One commando was killed and 18 others were injured when an IED exploded in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Wednesday night. The commandos were part of Maharashtra’s elite anti-Naxal Unit C-60. Maoists blew up the commandos’ anti-land mine vehicle with the IED, Inspector-General Shivaji Bodkhe of Maharashtra confirmed.Five of the injured have been airlifted to Nagpur and seven more are on their way. One jawan is said to be in critical condition.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced its first list of 125 candidates for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. The party declared tickets for 90 sitting legislators, while dropping 12 others in seats which are believed to free them up for deliberations with ally Shiv Sena. The two partners have confirmed they will fight the elections together. The expected names that feature on the list include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from Nagpur South West and State party president Chandrakant Patil from Kothrud in Pune. The BJP’s Central Election Committee had last week met under the leadership of party president Amit Shah to finalise the first list. The party also made space for several turncoats who left the Opposition ranks to join the saffron alliance ahead of polls. The prominent names from the Opposition ranks to be given a ticket include Kalidas Kolambkar from Wadala, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil from Shirdi and Harshvardhan Patil from Indapur. High profile names missing from the list were of controversial BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Prakash Mehta. Both former ministers had faced charges of corruption during the party’s first term.Unrest in party ranksThere were murmurs of rebellion within the party ranks with the announcement of the list. Mr. Khadse held an emergency meeting with his supporters, while south Mumbai legislator Raj Purhoit landed at the Chief Minster’s residence.Mr. Khadse said, “I have filed my nomination today. My name is not in the list issued by the party, but the possibility of me getting a ticket cannot be ruled out. I do not know if this seat is going to be with the Shiv Sena or with BJP. What I know is that I have been loyal to the BJP for the past 42 years.” The list also featured the BJP’s candidate for the Satara Lok Sabha by-election, erstwhile NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, who filed his nomination papers on Tuesday.Other opposition leaders accommodated on the list are Vaibhav Pichad from Akole, Jaykumar Gore from Man, Madan Bhosale from Wai, Ranajagjitsinha Patil from Tuljapur, Shivendraraje Bhosale from Satara and Sandeep Naik from Airoli. Notable names missing include Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Kalyan MLA Narendra Pawar, Kothrud MLA Medha Kulkarni and Mumbai MLA Sardar Tara Singh.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Fort Bragg suffered about $55 million in damage from Hurricane Florence, which dumped several feet of rain over parts of eastern North Carolina last month, the post’s garrison commander said Wednesday during the annual Greater Fayetteville Chamber State of the Community. About 600 buildings were damaged, Col. Kyle Reed said. As of Sept. 30, the post had received about $6 mission in assistance, leaving a $48 million hole. “I’m working on that,” he told the audience, reported the Fayetteville Observer. … Enterprise Florida is looking for a firm to advocate for the state’s defense installation and missions before DOD and Congress. The contractor, which will work under the direction of the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF), will need to implement initiatives designed to enhance and secure the long-term viability, retention and growth of Florida’s defense assets. Responses to the RFP are due Nov. 9. For more information, contact Terry McCaffrey, FDSTF executive director, at email@example.com.Army photo by Jason Whittaker
Shares of state-run Bank of Baroda fell more than 10 percent on the BSE on Monday in response to the second-largest Indian lender announcing disappointing quarterly results on Friday after market hours. Stocks of many other PSU banks, such as State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Dena Bank and Syndicate Bank, also ended the day with losses.The Bank of Baroda stock opened at Rs. 150, marginally lower from its Friday close, and embarked on a downhill path to hit an intra-day low of Rs. 139.80, but later trimmed losses to close at Rs. 142.20, down 8.23 percent from its previous close. The bank’s standalone net loss was Rs. 3,230 crore for the March 2016 quarter as against a net profit of Rs. 598 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. A 227 percent rise in provisioning for bad loans resulted in the bank’s profit taking a hit.On the NSE, the Nifty PSU Bank was the only sectoral index to end with losses.The S&P BSE Sensex opened from its Friday close but rebounded later to close with a gain of 164 points at 25,653. The NSE Nifty gained 46 points to close at 7,860.”A recovery in oil and commodities sparked a late rally in metal makers, private banks and automobile stocks,” AK Prabhakar, head of research at IDBI Capital Capital Market Services Ltd, told the Mint. Both foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers of equities worth Rs. 79.84 crore and Rs. 127.91 crore, respectively, according to provisional data released by the NSE. Markets ignored The Indian rupee closed at 66.81 to the US dollar, recovering from the opening low of 66.91 to the greenback. “Following weak global cues the rupee opened on a weaker note but rose in the intra-day session after rebound in domestic equities,” IFA Global said in a note. Gold gained Rs. 25 to close at Rs. 30,050 per 10 gm while silver edged higher by Rs. 335 to end at Rs. 41,260 per kg in the Delhi bullion market on Monday.
BNP chairperson Khaleda ZiaAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed an appeal seeking tougher punishment for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was earlier sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. ACC lawyers submitted the appeal to the office concerned of the High Court in the morning. reports UNB.“We have completed the affidavit of the appeal seeking harsher punishment for Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case,” said Khurshid Alam Khan, one of lawyers for the ACC.On 19 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail till 8 May in the graft case.The SC also allowed the state and the ACC to file petitions against HC order that granted bail to Khaleda fixing 8 May for next hearing.It also ordered the ACC and state to submit the concise statement of appeals within two weeks and BNP within four weeks.On 12 March, the High Court granted a four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On 8 February last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the BNP chief and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the case.Khaleda was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.The court read out a 632-page summarised version of the verdict on that day and it released the full 1174-page copy of the verdict on 19 February.
Jatiya Oikya Front rally in Sylhet. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Jatiya Oikya Front, a newly formed political alliance, has obtained permission to hold its rally in Chattogram.The Front held its first rally in Sylhet on 24 October to mobilise public support in favour of the alliance’s seven-point demand, including holding the 11th parliamentary elections under a non-party administration.Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) gave the permission asking them to restrict their rally on a part of a road along the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) office in the city.CMP commissioner Md Mahabubur Rahman told Prothom Alo that the permission was given on conditions.The Front leaders were asked to finish the rally within 5:00pm.On 13 October, the BNP together with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiya Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.
Stay on target Sure, it would be great to forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and move to Mars.But for those folks who can’t telecommute, IKEA is researching the next best thing.The Swedish retailer joined NASA and students from Lund University School of Industrial Design to “use space knowledge for a better everyday life on Earth.”For nearly two decades, Master’s students have traveled to Houston, Texas, to study at the Johnson Space Center, where they design intergalactic products for astronauts on a three-year mission to Mars.Now, IKEA hopes to gain some inspiration for a “new curious collection on space.”“We love doing the impossible, and what is more challenging than exploring space?” Marcus Engman, design manager at IKEA Range and Supply, said in a statement. “Small-space living is a fact in space, and we want to learn from that as this is a reality to more and more people.”Anyone residing in a crowded city understands: Micro living is here to stay. According to the United Nations, as reported by IKEA, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas by 2050. Which means more people vying for less room.IKEA to learn from space journey to Mars (via IKEA)Space flight, meanwhile, has always been cramped. So IKEA hopes to learn from future missions to Mars and apply those discoveries to products and methods for everyday life on Earth.“We are curious to see what makes a space travel homey, what boundaries and restraints you need to work with and bring that knowledge into our product development,” Engman said.Men and women in blue-and-yellow striped shirts, however, will not be on board the first rockets to the Red Planet.“This collaboration is not about IKEA going to Mars, but we are curious about life in space, the challenges and needs, and what we can make out of that experience for the many people,” Michael Nikolic, creative leader at IKEA Range and Supply, said.“When you design for life in a spacecraft or planetary surface habitat on Mars, you need to be creative yet precise, find ways to repurpose things and think carefully about sustainability aspects,” he continued. “With urbanization and environmental challenges on Earth, we need to do the same.”As part of this joint project, IKEA will examine NASA’s planned Mars habitat and determine how the furniture maker can contribute its “experience and knowledge about what makes a home feel like home to people, even if it is on Mars.” Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterNASA Tests Mars 2020 Rover Prototype at Icelandic Lava Field