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Former President Ramotar to testify in Red House lease challenge

first_imgFormer President Donald Ramotar is expected to testify in the ongoing High Court challenge against President David Granger’s revocation of the 99-year lease granted to the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC).Red HouseRamotar’s presence was requested by Attorney General Basil Williams on Friday when the matter was heard before acting Chief Justice Roxane George at the High Court.Attorney for the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre, Anil Nandlall, did not object to the former President taking the stand and as such, the Chief Justice granted the application.Ramotar, a former General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), had previously disclosed that he approved the 99-year lease in his capacity as President. When the matter is called again on November 1, Ramotar will be cross-examined on the granting of the lease.Former President Donald RamotarIn late December 2016, President David Granger gave the occupants of Red House 48 hours to vacate the premises. The Research Centre was established in 1999 to promote research into and publish materials on the life, work and ideas of the late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan. The prime land on which Red House sits was leased to the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre Inc for 99 years for GY$12,000 per year.However, the coalition Administration was initially averse to the small fee being charged and had started engaging the Directors of the Research Centre on the possibility of transforming the Red House into a hub for all former Presidents.The Management Committee, which included former President Ramotar, had strongly objected to this move, and told the Government to find independent sites for the establishment of similar research centres for the other Guyanese leaders.According to Ramotar, former Presidents Desmond Hoyte and Forbes Burnham never shared the same ideology and philosophy of Dr Jagan and contended, therefore, it would be a “total dishonour” for Red House to be converted into a depository for all past Presidents. It was subsequent to these comments that AG Williams opined that the lease was invalid, after which President Granger moved to revoke the said lease.This eventually caused the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre Management Committee to approach the High Court for a declaration that the lease is valid and that the manner in which the President moved to revoke the lease was unconstitutional.In the meantime, the CJRC secured a conservatory order from the court, restraining the State from ejecting the tenants, taking possession of the property, or interfering with the Institute’s quiet and peaceful occupation of the premises. The order will be in effect until the end of the trial.last_img read more

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Address by President David Granger

first_imgGuyanese,The Elections Commission has exclusive and explicit responsibility for the conduct of general and regional elections in accordance with the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (at Article 62).The Constitution (at Article 162 (1) I) states, further, that: “…The Elections Commission shall have such functions connected with or relating to the registration of electors or the conduct of elections…”The Elections Commission is insulated from political influence, instruction or interference and its independence is safeguarded by the Constitution. The independence of the Commission and the integrity of the electoral process are essential to ensuring elections which express the will of the electorate. I am committed to providing governmental assistance to the Commission to ensure that the forthcoming elections will not be contaminated by mismanagement or malpractice.The Elections Commission has a constitutional obligation, therefore, to ensure that everything necessary would be done to deliver credible elections. It is the Commission’s task to ensure that adequate resources are acquired; personnel are employed; the Official List of Electors which enfranchises all eligible voters is published; administrative mechanisms to ensure efficient polling and the counting and tabulation of results are implemented; and that the laws of Guyana are enforced.I have emphasised, repeatedly, that the imperative has been to provide every assistance to the Commission to enable it to conduct “credible elections at the earliest time possible.” My position remains unaltered.I have acted expeditiously throughout the year to ensure that credible general and regional elections are held.  I consulted the Elections Commission on two occasions. I consulted the Leader of the Opposition on three occasions to select a new Chairman of the Elections Commission in accordance with the Constitution (at Article 161 (1)). I appointed Justice Claudette Singh, SC, CCH, as Chairman of the Commission and administered the Oath of Office to her on 29th July 2019.I have full confidence in the Chairman’s independence, integrity and impartiality and her intention and ability to perform the functions of her office in the best interest of the Guyanese people.A Governmental team met the Chairman and Commissioners of the Elections Commission on Friday 13th September 2019 to ascertain its readiness to conduct the elections. A Parliamentary Opposition team met the Commission, also, on Tuesday 10th September. We are assured that the Commission is doing everything possible to prepare to conduct credible elections at the earliest time possible.The Elections Commission must be allowed to continue the task of preparing for the forthcoming general and regional elections. The Commission has an obligation to assure the public that it is ready to conduct credible elections and to advise the President of its readiness to do so. I could then dissolve Parliament and issue a proclamation appointing a date on which elections could be held in accordance with the Constitution.It would be reckless and irresponsible, on my part, to appoint a date for elections without the Commission’s advice and assurance that it would be ready to conduct elections on such a date.I call on all Guyanese to have confidence in the Elections Commission. I am ready to be guided by the Chairman’s assessment of the Commission’s preparedness to conduct elections.I urge everyone to uphold the Constitution and respect the judgment of our independent institutions and the people who have been appointed to manage them. I look forward to the Commission’s recommendation to conduct credible elections at the earliest time possible.May God bless Guyana.last_img read more

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Defendant too short to have killed?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Phil Spector asserted in a 2005 home video interview that the statuesque Lana Clarkson was standing when a gun was fired in her mouth and said he is too short to have done it. “The deceased, who was standing when she took her own life and she was 5-11 and she would have been 6-feet-2 with heels on, which she was wearing at the time of her death, and that the gun was in a downward position,” said Spector, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shell necklace as he spoke from a chair in his Alhambra mansion. “I am 5-foot-5. It would have been physically impossible for me to have administered the death wound to her in any shape, way or form,” he said. Spector’s chauffeur, who was waiting outside the house, has testified he heard a “pow” sound. Driver Adriano De Souza said he looked into the house and saw Clarkson’s body slumped in a chair in the foyer.last_img read more

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Fort St. John Beaver Band unites in opposition to Site C

first_img“We told the Crown about our concerns with Site C over and over again,” says Chief Yahey. “We asked them not to make a decision until we had been meaningfully consulted and our concerns had been addressed, but they ignored us and approved the dam anyway.”The two First Nations say they’ll continue meeting with provincial and federal leaders to review their options as they continue their opposition to the proposed Site C Dam. The two First Nations were formed out of the division of the Fort St. John Beaver Band in 1977, sharing a common history and many kinship ties. Today, that common history is a driving force in their shared opposition to the flooding of the Peace River Valley.“Our ancestors were the first signatories to Treaty 8 in this province, signing the Treaty with Canada in 1900 on the banks of the Peace River at Old Fort,” Doig River Chief Norman Davis explained in a written statement. “That river is a central part of our history and we strongly oppose its destruction. The river valley contains many culturally important sites, including the burial site of one of our former chiefs, Chief Attachie.”Blueberry River Chief Marvin Yahey is said to have been raising concerns about the cumulative impacts of resource development in northeast B.C. since his election in December 2013.- Advertisement -“The provincial government has taken enough out of our Treaty territory – the prosperity of this province comes at our expense,” Chief Yahey said in the same written statement.  “Our members have been cut off from their culture and natural food source and our communities suffer as a consequence. We are not going to let the Peace River become the next casualty in the province’s economic agenda.”Kelvin Davis, Doig River Councillor and former Chief, says he’s seen significant changes on the land since his childhood.“I told the panel members at the Site C hearings that I wanted to teach my grandson how to hunt, but that many of the animals were contaminated,’ Councillor Davis writes. “It is getting harder and harder to hunt and fish up here with all of the development that now surrounds us.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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HSE SAYS FLOOD REPORT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN ‘COMING WEEKS’ BUT NO DATE GIVEN

first_imgThe HSE has said a report into flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital will be ready within a “matter of weeks.”Flashback – the flood at the hospital last year. Donegaldaily.comHowever, no exact date for the publication of a report has been issued.A spokesman for the HSE says the report is in the final stages. However it will then have to be passed on to the Letterkenny General Hospital Rebuild Steering Group before being published.This is a response from the HSE on the issue.“The report is in the final stages of due process; once HSE Estates has completed the report in the coming weeks it will be sent to the Saolta Group as commissioners of the report.“The report will be given to the LGH Rebuild Steering Group and published shortly thereafter.” HSE SAYS FLOOD REPORT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN ‘COMING WEEKS’ BUT NO DATE GIVEN was last modified: April 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FLOODINGhospitalHSEletterkennylast_img read more

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WHY BRIDESMAIDS AND HANGOVERS ARE KEEPING LETTERKENNY IN THE PICTURE!

first_imgCentury Cinemas in Letterkenny is enjoying one of its biggest booms – thanks to hen and stag parties!!But while the Cathedral Town may be a popular destination for pre-wedding bashes, hens and stags are not the ones filling the seats at the town’s movie house.Instead a recent run of hit movies about pre-wedding nerves and alcohiol-induced lad’s parties including Bridesmaids and Hangover 2 has led to a huge spike in people heading to the movies. A spokesperson for the cinema told Donegdaily.com that they are enjoying a boom in ticket sales.“The cinema never goes out of fashion and thanks to a number of great movies lately, people are coming in their droves.“It’s a cheap night out and it’s great entertainment which leaves people in good spirits when they leave,” he said.And the even more worrying news for cinema staff is that there looks like there is no let-up in the busy period. This week sees the start of Harry Potter Week, which runs from July 8th to 15th.The special celebration of the Hogwarts saga will see all seven movies shown throughout the week for bargain prices fro just €2.50 a screening.For full details see the Century Cinemas click on the advert at the front of Donegaldaily.comEndsWHY BRIDESMAIDS AND HANGOVERS ARE KEEPING LETTERKENNY IN THE PICTURE! was last modified: July 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BridesmaidsCentury CinemasThe Hangover 2last_img read more

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Confederations Cup: yes, it matters

first_img29 May 2009I wish to disagree with those who believe that the Fifa Confederations Cup is not a serious tournament.While I can understand that some people are making a comparison between it and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Confederations Cup is absolutely crucial for South Africa.It is, after all, the official dress rehearsal for the World Cup, and in so many respects it will set the tone for the global showpiece. In a nutshell, it will test our preparedness and provide valuable pointers in so many areas on the road ahead. Danny Jordaan is the CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.Ushering in a new football cultureCrucially, it will usher in a vital new culture of football in our country, in which we play host to some of the world’s top soccer nations – their teams, officials, supporters and media – while imparting to our own communities the special significance of their respective roles in playing, administrating, supporting and reporting the beautiful game.It is not difficult to understand, therefore, the great importance we attach to it, because positive outcomes in the execution of the Fifa Confederations Cup imperatives will instill an immense sense of confidence, both here and abroad, in respect of our progress in putting on the best Fifa World Cup of them all.Obama, for one, will be watchingIn order to do that, however, we must stage the best Fifa Confederations Cup of them all. And to borrow the famous phrase of another soccer lover, “Yes, we can!”It is good for us to remember that President Barack Obama, who successfully campaigned on those inspirational words for the United States presidency, will be watching the Fifa Confederations Cup with intense interest. His national team is one of eight nations that will be competing in South Africa next month, and the way the tournament is portrayed in the US will be critically examined and projected around the world.Indeed, the mere fact that this is a tournament involving all six Fifa football confederations, as well as the holders of the World Cup and the 2010 hosts, means the message it sends out will reach right across the globe and be consumed by all those football nations, who will ultimately play in next year’s Fifa World Cup.Advertising you cannot buyThe best marketing brains like to use the phrase “advertising you cannot buy” – and that’s exactly the promise that the Fifa Confederations Cup holds for South Africa.Permit me to use an example from another sport. Cricket South Africa recently agreed at the shortest notice to stage the Indian Premier League (IPL) – eight teams representing the best players in the world in an event of 59 back-to-back matches.By all accounts, it was an extraordinary success – providing advertising that South Africa just could not buy.The IPL in South Africa was not just good for cricket; it also did wonders in enhancing South Africa’s credibility as a preferred destination to host blue riband global events of any nature. Apart from the acclaim for it from abroad, the IPL extravaganza re-instilled confidence in all South Africans in respect of our capability to stage and enjoy a great sporting experience – and to extend the red carpet of hospitality to any and every nation.Embracing the worldThis, then, is the promise of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, in which we have the honour to welcome the top footballers from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, the United States, Iraq and New Zealand.By ensuring their comfort, security and enjoyment, we do not just embrace them – we embrace the world.For South African soccer followers, there is the rare opportunity, moreover, of seeing many of the world’s great teams and players in action at our home grounds – a year ahead of the Fifa World Cup itself.This is a gilt-edged opportunity, too, for our own team, Bafana Bafana, to play in this exalted company, test themselves against the best, and for us to cheer them on. What better opportunity can there be for them, and for us?Yes, the Confederations Cup is not as important as the World Cup. Nothing in world sport surpasses that marquee attraction. But it is the next best thing by far in the Fifa firmament.One more misconceptionThere is a misconception that next month’s tournament cannot provide a true measure of our preparedness for the “main event” because the host cities and venues that will stage Confederations Cup matches do not include all those for the 2010 World Cup.This is simply not so. World Cup host cities and stadiums that do not form part of the Confederations Cup programme are all preparing on one and the same template, and will thus have the opportunity to monitor next month’s operational plan to ensure that they, too, are on track ahead of 2010.Also, all those people working on the Fifa Confederations Cup – think of the thousands of volunteers – will take their hard-earned experience into 2010.And all those South African soccer-lovers who just cannot wait to revel in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of 2010 now have the privilege to raise the roof early in 2009.Is next month’s tournament an important one for all of us? You bet it is.Danny Jordaan is chief executive officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.last_img read more

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Living In The Light: A Tribute To The “Wheel Of Time”

first_imgBook 11: Knife of DreamsThe boy was now a man, still young and full of the arrogance of a young adult who has tasted some early success. There was also pain. Deep, emotional pain. He did not know it then, but this pain was a thing that many people his age experienced. It was an existential rift, threatening to tear his soul apart. The young man swallowed the pain, allowed it to harden him and make him cold, calculating. He believed that allowing the pain to make his heart a stone gave him strength. He did not know how foolish he was.The young man sat in his apartment, reading Knife of Dreams, the 11th book of the Wheel of Time, which had just been released. He was alone, except for his dog, and enjoyed the silence and solitude of his self-mandated exile to University. He had left his friends behind and looked to make a new life for himself.It was hard not to notice the similarities between himself and Rand al’Thor. The Dragon Reborn also faced an existential crisis, allowing himself to become hard to the point of breaking. A darkness was consuming him, to the detriment of the world he was destined to protect. While the young man sympathized with the Dragon Reborn and saw the correlation in their predicaments, he thought himself more like Mat Cauthon. Mat was a gambler and a carouser, a world-class complainer, a scamp, a rogue and a scoundrel. These were traits that the young man could get behind. Mat was also brilliant and crafty and, while he complained about it, would always end up doing the right thing. Even if it was difficult. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App dan rowinski Book 12: The Gathering StormIt had been years since the man had thought of the Wheel of Time. Robert Jordan had died in 2007 and the man wondered if the series would ever be finished. Finally, a new book had been released, completed by Brandon Sanderson, a fantasy writer picked by Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal to finish the series. The man had, more or less, passed his existential crisis. Reading The Gathering Storm, the 12th book of the Wheel of Time, the man hoped that the Dragon Reborn would as well. After all, the fate of the world rested on his shoulders.The man, no longer a boy and past the angst of young adulthood, begun to think of himself like Perrin Aybara, the blacksmith turned wolfbrother, turned reluctant lord of his people, turned force of nature. Perrin, above all else, was responsible. Levelheaded and deep thinking, practical and meticulous, Perrin’s ability to think through all the aspects of a problem gave him power. Once set upon a task, Perrin would see it to the end and do it right. Though the man still embodied aspects of both Rand and Mat (especially Mat), Perrin was a guide through the heart of darkness.By the end of the 12th book, Rand indeed had found his heart again. He learned how to laugh, to accept his fate while marshaling his skill and resources to the task in front of him. It had taken a long time for Rand to come to grips with himself and learn to smile again, to trust people. Just like it had been so many other times in their lives together, the man and the Dragon Reborn had reached the same point in their lives at the same time. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout EpilogueThe man wept. Uncontrollable, body-shaking sobs ran through him. He had been up most of the night before. A Memory of Light, it turned out, was almost all he had hoped it to be. Characters he cared for fought and died, hundreds of pages of endless battle making up for the middle books that had been nothing but dialogue. The Last Battle grew desperate, the characters weary and exhausted from fighting the Shadow in a battle that seemingly would never end. The man, fighting his own exhaustion, fell asleep with the book in his hand.When he woke, he could not simply put the book aside and start his daily work. After more than 20 years, he was not going to wait another hour to see if the Dragon Reborn would kill the Dark One.The last 300 pages of the Wheel of Time were intense and chaotic, hope mixed with despair. The man’s weeping had much to do with the plight of the characters, but also the path of his own life reflected through them. In the end, he felt raw, tired but happy. He knew the Wheel of Time was more than just an epic fantasy series written by a talented author. It was part of him and he was part of it. He closed the book and sighed, wiping tears from his cheeks.There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was an ending. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Book 14: A Memory of LightThe Last Battle was coming. The man could not wait. He took upon the massive undertaking in July to read all 14 books (including the prequel New Spring) before the 15th and final book, A Memory Of Light, arrived in January of 2013. It had been a long time since the man had read all the books. The longer the Wheel of Time series ran, the harder it was to re-read all the previous books leading up to the latest one. The man had taken to re-reading only the previous two or three before starting the newest release. It was like coming home. He relished the flight from the Two Rivers, having forgotten how engaging and exotic the first few books had been. He grew weary when the story dragged after the eighth book, when Jordan spent more time letting Aes Sedai argue than advancing the plot. He felt the tingle of anticipation reading the two Sanderson books before A Memory of Light, and respecting Sanderson for his brilliant stewardship of the beloved series. As the man moved through the series, all four million words of it, he recalled the path he had taken to this point and how the characters of the Wheel of Time had been his companions, his Light, through his life. It was a catharsis, the pain and joy, trials and tribulations of his teens and 20s put to bed through his journey, one last time, through the Wheel of Time. The series, like it had been so many times before, were his escape. His Pause. A respite from a life that had become dominated by smartphones and social media, the endless maw of his own writing, chronicling the world of technology in his day-to-day life. And finally, after so many years of waiting, the final chapter had arrived. PrologueWe live in a world dominated by technological immediacy. In so many ways, the interest and ability to get lost in a long story that takes us away from this world is fading from our popular consciousness. Sometimes, we need to take a Pause. Pick up a book you may never have thought of reading before and get lost in a different world. You just might find something that becomes an integral part of how you live your life, away from the distractions of Twitter and Facebook, iPhones and Android.My escape from technology (and all of the other tribulations of life) has come in the form of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. The 15-book series was 23 years in the making. Each book has been a New York Times bestseller. The final book, A Memory of Light, was released earlier this month and is already an Amazon bestseller. Below is a tribute to the series, told in the style of Jordan, which chronicles my journey through the Wheel of Time and how it has long served to put the real world into perspective. Book 1: The Eye Of The WorldThe Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one age, called the Modern Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose among the islands of the Gulf of Maine. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginning nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.Inland the wind blew. Cold and bitter, it whipped the trees on the coast and frothed the tops of blue-grey waves in to white caps. It blew through the sea walls and around small islands, casting icy tendrils of snow across the landscape lush with green pine trees. The wind followed a road, long with pavement broken by years of patching from the damage of excessive winters, towards a small two-story house that lay slumbering in the predawn light.The wind rattled the windows of the house, causing a boy, midway through his 10th year, to pull his blanket closer around his shoulders. It was Christmas Day, or the Festival of Lights as the boy was beginning to think of it, and he had woken before the rest of his family to raid his stocking, bulging full next to those of his brothers and sisters. He was allowed to open his stocking when he woke up – but not yet the massive pile of wrapped gifts under a well-decorated and brightly lit tree next to the hearth. A pile of candy and small toys lay strewn around the boy. His mother, he was long past the concept of Santa Claus, always liked to stuff the stockings with goodies for the children, along with items that would likely prove useful in the year to come. A paperback book lay among the rubble, small but thick, with a picture of two people on horseback, one a tall man in majestic armor, the other a small woman garbed in white. The boy looked at the book and set it aside, moving on to more exciting discoveries among the stocking.The title of the book read The Eye Of The World, the first book of The Wheel of Time, by an author named Robert Jordan. The boy did not know it at the time, but the book, and the series that followed, would consume his consciousness and inform his life for the next 20-plus years.  Tags:#books#Pause#publishing 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Book 8: The Path of DaggersThe boy was growing into a young man. Not quite yet an adult, he sat in his basement bedroom in the new house his parents had just bought. It was late June and the boy was alone and angry. His parents had moved from that Maine house to one in mountain foothills of Virginia, taking him away from the friends he had known all his life, just as summer started. So, he turned to friends he knew would never abandon him, devouring the books that had become some of his most prized possessions. He was reading The Path of Daggers, the eighth book to the Wheel of Time. It had come out the fall of the year before, but the boy had not yet gotten around to reading it. He had a tradition that must be followed. When Jordan released a new Wheel of Time book, the boy would read every book in the series again before starting the new one. With every book nearly 800 to 1,000 pages, the tradition was beginning to take a long time. He followed the path of his friends. Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn. Mat Cauthon, the scoundrel, gambling son of battles. Perrin Aybara, the stolid blacksmith. Egween al’Vere and Nynaeve al’Meara, the stubborn but talented fledgling Aes Sedai. The people of the Two Rivers that fought to save the world and win Tarmon Gai’don, the last battle between the forces of Light and Shadow.The books were the boy’s solace and his escape, especially through this summer, one of the most difficult and disappointing of his life. He had begun to associate himself with various characters’ traits. He thought of the Two Rivers as his former home in Maine, a place he had been forced to leave. He did not know it then, but just like the characters of the Wheel of Time, leaving his Two Rivers would ultimately be the best thing for him.  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts last_img read more

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Muzaffarnagar riots: Court orders to attach property of six accused

first_imgA court here has ordered to attach the property of all six accused in a Muzaffarnagar riots case as they failed to surrender before it despite repeated arrest warrants. The accused had allegedly stabbed a youth, Shahnawaz, to death at Kawal village in Muzaffarnagar on August 27, 2013. The accused have been identified as Ravinder, Prehlad, Bishan Singh, Tendu, Devender and Jitender. The Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Gautam Monday evening ordered to attach their properties as they failed to surrender before it. The next hearing in the case is on June 7. The stabbing incident had led to widespread riots in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining districts, where more than 60 persons were killed and over 40,000 displaced.last_img

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ATP Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic Beats Grigor Dimitrov to Reach Final

first_img atpATP Paris MastersGrigor DimitrovNovak Djokovic First Published: November 2, 2019, 8:31 PM IST Paris: Novak Djokovic saw off Grigor Dimitrov in the Paris Masters last four on Saturday to set up a potential final against Rafael Nadal — his rival for the year-end world number one spot.Top seed Djokovic came through a dramatic first-set tie-break before prevailing 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to move to the brink of a record-extending fifth Bercy title. The 32-year-old will face either Nadal, who can secure the end-of-year top ranking by winning the tournament, or Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov in Sunday’s final.It will be the 50th Masters final of Djokovic’s career and his sixth in Paris, having lost to Russian Karen Khachanov in last year’s championship match.The 16-time Grand Slam champion is bidding for his fifth title of the season ahead of the ATP Tour Finals in London, which start on November 10, where he will be hoping to equal Pete Sampras’ record of finishing six years as the world number one.Djokovic leads his storied rivalry with Nadal by 28 wins to 26, and has beaten 20-year-old Shapovalov in all three of their previous meetings. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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