Centre, State owe an explanation: Scindia

first_imgEnding the Bhopal leg of his 72-hour satyagraha in solidarity with farmers here on Friday, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that based on extensive consultation with various ryot groups, he had prepared a ‘blueprint’ that he would take to other parts of the State. The Congress will now take the satyagraha to Khalghat in Dhar district where it will end with a major farmers’ meeting on Saturday. “The response has been unprecedented over three days here,” Mr. Scindia told The Hindu on the sidelines of the event held at the Dussehra Maidan here. “We have had between five to ten thousand farmers with us and I have interacted personally with over 200 delegations and met with thousands of farmers,” he said. Times of distress Over the course of these meetings, the Congress leader said that the widespread distress and despair in the agrarian sector was clear for everyone to see. “On input issues, like the prices of seeds, fertilizers, petrol and diesel farmers are facing difficulties across the board,” he said. Madhya Pradesh, he said, has the highest percentage of VAT on petrol and diesel while India has the highest rates for petrol and diesel in the world today compared with neighbours like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “All of this requires an explanation from both the Central and State governments as to why prices have not come down despite global oil prices having dropped by 60 per cent since the days of the UPA government,” Mr. Scindia said. He also spoke of the falling prices of crops – from soyabean in Madhya Pradesh, to chillies in Andhra Pradesh, grapes in Maharashtra, peanuts in Gujarat and other crops like onion, tomatoes and potatoes where farmers are simply not able to find remunerative rates. “There have been 9 suicides in the last three days in Madhya Pradesh and there has still not been an adequate response to the shootings in Mandsaur,” he said.Major initiativeThe 72-hour satyagraha that Mr. Scindia started here on Wednesday afternoon and which will conclude in Khalghat on Saturday is seen as a major initiative for the Congress seen in recent years to have lost its organisational strength. The satyagraha drew large crowds and also provided some semblance of a unified leadership — former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh joined Mr. Scindia on Thursday while Congress’s other stalwart in MP, Kamal Nath, will join the public meeting in Khalghat. Assembly elections are due in Madhya Pradesh in 2018 and there is talk that Mr. Scindia, who cut short a holiday in the U.S. and returned to MP to lead the satyagraha, could take the lead in the fight against the incumbent BJP.last_img read more

U.S. Biomedical Research ‘Unsustainable,’ Prominent Researchers Warn

first_imgThe U.S. biomedical science system “is on an unsustainable path” and needs major reform, four prominent researchers write in an opinion piece published today by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers should “confront the dangers at hand,” the authors write, and “rethink” how academic research is funded, staffed, and organized, according to Science Careers (published by AAAS, which also publishes ScienceInsider).The four authors are Bruce Alberts, former president of the National Academy of Sciences and former editor-in-chief of Science; Marc Kirschner, founding chair of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School; Shirley Tilghman, former president of Princeton University; and Harold Varmus, Nobel laureate and current director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Among other issues, they suggest that the system may be producing too many new researchers and forcing them to compete for a stagnating pool of funding.It’s not the first time research leaders have raised such alarms. In 2012, Tilghman co-chaired an advisory panel to the National Institutes of Health, NCI’s parent and the nation’s major biomedical research funder, that suggested a glut of trainees and a dearth of academic positions were creating a dysfunctional biomedical research system.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Asian Indian Population 2005

first_imgThe Asian Indian population in the United States grew 38%, almost 15 times the national growth rate, between 2000-2005, according to the 2005 American Community Survey, which provides a window to the U.S. population at the middle of the century. Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana, each of which have exceedingly small Indian populations, recorded the highest growth rate; however, the rates mask significant margins of error, which make the estimates for each of the three states dubious. Maine and Rhode Island, recorded a decline in the Indian population, but those numbers are also dubious because of the margin of error.Asian Indian Population 2005 State  2005 2000-2005 GrowthCalifornia 449,72243%New York 336,42334%New Jersey 228,25035%Texas 175,60836%Illinois 157,12626%Florida 95,04334%Georgia 79,16972%Michigan 78,46644%Virginia 77,20858%Pennsylvania 75,15931%Maryland 67,24135%Massachusetts 55,84027%Ohio 46,70221%Washington 41,58373%North Carolina 39,81552%Connecticut 32,98839%Minnesota 30,46880%Arizona 22,02949%Tennessee 21,41667%Wisconsin 19,67255%Indiana 16,30611%Colorado 16,15038%Missouri 15,75529%Oregon 12,65032%Louisiana 10,94232%Oklahoma 10,57724%Kansas 10,46828%South Carolina 9,45813%Delaware 8,55062%Nevada 8,17848%Kentucky 8,17621%Alabama 7,81313%Iowa 7,34030%New Hampshire 575949%Nebraska 572475%Utah 4,65252%Mississippi 4,121 8%New Mexico 3,70319%Arkansas 3,48312%West Virginia 3,24714%District of Columbia 3,109 9%Rhode Island 2,295-22%Hawaii 2,10446%Idaho 2,07061%North Dakota 1,33062%South Dakota 1,286110%Alaska 1,09051%Maine 987-3%Vermont 97514%Montana 72992%Wyoming 267663%Total 2,319,22238%Source: American Community Survey 2005  Related Itemslast_img read more

India Shuts Down Several Tourism Offices Overseas

first_imgThe Indian Ministry of Tourism office in Toronto was the latest one to close operations last week after the government issued directions to shut down some of its overseas offices earlier this year. The Toronto office, which worked as a bridge between India and Canada for nearly 58 years, has moved its operations to New York, the  Hindustan Times reported.The New York office will handle matters relating to representation of India across Canada, as the Los Angeles office was also shut down. “It’s a part of our restructuring exercise. We feel that our office in New York will cater to our needs in Toronto,” Meenakshi Sharma, additional director general, Ministry of Tourism, was quoted as saying by the publication.The employees of the Toronto office, who worked to promote India as destination for Canadians in advertisements in public transports and dailies, received communication in this matter by mid-March, the report added.“Now, we will perhaps have 7-8 hubs where we will have our presence through these foreign offices,” Rashmi Verma secretary, Ministry of Tourism, had said earlier. “In rest of the countries, we will be having India Tourism Marketing Representatives (ITMR), and they will be carrying out work under direction of these hubs, which we will be creating in our key markets. Also, these hubs will be engaging PR agencies, who will be working in some of these key markets and emerging markets.”India Tourism offices in Paris, Milan and Amsterdam have also been closed, and Frankfurt will now serve as the European hub. Singapore, on the other hand, will act as the hub for Australasia region while Dubai will cater to the Middle East. Offices in Sydney and Johannesburg was also closed down as part of the global cost cutting and rationalization measure undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism, the HT report added.The move is also being attributed to factors such as lack of senior officials in key positions, inability of current staff to adapt to requirements of changing markets, and, most importantly, the question on the viability of having physical tourist offices in the age of internet, according to Indian Link.The development was met with disappointment in the affected countries, especially since it comes at the heels of increase in global travel trends. The number of Canadians visiting India was 259,017 in 2011 and the provisional figures show that the number increased to 338,925 for 2017. Indians visiting Canada increased from 139,213 to 190,565 in the same period.Since an increase has been seen in inflow of tourists from Russia, an office will be opened in Moscow, the ministry had said. Related ItemsCanadaTourismlast_img read more

Thieves strike at judge’s house, steal trees in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgA gang of five thieves struck at the residence of Arun Kumar Singh, a district court judge and chopped off four sandalwood trees from the premises, before decamping with the logs, police said on Saturday. Police said Justice Singh and his family members were asleep when the incident took place, adding that the thieves cut the trees after threatening the judge’s police guard at gunpoint.The incident took place during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, police said, adding that the thieves cut the trees after threatening the judge’s police guard at gunpoint.The police guard, Budhi Lal Kol, lodged a complaint with the police in this regard.“As per the complaint, one of the thieves first entered district and sessions court judge Arun Kumar Singh’s bungalow in Civil Lines area on the intervening night of November 14 and 15. He threatened Kol with a country-made pistol. Soon, four other accomplices joined him and held the guard captive,” City Superintendent of Police Shivendra Singh told PTI.“Within 10 minutes, the accused cut the sandalwood trees and fled with the logs. Total four guards, including Kol, were stationed at different locations at the bungalow when the incident took place. However, the thieves did not harm anyone,” he said.Police said the judge and his family members were asleep when the incident took place. According to Singh, police suspect that the accused were from Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj, which is home to several manufacturing units of incense sticks and perfumes.“In the past, Rewa police had arrested some people from Kannauj for cutting and stealing sandalwood trees from the city,” the CSP said.“Sandalwood is used in making incense sticks and perfume. The cost of the trees stolen from the judge’s house could be around ₹3 to 5 lakh,” he said. Singh said that police have registered a case in this connection and launched a search to catch the accused.last_img read more

Aguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shooting

first_imgAlso, had the Kings lost the game, they would have likely blamed it to their horrible 12-of-30 free throw shooting.“Because of our missed free throws we kept them in the game. We just have to make our free throws and lessen our turnovers,” Aguilar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “What I was trying for is to go over him. But he stopped, pulled back, and went for a pump-fake. He was able to foul bait me,” recalled the athletic forward.With Ginebra leading by three, 95-92, Aguilar fouled Hill, who was attempting a three-point shot with 0.6 tenths of a second left. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHill cooly made his free throws to send the game into overtime.Fortunately for Aguilar, he was able to atone for his mistake with a follow-up dunk in OT that sealed Ginebra’s sixth straight win. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Japeth Aguilar. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJapeth Aguilar could only heave that sigh of relief after Barangay Ginebra eked out a heart-stopping win over Star Sunday night.And he had every reason to feel relieved after almost costing the Gin Kings the game with a careless foul on Malcolm Hill at the last-second of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img “I’m proud of my teammates. As the match escalated, we picked each other up and helped each other. It was really a test of character for us,” he said after finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes of play.“We really got tested in this game. They really came out with ferocity. They played with fire and intensity.”Ginebra coach Tim Cone explained that there’s no reason for him to dwell on Aguilar’s play with the game still on the line.“It just happened. We were trying to switch out and we had Japeth out there specifically because he has the ability to switch out on smaller guys. So his instinct on a pump-fake is to jump for the shot, and he just went to his instincts,” Cone said.“Obviously, it wasn’t a good instinct and it wasn’t the right thing to do, but he just went to his instincts, and in those situations, you just gotta try to stay disciplined,” he added. “But it’s the last play of the game. There’s 15,000 people in the stadium and they’re screaming, and it’s Manila Clasico, so you just gotta move on from it. It’s not that big of a deal, but you just gotta move on.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Warriors say Kevin Durant will practice before Game 5

first_imgWith the Warriors’ backs to the wall now in the NBA Finals, Durant — now out for more than a month with a strained calf — was taking the practice floor on Sunday in an effort to determine if he will be able to play in Game 5 of the title series on Monday night.The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the series, and need three straight wins to capture a third straight championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He’ll get some extra work in with some of our younger players and we’ll gauge it from there,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Durant was not made available to comment. The Warriors had their media availability in Toronto on Sunday prior to the practice session. Durant averaged 26.0 points per game for the Warriors during the regular season and 34.2 points in 11 playoff games before he got hurt in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canada’s excitement builds as Raptors on brink of NBA crown PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 3, 2018 Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — Kevin Durant was playing basketball on Sunday.The Golden State Warriors hope he will again on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too He had 51 for Oklahoma City in Toronto on March 21, 2014, and scored 51 for the Warriors on the Raptors’ home floor back on Nov. 29. Even if he isn’t 100%, Durant’s mere presence should make the Warriors more potent on the offensive end.The Raptors will have a plan, of course, if Durant gets on the floor Monday night.“If he plays, he’s an MVP, he’s an All-NBA player, he’s an All-Star, Finals MVP,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “But we can’t focus on that. We have to focus on ourselves.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Warriors are 6-3 in the nine games Durant has missed.“It’s just having another powerful weapon out there who can do some very dynamic things on the floor,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.Kerr said the plan was to see if Durant could clear some hurdles that he hasn’t crossed during his recovery. Kerr said earlier in the series that Durant could return after completing one practice.“He will be very welcomed, I’ll tell you that much,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “I think it’s pretty easy to realize we obviously miss him out there. He’s propelled us to two championships in the last two years, so it’d be pretty storybook if he comes back and helps us do the same. … I know how badly he wants to be out there. He’s one of the best competitors I’ve ever been around.”Toronto allowed Kobe Bryant to score 81 points on Jan. 22, 2006. In the 1,175 Raptors games since, the most anyone has scored against them is 51 points — done twice, done both times in Toronto, and done both times by Durant.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Indonesia sports minister resigns over corruption allegation

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:57First day of ex-Malaysia PM Najib Razak’s 1MDB corruption trial wraps up02:54Inmate exposes corruption at the NBP during Senate probe02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi salutes after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Nahrawi has stepped down from his position after being named a bribery suspect by the country’s anti-graft commission. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s sports minister resigned Thursday after being accused of stealing 26.5 billion rupiah ($1.8 million) in public money.Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said at a news conference in the capital, Jakarta, that President Joko Widodo had accepted his resignation so he can devote himself to his legal defense.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Monster effort from Dez Wells helps San Miguel advance to Terrific 12 semis Becoming his own man “As a law-abiding citizen, I want to focus on facing that,” Nahrawi said. He urged people to respect the presumption of innocence during the legal process, “Because I’m not like what they are accusing.”Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission announced earlier that Nahrawi is suspected of using a 26.5 billion rupiah ($1,8 million) grant linked to the National Sports Committee, known by its Indonesian abbreviation as KONI, for his own personal interest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Commissioner Alexander Marwata told reporters on Wednesday that Nahrawi allegedly received about $1 million in bribes through his personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, who was also named a suspect, between 2014 and 2018. He said Nahrawi allegedly asked for an additional $830,000 between 2016 and 2018.Nahrawi is the second sports and youth minister to resign after being accused of corruption by the commission after Andi Mallarangeng, who was minister under former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Mallarangeng was sentenced in 2014 to four years in jail and fined $17,000 for accepting $720,000 from a contractor for a $122 million sports complex in the West Java village of Hambalang.Nahrawi is also the second minister in President Widodo’s Cabinet to be named in a graft case after former social affairs minister Idrus Marham, who received five years in prison for involvement in a bribery case related to a coal-fired power plant project on Sumatra island.The cases, which underline Indonesia’s challenge in changing its graft-ridden image, have threatened the credibility of Widodo, whose recently won a second term after campaigning for clean governance.Indonesia ranked number 89 out of 175 countries in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View commentslast_img read more

Kohli is correct, need preparation time for SA tour: Ganguly

first_img(Eds: making a correction in intro)Kolkata, Nov 24 (PTI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today backed current skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling and said that the team needs more time to prepare for tough assignments like the upcoming South Africa tour.Kohli yesterday complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for a big series such as the upcoming tour to South Africa, a criticism that the BCCI promised to address with “utmost seriousness”.Echoing Kohlis concerns, Ganguly said, “He (Kohli) was talking about scheduling of cricket which is so correct. You got to give teams time to prepare when they go to South Africa.”Ganguly was speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2017 here.Ganguly also lavished praise on Kohli who has notched up 50 international century at the Eden Test against Sri Lanka.He said Kohli can challenge Sachin Tendulkars 49 ODI hundreds but the challenge would be to match the Little Masters 51 hundreds in Test.”Virat will get very close to Sachins ODI hundreds which is 49. He is already 32. He will get close to that. He has got to stay fit. When I was playing, from 1996-2003, I had 22 ODI hundreds in 7 years,” Ganguly said.”I see that with Kohli as well. He has got 30 odd in about nine years. It gets tougher with age. It got tougher for Sachin, it got tougher for me, it will get tougher for Virat Kohli,” said Ganguly, who has 22 centuries in 311 ODIs and 16 Test tons in 113 games.advertisement”He (Kohli) plays a lot of cricket. I personally feel he will get there to 50 international hundreds with the amount of ODIs that are played. The challenge will be in Test matches to get that far. Its a terrific feeling to have seen Sachin and now you are seeing this boy,” Ganguly added.Asked to compare Tendulkar and Kohli, Ganguly said they are from different generations. He said Kohli is more expressive and proactive as captain than Tendulkar.”Its not right to compare because these are two cricketers who are from two different generations. I have seen Tendulkar very very closely. An unbelievable cricketer. Some of the runs he has got, match-winning innings he has played is fantastic.”Kohli, a hundred a couple of days ago at Eden Gardens on that pitch, and you could see his expression when he finished. He is a lot more expressive than Tendulkar. He is a lot more proactive than Tendulkar as captain. Tendulkar was different, maybe the generation was different,” he said.Ganguly said hes like an average Bengali man at home but he had to change the attitude of the team when he led because some of the players needed to be pushed to develop an aggressive Indian side.”I am a very quiet person off the field, very laidback like a lot of Bengalis. When I became captain, I realised we had to do something different. As Indians, we were very laidback. (Virender) Sehwag was a fantastic talent but off the field, you would find him asleep and you had to push him. I had to get that atmosphere. It was a strategy to get the team going,” Ganguly said.Ganguly is best remembered for his aggressive captaincy, his success against Australia and that iconic moment when he was seen waiving his shirt at the Lords balcony.There could be mixed reactions to that episode more than 15 years later but one person who is convinced it was a fine act happens to be Gangulys wife, Dona.”It was a fantastic gesture,” said Dona at the event.However, Ganguly, now a cricket administrator, said he would never do something similar again.”I would never do it now. Every time they would show that footage (on a sports channel), I called the producer and told him I have 20,000 international runs and several hundreds. But he said that is what he want to show,” the 45-year-old said.”It (the shirt-waving) was a lot more out of satisfaction. Do not forget the name on the honours board (for his hundred on Test debut at Lords). That will remain a lot more special.”The world knows Gangulys class as a batsman and his abilities as a leader but how is the great man like at home?There could be nobody better than Dona, his wife, to shed some light on the bhadrolok (gentleman).”He is Sourav at home. He takes control but in a nice, subtle way. He does control the house. He is very busy but when he is there, we respect him and do only what he wants,” Dona said. PTI US TAP PDS CMadvertisementlast_img read more

IOA formally recognises Boxing Federation of India

first_imgThe Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was on Wednesday recognised as a national body by the Indian Olympic Association, which removed the terminated Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) as its affiliate after months of indecision.The BFI, already recognised by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry, finally got the IOA’s nod, which had IABF registered as the official body till now.”The Olympic Charter clearly says that the sporting federation must be recognised by the international body. So the just followed that. the BFI has been recognised by the AIBA. Therefore the IOA has ratified the Olympic charter. It was a unanimous decision,” BFI President Ajay Singh told PTI on the sidelines of an IOA meeting.The IOA’s decision is expected to end the IABF’s attempts at reviving itself.The body, which was first suspended and then terminated by AIBA for manipulation in elections, has been trying to keep itself afloat by organising a couple of meetings with its former members in the past few months.The Sports Ministry had earlier barred IABF from using India as it was no longer a national federation.The BFI assumed office in 2016 after elections conducted in the presence of observers from the AIBA and the Sports Ministry.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy Roundup: Mumbai thrash Tripura to enter quarterfinals

first_imgRecord Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai guaranteed themselves a berth in the quarter-finals of the 2017-18 edition of the premier domestic competition after thrashing Tripura by 10 wickets in their Group C clash here on Monday.Chasing a paltry 63 in their second innings, opener Prithvi Shaw scored a quickfire unbeaten 50 (26 balls, 8 fours) and with a helping hand from Jay Bista (13 off 12 balls), the duo etched a 10-wicket win at the Wankhede Stadium here.The 41-time Ranji champions are now assured of a place in the quarter-finals. Depending on Madhya Pradesh’s result against Odisha, it will be known whether Mumbai play Karnataka or Delhi in the last-eight clash.Delhi, meanwhile enforced a follow-on over Hyderabad in their Group A match in Hyderabad.The home side rode on opener Akshath Reddy’s impressive century (107) and Rohit Rayudu’s unbeaten 61 to finish the third day at 233/2, and take a slender 23-run lead.Group A toppers Karnataka, on the other hand ended the third day on 208/1, with a healthy lead of 309 over the Railways.Mayank Agarwal was unbeaten on 104 and Dega Nishcal on 41 not out, when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.In another Group A clash, Maharashtra rode on Naushad Shaikh’s century (108) to beat Assam by seven wickets.The Group C match between Odisha and Madhya Pradesh at Indore witnessed the tourists trailing by four runs on the penultimate day.Odisha ended the third day at 237/4 with Subhransu Senapati unbeaten on 78 and Shantanu Mishra on 10.In Group B, Jharkhand ended the third day at 106/2, trailing defending champions Gujarat by 63 runs going into the final day while Rajasthan were 13/0 and trailed Saurashtra by 246 runs.advertisementIn Group C, Tamil Nadu finished the day at 2/0 and need another 231 runs for a win over Baroda on the final day.In Group D, the Services ended day three on 118/3, still trailing Punjab by 212 runs while Bengal were at 108/3, to find themselves 177 runs ahead of Goa.last_img read more

World Cup 2019 warm-up: Hosts England brush aside Afghanistan by 9 wickets

first_imgEngland cruised to a nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in their final World Cup warm-up at The Oval on Monday after a Jofra Archer-led bowling attack restricted the underdogs to 160.Opener Jason Roy smashed an unbeaten 46-ball 89, studded with 11 fours and four sixes, and Joe Root finished on 29 not out as England chased down the total with 32.3 overs to spare.After defeat to Australia in their previous warm-up game, Roy was pleased with his team’s all-round display ahead of Thursday’s World Cup opener against South Africa at the same venue.”I am feeling really good. I want the tournament to start now. It was a good preparation leading into Thursday (opening World Cup match,” Roy said.”We want to be doing this on Thursday and doing it throughout the whole tournament. The World Cup can’t come soon enough.”After England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to field, Archer and Root’s part-time off-spin delivered three wickets apiece in bowler-friendly conditions.Barbados-born fast bowler Archer struck twice with the new ball, drawing a top edge from Hazratullah Zazai before wicketkeeper-batsman Rahmat Shah holed out to mid-on.The wheels came off the Afghanistan innings when they lost four wickets in the space of just eight deliveries, with Hashmatullah Shahidi (19) and Najibullah Zadran (1) carelessly run out.Captain Gulbadin Naib (14) was caught at long-on to Moeen Ali and Rashid Khan edged Root to slip for a golden duck. Root claimed his third wicket as Aftab Alam chipped straight to point.Mohammad Nabi offered some resistance with a 42-ball 44, which included three sixes, but he was the last man out when a thick edge off Archer found Jonny Bairstow at deep third-man.advertisementEarlier in the day, England’s medical department delivered some positive news as seamer Mark Wood was declared fit to face South Africa.The 29-year-old Durham bowler had left the field after feeling discomfort in his left foot against Australia but scans have shown no sign of injury.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Waqar Younis feels Pakistan capable of reproducing 1992 magicAlso Watch:last_img read more

India take unassailable 2-0 lead over Korea, clinch women’s hockey series

first_img Press Trust of India JincheonMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 16:41 IST Skipper Rani Rampal scored India’s first goal against Korea (Hockey India Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSSkipper Rani Rampal and Navjot Kaur scored for IndiaIndia will play last match of the series on Friday (May 24)India had defeated Korea by identical margin in opening gameThe Indian women’s hockey team came from a goal down to eke out a close 2-1 win over South Korea in the second game and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, here Wednesday.The Indians had earlier defeated Korea by identical margin in the opening game of the series.India will take on Korea in the inconsequential last match of the series on Friday.On Wednesday, skipper Rani Rampal (37th minute) and Navjot Kaur (50th) scored for India after Lee Seungju gave South Korea the lead in the 19th minute through a field strike.The match started on a fast-paced note with both India and Korea trading penalty corners in the first quarter but goalkeepers of both the teams made some fine saves to keep a clean slate.Four minutes into the second quarter, Korea took the lead through Seungju’s field goal.Stunned by the Koreans, the Indians made a strong comeback after the change of ends and pulled a goal back seven minutes into the third quarter through captain Rani’s brilliant field effort.India kept up the pressure on the Korean defence and surged ahead in the 50th minute through Navjot’s strike.”Our performance was much better than the first match. Our skill control in today’s game was much better and the quality was good and consistent. I believe we could have scored more goals but the intensity and effort was good from the team,” India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said after the game.Marijne said good results here would boost the team’s confidence ahead of the important c in Hiroshima later this year.advertisement”I am happy with the adjustments the team made. We played our first match just 24 hours after we arrived in Jincheon. It is nice we have won two matches in this three-match series. This will surely boost the team’s spirit ahead of the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019,” he added.High on confidence after their impressive outings in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year, India had won the opening game with identical margin.Also Read | Indian women’s hockey team beat South Korea 2-1 in tour openerAlso Read | Hockey: Need to score consistently under tight marking, says Graham ReidAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Indian women hockey teamFollow South KoreaFollow Lee SeungjuFollow FIH Women’s series Finals Next India take unassailable 2-0 lead over Korea, clinch women’s hockey seriesHigh on confidence after their impressive outings in Spain and Malaysia earlier this year, India had won the opening game with identical margin.advertisementlast_img read more

Prominent Montreal lawyer James Duggan among victims of Quebec plane crash

first_imgMONTREAL — A prominent Montreal-area lawyer was among the three victims of a plane crash that occurred in a remote region of northern Quebec on Friday.Quebec provincial police say 67-year-old James Duggan was aboard the float plane that went down near Lac Boulene, southeast of Chibougamau.Duggan was a prominent labour lawyer who was instrumental in the battle to unionize RCMP officers, as well as spearheading a class-action lawsuit on behalf of officers alleging harassment in the force.Frederic Serre of the Quebec RCMP Members’ Association describes Duggan as a tireless advocate for the rights of officers who approached sensitive situations with dignity and respect.A search and rescue team on a separate mission responded to the distress call for the plane on Friday evening and later found three men without vital signs.Duggan died alongside Jacques Bissonnette, 69, and Claude Laplante, 77, as they travelled to a fishing trip. A fourth man survived the crash.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Marrakech to Host the 8th Annual Global Spa Wellness Summit

Casablanca – In 2014, Morocco will host the annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit meeting on wellness and spa tourism at the Four Season Resort in Marrakech. The eighth annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit sessions will take place on September 10-12, 2014 at the Four Seasons Resort in Marrakech. Morocco’s Agency for Tourism Development is the key sponsor of the event and aims to promote Morocco as a world-recognized wellness destination.Senior delegates from around the world working in diverse sectors including hospitality, tourism, health and wellness, beauty, finance, medicine, real estate, manufacturing, and technology will attend the annual event. Furthermore, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad, will use this opportunity to introduce Morocco’s new visions and plans for its national tourism development. The Four Season Resort in MarrakechThe Summit is the world’s most well-known gathering of travel, spa industries, business, government, and academic leaders in wellness. The atmosphere between leaders from different countries is cooperative rather than competitive.For this reason, delegates from over 40 countries work hand in hand to develop strategies on how to cope with industry challenges and seize more and more opportunities in the sector of wellness tourism.The two-day event will be held by the Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) to give better insights on how the international wellness and spa tourism market is moving forward. According a recent study by the GWTC, the Moroccan market alone is expected to see 14.7% annual growth, creating many jobs, ranging from executive positions like hotel and spa managers to skilled work as masseuses, customer service representatives, and fitness specialists.Equally important to note, in Africa, Morocco ranks second behind only South Africa in annual expenditure by visitors traveling for spa and wellness tourism, and third in the Middle-East and North Africa behind the United Arab Emirates and Israel.The Global Wellness Tourism Congress is an international organization that meets with its member countries in a different host country each year to discuss and learn about economic development concerning the spa and wellness industries worldwide. This year’s meeting and workshops will focus on Morocco’s culture and customs, intending to strengthen its tourism dominance.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Ban hails former UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld as a conscientious leader of

Mr. Hammarskjöld was guided by an inner voice “never to do what was expedient or popular [but] always to do what he believed was right,” said Mr. Ban, speaking at Mr. Hammarskjöld’s graveside in Uppsala, Sweden. “For that, he stands out among the leaders of the past century.”Mr. Hammarskjöld led the United Nations from 1953 until his death in September 1961, when he was killed with 15 others in a plane crash in what was then known as Northern Rhodesia – now Zambia – while en route to Katanga in the country now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to negotiate a ceasefire.“Today, in the stillness of this sanctuary, I have the chance to do something else, something which was also one of Hammarskjöld’s strengths: To stand in peaceful contemplation. To reflect on what it means and what it takes to serve in the interest of the greater good,” said Mr. Ban.He told the story of how as an elementary school pupil in 1956 he had read a letter to his class urging Mr. Hammarskjöld to help the people of Hungary, where there had been a pro-democracy uprising. The letter said: ‘Mr. Secretary-General, please help the people of Hungary so they can have freedom and democracy.’Mr. Ban said he had hoped, when he took over as Secretary-General in 2006, that he would not receive such appeals from young people around the world.“In reality, unfortunately I am still receiving those kinds of appeals from many people, particularly what we are observing in Arab [countries], in North Africa and in many parts of the world where people are oppressed, where people do not have freedom of expression, freedom of assembly.“We must all work together to uphold the fundamental principle of democracy so these people, and all people, men and women, countries big or small, rich or poor, can enjoy genuine freedom and people can live without fear. This is what we have to do, upholding the torch Dag Hammarskjöld has left for us. I am committed to that mission,” said Mr. Ban before leading those gathered to observe a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Hammarskjöld.Speaking to reporters at a joint press briefing with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Secretary-General said they had discussed a number of important issues, including developments in the Middle East and Libya, as well as efforts to help poorer countries achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).He also met Sweden’s International Development Cooperation Minister, Gunilla Carlsson, whom, he said, is playing a critical role as a member of his High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.Mr. Ban noted that Sweden is one of the UN’s most generous donors, providing important resources and valuable ideas and leadership.“Sweden makes up a fraction of one per cent of the global population, but Swedes account for more than five per cent of my high-level UN envoys and representatives. I am very proud and you should be very proud of them. We also have Swedish staff in eight peacekeeping missions, from Liberia to Afghanistan; from South Sudan to Haiti,” he said.The Secretary-General also congratulated Swedish author Tomas Tranströmer, the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature.“The United Nations is very proud that our agency, UNESCO [UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] once published a number of his works in an anthology of Swedish poetry,” he said. 12 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to one of his predecessors, Dag Hammarskjöld, who died 50 years ago, hailing him as a problem-solver who championed the concept of action taken on the basis of conviction and principle. read more

Panama Canal opens 5B locks bullish despite shipping woes

PANAMA CITY – Fireworks exploded as a huge container ship made the inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, formally launching the Central American nation’s multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for global shipping.The Chinese-owned Cosco Shipping Panama went through the Atlantic locks at Agua Clara in the early morning, sailed the 50-mile (80-kilometre) passage to the Cocoli locks near the capital and passed into the Pacific in the evening, stewarded by tugboats and cheered by dignitaries and exuberant crowds of thousands.The $5.25 billion project went online nearly two years late after construction delays, labour strife and apparent cost overruns, but officials were still bullish and in a celebratory mood as they declared the expanded canal open for business.“This is an achievement that all of us Panamanians should be proud of,” President Juan Carlos Varela said at the inaugural ceremony on the outskirts of Panama City. “Today marks a historic moment for Panama, for our hemisphere and the world.”“This new transit route is the tip of the iceberg in making Panama once again the logistics centre of the Americas,” canal administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said. “And it represents a significant opportunity for the countries of the region to improve their infrastructure, increase their exports.”Crowds that began gathering before dawn lined both sides of the canal waving flags, partying to salsa music and watching videos on giant screens. Authorities said about 30,000 people and eight foreign heads of state were attending.“It’s a one-time experience, a great achievement,” said Felicia Penuela, a homemaker from Colon province. “Panama is showing the world that even though it is a small country it can do great things.”The Cosco Shipping Panama is a 158-foot-wide (48.2 metres), 984-foot-long (300 metres) behemoth that is one of the modern New Panamax class of mega-vessels that are seen as the future of global shipping and will now be able to use the canal. It carried some 9,000 cargo containers during the inaugural voyage and now heads to South Korea.The waterway’s capacity doubles with the new locks, and canal authorities are hoping to better compete with the Suez Canal in Egypt and tap new markets such as natural gas shipments between the United States and Asia.“The Panama Canal, with this expansion, is an important player not only for regional maritime commerce but worldwide,” said Oscar Bazan, the Panama Canal Authority’s executive vice-president for planning and commercial development. “The canal is a winning bet.”Authorities said Sunday said that 85 per cent of the 166 reserved crossings scheduled for the next three months are for container ships. Container cargo accounts for nearly 50 per cent of the canal’s overall income.Panamanians at the ceremony expressed hope that the expansion will help the economy in a country where about 25 per cent of the people live in poverty, something that Varela echoed in his remarks.“I think the inauguration of the locks is excellent for the current generations and those to come,” said Moises Gonzalez, a 40-year-old mechanic who worked on the construction of the locks for six years. “Opportunities for us. We have to find a way for it to reach the people.”However, the party comes amid a lull in global shipping due to the drop in oil prices, an economic slowdown in China, which is the canal’s second-largest customer, and other factors that have hit the waterway’s traffic and income.While authorities anticipate increasing commerce between Asia and ports on the U.S. East Coast, doubts remain that not all those ports are ready to handle the huge New Panamex-class cargo ships. Net cargo volume through the canal from the U.S. East Coast toward Asia fell 10.2 per cent in 2015, according to official statistics. Meanwhile, the Suez recently lowered tariffs by up to 65 per cent on large container carriers in an attempt to keep its traffic.“It’s important to remember that the canal does not create demand. The canal opens the route. Supply and demand on a world level is what will decide whether the Panama Canal will really bring more volume or not,” said Antonio Dominguez, a general manager for global shipping leader Maersk Line, which moves about 14.2 per cent of world commerce. “What is certain is that the current canal has maxed out.”Manuel Benitez, deputy canal administrator, said officials are thinking long-term about the benefits the new locks can bring through economies of scale and saving time and costs for large ships.“These are cyclical questions. The market will rebound again and when we are in an ‘up’ cycle again, shipping will generate money and the Panama Canal will generate money,” Benitez said.Since the 50-mile (80-kilometre) canal was handed over from U.S. control at the end of 1999, it has generated about $10 billion in direct income for the Central American nation and is responsible for about 40 per cent of its GDP, factoring in related economic activity. Some 35 to 40 vessels transit the waterway each day, and the canal is estimated to handle about 6 per cent of world maritime commerce.Panama began the expansion nearly a decade ago. Originally planned to open in late 2014 around the waterway’s centennial, the new locks can accommodate ships that carry up to three times the cargo of those previously able to use the canal.___Juan Zamorano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Juan_ZamoranoAPKathia Martinez on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathia_martinez Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes A tugboat leads the Neopanamax cargo ship, Cosco Shipping Panama, as it approaches the new Agua Clara locks, near the port city of Colon, Panama, Sunday June 26, 2016. The ship carrying more than 9,000 containers entered the newly expanded locks that will double the canal’s capacity. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) by Juan Zamorano And Kathia Martinez, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2016 11:25 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Wolf Minerals begins turnaround of its tungstentin mine

first_imgLast week, specialty metals producer, Wolf Minerals Ltd updated the market on operations at its Drakelands open pit mine at its Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in Devon, southwest England. In the June Quarterly Report released on July 28, the company announced the implementation of a detailed operating turnaround plan designed to achieve a sustainable production platform by the December quarter.In recent months, Wolf Minerals has progressed the operating turnaround plan with a particular focus on:• improving processing plant reliability in the crushing circuit• improving performance of the refinery to enhance production levels• reducing noise emissions from the processing plant including low frequency noise (LFN).The improvements are being implemented whilst the company has voluntarily shutdown the vibrating screens in the processing plant on weekends. Wolf has continued to develop technical solutions with its lead construction contractor, GR Engineering Services Ltd (GRES), to expedite a comprehensive LFN solution whilst meeting operational requirements during this important period of production improvements.The company has assessed the costs of ongoing LFN rectifications and has decided to notify GRES of its intention to recover these costs from the £7.5 million Performance Bond under the construction contract. Wolf Minerals is confident that the Performance Bond will be sufficient to cover the costs of implementing the technical solutions required to deliver a successful LFN outcome.Richard Lucas, Interim Managing Director: “We are encouraged by the progress being made on the operating turnaround plan at this early stage, with further improvements planned for the coming months to achieve a sustainable production platform before the end of the year.“We are also encouraged by an improving tungsten price which supports the opportunity for Drakelands to be an important part of the global supply chain for such a critical industrial metal.“Managing our operations successfully also requires us to maintain strong relationships with our local communities, which includes further reductions in low frequency noise emissions. Therefore, after extended discussions with our lead construction contractor, GRES, we have decided to notify them of our intention to call upon the Performance Bond to ensure an LFN solution is achieved as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Doral warehouse catches fire no injuries

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out inside an unoccupied warehouse in Doral.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the blaze near Northwest 93rd Avenue and 12th Street, just after 3 p.m., Sunday.Crews forced their way inside to extinguish the flames.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Amendment Would Offer Congress a Role in Commissary Exchange Consolidation Plan

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an attempt to slow a Pentagon plan to consolidate the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee last week added an amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring the department to assess the feasibility of creating a single military resale organization. The provision calls for DOD to prepare by Jan. 1, 2019, a financial assessment, a business case analysis, and “organizational, operational, and business model integration plans” for consolidating the commissary and exchange systems, reported Military Times. It also would bar the department from using congressional funding to carry out a merger. DOD already had been planning to launch a task force in July to look at the business case for merging the systems; officials also have prepared a legislative proposal needed to go ahead with a consolidation. But lawmakers want to have input on the process. “The fear is that DOD has already worked out the answer to the equation,” a congressional aide said. “We believe there needs to be more of a participative process. … There’s a lot to consider here.”Photo by Michael Strasserlast_img read more