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Wednesday, May 2 2018

UP Board 10th/12th Rechecking/Revaluation 2018 | UPMSP Scrutiny & Challan Form

Tweet Shares 0 UP Board Class 10th/12th Rechecking or Revaluation 2018 | UPMSP 10th/12th Class Scrutiny & Challan Application Form – How to Download & How to Apply | UP Board Rechecking/Reval Dates 2018 UPDATE – UP Board Scrutiny Applications are Being Accepted Now. Last Date to Submit Application form is 28th May 2018 As UP Board Results in 2018 for Class 10 & Class 12 are already out, Many unsatisfied students want to Recheck or Revaluate their Answer Sheets. In this Article, we are sharing Details regarding Filling the Application Form for UPMSP 10th & 12th Class Rechecking. UP Board 10th/12th Class Scrutiny Process can be checked later in the article. UP Board UPMSP Rechecking/Revaluation Form 2018 – 10th/12th Class Scrutiny Date All the Students who are not satisfied with their Class 10 or Class 12 Result, have the option to ask the department to recheck or re-evaluate their Answer Sheets. This Process is known as Scrutiny of Answer Sheets. Depending on the Number of Subjects you Choose for Scrutiny, You will have to pay the Fee Accordingly. Many Students have been asking queries related to the UP Board 10th/12th Class Answer Copy Rechecking/Scrutiny Dates. As per a news source , It is confirmed that Interested Students can submit Rechecking Form until 28th May 2018 UP Board Rechecking 2018 | 10th/12th UPMSP Answer Copy Scrutiny Application Form The Process for Applying for Rechecking of Answer Sheets was totally Offline last year. However, it’s not clear if the department will accept online applications this year or not. For Example – Punjab Education Board (PSEB) is accepting Online Applications for Rechecking this Year. However, if the Process remains totally offline (Like last year), You will have to follow the Process mentioned in the below section. Soon, UP Board is expected to Upload Scrutiny & Challan Form on their Official Website. Application Fee : Application Fee Per Subject is Rs. 100 How to Apply for UP Board Scrutiny 2018 | Rechecking Form Filling First of All, Download the Scrutiny Form Enter All the Required Details Correctly Specify the subjects for which you want rechecking Once the Scrutiny Form is Duly Filled, next step is Payment Download the Payment Challan form, Fill it and Visit the Nearest Bank Branch for Payment Enter the Challan Details in the Scrutiny form and Submit it to the Regional Education Dept. Office or Directly at the Main Office The Application Fee can be Paid via Demand Draft Drawn in Favour of “Upper Secretary, Madhyamik Education Parishad, Regional Office, Allahabad” Once your Application Form is received by the Office, proceedings will start. All papers specified by you will be rechecked. Then the UP Board Rechecking Result 2018 will be declared. UP Board Rechecking 2018 – Apply Online? If the Board launches the Online Facility this time, we will update all the related information in this section. We highly recommend you guys to not believe any fake information that is being spread by some irresponsible people over the internet.

Tuesday, May 1 2018

Madhya Pradesh: Caste tags pasted on candidates appearing for police exam in MP, inquiry ordered

Home » Madhya Pradesh » You are reading » Madhya Pradesh: Caste tags pasted on candidates appearing for police exam in MP, inquiry ordered admin May 1, 2018 Madhya Pradesh: Caste tags pasted on candidates appearing for police exam in MP, inquiry ordered 2018-05-01T07:24:53+00:00 Madhya Pradesh No Comment Madhya Pradesh: Caste tags pasted on candidates appearing for police exam in MP, inquiry ordered Dhar (Madhya Pradesh): Candidates appearing for the post of Police Constable were labelled with their respective castes on their chest during medical examinations at a district hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar. Photographs in various newspapers showed candidates with “SC” (Scheduled Caste), “ST” (Scheduled Tribe) and “G” (General) marked with sketch pens on their chests as they queued up for their medical examination yesterday, triggering a massive debate on social media. Dhar Superintendent of Police Virendra Singh today told us that he had ordered an inquiry into the incident, to be conducted by a deputy SP rank officer. Singh said those conducting the medical examination process had told police that the markings were made to tell apart candidates belonging to different categories as the physical requirements for each of these categories were different. “However, they should have used other ways to differentiate. This is a serious matter,” the SP said. The Chief Medical and Health Officer, Dr R C Panika also expressed his distress following the incident, saying, “This matter is quite serious, we will look into it and we will launch an investigation.” http://www.stategovernmentnews.in/madhya-pradesh-caste-tags-pasted-on-candidates-appearing-for-police-exam-in-mp-inquiry-ordered/ 2018-05-01T07:24:53+00:00 admin Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh,Madhya Pradesh Dhar.,MP Madhya Pradesh: Caste tags pasted on candidates appearing for police exam in MP, inquiry ordered Dhar (Madhya Pradesh): Candidates appearing for the post of Police Constable were labelled with their respective castes on their chest during medical examinations at a district hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar. Photographs in various newspapers showed...

Tuesday, May 1 2018

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were sworn

Home » Jammu and Kashmir » You are reading » Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were sworn admin May 1, 2018 Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were sworn 2018-05-01T07:27:36+00:00 Jammu and Kashmir No Comment Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were sworn Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were today sworn in as ministers in the state’s PDP-BJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti. Gupta will be the new deputy chief minister in place of Nirmal Singh, who submitted his resignation last night, officials said. The new BJP faces sworn in as ministers were the party’s state unit chief Satpal Sharma and the MLAs from Kathua and adjoining Sambha, Rajiv Jasrotia and Devinder Kumar Manyal, respectively. The BJP also upgraded Sunil Sharma, at present minister of state for transport, to the rank of a cabinet minister. BJP MLA from Doda Shakti Raj took oath as a minister of state. The PDP members included in the cabinet were Mohd Khalil Band, MLA from Pulwama, and Mohd Ashraf Mir, MLA from Sonwar. BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh attended the event. The function was held at the convention centre instead of Raj Bhavan as the Jammu and Kashmir government has already shifted its base to summer capital Srinagar, part of the bi-annual darbar move under which the government functions for six months in Jammu and six months in Srinagar. PTI http://www.stategovernmentnews.in/jammu-and-kashmir-assembly-speaker-kavinder-gupta-and-seven-others-were-sworn/ 2018-05-01T07:27:36+00:00 admin Jammu and Kashmir Jammu and Kashmir Assembly,Jammu and Kashmir News Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were sworn Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta and seven others were today sworn in as ministers in the state’s PDP-BJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti. Gupta will be the new deputy chief minister in place of Nirmal Singh,...

The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads - The Washington Post

Monday, April 30 2018

The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads - The Washington Post

By Christopher Ingraham By Christopher Ingraham May 8, 2014 Follow @_cingraham What if someone had already figured out the answers to the world's most pressing policy problems, but those solutions were buried deep in a PDF, somewhere nobody will ever read them? According to a recent report by the World Bank, that scenario is not so far-fetched. The bank is one of those high-minded organizations -- Washington is full of them -- that release hundreds, maybe thousands, of reports a year on policy issues big and small. Many of these reports are long and highly technical, and just about all of them get released to the world as a PDF report posted to the organization's Web site. The World Bank recently decided to ask an important question: Is anyone actually reading these things? They dug into their Web site traffic data and came to the following conclusions: Nearly one-third of their PDF reports had never been downloaded, not even once. Another 40 percent of their reports had been downloaded fewer than 100 times. Only 13 percent had seen more than 250 downloads in their lifetimes. Since most World Bank reports have a stated objective of informing public debate or government policy, this seems like a pretty lousy track record. Now, granted, the bank isn't Buzzfeed. It wouldn't be reasonable to expect thousands of downloads for reports with titles like " Detecting Urban Expansion and Land Tenure Security Assessment: The Case of Bahir Dar and Debre Markos Peri-Urban Areas of Ethiopia ." Moreover, downloads aren't the be-all and end-all of information dissemination; many of these reports probably get some distribution by e-mail, or are printed and handed out at conferences. Still, it's fair to assume that many big-idea reports with lofty goals to elevate the public discourse never get read by anyone other than the report writer and maybe an editor or two. Maybe the author's spouse. Or mom. I'm not picking on the World Bank here. In fact, they're to be commended, strongly, for not only taking a serious look at the question but making their findings public for the rest of us to learn from. And don't think for a second that this is just a World Bank problem. PDF reports are basically the bread and butter of Washington's huge think tank industry, for instance. Every single one of these groups should be taking a serious look at their own PDF analytics the way the bank has. Government agencies are also addicted to the PDF. As The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold reported this week, federal agencies spend thousands of dollars and employee-hours each year producing Congressionally-mandated reports that nobody reads. And let's not even get started on the situation in academia, where the country's best and brightest compete for the honor of seeing their life's work locked away behind some publisher's paywall . Not every policy report is going to be a game-changer, of course. But the sheer numbers dictate that there are probably a lot of really, really good ideas out there that never see the light of day. This seems like an inefficient way for the policy community to do business, but what's the alternative? One final irony to ponder: You know that World Bank report, about how nobody reads its PDFs? It's only available as a PDF . Given the attention it's receiving , it may also be one of their most-downloaded reports ever. Christopher Ingraham writes about all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center. The story must be told. Your subscription supports journalism that matters.

Government forced to pay out £14m to hundreds wrongly imprisoned under immigration powers | The Independent

Monday, April 30 2018

Government forced to pay out £14m to hundreds wrongly imprisoned under immigration powers | The Independent

Government forced to pay out £14m to hundreds wrongly imprisoned under immigration powers Exclusive: Government stands accused of leaving a "stain on our society" with the unlawful detentions Wednesday 26 October 2016 21:21 BST Click to followIndy Politics The Harmondsworth Immigration Detention centre was found to be overcrowded REUTERS The Government has been forced to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to innocent people who were illegally locked up in Britain under immigration powers, The Independent can reveal. Almost £14m was paid to hundreds of individuals who were incorrectly detained by officers for immigration offences they never committed. The 573 people who received pay-outs over three years may include those the authorities thought had failed to leave the country on time, or who were wrongly accused of breaking the terms of their visa or obtaining it by deception. 'Cockroaches' and 'unsanitary toilets' at UK immigration centre After the detention numbers emerged critics accused the Government, which under Theresa May has announced plans for even tougher immigration powers , of leaving a "stain on our society". It comes after an inspector's report found earlier this year that Europe’s largest immigration detention centre near Heathrow was "dirty and run down", with areas that were "overcrowded" and with "seriously insanitary" toilets and showers. Home Office statistics show that the total number of people being detained for immigration offences is growing – hitting 32,400 last year. Data released to Parliament by immigration minister Robert Goodwill shows that in 2012/13, £5m was paid in compensation to 195 people wrongly locked up by the authorities. The following year the Government paid £4.8m in unlawful detention compensation payments to 199 individuals. In 2014/15, £4m was paid to 179 innocent people. Over the three years the average pay-out was more than £24,000 per person. Amber Rudd launches immigration crackdown Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron, who uncovered the data, said: "It is outrageous that the Government is wasting taxpayers’ money on huge pay-outs for their mistakes. Locking innocent people up for administrative convenience is a huge stain on our society and this adds insult to injury. "The Government should be finding ways to shrink the immigration detention estate but instead they are pouring money down the drain keeping this failing system alive." The Migration Observatory at Oxford University states that the UK immigration detention estate is one of the largest in Europe. From 2009 until the end of 2015, between 2,500 and 3,500 migrants have been in detention at any given time. In 2015 32,400 people entered detention compared to some 30,400 in 2014. Theresa May on immigration in conference speech The largest category of immigration detainees is people seeking asylum, around 45 per cent of those detained in 2015. Data from early 2016 shows that about 81 per cent of immigration detainees are held for less than two months, but it is not uncommon for detention to span two to four months, with a small number held for longer. A March report by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons into Harmondsworth detention centre, which has room for 661 people, found it to be overcrowded, with people being held for too long, sometimes in insect-ridden rooms. Steve Symonds, Amnesty UK’s refugee programme director, said: "The millions of pounds in compensation paid out every year by this Government reflects the fact that immigration detention has become the norm, when it should only be used in exceptional circumstances. MP calls for child refugees from Calais to have teeth checked to verify age "Detention causes women, men and children to suffer serious and lasting harm, as this compensation attests, but the suffering of so many goes unnoticed and unseen. The awful truth is that people locked up in these detention centres are not being treated as human beings with rights, needs and vulnerabilities. As a matter of urgency, the Home Office should be significantly reducing its use of detention and its detention estate.” At Conservative conference Home Secretary Amber Rudd was forced to deny that she was a racist after announcing an unexpectedly tough new regime of immigration controls for consultation. They included English tests for foreign students, mandatory checks for foreigners wishing to become taxi drivers and, initially, a suggestion that businesses could be forced to publish the proportion of foreign workers they employ, something ministers eventually backed down on . Italian coastguard rescues thousands of refugees off coast of Libya The Cabinet has been at odds over what kind of immigration system to bring in after Brexit, with Chancellor Philip Hammond raising concerns over the impact of shutting out low-skilled workers and backing removing foreign students from net migration data, something Ms May opposes. The Government remains committed to bringing down net migration to the tens of thousands from its current level of more than 320,000. Asked about the detention compensation figures, a Home Office spokesperson said compensation is paid at the end of litigation proceedings, a process that can last several years after the detention has ended. They said decisions to detain are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain justified and reasonable, but also underlined that the government has a responsibility to protect the public from those who might pose a risk of harm. The spokesperson said: “Detention is an important part of a firm but fair immigration system, helping to ensure that those with no right to remain in the UK are returned to their home country if they will not leave voluntarily. “Decisions to detain or maintain detention are taken after careful consideration – and we are committed to treating all detainees with dignity and respect. “The fact that a court may subsequently rule that an individual has been unlawfully detained does not necessarily mean the original decision was taken in bad faith. The court's findings may only relate to part of the detention.” They added that the Government is now taking forward reforms it expects to lead to a reduction in the number of detainees and the length of time they spend in detention. More about:

Friday, April 27 2018

6th Pay Commission Report Karnataka – Download here

Home » Karnataka » You are reading » 6th Pay Commission Report Karnataka – Download here 6th Pay Commission Report Karnataka – Download here NEW PAY STRUCTURE KARNATAKA In the questionnaires circulated by the Commission suggestions were invited on the basic factors to be considered in determining the pay structure for different categories of employees. The various factors listed by the Commission including educational qualifications, technical or other skills needed for the job, degree of responsibility, jurisdiction, special challenges involved in the work, promotional avenues, relativity with other services etc., have generally been endorsed by most respondents with suggestions for some additional factors to be considered. The Karnataka State Government Employees’ Association have requested to take the following additional factors into consideration: (i) Method of recruitment and the level at which initial recruitment is made; (ii) Minimum educational and technical qualifications prescribed; (iii) The level of interaction with the public; and, (iv) Horizontal and vertical relativity with other posts in the same service or outside. Other respondents have also suggested that factors like adequacy of pay scales to attract and retain persons of appropriate education and skills, specially arduous nature of work, etc., should also be considered. The Commission has kept in view the suggestions received from various quarters in this regard. Basic Ingredients of Pay Structure 4. The following are considered the basic ingredients of a pay structure: 1. Minimumpay 3. Ratio between the minimum and the maximum pay 4. Number of pay scales 5. Span of pay scales 6. Inter scale relativity, and 7. Rates of increment These elements are discussed in detail in the following paragraphs. New Pay Structure Minimum Pay 5. The first step in devising a salary structure is the determination of minimum remuneration to be paid to the employees. Considering the importance of the matter, all the previous Commissions have sought to ascertain the views of various stakeholders in this regard. In general, it is agreed that the minimum remuneration to the lowest category of employees must be adequate to meet the cost of what may be regarded as the minimum needs of a family. The 15th Indian Labour Conference, 1957, provided a frame work for the calculation of the total expenditure for a family of three consumption units consisting of husband, wife and two children on an average daily food intake of 2700 calories per consumption unit. This framework based on Dr.Wallace Aykroyd’s formula also provides for estimating the cost of meeting other basic needs of the family including housing, clothing, fuel, water and other items of expenditure. Several central and state pay commissions have adopted the above framework in the past in addition to other criteria, to calculate the minimum pay. The methodology adopted more recently by three pay commissions, two at the state and another at the central level, are outlined below. Minimum Pay Estimated by 7th CPC: 6. The 7th Central Pay Commission used the norms set by 15th ILC and calculated the minimum pay at Rs.18,000 for central government employees. The minimum pay of Rs.18,000 also included a 25% weightage (Rs.3,389) for additional skill factor on the premise that Group-D employees in central government shall become part of Group-C category with upgraded skills. The detailed calculation used by the 7thCPC is given below: http://www.stategovernmentnews.in/6th-pay-commission-report-karnataka-download-here/ 2018-04-27T12:49:28+00:00 admin Karnataka 6th CPC,6th pay commission,6th Pay Commission Report,Karnataka,Karnataka Government Employees news,Karnataka state government,Karnataka State government employees 6th Pay Commission Report Karnataka - Download here NEW PAY STRUCTURE KARNATAKA In the questionnaires circulated by the Commission suggestions were invited on the basic factors to be considered in determining the pay structure for different categories of employees. The various factors listed by the Commission including educational qualifications, technical or... admin [email protected] Administrator State Government Employees News

Have you been denied Boarding despite arriving in time? Here is the Compensation you are entitled to - FACTLY

Monday, May 7 2018

Have you been denied Boarding despite arriving in time? Here is the Compensation you are entitled to - FACTLY

Twitter Reddit Airlines frequently overbook to compensate for cancellations and no show passengers. But if any passenger has been denied boarding despite arriving in time, the rules mandate that certain compensation be paid to the passenger. In 2017-18, as per government data, more than 28000 passengers have been denied boarding. Airlines frequently overbook (more than the capacity of the aircraft) to compensate for cancellations & no show passengers so that flights do not depart with unoccupied or empty seats. This also results in certain passengers being denied boarding despite arriving in time. The Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) detail out the facilities to be provided to passengers by airlines due to denied boarding, cancellation of flights and delays in flights. Here is what a passenger is entitled to. What does ‘Denied Boarding’ mean? The Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) have various sections and each section has multiple series and parts. Section-3, Series-M, Part-VI of the CAR is about the ‘ Facilities to be provided to passengers by airlines due to denied boarding, cancellation of flights and delays in flights ‘. These have been recently amended in 2016. As per these rules, denied boarding is defined as ‘ refusal to carry a passenger holding confirmed ticket on a flight although he/she has presented himself/herself for boarding within the time specified by the airline, except where there are reasonable grounds to refuse carriage such as reasons of health, safety or security, or inadequate travel documentation’. What can a passenger do if he/she is denied boarding? The rules specify the process to be followed if the number of passengers who have reported for the flight within the time is more than the number of seats available. According to these rules, the airlines must first ask for volunteers to give up their seats to make them available for others in exchange for benefits/facilities that the airline may offer. Further, if the boarding is denied against the will of the passenger, the airline will not be liable to pay any compensation if an alternate flight is arranged that is scheduled to depart within one hour of the original schedule departure time of the initial reservation. For any delay exceeding this, the airline is liable to pay compensation as below. An amount equal to 200% of booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, subject to maximum of Rs 10,000, in case airline arranges alternate flight that is scheduled to depart within the 24 hours of the booked scheduled departure. An amount equal to 400% of booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, subject to maximum of Rs 20,000, in case airline arranges alternate flight that is scheduled to depart more than 24 hours of the booked scheduled departure. In case passenger does not opt for alternate flight, refund of full value of ticket and compensation equal to 400% of booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, subject to maximum of Rs 20,000. The rules also define the process if the passenger has a connecting flight on the same or different airline. More than 28000 denied boarding in 2017-18 As per DGCA data , more than 28000 passengers were denied boarding in 2017-18 and they were paid a total of Rs 24.53 crore in compensation. More than 2000 passengers each were denied boarding in six months while less than 2000 passengers each were denied boarding during the other six months. More than 70% of those who were denied boarding were passengers of Jet Airways. SpiceJet accounted for 19% of such passengers while Air India reported 9% such passengers. Together, these three airlines accounted for 99% of the passengers who were denied boarding.

Saturday, May 12 2018

General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka 2018 – Grant of Paid Holiday on 12.5.2018

OFFICE MEMORANDUM Subject: General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka-2018 – Grant of Paid Holiday – regarding The undersigned is directed to state that in connection with the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka-2018, to be held on 12.05.2018 (Saturday), the guidelines already issued by this Department vide OM No.12/ 14/99-JCA dated 10.10.2001 would have to be followed for the Central Government Offices, including industrial establishments, in the State. 2. The above instructions may please be brought to the notice of all concerned. sd/-

Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company | The Nation

Monday, May 7 2018

Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company | The Nation

Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company After drugs were found aboard the Ping May , a vessel owned by his wife’s family’s company, Colombian authorities are investigating. Mitch McConnell’s father-in-law, James Chao (second from right), at the christening of the Ping May in Shanghai (Image: Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation) Ready to join the resistance? Sign up for Take Action Now and we’ll send you three actions every Tuesday. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation , check out our latest issue . Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Fight Back! Sign up for Take Action Now and we’ll send you three meaningful actions you can take each week. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with kindred spirits. Sign up for our Wine Club today. Did you know you can support The Nation by drinking wine? Before the Ping May , a rusty cargo vessel, could disembark from the port of Santa Marta en route to the Netherlands in late August, Colombian inspectors boarded the boat and made a discovery. Hidden in the ship’s chain locker, amidst its load of coal bound for Europe, were approximately 40 kilograms, or about ninety pounds, of cocaine. A Colombian Coast Guard official told The Nation that there is an ongoing investigation. Ad Policy The seizure of the narcotics shipment in the Caribbean port occurred far away from Kentucky, the state in which Senator Mitch McConnell is now facing a career-defining election. But the Republican Senate minority leader has the closest of ties to the owner of the Ping May , the vessel containing the illicit materials: the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a firm founded and owned by McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family. Though Foremost has played a pivotal role in McConnell’s life, bestowing the senator with most of his personal wealth and generating thousands in donations to his campaign committees, the drug bust went unnoticed in Kentucky, where every bit of McConnell-related news has generated fodder for the campaign trail. That’s because, like many international shipping companies, Chao’s firm is shrouded from public view, concealing its identity and limiting its legal liability through an array of tax shelters and foreign registrations. Registered through a limited liability company in the Marshall Islands, the Ping May flies the Liberian flag. Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao with James Chao (image: ElaineLChao.com ) McConnell’s ties to the Chaos go back to the late 1980s, when James Chao began donating to the senator. In 1993, McConnell married James’s daughter, Elaine Chao, a Republican activist and former Reagan administration official who would later serve as secretary of labor in the George W. Bush cabinet. James Chao emigrated to the United States from Taiwan, and founded the Foremost Maritime Corporation upon settling in New York. The company has grown significantly over the years, from acting as maritime agent during the Vietnam War to controlling a fleet of approximately sixteen dry-bulk cargo ships in operation today. Foremost acts as a shipping agent, purchasing vessels made primarily in China and coordinating shipment of commodities. Records reviewed by The Nation reveal that Foremost transports corn, chemicals and other goods to cities throughout the world. The company has offices in New York and Hong Kong. Some of the goods shipped by Foremost echo themes of the McConnell campaign. At a Young Professionals Association of Louisville event this month, McConnell stressed his opposition to carbon dioxide limits imposed by the federal government that would impact the domestic coal market. He argued that such efforts would be fruitless given the role of coal in developing countries and the rising coal trade. Foremost ships routinely transport coal from ports in Australia and Colombia, countries with cheap coal, for export to Asia and Europe. Most Popular The Troubling Part of Rudy Giuliani’s Interview That Nobody Is Talking About The firm, however, leaves a faint online trace. Foremost’s website FMCNY.com is blank. Records and court documents obtained by The Nation show that the ownership of the company’s vessels—with names such as Ping May , Soya May , Fu May and Grain May —is obscured through a byzantine structure of tax entities. Most of Foremost’s vessels are flagged in Liberia, which ensures that crew members of Foremost’s ships work under Liberia’s maritime labor laws , which critics note allow for intimidation in the workplace and few protections for labor unions. In addition, a Liberian “flag of convenience” allows ship owners to pay lower tonnage taxes than ships that fly the US flag. Maritime companies have increasingly used the Marshall Islands to register their vessels. The jurisdiction boasts of “no taxation, lax regulation, and no requirements for disclosure of many corporate details—even to the United States government,” according to a report in World Policy Journal. The recent seizure of cocaine on a Foremost coal ship came as authorities in Colombia have stepped up anti-drug trafficking enforcement in the region. The Nation spoke to Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta, who told us that the Ping May ’s crew were questioned as part of an ongoing investigation, but that no charges have yet been filed. His team found the cocaine in forty separate packages. Picture provided by the Colombian Navy after the cocaine seizure (image: armada.mil.co) Contacted by telephone, a representative of Foremost said he is “obviously going to have no comment on this one.” McConnell has benefitted in many ways from his relationship with his in-laws. The Republican Senate minority leader’s personal wealth grew seven-fold over the last ten years thanks in large part to a gift given to him and his wife in 2008 from James Chao worth between $5 million and $25 million (Senate ethics forms require personal finance disclosures in ranges of amounts, rather than specific figures). The gift helped the McConnells after their stock portfolio dipped in the wake of the financial crisis that year, and ensured they could pay off more than $100,000 in mortgage debt on their Washington home. The generous gift made McConnell one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, with a net worth averaging around $22.8 million, according to The Washington Post ’s review of his financial disclosures. Following the gift, McConnell sent a letter of congratulations to an auditorium of Chinese officials in Shanghai who were gathered for an event honoring James Chao’s wife (McConnell’s mother-in-law, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, who passed away in 2007). The Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation, created in her honor, regularly hosts students from the University of Louisville, where McConnell has a leadership academy bearing his name that sends students on trips to China. The ties between McConnell and his in-laws have come under scrutiny before. In 2001, they were probed in depth by The New Republic in an article that charged that McConnell led an effort to soften his party’s criticism of China. Through James Chao, who was a classmate of Jiang Zemin, the president of China in the ’90s, McConnell and his wife met with Jiang several times, both in Beijing and in Washington. McConnell subsequently tempered his criticism of Chinese human rights abuses, and broke with hawks like Senator Jesse Helms to support Most Favored Nation trading status with China. As Foremost established closer ties with mainland China, McConnell endorsed the position that the United States should remain “ambiguous” about coming to the defense of Taiwan. In 1999, McConnell and his wife appeared at the University of Louisville with Chinese Ambassador Li Zhaoxing. Li used the opportunity to bash congressional leaders for rebuking China over its repression of the Falun Gong religious sect. “Any responsible government will not foster evil propensities of cults by being over-lenient,” Li reportedly said at the event with McConnell and Chao. Rather than distance himself from the remarks, McConnell reportedly spoke about his “good working relationship” with Li. Last Friday, McConnell dipped into his personal fortune to lend his own campaign $1.8 million for the final week before the election. Members of the Chao family and employees of Foremost have also given over $90,000 in contributions to McConnell over the years. Requests for comment to the McConnell team about the Ping May cocaine incident have gone unanswered. McConnell has positioned himself over the years as a tough on drugs politician. In 1996, McConnell was the sole sponsor of the Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act, a bill to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for those caught with certain amounts of marijuana. A press release noted that his bill would make “penalties for selling marijuana comparable to those for selling heroin and cocaine.” In recent weeks, McConnell has touted his role in calling for more federal money to be used for drug enforcement. Lee Fang Twitter Lee Fang is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute . He covers money in politics, conservative movements and lobbying. Lee’s work has resulted in multiple calls for hearings in Congress and the Federal Election Commission. He is author of The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right , a recently published book on how the right-wing political infrastructure was rebuilt after President Obama's 2008 election. More on the book can be found at www.themachinebook.com . 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Massie: Libertarians saw Trump as 'craziest son of a bitch'

Tuesday, May 8 2018

Massie: Libertarians saw Trump as 'craziest son of a bitch'

Massie observed that libertarian-minded voters are likely more attracted to "crazy" personalities. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite In an interview with the Washington Examiner two months into President Trump's administration, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) reflected on the president's ascent to America's highest office, offering fresh insights from his vantage point as a libertarian-leaning representative smack in the heart of Trump country. To explain 2016, Massie looks to previous cycles. Rand Paul's upset victory in the 2010, Ron Paul's enthusiastic following in the 2012 presidential race, and his own win in the 2012 congressional primary all looked, at first glance, like a libertarian wave. "I went to Iowa twice and came back with [Ron Paul]. I was with him at every event for the last three days in Iowa," Massie said. "From what I observed, not just in Iowa but also in Kentucky, up close with individuals, was that the people that voted for me in Kentucky, and the people who had voted for Rand Paul in Iowa several years before, were now voting for Trump. In fact, the people that voted for Rand in a primary in Kentucky were preferring Trump." "All this time," Massie explained, "I thought they were voting for libertarian Republicans. But after some soul searching I realized when they voted for Rand and Ron and me in these primaries, they weren't voting for libertarian ideas — they were voting for the craziest son of a bitch in the race. And Donald Trump won best in class, as we had up until he came along." Massie's observation that libertarian-minded voters, those who devoted passionate support to Sen. Paul and his father in previous cycles, are likely more attracted to "crazy" personalities than candidates with ideological purity bears important implications for the future of that movement. Do those voters, more than anything, crave change agents over philosophical disciples? Massie sees Trump as more of a populist than a libertarian conservative, but noted important similarities between both camps. "There are some places where populism overlaps with libertarianism and contradicts the establishment here in D.C.," Massie said. "For instance, less proclivity to go to war, less appetite for having 20 or 30,000 troops in any one country to subsidize their defense." "I see overlap there," he concluded. [ Trump's populism begins to take shape as Republicans worry ] Massie chalks Trump's success in the general election up to his pledge to shake up Washington, saying, "He had the change mantle and Hillary didn't." Massie recalled an encounter he had with one of Trump's most powerful primary opponents during the election, reflecting, "I remember I ran into Jeb Bush in a hotel lobby in Iowa. He was just there, no staff and we started talking. Bush, Massie said, "was adamant that Trump wasn't a real Republican." "Ironic," the congressman noted, "because that was — in my circle of hardcore supporters — that's the charge leveled at the Bushes." It's worth noting that Americans generally tend to be less devoted to ideological teams than we realize, as I outlined Tuesday in this analysis of Bernie Sanders' appeal to Trump voters. Populism transcends party lines for a reason. Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

Tuesday, May 15 2018

Gujarat State Government : Annual Property Return not filing: Salaries of 1,000 Gujarat officials withheld.

Home » Gujarat » You are reading » Gujarat State Government : Annual Property Return not filing: Salaries of 1,000 Gujarat officials withheld. admin May 15, 2018 Gujarat State Government : Annual Property Return not filing: Salaries of 1,000 Gujarat officials withheld. 2018-05-15T06:26:06+00:00 Gujarat No Comment Gujarat State Government : Annual Property Return not filing: Salaries of 1,000 Gujarat officials withheld. The Gujarat government today withheld April salaries of around 1,000 Class 1 and Class 2 officials for not filing their Annual Property Returns (APR) within the stipulated deadline, a senior official said. Earlier, on April 14, state Chief Secretary J N Singh had told reporters in Gandhinagar that the salary for April of such employees, payable in May, would be withheld in case they did not file their annual property returns by April 10. “Salaries for the month of April of around 1,000 Class 1 and Class 2 officers of the state government have been withheld, as they have not filed their Annual Property Returns (APR),” Singh said today. “Though we gave them an extension, many failed to file their returns, that is why we took this decision,” Singh said. He added that the number of such employees was gradually decreasing as several of them had started filing property returns after their salaries were withheld. “We hope the remaining officers will also file their returns now. Otherwise, they will be served show cause notices and departmental action could also be taken against them for non-compliance,” he added. During his interaction with the media on April 14, the chief secretary had said that around 3,000 out of 12,000 Class 1 and Class 2 officers of the state government had not filed their APRs. “We are very clear that employees here will have to file annual property returns, like those in the All India Services do,” Singh had said at the time. PTI http://www.stategovernmentnews.in/gujarat-state-government-annual-property-return-not-filing-salaries-of-1000-gujarat-officials-withheld/ 2018-05-15T06:26:06+00:00 admin Gujarat Annual Property Return,Gujarat Govt Employees,Gujarat state government,Gujarat State Government News Gujarat State Government : Annual Property Return not filing: Salaries of 1,000 Gujarat officials withheld. The Gujarat government today withheld April salaries of around 1,000 Class 1 and Class 2 officials for not filing their Annual Property Returns (APR) within the stipulated deadline, a senior official said. Earlier, on April 14,... admin [email protected] Administrator State Government Employees News

Another Putin Critic Murdered in Ukraine? Nope. His ‘Death’ Was a Sting That Caught Alleged Assassin

Thursday, May 31 2018

Another Putin Critic Murdered in Ukraine? Nope. His ‘Death’ Was a Sting That Caught Alleged Assassin

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast THE STING Another Putin Critic Murdered in Ukraine? Nope. His ‘Death’ Was a Sting That Caught Alleged Assassin The famous war reporter received many death threats from Russian officials and Russian-backed rebels. Finally he and police acted to catch a killer—but first fooled the world. 05.30.18 2:21 AM ET Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Editor’s Note : Arkady Babchenko, one of the bravest and most famous of Russia’s war reporters, is not dead, although Tuesday night the world, including his family and friends, believed that he was. Now we find out it was all part of a sting to capture those who really did want him dead. On Wednesday Babchenko appeared alive and well at a press conference, saying that he had to fake his death as part of a Ukrainian Security Service counter-terror operation. A suspect reportedly is in custody. This is not the first time secret services have pulled off such a sting to embarrass their enemies and capture conspirators. In 1984, for instance, the Egyptians faked the murder of a leading opponent of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi. But in today’s news environment, such a spectacular example of “fake news” risks discrediting those who pull it off as well as those who would commit the crime in the first place. – World News Editor Christopher Dickey Anna Nemtsova, who wrote the original story reporting Babchenko’s death, filed this update from Moscow: No fake news ever shocked reporters working in Russia and Ukraine more than this story. On Tuesday Ukrainian authorities convinced the world that the famous Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was killed in Kiev. A photograph of Babchenko in a puddle of blood with three gunshot wounds on his back was released to the public. Ukrainian parliament member Anton Geraschenko told a detailed story about the murder on his Facebook page, giving details of the assassination. The Ukrainian police released a composite sketch of the supposed killer. Thousands of Babchenko’s fans and friends wept for hours. Respectful publications wrote tributes. Russian politicians blamed Kiev and Ukrainians blamed Moscow for ordering Babchenko’s murder; the United Nations demanded an investigation. But at the Wednesday press conference the Ukrainian Security Service, the SBU, broke a happy news: Babchenko was alive. According to Ukrainian officials, the sting was a top secret special operation conducted to find the real would-be “killer.” “When a live Babchenko appeared on TV screens on Wednesday afternoon, all of his colleagues at ATR, a Tatar TV channel in Kiev, began to scream in shock in the newsroom, they had no idea,” Pavel Kanygin, Babchenko’s friend, told The Daily Beast. Kanygin, as well as several other friends flew to Kiev on Wednesday morning to help Babchenko’s wife organize the funeral. There were too many real assassinations of Russian journalists and politicians criticising President Vladimir Putin to doubt Babchenko’s murder story. Get The Beast In Your Inbox! Daily Digest Start and finish your day with the top stories from The Daily Beast. Cheat Sheet By clicking “Subscribe,” you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy Subscribe Thank You! You are now subscribed to the Daily Digest and Cheat Sheet. We will not share your email with anyone for any reason. During the press briefing on Wednesday Babchenko appeared before his colleagues and said: “The SBU operation, conducted in order to prevent large scale terrorist attacks, was prepared for two months.” Apparently a former Ukrainian volunteer soldier had received $15,000 to kill Babchenko. The head of SBU Vasily Gritsak told reporters that the detention of the assassin helped to prevent dozens of other contract killings in Ukraine, that the list of potential victims included at least 30 names. In Russia, Babchenko’s friends were crying and laughing, happy to hear the news. “We have the entire newsroom at Echo of Moscow screaming too, some curse badly,” Tanya Felgenhauer, deputy chief editor of Echo of Moscow told her friends. Later, Babchenko wrote to a group of fellow journalists: “My wife is not doing great. It is hard. But she says hi to all of you and thanks you for all the words of support and words of sympathy. This is important. Thank you, brothers. And I am sorry that I had to drag you through all this. But there was no way. “We had to get the bastard. And we got him.” This is what Babchenko and the SBU had everyone believing, as reported in a story published by The Daily Beast earlier on Wednesday: ... On Tuesday night, [Babchenko] was shot in the back on the doorstep of his Kiev apartment. His wife reportedly was in another room when she heard the shooting. He died on the way to the hospital. Babchenko was 41 years old and leaves behind his 12-year-old daughter. “His murder is a terrorist attack on the entire journalistic community, on all of us who cover the conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” Babchenko’s old friend and colleague at Novaya Gazeta , Pavel Kanygin, told The Daily Beast shortly after news broke of the assassination. Hundreds of thousands read Babchenko’s fearless, controversial stories about Russian politics, human rights violations, and the war in Ukraine, and Kanygin spoke bitterly of the impact on journalists and journalism this killing will have. “The ‘spin master’ behind the contract murder intends to tell us that no matter how sharp and well-reported our stories are, no matter how well we hide from their persecutions, they will come and get us.” Babchenko himself was the biggest optimist of all of us. In one of his posts written in April 2015 while covering the war in the eastern Ukraine region known as Donbas he said: “I will survive all their fucking wars. I will survive Donbas. The third Chechen war. And all their new local wars that they have time to start in their agony.” In the same post he calls all his readers to drink beer, Champagne, twerk, shake it. “Life rules! You guys love, kiss, talk, argue, have fun, make jokes and maybe for such an occasion I will dig myself out and one more time hang out with you.” It escaped no one’s notice that Babckenko’s cowardly assassin shot him three times from behind, just the way the murderers of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov fired into his back in 2015. Babchenko’s close friends among Moscow journalists suspected Russian authorities are behind what appeared to be a contract killing. The Ukraine Interior Ministry released a composite sketch of a bearded man in his forties with a denim cap, but some journalists in Ukraine question its authenticity. Two years ago Babchenko wrote a blog about another journalist assassinated in Kiev, Pavel Sheremet, who was a journalist many young reporters looked up to. “I am tired of having funerals for my friends. Every time it is the same thing, this damned endless run of deaths,” Babchenko said. Now Arkady’s name joined the list of Vladimir Putin’s assassinated critics. And we mourn one more friend. Since the early days of the war in eastern Ukraine in 2014, Babchenko had received constant threats on his life from Russian officials and pro-Russian rebels. Moscow-backed militants put his photograph on the wall of the occupied administration building in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk with a sign: “A provocateur and enemy.” Last year Babchenko had to leave Russia. “Some Moscow source who he trusted informed him that Russian authorities were planning to lock him,” Babchenko’s friend, the Prague-based photographer Petr Shelomovsky, told The Daily Beast. “So last year he first moved to Prague and then to Kiev.” In March last year, shortly after the former Russian State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov was gunned down in the center of Kiev, Babchenko told his friends that every year some famous Russian gets killed in Ukraine. He wondered who would be next. “Today we got the answer to that question—he was right, famous Russian public figures are vulnerable in Ukraine,” says Ilya Barabanov, a BBC reporter based in Moscow, and another of Babchenko’s friends. “Looks like the order to kill Arkady came from Moscow; in fact, he constantly received death threats, he was feeling concerned about his own and his family’s security.” In 2002 and 2006 Babchenko published a series of stories and essays about the war in Chechnya; in the past few years he was running a blog called “Journalism without Intermediaries.” Tens of thousands read his posts. All of us, journalists who covered Russian-Georgian war in 2008, admired Babchenko’s reportages for Novaya Gazeta. He was wounded in that war, but that didn’t stop him. “He had many enemies both in Russia and Ukraine; there is no doubt that he was killed for his articles,” Tanya Lokshina, a Russia program director of Moscow Human Rights Watch told The Daily Beast. To Babchenko’s friends he will always be remembered as an honest, passionate storyteller, an easy-going colleague. Every day he received hundreds of messages, people recognized him on the streets and would ask him questions, but Babchenko still found time to answer personal notes. “If I met Babchenko’s killers,” said Kanygin at Novaya Gazeta , “I would tell them that they would never be able to kill our memories and that Arkady Babchenko will always stay a heroic reporter who had the guts to write things that most people were too scared even to think of.” READ THIS LIST