The RCMP still has not yet determined the whereabouts of two persons, who may have been residing in the Columbus Hotel in downtown Prince George, when itwas destroyed by fire early yesterday morning. Police say the old landmark, 3 storey brick building was home to about 10 long-term tenants, six of whom had to be rescued by ladder by firefighters.Initial reports have indicated that 3 people were sent to hospital, one with serious injuries, the other two suffering from smoke inhalation.- Advertisement -At last report a thorough search of the scene is planned for the moment the ruins are ruled safe for entry. There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire.
Chandigarh, Sep 12 (PTI) The no-confidence motion moved by the Congress against the ruling SAD-BJP government in Punjab was today defeated by a voice vote amid acrimonious scenes in the Assembly.After some bills were presented on the third day of the ongoing Monsoon Session of the House, Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal allowed a debate on the no-confidence motion moved by Leader of Opposition and Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi.The motion, admitted on September 8, was moved on several grounds, including “failure of the state government to protect the interests of Punjab on the SYL canal issue, the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, emergence of mafia groups, rampant corruption, the deteriorating fiscal position of the state and failure in apprehending the culprits behind the Bargari sacrilege case”.However, Channi, who was unhappy over the time allotted to Congress members for the debate, asked the Speaker to increase the duration.Despite the Speaker assuring him that he would do so later, Channi stuck to his demand and started his speech only after the Speaker had obliged.Notably, wife of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was sitting on the benches meant for the ruling alliance members, left the House before the no-confidence motion was put to vote.Channi mounted an attack on the ruling Badal family, accusing it of “corrupting the entire system” in the state.As the debate was on, Congress members objected to Akali MLA Iqbal Singh Jhundan, who was presiding over the proceedings at that time, sporting an Akali Dal badge.advertisementThey rushed to the Well of the House and demanded that Jhundan remove the badge, saying he needed to be “impartial” while seated in the Speakers chair.When Jhundan refused to remove it, Congress members, including Tarlochan Sondh and Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, tried to break the cordon of the watch-and-ward staff in an attempt to reach the Speakers chair.Warring got into a heated exchange with the watch-and-ward staff and threw a piece of cloth towards the Speakers chair.The opposition members returned to their seats only after Atwal came back. (MORE) PTI CHS VJ RC SK RC read more
Change happens in the blink of an eye at Real Madrid and time may be running out for Gareth Bale.The Welsh forward netted the team’s first goal of the league season against Deportivo La Coruna as the European champions put in a commanding performance to win 3-0 on the opening weekend.Seven days later, however, Bale was whistled off by fans at the Santiago Bernabeu after Zinedine Zidane substituted Madrid’s record signing against Valencia with the scores level at 1-1 as they chased a winner in the final 15 minutes.The supporters were frustrated at Bale’s limp display in which he missed a clear chance when he headed the ball into the ground and over the bar as Los Blancos failed to turn their superiority into goals and drew 2-2.While Bale struggled, the Bernabeu’s new darling Marco Asensio shone. The 21-year-old winger scored both Madrid’s goals, continuing his blistering start to the season.Bale, who apart his strike against Deportivo, has offered little in the league or either of Madrid’s Super Cup wins, has been singled out for criticism by fans and media alike.Zidane is renowned for his man management and avoided putting pressure or blame on Bale.”He is an important player in this squad,” Zidane told reporters. “Gareth is Gareth. We will keep working, and keep counting on Gareth, like all the others. That’s all.”However, it is difficult not to look past the French coach’s words and Madrid-based newspaper Marca published a column on Monday headlined “Five days to sell Bale”.advertisementThe article said Madrid should “take advantage of the good press Bale has in Britain and take advantage of the crazy, runaway and false transfer market”.Bale has always insisted he wants to stay at Madrid, happy to finally take part in a pre-season campaign, something he has been denied in previous years due to injury.”I’m happy I’m playing football, I’m winning trophies, so yeah, I don’t want to move. There’s not really much more I can say,” Bale said.However, if Madrid take action, he may not be afforded much say in the matter. Premier League clubs would jump at the chance to bring him back to England and with Asensio demonstrating his quality, Bale is no longer essential at the Bernabeu.He helped Real win their first league title in five years last season, as well as three Champions League crowns since joining them in 2013, a strong trophy haul which would ensure he could depart with his head held high. read more
New Delhi: ICICI Bank on Saturday reported a standalone net profit of Rs 1,908 crore for the first quarter ended June 2019. The bank had posted a net loss of Rs 120 crore in the same quarter a year ago. Total income on standalone basis in the reported quarter rose to Rs 21,405.50 crore from Rs 18,574.17 crore a year earlier, the bank said in a regulatory filing. On a consolidated basis, its net profit for the April-June period sttod at Rs 2,513.69 crore as against Rs 5 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The bank’s income (consolidated) rose to Rs 33,868.89 crore in the said quarter from Rs 27,174.12 crore in April-June 2018. The lender witnessed an improvement in asset quality as gross non-performing assets (NPAs) fell to 6.49 per cent of the gross advances by the end of June 2019, from 8.81 per cent a year ago. Net NPAs were 1.77 per cent, down from 4.19 per cent a year ago. Thus, the provisioning for bad loans and contingencies fell to Rs 3,495.73 crore for April-June 2019, as against Rs 5,971.29 crore a year earlier. read more
CALGARY — Documents show that a Calgary house where there was a deadly explosion over the weekend was owned by a couple going through a divorce.Police responded to reports of an explosion on Saturday afternoon and found two people dead and one injured at the suburban northwest home.Investigators believe the blast was not accidental and called it domestic related.Police also say they not looking for any suspects.The land title for the house lists the owners as Heidar and Leila Dehdari and says they have lived there since 2013.Court records show Leila Dehdari filed for divorce last month from her husband of 27 years.The statement of claim for divorce and division of matrimonial property mentions two children from the marriage: 22-year-old Dorsa Dehdari and 15-year-old Dorna Dehdari.A female was taken to hospital in serious, potentially life-threatening condition with fire-related injuries. No additional victims were found after a thorough search of the home.Police have not released the names of those involved, but friends have told local media outlets that University of Calgary student Dorsa Dehdari died, along with her father, and that her younger sister was hurt.There was a vigil held for the family on Sunday night.The Canadian Press read more
APTN National NewsFirst Nations children on-reserve continues to be the focus at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.The 14-week hearing is underway in Ottawa.The case alleges the federal government discriminates against First Nations on-reserve by underfunding child welfare programs resulting in a growing number of Children being placed in care.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis was there.