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Slimming World: Feed the family and still lose weight!

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first_imgSLIMMING WORLD: Settling down and starting a family changes your life in many ways, most of which you’re thrilled about. But gaining weight is one potential side-effect that’s definitely not welcome.Some slimmers date their struggle with weight to the start of a serious relationship. Others find that pregnancy, and the demands of a young family are the cue for the pounds to pile on. Older children can thwart your healthy-eating intentions in dozens of ways too, like wanting a permanent stock of sweets and biscuits, refusing to eat anything but chips and pizza, or leaving half their meals so that you feel obliged to ‘tidy them up’!Given all these potential obstacles, is it really possible to reach your slim goal and cater for a family at the same time? Absolutely, say slimmers who have done just that. The key is to make sure that your slimming campaign works with family life, not against it – and that’s where the unique family-friendly qualities of Food Optimising come in.The good news is that Food Optimising is healthy for you and the family; meals are based on rice, potatoes, pasta, lean meat, fish, with plenty of fruit and veg, all of which are important to everyone’s health.It’s fine for children aged five and over to eat the same healthy meals as you do. Younger children, especially under-twos, should not have reduced-fat dairy foods: give them full-fat yogurts, spreads, milk and fromage frais. As children’s stomachs are quite small, too much high-fibre food may fill them up without providing them with all the nutrients they need, so don’t give them high-bran cereals, crispbreads and so on.As with adults, depriving children of their favourite treats like sweets and crisps can be counter-productive. But do try to avoid giving them sugary, salty or fatty snacks every day and always have lots of healthy alternatives on offer. Every week in groups across the county we help our members and their families Food Optimise their way to a happier, healthier future if you’d like to get more details on our groups check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/slimmingworldindonegal/ for details of your nearest groupsSlimming World: Feed the family and still lose weight! was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GetGlue to Debut OpenLike V2 at Disrupt

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first_imgAlex Iskold announced on the OpenLike Google group that GetGlue would introduce OpenLike V2 to the public at TechCrunch Disrupt.OpenLike V2 will allow the user to leverage Facebook Open Graph Protocol to customize which buttons will appear for different type of content, including news, movies, books and music.The flow, according to Iskold, would propagate across different sites for the same content. The user sees default buttons on each vertical. The defaults are based on XAuth – services that you use are there automatically. The user is also able to manually edit which buttons would appear for each type of content. Once edited, the choices persist across different web sites. This is done using iframe and local storage.The widget can optionally leverage Facebook Open Graph markup to determine the type of content on the page Or the publisher can specify it manually.The engineers are asking for help determining whether this is “directionally correct,” feedback and QA once it’s up and “suggestions for buttons for each vertical.” Read more on XAuth and more on Open Graph on ReadWriteWeb. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img curt hopkins Tags:#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

New Konkan Rail coaches to cut seats in sleeper class

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first_imgKonkan Railway’s (KR) plans to replace conventional coaches with the modern Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches on Konkan Kanya Express and Mandovi Express comes with a key tradeoff: fewer seats in the sleeper class. The two trains are among the most crowded on the Mumbai-Goa line.The two trains will run with 22 LHB coaches from June 10 as opposed to the 24 conventional coaches. “LHB coaches have a higher capacity than conventional coaches. The overall capacity of the train will not be affected greatly due to the change but passengers will get a safer, more comfortable journey,” said L.K. Verma, Chief Public Relations Officer, KR.Conventional coaches have 72 seats, and 792 seats in the sleeper class. LHB coaches, on the other hand, have 80 seats and in the arrangement from September 1, the two trains will have nine sleeper class coaches with a seating capacity of 720. While the overall capacity of the train will only be reduced by eight seats, the effective reduction in the sleeper class will be 72 seats or one full coach. The capacity of three-tier air conditioned (AC) and two-tier AC coaches will increase. The trains have four three-tier AC coaches and one two-tier AC coach. However, in the coach composition for the two trains, the railways will be sacrificing two unreserved coaches, used by the poorer sections in the country, in the initial phase between June 10 and August 31, Railway officials said the coaches had to be reduced to maintain the length of the train.LHB coaches are made up of stainless steel and the interiors are made of aluminium, which make them lighter than the conventional rakes. They are also equipped with Centre Buffer Coupling, which provides greater safety in the event of derailments and has an improved suspension system. The coaches also have wider windows and better ventilation than conventional coaches.last_img read more

IAF chief embarks on 5-day visit to Bangladesh

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first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) IAF Chief Arup Raha today left on a five-day visit to Bangladesh during which he will hold bilateral discussions to deepen defence cooperation.He will also handover to Bangladesh training aids related to aircraft systems.The visit is intended to take the existing defence cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries to the next level, an IAF statement said.The areas of cooperation at present include exchange in military training courses, exchange visits and joint sporting activities.During his stay in Bangladesh, the Chief of the Air Staff is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the three Service Chiefs of the Bangladesh Armed Forces at Dhaka.He will also call on the President and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.The main focus of the visit will be on improving bilateral relations, promote defence ties and outline further areas of defence cooperation between the two countries.Air Chief Marshal Raha will also visit the air bases at Jessore, Bashar and Chittagong, National Defence College, Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) at Mirpur and Bangladesh Army Headquarters.During his visit to the Military Institute of Science and Technology, Raha shall be presenting training aids relating to aircraft systems as a goodwill gesture. PTI SAP KR SMN SC SMNlast_img read more

It’s a dream come true: Sunil Chhetri on India hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup

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first_imgIndia is all set to host the FIFA -17 World Cup from October 6-28, 2017 and national team captain Sunil Chhetri is very excited about the tournament and hopes that the youngsters perform well and start their journey from the event.”I was very excited to hear that we’re hosting (FIFA U-17 World Cup) and the excitement hasn’t died yet. I just hope that we play very well in terms of the way we’re going to play and also as a host, which is very important,” Chhetri said ahead of the official draw of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mumbai.Chhetri feels this is a huge opportunity for the country as a footballing nation and said it is a dream come true.”This is massive, it cannot get bigger than this for us as a footballing nation. I’m happy not only for the players who are going to play but for the nation. Like I said it’s a dream and it’s getting fulfilled,” Chhetri expressed.Chhetri hoped that India treat this tournament as a starting point for the development of football.”I hope we don’t treat this tournament as something we have achieved, like ‘let’s play in this tournament and then it’s finished’; that will be the worst case scenario. We should understand that getting this tournament and playing in it is good but it’s just the starting point. This is a huge opportunity and we should build on it.”The 32-year-old praised the players of India U-17 World Cup team and said that they should not take any pressure and only look to give their best.advertisement”The U-17 in great hands, they are all very good players. I just want to tell the boys to relax. The only thing that should be on their minds is, let’s train really well and give their best, that really helps. The moment you start thinking about the draw or who you’re going to be playing and you’re playing at home and there will be pressure, that doesn’t help. The only thing they should be thinking of is let’s put our best foot foward and give everything for the country,” Chhetri said.The India captain re-asserted that hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup is a big chance and the India players should take lessons from it.”This is a massive opportunity and we’re not getting it again. My advice to the players would be to just enjoy playing.”The official draw of the FIFA U-17 World Cup will take place at 19.00 IST in Mumbai today and will be attended by legendary footballers Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu along with India senior team captain Sunil Chhetri, other players from the national team and Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu.last_img read more

Updated Isuzu MU-X launched in India at Rs 26.26 lakh

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first_imgIsuzu Motors India launched the updated Isuzu MU-X in India. The new Isuzu MU-X now gets a more aggressive stance with its Eagle-inspired’ styling and refreshed design at both the front and rear of the SUV. The refreshed model of the mu-X now comes with Lava Black’ premium interior upholstery and fine quilted leather seats in the 7-seater, full-size, premium SUV segment. The SUV is now packed with more features both on the exterior and interior with enhanced safety features including 6-Airbags and Hill Descent Control (HDC), addressing the needs of the modern Indian families.The distinctive exterior on the front and rear now gets more muscle in the new mu-X. The updated front fascia, inspired by an Eagle’, brings out the aggressive stance of the SUV while retaining the signature Isuzu grille design. It is further highlighted by new Bi-LED Auto-levelling projector headlamps with contemporary integrated light-guide and stylish Daylight Running Lamps (DRLs). The rear of the vehicle carries refreshed tail-lights with accentuated LED position lights, 2-tone rear spoiler, and shark-fin antenna with a gun-metal finish, appealing to many new age buyers. The SUV gets new 18-inch multi-spoke twist design diamond-cut alloy wheels.The MU-X is powered by a 3.0-liter legendary ISUZU 4JJ1 Diesel Engine which delivers a maximum power output of 130 kW (177 PS). It provides a maximum torque of 390 Nm that is designed with a significant flat torque curve. The new mu-X will be available in both 4×2 and 4×4 variants with 5-speed sequential shift Automatic Transmission. The 4×4 variant sports a shift-on-the-fly’ select dial for off-roading capability. The new mu-X has a higher ground clearance of 230 mm and class-leading approach and departure angles to take on demanding terrains.advertisementThe interiors of the new MU-X provides more comfort for the occupants. The quilt-pattern leather seats, premium finish dashboard with soft-touch panels, bright silver-finish center cluster & chrome-finish vent knobs add to the aesthetic appeal of the SUV. The SUV is now equipped with 6-Airbags (front, side, and curtain) providing comprehensive safety for the occupants.The SUV also gets high tensile steel body with tailor welded blanks and crumple zones with anti-intrusion bars. The mu-X is fully loaded with advanced active safety systems like ESC (Electronic Stability Control), TCS (Traction Control System), HDC (Hill Descent Control) and ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) along with a host of passive safety systems provide enhanced safety in case of unfavorable driving conditions. Its superior road view offers a hassle-free driving experience.The new mu-X is built at ISUZU’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at SriCity in Andhra Pradesh. The All Muscle All Heart SUV is a perfect combination for those buyers who seek not only style, power, and a dominating road presence but also want to have the best-in-class space, comfort, and safety for their family. The new mu-X takes these aspects to a whole new level, offering More Muscle and More Heart to the discerning SUV buyers in India.The new ISUZU mu-X is available at an attractive price of Rs 26,26 lakh for the 4×2 variant. The 4×4 variant is available at a price of Rs 28.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Hyderabad).The MU-X gets 3rd-row seating and a fully folding second-row seat with a one-touch fold-and-tumble feature with maximum ingress space. The full-size 7-seater SUV has been designed to provide the best-in-class space inside the vehicle, one of the unique features of the mu-X. Along with space, the MU-X sports other creature comforts, along with various options for entertainment.The new ISUZU mu-X also comes with 5ECURE’ package that provides 5 years warranty and 5 years free periodic maintenance or 150,000 km (whichever is earlier).last_img read more

The untold story before Operation Bluestar

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first_imgIt was a blistering April afternoon in 1984. A white Ambassador car drove into the driveway of a modest Lutyens Delhi bungalow, 1 Safdarjung Road, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s residence. A tall bespectacled man got out. He was known only as DGS or director general security, a key official in,It was a blistering April afternoon in 1984. A white Ambassador car drove into the driveway of a modest Lutyens Delhi bungalow, 1 Safdarjung Road, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s residence. A tall bespectacled man got out. He was known only as DGS or director general security, a key official in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) who controlled a small air force and two covert paramilitary units, the Special Frontier Force and the Special Services Bureau. Three years earlier, DGS had raised another unit, called the Special Group or sg, for clandestine counter-terrorist missions in Punjab and Assam. For the past two months, SG personnel, all drawn from the Army, had been training in secret at a base near Delhi for a critical mission.Memories of Operation Bluestar CRPF personnel take position for the siege of the Golden templeDGS was ushered into the living room where a pensive Mrs Gandhi sat with a salt-and-pepper-haired gentleman wearing thick black glasses-Rameshwar Nath Kao, 66, the reclusive spymaster who had built the external intelligence agency, RAW, in 1968 and used it to train Mukti Bahini guerrillas during the Bangladesh war in 1971. He had returned to government as Mrs Gandhi’s senior aide in 1981 and was now her de facto national security adviser. More important, he was a key adviser on the Punjab problem. For over two years now, India’s most prosperous state had been engulfed by communal violence. A radical group of Sikhs led by a fiery religious preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, 37, had declared war against the state. His motley group of armed supporters had, by 1984, murdered over 100 civilians and security personnel. The radical militant leader had then been ensconced near the Golden Temple since 1981 with his heavily armed followers, shielded by his proximity to Sikhism’s holiest shrine.advertisementOperation Bluestar: Night of blood DGS briefed Mrs Gandhi on a surgical mission that fell short of a military strike to evict the rebels. Operation Sundown, he explained, was a ‘snatch and grab’ job: Heliborne commandos would enter the Guru Nanak Niwas guesthouse near the Golden Temple and abduct the militant leader. The operation was so named because it was timed for past midnight when Bhindranwale and his guards would least expect it.SG operatives had earlier infiltrated the Golden Temple, disguised as pilgrims and journalists, to study its layout. Then, for several weeks, over 200 SG commandos had rehearsed the operation on a wood and Hessian cloth mock-up of the two-storeyed resthouse at their base in Sarsawa in Uttar Pradesh. Commandos would rope down from two Mi-4 transport helicopters onto the guest house and make a beeline for Bhindranwale. Once they captured him, he would be spirited away by a ground assault team which would drive in. There was a possibility of a firefight with the militant leader’s bodyguards and civilians who could rush in to protect him.Click here to EnlargeMrs Gandhi’s listened to the details impassively. She had just one question. “How many casualties?” Twenty per cent of the commando force and both helicopters, dgs replied. Mrs Gandhi grimaced. She wanted to know how many civilians would die. The RAW official did not have an answer. No one did. That was it. Mrs Gandhi said no and Operation Sundown died before the first helicopter could take off.Just two months later, Mrs Gandhi ordered the Army to flush militants out of the temple. Eighty-three armymen and 492 civilians died in Operation Bluestar, the single bloodiest confrontation in independent India’s history of civil strife. Machine guns, light artillery, rockets and, eventually, battle tanks were used to overwhelm Bhindranwale and his mini army and the Akal Takht, the highest seat of temporal authority of the Sikhs, was reduced to a smoking ruin. In the maelstrom of Bluestar, Sundown and its extensive preparations got buried in RAW’s secret archives.Three decades later, Operation Sundown resurfaced in an unexpected location-London. On January 13, the United Kingdom was shocked by declassified letters dating to February 1984 that revealed that Margaret Thatcher’s government had helped India on “a plan to remove Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple”. This plan, according to a top-secret letter from the principal private secretary of then British foreign secretary Geoffrey Howe to the then home secretary Leon Brittan, was drawn up by an officer of the Special Air Services (SAS), UK’s elite commando force. The letter, written four months before Bluestar, sparked fears of a backlash from the UK’s Sikh community, prompting Prime Minister David Cameron to order an inquiry into the findings.Festering WoundOperation Bluestar still touches a raw nerve in India and abroad. On September 30, 2012, four Sikh youths attempted to murder retired Lt-Gen Kuldip Singh Brar on London’s Oxford Street. Brar, who led Bluestar, and a frequent visitor to London, survived. Two of his attackers were handed down a 14-year sentence in December last year. The new revelations about a possible British role in the build-up to Bluestar have already inflamed passions. “This obviously raises huge questions over the role of the British government at the time,” Labour MP Tom Watson told bbc on January 13. Watson’s constituency, West Bromwich East, has many Sikh constituents. New Delhi has so far not responded to the revelations. Brar calls reports of sas involvement in Bluestar “utter nonsense”.advertisementAt the Golden Temple after BluestarRetired RAW officials and former members of its secret military wing, however, tell a different story. The sas assistance was not for Bluestar, a pure army assault, they told india today. It was to vet Operation Sundown, a commando raid. As revealed by B. Raman, former head of raw’s counter-terrorism division, in his 2007 book The Kaoboys of R&AW, two MI-5 intelligence liaison officials at the British high commission had scouted the Golden Temple complex in December 1983. They briefed a senior sas officer sent by the UK to Delhi who deemed the special operation feasible. The sas expertise was sought by Mrs Gandhi’s spy chief R.N. Kao who had a personal equation with several foreign intelligence chiefs.Though Sundown was aborted, some of the commandos who had trained for it spearheaded a near-suicidal frontal assault on the heavily fortified Akal Takht during Bluestar and stayed till the last militant was flushed out of the temple three days later. This is one reason those officers, long since retired, refuse to be identified. “My anonymity is my only protection,” says one of the officers who lives in a metro.If Kao was unhappy with Mrs Gandhi’s rejection of Sundown, he didn’t show it. In fact, his thinking was in line with her extreme caution. Weeks earlier, RAW station chiefs in foreign capitals, particularly those with large Sikh expatriate populations, had warned Kao of the adverse fallout of a military operation to flush out the militants. Kao had personally led the parleys with overseas Sikh separatists to persuade Bhindranwale to vacate the Golden Temple. “They promised him a lot,” says a former RAW chief who is close to Kao, “but delivered nothing.” “Another possible reason for the commando operation being called off was the influence of a ‘soft group’ within the Congress headed by Rajiv Gandhi which favoured a negotiated settlement with Bhindranwale,” says Mandeep Singh Bajwa, a Chandigarh-based analyst.In January 1984, the government had instituted secret talks with Bhindranwale at the behest of Rajiv. But within four months, hardliners on both sides prevailed. In late April 1984, Satish Jacob of bbc’s Delhi bureau saw trucks carrying construction material into the temple. He also saw a slim, fair man of medium height in a white salwar kameez and sporting a flowing beard. Major General Shabeg Singh was a war hero who had trained Mukti Bahini fighters in 1971 but was stripped of his rank and court-martialled on charges of corruption just before he was to retire in 1976. Now, as the military adviser of Bhindranwale, he oversaw conversion of the five-storeyed Akal Takht into a fortress. “We’re doing it for the community,” the soft-spoken former general told Jacob.advertisementIndira Gandhi gives the Go-aheadBy May 1984, Punjab teetered on the brink. The daylight murder of dig A.S. Atwal inside the Golden Temple in April 1983 had paralysed Punjab Police into inaction. And the thousands of paramilitary personnel sent by Delhi after it dismissed the state government in October 1983 had failed to prevent the state’s descent into chaos. On May 11, 1984, Bhindranwale rejected the final settlement offered by Mrs Gandhi’s think tank led by Narasimha Rao to the Akali Dal. Soon after, Army chief General Arun Kumar Vaidya became a frequent visitor to Mrs Gandhi’s office. Her personal secretary and confidant R.K. Dhawan was present at one of those half-hour meetings. “Gen Vaidya assured her there would be no casualties and there would be no damage to the Golden Temple,” Dhawan told India Today. On June 2, talks with the Akalis collapsed.As Mark Tully and Satish Jacob wrote in their 1985 book Amritsar: Mrs Gandhi’s Last Battle, “Mrs Gandhi was not a decisive woman, she was very reluctant to act, and she only fought back when she was firmly pinned against the ropes.” The Army was her last resort. She green-lit Operation Bluestar. Dhawan says two “extra-constitutional authorities” in Rajiv Gandhi’s inner circle, who would later become key figures in his Cabinet, were responsible for her change of mind. “They told her the military option was the only solution,” he says. The mantle fell on the Western Army commander, the flamboyant Lt-Gen Krishnaswamy Sundarji. He had briefly considered a plan to starve out the defenders but junked it fearing an uprising in the countryside.Bluestar bloodbathShortly after 10.30 p.m. on June 5, 1984, 20 men in black dungarees stealthily entered the Golden Temple. They wore night-vision goggles, M-1 steel helmets, bulletproof vests and carried a mix of MP-5 submachine guns and AK-47 assault rifles. The men of sg’s 56th Commando Company were then the only force in India trained for room intervention, the specialised art of fighting in confined spaces. Each commando was a sharpshooter, diver and parachutist and could do 40-km speed marches. Some of them wore gas masks and carried stubby gas guns meant to launch CX gas canisters, a more potent tear gas. Three months before this night, the commandos had stayed around the temple and rehearsed for Operation Sundown. Some of them still sported the beards they had grown for their undercover work as volunteers in the Golden Temple’s langar. When the plan was called off, they returned to their base in Sarsawa. They had flown into Amritsar the previous day at the request of Lt-Gen Sundarji.The three battalions that Lt-Gen Brar’s 9th Infantry Division sent into the Golden Temple that night were trained to fight a conventional combat on the plains of Punjab and in the deserts of Rajasthan. They would overwhelm the enemy by sheer force of numbers. The commandos, who spearheaded the assault, made use of stealth, speed and surprise to achieve results. Soon after arriving, one of the sg officers had briefed Lt-Gen Ranjit Singh Dayal, Sundarji’s chief of staff, on a plan to capture the Akal Takht by blowing off its rear wall. General Dayal, a paratrooper who had captured the Haji Pir pass in an unconventional operation in the 1965 war, immediately overruled it. “There must be no damage to the Akal Takht,” he said. The commandos were to capture the sacred building by using gas to flush out the militants, he said.The Army had clearly underestimated the defences. As soon as they entered the temple, a sniper shot the unit’s radio operator clean through his helmet. The rest took cover in the long gallery of pillars that led to the Akal Takht. Light machine guns and carbines crackled from behind impregnable walls of the temple, their multiple gun flashes blinding the commandos’ night-vision devices, forcing them to take them off. The commandos and infantry soldiers cautiously advanced, sheltering behind rows of pillars. Those who tried to advance towards the Akal Takht were cut down on the marble parikrama. An armoured personnel carrier bringing in troops was immobilised by a rocket-propelled grenade. “Shabeg knew the Army’s Achilles heel,” says an SG colonel. “He knew we couldn’t fight in built-up areas.”Post-midnight, remnants of the sg unit and the Army’s 1 Para huddled near a fountain at the base of the Akal Takht. The area between the Akal Takht and the Darshani Deori that led to the Golden Temple had turned into a killing zone, covered by Shabeg’s light machine guns. Attempts by the para-commandos to storm the defences were repeatedly beaten back. They lost at least 17 men, their black dungaree-clad bodies lying prone on white marble. Commandos who tried to fire the CX gas canisters discovered that the Akal Takht’s windows had been bricked up. The only openings were horizontal slots out of which machine guns poured deadly fire. The commandos neutralised two of the machine gun nests by dropping grenades into them but the Akal Takht was impregnable. Then, around 7.30 a.m. on June 5, three Vickers-Vijayanta tanks were deployed. They fired 105 mm shells and knocked down the walls of the Akal Takht. Commandos and infantrymen then moved in to mop up the defenders, tossing gas and lobbing grenades inside the building.The temple premises resembled a medieval battlefield, one sg trooper recalls. Bloodied and blackened bodies lay scattered around the white temple parikrama. In the basement of the blackened, still-smoking ruin of the Akal Takht, the commandos found the body of Shabeg. The Army recovered 51 light machine guns, 31 of which had been concentrated around the Akal Takht. “Normally, an army unit (of around 800 soldiers) would deploy this quantum of firepower to cover an area of about eight km,” Lt-Gen Brar recounted in his book Operation Blue Star: The True Story. Shabeg, he believed, wanted to hold out until daylight in the hope that there would be a popular uprising among the people when they get to know of the army action. The former war hero had extracted a bloody price on an army he felt had wronged him.’Oh my God,’ she saidAround 6 a.m. on June 6, 1984, the phone rang in R.K. Dhawan’s Golf Links home. Minister of State for Defence K.P. Singh Deo wanted Dhawan to convey an urgent message to Mrs Gandhi. The operation was a success, he said, but there were heavy casualties-both armymen and civilians. Mrs Gandhi’s first reaction was anguish. “Oh my God,? she told Dhawan. “They told me there would be no casualties.”It took the Army two more days to clear Bhindranwale’s men from the temple’s labyrinthine corridors. The commanding officer of the sg contingent, a lieutenant-colonel, was seriously wounded by a sniper as he escorted President Zail Singh around the temple on June 8.Operation Bluestar inflamed Sikh sentiments and triggered a mutiny in certain Indian Army units. It also led to the death of Mrs Gandhi: Her two Sikh bodyguards gunned her down on October 31 that year. The communal holocaust in which over 8,000 Sikhs were murdered by mobs around the country-including 3,000 in Delhi-fanned another decade of insurgency in Punjab. In the aftermath of Mrs Gandhi’s assassination, sg commandos, several of whom had seen action at the Golden Temple, were rushed to 7 Race Course Road to guard Rajiv Gandhi and his family round-the-clock for a year. They had plenty of time to wonder if history would have turned out differently had they been given the chance to carry out Operation Sundown.Follow the writer on Twitter @SandeepUnnithanTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

How Good Were We at Predicting Oklahoma State’s 2015 Season?

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first_imgFor the last eight years, OKC Dave has put out his excellent preseason survey about Oklahoma State football. You can read the results of the 2015 survey here. I thought it would be fun to go back and look at what we collectively predicted before the games began and how that matched up with the final results.Predicted WinsScreen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.05.10 PMFor the fourth time in six years, we predicted that OSU would win fewer games than it actually ended up winning. We are rational![1. Or we’re just pessimistic.]Order of DifficultyScreen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.06.49 PMThis is our confidence level of winning each game. Remember when we thought the TCU game would be a lot more difficult than the OU game?Poll ResultsScreen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.08.10 PMWe need to work on our wins-ranking correlation here, people. We underestimated on wins and way overestimated on ranking (OSU finished No. 20 in the AP Poll).Breakout PlayerScreen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.08.57 PMWe got close on offense with Washington. Burton is probably the correct answer on defense depending on what we mean by “breakout.”All in all, our predictions were pretty good. We will look at some more specific ones from me and Kyle Boone later this week or next. Those wont’ be as pretty.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

Minister Applauds Physicians

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first_imgHealth and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald is praising the leadership of Doctors Nova Scotia members after they voted to amend their master agreement, which helps the province live within its means. “Nova Scotia’s doctors are committed to patient care,” said Ms. MacDonald. “We highly value the work they do and this will allow us to protect patient care now and in the future.” By accepting a one per cent increase on fees paid for service for the next two years, physicians will save the province about $45 million. “Doctors understand the difficult economic times and I am impressed by the leadership role they are taking to improve our province’s financial situation,” said Ms. MacDonald. The agreement is another example of government working with partners to deliver health care differently. Other examples include government’s plan and actions to get fair drug prices to control the cost of drugs for people in Pharmacare and the overall cost to taxpayers. Government and district health authorities have also moved to group purchasing for products and services, expected to save several million dollars. Doctors Nova Scotia and the province agreed to the wage amendment of the master agreement which was voted on in February. The majority agreed to the amendment that will come into effect April 1 and expire on March 31, 2015. The original contract would have expired March 31, 2013. The master agreement is negotiated between Doctors Nova Scotia and the Department of Health and Wellness.last_img read more

College JeandeBrébeuf in Montreal holds its own reconciliation week

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first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsA college in Montreal is taking a step towards reconciliation.College Jean-de-Brébeuf is bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students together through cultural activities all week.drochette@aptn.calast_img