The US Government shutdown - now the longest in history - is causing Donald Trump's presidential approval ratings to slide to their lowest level since April last year, according to the Telegraph's poll tracker.
New Delhi, Jan 19: Firing a fresh salvo on the Rafale issue, the Congress alleged that the NDA government has wronged the country by reducing the number of aircraft bought under the deal as it "denied" the IAF the fighter jets it "desperately" needed and gave a "windfall" to Dassault Aviation by paying more per aircraft. Addressing a press conference, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said the government did not buy the 90 more aircraft needed by the Air Force and paid Rs 186 crore more to French firm Dassault, maker of Rafale, for 13 India-specific enhancements in the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA). The former finance minister reiterated his party's demand for a joint parliamentary
Doctors in Sudan are emerging as a leading force in a wave of anti-government protests, but they are paying a price for their defiance. On Thursday, witnesses say a doctor was killed by the security forces amid demonstrations in the capital, Khartoum. The protests began last month over the economic situation in the country but are now focused on removing long-time President Omar al-Bashir from office. One medic, who requested anonymity, told the BBC's Newsday programme about the killing of his colleague and how doctors feel they have now become a target for the authorities: It was a very sad day for us in Sudan, especially for doctors. A doctor was killed while he was trying to perform his duty.
New Delhi, Jan 19: The Uttar Pradesh government has imposed a special cess on Indian Made Foreign Liquor and Beer to fund stray cow homes and grazing grounds. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Power minister, Srikant Sharma said the government will collect an additional revenue of Rs 155 crore annually by imposing a special fee on excise. While an additional fee of Re 0.50 to Rs 2 will be imposed on per bottle of beer and IMFL, the special fee would be Rs 10 per bottle consumed in the bars to fund the stray cow shelters in the state," he said. A similar move was made by the Rajasthan government. The government had imposed a 20 per cent cess
SCHOHARIE COUNTY -- Schoharie County Court Judge George Bartlett issued a court order Friday that states District Attorney Susan Mallery has not yet provided his court with a compelling reason why federal safety investigators should not be granted access to the limousine from the Oct. 6 crash that killed 20 people — but he's going to give her one last chance to do so at a conference he has scheduled for Jan. 29. In the order, Bartlett requests Mallery bring her independent expert and a New York State Police expert to the conference. He also invited the defense council for Nauman Hussain, the operator of Prestige Limousine charged with negligent homicide in the case, and the National Traffic
The New York Times cites court documents filed by the Democratic National Committee that said it believes a Russian group launched a hacking attempt against it after last year's midterm elections. The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy between President Trump's campaign, Russian intelligence and Wikileaks targeting Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016. According to the NYT, the DNC said "dozens" of email addresses in its organization were targeted by spearphishing, while security firm FireEye linked them to a larger campaign that included thinktanks, public sector, law enforcement and more.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers in Maine will consider a bill designed to end non-medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations this year. Maine has one of the lowest vaccination rates for children entering kindergarten. It's also home the country's highest rate of whooping cough, a dangerous disease that can be limited with the use of an easily available vaccine. The bill is co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Linda Sanborn of Gorham, who is a family physician. Another co-sponsor, Democratic Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono, tells the Portland Press Herald the bill is about "doing all we can for these children." A bill to make it harder to opt out of vaccines died in 2015. Republican Paul LePage, the
With Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature readying to enact a long-awaited bill to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice adults, the Catholic church says it would drop its longstanding opposition if it is sure the legislation will also cover public institutions such as schools where abuse also took place. Timothy Cardinal Dolan in an essay published Friday in the Daily News, charged that Gov. Cuomo's Child Victims Act legislation included in his state budget proposal this past Tuesday would protect public institutions at the expense of private ones like the church — a contention Cuomo, legislative bill sponsors and many survivors and advocates vehemently deny.
With more than 100 proposed laws in the pipeline, the introduction of the Legislation Production Management System (LPMS) should lessen the time it takes to complete a piece of legislation, according to Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck. Chuck made the statement on Thursday while at a training workshop for the LPMS, held at the Ministry of Justice headquarters in St Andrew. The LPMS is a comprehensive, modern, computerised tool that has the capability to manage the life cycle of legislative documents, from drafting to publishing. "The training and demonstration workshop that you are embarking on is to ensure that this process, legislative drafting, really can be dealt with expeditiously as all
The Lafayette City-Parish Council appears poised to approve a ballot measure that calls for shifting library reserve funds to road and drainage projects, with a majority saying they support the concept. But there are differing views on the amount of money that should be moved. And even if most support the concept, multiple council members said in interviews they expect Mayor-President Joel Robideaux's administration to present a plan for spending the money before they vote at Tuesday's council meeting. “I don't want to just blindly support this,” Councilwoman Liz Hebert said. “How are you going to use the money? Give me an example. What can we expect from this?” Robideaux said in an email late
Anna Okon The Lagos State Government says it has fulfilled its promise to compensate the family of late officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adeyemo Oke, who was murdered by a trigger-happy policeman, Olukunle Olonade, in December 2018 at Iyana Ipaja while on duty. Presenting a N10m cheque to the deceased's family on behalf of the state government on Friday at their Ipaja residence, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Transportation, Dr Taiwo Salam, said the late Adeyemo was a dedicated, loyal and committed traffic officer and servant of the state government who would not be forgotten in a hurry. Salam said Adeyemo's death on duty was a testimony to his gallantry
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries appear ready to snub an international conference on the Middle East in Poland next month over concerns it is part of a U.S. drive to ramp up pressure on Iran. EU diplomats on Friday raised questions about the real agenda of the Feb. 13-14 conference, saying that it was organized at very short notice and noting that Iran does not appear to be invited. An EU official says the bloc's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has other commitments and will not attend. The diplomats and officials were briefing reporters on condition of anonymity because the issue has not yet been discussed formally among ministers. The EU has been battling to keep alive an
Bengaluru, Jan 19: The high-octane natak (drama) in Karnataka is likely to continue on Saturday as the Congress sets the house in order and BJP shifts its MLAs back to Bengaluru from Gurugram. BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa has reportedly asked his MLAs, who were staying at a resort in Gurugram to come back to Bengaluru, even as Congress is seeking an urgent reply form four of its MLAs for skipping crucial party meet on Friday. The Karnataka BJP MLAs were staying at a seven-star hotel in Gurugram since Monday to avoid being "poached" by the ruling Congress-JDS alliance. Also Read Karnataka: Congress moves MLAs to Eagleton resort to 'work out counter-strategy against BJP' Yeddyurappa has
HARDIN COUNTY, IL — More jobs and an improved facility for inmates are in the works in a southern Illinois county. On Friday, state Sen. Dale Fowler presented signed legislation allowing the Illinois Department of Corrections to sell the Hardin County Work Camp property to Hardin County for $1. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill Jan. 10. The work camp closed a little over three years ago. Now, the county plans to open a new detention center there. Fowler said that's a major stepping stone for the future. The county plans to open a 100-bed facility for male and female state, local, and federal inmates. Currently, the county jail only holds six inmates and employs 13 people. The project would add
KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's anti-BJP "United India" rally at Brigade on Saturday will have representation from most non-NDA parties across the country, with leaders arriving in Kolkata on Friday for the big event. The ruling parties of Odisha and Telangana, BJD and TRS respectively, are the only big non-NDA parties that will not be part of the rally . Among the leaders who have confirmed that they would attend the rally are Sharad Pawar (NCP), Akhilesh Yadav (SP), Satish Mishra (BSP), Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), M K Stalin (DMK), H D Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy (JD-S), Mallikarjun Kharge and Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Congress), Arvind Kejriwal (AAP), Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah (National Conference), Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), Hemant Soren (JMM) and Sharad Yadav (Loktantrik Janata Dal) besides BJP rebels Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Arun Shourie.