TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, BeechvilleInterchange HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Beechville Interchange Motorists leaving Highway 103 at Exit 2 will see a new trafficcontrol device at the end of the off-ramp. A traffic light will be replacing a stop sign where the off-rampjoins St. Margaret’s Bay Road. The light is expected to be fully operational on Wednesday, Feb. -30- Until then, it will be flashing. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860
Premier John Hamm is urging all Nova Scotians to stay safe andsecure during today’s winter storm. “With Nova Scotia in a state of emergency, everybody shouldremain at home with their families, stay off the highways andlet emergency crews go about their work,” said thepremier. “Public safety is our number one priority.” Earlier today, Feb. 19, a provincial state of emergency wasdeclared by Ernest Fage, minister responsible for theEmergency Measures Act. The province’s emergency operations centre has been activatedto help local communities deal with the storm. The weekly cabinet meeting to be held today has beencancelled. The premier continues to receive regular updatesfrom Mr. Fage and senior officials from the Emergency MeasuresOrganization and other provincial departments and agencies. In some areas of the province, more than 50 centimetres ofsnow have fallen, with winds gusting at 100 kilometres perhour. -30-
It is supported, in part, by Nova Scotia Environment and Labour. Other partners include the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador and Taller Internacional de Servicious a non-profit environmental and community development organization in Costa Rica. For more information about the Nova Scotia Youth ConservationCorps see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ess/ycc/ . Four Nova Scotians are improving the environment here and inCosta Rica, one project at a time. The young adults are part of across-cultural exchange program of the Nova Scotia YouthConservation Corps. The Environmental Leadership Program exchange between AtlanticCanada and Costa Rica takes place each year. Participants aged 20to 24 years, from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, work on communityenvironmental projects in Costa Rica from April to June. In Julyand August, the Costa Ricans join the Nova Scotians to work onprojects here. Currently the eight Atlantic Canadian participants are in CostaRica gearing up for their work. Once they have completed theirtraining and have become accustomed to the Costa Ricanenvironment and culture, they will begin working on projects likebuilding a community garden in Coope San Juan. This year, when the four Nova Scotian and four Costa Ricanproject workers return to Canada, they will work on fourcommunity projects, including the development of a nature trailon the Oxford Regional High School property to showcase wildlifehabitat and wetlands. Through the Environmental Leadership Program, these young workersdevelop a better sense of environmental issues and learn howdifferent communities can respond. They are trained to beambassadors for their country, learn important leadership skillsand are prepared for the cultural differences they willexperience abroad. The Environmental Leadership Program has been in place since
New technology will save truckers time and money, and make travel safer for motorists in Nova Scotia. The province, with cost sharing from the federal government, is installing an automated truck weigh scale near the Canso Causeway. The cutting-edge technology, called mainline weigh-in-motion pre-screening system, uses a highly accurate scale that is built into the highway, and weighs trucks as they cross a sensor at highway speed. “This investment will benefit truckers and motorists who use the causeway or live in the area around the causeway,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “It will remove the need for properly loaded trucks to stop at this weigh scale, and increase safety for all motorists using this highway.” International Road Dynamics Inc. of Saskatchewan has been awarded the contract, valued at $644,259. The sensors will be built into the eastbound travel lane near the Canso Causeway weigh scale. The sensors will weigh each truck as it crosses and alert overweight trucks to stop at the weigh scale office for an inspection. Westbound trucks will still report to the scale office. The majority of construction on the weigh-in-motion system is expected to be completed by the end of July. This project is funded under the Intelligent Transportation Systems program from Transport Canada.
Captain Kenneth Greenham of Millwood, in Halifax Regional Municipality, is the new sergeant-at-arms of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. An all-party committee and the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Murray Scott, were involved in the interview and selection process. Their decision was announced today, March 3, in a special one-day session of the House of Assembly. Capt. Greenham’s career in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Reserves and Corps of Commissionaires spans more than 48 years. For the last five years, he has been detail commander of the commissionaires employed at Province House. The position of sergeant-at-arms for the first time combines long-standing ceremonial duties with new comprehensive security responsibilities. -30-
Jane Dowler will achieve one of her lifetime goals today, June 15, when she receives her high school graduation diploma for adults at a graduation ceremony in Lunenburg. This year, more than 500 students across the province will receive the high school graduation diploma for adults through the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. Ms. Dowler is one of five students receiving their diplomas from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campus in Lunenburg. A former owner of an antiques business in Mahone Bay, Ms. Dowler wanted to pursue a different career but needed to get her high school diploma. Today, she graduates with honours and will go on to study museum technology. When asked if she had any advice for other Nova Scotians returning to school, Ms. Dowler said: “Follow your dreams, work hard and be prepared to study every night.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs across the province for adults who want to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. This year marks the school’s fifth anniversary and the graduation of almost 2,000 Nova Scotians with a high school diploma for adults. “The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is meeting a significant need in our province,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “In just five years, more than 20,000 students have enrolled to improve their education, and ultimately, their job skills. I’d like to congratulate them for taking steps toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning works in partnership with the NSCC, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne and community-based learning organizations to offer programs at more than 170 sites across the province. “The beautiful thing about the Adult Learning Program is the fact that it immediately opens up a million and one doors,” said Mike Smith, dean, school of access at NSCC. “We now know a high school diploma is essential for skill development and further learning. NSCC is proud to partner with the Department of Education in this progressive initiative that continues to improve the lives of many Nova Scotians.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.
In response to a Supreme Court decision today, Oct. 4, regarding Sunday shopping, the province will amend regulations that restricted retail stores from opening on Sundays and holidays. “The Supreme Court decision is clear,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “We will not be appealing the court decision, and we will not be looking for other ways to enforce Sunday shopping restrictions in Nova Scotia.” The premier said regulations restricting Sunday shopping will be amended to be effective this Sunday, Oct. 8. The province’s decision means that retail store openings will not be restricted by the government. Retails stores of all types may choose to open on Sundays and other holidays, with the exception of Remembrance Day. “If we are going to have Sunday shopping in Nova Scotia for grocery stores, we will not be drawn into a situation where government must decide what is a grocery store and what is not. The rules will be the same for all retail outlets, creating a level playing field for all retailers in Nova Scotia, regardless of what they sell,” said Premier MacDonald. Protection for retail workers already in place will be extended to other workers affected by this decision. “Government has gone to a considerable effort to maintain this unique part of Nova Scotia life. The court has made its decision, and in many respects, so have Nova Scotians, on this issue.”
Le gouvernement provincial a modifié le processus de correction des examens provinciaux de janvier en raison de l’incertitude entourant les négociations collectives du SCFP. Les examens provinciaux en mathématiques et en anglais auront lieu tel que prévu. Toutefois, puisqu’il n’y a pas suffisamment de temps pour organiser un centre de correction, les examens seront corrigés par les enseignants des élèves dans chaque conseil scolaire. « Je suis heureuse que la grève ait pu être évitée, et je suis certaine que ce processus d’évaluation révisé permettra aux élèves d’obtenir une note finale juste et exacte, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Ces examens sont importants pour s’assurer que les élèves répondent aux exigences provinciales, et je suis ravie qu’ils auront lieu tel que prévu. » Les cours qui exigent un examen provincial sont les suivants : Mathematics 12, Advanced Mathematics 12, Mathématiques 12, Mathématiques avancées 12, English 12, Advanced English 12, English 12: African Heritage et English/Communications 12. Le processus révisé de correction s’appliquera également aux examens provinciaux prévus en juin pour assurer l’équité et l’uniformité.
INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road is closed for repairs until Wednesday, July 10. A detour, Chapel and Hayes River roads, is marked. -30-
The fifth annual edition of Culture Days, a national celebration of arts and culture, will feature performances, hands-on activities, open houses, exhibits and more in communities across Nova Scotia. The coast-to-coast weekend event Friday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 28, features free activities to raise Canadians’ awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of their communities. “Culture Days showcase our creative and vibrant communities and there is something for everyone,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “I encourage Nova Scotians to take advantage of the arts and culture activities throughout the province, not only during Culture Days, but every day.” There are many one-of-a-kind events, including the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic event with Symphony Nova Scotia’s Peter and the Wolf on Sunday. Admission to the museum is free that afternoon. For more information and a list of activities, go to http://ns.culturedays.ca/en .
The province is accepting recommendations from an engineering review of the steering system of Bluenose II. The report, produced by Langan Design Partners, recommends replacing the ship’s existing steel rudder with either a wooden rudder or a composite made of fiberglass with a carbon stock. The report said the weight of the heavier steel rudder would over time, shorten the life span of the vessel. The full engineering report is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/docs/2016/03/03/ . The 2016 sailing season will take place as scheduled. Work to replace the rudder will be done during the fall and winter. Meanwhile design work is underway on a new rudder, including determining which is the better material to use. “I want to be clear – this is not a safety issue,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan. “The Langan report’s findings are about eventual wear and tear on the vessel. While we can continue to safely operate the ship with the current rudder, we want to move on replacing the rudder now to avoid issues down the road.” The province has also resolved the outstanding delay claims with the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance with a settlement from the province of $5 million of which $1.8 million had already been advanced prior to the final settlement agreement. “Sixty thousand people enjoyed Bluenose II first-hand last season and we acknowledge the work of the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance and the role they played in bringing Bluenose II to life,” said Mr. MacLellan. The settlement brings the total cost of the project to $23.8 million, which includes the cost of the steering system review. The cost of the rudder is not expected to push the final total beyond the allocated capital budget of $25 million for the project.
Government is boosting support for day programs for youth with disabilities. The Disability Support Program is inviting established service providers to apply for grants to develop new day programs and services for youth with disabilities aged 16-24. “Whether they’re interested in volunteering, recreation, or skill-building for future employment, we want youth with disabilities to have more opportunities to meet their goals within their communities,” said Minister of Community Services Kelly Regan. “We encourage service providers to engage with youth and their families to make their great ideas reality.” $600,000 is now available to adult service centres, residential providers and other community service providers that currently operate a day program or have indicated a desire to support youth with disabilities. Community Services will work with families of youth with disabilities to evaluate the applications and select the successful projects. There is no limit on the application amount, but applicants should discuss proposals of more than $50,000 with staff at the Department of Community Services. The application period is open until 4 p.m. on Feb. 28. Service providers interested in applying can contact the Disability Support Program at YDPapplications@novascotia.ca. To learn about the Disability Support Program, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities .
Ahmedabad: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat appeared way ahead of its rival, the Congress in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats after five rounds of counting of votes, with party President Amit Shah was leading in Gandhinagar with a margin of over 1 lakh votes. Among the key trends, Shah and the BJP’s Chhotaudepur tribal constituency candidate Geeta Rathwa were leading with 1 lakh votes each. In Jamnagar in Saurashtra, the BJP’s Poonam Madam was leading by more than 50,000 votes. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The counting began at 8 a.m. amid tight three-layered security across the state, with personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force guarding the centres closely inside, while state police were deployed in two layers outside. The BJP was confident of victory, while the Congress hoped for a better performance. The home turf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah gave their party all the 26 seats in 2014 when 64.7 per cent voters had exercised their franchise. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations This time voter turmout was at a record high of 64.11 per cent. Gujarat BJP Spokesperson Bharat Pandya told IANS: “The initial trends from everywhere are sending out signals of a sureshot victory of the BJP, as we always knew would happen. By evening, this will be visible.” The BJP bagged all the 26 seats in the state in 2014 and is hoping for a repeat, while the Congress expects to get at least six seats this time. Senior Congress leader and legislator Virji Thummar from Amreli district, where Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani is contesting, stated: “These are early trends. Overall Gujarat, we hope to do quite well.” “There is palpable anger in the rural areas against the BJP and I am sure they voted on real issues and not drawn towards imaginary nationalistic rhetoric,” he added. Besides Lok Sabha seats, votes are also being counted in four Assembly constituencies where by-elections were conducted simultaneously on April 23 in the third phase of the seven-phase parliamentary elections. There are 28 counting centres for these seats. Sources at the Chief Electoral Officer’s office said the results were likely to be delayed since there was a provision this time of matching of VVPAT slips of five EVMs in every Assembly segment of all the parliamentary seats. Fate of as many as 371 Lok Sabha candidates, including BJP President Shah, four former Union Ministers, an incumbent Minister of Gujarat and eight sitting MLAs of Gujarat including the leader of Opposition, would be decided.
Even a short stay for travellers in cities with high levels of air pollution leads to breathing problems that can take them at least a week to recover from, according to a study conducted in India, Pakistan and China. Researchers at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine in the US analysed pollution-related coughing and breathing difficulties, and recovery times upon returning home, in healthy, young adults travelling internationally. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe finding, published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, is timely given that the number of tourists travelling internationally is expected to grow to 1.8 billion by 2030, according to the World Tourism Organization. “We had several reports that tourists were feeling sick when visiting polluted cities, so it became important for us to understand what was really happening to their health,” said Terry Gordon, a professor at NYU School of Medicine. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painResearchers analysed six measurements of lung and heart health in 34 men and women travelling abroad for at least a week from the metropolitan New York City area. Most were visiting family in cities with consistently high levels of air pollution, including Ahmedabad and New Delhi in India; Rawalpindi, Pakistan; and Xian in China. The team noted that New York City has relatively low levels of air pollution, in part because of strict regulations, its location on the coast, and weather patterns. The study found that being in a polluted city reduced measures of lung function by an average of six per cent and by as much as 20 per cent in some people. Participants also ranked their respiratory symptoms from one (mild) to five (requiring treatment), reporting a cumulative average symptom score of eight. People who visited the highly polluted cities reported as many as five symptoms, while those who visited lower pollution cities had fewer or none. Two patients sought medical attention because of their symptoms, researchers said. The pollution levels of the cities studied did not make a significant difference in the blood pressure of visitors, they said. All study participants had a normal body mass index (between 21 and 29 for men, and between 18 and 26 for women), and none had preexisting health conditions. Before embarking on their travels, all were taught how to measure their lung function and heart rate daily using commercially available spirometers, wrist blood pressure monitors, and heart rate sensors. Researchers then compared the health data against levels of air pollution collected from local government agencies. They used international standards to categorise highly polluted cities as those having more than 100 micrograms per cubic metre of particulate matter (PM), or air pollution dust. Moderate pollution is anything between 35 and 100 micrograms per cubic metre of PM, and low pollution levels are anything less than that. “What travellers should know is that the potential effects of air pollution on their health are real and that they should take any necessary precautions they can,” said MJ Ruzmyn Vilcassim, a postdoctoral fellow at NYU School of Medicine. Gordon suggests that those visiting highly polluted cities should consider wearing masks or consult a doctor prior to travel if they have preexisting respiratory or cardiac health difficulties, and to consider avoiding travel during certain months. For instance, farmers burn their fields during the winter months in New Delhi, raising levels of pollutants in the city. Although participants gradually returned to normal health, researchers said there needs to be more follow-up research to know if there were long-term effects, or if longer stays would influence the pollution impact.
Kanpur: The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has asked the elected governments to guard against “misuse of power”. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, while addressing over 600 RSS volunteers, said: “Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view.” The RSS chief’s comments come days after the Narendra Modi government was sworn in, following the BJP’s overwhelming majority in the 17th Lok Sabha. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Bhagwat, who is on a four-day visit to Kanpur, asked volunteers not to be arrogant. “No matter how much good work you have done and how much you have helped others, arrogance takes it away,” he said. The RSS chief discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society RSS leader Mohan Agarwal told reporters: “He also exhorted them to bring social equality, and eradicate illiteracy, drug and alcohol addiction and other social evils.” Mohan Bhagwat was here to participate in the ongoing 20-day training programme of Purvi Kshetra Prashikshan Varg (east zone unit) which started on May 24 and will continue till June 13 at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanatan Dharma Vidyalaya.
Mumbai: Salman Khan’s Eid release Bharat has collected Rs 42 crore on day one at the box office. The actor, who is often called critics-proof thanks to his massive fan following, said it was the “biggest opening” of his career and thanked his fans. “What made me the happiest and proudest is that during a scene in my film when the national anthem is recited everyone stood up as a mark of respect. There could be no bigger respect for our country than this,” he tweeted. As the name suggest, Bharat is the story of a man who journey mirrors that of the country. “Bharat storms the box office. Proves yet again Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller. Bharat opens much bigger than Salman and Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai (Rs 34.10 crore) and Sultan (Rs 36.54 crore). Bharat (Rs 42.30 crore) India business,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted. The film also stars Katrina Kaif opposite Salman.
Srinagar: One Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant was killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said. According to police sources, the slain militant has been identified as Iqbal Ahmad of Anantnag’s Dooru area. The gunfight took place in Nowgam village of Verinag area. “The militant’s body has been recovered. Search operation is still going on in the area,” the sources added. The gunfight occurred after the militants fired at the security forces who were carrying out a search and cordon operation in the area. “Reinforcements have been rushed to the area to trace the militants,” the police sources said. Mobile Internet facility has been suspended in Anantnag as a precautionary measure.
Back from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit 2019, Prime Minister immediately convened the fifth governing council meeting of NITI Aayog in presence of all chief ministers of the country. Ahead of the parliamentary sessions and the Union Budget scheduled to be tabled in July, NITI Aayogy’s governing council meeting serves as a potential pipeline to objectives at hand and realities befalling upon the country. While the country bears the brunt of economic slowdown, the Prime Minister, in his inaugural speech, stressed the goal of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024. Asking states to focus on their core competencies, the prime minister urged them to work towards increasing the GDP from the root level – districts. Like any theory of change methodology, the long-term goal plagued with challenges mentioned in the beginning only makes the agenda clear. If the goal of reaching a $5 trillion economy is set, intermediary hiccups will have to be accommodated for the larger said cause. Prime Minister’s assertion is of the essence since everything, and practically everything accounts for itself in the economy of a country. The adversities we face right now, the development we undertake, the progression we register and the fruits we yield of all the hard work gets reflected in the GDP. Modi’s vision follows a common man’s advancement. In a directly proportional relationship, the rise in GDP, as per economics, is directly linked to an increase in purchasing power of layman. With the long-term goal set, the five years stand to pose uncountable obstacles which the Modi dispensation will have to face and overcome to realise such an audacious dream. Modi announced the constitution of a high-powered committee comprising some chief ministers as well as Union ministers on ‘structural reforms in agriculture’. Given the case how the country reels under agrarian crisis and considering the reverberating promise of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, bringing in structural reforms to agriculture now assumes priority. India achieved milestones with the Green Revolution wherein along with HYV seeds, government intervention to provide appropriate irrigation facility apart from subsidies on fertilisers and pesticides led to a transformational change. Now, a reform is required to process a change of similar level so that the transition can aid India’s ailing agricultural sector that happens to be the lifeline of any economy. From extending PM KISAN to tillers to ensuring benefits from export/import of farm items are reaped by the farmers, several ideas circulated through the panel discussion as other co-related hiccups came into the fray. The water crisis is perhaps another great challenge for the country and the drought in various parts of the country has only aggravated the former issue. The newly instated Jal Shakti Ministry will have a herculean task of surveying water reserves, mapping low-water areas, preparing reports and suggesting conservational and sustainable steps to save water besides using it judiciously. Piped water to households takes priority but will only be successful after water adversity is resolved at the source level. Water crisis at the time of drought is perhaps the worst combination and currently, states such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, et al are facing this. Delayed monsoon has reduced Maharasthra’s dam’s water level to 6.61 per cent of total capacity urging the authority to unleash water tankers. The number of water tankers deployed this year is 6,597 – enough to realise the grave adversity considering last year at the same time around only 1,777 tankers were deployed. It is not just about tanker deployment or taking a measure of water shortage since adversities are not just discomfort or derailment from the usual course of action. They come at a cost. 45 per cent rain deficit in Karnataka has urged the state to seek relief from the Centre. Last year, in both Kharif and Rabi crop seasons, as many as 100 and 156 taluks were declared drought-affected and cost Rs 16,660 and Rs 11,384 crore respectively. A small snapshot of how costly drought is can be perceived and hence, efforts to rejuvenate water sources, widen irrigation scope, increase dam connectivity to regions are steps necessary to avoid another water-crisis year. Planning and management take essence in several more areas which NITI Aayog in its annual assessments has pointed out but sadly, the body, unlike erstwhile Planning Commission, lacks the financial power as cited by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who did not attend the meeting. Echoing her point, Kerala CM P Vijayan outlined that NITI Aayog has not played the role of a facilitator and there is a need to revive the planning commission.
London: Bharti Airtel Monday announced the price range of its Africa business IPO on the London Stock Exchange at 80-100 pence per ordinary share, through which the company expects to raise USD 750 million (approximately Rs 5,236 crore). “The price range for the offer has been set at 80 pence to 100 pence per ordinary share, implying a market capitalisation on admission of between 3,007 million and 3,623 million pounds (approximately USD 3,788 million-4,565 million),” Airtel Africa said in a London Stock Exchange filing. The offer is expected to comprise approximately 595.2 million-744.0 million new shares, to be issued by Airtel Africa, to raise gross proceeds of approximately 595 million pounds (approximately USD 750 million), including the over-allotment option (green-shoe option), the filing said. “10 per cent of the offer (100 per cent: primary) is expected to be made available pursuant to the over-allotment option… Excluding the over-allotment option, the offer is expected to comprise approximately 541.1 million-676.4 million new shares to be issued by the company to raise gross proceeds of approximately 541 million pounds (approximately USD 682 million),” the filing said. The final pricing is expected to be announced on or around June 28, 2019, on the London Stock Exchange, according to the filing.
San Francisco: After a month of disappearing from the Microsoft Store, laptops from Chinese technology player Huawei have made a comeback on the software giant’s online store. Huawei laptops including the MateBook 13, MateBook and MateBook X Pro are made available again. However, MateBook X Pro is currently “out of stock”. “We have been evaluating, and will continue to respond to, the many business, technical and regulatory complexities stemming from the recent addition of Huawei to the US Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations Entity List. As a result, we are resuming the sale of existing inventory of Huawei devices at Microsoft Store,” The Verge quoted a Microsoft spokesperson as saying on Monday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app For now, the company says it’s selling the “existing inventory” which is “compliant with current US regulations”. In May, Microsoft removed Huawei’s laptop lineup from its online store, following US President Donald Trump’s order to crack down on the Chinese tech company. Huawei has since postponed the launch of its new Windows-powered laptop that was due to be unveiled at the CES Asia show last week, the report said. Following Trump’s order when Google cut off Huawei’s Android licence, Microsoft stayed silent on whether it will prevent the Chinese company from obtaining Windows licences. Other tech majors like Intel and Qualcomm also put restrictions on businesses with Huawei.