THE WISDOM OF SADHVI

first_imgSadhviji was raised in an American family in Hollywood, California, and graduated from Stanford University. She was completing her PhD when she left USA in 1996 to live at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India. She has been living there for 23 years now, engaged in spiritual practice and service.She was officially initiated into the order of Sanyas (monastic renunciation) in 2000, by His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswati, one of the most revered spiritual leaders in India and the President of Parmarth Niketan. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalAt Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, where she lives for most of the year, she gives daily spiritual discourses and satsang, teaches meditation, provides counselling and oversees myriad charitable and humanitarian projects and activities. Sadhviji serves as: Secretary-General of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, an international interfaith organisation dedicated to clean water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH); President of Divine Shakti Foundation, which runs free schools, vocational training programs and empowerment programs; and Director of the world-famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth, which has been covered by Time magazine, CNN, New York Times and other prestigious publications. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceHer talks blend the knowledge and logic of the West with the insights, spirituality and wisdom of the East; and, she is duly renowned as a spiritual bridge between the two cultures. Her TEDx talk on her journey from “Hollywood to the Holy Woods” has been watched by over 1,60,000 viewers. She has spoken at several United Nations events, including with the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of UN, and at many high-level international conferences and summits. Sadhviji has received numerous national and international awards and recognition for her work with water, sanitation and hygiene as well as women’s upliftment and empowerment, including from the Cabinet Minister of Water Resources, Government of India as well as from the Ambassador of the United States to India. Sadhviji also serves on the United Nations Faith Advisory Council on Religion as Vice Chair; the Steering Committee for Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), an international body comprising the governments of 12 countries (including United States, UK, and Germany), the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Union, and the world’s renowned faith based organisations; and the Steering Committee for the World Bank-United Nations campaign with international faith based organisations in the “Moral Imperative to End Extreme Poverty.”Sadhviji was the Managing Editor for the monumental project of the 11-volume Encyclopedia of Hinduism. In addition, she contributes regularly to Huffington Post, Dainik Jagran, Speaking Tree/Times of India, Thrive Global and other renowned publications.She is also the author of From Illness to Wellness: Health, Wholeness and Holiness and Mother Ganga: The Holy River, brought out by Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi.last_img read more

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Electricity demand in Delhi increases by 22 in AprilMay

first_imgNEW DELHI: The power demand in the national capital has been soaring this year with April-May recording a 22-per cent growth over the corresponding period in 2018. The peak power demand in April 2018 was 5,200 MW. This year, the demand in April crossed the 5,200-MW mark five times, peaking at 5,664 MW on April 30, said Delhi’s power department and discom officials.”Notwithstanding the intermittent pleasant weather, Delhi’s power demand in 2019 is turning out to be up to 22 per cent more than the corresponding period last year,” an official said. The power demand in April 2019 has been higher on 19 occasions than the corresponding days last year. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarOn April 22, it was 3,828 MW in 2018 and 4,588 MW in 2019 an increase of 20 percent. Again on April 25, it was 4,438 MW in 2018 and 5,552 MW in 2019 an increase of 19 percent, the officials said. The trend continues in May 2019. Of the first 24 days of May this year, the power demand has been higher than on 13 corresponding days of last May, increasing by up to 22 percent on May 10 this year, when it touched 5,985 MW as against 4,899 MW on May 10 last year, they said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHowever, the power demand between May 15-24, 2019, has been marginally less than the power demand on the corresponding days last year as temperatures remained relatively pleasant because of the western disturbances, they pointed. The peak power recorded in May 2018 was 6,442 MW on May 30, 2018. Delhi’s peak power demand in the summers of 2019 may clock 7,400 MW. Last summer, peak demand breached 7,000 MW for first time peaking at 7,016 MW. This expected peak power demand of 7,400 MW is an increase of over 250 per cent over the peak power demand of 2,879 MW in 2002. It is interesting to note Delhi’s peak power demand is substantially more than that of several cities and states. It is more than the power demand of Mumbai and Chennai put together, thrice than Kolkata, and nearly 2.5 times of the seven northeastern states put together, said discom officials. Arrangements have been firmed up by BSES discoms to source adequate electricity to meet the power demand of over 42 lakh consumers, said a spokesperson of the discom. These arrangements include long-term power purchase agreements and banking arrangements with other states including Himachal Pradesh, UP, J&K, Meghalaya, Manipur and Sikkim, he said. BSES discoms will get up to 865 MW (BRPL 550 MW, BYPL 315 MW) of power through banking arrangements. Apart from this, BRPL will also get 100 MW of Wind Power from April 2019. In case of unforeseen contingencies because of low generation and outages in power plants, the discoms will purchase short-term power from the exchange, he added.last_img read more

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BSP sees no need to introspect over election results

first_imgLucknow: Even as other political parties have gone into a huddle, dissecting their failure in the Lok Sabha elections, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) refuses to introspect on the issue. Immediately after the Lok Sabha results were announced, BSP President Mayawati issued a statement blaming the EVMs for the poor performance of opposition parties. Later, she held a meeting with her 10 newly elected MPs in Delhi in which she has given them basic directives about their role in Parliament. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC She reportedly told them that their stand on various issues would be conveyed to them on a daily basis and they should act accordingly. Party sources said that since the BSP had won 10 seats, compared to zero in 2014, and the party had also improved its vote percentage, Mayawati did not find any reason for introspection. She has even refused to react to reports of Dalits being beaten up at several places, including Mainpuri, by Samajwadi Party workers who believe the BSP vote was not transferred to their candidates. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Mayawati has also been maintaining a studied silence on the future of the SP-BSP alliance. “She would want the Samajwadi Party to make the first move. She will not snap ties with the SP and RLD. They can do so if they want,” says a party functionary. “As for the by-elections to 11 Assembly segments in UP is concerned, the BSP, as a rule, does not contest by-elections and SP can draw up its own strategy.” Mayawati has also chosen not to start criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this point. She has adopted a wait-and-watch policy though she will not be attending the swearing in ceremony of Modi and his cabinet on Thursday evening. The BSP had contested 38 seats and won 10 seats while the Samajwadi Party, which contested 37 seats, ended up winning only five seats. Three members of the Yadav clan lost their elections. These include Dimple Yadav from Kannauj, Dharmendra Yadav from Badaun and Akshay Yadav from Ferozabad. The Rashtriya Lok Dal, which was also a part of the alliance, had contested three seats and it lost all of them.last_img read more

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GTDC seeks report on cruises operating despite cyclone warning

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has sought a report over some cruise ships operating in the Mandovi river here located close to the Arabian Sea despite a warning of rough weather along the state coast due to cyclone Vayu, an official said. The GTDC received complaints that some cruise vessels were operating close to the sea waters, the state-run entity’s chairman, Dayanand Sopte, told reporters here on Wednesday. The weather department on Tuesday predicted heavy rainfall in the state due to cyclone Vayu, prompting the authorities to close the shoreline for swimming. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CIC However, despite the warning, some cruise vessels operated in the river, Sopte noted. “I have asked the officials concerned to submit a report to me in two days on how the cruise ships were allowed to leave the jetty and venture into the water,” he said. The Santa Monica jetty in Panaji city is the anchoring point for various cruise vessels which take tourists on pleasure rides in the picturesque Mandovi river.last_img read more

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Some commonality in Dabholkar Pansare killings CBI Maha CID tell Bombay HC

first_imgMumbai: The CBI and Maharashtra CID told the Bombay High Court on Friday that it had, to some extent, established commonality between the killings of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and activist Govind Pansare.A division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel was told that in the Dabholkar case all the accused have been arrested but the weapon used in the crime is yet to be recovered. The CBI informed the court that an operation will be carried out within a month to search and retrieve four country-made pistols, which were allegedly dismantled and thrown by the accused into a creek in adjoining Thane district. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France”We are awaiting necessary permissions from government agencies to undertake the operation,” CBI counsel Anil Singh told the court. The bench then noted that the operation should not be delayed and should be carried out before the onset of monsoon. CID counsel Ashok Mundargi told the court that in the Pansare case the main conspirators have been arrested and efforts are on to nab the assailants. The bench then asked if investigations carried out so far have pointed out to any commonalities between the two crimes. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize”Yes, to some extent commonality is established between the two crimes,” Mundargi said. The bench, however, noted that there was something lacking in the probe in the Pansare case. “We feel like there is some spark missing in this case. It is not the case that the shooters will never be arrested. They will be nabbed one day. But it should have been done by now,” the court said. “It is the credibility of the probe agency that is at stake. It is a case where eminent persons like Dabholkar and Pansare have been killed,” it added. The court said the government has to provide all assistance and guidance to the probe agencies in such cases. The court was hearing petitions filed by the family of Dabholkar and Pansare seeking court supervision in the probe being carried out by the CID and the CBI. With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Inspired by Jason Statham Akshay pulls off BottleCapChallenge

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has tried his “kick” at the the #BottleCapChallenge. The trend, which went viral after Hollywood action star Jason Statham’s flawless execution, caught the eye of Akshay, who is known as India’s very own action icon. #BottleCapChallenge entails a performer to uncap a bottle with a back-spin kick, not their hands. Akshay posted a slow-motion video of him successfully pulling off the stunt on Twitter on Wednesday. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The 51-year-old actor called upon others to also try the trick as well. “#BottleCapChallenge Inspired by my action idol @JasonStatham, I will repost/retweet the Best I see, come on Guys and Girls get your Bottle out and your Legs in the Air, Let’s Do This #FitIndia #WednesdayMotivation,” Akshay wrote alongside the video. Statham was challenged by American singer John Mayer who had successfully pulled off the trick. A video proof of the same was shared by the “Clarity” hitmaker on Instagram. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “First @erlsn.acr did it. Then @blessedmma followed, and challenged me. I now challenge @jasonstatham. #bottlecapchallenge,” Mayer wrote in the caption. Statham accepted the singer’s dare and shared a video on the social media platform in which he perfectly performs the trick. He may not have started the trend but it was “Hobbs & Shaw” actor video that went viral on social media. “#bottlecapchallenge #challengeaccepted @erlsn.acr. This thing landed on my head from @johnmayer but will quickly go to a couple of fellas we’ve seen do push ups badly,” the actor wrote. He also challenged filmmaker Guy Ritchie and mixed martial artiste James Moontasri for the same.last_img read more

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Two arrested in ERRPF joint raid for posing as TTE

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested in two joint raids conducted by the Eastern Railway’s (ER)Vigilance department and Railway Protection Force (RPF) from Howrah railway station and Fairlie Place for allegedly posing as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) and promising railway jobs for money.According to ER authorities, acting on a tip-off, officials from ER’s Vigilance department and RPF personnel raided the Howrah railway station complex to nab people harassing passengers posing as TTE and ticket collectors on Tuesday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDuring the raid, officials saw a man who was wearing uniform like a TTE and was continuously approaching passengers. On suspicion when a ER officials intercepted him, the accused identified as Swapan Kumar Roy claimed himself to be a TTE. He also indicated the nameplate on his coat. Smelling a rat, RPF personnel were called and Roy was detained. During interrogation Roy admitted that he used to cheat passengers posing as a TTE. Also, he said had cheated several people in the name of providing railway jobs and taken money from them. Later, he was handed over to Government Railway Police (GRP) in Howrah. In another case on Wednesday, a man was arrested from in front of ER’s Headquarters, Fairlie Place. The accused was found convincing a person to pay money for a railway job. He was also handed over to the police.last_img read more

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Kejriwal Sisodia granted bail in defamation case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Special Court in Delhi on Tuesday granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in connection with a defamation case filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta. Gupta had filed the case alleging Kejriwal of tweeting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to get him killed after he was slapped during a roadshow. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders have to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 each. The court posted the matter for further hearing on July 25. The court also granted bail to Kejriwal, Sisodia and another AAP leader Sushil Gupta in another defamation suit filed by the BJP leader Rajiv Babbar. Babbar had filed the case after the AAP leaders accused the BJP of deleting the names of 30 lakh people from the electoral rolls.last_img

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Flower crisis likely during Durga Puja as cultivators eye huge loss over

first_imgKolkata: Flower cultivators from the districts of Howrah and West Midnapore are eyeing huge loss due to the scarcity in rainfall during the monsoon season so far.The cultivators are apprehending that there may be a crisis of flowers during Durga Puja, if the situation continues for a long time. Inadequate rainfall and the humid conditions have given a major blow to flower cultivation in the districts. The farmers who cultivate various flowers in Howrah’s Bagnan, Kulgachia, Ghoraghata and Deulti areas, said that many of the flower plants have been damaged due to lack of sufficient rainfall in the district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThese flowers are delivered to various flower markets in Howrah and also to other districts. Due to the hot and humid conditions, the flower plants are gradually becoming pale and various insects are wreaking havoc on them. Santosh Mondal, a flower cultivator of Bagnan, said the deficit in rainfall has already caused significant damage to their plants and hence they are eying a huge loss this season. The farmers from various parts of other districts are facing a similar fate as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayFlowers are being cultivated on 150 acres of land in Bagnan and other adjoining areas. If the situation continues, there may be a scarcity of flowers during Puja this year. It may be mentioned here that vegetable farmers from Ghatal, Daspur and other parts of the West Midnapore have also been affected by the continued heat spell and lack of rain. Bengal has received less amount of rain in June and July compared to the corresponding months of previous years due to the late onset of monsoon and irregularity in the rainfall. A huge quantity of vegetables has also been damaged because of the deficit in rainfall in other districts as well. Paddy farmers from districts such as East Burdwan, Nadia, Murshidabad and North 24-Parganas have already complained about the damage to crops due to the high levels of humidity. The paddy cultivation has also been affected due to scarcity of rainfall.last_img read more

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US preparing to withdraw over 5K troops from Afghanistan Report

first_imgWashington: The United States is preparing to withdraw more than 5,000 of its troops from Afghanistan as part of an initial peace deal with the Taliban that would include a ceasefire and renunciation of Al-Qaeda, a media report said Thursday. The White House did not immediately respond to the news report. Later, the authorities denied any such development, saying that the presence of the US forces was “conditions-based”. Quoting an unnamed US official, The Washington Post had reported Thursday that the Trump Administration was preparing to reduce its number of troops in Afghanistan from current 14,000 to 9,000 or 8,000. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US According to the daily, the initial agreement would require the Taliban to begin negotiating a larger peace deal directly with the Afghan government. Denying this, a Pentagon spokesman told The Washington Post that the Defence Department had not been ordered to withdraw forces from Afghanistan. A State Department spokesperson told PTI, “While the RS (resolute support) or the DoD (Department of Defence) can speak with more authority on this issue, we have not adjusted our troop levels in Afghanistan to reflect our discussions with either the Afghan government or the Taliban.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “Adjustments over the years have been conditions-based. And any future reductions or withdrawal of forces will also be conditions-based,” the spokesperson added. CDR Rebecca Rebarich, DoD spokesperson, said, “The DoD has not been ordered to draw down. Our strategy in Afghanistan is conditions-based; our troops will remain in Afghanistan at appropriate levels so long as their presence is required to safeguard US interests. Such an agreement has been an effort of Special US Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad. Khalilzad, who left Kabul for Doha, said he had a “most productive visit to Afghanistan” since he took this job as a special representative. “The US and Afghanistan have agreed on next steps. And a negotiation team and technical support group are being finalised,”he had tweeted. In Doha, Khalilzad is scheduled to hold another round of talks with the Taliban. “I’m off to Doha, with a stop in Islamabad. In Doha, if the Taliban do their part, we will do ours, and conclude the agreement we have been working on,” he said.last_img read more

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Two die after falling into pit filled with water

first_imgNoida: A seven-year-old girl and her uncle died after they fell into a pit filled with water in Sector 121 near the dumping ground on early Tuesday morning. Police had to call NDRF teams to locate the bodies. According to police, the deceased have been identified as Nancy (7) and Ankur (22), both natives of sector 121 area of Noida. Deceased Nancy’s father Shera said that the child and her uncle had gone to play near the ground when they fell in the pit where water had collected. “There were other children present in the ground at the time of incident who informed us and we rushed to the spot,” said Shera. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe family immediately informed police and a team from Ghari Chowkhandi police station rushed to the spot. Noida’s city Magistrate Shailendra Mishra and other senior cops also reached the spot to take stock of the situation. “Following the incident, a police team rushed to the spot but when we failed to trace the bodies, a deep diving team of NDRF Ghaziabad was called. The rescue operation continued for nearly five hours. The child’s body was retrieved by afternoon while the body of youth was recovered around 7 pm,” said Mishra.last_img read more

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Aviation scam CBI quizzes former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Thursday questioned former Civil Aviation Minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel for over six hours, in connection with a UPA-era aviation scam the agency is investigating.Patel arrived at the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters here at around 10:30 am and was deposed by probe officials with regards to several profitable air routes that were awarded to foreign and domestic private airlines, thus causing large losses to the national carrier. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The probe agency had just days ago taken custody of aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar to interrogate him about the same case. In a dramatic turn of events, CBI officials had presented an arrest memo immediately after a court here had dismissed his plea for an anticipatory bail in the case. The central probe agency’s action against Talwar came after more than two years of registering the FIR in the matter. Taking cognizance of the CBI FIR, the Enforcement Directorate had initiated a money-laundering probe in the matter and has since arrested Talwar, questioned Patel and also filed a chargehseet alleging close association between the two. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe CBI’s action against Talwar came after the ED’s chargesheet against Talwar had outlined the nature of his relationship with the then Civil Aviation Minister as being a close one and even alleged that the two were “dear friends”. The financial probe agency’s probe under PMLA revealed that foreign private airlines such as Emirates, Air Arabia, and Qatar Airways had allegedly paid R 272 crore to Talwar in exchange for securing profitable air routes and timings on their behalf. The ED’s probe had revealed that part of these payments were made to Bank of Singapore account of one Asiafield Limited, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, beneficially owned by Talwar. The proceeds were then transferred to Wave Hospitality Pvt Ltd in India, a company beneficially owned and controlled by Talwar in his son Aditya Talwar’s name. In fact, the case on the basis of which the ED had initiated its probe pertains to a PIL filed in the Apex court in 2012, which alleged large-scale corruption in the Civil Aviation Ministry during the UPA regime. The Supreme Court had then directed the central agency to register cases to probe these allegations, after which three FIRs and one Preliminary Enquiry were registered by the CBI. The case in which Patel was questioned by the CBI on Thursday, alleges that “foreign airlines were given unrestricted entry into India and major routes were given to them without taking any reciprocal benefits for Air India”. The CBI goes on to allege that despite warnings of huge losses to the national carrier, Civil Aviation Ministry officials had dishonestly given pecuniary benefits to private, domestic and foreign airlines. Specifically, the CBI alleged that up to four international air routes and nine domestic air routes were awarded to private airlines such as Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Indigo, Spicejet, Paramount Airways, and others, while Air India withdrew its services from these routes.last_img read more

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Delhi government offers 30 more doorstep services

first_imgNEW DELHI: People living in Delhi can now avail 30 more services at their doorstep, including adding members in ration card, paying the motor vehicle tax and getting a DTC pass, taking the total number of such services to 70.The second phase of the doorstep delivery of public services, the official launch of which is yet to take place, has been rolled out. Residents can dial 1076 and get the service by paying Rs 50 extra, an official from Delhi’s Administrative Reforms said. The new services include booking a tour package through Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corp. In September 2018, the Delhi government had launched the doorstep delivery of 40 public services to make things easy for the common man. P3last_img

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Magsaysay Award winner says put under house arrest Lucknow administration denies charge

first_imgLucknow: Ramon Magsaysay Award winner social activist Sandeep Pandey here on Sunday claimed that he was put under house arrest on three occasions in the past week to prevent him from expressing views on national issues. The Lucknow district administration, however, rejected the claim. “In the past one week, we have been stopped thrice by the police and administration from freely expressing our views. I was put under house arrest on three occasions (August 11, 16 and 17),” Pandey claimed, adding that they were prevented from going to Ayodhya for a two-day programme on communal amity on Saturday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We were stopped mid-way,” Pandey said. The social activist slammed the alleged “stalling” of their programmes, saying it seemed as if “there was a ban on the freedom of expression”. Pandey said on August 16, they were prevented from going to Hazaratganj in Lucknow, where they were scheduled to hold a candlelight demonstration near the Mahatma Gandhi statue against the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and kashmir. “Police arrived again at my and advocate Mohammad Shoaib’s place to put us under house arrest an hour and half ago before the programme,” Pandey had said in a statement issued on August 16. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said their August 11 protest was for the “restoration of democracy” in the Valley. On the other hand, Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma rubbished the claims made by Pandey, who had won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2002 in the emergent leader category. “Who is stopping him from holding protests at the Eco Garden in the city. He cannot stage any protest in Hazratganj — the heart of the state capital — as the High Court has banned all protests in the area,” he said. “The dharna sthal (protest venue) of the district has been identified and he is most welcome to hold any protest, dharna or agitation there for as many days he likes. Why does he deliberately opts for spots where protests are not allowed?” the Lucknow DM said. Sharma said earlier Pandey was told to go to the Eco Garden but “he did not comply” with the orders. The DM denied that Pandey was put under house arrest. “He was neither put under house arrest nor detained. We intervened when they announced to go to Hazratganj.”last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi is liked by Pakistan Smriti Irani

first_imgAmethi: Union Minister Smriti Irani slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi saying that it is not for the first time that Pakistan is finding support from him. While talking to the mediapersons here on Wednesday Irani said, “When the Union Home Minister is talking about one flag, one constitution for the entire country, the Congress, following the “hints and directions” from Rahul Gandhi, is echoing the views which tend to divide the country.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”It is not for the first time that Pakistan is finding support from Rahul Gandhi. If you remember, earlier also his views were liked by Pakistan. It would be better for the country if Rahul Gandhi stops igniting the fire of separatism. It is really unfortunate for India that today there is a leader in the country who doesn’t think much about the Tricolour, undermines the Tricolour and is loved by the enemy country,” said the women and child development minister. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K I appeal to the Congress that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are integral parts of the country. Those living there wish to see development under the leadership of PM Modi, she added. Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya also criticised former Congress president. He said, “Rahul Gandhi is speaking in the tone of Pakistan. After the US President Donald Trump refused to mediate the Kashmir issue, Pakistan is boasting of being a nuclear country.” Maurya even said that the previous member of Parliament from Amethi used to talk about the poor but the current member of Parliament works for them. Maurya said, “After Smriti Irani became member of Parliament from Amethi, the development in the constituency has happened at fast pace, if the previous MP of the constituency would have done even half of the development work the situation would have been different. When we won the Amethi seat, I was sure that now Article 370 will also be abrogated.”last_img read more

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Im not going to play victim Nushrat

first_imgNew Delhi: Nushrat Bharucha says she joined movies as acting is her passion, but she is not delusional about how the showbiz works and rather than playing a victim she will forge ahead on the path that she has created for herself. The actor, who broke out with Pyaar Ka Panchnama, believes the success of Kartik Aaryan, her co-star of four movies, will always be viewed differently than hers. Nushrat says Kartik emerged as the star of the 2011 film thanks to the popularity of his monologue. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”We live in a patriarchal world but I am not going to play a victim. I’m making my own world and in my world, I know that Kartik will be playing a hero at 50 and I will be getting roles of a mother. That’s how the industry functions.” “His trajectory will always be more glorified and would seem larger than mine. Just being aware of where I’m makes things easy for me. I’m happy with my journey,” Nushrat added. The actor, whose latest release is Dream Girl, said she no longer analyses what is going to work at the box office and goes by her instinct. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”Cinema is my passion. The reason I’m in movies is because I love acting. When I did ‘Pyaar Ka Panchnama’, honestly there were no other films being offered because I don’t fit in the conventional bracket of a Bollywood heroine. “No other female actor was willing to do it and I also almost said no. But then I did it and I saw what a good script and film can do for everybody in the team. That realisation set my sensibilities slightly different from the commercial track. Even if I am playing a bad girl in the movie (people hated me in PKP), the purpose is solved.” Post the success of Pyaar Ka Panchnama, Nushrat went on to star in Luv Ranjan’s second film Akaash Vani, opposite Kartik, but it didn’t work at the box office. She was back playing the problematic girlfriend in Pyaar Ka Panchnama 2 and followed it up with Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety.last_img read more

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NS sailor jailed three years for sexually assaulting woman he met on

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax-area navy sailor has been jailed three years for sexually assaulting a woman he met over Facebook.Leading Seaman Paul Simpson, 43, assaulted the woman on their second date, on Feb. 23, 2014, according to a provincial court ruling released Thursday.Judge Theodore Tax said they had some consensual activity on both dates, but she told him she would not have intercourse that night, and repeatedly told him no before he forced himself on her.“While there is no doubt that the evening had started as an enjoyable date which progressed to some consensual sexual activity at Mr. Simpson’s house, I have found that Mr. Simpson imposed his will and much larger physical stature on (her), despite her protestations not to do so, for his selfish gratification,” Tax said.The two had never met before Simpson invited her to a 2013 New Year’s Eve party at his house over Facebook.They had one date in late December, and he asked her to dinner about two months later. She agreed to go back to his Middle Sackville, N.S., house afterwards, but told him there would be “no sex.”After some consensual activity in his bedroom, she told him she did not want him to touch her, but he ignored her, Tax said.Simpson insisted she never told him no, but acknowledged she was “visibly upset” afterwards.“You just raped me and I don’t know what you might have,” she told him, according to the judge’s ruling.A cab driver who drove her home testified she was crying and told him she’d been raped, and he took her to hospital.The woman has since been diagnosed with PTSD, suffers from social anxiety and has been self-mutilating, Tax said.“Over the past three years, her life has changed and been turned inside out, filled with despair and depression on a daily basis,” he said.He is married and has a daughter, and his naval colleagues — Simpson is a sonar technician — described him as reliable and focused, the ruling said.“Mr. Simpson’s wife describes him as a gentle, calm and patient person who is a dedicated family man and that everyone speaks of him ‘very highly,”’ said the judge. “Mr. Simpson’s brother, who is a correctional officer in Ontario, stated that his brother is a family man, and would never be abusive to a woman.”The Crown had sought a three-year jail term, while Simpson’s lawyers suggested 15 to 18 months.The judge sided with the Crown.“I find that this was a serious sexual assault which was a very significant violation of (her) physical and psychological integrity as well as her self-esteem … the gravity of the offence is at the higher end of a continuum of sexual assaults.”He ordered that Simpson surrender a DNA sample, and that his name be added to the Sex Offender Registry.last_img read more

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Toronto firefighters extinguish fire in CN Tower antenna mast

first_imgTORONTO – An electrical fire at Toronto’s landmark CN Tower was extinguished Wednesday morning after firefighters took turns climbing into an antenna mast to deal with smouldering wiring and insulation.The fire broke out around 4 a.m. around an electric cable in the tower’s main antenna mast, Toronto Fire said. The section is about 480 metres above the ground — just above the tower’s Skypod observation deck.Some 30 firefighters and seven fire trucks were at the scene.Fortunately, they didn’t have to take the stairs.“We took the elevator up,” Toronto Fire District Chief Stephan Powell said. “We had to go up to the Skypod level, took a second elevator to get there. And then we had to climb about (30 metres) up an access ladder to reach the affected conduit.”Firefighters could only climb the ladder one at a time to get at the fire, Powell said. Other firefighters “staged” equipment at the base of the ladder so it could be hauled up and used easily.Firefighters are used to working at heights, Powell said, but the tight space was a challenge to navigate.“We were dealing with what appeared to be an electrical issue in a very confined space,” he said.Traditional hoses weren’t used as spreading water on an electrical fire is quite dangerous, Powell explained. Instead, firefighters hauled up carbon dioxide and dry chemical extinguishers to deal with the fire.In anticipation of the cramped space, Powell said firefighters also hooked up their respirator masks to tubes connected to an air supply, instead of carrying portable air cylinders.The CN Tower shut off power to its antenna during the operation, he added, which affected some local TV and radio signals.Fighting the fire wasn’t all that dissimilar to handling several underground hydro vault explosions in downtown Toronto over the past few months, Powell said.“What we ended up doing here was — over a thousand feet up — pretty much the same thing,” he said.The fire itself wasn’t a roaring blaze. Powell described it as “tar-like”, and said insulation on the electrical cable, as well as the wiring, was melting.The electrical fire was put out just before 7:15 a.m., and Powell said it isn’t clear at this point what caused it.The CN Tower announced on its official Twitter page Wednesday morning that it was open to the public as usual.Neil Jones, chief operating officer for the tower, said the fire had posed no threat to public safety or the structure. He said all cleaning staff present at the time were cleared from the building and no injuries were reported.The CN Tower, a concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, is more 550 metres high. It held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure until 2007.last_img read more

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HaitianCanadian MP headed to Miami to try to address wouldbe asylum seekers

first_imgOTTAWA – Haitian-Canadian MP Emmanuel Dubourg will travel to Miami on Wednesday to try and counter misinformation which has driven thousands of Haitian asylum seekers to Canada in recent months.His trip comes as both the prime minister and Liberal cabinet ministers have sought in recent days to more forcefully address the major spike in illegal border crossings this summer, which has strained public resources and tested traditionally widespread support for Canada’s immigration system.Dubourg, a Liberal MP for a Montreal-area riding, was appointed last week to a newly established federal-provincial task force focusing on how to handle upwards of 7,000 people who’ve been stopped illegally crossing into Canada since June, the vast majority intent on seeking asylum.In the last two months, many have been Haitian and Dubourg sees himself cast in the role of ambassador. He’s already used his extensive connections with the Haitian diaspora and fluency in Creole for outreach there, he said.The next step is to take it on the road.“We have to go to the source,” Dubourg said Monday.So he’s going to Florida, to do Creole-language interviews and meet community leaders among Miami’s Haitian diaspora. Not all those coming to Canada are from there, Dubourg said, but the city has over 200,000 Haitians and a slew of influential media outlets.What’s behind the surge in Haitian asylum seekers in Canada is an upcoming change in U.S. immigration policy that will see deportations to Haiti resume after a lengthy pause.When the Trump administration signalled the change in May, information began circulating on social media and other channels suggesting Haitians in the U.S. try to enter Canada, where they’d receive a warm and easy welcome.The cold truth of Canadian policy, however, is that only about 50 per cent of Haitians who file for asylum in Canada receive it and the Canadian government has resumed deportations to that country.“It’s important to tell them that before they sell their things, before they take any kind of decision (to come),” Dubourg said.“They have to know full well what can happen.”The startling spike in arrivals and how the government is handling them has prompted anti-immigration groups to start mobilizing across the country. A protest — and counter-protest — were held in Quebec City over the weekend and other rallies are being scheduled in Canada in the coming weeks amidst criticism being levied against the Liberal government that they are losing control of the border.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered some of his strongest remarks on the subject in response to the weekend’s events, when he said “entering Canada irregularly is not an advantage. There are rigorous immigration and customs rules that will be followed. Make no mistake.”Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale also travelled to the crossing point in Quebec on Monday to hammer home the point.“What I want to emphasize…is a very clear message about Canadian law and procedure that needs to be repeated loud and clear in all circumstances: trying to cross the border in an irregular fashion is not a free ticket to Canada,” Goodale said.Hussen noted that the number of asylum seekers has fallen in recent days to about 140 a day from 250 last week.But the surge of arrivals has strained the resources of both those departments. Asylum seekers are being held in temporary camps on the border while screening is completed and others are being bused as far away as Cornwall, Ont., for temporary housing.Dubourg came to Canada from Haiti in 1974, joining his other six siblings, part of a wave of Haitians who moved to Quebec as part of a special program set up by the Quebec government at the time to help those fleeing violence and instability under dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.He was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 2013, and prior to that, served as a member of Quebec’s national assembly, where he helped Haitians seeking settlement in Canada after the 2010 earthquake.last_img read more

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Police overreach feared in arrest of teen accused in breach of websiteexperts

first_imgHALIFAX – Internet law experts are questioning the arrest of a 19-year-old Halifax man for an alleged breach of a provincial website after the youth came forward to say he believed he was simply downloading public information.On Monday, CBC quoted the young man saying he had no malicious intent when he retrieved 7,000 documents from the government’s freedom-of-information internet portal due to his interest in a recent teachers’ labour dispute.The 19-year-old, whose name CBC did not publish, and his family members also said there were 15 police officers involved in a raid on their house on April 11. They described the search as a frightening experience that left their home in disarray.Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor who specializes in internet law, said in an interview Tuesday it appears the province designed a website that could be accessed by many citizens with basic computer skills.Geist said the lack of basic password protections and warnings to the public suggest to him that the police overreacted by sending a squad of officers into the youth’s home and ordering him to appear in court, three days after receiving a complaint from the provincial government.“Based on what we’ve seen from the young man’s side, it feels like a case of overreach,” Geist said during an interview Tuesday. “It doesn’t seem like there’s any of the intent you would typically expect in a criminal investigation.”He said if the youth’s account is correct, the notion of arrests of teenagers who access public materials online which lack security measures or public warnings “is absurd.”David Fraser, a Halifax privacy lawyer, said if the youth wrote a few lines of computer code to collect materials on a publicly accessible government website that’s unlikely to suggest criminal intent, as this is done commonly by people ranging from journalists to archivists.“We don’t have all the facts … or why the documents were on the website to begin with,” he said.“However, it seems that the Crown is going to have a very difficult time proving criminal intent under this provision of the criminal code.”Police are alleging that the young man has broken section 342.1 of the criminal code, which prohibits unauthorized uses of computers “with intent to commit an offence.”A spokeswoman for Halifax police said if anyone is concerned with the way police have handled the case, they can file a complaint under the Nova Scotia Police Act.“With respect to the number of officers who were involved in the search, we won’t discuss operational deployment, however each search requires planning and we can confirm that this was done in this case,” said Const. Carol McIsaac in an emailed statement.“Any time a person is unhappy with the actions of the Halifax Regional Police, the Nova Scotia Police Act outlines the options for making a complaint against an officer.”McIsaac also wrote in an email that the case “remains under investigation.”So far, investigators haven’t filed an information before the Halifax provincial court nor listed the young man’s name on the docket for a June 12 arraignment, though the 19-year-old has been served with notices requiring him to appear.Meanwhile, Fred Vallance-Jones, an associate professor of journalism at the University of King’s College, said journalists and other users of public websites should be concerned by the police actions, if the young man’s description proves to be correct.“I think there was an egregious failure on the part of the province to protect this information. They left it out there,” said Vallance-Jones, who teaches journalism students how to collect publicly accessible data.“That’s where the first and most important failure lies.”The Canadian Association of Journalists’ national president also expressed concerns about the police actions, saying journalists frequently access public websites with basic computer codes to download data with the intent to inform the public.“Unless there’s something else going on, and information we don’t yet have, journalists are certainly concerned that police considered this criminal behaviour,” said Nick Taylor-Vaisey in an email.About 700 people were affected by the breach of the 7,000 documents accessed between March 3 and March 5, according to the province. Many of the documents are files they’ve applied for under freedom-of-information requests.The province’s minister of Internal Services, Patricia Arab, told reporters Tuesday that about 250 contained sensitive personal information such as birth dates, social insurance numbers, addresses and government services’ client information.All are being contacted through registered letters, a process Arab said is ongoing.Opposition parties have called for Arab’s resignation over the lack of security on the site, but Premier Stephen McNeil has defended her performance, saying it’s been up to his government’s standards.However, on Tuesday the premier appeared to be backing away from strong statements made last week when he said the youth had stolen the materials.“We did what we believed was appropriate,” McNeil told reporters on Tuesday at the legislature, when asked about sending the matter for criminal investigation.“We didn’t know who the person was … the information was downloaded, which was an inappropriate act in our view and we turned it over to the right people.”Whether the matter proceeds to court will depend on approval by the province’s independent prosecution service, which must determine if the incident meets the test of providing a reasonable probability of a conviction, and whether it is in the public interest to proceed with a prosecution.“Once we get the file, we’ll review the file like we review any other file to determine whether it meets the prosecutorial test,” said Chris Hansen, a spokeswoman for the service.“We have not received any disclosure from the police on this and likely won’t until closer to the court date.”— With files from Keith Doucette in Halifax.follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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