Third request for more information on Site C EIS

first_imgThere are an additional 20 points to be addressed by the proponent, along with 13 supplemental information requests on previous responses. Among this batch is the need for more information on details on fish habitats and harvests, and the use of land for traditional uses, as well as cumulative effects on various aspects of the land.Once all of the requests have been responded to, the panel will assess whether further information is needed, if there should be a public comment period, or, if satisfied, schedule public hearings.  Additional information may also be requested in order for the JRP to prepare its report before or during the public hearings if they are scheduled. To view this request for additional information, click here.- Advertisement –last_img

Primordial Soup Recipes Yield Sickly Goo

first_imgDon’t eat Darwin Brand Primordial Soup. It’s toxic, because the cooks don’t know what they are doing.As you look over the recent stories about the origin of life, ask yourself if the ‘experts’ in the kitchen know anything about nutrition or recipes. One thing is for sure: their products are not intelligently designed.Brewing up Earth’s earliest life (Astrobiology Magazine). The photo that the authors of this article chose looks as ghastly as the name of the ingredients scientists chose for their primordial soup:  sulfidic anions. Do the cooks in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics know what they’re doing?Around 4 billion years ago, Earth was an inhospitable place, devoid of oxygen, bursting with volcanic eruptions, and bombarded by asteroids, with no signs of life in even the simplest forms. But somewhere amid this chaotic period, the chemistry of the Earth turned in life’s favor, giving rise, however improbably, to the planet’s very first organisms.What prompted this critical turning point? How did living organisms rally in such a volatile world? And what were the chemical reactions that brewed up the first amino acids, proteins, and other building blocks of life? These are some of the questions researchers have puzzled over for decades in trying to piece together the origins of life on Earth.A good cook knows what he or she is trying to make. These guys have no idea. They’re even experimenting with the most potent poisons in the world as ingredients that might work, “however improbably,” to create life, including hydrogen cyanide. The ideas in this article sound more like a witch’s brew than serious soup creation: a pinch of volcanic gas, a tincture of bisulfide, brought to a boil with cyanide brought in by comets. Was Sukrit Ranjan, a postdoc at MIT, drunk when he dreamed this up?Interestingly, he consulted the literature in a rather unexpected subject while conducting these calculations: winemaking — a science that involves, in part, dissolving sulfur dioxide in water to produce sulfites and bisulfites under oxygenless conditions similar to those on early Earth.The perhapsimaybecouldness index is high. Such-and-such might work. This may help produce building blocks. The conditions on the early earth might have been this way. Warning: never eat a dish cooked up by a blind chef, even when it comes with the NASA seal of approval. Regarding probability, watch “Amoeba’s Journey” from the Illustra film Origin.Mazur interviews all the leading lights in the materialist origin-of-life field.Researchers show role for cyanide in origins of life (Phys.org). Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is so toxic, one drop is enough to kill a man in minutes. It quickly disables the irreducibly complex ATP synthase motors used by all living things, depriving cells of oxygen. Although used in industry as a stepping stone to the synthesis of products including pesticides, the maximum exposure is 10 parts per million (NIH). Astrobiologists, though, love the stuff. They envision all kinds of wonderful life-forms appearing downstream of the building blocks that chance might make out of cyanide. “It sounds odd, but cyanide may have been a key ingredient in the origins of life,” Dimitar Sasselov and a grad student say in this article. (Note: if it sounds odd, most likely it tastes odd, too.) Actually, they only say this because they enjoy the “RNA World” act in The Origin of Life Circus , the book by Susan Mazur, where Sasselov admitted “we still don’t have a sense of what makes them [molecular building blocks] work as a system” and “we can’t use existing life forms, because they are too sophisticated” (p. 227). Nevertheless, this sorcerer and his apprentice are dazzled by the signature of HCN in nearby stars. If they cook with HCN, we hope they are careful, otherwise they might win a Darwin Award.Death Drives the Evolution of Life on ‘One Strange Rock’ (Space.com). Now we know why the origin-of-life researchers play with poison. They have a death wish. To them, according to Hanneke Weitering, “Life on earth would never have evolved without death.” She advertises the snickering morticians at National Geographic:Life never would have evolved on Earth without death. It may seem counterintuitive, but without the natural cycle of life and death and the food chain it created, life never would have evolved from simple, single-celled organisms to the complex creatures that roam our planet today. In a new episode of the documentary series “One Strange Rock,” which airs tonight (April 23) on the National Geographic Channel, astronauts explain how death drove the evolution of life on Earth.So die, then, and stop bothering us who prefer life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Extreme environment of Danakil Depression sheds light on Mars, Titan and nuclear waste (Phys.org). While we’re talking about deathly ingredients, who wants some nuclear waste in their soup? The cooks at EU-funded Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (RI), motivated by their Darwinian death wish, took a field trip to bad places, wanting to get high on poison to achieve hallucinations:The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is a spectacular, hostile environment that may resemble conditions encountered on Mars and Titan – as well as in sites containing nuclear waste. From 20-28 January 2018, five teams of researchers and more than 30 support staff visited two locations in the region to study the microbiology, geology and chemistry at the Dallol hydrothermal outcrop and the saline Lake Afrera….Dallol is a uniquely hostile place for life due to the combination of its extreme salinity, high temperature, and acidity. It is one of the hottest places on Earth, at more than 100 metres below sea level. Upwelling water, rich in many different salts and heated by magma close to the surface, forms brightly-coloured, highly acidic pools. Toxic gases, including chlorine and sulphur vapour, hang in the air.A photo at the end of the article shows them looking into a toxic pool as if it is a magic mirror, bringing forth visions of life on Mars and Titan – two hostile environments with no known signs of life or even building blocks of life. The trip wasn’t for science, but for the experience. “Seasoned researchers have worked side by side and shared their experience with young scientists,” the report boasts. “It has been a very successful trip.” Everyone got their hallucination – and promises of funding for their next successful trip (pun intended).‘Handyman of Proteins’ Got Life on Earth Started (Space.com). Here’s an article, for once, that frankly acknowledges the improbability of life by chance. After describing how life translates information from DNA to proteins, Diana Crow writes,However, proteins pose a problem for scientists who study the beginnings of life. Present-day proteins have had the benefit of billions of years of evolution. They are highly specialized and, compared to most molecules, they are enormous. The odds of such lengthy amino acid chains forming “out of the blue” in life’s primordial soup are beyond astronomical.So how does Crow fly over this “beyond-astronomical” hurdle? Even if living cells could find any “benefit” in billions of years of the Stuff Happens Law, everybody knows there was no natural selection before accurate replication. She calls on Andrew Pohorille, senior astrobiologist at the NASA Ames Research Center, to act as chief wizard and make the impossible possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain. Knowing that having the molecules present does not guarantee life, Pohorille looks for “candidate structures for early proteins” which are “unconventional structures that can perform the same functions as contemporary Earth proteins.” They work perfectly in the imagination, overcoming astronomical barriers in a single bound. Pohorille has to hope his imaginary candidate proteins quickly learn accurate replication, or else “error catastrophe” guarantees they will fall apart in the soup without going anywhere.Are viruses the new frontier for astrobiology? (Astrobiology Magazine). Since viruses cannot self-replicate, astrobiologists have not considered them candidates for missing links to the origin of life – till now. Desperate for new approaches to the origin of life, astrobiologists have started a new bandwagon to cheer themselves up. They are looking to viruses, or virions, for help: one, because they are so numerous, and two, because they are simpler than cells. “It makes sense to be looking for the things that are likely to be the most abundant,” one convert says. Another, though calls it nonsense in a way astrobiologists will probably not appreciate:“Astrovirology is no more, nor less, valid than astrobiology,” says Don Cowan, director of the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics at the University of Pretoria. “There is no reason why astrovirology should not be considered with the same emphasis as ‘prokaryote’ [i.e. bacterial] astrobiology, particularly since the lesson from Earth’s biology is that every known organism has one or [sometimes many] more virus parasites.”Self-replication of DNA by its encoded proteins in liposome-based synthetic cells (Nature Communications). These guys intelligently designed a system using existing lipids, homochiral DNA and proteins that can self-replicate for a few cycles. To the extent their work tries to explain the origin of life, it fits perfectly a well-known cartoon about chance and design. Does their work have anything to do with the origin of life by chance, without highly-trained lab equipment operated by PhD’s? They don’t even pretend to say so. They’re just trying baby steps to get a well-designed system to replicate, using highly sophisticated ingredients they hope might some day lead to synthetic cells. The paper does, however, admit that living cells work with information in sophisticated ways. Look for the word design here:As a universal attribute, a living cell—even in its simplest representation—must be able to replicate information to enable proliferation. This information is coded in the form of nucleic acid sequences and must be converted into proteins to support cellular functions. The central dogma of molecular biology formulates the general rules for information transfer and is ubiquitous among all organisms: The genomic DNA is replicated and expressed into non-coding or messenger RNAs (transcription), the latter serving as a template to produce one or more proteins (translation). Hence, meeting the challenge to reconstruct a minimal cell involves the in vitro implementation of DNA replication, transcription and translation. Moreover, compartmentalization is an essential design strategy for coupling genotype and phenotype, while containing the spread of replication parasites. Phospholipid vesicles, called liposomes, with cell-like dimensions may provide such an evolutionary unit.There are, however, no agreed-on “evolutionary units” in Darwinism, as W. Ford Doolittle made clear (2 April 2018). It all comes down to chance, and the chance of a self-replicating, functional organism, with all the essential parts able to accurate transcribe, translate and utilize functional information remains beyond astronomical.Origin-of-life folly is a pseudoscience funded by your tax dollars. It has absolutely nothing to show for itself. It survives on hope, faith, and fantasy. It only pretends to be scientific, because its devotees know a few facts about organic chemistry and how to use jargon. Only materialistic Darwinians advocate it, because they have to in order to maintain their atheism/deism/pantheism (whichever flavor of unbelief they prefer). Tell the new NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine to pull the plug on this phony science of “astrobiology” that didn’t even exist before 1996. (Visited 703 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Funds for small media projects

first_img2 July 2004The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has approved more funding for community and small commercial media projects as part of its drive to promote development and plurality of voices in South Africa’s media.The MDDA, a partnership between the government and major media operators, disburses grants to community, small commercial and media research projects in four cycles each year. Its first round of grants was approved in January.This time round, the MDDA’s board of directors approved funding for 10 media projects, five community radios, three community print and two small commercial print projects.Some of the latest beneficiaries include the Moletjie Community Radio near Polokwane, that received funds to help build a studio on land donated by a local chief. This was a Moletjie FM’s second grant; the MDDA approved a small grant in January for a technical study on difficulties it faced in terms of its coverage.One of South Africa’s oldest community radio stations, Moutse FM, has also been awarded a grant for mentoring and organisational development. Moutse FM broadcasts to Moutse village in Limpopo, but also reaches nearby areas like Dennilton, Marble Hall and Grobbelaarsdal in Mpumalanga.Worker’s World Radio Production, a non-profit radio production agency owned by trade union federations that produces programmes on labour issues for about 40 community radio stations around South Africa, was also allocated funding. Worker’s World would use the grant to train community radio producers.The National Community Radio Forum also received a grant to conduct studies into signal distribution, the establishment of joint services for community radio stations, and convergence or connectivity. The MDDA said it believed these studies would help the community radio sector to overcome some of the problems affecting its sustainability.Barberton Community Radio in Mpumalanga also received a grant, for mentoring and organisational development.In the print media sector, Amazwi Magazine, a non-profit print media initiative in the Hluhlwe and Mkhuze areas in KwaZulu-Natal, received funds to cover start-up and concept development costs. The project aims to offer writing and production training to people from the community, while producing a magazine focusing on cultural and tourism issues.Nkomazi Voice, a non-profit newspaper distributed in the Nkomazi area of Mpumalanga, also received funding.Agenda, a feminist media project based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, also received a grant to support their website training of women writers and to cover the production costs of one magazine per year over the next three years.Genuine, a family magazine in KwaZulu-Natal, received a grant for capacity building to develop a sustainable business plan.Leseding News, a small commercial newspaper based in Rustenburg in North West province, received financial support for research, training and equipment.Libby Lloyd of the MDDA said the board had also earmarked funding for two other rural community radio stations, once it had received a clear breakdown of their needs.Ten applications, mostly from new unlicensed community radio initiatives, were turned down.The MDDA had decided not to provide support for unlicensed community radio initiatives until it became clear when the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) would begin further licensing of such projects, Lloyd said.In terms of broadcasting legislation, Icasa has to conduct a review of community radio policies before reopening applications for licences.For more information, visit the MDDA website. The MDDA can also be visited at its offices on the 2nd floor of The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New farm bill may not see much change for corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio corn and soybean farmers likely won’t see a lot of changes in the next federal farm bill, according to an expert from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.“There’s momentum for minimal changes, but there are some key issues that have to be resolved,” said Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economist and professor emeritus with CFAES.Among those issues are funding to support cotton and dairy farmers, research, and water quality. The current farm bill is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2018. This legislation affects the livelihood of farmers and others because it funds a host of programs including crop revenue and price support programs that provide assistance when farm income or crop prices drop. And in recent years, the trend has been toward lower commodity prices and declining overall farm revenue.Across the nation, dairy farmers feel they’re not getting enough assistance from the federal government, but the dairy industry is divided on what type of program it wants, Zulauf said. Currently dairy farmers can participate in a government-subsidized insurance program that pays them if the difference between the cost of feeding cows and the price farmers get for their milk is too narrow. Large and small dairy producers want different modifications to the insurance program.“It’s hard for policy makers to make changes when the group they are trying to help can’t agree,” Zulauf said.Cotton farmers too are vocal about the need for more federal revenue supports. Though cotton doesn’t grow in Ohio, farmers in the state could be affected if money is shifted to fund better support for cotton farmers and away from financial safety nets in place for farmers of Ohio-grown crops.The current federal commodity programs for soybean and corn farmers are generally popular. Corn and soybean farmers can enroll in either Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Farmers who enroll in either program receive a payment when a farmer’s overall revenues or crop prices dip below a certain guaranteed amount.The most recent farm bill, which was passed in 2014, was designed with the anticipation that farm income would decline, said Ben Brown, who manages CFAES’s farm management program, which provides farm policy and market information to Ohio farmers and others.In 2015, when farmers could first sign up for the ARC or PLC programs, the majority of corn and soybean farmers opted for the ARC program because they anticipated better returns from the program, Brown said. But this year, if the programs are not changed, more farmers likely will enroll in the PLC program because the price of commodities has gone down so significantly, the PLC program likely will offer better returns, Brown pointed out.“Still, the majority of farmers would rather have stable markets than having to rely on government payments,” he said.The farm bill also includes conservation programs. Some policy experts are concerned that the current farm bill’s programs are not as effective as they should be, Zulauf said. “It’s not just a question of the level of funding, but also whether the programs are improving environmental quality, especially water quality,” he said.Although the current farm bill expires Sept. 30, there’s no indication when Congress will pass a new bill or if it will opt instead to extend the current bill for an additional one or two years.“If we don’t have a farm bill, there’s going to be a lot of uncertainty,” Brown said. “As farmers go to tend to their crop or milk their cows, it’s always helpful to know what the rules of the game are going to be.”last_img read more

24-year-old youth killed by militants in Pulwama

first_imgA 24-year-old youth was killed by suspected militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Monday.A police spokesman said militants barged inside the house of Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Gani Bhat resident of Murran Pulwama on Sunday night and abducted him. “The police recovered the bullet-riddled body of Bhat from the nearby fields of Murran later,” said the spokesman. The body was first spotted by the locals in an orchard at Murran’s Bunpora area.The police said it has registered a case and initiated an investigation. The initial investigation in the matter suggests two militants, Zahoor Thokar and Showkat Dar, of the Hizbul Mujahideen were involved in the killing.Meanwhile, the body of the deceased was handed over to his family for the last rites. The deceased was running an eye clinic at Bijbehara.last_img read more

Deepa appeals for Khel Ratna, gets Haryana CM backing

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Ignored for this years Khel Ratna award, Rio Paralympics silver-medallist Deepa Malik and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar have requested the Sports Ministry to reconsider her case but the government is unlikely to accept their “appeal”. The award selection panel has recommended javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, the gold medal winner at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, and former hockey captain Sardar Singh for Khel Ratna. In a letter, dated August 16, Khattar wrote, “I am of the considered opinion that prestigious Khel Ratna award should be conferred on Deepa Malik. I therefore request to you to kindly consider her name for Khel Ratna.” Malik, the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics, wrote an e-mail to the Sports Minister Vijay Goel on August 7, making a similar appeal and also sought an appointment with him. “I felt that there has been an oversight. Wheres the deficiency. Do I need to win one more medal in 2020 Games at the age of 50 to be given this award,” Malik told PTI and dismissed suggestions that she was “lobbying” for the award. “There is a precedence that Khel Ratna can be given to multiple people in an Olympic year. My medal came 15 days after the Khel Ratna was given on August 29, 2016 to the other winners. Its a clear case of oversight. “And I am not lobbying for it. Lobbying is when you try to influence people before the committee sits and decide. When I found my name is not there, then I wrote to the ministry, its an appeal. I have got the backing of my state CM. Haryana is a sports conscience state. He (CM) also felt that I have been overlooked,” Malik said. One of the selection committee members said it was not possible to include all medal winners of the Rio Paralympics. “Look, Mariyappan Thangavelu had also won gold in Rio but still not chosen for Khel Ratna, he was given Arjuna. For Jhajharia, it was his second Paralympics gold, we could not ignore him,” a member of the committee said on condition of anonymity. The Sports Ministry is yet to approve the list of awardees but is unlikely to make any change. “We want to stick to what the panel has recommended. We will make public the names of the award winners very soon,” said a Sports ministry official. When the next edition of Paralympics is held, Deepa Maliks shot put event will not be a part of the roster in the F53 category. Discus throw will be the main discipline. “So, do I need to learn discus throw to win another medal and be considered again? I had a spinal injury due to which I cant rotate my lower body to throw a discus. Thats why I have always practiced Javelin throw and shot put. I dont have the torso balance and the muscles required to throw discus are not connected with my brain anymore,” she explained her predicament. “Can a Vijender Singh or a Sushil Kumar now compete in swimming or gymnastics? I come from a disciplined military family. I have not broken ethics, its my democratic right to express my views and write to the countrys sports minister,” Mailk, winner of 18 international medals, said. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidates

first_imgStar All-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to get knighted for his heroics in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final on Sunday which helped England clinch their maiden title in ICC’s 50-over showpiece event.Stokes’s unbeaten 84 off 98 balls helped England level New Zealand’s score of 241 and then he scored 8 in the Super Over which also ended in a tie. England were then declared winners of the World Cup as they had scored more boundaries in the 50 overs and in the Super Over as compared to New Zealand.The victorious English cricket team was hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May at her 10 Downing Street residence on Monday. While the outgoing PM congratulated Eoin Morgan and his players, the next two contenders for the PM’s post have assured of a knighthood for Stokes.Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, one of whom will replace outgoing PM May later this month, both pledged to honour the World Cup man-of-the-match with Johnson even adding that he would make Stokes a Duke if he becomes the next British Prime Minister.”I will give dukedoms, whatever – I will go to the maximum, to, what, the Garter King of Arms. Yes is the answer, absolutely,” Boris Johnson said as he answered a rapid-fire series of ‘yes or no’ questions at the end of the leadership debate, hosted by The Sun and talkRADIO.An incredible day of sport! @LewisHamilton wins the British Grand Prix, @EnglandCricket win the #CWC19Final – and well done @DjokerNole at Wimbledon! I still treasure the tennis racket you gave me after our last matchadvertisementBoris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 14, 2019Hunt also replied in the affirmative when the question was asked to him: “Of course”.Won’t make any trite comparisons about other contests where the seemingly impossible really can happen…but so proud to see the England cricket team lift the World Cup trophy for the first time on home soil! #cwc2019 #britishgp #winnersJeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 14, 2019Chasing 242 to win after New Zealand won the toss and posted 241-8, England had slumped to 86 for 4 before a partnership of 110 between Buttler (59) and New Zealand-born Ben Stokes (84) ensured the match would go down to Super Over.The duo once again came out to bat in the Super Over and smashed 15 runs with Stokes scoring 8 of them including a boundary. Jofra Archer then restricted New Zealand to 15 with England emerging victorious on a superior boundary count.England captain Eoin Morgan later lauded Stokes for his “superhuman” effort in the match.”To come through it is extraordinary. He’s almost superhuman. He really carried the team and our batting line-up. I know Jos [Buttler] and his partnership was extraordinary, but to bat with the lower order the way he did, I thought, was incredible,” Morgan said after the game.”Ben on numerous occasions has stood up individually and in a unit for us. He leads the way in training, in any team meetings we have, and he’s an incredible cricketer. And today he’s had a huge day out and obviously we are thankful for that,” Morgan said.Also Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherAlso Read | Prime Minister Theresa May hosts victorious England team at 10 Downing StreetAlso Read | As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardernlast_img read more

Video: John Calipari After Towns’ Technical Foul Against LSU: “I Hope We Lose”

first_imgCoach Cal reacting to a Kentucky game.LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a foul against his team during the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Kentucky pulled out a big win at LSU tonight to push its record to 24-0, but if you believe John Calipari, there were times tonight when he would have welcomed 23-1. Karl-Anthony Towns’ was called for a technical for hanging on the rim midway through the second half, which led to this amazing post-game moment on ESPN. As much fun as that videobomb is, Calipari was livid about the foul, at that point in the game. In the interview he said that he told the team that he hoped they would lose after the foul, and reiterated that point to open his post-game press conference. Calipari goes on to praise his talented freshman as a player and a person, but clearly this mistake, which could have proven incredibly costly in what wound up being a two point game, really bothered him.Kentucky hosts South Carolina this Saturday at 2 p.m.last_img read more

6,000 Residents in St. Ann Receive Potable Piped Water

first_imgSome 6,000 residents of Cascade, White Sands and Bohemia, in the parish of St. Ann, have been provided with potable water, piped into their homes.On February 14, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, commissioned into service the water supply system at Cascade, built at a cost of approximately $45 million.In his address at the ceremony, the Minister urged the residents to play their part in protecting the infrastructure, and to pay their bills, so that the system can be properly maintained. He pointed out that $15 billion is currently owed to the National Water Commission (NWC) in outstanding bills, a situation “which cannot be allowed to continue.”“We have done our part in providing you with this water, and now you must play your part to ensure that you continue to receive the water you need on a daily basis. I urge you to give the operators of the system your fullest co-operation, pay your bills, so that the system can be maintained and you can get water for years to come,” he told the residents.Mr. Pickersgill also implored them to protect the water source (Cascade River), by keeping it free from garbage and pollution.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board for Rural Water Supply Limited, John-Paul White, said since 2004, the number of households receiving potable water has increased from 45 per cent to 50 per cent.He added that for fiscal year 2012/13, some $270 million is expected to be spent by the organisation to upgrade rural water supply systems, which will directly benefit approximately 43,000 residents.last_img read more

Pak court to take up terror financing charges against Hafiz Saeed on

first_imgLahore: An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan will take up the terror financing charges against Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed on September 2, an official said on Friday. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police declared Saeed “guilty of terror financing” in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Gujranwala district of the Punjab province on August 7. The ATC Gujranwala in the last hearing had shifted the case to Gujrat ATC court (some 200-km from Lahore) on the request of the prosecution as it was related to Mandi Bhauddin district of Punjab. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The ATC Gujrat will take up the terror financing charges against Saeed on September 2. The CTD has declared him guilty of terror financing and it will plead its case before the ATC and get him convicted for his crime,” a CTD official told PTI. Saeed is being kept at Lahore’s high security Kot Lakhpat jail amid high security. The founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba was arrested on July 17. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings him to justice. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSaeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The CTD on July 3 registered 23 FIRs against 13 JuD leaders, including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different cities of the Punjab province. Since the Imran Khan government has taken control of the JuD and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following immense international pressure built up after the Pulwama attack, Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore’s Jauhar Town residence. He was even barred from entering the JuD headquarters in Lahore and Muridke. The Pakistani government had also arrested the JuD’s second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki, who is brother-in-law of Saeed, on the charges of making a public speech and terror financing charges. The CTD said it booked Saeed and his 12 aides for ‘terror financing’ in 23 cases after “irrefutable evidence” against them was detected. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/ Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust. The CTD said the investigation launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations – JuD and LeT – in connection with implementation of the UN Sanctions against these Designated Entities and Persons as directed by the NSC (National Security Committee) in its Meeting of January 1.last_img read more