No consultations held with regional administration – Chairman

first_imgRegion 2 refugees centerAmid the announcement by the National Multi-Sectorial Coordinating Committee to establish a relief centre in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to support Venezuelan migrants, the region’s Chairman has ascertained that no consultations were facilitated with the regional administration before making this decision.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said, “I don’t know anything about that. As far as I know, the regional administration was never consulted on a support centre to be built here. This is something that I’m unaware of.”Initial reports from the Multi-Sectorial Committee suggested that Monday’s meeting facilitated discussions on the project, whereby it was affirmed that a two-storey building was identified by the “regional administration” to serve as a support centre for refugees within the area.The Ministry of the Presidency stated that migrants will have access to a wide range of support services, such as documentation and immunisation assistance atRegion Two Chairman Devanand Ramdattthat location.In fact, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has injected funds to rehabilitate an existing building, which will materialise shortly.The Regional Chairman explained that persons within the region are still facing constraints from issues affecting the region. Just a few weeks ago, farmers were placed in a predicament after the seed paddy which they obtained –GRDB 10 – did not germinate, causing additional financial burden to replant acres of land.“To the best of my knowledge, no support was given and the situation remains the same and its really affecting the industry. Those farmers would have had to bear the expenses of replanting the paddy,” Ramdatt said.The cost for one bag of seed paddy is about $5000. Since the seeds did not germinate, a loss is incurred while additional money is spent to buy new seeds and replant. Some farmers have bought over 100 bags of seeds which they had to return.Meanwhile, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix expressed that the Guyana PoliceCitizenship Minister Winston FelixForce (GPF) will conduct joint operations along Eteringbang and communities in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) for immunisation processes. Ranks were also tasked with ensuring that boats ferrying passengers to the region from Venezuela report to immigration authorities stationed at key areas along the Pomeroon River.The number of documented Venezuelan migrants in Guyana is a significant 3868. However, the influx is heavily concentrated in Region One (Barima-Waini), where support is always needed for materials and food supplies.In 2018, the Government admitted that immigration authorities have limited capacity in tracking immigrants after they arrive in Guyana, even though data is collected when many of them enter Guyana through the borders.last_img read more

Lost whales back off course

first_imgIf the two continue to head upstream, authorities could resort to hazing by banging on metal pipes dangling underwater with hammers, said Steve Edinger, assistant chief of the Department of Fish and Game. The goal is to “make as much noise, to be as obnoxious to the whales, as possible” to get them to move back toward the ocean, Ed Sweeney, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary said from his boat Monday. No one is certain why the whales decided to go back downstream in the first place, but Jim Oswald of the Marine Mammal Center said the change may have been spurred by tug boats. The tugs’ engines fired up about 100 yards away from the pair, and the sound may have had an influence. “The tugs were out in the basin, and the whales decided to follow them,” Oswald said. There was no indication that the whales were in poor health, Wilson said. “They have been very consistent and moving along at a good pace,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The two also will have to make their way through the pylons of four bridges on their 90-mile trek. Once they reach San Francisco Bay, the whales will have to swim under the Golden Gate Bridge to return to the ocean, Wilson said. The whales started moving toward the Pacific around 3:30 p.m. Sunday from the Port of Sacramento, where crowds gathered over the weekend to catch a glimpse. They swam as far as the Rio Vista Bridge in the rural Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region before turning around. Scientists theorized that vibrations from traffic were upsetting the mother and calf, but the whales could not be coaxed forward even when the drawbridge was raised to halt the flow of vehicles. “We were thrilled to get them down the channel (Sunday), but I’m afraid that was the easy part,” Carrie Wilson, a marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game, said Monday. Federal officials have authorized researchers to fire darts carrying a satellite tracking device beneath the mother’s fin to ensure authorities can still locate the whales if they wander from the main channel into the delta’s maze of river branches. RIO VISTA – The journey of a wayward whale and her calf back to the Pacific Ocean hit a snag Monday when the pair reversed course and began heading back up the Sacramento River. The humpbacks, nicknamed Delta and Dawn, had traveled more than 20 miles south from the Port of Sacramento since taking a wrong turn and swimming toward the state capital more than a week ago. But they turned around again Monday afternoon, even as scientists and the Coast Guard tried to position more than a dozen boats in front of them. “They are at this point lost. We don’t think they have any clue,” said Rod McInnis of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Their route includes sloughs leading to muddy deltas that could trap the whales, both apparently wounded by a boat’s propeller. Crews were trying to maneuver boats to the mouths of side channels to keep the whales from going off course. last_img read more

Vela sets scoring record to wrap up MLS regular season in style

first_imgVela, who recorded his seventh multi-goal game of the season, finished four goals ahead of runner-up Zlatan Ibrahimovic who topped out at 30 goals.Vela’s only other MLS hat trick came on March 30 at San Jose.LAFC also set a record for points in a season with a 72, breaking the mark of 71 set by the New York Red Bulls last season. The records didn’t stop there as they scored an impressive 85 goals this season.LAFC already had clinched the Supporter’s Shield and a first-round bye in the MLS Cup playoffs.They open the playoffs on October 23 or 24 against the winner of the first-round matchup between Minnesota United FC and Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy.Ibrahimovic didn’t give up the scoring race without a fight. He scored his 30th in the ninth minute of a 4-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo on Sunday. The defeat means the Galaxy open the playoffs on the road.The game marked the final MLS match for Houston player and former US national team member DaMarcus Beasley who left to a standing ovation in the 89th minute. Beasley is retiring after a 20-year career.The career of Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard also came to an end in Sunday’s final day of the regular season.Howard, 40, will head into retirement after 185 MLS games, and 121 with the US national team. He also had stints with Everton and Manchester United of the English Premier League.Elsewhere, FC Dallas punched their ticket to the playoffs with a 6-0 demolition of Sporting KC at Toyota Stadium.Dallas, who finished seventh in the West, will face the Seattle Sounders in the first round of the playoffs on October 19 or 20.Zdenek Ondrasek opened the scoring in the ninth minute by sliding a shot past goalkeeper Eric Dick for Dallas, who ended a four game winless streak with the victory.Matt Hedges made it 2-0 just three minutes later, tapping the ball home after taking a superb feed from Santiago Mosquera.– Playoff bound –It remained 2-0 going into halftime but any nerves that still lingered about missing the playoffs were quashed six minutes into the second half as Mosquera beat his man with a stepover and a side-footed a shot into the net off SKC defender Botond Barath.Sporting KC ended their season on a six match winless streak.Also, Dairon Asprilla scored the eventual winner in the 59th minute as the Portland Timbers booked a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.Larrys Mabiala scored in the 29th minute and Sebastian Blanco converted a free kick in the 75th for the sixth-place Portland, who will face Real Salt Lake in the first round.Steve Clark stopped three shots as the Timbers ended a five-game winless streak.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Carlos Vela of Los Angeles FC closed out his 2019 regular season with a hat trick to set a MLS single season scoring record with 34 © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Harry HowLOS ANGELES, United States, Oct 7 – Carlos Vela scored a hat trick to set the MLS single-season goal scoring record as Los Angeles FC eliminated the Colorado Rapids from postseason contention with a 3-1 victory on Sunday.Vela’s three goals gave him 34 for the season, earning the Mexico international the record and snapping a tie with Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez, who set the previous mark with 31 last season.last_img read more

Sen. Craig may not quit after all

first_imgSEX STING: Spokesman says politician is reconsidering move after support from Sen. Specter. By John Miller THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOISE, Idaho – Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after his arrest in a Minnesota airport sex sting and may still fight for his Senate seat, his spokesman said Tuesday evening. “It’s not such a foregone conclusion anymore that the only thing he could do was resign,” Sidney Smith, Craig’s spokesman in Idaho’s capital, told The Associated Press. “We’re still preparing as if Sen. Craig will resign Sept. 30, but the outcome of the legal case in Minnesota and the ethics investigation will have an impact on whether we’re able to stay in the fight – and stay in the Senate,” Smith said. Craig, a Republican who has represented Idaho in Congress for 27 years, announced Saturday that he intends to resign from the Senate on Sept. 30. But since then, he’s hired a prominent lawyer to investigate the possibility of reversing his plea, his spokesman said. Craig was a no-show Tuesday as Congress reconvened after a summer break and it wasn’t clear whether he’ll return at all since deciding to resign over his guilty plea in a sex sting this summer at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Another spokesman, Dan Whiting in Washington, said Tuesday that Craig was expected to spend the week in Idaho as the Senate votes on spending bills for veterans and other programs. Whiting did not rule out Craig’s returning to Washington before the end of the month. A telephone call Craig received last week from Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., urging him to consider fighting for his seat is affecting Craig’s decision to reconsider his resignation, Smith said. “It was a little more cut and dried a few days ago,” Smith said. “There weren’t many options. He was basically going to have to step aside. Now, there’s a little more to it.” On Tuesday, Specter, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested Craig’s GOP colleagues who pressured him last week to resign should re-examine the facts surrounding his arrest June 11. “The more people take a look at the situation, there may well be second thoughts,” said Specter, a former prosecutor. If Craig had not pleaded guilty in August to a reduced charge and instead demanded a trial, “I believe he would have been exonerated,” Specter said. Craig gave up his senior positions on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and the Appropriations veterans subcommittee last week, at the request of Senate Republican leaders. The Senate began debating the veterans spending bill Tuesday. Craig came under a steady drumbeat of criticism from Republicans in the days before he announced that for the good of the people of Idaho, he would step down Sept. 30. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called Craig’s actions “unforgivable” after the White House termed the situation disappointing. Republican Senate colleagues John McCain of Arizona and Norm Coleman of Minnesota said Craig should resign. With Republicans defending nearly twice as many seats as Democrats in 2008, Nevada Sen. John Ensign, chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, said he would resign if he was in Craig’s circumstances but stopped short of saying the Idahoan should give up his seat. Craig’s third six-year term in the Senate expires in January 2009. McConnell’s spokesman and the senatorial campaign committee had no immediate comment on Craig’s reconsidering his decision to resign. Republican Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has not named Craig’s successor and has not said when he will. Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, also a Republican, is considered the front-runner for the job. Billy Martin, one of Craig’s lawyers, said the senator’s arrest in an undercover police operation in the Minneapolis airport “raises very serious constitutional questions.” Martin, who represents Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in his dogfighting case, said Craig “has the right to pursue any and all legal remedies available as he begins the process of trying to clear his good name.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Post-brawl, Snoop meets cops

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Snoop Dogg flew into London on Wednesday for a meeting with police after getting involved in a brawl at Heathrow Airport last month. The 34-year-old rapper and five other men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and starting a brawl, and spent the night in jail after trouble flared when some in Snoop’s party were denied entry to British Airways’ first-class lounge. The group had been en route to Johannesburg, South Africa, where Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was due to perform. They clashed with officials after some were told they didn’t have the correct tickets to enter the lounge. Police released the six, all U.S. citizens in their 30s, saying they had not been charged with any offenses. The men were told they had to return after further investigations had been carried out. Snoop was to meet officers at Heathrow police station to see whether any action would be brought against him. A spokesman for British Airways said Snoop has been banned from future travel on the airline.last_img read more

Woman tells how she tried desperately to save slain boyfriend

first_imgThe heartbroken girlfriend of a man who was shot dead at their Co Donegal home has told how she tried desperately to save his life.Andrew Allen died within seconds after a gunman shot three times into the bedroom of the couple’s home at Buncrana in February 2012. Mr Allen, aged 24, had been in bed around 9.30pm with partner Arelene Farrelly when the lone gunman called to the house at 26 Links View Park.Ms Farrelly told how herself and Mr Allen were tucked up in bed on the evening of February 9th, he was on his Playstation and she was on her phone while also watching television.In a statement to Donegal Coroner’s Court held at Buncrana Courthouse, Ms Farrelly, who was not present in court, told how she initially heard loud bangs at the front door of the house.She peeked out the curtains and saw a man dressed in a black baseball cap and dark clothing kicking at the door and holding what looked like a sawn-off shotgun in his hand.The scene of the murder of Andrew Allen in Buncrana in 2012.She told Mr Allen and he told her to call the Gardai as he struggled to get some clothing on.Seconds later three shots were fired through the bedroom window and Mr Allen slumped to the bedroom floor.Ms Farrelly’s statement read “He said “Arlene, I can’t feel my legs”. The blood was pumping out of him. It was coming out of his nose and his mouth. I tried to turn him in the bed but he was too heavy. He slid down, …I rang an ambulance.”Ms Farrelly ran to a neighbour’s home to get help and Mr Daniel McGonagle rushed to the scene.He said he could not do CPR but Ms Farrelly tried a number of times but Mr Allen did not respond.She eventually stopped and realised that her partner was dead.Mr McGonagle added that Mr Allen, whom he did not know personally, was turning blue and that his mouth was full of blood. He remarked to another neighbour who arrived in the house – “I think he’s as dead as a Dodo.”He revealed earlier how he had heard gunshots and came out of his house to see a grey or silver-coloured car leaving the scene.He recalled thinking he had seen the same car on the state a few days earlier and remarking that he was parked in a strange manner.In her statement Ms Farrelly revealed how her partner’s name had been on a list of six people sent in an envelope accompanied by a bullet to the Family Centre in Gobnascale in Derry a few weeks earlier.He stayed most of the time in Buncrana after that.However, she added that his family had been telephoned later to say the threat had been lifted and he was no longer on the list.She added “I know he (Andrew) was involved in drugs years ago but he had no involvement while he was with me.”Dr Stephen McNally, who was based at the Nowdoc Service in Carndonagh on the night of the killing, arrived at the scene and officially pronounced Mr Allen dead.The following day, former State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out a post mortem on Mr Allen’s remains.Her report was read into the court by coroner Dr Denis McCauley.He said Mr Allen had been shot three times – in the right shoulder, the right hip and in the abdomen.The bullet which struck his right shoulder traveled down through his right lung and into his heart and this was the bullet which killed Mr Allen, Dr Cassidy’s report said.She found that Mr Allen died from a gunshot wound to the heart.Garda Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell said he was assigned as the chief investigating officer in the case.He said that hundreds of lines of enquiry have been followed and hundreds of people interviewed.He added “It is my professional opinion that Andrew Allen died as a result of an unlawful killing.”He later appealed to anybody with any information on the murder to come forward and to speak to the Gardai in confidence.The jury of five men and two men only took a short time to agree unanimously that Mr Allen died as a result fo a gunshot wound to the heart and that his death was as a result of an unlawful killing.Coroner Dr McCauley expressed his sympathy to the members of the Allen family present in court as did Garda Inspector David Durkin and members of the jury.The Allen family declined to make a comment after the inquest.Woman tells how she tried desperately to save slain boyfriend was last modified: September 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Andrew Allenbuncranacoronerdeaddonegalinquestmurdershotlast_img read more

IT COULD BE A WHITE NEW YEAR! SNOW ON THE WAY, SAY FORECASTERS

first_imgANOTHER MASSIVE storm could be on the way to Co Donegal early next week – with a huge snowfall at the centre of it.It will be very mild today, Saturday, with temperatures reaching 13C in some places of Ireland. However it will be very windy with gales and heavy rain showers.Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack said on RTE earlier however that cold polar air will move the warm front away tonight and settle over the country tomorrow, New Year’s Day. Very strong gales will then lash Co Donegal on Monday with a potential for snow on Monday evening through until Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Weather warnings will be issued.But any snow won’t last – with the warm tropical air returning to the county by Thursday.“It won’t be anything like last winter,” she said.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com IT COULD BE A WHITE NEW YEAR! SNOW ON THE WAY, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: December 31st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal snow warningdonegal weatherMet EireannRTEsnowlast_img read more

UP, UP AND AWAY FOR A GREAT CAUSE BY STUDENTS

first_imgStudents in Letterkenny will be full of hot air next Tuesday but it’s all in a good cause.Students are hoping to fill the sky around Letterkenny with balloons.Students at Colaiste Ailigh will be releasing hundreds of balloons in aid of the Simon Community who help fight homelessness.Each balloon will cost €1 and will be sold around the area. The balloons will then be released at 3pm from the car park of the school on the High Road and will hopefully fill the skies over the town.  UP, UP AND AWAY FOR A GREAT CAUSE BY STUDENTS was last modified: September 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:balloonsColaiste Ailighletterkennylast_img read more

Lifetime award for NoFinish

first_img15 October 2002As the focal point of Ngqoko, a group of traditional bowsingers from the Eastern Cape, NoFinish Dywili took the traditional music of the abaThembu people from obscurity to local and international renown.At the 2002 Arts and Culture Trust Awards, Dywili, the founder of the Nggoko Women’s Cultural Group, was posthumously honoured for her contribution to traditional forms of South African music with a Lifetime Achievement Award.Dywili recognised that the musical traditions of her village Ngqoko – between Queenstown and Engcobo in the Eastern Cape – and surrounding areas were dying and, in a personal 40-year crusade, kept the music and the customs associated with it alive through a core group of singers, the Ngqoko Women’s Cultural Group.Considered a national treasure of South Africa, the performers of Ngqoko encompass the richness and depth of a centuries-old art form, including a range of gentle bow patterns, soft overtones, astonishing musical scale, rich harmonies and a unique, highly-developed form of overtone singing.The Ngqoko Women’s Cultural Group has performed extensively both locally and internationally, recording a CD – Le Chant des Femmes Xhosa – for the Musee d’Ethnographie de Geneve in 1995.Presenting the award to Dywili’s daughter Thulisa, Professor Andrew Tracey, director of the International Library of African Music, highlighted Dywili’s passion for sustaining traditional Xhosa music: “She was outstanding in her own way, but also representative of many, many other outstanding, unsung women who can be found in every small community in South Africa – people who have the courage and the power to live their life as they know it should be lived, and to influence others to do the same.”Tracey emphasised the significance of Ngqoko at a time that South Africans are rediscovering their artistic heritage. “They have made a tremendous impression. It’s not only their music, the polyphonic singing, the three types of bow they play, the umngqokolo overtone singing.“It is also their presence, their dignity, their gaiety and their seriousness, the sure knowledge they give to an audience that they are part of an ancient tradition which means something to them, and something of this meaning comes across to every audience.”The Ngqoko Women’s Cultural Group specialised, among other things, in the typical married woman’s style called umngqungqo, danced at the time of intonjane, girls’ isolation and initiation.According to Tracey, the Khoisan had a big influence on the western Xhosa people, and although it is now almost impossible to trace any relicts of original Khoisan culture in the Eastern Cape, “it’s still there to hear in song-dances like umngqungqo“.NoFinish’s music might have remained unknown forever, Tracey said in his presentation speech, if it had not been for a chance meeting in about 1979 between NoFinish and the Rev Dave Dargie, who was working on Africanising the music in the Catholic liturgy.Once Dargie heard NoFinish with her uhadi gourd bow, “he knew right away that he’d better learn something about the real traditional Xhosa music before going any further”, Tracey related. “So, late in her life, she was ‘discovered’, as they say, and her group began to be invited to perform, close to home at first.“But soon they were getting invitations much further afield, all over South Africa, then to Europe several times, and [in 2001] I took them to Reunion, that was NoFinish’s last trip.”NoFinish was the focal point of the music of the Ngqoko Women’s Cultural Group, “their gravitas, their isithunzi“, Tracey said.“In presenting this award to NoFinish’s daughter Thulisa for her mother, I would like to think this is also in recognition of all other women in South Africa who know their own mind, who know who they are, and have confidence in themselves and in their culture.”Source: Arts & Culture Trustlast_img read more

Airtel announces Celkon Smart 4G smartphone at effective price of Rs 1349

first_imgAirtel has launched its second cheap 4G smartphone under its ‘Mera Pehla smartphone’ initiative. The company on Monday announced its partnership with another Indian mobile devices manufacturer named Celkon to launch its second 4G smartphone called Celkon Smart 4G at Rs 1349. Only few weeks ago, Airtel launched its first 4G smartphone Karbonn A40 in partnership with Karbonn Mobiles.The Celkon Smart 4G is a full touchscreen 4G smartphone at an effective price of Rs 1349. The smartphone 4G has a current market price of nearly Rs 3500. The device sports a 4-inch touchscreen, dual SIM slots and FM radio.The Android Marshmallow-powered Celkon Smart 4G offers full access to all apps on Google Play Store, including YouTube, Facebook and WhatsApp. The device will come preloaded with MyAirtel App, Wynk Music and Airtel TV. The phone is backed by a 1500mAh battery and powered by 1.3 GhZ quad core processor with 1GB RAM. It has 8GB internal storage which is expandable upto 32GB via microSD card. There’s a 3.2MP camera on front and 2MP front camera.The smartphone will come bundled with a monthly plan of Rs 169 from Airtel, same as we saw in Karbonn A40. The plan offers unlimited calling along with 0.5GB data per day for 28 days.Also Read: Airtel revamps Rs 349 plan, offers unlimited outgoing calls on roaming, 1GB data and 100 SMS per day”We are pleased to partner with Celkon in our endeavour to bring affordable smartphone options to the market and build an ‘open ecosystem’ of low cost devices. Celkon has strong brand affinity and deep distribution in southern Indian markets, and our partnership will enable us to serve a large set of customers with this affordable smartphone proposition. Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ proposition has received an extremely positive response from customers and we look forward to bringing more device partners on-board in the near future,” says Raj Pudipeddi, director , Consumer Business & CMO, Bharti Airtel.advertisementHere’s how this will work?To avail of this offer, a customer needs to make a down payment of Rs 2849 for the 4G smartphone and make 36 continuous monthly recharges of Rs 169. The customer will get a cash refund of Rs 500 after 18 months and another Rs 1000 after 36 months, taking the total cash benefit to Rs 1500. In case the customer does not wish to opt for the Rs 169 bundled plan, she/he has the flexibility of doing recharges of any denomination and validity as per individual requirements. However, to claim the cash refund benefit, recharges worth Rs 3000 must be done within the first 18 months (to claim the first refund installment of Rs 500) and another Rs 3000 over the next 18 months (to claim the second refund installment of Rs 1000).      The ownership of the smartphone is completely with the customer and there is no need to return the device to Airtel/Celkon at any point to claim the cash benefit.Celkon Smart 4G is available at all leading mobile stores. Customer can purchase the smartphone from any of these stores and get the prepaid recharge done from any Airtel retailer. After sales support for the device will be provided by Celkon through their service network.last_img read more