Call for foolproof system grows louder as fuel pilferage from tankers rise

first_imgKolkata: Retail petroleum dealers have complained of receiving lower quantity of fuel from oil tankers which they say has risen sharply in step with surging fuel prices. Oil Marketing Companies (OMC), however, rubbished the claim saying there is no room for dispute as proper checks are already in place.”The short supply of fuel was always there but the difference has now jumped sharply. The minimum shortage we are experiencing now is 50 litres which can go up to 100-120 litres,” West Bengal Petroleum Dealers Association president Tushar Sen told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA standard fuel reservoir is of 12,000 litres capacity.Despite taking up the matter at the highest level, things have only worsened. More automation is needed to make the process foolproof, he said.”There is need to fit some kind of flow meter in the fuel storage tank to measure the flow of fuel into the tank,” he said.OMCs say they have taken all steps to ensure that quantity dispute does not arise.”From the terminal level, supply to the tankers is legal metrology stamped and calibrated flow meters are in oil carriers with special locks. The lock can only be opened by the dealer,” Indian Oil spokesperson Alok Singh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBoth petrol pump dealers and OMCs acknowledge off-the-record that the main problem of pilferage lies with the oil carriers during their travel to the dealer.A Bharat Petroleum official, who did not wish to be quoted, said it is not right to blame the oil companies.”There is provision to write a note of actual quantity receipt and then the dealer will get credit and a debit will be initiated for the tanker,” he said.At least 30-50 per cent of the dealers already own their oil carriers, the OMCs said. An Oil Tankers Association office-bearer declined to comment on the issue.Meanwhile, the BPCL official said a new automation system of geo-fencing is being tried out.The technology is supposed to track and prevent opening of the lock of an oil carrier until the vehicle reaches the exact coordinate of the dealer’s location.”It will match the latitude and longitude of a location before it allows to open the lock,” the official said.last_img read more

Childrens middle school period most challenging for mothers

first_imgIt is during the middle and high school years of children – perhaps more than ever – that mothers play a decisive role in their kids’ everyday lives as well as experience a hectic schedule in their own lives, says the study. “Taking care of infants and toddlers is physically exhausting. But as the kids approach puberty, the challenges of parenting are far more complex, and the stakes of ‘things going wrong’ are far greater,” said Suniya Luthar, a professor from Arizona State University in US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The children during this stage struggle to negotiate some major challenges like dealing with puberty and all that this implies – hormones, acne and changing bodies.  They also have to cope with transition to a relatively impersonal school environment, where academic grades are much more public, the researchers said.Mothers, who are deeply interested in the well being of their children, also go through trying times when children deal with such issues. Concerns about kids’ risky behaviours escalate sharply at their early adolescence, the findings revealed. Mothers who are essentially the ‘first responders’ to the children’s distress, in trying to figure out how best to offer comfort and reassurance to their children’ often get hurt, as the old ways – hugs, loving words and bedtime stories – no longer work,  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixthe study said.The rejection from the same child, who was unequivocally adored just a few years earlier, can hurt deeply.In addition, citing other studies, the researchers showed that mothers of early adolescents are likely to experience their own developmental challenges as they begin to recognise declines in physical abilities, cognitive functioning and increased awareness of mortality. The researchers studied more than 2,200 mostly well-educated mothers with children ranging from infants to adults and examined multiple aspects of mothers’ personal well being, parenting and perceptions of their children. When considering disturbances in mothers’ own adjustment, the study showed “an inverted V shape in feelings of stress and depression, with mothers of middle school children (aged 12 to 14 years) consistently faring the most poorly and mothers of infants and adult children doing the best, the findings showed.The study suggests information dissemination to mothers in their earlier years of parenting so that they get to know what is in store for them as well as providing ongoing support for the mothers whose children start middle school.“It is not enough simply to educate the mothers about the teenage years, they must be ‘refueled’ themselves as they shepherd their children through this often tumultuous time,” Luthar said.The paper was published in the journal Developmental Psychology.last_img read more

Posters warning BJP GJM leaders found in Darjeeling

first_imgDarjeeling: Days after BJP leader Mukul Roy had advocated Bimal Gurung’s return to the Hills, posters appeared in Kurseong and Kalimpong on Friday morning daring Roy, Gurung and Roshan Giri to come to the Hills.Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung had led an agitation in 2017 which had culminated in a 105-day long bandh in Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The agitation witnessed violence, deaths and arson with sporadic clashed between the agitators and security forces. Multiple criminal cases were slapped against Gurung and his men, including Roshan Giri and Prakash Gurung. They are all absconding since then. On Friday, posters written in Nepali and signed by “Janta” (public) appeared at different locations including motor stand and Park Location in Kurseong; Dambar Chowk and Motor Stand in Kalimpong. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe posters challenged Mukul Roy to come to Darjeeling before urging Gurung and Giri to return. The posters dubbed Gurung Giri duo as Madan Tamang’s murderers. “How many lives have Gurung ended in the Hills?” read the posters. “Faulty leadership has ruined the Hills. We do not want such leaders anymore. Let Gurung and Giri review their security before returning to the Hills,” read the posters. Incidentally, the BJP had won the Parliamentary elections in 2009 and 2014 backed by the GJM in Darjeeling. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn another development, the CID and the police on Friday carried out a court order of attachment of property of Prakash Gurung, a close confidant of Gurung. He has been charged under sections 353/12B/307/3012 of the Indian Penal Code in a case dated 17/10/17. Prakash Gurung has been declared an absconder. A total of 4 truck loads of goods was taken away from his residence at Barahatta under Lhodama police station in the Darjeeling sub division.last_img read more

Building material supplier escapes bullet injury near Garfa

first_imgKolkata: A building material supplier had a narrow escape when some miscreants tried to shoot him near Garfa area of Naihati triggering tension among locals.The incident occurred at around 11 pm on Monday when the victim Manoj Das, a local businessman was home. Some persons pressed the calling bell and as Das stepped out, one of the miscreants tried to shoot him. The victim escaped a bullet injury. After hearing the screams of the family members of the victim, locals rushed to the spot. The miscreants fled the spot immediately after the incident. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe in this regard. After starting an investigation, police have detained five persons for their alleged involvement in the incident. Police are yet to confirm the exact cause behind the attack. The investigating officers are not ruling out a business rivalry being the cause behind the incident. Cops are interrogating the victim and his family members. The five persons who have been detained are also being interrogated by the police.last_img read more

Apple Is Staffing Up In Order to Push iPads to Businesses

first_imgFebruary 4, 2015 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Apple is looking for sales execs to coordinate its enterprise sales push with IBM, according to new company job postings.These managers will oversee joint Apple-IBM sales teams based in Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and New York. The teams will focus on selling iPads and iPhones to enterprises.Cook pointed out on Apple’s last earnings call that nearly all of the Fortune 500 already use iPads, but don’t roll them out to very many employees. The trick for these new salespeople will be to convince companies that they can use iPads for a lot more things than they use PCs for today.One of the reasons Apple partnered with IBM last July was to take advantage of its deep experience selling to enterprises.The two companies are also working on customizable iOS apps for specific industries. Based on the job listings, Apple appears to be focusing on healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services for now.Apple and IBM released their first 10 joint business apps in December. CEO Tim Cook said on a recent earnings call that it will release 12 more apps by the end of this quarter and that Apple hopes to have 100 enterprise apps by the end of 2015.There are also rumors of a larger “iPad Pro” in the works that could energize business sales.Apple can still succeed if the iPad fails, but Cook needs the IBM partnership to work if he wants to change perceptions that the tablet has hit an insurmountable wall. Register Now » 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more