Greater Noida/Ghaziabad: In two separate incidents of robbery, unidentified armed robbers robbed a cash collecting agent of a private milk products company with Rs 65 lakhs near NTPC in Dadri area of Greater Noida on Monday morning while in another, three bike-borne assailants robbed Rs 1.5 lakhs from a Sahibabad Based businessman on late Sunday night.In first incident, nearly five armed robbers looted cash and car from cash collecting agents of Paras milk products company when they were going to deposit the amount in bank. The company officials have claimed the looted cash to be Rs 65 lakhs while during the robbery bid, the robbers also robbed a car from a passerby to flee. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said, “The incident occurred around 12 pm on Monday and soon after receiving the information, police teams from Jarchha police station intercepted the criminals. Two criminals were nabbed by police along with weapons. The car which they had snatched has also been recovered by the police. We are interrogating the arrested persons to reach out their other accomplices and further investigations into the case are underway.” Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceIn another incident, three-bike borne assailants robbed a local businessman of Rs 1.5 lakh at gunpoint in Ghaziabad. According to police, the incident occurred around 10.30 pm on Sunday in Sahid Nagar area of Sahibabad. During the robbery, the robbers also snatched victim’s mobile phone and motorcycle’s key and threw them in the drain so that he could not seek help. Police officials said that, Abdul Hafeez, a resident of Sahibabad, runs a meat shop at GD road area. Hafeez was on the way back to his home after closing the shop when three bike borne miscreants wearing black helmet intercepted him. They pointed gun on him and one of the accused took the keys of motorcycle while one accused sntached his mobile phone and threw it into the drain. The accused fled away after snatching Rs 1.5 lakhs cash from Hafeez and also thrashed him with helmet for resisting them.Police have registered a case in the case.
New Delhi: Drug major Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Tuesday reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 635.88 crore for the fourth quarter ended on March 31, 2019. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 1,342.50 crore for the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries said. The profit was mainly impacted by distribution change for its India business. The company said the net profit for the fourth quarter of FY2018-19 is not comparable with the year-ago period due to the one-time impact of distribution change for India business in the fourth quarter of 2018-19 as well as the one-time tax benefit of Rs 259 crore for the same quarter during the last year.
Namche (Nepal): Nepal’s reluctance to limit the number of permits it issues to scale Mount Everest has contributed to dangerous overcrowding, with inexperienced climbers impeding others and causing deadly delays, seasoned mountaineers said. During the short period this season when the weather was clear enough to attempt the summit, climbers were crammed crampon-to-crampon above South Col’s sharp-edged ridge, all clipped onto a single line of rope, trudging toward the top of the world and risking death as each minute ticked by. “There were more people on Everest than there should be,” said Kul Bahadur Gurung, general secretary of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, an umbrella group of all expedition operators in Nepal.
Srinagar: Three people were injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district after soldiers tried to flag down and then fired at a vehicle which jumped an Army checkpost, police sources said. Three people in the car suffered injuries as Army soldiers fired at the vehicle after the driver ignored the signal and went past the checkpost in Drabgam village on Wednesday, police sources said. One of them sustained a bullet injury and was shifted to a hospital in Srinagar, while the other two were injured by broken glass pieces and were taken to a local hospital, the sources said.
Silchar (Assam): A major fire on Sunday burnt three coaches of the Silchar-Trivandrum Express train while stationary at station in Silchar, the main city in southern Assam adjoining Tripura, officials said. No one was hurt in the incident. The Trivandrum bound Express train, which arrived here at midnight on Saturday, was scheduled to leave Silchar station at 8.05 a.m. on Tuesday morning. According to police officials, the fire broke out on Sunday morning from a sleeper class compartment adjacent to the pantry car of the train at Silchar station, 380 km northeast of the state capital. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “Initially, the railway personnel tried to douse the fire with fire extinguishers. But soon the fire spread to two nearby compartments including a chaircar coach, resulting in three compartments being guttied, before fire tenders came to the station and controlled the blaze,” the official said. He said that the train caught fire an hour before the Silchar-Agartala train was scheduled to leave for Tripura. “The station manager noticing the fire quickly shifted the passengers packed in the Silchar-Agartala train to another platform.” All the coaches of the train were locked when the train caught fire. There is no report of any death or injury in the incident. Railway authorities are probing the cause of the fire.
Nottingham: The International Cricket Council’s outgoing Chief Executive David Richardson has said that keeping a reserve day for every rain-affected World Cup match is practically impossible considering the length of the tournament. Two Sri Lanka games — against Pakistan and Bangladesh in Bristol have been abandoned without a ball being bowled. The other game between South Africa and West Indies in Southampton was called off after 7.3 overs, leading to calls for a reserve day. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up The game between Pakistan and Australia game at Taunton on Wednesday could also be affected by rain and likewise for Thursday’s match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge. The mega event, which began on May 30, concludes on July 14. “Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” Richardson said in a statement. Also Read – Griezmann all smiles at Barcelona: Lenglet As per Met department’s report, UK is experiencing twice the average rainfall in June. “This is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK. In 2018, there was just 2 mm of rain in June but the last 24 hours alone has seen around 100mm fall in the south-east of England,” said the former South Africa wicketkeeper. He then went on to explain the impact a reserve day could have on the tournament. “It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials’ availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game. “There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either,” said Richardson. The abandoned matches could impact a team’s position on the points table during the business end of the tournament but having a reserve day for each match will require a significant increase in workforce from the current 1200 that is employed per game. “We have reserve days factored in for the knock-out stages, knowing that over the course of 45 group games we should play the large majority. When a match is affected by weather conditions, the venue team works closely with Match Officials and Ground Staff to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to play cricket, even if it is a reduced overs game.” New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, when asked about rain affected games, said: “We want to play for two points. No player personally wants rained out games.” For Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes, the match being called off was indeed frustrating as they had real chance of a comprehensive victory over the below-par Lankans. “Very frustrating. We really targeted this sort of game as two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and no pushovers at all. But we do see it as one point lost, and that’s disappointing, but realistically, what can we do about it? Absolutely nothing,” Rhodes said. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was not complaining after the abandoned match against the West Indies as it helped his side get off the mark on the points table. “The horse is out of the shed if that’s the right wording. We wanted to play a full game today. I think it’s pretty obvious that when you play a team like the West Indies you want to play a full 100-over game. Just the make-up of their side. So it’s disappointing the fact we didn’t get a game,” du Plessis said.
New Delhi: Demonstrations continued on Monday outside a Delhi police station where the driver of a mini taxi and his son were assaulted a day earlier, leading to a political storm and the suspension of three policemen. Scores of slogan-shouting protesters massed outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station near Delhi University and tried to break into the complex, only to be pushed back by a strong contingent of security personnel. Two Assistant Sub-Inspectors and a constable have been suspended for unprofessional conduct over the way they handled the situation on Sunday after a ‘Gramin Seva’ taxi brushed a police vehicle, triggering a chain of unpleasant events. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Deputy Commissioner of Police Vijayanta Arya said an enquiry had been initiated into the incident. On Monday, the driver, Sarabjit Singh, 45, became emotional while his 16-year-old son Balwant Singh broke down while telling IANS how they were thrashed at the police station. “They took us inside the police station. One of them instructed the others to switch off the CCTV and then they started beating us badly,” said Balwant Singh, who was with his father when the incident took place. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize Balwant Singh said a policeman hit him on the head with a pistol. “First they punched my face multiple times and later one of them started to hit me with his pistol’s butt on the head. I felt like I was a terrorist who was being interrogated,” Balwant Singh said as neighbours in Gandhi Vihar stood by in grim silence. The enquiry will be conducted by an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police along with an Assistant Commissioner of Police to ascertain the role of the policemen in the incident which was caught on camera. The police say it were the driver and his son who first attacked the policemen with a sword. The father was swinging a sword while chasing the police. The driver’s friends alleged that the father and son were dragged out of the vehicle by police personnel and assaulted and again beaten up at the police station. Further action will be taken following the outcome of the police investigation, officer Arya said. A passer-by recorded the violent scenes on the streets on his mobile telephone and posted them on social media. The video shows the driver and his son having an argument with a policeman outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station. As more policemen came to the scene, the man takes out a sword from his vehicle and charges at the policemen, scattering them. Eventually he is overpowered. And then the police personnel began to rain lathi blows on the man. They were then taken to the police station and, according to the father and son, thrashed again, prompting protests by BJP and AAP MLAs as well as demonstrations by residents, including members of the Sikh community.
New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced raising the disinvestment target to Rs 1,05,000 crore from FY2019-20 as against Rs 90,000 crore set in the interim budget. Presenting the first Budget of the Modi government in its second term, Sitharaman said the sovereign external debt to GDP is among the lowest globally — less than 5 per cent. She also said a new series of coins of Re 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 easily identifiable for visually challenged will be made available for public use shortly. The finance minister highlighted the need to replicate Zero Budget Farming, to go back to basics, which will help double the income of farmers. Indian Developmental Assistance Scheme will be revamped during the current financial year, she added.
New Delhi: ‘Stranger Things’ is more than just a supernatural thriller. It has become a pop culture phenomenon over the years. Now, director-producer Shawn Levy wants to take the nostalgia-inducing blend of horror and thrill to the big screen. But he is not in a hurry. Back in 2016, The Duffer Brothers brought the science-fiction horror drama alive, with a bonanza of nostalgic 1970s and 1980s references. The third season went live earlier this month. “For me, the thrilling part of Season 3 is that it truly feels like a movie. The scope of the action and spectacle, while still keeping the emotional depth of each character, is highly cinematic,” Levy said. “Perhaps it would be fun to make a movie out of ‘Stranger Things’ one day, but we are in no rush as essentially Netflix is allowing to make mini movies with every episode,” he said.
New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) sends notice to Delhi Police (SHO Kanjhawala) over sexual assault of three minor boys.In the notice, DCW seeks details on eight points which includes details of the accused along with their age, details of the arrest, whether the matter has been reported to the special court and CWC as per sec 19 (6) of POCSO Act, 2012, steps taken by the police to ensure safety of the victims and their family and other points. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticAccording to DCW, they received a complaint regarding the penetrative sexual assault of three minor boys by a group of accused in the colony in Rohini district. It has been informed to the Commission that 3 boys aged 15 years, 10 years and 9 years living in the colony were playing in their colony. “While playing, a few boys from the neighbourhood approached them and took them away on the pretext of catching fishes in a nearby stream,” said DCW in the notice copy. DCW further added that the boys were taken to an isolated place and there, all three of them were sexually assaulted by the accused persons. The sexual assault was so brutal that one of the 3boys felt unconscious and had to be revived with great difficulty.
Chennai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at 14 locations in Tamil Nadu on Saturday as part of its probe into the ‘Ansarulla’ terror module case, officials said.Agency sleuths conducted searches at the residences of the 14 people arrested in the case after they were deported from Saudi Arabia. The searches were conducted at five locations in Ramanathapuram district, two in Theni and one each in Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Thanjavur, Perambalur, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts, the NIA said in a release. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children”During the searches, a laptop, seven mobile phones, five SIM cards, three memory cards, one hard disk drive, two pen drives, one internet dongle, nine CDs/DVDs and about 50 documents have been seized,” the agency said. The seized items would be submitted before a special court for NIA cases here and the digital devices would be sent for cyber forensic examination. The NIA said the case was registered based on credible information that the accused, owing allegiance to terrorist organisations ISIS, al Qaeda and SIMI, while being within and beyond India, had conspired and made preparations to wage war against the government by forming the terror outfit ‘Ansarulla’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The accused persons and their associates had collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in India, with the intention of establishing Islamic rule” in the country, it said. They have been “actively recruiting” individuals to strike terror in India and have also been disseminating videos and other ‘jihadi’ propaganda material exhorting supporters to conduct terrorist attacks through various methods, including the use of explosives, poison, knives and vehicles, as means of attack, it said. The NIA has arrested total 16 people in connection with the case. The searches come a day after a special NIA court had granted the probe agency eight-day custody of the 16 arrested. The NIA had said the agency needed to take the accused to various places to verify the evidence collected against them during the investigation.
Shimla: Former union minister and BJP veteran Kalraj Mishra on Monday took oath as 26th Himachal Pradesh Governor succeeding Acharya Devvrat, who was appointed as Gujarat Governor last week.The 78-year-old Mishra was administered oath by Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice V. Ramasubramanian at the Raj Bhawan in presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. A former RSS pracharak, Mishra had a long political inning in Uttar Pradesh. He had served as a cabinet minister in UP, state BJP president and later also remained as Rajya Sabha member thrice before he was elected to the Lok Sabha poll in 2014. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Mishra held the portfolio of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He had resigned from the union cabinet on attaining the age of 75 years but now finds himself aptly rewarded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mishra says he finds his appointment as ‘homecoming’ in the state, where he recalled having worked as BJP incharge in 2010 -2012. Speaking to mediapersons at Raj Bhawan after his oath, he said that drug abuse among the youth is a major concern which is now spread to major towns of Himachal Pradesh, including Shimla. He linked drug issue with health and suggested the government to pay greater attention towards saving the youths, falling prey to the drugs. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The issue of drugs is such a worrying thing one can’t just ignore it. This has to be dealt with very sternly to save our young generation. Only law can’t solve this the problem. We need to create massive awareness and hit the issue hard,” the new Governor said. Asked about zero-budget Natural Farming—an agenda which was very high for his predecessor Acharya Devvrat, Mishra said, “It’s one priority area in the union budget. We will see how best it can be carried forward in Himachal Pradesh. Acharya ji was very passionate about it and I will also do my bit…it’s the state government and the Chief Minister who will have to implement it effectively.” Mishra stressed on environment protection for which Himachal Pradesh has a greater role in view of the climatic changes happening all over the globe. Girls education and empowerment of the specially-abled are another key area of interest for Mishra. Those who attended the oath included Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore, former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Speaker Dr Rajeev Bindal, leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, Cabinet ministers and Mayor Kusum Sadret.
New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Tuesday gave its nod to a bill which seeks to weed out corruption, improve road safety and usher in use of technology to regulate traffic, as the government assured the House that rights of the states will not be taken away.The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by a voice vote. Several amendments moved by opposition members were also rejected by voice vote. Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said he is here “not to show any dream” but to fulfil promises made on better, smoother roads and latest transport technology. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’While several members cutting across party lines supported safety and traffic violation aspects of the Bill, they at the same time accused the Centre of trying to take away state’s powers with certain provisions of the draft law. Gadkari said that the government has no intention to intervene with the power of states. The bill proposes a National Transportation Policy for ushering guidelines on the transportation of goods and passengers. The minister said it will be framed only after holding consultation with the states. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We will not take away any power of the states…If some states would not like to adopt that, they would be free to do that. It is not a mandatory policy,” he said. The minister also announced that the ministry would end the system of road monitoring being undertaken by independent engineers and it would be carried out by an experts’ company. On initiatives being taken by the government to give a push to the country’s transport sector, he said that soon two-wheeler taxis would be a reality. This facility will help people living in villages and tehsils. “We have suggested this to states. It’s upto them to accept,” Gadkari said. The minister said several states including Delhi, and Himachal Pradesh are buying electric vehicles for public transportation. “We are thinking of the poor and not for rich,” he said. He added that work is in full swing to attract domestic and international cruize in Mumbai. “We are also making waterways. Soon you will be able to travel from Allahabad to Kolkata,” he said adding ropeways, cable-cars and sky-buses too will be a reality in India. He informed that Italain technology has been used for parking of cars in the Transport Bhavan here. With the use of this technology, large number of vehicles can be parked in a small place. He invited all members to visit the restaurant constructed at the top floor of the multi-level parking in Transport Bhavan. Now states like Kerala have asked for this technology for construction of parking lots, he added. Further, he said that as many as 14,000 black spots have been identified in the country, and Rs 14,000 crore, raised from ADB and World Bank, would be invested to rectify them with a view to control road accidents. Gadkari also said that he is not here to sell dreams but to fulfil promises on better and smoother roads and latest technology for transportation. “People do not give votes if you do not fulfil promises,” he added. Once the bill becomes a law, the new vehicles will be registered at the dealers level and it will eventually remove buyers interface with the Registration authorities.
New Delhi: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday inducted the Commando for Railway Security (CORAS) here and promised to set up a commando training centre in Haryana to modernize and train commandos of the Railway Protection Force (RPF). At a function at the New Delhi railway station, Goyal inducted the first batch of the CORAS commandos. Before that, the commando team gave a demonstration of how they would rescue hostages from a passenger train. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Goyal said: “These CORAS commandos will be posted in Left extremist wing affected areas, northeastern region and Jammu and Kashmir where providing security to the passengers and the railway network is of utmost priority. “A new state-of-the-art commando training centre for RPF will be started in Jagadhri (in Haryana) which will have access to latest technology and equipment.” The Minister said the RPF’s crack commando team of 1,200 officers will get the most modern equipment and world-class training. “This will help train the other 60,000-65,000 fellow officers of RPF.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Goyal said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “deep sensitivity” for railway passengers. The Minister said a network of CCTV cameras will be set up at every station. “The link of these cameras will be given to the local stations, GRP, RPF, divisional office and even to the Minister’s office.” He praised RPF for catching thousands touts and sought “maximum punishment” for them. He said the task should have been done by the Traffic Division of the Railways but was done by the RPF. In a stern warning to the railway officials, Goyal said: “Fix the problem or we shall take action.”
New Delhi: Cafe chain operator Coffee Day Enterprises on Wednesday announced sale of its Global Village Tech Park in Bengaluru to Blackstone for up to Rs 3,000 crore to cut its debt. The announcement comes weeks after Coffee Day Enterprises founder V G Siddhartha allegedly committed suicide. In a letter purportedly written by him, Siddhartha mentioned severe financial stress being faced by his group firms, among other issues. “The Board of Directors of the company…discussed methods of deleveraging the group. Towards the objective of deleveraging the board discussed and approved the disinvestment of Global Village Tech Park in its subsidiary, Tanglin Developments Ltd, in favour of Blackstone,” Coffee Day Enterprises said in a BSE filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The transaction valuation is about Rs 2600-3000 crore and the company has entered into a non-binding letter of intent. The transaction closure is subject to completion of Blackstone’s due diligence, documentation and receipt of requisite regulatory approvals, which is expected in the next 30- 45 days,” the company added. The board also provided in-principal approval for disinvestment in its stepdown subsidiary AlphaGrep Securities Pvt Ltd in favour of Illuminati Software Pvt Ltd for an approximate amount of Rs 28 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The above mentioned transactions will significantly help in deleveraging the Coffee Day Group, and ensure smooth operations while safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers,” Coffee Day Enterprises said. Coffee tycoon V G Siddhartha seemed to be under severe financial stress before his death, with his flagship cafe chain Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd’s liabilities doubling to over Rs 5,200 crore and his unlisted ventures in the realty and hospitality sectors having similar levels of debt. Siddhartha, whose body was recovered from a river near Mangaluru last month after he went missing, had mentioned “serious liquidity crunch” and “tremendous pressure” from lenders and an unnamed private equity investor. Coffee Day Enterprises on July 31, 2019, named independent director S V Ranganath as the interim chairman of the company to replace its founder Siddhartha. The company board, wherein Siddhartha’s wife Malavika Hegde is also a director, put in place a working structure of the company. It also constituted an executive committee comprising Ranganath, COO Nitin Bagmane and CFO R Ram Mohan. The executive committee will explore opportunities to deleverage the Coffee Day Group, it had said.
Coimbatore: Two persons, hailing from Andaman and Nicobar, allegedly stabbed a taxi driver and took away the car near here in the early hours of Wednesday, police said. One of them was caught while the other was absconding, they said. The two had booked the car to go to Madurai from here. As the car reached Sulur, about 20 km from here, one of them stabbed the driver Vasanthkumar, pushed him out of the vehicle and drove the car away, the police said. Passersby took the injured driver and admitted him to the Government hospital here. On being informed, police alerted checkposts and other strategic points towards Tirupur and border districts, and intercepted the car with the duo near Tirupur. One of them escaped from the police, while the other was taken into custody.
Panaji: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday asked state chief secretaries to device a mechanism to ensure that investigation and trial in sexual offences like rape against girls under the age of 12 are completed within two months of the crime.Shah was speaking at the 24th meeting of Western Zonal Council which was attended by chief ministers of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani), Maharashtra (Devendra Fadnavis), Goa (Pramod Sawant) and representatives from the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said a detailed monitoring mechanism should be put in place to ensure investigation and trial in sexual offences/ rape against girls below 12 years of age are completed within two months. The chief secretary of each state must personally monitor adherence to legal provisions of completing investigation and trial in such cases, Shah said. During the meeting, the coverage of villages without any banking facilities within 5km radial distance of a bank/ India Post Payments Service was also discussed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The data derived from the GIS (Geographic Information System) platform of NIC (National Informatics Centre) will be further corroborated by the states using road distance on the ground, Shah said. “Direct Benefit Transfers (DBTs) should also be done through IPPBs (Indian Post Payments Bank) everywhere as these are covered by core banking solution, he said, underlining the need for systemic reforms instead of merely chasing statistics. Enhancement of DBT Portal to include scheme/village- wise details by collecting real-time information from respective portals of beneficiary-oriented schemes, innovative solutions of encrypted QR code on Aadhaar card for verifying antecedents of fishermen were also discussed at the meet. During the meeting, state governments were directed to get the printouts or cards made within a month at government initiative so that everyone has Aadhaar card with latest QR code and foreign nationals dont illegally enter Indian territory through fishing boats. “The sole purpose of the meeting is to pace up the developmental works in the Western states. Upgradation and strengthening law and order in the states will remain our priority. The Department of Prosecution and Anti-Narcotics Bureau will be also reinforced. For better Governance, we all must work with a pro-active approach, welcome constructive opinion and use modern technology, Shah said.
New Delhi: Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Udayanraje Bhosale on Saturday resigned as a Lok Sabha MP and joined the BJP saying he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. Earlier on Saturday, Bhosale first met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and submitted his resignation from the Lower House. He then arrived at the residence of Bharatiya Janata Party and Union Home Minister President Amit Shah, where he formally joined the BJP in the presence of Working President J.P. Nadda, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and several other senior leaders. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ After joining the BJP, Bhosale said: “I am inspired by the works and leadership of Modi, Shah and the BJP.” “I am happy to see that the BJP was following the paths of Shivaji Maharaj to strengthen the country.” Bhosale also hailed the Modi government for revoking Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and said: “What nobody thought, they made it real by handling the sensitive matter in a very mature way to strengthen the country.” Bhosale also said that the people of the country were joining the BJP because of the leadership in the party and its ideologies. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Shah, while welcoming Bhosale, said: “The BJP and the Jana Sangh has always followed the ideologies of Shivaji Maharaj. And it was great that one of his family members has joined the party.” Praising Bhosale for resigning as an NCP MP just four months after the Lok Sabha elections, Shah said: “He resigned as an MP within four months on moral grounds to join the BJP, which is a matter of pride.” The Union Home Minister also stressed that the BJP, under the leadership of Modi in the Centre and Fadnavis in the state, will improve its tally in the Maharashtra Assembly elections scheduled later this year. “I have toured the state recently and I am assured that the BJP will improve its tally in the assembly elections and will win three fourth majority,” he said. Bhosale won in the Lok Sabha elections by a margin of around 1,30,000 votes from the Satara parliamentary constituency in Maharashtra.
VICTORIA – Some highlights of the B.C. government’s proposed recreational cannabis laws:— The possession limit for an individual is 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent and buyers must be 19 or older.— Personal growth of cannabis plants will be limited to four per household and they may not be visible to the public spaces outside a property.— Consumption is not permitted on school property; on health board property, except in designated smoking areas; near skating rinks, sports fields, playgrounds, skate parks, spray pools, wading pools or parks.— Indoor smoking and vaping is not allowed in fully or partially enclosed workplaces, public places or common areas within a residential building.— A person must not consume cannabis in a vehicle or boat, regardless of whether it’s in motion.— Smoking or vaping cannabis will not be allowed near bus or train stops, taxi stands or ferry docks.— Anyone intoxicated from cannabis must avoid public places and someone who is intoxicated from alcohol or the drug will not be able to buy marijuana.— A person found selling or producing cannabis illegally may face a monetary penalty equal to two times its retail value.— Fines range from $2,000 to $100,000, or jail time of three to 12 months, for various offences.— There will be a 90-day driving prohibition on drivers found under the influence of drugs, and there will be a ban on new drivers in the graduated licensing program found with any THC in their systems.— Local governments will determine whether cannabis sales are permitted in their municipalities and whether that happens through private and/or government-run stores.— Government-run pot shops will operate under the B.C. Cannabis Store banner and the first is expected to open at the end of the summer.— Private operators must pass background checks and links to organized crime will not be tolerated.
HALIFAX – An Edmonton woman says she was publicly humiliated and booted off an Air Canada flight after a rash was mistakenly labelled as contagious.Jeanne Lehman, a community activist and officer with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, said she is seeing a psychologist for mental trauma she endured boarding a plane at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.“How they treated me, I didn’t feel like someone who is an important client,” she said in a phone interview. “I feel, like, rejected and (given a) lack of consideration, you know. This is a shame for me.”Lehman is a black, French-speaking woman who calls the treatment systemic racism.Her trouble began when a rash appeared on the right side of her face during a trip to Halifax last week. Over the course of two days, the rash got worse and left her eye swollen.“At first I thought it was because I ate a lot of seafood [and thought] it was an allergy.”She went to an emergency room on Friday where the doctor told her she had a non-contagious rash and was OK to travel.Upon boarding, she said she asked a flight attendant for a window seat because she felt self-conscious about her raised, rough skin. Her eyelid was nearly swollen shut.She said she told the attendant that she wasn’t contagious and she was given a window seat. But before take-off, Lehman said she saw a woman wearing gloves and a face mask walk towards her.“She said ‘Take all your belongings and follow me.’ I said, ‘for what?’”Lehman said what happened next keeps her up at night.“She said to me ‘You are contagious, I cannot leave you on the plane.’ I said ‘Ma’am, not only am I not contagious, even if I was this isn’t the way you should say it, loudly, telling everyone I am contagious.’”Lehman said passengers were taken off the plane while attendants disinfected her seat.She said the pilot announced on a PA system that a passenger was contagious and had to be removed for the safety of other passengers.“I started crying because everyone was looking at me. I was very embarrassed. I never know that this thing could happen to me.”Lehman said she was escorted to Halifax’s QEII hospital by Air Canada staff to get a doctor’s diagnosis. She said she was told she wouldn’t be able to board unless she provided a doctor’s note.Lehman said the emergency room doctor diagnosed her with shingles and gave her a note confirming she is safe to travel.Air Canada staff gave her a hotel room and food vouchers to accommodate her overnight stay, and she was sitting first class on a plane to Toronto the next day.At Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, she said she was asked again to provide her doctor’s note before boarding another plane to Edmonton.“I wasn’t treated like a first-class person,” she said.Lehman said Air Canada would have treated her differently had she been white, and added that the airline should have been more accommodating by offering services in French.Air Canada responded to a request for comment via email.“We cannot provide details about individual customers for privacy reasons,” the email said. “We acted out of an abundance of caution. Regrettably, the situation resulted in inconvenience for some customers.”Lehman said one Air Canada employee informally apologized to her, but the airline has not formally apologized.