Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday pitched for a ban on liquor across India, seeking to know why other States could not take the decision if Bihar and Gujarat could do so.“When Gujarat could implement a liquor ban, Bihar could show that it could also be banned in the State, why can’t it be banned in the entire country?” Mr. Kumar asked while addressing Janata Dal-United activists here. He sought to know from the Congress party and Left parties why they were not supporting the ban, adding that all religions disapprove of liquor consumption.
The Chhattisgarh High Court has expressed shock at the plight of an Adivasi man, who was forced to languish in jail for two and half years as the case files went missing. Taking note of the “exceptional circumstances”, the High Court granted bail to 62-year-old Raju, who was arrested on September 19, 2016.In his plea, Raju claimed that he was not the ‘Raju’ against whom a permanent warrant of arrest is in force since 2007. His counsel contended that he was arrested in a case of mistaken identity as the ‘Raju’ against whom a case was registered is the son of Vuddy Mourya whereas his father name is Pugdu.“We are also shocked to see that even though the present appellant (Raju) was arrested way back on September 19, 2016, since then only records are being traced,” the High Court remarked.However, after the High Court took cognisance of his bail plea, the files resurfaced.Murder caseIt revealed that a criminal case was registered against one Raju, son of Vuddy Mourya, along with several others who are alleged to be members of a naxalite organisation. They allegedly went to the house of one Asha Devi on March 9, 2007, and killed her.A trial was conducted against those who were arrested. Subsequently, the trial court acquitted 16 accused in the case. Meanwhile, one of the accused, Raju, remained absconding.During the hearing before the High Court, the State counsel argued that he was arrested about 11 years after the crime took place and as far as the identity part was concerned, it was a matter of consideration during trial.The High Court, while granting bail to Raju, ordered him to appear before the trial court as and when directed. It further directed that all the case document be sent to the NIA Court at Jagdalpur so that the trial against him may be conducted and completed at the earliest.
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A 65-year-old Goa-based artist, Shireen Mody, and her gardener were found dead on Sunday, the police said.According to the police, Mody was allegedly murdered by the gardener, who later succumbed to his injuries caused by a fall while he was trying to run away from the scene of crime.Mody, formerly from Mumbai, was running an art studio in Arpora village in North Goa district, where the incident took place on Sunday afternoon.“She was assaulted by her gardener Prafulla who hails from Assam. After hitting her with a heavy weapon in the storeroom of her house, he tried to run away but was injured after a fall,” said Navlesh Dessai, Inspector in-charge of the Anjuna police station. He later succumbed to his injuries, he added. While Mody was pronounced dead at the Goa Medical College near here, Prafulla was taken to a local district hospital where he was also declared dead. Both the bodies have been sent for post-mortem.Mr. Dessai said that according to the statements of the immediate neighbours, there were constant bickering and arguments between Mody and her gardener.Mr. Dessai said that CCTV footage recorded at the residence of the deceased artist shows the gardener running away from the scene of crime. A case of murder has been registered at the Anjuna police station.
India’s hockey team claimed a 3-1 victory over Canada to move to the third spot in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Sunday.India, coming into the match with a 1-5 defeat against world champions Australia, caught a flying start with forward Nikkin Thimmiah scoring in the third minute. Keegan Pereira, however, made it 1-1 for Canada in the 23rd minute.Later drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh gave India the lead in the 41st minutes before forward Talwinder Singh sealed the game in India’s favour with just three minutes left on the clock.With this win, India have six points — two more than fourth-placed Canada. Australia are on top of the table with three wins from as many games — they thrashed Pakistan 4-0 earlier in the day. New Zealand, who saw off Japan 4-1, are second on the table with eight points from four matches.Rolant Oltmans’ India had been criticised for poor show in the two matches so far, albeit they have a young team, bereft of at least six settled players.However, on Sunday, they turned out in style, right from the push-back. A brilliant pass by Rupinder Pal Singh split the Canadian defence open to allow Ramandeep Singh who set up Nikkin for a simple tap in the third minute.Chinglensana Singh had another attempt — a superb reverse hit saved by the goalkeeper to ensure Canada went into the 150-second break just a goal down.The Canadians responded strongly in the second quarter, coming back and matching India strength for strength. Even the statistics showed that.advertisementCanada’s best showing came in the second quarter as they managed a massive seven circle penetrations, and 50 percent of the possession. Appropriately, they scored the equaliser with six minutes of the quarter remaining via Pereira. The two teams walked into half-time level at 1-1.Rudely awakened, India did not allow any such lapses in concentration in the second half as they came out looking to close the match strongly.Having not been awarded a single penalty corner in the first half, India managed to win one ten minutes into the third quarter and duly converted it in style. India’s young drag-flicker Harmanpreet scored his second goal of the tournament to give India the lead.India did not let up in the fourth quarter, controlling the possession and had seven circle penetrations in the final period. In contrast, Canada managed a solitary penetration in the entire period. Another penalty corner by India was saved smartly by Canada.The quarter saw a brilliant solo effort by captain Sardar Singh hit the post. Winning the ball in midfield, Sardar stormed down almost 50 yards before trying a reverse flick that hit the post and bounced back only to be cleared by the Canadian defence.Not too long later though, India ensured the result did not change after a Sardar cross, and a Chinglensana mishit, left Talwinder with the clearest of chances inside the box to extend India’s lead to 3-1 and ensured they took home the points.
Aizawl, Dec 15 (PTI) Portfolios were allotted to the 12 members of the Mizoram council of ministers on Saturday. Chief Minister Zoramthanga will hold charge of finance, political and cabinet, planning and program implementation, general administration, vigilance, public works and horticulture departments, a government notification here said. Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia was allotted public health engineering, urban development and poverty alleviation, animal husbandry and veterinary and department of personnel and administrative reforms. R Lalthangliana was allocated health and family welfare, higher and technical education and commerce and industries departments, the notification said. Former speaker Lalchamliana was given home, taxation and disaster management and rehabilitation departments while R Lalzirliana was allotted power and electricity, art and culture, land resources, soil and water conservation and district council affairs departments, it said. C Lalrinsanga was allocated agriculture, irrigation and water resources and cooperation departments. Other than the five cabinet ministers, six ministers of state were also sworn-in. K Lalrinliana was given food, civil supplies and consumer affairs, local administration and fisheries departments while Lalchhandama Ralte was allocated school education, labour, employment and skill development, entrepreneurship and printing and stationery departments, the notification said. Lalruatkima was given rural development, land revenue and settlement and information and public relations and K Beichhua got social welfare, excise and narcotics and sericulture departments. T J Lalnuntluanga, a first time legislator and advocate who defeated former chief minister Lal Thanhawla in Champhai South seat, was allotted law and judicial, parliamentary affairs, transport and environment and forests departments, it said. Robert Romawia Royte, another first-timer and president of the Aizawl Football Club (ACF) which bagged the prestigious I-League trophy in 2016, was allocated sports and youth services, tourism and information and communication departments, the notification said.advertisement Election to the 40-member Mizoram assembly had taken place on November 28 and Mizo National Front had won 26 seats. The Congress, which had been in power for the past two terms, was routed in the state, winning just five seats. PTI HCV KK KK INDIND
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has heaped rich praise on Eoin Morgan’s side, likening them to the “great Aussie side” of the early 2000s.England have been a dominant force in ODI cricket ever since they came up with a complete rejig after the 2015 World Cup wherein they were knocked out in the group stages after just 2 wins from 4 matches.Under Eoin Morgan, England have transformed into a powerhouse in ODI cricket. Having scored 11 300-plus scores since the 2015 World Cup, England have been boxing out oppositions with their batting might.Even without Alex Hales, who has been dropped from the World Cup squad after a failed drug test, England have a strong top-order with Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy featuring in it.With Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Joe Denly in the middle-order, England are firm favourites to win their maiden World Cup title, this year at home.Talking up Eoin Morgan’s side, Kevin Pietersen wrote on Twitter: This England ODI side is like that great Aussie side…if Hayden didn’t get you, then Ponting would & if they missed out, Gilchrist would. This England team, the same, Roy, Bairstow, Buttler etc SOOOOO good!”This England ODI side is like that great Aussie side…if Hayden didn’t get you, then Ponting would & if they missed out, Gilchrist would.This England team, the same, Roy, Bairstow, Buttler etc…SOOOOO good!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) May 15, 2019Pietersen’s comments came after England made light work of a 349-run target against Pakistan in the third ODI of a five-match series in Bristol on Tuesday.advertisementJonny Bairstow and Alex Hales added a 150-plus opening stand in no time and England built on it wonderfully well to gun down the target in just 44.5 overs.Jonny Baitsow smashed 128 from just 93 balls to make sure England sealed an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.England had won the 2nd ODI against Pakistan on May 11 after posting 373 runs on the board in 50 overs. Jos Buttler smashed 110 from just 55 balls, hitting 9 sixes and 6 boundaries to bat Pakistan out of the contest.Also Read | Vijay Shankar on No. 4 role at World Cup 2019: Team management’s trust most important thingAlso Read | For MS Dhoni, Team India is above everything else: Virat KohliAlso Read | Jonny Bairstow talks up IPL experience after demolishing Pakistan attack in 3rd ODIAlso See:
Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the Government expects some major investments to arise from his recent trips to China and Singapore. “As early as next month, we expect exploratory visits from at least three companies out of China, with at least one of them expressing a strong desire to establish a strategic partnership in locating their regional hub in Jamaica,” Mr. Hylton disclosed. He was speaking at a press conference at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Thursday (November 15), where he gave an update on the mission, which took place from October 25 to November 7. The Minister said that by engaging China and Singapore early in Jamaica’s plans for a logistics hub, some solid partnerships have been secured. “This is underpinned by the fact that Jamaica will become an integral component in the international transshipment industry, as it will represent one of only two ports expected to be ready upon completion of the expansion of the Panama canal in 2015,” he added. Mr. Hylton pointed out that there is “strong agreement and acceptance” regarding the opportunities and benefits to be obtained by the expansion of the Panama canal for both China and Jamaica. He said the strategic benefit that could accrue to both countries, with the development of a global logistics hub in the island, was acknowledged. Turning to Singapore, he informed that the mission had benefitted from in-depth presentations on Singapore’s port systems and operations, which provided useful insight on modern practices and a grasp of global standards which exist in the logistics industry. Additionally, presentations were made on the country’s tax structure, which supports its transshipment operations. “To top it off, the Singaporean government expressed is willingness to offer us a range of technical support, given their own experiences and well developed expertise,” he noted, adding that the Port of Singapore Authority had also indicated its interest in exploring opportunities in the further development and operations at Jamaica’s ports. The purpose of the mission was to meet with counterpart Ministers in China and Singapore, with a view to deepening commercial and industrial relations between Jamaica and those countries; engage potential investors and promote investment opportunities in the proposed logistics hub and other sectors in Jamaica; as well as to gain insight and greater perspective on the development of Jamaica’s logistics industry. Mr. Hylton said that these objectives were successfully achieved, as the mission team was able to complete a packed itinerary targeting potential investors across all focus sectors, and to present specific opportunities for investing in Jamaica The Minister’s team included JAMPRO President, Sancia Bennett Templer; Chairman of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica, Clive Fagan; and Chairman of the Logistics Taskforce, Dr. Eric Deans.
zoom The combined unions of dockworkers in Germany, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Belgium as well as the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) met in Rotterdam today to discuss the threats of overcapacity and on-going automation of terminals.Dockworkers’ unions in the so-called ‘Hamburg-Le Havre Range’ will also examine the expansion of global terminal operator DP World in Europe during this two-day meeting. The parties will look into possible ways of improving the industrial relationship between DP World and labor unions, as well as seek to develop a strategy to force the port operator to start talks about a collective bargaining agreement for the workers at all of their 5 terminals in the Range.Seaports are facing numerous challenges from changes in container shipping and extra terminal capacity being built in many northern European ports.Already many terminal operators are functioning below full utilisation and fail to realise their investments in their new, state-of-the-art terminals.Throughout the Range, ports are pushed into hefty competition, enticing shipping companies with ever-lower prices and higher discounts, further undermining the financial stability of terminal operators and endangering the working conditions of dockworkers, ETF claims.At the same time, automation leads to a decline in employment. Some indicate that Rotterdam, with its high levels of automation, may lose up to 20% of the jobs in its port industry, according to ETF.
VANCOUVER – The union representing postal workers wants Canada Post to release the number of community mailboxes that have been broken into across the country.Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said he’s frustrated by the Crown corporation’s unwillingness to share how frequently mail theft occurs.“We know it’s a problem and we know it’s a big problem,” Palecek said Monday in an interview. “We’re trying to find out how big so we can look for solutions.”The union has campaigned for the restoration of door-to-door service since the former Conservative government announced in 2013 it would be cutting the service. The Liberals campaigned in the last federal election to restore home delivery, and the results of a review into the future of Canada Post are expected to be released later this year.Palecek said that while exact numbers are unavailable, anecdotal reports from postal workers indicate that mail sent to between 1,500 and 4,000 addresses in Richmond, B.C., is being held.That could be for a variety of reasons, including break-ins to apartment panels or damaged community mailboxes, he said.“We’re just trying to know what we’re dealing with here. This should be a simple question.”Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton disputed the union’s claims, saying there are only 1,000 townhomes in Richmond that are without postal service, and none of them receive mail via community mailboxes.All of those addresses are part of a single development where private mailboxes were vandalized and have yet to be repaired, he said, adding that the boxes are the responsibility of the residents association.“We take security of the mail very seriously,” Hamilton said, adding that Canada Post does not release statistics on mailbox theft or vandalism because of security concerns.“We work with police so there’s no secret. It’s just we don’t provide those publicly.”Canada Post doesn’t want to encourage thefts and doesn’t discuss security measures it puts in place, he said.Home delivery started to be phased out in 2015, but the Liberals stopped the process pending the review of Canada Post’s operations.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland wants to re-examine Canada’s legislation to join a global arms control treaty after criticism that it gave her too much power, says the Liberal head of the committee studying the bill.Liberal MP Bob Nault said Freeland also wants to take a second look at another heavily criticized portion the bill: that it contains a loophole that could lead to weapons flowing to countries with poor human rights records.The House of Commons foreign affairs committee, which Nault chairs, is studying the bill, which would allow Canada to join the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty aimed at regulating the trade of a wide range of armaments from handguns to tanks.Groups such as Amnesty International have urged the government to amend the bill to close a loophole they say would allow Canada to sell arms to the United States, with no assurances they could not then be transferred to countries that abuse human rights, including Saudi Arabia.Alex Neve, Amnesty’s Canadian secretary general, testified that the proposed bill isn’t strong enough to prevent “diversion” of its U.S.-bound exports to rights abusing countries.He said a recently released U.S. Department of Defence audit found that it could not account for $1 billion worth of U.S. weapons, including tens of thousands of assault rifles, hundreds of mortar rounds and hundreds of armoured vehicles exported to Kuwait and Iraq.Nault said he recently discussed the issue with Freeland and “she’s quite prepared to look at some amendments.”“We’re hearing that people feel we can do a better job, we can do more,” Nault added.Peggy Mason, head of the Rideau Institute think tank, told the committee the bill gives too much discretion to the foreign affairs minister to approve arms exports. Human rights groups say the problem with that was exemplified last year when former foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion approved export permits for a large chunk of the controversial $15-billion sale in light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.She said that a “key step in bringing Canada into line with the ATT involves placing hard limits on this discretion.”Nault said a committee meeting set for Thursday was postponed so the government could take a closer look at amendments put forth by the NDP to potentially strengthen the bill.The government didn’t want to use its majority on committee to force passage of the bill, he added.Helene Laverdiere, the New Democrat foreign affairs critic and committee member who proposed amendments, said she is happy with the decision to postpone hearings so the government can contemplate changes.“It’s better than outright refusal,” she said. “But we have to wait to see what they come back with.”The former Conservative government kept Canada out of the UN treaty because it feared it was a back door way to bring back the federal gun registry, which it abolished in 2012 as the fulfillment of a long-standing election promise to its rural base of supporters.Nault said he doesn’t believe the treaty contains any provision that would affect lawful gun ownership in Canada. But he added he is “comfortable we could put some language in there to assure domestic gun owners that this would have no impact on them.”
Some of the greatest names from the worlds of fashion, art and music attended the British Heart Foundation’s Tunnel of Love fundraiser at the Victoria and Albert Museum earlier this month to raise money for their fight against heart failure.Video: Tunnel of Love 2015The event was fronted by British model Amber Le Bon and Youtube sensation Jim Chapman, with other guests including fashion vlogger Tanya Burr, model Millie Mackintosh, blogger Niomi Smart, TV presenter Angela Scanlon and Ladies of London star Marissa Hermer.High-profile artists in attendance included Gavin Turk and novelist Anthony Horowitz OBE.Pixie Lott took to the stage during the evening, with Lilah Parsons hitting the decks to get the party started followed by Billy Clark taking the later DJ slot.Hugh Edmeades, Christie’s International Director of Auctioneering, conducted the live auction which raised almost £70,000 for life saving research. The star prize of the evening was the chance to feature in Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock book – and two parts were auctioned for an incredible £23,000.The chance to have a portrait painted by Humphrey Ocean RA went for an incredible £11,000 and a week in a private house in Barbados raised £10,000.Guests also had the chance to bid on unique lots, including Kylie Minogue’s couture dress; a sought-after photograph of the Rolling Stones from 1968; a mentoring day to see inside workings of a top London fashion magazine and flowers for a year from Absolute Flowers and Home.Guests enjoyed Boujis cocktails during the canapé reception and a sumptuous three course meal by Zafferano accompanied by William Hardy Chardonnay and Shiraz.After dinner, guests played games including The Shoopla by Rayne Shoes, the Designer Bag Raffle and Perfume Roulette and Boujis hosted an after party.All proceeds from the event will help raise funds for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: “It was such an incredible evening and we’re so grateful to everyone who came for making it such an unforgettable night.“The money raised will help our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and specifically a new ground-breaking Institute to drive forwards our mission to find a cure for heart failure.”
Willow Fiddler APTN National NewsBarbara Kentner, an Indigenous woman who was seriously injured after being hit by trailer hitch thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, has died, according to her sister.Melissa Kentner said Tuesday that her sister Barbara Kentner died this morning shortly after 5 a.m.“I heard her take her last breath,” said Melissa Kentner, who was with her sister when Barbara Kentner was hit by a trailer hitch thrown by a passenger in a moving car on Jan. 28.Thunder Bay police initially charged Brayden Bushby with aggravated assault following the incident.Melissa Kentner, left, with her sister Barbara Kentner on June 27, 2017, St. Joseph’s Hospital, hospice unit. Willow Fiddler, APTNMore to come
The motive behind the shooting was not known. (Colombo Gazette) A man was killed by gunmen travelling on a motorcycle in Gampaha this morning, the Police said.The Police said the 65-year-old man was shot at in Kehelbaddara in Gampaha and he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after the bodies of roughly 20 coyotes were found on a farm. A resident called police at 8:16 p.m. Friday after making the grisly discovery in Norfolk County.The resident reported that they had located the deceased animals in a heavily wooded area on the farm.Police did not say how the animals died or how long they had been there.Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to contact the OPP.