The Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) on Saturday passed a resolution at its national executive committee meeting to formally join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).As a part of the NDA, the JD(U) is expected to get one or two berths in the Union Cabinet.At a parallel meeting, the rebel Sharad Yadav-led faction of the party launched an attack on Mr. Kumar for breaking away from the grand alliance with the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and joining hands with the BJP.“The JD(U) national executive meeting, chaired by party president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, approved a resolution to become part of the NDA,” principal general secretary and JD(U) Rajya Sabha member K.C. Tyagi said, denying that there was any split in the party following the differences between Mr. Kumar and Mr. Sharad Yadav.“The meeting was attended by all 71 party MLAs, 30 MLCs, presidents of 16 of the 19 State units, and all office-bearers of the party committees appointed earlier by Mr. Kumar with the consent of Mr. Sharad Yadav. So how can there be a split in the JD(U)?” he asked, addressing journalists after the meeting.He also asserted that it was the Bihar unit’s decision to walk out of the grand alliance government and join hands with the BJP to form an NDA government in Bihar.“BJP president Amit Shah, during a recent meeting with our party president Nitish Kumar, had urged him to bring the JD(U) into the NDA. The national executive committee approved it, and now we have become part of the NDA,” Mr. Tyagi said.Asked whether the JD(U) would act against Mr. Sharad Yadav for holding a separate meeting of party leaders, Mr. Tyagi, who used to be a close confidante of Mr. Sharad Yadav, said the party “would wait till August 27, the day of the RJD’s rally here, before initiating any action against Mr. Sharad Yadav.”At a parallel ‘Jan Adalat’ meeting, Mr. Sharad Yadav launched a thinly veiled attack on Mr. Kumar. “I formed the party but some people are asking me to get out of my home. I went to attend the JD(U)’s national executive committee meeting but they didn’t allow me to participate. They told me that I don’t belong to the party,” he said.Suspended JD(U) Rajya Sabha Member Ali Anwar and State party leader Ramai Ram, too, addressed the meeting, and took potshots at Mr. Kumar for joining hands with the BJP.Later, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said the Sharad Yadav-led JD(U) was the real JD(U) and “Nitish Kumar should now contest elections on kamal [lotus], the BJP’s symbol”.Meanwhile, Mr. Amit Shah welcomed the JD(U)’s decision to formally join NDA. “I welcome the JD(U) decision to join the NDA as this will not only strengthen the NDA but will also start a new era of development and growth in Bihar,” he said.
OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles past a UMass-Lowell player during a Nov. 14 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 92-55.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorSeason-opening games in college basketball can, at times, be a bore. But Friday night at the Schottenstein Center, there was something to get excited about: five-star recruit D’Angelo Russell was making his Ohio State regular season debut.With many eyes on him, the first question posed to the freshman guard after the game was straightforward. Was he nervous?“No, sir. Not at all.”As if anyone needed confirmation of that. Russell led the No. 20 Buckeyes (1-0) in scoring with 16 points, in steals with three and added four rebounds and six assists in the team’s 92-55 victory over the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (0-2). With the addition of Russell, OSU coach Thad Matta has now brought nine five-star recruits to Columbus in his 11-year tenure. After Friday’s game he said his young playmaker, of whom much is expected, is already someone he trusts.“I’ve always said this about him: I don’t exactly know what position he is. But he’s a guard. You see his vision, he’s got that unique pace about him and sort of how he sees things is unique, especially for a freshman playing his first college game,” Matta said. “Having the ability to use him as much as we possibly can, you feel comfortable when the ball’s in his hands and he’s making decisions.”Those decisions started right from tip-off, as Russell was seemingly everywhere. He grabbed his team’s first rebound, points, assist and foul, all within the game’s first two-and-a-half minutes. Roughly two minutes later, Russell was in the thick of things again, this time with a flurry of activity that would make former OSU guard Aaron Craft proud. Russell first nabbed a steal before assisting a Sam Thompson alley-oop, and he then got a layup for himself after a River Hawk turnover. All of this in a 14-second span. Thompson, a senior forward with the most playing experience of any member of the team, said the entire group of Buckeye debutants — Russell, Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams, Keita Bates-Diop and Anthony Lee — did their part in what was a convincing win.“I think the newcomers did a great job. We wanted to play fast, we wanted to have our defense translate to some offense, we wanted to get some easy buckets. I think we did a good job of doing that,” Thompson said. “Anthony did his thing on the offensive boards, finishing around the rim. D-Russ is always good at pushing the ball in transition, making plays for himself, making plays for everybody else so I think we did what we wanted to do today. It’s the first game of the season, there’s a lot of room to improve but I’m happy with where we are.” While Russell had a hand in every facet of the contest, the other new faces contributed in different ways. Lee, a redshirt-senior transfer from Temple, hit all five of his field goal attempts to help him rack up 13 points. Freshman forwards Tate and Bates-Diop each had four points, with the former adding five rebounds on the defensive glass. Like his highly touted backcourt teammate, redshirt-freshman guard Williams also made an impression. The Baltimore, Md., native played only 13 minutes but had 12 points in that time, one of five OSU players in double-digits. Williams went one for six from the field on Nov. 9 in OSU’s exhibition victory over Walsh. Following Friday’s game, Matta said Williams’ improvement was because of the work he put in during the week. “I was very happy for Kam, because he’s a hard-working kid and he’s very hard on himself at times,” Matta said. “He knew he didn’t shoot the ball particularly well on Sunday, he’s in here getting extra shots, he’s watching film. And when you see that type of preparation, it makes you excited as a coach to see a kid play well.”Thompson also commented on Williams’ scoring ability.“Kam’s always been a guy who can score the basketball. He can shoot, he can get to the rim, he’s a great athlete. He really hunts buckets and that’s just what he does. He knows his job on this team is to put the ball in the basket,” he said. “Like I said earlier, when we’re doing our job, it’s when we’re at our best. He did a good job of coming in and just playing his game.”But for all the other strong efforts, the scene still came back to Russell. Considering the game against UMass-Lowell was the first time in 148 competitive games that OSU took the court without the aforementioned Craft, that focus is understandable.At the moment, though, that reliance doesn’t seem to be a factor. Russell said that he agreed with Thompson’s assertion that the team’s strength is in its scoring depth, with everyone contributing to the collective.“Like Sam said, it’s five that happen to get in there,” he said. “It could be any five guys, we’ve got a good group of guys that can fill it up any night.”The Buckeyes’ next attempt to fill up the scoreboard will come on Tuesday night at home against Marquette. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has applauded Englands national team for their progress so far at the World Cup as he believes England have cause to be optimistic after their 2-1 knockout to Croatia at World Cup semi-final.Kieran Trippier scored the goal that gave England the lead in the fifth minutes but Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic shattered their hearts to the celebration for Croatia as they came to lead after extra time.Gareth Southgate’s team is the second youngest squad at the Mundial tournament, with an average age of 26 years old and key players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling all under 25.England’s Under-20 and Under-17 teams was victorious in their respective World Cups in 2017, and Mourinho believes they have a bright future when for the Three Lions.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Speaking as a pundit for RT quoted in FourFourTwo, Mourinho said:“England have reason to cry because they were so close, but they have also have reason to be optimistic.“The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances. It’s a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level.”England had thanked all supporters and fans for the love received so far
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has declared that the penalty VAR awarded to France was wrongly given during their 2018 World Cup final match against Croatia on Sunday.During the match, Referee Nestor Pitana had first missed Ivan Perisic’s handball inside the France box, but the official opted the award the spot-kick following a VAR review.Perisic’s view seemed to be blocked by Blaise Matuidi just before the ball struck the Inter Milan winger’s arm, and Gallagher has believed that it was “100% not a penalty”.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“100% not a penalty. He’s far, far too close to the ball as it comes over the forward’s head,” Gallagher told Sky Sports as quoted by Sports Mole.“It just strikes him – he doesn’t move his hand to the ball, he’s got no intention of handling the ball. The law says it has to be deliberate. His arms aren’t in an unorthodox position – it just doesn’t tick any boxes.”Antoine Griezmann netted the penalty to give France a 2-1 lead against Croatia in Moscow, and Les Bleus ultimately claimed the trophy with a 4-2 success over Croatia.
Lyon have confirmed the signing of defender Jason Denayer from Manchester City on a five-year dealThe City academy graduate failed to make a single appearance for the senior side following his arrival in 2013.Due to this, Denayer has now agreed to join Lyon for an undisclosed fee and is honoured to be there.“It gives me great pleasure to come and play for Lyon. After several attempts, this time was the charm,” he told the club website.“The club followed me for three seasons. This shows that they really wanted me and they know my game perfectly. It’s an honour to play here.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The 23-year-old has had loan spells at Sunderland and Celtic in the past, where he was named as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and the club’s Young Player of the Year while with the latter.More recently the Belgian centre-back has been at Galatasaray on another loan spell, that saw him score one goal in 22 appearances to help the Turkish giants to a domestic double last season.Denayer has also made eight appearances for Belgium at international level.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is working hard to stamp out racism from football following a number of incidents in recent weeks.Infantino’s declaration comes after a Ligue 1 match between Dijon and Amiens on Saturday afternoon was postponed for five minutes due to the visitors’ captain Prince Gouano being targeted for racial abuse.The French defender’s request to stop the match was accepted by the referee before action eventually resumed, with Dijon and Amiens settling for a goalless draw.Moise Kean, Kalidou Koulibaly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are some of the other high-profile names to suffer racism this season.“In recent days, it has been very sad to see a number of racist incidents in football,” read a FIFA statement.“This is really not acceptable.“Racism has no place in football, just as it has no place in society.Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“FIFA stands together with Prince Gouano, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and any other player, coach, fan or participant in a football match who has suffered from racism, whether at the highest professional level or in a school playground.“Racism needs to end, full stop.”He added: “We introduced the so-called “three-step procedure” at our tournaments: a mechanism that allows referees to abandon a match in case of discriminatory incidents,” he added.“FIFA urges all member associations, leagues, clubs and disciplinary bodies to adopt the same procedure, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of racism in football, and to apply harsh sanctions for any such kind of behaviour.“We will continue to be at the forefront of the fight against racism and we guarantee to all our member associations that they have our full support in taking up this challenge.“We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism and any other form of discrimination, from football, at any level and anywhere in the world.”CAGLIARI, ITALY – APRIL 02: Moise Kean of Juventus celebrates his goal 0-2 during the Serie A match between Cagliari and Juventus at Sardegna Arena on April 2, 2019 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 5, 2016 – The Ministry of National Security is providing training for police personnel in conflict resolution in order to better enable them to recognize, deal with and respond to domestic violence. This is in light of statistics, which show that approximately 37 per cent of murders committed in Jamaica stem from domestic incidents.Speaking at a domestic violence/conflict resolution training session at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston today (December 1), Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the seminar will assist in resolving conflicts and saving lives.He noted that 90 per cent of domestic conflicts result from misunderstandings. “Many times persons are told to go back home and work it out,” he said, noting that without intervention, the conflict can escalate, resulting in hospitalisation or death.Minister Montague said the training will also assist police personnel in providing gender-neutral responses to victims. Reports indicate that while women are the primary victims, a growing number of men are suffering from domestic violence. He said the sessions will also ensure that conflict-resolution personnel are assigned to police stations across the island.In the meantime, he informed that the Ministry has restarted the parish and district consultative committees (DCCs) as a means of supporting the conflict-resolution initiative.The DCCs serve as a forum for raising and addressing problems that are affecting the police and the communities in which they serve, and to identify ways in which citizens can work with the police to resolve the issues.The DCCs will support the work of the parish consultative committees (PCCs) in developing strategies and programmes to promote an improved quality of life at the community level, through coordinated responses to threats to personal and community safety and security. Issues that will be addressed include domestic violence, community and police relationships, effective parenting, truancy and violence in schools, child abuse, voluntarism, youth mentorship, public-order breaches, and drug and alcohol abuse. The training session also facilitated a review of current approaches to responding to domestic violence; discussions on new approaches and methods in support of a localised consultative approach; and certification of community-based policing officers and other key police operatives/first responders, across all police divisions, as domestic violence-prevention coordinators. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:53 AM Mike McKinnon III PACIFIC BEACH (KUSI) – A whale has been spotted off the coast of Pacific Beach…Dolphins have been spotted swimming in the area as well Posted: February 27, 2019 Gray whale has been spotted off the coast of Pacific Beach February 27, 2019
Air Quality CategoryCautionary Statements Expect smoke from the wildfire to spread throughout of northwest area of the Kenai Peninsula, specifically impacting air quality in the communities of Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski. Air Quality will vary between GOOD and UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the Swan Lake Fire. An air quality advisory has been issued until Monday, June 24 for southcentral Alaska for smoke conditions related to current fire operations. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory or heart disease problems to avoid smoke impacted areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 Be aware that areas immediately downwind of any fire will experience HAZARDOUS levels of smoke. Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day,surface heating will mix smoke and carry it upwards, temporarily improving air quality. 10+ miles6 – 9 miles3 – 5 miles1.5 – 2.5 miles0.9 – 1.4 miles0.8 miles or lessGoodModerateUnhealthy for sensitive groupsUnhealthyVery UnhealthyHazardous Air Quality CategoryCautionary Statements Be aware that areas immediately downwind of any fire will experience HAZARDOUS levels of smoke. Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day,surface heating will mix smoke and carry it upwards, temporarily improving air quality. VisibilityAir Quality Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsPeople with heart or lung disease, the elderly and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. ModerateUnusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. VisibilityAir Quality Very UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion HazardousEveryone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors The following table contains the cautionary statements for the Air Quality for Particle Pollution. UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion GoodNone When air quality data is unavailable, the followingAir Quality Smoke Reference Guide may be used to estimate air quality levels and potential health impacts: The following table contains the cautionary statements for the Air Quality for Particle Pollution. Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsPeople with heart or lung disease, the elderly and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. SMOKE AND PUBLIC IMPACT: This is an area forecast, and as such is a general forecast for portions of Southwestern Interior Alaska. Smoke intensity will vary depending on precise location and local wind flow patterns. Smoke concentrations will be such that they could impact public health at times. It is advised that travelers check local weather as smoke conditions may vary considerably from one locality to the next. The most recent weather observations may be found on National Weather Service’s homepage at http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/obs.php. 10+ miles6 – 9 miles3 – 5 miles1.5 – 2.5 miles0.9 – 1.4 miles0.8 miles or lessGoodModerateUnhealthy for sensitive groupsUnhealthyVery UnhealthyHazardous,Expect smoke from the wildfire to spread throughout of northwest area of the Kenai Peninsula, specifically impacting air quality in the communities of Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai, and Nikiski. Air Quality will vary between GOOD and UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the Swan Lake Fire.,See the table below for more guidance on the Air Quality Categories and Cautionary Statements. HazardousEveryone should avoid any outdoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors GoodNone See the table below for more guidance on the Air Quality Categories and Cautionary Statements. SMOKE AND PUBLIC IMPACT: This is an area forecast, and as such is a general forecast for portions of Southwestern Interior Alaska. Smoke intensity will vary depending on precise location and local wind flow patterns. Smoke concentrations will be such that they could impact public health at times. It is advised that travelers check local weather as smoke conditions may vary considerably from one locality to the next. The most recent weather observations may be found on National Weather Service’s homepage at http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/obs.php. ModerateUnusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. When air quality data is unavailable, the followingAir Quality Smoke Reference Guide may be used to estimate air quality levels and potential health impacts: UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged exertion; everyone else should limit prolonged exertion Very UnhealthyPeople with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid any outdoor activity; everyone else should avoid prolonged exertion
2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla 0 Tesla’s Model 3 Performance subtly adds the power Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance The Tesla Model 3 has been on sale in the US for some time now, but it was never intended to be limited to our amber waves of grain. Now, it’s about time for other parts of the world to get in on the action.This week, Tesla announced that it opened the Model 3’s design studio (the fancy name for its car configurator) to the public in China and certain left-hand-drive European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Previously, only those who put down cash money on a deposit were eligible to access to the design studio. Now it’s available to anybody who’s interested in learning more about Model 3 configurations. The Model 3’s rollout in the US was similar — reservation holders got the first crack at configuring cars before the greater public had a chance.Right now, it appears that buyers in these new markets are limited to just two Model 3 variants — the Model 3 Performance and the Model 3 Long-Range (with AWD). It’s unclear when or if Europe and China will receive other variants such as the mid-range Model 3 currently available in the US.According to Electrek, initial Model 3 deliveries for non-US markets are currently scheduled to start in February for reservation holders, with new orders set to reach their owners in March. Bloomberg reports that Tesla has yet to receive the full sign-off from European authorities to sell the Model 3 there, but Bloomberg’s source says the company isn’t worried and that its current schedule should work out just fine. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Share your voice Tesla Electric Cars Car Industry Post a comment More From Roadshow 49 Photos Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
The Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Feb 29, 2016 (representational image).IANSShares of Ramco Systems rose as high as 7.6 percent on Tuesday after the Chennai-based enterprise software company informed stock exchanges that air medical service Air Evac SMS Inc. has completed implementation of its aviation software Ramco Aviation V5.7 across its 135 bases in the US. The stock later gave up gains partially to trade at Rs 355 at around 1 pm.Read: Ramco Systems, Jubilant Life shares jump on deal winsAir Evac’s fleet comprises 150 helicopters with about 700 active users and is a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings with which Ramco Systems has a decade-long business relationship.”The implementation of Ramco Aviation suite covers Line, Hangar & Shop Maintenance, Engineering Change Management, Technical Records, Inventory Management, Procurement Management, and Facility Management along with Advance Reporting tools,” Ramco Systems said in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, Ramco Systems had reported net profit of Rs 3 crore on total sales of Rs 113 crore.The BSE Sensex was trading in the red at 28,625.
Monarch Academy, a Baltimore charter school, has begun working with Morgan State University in order to introduce its students to higher education. With two programs, ASHE and College Explorers, Monarch provides its students with emotional and academic support while also exposing them to positive example of higher education.Students at Baltimore’s Monarch Academy work with mentors from Morgan State University. (Photo by Janneh G. Johnson)Yoeanna Ambrose, a teacher at Monarch Academy and the program coordinator, spoke to the AFRO about her relationship with the program. Monarch Academy is a series of charter schools in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. operated by TranZed Alliance, a Baltimore based non-profit focused on kids with special needs. The Morgan State University Office of Community Service coordinates the College Explorers and ASHE with Monarch Academy. Brittany Laws is Morgan’s program coordinator.“Morgan currently offers a program called College Explorers to our students which takes place four times a week. Morgan buses students to and from Monarch Academy and the students visit Morgan to get academic support and shadow a student. ASHE is for the students who can’t go to Morgan State for various reasons so that the mentors can be brought to them.”The College Explore program began earlier this year and the students who have been a part of it have experienced less behavioral and academic issues while also exposing students to the realities of college life and sparking an interest in higher education, according to Ambrose.The average ASHE day includes 2 hours where the students are tutored by their mentors in either math or reading and time for the students to discuss other things as well, such as personal problems or other academic subjects.“A lot of my kids learn lessons from their mentors that effect their performance, like one of my eighth-grade girls had a conversation with her mentor about the school to prison pipeline and how standardized testing plays a part in negative stereotypes and funding and she said that she wanted to put her best foot forward on the state exams so it wouldn’t be said that Baltimore students can’t read or aren’t intelligent due to a lack of effort.”Kai Innam, a senior at Morgan State who has worked with the ASHE program plans to continue mentoring even after graduating.“I’ve been working with the program for about ten weeks and I’m so hopeful that this will impact the kids in a positive way because this is something I want to do past my graduation. I want to keep helping these kids because they’re amazing, they just need to have someone by their side showing them support. That one on one attention boosts their confidence and that helps their performance,” Innam told the AFRO.“It’s a give and take experience. I’ve learned patience and I’ve learned to be more understanding and I really have a new appreciation for teaching kids at the middle school level.”Myonna Simpkins, an eighth-grade student enrolled at Monarch Academy, plans to pursue her Doctoral degree, and become an OB-GYN and believes that this program will help her do so.“I’ve learned a lot about the positive parts of college and the do’s and don’ts. Our mentors aren’t that much older than us so I’ll be going through the same things they’re going through. I want to become the same things that they want to become,” Simpkins said.
Kolkata: Some people set the grass on fire on a vacant plot belonging to the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) in New Town.Two fire tenders fought the blaze for two hours before brining it under control. No one was injured in the incident. Senior Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation officials said some people might have set the grass on fire to prepare fodder. People saw smoke coming out of the vacant plot situated close to the Mother’s Wax Museum near Pancha More around 10.30 am. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDue to the thick smoke the visibility dropped and cars coming towards Kolkata were diverted as the divers could not see anything. The smoke which was carried by wind affected people,particularly the elderly ones, who complained of breathing difficulty and burning sensation in the eyes. Local people informed the police and fire brigade. The police cordoned off the area to facilitate fire fighters to put out the flame. Local people alleged that some people staying in the nearby villages often set the grass on vacant land on fire. However, they could not be caught as they leave the area after setting the grass on fire. On earlier occasions, the quantum of fire was not so intense but the intensity of the fire that broke on Thursday was so high that it affected the residents of nearby buildings badly. They demanded action against the habitual offenders.