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they are out on bail. there were 150 polluted river stretches on 121 rivers.000 per month, Bansal said The interns said they will wait till June 30 for government intervention failing whichthey will proceed on an indefinite strike Pak docs callon CM Badal CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday laid emphasis on strengthening the ties between medical fraternities of India and Pakistan to benefit the people of both countries in general and eastern and western Punjab in particular The chief minister was addressing a high level delegation of doctors from Pakistan led by President of SAARC Surgical Care Society Dr A Majeed Chaudharyan official spokesman said For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsParis: France’s parliament voted on Tuesday to extend a state of emergency in place since November’s jihadist attacks to the end of July to cover the Euro 2016 footballtournament and Tour de France The emergency was imposed following the 13 November attacks that left 130 people dead in the French capital Getty images The upper house Senate approved the measure by a large majority with 309 in favour and only 30 against mostly from the communist and ecologist parties The emergency was imposed following the 13 November attacks that left 130 people dead in the French capital and was already extended by three months in February until 26 May It allows police to hold people under house arrest whose behaviour is considered "a threat to security and public order" But under the latest extension police will no longer have the power to raid homes without a court order as they have since November Such raids "no longer present the same operational interest since most of the identified locations have already been subject to investigation" said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve He stressed that the precautions could not fully erase the threat "The security challenges will be even more complex as we prepare to welcome a very large number of foreign visitors for Euro 2016" Cazeneuve added The French Human Rights League (LDH) has criticised the extension saying the government was becoming "hooked on the state of emergency" "It reflects. a desire to condition us to living under this regime hoping that the women and men of this country will forget that the defence of our freedoms is another essential way of fighting terrorism" the LDH said in a statement last month Since the measures were imposed in November some 3500 searches have been carried out at least 56 suspects taken into custody and 69 people placed under house arrest the government said in mid-April Organisers say some two million visitors are expected during Euro 2016 which will run from 10 June to 10 July Millions of spectators are also expected for the Tour de France cycling race which is set for July 2-24 and this year covers a route of 3519 kilometres Written by Premankur Biswas | Mumbai | Updated: November 25 2015 6:33 pm Top News As the strains of the evening azaan dissolve into the air Mirajuddin Ahmed a squat man with keen eyes takes centrestage at the boxing rink inside the Kidderpore School of Physical Culture in central-west Kolkata It’s not much just a raised platform lit by an overhead lamp Ahmed’s students a group of girls in their teens wait patiently for his instructions The evening walkers at the adjacent park peek curiously as the girls bow down to pray before training The stares don’t seem to bother them “We are used to it” says Kashmira Khatoon 16 who commutes two hours every day from her village Ghutiari Sharif in 24 Parganas south to attend practice Muslim girl boxers of Khidderpore fighting all odds to become professinal boxer (Source: Express Photo by Subham Dutta) Soon the gloves come on the girls begin to bounce on their toes and jab their fists into the air “It takes at least four hours of training six days a week to be a professional boxer” says Ahmed He would know; better known as China da Ahmed 49 is a sort of legend in Kidderpore He has turned out boxers of the calibre of 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mohammad Ali Qamar Since 1997 Ahmed has trained over 60 young Muslim women some of who have found themselves at the centre of Burqa Boxers a documentary film by Alka Raghuram that is apart of the work-in-progress lab organised by NFDC at the ongoing 46th International Film Festival of India in Goa “When I learned about women boxers from Kolkata in 2007 I was intrigued I wanted to know what their story was That’s how the film came about” says Raghuram The San Francisco-based filmmaker travelled to Kolkata soon after to meet the girls who “dare to dream and fight” Burqa Boxers tells the story of Razia Shabnam one of the first Muslim girls to start training as a boxer in the Khidderpore-Ekbalpore area and how she trains other young women in her neighbourhood Muslim girl boxer Shaima Ajmeri (11) with her sister Shama Ajmeri (23) at their home at Ekbalpore in Khidderpore area (Source: Express Photo by Subham Dutta) The Khidderpore docks are near the port Slums huddle next to highrises and unemployment rate here is one of the highest in the city For the rest of Kolkata Khidderpore is not much above a Muslim ghetto In a neighbourhood where women often do not feel at ease in the public eye boxing means about more than landing the right uppercut It is also about safety and retaining one’s dignity “If the girls are able-bodied boxers they are not teased But if you happen to be a salwar-kameez clad girl you are teased if walk alone after sundown” says Shama Ajmeri 23 a final year college student at a south Kolkata college whose sister Shaima 11 is training in Ahmed’s boxing club “When I started making the film I had some preconceived notions I thought most Muslim families would be unsupportive of their daughters who were learning to box But I was wrong These girls most definitely received family support” says Raghuram Mavish Halim 11 is leading us through the serpentine Mission Dent road that leads to her home She walks quickly past the mosque with a mosaic dome past the granite and chrome building of Ekbalpore nursing home and the bottle cap factory past the goat tied to a lamppost A cavernous gate leads to a foyer; Halim’s family’s one-room apartment is on the fourth floor of a chawl where she lives with her parents sister and grandmother “It’s a bit cramped but we manage” she says shyly Dressed in a loose T-shirt and shorts Halim looks different from her sister Arshin 21 who is wearing a pink salwar-suit with a dupatta draped over her head For the past three years Arshin has woken her sister at 6 in the morning made her breakfast and sent her to Ahmed’s classes to train as a boxer That is the dream of the Halim family — to see their younger daughter as a national-level boxer “People ask us why do you send your girl to a boxing class since we are god-fearing Muslims My response to them is that Islam doesn’t stop women from being self-reliant” says Arshin Muslim girl boxer Zara Faiyaz (10) with her parents at their home at Ekbalpore in Khidderpore area (Source: Express Photo by Subham Dutta) When Raghuram first met Shabnam the protagonist of her film the young boxer was training other girls of Khidderpore to box Today Shabnam 34 is a mother of two and is employed as a trainer at a south Kolkata NGO that works with children from the red light areas And though she has left the streets of Khidderpore behind she says that she will never forget her roots “This was around 1997-98 I was initiated into boxing by my brother Tabrez who was training under Mirajuddin Ahmed at the time I was in college and I didn’t know of any women boxers in the country I saw Laila Ali (Muhammad Ali’s daughter) on TV and was taken in by the glamour of it all” says Shabnam She approached Ahmed and asked to be trained “Surprisingly he was quite open to that” she says Since that day there has been no looking back Training doesn’t come cheap Though Ahmad charges only Rs 50 per month from his students he says the actual cost to train amateur boxers comes to nearly Rs 10000 a month which includes a proper diet and training equipment “We make do with the barest minimum and ask established boxers for hand-me-downs We also get donations from different organisations” he says Most of his boxers can’t even afford gloves “A basic glove costs Rs 1500 That’s more than half the monthly income of the families of most of my students” says Ahmed One of his star students is Khatoon “Her father is a vegetable vendor and can’t even afford the daily commuting fare” says Ahmed In spite of all odds Khatoon who is representing Bengal at the National Boxing Championship in Guwahati next month has big dreams “If I get a railway job I will be able to help my family” she says Khatoon’s brush with boxing began as soon as she hit her teens “Boys in the locality where we stay would harrass my sister I felt helpless and wanted to help her I saw Mary Kom win matches on television and felt that I could do something about this” says Khatoon A cousin who lived in Kidderpore suggested Ahmed’s boxing club But Khatoon had her reservations “I was scared that it will be too much of a burden on my parents A boxer’s diet is expensive But slowly I realised that they were actually dreaming on my behalf My father would give me his share of eggs my mother skips one meal a day so that I can eat properly” she says Most girls in the area are married off early sometimes in their teens but the sport is slowly opening up new possibilities Sufiya Noor 12 a standard IV student at the Loyala High school has recently informed her parents that she won’t marry till she establishes herself as a boxer “We will support her We won’t force her to marry if she decides that she wants to excel in her chosen career path” says her mother Shabana Noor 34 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Jagdeep Singh Deep | Chandigarh | Published: November 24 2015 3:12 am Related News WHILE MYSTERY continues to shroud the murder of corporate lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh aka Sippy Sidhu his family has taken the social media route to target the Punjab and Haryana High Court judge and her daughter It has been over two months since Sippy was shot dead in a park in Sector 27 on September 20 The Chandigarh Police has not been able to solve the case They have questioned the judge’s daughter twice so far Share This Article Related Article Sippy’s family has created a Facebook page on which they are continuously posting pictures of the judge and her daughter The post alleging the involvement of the judge’s family has registered more than one lakh views in two days Sippy’s younger brother Jippy Sidhu who has uploaded these pictures told Chandigarh Newsline “We want Chandigarh Police to act quickly and solve the mystery of my brother’s murder If we fail to get justice we shall explore other options” Jippy said he had met senior officers of the UT Administration on Sunday and sought permission for a candlelight permission “We shall carry out a candlelight procession in Chandigarh on December 13 while Sippy’s friends will carry out processions in America Canada New Zeland Australia and England on the same day” Jippy said The police however refused to divulge details of the investigation “The family can allege and they can name anybody but we are investigating the matter The investigation is going on in the positive direction from day one The case will be solved soon” said an investigating police officer For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi:Majority of the BCCI’s state associations are in favour of accepting the Lodha Reforms partially in Wednesday’s Special General Meeting desperate to end the impasse keeping the next Supreme Court hearing on 18 August in mind Despite the Supreme Court barring disqualified officials like N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah some of their confidantes may threaten to once again play spoilsport although they may just be very small in number The BCCI brass is happy that the Supreme Court is ready to hear some of the reforms that they have always found practically difficult to implement Representational image AFP The SC will be hearing the arguments on ‘One State One Vote’ and pruning of the national selection committee which the BCCI has always termed as unimplementable It is learnt that a lot of members are in favour that the general body shows enough intent by adopting the reforms partially which would also send a positive signal to the Committee of Administrators (COA) as well as the apex court "Look the Supreme Court has given us new hope when they stated that they will hear some of the contentious issues once again They have directed the BCCI to adopt as many reforms as possible "So when the Supreme Court hears the case on August 18 at least they are aware that we have adopted a majority of the reforms" a state unit member from west zone who cannot be officially quoted told PTIon Tuesday There is a school of thought in the BCCI to adhere to the reforms adopted during the adjourned general body meeting held on October 1 last year "During that particular general body meeting the members had agreed that around 80 percent of the reforms can be accepted Also the special committee that was formed recently has also brought down the gamut of difficulties to four "Therefore if the unimplementable reforms are down to four we can always accept the other reforms" the official added Another item on the agenda will be the Deloitte Report pertaining to the ‘Fund Disbursement Policy’ The board may ask the company to give a presentation Deloitte has prepared a 103-page report and many members will find it difficult to go through that report in entirety A proposal might be placed before the floor to summon a Deloitte representative who will do a presentation on the salient features that need to be adopted Agenda of the SGM 1 To discuss the report of the meetings of the Special Committee of BCCI held on 1 July 2017 and 8 July 2017 for implementation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 18 July 2016 It includes the following: A) Formal adoption of the Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulation for the BCCI B) Formal adoption of the new BCCI’s Conflict of Interest Rules C) Appointment of Ombudsman D) Formal adoption of new Fund Disbursement Policy Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: April 30 2012 12:31 am Related News Specimens of the evolution of the cricket bat from its days of looking like a rudimentary hockey stick to the current angular blade A collection of bats signed by Sir Donald Bradman Sachin Tendulkars cricket gear Autographs of virtually everyone who is well-known in the cricketing world These are just a few of the many collectibles and souvenirs that make up the new Blades of Glory Cricket Museum Located in Punethe museum is the brainchild of Rohan Patea builder in his twentieswho isclearlyalso an ardent collector of cricket memorabilia With wooden interiors and dim lightingthe museum isas Pate puts it?An Up fast train from Badlapur was stalled near Dadar for about 25 minutes following a technical problem that disrupted power supply to the OHE. Three locals were diverted between Vikhroli and CST while repair work was onthe spokeperson added For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew York:Former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton on Wednesdayexpressed solidarity with the victims of the New York terror attack that claimed eight lives A 29-year-old Uzbekistan immigrant allegedly inspired by the ISIS ploughed a pickup truck down a crowded bike-only path in lower Manhattan in the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since the 9/11 incident At least eight people were killed and 11 others injured in the attack while the suspect was arrested "Michelle and I are thinking of the victims of today’s attack in NYC and everyone who keeps us safe New Yorkers are as tough as they come" Obama 56 said in a tweet which was retweeted by former first lady Michelle Obama Bill Clinton 71 also took to the social media site to express his condemnation for terrorism New Yorkers see this attack for what it is—an attempt to sow fear We stand against terror as we grieve for the victims and thank the @NYPD Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) October 31 2017 Former White House contender Hillary Clinton 70 denounced the attack as a "cowardly act" "New York’s resilience is stronger than a cowardly act of terror Thinking of the victims their families & the responders who saved lives" she posted on Twitter Republican Senator and Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain said "Praying for all those impacted by the tragedy in #NewYorkCity Thanks to first responders & law enforcement for their quick action" Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Published: September 10 2015 1:59 am Agarwal died on the spot when a 20-year-old rammed his silver Innova into her due to alleged drunk driving Related News HER friends were rendered unconscious within seconds of being hit by a silver Innova on a pavement in Mahim in the early hours of Tuesday but 16-year-old Riya Agarwal was completely conscious until she saw her mother Krishna Agarwal (42) die Krishna had a “mannat” a wish she believed Siddhivinayak would fulfill and she was all set to take a 25-km walk every Tuesday morning to the Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi for 11 weeks from her residence in Ekta Nagar in Kandivali West Having made plans over a month to start their 11-week routine the mother-daughter decided Monday night to take the first trip along with Riya’s friends who had also planned a visit Share This Article Related Article Accordingly Krishna Riya and her three friends — Ansh Bhumi and Naina — set off at 11 pm Monday and walked most of the stretch barefoot “We took halts in between At 415 am we decided to rest on the pavement in Mahim” said Riya a Commerce student in Durgadevi Saraf Junior College Malad “I never saw the speeding car It came out of nowhere When it hit my mother she did not even get a chance to scream The impact was so big” Riya said While Krishna was sitting on one side of a pole the others were seated a little away Krishna was the first to be hit when the speeding vehicle went out of control Riya said she saw her mother’s head getting stuck in the railing of the footpath and the rest of her body being dragged by the vehicle until it stopped The Agarwal family now plans to leave Mumbai to permanently settle in Rajasthan According to relatives the family had shifted to Mumbai 12 years ago in search of more income and a better life after Krishna’s husband Nilesh Agarwal’s automobile business in Rajasthan went into losses In Mumbai Nilesh started working in an imitation jewellery store “Krishna wanted to contribute towards family expenses She pursued a beautician course and started going out on calls to several places” said Lokesh Agarwal Krishna’s brother who reached Mumbai from Ahmedabad after getting the news of her death The 42-year-old also has a younger son Chirag (12) He was at home when Krishna and Riya set out for the temple visit According to Riya there were three persons in the car when it rammed into them “Two of them ran away But a girl jogging on the road managed to catch hold of the driver Nobody was willing to help us” she said Riya reportedly dialed 100 for police help but no relief team reached them for the next 20 minutes She then called her father who called a police officer who resides in their building “We left for the hospital in a police van My mother’s body was brought half an hour after we reached the hospital The ambulance took a lot of time to reach us” Riya said The car was being driven by one Nathelon Mukhtiyar a resident of Bandra allegedly under the influence of liquor He is in police custody at present Mahesh Patil Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V) said the four family members’ statements had been recorded “There were several other eyewitnesses who have testified about the incident and all their versions are similar We have sent the accused’s blood samples for further analysis We are awaiting the results” he added (With Rohit Alok) tabassumbarnagarwala @expressindiacom For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: April 29 2016 2:00 pm Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has urged everyone to “save and educate” daughters Related News Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has urged everyone to “save and educate” daughters The 73-year-old cine icon mentioned that the daughters are our continuity and also shared two black and white photographs of himself along with his daughter Shweta Nanda on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday(April 28) “Daughters are the best…Save them educate them They are our continuity” Big B captioned the photographs T 2240 – Daughters are the best .she cleared the Class XII Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination. Squads: Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), The officials tonight simply got it wrong. download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: November 30,P. He is very unpredictable… Whether it’s his face.

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In addition, this year the A.R.T. sold more than 1,000 student passes, three times the number of previous years.Paulus ’88 has broadened the theater’s reach in part by engaging directly with the community from which she came, working in tandem with Harvard professors to co-teach classes on campus and during the winter break developing a theater workshop for young undergraduates aspiring to careers in theater.She sees interacting with the undergraduate community as a central part of her mission, calling students “the future of the theater.”“We need to get them to understand that part of the enriching liberal arts experience is the A.R.T.”Music, atypical theater spaces, and collaborations with the University community all play important roles in next season’s recently announced program, which will include the musical “Cabaret,” starring Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls fame, and what Paulus calls the rock protest musical “Prometheus Bound.” Also on tap are the opera “Death in the Powers,” a work being developed by the MIT Media Lab in partnership with the A.R.T. that will feature state-of-the-art robots, and a show currently in development that she hopes will operate as a type of theatrical scavenger hunt.“To me, the mandate for every show is that it grabs the audience, intellectually, emotionally, in certain cases physically,” said Paulus. “Next year’s season will definitely offer that exciting range.”To view next season’s schedule.last_img

NY Bans Incineration Disposal Of Toxic Firefighting Foam

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Photo: PixabayALBANY (AP) — New York has banned the disposal of toxic firefighting foam by incineration in certain cities after environmental groups raised concerns about an Albany-area firm that had incinerated foam for two years under a Department of Defense contract.The law signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, was designed to prevent the Norlite hazardous waste incinerator in Cohoes from resuming the burning of foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, chemicals known collectively as PFAS.The Department of Environmental Conservation ordered Norlite to cease disposal of the material in 2019, and the city of Cohoes enacted a one-year moratorium on PFAS incineration last April. The company said it hasn’t processed the material since December 2019 and would not do so unless testing supported by the state and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed thermal destruction was the safest and most effective means of disposal.But local residents, elected officials and environmental groups sought a permanent ban after learning the facility has incinerated more than 2 million pounds of foam through contracts with the Pentagon that have since been canceled. The company had also incinerated foam shipped from firehouses across the East Coast as the material is being phased out due to concerns over possible toxicity. “This establishes a national precedent that other states should follow,” Judith Enck, former Region 2 administrator for the EPA, said in a statement.PFAS are human-made chemicals that research suggests can cause health problems in humans. The chemicals have been used for decades in a range of products, including firefighting foam and stain-resistant sprays. They are known as “forever chemicals” because of their longevity in the environment and resistance to destruction.The new state law says it applies to cities designated as environmental justice areas and with 16,000 to 17,000 residents. But it was aimed at Cohoes because Norlite is the only facility in New York, and one of a handful nationwide, known to have processed PFAS foam.“We’re looking forward to building on this success and broadening it to a statewide ban,” said Rob Hayes, clean water associate for Environmental Advocates New York. He said PFAS foam could be incinerated at several other facilities around the state.“Because PFAS foam is not regulated as a hazardous waste and has few disposal requirements, it could theoretically also be incinerated at a municipal waste combustion facility, of which there are 10 spread across the state, Hayes said. ”We have not heard of any PFAS foam waste being sent to the listed hazardous waste incinerators or a municipal waste incinerator.”last_img

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