Madonna Names Katy Perry As January Guest Curator For Art For Freedom‏

first_imgMadonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January.Madonna Names Katy Perry As Guest Curator for Art for FreedomKaty will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via artforfreedom.com and its social media platforms.“Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard‎,” said Madonna. “Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you.”“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Katy Perry. “Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Katy Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December.Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.last_img read more

England Can Get Even Better And It Will Need To

When Eric Dier drove his penalty kick just past the outstretched fingers of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and into the back of the net, he broke a 22-year English streak of losing on penalty kicks. The obvious question now is whether England can break a far more important streak that’s lasted even longer: 52 years without winning a World Cup.While every team in the quarterfinals has a nonzero chance of lifting the cup, this question presses on England particularly for two reasons. First, England got a massively fortunate draw. The two powerhouse teams remaining in the tournament, Brazil and France, are both on the opposite side of the bracket. Spain was supposed to block England’s path to the final, but it lost on penalties to Russia. This leaves just Sweden and either Croatia or Russia standing in the way of The Three Lions.And second, it’s not like England had to knock off the world’s best to get here. Drawn into a group with Tunisia and Panama as well as Belgium, England was hugely favored to reach the knockouts. Colombia as a round of 16 draw was difficult on paper, but the absence of superstar James Rodriguez meant that even this match was not against a true equal.According to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index as a measure of the quality of competition,1We used the pre-tournament SPI ratings. Uruguay and Belgium have had the lightest schedule, but each would likely have to get through both Brazil and France to make the final. England has faced the third weakest set of opponents to date, and its run to the final is projected as the second easiest of all the remaining contenders, ever so slightly behind Croatia.2Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. These probabilities were taken before the start of play Friday. England’s easy road will remain easyThe eight World Cup quarterfinalists by average SPI of tournament opponents so far and a weighted average of potential future opponents TeamAvg. Opponents’ SPI so farFuture Opponents’ SPI* Wilfried Zaha0.280.56+0.28 Kylian Mbappe0.770.97+0.20 Expected Goals & Assists Per 90 min. Harry Kane0.640.86+0.23 Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. France74.082.8 England’s two breakout starsPlayers under age 27 in the big five European leagues who showed the most improvement from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons to 2017-18 in expected goals plus assists Belgium67.885.3 2015-172017-18Difference Russia71.282.6 England70.579.2 The big five are the Premier League (England), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Opta Sports Mohamed Salah0.721.10+0.38 Raheem Sterling0.600.90+0.31 Willian Jose0.360.58+0.22 Lucas Ocampos0.370.56+0.19 Croatia74.879.2 As manager Gareth Southgate has said, this success in set plays does reflect effective attacking play, forcing opposition teams to give up fouls in dangerous areas. In other words, England is doing a good job of progressing the ball into the final third, and the team is being rewarded with set piece opportunities.However, these tactics do not suit one of England’s best players. England isn’t a legitimate World Cup contender simply because Harry Kane happened. At the same time that Kane was developing into one of soccer’s best pure strikers for Tottenham, Raheem Sterling was making the leap at Manchester City and becoming an elite inside forward. But it’s not just luck for England. As Bobby Gardiner highlighted for FiveThirtyEight, England has developed a legitimately good team with a coherent tactical identity based on pressing immediately after a turnover to win back the ball in dangerous areas.As Gardiner outlined, this tactic was developed in part because most of England’s players ply their trade at some of the highest-pressing sides in the world. But that’s not the only reason: England also lacks a proper creative midfielder. None of the top 30 ball progressors in the big five leagues is English, and the 31st, Jack Wilshere, did not make the squad.The hope is that by forcing turnovers, England can get the ball in advanced positions without asking less expansive passers like Dier or Jordan Henderson to provide progression from deep areas.So far the results have been mixed. England was dominant against Tunisia and created a number of clear chances from open play. But against Panama, Belgium and Colombia, England relied primarily on set plays to get chances. So far in the World Cup, according to data analytics firm Opta Sports, England has 30 shots from set plays, the most in the tournament — Spain is second with 28. Where England has particularly excelled is in winning fouls in dangerous areas to get shots from free kicks, either with direct attempts on goal or designed set plays. The Three Lions’ 17 shots from free kicks are by far the most at the World Cup, with Spain and Argentina trailing at 12. Neymar0.991.19+0.20 Sweden76.282.9 Son Heung-min0.490.71+0.22 Uruguay66.985.4 Florian Thauvin0.460.76+0.29 Brazil73.282.8 The incredible season that Mo Salah had for Liverpool somewhat obscured Sterling’s massive improvement in production — 22 goals and 12 assists in a little over 3,000 minutes in the Premier League and the Champions League. But set pieces aren’t Sterling’s game. While Kane attempted 26 headed shots last season in the Premier League, Sterling attempted just one. Sterling excels at receiving balls at his feet — he was second in the league in progressive passes received with 6.5.Though England’s set plays have been good for Kane — as his two goals against Tunisia demonstrated — they’ve done nothing for Sterling, who has no goals and just one assist in his three games played. The best way to get Sterling involved would be to develop an open-play strategy for getting the ball into the penalty area and allowing him to create. So long as England depends on set plays, the team sidelines one of its most dangerous attackers.The Three Lions have made it this far through an easy draw with the press and set play plan. But if England intends on defeating a superpower like Brazil or France and lifting the cup, it will need both of its forwards in the game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. read more

Works Minister orders removal of persons from BPL involved in 4M theft

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22nd 2017: Works Minister Desmond Bannister has ordered the termination of employees allegedly involved in millions of dollars stolen at Bahamas Power and Light, BPL. The move comes after revelations show monies stolen have risen to over $4M. The Minister speaking in parliament described it as a cleanup exercise at BPL, as he has authorized the board to do what is necessary.Minister Bannister says the move has nothing to do with politics, but ensuring transparency at the company and protecting taxpayers’ monies. Bannister has added that any person found in wrongdoing will be made to pay, and he confirmed that a forensic audit is currently ongoing at the power company.Reports indicate that four people were suspended last month, while one employee was fired following an uncovering of an ‘elaborate scheme’ allegedly involving forged cheques going to fake companies.The Minister says the matter has been handed over to the Attorney General and the Police.The Minnis administration has vowed to stamp out corruption and stop all bleeding of taxpayer dollars, as audits on state agencies and ministries commenced shortly after entering office six weeks ago. Related Items:center_img #MagneticMediaNews#BannisterOrdersBPLBoardToTerminatePersonsInvolvedInTheft#BPL4MTheftlast_img read more

Sissoko believes Spurs can still win

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur footballer believes the team can still lift the English Premier League trophy this season.Tottenham Hotspur is currently in third place of the English Premier League with 57 points.The team is five points behind second and first place Liverpool and Manchester City respectively with 62 points.And for Spurs Moussa Sissoko, his team can still become the Premier League champions this season.“If people want to talk about Liverpool and Man City then it’s better for us,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“For me, I prefer that. It means we can just do our job. We will fight to the end and anything can happen.”“And, yes, I think we can win the league because we have a good team,” he added.And the 29-year-old is hungry for a trophy.The midfielder started his professional career with Toulouse in 2007, and in 2013 he moved to the EPL for the first time with Newcastle United.It was then in 2016 when he decided to transfer to the Spurs.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“There are 13 games to the end so there are a lot of points left. But each game will be massive and hopefully we can win every one of them,” he commented.“We can see that we are not far from winning something.”“It is only small details that we are missing. What are those small details? I don’t know but we need to find the solution,” he continued.“I think we are capable, we have the team to win, everything is here to win and we just need to keep working and fighting. That is the only way.”The last time the Spurs lifted the First Division trophy was in the 1960-1961 season when they also won the double by earning the FA Cup too.But since then, the last thing they won was the FA Cup in 1990-1991.Moussa is back!💪 @MoussaSissoko 💪#COYS pic.twitter.com/uaQvx5kVux— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2019last_img read more

Neville fears that Pogba may still leave Man United

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville has raised concerns over Paul Pogba’s long-term future at the club.Ever since returning to United in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record transfer of £95m from Juventus, Pogba has been a mere shadow of the player he once was in Italy.But, under caretaker coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pogba appears to have begun consistently delivering the kind of performances that justify his price tag.The French midfielder has delivered nine goals and six assists in 12 appearances and has played a vital role in United’s climb back into the top four of the Premier League along with booking a quarter-final spot in the FA Cup.But Neville is worried that the influence of his agent, Mino Raiola, will have a poisonous effect on Pogba’s long-term future at Old Trafford.“To be bang honest on Pogba, for two years, for £95m he gave United nowhere near enough in terms of performance levels and contribution,” Neville told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“In the last two or three months, he’s playing like the player that, to be fair, was bought for £95m. And he’s an outstanding player when he is playing like he is doing at the moment.“If he plays for Manchester United for the next five years at the levels he’s playing now, there will be no one happier than us two [Neville and fellow pundit Nemanja Vidic] watching him out there because he’s absolutely outstanding.“But in the back of my mind, the problems that we witnessed in the first two years will emanate again at some point. Because I think his agent will be onto him, he’ll be wanting his little move away, he’ll be wanting his next pay-off and that’s my problem with it. His commitment to the club has got to be long-term.“At the moment I love the way he’s playing. He’s brilliant, he’s outstanding. He could tear Liverpool apart on his own today if he makes those runs into the box. But this is only three months of football out of two and a half years, nearly three seasons.“So let’s keep it in balance. If he’s playing like this in two years all of us will be saying wonderful, fantastic things.“My personal view is his agent will be onto him in the next transfer window or two or three and be saying to him ‘come on, we need to get over to there now. I need to get over to there.’ And that’s my worry with him. Can he be trusted for the long term at the club? We trust him at the moment. Can we trust him for the long term?”Paul PogbaLONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)last_img read more

MythBusters The Explosive Exhibition open at the Fleet Science Center

first_imgMythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition open at the Fleet Science Center 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 SettingsDoes toast always land butter-side down? Can you really pull a tablecloth off of a fully set table without disturbing a dish?In MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, visitors learn about myths, the MythBusters themselves and what experimenting is all about by participating in a series of fun, hands-on experiences and live demonstrations.Experiments cover topics such as flight, friction, gravity, speed and combustion. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition opens February 24 through September 3, 2018. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 25, 2018 Dave Scott, February 25, 2018 Dave Scott last_img read more

Best Oscars 2019 memes GagaCooper chemistry Waynes World reunion

first_img Today in the Gemma Chan majestic train chronicles… AND IT HAS POCKETS #Oscar2019 pic.twitter.com/xtIdHJKoot— jen yamato (@jenyamato) February 25, 2019 At least Gemma Chan got pockets on her dress, makes it slightly less hideous.— Hayley MJ (@haymaymj) February 24, 2019 Get a room.— Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans escorting Oscar-winner Regina King onto the stage so she doesn’t trip. Love. pic.twitter.com/z7CYZM5ZjZ— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) February 25, 2019 Can they just retroactively give all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s awards tonight to the first Wayne’s World film?— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) February 25, 2019 “To all of you wondering whether the Oscars stage really does resemble Trump’s hair, you’re not alone. i can’t unsee this!” tweeted Elena Nicolaou. lady gaga and bradley cooper singing the shallows somehow got me pregnant— ziwe (@ziwe) February 25, 2019 Queen, crowned  Aquaman star Jason Momoa also turned heads as he appeared with wife Lisa Bonet and, for some reason, a hair scrunchie as a bracelet. Something major just happened. After “Shallow” perf, @ladygaga & Bradley Cooper exited stage for commercial break. During break, they came back to their seats from stage then audience gave them another standing o. I’ve never seen that happen for any performers. Cue embrace#Oscars pic.twitter.com/k9wNh66tn1— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 25, 2019 Did the Academy Awards stage look a little familiar? Maybe a bit presidential? The swooping gold elements outlining the stage reminded some social media users of President Donald Trump’s hairstyle. I’m sorry, but Emma Stone’s dress looks like an order of waffles with butter and syrup. #oscars @IHOP pic.twitter.com/NAugJU9KoG— Brian Centrone (@BrianCentrone) February 25, 2019 Turns out the pair got more than one standing ovation.  Wowwwwww, wait a second, are they in love? They’re so totally in love, OMG— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) February 25, 2019 Adam Lambert and Queen kick off the #Oscars, ensuring the Glenn Close is sufficiently rocked pic.twitter.com/6cPiChEayU— Asha Kodithuwakku (@AshaKodi) February 25, 2019 “Keenan just Trump’d his Umbrella,” joked Harry Knowles. The president also nudged back into Oscar memes when Keegan-Michael Key flew down from the ceiling like Mary Poppins, then tossed his prop umbrella aside because it couldn’t be closed. The scene reminded some of the president leaving an open umbrella outside Air Force One last fall. Women often complain about how their dresses don’t offer pockets, but Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan even had pockets in her amazing fuchsia gown, and fashion fans had opinions. Some loved it, but one Twitter user noted, “At least Gemma Chan got pockets on her dress, makes it slightly less hideous.” Trump, and his hair  Wayne’s World! Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent! The Academy featured a flashback to 1992 when Mike Myers and Dana Carvey took the stage and delivered some classic catchphrases from that comedy hit. The tie-in, of course, was the Wayne’s World scene where they headbang to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody while riding around in a car.  Billy Porter dressed for the 3019 Oscars. Idk what 2019 folk gonna do.😆🖤✨— 🆃🆁🆄🅳🆈 (@thetrudz) February 24, 2019 Porter wore a Christian Siriano black velvet outfit styled like a tuxedo on the top half and a wide-skirted gown on the bottom half. “Billy Porter dressed for the 3019 Oscars,” cracked one Twitter user.  I can’t be the only one that thinks the Oscars stage looks like @realDonaldTrump hair? @TheAcademy #Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/Xcj6S7FZzo— Evan Golden (@Golden_TV) February 25, 2019 Billy Porter’s look for the #Oscars2019 just gets more iconic the more you look at it. Stab me in the eyes because honestly I never need to see a single red carpet look again after this. Complete and total perfection. pic.twitter.com/n6YKgb1Agw— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) February 24, 2019 Looks like a nun from Gone With the Wind— JenniferAnn (@Jennife52397195) February 24, 2019 “I want to find someone that looks at me the way Lady Gaga looks at Bradley Cooper,” wrote one Twitter user. Tuxedos and gowns are common attire at the Academy Awards, but actor and singer Billy Porter managed to combine both.  The look definitely had a Gone with the Wind vibe, with hints of both Scarlett O’Hara and her love Rhett Butler. Courteous Captain  Mirror mirror on J Lo, who’s the fairest of them all? #Oscars https://t.co/2kif3EWSTF— Camach-a-fella (@Camachafella) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans can’t resist acting like ever-courteous Captain America, even at the Academy Awards. Regina King won the Oscar for best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk on Sunday night, and also won the arm of Cap helping her safely onto the stage. Some fans swooned. Life seemed to imitate film at Sunday’s Academy Awards when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who played a romantic duo in A Star is Born, steamed up the stage while singing Shallow, the song from that film that won the best-song Oscar.  Keegan descending with that umbrella…#Oscars pic.twitter.com/E4gEFPMUs1— Annelisa J. Purdie 🐏 📜 🌾 (@RosyShepherdess) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans escorting the queen, Regina King, up the stairs was exactly what we needed to start the #Oscars ! pic.twitter.com/pYbR7ekunY— Lorraine Cink 🌈 (@lorrainecink) February 25, 2019 I want to find somone that looks at me the way Lady Gaga looks at Bradley Cooper pic.twitter.com/O8BOiO5NXB— Doña Mónica🇲🇽🌹 (@MoniCurlsCastro) February 25, 2019 I can’t be the only one saying this, but the red Oscars in the background look like Melania’s Christmas trees and the stage looks like Trump’s hair. #Oscar pic.twitter.com/EmuoICsNFv— Tom Piechura (@tompiechura) February 25, 2019 Fashion police, on duty  Return of Wayne and Garth   “Wayne’s World” is ten times the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” is.— Brian Schmid (@SchmanthonyP) February 25, 2019 It’s 27 years overdue but Wayne’s World should’ve been nominated for an oscar— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 25, 2019 Post a comment to all of you wondering whether the oscar’s stage really does resemble trump’s hair, you’re not alone. i can’t unsee this! https://t.co/Jh5bXo6Sd7— Elena Nicolaou (@elenawonders) February 25, 2019 Share your voice Billy Porter: Rhett, where will I go? What shall I do?Also Billy Porter *switching sides*: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. https://t.co/QMNSkJZQDZ— Lukas (@Ginger4TheDucks) February 24, 2019 A coordinated pink velvet scrunchie.— KirstennotKristen (@LettersK) February 25, 2019 Seeing Wayne and Garth back together delighted nostalgic fans — many of whom aren’t fans of the Oscar-nominated Queen biopic. Wrote critic Alan Sepinwall, “Can they just retroactively give all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s awards tonight to the first Wayne’s World film?” While Emma Stone’s gown reminded some of waffles and butter, and some of a meatier meal. And Jennifer Lopez’s gown did it with mirrors. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre Sunday.  Getty Images 0 Keenan just Trump’d his Umbrella pic.twitter.com/tvvdzryNYc— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) February 25, 2019 Me going to my prom, my wedding and my funeral at the same time. #Oscars #BillyPorter #Oscar2019 pic.twitter.com/XtIW7H7gmk— cosita (@GheraldTaylor) February 24, 2019 Regina King wins an Oscar AND gets helped to the stage by a velvet-jacketed Chris Evans?! WHAT A NIGHT! – J #oscars— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) February 25, 2019 After all the controversy about the show not having a host, turns out they maybe don’t need one. Instead the awards show started off with Queen and Adam Lambert, and fans rocked out. Adam Lambert and Queen just did one of the best openers for the #Oscars I’ve seen in a long time. pic.twitter.com/JAncGGhiZq— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 25, 2019 Who wore it better? #Oscars #EmmaStone pic.twitter.com/nR5S4n5kz4— Madison (@mgilmore8) February 25, 2019 me with my Duane Reade umbrella that won’t close when i get on the subway #Oscars pic.twitter.com/6RPluGh3K1— Meg Lewis (@_meglew) February 25, 2019 The best part is Momoa is totally wearing a scrunchie on his wrist. #oscars pic.twitter.com/F2xFF07X4g— Ani Bundel (@anibundel) February 25, 2019 wait they cut away just as they were about to make out #oscars— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) February 25, 2019 Tags TV and Movieslast_img read more

Elon Musk SpaceX Starhopper lifts off a little bit

first_img Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Starhopper is undergoing tests with a single Raptor engine attached underneath it at SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The hopper first fired up on April 3. The tethered prototype isn’t meant to reach space. Musk’s declaration that Starhopper hit the end of its tether indicates the second hop was likely higher than the first. Space aficionados are on the ground in Boca Chica watching the test hops from afar and discussing them on the NASASpaceFlight.com forum. The site posted another look at the hop from outside the road blocks around the facility. Post a comment 16 Photos 0 Enlarge ImageSpaceX’s Starship hopper originally had a nose, which is currently not on the prototype. SpaceX SpaceX isn’t wasting any time between tests of its prototype Starship “hopper,” now known as the Starhopper. Founder Elon Musk shared some fresh fiery test footage this weekend, declaring that “Starhopper just lifted off and hit tether limits!” Sci-Techcenter_img Starhopper just lifted off & hit tether limits! pic.twitter.com/eByJsq2jiw— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 6, 2019 Share your voice Tags SpaceX is developing Starship with the goal of getting humans off this rock and some day around the moon and all the way to Mars. Musk already set an ambitious timeline for launching a Starship full of artists around our lunar neighbor in 2023.The tethered rocket engine tests are important, but just a hint of what could come. Starship itself should end up sporting seven Raptor engines, but it’s also meant to be paired with a SpaceX Super Heavy rocket, which could use up to 31. That would be a big show. Elon Musk Space SpaceXlast_img read more

Budget 2016 FM Arun Jaitleys nine pillars to tranform India

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s key ministers are in “transformation mode”, so to speak. First, it was Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who talked last Thursday while presenting the Railway Budget for FY2017 of seven missions to transform the world’s fourth-largest rail network.On Monday, it was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s turn, as he laid out the broad contours for Budget 2016-17, which he said were meant to “transform India” next fiscal. The all-encompassing nine pillars covered almost everything under the sun â€” from agriculture, social sector spending, education and infra spending, to financial sector reforms, tax reforms and fiscal discipline. AgricultureAllocation for farmers’ welfare was set at Rs 35,984 crore. A long-term irrigation fund will be set up with an initial corpus of Rs 20,000 crore. In case of crop loss, farmers will be compensated with nominal premium and the highest ever compensation under the PM’s Crop Insurance Scheme (PM Fasal Bima Yojana).Rural thrust Allocation to the PM’s Rural Roads Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana) will be increased to Rs 19,000 crore. Grants to gram panchayats will see a quantum jump of 228 percent in accordance with FFC recommendations. A 100 villages will be electrified by May 1, 2018. In totality, Rs 87,765 crore will be spent on rural development in FY2017.Social-sector spending A new healthcare scheme will provide health cover of up to Rs 1 lakh per family. Senior citizens will get additional healthcare cover of up to Rs 30,000. Besides, 300 generic drug stores will be opened.Education, skills, and job creation A new scheme of Rs 500 crore has been launched to promote ventures by ST/SC communities. Ten educational institutions in public and private sector each will be made world-class. A digital literacy scheme will be launched to cover rural households. The main objective will be to skill 1 core youths under the PM Kaushal-Vikas Yojana.Infrastructure and investmentThe total infrastructre outlay for FY2016-17 now stands at Rs 2,21,246 crore. For development of highways, Rs 55,000 crore has been allocated.Financial sector reformsThe biggest reform announced in the budget is the amendment to the Reserve Bank of India Act to “provide statutory basis for a Monetary Policy Framework and a Monetary Policy Committee through the Finance Bill 2016.” Besides, Jaitley also proposed to set up  a Financial Data Management Centre under the Financial Stability Development Council to “facilitate integrated data aggregation and analysis in the financial sector.”Tax reforms for easier complianceThe ceiling of income tax rebate under Section 87A for taxpayers up to Rs 5 lakh annual income will be raised to Rs 5,000 from Rs 2,000. This would benefit approximately 1 crore tax payers. Deduction under HRA will be raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000 per annum. The other two pillars as articulated by Jaitley include fiscal discipline and ease of doing business.last_img read more

CJ quits for his corruption Law Minister

first_imgLaw minister Anisul Huq. File photoLaw minister Anisul Huq on Sunday said it was corruption that prompted chief justice Surenda Kumar Sinha to step down from his post.“The chief justice resigned as other judges refused to sit with him following 11 charges he is facing,” he said.The minister was addressing a programme at Taltala village in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria district after the inauguration of electrification of several villages, reports UNB.The minister claimed that SK Sinha had got angered when he told him that the Constitution is the supreme law.Mentioning that the next general election will be held in December next in a free and fair manner, he said Awami League will return to power.“No one will be allowed to create any chaos. Any attempt to foil the election will be dealt with an iron hand,” he added.last_img read more