Pakistan women’s tour of India could be cancelled: PCB official

first_img Next Pakistan women’s tour of India could be cancelled: PCB officialAs a part of the ICC Women’s Championship, Indian women’s team are set to host their Pakistani counterparts in a three-match ODI series.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 23:35 IST Indian women’s team are set to host their Pakistani counterparts in a three-match ODI series. (ICC Photo)Pakistan women’s team tour to India as a part of the ICC Women’s Championship is likely to be postponed as the Indian board is yet to receive any government directive with regards to holding the series in November.As a part of the championship, Indian women’s team are set to host their Pakistani counterparts in a three-match ODI series.Given the prevailing circumstances between the two nations, the Indian cricket board will wait for a government’s directive as they have already informed the matter much in advance.”We are still waiting for an answer as the Indian board has to host the women’s series by November this year. It appears as if this series could also end up being cancelled as it doesn’t appear India is willing to host the Pakistan women’s team,” a PCB official alleged.However BCCI on its part maintains that they had sought approval for the tour and they can do very little unless there is green light from the central government.”We can only take the matter forward once we hear from the government. We all know, a bilateral series against Pakistan is an issue that cannot be unilaterally by BCCI. It will follow the instructions from the government,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.As per PCB sources, the ICC has told them to “wait and watch” as the window to host Pakistan women’s team was between July and November.In case, India doesn’t host Pakistan, PCB wants ICC to award them points for the series. In that case, BCCI is almost certain to contest their claims on grounds that organization is beyond their control at the moment.advertisementCouple of years back, the BCCI had refused to send its women team to Pakistan due to valid security concerns which has been an issue with every cricket playing nation. However refusal to play Pakistan on a neutral venue led to them being docked points.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow PCBFollow Pakistan women’s teamFollow ICC Women’s Championshiplast_img read more

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Slowing economy needs stimulus package from new Govt India Inc

first_imgNew Delhi: Apex industry chamber Ficci Monday made a strong case for fiscal stimulus to pump-prime the slowing economy amid global headwinds and weakening domestic demand in the next budget as the Narendra Modi government is all set to begin its second innings. India’s GDP growth slowed to five-quarter low of 6.6 per cent during October-December 2018-19. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) will be releasing the quarterly GDP estimate for the quarter January-March (Q4FY19), 2019 and provisional annual estimates for 2018-19 on May 31. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsIn its pre-budget memorandum to the finance ministry, Ficci said the Indian economy — which was amongst the fastest growing economies in the world over the last few years — now faces the risk of slow growth amidst a weakening global economic environment and slowdown in domestic demand. India was able to wade through the global headwinds in earlier years as the growth was supported by growing domestic demand. Low inflation due to subdued food and oil prices had also contributed towards higher consumption growth. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”However, the recent signs of slowdown in the economy stem not only from slow growth in investments and subdued exports but also from weakening growth in consumption demand. “This is a matter of serious concern and if not addressed urgently, the repercussions would be long-term,” it said. Amidst the rising uncertainties and economic challenges on both domestic and global front, there is an urgent need to re-energise the engines of growth and pump-prime the economy, the chamber said. “The upcoming Union Budget 2019-20 is an opportunity for the government to boost consumption and investments through appropriate fiscal stimulus and policies,” it added. The government had presented an Interim Budget for 2019-20 in February. A full Budget is likely to be presented in July. To spur growth, Ficci has sought reduction in corporate tax and abolition of Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT). “The Union Budget should be leveraged to boost business sentiments and encourage greater investments. Corporate tax rate for all companies should be brought down to 25 per cent, as had been proposed earlier,” it said. In the 2015-16 budget, the government had announced that the corporate tax rate would be gradually lowered to 25 per cent from 30 per cent over the next four years and exemptions available to companies would be phased out. In the subsequent years, the tax rate was reduced to 25 per cent for companies with a turnover of up to Rs 250 crore. A delegation of the industry chamber had met Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey and submitted the memorandum as part of the pre-budget discussion. On interest rate, Ficci said while the Reserve Bank has reduced the key lending rate in past two bi-monthly monetary policy reviews, “the real repo rate has remained high for a long time and there is a scope of further reduction in the repo rate”. The RBI Governor-headed Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is scheduled to announce its next set of bi-monthly monetary policy on June 6. Ficci has also recommended that the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 and Customs Law need to be amended for allowing the utilisation of MEIS and SEIS scrips towards the payment of GST on imports.last_img read more

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Premiers and governors continue talks on energy climate change and the economy

Premiers and governors continue talks on energy, climate change and the economy by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 29, 2016 3:21 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan, center, speaks French as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, left, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, listen to a translation during a news conference after a meeting of the New England’s governors and eastern Canada’s premiers to discuss closer regional collaboration, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BOSTON – The New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers praised their working relationship Monday as they wrapped up an annual meeting in Boston that they described as a continuation of talks started last year on energy and climate change.Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan said they expect to have a strategy ready by next year on how they can meet targets for greenhouse gas reduction.“We intend for that work to continue at the officials level and it may well be that the governors and premiers will take some part in that between now and when we meet in 2017,” he said.Last year, the premiers and governors committed to lowering greenhouse gas reductions by 35 to 45 per cent of 1990 levels by 2030 and upwards of 85 per cent by 2050.Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball said he took the opportunity to promote the Muskrat Falls hydro project but the emphasis now is getting it completed.“Our concern right now is to finish this project, get it on schedule, and to get it on budget as best we can,” he said at the closing news conference.Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said green energy from Canada will play a big role in helping to reduce the use of traditional power sources.“We are currently in the process of working with our colleagues from Connecticut and Rhode Island on a three state procurement of hydro and wind from Canada, upstate New York and Maine which I think has the potential to help us to reduce our carbon footprint,” Baker said.The governors avoided wading too deep into the conversation about the upcoming U.S. election, instead emphasizing the strong economic relationship between the New England states and eastern Canadian provinces.“The value of these relationships are much bigger than any one person,” Baker said.New Hampshire Governor Margaret Wood Hassan — who is running for a seat in the Senate — went a bit further, when asked specifically about Donald Trump.“I do think it is fair to say that Donald Trump does not reflect the people or the ethos of my state,” she said, adding that the election results should not impact the relationship between the states and provinces.“The Canadian-American relationship is so strong, as you see represented here, when we remember what binds us together and what we have in common, we do great things together.”MacLauchlan said the premiers and governors will invite businesses from the six states and five provinces to next year’s meeting in Prince Edward Island in an effort to generate more trade.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton. read more

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Brock student uses social media to connect students raise mental health awareness

Health Sciences student Kaitlyn Kerridge was a driving force behind the Facebook component of the award-winning, Brock student-led initiative Cope Care Connect.When it comes to social media, Kaitlyn Kerridge sees the power to connect people.“Walk into any university classroom and see what students are doing on their computer or on their phone,” says Kerridge. “There’s always a Facebook tab open.”“Everyone is always on there, so it’s your way to reach the greatest amount of people in the shortest amount of time. And it’s interactive, which is the best part.”The health sciences student was a driving force behind the Facebook component of the Brock student-led initiative Cope Care Connect. The campaign won first place last week in the province-wide Mental Health 2.0 competition that challenged students to use social media to boost mental health at Ontario universities.The online and face-to-face initiative, which aims to help Brock students cope with everyday stress, care for others, and connect with each other for support, took on a life of its own on social media.To date, Cope Care Connect’s Facebook page has close to 500 likes and some posts have been viewed more than 800 times. Kerridge notes that inspiring quotes posted to the site were some of the most-shared and most-viewed content.“I feel that we as humans have almost lost the ability to talk to each other,” she says. “We’re so hidden behind the screen, but social media can work both ways.”“We’re trying to do this for the better and get people to just talk about these issues because sometimes when you just say it out loud it helps so much more.”Cope Care Connect grew out of a class project in her third-year “Program Planning and Evaluation” Health Sciences class with Professor Kelli-an Lawrance. The entire project involved 60 students in the development, implementation and evaluation of the mental health campaign, which ran at Brock from Feb. 3 to March 10.Students were divided into different project committees – marketing, website, social media, display tables, etc. – and Kerridge volunteered to be part of the five-person group overseeing the initiative’s Facebook page.“We wanted to go beyond just getting students to like the page,” says Kerridge, “because anyone can see it, but are they really understanding what’s there?”To engage with students, Kerridge and her crew would post to their Facebook page two to three times every school day. They encouraged fellow students to actively post things themselves, like pictures and videos of them doing something around campus for somebody else. They also held weekly contests and developed themes for every week of the five-week campaign in order to drive up student engagement on the site.“We just wanted to try and get across to students that it feels really good when you do something for someone that you don’t even know,” says Kerridge. “You can turn someone’s day around if you do something like that. It could be the difference between someone having a really crappy day and someone having a good day.”Prof. Lawrance plans to implement the Cope Care Connect campaign in her third-year Health Sciences class again next year. Kerridge hopes that Cope Care Connect one day develops into a full-time student resource at Brock. She would also like to see the initiative expand its social media presence with Twitter and Instagram accounts.Kerridge, who is in her last year of study at Brock, plans to go on to work in health sciences. She credits her involvement with Cope Care Connect with helping her to develop her own personal research interests in mental health alternative therapies.“It wasn’t really until this year that I decided that is really my forte and where I wanted to go with my studies,” she says.Students interested in tips for coping with the pressures of school or more info on making Brock’s campus a healthier place for everyone, can access the Cope Care Connect Survival Guide online.This campaign was made possible through a partnership with Brock’s Student Health Services, who provided resources, in-kind support and expert consultation. read more

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