Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday ruled out any third party mediation on Kashmir issue.Reacting to former Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah’s demand for a third party intervention, Ms. Mufti said, “There can be no place for a third party intervention in Jammu and Kashmir.”Mr. Abdullah on Friday sought the help of the U.S. and China “to mediate over the Kashmir issue”.“Let America and China mind their own business. Look at the places America has interfered in, be it Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq. While China has its own problems to deal with in Tibet. We have the Lahore Declaration and the Shimla Agreement with us,” Ms. Mufti said.
The Railway administration on Wednesday terminated the services of 13 railway employees of the Khatauli station for the derailment of Utkal Express on August 19. More than 24 people were killed and 154 injured during the derailment which happened when Utkal Express was allowed to cross the track even when the track was being repaired. The local track men and railway engineers allowed repair work without taking the prior permission of senior officials. Superintendent of Khatauli railway station Rajendra Singh told The Hindu that the tracks were being repaired without informing senior officials. Those who were removed include 11 trackmen, 1 junior engineer and 1 hammer man. They were found to have committed “serious lapse during duty.” Neeraj Sharma, the chief spokesperson of the Northern Railway told The Hindu, “In connection with Khatauli train accident, 13 Railway employee including 11 trackmen, 1 Junior engineer, 1 hammer man, have been removed from service by Railway administration. They were involved in serious lapse during duty.”The termination of services of employees comes in a series of major reshuffle in the administrative set up of the railways following the derailment.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has welcomed the creation of a Chief of the Defence Staff post as a vital step in strengthening and streamlining the command structure of the country’s defence services.Hailing the Union government’s decision as the fulfilment of a long-pending demand, first mooted by the then UPA government in the wake of the Kargil war, the Chief Minister said the move would go a long way in improving the command and control system of the Indian armed forces.Capt. Amarinder said that a CDS was suggested back in 2009 by the Naresh Chandra committee under the United Progressive Alliance, as the permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC). The decision, however, then could not be implemented though it was felt that such a post would bring in more effective coordination and cohesiveness in the armed forces.“With the CDS to coordinate them, the three defence services, viz the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, the Indian armed forces would become more integrated, thus enhancing their effectiveness,” the Chief Minister said in a statement.
21Dec Rep. Vaupel supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities Categories: News,Vaupel News State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, recently voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan’s public schools.“This is an opportunity to help our children beyond high school while they’re still in the classroom,” Vaupel said. “Our mid-Michigan school districts will have more course flexibility, improved access to experienced instructors and be able to work closely with local business owners. That will ultimately help our state’s students, while giving them better access to post-high school programs and help have more options as future professionals.”The legislation was developed from the recommendations of the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance, which includes state K-12 educators and local employment leaders working together to help strengthen Michigan’s future.The legislation:Creates a K-12 model program that emphasizes career learning and themes for each grade level, while focusing on engaging with parents, community businesses and industry interests;Provides continuing education and professional development credit for teachers who spend time engaging with local employers and professional trade centers;Allows proprietary schools, community colleges and skilled trade employers access – with parental consent – to high school pupil directory information for the purposes of recruitment and career opportunities; andPermits schools to more readily hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise.“We’ve got to develop students in the classroom while increasing their educational opportunities because that will prepare them for a successful life,” Vaupel said. “Michigan has many more career opportunities today than it did five years ago. If this legislation becomes state law then our students will be better prepared for five years from now.”House Bills 5139, 5140, 5141, 5142 and 5145 advance to the Senate for its consideration.#####
Last year was the year operators finally listened to consumer demands: we want new “sexy” bundles, and we will just buy Netflix-like services à la carte if we don’t get them.Ovum’s new bundling forecasts (that all include fixed broadband as a service) estimate that subscriptions to next-generation bundles will make up almost 41% (356 million) of total bundled subscriptions by 2023. The most prominent next-generation bundle is expected to be fixed broadband with mobile, followed by broadband and pay TV. Ovum predicts that subscriptions to the first bundle will make up 38% of all next-generation bundle subscriptions and 15% of total bundled subscriptions by 2023.In contrast, legacy dual/triple-play bundles (the most well-known being fixed broadband and fixed voice, possibly with pay TV as the third element) are losing traction and are forecast to shrink from 50% of bundled subscriptions in 2018 to 32% by 2023. But the so-called legacy quad-play bundle – that includes a smartphone bundled alongside fixed voice and pay TV in the fixed broadband bundle – has some legs left. If we count this as a “legacy bundle,” then Ovum expects to see slight growth in overall legacy bundles (see Figure 1).Operators have traditionally been slow to adjust their products to fresher ones. A few years back, one Asian telco said it would love to introduce new bundles, but legacy OSS and BSS couldn’t cope. Today, that seems to be less the case. Rather, we see some telcos moving quite fast to trying and testing new bundles.Bundle marketing is still patchy. In some cases, these new bundles later “disappear” from the operator’s main landing webpage for bundles (presumably because they weren’t a hit after several months). But one telco told Ovum that even though a bundle (in this case, fixed broadband with pay TV) no longer appeared on the main webpage, this did not mean the consumer couldn’t buy that bundle. Another telco said the marketing of an older bundle type (in this case, broadband with fixed voice and pay TV) had merely shifted to a different part of the operator’s website (which this author couldn’t locate!). For consumers, getting a clear view of what’s available and what’s not can get confusing. We doubt whether most understand that their existing bundle could still be available even if it’s no longer advertised. In short, operators should have a reference to every bundle that’s on offer, or consumers won’t know whether their preferred bundle is still around.Keeping to this theme, Ovum believes the marketing of bundles is about to become more complicated. Several operators (particularly in Asia) are wrapping quirky goods (e.g., a Dyson vacuum cleaner, air/water purifiers, etc.) or non-telco services (e.g., power and gas) around the traditional telecoms bundle that has been discussed here. One leading Asian telco has an extensive hard copy folder of quirky bundles, which customers to the retail shop can browse. While we are not against operators taking on the role of de facto retailer where it makes sense, we do caution that all things bundling need to be kept simple for consumers. Anecdotally, we know of one case where a consumer (in Taiwan) measured the cost of a luxury good being bundled with telco services, only to conclude the bundle made absolutely no financial sense – and that simply is not smart bundling.Nicole McCormick is practice leader, broadband and multiplay at Ovum.Straight Talk is a weekly briefing from the desk of the Chief Research Officer. To receive this newsletter by email, please contact us.
buncranaGARDAI BELIEVE PEOPLE ARE WITHOLDING INFORMATION ABOUT MURDER OF ANDREW ALLENraad Derry man Andrew Allen was shot dead by RAAD in Co Donegal in February 2012GARDAI believe people are with-holding information which could help them find the killers of Andrew Allen.The 24 year old was gunned down in Buncrana in February, 2012.Now on the fifth anniversary of his death, Gardai have issued an appeal to anybody who may have information on the cold-blooded killing to get in touch. Mr Allen’s partner miraculously escaped injury when gunmen burst into their home at Links View Park and fired a number of shots.Gardaí have said that the 24-year-old had moved to Donegal after he became the target of the vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs in his native Derry. The dissident group claimed responsibility for the murder.Now, five years after his murder, gardaí have again made an appeal for anyone with information to come forward.The scene of the murder of Andrew Allen in Buncrana in 2012.A spokesman said “To date a number of people have been arrested and questioned in connection with the investigation. “An Garda Síochana are grateful for all the witnesses that have come forward and made statements but gardaí believe that there are still people in our community who have information which may assist the investigation.”Throughout the investigation, gardaí have worked closely with the PSNI.Anyone with information is urged to contact the incident room at Buncrana Garda Station on 074 93 20540 or use the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111.GARDAI BELIEVE PEOPLE ARE WITHOLDING INFORMATION ABOUT MURDER OF ANDREW ALLEN was last modified: February 8th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet