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first_imgNew Delhi: After Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi is the third prime minister of the country who has been able to retain power for a second term with full majority in Lok Sabha.As counting goes on across the country on Thursday, trends show the Modi-led BJP would be easily able to cross the halfway mark of 272 seats in the 17th Lok Sabha elections. In 2014, the BJP had won 282 seats out of total 543 in Lok Sabha. Jawaharlal Nehru won around three-fourth of the Lok Sabha seats in the first elections in the country during 1951-52. Subsequently, he was able to win 1957 elections as well as 1962 elections with full majority. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSince the elections were happening for the first time in the independent India in 1951, the polling had to be spread over a period of five months from October 1951 to February 1952. While the Congress hegemony was insurmountable in 1951, various other political strands such as Bhartiya Jana Sangh, Kisaan Mazdoor Praja Party, Scheduled Caste Federation and Socialist Party had started to take shape by then. The Congress was able to win 364 out of 489 seats during 1951-52 elections. The party polled around 45 per cent of the total votes then. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsIn 1957, when Nehru was up for re-election, India was going through a difficult phase as the PM was battling the right wing inside and outside his party after passage of the Hindu Marriage Act in 1955. The country was facing many language disputes. Consequently, after establishment of States Reorganisation Committee in 1953, many states were formed on the basis of language. The country was also feeling the heat due to food insecurity. However, among all this, Nehru was able to win a spectacular victory of 371 seats in 1957 elections. The Congress’s vote share even increased from 45 per cent in 1951-52 to 47.78 per cent in 1957. In 1962 elections, Nehru won again bagging 361 seats out of total 494 seats in Lok Sabha. After 20 years of Independence, the Congress’s hegemony in the country’s politics finally started breaking down in 1967 when it lost six state assembly elections. Out of this six, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal was lost by the Congress for the very first time. However, in 1967 elections, Nehru’s daughter Indira Gandhi was able to get 283 seats out of total 520 seats. This was Indira’s first electoral victory in general elections. In 1969, Indira expelled the old guard of the party, which were called as Congress (O). This section of Congress was led by Morarji Desai. It was during this time that Indira coined the slogan “Garibi hatao”, which found a wide emotive appeal among the Indian voters. As a result, she was able to increase her tally to 352 in 1971 elections for her second term. In between 2010 and 2014, with UPA government facing multiple allegations of massive corruption scandals, the BJP decided to appoint the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as their Prime Minister candidate for 2014 general elections. With a promise of development (vikas) across India, Narendra Modi won his first ever general elections with full majority in 2014 with 282 seats.last_img read more


first_imgRanchi: Jailed former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad has stopped taking lunch and keeping quiet most of the time after his party suffered a humiliating rout in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. The Rashtriya Janata Dal failed to win any seat in Bihar, once its bastion, and Jharkhand. Despite the Modi wave in 2014, the RJD had won four seats from Bihar. “Lalu Prasad’s routine has changed in the last two to three days. He is having breakfast and dinner but not taking lunch,” said Umesh Prasad, the doctor in-charge of the former leader’s health at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC According to doctors, Lalu Prasad, currently serving a 14-year sentence in Jharkhand in a multi-million-rupee fodder scam, is given insulin doses three times a day. But since he was not taking his meals on time, the doctors were not being able to administer the doses as they did earlier. Lalu Prasad has also been keeping quiet most of the time, according to doctors. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) swept Bihar, bagging 39 of the 40 seats, decimating the Mahagathbandhan parties: RJD, HAM, VIP, RLSP. The Congress won one seat. This will be the first time the RJD will not have a single member in the Lok Sabha.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the hill shrine of Tirupati on June 9. The information was shared by Andhra Pradesh BJP President, Kanna Lakshmi Narayana who told reporters on Saturday that the Prime Minister will be paying a visit to Tirumala Lord Balaji temple next week. Since the culmination of general elections, a slew of political leaders including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Reddy and many newly elected parliamentarians have visited Tirumala to pay obeisance to Lord Balaji. On May 26, many politicians, including newly elected MPs and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), had visited the Tirupati Balaji temple to seek blessings.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more


first_imgSydney: Media companies are responsible for defamatory comments made on their Facebook pages, an Australian court said in a landmark ruling Monday. The New South Wales Supreme Court ruled that three media companies were responsible for user comments on a story about an indigenous youth detainee, Dylan Voller, in 2016 and 2017. Voller claimed that publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Sky News were responsible for comments on their public Facebook pages — alleging he was a rapist and that he attacked a Salvation Army officer leaving the man blind in one eye. His lawyers said the comments were defamatory. Voller had been held in a youth detention in the Northern Territories, and videos of him being mistreated by staff prompted a Royal Commission inquiry in 2016. Lawyers for the media companies argued they could not be expected to filter the hundreds and thousands of comments posted on their Facebook pages day and night. But, acknowledging the ruling related to an “emerging area” of law, the court found that the media companies could have screened or blocked defamatory comments. The court considered cases from New Zealand to Hong Kong, and ultimately determined companies should pay costs and potential damages, but left the door open for appeal. It did not rule on whether the comments themselves were defamatory. The case raises questions about laws governing Facebook and other social media sites, notably, whether Australia’s already stringent defamation laws — which strongly favour those claiming defamation — have become even tougher. “It could have far-reaching implications for media organisations using Facebook as a platform,” said lawyers at Addisons in a legal briefing paper.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: An eight-member Trinamool legislature party delegation visited violence-hit Bhatpara in West Bengal on Friday, more than a week after two persons were allegedly killed in police firing, and demanded local BJP MP Arjun Singh’s arrest for fomenting trouble in the area. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including State Food Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Fire Minister Sujit Bose, Science and Technology Minister Bratya Basu and party MLAs Partha Bhowmick and Nirmal Ghosh reached Bhatpara on Friday afternoon and talked to the locals. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga “People are not well. There has been constant violence and bombings in some areas. BJP has terrorised people for the last one month. The entire Bengal should see that wherever BJP makes inroads, unrest follows. There has been attacks on not just the Muslims but many Bengali-speaking people here. We have urged police to firmly handle the situation and reinstate peace,” Hakim said after meeting the Barrackpore Police Commissioner. “Arjun Singh is a criminal. He and his men have brought in arms in the area. We demand that Arjun Singh and the miscreants backed by him should be arrested immediately for keeping illegal weapons,” he claimed. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Noting that the state government and Trinamool Congress are with the affected people of Bhatpara, Hakim said one family member of each of the deceased persons will be given a government job while the injured will be given compensation. “All those who were killed here in violence will be given jobs by the Bengal government. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already announced compensation to those whose houses have been damaged in the violence. We have asked the Police Commissioner to take the family members of the two people killed last week to state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ so that they can be given jobs as well,” the Trinamool Congress leader said. “The government has directed the police to reinstate peace. We will come again after a week to take stock of the situation. BJP is trying to foment unrest across Bengal by creating a communal divide. Mamata Banerjee has stopped them,” he said. Barrackpore Police Commissioner Manoj Kumar Verma said family members of four of seven people killed so far in the post-poll violence in Bhatpara will be given compensation of Rs 2.5 lakh. “We are told that government jobs will be provided to one member from each of the four families. This has been sanctioned so far. We have not received any details about the rest three,” Verma told the reporters here. A three-member central delegation of the BJP had visited Bhatpara and met the families of the two deceased last week. A joint delegation of Left Front and Congress went to Bhatpara on June 27 to hold a peace rally but were stopped by the police as CrPC 144 was still imposed in the area. A team of intellectuals also held a rally in Kankinara-Bhatpara area on Thursday and urged the locals to reinstate peace. Bhatpara and its adjoining Kankinara, Jagaddal, and Naihati areas under the Barrackpore parliamentary constituency have been on the boil since the general election results on May 23. Former Trinamool MLA from Bhatpara Arjun Singh, who defected to the BJP just before the 2019 polls, won the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat while his son Pawan Singh won the Assembly by-election from Bhatpara. A fresh flare-up in the area on June 20 left two persons dead and at least four others injured when the police had to open fire, prompting the administration to impose prohibitory orders in the affected areas.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday directed state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim to carry out joint inspection of a land at New Town and take steps to ensure handover of the same for setting up a research foundation in the name of former Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.The Left Front wants to lay the foundation stone of the same on July 8, which is celebrated as the birthday of the party veteran who died on January 17, 2010. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersLeft Front leader Rabin Deb along with party leaders Sujan Chakraborty and Ashok Bhattacharjee met Banerjee at her chamber in the state Assembly and sought her intervention in the case. The Left leadership alleged that the transfer of land for the project has not happened since 2011, when the erstwhile Left government had procured the land against a payment of Rs 4 crore. “We have been told time and again that there are litigations involved and the transfer has not been effected as yet,” Deb alleged. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, Banerjee instructed Hakim to make a joint inspection of the land and take necessary measures in this regard for handover of the same. The Left is ready to sacrifice the amount of land which comes under the ambit of litigation. It has been learnt that the West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corp had agreed to give them the same amount of land at a place a few kilometers away from that particular site, but the Left leadership is not ready to accept the offer.last_img read more


first_imgLondon: Swiss legend Roger Federer rallied from a set down to defeat Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and set up a showdown in the Wimbledon semifinals against arch-rival Rafael Nadal, a contest that will be their first at the Cathedral of Tennis since the epic 2008 men’s singles final. Nadal also struggled in the early going of his quarterfinal match on Wednesday against American Sam Querrey before finding a higher gear to win 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, reports Efe news. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together With his 100th match victory at the Wimbledon, the most he has recorded at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments, 37-year-old Federer set up the dream contest once more against Nadal that fans have been waiting for ever since the draw was unveiled. Ahead of that contest, Federer told the media he expected a different match than the ones they played at Wimbledon more than a decade ago. Last month the two met in another epic clash at the Roland Garros, where the Spaniard defeated the Swiss veteran. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “(He has) improved so much over the years on this surface. He’s playing also very different than he used to. We haven’t played each other in a long, long time on this surface. He’s serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he’s serving, how much faster he finishes points,” the Swiss said. When Federer and Nadal meet in Friday’s match, it will be their first match at Wimbledon since the 2008 final, when the Spaniard held off a thrilling comeback by the Swiss to win 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7. That contest was the longest final ever at Wimbledon and — considering the occasion and the pedigree of the two competitors — is widely considered the greatest match in tennis history. Prior to that match-up, Federer — winner of a record eight Wimbledon men’s singles titles — had defeated Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 finals at the All England Club. The legendary status of Federer and Nadal has only increased since 2008, with the Swiss now holding the record for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles with 20 and the Spaniard currently in second place all time with 18. The winner of the Federer-Nadal blockbuster though may not even be the favourite in Sunday’s final. Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was in sublime form in brushing aside Belgium’s David Goffin on Wednesday and will be the heavy favourite when he takes on Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut in Friday’s other men’s singles semifinal.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: Actors Parineeti Chopra is excited to take on a new look for the official remake of The Girl on the Train. She has started prepping up to get a new look, and changed her hair colour as well. “Changing hair colour peeps,” Parineeti posted on July 13, while sharing an image from the salon along with her hair stylist. “Time to become the Girl On The Train (and Kanta is really hassled about the state of my hair),” she added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotBased on the 2015 bestseller by Paula Hawkins, the film narrates the story of a divorcee woman who gets entangled in a missing person’s investigation that throws her life to the brink. Actors Emily Blunt essayed the protagonist in the Hollywood thriller. The psychological thriller will be produced by Reliance Entertainment. The yet untitled movie will be directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, who has previously helmed “TE3N” starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryEarlier this week, Parineeti shared a glimpse of her busy work schedule. In her Instagram stories, she wrote: “Three weeks left for ‘Jabariya Jodi’ to release. Three weeks to start shooting for ‘Girl On The Train’. Saina Nehwal training going on simultaneously because I finish ‘Girl On The Train’ and start shoot immediately! Shifting my house this week. “Jabariya Jodi promotions, Girl On The Train prep, Saina prep, house shift-all in three weeks! Guys I’m dying of nerves.”last_img read more


first_imgShimla: Five pilgrims were injured as a glacier broke off and collapsed on way to the Shrikhand Mahadev shrine in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district, the police said Wednesday.The ‘yatra’ to the shrine has been temporarily stopped.Considered tougher than the Amarnath pilgrimage, the ten-day Shrikhand Mahadev yatra had begun on July 15.A number of pilgrims were stranded as the glacier collapsed at Nain Sarovar near Parvati Bagh in Ani sub division on Tuesday at around 4.30 pm, police said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Rescue operation was started soon after the glacier broke off, they said, adding about 50 other stranded pilgrims were rescued from the glacier point and brought towards Bhim Dwar. The five injured pilgrims have been identified as Rajiv from Ludhiana, Vivek from Pune, Baba from Maharashtra, Subhash Patel from Pune (Maharashtra) and Divyangni Vyas from Ahmedabad, they added.They have been administered first aid.Movement of pilgrims towards the shrine has been temporarily stopped due to collapse of the glacier at Nain Sarovar and landslides at various points due to rains, they added.Shrikhand Mahadev is revered by Hindus as one of the abodes of Lord Shiva. The Shivalingam is situated at a height of 18,750 feet above sea level in the lap of the Himalayas.A base camp for registering pilgrims has been set up at Sinhgad.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: An aviation studies portal has been restrained from offering counterfeit ‘Vistara’ branded products by the Delhi High Court, which said that it posed security risks at airports as it is a distinctive Tata-SIA airline trademark in the airline industry.The high court said that Pilot 18 Aviation Book Store, which operates the web portal www.pilot18.com, was not just selling products bearing the mark ‘Vistara’ but also products of various other airlines including Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Air India and this posed a serious security threat. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Justice Prathiba M Singh directed Pilot 18 to pay Rs 2 lakh as cost to the operator of Vistara Airlines within a month. The court’s order came while deciding a suit filed by Tata SIA Airlines Ltd seeking to restrain the portal from using its trademarks and selling badges, name tags and other accessories, including mugs and baggage tags, bearing the mark ‘Vistara’ with an identical device mark/logo form. The plaintiff said it came to know in February about ‘Vistara’ branded products on the website of the defendants as also on various e-commerce portals such as Amazon and Snapdeal. Justice Singh took strong exception to the incorrect statement made by the portal that they have never used the trademark ‘Vistara’. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThis constitutes perjury, the court said and noted that the portal had no remorse whatsoever while making the statement. The portal owner was not only liable to be permanently injuncted from using the mark Vistara’ but are also liable to pay costs and damages. “The mark Vistara is quite popular in India and has acquired a unique status. It is a distinctive mark that enjoys enormous goodwill and reputation in the airline, travel and tourism industry. Use of this mark, even in respect of unrelated services would create confusion and deception. It deserves to be declared as a ‘well-known mark’,” the court said and passed a decree in the favour of the airlines. The airlines said the mark ‘Vistara’ is registered in India, Singapore, and various other jurisdictions. It said the defendants are not only offering these products on their website, but also claim that they were supplying ‘Vistara’ branded aviation products to Vistara Airlines.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The Noida and Greater Noida authorities on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that they have created a special cell to ease out problems of the Amrapali homebuyers. The authorities told a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that they have created the cell to deal with cases of the homebuyers and officials had been designated especially to take care of the issue. Thereafter, the court directed Noida and Greater Noida authorities to start registration of flats in favour of Amrapali homebuyers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The court also warned that officers of Noida and Greater Noida will be sent to jail if there was any delay on their part in handing over possession of flats to buyers. On July 23, the top court cancelled the real estate company Amrapali Group’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority’s licence and appointed state-run National Buildings Construction Corp Ltd (NBCC) to complete all pending projects. The court has observed that the group prima facie committed violation of the FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) and other fraudulent activities, including money laundering, and recommended a thorough investigation by the Enforcement Directorate to identify the culprits. Noida and Greater Noida authorities had also been directed to execute the tripartite agreement within one month concerning the projects where homebuyers are residing and issue completion certificate.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police has restricted the movement of heavy goods vehicles on two bridges in the city namely the Kalighat bridge on Tolly Nullah and Old Steel Bridge at Kidderpore.The move is aimed at safety of the commuters following recommendation of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and RITES. “The movement of heavy goods vehicles on both the bridges has been restricted till completion of the necessary repair work,” a senior official of Kolkata Police’s traffic department said. As per traffic diversion plan prepared by Kolkata Police for Kalighat bridge, the west bound heavy goods vehicles on Hazra Road would be diverted from SP Mukherjee Road and Hazra crossing further north or south. The south bound heavy goods vehicles on Harish Mukherjee Road would be diverted from Hazra Road and Harish Mukherjee Road crossing to further east or south. The south bound heavy vehicles along Baker Road will be diverted from Baker Road and Judges Court Road crossing to further west along Judges Court Road. The east bound heavy goods vehicles and the north bound heavy goods vehicles will also see diversions the details of which has been notified in the Facebook page of Kolkata Police. No heavy goods vehicles would be allowed to ply on Rakhal Das Auddy Road and Chetla Road crossing. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to KMDA sources the pillars of 45-year old Kalighat Bridge have been damaged due to canal water. A health study has revealed that the bridge has corroded in many places on its pillars due to acidic water of the canal flowing below. A similar set of restrictions have been imposed on the movement of heavy goods vehicles on Old Steel Bridge of Kidderpore till completion of repair work. The east bound heavy goods vehicles along CGR Road will be diverted from CGR Road and Satya Doctor Road crossing towards Satya Doctor Road. The west bound heavy goods vehicles along CGR Road will be diverted towards New Bridge or Clyde Road from Hastings crossing. No north bound heavy goods vehicles would be allowed to ply on DH Road from DH Road and Judges Court Road crossing and will instead be diverted along Judges Court Road.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Metro services were partially hit for a brief period on Monday morning after a woman jumped on the tracks in front of an approaching train at Central metro station, police said. The woman, however, was rescued and admitted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, a senior police officer said. “The incident happened at around 8.15 am when a Kavi Subhas-bound train entered the station. Services on both directions between Dum Dum and Maidan stations were suspended till 8.36 am. However, it resumed after the woman was rescued,” a Metro official said. An officer of Bowbazar police station said they are probing the incident and `trying to talk to the woman. “We have also sought CCTV footages from the Metro railway authorities,” he said.last_img

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, April 25———ID’ING VAN ATTACK VICTIMS COULD TAKE DAYS: CORONERIt could take days to confirm the identities of 10 people killed in a van attack in northern Toronto that left 14 others injured, Ontario’s chief coroner said as a forensics team sought records and information to assist in the grim task. The number of fatalities and the circumstances of the incident make it challenging to quickly identify those who died, and the coroner’s office is being particularly careful to avoid any possible confusion, Dr. Dirk Huyer said.———RENTAL AGENCIES STRUGGLE WITH SECURITY CHECKSMonday’s van rampage in Toronto shows how quickly a vehicle can be turned into a weapon, but rental agencies are finding few clear options to prevent their property from being used in such violent acts. Efforts are further along in Europe, which has seen a rash of vehicle attacks across the continent. In the U.K., vehicle rental companies were asked to conduct tougher background checks following two separate van attacks in London last June.———NAFTA TALKS IN HOME STRETCHNegotiations have entered an around-the-clock phase in an effort to get a new NAFTA agreement within days, with top political staff converging in Washington for meetings. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has flown down for talks and plans to remain there for at least another day. Four people briefed on the NAFTA developments said they see a deal being possible as early as this week.———PRISON GUARDS TO ENTER PLEAS TO MANSLAUGHTERTwo correctional officers charged with manslaughter in the death of a New Brunswick inmate are scheduled to enter pleas when they return to a Moncton courtroom today. Alvida Ross, 48, and Mathieu Bourgoin, 31, are each charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence in the 2015 death of Matthew Hines. RCMP had originally said foul play was not suspected in the death of Hines, who was repeatedly pepper sprayed in prison.———BRONCOS HONOURED AS SJHL SEASON ENDSThe Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League drew to a close Tuesday night when the Nipawin Hawks won the league title less than three weeks after the deadly bus crash involving the league’s Humboldt Broncos. Nipawin defeated Estevan 2-1 in Game 7 to win the Canalta Cup while wearing green helmets to honour the Broncos. Both teams wore Humboldt Broncos ribbons on their jerseys. The Broncos were on their way to Nipawin, Sask., for a playoff game on April 6 when their bus collided with a truck. Sixteen people died in the crash.———DREAM NIGHT FOR TORONTO SPORTS FANSHundreds of Toronto sports fans will pack Maple Leaf Square outside Air Canada Centre tonight to cheer not one, but three of their pro teams. The NBA Raptors host Washington in game 5 of their playoff series while the Maple Leafs play a deciding Game 7 of their NHL playoff in Boston and Toronto FC will battle Chivas in Mexico in their CONCACAF Champions League final. All three games will be shown on big screens in the square.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Injured Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki will meet with the media in Calgary.— Former St. John’s cab driver Lulzim Jakupaj to be sentenced on two counts of sexual assaults involving female passengers.— Canada 2020 hosts a symposium in Ottawa focused on economic growth and Indigenous communities.— Ontario medical students hold a Toronto rally to ask for an increase to residency spots in the province.— The Economic Club of Canada hosts a workplace sexual harassment panel discussion in Toronto.— Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains participates in the inaugural flight of a new Vancouver-Seattle seaplane service.— The Maritime Fishermen’s Union will hold a news conference on the 2018 lobster fishing season.last_img read more


first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Pilot error was responsible for three of the five close-calls involving aircraft reported in the past 16 months at San Francisco International Airport, federal authorities said Wednesday, while another incident was blamed on an air traffic control problem.In most incidents, planes lined up to land on the wrong runway or taxiway at the airport, a notoriously difficult place for landings because of the close proximity of the two runways.In one case, an Air Canada flight almost landed on a taxiway jammed with four planes awaiting departure.Air Canada pilot Dimitrios Kisses told investigators he aborted the landing on July 7, 2017, because “things were not adding up,” the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report.Moments later, an air traffic controller told him to pull up.Longtime American Airlines pilot Chris Manno said the runways at the airport require pilots to be “on top of your game” when landing.“When you are operating with what you call ‘reduced lateral separation,’ which is what’s at San Fran and Minneapolis and other airports in the country, things are more critical and communication is key,” Manno said.“If there is a screw up with communication there is going to be a problem,” he added.The Federal Aviation Administration detailed other incidents in a separate report.It said a SkyWest pilot was given taxiing instructions on Dec. 14, 2016, and correctly read them back, but then turned onto the wrong taxiway.The aircraft stopped 65 feet from the edge of the runway, where a United Airlines Boeing 737 was taking off.On Oct. 22, 2017, another Air Canada flight was cleared to land but a tower controller then instructed the crew multiple times to circle because he was not certain that a preceding arrival would be clear of the runway.The FAA report says “the Air Canada crew did not acknowledge any of the controller’s instructions. A supervisor then used a red light gun to alert the crew to go around” until the other plane was off the runway.Investigators found the crew inadvertently switched from the San Francisco tower frequency to a ground frequency after receiving landing clearance. The incident “resulted in several actions” that were not specified in the report.Three months later, a traffic controller mistakenly cleared a Compass passenger jet to land on a runway where a Virgin America plane was waiting for takeoff, the FAA determined.The most recent near-collision occurred on Jan. 9 when an Aeromexico passenger jet was ordered to abort a landing as it descended toward a runway occupied by another commercial jet.The FAA determined the incident was caused by pilot error and said Aeromexico provided more training to its pilots on flying into San Francisco, including distributing a safety alert to its pilots about the incident.Since then, the airport has reinforced its ground radar system, added more lights and shut down a confusing taxiway, the FAA said.The FAA re-certified the airport last week after an in-depth review of its operations, airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the July 2017 incident in which the Air Canada flight almost landed on a taxiway occupied by four other planes.It hasn’t concluded who was at fault, but the voluminous report released Wednesday includes interviews with the pilots, air traffic control and a chilling video clip of the aborted landing that shows the A320 with 140 people aboard coming close to another plane before turning its nose up and flying away.The pilot and co-pilot reported being tired after flying from Toronto, according to the NTSB report.The report also says co-pilot Matthew Dampier twice failed to earn a promotion to captain after getting unsatisfactory reviews during the process. Instructors said he made imprecise approaches before landings and seemed to lack understanding of situations and surroundings.A call seeking comment from The Air Canada Pilots Association, the union that represents the airlines’ pilots, was not returned.Air traffic controller Brian Delucchi told investigators that the flight path of the plane looked “extremely strange” before he ordered the crew to abort its landing and circle the airport for another attempt.He was the only one working that night, and the agency later issued new rules requiring two controllers in the airport tower during busy late-night periods.Delucchi said the plane dropped from his radar screen on approach, an unusual occurrence that he said didn’t alarm him because he was tracking the plane with binoculars.Federal officials subsequently issued new rules for nighttime landings and control-tower staffing. Now, when an adjacent runway is shut down at night, air traffic controllers will no longer let pilots make so-called visual approaches to land. Instead, they must use instrument landing systems or satellite-based systems to line up for the correct runway.___AP Airlines Writer David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.last_img read more


first_imgMONTREAL – A preliminary hearing for a Montreal man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing has been put off until October.Michel Cadotte, 56, was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, 60, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility.Quebec court Judge David-Emmanuel Simon has placed a publication ban on the contents of the hearing.The purpose of the inquiry is to determine whether there is enough evidence to send Cadotte to trial.He was granted bail under several conditions earlier this month.The case resumes Oct. 23.last_img read more


first_imgMONTREAL – Animal-welfare groups have renewed their calls for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in Montreal after another horse collapsed in the street over the long weekend.The animal was found lying on its side Monday in front of a square in Old Montreal that is popular with tourists.Witnesses say the horse was able to get back on its feet after about 10 minutes.The City of Montreal recently adopted new rules to protect the welfare of horses working in the city’s caleche industry.Last year, Mayor Denis Coderre tried to place a one-year moratorium on the popular tourist draw after several accidents involving caleche horses were caught on camera.That decision was later reversed after a judge ruled the carriages should be allowed to continue operating.But Mirella Colalillo, a spokeswoman for a group opposed to caleche horses, said Tuesday the animal that collapsed should not even have been working.“We’ve seen her pulling carriages loaded with people all summer, and she’s very skinny,” said Colalillo of the Anti-Caleche Defense Coalition.“She’s an old horse that needs to be retired.”A city official said in an email that the horse was 15 years old and had no previous problems with her health. A veterinarian said the animal was overweight in 2016, but the problem was corrected this year and she was in good health.Coderre told reporters Tuesday he’s asked for a report into the incident, stressing he didn’t think the heat had anything to do with the collapse.“Initial reports from veterinarians say there could have been extreme fatigue,” he said.But the mayor added the horse won’t be back in action until he has had a look at the report.Colalillo also criticized the city’s new bylaw, pointing out that many of the horses are over 15 years old.“It doesn’t say anything about the age limit of the horses, it doesn’t address the drivers or the owners, they don’t need to know anything about horses, they can just drive a caleche and not know anything,” she said.The SPCA’s Sophie Gaillard says the horses are bought when they’re already at the end of their working lives, “and they’re basically worked to death.”Gaillard said Tuesday the new regulations do nothing to address animal-welfare issues such as the quantity of exhaust fumes the horses are exposed to and the fact they are forced to work on hard pavement for their whole lives.She added the regulations are mainly focused on improving the image of the industry.“It’s just time to get rid of this industry, it’s a tacky industry, it does nothing to improve the image of Montreal with tourists,” Gaillard said.Simon Marceau-Pelletier, a Montrealer who took a dramatic photo of the incident, said he was shocked when he came across the horse lying on the ground.He regularly sees the horses because he has worked in the area for several years.“I have never been comfortable with that,” he said. “I took the photo, not to show to my friends, but to show there is a real problem.”It wasn’t known if the person responsible for the horse had respected the rules that were adopted by the city.Montreal isn’t the only city dealing with tough questions on the safety and welfare of carriage horses.A petition to ban caleches in Quebec City collected more than 36,700 signatures after two recent incidents involving its horses.Activists in Victoria, B.C., also started a petition last year to ban carriage rides in that city.last_img read more


first_imgDAVOS, Switzerland – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, but the Canadian media travelling with the PM did not receive a customary notification in advance.The Prime Minister’s Office sent an email to the media to announce a last-minute meeting between the two men even though it had been mentioned several hours earlier in the Israeli media.The PMO later apologized for the late notice and promised to provide a summary of what it called a “last-minute pull-aside.”The meeting in Davos comes weeks after the Canadian government chose to abstain from voting on a resolution condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the American embassy.Israeli media also reported that Netanyahu and Trump will meet on Thursday — their fourth meeting since Trump took office.The North American Free Trade Agreement is expected to be the prime topic when Trudeau participates in a roundtable discussion later Wednesday with several U.S. business leaders in Davos.The session will involve several heavy hitters in U.S. business, including the CEOs of Dow Chemical, UPS, Cargill, Qualcomm Inc., Tyson Foods and the New York Stock Exchange.The roundtable on the sidelines of the Forum comes a day after Canada and Mexico joined the new Trans-Pacific Partnership as the NAFTA partners gathered in Montreal for a week of negotiations.There are concerns that the efforts in Montreal could be impacted by the new TPP, but the chief negotiators for Canada and Mexico brushed aside that notion on Tuesday.“It’s pretty much separate tracks,” Canada’s lead negotiator Steve Verheul told The Canadian Press in Montreal.Trudeau was also scheduled to hold bilateral business meetings Wednesday with the heads of Royal Dutch Shell, Microsoft and Ericsson. He also has one bilateral meeting with a political leader — Argentine President Mauricio Macri.Before leave Switzerland on Thursday, Trudeau is scheduled to attend a public session on the empowerment of girls and women and be joined by Pakistani activist and honorary Canadian citizen Malala Yousafzai.Trump is scheduled to speak in Davos on Friday after Trudeau returns home.last_img read more


first_imgVANDERHOOF, B.C. – A logging truck driver in British Columbia was taken by surprise when he saw four legs sticking out of the snow off the side of a road.Wayne Rowley, 54, said he was driving down a forest service road near Vanderhoof last Thursday when what appeared to be a set of moose’s legs in the snow caught his eye.He pulled over to find a calf buried upside down in the snow and at first, Rowley said he thought it was dead.“It lifted its head and looked and me and I thought, ‘Oh, I guess I’ve got to dig you out of here,’” he said.The region had just received a dump of about a metre of snow, Rowley said.He grabbed a shovel and put a rope around the moose’s neck to keep it still while he dug it out.“You’ve got be careful with moose because they’ll kick you,” he said.The animal was shivering and Rowley suspected it may have been going into hypothermia.He called a colleague who had been driving ahead of him and failed to notice the moose to help him get the animal back on its feet.Once it was right-side up again, he said the moose appeared a bit stunned.“He just kind of shook himself and he put his ears forward and then he put his ears back.”Rowley said he’s over six feet tall and the moose, although young, was about as tall as him.He freed the rope from the moose’s neck and after a moment, it walked onto the road and “away he went,” Rowley said.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Toronto can no longer accommodate new waves of refugees and asylum seekers in its shelter system and needs federal and provincial help dealing with the situation, the city’s mayor said Tuesday as he called for immediate support.John Tory asked for financial and housing assistance, saying he detailed his requests in an “urgent” letter sent to Ottawa this week.“We’ve been seeing an increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers looking for somewhere to live temporarily within our shelter system while they get settled,” he said. “And the city has gone to what I would very genuinely describe as heroic efforts to help.”But Toronto has reached its limits, Tory said.“We need help,” he said. “We just don’t have the resources to do it alone.”According to a report from the city manager, the number of refugees and asylum claimants using the shelter system went from 459 in 2016 — accounting for 11.2 per cent of the total system — to 3,209 as of June 20, 2018 — 45.8 per cent of the system.Some of those people are being housed in hotels, but that program intended to expand the shelter system is now also at capacity.Some 600 people are also currently being housed in college dormitories as an expansion of the system — with another 200 expected to join them — but they will be forced out on Aug. 8 as schools prepare for students to return.Without increased support, Tory said, there will be nowhere for those refugees and asylum seekers to go.He said he hoped his federal and provincial counterparts will help find other places refugees and claimants can temporarily stay while looking for a more permanent home. He noted that the southwestern Ontario town of Leamington, for instance, had said it was open to welcoming newcomers.Tory added that neither provincial nor federal governments have provided the city with direct funding to assist with the cost of housing asylum seekers and refugees, though Toronto is expected to receive recently announced federal funding for the matter.“Whatever timetable they’re on now, we need the governments to speed up notifying us of tangible, actual steps they’re going to take to be in partnership to look after these people,” the mayor said.In a written response to Tory’s letter, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen reiterated the federal commitment to providing $50 million across Canada towards temporary housing for asylum seekers — $11 million of which is earmarked for Ontario.“This funding represents an initial response to the financial pressures outlined, and further funding towards Toronto’s request will be discussed as part of ongoing discussions,” he wrote in the letter obtained by The Canadian Press.Hussen added that federal officials had been in communication with provincial counterparts to prepare to establish a “triage centre to manage flow” of irregular migrants and alleviate housing pressures in major cities, particularly Toronto.The federal minister did not provide a specific timeline for that system, but said that if it comes into place it should also help with the existing strain on the shelter system.“With a triage system in place, a joint approach to address the pending loss of college residence spaces could be established well in advance of the early August deadline,” he wrote. “I will ask my officials to reach out to yours and their counterparts in Ontario on a trilateral basis in order to have a better sense of Toronto’s needs and pressures.”Hussen also invited Tory to join meetings of an intergovernmental task force on irregular migration.A spokesman for premier-designate Doug Ford said the matter was a “pressing issue” for Toronto and Ontario.One observer said temporary shelter for refugees and asylum seekers is only part of a long-term solution.“It’s a stopgap,” said Penny Gurstein, the director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning and Centre for Human Settlements.The root of the issue, she suggested, is a lack of affordable housing in areas that also offer employment and language services for new immigrants. There should be a continuum of supports that include — but are not primarily composed of — temporary shelter, she said.“You need housing to move forward in your life. You need stable, secure, affordable housing,” Gurstein said. “If we can’t provide it in these cities, that’s a big issue.”last_img read more