A man set his in-law’s house on fire in Banapata village under Balitutha police limits of Jagatsinghpur early hours of Monday.Four persons were killed in the fire.The deceased were identified as Nabaghana Sahu (65), his wife Kamala Sahu (55), daughter Rubina Sahu (26) and son-in-law Harekrushna Mallick (39).After midnight of Sunday, Harekrushna, who had not been in good terms with his wife, sprinkled petrol on the house and torched it. Instantly, his wife Rubina and mother-in-law Kamala caught fire. As the two were screaming in pain, the accused tried to flee from the spot. But his father-in-law, Nabaghana, grabbed him from behind and both died on the spot.Rubina, who was battling for life, had told the villagers how Harekrushna perpetrated the crime.In Laxmiprasad village in Nayagarh district, a woman, identified as Kalyani Khuntia, allegedly administered poison to her minor son and daughter before lobbing them into a pond on Sunday evening. Later, she consumed poison to end her life. While bodies of two to take the extreme step.
From left, Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry display their all-star jerseys before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The NBA will reach the All-Star break with conference races that are too close to call.In fact, they could be closer than ever at the league’s showcase event.ADVERTISEMENT Six teams are within 2 1/2 games of each other from fifth place, where Oklahoma City resides, to 10th. While New Orleans is holding the final spot, the two teams right behind the Pelicans look as if they’ll be tough to hold off down the stretch.The Los Angeles Clippers are ninth, a half-game back of the final spot, and hard-charging Utah is another game back after 10 straight victories.The Clippers have won 12 of 17, but realize they need to keep rolling after a nine-game losing streak in November forced them to play catch-up.“For us, we have to try to win every game,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We dug ourselves a hole earlier, and it’s just, we’re in the West. You lose four in the West, you’re out. That’s just how it is. So we have to win games.”The East is essentially down to nine teams for eight spots. Detroit is 2 1/2 games behind eighth-place Miami and nobody else is close.PREVIEWING ALL-STAR WEEKEND IN LOS ANGELES—All-Star Game: For the first time, it won’t be East vs. West on Sunday night. It’s Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen after captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted teams from the pool of All-Stars, with the league hoping the new format leads to a more competitive game.—Rising Stars Challenge: The NBA’s best rookies and second-year players meet, with a team of U.S. players facing a team from the rest of the world. The World Team has won two of three under this format, and will be led by Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (Cameroon) and Ben Simmons (Australia).—Slam Dunk Contest: The field includes two rookies, one All-Star, and one son of slam dunk royalty. Larry Nance Jr.’s father won the NBA’s first slam dunk title in 1984. Rookies Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas, and Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo round out the field.—3-point Shootout: Houston’s Eric Gordon defends his title against a field that includes All-Stars Klay Thompson, the 2016 champion, Paul George, Kyle Lowry and Bradley Beal. Also competing are Devin Booker of Phoenix, Tobias Harris of the Clippers and Wayne Ellington of Miami.—Skills Challenge: The dribbling, passing and shooting event will have a new champion after New York’s Kristaps Porzingis had to pull out with a torn left ACL. Big men are 2 for 2 since joining what was previously an event for the little guys, with Karl-Anthony Towns winning in 2016. This year’s field: Embiid, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Boston’s Al Horford, Chicago rookie Lauri Markkanen, Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie, Sacramento’s Buddy Hield and Denver’s Jamal Murray. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Toronto Raptors take a one-game lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference into Wednesday, the last full night of play before a week off. In the West, the Golden State Warriors’ lead is down to a half-game over the surging Houston Rockets, who have won nine in a row.Unless those leads grow after those four teams play Wednesday, it will be the first time in NBA history that both conference leaders are ahead by one game or less at the All-Star break, according to the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIf Houston beats Sacramento and Golden State loses to Portland, it will also mean both All-Star coaches warrant their spots because of their records, instead of the rules.Toronto’s Dwane Casey, who will coach Team LeBron, and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, who will lead Team Stephen, clinched the coaching positions even though their teams didn’t lead the conferences at the cutoff date. Boston’s Brad Stevens and Golden State’s Steve Kerr were both ineligible because they coached last year. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAAP Juniors: UST outlasts Adamson in 4th place playoff But Casey isn’t celebrating as he heads off to his first time as the head coach of an All-Star team, knowing the tough road ahead.“That’s not even in my thought process,” he said after a 115-112 victory over Miami on Tuesday.“I’m upset even though we won because I know what’s coming around the corner. It’s like you’re going down a dark alley and here comes a group of guys with a baseball bat and you say, ‘Oh, hey, where’s the baseball game?’ at 12 o’clock at night. You know what’s coming around the corner.”AND TOWARD THE BOTTOM OF THE BRACKETIt’s shaping up to be a wild West again.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The boxer, known for his rags-to-riches climb from the street, has tried to push his son Emmanuel Jr., who is known as Jimuel, to choose another path.“It pains me that he is boxing because I know how hard it is. I told him, ‘Daddy only went into boxing because of poverty… You, you don’t need to box,’” Pacquiao said on ABS-CBN television.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“But he said: ‘Daddy, like you boxing is my passion also. I want to be a representative of this country as an athlete,’” Pacquiao added.Facebook footage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Pacquiao was watching the match through a video call and was seen talking to his son before it started.An aide for Pacquiao told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that Jimuel took up boxing only in December last year, a month before his father easily defeated Adrien Broner in Las Vegas.Following dad’s leadThe younger Pacquiao wouldn’t be the first son of a high-profile boxer to follow dad’s lead. The sons of British boxers Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank, as well as American slugger Joe Frazier became fighters.As for his own career, Pacquiao said he was still eager for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but added he had yet to discuss his next fight with adviser Al Haymon.In October last year, Pacquiao signed with Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum for the past 14 years.Pacquiao said he was open to fighting unbeaten US “super champion” Keith Thurman, Errol Spence Jr. or Britain’s Amir Khan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Character win Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Manny Pacquiao and son Jimuel —INQUIRER FILE PHOTOBoxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday that he had urged his eldest son to stay out of the ring after the 19-year-old’s forays into fighting made the young man’s mother cry.Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said he and his wife had even made a point not to have gloves and boxing equipment at home.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao made the comments after a video of Jimuel sparring during an exhibition match was posted on Facebook.“His mommy had cried several times telling him, ‘Don’t go into boxing, son,’” Pacquiao said of his wife, Jinkee, who had also urged the 40-year-old boxer to retire.“He really wants to do it,” he said.The Facebook footage shows the younger Pacquiao sending his opponent to his knees with aggressive moves reminiscent of his father.Jimuel was wearing gloves and gear branded “Pacman,” his dad’s nickname.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lauded his side’s desire for more success as they soared clear at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Arsenal thanks to Mohamed Salah’s double on Saturday.Klopp’s men lifted the Champions League last season, but narrowly missed out on a first Premier League title in 29 years to Manchester City by one point. Liverpool and City look set to do battle for the title again, but the Reds opened up an early five-point lead over the champions, who face Bournemouth on Sunday, with a dominant display over the Gunners.”A brilliant game from my side so early in the season,” said Klopp.”Outstanding. A performance full of power, full of energy, full of greed, full of passion. That’s what you need against such a good team like Arsenal.”Both sides started with the only 100 percent records left in England’s top-flight, but Liverpool demonstrated the chasm that still exists behind them and City.Arsenal have now lost their last three visits to Anfield by a combined score of 12-2 and early season optimism was snuffed out despite promising signs from club record signing Nicolas Pepe.The Ivorian was handed his first start since a £72 million ($87 million) move from Lille and showed why he was so coveted by posing a constant threat on the counter-attack.Liverpool were camped in the Gunners’ half for the opening 10 minutes, but the visitors were nearly gifted the lead when Adrian, deputising for the injured Alisson Becker in goal, got in Virgil van Dijk’s way as he dealt with a hopeful long ball for Pepe.The Spanish stopper was at fault for Southampton’s consolation in a 2-1 Liverpool win last weekend but escaped this time as the ball fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his chipped effort drifted inches wide.PROMISING PEPEPepe then became the first player to dribble past Van Dijk in the Premier League for nearly 18 months as he showed his blistering pace and sent a curling effort from outside the area just wide.But his big chance to change the course of the game came when he skillfully dribbled past Andy Robertson to burst clear on goal, but his shot was weak and easily saved by Adrian.”Liverpool are doing amazing (things) during many years, but I think if we score first it could be another game,” said Arsenal centre-back David Luiz, who then endured a torrid second-half.Liverpool cranked up the pressure before half-time and got the breakthrough on 41 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner was met powerful by Joel Matip’s header.Once in front, the European champions showed their class to roll through the gears in the second-half and to hand Arsenal another Anfield beating.Questions will be asked of the imbalance in the Gunners’ recruitment strategy as they spent big on Pepe for an already fearsome forward line including Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who started on the bench, but waited until deadline day to sign a much-needed centre-back in Luiz.The Brazilian showed why Chelsea were not desperate to keep hold on him as he hauled back Salah to concede a soft penalty, which the Egyptian emphatically converted.Nine minutes later, Arsenal’s new centre-back was embarrassed once more as Salah raced onto Fabinho’s pass, beyond Luiz who did not want to dive in and see a second yellow card, before curling clinically into the far corner.”Mo’s third goal was absolutely amazing, but the pedigree of the boys is sensational,” added Klopp.”Our identity is intensity, and we showed that today.”With still half an hour to play, Unai Emery’s men could have folded but, to their credit, they stayed in the game and got their reward six minutes from time when substitute Lucas Torreira fired home at the second attempt from Aubameyang’s cut-back.”Our reaction after was good,” said Emery. “That is the spirit I want.” Alexandre Lacazettearsenaljurgen kloppliverpool First Published: August 25, 2019, 12:25 PM IST
As Bangladesh prepare to take on Australia in the two-Test series beginning Sunday, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that his team are very much “unbeatable” at home.Australia have not won a series in the subcontinent since 2011 and were clean-swept in two of the three Test series’ since then. In the last series against India, the Steve Smith-led side had to face a 1-2 defeat in the four-Test series. (Australia’s sole warm-up match against Bangladesh cancelled due to rain)Australia has won all four Tests they have played against Bangladesh, but the teams haven’t met in the longest format of the game since 2006.Bangladesh have not played a single Test match against Australia since Ricky Ponting’s side toured the country in 2006, six years after they were granted Test status.”We knew that we have this ability, and we needed that belief, and we can only get this belief by winning matches,” the Guardian quoted Shakib as saying.”But there is no shortage of self-belief at this moment. Now we feel that we are very much unbeatable at home – doesn’t matter who we are playing against. So this is the belief that makes a team a very good team, and a winning team,” he added.Reuters PhotoIt should be noted that Bangladesh have not played a single Test against Australia during Shakib’s entire career, making this impending series all the more significant.”None of our team members in this squad played Tests against Australia, so it will be very exciting,” said the left-arm all-rounder.advertisementBangladesh, which had a disastrous run of 71 defeats in 72 internationals from 1999 to 2004, have transformed into a team capable of surprising their opponents and causing upsets.In the last one year, they have reached the Champions Trophy semi-finals, cemented their ODI ranking of seventh and defeated England at home in a Test and Sri Lanka away – where their 1-1 series draw bodes ill for Australia, who lost 0-3 in Sri Lanka in 2016.The second Test will start in Chittagong on September 4 and the Australians will depart from Bangladesh on September 9.
Never-before-seen side of PM: Modi was calm, cheerful in crisis, says Bear Grylls on Man vs Wild episode
Never-before-seen side of PM: Modi was calm, cheerful in crisis, says Bear Grylls on Man vs Wild episodeMan vs Wild host Bear Grylls said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was an example of calm and cheerfulness in the middle of a crisis.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 10, 2019UPDATED: August 10, 2019 12:49 IST PM Modi and Bear Grylls in a scene from the Man vs Wild show. (Photo:ANI)HIGHLIGHTSPM Modi maintained his calm in crisis, Bear Gryll told ANIBear Grylls speaks on how the two were stuck in rainThe Man vs Wild episode will be aired on August 12Narendra Modi was an example of calm in the middle of a crisis, said Bear Grylls, the host of the popular television show ‘Man vs Wild’, ahead of the premiere of the special episode on Discovery Channel.”PM Modi is a man who cares deeply about the environment. That is why he came on this journey with me. He has actually spent time in the jungle as a younger man and I was surprised how comfortable he was out there and how calm he was,” Bear Grylls said in an interview to news agency ANI.Bear Grylls in Wales(UK): Our team who was filming( Man vs Wild) was really on the edge, but the PM(Modi) was just very calm and I saw that throughout our journey. Whatever we were doing, he was very calm. That was cool to see…What shone bright for me was his humility pic.twitter.com/Fhf0ABEGQgANI (@ANI) August 10, 2019″We got hit by some really big stones and torrential rain whilst we were there. Our team was really on the edge, but the Prime Minister was just very calm and I saw that throughout our journey. Whatever we were doing, he was very calm. That was cool to see. You never really know what someone is like until there’s a crisis. It was good to be reminded that as a world leader, Prime Minister Modi is calm in a crisis,” Bear Grylls was quoted as saying by ANI.PM Modi spent some hours with Grylls deep inside the forests of the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand to shoot for the episode, which will premiere on August 12.advertisementWhat stood out the most about Modi throughout the journey, Grylls said, was Modi’s humility, as even through incessant rains, there was a “big smile” on his face.Bear Grylls in Wales(UK): The side of PM Modi you will see is unlike you have ever seen before. The team has come back and said this could be the most watched TV show ever in any country in the world, and that is my hope for it. pic.twitter.com/d2sk1JVfjNANI (@ANI) August 10, 2019Grylls also said that PM Modi was a very humble guy and was a sport while crossing the river on a raft made out of reeds and a tarpaulin.”What shone bright for me was his humility. Even though there was rain and his secret services were trying to get out umbrellas, he said ‘no I’m fine’. I made a raft out of reeds and a tarpaulin. I said I think we can get across the river using this, but the secret services were like ‘we cannot put the Prime Minister in a little raft’. But he [Modi] said he was fine and we’d do this together. He asked me to get in too, but the things started sinking. So it was me swimming and pushing him, he was soaking wet but there was a big smile on his face even through the rain,” Grylls said.”I said to him in the beginning, it was my job to keep you safe from wild animals, bad weather and big rivers, which was true. He was calm and considerate, very trusting of me and we just travelled together. It was harder for his security team as they were carrying weapons briefcases and all that. The Prime Minister was an example of calm and cheerfulness,” Bear Grylls added.Last month, Bear Grylls shared a 45-second promo of the special episode on Twitter, which broke the internet, as people got to see a completely contrasting side to the Prime Minister.(With ANI inputs)READ | PM Modi rows boat, makes weapon, goes on a wild adventure for Man vs Wild TV showWATCH | PM Modi rows boat, makes weapon, goes on a wild adventure for Man vs Wild TV showFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 Tags :Follow Man Vs WildFollow Narendra Modi
It was standard thinking of the yesteryears that a degree is one’s ticket to a job. But in these rapidly changing times, a degree is not necessarily a testimony of education, nor is it a certain means to get a job. Learning at higher levels is pursued largely as a social affair as those who enroll are the ones who can afford it, most others drop out. The economic aspect of learning at higher levels is increasingly being disconnected from its intended outcome. People applying for jobs are in proportion much greater than the number of jobs actually available. With colleges continually raising their standards of academic expectation with regard to entry-level marks, the quantum of excellence thus assessed is far greater than the avenues available to absorb them. University of Delhi releasing its 8th cut-off list only tells this story all over again. The nationally renowned Hindu college, for instance, pegs the score at 97.62 for Economics, one of the most sought-after courses at this university. For Hindu college, General category students who could not manage the overall minimum score of 97.62 per cent are ineligible to qualify for admission in the flagship institution. It is reported that 63.9 per cent seats are reserved for the economically weaker section and 52.2 per cent seats for Scheduled Tribes are still lying vacant. It goes without saying that for excellence to be displayed at a certain level, adequate preparations must be made at all levels preceding it so as to lend value to such systems. But quite the reverse actually happens. School education is still awaiting reforms and improvements and popular colleges are left with no choice but to keep up with their limited capacity by raising cut-offs to allow only the top-most scorers. Surely, making education learning-based and making learning relatable at all levels will effectively address the nagging problem of unemployment of contemporary times.
Mumbai: Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan has lambasted the Narendra Modi government, calling it the “most corrupt” in the history of India, and said its performance has been “abysmal and deplorable”. He also accused the BJP-led dispensation of misusing the sedition law, and said the Congress wants to differentiate between the anti-national acts and opposition to the government. Chavan claimed there was fear among people now that if Modi, who has “dictatorial tendencies”, continued to be in power, the Indian democracy would be in trouble. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In an interview to PTI, the former Maharashtra chief minister said in 2014, Modi had promised a corruption-free government. “In 2014, Modi emerged as the winner even before the campaign started. There were several corruption allegations against UPA-II, which people believed. Many of the allegations were fabricated. We could not effectively defend ourself. The Anna Hazare movement also created an atmosphere against us. Modi’s corruption-free government promise was very important as many people voted him to power for that,” Chavan said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “But, if you analyse his (track) record, it is abysmal and deplorable. Modi’s government is the most corrupt in the history of India,” he alleged. Chavan said, “People have now realised that these people had lied to them by giving promises which they had no intention of fulfilling. The former Union minister charged that Modi launched a surgical strike on Indian economy through demonetisation. “Performance of Modi is the agenda of the campaign this time. But, he has no answers on the development promises. Instead, he has shifted the focus on national security and wrong propaganda about the Congress and other opposition parties,” Chavan said. “Post-Pulwama, lot of counter-narratives are floating around. Congress party will ask him questions about anything and everything. It is the right of the opposition to answer questions. The job of the opposition is to oppose, expose and depose the government,” he said. Chavan said he expected the Congress-NCP to do better in this election as compared to the 2014 tally of two (Congress) and four (NCP) seats in the Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra. “The mood of the nation has changed. The wave is against Modi. The opposition has sensed that the Modi government can be defeated. There is a genuine fear that if a man like Modi, with dictatorial tendencies, returns to power, there will be a question mark on the future of Indian democracy,” he added. “We are happy with the ‘tukde tukde’ label. Let’s not forget that it is the Congress party, which made ‘tukde tukde’ of Pakistan,” he said, responding to BJP charge that the party manifesto is written by the “tukde tukde gang”. The BJP has been using “tukde tukde” gang to refer to students accused of raising anti-India slogans in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2016 and has generalised the phrase to attack those it accuses of sympathising with Maoists and separatists. Congress party’s record very clear, he said, adding that wars fought under the political leadership of the Congress have seen India decisively defeat Pakistan. When asked about the promise of review of sedition law in the Congress manifesto, Chavan said the party makes it clear that it wants to differentiate between the act against the nation and opposing the government. “There is a difference between anti-national acts of stealing defence secrets and selling it to Pakistan and saying demonetisation has been the most stupid decision of the Modi government,” Chavan said. “It is the right of the opposition and every citizen to ask the government of the day for accountability. The sedition law was rarely used during the UPA rule. Now, the government is misusing it and there are 179 sedition cases in different parts of the country,” he said. “In JNU, if somebody has a different point of view, do you arrest them under sedition?” he asked. He said the BJP’s manifesto has consistently given place to issues of Ram temple, uniform civil code in the last three elections. “Modi had got absolute majority after 30 years. There was no alliance partner or deputy PM. Modi was the ruler and he has not been able to explain his performance on development front,” he said. Chavan said the Congress-led opposition has deliberately avoided a national alliance against the BJP since it would have to be under some leader. “This is what Modi wanted- to convert the election into a US presidential style campaign,” he added. When asked about alliances, he said the Congress has 23 parties on board in the state-level alliances. “There are conflict of interests in some states. But, in a large country this is bound to happen. By and large, alliances are in place,” he said. Targeting the BJP, he said on the issues of development, national welfare, the ruling party is no match to Congress. “All their promises have fallen flat. Hence, it is effectively using methods of coercion and inducement. Their motto is anything goes in politics…,” he said. Referring to the I-T raids in Madhya Pradesh, Chavan said it was “tax terrorism”. “To threaten and create an atmosphere of terror,” he said. When asked about Shiv Sena joining hands with BJP , Chavan alleged, “It is clear agencies like ED, CBI have been utilised.” Chavan said the Rafale deal was a complicated case of huge corruption. “It is the largest defence corruption scandal where laws and decisions have been twisted around. (Former Defence minister Manohar) Parrikar refused to toe the line to increase the price in the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC). The matter was not resolved at the DAC and hence it was taken up by the Cabinet Committee on Security, where the prime minister approved the price hike,” he claimed.
Rae Bareli/Lucknow: A day after an alleged attack on Rae Bareli MLA Aditi Singh, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called it an assault on democracy while a party delegation met Governor Ram Naik, demanding a judicial probe.The Congress has alleged that the MLA was on her way to oversee the voting for a no-confidence motion against zila panchayat chairman Avadhesh Pratap Singh, who is the brother of BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Dinesh Singh. “This is an attack on democracy. Nothing of this sort has ever happened in Rae Bareli. Country-made weapons, bricks and lathis were used in the attack. Zila panchayat members were dragged from their vehicles,” Priyanka Gandhi alleged. In Lucknow, a delegation led by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar sought a judicial probe into the alleged attack. Priyanka Gandhi claimed that one of the zila panchayat members was run over by a vehicle. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”What kind of democracy is this? It is the BJP government in the state when such incidents are taking place while the entire administration is sitting idle,” she said after a meeting with party workers here. Priyanka Gandhi maintained that the party would raise the issue at every level.”Our leaders are meeting the Governor in Lucknow. In Delhi, we are meeting the Election Commission. We will take legal recourse and file a complaint against the local administration if required,” she said. Priyanka Gandhi, who was scheduled to take part in a roadshow in Varanasi later in the day, said they had told the administration that something of this kind could take place but precautionary measures were not taken. “We have demanded to cancel proceedings of the no-confidence motion and fix a new date for it,” the Congress stated in an official release here.
26 November 2007Chinese and Bangladeshi units that will form part of the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur (UNAMID) have arrived in the war-torn Sudanese region to help in the transition from the existing AU peace operation (AMIS). At the weekend 135 troops from a Chinese engineering company that will eventually number 315 arrived in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, to begin their deployment, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York today.The advance Chinese troops are part of the UN’s support package to AMIS and will help pave the way for the deployment of UNAMID by undertaking work critical to the establishment of the hybrid mission, Ms. Montas added.A separate Bangladeshi Formed Police Unit (FPU) also arrived in Nyala late last week to begin work supporting AMIS.UNAMID, which is due to take over from AMIS at the start of next year, will have an estimated 26,000 troops and police officers when it reaches full deployment. They are tasked with trying to quell the violence and suffering in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others displaced since rebel groups began fighting Government forces and allied militia in 2003.The AU-UN Joint Special Representative, Rodolphe Adada, visited both new units yesterday after earlier holding meetings with Ali Mahmoud, the Governor of South Darfur. The two men discussed the security situation inside the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs).In a press statement, Mr. Adada said that he and the Governor agreed that arms inside Kalma camp posed a threat not only to other IDPs but to humanitarian workers trying to deliver assistance.Meanwhile, the UN and AU Chief Mediators for Darfur, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun and Sam Ibok, are heading to Juba, south Sudan, tomorrow for further discussions with Darfur rebel groups based there and with members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Task Force for the Darfur Peace Process.The mediators are scheduled to travel to Darfur itself next week to hold consultations with the leadership of one of the region’s many rebel groups, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).