Kolkata: The body of a naked young woman was found from the adjacent area of Howrah bus terminus, late on Thursday night. Some local inhabitants saw her lying there unconsciously and informed the police. According to sources, on Thursday night some bus drivers and conductors saw the woman lying near the bus terminus. When they went close, they saw that she was naked. Immediately, they arranged some blankets and went to rescue her. But when they tried to pull her up, they understood that she had died. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaImmediately, Golabari police station was informed. Later, police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy examination. Though primarily it was suspected that she might have been raped and murdered, but after the autopsy, doctors provided a primary opinion and said no sign of any sexual assault could be found. According to police sources, in the primary opinion, it has been found that there were several injury marks on the body which seemed to have occurred due to an accident. Sleuths also came to know that several people had seen the woman roaming aimlessly inside Howrah station in the last few days. It is suspected that she was a vagabond and somehow came there a few days ago. On Thursday night, she may have been hit by a passing vehicle, which killed her. Police are checking footages from nearby CCTV cameras for clues. As of now, no foul play could be suspected.
NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission Tuesday sent a notice to the Delhi police chief in connection with a 58-year-old man allegedly jumping to death from the third floor of the Bawana police station building where he was called for questioning.The NHRC in its notice said, the police chief is also expected to explain as to why this “custodial death” has not been reported to the Commission as per its guidelines on the subject. “The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports about a 58-year-old man, who was called for questioning regarding his wanted son, was found dead inside the premises of Bawana police station, Delhi on May 26. Reportedly, while the police claimed that the man himself had jumped to death, his family alleged foul play,” the rights panel said in a statement.
New Delhi: If caught smuggling gold at an international airport in Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow and Varanasi), the accused will now lose their passports, according to the Customs Department. The department is coordinating with the UP Passport Office for such an action to curb growing smuggling of gold at Lucknow and Varanasi international airports. The move initiated by the Customs will allow the passport office to issue show-cause notices to the alleged smuggler and later cancel passports if the reply is found unsatisfactory, top Customs officers told IANS. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC According to the Commissioner Customs (Preventive) Lucknow, V.P. Shukla, the decision to cancel passports was taken after the department observed that most of the smugglers are turning into habitual offenders in the absence of strict legal provisions. “These accused would easily find ways to escape law. So, we took the measure to create fear in the minds of the smugglers,” Shukla told IANS. He said his department would identify the accused and based on the inputs, the UP Passport Office will issue show-cause notices. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The accused would be given time to reply to the notice, and if it is not found satisfactory, the person’s passport would then be cancelled immediately. “We will identify repeat offenders or anyone who is found to be carrying more than the value of gold. The person will face action on two fronts: one in the court and another by the passport office,” said Niharika Lakhra, the customs’ Deputy Commissioner. In 2018-19 the UP customs wing recorded 46 cases of smuggling where the seizure was worth Rs 9.30 crore. In 2017-18, there were 50 such cases with seizure value of Rs 5.21 crore. The seizure during 2018-19 included around 20 kgs of gold valued at Rs 6.42 crore, foreign currencies worth Rs 1.74 crore. The customs also arrested 16 persons during 2018-19 as against 13 arrests in the year 2017-18. According to officials in UP customs the number of arrests has gone up to 22 this year.
Noida: Xiaomi supplier Holitech Technology on Saturday said it has inaugurated its first component manufacturing plant in Greater Noida and will invest nearly $200 million over three years in the country. Holitech Technology would be manufacturing compact camera modules (CCM), capacitive touch screen module (CTP), thin film transistor (TFT), flexible printed circuits (FPC) and fingerprint module locally. The local manufacturing plant is ready and will be in production within the third quarter of this year and aims to generate 6,000 jobs in three years, Xiaomi said. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Spread across four factories and spanning over 25,000 square metres, the component manufacturing plant will start mass production with a production capacity of over 300 million components per year. “Xiaomi has witnessed significant growth in the country and we are positive that Holitech’s plans for India will herald a new stage of evolution for the electronics manufacturing industry in India,” Muralikrishnan B, Chief Operating Officer, Xiaomi India, said in a statement. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The plant also boasts of class 1000 and class 100 clean room. A clean room is a contained space where provisions are made to reduce particulate contamination and control other environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and pressure. “The phenomenal growth of Xiaomi along with their initiatives to promote local manufacturing has encouraged us to explore component manufacturing for Xiaomi in India,” said Chenguisheng, CEO, Holitech Technology.
New Delhi: The government has decided to waive registration charges for electric vehicles, a draft notification said Wednesday. The move, aimed at promoting electric vehicles (EVs) in India, comes at a time when the country plans high penetration of such vehicles by 2030. Issuing the draft notification to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, the road transport and highways ministry said battery-operated vehicles “shall be exempted from the payment of fees for the purpose of issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of new registration mark”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe exemption will apply to all category of vehicles, including two-wheelers. The ministry has issued the draft notification for amendments in CMVR where the amendments in Rule 81 are proposed for such waiver. The amendments will be done in exercise of the powers conferred on the central government under various sections of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Comments from stakeholders have been sought in a month. “The said draft rules shall be taken into consideration after the expiry of a period of 30 days from the date on which the copies of this notification as published in the Gazette of India, are made available to the public,” the draft notification said. The objections or suggestions that may be received from any person with respect to the said draft rules before the expiry of the aforesaid period will be considered by the central government, it said.
Mumbai: Comedian Kaneez Surka, one of the mentors of the new season of comedy reality show “Comicstaan Season 2”, says the participants are much prepared this time. At the show’s press conference here on Wednesday, Kaneez said: “I have to mention that the new participants are better prepared. I think they have now the reference of our previous season so that they got the idea of the competition. Their jokes are better.” The event was graced by the host of the show comedian Urooj Ashfaq and Abish Mathew. The participants of the show will be mentored and judged by some of the celebrated comedians like Zakir Khan, Neeti Palta, Sumukhi Suresh, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kanan Gill, Kenny Sebastain along with Kaneez. “Comicstaan Season 2” will stream on Amazon Prime Video from July 12. A new episode will be released on every Friday.
Gurugram: The Faridabad Police on Saturday made a big headway when they arrested two persons including the wife of gangster Kaushal involved in gunning down Haryana Congress spokesperson Vikas Chaudhary in broad daylight in Faridabad on Thursday.The arrests, however, again showed how dangerous the criminal activities of Kaushal gang is in the area of South Haryana and neighbouring South West Delhi. According to sources, such as the audacity of the gangster that he used the example of the brutal murder of the Congress leader to extort money from his other victim and that too from outside the country. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe terror of Kaushal gang can be gauged from the fact that in just this year itself there have been four murders that have occurred on Gurugram. Just as in the case of Vikas Chaudhary the victims were gunned down in the busy streets. In one of the murders, the sharpshooters pumped 12 bullets into the body of a village head in Manesar. The increased number of criminal incidents had resulted in the special task force and Gurugram Police training their guns on weakening the ground and in this year itself, 44 people from his gang have been arrested. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite the setbacks, the 38-year-old who is based in Dubai continues to be a challenge for the law enforcement officials. In December 2016, he jumped parole when he was let out of Bhondsi jail. The son of a property dealer in Naharpur Rupa village in Gurugram, Kaushal used to sell and fix submersible pumps. His started his criminal activities in 2004, in a land dispute with gangster Sudesh alias Chhelu. Their fight resulted in 9 murders, who stopped on December 12, 2006, when Kaushal’s men shot dead Chhelu in police custody at Rajiv Chowk. Meanwhile, the rivalry between the city’s two biggest gangsters, Binder Gujjar and Sandeep Gadoli, appeared to have ended, after Gadoli was eliminated by Gurugram Police in Mumbai on February 7, 2016. Kaushal then teamed up with Surender Gang to murder Gujjar’s brother Manish and aide named Mahesh Attack in March 2017. Gang was hoping to eliminate his rivals to expand his gambling and illicit liquor businesses in Gurugram. He was eventually killed in an encounter in Karnal in April 2017. To eliminate his rivals, Kaushal also joined hands with the Rajesh Bharti gang but Bharti and his aides Sanjeet Badro and Umesh Don who were recently eliminated by Delhi Police in Chhattarpur.
New Delhi/ Mumbai: Five more rebel Congress MLAs from Karnataka moved the Supreme Court on Saturday against the Assembly Speaker not accepting their resignations. These MLAs are Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig.They have sought impleadment in the already pending application filed by the 10 other rebel MLAs on which the hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. These 10 rebel MLAs of Congress- JD(S) coalition who moved the apex court earlier alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations were Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, B C Patil, S T Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, A H Vishwanath and Narayana Gowda. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayHearing their plea, the Supreme Court had on Friday restrained Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of these 10 MLAs. Citing “weighty issues that have arisen”, the apex court said it will consider the matter on July 16 and ordered that the status quo as of Friday should be maintained. The resignations of these MLAs has plunged the H D Kumaraswamy government in Karanataka into a crisis as it faces the risk of losing its majority in the Assembly. Apart from the question of maintainability of the writ petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution by the MLAs, the apex court had said that it needs to address as to whether the Speaker is obligated to decide on disqualification proceedings before accepting the resignations of MLAs. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyThe counsel for the rebels MLAs had contended that the Speaker has not decided on the resignations of the lawmakers to bind them with the party whip and disqualify them from the membership if they violate the whip on the floor of the House. Meanwhile, 14 rebel MLAs from Karnataka, who have been camping in Mumbai since the last week, Saturday headed to Shirdi. The rebel legislators of the Congress-JD(S) will pay obeisance to Saibaba at the temple in Shirdi in Ahmednagar district. “The MLAs left for Shirdi in a private plane,” sources said. On Friday, four of the 14 legislators had visited the Siddhivinayak temple in central Mumbai and offered prayers to Lord Ganesh. The legislators have been camping in Mumbai since last Saturday.
New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has stayed eviction of Sterling Biotech from its premises as the debt-ridden company was going under the insolvency resolution process and was under the moratorium period.A two-member bench headed by NCLAT Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya upheld the order passed by the Mumbai Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which had asked Srei Infrastructure Finance, a financial creditor, to hand over the possession of the A and B wing premises of Laxmi Towers. The appellate tribunal observed that although Sterling Biotech, which is presently going through liquidation, is not the owner of the premises it cannot be ejected or disturbed during the moratorium period as the company has to remain as a going concern.”We hold that the Adjudicating Authority (NCLT) has rightly directed the Appellant to hand over the possession of B’ Wing premises of Lakshmi Towers and rightly prohibited the Appellant from evicting the Corporate Debtor (Sterling Biotech) from A’ Wing premises of Lakshmi Towers,” said NCLAT. However, it also said that “So far as the question as to who is the owner of A’ and B’ Wings premises of Lakshmi Towers and whether the Appellant has any right over the said property, such questions are not required to be determined in the proceeding under the I&B Code’.
New Delhi: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after they sent a ‘conflict of interest’ notice to Rahul Dravid. Dravid, who is currently the head of National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) operations in Bangalore, has got a notice from BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain after the latter received a complain from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “New fashion in Indian cricket…conflict of interest…Best way to remain in news…god help Indian cricket…Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI Ethics Officer,” Ganguly tweeted. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh reacted in a similar fashion and said that such notices are insulting the legends of the game. “Really? Don’t know where it’s heading to…You can’t get better person then him for Indian cricket. Sending notice to these legends is like insulting them… cricket need their services for betterment… yes god save Indian cricket,” tweeted Singh. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary on Tuesday said that Gupta in his complaint has claimed that Dravid is the NCA Director as also employed as vice-president of India Cements group, which owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. “Yes, Dravid had been sent a notice by Jain last week and has two weeks to reply to the notice,” the functionary said. But it is also believed that Dravid and India Cements had mutually decided to suspend their association till Dravid works as head at the NCA. Gupta had earlier complained against Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman. It is this very conflict issue that had seen former players refusing to apply for the posts at the NCA as the current conflict of interest clause in the new BCCI constitution almost makes it impossible for former players to get into the system.
Lahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed was declared guilty of “terror financing” by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in a Pakistani court on Wednesday. Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was presented before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Gujranwala, some 80-km from Lahore, in high security where he was charge-sheeted of terror financing by the CTD of Punjab police. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA CTD official said that it submitted challan in the ATC declaring Saeed guilty of terror financing. “Since the case is related to Mandi Bhauddin district of Punjab therefore the prosecution requested the court to shift it to Gujrat ATC court (some 200-km from Lahore),” he said. On the prosecution’s request, the ATC Gujranwala shifted the case to the Gujrat ATC. He said next hearing of the case (which is yet to be fixed) will be held in the Gujrat ATC. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsFounder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Saeed was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to get pre-arrest bail in terror financing cases registered against him there when he was arrested on July 17. Saeed is being kept at the Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore in high security. The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice. Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. He was listed under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. The CTD on July 3 registered 23 FIRs against 13 JuD leaders including Saeed on the charges of terror financing in different cities of Punjab province. Since the Imran Khan government has taken control of the JuD and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) properties including seminaries and mosques across the country following immense international pressure built up after Pulwama attack, Saeed was keeping a low profile at his Lahore’s Jauhar Town residence. He was even barred from entering the JuD headquarters in Lahore and Muridke. The Pakistani government had also arrested the JuD’s second-in-command Abdul Rehman Makki, who is brother-in-law of Saeed, on the charges of making a public speech and terror financing charges. The CTD said it booked Saeed and his 12 aides for ‘terror financing’ in 23 cases after “irrefutable evidence against them was detected. The cases have been registered in Lahore, Gujranwala & Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/ Non Profit Organisations (NPO) including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawatul Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, etc. The CTD said investigation launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations — JuD and LeT — in connection with implementation of UN Sanctions against these Designated Entities & Persons as directed by NSC (National Security Committee) in its Meeting of January 1, 2019 chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan. “These suspects made assets from funds of terrorism financing. They held & used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing & money laundering under Anti Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in ATCs (Anti Terrorism Courts) for commission of these offences,” the CTD said. Makki, MaliK Zafar Iqbal, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yahya Aziz, Muhammad Naeem Sh, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Raqeeb, Ahmad Daud, Muhammad Ayub, Abdullah Ubaid, Muhammad Ali and Abdul Ghaffar are other suspects. The other suspects reported to have been hiding since the government took over over the properties of these organisations.
While it might sound like fun to work around pets every day, veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for depression, anxiety and even suicide, says a study. “People who work or volunteer with animals are often drawn to it because they see it as a personal calling. However, they are faced with animal suffering and death on a routine basis, which can lead to burnout, compassion fatigue and mental health issues,” said Angela K Fournier from Bemidji State University in the US. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainVeterinarians in particular are at high risk for death by suicide, according to a study from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which also found that from 1979 to 2015, veterinarians died by suicide between two to 3.5 times more often than the general US population. While veterinarians who are dealing with mental health issues may exhibit symptoms common to all populations, such as sadness that interferes with daily activities or changes in appetite. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAccording to the team of researchers, which conducted the study, increased medical errors, absenteeism, client complaints and spending too little or too much time at work are counted amongst different factors to watch for. The research team also believes that there needs to be a paradigm shift in veterinary training to better prepare veterinarians not only for the animal-related aspects of their jobs, but the human elements as well. In the course of the study, the researchers also looked at employees and volunteers in animal shelters or rescues and animal welfare and animal rights activists, who are at risk for compassion fatigue and psychological distress. And they found that over 2.4 million healthy cats and dogs are euthanised each year in the US, most often homeless animals in shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Shelter workers are then caught in a dilemma because they are charged with caring for an animal and they may ultimately end that animal’s life. Research suggests that this causes significant guilt, which can lead to depression, anxiety and insomnia, as well as greater family-work conflict and low job satisfaction. “Animal welfare agents may also hear gruesome stories of animal abuse or witness the consequences firsthand when they are rehabilitating the animals, which can cause a lot of distress and lead to compassion fatigue,” Fournier said. The study was presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Washington DC: US President Donald Trump chaired a meeting on the Afghanistan peace deal with his national security team that, the White House said, went “very well” and negotiations are proceeding. The talks, attended by Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton among others, were held at Trump’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Friday. Soon after the meeting, the president tweeted: “Many on the opposite side of this 19-year war, and us, are looking to make a deal – if possible!” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the White House, discussions centred around ongoing negotiations and eventual peace and reconciliation agreement with the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan. The meeting went very well and negotiations are proceeding, it said. After briefing the president on the progress of the negotiations in the war-torn country, Pompeo issued a statement, saying, “Led by the president, we are working diligently on the path forward in Afghanistan.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”In continued close cooperation with the government of Afghanistan, we remain committed to achieving a comprehensive peace agreement, including a reduction in violence and a ceasefire, ensuring that Afghan soil is never again used to threaten the United States or her allies, and bringing Afghans together to work towards peace,” the secretary of state said. The meeting was also attended by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and CIA Director Gina Haspel. Trump chaired the meeting after Taliban and US negotiators wrapped up their latest round of talks for a deal on Monday that would see America shrink its troop presence in Afghanistan. Details of a possible deal with the Taliban is yet to be made public, but administration officials have said that the president wants the troops back from Afghanistan as soon as possible. Early in the day, Trump also had a telephonic conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Afghanistan peace talks and the India-Pak relationship.
In the era of social media, one needs to be photo-ready all the time, and Swara Bhaskar feels that this constant pressure of pleasing others in our social circle is making us more conscious than ever.”We have made a parallel word for ourselves on social media on which we are in this relentless pressure of looking perfect, posting good pictures and seeking others’ approval.” “This dependancy on virtual friends has in turn led to the lack of confidence in us. A situation has arised where seeking approval from them matters more than our own opinion,” she adds. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAlso, the actor who makes public appearances every now and then in her most glam looks, shares that if she has learned anything in her career, it is that life is lived off Instagram. “Wearing an attire and posing for camera is a part of my job, but actually wearing it and carrying it in real life is totally different,” says Swara. Like most of her opinions, Swara’s take on body shaming also holds great substance. The actor notes that the issue is not new, we have been known to it, and dealing with it since long. “The issues of getting accepted in the social circle is nothing new to women. It has been there since time immemorial, but I feel, with our dependence on social media, a new problem of accepting their own bodies has also come into existence,” she adds. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAccording to the Veere Di Wedding actor, internet also promotes a sense of self consciousness, with which no matter how we look, we are always unsure about ourselves. However, she is glad that the issue of body shaming is being given due importance nowadays. “I feel really happy that brands like Clovia are trying to cater to different body types – which is extending a sense of acceptance and confidence in women of all body types,” says Swara, who was recently seen in the brand’s store of Kalkaji, Delhi, for their one-year celebration. Swara’s tips for women who are the victim of body shaming? Don’t listen to negative remarks that people make, it is simply the reflection of their own insecurity, not yours. To fight back such people, you need to first remind yourself and accept that you are beautiful and you should love yourself – your body is a part of who you are. Fitness is important, being fit and strong has nothing to do with being thin. If you are healthy, it is good – you should be healthy. It is a myth that people with plus size body type cannot look good, it is all about carrying yourself. Just find right clothes that accentuate the advantages of your body, your curves. Last but not the least, it is a secret which all grandmothers tell, Sarees make everyone good look. When in doubt, wear a saree. Swara has always been an inspiration for many. “There are fans who want to look like celebrities, and crazily follow the way they dress up. Having said that, there is also a group of people who get into the inferiority complex and feel disappointed about the way they look.” “It is okay if people want to look good and wear make up to work or gatherings, but I feel it is very important to live a life without that cover of perfection too,” quotes Swara. “We are real people, we were born without make up, if you go on the internet, you will find 100 pictures of me without make up, or wearing a night suit,” she states. Giving examples of celebrities who came off the curtains in their most natural look only to spread out the message that it is okay to look average, Swara says, “I accept the natural tendency of women to be attracted towards glamour, make up and all, but I also believe that women should be comfortable with their skin. They should not be conscious about hideing their scars, pimples, or correcting their skins, there is much more to do,” she concludes.
Manchester: Pep Guardiola believes Alexis Sanchez cannot be blamed for his spectacular failure with Manchester United and expects the Chile forward to make an impact on loan with Inter Milan. The Manchester City manager tried to sign Sanchez — who played under Guardiola at Barcelona — when he was in the process of joining Manchester United from Arsenal 18 months ago. His failure to do so hardly proved problematic, with City winning the last two Premier League titles and watching from afar as Sanchez struggled at Old Trafford, scoring just five goals in 45 appearances. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Sanchez joined Inter on loan this week with United still paying a large percentage of his salary. “I know him (Sanchez). We worked together in Barcelona. I have a special affection for him as a player, of course, but especially as a human being,” said Guardiola. “He’s an incredible, humble guy and a fighter. “So now he decides to move to Italy with one of the greatest teams in Europe with Inter right now, incredible manager with Antonio Conte and I’m pretty sure they are going to do well. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Because the way I think Inter plays, is perfect for him. Play close to (Romelu) Lukaku and in this position I think he is going to have a good period in Milan.” – ‘He is a shy guy’ – ===================== Talking ahead of the weekend visit of Brighton to the Etihad, Guardiola joked he never pondered what might have happened had Sanchez opted to join him instead of Jose Mourinho at United in January 2018. But the City manager is firm in his conviction that there is no simple explanation for Sanchez’s catastrophic fall from grace. “Football clubs don’t depend on one player,” he said. “You judge it was a failure for just Alexis, but there are many reasons. “Quality is there, it is always there. It happens for many reasons. “It is not only for one player that doesn’t work with one team. They don’t play alone, it’s not tennis, it’s not golf. “There is not one player in the Premier League that said this player is not good. “I don’t know what happened, I was not there, so that’s why I cannot give my opinion, but I am not thinking it is just for one reason.” Meanwhile, Guardiola must decide whether to hand teenage midfielder Phil Foden just his fourth ever league start — and a first of the season — against Brighton. The 19-year-old is widely expected to step into the void left when City skipper David Silva leaves at the end of the season, but Guardiola believes Foden may be too nice for his own good. “He is a shy guy. I would like him to talk more to me, but all the time I go to him and speak to him, he still looks at me like a little bit respect like a manager, and after two or three season it’s not necessary,” said Guardiola. “When he plays I will decide. I don’t know when but that’s going to happen because now we play an incredible amount of games.” (
Srinagar: Day-time restrictions were eased in most parts of Kashmir on Tuesday but markets remained shut and public transport off the roads for the 30th day since August 5 when the Centre revoked the state’s special status. There were no curbs during the day in over 90 per cent of the Valley with the situation being eased in 92 police station areas in view of the improving situation, officials said. However, many private vehicles were on the road, and inter-district cabs as well as auto-rickshaws were plying in some few areas. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A few vendors put up stalls in Srinagar’s Civil Lines area, including at the Lal Chowk-TRC Chowk-Dalgate axis in the heart of the city, the officials added. They said barricades were removed from most areas of the Valley, but the deployment of security forces continued on the ground to maintain law and order. Landline telephones, officials said, were restored in 76 of 95 exchanges. However, services continued to be suspended in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave here as well in a few other areas of the Valley, they added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The officials said mobile services and internet, including BSNL’s broadband and private leased-line internet, remained snapped across the Valley, except in the Kupwara and Handwara police station areas. Government offices are fully functional and staff attendance is good too, they said. Over 4,000 primary, middle and high schools were functional in Kashmir. The attendance of teachers has improved and the attendance of children, though low in some places, is also improving, officials added.
Washington: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Speaker of US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi would attend an October 2 reception here to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 90th birth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.Top American lawmakers, eminent Indian-Americans, US government officials and members of the diplomatic corps are expected to attend the October 2 reception to celebrate the legacies of these two great leaders that have shaped the destinies of India and the United States.Organised by the Indian Embassy here, the reception would be held at the premises of the historic building of the Library of Congress. Pelosi will be the featured speaker at the gathering.The Indian Embassy has organised a series of events throughout the year to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It had organised an exhibition on Gandhi on August 15.
Six stories in the news for Monday, Oct. 30———FEDS TO DELAY PLANNED INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING:The Canadian Press has learned the federal Liberals plan to shift some $2 billion in planned infrastructure spending to future years, reflecting slower-than-anticipated spending on the file. The money will come from multiple funds set up by the Liberals and the previous Conservative government, as well as large-scale projects overseen by Infrastructure Canada. The Liberals have found they can’t move cash fast enough out of the federal treasury for infrastructure projects around the country.———MMIW HEARINGS BEGIN IN NOVA SCOTIA:Family members and advocates will share the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women as the national inquiry holds community hearings in Nova Scotia today. Forty witnesses are expected to testify during the three-day hearings at Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton. Many of those set to testify gathered on Sunday for a day of opening ceremonies, which included spiritual events and a community feast.———BABCOCK’S MURDER TRIAL TO HEAR MORE FROM FRIEND:A friend of a young Toronto woman who disappeared five years ago is expected to face cross-examination at the first-degree murder trial of two Ontario men today. The Crown alleges Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., killed Laura Babcock, 23, and burned her body in a large incinerator. Both Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty to the charges.———EX-DEPUTY QUEBEC PREMIER RETURNS TO COURT:Former deputy Quebec premier Nathalie Normandeau and five co-accused are due back in court in Quebec City today for the next step in their fraud-related case. They’re scheduled to appear for a preparatory hearing. Normandeau is charged with conspiracy, corruption, breach of trust and fraud in a scheme in which political financing and gifts were allegedly exchanged for lucrative government contracts between 2000 and 2012. She has maintained her innocence.———TEEN E-CIGARETTE USE LINKED TO SMOKING: STUDYA large Canadian study suggests teenagers who use electronic cigarettes are at risk of graduating to smoking tobacco. The study of more than 44,000 Grade 9 to 12 students in Ontario and Alberta shows a strong link between so-called vaping and subsequent tobacco use. The researchers found that teens who vaped in the 30 days prior to the start of the study were more likely to start smoking cigarettes and to continue smoking after one year. The study is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.———VANCOUVER’S NOTORIOUS DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE CHANGING WITH DEVELOPMENT:Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside is changing as entrepreneurs and property developers push into the neighbourhood’s periphery. Observers attribute the accelerating trend to skyrocketing real estate prices elsewhere in the city, as well as loosened zoning restrictions and the area’s growing reputation as a hip and happening place to be.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos— The Alberta legislature starts its fall sitting— Trial continues for Basil Borutski, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three women in the Ottawa Valley in 2015
TORONTO – A man who set up a private online forum devoted to trashing and sexually degrading a former friend had his criminal harassment conviction upheld on Wednesday.In its ruling, Ontario’s top court rejected an attempt by Darrin Sim to have the conviction quashed, saying the trial judge made no mistakes in finding him guilty.“By any standard, Sim’s conduct was morally reprehensible,” the Appeal Court said.Court records show that Sim and the woman, who cannot be identified, were friends for several years starting in 2001 when he was 29 years old. He developed unrequited romantic feelings toward her and both eventually married other people and started families, the records show.They later began emailing updates on their lives and, in 2009, he asked her for photographs of herself, which she sent.In November 2010, court heard, Sim set up a Yahoo group forum and recruited about 150 members. The topic of the online group focused on the “degradation” of the woman, court documents show. She knew nothing about it.Evidence was that Sim posted extensive biographical details and photos of the woman. He also wrote “false, degrading, vile, and grotesque sexualized commentary” about her, according to the court. He urged group members to post their own ugly comments, share crude sexual fantasies involving her, and to upload altered photographs of her in a sexually degrading way.The aim, he posted on the forum, was to make the woman look like the “little slut she is.”Someone alerted her in April 2013 to the group, which by that time had more than 1,500 members, court records indicate. Through a co-worker, she was able to gain full access to the site and gather screenshots that included multiple perverted and sexual message strings about her.Among photographs on the website was one from her wedding alongside a sexually lewd caption. Posted details included her name, age, weight, height, bra size, underwear size, hobbies, education, occupation, and the number of children she had.The woman was “shocked and frightened by what she saw,” the Appeal Court said. She went to police, who charged Sim with criminal harassment and publishing defamatory libel.In October last year, Ontario court Judge Mitch Hoffman convicted Sim of criminal harassment but acquitted him of the libel charge.“The accused’s threatening conduct towards the complainant was done while he was at least reckless as to whether she was harassed,” Hoffman said.On appeal, Sim argued no proof existed that he meant to threaten her.In dismissing the appeal, the higher court noted Sim’s conviction fell under a section of the Criminal Code that bars “threatening conduct directed at a person.” Sim’s notion that criminal harassment requires specific intent to “instill fear” simply doesn’t square with the law, the Appeal Court said.The key question is would a reasonable person feel threatened by the impugned conduct, not what the accused was thinking, the court said.“The objective assessment must consider the circumstances in which the conduct took place, and the effects that the conduct actually had on the complainant,” the Appeal Court said in upholding the guilty finding.
VANCOUVER – More than a month had passed before Antonette Rea found the note her young friend had written her before fatally overdosing earlier this year.“Thank you so much for saving my life,” Rea reads aloud to a crowd of 80 people packed into a community hall in the tony Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano.“I love your dancing and your singing and sorry for using all of your nail polish and art supplies,” she continues, prompting laughter from the otherwise silent audience. She smiles and puts down the note: “I called her Jilly Bean. Jilly.”Rea was one of more than a half-dozen drug users and first responders based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside who shared their stories with residents living elsewhere in the city over the past six weeks as part of a series of overdose awareness and prevention workshops.Monday evening’s gathering in Kitsilano was the last of six events aimed at delivering stories from the front line of British Columbia’s overdose epidemic.Jackie Wong helped facilitate the program, which was organized by the Overdose Prevention Society and Megaphone Magazine, a monthly publication sold by homeless and low-income vendors.It is important the overdose conversation happens beyond the Downtown Eastside, in neighbourhoods where drug use is not as public, Wong said.“I think that that’s where the conversation needs to move, … to places where people might be overdosing in private residences or quieter places because of the stigma that still is associated with them as a drug user.”Storytellers included people who survived the residential school system or various forms of violence and discrimination, those who experienced a traumatic childhood or worked in the sex trade.Rea is a transgender poet and playwright who has struggled with drug addiction and once worked as a prostitute in the Downtown Eastside. She said there is a good chance her friend Jilly Bean would be alive if she had overdosed in the Downtown Eastside instead of in North Burnaby, thanks to the lack of overdose-prevention training and resources outside of Vancouver’s hardest-hit neighbourhood.The hall was completely quiet as Samona Marsh spoke about the number of people she knows who have died from an overdose, including her feather in early 2017.“If I had one wish or magical wand, I would bring back everyone’s friends and families who passed away and make fentanyl non-existent,” said Marsh, who has lived in the Downtown Eastside for the past 25 years.She coined the term “fentanality” to refer to a fentanyl fatality.The workshops also included a training session on how to respond to an overdose, delivered by the Overdose Prevention SocietyKitsilano resident Deborah Buchanan volunteered to be shown how to administer naloxone by filling a syringe and injecting it into the leg of a stuffed toy gorilla.“I’m so happy I learned,” Buchanan said afterwards. “I need to know how to do this and help someone.“My son was involved in drugs, my middle son, and it kind of tore me apart, because I always thought, ‘I’m going to see you die one day and I don’t want to see that.’ “She said what she found most inspiring was hearing from the storytellers.Frederick Williams, a responder with the overdose prevention group, led the training session.He said it’s important that these events happen outside the Downtown Eastside because has turned into a city-wide epidemic.“It’s very important to have it come out to places like Kitsilano, Shaughnessy, all these higher-end neighbourhoods,” he said in an interview following the presentation. “They can’t put their head in the sand like an ostrich and think it’s going to go away, because it’s not.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitter