As teachers continue a countrywide strike in demand for a 40 per cent salary increase, President David Granger has travelled to Barbados where he participated in the Ninth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) on Wednesday.The meeting, which was held in Bridgetown, was convened to discuss and makePresident Granger shares a light moment with Secretary General of Caricom, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holnessdecisions which are aimed at hastening the movement towards a single market and economy within the Caribbean Community (Caricom).The Sub- Committee, of which President Granger is a member, was chaired by recently elected Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.The meeting saw discussions on a wide range of CSME-related issues, including the role of the private sector and labour in the CSME, facilitation of travel, the free movement of persons, contingent rights, and the proposed establishment of single registration for companies.Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; Guyana’s Ambassador to Caricom, Charlene Phoenix; and Senior Foreign Service Officer within the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Sherwyn Naughton, accompanied President Granger toPresident David Granger in discussion with Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, as Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge listens attentivelythe meeting.
The completion of the elevated road over Barapullah drain was delayed by several months but now that the corridor is ready, the wait seems well worth it.Commuters will be able to cover the distance between the Commonwealth Games Village and Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in south Delhi in seven minutes flat, thanks to the new road. The journey earlier used to take at least 40 minutes.After missing several deadlines, the elevated road over Barapullah was formally opened for Games traffic on Friday.The four- km stretch is the first such elevated road in the Capital.As of now, it would be exclusively used to ferry Games participants from the athletes’ Village near Akshardham temple to the main venue and back. The road will be opened to general traffic after the Games.State public works department minister Raj Kumar Chouhan flagged off 240 low-floor air-conditioned buses from the Sarai Kale Khan side to the stadium. ” I am proud to dedicate the elevated road to the people of the city. After the Games, it will provide a key link between east and south Delhi,” he said.The road was built by the Gurgaon- based DSC Constructions Pvt Ltd at a cost of `498 crore.The dual carriageway having three lanes each from Sarai Kale Khan to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will ensure a smooth flow of traffic between east Delhi and other parts of the Capital.The corridor would greatly benefit Ring Road commuters coming from east Delhi, NH-24 and DND flyway. They would be able to come straight to the CGO complex and the INA Market through a smooth, traffic- signal free movement, a PWD official said.advertisement