DS Kulkarni scam: Pune police arrest top Bank of Maharashtra officials

first_imgIn a simultaneous crackdown across different cities, the Pune police on Wednesday arrested six persons, including Ravindra Marathe, the CEO and MD of Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) and the bank’s former CMD Sushil Muhnot, in connection with the ₹2000-crore D.S. Kulkarni fraud case.Mr. Marathe was arrested from Pune and Mr. Muhnot was picked up from Jaipur for advancing loans to the fraud-accused realtor in alleged violation of banking norms.Besides them, the Economic and Offences Wing (EOW) teams arrested Rajendra Gupta, executive director, BoM, Sunil Ghatpande, D.S. Kulkarni’s chartered accountant and Rajeev Newaskar, vice-president, engineering department, DSK Developers Ltd (DSKDL) from Pune, and Nityanand Deshpande, zonal manager, BoM from Ahmedabad.The accused have been booked under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant, banker, merchant or agent), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, said Sudhir Hiremath, Deputy Commissioner of Police, EOW.Mr. Kulkarni, a prominent city-based developer known as ‘DSK’, and his wife Hemanti, are accused of defrauding thousands of investors across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur. Both of them are presently lodged in the city’s Yerwada Central Jail.“It appears that the bank officials colluded with DSKDL by sanctioning loans illegally and misusing their positions of authority to disburse credit in the garb of loan in flagrant violation of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines,” said an EOW official. RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar, who has been spearheading the fight against the developer on behalf of investors, called for the nexus between banks and DSK to be thoroughly probed.“BOM advanced loans to the developer [D. S. Kulkarni] despite the latter furnishing improper documentation. The end use of the loan was never checked. One such loan was sanctioned under the phoney rubric ‘to meet temporary mismatch in cash flows’,” said Mr. Kumbhar.“It is unfortunate that banks, which are otherwise fastidious about advancing loans to ordinary customers, should willfully flout norms while advancing loans to privileged customers like DSK,” he further said.Earlier this week, the Supreme Court rejected the interim bail plea of Mr. Kulkarni’s son, Shirish.Shirish Kulkarni, who was an executive director at (DSKDL) and a director in other partnership firms, has been charged with divesting depositors’ money for other purposes.Last month, the police arrested Mr. Kulkarni’s kin, including Kedar Vanjape, the son-in-law of Mr. Kulkarni’s brother and his wife Sai Vanjape.On 17 May, the EOW submitted a 36, 875-page charge sheet before a special court in Pune, pegging the scam committed by the DSK Group at ₹2,043 crore.Assets attachedIn May this year, the Maharashtra government had issued a notification directing authorities to attach 124 properties, 276 bank accounts and 46 vehicles belonging to the DSK Group on grounds of protecting the interests of the investors as Mr. Kulkarni was “unlikely to return their deposits.”In April, a special court for Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act had rejected the regular bail applications of Mr. Kulkarni and his wife considering the magnitude of the multi-crore scam.Arguing against bail, Public Prosecutor Praveen Chavan had submitted that the scope Mr. Kulkarni’s scam went far beyond defrauding depositors and homebuyers and noted that despite the DSK group’s parlous financial condition since 2015, the conglomerate continued to collect deposits and beguile homebuyers by presenting a wrong picture of its financial health.The DSK group had raised ₹2,892 crore in bank loans against his pending projects, ₹1,153 crore from the depositors and ₹470 crore from homebuyers among other borrowings without possessing the wherewithal to repay this massive credit.At least five FIRs across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur have been lodged against the developer and his family since October 28 last year, with more than 3,000 investors filing cheating complaints against Mr. Kulkarni.More than 8,000 persons, a majority of them senior citizens, are said to have invested in the DSK group’s fixed deposit (FD) scheme.The builder and his wife were finally arrested on February 17 after being detained by a team of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Pune police in New Delhi and brought back to the city.last_img read more

Muslims celebrate Eid-e-Milad as restrictions eased in most parts of Jammu

first_imgMuslim devotees thronged mosques to celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi with religious fervour as authorities on Sunday eased out restrictions in most parts of Jammu region but did not allow any major procession due to prohibitory orders, officials said.Also Read Birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad celebrated  Barring border district of Poonch and some sensitive pockets, the people were allowed free movement with police and paramilitary personnel removing the blockades and barbed wire from the roads early this morning, they said.Curfew-like restrictions were witnessed in most parts after the authorities imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday midnight as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order ahead of Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.With the day passing off peacefully, the curbs on the movement of the people was lifted late Saturday, the officials said.They said the prohibitory orders which ban assembly of four or more persons are also likely to be withdrawn from the entire Jammu region after fresh review of the security situation by senior officers later in the day.The officials said strict restrictions, however, remained in force in Poonch district for the second day on Sunday with heavy deployment of police and paramilitary personnel.The roads in some sensitive pockets in Jammu, Kishtwar and Ramban districts were also blocked by security forces, they said.A huge Millad procession was allowed in Rajouri district town but no other major religious processions, including ‘nagar kirtan’ by Sikhs, were permitted by the authorities anywhere else, the officials said.However, Muslim and Sikh devotees were allowed to assemble at their places of worship, the officials said, adding that devotees took out minor processions in their localities but were not allowed to move on the main roads.“We are peace loving citizens and have sought permission from the administration for Millad procession from Lakhdata Bazar to Gujjar Nagar in Jammu. When senior police officers informed us that prohibitory orders are in force and no procession will be allowed, we decided against taking out a procession,” Masjid committee chairman Lakhdata Bazar Mushtaq Ahmad Mir told PTI.The policemen boarding vehicles fitted with public address system were heard making announcements before dawn on Saturday informing people about the imposition of the prohibitory orders and closure of all educational institutions.The policemen also asked the people to stay indoors, keep their shops shut and help the law enforcing agencies to maintain peace.last_img read more

England would have panicked if riots happened in India, says Gavaskar

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes England’s cricketers would have “hit the panic button” and talked of leaving the series midway if the riots had happened in India.England and India face off in the third cricket Test in Edgbaston amid growing riots in the UK after a youth was allegedly killed in police firing.Gavaskar said a situation like this in India would have evoked reactions of wanting to leave by English cricketers.”No question about it, they would have been pressing the panic button. They would have been talking in terms of the team returning home. That is a given,” Gavaskar told the ‘Sun’ newspaper.England, under Kevin Pietersen, did leave a tour of India midway after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 but came back to complete the series after a while.Current Test captain Andrew Strauss has, meanwhile, insisted that the tensions on the street have not affected his team’s preparation for the third Test, a win in which would give England an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series and the world number one tag.”When you watch scenes on TV, it is horrific and far from England’s proudest m oment. But, in terms of our preparation, it has not affected us. We intend going out and playing the game as we would any other.”A few of the guys went out early on Monday evening but the advice from our security manager was to come back as there were some disturbances. This is an opportunity for cricket to put out a feel-good factor,” he said.advertisement-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Golfer Jordan Spieth unsure about Rio participation

first_imgTwice major winner Jordan Spieth is still undecided about whether to participate in August’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or opt out because of the Zika virus like several of his fellow professionals.The American world number two is the highest-ranked golfer left in the field after number one Jason Day withdrew on Tuesday, citing concerns over Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas.”Right now, I’m uncertain,” Spieth told reporters ahead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.”I have not received enough information to make an informed decision either way or not so as we gather more information I will be able to make a decision one way or the other.”When I feel confident, I will make a decision either side.”Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, but the Games have already been hit by several high-profile withdrawals.Ireland’s Shane Lowry, the world number 25, also withdrew on Tuesday, saying his decision was based on firm medical advice.World number four Rory McIlroy pulled out this month, saying the risk of contracting Zika was one he was “unwilling to take”.Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, have also withdrawn because of the virus, along with Australia’s Marc Leishman.World number eight Adam Scott has confirmed he will not travel to Rio because of his busy schedule.The Zika virus can cause crippling defects in babies and has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre in adults.advertisementlast_img read more

Shahid Afridi, Javed Miandad bury the hatchet following spat

first_imgVeteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi and legendary batsman Javed Miandad have resolved their differences after an ugly spat which even saw underworld don Dawood Ibrahim getting involved.Afridi’s request for a farewell match to mark his retirement had turned into a controversy when Miandad reacted negatively, claiming the veteran all-rounder wanted it for the money.Miandad had also alleged that Afridi was involved in match fixing and had claimed that he was a witness to such activities by the latter.”I would want Shahid Afridi to swear by his children and say that he has not fixed matches for Pakistan and has not sold Pakistan. I am a witness, I have caught him. I had caught the entire team. These people are fixers and they are talking about money,” Miandad had told a Pakistani news channel.DAWOOD INVOLVED?That prompted Afridi to threaten legal action against Miandad which earned him the ire of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim whose daughter is married to the Pakistan batting legend’s son.According to a report in siasat.com, Dawood had called up Afridi on October 12 and threatened him with death.Afridi, who made waves with a record-breaking 37-ball century in his ODI debut innings, told mediapersons that Miandad has always had “issues with money” and that he has evidence to show that the cricketer has been involved in match-fixing.However, following intervention by several former players, including former Pakistan captains Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, the duo decided to bury the hatchet.’AFRIDI LIKE YOUNGER BROTHER’advertisementThey met at a friend’s place here on Saturday to resolve their differences following which they released a video showing them offering sweets to each other.”Afridi is like a younger brother. And I have already stated that everything is finished from my side. A lot of things happen in the heat of the moment. And I know that Afridi is still unhappy with a few things I said but I take all my words back,” Miandad was quoted as saying in the video message by the Express Tribune.Afridi also said that since Miandad has taken his words back everything is fine now.”I am happy to meet you. I never wanted you to say sorry to me because you are elder to me. You have taken your words back and that is enough for me and all my fans. I am also sorry for all things that I said and that might have hurt you,” Afridi said.last_img read more

Mithali expects equal respect, financial gains post WC show

first_imgLondon, July 25 (PTI) India captain Mithali Raj reckons that reaching the World Cup final is a game-changer for womens cricket and their success would translate into respect which their male counterparts enjoy apart from huge financial gains. “We have done exceptionally well and I am sure it is different phase for women?s cricket back in India,” the 34- year-old said at a special reception hosted for the team by the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Y K Sinha, on Monday evening. “Everybody will be looking at women?s cricket from a different perspective and start respecting women cricketers equally as men cricketers and the opportunities and brands that will line up for the girls, it will be a different experience for all of them. “It will help the future generation of girls to take up the sport. We have used this platform to build a very strong foundation for women cricketers in India so that it is one of the sports they can take this up as a career now,” said Raj further. India looked on course for their maiden triumph before a dramatic batting collapse dashed their hopes and they eventually lost to England by nine runs. Raj, who was also named captain of the World Cup team by the International Cricket Council (ICC), said her team will take some time to recover from Sunday?s loss. “We still need some time to sink in the fact that the match was in our hands but eventually we could not turn it to the result that we wanted. But ultimately it?s a sport, one wins and one loses.advertisement “These girls, I am sure, will learn from the experience. In the coming years, in the T20 World Cup, you never know they might just pull off those victories and get us the cup,” she said. Sinha, who was present at the match at Lord?s with his wife, lauded the girls on their performance during the tournament. “The way they played throughout the tournament was fantastic. They are excellent ambassadors for not just women?s sport but Indian sport,” he told the players at India House in London before they flew back to India. PTI AK BS AT BSlast_img read more

Revamped D Y Patil Stadium set to host FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgNavi Mumbai, Aug 23 (PTI) A revamped D Y Patil Stadium here, with all newly fitted chairs and fabric roof, is set to host the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.Navi Mumbai and Delhi will jointly host the first match of the prestigious tournament on October 6. The other four venues are – Kochi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Goa.”Absolutely, the (D Y Patil) stadium is renovated. All the new seats are put in. A new fabric roof has been installed and we have made sure the seating is done in such a manner that every spectator who sits in the stadium has a unique watching experience,” D Y Patil Sports Academy President Vijay Patil told PTI today.”In terms of renovation, two practise grounds are ready in the facility (campus),” he added.Among the other new initiatives, a solar power plant is being installed in the campus.”On the infrastructure front, one of the initiatives we have taken is to ensure that environmental impact of stadium is minimised on the surroundings.”To that extend, we have put in a 500 KW solar plant to take care of more than 70 per cent of electrical requirements of the stadium. That system will be commissioned by first week of October,” Patil said.Patil said there is a palpable excitement, which he sees building up for the mega event.”The World Cup will leave behind a rich legacy. What excites me is that they (people) will develop a culture of sports. This (FIFA U-17 World Cup) will be a milestone moment in football history and will change the way football will grow in the country and this is a starting point.”advertisementPatil said all local authorities, including the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, are on board for the tournament. PTI NRB RSYlast_img read more

Realme 2 launched in India: Specs, features, price and everything else

first_imgRealme on Tuesday announced the Realme 2, its second smartphone following the brand’s debut earlier this year with the Realme 1. The Realme 2 slots in the budget segment just below the Realme 1. As a budget phone, the Realme 2 highlights features that have been popular with the Indian consumer this year. This includes a display notch, all-day battery and dual cameras, among other things.The Realme 2 brings a few upgrades over the first iteration but at the same time some of the hardware inside is a bit of a downgrade as well. The company is pitching the Realme 2 as the cheapest smartphone to come with a notch in India. Additionally, the Realme 2 reflects the company’s focus on bringing an attractive design at a low-cost. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest budget smartphone from Realme.Realme 2 specificationsDisplay: The Realme 2 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset with Adreno 506 GPURAM: The phone will be offered in two memory variants – 3GB and 4GBStorage: The 3GB option will come with 32GB of internal storage while the 4GB variant will get 64GB of storage. Both will be expandable via microSD card up to 256GBRear camera: The Realme 2 bears a dual camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor for depth shotsFront camera: Up front, the Realme 2 gets an 8-megapixel sensor similar to the Realme 1Battery: The device house a large 4,230mAh battery that promises to deliver an all-day battery lifeadvertisementSoftware: The Realme 2 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1Realme 2 key features– The Realme 2 brings a few noticeable differences in design and specs compared to its predecessor. The biggest visual change is the notched display, which means the device sports slimer bezels allowing for a larger screen-to-body ratio. This is also the cheapest phone now in India with a notched display. It brings a tall 6.2-inch display which is two inches bigger than the Realme 1. The resolution, however, has been downgraded from FHD+ to HD+. — Realme emphasises on the design of the Realme 2 which comes with a glossy rear panel and diamond cut design, giving it an appealing look in a segment that’s dominated with plain, plastic-looking phones.– The visual changes can also be seen on the back as the Realme 2 gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a feature that was missing with the Realme 1. Additionally, you can also see a dual camera setup now as opposed to the single camera sensor on the Realme 1. This comprises of a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor, which also means the phone support Portrait mode.– One of the more noticeable upgrades is with regards to the battery. The Realme 2 gets a big 4,230mAh capacity compared to the 3,410mAh inside the Realme 1. This means the phone should deliver a good day to a day and a half of battery life on a single charge.Realme 2 India price and availabilityThe Realme 2 comes in two variants – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. The base variant has been priced at Rs 8,990 while the secomd variant will cost Rs 10,990. Unlike the Realme 1 which was sold exclusively on Amazon India, the Realme 2 will be a Flipkart-exclusive device.The first sale for the Realme 2 will take place on September 4 at 12pm on the e-commerce platform. The device will be available in Diamond Black and Diamond Red. A blue variant will be available in October. Launch offers include a flat Rs 750 off on purchase via HDFC Bank debit or credit card, Rs 4,200 worth of benefits for Jio users including an additional 120GB of data and No Cost EMI among other things.last_img read more

Buveur D’Air wins Champion Hurdle after thrilling battle with Melon

first_imgShare on Twitter Cheltenham Festival: Buveur D’Air wins Champion Hurdle – as it happened … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Champion Hurdle Read more Show Quick guide Two deaths at festival Thank you for your feedback. Cheltenham Festival Hide Geraghty, who is McManus’s retained jockey, missed last year’s success – and the entire Festival – due to an injury sustained in a fall from Charli Parcs, who set the pace for Buveur D’Air in the race.“There was nowhere to hide,” Geraghty said. “The ground made it the ultimate test. The best horse was going to win and, thankfully, I was on the best horse.“You don’t win these back to back unless you are very good and he’s won everything all season.“He scrapped it out today. He’s been flashy all season because he hasn’t had to deal with much but today he had the opposition and he lived up to it. It was a proper race and the runner-up put it up but my fella is battle-hardened and tough as nails.”Buveur D’Air’s win came on the 20th anniversary of the first of Istabraq’s three wins in the Champion Hurdle in 1998, which was also the first of McManus’s seven victories. Istabraq was odds-on to record an unprecedented fourth success in 2001, when the meeting was abandoned due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, and the owner cast his mind back two decades as he celebrated his latest Champion Hurdle winner.“When Istabraq won it was a very emotional day because of the death [from cancer] of John Durkan,” McManus said, “who bought the horse and without whose input I would never have owned him. It was emotional for a lot of reasons and there were tears and joy and a wonderful occasion. And when we think of Istabraq, we always think of John.“I thought we would need a good one [going to the last hurdle] and I felt the other fella got away from it quicker. Melon maybe went a neck up and I was glad to have Barry on my side.“I have had many a battle on the racecourse with Joe Donnelly [the owner of Melon]. He was a bookmaker, I was a punter and half a bookmaker, and at the time those battles felt more important than this winner today.”Like Istabraq, Buveur D’Air is now a dual winner of the Champion Hurdle at the age of seven and he is already quoted at around 5-2 to complete a treble next season.Melon is also likely to be aimed towards next year’s race while Mullins feels that Faugheen, a brilliant champion three years ago, now needs further than two miles. “I may send him over a longer trip at Punchestown or maybe look at the race at Aintree,” he said. Since you’re here… Was this helpful? Horse racing news Support The Guardian Two of the 97 runners on the first day of the Festival suffered fatal injuries. Mossback, a runner in the four-mile National Hunt Chase for amateur jockeys, was put down after fracturing a shoulder in a fall, while in the following contest, the Close Brothers Novice Handicap Chase, Evan Williams’s Report To Base also suffered a fatal fall. Both races produced close finishes, first as Rathvinden got up in the final strides to beat Ms Parfois, and then when Mister Whitaker edged past Rather Be to win by a head. Patrick Mullins, Rathvinden’s jockey, was suspended for six days for using his whip above the permitted level and without giving his horse a chance to respond after jumping the final fence. Ruby Walsh, who rode Mullins’s Benie Des Dieux to win the Mares’ Hurdle, was banned for two days for using his whip above the permitted level from the approach to the last. Greg Wood Thank you for your feedback. But Melon was up against the defending champion and, when Geraghty asked for more, Buveur D’Air’s response was immediate. Heavy ground made the task more difficult still but inch by inch he clawed back the deficit to cross the line a neck to the good.The victory was a record seventh success in the Champion Hurdle for both Nicky Henderson and J P McManus, Buveur D’Air’s trainer and owner respectively, and the winner will now attempt to emulate See You Then, who took the race three years in a row for Henderson in the 1980s.“It was a brilliant race,” Henderson said. “They went a good gallop throughout and Buveur D’Air and Melon were able to keep that gallop up in the closing stages. It was a great contest to keep that up the whole way.“They were two very brave horses, with two brave jockeys. Buveur D’Air had a battle on his hands, probably his first real battle this year. After his last race at Sandown [in February], we were talking about him not having any really hard races this year, but today was one.“He did what he had to do and he did it well. He probably was a neck down but once Barry said, ‘Come on, it’s time to kick in,’ he put his head down and he knew exactly what he was doing.” The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Hide Topics Quick guide Wednesday tips Cheltenham Festival 2018 Talent can take a horse only so far up the hill at the Festival. A true champion also has an obstinate streak, a refusal to concede that makes the difference in the final strides, and it was that which got Buveur D’Air over the line in the Champion Hurdle here on Tuesday.“I thought he was coming to beat me,” Barry Geraghty, Buveur D’Air’s jockey, said of Melon, the runner-up, and on the run to the final flight there were many thousands of punters who had taken odds-on about the favourite who thought the same.Faugheen, the champion in 2015, had already run his race but Melon, his stable companion at the Willie Mullins yard, was alongside under Paul Townend and, for a few strides on the run-in, they appeared to have seized a narrow lead. Nicky Henderson Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Share via Email Read more Show Cheltenham 1.30 Vision Des Flos 2.10 Presenting Percy 2.50 The Organist (nap) 3.30 Min 4.10 Cause Of Causes 4.50 Eragon De Chanay (nb) 5.30 Carefully Selected Southwell 1.20 Warrior’s Valley 1.55 Cherubic 2.35 The Jungle VIP 3.15 Volatile 3.55 Captain Lars 4.35 The Resdev Way 5.15 Coiste Bodhar Huntingdon 1.45 Lungarno Palace 2.25 Skint 3.05 Versifier 3.45 Bisoubisou 4.25 Alberto’s Dream 5.05 Oakley Hall 5.40 Sam I Wolverhampton 5.45 Bernie’s Boy 6.15 King Kevin 6.45 Seasearch 7.15 Bowditch 7.45 Get Even 8.15 Spring Romance 8.45 Surrey Blaze  Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Abu Dhabi Ports Starts Expansion of Khalifa Port

first_imgzoom Port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports has unveiled an expansion plan for Khalifa Port, a deepwater semi-automated container port, to enhance its operational readiness to handle larger container and cargo ships.The expansion at Khalifa Port will add 1,000 meters of quay wall to the port and deepen its main channel and basin to 18 meters from the current 16 meters. Moreover, the new quay wall will add 600,000 m² of cargo handling space.According to Abu Dhabi Ports, these measures will ensure the port can accommodate anticipated growth in the short to medium term and handle the world’s largest ships.Once completed, the expansion project will result in Capesize vessels coming directly to an Abu Dhabi port for the first time, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said.The port operator signed a contract with the National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) which will start preparatory work on dredging the channels.The expansion of Khalifa Port is scheduled for completion in mid-2018, according to Abu Dhabi Ports.Having started operations in September 2012, Khalifa Port handles general cargo and all of Abu Dhabi’s container traffic. Currently, the port has an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tons of general cargo.last_img read more

Let us rise with more energy Saganash responds to Senate death of

first_imgSome First Nations leaders have responded to the TMX announcement, saying consent means respecting their people’s right to say no to something that could harm them.Bennett said Thursday that while the UN Declaration hasn’t been legislated as a “totality,” the Liberals “have enshrined parts of UNDRIP” into Bills C-91 and C-92, the Indigenous Languages Act and child welfare legislation, which both received royal assent last week.“This is the new way of doing business,” she said.“How we take each of those very significant articles [of UNDRIP] and make sure that we as Canada are actually implementing this very important international document?”Last month on Nation to Nation, Saganash said the government’s failure to pass C-262 “probably will be the most disappointing fact in my life.”When he testified before the Aboriginal Peoples Senate committee in May, he recounted the two goals he set for himself after coming out of residential school in the 1970s.“One of them was to go back to the bush, live off the land, which I did for two years,” he told the committee.“But importantly, perhaps, was the promise to reconcile with the people who put me away for 10 years. And Bill C-262 represents that reconciliation for me.”In his statement on Monday, Saganash describes the nature of the fight for Indigenous peoples’ human rights.“The struggle for human rights is a long one; it takes us away from our families and loved ones; we work too many hours, we sacrifice our health and spirit. Yet our ancestors took a path before me, one that is for dignity, justice and a good life,” he writes.“Others have not only followed the path but imagined new possibilities. I am grateful for the sacrifices they also have made in the belief that Indigenous law, rights, and ways of being will…one day be restored to these territories. I am honoured to follow in their work, and I dedicate any accomplishments I have made to my family.”In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission compelled Canada to implement the U.N. Declaration “as the framework for reconciliation.”Saganash says in his letter he remains “strongly convinced of the potential” for this to happen, “as a set of standards created by Indigenous peoples for Indigenous peoples, and as a reminder to nation-states like Canada, that we are still here, and we not only deserve but we demand the rights that have been denied us for so long.“There are and always have been obvious flaws in a governing system that is designed to maintain a status quo and deny rights to people who power rejects,” Saganash writes.“The process of bringing C-262 along the legislative path has highlighted this for me and I believe there are many parts in this struggle and many people lead; it’s not enough to create legislation that holds the colonial governments accountable to International human rights standards and to Indigenous ways of being; it will take structural and institutional change in order to see justice on stolen lands.“Let us rise with more energy. Let us stand with a greater determination. On behalf of the millions who are building resistance and beauty in our communities: our spirit is not broken.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenews MP Romeo Saganash says the fight for Indigenous rights will only grow stronger. APTN file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsRomeo Saganash says he’s devastated that his private member’s bill C-262 has been left to die after making it to the final stage in Canada’s legislative process.But the Cree MP from Waswanipi says he believes the fight for Indigenous peoples’ human rights is strengthening and that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) has a future in Canada.“I am devastated and regret that my bill, that so many people have worked so hard to promote and educate on, will not become law,” Saganash, who, following two terms with the NDP is not running for re-election in this fall’s election, writes in a statement shared with APTN News Monday.“Nonetheless, I have been inspired and reassured by the broad representation from civil society in the support for this bill: churches, labour unions, human rights organizations, environmental organizations, Indigenous leadership and grassroots that have made it possible to get to the recognition and respect that we see today.”Saganash is speaking out just days after C-262, which represented his second attempt to have Canada align its laws with the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples, was left to die following weeks of intense opposition from Conservatives in the Senate.Senators and MPs of the Conservative Party of Canada have expressed fears of economic and legal consequences if Canada were to align its laws with UNDRIP.Last Wednesday, after it became apparent that Conservative efforts to prevent a third and final reading in the Senate for C-262 would be successful, the government’s representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, announced the Liberals would once again campaign on a promise to legislate UNDRIP if re-elected in the fall.In 2015 Justin Trudeau promised that, if elected prime minister, he would “enact the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, starting with the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”Harder’s statement came one day after the prime minister announced his government’s new approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX), which, if built, would run through unceded First Nations’ territories without consent from rights and title holders.“The Government of Canada will thereby intend to bring forward legislation introducing UNDRIP and ensuring its expeditious consideration, review and passage,” Harder said in the Senate. “Introducing government legislation to implement UNDRIP will be a platform commitment that Canadians will be able to vote on in the election in October.”The Green Party and NDP have already made the same commitment. But it’s the fact that the Liberals campaigned on the very same promise four years ago that has some upset, considering a legislated UNDRIP could have preceded a number of controversial Liberal legislative and policy changes critics say ignore the very rights declared in the UN Declaration.Niki Ashton, the NDP’s Deputy Critic for Reconciliation, told APTN Thursday the Liberals could have adopted C-262 as a government bill, which would have given it priority in the Senate over private members’ bills.“This is not what reconciliation looks like, whether it’s support of [TMX] or whether it’s the delays and lack of political will to speed things up with respect to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” she said.On Thursday, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN it was due to the Conservatives’ “partisan games” that C-262 was at risk of being lost.“I think that everybody had huge respect for Romeo Saganash, the work that he put into his bill, and we had every understanding that this would pass,” Bennett said.“We supported it in the House and in committee, and I think that’s what’s so disappointing — that this bill would have been Romeo Saganash’s legacy, after all the work he did in New York at the UN for decades.” At the centre of the Conservatives’ opposition to the bill is a fear over the principle of “free, prior and informed consent” (FPIC).FPIC is a cornerstone of the UN Declaration, but one that has some prioritizing Canadians’ economic interests over Indigenous peoples’ basic human rights due to concerns consent could mean Indigenous peoples would have the right to say no to resource development projects that could negatively impact them.“No one seems to know” the implications of UNDRIP being legislated, Conservative Senator Don Plett said in the Senate last month, “because there is no agreement on whether consent means a veto.”It’s a false dichotomy though, Independent Senator Murray Sinclair, Saganash and others have repeatedly told C-262’s critics.“Free, prior and informed consent is a very simple concept,” Sinclair told APTN in May. “And that is, before you affect my land, you need to talk to me, and you need to have my permission.“That doesn’t mean that we’re vetoing it. It doesn’t mean that First Nations people, or Indigenous people outside of Indian reserves, are vetoing anything. Just because they say you can’t run a pipeline across my land doesn’t mean you can’t run it somewhere else.”Without having their free, prior and informed consent respected and observed, Indigenous peoples find themselves in positions like the Tsleil-Waututh and Secwepemc in British Columbia, who argue their people have not consented to the TMX running through their territories, nor to the associated risks.Last year a Federal Court of Appeal decision quashed the National Energy Board’s approval of the TMX due in part, the court ruled, to Canada’s failure to fulfill its duty to consult with First Nations who stand to be impacted by the pipeline, which would triple the current movement of diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands to the B.C. coast.Last Tuesday Trudeau announced the TMX would be built, with shovels in the ground as early as this summer.The prime minister said Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi had “personally met with over 65 Indigenous groups across 46 meetings” since the renewed consultation process was ordered, and that government “listened to community concerns” and is “acting on community ideas.”Trudeau and Sohi said they would continue dialogue with First Nations and work to accommodate their concerns and wishes.But some nations are firm in their rejection of the pipeline.Following Tuesday’s TMX announcement, Tsleil-Waututh Nation Chief Leah George-Wilson promised further legal action against Canada.Last year the feds, under the leadership of former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, announced their 10 “principles respecting the Government of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.”One of those principles states Canada “recognizes that meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples aims to secure their free, prior, and informed consent when Canada proposes to take actions which impact them and their rights, including their lands, territories and resources.”Asked by APTN on Tuesday for the definition of free, prior and informed consent that was applied to the TMX decision, Trudeau responded that it is “what we engaged in doing with Indigenous communities over the past number of months.“It is engaging, looking with them, listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible.”last_img read more

Moroccan Dies during the Turkish Coup détat attempt

Rabat – Jawad Meroun, a 32 year-old Moroccan living in Turkey, died on Friday night after being shot by the Turkish military during the coup d’état attempt that planned to overthrow Turkey’s president Recep Tayep Erdogan, according to news outlet Lakome2.Speaking to the same source, Amina, the deceased’s wife, who is Turkish, said that her husband died during his participation in the demonstration Erdogan called to stand against the military.Amina confirmed that Jawad died during the demonstration, adding that he is currently in a mortuary waiting for autopsy results and the end of the police investigation. read more

UN childrens agency rushes emergency supplies to frozen region in Peru

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rushing emergency medicine, blankets and baby bodysuits to children in Puno, Peru, where thousands of young lives are in danger because of freezing temperatures. “Our efforts are focused on stopping a dangerous situation from becoming a fully-fledged emergency,” UNICEF country representative Andres Franco said in news release today. “We’re doing what we can, but Mother Nature is unpredictable. It’s a case of keeping our eye on the thermometer and being ready to move if more help is needed.” Mr. Franco and the Peruvian Minister for Health, Alvaro Vidal, travelled with the relief effort to Puno, where temperatures have dropped below – 8º centigrade and numbers continue to fall, to deliver much needed antibiotics for the treatment of respiratory diseases and pneumonia. Another region, Cuzco, is also at risk and UNICEF officials will visit the area next week. read more

If properly managed Gaza pullout could spur peace process Annan says

Under proper conditions, Israel’s planned withdrawal from Gaza could spur greater stability in the region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a press conference in New York today.”If it is done in the context of the Road Map and it is a total withdrawal from Gaza, to be followed by similar steps in the West Bank, it could re-energize the peace process,” he said.”The international community should be prepared to work with both parties to manage the withdrawal in order to avoid a situation where the withdrawal leads to even further chaos,” he cautioned.Responding to press questions, the Secretary-General emphasized the work of the diplomatic Quartet, which comprises the UN, United States, European Union and Russian Federation, and is the sponsor of the Road Map peace plan, which calls for a series of parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two States living side-by-side in peace by 2005.”We as the Quartet are working together to try and deal with the situation,” he said, stressing that the group functions as a team. “We need to get everybody on board for us to be able to move in the direction that we have to.”Asked about the need for urgent action to stop Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes, Mr. Annan voiced doubt about an immediate intervention. “That is going to take the kind of action and resources and confrontation that, quite frankly, today I don’t see anybody in the international community willing to take,” he said.In the meantime, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and other agencies on the ground “are doing as much as they can to give assistance and support” to the Palestinians, he pointed out.He added that he had personally appealed to the Israeli Government to “be careful not to harm the innocent.”In other news, UN human rights experts meeting in Geneva issued a statement expressing their “strong concern” regarding continuous violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories.”This concern has been most recently expressed in numerous statements regarding the human rights violations taking place during the military incursion by the Israeli Defence Force in the Rafah refugee camp of the Gaza strip,” they said.”We deplore the practices of the Israeli authorities, including targeted killings, excessive use of force during military incursions, arbitrary and long periods of incommunicado detention, and torture and other forms of inhuman and degrading ill-treatment,” the statement said. “Furthermore, we deeply regret the policy of demolition of Palestinian houses and destruction of civilian property, the massive confiscation and destruction of land, and restrictions on the freedom of movement, which violates, inter alia, the human rights to food, housing, water, health, education and work.”The experts also denounced the practice of “suicide bombings” carried out against the Israeli population. read more

DR of Congo kidnapped UN staffers released after having been tortured

UNDP identified them as consulting engineer Aziz Kaliemba, hospital director Dr. Lobo Rombi, the director of the UN/national disarmament and reintegration programme (CONADER) for former combatants in the Kandroma area, Jean-Louis Malumba, and Café Bahenuka.Their release and arrival at the UNDP office in Bunia came after talks with senior members of the Integrationist Nationalist Front (FNI), three of whose camps were destroyed by soldiers from the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUC, on Monday.The men had been tortured, even having been bound and tossed into Lake Albert, UNDP said. Mr. Kaliemba and Mr. Malumba still bore infected wounds on their arms and had been put in the care of MONUC’s chief physician. read more

Senior UN humanitarian official deeply concerned at Israels administrative detention practices

“In particular, I am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainee, Mohammed Al-Qiq, who is on hunger strike in protest against the arbitrary nature of his detention and ill-treatment,” the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper said in a statement. “After 69 days of hunger strike, Mr. Al-Qiq is in a dangerous state of health and his physicians have informed him of the possibility of irreversible damage. I reiterate the United Nations’ long-standing position that all administrative detainees – Palestinian or Israeli – should be charged or released without delay. All allegations of ill-treatment must also be independently and promptly investigated.”According to data from Israel Prison Service (IPS), 527 Palestinians, including one woman and five minors were held in administrative detention in IPS facilities at the end of November 2015.Just last month Mr. Piper called for an immediate end to Israeli plans to transfer Bedouin living in the Jerusalem area for a settlement expansion, long recognized as a violation of international law and an obstacle to realizing a two-state solution to the Middle East crisis. read more

VSL Greek Program needs support

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In two letters addressed to the academic Anna Chatzinikolaou, who is leading the campaign to support Modern Greek programs at Victorian government schools, and is currently heavily involved in the case of VSL Distance Education, the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) office has stated that “it should be made clear that students are able to enrol in Greek distance education classes in 2014 as in previous years” and that “Greek via distance education will be offered at all secondary levels [from Year 7-12] in 2014”. So the VSL administration’s message is clear: “Business as usual.” Parents have been assured to go ahead with their children’s enrolment for 2014 and students in need of the school’s services for studying Greek are assured their requirements will be fully met. VSL Distance Education is the only Victorian government school at secondary level specialising exclusively in language teaching (it offers a total of 11 languages, including Modern (since 1976) and Classical Greek (since 2012), whose role is, in our case, to complement and support any existing or disrupted Greek program, or student with specific/special needs throughout Victoria and beyond. VSL Distance Education has provided a ‘safety net’ for every disrupted Greek program and all potential students in every corner of the state, particularly in country Victoria and remote areas, where there are no other alternatives, students with health issues, students over-committed with extra curriculum activities, underachieving, gifted, newly arrived students from Greece, students on the move around Australia and even students travelling overseas. Adults may also enrol at VCE levels to improve their language skills and sit Year 12 Exams. VCE Greek Distance Education students are referred by other parents and students due to its positive reputation, since the results of the program have been exemplary, with high numbers of top scorers. Greek teachers are highly qualified, using a variety of educational tools, including e-Learning and the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT); teleconferencing, videoconferencing and SKYPE are also used in conducting oral lessons with students from every corner of Victoria, Australia and the globe, in groups or one to one, as needed. The program’s resources are shared and presented at Professional Development Teacher Seminars, which it has initiated a number of times in the past. Junior Greek students are invited to attend two full day seminars (in March and September) to meet with their teacher and fellow students. They engage in language, culture, multimedia and kinaesthetic activities. Visits (e.g. to a Greek nursing home in Thornbury) are conducted on an annual basis. VCE students are expected to attend full day seminars in the city of Melbourne one day each term, where they are closely instructed, to visit the Hellenic and Immigration Museums, as well as the Greek media (newspaper/radio stations), Radio 3XY and Radio SBS, where they engage in live and recorded interviews which are broadcasted and available on podcasts on line. Participation at the annual Greek Student Film Festival is encouraged with positive results. In 2012, four short student films were produced (Melbourne and Mildura based), where two awards were won, and another in 2011. However, the fight is far from being over for this special school. Anna Chatzinikolaou stresses: “Unless we substantially increase the number of enrolments for Greek in our state school sector, these programs are threatened with extinction. It will be a pity to allow such a thing to happen, after so many struggles to establish the study of Greek in our public system since the late ’60s. It has to be stressed that the public sector plays a key role in not only maintaining the presence of our language in Australia, but expanding it as well, making it widely available to students who do not necessarily have a Greek background.” The VSL Distance Education Greek program is in need of the Greek community’s support to raise its enrolments, and it is not the only one. All Greek programs in Victorian state schools at both primary and secondary levels are in need of community support. For inquiries regarding new enrolments, tel: 9474 0500 – 9474 0515 & toll free: 1800 675 872last_img read more

Lindsey Buckingham Announces Tour And Solo Anthology

first_img Facebook The GRAMMY-winning songwriter/guitarist will be releasing a greatest hits album and touring North America this fall in supportAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2018 – 5:39 pm The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham announced today that he will be releasing Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham this fall, and touring North America in support of the album. https://twitter.com/LBuckingham/status/1029427791912165377 News Twitter The collection, which will be available Oct. 5 both digitally and as a three-disc set, will include two previously unreleased songs, plus remastered and live versions of Buckingham’s hits spanning his career, from his 1981 solo debut album Law And Order to his 2017 duet album with former-bandmate Christine McVie. A special vinyl version will also be available at a later date.Buckingham began making music with Fleetwood Mac when he and Stevie Nicks joined the band in 1975, helping write many of their hits, including GRAMMY-nominated classic “Go Your Own Way.” Fleetwood Mac, along with Buckingham, was honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year, the first ever band to receive the award.The tour will begin on Oct. 7 in Portland, Ore., with tickets on sale this week. All tickets purchased will include a copy of the new album; to purchase tickets and for more information, visit Buckingham’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Lindsey Buckingham Announces Solo Tour, Anthology lindsey-buckingham-announces-tour-and-solo-anthology Lindsey Buckingham Announces Tour And ‘Solo Anthology’ Email last_img read more

Man wakes up just before burial

first_imgHis grave was dug and his body was about to be buried — just when some of the family members noticed movement. Mourning stopped and a bewildered family rushed Mohammad Furqan to an Indian hospital where he has been put on ventilator.The 20-year-old was admitted to a private hospital on 21 June after an accident. He was declared dead on Monday and his body arrived at his home in an ambulance.His elder brother Mohammad Irfan said: “Devastated, we were preparing for the burial when some of us saw movement in his limbs. We immediately took Furqan to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where the physicians said he was alive and put him on ventilator support.””We had paid Rs 700,000 to the private hospital earlier and when we told them that we had run out of money, they had declared Furqan dead on Monday,” Irfan said.Lucknow chief medical officer (CMO) Narendra Agarwal said, “We have taken cognizance of the incident and the matter will be thoroughly probed.””The patient is in critical condition but definitely not brain dead. He has pulse, blood pressure and his reflexes are working. He has been put on ventilator support,” the physician treating Furqan said.last_img read more

LGBTIs in the US less likely to have jobs or health insurance

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- LGBTI jobs and insurance: Harder to obtain than for heterosexuals, study finds. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . LGBTI people in the US are less likely to have a job or access to health insurance than their heterosexual peers. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Bisexual women four times less likely to have insurance, study finds.But for bisexual women, the odds of being uninsured were nearly four times those of straight counterparts, the study found. Gay men were 50% more likely to be unemployed due to illness or disability and gay women were 84% more likely.Charlton suspects the situation could be even worse than her data show.‘Most of the study participants were white and their families had middle-to-high household incomes,’ Reuters reported her as saying.‘It is striking that these sexual orientation disparities are pervasive among participants who predominantly hold high social status. Given that, we may have underestimated levels of unemployment, being uninsured, and having poor health-related quality of life.’Charlton believes the solution lies in new legislation, Reuters reported.‘Until all people, regardless of sexual orientation, are treated equally in the eyes of the law…sexual orientation-related disparities will persist,’ she said.The new research highlights the disparities faced by the LGBTI community, said William Padula, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.Long term consequences of lack of investment‘[B]y not investing in people’s primary up-front health care needs, we end up paying more for the long-term consequences,’ Reuters quoted him as saying.Another issue, Padula said, is that healthcare plans often don’t offer the kinds of care needed specifically by LGBT patients.‘Most employer-based healthcare plans are cookie cutter plans, meaning they are the same for everybody,” he said. “People in the LGBT community may need a little more, especially those who are transgender.’In the end, investments in healthcare can pay off with greater productivity, Padula said.‘Healthcare needs can be very distracting,’ he noted. ‘For example, if you’re a transgender person worried about how you’re going to pay for hormone replacement therapy, or for surgery, or for mental health needs, it can be very distracting. If an employer invested an extra $1,000 in that person’s premium, they might get $10,000 in increased productivity.’See also:Almost half of LGBTQ employees in the US are not out at work eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) They’re also more likely to have poorer health and a lower quality of life, according to the results published in online journal BMJ Open.‘Previous research has shown that nearly half of all sexual minorities experience employment discrimination in their lifetime,’ said lead author Brittany Charlton, an assistant professor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. ‘[This] can lead to disparities in health insurance coverage, and ultimately to health-related quality of life’.An Apple a day: Some US firms, like Apple, are proud to support LGBTI staff. Photo: @Tim_Cook TwitterSexual inequalities in healthcare system for LGBTI people‘Our findings highlight the ubiquity of sexual orientation inequalities in the employment and healthcare systems.’Earlier research compared cohabiting straight and same-sex couples. This found that LGBTIs were more likely to be out of work and uninsured than their straight counterparts. Charlton and her colleagues wanted to see if those findings held up in a broader sample, Reuters reported.So researchers analyzed responses from nearly 10,000 participants aged 18-32 years taking part in an ongoing study that began in 1996. Some were only nine years old when the study started.Researchers collected information about sexual identity and orientation in annual surveys. They also collected information on health-related quality of life. Participants rated their mobility, self-care, capacity for routine activities, levels of pain and discomfort and anxiety and depression.In a 2013 follow-up survey, Charlton’s team found that LGBTIs were about twice as likely to have been unemployed and uninsured over the prior year then their straight peers. They were also more likely to report poorer health and quality of life.Overall, 7.5% were unemployed or not working due to illness or disability, while 5% were uninsured. A significant 38% lacked access to a routine physical health exam.Bisexual women more nearly four times as likely to be uninsured 6 ways the US healthcare system is failing LGBTI peopleMarriage equality boosts gay mens’ health care accessStudy reveals different masturbation habits of gay and straight peopleRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbtis-in-the-us-less-likely-to-have-jobs-or-health-insurance-study/last_img read more