Looking at devolution of power to Tamils: Wickremesinghe

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said his government was looking at devolution of power to ethnic Tamils under the provisions of the Constitution, an issue India has been pursuing with the island nation. After his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wickremesinghe pitched for deeper economic engagement with India and hoped that both countries will be able to finalise the long-pending Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement by next year. On devolution of power to Tamils in Northern and Eastern provinces, he said “We are looking at how power sharing takes place within the Constitution.” India has been pressing Sri Lanka to implement the 13th amendment on devolution of powers to fulfil the aspirations of the ethnic Tamils. The 13th amendment that followed the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord of July 1987 signed between then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J R Jayewardene envisaged devolution of powers to the provinces in the midst of the islands bitter ethnic conflict. The Sri Lankan PM said various issues, including those relating to ethnic Tamil population, and the UNHRC resolution referring to alleged human rights violation in Sri Lanka figured in his talks with Modi. The UN Human Rights Council had last year adopted a resolution requesting the High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties during the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. On the sticky fishermen issue, he said fishermen on both sides should continue discussion and come to a conclusion to resolve it in a time bound manner. Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in Sri Lankas Prime Minister for the fourth time last month, said all the parties in his country wanted good relations with India. He said enhancing bilateral trade with India would help his country reach the goal of generating one million jobs in Sri Lanka over the next five years. “We think by end of the year, the two sides should at least come to an agreement in principle and by next year we should have an agreement,” he said at a joint press briefing with Modi. PTI MPB SKadvertisementlast_img read more

With the Big Red going to the Big Apple Paulie Pi

first_imgWith the Big Red going to the Big Apple, Paulie Pigskin would like to acknowledge the best known New York Jet player of ’em all. That’s right, in honor of Broadway Joe Namath’s (in)famous sound bite on Monday Night – “team strugggling” – we’ve been thinnnking. But first, let’s hit ‘zoom out’ on our hand held devices because this is a big picture question that we’ve been chewing on since, well…before the Thanksgiving leftovers. Actually, ever since the ribs of Kevin Kolb were torn asunder like a wishbone. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo No, we’re talking about a “winning” QB. How does Paulie Pigskin Inc. define that? Simple. A quarterback that doesn’t lose football games, capisce?! (All apologies…a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game lost by exactly 14 points still has us a rootin’ & a tootin’.) In fact, following Sunday, did you happen to catch this Holy Cannoli Stat? In 33 drives since the injury, they’ve “punted 17 times, lost seven fumbles, thrown four interceptions and had one possession end on downs. It scored two touchdowns and two field goals.” What’s more, the QB rating was “38.7…thanks, largely, to three second-half interceptions” in a loss to a 3-8 team. The above stats come from the Cards loss to the Rams, right? #Buzzer. That’s a blurb lifted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week, detailing the Steelers offensive woes since the rib injury to Ben Roethlisberger, including the Steelers heinous loss to the Browns (3-8). And something tells us that if you examined the Bears minus Jay Cutler, the numbers would not be flattering. In other words, NFL teams are best served to remember: don’t throw the entire roster out with the QB bath water. Are the Arizona Cardinals a team that is struggling? Or are the Cards an NFL team that is struggling at quarterback?Team struggling? Or a team struggling at the QB position? Either way, you wind up in the same landing spot – below sea level in the standings. Both scenarios are akin to driving on bald tires in a rainstorm. Eventually, you’ll find yourself in a full-blown power slide and looking at the road ahead through your side windows. The difference comes when the skid (seven games) grinds to a halt. How do you put that car back on the road? Do you ever get behind the wheel of that car again? Because if your entire team is struggling, then you’re rebuilding (“Fire in the Hole!”) However, if it’s the QB position that’s struggling, then you’re either recruiting (“Hey, uh, Peyton, can we buy you dinner?”) or commencing with research and reconnaissance (Matt Barkley?) Wait, hit ‘zoom out’ again. New question — how many franchises succeed without a winning QB? We’re not saying a Pro Bowl or Hall of Fame QB. We’re not even saying a bona fide franchise signal caller. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

BAIC To Launch EX5 Electric SUV Next Year

first_imgThe EX5 (do not confuse it with EV startup WM Motor’s EX5) adopts the latest family design language in its front face. The block-style grille adorned with a dot-matrix element resembles a big mouth agape, which is surrounded by thick chrome trims. Above the grille is a chrome trim that connects headlights on both sides. A logo looking like a Chinese character “北” located in the middle that gives the vehicle its distinct profile.The BAIC BJEV EX5, positioned as an A-segment all-electric SUV model, measures 4,480mm long, 1,837mm wide and 1,673mm tall with a wheelbase length of 2,665mm. The tridimensional and sports essence of the vehicle’s side profile is highlighted by several sharp waistlines placed and fixed alternatively and a chrome trim at the bottom.Featuring a closer look to the headlights, the taillights embedded with a LED light source are connected by a chrome trim as well. Noticeably, the EX5 adopts some chrome elements at the bottom of the rear end that create a “virtual” image of exhaust pipes typically used for traditional fuel-burning vehicles.Drivers will find a three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel, a multifunctional dashboard and BAIC’s iconic air conditioner vent inside. The EX5 carries the Darwin in-car AI system that is designed to liberate and entertain drivers with “self-growing” ability. Other intelligent amenities include a smart fly screen, an intelligent voice application and an intelligent driver assistance system with over 10 features.The new BEV model is outfitted with an e-Motion Drive 3.0 intelligent electric control system which can help drivers control their vehicles more accurately and safely by intelligently managing the battery pack, optimizing the electric motor and calibrating related parts. Powering the vehicle is a 160kW electric motor that offers a range up to 520km at “constant speed”.Source: Gasgoo BAIC Group Selects Magna To Develop Electric Vehicle Architecture BAIC Will End Production & Sales Of ICE By 2025, Only Plug-Ins After BAIC And Magna Will Make Premium EVs For China Pure electric EX5 joins BAIC stable.The BAIC BJEV is ready to see another new model of its EX Series called the EX5 to go on sale in January next year. The new model will be available for presale starting from January 1, 2019.More BAIC news Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more