‘mediocre’ BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said yesterday that he was not too worried by his side’s ongoing challenges in the tour match against Cricket Australia XI and has warned detractors not to underestimate the Caribbean side in the three-Test series starting next week. The tourists have been unconvincing over the two days of the four-day match at Allan Border Field – dismissed for 243 in their first innings and then struggling as a youthful CA XI side coasted to 244 for four. However, Simmons said it would be a mistake to write West Indies off based on their current form. “That’s the thing with young teams. It is easy for people to do that and write off teams. I don’t take any notice of it,” Simmons told reporters. “It might encourage us to do better and push ourselves. It’s good when people do that. England did that at their peril.” Simmons was making reference to England’s three-Test tour of the Caribbean earlier this year when a senior official of the England and Wales Cricket Board described the West Indies as “mediocre” ahead of the series. The incident seemed to motivate West Indies, and despite starting as massive underdogs, they pulled off an emphatic five-wicket victory inside three days in the third Test in Bridgetown to steal a 1-1 share of the series. Since arriving here, West Indies have been written off by local media and several observers, but Simmons has reposed confidence in his young players. “It is always going to be a challenge. Coming to Australia with a young team has always been a challenge, but it’s good when you can face up to your challenges and defy the odds,” the former Test batsman said. “It’s in our hands; we can do something about it. My role is to prepare the players and give them the confidence to go out and face the challenge. I have belief that they will. “In 1975-76, we had that, but you saw where we went from there. Hopefully, that is a good omen, and we can follow from there.” West Indies have not won a Test Down Under in nearly two decades and have not beaten Australia in Tests in 12 years. They face Australia in the opening Test at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart, starting next Thursday.
Dear Editor,Last month, a young lady died by suicide. Her father had paid a ‘counsellor’ to counsel his daughter, having recognised that the young lady was suicidal. Yet, the daughter took her life while under the care of the counsellor. As it turned out, the person doing the counselling possessed neither requisite qualifications nor clinical experience.However, this is not a one-off situation. The Caribbean Voice knows of a number of individuals who also paid for counselling that failed to help them and who then came to TCV where they obtained the requisite counselling free of charge. We had previously pointed out that there are a number of individuals engaging in counselling others even though they are not bona fide counsellors. We had even queried a few, who as it turned out, considered themselves counsellors either because they had undergone counselling themselves or attended short training sessions of a day or a few days’ duration. In fact, TCV has found that some persons who have a certain public status, feel that even they are qualified to counsel others. There is even an entertainer who once counselled students in a secondary school with the permission of the Administration.Given this reality and the consequential dangers, which TCV has also pointed out many times over, we once again call on the Government to set up a mechanism to licence counsellors so that all practising counsellors must possess both academic credentials and supervised clinical experience. As we previously pointed out, we have among our diaspora members, a mental health consultant who has experience in licensing protocols, having worked with the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programmes (IRCEP). She not only indicated a willingness to help set up such a licensing mechanism in Guyana but has spoken to IRCEP which expressed a willingness to accredit her towards this end.Meanwhile, we beseech the Ministries of Health and Social Protection to police the counselling landscape and ensure that those who ply the trade have the requisite qualifications and professional experience to do so. Counselling saves lives but quacks parading as counsellors can and do lead to more suicide.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice
Things that bite and sting are not always 100% harmful. Maybe some of our categories of natural evil are due to ignorance.We shy away from pain, but few would claim that pain has no purpose. Victims of leprosy illustrated with stunted limbs what can happen when pain responses are deadened. Botulin toxin is one of the most potent poisons known, yet it is now used in medical procedures and even for beautification in plastic surgery. While this entry by no means exonerates animals and plants that damage and kill, it shows with recent findings that some of what we dub “natural evil” can have a beneficial side.“Why That Bee Sting Might Be Good for You” seems like a strange headline for a piece in Science Now; what person could not recall in horror the sight of a bee sting pumping its poison into the arm? Yet the article describes how the toxin sets the immune system in motion, protecting the stingee from the next reaction.Allergy sufferers, rejoice. Two new studies suggest that your sneezing and wheezing may actually protect you. Researchers report that mice that develop an allergic response to the venom in honey bee stings are more likely to survive potentially lethal doses of the same venom later on. The findings show that allergy can be beneficial and reveal some of the molecular machinery at work, but experts say the implications for humans are still unclear.The allergic reaction to natural substances (called Type 2 response, as opposed to Type 1 that destroys viruses and bacteria) needs practice to kick into gear. It’s possible that the body’s production of immunoglobulin-E antibodies by a bee sting is a response that provides future protection from similar or greater dangers (unless the allergic reaction is so strong it becomes life-threatening). The author of the article cites studies that implicate immunoglobulin-E with protection from worm infections. One commenter asked if a bee sting might have conferred resistance to black widow bite.The author speculates that allergic reactions “evolved to protect against parasites (as opposed to microbes) but that they have no modern-day protective purpose.” That’s why, presumably, moderns get seemingly useless allergies. Another possibility, though, is that some exposures to “nasty” beasties that bite or sting “boot up” our immune systems in a diverse world. Since the bee needs its defenses, too, the result is a dynamic interplay between the bee’s needs and ours. The pain response warns the person of invading the bee’s space; the bee toxin prepares the person’s immune system for future encounters with it and perhaps similar toxins. If children today got more exposure to plants and animals outdoors (see 11/28/13), perhaps their allergic reactions would be less severe or less frequent.The word “toxin” conjures up natural evil, but pain responses are a matter of degree. Live Science discussed a toxin that can actually reduce pain. In “Stings So Good: Centipede Venom Could Fight Pain,” writer Tia Ghose discussed research on the Chinese red centipede, whose bite is “excruciatingly painful.” A molecule extracted from the venom deactivates a specific sodium channel involved in pain. As effective as morphine but non-addictive, this molecule shows promise to defeat the very pain that creates fear for the bite victims. (Incidentally, some people with a mutation that deactivates that sodium channel are already not affected by the centipede’s bite.)A similar case was reported in Science Now. There’s a rodent that appears impervious to scorpion stings. Live Science says that humans bit by the Arizona bark scorpion feel like they’ve been hit by a hammer, but the grasshopper mouse munches the critters with no apparent reaction, because specific sodium channels involved in pain have become deactivated, rendering the toxin ineffective. The full paper was published by Science Magazine. Note: you are reading crev.info.Even inside our bodies, little living things we might recoil from could we see them actually help us. For those who can stomach an article with a high Yuk! factor, Medical Xpress described a new “wonder cure” for certain bacterial infections in the digestive tract that have been difficult or impossible to treat with drugs, like Clostridium and agents that cause colitis, inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease. Here it is – get ready: “fecal transplants.” That’s right; a donor, like a family member, can contribute poo to the sufferer through the rectum (preferably under doctor-controlled processes), and symptoms disappear as if by magic. Why? The sufferer usually lost beneficial bacteria because of antibiotics. Those beneficial microbes from another person quickly restore the protection, killing off the bad bugs, putting things back in balance. Hopefully this new wonder cure will come in pill form some day, but it’s a very hot topic in health care, illustrating the new respect health experts are gaining for the 100 trillion microbes in our digestive tracts.So what are we to think of substances often considered prime examples of natural evil? There don’t seem to be any redeeming virtues in some of them. Live Science described attempts to thwart the toxin of the brown recluse spider with a drug that is normally used for a rare heart disease. Live Science also generated some good Halloween screams with electron micrographs of the mouthparts of a tick that seem engineered to not only bite but anchor themselves securely in animal or human skin, masking their presence with molecules that turn off pain receptors, so that they can engorge their bodies with blood, using other molecules to turn off coagulation. In the process ticks can also transmit disease bacteria. And what’s “good” about a malaria mosquito? Examples could be multiplied of animals and plants that kill or cause intense pain and suffering.These are questions science cannot answer. Science describes; science explains processes, but does not provide reasons. One thing that has changed with science, though, is the simplistic categorizing of animals or plants into black-and-white moral categories of good and evil. Some things that infect or cause pain, as these stories show, actually benefit their victims in direct or roundabout ways. There are complex interplays between needs of organisms. If the vast majority of interactions were not beneficial, we could never dare set foot in the woods (cf. 10/28/13, “Boost Your Health Outdoors”).The origin of natural evil is a complex problem. We need to avoid simplistic answers. Some agents of pain could be due to mutations away from an original good function. For instance, in a recent lecture at the Bible-Science Association, a scientist showed a beneficial purpose for the cholera microbe in its marine habitat. He explained how mutations to the microbe allowed it to jump to infect humans, causing the tragic cholera epidemics that have so plagued human populations. Even so, cholera is very rare with proper water sanitation. The same scientist has other examples in ecology of “pushes and pulls” between organisms that create homeostasis, seasonal responses, or protection against novel agents when an animal wanders into a new habitat. Still, this kind of answer falls short being able to explain more severe examples of suffering and death, and doesn’t explain why suffering seems unequally applied.Theists struggle to explain natural evil, but evolutionists have a far worse problem. They cannot call anything evil. Whatever is, is! Darwin sanctified Thomas Hobbes’ description of society as a “war of all against all,” or Tennyson’s description of “nature red in tooth and claw.” Each organism is self-interested – but even that description is incoherent in Darwin’s world, because the concept of self is meaningless. Stuff happens; that’s the only thing that can be said. Obviously such thinking can harden the heart against compassion for the victims of suffering. On what basis should an evolutionist interfere with the evolutionary process? Even Richard Dawkins would not want to live in a society that is consistently Darwinian.Only the Bible has a coherent response to natural evil: the original perfect world was cursed due to sin (Genesis 3), but awaits redemption through the triumph of Christ (Romans 8). Genesis 3 describes a few of the curses the Creator brought about: leaves modified to become thorns, serpents made to slither on the ground, woman’s reproductive system modified to be painful, and man’s work made to be filled with toil and sweat (implying a multitude of changes in the living world). We might call this God’s “plan B” – a world to handle rebels (You want a world where selfishness rules? Here, try this one). The Biblical answer also must include the realities of the spirit world; when man chose disobedience, Satan was given some measure of dominion over the earth, albeit under the permissive will of God.God could have destroyed the sinners right then and there. He did, after all, warn Adam and Eve that disobedience would result in death. Instead (though their spiritual death was immediate), He graciously extended the physical death process, giving humans opportunity to taste both the suffering of judgment and the beauty of the earth. Most of the creation was still beautiful; it showcases His wisdom and design, but now it presents a mixed message. The beauty gives us a view of God’s glory and grace; the curse, a reminder of coming judgment. Men and women (still with the image of God intact yet tarnished) were set to walk a world with traps and snares, dreading the certainty of death but not knowing when; “man knows not his time.” The common grace of God, though, allows many of us to live for decades, long enough to taste the blessings of light, food, seasons (Acts 14:8-18), and the beauty of “God’s green earth,” long enough to respond to the call of salvation.The Bible promises a new creation without pain and death for those who accept Christ’s free love gift. Purchased with His blood – a sacrifice only God Himself could make – the gift will remove the curse and bring a new creation in which righteousness dwells. This is the blessed hope of the Christian. Sharing that hope with others, a hope that rests on the promises of God, a hope bolstered by the evidence of design in the universe, a surety attested to by the resurrection of Christ, is the greatest purpose in life for a redeemed soul (read the map). Along the way, the redeemed have the opportunity to share God’s compassion by mitigating the proximal causes of physical suffering whenever they can.Suggested reading: Psalm 73, Ecclesiastes, Romans, I Thessalonians, I John. DVDs: Lee Strobel series, The Case for a Creator, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
15 October 2013Gibela Transport, a joint venture 61% owned by French company Alstom, on Tuesday signed a contract worth US$5.1-billion (R51-billion) to supply 600 passenger trains, comprising 3 600 coaches, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).The contract was signed in Johannesburg by Prasa Group CEO Lucky Montana, Alstom CEO Patrick Kron and Alstom Transport president Henri Poupart-Lafarge in the presence of South African President Jacob Zuma and visiting French President Francois Hollande.“This project is one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide and is the largest contract ever signed in Alstom’s history,” Alstom said in a statement.In 2010, the South African government embarked on an ambitious fleet renewal programme aimed at revitalising the country’s rail industry. The programme will see the ageing fleet of suburban trains currently in service in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban being replaced with 1 200 electric trains over a period of 20 years.Gibela’s 10-year contract represents the first phase of a 20-year programme in which Prasa will procure approximately 7 224 new rolling stock with a projected investment of R123-billion.The contract includes the construction of a local manufacturing facility. Gibela will build a manufacturing site in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, to produce the trains in South Africa. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2014, with the factory due to come on-stream in 2015.The manufacturing facility will also house an engineering centre and a training facility, enabling Gibela to provide technical support and supply spare parts for the coaches over an 18-year period.According to Prasa, the project will create over 1 500 direct jobs in the local factory and 33 000 indirect jobs over the first 10 years, achieving a local-content level of over 65%.The first 20 trains will be manufactured in Lapa, Brazil. Alstom’s French sites Ornans, Tarbes, Villeurbanne and Saint-Ouen will be involved in the project over the long term.“While the urgent challenge to improve passenger services remains primary, the rolling stock programme has been designed to achieve government’s objectives of developing skills, creating jobs and delivering quality services to citizens,” Montana said.Poupart-Lafarge said Alstom was “fully committed to mobilising the best of our technology and expertise through our South African joint venture Gibela, and we believe our trains will set a high standard in serving the interests of commuters.”Prasa will be supplied with X’Trapolis Mega, the new X’Trapolis train developed by Alstom to fit the 1.067 metre gauge in South Africa. The train can travel at speeds of up to 120 km/h with the ability to be upgraded to 160 km/h. Each single-deck train comprises six cars and can carry more than 1 300 passengers.According to Alstom, the train is equipped with air conditioning, ergonomic seats, real-time on-board information and wi-fi internet access, and includes an enhanced door system to provide better accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility, along with full-length connecting gangways for improved fluidity.“The stainless steel car body-shell reduces the weight of the train, and its electrical braking capacity enables a significant reduction in energy consumption.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) will be conducting a Board of Trustees election for District 9 from August 3 – 17, 2015. District 9 consists of the following counties: Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union.To be eligible to vote in the election, soybean farmers must reside in one of the counties within district 9 and must be engaged in the growing of soybeans, owned or shared ownership and risk of loss of soybeans anytime during the three year period immediately preceding November 15, 2015.Soybean farmers casting ballots must fill out in entirety the Application for Ballot and the Ballot for Election. Both of these forms must be postmarked and mailed to the Ohio Department of Agriculture by August 17, 2015 and received by ODA by August 21, 2015. ODA will serve as the teller for this election and all voters will be kept anonymous.Ballots for the election will be available for pick-up August 3 – 17, 2015 from County Extension Offices in the four counties in District 9 (see list below). Ballots will also be available at ODA and the OSC office.OSU Extension Delaware County 149 N. Sandusky St. Delaware, OH 43015-1701 Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 AM – 4:30 PMOSU Extension Marion County 222 W. Center St. Marion, OH 43302-3646 Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Closes daily for lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PMOSU Extension Morrow County 871 W. Marion Rd., Ste. 102 Mt. Gilead, OH 43338-1088 Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Closes daily for lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PMOSU Extension Union County 18000 State Route 4, Ste. E Marysville, OH 43040-8390 Office Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
*(HQ Note: Geocaching was born after selective ability was turned off in 2000, meaning that The Wombles has been participating for just about as long as geocaching has existed!) TW. Other cachers had already held events to chalk hill figures. The National Trust wanted people to help with maintenance at the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire, a 3,000 year old chalk hill figure. I set up two CITOs this summer to help with this. The Wombles is a British geocacher who has taken improving mother earth to a whole new level. He hosts regular CITOs, among them a recurring crowd favorite—Wombling free – Chalking the Horse—meaning that, if you’re in the UK, you can attend! HQ. How and when did you hear about geocaching? We caught up with The Wombles to discuss geocaching, CITO, and his commitment to preserving this prehistoric symbol: HQ. If someone reading this is looking for inspiration, what words of advice would you give them? The Uffington White Horse is a prehistoric chalk figure in the English hillside shaped like, you guessed it, a horse. First chalked approximately 3,000 years ago by inhabitants of either the Iron or Bronze age, it requires routine cleaning and preservation. TW. I’m a recently retired Engineer and Programme Director from the Telecoms industry. Outside of geocaching I volunteer by teaching Advanced Driving and for 4×4 response. Lots of cachers think of CITO as a chance to pick up trash—which it definitely is. But the events are not limited to this—it’s also a chance to preserve the integrity of cache-friendly places in other outside-of-the-box ways! HQ. What is the story behind your username? HQ. What gave you the idea to “chalk the horse?” TW. The Wombles are fictional furry creatures who tidy up and recycle what they find. They were created for children’s books and TV shows. We chose it as a family friendly name when we adopted our three children because it seemed appropriate. TW. Apart from chalking the horse, we had a great reaction to a 2012 litter pick up in a community space near Bristol (GC39V61). Some locals were on their fourth litter pick up on the site and were rather bemused by cachers appearing with GPSrs and enthusiastically diving into the bushes to retrieve rubbish. I was initially concerned that there wouldn’t be enough for our 50 volunteers to do. However the rubbish came and kept coming. We got 80 bags of rubbish plus lots of much larger rubbish such as 8 tyres, 2 wheels, a lawnmower, tent, security fencing, exhaust, bodywork, wheelbarrow, garden bench, astro turf, bottles, sign stand, large amounts of scrap metal and my personal favourite: a genuine kitchen sink. The only thing we didn’t retrieve was half a car (a car chassis)! TW. There has been a great reaction to these CITOs. How often do you get an opportunity to help maintain a prehistoric hill figure and ancient monument? It is very different to the norm and people get a feeling of shared ownership over their heritage. HQ. What has been the community/National Trust reaction to your CITOs? TW. In 2010 I hosted a CITO for the National Trust and UK caching organisation GAGB (The Geocaching Association of Great Britain), GAGB CITO with the NT (GC29Z9Z). We had 60 people attend and collected 43 bags of rubbish. SharePrint RelatedWombling free – Chalking the Horse — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 11, 2019In “Cache In Trash Out”CITO 2019 Season 1 RecapJune 11, 2019In “Community”Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) announcement for 2019January 7, 2019In “Environmental Initiatives” TW. No! Some ideas may take a little more effort but it’s worth it. HQ. What’s your background outside of geocaching? Share with your Friends:More TW. Team up with a community or volunteer group. They will usually help with the mechanics of a CITO but are looking for people. Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Since 2002, CITO helps preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. In that time, more than 363,000 people have volunteered at 18,000 events. HQ. In your opinion, what’s the best approach to creating a CITO? TW. It’s really not difficult to arrange a CITO. You can start by linking up with a volunteer group during the CITO season when cachers will want to earn a CITO souvenir. You’ll get plenty of cachers volunteering. TW. I started in 2001* after reading about geocaching in a computing magazine. At the time there weren’t many caches so I helped establish UK caching by negotiating with the major landowners for caching permissions. HQ. What was the first CITO you hosted? HQ. Have you ever had an idea that you thought was impossible? HQ. What is your favorite CITO you’ve attended or hosted?
A Delhi court has refused to direct the CBI to initiate a probe against the doctors who had treated the father of the Unnao rape survivor when he was injured and in judicial custody, saying it was the prerogative of the CBI to conduct the prosecution.District Judge Dharmesh Sharma was hearing a plea filed by the counsel of the woman, who was allegedly raped by Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Sengar in 2017.The court, however, said that if during the course of the trial any evidence surfaces about the role played by any of the doctors in the entire episode, appropriate orders would be passed.Senior Public Prosecutor Ashok Bhartendu had opposed the plea saying that nothing has come up in their investigation so far to call the doctors as accused before the court.The plea, filed by advocate Dharmendra Mishra, had alleged that the doctors at the district hospital deliberately did not examine the father of the woman properly at the behest of Sengar.Charges framed The court had earlier framed charges against Sengar and nine others for allegedly assaulting and framing the rape survivor’s father in an arms case and murdering him in judicial custody.
Captain Michael Clarke smashed 82 runs off 70 balls as Australia chased down England’s highest score against them to win a thrilling sixth one-day international by two wickets on Wednesday.Australia’s Michael Clarke raises his bat after scoring 50 against England in Sydney on Wednesday. APClarke was run out in the second-to-last over to leave Australia requiring 8 runs from 8 balls. Entering the final over needing 6 from 6, a wide and single were followed by John Hastings guiding a Chris Woakes delivery to the boundary to bring up the winning score of 334-8 with four balls to spare.The total was Australia’s best in a chase, eclipsing the 327 against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2002.”We’re winning, first and foremost, and it’s nice to be contributing with the bat,” Clarke said.”A few things didn’t go to plan with the ball for us, but we’re stoked to have chased those runs down.”Australia leads the seven-match series 5-1 heading into the final game at Perth on Sunday.Earlier, England made an imposing 333-6 at Sydney Cricket Ground after Jonathan Trott ignored leg cramps to make 137 off 126 deliveries, his second century in three games.”Nice to get a hundred,” Trott said. “It’s more memorable when you win the game.”Trott finished his innings with a runner after pulling up with cramps in the 42nd over. He was caught-and-bowled by Shaun Tait (2-60) off the penultimate ball of England’s highest ODI innings against Australia, surpassing the 320-8 in 1980 at Birmingham. It’s England third record total against the hosts on this tour.advertisement”It was great to see Trott play so well, all the same,” England captain Andrew Strauss said. “And 333 is a good score on any ground.”Strauss and Trott shared an 80-run partnership until the captain was caught by David Hussey at short midwicket off a Steve Smith ball for 63. Trott then partnered Ian Bell in a 104-run stand before Bell was dismissed for 45.The Australians started their chase confidently, with opener Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson making half centuries, and Callum Ferguson adding 46 off 44 balls.A belligerent Watson, after eight boundaries in 33 balls, skied a Michael Yardy delivery to Strauss at short midwicket on 51 with Australia at 87-2 in the 13th over.Ferguson, brought into the side to replace the injured Shaun Marsh, shared a 79-run, third-wicket stand with Johnson until he needlessly ran himself out.Johnson batted fourth in place of Clarke and made his 57 from 59 balls before being stumped off a Kevin Pietersen delivery.”We had to take a few risks, I punted a bit on sending Mitch up the order and he played really well,” Clarke said. “He strikes the ball as clean as anyone.”Cameron White survived a video appeal for caught behind while on 15 but soon after was caught by Eoin Morgan off a rising Steven Finn delivery for 20.Despite that, Clarke brought up his second consecutive half century off 51 balls – including a six and a boundary in a 17-run, 44th over off James Anderson – as he and Hussey shared a 90-run partnership for the sixth wicket.The pair played shots at will until Hussey was caught behind off Finn (2-51) for 38, with Australia needing 17 off the final 16 balls.Pietersen, who made 29 in England’s innings, limped off the ground in the 19th over of the Australia innings after he appeared to twist his ankle while fielding a Ferguson shot. He returned four overs later and rejoined the bowling attack.
New Delhi: Automobile dealers’ body FADA on Thursday urged the GST Council to take a definitive decision on GST rate in its meeting scheduled to be held on Friday. In a letter written to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, FADA President Ashish Harsharaj Kale said customers have deferred their buying decisions in anticipation of GST rate cut. “In anticipation of GST rate cuts on automobiles, customers who were willing to buy automobiles at this juncture have put their purchase decisions on hold, which is but natural, in anticipation of a price reduction. “Our concern is that the festive season, which is just around the corner, should not be missed, as it is for a very limited period wherein maximum amount of auto sales happen,” Kale said in the letter. FADA President requested “the GST Council under your (finance minister’s) leadership to take a definitive decision on the topic of GST rates in the upcoming GST Council meeting and not to defer it in any way”. A definitive decision on this front would help buyers make up their mind, he added.
Demow: At least nine persons were killed and several others injured in a collision between a bus and a minibus in Sivasagar district of Assam on Monday, police said. The accident took place around 8.35 am when the bus, travelling from Golaghat to Dibrugarh, collided with the minibus coming from the opposite direction, at Demow on National Highway 37, the police said. Under the impact of the collision, both the vehicles fell into a roadside ditch. Some bodies were recovered from the two vehicles, while some of the seriously injured passengers succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital, said Assistant Sub Inspector K Ali, who is supervising the rescue operations.