NGT bench shifted on our request: Parrikar

first_imgIt is now clear that it was on Goa government’s recommendation that the Union Ministry for Environment Forests and Climate Change decided to change the jurisdiction of the National Green Tribunal(NGT) for Goa-related cases, from its Pune bench to the principal bench in Delhi.Finally breaking his silence, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that Pune was not convenient for Goa as in case a lawyer has to be sent to represent any case, it takes three days. “Delhi has excellent connectivity (with Goa),” Mr. Parrikar told presspersons here on Friday.He said that the Goa government did not have a legal set-up in Pune as against in Delhi, where the government has empanelled lawyers.The Bombay High Court at Goa on August 22 stayed the transfer of Goa-related NGT cases to Delhi jurisdiction of the NGT and also issued notices to the State and Central government.The August 10 notification had shifted Goa from the Western zone jurisdiction of the NGT to the Northern zone, while retaining Gujarat and Maharashtra in the Western zone.The Opposition including Congress and Aam Aadmi Party and the environmental activists had slammed the relocation of Goa to the Northern zone as harassment to green petitioners because while Pune is about 470 km from Goa, the distance from Goa to Delhi is nearly 2000 km.”This is meant to discourage petitioners from approaching the NGT. This is a really draconian move by the government which has been prompted by vested interests,” Congress spokesperson and AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar had said.Goa Foundation and more than 20 groups including green NGOs have opposed the move and decided to oppose the move when the suo motu case taken up by the high court here comes up for hearing on September 5.last_img read more

Turkish cybercriminals hack ATMs in Tripura, steal huge cash

first_imgAfter Assam, suspected cybercriminals from Turkey have stolen huge amounts of cash from ATMs through ATM-cloning devices installed in Tripura’s capital Agartala, police said on Monday.According to the police, banks and other sources, over 60 bank customers of different banks mostly State Bank of India (SBI) during the past few days lost lakhs of rupees due to the fraudulent acts of the cybercriminals and ATM hackers.Tripura police’s Cyber Crime wing Superintendent of Police Sharmistha Chakraborty said that as per their preliminary probe the Turkish nationals who had taken out lakhs of rupees of bank customers through the ATM-cloning devices in Guwahati in August are also involved in similar hacking in Agartala.“We are collecting complaints of bank customers from various police stations and different bank branches to gather the information and other details of stolen cash of many bank customers from ATMs through ATM-cloning devices,” Chakraborty said.She said according to their information available the suspected Turkish nationals after pilfering money from the several ATMs left Tripura for Kolkata.“Our probe is on. If necessary we would take help from other agencies of concerned states where similar crimes took place,” the official added.According to local media reports, over ₹80 lakhs of several customers were stolen from several ATMs during the past few days in Agartala.SBI’s Regional Manager Dibyendu Chowdhury said that they have so far received complains from 45 customers that they lost their money due to the ATM hacking.Chowdhury said that the SBI has blocked a number of ATM and debit cards of its customers as precautionary measures.According to a cyber-technology expert, the ATM card cloning system comprises a spy camera, a memory card and a small data device to gather ATM and account details of bank customers. Recently, two Turkish nationals involved in the ATM hacking were arrested in Mumbai.Incidents of stealing money of a large number of bank customers from ATMs through ATM cloning devices took place in different parts of the country including Kolkata and Guwahati.last_img read more

Levi dela Cruz steps out of Salado’s shadow to lead Chiefs

first_imgLevi Dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s no secret that Arellano will live and die by Kent Salado this NCAA Season 93.But it doesn’t mean that there’s no contingency plan for the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Enter 22-year-old Levi dela Cruz.The diminutive Davaoeño playmaker has bid his time playing behind the spitfire guard all season long but he stepped out of the shadows on Friday to help Arellano nab the 87-81 come-from-behind win against St. Benilde.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 shutoutDela Cruz exploded for 24 points, 12 coming in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs’ huge fightback against the Blazers, on top of four assists, three rebounds, and a block.But the transferee credited his breakout performance to coach Jerry Codiñera, who has put a premium on team defense.center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “All they’re asking me is to do defense and pressure on the backcourt. Our offense will come. We’re not rushing things, but today, I think I was a little more aggressive because I was confident with the work I’m putting in after our practices,” he said.Dela Cruz has thrived in Codiñera’s frantic system with the Chiefs’ speedy backcourt that include Salado and Marwin Taywan able to terrorize the opposing team’s guards may it be on offense or defense.“I’m used to running teams like this, playing in transition so I believe I fitted quickly to the system,” he said, looking back at his previous stops in NU and UST before arriving in Arellano last year.Dela Cruz relishes his time with Salado the most, noting that the lead Chief has undoubtedly been “a role model” for him.“It’s really all Kent. He’s our senior. All I want is to do my role whenever I’m on the floor,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments San Miguel overcomes Globalport behind Santos’ heroics For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But one good game isn’t enough, and Dela Cruz knows that he has to sustain this good showing if he wants to find his niche in Codiñera’s rotation moving forward.But more importantly, he and the Chiefs must exhibit poise in their drive to the Final Four in the second round.“We’re all positive. Coach Jerry encourages us to not be down, not get caught up by the losses and criticisms, and to stay positive,” he said.Arellano finishes its first round schedule in a Finals rematch against San Beda on Tuesday. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Sri Lanka vow to win it for their fans back home

first_imgSri Lanka are looking to win the World Cup as much for the people back home as for Muttiah Muralitharan, who will be playing his last international match on Saturday.Former captain Mahela Jayawardene made it clear that winning the coveted trophy for the fans was the foremost thing on every player’s mind – including Murali.”We started off the campaign thinking that we will win the Cup for our fans back home and it will remain the same. Obviously we want to dedicate the win to Murali but even for him the country comes ahead of everyone,” he said.Talking about one of his closest accomplices in the team, Jayawardene said: ” What he has accomplished is for everyone to see. But I would like to take this opportunity to disclose that he was the first person in the Lankan team to take me out for a meal when I made my debut. Even today, he is the first person to take a new member in the team out for a meal.” Sometimes his sweetness can be irritating like when he goes to the opposition camp and exchanges pleasantries with them,” he added.The stylish right- hander feels the sub- continent teams- three of which made it to semi- finals – were expected to play well considering they were playing in home conditions. ” I don’t believe in this shift in power. If three of the four sub- continent teams manage to reach the semifinals in the next edition in Australia- New Zealand, only then can we say that the power has shifted. At home, with conditions favouring our players, we were expected to prosper,” he said.advertisementJayawardene believes that it was the title triumph in 1996 that helped Sri Lankan turn a new leaf. ” The win in 1996 helped the players believe in themselves.Even players like me who were coming through the ranks then believed that we could compete and win against the best teams in the world. As seniors we now tend to do the same with the younger players,” he said.last_img read more

Shanghai esports team ends 42-match Overwatch losing streak

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his career SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Shanghai ditched its primarily Chinese roster after a dismal first season and replaced those players mostly with South Koreans. The league’s only female player, Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon, is one of three players remaining from the inaugural roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAmong the players that helped Shanghai beat the Uprising was Noh “Gamsu” Young-Jin, who was traded from Boston to the Dragons earlier this month.“Overwatch” is a 6-on-6 first-person shooter, and the Overwatch League is the first city-based professional esport, including franchises in Asia, North America and Europe. The league plans to bring its franchises to their home cities in future seasons, but all matches are currently being played in Southern California. NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Philadelphia Fusion play London Spitfire during Overwatch League Grand Finals – Day 2 at Barclays Center on July 28, 2018 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment /AFPBURBANK, Calif. — A Shanghai esports team has finally secured a victory after losing its first 42 matches, a skid that carried into the Overwatch League’s second season.The Shanghai Dragons went 0-40 as an inaugural “Overwatch” franchise in 2018 and lost their first two matches this season before beating the Boston Uprising on Friday night. Players high-fived on stage after clinching the win, and fans at the 500-seat Blizzard Arena broke out a loud “Let’s go Dragons!” chant.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Always ready to get his number called, Nambatac helps save Rain or Shine from elimination

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nambatac added he can’t afford to relax once Game 7 starts especially with his fourth-quarter performance surely putting him on the Hotshots’ scouting report.“I have to study for this especially that I know I’ll be on the scouting report so I can’t relax,” said Nambatac. “I know in myself that I can help the team when I go to the floor.” ANTIPOLO CITY—Rey Nambatac isn’t Rain or Shine’s usual go to go when the team needed buckets, but with the Elasto Painters’season on the line, the hustling wingman knew he had to produce.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The sophomore guard out of Letran out delivered in the biggest ways possible, willing the Elasto Painters to a crucial 91-81 Game 6 win over Magnolia in the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.Nambatac had a stellar outing of 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep and 13 of those points came in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRain or Shine held on to a 77-71 lead, a respectable margin but not something that could assure a win, with 5:52 remaining in the game.Sensing his team needed a boost, Nambatac knocked down two straight three-pointers that gave the Elasto Painters a 83-71 with 3:57 to play essentially assuring his team of a Game 7. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “First of all, I was ready because since the start of the third quarter I wasn’t called to get to the game but my mindset was anytime I can come in,” said Nambatac in Filipino.“So when I did get called, I knew I had to step up which was really needed because our wings were focused on defense and our offense sorely lacked because of it. I then focused on the offensive end.”James Yap was the only wingman for Rain or Shine, apart from Nambatac, to have a productive night finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds while shooting 7-of-14 from the field.Nambatac, who averaged 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, shot an overall 5-of-9 from the field.Gabe Norwood had a miserable outing on then floor shooting just 3-of-13 but finished with eight points and 10 boards while rookie Javee Mocon shot 0-of-2 from the field but made two of his four free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 6 doped Kazakh athletes fail to return Olympic medals DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

10th SaMaPa Aalap festival by maestro Abhay begins in Jammu

first_imgJammu, Feb 16 (PTI) The 10th edition of SaMaPa Aalap Festival featuring a santoor recital by music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori commenced here today.SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) organizes the SaMaPa Aalap Festival, the annual Classical, Sufi and Folk music festival every year.The festival which started today will go on till 26th February 2016. The performances will be held in more than 20 different venues in Jammu and adjoining border areas like Samba, Akhnoor, Rajouri, Poonch, RS Pora.The second part of the festival will later be held in Kashmir region in March this year.The first session of the festival was inaugurated by Dr Aziz Hajini, Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Nagendra Singh, Joint Director, Department of Information and Public Relations, J&K, Sushil Attri at Jodhamal School.Abhay Rustum Sopori presented Raga Bheem, a rare and a melodious morning raga commencing with soothing Aalap gently unfolding the raga and made the audience full of young students sing with him.The Jod patterns with the accompaniment of Pakhawaj left the audience spellbound. This was followed by a Sufiana Tarana composition of Abhays great grandfather, Samsar Chand Sopori, in Ektaal, Bandish.The Sawal Jawab jugalbandi of tabla and pakhwaj with santoor enthralled the audience and Ustad Akram Khan, one of the finest Tabla maestros of the country joined Abhay on tabla and Rishi Shankar Upadhyay, on Pakhawaj gave splendid accompaniment.The children had a memorable experience in the concert that went for nearly 2 hours. The concert started followed by Dogri folk music by the young students from Jodhamal Public School.advertisementOn the occasion Abhay Sopori highlighted SaMaPas initiatives and activities in the State.”My aim has been to keep J&K a culturally vibrant State. I thank the guests, media and music connoisseurs for being part of the SaMaPa movement.”SaMaPa widens its horizon into the general masses by creating the right platform for better appreciation and understanding of music in leading a more balanced life as well as exploring opportunities as means of employment,” he said.Principal TS Bist said that its an honour for Jodhamal School to be part of the SaMaPa Aalap Festival right from the beginning and lauded the efforts of Sopori family and its intense role in keeping the J&K culture alive.He congratulated Abhay Sopori appreciating his path breaking work in this direction in encouraging the young students to take up music and other performing arts. The concert was attended by more than 1200 students and music connoisseurs. PTI AB SHDlast_img read more

Volcano gushing ash over Bali closes airport for a 2nd day

first_imgKARANGASEM, Indonesia – A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day Tuesday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands, as authorities renewed their warnings for villagers to evacuate.Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark grey ash about 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) above its cone since the weekend and lava is welling in the crater, sometimes reflected as an orange-red glow in the ash plumes. Its explosions can be heard about 12 kilometres (7 1/2 miles) away.The local airport authority said Tuesday that closure for another 24 hours was required for safety reasons. Volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft, and ash from Agung is moving south-southwest toward the airport. Ash has reached a height of about 30,000 feet as it drifts across the island.Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency raised the volcano’s alert to the highest level Monday and expanded an exclusion zone to 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the crater in places from the previous 7 1/2 kilometres. It said a larger eruption is possible, though a top government volcanologist has also said the volcano could continue for weeks at its current level of activity and not erupt explosively.Agung’s last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.Authorities have told 100,000 people to leave homes that are in close proximity to the volcano, though as of Monday tens of thousands stayed because they felt safe or didn’t want to abandon livestock. They have also warned people of the danger of mudflows from the volcano as it’s now rainy season in Bali.Villager Putu Sulasmi said she fled with her husband and other family members to a sports hall that is serving as an evacuation centre.“We came here on motorcycles. We had to evacuate because our house is just 3 miles from the mountain. We were so scared with the thundering sound and red light,” she said.The family had stayed at the same sports centre in September and October when the volcano’s activity was high but it didn’t erupt then. They had returned to their village about a week ago.“If it has to erupt, let it erupt now rather than leaving us in uncertainty. I’ll just accept it if our house is destroyed,” she said.Volcanologist Erik Klemetti at Dennison University in Ohio said Agung’s 1963 eruption was big enough to cool the earth slightly but it’s unclear whether this time it will have a similar major eruption or simmer for a prolonged period.“A lot of what will happen depends on the magma underneath and what it is doing now,” he said.The closure of the airport has stranded tens of thousands of travellers, affecting tourists already on Bali and people who were ready to fly to the island from abroad or within Indonesia. Airport spokesman Ari Ahsanurrohim said more than 440 inward and outward flights were cancelled Tuesday and about 59,500 travellers were affected, similar numbers to Monday.Bali is Indonesia’s top tourist destination, with its Hindu culture, surf beaches and lush green interior attracting about 5 million visitors a year.A Chinese tour service, Shenzhen PT Lebali International, had about 20 groups totalling 500 to 600 travellers from the Chinese cities of Wuhan, Changsha and Guangzhou in Bali, according an executive, Liao Yuling, who was on the island.“They are mostly retirees or relatively high-end, so they don’t say they are especially anxious to rush home,” she said by telephone.If the airport stays closed, Liao said they would head by ferry and bus to Surabaya on Java where the company’s charter flights could pick them up.“We are not really affected, because the volcano is too far away,” said Liao. “We only can say we saw pictures of it on television.”Indonesia’s Directorate General of Land Transportation said 100 buses were deployed to Bali’s international airport and to ferry terminals to help travellers stranded by the eruption.The agency’s chief, Budi, said major ferry crossing points have been advised to prepare for a surge in passengers and vehicles. Stranded tourists could leave Bali by taking a ferry to Java and then travelling by land to the nearest airports.Ash has settled on villages and resorts around the volcano and disrupted daily life outside the immediate danger zone.“Ash that covered the trees and grass is very difficult for us because the cows cannot eat,” said Made Kerta Kartika from Buana Giri village. “I have to move the cows from this village.”Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes.___Wright reported from Jakarta. Associated Press writers Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Joe McDonald in Beijing and Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

Travelling lawyers bringing legal services to Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two Vancouver-based lawyers will be hitting the road in a 24-foot RV to bring legal services to residents in Northern BC over the next few weeks.Two of the three founders of Reach Legal, which was launched last month, will be clocking more than 2,500 kilometres over 10 days this month to bring much-needed legal services to residents of underserved communities. Reach Legal operates on a web-based platform to offer individuals and businesses across the province convenience, flexibility, and options when choosing a new lawyer.“We believe that all BC residents should have access to specialized legal services, regardless of the size or location of their community,” said Erin Brandt, one of the lawyers behind Reach Legal, and the official route planner for the RV trip. Lawyers Erin Brandt, left, and Paula Krawus are travelling Northern B.C. in The Law Bus. Supplied photo.The “Law Bus” journey will visit communities from Williams Lake to Fort Nelson, including: Quesnel, Mackenzie, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Chetwynd.“In smaller communities it can be a real challenge for residents to find expert legal representation. In some cases, it’s practically impossible,” said Simon Kent, another of Reach Legal’s founders.Kent cites examples of cases where a community may not have two lawyers available for a divorce case, leaving one spouse without representation. Reach Legal hopes to fill this gap with its innovative plan to offer legal services via video conferencing and other mobile options. The legal team said it will travel as needed for court appearances, and is also planning to provide support for their fellow lawyers already practising across B.C.“Lawyers in smaller communities are often asked to take on complex cases that require specialized knowledge outside their primary practice area, simply because there are no other local options,” said Brandt. “We hope to act as a bridge for these lawyers, connecting them with legal professionals who can consult on specific cases and specialized areas of law. The idea is to build a stronger community of legal professionals in these regions, by supporting what is already working.” The Reach Legal RV’s itinerary is as follows: Tuesday, May 8: QuesnelWednesday, May 9: MackenzieThursday, May 10: Tumbler RidgeThursday, May 10: Dawson CreekFriday, May 11: Fort St. JohnSunday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 15: Fort NelsonTuesday, May 15  Thursday, May 17: Fort St. JohnThursday, May 17: Chetwynd (tentative)last_img read more

Climate change will intensify extreme heat waves Study

first_imgLos Angeles: Climate change will not only increase the world’s average temperature but also intensify extreme heat waves that are harming people and wildlife even now, scientists warn. Climate change is often talked about in terms of averages — like the goal set by the Paris Agreement to limit the Earth’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the review of over 140 scientific studies published in the journal Physiology. Summertime is quickly becoming a deadly season for life on Earth,” said Professor Jonathon Stillman from San Francisco State University in the US. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHeat waves have already produced striking images of mass mortality in animals, from the bleached skeletons of corals across swaths of the Great Barrier Reef to the deaths of horses during Australian summers, researchers said. Heat stroke from such extreme events is also a present danger for people, especially the elderly, albeit in a less obvious form. “Human mortality is different in that a lot of it is not visible in that way. It’s happening in homes or in doctors’ offices, but it’s striking all the same,” Stillman said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangFor instance, a 2003 heat wave in Europe killed more than 70,000 people across the continent, researchers said. To get a comprehensive view of the effects of future heat waves on humans and wildlife, Stillman gathered information from over 140 scientific studies on the topic. As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat and raise the Earth’s average temperature, the heat waves we are accustomed to will worsen and become more frequent. In some more extreme projected scenarios, temperatures rivalling or exceeding those seen in Europe in 2003 could last as much as four times as long by the end of the 21st century, the researchers found. “This suggests that (during some years), all summer long we will have heat that is more intense than what happened in 2003,” Stillman said. There are ways to cope with heat waves, but they won’t be available for everyone, or for every species, the researchers said. A lack of available infrastructure may make migrating to cooler climates difficult for many vulnerable human communities and cause large-scale conflict, they said. Due to humanity’s sprawling ecological footprint, many animals won’t have a clear path to cooler climes unless natural space is specifically set aside for that purpose.last_img read more

1984 antiSikh riots Sajjan Kumar accuses CBI of tutoring key witness in

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, serving life term in Tihar jail, accused the CBI before a Delhi court on Tuesday of tutoring a key witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The fact that the witness was giving information contrary to his police statements in 1985 point to his being tutored, Kumar’s counsel said. The submission came after Joginder Singh, who is a witness and the complainant in the case, told the court that certain facts written in the statement given by him to the police relating to the case were false. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Singh was being cross-examined before District Judge Poonam A Bamba when he said that, contrary to his previous statement to the police, he did not run away from his house when some people came and looted his house during the riots. Three persons — Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta and Ved Prakash — are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting pertaining to the killing of Surjit Singh (Joginder’s cousin) in Sultanpuri. The riots broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Kumar is currently lodged in Tihar jail after conviction in another case related to the riots. Singh had said in 1985 that some people had entered his house and looted precious jewellery and money. He said he had run away from his house and did not recognise any of them. When the defense counsel pointed out that in his previous statement Singh had not named the accused or named any Surjit, the witness told the court, “I had named everyone. I had taken the name of Sajjan Kumar as one of the accused and given every detail about Surjit to the police. I don’t know if they had recorded it or not.” The advocate appearing for the former Congress leader however said, “Singh has been tutored. It was evident from the previous statement and today’s statement that Singh was giving a false statement.” Another witness, Cham Kaur, had on November 16 last year identified Kumar before the court as one who had allegedly instigated the mob to kill Sikhs. Kaur had told the court that she had seen Kumar allegedly addressing a crowd in the national capital’s Sultanpuri area in 1984. “On November 1, 1984 when I stepped out to look for my goat, I saw accused Sajjan Kumar addressing the crowd and saying ‘hamari ma maar di, Sardaro ko maar do’ (They killed our mother, kill the Sikhs),” Kaur had told the court. She further said the next morning, her son and father were killed. Before Kaur, another key prosecution witness Sheela Kaur identified Kumar as one who had instigated a crowd in Sultanpuri. The case was transferred from the Karkardooma court to the Patiala House court here by the Delhi High Court, which had directed the district judge to video record the proceedings. The Delhi High Court had on December 17 last year convicted Kumar and sentenced him to imprisonment for “remainder of his natural life” in another 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, saying the riots were a “crime against humanity” perpetrated by those who enjoyed “political patronage” and aided by an “indifferent” law enforcement agency.last_img read more

3 held for duping people on pretext of giving money through credit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police has busted a gang which lured men into swapping their credit cards in return of 2 percent commission. Three cheats Gopal Das, Surender Kumar Arora and Gopinder has been arrested by Delhi Police. They were duping public providing money by credit cards swapping and recovered Credit Card Swapping Machines (POS Machines), laptop, mobile phones, SIM cards and forged documents related with a different company, linked bank account details etc, on their instance. The complainant saw an advertisement pasted on the road side about swapping of credit cards on a 2% commission basis along with a mobile number. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesHe needed money for his family use and to meet the educational expenses of his children. He made a call and a youngster came to him and swapped his credit card for Rs 2,00,000 and told him that he would get his amount through his account after deducting 3% commission and left the place without giving any cash to him. He later realised he was cheated. The police arrested the three accused on 5 May. “Surender convinced his elder brother Gopal and Bhanja Gopinder for this conspiracy and used them to open bank accounts, forged company and to arrange mobile SIM cards. Apart from that, he purchased 9-11, POS Machines from an authorised Company. He transfers the amount to the forged company’s account and transfer to multiple accounts,” said DCP Madhur Verma.last_img read more

Kevin Durant Helps Oklahoma School Build AllNew Facility to

Kevin Durant with students from Positive Tomorrows (Positive Tomorrows)Kevin Durant is continuing his charitability toward Oklahoma City even though the NBA forward has moved on to play for the Golden State Warriors. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Positive Tomorrows announced the athlete’s Kevin Durant Charity Foundation donated $57,000 to the elementary school.According to a statement on the Oklahoma-based school’s website, Durant’s hefty gift unlocked a secret $50,000 challenge award that will allow the school to buy land for a new building.“Kevin continues to be a great friend to Positive Tomorrows, and he has been instrumental in helping our school grow over the last several years,” school president and principal Susan Agel said. “Still, we consistently turn away students due to a lack of space and his generous contribution this year along with several anonymous donors will enable us to embark on our upcoming capital campaign debt-free. We are so grateful.”Positive Tomorrows works to provide a private, tuition-free education to homeless students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, 48 percent of which are Black. It also supports families so they can improve their employment, housing and income.As a supporter of the institution since 2012, Durant has gifted students with shoes on Christmas and paid for a summer program. Last year, NewsOK reported that the NBA star gave $35,000 to the school to stock food and build an all-new kitchen to better serve pupils.“They needed some help and, simple,” he said of the grant. “I’ve been here and seen the impact it’s had on these kids and I just wanted to help even more.”This year’s $57,000 gift makes it the fourth time he has provided funds to the school.“He’s been an instrumental part of our growth,” Agel said. “And it means the world to us and to our students that he continues to believe in our children’s potential and to invest in their futures.” read more

Columbia River fishing report 9/15

first_imgWashington and Oregon on Wednesday tweaked the lower Columbia salmon-fishing rules, agreeing to allow retention of hatchery chinook today through Sept. 22 downstream of Warrior Rock.Biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the eight-day extension is expected to kill about 800 chinook.The daily limit will be two fish, but only one hatchery chinook and one hatchery steelhead.That is projected to bring the total sport harvest to 21,200 chinook at Buoy 10 and 27,695 between Tongue Point and Bonneville Dam.Last weekend, during the hatchery-chinook-only period downstream of Warrior Rock, only 17 percent of the adult chinook were fin-clipped and could be retained.State, federal and tribal biologists on Monday downgraded the fall chinook run to 860,300, about a 10 percent decrease from the original forecast of 960,200, said Jeff Whisler, chairman of the Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee.Retention of wild fall chinook continues to be allowed daily in the Columbia River upstream of Warrior Rock, which is at the downstream end of Sauvie Island near St. Helens, Ore. Two adult chinook are allowed.The coho forecast for upstream of Bonneville Dam has been downgraded from the original 47,000 to 35,000. The Group A steelhead run to Bonneville Dam has been downgraded from the original 230,400 to 123,400, said North.last_img read more

MISSING LIZARD 35 Foot Pet Lizard Missing In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A 3.5-foot long black and white tegu lizard named “Tiggs” escaped from his outdoor enclosure on Tuesday, July 31 at the corner of Salem Street and Woburn Street.“Please be on the look out for my boy! He is a loved family pet and we are seriously concerned about him,” writes the owner. “If seen, please call 857-928-3140.”TiggsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CAT: Have You Seen Mic?In “Missing Pets”MISSING DOG: Have You Seen Poquito?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Loki?In “Missing Pets”last_img read more

See Neil Armstrongs Apollo 11 spacesuit all fixed up

first_imgNeil Armstrong wore this spacesuit on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. National Air and Space Museum NASA isn’t the only space agency trying to land on the… NASA’s epic Apollo 11 mission to land humans on the moon launched on July 16, 1969. In preparation for the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, went to work to conserve and preserve Neil Armstrong’s iconic Apollo 11 spacesuit. And it looks great.The museum unveiled the post-conservation spacesuit on Twitter on Wednesday. It will go back on display on July 16 for the first time in 13 years. Sci-Tech 23 Photos Forgotten Apollo moon artifacts found in Neil Armstrong’s closet Elon Musk gets behind goofy Neil Armstrong alien meme Our conservation of Neil Armstrong’s #Apollo11 spacesuit is complete, and we are excited to finally release brand new photography of the suit. It will go back on display for the first time in over a decade on July 16, the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. #Apollo50 pic.twitter.com/2uRQzWbmbX— National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) May 1, 2019 NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond Share your voice 6:56 Post a commentcenter_img The journey to protect the moon-worn spacesuit dates back years. The Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter project in 2015 to raise the funds necessary for the work. Click here for To The Moon, a CNET multipart series examining our relationship with the moon from the first landing of Apollo 11 to future human settlement on its surface. Robert Rodriguez/CNET The campaign pulled in over $700,000 (£530,000, AU$990,000) to pay for stabilizing the fragile suit, which required delicate fabric repair, stain removal, cleaning and preservation of fading materials and degraded plastic parts. The crowdfunding money also helped pay for a mannequin to wear the suit and a state-of-the-art climate-controlled display case. The suit will go on temporary display near the 1903 Wright Flyer before being moved to a permanent home in 2022 for a exhibition called Destination Moon.Armstrong’s suit kept him safe when he stepped foot on the moon. All these decades later, the Smithsonian was able to repay the favor and protect the spacesuit for posterity back here on Earth. Now playing: Watch this: To the Moon 0 NASA Space This story is part of To the Moon, a series exploring humanity’s first journey to the lunar surface and our future living and working on the moon. Tags Neil Armstrong happeningslast_img read more

Union Budget 201415 10 Terms Buzzing ahead of Budget Session

first_img1) “Bitter medicine” – Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked citizens to expect a “bitter medicine” when it comes to economic reforms in the country, the term has remained a buzzword ahead of the Budget Session that will begin on 7 July 7. “I need to take some harsh decisions and administer some bitter medicine in order to resuscitate this patient. The medicine may hurt some of you but I ask for your support at this time,” Modi had said last week.2) Austerity – Modi’s words were interpreted as an indication of bringing about more austerity by the government to improve growth. “Taking tough decisions and strong measures in the coming one or two years are needed to bring financial discipline which will restore and boost the country’s self-confidence”, Modi had told party cadres during his address in Goa.3) Inflation – The Indian economy is facing a five-month high inflation of 6.01 percent, while food inflation had touched 9.50 percent in May. Inflation fears are said to be the biggest test for the Modi government, which came to power after it criticized the UPA government for failing to rein in inflation.4) Weak Monsoon – The poor rains this year are looming large on the Union Budget, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley making references to it more than once when addressing issues of inflation. “The rise in prices of food articles can be attributed to withholding of stocks on account of apprehension of a weak monsoon. The State Government should take effective steps to ensure that speculative hoarding is discouraged,’ Jaitley had said on his Facebook account.5) Iraq crisis – While Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan assured that that India had enough foreign exchange reserves to combat the fallout of the Iraq crisis, and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that it will not affect crude oil supplies to India, there have still been speculations that the rise of global prices of crude oil will impact India dearly.6) Indian Rupee – The Rupee has been hovering around the 60 to a dollar mark for several days, because of an increased demand for the US currency. On Friday, the rupee opened at 60.26 after it lost 18 paise against the dollar.7) Potatos, Onions – Soaring prices of vegetables, mainly that of potatoes and onions, have left citizens agitated and the government scampering for remedies. On Wednesday, the central government had asked states to delist fruits and vegetables from the Agricultural Produce Market Committee, and also imposed a minimum export price of USD 300 per ton on onions in order to cut down on their export.8) Tax – For the common man, the term ‘tax’ in the budget largely revolves around the exemption limit, and there have been speculations about the Finance Ministry raising the income tax exemption limit from ₹2 lakh to ₹3 lakh and up to ₹4.5 lakh for women. For the corporate sector, it means a hope for a more conducive tax environment. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) had suggested many recommendations to the Finance Minister on taxes in the Union Budget, such as clarity in tax laws, removing the sting of retrospective tax and improving dispute resolution mechanism for tax matters, among others, as detailed on the FICCI website.9) Gujarat Model – Several reports have suggested that Modi could import some of his schemes from the Gujarat model into the Union budget, such as ensuring the fiscal deficit is not too high and to bring in better tax administration, as highlighted by Yahoo News.10) ‘Acchey Din Aane Wale Hain’ – The Bharatiya Janata Party’s signature campaign during the election seems to be been raked up again, but this time with a certain amount of uncertainty whether the Modi-government can stick to their pre-poll motto.last_img read more

Spectre Bond to be a money spinner for brand sponsors too

first_img James Bond is back, and companies such as Belvedere vodka, Gillette and Heineken have paid undisclosed sums for product tie-ins with Spectre in sponsorship deals that one marketing specialist says are cinemas version of the Olympics.A day after the world premiere of Bonds 24th outing on the silver screens, brands and businesses associated with 007s adventures are already celebrating their shrewd move. Jacques de Cock, a marketing consultant and lecturer at the London School of Marketing, said the MI6 agents business appeal was clear.Bond himself is a bad boy with style with tech savvy and has morals, so anyone can see parts of what they want. The techno nerds like it, the women like it, the bad boys like it, the older generations like it. So it has a bit of everything, he said.De Cock credits Barbara Broccoli – franchise producer and daughter of James Bond movie legend Albert Cubby Broccoli – with Bonds lucrative contracts.Barbara Broccoli apparently has been working on branding Bond now for the last 30 years and is very careful to curate the right types of brand, he said.They want a brand that actually enhances the Bond brand as well, and actually this mythology helps both, because Bond is now more exclusive and so brands have to work harder to be part of Bond, so they get more money out of it, he added.De Cock said the half-century-old Bond franchise is cinemas marketing equivalent of the Olympics. He estimates Bond movies have earned some £11bn ($16.90bn) – in 2015 figures – at the box office, and another £2.6 to 3.2bn from marketing since Dr No in 1962. Although figures are not divulged, de Cock said the marketing and promotional activities associated with a modern Bond movie could run between £150m to £200m, or roughly the cost of making it.I looked at Star Wars, I looked at Harry Potter – they actually make more per movie, but therere only seven or eight movies long in terms of franchises. Its the longevity and depth in terms of franchises that makes Bond unique, he said.Being a sponsor allows companies to show Bond-themed adverts, as both Gillette and Heineken are doing, or to mount lavish drinks parties – featuring Belvedere Martinis, as the spirits company did on Tuesday (27 October) night to celebrate the films British premiere on Monday (26 October). Its the vodka brands biggest-ever promotional sponsorship, and something Belvedere President Charles Gibb said was necessary in 2015.Today marketing is very, very different to what it used to be many years ago, and being talked about in popular culture is so key, and of course this is just a cultural moment, the release of a Bond movie is a cultural moment, the release of Spectre is a passion point for so many people in so many countries, so to be talked about at that time is just tremendous for a brand like Belvedere, he said.Heinekens premium brands director in the UK, David Lette, agrees that Bonds appeal is exclusive – the brewer reportedly paid £18.3m for its sponsorship, or around a third of Spectres entire production budget.They signify similar kinds of things as well. In terms of being witty, being resourceful, being confident and being really aspirational, so I think theres a fantastic tie-in with Heineken and James Bond. The Heineken brand exists in 170 markets and were activating the Spectre movie in 85 of them, so a real global reach, which I think is beneficial to the Bond franchise, and obviously thats great for Heineken as well.One brand that can attest to longevity with Bond is Aston Martin. The carmakers Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said that while association with Bond was part of the companys heritage, being synonymous with a popular cultural icon brought with it opportunities to be more forward-looking for consumers.Because Aston Martin is very much a trend-setter, its important to stay ahead of that curve, its important to understand it, and trend or culture or the nature of buying something is about desire. So for us its about creating desire through association, through technology, through great looks, he explains.For some brands like Gillette, the Bond sponsorship is new with this film, but for such brands it is a chance to move away from other more familiar promotions like sports. But not everyone who benefits pays to be seen in, or associated with, Bond. The green dress and hexagonal earrings that Lea Seydoux wears to an intimate dinner with Bond on a luxury train, have been plastered on billboards and buses across London – without anyone paying for sponsorship.British-based label Ghost produced the £225 slinky Salma dress that the French actress Seydoux wears to a late night dinner which takes a familiar Bond-shaped turn. The dress, and the pair of DiamonDust earrings Seydoux wears – produced by the London-based jewellery firm David Deyong – were simply bought from shops by costume designers for the film, both firms said. Closelast_img read more

Aniruddhas letter says nothing about his whereabouts

first_imgAniruddha RoyBusinessman and honorary consul of Belarus Aniruddha Roy, who returned home on Saturday after 81 days of his disappearance, emailed a letter to the media on Sunday stating that he still feels insecure.Signed in his name and written on a pad of his RMM business group, the letter, however, does not say anything about his whereabouts during these 81 days.“I, Aniruddha Roy, managing director of RMM group, am a victim of business vengeance. My business partner Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin Gong tried his best to grip my three companies: RMM Leather Industries Ltd, RMM Knitting Clothing Ltd, RMM Sweater that comprise assets of more than 1.5 billion taka. On 27 August, after returning from a meeting at Union Bank at Gulshan-1, at about 4 pm, I was abducted. I suspect I fell prey to business vengeance,” read the letter.Claiming the accused tried to harm him in as many ways as possible he continues, “i) My organisation LIB had been denied shipment certificate unethically by the BFLLFEA (Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association). ii) The company’s 50 million earned taka was subjugated through a personal account. iii) The workers of the company were threatened. iv) Documents were transferred from my office without my permission. I did not succumb to their pressure to hand over all my assets. By the grace of God, I could return on 17 November.”Aniruddha Roy has appealed to Sheikh Hasina for justice and security.Earlier Aniruddha was abducted from Gulshan on 27 August, by 7 or 8 persons introducing themselves as detectives. Several persons witnessed the scene including his driver.Aniruddha Roy is the honorary consul of Belarus and a seven-time honoured CIP (commercially important person) by Bangladesh government.last_img read more

EC to meet Sunday on foreign polls observers

first_imgelection commissionThe election commission (EC) hoped that observers from different countries will arrive to oversee polls, reports UNB.The commission is scheduled to sit in a high-level meeting on Sunday to discuss security, visa processing and accommodation of foreign observers and journalists who will come to monitor the election.Joint secretary of the commission SM Asaduzzaman said the meeting will be held at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Officials from home, foreign affairs ministries as well as senior officials concerned of the department of immigration and passport will attend the meeting, he said.Earlier on Monday, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Alam met the CEC to discuss issues relating to the meeting.Sources at the EC office said though the European Union sent a large number of election observers in the 2008 and 2001 elections they did not send observers for the 5 January election in 2014 due to pre-election violence across the country.The European Union has already said it will not send its observers to monitor the upcoming 11the parliamentary elections, for what it says a lengthy process.The high-level meeting will also discuss how to complete necessary formalities if foreign observers want to monitor the election.Officials at the commission said a total of 8,874 observers from 35 local organisations and only four foreign observers came to Bangladesh to monitor in the 10th parliamentary elections held on 5 January 2014.Some 159,000 local observers and 593 foreign observers monitored the 2008 national election, 218,000 local observers and 225 foreign observers watched the 2001 general election, 40,000 local observers and 265 foreign observers monitored the 1996 (7th) national election and 30,000 local observers and 59 foreign observers monitored the 1991 national parliamentary elections.The commission held meeting with 118 local observer organisations registered with the election commission last Tuesday.EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed instructed them on their duties during the election.Earlier, the election commission invited applications from both local and foreign observers to watch the upcoming national election.Foreign observers were suggested to apply through the foreign ministry as the EC has a plan to complete their appointment process by the first week of December.last_img read more