Crime Branch to probe elephants’ deaths

first_imgChief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday ordered a Crime Branch probe into the electrocution of seven elephants in Dhenkanal district. Expressing concerns over the incident, Mr. Patnaik directed that appropriate action be taken in case of any criminal negligence.Subsequently, a team of the Crime Branch visited Kamalanga village in Dhenkanal where seven elephants had died after coming in contact with sagging live 11 kV electric wire on Saturday.“We have already constituted a probe team under the leadership of CID Superintendent of Police Madhkar Sandeep Sampat. He would personally supervise the case. The probe would detect lapses that led to such a tragic incident,” said Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, Additional Director General (Crime Branch).Meanwhile, the State Forest and Environment department on Sunday filed a complaint against five executives of CESU, the power distribution company, at the Kantabania police station under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Naresh Patnaik, the CESU’s circle manager of Dhenkanal, Nihar Panigrahi, executive engineer, and Artatran Nayak, assistant engineer, have been named in the complaint.CESU blamed State’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy had squarely blamed the CESU for the death of the elephants.“Due to non-rectification of sagging electric lines and non-cabling of transmission lines, the accident has occurred, claiming the lives of seven elephants in Meramundali section of the Dhenkanal forest division,” he said.The Divisional Forest Officer of Dhenkanal in November last year had written to the executive engineer of CESU to rectify sagging overhead transmission line of 11 kV from Kamalanga to Kalitalia of Meramundali section. But it was not rectified. As a result, the live wire were found sagging at a height of seven to eight feet.According to Ranjit Patnaik, a wildlife researcher, Indian Electricity Rules, 1955, mandates testing of all apparatus, cables and supply lines periodically. The same was decided at a number of coordination meetings between forest and energy departments. However, RTI information about inspection of power lines for the period from April 1, 2011 to December 15, 2016 (nearly six years) revealed no inspections, said Mr. Patnaik.last_img read more

Cardiff ODI: India lose 2 quick wickets against England

first_imgIndia on Wednesday lost two quick wickets against England in Cardiff.Earlier, England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and invited India to bat first in the second cricket ODI at Sophia Gardens.The first match of the five-ODIs series was washed out at Bristol.Opening batsman Alex Hales will make his debut for the hosts in Wednesday’s match.Teams:England: Alastair Cook (C), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell and James AndersonIndia: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma.last_img read more

Man Utd January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Mourinho hopes for new Fellaini deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:53 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up Mourinho hopes for new Fellaini dealManchester United remain hopeful that Marouane Fellaini will sign a new contract, with Jose Mourinho eager to keep the versatile Belgian.The 30-year-old midfielder has entered the final six months of his current deal , meaning that he is free to speak with any interested parties outside of England.Galatasaray, Besiktas and Paris Saint-Germain have been mentioned as possible suitors of Fellaini. 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Cristante keeps Man Utd door openBryan Cristante - AtalantaOn-loan Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante has refused to rule out a summer move to the Premier League amid talk of interest from Manchester United.The 23-year-old has emerged as one the most promising talents in Italian football, with a senior international debut made in October 2017, and has previously expressed a desire to test himself in England.Read the full story on Goal. Man Utd & Barca monitor Monaco prospectJose Mourinho Manchester UnitedManchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona are among the clubs monitoring Monaco prospect Benoit Badiashile, according to Foot Mercato .The Red Devils are said to have already made an offer last summer for the 16-year-old centre-back, who has also drawn interest from Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.Red Devils lead Vidal huntArturo Vidal Bayern 2017Manchester United currently lead the chase for Bayern Munich midfielder and are expected to do a deal in the summer, reports Bild .Chelsea have long been linked with the Chile international, but the Red Devils have now joined the chase and surged to the front of the queue.Bayern are prepared to part with the 30-year-old in the next window as they are set to welcome Leon Goretzka onto their books.Mourinho wants one moreJose Mourinho Manchester United 2017Jose Mourinho is eager to complete one more deal before the January deadline passes, according to The Transfer Window Podcast .The Red Devils have acquired Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal during the winter window, but they remain keen on bringing in another midfielder.Lucas travels to London complete Spurs moveLucas Moura PSGParis Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura is travelling to London to complete a £25 million move to Tottenham, Goal understands.The winger is not in PSG boss Unai Emery’s plans, with the manager telling the attacker to find a new club due to lack of available playing time.While Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked to Lucas, Lucas is headed to London to undergo a medical at Spurs that will take place Tuesday.Read the full story on Goal! Man Utd won’t block Ibra exitZlatan Ibrahimovic, Man UtdJose Mourinho will not prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from leaving Manchester United if the Swedish striker expresses a desire to move on.The 36-year-old frontman has struggled to fully recover from knee ligament surgery since linking back up with the Red Devils.He is now being heavily linked with MLS side the LA Galaxy and Jose Mourinho will clear the path for a move if he wishes to head to America.Read the full story on Goal. No Man Utd exit thoughts for MataJuan Mata Manchester UnitedJuan Mata is happy at Manchester United and is not thinking about leaving the club following the signing of Alexis Sanchez.The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to Valencia, but United are expected to trigger a one-year option in his deal.Read the full story on Goal right here! Ibrahimovic nears Galaxy moveZlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester UnitedThe LA Galaxy are closing in on a move for Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to ESPN FC .United’s recent addition of Alexis Sanchez has further limited Ibrahimovic’s prospects for playing time, opening up the possibility that the Sweden international will head to MLS.The Galaxy reportedly would not use one of their big-money designated player slots on Ibrahimovic, whose salary could be augmented by sponsors or other outside sources.Gala consider new Fellaini approachMarouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedGalatasaray could come back in for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini before the close of the transfer window, reports the Manchester Evening News .Badou Ndiaye could be on his way out of the Turkish club after the Stoke City target was left out of Galatasaray’s squad to face Osmanlispor on Sunday.If Ndiaye leaves, then Galatasaray are reportedly ready to make a fresh approach for Fellaini, who is out of contract at United at the end of the season.last_img read more

Rep Griffin urges governor to revise reissue plans for DEQ water safety

first_img19Feb Rep. Griffin urges governor to revise, reissue plans for DEQ, water safety State Rep. Beth Griffin today called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to revise a previous plan and issue another executive order reorganizing the Michigan Department ofEnvironmental Quality in an effort to expand environmental protections, increase access to safe and clean drinking water, and improve the health and safety of Michigan’s citizens.Griffin, of Mattawan, said the Legislature recently rejected an executive order reorganizing the department because a portion of the order overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature.“The new governor’s decision to eliminate three legislatively established commissions was an overreach of executive authority. The Legislature had a duty to act in its constitutional role as a check on the executive branch,” Griffin said. “I believe that same executive order also included many good ideas for Michigan, but because the Legislature does not have the power to edit individual lines of an executive order it had to be rejected in its entirety.”The review commissions the governor’s executive order would have abolished were put into law last year to give citizens a much-needed voice in the rule-making process, increasing the transparency and accountability of the DEQ. Prior to the creation of review commissions, citizens and small businesses had no recourse to appeal new rules made by the DEQ and were stuck with the consequences, unless they decided to pursue costly and time-consuming appeals through the courts.Griffin’s resolution calls on the governor to submit a new and revised executive order that does not include the elimination of these committees.“I’m committed to safeguarding the health and safety of Michigan families by protecting the environment and improving access to safe, clean drinking water,” Griffin said. “I’m asking the Governor to resubmit the Executive Order without elimination of the review commissions that were established by law. I’m confident we will find a lot of common ground if we work together on responsible reforms to protect and improve our water resources for all Michigan families.”House Resolution 26 has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.### Categories: Griffin Newslast_img read more

Neelie Kroes EU vicepresident Neelie Kroes has fi

first_imgNeelie KroesEU vice-president Neelie Kroes has firmed up her proposals for a single market in telecom services and reiterated that a package will be introduced in September. Kroes said that the economic boost from a single telecommunications market could be as high as €110 billion a year and that the broadband business could create two million jobs in Europe. She said action was need now and rejected the longer term option, proposed by French MEP Catherine Trautman, of a comprehensive review of the sector that she said could take up to five years to complete.Speaking at an ITRE committee meeting in the European parliament, Kroes said that it is essential that operators should be able to operate anywhere in Europe within an EU-wide framework of rules.“It must be easier to communicate across borders. Without operators facing a tangle of different, incompatible rules. If you’re allowed to operate anywhere in Europe – authorised within an EU framework — then you should be able to operate everywhere in the EU,” said Kroes. “And I don’t just mean ‘possible’: but straightforward in practice. Like a single authorisation system with supervision by the home member state.”She said it was important to develop consistent ways for service providers to access fixed networks by standardizing ‘virtual bitstream’-type products and guaranteeing quality for interconnection services. Spectrum bands also need more consistent licence conditions, she said, with harmonisation of spectrum allocation across the EU.Kroes said the package would include a guarantee of network neutrality. “Blocking or throttling services isn’t just unfair and annoying for users – it’s a death sentence for innovators too. So I will guarantee net neutrality. With more transparency, so you know what’s in your contract. Making it easier to switch providers. Allowing the new premium services which so many new services rely on – from cloud computing to eHealth. And I will end anticompetitive blocking and throttling, for every citizen, on every network, on every device. Internet growth depends on openness and innovation: I will provide an absolute safeguard,” she said.Kroes also reiterated her commitment to bring roaming charges to an end, stating that European calls should not count as costly “international calls”. However, she said that the creation of the single market would itself end roaming surcharges by bringing competitive pressure of operators to bring down prices.last_img read more