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Ahead of its annual meeting in Davos, Geneva-based World Economic Forum has put India at 30th position on the global manufacturing index. With the best structure of production, Japan topped the list, followed by South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, China, Czech Republic, the United States, Sweden, Austria and Ireland. These countries made the top 10 in the list, titled ‘Readiness for the Future of Production Report’ that was released on Jan. 12.While China outranked India by a large margin at 5th place, India is above the rest of its BRICS peers — Brazil took the 41st place, while Russia was ranked 35th and South Africa at the 45th spot.The report analyses development of modern industrial strategies and urges collaborative action. It categorized 100 countries into four groups — Leading (strong current base, high level of readiness for future); High Potential (limited current base, high potential for future); Legacy (strong current base, at risk for future); or Nascent (limited current base, low level of readiness for future).India is in the ‘Legacy’ group, along with Hungary, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Thailand and Turkey. China is among the ‘Leading’ countries, while Brazil and South Africa are in ‘Nascent’ group.India is the 5th-largest manufacturer in the world, with a total manufacturing value of over $420 billion in 2016, the WEF said, adding that the country’s manufacturing sector has grown by over 7 per cent per year on average in the past three decades and accounts for 16-20 per cent of India’s GDP.“Home to the second-largest population in the world and one of the fastest growing economies, the demand for Indian manufactured products is rising. India has room for improvement across the drivers of production, except for demand environment where it ranks in the top 5,” the report said.Saying that the country needs to continue to raise the capabilities of its relatively young and fast-growing labor force, the report listed human capital and sustainable resources as the two key challenges for India. According to WEF, it entails upgrading education curricula, revamping vocational training programs and improving digital skills.The WEF noted the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and its “significant push” to improve key enablers and move towards a more connected economy with announcement of a $59 billion investment in infrastructure in 2017.India has been ranked 9th in terms of scale of production, 48th for its complexity and 3rd for its market size. The areas where the country is ranked poorly (90th or even lower) include female participation in labor force, trade tariffs, regulatory efficiency and sustainable resources. Related ItemsEconomyWEF
The Trump administration is using the country’s vast and nearly opaque immigration bureaucracy to constrict the flow of foreign workers into the United States by throwing up new roadblocks to limit legal arrivals.The government is denying more work visas, asking applicants to provide additional information and delaying approvals more frequently than just a year earlier. Hospitals, hotels, technology companies and other businesses say they are now struggling to fill jobs with the foreign workers they need.With foreign hires missing, the employees who remain are being forced to pick up the slack. Seasonal industries like hotels and landscaping are having to turn down customers or provide fewer services. Corporate executives worry about the long-term effect of losing talented engineers and programmers to countries like Canada that are laying out the welcome mat for skilled foreigners.At Northwell Health’s pathology lab on Long Island, a new doctor’s cubicle stands empty, her computer and microscope untouched. Other residents started July 1, but she is stuck in India’s Punjab state, held up by unexplained delays in her visa.“There have been delays in processing that we have not felt before,” said Dr. Andrew C. Yacht, chief academic officer at Northwell, which includes Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.In April 2017, President Donald Trump signed a “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, directing government officials to “rigorously enforce” immigration laws. The order did not get the kind of attention that followed the administration’s decision to separate families at the Mexican border this summer.A few months later, the president endorsed legislation that would cut legal immigration by half. The bill was introduced by two Republican senators, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. But Republican leaders in Congress have not advanced it.Some lawmakers say Trump is using administrative means to reshape immigration policy because those changes have stalled on Capitol Hill.“If they want to have a proposal on immigration, they should send it to Congress,” said Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Silicon Valley. “The administration should engage in that conversation. To unilaterally and without any accountability change what Congress has authorized is not democratic.”In practice, businesses say the increased red tape has made it harder to secure employment-based visas. That has added to the difficulty of finding qualified workers with the unemployment rate falling to 3.9 percent.A recent analysis of government data by the National Foundation for American Policy, a nonpartisan research group, found that the denial rate for H-1B visa petitions for skilled foreign workers had increased 41 percent in the last three months of the 2017 fiscal year, compared with the third quarter. Government requests for additional information for applications doubled in the fourth quarter, a few months after Trump issued his order.Experts say a sustained reduction in immigration could dampen growth over time as more baby boomers retire, leaving big gaps in the job market.That goes for high-skilled immigrants and low-skilled workers, said Francine D. Blau, an economist at Cornell. The latter will be vital in fields like elder care and child care, as well as construction and cleaning.“A lot of our labor-force growth comes from immigrants and their children,” Blau said. “Without them, we’d suffer the problems associated with countries with an aging population, like Japan.”The Business Roundtable, a group of corporate leaders, recently challenged the Trump administration over changes that it says threaten the livelihoods of thousands of skilled foreign workers, and economic growth and competitiveness.In a statement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said the administration was “relentlessly pursuing necessary immigration reforms that move toward a merit-based system.” It added that all petitions and applications were handled “fairly, efficiently, and effectively on a case-by-case basis.”The H-1B program, which was created to bring in foreigners with skills that business leaders argued would strengthen the economy, has long been a target for some politicians. The visa program has been criticized because corporations have exploited it to replace U.S. workers.Still, many economists say H-1B holders are valuable. Immigrants file patents at twice the rate of native-born Americans and start about 25 percent of high-tech companies in the United States.“There’s absolutely no research that supports the idea that cutting legal immigration is good for the economy,” said Ethan Lewis, a Dartmouth economist.Hospitals in particular argue that they need foreign doctors who are more willing than native-born Americans to take jobs in less glamorous and lower-paying fields, like internal and family medicine. Of Northwell’s 1,826 resident doctors, 165 came in under H1-B or J-1 student visas.Nearly one-third of pathology residents come from other countries, according to the National Resident Matching Program. But the number of overseas applicants in all specialties has dropped for two years in a row.“The administration’s policies are having a chilling effect on the interest of international medical graduates coming to the United States to train,” said Mona M. Signer, chief executive of the matching program.The missing Indian pathologist’s workload at Northwell has been spread among 11 residents, lengthening the time they are on call.“Our nation’s ability to care for patients is dependent on international medical graduates,” Yacht said.The effect of lower-skilled immigrants is more debatable. George J. Borjas, a Harvard economist, has found that an influx of such workers reduced the incomes of people without a high school degree between 3 and 5 percent.Giovanni Peri, an economist at the University of California, Davis, agrees that individual workers can be hurt by competition from lower-paid foreigners. But he said the overall effect on wages was modest. Immigration also tends to bolster the incomes of college-educated Americans.Peri points to what happened when the government deported between 400,000 and 500,000 Mexicans between 1929 and 1934, most of whom worked in agriculture and construction. With fewer people to work the fields, farm owners and agricultural businesses cut administrative, sales and clerical jobs because there was not enough to do.“Out of eight or 10 positions held by Mexicans, maybe one or two were taken by Americans,” Peri said. “The rest disappeared.”Rob Hurst is not concerned with the macroeconomics of immigration. He is just struggling to keep bathrooms clean.This summer, he has found himself on his hands and knees scrubbing toilets and tubs at Edgartown Commons, a hotel he manages on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Five Jamaican workers who had long worked at the property failed to get H2-B seasonal-work visas.“I’m 65 years old, but you got to do what you got to do,” he said. “We did hire contract workers, but it’s never going to be as good as people with years of experience.”In the past, returning H2-B visa workers were not counted against the program’s annual cap of 66,000. Congress declined to renew that exemption in December 2016.Foreign workers are also growing frustrated about the clampdown on visas and rising anti-immigrant sentiment.Uday Verma, a software developer from India, in Iowa City, Iowa, Aug. 31, 2018.Uday Verma is leaving after 12 years in Iowa, time he spent earning a graduate degree in computer science and working for a technology company.Verma, 37, who emigrated from India, has repeatedly renewed his H-1B visa while waiting fruitlessly for permanent resident status — also known as a green card. Had he been successful, he could have easily switched employers or started his own business.“I can’t make a plan here,” Verma said. “You’re perpetually in this state of limbo. It just doesn’t make sense anymore to stay here and keep pursuing this American dream.”Verma, his wife and their 9-year-old son plan to be living in Toronto by the time their U.S. visas expire in the second week of September.He is taking advantage of the Global Talent Stream initiative the Canadian government started last year. It lets companies in innovative fields, like artificial intelligence, quickly secure visas for workers with vital skills.With experience with AI programming tools, Verma got a visa in two weeks, and could become a permanent resident in six months or so.His employer, Kira Systems, makes software that reads and analyzes legal contracts. The company has more than doubled its employment in the past year, to 115 people. Noah Waisberg, a co-founder and the chief executive, said half of Kira’s technical staff was from China, India, Russia and other countries.Canada has long welcomed immigrants. “But that is even more so relative to the United States, given the climate in America now,” Waisberg said. “It’s certainly helped us recruit.”Trump’s “hire American” push is helping some domestic businesses. One of those is Nexient, which provides software services and competes with firms in India and elsewhere. Fearful of becoming too dependent on offshore firms, corporate customers are increasingly interested in having domestic partners, said Mark Orttung, Nexient’s chief executive.“You still have to win the business, but it has been an accelerator for us,” he said.Nexient is based in Newark, California, but its programmers are mainly in Michigan and Indiana. The startup employs more than 500 people, up from 400 last year.About 10 percent of Nexient’s employees have H-1B visas, typically engineers who have mastered old software systems and other niche technologies in corporate data centers.Those foreign workers are fielding more government requests for information and waiting longer for visa renewals, Orttung said. “It adds a great deal of uncertainty to the lives of some of our employees.”© New York Times 2018 Related Items
Frustrated city officials in Patna have struck upon a novel scheme to shake down tax deadbeats by recruiting scores of eunuchs to collect on the debts.Fewer than 2,000 of nearly a half million homes and establishments in Patna pay their property tax and water bill, according to officials. So they concluded the “reputation and persuasive skills” of eunuchs, who make a living badgering newly weds and new parents for their blessings in return for tips, might “come in handy.”Tax collectors armed with tax bills and payment records accompanied the eunuchs to song, dance and drums as they called on local businesses. Early results are encouraging: on the first day, $9,000 in arrears was collected on the spot, haiya, haiya.This is a commission driven business and the eunuchs get to keep 4 percent of what they collect. The days may be numbered for Bihar’s underworld mafia who were the court of last resort in debt collection business. Related Items
The advice extended by a newspaper columnist to a reader in the United States, discouraging him from giving an Indian name to his child, has sparked a debate among social media users.In reply to a man’s question in the popular Dear Abby advice column in the Chicago Sun Times, columnist Jeanne Phillips spoke against giving “foreign names” to children, saying that they are difficult to pronounce or spell. She added that kids with such names can be “teased unmercifully.”The column has led to many social media users condemning the “racist” thought while others have narrated their own experiences to show the difficulties they face because of their names. Some users also explained the meaning of their name, asking if any word in English can carry the same meaning.Sheela, a Twitter user, posted a response addressed to Dear Abby, expressing her disagreement.My response to a recent Dear Abby advice column that I took major offense to…#advice #dearabby #offensive #indiannames #indian @dearabby @priyankachopra @azizansari pic.twitter.com/jpFD9pyj3b— Sheela (@SheelaC) September 16, 2018The criticism came not just from Indians, as people from other ethnic backgrounds also expressed their outrage.Facebook user Teresa Kimrough expressed her regret over not naming her children with those reflecting the heritage of her family. Kathey Brown Wisely questioned the roots of “common” U.S. names.However, many people also talked about the problems, such as wrong pronunciation by others, wrong spellings in certificates, etc. that came with having non-western names. The column, which has been running in the publication since 1956, extended the advice in a column on Sept. 13. The reader wrote that he and his wife, who was born and raised in India, were planning to have a child and that she insists on having Indian names for their children.“The problem is they are often difficult to pronounce and spell. I’m not opposed to Indian middle- names but think traditional ‘Western’ names may be more suitable, since we will live in the United States,” he added in the letter. “How can I make my wife understand that having ‘unusual’ names makes certain aspects of kids’ lives more difficult?,” he asked.Phillips, in her response, said that while his wife’s concept of giving the children Indian names was lovely, “practically speaking,” she agreed with him.“Popular names in one country can cause problems for a child living in another one. Not only can foreign names be difficult to pronounce and spell, but they can also cause a child to be teased unmercifully. Sometimes the name can be a problematic word in the English language. And one that sounds beautiful in a foreign language can be grating in English,” she wrote. “I hope your wife will rethink this. Why saddle a kid with a name he or she will have to explain or correct with friends, teachers and fellow employees from childhood into adulthood?” Related Itemsculturefamilylanguage
Pheroze Jagose has been appointed Judge in the New Zealand High Court. Jagose, who is a Parsi of Indian descent, will sit in Auckland.The barrister in Wellington is a graduate from the University of Auckland. He had commenced his barrister practice in February 2016 and specialised in trade practices, security, public and administrative law. He has been at all levels New Zealand’s legal system, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Ranked as Band1 litigator in the recent Chambers Asia-Pacific ratings, Jagose was also involved in designing the New Zealand Law Society’s entry level civil litigation skills course. He was a litigation partner at Chapman Tripp for 21 years. His father is a Parsi Indian while his mother is an Irish.The Swearing-in CeremonyDuring the swearing-in ceremony, Jagose was praised for his humour, modesty, and his witty, grammatically perfect Twitter posts. A fellow lawyer even went on to say that since he had seen what the judge could do with 140 characters on Twitter, he was looking forward to concise judgement.Jagose’s website contains legal commentaries on trending cases in New Zealand. He also wrote an article in The National Review about being a High Court Judge, in which he says the job requires someone to be a “cruel taskmaster”.Brother of Solicitor-General Una JagoseThe newly-appointed judge is the brother of New Zealand’s Solicitor-General Una Jagose. Una Jagose was appointed at the post in February 2016. Her appointment was recommended by the States Services Commission as she “displayed sound legal judgment”. She had served New Zealand in a variety of roles — as Deputy Solicitor, Crown Legal Risk, as an acting head of Government Communications Security Bureau, and Chief Legal Advisor at Ministry of Fisheries. She holds an LLB from Otago University and an LLM (First Class Honours) from Victoria University of Wellington. She became a barrister and solicitor in July 1990.About 4 per cent of New Zealand’s population is Indian, according to Census taken in 2015, and Indian New Zealanders are the fastest growing ethnic group in the Kiwi nation. Related ItemsIndians in New ZealandLittle IndiaNew Zealand High CourtParsi community in WellingdonParsis in New ZealadnPheroze jagoseUna Jagose
The United States administration has missed its second deadline this year to issue a notification about its proposal to revoke work authorization for H-4 visa holders. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had planned to issue a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) over the decision to end the rule that gives work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders in June. However, the government has not given any reason for not going ahead with the move by the end of the month, PTI reported.“I have no updates to provide at this time,” the news agency quoted a DHS official as saying. The official added that he cannot speculate on when a decision would be made, the report added.The DHS had confirmed its intent to revoke the rule in its Unified Agenda notification in the Federal Register on June 11. “Removing H-4 dependent spouses from the class of aliens eligible for employment authorization,” the department stated in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Unified Agenda), PTI had reported earlier.The notification said that a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) over the issue would be published in June. The NRPM seeks public comments on the policy change.The department also told a U.S. court in March that it would issue the NPRM in June that would announce the administration’s intent to scrap the Obama-era rule.The DHS had earlier missed a deadline in February when it informed a federal court during a litigation hearing over the issue that it expected to submit the proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review and clearance in time for publication in June 2018, according to PTI. The DHS had earlier sought an extension from DC Circuit Court of Appeals to gain more time to review the economic impact of revoking the program in February 2018.Among those who would be affected the most by the termination of work authorization for H-4 visa holders are thousands of Indian women, who are spouses of technology professionals working in the United States on H-1B visa. As many as 93 percent of total H-4 visa holders with work permits in the United States are from India, according to a Congressional report.The executive order to give work authorization permits to certain categories of H-4 visa holders was issued by the Barack Obama administration in 2015. Over 100,000 H-4 visa holders have been beneficiary of this rule.The Donald Trump administration’s plan to rescind the rule has met with widespread opposition in the country. A group of 130 U.S lawmakers led by Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal wrote a letter to the administration in May, urging it to continue to grant work permits to certain dependent spouses of workers with H-1B visas. The letter, dated May 16, was signed by Republican as well as Democrat lawmakers. Related ItemsH-1B visah-4 visaUnited States
Indian American lawyer Seema Nanda, who has taken over as the Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the United States, said that the country now needs positive solutions “forged by the strength” of diversity.Nanda, who assumed the position on July 23, will handle the day-to-day operations of the Opposition political party in the run-up to the crucial upcoming mid-term elections in November this year. She called for support for the Democratic Party to win back the House of Representatives from the ruling Republicans.“We are fighting now for the soul of our country, for our democracy and for opportunity,” Nanda said, PTI reported. “Democrats are offering the positive solutions so desperately needed right now, solutions forged by the strength of our diversity, the rigor of our ideas, and the decency of our values,” she added.In her first message to Democratic supporters, Nanda said, “Since (President Donald) Trump took office, it’s been clear that the number one best way for us to set our country back on track is to elect Democrats in every corner of our country. That’s why I took this job.”Nanda was earlier the executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, one of the largest human and civil rights organizations in the United States. Nanda, whose parents are dentists, grew up in Connecticut, and is an alumnus of Boston College Law School and Brown University. She has also worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and her 12- and 14-year-old sons.Nanda mentioned her children in her message after taking over as the DNC CEO. “My promise to my two teenage boys is to do all I can to create an America that is bright, fair, and that works for everyone, where opportunity for all means something,” she said.“Our party is strong because it’s built on forging positive solutions that include everyone. I’m proud to be the first Asian-American in recent memory to lead the DNC. Democrats are leading with our values and empowering people from diverse backgrounds to speak up and make our voices heard,” she added.Nanda emphasized upon the upcoming mid-term elections, saying, “At the DNC, we have committed to helping Democrats win back seats at all levels of government, because we need Democrats from the school board to the Senate to take back our country.”She added that the Democratic Party is pulling out all the stops to campaign for the vote, through measures such as investing in state parties, deploying organizers in all the states, and mobilizing 50 million voters through their nationwide “I Will Vote” campaign.“We’re setting our sights and our goals higher than ever before in order to help Democratic leaders fight and win all across our country,” Nanda said.In a tweet on July 26, she said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be in this fight to elect Democrats. This fight to take back our country for working families is one that all of us must fight together.”I couldn’t be more excited to be in this fight to elect Democrats. This fight to take back our country for working families is one that all of us must fight together. Join us at #IWillVote!— Seema Nanda (@SeemaNanda) July 26, 2018 Related ItemsIndian AmericanUnited States
Twelve Indian American politicians have raised close to $26 million for the midterm elections and half of them have outgained their opponents. Politicians who have outraised their opponents include Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera, Hiral Tipirneni, and Aftab Pureva.2018 midterm elections in the United States will be held on Nov. 6, in the middle of President Trump’s first term. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. In addition, 39 state and territorial governorships as well as numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.In the middle of all these are 12 Indian origin politicians who are raising money to contest the upcoming elections.The fundraising is seen as a positive sign as it reflects the politician’s popularity and the person who raises more is more likely to win, PTI said citing a general political experts’ opinion.Of the six Indian-origin contestants that have raised more money than their opponents, Raja Krishnamoorthi tops the list. According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the candidate from the Eighth Congressional District of Illinois, has raised $5,032,475.31 till Sept 30, whereas his opponent Jitender Diganvker has raised $35,817, the lowest among all the 12 contestants that are running for Congress this year.The number of Indian American in U.S. House of Representatives will increase from 4 to 6 if the Indian-origin contestants win, the news agency said.Another Indian-origin politician Shiv Ayyadurai, who is running for Senate seat in Massachusetts against Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, has managed to raise more than $5 million but his chances of winning are slim as his opponent has raised almost $20 million.Hiral Tipirneni, an Indian American physician has raised around $3.76 million while her opponent has raised only $1.8 million so far, figures from FEC show.Aftab Pureval, who is looking to enter the House of Representatives from Ohio, has raised $3.1 million whereas his opponent Steve Chabot has raised $1 million, although these figures are only till June 30.Pureval is the only Indian-American candidate who has been endorsed by former President Barack Obama, PTI said.Dr. Ami Bera of California has raised $2.69 million as opposed to his Republican counterpart Andrew Grant who has raised $373,000 so far. Bera has won the congressional seat three times prior to this.Ro Khanna, who is representing Silicon Valley, has successfully raised $2.62 million.Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives has raised $1.66 million, the FEC said in its report. Her opponent Craig Keller has raised about $3,000.Democratic politician and former diplomat Sri Preston Kulkarni, who is standing opposite Republican candidate Peter H Olson, has raised $1.02 million. Whereas Olson has managed to go past $1.38 million.Anita Malik, the third Indian-American woman in the race for mid-term election, is contesting from the Sixth Congressional District of Arizona and has raised $128,826 million while her Republican rival David Schweikert has shown promise by raising $1.4 million.Till Aug. 8, Sanjay Patel, the Democrat campaigning from the District of Florida had raised $231,381 whereas his Republican rival Bill Posey had collected $782,469, FEC’s record show.Harry Arora, an Indian American Republican candidate from Connecticut has so far raised $729,405 while his Democratic opponent Jim Himes has managed to raise $1.57 million. Related Items
Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday insisted that Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy will not have an impact in India’s 2019 World Cup campaign as he enjoys a good record as an ODI skipper.The biggest advantage for Kohli will be the support of two very successful leaders — Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma — on whom he can fall back on during testing situations.Royal Challengers Bangalore’s repeated failures in the Indian Premier League have put the spotlight on Kohli’s leadership skills but Ganguly said Indian captaincy is a different ball game.”Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy record with that of India. His captaincy records for India is very good actually. He’s got Rohit Sharma in his team as the vice-captain. Dhoni is there. So he’s well supported,” Ganguly told PTI on the sidelines of a promotional programme.The 46-year-old felt Hardik Pandya will play a key role in India’s campaign at the mega event, starting May 30 in England.”Hardik Pandya will play a key role. He is in tremendous form. He will be very, very important for India’s chances.”The former left-handed batsman picked Pakistan alongside India, Australia and England as the four semifinalists in the upcoming World Cup, saying their records in world tournaments in England is remarkable.England has been a ‘lucky’ venue for the Pakistan, who had won the 2017 Champions Trophy beating India and had also bagged their maiden World Twenty20 title in 2009.”Pakistan’s record in world tournaments in England is remarkable. They won the Champions Trophy two years ago, they won the 2009 World T20 in England.”advertisementHe also cited the recent example of Pakistan’s second ODI against England, in which they almost chased down a mammoth 374 before going down by only 12 runs.”Pakistan always play well in England. You see the last game in England. England got 374 and Pakistan just lost by 12 runs. They also beat England in England in Test matches there because of their bowling lineup.”Ganguly, however, was quick to add that Virat Kohli’s men should not be wary of Pakistan and they would prove to be strong contenders.”I don’t believe in records. Both of them will have to play well on that particular day. India will be a very good side. They will be very hard to beat. Team which has the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan can’t be weak.”Asked to compare this team with that of his team of 2003 that lost to Australia in the final, Ganguly said: “Both the teams are of different generations. We played the final in 2003. I hope they play the final and win it.”Indian cricket is so strong. And we have been strong for the last 25-30 years. Every world competition that we play, we will have a chance. This team has as much chance as we had in 2003.”Starting as one of the favourites, India would be under tremendous pressure but Ganguly felt it would bring out the best from Kohli and Co.”So it’s good that India is under pressure, every other team in the World Cup will be under pressure. You don’t want to turn up like a Nepal or an Ireland where the entire world thinks that you’re not going to win.”You rather turn up like an India or an Australia or an England where everybody says this team is going to win the World Cup. So Virat, probably being the best player of the world at the moment, is as much under pressure as anybody else and that will be good for him because he will turn up, work hard, he will be pumped and get India going.”Ganguly said it would be an interesting World Cup as all 10 teams will play each other before the best four qualify for the knockouts.”This team has as much as opportunity. It’s a great World Cup because all 10 teams play against each other and the best four qualify. There are strong teams and you realise England, Pakistan, West Indies all can win.”So it’s good that India is under pressure because it will help them perform and it’s going to be exciting 55 days of cricket,” Ganguly said.Also Read | Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit have played a big role in Kuldeep and my success: ChahalAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli reign supreme on Twitter, CSK most talked about teamAlso Read | I have the ability to remain unfazed, don’t feel pressure: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | India favourites to win the World Cup 2019: Mohammad Azharuddin
The Indian cricket team management have invested in a player load management system to help enhance their performance ahead of the World Cup.”The BCCI have enlisted the help of GPS performance tracking and analysis to make sure Ravi Shastri’s squad is in peak physical condition ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the end of May,” a statement said.”A deal has been struck with STATSports. The UK-based sports tech company are global leaders in the industry with a renowned client list which includes the national football teams of Brazil, England, Germany, Portugal and clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and many more,” the statement read.The high-resolution units are worn in a baselayer vest and sit in a fitted pocket between the shoulder blades.They measure hundreds of physical metrics including distance, speed, acceleration, deceleration, high-speed running, and dynamic stress load. And, vitally, allow the fitness team to carefully manage players’ workloads, and injury rehabilitation programmes.Two-time champions India led by Virat Kohli, take on South Africa in their opener on June 5. The World Cup is starting from May 30 in England and Wales.Also Read | Ranji captains conclave: Introduction of DRS, dropping coin toss among suggestions made
Manchester City Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest That was by no means the FA’s only major problem off the field. The revelations made to this paper by Andy Woodward of systematic abuse during his years as a youth player uncorked a flood of similar stories held back for years by fear and shame. The governing body suddenly looked like the Vatican, ill-equipped to confront the evidence of decades of criminal behaviour. Now veils have been lifted, the duty of care towards young athletes – swimmers, gymnasts and others, as well as footballers – has never seemed so high on the agenda.For young male footballers representing England, however, this is a wonderful time to be alive. Names such as Rhian Brewster, Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon, Joe Worrall and Dominic Solanke forced their way into the public consciousness with victories in the under-17 World Cup, the Toulon tournament for under-18s, the under-19 European Championship and the under-20 World Cup.An inevitable result of this almost hallucinatory series of wins – one of them even after a penalty shootout – will be the expectation that a transition to senior level can be handled with greater success than those of preceding generations. Gareth Southgate’s current England squad, already benefiting from an infusion of youth, cruised through their qualifying rounds for the World Cup in Russia but finished the year with a pair of stuttering goalless draws at Wembley in friendlies against Germany and Brazil.In domestic football Chelsea took the Premier League title, Arsenal the FA Cup and Manchester United the League Cup (and the Europa League), although some might think that the achievement of Nigel Clough in keeping Burton Albion – with a ground holding 6,900 – in the Championship for a second season represented a greater feat than any achieved by Messrs Conte, Wenger and Mourinho. Still, sport could sometimes make you forget not just its own problems but the wider ones, too. When Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City unveiled a brand of football that seemed to set new standards of skill and beauty, when six wickets from Anya Shrubsole brought England a victory in the Women’s Cricket World Cup final, or when Serena Williams won her 23rd grand slam singles title while seven weeks pregnant with her first child, sport was doing its job.Good feelings also enveloped Chris Froome and Lewis Hamilton, for a while. But the cheering for a fourth Tour de France victory for one and a fourth F1 world championship for the other – each an unprecedented achievement for a Briton – turned sour as the details of the VAT-avoidance scheme on Hamilton’s private jet and the news of Froome’s adverse analytical finding became public. However unfairly – Hamilton is not the only sports hero to minimise his taxes, and we await Froome’s efforts to establish his innocence – the result was visible in the failure of either man to make it to the podium at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards.A year in which a serious readjustment of gender balance had been high on the list of sport’s priorities also ended with a dull clang on Spoty night. Four women had been nominated in the 12-strong short list. When the voting was over they could be seen to have finished ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th. The cause was not so much an unwillingness to reward female sport – after all, 13 of Spoty’s 62 winners have been women, and Jessica Ennis-Hill received a lifetime award – as this year’s achievements being in the wrong sports on the wrong channels.In team sports, however, there was significant progress. England’s triumph over India in the Women’s World Cup final was watched by 24,000 fans at Lord’s and a TV audience of more than a million. Their counterparts in rugby and football also reached their respective world cup finals, the rugby team losing a high-scoring game to the All Blacks in Belfast and the footballers going down 3-0 to Holland – and then losing their manager, Mark Sampson, after allegations of racist behaviour principally voiced by the team’s discarded striker, Eni Aluko. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Colin Kaepernick Tennis The sight of Bristol City’s manager sweeping up a 10-year-old ballboy in a dance of pure joy to celebrate their team’s last-minute cup victory over mighty Manchester United last week added a note of sweetness to a year of conflict and contradictions. Many sports lovers had found themselves spending too much time in 2017 worrying about the integrity of what they were being asked to applaud: the integrity of the competitor, the integrity of the competition.From state-sponsored doping to tax avoidance, from child-abuse cover-ups to corruption in sport’s most powerful governing bodies, so much dishonesty seemed to have seeped into the foundations that nothing felt entirely stable. Maybe sport, rather than providing an escape from daily cares, was just reflecting the corrosion of the world around it. David Conn Support The Guardian comment England’s rugby union XV took their second successive Six Nations title under Eddie Jones’s leadership but a narrow defeat in Dublin in their last match deprived them of a repeat grand slam while serving notice Joe Schmidt’s Ireland – like Gregor Townsend’s Scotland – are on an upward trajectory. Under Warren Gatland, the British and Irish Lions fought an epic series in New Zealand, coming back from 12-6 down to 15-15 in the deciding match to tie a series they had come close to winning for the first time since 1971.By contrast, brute reality took hold when England’s cricketers, fresh from series wins at home against South Africa and West Indies, arrived in Australia for the Ashes. Old failings resurfaced in the performance of Joe Root’s squad and familiar arguments were wearily revived to explain them. When the TV pundits attract more attention than the players, you’re in trouble.For sheer crassness, the rumble between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor in August was virtually unsurpassable. Four months earlier at Wembley, however, a measure of stature had been restored to unarmed combat by a proper battle for the world heavyweight championship, in which the Watford-born Anthony Joshua dethroned Wladimir Klitschko, the veteran from Ukraine.Another great champion, Usain Bolt, also retired in defeat in London, beaten into third place over 100m in the world championships behind the winner, Justin Gatlin, who would later be embroiled in yet another doping scandal. Bolt’s hamstring injury in the final leg of the men’s 4x100m relay added an extra layer of drama to the victory for Britain’s quartet – Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake – who gave their team a second gold medal to add to Mo Farah’s 10k win.But no one commanded more attention than a man who ended the year kicking his heels on the sidelines: Colin Kaepernick, who chose to kneel rather than stand for the US national anthem while still a player with the San Francisco 49ers. The quarterback then discovered that, by drawing the ire of his president for his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, he had forfeited his right to further employment in the NFL.In the end, when the applause had died down for the resumption of the battle between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, for Barcelona’s gobsmacking comeback against Paris Saint-Germain (4-0 away, 6-1 at home) and for Marc Márquez’s virtuosity on a MotoGP bike, the year was about one man – and every woman. Share on WhatsApp Fifa trial leaves questions over 2022 Qatar World Cup Chris Froome Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Sport Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of the confidence he has in his Manchester United players, insisting he is now going into every game expecting to claim a win.The Norwegian took charge of United on an interim basis back in December following the club’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho.He has made an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, winning all of his first four matches, with the club scoring 14 goals in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The latest of which was a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford proving the difference between the two sides.And Solskjaer believes confidence is growing within his squad and that they’re going into every match expecting to pick up the win.”Obviously when you come into a club like this you expect to win games,” he told reporters. “And when you win four, you expect to win the next one as well. I think we can win every single game.”Next up for United is a home meeting with Championship strugglers Reading in the FA Cup and Solskjaer is adamant it’s a competition that his side wants to win this season.He added: “We’re about winning trophies and the FA Cup final is such a fantastic one to play in, I played in 1999 at Wembley. I think that was the last one at Wembley.”Having watched so many FA Cup finals as a kid, to walk from the dressing room to the pitch was fantastic, I’ve seen it so many times in Norway. And that’s what we hope for, to get to the final, whatever competition you’re in, you want to win.”I’m not sure if you expect to win it, but that’s more or less what you do expect from a club like this and players we’ve got.”United last won the FA Cup back in 2016, when Jesse Lingard’s stunning extra-time strike helped them claim a narrow 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.They also contested the final in 2017-18, only to suffer defeat to Chelsea at Wembley courtesy of an Eden Hazard penalty. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoomImage Courtesy: Cogent Holdings Limited COSCO Shipping International (Singapore) returned to profit in the first quarter of 2018, following the acquisition of two logistics units.The company’s profit for the period was at SGD 2.8 million (USD 2.1 million), compared to a loss of SGD 78.9 million (USD 58.8 million) seen in the same quarter a year earlier.Turnover from continuing operations increased to SGD 40.6 million for the first quarter of 2018 as compared to SGD 11.4 million reported in the previous year, mainly due to turnover of SGD 32.1 million from the newly acquired logistics businesses, namely Cogent Holdings Limited and PT Ocean Global Shipping.“The company aims to expand its logistics network in South and Southeast Asia through acquisitions and investments and is looking into potential targets to acquire and investment opportunities,” Gu Jing Song, Vice Chairman and President of the company, said.“We have only just started on our transformation journey and there is much to be done,” he added.
(Supporters at a camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. Standing Rock is currently battling construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota. APTN/File)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanada could face “20 Standing Rocks,” said a Mohawk chief in response to the Justin Trudeau government’s revelation Thursday it doesn’t plan to include consent as part of its consultation approach with First Nations on major resource projects.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr told reporters Thursday the Trudeau government believes it only needs to accommodate and consult First Nations before proceeding with major resource development projects and not obtain “free prior and informed consent.”It’s a position at odds with Supreme Court of Canada rulings which have stated that obtaining consent is part of the consultation spectrum the Crown faces when dealing with First Nations on issues that impact rights, title and territory. The position also undercuts a key element of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which the Trudeau government has claimed it plans to embrace as part of its efforts toward reconciliation.Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon said he’s not surprised the Trudeau government says it does not believe it needs to obtain consent to proceed with major projects that impact Indigenous territories.“New infrastructure to bring in more oil from the tar sands? Forget it, it’s not going to happen,” said Simon, who is grand chief for the Mohawk community at the centre of the 1990 Oka crisis. “I don’t care what Jim Carr says that no consent is necessary….. Consent, it’s what we are demanding and he will never get our consent, not for something like this…. What if we gave Canada 20 Standing Rocks? I wonder if his position will change then?”Simon was referring to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe which is currently trying to stop construction of an oil pipeline through North Dakota. The Standing Rock’s opposition to the pipeline triggered a historic Native American-led movement that has led to intense clashes with U.S. authorities and hundreds of arrests.“We always knew the Trudeau government, a lot of his ministers, are influenced by the fossil fuel industry and a prime minister is only as good as how he handles the economy,” said Simon. “If we keep doing this, our children and their children are going to suffer the brunt of climate change.”Simon is one of the lead spokespeople for an anti-pipeline alliance supported by about 85 First Nations and tribes which have signed a treaty to oppose new oil pipeline projects.Carr made his comments laying out, for the first time, the Liberal government’s position on consultation in Ottawa Thursday when he was asked by reporters to comment on the release of a report from a three-person ministerial panel on the $6.8 billion proposed Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project.The project would twin Kinder Morgan’s existing pipeline and increase capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil per day from the current 300,000 bpd. The 1,150 kilometre pipeline project would run from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.In its report, the panel raised several questions about the project, including how the Liberal cabinet could square its commitment to reconciliation and to the UNDRIP principle of “free prior and informed consent” with the pipeline’s approval.Facing repeated questions from reporters on the government’s position regarding free, prior and informed consent, Carr made it clear that consent is not part of the Liberal government’s equation when it comes to its approach to consultation. The government only believes it needs to consult and accommodate.“We believe that to meaningfully consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples in the context of these energy reviews is the principal responsibility of the government of Canada,” said Carr, according to a transcript of the exchange. “That’s what we have done and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Friday he expects the Trudeau government to abide by its commitments on UNDRIP.“The government endorsed (UNDRIP) without qualification, and the UN declaration states the requirement of free, prior and informed consent by First Nations over any activities that can impact our rights, our people or our territory,” said Bellegarde, in a statement. “We fully expect Canada to honour that commitment and to work with First Nation to develop a national plan for implementing the UN declaration, including a joint law and policy review.”International human rights lawyer Paul Joffe, who also worked on UNDRIP, said Carr’s description of the government’s position does not comply with Supreme Court decisions, nor the international declaration.“It is highly problematic and it’s not helpful to the discussion and it’s not helpful to reconciliation,” said Joffe, who was provided with a transcript of Carr’s statements.Joffe said the concept of consent in UNDRIP has been demonized, twisted and misinterpreted to mean a “veto.” He believes the Trudeau Liberal government doesn’t seem to grasp that consent is part of international human rights law and part of the tapestry woven by Supreme Court decisions on Aboriginal rights and title.“For the minister to say we are going on the basis of consultation and accommodation, that doesn’t quite make sense, the way he is using it,” said Joffe. “Consultation is a spectrum, it hangs on the facts and the law. It might be minimal consultation in some cases…but at the other end of the spectrum, the Supreme Court said in the Haida case, that on very serious issues it would require the full consent of the Aboriginal nation. That is the full spectrum. On very serious issues, it would be consent.”In its 2004 Haida decision, the Supreme Court, quoting the previous 1997 Delgamuukw decision, describes the spectrum of consultation.“The content of the duty (to consult) varied with the circumstances: from a minimum ‘duty to discuss important decisions’ where the ‘breach is less serious or relatively minor;’ through the ‘significantly deeper than mere consultation’ that is required in ‘most cases,’ to ‘full consent of the Aboriginal nation’ on very serious issues,” said the court in Haida.The Supreme Court’s 2015 Tsilhqot’in also mentions consent.Joffe said he doesn’t understand how the Liberal government could both embrace UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 calls to action and yet ignore the principle of obtaining free, prior and informed consent.“There is a further point which makes it very troubling what the minister is saying. The TRC in their 94 calls to action…indicate that they call on federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to adopt and implement the UNDRIP framework for reconciliation,” said Joffe. “So if one now attacks or undermines UNDRIP, one is also undermining the TRC calls to action.”During the last federal election campaign, candidate Justin Trudeau told APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie his government would respect a First Nations “no” on major resource development email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Rabat – Famous Kuwaiti businessman, Mohammed Al Baghli has allegedly gone missing under suspicious circumstances on Wednesday, in the South-Central Province of Prahova, Romania.A report by Kuwaiti channel Al Majlis said Mohammed Al Baghli, 75, disappeared on the evening of August 5th after he went out for his usual jog at 8:30 pm near his palace in the Kiya Village of Nishio City, in Prahova County.His disappearance has alarmed the country as it has been reported by nine Romanian television stations and published on the front page of Romanian newspapers. Romanian Police have mounted an extensive search operation. Al Baghli’s family, on the other hand, have offered a large ransom amount for any information leading to the missing man, who has owned a palace in the European country for nearly 20 years.According to Erem News, Romanian authorities believe the businessman could have been kidnapped for ransom, taking advantage of his weakened health as he could not jog too far from his place of residence.In addition, a former Police official in the village indicated that the Kuwaiti businessman could have lost his way or suffered from health problems. It is also possible he was attacked by bears or dogs, as the area is filled with such animals.Mohammed Al Baghli is one of the most prominent Gulf investors in Prahova. This Province is rich in natural resources including oil, natural gas, coal, limestone, sandstone, gravel, mud, and mineral water.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Several key documents have been reported missing from the Balapitiya high court, the police said today.The police said that thieves had broken into the archives and stores of the court and stolen the documents. The police said that an investigation has been launched into the incident. (Colombo Gazette)
by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural resources minister says the cost of the multi-billion dollar Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project has gone up while construction work has fallen even further behind previous forecasts.Siobhan Coady told the provincial legislature that an interim report prepared by EY, formerly Ernst and Young, has concluded that current material risks aren’t reflected in a forecast done last September which has also been characterized as “not reasonable.”The previous forecast said the project was another 10 per cent over budget and wouldn’t be generating power until 2018.Coady says the government expects a new schedule and cost reforecast for the project will be completed by the end of May.The most recent cost estimate provided by Nalcor pegs the total cost at $9.2 billion — $7.653 billion for the generating facility and transmission lines and $1.577 billion for the Maritime Link portion built by Emera.Coady says EY will deliver a final report once cost estimates have been reforecast. Cost of multi-billion dollar Labrador hydro project continue to rise:minister
Axis Theatre Company’s production of The Number 14 hits the stage at the Centre for the Arts this month.The hyper school children on a field trip, the grumpy octogenarian, the slowpoke dumping the contents of her piggy bank into the fare box and the teenager singing along to the white noise pouring out of his headphones for all to hear – if you’ve taken the bus, you’ve probably taken a seat next to at least one of them.And though at the time it might make one long for the driver to just get them to their stop already, it all adds up to the makings of a raucous, slice-of-life comedy that’s more fun to watch than live.The trials and tribulations of public transit riders are what fuels the laughs in The Number 14, a sketch comedy performance that rolls back into Brock on Jan. 31 for its 20th anniversary.Described as “a hybrid of commedia dell’arte and The Carol Burnett Show, Saturday Night Live and Cirque du Soleil” by one Vancouver reviewer, The Number 14 stars just six actors playing 60 characters aboard a city bus.The Number 14 has been making stops on stages throughout the world since it first left the station at Vancouver’s Axis Theatre Company 20 years ago, featuring a cast of absurd, hilarious characters.Mostly, though, they’re also easy to relate to, noted director Wayne Sprecht. “This is what we hear from the audience: ‘Hey, how come you’re doing me up there?’ or … ‘I know someone who’s just like that,” said Sprecht, who suffersfrom motion sickness on the bus.It’s that personal connection with audience members that has given The Number 14 so much mileage, he added.Over the years, the content has been tweaked with the addition of new actors and new perspectives brought along for the ride. Still, there are the usual suspects in every performance – much like there are on every commute – like the “acrobatic lady” who gets tossed around the bus, Sprecht said.And that’s just how the audience wants it, particularly because many are repeat viewers, having taken a ride on The Number 14 numerous times over the years.“There are some classic routines, I just can’t mess with them at all. The audience will get mad at me,” he explained.It’s not just Vancouverites who love it, though. The Number 14 got a New York Drama Desk nomination in 1998, earned four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and garnered a Dora Mavor Moore nomination during its travels.But for those thinking they’ll just catch The Number 14 the next time, know this: Axis Theatre will be putting the brakes on the performance once its 20th anniversary tour wraps up in Montreal this May.“It felt right,” Sprecht said about the decision to end the play’s run. “It just comes down to going with your instincts and moving on.”Bus fare is discounted for children and students. But be sure catch it now, before it rolls out of town forever. Tickets are available for $20 for all Brock faculty and staff.