Mizoram gets its first Lokayukta chairman

first_imgRetired IAS officer C. Lalsawta was sworn in as the first Chairman of the newly constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram on Monday, officials said. He was sworn in at the Raj Bhavan here, they said.Governor Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Mr. Lalsawta, an official said.Chief Minister Zoramthanga, other Ministers, Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, legislators and senior officials were present on the occasion, he said. The function was presided over by State Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, younger brother of the new Lokayukta chairman.Mr. Lalsawta is a 1981-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer. He was the Principal Secretary of the Finance department in the State from 2008 to 2011. After returning to Bihar, he was made the State Vigilance Commissioner, the official said, adding that he retired in 2015. The Lokayukta would function from a rented building here.last_img read more

Amber Fort’s Maotha lake to get a new lease of life

first_imgThe charm of the Maotha lake situated outside the historic Amber Fort, near here, will be restored with its replenishment with water supplied from Banas river’s Bisalpur dam. The lake, which collects rain water flowing down from the nearby hills, has at present very little water after it remained dried-up for several months.The picturesque lake, which has the “Kesar Kyari” garden in its middle, was the main source of water for the Amber Palace and common people before the erstwhile royal capital was shifted to the newly-built Jaipur city in 18th century.The Water Resources Department’s plan to fill up the lake artificially will improve the ground water recharge, help in the supply of drinking water to the residents of Amber town and provide water to wild animals in the region. This is the second such exercise being undertaken after 2012 to revive traditional water sources and restore environmental balance.Public Health Engineering Department’s Principal Secretary Sandeep Verma said here on Tuesday that the Bisalpur dam in Tonk district, which was full to the brim after an increase in water inflow from its catchment areas during monsoon, was the “natural choice” as source of water for Maotha lake. The dam is currently supplying water to Jaipur, Tonk and Ajmer towns.Mr. Verma said the Maotha lake’s capacity was 300 million litres, which was equivalent to one day’s water supply from Bisalpur to Jaipur. “The water body’s replenishment will increase the water table of local sources by about 5 metres, which will give a major relief to the town’s residents,” he said.‘No adverse impact’ Mr. Verma said there was no possibility of adverse impact by the supply of water to Maotha lake on the availability of drinking water in Jaipur and other towns, for which the Bisalpur dam had emerged as a lifeline during the last decade.last_img read more

Only 18 Consumer Magazines Grew Ad Pages in 2009

first_imgKiplinger’s279.92424.81-34.1 Inc.619.80817.93-24.2 Automobile510.97799.42-36.1 Money563.02793.62-29.1 BUSINESS/FINANCE20092008% CHNG Newsweek1,116.731,506.06-25.9 Hot Rod532.50638.16-16.6 Entertainment Weekly965.871,216.39-20.6 Road & Track799.461,152.42-26.4 NEWS MAGAZINES20092008% CHNG Car and Driver805.981,031.03-21.8 Autoweek793.031,157.26-31.5 The Week659.91602.739.5 Magazine advertising revenue is down. Way down. We know this. Do we need any more reminders?Neededor not, the Publishers Information Bureau Tuesday released its 2009year-end magazine advertising report. It revealed that ad pages for2009 were down 25.6 percent, while estimated revenues closed at $19.45billion, a drop of 18.1 percent.While anyone could have guessedthat it would spell yet another quarterly decline (the 10th out of 11since PIB began reporting on a quarterly basis in mid-2007, to beexact) I couldn’t have projected (or perhaps didn’t want to) that amere 18 magazines would post ad page gains for the 12-month period. Fortune1,523.982,382.71-36.0 Time1,447.051,752.19-17.4 Forbes1,937.142,774.34-30.2center_img Entrepreneur852.33 1,043.33-18.3 OK!903.82748.74+20.7 SmartMoney387.29502.23-22.9 In Touch Weekly854.901,094.19-21.9 Harvard Business Review343.82468.67-26.6 AUTO20092008% CHNG People3,367.203,422.23-1.6 That’s right. Only 18.Thebiggest gainers among them were Time Inc.’s fashion product title PeopleStyle Watch (+24.4 percent), OK! (+20.7) and Bonnier’s Saveur (+12.6).Not far behind were Family Circle (+11.5 percent), Scholastic Parent& Child (+9.6), The Week (+9.5) and Fitness (+9.1). Kudos to all ofthem. Then, unfortunately, come the year’s biggest decliners,many of which are from the boating sector. The reported losses aredeeper than I can grasp while writing this: Boating Life (-65.8percent), Power & Motoryacht (-53.2), Boating (-53.1) andArchitectural Digest (-49.8). A TON of titles followed closely, losingwell more than 40 percent of their ad pages last year compared to 2008.Butaccording to Magazine Publishers of America’s Ellen Oppenheim, magazinespending showed improvement during the fourth quarter compared to thesame period in 2008. Ad pages during the period slipped 21.6 percentcompared to the prior year fourth quarter while revenues dropped only12.4 percent. “Magazines experienced an uptick in food spending andrelative improvement in other areas, especially in automotive.”Hopefullythis means the market has bottomed. Hopefully, this means that we’llbegin to see gains (or gradually less severe losses) in the quarters tocome.But let’s keep a perspective. The advertising pullback of2009 was so severe that many of the surviving publishers have migratedaway (in varying degrees) from dependence on advertising revenues.They’re charging more for content in print and online. They’rediversifying their product portfolio so much that print is arguably asecond-tier player in the overall mix. Some are dropping print and/orprint advertising altogether.Moving forward, I wonder howaccurate a barometer PIB’s quarterly reports will be about the healthof the consumer magazine publishing business.In the meantime, here’s a look at how a number of categories performed in terms of ad pages, title-by-title. Fast Company426.08616.24-30.9 CELEBRITY20092008%CHNG Life & Style383.82510.97-24.9 Motor Trend722.321,096.40-34.1 Star1,131.401,173.24-3.6 Us Weekly1,791.451,949.21-8.1 BusinessWeek1,247.011,882.38-33.8.last_img read more

Beefing Up Fashion Titles Pack on Ad Pages

first_imgMeanwhile, Condé Nast’s Allure recorded a 1.4 percent bump in ad pages for its September issue and Lucky saw pages drop 10.9 percent, the company says.At Time Inc., InStyle rung up 403 ad pages for its September issue (includingsupplements), representing a 16 percent increase over 347 in last year’s issue, publisher Time Inc. says. Year-to-date, the magazine says it has 1,791 ad pages, an increase of 21 percent over the same period lastyear.Hearst’s fashion titles saw double-digit jumps with Harper’s Bazaar collecting 302 ad pages this year compared to 270.2 last year (a 12 percent increase) and Marie Claire recording 15 more ad pages (156) over last year’s September issue (141.1), or an 11 percent increase. (In 2009, the September issue included a special supplement called “The New Way to Shop,” which this year is being pushed to the October issue. Not including last year’s supplement pages, Marie Claire’s pages are up 37 percent this year.)Through the first half, advertising categories normally associated with fashion titles were up and down. The Toiletries and Cosmetics category reported 8,027.85 ad pages during the six-month period, an increase of 12.8 percent. Meanwhile, the Apparel & Accessories category saw ad pages fall 8.8 percent to 7,418.75. They won’t be setting any advertising page records like they did in 2007, but several fashion magazines are on course for winning some significant victories this year.Perennial fashion ad page heavyweight Elle raked in 382 ad pages for its September issue—climbing 18 percent over324.8 pages during the prior year issue, publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. says.At Condé Nast, the greatest ad page growth came from Glamour, which upped its ad page count by 57.3 percent over last year’s September issue, to 241 pages. Its thicker sister title, Vogue, saw the ad page needle spike 24.1 percent to 532 pages. W magazine’s pages are up 31.3 percent.last_img read more

SpaceX blasts Starship heat shield with industrial flamethrowers

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Testing metallic heat shield at 1100C (2000F) @SpaceX pic.twitter.com/frP5eZ5a0z— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 25, 2019 In an interview with Popular Mechanics, Musk described the unusual Starship heat shield as being “like a stainless-steel sandwich” with fuel or water flowing between the layers. The top layer has tiny perforations that bleed the liquid to the outside to help cool the spaceship.  Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 $999 Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Comment Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 23 Photos Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon See It $6 at Tidal Angela Lang/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple iPhone XS Read Google Home Hub review Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. If you see Musk and a flamethrower mentioned anywhere near each other, it’s going to conjure up thoughts of the Boring Company’s infamous flamethrower saga. A Twitter user asked if SpaceX had borrowed some Boring flamethrowers for the test. “These are industrial strength,” Musk answered. “Not recommended for use at home!” SpaceX built a prototype “hopper” Starship for takeoff and landing tests, but it suffered a setback this week when high winds in Texas blew the nose cone off. Musk says it will take several weeks to repair. At least we know the heat shield design seems to be holding up to punishment. Boost Mobile Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Rylo $59 at eBay SpaceX’s Starship hopper prior to falling over in a wind storm. SpaceX SpaceX and Elon Musk have big ambitions to send the Starship around the moon and eventually to Mars. The eye-catching stainless-steel spacecraft now under development will use a metallic heat shield, and that heat shield is already undergoing a pretty serious stress test.Musk posted a video to Twitter overnight showing a dramatic and very loud roasting test and sharing the temperature: 1100 Celsius (2000 Fahrenheit).  TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Sci-Tech See it Turo Comments See It Elon Musk Space SpaceX,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Starship gets ready 1 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy Sprint See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate $520 at HP Amazon $999 SpaceX Starship test rocket fractured by fierce winds Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious $210 at Best Buy 7 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $155 at Google Expresslast_img read more

Panama Papers come back to haunt Iceland politics

first_imgThe Panama Papers came back to haunt Iceland’s right-wing parties Monday as they prepare to form a new government, after the candidate for prime minister admitted hiding a report on offshore accounts.Iceland was rocked in April when the Panama Papers revealed a global tax evasion scandal that ensnared several senior politicians and triggered the resignation of former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, with snap elections held on October 29.The centre-right government in power at the time called for an inquiry into tax havens. It presented its conclusions on Friday, nine months after the scandal.But on Sunday, Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, whose Independence Party was the big winner in the election, admitted he had received the report’s conclusions three weeks before the vote.“This report was presented to me in the first week of October,” he told public television RUV, saying he had decided not to make it public when he received it because parliament was about to break ahead of the election.The news angered the head of the anti-establishment Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir, whose party reaped gains from a wave of popular anger with the establishment parties.“To say, as Bjarni does now, that this would not have had any effect on the outcome of the elections is of course absurd. If the report had been presented in parliament shortly before the elections and people would have seen in black and white how much taxpayer money had passed by, it definitely would have put the matter back on the agenda,” she wrote on Facebook on Monday.The two centrist parties currently in talks to form a government with Benediktsson’s Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future, have yet to comment on the matter.During the Panama Papers crisis in April, the two parties had called on voters to sanction the politicians mentioned in the Panama Papers at the polls.According to the inquiry, the loss of tax income due to offshore accounts in Iceland amounted to between 2.8 and 6.5 billion kronor (23-54 million euros, $24-57 million, at current exchange rates) per year between 2006 and 2014.last_img read more

Best Picture Oscar Nominations Announced

first_imgTHE LATEST on the announcement of nominees for the 90th annual Oscar nominations announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from Beverly Hills, California (all times local): 5:50 a.m.The Oscar nominees for best motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: “Call Me By Your Name,” ”Darkest Hour,” ”Dunkirk,” ”Get Out,” ”Lady Bird,” ”Phantom Thread,” ”The Post,” ”The Shape of Water” ”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”___5:46 a.m.The Oscar nominees for best actress in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They are: Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”; Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”; Meryl Streep, “The Post.”___5:45 a.m.The Oscar nominees for best song in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: “Mighty River” from “Mudbound; “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me By Your Name”; “Remember Me” from “Coco”; “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall; and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”___5:40 a.m.Oscar nominees for best foreign-language film have been announced by the film academy. They include: Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman”; Russia’s “Loveless”; Lebanon’s “The Insult”; Hungary’s “On Body and Soul”; and Sweden’s “The Square.”___5:38 a.m.The Oscar nominees for best supporting actress in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”; Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Leslie Manville, “Phantom Thread”; Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”; and Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water.”___5:30 a.m.The Oscar nominees for best original score in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: “Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer; “Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood; “The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell.___5:25 a.m.The Oscar nominees for best visual effects in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: “Blade Runner 2049,” ”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” ”Kong: Skull Island,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”War for the Planet of the Apes.”___5:20 a.m.The Oscar nominees for best cinematography in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: They are: Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2024”; Bruno Delbonnel, “Darkest Hour”; Hoyte van Hoytema, “Dunkirk”; Rachel Morrison, “Mudbound”; Dan Laustsen, “The Shape of Water.”___5 a.m.The Oscar nominations are about to begin.Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis will host a nominations special scheduled to begin at 5:22 a.m. that will reveal the film academy’s selections for the best in filmmaking from performances to production design.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been teasing segments appearances by stars including Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek and Rebel Wilson in pre-recorded segments. The nominations in 24 categories will be split between two presentations, the first streamed on Oscars.com and Oscars.org, and the segment airing live on “Good Morning America.”The 90th annual Academy Awards will be presented in a Feb. 26 ceremony hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel and aired live on ABC.___2 a.m.Guillermo del Toro’s lavish monster romance “The Shape of Water” will vie for the most Oscar nominations Tuesday, but just as much attention may be focused on categories where women could make history.Nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards will begin at 8:22 a.m. EST, with a second wave of nominees announced live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” at 8:38 a.m. Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis will join John Bailey, president of the film academy, to announce the nominees.While this year’s Oscar race has been unusually wide-open, “The Shape of Water” has a chance to tie “All About Eve,” ”Titanic” and “La La Land” with a record 14 nominations.“Lady Bird” filmmaker Greta Gerwig is expected to be just the fifth woman nominated in the category. “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison could also become the first woman ever nominated for best cinematography. Sharelast_img read more