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BJP sends legal notice to ex-MLA

first_imgThe BJP’s Jammu unit on Thursday issued a defamation notice to expelled party leader Gagan Bhagat, who served as an MLA, for his remarks against the leadership, saying “the party was going to lose in the upcoming Assembly polls”. A BJP spokesman said the party disciplinary committee decided to move court after Dr. Bhagat’s “anti-party activities and malicious campaign”. Dr. Bhagat, ex-MLA from R.S. Pura, has attacked BJP State president Ravinder Raina and State general secretary Ashok Kaul in his statements. Dr. Bhagat accused the party of being “anti-Dalit”. “The role of a general secretary is to concentrate on strengthening the organisation network, but Mr. Kaul is more concerned about controlling funds of the party,” he alleged.He said he knows how Ministers were chosen “and where money changed hands”. “They have filled their coffers and have done nothing for the people, including those living along the International Border, who are direct targets of Pakistan’s shelling,” he said.In response, the BJP said it has served a legal notice on Dr. Bhagat for levelling unfounded, vexatious, malicious, abusive and defamatory remarks against Mr. Raina and Mr. Kaul.Petition in SCDr. Bhagat faces an expulsion notice from the party, days after he filed a petition on December 3 before the Supreme Court over Governor Satya Pal Malik’s move to dissolve the Assembly. In his latest interview, he dared the BJP to announce a chief minister candidate ahead of the Assembly polls. “The party’s State leadership is dictatorial and would face a drubbing in the next Assembly election,” he said.last_img read more

UK Keen to Facilitate Masala Bond Plans

first_imgThe ambition of British government is not just to bring English capital to India, but also bring the global capital for growth. Related Itemslast_img

Malaysia dismiss judging concerns as SEA Games close

first_imgBut Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, director-general of Malaysia’s National Sports Council, said none of the 10 visiting teams had registered an official complaint.“We have a technical delegate appointed by the international (SEA Games) federation,” he told reporters.“We have procedures on whatever protests or dissatisfaction (there is) from the teams and until now if I’m not mistaken we haven’t received any official complaints.”He added: “The bottom line is, there are rules, there are procedures. There is a technical delegate appointed by the international sports federation, and we have to trust those people to deliver the competition properly.”Malaysia have never won an Olympic gold medal, although they had four silvers and a bronze at last year’s Rio Games. They won five golds at the 2014 Asian Games and six at the last Commonwealth Games.‘Worst tournament’ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Later on Wednesday, the tournament was declared closed in a colorful ceremony at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, where the Games flag was passed to 2019 hosts the Philippines.“Kuala Lumpur 2017 has been truly magnificent, memorable and majestic,” said SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMalaysia, who won 62 gold medals at the last SEA Games in 2015, topped the table for the first time since 2001 — when they also hosted the mini-Olympics. Thailand had 72 golds and Vietnam 58.Thai and Indonesian officials have hit out at the judging standards, and there have been a welter of complaints and videos online, many under the #ShameOnYouMalaysia hashtag. Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Malaysia dismissed concerns over judging at the Southeast Asian Games as the hosts finished the competition with a record 145 gold medals on Wednesday, more than twice the number of second-placed Thailand.The home team won five of the seven titles on the final day, a typically dominant performance as they ended the Games with more than one-third of the 406 gold medals handed out.ADVERTISEMENT CEU, La Salle-Zobel dribblers try to extend WNCAA reign SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Newspapers trumpeted Malaysia’s victory, and were thick with full-page ads taken out by companies to congratulate the team. Malaysia also celebrates its 60th independence anniversary on Thursday.Foreign media were less effusive. The Bangkok Post commented: “For many Thai officials, athletes, journalists and fans, KL 2017 is the worst tournament in SEA Games history in terms of both officiating and organising.”On Wednesday, Malaysia won three gold medals in speed skating, which was making its Games debut, and two in diving. Thailand took one in speed skating and one in weightlifting.The SEA Games, which now look forward to their 30th edition in 2019, allow the host nation to adjust the programme to suit their strengths, meaning they often finish top of the table.Winning one-third of the gold medals is not unusual for the home country. When Indonesia held the 1997 Games, they won 194 out of 448 gold medals, or 43 percent.Malaysia’s chef de mission Marina Chin admitted their original target of 211, the national record set in 2001, was probably conservative.“When we made the target together with the national associations, I would admit that we were a bit conservative because we didn’t know about the achievements of the other countries,” she said.last_img read more

Aroon Purie’s welcome address at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgAroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief, India TodayThe INDIA TODAY Conclave is something I look forward to every year. It allows me to be in the world of ideas. As one wit said: “Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.” So, as you turn the pages, you are,Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief, India TodayThe INDIA TODAY Conclave is something I look forward to every year. It allows me to be in the world of ideas. As one wit said: “Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.” So, as you turn the pages, you are in the company of some great minds.In the last five conclaves, we argued about India’s power and responsibilities, its aspirations and its attitudes, its potential and its limitations. Only the text of the themes was Indian. The context was always global. That is why, the theme this year, ‘Challenges for the Brave New World’, is not a total break from the past. It is not as if we have completed our five-year plan in nation building. Challenges for the Brave New World are the challenges of India as well.Can we afford to remain in nationalist isolation in a world made smaller by knowledge and technology? The information age threatens to make geography redundant. Digital democracy is no longer a piece of science fiction. The global village shrinks further at the click of a mouse-or a camera. It is a world where a mediocre actress in her wedding gown can make Jodhpur the capital of international celebrity-dom, for a few days.The news from the marketplace too is exhilarating. The world economy has grown at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent since 2000. The robust performance of the US, Chinese and Indian economies has made this possible. Also, two major world economies, Germany and Japan, have come out of a prolonged slump. This is no longer an abstract, impersonal phenomenon. It is powered by the spirit of the individual. The billionaires club continues to expand its membership. It is a world that rewards those who make the best use of opportunities. It doesn’t let dreamers down, and quite a few of them are from India.advertisementGlobalisation can make us heady. Should it be allowed to cloud our conscience? Should it be allowed to make us prisoners of our progress? Should it be allowed to take us away from realities that don’t fit into its script?CAN WE AFFORD TO REMAIN IN NATIONALIST ISOLATION IN A WORLD MADE SMALLER BY KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY? Take freedom. It was one concept that gave birth to many ideologies of salvation. Most of them failed us, most notably communism which created a terror apparatus of de-humanising proportions. When the Soviet empire fell and the Berlin Wall was breached, as Francis Fukuyama, whom you will be reading in these pages, famously said, the moment marked the end of history. Or that is what he thought. He 18 INDIA TODAY . APRIL 9, 2007 argued that the triumph of liberal democracy constituted “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” and the final form of “human government”.Then, the trapdoors of history opened in the Balkans and elsewhere, and the old ghosts of nationalism and ethnicity came marching out. Provoked by this sight, another observer of the fault lines of the post-Cold War World, Professor Samuel Huntington, said the future conflicts would be a clash of civilisations. After 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq and a string of attacks in London, Madrid, Mumbai and many more, I would say it was a clash against civilisation. Like business, terror too has been globalised. Ghettos of anger and disillusion multiply across the world.Various ideas of freedom are at war today, most frighteningly in the Middle East, where liberation is defined by angry gods and hungry Kalashnikovs. The Iraqi civil war intensified by the Sunni-Shiite divide has already made the region the post-Vietnam killing fields. The Iraq war, in the beginning, was a moral mission by America, though some would say it was an imperial overreach. Today, it raises some pertinent questions about international morality and American power. Can open societies be imported? Is the selective war on terror losing its moral legitimacy?The Berlin Wall may have gone; but not the one in the mind. The war on terror and the globalisation of hate bring us closer to new challenges of a dangerous world. The challenges go beyond Iraq. Already, headlines are staring at us: after Iraq, is Iran the next? The Tehran-Washington faceoff over Iran’s nuclear ambition makes that fear a possibility. Washington’s veiled threats and warnings are matched by reckless presidential statements from Tehran on the Holocaust, and Israel. In certain parts of the world, the bomb has become an instrument of bargain, and a weapon of nationalist delusion. North Korea is an example. There has to be a balance between national confidence, nuclear ambition, and international responsibility.advertisementTHE WAR ON TERROR AND THE GLOBALISATION OF HATE BRING US CLOSER TO CHALLENGES OF A DANGEROUS WORLD. It doesn’t mean the global flashpoints are always elsewhere. The subcontinent is still one of the most dangerous places on earth. India and Pakistan are still struggling to break out of mutual mistrust. In Washington’s scheme of things, Pakistan may be a frontline state in the war on terror. We cannot deny the fact that it is home to many jihadist groups.Globalisation has made the world flat, we have been famously told. Nobody has told us much about the profusion of potholes in this flat world. About the entrapments of poverty. We have only war on terror, not one on poverty, which too divides, and breeds anger that makes the world less stable. A vast section of humanity can spoil the party of the brave new world. They include people who have been left behind by the forces of globalisation. They include people who don’t have a password to key into the digital democracy. They include people living in places where a liberal democracy is a distant dream. They include people who remain untouched by the wonders of science and technology. They include people living in zones of fear. They are the disenfranchised of the brave new world. It is our challenge to make this world accessible to them. We need a global leadership to take up the challenges. A leadership that can rise above the exigencies of politics.The topics cover a wide spectrum of the challenges from which we can’t run away: Challenges in technology, information, business, politics, science, entertainment, health and climate. The last two are concerns as urgent as war on terror. Stem cell research will probably give us the power to play God, but saving what God created is a problem. Global warming is no longer an abstraction. We are living in an endangered planet. And we all want to live longer. And with globalisation, what will happen to local cultures? And with the plethora of wireless devices, will we have death by iPod?In the imagination of Aldous Huxley, the Brave New World was a dystopia. The world we live in is a wonderful place, but it is far from perfect. We have here an unelected parliament of what the author of Brave New World would have called alpha-plus intellects. In the following pages, you are invited to some brave new resolutions.last_img read more

SEE PICS: Shah Rukh Khan just got himself a Rs 2.3cr BMW i8. Jealous?

first_imgShah Rukh Khan has given us mortals new reasons to be all jealous of him. The superstar has got himself a swanky new car – a BMW i8.Khan’s new ride was delivered to his bungalow Mannat in Mumbai on Wednesday (June 15), soon after which, the Dilwale star was seen taking his new beauty out for a spin.PHOTOS: Salman, Shah Rukh, Katrina join Baba Siddique for his Iftaar party ALSO READ: Shah Rukh Khan all set to play a warrior in Aditya Chopra’s nextWhile Shah Rukh was at the steering, he had his bodyguard next to him.Khan and his bodyguard in the new car followed his chauffeur and an armed security guard in his other car.Shah Rukh’s i8 has a Haryana number plate and was purchased at a showroom in Gurgaon.The BMW i8, which was launched in India last year, has a price tag of Rs 2.29 crore ex-showroom. The company sells the car exclusively through its dealers in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.The two-door sports coupe was first showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. The supercar is known for its futuristic design, unlike most other cars in the price range.The BMW i8 can reach a maximum speed of 120km/hr with a maximum range of 35 kilometres.Apart from his new acquisition, SRK’s envious fleet includes a Bugatti Veyron too – a car worth Rs 12 crore!(Photos of the car: Yogen Shah)last_img read more

UEFA Nations League: Luke Shaw suffers freak head injury against Spain

first_imgEngland’s left back Luke Shaw suffered a freak head injury during the UEFA Nations League clash against Spain, who won 2-1 at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.Shaw, who created England’s goal, was injured in an accidental clash of heads with Dani Carvajal early in the second half — leading to a seven-minute stoppage as he was treated by several medics.Thankfully the prognosis was upbeat later as England’s medical team confirmed that it was not as serious as the 81,000 fans inside Wembley Stadium had at first feared.”Luke is awake and alert, having been assessed by our doctor and given an X-ray,” a Football Association statement said.”He’ll stay with us overnight for further observation, with another update to come in the morning.”Read – UEFA Nations League: Spain come from behind to beat England 2-1Manager Gareth Southgate, who gave Shaw his first start for three years, confirmed the 23-year-old was ‘up and talking’. Luke Shaw was treated by several medics on the field after his head injury (Reuters Photo)Shaw’s Manchester United career has been overshadowed by injury.He broke his leg in two places during a Champions League match in 2015 and admitted this week he nearly lost his leg.Shaw missed nearly all of the 2015-16 season and suffered a groin injury the following season that limited his appearances.After struggling last season to convince Jose Mourinho he was worth a place in the team, he has started the current campaign in impressive fashion and his contribution on Saturday before his injury will have impressed Southgate.advertisement”He gave a great ball for the goal. Marcus Rashford had a great impact on the game. Joe Gomez’s defending was excellent. There are individual positives and as a collective they gave everything,” Southgate said of the trio who were given their chance to make their mark.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Framework Facilitating Oversight of Financial Sector Strengthened

first_img The signatories include BOJ Governor, Brian Wynter, who chairs the FRC; Divisional Director for the Ministry’s Financial Regulations Division, Aisha Wright, who represented Acting Financial Secretary, Darlene Morrison; Financial Services Commission (FSC) Executive Director, Everton McFarlane; and Jamaica Deposit Insurance Company (JDIC) Chief Executive Officer, Antoinette McKain. The framework facilitating oversight of Jamaica’s financial sector by the Financial Regulatory Committee (FRC), will be further strengthened through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that has been established.Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has endorsed the MOU, which was signed by representatives of member agencies comprising the FRC, at the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), downtown Kingston, on Wednesday (March 14).The signatories include BOJ Governor, Brian Wynter, who chairs the FRC; Divisional Director for the Ministry’s Financial Regulations Division, Aisha Wright, who represented Acting Financial Secretary, Darlene Morrison; Financial Services Commission (FSC) Executive Director, Everton McFarlane; and Jamaica Deposit Insurance Company (JDIC) Chief Executive Officer, Antoinette McKain.The MOU’s provisions include facilitating each member’s effective performance of their statutory duties; minimising opportunities for regulatory arbitrage (purchasing securities in one market and simultaneously selling them in another at higher prices, thereby profiting from the temporary difference in prices); adequately preparing for intervention and other regulatory actions; and reducing the regulatory burden and duplication of requirements for regulated entities.In addition, the FRC’s members will share status reports containing system data, trend analyses and any major risk in their respective areas of operation. These include reports on the overall condition of regulated institutions.The FRC will also develop and recommend policy changes, particularly related to issues having far-reaching implications, with members sharing information on areas of significant regulatory concern.Additionally, members will advise each other of intended policy changes that could affect regulated institutions in other sectors.Mr. Shaw expressed satisfaction with the MOU’s tenets. “The FRC will uphold existing policies and develop new procedures and strategies to facilitate the accomplishment of their individual and joint regulatory goals,” he said.He underscored the importance of the FRC’s work against the background of a financial landscape, which he said is now “leaner and more agile”.This, the Minister noted, in the wake of the number of divestments, mergers and acquisitions that have taken place “with some players existing as financial holding companies that participate in every aspect of the sector”.Mr. Shaw said stand-alone enterprises, like securities dealers and credit unions, have advanced their operations and introduced innovative tools, products and services that can support wealth creation and fuel growth.He contended that this type of organisational arrangement requires special regulatory attention and an all-encompassing framework capable of addressing the complexities that could potentially arise.Noting Jamaica’s past economic and financial crises, which led to the Government’s formation of the Financial Regulatory Policy Council, now the FRC, in 2000, Mr. Shaw said he remains committed to being “proactive and decisive” in his oversight of the sector to ensure its resilience against future domestic and global shocks.He said that Jamaica’s robust financial sector should, instead, be able to take advantage of opportunities that could surface in those situations.“I am satisfied that the Financial Regulatory Committee will uphold existing policies and develop new procedures and strategies to facilitate the accomplishment of their individual and joint regulatory goals.In his remarks, Mr. Wynter said the MOU represents a renewal of the entities’ partnership that was established in 2000, consequent on the tabling of a Ministry Paper in Parliament resulting in the establishment of the Financial Regulatory Policy Council.The Governor further indicated that the Bank of Jamaica Act was amended in 2014 to enshrine the Council in law as a statutory committee, to reflect the Government’s commitment to bolster the ability of financial sector regulators and policymakers to oversee and more effectively manage the “ever-changing and increasingly more sophisticated and dynamic financial landscape”.Mr. Wynter said a key task being pursued by the FRC is preparation of the framework for a special resolution regime for financial institutions that will enhance Jamaica’s capacity to take “orderly and timely” action, in order to minimise the impact of a failing or failed regulated institution on the system as also the public. The framework facilitating oversight of Jamaica’s financial sector by the Financial Regulatory Committee (FRC), will be further strengthened through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that has been established. Story Highlights In addition, the FRC’s members will share status reports containing system data, trend analyses and any major risk in their respective areas of operation. These include reports on the overall condition of regulated institutions.last_img read more

MOL to Start Study on Big Data in Ocean Shipping

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has, together with its subsidiary MOL Information Systems, entered into an agreement with Yokohama National University to conduct a joint study on the analysis and use of big data related to ocean shipping.The joint study is aimed at developing the capability to analyze data related to economics and maritime affairs and forecast the ocean shipping market and bunker prices with greater accuracy by using artificial intelligence (AI).The partners will also proceed with new studies to develop management support tools.Earlier in August, MOL restructured its existing US East Coast – West Coast South America route to connect Europe with East Coast South America, via the Strait of Magellan, West Coast South America, and West Coast Central America.The revised service, which offers a direct service from East Coast South America to West Coast South America and West Coast Central America, comes on the back of MOL’s new vehicle transport contract to provide car carrier services for Toyota Argentina S.A. (TASA) to ports on West Coast South America and West Coast Central America.last_img read more

Social media under pressure US FBs use dips in native land

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook’s efforts to crack down on misinformation and sensational content have reduced the time spent at the leading social network eroding, researchers said Tuesday. The average amount of time US adults spent at Facebook dropped by three minutes per day last year and will likely decrease by another minute next year, to a total of 37 minutes daily, according to the research firm eMarketer. The report suggests that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s efforts to focus on safety and remove divisive and hateful content could be having an economic impact. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Facebook’s continued loss of younger adult users, along with its focus on down-ranking clickbait posts and videos in favor of those that create ‘time well spent,’ resulted in less daily time spent on the platform in 2018 than we had previously expected,” said eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson. “Less time spent on Facebook translates into fewer chances for marketers to reach the network’s users.” Money taken in from digital ads are the leading source of revenue at Facebook, which has 2.4 billion monthly active users around the world. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaA bright spot for Facebook is that daily US engagement is creeping up at its image and video focused social network Instagram, where eMarketer expected it to rise a minute this year to 27 minutes and then another minute per year through 2021. “Features like Stories, influencer content and video are all contributing to more engagement and a slow but steady uptick in time spent on Instagram,” Williamson said. Meanwhile, time people in the US spend at Instagram rival Snapchat has seemingly plateaued at 26 minutes daily, with an application redesign failing to boost engagement, according to eMarketer. A broader trend seen last year was for Americans to spend less time at online social networks, and the overall engagement was expected by eMarketer to remain unchanged this year at almost one hour, 14 minutes per day. “Gains in digital video viewing are putting pressure on social time, and gaming is also creating new competition for user attention,” Williamson said. “Though we can’t say there is a direct cause-effect relationship, these activities do at least threaten users’ engagement with social media.”last_img read more

BJP launches membership drive in Delhi Haryanvi singerdancer Sapana Chaudhary joins party

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP’s membership drive was launched in the national capital on Sunday, with famous Haryanavi singer-dancer Sapana Chaudhary joining the party in the presence of senior leaders, including Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Chaudhary had campaigned extensively for the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in May but stopped short of joining the saffron party even though there was talk that she would contest the polls. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Earlier in March, Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Raj Babbar had announced on Twitter that she had joined the party. Chaudhary, however, categorically denied it. Besides Chaudhary, seven others, including a specially-abled youth, a first-time voter, retired Army officers and bureaucrats and a street vendor, joined the BJP at the event held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Chouhan, who is the national in-charge of the BJP’s membership drive, asked party workers to ensure its victory in the Delhi Assembly polls early next year by enrolling members from each booth and all sections of the society. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “According to the ‘Sarv Vyapi, Sarv Sparshi’ (covering all areas, touching base with all) slogan of the campaign, you have to work hard to ensure that new members come from each booth and each section of the society. With a large heart ensure that no section remains untouched,” he said. As against the target of adding 20 per cent members to the party, Delhi BJP has decided to bring 10 lakh people to the partyfold, said Kuljeet Chahal, campaign in-charge in Delhi. Chouhan asked party workers and leaders affiliated with Shakti Kendras (groups of polling booths) to devote a week’s time to the drive. He also heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing him as a “movement”. Speaking about Amit Shah, Chouhan said the BJP president could produce “oil from sand”, citing the party’s success in Assam, Tripura and West Bengal. National general secretary (organisation) Ramlal asked party workers and leaders to make efforts to enrol 50 per cent new members from each of the over 13,800 booths in Delhi, with a special focus on those where the party strength is low. Tiwari assured senior party leaders that the membership drive will be an “unprecedented” success in Delhi and suggested that new members should represent all walks of life. He also lauded Modi’s leadership, saying he was appreciated by all world leaders. The BJP’s membership drive in Delhi will conclude on August 11. Members will be enrolled online as well.last_img read more

Returning home post birthday celebrations Mumbai girl gangraped FIR filed

first_imgMumbai: The police on Friday registered a case against four unidentified persons for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl on her birthday in Chembur area here on Friday. The police have registered a ‘Zero FIR’ and transferred it to Chunabhatti police station. The girl was allegedly raped by four men on July 7, when she was returning home from her friend’s house after her birthday celebrations. According to the family of the victim, the girl did not inform anyone about the incident for weeks and kept crying. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details After her condition deteriorated, she was taken to a hospital in Aurangabad, where the doctor revealed that she was raped. The girl then informed the family about the incident. “We have registered an FIR against four unidentified persons under Section 376 (rape), 376D (gang rape) and 34 (criminal acts by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC),” said police inspector Deepak Vijay Surve. Also read| Jamshedpur minor rape-murder: Police pin hope on DNA tests to confirm girl’s identity The investigation is on in the case.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

Alberta Crown at crossroads in Connie Oakes murder case saga

first_img(Wendy Scott in a photo posted to her Facebook page in 2008)Read APTN’s reports on the Connie Oakes case hereJorge Barrera APTN National NewsWith her ankles shackled and wearing navy blue prison slippers, sweat pants and sweat shirt, Wendy Scott appeared in a Medicine Hat, Alta., courtroom Thursday morning for proceedings that could lead to her second trial for murder.Scott’s face was a turbulence of tics and grimaces. Her head turned left to right in seemingly involuntary movements. Both arms swung constantly at her side. Her left hand was cocked inwardly at the wrist as if to mimic a duck head for shadow play. Her right hand also moved in an involuntary frenzy, clenching and un-clenching, fingers moving in their own erratic patterns.Scott’s brown hair fell loose past her shoulders and her face appeared much thinner than in the photographs of herself she posted on Facebook before becoming the linchpin for two murder convictions in the slaying of Medicine Hat man Casey Armstrong.In May 2011 Armstrong was found dead in the bathtub of his mobile home, a knife wound through his neck, blood splash patterns across the walls.Scott said little during her brief appearance. She said “okay” when Justice Carolyn Phillips set her arraignment date for Dec. 17 because files were still being transferred. She said, “Alright, thank you,” as she was led out of the courtroom.Scott never seemed focused as she stood in the prisoner’s box next to Justice Phillips. Her new lawyers from Calgary weren’t there, nor was the Crown from the Calgary rural and regional response office tasked with handling the case instead of a local Crown. Both sides were represented by agents.By happenstance, the dead man’s son, Tanner Armstrong went to use the adjacent bathroom while Scott was still in a secure interview room beside the courtroom. He claims they made eye contact through the window in the door before she quickly turned away.“Every time she tells her story, it’s a different story. She lies every time she talks,” said Tanner Armstrong, following Scott’s hearing.Armstrong and his sister Karli Armstrong were both at Scott’s appearance before the Court of Queen’s Bench. Scott is now facing a first degree murder charge because the Alberta Court of Appeal in October struck down her June 2012 guilty plea on second degree murder. That ruling was the result of the Crown conceding to the new trial in pre-appeal filings.On this day, her sweat suit-clad body moved in the same erratic patterns as the stories that initially led her to enter a guilty plea in Casey Armstrong’s murder and to the conviction of her co-accused, Connie Oakes, a Cree woman from the Nekaneet First Nation in southern Saskatchewan.Connie Oakes pictured along with the Edmonton Institution for Women where she is currently held.According to one of her affidavits filed as part of her appeal, a psychiatrist puts Scott’s IQ at 50, which puts her at the “extremely low range of cognitive ability.”Scott stated in the affidavit that she didn’t realize she was admitting to murdering Armstrong when she pleaded guilty to second degree murder. Scott also claims she was coerced by Medicine Hat Police interrogators while she was high on drugs. And, she claims, she was interrogated months longer than was disclosed by the Crown. She also states in an affidavit that she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the murder scene.The police deny these claims.Tanner (left) and Karli Armstrong (right) walk out of Wendy Scott’s Court of Queen’s hearing Thursday. APTN/PhotoScott’s initial guilty plea was the foundation for the Medicine Hat Crown’s case against Oakes in November 2013. There was no murder weapon, DNA, fingerprints or eye witnesses tying Oakes to the murder beyond Scott’s claim that she was there when Armstrong was killed. The local Crown also failed to produce any details about a red car it argued was used by Oakes and Scott to drive to Armstrong’s trailer to kill him on the 2011 May long-weekend.Despite dozens of contradictions throughout Scott’s testimony a jury found Oakes guilty of the murder and she was sentenced to life without parole for 14 years.Oakes is appealing her murder conviction and a hearing is now scheduled for Jan. 12 next year. Her defense team is preparing a new defense partly based on the quashing of Scott’s guilty plea by the Court of Appeal.Oakes, however, wasn’t the only one Scott accused of involvement in Casey Armstrong’s murder. During police interrogations Scott said two other men and another woman killed Armstrong. Only one of these men was called to testify during the trial and he had an alibi. A cousin said he was working in Saskatchewan the weekend of the murder. APTN National News contacted the second man who also denied he had anything to do with the murder.There was a man’s bloody boot-print in the bathroom where Armstrong was killed. It has never been identified.APTN has since learned that the woman Scott named under interrogation owned the red Grand Am Medicine Hat investigators believed was used in the murder. This car was identified in a prosecutor’s summary of the case obtained by APTN. However, that detail was never submitted during trial.The woman, known by the street nickname Ginger, pleaded guilty on Aug. 19, 2011, about four months after Armstrong’s murder, to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. She received a three-and-a-half year sentence. Ginger was seen with a red Grand Am during the police surveillance preceding her arrest. APTN has chosen not to publish Ginger’s real name for the time being.APTN tracked Ginger down since her release from prison. She is living on her parent’s ranch which sits about 70 kilometres southwest of Medicine Hat.She denied any connection to the Armstrong murder and kicked APTN off her property.“I had nothing to do with it,” said Ginger. “I want nothing to do with any of you. Beat it. It’s trespassing.”Scott’s new trial will have an impact on Oakes’ chances for a successful appeal.It is currently unclear if the Crown will proceed with a first degree murder charge against Scott, given her ever shifting stories.The cases against Oakes and Scott, which currently appear tied by ever fraying threads, could completely fall to pieces.Casey Armstrong’s children say they plan to be there every step of the way, even if that means sitting through another trial about the brutal murder of their father.“It sucks…I can’t really prepare for it,” said Karli Armstrong.“I have hardly any confidence (in the justice system),” said Tanner. “I don’t know what to expect. She is kind of the only evidence.”Both say they still believe Scott and Oakes committed the murder.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Assessment of Nova Scotia mills effluent plan proper according to rulesdeputy

first_imgHALIFAX – A leadership candidate for Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservatives says he believes the provincial Environment Department made a judgment call that has failed to instill public confidence in its environmental assessment process for a proposed effluent treatment plan for the Northern Pulp mill.Tim Houston made the comment while questioning deputy environment minister Frances Martin, who appeared Wednesday before the legislature’s public accounts committee.Houston, whose Pictou East riding neighbours the pulp mill, equated the decision to go with a Class 1 assessment with a similar decision for the Alton Gas natural gas storage project near Stewiake, which has been through the courts and has been subject to protests from environmentalists and local Mi’kmaq bands.“Alton gas — 12 years after they did everything the department asked them to do — they haven’t started,” said Houston. “I’m worried the department is walking Northern Pulp down the same fate as Alton Gas.”Under provincial legislation, Northern Pulp has until 2020 to replace its current effluent treatment plant in Boat Harbour near Pictou — a deadline the company has said will be tight to meet.The mill, which is across the Northumberland Strait from eastern Prince Edward Island, announced plans for a new treatment plant in December and is to submit an environmental assessment to Nova Scotia’s Environment Department sometime in July.According to the company’s plan, waste would be treated at a new facility near the mill using a system that would meet all federal environmental standards for suspended solids and oxygen depletion.The effluent would be carried by polyethylene pipe across Pictou Harbour and released through six dispersal pipes into the strait.Martin told the committee she made the decision to go with a Class 1 environmental assessment last June 1 after Northern Pulp filed a project description with the department at the end of April.She said it was clear to her the project required a Class 1 assessment instead of the more lengthy Class 2 under provincial regulations. Martin said Class 2 assessments are used in cases of larger projects, such as the building of a petro-chemical plant or pulp mill.“It was very clear in looking in the documentation and the Act and the regulations that it was a Class 1. It wasn’t the construction of a mill it was a modification to an existing mill.”But Houston persisted with his questioning, asking if Martin could confirm that a boardwalk project at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum required a Class 2 assessment.Martin was unable to provide the answer to the committee, but the department later said in an email that “our environmental assessment branch isn’t aware of this project, as it has never been registered for an environmental assessment.”Martin said the Class 1 assessment would be rigorous and would give the public and experts ample opportunity to provide input before a final decision is made.Local fishermen, Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs, and Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan are among those who have voiced concerns about Northern Pulp’s plan, saying it could have unintended consequences for fisheries in the area.Last month, MacLauchlan wrote a letter to Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and to federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in which he called for a more comprehensive assessment.Martin told NDP committee member Dave Wilson that P.E.I. residents would have opportunity to give their written input during the 30-day consultation process. She also said her department would seek input from the federal departments of environment and fisheries, adding that meetings have already occurred with federal officials.Wilson asked whether there had been any indications that Ottawa would step in with an environmental assessment of its own.“We don’t anticipate that the federal government will conduct an environmental assessment on the effluent treatment,” Martin said.Outside the hearing, Martin told reporters the meeting with regional federal officials happened before MacLauchlan’s letter was sent, but she added she wasn’t aware of any change in the federal stance since.Joan Baxter, author of a recent book that explored the impact of the mill, said she heard “a lot of semantics” in Martin’s defence of the government’s assessment process.Baxter said she and many members of the public don’t buy that a Class 1 assessment is as stringent as a Class 2.She said at the very least there should be public hearings on the project, adding she doesn’t believe what’s currently in place is transparent enough.Baxter feels the public has lost trust with the process.“People have commented a lot in this province about that pulp mill over the last 50 years and they’ve never been heard,” she said. “And they don’t feel that even if they do comment during that 30-day process that their voices will be heard.”last_img read more

Man stabbed to death for protesting lewd remarks on daughter 2 held

first_imgNew Delhi: A 51-year-old businessman was stabbed to death allegedly for objecting to lewd comments made by some boys on his daughter in West Delhi’s Moti Nagar area. Police said that they have arrested two persons apprehended two minors in the case.Police identified the accused as Jahangir Khan and his son Mohammad Alam . The deceased was identified as Dhruv Das Tyagi lived in Moti Nagar area. “Both accused and deceased is neighbourers,” police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bharadwaj said that they have also apprehended two minors. The man’s 19-year-old son was also injured in the incident that took place in the early hours of Sunday. The boys passed some lewd comments and made indecent gestures at the businessman’s 24-year-old daughter, when they were returning home on a two-wheeler from a hospital. The man had taken his daughter to hospital after she complained of severe headache. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe man after dropping his daughter home, complained to the boys’ father about their behaviour, claimed a family member, who did not want to be named. An argument broke out over the issue and in the midst of it, the businessman was attacked and stabbed multiple times, he alleged. Hearing the commotion, some people came out of their houses, but no one intervened, the family member said. The victim’s 19-year-old son came to his father’s rescue, but he was also stabbed. Somehow, he managed to raise an alarm after which his mother and sister rushed to the spot and took the father-son duo to a hospital. The businessman succumbed to injuries Monday morning, while his son is still battling for life, police said.last_img read more

MOMENT OF HANDBALL HISTORY Bravo Laszlo goodbye Atilla

Atilla VadkertiLaszlo Nagy ← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic first pick for Slovenian bench? Next Story → Groups are ready for Junior WCh in Brazil! “Moment for the handball history” is only one of the titles which perfectly describing the last 20 seconds of the PICK Szeged – Veszprem clash at the end of the season in Hungary. The World Best Player 2011, Hungarian handball legend Laszlo Nagy did something which is much more than ordinary fair-play.The 34-years old right back called his rival and friend, Atilla Vadkerti, to come inside the court and gave him the ball to score the last goal on the match. The moment for that was more than perfect. That was the last match for the legendary PICK Szeged left wing who played for the club since 1999.Gesture to inspire all the handball players worldwide and to remind what is the most important in sport.Bravo Laszlo, godbye Atilla!PHOTO: PICK Szeged read more

All 37 Donegal councillors got a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 costing

first_imgDONEGAL COUNCILLORS MUST have thought Christmas had come early today as they were all given a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.All 37 councillors received one of the devices during today’s council meeting and they were also promised a new printer to go with it according to a report by Highland Radio’s Barry Whyte.CostThe new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 costs between €290 – €350. The cost to the taxpayer for these new tablets is in the region of of €10,000 – €13,000, not including the cost of the new printers that councillors have yet to receive.The tablet is believed to be encrypted so that council documents can be kept private. The tablets were given to councillors so they could access their emails while also trying to make the council paperless. Poll Results: Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Leas Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan said that the tablets would certainly be worth it, stating that they will help them streamline their work, communicate with officials and constituents by email and allow for all the council agendas to be online rather than paper.He defended the cost, saying, “over the next five years, they will certainly have earned their keep. It will be much handier for our council work”.Crossan added that most people have laptops these days and that everything is technology based so it was understandable that the council wanted to streamline council business in this way. He said the matter was not raised or discussed in the council today, adding:I think it is just a storm in a tea cup really.What do you think? Should councillors be given tablet devices for work purposes? I don’t know (167) No (2185) Source: Barry Whyte/Twitter YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Call for inquiry into claims of Donegal planning improprietiesRead: In late twist, Donegal County Council passes budget by a single vote Yes (1398) Some of the Cllrs have openly admitted to me that they have no idea how to work their new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4s, training to be provided— Barry Whyte (@BarryWhyte85) July 28, 2014last_img read more

Misleading Home Office ad on how EU citizens apply to stay in

first_img‘Misleading’ Home Office ad on how EU citizens apply to stay in the UK banned The advert claimed all that was needed to apply was a passport or ID card, which was found to be “misleading”. Share3 Tweet Email A UK GOVERNMENT radio ad has been banned from the airwaves after a British regulator ruled that it was “misleading”.A radio ad for the EU Settlement Scheme, which allows European citizens to stay in the UK post-Brexit, stated in April that all that was needed to apply was a passport or ID card:“If you’re an EU citizen living in the UK, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme is fully open and you have plenty of time to apply. 12,313 Views It is free, and all you need is your passport or ID card and to complete an online form. Support is available if you have any questions.“To find out more and to apply, visit gov.uk/eusettlementscheme. Irish citizens or those with valid indefinite leave don’t need to apply.”The scheme is for citizens from the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as well as those who are born in the UK but are not a British citizen.A complainant told the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority that they believed in some cases, applicants also needed to provide proof of address covering the previous five years, challenged whether the ad was misleading.In a ruling published today, the ASA said that the ad breached BCAP Code rules 3.1 and 3.2 for ‘Misleading advertising’, and that it must not be aired again in its current format.Home Office responseThe Home Office, the UK government department that ran the ad, said that at no point was any applicant to the EU Settlement Scheme asked to provide proof of address as part of the application process. It argued that it was not possible to include all aspects of the application process in a short ad, and they believed listeners would appreciate that it was neither possible nor desirable to do so.It also said that the radio ads accurately described the key elements of the application process in which a passport or ID card was required, and filling out an online form (basic details, evidence of residence in the UK and a criminal record declaration was needed for this).The Home Office said that out of all adult cases on which a decision was made, 73% of applicants did not have to submit any documents as evidence of their residence.RulingThe advertising authority acknowledged in its ruling that the reference to a passport and ID card were the “minimum documents” needed to complete an initial application, it said that listeners would take this to mean all the documents that would be needed for the entire process.It said that although a proof of address wasn’t needed, in 27% of decided adult cases, applicants had been asked to provide documents as evidence of residence. Some applicants were also asked for other documents, such as evidence of a family relationship. https://jrnl.ie/4785137 We considered that the actual proportion who were asked to submit further documents was likely to go beyond what the audience was likely to understand from the claim.“In that context, we considered that the ad did not make sufficiently clear that, in some cases, applicants would need to supply documents beyond their passport or ID card.” By Gráinne Ní Aodha Aug 28th 2019, 7:53 AM Image: Shutterstock/Nejron Photo Image: Shutterstock/Nejron Photo Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 7:53 AM No Comments last_img read more

More room for baby boom in the top end

first_imgRoyal Darwin Hospital has seen a record number of babies being born in March with 197 being delivered in the hospital. Northern Territory Health Minister Kon Vatskalis says he does not know what is behind the baby boom but has a fair idea. “I asked why and I was told it was a very cold July,” he said. “I don’t know if it is true but it works out: July, March. “But this actually shows you the demand we have got with the young population we have got here in the Territory. “We have more births, but we are actually renovating the birth ward, we are renovating the children’s ward, we are actually providing good services, proper services to Territorians,” said the minister. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Nokia May Lay Off 10000 Employees By 2013 End Shutting Down Manufacturing

first_imgMobile Titan Nokia may terminate 10,000 of its employees along with plant shutdowns by 2013 end as part of the company’s biggest financial overhaul amid mounting losses incurred over the years.The Finnish cell phone maker announced Thursday that it may shutdown manufacturing plants in Canada, Germany and Finland. However, the company plans to continue with research and development operations in the Finnish province of Salo.If the company goes ahead with the planned job cut, the total loss of jobs would cross 40,000.”We must re-shape our operating model and ensure that we create a structure that can support our competitive ambitions,” Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia in a press statement.The company added that restructuring charges may amount to 1 billion euros and hopes to implement additional cost reductions to the tune of 1.6 billion euros by late 2013. Other cost reduction targets Nokia is planning to achieve by the end of next year is reducing operating expenses on Device & Services to an annualized run rate of around 3.0 billion euros.Restructuring cash outflows are expected to come around 650 million euros and 600 million euros in 2012 and 2013 respectively, while non-cash charges should stand at 200 million euros, Nokia said.”These planned reductions are a difficult consequence of the intended actions we believe we must take to ensure Nokia’s long-term competitive strength,” Elop added.Nokia shares suffered significantly since the introduction of Apple’s iPhone and Samsung.The company’s market share, including handset shipments, dropped considerably since smartphone giants Apple and Samsung released their smartphones. Nokia’s handset shipments dropped 24 percent in the first quarter.Meanwhile, the company is banking on its new phones for survival. Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft in 2011 resulted in the production of the Lumia smartphones.”We intend to pursue an even more focused effort on Lumia, continued innovation around our feature phones, while placing increased emphasis on our location-based services,” Elop said Thursday.Nokia shares dropped 9 percent and were down 6.9 percent at 0711 GMT on Thursday’s morning trade session.last_img read more

Trump sees likeminded European in Conte

first_imgUS President Donald Trump receives Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday, welcoming to the White House a European populist with like-minded views on immigration and trade.The visit will begin with a one-on-one meeting followed by more extensive bilateral discussions, the White House said.”Italy is an important NATO Ally, a leading partner in Afghanistan and Iraq, and key in bringing stability to the Mediterranean region,” the White House said in announcing the visit last month, the new prime minister’s first.Trump praised Conte as “great” after meeting him at the recent G7 summit in Canada, where they warmly shook hands during the family photo.Conte is “very strong on immigration — like I am, by the way,” said Trump, who has pursued a policy of “zero tolerance” for illegal immigration, a crackdown that led to hundreds of children being separated from parents who crossed into the United States from Mexico without papers.Conte was chosen to lead the Italian government by the leaders of parties that won March elections: the euro skeptic Five Star Movement and the far-right League party.The Italian press has suggested the meeting will serve to boost Conte’s profile, often overshadowed by his deputy prime ministers and those parties’ exuberant leaders: Matteo Salvini of the League party, and Luigi Di Maio of the Five Star Movement.Conte wants to reform the Dublin Regulation, the EU law that says asylum requests should be the responsibility of a single member country, usually the one where the refugee first arrived.Italy argues that the law places an unfair burden on countries that border the Mediterranean, and its new populist government has stepped up pressure on other EU countries to share responsibility for arriving refugees.It has closed Italy’s ports to migrants and turned back several ships carrying refugees rescued at sea, threatening the future of those operations.- Friend of Russia -Both Trump and Conte also favor better relations with Russia.Already deeply at odds with US allies on trade, the environment and Iran, opened another front in Canada by calling for Russia to be brought back into G7 meetings, ending its isolation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea.”I think it would be good for Russia, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7,” Trump said.Conte, who was making his international debut at the G7, said he agreed with Trump, setting himself apart from his European colleagues.On trade, the two men share the same skepticism when it comes to free trade: Trump has blasted several international pacts such as NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), while Conte refused to ratify the CETA free trade agreement between the EU and Canada.- Missed target -But according to Nick Ottens of the Atlantic Council, Trump “may not find the ally he expects” in Conte.On trade, the new Italian government’s skepticism of multinational agreements risks Trump’s goal of eliminating all EU customs tariffs, according to Ottens.Meanwhile, in the defense realm, Italy has said it has no chance of reaching the target spending of two percent of GDP — let alone Trump’s stated goal of four percent at the latest NATO summit.In early July, Italy’s defense minister Elisabetta Trenta announced a freeze on purchasing F-35 fighter aircraft, of which the US is the primary contractor.Italy’s participation in NATO operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria will be on both leaders’ agendas, along with Italy’s diplomatic efforts in Libya.But a certain point of disagreement will be Trump’s standoff with Iran — and the sanctions that hurt Italian-Iranian commercial relations.last_img read more