The Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday announced that it was breaking its almost ten-month-old electoral alliance with the Indian National Lok Dal and will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, due this year, with the Loktantra Suraksha Party in Haryana.BSP Haryana in-charge Meghraj said that following the orders of BSP national president Mayawati, the party has decided to end the alliance.Rebel BJP MP“The BSP today ends its alliance with the INLD and has decided to tie-up with the Loktantra Suraksha Party,” Mr. Meghraj told journalists here. The LSP is the political outfit floated by rebel BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini. The candidate fielded by him in the Jind bypoll had put up a better performance than INLD’s Umed Singh Redhu.Mr. Meghraj added that the BSP and the LSP will jointly contest the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Haryana. Seat sharing“While the BSP will contest eight seats, the LSP would fight two parliamentary seats. As far as the Assembly elections are concerned, the BSP will contest 35 seats and the LSP will fight 55 seats,” he said.The INLD and the BSP had announced an electoral alliance in April last year for the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The alliance was under strain after the INLD was defeated in the recently held Jind bypoll.Mr. Meghraj added that the decision to snap ties was taken after considering the demand of the people of Haryana. “Our leader gave them a chance for staying united. When we entered into an alliance, the INLD was one party. But after the Chautala family split, we got a chance to judge them in the Jind bypoll,” he said.The BSP leader said the objective of ousting the BJP was unachievable with an alliance with the INLD.Meanwhile, INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said: “The INLD always respected BSP leaders and workers. Now, why the BSP has decided to end ties with the INLD, its for their (BSP) leaders to answer.”(With PTI inputs)
The performance of the Indian grapplers in Greco-Roman at the Games has been sensational. Not many expected Indians to do well in this event as we are more accomplished in freestyle. But the way Ravinder Singh (60kg), Sanjay (74kg), Anil Kumar (96kg) and Rajender Kumar (55 kg) have performed shows we are developing in Greco-Roman too. Traditionally, in India, what happened was that the best wrestlers were picked for Freestyle wrestling and the second or third best were sent to play in Greco-Roman.You cannot expect a player to train in Freestyle and then simply go to Greco simply because he or she is not good enough for the former. It’s only recently that we have had started training for Greco from the starting itself. Now that we have done well in it, there will be more appreciation and awareness regarding Greco. However, if one looks at our gold medal winners, there was a distinct desi style at play. Ravinder used the ‘dhobi dav’ to great effect and Anil kept pulling his Australian opponent.It had a touch of mud wrestling. Now this method did give us gold medals here, but I am not sure whether it would work at the Asian Games or other higher-level competitions. In Greco-Roman, there was no Greco-Roman to be seen. It was all Indian style. On Wednesday, Rajender performed brilliantly and in the final, he did admirably against his Pakistani opponent despite being slightly injured. In the 84-kg category, Manoj Kumar won silver but there was some controversy in his match against Nigeria’s Agbonavbare. In the final period, Manoj first got awarded the points, which was later awarded to his opponent after the Nigerian coach asked for a video referral.advertisementToday, we will start with women’s wrestling and that would be interesting as this is the first time that we have this event in the CWG. The competition is very strong. Our team has received special training for two years now, under dedicated coaches, and their performance in this tournament will show if they are prepared to compete at the international level and if the players are good enough to be continued with.(Deepika Kaliraman is the president of the All India Women’s Wrestling Association)
It’s out. After a celebrity-studded premiere in London, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be released in 1,000 cinema halls in the UK and about 4,000 halls across the US on November 16. But the biggest international release of the Warner Bros will reach India only next summer. The,It’s out. After a celebrity-studded premiere in London, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be released in 1,000 cinema halls in the UK and about 4,000 halls across the US on November 16. But the biggest international release of the Warner Bros will reach India only next summer. The film about the boy wizard and his adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has the approval of author J.K. Rowling. The movie is just as she had imagined it, she says.Director Chris Columbus (of Home Alone fame) and producer David Heyman really pushed the envelope on this $125-million-budget film.Warner’s Wizard: J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe flanked by fellow actors at the London premiere; (left) a poster of the filmThey spent months, for instance, on a nine-minute scene of Quidditch – the sport that Hogwarts wizards play on turbo-powered broomsticks. The meticulousness extended to the search for a child actor to play Potter. Daniel Radcliffe, 12, became “the luckiest boy in the world”. Richard Harris plays Principal Albus Dumbledore and John Cleese appears as the amiable ghost Nearly Headless Nick. About 5,60,000 tickets have already been sold in the UK, collecting more than 1 million pounds. Harry Potter books have sold more than 100 million in 46 languages across the world. The first book sold 50,000 copies in India, while total sales amount to about 1,95,000, says distributor Penguin India.Not surprisingly, Rowling is now the second richest woman in the UK (No.1 is pop star Madonna, who is really American) with an income of 36.2 million dollars (Rs 173.7 crore).advertisementAnd more is on cards next year: the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.Rowling and Radcliffe flanked by fellow actors at the London premiere; (left) a poster of the film
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” Simpson said. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the ‘no negative zone.’ We focus on the positives.”For a man who once lived for the spotlight , Simpson has been keeping a largely low profile since his release from prison in October 2017 after serving nine years for a robbery-kidnapping conviction in Las Vegas. He continues to believe his conviction and sentence for trying to steal back his own memorabilia were unfair but says, “I believe in the legal system and I honored it. I served my time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter his release from the prison in Lovelock, Nevada, many expected him to return to Florida where he had lived for several years. But friends in Las Vegas persuaded him to stay there despite the case that landed him in prison.He’s glad he did. MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal, and everyone else, should stop doubting him Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “The town has been good to me,” Simpson said. “Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here.”His time in the city hasn’t been without controversy, however. A month after his release an outing to a steakhouse and lounge at the Cosmopolitan resort off the Las Vegas Strip ended in a dispute. Simpson was ordered off the property and prohibited from returning.No such problems have occurred since, and Simpson is among the most sought-after figures in town for selfies with those who encounter him at restaurants or athletic events he attends occasionally.He plays golf almost every day and said he is a member of a club of “retired guys” who compete with each other on the golf course. The knees that helped him run to football glory at the University of Southern California and with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills have been replaced and he recently had Lasik surgery on his eyes. But nearing his 72nd birthday, he is otherwise healthy.Simpson said he remains close to his children and other relatives. His parole officer has given him permission to take short trips including to Florida where his two younger children, Justin and Sydney, have built careers in real estate.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta PLAY LIST 01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta03:14Mom of 3 year old girl slain in anti drug ops files raps vs Rodriguez cops00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess His older daughter, Arnelle, lives with him much of the time but also commutes to Los Angeles.“I’ve been to Florida two or three times to see the kids and my old buddies in Miami. I even managed to play a game of golf with them,” he said. “But I live in a town I’ve learned to love. Life is fine.”He also visited relatives in Louisiana, he said, and spoke to a group of black judges and prosecutors in New Orleans.Recently, a family wedding brought his extended family to Las Vegas including his brother, Truman; sister, Shirley; and their children and grandchildren. Simpson’s first wife, Marguerite, mother of Arnelle, also joined the group.The glamor of his early life is just a memory.After his football career, Simpson became a commercial pitchman, actor and football commentator. He was once a multimillionaire but he says most of his fortune was spent defending himself after he was charged with the murders.His televised “Trial of the Century” lasted nearly a year and became a national obsession. He was acquitted by a jury in 1995 and has continued to declare his innocence. The murder case is officially listed as unsolved.The families of the victims subsequently filed a civil suit against him, and in 1997 a civil court awarded a $33.5 million judgment against him for the wrongful deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman. Some of his property was seized and auctioned but most of the judgment has not been paid.Simpson declined to discuss his finances other than to say he lives on pensions. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess This photo provided by Didier J. Fabien shows O.J. Simpson in the garden of his Las Vegas area home on Monday, June 3, 2019. After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, Simpson says his life now is fine. (Didier J. Fabien via AP)LOS ANGELES — After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, O.J. Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the “no negative zone.”In a telephone Interview, Simpson told The Associated Press he is healthy and happy living in Las Vegas. And neither he nor his children want to look back by talking about June 12, 1994 — when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman , were killed and Simpson quickly was transformed in the public mind from revered Pro Football Hall of Fame hero to murder suspect.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Rajasthan government has decided to award Rs 75 lakh to Devendra Jhajharia who won a Gold medal in the men’s javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.This was the second time that he won a Gold medal at the Paralympics. Jhajharia won Gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres and this time, he bettered it by throwing 63.97 metres at Rio. (Nothing is impossible, says Jhajharia)Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje while congratulating him in her tweet said: “Congratulations on creating history — 1st Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals. Rajasthan is proud of your achievements.”Congratulations @DevJhajharia on creating history–1st Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals. #Rajasthan is proud of your achievements. Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) September 14, 2016She said: “New world record, phenomenal performance & indomitable spirit! Devendra Jhajharia — you’ve made India gleam with glory.”New world record, phenomenal performance & indomitable spirit!Devendra Jhajharia–you’ve made India gleam with glory. @DevJhajharia #Rio2016 Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) September 14, 2016Sources in the state government said that besides the Rs 75 lakh award, he would also be given a plot of land in state capital Jaipur and agricultural land in Sri Ganganagar district. (AirAsia announces free flights for India medallists at Rio Olympics, Paralympics)
Xiaomi is India’s top smartphone company. In fact, according to IDC report that came out just a day ago, it has been the top phone company in India in terms of number of phones sold for the last five quarters. There are several factors behind the company’s success in India, but one of the major has been the popularity of its Redmi Note series. And to ensure that the Redmi Note phone continues to be on top of a smartphone buyer’s mind, Xiaomi is now launching the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India. The Note 6 Pro will go on sale in India, possibly at a price of Rs 17,999 or Rs 16,999, from November 23.Now, ahead of the official launch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro on Novembers 22, over here at India Today Tech we have spent some quality time with the upcoming phone. And we can tell you that it is impressive. Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will available for purchase on Flipkart and Mi.com. The first sale of the phone is scheduled for November 23. In India, Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available in four colours: Red, Blue, Red, and Rose Gold.The key highlight of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is its four-camera system. The phone has two camera sensors on the rear and two on the front. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 12MP + 5MP camera configuration on the rear. The primary camera supports dual-pixel autofocus feature (basically better focus speed in low light) and has a lens with a wide aperture of f/1.9, while the secondary camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports the main camera that uses 20-megapixel sensor and secondary camera with 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.advertisementCaptures great pictures with good details and coloursConsidering that the Redmi Note 5 Pro was pretty good at clicking pictures, the expectations from the Redmi Note 6 Pro are high. After using the Note 6 Pro for two days, I can say that the new Xiaomi phone does great job in this area. I’m absolutely in love with the pictures that the phone clicks, especially the selfies. The camera of the Redmi Note 6 Pro manages to capture minute details in a scene, with spot on colours. Whether you are clicking photos inside a room or outdoors — sadly under the hazy Delhi winter sky — the cameras of the Redmi Note 6 Pro will likely not disappoint you. Having said that, I feel the performance in blazing sun could have been better. Photos clicked in direct sunlight look little washed out as far as colours are concerned, even if they have ample details. For instance, photos of plants and leaves clicked under the burning sun didn’t look as green as they are in reality (check camera samples below).In low-light, the Redmi Note 6 Pro produces great results. The best aspect is that the pictures clicked in low light don’t appear too grainy, or miss out on colours or details. Shot on Redmi Note 6 Pro under the blazing sun. The Redmi Note 6 Pro captures great details and spot on colours. The Redmi Note 6 Pro does wonders with its main camera. Portrait shot clicked with Redmi Note 6 Pro. Picture clicked in low-light with Redmi Note 6 Pro.The front camera system in the Redmi Note 6 Pro is as good as the rear one at its job. It clicks flawless selfies. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi phone to come with two selfie cameras on the front, and they sit on a wide notch. The front camera also offers features like studio lighting, something that has been made popular by the iPhone. Selfie clicked on Redmi Note 6 Pro. Portrait selfie clicked with Redmi Note 6 Pro.Bright display, sleek designThe Redmi Note 5 Pro was Xiaomi’s first mainstream in India with somewhat slim bezel. The Redmi Note 6 Pro follows the same design lines. The bezels are slim, and for the first time in a Redmi Note phone, you get a notch. If you don’t like the notch, there is an option to hide it. The sleek metallic finish body of the phone makes it easy for the user to hold and operate the device with one hand.The Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is a bright display, and you won’t mind watching a Netflix movie or YouTube clip on it. The phone comes with options for changing the colour tone of the display to warm or cool, depending on the requirement.advertisementWhat else is there in the Redmi Note 6 Pro?In terms of core hardware, the Redmi Note 6 Pro isn’t a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Design too is somewhat similar. From the back side, both the phones look almost the same with vertically aligned cameras, with a single tone dual LED placed between them. Following the camera module, there’s a rear-mounted circular fingerprint sensor in the Redmi Note 6 Pro which is fairly fast, but the face unlock is much quicker and often takes less than a second to unlock the phone.Similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Note 6 Pro is also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. In India, the phone will be available in two variants – one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage, while the second model packs 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB. And just like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi Note 6 Pro also packs a massive 4000mAh battery and comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 support. This is also the first Redmi Note series phone to come with MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. The performance of the phone is typical Xiaomi: fast. And MIUI 10 is a typical Xiaomi: optimised well and similar to the latest iOS features, including some of the animations. We will have more to say about the MIUI 10, battery life and Note 6 Pro performance in full review but my brief impression of both the Note 6 Pro software and hardware is positive.
UNC Notice Of Allegations UNC/TwitterNorth Carolina, which had been served a notice of allegations back on May 20 relating to an academic fraud investigation, has released the NCAA’s findings this afternoon. The organization is alleging five major violations. Each of them are considered “Level 1” – severe breaches of conduct. The Notice Of Allegations includes 325 pieces of “Factual Information” relating to the case.You can read the entire 59-page NOA here. If you’re looking for a summary of the major violations, we’ve listed them below. Per the NCAA:1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body. 2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. 3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. 4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. 5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. North Carolina has 90 days from the issuance of the allegations to respond. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham is expected to address the alleged violations during a press conference at 1:30 PM ET.
India Today Web Desk BengaluruMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 12:21 IST Virat Kohli was seen trying his hand in a virtual reality cricket game (Screengrab)Virat Kohli was seen spending time with his Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mates along with his wife Anushka Sharma on Wednesday.In a video that has surfaced on social media, Kohli can be seen trying his hand at a virtual reality cricket game. Apart from Anushka Sharma, Kohli’s RCB team-mates Parthiv Patel and Umesh Yadav could be spotted, among others.Kohli, in the video, was seen batting with his virtual reality headset and a sensory bat – with which one plays the cricket simulator game. As the ball is delivered, Kohli tries to whip the ball on the leg side only for it take an edge and run off in the opposite ditrection.Kohli is surpised with the result of his shot and asks “where is the ball going?”.As the camera pans to reveal Anushka Sharma, she can be seen exaggerating Kohli’s action in response to his question.Watch the full exchange here – On Friday morning, Kohli posted a photo with the RCB team as they prepared to travels to Chennai for the first of the 2019 Indian Premier League season against Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk on March 23.Kohli will be gunning to win his first IPL trophy, something he hasn’t been to achieve in his illustrious career so far. It will be a test for Kohli as he leads Team India just after the end of the IPL at the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s captaincy in focus as RCB look to forget Summer of 2018Also Read | Wrong decisions have kept RCB away from IPL title, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Personality and mental strength makes Kohli the best in ODIs: De VilliersFor 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 Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow RCBFollow Anushkha SharmaFollow IPL 2019Follow CSKFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Chennai Super Kings Virat Kohli chills out with RCB players and Anushkha Sharma ahead of IPL 2019 openerVirat Kohli spend some time with his wife Anushka Sharma and his Royal Challengers Bangalore before flying out to Chennai to face Chennai Super Kings in the 2019 Indian Premier League season opener.advertisement
Vodafone Idea to provide 4G IoT connectivity solutions to Revolt IntellicorpVodafone Idea’s enterprise arm Vodafone Idea Business Services will provide exclusive IoT enabled solutions to Revolt Intellicorp to enable features such as geofencing, bike locator and real-time bike information and diagnostics.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 17:24 IST Revolt RV 400 in Rebel Red colour option.HIGHLIGHTSRevolt Intellicorp had launched the all-electric AI-enabled motorcycle RV 400 in India on August 28.The customers can own Revolt RV 400 Base for Rs 3,499 per month and Revolt RV 400 Premium for Rs 3,999 per month.Revolt RV 400 gets a range of 150 km in Eco mode, 100 km Normal mode and 80 km in Sports mode.Vodafone Idea today announced its partnership with Revolt Intellicorp to provide 4G IoT connectivity solutions to the electric two-wheeler maker. Revolt Intellicorp had launched the all-electric AI-enabled motorcycle RV 400 in India on August 28.Under the partnership, Vodafone Idea’s enterprise arm Vodafone Idea Business Services will provide exclusive IoT enabled solutions to Revolt Intellicorp to enable features such as geofencing, bike locator and real-time bike information and diagnostics.”We are extremely happy to announce this partnership with Revolt Motors and make India’s first AI based electric motorbike truly smart through our IoT solutions. Electric vehicles will disrupt the Indian automobile landscape in the coming few years. Connectivity will play a pivotal role in ensuring that electric vehicles are a success. It offers us an ideal opportunity to collaborate and introduce comprehensive end-to-end solutions for our partners in the automotive industry and enhance customer experience,” Vodafone Idea Chief Enterprise Business Officer Nick Gliddon said.”We are happy to partner with Vodafone Idea, as we progress to make urban commute convenient, clean and connected. This collaboration is an important milestone in our journey to offer smart mobility solutions and enhanced riding experience to our customers. We are committed to the sustainable mobility mission and will continue to work towards bringing aspirational e-mobility solutions for the customers,” Revolt Intellicorp Founder Rahul Sharma said.Revolt RV 400 is available in two variants — Base and Premium. The customers can own Revolt RV 400 Base for Rs 3,499 per month and Revolt RV 400 Premium for Rs 3,999 per month. Under the My Revolt Plan (MRP), the owners will have to pay a total of 37 monthly instalments for each trim.advertisementPowering Revolt RV 400 is a 3KW motor, which can deliver 170 Nm of torque. The electric motorcycle gets a 3.24 kWh Lithium-Ion battery, which can be charged up to 75 per cent in three hours and 100 per cent in 4.5 hours.Revolt RV 400 gets a range of 150 km in Eco mode, 100 km Normal mode and 80 km in Sports mode. In Eco mode, the new RV 400 can reach a maximum speed of 45 kmph. The electric motorcycle can touch 65 kmph in Normal mode and 80 kmph in Sports mode.ALSO READ | Kia Beat360 brand experience center launched in IndiaALSO READ | Jawa 90th Anniversary Edition launched, India price is Rs 1.73 lakhALSO READ | Honda City, Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Tiago: Check out festive offersGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Revolt IntellicorpFollow RV 400Follow Vodafone Idea Next
IQALUIT, Nunavut — A man arrested after a standoff with Nunavut RCMP has been charged with four counts of attempted murder.Mounties say Jerry Issuqangituq also faces charges of discharging a firearm and assault with a weapon.Officers were dispatched Saturday to investigate a report of a man brandishing knives in a home in Iqaluit.Police say a 25-year-old man had barricaded himself inside the house and, during a three-hour standoff, opened fire on police and passing vehicles.No one was injured, but investigators say property was damaged.A second man was also arrested and charged with discharging a firearm and breach of an undertaking.In a press release, police said it’s the second critical incident in Iqaluit in a week and urged gun owners to secure their firearms and ammunition.On Wednesday, RCMP said a 34-year-old Iqaluit man barricaded himself in a home for 12 hours while police negotiated with him. After the incident was peacefully resolved, police said three young children were placed in the custody of Child and Family Services.That man faces charges of forcible confinement, assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions.Police say alcohol was a contributing factor in both standoffs.The Canadian Press
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Scarlett Vaughan (right) and Lexi Draper (left)Credit: BPM Media The jury heard both children had symptoms consistent with deliberate airway obstruction and Scarlett had signs of recent bleeding in her neck tissue, suggestive of neck compression.Opening the case, prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said: “The overwhelming inference is that Lexi and Scarlett died because someone deliberately interfered with their breathing.”That someone can only have been this defendant.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A mother who murdered her two young daughters after they “got in the way” of her sex life is facing a life sentence. Louise Porton, 23, suffocated Lexi Draper, three, and strangled 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan in Rugby, Warwickshire, in 2018.The part-time model was seen casually leading Lexi into their home hours before she she killed her on Jan 15 last year.Porton, who had searched “‘can you actually die if you have a blocked nose and cover your mouth with tape” online, waited “for some time” before calling 999, a court heard.Jurors were told that the mother-of-two did not seem distressed by Lexi’s death and accepted 41 friend requests on the dating app Badoo a day later. Three-year-old Lexi Draper (L) and 17-month-old Scarlett VaughanCredit:Warwickshire Police/PA Wire He added that the children “got in the way of [Porton] doing what she wanted, when she wanted and with whom she wanted”.Lexi had been taken to hospital twice less than two weeks before her death, but she was sent home with antibiotics for an apparent chest infection.Prosecutors said that while in hospital with her sick daughter, Porton went to the toilets and took topless photos and was arranging to perform sex acts for money with a man she had met through a website.It was in the days after Lexi was discharged on January 4, the prosecution alleged the mother looked online for “can you actually die if you have a blocked nose and cover your mouth with tape”.Porton also searched “how long after drowning can someone be resuscitated?” and accessed an article called “Toddler brought back to life after nearly drowning”, jurors heard. Porton killed her second daughter Scarlett less than three weeks later on Feb 1 and told a 111 call handler that her condition “did not seem urgent”.The toddler had died by the time paramedics arrived nine minutes later.Porton, described as “calm and emotionless”, denied all responsibility, telling police in a prepared statement: “I still don’t know how my daughters died, or what caused it.”She was convicted of two counts of murder on Thursday following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. “The only comfort is that Lexi and Scarlett are together,” they added.Detective Superintendent Pete Hill, of Warwickshire Police, said: “I will never be able to understand why Louise Porton murdered her children, Lexi and Scarlett.”It is clear from the evidence that Porton tried to kill her daughter Lexi on at least two occasions prior to her death on 15 January 2018.”Not content with killing one of her children, she did exactly the same to her other daughter, Scarlett, on 1 February 2018.”She has lied repeatedly to friends, family and professionals to cover her tracks.”At no point throughout the whole investigation has she ever shown any real signs of emotion.”Porton, formerly of Skiddaw, Rugby, Warwickshire, will be sentenced by Mrs Justice Yip on Friday. Afterwards, in a statement released through police, the children’s father and family said: “Only having a short time with Lexi and never meeting Scarlett makes it all the more heart-breaking.”We will miss out on all those special occasions they would have celebrated; their first day at school, birthdays, getting married and having children of their own.”
← Previous Story Macedonia beats Slovenia for the 5th place! Next Story → DENMARK European Champion EHF EURO 2012! Serbia and Denmark will meet in the final of the European Championship 2012 in Serbia. After earlier Denmark beat Spain by one goal, now Serbia managed to make their fans happy and win the game in the Belgrade Arena. Croatia was leading with 14:13 at half time, but a terrific 2nd half performance from Serbia gave them a convincing win, 26:22. Momir Ilic was topscorer for the Euro host, having scored 8 goals from 11 shots, while Darko Stanic was brilliant on the goal, saving lots of important shots.
Munster’s European dream ended in Dublin by impressive Saracens Mark McCall’s side were superb once again and emerged with a deserved 26-10 win. Short URL Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 5:09 PM MUNSTER: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Jaco Taute (Francis Saili ’56), Rory Scannell, Keith Earls (Darren Sweetnam ’64); Tyler Bleyendaal (Ian Keatley ’72), Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne (James Cronin ’53), Niall Scannell (Rhys Marshall ’61), John Ryan (Stephen Archer ’64); Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (captain) (Dave O’Callaghan ’53), Tommy O’Donnell (Jean Deysel ’51), CJ Stander.SARACENS: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Marcelo Bosch (Alex Lozowski ’75), Brad Barritt (captain), Sean Maitland (Chris Wyles ’63); Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth (Ben Spencer ’72); Mako Vunipola (Titi Lamositele ’72), Jamie George (Schalk Brits ’51), Vincent Koch (Petrus Du Plessis ’72); Maro Itoje (Jim Hamilton ’75), George Kruis; Michael Rhodes, Jackson Wray (yellow card ’23 to ’33) (Schalk Burger ’56), Billy Vunipola.Referee: Romain Poite [FFR].Analysis: Lancaster leads shift in Leinster’s unstructured attacking mindsetO’Brien ruled out with hamstring injury as Nacewa wins 50th European cap 29,056 Views Munster 10Saracens 26Murray Kinsella reports from the Aviva StadiumTHE PASSAGE OF PLAY between the 66th and 71st minutes summed this contest up. And ended it.Munster in the Saracens 22. 18 phases of one-out, direct carrying at a Sarries defence that loved every moment of it. The English side hammered in with superb tackle technique, chopping legs and slamming upper bodies again and again.Munster simply couldn’t find an attacking answer to the linespeed as they desperately fought for the score they needed to keep the game alive, before Tyler Bleyendaal missed with a sloppy drop-goal attempt.Three times Saracens exited their defensive territory, racing after the ball with impressive work rate and hunger, before they finally forced a turnover from Munster. Owen Farrell, summoning energy when others were out on their feet, grubbered in behind Munster and replacement wing Chris Wyles won the race to the ball.23-3 and confirmation of the result that looked like it had been coming for a long time. A better team finding the answer and ending this Champions Cup semi-final.Mark McCall’s impressive machine rolls on into the final in Edinburgh on 13 May, where they await Leinster or Clermont, while Munster’s European season ends in a fashion that will leave them with certain regrets.Rassie Erasmus’ men simply didn’t bring enough invention in attack as they relied solely on their kicking game as a means of pressuring Saracens. There were some rousing aerial wins from the likes of Simon Zebo, but it was simply too one-dimensional from Munster.With Bleyendaal struggling to bring the creative edge he has added on other occasions this season and Conor Murray missed at scrum-half, the southern province were blunt and impotent against Saracens’ superb defence.This season has been a heartwarming journey for Munster, bringing their incredible support – so vocal today – back to a stage where it feels like they belong, but the Irish side clearly have a long way to go before they reach the holy grail again.In the end, they were well beaten and a first-half that left them trailing 6-3 despite huge amounts of territory and possession, as well as Sarries being reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes after Jackson Wray’s sin-binning, was so damaging.There was a late consolation try from CJ Stander but even the talismanic number eight had a quiet afternoon as Saracens blitzed the Munster attack and gleefully soaked up pressure.McCall’s men even missed three try-scoring chances, rather uncharacteristically, and they will be extremely difficult to beat in the final.Munster’s start was ferocious and promised so much, with The Fields of Athenry booming around the Aviva as early as the fourth minute.Donnacha Ryan slammed into a hit on Billy Vunipola, before John Ryan destroyed Mako Vunipola in the opening scrum of the afternoon, leading into Tommy O’Donnell initiating a brilliant choke tackle for a turnover in Saracens’ 22. Munster scorers: Tries: CJ StanderConversions: Ian Keatley [1 from 1]Penalties: Tyler Bleyendaal [1 from 2]Saracens scorers:Tries: Mako Vunipola, Chris WylesConversions: Owen Farrell [2 from 2]Penalties: Owen Farrell [3 from 3] Apr 22nd 2017, 5:09 PM 116 Comments Munster played off scrum advantage, before Sarries conceded rather cynically by not rolling away and Bleyendaal slotted three points in the seventh minute.Saracens should have been ahead only three minutes later as their slick attacking structure saw them shift the ball accurately wide left for the bust, but Richard Wigglesworth dropped Sean Maitland’s inside pass with a clear run to the tryline. A butchering.But the Sarries scrum-half was clever in ensuring a penalty for his side soon after, Andrew Conway the man pinged for not rolling away and allowing Owen Farrell to level proceedings.Munster were handed a boost with Wray’s yellow card in the 23rd minute, slightly harsh for a high tackle on Duncan Williams as the Munster scrum-half slipped into the tackle, though the contact was with the face.However, Sarries managed the 10-minute period like champions, soaking up the intense pressure of Munster’s kicking game, the aerial brilliance of Zebo and two close-range mauls from Erasmus’ men.Wray returned with Munster having failed to take advantage and Sarries pushed 6-3 ahead at the very next scrum, Farrell punishing Kilcoyne for being penalised for hinging.That half-time deficit for Munster felt like scant return on a 63% share of possession and 72% of the territory.The first drizzle of the afternoon arrived in time for the second half, with Williams’ box kick directly into touch meaning a negative start for Munster.It was a sign of things to come as Saracens got wholly to grips with Munster’s kicking tactics and the accuracy from Williams and Bleyendaal dipped. Sarries grew into the game.Twice, they could have scored between the 50th and 54th minute. First, Chris Ashton knocked-on wide on the right with the tryline in sight after a brilliant double-screen play from a lineout platform.Then George Kruis spilled over the tryline as he reached out following a clever break over the top of a ruck under the Munster posts, with replacement back row Jean Deysel’s despairing tackle proving crucial.But the pressure continued to build and Munster cracked in the 55th minute. Sarries’ maul took them to within striking distance before Mako Vunipola burrowed through the tackle of Keith Earls and Jaco Taute to touch down, with Farrell converting.Francis Saili followed Deysel off the bench as Erasmus looked for attacking spark, but it was Munster’s forward carriers who eked out a kickable penalty only for Bleyendaal to miss when his side so badly needed something.It had been a must-score situation but the Kiwi’s error on what was a poor day was morale-sapping and Saracens turned the screw even further when Farrell’s penalty rewarded a powerful scrum to make it 16-3.Losing captain Peter O’Mahony to a head injury didn’t help matters for Munster and they simply couldn’t manage the final twist of strangulation from this classy Saracens side. By Murray Kinsella http://the42.ie/3353206 Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Green : un documentaire raconte la déforestation à travers les yeux d’un grand singe Dimanche, la chaîne France 5 diffusera un reportage poignant sur l’impact de la déforestation. Baptisé Green, ce reportage nous propose de découvrir le monde à travers le regard d’un grand singe victime de la destruction de son habitat naturel.Ce documentaire sera diffusé à 20h35 dimanche soir. Bouleversant, il nous plonge dans l’univers de Green, une femelle orang-outan accueillie dans un refuge créé par une ONG à Bornéo en Indonésie. Le reportage de 48 minutes, filmé par Patrick Rouxel, sonne comme une nouvelle alerte face à la menace qui pèse sur les grands singes, confrontés à la déforestation.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airPour réaliser son documentaire, Patrick Rouxel s’est envolé pour l’Indonésie armé d’une seule petite caméra et d’un visa de touriste. Cet homme, qui depuis sept ans consacre sa vie entière à la préservation de la forêt tropicale, a filmé les derniers jours de Green, qui, paralysée du côté gauche, est morte dans le refuge qui l’avait recueillie.Le reportage n’est accompagné d’aucun commentaire. Alors que la femelle orang-outan ferme les yeux, elle se souvient de la forêt où elle a vécu, avant qu’elle ne soit dévastée par des tronçonneuses, des bulldozers et des incendies. Une oeuvre exceptionnelle et poignante, qui a reçu plusieurs récompenses, et notamment le Golden Panda Award et le Natural History Museum Environment Award.La diffusion de Green sera suivie d’un débat animé par Carole Gaessler, auquel participeront Patrick Rouxel et Yann Arthus-Bertrand.Le 3 décembre 2010 à 18:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
Bordeaux : l’eau peut à nouveau être consomméeSelon l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Anses), le perchlorate d’ammonium retrouvé dans les sources de captage d’eau potable à Bordeaux, n’est n’est ni cancérigène, ni mutagène.Depuis le 1er juillet, un quart des sites de captage d’eau de l’agglomération bordelaise sont à l’arrêt et ce, pour une durée indéterminée en raison de la présence dans l’eau d’un produit dangereux pour la santé, le perchlorate d’ammonium. Suite à cette découverte, la Lyonnaise des Eaux, en tant que distributeur avait ainsi recommandé à 35.000 foyers de la région de ne pas boire l’eau du robinet.Le perchlorate d’ammonium provient en fait du site industriel du groupe Safran SME qui l’utilise pour la propulsion de missiles, de fusées et aujourd’hui des airbags. Selon les mesures réalisées, le perchlorate d’ammonium atteignait alors par endroit une concentration de 30 microgrammes par litre. D’après Antoine Bousseau, directeur régional d’Aquitaine de la Lyonnaise des eaux et délégataire du service de l’eau pour la CUB (Communauté urbaine de Bordeaux), il faudrait “près d’un an et demi pour que cette pollution se résorbe naturellement car seule la dilution est aujourd’hui connue comme efficace”.La France, premier pays à fixer des seuils de toxicitéOr, par pur hasard, c’est aujourd’hui que l’Anses devait indiquer les normes de toxicité concernant le perchlorate d’ammonium, une première européenne. Cette valeur devait être déterminée après qu’a été relevée une pollution à cette substance toxique, fin janvier, dans les eaux de la Garonne à Toulouse. A cette époque déjà, la société SME en était responsable. Grâce aux études, l’Anses a donc fixé les seuils de toxicité à 4 microgrammes par litre pour les nourrissons et 15 microgrammes par litre pour les adultes. À lire aussiCe corail préfère manger du plastique plutôt que de sa nourriture habituelleAinsi, l’Agence régionale de santé de l’Aquitaine (ARS) a indiqué que l’eau pouvait à nouveau être consommé par tous, y compris les nourrissons, avant de souligner que “les perchlorates ne sont ni cancérigènes ni mutagènes”, comme le rapporte 20minutes.fr. Néanmoins, elle a évoqué que “même si aucune étude épidémiologique n’apporte de preuve concernant les effets des perchlorates sur la fonction thyroïdienne, des études expérimentales suggèrent qu’ils peuvent induire un déficit en hormones thyroïdiennes”. Le 22 juillet 2011 à 10:53 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 15, 2017 – Kingston – Some 2,000 persons have been successfully placed in employment through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) since 2013, when the website was enhanced and redeployed. Additionally, more than 3,700 vacancies were identified and 6,000 individuals referred for employment.Through the LMIS, employers can post job openings and search for matching candidates, while jobseekers can post résumés and apply for jobs online. The LMIS also provides a comprehensive database with indicators on the economy, the population of the labour force, employment levels, educational levels of persons in the labour force, education and training, and the emergence and contraction of industries and sectors within the economy.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said the Ministry’s Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Department has, over the years, formalised a series of partnerships which have resulted in not only improved awareness, but also increased access to the system for both employers and jobseekers.These include collaboration with the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a business organisation consisting of 29 employers; and the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), which operates 119 branch libraries and 106 other supporting units across 13 parishes, all providing access to the LMIS portal.“The project supported the development and implementation of various labour market studies designed to improve the functioning of the labour market. Consequently, in a fulsome way, it is providing employers, educators, students and parents, and all other labour market actors with the relevant information for making important decisions in respect of critical hiring, employment, career and educational programme decisions, in addition to addressing the mismatch between skills and jobs,” she said.Mrs. Robinson was addressing a ceremony hosted for Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Executive Vice-President, Julie Katzman, who visited the Ministry on September 6.The Minister, who accompanied Ms. Katzman on a tour of the ELE satellite location at 1F North Street in Kingston, used the occasion to highlight the unit’s daily operations as well as the LMIS’ research component.The labour market study has enabled the identification of key skills gaps in areas such as science and technology, mathematics, engineering and other related disciplines, Mrs. Robinson said.“This along with the efforts of the Labour Market Reform Commission will result in a labour market which will present the potential of fostering productivity, generating higher real incomes, encouraging competiveness – in both the local and global marketplace, and providing an effective social safety net,” she added.Since 2013, the IDB has provided financial and technical assistance in support of the objectives of improving human capital and labour market outcomes in Jamaica, by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of public employment services.JIS Related Items:
Greenlight Greater Portland, a private-public economic development organization, has a new name along with a new brand identity and website, the group said Wednesday.“We want the Portland-Vancouver area to become a real player in the international market, and this new brand is the first step toward building that credibility,” Greg Ness, president and CEO of StanCorp Financial Group and marketing liaison for Greater Portland Inc., said in a news release.Underpinning the group’s new efforts are three concepts: intelligent confidence; assertive; and progressive: the capacity to lead a new direction, it said. Greater Portland plans to fly in about 25 CEOs from around the world this fall to show what the Portland-Vancouver region has to offer.
The preamble to our Constitution reads: “We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign, socialist secular democratic republic and to secure to all its citizens: Justice, social, economic and political…” etc. To put it simply the Constitution of India’s citadel is built on the solemn resolve of the people to make India a ‘socialist,’ secular and democratic state and secure to all its citizens, inter alia, social, economic and political justice. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Therefore, it is the Constitutional mandate to a democratically elected government to see that all necessary measures are taken to achieve these avowed Constitutional goals. The much-hyped concept of socialism will remain only on paper if concrete measures to narrow down the gap between the rich and poor are not taken. Similarly, in order to ensure economic justice also the inequalities between the haves and have nots have to be narrowed down. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Obviously, the obstacles coming in the way to achieve these two goals, namely, socialism and economic justice need to be tackled effectively. As was mentioned by the Prime Minister in his address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the Independence Day recently, while it is true that creating wealth is not a sin and deserves to be encouraged by the government of the day, we should not lose sight of the fact that the means to acquire wealth and quantum of wealth by an individual or a legal entity too, are equally important. Advertise With Us In other words, wealth creation by foul means like corruption, money laundering, hoarding, profiteering, swindling, cheating and similar malpractices should and must be discouraged by the government and such economic offenders must be brought to books in the right earnest. Seen in this context, the brouhaha over P Chidambaram’s arrest is unwarranted. On the other hand, all right-thinking people must celebrate his arrest and incarceration for the simple reason that a heavy weight who in the past wore several prestigious hats such as the Finance Minister and Home Minister at the Centre, has been nabbed by our impartial and most competent investigating agencies. This is the classic case of the fence eating the crop. Chidambaram was directly responsible to achieve the Constitutional goals of socialism and economic justice by devising methods to ensure the equitable, impartial and honest distribution of wealth among the people, but he betrayed the nation by swallowing huge public resources and robbing other needy people of their rightful dues. Unfortunately, the big names so far hauled up by the sleuths such as Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and now P Chidambaram is only a tip of the iceberg. Alas, instead of hiding their criminal faces, these snobbish criminals not only laugh at the system and gesture thumb up sign but also have audacity to go public through media. How many absconders in the country have got such an exclusive privilege to address the media in along with a battery of lawyers is a moot question. The only solution to such melody is to further tighten the relevant laws and make provisions for speedy justice. PIL on ‘restrictive’ abortion law The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a PIL seeking full right to women to choose whether or not to continue with pregnancy and challenging “severe restrictions” imposed by “archaic’ medical termination of pregnancy Act 1971, on her right to abort. CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta agreed to hear the plea which gave statistics about the legal position in other countries on termination of pregnancy and juxtaposed it with violation of women in India through the 50-years old MTP Act. FSSAI tightens rules Now when the festival season is about to begin, the food quality regulatory body, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has tightened the rules. Accordingly, bakeries, sweet shops and other food outlets can use the logo “trans-fat-free” on their products or for display only if their products contain 0.2gm or lesser trans-fat per 100 gms of food. The order aligned with international food regulations has been issued by the country’s ally to eliminate industrial trans-fat, which contributes to most heart disorders and other related diseases causing at least 28 lakh deaths per annum. The FSSAI also said that it will soon issue orders to further reduce the trans-fat content in fats and oils used in food products. Currently, the trans-fat content is limited to 5%. However, the regulator plans to reduce it to 3% by 2021 and 2% by 2002, moving towards a zero-trans-fat regime ultimately. It is pertinent to note that globally, several high-income countries have virtually eliminated industrially-produced trans-fat through legally imposed limits on the amount that can be contained in packaged food. In India, the use of trans-fat free logo is voluntary. However, the regulator has made it binding on food business operators to comply with the regulations. “Food establishments are encouraged to use healthier fat/oil options, thereby reducing the trans-fat content in the foods. ” the FSSAI said in the order issued recently. In a first, city police chief witnesses court trial Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar surprised not only the additional Public Prosecutor P. Shailaja of the VII additional metropolitan sessions judge’s court, but also the entire legal fraternity, because it was for the first time that the city police chief had visited the court and witnessed a murder trial. Prior to attending the court of Y Satyendra, the VII AMSJ, the city police chief had a long discussion with the Addl. Public Prosecutor in her chamber. Undoubtedly, this gesture of the city police chief would provide encouragement to the investigating officers, court duty officers and the prosecuting officers. Hope, Anjani Kumar will make the visit of criminal courts a regular affair. Witnessing a will There is nothing in Section 63 in the Indian Succession Act that legislature ever intended to lay down a principle that the attesting witnesses should have had previous knowledge or information of identity of the testator, held a division bench of the Kerala High Court while considering an appeal filed by defendants against a trial court order decreeing a partition suit disbelieving the Will executed by their father. The division bench comprising Justice A. Hariprasad and Justice T V Anilkumar disapproved a contrary view expressed by a single judge in Janardhanan vs. Jayachandran and observed: “It is one thing to say that absence of attestation by a witness having prior knowledge of testator may be picked up as a suspicious circumstance to doubt the genuineness of Will and another thing to say that law does not permit a witness not having prior knowledge of identity of testator to attest a Will. … The previous knowledge , association or information etc; of the attesting witness about the testator may be a relevant fact when the identity of the executants of the Will is an issue.” The court added that bequeathal of properties under a Will is the absolute choice of the testator arising out of his sweet will and pleasure and also his attitude to persons concerned. SC asks Centre to regulate errant cabbies Taking note of the growing number of sexual harassment cases by cab drivers, the Supreme Court has directed the Centre to consider framing a law to regulate app-based transport service providers like Uber and Ola to ensure safety of women commuters. A bench of Justices S A Bobde, R Subash Reddy and B R Gavai said the government should step in to amend the existing law to make the internet-based service providers accountable and to regulate them. It also suggested that safety mechanism like GPS-linked panic button be installed in such cabs. The petitioner told the bench that there should be some mechanism to regulate the service provider as some of them are foreign-based and are not willing to come within the jurisdiction of India. These operators are not covered under the Motor Vehicle Act as they claim themselves to be intermediaries which cannot be regulated, they are operating a vacuum. These companies do not carry out background checks on their drivers, making the passengers vulnerable. The court said it was for the Centre to regulate the app-based transport service providers. The centre, however, said that the existing law has to be amended to bring such companies under regulation. “Only you can amend the law. So, you do it,” the court told the government. Indeed, there is an urgent need to regulate the cabbies because it is in their own interest. By inculcating discipline and fear of law, this sector will gain credibility and public confidence which would ultimately result into soaring revenues. Demand for SC benches South India Advocates’ JAC has demanded for setting up of a Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court in New Delhi and Cassation Benches in four regions at Delhi, Chennai/Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai to reduce the heavy backlog of cases in the higher courts and meet the problem of finding suitable persons for appointment as Judges in these courts. Addressing the media persons newly appointed Head of the Law Department, Osmania University and Chairman of the JAC, Prof. Gali Vinod Kumar underlined the need of setting up of such Benches of the apex court. State Bar Council’s Vice Chairman Sunil Goud extended support of the Bar Council and said that at district level also we shall raise the demand for setting up of Benches of the supreme court Earlier, S Nagender, convenor, introduced the eminent persons associated with the Organisation. Advocates Damodar Rao, Bhanumurthy, E Sudarshan, D Ambedkar and Satheesh also spoke. Enact ‘Ramya act,’ demands Ramya’s father Venkata Ramana, a software engineer and father of Ramya who had died along with her uncle and grand-father in a road accident caused by drunken driving three years ago, is a frustrated person today. His agony got words when he said, “I lost my daughter, brother and father in that gruesome accident. There is no responsibility and no accountability for lives lost in India.” Concerned about the slow progress of the case in the court, he demanded that like the Nirbhaya Act, it is high time to enact the Ramya Act to ensure speedy justice to the victims and families of the road accidents. It is true that the wheels of justice move at a snail’s speed but ultimately, they grind fine. Still, Ramya’s father’s demands for enacting a law to ensure speedy justice and providing more stringent punishment for drunken driving have merit and need urgent consideration by the government. New judges for Bombay HC The government has notified the appointment of four advocates as additional judges of the Bombay High Court.They are :Avinash Gunwant Gharote, Nitin Bhagwantrao SURYAWANSHI, Anil Satyavijay Kilor and Milind Narendra Jadhav.