first_imgCan pigs be dangerous? Pigs are opportunistic omnivores (which means they can eat anything edible), and large ones can be quite dangerous. While pigs may not attack humans as they are not hunters , they have no qualms about devouring an unconscious or dead human, any more than they would about eating any other animal that died in their pen – they are omnivorous scavengers, after all. They are dangerous because they are very territorial, destructive and aggressive when in their territory. Male pigs can be quite violent and are possessive, especially about their sows. Also Read – Feel what you fearSick pigs can pass on zoonotic diseases to humans, which can include the skin condition erysipeloid and the bacterium Streptococcus suis, which can lead to illness including meningitis and deafness in humans. There is a great risk in eating pork of any kind. Apart from worms, pigs carry viruses. The widespread use of antibiotics, especially in the commercial pig sector, creates problems of antibiotic residues in pork products and leads to the development of antibiotic resistance. Also Read – Homecoming If moths like light so much, why don’t they come out during daytime? The attraction towards light is called being phototactic. Moths exhibit a specific character called “positive phototactic”. The reason why they do not come out during the day is because they are very sensitive to sun’s rays. At night, they use the sky/stars as a method to navigate. Moths prefer a low illumination scenario, where they can easily catch signals. Moths don’t like light at all. The reason they fly maniacally around bulbs is that in the pre-electric world in which they evolved, they used the moon to navigate by night. By keeping the moon at a constant angle to the direction of their flight, they could ensure they travelled in a straight line. Unfortunately, they now confuse electric lights with the moon and try to navigate by them. Because the bulb is not a quarter of a million miles away, its position relative to the moth is not constant. The result is that they just goes around and around in circles. Why is my pig foaming at the mouth? Pigs foam at the mouth, usually when it’s feeding time or food is disturbed. This does not mean your pig has rabies. Foaming at the mouth is normal. Foam is also used to “scare” a predator when being challenged. However, in a case where they are already fed and still foam, check for other symptoms like, make sure they are not lying down, panting or breathing heavily, foaming at mouth and are flushed. It could be a result of heatstroke, because they have no access to shade from the sun. In such a case, it is necessary for you to spray them with water and cool them down. Or it may lead to the pig’s sudden death. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to manekaanimallove@gmail.com)last_img read more

Mortal remains of Odishas 1st Everester reach home

first_imgBhubaneswar: The mortal remains of Odisha’s first Everester, Kalpana Dash, arrived here from New Delhi on Sunday. Dash, 53, passed away while descending from the Himalayan summit on May 23 at a height of around 8,600 feet. Her body was brought to Delhi from Kathmandu, Nepal, and then flown to the Biju Patnaik International Airport here. The state government had made arrangements for the body to be received at the city airport and taken to Kalinga Stadium Complex where Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera, accompanied by his department officials, paid their last respects to the departed soul. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Paying homage, Behera said, “Kalpana Dash was an ace mountaineer who brought fame to the state. She was an achiever who led by example and even in her death she will continue to inspire young aspirants to scale great peaks”. He also thanked the Indian embassy in Kathmandu, the search and rescue team of Sherpas and other officials who braced severe weather conditions and difficult terrains to repatriate the body and bring it back to her family members. Dash, who hailed from Dhenkanal, was the state’s first Everester. She first scaled the peak in 2008 and later trekked several mountains across Europe, South America, North America and Africa.last_img read more

State to compensate families of postpoll violence victims

first_imgKolkata: The state government will give compensation to the next of kin of those who died in post-poll violence, including two BJP supporters, announced Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday.While addressing the gathering in Hare School ground in connection to the reinstallation of the statue of Vidyasagar which was vandalised at Vidyasagar College, she said: “It is most unfortunate that 10 people have died in post poll-violence, of which 8 are Trinamool Congress supporters while 2 belong to BJP. I do not support violence.” Banerjee instructed Chief Secretary Malay De to take necessary action in this connection. However, the amount of compensation that would be paid has not been announced yet. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee said: “When the Left Front government was defeated after 34 years, we did not pull down statues nor was there any post-poll violence.” She alleged that in Sandeshkhali, BJP workers had killed the Trinamool Congress supporter first. Later, two other persons had been killed. “The police are conducting an inquiry and the report is awaited.” Banerjee said eight supporters of Trinamool Congress have been killed in incidents of post-poll violence. “Even on Tuesday, a Trinamool supporter has been killed in Galsi. What is going on?” she said. Banerjee refuted the statement of Governor K N Tripathi that 12 persons have been killed in post-poll violence. “I respect the Governor but the figure he has quoted is not true.” The Governor met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home minister Amit Shah on Monday in Delhi and submitted a report to Shah.last_img read more

Assam CM meets Shah and Rajnath discusses states issues

first_imgNew Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed various issues of his state with them. In his over 15-minute meeting with Shah, Sonowal briefed him about the situation in Assam, where the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be published on July 31. “It was a courtesy call and I have congratulated him on behalf of the people for being chosen as the Home Minister of the country. I have also briefed him about the prevailing law and order situation in Assam,” Sonowal told reporters after the meeting. Issues related to the situation which may arise after the publication of the final list of the NRC were also discussed at the meeting, sources said. Sonowal also discussed Assam’s issues with the Defence Minister.last_img read more

Exhibition exploring food politics

first_imgWorks of art by promising Indonesian artists, depicting the global-local politics of food practices in South Asian countries, are the focus of an ongoing exhibition here. The exhibition titled ‘The Food Diplomacy: Makan Ngga Makan Asal Kumpul’, is open at the Korean Cultural Centre till July 30. Curated by M Haryo Hutomo, the exhibition features seven Indonesian artists and wrestles with questions about public consumption practices, production and distribution of food. This way it takes food out of its usual culinary discourse, forcing one to think of its broader social role. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn its wide ambit of themes, the exhibition showcases food production and distribution modes, minor narratives of Indonesia’s socio-political history related to food sovereignty, contemporary trade politics in the snack industry, spices and herbs as alternative medicine, and the future relationship between arts and technological creativity. Adi Sundoro artistically recreates the food distribution process of global companies using their transportation tools. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnother presenting exhibitor, a food study group named Bakudapan, believes that food isn’t restricted just about cooking — its history and conservation, but also an instrument to speak on politics, society and economy. Here, they are exploring politics of food during a dark socio-political era of Indonesian history – the civil unrest of the 1960s – that also changed agrarian laws. Fransisca Retno’s new-media art works inform people of the negative effects popular foods have on our health. Popular Jakarta-based artist Natasha Gabriella Tontey, who is known for her out-of-the-box art, features in the show with her imaginative work about the sustainable future led by pests. Also on view are installation and video works by XXLab about the process of industrial waste that produces tofu into ready-made fabrics. Inaugurating the exhibition last week, Indonesian Ambassador Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro shared how food was an “expression of culture” and culture was the forefront of diplomacy. “Some Asian countries that have similar cultural backgrounds are also similar in terms of food relations, bio-political practices and its changing practices on the way people consume without considering where the food comes from,” said Korean Cultural Centre, a cultural offshoot of the South Korean Embassy in Delhi.last_img read more

ED raids premises of Varron Aluminium in Rs 293 cr bank fraud

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday conducted raids at several locations relating to Varron Aluminium and its directors in four cities in Maharashtra, in connection with the Rs 293.74 crore bank fraud case, the company is currently embroiled in.The ED had initiated investigations under provisions of the PMLA, after the CBI had registered a case against the company and its Director Shrikant Pandurang Sawaikar. The ED’s investigation in the case revealed that Sawaikar had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with bank officials of Canara Bank and others to cheat the Bank of India off Rs 293.74 crore. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAfter getting the Bank of India to release the funds on the basis of alleged fake Letters of Credit issued by a Canara Bank branch, directors of Varron Aluminium had immediately transferred it through various accounts and finally used it to settle old dues and make fixed deposits. The CBI had registered a case against the firm in February 2017, based on a complaint from Bank of India, alleging that Varron Aluminium had defrauded their bank of the money by using illegal means. In the complaint, it is alleged that Bank of India had discounted 246 bills backed by LC issued by Canara Bank. However, when bank officials went for the money later, Canara Bank denied ever having issued the letters of credit in the first place. The ED has said further investigation into establishing the money trail in the case and further attachments are under progress.last_img read more

Pakistan hurting after World Cup slump says Mohammad Hafeez

first_imgLondon: Mohammad Hafeez said Pakistan’s dismal showing at the World Cup was hurting the players, who were determined to battle back in a bid to reach the semi-finals. Pakistan are languishing in ninth place in the 10-team table, with only Afghanistan below them, after a single victory in five matches. The 1992 winners need to win all four of their remaining games and hope other results go in their favour, with four teams qualifying from the round-robin phase. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Their next match is against fellow strugglers South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday and Hafeez said the players were determined to make amends for their poor performances so far at the tournament in England and Wales. “I tell you that to see the team at number nine is hurting all of us,” said veteran Hafeez, whose 84 anchored Pakistan’s innings of 348-8 in their only win, over hosts England. They opened their campaign with a seven-wicket loss against West Indies, also going down to defeats to Australia and India, while their match against Sri Lanka was washed out. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Their final three games are against New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. “We failed collectively as a team,” said Hafeez. “We could not produce a team effort and individual brilliance did not help us either. In cricket these days, you need a team performance.” “We can’t blame any single person. Everyone is responsible for failing to deliver,” added the 38-year-old, who said harsh media criticism after their heavy defeat against India on Sunday had been tough on the players. “All of us are also hurt by the negative campaign in the media where players and their families were targeted. There was talk of groupings (factions) in the team which was wrong. “Why don’t you talk about such things when the team is winning?” Hafeez said despite the perilous situation, all was not lost for Pakistan. “All is not finished for us,” he said. “We are focused on our next game and we are eager to win that match. We had ample time after the India game to regroup for a new beginning.” Hafeez defended the decision to send India in to bat after winning the toss, despite advice from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their 1992 World Cup win, to do the opposite. “It was a team decision and that cannot be made on what someone has tweeted. It was the team’s decision. We didn’t bowl well and that’s why we lost that game,” he said.last_img read more

Tom Hiddleston to make Broadway debut with Betrayal

first_imgNew York: Actor Tom Hiddleston is all set to make his debut on Broadway with the revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal”. The actor will star in the play alongside Daredevil” series actor Charlie Cox and Zawe Ashton, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Jamie Lloyd Company production, a partnership between Ambassador Theatre Group and artistic director Jamie Lloyd, will begin previews at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre on August 14. The story is set around the dissolution of a marriage in the wake of an extramarital affair. The play captures the events of the affair and its consequences in reverse as it probes questions of the heart, infidelity, and friendship. “Betrayal” has had a long history on Broadway. It premiered in 1980 in a Peter Hall production with Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner and Raul Julia. In 2000, David Leveaux directed its revival, featuring John Slattery, Juliette Binoche and Liev Schreiber. It once again returned to stage with 2013 production, which was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall.last_img read more

Indoor games activities for Swapno Bhor senior citizens

first_imgKolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) has taken a slew of measures to keep senior citizens, who are members of Swapno Bhor in New Town, engaged throughout the year.The indoor games competition for the members were inaugurated by Debashis Sen, chairman, Hidco. There are 700 members of Swapno Bhor, the state’s first senior citizen’s park. Sixty members are participating in the indoor games that include table tennis, carom (both singles and doubles), chess and cards. The women members can take part in Rabindra Sangeet competition. The duration of the competitions in different games will be for one month. Prizes will be given to the champions and runners up at a function, which will be held in collaboration with the Women and Child Development and Social Welfare on October 1 which is celebrated as World Senior Citizens’ Day. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere is an auditorium at Swapno Bhor where cultural shows and lectures on different topics are held throughout the year. There is a library and coffee corner. The members do morning and evening walk on the sprawling lawn. Snehodiya, a state run facility for the senior citizens have come up in New Town. Keeping senior citizens engaged is being done in all countries as the life expectancy has gone up. The members of Swapno Bhor oversee gardening and growing of vegetables , a project taken up by an NGO. The members are taken on conducted tours every year.last_img read more

Man hires contract killers to bump off woman who pushed uncle to

first_imgNEW DELHI: To avenge the suicide of his uncle, a man hired contract killers to murder a woman in Dwarka whom he believed to be into a relationship with his uncle and also for ruining his married life.Chandraprakash fixed the deal to 5 lakhs for murdering Kiren bala, a local property dealer. The two contract killers on bikes shot several rounds on the woman while she was returning after leaving her child in the school near Radisson Blue Hotel on July 11. The woman received gunshots on her neck and is still into a vegetative state. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccused Chandraprakash is a tour and travel service provider but the business was not yielding enough income. He started committing a crime in the area and was arrested in 2015 in a murder case in Najafgarh. During his jail term, he came into contact with several criminals and became their friends. Giri Raj Singh Tomar was also jailed in a rape case and in another case. His uncle Premchand was engaged in the Property business in Najafgarh area. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe came into contact with the lady victim of the case and both became friends. In December last year his uncle Sh Premchand, committed suicide and his aunt held the friendship with the lady victim responsible for his suicide. “Chandra Prakash pledged to take revenge for the death of his uncle. He contacted his jail time friend Giri Raj Singh and asked to murder the lady and deal was fixed for Rs. 5 lakh in Jan 2019. He paid Rs. 2 lakh advance also and provided vital information about the lady. Giri Raj accepted the offer and roped in his friends Pinku and Narender to complete the task. While Gulab arranged for weapons, Narender arranged for motorcycles, all five have been arrested,” said Madhup Tiwari, Joint CP Western range. Though Police initially suspected the husband of the victim but on technical surveillance, he came out clean and this made Delhi Police to investigate other angles. The woman is still in critical condition and a team of doctors is monitoring her health.last_img read more

2 Singapore soldiers charged over actors death in training

first_imgSingapore: Two Singapore soldiers were charged in military court Wednesday over the death of a popular actor during reservist training in a case that has sparked calls for changes to the country’s system of conscription. Aloysius Pang, who starred in Singapore-produced Chinese language TV shows and movies, was completing compulsory reservist training in New Zealand in January when he suffered serious injuries while repairing artillery. The 28-year-old, who first rose to fame in the predominantly ethnic Chinese city-state as a child actor, died later in hospital. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPang’s death — and those of three other servicemen in the space of 17 months — prompted widespread criticism over safety and calls for changes in the conscription-based system, a major plank of Singapore’s defence strategy since independence in 1965. Male Singapore citizens are required to undergo two years of national service upon turning 18 and are also called up for further training in the following years, which sometimes takes place overseas.last_img read more

Indian real estate companies should partner Israeli firms PM Netanyahu

first_imgTel Aviv: Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday asked Indian real estate developers to partner with Israeli counterparts to boost productivity and profitability. Addressing the realtors’ apex body CREDAI conference through video messaging, Netanyahu said Israel and India are already collaborating in many areas like security, agriculture, cyber and IT, and now construction and real estate. The prime minister said CREDAI is holding conference in Israel is another sign of the growing ties between Israel and India. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The future belongs to those who innovate Israel is innovation nation,” he said. Stating that the world is changing rapidly because of technological advancement, Netanyahu said: “Technology is changing every industry, including the construction industry. The confluence of big data, connectivity, artificial intelligence is revolutionising the world and no area is going to be exempt”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I recognised this and that is why we are fostering closer relations in every field from security, to cyber, IT, agriculture and now we have construction and real estate,” he added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNetanyahu asked Indian developers to consider the possibility of partnering with Israeli counterparts. “You can increase the productivity and profitability of your own enterprises by partnering with Israelis who are eager to partner with you to seize the future together,” he added. Speaking at the event, Indian ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor said there is lot of scope for collaboration between India and Israel in the construction and real estate sector. Kapoor said the bilateral trade between India and Israel is $5.5 billion, of which only $102.6 million is in construction services (including equioment installation).last_img read more

Amrapali failed to deliver flat to buyer EOW registers another case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has booked Amrapali builders after investigating a cheating case in which complainant alleged that he was duped by the real estate company on the pretext of providing flat.Police have named four persons including managing director and other directors as suspects in the case. The complainant told police that Amrapali had launched a project in the year 2010. The company officials through various brochures, advertisements and communication misrepresented the public including the complainant. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The date of completion of the project as represented by the company was three years from the date of its launch,” police said. Quoting complainant’s statement, the investigating agency further said that company and it’s officials represented MS Dhoni, the then Indian Cricket team captain as their brand ambassador of the project. The complainant further said that the company officials, at the time of launch of the project, misrepresented him (complainant) that they have all rights, title and authority from regulatory authorities to take bookings of flats. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The company through its authorised signatory executed an allotment cum flat buyer agreement on October 2010 with the complainant,” police said. Complainant further alleged that under the agreement the company had misrepresented that they will develop the project in accordance with the sanctioned building plans and necessary permissions from the concerned government authorities. “The construction of the flat was to be completed by the end of 2013 (including grace period of six months). However, it has been almost 100 months from the date of signing of agreement but till date company failed to complete the project,” police said. The complainant have purchased the apartment and had regularly paid all the installments on or before due dates as per payment plan of the agreement. Recently EOW has arrested two prominent senior level staff of Amrapali Builders in case of cheating. In press statement Delhi Police said, “The accused were nabbed for being instrumental in creating large number of bogus companies for the purpose of diversion of funds of home buyers.”last_img read more

MNC manager ends life wife attempts suicide

first_imgGreater Noida: A 32-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan while his wife slit her wrist several times after seeing her husband dead at their residential flat in Gaur city society of Greater Noida West on Monday night. Cops suspect a family feud to be reason behind the incident.According to police, the incident occurred in fourth avenue of Gaur city society. “The man identified as Sunny Sinha, a native of Himachal Pradesh, worked as manager with Samsung company, died in the incident while his wife Priyanka (30) has been critically admitted to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi,” said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRK Prasad, Priyanka’s father said that the couple got married around two years ago at their home town in Chhapra district of Bihar and it was an arrange marriage. “At the time of marriage, Priyanka was working with TATA consultancy Services (TCS) in Bangalore and got transferred to Noida around six months after her marriage. The couple worked at different IT companies in Noida and lived at a rented flat,” said Prasad. Narrating the incident, Prasad said that Priyanka had called him for help on the night of incident and urged him to reach her flat immediately. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”I also live at a residential society in Greater Noida West along with my wife. Priyanka had come to meet us on Monday evening and nearly half an hour later she left our home, I received a call from her and she asked me to immediately reach her flat. Before I could ask anything, she disconnected the phone. When I reached her flat I found her to be missing from home but later police informed me that she has been admitted to Safdarjung hospital and reported the incident to me,” he added. Manoj Kumar Pathak, Station House Officer of Bisrakh police station said that they suspect a family feud to be reason behind the incident. “Police received information from a man who identified himself to be a friend of the deceased and told police that Priyanka had called him for help. A team rushed to the spot and found the man hanging from the ceiling fan while the woman was lying in a pool of blood with multiple cuts in her wrist. Police immediately took the woman to a nearby hospital from where doctors referred her to Safdarjung hospital in Delhi. The body of deceased was handed over to his family after getting the postmortem done,” said Pathak. “Preliminary investigations into the case showed that the man first committed suicide and then his wife tried for the same. We suspect that a family feud might have led to the incident. We have not received any complaint into the matter,” added Pathak.last_img read more

Indian student drowns in US lake Authorities

first_imgWashington: A 27-year-old Indian student has drowned after jumping off from a recreation spot into the Crater Lake in the US state of Oregon, authorities said. Sumedh Mannar, jumped off the “Jumping Rock”, a popular recreation spot at the lake on Sunday around 4:40 pm (local time) and did not resurface, Marsha McCabe, a spokeswoman for Crater Lake National Park, was quoted as saying by the Oregonian newspaper. McCabe said the cliff Mannar, a graduate student at the Oregon State University, had jumped from was about 25 feet high. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe cliff was not a prohibited area for jumping, she said, adding that officials have not yet determined exactly why he drowned. In the summers, the surface of the lake warms up to about 15 degrees Celsius, but the average temperature of the lake is around 3 degrees. Swimming is only allowed in the area around Cleetwood Cove and along the shore of Wizard Island. Immediately after Mannar disappeared, people on scene threw a life ring into the water, and Crater Lake hospitality staff took a small boat out to the area to help search, she said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPark staff came to the area to help with the search, but choppy waters and poor visibility conditions made the search difficult. After about three hours of searching and no sign of Mannar, officials called off the search for the night and resumed it Monday morning. Divers on Monday morning dove in the last known spot Mannar had been seen and found him about 90 feet straight down in the water on a rock ledge. Beyond that point, the lake drops off dramatically to a depth of more than 1,200 feet.last_img read more

Imran Khan asks Pakistanis living abroad to help highlight Kashmir issue

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked his party’s workers and followers living abroad to help highlight the Kashmir issue internationally.The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf decided to highlight the Kashmir issue at all the world forums.Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIndia has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. During a meeting with his party’s Overseas Secretary Abdullah Riar on Wednesday, the prime minister directed the party leaders and workers to hold protest in New York against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the UN General Assembly session next month.last_img read more

Sikh man stabbed to death in US

first_imgWashington: A 64-year-old Sikh man from India was stabbed to death by an unidentified person in the US state of California while he was on his evening walk, according to a media report. Parmjit Singh was attacked in Gretchen Talley Park in Tracy around 9 pm on Sunday. He died from his injuries, ABC News reported. Detectives say a passerby spotted the man bleeding on the ground and immediately called 911. Police have launched a homicide investigation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Police don’t have any clear suspects just yet. On Monday, they asked for the community’s help identifying a man captured on video hopping a fence and running away from the park around the time when the incident took place, according to the report. “We just need to figure out who that is, why they were in the area, what they may have seen and potentially any of their involvement in the incident,” said Tracy Police Spokesperson Lt Trevin Freitas. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Singh was wearing a traditional Sikh turban as he always would for his walks twice a day. Some residents are worried Singh may have been attacked because he was Sikh. Police said they cannot say if it was a hate crime. We can’t say what it was right now. We’re keeping all possibilities open. We have no information that would lead us to the motive of this crime. It is something that we can’t disprove at this time and we’re actively investigating all possibilities,” Freitas said. Harnek Singh Kang, the victim’s son-in-law, said Singh immigrated to Tracy from India three years ago and was an active member of the Sikh community. “We feel very safe in the country, so whatever happened, this is unacceptable,” he said. Singh had two kids and three grandkids. The attack has left the neighbourhood shaken. Neighbours said they are all deeply saddened by what happened. “Absolutely stunned. This is a very safe neighbourhood, very decent area of Tracy,” neighbor Dave Roychowdhury said. “Nothing has ever happened like this here,” he said. Tracy Mayor Robert Rickman in a statement said, “We take pride in our safe, close-knit community. The loss of one of our own to violence has shaken us to our core and is felt by the entire community. “On behalf of the Tracy City Council, we offer our sincerest condolences to Mr Singh’s family, friends and to the members of our Sikh community. This violence will not be tolerated and we are dedicating every available resource to ensuring that the person(s) responsible for the death of Mr Singh is brought to justice,” Rickman said. The Sikh community is in shock after the incident, CBS Local reported. In an emergency meeting on Monday, the mayor and police chief talked with the Sikh community to calm fears and answer their questions. The community is offering a USD 1000 reward for identifying the suspect. There have been a number of attacks targeting Indian-Americans and Sikhs in the US in recent years. In August last year, a Sikh man has been stabbed to death at his store in the US state of New Jersey In July last year, another Sikh man was attacked while putting up campaign signs in support of a Republican Congressman.last_img read more

Khan who quit Rajiv govt BJP leaders Koshyari Tamilisai appointed Governors

first_imgNew Delhi: Prominent Muslim face Arif Mohammed Khan, who quit the Rajiv Gandhi government in protest against the enactment of a law to nullify the Supreme Court verdict in the Shah Bano case, was on Sunday appointed as Governor, along with three BJP leaders.BJP leader and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, 77, has been appointed the Governor of Maharashtra, while BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, 58, moves to the Raj Bhavan in Telangana, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFormer Union minister Kalraj Mishra, who was recently appointed the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, has been shifted to Rajasthan.Seventy-eight-year-old Mishra will succeed former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who completed his five-year tenure as the Governor of Rajasthan.Former Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatraya, 72, has been appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, replacing Mishra.Koshyari replaces Vidya Sagar Rao as the Maharashtra Governor, while Soundararajan will succeed ESL Narasimhan as the Telangana Governor. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySixty-eight-year-old Khan, who replaces former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam in Kerala Raj Bhavan, has been a vocal critic of the practice of instant triple talaq and calling for reforms in the Muslim personal laws for long.Khan’s speech in Parliament in 1985 in the wake of the Shah Bano judgement extending the Rajiv Gandhi government’s initial support to it was much acclaimed.However, when the Rajiv Gandhi government did a U-turn under alleged pressure from Muslim clerics and brought a bill to nullify the Supreme Court order, he resigned from the ministry. The Uttar Pradesh politician later joined the BJP but remained inactive since 2007.Recently, when the Modi government brought a bill to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq, Khan supported it.In the Shah Bano case, the Supreme Court had delivered a judgment favouring maintenance given to an aggrieved divorced Muslim woman.”The above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said.last_img read more

Manitoba Appeal Court told mans conviction in drug dealers death cannot stand

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba man imprisoned for 23 years for first-degree murder before spending the last nine years on probation is on the verge of having his name cleared.Lawyers for the Crown and defence told the Manitoba Court of Appeal on Monday that they agree Frank Ostrowski’s 1987 conviction in the shooting death of a drug dealer was a miscarriage of justice and cannot stand.“His trial was unfair,” Crown attorney Randy Schwartz told the three judges hearing the case.“The parties agree that this case should be terminated permanently.”The Crown is asking for a judicial stay of proceedings, which would put an end to the case. The defence wants the court to go a step further and formally acquit Ostrowski, now in his late 60s.Ostrowski was found guilty of ordering the shooting of a fellow drug dealer and was convicted largely on the testimony of a key witness — Matthew Lovelace — who had separate charges of cocaine possession stayed in exchange.Ostrowski’s lawyers and the jury were never told about the deal and Lovelace told the trial he did not receive any favours in exchange for his testimony.Ostrowski’s lawyer told the Appeal Court that the Crown attorney in the original trial, George Dangerfield, crossed a line by not correcting Lovelace when he testified he did not receive a deal.“He was trying not to cross it. But the reality is he did … by not interrupting and saying, ‘Hang on a sec. Lovelace isn’t telling the truth,’” James Lockyer said.Ostrowski maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration and, in 2009, a Court of Queen’s bench judge cited serious concerns with the conviction and released Ostrowski on bail. In 2014, then-federal justice minister Peter MacKay ruled the case a likely miscarriage of justice and ordered the Manitoba Court of Appeal to review it.Schwartz said Monday that while it was wrong to not reveal Lovelace’s testimony deal, it is not clear whether the Crown at the time knew about the deal or whether police had withheld that information.Schwartz also said there was other evidence that might cause a jury to link Ostrowski to the killing — mainly other witness testimony about his fear that the victim was going to tell police about Ostrowski’s drug activities.For that reason, Schwartz said, Ostrowski does not meet the legal criteria for a full acquittal.The Appeal Court judges reserved their decision to an undetermined date. Ostrowski remains under bail conditions for now.His case is one of a few high-profile wrongful murder convictions that have come to light in Manitoba.James Driskell was convicted of killing a friend in Winnipeg in 1990. The verdict was based partly on testimony from a witness who was given tens of thousands of dollars in expense payments as well as immunity on an arson charge. The trial was not told about the deal. Driskell’s conviction was quashed in 2006.Kyle Unger was convicted, based partly on hair samples found at the scene, of killing a teenage girl at a rock festival in 1990. DNA tests years later showed the hair did not belong to him.Thomas Sophonow was found guilty of killing a waitress in 1981. That was based largely on the testimony of a witness who contradicted in court what she had told police. The defence was not told about the contradiction and Sophonow spent four years in prison before he was freed.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly referred to Crown attorney Randy Schwartz as Schultz in later paragraphslast_img read more

Whale movements giving officials hope for survival of wayward beluga

first_imgCACOUNA, Qc – Officials involved with the rescue of a wayward beluga whale earlier this month in northern New Brunswick are cautiously optimistic for its future.The beluga, which is about two metres long, was captured in the Nepisiquit River on June 15 — where it was alone — and transported to Quebec where it was released near Cacouna in the St. Lawrence Estuary.The whale was outfitted with a satellite tracking device so officials could monitor its movements.Marie-Eve Muller of the Quebec City-based Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals says that over the last few days the whale has been near Trois-Pistoles.The area is heavily frequented by belugas, giving hope to researchers that the beluga is in communication and perhaps even in physical contact with other members of its species.The population of the St. Lawrence belugas has been declining since the early 2000s and it’s believed there are fewer than 900 of them still in existence.They were placed on the endangered species list last fall.last_img read more