New Delhi: It’s 6 am in the morning when most of the people in the walled city are still in their cosy beds, a group of young women and men are already at work. With masks on their faces and brooms in their hands, they move to narrow lanes and bylanes of the walled city cleaning the garbage all by themselves.This group has young professionals from all walks of life who have taken up the cause to clean old Delhi streets and lanes. The group has given a name to this special cause “Safai Adha Iman” ( Cleanliness is half your faith ) and has declared a war on uncleanliness in the area. The member of the team feel no shame cleaning the area which is spread with garbaage thrown from the window of the houses in the lanes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe female members of the group are given the task of interacting one to one with the housewives in the walled city. “We are also appealing the housewives through loud speakers to throw the house garbage inside the bins we have placed ourselves in the lanes. Also, we are interacting with the women of the area to take them into confidence and tell them the importance of cleanliness which will bring good health and hyegine to the area,” said Sadia Syed, a volunteer. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe male members of the group are holding a meeting with the RWAs and also the owners of food chains in the area to make a substantial change in the Walled city. The Imams of various mosques are also contacted for the same.The group is also calling for more volunteers through social media and is also appealing to youths from different parts of Delhi to apply the same concept of cleanliness in their areas. “We are doing the campaign at the micro level starting from various lanes in the area of the walled city, we are utilising the social media platforms to create awareness and also call for volunteering for the cause. We have also made vertical gardens on the walls to beautify the area,” said Irtiza Quraishi, President of an NGO Marham. The areas like lanes of Matia Mahal and Jama masjid have already started feeling the change and many lanes in Pahari imli, Gai Sayyedain, Pahari Bhjlia, Gali Andheri and Gali Mandir wali has also started looking cleaner along with others in the Walled city.
Beijing: China’s factory activity softened in April, official data showed Tuesday, in the latest sign that the world’s second-largest economy remains on uneven footing despite a raft of government stimulus measures. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a key gauge of factory conditions, came in at 50.1 for the month, down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The reading is below analyst forecasts but remains above the 50.0 level separating expansion from contraction. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The latest survey data disappoint hopes for a further recovery,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics. “The official PMIs suggest that (the second quarter) got off to a weaker start and reinforce our view that there are still some downside risks to near-term activity,” he said in a note. Growth in factory activity from last month and new orders softened, while raw material inventories declined. Tepid global demand and a trade war with Washington that has seen tariffs slapped on more than $360 billion in goods has weighed on China’s manufacturing sector. The new export and import orders sub-index rose from March, but remained in contraction territory. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysBeijing has announced a raft of stimulus to cushion the impact from its cooling economy, with spending on roads, railways and other big-ticket infrastructure projects picking up early this year, and tax cuts worth 2 trillion yuan ($297 billion) kicking in this month. Economic growth in the first quarter stabilised at 6.4 percent. NBS analyst Zhao Qinghe credited government policy for improving small business conditions. “It shows that a series of precise and effective tax and fee reduction policies and measures have gradually appeared to support the healthy development of small and micro enterprises,” Zhao said in a statement.
New Delhi: Following the trend of many years now, once again girls outperformed boys in the CBSE examination and this year also, it’s a girl who has topped CBSE.Hansika Shukla and Karishma Arora topped the CBSE Class 12 results, three students share the second rank with a score of 498 out of 500. Hansika Shukla is from DPS Ghaziabad and Karishma Arora is from SVM Muzaffarnagar. Both toppers secured 499 out of 500 marks (99.8 percent). Girls outperformed boys by 9 percent this year. While 88.70 percent of girls passed, 83.3 percent of transgenders cleared the exams and 79.4 percent boys passed. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe total pass percentage for the country is 83.4 percent. The region with the highest pass percentage is Thiruvananthapuram at 98.2 percent, followed by Chennai at 92.93 percent and Delhi at 91.87 percent. The percentage of students who passed in international schools is 95.43 percent. Kendriya Vidyayala Schools had a pass perentage of 98.54 percent, Tibetan schools were at 96 percent, government-aided schools were at 88.49 percent and private schools were the lowest of the lot at 82.59 percent. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe board had conducted the Secondary Examination (Class 10) and Higher Secondary Examination (Class 12) for the academic session year 2018-19 in February-March 2019. Around 13 lakh students appeared for the Class 12 examination conducted by the CBSE. The results have been announced within 28 days of the last date of the examination. In the year 2015, the CBSE announced the results on May 25 and that year also, Delhi Girl M Gayatri secured 496 out of 500. Not only that, she came in the top category of pass percentage and bagged the top position across the nation. Also, last year, the pass percentage of girls was 87.57 as compared to that of boys, which was 77.77 per cent. Around 10, 65,17,9 candidates were registered for Class 12 examination this year. This amounts to an increase of about 2.38 percent candidates over that of last year.
Washington: Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to a fake charity that facilitated cheating when her daughter took the SATs for college admission. When she appeared in court in Boston on Monday, prosecutors recommended a sentence of four months prison time for the 56-year-old “Desperate Housewives” TV star for her role in the college admissions scandal, CNN reported. They also suggested a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release for the charge, which is a felony. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger She is slated to be sentenced on September 13. The charity was associated with Rick Singer, who has confessed to helping wealthy parents cheat on standardised tests for their children. Singer also bribed college coaches to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, smoothing their path to admission, a criminal complaint says. “I had no knowledge of Singer paying (others),” Huffman said on Monday before she broke down in tears. “Everything else (prosecutors) said I did, I did.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up Huffman and Singer exchanged emails on how to provide her daughter with extra time to take the SAT exam, prosecutors said, and arranged for the girl to take the test in a location controlled by an administrator whom Singer had bribed. Huffman’s daughter received an SAT score of 1420 out of a possible 1600 — about 400 points higher than her Preliminary SAT exam a year earlier. The actress agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in April. She was among 13 parents who have said they would plead guilty in the scam, reports CNN. Seventeen other parents, including “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, submitted not guilty pleas. Singer pleaded guilty in March to racketeering, money laundering; conspiracy to defraud the US, and obstruction of justice. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, is not charged in the case.
CAIRO – Brahimi is expected to arrive in Egypt on Saturday for talks with Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi and Arab League chief Nabil al-ArabiUN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi is set to start a Middle East tour on Saturday to prepare for an international conference in Geneva on the Syrian crisis.Brahimi is expected to arrive in Egypt on Saturday for talks with Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi, a UN diplomatic source said.The special envoy will also hold talks with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday.The talks will focus on preparations for the Geneva II conference and efforts by the pan-Arab body chief to convince the Syrian opposition to attend the conference.The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) is expected to decide on attending the conference next week.In Geneva, spokeswoman Khawla Mattar said that the full itinerary for Brahimi’s trip has not been finalized. She added that stops in Syria and Damascus ally Iran are expected.Mattar said the date for the long-awaited peace conference in Geneva will be announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “in due time”.She added that the meeting was likely to place in the “second half of November”.But Fayez Sara, an adviser to SOC head Ahmad Jarba, told Anadolu Agency that the coalition has not received any confirmation about the conference’s date.
Dakar – Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, started on Sunday a work and friendship visit to Senegal where he will be received by president Macky Sall.Mezouar will also meet with Senegalese peer, Mankeur Ndiaye, and with chairwoman of the economic, social and environment council, Aminata Tall.The Moroccan official told MAP the two African countries are united by “brotherly and friendly” ties, in harmony with the vision of HM King Mohammed VI to consolidate South-South political, cultural and economic partnership. “Senegal, an allied country, has always supported with determination our national cause and Morocco’s territorial integrity”, he stressed recalling that the exchange of visits between HM the King and the Senegalese president have helped the two countries move forward farther in building a model relation for south-South partnership and consolidated economic links and investments.
Fez- Morocco is taking the terrorist threat posed by terrorist groups linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) very seriously.The Moroccan press reported in its weekend issues that the coast of Casablanca, as well as Mohammedia have been witnessing an unusual activity of the Moroccan Royal Navy.According to the Moroccan daily Al Massae, the Moroccan army deployed in the coast of Casablanca anti-aircraft missiles, as well as automatic weapons to prevent any potential attack from terrorist groups. According to the same source, the Moroccan authorities gave strict instruction to air traffic control authorities to report any aircraft trying to enter the Moroccan airspace without obtaining an authorization from the competent authorities, as a result of the warnings that came from Western capitals regarding the intention of some terrorist organizations in North Africa to carry out attacks on vital installations in the countries of the Maghreb.
Rabat – Last week Moroccans expressed their happiness to see their countryman win a gold medal at the AIBA World Championship in Doha, an unprecedented performance in Morocco’s history. By winning World Welterweight Boxing Championship, Rabii becomes the first Moroccan, Arab and African to win the world title.Amidst this atmosphere of joy and excitement, many Moroccans thought that the 23-year old champion has already secured his financial future and will be reaping the benefit of his long years of hard work, self-denial and sacrifice. There was even a rumor that he earned 120,000 dollars after his performance in the world championship.But probably nobody knew that the new Moroccan star has been living on a meagre salary paid by the Moroccan Federation of Boxing.To the surprise of every Moroccan, Rabii revealed that he has not received any prize money for winning the championship and he lives off the MAD 3,000 salary per month he receives from the Moroccan Federation. Invited to a radio program hosted by Hit Radio on Sunday, the Moroccan athlete said told the host of the program, that he earns as little as MAD 3,000.Rabbi went to add that a boxer who is member of the national team, receives MAD 3,000 per month, in addition to the bonuses he obtains when winning national or international title.The Moroccan champion makes a salary that is hardly 30 per cent above the country’s minimum wage, which stands at MAD 2,200.
Rabat – Moroccan technology has once again made its mark across international platforms, scoring eight awards during the INPEX International Exhibition of Inventions, held in Pittsburgh from June 13 to 15.Morocco won four INPEX Medals of Merit, two INPEX Gold Medals and two other awards during the 32 Annual INPEX Exhibition.Despite the presence of 18 countries renowned for their technological competence including Canada, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and England, Morocco was the only African and Arab country to take part and win prizes in the event. All the inventions praised and awarded at the exhibition were designed by Moroccan professors and students who study and teach at national public institutions.The Moroccan recipients and their inventions are listed below:INPEX Awards of Merit Multi-view Screen by Majid El Bouazzaoui.“Standalone Honey Extraction System” by Professor Malika Zazi, Youssef Barradi, Abderrahim Abarhich from the Higher National School of Technical Education (ENSET).“Cancer Smart Antenna” by Professor Ammor Hassan, KARLI Radouane from Mohammedia School of Engineers (EMI).“Stethocorder” by El Hamdouchi Haajar, El Azami El Hassani Mohammed Amine and Professor Benjelloun Halima from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat, part of the Mohamed V University of Rabat.INPEX Gold MedalIn the Telecommunications category and a Euro-invent medal from the Inventors Forum of Romania.“3G, 4G, 5G reconfigurable antenna of mobile communication and IoT applications” by Doctor Younes Karfa Bekali and Professor Mohamed Essaaidi from the National School of Computer Science and Systems Applications (ENSIAS).An INPEX Gold MedalIn the Alternative Energies category and a medal from the Romania Center for Medical and Pharmaceutical Research, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Galati.“Solardo” by Doctor Laila Sedki and Professor Mohammed Maaroufi from the Mohammadia School of Engineers (EMI).
Rabat – Finnish Interior Minister Kai Mykkänen is expected to travel to Morocco and Tunisia from March 18 to 22 for a working visit, read a statement from the Finnish Interior Ministry.During his official trip, the Finnish minister will meet with several government officials from the two Maghreb nations to discuss issues related to migration and joint actions to prevent extremism, the ministry said.The Finnish ministry stressed the important role played by Morocco, traditionally a country of emigration due to its geographical location, in “shaping Africa’s migration strategy, aspiring to a holistic and common vision.”The statement added that “the Moroccan government has approved the immigration and asylum strategy aimed at a successful integration of migrants into the Moroccan society.” As migration across the central and western Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe is “clearly increasing, the role of Morocco and Tunisia as key partners of the EU is therefore important,” according to the statement.Furthermore, the Finnish official asserted that the “democratic development of Morocco and Tunisia can have a stabilizing effect” on the whole region.
WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump is unveiling an effort aimed at helping 50 million women in the developing world get ahead economically over the next six years.On Thursday, the White House will officially launch the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a governmentwide project led by the senior adviser and daughter to President Donald Trump.The initiative will involve the State Department, the National Security Council and other agencies. It aims to co-ordinate current programs and develop new ones to assist women in areas such as job training, financial support, and legal or regulatory reforms.The president previewed the launch during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, describing it as “part of our commitment to improving opportunity for women everywhere.”Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
Rabat – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reiterated its condemnation of Iran’s interference in Morocco’s internal affairs during the opening of the fifth session of the joint UAE-Morocco Committee.The symposium, attended by Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, opened on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.Emirates News Agency quoted Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, saying that the meeting coincides with “an unprecedented state of instability and spiraling violence across several Arab countries on the back of the growing danger of fanatic groups.” Al Nahyan then expressed the UAE’s support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara, adding that the UAE backs all measures undertaken by Morocco “to address any threats to its territorial integrity.”Commenting on Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran, the Emirati official said that his country denounces “all foreign interferences in the internal affairs of Arab countries, primarily Iran’s meddling into the region, and reiterate UAE’s support for all measures taken by Morocco in this concern over the past period.”The UAE was among the first Gulf countries to support Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran on May 1.Morocco has accused Iran of interfering in the country’s domestic affairs, and has blamed Iranian ally Hezbollah of delivering heavy military equipment to and training members of the Polisario Front.The fifth session of the joint committee is co-chaired by Al-Nahyan and Bourita. The session is held at the instructions of King Mohammed VI and Al-Nahyan’s brother Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.The session will feature political consultations between the two countries, trade talks, and the elaboration of recommendations and draft laws to be submitted to the joint committee.The UAE state-owned news agency reported on Tuesday that non-oil trade exchange between the countries rose from USD 464 million in 2013 to USD 524 million in 2017. The source added that trade grew 9 percent from 2016 to 2017, “threefold of its equivalent over the past five years,” according to the Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs.He also commended the “distinguished” bonds between the two countries, emphasizing that the ties are at “their best.”
Rabat – The National Motorway Company of Morocco (ADM) recommends drivers plan their trip in advance to avoid traffic jams during Eid al-Fitr.The National Motorway Company said they expect heavy traffic on all roads for Eid al-Fitr, especially in the following times:-Thursday, June 14, 2018 between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. -Sunday, June 17, 2018 between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.On Sunday, drivers must be careful about the traffic, because it will coincide with the return of families from Eid holidays.For more safety and comfort, ADM recommends drivers download the ADM traffic application in order to learn more about the traffic situation.ADM also advises drivers to use the Tag Jawaz to quickly pay the highway toll at paying stations.Morocco is investing approximately EUR 23 billion in road construction.Increasing safety is an important goal for the ADM, which believes that extending the expressway network will increase overall safety as the through-going (and often high-speed) traffic is moved away from the national roads.
Rabat – A primary school’s rusty entry door suddenly fell on Thursday, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring a woman who was also standing near the door.The woman suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized at the Sid Lahsene hospital in Temara.The incident angered the school students’ parents and teachers who protested in front of the school to denounce the school’s condition and the director’s “negligence.” Parents expressed their outrage over the school’s dilapidated state. They said the school’s lack of facilities, water and sanitation negatively affects students’ health and school experience.Read Also: Low Standards in Moroccan Schools Put Children’s Education at RiskOne example is that of a student whose father complained about her experiencing burns when urinating, likely infected by a urinary tract infection (UTI) at the school’s unhygienic toilet which is also accessible to the school’s guard dog.The parents complained that there is no cleaner to take care of the school toilets although they pay the parents’ associations fees, collected money supposed to improve the school’s condition.‘God’s will’For all the complaints and outrage from parents, however, the ministry of education played down the tragedy, urging the angry parents to resign themselves to divine providence.In a statement released on Friday, the ministry expressed “regret and sadness” over the tragic incident. It added, however, that the schoolgirl’s death “was God’s will.”The statement pointed out that the school’s director met with the girl’s family to convey his condolences and that the ministry has sent a commission to the school to investigate the school’s situation, “take urgent measures,” and ensure that classes resume in normal conditions.In its 2016-2017 annual report, the Moroccan Court of Auditors noted deficits in the basic facilities of some schools. Running water, electricity, sewage, and hygienic toilets are a rare–sometimes inexistent–commodity in most schools in rural areas, according to the report.Other missing basic infrastructure and facilities include fences, sanitary units, sports fields, multimedia rooms, libraries, internet connection, and teaching materials.
Beijing has been steadily gathering support for its “Belt and Road” initiative, which aims to weave a network of ports, bridges and power plants linking China with Africa, Europe and beyond.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has pledged to sign a memorandum of understanding this week on supporting the initiative during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has made the initiative his signature policy.Italy’s involvement would give China a crucial inroad into western Europe and a symbolic boost in its economic tug-of-war with the United States.Italy would be the first G-7 member to join the Belt and Road, following Portugal’s embrace of the initiative in December. It is hoping Chinese investment in its ports might help revive its traditional role as an entrepot between East and West.The Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials are pressuring Washington’s governor to veto legislation requiring oil shipped by rail to have more of its volatile gases removed.The bill awaiting Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature requires a lower vapour pressure limit for crude shipped by rail than either North Dakota requirements or industry standards.Proponents say it will boost safety. North Dakota officials worry it could hamper the nation’s No. 2 oil producer.North Dakota’s three members of Congress have asked Inslee to veto the bill, and state regulators are considering a lawsuit.Inslee has made climate change a focus of his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. His spokeswoman says he’s still reviewing the bill.The volatility of oil trains drew widespread public attention following several explosive derailments, including one in 2013 in Quebec that killed 47 people.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Transat AT Inc. is in exclusive talks with Air Canada, which is offering roughly $488 million to buy the travel company.The Montreal-based company says it has agreed to a 30-day period of exclusive negotiations regarding a possible deal at a price of $13 per share.Transat shares closed at $10.58 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.The company offers vacation packages, hotel stays and air travel under the Transat and Air Transat brands.Transat says that after being solicited by several parties, its board has determined that it’s in the interests of Transat and its stakeholders to finalize negotiations on an exclusive basis with Air Canada.The company first disclosed that it had held preliminary talks regarding the possible sale of the company last month, but did not name the potential bidders at that time. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ, TSX:AC) The Canadian Press
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.A sell-off in shares of chipmakers is pushing U.S. stocks lower as Wall Street begins trading Monday.Companies are taking steps to comply with the Trump administration’s decision to restrict technology sales to Chinese telecom giant Huawei. About one-third of Huawei’s suppliers are American chipmakers, including Qualcomm and Broadcom.Shares of both companies are down more than 4% in early trading.Sprint shares spiked 25.6% after the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he will approve its merger with T-Mobile. Shares of T-Mobile gained 5.8%The S&P 500 index fell 18 points, or 0.6%, to 2,841.The Dow slid 134 points, or 0.5%, to 25,629. The Nasdaq dropped 108 points, or 1.4%, to 7,708.The yield on the 10 year Treasury was flat at 2.39%.The Associated Press
1 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced plans today to reassign several key leadership posts involving United Nations operations in Lebanon and Georgia. Mr. Ban has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Johan Verbeke, his current UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, to the post of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Georgia and head of the UN Observer Mission to that country (known as UNOMIG).Mr. Verbeke will succeed Jean Arnault, who will be reassigned shortly, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.A career diplomat from Belgium, Mr. Verbeke has extensive experience with the UN system, including as his country’s Permanent Representative to the Organization from September 2004 to April this year.The Secretary-General also informed the Council of his plan to appoint Michael C. Williams of the United Kingdom to replace Mr. Verbeke as Special Coordinator for Lebanon.Mr. Williams has previously served as the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, and was most recently the UK Representative for the Middle East and Special Projects.Ms. Montas said the Secretary-General was confident that the new appointments would ensure continued strong leadership on the ground in both Lebanon and Georgia.
3 March 2009Shots were fired today into Lebanese territory from the Israeli side of the Line of Withdrawal in contravention of the United Nations resolution that helped end fighting between the countries two years ago, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reports. Shots were fired today into Lebanese territory from the Israeli side of the Line of Withdrawal in contravention of the United Nations resolution that helped end fighting between the countries two years ago, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reports.A team of UNIFIL blue helmets investigating the circumstances of the incident said that at least two of the 15 shots hit a wall 50 metres over the line separating Israeli and Lebanese forces in the area of El Adeisse.The UNIFIL Force Commander, Major General Claudio Graziano, has been in contact with the Senior Commanders of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) on the matter, the Mission said.There were no reported injuries, but a UN spokesperson told correspondents in New York that “This is a serious incident and a violation of Security Council resolution 1701,” adding that UNIFIL has protested to the IDF.