Blue, gray, and Crimson

first_imgLate on the afternoon of Sept. 4, 1861, the soldiers of the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, fresh and eager for action after six weeks of training, boarded trains in Readville, Mass. They were headed south, to war.The 20th was called “the Harvard regiment” because so many of its officers were educated at the College. Some had left Harvard as undergraduates, quitting school in April when the first rebel shells rained down on Fort Sumter. By 1865, the regiment’s nickname was “the Bloody 20th.” Of the nearly 3,000 Union regiments that saw action, the Harvard regiment had the fifth-highest number of casualties.Harvard faculty, undergraduates, and graduates served in other regiments as well, and in every branch of the service. There were 246 dead among the 1,662 with Harvard ties who fought on both sides. In the Union ranks, 176 died. On the Confederate side, where 304 men with Harvard connections enlisted, 70 died, a mortality rate two and a half times higher than the Union side.The Civil War, now in its sesquicentennial, helped to define the modern Harvard, just as it helped to create a modern America that embraced a stronger national government and a powerful capitalistic impulse. By the end of the 1860s, Harvard had a new young president, Charles W. Eliot, who led decades of sweeping reforms.The war that tore apart the nation echoes into the present. Memorial Hall, a campus centerpiece whose tower overshadows the Yard, was built to honor the memory of the Union dead. They are named on tablets in the transept there, along with the battles in which they died.The Civil War took a deep toll on the living, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. ’61 is a good example. When he left school in April 1861, he was skinny, bookish, and a Phi Beta Kappa senior in college. He joined a force of Massachusetts militia volunteers guarding Fort Independence in Boston Harbor, and appeared only reluctantly at his July graduation, where he was Class Poet. Image courtesy of Harvard ArchivesHarvard’s current ties to the conflict begin at the top. President Drew Faust is a historian of the era whose 2008 book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.Another prominent Harvard historian, Louis Menand, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English, wrote “The Metaphysical Club,” a study of the intellectual currents set in motion by the war. His book won a Pulitzer in 2002.This semester, Harvard Professors John Stauffer and Amanda Claybaugh are teaching a course on slavery and the war. Stauffer is the author of eight books tied to the era. Claybaugh is working on a book about Reconstruction, the period from 1865 to 1877 that witnessed the beginning of a century of black slavery by another name.But when those first trains of Harvard men and others headed south in 1861, no one could have envisioned the enormous bloodshed ahead, in which at least 640,000 soldiers and sailors would die in combat or from war-related disease. That was 2 percent of the U.S. population at the time. (In modern terms, said Faust, that would equate to 6 million Americans slain.) At Harvard College, the war’s death toll equaled two average class years.The enormity of the war’s carnage came as a national shock, Faust wrote in “This Republic of Suffering.” “A war that was expected to be short-lived instead extended for four years and touched the life of nearly every American,” she wrote. “A military adventure undertaken as an occasion for heroics and glory turned into a costly struggle of suffering and loss.”Off to war, from HarvardAmong the first enlistees in the 20th was the patrician Caspar Crowninshield ’60, the rugged lead oar of his College crew team and the sixth from his family to graduate from Harvard. His thoughts turned somber on the train ride south. “I could not help feeling sad as I looked around,” he wrote, reflecting on how “few might ever return.”Union enlistments: 1,358College, 608Medical School, 387Law School, 285Lawrence Scientific, 54Divinity, 23Observatory, 1Killed or died of wounds, 110Died from disease, 63Died from accidents, 3Among the first to leave campus had been John Langdon Ward ’62, who departed five days after the attack on Fort Sumter. Within a month, already in the war zone, he wrote a letter back to an undergraduate magazine, describing his first picket duty: “T’was romantic — very.”It was Crowninshield’s vision of the coming war, not Ward’s, that proved prescient. During the conflict, 1,696 men would pass through “the Bloody 20th.” Of the more than 700 soldiers on the trains that September day, just 44 would survive the Civil War.The southbound trains carried 25 baggage wagons, 120 horses, and a dozen deserters in chains. The regiment paused in New York City, where some officers — including 1st Lt. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. ’61, a future associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — enjoyed a final patrician meal at Delmonico’s. Six weeks later, during the 20th’s first combat, Holmes would be flat on his back, spitting blood from a chest wound.That minor engagement, at Ball’s Bluff, Va., on Oct. 20, was a rout for the outnumbered federal troops, a humiliating reprise of the Union’s defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run in July. For the 20th, the “butcher’s bill” — a term Holmes would later use in a letter home — came to 88 officers and men killed or wounded.Confederate enlistments: 304College, 94Medical School, 2Law School, 177Lawrence Scientific, 31Killed or died of wounds, 57Died from disease, 12Died from accidents, 1Source: Harvard Alumni Bulletin, 1918In her book, Faust rightly argues that the Civil War was the first modern conflict of attrition, with numbers so huge that authorities grappled for decades to get accurate counts. “Names might remain unknown,” she wrote, “but numbers need not be.” She described the conflict’s immense scale: 2.1 million Northerners under arms, and 880,000 Southerners — 75 percent of all Southern white men of military age.Witnessing a theater of war so large and violence on such a scale changes people. “I started this thing as a boy,” Holmes wrote to his mother in 1864, after three years of service. “I am now a man.” In the same letter he acknowledged his exhaustion with the war. “I honestly think the duty of fighting has ceased for me,” a chastened Holmes wrote, “ceased because I have laboriously and with much suffering of mind and body earned the right …”But in other ways the war retained its power for Holmes, who in 1902 joined the high court. All through Harvard Law School, past fame, and into old age, he kept his military moustaches. And all his life, Holmes, who lived until 1935, liked it when people called him “captain.”In 1861, Holmes viewed the war as a moral action that affirmed his beliefs in racial equality and a unified country. By the end of his service, mentally spent and three times wounded, he had changed. “The war did more than make him lose those beliefs,” wrote Menand. “It made him lose his belief in beliefs.”“For the generation that lived through it, the Civil War was a terrible and traumatic experience,” Menand wrote. “It tore a hole in their lives. To some of them, the war seemed not just a failure of democracy, but a failure of culture, a failure of ideas.”Most scholars agree that the war made the United States modern, ingrained the notion of a strong central government, accelerated broad-based capitalism, and set in motion a cultural conflict over race, sovereignty, and states’ rights that still simmers today. Contemporary Civil War scholarship shows that even 150 years later, this transformative conflict still has the power to disrupt, puzzle, and even anger.In some ways, the war is still being fought, chiefly on the battlefields of culture, said Stauffer, who directs Harvard’s American Civilization Ph.D. program. The course he is co-teaching with Claybaugh explores the temporal boundaries of the war that – in military terms – lasted from 1861 to 1865. In other terms, the war began perhaps as early as Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion. After 1865, it went on at least until 1915, when the silent war film “Birth of a Nation” signaled how racial tensions still warped the embittered South.Harvard ‘a touchstone’ of social forcesStauffer and other scholars probe the war’s complexities. And in the years before 1861, Harvard itself was a prime example of those complexities, containing all of the boiling social forces that by 1861 made war inevitable. “It was a touchstone,” said Stauffer of antebellum Harvard.Before the war Harvard, like the nation, was a place of factions and frictions.Some undergraduates embraced a fierce New England abolitionism. One of them was the angelically handsome William Lowell Putnam, a Harvard Law School student who served with Holmes in the 20th. His grandfather had added to the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution the landmark sentence that began, “All men are born free and equal.” When Putnam died at Ball’s Bluff, his body was placed near a groggy Holmes in a field hospital. “Beautiful boy,” Holmes heard someone say nearby, and he knew it was Putnam.Other undergraduates were hostile to the idea of abolition and the egalitarianism it implied. One was Henry Livermore Abbott ’60, a caustic elitist who nonetheless left Harvard Law School to join the 20th and defend the Union. He died at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. Holmes praised the recklessly brave Abbott in a Memorial Day address in 1884, remembering the way he liked to swing his bared sword at the tip of a finger, “like a cane.”In 1860-’61, still other Harvard students were patriotic, but remained sympathetic with a South that wanted to govern itself. Just before he enlisted, William Francis Bartlett ’62, who was known more for his skill at billiards than for his scholarship, wrote a school essay arguing the South’s case for independence. Yet he entered the war as a Union private, emerged as a brigadier general, and survived the conflict only at great personal cost.In 1862, Bartlett was severely wounded in one knee, and three months later appeared — one-legged — at his graduation. Subsequent wounds to an arm, a foot, and his temple made him one of Harvard’s most battered veterans, “a wreck of wounds,” wrote historian Richard F. Miller, author of “Harvard’s Civil War,” a study of the 20th Massachusetts.Still other Harvard students in that era were from the South, and quickly rallied to its cause. Eager to defend their homeland, they largely vacated the University in the winter of 1860-’61.One of them was the improbably (but aptly) named States Rights Gist, who became a brigadier general in South Carolina. He had attended Harvard Law School from 1851 to ’52 and had helped in the bombardment of Fort Sumter. Gist was killed in action in 1864.Another Harvard Confederate was John Frink Smith Van Bokkelen ’63, who early in 1861 joined a North Carolina regiment. He was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville in 1863. “While suffering from his wounds,” one writer later observed, “he spoke kindly of Harvard and his classmates.”Perhaps Van Bokkelen knew that classmates were nearby. The 20th Massachusetts also fought at Chancellorsville, where Holmes received his third wound. During the same battle, Sumner Paine ’65, a freshly minted second lieutenant and just 17 years old, took command of the wounded Holmes’ company. Two months later, Paine was killed at Gettysburg at age 18, the youngest Harvard student to die in the war. Witnesses said his last words were, “Isn’t this glorious?”The Harvard campus during the warPaine’s last words were an echo of the wave of patriotism that swept the College at the outset of the war. “Intense excitement about the surrender of Fort Sumter,” wrote Harvard librarian John Langdon Sibley in a diary entry from April 15, 1861. That day, two members of the junior class left campus to join a Zouave regiment, cheered on by their peers and Harvard President Cornelius Conway Felton.At the Divinity School, students raised money to buy a pistol for a Harvard volunteer. On April 29, amid rumors that a nearby arsenal would be attacked by “secessionists among the law students,” Sibley wrote, a force of armed students and faculty guarded it overnight. By May 1, he noted in his diary that the gymnasium, stripped of exercise equipment, “is beaten by military tramp” during student rifle drills.Among Harvard’s graduates, the first to enlist after the attack on Fort Sumter was Henry Walker ’55. He reported to the Massachusetts State House — out of breath from running, his friends said. About the same time, six Harvard undergraduates signed up with the Union forces. Ten others left to serve with the Confederacy.“We forebear to publish the names of the ten secessionists who have just left us,” wrote the editors of the April 1861 issue of Harvard Magazine, a student publication. A Southern sympathizer sent his copy of the next issue back, and inserted a scathing note. “All honors to the chivalric ‘ten’ who left you to do battle for their homes!,” it began. “As you are ‘eager for the fray,’ you had better visit now, and we will make you smell the powder and feel the steel of Southern gentlemen.”In the offending issue its student editors had declared that “the voice of Harvard is for war!”In 1861, there was no obligation for Harvard students to go to war. And there was no obligation for Harvard graduates to leave the comfort of their homes. But many did. Many gave up lives of privilege, including a graduate from the distant Class of 1825. Holmes, for one, was a direct descendant of the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was also was the son of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., who was both a literary light and a famous Harvard Medical School professor.Harvard enlistees included a Who’s Who of famous New England names, from Bowditch, Cabot, Wigglesworth, Weld, and Whittier, to Dana, Hollis, Putnam, Sumner, and Winthrop. During the war, two Lowells died, along with two sons each from the Perkins, Abbott, Bachelor, Russell, and Revere families.William Francis Bartlett ’62, shown here still haggard and gaunt from the war, enlisted as a private and emerged in 1865 a general — but at great personal cost and after many woundings. In 1862, three months after his first wound, he appeared — one-legged — at his graduation. Image courtesy of Harvard ArchivesYes, that Revere. Among the first staff officers in the 20th was Maj. Paul Joseph Revere ’52, grandson of the “midnight rider” of the American Revolution. A burly outdoorsman and champion of the poor, Revere was married, the father of two, and a successful businessman when he signed up in 1861. “I have weighed it all,” he said, “and there is something higher still.” He died on July 4, 1863, two days after being wounded at Gettysburg. His brother, Edward H.R. Revere ’47, had died earlier at Antietam, the only medical officer of the 20th to fall in combat.Henry Ropes ’62, from a wealthy family, signed on with the 20th early in 1862, eight months shy of graduating. He was soon revered for being cool under fire, once remarking that bullets tearing through his clothes were simply “fishes nibbling.” Ropes died at Gettysburg.Charles Russell Lowell, valedictorian of the Class of ’54, was another aristocrat turned warrior. He became a daring cavalry officer, whose clothes in one engagement were shot full of holes and his scabbard shattered by incoming fire. When Lowell died in combat in 1864, fellow cavalryman George Armstrong Custer wept, and Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan called him “the perfection of a man and a soldier.”Then there was Robert Gould Shaw, perhaps the most widely known Harvard Union officer because he led the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first all-black federal units in the war. He was a wealthy abolitionist and man of letters who had left Harvard in 1859. Shaw died assaulting South Carolina’s Fort Wagner in 1863, and was buried in a common trench with his soldiers.Holmes later said of Harvard’s contribution to the war, “She sent a few gentlemen into the field, who died there becomingly.”In 1863, there were fewer than 2,700 living graduates of Harvard College. More than half of them enlisted.Transformations, and sometimes notThe war had transformed Holmes, Bartlett, and other veterans, physically and otherwise. But at Harvard as the war played out, “College life went on much as usual,” wrote Harvard historian Samuel Eliot Morison in a 1936 study, “and with scarcely diminished attendance.”On campus, the days were “interrupted and filled at times with great excitement caused by the Civil War,” remembered 1865 graduate Marshall S. Snow in a 1914 essay. After breakfast, he wrote, students would scan the bulletin boards for lists of casualties. Sometimes, the College chapel held military funerals. “Those were the days which made the most thoughtless students thoughtful,” wrote Snow, and “made them realize something of the cost of saving the Union.”Far from the fighting, students enjoyed the intimacy of a very small campus. (In 1865 the faculty numbered just 18, including President Thomas Hill.) The students warmed their rooms with hard coal, drew water from the Harvard pump, and took meals at local boardinghouses. They watched as Grays Hall was built, as Massachusetts Hall got a new roof, and as a new sport came to Harvard: baseball.Perhaps the most poignant sign of campus normalcy in those years was the presence of Robert Todd Lincoln, the president’s son, who graduated in 1864. In the last few weeks of the war, he was a U.S. Army staff officer who, at the insistence of his mother, never got near the front. The young Lincoln’s one brush with trouble in college came in 1862. The faculty admonished him for smoking in Harvard Square.Just after the war ended, Harvard veterans were invited to attend Commencement. The oft-wounded Bartlett was there, and Holmes too. Alongside them were more than 200 other returning veterans, many with empty sleeves and pant legs pinned up. They were all still young, one reporter wrote, but they looked old.The invitation had come from the Class of ’65, which had lost just one of its number — Sumner Paine — in combat. During the ceremonies, Bartlett was invited to speak. He had drilled his men while standing on one leg. Deprived of mobility, he had routinely ridden into battle as the sole horseman. He had nearly died during eight months as a prisoner of war. Yet the strong-willed Bartlett, asked to speak, had trouble saying anything. He could only, and just barely, hold back his tears.last_img read more

Tigers top Panthers, stay atop Little 4

first_imgKien Mazzotti rushed for two touchdowns and the Arcata Tigers topped its Little 4 Conference rival, the McKinleyville Panthers, 24-15 Friday night in McKinleyville.Arcata’s win puts them at 4-4 overall and 3-1 in Little 4 conference play as the Tigers look to keep pace with both Hoopa and Ferndale in the Little 4. McKinleyville falls to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the little 4 after suffering its third straight home loss.“I just love those guys,” Arcata head coach Jamal Jones said. “We battled …last_img read more

World’s Top Ten Airlines has announced along with its Airline Excellence Awards its Top Ten airlines for 2017.Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Lufthansa.To be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.Book your cheap flights with the world’s best developed its unique seven-star ratings system after two years of evaluation and the system is now endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.The editors of, some of the most experienced and awarded, look for a consistent level of service, innovation and staff engagement from each major contender.According to Editor-in-Chief “we are looking for leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class.” “In our evaluation we will also consider the considerable audited website feedback from passengers on our website.”Mr Thomas noted a big mover this year was Australia’s Qantas which jumped up to 2nd spot from 4th while Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic went from 7th up to 5th. Qantas produced a stunning financial turnaround in 2016 and will take delivery of its first Boeing 787s in 2017. Its customer approval rating is at an all-time high and it continues to innovate with lie-flat beds on all its A330s that operate domestic and regional international flights.Singapore Airlines which took 3rd position is always at the forefront of airline awards and introduced its new premium economy, revamped business class and the new A350 over the last 12 months.  Cathay Pacific Airways held number 4 spot and is always in the winner’s circle. It has won numerous awards from including Best Business Class in 2013 and 2015 and Best Asia/Pacific Airline for 2016.Moving into 5th spot are two of the Virgin Group airlines – Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic. Both in their own markets have been taking giant strides. Virgin Australia has introduced its new business class and has completed its makeover from a low-cost carrier to a new world airline while Virgin Atlantic has introduced 787s and ordered A350s.In 6th position British Airways continues the introduction of 787s and A380s while rolling out cabin enhancements.Taking 7th position Etihad Airways continues its leading role in global aviation with the world’s best First Class while launching new aircraft such as the 777X. It is also proceeding with its aggressive fleet roll out with 10 787s in service and 65 on order. The airline also has 65 A350s on order.    In 8th position All Nippon Airways continues its dominance of Japanese aviation. It is the leading operators of the Boeing 787 and a launch customer for the 777X. The airline is at the forefront of cabin innovation.Taking out 9th spot EVA Air has always been the leader in Taiwanese aviation and has been a leader in introducing cabin innovation such as premium economy in 1992.At number 10 Germany’s Lufthansa is a byword for operational excellence and professionalism and one of the world’s most respected airlines. ‘’Whether number 1 or number 10 these airlines are the best of the best – the elite in aviation,” said Mr Thomas. “They are the trendsetters and the benchmark by which all others are judged.”last_img read more

SA to adopt DVB-T2 digital TV standard

first_imgSet-top-boxes needed According to the DVB Project, 14 Southern African Development Community countries had accepted DVB-T, the main digital standard in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Mauritius has already completed the switch-over to DVB-T. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews After the December 2013 deadline, South Africans with analogue TVs will need special set-top boxes in order to receive images. “This little box … will receive the digital signal, convert it to analogue and then take it back to the analogue TV so that the images can be broadcast,” Padayachie explained. “Perhaps the biggest dividend out of the whole thing is that it will start liberating spectrum currently being used in the broadcasting of signal … This opens up the opportunity to have more channels,” Padayachie said. South Africa will adopt the DVB-T2 digital television standard, and the country’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting should be complete by December 2013, Communications Minister Radhakrishna Padayachie said in Pretoria last week. It further adds that DVB-T2 has a higher bit-rate than its predecessor, making it a more suitable system for carrying high definition (HD) signals on a terrestrial television channel. DVB standards are maintained by the DVB Project, an international industry consortium with around 250 members. While the deadline for South Africa’s analogue switch-off had been extended from its original date of November 2011, Padayachie said the new deadline was still within the decision by the International Telecommunication Union to switch off analogue signals worldwide by 2015. Padayachie would not speculate on how much the set-top box would cost, saying it would depend on the capabilities the box could deliver. Manufacturing, export opportunities The digital migration process could serve as a catalyst for revitalising South Africa’s electronics manufacturing industry, Padayachie said, adding that the there could be opportunities for exporting the set-top boxes to other African countries also busy with digital migration. The government would subsidise set-top boxes, but only for the “poorest of the poor”, while those who fell above a certain income band would be expected to buy them at full cost. According to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, DVB-T2 stands for Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial Second Generation, an extension of the television standard DVB-T. 17 January 2011 DVB-T2 had the capability to give viewers access to 14 channels using the same amount of spectrum. Not only would the increase in the channels give viewers a wider range to choose from, but it would also stimulate the production and creative industries, Padayachie said.last_img read more

2017 Tournament Livestream

first_imgCan’t make it to the Sunshine Coast to watch our showcase of events? We have got you covered!Join the action of the following events from home:Harvey Norman National Youth ChampionshipsHarvey Norman National Schools CupAlliance CupMasters Trans Tasman Test SeriesLivestream coverage of field one will begin from 9:00am AEST Wednesday 13 September 2017.To view the livestream, click hereKeep up-to-date with all of the action via TFA social media channels!Facebook – – – – – tfaofficiallast_img read more

Lundin Mining launches 14billion hostile takeover bid for Nevsun Resources

first_imgTORONTO – Lundin Mining Corp. is carrying through on its vow to take a $1.4-billion cash takeover offer directly to the shareholders of Nevsun Resources Ltd. after the target company rejected previous proposals.The Toronto-based miner says it has formally requested the Nevsun securityholder list and will directly offer $4.75 in cash for each share.Nevsun, in response, advises shareholders to do nothing until it makes a formal recommendation, noting the offer is open until Nov. 9 and repeating its contention that it ignores “the fundamental value of Nevsun.”Lundin announced it intended to make the hostile takeover offer for its Vancouver-based rival on July 16.Since then, Nevsun’s stock price has jumped nearly 15 per cent, from $4.21 to $4.83.Lundin says the offer represents a premium of 82 per cent to the closing price of $2.61 on Feb. 6, the date of its first proposal to Nevsun, and 33 per cent to the closing price of $3.58 on April 30, when it made a public offer.Companies in this article include: (TSX:NSU, TSX:LUN)last_img read more

Sporting beyond the field

first_imgThere have been plenty of controversies lately regarding the Indian cricket team wearing camouflaged Army caps to show solidarity with the martyrs of the recent Pulwama terror strike during the ODI against Australia in Ranchi. On the other hand, the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha playing the 2018/19 Irani Cup against Rest of India (ROI) in Nagpur also expressed solidarity with the slain soldiers. On Day 4 of the ongoing game, the Vidarbha cricketers wore black armbands to protest the Pulwama attack. The ROI batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane also joined them. Thus, in perspective, the sports field has always been used to make bigger political statements. The 2009 attack on Sri Lankan cricketers when a bus carrying the team was fired upon by 12 gunmen near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore was a one-off incident when the world learnt that sportsmen were not out of the terrorists’ radar. Before the cricketing fraternity could realise the consequences, Pakistan plunged into the abyss of isolation. The black armband protest by Zimbabwean cricketers Andy Flower and Henry Olonga during the 2003 cricket World Cup to “mourn the death of democracy in Zimbabwe” drew attention from far and wide. Flower and Olonga were eventually forced to leave Zimbabwe. They later settled in the UK. This political unrest also led to unwillingness from foreign countries to play cricket in Zimbabwe. Australian Prime Minister John Howard expressed concerns for the Australian cricket team playing thereafter he led the charge to throw out Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth of Nations for their land seizure programme resulting in the death of many white Zimbabwean farmers. England forfeited their opening game in Zimbabwe at the 2003 World Cup as a sign of opposition to the regime. The Black Power salute photo, one of the most influential protest images of all time, was captured when US sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stepped onto the world stage during the Summer Olympics in Mexico City in 1968 and raised their gloved fists in a human rights protest during their medal ceremony. The image became an iconic picture of the Black Power movement and an emotional reference for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. On October 31, 1984, India abandoned the rest of the tour with Pakistan when they learnt that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had been shot dead. There are numerous such examples throughout history when the sporting arena has been used as a platform for silent protest and drew the attention of the world. India, like many other countries, has had its share of political instances in sports as well. Such efforts to disassociate politics from sports are, therefore, outrageously pointless, owing to the kind of passion and enthusiasm it generates in this country, let alone the impact it creates as the most decent and favourable form of dissent.last_img read more

Cong questions EC for suspending its Odisha official asks what was in

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday questioned the Election Commission order suspending a high-ranking poll official deputed to Odisha for allegedly checking the prime minister’s chopper and said EC rules “do not exempt” PM’s vehicle from being checked. The opposition party accused the EC of “bias” after it suspended Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for what the poll panel said was “dereliction of duty” with regard to “SPG protectees”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Congress also wondered what Modi was carrying in his helicopter that he did not want India to see. “An official was suspended by ECI for doing his job of inspecting vehicles. The rule cited governs the use of official vehicles for campaigning. It DOES NOT exempt PM’s vehicle from being searched,” the Congress said on its official Twitter handle. “What is Modi carrying in the helicopter that he doesn’t want India to see?” it added. The Congress said instead of checking all flights of leaders, the EC was acting against its officials. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “After the case of the mysterious box being moved from Modi’s chopper, we’d have expected the Election Commission of India to investigate every flight. “But suspending an official who did this reeks of bias,” the party said in another tweet. According to an EC order, IAS officer Mohsin was suspended for “actions contrary to the instructions of the Commission concerning SPG protectees” on April 16 the day SPG-protectee Prime Minister Modi visited Sambalpur in Odisha to address an election rally. “There have been instances where during polls EC was allowed to check convoys of both current & the former Congress President. SPG protectees can’t be frisked personally. Why suspend an officer for checking PM’s chopper? What message is being sent? Law is special for some?” senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted.last_img read more

Handicrafts exporters to get benefits under MEIS scheme for exports to Iran

first_imgNEW DELHI: Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH informed that the exporters especially from Moradabad were facing problem with respect to export shipment made to countries which are in Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list and e-BRC could not be generated by the concerned banks for exports to listed countries including Iran. As a result, the exporters were unable to get MEIS benefits. Kumar further said that EPCH took up the matter regarding non-issuance of e-BRC at the highest level in the Minister of Textiles, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Finance and DGFT and with the constant follow-up, the DGFT has issued Public Notice No. 8/2015-20 dated 14th March 2019 in the matter that a declaration by the exporter along with a self-attested copy of the proof of payment such as Foreign Inward Remittance Certificates/Statements etc. can be given to the DGFT for claiming MEIS benefits. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRK Passi, Chairman – EPCH said that it had been a long pending demand of handicrafts exporters and solution provided by DGFT is a very welcome step and would certainly boost the morale of the exporters for their future endeavors. Rakesh Kumar, DG – EPCH said that with this initiative the exporters are going to get a much needed MEIS benefits for their exports and it will energize them to continue their efforts towards enhancing exports from the country. The Handicrafts exports during the year 2018 -19 is Rs 26590.25 crores registering a growth of 15.46% during the same period last year, however, the exports of handicrafts to Iran is around Rs. 500.00 crores, informed Kumar.last_img read more