zoom Copenhagen-based firm Thorco Shipping Holland has reached an agreement with two Dutch shipping companies Navigia and Feederlines to join forces in respect of technical ship management.The new company will have a total of 65 vessels in ship management and will represent four brands including Thorco Projects, Navigia, Feederlines and Peak.“We believe that with this new joint venture we have created the right setup to attack the current and coming challenges in the market for the upcoming period,” Otto Torenbosch, MD Thorco Shipping Holland BV, said.Earlier this year, Feederlines was separated from the former shareholder, Reederei Hartmann, and is now 100% owned by Jan van der Laan, while Navigia is controlled by Jan van Breden and Eric Bos. Both companies merged their management activities earlier in 2016.Navigia/Feederlines received confirmation at the beginning of December 2016 that the technical management of six Abis B-type 3,800 dwt open top vessels has been awarded to them by new owners, Peak Norway.
zoom Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) has unveiled plans to deploy a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier for its Cameron LNG project in the United States. Featuring 165,000 cbm, the LNG carrier will be owned by Diamond LNG Shipping 3 Pte. Ltd. (DLS-3), a ship-owning joint venture formed between MC, Toho LNG Shipping Co., Ltd. (TLS)1, Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. (THG) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).The vessel, currently under construction at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding’s yard, is scheduled for delivery in 2019.Following delivery, the LNG carrier will transport LNG produced at the Cameron project to Japanese Toho Gas and Tohoku Electric through Mitsubishi Corporation’s Singapore-based energy business subsidiary, Diamond Gas International.MC said that it “will continue to strengthen its LNG carrier business through projects of this nature as part of its efforts to help ensure stable energy supplies to Japan and other markets.”
zoom Some five months after the collapse of Korean shipping group Hanjin Shipping, more than two-thirds of all Hanjin-operated containerships remains inactive, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Although a number of ships was auctioned for a total of USD 460 million so far, Drewry estimates that there remains up to as much as 150,000 TEU of Hanjin-owned ships still for sale.Hanjin’s demise exposed the frailty of container lines in an era of ultra-low freight rates and caused panic among cargo owners with assets aboard their ships. After the logistical chaos has been cleared up, what has happened to those vessels?An immediate impact could be seen on the containership idle fleet, which surged after 98 ships with an aggregate capacity of around 610,000 TEU were suddenly left without employ. The idle fleet went from 904,000 TEU in mid-August to 1.7 million TEU in mid-November.The declining stature of the idle fleet from December onwards is in large part due to some of those ex-Hanjin ships being re-chartered.Four vessels of 15,000 TEU in total have been scrapped, two of which were owned by Hanjin and none older than 20 years, while another 31 ships of 134,000 TEU have found new service elsewhere.Non-operating charterers have managed to find replacement lessors for 30 ships so far. Maersk Line has shown the biggest appetite for the former Hanjin fleet by chartering 11 vessels of 77,000 TEU, the largest being two 13,000 TEU units that were sold at auction to unnamed buyers in December for around USD 131 million apiece, according to unconfirmed media reports. Maersk is deploying the vessels in the 2M Alliance Asia-Europe network.There remain some 63 ex-Hanjin ships with close to 460,000 TEU worth of nominal capacity that are parked up. At least eight vessels should be back on the water fairly quickly.With such a glut of containerships already available and limited demand growth it is debatable just how big a market they can attract even at knock-down prices. The biggest and youngest ships are likely to have the biggest pull, according to Drewry.
zoom European short sea shipping specialist Compagnie Luxembourgeoise d’Navigation (CLdN) RoRo SA has exercised options for construction of two more 5, 400 lane meter vessels at the Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The latest options will make up the seventh and eighth ship from the company’s 12 planned newbuildings, with additional options for a further four.According to CLdN, the order complements the previously announced firm orders for six vessels, of which the initial two 8,000 lane meter vessels will be delivered within 2017. The first one, to be named Celine, is due to arrive in Northern Europe during September.The previously announced strategy to prepare for expansion in the Port of Zeebrugge, with the development of a new 36 hectare Port facility at Albert II Dock, will be delivered prior to the new vessels entering service, CLdN added.In line with the previous orders, these vessels will be LNG ready, allowing for adaption to dual fuel propulsion.The lifting of options comes three months after CLdN raised its orderbook to six ships from the series.CLdN RoRo SA operates 24 RoRo vessels and its core services have traditionally been the Continent / UK, but it has steadily expanded its geographical presence into new markets, including Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Portugal in recent years.“We are half way through our 5 year plan and already have 8 of the 12 vessels planned as firm orders, keeping us well ahead of target,” a spokesperson for CLdN commented.
zoom Iran has established a joint venture shipping company with Kazakhstan, Tasnim news agency reports citing a statement from the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines’ (IRISL) managing director Mohammad Saeedi.According to Saeedi, the new company would be headquartered in Bandar Anzali, Iran.The move is said to be aimed at boosting bilateral trade in the aftermath of sanctions’ lifting against Iran.The setting up of the shipping company was announced by IRISL in 2015 and was formalized the year after during Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to the Tehran.Specifically, on the sidelines of the presidential visit in 2016, IRISL and Kazakhstan’s KTZ Express – a subsidiary of the country’s national railways company, signed an agreement on establishing the JV.The agreement also lays the groundwork for facilitating maritime transportation in the Caspian Sea Region, joint cooperation in terminal management, integrated transportation between Iran’s southern ports and CIS countries, building port terminal and investment in the ship repair sector between Iran and Kazakhstan.As disclosed earlier, the company was born out of the need to create a shipping line with regular voyages to the Caspian Sea ports with a larger capacity for transporting goods.Previous reports said that the shipping line would have a transporting capability ranging between 18,000 to 36,000 tons of goods per week, and include six sailings a month from Iranian ports to ports in Russia and Kazakhstan.However, in the latest report, these details have not been confirmed.IRISL could not be reached for comment at the time of publishing of this article.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Although its combined container throughput increased in the third quarter of 2017, Singapore-listed container port business trust Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) saw a drop in its earnings for the period.The company’s profit for the three months ended September 30 was down by 16.4 percent and stood at HKD 678.5 million at the end of the period, compared to HKD 812 million reported in the third quarter of 2016. Revenue and other income for the quarter decreased by 1.3 percent to HKD 3.22 billion, from HKD 3.26 billion seen a year earlier.Combined container throughput of Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT), COSCO-HIT Terminals and Asia Container Terminals Limited (ACT) (collectively HPHT Kwai Tsing) increased by 12.8 percent as compared to the same quarter in 2016, primarily due to higher transshipment cargoes and additional throughput from a new customer. The container throughput of Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) increased by 13.8 percent as compared to the same quarter in 2016, mainly due to growth in the US, Europe, empty and transshipment cargoes.Average revenue per TEU for Hong Kong and China were below last year mainly attributed to greater volume of concessions offered to certain liners, as well as, certain revision on tariffs following the mergers and acquisitions of some liners.HPH Trust informed that its profit for the first nine months of 2017 was at HKD 1.61 billion, decreasing by 27.7 percent from HKD 2.23 billion seen in the same period a year earlier. The company’s revenue and other income was down by 2.9 percent to HKD 8.69 billion, against HKD 8.95 billion reported in the corresponding nine-month period of 2016.Combined container throughput of HPHT Kwai Tsing increased by 6.6 percent for the nine months ended September 30 as compared to the same period in 2016, while container throughput of YICT increased by 7.9 percent.In a separate announcement, Hutchison Port Holdings Management unveiled its plans to voluntarily wind up a number of dormant wholly-owned subsidiaries as part of the efforts of HPH Trust to rationalise its structure and that of its subsidiaries.The dormant subsidiaries include Classic Outlook Investments Limited, Keen Source Limited, Senior Win Limited, Southocean Resources Limited, and Tonsan Limited.The winding-up of these dormant wholly-owned subsidiaries is not expected to have a material effect on the earnings per unit and the net tangible asset value per unit of the group for the financial year ending December 31, 2017, the company informed.
Premier John Hamm has proclaimed Feb. 15 to 21 as Women’sInstitutes Week in Nova Scotia. “Organizations that encourage women through education andpersonal development are an important part of our society,”Premier Hamm said. “The Women’s Institutes have supported and strengthened NovaScotia’s rural families and communities for more than ninedecades,” said Status of Women Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.”We thank them for their learning, their sharing and forimproving the quality of life for all.” This year marks the 91st anniversary of the first Women’sInstitutes in Nova Scotia. For more information see the websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/wi/ . The first Women’s Institutes branch in Canada was founded in 1897by Adelaide Hoodless, an Ontario farm wife who began teachingwomen domestic skills. The organization now has millions ofmembers in affiliated organizations in 70 countries. PREMIER’S OFFICE–Premier Proclaims Women’s Institutes Week inNova Scotia
Researchers also recommended focusing on player card technology,which allows the VLT player to set spending limits and providesan account summary to track how much has been spent. A pilot program testing these concepts is expected to getunderway in the next two weeks. A copy of the self-exclusion research report is available on thewebsite at www.gamingcorp.ns.ca N.S. GAMING CORP./HEALTH PROMOTION–Self-exclusion Program Won’tWork, Say Researchers A self-exclusion program that relies on other people to identifyproblem gamblers who return to video lottery terminals (VLTs)will not work, an independent research firm has concluded. Research conducted by Focal Research Consultants Ltd., and fundedby the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation, examined the concept of avoluntary self-exclusion program from January to May 2004. The main findings of Focal Research included: a VLT self-exclusion program that relies on identification by a third party (for example bar or retail staff) is not efficient or effective over the long term; and confidentiality of those enrolled in the self-exclusion program cannot be guaranteed. The research project was developed in partnership with the NovaScotia Gaming Corporation, the Office of Health Promotion and theAnnapolis Valley District Health Authority.
Seniors and people with disabilities in East Hants can look forward to an accessible transportation program being established in their community. The province is providing $30,000 to the East Hants Adult Learning Association through the province’s Community Transportation Assistance Program. The association is currently operating a volunteer driver service and is looking to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle because there are none in the area. “These programs are very important in helping Nova Scotians with disabilities seek employment opportunities and providing seniors with access to medical services that they otherwise wouldn’t have,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We are proud to partner with community organizations to help Nova Scotians have access to the services they need to participate in their communities.” The Community Transportation Assistance Program provides funding to community organizations that offer a wide range of services to disabled Nova Scotians, including wheelchair-accessible vehicles for people with mobility needs. In 2004-05, the program provided more than 90,000 rides throughout the province. Since the program’s inception in 2001, the number of counties with accessible community-based transportation has increased from three to nine. Areas that now have programs are in: Municipal District of Clare, Municipal District of West Hants and in Kings, Pictou, Colchester, Annapolis, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties. “We are really excited to add this service to the infrastructure of East Hants for the benefit of its residents,” said Robert MacLellan, executive director of the East Hants Adult Learning Association. The East Hants Accessible Transportation Service is a project led by the East Hants Adult Learning Association. For more information, call 902-883-5376. For information on the Community Transportation Assistance Program see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/dialaride .
Making healthier foods more readily available to more Nova Scotians is the aim of a $40,000 investment from Nova Scotia Health Promotion. The funding will be used to support various food security initiatives around the province. Food security is a term used to describe the availability of nutritious, safe, economical foods for all Nova Scotians and it is a priority in the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia Strategy. “Providing access to healthy, affordable food is an important issue to the overall health of our province,” Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald said today, Sept. 26. “It’s not enough to tell people to eat their vegetables. Instead we have to look at why they are not eating them. This investment will help do that.” Funding will be used to hire a co-ordinator to support the work of the provincial Food Security Projects steering committee, facilitate the production of handbooks and resource materials for the public, and organize workshops that will bring interested groups together to develop tools on how food security can become a reality for everyone. “The investment made by Nova Scotia Health Promotion in food security is important,” said Patricia Williams, assistant professor of applied human nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. “When people from government and communities work together, great things happen at the community level.”
Nova Scotia anglers are invited to discuss angling regulations and provide input on sportfishing issues at meetings to be held throughout the province in November and December. Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, announced the Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings today, Nov. 8. The meetings are open to the public and give representatives from the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture an opportunity to share information on research, fish stocking programs, education and extension programs, and discuss regulatory issues. “We continue to monitor the health of our sport fishery,” said Mr. Chisholm. “Through our assessment of the fishery, combined with valuable input from anglers, we develop and change regulations that will conserve, enhance, protect and in some cases, provide increased sportfishing opportunities for Nova Scotia anglers.” There will be six Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings All meetings will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meeting dates and locations are: Wednesday, Nov. 21Area 4, Southern Nova Scotia (includes Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Queens counties) Rodd Colony Motel, Willow Room, 6 Forest St.,Yarmouth Thursday, Nov. 22Area 5, Western Nova Scotia (includes Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties)Room 2102, Kingstec Campus, NSCC, 236 Belcher St., Kentville Wednesday, Nov. 28Area 2, Eastern Nova Scotia (includes Antigonish, Pictou, and Guysborough counties)Nova Scotia Museum of Industry Auditorium, 147 North Foord St., Stellarton Tuesday, Dec. 04Area 3, Central Nova Scotia (includes Halifax and Lunenburg counties)Mosher Room, Park Place Hotel and Conference Centre, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 240 Brownlow Ave., Dartmouth Thursday, Dec. 6Area 1, Cape Breton (includes Cape Breton, Inverness, Victoria, and Richmond counties) Mariner Ballroom, Delta Sydney Hotel, 300 Esplanade St., Sydney Tuesday, Dec. 11Area 6, Northern Nova Scotia (includes Cumberland and Colchester counties)MacDonald A, B Room, Best Western Glengarry St., TruroNote: This meeting is being held in conjunction with the Cobequid Salmon Association monthly meeting. Additional information on angling and meeting dates can be found on the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture website at: www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing or by calling 902-485-5056.
Members of the Nova Scotia arts and culture community are invited to mark their calendars for the fifth annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, to be held Oct. 29 at Pier 21 in Halifax. The gala, hosted by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, will celebrate and showcase the accomplishments and contributions of artists across Nova Scotia. Winners will be announced for the Prix Grand-Pré, the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award, the Established Artist Recognition awards, the Portia White Prize and the Portia White Protegé. In addition to these awards, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterwork Arts Award will be presented to one of five finalists. The Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala aims to profile and strengthen the culture sector that contributes more than $1.2 billion annually to the provincial economy and directly employs more than 28,000 Nova Scotians. “Nova Scotia is home to many talented artists and arts organizations who strengthen our communities and help make life better for families,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “It is important that we recognize their creative excellence and acknowledge that they make our province a better place.” More information on the 2010 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala can be found by visiting www.creativenovascotia.com , including ticket reservations, award nomination forms and eligibility criteria.
The province is protecting more than 24 hectares of natural habitat and valuable shoreline along Bras d’Or Lake. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced the creation of the Mary Harper Nature Reserve today, Oct. 12. “I’m pleased that we are protecting a beautiful and important piece of our province,” said Mr. Belliveau. “I congratulate the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust for their efforts to preserve this land and its wildlife for future generations.” The Mary Harper Nature Reserve lies between Highway 105 and Bras d’Or Lake, between Nyanza and Baddeck. It is named for the property owner who donated the land to the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust in 1993. The trust requested it be designated as a nature preserve. “This is wonderful news,” said Grosvenor Blair of the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust. “The designation of these lands as a provincial nature reserve is a very fitting tribute to Mary Harper and her love of Bras d’Or Lake.” A nature reserve is the highest form of legal protection that can be placed on conservation land. The land will continue to be owned by the trust. The 24.3 hectares of protected land brings Nova Scotia closer to meeting its goal to legally protect 12 per cent of its land by 2015. Consultation to choose which lands should be considered to meet the goal is ongoing. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/12percent .
French-speaking Nova Scotians are benefitting from improved programs and services in health care and economic and cultural development, government announced today, Nov. 23. The 2011 Progress Report on French-language Services highlights advances in developing and delivering programs and services for the Acadian and francophone community in 2010-11. “Improving French-language services makes life better for Acadian and francophone families across the province,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Acadian Affairs. “We’ve consulted with Acadians and francophones from across Nova Scotia, and we appreciate their input.” Twenty-seven consultation and public engagement initiatives took place with the Acadian and francophone community in 2010-11. Topics ranged from the provincial budget to renewable energy, the use of C@P sites and the artistic and cultural industry in the province. Other examples of progress from the report include: developing guidelines for integrating French-language capacity into human resource planning and management implementing a phone-based interpretation service to provide health care professionals with access to qualified French-language interpreters collaborating with adult education partners to advance French-language literacy and essential skills in the Acadian and francophone community “Each year, provincial government improves its capacity to provide French-language services in the health care sector,” said Jacqueline Kenny, president of Réseau Santé – Nouvelle-Écosse. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the provincial government, district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre to build on current progress for the Acadian and francophone community.” Réseau Santé – Nouvelle-Écosse is a not-for-profit organization that brings together professionals and organizations in the health care industry with the Acadian and francophone community to improve access to French-language services. Tabled every year since 2007, the report summarizes programs and services offered by departments, offices and agencies in keeping with the French-language Services Act. English and French copies of the report are available at www.gov.ns.ca/acadien .
Improving the community swimming pool in Lunenburg is one of nine projects on the South Shore receiving grants totalling $216,300 to help Nova Scotians stay fit and have fun. The region’s grants were announced today, June 18, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Community organizations and recreation facilities like this swimming pool offer Nova Scotians a wide variety of ways to get active and lead healthier lives,” said Lunenburg MLA Pam Birdsall, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “The province is providing nearly $2 million for 59 projects provincewide so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun.” The Lunenburg and District Swimming Pool Society is getting $16,800 for upgrades to the deck and pool. “Our mission is to ensure all children, youth and adults have the opportunity to learn to swim in a quality environment, and we’re thankful for the volunteers who’ve helped us do this over the past 36 years,” said Jane Lordly, president of the society. “This grant will go a long way to making sure we have a safe, quality pool environment for everyone.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields used for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!,the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan has 34 actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at thrive.novascotia.ca .
The law amendments committee meeting, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14 to hear presentations on Bill 59, An Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia, has been postponed because of the winter storm. The two-day hearing will be rescheduled at a later date. Sufficient time will be provided to allow time for travel arrangements. For more information about the accessibility legislation, go to http://novascotia.ca/coms/accessibility/. -30-
Kolkata, May 23 (PTI) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be making deep inroads into West Bengal by leading in 16 seats, while Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is currently ahead in 25 seats in the state. The Congress is leading in one constituency, while the Left is yet to to take a lead in any of the 42 constituencies. As per initial trends, the TMC has so far secured 44.61 per cent votes, closely followed by the BJP, which has bagged 38.99 per cent votes. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The CPI(M) and the Congress have garnered a meagre 6.66 per cent and 5.44 per cent share of the pie respectively. In the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, the TMC has 34 seats in West Bengal, whereas the BJP has only two. The Congress and the CPI(M)-led Left Front have four and two seats respectively. Union Minister Babul Supriyo is leading in Asansol constituency by 54984 votes against Moon Moon Sen of the TMC. Union Minister and BJP candidate S S Ahluwalia is leading by 23444 votes against Mamtaz Sanghamita of the TMC in Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, is leading by 50931 votes in Diamond Harbour constituency. He is the sitting MP from the seat. In Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, BJP candidate Raju Bista is leading by 70901 votes against Amar Singh Rai of the TMC. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh is leading by just 253 votes against Manas Ranjan Bhunia of the TMC in Medinipur Lok Sabha seat. In Barrackpore seat, TMC candidate Dinesh Trivedi is trailing by 2292 votes against Arjun Singh of the BJP. In Kolkata North constituency, two-time TMC MP from the seat, Sudip Bandopadhyay, is leading by 22034 votes against Rahul Sinha of the BJP. Former president Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit is trailing by 68575 votes against Khalilur Rahman of the TMC in Jangipur constituency. Abhijit had won the seat by a narrow margin of 8,161 votes in the 2014 general elections. In Ghatal Lok Sabha seat, TMC candidate and popular actor Dipak Adhikari (Dev) is leading by 10,474 votes against former IPS officer and BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh. In Purulia, Jyotirmay Singh Mahato of the BJP is leading by 24431 votes against Mriganka Mahato of the TMC. Sougata Roy of the TMC is leading by 8542 votes against Samik Bhattacharya of BJP in Dum Dum Lok Sabha seat. Nishith Pramanik of the BJP is trailing by 4118 votes against TMC’s Paresh Chandra Adhikary in Coochbehar. In the prestigious Kolkata South constituency, Mala Roy of AITC is leading by 212149 votes against BJP’s Chandra Bose, grand-nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. In Basirhat, TMC candidate and actor Nusrat Jahan Ruhi is leading by 65577 votes against BJP candidate Sayantan Basu. Mahua Moitra of the AITC is leading by 44114 votes against Kalyan Chaubey of the BJP in Krishnagar, while West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee is trailing behind Subhas Sarkar of the BJP by 24561 votes in Bankura. In Baharampur, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress is leading by 26852 votes against Apurba Sarkar of the TMC. In Alipurduar seat in North Bengal, John Barla of the BJP is leading by 45522 votes against Dasrath Tirkey of the TMC. In Barasat Lok Sabha seat, Kakoli Ghoshdastidar of the TMC is leading by a margin of 46118 votes against Mrinal Kanti Debnath of BJP. In Arambagh, Aparupa Poddar of TMC is ahead of her rival Tapan Kumar Ray of the BJP by 18387 votes. BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee is leading by 38855 votes over TMC candidate Ratna De Nag in Hoogly parliamentary constituency, according to the trends. In Uluberia seat, Sajda Ahmed of the TMC is leading by 32273 votes against Joy Banerjee of the BJP. In Jadavpur seat, AITC candidate and actor Mimi Chakraborty is leading by 48202 votes against Anupam Hazra of the BJP. In Sreerampore, AITC candidate Kalyan Banerjee is leading by 9320 votes against BJP’s Debjit Sarkar.
New Delhi: A 31-year-old man was shot dead by his neighbour in Karol Bagh area on Saturday late night. Police said that they have arrested the killer and solved the case within 24 hours. Police identified the accused as Kamal Chauhan (32).The weapon of offence one country-made pistol along with two live cartridges has been recovered. One Rajender Singh reported that on the intervening night of 08-09 June, his son Mohit was shot by his neighbour by a pistol nearby his house and escaped. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe injured was shifted to BLK Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Deceased’s family member said that Mohit was going to chemist shop with her daughter when the accused shot him. “Mohit’s father tried to catch him but Kamal fled,” added family member. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Amit Sharma said that the accused has one previous case against him and he was absconding from his house after the incident. The accused Kamal Chauhan was arrested from the area of Narela Industrial Area in the afternoon of Sunday while he was trying to flee from Delhi to Jharkhand in his car.”The accused revealed that he and the deceased were close friends but some trivial issues were raised between them sometime before. On the day of the incident, a heated argument took place between them and the accused shot the deceased with his pistol in an alley near the house and flee from the spot,” police said. The accused Chauhan has a manufacturing unit of jeans in Narela Industrial area.
Washington: YouTube has recently made “significant revisions” to its hate speech policy and removed over nine million videos in the last quarter as part of a process to reduce the spread of harmful content, according to Google’s Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai. But he acknowledged that the platform was too big to completely fix the problem. YouTube, which is owned by Google, has come under fire in the last couple of years, as controversial and supremacist content has continued to show up on the popular site despite the company’s attempts to filter it out. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “We work hard to get right, and every few years we feel the need to evolve them because we see changes in how the platform is getting used,” Pichai told CNN. “Just last week, we had significant revisions to our hate speech policy (which) appear(ed) to be very focused on removing harmful content and reducing the spread of what we think of as borderline content,” the 46-year-old Indian-American CEO said. “Just last quarter, we removed over nine million videos. And so, it’s an ongoing process, but there’s more we need to do and we acknowledge that, Pichai said. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails When asked whether there will ever be enough humans to filter through and remove such content, Pichai said, “We’ve gotten much better at using a combination of machines and humans.” “So it’s one of those things, let’s say we’re getting it right 99 per cent of the time, you’ll still be able to find examples. Our goal is to take that to a very, very small percentage well below 1 per cent.” “Any large scale systems, it’s tough,” Pichai said. “Think about credit card systems, there’s some fraud in that. … Anything when you run at that scale, you have to think about percentages,” he said. When asked why it took them seven years to realise that those videos should not be up and ads should not be running next to those videos, Pichai said, “It’s heartbreaking for sure and, all of us would look back and we wish we had gotten to the problems sooner than we did.” “But I think we became aware collectively of some of the pitfalls here… We’ve changed our priorities and we have put in a lot of head front there and we’ll continue to do that, Pichai asserted. Responding to another question, Pichai acknowledged that privacy in itself has become a crisis. “I think it’s very, very – you know, given the scale at which information is flowing, I don’t think users have a good sense for how their data is being used,” he said. “We need better frameworks where users get that comfort that they are in control of their data, how it’s used, and they feel like they have agency over it. And so, I think it’s an important moment for all of us to do better here,” Pichai said.