Russia are all but through to the knockouts of the FIFA World Cup 2018 after recording their second consecutive win to top Group A.On Tuesday, Russia thrashed Egypt 3-1 at St Petersburg to virtually book their place in the round of 16.Russia made a massive turnaround in the World Cup as they had a disastrous run coming into the tournament. They had last won a match in a friendly in October last year but have left that miserable run behind them in the first two matches of the World Cup.Russian fans erupted in celebration on Tuesday as the World Cup hosts cruised past Egypt in their second game.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGERussia is the lowest FIFA ranked side at the event, but two games in they are top of their group with six points and are poised to qualify for the next stage. State television broadcast footage of fans chanting “Russia” ecstatically, waving flags at locations around the country and celebrating the victory in St Petersburg.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”The game was just crazy, (Egypt talisman Mohamed) Salah couldn’t do anything,” said Alexander, 36, who was with his wife in a packed fan zone in St Petersburg and said he had travelled to the game from Bryansk after winning tickets in a lottery.Russian players bask in the glory of dream run at home”This is my first time at a football game, and I loved the atmosphere, but our players really showed how the game should be played,” said Andrei, who was wrapped in a Russia flag.advertisement The win followed Russia’s 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia in the first game of the tournament.It is an unexpectedly positive situation for a Russian side that came into this tournament amidst scepticism and pessimism at home.World Cup 2018: Russia in sight of knockouts after crushing EgyptIn Moscow, cars tooted their horns and crowds in the centre of the capital danced in the street.”Everyone else is lagging behind us,” Alexei Zaikev, 36, said, sitting in a Moscow bar and talking over the sound of crowds singing Russian patriotic folk song “Katyusha”.Russia on brink of last 16, joy for Africa, history for SalahSome fans said they thought the World Cup party atmosphere would show visitors Russia is a welcoming country, despite ties with the West being at post-Cold War lows.”In the West they’re trying to paint it as if everything’s bad here, but then we show them that it’s not, and foreigners come and they like it here, and that’s great,” Zaikev said. “We’re the youth, and patriotism is only just starting to blossom here, and now our country is winning,” Zukhra Nudarava, 25, said.”Even foreigners are cheering for Russia!” she added, before drinking a shot of tequila and introducing a Peruvian fan, on whose cheeks she had drawn two Russian flags.(With inputs from Reuters)
It appears Iowa’s 40-year-old “bottle deposit bill” will remain intact for another year.There was a hearing Tuesday morning on a House bill that would have repealed the law, but Republican Representative Guy Vander Linden of Oskaloosa made it clear the bill was going nowhere.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/BOTTLE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………a better understanding. :15Consumers pay a nickel deposit on bottles and cans of beer, soft drinks and wine and they can get the deposits back by returning the empties.Grocery stores object to being forced to redeem the cans and bottles, arguing the empties are filthy and pose a health hazard.A bill to repeal the state’s bottle deposit law and expand recycling programs across the state is still pending in the Iowa Senate.Radio Iowa
An Orange Pride girl named Lindsay Fredenburg emailed me shortly after the Sports Illustrated story came out today. It’s pretty good.I was an Orange Pride member from 2004-2006. I was never once asked to have sex with a recruit. NONE of the girls I was on Orange Pride with were ever asked to have sex with a recruit or a player, for that matter.We were absolutely put with specific recruits. Orange Pride is composed of a group of young ladies with a variety of backgrounds. We are supposed to represent a cross-section of the Oklahoma State student body. It only makes logical sense to put me with a recruit from Houston. I am from Houston. I can tell a kid from Houston what it is like to come from a big city to Stillwater, OK. I can tell parents what the flights are like. I can tell parents what the drive is like. I CAN RELATE.We didn’t have to pay money to be in Orange Pride. We raised money, and our donors were recognized in the media guide. This money was used to buy our uniforms and help pay for us to attend a select away game each year.We were held to a very high standard. We knew that we were the face of Oklahoma State University to these people. Most of these kids and their parents had never been on our campus before, so we were their first impression.I said on Monday, and will say again, it was one of my greatest privileges in life to attend Oklahoma State University and be a member of Orange Pride. I met some of my best friends, and met my husband through this organization. It provided me so many opportunities, and allowed me to promote Oklahoma State, so for that I will eternally remain grateful.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Mohammad Azharuddin on Virat Kohli: Nobody has been more consistent since Don BradmanVirat Kohli is the Boy Wonder of world cricket, Mohammad Azharuddin said at India Today Mind Rocks. The former India captain heaped high praise on Kohli for his stunning form over the last several years.advertisement India Today Web Desk BhubaneshwarJanuary 10, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 14:30 IST Virat Kohli ended up as the highest scorer in Test cricket in 2018 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli amassed 1322 runs in Tests and 1202 runs in ODIs in 2018Overall, he hit 11 international hundreds in the last yearKohli is ranked No.1 in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Tests as well as ODIsMohammad Azharuddin said Virat Kohli is the Boy Wonder of modern cricket and lauded the India captain for his stunning form. Kohli finished 2018 as the highest scorer in Tests and ODIs and many experts believe he will go on to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records.Last year, Kohli amassed 1322 runs in Tests and 1202 runs in ODIs. Overall, he hit 11 international hundreds in 2018. In South Africa, Virat Kohli smashed a record-breaking 871 runs across formats before scoring nearly 600 runs in five Tests in tough conditions in England.Kohli is ranked No.1 in the ICC rankings for batsmen in Tests as well as ODIs.”You can see Virat’s performances and statistics are all in front of you. His numbers, his consistency is second only to Don Bradman I feel,” Azharuddin said at India Today Mind Rocks 2019.Asked if Kohli is the Boy Wonder of world cricket, Azhar said without any hesitation, he indeed was.”Yes definitely. He will improve further in the future and play even better. He will go on to break more records because age is also on his side,” Azhar said.Azharuddin said India will soon be able to finalise their World Cup squad but said they would need four good pacers to exploit the conditions in England.”India can finalise its team for the World Cup only at the end of February-March. The team is almost set for the tournament”I feel India need 3-4 fast bowlers for the World Cup in England. We need a few pacers for the conditions in England. If you look at India’s pace battery, we lost the series in South Africa and England but our bowling has been top class so far. This I feel is the best fast bowling attack in Indian cricket history.advertisement”We can keep dreaming of the World Cup from now but those dreams can only be turned into reality when the Indian team goes to England and performs well. It is good to dream about such things but it will be even better when the team turns them into reality. I hope the team wins the World Cup because we are No. 1 in Tests, and excellent in ODIs and T20Is, I don’t think we can send a better side to England,” he said.Azharuddin, one of India’s most successful captains, said his biggest regret was not lifting the World Cup despite leading India in three editions.”A lot of my dreams I haven’t been able to realise. I captained the team in three World Cups but couldn’t win one so that is one dream I regret not fulfilling,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India Today Mind Rocks 2012Follow Mohammad AzharudduinFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs Australia
zoom Australian P&O Cruises’ latest cruise ship Pacific Eden visited Melbourne while deployed on its maiden voyage, ahead of its debut Victorian season next year.Pacific Eden’s visit today is part of its inaugural Australian cruise, a 10-night itinerary which departed Fremantle on November 15. The next call is Sydney where it will be officially named with sister ship Pacific Aria on November 25.The 55,820-tonne Pacific Eden will return to Melbourne in February next year as part of P&O Cruises’ biggest season of cruising from the city.P&O Cruises, brand of Carnival Group, said that with Pacific Eden and sister ship Pacific Aria the cruise line’s fleet increased to five ships, enabling P&O to base a second ship in Victoria for the first time.Pacific Eden and Pacific Jewel will offer 18 cruises from Melbourne from December 2015 to March 2016, carrying an estimated 30,000 guests.
The ALP provides training opportunities to improve Liaisons’ knowledge and understanding of development activities and impacts, as well as enabling them to inform their community members with objective, reliable, and sound information.Interaction with Liaisons and participation in the ALP helps OGC staff learn directly of Indigenous peoples’ values and traditional knowledge in relation to oil and gas development. OGC staff regularly work with Liaisons when monitoring compliance and stewardship outcomes resulting from oil and gas activities, shared the OGC.The OGC says they are committed to full participation in the ALP and supports Liaison involvement in the monitoring of oil and gas activities. Permit holders should be aware Liaisons might attend inspections, emergency response plan exercises, audits and environmental monitoring activities with OGC staff.The following First Nations currently participate in the ALP: Blueberry River First Nations Prophet River First Nation Saulteay First Nations Fort Nelson First Nation Carrier Sekani First Nations Doig River First Nation Haisla Nation Lake Babine Nation Nisga’a Lisims GovernmentThe ALP was initiated by the OGC and Doig River First Nation in 2014, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) now leads the ALP and OGC staff to provide operational coordination functions. VICTORIA, B.C. – The BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) has provided an update on recent activities and the status of the Aboriginal Liaison Program (ALP).The ALP is a partnership between Indigenous communities in northern B.C., the OGC, and other provincial natural resource agencies.According to the OGC, the partnering First Nation communities hire one of their local members as a monitor, to observe and report to their communities about resource development activities on their traditional territories.
YOKOHAMA, Japan — A Nissan committee set up to strengthen corporate governance after the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn says it found he had too much power and recommended that the scandal-hit Japanese automaker add more independent outside directors to its board and better oversee compensation and auditing.The proposed changes were announced Wednesday in Yokohama, where Nissan Motor Co. is headquartered.The governance committee said it concluded that the “root cause of the misconduct was the concentration of all authority in Mr. Ghosn.”The committee’s findings underline Nissan’s efforts to distance itself from Ghosn’s upcoming criminal trial.Ghosn, who led Nissan for two decades and rescued it from near-bankruptcy, says he is innocent. He has been charged with falsifying financial reports and breach of trust.The Associated Press
Rabat – Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, is off to Latin America for a four-day tour, between June 11 and 14.The Moroccan minister is reportedly placing his eventful trip to the region under the umbrella of an ongoing charm offensive to gather international support for Morocco’s Western Sahara position.During the tour, Bourita will visit Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Surinam, announced yesterday a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. While the ministry’s statement did not provide details about Bourita’s schedule in the four Latin American countries, it hinted at Morocco’s earnest desire to capitalize on the current Morocco-friendly momentum in a region that has until recently been an undisputed stronghold of the Polisario Front’s Western Sahara separatist project.In addition to drawing his different hosts’ attention to Morocco’s south-south agenda on various global issues, ranging from security, trade, and cultural exchanges, Bourita’s visit to the four countries is part of a broader scheme to breathe new life into the region’s perceived shift towards more Morocco-friendly positions on the longstanding Western Sahara dispute.Having made its marks on its home continent, where the momentum on Western Sahara is increasingly moving towards Morocco, despite abiding hostilities from some known pro-Polisario outposts, Rabat now seeks to establish more diplomatic linkages with Latin America.Bourita’s visit comes after some recent developments have shown the considerable gains that Morocco’s Latin American diplomacy has made under his ministerial tenure.In the most recent instance, El Salvador, whose government eagerly sided with Polisario’s “Sahrawi cause” from the outset of the group’s separatist agenda and until recently remained an outspoken pro-Polisario voice, has just said that it is poised to reconsider its stance on the decades-long dispute in Western Sahara.
VANCOUVER — Fortress Paper Ltd. has agreed to sell the assets of an idled pulp mill and saw mill in Quebec for $15.4 million.The buyers are subsidiaries of Nexolia Bioenergy Inc., a private company focused on investing in natural resources, renewable energy and other projects.Nexolia will be acquiring the buildings, equipment and property at the mill site in Lebel-Sur-Quevillon, 620 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Fortress Paper stock bounce caused by more than turmoil in Greece, analyst saysThe transaction is expected to close by July 8.Vancouver-based Fortress says the sale of the LSQ Mill will release the company from a number of future obligations.Fortress says the buyer will assume responsibility for paying property taxes. Fortress will also assign a $7-million secured note it receives to Investissement Quebec.
“Large-scale executions of the sort that have been carried out on a number of occasions over the past two years in Iraq are not only obscene and inhuman, they are most probably in contravention of international law,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva.Mr. Colville said the Government’s actions are undermining efforts to build a more stable, less violent society in Iraq, and noted that the recent executions were “particularly perverse” as yesterday was World Day against the Death Penalty.The Government maintains that it only executes individuals who have committed terrorist acts or other serious crimes against civilians, and have been convicted under the Anti-Terrorism Law No. 13 of 2005. “In our view, the claim that using the death penalty can help deter terrorism is clearly exposed as a fallacy, given the soaring casualty rate in Iraq, which has occurred over roughly the same period as the dramatic and shocking increase in the use of the death penalty,” Mr. Colville said.According to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), there has been a sharp rise in civilian casualties in the country this year, with at least 5,740 civilians killed in the first nine months. This is more than double the number of civilian casualties in 2011 and much higher than the 3,238 civilians killed in the whole of 2012.The number of people being executed in Iraq has also risen from 18 in 2010 to 67 in 2011, 123 in 2012, and 140 so far this year. “We call on the Government of Iraq to halt all executions immediately, and to review and commute the sentences of the hundreds of other people who are believed to be on death row in Iraq,” Mr. Colville said.
Free inaugure sa première boutique à RouenLe premier Free Center a ouvert ses portes lundi à Rouen. Si jusqu’alors Free avait négligé le contact direct avec ses clients, une nouvelle stratégie est adoptée pour accompagner la future offre mobile du FAI (fournisseur d’accès à Internet).La première boutique de Free a été inaugurée lundi dans le centre ville de Rouen, en Haute Normandie, rapporte le site ZDnet. Avec son design très épuré, le premier Free Center n’a pour l’instant aucune offre mobile à faire découvrir à ses visiteurs. Il propose alors en attendant de tester la nouvelle Freebox et des conseillers accueilleront les clients pour leur présenter les différents services liés. Cette enseigne, sorte de boutique-test, est la première d’une longue liste puisque d’ici à 2018, le FAI entend ouvrir quelque 420 boutiques en France. C’est du moins ce qu’il avait annoncé lors du dépôt de sa candidature auprès de l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep) en vue d’obtenir la quatrième licence de téléphonie mobile. Dans les mois à venir, six points de vente devraient ouvrir leurs portes dans une zone allant de cinquante à deux cents kilomètres autour de Paris. Pendant cette phase d’expérimentation, Free étudiera la réaction des clients avant de lancer ses offres mobiles au début de l’année 2012.Le 11 mai 2011 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
Posted: December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Homeless veteran with peripheral neuropathy Updated: 12:51 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There are many assumptions about those who are homeless and Saturday night a homeless man was seen walking the cold streets with no shoes.The navy veteran said he loves his country, despite his personal hardships including peripheral neuropathy.Instead of asking for money 59-year-old Wade Wikert said Merry Christmas and hopes to make it to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center detox center in La Jolla.KUSI is working to get Wikert the help he needs. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 24, 2018
Luxury car manufacturer Bentley has agreed a 6.5% pay increase for more than 2,000 employees based in Crewe, Cheshire, as part of a new pay deal.The pay deal, which was negotiated with trade union Unite, will be backdated to 1 January 2017. The deal will see employees’ working hours reduced from 37 hours a week to 35 hours a week from 1 January 2019. This reduction will not result in a loss of pay.Staff will also receive a consolidated payment worth £900 over the three years, and there will be the potential for employees to earn significant bonuses linked to delivery, quality and efficiency over this period. The agreement also includes improvements to sick pay and holiday pay premiums.Bentley employees who are members of Unite voted in favour of the new pay deal by a margin of three to one.Phil Morgan, regional officer at Unite, said: “Members have overwhelmingly supported this pay deal as they recognise that it provides a significant increase in pay as well as a dramatic improvement in conditions.“This was an important deal for both Unite and Bentley as it allows the [organisation] to plan ahead, particularly in relation to new model development and gives members a great deal of security in what is a very uncertain time for car makers.“By agreeing a multi-year pay deal all sides now know exactly where they stand as we continue with the countdown to Brexit. Without this multi-year pay deal there would inevitably have been an increasing amount of uncertainty, which is what all parties wanted to avoid.”BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBentley declined to comment.
Update to gas leak at Eller and Federal Highway. Leak has been sealed and roadways are back open. Thank you for your patience. Rescue officials said construction workers struck a natural gas line feeding into a nearby Domino’s Pizza shop, leading to a precautionary evacuation of the surrounding businesses. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters have capped a gas leak in Deerfield Beach that temporarily caused road closures.Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene located along Eller Street and North Federal Highway at around 11:45 a.m., Tuesday.Officials took to Twitter shortly after to warn drivers to avoid the area as crews worked on repairs. — DFB BSO Alerts (@DFB_BSOAlerts) August 6, 2019 Breaking News worker hit gas line at Eller and Federal Hwy. Federal south and northbound shut down north of Hillsboro. Avoid the area.— DFB BSO Alerts (@DFB_BSOAlerts) August 6, 2019 The north and southbound lanes of Federal Highway just north of East Hillsboro Boulevard were shut down as hazmat crews secured the scene, but the lanes have since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Post a comment 6:42 Tags As mentioned, the blockbuster got 32 nominations in total, making HBO the network with the most total nominations this year — 137 in all.The final season of Game of Thrones was loved by many, apparently including the committee in charge of Emmy nominations, but also passionately hated by other parts of the show’s massive fan base. Over a million fans (infamously) signed a petition to redo the eighth and final season, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have faced much online opprobrium for how the series ended.Expect more Game of Thrones headlines soon as the cast — but not, as we found out recently, Benioff and Weiss — descends on San Diego for a Comic-Con panel this weekend. Now playing: Watch this: 57 Photos Share your voice Enlarge ImageAlfie Allen plays Theon Greyjoy. HBO Petitioners be damned, Game of Thrones’ final season is nominated for no less than 32 Emmy Awards, running in categories like Best Drama, Best Actor and Best Actress. Among those nominated for supporting roles are Alfie Allen, Carice van Houten and Gwendoline Christie, aka Theon Greyjoy, Lady Melisandre and Brienne of Tarth. The crazy thing? They nominated themselves after HBO chose not to submit them for awards, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Game of Thrones has a massive cast of characters, and HBO can’t be expected to put forward everyone. And, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, it’s not unusual for actors and actresses, or their representatives, to apply for nominations themselves. What is unusual, though, is for those who apply themselves to actually score Emmy nominations.The three stars all scored nominations for different awards. Christie is in the running for Best Supporting Actress, Allen for Best Supporting Actor and van Houten for Best Guest Actress in a drama series. Elsewhere, Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow, is nominated as Best Lead Actor and Emilia “Daenerys Targaryen” Clarke is gunning for Best Lead Actress. Game of Thrones TV and Movies Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Our watch has ended 0
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLegislature split on budget, taxes and use of Permanent FundAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe House and Senate finance committee co-chairs have reached an agreement that they’re going to talk about a long-term plan. That may be a step in the right direction. But it’s not clear how much reassurance Alaskans can take from it.State puts out list of companies that got $75 million in cashable tax credits last yearRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThese cash-for-credits recipients used to be kept confidential, but a law passed in 2016 now requires that the state report them.Feds to drop new habitat rules, ending state’s legal challengeLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The Trump administration has agreed to rewrite rules that would have made it easier for the government to designate areas as “critical habitat” for endangered species.Feds approve $1.7M to buy out homes in NewtokRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe state and federal government have announced almost $2 million dollars in funding to buy out homes in the eroding village of Newtok, in Western Alaska.Snow blocks road to Hatcher Pass; 10 stranded at lodgeAssociated PressTwo avalanches have stranded about 10 people at a lodge outside an Alaska state park.The Cost of Cold: When the only option is dieselAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThere are a lot of heating options. Electricity, natural gas, wood, coal… even french fry oil. But in much of rural Alaska, and even some cities, the primary heating source is diesel.The Cost of Cold: Keeping warm in UnalaskaZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaFor The Cost of Cold, we profile Unalaska resident Travis Swangel, who heats his small home on the island with a Toyo stove.At 2018 Finisher’s Banquet, tales from a difficult IditarodDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeThe 2018 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has come to an end, as 52 out of the original 67 mushers have crossed the finish line in Nome.Wrangell assembly approves new $9 million water plantJune Leffler, KSTK – WrangellThe Wrangell assembly approved a new $9 million water treatment plant last week. The current plant hasn’t met the town’s needs for several years.New analysis adds to picture of how belugas are impacted by sea ice lossRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – FairbanksResearchers have published a new paper that adds a little more to what we know about how beluga whales are navigating their changing habitat.
New Delhi: The number of women constables in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) is less at present and the government has decided to fill up 50 per cent of the 9,000 vacant posts notified with lady constables, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha Friday. “At present, the percentage of lady constables in RPF is 2.25 per cent. The number (of women constables) is less in the entire Railways. Keeping this in mind, the prime minister gave a direction for recruitment,” Goyal said during the Question Hour in the Upper House. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us As a result, the government is recruiting 9,000 more. “We are focusing on hiring lady constables. We are going to recruit 4,500 lady constables, 50 per cent of the total vacant posts notified,” he added. Responding to a query if the Centre will consider 35 per cent reservation for women in government jobs in line with the one given by Bihar government, the minister said, “No such reservation has been decided at the central level. So there is no question of backlog.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Law and order is a state subject. RPF looks into protection of railways infrastructure, while the Government Railway Police (GRP) takes care of law and order and it is under the state government, he said. Still, the RPF was tagged with the GRP for last two years and did a good job in the area of women safety and addressing child abduction cases, he added. Advertise With Us Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi said the recruitment process is going on. “Adequate lady constables are recruited by our government. Already adequate lady constables are there,” he said. To another supplementary question on providing walkie talkie to women constables, both Goyal and Angadi said the matter will be examined.wo Goyal, in a written reply, said the recruitment process started in 2018. Out of 8619 and 1120 vacancies notified for constables and sub-inspectors, respectively, 4216 and 201 vacancies, respectively, were reserved for women. “This process is likely to be completed soon and this will further increase the number of lady constables and officers in RPF,” he added.
State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) on Friday said that it has slashed mobile call rates by 80% for its existing customers. The operator added that the new offer will be effective from Saturday, 16 January.Last month, the operator had rolled out the same scheme for new customers.”Earlier, BSNL had reduced call rate by up to 80 per cent for its new prepaid mobile customers only and now the same has been extended for existing BSNL prepaid users also,” the company stated.The new tariff will be applicable for both per-minute and per-second billing plans.”Our tariffs are most competitive in the sector having largest network coverage. Two new special tariff vouchers have also been introduced,” Press Trust of India quoted BSNL Board Director (Consumer Mobility) RK Mittal as saying.In December last year, BSNL had launched the scheme for new customers, including those who register for Mobile Number Portability (MNP). To avail the scheme, customers have to buy the plan voucher of Rs 36 for the per-second plan or Rs 37 for the per-minute plan.The operator is coming up with various tariff plans to gain more customers as there is fierce competition among the players in the telecom sector.The company saw 157,564 people shifting to its network through MNP during July to November period in 2015. It witnessed 124,158 customers leaving its network during the same period.BSNL had a subscriber base of 79.6 million in the mobile segment by the end of September last year and was among the top five operators in the country during the month.