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first_imgAs Madhya Pradesh continues to reel under frequent and unscheduled power cuts, officials of the state electricity company are holding bats responsible for the woes, claiming that the flying mammals are causing faults in the supply lines, especially in the state capital. They say bats hanging on the power supply lines sometimes cause short circuits, which ultimately lead to outages. This claim has triggered a fresh round of blame game between the Kamal Nath-led Congress government and the opposition, BJP. The saffron party said instead of giving these excuses, the power utility and the state government should work in a responsible manner, while the ruling Congress said there was no crisis as MP is a power surplus state. State Energy Minister Priyavrat Singh, however, contended that overloaded power transformers and not bats could be the main reason behind the problem. Talking to PTI, the minister said, “In a review meeting of Bhopal district (held on June 14), an official of the power company had said that bats are creating faults in the supply lines along the lake (Upper Lake)…But I don’t think this is a major reason. I pulled up the official, who had said so.”“I told the official to repair the supply lines by insulating them. This work had already been carried out. I asked the officials to consider installation of ultrasonic devices, after due environment clearances, in the areas where bats are creating problems,” he added.Mr. Singh said there were several others reasons that might be behind the faults in supply lines.“At some places, a squirrel may create a problem. But the main reason of fault is overloaded power transformers. Maintenance of power supply lines was neglected for years. I asked the officials to carry out proper maintenance of the distribution lines,” he said. Spokesperson of Madhya Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Ltd, Manoj Dwivedi, said, “The faults in power supply lines in the vicinity of Upper Lake (in Bhopal) were reported due to bats. This largely happens due to short- circuits caused by bats hanging on the power supply lines.” The company carries out work of insulation in such cases, he said.“That area of Bhopal had bats earlier too, but power supply used to be uninterrupted. Instead of giving excuses, the power company as well as the government should work responsibly. Were the bats born only after the Congress came to power?” state BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said. The Congress government had earlier said that poor quality of transformers purchased during the previous BJP dispensation was the reason behind the electricity issues. During the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in April this year, Chief Minister Kamal Nath had alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the power cuts in the state. At that time, state Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot had also said that some officials of the power distribution company were working against the ruling Congress, resulting in power outages.“During the campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections, Nath, in order to hide his government’s failure, used to blame the BJP and certain officials for power cuts. But even after the polls, outages continued in every part of the state despite it being a power surplus state,” Mr. Agrawal said. He said that inept handling by the Congress government has created this crisis. However, the state Congress said that the BJP had run out of issues and was raising hue and cry over such “non-issues“.“Pre-monsoon maintenance is a routine process and it was happening during the BJP rule as well. The technical faults are being repaired. MP is a power surplus state and there is no crisis. Opposition is spreading lies,” state Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said.“Due to factionalism within the BJP, the leaders of that party are trying to outdo each other and levelling false allegations,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgAn earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale was reported from Purulia in West Bengal on Monday at about 2.55 a.m. The epicentre of the earthquake was 22 km below the surface of earth at a latitude 23.1 degrees north and longitude of 86.5 degrees east.There have been no reports of any damage.last_img

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first_imgNew South Wales and Queensland will battle it out in their quest to be 2014 champions when they meet at the Sunshine Coast Stadium for the 2014 State of Origin Series next week.   Teams from Under 20’s Boys and Girls through to Men’s 55’s will battle it out at on Friday, 19 September and Saturday, 20 September across three games per division.  The thinnest of margins proved the difference the last time the Origin series was contested with New South Wales narrowly edging-out Queensland 7-6  at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in September 2012. While New South Wales claimed the series and overall crown, it was Queensland who took bragging rights in the Open divisions, winning the blue ribbon Men’s and Women’s divisions, while New South Wales prevailed in the Mixed division. The stage is set for an exciting series, the countdown is well and truly on!The State of Origin Series will be run in conjunction with the 2014 National Youth Championships, which will run from Wednesday, 17 September through to Saturday, 20 September. Stay tuned to the State of Origin Series and Touch Football Australia websites for all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2014 State of Origin Series – www.soo.myclub.mytouchfooty.com and www.touchfootball.com.au. Keep in touch with Touch Football Australia in the following ways during the 2014 State of Origin Series:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the #SOO2014 and #origin hashtags)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the #SOO2014 and #origin hashtags)Website – www.austouch.com.auRelated LinksState of Originlast_img read more

first_imgMathias Pogba dismisses claims Real Madrid midfielder Valverde superior to brother Paulby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMathias Pogba has dismissed claims that Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde is superior to brother Paul.Valverde’s recent emergence has prompted suggestions Real coach Zinedine Zidane may end his pursuit of Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.But CD Manchego striker Mathias believes Zidane could still do with his brother’s services, insisting the World Cup winner ‘is better’ than the youngster.“Of course [he’s better than Valverde],” Mathias said of his sibling during an appearance on El Chiringuito. “My brother is better than Valverde technically, and has better vision of the game.”He later added: “Right now, my brother is better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCalipari tweets about Andrew Harrison following the NBA draft.Calipari’s NBA Draft RecapThe NBA Draft came and went last night and, once again, it was full of Kentucky players. Karl-Anthony Towns went No. 1 to Minnesota, Willie Cauley-Stein went No. 6 to Sacramento, Trey Lyles went No. 12 to Utah, Devin Booker went No. 13 to Phoenix, Andrew Harrison went No. 44 to Phoenix and Dakari Johnson went No. 48 to Oklahoma City. Only one of the Wildcats’ seven draft entrants went unselected: shooting guard Aaron Harrison. Following the draft, Kentucky’s John Calipari, who was in attendance in Brooklyn, tweeted about his former players. He says Aaron Harrison “will be fine.” Six guys get drafted and tie a record, four lottery picks, and another No. 1 pick – it’s been another unbelievable night.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m proud of the guys. Our job as coaches is to help these kids realize their dreams. I’m so happy that a lot of lives were changed tonight.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015I’m disappointed Aaron didn’t get drafted, but he will be fine. He will be on a summer league team fighting for a position on an NBA team.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 26, 2015How many Kentucky players will get picked in the 2016 NBA Draft?last_img read more

first_imgjeffery simmons releaseTwitter/@JoshJacksonWAPTAs he awaits the final resolution of two misdemeanor charges for simple assault and disturbing the peace, Mississippi State has admitted five-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons. In late March, video surfaced of Simmons punching a woman while she was on the ground. In Mississippi State’s release on the decision, it says that he was “attempting to break up a domestic fight” involving his sister.How MSU describes the incident: pic.twitter.com/QsUIoy6rMb— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) June 2, 2016Simmons, the top recruit in the state of Mississippi, will be suspended for the season opener against South Alabama, and will undergo counseling once enrolled at the school. According to USA Today, Simmons is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.Here is the full statement released by Mississippi State:5-star Mississippi State signee Jeffery Simmons allowed to enroll, with conditions pic.twitter.com/okHn2qpzI9— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 2, 2016[HailState.com]last_img read more