Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and MP Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday set a target of winning 250 plus seats in the next Legislative Assembly poll. Abhishek, who heads the youth wing of the TMC and is nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said the BJP’s thinking of winning Bengal has no basis.“In the next assembly poll in 2021, we should fight to win 250 plus seats in the state. The BJP thinks it can win Bengal. But they are wrong. If our party supremo Mamata Banerjee permits, we would score 10 goals against BJP everyday and they won’t stand a chance against us,” Mr. Abhishek said while addressing TMC’s students wing-Trinamool Chatra Parishad- foundation day rally here. The total strength of the West Bengal assembly is 294. They (BJP) has emptied the coffers of central government and RBI and are lecturing others on financial issues, he said. While referring to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s decision to give Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre, Abhishek said the reserve money of the central bank has also been exhausted due to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. BJP’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh, while reacting to Abhishek’s claim, said he is living in fool’s paradise.“He is living in fool’s paradise if he thinks that TMC will win 250 seats. The TMC would find it tough to get even 30 seats and acquire main opposition party status,” Ghosh said. The BJP, in the general election this year, bagged 18 of the 42 seats in the state, four less than the ruling TMC.The TMC’s tally came down from 34 in 2014 to 22 seats. In the last few years, the saffron party has made deep inroads in Bengal and emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC by pushing the Congress and the Left Front to distant third and fourth positions respectively. It’s leaders are now asserting that their next target was to unseat Mamata Banerjee in the 2021 assembly elections.
New Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) Nissan Motor India today commenced bookings for the automated manual transmission (AMT) version of its compact sports utility vehicle Terrano which will be available for about Rs 13.75-13.85 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The SUV, which comes with 6-speed diesel AMT, is based on the top-of-the-line XVD premium grade. Customers can pre-book their cars with a deposit of Rs 25,000 at Nissan dealerships.Sales of the new car will commence later this month.”The addition of this new transmission makes the Terrano an even-more compelling choice for buyers looking for a relaxing and comfortable drive,” Nissan Motor India Managing Director Arun Malhotra said in a statement.Along with the addition of AMT, the Terrano range gets as many as 14 new enhancements, spread across model variants.These include electrically folding exterior rear-view mirrors with integrated turn signals, anti-pinch driver side windows, a new driver armrest, soft touch plastics on the dashboard and door.Citing Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the company claimed that the fuel efficiency of the vehicle stands at 19.61 kmpl. PTI MSS SBT SA
As a part of the 2014 Hearing Awareness Week (Sunday, 24 August to Saturday, 30 August) Deaf Sport Australia and Touch Football Australia in conjunction with the Australian Business Academy will be hosting an exciting event: the Silent Sports Challenge, to be held in a number of locations across the country, including Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Modified games of Touch Football will be played where all participants will be required to wear earplugs to simulate the experience of playing Touch Football with a hearing impairment. As well as wearing earplugs, all participants will not be permitted to talk during play, this poses quite a challenge!There will be free events for all to attend in the following locations:· Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) – Tuesday, 26 August – 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Reconciliation Park, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT· Adelaide (South Australia) – Wednesday, 27 August – 7:00am to 9:00am – City Touch Fields, Beaumont Drive, Adelaide SA· Melbourne (Victoria) – Thursday, 28 August – 11:30am to 2:00pm – Alexandra Gardens, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne VIC· Gold Coast (QLD) – Friday, 29 August – 11:00am to 1:00pm – Palm Beach Touch Fields, Nineteenth Ave, Palm Beach QLDIf you have any further enquiries on the event please feel free to contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org or using the details below.Website: www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus #silentsportschallengeInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Please click on the attached flyers for more information. Related Filesact-pdfsa-pdfvic-pdfnational-pdfqld-pdfRelated LinksSilent Sport Challenge
Seasonal changes are the times when people are more prone to falling ill. But nutritionists and health coaches have tips at hand to help you boost immunity and stay fit, no matter what the weather. Your go-to drink: Start your day with coconut water, instead of tea. Let a natural drink, and not a concoction, be the first thing you put in your body. Breath of life: Pre and post sleeping, concentrate on inhalation and exhalation just for 2 minutes to clear your thoughts and start your day fresh. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDrink your superfluids:16 ounces of celery juice can detox your kidneys and make your body alkaline and increase your productivity. Your immunity booster: Sip warm water with ginger wedges and mint leaves to keep the flus and virus at bay. Drum away inflammation: Consume drumsticks as much as your can, and creatively. Use the beans and leaves in soup, sambhar and buddha bowls. You can also blend moringa powder in your smoothies or drink it like a shot with aloe vera juice. Ditch the treadmill: Indulge in creative workouts like the prowl, which is inspired by animal movements that engage all your body muscles. Exercises like prowl and zumba help you burn more calories and are way more fun than aimlessly walking on a treadmill.
New Delhi: As many as 361 infrastructure projects, each worth Rs 150 crore or more, have shown cost overruns to the tune of over Rs 3.77 lakh crore owing to delays and other reasons, a report said. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation monitors infrastructure projects worth Rs 150 crore and above. Of these 1,623 projects, 361 reported cost overruns and 496 time escalation. “Total original cost of implementation of the 1623 projects was Rs 19,25,107.47 crore and their anticipated completion cost is likely to be Rs 23,02,230.50 crore, which reflects overall cost overruns of Rs 3,77,123.03 crore (19.59% of original cost),” the ministry’s latest report for May 2019 said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra According to the report, the expenditure incurred on these projects till May 2019 was Rs 8,91,512.91 crore, which is 38.72 per cent of the anticipated cost of the projects. However, it said the number of delayed projects decreases to 399 if delay is calculated on the basis of the latest schedule of completion. For 684 projects, neither the year of commissioning nor the tentative gestation period has been reported. Out of 496 delayed projects, 166 projects have overall delay in the range of 1 to 12 months, 105 projects 13 to 24 months, 128 projects reflect delay in the range of 25 to 60 months and 97 projects show 61 months and above delay. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The average time overrun in these 496 delayed projects is 36.98 months. The brief reasons for time overruns, as reported by various project implementing agencies, are delays in land acquisition, forest clearance and supply of equipment. Besides, there are other reasons like fund constraints, geological surprises, geo-mining conditions, slow progress in civil works, shortage of labour, inadequate mobilisation by the contractor, Maoist problems, court cases, contractual issues, ROU/ROW (right of use/right of way) problems, law and order situation, among others, the report said. It also observed that project agencies are not reporting revised cost estimates and commissioning schedules for many projects, which suggests that time/cost overrun figures are under-reported.
Islamabad: A powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several cities in the north-eastern parts of the country on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding over 300 others. According to US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the quake was near New Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which was severely affected by the quake. The depth of the quake, which occurred at 4.02 pm (local time), was at 10 kilometres. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPoK Information Minister Mushtaq Minhas told the media that 20 people were killed and over 300 injured in Mirpur and surrounding areas due to the powerful quake. Pakistan Meteorological Department’s earthquake centre said the 5.8-magnitude earthquake was located near the mountainous city of Jehlum in Punjab province. However, Minister for Science Fawad Chaudhry said that the intensity of the quake was 7.1. Some houses collapsed in Mirpur following the earthquake, Deputy Commissioner Raja Qaiser said. Parts of a mosque also collapsed in the area. Emergency has been declared in hospitals across PoK. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTV channels showed the footage of heavily damaged roads in Mirpur, with many vehicles overturned. Several cars fell into the deep cracks on the roads. The building of the state-run Broadcasting House in Mirpur was badly damaged. The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of building, eyewitnesses said. Several cities including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Skardu, Kohat, Charsadda, Kasur, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Chitral, Malakand, Multan, Shangla, Okara, Nowshera, Attock and Jhang felt the tremor. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly session, expressed grief over the loss of human life. He directed all the concerned departments to provide immediate assistance to the quake-hit areas. President Arif Alvi also expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives.
New Delhi: There have been three firing incidents in various parts of Delhi within a span of 24 hours which left two persons dead and one battling for life. The three shooting incidents occurred in Kalyanpuri, Rohini and New Usmanpur area.In the first incident, objecting to the foul language of some ruffians proved fatal for a young man as he was murdered by the group in Kalyanpuri area of East Delhi. The man was shot dead purportedly for objecting to their use of foul language. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe victim has been identified as Jaspal, a resident of the same area. Sources said that the incident took place when some men in a car were using bad language which was objected to by Jaspal. This made the men furious and they fired at Jaspal. The firing took merely 100 meters from the local police station. The police said that the cause of the murder was being ascertained. A criminal, Guddu, has been detained and investigations were underway. Police recovered a damaged motorbike from the spot, which was said to belong to the criminals involved in the incident. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaIn the second incident, a 22-year-old man was shot dead by some persons in Rohini’s Prem Nagar allegedly after an argument over consumption of liquor, police said on Tuesday. The man, identified as Ashish was living inPrem Nagar in a live in relationship with a girl. Ashish was involved in smuggling of illicit liquor, a senior police officer said. On Monday, at around 8 pm, an argument broke out between him and some persons over consuming liquor, following which one of the accused shot him in the stomach. He died instantly. The third incident happened in North east Delhi’s Brahampuri where a man was shot by unidentified assailants. The victim Mohammad Abbas received a bullet injury on his neck. He is admitted and his condition is said to be stable. “The injured, as well as other persons present at the time of the incident, have not alleged any one. The circumstances seem suspicious,” said Ved Prakash Surya, DCP North East Delhi. On September 26, a man identified as Mohammad Hasan was shot dead in the same area by gunmen.
New Delhi: A court here has ordered framing of charges against seven people for allegedly abducting children, including newborns, and selling them. It observed that trafficking in human beings is a multi-layered phenomena that can take different forms and occur in various industries. “There common characteristic is the element of constraint, deceit, threat, fraud, coercion, etc. used with an aim to economically and/or sexually exploit one or other persons and besides that there are other, less widely known forms of trafficking,” Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar Prima facie various offences, including trafficking and forgery, are made out against the seven accused, the court said, adding it cannot be said that sale and purchase of infants are out of the purview of the offence of trafficking. It said the seven accused abducted children from their guardians by fraud and were actively involved in trafficking. “All the accused, who in connivance of their common intention, were knowingly or actively involved in the commission of offence of trafficking and for this purpose they abducted innocent babies from their lawful guardianship by playing fraud upon their parents/guardian,” the judge said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka The court passed the order of framing charges against the seven people — Mohd Jahangir, Rahul Baudh, Jyoti Baudh, Jitender Kumar, Mithla, Shakeela Khatoon and Kavita. “Though it seems that the babies were taken from their parents with the consent but I must state that consent by playing fraud and based on false and misleading facts is no consent in the eyes of law in terms of Section 90 of the IPC,” the judge said. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police in February last year busted a child trafficking racket following a tip off and recovered a 10-day-old old baby from Jahangir’s possession. Officials had arrested Jahangir, along with the other co-accused, who during interrogation revealed about other cases of abduction. Later, police recovered some minors and cash worth Rs 43,500 from one of the accused persons. The counsel for accused submitted in court that they cannot be framed for chid trafficking since consent of victim was mandatory to indicate that there was exploitation and therefore, the said provisions were not applicable to case of minors. The counsel further contended that mere sale and purchase of infants cannot be termed as exploitation.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) of releasing excess water, thereby leading to a flood-like situation in several districts, including Malda, Murshidabad, Hooghly, and Howrah. She was speaking at the state secretariat, Nabanno.According to state government sources, nearly 2.5 lakh people have been affected by the flood-like situation in Malda district. The situation may get worst if it continues to rain heavily. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The internal report of the state administration said some parts of Howrah and Hooghly have been flooded after the DVC released 75,000 cusec water on Monday. The government formed a committee and a control room to monitor the flood-like situation. “The Chief Secretary will head that committee and the control room will be open 24X7. We do not want to take any chance. We are prepared for any adverse situation,” Banerjee said. She also said lack of proper dredging in barrages is causing the flood-like situation in some parts of the state. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway If proper dredging was carried out in the barrages they could have held more water, she said. Sources from the district said many low-lying areas have been inundated. They claimed Malda alone received 99.80 mm rain since Monday. Several mud houses have collapsed creating further problem for people residing in low-lying areas. The flood-like situation triggered by incessant rain has thrown normal life out of gear. Even hospital premises were inundated. Malda Medical College and Hospital has also been badly affected, sources added. The ground floors of almost all houses have been flooded and many areas are without electricity supply for hours. Water has also entered the district collectorate, police stations, the district magistrate’s residence and government offices, said sources.(With inputs from Indian Express)
Bengaluru: Amid growing criticism against the delay in release of central funds for flood relief, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday said it would be released in a couple of days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was aware of the situation. Yediyurappa’s assurance comes a day after the opposition parties in the state hit out at Modi, alleging he has adopted an “indifferent behavior” towards Karnataka on the issue of extending flood relief funds. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “There is no need for anyone, whether from our party or others to create any confusion. Relief funds have not been announced to any of the flood affected states in the country yet,” Yediyurappa said. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi was outside the country, now he has come back, in another two to three days all affected states will get funds,” he said. Speaking to reporters in Mysuru, the Chief Minister said, “there is no need for anyone’sinfluence or to meet Prime Minister in this regard. PM is aware of the situation. Amit Shah (Home Minister) also is aware… Funds will be released at the earliest.” Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet expressing concern over the floods in Bihar drew the ire of leaders of Congress and JDS. In his tweet on Monday, Modi said, “Spoke to Bihar CM @NitishKumar Ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Agencies are working with local administration to assist the affected. Centre stands ready to provide all possible further assistance that may be required.” Reacting to Modi’s tweet, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah had sought to know why there was “hatred” for Karnataka, and no response from Modi despite severe floods that ravaged many parts of Karnataka. “More than 60 days since parts Karnataka suffered from floods. No shelter, nothing to eat, cattle dying, crops lost – but response from @narendramodi is missing. Why this hatred towards Ktaka? What are our 25 MPs from @BJP4Karnataka doing? #NAMOMissing, pls help us find him,” Siddaramaiah had tweeted. Interestingly, Vijayapura City BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal had said Modi tweeting concern for Bihar flood victims and not with those affected in Karnataka has made people feel he did not care about the state as there were no immediate polls there. BJP governments at both centre and the state have been facing criticism from the opposition regarding the “delay” in grant of central funds despite Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and an Inter-ministerial Central team visiting the affected region. The Opposition parties have accused the Modi government of showing its “apathy” towards Karnataka, despite state sending 25 BJP MPs. Last evening, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman had said, the Inter-ministerial Central Team’s report was under finalisation. Karnataka has sent a flood damage estimate of Rs 35,160.81 crore to the central government, and is waiting for the relief. As many as 103 taluks in 22 districts were affected due to floods in August, in which over 80 people were killed. Around seven lakh people were shifted to safe areas and thousands of houses were damaged.
Researchers have found that, in top athletes, excess physical activity could be harmful and also associated with major fatigue and reduced performances. The study published in the journal Current Biology shows that intensive physical training could harm brain capacity, particularly cognitive control. For the findings, Mathias Pessiglione and his team said that they were interested in identifying the causes of a common phenomenon in top athletes, known as “overtraining syndrome”. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThis was characterised by reduced athletic performance and intense fatigue. Athletes suffering from this syndrome might be tempted by products likely to restore their performance. The primary hypothesis of the researchers were clear: the fatigue caused by overtraining is similar to that caused by mental efforts. To test this idea, the team spent nine weeks working with 37 triathletes, who were split into two groups. The first underwent the “usual” high-level training whereas the second had additional training during the last three weeks of the experiment, with sessions lasting 40 per cent longer, on average. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraFrom this, the researchers were able to identify similarities between overly intensive physical training and excessive mental work. This excessive physical activity leads to reduced activity of lateral prefrontal cortex, similar to that observed during mental effort. Reduction in brain activity was associated with impulsive decision-making, in which short-term gratification was prioritised over long-term goals. In the case of top athletes, being this impulsive could lead to their decision to stop right in the middle of a performance or to abandon a race in order to end the pain felt during physical exertion. The researchers believe, fatigue and reduced cognitive control might also constitute the first stage in development of a “burnout syndrome”, which affects people across professional sectors.
The government of India had decades ago realised the gravity of the crisis of depleting wildlife and allotted vast spaces of green forests so that wildlife may flourish. Several protected stretches of lands exist as wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and biosphere reserves for the sole purpose of protecting wildlife against human interference. Renewed measures are implemented to conserve flora and fauna in their natural states. Evolving with time, several innovative steps have also been taken to upgrade protection and conservation efforts. The introduction of wildlife tours was initiated and have turned out to be one of the best ways to make people aware of the importance of wildlife and wilderness for humans and other species. More prominently existing as places for display of the wild, zoos are intended to play a vital role in wildlife conservation. Field conservation as in natural parks and biosphere reserves focuses on the long-term survival of species in natural ecosystems and in their natural habitats. Zoos are part of in conservation projects that support studies of populations in the wild, species recovery efforts, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, and conservation awareness. Zoos are thus like a natural laboratory for studying wildlife for their own betterment; zoos are not supposed to be places of confinement where animals become objects of display in a commercial venture. Zoos definitely do instil a lot of awareness among visitors about the animals, their needs and habitat but permanently confining an animal to a zoo is a matter of debate along ethics. Known as India’s oldest chimpanzee, Rita died at age of 59 at Delhi zoo. With a mention in the Limca Book of records, the animal was born on December 12, 1960, in Amsterdam Zoo and was acquired by the Delhi zoo in 1990. Rita is also believed to be the oldest chimpanzee in Asia. Rita had been surviving in recent months through old age-related health problems and was on a liquid diet. She is reported to have been keeping unwell since July 27 as she was not eating properly and had become frail. Her liquid diet included juice, coconut water, and milk with ground almonds and walnuts. She had outlived the average lifespan of a chimpanzee which is around 50 years. While there is no doubt that Rita was kept in the best condition, the question still lingers, is it necessary to confine animals for public display and deprive them of the wild?
Singapore: Singapore’s new law to combat “fake news” came into effect Wednesday despite criticism from tech giants and activists, who labelled the tough rules a “chilling” attempt to stifle dissent. The law gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to be false, and in extreme cases get them taken down. Facebook, Twitter and Google — who have their Asian headquarters in Singapore — were given temporary exemptions from a handful of provisions in the act to give them time to adapt. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIf an action is judged to be malicious and damaging to Singapore’s interests, companies could be hit with fines of up to Simgaporean dollar 1 million (USD 720,000), while individuals could face jail terms of up to 10 years. Authorities in the tightly controlled country — long criticised for restricting civil liberties — insist the measures are necessary to stop the circulation of falsehoods that could sow divisions in society and erode trust in institutions. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBut the laws have sparked outrage from rights groups, who fear they could stifle online discussion, tech companies and media organisations. Activists fear the legislation could also be used to crack down on dissent in the run-up to a general election in Singapore, expected within months, and there are concerns it could erode academic freedoms. Journalist and activist Kirsten Han, who is the editor-in-chief of independent media outlet New Naratif, said the legislation was “extremely worrying”. “It’s such a broad law that it’s hard to predict how it’s going to be applied. What’s of immediate concern is the chilling effect and the further entrenchment of self-censorship,” she told AFP. After the law was passed in May, Google said it was concerned the legislation will “hurt innovation and the growth of the digital information ecosystem”. Critics are especially concerned it will be up to authorities alone to judge what is “fake news”, but the government insists any decision can be challenged in the courts. It will cost just Singaporean dollar 200 to file an appeal and there will be no court fees for the first three days of hearings, an apparent response to complaints that most people don’t have the means to take on the government. S. Iswaran, minister for communications and information, insisted the law was “not so much about controlling free speech”. “We share the common objective of wanting to allow people to engage on social media platforms… in order to have that contest of ideas,” he said, in an interview with CNBC. The law could be a concern for international media, many of which have sizeable operations in the city-state.
New Delhi: The Finance Ministry will start pre-Budget and Revised Estimates meetings from October 14 to November’s first week, an official notification of the ministry said on Wednesday. “The pre-budget/RE meetings will begin on the 14th October 2019. All Financial Advisers should ensure that the necessary details related to these meetings are entered in the RE Module. This data shall be the basis for pre-Budget discussions,” a Budget Circular (2020-21) of the Budget Division of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraBudget Estimates for 2020-21 will be provisionally finalised after Secretary, Expenditure, completes discussions with the Secretaries and Financial Advisers. Pre-Budget Meetings shall begin from October 14 and will continue till the first week of November, it said. The upcoming Budget of next fiscal will have gender, and child budget statements as well. Some of the new inclusions in the Circular relate to instructions regarding filling up of SCSP/TSP, Gender, Child Budget Statements etc. The format for Output-Outcome Monitoring Framework 2020-21 has also been revised, said the circular. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIn calender year 2019-20, government had to present two budgets due to national elections — an interim Budget in February and a general Budget on July 5 after formation of the government. Ceilings for all categories of expenditure, including Central Sector and Centrally Sponsored schemes will be discussed. Accordingly, the RE 2019-20 and BE 2020-21 for all categories of expenditure, and select schemes/projects specifically included in the MTEF Statements, may be indicated separately for Revenue and Capital expenditure, the notification said.
Houston: Thousands of people from all walks of life turned out for the day-long ceremonies here on Wednesday to honour slain Indian-American police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was shot dead on duty during a traffic stop. Dhaliwal, 42, was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy in Harris County with a population of over 10,000 Sikhs. He made national headlines when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job. He was gunned down while conducting a routine mid-day traffic stop in northwest of Houston on Friday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The fallen deputy’s funeral included processions, a traditional Sikh funeral and a law enforcement funeral with a 21-gun salute from fellow officers and a helicopter flyover. As ‘Amazing Grace’ was played on the bagpipes, members of Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) folded the American flag that covered his casket and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez presented it to Dhaliwal’s widow who clutched it to her heart. After final ceremonies from the law enforcement memorial service, the Dhaliwal family and members of HCSO headed to the Winford Funeral Home for a closed cremation. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The procession route was lined with blue and white signs reading “Always in Our Hearts,” and “In Loving Memory of Deputy Dhaliwal.” People had posted custom yard signs, billboards and flowers all along the route and in the neighbourhood. At the service, Simratpal Singh, a US Army Captain, flanked by other members of the Sikh community in military service, described Dhaliwal as “humble, fearless, not dissuaded by negativity.” “Our lion may be gone physically but his legacy of selfless service and of breaking down barriers will continue to live,” he said. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking before thousands during the Sikh part of the ceremony, addressed Dhaliwal’s wife and three children in saying the community “supports you and lifts you up.” “We are grateful for your father’s service, and his sacrifice and his legacy,” Cruz said. Dhaliwal, the father of three, joined the force 10 years back and was the state’s first law enforcement officer to receive permission to wear a religious turban and beard while on duty. Commissioner Adrian Garcia who hired Dhaliwal 10 years ago said the stadium full of people and the deputy’s celebration of life was “fit for a king.” As he addressed Dhaliwal’s father, he said, “Baba, you raised a good man. You raised him with a heart of gold. It is unfair that a father should outlive his son.” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he doesn’t normally speak at public funerals but he was honoured to be invited to speak at Dhaliwal’s funeral. “Since 2015, we’ve lost 50… 50 men and women of law enforcement in the line of duty and Deputy Dhaliwal was the 50th,” he said. “He (Sandeep) did more in his life than some people do in a hundred years, he added. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said it was “moments like these when we fall on our faith.” “He (Dhaliwal) was the ambassador of all that is good. And the way he died does not erase that,” Turner said. “In a city that happens to be the most diverse in the country, is a city, because of this one person, on this day and hopefully days to come, will be the most unified it has ever been,” added Turner. Gonzalez said Dhaliwal was a trailblazer and wore his Sikh faith on the outside for all to see. “Sandeep was an inspiration to us all and was considered to be one of our finest deputies, with a bright future to match his beautiful bright personality. I will miss the gentle smile and embrace I received each time I saw him,” he said. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the nation’s first Sikh state’s attorney general, said Dhaliwal “inspired an entire generation of Sikhs” to join public service. The services on Wednesday followed a candlelight vigil by the sheriff’s office for Dhaliwal on Monday and a 48-hour-long prayer-vigil. Dhaliwal was killed in the town of Cypress after pulling over a vehicle for running a stop sign. Investigators said video from a dashboard camera shows the suspect, 47-year-old Robert Solis, getting out of his car, approaching Dhaliwal from behind and shooting him twice in the head. Police said Solis had a warrant for his arrest on parole violations and likely feared that his arrest would mean a return to prison. Solis, who has been charged with capital murder, was arrested at a nearby grocery parking lot.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday extended till October 15 the interim protection from arrest granted by the Bombay High Court to civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha in the Koregaon Bhima violence case. The apex court directed the Maharashtra government to place before it the material collected during the ongoing investigation against Navlakha in connection with the case. While agreeing to hear Navlakha’s plea challenging the Bombay high court order refusing to quash the FIR lodged against him, a bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta said that it would hear the arguments on October 15. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Maharashtra government had earlier filed a caveat in the matter seeking to be heard before any orders are passed. On September 13, the high court had refused to quash the FIR lodged against him in the 2017 Koregaon-Bhima case and for having alleged Maoist links, noting that there was prima facie substance in the case. “Considering the magnitude of the case, we feel a thorough investigation is required,” it had said. The high court had, however, extended the protection from arrest to Navlakha for three weeks to enable him to approach the Supreme Court to file an appeal against its order. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports The FIR was lodged against Navlakha and others by the Pune Police in January 2018 after the Elgar Parishad held on December 31, 2017 that had allegedly triggered violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune district the next day. The police has also alleged that Navlakha and other accused in the case had Maoist links and were working towards overthrowing the government. Navlakha and the other accused were booked under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code. Besides Navlakha, four others — Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj, are accused in the case.
Mumbai: Mumbai Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Friday said the party was no longer taking feedback from the grassroot level and had made the “AICC general secretary in charge of the state all-powerful”.A miffed Nirupam, who had announced on Thursday that he would not campaign for the party in the Assembly polls scheduled for October 21, said the leadership was “sidelining” him though he had served as Mumbai unit president for four years. Speaking to PTI, Nirupam, who was removed as Mumbai Congress president ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, said his views had not been considered during ticket distribution for the Assembly polls. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”I have been given no role in the Assembly poll process. My views have not been considered during (Assembly) ticket distribution in my own Lok Sabha constituency. There is no respect for me, though I was Mumbai unit president for four years,” he said. Attacking the Congress leadership, he said there was a “systematic fault” in the party, adding that “process of getting parallel feedback from the grassroot (workers) has been scrapped”. “The decision of the AICC general secretary in charge of the state is final. The AICC general secretary has been made all powerful. He can be biased too,” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiNirupam said he had given one name for the Versova Assembly constituency, part of the Mumbai North West LS seat from which he lost by a margin of 2.6 lakh votes, and that had not been considered. “The name (Baldev Khosa) finalised by the party is of one who came third in the 2014 Assembly polls and has been inactive for the last five years,” he said. Meanwhile, the Congress on Friday asked its former Mumbai unit chief to stop fuelling conspiracy theories, after he launched a vitriolic attack on the party leadership for not granting tickets to his supporters. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also asked former Haryana Congress unit chief Ashok Tanwar to stop making statements against the party ahead of the assembly elections in the state and asked him to act responsibly. Tewari said the two leaders, who have held top positions in the party, should realise that their statements should not help those who have brought the nation to this passe. With PTI inputs
San Francisco: Google is reportedly interested in purchasing US-based social video app Firework that lets users share short videos like Chinese player TikTok. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo had also shown interest in acquiring Firework but “talks with Google are further along”. Based in Redwood City, California, Firework that entered India last month was valued at more than $100 million in a fundraising round earlier this year. TikTok’s parent, Beijing-based ByteDance, is valued around $75 billion. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year irework is part of a suite of apps created by Loop Now Technologies, a start-up that focuses on next-generation consumer mobile applications. Similar to Tiktok that allows users to post 15-seconed short videos, Firework allows users to create 30-second videos and with “Reveal”, its patent pending technology, it will allow creators to take both horizontal and vertical video in one shot from their mobile device. The app is currently available on both iOS and Android smartphones with over a million registered users. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Firework has appointed Sunil Nair as CEO and MD for its India operations. “My vision for Firework in India is to become more relevant and give our users every opportunity to stay meaningful and seamlessly experience a new view from their lens,” Nair said in a statement. In November last year, Facebook also quietly released a stand-alone app called “Lasso” to compete with TikTok. On Lasso, which is currently available in the US, users can record themselves dancing and lip-syncing to music, similar to what they can do on TikTok. In addition, Facebook recently roped in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio and the speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the global launch of its short video-sharing app.
Ulan-Ude (Russia): Former silver-medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) advanced to the pre-quarters with a facile win but Neeraj Phogat (57kg) bowed out after a contentious loss on a mixed day for India at the World Women’s Boxing Championship here on Saturday. Boora, defeated Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat 5-0 in the opening round to set up a clash with second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price. However, Phogat gave it her all in the clash against China’s Qiao Jieru but didn’t find favour with the judges who ruled against her in a 2-3 split decision. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBoora’s win was a convincing one in which she was showed herself to be the better boxer with more accurate punches. Even though the Mongolian clawed back in the final three minutes, it proved to be a case of too little too late. Earlier, Phogat was clearly superior and kept her composure against an opponent, who hardly showed any technique. Flinging her arms aimlessly, defending awkwardly and grunting relentlessly, Jieru even coped a warning for excessive holding. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBut in a stunning call, the judges gave her the nod, leaving the Indian dejected. Phogat was competing in her debut world championship. The Indian contingent officially protested against the decision as per the new norms introduced by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to ensure better judging. However, their appeal was turned down by the technical committee. According to the rules, teams are entitled to two unsuccessful protests. The coaches are required to raise a yellow card within a minute of the bout getting over and follow it up by paying USD 1000 within half an hour to seek a review of any decision. The technical committee has the discretion to accept or reject a protest but once it chooses to accept, a decision is made only at the end of the day’s session.