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Eco-Atlantic commences drilling offshore Guyana

first_imgThe Stena Forth drillship has commenced drilling at the Jethro-Lobe wellEco-Atlantic Oil and Gas Limited on Friday announced that drilling operations have commenced offshore Guyana on its first exploration well, the Jethro-Lobe on the Orinduik Block.The drilling would have commenced on Thursday, using the Stena Forth drillship and is expected to take around 40 days. Eco is fully funded for its share of up to six potential exploration or development wells on the Orinduik Block.In light of this achievement, Chief Executive Officer of the company, Gil Holzman commented, “Today Eco Atlantic’s first Guyana well has been spud, three years ahead of our Petroleum Agreement commitment. This is the start of a hugely exciting time for the company. Jethro Lobe will test the Lower Tertiary-aged turbidities, as well [as] drilling down into the Cretaceous. As such, we await the well results with great anticipation, as they will give us an even greater understanding of the geological plays.”He added that success on ExxonMobil’s end has assisted them in a geological assessment of similar channels on their Orinduik Block.“The huge success which ExxonMobil has had on the neighbouring Stabroek Block has aided our geological assessment of the many similar channel systems in our Orinduik Block. With fifteen leads and prospects identified on the Orinduik Block, and funding to drill six potential exploration wells beyond the two currently planned, this is only the start of a fascinating and potentially transformational time for the company.”Eco Atlantic had announced that drilling on the Joe prospect will begin in mid-July of this year. They had stated that the Stena Forth drillship will move directly to the Joe after it finishes drilling the Jethro Lobe Well in the Orinduik Block.It is understood that the Joe is located in approximately 650 metres of water and will cost Eco approximately US$3 million to drill. A recently published report from international company Gustavson Associates has estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success.Eco’s partner, Tullow, had disclosed in February that it was bringing forward its drilling programme from the previously scheduled end of the year to the second quarter. It had announced that the Jethro prospect would be drilled in June. So far, plans have been announced to drill three wells here namely the Jethro-Lobe, Joe and Carapa.Meanwhile, oil-giant ExxonMobil has deployed four drillships for exploration purposes, where 13 massive discoveries were made. The fleet comprises of the Stena Carron, which is working at the Longtail 1 discovery; the Noble Bob Douglas at the Liza Phase 1; the Noble Tom Madden at the Yellowtail Well and Noble Don Taylor.ExxonMobil had said there is potential for at least five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels on the Stabroek Block producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.Startup of the Liza Phase 1 development is on track to begin by the first quarter of 2020 and will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day utilising the Liza Destiny FPSO, which is expected to arrive in the country in the third quarter. Liza Phase 2 is expected to startup by mid-2022.last_img read more

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Sunny weather to lead to rain

first_img“We’ll probably do what we typically do, increase engine companies because of red-flag weather conditions,” said Ron Haralson, an inspector with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “With the winds expected – increased Santa Ana’s – that definitely poses a threat, so we want to be ready for that.” A cool-down is expected to begin Wednesday. Temperatures will drop to about 79 degrees, with lows in the mid-40s, Seto said. On Thursday, forecasted highs are about 66 degrees. The Valley will see temperatures between 59 degrees and 61 degrees through the weekend, Seto said, adding that he expects some rain by Friday. “A storm is approaching us,” he said. “That’s bringing in colder air and that’s basically going to start dropping the temperatures. “This looks like one of the best rain storms of the season so far.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHighs are expected to be around 86 degrees today, with a fire-weather warning expected to be issued in the morning through the afternoon for the Los Angeles mountains, Seto said. This is a significant warm-up from weather over the last few days, he said. On Saturday, it was about 47 degrees in San Gabriel. That dropped to 39 degrees on Sunday, he said. Offshore winds and high pressure are likely behind today’s warmer temperatures, Seto said. As a result, fire officials say they will be stepping up staffing. Temperatures are expected to warm up about 10 degrees today as a cold front approaches the San Gabriel Valley. The area will likely see at least an inch of rain this weekend when a new storm moves into the region, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist out of the National Weather Service’s Oxnard office. But not before a sunny reprieve, he said. “This week is going to vary quite a bit,” Seto said. “We got a pretty good spread on the temperatures.” last_img read more

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LAST RESIDENT OF DONEGAL ISLAND PACKS HIS BAG AND LEAVES FOR LAST TIME

first_imgA man who has lived on a remote Donegal island for the past 20 years packed his bags and left for the last time this morning.Musician and poet Barry Edgar Pilcher, 70, moved to the island of Inishfree in 1993 with his wife Eve and daughter Alice.Eve and Alice left some time later but Barry decided to stay on and has lived alone on the island since then. For the past number of years he has lived a life of solitude, playing his saxophone and taking a boat to Burtonport once a week for supplies.There are some holiday homes on the island but Barry was the only year-round resident.Barry, who is originally from London, revealed a number of months ago that he was leaving the island as his wife was in ill health and he wanted to spend more time with his brother.This morning he began the journey to leave Donegal and to start a new chapter in his life back in England. And his wife and family were there to meet him at Burtonport when he left Inishfree this morning.Barry admitted that he had to be hardy to lead an island-life for the past two decades.He joked it was difficult to order a curry and kept in touch with friends and family through Skype.“You have to be tough to live out here,” he said. “I’ll be glad when I can move on in life.”His island cottage has served as the island’s polling booth as well, though other islanders who voted there maintained their principal residence on the mainland. Mr. Pilcher said he will miss certain aspects of island life.“It is very magical out here,” he said. “There is no street lighting so you can see the stars at night and things like that.”LAST RESIDENT OF DONEGAL ISLAND PACKS HIS BAG AND LEAVES FOR LAST TIME was last modified: March 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Barry PilcherdonegalInishfreeislandlast_img read more

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‘Eight Below’ freezes rivals at box office

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant While “Eight” took top honors, the romantic comedy spoof “Date Movie” opened close behind at the box office with estimated ticket sales of $22.3 million over the four days. The 20th Century Fox release succeeded in connecting with its target audience, with 79 percent of the ticket buyers under the age of 25. “Our marketing people knew who the audience was and executed a terrific campaign,” said Chris Aronson, Fox Distribution’s senior vice president and general sales manager. “It shows that two movies with different audiences can both open successfully and not cannibalize each other.” Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced mixed results over the weekend: Popular holdover “The Pink Panther” was in a strong third place, but the new drama “Freedomland” bowed in a disappointing seventh place. “Panther,” starring Steve Martin, stayed strong in its second weekend with estimated ticket sales of $21 million and an impressive overall gross of $46.7 million to date. “`Pink Panther’ had an amazing hold by anybody’s standards,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. “For us to come in and be right at the top with ‘Eight Below’ and ‘Date Movie’ I think bodes well for the movie and how it will perform in the weeks to come.” The Walt Disney Pictures adventure film “Eight Below” froze out the competition during the four-day Presidents Day weekend with a $25.3 million opening, far beyond predictions and the biggest February bow in the studio’s long history, according to box office estimates released Monday. The PG-rated film, which stars Paul Walker as an expedition team member in Antarctica who must rescue his dogs after an accident, drew well beyond the expected crowd of parents and children with 40 percent of the audience being nonfamily. “I’m frozen with delight,” joked Chuck Viane, president of Disney’s Buena Vista Distribution. “It’s one of those fantastic weekends where so many things had to come together, and they all did.” “Eight” was the second Disney film in 2006 to open in first place – following last month’s basketball drama “Glory Road.” Viane said well-attended sneak previews of “Eight” helped to generate positive word of mouth. He also credited stars Walker and Jason Biggs for promoting the film hard on the talk-show circuit and “doing what movie stars used to do; you don’t always get that anymore.” But “Freedomland,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore, was another story, taking in just $7 million over the four days. “It’s tough,” Bruer said. “It’s a movie that everyone worked really hard on and we’re very proud of the film, but we would have liked to have done more.” Universal Pictures’ animated hit “Curious George” remained popular and added an estimated $15.3 million in ticket sales for a fourth-place finish and a two-week total of $33.5 million. Rounding out the top five was New Line Cinema’s fright flick “Final Destination 3,” which took in an estimated $12.5 million and has grossed $38.2 million so far. While the combined grosses of the top 12 movies in the marketplace were down slightly – less than 1 percent – from 2005’s Presidents Day weekend, revenues for the year are up by 6 percent so far, according to the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. “I think it’s a testament to the diversity of films that are out there right now,” said Exhibitor Relations President Paul Dergarabedian. “There’s a lot of programming and counterprogramming going on and a lot of choices.” Of those films opening in limited release, Fox Searchlight’s “Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor)” performed best. The Russian-language film, a major hit overseas, bowed in just three theaters and took in an estimated $110,000. It’s per-theater average of $36,666 was by far the highest of any film in release. “It far exceeded our expectations, and we’ll be opening in nine more theaters this Friday,” said Fox Searchlight Chief Operating Officer Steve Gilula. Final weekend box office numbers will be released today. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Tuesday. 1. “Eight Below,” $25 million. 2. “Date Movie,” $22.3 million. 3. “The Pink Panther,” $21 million. 4. “Curious George,” $15.3 million. 5. “Final Destination 3,” $12.5 million. 6. “Firewall,” $10.3 million. 7. “Freedomland,” $7 million. 8. “Big Momma’s House 2,” $5.85 million. 9. “When a Stranger Calls,” $5.8 million. 10. “Nanny McPhee,” $5.1 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Few see end to everyday lawlessness

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As news of al-Zarqawi’s death settled into homes across the country, Iraqis at lunch tables and in hot-afternoon living rooms found themselves wondering what, if anything, would be different. A relentless stream of killings and kidnappings has choked off the routines of life to a trickle, and the death of al-Zarqawi, while welcome, did not seem likely to stop the violence. The painful, familiar beat resumed almost immediately. Five young women, one of them pregnant, were gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside a university, and six bombs, four of them in cars, killed 37 people and wounded 85 in largely Shiite areas in Baghdad. Late Thursday, the government imposed a curfew for today for Baghdad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during time for day’s prayers, and a nighttime curfew in Diyalo province, where al-Zarqawi was killed, until further notice. “Zarqawi is part of a story and this story will not end when he is finished,” said Dhia Majid, a university professor, whose brother, a pediatrician, and his wife, a pharmacist, were shot dead in western Baghdad last summer. “It’s not Iraq, it’s a slaughterhouse.” The skepticism springs from how Iraqis see the violence here. Al-Zarqawi is part of a larger galaxy of gangs and criminal groups that kill and kidnap with virtual impunity as the state watches helplessly. In the past year, the killing has shifted from spectacular suicide bombings, often attributed to al-Zarqawi, to assassinations, kidnappings and other criminal violence, and many Iraqis say they are more afraid of the latter. It was that type of killing that punched a hole into Hassan’s life, when her son, Murthada, was taken while he walked home from school on May 15. She began getting calls warning that he would be killed if her family did not pay $50,000, a sum far greater than Hassan, a graduate student, and her husband, a Spanish teacher, could afford. They sold their car. They borrowed from friends. They frantically enlisted the help of a local city council member, and filed a police report. Three days later, they placed the sum in a basket outside a house in their neighborhood. The autopsy, however, told a crushing tale: Murthada was strangled the day he was taken. The quiet inside Hassan’s living room seemed to seep out into the capital itself. The bombs claimed lives in several neighborhoods, and the streets were largely empty by the afternoon. Reports of scattered celebrations came in from the south. In Najaf, in the crooked streets of the old city, men shook hands. A vendor gave out free juice. Some Iraqis, it seemed, were simply overwhelmed. The memory of the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the continuing violence, was still fresh in people’s minds.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Haifa Hassan stared with blank sadness toward a spot on her living room carpet when asked about Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death. The larger-than-life terrorist had little to do with the killing of her 12-year-old son, whose crumpled body was found beaten, burned and strangled after local criminals kidnapped him several weeks ago. The family had raised $10,000 in ransom. It was not enough. “The terrorists are here now, here among us,” said Hassan, whose face wore a faraway look. “They did terrible things to my son. They are criminals. This is their work.” “They still exist,” she said, her hands in her lap, even if al-Zarqawi is gone. last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: LIAM GILLESPIE IN SUPERB FORM AT MURVAGH

first_imgMurvagh Golf Club News:Men’s CompetitionsSunday 30th August Sponsored by Eddie Walsh & Sons Family Meats.There was a photo-finish to Sunday’s competition with the first fourplaces decided on a break of tie. Liam Gillespie finished strongest totake 1st place ahead of Shaun Meehan with John Joe Travers and DarrenRafferty taking 3rd and 4,th all having scores of 69. Damien Mulhernwon the gross with a 76.1. Liam Gillespie (16) 69 (bot)2. Shaun Meeehan (12) 69 (bot)3. John Joe Travers (13) 69 (bot)4. Darren Rafferty (5) 69Gross: Damien Mulhern 76. Ladies CompetitionsVerve sponsored the Ladies competition on the 23rd & 25th August with35 competitors. Catherine Conneely was the winner with Lady CaptainMoragh Canney with the same score in runner up position.Results:1. Catherine Conneely (20) 37pts BOT2. Moragh Canney (28) 37 pts3. Charlotte Caldwell (23) 35pts4. Norma Mullooly (13) 34ptsFront 9 Margaret Trimble (30) 19ptsBack 9 Mary B Meehab (26) 18ptsThe final of the inaugural doubles Match Play was contested byGeraldine Gorman with Margaret Johnston opposite Gillian O’Callaghanand Margaret Buckley. The winners by a margin of 4 & 2 were Gillianand Margaret.The Player of the Year is drawing to a conclusion with only one morecompetition to be played. Margaret Trimble and Maureen Childs are bothon 57 with Dorothy Woods on 50.Little Bullett.26 Ladies from the club travelled to Bundoran to play in the LittleBullet but Bundoran were the winners by 9 pts. Best for Donegal wereMiriam Bennett 34 pts, Charlotte Caldwell 34pts, Mary Walsh 34pts,Norma Mullooly 33 pts and Bernie Finn 32pts. Past Lady Captains.Past Lady Captains competition is on Saturday the 5th of Septemberwith Tee Time reserved from 1 to 2 pm and meal at 6pm. The competitionis 18 holes Stableford and the draw will be held on Tue 1st Sept. Thelist is in the Ladies locker room.3 Ball Scramble in Aid of RNLI.The youthful team of Christopher Hegarty, Ciara O’Donnell and DamienMulhern won the well supported 3 Ball scramble on Friday the 29th ofAugust. In 2nd place were Helen Gillespie, Valerie Barry and JoeGillespie, with Seamus Faulkner, Aidan Faulkner and Mary Thomas in3rd.Social Mixed.The Final Club Social Mixed will be held this Friday 4th Septemberwith draws from 5.30pm.Heart & Hips.The 2nd Annual Heart and Hip competition in memory of Jimmy Higginswill be played on Friday 11th September. Details in locker rooms.Thursday Specials Mixed Greensomes.The Thursday Specials Mixed Greensomes is on Saturday 12th September.Add your name to the list in the locker rooms. GOLF NEWS: LIAM GILLESPIE IN SUPERB FORM AT MURVAGH was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sportlast_img read more

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FORMER ENGINEER JAILED FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING 10 YEAR OLD BOY

first_imgJohn Barrow who was jailed for two years for abusing a young boy. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A 72 year old former engineer from West Donegal has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10 year old boy.John Barrow, who worked with a local electrical firm, indecently assaulted the young boy in the Crolly area in 1984. Barrow molested the boy after paying him to row his boat while out fishing and on another occasion when they returned from collecting turf.The victim, who now lives abroad, gave his evidence by video-link in the trial.Throughout the trial Barrow, who is originally from Co Louth, denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.However a jury found him guilty of the two charges of indecent assault and yesterday he was sentenced to a total of two years in jail by Judge Francis Comerford at Letterkenny Circuit Court.In a witness impact statement given by the victim and read out in court, he said he had grown up a very angry and misunderstood young man.He got into trouble with the law, had drank too much alcohol and also took drugs.His marriage also broke down and he was now estranged from his wife and children.He revealed how up until recently, he could never tell his family what had happened to him and now he wanted to apologise for all he had done to them.He described the huge relief he found when he told a cousin about what had happened to him as a child and he encouraged him to contact the Gardai.He said “I will never be able to forget what that man did to me as a child. He has taken away my innocence and that can never be replaced.”The court had previously heard details on how Barrow had preyed on the young boy.He had offered him IR£5 to row his boat onto a lake for a fishing trip in 1984.After owing out to a small island, Barrow gave the boy a condom and asked him to put it on.The victim said he was unable to do so but that the pensioner then produced pornographic material from a black bin liner and committed a sex act.A couple of weeks later he said he was offered more money to help bring in turf.On this occasion, the victim said, the pornographic material was produced again and he was told to take it to a bedroom.The pensioner then got into the bed beside him, touched him and committed another sex attack.The court heard that Barrow is now 72 and suffers from ill health including a blood disorder.Judge Francis Comerford said he accepted that Barrow was of a certain age was unlikely to reoffend.However, he cited the fact that Barrow had continued to insist that he was innocent.“This is an indecent assault on a 10 year old child without any indication of any remorse.“This is a tremendously serious crime and will have lifelong consequences for (the victim),” he said.He sentenced Barrow to two years for each of the two indecent assault on the then ten year old boy but ordered that they run concurrently.He also placed the pensioner on the sex offenders register for 10 years.FORMER ENGINEER JAILED FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING 10 YEAR OLD BOY was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abusecourtCrollydonegalGardaiJohn Barrowsex abuselast_img read more

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KFO welcomes fisheries report on mackerel stock increases

first_imgA fisheries report has been welcomed by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) following what they describe as a total ‘vindication’ of their position regarding mackerel stocks and the sustainability of the fishery.The report, published by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), constitutes a thorough re-evaluation of mackerel information particularly the mackerel tagging information.Commenting on the recent publication of the new ICES mackerel inter-benchmark report, Chief Executive of the KFO, Seán O’Donoghue said: “The new information which has come to light shows a major change in the perception of the stock and proves the KFO’s comments when ICES advised a massive 68 % cut last year, were wholly accurate and fully justified. “It now transpires that the stock size is much larger than ICES advised in September of last year.“We are now dealing with 4.16  million tonnes of a stock size as opposed to 2.35 million tonnes, as ICES had informed us last autumn.“In December last, I highlighted that the ICES advice stated this fishery had been declining since 2011 which was totally contrary to the entire fishing industry view.“The new report shows a completely different picture with the mackerel stock continuing to increase in size until 2015 and still at a very high level well above the reference points. “Moreover, I said unequivocally that I was very concerned that ICES didn’t have a fit-for-purpose quality assurance system in place and called for the issue to be addressed.“This new information is a thorough vindication of our position and while overdue I am glad to say significant progress has been made on quality assurance issue but still a long way to go.“The next crucial step is that ICES issues revised 2019 mackerel advice as a matter of urgency in light of this major upwards revision in the data,” said Mr O’Donoghue.KFO welcomes fisheries report on mackerel stock increases was last modified: April 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FisheriesKillybegs Fishermen’s Organisationlast_img read more

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Yogi Adityanath promises quick execution of farm loan waiver scheme

first_imgAmid ongoing farmer protests in two BJP-ruled States of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has clarified that the farm loan waiver promised by his government would be implemented soon after the State Assembly passes the Budget 2017-18. Mr. Adityanath has also instructed the Finance Department to make it clear to banks that they will not issue any notice to beneficiary farmers for loan repayment till the budget was passed, a government spokesperson said. The budget session is likely to be convened in July.Banks have been asked to issue loan waiver certificates to the bona fide farmers after the Budget.The farm loan scheme would be implemented through “constitutional means,” Mr. Adityanath told senior officials on Friday night during a high-level meeting of the Finance department.The Chief Minister’s fresh instructions assumes significance amid growing concerns that the government’s much-talked about crop loan waiver scheme has not materialised on the ground yet and could trigger similar protests in U.P. One-time settlementIt must be recalled that in its first Cabinet meeting, on April 4, the Adityanath government had decided to waive off farm loans up to ₹1 lakh. Along with ₹30,729 crore, the cost of the loan waiver, it was decided that the government would settle around ₹6,000 crore of non-performing assets (NPA) of seven lakh small and marginalized farmers, to whom the banks had stopped issuing loans, through a one-time payment. The double decision will benefit over 86 lakh small and marginalised farmers in the State who took loans until March 31, 2016. The total cost to the State exchequer would amount to ₹36,000 crore.To ensure the “effective implementation of the scheme”, Mr. Adityanath has directed that a meeting of the State-level bankers committee be convened.Spread the wordHe has also instructed officials to constitute a committee at the district level under the chairmanship of the district magistrates to ensure that the crop loan scheme reaches farmers and that information about it spreads from village to village.The district agricultural officer will be the member secretary of this committee. “It was also decided that bank accounts of farmers benefiting from the scheme should be linked to Aadhaar,” the government said. Along with the farm loan, the State had also promised to set up 5,000 centres for wheat procurement and would start of by purchasing 40 lakh metric tonnes of wheat [with a total target of 80 lakh metric tones] at a rate of ₹10 per more than the minimum support price (MSP) per quintal. As per the figures released by the government, under the price support scheme it has so far procured 32.16 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, which is four times more than the previous year. Moreover, sugarcane farmers have already been paid more than ₹22,190 crore.last_img read more

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J&K records 74% voting in nine-phase rural polls

first_imgThe ninth and final phase of panchayat elections in Jammu & Kashmir recorded a 38.8% voter turnout in the Kashmir division on Tuesday. The nine-phase polls has seen an overall 74% voting across the State.According to the Chief Electoral Officer, the frontier district of Kupwara witnessed the highest polling of 53.6%, followed by 46% in Bandipora, 38.9% in Baramulla and 38.8% in Budgam.The shadow of violence in south Kashmir this year, in which 200 militants and 100 civilians were killed, was visible in Pulwama and Anantnag districts.While south Kashmir’s Anantnag witnessed 28.4% polling, Pulwama registered just 1.4% turnout, said the officer.According to the officer, the conclusion of the final phase of the panchayat polls in J&K witnessed an overall polling of 74%, including 83.5% in Jammu division and 44.4% in Kashmir division.Kashmir has witnessed a major dip compared to the previous 2011 panchayat polls, which saw over 70% polling.The elections for 4,483 panchayat halqas, comprising 35,029 panch constituencies, were held from November 17. A total of 58,54,208 voters were registered for the polls.The first phase saw 64.5% polling in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division, and in the second phase, 80.4% in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division.Later, 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division was recorded in the third phase; 82.4% in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division in the fourth phase; 85.2% polling in Jammu division and 33.7% in Kashmir division in the fifth phase; 17.3% in Kashmir division and 84.6% in Jammu division in the sixth phase; 84.8% in Jammu division and 30.3% in Kashmir division in the seventh phase; 85.1% in Jammu division and 49.6% in Kashmir division in the eight phase.last_img read more

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