Goa Dy CM defends tainted minister amid resignation demands

first_imgPanaji, Jun 11 (PTI) As opposition parties demanded the sacking of State Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar for being chargesheeted in an unlawful assembly case, Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D?Souza today defended his cabinet colleague saying that he has not been convicted yet. “Filing of charge-sheet does not mean someone is convicted. It is not the judgement,” D?Souza said playing down the demands of removing the minister from cabinet. “Chargesheet means there are prima facie evidence, which needs to be proven. I feel only once charges are framed against the minister, then it is a matter of seriousness. Then it is serious,” D?Souza told reporters here. When asked whether the minister should step down on his own, D?Souza said it is for the minister to decide. “It is for the individual to take a call. It is his own conscience that has to guide him. In some cases individual on their own step down while some dont,” he said. Opposition parties in the state including Congress, AAP, NCP and Goa Forward are demanding resignation of Tawadkar. “We demand that Tawadkar should resign voluntarily from the cabinet or chief minister should drop him from the cabinet. He has been accused of serious charges and now he is before the court,” Congress? Goa Spokesman Sunil Kawathankar said. He said Congress party will be petition Governor Mridula Sinha seeking her intervention to drop the minister from the cabinet. Yesterday, Canacona Police charge-sheeted Tawadkar before a Judicial Magistrate First Class after he allegedly barged into the office of a senior forest officer at Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and forcibly took away two persons who were in custody there on April 27, 2009. He was bookedunder various sections of Indian Penal Code for unlawful assembly, rioting and criminal trespass. NCP State President Jose Philip D?Souza said the cabinet should not have a tainted minister. “He should resign immediately. By keeping him in the cabinet BJP is proving that it is the party with tainted faces,” he said. Goa Forward too has echoed the demand of his removal. “Such a tainted minister cannot continue to be part of the cabinet. Chief Minister should sack the minister if he does not resign on his own,” party spokesman Durgadas Kamat said. AAP has served ultimatum of 15 days for the state government to sack the minister, failing which they have decided to approach Governor with a petition. PTI RPS DK RG BASadvertisementlast_img read more

IIT Kharagpur offers financial assistance to every student based on their needs

first_imgStudents at IIT Kharagpur can take financial assitance from the institute and return it back once they are capable of. Top JEE Advanced scorers can apply for ‘Learn-Earn-Return’ scholarship that gives the recipient Rs 10,000 per month for four years. However, students have to maintain , a CGPA of 9 throughout and take a pledge to give back to the Institute once they are capable to do so.Types of financial assistance IIT Kharagpur, in fact, provides students need-based financial assistance.For all meritorious students whose annual family income is less than Rs 6 lakh, there is tuition waiver or some monthly scholarship, even free mess facility, free hostel and pocket allowance for the underprivileged for some.But financial aid is not denied even to those who come from upper middle class families. The Tower Research Capital India scholarship, for instance, does not take into account the economic criteria at all. Endowment scholarships such as the Ritesh Ranjan Memorial Scholarship, have relaxed the cut-off limit for merit-cum-means scholarships.Since the Institute believes in the all-round development of students, there are also scholarships – such as the Sushma Mukhija Memorial scholarship or the Vinod Gupta Leadership scholarship -that lend take into account students’ participation in sports, and extra-curricular activities. Close to 1,000 students at IIT Kharagpur receive financial assistance from various corporations, foundations and external agencies, all of them targeted at rewarding merit.International internshipsThe Institute however goes one step ahead and offers financial support along with the alumni for participation in international competitions such as Hult Prize, Solvay Business Plan etc. Further, the IIT KGP Foundation USA offers funding for international internships up to an amount of $3000 in order to groom the students for the professional world.advertisementStudents can look forward to financial assistance in research even at the UG level as the Institute aims to inculcate the culture of research early on among students. Besides, there are fellowships for research projects and special grants for incubated entrepreneurship projects.Mentors The perks that students can look forward to at IIT Kharagpur are not merely financial. They are mentored by the IIT KGP alumni, groomed professionally by the Institute for placements and receive invaluable professional experience by being part of student societies which participate in various institutional events and projects. Not surprisingly, students come out with flying colours at national and international meets.Awards While students have won international awards like Honda Young Engineer and Scientist’s (Y-E-S) Award for 2018-19, Best Presentation Award at the Third International Conference on Machine Learning and Soft Computing, sixteen young alumni from the Institute have been featured by Forbes magazine for their 30 under 30 prestigious listing for India and Asia.Pushkar Singh of LetsTransport, a Bangalore-based intra-city logistics company, who recently made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of 2019, said, “Our achievement in large part is also because of the training we received at IIT Kharagpur, its extra-curricular activities and the network we developed in college”.last_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd midfielder Fred: My first ‘clasico’

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Fred: My first ‘clasico’by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred was pleased with his performance against Liverpool.Fred impressed in the 1-1 draw.“Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he told The National.“We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.“We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Block O leader Mr Ohio State rallying the pack for one more

It’s an unusually breezy, cloudy Saturday morning in early September. Tents are lined up in the parking lot of the southwest entrance of Ohio Stadium.It’s the calm before the big storm: the Ohio State football team’s home opener vs. Hawaii.Within hours, the tents are filled with tailgaters covered in scarlet and gray or green and black resembling the team being cheered. Speakers are on, bumping hype music to prepare fans for intense cheering.Among the crowd, opposite the southwest entrance, is 23-year-old red-bowtie-wearing Isaac Oyer, also known as Mr. Ohio State. He acquired the nickname Mr. Ohio State after receiving screen time on national television during the OSU vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl game in January.“People I didn’t even know would message me. The amount of Twitter notifications, text messages and Facebook messages I got from people being like ‘dude you’re all over TV’ was unbelievable,” Oyer said. By 10 a.m on Saturday, Oyer was with his crew of friends joking around before leading his peers into the ‘Shoe for work. His job is more fun than tough. He’s the president of OSU’s Block “O” student section.“I’m in charge of basically the whole organization, making sure everyone is doing their job … and honestly just to make it the best experience we can for our student athletes,” Oyer said.Block “O” is the official student section of OSU athletics. The organization is made up of an executive board and committees for all sports teams.  Being from Springfield, Virginia, and in a brand new element in Columbus, Julia Schwabenbauer, a third-year in business, said Block “O” helped her get accustomed to life at OSU.“I didn’t know a lot of people coming from out of state, but standing in Block “O” I felt super-connected to the school,” Schwabenbauer said. “I became friends with everyone around me. It felt like home.”Becoming the president of Block “O” was unexpected for Oyer. With no family ties to OSU, he didn’t pay attention to Buckeye sports teams, nor did he ever see sports in his future, despite being a three-sport athlete in high school.“I actually wasn’t an Ohio State fan growing up in Columbus. Neither of my parents went to Ohio State. After coming here, I don’t know, Buckeye Nation takes over you,” Oyer said.He said his plan was always to attend OSU to get a degree in engineering so he could follow in his father’s footsteps, but his plan didn’t go accordingly.  “I wasn’t really doing well with my chemical engineering and chemistry classes. I was really struggling. (My) GPA was super low,” Oyer said.   After struggling with his then-major, he did some thinking as to where he’d want to end up later in life.“I never thought sports would be a thing, and even being in Block “O,” heavily involved in Block “O,” I never thought of sports. And then after struggling with engineering for so long and being into sports as I am, it clicked,” he said.Things clicked for Oyer when he realized he should get involved in the sports world. Step one, he said, was to change majors from engineering to classics as a way to have an easier courseload. The next step was to focus on Block “O” and gain experience with internships to get real-world experiences.“I knew a lot of people from the Blue Jackets, like in their front office, from playing hockey when I was like 5 or 6 years old … so I reached out to them and set up a meeting and kind of got me an internship with the Blue Jackets,” Oyer said.Michelle Bucklew, marketing director for Block “O,” said she sees excitement through her friend Oyer.“Obviously he gets a lot of TV time, but if you ever see him on TV, you know he’s excited about Ohio State, his job and what he’s doing,” said Bucklew, a fourth-year in marketing.Though Oyer is always in the frontlines leading the pack to cheer for OSU athletics, Bucklew said he has not yet joined the superfan ranks attained by fans such as “The Big Nut” and “Buck-I-Guy.”“I think he created an image for himself the last year or so, but I don’t know if it’s superfan material,” Bucklew said.All in all, Oyer said things have come full circle from his time as a high-school sophomore aspiring to be a general manager for a sports team to now.“It’s just nice doing something that I love,” he said. Block O president Isaac Oyer, also known by his nickname ‘Mr. Ohio State’, before OSU’s home opener against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State relying on support for Kaleb Wesson in the

Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) and sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) defend against a member of South Carolina State’s basketball team during the first half of the game on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 89-61. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorIn Chris Holtmann’s first season as the head coach at Ohio State, he had Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate to rely on in the paint. Both players provided different styles offensively — Tate being the bruising, layup player down low and Bates-Diop having the ability to pull up, showing some production behind the 3-point line.However, both provided the size needed defensively to be a presence in the post, with Bates-Diop and Tate each averaging more than six rebounds per game in their final season with the Buckeyes. For much of the 2018-19 season, both offensive roles and tha major defensive post role has shrunk from two players to one: sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson. He leads the team in points, averaging 16.2 per game while only increasing his average time played by 3.8 minutes. His attempts from inside the 2-point line have increased to 7.8 per game, connecting on 58.4 percent. He’s increased his willingness to shoot from deep, averaging 2.1 attempts from 3 and connecting on 32.4 percent, a 13.24 percent increase from his freshman season. He’s a force in the paint as well, exceeding both his offensive and defensive rebound totals to two more per game than he averaged a season ago. Wesson is Ohio State’s main game plan and target. And it’s something that other teams are very aware of. “It’s also tough when there is a lot of teams that will post trap and double and stuff like that,” sophomore forward Kyle Young said. Post presence was something that Holtmann wanted and expected to carry over into his second season, despite the decrease in team size with the absence of Tate and Bates-Diop. But this is a job for more than one player. “We have to continue to grow that aspect of our guys’ games,” Holtmann said. “Andre is a guy that has shown an ability to do that, as has Kyle at times, not really something that Kyle has ever done, but he’s shown an ability to do it, and [freshman forward Jaedon LeDee]. I think there are multiple guys that we are trying to play through.” Especially in terms of rebounding, no player has come close to the nearly seven rebounds per game Wesson averages. Young, junior forward Andre Wesson and senior guard C.J. Jackson are the closest, averaging more than four per game. Holtmann said Andre Wesson is the next player on the roster expected to have a post presence, averaging career highs in both offensive and defensive rebounding this season. But when Kaleb Wesson has gone to the bench early on in the past few games due to foul trouble, Young has been the one who has stepped up, providing a consistent presence down low, especially offensively. In five Big Ten games, including four starts, the sophomore forward has only averaged 7.2 points per game, but has made 17 of 21 shot attempts from the field, an 81 percent success rate that is leaps and bounds better than anyone on the roster not named redshirt junior guard Danny Hummer, who had connected on the only shot he has attempted. Young has also made an impact on the boards, finishing second behind Kaleb Wesson with 4.6 rebounds against conference opponents. However, 10 of his 23 total rebounds against the Big Ten have been offensive boards. Young said he and Kaleb Wesson have developed a good relationship, coming into Ohio State in the same recruiting class. He said they have developed chemistry and have developed a better connection the more he got to know him both on and off the court. Now Young’s focus is on taking advantage of extending Ohio State’s presence in the paint, not leaving it only to one man. “I think we can continue to be more tough and physical, utilizing that game more inside, maybe looking to get to a move first instead of just getting it in and passing it out right away,” Young said. “We just need to keep working on it every day and it will get better.” read more

Lopetegui will be a great coach for Real Madrid – Isco

first_imgSpain ace Isco is excited over Real Madrid’s appointment of former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui as the new manager.Lopetegui was fired for accepting the appointment without adequate information to the Spain football governing body last week just a day before the World Cup began but while the situation has seen some criticism of Lopetegui, Isco says he’s happy to see the former national coach take charge of the European champions.“He’s a coach who I’ve known for many years; we worked together right the way up the Spain set-up. He’s given me confidence when I haven’t been enjoying a central role at my club, and he’s a great coach,” he told a press conference on Monday via Goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.He also stressed that even though Spain have not won their opening game at a World Cup since 2006, they will look for improvements in their upcoming matches in Group B against Iran and Morocco. He also believes last week’s incidents have brought the squad closer together.“This team has so much heart, pride and desire to do well,” he added. “When the tough gets going, we rise to the challenge. We were dealt a setback and the team got on with it.“Even when we conceded a goal in the third minute [against Portugal] we refused to go under. This team never gives up.”last_img read more

Instability in media to be over soon Minister

first_imgHasan MahmudInformation minister Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said the instability in the media, especially in TV channels, over the insecurity of journalists’ jobs will be over soon as the government is taking various steps in this regard, reports UNB.”Since the prime minister has given me the charge of this [information] ministry, I have been working for ensuring the security of journalists and their jobs so that they can work independently. I’m putting in my best efforts to this end,” he said.The minister further said, “I’ll be able to do many things, if I get your (journalists’) cooperation. I’ve started working on some issues, especially ensuring your job security. If I can successfully do it, the current instability in the media, mainly in TV stations, will be over.”Hasan Mahmud came up with the remarks while speaking at an iftar mahfil arranged by Chittagong Division Journalists’ Forum, Dhaka (CDJFD) at the National Press Club.He said their ministry is also working for changing the Terms of Reference (ToR) of Journalist Welfare Trust to extend the areas of assistance.Mentioning that the number of newspapers, TVs and online portals has increased exponentially in the country, the minister said it is necessary to maintain the professional skills and excellence of journalists with the expansion of the media sector.Hasan Mahmud sought cooperation of journalists’ forums, including Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and the National Press Club, in resolving the existing problems in the media sector.Former railways minister Mujibul Haque, prime minister’s special assistant lawyer Biplab Barua, Press Council chairman justice Mohammed Mumtaz Uddin Ahmed, Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) director general Zafar Wazed, Press Club senior vice president Omar Farroque, DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury and CDJFD president Mahmudur Rahman Khokon, secretary general Shahinul Islam Chowdhury, former DUJ general secretaries Quddus Afrad, Kazi Rafique, Jatiya Grantha Kendra director Minar Mansur and senior journalists were present at the event.last_img read more

David Copperfield Voices Support For MeToo After Accusation

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @C64_endingsCopperfield has declared his support for the Me Too movement in a lengthy statement online in the wake of new allegations of misconduct.Magician David Copperfield has declared his support for the Me Too movement in a lengthy statement online in the wake of an allegation of sexual misconduct.Copperfield says in a Twitter post Wednesday that he has been falsely accused in the past, and that even as he must “weather another storm, I want the movement to continue to flourish.”pic.twitter.com/1LjIBYa9rP— David Copperfield (@D_Copperfield) January 24, 2018The entertainment news site TheWrap.com published accounts this week from a woman who claims Copperfield drugged and assaulted her decades ago when she was a 17-year-old aspiring model.Copperfield’s statement makes reference to a since-debunked allegation of sexual misconduct made against him by a different woman in 2007. She was later charged with prostitution and making false claims of sexual abuse by another man.He says he initially did not want to draw attention to that previous case because “false accusers can negatively impact the believability of others and are a true disservice to those who have been victims of sexual misconduct.”The 61-year-old Copperfield does not address the new accusations directly, but says in his statement to “always listen, and consider everything carefully, but please for everyone’s sake don’t rush to judgment.”David Copperfield Accused of Drugging, Assaulting 17-Year-Old Model in 1988 https://t.co/1I5dQRPzOi pic.twitter.com/qqRRGNWxv2— TheWrap (@TheWrap) January 25, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

WuakiTV dubbed the Spanish Netflix plans to l

first_imgWuaki.TV, dubbed the ‘Spanish Netflix’, plans to launch across all major European territories, according to founder and CEO Jacinto Roca, the company’s founder and CEO.The platform, which is owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, is already in talks with content providers ahead of rolling out in new territories.Roca was speaking about Wuaki.TV at BBC Worldwide’s Showcase event. In response to a question from DTVE sister title TBI about its international ambitions, he said: “Rakuten aims to be one of the top internet companies in the world and as part of that vision [Wuaki.TV] will have a presence in the key European countries.”He did not specify where the service, which offers subscription and transaction-based services, would roll out first, but said it will be in the main European markets within the next three to four years.“We haven’t decided exactly when and where yet, but we are in conversations with the studios in key markets.”Rakuten has been aggressively acquiring and investing in media and entertainment companies. The e-commerce giant has recently acquired e-retailers Play.com in the UK, Priceminister in France and Ikeda in Brazil, as well as the Kobo e-book business. It has also invested US$100 million (€76 million) in photo-sharing website Pinterest.“Rakuten is on the offensive,” Roca said. “Wuaki.TV is the video component of what they are building outside Japan. We will target Play.com users in the UK and do the same with Kobo users. In both cases members will be able to use their existing username and password for Wuaki.TV.”Spain, Wuaki.TV’s domestic market, has one of the highest levels of illegal downloading of content anywhere and Roca said that the service he runs aims to “make content appealing for people who don’t consume content in the normal way”.He added: “We’re focused on premium content, but for people that don’t want to pay a high subscription, have a price-sensitive approach and are maybe not interested in sport.”Rakuten acquired Wuaki.TV last year at which time Roca said the deal would clear the way for the service to expand. in Spain, it has content deals in place with partners including Disney, Fox, NBC Universal, Warner Bros.last_img read more