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PM Narendra Modi spends Diwali with ‘family’- jawans along Line of Control in KashmirPM Narendra Modi spends Diwali with ‘family’- jawans along Line of Control in Kashmir

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi marked Diwali 2017 by visiting the Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.In what has become a tradition of sorts, PM Modi spent the Diwali greet troops of the Indian Army and the Border Security Force, distributing sweets and gifts to the jawans and officers whom he called “his family”.Clad in an Army jacket and sporting sunglasses, PM Modi addressed the troops in Gurez, saying, “When I greet you and shake hands with you, you may think it is just a formality. But for me, it isn’t just a formality. I get energised when I meet you and see the penance and sacrifice you make amid harsh conditions.”#WATCH: PM Narendra Modi celebrate #Diwali with jawans in Gurez Valley, near LoC, in J&K pic.twitter.com/gu2HxLRtq0- ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2017Speaking about Diwali, PM Modi said that, like everybody else, he too wishes to spend the festival with his family. And so, the prime minster said, he had come to meet the jawans of the armed forces in order to spend Diwali with “his family.”PM Modi, whose comments were put up on his blog on NarendraModi.in, brought up yoga during his trip to Gurez, saying he had been told how the soldiers posted there regularly practised yoga.Practising yoga will enhance your abilities, and give you a sense of calm, PM Modi told the gathered soldiers. PM Modi went on to say that the jawans, after leaving the armed forces, could become excellent yoga trainers.advertisementPM @narendramodi celebrating #Diwali with the jawans of #IndianArmy and #BSF, in the Gurez Valley, near the Line of Control, in J&K pic.twitter.com/eSfjqPmv57- PIB India (@PIB_India) October 19, 2017On his Diwali day address to the jawans, PM Modi also brought up his pet theme of ‘New India by 2022.’ PM Modi spoke of the personal resolve that all Indians must make for 2022, the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.This was the third time Prime Minister Modi spent Diwali with the armed forces. He spent the last two Diwali days with troops in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.On his visit to Gurez, the prime minister was accompanied by the Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat, and other senior Army officers.Have come to meet you on Diwali in order to spend the festival withClick here to EnlargePM Modi left a message in a the visitors’ book, writing, “Protecting the Motherland, far from your loved ones, displaying the highest traditions of sacrifice, all soldiers at the nation’s borders, are symbols of bravery and dedication.I have an opportunity to spend the festival of Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians.To accomplish the dream of “New India,” this is a golden opportunity for all of us to work together. The Army too is a part of it.Greetings to all of you on Diwali.”Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah lauded PM Modi for spending Diwali “with the people & troops in Gurez”.Physical & mobile connectivity would be your biggest gifts to the area this Diwali jenab. #HappyDiwali @narendramodi Sahib.- Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 19, 2017Abdullah, in a series of tweets, asked the prime minister to help get a tunnel constructed in the area and to help ensure mobile and data connectivity in the region.”You will have noticed that you can’t tweet from there sir. That’s because there is no data and almost no mobile service,” Abdullah tweeted.DEF MIN IN ANDAMANDefence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman too celebrated Diwali with the armed forces. Sitharaman was in Andaman and Nicobar, where India’s only tri-services command is located.Smt. @nsitharaman celebrating Diwali with the families of Tri Services personnel at Port Blair @SpokespersonMoD pic.twitter.com/6JBRNYyHdf- Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) October 18, 2017The defence minister reached the strategically important command yesterday on a two-day visit.During her trip there, Sitharaman visited the colonial-era Celluar Jail, which was used by the British to exile political prisoners, where she laid a wreath.last_img read more

Faster, higher, stronger, and now cheaper: Tokyo 2020 releases budgetFaster, higher, stronger, and now cheaper: Tokyo 2020 releases budget

first_imgOlympics’ rising costs has been a cause of concern for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). But after the organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics released the budget of 12.6 billion USD, they can be assured that they are on the right path.It is 300 million USD less than what the projections for the budgets were only earlier this year. The organisers said that they are targeting further cuts to help ease the burden on Japanese taxpayers.Doubts were raised on the feasibility of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 after a study last year warned that expenses could balloon to four times the initial estimate made in the bid process.The IOC is keen for Tokyo to set a good example by cutting costs in order to attract future candidate cities.”We want to deliver fantastic Games but at the same time…we don’t want to use any public funds if we can help it,” said Hidemasa Nakamura, the chief financial officer of Tokyo 2020.”We will continue to try to reduce (costs) further.” The Tokyo Metropolitan Government accounts for 5.6 billion USD of the latest budget and Japan’s central government 1.4 billion USD, according to the organisers’ estimates.”We are still looking at the overall Games with the big purpose of reducing costs overall, and in the process we need a clear explanation that is compelling, not just for Tokyo citizens but for all Japanese citizens,” Tokyo Metropolitan Government official Tetsushi Koyama told a news conference.Version one of the budget, issued in December last year, was projected at 14 billion USD. Version three is due out in December 2018.advertisementIOC Vice-President John Coates said earlier this month he was confident significant savings would be achieved ahead of the Games but warned organisers needed to remain vigilant.Tokyo 2020’s Nakamura said he wanted to create a plan that would prompt Coates to say: “‘You’ve done a good job’.””I think there is a need to shrink costs further in version three and continue that in version four,” Nakamura said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Bourousis saves the day for Panathinaikos against AEKBourousis saves the day for Panathinaikos against AEK

first_imgPanathinaikos had it tough against AEK for three quarters though eventually prevailed with 77-68 and better its record to 9-1. AEK now stands at the third position behind the former and Olympiacos with a 8-2 record.James Feldeine’s 20 points and 6 assists led the (typically) hosts to this important win, while Demetris Nichols also added 16. Ioannis Bourousis, the key player in the final period, contributed 11 points.For AEK, Roko Ukic had 19 points, Dussan Sakota 14 and Giannoulis Larentzakis 13.The Greens had an early 6-point advantage in the game, one which AEK eventually trimmed to 22-20 after the first 10 minutes. Both teams were head to head and the score was even at halftime, 39-39.Xavi Pascual’s team was more improved in the second half, yet the Yellow and Blacks wouldn’t let the game slip easily. In the final period, Bourousis was crucial for his team, giving much needed scoring, while at the same time creating. Panathinaikos even extended the deficit to 10 points with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game.Source: Eurohoops.netTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2018 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch Today’s Match on Hotstar, TV Coverage on Star SportsPro Kabaddi 2018 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch Today’s Match on Hotstar, TV Coverage on Star Sports

first_imgWhat time does Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers match in Pro Kabaddi League 2018 start?The PKL 2018 match between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers will start at 8 PM IST.What TV channel and live stream is the Pro Kabaddi League 2018 match between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers Live Streaming on?Star Sports 2 and Star Sports HD will show the match on TV. Hotstar will live stream of Gujarat Fortune Giants vs Haryana Steelers match.Where will the PKL 2018 between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers be played?The PKL 2018 match between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers will be played in Ahmedabad.Where can I watch the Gujarat Fortune Giants vs Haryana Steelers live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on Hotstar.com.What are the squads for the PKL 2018 match between Gujarat Fortune Giants and Haryana Steelers?Haryana Steelers -Defenders: Vikas, Neeraj Kumar, Surender Nada, Sachin Shingade, Amit SinghRaiders: H. N. Arun Kumar, Md. Zakir Hossain, Wazir Singh, Monu Goyat, Anand Surendra Tomar, Bhuvneshwar GaurAll-rounders: Prateek, Patrick Nzau Muvai, Mayur Shivtarkar, Kuldeep SinghGujarat Fortune Giants -Defenders: Sunil Kumar, C. Kalai Arasan, Amit Vikram Kandola, Parvesh Bhainswal, Sachin Vittala, Amit Jaivir SharmaRaiders: Dharmender, Yashwant Bishnoi, Shubham Ashok Palkar, Ajay Kumar, K. Prapanjan, Dong Geon Lee, Lalit Chaudhary, Mahendra Ganesh Rajput, Sachin TawarAll-rounders: Rohit Gulia, Hadi Oshtorak, Anillast_img read more

Three Questions: Mrs. PistolsThree Questions: Mrs. Pistols

first_imgAlso, check out her Etsy store — help feed our future children.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Joining me today is none other than my wife, Mrs. Pistols — Jennifer Porter. She knows more about a sewing machine than I’ll ever know about a spread offense but when it comes to football…well…let’s go to the questions.1. Pretty interesting year for OSU coming off a BCS win and reloading with a frosh at QB. What are you most excited about?My excitement for football this year revolves around anything that has to do with tailgating, wearing orange dresses, and hanging out with friends. I’m also literally a fair weather fan, so I’ll also add that to the list: perfectly crisp fall weather. I’m sure you asked this for giggles since most of your readers are under the impression that my knowledge of football is non-existent. I let you make jokes about me because it makes for comedic writing, but the truth is I know more than you let on. I feel like I could roughly define most football terms you could throw at me, with the exception of holding. But let’s be honest- I don’t think half the males in America actually know what holding is[1. This is probably true.]. The real issue here is my lack of interest in football, but I can actually get pretty emotional about a game now and then. Just as long as the temperature is between 68 and 80 degrees. 2. Rank these players in order of your favorite to least favorite and tell me why: Weeden, Dez, Zac, Blackmon, Barry Sanders, Rashaun, Joe Randle, and Justin GilbertThe first words that come to my mind for each of these players: Weeden (Melanie), Dez (criminal record), Zac (eyes, duh), Blackmon (Olivia), Barry (Heisman), Rashaun (Woods), Joe Randle (I think he’s supposed to be good this year), and Justin Gilbert (runs fast). On my highly complex rating scale, that puts them in the following order: Weeden (because Melanie might be reading)Zac (I can’t believe Melanie beat out his eyes)Barry (because I think he might be a legend)Blackmon (because charity work is kinda cool)Gilbert (because I know he’s “your boy”)Rashaun (because I vaguely remember him from college)Joe (because he’s better than Dez)Dez (because no one likes a criminal) 3. People want to know how you forecast this season playing out so…who plays for the title? Wins the Heisman? What is OSU’s record?I think I stopped paying attention to football statistics around 2004, so I’ll go with USC for the title. Are you serious with the Heisman question? The list of players I know this year includes two from the previous question plus Lunt. And not just from OSU – that’s for all college football. Though I feel like I’ve heard whispers about a guy named Matt something[2. I think she means Barkley, I’ll give it to her], so I’ll go with him. Are you asking about OSU’s record of all time? Football? I feel like you’re trying to trick me by making me answer about this year. But if there’s one thing I know about OSU football, it’s that we haven’t played a game yet this season. All time, I’ll put us at 38% wins, which would probably total to about 282 wins and 462 losses[3. Actually 531-523-47 for a 50.4% winning percentage]. Make sure your readers know I answered all questions in orange. For brownie points. last_img read more

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Chandan Prabhakar is back on The Kapil Sharma Show. Shoots a gag with the teamChandan Prabhakar is back on The Kapil Sharma Show. Shoots a gag with the team

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 20:57 IST Chandan Prabhakar with The Kapil Sharma Show team. Picture courtesy: Instagram/kapilsharma_universeChandan Prabhakar who went missing from The Kapil Sharma Show is back. The comedian who plays Chandu in the show recently shot for an episode where he is dressed as an old lady in a yellow salwar suit.Kapil Sharma shared the image and wrote, “Shooting gags is always fun @bharti.laughterqueen @chandanprabhakar @kikusharda @sumonachakravarti @rajivthakur007 #sunnybhaiya #fun #laughter #comedy #madness #tkss #thekapilsharmashow @sonytvofficial.”View this post on InstagramShooting gags is always fun @bharti.laughterqueen @chandanprabhakar @kikusharda @sumonachakravarti @rajivthakur007 #sunnybhaiya #fun #laughter #comedy #madness #tkss #thekapilsharmashow @sonytvofficialA post shared by Kapil Sharma (@kapilsharma) on Mar 13, 2019 at 5:28am PDTIn the picture Chandan in an old lady while Kapil is dressed as an old man in a groom’s clothes. Comedian Rajiv Thakur sports pink and green mohawk. Just a look at it will leave you in splits. According to reports, the episode was shot today.Recently, when Chandan went missing from a few episodes, one of his fans took to social media to ask him if all is well and asked him to come back on the show. Chandan replied to the fan saying: “Hello ekta…thanks for the love…well I m nt missing episodes intentionally…my character n my acting might not be working that’s why they are not putting me in the episodes…well lots of love n best wishes for you also…” (sic)There were rumours that all is not well between Chandan and Kapil Sharma. However, look like everything is sorted between the two.advertisementAlso read | Chandan Prabhakar is missing from The Kapil Sharma Show for this shocking reasonAlso read | The Kapil Sharma Show: Kapil sings romantic number for wife Ginni Chatrath. Watch aww-dorable videoGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Chandan PrabhakarFollow Kapil SharmaFollow The Kapil Sharma Show Next Chandan Prabhakar is back on The Kapil Sharma Show. Shoots a gag with the teamChandan Prabhakar who is an integral part of The Kapil Sharma Show had gone missing from the show.advertisementlast_img read more

Danaos Sinks to Loss due to Hanjin ImpairmentsDanaos Sinks to Loss due to Hanjin Impairments

first_imgzoom Athens-based containership owner Danaos Corporation swung to a net loss of USD 366.2 million in 2016 from a profit of USD 117 million in 2015, largely impacted by the bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping. The company saw a decrease in operating revenues as well, which went down to USD 498.3 million in 2016 from USD 567.9 million in 2015.During the fourth quarter of 2016, Danaos posted a net loss of USD 446.6 million, compared to a profit of USD 6.5 million seen in the same quarter of 2015. Revenues for the quarter amounted to USD 112.1 million against USD 143.3 million recorded in Q4 2015.“Danaos’ results for the fourth quarter of 2016 reflect the impact of the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, which previously chartered eight of our vessels on long term charter party agreements representing approximately 20% of our fixed contracted revenue. These charter party agreements were terminated, and each of the chartered vessels was returned to us,” John Coustas, Danaos’ CEO, commented.After Hanjin canceled the charters, Danaos’ fleet utilization decreased to 90.4% in Q4 2016.“We have re-chartered five 3,400 TEU vessels on short term charters at market rates that reflect the prevailing weak chartering environment and managed to secure employment of up to 12 months starting from April 2017 for the remaining three 10,100 TEU vessels. Excluding the effect of these cancellations, our fleet utilization increased to 99.5% compared to 98.3% in the fourth quarter of 2015,” the firm’s CEO added.Coustas further said that, as a result of the decrease in Danaos’ operating income and charter attached values, the firm was in breach of certain financial covenants as of December 31, 2016, for which it has obtained waivers until April 1, 2017. As the waivers are for a period less than 12 months after the balance sheet date, all of the debt has been classified as current on the December financial statements.Danaos revealed it has submitted to the Bankruptcy Court of Seoul an unsecured claim for unpaid charter hire, charges, expenses and loss of profit against Hanjin totaling USD 597.9 million.As of December 2016, Danaos recorded an impairment loss of USD 415.1 million related to 25 of its vessels, compared to an impairment loss of USD 41.1 million in relation to 13 of the company’s ships.Danaos’ fleet is currently comprised of 59 containerships with an aggregate tonnage of 353,586 TEUs, including four vessels owned by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a joint venture between the company and its largest shareholder.last_img read more

Province Encourages Home Energy Efficiency During Renovation MonthProvince Encourages Home Energy Efficiency During Renovation Month

first_imgNova Scotians are being encouraged to permanently cut their energy bills and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions through an information campaign launched today, Oct. 10. The province’s energy-efficiency agency, Conserve Nova Scotia, launched the campaign to coincide with home renovation month. The campaign will feature the Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program. “Thirty-nine per cent of homeowners intend to make energy-efficient improvements to their home this year,” said Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, Bill Dooks. “This campaign is designed for homeowners already considering upgrades and those who may not have considered them yet. The EnerGuide program allows homeowners to make better energy-efficiency decisions based on unbiased recommendations from certified energy advisors.” Homeowners in the EnerGuide program can cut energy bills by up to 30 per cent and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 4.6 tonnes, on average. Mr. Dooks said the program is one way government is working towards a environmentally sustainable province. “Energy efficiency is one of the most effective tools individuals have to cut greenhouse-gas emissions,” said Mr. Dooks. “Increasing participation in the EnerGuide for Houses program will contribute to our goal of having one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.” The Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program was revised in April to coincide with the federal government’s ecoENERGY Home Energy Retrofit program. Under the program, homeowners can qualify for a maximum of $6,500 in rebates. The maximum provincial rebate is $1,500. Based on previous energy-efficiency programs, the combined provincial and federal average rebate is $1,600. Actual amounts depend on the work completed on the home. The information campaign will be featured in radio, print and cable television. More information, including a rebate guide, is available at www.itstartswithme.ca. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels.last_img read more

From Gander to Broadway The journey of Canadian hit musical Come FromFrom Gander to Broadway The journey of Canadian hit musical Come From

first_imgOAKVILLE, Ont. – As a theatre producer in Toronto, Michael Rubinoff was always on the lookout for stories that would translate into musicals. He found unexpected inspiration in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.The remote East Coast town of Gander, N.L., saw its population double in size as it provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew members from 38 planes after U.S. airspace was closed. Reports about the hospitality shown by the people in Gander and surrounding communities immediately struck a chord.“Every time I saw one of these stories, I just got very emotional. I felt so proud to consider myself a Canadian alongside these incredible Newfoundlanders,” Rubinoff recalled.“As I learned more about the stories out there, (in) Newfoundland the way they tell stories are through music. Music is so much a part of their DNA and who they are. I really believed there was a compelling story and a compelling reason to musical-ize it.”Rubinoff’s idea would eventually lead to the unlikely success story “Come From Away,” the feel-good musical that’s up for seven Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical.But finding the writers to tell the story was a challenge.“I went to a number of people who didn’t share my enthusiasm, I think because of the subject matter and the backdrop of that day, people didn’t see how this was possible. I’m so grateful my paths crossed with David Hein and Irene Sankoff.”Rubinoff was sold on the husband-and-wife duo after seeing their acclaimed show “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,” based on real-life events in Hein’s life.“I remember within 10 minutes turning to the person I came with … and said: ‘This is incredible.’ I was so impressed by the authenticity of telling a true story.”Rubinoff sent a Facebook message to the couple and met them for dinner a few weeks later, where he told them about wanting to find someone to write the musical about the events in Gander. They were on-board.Rubinoff was in the midst of taking up his role as associate dean of visual and performing arts at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., which would ultimately serve as a key stop in the musical’s storybook journey from Newfoundland and Labrador to Broadway.One of Rubinoff’s strategic objectives at the school was to launch the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) and he committed to Sankoff and Hein that the Gander musical would be among the first shows Sheridan would produce.Rubinoff also wrote a letter in support of a Canada Council grant to get the couple to Gander for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, where they got to experience the warm welcome Newfoundlanders had extended to the stranded passengers and crew in 2001.“We would check in every couple of days and they would say, ‘Oh, we just moved out the hotel —someone gave us their house and said take care of the cats,’” he recalled.“They were being the recipients of this outpouring of kindness and they came back with stacks and stacks and stacks of interviews and materials and stories, and set about this challenge of how to tell 9,000 stories of the locals and 7,000 stories of the people that showed up on 38 planes.”The working title of the show was originally “Gander,” but after Sankoff and Hein returned from their time there they felt the moniker wasn’t the right fit.“They didn’t want to call it ‘Gander’ because there were a number of communities involved. Lewisporte, Appleton, Norris Arm, Gambo, Glenwood, they all played a very significant role,” Rubinoff said.“They were exposed to the term ‘come from away’ (about out-of-towners) and how the plane people were called ‘come from aways.’”The name stuck.In the spring of 2012, Rubinoff paired the duo with a cast of Sheridan students and brought in a director and musical director. The goal was to produce 45 minutes of the show in five weeks.“I usually like to come in at the rehearsal at the end of the first week … and I’ll never forget hearing the opening number ‘Welcome to the Rock’ and that refrain: ‘I’m an islander, I’m an islander,’ and (thinking) ‘Wow! This is grabbing my heart in the same way the story did initially.’”Rubinoff decided to house the initial performances of the show in the rehearsal hall to lower expectations for the fledgling musical.“I think on the first night, I put out 35 chairs. On the second night, 45. And then 60. And on the next night, 75 — and we could not fit any more people in this room,” he recalled.“People were just grabbed by what they had created. The emotional heart, the structure of the show was beginning to be built, and it was really, really compelling.”Sheridan graduate Adrian Zeyl was cast in several roles including the story’s bartender, rabbi, and Doug, the air traffic controller.Although it’s now a 100-minute show with no intermission, Zeyl recalled the emotional wallop delivered at the end of Act 1 during the musical’s early days.“We had no idea what we were getting into; we just knew the title of the show, basically, and we all left just crying at the end of just the first act,” Zeyl recalled. “I remember speaking to the writers and just gushing about it and (saying) ‘Just please, please, please continue what you’re doing…. We knew it was going somewhere. I don’t think anyone (could) say, ‘This will have seven Tony nominations.’ Obviously, it was beautiful work.”Rubinoff encouraged Sankoff and Hein to keep working on “Come From Away,” which was programmed as a developmental production at Sheridan in early 2013.The show was then submitted for consideration to the Festival of New Musicals, organized by the New York-based National Alliance for Musical Theatre. It was the same festival where Canadian musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” also found its commercial producers. “The Drowsy Chaperone” went on to pick up 13 Tony nominations, including a nod for best musical, and won five awards including best book of a musical and best original score.“Come From Away” was among eight shows that made the cut. In October 2013, a 45-minute showcase was staged for an invite-only crowd of producers, regional theatres and academic institutions that create new musicals.“People just reacted so emotionally,” said Rubinoff. “I think there were people who felt ‘I don’t know what this is, I don’t know if I want to see this, I don’t know if I’m ready to see this’ — and there was again just an outpouring of gratitude.”Sankoff and Hein opted to partner with Tony-winning Junkyard Dog Productions as lead producers on “Come From Away.” Their behind-the-scenes team — including Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley — began to take shape.The musical would eventually be staged in La Jolla, Calif., Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Toronto before its current award-winning run on Broadway. But Rubinoff still sees a slice of Sheridan on whichever stage “Come From Away” is playing.“When I do see the show, I do think of our students, I do think of those moments, the creation, the genesis. It’s really beautiful to see that.”— Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the number of airline passengers and crew members who were diverted to Gander, N.L.last_img read more

Large gathering for Tragically Hip singalong tribute to Gord Downie in TorontoLarge gathering for Tragically Hip singalong tribute to Gord Downie in Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman wanted to pay tribute to Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie after learning of his death last week.And so the directors of Choir! Choir! Choir!, a Toronto-based singalong collective, invited fans to Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday night to honour Downie the best way they could — through his music.“When we lose some of the great ones, if we can provide a space where people can come together and share the music and feel connected in a difficult time, then we’ll do it,” Adilman said. “It just felt like the right thing to do and I feel like these tributes are happening all over the country and big or small, they all matter.”Downie died last Tuesday at age 53. Nearly two years ago, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an invasive brain tumour with one of the poorest survival rates of any cancer.More than a thousand people gathered to sing about a dozen songs from the Hip as their tribute to the legendary Canadian band.People braved the brisk, windy, 10 C weather to belt out songs such as “Wheat Kings,” “Bobcaygeon” and “Courage.” Downie’s “The Stranger,” off his solo album “Secret Path,” was also played.People arrived clad in stylish suit jackets and hats similar to the ones Downie wore on the Hip’s “Man Machine Poem” tour in 2016. There were also fans sporting hockey jerseys bearing the Hip’s name.Parents put kids on their shoulders so they could get a better view, while others lit candles in honour of the late musician.Downie’s older brother, Mike, made an appearance on stage near the end of the set to thank those in attendance, which was met with a rousing applause from the crowd.“I have to say that over the last week, the outpouring of emotion, grief and love has been overwhelming,” Mike said. “And my family and I have felt it and it’s made things easier and it’s made things harder.“Made it easier because you showed how much you loved our brother and harder because we realized how many people were hurting and how many people were really affected by this.”Mike Downie also took the opportunity to talk about the “Secret Path” project, on which he collaborated with his brother. Choir! Choir! Choir! had asked that those in attendance to make a minimum donation of $5 to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.Mike said that “it’s up to all of us” to help the reconciliation efforts.“I don’t think the government can fix it, I don’t think there’s a program big enough to fix it, I think it’s going to take everybody doing their part,” he said.“We think we’re a young country, but we’re not. We think we’re 150 years old, but we’re not. If we tried a little harder, if we brought in the Indigenous people that have been here for 12,000 years, we could be something so much different. And we would be better for it and I think we would be the envy of the world.”Choir! Choir! Choir! capped off the show with some audience members onstage to sing “Ahead by a Century.”“Gord Downie has meant so much to this country, he’s given so much and we just wanted to celebrate him and his music,” Adilman said.—Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

While memory servesWhile memory serves

first_imgIf I remember correctly, it was Thursday, March 25, 1971. My M.A (History) final exam was round the corner. We in India then had the audible, omnipresent, omniscient and ubiquitous “All India Radio” but no electronic visuals. Hence hearing the evening radio “news” and reading morning newspaper was my childhood “addiction”, exam or no exam. My father – an extraordinary scholar of income tax law, English, Bengali & Sanskrit languages, with expertise in Mathematics, Astrology and Economics, and a senior civil servant of the government of India, was born in, and hailed from, 2 Toynbee Circular Road, Tikatuli, Dhaka (then India, in 1917) and was not the type to disturb his son for radio “news” in the exam season. That day, I too, seem to have something else in mind for emperor Ashoka and Buddhism as a possible question for my paper. Also Read – A special kind of bondNevertheless, there suddenly came a stentorian voice from our C-II 17 Wellesley Road, New Delhi-110003 “radio room”. “Come immediately” was the two-word command. Usually serene, serious yet ever-smiling, he suddenly lit upon hearing the All India Radio news that the charismatic Bengali leader, widely respected and revered as “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman” had given a clarion call to the people of (then) East Pakistan, firing the first salvo at the West Pakistani Punjabi-speaking military junta, from Dhaka’s Ramna Maidan: “Aamago share shaat koti zanagan re tomra dabayya raakhte parbaanaa” (You oppressive rulers, you will never be able to suppress us seven and half crore Bangali people). We instantly felt the electrifying effect and potential tremor, almost after 24 years of the Partition days, in the “radio room” of the Hindu Bengali refugee in Lutyen’s zone of New Delhi. Also Read – Insider threat managementThereafter, things moved at high speed. Owing to his professionalism, probity and spotless past, my father was one of the two Bengali speaking senior civil servants whose residence was identified by the Government of India as an “informal meeting point”, should the need arise in future. My M.A exam ended on Saturday, May 15, 1971, and results were out on Monday, July 05, 1971. I was happy with my result, but was happier owing to the fast unfolding scenario of possible emancipation of an enlightened and inherently simple Bengali-speaking people in a geography which is so dear to our heart, mind and thought owing to shared history, culture, language and tradition. Soon, however, came Wednesday, August 18, 1971, the ‘appointed date’ of an “informal meeting”, closely coordinated by Shri Ashok Ray, then Joint Secretary of Ministry of External Affairs, and other organisations of the state. Commencing at 5:30 pm. and ending around midnight, it was a gala party; a reunion of sorts, high on emotions, love, tears of joy, passion, fraternity, feasting. A gathering of 150 people of whom at least 80 were from the land of Bangabandhu, including the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh Tajuddin Ahmed. The best (and most surprising) part of the gathering emerged from the fact that despite Ahmad being eight years younger to my father, they knew each other very well. It was an incredibly sensational scene. Also, half of the guests had escaped, God only knew how from the army junta’s clutches; and at least two families had driven down in their “Made in Japan” Nissan and Toyota cars which were a rare commodity in India of 1971. Some of us were mighty impressed. As we were then used to Ambassador of Calcutta; Fiat of Bombay; Standard Herald of Madras; watch of HMT; steel of Tata; and shoes from Bata. All “Made in India”. Indigenous. Not imported. The outcome of the meeting was essentially a commitment to do everything necessary. The government and the people of India were one with the Bengalis under Bangabandhu. All present in the meeting had the same goal, in different ways, irrespective of their nationality and ethnicity. I vividly recall the spontaneous, repeated and vociferous slogan “Joy Bangla”, reverberating through the hot, humid night of that 1971 “August day”. Two more meetings subsequently took place in two different places in Delhi, which I could not attend owing to my preparation for competitive examinations. As things were heating up, I travelled to spend the winter with my maternal aunts in Asansol and Calcutta. My stay in Asansol lasted five days as war broke out on Friday, December 03, 1971. I took a train the next day, December 4, for Calcutta. The three-hour journey was an experience by itself as the train moved with all “lights off” in the “chair car”. Howrah station was pitch dark but packed with passengers, police, and personnel of railways. Home guards were extra vigilant, navigating all and sundry, and the half an hour road to Alipore residence of aunt turned out like a two-hour air journey from Delhi to Kolkata, as I reached at 11 pm. The following day dawned with my frantic attempt to catch up with Major General Bishwa Nath Sirkar (whom I had known before) in Fort William, Headquarters of the Eastern Army Command. Major General Sirkar, a Second World War veteran, saw action on several fronts, was an armoured corps officer par excellence (belonging to Central India Horse). Being strict disciplinarian, with frugal habits and exemplary probity, he never sought publicity and was never flashy. The Major General was handpicked overnight (rather plucked) by Army Chief Sam Manekshaw and transferred from the post of Military Secretary (in Army Headquarters, New Delhi) to a newly created post in the Eastern Command Calcutta, exclusively for cooperation with the Mukti Bahini. Consequently, whereas world today knows who did what in 1971, hardly anyone can either remember or recall his invaluable contribution in the liberation movement of Bengalis in the east and role played in actual combat of the 14-day war. After the 1971 war, Sirkar became Lieutenant General but resigned after a serious difference of opinion with then Defence Minister of India. He had several years of service left at the time of his premature departure. I remain eternally grateful to that great soldier and noble soul for helping me to “see the front” for two days after Sunday, December 12, 1971, when the writings were already on the wall. After a resounding firing to deter me from “seeing is believing”, the gentleman in the General relented and “put me on” to II Corps operating from Krishnanagar. The rest, as they say, is history. At the age of 23 years, I had a remarkable, unforgettable side view of the moving procession of history, resulting in the crumbling of old (dis)order and the birth of a new nation, not in the distant horizon but in our vicinity. Between 1947 and 1971 came alive two nations: the first under bondage, second as an uncaged bird with the unrestricted horizon of thought and action as its domain. (The writer is an alumnus of National Defence College and author of ‘China in India’. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more