Rajya Sabha returns Aadhar bill to Lok Sabha after amendments by Opposition

first_imgRajya Sabha today returned the Aadhar Bill to Lok Sabha with several amendments, with Opposition parties also objecting strongly to treating it as a money bill.The amendments to the Aadhar Bill 2016, which was moved by Congress leader and former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, were today passed with majority votes in favour.  The ruling BJP-led NDA does not have majority in the House. Members of BSP, TMC and BJD also walked out of the House raising objections on several issues concerning the measure. The process of return of the bill saw an animated debate over why it was brought as a money bill, with a number of opposition members also raising concern over privacy and national security on the biometric data of Indians so collected through the scheme.However,  Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Aadhar Bill was a money bill as it dealt with the way public money or subsidy will be distributed among the needy under various government schemes. Moving the Bill in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said Parliament cannot abdicate its right to legislate just because the issue is pending in the Supreme Court.The Minister also emphasised that the present bill was different from the one brought by the UPA government as it had further tightened the privacy provisions with regard to sharing of information of individuals collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).Several Opposition members including Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Jairam Ramesh (Cong), Naresh Agrawal (SP) and KC Tyagi (JD-U) among others, opposed the government’s decision to label the Aadhar bill as a money bill. Refuting the objections in a debate marred by acrimony, Jaitley said the Lok Sabha Speaker had the final authority under the Constitution to declare a bill as money bill and nobody can question that.advertisementThe Lok Sabha had passed the bill on March 11.”One, the purpose of this bill is distribution of government money by subsidies and the rest is incidental, so it is a money bill. Two, merely because the executive action is challenged and pending in the Supreme Court, the powers of Parliament cannot suspend the right to legislate. Three, learning from UPAs experience, we have further tightened privacy laws much more than the UPA had in its bill,” Jaitley said.Also ReadJaitley, Yechury spar in Rajya Sabha on Aadhaar as a Money Bill Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar bill to further empower citizens Political football over Aadhaar: Why is Congress opposing its own brainchild?last_img read more

James Harden Scores 26 to Help Houston Beat Toronto

Jeremy Lin poured in 31 points and James Harden scored 10 of his 26 points after regulation as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Toronto Raptors in a 110-104 double-overtime thriller at the Toyota Center.Lin finished 10-of-17 from the field and netted nine of his points in the two overtimes to help Houston bounce back from two straight home losses. The Rockets were nearly dealt a third after Toronto rallied from a 17-point third- quarter deficit to force extra time.Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons each had 18 points in the win, with Howard pulling down 24 rebounds and blocking five shots.“We just have to stick with it,” Howard said. “Second half we didn’t play as good as we wanted to, but we got a good win. We needed on especially at home, and I’m glad we got it.”Rudy Gay put up 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors before fouling out in the final stages. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had 22 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss, with Jonas Valanciunas notching a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.After missing out on a chance to win at the end of regulation and failing to hold onto a four-point lead in the first overtime, the Rockets finally put a game Toronto squad away in the second extra session.Lin ended Houston’s opening possession with a successful jumper and Harden buried a 3-pointer with 3:19 left for a 100-95 advantage. Lowry sank a pair of triples around another Harden basket, however, and Gay was fouled while canning a short jumper and sunk the bonus shot for a 104-104 tie with 1:50 remaining.The Raptors didn’t score again, however. Howard grabbed an offensive board and fed Terrence Jones for a go-ahead layup with 1:13 left, and Lin scored in the lane after an unsuccessful offensive trip for Toronto for a four-point spread with 33.4 seconds on the clock.“We fought with them obviously through two overtimes and shots that we usually hit, weren’t falling, you could say fatigue or a lot of different things but they are a great team and they played well,” Gay said. “I just wish I would’ve hit the easy ones (shots) and maybe things would’ve worked out differently.”This was the seventh straight loss in Houston for the Raptors.Source: SportsNetwork.com read more

Budget debate set to resume on Wednesday all ears tuned in for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 6th 2017: One week after presenting its first Budget Communication to the people of The Bahamas, debate on its allocation and measures will commence on Wednesday in the House of Assembly.While it’s expected that line ministers will present their allocations and how they intend to spend in each area in the new fiscal year, many ears will be tuned in to hear how Government intends to reduce VAT and taxes in certain areas.So far measures outlined in reducing taxes include a .25 percent reduction in business license tax down from 1.5 percent. Hotels seeing turnovers exceeding US$400m, will now see their business license tax fall from 1.25 percent to one percent of turnover. Minister Turnquest added that excise duty on electric motorcycles will be reduced from 65 percent to 25 percent, as government looks to champion the new mode of affordable transport.The new government won the elections on the premise of repealing taxes implemented by the previous administration. However, during his budget presentation last week, DPM and Finance Minister, Peter Turnquest says his government was unable to remove all taxes as promised after finding what it describes as a “bare cupboard”, hinting that any tax reduction moves will have to be delayed.During the Speech from the throne, the government promised to repeal VAT on breadbasket items, all baby and children’s clothing, electricity, water, all health coverage and insurance, while creating tax free zones in Over-the-Hill communities.The debate on the Budget Communication 2017 2018 will commence tomorrow June 7th.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasBudgetDebate20172018#BahamasGovernmentTaxRepealsOrTaxDelays Related Items:last_img read more

Public Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands December 27

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 27, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2017GENERAL SITUATION:  THE REMNANTS OF A STATIONARY FRONT IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WILL LIFT NORTHWARDS AS A WEAK WARM FRONT WHILE A HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDS ACROSS THE AREA MOONRISE:    1:09PMMOONSET:     1:54AM THUR Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp HIGH TIDE:     2:10PM             2:57AM THURLOW TIDE:      8:33PM             9:17AM THUR FOR ALL AREAS FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON/rs SEAS:  2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER THE OCEAN.center_img DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE            82°F       28°C      OVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE           66°F       19°C       WEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS MAINLY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS THIS AFTERNOON. TURNING FAIR TONIGHT. WINDS:  NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER OPEN WATERS. SUNSET:          5:29PMSUNRISE:         6:54AM THUR WEATHER OUTLOOK: HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER THROUGH THURSDAY AS A WEAK COLD FRONT PUSH INTO THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BEFORE SHIFTING EAST OF THE AREA BY FRIDAY. Related Items:last_img read more

Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee

first_imgSANTEE (KUSI) — It’s one of the most horrifying things you’ll ever see.  A German shepherd and a pit bull ripping each other apart. It’s nasty enough to see this kind of thing once.  But twice?  Brutal.“I witnessed by neighbors dog getting attacked by the pit bull, locked on his neck,” said George Scott of Santee.The same thing happened with the same dogs two years ago.The latest drama began when Mike Clinger was playing baseball with his son in their front yard.  Suddenly, a bicycle rider and his pit bull stopped in front of the house, for some reason.“He stopped and started doing something.  No reason to stop except to cause trouble,” said Mike Clinger, owner of the German shepherd named Zuess.And trouble it was.  Clinger’s German shepherd heard the pit bull outside and darted out the front door for a nasty battle.  Both dogs needed medical help and so did the owner of the German shepherd.“He attacked me, he started punching me and kicking my dog.  Then he threw an aerosol can at my chest,” Clinger said.The Clingers don’t deny fault.  They admit that they should have locked the door to keep Zuess inside.  But they didn’t.“I would have paid for their vet bill, I know we were in the wrong, but after he assaulted me, I’m done with it,” Clinger said.Instead, the Clinger family has filed assault charges against the owner of the pit bull who attacked him.  They also want a restraining order to keep him away from their home and family.“I am shaken, Elise Clinger said.  “He’s putting up hundreds of flyers with our address, saying we have a killer dog.  Our kids walk to school every day and see these flyers.  I’m worried about this man.”Making matters even uglier.  The owner of the pit bull has been calling the city and blowing the whistle on “code violations” around his neighborhood.  The Clinger family was forced to take down a small home office in their garage and lay down rocks under their jets skis after the complaints were filed.“This man is a terrorist,” Clinger said. “The guy rides by our house three times a day, taunting and trying to get our dog to react.”The Sheriff’s Department has the case, but it does not appear to be urgent.  As for the Clinger family.“He’s basically disrupted our lives, we can’t do the things we normally do.  I feel like law enforcement needs to help,” Elise said.As for the owner of the pit bull?  He appears to be unapologetic and aggressive. “I’m not done yet”, he told me over the phone.  He’s referring to harassing his neighbors about “code violations.”As for the dogs, both will survive after receiving medical care.  Stay tuned. Dan Plante April 25, 2018 Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee Posted: April 25, 2018center_img Dan Plante, Updated: 6:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

2020 Cadillac CT5 brings rightsized luxury to New York

first_img New York Auto Show 2019 Cadillac Originally published April 16. 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery 3:59 The CT5, as well as the smaller CT4 sedan due later this year, is supposed to be better aligned with luxury-sedan market segments. Where previously the ATS and CTS didn’t necessarily match up with rivals directly — and the CT6, CTS and XTS overlapped quite a lot — Cadillac hopes its new sedan lineup will fit into neater boxes. The CT5 will rival cars like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, while the CT4 will be a bit smaller and compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class.The 2020 CT5 is shorter in length than the CTS but has a wheelbase nearly 1.5 inches longer. That gives the car fantastic proportions with very short overhangs at each end. It’s quite the looker in person, whether in Premium Luxury guise (shown in burgundy) or the Sport trim (pictured in gray).”Frankly, this is one of the vehicles that I’ve been waiting to show you,” said Cadillac executive director for global design Andrew Smith. “I really wanted this vehicle to feel light, agile.”Enlarge ImageThe inside of the CT5 can be equipped with wood, leather, carbon fiber and lots of technology. Cadillac Compared to the creased ATS, the CT5 has a somewhat tamer look, with few ridges on the sheet metal; Smith describes the look as “big, clean surfaces with punctuated details.” The wide and low nose features a huge interpretation of Cadillac’s usual grille design, while LED daytime running lights extend from the lower bumper, into the headlights, and onto the front fender. The door handles are electrically actuated by touching a button on the inside of the fixed handle.With quite a sloping roofline that plunges toward the trunklid, the CT5 almost has a fastback look in profile. One odd detail is the piece on the C-pillar that’s meant to look like a quarter window but is actually a black trim panel. Still, it helps round out the car’s daylight opening nicely.Out back, look for Y-shaped signature elements in the taillights and a trunklid that has an integrated spoiler. You’ll also spot Cadillac’s new torque-based powertrain badges, for instance “550T.” Sport models are distinguished by a unique grille treatment, blacked-out exterior trim and different interior pieces like Magnesium paddle shifters, alloy pedals, carbon fiber and available two-tone leather seats.2020 Cadillac CT5Enlarge ImageThe sloping roofline hurts rear-seat headroom. Cadillac It’s inside the cabin that the CT5 represents the biggest step forward from the ATS and CTS, with a fresher design packed with genuine, great-feeling wood, leather and metal. “If it looks like it, it should be it,” Smith said of the interior materials.There’s a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display atop the dash, which can also be controlled by a rotary controller on the center console or a tiny knob below the screen, next to the volume knob. Available connectivity tech includes two USB Type C ports and one Type A port, wireless phone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot. An angled holder in the console called the “Phone Shrine” has a pass-through for a cable so you can plug in your phone for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.The back seat has a good amount of leg- and kneeroom, but the sloped roofline means my head touches the headliner when I sit up straight. The lower seat cushion is quite short, and the outboard seat bolsters are angled, which will likely be uncomfortable for broader passengers. Trunk cargo capacity rings in at 11.9 cubic feet.2020 Cadillac CT5Enlarge ImageCadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous system will be available as an option. Cadillac Available features include a huge suite of active-safety features, a 360-degree camera system, standard remote start, heated and cooled seats, Bose audio systems and a sunroof. Active noise cancellation and acoustic glass are standard to keep noise out, while a system called “engine sound enhancement” pumps in extra noises to give drivers a sense of the car’s engines at work.The headlining technology is, of course, Super Cruise. Cadillac’s partially automated driver-assist feature can handle steering, accelerating and braking in certain situations on premapped highways; it debuted on the CT6 but will soon roll out to more Cadillac models. Cadillac says Super Cruise will be offered on some CT5 trim levels from calendar-year 2020.Beneath the sheet metal, the Cadillac CT5 rides on a version of General Motors’ Alpha platform, which endowed the ATS, CTS and Chevrolet Camaro with great driving dynamics. Cadillac name-checks high-end parts in the car’s chassis: ZF Modular Valve System dampers, a Bosch rack-mounted electric-power steering system and optional Brembo brakes. Aluminum is used for the front doors, hood and some chassis components to help achieve a 50:50 weight balance. An electric brake booster allows for varied levels of brake-pedal effort depending on driving mode.2020 Cadillac CT5 SportEnlarge ImageSport models get different design touches but a largely similar chassis setup to the CT5 Luxury models. Cadillac Powertrain choices comprise a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 boasting 335 hp and 400 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and feature cylinder deactivation tech to save fuel. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations are available. The 2.0-liter is the first GM four-cylinder with cylinder deactivation, and it uses a sliding camshaft that physically moves side-to-side to swap between high-lift, low-lift and cylinder-off lobes.The CT5’s Sport trim levels will not have significantly different suspension tuning compared to the Luxury models, representatives said, and no summer-tire options are offered. But Cadillac hints that future V Series performance models could be on the way down the road.The 2020 Cadillac CT5 looks appealing both inside and out, with fresher design and a better feature set than the ATS and CTS. Experience with those cars, as well as the current Camaro, also suggests that any car riding on the Alpha platform should be quite good to drive, too. With all that in mind, we’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel at some point before the CT5 goes on sale this fall. New York Auto Show 2019 More From Roadshow Share your voice reading • 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings right-sized luxury to New York 50 Photos May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Tags Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V • 2020 Cadillac CT5 is a right-sized, sporty luxury sedan 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth See All 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more While the New York Auto Show has largely been home to new crossover debuts, Cadillac brought the heat with a brand-new sedan. It’s the 2020 CT5 — the replacement for the CTS — and it’s better positioned to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.”They’re part of our Cadillac DNA,” he said at a preview event in Detroit last week. “There are a lot of customers who do look for sedans.” Sedans Luxury cars Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Cadillac 0 Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings a new look for the brand’s sedans to New Yorklast_img read more

Peter Thiel says Googles AI work in China is bad for America

first_img Share your voice Politics Comments 3 Tags Investor Peter Thiel is again criticizing Google’s relationship with China. Getty Images Peter Thiel is doubling down on his criticism of Google. The Silicon Valley investor wrote in a New York Times op-ed Thursday that the search giant is hurting the US by sharing its artificial intelligence technology with China. Thiel, one of President Donald Trump’s highest-profile supporters in the tech industry, said it’s “shocking” that Google would work with a rival country, because AI is such a beneficial military tool. He wrote that AI is “valuable to any army — to gain an intelligence advantage, for example, or to penetrate defenses in the relatively new theater of cyberwarfare, where we are already living amid the equivalent of a multinational shooting war.”He also points to an AI lab Google opened in Beijing two years ago, as well as the company’s decision to stop work with the Pentagon on Project Maven, an initiative that uses AI to improve the analysis of drone footage. Google decided not to renew its contract after its employees protested the project. Soon after, CEO Sundar Pichai released a set of guidelines that said Google wouldn’t develop AI for weapons but would still work with the US military. Google declined to comment on the op-ed. But in the past, the company has noted that it doesn’t work with the Chinese military. Thiel’s comments come weeks after he accused Google of having a “seemingly treasonous” relationship with China and urged a probe by the FBI and CIA. After Thiel’s comments, Trump tweeted that he would “take a look.” Last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he met with Pichai to discuss the company’s work in China. After the meeting, Mnuchin said he has no security concerns about Google’s work in the country. Two days later, though, Trump tweeted that there “may or may not” be security concerns. Peter Thiel Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Free for a limited time For Honor PC

first_img Some of the best games of 2018 2 Share your voice 1:18 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Get your gladiator on in For Honor. Ubisoft Today, because reasons, I wouldn’t mind wreaking some (virtual) havoc with a sword. So the timing here couldn’t be better: For a limited time, Ubisoft is offering the awesome action game For Honor Standard Edition (PC) for free. Regular price: $40. See it at UbisoftI haven’t installed it yet, but you can bet I’m going to. Here’s what GameSpot had to say about For Honor: “It’s an incredibly entertaining fighter that’s satisfying both in single and multiplayer, even despite the narrative flaws of its story mode.”To get the game, you’ll need the Uplay software client and a Ubisoft account (both free as well). That requirement aside, this is a flat-out freebie, no strings attached. The game is yours to keep even after the giveaway window ends on Aug. 28.Don’t have enough PC horsepower to run such a graphics-intensive title? Here’s a list of some great games for your nongaming laptop. Video Games Now playing: Watch this: Comments Tags The Cheapskatelast_img read more

NASA has officially attached a helicopter to the Mars 2020 Rover

first_img Mars rovers NASA Sci-Tech Share your voice The thin Martial atmosphere Aung mentions means the Mars Helicopter has to be both lightweight and powerful. It’ll use solar cells to charge its batteries, and operate a built-in heater to combat frigid nighttime temperatures. The chopper will be autonomous: The nearest humans will be millions of miles away, so any kind of manual control isn’t yet an option.NASA first announced its plan to attach a chopper to its 2020 Mars Rover last year, but it’s been developing the technology since 2013.Correction, 8:25 a.m. PT: The story initially misstated the distance to Mars.  Commentscenter_img 11 Tags The Mars Helicopter. NASA How well can a vehicle fly in the Mars atmosphere? NASA just got a step closer to finding out, announcing Wednesday that its Mars Helicopter has been attached to the Mars Rover it intends to send to the Red Planet next year. The 2020 Mars Rover should arrive on the planet in February 2021, and if all goes to plan, the helicopter will then become the first aircraft to fly on a planet other than Earth.The Mars Helicopter will serve a double duty. NASA will use it to see how the conditions on Mars affect aviation, and to prove that we can fly helicopters, drones and other aircraft on Mars. Once in the air, the camera-equipped copter will then showcase the viability of surveying Mars by sky. “Our job is to prove that autonomous, controlled flight can be executed in the extremely thin Martian atmosphere,” said MiMi Aung, manager of the Mars Helicopter project. “If we prove powered flight on Mars can work, we look forward to the day when Mars helicopters can play an important role in future explorations of the Red Planet.”last_img read more

Kabir Singh day 1 box office collection Shahid Kapoors movie becomes his

first_imgKabir Singh box office collectionTwitterShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh witnessed a thunderous opening day box office collection on Friday. The movie has become Shahid’s highest first day grossing movie.Remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, the unusual love story has had huge hype around it since the trailer was released. The film is being widely talked about, and Shahid’s performance is being hailed.Cashing on the strong word of mouth and mostly positive reviews, Kabir Singh enjoyed excellent occupancy at the theatres across the country, not just in evening but also in morning shows.The love saga witnessed impressive footfalls both in multiplexes as well as on single screens. Kabir Singh witnessed a brilliant occupancy of 70 percent on Friday, registering a huge opening for the film.Having been released on 3,123 screens across India, Kabir Singh made a box office collection of Rs 20.21 crore at the domestic market on its day 1. It has become Shahid’s biggest opener, even surpassing the record of Padmaavat that had collected Rs 19 crore.”#KabirSingh is terrific on Day 1… Emerges Shahid Kapoor’s biggest opener [surpasses *Day 1* biz of #Padmaavat: ₹ 19 cr]… Biggest *non-holiday* opening day of 2019 [surpasses #TotalDhamaal: ₹ 16.50 cr]… Is a craze amongst the youth… Fri ₹ 20.21 cr. India biz,” according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.Shahid’s highest ever opening day grossing solo movie was Shaandaar that had collected Rs 13.1 crore. Kabir Singh has broken that record convincingly, and has turned the biggest opener of the actor.Directed by Sandeep Vanga, Kabir Singh is being widely liked by young audience from across the country. Also starring Kiara Advani, the film is blessed with some superb performances, and an unorthodox love story.With such an excellent start at the box office, Kabir Singh is expected to witness sharp growth in its earning over the weekend.last_img read more