Rate Decreases Prove Reforms Working

first_imgA large number of Nova Scotians will pay less for their autoinsurance in the coming year, demonstrating that governmentreform of insurance regulation is working. The Nova Scotia Insurance Review Board posted its rate filingdecisions today, Oct. 8. The new rates will affect about 63 percent of the auto insurance market in Nova Scotia, or about321,000 drivers. The majority of filings are decreases. “The majority are decreases. They’re not huge decreases, but theyare decreases. This proves that the reforms are bringingstability to the industry,” said Ron Russell, Ministerresponsible for Auto Insurance. “When you add this to the 20 percent rollback we achieved for drivers last year, it meanssignificant dollars back in the pockets of Nova Scotians.” The board posted 38 decisions today on rate filings made by 24insurance companies. The decisions are the first to be made bythe board. It was established by government in September 2003 toregulate rates and ensure fairness for consumers. “This is significant for consumers. It’s the first time inseveral years that insurance companies have voluntarily rolledback rates,” said Mr. Russell. “Insurance companies wouldn’t beable to do that unless investments were paying off and the marketwas stabilizing. A healthy competitive industry is a strongindustry, and one that’s fair for consumers.” The rate filing decisions are posted on the Nova Scotia InsuranceReview Board’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsirb/ .last_img read more

Liz Chisholm Takes Council Helm

first_imgLiz Chisholm of Antigonish has been elected chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She was welcomed at a reception at Province House in Halifax, today, April 17. Ms. Chisholm is a municipal councillor for the Town of Antigonish and has been a member of the advisory council for six years. “I am pleased to have been elected as chair,” said Ms. Chisholm. “I’m looking forward to leading the council as they bring forward issues related to women’s experiences and aspirations, and as we work toward equality for all women in Nova Scotia.” Ms. Chisholm is active in her community and church, sitting on the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home board and the Antigonish Integrated Sustainability Committee, and chairing the Antigonish Beautification and Tree Committee. She is the proud mother of five daughters and grandmother of 11. “Liz Chisholm’s skills and experience will be important assets as she chairs the advisory council for the next two years,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “I look forward to working with her.” During her tenure as chair, Ms. Chisholm will focus on women’s participation in government decision-making and politics, and on ways to reduce women’s vulnerability to poverty. The chair is elected by a majority of council members every two years, as specified by the regulations to the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. Ms. Chisholm succeeds Sonja Power, whose term ended March 31.last_img read more

Ombudsman Office to Hold Outreach Clinic in New Glasgow

first_imgThe Office of the Ombudsman will hold an outreach clinic in the New Glasgow area on Tuesday, May 15. Representatives from the Ombudsman’s office will be available to talk about the role of the Ombudsman in Nova Scotia. The outreach clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Highland Square Shopping Centre, 689 Westville Rd., New Glasgow. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent agency that addresses administrative concerns about provincial or municipal government services. Its services are provided free of charge. For more information on the session call toll-free 1-800-670-1111, e-mail ombudsman@gov.ns.ca or see their website at www.gov.ns.ca/ombu .last_img read more

Tenders Called for Cumberland County Paving Project

A connector road between Springhill and Oxford in Cumberland County will soon be easier to drive thanks to a tender announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for repaving of Route 321 from the Springhill town line north for six kilometres. “Secondary roads play an important part in Nova Scotia’s transportation system,” said Ronald Chisholm, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This project is part of our continuing efforts to upgrade the province’s highways.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney. read more

Building Canada Funding Flows to Mahone Bay and Chester

first_imgResidents of Mahone Bay and Chester will benefit from improved drinking water and wastewater treatment thanks to a shared investment by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia under the Communities Component of the Building Canada plan. Federal, provincial and municipal funding of $331,500 was announced today, July 15, in Mahone Bay by Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and by Gerald Keddy, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “Today’s investments demonstrate how important it is that provincial, federal, and municipal governments work together to benefit our communities,” said Ms. Streatch. “It is through our continued partnerships that we are able to build for our families now and for years to come.” “This investment reflects our government’s commitment to building stronger, more vibrant communities in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Mr. Keddy. “Improvements to the Mahone Bay water distribution system and the Chester wastewater treatment facility will benefit hundreds of households in both communities.” The Town of Mahone Bay will benefit from two projects that includes the replacement of a water main on Longhill Road to provide safe drinking water to 13 households, and improvements to the town’s three pumping stations that will increase the capacity to treat wastewater. The total cost of these projects is $175,500 and will be funded equally by the federal and provincial governments, and the Town of Mahone Bay. The Municipality of Chester’s project includes the replacement of a portion of the wastewater system the on Nauss Point Rd., which will enable the treatment facility to operate more effectively. This replacement will also help eliminate potential groundwater contamination. The total cost of this project is $156,000 and will be funded equally by the federal and provincial governments, and the Municipality of Chester. “We are pleased to see our federal and provincial partners responding to infrastructure needs to build strong, healthy communities, which will encourage opportunities for growth,” said Robert Wrye, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. In November, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia signed a framework agreement under Building Canada, which is the government of Canada’s $33 billion infrastructure plan that will support a growing economy, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Through the framework agreement, the government of Canada is committing to a new investment of more than $634 million towards infrastructure needs in the province by 2014. Under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, the federal, provincial and municipal governments anticipate investing $111 million in infrastructure projects in smaller, communities across Nova Scotia, between now and 2014.last_img read more

Speech from the Throne to be Broadcast Live

first_imgNova Scotians interested in viewing the Speech from the Throne on Thursday, Sept. 17, will be able to watch it live on television and the Internet. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on EastLink Digital Cable channel 95 and Eastlink Cable channel 10, beginning at 2 p.m. The ceremony will also be available live on the provincial government website at http://gov.ns.ca/legislature/HOUSE_BUSINESS/legislative_tv.htmllast_img

Transit Strike Limits Disabled Persons

first_img ————————————————————— The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is urging both sides in the Metro Transit strike in Halifax Regional Municipality to remain aware of the needs of persons with disabilities and hopes there will be a speedy end to the labour dispute. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Transit Strike Limits Disabled Persons “With Access-A-Bus services limited to patients attending their kidney dialysis appointments, persons with disabilities are severely limited with respect to ordinary day to day activities,” said director and CEO David Shannon. “The commission is aware that there are not enough wheelchair accessible taxi cabs in HRM to support the disability community even when Access-A-Bus is operating at normal capacity, and Halifax lags behind the remainder of Canadian metropolitan centres regarding accessible transit. The commission would like to see this issue receive more consideration.”last_img read more

Province Pengrowth Support Graduate Research in Energy

first_imgTwo science students are receiving help for their research studies from the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Innovation Grant. Emma Poirier, of Cheticamp, a master’s student in Applied Science at Saint Mary’s University, and Nicholas Dourado, of Calgary, a master’s student in Physical Oceanography at Dalhousie University, are this year’s recipients of the $15,000 Energy Innovation Grants awarded by the province and Pengrowth Energy Corp. The grant is awarded each year to up to four students studying at a master’s level program with research focused on energy. Both 2012 recipients have a focus on renewable energy. Ms. Poirier is studying tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy and how it creates and affects sediment in the water. “This grant has given me the opportunity for field research to help me understand the potential for renewable tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy,” said Ms. Poirier. Mr. Dourado is using sonar technology to understand how ice in the Minas Passage could be a risk to tidal energy equipment. The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Innovation Grant was established in 2005, and is available for students beginning a master’s level program in business, engineering, environmental science or earth science at a Nova Scotia university. “The province is proud to be a partner in this program and to support research here in Nova Scotia. The grant offers educational opportunities to students who will make a difference in the growth of our energy sector,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “We at Pengrowth are pleased to work with the province to offer support to these students in continuing their education. Their research and new ideas will be beneficial to Nova Scotia’s energy industry,” said Jim MacDonald, director of Pengrowth’s East Coast Operations. The deadline for applications for the 2013 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Innovation Grant is Jan. 18. For more information, or to apply, visit www.gov.ns.ca/energy . Pengrowth Management Limited was founded by Jim Kinnear in 1982. Mr. Kinnear also founded Pengrowth Energy Trust, which later became Pengrowth Energy Corporation, in 1988.last_img read more

Province Expands Personal Development Credit

first_imgMore students will be able to take advantage of a credit that allows them to learn about leadership, languages and the arts outside school hours. The province is expanding the Personal Development Credit, which was introduced in high schools this fall. Programs and organizations wanting to be included in the credit beginning next September are invited to submit applications by Jan. 31. “We’ve heard from parents and youth who are pleased that high-school students now have the option to earn credit for learning new skills outside the classroom,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “This credit is another way to encourage youth to be active in their communities and gain skills that can help them in the workforce.” The first phase of the Personal Development Credit began this past September. Students who take part in approved courses through Dance Nova Scotia, Junior Achievement, Cadets and 4-H are able to earn a full or half elective credit on their transcripts. “Through 4-H I have become a confident public speaker and I’ve learned many new skills,” said Nicole MacEachern, a Grade 12 student at Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre in Port Hawkesbury. “I believe having this credit on my transcript will help show my chosen university program and future employers that I would be an asset to their team.” Programs that promote community leadership, arts or languages not offered in schools are eligible to take part in the credit. Programs that charge fees must have options available, such as bursaries, that allow all students to participate. More information for parents, students and service providers is available at http://pdc.ednet.ns.ca.last_img read more

Un groupe de travail sur la transition pour aider les élèves à

first_imgUn nouveau groupe de travail s’efforce de déterminer et de se pencher sur les défis qu’affrontent les élèves qui passent du secondaire au niveau postsecondaire ou qui se dirigent vers une formation ou la population active. Le Groupe de travail sur la transition recommandera des moyens de soutenir plus efficacement la réussite des élèves dans la population active, en milieu de formation et au niveau postsecondaire. « Veiller à ce que nos jeunes restent en Nouvelle-Écosse et s’intègrent à notre population active est de la plus haute importance pour le succès économique, culturel et social de notre province, indique Nick Head-Petersen, directeur général de Students Nova Scotia. Je suis heureux de faire partie du groupe de travail. C’est une occasion très intéressante de fournir des recommandations sur la façon d’améliorer la manière dont les jeunes personnes ont accès à des renseignements sur les carrières, suivent leur choix de carrière, trouvent un emploi valorisant et se développent pour réussir en Nouvelle-Écosse. » Les sous-ministres du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance et du ministère du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire coprésident le groupe de travail qui se compose de représentants des éducateurs, des jeunes et du milieu des affaires. « Nous voulons cerner et éliminer les obstacles ou les difficultés qui nuisent à la préparation des élèves aux études et à la carrière, souligne la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey. Tous les Néo-Écossais ont intérêt à ce que les élèves d’aujourd’hui reçoivent une éducation de première qualité, la plus moderne et la plus innovatrice, afin de réaliser leur plein potentiel et de réussir dans la vie. Le succès futur de notre province dépend de nos jeunes gens. » La démarche du groupe de travail s’appuie sur les priorités des Trois R : renouveler, réorienter, rebâtir, et les recommandations s’aligneront sur les buts du rapport de la coalition ONE Nova Scotia. Le groupe de travail discutera comment : fournir en temps opportun, aux élèves, aux parents et aux enseignants, des renseignements pertinents pour prendre des décisions en matière de carrière; faire en sorte que les élèves aient une expérience de travail valorisante pour éclairer et mettre en valeur la réussite scolaire et professionnelle; aider les élèves qui sortent du système des écoles publiques sans posséder les outils nécessaires aux études postsecondaires ou au marché du travail; aider les élèves à réussir des études postsecondaires et à atteindre leur but en matière d’éducation; veiller à ce que les élèves aient accès à des programmes postsecondaires qui correspondent aux besoins du marché du travail. « Certains de nos jeunes gens sont pris dans une situation de transition : ils n’ont peut-être pas les notes pour aller à l’université ou au collège ou pour suivre une formation, ou ils n’ont pas les moyens de revenir à l’école, précise Kelly Regan, ministre du Travail et l’Éducation postsecondaire. Le groupe de travail aidera à déterminer les mesures à prendre pour mieux préparer nos jeunes gens en vue de leur avenir, et pour veiller à ce qu’ils aient les compétences nécessaires pour réussir. » Les recommandations seront présentées aux ministres au plus tard le 31 mars. Le nouveau Groupe de travail sur la transition fait partie de l’initiative Make It Here destinée à rapprocher les jeunes Néo-Écossais des programmes gouvernementaux portant sur l’éducation et la formation et les mesures pour intégrer la population active. Il fait également partie du plan d’action quinquennal du gouvernement en matière d’éducation qui met l’accent sur des changements fondamentaux visant à renouveler, à réorienter et à rebâtir le système d’éducation pour la première fois en toute une génération. Pour consulter le plan d’action : http://www.ednet.ns.ca.last_img read more

Request for Information for Dennis Building Site

first_imgThe province is looking for innovative and creative ideas to develop a prime piece of downtown Halifax real estate while preserving its historic façade. Government has issued a request for information to gather ideas for the development of the Dennis Building site on Granville Street which includes the Hansard Building and the adjacent parking lot. The Dennis Building is beyond repair and the Hansard Building requires significant repairs. The request for information gives the private sector the opportunity to take the lead and redevelop this prime real estate in the heart of downtown Halifax. The Dennis Building is currently vacant and the Credit Union is the only tenant in the Hansard Building. The request asks respondents to prepare a vision for the site which includes retaining and incorporating the façade of the Dennis and Hansard buildings into any new development of the site. Deadline for submissions is July 28. Details of the Request for Information are available athttp://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspxlast_img read more

Nova Scotia Defends Maritime Exclusion from US Trade Actions on Softwood Lumber

first_imgThe province is working closely with the federal government, other Atlantic provinces and the lumber industry to ensure the Maritimes continue to be excluded from U.S. import measures on softwood lumber. “An exclusion which prevents any tariffs or quotas on lumber harvested from the Atlantic provinces is essential for our lumber industry,” said Michel Samson, Minister responsible for Trade. “The rationale for the Maritime Exclusion is well established.” The Maritime Exclusion prevented lumber produced in Atlantic Canada from being subject to U.S. import measures under the previous Softwood Lumber Agreement and all previous agreements dating back to the 1980s. “The Maritime Exclusion is based on the fact that Crown stumpage rates in Atlantic Canada are based on fair market prices,” said Mr. Samson. “Those conditions have not changed.” The Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expired in October 2015. Canada and the United States continue to negotiate toward a new agreement. A one-year standstill which prevented any trade actions by the U.S. expires later today, Oct. 12. International trade law requires due process before any interim export tariffs or quotas can be placed on Canadian lumber. “Atlantic lumber producers will continue to work with Atlantic governments to press for continuation of the exclusion which recognizes our long standing history as free and fair traders of forest products in the region,” said Doug Ledwidge, president of Ledwidge Lumber, Enfield, Hants Co. “The stability provided by the exclusion ensures that we can continue to supply our customers in the United States in an unrestricted and efficient manner.” Nova Scotia lumber exports to the United States were worth $85 million in 2014, accounting for more than 20 per cent of the Maritimes’ total. There are about 600 direct jobs associated with Nova Scotia sawmills and the forestry industry supports 11,500 direct and indirect jobs.last_img read more

Megan Fox hasnt watched Beverly Hills 90210 Brian Austin Green

first_imgLos Angeles: Brian Austin Green says his wife, actor-model Megan Fox is yet to watch iconic ’90s soap drama “Beverly Hills, 90210”. Green, who shot to fame with the show as David Silver, said it was Fox’s sister who was a fan of the show instead. “When we met, Megan was like, ‘He looks like Justin Timberlake.’ That’s all she cared about. She grew up with ‘N Sync. Her older sister was a huge fan of ‘90210’, but Megan didn’t know it at all,” the actor told People magazine. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Green, 45, and Fox, 33, have been married since 2010 and met while working on the sitcom “Hope & Faith”. The couple have three children together — Noah Shannon (six), Bodhi Ransom (five) and Journey (two). Green also has a 17-year-old son Kassius Lijah from a previous relationship with “90210” co-star Vanessa Marcil. Green is set to star in “90210” reboot along with original cast members Gabrielle Carteris, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Ian Ziering.last_img read more

PNB narrows Q4 loss to Rs 4750 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Punjab National Bank Tuesday said it has narrowed its loss to Rs 4,750 crore in the last quarter of the fiscal ended March 2019. The scam-hit lender had posted a staggering loss of Rs 13,417 crore during the corresponding January-March period of 2017-18. On assets front, the bank witnessed improvement with the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) reducing to 15.50 per cent of gross advances at end of March 2019, as against 18.38 per cent by March 2018. Likewise, the net NPAs or bad loans were trimmed to 6.56 per cent against 11.24 per cent, the bank said here at a news conference. Stock of PNB traded at Rs 88.10 on BSE, down 1.34 per cent from its previous close.last_img read more

Man chops off motherinlaws right hand

first_imgKolkata: A man chopped off the right hand of his mother-in-law when she allegedly asked him to leave her house at Patashpur in East Midnapore on Thursday morning. He even stabbed his mother-in-law and wife multiple times. Sanjay Raut had visited Namita Panda house to meet his wife Mamata Raut.Sanjay and Mamata, who are from Snaya village in Patashpur, got married about 10 years ago. After a few years, their marriage hit a rough patch. To dissolve their differences, the families and neighbours of the couple tried helping them. But, nothing worked, Mamata left Sanjay’s house and started living with her mother. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaWhile Sanjay left Bengal to earn his living. Approximately a month ago, he returned to his village. On Thursday, around 10am, he allegedly reached Mamata’s house. However, Mamata’s mother Namita Panda asked him to leave. In a fit rage, Sanjay allegedly took out a sharp weapon and stabbed Panda and chopped off her right hand. Hearing her mother’s scream, Mamata tried to stop Sanjay but she failed. Sanjay stabbed Mamata multiple times and left the house. Locals rushed them to Egra Super Specialty Hospital. Later, both of them were shifted to a hospital in Kolkata.last_img read more

NCLT clears Bharti Infratel Indus Towers merger

first_imgNew Delhi: The Chandigarh bench of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the proposed merger of telecom infrastructure companies Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers. “National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Chandigarh Bench, vide its order dated May 31, 2019, has sanctioned the scheme of amalgamation and arrangement between Indus Towers Limited (transferor company) and Bharti Infratel Limited (transferee company) and their respective shareholders and creditors under Section 230 to 232 of the Companies Act, 2013,” Bharti Infratel said in a regulatory filing on Sunday. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents As per the filing, the amalgamation scheme would become effective on the date on which certified copy of the NCLT order is filed with the registrar of companies upon fulfilment or waiver of other conditions prescribed in the scheme. The merger would also require approval from the Department of Telecommunications. In April 2018, Bharti Airtel, and erstwhile Idea Cellular and Vodafone Group had agreed to merge both the tower companies to create a mega company born with an estimated 1.63 lakh towers in 22 telecom circles in the country.last_img read more

Convicted persons will not be allowed media space Pak govt

first_imgIslamabad: The Pakistan government has decided that media should not be allowed to promote the narrative of convicted or under-trial persons, in a move that aims to curtail the space given by the press to jailed politicians like Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari. A Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regula tory Authority (Pemra) to fulfil its responsibility to discourage airing of such programmes by the electronic media. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingEducation Minister Shafqat Mehmood said Khan and members of his Cabinet unanimously decided that no convicted or under-trial prisoner should be given media coverage or allowed to give an interview, Dawn newspaper reported. Those who have plundered national wealth and brought the country on the verge of collapse should not be glorified. No democracy permits interviews and media coverage of those who have been arrested on charges of corruption, Mehmood quoted the prime minister Khan as saying. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangFormer prime minister Sharif has been serving a seven-year prison term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia steel mills corruption case filed in the wake of the apex court’s July 28, 2017 order in Panama Papers case. Former president Asif Ali Zardari was on July 1 arrested in the Park Lane case which is related to his and his families’ alleged properties in London. Zardari was already in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a multi-million dollar money laundering case along with his sister Faryal Talpur. Mehmood also said the government had not directed Pemra to close down any private TV channel as it was an independent body competent to take its own decisions. Pemra suspended transmission of three private TV channels for airing an interview of Zardari. The authority also took off air an interview of the former president which was being conducted by anchor Hamid Mir on July 1 on the premises of the Parliament House, where Zardari came to attend a National Assembly session after the speaker issued his production order.last_img read more

8 crushed to death by truck in Bihar

first_imgPatna: Eight people, including two children, were crushed to death and over half a dozen persons were injured by a truck in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district, police said on Thursday. This incident took place late on Wednesday night near the Halsi block when all the victims were busy attending a marriage on the roadside, a district official Murli Prasad said. Prasad said all the victims belong to the Dalit community. All the injured have been admitted in a government hospital for treatment and police have lodged a case against the driver and owner of the truck. Angry over the incident, local residents protested and blocked the road, demanding compensation to the kin of the victims.last_img read more

Doctors continue protest some relief for patients as emergency services resume

first_imgNew Delhi: Healthcare services remained affected at several government hospitals in the national capital as resident doctors continued their strike on Saturday against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, even though they resumed work at emergency departments in some relief to patients.Police force was deployed outside AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital in south Delhi as the protesting doctors came out on the streets agitated after authorities threatened punitive action against them on Saturday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFollowing the health ministry’s directive, the administration of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital issued memorandums to their resident doctors to resume work at their respective departments and warned them of termination of services if they do not join duty immediately. Emergency services, however, resumed at almost all government hospitals in Delhi. Officials said from Saturday, some of the Delhi government-run hospitals resumed all the services. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAIIMS resident doctors resumed emergency services around midnight Friday but non-essential services, including OPD services, remained suspended. At Safdarjung Hospital, the doctors did not join duties in any department, including the emergency department. “All members of RDA and student union are hereby directed to resume their duties in their respective departments with immediate effects, failing which strict disciplinary action like suspension/termination of services, vacation of hostel accommodation etc may be taken,” AIIMS administration said in the memorandum. “I have been asked by the ministry to inform you that if the doctors do not resume duties immediately, strong punitive action like suspension/ termination of service, evacuation of hostel accommodation will be initiated against all doctors on strike,” Dr Sunil Gupta, medical director at Safdarjung Hospital, said in the memorandum addressed to the hospital’s Resident Doctors Association president. Striking doctors from Safdarjung Hospital marched towards the arterial Ring Road after the Medical Superintendent warned of strict action against them if they failed to resume work. They later returned to the campus and sat on a dharna at the Gate No. 2 of the hospital. The striking doctors of AIIMS protested outside its Gate No. 1. Extra police forces were called in to ensure the situation remained under control. Meanwhile, several faculty members and HODs at AIIMS had a meeting and heard the grievances of the students and resident doctors and expressed concern about the bill passed in a hurry without taking stakeholders into confidence. Many of them extended support to agitating doctors and will have a GBM on Monday to decide future course of action. One of the senior faculty members doubted the intention of the government in breaching the autonomy of institutions of national importance through this bill, said sources.last_img read more

Khayyam Music maestro of classical allure

first_imgNew Delhi: When living legend Lata Mangeshkar tweeted to describe music maestro Khayyams demise as the “end of an era”, she said it all. Khayyams music, soaked in the spirit of rich classical allure, represents the sort of melody unthinkable in Bollywood mainstream nowadays. He was one of the last bastions of an era of Hindi film music that has all but ended – one that was defined by inherently Indian melody that celebrated the sounds and culture of the soil. Come to think of it, even in the era when he created music in Bollywood, his adherence to classicism made Khayyam an exception. Through the sixties, seventies and eighties – his busy years – Bollywood was discovering the sound of music coming from the West. Ever the puritan, and never inclined to filch a note from western influences, Khayyam’s oeuvre had to be restricted to films that offered the scope for Indian notes. Not surprisingly, the first film that comes to mind when you talk Khayyam is Umrao Jaan, Muzaffar Ali’s lavish costume drama of 1981, which won the composer a National Award for Best Music Direction. Ghazals, thumris, dadras and other genres of Hindustani classical music were Khayyam’s forte. In an era when orchestra pop reigned, Khayyam was what many in Bollywood referred to as an artiste of refined expertise. He was a creative genius who left his mark quietly, much like the subtle art he created in the recording studio. Clearly, his contribution mattered more than just as music composer in Bollywood. His initiative to take essentially Indian music to the masses saw him being conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and a Padma Bhushan in his lifetime. The mild-mannered genius may have breathed his last in Mumbai, but his body of work will continue to resonate. Indeed, if his filmography looks like the legacy left behind by a master today, his early start as a musician probably accounts for as much.last_img read more