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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI) Highlights at 1700 hours:IN THE PIPELINE:PM Modi attacks Congress over its stand on triple talaq, asks if it is a party for Muslim men alone.ON THE WIRE:TOP STORIESBOM4 GJ-SHAH-CONGShah tears into Congress, says it can’t preserve democracyGandhinagar: In a sharp attack on the Congress and the Gandhi-Nehru family, BJP president Amit Shah said today that a party which “failed” in establishing internal democracy can never preserve India’s democracy.FGN5 PAK-SHARIF-LD CLASHESSharif supporters clash with police in Lahore, 50 injuredLahore: Supporters of Nawaz Sharif have clashed with police in Pakistan’s Punjab province as they tried to reach the airport where the former prime minister and his daughter Maryam were arrested on their return to the country in a corruption case, prompting police to lob tear gas shells and use batons that left at least 50 people injured. By M ZulqernainNATION:DEL11 PREZ-LD COST ACCOUNTANTSCost accountants should help reduce ‘avoidable costs’, fight gold platingNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind today said cost accountants should help fight abberations of gold plating, while emphasising that they ensure products and services are delivered at a competitive price without compromising on quality.BOM7 GJ-VAGHELA-LD BJPEx-Gujarat CM Shankarsinh Vaghela’s son joins BJPGandhinagar: Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh, a two-time Congress MLA, today joined the BJP.DEL6 UP-EXPRESSWAY-AKHILESHPM relaunching my govt’s expressway project: AkhileshLucknow: Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to lay the foundation stone for the Purvanchal Expressway, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today sought to take the wind out of his sails by claiming it was his own government’s project which was being relaunched.advertisementDEL4 RS-LD NOMINATIONSFrmr MP Ram Shakal among 4 nominated to Rajya SabhaNew Delhi: Former MP Ram Shakal, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and stone artist Raghunath Mohapatra were today nominated to the Rajya Sabha.CAL1 OD-RATHYATRALakhs of devotees attend Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath at PuriPuri: Amid tight security, the famous Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath was held in this pilgrim town of Odisha today with fanfare, religious fervour, enthusiasm and a spirit of camaraderie.BOM6 GA-PARRIKAR-DEFENCEGoa needed to repay ‘loan’ to Army, did my part as defence minister: ParrikarPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today that the duty he carried out as defence minister could be considered a repayment of the “loan” his state owed to India’s armed forces for its liberation from the Portuguese.MDS1 KL-NUN-EVIDENCENun abuse case: Police will take action when ‘fully convinced’, say officialsKottayam (Ker): The team probing the alleged rape of a nun by a bishop of the Roman Catholic church will take action in the case “after they are fully convinced”, a police officer said.DES2 JK-SOLDIERSoldier injured by Pakistan sniper firing along LoC in J&KJammu: A soldier was injured when he was reportedly shot by a Pakistani sniper from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, officials said today.BUSINESS:DCM24 BIZ-ECONOMY-GARGIndia to be $10 trillion economy by 2030: GargNew Delhi: The Indian economy is at a “take off” stage and is expected to be the world’s third largest by 2030 with GDP worth USD 10 trillion, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said today.DCM21 BIZ-VIZAGPORT-IMPORT-VEHICLESGovt permits import of new vehicles from Vizag portNew Delhi: The government has added Vishakhapatnam port to the list of ports and inland container depots (ICDs) for importing new vehicles.FOREIGN:FGN9 PAK-ATTACK-TOLLDeath toll in Balochistan suicide bombing reaches 130Peshawar, Jul 14 (PTI) The toll from the deadliest attack on a campaign rally in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan reached 130 today as the country’s security establishment was under pressure to improve security and intelligence gathering to avoid further election carnage.FGN7 BANGLA-RAJNATH-HASINARajnath calls on Bangladeshi PM, discusses issues of mutual concernDhaka: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed issues of mutual concern, including the menace terrorism. By Anisur RahmanFES39 UAE-INDIANIndian woman targeted in immigration scam in UAEDubai: An Indian woman in the UAE has been duped by fraudsters, posing as immigration officials, who threatened to deport her to extract money from her, according to a media report.SPORTS:SPF9 SPO-WC-INDIANSMoscow Mystique: where India is key to unlocking Russian warmthMoscow: Stereotype-shattering, stunningly warm – a trip to Russia for the FIFA World Cup was largely a pleasant surprise for those touching down from the west but for thousands of tourists from a country which didn’t even have a team of its own to cheer for, it was usual warmth. By Poonam Mehra. PTI ABHABHadvertisementlast_img read more

Federal government committing extra 29 billion for controversial Muskrat Falls project in

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first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsThe federal government is adding $2.9 billion to its loan guarantee for the controversial and over-budget Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador.In 2012, the previous government under Stephen Harper had given Newfoundland and Labrador $6.4 billion in loan guarantees to get the project off the ground.Premier Dwight Ball said this loan guarantee will help keep the project “on track.” The Muskrat Falls dam is behind schedule and over budget at $11.4 billion.In a statement released Thursday, Ball said, “Our government continues to work with our federal and provincial colleagues to ensure the project is proceeding in the best interests of the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”For the federal government, Muskrat Falls is an important source of clean energy.“The Lower Churchill projects are helping the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and will contribute to the achievement of Canada’s carbon emissions reduction targets,” said Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources in a statement.See related stories: Muskrat FallsThe announcement comes at a time when Muskrat Falls is under the microscope. Concerns over the impact of the dam on the health of Innu and Inuit who live downstream have ignited protests and rallies in recent weeks.In October, 50 people had stormed the Muskrat Falls construction site and occupied the main building, effectively shutting down operations for five days and sending 700 workers home.An historic agreement between the premier and Innu and Inuit leaders seemed to settle the dispute.The first step – Indigenous groups have a chance to do independent reviews of the projects engineering reports to see if the first flooding has to happen. And if it does, to what extent.Nalcor, the Crown corporation and lead on the project, said flooding for the reservoir has to take place sooner rather than later.And this week, Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall said the protests cost the project hundreds of millions of dollars and that initial flooding needs to happen as early as this weekend before the river freezes up.Johannes Lampe, President of the Nunatsiavut Government, sought assurances from the province that it would stick to the terms of the deal struck after a marathon, 12 hour meeting.And in a release on Wednesday, Lampe relayed a message from Premier Ball that the province would honour its commitment.“Nalcor has been directed to not increase the water levels at Muskrat Falls until all Indigenous leaders have reviewed the engineering reports provided,” stated the premier. “The indigenous leaders have committed to providing the government with their assessments of the engineering reports on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.”At issue is methylmercury. A study by Harvard University in 2015 predicts high levels of the naturally-occurring toxin will be released from trees and topsoil when the reservoir is flooded.Land protectors have demanded the reservoir be completely cleared before flooding.Inuit officials have held public meetings in Labrador this week to address remaining concerns and questions.“People are still mad and upset, or not understanding, or more to the point, not trusting it,” said long-time activist Jim Learning. “But that’s okay. If Nalcor goes against us, they’re basically telling the Newfoundland Government to go to hell.”Learning said he isn’t as concerned now about the methylmercury. He says organic matter won’t decay in the cold waters over the winter. And the deal reached with the province stipulates the flood waters will be released and the river returned to a natural flow in the Spring of 2017.Learning says another big concern that hasn’t gained as much traction in the media is around geological stability of an area of the dam called the North Spur.While a statement from Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, “is assuring the people of Newfoundland and Labrador that engineering supports North Spur dam safety,” and cites over 30 engineering and geotechnical studies.But that’s small comfort to people who live downstream and don’t trust the science Nalcor has relied on.“You have a choice about being poisoned. But you have no choice when the water comes roaring down from the river because the North Spur gave way, and you’re going to drown,” said Learning.While the Canadian Government said it will monitor the project “to protect the interests of Canadian taxpayers,” Learning asked about reconciliation and the interests of the Innu and Inuit in [email protected]last_img read more