LÉ NIAMH Saves 225 People off Tripoli

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today LÉ NIAMH Saves 225 People off Tripoli View post tag: Saves View post tag: Navy View post tag: africa Irish Navy’s LÉ NIAMH rescued 225 people from two inflatable vessels in distress 112 kilometres North-East of Tripoli yesterday.The LÉ NIAMH arrived on scene and deployed two rhibs (rigid hull inflatable boats) to the first vessel. All 107 migrants were safely on board the LÉ NIAMH by midnight.Immediately following the first rescue the LÉ NIAMH was re-tasked to assist with the rescue of a further 118 migrants in the vicinity. Weather conditions at the time were good.

 The LÉ NIAMH now has 225  rescued migrants on board (139 male, 74 female and 12 children) who are receiving water, food and medical assistance, where required.The LÉ NIAMH is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre for its next tasking.[mappress mapid=”16745″]Image: Irish Defence Force View post tag: 225 View post tag: people View post tag: LE Niamh View post tag: Naval LÉ NIAMH Saves 225 People off Tripoli View post tag: News by topic Authorities Share this article View post tag: Tripoli August 24, 2015last_img read more

NATO concludes Baltic Sea search and rescue drill

first_img May 11, 2017 Share this article View post tag: Dynamic Mercy NATO search and rescue drill Dynamic Mercy concludes in Baltic View post tag: SAR View post tag: Baltic Seacenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO search and rescue drill Dynamic Mercy concludes in Baltic View post tag: NATO Authorities NATO’s Baltic Sea search and rescue drill Dynamic Mercy concluded on Wednesday, May 10.The two-week exercise was divided into six challenging aeronautical and maritime training scenarios.In total, nine Rescue Coordination Centres (RCC’s) comprising of joint, maritime and air centres from eight NATO countries and partners with adjacent search and rescue regions participated.Military and civilian air and maritime assets from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden collaborated and interacted together during the training scenarios.NATO says the aim of exercise Dynamic Mercy is to practice and develop inter-regional and cross boundary cooperation and coordination between the RCCs of allies in NATO’s northern region with Partner Nations that have common search and rescue region (SRR) boundaries with those of Allies. The exercise is held annually, either in the Atlantic or the Baltic Region, this year focusing on the Baltic.During this year’s exercise, through live and synthetic SAR scenarios, cross region cooperation and interaction between RCCs (military and civilian) and mobile SAR units were tested and activated. These coordinated procedures are vital for common understanding of multiple national services, and crucial for rescuing lives at sea.“Dynamic Mercy is an extremely important exercise for NATO, as it enables NATO to work side by side with RCCs, SAR units, civilian agencies, and companies from different countries and regions,” said Captain Colin Walsh, Chief of Staff for Commander Maritime Air NATO. “NATO annual oversight and coordination ensure a consolidated effort in Search and Rescue, contributing to a better understanding of the complex SAR environment due to the multiple actors involved.”last_img read more

Kiermaier, Margot lead hit parade as Rays beat Red Sox 8-7

first_img First Published: 11th August, 2020 09:57 IST Last Updated: 11th August, 2020 09:57 IST Kiermaier, Margot Lead Hit Parade As Rays Beat Red Sox 8-7 Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning, Manuel Margot had four hits and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Monday night Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Written By COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning, Manuel Margot had four hits and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Monday night.Kiermaier’s opposite-field line drive off reliever Jeffrey Springs (0-1) rolled all the way to the wall in left-center field. Yoshi Tsutsugo and Margot scored after both singled to start the inning. Kiermaier had three RBIs.Margot’s double in the eighth made it 8-5. Kiermaier finished 2 for 4, Michael Perez (2 for 5) had a two-run single and Joey Wendle hit an RBI triple for the Rays, who had a season-high 16 hits.Tampa Bay has won four of five after taking three of four against the New York Yankees at home prior to this season-high 10-game road trip.Aaron Loup (1-0) struck out three in a scoreless inning. Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough allowed four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings after giving up five runs over five innings in a 5-0 home loss to Boston last Wednesday.J.D. Martinez (3 for 4) hit a solo shot for his first home run of the season, Jonathan Araúz collected his first major league hit and finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and Kevin Plawecki went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Red Sox.Boston had won three of four after dropping eight of 10.Araúz brought the Red Sox within a run on his bases-loaded, two-out double in the eighth. Kevin Pillar grounded out to end the rally.Andrew Kittredge recorded the final two outs for his first career save.Ji-Man Choi singled down the right-field line to give Tampa Bay its first lead at 5-4 in the sixth after Wendle’s triple tied it an inning earlier.Boston led 3-0 after the first. Martinez ended a drought of 64 at-bats without a home run in the third when he took Yarbrough deep over the Green Monster in left.GIVE AND TAKEAfter being thrown out trying to advance on his second-inning RBI single, Kiermaier made a leaping catch at the warning track in center to rob Araúz to open the bottom of the inning. Araúz later got his first hit on a bloop single to center to lead off the fifth.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: RHP Charlie Morton was placed on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. “We caught it at the right time. We’re pretty optimistic that he’s gonna be right back,” manager Kevin Cash said. … LHP José Alvarado was reinstated from the paternity list.Red Sox: 3B Rafael Devers was not in the lineup after he tweaked his left ankle during Sunday’s game against Toronto. Devers was spotted in a walking boot outside his locker suite. … LHP Brian Johnson was granted his release from the team’s minor league roster.UP NEXTRays: Cash said Tampa Bay would name a Tuesday starter after the game.Red Sox: LHP Martín Pérez (2-1, 3.45 ERA) looks to win his third straight start. He threw five scoreless innings and struck out four last Wednesday against Tampa Bay.Image credits: AP LIVE TVlast_img read more

DEDE’S FUTURE: Abedi reveals Marseille have the first option

first_imgGhana football legend Abedi Pele has placed all his cards on the table with regards to the future of his son Andre Dede Ayew.The 25-year old’s contract at Marseille runs out in the summer and is expected to leave on a free transfer given Marseille’s current financial difficulties.In an interview with Provence Monday, Abedi Pele spoke about the future of Andre, and confessed that despite a plethora of rumors linking his son to a move to England, Marseille’s interest would be considered before anything else.”I’ve always been at the heart of the discussions. We will put on the table all that can be offered,” he said.”But do not forget one thing: if Andre is here today, it is thanks to Olympique Marseille(OM). So the first case to consider is that of OM.””If he wants something else? That’s the life of a footballer, to keep on dreaming. But in the case of Andre, he is a child of the club.” “We must be objective: he is loved, did a good job in Marseille, so the proposal of the club must be seen first.With regards to his son’s ambitions to lift the Ligue 1 title, he said: “His dream is to win the championship. So obviously it means to play the Champions League next.”–last_img read more

Women’s rights in South Africa to advance

first_imgWith South Africa’s gender equality statusbefore the UN, women’s rights in thecountry will receive new impetus.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) Masimanyane’s executive director LesleyAnn Foster is to present the country reportto the UN’s Cedaw committee.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesley Ann FosterMasimanyane executive director+27 43 743 9169 or +27 83 325 2497RELATED ARTICLES• Women’s month launched in SA• New body to empower SA women• SA women leaders unite for change• SA women take the lead• Media awards for SA womenShamin ChibbaWomen’s rights in South Africa will take a great stride forward when a national alliance of women’s organisations presents the country’s first shadow report in 12 years on the status of women in the country.On Friday 21 January, four representatives, led by the East London-based Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, will stand before the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) committee.Here they’ll present research they conducted regarding the progress of women’s rights since the presentation of the first report at Cedaw’s 19th session in 1998. Gender equality is one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.Each Cedaw party state is required to report to the committee every four years. South Africa will therefore be submitting its second, third and fourth reports.Cedaw will review the report and present recommendations to the government on which steps to take to improve the situation.Identifying achievements and obstaclesAccording to Masimanyane’s executive director Lesley Ann Foster, the alliance that conducted research last year consisted of women’s groups across seven provinces.“We have worked with other organisations and have collected information on how women’s rights have been enforced by government,” she said.The study asked women to identify the achievements towards gender equality, and also considered ways in which obstacles faced by women and girls on a daily basis could be overcome. However, judging from the research, Foster said the country has not made enough advances in the right direction.In a statement delivered to Cedaw on 17 January, she acknowledged that the South African government has made significant efforts to address these gender equality issues through the ratification of the Cedaw convention and its Optional Protocol, which was introduced in 1999.“Despite these efforts, the lived realities of women, their quality of life, and their status within society has not seen a significant change,” she added.Foster and her colleague Thabisa Bobo, also of Masimanyane, discussed three main issues, namely discriminatory laws, violence against women, and challenges to young women – specifically those from rural areas – with the Cedaw committee.South Africa’s shadow report may be downloaded from the Masimanyane website.Kenya, Israel and Liechtenstein will present their reports around the same time as South Africa.Forming the allianceSouth Africa started to catch up with Cedaw reports in October last year when 22 women’s rights activists from around the country gathered in East London for a Cedaw seminar.This was a drive by Masimanyane to form a national alliance of women’s rights organisations from each province. They would then contribute to a report on the progress of gender equality in the last ten years.It was here that South African activists learnt how to use Cedaw as a tool for advocacy and lobbying. To guide them through the process were activists Ivy Josiah, the executive director of Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation, and Shireen Huq of the Nariphokko organisation in Bangladesh.According to Josiah, the activists educated South Africans on the Cedaw policies, explaining how they could be used as a useful instrument.  “I showed women how this is a tool to analyse and solve problems.”Josiah believes the tool is an international principle that holds governments accountable. “There is this power called government that is duty-bound to make sure women are safe.”Foster added that Cedaw is a primary standard setting document that guides all UN member states which have ratified the policy as to how they should treat women and girls within their countries.The convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 and is often referred to as an international bill of rights for women.Masimanyane’s executive director, Lesley Ann Foster, will be in Geneva to present South Africa’s shadow report to the Cedaw committee.last_img read more

Veterans and an attitude of service

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Life is not all about “me.” Life is about serving others — not ourselves — and agriculture has a unique way of teaching this key value.An attitude of service always seems to be a bit more prevalent in rural agricultural areas (at least to me). The act of caring for the soil, tending to animals and producing products for others on the farm has a way of weaving itself into your moral code and instilling a willingness to serve others.My wife and I are already trying to use lessons on the farm to teach our young children about the value of service to others. With this in mind, I tried to involve both of our children in the Operation Evergreen program this year. Each year to commemorate Veteran’s Day, veterans come out to our family Christmas tree farm and select trees that will be sent to troops overseas with the hope of providing a bit of holiday cheer so far from home. It combines two important holidays that highlight the value and importance of an attitude of service.Area veterans select Christmas trees from the farm to cut for the program. Local elementary students, high school students and community groups also visited the farm to present the ornaments they have made to the veterans. There were nearly 3,000 ornaments brought to the farm.Among those veterans who visit the farm is my grandpa Frank Deeds, who served in World War II in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. It is hard for me to comprehend what grandpa went through as a young man those many years ago and it is vital that we show him, and the rest of the veterans who have sacrificed so much through the years, our appreciation. Hopefully I can learn from grandpa’s example of service and my children can learn from me.The trees and ornaments from Christmas tree farms around the state go to the Ohio Department of Agriculture where they will be inspected this week, shipped to Kuwait and then on to wherever else U.S. troops are serving. The Operation Evergreen program was started in Ohio in 1995 to bring a little Christmas cheer to military personnel serving overseas. This Ohio Christmas Tree Association project has grown from 30 trees the first year to over 300 in recent years.All of the trees, boxes, ornaments, tree stands, packaging and assembly, transportation and shipping overseas are donated. And, while corporate funding has covered the high shipping costs in the past, the OCTA is covering (and seeking donations for) the shipping.For more on Operation Evergreen, contact Amy Galehouse at Galehouse Tree Farms at 330-658-2480 or [email protected] or the OCTA office at 740-828-3331 or [email protected]last_img read more

Ohio farmland values continue gradual decline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to a swing in commodity prices, there has been a softening of the farmland market in this region. The average prices paid per acre for high quality land in Ohio declined by $500 from June of 2015 to June of 2016.In comparison, during that same time an acre of high quality farmland in Michigan declined $100. The price decline was $500 in Indiana, $600 Illinois and $100 Mississippi. Missouri saw a slight uptick of $200 per acre and Tennessee saw a $150 increase. Prices paid per acre in Kentucky and Arkansas remained steady from last June.“There remained buyers with residual income from those high commodity price years with a continuous need for cropland acres, so the purchasing of land was led by their profitable years,” said Roger Hayworth, area sales manager for Farmers National Company. “Today, there remain buyers, but they’re cautious.”While commodity prices have had a significant impact on land values, location and quality remain major influencers on land values.“When higher quality farmland becomes available, it remains highly sought after and pricing remains pretty stable mostly, while we see mid- to lower-level quality land decline 3% to 8%, depending upon the specifics of the subject property, such as tiling, soils and any  improvements made,” Hayworth said.Hayworth noted that in the past six months, there has been a slowing of properties being put on the market, too.“The uncertainty of commodities, financial markets and maybe the election year have curtailed this market to stabilize and reflect on what may happen for the remainder of 2016. As with most transactions within regions, the local landowner/farmers were the buyers for land acres controlled. As farm income began to squeeze, the transactions overall dropped,” Hayworth said. “No doubt we’ve seen a drop in values of minimum quality land, as much as 3% to 5% from the last time we reported. There were a couple of sales that I felt were fairly strong, but they were really good properties. I just think farmers/landowners are being really cautious with what they’re doing with their land. They’re being less aggressive, but if something comes up in their area that they really want, they will go after if it’s high quality.”There also has been an increase among investor groups adding acres to their respective portfolios, which is good news for landowners.“This leads us to believe that farmland will continue to be viewed as a very favorable/viable investment,” Hayworth said. “Looking ahead, I believe we will continue to see sluggish offerings in this market and overall values swaying a little to stable until the end of the year. If commodity prices move slightly higher during the second half of 2016, expect land prices to remain stable with higher quality, maybe even clicking forward a little.”last_img read more

Preventing Moisture Problems

first_imgWhat’s moisture have to with energy? Quite a bit, actually. When we tighten up or insulate a house, there’s the potential of causing moisture problems that could harm your health by allowing mold to grow or affect the life of materials your house is built from. And any time you work on a house, especially when you do things that affect the exterior envelope (walls, roof, foundation), you’re provided with an opportunity to fix problems that may already exist.Moisture gets into houses in lots of ways—sometimes as liquid water and sometimes as invisible water vapor. It can leak in from the outdoors—from a leaky roof or improper flashing around windows, for example. It can come from leaking pipes inside the house. It can seep into a basement from rainfall or groundwater. It can be brought into a house in unseasoned firewood. It can be introduced as water vapor from showers, cooking, and even house plants. And it can enter as water vapor from humid outdoor air—either raising the indoor humidity level or condensing into liquid water on cool surfaces.Moisture in houses can cause various problems. If drywall, wood, and other organic building materials get wet and fail to dry out, mold growth and rot can occur. Some molds produce spores that are toxic. Decay shortens the life of materials like wood and, in the case of load-bearing framing, can sometimes cause structural collapse.Even if there isn’t actual wetness from water, high levels of relative humidity can be enough to raise the moisture content of wood, drywall, and other cellulosic materials, which may support mold growth and decay organisms.Fortunately, mold- and decay-prone materials like wood can cycle in their moisture content. During the summer months, when relative humidity levels in houses tend to be quite high, wood absorbs moisture. Then, during the winter, when humidity levels drop, the wood dries out.To enable this natural cycling in moisture content, experts in building science usually recommend that relative humidity levels in the winter be kept below about 40%. With significant moisture sources, such as those mentioned above, or if there is inadequate ventilation, we can create problems. When we tighten a house, we can exacerbate these problems.The following strategies can help to prevent moisture problems: 1. Eliminate unwanted moisture sources. For example: fix roof and wall or window flashing leaks; improve drainage around the house to keep moisture away from the foundation; immediately fix any plumbing leaks; and never dry firewood indoors. 2. Improve or replace windows. Single-glazed windows provide cold surfaces where water can condense out of the air during the winter months. This water can collect at the sill or on the frame and result in mold growth or decay. Adding a storm window or replacing single-glazed with newer, high-performance windows should prevent condensation.3. Provide mechanical ventilation. In most homes, mechanical ventilation is recommended to ensure adequate fresh air exchange; this is especially important in a house that has been insulated and weatherized. At a minimum, use a high-quality, quiet, outside-venting bath fan; the fan can be set up to operate intermittently or whenever the relative humidity is above a certain level. Better than relying on a bath fan is installing a whole-house ventilation system, such as a heat-recovery ventilator (also called an air-to-air heat exchanger).4. Keep an eye on relative humidity levels. An inexpensive digital humidity meter (often measuring both temperature and humidity), such as those available from Radio Shack, can help you identify problem conditions.If mold or decay is found in a house, along with determining where the moisture is coming from, eliminating that source, and providing mechanical ventilation, it’s important to thoroughly clean any moldy surfaces. In some cases, it’s necessary to replace materials that have gotten moldy or where decay has begun.To learn more about building science, moisture, and mold problems, consider attending the workshop “Got Mold? Energy Efficiency and Moisture Management” being taught by my colleague Peter Yost next Saturday, October 4th. Peter’s workshop is part of the first annual Brattleboro Area Family Energy Fair being put on by the Brattleboro chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Other workshops and exhibits will cover home energy audits and solar energy systems. For information, call Gini Milkey at 802-254-2040 or visit bratthabitat.org.last_img read more

Odisha government’s scheme for farmers runs into rough weather

first_imgThe Odisha government’s much-hyped Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme has gone haywire. The authorities are now facing a gigantic task of removing bogus beneficiaries who have already availed of the benefits.A total of 51 lakh cultivators, loanee and non-loanee farmers, sharecroppers and landless agricultural labourers have been provided with financial assistance under the scheme so far. The authorities have now found out that all beneficiaries were not entitled to the benefits under the scheme and have asked the ineligible people to refund the money.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the scheme ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections held in April and May. He had assured that no eligible beneficiary would be left out of the scheme.The State government, which had increased the target of KALIA beneficiaries to 75 lakh families, has stopped disbursement of financial assistance following the revelation about bogus beneficiaries. It is now busy verifying the genuineness of each and every beneficiary and has extended the deadline of the verification process from August 14 to August 27.Verification processAccording to official sources, out of the 51 lakh existing beneficiaries, the verification of 13 lakh of them was completed till Tuesday and 70,000 were found to be ineligible. The number of bogus beneficiaries is likely to increase since more than one member of a family have managed to get assistance.In a majority of blocks, the number of applicants have outnumbered the number of ration card-holding families. A total of 54,000 applications were received for inclusion under KALIA from one block in Jagatsinghpur district while the total number of ration cards issued in the block stood at 23,000 only.An official of the Agriculture Department told The Hindu that the problem with KALIA is that people had applied individually instead of one member from a family seeking assistance under the scheme.Simultaneously, the government is also verifying applications of people who had been left out of the scheme earlier.The total number of applications received under KALIA stands at 1.25 crore against the targeted number of 75 lakh families, a surplus by 50 lakh.last_img read more

Lokpal panel winds up in failure; Hazare to fast from Aug 16

first_imgGandhian Anna Hazare has threatened to go on yet another fast-unto-death against the government’s “intransigence” on the contentious Lokpal legislation. He announced his decision to go on an indefinite fast after the failure of the final round of talks on the draft Bill on Tuesday.Stepping up his attack soon after the meeting with the government panel, Anna said he would go on a fast from August 16 as the government had ” no intention” of drafting a strong Lokpal Bill. He said protest was the only option left. (READ GOVT DRAFT OF LOKPAL BILL)”We have been saying the government is not serious on the Lokpal Bill. We are sure the people will teach them a lesson,” Hazare said.Sensing the mood of the activists, the UPA government gathered its flock to muster support on the draft Bill. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened a meeting of UPA leaders late in the evening in an apparent bid to show unity of the ruling alliance on the issue. (READ CIVIL SOCIETY DRAFT OF LOKPAL BILL)Sources said finance minister Pranab Mukherjee briefed the leaders on the two drafts and told them that he would hold consultations with all other parties too. The allies backed the government.Besides the PM, present at the meeting were UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, defence minister A. K. Antony, political secretary to Sonia, Ahmed Patel, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, NCP’s Praful Patel, DMK leader T. R. Baalu, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and IUML leader E. Ahmed. Sulking DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi, who was in Delhi to meet his jailed daughter Kanimozhi, stayed away.advertisementThe ninth and last meeting of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee ended with both sides differing on at least six key features. The government made it clear that two drafts of the Bill, one prepared by the government and the other by activists, will be circulated to all political parties.After taking the views of political parties, a single Bill, comprising both the views, will be presented to the Cabinet. The government proposes to call an all-party meeting in July.Just before the meeting, Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee voiced her strong support for the government stand. In fact, Banerjee went a step further to give a certificate of recommendation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. One of the most contested clauses during the discussions on the Lokpal is the inclusion of the prime minister in its ambit. The government is resisting PM’s inclusion, while the civil society is pressing for it.”I know the PM is an honest man,” Banerjee said at the Press Club in the Capital. “Do you think the inclusion of one person will strengthen the fight against corruption? Whether the PM or the chief justice is included, it hardly matters. To fight corruption we need a larger systemic change,” she said.The government has also postponed the monsoon session in order to arrive at a political consensus on the legislation. The session is usually held in the third week of July but now it is scheduled to begin on August 1.The civil society members maintained that they were “most disappointed” at the outcome of the drafting committee’s meetings but added that the government did agree to make major changes in their views on the Bill. HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the talks could not resolve key differences.One of the key issues, bringing the Prime Minister under the Lokpal’s purview, came up during Tuesday’s discussion as well. While the government opposed the clause, activists maintained that the Bill will be complete only if the PM and his office are also brought under the Bill’s purview. Both the sides also disagreed on issues like the appointment of Lokpal, integrating CBI and vigilance into Lokpal, bringing higher judiciary, lower bureaucracy and MPs in the Lokpal’s ambit.HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the government fears that the Lokpal can be a “parallel authority” if certain views of the activists were accepted. He maintained that the government is committed to table the Bill in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament. “We want to have a strong Lokpal bill but there need to be checks and balances. We can’t afford to have a parallel government,” he said.Sibal said the inclusion of PM in the Bill’s ambit was the major stumbling block. “The PM is the lynchpin of parliamentary democracy. We want to protect prospective PM and the institution of the Prime Minister,” he said. If the Lokpal starts issuing notice to the PM, “given the situation when we are in a neighbourhood which is extremely sensitive, anything can happen anytime,” he said.advertisementStating that the discussions with Team Anna were constructive, Sibal said the government has made changes in the initial draft. He said the government proposes to give Lokpal quasijudicial powers, provision for time-bound trial and police powers to its investigating officers. However, he said the government cannot allow a parallel investigation agency that will be answerable to nobody.After the meeting, Sibal said the Cabinet will take up the Bill after discussions with political parties. “They gave their draft, we gave our draft and there was a short discussion. However, on important issues there was no agreement. The views of political parties have been sought on six issues,” he said.Leaving scope for more discussions, Sibal said activists can comment on the government’s Bill within three days.”We agreed to disagree. But we hope that differences can be resolved. If they wish to give comments on our drafts, they can do so,” Sibal said.The activists, however, were far from impressed. “The government draft which was unveiled at the meeting excludes the Prime Minister,” Arvind Kejriwal, a member of the panel, said. “I am deeply disappointed by the government’s model of Lokpal,” said another member Prashant Bhushan.The drafting committee was formed on April 9. The panel is co-chaired by Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Supreme Court lawyer Shanti Bhushan. Five key ministers, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, M. Veerappa Moily and P Chidambaram, represented the government on the panel. Anna Hazare, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal and Santosh Hegde represented the activists.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more