Asking the Madhya Pradesh government to refrain from dabbling in matters of religion, BJP leaders have objected to an advisory issued by the district administration making it mandatory to declare with it idols more than three feet tall, ahead of the Durga Puja on October 6. The first such advisory in the State comes days after 11 youths drowned in a lake here as their boats capsized during the immersion of an 18-foot-tall Ganesh idol. “The accident was not caused because of the idol’s height. It was a result of the administration’s negligence,” said Vishvas Sarang, Narela (Bhopal) MLA. The government had no right to restrict an idol’s height or impose conditions on it, he said, “it should be left to the Hindu community.”Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur said it was a crime to play with sentiments of Hindus. “If the administration is trying to discourage immersion of tall idols, it should do the same for tazias.”Collector clarifies“We have not restricted the height but asked people to keep us informed in case they are keeping an idol more than three feet tall,” said Bhopal Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode. “Especially if the height goes beyond six feet, we need to be informed so that arrangements could be made accordingly at immersion sites.”BJP State media chief Lokendra Parashar said the administration should instead focus on ensuring safety during immersions. “They should not talk such things.”At least a week before the festival, organisers and puja committees must register idols more than three feet tall with either the Municipal Corporation or the police, says the advisory. Without it, they will not be allowed to take out processions or immerse idols. Mechanised immersionsMoreover, the use of boats for immersions will be prohibited, and only mechanised immersions of idols more than three feet tall, using a crane or other means, will be permitted, that too only during the hours fixed by the administration. And use of loudspeakers and idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) will be prohibited. Although the State government has no law regulating idol immersion, an informed source in the district administration said a proposal for it would be sent to the Chief Minister soon. Bengal ruleAt present, only West Bengal has rules regulating idol immersions. It prohibits idols more than 20 feet tall and makes it mandatory for puja committees to submit a declaration before the Municipal Corporation on the compliance with rules such as no use of PoP idols, synthetic colour or toxic materials, and height of the super structure below 40 feet. The State Pollution Control Board could penalise committees in case of violation.
China on Tuesday launched its first aircraft carrier, propelling its fast expanding navy’s blue-water capability beyond its territorial waters at a time when the neighbourhood is witnessing high-voltage tensions in Sino-Japan ties.The 60,000 tonne carrier, a former Soviet ship brought from Ukraine and later refurbished locally is named Liaoning, after a Chinese province liberated from Japanese occupation in 1945, in what can be seen as another symbolic warning to Tokyo.After the commission ceremony, President Hu boarded Liaoning and inspected the Navy’s guard of honour.China’s ties with Japan have plunged over an escalating diplomatic row over disputed islands in the East China Sea, and the country remains embroiled in a number of disputes with countries like the Philippines and Vietnam in the resource-rich South China Sea.The 300-metre carrier would raise the overall operational strength of the Chinese navy and help China to effectively protect national sovereignty, security and development interests, the defence ministry said in a statement.The carrier is capable of accommodating 33 fixed wing aircraft, according to the official media in Beijing.China says it is an experimental carrier and plans to construct three more.According to earlier reports, China will be deploying J-15 fighters, stated to be a home made variant of Russia’s Su-33 to operate from the carrier.Military officers stand onboard China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning in Dalian.The carrier, formerly known as the Soviet ship Varyag, underwent about seven years of refitting efforts to install engines, weapons, as well as a year-long sea trial.With its commencement China has become the tenth country in the world and the last among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to have an aircraft carrier in active service.advertisementThe defence ministry said the vessel will increase China’s capacity to defend itself and “cooperate on the high seas in dealing with non-traditional security threats”.The handing over ceremony was overseen by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao at a naval base in northeast China’s city of Dalian. Both the leaders will be retiring by the end of this year.Hu, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), endorsed a PLA flag and naming certificate to the naval unit that received the carrier.The aircraft carrier Liaoning is a landmark in China’s modernisation of armed forces.The ship will “be of great and far-reaching significance in inspiring patriotism, national spirit and driving national defence technologies,” Wen said, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.”It will also be of great significance in enhancing national defence power and the country’s comprehensive strength,” Wen said.”China’s development of an aircraft carrier was an important strategic decision made by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council and the Central Military Commission,” Wen said.”The delivery and commission of the first carrier is a milestone in the PLA’s history and embodies a major achievement of China’s weaponry and equipment development, as well as its national defense modernisation,” he said.After the commission ceremony, Hu boarded the Liaoning, which was in full dress, and inspected the Navy’s guard of honour.The two leaders later came to the carrier’s flight deck and went around cabins where they interacted with sailors, scientists and engineers who developed the carrier.According to the CMC, after being commissioned to the Navy, the Liaoning will continue to serve for scientific research purposes as well as military training.In a separate commentary, Xinhua said the carrier poses no threat to world peace.The aircraft carrier, ‘Liaoning’, is a landmark in the country’s modernisation of armed forces and national defence and poses no threat to other countries, it said.The commentary pointed out that China had more than 18,000 km of coastline and three million square km of territorial waters and the carrier was a reasonable choice.China will not join any arms race, pose a threat to other countries or exceed its national and economic strength to develop arms, it said.”There is no need of panic about whether China has an aircraft carrier or how many aircraft carriers it will have,” the commentary said.
1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Carlos’ captaincy isn’t just based on leadership, it’s also rooted in her exceptional play and these two factors led her to being named the Chooks to Go-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week.And it may be slim, but Carlos is now the league’s leading scorer with 71 total points.2. Isa Molde (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: No.7Isa Molde. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERUP’s puzzle won’t be complete without another one of its high-scoring duo.With Carlos doing much of the dirty work, and also a huge piece of the scoring, there’s Isa Molde, who was focused on scoring and aerial defense.Molde, Season 78’s Rookie of the Year, was UP’s offensive focal point and she delivered with 20 points on 17 spikes and three blocks.Carlos and Molde, however, are just the two of a three-piece totem pole for UP with the other being Ayel Estrañero.3. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: 1Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo played just one game this week but it was enough to show the league that the Lady Eagles are still one of the bigger forces in the league.Driving Ateneo’s engine that day was Kat Tolentino, who scored 13 points in the Lady Eagles’ quick win over UE, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16. MOST READ Now that’s out of the way, here are the best seven of this week.1. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: No. 3Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCount on Diana Carlos to provide scoring and a bunch of other stuff.UP played just one game this week and boy was Carlos all over the place.She scored 19 points in the Lady Maroons’ five-set stunner of La Salle, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12, while also anchoring the Lady Maroons’ defense with 22 excellent digs and 18 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJolina Dela Cruz is back on the same spot where she was in in the previous week.Coming into the league relatively overshadowed with all the hype surrounding UST’s Eya Laure, Dela Cruz has so far proved that she’s one of the legitimate contenders for the Rookie of the Year plum.Dela Cruz was solid in La Salle’s win against NU with 12 points but she was also capable in becoming the team’s focal point in the Lady Spikers’ next game.Despite the loss to UP, Dela Cruz was fed the ball for much of the match and she finished with 19 points—a team-high—on 14 spikes, four blocks, and one service ace.7. Ayel Estrañero (University of the Philippines, setter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AAyel Estrañero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAyel Estrañero is the third piece of UP’s star puzzle.Carlos and Molde usually grab the spotlight because of their offense but the one running the show is Estrañero.In UP’s win against La Salle, Estrañero severely outclassed her opponent Michelle Cobb with 38 excellent sets to her counterpart’s 21. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Neymar says 2 injuries, not 1, affected World Cup displays MANILA, Philippines—Teams are slowly lining up the grid with a tense atmosphere surrounding them, and the gears are just waiting to move for the ultimate takeoff.Three weeks in but there is not one team in a considerable place to legitimately claim pole position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDefending champion De La Salle, Ateneo, and University of the Philippines are all in a tight battle at the top with identical 3-1 records.University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University are behind at 2-2 with Adamson, University of the East, and National University all gearing up to make surprises with those three teams holding 1-3 records. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Tolentino would finish the week with 70 total points and is tied for the second spot in the Best Scorers table with UST’s Cherry Rondina.4. Judith Abil (University of the East, outside hitter)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AJudith Abil. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s always a thrill to see all the teams get into the winners’ column so when UE took its first win of the season the energetic Judith Abil made sure she’d do it in style.Abil put up 22 points in four sets in UE’s win against Adamson, 20-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22, making her the owner of the second-most points scored in a single game behind Molde’s 23 against, as fate would have it, the Lady Warriors.UE, though, lost its next game against Ateneo but Abil was still on her mark with 14 points.Abil has so far scored 66 total points making her the sixth best scorer in the league.5. Kath Arado (University of the East, libero)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AKath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHard work always pays off and Kath Arado proved that this week.The league’s Best Digger and Best Receiver was an impenetrable force in UE’s win against the Lady Falcons tallying 39 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Ateneo then knew that Arado was a defensive dynamo that the Lady Eagles practically avoided her in their win on Sunday.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller broke ground on Wednesday, February 6 in Springfield, Clarendon for the construction of 88 houses to accommodate 209 persons currently living in barracks. This is part of the Barracks Relocation Project being funded by the European Union to the tune of $161 million. “Today represents yet another step towards the positive transformation of Jamaica and the transformation of the lives of an important group of Jamaican workers. The building of modern housing, infrastructure and amenities for sugar workers is one of the most satisfying and heart-warming programmes I have presided over, in my entire political career,” the Prime Minister said. According to the Prime Minister both rural and urban housing development must be approached in accordance with the principles of planned development which means that communities built should also have access to recreational and social facilities. “This is why another $50 million dollars is being invested in critical social projects, including improvement of school and clinic facilities. We are currently spending some $20 million to improve the Toll Gate Sport Complex and also preparing to put to tender the comprehensive improvement of the Waterwell Sports Complex in Race Course,” she said. Mrs. Simpson Miller acknowledged that cane production is a seasonal activity and as such during the out-of-crop-season, life is particularly difficult for many families dependent of sugar cane. In response, the Government is working towards an economic transformation of Southern Clarendon through strategic investments in agriculture. This includes an investment of $65 million to rehabilitate the irrigation system in the Vernamfield area, and the development of two agro-parks in Spring Plains at a cost of $145 million and Ebony Park at $114 million. “The agro-parks development initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is a key element of my government’s growth inducement strategy in the medium term,” said the Prime Minister. Under the Barracks Relocation Project, a total of 385 houses will be provided for sugar workers across the island including Masemure and Bahram in Westmoreland, Spicy Hill in Trelawny and Stokes Hall and Hampton Court in St. Thomas.
.. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Our brains choose the most opportune moments to dwell on our deepest insecurities and overwhelming concerns, don’t they? In Night Feed, Sarah Joy Bennett and her collaborators literally bring these late-night tormentors to life through the bloodshot eyes of a new mother (played by Corinne Murray). In the middle of the night, as she breastfeeds her infant daughter — a puppet created by Reiter, with a hinged mouth designed to latch or scream — objects in her apartment taunt her. Her bike tries to seduce her into a nighttime ride, a clock has an existential crisis, a breast pump coaches her on the cringeworthy transition back to work, dust bunnies copulate behind the couch. Bennett and Mohr are engaging puppeteers who create a dreamlike, sleep-deprived sensation with their physicality and vocals while giving each puppet a unique personality. Murray’s understated performance keeps the show grounded; with a believable mix of exhaustion, anxiety and patience, she cradles her puppet baby with such care that the emotional payoff of the conclusion hits right at home. There has never before been a combination as earnest and pure as the Toronto Fringe, musical theatre and a bunch of passionate teens. Drama 101 is a collaboration between composer Kevin Wong (The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel), writer Steven Gallagher (The Last Party) and the youth theatre training company Bravo Academy, which transforms its greatest strength — the enthusiasm of its 14-member cast, all aged between 13 and 19 — into the foundation of the musical’s concept and plot. The students of Drama 101 are throwing a retirement party for their beloved teacher Mrs. Chang and, as preparations continue, each character reveals through song how the class and their love of the performing arts have impacted their lives. Wong and Gallagher weave in musical theatre references including recent teenage obsessions (Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill, Hamilton, Wicked) and classics (Guys and Dolls, West Side Story) but have clearly tapped into the true perspectives of their cast: from social anxiety, to romance, to the eternal divide between the actors and the stage crew. Drama 101 is a heartfelt, unapologetic love letter to theatre that belongs to these kids and this festival.—Carly MagaNight FeedWritten by Sarah Joy Bennett. Created in collaboration with Ginette Mohr and Shawna Reiter. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave..In Night Feed, a new mother (Corinne Murray) is taunted by objects in her apartment as she breastfeeds her daughter in the middle of the night. DAHLIA KATZ / COURTESY TORONTO FRINGE Advertisement So far, the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival has revealed an embarrassment of riches in unconventional packages. On top of the breakout solo shows and new musicals that populate the Fringe circuit, the Toronto Star’s theatre critics have ventured into more unexpected territory of audio plays, mime and puppetry, braving oppressive humidity and rainstorms along the way.Here are some of the Star’s favourite Fringe shows, which you can catch before the festival ends Sunday — or before they sell out. All performances are on until July 14.Drama 101: A New MusicalWritten by Kevin Wong and Steven Gallagher. Directed by Gallagher. Robert Gill Theatre, 214 College St. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: The young stars of Drama 101: A New Musical, in which the real-life theatre students of Bravo Academy play theatre students planning a party for a beloved teacher. BLAKE CRAWFORD / COURTESY TORONTO FRINGE