to be a viable avian habitat,” Natarajan said. She, however, clarified that there was no corroborative evidence of the presence of 200 endangered species of birds in the area.According to a survey conducted by the UP government in 2009, Bil Akbarpur has been identified as an important wetland, covering 4 hectares.Natarajan told the House that a show cause notice was issued to the builder under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to stop any construction, earth filling or land reclamation work in the vicinity of wetland.”The entire area has been concretised and there is nothing left. The builders and a local big college had bought the entire wetlands area. The government wants to sell each bit of that land so that no such reservoirs are left,” ecologist Anand Arya said.advertisementStrangely, the district forest department has long been denying the considerable presence of wildlife and has been claiming that there were only a few species in the area. It had even denied that there were wetlands in the area though its own RTI replies revealed that Bil Akbapur had 4 hectares of wetland.”The Greater Noida authority is spending crores to develop a night safari, that too artificially, but it can’t see the vast potential of an area, which exists naturally and on which it just has to spend minuscule amount to conserve it,” activist Vikrant Kumar Togad said on whose complaint the ministry acted.The fact-finding team sent by the ministry in January had recorded the presence of blackbucks and rare migratory birds in and around the habitat.”We are pursuing the government to initiate immediate steps to declare it as a sanctuary,” Togad added.”We have recorded more than 220 species of birds, including Sarus (state bird of UP), Blue Throat and waterfowls like Malard, Pintale, Shovelers, Garganey, Pochards, Wigeons and Waders. It is the richest bird habitat in Delhi’s vicinity but the government is hardly concerned,” Arya said.
Arpita Khan’s wedding seems to be the talk of the town even a week later. And, the latest news is that Katrina Kaif is apparently miffed with Salman Khan for taking a dig at her on the wedding. Salman referred to Katrina as Katrina Kapoor when the latter refused to come on stage to dance on her song Chikni Chameli.Katrina Kaif is miffed with Salman Khan for calling her Katrina Kapoor Salman even added that he gave her a chance to be a Khan, but she chose to be Katrina Kapoor. If reports are to be believed, Katrina Kaif is not pleased with Salman’s remarks and things got worsened when the video went viral.Though, Katrina sportingly went up the stage and also danced with Salman and Aamir on Arpita’s wedding, she did not like Salman’s remarks. Apparently, later Arpita also went up to Katrina to explain that it was just a joke. But, it seems Katrina did not find Salman funny this time.
APTN National NewsThe national inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has announced its first public hearings will be held in Whitehorse on May, 29.The announcement comes seven months after the inquiry was first unveiled by the Justin Trudeau Liberal government.The commission confirmed there will be 32 hearings across the country in total, but no other locations or dates have been released.The inquiry has also yet to confirm a location and time for the hearing in the Yukon city.The inquiry has been holding sessions with families in cities across the country to get their thoughts on how the inquiry should conduct its two year journey investigating the root causes of the disproportionate number of Indigenous women who fall victim to violence.New dates for these sessions were also announced Tuesday.They include:Whitehorse: April 11, 12 and 13Edmonton and Thunder Bay: April 18, 19 and 20Halifax and Winnipeg: May 1, 2 and 3Northern British Columbia and Saskatoon: May 16, 17 and 18In addition, there will be a family advisory circle for Quebec in Montreal on May 9 and email@example.com
Facebook News https://twitter.com/TJMShow/status/1096397481028608001 Janet Jackson To Headline Tom Joyner Foundation’s 20th Fantastic Voyage Janet Jackson On Board For 20th Fantastic Voyage janet-jackson-headline-tom-joyner-foundations-20th-fantastic-voyage “I’m proud of a lot of things we’ve accomplished on the Tom Joyner Morning Show,” said Joyner, “but I think I’m most proud of all the students we’ve helped stay in school for the last 20 years, and our biggest fundraiser for HBCUs is the Fantastic Voyage cruise.”With 13 GRAMMY nominations, R&B/Gospel singer Charlie Wilson stands out among the previous nominees in the announcement. Others include Kem, Mase, MC Lyte, Sheila E., War, and Brian Courtney Wilson.Check out the full list, which includes emerging DJs and many more memorable artists such as Biz Markie, Midnight Star and the S.O.S. Band.Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’: For The RecordRead more More GRAMMY winners cruising on the “party with a purpose” include Shirley Caesar, Maxwell and Smokie NorfulPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2019 – 4:05 pm On April 7–14, the 20th cruise of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s Fantastic Voyage will ship off from Miami and tour the Caribbean with wide-ranging activities and an incredible array of musical performances planned. Headlined by Janet Jackson, the “party with a purpose” also includes Shirley Caesar, Fantasia, Maxwell, Chrisette Michele, Smokie Norful, and Fatman Scoop.In addition to concerts, enriching activities and fun, as well as Fantastic Voyage’s fundraising for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), this year a Filmmaker’s Scholarship Program in partnership with Denny’s will spotlight the work of a half dozen HBCU creatives who’ve made movies on the reality of hunger at the community level. Through the years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded more than a half million dollars in scholarships, also including support for K-12 students. Twitter Email
Lakshmi’s NTRTwitterRam Gopal Varma has been ordered to delay the release of Lakshmi’s NTR in the cinema halls across Andhra Pradesh by the Election Commission, which asked him to wait until further orders.Lakshmi’s NTR was released in theatres across the globe on March 31, but the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had got its release in Andhra Pradesh stalled by the High Court, claiming the film would influence the voters in the Assembly and Lok Sabh elections. Ram Gopal Varma was asked to release the film after the elections got over on April 11, but he has received a shock from the Election Commission.After the Election Commission refused again, blocking the release of Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh, Ram Gopal Varma tweeted a copy of the court order and wrote: “For all those who are speculating how we are releasing Lakshmis NTR, please read these excerpts from the Honourable AP high court order.”Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, the Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh, told Ram Gopal Varma that Lakshmi’s NTR should not be released as long as the model code of conduct is in force. The Election Commission has reportedly sent letters to all District Collectors and SPs to initiate action if there is violation.Fans angeredThis development has angered many fans of Ram Gopal Varma, who condemned the move of the Election Commission. A fan named Ravi Vallabhaneni (@ravivallabha) tweeted: “As per my understanding now it is for EC to act on this. However it forgot to act and is behaving like a puppet. Polling is over, hence movie can be released, doesn’t this logic apply to an elected CM to discharge official duties?”Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu had been facing a lot of criticism from the public for the last couple of days for declining permission to the press meet of Lakshmi’s NTR in Vijayawada. Many were wondering over the reason for blocking Ram Gopal Varma from entering the city. Now, the order of the Election Commission is the answer for their questions.Some followers of the TDP are happy with the order of the Election Commission. They expressed their anger against Ram Gopal Varma for damaging the image of the party. JC Arthimalla @ARTHIMALLA Election Commission reaffirms #LakshmisNTR shouldn’t be released in AP, Sent letter to all District Collectors and SPs to initiate action if there’s violation Now @ysjagan got answer from EC about the mistake @RGVzoomin has been doing in past 2 days Why is RGV not placing the order dated 10.04.2019 of Election Commission of India which specifically said “you are hereby directed not to exhibit the film till further orders”.under ehst authority he is maligning the TDP Govt &Chandra Babu.It should mentioned that the Election Commission had also ordered the producer of Udyama Simham, the biopic Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), not to release the movie util further orders. It also stalled the release of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic, asserting that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections should not be screened. VIJAYA SREE N @LEOVSN
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck Dahanu in Palghar district.Representational image | ReutersYou can call it a mere coincidence or element of luck, but many of the earthquake predictions made by self-proclaimed seismic researcher Frank Hoogerbeets have turned true in the recent months. Last April, Hoogerbeets had warned that a powerful earthquake will jolt the planet, and interestingly, in the same timeline, a major tremor hit Arunachal Pradesh, India. Even though the scientific community has continuously dismissed Hoogerbeets’ claims, conspiracy theorists strongly believe that the predictions made by the researcher using an advanced system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) are authentic.Now, Frank Hoogerbeets has warned that a strong earthquake which will measure 7 in the Richter scale will hit earth either on May 05 or 06. In a recent post on his website Ditrianum, Hoogerbeets revealed that a critical lunar geometry is responsible for triggering this earthquake.Hoogerbeets strongly believes that lunar geometry and planetary alignment have a direct impact on triggering earthquakes. As per Hoogerbeets, rare alignments of planets and moon are capable of destabilizing the tectonic plates here on earth, and this is causing increased seismic activities during this time.Even though Hoogerbeets is quite sure about the possible occurrence of the earthquake, he failed to reveal the exact area where this major tremor is going to hit. It should be noted that an earthquake measuring 7 in the Richter scale is quite strong, and it will cause serious casualties and structural damage in the area which will be affected.In the meantime, a section of conspiracy theorists has started claiming that it is actually the arrival of Nibiru which is causing increased seismic activities on earth. As per these conspiracy theorists, Nibiru is a rogue space body which will cause apocalypse on the earth. These conspiracy theorists believe that the gravitational field of Nibiru is so strong, and it is the real cause behind the destabilization of tectonic plates on earth.
PR handoutHrithik Roshan’s Super 30 is a blockbuster and so is his performance as the ace mathematician, Anand Kumar, in the film. However, we must say that Anand Kumar’s life wouldn’t have been the same without the support of his brother Pranav Kumar, both off and onscreen.Pranav Kumar’s role was played with utmost authenticity and subtlety by Nandish Singh Sandhu. International Business Times, India, spoke to the actor exclusively on his experience of working in the film and controversies that the film landed itself into.How did you bag the role of Anand Kumar’s hot-headed brother in the film? Did you audition or were you offered the part? Take us through the experience. Oh! I wish I was offered the part, but, it didn’t happen that way. I got a call from Mukesh Chhabra’s office. At that point, they hadn’t revealed too much to me. They just briefed me about the scene that I was to audition for. I auditioned and got a call the next day informing that I had been selected. I went there the next day and then got to know everything about the film and who all were a part of the project. I read the script and was thrilled to be a part of it. After a few days, a meeting was set-up for me to meet Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl and Pranav Kumar who had come down from Patna. He had a few questions for me, I had certain things I wanted to ask him. After the meeting, Pranav Kumar and everyone else thought that I could play the part and I was finalised.We saw you as Hrithik’s brother in the film. What was your equation with him off-screen?Off-screen too we bonded like brothers. He used to ask about my whereabouts and invited me to where he was staying. Also offered me to accompany him to the gym and workout together. He kept asking me if I needed anything since we were shooting at a remote location. He took care of me and had also instructed his team to look after me. We also used to discuss scenes over phone and in-person. He has been very kind and never treated me as he is a senior.How is Hrithik as a co-actor? Any particular incident or memorable thing you would like to share from the sets. Hrithik is a delight to work with. He is very professional, flexible, giving, adjusting and is always available for discussions. He knows what he is doing and doesn’t interfere with what the other person is doing. He was very involved with the project. I remember he used to stay back even after his shots were done to give me cues, which even an AD could have given. But, he used to say that Nandish, you stayed to give me my cues, so I am here for your cues.The day I had to give my first scene, I was already in the village-person get up and the security guards literally pushed me outside thinking I was one of the villagers from the village we were shooting in. I had to make them understand that it was actually me before they agreed to let me in.When the first trailer launched, apart from the positive reviews, it also received backlash for Hrithik’s ‘accent’ and ‘look’ in the film. What do you have to say about that?When you do something, make something; there is going to be some healthy criticism and some positive feedback. Well, the product speaks for itself. People have loved it despite some negative comments. The trailer was criticised by a lot of people but now the same people are loving the film. The film has managed to do pretty well and has crossed Rs 100 crore and that speaks for itself. People were quick to judge just going by the trailer but after watching the film they understood that the accent and the tan were required and looked authentic.Would we get to see more of you on the big screen? Are you planning to bid adieu to small screen now?Absolutely, you would get to see me a lot more on the big screen. I am looking forward to doing a couple of good projects very, very soon. I am in the process of finalising things. I am just waiting to go on the sets again and give you all some entertainment very, very soon. The small screen is becoming smaller by the day. The web-series are being consumed in such mammoth numbers on mobile phones. I know that I want to do good characters, different characters. Currently, I would prefer film and web-shows as it gives you immense creative satisfaction.
3 min read Volkswagen is looking at on-demand mobility services such as smartphone ride-hailing to earn a “notable share” of future revenues as the carmaker pushes a strategic shift in the wake of its emissions scandal, its top executive said.Volkswagen, or VW, which posted 213 billion euros ($237.90 billion) of revenue last year, on Wednesday signed a cooperation with ride-hailing company Gett after announcing a $300 million investment in the firm last week.Cooperation with Gett may lead to business models involving car sharing, limousine rides and taxi services in the fast-growing ride-hailing market which in Europe alone may yield 10 billion euros of sales by 2025 and could grow more than 30 percent annually, VW Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said.”In future, our core product will not be just the car,” Mueller said. “Our core product, our promise to customers, is mobility.”Europe’s largest automaker will this month unveil a new business strategy aimed at improving accountability and speeding up model development, with greater investments in electric cars, new technologies and mobility services among the key elements, company sources have said.But VW’s rivals are not standing idly by. Toyota Motor Corp. last week said it would invest in mobility company Uber Technologies Inc. while General Motors invested $500 million in Lyft, Uber’s main U.S. rival.The growing number of deals reflects the desire by automakers to avoid becoming bystanders if a significant number of consumers around the world choose to forego vehicle ownership and buy transportation by the mile or the minute.”Through this partnership, we’re getting access to 100 million VW customers,” Gett founder and chief executive Shahar Weiser said. Volkswagen and Gett declined to disclose the financial terms of their agreement.Wolfsburg-based VW has long ignored alternative mobility concepts unlike its German rivals Daimler and BMW who have for years been running their own car-sharing operations.The advent of smartphones has fundamentally changed customer expectations, with travelers seeking to connect to different modes of transportation through apps.CEO Mueller on Wednesday pledged that post-dieselgate VW will open up to new investments and partnerships such as with Gett.”Volkswagen now is not the same as Volkswagen before I became CEO” in September 2015, Mueller said, indicating the group is willing to expand beyond manufacturing and selling cars as a means to broaden its appeal with customers.”The times when we thought that the world revolves around Wolfsburg are history.”(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by David Gregorio) June 2, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free