Post Crossing Society showcases Channapatna toys online- The New Indian Express

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BENGALURU:  In line with the Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat speech a month ago urging entrepreneurs and start-ups to make the country a global toy hub, the Post Crossing Society of India has unveiled a set of postcards featuring the trademark toys of 12 states, including Channapatna toys from Karnataka. To commemorate the 151st World Post Card Day on October 1, they will be simultaneously released across the country virtually via ‘DebutPex 2020’, India’s first online postcard exhibition, said acting Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Circle, S Rajendra Kumar. 

Colonel Akhil Kumar, founding member of the Society, told TNIE, “We have been regularly coming out with postcards to promote the country in different way by showcasing its birds, dances, tourist spots and so on. After hearing the PM’s talk, we decided that the toys manufactured in the country need to be promoted.”

One side of the postcard has

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Newsom signs law mandating more diversity in California corporate boardrooms

Many California corporations will have to increase the diversity of their boards of directors under a new law signed Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom to address a shortage of people of color in executive positions.



Gavin Newsom wearing a suit and tie: Gov. Gavin Newsom has acted on a bill requiring more diversity on corporate boards in California. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)


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Gov. Gavin Newsom has acted on a bill requiring more diversity on corporate boards in California. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The law requires some 625 publicly held corporations headquartered in California to include at least one person from an underrepresented community by the end of next year, with additional appointments required in future years.

Newsom said during an online signing ceremony that the law is necessary to promote diversity in corporate boardrooms as part of a broader effort to improve racial equity in the U.S.

“When we talk about racial justice, we talk about empowerment, we talk about power, we need to talk about seats at the

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US Senate passes stopgap to prevent government shutdown

The US Senate passed a budget bill Wednesday that avoids an imminent government shutdown and extends funding weeks beyond the November 3 presidential election, after Democrats reached a deal with the White House and Republicans.

The bipartisan text, which easily cleared the Senate 84 votes to 10 a week after it passed the House of Representatives, now goes to the White House.

President Donald Trump would need to sign the stop-gap measure by 11:59 pm Wednesday to avoid a partial government shutdown, as fiscal year 2021 technically begins on October 1.

The short-term legislation would keep government federal agencies operating at current funding levels until December 11, easing pressure on Congress — and presidential candidates Trump and Democrat Joe Biden — to address the issue during a heated election.

The measure adds nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for children and families, and extends funding for community health

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Why Is Kelly Clarkson Being Sued by Her Father-in-Law’s Company?

Thanksgiving for the Clarkson and Blackstock family may be awkward this year.

Kelly Clarkson is being sued by her management company, which is owned by her estranged husband Brandon’s father, Narvel Blackstock. Brandon is also listed as part of the company’s executive team.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Starstruck Management Group claims they are owed more than $1.4 million in unpaid commissions from The Voice judge. The lawsuit also claimed that Clarkson breached an oral contract, and seeks “declaratory relief and an accounting.”

“Over the course of approximately 13 years, Starstruck developed Clarkson into a mega superstar,” the complaint, via Entertainment Tonight, states. “By way of example only, Starstruck was instrumental in helping Clarkson achieve success in terms of numerous hit albums, multiple GRAMMY wins and nominations, her role on popular television shows like The Voice and her own talk show.”

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“Despite Starstruck’s hard work

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Dannevirke Art Society diamond exhibition opens

Dannevirke’s Art Society is 60 years old this year and as such it just had to overcome the Covid restrictions and celebrate its diamond exhibition this month.

Opening night is October 9 between 5.30pm and 7pm in the A&P Produce Hall and it is set to be a glittering affair as female guests are invited to bring out their diamonds and sequins and men to wear vests and bow ties. Entry costs $5.

Tracy Pearson painting Happy Birthday To Me as an entry in the Rosebowl Competition with the theme Celebration.
Tracy Pearson painting Happy Birthday To Me as an entry in the Rosebowl Competition with the theme Celebration.

In this time the winners of the Heather Foote Trophy and Rosebowl will be announced and after that sales of paintings on display can proceed. Several life members will be present and some of their work will be on display.

The exhibition continues through to October 18 from 10am-4pm daily with a late night Wednesday, October 14 until 7pm

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Lt. Collins’ Law Among New MD Measures Taking Effect Oct. 1

By Philip Van Slooten, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

ANNAPOLIS, MD — An update to Maryland’s hate crimes law, named for slain Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, is one of several anti-discrimination measures going into effect Oct. 1. Other notable bills address crime, the environment and healthcare, including an infectious disease mandate named for Olivia Paregol, a University of Maryland freshman who died during a 2018 campus outbreak.

Collins’ Law – HB917/SB606. Sponsored by Delegate C. T. Wilson, D-Charles, and Sen. Joanne C. Benson, D-Prince George’s, this hate crimes update was named in honor of the Bowie State University ROTC candidate who was murdered by Sean Urbanski at a University of Maryland, College Park bus stop in 2017.

“He was a young rising star, a young military officer about to be commissioned,” state Sen. William C. Smith Jr., D-Montgomery, said of Collins, who was Black.

While Urbanski, who is white, was

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Senate Passes Stopgap Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

(Bloomberg) — The Senate Wednesday passed a stopgap spending bill needed to prevent an Oct. 1 shutdown of the federal government on an 84 to 10 vote.



a large building: The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The Senate returns today with the Trump administration and Democrats no closer to agreement on a new virus relief package than they were when talks broke off in early August, despite the pressure of the U.S. election in 56 days.


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The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The Senate returns today with the Trump administration and Democrats no closer to agreement on a new virus relief package than they were when talks broke off in early August, despite the pressure of the U.S. election in 56 days.

The bill, H.R. 8337, which easily passed the House last week, now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. He is expected to sign it before the midnight deadline.

The funding bill would keep the government operating through Dec. 11 at current spending levels.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats, along with White House officials, last week removed the final stumbling block, striking a deal by agreeing to provide

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American Physical Society announces five 2020 fellows affiliated with Jefferson Lab

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IMAGE: The American Physical Society’s newly released list of 2020 Fellowships
includes two staff scientists and three others who have conducted or collaborated on research at Jefferson Lab.
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NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Five researchers who are affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility have been selected by their professional peers for the distinct honor of Fellow of the American Physical Society.

“We are proud to see both our staff and members of our User community recognized by their peers for significant contributions to the field of Nuclear Physics,” said Jefferson Lab Director Stuart Henderson. “Each one of these new APS Fellows has furthered our understanding of the subatomic world in their own, unique way, and it’s through these many diverse and important contributions that we move science forward.”

According to the APS, each of these four researchers has made

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Government promises to hold votes ‘wherever possible’ on nationwide measures after Tory rebellion



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Matt Hancock has unveiled a government concession giving MPs a say in future “significant national measures” to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, including holding votes wherever possible.

In response to mounting frustration over the introduction of new Covid-19 rules and a lack of parliamentary oversight, the health secretary said he had listened to concerns raised by dozens of backbench Conservatives, who had threatened a rebellion.

His comments followed the dramatic intervention from Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons speaker, who rebuked Boris Johnson’s government for treating parliament with “contempt” and pushing through sweeping restrictions in a “totally unsatisfactory” way.

During a press conference at Downing Street on Wednesday evening, the prime minister also warned he would “not hesitate” to impose further national restrictions if the evidence from scientific advisers required it.

Opening a debate on the Coronavirus Act, which provides ministers with the powers to enact draconian

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UN calls on new Mali government to implement peace agreement

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week called on Mali’s transitional government to maintain a 2015 peace agreement deemed critical for the country’s stability.

The appeal came in a report submitted to the Security Council.

“The peace agreement remains the relevant framework for the urgently needed institutional reforms, and its implementation must remain a priority,” the UN chief said in the document, which has not yet been made public but was obtained by AFP.

The peace deal, signed under the country’s previous president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was meant to disarm rebel groups and integrate them into the national army, but its implementation has dragged on for years despite international pressure.

“There is no viable alternative. I call on the transitional authorities to take ownership of the agreement,” Guterres added.

A military junta overthrew Keita last month, before taking over leadership of the West African nation long plagued by instability, a simmering

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