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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections till the issue of his citizenship is decided.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners, who said that in a form along with the annual data of a UK-based company in 2005-06, it was allegedly mentioned that Rahul Gandhi is a British citizen. “If some company in some form mentions his nationality as British, does he become a British citizen,” the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna told the petitioners. The plea had said that the petitioners were “dissatisfied” with the “inaction” of the Centre and the poll panel in “deciding the question of voluntary acquisition of British citizenship” by Gandhi in spite of a November 2015 communication by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in this regard. See P6last_img read more


22 February 2011With Timor-Leste continuing to consolidate peace and stability and promote development, the United Nations is already planning for the end of a mission in the once troubled country that could serve as an example for other operations, a senior UN official said today. The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), set up in 2006 after an outbreak of deadly violence to replace several earlier missions in the small South-East Asian country that the world body shepherded to independence in 2002 after it broke away from Indonesia, has already transferred policing responsibility to national authorities in most districts, pending a total hand-over.“This will signal a new phase in PNTL [Timor-Leste National Police] development, the beginning of the reconstitution phase during which UNMIT police will primarily focus on further institutional strengthening and capacity building of the PNTL,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ameerah Haq told the Security Council.She stressed that this phase will be critical in ensuring PNTL’s ability to guarantee security ahead of UNMIT’s eventual withdrawal. “Given the strong commitment of the Government of Timor-Leste to the transition, our aim is to ensure a smooth and successful UNMIT withdrawal, which hopefully can also serve as a best practice for other peacekeeping missions,” she said.The PNTL has already resumed responsibilities in 10 out of 13 administrative districts and six units, including the largest district, Viqueque, as well as the Immigration Department, Border Patrol Unit and Interpol Office. Ms. Haq was presenting Mr. Ban’s latest report in which he recommends a 12-month extension of UNMIT, which currently has nearly 1,520 uniformed personnel on the ground, including some 1,480 police, as well as over 1,200 civilian staff and volunteers.She said she is optimistic that Timor-Leste’s progress can be maintained if all political leaders and the broader public continue to act responsibly. Although poverty and unemployment remain high and widespread, there is hope that ongoing socio-economic development will help tackle these conditions.It is promising that so far there has been no significant increase in violence in districts where the PNTL has taken over responsibility, she added, although she voiced concern at the high levels of domestic violence and sporadic fighting among youth and martial arts groups.One of the main political challenges ahead are the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2012, for which the Government has indicated that it will need continued UN electoral support although less than in 2007. Continued support “will contribute to credible elections,” she stressed. “Such assistance will require further donor support.”Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão said his Government would seek an agreement with UNMIT to have UN Police help maintain public order during the election period from March to June next year. “The UN has been present from the moment our nation started to be built, and as such I urge you to remain with us in solidarity so that we may fulfil the dreams of our people,” he told the Council. “Today those dreams are about peace and development.” read more


LAS VEGAS — The need for affordable housing is gaining attention in the 2020 presidential campaign as Democrats step up with ideas to restrain prices.The issue hasn’t dominated the campaign like health care or immigration has. But it represents the seeds of a growing debate as high rents and home prices spread from expensive cities such as Los Angeles and New York to once-affordable pockets like Las Vegas, Reno and beyond.By one Harvard analysis, houses are out of reach of most families in one-seventh of the metro areas in the United States.Among the Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders would spend $2.5 trillion over the next decade to improve public housing, combat homelessness and establish national rent control. Elizabeth Warren would spend $500 billion over 10 years to build housing units.Michelle L. Price And Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press read more


Many of those falling prey to traffickers are migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers who have left their country of origin for various reasons; including conflict, natural disaster, persecution or extreme poverty.“They have left behind their social protection network, and are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation,” said Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, in a statement marking the Day.Ms. Giammarinaro observed that in the current “poisonous anti-migration political atmosphere,” migrants are often targeted as a threat, while in fact they are a net-gain for host countries where they live and work.Against that backdrop, the UN expert stressed that anti-trafficking discourse is often misused “to justify restrictive migration policies and push-back activities.”“Taking a stand against xenophobic and racist approaches, as well as violence, hatred and discrimination, is a moral duty which is in everyone’s power,” she underscored.Calling it “a gross human rights violation,” Ms. Giammarinaro argued that States have an obligation to prevent trafficking.Turning to the Global Migration Compact, the UN expert asserted that in addition to international protection schemes, States should establish individualized approaches to gauge migrants’ vulnerabilities, and provide them with tailored protections.“In many countries, human rights activists and civil society organizations have been criminalized and ostracized for acting in solidarity with migrants and victims, and potential victims of trafficking,” she flagged. Dismissing as “unacceptable” any attempt to delegitimize their humanitarian work, Ms. Giammarinaro said that civil society organizations globally play “a pivotal role” in saving lives.Non-governmental organizations are also important in identifying trafficking victims, which according to the UN expert is “essential for ensuring access to protection and rehabilitation for victims, and should be prioritized, including during large mixed migration movements.”“On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, my message is that, even in difficult times, inclusion, not exclusion, is the answer,” she concludedUN Special Rapporteurs serve in their individual capacity, independent from any government or organization. read more


Niagara Regional Police announced Tuesday, April 16 they have made an arrest in an incident on the main Brock University campus last month.In what police described as an isolated, targeted assault, three Brock students were treated in hospital for injuries as a result of an altercation on March 21 and released later that night.Following an investigation, 20-year-old Abdul Zaman of Brampton has been arrested and charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and fraudulently obtaining food.Zaman will appear at a bail hearing at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in the St. Catharines on Wednesday, April 17.Police say they are continuing to investigate the incident and are actively searching for a second male suspect.Anyone with information is asked to phone 905-688-4111, dial option 3, Badge 9495. read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related A 21-year-old clerk, Farzul Junior Bacchus, is Guyana’s latest road fatality after the motorcycle he was riding attempted to overtake a motor car but collided with a parked tractor plough on the Aberdeen Public Road, Essequibo Coast, Region Two.Bacchus was reportedly heading to work on Friday with his motor cycle and wearing a helmet when tragedy struck.Dead: Farzul Junior BacchusHis body was reportedly flung into the air and landed on the blades of the plough. As a result, his left foot was completely severed, while his body sustained several chop wounds.Rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention.An eyewitness detailed that the young man had landed in a nearby trench and was bleeding profusely when pulled therefrom. Several persons opined that had his body not been so extensively mutilated by the plough, he might have survived the accident.The motorcycle Bacchus was ridingThe now dead man was the last of five children for his parents, and had only recently got married.His sister Faeeda Bacchus recalled that he had been a very humble individual and a true believer in Islam. She also said he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. His body is presently at the Suddie Hospital mortuary.Only last week, Akeem James of Golden Fleece, Essequibo Coast tragically lost his life after crashing his motorcycle into a parked lorry.At a recent Regional Democratic Council statutory meeting, Government Councillor Hardat Narine had called for collaboration between the RDC and the Police Traffic Department in having all structures and equipment encroaching the roadway removed. This, he claims, is a hindrance to motorists plying the roadway on a daily basis. read more


first_imgCliffs Natural Resources and Alpha Natural Resources have approved settlement of litigation brought by Alpha in Delaware Chancery Court and termination of the previously announced definitive merger agreement, under which Cliffs would have acquired all outstanding shares of Alpha. The companies said each board’s decision was made after considering various issues, including the current macroeconomic environment, uncertainty in the steel industry, shareholder dynamics and risks and costs of potential litigation. Alpha and Cliffs added that, going forward, the companies plan to work together to find ways to realise synergies in their respective coal operations. Under the terms of the settlement, the merger agreement will be terminated, Cliffs will pay Alpha $70 million, Alpha will dismiss the Delaware litigation with prejudice and the parties will release each other from all obligations with respect to the proposed transaction as well as from any claims arising out of or relating to the merger agreement.Cliffs Natural Resources, headquartered in Cleveland, is an international mining company, the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America and a major supplier of metallurgical coal to the global steelmaking industry. It operates six iron ore mines in Michigan, Minnesota and eastern Canada, and three coking coal mines in West Virginia and Alabama. Cliffs also is majority owner of Portman, a large iron ore mining company in Australia, serving the Asian iron ore markets with direct-shipping fines and lump ore. In addition, the company has a 30% interest in the Amapá project, a Brazilian iron ore project, and a 45% economic interest in the Sonoma project, an Australian coking and thermal coal project.Alpha Natural Resources is a leading supplier of high-quality Appalachian coal to electric utilities, steel producers and heavy industry. Approximately 89% of the company’s reserve base is high Btu coal and 82% is low sulphur, qualities that are in high demand among electric utilities which use steam coal. Alpha is also the nation’s largest supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal, a key ingredient in steel manufacturing. Alpha and its subsidiaries currently operate mining complexes in four states, consisting of 57 mines supplying 11 coal preparation and blending plants.last_img read more


first_img(YouTube: auctionteambreker)Last November, another of the first editions sold for €492,000.-Additional reporting by Associated PressTumblr $1 billion deal sparks talk on next big tech targetFinally: The inventor of the GIF explains how to pronounce it THERE ARE JUST six surviving units from Apple’s first attempt at the personal computer. Some of them still work.One of the functioning machines was sold in Germany yesterday for a record €516,000. Auction house Breker said it was bought by an Asian client who wishes to remain anonymous.The 1976 model, dubbed Apple 1, was built by founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a family garage. According to the seller, it bears Wozniak’s signature and an old business transaction letter from the late Jobs was also included in the sale.The Apple 1, which was sold for $666 in 1976, consisted of only the circuit board. A case, a keyboard and a screen had to be bought separately. See it in action here:last_img read more


first_imgUNIONS WILL HEAD to the Labour Relations Commission next week in an attempt to end a dispute over the proposed privatisation of some bus routes.The unions involved, Siptu and NBRU, have been invited to talks, which will also be attended by the National Transport Authority (NTA), Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann.The row centres around the plans to privatise some routes currently operated by Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann.“Siptu has been campaigning for some time against the flawed and ideologically driven plan being pursued by the NTA to outsource up to 10% of routes currently operated by Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann,” Siptu organiser Owen Reidy explained.“The reality is such talks will come to little unless the NTA changes its approach and bins its illogical part privatisation agenda. This agenda will prove to be a bad deal for the taxpayer, the travelling public and the workers who provide the public transport system.NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary welcomed the NTA’s attendance at the talks, as “ignored staff concerns” until now, he claimed.“One of the main planks of our campaign over recent months has been to highlight the continuous side-lining of staff concerns by the NTA”, and said that the protests will now be suspended in recognition of the invitation of the invitation.Read: Industrial action threatened as Irish Rail plans to go ahead with pay cuts >last_img read more


first_imgNASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield launched earlier today aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, headed to the International Space Station. The craft launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome at around 7:12AM EST, and shortly after launch, Romanenko reported that everything onboard the craft is normal, and the astronauts are feeling great.The astronauts are headed to the ISS to join Expedition 34, as well as to join the three astronauts currently stationed there. The three astronauts will spend about five months in space, then Hadfield will take over control of the ISS in March when the next expedition arrives. All three astronauts have previous space experience — Hadfield has been to space twice, and Marshburn and Romanenko have both been once. Romanenko’s previous trip saw him stay on the ISS for six months back in 2009.It’ll take two days for the Soyuz craft to catch up to the ISS, and the crew is expected to dock with the station on December 21, at around 9:12AM EST.The astronauts will be arriving just in time to celebrate Christmas, and Romanenko says they’ll be decorating the space station — as well as dressing up — to reflect the holiday. The crew will have holiday food available, such as turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cobbler. Marshburn says he believes there’s even a “tiny Christmas tree that’s been up there for years” that they’ll set up.Though the astronauts are bringing the holiday spirit to space, they’re not quite bringing any new tasks to the station, and will simply be performing routine maintenance and making sure the 110 experiments aboard the station continue to run as intended. Most likely an unintentional reference to a certain malevolent video game artificial intelligence, Hadfield notes that the purpose of the ISS is to “do science” and it’s the astronauts’ job to make sure that said science “gets done.” Perhaps there will be some kind of song to explain it further.via Spacelast_img read more


first_imgLes astronautes jardinent dans l’espaceDepuis sa mise en place, l’ISS (Station spatiale internationale) a pris part à l’étude de la pousse des plantes dans l’espace. En effet, le comportement des végétaux, sans l’action de la gravité ne peut être étudié qu’à cet endroit là.Une étude nommée HydroTropi a été menée par l’agence d’exploration aérospatiale japonaise (JAXA). Elle visait à observer la direction que prenaient des racines en train de pousser lorsqu’elles se trouvaient en apesanteur. Il s’avère donc, que sans l’action de la gravité, les racines des plantes poussent à l’horizontal, sur le côté, au lieu de verticalement vers le haut et le bas comme sur Terre.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALes résultats obtenus devraient aider les scientifiques à mieux comprendre la façon dont les plantes poussent et se développent au niveau moléculaire. L’expérience a en effet montré la capacité qu’avaient les plantes de pousser dans des directions différentes suivant qu’elles étaient soumises ou non à la gravité ou qu’elles étaient ou non arrosées.Grâce à ces différentes réactions, les chercheurs vont en apprendre davantage sur les gènes des plantes. Ces connaissances pourraient alors être utilisées pour faire progresser les productions agricoles sur la Terre.Le 19 janvier 2011 à 18:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgLe Congo, deuxième poumon vert de la planète plus que jamais menacéVictime de la déforestation, la forêt du Bassin du Congo en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) tend à disparaître et vient ainsi grossir les rangs des sites naturels en danger sur la planète. A ce titre, des associations se mobilisent dans la lutte pour un plus grand respect de cet l’environnement, espace vital pour les populations et bon nombre d’espèces.La forêt du Bassin du Congo n’est ni plus ni moins que le deuxième poumon vert de la planète derrière celle de l’Amazonie. Inutile de rappeler alors l’enjeu qu’elle représente dans la biodiversité ainsi que dans la sauvegarde d’un patrimoine mondial. Cependant, cette symbolique ne semble pas toucher tout le monde, puisque le site naturel est la proie des investisseurs et de la déforestation qui la met en grande danger. Depuis plusieurs années, un lent dépeçage via des permis artisanaux détournés, une exploitation intensive illégale ainsi que des trafics se sont mis en place. Le bois Wengé (bois noir et veiné) concentre ainsi toutes les envies et se vend très bien dans les pays du nord. Le pillage prend alors la forme d’une latte de parquet, une table ou tout autre objet permettant à l’industrie de se faire de l’argent sur les ressources d’un pays qui en a tant besoin. “Un mètre cube de Wengé vaut 5 dollars américains dans la forêt lors de l’achat légal auprès des communautés locales” explique un expert qui ne désire pas laisser son nom. Au port où il sera acheminé la taxe s’élèvera à 450 dollars et le prix de vente en Europe se positionnera entre 4 et 8.000 dollars. Un manque à gagner pour l’Etat Congolais et les populations qui en vivent.Greenpeace en actionL’ONG Greenpeace a donc lancé une grande campagne contre cette déforestation espérant mobiliser un maximum de personnes. Elle a par ailleurs dénoncé le débarquement illégal à Anvers de grumes (morceau d’arbre abattu) d’Afrormosia un autre bois. “La Belgique a placé les intérêts des entreprises de bois au-dessus de la protection des forêts du Congo” explique Raoul Monsembula coordinateur national de RDC pour Greenpeace Afrique. De nombreuses personnes dépendent de la forêt et beaucoup d’anonymes ont témoigné sur l’acheminement de nombreuses grumes (40 mètres cube) sur le port fluvial de Kinkole (près de Kinshasa) et dans les camions vers Matadi. L’organisation dénonce une vaste exploitation du bois et demande à la Banque Mondiale et au gouvernement congolais de maintenir le moratoire sur les attributions de nouveaux titres forestiers. De plus, de nombreuses souches de bois ne seraient pas identifiées lors du transport, ne portant aucune inscription. A ce titre, Greenpeace pointe du doigt plusieurs sociétés européennes photographies à l’appui. Le ministère de l’Environnement congolais, aurait selon elle délivré plus de permis artisanaux que le nombre autorisé à des sociétés prête-nom aux intérêts des étrangers.Une forêt pourtant sous protectionLe Bassin du Congo a pourtant fait l’objet à de nombreuses reprises de sommet sur l’Environnement. Elle s’étend sur le Cameroun, la Centrafrique, le Congo-Brazzaville, le Congo-Kinshasa et la Guinée Equatoriale. En 1999 à Yaoundé, ces pays s’étaient réunis afin d’établir des normes sur la régénération de la forêt victime de déforestation qui causait énormément de dommage à la biodiversité. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En 2002, un sommet de la Terre avait été organisé à Johannesburg en partenariat avec les Etats-Unis et le France ainsi que des pays membres de la COMIFAC (Commission des Forêt d’Afrique Centrale) afin d’établir une aide financière et une zone de protection (10 à 15% de la forêt) en créant notamment des parcs nationaux (11,25% du territoire). En 2005 encore, à Brazzaville, un traité avait mis à jour les mesures entreprises par la COMIFAC, Jacques Chirac étant présent à l’époque. Une taxe sur la faune et les produits forestiers exportés avait également été créé.Le deuxième poumon vert de la planèteLa forêt constitue 60% du territoire de la RDC, soit 10% de la surface forestière du monde et représente 90% des besoins énergétiques du pays (10% du PNB, 20% du PIB). Il est étonnant alors de voir s’opérer une déforestation aussi intense sans que les pouvoirs publics ne réagissent outre mesure. Le Bassin du Congo compte 480 espèces de mammifères, 1.090 espèces d’oiseaux, 350 reptiles et 11.000 espèces de plantes. En outre, plusieurs populations vivent sur place dont les Pygmées.La déforestation que Greenpeace explique comme ancrée dans l’histoire coloniale, serait à l’origine de 25% des émissions de gaz à effets de serre au niveau mondial. Il ne s’agit donc pas que d’une question d’éthique, d’énergie ou d’économie. Ressource Extraction Monitoring ou encore Global Witners, toutes deux des ONG sont également lancées dans la protection de la forêt en tentant d’avertir la communauté internationale et les potentiels consommateurs.  Le 1 juin 2013 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgLast week, we reported that the Android version of Fortnite would not be available on the Google Play store. We detailed why Epic Games decided to forgo Google’s store in order to maintain a closer relationship with its customers and how it wished to avoid giving Google the required 30% cut of the game’s proceeds. We also discussed how making customers go through extra steps to play Fortnite on Android devices might turn some of them off. Unfortunately, it appears there’s something else folks interested in the game should be aware of.As reported on Forbes, there are games on the Google Play store which are passing themselves off as Fortnite. There are also websites claiming to have Fornite available for download. A post on Epic’s site outlines the steps necessary for downloading Fortnite to one’s Android device. This site is the only place to get the Android Fortnite. Basically, if you’re downloading what looks like Fortnite from any other place other than Epic’ site, you’re not downloading Fortnite. Downloading the game from any of these places potentially opens your device up to any number of malicious programs.This goes back to what we said about making customers go through additional hurdles to download Fortnite. Not everyone is going to know they can only get the game on Epic’s site. If they see Fortnite on the Google Play store, they may think it’s the genuine article and download it. This is especially true for kids who may not know any better. It makes you wonder if saving 30% was really worth it if it makes Epic’s customers deal with all of this hassle.This is going to be an issue going forward. Hopefully, Epic Games will do something that works for itself and its customer base. Surely, the company can do a better job or explaining to folks how to properly download Fortnite. As things currently stand, it’s all a confusing mess.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


first_imgFiorentina Coach Stefano Pioli has seen some element of improvement from his side in their hard-fought 3-3 draw with Sassuolo.Pioli went on to disclose that his showed their fighting spirit only after conceding a goal, as they fought from 3-1 down to salvage a 3-3 draw with a last-minute goal.“We showed that we wanted to fight and never give up,” Pioli told Football Italia after the game. “You could tell that the team didn’t feel completely free in its movements and wouldn’t attempt some risky plays, even when they made sense.“Nonetheless, there is some good to be taken from this result, based on how the game developed and how we reacted. There were important signs given by the team which we can build on.”Pioli was also asked about his men’s state of mind, as the Viola have struggled to find a consistent form this season.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We’re working on it, trying to draw positives out of every training session and finding continuity over the course of each single game.“[Giovanni] Simeone? It had been a long while since the strikers last scored, but a negative moment can be turned into a positive one in a matter of moments.“We have to work on a lot of situations and believe in what we are doing. It’s just a shame that we showed this level of spirit only after we found ourselves trailing our opponents twice.“But we have to take something substantial out of today and invest it in our future.”last_img read more


first_imgVancouver voters will likely be asked to approve a bond measure to fix its seismically unsound and aging fire stations early next year.Three of Vancouver’s 10 fire stations are more than 50 years old, and several have a 1-in-25 chance of collapsing in a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Estimates show that station improvements could cost anywhere from $11.5 million to $27 million.Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes said Tuesday that the city is beginning to craft the details of a bond measure in hopes of being prepared for a vote in February or April 2012. The Vancouver City Council will have to give final approval before the measure is placed on a ballot.“It’s an indisputable need, and it is one that is bricks and mortar that we can deliver on,” Holmes said.Also inching closer to reality is a proposed council-enacted $20 license fee to pay for new road construction, which has all but petered out as the city’s run out of money for such projects.Both revenue options are far from certain, but city council members said they’d like to hear more during an all-day budget meeting last Friday. Details on both the car license fee — which would require the city to draft a list of what projects the fee would pay for — and what improvements a fire capital bond would make will both be available by the end of the year, Holmes said.Though Vancouver would be wading into a most-likely still bad economy and following on the heels of C-Tran’s November sales tax vote by putting a bond on the ballot in spring 2012, Mayor Tim Leavitt said he’s not concerned voters will feel tapped out.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Nov 01(ANI): Director Rakesh Roshan along with the lead actors of the super-hero flick Krrish 3 – Hrithik Roshan, Kangna Ranuat, and Vivek Oberoi organized a special screening of the movie for their near and dear ones in the showbiz capital Mumbai. Spotted on the occasion were many B-Town celebs including Shahrukh Khan and Javed Akhtar among others who wished the team all the very best. Overwhelmed by the positive response Hrithik looked super excited for the film. This superhero flick releases in 4,000 screens across India today.last_img


first_img(Representational image) Policemen stand guard outside the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training centre during a gunbattle with suspected militants in Lethpora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, December 31, 2017.ReutersA Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper shot dead three colleagues before shooting and seriously wounding himself in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, police said on Thursday.The incident took place at 10 pm on Wednesday. CRPF Constable Ajit Singh killed his colleagues inside the camp before shooting himself with his service rifle. They were all at 187th battalion camp of the force in Battal Ballian area in Udhampur.”The incident occurred reportedly after a heated argument between Ajit Singh and his colleagues. He has been shifted to the hospital in a critical condition,” a police officer said.According to a PTI report, Singh is from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The deceased have been identified as head constables Yogendra Sharma of Delhi,  Pokarmal R of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and Umed Singh of Rewari in Haryana.The report adds that Singh opened fire on his colleagues due to an altercation. (Article written with inputs from agencies)last_img read more


first_imgTheatre in India is almost 1000 years old. Though the various forms of theatre thrived in India over years, its presence on a global platform is negligible. Indian theatre needs to gain a global recognition in this field.Aiming to contribute to the growth and development of theatre in the country and across, National School of Drama has been organising Bharat Rang Mahotsav, International Theatre Festival of India. Started in the 1999, the festival is the largest theatre festival in Asia. The first edition of this fest featured only five plays which have increased to 200 in the 17th edition of the festival that started off in the Capital on February 1 at Kamani Auditorium. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) & Civil Aviation Member inaugurated the event in the presence of eminent theatre and film personality Om Puri, Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, NSD Society and Waman Kendre, Director NSD.War-themed play Ghazab Teri Adaa, directed by Waman Kendre, Director NSD, opened the festival. The play, set in an imaginary time and place, revolves around the never ending aspiration for an expansion of kingdom by the King. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix82 productions in 23 languages and performances by 125 groups which includes over 15 international performances will be the highlight of the theatre extravaganza. Themed with Breaking the Borders, the festival will see participation of countries like – USA, UK, Germany, China, France, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, among others. The festival will also travel to other parts of the country with plays being showcased in Agartala , Jabalpur , Aurangabad and Panaji. Kendre said, “The festival needs more promotion and projection. We aspire to make it bigger than the two largest theatre festivals – Edinburgh and Avignon.” Kendre also proposed a Theatre Olympics in India that would stage around 2000 national and international plays hosted by NSD.Om Puri, who was the special guest of the evening and also alumni of NSD unveiled the brochure of the festival. Recalling his days on the stage, the actor stated “I want to get back to the stage once again. Theatre keeps me high. I am grateful to NSD for making me what I am today.”The National-award-winning actor also stressed on making NSD the national face of drama of the country.  Puri noted,”Only Marathi and Bengali theatre are sustaining in the country besides a few. Compared to foreign countries, our theatre lacks stage craft. We have acting and direction potential but need to work on stage skills.” Ratan Thiyam pointed out the lack of funds for production in the country. He said, “There are many people who have given themselves completely to theatre but are economically suffering. Even I had to find out an alternative each time I headed for some production of according which I wished due to lack of funds.”Mahesh Sharma emphasised on the promotion, propagation and expansion of Indian form of theatre in the country and abroad. He noted, “I’m honoured to be present here among the talented artistes and theatre lovers. Indian theatre needs to be recognised on a global level which NSD can do. I will try to provide every possible help to NSD to make it the face of Indian drama.”The festival this year pays tribute to the veterans like Shambhu Mitra, Begum Akhtar and Veenapani Chawla. This will include performances, exhibitions, and lectures on the three artistes.A Theatre Bazaar is also organised in the festival. It is a complete package of cultural extravaganza with several other activities.last_img read more


first_imgMonthly folk series by Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA) presented an array of performances by folk artists of Manipur and Jharkhand on its second day. The 8th season of the series titled “Sanjari: EK Bharat-Shresth Bharat”, started on July 18 and will go until July 20.The famous folk artist of Manipur Bedabati Lorembam and famous folk singer from Jharkhand Padamshree Shri Mukund Nayak presented their folk songs which left the audience mesmerized. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the occasion, Padamshree Mukund Nayak said, “I’m very thankful to IGNCA for providing me this stage in Delhi. One thing that I would like to convey to our young generation is that no matter how much you progress, don’t forget your culture and language.”Mukund Nayak is the recipient of 2017 Padamshree award for her excellent work in the field of art and culture. Also, Bedabati Lorembam received Manipur State Kala Kala Academy award in 2011 from the Government of Manipur. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDuring her performance, Bedabati sang “Khunugishei” – a traditional folk song of Maitai community of Manipur. The songs of ‘Khunungaishei’ have been transmitted from one generation to another without any script.Following this, Bedbati sang three other songs of ‘Khunungaishei’, among which “Loktak Sheithaba Ishei” won a lot of appreciation from the audience.Padmashri Mukund Nayak started his performance with ‘Raag Mardani Jhoomar’. This was followed by six other soulful songs which were soothing to the ears. The specialty of these traditional songs is that their ragas are fixed on the basis of their rhythm and style.last_img read more


first_imgThe Vikings miracle game-winning touchdown to beat the Saints was one of the most dramatic moments in playoff history, but for degenerate gamblers it was a distant second to the commotion over the meaningless extra-point that would decide if the Vikings would cover the -5.5 point point spread.After clearing the field to comply with the NFL rule requiring teams to go through with the point-after, the Vikings opted for a kneel-down which cemented the 29-24 final score, and gave the win to those holding Saints tickets.A room full of people who care more about the cover than an all-time historic play is our kind of room.It’s not hard to figure out who has the winning tickets when you watch here:When they kneel for the deciding point lol pic.twitter.com/UXD9sMevmJ— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) January 15, 2018last_img read more