Three arrested for bid to kill Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force (STF) on Friday arrested a notorious sharpshooter, who was allegedly planning to kill BJP MLA Sushil Singh, after a brief encounter in Varanasi, an official statement said. Shiv Prakash Tiwari alias Dhoni Tiwari was carrying a cash reward of ₹1 lakh on his head, it said. Following a tip off, Tiwari and two of his associates — Manish Kesarwani and Ajnana Singh — were arrested from Varanasi’s Cantt police station area, the STF statement said. During interrogation, Tiwari revealed he had come to Varanasi with his associates to kill Singh, the BJP MLA from Saiyadraja assembly constituency. His associates were doing a recce for it, the statement said. Tiwari was convicted in the sensational murder of Hindu Yuva Vahini leader Bishnu Dutt Ojha in 2011 in Basti district but was absconding, it said.last_img read more

Indian Test cricketers to get pay hike, conditions apply

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) turned Santa in a hastily convened emergent working committee meet where efforts were made to make the entire Indian cricket ecosystem happy.The first beneficiary of the windfall would be those playing Test cricket for  India. The Secretary and the President have been authorised to raise the Test pay of cricketers to somewhat address the disparity of pay between Test players and IPL stars. Test cricketers currently get Rs 7 lakh per match while IPL contracts run into multiple crores for top players. (BCCI ignores first Lodha deadline with a curious SGM postponement)It was also agreed to have more tournaments for women’s cricket and put in place a payment structure for pitch curators.In what is seen as an appeasement move, the state units which constitute the BCCI, many of whom are unhappy to be kept in the dark by the top brass on their legal strategy to challenge Lodha reforms were told they would get a share of the surplus revenue arising out of the now defunct Champions League T20.All of these decisions could be no balled by the court if those holding authority are ultimately suspended. But Board officials are hopeful. “Even though the BCCI is delicately placed in its fight with judiciary, we expect the cricketing decisions to be accepted by the court,” said a source who attended the meeting.Some observers think this is a parting gift from the top brass with their imminent exit. Others believe this is to send the message across that cricketers benefited during their rule.advertisementlast_img read more

Gazprom Mitsui to Cooperate in LNG Bunkering Studies

first_imgzoom Russia’s energy giant Gazprom and Japan’s Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in feasibility and marketing studies with regard to the bunkering of marine vessels with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Russia’s Far East and the Asia-Pacific region on September 2, 2016, in Vladivostok. Gazprom and Mitsui, which is focused on the development, marketing, distribution and treatment of energy products in Japan and overseas, as well as on financial activities, discussed the ongoing and future cooperation, focusing, among other things, on LNG production within the Sakhalin II project and on the increase of its output with the construction of the third production train of the LNG plant.“Gazprom and Mitsui have successfully cooperated on the Sakhalin II project. Now we have an excellent opportunity to partner in a new business area – small-scale LNG,” Alexey Miller,  Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, said.Russia’s only LNG plant is operating under the Sakhalin II project. The project operator is Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., with the ownership distributed among Gazprom, Shell, Mitsui and Mitsuibishi.On June 18, 2015, Gazprom and Shell signed a memorandum on implementing the construction project for the third production train of the LNG plant. In 2015, the plant produced 10.8 million tons of LNG, exceeding the design capacity by 1.2 million tons.last_img read more

Brexit tussle raises prospect of Irish reunification

first_imgBrexitThe wrangle over what will happen to the Irish border after Brexit has put the previously unthinkable possibility of reunification of the island of Ireland firmly on the political agenda.Support for staying in the European Union is increasing in Northern Ireland as the Brexit negotiations falter, according to a study released this month by Queen’s University Belfast.The poll of more than 1,000 residents of Northern Ireland also found 47 percent supported holding a referendum, although only 21 percent said they would currently favour a united Ireland.The study said the results showed a hard Brexit in which Britain left the EU single market and customs union, combined with an economic downturn could make the prospect of Irish unity “particularly attractive” for the province’s Catholic community.In the 2016 referendum, Northern Ireland voted 56 percent to remain in the EU but, like Scotland, was outvoted by England and Wales and the overall result was 52 percent for Brexit.The study found support for EU membership has now risen to 69 percent.“What’s becoming increasingly clear is the rise and rise of the Remain vote in Northern Ireland,” Colin Harvey from Queen’s told a conference organised by the UK in a Changing Europe think tank.“And I think there is extreme peril and danger in rendering that Remain vote politically and legally meaningless,” he said.Reunification ‘risk’ -Unlike pro-EU Scotland, Northern Ireland could technically stay in the European Union by voting to join the Republic of Ireland.The 1998 Good Friday peace agreements allow for the possibility of a referendum on Irish unity if the British government judges that the public mood has shifted significantly in favour of the idea.So far only the nationalist Sinn Fein party, once the political voice of the Irish Republican Army, has called for a vote.Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a supporter of Irish unity, played down the prospect on a visit to Belfast this month, but it is weighing on the British prime minister’s mind.Theresa May reprimanded a leading eurosceptic in her Conservative party earlier this month for being naive about the possibility, according to a report in The Times newspaper.After pro-Brexit hardliner MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said Northern Ireland would vote to stay a part of the United Kingdom in the case of a referendum, she reportedly told him: “That’s not a risk I’m prepared to take. We cannot be confident on the politics of the situation, on how it plays out”.Brexit brings ‘new dynamic’ -May has vowed to avoid any new border checks after Britain leaves the EU next year amid fears of upsetting the fragile arrangements in a region once blighted by violence.But her government has yet to find a practical way to do this, while also fulfilling a promise to leave the EU’s customs union and single market after Britain’s withdrawal.Under a preliminary deal struck with Brussels in December, Britain as a whole would maintain “full alignment” with EU trade rules if no other arrangement has been found.Brussels has since come up with a proposal that would effectively keep only Northern Ireland in the EU customs union-something that pro-British unionists fiercely oppose.Some British eurosceptics have accused the Irish government of exaggerating the problem and using their leading role in Brexit negotiations in pursuit of a secret agenda to unite Ireland.In Derry, a border town that was at the heart of three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles”, Sinn Fein politician Elisha McCallion warned any new frontier checks would affect her life.“My child goes to a nursery daily on the other side of the border. I would cross informally the jurisdiction between the north and the south six or eight times a day,” she said.McCallion argued that reunification would be the only solution, adding: “Brexit has flown a new dynamic in the conversation. People are talking about unity regularly.”last_img read more

Dont give S Arabia licence to kill RSF

first_imgActivists from the group `code Pink` dressed as US president Donald Trump and Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman participate in a demonstration calling for sanctions against Saudi Arabia and against the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in front of the US State Department in Washington, US on 19 October. Photo: ReutersThe international community must keep up the pressure on Saudi Arabia after its admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in its Turkish consulate, Reporters without Borders (RSF) said Saturday.Riyadh had to be held to account for the death of Khashoggi and the imprisonment of other journalists, Christophe Deloire, secretary general of the Paris-based media rights watchdog tweeted.”Any attempt to get rid of the pressure on Saudi Arabia and to accept a compromise policy would result in giving a ‘license to kill’ to a Kingdom that puts in jail, lashes, kidnaps and even kills journalists who dare to investigate and launch debates,” he wrote.”After the recognition of Khashoggi’s death, we expect a determined, constant and powerful pressure to be kept on Saudi Arabia in order to get the whole truth on the case and the release of Saudi Arabian journalists (who have) been condemned to crazy and horrible sentences,” he added.After earlier denials, Saudi Arabia admitted earlier Saturday that Khashoggi, an insider turned critic of the regime, had been killed inside its Istanbul consulate in what it described as a “brawl”.His disappearance has been shrouded in mystery and tipped Saudi Arabia into one of its worst international crises.Turkish reports have accused Riyadh of carrying out a state-sponsored killing and dismembering the body.Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post newspaper, had been living in the United States since 2017.On Friday, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres called for a “prompt, thorough and transparent investigation” into Khashoggi’s death.last_img

MultiAgency Investigation Shuts Down Synthetic Drug Operation In Houston

first_imgIndictment Share Al OrtizKenneth Magidson (Center), U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, said the drug “can lead to all kinds of physical and mental issues.”Federal officials in Houston have dismantled a major ring that produced and sold a synthetic drug that authorities say is one of the most dangerous threats to public health in the United States.Both federal and local law enforcement agencies –like the Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA, and the Houston Police Department– participated in the investigation.Kenneth Magidson, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, says the drug was sold primarily in the Houston area.It was marketed like synthetic marijuana with names like Kush and sold in establishments such as gas stations and convenience stores.Courtesy of Department of Justicepackaging of synthetic marijuana – street name “kush”Investigators seized more than nine tons of the drug and 16 people have been charged. They are accused of selling the drug and money laundering, among other charges.One of the persons charged is Omar Maher Alnasser, an assistant professor of finance at the University of Houston-Victoria.A spokesperson for the university said in a statement they take this matter “very seriously” and added the university “will fully cooperate with law enforcement on all aspects of their investigation.”Magidson underlines this drug “can lead to all kinds of physical and mental issues, and you can die.”Joseph Arabit, special agent for the DEA in Houston, notes this is a type of synthetic drug that is mostly being sold to youth who either smoke it or ingest it.The raw chemicals used to make it are brought from foreign countries and mixed with plant materials, sometimes in dirty machines like cement mixers.“These synthetic cannabinoids are nothing more than unregulated chemicals sprayed on plant material. It’s poison,” Arabit said.last_img read more