An expert team comprising members of the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Wildlife Institute of India on Friday began a probe into a three-year-old tiger’s death at Satkosia reserve in Odisha’s Angul district, a Forest Department official said. The NTCA and the WII will carry out a “thorough investigation” to ascertain the cause behind the death of Royal Bengal Tiger ‘Mahavir’ at Satkosia, he said. “Both the organisations have taken Mahavir’s death very seriously. They will find out if the animal died of natural causes or there were other reasons,” the official said.Mahavir, translocated from Kanha National Park in M.P., was found dead in the core area of the Satkosia Tiger Reserve on Wednesday. Two of the six tigers — ‘Mahavir’ and ‘Sundari’ — were translocated to the sanctuary earlier this year. Earlier this month, ‘Sundari’ was tranquillised and shifted to an enclosure, after people alleged that it had mauled two persons to death.
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh raided several unauthorised packaged drinking water distribution units across the city on Thursday. The drive to crack down on the selling of unauthorised packaged drinking water started from Borough II (near Star Theatre) and ended at Strand Road.During the inspection, the KMC officials found that a few packaged drinking water distribution units were only having suppliers’ licence and not manufacturers’ licence. Despite that, the units were filtering water and selling the same in the market. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We have found that these (Aquarays, Sud Neer Udyog and Vaishno Pure Water Suppliers) packaged drinking water distribution units are running their business without abiding by the norms of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). We have collected samples of 20 litre bottle and one litre bottle from these units and will check its quality,” said Ghosh. BIS, the national standards body, works under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMinutes after the KMC officials reached Vaishno Pure Water Suppliers premises, the workers fled from scene. The owner of the unit was not present at the time. The Deputy Mayor reiterated that strict action will be taken against the packaged drinking water units, if the quality of water is found to be below standard. The raid was conducted a week after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged people to take “precautionary measures” to save water, as scarcity of drinking water has become a major issue across the world. read more
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $16 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on Aug. 24 will grow to approximately $24 million.
VICTORIA — Three British Columbia First Nations have marked what is being called a “historic moment” after joining international talks to modernize a treaty over a major river flowing between Canada and the United States.Representatives of the Ktunaxa, Syilx/Okanagan and Secwepemc Nations participated as observers when the most recent negotiations on the Columbia River Treaty were held in Washington, D.C., last week.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced in April that the three First Nations would join the seventh round of talks and Indigenous representatives are to return when discussions reconvene in Cranbrook, B.C., in September.Canada and the United States are seeking to update the 1961 treaty that governs development and operation of dams in the Upper Columbia River basin and manages power and flood control for both countries.First Nations representatives had already been working with the federal and provincial governments on treaty strategies, but their participation last week marked the first time they were present in the negotiating room.The Columbia River — the fourth-largest by volume in North America — begins in the Rocky Mountains near Invermere, B.C., and runs through the province into Washington state before cutting west along the Oregon boundary to the Pacific Ocean.A joint statement from Indigenous representatives says much work lies ahead to modernize the treaty, but they are pleased with what they observed.“This precedent-setting role as observers builds on and enhances our important work with Canada and B.C. over the last two years,” says the statement from the Ktunaxa, Syilx/Okanagan and Secwepemc Nations.“We are confident that we can continue to contribute positively to these negotiations and help realize the First Nations’ goals for meaningful outcomes … that are of critical importance to our nations and homelands.”Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s minister responsible for the Columbia River Treaty, called the round of talks a “historic moment” and a “significant step forward.”She says inclusion supports the British Columbia government’s commitment to reconciliation, and the recent talks took stock of progress made since discussions on the treaty’s modernization began in May 2018. “The latest discussions focused on flood-risk management, power and adaptive management,” Conroy says in a release.The Canadian Press read more
Get ready for British Council’s new season of Contemporary Dance Program titled ‘Impulse’. Impulse is a dance program in India that brings the best of Contemporary dance companies from The UK to perform in India. Impulse-Season 2 will be held over three months (September, October and November) 2014 across the country. The season 2 of Impulse will be launched with the performance of ‘Political Mother’ by Hofesh Shectar Company, a contemporary Dance company from the UK that will perform in Delhi on 9 September where they will regale the audience with their pulsating live music and extraordinary dance performances. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Political has been declared an ‘audio visual marvel’ by critics. It brims with Shectar’s emotional and gritty complexity with pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences and cinematic editing. It is performed by 10 dancers and accompanied by Shectar’s cinematic score featuring a band of live drummers and electric guitarists. Political Mother is suitable for all lovers of dance, theatre and music.Impulse 2 is a dance program that aims to foster creative exchanges between established and emerging dancers and choreographers, showcasing new work in India and establishing networks between India and the UK. In 2012, Impulse included successful showings and a gamut of educational outreach projects with Akram Khan Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra Company, Protein and Champloo in seven cities over eight months.Hofesh Shecktar is recognized as one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists, with his eponymous Company touring worldwide to audience and critical acclaim. A former drummer in a rock band, Shecktar is renowned for creating the musical scores for each of his dance.WHERE: Kamani AuditoriumWHEN: 9 September, 7 pm read more
PVR Cinemas is taking its patrons on a culinary world tour with a delectable and palate pleasing menu curated by the internationally recognised celebrity chef, Sarah Todd. Cossetting patrons with refreshing flavours, tantalizing dishes and an exceptional range of authentic, international cuisine; PVR has associated with Sarah Todd providing an exclusive gastronomic extravaganza to patrons along with the luxury of cinema viewing. Incorporating a myriad of global flavours, the carefully balanced menu will have the freshest and wholesome ingredients for an in-cinema fine dining experience blended with an unparalleled hospitality at PVR Gold class. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe menu on offer features portioned plates of Prawns and Red Snapper Fingers; Meal Bowls from around the Globe with ingredients such as Quinoa, fresh salads and add-ons along with an entire section dedicated to freshly made tacos. All offering a palatable mix of classic favourites and innovative international dishes addressing the growing trends and demands of its patrons. The Sarah Todd curated menu is on offer at PVR Gold Class now at Delhi NCR: PVR Logix City Centre, PVR Icon, Promenade, PVR ECX, The Chanakya. read more