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Day: September 29, 2016

Brexit negotiations could cost tens of millions pounds
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Brexit negotiations could cost tens of millions pounds

    The British Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, is displayed on wall Turf wars by ministers seeking to control the Brexit negotiations are wasting valuable time and may cost the taxpayer tens of millions of pounds in additional civil servants, a report by the respected Institute for Government claims. In the first detailed examination of how Whitehall is being restructured to cope with the Brexit talks, the report says the cost is approaching £65m, largely due to the need to hire 500 extra civil servants. It adds that the triple departmental structure of splitting responsibility “risks creating fragmentation and incoherence. A lack of clarity about roles and responsibility of the new departments has caused distractions and delayed work on Brexit”. The report, called ...
Theresa May must say what she wants from Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May must say what she wants from Brexit

    A former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said the Prime Minister has the perfect chance at Conservative conference to set out a broad plan. Nicky Morgan has warned Theresa May she is allowing others to set the terms of Brexit and said the Prime Minister must be clearer on what she wants from any deal. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said that instead of leaving it to cabinet Brexiteers, Ms May should herself lead policy on the European Union and set out a broad plan as early as next week. It comes as former Chancellor Ken Clarke claimed that “nobody in the Government has the first idea” what to do about Brexit. Ms Morgan said: “There is a danger. At the moment, there has been a lack of a plan from our Government about the negotiating, the process, what’s going to hap...
Indian forces raid Pakistan to carry out multiple surgical strikes in administered Kashmir
Asia, ENGLISH

Indian forces raid Pakistan to carry out multiple surgical strikes in administered Kashmir

    Pakistan-administered Kashmir Indian forces launched multiple surgical strikes. Indian authorities say the extremists suffered significant casualties and terror launch pads were destroyed. Indian forces entered the Pakistan-administered Kashmir region and carried out multiple surgical strikes on extremist positions on Wednesday (28 September) night. Indian authorities say the terrorists suffered "significant" casualties even as specifics of the operation are yet to emerge. At a quickly convened press conference, the Indian army's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) revealed that at least eight strikes were successfully conducted. Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh told reporters that the counter-terror operations inflicted "heavy damage" on positions used as a lau...
Mass casualties feared after train crash in New Jersey
ENGLISH, Europe

Mass casualties feared after train crash in New Jersey

    CBS New York reported that the transit train had struck a wall after entering the station in Hoboken. Fox News is reporting that more than 100 people are believe to have been hurt. It happened at around 8.30am at Lackawanna Station, close to the waterfront with the Hudson River, opposite Manhattan island and about a mile away from downtown Jersey City Images of the scene posted on Twitter showed what appeared to be debris from the roof and supporting pillars strewn across the platform with a carriage twisted sideways on to a platform. Another image showed wreckage, cables and pipes dangling from the building's ceiling, which appeared to have collapsed. One tweeter posted a picture of a man clutching his head with blood down his arm and T-shirt. An anchorman for CBS affilia...
Buckingham Palace former Royal Household official is jailed for five years
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace former Royal Household official is jailed for five years

    A former Royal Household official who accepted more than £100,000 in bribes to award contracts for work at royal residences including Buckingham Palace was today jailed for five years. Ronald Harper, of Sudbury, Suffolk, was deputy property manager responsible for maintaining the Queen's main London home, plus St James's Palace, Clarence House and Windsor Castle, from 1994 until his suspension in 2012. The 64-year-old grandfather accepted payments or gifts from the directors of companies who were then given large contracts for maintenance of the historic buildings paid for by the then Civil List, now called the Sovereign Grant. He was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to make corrupt payments after two trials at Southwark Crown Court in June and August. The corrupt ...