The Supreme Court on Friday sought a report from the CBI on photographs in which former Bihar health minister and RJD chief’s son Tej Pratap Yadav is seen posing with a proclaimed offender Mohammad Kaif.The direction came on a petition filed by Asha Ranjan, whose husband and journalist Rajdeo Ranjan was murdered in Siwan district in Bihar. Kaif is an accused in Ranjan’s murder and was absconding in the case when the photographs surfaced in the media. Kaif is alleged to be a sharp-shooter for Siwan strongman and jailed RJD leader Mohd Shahabuddin.Police investigationA Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra directed the CBI to find out the progress made by the local police in its investigation into the photos. The court ordered Ms. Ranjan’s counsel, advocate A.R.M. Pandey, to provide the CBI counsel and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta with a transcript of a press conference held by the Siwan police chief assuring investigation into the photographs. The court ordered the CBI to file a report in four weeks.”It was expedient on the part of the Siwan Superintendent of Police to file an FIR… he miserably failed to take action. Kaif is now out on bail… Both Kaif and Javed (another accused in the Ranjan case) were remanded only after the writ petition was filed in the Supreme Court,” Mr. Pandey submitted.‘Harbouring accused’The counsel submitted that serious action should be taken against Mr. Tej Pratap for “harbouring and screening” offenders.Responding to the submissions, Mr. Tej Pratap’s counsel explained that his client was attending a public function and a “man came up and gave me a bouquet of flowers”.“Nobody says that I was seen with Kaif prior to the murder,” Tej Pratap’s counsel said.
Maria Sharapova of Russia competes against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 1 of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 31, 2017 in Stanford, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFive-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week’s WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sad farewell for injured Usain Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova’s participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.“I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year.”Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw. View comments MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
The WWE Money in the Bank 2012 results are one night removed and that brought some new twists and turns on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw. Both of the MITB winners appeared on the latest show, but did either cash in their briefcase to win the championship belts?Earlier on Tuesday, MITB results news indicated that John Cena had a huge announcement for tonight’s episode of Raw. Some were speculating he might cash in tonight, while others pointed to either SummerSlam PPV, or next week’s episode of Raw. That also just so happens to be the 1000th episode of the show which has plenty of star power including The Rock, Brock Lesnar, and D-Generation X all appearing live for the three-hour show.According to the Raw Results reported by Wrestling Inc, Ziggler was the first of the two Money in the Bank briefcase winners to appear on Raw. He came out dressed in a suit along with his manager Vickie Guerrero, and cut a promo in the ring about how he will be cashing in on Sheamus soon enough, and become the best champion ever. Chris Jericho interrupted all the talk, which prompted Ziggler to begin cutting him down, saying Jericho hasn’t won an important match for months. All of the trash talk ended up bad for Dolph, as he got hit by a Codebreaker, and left down in the ring by Jericho. Looks like the start of an interesting feud here, with Jericho turning face.
The Congress-led UPA will go for a snap election next year after presenting a populist budget, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday.But in an interview to CNN-IBN, the Trinamool Congress chief did not rule out the possibility of returning to the United Progressive Alliance at a later date.”The UPA government will present a populist budget in March 2013 and will go in for snap elections immediately after that,” said Banerjee, who ended her party’s support to the Manmohan Singh government last week.She said her party was ready for an election “today, we are ready for tomorrow and day after also”.Asked if she could support the Congress again after the next Lok Sabha election, she said: “I can’t say about tomorrow’s strategy. The party will have to decide.””But I’m fed up with them. I can’t give my individual opinion. I’ve a party with me and I have to take them into confidence.”In her first interview after withdrawing support to the UPA, Banerjee said she has no regrets.She said while Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav could prop up the Congress-led UPA for now, the government has lost its credentials to rule the world’s largest democracy.”This government never consulted any matter with any alliance partner,” Banerjee complained.”Whatever they do, they do it quietly. This may be a stable government in the Congress eye, but it’s not a safe and sound government.”She accused the Congress of using “money power, muscle power and mafia power” to cling to power. She branded the Manmohan Singh government “very arrogant”.The Trinamool Congress walked out of UPA over the government’s decision to hike diesel prices, allow FDI in multi-brand retail and put a cap on the number of subsidized cooking gas cylinders per family.She called the decisions “absolutely wrong”. Banerjee also denied that her party had endorsed FDI in its 2009 election manifesto.After saying that the Congress has lost the moral and democratic right to rule, Banerjee came down heavily on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”Manmohan Singh is not a grassroot man. He has always come from the Rajya Sabha. Why is this decision on FDI in retail without passing it in the Lok Sabha?”She said she was happy the Congress has left her in West Bengal.”We are not dependent on them, they are dependent on us. They have already left us, we are happy.”The chief minister said she will be happy if all “regional” chief ministers came together to discuss the country’s future.”That’s best for the country. India should run from different parts of the country. That’s a good thing…””We have already decided on a Federal Front. I think states should be more powerful.”advertisement
AdvertisementWWE have partnered up with Twitter for the first ever all women’s PPV Evolution this Sunday on October 28. The social media powerhouse will simulcast the first 30 minutes of the show on the WWE, Twitter Live and Twitter Sports handle, airing live from Uniondale, NY at 7 p.m. Eastern (4:30 am IST).Similarly, Evolution will be available as always on the WWE Network while Indian viewers can watch the event live on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 in English and Hindi commentary respectively.Furthermore, WWE will also be live streaming seven-hours of content from the past on their Twitter, Facebook and YouTube page on Saturday afternoon from 3 p.m. Eastern (12:30 a.m. IST) onwards. Historic championship matches, episodes from WWE Network specials such as WWE 24 and Ride Along is in store for the fans to binge watch non-stop.As per the PPV, seven matches have been lined up for this groundbreaking event. The Women’s Championships from RAW, SmackDown and NXT are all being defended in singles competition while Toni Storm will clash against Io Shirai in the finals of the Mae Young Classic.Over 50 female superstars are set to take part this Sunday night with Hall of Famers and legends all making their return for one night only. Meanwhile, Alexa Bliss has been ruled out due to injury but The Goddess will be present ringside to support her friends Mickie James and Alicia Fox as they battle Lita and Trish Stratus in tag team action.This Sunday the first 30 minutes of #WWEEvolution will be broadcast Live on @Twitter. This will be the first time a @WWENetwork streaming special will be simulcast on social and we can’t wait for more of the world to experience our 1st all-Women’s event! https://t.co/jtmZbdVp0z— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) October 26, 2018 Advertisement
Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Their bout was licensed by the British and Irish Boxing Authority, rather than the British Boxing Board of Control, and organizers were scrambling to rescue the event which has 10 other fights on the card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He agreed on Tuesday he wasn’t fit to face 40-year-old Sakio Bika next month in what was planned as a one-off fight to give him “closure” on a career blighted by drug abuse, depression, and the death of his brother.“I hope my fans will respect that I have no say in this decision,” Benn said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBenn claimed the WBO middleweight title in 1990, and held the WBC super-middleweight title from 1992-96.Bika was a former WBC super-middleweight champion. Iverson remains Philly icon as 76ers race to perfect start Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Conor Benn, right, celebrates with Nigel Benn after his WBA Continental Welterweight title boxing match with Steve Jamoye, not pictured, at the O2 Arena, London on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Paul Harding/PA via AP)LONDON — A shoulder injury has ended the comeback attempt by 55-year-old former boxing champion Nigel Benn.Benn scheduled his first professional fight since 1996 for Nov. 23 in Birmingham, but hurt his shoulder in training on Monday. He received anti-inflammatory injections in the shoulder last week but they were already failing to reduce acute pain which was affecting his punching power and movement.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich defender Timm Klose: Booze and smoking almost blew careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City defender Timm Klose admits he almost blew his chance of a pro career due to his lifestyle as a teenager.Klose says moving to Germany transformed his life.He recalled to his club’s TV channel: “When I was 13 I still didn’t know what I would do in my life and even though I came from a very healthy family, I encountered several problems. “I had many older friends who drank and smoked and I, despite being a bad idea, decided to follow them. I clearly dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and in those years I played in the Basel youth teams, but I also spent most of my time between alcohol and smoking. “I lived a parallel reality, I didn’t really understand what was happening to me. One night I almost had a heart attack lying on a bench in a park near the lake. I don’t remember where I was exactly. The next morning alone and it was a shock, only later, when I reached the age of 16, did I meet my wife and move to Nuremberg to find support of a mental coach that I still hear from today.”
HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 09: A general view is seen during the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)A former star college football running back is being waived by his NFL team, according to multiple reports this morning.D’Onta Foreman, a standout running back at Texas and a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, has been waived.The former Longhorns star had 85 carries for 327 yards and two touchdowns in 2017.Foreman missed the 2018 season with an injury. “Houston feels like Foreman needs a fresh start and needs to grow up,” ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.Texans placed RB D’Onta Foreman on waivers, as @McClain_on_NFL reported. Houston feels like Foreman needs a fresh start and needs to grow up.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2019Foreman was one of the best running backs in the country during his time at Texas and showed some promise early in his career with the Texans.Houston, though, is apparently ready to move on.Foreman should have interest from several other NFL teams once he hits the open market.
If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Let the Keyport Pivot Take Care of Your Keys (and Everything Else) Close The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The fear of losing your stuff can add unnecessary stress to your daily life. We’ve given advice on how not to lose your tools, and now there’s a simple solution for your keys. Come to the everyday carry (EDC) side of life and boost your utility and preparedness with just one simple gadget: the Keyport Pivot.EDC tools are becoming more and more popular in our fast-paced and busy world. The idea is that the gear you carry every day should serve at least one purpose or function, which will enhance your daily life in some shape or form. The Keyport Pivot serves many by taking advantage of its modular design.This easy-to assemble gadget provides organization and utility for those maneuvering the office and job site while also minimizing clutter. The Pivot is essentially a key holder that can be customized with Keyport’s many attachments, such as a USB flash drive, a flashlight, or a knife. Simply choose a red, black, or silver anodized aluminum frame and personalize a hybrid key holder with your preferred pocket tools.Keyport recently developed three new add-ons that integrate seamlessly with the Pivot. These modules include a low-energy Bluetooth locator, a 12-lumen flashlight, and a pocket knife from Klecker Knives.The Bluetooth locator works with the TrackR phone app to help you locate misplaced keys. If you’re stuck working late with a graveyard shift, the flashlight can come in handy in those tough to see situations. And, if you fly a lot, Keyport’s drop-point blade profile allows for easy removal and reapplication for airline travel — and this goes for all Keyport’s attachments and add-ons.The Pivot is compatible with many of the company’s other inserts, such as tweezers, scissors, and multi-tools like the Griffin Stowaway Tool (a combination bottle opener, screwdriver, scoring tool, pocket clip, prying tool, and various wrenches). Plus, the Pivot is designed meticulously to assure your key holder doesn’t loosen over time.If you’re interested in seeing what other kind of multi-tools, check out The Manual’s list of essentials and must-haves. Editors’ Recommendations
New classrooms are to be constructed at the Black River High School in St. Elizabeth and the Portland-based Fair Prospect Primary School at a total cost of $31 million (US$257, 595).The project is being undertaken through grant funding from the Government of Japan under the Japan Grassroots Human Security Project.Four classrooms are to be added at Black River High for approximately $20 million (US$166,689) and two at Fair Prospect Primary for about $11 million (US$90,906).Minister of Education, Youth & Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, welcomed the assistance from the Government of Japan.“Both Black River High and Fair Prospect Primary are in need of support. We intend to do further work and it’s on our budget to build out the capacity of Black River High School, so that they can come off the shift (system),” he said at the grant signing ceremony at the Ministry on Friday (March 9).Senator Reid called on the students and teachers of both institutions to appreciate the investments being made.“Don’t expect us to be making so much investment in our schools and we’re not getting returns, so we have to always encourage accountability and performance. We are encouraging discipline among our students and our teachers and all of this is putting together a package to build a better Jamaica,” he said.Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki, in his remarks, said the resources being provided will ultimately strengthen the learning environment at the institutions.He informed that the grant signing ceremony was the sixth in Jamaica under the Japan Grassroots Human Security Project since the start of his tenure five months ago. “Don’t expect us to be making so much investment in our schools and we’re not getting returns, so we have to always encourage accountability and performance. We are encouraging discipline among our students and our teachers and all of this is putting together a package to build a better Jamaica,” he said. New classrooms are to be constructed at the Black River High School in St. Elizabeth and the Portland-based Fair Prospect Primary School at a total cost of $31 million (US$257, 595). Story Highlights Principal of Fair Prospect Primary, Juliet Bailey-Walters, said the institution of 212 pupils also faces overcrowding and has had to find innovate ways to accommodate students. “I have signed five grant contracts providing funding assistance to Jamaica’s health and education sectors in respect of the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, Oracabessa Primary School, Spanish Town Hospital, Iris Gelly Primary and Buff Bay Primary with total funding in excess of $30 million,” he indicated.Chairman of Black River High School, Vincent Guthrie, expressed gratitude for the improvements to be undertaken.“It’s a big boost. The challenge that the Black River High School faces is chiefly about classrooms space. The school has been on shift for several years…and has outgrown its capacity. Our big thrust now is to get the school off shift so one of our targets is to see if we can indeed get adequate classrooms, maybe about 10, to be able to take the school off shift,” he said.Principal of Fair Prospect Primary, Juliet Bailey-Walters, said the institution of 212 pupils also faces overcrowding and has had to find innovate ways to accommodate students.“We are very grateful, because I know that this will go a very far way to improve the ambiance of the school and improve teaching and learning,” she noted.Through the Grassroots Human Security Project, the Government of Japan offers financial assistance for development programmes designed to meet the diverse needs in rural communities of developing countries.
Cam Allen, the voice of the Nova Scotia’s Winter Road Report, isback on the job. Mr. Allen returned to his winter post over the weekend, and isonce again providing the public with provincial road conditionupdates three times daily. “The provincial winter road reports are a valuable safety toolfor motorists during the winter months,” said Mr. Allen, a 10-year veteran of the job. “Drivers appreciate the service.” Information for the road reports comes from about 30 departmentbases across Nova Scotia and from Environment Canada weatherreports. For the most part, the reports cover the province’s 100-series highways network. It is used by drivers, radio stations,newspapers and television stations such as the Weather Network. The road reports are available by calling 1-800-307-SNOW (7669),or 424-3933 in Halifax. The road report is also available on the Internet athttp://www.gov.ns.ca/tran . The button in the upper left-hand corner ofthe page, marked Road Conditions and Weather, gives access to thelatest information. Deaf or hard of hearing callers who use a TTY telephone are ableto access provincial road condition reports by dialing 426-7554in Halifax, or toll-free 1-866-297-7544. The Winter Road Report has been in operation for more than twodecades. It operates each year until late March or early April,depending upon weather. Drivers are also encouraged to do their part by monitoring localweather and road reports, and by slowing down and beingattentive. More driving safety tips can be found on the website at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20030227004 . TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Nova Scotia’s Winter Road ReportBegins Annual Work
Grade 9 students will have more help as they move into high school through a new program that helps them make the connection between learning and work opportunities. As part of an update on the Kids and Learning education plan, Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced today, Feb. 5, that the Discovering Opportunities program will begin at three schools during the 2013-14 academic year. Ms. Jennex also announced that a review of Grade 9 will be completed this year. The goal is to improve the important transition year by examining what students are being taught, how they are being taught and how to strengthen the link between what is being taught and the community and workplace. “Grade 9 is a critical year for making decisions about the future,” said Ms. Jennex. “We need to be sure we are preparing these students to succeed. We also must keep students involved and interested during this transition year, but that can be a challenge for some of our young people.” Discovering Opportunities follows the commitment to link learning to the workplace. “Since we released Kids and Learning First, parents, teachers and families have told us what’s working for them, and we are building on those successes,” Ms. Jennex said. “Discovering Opportunities is one way to address students who are faltering in junior high. “Under the program, students will believe they can succeed and make up any lost learning, while developing skills employers are looking for.” Building on the success of Options and Opportunities (O2)already available at the high school level, Discovering Opportunities takes a flexible, team-centred approach to learning and provides students with real work skills and experiences in their communities. Wyatt Albert is a Grade 11 student at J.L. Ilsley High School in Halifax where the O2 program has been successful. He feels Grade 9 is a good year to help students find their own way to learn. “My work experience gave me the confidence to pursue the career I like,” he said. “The program has helped me decide what I want to do, and it’s given me a chance to meet people and build my skills and knowledge in the culinary field. I only wish I could have started it earlier.” Discovering Opportunities is built on partnerships with local businesses, which help students gain job-related skills, post-secondary institutions and community groups. “We offer students a chance to learn about customer service, hospitality and skilled trades,” said Carol Logan, director of human resources for the Prince George Hotel, which participates in the O2 program. “Students are able to experience a broad range of job skills in one hotel facility. We appreciate the chance to give students valuable work experience and help train the workforce of the future.”
United Nations: India supplies nearly two-thirds of the world’s antiretroviral drugs and plays a significant role in the global fight against AIDS by helping scale up access to treatment across developing countries, according to an Indian diplomat.First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said at a General Assembly session on Monday that “remarkable progress” had been made in the fight against HIV/ AIDS epidemic. “However, significant challenges remain in our way towards eliminating HIV/ AIDS as a public health threat by 2030,” Tripathi said at the session titled ‘Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and The Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS’. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe Indian pharmaceutical industry supplies almost two-thirds of the antiretroviral drugs used globally, helping scale up access to treatment across developing countries and significantly contributing in the international fight against AIDS, she said. India has witnessed a more than 80 per cent decline in estimated new infection from peak of epidemic in 1995 and estimated HIV/AIDS related deaths have declined by 71 per cent since its peak in 2005. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThere was an 84 per cent reduction in tuberculosis deaths among people living with the HIV in India by 2017, three years ahead of the 2020 deadline. Significant advances have been made in understanding, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS globally, Tripathi said. She said the progress was possible due to involvement of the communities, civil society and people living with HIV in policy and delivery of services and through intensified information, education and communication drive. “It is time to focus on future challenges and invigorate research in key areas including better diagnosis to identify maximum number of HIV-infected persons and expanding ART coverage, developing vaccine and new treatments to alleviate the need for lifelong ART and finally, preventing new cases of HIV infection,” Tripathi said. In India, a landmark HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act came into force from September 10 last year that provides a rights-based framework to ensure a dignified life without stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV. “This Act is a milestone. It empowers a person living with HIV to report discrimination in fields of employment, health care services, educational services, public facilities, property rights, holding public office, and insurance,” she said. Former Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda said at a high-level General Assembly meeting on HIV/AIDS in 2016 that 80 per cent of the drugs used globally to combat the deadly AIDS were supplied by the Indian pharmaceutical firms. The low-cost generic medicine have helped scale up access to HIV treatment across the developing countries, he said. India had faced the “spectre of disastrous consequences” on account of AIDS epidemic 15 years back but was able to manage the challenge effectively. The country today is significantly contributing in the global fight against AIDS as more than 80 per cent of the antiretroviral drugs used globally are supplied by the Indian pharmaceutical industry, Nadda had said. In 2017, India had 2.1 million HIV/AIDS patients, the third largest number in the world. About 750,000 people depend on the free distribution of drugs through government-run centres, according to National Aids Control Organisation. Over 80,000 new infections and 69,000 AIDS-related deaths occurred in India in 2017, it said. From 2000 to 2011, India made a significant progress in tackling its HIV epidemic. From 2000 to 2012, the number of new HIV cases declined by half. PTI
The electricity-intensive process used to create units of the digital currency Bitcoin has led to a surge in Iranian energy consumption, putting unprecedented pressure on power grids and forcing officials to cut off supplies to so-called mining farms, according to state media.Iranian miners are taking advantage of the nation’s subsidized power rates and are even mining from mosques, which are entitled to free electricity, Homayoun Haeri, deputy minister for electricity and energy at Iran’s Ministry of Power, told the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency.Electricity consumption in the country jumped by 7 per cent in the month ending June 21, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhad, spokesman for the Tadvin Electricity Company, told state TV in an interview earlier this week. He blamed cryptominers for the surge. Bitcoin is in full pendulum mode. With this swing, it closes its best quarter since the bubble Why are investors piling into gold and Bitcoin — and should you do the same? Here’s where billionaire investor Mike Novogratz thinks Bitcoin is going next “The production of each Bitcoin uses the equivalent of the annual consumption of 24 properties in Tehran, or one property’s consumption of electricity for 24 years,” he said.Every kilowatt of electricity is subsidized by 5,000 rials, worth about four U.S. cents at unregulated market exchange rates in Iran. This means the production of a single unit of Bitcoin takes about 350 million rials in state subsidies, or about US$2,700, according to Mehr, a semi-official news agency.Bitcoin traded at US$11,770 as of 6:45 in Tehran on Friday, up 38 per cent this month and more than 200 per cent this year.Iran’s Power Ministry is considering enforcing a special tariff on miners in order to mitigate the cost and reduce the burden on power stations, according to Haeri, the deputy minister. Several mining farms across the country have had their electricity supply cut off and mining machines seized by authorities, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.Iranians have turned to cryptocurrencies as they seek ways to avert U.S. government sanctions that limit their ability to access hard currency. Iran’s central bank banned the use of cyber currencies in financial transactions last year, citing concerns about money laundering and crime.Bloomberg.com