Month: October 2019

Chirag Paswan wins Jamui Lok Sabha seat in Bihar

Chirag Paswan wins Jamui Lok Sabha seat in Bihar

first_imgPatna: Lokjanshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan won from Jamui Lok Sabha seat in Bihar defeating Bhudeb Choudhary of RLSP by 2,41,049 votes. Paswan, son of LJP president Ramvilas Paswan, has been re-elected from the Jamui (SC reserved) seat for the second time. His victory margin has gone up substantially from the last time. Paswan, Parliamentary board chairman of the LJP, had won the seat in 2014 by a margin of 85,947 votes. LJP had contested six seats in Bihar as a constituent of the BJP-led NDA. Formerunion minister Upendra Kushwaha led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party nominee Bhudeb Choudhary was backed by the mahagathbandhan led by RJD in Bihar.last_img

Rahul mania grips Wayanad despite heavy rain

Rahul mania grips Wayanad despite heavy rain

first_imgMalappuram (Ker): Braving heavy rains, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took out a roadshow in Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency on Friday, thanking voters for electing him with a massive majority. Gandhi, who travelled in a special open vehicle along with state Congress leaders, criss-crossed through the narrow lanes of Kalikavu in the district and waved to the huge crowd. Thousands, including women and children, overcame the downpour to catch a glimpse of the leader who arrived in the high range constituency on a three-day tour for the ceremonial thanksgiving to the electorate. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC This is the first time that the AICC chief is visiting his constituency after he was voted to the Lok Sabha with a majority of about 4.31 lakh votes. Gandhi, who also contested from his pocket borough of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, had lost to Union Minister Smrithi Irani. A large number of people could be seen patiently waiting for hours for Gandhi on either side of the water-logged roads and on the terrace and balconies of nearby buildings to welcome their new MP. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations As the vehicle carrying the Congress President inched its way through the crowded road, frenzied party workers literally danced waving tri-colour flags and posters with the pictures of their party chief, chanting “we are with you.” Beating drums, they also greeted him shouting “Rahul, Rahul.” The green flags of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a coalition partner of the opposition Congress-led UDF, could also be seen fluttering in the crowd. The roadshow put the security personnel in a tizzy as Kalikavu is considered to be a naxal-infested area. A heavy security blanket by the SPG, anti-naxal squad and the Kerala police was in place as part of the VVIP visit. Gandhi, accompanied by State Congress leaders Mullappally Ramachandran, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, MLA A P Anil Kumar, among others, was seen waving at the crowd from an vehicle, the roof of which was kept open. “I will fight for the people of Wayanad. I will take up the issues of Wayanad inside and outside Parliament.I will work for the constituency, work with you, listen to you. I will speak for the people of Wayanad.Thank you for all the love and affection shown towards me,” Gandhi told the crowd that surrounded the vehicle. He said even though he is a Congress man, he will work beyond politics, and for people from all walks of life. Gandhi said since he is an MP of Kerala, he will raise issues not only of Wayanad but also of the people of the entire state in and outside Parliament. After two more receptions at Malappuram district, he will travel to Kalpetta in Wayanad district through road for an overnight stay. The Congress president arrived at Kozhikode airport in the afternoon and is scheduled to participate in at least 15 public receptions across the constituency, spread over in the districts of Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode, in the next two days. Thousands of party workers and leaders were at the airport to receive Gandhi, who is attending the first public function after the party’s drubbing in the general elections. The Congress chief had a meeting with senior UDF leaders, including Ramesh Chennithala and P K Kunhalikutty. A senior Congress leader from the constituency told PTI that Gandhi’s visit will be a morale booster for the party workers to fight the Assembly bypolls. “He will also take part in road shows at Nilambur and Eranad,” senior Congress leader and Wandoor MLA A P Anil Kumar said. Gandhi will be accorded receptions at Kalpetta, Kambalkadu, Panamaram, Mananthavadi, Pulpally and Sultan Batheri and will also attend a roadshow in Kozhikode Assembly constituency on June 9, before leaving for Delhi. Earlier in the day, Gandhi tweeted, “I will be in Wayanad, Kerala, starting this afternoon and till Sunday to meet citizens and Congress party workers. It’s a packed schedule with over 15 public receptions planned over the next three days.last_img read more

Sri Lankan Prez warns against birth of a Muslim Prabhakaran

Sri Lankan Prez warns against birth of a Muslim Prabhakaran

first_imgColombo: Warning against the emergence of a “Muslim Prabhakaran”, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called for unity among all communities in the country which saw the worst terror attack on Easter Sunday. Acknowledging that the country has now been divided, Sirisena, who spoke in Mullaitivu, a former bastion of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), said on Saturday that religious leaders and politicians in the country were divided today. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The President urged the public “not to leave room for a Muslim Prabhakaran to be born,” Colombo Gazette reported . Velupillai Prabhakaran was the founder and leader of the LTTE or the Tamil Tigers, a militant organisation that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka. The civil war in Sri Lanka that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people ended with the killing of Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan army in 2009. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”If we divide and fall apart the whole country will stand to lose. Another war will break out,” he warned. Following the Easter Sunday terror attacks on three Catholic churches and three luxury hotels by a local Islamist outfit with possible links to the Islamic State terror group, there were widespread attacks on the Muslim community. Sirisena lamented that most politicians are focused on the elections later this year and not the country. He said that the division is preventing the country from moving forward. The President said that he understands the issues faced by the Tamils and will address some of them, the report said. However, he said the past must be set aside and the country must unite to take the country forward. He said that there should not be room for extremism to prosper.last_img read more

Part of cabinet ministers house will be razed to build flyover

Part of cabinet ministers house will be razed to build flyover

first_imgGurugram: A part of the house of a cabinet minister Rao Narbir Singh will be razed for the construction of the elevated flyover that is being built on the Sohna road flyover.According to the sources, Rao Inderjit Singh who is also the public welfare department official has given his consent to the officials. To expedite the construction of Gurugram’s first elevated flyover the public agencies have begun razing the commercial and residential structures along the area. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThere are over 350 such structures that occupy the stretch. In the present two phases, the government agencies have razed over 80 structures. Despite providing a deadline of completion of the eleven-kilometre long elevated flyover, various challenges plague the project. The difficulties have instead caused the work at the project yet not started. The ambitious project that will be key to ensuring connectivity in Delhi- Mumbai corridor will have the investment put in by the state as well as the central Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Financegovernment. The total amount of investment in the projects is slated to be around Rs 1100 crores and will begin from Vatika chowk in Sohna extending all the way to Bhondsi. Besides extending the width of the road there are also plans to build two elevated flyovers at the busy route. The deadline for the completion of the project has been kept in the time period one and a half years. With Gurugram being the major point at Delhi -Mumbai corridor this is the third major project where the National Highway Authority of India along with the state government will invest to revamp the city roads.last_img read more

Bihar encephalitis toll climbs to 113

Bihar encephalitis toll climbs to 113

first_imgMuzaffarpur (Bihar): Fresh deaths due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) have been reported in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, taking the total number of casualties to 113.The deaths took place at the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), where 20 fresh cases were brought since Tuesday night. The number of children admitted to the hospital with AES is 372 since June 1, the district administration said. The SKMCH has reported 93 casualties so far and only 118 children have been discharged after treatment. The rest are undergoing treatment or referred to hospitals in the Patna in a critical condition, it said.last_img

Harris lands 2020 endorsement from 2 Black Caucus members

Harris lands 2020 endorsement from 2 Black Caucus members

first_imgBaltimore: Two more members of the Congressional Black Caucus are backing Kamala Harris’s bid for the presidency: Reps. Bobby Rush of Illinois and Frederica Wilson of Florida. Endorsements from the caucus, which counts more than 50 members, could be influential in the Democratic presidential primary. With these two new supporters, Harris now has six endorsements from the CBC. Rush has been sharply critical of former Vice President Joe Biden in the wake of comments in which he recalled working alongside two segregationist Southern senators. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Rush told Politico that Biden, another Democratic presidential candidate, was “wholly out of touch and woefully ignorant of the nuances of the black American experience.” Rush will serve as Harris’ Illinois campaign chair. Rush said Harris was “the only candidate prepared to fight for all Americans against a Trump Administration that has left them behind” and that she is a “once-in-a-lifetime leader” who “exemplifies what global leadership is all about.” Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHarris and Biden clashed during the first Democratic primary debate after Harris, who is black, directly challenged Biden over his history of opposing school integration through federally ordered busing. Harris said Biden’s recollections of working with the two senators were hurtful. Harris’s campaign announced on Saturday that she had raised 2 million in the first 24 hours following the start of Thursday’s debate. Aides to her campaign said she received donations from 63,277 people, and that 58 percent of those donors had not contributed to her campaign before.last_img read more

Majority reeling under rotirozi problem Maya

Majority reeling under rotirozi problem Maya

first_imgLucknow: Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “size of the cake matters” remark, BSP supremo Mayawati said Sunday the PM is talking about cake for people when a majority of them is reeling under the problem of “roti-rozi”.In a tweet, Mayawati said, “At a time, when a majority of population is reeling under basic problems of inflation, poverty, unemployment, illness, illiteracy and jobs and food (roti-rozi), the prime minister is talking about cake for them. “This is the pride of power and despotism, by which the entire country is affected.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Her comments came a day after the prime minister dismissed as “professional pessimists” the critics of the Centre’s target to achieve a USD 5-trillion economy within five years. Addressing party workers in Varanasi, Modi said his government’s Budget for 2019-20 lays down a roadmap for nearly doubling the size of the economy. “Size of the cake matters. The larger the cake, larger pieces are what people will get. So we have set a target of making India a USD 5-trillion economy. Larger the size of the economy will be, the larger prosperity will it bring for the country,” he said. Mayawati also said the government should shed its rhetoric, and become serious towards the basic problems of the 130 crore people of the country.last_img read more

To the Moon and back 50 years on a giant leap into

To the Moon and back 50 years on a giant leap into

first_imgWashington DC: The first four days of Apollo 11’s journey to the Moon had gone according to plan, but just twenty minutes before landing, the atmosphere grew tense as the crew encountered a series of problems. It was July 20, 1969, and as the world followed the spacecraft’s progress, it briefly lost radio contact with mission control in Houston. Then, as the lunar module Eagle was in the middle of its descent, piloted by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and mission commander Neil Armstrong, an alarm bell began ringing. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingEagle had detached two hours earlier from the main part of the vessel, the command module, Columbia, where the third crew member Michael Collins remained in orbit. It was an anxious moment for Armstrong. “Give us a reading on the 1202 Programme Alarm,” he radios to mission control. They are told to keep going. Houston realizes the onboard computer is experiencing an overflow, but all systems are functional. Below them, the Moon’s craters are zipping by fast. Too fast, realizes Armstrong: at this rate, they will overshoot the landing site by several miles. He switches to manual control and starts to scope out a new landing site from his porthole. But there’s trouble finding the perfect spot, and it’s going to be tight. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangAldrin continues to tell him speed and altitude readings from the computer. “Coming down nicely,” he says. Meanwhile, the fuel is rapidly depleting. Houston continues to announce the number of seconds left to the “Bingo fuel call” — the point at which Eagle will have 20 seconds left to land, or abort the mission. It is now 30 seconds left to Bingo. Armstrong, summoning all his experience, is silent as he concentrates. The module comes to a rest on the ground. “Contact Light,” says Aldrin, meaning one of the leg’s foot sensors has touched down. The engines are switched off. “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed,” announces Armstrong. “We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot,” replies Charlie Duke, the CapCom or capsule communicator on the ground. In 1961, President John F Kennedy called upon his vice president Lyndon Johnson to beat the Soviets in space. Johnson reaches out to the godfather of NASA’s space program: Wernher von Braun. The former card-carrying Nazi was the inventor of the V-2 rockets that rained destruction on London in World War II. Toward the end of the war, he surrendered himself to the Americans, who brought him and a hundred of his best engineers to Alabama, as part of the secret “Operation Paperclip.” Braun told Johnson that while the US was well behind, they could conceivably beat the Russians if they immediately started work on a giant booster rocket. Eight years later, Richard Nixon was president when the goal was realized. Between October 1968 and May 1969, four preparatory Apollo missions were launched. Armstrong was chosen in December 1968 to command the eleventh. Months from launch, Armstrong told Aldrin he was pulling rank and would be the first to set foot on the lunar surface. When the monstrous rocket designed by Braun launched with the Apollo 11 capsule at its summit on July 16, 1969, one million people flocked to the beach to watch. But many had doubts that they’d succeed in landing on the Moon on the first attempt. For those in America, the final descent would take place on Sunday evening. In Europe, it was already nighttime, but everyone was glued to their televisions, though they could only hear crackling radio communications until Armstrong set up his black and white camera ahead of his first step.last_img read more

We need commercial films on gay rights Ayushmann

We need commercial films on gay rights Ayushmann

first_imgNew Delhi: From a virile sperm donor in Vicky Donor to a person suffering from erectile dysfunction in Shubh Mangal Savdhan, and from a blind musician in AndhaDhun to an idealistic cop in Article 15, Ayushmann Khurrana has proved his range has an actor. He is now all set to take his game to the next level, and impress the audience playing a homosexual man in the upcoming Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. The actor says it is important that a film based on gay rights be made in the commercial mainstream space. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaAyushmann, who is currently riding the success of his latest release Article 15, has an interesting slate of four films coming up – Dream Girl, Bala, Gulabo Sitabo and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is an important film in the commercial mainstream space. It is important to make films based on gay rights in the commercial sphere because that way you are not preaching the converted,” Ayushmann said, adding: “You are probably talking to those who have biases against towards homosexuals. We have to reach to the lowest common denominator. They need to watch the film and realise how important it is to give gay people their rights.” The 34-year-old star’s slant at signing quirky roles sees him play a prematurely balding man in Bala. “It’s a great shift. Bala has romance, but it highlights a different issue (baldness). (It is an issue) that 50 per cent men deal with after 30. It’s a prevalent subject and (I wonder) how we missed it till now,” he added.last_img read more

Congs JK policy planning group urges Centre not to take any precipitous

Congs JK policy planning group urges Centre not to take any precipitous

first_imgNew Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir policy planning group of the Congress party on Friday expressed concern over “reports” emerging from Union Home Ministry and the state government of Jammu and Kashmir which was creating an atmosphere of “panic and apprehension” and asked the Centre not to take any decision that would precipitate a deep crisis in the state.”There was a deep concern expressed at the continuous reports emanating from both the Home Ministry and state government of Jammu and Kashmir which were creating an atmosphere of panic and apprehension about the intentions of the Central government,” the Congress said in a statement released on Friday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The massive build-up of security forces, the curtailment of Shri Amarnath Yatra and also, the unprecedented advisories being issued to the tourist, yatris and other civilians are all creating an atmosphere of heightened insecurity and fear,” the release said. The group that met under the chairmanship of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also discussed the widespread fear of apprehension in the minds of people across the state of Jammu and Kashmir about Centre’s intentions of abolishing Article 35A and Article 370, the release said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGulam Nabi Azad, who was also present in the meeting, said that the group has asked the government to “maintain the constitutional guarantees given to the state of Jammu Kashmir.” On the advisory to tourists and Amarnath yatris to curtail their visit, Azad said, “The situation was largely peaceful and the Amarnath yatra was proceeding smoothly and wondered why such a step was being taken. In the last 30 years, even when the situation was at its worst, such an advisory was never issued.” The meeting was attended by several leaders including — Karan Singh, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Ahmed Mir. The meeting of the group comes in the wake of Union Home Ministry’s order of deploying 100 companies of CAPF in the Valley.last_img read more

Photo of officers leading black man by a rope in Texas sparks

Photo of officers leading black man by a rope in Texas sparks

first_imgWashington DC: A police chief in Texas has apologized after a photo went viral of two officers mounted on horseback walking a handcuffed black man by a rope, as if on a leash. The image caused outrage, serving as a painful reminder of some of the bleakest moments in America’s brutally racist past, including the chaining of enslaved people and lynching of blacks in the Jim Crow South in the years after emancipation. Vernon Hale, police chief for the coastal Texas city of Galveston, said that Donald Neely, who was arrested Saturday for trespassing, should have been taken to the station in a police car, but only mounted officers were available. Neely was then escorted on foot, led by a length of rope and flanked by the mounted officers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance,” said Hale, in a statement published Monday on Facebook. “First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” Hale said, adding that policy had been changed so that the technique would no longer be used. Hale’s statement sparked frustration, with some activist groups saying his response was “weak.” Others called for the officers to be penalized or fired for “humiliating” Neely in a manner that recalls extreme acts of racism from the country’s past, or even convicted criminals exhibited in public squares. “This is 2019 and not 1819,” James Douglas, president of the NAACP’s Houston chapter, told the Houston Chronicle. Democratic 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who is from the West Texas city of El Paso, also denounced the incident, tweeting, “This moment demands accountability, justice, and honestly (sic) — because we need to call this out for what it is: racism at work.”last_img read more

IAF always cautious and alert Air Chief BS Dhanoa amid IndoPak tensions

IAF always cautious and alert Air Chief BS Dhanoa amid IndoPak tensions

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid tensions between India and Pakistan over the revocation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Tuesday said that the Air Force is “cautious and alert” to face any eventuality on the border. “We have seen their deployment. Indian Air Force is always cautious. We are responsible for air defence and we are always alert,” Dhanoa told media persons here when asked about the situation at the Indo-Pak border. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said that the Air Force is prepared “not only when any enemy fighter comes in but we also keep an eye on civilian aircraft so that incidents like Purulia airdrop do not happen”. Indian and Pakistani forces have exchanged heavy fire several times after the government repealed Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday There were also reports of military movement along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had last week termed the movement as “normal”. “Everybody took precautionary deployments and movement of precautionary resources and one should not be too concerned about them as they were normal,” Rawat had said. Pakistan Prime Minister had earlier this month threatened India, saying “incidents like Pulwama are bound to happen again and that Pakistan will fight till the last drop of blood if a war ensues”. Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan, on August 12, said that his country might deploy troops from the Afghanistan border to the Kashmir frontier.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Dance has increased my brand as an artiste Nora Fatehi

Dance has increased my brand as an artiste Nora Fatehi

first_imgNew Delhi: Nora Fatehi moved from Canada to India a few years ago to become an actress in Bollywood. She even managed to bag a few acting projects initially, including “Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans” and “Crazy Cukkad Family”, but these were low-profile projects and she went unnoticed. Then, her appearance on “Bigg Boss” and the dance numbers “Manohari” in “Baahubali: The Beginning” changed the tide. People started noticing Nora, and soon she was belting out the hit dance numbers, “Dilbar” (“Satyamev Jayate”) and “O saki saki” (“Batla House”). Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 27-year-old is currently in the spotlight as Bollywood’s new dancing sensation, and she credits her “dance performances” for all the fame coming her way. “I started my career as an actor but my acting skills did not get a lot of attention, and then I started doing whatever came my way. I got the opportunity to feature in hit songs, and I tried to showcase my dancing skills through them. Despite not being a trained dancer, I became a dancing sensation, which I would not have expected 10 years back. I just went with the flow. It was not planned. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “I am now where I am just because of my dance performances. People paid attention to me because of my dances. I feel my dance performances are helping in growing my brand as an artiste, as a lot of projects – including acting roles – are coming my way. Doors have opened for me,” Nora told IANS. Acting will always be Nora’s priority. Apart from flaunting her dance moves in “Batla House” recently, Nora got a chance to show her acting skills in a cameo role. “My focus has always been acting ever since I came India. Unfortunately, I did not start off well but now makers are approaching me with good roles and I am also trying to challenge myself, and put my best into everything. In the beginning, I had a problem speaking fluent Hindi but with time I have tried to improve myself. I really wanted to show people that I can act in Hindi, and I feel in ‘Batla House’ I have proved it,” she added. Nora also appears with actor Vicky Kaushal in the music video of Arijit Singh’s new non-film single, “Pachtaoge”. In the song, too, Nora showcases her acting skills as well as dance moves. According to her, “Pachtaoge” has given her a chance to prove her versatility. “The song is very different from what I have been doing so far. It taught me how to enact different emotions along with dance,” she concluded.last_img read more

Kurdish official Syrias safe zone off to a good start

Kurdish official Syrias safe zone off to a good start

first_imgDarbasiyah: A senior Syrian Kurdish official says the creation of a so-called “safe zone” in northeastern Syria is off to good start, with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces pulling back from an initial part of the border with Turkey. But she says calm can only prevail if Turkey also removes its troops. Ilham Ahmed of the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Council says details are still being worked out but an understanding was reached last month between Ankara and Washington. It was announced after repeated Turkish threats of a military offensive in northeastern Syria. Turkey views the U.S-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units as an extension of a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey. Ahmed says the arrangement could include joint U.S.-Turkish patrols in areas from which Kurdish-led forces pulled out. Syrians in Turkey could start returning home.last_img read more

ED starts moneylaundering probe against RollsRoyce

ED starts moneylaundering probe against RollsRoyce

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED has registered a money-laundering case against Rolls-Royce Plc and its Indian subsidiary in connection with an alleged corruption case, where the London-based engineering company paid “commissions” to a Singapore-based company, Aashmore Pvt Ltd, in order to secure contracts worth over Rs 4,700 crore from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).The Enforcement Directorate has taken cognisance of the corruption case, initially filed by the CBI, to investigate under the provisions of the PMLA, whether there were instances of money-laundering as a result of the alleged corruption. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The CBI had earlier this year filed a case against Rolls-Royce and a subsidiary, alleging that the commissions were also paid to Aashmore to secure contracts of supplying spare parts to ONGC and GAIL. The preliminary enquiry by CBI had revealed that Rolls Royce paid up to Rs 76.22 crore in commissions to companies related to Ashok Patni, Director of Aashmore, for securing contracts with HAL, GAIL, and ONGC between 2007 and 2011. As per the central probe agency, parts of these commission payments were allegedly used to pay kickbacks to officials of HAL, GAIL, and ONGC, who were involved in the procurement process. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe ED will now look into these alleged corrupt practices to see whether they led to the creation of a complex web of shell companies to launder the alleged proceeds of crime. The financial probe agency will also look into whether the integrity pact between Rolls-Royce and these three government organisations was violated, trying to look for how and through where kickbacks were generated. After the CBI case came to light, Rolls-Royce had said that it will not tolerate business misconduct of any sort and is committed to maintaining high ethical standards, adding that no one “currently working” for Rolls-Royce India played a part in these energy deals. “India is an important market for Rolls-Royce and the company has a valued workforce of skilled people in the country,” a company spokesperson had said at the time. The CBI’s FIR was converted from a Preliminary Enquiry, registered in 2014 and subsequently, two more PEs were registered by the probe agency against Rolls-Royce. In fact, the CBI said that it had requested Aashmore to provide bank account details in which these commissions were allegedly received, several times. But, the Singapore-based firm allegedly refused to cooperate. The probe agency said that this non-cooperation from Aashmore, “shows that Aashmore Pvt Ltd is hiding the corrupt public servants of HAL, ONGC, and GAIL involved in the process of procurement and illegal gratification”. As per CBI’s probe, an Energy Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Centre Agreement was signed between Rolls Royce and HAL in June 2007. According to this agreement, HAL was to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for GAIL and ONGC, with spare parts purchased from Rolls Royce. However, the CBI alleged that Rolls Royce had engaged Patni in violation of the terms of the agreement and paid his company Aashmore commissions ranging from 10-11 percent of the total value of the purchase orders. Between 2007-2011, Rs 18.32 crore was paid to Aashmore’s accounts. Moreover, in a similar manner, Rolls Royce had engaged the services of Patni, allegedly in violation of the terms of agreement with ONGC and GAIL respectively. In ONGC’s case, Rolls Royce had allegedly paid Rs 29.81 crore to Aashmore in exchange for securing 73 purchase orders from the public service undertaking, with the CBI alleging that Patni’s services were kept a secret to “conceal the illegal payments made to Aashmore”. Rolls Royce was supposed to declare any Indian agent and the commission payable to them upfront, according to its deal with ONGC. In fact, as part of this deal, Turbotech Energy Services International, another company related to Patni had allegedly paid Rs 10 lakh to ONGC Officers Mahila Samiti. Furthermore, Rolls Royce allegedly paid almost GBP 1 million to Patni’s Aashmore, in exchange for up to 68 purchase orders placed by GAIL, between 2007-2010. According to the CBI, the total amount paid in commission for projects with GAIL come up to around Rs 28.09 crore. According to the CBI’s FIR in the case, Rolls Royce had allegedly engaged in the payment of commissions to companies related to Ashok Patni, in order to pay kickbacks to public officials of GAIL, HAL, and ONGC who were in charge of the procurement of services. The probe agency has accused the British engineering company of conspiring with its Indian subsidiary to misrepresent facts before all three public service undertakings, which kept placing purchase orders with them. Moreover, the CBI has also alleged correspondence about Rolls Royce supply orders between ONGC, GAIL officials and Patni.last_img read more

Keeping Tagore alive

Keeping Tagore alive

first_imgPabitra Sarkar, Former Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University released ‘Pari Ajaner Pathe’, – CD containing narration and songs from Rabindranath Tagore along with singers Anindya narayan Biswas, Agnibho Bandyopadhyay, Rajashree Bhattacharya and elocutionist Ratna Mitralast_img

Business management student hangs himself

Business management student hangs himself

first_imgGreater Noida: A 25-year-old student of business management allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan inside his hostel room on Tuesday morning. Police officials said that the student took the extreme step to end his life over his failed relationship with a girl. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Gladwin Das, a native of Agra. “Das was a first year student of PGDM at Lloyd college in Greater Noida and lived at GN hostel in Knowledge Park,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe incident came to light on Tuesday morning when deceased’s family called him several times on his mobile phone but they went unanswered. The family then alerted the hostel warden who peeped through the window of his room and found him hanging with the ceiling fan. The warden immediately alerted police and informed the family members of deceased. Arvind Pathak, Station House Officer of Knowledge Park police station said that police have recovered a diary from deceased’s room in which he has mentioned the reason which forced him to end his life. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Following the information received, a police team rushed to the spot and took the body into custody which was later sent for the post mortem. Upon searching the room, police found a diary from Das’s room in which he mentioned about his failed relationship with a girl. He wrote that his female friend befriended with some other boy which bothered him and he wanted to end his life,” said Pathak. “We have informed the family members of deceased who told us that Das had returned to Greater Noida from his home on Monday and they are totally unaware as why he took such a step,” added Pathak.last_img read more

Thirteen people plead guilty in municipal fraud scheme in Laval near Montreal

Thirteen people plead guilty in municipal fraud scheme in Laval near Montreal

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Thirteen people pleaded guilty Tuesday in a fraud scheme involving the awarding of municipal contracts in the Montreal-area city of Laval.Twelve of the 13 received sentences to be served in the community.Businessman Luc Lemay was sentenced to 21 months in prison.Meanwhile, reputed ringleader Claude Deguise, who previously pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 30 months in prison.Initially, 37 people were charged in 2013, including Gilles Vaillancourt, who served as Laval mayor for 23 straight years until he quit politics in the fall of 2012.Vaillancourt eventually pleaded guilty to fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and breach of trust. He also agreed to reimburse $8.5 million and was sentenced to about six years in prison.Some of the 37 accused have since died, while others have had their charges dropped because of the length of time it was taking for their cases to get to trial.(Cogeco News)last_img read more

Ontarios modernday town criers compete in annual contest and have a wedding

Ontarios modernday town criers compete in annual contest and have a wedding

first_imgBefore the internet, before TV or radio, even before newspapers, there was an earlier source for news: the town crier.This past weekend, dedicated Ontario criers gathered for some competition paying tribute to one of the world’s oldest methods of communication — and a wedding.Once a year, the Muskoka Escapades of Town Crying Competition gives modern-day town criers the opportunity to compete for the highest honour in the business. At this year’s contest, which took place Saturday in Bracebridge, Ont., the winner was John Webster, official town crier for Markham, Ont.Contestants are judged on the same criteria that was demanded of town criers several hundred years ago, says Steve Travers, official town crier for Barrie, Ont., and last year’s contest winner. They must get people’s attention, be precise in their wording, stay on topic, sustain a loud volume in their speech, and have a dignified entrance and exit. “If you skip in or you waddle in like a duck or something, they don’t like that,” he says.Getting attention can be one of the biggest hurdles. At an event in Kingston, Ont., a few years ago, contestants were tasked with promoting their home city. Travers decided to highlight Barrie’s Ribfest, which includes free beer samples. Instead of the traditional crier’s opening of “oyez” (similar to “hear ye”), he yelled out, “Free beer! Free beer!”“I got everybody’s attention,” he says.This year there was a first for the competition — crier Athol Hart married Beth Sinyard, his official assistant. Most criers have a “consort,” Travers says. “We used to call them escorts, now we don’t, because of the connotation.”Town criers have held funerals for former members, but for most people in the group, this was their first crier wedding. Fourteen criers gathered along the Muskoka River for the ceremony. “We rang our bells and we all made a proclamation for them, saying that we hope they have a wonderful life together,” says Travers.The practice of town crying has been traced back to England in 1066, where it was used to communicate news or laws to a largely illiterate public. Today, several Ontario towns still employ town criers to add pomp to ceremonies, parades, or other special events.For most of the time that town crying was common practice, the profession was only open to men. Today’s guild is still mostly male, although it includes some women criers. Travers also points out that two of Ontario’s most famous town criers, George “Washington” Jones and John “Daddy” Hall, were black men who established successful careers as criers after escaping slavery.The Ontario Guild of Town Criers has a fiercely dedicated group of roughly 50 members. “You have to be a little bit out there to be a town crier,” Travers says. “My wife says we’re all nice-crazy.”last_img read more

US singled out by G7 allies over steel and aluminum tariffs

US singled out by G7 allies over steel and aluminum tariffs

first_imgWHISTLER, B.C. – The United States is being singled out by all of its G7 allies over the Trump administration’s hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum as the exclusive club of rich nations edges closer to a trade war.The dispute over U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs is driving a wedge in the G7, laying the groundwork for a potential clash among its leaders next week in Quebec’s Charlevoix region.Following the conclusion today of a three-day meeting of G7 finance ministers in Whistler, B.C., Finance Minister Bill Morneau issued issued a chair’s summary that says the other six members want Trump to hear their message of “concern and disappointment” over the U.S. trade actions.I wish to thank my G7 counterparts for the productive meetings in Whistler – and I reiterate Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau’s appeal for commons sense to prevail as the Summit gets underway in Charlevoix next week.— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) June 2, 2018Allies including Canada and the European Union are threatening retaliatory tariffs in hope of forcing Trump to back down from his position.They are calling for decisive action from Washington and are urging U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to deliver their message before next week’s leaders’ summit.The G7 leaders’ summit, which will be hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will also mark Trump’s first visit to Canada as president.last_img read more