HC raps police for ‘brutality’ in tempo incident

first_imgVideo clips of policemen dragging and assaulting a 15-year-old boy and his father, a tempo driver, in broad daylight in north-west Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar drew the ire of the Delhi High Court, which described them as evidence of “police brutality”.“Why was the boy dragged along the street in broad daylight,” asked a Bench of Justices Jayant Nath and Najmi Waziri after watching video footage of the Sunday incident, which has since snowballed into a political issue.“How can you [Delhi police counsel] standing for the State justify the action of the five police officers who ran after a 15-year-old boy who had been trying to take his father away,” the Bench asked.“If this is not evidence of police brutality then what more do you need? This is a case of extensive disquiet in society. How can any uniformed force do this? This would scare the citizens,” the Bench added. Independent report The court also called for an independent report on the incident from an officer of the rank of Joint Commissioner of Police within a week.The Delhi police’s counsel submitted that cross FIRs have been lodged on the complaints of the two sides and the case transferred to the Crime Branch for a detailed investigation. The counsel further said that three officers involved in the incident have been suspended. To this, the Bench said, “There are eight to nine police personnel who can be clearly seen [in the videos]… Identify the five officers who dragged the boy along the street, all the while pelting him with sticks, and those who assaulted the father.”The High Court also issued notices to the police, the Centre and the city government on a petition filed in public interest seeking a CBI probe into the incident. It posted the matter for further hearing on July 2.One of the petitioners, advocate Seema Singhal, has sought framing of appropriate guidelines for police reforms to prevent such “violent acts of police brutality and excessive force”.“A service gun was pointed towards the minor boy by these policemen threatening him with dire consequences,” her petition stated, adding that “the atrocities committed by the police amount to violation of Section 4 of the Model Code of Conduct for the police”.last_img read more

IOC shortlists squash for 2020 Olympics

first_imgChances of squash’s inclusion in Olympic Games have brightened after the International Olympic Committee shortlisted it for the 2020 edition.The IOC’s Executive Board has listed baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wake-board and wushu for possible addition to the sports programme for the next Summer Olympics after Rio de Janeiro in 2016.The World Squash Federation (WSF) on Tyesday welcomed the news that squash has been included on the shortlist of sports to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Games.”We are delighted to be given this new opportunity to be considered for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Programme. I am confident that we will be able to show the IOC Programme Commission, the Executive Board and wider IOC membership that our case has become even stronger over recent years,” said WSF President N Ramachandran.”I truly believe that squash would be a great Olympic sport. It fulfills all the criteria for inclusion in the Games, has proven universality and growth and we have an absolute commitment from all our top athletes that an Olympic medal would be the pinnacle of their careers.”We also have high- profile world champions, exciting world championships for men and women, massive participation from juniors to masters on all continents and a healthy, thriving programme of youth development worldwide,”Ramachandran added.Squash was not included in the 2016 Olympic Games when WSF bid for it last time. Ramachandran exuded confidence that squash has all the required elements for a sport to get popular at world and the Olympic levels.advertisement”Squash has benefitted from some incredibly exciting technical innovations in recent years,including dramatic glass flooring, courts that can be sited in iconic settings such as the Pyramids and New York’s Grand Central Station. We are not a sport that stands still.”All this and the fact that squash is a wonderful example of one-on-one sporting gladiatorial competition, would make it a perfect addition to the Games. Our campaign starts with new energy and vigour and we will have an opportunity to take our message to the Olympic and sporting family over the next two years,” Ramachandran added.  With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

first_imgWASHINGTON – Disgruntled conservatives threatened late Tuesday to scuttle Republican leaders’ plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown, saying GOP leaders now lack the votes to push their proposal through the House. The setback came as a deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation also remained distant.The intransigence by the House Freedom Caucus came as Republican leaders raced against a Friday deadline for pushing a short-term spending bill through Congress. If they fail, federal agencies would start shutting their doors over the weekend — an election-year debacle that GOP leaders and many Democrats are eager to avoid for fear of alienating voters.The leader of the hard-right Freedom Caucus emerged from a Tuesday night meeting to say its members — and other GOP lawmakers as well — want a short-term bill keeping federal agencies open to contain added money for the military.“There’s not enough support to pass it with GOP-only votes in the House,” the group’s leader, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters. He said he planned to discuss their concerns with Republican leaders.The GOP focus on keeping government open comes as it’s become certain there’s no time to cut a deal by Friday on protecting young immigrants.Those talks were soured by Trump’s incendiary remarks about “shithole” countries in Africa last week. Democratic leaders said they would not promise to vote to keep the government open past Friday without a plan to preserve a program that protects the young immigrants known as “Dreamers.”“We don’t want to shut down the government. … We want to keep the government open,” Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters. “But we’re not going to be held hostage to do things that we think are going to be contrary to the best interests of the American people.”House Republican leaders tried to win over wary conservatives with a promise to repeal unpopular taxes as part of the bill preventing a shutdown.They sweetened the plan with a two-year delay on implementation of unpopular taxes on medical devices and generous employer-subsidized health care plans. The taxes, also unpopular with many Democrats, are part of former President Barack Obama’s marquee health law.The temporary funding bill would also include a long-delayed, six-year renewal of a popular health insurance program for children of low-income families. It would fund the government through Feb. 16.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the plan at a Tuesday evening GOP meeting. Lawmakers and aides initially said it was received well, raising hopes that a potential shutdown would be sidestepped with relative ease. A Ryan spokeswoman declined later to comment on the Freedom Caucus’ opposition.Many Democrats said they’re still unlikely to support the measure without an agreement on immigration. The prospects for such a deal were complicated as Democrats appeared to see scant reason to bargain with a president many in their party view as holding racist views.“There’s no trust there,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.Negotiations on immigration were to resume Wednesday but Marc Short, a top White House aide, said an agreement was very unlikely to come this week. “We’re optimistic that we’ll get a deal,” Short said. “I think this week would be fairly Herculean.”Even if they succeed in the House, Republicans would still need at least nine Democratic votes to push a spending package through the Senate, which the GOP controls 51-49. Democrats seeking leverage are forcing that bill to require 60 votes for passage.When the Senate approved a similar short-term spending bill in December, 17 Democrats plus Maine independent Angus King voted to keep the government open. Seven of those Democrats face re-election in November in Trump-won states — including West Virginia, North Dakota and Montana, which have small numbers of minority voters.Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, said Tuesday he’ll vote for a short-term spending bill without a plan to assist the immigrants facing possible deportation. Other red- and swing-state Democrats did not commit.“I think everyone has the empathy and compassion to want to help these young people who are stranded and we’re trying to find that, but shutting down the government isn’t going to help them,” Manchin said.Democrats voting against that December bill included some senators — such as Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California — who might seek the presidency in 2020 and would love support from their party’s liberal voters.On the left, liberal groups are ramping up pressure on Democrats to resist any spending plan. Groups like MoveOn, United We Dream and CREDO shifted their focus from Republicans to Democrats earlier in the month, threatening primary challenges and public ridicule for Democrats unwilling to risk a government shutdown to save the program for young immigrants.Meanwhile, the bipartisan group of senators continued work to build support for a plan to protect the “Dreamers” and toughen border security, including funds to start building Trump’s long-promised border wall.Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, late last year but gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation extending the initiative created by President Barack Obama. It has protected around 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to highlight the later deadline, suggesting there was more time to work out a deal. A shutdown now would be “a manufactured crisis,” he argued.___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Marcy Gordon and Steve Peoples contributed to this report.last_img read more

Praful Patel set to be first Indian to be elected in FIFA

first_imgNew Delhi: The All India Football Federation President Praful Patel is set to become first Indian to be elected as a member in the FIFA Executive Council for a four-year term. According to AIFF sources, Patel is all but sure to be a part of the five FIFA Council members from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) when the regional body holds its elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 6. The election will be for the term 2019 to 2023 and will be held during the 29th AFC Congress. “Out of eight candidates, five will be selected and Patel is sure to be one of them. He has 90 per cent chance of becoming a FIFA Executive Council member. It will be the first time an Indian will be in the top committee of the world body,” a top AIFF official told PTI. December 6, 2018 was the deadline for the member associations to submit their nominations. The AFC Electoral Committee carried out eligibility checks on the candidates running for the positions and the FIFA Review Committee conducted eligibility checks on candidates running for FIFA Council positions. The AFC Electoral Committee will be responsible for all tasks relating to the organisation, running and supervision of the elections. The FIFA Governance Committee will nominate representatives to monitor the running of the elections for FIFA Council positions. FIFA Council Members Candidates: Saoud A.Aziz M A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Praful Patel (India), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran), Kohzo Tashima (Japan).last_img read more

Big Papi Needs More Time To Think

At the beginning of this season, Major League Baseball instituted a new set of rules to make the games go faster. The idea was to limit how often batters can step out of the box during at-bats, thereby shortening the delay between pitches. The Red Sox’s David Ortiz was not happy about these rules and suggested that the changes could harm his performance. As indicated by his temporary benching two months into the 2015 season, Ortiz may have been right.Thus far, the much-discussed batter’s box rule changes have had at most only a minor effect on the overall time of games. For individual batters, however, the impact of the rule has been anywhere from negligible to remarkable. Some hitters already had quick routines and didn’t need to make any alterations. Others liked to step off the plate after every pitch, a habit that the new rules outlaw.The older veterans have been the most affected by the rule change. I’ve shown before that older batters are the players most likely to dawdle, the 39-year-old Ortiz included. From last year to this year, Ortiz has decreased his time between pitches by almost two full seconds, according to Fangraphs.1The Baseball Prospectus numbers are different from Fangraphs’, perhaps because they exclude foul balls and delays longer than 60 seconds. However, both sets agree that Ortiz has sped up. Given Ortiz’s rather vocal opposition to the idea of cutting any time from his routine, it seems reasonable to believe that this was a change the new rules forced upon Big Papi.Whatever his struggles with the clock, Ortiz has endured a disappointing season so far at the plate. Big Papi is currently earning a .289 weighted On-Base Average (wOBA), 20 percent worse than an average hitter in this overall measure of offensive production. This mark is far off his projected performance (.365 wOBA, according to the Steamer projection system) and the worst he’s put up since 1999, when he played in only 10 games.Ortiz isn’t the only veteran slugger suddenly looking helpless with the bat. Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has gone from tearing the cover off the ball (a .411 wOBA last year) to rarely getting it out of the infield this year (.246 wOBA). Aramis Ramirez has fallen apart in a similar fashion, dropping from .334 to .274. Some of these hitters’ underperformance can be blamed on injuries, small sample size and bad luck, but some of it likely comes down to decreased skill. Hitters over 35 who have racked up at least 100 plate appearances (PAs) have been an underwhelming lot this year, collectively falling .016 shy of their projections by wOBA (on average). To put that in perspective, that’s roughly the difference between the offensive performances of Mike Trout and Brandon Belt this year.Older hitters are always risky and come with the chance of sudden collapse, but last year hitters over 35 with at least 3002This is the same 100-PA cutoff as above, but roughly prorated out to the length of a full season. PAs hit only 3 points worse than their projected outcomes.It’s tougher to figure out whether it’s the rule changes that are causing older hitters to do poorly, though. For all hitters, no correlation is obvious between being forced to speed up and doing worse than expected.3The correlation coefficient is a measly -.025, nowhere close to statistically significant. The lack of a relationship implies that pace may not be the driving factor.When you look at it with regard to specific hitters, however, pace begins to seem much more important.4Here I am using data supplied to me by Pitch Info. Every pitch that’s thrown in the majors has a run value attached to it. If a 1-1 pitch is a strike, it increases the probability of a strikeout happening, and an average 1-2 count is going to lead to .0748 fewer runs than the 1-1 count. If we take those expected run values of each pitch, we can see whether a long delay before the pitch changes the number of runs that come from it.For all hitters in 2014, pitches that were preceded by more than a 30-second delay were worth about .0028 runs per pitch.5This data set does not include the first pitch of each at-bat. Pitches that followed less than a 30-second delay were worse (at -.0052 runs per pitch), but only by a small margin. So there was a very slight advantage to the batter to stepping out of the box or otherwise postponing the pitch.Ortiz, on the other hand, gains an inordinate amount of value from delaying the pitch.For Ortiz in 2014, pitches thrown after 30 seconds gained .0289 runs, whereas pitches under 30 seconds were worth only .0014 runs. The difference a few seconds makes to Ortiz is about three times the value for the average batter. This isn’t a fluke just for 2014: Four of the past five years have seen Ortiz reap great benefits from delaying the time between pitches by 30 seconds or more.Ramirez’s numbers tell a similar story. Since 2011, Ramirez has been building his value from delays that last more than 30 seconds. In 2014, Ramirez added .0556 runs per pitch when time between pitches was long, but he lost .0013 runs per pitch when it was short.We can also contrast Ortiz and Ramirez with younger sluggers. The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, for example, is every bit as powerful and patient as Ortiz (if not more so). But Stanton delivers his hits about equally whether the time between pitches is long or short (.0183 for long and .0224 for short). If anything, Stanton does slightly better when there’s less time.We can’t say for sure that the delay between pitches causes Ortiz or Ramirez to do better. But consider that these players are on the older side and are potentially losing the physical skills that made them threats in their younger years. In the absence of the muscles needed to adjust to pitches in the air, these more seasoned sluggers might make up for it with experience. By taking their time to anticipate what pitch is coming next, Ortiz and others like him may be able to guess where a pitch will go before it leaves the pitcher’s hand. In this way, experience can compensate for deteriorating bat speed.That process of educated guessing takes time, Ortiz says. If Big Papi feels hurried or distracted by the umpire (even if he isn’t actually taking any less time between pitches), it could contribute to a reduced ability to predict the next pitch. In turn, that could change hard-hit fly balls to weakly struck grounders, as Ortiz estimates the wrong location of an oncoming pitch.It’s hard to ever count Ortiz out. Many commentators incorrectly predicted his demise in 2009, but Ortiz came roaring back to post a couple of his best seasons in the last five years. Still, Ortiz is facing a new and difficult task: adjusting to his declining physical skills, potentially without having the time to use his most valuable mental skill (experience). Thanks to the new emphasis on pace of play, it’s a dilemma common to many of the elder statesmen of baseball. read more

How World Cup flop boosted Sergio Agueros game level

first_imgThere is a very good reason why Sergio Aguero came back from the summer break in what appears to be his best form, it has a lot to do with the World Cup.The last World Cup was a huge disappointment for Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who was eliminated by France in the round of 16 and now appears to have come back to Manchester City in his best form. The five goals during the first three matches of the season between the Premier League and the Community Shield are more than enough reasons to believe that ‘Kun’ Aguero is coming for everything this season, at least Pep Guardiola seems to think so. The Argentine striker suffered a knee injury before the end of the season that needed him to get through the operating table, Pep Guardiola always sends his players to professional specialist Dr. Ramon Cugat in Barcelona and the results from that whole recovery process are truly amazing. Aguero seems to have returned in an even better form than he was before, the best form of his life according to Guardiola who was very surprised after the striker’s hat-trick against Huddersfield this past Sunday as he expects even more from his top player.It was widely reported by the media that Sergio Aguero never really clicked with Pep Guardiola, the Catalan manager has been known to ax players who he doesn’t believe can follow his instructions and go off script with his tactics. But judging on his latest press conference after that Manchester City match, Pep Guardiola looks really happy with everything that ‘Kun’ is doing at the club and he even stated that he wants the player to retire with the Citizens if he remains on this level for the upcoming years: “Since he came back, I saw him from the first second, from the first minute — wow!” He came back perfect. I think the [knee] surgery from Doctor Cugat [at the end of last season] helped a lot. He feels free now. He suffered the last years with some problems. But it’s not just scoring goals – it’s the space, creating chances, moving, assists, chances, fouls. He never stops. When this happens, he’s one of the best strikers in the world, without a doubt. So what can you say? Chapeau,” said Pep at the press conference after last Sunday’s match.La pelota del hat trick es para Benjamín #FelizDíaDelNiño Te amo hijo! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fJlvmQKsMq— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 19, 2018Sergio Aguero’s World Cup heartache.But apart from the obvious level boost he got after that surgery, we are convinced that the most obvious reason why ‘Kun’ looks like he is at the best of his abilities has to do with the poor performance Argentina had in the last World Cup and the fact that he wasn’t able to play as many minutes as he would’ve wanted during the tournament. It almost looks like he counted for the manager in the first match against Iceland, and then the player didn’t deliver as expected for the remains of the tournament. This lack of participation and involvement wasn’t really Aguero’s fault who was in very good form during the competition, it had more to do with Jorge Sampaoli’s lack of understanding of the best system for Argentina. This problem with the national team has been a constant during the last decade, they haven’t been able to play offensive football for many years even when they have one of the most deadly attacking rosters in the world.Blue Carpet #AllOrNothing #mancity pic.twitter.com/H87mLDIZaeHarry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) August 16, 2018Aguero will take it all out against the Premier League rivals.This frustration that Aguero is suffering after that huge heartbreak for Argentina, is something that is already starting to influence his performances for Manchester City in a positive way, Pep Guardiola is expecting the best version of the striker for the rest of the season and this will only translate into many goals for the Citizens in all competitions. Suddenly that goal-scoring record that Alan Shearer has doesn’t seem as distant as it did before the start of the season, that 146 goal-toll that he has at the start of the tournament seems like it may increase dramatically when May and June come during the final stages of the Premier League season. But what matters the most for both ‘Kun’ and Pep Guardiola, is how much the striker can help out his club in the search for the targeted competition this year: which is the Champions League and will start during mid-September.HIGHLIGHTS… we won’t be forgetting this day anytime soon! #mancity pic.twitter.com/FOOmoQodA5— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 22, 2018How many goals do you think Sergio Aguero will be able to score this season for Manchester City? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Sahitya Akademi

first_imgBooker-Nominated Jeet Thayil and Bengali novelist Subrata Mukhopadhyaya were among 24 authors selected for this year’s Sahitya Akademi Awards, which was dominated by poets. Twelve of the 24 awards went to works of poets, which included K Sachitandandan (Marannu Vacha Vazhikal), late Bal Krishna ‘Bhaura’ (Tim-Tim Karde Tare) and Makhan Lal Kanwal (Yath Aangnaz Manz).Thayil, whose novel Narcopolis was shortlisted for Booker Prize, was selected for his poetry collection Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These Errors are Correct in English category.The Akademi said 12 books of poetry, six short story collections, four novels and one each of autobiography and criticism were selected for the awards this year, two of them posthumously.The awards were given to books first published between January 2008 and December 2010. The award carries Rs 1 lakh cash, engraved copper plaque and a shawl.Among the poets, other winners are Guneswar Musahary (Boro Khonthai Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix), Chandrakant Devtale (Pathar Fenk Raha Hoon), H S Shivaprakash (Mabbina Haage Kabniveyassi), Kashinath Shamba Lolienkar (Kavyasutra) and Darsan Buttar (Maha Kambani). Aaidan Singh Bhatti (Aankh Hinye Ra Hariyal Sapana), Ramji Thakkura (Laghupadhyaprhbandhatrayi) and Krishna Kumar Toor (Ghurfa-I-Ghalib) are the other poets who were selected for the award.Assamese writer Chandana Goswami was selected for her novel Patkair Ioare More Desh while Mukhopadhyaya was selected for his fiction Birasan. Other novelists are Jodha C Sanasam (Mathou Kanba DNA) and D Selvaraj (Thol).In Gujarati, Chandrakant Topiwala’s critical study Gujarati Sakshibhasya was selected for the award while in Maithili Shefalika Verma’s autobiography Kist-Kist Jeewan won the award.Six short story collections also won the award. Jayant Pawar’s Marathi collection Phoenixchya Rakhetun Uthala Mor, Uday Thulung’s Ekantvas (Nepali), Gourahari Das’s Kanta O’ Anyanya Galpa (Odia), Gangadhar Hansda’s Banchaw Akan Goj Hor (Santali), Late Indra Vaswani’s Miteea Khaan Miteea Taaeen (Sindi) and Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah’s Kathalu Vol 1 (Telugu) were the winners in this category.last_img read more

Colours of concern

first_imgCommemorating the 107th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, an event was organised in the Capital that honoured some eminent personalities with the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Bravery/Memorial Award for their remarkable contribution to the society. The function was organised by Society for Shaheed Bhagat Singh Help and Care on 27 September at Shah Auditorium. Satish Kaushik was the chief guest for the evening where a cultural-event with the theme Mera Rang de Basanti Chola also featured. Children of different age groups participated in the show.The event also marked the presence of other guests – Asha Devi and Badrinath Singh (Parents of Nirbhaya), Col. Sanjay Sehgal (Snr. Officer, Civil Defence), Michael N George and Uma Shanker (recipient of National Bravery Award) and many others.last_img read more

Govt introduces Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana to help small marginal farmers

first_imgKolkata: The state government has introduced the Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana to extend support to farmers in setting up micro irrigation facilities that will ensure cultivation using less amount of water.The project will be immensely helpful to small and marginal farmers, mainly in the Jangalmahal area. The state cabinet has given approval to the project on Wednesday.It may be mentioned that there are some places in districts including Purulia and Bankura, which receive scanty rainfall and the technology that will ensure cultivation of crops, mainly fruits and vegetables, using less water, will be of great help to the farmers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state Agriculture department had taken an initiative and identified that two artificial processes – drip irrigation and sprinkle irrigation – will help in cultivation on more acres of land by using less quantity of water.Necessary trials and tests proved both the processes to be useful in ensuring cultivation with less water. Subsequently, a proposal was given to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this connection and the cabinet has given its nod for the same on Wednesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHowever, it was found that it would not be possible for the small and marginal farmers to bear the cost of the drip irrigation and sprinkle irrigation mechanisms, which cost around Rs 70,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively, per acre of land.So, the state government has allotted around Rs 35 crore for the project, thanks to which farmers are going to get the facilities completely free of cost.Since it is a continuous process, the amount would go up later with the success of the project.It has been learnt that experts will be engaged to support the farmers to carry out the project. The experts will develop the mechanisms for individual farmers and at the same time, they will also provide necessary support to farmers to become familiarised with the same.The state government will make the payment to the experts only after receiving a feedback from the farmers and proper scrutiny of the same.last_img read more

LoP asks LG to inquire advocate appointments by AAP govt

first_imgThe only thing that went in favour of the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the judgment of Delhi high court on Friday was the appointment of advocates but BJP has now demanded the LG to order inquiry into these appointments.“The precious public exchequer is being squandered by the CM for his upmanship. As a Leader of Opposition, I am being denied the information regarding engagement of advocates and case-wise payments made to the lawyers,” said Vijender Gupta alleging crores are being paid to the senior advocates by the Delhi government.“I urge the LG to constitute a High Level Inquiry Committee to probe into the engagement of large number of advocates and payment of crores of rupees as fees to them,” he added. He claimed that he wrote several letters to the Chief Secretary for providing information on the fee paid to the advocates but he did not provide the information so far. “The AAP government is deliberately hiding information on payments made to lawyers,” alleged Gupta. He also alleged that payment to contractual lawyers and salary to prosecutors were hiked to around 600 per cent to benefit lawyers associated with AAP.last_img read more

One Time Traffic Fine Settlement scheme garners huge response

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police received approximately Rs 10.5 crore after 19 days of One Time Traffic Fine Settlement Scheme. On Wednesday, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, Rajeev Kumar informed they have got a great response from people after the schemewas started. According to the sources, around 28 lakhs cases were settled. The actual amount of those cases was approximately Rs 30 crore. According to the trend, each day approximately Rs 1 crore is being collected from 26 counters opened in 25 traffic guards and Kolkata Police headquarter at Lalbazar. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have got a great response. Expecting that till end of the scheme all the cases will be disposed of,” said a high ranked police official of Kolkata Police. Officials also informed that there is no provision of extension of the scheme. The scheme is strictly for one time as per the government notification. It was also informed that many people whose cases have been sent to the court want to clear using the scheme. But that is not possible as it is only for those cases which are not listed with the concerned court. Sources informed that on seeing the response, all the traffic guards have been asked to communicate with the vehicle owners which are on the list sent by the Traffic department and ask them to submit the fine and properly inform them about the scheme.last_img read more

New Crop of Robots to Vie for Space in the Operating Room

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world.Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries — more than double current levels — is expected to be performed with robotic systems, with surgeons sitting at computer consoles guiding mechanical arms. Companies developing new robots also plan to expand their use in India, China and other emerging markets.Robotic surgery has been long dominated by pioneer Intuitive Surgical Inc., which has more than 3,600 of its da Vinci machines in hospitals worldwide and said last week the number of procedures that used them jumped by 16 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier.The anticipated future growth — and perceived weaknesses of the current generation of robots — is attracting deep-pocketed rivals, including Medtronic Inc. and a startup backed by Johnson & Johnson and Google. Developers of the next wave aim to make the robots less expensive, more nimble and capable of performing more types of procedures, company executives and surgeons told Reuters.Although surgical robots run an average of $1.5 million and entail ongoing maintenance expenses, insurers pay no more for surgeries that utilize the systems than for other types of minimally-invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy.Still, most top U.S. hospitals for cancer treatment, urology, gynecology and gastroenterology have made the investment. The robots are featured prominently in hospital marketing campaigns aimed at attracting patients, and new doctors are routinely trained in their use.Surgical robots are used in hernia repair, bariatric surgery, hysterectomies and the vast majority of prostate removals in the United States, according to Intuitive Surgical data.Doctors say they reduce fatigue and give them greater precision.But robot-assisted surgery can take more of the surgeon’s time than traditional procedures, reducing the number of operations doctors can perform. That’s turned off some like Dr. Helmuth Billy.Billy was an early adopter of Intuitive’s da Vinci system 15 years ago. But equipping its arms with instruments slowed him down. He rarely uses it now.”I like to do five operations a day,” Billy said. “If I have to constantly dock and undock da Vinci, it becomes cumbersome.”Surgeons’ wish listTo gain an edge, new robots will need to outperform laparoscopic surgery, said Dr. Dmitry Oleynikov, who heads a robotics task force for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.Surgeons told Reuters they want robots to provide a way to feel the body’s tissue remotely, called haptic sensing, and better camera image quality.New systems also will need to be priced low enough to entice hospitals and outpatient surgical centers that have not yet invested in a da Vinci, as well as convince those with established robotic programs to consider a second vendor or switching suppliers altogether.”That is where competitors can differentiate,” said Vik Srinivasan of the Advisory Board Co., a research and consulting firm that advises hospitals.Developers say they are paying attention. Verb Surgical, the J&J-Google venture that is investing about $250 million in its project, said creating a faster and easier-to-use system is a priority.Verb also envisions a system that is “always there, always on,” enabling the surgeon to use the robot for parts of a procedure as needed, said Chief Executive Scott Huennekens.Intuitive said it too is looking to improve technology at a reasonable cost, but newcomers will face the same challenges.”As competitors come in, they are going to have to work within that same framework,” CEO Gary Guthart said in an interview.Device maker Medtronic has said it expects to launch its surgical robot before mid-2018 and will start in India. Others developing surgical robots include TransEnterix Inc. and Canada’s Titan Medical Inc.An RBC Capital Markets survey found that U.S. surgeons expect about 35 percent of operations will involve robots in five years, up from 15 percent today.J&J, which hopes to be second to market with a product from Verb, has said it sees robotics as a multibillion-dollar market opportunity. Huennekens said Verb’s surgical robot will differ from another Google robotics effort, the driverless car, in one important aspect.”There will always be a surgeon there,” he said.(Reporting by Susan Kelly; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Lisa Girion) This story originally appeared on Reuters July 28, 2016 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Got Windows will travel If youre a longtime Wi

first_imgGot Windows, will travel! If you’re a long-time Windows mobile device user, you’ll have found that there are loads of free Windows apps on the market, some good, some great, some pretty useless! It is difficult to work out what are the best Windows apps so some research is necessary. That’s where we come in!There’s an app for almost everything, including travel. There are many paid and free Windows travel apps to make your journey more efficient, your holiday more enjoyable, but what are the best Windows travel apps for you? Skyscanner’s travel tech experts have looked at a broad range of products, from mapping tools to weather forecasts, to come up with its top 10 Windows travel apps.1. Evernote (free)Evernote can take every kind of note – written, voice records, films, photography – and sync them to all your devices, not only making it an indispensable notebook to carry with you on the road, but also a great tool to keep your memories of all those amazing trips.2. CoPilot Live (£26.99 per country)CoPilot is the equivalent of Tom-Tom in an app. Never again be lost in Milton Keynes, Death Valley or downtown Jakarta, and avoid the high costs of renting a GPS with your hired car. There’s also CoPilot Truck for pro long-distance lorry drivers – now that’s cool.3. The Weather Network (free)Will there be snow in New Orleans or sunshine and showers in Newcastle? Get detailed current, short and long-term meteorological info with this useful app. As B*Witched once sang, don’t blame it on the weatherman. With the forecast at your fingertips, you’ll only have yourself to blame.4. SkyMap (£1.29)If you’re lost on your travels, don’t fear, with SkyMap you can navigate by the stars. Wherever you are on the planet, simply point your phone at the sky and it will tell you where you are in terms of stars, constellations, planets or other deep space objects. It only works at night, if that wasn’t obvious.5. Birds PRO (£7.99)Ideal for the binocular-toting business traveller who squeezes in the odd afternoon of birdspotting between face-to-faces across the continent, this app boasts 1500 photos, 468 recordings of songs and calls, info and fun identification quizzes, so you can gen up on target species on the plane. 6. Tube Map (free)Get around on the London Underground like never before! Plan your tube journey from Archway to Barking, West Hampton to East Ham, and receive live train status updates on a scrollable map to make your journey across the capital less hassle.7. Flight Status (free)This nifty little app keeps you up-to-speed about the current status of each flight, like the departure time and departure gate, which saves you having to get up and check the screens while you’re whiling away your six-hour delay with a cheese n’ bacon burger, curly fries and eleven pints of lager.8. Allrecipes (free)Oh no! You’re on the shuttle home from Heathrow and you realise you haven’t got anything scheduled for supper. Your other half will not be best pleased if you turn up with pizza, so get inspired on Allrecipes, grab some fresh ingredients on your way home, and whip up a candlelit dinner that’ll make them forget all about your failure to flush the toilet this morning.9. App Market (free)Looking for a travel app, but don’t know which one? Can’t see your Angry Birds from your CheesedOffCats? App Market should be in everyone’s top 10 Windows apps, as it allows you to search for Windows Phone apps using a variety of clever criteria and filters. You can find, bookmark and install apps in a user-friendly and intuitive manner.10. Skyscanner (free)Last but not least, the world’s most powerful and flexible flight search app: which just so happens to be Skyscanner’s very own free app for Windows. The official Skyscanner app makes it possible to search and book cheap flights on the go, and when you’re looking for travel inspiration you only have to spin the globe to see which destinations are cheapest to reach.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 20 best travel apps: recommended by Skyscanner20 of Skyscanner’s travel tech experts pick their personal favourite travel app they don’t leave home without.iPhone travel apps – discover the best free & paid apps with SkyscannerGot iPhone, will travel! Our pick of the best travel apps for iPhoneAndroid travel apps – discover the best free & paid apps with SkyscannerGot Android, will travel! Our pick of the best travel apps for Android.last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted an “extraordinary” failure over nearly a decade to carry out any detailed calculations on how universal credit will affect different groups of disabled people.DWP has always admitted there would be winners and losers among disabled people as it gradually introduced its delayed and much-criticised new system, while it claims that any savings would be reinvested into supporting those it calls “the most severely disabled”.But it has repeatedly refused to provide clear details of how universal credit (UC) is likely to affect different groups of disabled people, particularly those currently receiving the various disability-related premiums.Disability News Service (DNS) has been trying for nearly 18 months to obtain calculations showing exactly DWP believes different groups of disabled people will be financially affected by the introduction of UC.When DWP failed to provide these figures, following a freedom of information request, DNS lodged a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).Now DWP has been forced to admit to the information commissioner that throughout the nine years since it announced its plans to replace six income-related benefits with the new UC, it has not once carried out and recorded any calculations to show how different groups of disabled people would be affected financially.DWP told ICO: “We do not hold this information because the variables involved are too numerous to enable us to conduct an analysis with case comparisons.“In addition, as the calculations and methodologies are different, no meaningful direct comparisons can be made between Universal Credit awards and awards of benefit from a legacy system.”A spokesperson for the Benefits and Work website, which provides advice and information on benefits, said: “It seems extraordinary that such basic calculations weren’t carried out and shared with representative organisations before such a fundamental change in benefits for disabled people was imposed.”Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) said DWP’s failure to make the calculations was either “callous and reckless or negligent”.And Disability Rights UK said it was “disingenuous for the DWP to say that it could not provide case comparisons”.Instead of providing DNS with the examples it requested, DWP sent ICO links to equality impact assessments it carried out in 2011, which include some figures showing the overall, generalised, predicted impact of UC.An equality impact assessment in November 2011 (PDF, page 13) suggested that 27 per cent of “disabled households” would gain by an average of about £33 a week under UC, while 27 per cent would lose by about £37 a week, although it claimed that DWP intended to “reinvest all savings from the disability reforms back into support for the most severely disabled”.Seven years later, in a report from January 2018, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) noted that “there will be winners and losers from changes in the way UC supports disabled people”.OBR also noted (main report, page 135) that the net cost to disabled people on incapacity benefits such as employment and support allowance in the transition to UC would reach £0.8 billion by 2020-21.In its decision notice on the complaint, ICO pointed out that DNS had argued that it would be “logical… that before embarking on such a major change [as the introduction of universal credit], the DWP would wish to have some understanding of how individuals and families might be affected”.DNS had also said it was “implausible that the DWP had not carried out any indicative case studies to see how a ‘typical’ claimant might be affected”, said ICO.DNS first asked DWP for information nearly 18 months ago, after its press office said the government had “simplified and rationalised the various, complex disability premiums that exist in the legacy system”, but was unable to say how this “rationalisation” would work and how disabled people would be impacted financially by the change to UC.DNS asked DWP to describe the exact financial impact universal credit would have on disabled people who would previously have received these premiums.DWP was asked to provide comparisons both for those making a new UC claim and for disabled people transferring across from legacy benefits such as employment and support allowance.But after DNS complained that DWP was refusing to release this information, ICO has now ruled that, “on the balance of probabilities”, DWP “holds no further information within the scope of the request”, although it said it had breached the Freedom of Information Act by failing to respond to the DNS request within 20 working days.The information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, added: “It is not the role of the Commissioner to determine what type of information a public authority should (or should not) hold within the scope of an information request – only what information is as a matter of fact, held.“The Commissioner recognises that the DWP has put out, into the public domain, a great deal of information about its methodology for modelling the impacts of UC and that this has been highlighted to the complainant.“Having pressed the DWP on this point, the Commissioner is satisfied that the data being used in the Model is not of the level of granularity that the complainant is seeking.”  Bob Ellard, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said: “Either the DWP did do these calculations and they are hiding it, or they didn’t do them at all.“In the first instance, the results must be bad, or they would have published them.“In which case the DWP have been negligent pressing ahead with a system they know will cause harm to disabled people“In the second instance, pressing ahead without knowing what the effects would be is sheer callous recklessness.“Callous and reckless or negligent. Take your pick. “What is certain is that we need an independent public inquiry into what has been going on at the DWP all the way through welfare reform.“We need people to sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition* which asks for that independent inquiry.”The Benefits and Work spokesperson said: “Welfare benefit advisers up and down the country use widely available benefit check software every day to provide ‘better-off’ calculations to clients. “You can input a set of circumstances to model a person’s entitlement to legacy benefits and then hit a single button to do a better-off calculation to look at the effect of universal credit.“The DWP could very easily have done this before universal credit was introduced.“It’s true that UC covers a myriad of individual circumstances too numerous to model in their entirety, but it would have been entirely possible and reasonable for an organisation with the data and resources of the DWP to broadly model some common scenarios using legacy benefits such as income-related ESA as a baseline, and then look at the same situation under UC.”DNS has been reporting concerns about the impact of UC on disabled people for nearly nine years.Inclusion London warned in October 2010 of “considerable concern” that UC would be a “means of reducing the amount people receive in benefits”, and said the following month that it could be used as a cover for cutting disability benefits.DPAC believes UC has now reached a point where it is “unable to adapt to claimants’ complex circumstances, and is forcing people with the least resources into further poverty, homelessness, and hunger”. It has called for UC to be scrapped because it has become a social security system “which not only does not offer security, but actively undermined people’s ability to cope with the hazards of life”.A DPAC report released last month contained “harrowing stories of people forced into debt, rent arrears, homelessness, crime, prostitution, hunger, people unable to afford fares to get to food banks, parents unable to get essentials for their babies, child poverty, worsening mental health, ex-service people considering suicide and even cases of actual suicide”.Disabled activists have repeatedly warned that UC is “toxic” and “rotten to the core”, with “soaring” rates of sanctions and foodbank use in areas where it has been introduced, and repeated warnings about its impact on disabled people.A DWP spokesperson declined to answer a series of questions about its past statements on universal credit because, he said, they “appear to be about clarifying aspects of [the DNS] Freedom of Information request to the Department”.*Sign the Jodey Whiting petition here. If you sign the petition, please note you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeelast_img read more

Plant foods may transmit antibioticresistant superbugs to humans

first_imgMonika Wisniewska / ShutterstockThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that agriculture was responsible for 20% of the 2 million infections that are resistant to antibiotics that occur every year. While this estimate is based on infections and superbugs (so called because of their resistance to antibiotics) caused by the consumption of meat, there is a paucity of research into how big an impact plants have in transmitting these superbugs to humans.In a mouse study conducted by the USC researchers, it was discovered that superbugs were able to “hide” in the mice’s intestines after they had been fed lettuce contaminated with E. coli, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.The researchers accurately mimicked the nature of a superbug infection caused by plants, which does not cause immediate symptoms or signs of illness. The bacteria causing superbug outbreaks can live inside the intestines for up to several years, only causing infection (like urinary infections, for example) when they travel outside of the intestines.After infecting lettuce with E. coli and feeding it to the mice, their fecal samples were analyzed over time.Lead author of the study Marlène Maeusli, PhD candidate at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, said: “Our findings highlight the importance of tackling foodborne antibiotic-resistance from a complete food chain perspective that includes plant-foods in addition to meat.” Related StoriesAntibiotic susceptibility pattern of Enterobacteriaceae found in GhanaLugdunin in the human nose has strong antimicrobial properties against S. aureusMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingOne of the antibiotics tested in the study did not make the superbug better able to hide itself in the mouse intestines, but a second antibiotic led to stable gut colonization after ingestion. Colonization was also altered after the E. coli bacteria was consumed with food, along with consuming an antacid before ingesting the E. coli.In a separate study also presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, six probiotic Bacillus strains were found to be resistant to several types of antibiotics.With Bacillus strains often being used in probiotic products purporting to benefit the health of the gut, researcher and Masters student at CSU Fresno Emmanuel Flores felt it was important to determine whether “probiotic Bacillus are capable of transferring their own antibiotic resistance to bacteria and cause illness such as food poisoning.”Fresno’s study found that probiotic Bacillus does have the potential to transfer antibiotic resistance, but further tests are required to discover which types of bacteria this resistance can be transferred to.Marlène Maeusli explained the future steps in the investigations into plant foods and their role in transmitting superbugs to animals and humans. She said: “We continue to seek the plant characteristics and host factors that result in key microbial community shifts in the gut that put us at risk for colonization and those that prevent it. The environment and human health – in this context via agriculture and microbiomes – are inextricably linked.” Sources: Plants – Not Just Antibiotic-Fed Poultry and Livestock – May be Transmitting Superbugs to People. ASM Press Release. June 22, 2019. Antibiotic Resistance in Spore-Forming Probiotic Bacteria. ASM Press Release.  June 21, 2019. By Lois Zoppi, BAJun 25 2019Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology have revealed that plant foods may be transmitting antibiotic resistance to the gut microbiome.Understanding how antibiotic-resistant bacteria are transmitted to humans through meat and plant foods is important when considering public health, food safety, and the subsequent economic burden.center_img “We found differences in the ability of bacteria to silently colonize the gut after ingestion, depending on a variety of host and bacterial factors. We mimicked antibiotic and antacid treatments, as both could affect the ability of superbugs to survive passage from the stomach to the intestines.Marlène Maeuslilast_img read more

This Common Sugar Substitute Can Be Deadly for Dogs FDA Warns

first_img 20 Weird Dog and Cat Behaviors Explained by Science 11 Ways Your Beloved Pet May Make You Sick Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndohear.comThese German hearing aids are going viralhear.comUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndo You should always be careful about what you let your dog eat — case in point, a common sugar substitute found in everything from chewing gum to peanut butter can be deadly for man’s best friend, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This week, the FDA warned pet owners about the dangers of xylitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is sometimes found in sugar-free foods. Although the substance is safe for humans, it can be poisonous for dogs. Over the last several years, the agency has received reports of dogs being poisoned by eating foods that contain xylitol. Many of the poisonings occurred when dogs ate sugar-free gum, the FDA said. But xylitol can also be found in other food or consumer products, including sugar-free candy, breath mints, baked goods, sugar-free (or “skinny”) ice cream, toothpaste, cough syrup, and some peanut and nut butters. [These 7 Foods Cause the Most Pet Deaths]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65921-sugar-substitute-xylitol-deadly-dogs.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  When dogs eat xylitol, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and causes a rapid release of insulin, the hormone that helps sugar enter cells. This insulin spike may cause dogs’ blood sugar levels to plummet to life-threatening levels, a condition known as hypoglycemia, the FDA said. In humans, xylitol isn’t dangerous, because it does not stimulate the release of insulin. Signs of xylitol poisoning in dogs — including vomiting, weakness, difficulty walking or standing, seizures, and coma — typically occur within 15 to 30 minutes of consumption, and deaths have occurred in as little as 1 hour, the FDA said. To protect your dog, the FDA recommends checking food labels for xylitol, particularly if the product is advertised as sugar-free or low sugar, said Martine Hartogensis, a veterinarian at the FDA. “If a product does contain xylitol, make sure your pet can’t get to it,” Hartogensis said in a statement. This also applies to products you might not think of as food, such as toothpaste, which your dog might still attempt to eat. And if you give your dog peanut or nut butters as a treat or vehicle for pills, you should also check the label to make sure the product doesn’t contain xylitol, the agency said. 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Dog Ownershiplast_img read more

Tourists safety is our responsibility Minister

first_imgPrahlad Singh Patel takes charge as the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge)   –  Twitter/ @pspoffice Safety of tourists is the responsibility of the Ministry as well that of citizens, Minister of Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel said, soon after taking charge.“The country should be respectful towards the tourists and it is the responsibility of the Ministry to create such an environment for them,” said Patel.He added that the Ministry will work to fulfil the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘New India’ by simultaneously investing in and strengthening its cultural roots, and promoting the tourism sector.The five-time MP, Patel represents Damoh Lok Sabha Constituency in Madhya Pradesh. He has been a member of several parliamentary committees in the 16th Lok Sabha.“The works which were done in the last five years shall be taken forward at a much greater pace and in time-bound manner,” said Patel. “Being a highly employment generating sector, the proper branding/promotion of the country’s culture and tourism is required and for this the support from all stakeholders is needed,” he added. COMMENT COMMENTS tourism ministers (government)center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on June 05, 2019 SHARElast_img read more

Soch badlo papa BJP MLAs daughter who married Dalit boy appeals to

first_imgSoch badlo papa: BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit boy makes emotional appeal to dad on live TVSakshi, the MLA’s daughter had earlier filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court, seeking protection to “live a peaceful life” as a married couple. She spoke to her dad from the Aaj Tak studio on Friday.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:12 IST Sakshi Misra, daughter of MLA Rajesh Misra had uploaded a video on social media and informed about her wedding to Ajitesh Kumar.HIGHLIGHTSBJP MLA Rajesh Mishra’s daughter Sakshi on Friday made an emotional appeal to her fatherEarlier, Sakshi had said she was being threatened by her father and “his men” because she had married a Dalit manOn Friday, Sakshi asked her father to change his thinking and requested him not to discriminateSakshi, the daughter of BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra, whose viral video gripped the country this week, on Friday made an emotional appeal to her father with whom she spoke while sitting in the studios of Aaj Tak TV.Sakshi, in her viral video, had said she was being threatened by her father and “his men” because she had married a Dalit man. On Friday, Sakshi appeared on Aaj Tak TV and while in the studio, spoke to her dad over a call.”I had so many dreams and wanted to study. I used to tell my father to take me to work but he never took me seriously,” Sakshi said in a trembling voice. In an emotional message, Sakshi asked her father to change his thinking and requested him not to discriminate.Sakshi claimed that her father never let her step out of the house. “He [Sakshi’s father] had no clue what was happening with us. My brother and mother used to harass me when you were in the office,” Sakshi added.When called, BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra alleged that his family was being harassed. As Sakshi spoke with her father on Aaj Tak, she broke down and apologised to him. Rajesh Mishra said he wished she finds happiness in life, but disconnected the call soon after.THE CASESakshi and her husband Ajitesh had earlier filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court, seeking protection to “live a peaceful life” as a married couple.The next hearing in the case has been fixed for July 15 as Sakshi Mishra and her husband Ajitesh were not present in the court.Sakshi Misra (23) had uploaded a video on a social media platform last week, making her marriage with Ajitesh Kumar (29) public.In another video, she alleged there was a threat to her life from her father, brother and an associate.The couple asked for security, contending that there was a threat to their life from the BJP MLA, who was “unhappy” with their marriage as Sakshi was a Brahmin and Ajitesh a Dalit.The petitioners prayed that police or Rajesh Mishra do not disturb them in “their peaceful living as both petitioners were major and had entered into marriage with a free will”.READ | Respect her decision: BJP MLA denies threatening his daughter for marrying DalitREAD | Tell your goons to back off: BJP MLA’s daughter fears for life after marrying Dalit, releases videoWATCH | BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit boy makes emotional appeal to dad on live TVFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Nextlast_img read more

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Y. according to multiple media reports The New York Times and others reported citing anonymous sources close to the investigation that law enforcement closed in on an area near the town of Malone where gunshots were reported around 4 pm The search for the convicts has been underway for nearly three weeks According to CNN officers were drawn to the rural location near Malone after Matt tried to steal a camper vehicle and shot at its driver who called 911 Additional gunfire broke out as law enforcement tracked the other escapee David Sweat the Times also reported The Franklin County Division of the New York State Police New York State Police public information and US Customs and Border Protection were not able to confirm Matt’s death or provide further information Over 1100 officers at the federal state and local levels have contributed to the search for Matt and David Sweat the other escaped inmate Recent evidence found near two hunting cabins suggested that the convicts were moving north possibly to Canada Sweat and Matt executed an elaborate escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility sometime during the late night of June 5 or early morning of June 6 To break out of prison they made decoy body forms with their sheets sawed holes in walls and squeezed through a manhole to freedom Since the jailbreak two prison employees have been accused of aiding Matt and Sweat in their escape Joyce Mitchell has been charged with providing contraband to the convicts and Gene Palmer has been charged with giving the convicts tools buried inside frozen meat Matt was serving 25 years to life for torturing and killing his boss in 1997 This is a breaking news story Please refresh for updates Write to Julia Zorthian at juliazorthian@timeinccomTokyo: North Korea’s ruling party was scheduled to convene a meeting of its full Central Committee on Fridayto discuss what state media are calling a "new stage" of policies The meeting comes just a week before leader Kim Jong-un is to hold a summit with South Korea’s president on the southern side of the Demilitarised Zone that divides their two nations The meeting which Kim presided over last year and in 2016 follows a session of the smaller and more powerful party Politburo that was held earlier this month The North’s official news agency announced the meeting on Thursday State media normally don’t report details or confirm such meetings have begun until they are finished or until the following day It was impossible to independently confirm whether it had begun early on Friday File image of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un AFP The brief announcement said only that the committee would "discuss and decide the policy issues of new stage in line with the demand of the important historic period of the developing Korean revolution" The committee is comprised of more than 100 senior party members and a roughly equivalent number of alternates Kim has embarked on an ambitious strategy of reaching out to his neighbours this year travelling to Beijing last month for his first summit since assuming power in late 2011 He is to meet South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in next Friday and US president Donald Trump in late May or early June Kim’s new-found focus on diplomacy is a sharp contrast with the tone North Korea was taking at this time last year when he was test-launching ballistic missiles at a record pace and trading insults and taunts with Trump The tone of Friday’s meeting will be closely watched for clues about what kind of approach Kim will take in his upcoming summits and how he intends to frame any major changes for his domestic audience At last year’s Central Committee meeting held just six months ago Kim bitterly criticized the "US imperialists" and defended his nuclear weapons as the fruit of the "people’s bloody struggle for defending the destiny and sovereignty of the country" from Washington Pyongyang toned down its rhetoric after Kim announced in his New Year’s address his plan to improve relations with Seoul and send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February Kim’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong attended the games’ opening ceremony marking the first time that a member of North Korea’s ruling Kim family had ever travelled to the South By Padraic Halpin and Graham Fahy DUBLIN (Reuters) – The people of Ireland are set to liberalise some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws by a landslide an exit poll showed on Friday as voters demanded change in what two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters in the once deeply Catholic nation had backed a referendum by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent A second exit poll was due to be published by 2230 GMT "Not the official result but it’s looking good. read more