New Delhi, Mar 13 (PTI) Amid a raging controversy over UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya leaving the country, the Rajya Sabha attendance data today showed that the liquor baron was present on only one day during the current Budget session.He reportedly last attended the Rajya Sabha on March 1.The attendance data showed that during his second term as a Rajya Sabha MP, Mallya attended the House for only 121 days out the total 424 sittings.Mallya entered the Rajya Sabha as an independent member on July 1, 2010 and his term ends on June 30 this year. This is the last regular session of his six-year term.His first term as a MP was from April 10, 2002 to April 2008.His attendance was highest in 2010, but saw a sharp decline in last two years.In the 220th session (from July 7 to August 31, 2010), the independent MP from Karnataka attended 20 sittings of the 26 while in 224th session (From November 11, 2011 to December 29, 2011), he attended 14 sessions of 24.During the special session (from June 9 to 11, 2014) Mallya did not attended Parliament even once.According to the attendance data, in 2014, Mallya attended Parliament only 13 times in comparison to the 64 sitting the Rajya Sabha.Mallya has also not tabled any private member bill in this term. PTI PR PVI RT PVI
On Earth Day, April 22, Energy Upgrade California (EUC), a statewide initiative committed to helping Californians take action to save energy, teamed up with environmentalist and actor Ian Somerhalder to host a Cold Wash Party at a Los Angeles-area laundromat.Energy Upgrade California #BetterOff Cold Wash PartyThe Earth Day event is a part of EUC’s “Do Your Thing” campaign and was designed to raise awareness about small behaviors Californians can take to save energy and reduce demand on the energy grid. According to EUC, the demand for energy reaches its peak between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Shifting the time in which energy is used will help save electricity and also reduce the demand on the grid.The Cold Wash Parties were held in three locations in California – Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco, where attendees were invited to wash their clothes in cold water between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. By shifting the time of day when they washed clothes and changing the washing machine’s setting to “cold,” attendees demonstrated one example of a smart energy management choice Californians can make in their everyday lives. Attendees received a night of music, cold drinks, swag and a free cold wash.“Saving energy can’t just be something we do on Earth Day. Our state (and world) would be better off if we focused on energy efficiency every day,” said Ian Somerhalder. “Washing clothes in cold water, effectively using 90 percent less energy, is just one way we can commit to a more sustainable future in California.”“Energy Upgrade California hosted these cold wash parties, not only to help bring an awareness to this direct call to action, but to help bring awareness to the overall issue of energy usage,” stated Commissioner Carla J. Peterman of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). “By encouraging people to take this small step (washing clothes in cold water not during peak energy use), we are hopefully encouraging other energy saving behaviors that will not only benefit residents themselves, but help other businesses and the state overall.”“I am excited I was able to participate in this Cold Wash Party, as well as represent this movement. However, there are other steps residents can take to be efficient in their energy use other than just washing clothes in cold water – such as turning off appliances when not in use or limiting all energy usage throughout the day,” stated Somerhalder.Energy Upgrade California supports California in its mission to double energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. With the second lowest per capita electricity consumption rates in the country, California is known for “doing its thing” when it comes to energy efficiency. Sustainable energy practices benefit all California residents and businesses in a variety of ways, from reducing pollution, to slowing climate change, and creating a more prosperous state overall.Somerhalder participated in the Los Angeles Cold Wash Party, as part of the Energy Upgrade California “Do Your Thing” movement. This “Do Your Thing,” statewide movement taps into the pride, diversity and innovative spirit that makes California so special. It empowers every Californian with the tools and information to benefit themselves and the state through energy efficiency.For more information about Energy Upgrade California, the “Do Your Thing” movement, its mission and partners, please visit: www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org.
Ernesto Valverde acknowledged his side deserve credit for forcing Inter back in a 2-0 Champions League victory by saying that they stopped them from playing.The Blaugrana took control of possession with Rafinha’s strike that consolidated a late Jordi Alba angle drive.Barca star Lionel Messi was in the stands with his arm in a sling after a fracture over the weekend.“Messi is always missed, but we want to miss him by winning. We’ve said it from the start. We stopped them from playing and we did so throughout the match,” said the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It was an important and difficult match and our first without Messi. Everyone was expectant and I think we responded well.“It’s true that today’s game helped us take a step forward without Leo. Our intention was, knowing who we were facing, for Inter not to have the ball and to be very quick in our pressing after losing the ball.“They’re an attacking team, but we were the better team throughout. Arthur played very well and I’m very happy with him.“The change? I didn’t want to risk him because he had a little knock and with everything that’s coming up…”
Fakhrul sustained injuries as his motorcade heading towards landslide-hit hilly districts came under attack in Ichhakhali of Rangunia in Chittagong on 18 June. File PhotoA case has been filed against 26 leaders and activists of BNP as a vehicle of the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir allegedly hit a CNG-run auto rickshaw on their way to Rangamati, reports UNB.Auto-rickshaw driver Md Mohsin filed the case with the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Chittagong on Thursday afternoon against 26 named BNP leaders and activists, including Rangunia upazila BNP president Shawkat Ali Yunus, and 10/15 unnamed people, said Mohsin’s lawyer Nikhil Kumar Nath.Additional chief judicial magistrate ASM Shahidullah Kawser ordered Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to submit a report after investigation.Earlier on Sunday, Fakhrul and some other party senior leaders were injured as local Awami League supporters allegedly attacked his motorcade at Isakhali in Rangunia upazila, Chittagong on their way to landslides-hit Rangamati.Enamul Haq, former public prosecutor (PP) of Chittagong court and a BNP leader, filed a case with the same court on Wednesday morning accusing 26 leaders and activists of Awami League in connection with the incident.Earlier on Tuesday, another case was filed by former public prosecutor of Chittagong court Enamul against twenty six unknown people in connection with the attack on the motorcade.Read more:Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics‘Attack an arrogant bid of govt to erase last sign of democracy’BNP to stage countrywide demo tomorrowMirza Fakhrul’s motorcade comes under attack in Ctg
Transportation on the waterways is likely to resume from Sunday morning after a two-day suspension. UNB file photoTransportation on the waterways is likely to resume from Sunday morning after a two-day suspension, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority said Saturday, reports UNB.BIWTA joint director of Dhaka Port AKM Arif Uddin said that stormy wind is still prevailing although cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ has weakened.”So, using the water routes will not be safe today. Operations might resume tomorrow from 6:00am,” he said.Water transportation was suspended on Thursday morning after Fani intensified.The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower danger signal as ‘Fani’ has weakened into a land deep depression, the Met Office said.It was lying over Pabna-Tangail-Mymensingh region and adjoining areas at noon. ‘Fani’ is likely to move in a North-Northeasterly direction further.
A solo exhibition of paintings, pop-up art and installation by Sankha Banerjee titled ‘In the Realm of Myths’ is starts today at India International Centre in the national Capital and continues till September 27.The dialectical dynamics between myths and reality in India is quite alluring. The myths possess an exuding all-embracing attitude in its acceptance of multiple identities. And the dichotomy of myths and reality can also create a Babel-like chaotic confusion. Anyone can experience the feeling of being a voyeur in the realm of Indian myths and its metaphorical narrations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the annals of myths, stories have always been associated with multitude layers of grandeur to express society and the people of India. Myths can also speak succinctly about society and its system. Even though myths derive and create philosophical turmoil within a social context. The forms and characters of mythical stories themselves change with changes in cultural, social and political contexts, and they seek to explore these trajectories within and also without the broader spectrum of time and space. Myths also trek towards a vantage point-literally and metaphorically with the flow of human lives, in both their macro and microcosmic versions.Sankha Banerjee, the artist endeavours the mapping of several myths of both ancient and urban society of India. His recurrent viewing of humanity in myths and narration as leitmotif makes him view them through a magnified prism to understand them. Through his art he tries to address the multiplicity of narratives in a non-linear manner of a bygone era adjacent with the present.