CBI probe if J&K wants it, says Union Minister

first_imgUnion minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday that the Centre had no objection to the handing over of the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI if the state government referred it.“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have any problem or objection to hand over the case to the CBI. If the state government comes out with a reference, we will hand over the case to the agency today itself,” Mr. Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Jammu.He added that the court was another option through which the case could go to the CBI. “As per my knowledge, a petition (for a CBI probe) is pending there,” he said.Mr. Singh is a member of Parliament from Udhampur in Jammu region and is also the in charge of the ministry of personnel, the controlling authority for CBI.On Tuesday, Chowdhary Lal Singh, one of the two BJP ministers who resigned last week, took out a rally at several places in Kathua to demand a CBI probe into the incident.The case was handed over to the J&K Crime Branch on January 22. The victim went missing on January 10; a week later her body was found in a forest near her house.The girl was allegedly confined in a devasthan (temple), sedated and raped thrice before being suffocated and bludgeoned to death. Eight persons, including a juvenile, were arrested in connection with the crime and their trial began in a court on Monday, where they pleaded not guilty and sought a narco analysis test.Many people in Kathua, including the families of the accused, have been demanding a CBI probe into the incident, which was, however, rejected by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti last month after the two BJP ministers, Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, met her and raised the demand.last_img read more

Rawat allays fears of body blow to adventure tourism

first_imgChief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat assured tour operators of Uttarakhand on Saturday of protecting their interests even as all District Magistrates were asked to implement a High Court-imposed ban on water sports in the State in their respective areas.“All aspects of the High Court order regarding the ban on adventure tourism activities are being studied. The next step will be taken after that. The interests of entrepreneurs associated with the trade will be protected,” he said in a statement here.Mr. Rawat also directed Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar to look into all legal options available in the case and take appropriate action.He said effective steps were being taken by the State government to promote adventure tourism, “which is crucial to tourism in Uttarakhand.”Keeping in view the interests of the people involved in the trade, the Chief Minister said the ‘Uttarakhand Rafting, Kayaking Manual’ has been framed, adding that manuals for paragliding and other adventure tourism activities would be prepared soon.Comprehensive policyHe said a comprehensive policy would be prepared to further promote the industry so that it strengthened the economy of the State.Mr. Jawalkar wrote to all DMs on Saturday asking them to strictly implement the High Court order.The Uttarakhand High Court had on June 18 put a ban on white water river rafting, other water sports and paragliding across the State till a transparent policy was framed by the State government on adventure sports, giving the latter two weeks’ time for the purpose.Devendra Rawat, former president of Rafting Association of Uttarakhand, said the ban would affect 40,000 people associated with the trade.A total of 281 companies are associated with the rafting trade, which together own 600 rafts and transact business worth over ₹20 crore every season. The season lasts nine months from October to June, he said.With the ban coming at the peak of the season, there will be heavy losses, he said.Vaibhav Kala, director, Aquaterra Adventures, said majority of outfits cannot be penalised for the errors of a few. Mr. Kala said the State needs to weed out outfits that do not meet the global benchmark.last_img read more

Rajya Sabha setback for BJP as HC allows voting by postal ballot, another Congress MLA secures bail

first_imgThe BJP’s chances of securing the third Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh suffered a setback when the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday allowed Leader of Opposition, Congress MLA Satyadev Katare to cast his vote through postal ballot, setting aside the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) directive issued earlier on the matter.Katare is admitted at a private hospital in Mumbai and the ECI had refused to entertain the pleas of the Congress to allow Katare to vote through postal ballot. The Congress meanwhile received a shot in the arm with Barwani MLA, Rajesh Patel, who was in jail and was also refused voting by postal ballot by the ECI, being granted bail from the High Court to cast his vote.In another blow to the BJP, the Supreme Court refused to entertain the petition of BJP MLA from Deosar, Rajendra Meshram’s plea to allow him to vote in the RS elections slated for June 11.APPEAL The Congress had appealed against the ECI decision to not allow voting by postal ballot at the High Court at Jabalpur. The HC had fixed Thursday for the hearing and asked the ECI’s lawyers to present their case. After the hearing, the HC allowed voting by postal ballot.The BJP has fielded Anil Dave and MJ Akbar as the official candidates while the Congress has put up Vivek Tankha as its official candidate in the polls for the 3 vacancies in the RS from MP. The BJP however has also fielded one of its party leaders Vinod Gotiya as an independent for the RS polls slated for June 11.advertisementAmidst the setbacks, the BJP has called a meeting of the legislature party on Thursday evening at the CM’s residence. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar is also expected to attend the meeting. Sources in the BJP said that the MLAs would also be trained on how to vote for the RS elections. MLAs will be told by name which candidate they have to vote for, said sources.This is how the numbers stack up:The BJP has 166 seats, the Congress 57, the BSP 4 and independents 3 in the 230 member MP assembly.With BJP MLA Rajendra Meshram being debarred from voting, the BJP now has only 165 votes. Each candidate needs 58 votes to win his seat.While the BJP’s official candidates will sail through with 116 votes, the BJP has 49 more votes in its kitty. Gotiya needs 9 more votes to win of which 3 are expected to come from the independents.However with still 6 short of the magic number, horse trading is a very real possibility with the BJP refusing to give up on the contest.OUTSIDE SUPPORT The Congress has also received the support of 4 BSP MLAs taking the total votes of the party candidate to 61 thereby having the numbers to make its candidate win.Congress leader and former union minister Kamal Nath would arrive in Bhopal on Thursday evening along with general secretary in charge of MP Mohan Prakash. They are expected to stay in Bhopal till voting for the RS elections on June 11.last_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Player Profiles

first_imgTo view, please visit the following website and click on ‘2012 Player Profiles’ in the top menu:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6460-0-0-0 There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6460-0-0-0 Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img

9 months agoFulham eyeing Leicester fullback Danny Simpson

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham eyeing Leicester fullback Danny Simpsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are eyeing Leicester City fullback Danny Simpson.The Mirror says Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri wants a Leicester reunion with Simpson to help Fulham ‘s battle against relegation.Ranieri led Leicester to the title in 2016 and is desperately looking to strengthen his squad in the January window.Leicester full back Simpson, 32, could be available to loan this month. last_img

An Interview With Filmmaker Matthew Cooke

first_img 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Editors’ Recommendations Need an easy ten step process on how to become a drug dealer? “How To Make Money Selling Drugs” is right up your crack alley. The movie is a stylistic, sometimes tongue-in-cheek documentary about the scary and intense war on drugs. The film is produced by Adrian Grenier from Entourage and Bert Marcus. Cooke and Grenier worked together on a previous documentary titled “Teenage Paparazzo”, and their newest collaboration features interviews with Susan Sarandon, David Simon (creator of HBO’s “The Wire”), Russell Simmons and Eminem. The film steps out of the box when it comes to traditional documentary style filmmaking. We interviewed Matthew Cooke, the writer and director to get his take on filmmaking and talk a little bit about his style.Tell me about your background in regards to documentary filmmaking?I’m a huge fan of action films, sci-fi, noir, mystery, thriller, so in coming into documentary, I wanted to do something that would capture the excitement of fiction.Why did you choose to make this movie?I think this particular [drug] policy is one of the worst public policies in the history of the US. It’s sad, absurd, embarrassing, racist, in the reality of how the policy is exacted today. It’s an extremely important topic.How long did it take to make? When did you start production?We started about three  years prior to now, the majority of the time was spent in editing, finding the right tone and balance.It’s a touchy subject – how did you get some of the characters (ex-drug dealers) to go on record?There were quite a number who said no – the characters we picked were picked because of the level of excitement and adventure [in their stories]. I think the majority are all people who have inspiring turn around stories – hero journeys. Part of the process is sharing with others. Marshall Mathers [Eminem] had a certain story to tell. It was compelling, open and honest, and he was unflinching in his fearlessness. Revealing the horrors of addiction – he was the perfect person to share that story.How did you incorporate style into your film?I spent quite a bit of time painting the backdrops [for the interviews]. I wanted aggressive backdrops for the interviews. The interviews went so well with the colors and it was so fun and exciting to wrap the motion graphics. Hopefully people get a kick out of it.What are some of your favorite brands right now?I’m a huge fan of Opening Ceremony in LA. They have great stuff- I really like Dave Appel – he has a brand called Cohesive – I like his stuff a lot. I also like Band of Outsiders.What is your relationship to fashion?If I had more time I’d get more into clothes. A lot of my friends are stylists and designers- it’s a cool industry.What would you consider the manliest thing you do everyday?I trim my man-beard. If I don’t shave it off completely I will have a man-growth within two to three  hoursWhat are three things you can’t live without?I can live without anything – I am fully prepped to surrender at any moment. If I had to choose – I’d prefer to not live without the Internet. I was recently on a flight from Paris for 11 hours without the Internet. I was upset when I couldn’t connect to Facebook. I also can’t live without Game of Thrones and Venice Beach. “How To Make Money Selling Drugs” is playing at the IFC Center in New York and also available on demand via iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.For more information on Matthew Cooke, you can check out his website here. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective)last_img read more

State govt announces adhoc bonus festival advance for employees

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government on Tuesday announced the ad-hoc bonus and festival advance for state government employees ahead of Eid and Durga Puja. Two notifications in this regard were issued by the state Finance department.According to the memorandum, employees who are not covered by any productivity linked bonus scheme and those whose revised emoluments do not exceed Rs 30,000 per month, will be entitled to an ad-hoc bonus of Rs 4,000 per head, which is Rs 400 higher than last year. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaState government employees in the income bracket of Rs 30,000 to Rs 36,000 per month will be eligible for an interest-free festival advance up to a maximum of Rs 8,000, which is Rs 3,000 more than the previous year. Sources at Nabanna said the move will benefit nearly 10 lakh state government employees. The benefit would be given to Muslim employees before Eid and the rest would get it between September 23 and October 1 before Durga Puja. In the grant of ad-hoc bonus as well as interest-free festival advance, the state Finance department has laid down separate detailed terms and conditions for the perusal of the beneficiaries. A senior official in the state Finance department said that after the Trinamool Congress government came to power in 2011, the ad-hoc bonus and advance amounts were raised by Rs 200 and Rs 500 respectively. However, this year has seen a more substantial hike. “The move has been made despite the government’s severe financial crunch,” he added.last_img read more

TunisianGerman couple in court over ricin attack plot

first_imgDusseldorf (Germany): A Tunisian man and his German wife will stand trial from Friday, charged with planning a foiled biological bomb attack in Germany with the deadly poison ricin. Sief Allah H., 30, and his wife Yasmin, 43, were arrested a year ago by an anti-terrorist squad that found 84 milligrams of the toxin in their Cologne apartment. The arrests likely prevented what would have been Germany’s first biological attack, said Holger Muench, head of the BKA Federal Criminal Police Office, at the time. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Federal prosecutors said the couple had “for a long time identified with the aims and values of the foreign terrorist organisation Islamic State”. They decided in 2017 to detonate an explosive in a large crowd, “to kill and wound the largest possible number of people,” said prosecutors ahead of the trial in Duesseldorf. The pair had allegedly researched various forms of explosives before deciding on the deadly poison. They ordered 3,300 castor beans over the internet and successfully made a small amount of ricin, a poison 6,000 times more potent than cyanide that can kill if swallowed, inhaled or injected, according to prosecutors. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaInvestigators also found 250 metal balls, two bottles of nail polish remover as well as wires soldered on lightbulbs. Only the raid and arrests prevented “the production of a larger quantity of ricin and the building of an explosive,” said prosecutors. The couple were caught after a tip-off from the US Central Intelligence Agency, which had noticed the large online purchase of castor seeds, according to German media reports. News weekly Der Spiegel has reported that the couple were believed to have already been radicalised when they met online in 2014. Sief Allah H., a former street vendor and labourer in Tunisia, in 2015 married Yasmin H., an unemployed doctor’s assistant and mother of seven children from four different fathers, the report said. The husband had been in contact with radical Islamists and tried twice in 2017 to travel to Syria via Turkey. His wife helped him with flight and hotel bookings, but both trips failed. Sief Allah H. also volunteered to help the IS in their propaganda work, and did so in early 2018 by publishing material of the jihadist group online, said prosecutors. Later, the couple decided to prepare an attack in Germany itself, and also bought a hamster to test the potency of the ricin. “Very concrete preparations had been made for an act with a … biological bomb, which is a first for Germany,” said Muench. If convicted of the charges of serious violence endangering the country, the defendants could each face up to 15 years in jail. Two suspects were also arrested in August last year in Tunisia in connection with the case. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, remains on high alert after several deadly attacks claimed by the IS group. The worst attack, a 2016 truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market by Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri, claimed 12 lives. The trial is expected to last until the end of August.last_img read more

Bail set at 1 mn for US actress accused in bribery scandal

first_imgLos Angeles: US actress Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court in downtown Los Angeles in connection with a massive college admissions scam involving other celebrities and top industry CEOs. Bail for the “Full House” star was set at USD 1 million, the same amount as for her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, who has also been charged in the case. The couple, who are to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29, allegedly paid USD 500,000 in bribes to ensure their two daughters were recruited to the University of Southern California rowing team even though the pair did not participate in crew. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingLoughlin, 54, surrendered to FBI agents early Wednesday after returning from Vancouver, where she was filming. Judge Steve Kim told the star in setting her bail that she would still be allowed to travel for work as long as the court was made aware of her plans. The couple were among 50 people indicted on Tuesday in a scam to help children of the American elite gain entry into top US colleges. “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who has also been implicated in the scandal, was arrested by FBI agents at her home on Tuesday and later released on bail. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe 56-year-old actress and her husband William H Macy, the star of Showtime’s hit series “Shameless,” allegedly paid USD 15,000 for their eldest daughter to perform well on a college entrance exam. Macy was mentioned in the case but has not been charged. The ringleader behind the scam, William “Rick” Singer, who authorities say was paid about USD 25 million dollars to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities. Some of the universities targeted in the elaborate cheating scam include Yale, Stanford, UCLA and Georgetown. None of the schools or the students has been charged in the case. According to prosecutors, the accused parents paid a firm run by Singer as much as USD 6 million to cheat on college entrance exams for their children or to bribe coaches to help non-athletic students get scholarships. Others ensnared in the scandal include Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, who allegedly paid USD 75,000 to have his daughter’s test grades fixed. Also charged is William McGlashan, an executive at the investment group TPG Capital who specialized in technology investments. He allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure his son got into the University of Southern California as a student athlete. The scandal has lit up social media, with many poking fun and expressing anger at the wealthy parents indicted notably Loughlin and Huffman as well as their children. “CAPTION THIS: ‘It’s ok honey. We’ll get you in a college close to your mom’s prison so you can visit,” one Twitter user said in response to a picture Huffman had posted on Sunday of her daughter sitting on Macy’s lap and hugging him. Ben Dreyfuss, the son of veteran actor Richard Dreyfuss, quipped: “I got into college the old fashioned way: by letting my father’s celebrity speak for itself.” Another Twitter user said: “So what I’ve learned from #CollegeCheatingScandal is that rich kids are so stupid that they can’t get into colleges without cheating.” Olivia Jade Giannulli, one of Loughlin’s daughters, disabled comments on her Instagram posts on Wednesday after some of her 1.3 million followers lashed out against her. “Please do a video for how you prepared for the SATs,” read one comment. Another berated the young woman, who posted a video blog last year in which she said she didn’t care about school, for stealing a college spot from “another deserving student (who probably actually rows!!)…”last_img read more

Dy CM Sisodia issues standing order on allocation of power

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has issued a standing order stating that he will hold the power to create posts in government departments, PSUs and boards, and directed officers to bring important service matters to his notice.In February this year, the Supreme Court had given a split verdict on the contentious issue of who should control administrative services in Delhi and had referred the matter to a larger bench of the apex court. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn his order issued last month, Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said proposals involving major deviations from rules and precedents will be disposed of at the level of the finance minister. It stated that proposals for allotment of land free of cost or at concessional rates will be examined by the department’s deputy secretary or special secretary or top officers, but will be disposed of by the finance minister. On appeals to the Lieutenant- Governor under the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, Sisodia, in his order, said such matter will be examined by a joint secretary or special secretary, but the principal secretary will submit it to the L-G and the finance minister. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaFiles pertaining to this matter to the L-G will be routed through the finance minister, he said. “All important matters requiring policy decision may be brought to the notice of deputy CM/FM. “Where a proposal has the support of the minister of an administrative department and it is not considered proper to accord concurrence to the proposal, the case should be submitted through principal secretary to the finance minister,” Sisodia said in the order. According to him, pending decision of the Supreme Court in this regard, service matters in the domain of service department will be disposed of as per interim orders of the apex court but they will be brought to the notice of finance minister as specified in the schedule.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank staff saw suspicious activity by Trump Kushner

first_imgNew York: Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. The transactions, some of which involved Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, current and former bank employees told The New York Times on Sunday. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes. But executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice. The reports were never filed with the government. The nature of the transactions was not clear, but some of them involved money flowing back and forth with overseas entities or individuals, which bank employees considered suspicious, according to the employees. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The red flags raised by employees did not necessarily mean the transactions were improper. Banks sometimes opt not to file suspicious activity reports if they conclude their employees’ concerns are unwarranted. But the former employees said the decision not to report the Trump and Kushner transactions reflected the Deutsche Bank’s generally lax approach to money laundering laws. They said it was part of a pattern of the bank’s executives rejecting valid reports to protect relationships with lucrative clients. “You present them with everything, and you give them a recommendation, and nothing happens,” Tammy McFadden, a former Deutsche Bank anti-money laundering specialist who reviewed some of the transactions, told The New York Times. “It’s the D.B. way. They are prone to discounting everything.” McFadden said she was terminated last year after she raised concerns about the bank’s practices. Since then, she has filed complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators about the bank’s anti-money-laundering enforcement. In response to the development, Kerrie McHugh, a Deutsche Bank spokeswoman, said on Sunday the company had intensified its efforts to combat financial crime. An effective anti-money laundering programme, she said, “requires sophisticated transaction screening technology as well as a trained group of individuals who can analyze the alerts generated by that technology both thoroughly and efficiently”. Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, the umbrella company for the Trump family’s many business interests, said: “We have no knowledge of any ‘flagged’ transactions with Deutsche Bank.” She said the Trump Organization currently has “no operating accounts with Deutsche Bank”. Karen Zabarsky, a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies, said: “Any allegations regarding Deutsche Bank’s relationship with Kushner Companies which involved money laundering is completely made up and totally false…” This report comes after Trump and his family sued Deutsche Bank in April, seeking to block it from complying with the congressional subpoenas to reveal his tax returns. The President’s lawyers described the subpoenas as politically motivated.last_img read more

Survivors of Ugandan rebel massacres in DR Congo seek help from UN

“The level of casual brutality, the callous disregard for life and the treatment of women and children in particular are truly horrifying,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said on meeting the victims in Doruma town in north-eastern DRC. “The villagers have suffered dreadfully at the hands of the LRA.”Mr. Holmes, on the third day of a visit to eastern DRC, met with Congolese army commanders and the Ugandan People’s Defence Force, who are undertaking joint operations against the LRA, to emphasize the importance of placing the need to protect civilians at the centre of planning and operations, and of better communication about the risks to civilians and humanitarians.The Christmas massacres by the LRA triggered a wave of displacement from the villages around Doruma, a small border town seven kilometres from Sudan, tripling the population to 18,000. Attacks in this area left 364 dead with many more unaccounted for. LRA-related deaths in Orientale province are believed to have exceeded 850 since Christmas.UN agencies and partners are working with the local authorities, the military forces in the area, and the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, to expand humanitarian assistance and step up efforts to protect the local population. These efforts are constrained by the huge area where the LRA is operating, the difficult terrain and isolated locations, poor communications, and the threat still posed by the LRA, including on major roads.The survivors asked Mr. Holmes to ensure the arrest of LRA leader Joseph Kony, who has continually reneged on pledges to sign a peace agreement and has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity.“For those within the LRA who feel sickened by the raping, injury and murder of civilians, I urge you to lay down your arms,” Mr. Holmes said. “These innocent people have nothing to do with you and have done nothing to hurt you. The burden of the crimes of the LRA should not grow heavier.”The LRA has been present in the area around Duru in Haut Uele district since 2005, but had mostly refrained from attacks on civilians, particularly while the peace talks continued. However, between December 2007 and August 2008, LRA rebels committed grave attacks on populations in DRC, Central African Republic and South Sudan, killing, pillaging, raping and abducting adults and children. Last December the Governments of DRC, Sudan and Uganda launched joint military operations against the LRA in Haut Uele. Meanwhile, humanitarian agencies continue to tend more than 40,000 people uprooted by deadly LRA attacks in the Western and Central Equatoria states of South Sudan, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 9 February 2009Angry and traumatized survivors of massacres by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has killed nearly 1,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), today sought shelter, food, medicine – and justice – from the top United Nations relief official. read more

Maldives President unhurt following blast on boat

The president and the first lady were taken to IGMH. Police had cordoned off the road leading to the hospital’s emergency entrance. The president was due to speak to reporters at the presidential jetty in Male.Haveeru’s Ahmed Hamdhoon, who was at the jetty with fellow journalists, reported seeing the door of the speedboat, named “Finifenma” (Dhivehi for rose), burst open while it was about to dock at the jetty. A loud explosion was also heard at the time, he said. Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz Ali, meanwhile, confirmed to Haveeru that the president was unharmed. An “explosion” occurred aboard a Maldivian presidential speedboat Monday morning as President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim were returning to capital Male from the nearby airport island, haveeru.com reported.President Yameen and his spouse were travelling to Male from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), which is located on the nearby island of Hulhule. They returned home Monday morning after concluding their visit to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage. President Yameen was quickly transferred to an accompanying police speedboat and brought to Male.Police quickly cordoned off the area and reporters were barred from the jetty.Reporters at the scene, however, said individuals were rushed to the state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and privately managed ADK Hospital in an ambulance. The president’s security detail left the jetty along with the ambulance, suggesting that the president and the first lady were among those taken to the hospital. Identities of the president’s entourage aboard the speedboat are yet unclear. “The cause of the explosion is yet unknown. MNDF will comment on that after conducting a thorough investigation,” Shareef told the television station, adding that that first lady was undergoing tests at the hospital’s observation room.A Haveeru reporter at the ADK Hospital said the injured presidential bodyguard was among those brought to the hospital for treatment. He was, however, later transferred to IGMH.Videos shot following the explosion show the first lady lying down on a bench inside the speedboat. The president is seen leaning towards his injured spouse to help her, but his security detail quickly moved to transfer him to the accompanying police speedboat. The videos also show parliamentarian and coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance’s (MDA) leader Ahmed Siyam Mohamed and fisheries minister Mohamed Shainee, who had accompanied the president and the first lady on their visit to Saudi Arabia, helping the first lady as she lay on the bench. Mohamed Hussein Shareef, a minister at the President’s Office, told Haveeru the first lady, presidential secretary Fathimath Mohamed Solih and presidential bodyguard Abdu Nasir were the only victims. But all of them suffered minor injuries, he added.“The president didn’t suffer any injuries,” Shareef said.He later told state broadcaster Television Maldives (TVM) that the president, Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor and cabinet ministers were at IGMH. All the three victims suffered minor injuries, with the bodyguard sustaining the most serious injury, he said. read more

SHF apologies – EHF statement

← Previous Story Katarina Bulatović angry on Romanian coach Tadici: “You have to know what fair play means” Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012: Serbs or Czechs for two points – Sweden wants full package for Belgrade Following the match in the Women’s EHF European Championship between Serbia and Norway on 4 December 2012, the EHF was made aware of an incident or incidents in the match involving the Serbian coach, Saša Bošković, and Norwegian player, Linn Jørum Sulland.The EHF EURO 2012 Tournament Management has examined video footage from the game and considers the action of the coach in the match unacceptable.It is however evident that the media, through the selection of match scenes, has not presented a complete picture of the incidents.No action was taken during the match nor was a report made by the referees or the match delegate.There were also no official complaints received by the EHF.Under the existing regulations, no disciplinary action procedures have been initiated following the match.The EHF EURO Tournament Management will, however, issue a statement to all delegations, referees and technical officials to the effect that such an action cannot be accepted and that officials must be vigilant for similar infringements during the course of the Women’s EHF European Championship.The EHF will revise the EHF EURO tournament regulations in the future in order that similar cases can be initiated by the Tournament Management.Before EHF media statement, Serbian handball Federation apologized because of act of NT coach, Saša Bošković. read more

DiscoverOrg buys competitor RainKing in ninefigure deal

first_imgVancouver market intelligence company DiscoverOrg will grow yet again, this time after buying Maryland-based competitor RainKing.The deal, announced Monday, was struck for an undisclosed sum. DiscoverOrg co-founder and CEO Henry Schuck told The Columbian it cost them “at least $100 million.”Besides eliminating a competitor, DiscoverOrg absorbs RainKing’s workforce, customers and proprietary software; and it also gains a wider reach into the East Coast market, Schuck said.“We’re two companies in a really similar space, and together we have a much bigger platform to grow, and we’re really excited about that opportunity,” he said.Both companies were founded in 2007 and have grown rapidly in the market intelligence world, scraping and researching highly focused customer data to be sold to clients.RainKing’s nearly 200 employees will be offered a chance to move to DiscoverOrg’s Vancouver offices, 805 Broadway, according to Schuck. Still, the new presence in Bethesda, Md., “is definitely beneficial” for the company’s strategies to grow in the East Coast. DiscoverOrg also has an office in Philadelphia.last_img read more

LIVE BLOG Congressional transportation hearing

first_imgA congressional committee is in Vancouver today taking testimony on the Columbia River Crossing and other transportation infrastructure projects. Anti-tolling activists, a new counter-group, BuildThatBridge.info and Cascade Bicycle Club are all expected to attend.The session is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m., with the first hour devoted to testimony from invited speakers, including Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and anti-toll crusader David Madore. The second hour will be open to public comment.The Columbian will post live updates here throughout the hearing. 11:05 a.m.: A couple dozen people are lined up to speak to members of the committee. Some are giving written comments to Herrera Beutler and DeFazio. Others just offered their thanks for holding the hearing in Vancouver.11 a.m.: The hearing is adjourned. 10:55 a.m.: Chairman Mica ended public comment. Five people had a chance to speak. He also recognized officials in the audience. They included: Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, County Commissioners Steve Stuart and Tom Mielke, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow, Washougal Councilman Paul Greenlee, Spokane County Commissioner (and Tom Mielke’s nephew) Todd Mielke and Ralph Munro, former Washington Secretary of State.10:53 a.m.: County Commissioner Tom Mielke’s number was drawn. Mielke said “I’m not against a new bridge, I’m against the bridge we’re proposing.”He continued: “I’d like to see a third bridge and a fourth bridge but not one where the corridor is already full.”10:45 a.m.: Mica is allowing audience members to speak. Each speaker will have 1 to 2 minutes. Herrera Beutler will draw tickets for speakers.last_img read more

Firefighters put out car fire in Coconut Grove

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Firefighters have extinguished a car fire in Coconut Grove.City of Miami Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Florida Avenue, just a few blocks away from a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, on Wednesday morning.7News cameras captured the van fully engulfed by flames.The fire was quickly put under control and no injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Committed to providing quality education not afraid of going to

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said he is committed to creating state-of-the-art infrastructure in government schools and will not step back even if he is sent to jail. His remarks come in the wake of allegations by BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari, who claimed that there was a Rs 2,000-crore “scam” in the construction of classrooms in Delhi government schools. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Citing a RTI reply, Tiwari had on Monday claimed that the AAP government constructed 12,782 classrooms at a cost of Rs 2,892 crore and this could have been done by spending just Rs 800 crore. At an inspection of a government school in Mandawali in East Delhi, Sisodia, who also handles the education portfolio, said the BJP’s Delhi unit was making “unfounded allegations” of corruption against the AAP government. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us He explained that Rs 2,892 crore included the cost of constructing of state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, laboratories, staircases, music rooms, libraries, corridors, playgrounds, swimming pools, toilets, water and electricity supply systems, waste water treatment systems among others. “The BJP doesn’t want that the kids of the poor people, who have migrated to the national capital from states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in search of livelihood, to get quality education… due to the fear that these students will start questioning them on the state of education in these states,” he said. Advertise With Us He said he was happy that his government was creating modern infrastructure to provide quality education to the children and the results prove it. “Delhi has a pass percentage of 95 per cent, no other state boasts of such an achievement. “We will spend Rs 25 lakh per room if that fulfils our objective of providing quality education to poor students. I am committed to it… even if somebody wants to send me to jail, I am not going to step back,” he said. He also claimed that “the Standing Committee of the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation recently came out with a proposal to construct 43 rooms in a school at a cost of Rs 10.73 crore, which means Rs 24.95 lakh per room”. “And, this estimate doesn’t include the cost of furniture, electricity fittings, water harvesting systems, sewage treatment plant, corridors, lab equipment etc. This means it is not the AAP but the BJP which is indulging in corruption,” he claimed. During the inspection, Ishika, a Class 12 student, had earlier said, girl students would bring mats to sit as there were no chairs and desks but “all of that has changed now”. A teacher said the staff would un-install fans and tubelights before summer vacations and re-install the after the classes reassembled. “We have got a boundary wall now and as a result, incidents of theft have come down. We would bring water bottles from home as there was no clean drinking water in schools. Now, we have revers osmosis systems installed on every floor,” she said.last_img read more

Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on March 8

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 429 points or 1.27 percent to close at 33,317 on Tuesday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Wednesday:1. Aegis LogisticsMotilal Oswal recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 303Current stock price: Rs 228About the company: Aegis Logistics distributes liquefied petroleum gas and provides logistics and terminalling services in the oil, gas and chemicals sectors. The company also manufactures and distributes oleochemicals and kerosene oil and provides chemical storage facilities.Stock Performance: The stock has jumped 13 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 63 times forward earnings. Aegis Logistics has a market capitalization of Rs 76 billion.2. DCB BankIndependent analyst Kunal Bothra recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 150Current stock price: Rs 157About the company: DCB Bank Limited is a full service commercial bank. The Bank offers consumer banking, commercial banking, and treasury operations.Stock Performance: The stock has edged up 2 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 20 times forward earnings. DCB Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 48 billion.3. State Bank of Indiamanasjaiswal.com recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 240Current stock price: Rs 246About the company: State Bank of India provides a wide range of banking and financial services to corporate, institutional, commercial, agricultural, industrial and individual customers throughout India. The bank also provides international banking to its Indian customers and has operations in other countries.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 9 percent in an year and has a market capitalization of Rs 2.1 trillion.4. Ashok LeylandAngel Broking recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 163Current stock price: Rs 141About the company: Ashok Leyland manufactures medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles, including buses, tractors, dumpsters, haulage trucks, fire engines, and defense sector vehicles. The Company also manufactures industrial & marine engines, ferrous castings and spare parts for automobiles. Ashok Leyland sells its products in India and abroad.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 57 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 26 times forward earnings. Ashok Leyland has a market capitalization of Rs 413 billion.5. Time TechnoplastINDSEC recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 224Current stock price: Rs 158About the company: Time Technoplast manufactures and sells technology based polymer products for a wide variety of industries.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 60 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 23 times forward earnings. Time Technoplast has a market capitalization of Rs 36 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more

Bangladeshi national killed in KL

first_imgA Bangladeshi national has been killed in Malaysia, reports The Star Online.Police are investigating the death following a fight off Jalan Imbi.Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said police received information about the fight at Jalan Walter Grenier at around 9.30am on Sunday.ACP Mohd Sukri said that when police arrived, the victim had already been taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) by an ambulance.He added that checks with HKL found that the victim had died.ACP Mohd Sukri said the victim was a 28-year-old Bangladeshi national.He said the cause of death and the motive for the incident are being investigated.Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the Dang Wangi police control centre at 03-26977099 or any nearby police station.last_img