Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India for the development, operation and maintenance of Kalaburagi airport. The signing of the agreement would open the doors of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region in terms of aviation connectivity to Bengaluru and also to the entire country, the government said in a release. It would facilitate overall economic development of backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region, that has been provided special status under article 371 J of the Constitution. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe MoU was signed between Karnataka Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (KSIIDC) on behalf of Government of Karnataka and Airports Authority of India (AAI) in the presence of Kalaburagi MP Umesh Jadhav, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar among others. The state government had accorded its administrative approval for the development of Kalaburagi Airport on March 27, 2007. Till now, a total expenditure of Rs 230 crore has been incurred on development and construction of Kalaburagi airport, the release said adding about Rs 22 crore has been spent on acquisition of 742 acres of land and Rs 208 crore for the construction work. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe development works of the airport have been undertaken by the Public Works department along with the technical guidance from M/s RITESIndia Pvt Ltd. The works were nearing completion and the first trial run of flights has been conducted during August 2018. Kalaburagi Airport has been qualified for operations during the third round of bidding/selection under the Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN (RCS-3.0), the release said. Alliance Air and Godhavath Air Pvt. Ltd. have been qualified as “Selected Airline Operator (SAO)” for Kalaburagi-Bangalore-Kalaburagi, Kalaburagi-Hindan-Kalaburagi, Kalaburagi-Tirupati-Kalaburagi routes. The development of Kalaburagi Airport had commenced in 2007 on PPP mode by Gulbarga Airport Developers Limited [GADL a consortium of Maytas Infra Ltd, NCC Infra Holdings & VIE India] and had invested Rs 25 crore, a top official said. As GADL could not complete the works and accordingly and the contract was terminated, following which the state government took up the task.
OTTAWA – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pleased Canada won’t be rushing to restore diplomatic ties with Iran as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland affirmed Canada’s “ironclad” support for the Jewish state.Freeland said Thursday her two-hour meeting with Netanyahu a day earlier touched on a wide range of pressing global issues, including Canada’s own strained relationship with Iran, a country that Israel views as an existential threat.The Liberal government pledged during the 2015 federal election to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran, but Freeland made clear that isn’t going to happen unless the regime allows Maryam Mombeini, an Iranian-Canadian dual citizen, to leave the country.The Iranian government has denied Mombeini permission to travel after her husband, an environmentalist and university professor, died in a Tehran prison while being held on espionage accusations.“That is what we need to resolve with Iran before moving on to any other issue,” Freeland said in a conference call with reporters Thursday.Netanyahu highlighted the Iran discussion as he welcomed Canada’s top diplomat on her first Middle East trip, which included stops in Jordan and the West Bank.“We appreciate your support in various international forums,” Netanyahu said in remarks released by his office.“In fact, you have said that you will not establish international relations with Iran, which ought to be self-evident for a country that openly calls for the destruction of the one and only Jewish state but you have acted on it and we appreciate that.”Earlier Thursday, Freeland said in a major speech that Canada’s rejection of Jewish refugees before the Holocaust was shameful, but that it has since become Israel’s unwavering ally against anti-Semitism — especially after the Pittsburgh synagogue murders last Saturday.Freeland evoked the sweep of Canada’s modern history with the Jewish people during her address to the Israel Council on Foreign Relations.Her remarks appeared aimed at some Israeli pundits who are questioning whether Canada’s support of Israel has waned under the current Liberal government following the full-throated friendship expressed by Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative administration.She reminded her Israeli audience that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will apologize next Wednesday for Canada’s 1939 decision to reject an asylum request from more than 900 Jews aboard the MS St. Louis ocean liner.More than 250 of them would later be murdered in Nazi Germany.Freeland also reminded her audience that Canada was one of the first countries to recognize and support Israel’s emergence as a nation after the Second World War.But she made clear it was a hard-won lesson after the Canadian government rejected the MS St. Louis. Freeland noted only 5,000 Jewish refugees entered Canada between 1933 and 1945.“It was a time of ignorance, for which we are forever ashamed,” she said.“It is unacceptable that so many years after the Holocaust, we still see incidents of hatred against religious groups, such as the appalling anti-Semitic attack on those at prayer in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Shabbat just days ago.”Saturday’s fatal shooting of 11 Jewish celebrants at the Pittsburgh synagogue by a lone gunman was the deadliest attack ever on Jews in the United States.Freeland said the attack is not entirely an American phenomenon.“I am sad to say that Jewish people are the religious group in Canada most likely to be targeted for hate crimes — whether vandalism, graffiti, hate propaganda or racist online commentary.”She said a Jewish community centre in her Toronto riding faced a bomb threat last year.“Too often the violence seems insurmountable — especially so after last weekend,” she said.“I challenge that view. Let us all champion peace and inclusion in the face of hatred, discrimination, and terror.”Freeland said Canada supports numerous initiatives with the United States, the European Union and others to learn from the Holocaust, improve education about genocide and to combat “the evil” of anti-Semitism everywhere.“Canada’s commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering and ironclad.”Israel occupies a “dangerous neighbourhood” that now includes a heightened threat from Iran which has launched attacks by armed drones, she said.Freeland also credited Israel’s co-operation with its Arab ally and neighbour, Jordan, along with Britain, the U.S. and Germany for giving sanctuary to 400 White Helmets fleeing Syria.The mission, Freeland said, “is a real example of not cursing the darkness, and instead lighting a small candle” in the face of Syria’s long-running civil war.“We are forever grateful to Israel for its essential and brave action.”Freeland also visited a Palestinian refugee camp on Thursday, and met with Riyad al-Maliki, her counterpart with the Palestinian Authority.
New Delhi: The RBI is likely to adopt a more accommodative approach towards resolution of stressed assets when it issues a revised circular sometime in the next few days, against the February 12 circular quashed by the Supreme Court. Sources said the major contention in the controversial February 12, 2018, circular that got challenged in the court leading to its quashing, will be done away with in the new circular. Instead, banks will be given more time to identify and qualify an account as bad debt and also be given more time to resolve the same. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Reserve Bank of India is likely to retain the main contours of its February 12, 2018 circular while making the referral to National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) non-compulsory, sources told IANS. It might, however, be guided by suggestions earlier given by the Indian Banking Association (IBA) for debt resolution for classification of Non-Performing Asset (NPA) and resolution of bad assets. Bankers had suggested qualifying a loan as bad debt if the default was for a period of at least 90 days and not one day as was the case in the February 12 circular. A bank-led resolution should start only after that, according to the bankers. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMoreover, it had suggested a 60 day incubation period post this time for identifying the default. After this, banks would resolve a case within 180 days and consider referring the case to NCLT post that period if the majority of the lenders agreed. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down a February 12, 2018 circular of the RBI that asked banks to initiate insolvency process against companies even if there was a day’s delay in payment of dues. As per the circular, banks were told to start the resolution process as soon as a borrower defaulted on a term loan and were given 180 days to cure it, failing which the account would have to be referred to the NCLT. It also said that any company that defaulted on its loan repayment obligation even by a day should be declared a defaulter. Further, under the new norms, lenders can decide on the resolution if 66 per cent of the lenders agree to take this recourse. This is similar to the adoption of a resolution under IBC where 66 per cent of votes is required. The revised circular on NPAs is unlikely to include the pre-IBC restructuring tools like Strategic Debt Restructuring (SDR), Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR), Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets or S4A. In the previous circular the RBI had withdrawn all existing debt restructuring schemes — S4A, CDR, JLF, and SDR — and asked banks to draw resolution plans for all assets where the banking sector’s exposure was more than Rs 2,000 crore. On Tuesday, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that the recent Supreme Court ruling did not take away the powers of the central bank, nor would it impact the major default cases undergoing insolvency proceedings. “We will soon get the revised circular. There will not be any undue delay in that,” Das said. On whether the recent instances of the RBI being taken to the court have impacted its actions, Das said: “It’s always the democratic right of any person, individual or corporate entity to challenge the decision of any authority in the court of law. The RBI cannot be an exception to this.”
LAS VEGAS — Nevada faces complaints about secrecy in awarding licenses to sell marijuana in the state’s booming legal marketplace, boiling over into lawsuits and legislation that appear poised to pry open the process.Several companies have sued the state tax department, arguing that no one knows for sure the criteria officials use to award new licenses. They complain the state releases no information about who seeks and receives permission to sell cannabis to adults, many of them tourists, in the nearly 2-year-old market.They will ask a judge Monday to freeze the granting of marijuana dispensary licenses, at least temporarily, until the courts decide whether it’s “arbitrary and capricious and violates the constitution,” one lawsuit says.The hearing will focus on a second wave of dispensaries approved in December to open into an evolving regulatory environment where local lawmakers are considering allowing pot lounges on or near the Las Vegas Strip.The companies say Nevada unconstitutionally picked winners and losers from 462 applicants for 61 new dispensary, cultivation, laboratory and production licenses.“Licenses that admit a select few to such a lucrative enterprise must be made in a way that is open and transparent,” said attorney Vincent Savarese, who wrote the constitutional challenge on behalf of Serenity Wellness Center and 10 other companies that were turned away.“The point is to remove the marijuana trade from criminal enterprises, cartels and mobsters and street dealers, and to ensure that they don’t have participation in the legal marijuana industry,” he said.The court arguments come days after the state Senate unanimously passed a measure to let officials release taxpayer information now labeled confidential. The proposal heads next to the Assembly.Plans are underway to release the names of all applicants and licensees once the measure becomes law, said Ky Plaskon, spokesman for the state Department of Taxation, which regulates the licensing process.Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday acknowledged “the frustrations of many marijuana license applicants with the current licensing process” and endorsed the legislation that he said “would shed light on the methodology used … in granting licenses.”Sisolak, a Democrat, was elected last November while calling or a state marijuana regulatory program similar to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which regulates casino licensing. He has an advisory panel studying the formation of a Cannabis Compliance Board.Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, and figures show that sales are booming.In the first year after broad marijuana sales began in July 2017, 61 dispensaries statewide reported nearly $425 million in recreational pot sales. Medical marijuana sales totalled an additional $105 million.Nevada reaped $42.5 million in taxes on adult sales, with about $27.5 million going to an account for schools.In the last six months of 2018, all dispensaries reported $884 million in sales and the state took in almost $72 million in taxes on recreational sales, Plaskon said. There are now 65 marijuana stores statewide.Monday’s court hearing in Clark County District Court is expected to draw attorneys involved in six lawsuits filed against the state Taxation Department on behalf of dozens of companies.“I’m not saying anybody corruptly got a license,” Savarese said. “But I’m saying that if they had, the process is opaque enough to provide cover for it.”His 11 clients already won some dispensary licenses in 2017, after Nevada voters in 2016 approved broad access to cannabis, and are seeking more.Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
The Global Mountain Summit in Kyrgyzstan culminated today with agreement on action to clean up dangerous nuclear waste dumps in one of the most densely populated areas of Central Asia, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a key organizer of the event. The Government of Norway offered to help with the effort, which will centre around disposal sites near the town of Maily-Suu, high up in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The waste stored there threatens to spill into rivers that flow from Kyrgyzstan into the Fergana valley below, which is home to almost 20 per cent of all Central Asians. “Ten million people were threatened by the waste,” said Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev, hailing the support from Norway and other donors. The new initiative, he added, demonstrates “an example of concrete action” achieved through the International Year of Mountains and the Bishkek Summit. Mountain areas, which cover 26 per cent of the Earth’s land surface and host 12 per cent of its people, provide essential resources for both mountain and lowland people, including fresh water for at least half of humanity, critical reserves of biodiversity, food, forests and minerals. According to the Bishkek Platform adopted by the Summit, climate change, natural hazards and other forces are threatening the complex webs of life that mountains support. The Platform aims to improve the livelihoods of mountain people, protect mountain ecosystems and optimize the use of mountain resources. “Mountains are vital to all life on earth and to the well-being of people everywhere said UNEP Deputy Executive Director Shafqat Kakakhel. “What happens on the highest peak affects life in the lowlands, in freshwaters and even in the seas.”
“The parties reached consensus on eight out of the 12 articles of the draft agreement under discussion,” said the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, via teleconference. “However, [they] found it difficult to agree on certain contentious and difficult issues that had remained problematic throughout the talks, namely the amnesty, disarmament and integration of M23.”The talks are being held in Kampala under the auspices of the Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the Mediator, as well as Ugandan Defence Minister and Facilitator, Crispus Kiyonga.During the negotiations, which started on 17 October, Mrs. Robinson continued to lead a team of Envoys – referred to as the E-Team – comprised of Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, who also briefed the Council today, as well as United States Special Envoy Russ Feingold, African Union Special Representative, Boubacar Diarra and the European Union Senior Coordinator Koen Vervaeke.Mrs. Robinson noted that the parties have agreed to reconvene “soon” to overcome their differences. “It will be critical that that the parties and the Facilitation remain committed to a swift conclusion of the Kampala process,” she said, adding that the E- Team will continue to support the efforts. During several days of negotiations both sides were able to agree on the following issues: the release of prisoners; the end of M23 as a rebel movement and the possibility to establish itself as a political party; the return and resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs); and the return of extorted and looted properties during the M23’s brief occupation of Goma in November 2012. She said that sides also agreed on the establishment of a national reconciliation Commission; Governance and socio-economic reforms; implementation of the provisions of the March 23, 2009 peace agreement which were partially or not implemented, and, are still relevant; as well as the implementation, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of the Kampala Agreement. Also speaking to the New York-based Council via a teleconference, Mr. Kobler said it was incredible that the “unique opportunity” could not be seized and called on the parties to reengage with the peace efforts.“I urge particularly the M23 to use the dynamics of the last few days to more constructively and without delay to sort out in the next few days the remaining issues and bring back peace to the eastern DRC,” said Mr. Kobler, who in addition to being a UN Special Representative is also the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).The UN envoy said he sought to support efforts towards “only a fair agreement, not necessarily a perfect agreement” and echoed Mrs. Robinson in commending the Government of the DRC and the Facilitator for their “constructive attitudes.” They also stressed the urgency of steps forward in the implementation of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region signed earlier this year under UN auspices as a comprehensive approach to sustainable peace in the region.Ahead of their briefing, which was preceded by interventions from Council Ambassadors reporting on their visit the Great Lakes region earlier this month, the envoys said in a statement that they were “concerned at the volatility in the region and hoped that additional progress on the significant remaining issues can be made in the coming days.”They added a warning “against any acts of provocation” and urged the parties “to exert maximum restraint on the ground in order for the dialogue to conclude.” Also, Mr. Kobler told the Council today there has been a “considerable military build-up” by rebel and DRC Government forces around the key eastern city of Goma. He also cited reports of the M23 forcing young refugee men to join the rebels. Mrs. Robinson also noted “alarming” reports of military reinforcements around Goma, which only further highlighted the “critical” need for an agreement in the Kampala talks. Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura, has told Congolese lawmakers that while progress has been made in combating conflict-related sexual violence, much more needs to be done, particularly to address the scourge in areas where armed groups are present.“As elected officials of the people of the DRC, you represent those who have suffered this injustice. You have seen and witnessed the pain this scourge has inflicted and continues to inflict on the people of the DRC on a daily basis,” Ms. Bangura said in her address to the Senate on 18 October.The visit is her second since March when she announced the signing of a joint communiqué between the Government and the UN to prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence.Since the signing of the communiqué, the Government has developed a draft implementation plan and the UN Team of Experts on Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict is assisting in its implementation.In addition, MONUSCO has deplored the lack of progress in prosecuting the perpetrators of gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, including mass rape, committed in late November 2012 in Minova, South Kivu province, and in neighbouring villages by the FARDC.“Congolese officials should fulfil their obligations in compliance with international as well as Congolese law, especially towards the victims of such atrocious acts and their families to whom justice must be rendered.” said Mr. Kobler in a statement over the weekend. Findings by UN investigators had documented evidence of the FARDC having raped more than 102 women and 33 girls, some as young as six years old, as they fled the advance M23 rebels in country’s restive eastern region last November.While the report also cited M23 rebels for committing atrocities, it noted that the FARDC committed violations were “perpetrated in a systematic manner and with extreme violence” and may constitute international crimes under human rights law, as well as crimes under Congolese criminal law.A parallel investigation by the FARDC led to the arrest of nine soldiers, two in connection with the rapes, and seven in connection with lootings.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in for at touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State running back Mike Weber stood silent with tears in his eyes, arms locked with his teammates as the Buckeyes sang “Carmen Ohio” after the Cotton Bowl win against USC.It seemed to be a sign his time at Ohio State had just ended.It was not. About a week and a half later, Weber announced he would return to Ohio State. The emotions that led to many inferring he would leave were more the product of it being the end of the season, he said Friday.“I think the emotions was just all bottled up from just the whole season and how it went down as far as injuries,” Weber said. “That was more of being proud of myself to fight back and be able to play and stuff like that. It was like everything put together really. It wasn’t just me deciding whether I would leave or stay.”The decision to stay came as a surprise to many. Weber might be relegated to a backup role in 2018 behind freshman J.K. Dobbins, who led the team in both carries (194) and rushing yards (1,403). Another season as a backup at a position that is among the most physically demanding, when he could leave and have a chance to make money as a professional, seemed out of the question.“I just felt like I had some stuff left over on the table to do here at Ohio State,” Weber said. “I got with [head coach Urban] Meyer and we had a good talk with [running backs coach Tony] Alford and my parents and I felt good about coming back and I feel like it was the right thing to do and that’s what I needed.”When Weber talked with the coaches about the plans for the 2018 season, he wanted to learn about what would be his role. Though he was hampered by a hamstring injury for the start of 2017, Weber wasn’t able to match Dobbins’ carries once fully healthy. Dobbins finished each of the team’s last seven games with more carries than Weber.Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) runs the ball in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut Weber believes the carries will start to balance out with the change of quarterback. Barrett was a mobile quarterback with a bulldozing mentality who could take the place of a third-down running back on short-yardage situations. Weber finished with fewer carries than Barrett both in 2016 as the starter at running back and in 2017 as the backup, despite averaging a combined 1.62 more yards per carry.Next season, there will not be that bruising type of dual-threat quarterback to threaten him. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins is a pocket passer who will likely not be called on to plow ahead for a handful of yards or run the same read-options that Ohio State ran with Barrett. Freshman Tate Martell is a shiftier quarterback who would be able to do more in space and would not be as effective rushing up the middle.“I just think the running will be more on me and J.K. and more passing down the field,” Weber said. “You want the ball in your hands. You want to show everybody what you can do and you want to help your team the best way you can.“I feel like as the game goes on and situations go on, coaches call the plays and there’s only so much you can do as a player.”There is no guarantee Weber won’t play second fiddle to Dobbins. However, he knows the change in quarterback will require a heavier reliance on the pair. When Barrett was injured against Michigan, Dobbins and Weber received nearly the same number of carries. Then during the Cotton Bowl, there were several two-back sets where both Weber and Dobbins stood on either side of Barrett to give the Buckeyes a trio of potential rushing options. Dobbins said Weber’s decision to stay creates an extra element for defenses to scheme against, not just added depth.“It’s exciting because it’s going to take a lot of pressure off of just me, like they’re going to have to worry about the two of us because I’m sure coach Meyer will put in something that will have both of us on the field and that will be deadly to stop,” Dobbins said.Weber is not returning to be the starter. At best, he will be the co-starter with Dobbins. At worst, he will watch Dobbins rack up about 300 carries and see action only when the explosive freshman needs rest.But there is reason to believe Weber will produce more than the 626 yards on 101 attempts in 2017. He has one less rusher to compete against — Barrett — and will enter the season in full health. It wasn’t an easy decision for Weber to come back. It might pay off. It might not. But now that he’s returning to the Buckeyes, he is just looking to help the team while simultaneously improving himself to improve his draft stock.“I made a big jump from my freshman year to my sophomore year,” Weber said. “I got a lot faster, stronger, everything, but now [Meyer’s] message is really just to enhance that and go harder and get even better.”
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At least 15 people died while three others sustained injuries after a portion of a wall collapsed near Talab Masjid in Kondhwa area of Pune on Saturday. Speaking to ANI, an official from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said the wall collapsed due to heavy downpour in the city. “The wall collapsed at around 1:30 am on Saturday, due to heavy rainfall in Pune. The boundary wall was built near construction site sheds and when it collapsed, at least three sheds were complete bogged down under the wall. It collapsed at least six feet below the surface level,” said Sadanand Gawde. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us NDRF teams rescued three injured and retrieved as many as 15 bodies. The injured have been shifted to Sassoon Hospital in the city. Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said those who died in the mishap were labourers hailing from Bihar and Bengal, adding that a relief amount would be provided to the kin of the deceased by the government. “Negligence of the construction company is coming to light in this incident. Death of 15 people is not a small matter. Mostly (deceased) were labourers from Bihar and Bengal,” he said. A search and rescue operation is underway, and further details are awaited.
India will invest Rs6,168 crore for widening and upgrading the 351 km road between Aizawl and Tuipang in Mizoram. Photo: MintWith an eye on China, India is working on a slew of road and bridge projects to improve connectivity with Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar, reports livemint.com.The strategic projects being constructed by the state-run National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corp. Ltd (NHIDCL) include a bridge on the Feni river in Tripura, which will connect Agaratala with Bangladesh’s Chittagong port and a bridge over river Mechi which will link Bhadrapur in Nepal with Galgalia in Bihar, adds the Indian daily.Other projects include a 300 km road network in Nepal’s Terai region. Another road network is being built to connect Aizawl in Mizoram with Kaladan in Myanmar and Imphal in Manipur with Tamu, also in Myanmar, the Delhi-based business daily also says.With India stepping up efforts to accelerate development of infrastructure along the country’s frontier in the backdrop of Chinese troops making repeated incursions into Indian territory, these projects will help India project its strategic capabilities in the region.India will invest Rs6,168 crore for widening and upgrading the 351 km road between Aizawl and Tuipang in Mizoram, according to documents reviewed by Mint. The project is being developed with the help of a loan from the Japan government.Japan’s ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu had said in February that his country was willing to help India develop infrastructure in the northeastern region, seen as sensitive as parts of it are claimed by China.“We will play a significant role in development of north east region,” Anand Kumar, a former managing director of NHIDCL, said in an interview before assuming charge of secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy.The road between Aizawl and Tuipang is part of the Kaladan Multimodal Transit project, which will connect Kolkata with the Sittwe port in Myanmar, and then further to Mizoram by river and road.India and Myanmar signed a framework agreement in 2008 for the implementation of this project.“The projects will not only help India connect with its neighbouring countries but may also play an important role in Great Asian Highway which is being worked upon,” added Kumar.The Asian Highway network is also referred to as the Great Asian Highway, and is a 141,000 km road network connecting 32 Asian countries.India is moving ahead with its plans of accessing transnational multi-modal connectivity to articulate its role in the proposed transportation architecture in the region and beyond. It has been instrumental in implementing the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, which will run from Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar.The road construction in Nepal’s Terai region assumes importance in the backdrop of India’s interests in the country. The Terai region runs along Nepal’s border with the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is populated by Madhesis, who live in the subtropical plains of Nepal and have have family ties with India.Experts say India’s connectivity strategy is driven by geopolitical imperatives alone, wherein economic benefits have not been accorded their due importance.“There are two challenges when one talks about infrastructure development in northeast. One, most of Indian projects have been delayed and have cost over-run and secondly, even if you build connectivity for the northeast the big issue is will people in the area able to take advantage of economic activity happening due to this infrastructure,” said Gulshan Sachdeva, professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.“India’s approach for infra development in north east is based on geopolitical reasons, while when it comes to China’s One Belt One Road the project aims at both geopolitical and economic advantages. This shows that India hasn’t done much home work before taking up these projects,” Sachdeva added.India’s play on its eastern front follows the efforts to operationalize the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) involving Iran, Russia and India and comes in the backdrop of China’s Belt and Road initiative aimed at connecting some 60 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe to boost trade and economic ties.“I feel in the long run, both the India and China economies can benefit only when their infrastructure is converged and will ultimately realize the Great Asian highway network,” said Sachdeva.
Share MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on the major earthquake that struck Mexico (all times local):5 p.m.Mexico’s office of the presidency says the death toll from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen to 273, including 137 in the capital.The presidency said in a statement Wednesday that there were also 73 deaths in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.___2:20 p.m.Mexico’s navy says there are no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where rescuers have been hunting for a girl they believed to be trapped.Assistant Navy Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento says there is evidence of a person who may still alive, but he says it’s probably a school worker.The search for the supposedly missing girl has been a focus of attention across the country as a symbol of hope following Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake.Sarmiento says 11 children were rescued alive after the quake, while 19 children and six adults died.___12:45 p.m.Outside a collapsed seven-story office building in Mexico City’s trendy Roma Norte district, people have been camped out in tents and on folding chairs since Tuesday’s deadly earthquake, anxiously awaiting word of their loved ones.They’re increasingly worried three days into the rescue effort — and also getting frustrated with what they say is a lack of information from authorities.Patricia Fernandez says her 27-year-old nephew Ivan Colin Fernandez works as an accountant in the seven-story building, which pancaked to the ground.She says the last time they got an update was late yesterday: That about 14 people were believed to be alive inside, and only three had gotten out.Fernandez embraced the man’s mother, her sister, who wept without stop into Fernandez’s black fleece sweater.She says she wants more information. In her words, “I think what kills us most is the desperation of not knowing anything.”___11:30 a.m.Rescuers are reinforcing the shaky wreckage of a collapsed school in Mexico City where they are trying to free a trapped girl and any other quake survivors.The remains of the building had shifted dangerously earlier Thursday morning, prompting some rescuers to evacuate the top of the pile.Workers have put into place iron beams to prop up the structure. It took a dozen or more men to carry each one.Stretchers have also been brought to the edge of the building. A large crane is also on site.At least 245 people were killed in Tuesday’s earthquake, according to the most recent official count.___9:50 a.m.Rescuers and search dogs from Southern California are in Mexico to help following the country’s deadly earthquake.The U.S. ambassador to Mexico says that a search and rescue team from the Los Angeles County Fire Department has arrived with “experts and tons of equipment.”Ambassador Roberta Jacobson on Thursday posted photos of rescuers and dogs next to a large U.S. Air Force jet and cargo being offloaded from the plane.Tuesday’s quake killed at least 245 people in Mexico City and nearby states, according to the latest official toll.___7:45 a.m.Vladimir Navarro has spent the night working at the site of a collapsed school in Mexico City where rescuers are still trying to free a trapped girl and any other survivors.The university worker says he’s exhausted and is going to sleep for a few hours and then return. Navarro says rescuers are “just meters away from getting to the children,” but the rubble is unstable and they can’t access it until it is shored up.In his words: “Taking any decision is dangerous.” Navarro says they need a large crane to come in and help. Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake collapsed the school and dozens of other buildings in Mexico City, and killed at least 245 people.Twitter user @CBSnewsRescuers and hundreds of volunteers are working nonstop to search for survivors of Mexico’s deadly earthquake___7:05 a.m.Rescue workers have recovered the body of a woman from the ruins of the school in southern Mexico City where a child has been detected alive.The Mexican Navy issued a statement early Thursday saying the 58-year-old woman had worked at the Enrique Rebsamen school.At least 26 people are known to have died at the primary and secondary school, which was one of scores of buildings across central Mexico that collapsed in Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 quake.Both military and civilian rescue workers are trying to reach a child trapped in the rubble who has shown signs of life.But they’re not sure who she is. The navy statement appealed for information, saying no relatives have approached to offer any information about her.
Centers focused on women’s health are an important part of the imaging landscape and continue to undergo refinement, striving to meet their patients’ needs. To do so, their dedicated staffs have to keep many balls in the air at once – staying up-to-date with the latest technology, maintaining an efficient workflow and being profitable – all while providing a high quality of care to as many women as possible.To recognize the enormity of this juggling act and the women’s centers that meet the challenge with excellence, each year Imaging Technology News features “Top Women’s Centers to Watch.” These facilities manage to keep up in all areas, setting a high bar in the areas of innovation, operational efficiency, patient service and teamwork.This year, we honor four centers – Columbia Regional Breast Center, Progressive Radiology, Stamford Hospital Women’s Breast Center and Jefferson Radiology – that are making a difference in women’s lives. The next few pages are filled with details about their efforts, and ITN congratulates them for their achievements. Jefferson Radiology, East Hartford, CTINNOVATION: Jefferson Radiology was the first practice in Connecticut to introduce automated breast screening ultrasound (ABUS) technology for women with dense breast tissue, choosing a system from U-Systems. ABUS is a type of breast imaging that uses sound waves to create 3-D photos of breast tissue. While mammography is still the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer, ABUS may improve the chances of detecting cancer in those with dense breast tissue or implants. Automated breast ultrasound is intended as an adjunct to mammography. Jefferson Radiology implemented iCad’s TotalLook to convert standard mammography films to digital images for the use of comparative review on digital review workstations. Once converted, TotalLook allows storage of those images in the PACS system for future use. OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY: Jefferson Radiology evaluated every step of the mammography process. It looked at everything from referring physician ordering to reporting of results and made efforts to streamline the process, while ensuring the greatest level of patient care. It revised the ordering process to allow referring physicians to order exams effortlessly. A requisition that includes preprinted mammography exams was created. These updated forms allow referring physicians to order the necessary studies and potential reflex tests without having to make additional calls. The implementation of ABUS greatly improved ultrasound efficiency as well as patient throughput. The timing of ABUS exams compared to traditional ultrasound reduces the patient exam time considerably. Jefferson Radiology also uses a dedicated mammography reporting system. This module, within the radiology information system (RIS), appropriately generates the mammography report, which includes breast imaging reporting and data system (BIRADS) category, density and overall impression. The report is then auto-faxed to the referring physician immediately upon receiving the radiologist’s signature. This allows the referring provider to act immediately upon patient results. In addition, the mammography reporting system prints lay summaries for patients, based on BIRADS category. These letters provide patients with the results of their exam, as well as information about supplemental screening exams, such as ABUS and breast magnetic resonance imaging MRI. Tracking reports can be generated from this system to monitor followup and notify patients/referring physicians of overdue recommendations. Jefferson Radiology utilizes a dedicated core specimen radiography unit (Bioptics) in the procedure room for stereotactic needle-core biopsies. The Bioptics unit rapidly verifies the presence of micro-calcifications in core biopsies and increases the standard of care for patients by eliminating delays waiting for verification of core samples. PATIENT SERVICES: Jefferson Radiology is a partnership of more than 50 radiologists, offering sub-specialized diagnostic and interventional imaging services. All physicians in the group are board-certified and committed to delivering the highest quality of radiology and imaging services possible. Established in 1963, it is the largest radiology private practice in Connecticut. TEAMWORK: Jefferson Radiology employs talented and caring staff that takes a team approach to managing patient care. The team consists of mammography facilitators, mammography technologists, nurse navigators and a dedicated quality assurance coordinator. They all work with the sub-specialized, breast fellowship-trained radiologists. The dedicated mammography facilitators interact with patients to schedule exams and guide them through the facility during the mammography process in a kind and caring manner to help reduce anxiety. The technologists are specially trained professionals who perform mammography exams and ABUS. They work closely with the radiologist to ensure optimal imaging is performed. The nurse navigator is a registered nurse who helps overall workflow by prepping biopsy patients, completing consent forms, educating patients about the procedure, comforting them during the exam and coordinating follow-up care with surgeons. The quality assurance coordinator is responsible for training staff and maintaining equipment accreditation. Additionally, on a quarterly basis this individual conducts mammography audits to ensure the highest quality of imaging. All of these staff members work as a team, managing a patient’s experience throughout the entire process to reduce anxiety and provide the best care possible. The most recent team accomplishment was the designation of Jefferson Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).Columbia Regional Breast Center, Longview, Wash.INNOVATION: Columbia Regional Breast Center was one of the first facilities to go digital in 2005. It replaced three film screen units with two Hologic Selenias for full-field digital mammography (FFDM). It purchased a Kubtec specimen unit in 2009 and has used the Fischer Mammotest for stereotactic biopsy since 1995. It uses the Stentor (acquired by Philips and then marketed as iSite) and GE Centricity picture archiving and communications systems (PACS). OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY: Although Columbia Regional replaced three film units with two FFDM systems, it did not reduce technical staff, because it increased patient load by eight to 10 patients per day. With three techs and two rooms, the rooms are constantly utilized and the flow is kept consistent. Patients rarely wait more than five minutes to be seen because of this rotation. The admitting staff not only registers the patient, but also walks her to the dressing room/waiting area so the technologist can focus on the technical aspects of the patient without feeling rushed. Patients often comment about the center’s efficiency and kindness, as well as its smiling staff. Because of the switch to digital, the center is able to accommodate late (and early) patients or unexpected add-ons easily and without disrupting the schedule. Patient satisfaction progressed from good to great. PATIENT SERVICE: Columbia Regional provides patients with soft gowns with large armholes and Velcro fasteners, which they appreciate. Since the majority of patients have gone to the center for years, the admission process is quick. The backlog is less than two weeks, and diagnostics are seen within 24 hours or the same day. Staff members feel they are much more productive, yet less tired at the end of the day, since the darkroom and all the components of processing have been eliminated. Columbia Regional started a Breast Cancer Support Group 15 years ago, and it is still going strong. Meetings include an educational component for the first hour, followed by “sharing time.” There are 25 to 30 survivors at each meeting. Group members formed a Relay for Life team, calling themselves “The Hot-Flashing Lumpy Ladies,” and they have been recognized as the center’s top fundraising team six times. The center reaches out to the community with forums and speaking engagements throughout the year. For the last eight years, it has sponsored a Fashion Show and Luncheon in October with the help of a local Macy’s department store. The event features a keynote speaker, and survivors serve as the models. This event has grown from 35 guests to 243 last year. TEAMWORK: This is the area in which Columbia Regional feels it is outstanding. The technical staff is mostly comprised of women who have been in the field of mammography for more than 22 years. It celebrated the 25th anniversary of its opening in February. From day one, administrators supported all of the technical staff’s endeavors. The center has a strong reputation in its community for expertise and caring. Radiologists and technologists share the same passion and work well together. The center is connected to the breast surgeon’s office so it can offer continuity of care in a seamless workflow. There is a Breast Case Management meeting every other Wednesday, attended by radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, oncologists and support staff. The center is in the final stages of gaining National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation. “We are a cohesive team that puts the patient first in all that we do,” says Ruth Melvin, R.T. (M), manager of the center. “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase our center, as we are so very proud of what we have accomplished.”Stamford Hospital Women’s Breast Center, Stamford, CTINNOVATION: Stamford Hospital Women’s Breast Center (SHWBC) has become the premier facility for women’s breast health in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. The center offers state-of-the-art, all digital screening and diagnostic mammography with computer-aided detection (CAD), screening and diagnostic breast ultrasound, and bilateral breast MRI with dedicated breast coil and CAD software. It also offers stereotactic breast biopsy, breast needle localization, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration, core biopsy and needle localization, MRI-guided core biopsy and needle localization, as well as Dexa (bone density screening). In 2010, SHWBC performed a total of approximately 40,000 exams.The mammography department includes seven digital units, including two large field-of-view digital units, one from GE Healthcare and one from Hologic. It also added a new digital mobile mammography coach. SHWBC utilizes nine GE ultrasound units and two GE MRI units. Both MRI units have dedicated breast coils; one of which is a dedicated Sentinelle breast table. The Sentinelle table is also utilized when performing MRI-guided procedures. For specimen radiography, the center has Xpert40 and Xpert20 digital X-ray specimen units, both from Kubtec. All SHWBC technologists are certified in breast imaging within their perspective modalities. Furthermore, each patient who is having a procedure is assigned to a specialized nurse, who cares for her before, during and after her procedure.The SHWBC team includes more than 65 individuals. Many of the staff members have been recognized as leaders and achievers within their respective fields. One of the mammography technologists accompanied a portable digital X-ray unit to Haiti last year, to help with the earthquake relief efforts. SHWBC also was the first breast center in the nation to be recognized and accredited by the NAPBC.Currently, SHWBC is gearing up to launch its use of Hughes risk assessment software. This tool will provide patients and their referring clinicians with their individual lifetime probability of developing breast cancer, based upon personal risk factors. This information will allow the center to customize future surveillance and care for its patients.OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY: Administratively, SHWBC has adopted voice recognition systems for transcribing reports and auto-fax systems that automatically fax patient results to referring clinicians upon radiologist signoff. This greatly reduced report turnaround time. Insurance authorization specialists dedicated to radiology help ensure timely scheduling and completion of breast exams. Separate sites are connected via PACS, so all images can be viewed instantly from any location. Through constant improvement initiatives, the central scheduling office reduced its abandoned call rate by 5 percent in 2010, as well reducing the time it takes to answer a call by almost 15 percent.In order to address the national decline of 2010 mammogram volumes, SHWBS designed an initiative to recover patients who did not return for their annual mammogram. The initiative resulted in an 87 percent recovery rate.Creative scheduling allows a patient to have mammograms and breast ultrasounds on the same day in a timely fashion. A weekly updated grid showing next available scheduling slots for all breast imaging modalities allows SHWBC to manipulate scheduling capabilities to accommodate patient needs.PATIENT SERVICES: SHWBC is a designated Planetree hospital, which is an organization based upon a patient-centered philosophy. It is committed to improving medical care from the patient’s perspective and provides an optimum healing environment for body, mind and spirit. The center has a spa-like environment, providing waffle-weave robes for every patient and a relaxing ambiance.A dedicated Nurse Navigator provides “one-on-one” assistance to help patients navigate through the system, as well as provide emotional support. Breast Cancer Awareness month, October, is celebrated with “Paint the Town Pink” events, ranging from fashion shows and luncheons to elegant evening soirees. All proceeds go to breast health initiatives. Every patient coming in for breast imaging during that month receives a special gift.SHWBC has extended evening hours Monday through Friday, plus Saturday and Sunday appointments. Breast biopsy appointments are available on select Saturdays. All patients coming in for diagnostic exams receive preliminary verbal results before they leave the center. This mitigates a patient’s anxiety level by not having to wait for results.Mobile mammography is a unique service offered by SHWBC. The mobile coach offers screening mammograms for under-insured or uninsured women. It also serves a number of corporate accounts, allowing women to have a screening mammography without having to miss work. TEAMWORK: Specialized breast imaging radiologists have a distinctive close working relationship with the on-site dedicated breast surgeons. This relationship fosters exceptional quality and continuity of care for patients utilizing these services. Mammography and ultrasound technologists share a common work area, allowing for increased interaction across modalities.The cancer center within the center customizes treatment for patients who need it. An interdisciplinary Breast Tumor Board reviews every newly diagnosed breast cancer case. The panel consists of radiologists and surgeons, as well as pathologists, medical and radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons and a geneticist. They customize the workup and care for each of these patients. In addition, a weekly Core Biopsy Case Review meeting reviews every core biopsy result (benign or malignant) for radiologic to pathologic correlation. These weekly meetings help ensure that patients receive meticulous, top-quality care.Progressive Radiology, Washington, D.C.; Md.INNOVATION: Progressive Radiology continues to build on its reputation and commitment to excellence in healthcare through innovation, using the most advanced technologies in patient care. The women’s imaging center employs high-resolution digital mammography, PACS and a custom RIS application. Every exam is performed with high-quality, safe diagnostic examination tools to provide accurate, expedient results to assist medical providers. Progressive Radiology uses several types of imaging modalities and IT technology to screen, diagnose and recommend followup, including: screening and diagnostic mammography, breast and pelvic ultrasound, CT, MRI and bone densitometry. The fully digital mammography site was installed in January 2010, with a 5-megapixel radiologist reading station and an upgraded PACS. The PACS and mammo module are from Intelerad. Fujifilm computed radiography (CR), Drypix 5000 and Clearview 4 port reader are the hardware for the mammo.The PACS allows referring physicians to easily and securely access images, view reports and review all current and past exams from a local workstation. Both the radiologist and clinician can reference a patient’s records quickly and efficiently while adhering to patient privacy regulations. Progressive Radiology has 10 facilities located in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area. The centers also provide MRI, open MRI, CT, ultrasound and X-ray exams. All its radiologists are board-certified and subspecialty-trained. In 2010, Progressive Radiology redesigned its website, www.progressiveradiology.net. This allows patients to utilize a single online source to obtain all the information they need for their diagnostic exam, to request appointments and more. It also created a FaceBook page to help the community at large keep apprised of its initiatives. OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY: Progressive Radiology partnered with MedAnywhere, a RIS application developer, to establish efficient application modifications, including patient scheduling, insurance authorizations and third-party application integration, such as PACS and MR spectroscopy (MRS). The RIS to MRS interface facilitates thorough and expedient reporting turnaround time. A new MRS was installed to streamline the workflow process, creating a paperless environment, where staff can precisely monitor patient volume, patient recall rates, diagnosis accuracy, breast cancer detection rates and patients lost to followup. PATIENT SERVICE: The group strives for excellence in patient satisfaction. In 2010, a professional customer service training initiative was established, and all of Progressive’s staff participated in this very successful program. Patient surveys conducted at the centers reflected outstanding patient experiences. Progressive Radiology provides exam results within 24 hours, and sooner for urgent or stat exams. As part of a diagnostic mammography workup, the radiologist spends time with the patient, answering questions and reviewing images upon request. Patients leave the facility feeling reassured, knowing the results of the diagnostic exam and what is expected in followup with their physician. Positive breast imaging results are communicated to referring clinicians immediately to expedite patient care. Scheduling coordinators work with patients and physicians to accommodate patients’ busy schedules. Progressive’s locations can accept walk-in patients and same-day add-on appointments. The transition to digital mammography has increased efficiency, which expanded daily screening mammography capacity, allowing the center to increase the number of scheduled time slots. Screening mammography and ultrasound hours are extended into the early evening and Saturdays to better accommodate patient work schedules. Progressive provides educational brochures and pamphlets endorsed by the American Cancer Society for patients to take home. Patients may benefit from articles written by Progressive’s radiologist on procedures and other health-related topics. Its radiologists provide informative talks to the community and physicians. TEAMWORK: Progressive Radiology’s operational philosophy is depicted in its logo, “excellent service every time.” This commitment to excellence can only be achieved through strict adherence to high standards and teamwork. Within the organization, every staff member works collaboratively to accommodate patients’ needs, serving them in a courteous, respectful manner. The front desk and schedulers work closely with referring practices to accommodate patient appointment requests. The clinical liaisons ensure that referring physicians have the materials and information at their disposal to streamline their patients’ experiences. The radiologists are on-site working closely with the technologists to collaborate on patient care, exam protocols, image quality and results. The radiologists are accessible at all times to internal staff and referring physician practices. Radiologists provide educational programs, on- and off-site lectures and training to referring physicians and the healthcare community. The IT department provides secure connectivity and maintains a streamlined workflow 24 hours a day for internal and external users. Progressive’s community outreach initiatives are an opportunity to form alliances and “give back” to the community. One example is a recent fundraising campaign where breast cancer awareness T-shirts were designed and sold to the community and staff. All of the revenue went directly to the American Cancer Society. 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Major Adelaide Airport expansion announcedMajor Adelaide Airport expansion announcedWork will begin this month on a A$165 million expansion of Adelaide Airport’s main terminal in South Australia.Announced today, the expansion will significantly improve the arrivals and departures experience for international passengers and create more retail and dining options for domestic and international travellers.The overall terminal footprint will be increased by 16,500sq m with the retail area growing by more than 80 per cent to 7257sq m.Due for completion in 2021, the project is the largest upgrade at the airport since the existing terminal was opened in 2005.Carriers offering international services in and out of Adelaide include China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand.International passenger numbers at Adelaide Airport have almost tripled since 2005, highlighting the importance of the upgrade. International upgrades will include a second, longer baggage belt for arrivals, more space for emigration and immigration processing, expanded security screening, a larger duty free precinct for arrivals and departures, and expanded dining and retail options.Other improvements include a complete refurbishment of retail areas, a new common user premium international lounge, relocation of the Virgin Australia Lounge and an expansion of office space for terminal tenants including airlines and regulatory agencies.Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the terminal expansion would allow them to be fit-for-purpose based on growth forecasts.“Our aim is to provide a seamless, connected experience from the time you drive into the airport until you board your aircraft, and vice versa,” Young said.“While we still have sufficient gate capacity to meet future forecast growth in the number of flights, we’re reaching capacity within the terminal.Adelaide Airport Chairman Rob Chapman said creating additional space would open up more options when negotiating new services and destinations with international airline partners.“We believe Adelaide Airport has the best airport terminal in Australia, and this expansion will allow us to continue to offer the high level of customer service that our travellers expect,” he said.A $50 million, 165-room Atura hotel with direct links to the existing terminal is expected to open in the December 2018 Quarter.South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said the redevelopment will help South Australia attract more international airlines and accommodate more air services.“It’s certainly very encouraging to see private sector investment of this scale in South Australia and I would like to congratulate Adelaide Airport on this significant investment,” he said. Source = Andrew Spence – The Lead South Australia
The Green party described the heaps of rubbish dumped in Kyperounta on Wednesday as a ‘ticking time bomb’.Consisting mostly of scraps of metal items dumped on privately owned land in the forest area of Kyperounta, the Greens-Citizens Cooperation said in a statement that they have been raising the issue since July last year to both the Limassol district officer and to the environmental department, but to no avail.“Despite our interventions…the issue remains. Local authorities are aware of the issue since interventions from affected residents are continuous,” said party spokesman Alkis Papis.“Our fear and worry is how the authorities will justify the damage should an unfortunate event such as a fire or a flood following heavy rainfall occur. Who will claim responsibility? The area is surrounded by tall pine trees. The rubbish must be removed without excuses or delay.”The mayor of Kyperounta Giorgos Panayiotou told SigmaLive that the community has been expressing its concern over the issue to the district administration for a long time, and also said that the owner of the land was offered an alternative space in an industrial area, which he rejected.He added that due to the land being privately-owned, judicial proceedings are ongoing to resolve the matter. You May LikeDr. Marty3 Warning Signs Your Dog Is Crying For HelpDr. MartyUndoFlexSafeNew Portable Safe Prevents Thieves From Stealing Your Stuff!FlexSafeUndoLung Cancer | Search AdsStages Of Lung Cancer You May Just IgnoreLung Cancer | Search AdsUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
When a Turkish Cypriot with a Republic of Cyprus ID card went to buy a flat in Limassol, he learned there was one law for them and one for us A 37-year-old Turkish Cypriot medical student at the University of Nicosia Medical School decided to buy a small flat in the Republic of Cyprus.A straightforward transaction, you might think. Certainly not a complicated operation.Ahmet Ozyigit has been commuting on a daily basis from northern Nicosia to the general hospital in Limassol since August of last year as part of his practical studies internship. Working long hours, late shifts, sometimes on emergency call, that drive back to Nicosia at the end of the day (or a hard day’s night) was becoming increasingly daunting. The more he thought about it, the more he thought how nice it would be if he had someplace nearby, somewhere along the coast, close to the hospital, where he could stay.“When I work late shifts or am on duty call, it is hard to drive all the way to Nicosia afterwards so I thought buying a flat would be a good solution,” Ozyigit tells the Sunday Mail.And so he began looking around for a suitable place. By mid-September, it was mission accomplished, or so he thought. He had found a one-bedroom apartment, had signed a contract and had paid 118,000 euros for his new abode.Ahmet OzyigitThen, accompanied by his estate agent, to whom the flat’s original owner had given power of attorney to register the transaction, Ozyigit went to the Limassol Land Registry to complete the necessary paperwork that would seal the deal. And that’s where the problems started.“At the beginning, all was OK as we proceeded step by step through the whole process. But then in one of the offices, a lady checking my Republic of Cyprus ID card announced that they could not register the flat in my name.” A startled Ozyigit asked why not, only to be stunned by the answer she gave. “Because I am a foreigner, is what she said.”A foreigner? Taken aback and bemused, Ozyigit and his agent looked at one another in disbelief. How could he possibly be “a foreigner” when he had just shown her his Republic of Cyprus (RoC) ID?Unfazed, the lady continued: “He is a Turkish Cypriot and it is not the same.” She was speaking in Greek and the real estate agent was translating for Ozyigit’s benefit.“So I asked if there is a law like this – that there is a citizenship type A and B. And I said that if there is, we should know about it. At this point, she started yelling something in Greek and then disappeared into a room next door, emerging some 30 minutes later with a piece of paper. And on this paper, it was written in Greek that if the Land Registry believes there is a threat to the security of the country they reserve the right to deny ownership… So essentially what I think is that they gave me a piece of paper with a quote from a very old law that probably should not apply today but is still recorded and that they can use whenever they choose should they want to refuse somebody…”A baffled and frustrated Ozyigit was told his case would have to be referred to the RoC interior ministry for further consideration and that this would take some time.So he waited, deferring to his real estate agent, who prefers to remain anonymous but was handling the case and the paper chase. To start with, the agent followed Ozyigit’s papers to the Nicosia Land Registry and thereafter to the ministry and what seemed to be a full stop. The papers landed in a pile of other documents on the desk of a clerk who fielded several phone calls from the agent before allegedly telling him to quit “harassing” her. This was at the beginning of February. At this point, the agent, by now despondent, advised Ozyigit to sell.“He said very simply that he no longer believed in the system’s willingness to solve my problem. So I said OK, let’s cut our losses and sell. There is no point in getting more upset,” Ozyigit says.However, come the next day, he decided to give it one more go – “not because I was hoping to change something for myself but because I was feeling I should make the whole issue public”.So he sat down and wrote a full account of what had happened to him and shared it as a posting with a closed United Cyprus Now group on Facebook.He introduced himself: “I am a Turkish Cypriot who is doing his medical training in Limassol General Hospital. Over the past five years, I have never come across any issues in my relationship with Greek Cypriots and I don’t anticipate any for the future. We are all humans who share the same culture. I am a holder of the Republic’s ID and passport, so I never imagined facing any problems.”He wrapped up his account with a sad conclusion: “While we individuals try to make this island a better place for everyone, I have come to realise that certain things will never let us. At the age of 37, I am slowly giving up on any prospects of reunification. Maybe the next generations will have better luck….”That, he thought, was that. He had got it off his chest by going semi-public, shared his statement, expressed his regrets. The response was instant and overwhelming, coming from both sides of the divide and exceeding any expectations he might have had about efforts “to make this island a better place for everyone”.Ozyigit not only received dozens of messages of support and advice from Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot members of the group but also, as a result of widespread sharing and tweeting, his heartfelt message found its way to RoC Minister of Interior Constantinos Petrides and he personally undertook to look into the matter.A mere week later, Ozyigit received a phone call from the ministry informing him that the Land Registry would contact him soon. One week later and he learned that his application had been accepted and that it would not be long before he received his title deed.So touched was he by the general reaction, that Ozyigit took to Facebook once more and wrote: “Thanks to all the wonderful people who have helped make my voice heard. We did it! The paperwork went through today and I got the yellow slip. This just shows how much we can achieve being united. Not just on this issue, but on a whole lot more. Cypriots 1, status quo 0.”Still, the questions remain. Why was there an issue with Ozyigit’s title deed in the first place? And why did it take so much time and effort for him to get it?The Sunday Mail contacted other Turkish Cypriots who had bought properties in the south to check if they had encountered such problems and heard similar accounts involving both people who lived permanently in the south as well as those of people resident in the north who had opted to purchase in the Republic.One, a Turkish Cypriot who has never lived in the north and is married to a Greek Cypriot, described how she encountered a similar situation while trying to obtain a title deed in 1995.“I agreed on the price, gave a cheque and went with the seller to the Land Registry to deposit the contract so the title deed could be issued only to be told that my application could not be processed. Only after lots of complaining and showing my baptism certificate which incidentally I do have, the registry accepted my papers and later issued my title deed. I felt so humiliated by the whole situation. Why by proving that I was nominally Christian I was suddenly accepted but as a Turkish Cypriot I wasn’t?”Another Turkish Cypriot who recently purchased a house in the south recalled his own difficulties and said that the only reason he managed to get his title deed relatively painlessly was the persistence of the former owner of the property who for six weeks went daily to the relevant offices demanding that the whole procedure be completed as soon as possible.Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides personally intervened to ensure the sale of the flat went throughIn talking with the Sunday Mail, all interlocutors cite instances of how some Turkish Cypriots believe they are treated differently from Greek Cypriots despite having RoC citizenship and travelling on RoC passports.“Actually, even though I have a Greek name now and my whole ID is written in Greek and English, there is one word on it that will always tell a clerk in a governmental office that I am Turkish Cypriot,” says one of those interviewed for this article.“Under gender, instead of using the Greek word, they wrote ‘kadin’ (Turkish for woman). It seems a little thing but I always have this thought in my mind that if, God forbid, one day we go back to confronting each other, I might be somewhere on a bus with my daughter and in the event they stop us and start checking our papers this one word could send me to one side and my Greek Cypriot daughter to the other.”Another Turkish Cypriot woman interviewed by the paper also confirms that her ID looks different to the IDs of Greek Cypriots. She points out that all her personal information is written in Turkish.“There is also a difference in where I have to go if I need to renew my ID or passport. A Greek Cypriot goes to the Citizen Service office and gets it sorted straight away. As a Turkish Cypriot, I have to go to the district commission office and it takes at least a month. This despite the fact that I was born in the south and they have me in the system since the day I was born.”Asked about these anomalies, Ministry of Interior administration officer Yiannis Sophocleous explained to the Sunday Mail that indeed there are some legal provisions for Turkish Cypriots having to go through different procedures from Greek Cypriots while dealing with various governmental services. However, he noted that as a result of the Ozyigit story, the minister is planning to look into the differences to determine whether it would be possible to get rid of at least some of them.For example, Sophocleous says, “there is a provision in the legislation introduced after the conflict of 1963 that says that if a Turkish Cypriot wants to buy a house or a flat, the Director of the Land Registry Department has to seek advice from the minister if there is a problem with national security. The reason for this is that due to the conflict it was not considered desirable to allow Turkish Cypriots to buy houses next to military camps or other high-security areas.”According to Sophocleous, this explains why when a Turkish Cypriot buys a property in the south, regardless of his or her address, the application must go to the Ministry of the Interior for investigation in coordination with national security.However, he pointedly adds: “the Minister has called for a meeting of various departments within the next couple of weeks in order to examine the whole procedure and check whether this law is obsolete. So perhaps some changes will be made soon.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. 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