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Three factors may decide fate in six Haryana seats

first_imgThe large-scale violence during the Jat reservation agitation that claimed more than 30 lives, the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in rape cases and the split in the Indian National Lok Dal a few months ago are three factors that could influence results in at least half a dozen Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana.Though the Jat and non-Jat division in Haryana is not new, but it was the large-scale violence and arson during the Jat reservation agitation in February 2016 during BJP rule that further widened the divide between the two communities. More than three years after the violence, the ghost of the stir has now returned to haunt the political fraternity in Haryana, especially in Rohtak, which bore its brunt.Seeking re-election from Rohtak Lok Sabha seat for a fourth consecutive term, Deepender Singh Hooda — though he enjoys support among the electorate — seems to have a tough electoral battle on the cards. A Jat, he has been pitted against the BJP’s Arvind Sharma, a Brahmin. It would also cast its shadow on Sonipat Lok Sabha seat where Mr. Bhupinder Hooda himself is caught in a electoral battle with BJP’s Ramesh Chander Kaushik.Besides, it could prove to be a spoilsport for BJP’s Brijendra Singhin Hisar, with reports suggesting that the Sainis, hit adversely by the reservation agitation, are annoyed with the State government for its response to the situation then. Similarly, the agitation could also hurt the prospects of Congress in Karnal and Kurukshetra tilting the scales in favour of the BJP, largely seen as a non-Jat outfit.Dera chief caseUpset with the BJP government over the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who had lent support to the party in 2014 Assembly election helping it in around a dozen seats, his supporters seem alienated this time around for obvious reasons. It could impact the prospects of BJP in Sirsa, the headquarters of the Dera, and Ambala, which has a significant support base for Gurmeet. The split in the INLD leading to the birth of JJP has, indeed, hit both the parties hard. It would hurt the prospects of both the parties in Hisar and Sirsa, held by the INLD in the outgoing Lok Sabha, the most.last_img read more

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Football Leaks whistleblower to be extradited to Portugal

first_imgA Portuguese man linked to the Football Leaks website is set to be extradited to Portugal after spending time under house arrest in Hungary, a court said on Tuesday, a move his lawyers oppose as they defend him as a “whistleblower” and not a criminal.Rui Pinto, 30, was detained in Hungary on January 16 on a European arrest warrant issued by Portuguese authorities on suspicion of extortion and secrecy violations.Pinto’s lawyers plan to appeal against the court decision to extradite their client to Portugal for trial.”Everything I’ve done was in the public interest because it was necessary to expose and help European authorities understand the criminality that goes on in football,” Pinto said in the court hearing which was shown on Portuguese television.The Football Leaks website includes emails, contracts and presentations relating to soccer clubs.Also Watch:last_img read more

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MLAs daughter delivers Mothers Day gifts to local seniors

first_img“I was riding by the hospital recently and saw a bunch of seniors out front of the care centre, they were so nice and friendly, I just felt I wanted to do something nice for them,” said Davies. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The ladies residing at Peace Villa and Abbeyfield House each received a carnation, chocolate and a card on Mother’s Day after the daughter of Peace River North MLA Dan Davies came up with the idea of doing something nice for local seniors.Bert Bowes Grade 7 student Hana Davies said she thought of the idea of giving the gifts last week. Dan Davies said his daughter got permission from the two care centres, did a budget, and got Inland Concrete to sponsor the gifts. Davies hand-delivered the surprise gifts to the residents of the two facilities at lunch time on Mother’s Day.Hana Davies handing a flower and card to Peace Villa resident Debbie Simons. Supplied photo.last_img read more

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As BJP keeps Advani Joshi out Shanta makes first move says will

first_imgShimla: With BJP deciding to keep former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and party stalwart Murli Manohar Joshi out of the contest, Himachal BJP senior Shanta Kumar, 85, has made the first move.Shanta Kumar on Friday announced that he will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha poll. He is currently sitting Lok Sabha member from politically sensitive Kangra Parliamentary constituency, which had won four times including 2014. His statement comes at a time when the party’s Parliamentary Board was set to meeting in Delhi on Friday night and finalise the candidates’ second list. Top BJP leaders including Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal and state BJP president Satpal Satti are in Delhi for discussions on the probable candidates. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”On Thursday night, things are thrashed to a large extent. Now, the central parliamentary board will put its seal,” said a senior BJP leader, who indicated that Kangra will get a new candidate. Three-time state Chief Minister Shanta Kumar is among BJP and Jan Sangh ‘s most potential and front line leaders in Himachal Pradesh, who was the face of the state’s politics and had a role in building-up the BJP in the Congress dominant state. Shanta Kumar had also remained a cabinet minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KReports say barring Hamirpur – where three-time MP Anurag Thakur is sure to be retained as ‘winnable’ candidate in Himachal Pradesh, there is quite a suspense on rest of the three seats viz Mandi, Shimla and Kangra. The biggest upsurge is in Mandi Parliamentary constituency in the home district of Chief Minister where former Communication minister Pt Sukh Ram’s grandson Ashray Sharma has staked his claim for the ticket. Sukh Ram’s son Anil Sharma, who was a minister in the earlier Congress government, had defected from the party before the poll and joined the BJP ahead of the 2017 polls. He is now a minister in the Jai Ram Thakur government. Sukh Ram has been camping in Delhi to meet the top BJP leaders even as state leaders including Chief Minister has refused to give any credence to Ashray Sharma’s claim for the ticket. Not Sharma alone, there are two other contenders against Ram Swaroop Sharma. Maheshwar Singh, a senior BJP leader and three-time former MP from Mandi, is lobbying hard for the ticket. He had lost the assembly poll in 2017 elections. Brigadier Khushal Thakur, a Kargil war veteran, is also seeking ticket and he had quite a following of his own in the area as being a war hero. Jai Ram Thakur has held two successive meetings in Mandi during past one week to send a message that the party will not tolerate any indiscipline if any leader tries to overstep the mandate of the party to decide on the ticket. He has also clearly told Anil Sharma, Pt Sukh Ram’s son and his cabinet minister to control his son. Some BJP leaders from Mandi had also sent a complaint to the party asking for action against Ashray Sharma and his father Anil Sharma for trying to jeopardise the party’s prospects in Mandi. The rebellion is also brewing in Shimla (reserve ) parliamentary constituency against the sitting BJP MP Virender Kashyap. Party leader H N Kashyap, a who had successfully contested the seat in 2004 is back strongly lobbying of the ticket alleging that he had been given unfair treatment by the party ever since he had lost the poll.last_img read more

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Market sees foreign fund outflow worth Rs 44500 crore in 201819

first_imgNew Delhi: Despite heavy fund infusion by FPIs over the past two month, the domestic financial market suffered a foreign fund outflow of over Rs 44,500 crore on net basis in the fiscal 2018-19 as macroeconomic headwinds weighed on investor sentiment through the year. Hike in rates by the US Federal Reserve, depreciating rupee, rise in crude oil prices, worsening current account deficit, concerns over fiscal deficit and current account deficit target, coupled with trade tiff between the US and China dampened the mood in emerging markets, experts said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn financial year 2018-19, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) pulled out a net sum of Rs 1,629 crore from equities and Rs 42,951 crore from the bonds market, taking the total net outflow to Rs 44,580 crore, the depositories data showed. In comparison, FPIs had infused a net amount of Rs 25,634 crore in the equities and over Rs 1,19,035 crore in the debt market, a total net investment of Rs 1,44,669 crore in the previous fiscal. “After two years of good foreign fund inflows, Indian market witnessed reversal in the trend. We received Rs 48,411 crore and Rs 1,44,682 crore in the year 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. Global and domestic causes alike have prompted the flows of funds in 2018-19 from the markets and both the equity and debt segments have witnessed outflows”, Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head Investment Analytics, of Bajaj Capital said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFPIs remained net sellers almost throughout the recently concluded fiscal except for the past couple of months. October emerged as the month of steepest outflow with FPIs pulling out a massive Rs 38,900 crore from the market. However, fresh fund infusion was witnessed in the last two consecutive months of the fiscal, with March alone accounting for a net infusion of Rs 45,981 crore including a net Rs 33,980 crore in equities and Rs 12,001 crore in debt. In February, the overseas players pumped in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crore in capital markets.last_img read more

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A pattern from Kargil to Balakot

first_imgNothing could be more serious than the fact that for the very first time in the history of Independent India, eight former service chiefs, including another around 150 veterans, had to write a letter to the President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to intervene against politicisation of the military in the Lok Sabha elections. Though the letter endorsed by 156 prominent army-men requests the President to take all necessary steps to ‘urgently direct all political parties’ that they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols and any action by military formations or personnel for political purposes or to further their political agenda, the timing of the letter clearly shows that the army veterans are deeply upset with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to first time voters to dedicate their vote to the memory of Balakot and Pulwama. Modi had even gone to the extent of telling the young voters that if they will push the lotus symbol in EVMs, their vote will directly reach him. Election Commission has also expressed serious displeasure on Modi’s speech in an election rally at Latur in Maharashtra in which he made every effort to take political advantage of the unfortunate incident in Pulwama and a fitting reply by Indian army in Balakot. Prime Minister Modi shows no sign of any hesitation in tearing apart the election code of conduct whenever he gets an opportunity to attract voters. At different times during assembly elections held in the past five years, he never bothered to respect the basic spirit of elections in a democracy. Modi has within him strong defiance for any democratic norm. He always tried to take political advantage of the achievements of Indian Forces after taking over as the Prime Minister. I recall the last day of January 2017, when the then President Pranab Mukherjee mentioned about the surgical strikes in his address to the joint session of Parliament. Modi thumped his desk the loudest and his body language was giving all the credits to this achievement to himself. After September 2017 surgical strikes by the army across the Line of Control, Modi has spared no stone unturned in making such actions the central theme of his government’s stellar achievements. Prime Minister Modi never bothered to consider the negative consequences of using military operations to garner votes for his Bhartiya Janta Party. Even his lieutenants such as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath have gone to the extent calling the forces as “Modi ki Sena” without giving a thought that it will impinge adversely on the moral and fighting efficiency of those who selflessly serve the nation in uniform. On this, Union Minister (Retd.) Gen. VK Singh also had to criticise his party fellow UP Chief Minister. Modi government had also turned a deaf ear to 21 opposition parties who condemned the blatant politicisation of the armed forces and criticised Modi for not convening an all-party meeting amid the rising Indo-Pak tensions. Modi does not believe in the principle that national security must transcend narrow political considerations. BJP president Amit Shah had announced at the time of the elections in five poll-bound states that two key planks of his party’s electoral campaign would be demonetisation and surgical strike. But then he chose to sideline the demonetisation issue as it was heavily counter-productive and BJP focused on singing the song of surgical strikes. Similar is the situation in ongoing general elections. BJP is busy snatching the credit of various important security operations from the armed forces and scientists and adding it to its political kitty. The real issues of ruined economy, worst job market, inflation, social disharmony and rise of crony capitalism have deliberately been washed away from the national discourse. Some may argue that when Manohar Parrikar is no more amongst us, it is unfair to make any comments on him, but let us not forget how he has been credited with planning and conducting the surgical strikes of 2017, which he also had attributed to his ‘RSS training’. The fact is that Parrikar those days was spending more time in Goa for the preparations of Assembly elections than in strengthening the country’s defence. I have no idea what is there in Modi’s mind for the warriors of Balakot? But you may like to recall that how one-and-a-half year back he could make the surgical strikes the most highly decorated single operation in the history of Indian army by giving 32 awards to personnel who carried out the plan. Soon after that when Parrikar attended a BJP rally at Lucknow, the banners and posters carrying the pictures of director-general of military operations Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, who was the public face of the surgical strikes, surrounded by the photographs of Modi, Shah and Parrikar were seen at the rally venue and all over Lucknow streets. That was a trailer of BJP’s keenness for the politicisation of army. The current general election is watching a full feature film of this mindset. It is not accidental that Modi has demanded the votes from first-time voters as a return gift to him for what he has done in Balakot. He wants them to believe that only he can ensure India’s safety and security. There is a particular pattern from Kargil to Balakot through which BJP tries to fetch votes in its favour. By creating a political hype of army operations, the issues of colossal intelligence failures at strategic and tactical levels are brushed aside. BJP’s determination to extract maximum political mileage from military achievements is dangerous. We sleep safely at night because tough men stand ready all the time, but we spent sleepless nights when we see people weakening the very roots of our democratic polity by misusing army ventures to harvest their political aims. Enlightened leadership is always spiritual—spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as a domain of awareness. Our political system is fast losing the values of goodness and compassion. Unless we have insight and focused attention to change the scenario during this general election, the Indian dream will shatter for decades to come. Therefore, the electorate, especially our first-time voters have much more responsibility this time. Let’s hope for the best! (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Commentary College football Rivalry Weekend again proves every week matters

Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall (14) breaks a tackle during a game against Georgia Nov. 16 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn won, 43-38.Credit: Courtesy of MCTCollege football is funny.A sport that brings joy and despair to people across the country week in and week out, the game is particularly dubious on the final weekend of the regular season.Known as “Rivalry Weekend,” the final Saturday before the 2013 postseason did not disappoint either.From an Ohio State’s fan perspective, emotional highs and lows ensued from defeating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor in thrilling fashion — picking off redshirt-junior Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner in the end zone to deny Michigan the necessary two points that would give them the victory.Fans, players and the like were proud because the Buckeyes had just recorded their 24th straight win under coach Urban Meyer, but also turned their attention quickly to another rivalry game — The Iron Bowl.The same could be said for both myself and my colleagues at The Lantern, who had just left Michigan Stadium with the knowledge that No. 1 Alabama held a touchdown advantage over No. 4 Auburn. Upon tuning into the game on the radio and hearing that the Tigers had tied it up with 32 seconds to go, we made the correct decision to U-turn into the closest restaurant with a TV (Red Robin) because seeing if the unthinkable could happen — The Crimson Tide no longer rolling — was something we could not miss.All year, OSU has been slotted behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Florida State, who had already taken care of business against rival Florida earlier in the day to finish regular season play unbeaten. So, if the Buckeyes were to even get a chance to compete for the final BCS National Championship, ‘Bama was going to need to either fall Saturday or next week in the SEC Title game. It seems unthinkable that an undefeated OSU would be left out of the national championship game, but because of the national perspective of the Big Ten as second tier to other conferences like the SEC, the possibility was at its highest point.Then lightning struck.While we were waiting to order our food, the referees put one second back on the clock, giving Alabama a chance to save its unbeaten season in regulation. Alabama coach Nick Saban turned to redshirt-freshman kicker Adam Griffith to attempt a 57-yard field goal for the win. Griffith’s attempt was short, Auburn senior cornerback Chris Davis retrieved it, and returned it 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown.Red Robin, filled with members of Buckeye Nation, exploded — and I couldn’t help myself but join in on the excitement.With a win against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, the Buckeyes — barring any sort of BCS catastrophe that will allow a one-loss Auburn team to jump them in the rankings — will be heading to Pasadena, Calif., in early 2014 in search of the program’s eighth national championship.In a mere four hours, Buckeye fans went from holding their breath when Gardner took the snap on the two-point play, to extreme jubilation when Alabama’s undefeated season was no more. Suddenly, seeing OSU back at the top of the sport is a very real possibility.As a journalist writing on deadline for the OSU-Michigan game, the last half of The Game’s fourth quarter brought stress to both my fingers and head.But as a college football fan, rivalry weekend proved once again why the sport is tough to be topped. read more

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DAngelo Russell and JaeSean Tate earn Big Ten postseason honors

The Ohio State men’s basketball team already dropped its final game of the regular season, but it raked in multiple individual awards Monday.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the first-team All-Big Ten list by both coaches and media. Russell is the first Buckeye to win the conference Freshman of the Year award since Jared Sullinger in 2011.Russell also becomes the first Buckeye to be named first-team all-conference since DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft were both on the list in 2013.Russell finished his regular season campaign averaging 19.2 points per game, good for second in the Big Ten. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounds and was second on the team in assists.Joining Russell on the All-Big Ten freshman team is forward Jae’Sean Tate, who averaged 8.9 points per game this season, while ranking second on the team in total rebounds with 152.Tate earned the honors despite only starting 12 games this season after he stepped in for struggling sophomore forward Marc Loving six games into the Big Ten schedule. The Pickerington, Ohio, native averaged 10.7 points and five rebounds per game in conference play.In addition to Russell and Tate’s accolades, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson were both honorable mention selections by the media.OSU is set to return to action on Thursday in Chicago in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of the Minnesota vs. Rutgers matchup, which is set to be played Wednesday. read more

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University of California decides against raising instate tuition

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In-state University of California students got a financial reprieve Thursday, with the system opting to forego a vote on a proposed tuition hike in favor of pushing the state for more funding.“Raising tuition is always a last resort and one we take very seriously,” UC President Janet Napolitano said. “We will continue to advocate with our students, who are doing a tremendous job of educating legislators about the necessity of adequately funding the university to ensure UC remains a world-class institution and engine of economic growth for our state.”The Board of Regents had been expected to consider a 2.7 percent boost in base tuition. While that vote will no longer happen, the regents could revisit the issue “depending on the outcome of budget negotiations in Sacramento.”UC officials said they will look to secure an additional $140 million in state funding above what was already proposed for the coming year in the governor’s budget proposal.The announcement echoed a decision announced last week by California State University Chancellor Timothy White, who said the CSU would also focus on lobbying the state for additional funds rather than pursuing a tuition hike.“In light of California’s strong economy, California’s students and their families should not be saddled with additional financial burden to attain public higher education,” White said. “We will continue to make the case to lawmakers, who represent all Californians, that an educated citizenry should be at the top of the state’s highest priorities.”In January, the UC Board of Regents approved a 3.5 percent increase in non-resident supplemental tuition, taking it from $28,014 in 2017-18 to $28,992 for 2018-19, a $978 increase. Board members said at the time that the increase could be eliminated if adequate state funding is secured. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 26, 2018 University of California decides against raising in-state tuitionlast_img read more

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Audi ETron prototype tackles 85percent grade on ski slope

first_imgAt Roadshow, we’ve explored how electric cars perform in extreme cold and snow, putting a Tesla Model 3 to the test on a frozen lake and driving our long-term Nissan Leaf through this year’s Polar Vortex. Audi, however, one-upped us in late January by taking a modified version of its upcoming E-Tron electric crossover to one of the world’s most challenging ski slopes.Not your normal E-Tron. Not your normal winter driving scenario. Audi The Audi E-Tron prototype’s task was to summit the Mausefalle, or mousetrap, section of the challenging Streif downhill ski course in Austria. That’s an 85-percent grade, a tough task in dry conditions, nevermind the layer of snow that coated the course. Audi tapped Mattias Ekström, World Rallycross and two-time German DTM champion, to drive the E-Tron. And as the video below shows, the battery-powered crossover powered up the slippery slope in an impressive demonstration of its abilities.Of course, the Audi E-Tron used had been modified pretty heavily compared to the stock version. It had two rear electric motors, as opposed to the single rear motor in the standard car, in addition to a single motor at the front axle. The car’s on-board software was modified to optimize its torque distribution for tackling the steep, snowy slope. New 19-inch wheels with big spikes on the tires helped claw into the ice. And for safety, the E-Tron was equipped with a roll cage, a racing seat with a six-point harness and a special belay cable to help catch it if something were to go wrong. 0 Post a comment Tags More about 2019 Audi E-Tron The Streif test was just the latest in a series of demonstrations intended to help show off the E-Tron’s durability and toughness. Audi previously shocked it with bolts of lightning and let us drive it in the Kalahari desert in Namibia, for instance.The standard Audi E-Tron launches in Europe in March, and the automaker already has more than 20,000 reservations for the new electric car worldwide. When not climbing up ski slopes, the car will be configured with two electric motors giving a combined output of 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque.While we don’t have an EPA driving-range number yet, we do know the car’s lithium-ion battery pack is rated for 95 kilowatt-hours of energy storage. Pricing starts at $74,800 before options and, interestingly, the E-Tron won’t be stocked at US dealers. Instead, prospective buyers will need to special-order the car. News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 51 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Audi Audi More From Roadshow Electric Cars Luxury cars Crossoverslast_img read more

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Vishal Sikka likely to join Hewlett Packard Enterprise as CTO

first_imgReutersMoving on from the dramatic exit as chief executive and managing director of Infosys, Vishal Sikka will now most likely join Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) as chief technical officer (CTO), according to multiple sources.Last Friday, Vishal Sikka’s shock resignation as chief executive spurred several disputes between board members and founders of Infosys. Sikka resigned from his position citing baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks.Although, Sikka said early last week that he would continue in Infosys as executive vice-chairman, he resigned from this position as well in less than a week. Nandan Nilekani’s come back mostly triggered his departure from the IT giant.Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani returned to Infosys as its chairman on Thursday, in a bid that he will solve the ongoing problems that the company is facing at the moment. However, Sikka likely knows what will be his next job.According to a Times of India report, he will most likely fill in the position of chief technology officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). HPE has not filled the position since Martin Fink had stepped down as CTO, last year. Sikka is said to have been offered that role.The American IT major headquartered in California was formed in 2015 as a part of splitting of the Hewlett-Packard (HP) company. HPE sells data centre hardware and software while HP sells personal computers and printers.HPE’s offer to Sikka came at a time when Sikka claimed that he had been disturbed by the personal attacks on him from the Infosys founders propelled by which he had to resign from his post.In fact, after Sikka left the throne, an ex-board member of the IT firm also wrote an open letter to its co-founder Narayana Murthy accusing him of hurting the tech giant’s morale with his constant attacks. Nandan NilekaniReutersInfosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, who also admires Murthy, returned to Infosys as its chairman on Thursday, in a bid that he will solve the ongoing problems that the company is facing at the moment. His return could have triggered Sikka’s exit from the company.Sikka, worked as the CTO of German software maker SAP before joining Infosys three years ago and has a doctorate in artificial intelligence from Stanford University. He used his technical proficiency to introduce new automation and innovation at Infosys.last_img read more

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Headon collision kills truck driver

first_imgRoad Accident logoA truck driver was killed in a head-on collision between two trucks in Agran area of Baraigram upazila of Natore district on Tuesday night.The deceased driver is Belal Hossain, reports UNB.The accident took place around 8:00pm as two trucks had collided head-on, leaving a truck driver injured, said Baraigram police station officer-in-charge GM Shamsun Nur.The victim was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him dead, he said.last_img

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82 Chibok girls freed in Nigeria prisoner swap deal

first_imgA screengrab taken on 12 May 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram which claims to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. AFP file photoNigeria on Saturday said it had negotiated the release of 82 of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists more than three years ago, securing their freedom in a prisoner swap deal.The presidency announced that months of talks with the jihadists had “yielded results”, just over six months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators.“Today 82 more Chibok girls were released,” it said.“After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities.”No details were given about how many suspects were released or their identities.The girls were to be taken to Abuja on Sunday to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency said, thanking security agencies, the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).“The president has repeatedly expressed his total commitment towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls and all other Boko Haram captives,” it added.A military and a civilian militia source in Banki, near the border with Cameroon, said “at least 80” girls were brought to the town late afternoon on Saturday and taken to military barracks.Shehu Sani, a Nigerian senator who has been involved in previous negotiations with Boko Haram, told AFP the girls were mostly “in good condition”.The talks lasted for “almost three to four months” and had initially discussed the release of 50 girls but the number was later increased, he said.The government would now look to securing the release of the remaining hostages, he added.Symbol of the conflictBoko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok on the evening of April 14, 2014 and kidnapped 276 teenaged girls who were preparing to sit high school exams.Fifty seven managed to escape in the hours that followed but the remaining 219 were held by the group.Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, whose fight to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009, claimed in a video message that they had converted to Islam.The audacious kidnapping brought the insurgency to world attention, triggering global outrage that galvanised support from the former US first lady Michelle Obama and Hollywood stars.Parents and supporters of the missing girls—who have become a symbol of the conflict—last month marked the three year anniversary of the abduction, describing the situation as an unending “nightmare”.But they said previous releases had given them strength.Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose two daughters were among those kidnapped, said he was told of the latest release by the #BringBackOurGirls pressure group and an official in Maiduguri.He added: “This is good news to us. We have been waiting for this day. We hope the remaining girls will soon be released.”Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war, seizing thousands of women and children, including the Chibok girls, and forcibly recruiting young men and boys into their ranks.In a less publicised attack in November 2014, some 300 children were among about 500 people kidnapped from the town of Damasak, on the border with Niger, in the far north of Borno state.Most are still missing.Ongoing talksThe release of the 21 girls in October last year followed talks between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government brokered by the ICRC and the Swiss.Three other girls have also been found. The first had a baby and was accompanied by a man she said was her husband but the military said was a Boko Haram suspect.Boko Haram’s Shekau has previously said the girls would be released if militant fighters held in Nigerian government custody were freed.At the time of the release of the 21, Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu said the government was hoping to secure the release of 83 others being held by a different Boko Haram faction.Last month he said in a radio interview that there were ongoing negotiations involving “some foreign entities” to release the 195 girls still believed held.He told BBC Hausa the ICRC and Swiss government “have not withdrawn their support in the negotiations”.Other countries were also involved, he added, without elaborating.The ICRC has not yet commented on the latest release.On Friday, Britain and the United States issued a security alert warning of a Boko Haram plot to kidnap foreigners in the Banki area, which led to the suspension of aid flights to the town Saturday.last_img read more

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15 dead in clashes between prisoners in Brazil

first_imgMap of Brazil locating a jail some 28 km from the Amazonas state capital of Manaus, where 15 inmates were killed in clashes on Sunday. Photo: AFPClashes between inmates killed 15 people at a jail in Amazonas state in northern Brazil on Sunday, the regional prison authority said.The clashes broke out around 11:00 am (1500 GMT) during visiting hours at the facility, located some 28 kilometres (17 miles) from the state capital Manaus.”It was a fight between the inmates. There had never been deaths during the visits,” Colonel Marcos Vinicius Almeida told a news conference.An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the fight, Almeida said.Almeida emphasized that authorities had reacted within minutes to the Sunday violence, preventing a potentially worse result.In January 2017, the same facility was the scene of a prison rebellion that lasted almost 20 hours and left 56 people dead.Brazil has the world’s third largest prison population, with 726,712 inmates as of June 2016, according to official statistics.The population is double the capacity of the nation’s prisons, which in 2016 was estimated to be 368,049 inmates.Along with severe overcrowding, Brazil’s prisons are plagued by gang violence, while riots and breakout attempts are not uncommon.last_img read more

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Singing Pastors Celebrate the Legacy of Baltimore Talented Teen Electrocuted in Druid

first_imgOn May 5th 2006, 14-year-old Deanna Camille Green died from electrocution when a ball field fence she was stretching on in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park, came in contact with an underground power line while she was playing a game with a Christian softball league. Almost 11 years to the day of that tragedy, her family intends to provide a ray of hope for worthy students who aspire to attend college to study performing arts. Former Baltimore Colt Defensive lineman Anthony “Bubba” Green and Nancy Arrington-Green, founders of Deanna’s Lyric, Foundation for the Arts, Inc., are presenting a gospel concert entitled: “Sing Pastor, Sing!Deanna Camille GreenThe event will take place Saturday May 6th, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm at Milford Mill United Methodist Church 915 Milford Mill Rd, Pikesville, MD  21208 and will be hosted by Fox 45 news anchor Kia Jackson and Ernestine Jones of WEAA radio. “Deanna’s Lyric, Foundation for the Arts, a 501 C (3) organization was founded to commemorate Deanna’s life. Prior to her untimely death the talented “lyric soprano” was looking forward to attending the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, a Baltimore County magnate school, in fall of 2006.      The event will feature several local church pastors and other guest performers in a gospel concert. Among the Pastors scheduled to participate are Dr. Robert J. Anderson, Jr., of Colonial Baptist Church, Tamba Giles and the Williams Brothers, Rev. Dr. Alvin Gwynn, Sr., Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore, Bishop R. Alonzo Jones and Rev. Terry D. Streeter, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Washington D.C. There also will be a performance by the Milford Mill Academy Choir.      According to Anthony Green, “Each academic year, our goal is to award four $2500 scholarships to four college bound students majoring in the Performance Arts.” Nancy Green said of Deanna, “it was her passion and desire to share her God given talent!  The mission of the foundation is to ensure that Deanna’s angelic, lyrical voice will continue to be heard through the lives, voices and talents of other young performing artists.”  State regulations passed by the Maryland Legislature in her name deemed the “Deanna Camille Green law,” require utility businesses to conduct scans each year in Maryland’s major cities to mitigate the kind of stray contact voltage that caused Deanna’s death. Kristen A. Anderson, a graduate of Salisbury University and a former Afro- American Newspaper Internlast_img read more

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Nwora Will Enter NBA Draft Maintain Collegiate Eligibility

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville forward Jordan Nwora will enter his name in the 2019 NBA Draft pool, but will take steps to maintain his collegiate eligibility to allow a return for his third season with the Cardinals.”Because of the ability to test the waters without losing eligibility, it seems like the perfect opportunity for me to try out with NBA teams and get feedback from them directly regarding my strengths and weaknesses,” said Nwora. “If the feedback is positive, I would stay in the draft. If the feedback indicates I should return to school for continued development, then that’s what I will do. Either way, it is a positive experience that will allow me to find out what specifically NBA teams want me to improve to enhance my draft stock, whether it is for this year or next year.””The NBA and the NCAA continue to shape the undergraduate process of determining draft prospects in a more refined way,” said UofL Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack. “I fully support Jordan as he tests the draft waters on where he stands in his basketball future. When the time comes to make his decision it will be with feedback straight from the source, the NBA.”New NCAA legislation in effect in 2019 allows college basketball players to be represented by an agent after the season if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.  To maintain collegiate availability, the agreement with an agent must be in writing, disclosed, terminated when the student returns to college, as well as meeting other conditions.  Players who request an evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify the university by the Monday after the draft.Honored as the 2019 ACC Most Improved Player, Nwora was the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.0 scoring average (sixth in the ACC), up 11.3 points per game from his 5.7 average a year ago.  The All-ACC third team selection is one of five players in the ACC who scored 20 or more points on at least 13 occasions this season.  Nwora scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games and produced nine double-doubles this season.A sophomore from Buffalo, N.Y., Nwora was UofL’s leader in scoring and rebounding (7.7 rpg, ninth in the ACC).  He was also among the ACC leaders in field goal percentage (.446, 12th), three-point field goal percentage (.374, ninth), three-pointers made per game (2.3, 11th), defensive rebounds (6.44 per game, fourth) and minutes played (31.9 per game, 21st).  He was named to the USBWA All-District IV team and NABC All-District 2 team.An exercise science major who was named to the All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team, Nwora scored a career-high 32 points against Boston College in Louisville with 10 rebounds and four assists.  Honored on the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team in November, he made at least three three-pointers on 16 occasions this season.  Nwora helped Louisville achieve a 20-14 record against the nation’s third-toughest schedule and participate in its 39th NCAA Tournament.  Picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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Avengers Endgame Trailer Smashes 24Hour Video Views Record

first_img Popular on Variety Marvel announced the record on social media Saturday, extending thanks to “the greatest fans in the world”: “To the greatest fans in the world, thank you for being there from the beginning til the endgame and making Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame the most viewed trailer in history with 289M views in 24 hours!” the studio said.The trailer also set a record for Twitter conversation for a movie trailer in the first 24 hours — with 549,000 mentions — soaring past previous record holder “Avengers: Infinity War” (389,000) and “Black Panther” (349,000).The upcoming “Avengers: Endgame” picks up where “Infinity War” left off: Thanos has just wiped out half of all life in the universe. Seemingly facing certain doom, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) joins forces with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) — and other members of the superhero crew — to rise up and fight Thanos.Watch the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 With the Marvel fandom’s anticipation leading up to “Avengers: Endgame,” it’s no surprise that the trailer drop set a new record for most views in its first 24 hours.The “Avengers: Endgame” trailer was viewed 289 million times in its first 24 hours, after it was released around 5 a.m. PT Friday, according to Marvel Studios. That blasted past the previous record of 230 million views, set a little over a year ago by the studio’s “Avengers: Infinity War.” Behind that was Disney’s “The Lion King” teaser, which racked up 224.6 million views.The views for the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer were tabulated across multiple platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.“Avengers: Endgame,” the fourth Avengers movie and the sequel to “Infinity War,” is set to hit theaters April 26, 2019.last_img read more

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Awareness campaign on animal welfare for students

first_imgKolkata: The students going to the residential schools under Sarba Siksha Mission will be made aware of animal welfare.There are 25 residential schools under the mission. The decision was taken following a meeting between Kartick Manna, president of Sarba Siksha Mission and representatives of Love and care for Animals, an NGO working in the field of animal welfare. The duration of the awareness course will be for two years.The students will be made aware about the animal welfare laws and there will be interactive sessions and Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedslide shows.Quiz competitions will be held on the matter that will be shown.Awareness classes have already been held in some state-run schools in South and North 24-Parganas and Kolkata.People working on animal welfare said because of sustained programmes, attacks on stray dogs in Kolkata have gone down.Earlier, many people used to sprinkle boiled water on them and used to tie crackers to their tails and set them on fire. Frightened stray dogs used to run away and many of them got killed.Susmita Roy a spokesman for Love and Care for Animals said the students show great interest in the awareness classes. “If they are trained in school days they will develop love for the pets and stray animals,” she said adding “this is very important at a time when deserting pets, particularly when they grow old, has reached an alarming level in the country and alsoin Kolkata.”last_img read more

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Eightweek road closure as council discovers another dangerous building in StokeonTrent

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists face eight weeks of disruption as work gets underway on bulldozing a dangerous building. The derelict building in Howard Place, Shelton, has been an eyesore for months after the frontage was removed. Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council has confirmed it is structurally unsafe and needs pulling down urgently. Traders have welcomed the action, although some fear the road diversions could affect their custom. It is not clear who owns the site, which overlooks a busy mini-roundabout that connects Snow Hill with Stoke Road. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The dangerous building at the Snow Hill roundabout A cordon has now been put up around the site and road diversions are in place. The left-hand lane of the Snow Hill roundabout, from the direction of Stoke Road, has been shut to traffic. The one-way street at the top of Shelton New Road and the junction with Shearer Street has also been closed. Drivers using this route to head towards Newcastle are being diverted along Shearer Street, which has been made two-way. The road closures comes just five days after the council shut Newcastle Street, in Middleport, for five weeks as a row of ‘unsafe’ shops is demolished. Mohammed Edres owns Mo’s Barbers, in Stoke Road, which is just yards from the dangerous building. The 39-year-old said: “It’s not affecting me at the moment. But sometimes people are scared to walk down there. “I don’t know what they’ve been doing. I’ve heard the site is going to be used for housing.” The wider brownfield land around Pyenest Street has been earmarked for dozens of new homes. Driver named following fatal collision   “To carry out the assessment and demolition work, restrictions are in place on a small number of roads. “We urge motorists, particularly those using the route to commute to and from work, to be prepared for possible delays at this time. It is anticipated that the road restrictions may remain in place for eight weeks.” End text: Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Police search for missing woman A diversion is in place A city council spokesman said: “We have been made aware of a building on Howard Place, Shelton, which is in a dangerous condition. “Because of the severity of its condition, we have put a full road closure and diversion in place until further notice. Temporary fencing is also being installed. “We are currently working with specialists to establish how the building can be safely demolished, while causing the minimum disruption. This will identify what actions are needed and how long they will take. Read More Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Waqar Shabbir, a dispenser at nearby Norfolk Street Pharmacy, walks past the building every day and has been concerned for the public’s safety. The 20-year-old, from Etruria, said: “I’ve felt scared, especially in the winter when it’s been raining. It could have just fallen down. “A driver could have ended up hitting a pedestrian. It’s been quite dangerous, especially with the pavement there. It’s a relief that they are going to demolish it.” last_img read more

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