first_imgIn a matter of 15 minutes a deserted road facing the capital’s Indira Gandhi Stadium complex comes alive with a colorful ensemble of clothing and other utilities. Street vendors gather here every Sunday to set up a bazaar, which, its promoters say, could serve as a global model.“The idea is to set up a global model market by utilizing spaces which are usually considered as wasteland and ensuring safe and secure workplace to the poor vendors who are displaced every now and then,” explained Ankita Upreti of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) which is responsible for the evolution of the bazar to its present avatar.Even Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, after witnessing a power point presentation last year, was intrigued.The bazar has some 1,000 vendors who were scattered in various parts of the city till SEWA came into the picture in 2009 when the market was shifted out due to the construction of a flyover as part of a Commonwealth Games project.“A long legal battle has gone into the evolution of this Sunday bazaar. It was removed from the Ring Road bypass because the flyover’s construction started in 2009 before the Commonwealth Games,” according to Geetabehn, 46, a street vendor and member of the SEWA self-help group.Then followed a series of elaborate power-point presentations, pitching plans to government officials and mobilizing the vendors, Upreti, SEWA’s legal coordinator, said.“We met the architect before the construction work on the flyover began. The idea of having a street vendors’ market beneath the flyover was put forth, which he liked,” she added.“The plan was then meticulously included in the site plan. The Public Works Department (PWD) wanted the site to be properly maintained and asked SEWA to execute an agreement,” Upreti said.In the agreement with the PWD in May 2011, SEWA took up the task of cleaning, beautifying and maintaining the market. While an attendance record is maintained for the vendors who sit here Sundays, there are zero-traffic issues because of organizational clarity.Every Sunday, the market is abuzz with buyers from noon until 3 p.m. Buyers range from traders from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to consumers who want an easy bargain.“This market is a one-stop shop for small town traders and consumers who want to buy clothes and second-hand utilities. It is also providing a livelihood for the vendors displaced by the Games construction work,” Geeta, who hails from Ahmedabad, added.The 1,000 vendors, nearly 800 of whom are from Gujarat, on the other six days of the week, go around various neighborhoods in the capital, collecting old clothes and other discarded household goods in exchange for new utensils. These are then spruced up and sold at the Sunday bazar.Their Sunday earnings range from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000, the vendors say.Even as buyers straddle across pavements sifting through items on offer, the bazaar amazes one as it is clean and well-managed. With spaces earmarked for authorized vendors, there is no chaos and loud-calling from sellers, unlike at other weekly markets.This, in fact, is what distinguishes the bazar from the 268 other weekly markets in the city.Leelabehn, 55, sits content in a corner of the market, as the veteran has seen its face changing over the last decade. She has traversed every twist and turn in the evolution of this bazaar, she says.“The change I see here is the sense of security that has been brought in. Unlike other places I have sat at, there is no stench of public toilets, no druggists and not even demands for protection money,” Leela said. Related Itemslast_img read more

Watch Guide: Week 1

first_imgIt’s back!Ryan Hartwig has been faithfully creating the Weekend Watch Guide for four years now (nearly as long as this blog has been in existence). For those who are new to this, Hartwig puts together a slick-looking sheet showing all the college football games in a given week along with the networks they are on, Vegas lines and even the channels for those living in OKC and Tulsa.Cheers to one of the best Week 1s ever.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 1 (it’s a glorious thing to type those words)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!last_img read more

Manchester derby no PL title decider – Owen

first_imgManchester United v Manchester City Manchester derby won’t decide Premier League title – Owen Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 23:07 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) pep guardiola jose mourinho - cropped Getty Images Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Manchester City Although Man City can enhance their lead at the top even further, the ex-England star feels there will be enough time for others to catch up Manchester City can go 11 points clear at the Premier League summit by beating arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday, but Michael Owen does not believe such a result would end the title race.Pep Guardiola’s side have been in phenomenal form in 2017-18 and head into the Manchester derby at Old Trafford as the top flight’s only unbeaten side.City took an early advantage at the summit last season before Chelsea surged to the title, and former United forward Owen does not think they will be able to ease off should they open a sizeable lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think City were quite a few points ahead last season and didn’t go on to win it and actually Chelsea went on to win it at an absolute breeze, so definitely nothing is going to be decided so soon,” Owen told Omnisport, speaking courtesy of Hublot.”City at the moment look brilliant. They score a lot of goals and look sterner at the back. Manchester United [have made] a massive step forward from last season as well.”I thought last season even though they had a couple of trophies in the bag and qualification for the Champions League, I still watched them thinking there was more in the tank and I think this season they’ve looked a lot better.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City“Obviously, they’ve been strengthened mainly down the spine of the team – [Nemanja] Matic has been a brilliant signing.”I think it will be a huge game but I don’t think it will be a decider so soon in the season.”Owen made his mark on the derby with a 96th-minute winner as United triumphed 4-3 in a memorable clash at Old Trafford in September 2009.That victory came soon after City’s takeover by Sheikh Mansour, a factor that made the triumph even sweeter for the former striker.Marcus Rashford, Man Utd“I was lucky enough to play in quite a few derbies in my career but the Manchester derby was one of those that I gained a lot of satisfaction, obviously from scoring that goal in the 96th minute or whatever it was,” said Owen.”At the time, I think Manchester City were beginning to make noises, they’d been taken over and a lot of money spent.”I think Sir Alex Ferguson and all the fans were probably thinking they’ve always been in Manchester United’s shadows – or they have certainly for a long, long time – and probably starting to get a little bit nervous that a lot of money was getting spent down the road.”So I think all the lead up to that game in particular was quite funny. Carlos Tevez had just moved across to the blue half of the city and there was all that ‘Welcome to Manchester’ signage and Ferguson and [Mark] Hughes having a bit of a ding-dong in the press.”It just built into a great game, a big game that everyone was desperate to win and of course the game matched it and to score in the last minute was certainly a rush of adrenaline.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

USA: WSF Is One Step Closer to LNG Propulsion

first_imgzoom Washington State Ferries is another step closer to significantly reducing fuel costs and transportation emissions by switching a class of vessels from diesel fuel to liquefied natural gas.After more than three years of study, WSF has a plan to safely convert six Issaquah Class vessels to run on cleaner-burning LNG. The proposal was officially submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard on Nov. 18 in a formal letter of intent (LOI) and waterways suitability assessment (WSA). The submission of the LOI and WSA marks the official starting point of the Coast Guard’s review process. WSF expects the Coast Guard to issue a finding regarding the LNG conversion proposal in 2014.“Fuel is WSF’s fastest growing operating expense,” said David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division. “Replacing diesel with LNG on the Issaquah Class ferries could result in very substantial savings on fuel over the remaining 30 years of their service life. This will also mean a cleaner, more efficient future for our fleet by significantly decreasing emissions.”The average Issaquah Class vessel carries up to 124 cars and 1,200 passengers, serving on some of the state’s busiest ferry routes. Converting the fuel systems from ultra-low sulfur diesel to LNG would significantly reduce emissions according to WSDOT’s Air Emissions Model, including: 89 percent reduction in particulate matter61 percent reduction in nitrous oxide28 percent reduction in carbon dioxide59 percent reduction in sulfur dioxideFor the proposed LNG conversions, WSF would install main propulsion engines to use natural gas and retrofit LNG fuel tanks on the top decks of the six vessels. The proposal calls for a phased approach for conversions to avoid schedule changes or delays. Once vessels are converted and back in service, they would begin a routine overnight, out-of-service refueling process similar to current diesel refueling.Since 2010, WSF has been studying the benefits of alternative fuels and evaluating the feasibility and safety of using LNG to fuel its vessels. The process included the U.S. Coast Guard, multiple agencies at the state and local level, private industry organizations, the Washington State Joint Transportation Committee and consultants including Cedar River Group and Det Norske Veritas, the world’s leading authority on LNG-fueled passenger ferries.WSF concluded its study process by issuing the final waterways suitability assessment, which includes a safety and security assessment and a risk-management plan. The study found that the LNG proposal is inherently safe with risks as low as reasonably practicable.Use of LNG to power passenger ferries has been proven technically and operationally feasible worldwide for more than a decade, with Norway operating LNG-fueled passenger vessels since 2000. LNG is also fast becoming an efficient alternative fuel for buses and semi-trucks. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close WSDOT, November 22, 2013last_img read more

Saipem Completes Sale of Firenze FPSO to Eni

first_imgzoom Saipem announces that, following the sale of the entire share capital of the company Floaters S.p.A. to Eni, it has now completed the sale to Eni of Firenze FPSO, as notified to the market on 11 and 12 December 2013.As announced on December 11th, the Board of Directors of Saipem S.p.A. has approved the signing of an agreement with Eni for the sale of the Firenze FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) business line for €336 million ($463 million).Firenze FPSO unit is currently deployed in the Eni-operated Aquila field off the coast of Puglia, together with the on-board processing plant.The sale also includes existing related contracts, including those in place with production and vessel operations personnel. The contract signed with Eni in 2009 provided for the option to purchase the vessel Firenze FPSO alone subsequent to the conversion and commissioning of the vessel, which was completed at the end of last year.Saipem, Decembar 30, 2013last_img read more

NASA engineers install legs wheels on Mars 2020 rover

first_imgLos Angeles: NASA engineers have recently installed the legs and wheels, known as the mobility suspension on the Mars 2020 rover, according to a latest release of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). More than a dozen “bunny suit”-clad engineers integrated the rover’s legs and wheels on June 13 in the clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at JPL, marking another milestone in the rover’s building, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Adding to the complexity of the engineering team’s integration effort was the “rocker-bogie” suspension system, which keeps the rover body balanced, enabling it to “rock” up or down, depending on the various positions of the six wheels, according to JPL. Measuring 52.5 centimeters in diameter and machined with traction-providing cleats, or grousers, the current wheels are engineering models that will be replaced with flight models next year, JPL said. Every wheel has its own motor. The two front and two rear wheels also have individual steering motors that enable the vehicle to turn a full 360 degrees in place. Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July 2020. It is scheduled to land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.last_img read more

Ukraine foreign minister warns G7 of Russian threats to western democracy

first_imgTORONTO – Russia is using Ukraine as a test ground for its information war against Western democracy, Ukraine’s foreign minister told G7 ministers meeting here on Sunday.Foreign Affairs Minister Chystia Freeland wants the disruptive influence of Russia on the West to be a top agenda item, and she set the table — literally — for Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin to deliver that message to her G7 counterparts.Freeland invited Klimkin to be part of Sunday’s talks, hosting him and other ministers at her home for a traditional brunch that was prepared by her own children.“It was amazing how she organized it, in the sense of creating this friendly atmosphere of hospitality with ministers sitting around the table with her kids … what they had personally prepared,” Klimkin told The Canadian Press in an interview Sunday afternoon.Their conversation was decidedly less festive, with Klimkin pressing the G7 to make a strong, unified stand against what he described as Kremlin efforts to destabilize democracy through election interference and other cyber-meddling.He said the petri dish for that strategy remains his country, which Russia invaded in 2014, annexing Crimea and occupying its eastern Donbass region.“Fundamentally, Ukraine is perceived by many and also by Russia as a sort of test range for testing Russian nonconventional warfare — hybrid war,” Klimkin said.He called this part of a bigger war “against the democratic transatlantic community.” Supporting Ukraine, he said, should be seen “as a part of a bigger pattern.“Fighting along with Ukraine would give an immense asset to the whole democratic community in the sense of understanding Russian efforts to destabilize the western world.”Freeland views the clash of the forces of democracy and authoritarianism as a defining feature of our time, and she has singled out Russian President Vladimir Putin as a major disrupter.Klimkin said all G7 ministers are committed to protecting democratic institutions. That includes the Trump administration in the U.S., where former FBI director Robert Mueller is leading the special investigation of possible collusion between Russia and the campaign that brought Trump to power in 2016.Klimkin said he had a “great meeting” in Toronto on Saturday with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.“We have clear, consistent bipartisan support on (Capitol) Hill. We have such support from the administration.”Trump has nominated his CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his next secretary of state, but Pompeo isn’t in Toronto because he continues to face opposition to his confirmation.The G7 foreign ministers began meetings in Toronto on Sunday about the world’s many peace and security challenges, with the ongoing tensions with Russia and the North Korean nuclear crisis taking centre stageThe gathering comes days after North Korea pledged to suspend testing of its nuclear and long-range missiles and close its nuclear test site, and days ahead of this week’s historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.Trump is also working on his own landmark meeting with the North Korean leader in the coming weeks, after dispatching Pompeo on a secret mission to meet Kim two weeks ago to lay the groundwork.No date has been set, and there is uncertainty about what Trump might be able to accomplish.Trump’s envoy to Canada, Ambassador Kelly Craft, says her boss is leading international efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal.“Concerning the upcoming meeting, President Trump is really carrying the water on the North Korea issue,” Craft said in a statement to The Canadian Press. “It’s something we’ve also been working closely with Canada on.”Freeland co-hosted an international meeting on North Korea in January with Trump’s recently fired secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.Freeland announced that she and the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, will co-host a meeting of women foreign ministers in Canada this September.Canada has made the advancement of gender equality a pervasive theme that cuts across all G7 discussions, and the foreign ministers’ meeting is no exception.Freeland invited about a half-dozen non-G7 foreign ministers also attending the summit to a separate Saturday night dinner.She said her male Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, was the only man at Saturday’s dinner table. She noted that she and the other female ministers “are often in meetings where we are the only woman, and so Taro got to see a little bit what it was like.”Canada and Japan signed a military co-operation agreement on Saturday that will allow each other’s militaries to share equipment during joint exercises.Freeland and Kono also met last month in Tokyo, where they affirmed their commitment to keep economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear program at this G7 meeting.Freeland will be joined Monday by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who will lead his G7 interior minister counterparts in talks on terrorism and cyber security.last_img read more

Ottawa Pride will see Trudeau Wynne Canadas top general on Sunday

first_imgOTTAWA – Several prominent marchers will be making appearances at Ottawa’s annual Pride Parade today.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne will be joining the parade, as will General Jonathan Vance.Vance, the chief of defence staff, will lead a contingent of senior military leaders during the parade.He said in an interview with The Canadian Press last week that he hopes to show the military’s support and openness toward the LGBTQ community.Trudeau and Wynne have regularly attended Pride celebrations in other major Canadian cities, including Montreal and Toronto.Organizers for the Ottawa event say this year’s parade will be the largest in its history.last_img read more

Stephen Fry Speaks About Mental Illness

first_imgSpeaking to an audience about his bipolar disorder and attempt to commit suicide last year, actor Stephen Fry had some commonsensical things to say.The president of Mind since 2011, a charity that provides information and support to those experiencing mental health problems, Fry is committed to openly discussing mental illness, including his own.“I am the victim of my own moods,” says Fry, “more than most people are perhaps, in as much as I have a condition which requires me to take medication so that I don’t get either too hyper or too depressed to the point of suicide.”Nevertheless, in his hotel room after a day of filming last year, Fry says he took very many pills and a lot of vodka, which caused his body to convulse so much that while unconscious he broke four ribs. It was thanks to his producer visiting his room that Fry was found and taken to hospital.“There is no ‘why’,” says Fry, “it’s not the right question. There’s no reason. If there were a reason for it, you could reason someone out of it, and you could tell them why they shouldn’t take their own life. My role, as I see it, is not to be shy about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people with certain mood disorders.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Cape Dorset unveils neverbeforeseen exhibit at new cultural Centre

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsCape Dorset Nunavut has been producing world-class Inuit art for nearly 60 years and the community finally has a new centre to showcase those works.Named after one of the most notable producers of Inuit art, the Kenojuak Ashevak Cultural Centre opened just a few months ago.Kenojuak Ashevak’s enchanted owl piece was made into a Canadian postage stamp, it also hangs prominently in the place named after her.Cultural Centre manager Louisa Parr remembers Ashevak when she was younger and says “she was extraordinary, she was very kind, she never had anything bad to say about anybody, she was kinda old fashioned, but also very famous.” read more

The Rams Wont Get As Much From LA As The Lakers And

The source of an NFL team’s fortune looks a lot different than what fills the coffers for MLB, NBA and NHL teams. While 83 percent of the average team’s revenue in those sports comes from sources other than national TV deals — sources largely tied up in local earnings such as gate receipts and regional sports networks (more on those later) — that figure is only 46 percent for the average NFL club. Thus, financially, it matters less where an NFL team is located, because the team is going to get billions anyway from national revenue-sharing arrangements.1The NFL’s total revenue from national TV rights is a sum of deals with five networks: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network, plus a contract with DirecTV. Disclosure: FiveThirtyEight is owned by ESPN.This flattening of large-market revenue happens in other ways across all pro sports, such as the shared revenue brought in by licensing and merchandise (hats, jerseys, pagan blood contracts with FanKings), which insidery estimates put at approximately $3 billion annually — another $87 million or so per year per team after the league takes its 10 percent cut — and which is shared equally among 31 NFL teams. (The Cowboys are the only team that has an individual licensing and merchandising deal, because of course they are.)Comparing the Rams’ situation to those of teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB, all of which have lucrative regional TV deals that the NFL can’t tap into, reveals how little the Rams gain in television money by moving to Los Angeles. Specifically, we can zoom in to the revenue from Los Angeles teams’ TV contracts to see how much money the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, Kings and Ducks are pulling in from regional contracts: After years of speculation over which NFL team would be the first to surrender to Hollywood’s siren call, the inevitable finally happened: The league’s owners voted this week to allow the Rams to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles. In his attempt to justify the move, Rams owner Stan Kroenke made a lot of claims about the St. Louis area. He believed, or at least said, his team would be “on the road to financial ruin” if it stayed in the Gateway City because of what he alleged were poor economic prospects for the metro area, a declining population and various other local factors. The kabuki was unconvincing.Kroenke’s arguments rang hollow for a number of reasons, but his silly obsession with the drawbacks of the St. Louis area holds a major logical flaw: The Rams play in the only major pro league where local revenue takes a backseat to the revenue generated by shared, national television contracts. Regional sports networks (RSNs) have been all the rage for a while now, and the profits teams haul in by selling their cable rights — or, better yet, starting their own team-operated channels — have fueled the ballooning revenues in other leagues. In LA alone, the Lakers inked an RSN deal worth an average of $200 million a year,2Hence the figure we list above, a 20-year average from their contract with Time Warner Cable. and the Dodgers dropped jaws when it was announced their RSN contract would net $334 million per year in revenue. Even the Clippers, who come in well behind the Lakers, recently turned down a $60 million per year local deal, presumably because they’re holding out for something more lucrative.If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 60 percent more TV dollars than the average NFL team rakes in annually. And since the NFL does its television business on a strictly national basis, the Rams can’t unleash the power of an RSN on the eyeballs of the nation’s second-biggest media market.Kroenke would of course argue that the financial benefit comes from attendance — St. Louis was dead last in the NFL this season, and has floated around the bottom three during this decade. But even then, it’s not as though the Rams were always a draw in LA, as the Los Angeles Times noted in a 1994 game story titled “Attendance Is Not Exactly Peachy,” as just 32,969 fans turned out for a 14-12 snoozer against the Cardinals. (This was the “announced” attendance, which is definitionally lower than the actual attendance. Anaheim Stadium’s football capacity was 69,008.) The Rams were last in the league in attendance in 1994, their last year in Los Angeles.So Kroenke gains little in the way of media money by uprooting the Rams, and the benefits to the gate are far from certain once we look to LA’s not-that-distant history as a football town. What then does he gain by fistfighting St. Louis and burning every bridge on his way out of Missouri? One way to make sense of this is to look away from league revenue or fan interest and shift our attention downward, to Stan Kroenke’s pockets. Holy Cross economics professor Victor Matheson told the International Business Times that economists generally expect the Rams’ valuation to rise by at least $500 million with the move to LA. read more

Sony demonstrates how to use its 133inch digital paper notepad

first_imgEarlier this week Sony unveiled a new digital paper prototype device with a couple of key differences over what we’re used to seeing in e-readers. The first is its size. Rather than the typical 6-inch displays such as the Kindle uses, Sony has gone with a 13.3-inch 1200 x 1600 A4 panel. The other key difference is the fact you can use a stylus to scribble notes on your e-books.All we had for the announcement a few days ago was a picture of the device, but Sony has now decided to show off what its digital paper notepad can do at a trade show. You can see it in action in the video below:What’s clear immediately is how light the notepad is in the hand. As you can see, most people are easily holding it in one hand. That’s due to the fact it doesn’t use glass for the display, just plastic. In fact, the display is the new E Ink Mobius panel, which has been created with the help of Sony who brought their mass production experience into the mix.Writing on the notepad looks like it could be a pleasant experience despite the clear delay before characters appear. The resolution of the screen also helps to keep the text looking very crisp and allows you a lot of space to write without having to constantly move to a new sheet of digital paper.Sony is carrying out a test release of the device at three universities in Japan soon, but has also promised a commercial release before the end of 2013. All that’s missing now is a price point. I’m really hoping Sony can come in lower than tablets, otherwise this digital notepad is going to be a hard sell.last_img read more

Une caspsule spatiale sovétique vendue à 28 millions de dollars

first_imgUne caspsule spatiale sovétique vendue à 2,8 millions de dollarsLa capsule soviétique Vostok 3KA-2 vient d’être vendue à New York pour 2,8 millions de dollars à un PDG russe.La capsule russe Vostok 3KA-2, mise aux enchères à New York par la maison Sotheby’s vient de trouver un acquéreur. Cette capsule avait été envoyée dans l’espace par l’URSS en mars 1961 avec à son bord un mannequin et un chien. Le lancement de l’appareil avait pour objectif de préparer le vol de Youri Gagarine, premier homme à être aller dans l’espace, un mois plus tard.Evgueni Iourtchenko, l’acheteur russe a dû débourser 2,8 millions de dollars pour finir par emporter l’enchère. Dans un communiqué, il a précisé qu’il comptait rapporter l’objet en Russie. Il explique que “cette capsule appartient à l’histoire du programme soviétique de conquête de l’espace. Son retour intact sur terre donna le feu vert pour le vol de Gagarine. […] J’espère que Vostok prendra la place qui lui revient dans un de nos musées nationaux consacrés à la conquête de l’espace”.Le 13 avril 2011 à 13:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Will BJP in Karnataka reintroduce cow slaughter bill after Yatnals petition

first_img[Representational Image] TwitterGau-politics is back in Karnataka as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to reintroduce the cow slaughter bill following the return of BS Yediyurappa as the chief minister. Speculation over the bill getting a second life mounted after former union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal petitioned the chief minister on Wednesday, August 21, in this regard.Yatnal has asked the CM to pass the bill banning slaughter of cows and invoke strict rules against cattle trade in the state. He has also demanded protection to gau rakshas (cow protectors).Earlier in June, BJP leader Kota Srinivas Poojary had also demanded the reintroduction of the bill after Congress leader UT Khader urged the Union government to enforce a total ban on cow slaughter.Speculation is rife that the BJP government, headed by Yediyurappa, will reintroduce Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act, 2010. It was passed by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in March 2010 by the BJP but was later revoked by the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government.The Act prohibits the slaughter of cows and aims at preservation and improvement of the breeds of cattle. It also aims to organise agriculture and animal husbandry according to Article 48 of the Constitution of India. The governor has forwarded the bill to the President of India.The ban on cow slaughter, proposed by the saffron party, replaced the previous Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act of 1964. The BJP had imposed an outright prohibition over the cattle trade and slaughter by imposing very strict rules and hefty amounts as penalty over the illegal trade.However, Siddaramiah government killed the bill imposing a blanket ban and restored the previous Act of 1964, which permitted people to slaughter bulls and buffaloes if they were unfit for breeding, not giving milk or above 12 years of age.last_img read more