Amritsar survivors, families recall night of horror

first_imgA WhatsApp photograph of a head flashed on Vijay Kumar’s phone screen at 3 am Saturday, confirming his worst fears — his 18-year-old son Manish was one of the revellers mowed down by a train while they were watching Ravan’s effigy burnt the evening before. His younger son, Ashish, returned safely from the festivities, said Kumar, but the frantic search for Manish ended with that ‘ping’ on his phone. He has since been roaming from hospital to hospital looking for the remains of his elder son. It was a night of unspeakable horrors, said the father, aware that his son was decapitated when the train hurtled through the tracks, killing 61 people and injuring more than 70. A leg was found and one hand, but they are not Manish’s. “My son was wearing blue jeans. This one is not wearing blue jeans. I have lost my world,” an inconsolable Kumar said outside the Guru Nanak Hospital, attached to the Government Medical College, where most of the 70 who were injured on Friday evening have been taken. Stunned into silenceAs people milled around the hospital compound, some stunned into silence by the enormity of the tragedy that felled their loved one and others holding back tears, the injured were inside, grappling with their wounds and trying to piece together what had happened. Among them was Sapna, who was on a WhatsApp call with her husband Satender to relay the ‘Ravan Dahan’ event live to him, when the accident took place. The 30-year-old, who suffered head injuries, said she saw body parts scattered around the tracks and a severed head. “When the effigy was set afire, people started moving away from the stage and towards the tracks,” she said, recalling the minutes before tragedy struck.Stampede-like situation As a train approached the area, people tried to clear the tracks and move towards another line, leading to a stampede-like situation. Moments later, another train came from the opposite direction at a high speed and ran over the crowds. She said they could not hear sound of the horn due to the sound of the bursting crackers. “The train driver should have noticed the crowd as there was light and people were holding their mobile phones up to record the event,” Sapna said. Sapna lost her cousin and her one-year-old niece, who she said were not killed crushed by the train but in the stampede that ensued. The baby was flung on the stones and the mother was probably trampled to death by the crowds trying to flee. Jagunandan, a 40-year-old wage labourer from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh who has suffered injuries in the head and leg, said he was not standing near the tracks but was pushed as people started running away from the main stage after the Ravan effigy was set afire. The father of four was brought to hospital by a relative, who accompanied him to the event. Seven-year-old girl Khushi, who accompanied her mother Paramjit Kaur for the festivities, remains in a state of shock on her hospital bed. Khushi, who also fell close to the tracks, was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state. She lies wordless in her hospital bed. She, too, fell close to the tracks. Recounting the horror momentsRecounting the minutes before the disaster, most of the injured said they could not hear the horn of the approaching train. They said another train had passed moments earlier. The sound of the firecrackers as the effigy came down, the train heading at a high speed led to commotion, triggering a stampede like situation, they said. Motilal, a 35-year-old daily wager from Bihar’s Gopalganj district who is undergoing treatment for chest injuries at the civil hospital, said, “I was standing on one side of the tracks. Suddenly, people started running and I fell down. Everything happened in a fraction of a second, giving very little time to people to react.” Sandeep, a 23-year-old resident of Amritsar, suffered serious head injuries and was admitted to the civil hospital. Her husband, Jitendra, a daily wager, said his wife, their two children and father-in-law had gone to watch ‘Ravaan dahan’ “The train came at the speed of light and it led to a stampede-like situation as there was a large crowd present on the spot,” he said, adding his six-year-old daughter, three-year-old son and father-in-law died in the rush. Dr. Rakesh Sharma, professor in-charge at the Gurunanak Hospital’s surgery unit, said 20 people were brought dead there. Most of the injured people suffered injuries in the head and legs. Dr Mayank said, “Most of the injured belong to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 80-90 doctors have been put on emergency duty and they are working round-the-clock.” “Some of the injured have been admitted to private hospitals and PGI, Chandigarh,” he said. Mayank said the Gurunanak Hospital is facing a shortage of ventilators in the ICU.last_img read more

Four Complaints of Visa Fraud Registered in Punjab

first_imgFour separate police complaints related to visa fraud were filed by victims at Mohali, Punjab. The complainants allege that travel agents took considerable amounts of money from them on the pretext of providing visa, which never materialized.Eight travel agents have been named in the four cases, according to the Times of India. They have been booked by the police for fraudulence under the Punjab Travel Professionals’ Regulation Act- 2014 and the Immigration Act. One of the agents was arrested by the police in Mohali.The cases involved the agents allegedly duping visa aspirants for a minimum of Rs 1 lakh. Shekhar Raidy, a Hyderabad resident, was allegedly cheated of Rs 15.63 lakh. Raidy complained against Davinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh of Global IT Service and Placement, and said that he gave the amount to them for getting a work visa to Australia, the report added.He added in his complaint that neither was he sent to Australia nor did he get his money back from the agents. The police booked the duo under sections of Indian Penal Code related to forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy, among others.In another case, Avtar Singh of Hoshiarpur accused Davinder Singh of Silver City Themes for visa fraud of Rs 4 lakh. The victim submitted before the police that he paid the amount to Davinder Singh for getting a visa to South Africa, which never came.Similarly, a resident of Una, Punjab, registered a complaint against three persons of Paper Way Immigration Consultancy for duping him of Rs 1 lakh on the pretext of providing a visa. The complainant said that Amit Kumar, Harry and Harman of the agency had promised to arrange a visa of Canada for him, which turned out to be false.In an another incident, police raided an immigration agency named Best Hand Immigration Consultancy and arrested its owner Pradeep Kumar for running the center without license. He was booked under Section 420, 120-b of IPC and Section 24 of Immigration Act, as per the publication.Recently, the Australian High Commission had warned visa aspirants against a new visa scam allegedly perpetrated by a Delhi-based firm, after over 50 persons contacted the embassy, claiming that they paid considerable amounts to an agency to get Australian visa. Related ItemsPunjabvisa fraudlast_img read more

Rampaging Kings seek IPL glory, resilient KKR stand in way

first_imgThe focus has remained firmly on cricket this time around and in what seems to be the perfect finale, the season’s most consistent team Kings XI Punjab would eye a maiden triumph against the ever-resilient Kolkata Knight Riders in the title clash of the seventh Indian Premier League here on Sunday.After a few controversy-marred seasons, the IPL organisers can finally heave a sigh of relief with the ongoing edition passing off rather smoothly.Having cracked a 58-ball 122 that paved the way for KXIP’s entry into their first IPL final, veteran opener Virender Sehwag along with Glenn Maxwell and David Miller will be the biggest threat for KKR, who will bank on their strong bowling unit, led by Sunil Narine.Players from both sides will have their job cut out as they will look to gift their owners Shah Rukh Khan and Priety Zinta, who had played on-screen lovers in Bollywood film Veer-Zaara, the trophy.Unlike Kolkata, who have won the title once before, Punjab have never been a part of the finals.For Kolkata, to repeat the feat of lifting the trophy for the second time, however, will be a daunting task considering the opponents they are faced with.Kolkata will also have to cope with Maxwell, who is among the top run-getters this season.Boasting of a strong middle-order in Miller, Manan Vohra, skipper George Bailey and Wriddhiman Saha, KXIP should not worry too much about Maxwell’s lean patch of late.The 25-year-old Australian will like to take a leaf out of his 90-plus run knocks in Abu Dhabi and Cuttack in the group stage of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

WTA Finals: Kiki Bertens Stuns World Number One Ash Barty

first_imgShenzhen: Late entry Kiki Bertens stunned world number one Ashleigh Barty with a comeback three-set victory to shake-up the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen Tuesday.The world No.10 looked in deep trouble at a set and break down, but turned the tide with ruthless returning and aggressive play at the net to overwhelm a deflated Barty, who could have sealed a spot in the semi-finals with victory. Bertens won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes in a see-saw match featuring 12 breaks of serve.”In the beginning I did not play well but I think I got better and I tried to play aggressive and come to the net,” Bertens said after.Bertens was a late replacement for world No.3 Naomi Osaka, who earlier in the day withdrew from the round-robin tournament due to a shoulder injury.She appeared nervous under the bright lights dropping her first three service games and Barty, who has locked up the year-end number one ranking, pounced to run away with the first set.Barty then endured her own service woes against an increasingly aggressive Bertens, who showcased soft touch at the net.A slumping Barty had her serve broken five times through the second and third sets as Bertens stormed to her first victory over the Australian.Bertens continued her strong form after making the finals in Zhuhai last week and the semi-finals of the China Open earlier in the month, when she lost a three-set thriller to Barty.Bertens, who made the semi-finals of last year’s edition, has to win both her matches to qualify from Red Group.Belinda Bencic needs to win the later match against Petra Kvitova to stay in the tournament. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ash BartyAshleigh Bartykiki bertenstennis First Published: October 29, 2019, 10:26 PM ISTlast_img read more

Mumbai Indians reign supreme: IPL 2015 recap

first_imgMumbai reign supreme: After a poor start to the eighth edition, Mumbai Indians went won win their second title of the Indian Premier League, joining Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders as most successful teams in the tournament history.Mumbai had masters of cricket — Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble — in their coaching staff.They defeated CSK in the final. However, two major teams — CSK and Rajasthan Royals — suffered major blows when they were suspended for two editions for spot-fixing scandal after the tournament had ended.last_img read more

All England 2019: Gopichand banks on Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth to end title drought

first_imgHe was the last to win the All England Championship for India and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand Monday hoped that one of the three prodigal talents he has shaped will end the 18-year-old title drought at the event this year.”I hope that we have one of our players win the All-England tournament this time around. We have had good performances by Saina (Nehwal), (P V)Sindhu and (Kidambi) Srikanth has also been in good form. I do expect that we will have a good performance in this year’s All-England,” Gopichand told PTI.”Going in Saina has just won the Indonesian Open and Sindhu has also done well. So, I think both of them can do well at the All England as well. Hopefully, we will have some good performances from our players. It is almost 18 years now and I hope that this year we can break the jinx.”Gopichand had claimed the All England Championship in 2001, more than two decades after Prakash Padukone became the first Indian to achieve the feat in 1980.Srikanth, who had clinched four titles in 2017, endured a title-less season last year and Gopichand said he expects the Indian to do well this year.”Srikanth has played well. He is somebody whom I expect will do well in the year,” he said.Also Read | Marriage has been a lucky charm: Saina NehwalAlso Read | All England Championships will not be easy even without Carolina Marin: PV SindhuAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury scare ahead of Afghanistan match

first_imgAll-rounder Vijay Shankar is the latest to suffer an injury scare in the Indian camp after being hit on toe during a rain-hit training session on Wednesday.During Wednesday’s training, a Jasprit Bumrah yorker hit Shankar flush on his toes and he was apparently in pain.However, a team source informed PTI that there’s nothing to worry as of now.”Yes, Vijay was in pain but it has subsided by the evening. Hopefully, there’s nothing scary,” the source said.Shankar is one of the designated No 4 batsmen in this Indian line-up although he is being used as a floater.Shankar is also a handy medium pacer who got a couple of important wickets against Pakistan including skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.With Shikhar Dhawan already ruled out of the tournament due to thumb fracture and Bhuvneshwar Kumar out for two games due to a hamstring strain, Shankar’s injury will only increase tension for the team management.As of now Bhuvneshwar will not be bowling for eight days and will only be in contention for the England game (June 30) in Birmingham.The team management, just like in Dhawan’s case, is confident that Bhuvneshwar will be available during the business end of the tournament.While the team management and the BCCI dilli dallied in giving a proper picture with regards to Dhawan’s injury, they are still maintaining that it is a left hamstring stiffness and not a tear for Bhuvneshwar.In case of a hamstring tear, there will be very little chance of a comeback for Bhuvneshwar in the World Cup.advertisementWhile Khaleel Ahmed, the stand-by pacer is with the team, in worst case scenario if Bhuvneshwar has to be replaced, the team management can fall back on veteran Ishant Sharma as he is also on the list.Also Read | Show must go on: Shikhar Dhawan says in emotional message after being ruled out of World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggleAlso Seelast_img read more

‘Everything we wished for’: boyhood memories of the first Cricket World Cup final

first_imgThe Observer features Read more Topics Share on Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Cricket World Cup 2019: team-by-team guide The World Cup final was quite an occasion, with 26,000 people packed into Lord’s. The players were wearing whites, with no names or numbers on their backs. The bowling was opened, for Australia, by Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, a pair to strike fear into any opponent, yet no batsman felt the need for a helmet. Clive Lloyd of West Indies made a match-winning hundred wearing glasses. The past is another planet.It was 21 June 1975, and reader, I was there. I was 12, which may be the perfect age to be taken to your first big sporting event: tall enough to see, old enough to know what’s what, young enough to have an autograph book. My brother Charlie, who was 14, had caught the cricket bug and passed it on to me. Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Cricket Cricket World Cup 2019 Share on Messenger Australia cricket team A brief history of the Cricket World Cup Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Somehow the tournament fell into place. The weather smiled and there was live coverage on BBC television, squeezed in before Wimbledon. The 15 games were all done and dusted in 15 days. The only thing that went wrong, to schoolboy eyes, was that England were demolished in the semi-final by an unknown Australia swing bowler called Gary Gilmour.The final was everything we could have wished for. West Indies piled up 291 for eight, which seemed colossal. Australia kept in touch with the run rate and might well have won had they not suffered five run-outs, three of them to the-then little-known Viv Richards. The Wisden Almanack, unused to all this newfangled excitement, attributed them to Alvin Kallicharran.Decades later, I came to love a song by Leonard Cohen called Waiting For The Miracle. “I haven’t been this happy,” Cohen sings, in his magnificent monotone, “since the end of World War II.” That’s how I’ll feel on Sunday morning, joining Rob Smyth to write the Guardian’s over-by-over coverage. I haven’t been this excited (by sport) since that day in 1975. I’ll be thinking of Charlie, who died in 2014. And feeling about 12. Our dad was a member of MCC and had secured tickets for the final, which cannot have been pricey because the official receipts were £66,950, £2.50 per head. He had only a moderate interest in cricket but his father had played for Leicestershire and he liked the fact that an immoderate interest had shown up in his sons. The talent, alas, had decided to skip more than one generation. Like Lloyd, Charlie and I wore specs; unlike him, we were more in demand as scorers than players.We had been packed off to boarding school at eight, which, in sport as in many areas, was a mixed blessing. There were cricket pitches and nets on site and long summer evenings to practise your straight drive or pore over the first-class averages. But there was only one telly, firmly switched off on weekdays, and the place was run like an open prison, so it was difficult to go and see your heroes.In three years of cricket mania, Charlie and I had been to Lord’s once. It was a Test match, which was cool, but it was against New Zealand, who batted all day in their signature style: decidedly dour. We were with my mum, who sat there catching up with her correspondence. This may explain why Charlie and I became cricket writers.Just before the 1975 World Cup, a sleepy boarding-school Sunday suddenly burst into life. The headmaster offered to take a carload of boys to Lord’s to watch Middlesex play the Australians. We raced around the ground in our Aertex shirts, Thomson slung the ball like a human catapult and Rod Marsh hit a six into the road. This was more like it.A World Cup final was even better, and by a stroke of luck – or karma, after all that incarceration – it fell at half-term. It was our first one-day international, as it must have been for many people: it was only the 33rd ODI ever staged. Looking back, you can see the administrators making it all up as they went along. The official programme, which we insisted on buying, didn’t even say “World Cup”. The cover was headed “PRUDENTIAL CUP”. The editor, sensing that nobody would know what it was, added a subtitle: “International Championship Cricket”. The cover star was Sunil Gavaskar of India, who promptly wrote his name in World Cup history by batting through 60 overs against England for 36 not out. Share via Email West Indies cricket teamlast_img read more

Google Maps helps reunite father with his daughter after four months

first_imgNew Delhi: Google Maps helped police reunite a father with his 12-year-old daughter who had gone missing over four months ago in Delhi, officials said.The girl had taken an e-rickshaw near the Kirti Nagar furniture market in Holi on March 21, according to the police. When the minor did not get down at the metro station, the e-rickshaw driver asked her where she wanted to go, but she did not give any reply. He took her to the Kirti Nagar police station at 8.33 pm, a senior officer said. During an initial inquiry, the girl could not remember her house and just said she was from “Khurja” village and her father’s name was Jeetan, the officer said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice searched Khajuri Khas and Khureji areas of Delhi since their names are similar to the word ‘Khurja’, but could not find any records of missing complaints being filed. They took the girl to the nearby JJ colony, but no one could identify her. The girl, who is mentally-challenged, also said that she had travelled to Delhi by a train a couple of days ago with an uncle named ‘Pintu’. He took off her clothes in the train’s washroom and left her there when she started crying, police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn March 22, her medical examination was conducted and no sign of sexual assault was found. A case was registered under Section 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the POCSO acts. She was handed over to an NGO, the police said. The 12-year-old was taken to Khurja village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district by a police team on four different occasions, but they did not get any clue about her family, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bhardwaj said. “We kept trying to trace her family but could not get any lead. She was not being able to say the name of her village properly,” Bhardwaj said. “The police team had gone to Khurja several times, but no one could recognise her there.” When a police team was taking the girl to Khurja again on July 31, a senior officer asked her the names of nearby areas of her village. She said Sonbarsa was her mother’s village and there was a place called Sakapar near her village. Thereafter, with the help of Google Maps, the police got to know that in Uttar Pradesh’s Siddharthnagar district, there are villages with the name of Sakapar, Sonbarsa and “Kurja”. Later, her family was also traced by the police. On August 1, her father Jeetan, a native of Kurja village, came to Delhi from Gorakhpur, the police said. Jeetan said he brought his daughter to the capital for treatment at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS). The girl went missing on Holi from his sister’s house at JJ colony in Kirti Nagar, but he did not file any missing complaint, the police said. Jeetan, who works at a scrap factory in Delhi, said his wife, who lives at her parent’s house in Sonbarsa, was mentally-challenged and she had also gone to some random place around one-and-a-half years ago, according to the police. “Around three-four months later, she was traced in Ludhiana, Punjab. Similarly, he thought that police will find his daughter also.”last_img read more

Get ready for 11 days of musical festivities in the heart of

first_imgQUÉBEC – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) and Canadian Heritage(PCH) Advertisement PCH awarded $550,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) to support the programming for this 51st must-see song fest in Québec City.The FEQ is an international art and music event that has been offering rich and diverse programming for 51 years. Attracting concert-goers from Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, the United States and around the world, the Festival is an important pillar for tourism in the Québec City area.Quotes“Every year, the Festival d’été de Québec dazzles us with the quality of its diverse programming and the overall visitor experience. I am pleased about the Government of Canada’s support for the Festival, which shines a light on Québec City and the surrounding area, as well as the entire province, for Canadian, North American and foreign tourists. I wish all festival-goers a wonderful time!”The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Québec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development“Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors worldwide. By supporting events like the Festival d’été de Québec, we are showing our commitment to fostering growth in this industry and promoting the attractiveness of the cities that host them.”The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED“For more than 50 years, the Festival d’été de Québec has spared no effort in showcasing our talented artists, who express their art through a wide variety of musical styles. This major event is a perfect illustration of the cultural vitality that exists across the country.”The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“With the support from CED and PCH, the Festival has the means to fulfill its ambitions and further its development. This support is a significant factor in the event’s growth and sustainability and confirms the FEQ’s major contribution to the economy and to tourism development in Quebec and Canada.”Claude Doré, Acting Director General, FEQQuick factsCED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.This year marks the 50th anniversary of federal regional economic development in Quebec: half a century of concrete action dedicated to the development of the regions and local businesses.For more information on CED and its priorities, consult the 2018–19 Departmental Plan or visit www.dec-ced.gc.ca.PCH’s CAPF provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series and organizations that offer support to arts presenters. Through the CAPF, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities.The FEQ welcomes international superstars, rising stars and emerging artists in all musical styles. Street musicians also add a touch of colour to the Festival, not to mention the rich lineup of shows and activities for the family.During the FEQ’s 10-day run, more than 250 shows will be presented on 10 stages in the heart of Québec City.Every year, the FEQ welcomes over 350,000 participants and can boast that 11% of its festival-goers are day-trippers and 27% are tourists. The latter come from Quebec (50%), the other Canadian provinces (19%), the United States(13%) and other parts of the world (18%). The number of visitors from outside Quebec has been on the rise since 2015.Stay connectedFollow CED on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTubeFollow PCH on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr Follow the FEQ on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Snapchat The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Québec and Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced Government of Canada support for the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), which runs from July 5 to 15, 2018.CED’s non-repayable contribution of $1,260,000 was granted under the Quebec Economic Development Program to the Festival d’été international de Québec Inc. to help promote and market the 2017 and 2018 editions of the event outside Quebec through advertising, e-marketing and media relations. The assistance also went toward new additions to the Festival, such as spectacular street performances, urban structures and bracelets that create lighting effects. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

BJD to play big role in postpoll govt formation Naveen

first_imgBhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday claimed that the BJD will win all the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha and play a major role in government formation at the Centre in the coming elections in which no national party will be able to get a ajority.”No national party will be able to win majority in Lok Sabha election this time. BJD will have decisive role to play in formation of the next government at the Centre,” the Biju Janata Dal president said while formally kick starting his party’s poll campaign at a rally in Nayagarh. Claiming that the BJD will win all the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, Patnaik said this will give an opportunity for putting an end to the “historical injustice” meted out to the state. Assembly election is also scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases in Odisha next month. In 2014, BJD had won 20 out of the 21 Lok Sabha seats and 117 of the 147 assembly segments.last_img read more

EU court removes freeze on LTTE funds orders delisting

The European Union’s top court today removed the freeze on LTTE funds in EU countries and also ordered that the LTTE be removed from the EU’s terrorism list.The court said the EU had not produced any evidence to show that there was a risk of the Tamil Tigers carrying out attacks after its military defeat in 2009, the Reuters news agency reported. LTTE was added to the list in 2006. (Colombo Gazette) The EU terrorism list, created after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 and last updated in January, includes 13 individuals and 22 organizations, such as the Communist Party of the Philippines and Peru’s Maoist-inspired rebel group, Shining Path. “The Court of Justice therefore confirms the annulment of the continued freezing of the LTTE’s funds,” it said. read more

Halton police looking to identify suspect in break and enters

Halton police are looking to identity a male responsible for breaking into apartment buildings in Oakville.On April 24, just before 4 a.m. security camera caught a lone male prying open a side door and entering an apartment building.Once inside he used a grinder saw to access mailboxes and steal from a vending machine.Then just after 5 a.m. the same male was caught on security camera  entering another apartment building. He attempted to access the superintendent office and mailboxes but was unsuccessful.He’s described as, white, 30-35 years old, slim build, 5’10-6′ with dark hair. He was wearing black pants, black hoodie, white shoes, camouflage hat and carrying a grey backpack.Anyone with information is asked to contact 2 District, Criminal Investigations Bureau,  Detective Omar Nadim at 905-825-4747 ext. 2278. read more

Ford recalls nearly 44000 F150 trucks in Canada due to brake concerns

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 271,000 F-150 trucks, including close to 44,000 in Canada, due to concerns about their front brakes.The automaker says the recall, which affects 2013 and 2014 models, is being issued to replace the brake master cylinders.The company says in some cases, the effectiveness of the brakes can be reduced due to brake fluid leaking from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster, increasing the risk of a crash.The brake fluid leak does not affect rear-wheel braking.Affected vehicles include those equipped with 3.5-litre GTDI engines built at Ford’s truck plant in Dearborn, Mich., from Aug. 1, 2013, until Aug. 22, 2014, and at its Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant from Aug. 1, 2013, through Aug. 31, 2014.Ford says it is aware of allegations of nine accidents with no injuries, and one alleged injury in another case that did not stem from an accident.Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder at no cost to the customer and will replace the brake booster if they find leaks from the brake master cylinder. by Posted May 25, 2016 3:12 pm MDT Last Updated May 25, 2016 at 3:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ford recalls nearly 44,000 F-150 trucks in Canada due to brake concerns read more

Blackpad de RIM une tablette animée par QNX

first_imgBlackpad de RIM : une tablette animée par QNX ?Canada – RIM garde le mystère autour de sa tablette internet, surnommée Blackpad. La rumeur évoque néanmoins un système d’exploitation QNX pour l’outil du fabricant canadien.Prévu pour le mois de novembre, la tablette de Research in Motion fait planer le mystère. Seules quelques informations filtrent au compte-gouttes. L’appareil, qui devrait s’appeler Blackpad, pourrait selon Blommberg posséder un écran de 9,7 pouces et des connectivités Bluetooth et Wi-Fi. Concernant son système d’exploitation, après Google et son Android, c’est la firme QNX Software Systems qui est pressentie pour fournir l’OS. Cette société a été rachetée par RIM en avril. Le Blackpad devrait fonctionner en étroite liaison avec le Blackberry, notamment au niveau de l’accès internet.Le 20 août 2010 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fire District 3 hires fire marshal for city work

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Fire District 3 has hired a fire marshal to handle investigations, inspections and plan review within the city of Battle Ground, and fire safety education and prevention efforts in the district at large.Fire District 3 holds the contract for fire protection services in Battle Ground, and Fire Marshal Chris Drone, whose position is jointly funded by the district and city, will work with the city’s community development department, according to a news release from the city.Prior to coming to District 3, Drone worked in Vancouver as a city plans examiner and lead deputy fire marshal.Previously, Battle Ground contracted with Clark County for fire marshal services. The county will continue to handle fire investigation and inspection services, among other fire marshal duties, in the district outside of Battle Ground.last_img read more

Plaza de Panama back on track bids for restoration higher than estimated

first_imgPlaza de Panama back on track, bids for restoration higher than estimated Updated: 7:00 PM Steve Bosh Steve Bosh, January 23, 2019center_img Posted: January 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Last Friday, bids for a grand restoration of Balboa Park came in, and they are considerably higher than earlier estimates.About 40–percent higher for construction costs alone. The City is evaluating those bids which could determine whether or not this project goes forward.The Sam Diego City Council approved this project back in 2012 as a public-private partnership between the City of San Diego and the Plaza De Panama committee. But, it’s been delayed all these years by legal challenges.The City would contribute $49 million, and $30 million was pledged by philanthropist, Irwin Jacobs.Two other bids came in at $85 million and $105 million respectively. The City is currently evaluating those bids.With construction costs escalating by the month the committee will be lobbying the new council members to move forward with this partnership. Plaza De Panama board member, Jim Kidrick feels confident this project could get underway before this summer. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Athletes compete for childrens charities at 10th South Beach Triathlon

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Athletes’ endurance was put to the test for a good cause during the 10th annual Life Time Tri South Beach Triathlon, Sunday.Competitors swam through the ocean, biked through the streets and ran through the sand — all in the name of charity.Proceeds from the race benefit children in terms of relief and cancer research.Organizers said athletes traveled from more than 30 states and 31 countries to take part in the event. “It’s obviously the setting. It’s the only endurance event here on the Beach,” said organizer Scott Hutmacher. “All of these athletes racing through the palm trees, racing through the Art Deco District, running up and down the boardwalk, crossing the causeways. It’s really the most unique event in all of South Florida.”The South Beach Triathlon has raised more than $1.5 million for charity.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgMeredith Corp. announced that Judy Nolte is resigning as editor-in-chief of American Baby. Nolte’s day-to-day editorial responsibilities will be assumed by Dana Points, editor-in-chief of Parents.Daniel Eisenberg was promoted to executive editor of Time.com, overseeing the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Most recently Eisenberg served as the site’s features editor.Scientific American named Mariette DiChristina editor-in-chief, officially replacing John Rennie who left the magazine this summer. DiChristina, who had been serving as acting editor-in-chief, has become the eighth top editor in the magazine’s 164-year history and the first woman to assume the role.United Business Media’s Everything Channel appointed Kelley Damore as vice president and editorial director. Most recently, Damore served as editorial director at TechTarget. Previously, she spent nine years at UBM’s CRN magazine, serving as editor-in-chief from 1999 to 2002.Nearly two months after the shuttering of Gourmet, the magazine’s vice president and publisher Nancy Berger Cardone has resurfaced with the same title at Marie Claire. Cardone also spent eight years at Allure as VP/publisher.Former BusinessWeek editor-in-chief Stephen Adler was appointed to the newly-created position of senior vice president and editorial director of Thomson Reuters’ professional division. Adler announced his resignation from BusinessWeek in late October.Future US announced the appointment of three new editor-in-chiefs: Paul Curthoys will serve as e-i-c of Mac|Life, Logan Decker will serve as e-i-c of PC Gamer magazine, and Gary Steinman will serve as e-i-c of Playstation: The Official Magazine.Essence Communications named Colin H. Mitchell to the newly-created position of national director of magazine, digital and live event sales. Previously, Mitchell served as executive director of digital sales at Essence.com.Sun Coast Media Group’s Harbor Style magazine appointed Ann Wilcox as associate publisher. Wilcox previously was active in numerous community enrichment initiatives in the magazine’s hometown of Punta Gorda, Florida.Cynopsis Media’s Chuck Bolkcom has resigned as president and COO. In a separate move, Cynopsis named Wayne Roche director of business development and sales. Cynopsis, in partnership with the Merchant Banking division of HT Capital Advisors, publishes four entertainment trade publications. EGM Media Group, publisher of soon-to-relaunch Electronic Gaming Monthly, has announced three additions to its sales team as part of a partnership with media sales company AdPlayerz: former EGM national sales director Jeffrey Eisenberg will return to the magazine in the same capacity; John Abraham and Michael Eisenberg also will serve as national advertising sales directors.Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. named Elizabeth Mayhew vice president and editor-in-chief of brand content for the Woman’s Day Group, replacing senior vice president and e-i-c Jane Chesnutt. Formerly, Mayhew served as editorial development editor and style director at Real Simple and has contributed to House Beautiful and Southern Living. Her appointment is effective January 4.Leo Wolinsky was named editor of RBI’s Daily Variety, effective next month. Wolinsky previously spent more than three decades at the Los Angeles Times, where he served as managing editor and executive editor.last_img read more

Natore road crash kills father daughter

first_imgRoad Accident logoA man and his daughter were killed as a bus rammed their motorcycle at Bypass Road in Kandivita area of Natore on Thursday afternoon.The deceased are Ful Miah and his daughter Morsheda, 13, of Ramnagar in the district.Jhalmalia highway police said the Rajshahi-bound bus crashed into the motorcycle around 5:00pm, killing Morsheda on the spot and injured Ful Miah.The injured was taken to hospital where physicians declared him dead.last_img