Assam NRC: anger over report that citizenship papers will be trimmed

first_imgSuggestions to the Supreme Court by the officer heading the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to slash the list of “admissible documents” as citizenship proof from the original 15 to 10 has stirred a hornets’ nest before the claims and objections phase.More than 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants had been left out of the complete NRC draft published on July 30. While these people await their turn to prove their citizenship with documents besides those already submitted but rejected, State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela in his last report to the apex court sought the exclusion of five ‘list A’ documents for re-verification of those excluded.These documents are the 1951 NRC; voters’ lists and ration cards up to March 24, 1971; citizenship certificates; and refugee registration certificates. March 24, 1971, is the cut-off date for detecting and deporting illegal migrants from Assam as per the Assam Accord of 1985 that ended a six-year agitation against foreigners.Apart from Opposition parties such as the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), the ruling BJP has also found fault with Mr. Hajela’s suggestion. State BJP general secretary Dilip Saikia said Mr. Hajela’s report had complicated the situation, as “lakhs of Indians belonging to the Gorkha, Bengali and Hindi-speaking communities have been left out.”BJP writes to HajelaThe BJP had a few days ago written to Mr. Hajela, insisting that the migration certificate, the citizenship certificate and all variants of refugee cards should be acceptable in the NRC updating process.The Congress went to the extent of demanding Mr. Hajela’s removal for “misleading the apex court.” Debabrata Saikia, the party’s leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly said the NRC official had been acting whimsically and playing with the lives of people who did not possess any of the 10 documents now being preferred despite their ancestors being in the 1951 NRC and pre-1971 voters’ lists.“If the 1951 NRC won’t be accepted, what was the point of carrying out an exercise that cost more than ₹ 1,200 crore of Indian taxpayers’ money?” AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam said.“The government should rein Hajela in, or we will protest for the format of the NRC to be changed,” Azizur Rahman, advisor of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union said.Civil society organisations in the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley have also come down heavily on Mr. Hajela. They include the Citizen’s Rights Protection Committee and Unconditional Citizenship Demand Forum.But groups representing the indigenous communities have appreciated the proposed trimming of the list of documents. “This should be applied to re-verify the citizenship status of all those who are already in the NRC, not only the 40 lakh excluded. We will also appeal to the Supreme Court for constituting a monitoring committee for the updating process,” Aabhijeet Sarma, president of NGO Assam Public Works and the petitioner in the case related to NRC in the Supreme Court, said.Mr. Hajela, gagged by the apex court, was incommunicado.last_img read more

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

KL University Admissions 2016: Apply online

first_imgKL University (KLU), Guntur has invited applications for admissions to Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech), Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) and Master of Technology (M.Tech) programmes offered in various specialisations for the academic year 2016. The eligible candidates should apply online latest by April 17.Educational qualification:B.Tech and B.Arch programmes: The candidates should have cleared class 12 from a recognised board or institute. M.Tech programmes: The candidates should have acquired a Bachelor’s of Technology (B.Tech) from a recognised university or institute. How to apply:The candidates can apply through an official website, the link for which is The candidates can submit the hard copy of the application form along with the essential documents to ‘The Director, Admissions, KL University, 29-36-38, Museum Road, Government, Vijayawada – 520 002’ through a proper channel so as to reach before the closing date. Selection procedure:B.Tech programmes: Selection will be done on the basis of KLUEEE (KL University Engineering Entrance Examination), JEE-Main, JEE-Advanced and State Level Engineering Entrance Exams across India including EAMCET and merit in sports. B.Arch programmes: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in KLUEEE and NATA. M.Tech programmes: The candidates should have secured a rank in GATE/ PGCET/ KLUEEE and interview. Important dates:Last date to apply:  April 17Last date for receipt of filled in applications:  April 18Date of KLUEEE-written test:  April 24Date of KLUEEE-online test: May 13 and May 14last_img read more

Manchester United must come back stronger after international break: Ander Herrera

first_imgManchester United must avoid a repeat of last month’s performance in order to revive their Premier League campaign after the international break, midfielder Ander Herrera has said.United kicked off their league campaign with three straight wins under manager Jose Mourinho, but slumped to back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Watford, having lost to Dutch side Feyenoord in their opening Europa League game.After the international break, United travel to Liverpool on Oct. 17, host Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Europa League three days later before travelling to Chelsea for a league fixture on Oct. 23.”We lost three games in a row so we have to avoid that,” Herrera told British media. (Also read: EPL: Manchester United held 1-1 by last-place Stoke after David De Gea mistake)”We know we have to come back very strong. We have to play two very tough Premier League games away – Liverpool and Chelsea – and between them Fenerbahce in the Europa League. That is a very important game as well.””But in football you never know. Maybe we go to Liverpool and create (only) two chances and yet we win the game. This is football and we have to accept that.”Herrera, who has made five top flight appearances under Mourinho this season, has been called up by Spain ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania.last_img read more

Govt draws up elaborate plans to observe Patels birth anniv

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) The government has drawn up an elaborate plan to mark the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel across the country on October 31, an official said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the nation in paying tributes to the countrys first Home Minister, the official said.State governments, central ministries and PSUs have been asked to organise Run for Unity, digital exhibitions, drawing competitions while the Railways will put up hoardings with messages of Patel in 100 railway stations across the country.The prime minister will offer floral tributes to Patel here, followed by administering a pledge and flagging off the Run for Unity, a home ministry official said.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has written to chief ministers and central ministers to observe the birth anniversary of Patel as a day to foster and reinforce the governments dedication to strengthen unity, integrity and security of the nation.The ministry of sports will organise the run in 623 districts with the help of 12 regional centres of the Sports Authority of India and the Nehru Yuvak Kendra.While the ministry of culture will host digital exhibition on Patels life and 44 painting exhibitions in various parts of the country, the external affairs ministry will show films, host exhibition and talks on Patel in Indian missions abroad.The railway ministry will display banners and put up creative hoardings with Patels messages in 100 railway stations across the country, the official said.Similar programmes are being organised by the ministries of human resource development, health, steel, tourism besides others.advertisementThe government observes October 31 all over the country as a day of special occasion to foster and reinforce the governments dedication to preserve and strengthen unity, integrity and security of our nation by celebrating it as a Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, another official said.The 1.5 km run in Delhi will start from the National Stadium, where a large number of people, including sports personalities like P V Sindhu, Mitali Raj and Sardar Singh, are expected to take part.The state governments have been asked to encourage college and school students to participate in the national unity day events.Around 15,000 people had participated in the event in Delhi last year and the number is expected to go up this year.Patel was born on October 31, 1875, and passed away on December 15, 1950.October 31 is also the death anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. PTI ACB ZMN ASKlast_img read more

MS Dhoni dropped from India’s T20I squad vs West Indies and Australia

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has been left out of the Indian squad for the T20 series against West Indies and Australia, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary announced in the presence of the selection committee head MSK Prasad on Wednesday.Virat Kohli on the other hand, was rested for the three-match T20 series against Windies but he will be back for the T20 series against Australia, starting on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane.However, when asked if Dhoni’s career in T20s is over, Prasad said, “Not yet”.”We want to try out other keepers for the second keeper’s slot,” Prasad added.In Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the side and Rishabh Pant will keep wickets for India against the West Indies. Pant is also the designated wicket-keeper for the series against Australia while Dinesh Karthik is also there in the squad.Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and Khaleel Ahmed also earned their maiden call-up in the T20 squad while Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar returned to the squad as well.Also read – Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay back in India Test squad for Australia tourHowever, Nadeem was only included in the squad for the T20s versus West Indies.Hardik Pandya, who injured himself during the Asia Cup in Dubai, also missed out but his brother Krunal Pandya, who was called up as a back up to Axar Patel during the T20 series in England, retained his place in the side while Deepak Chahar missed out.advertisementSuresh Raina and Siddarth Kaul also failed to find a place in any of the limited-overs squads.Team India squad for the T20 series against West Indies:Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz NadeemTeam India squad for the T20 series against Australia:Virat Kohli (C), Rohit (VC), Shikhar, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmedlast_img read more

Daniel Ricciardo grabs pole for Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton third

first_imgDaniel Ricciardo dashed Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen’s hopes of becoming Formula One’s youngest ever pole-sitter on Saturday while championship leader Lewis Hamilton qualified third for Mercedes at the Mexican Grand Prix.Hamilton, who need only finish seventh on Sunday to secure his fifth title with two races to spare, will have Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel alongside on the second row.Vettel, 70 points behind Hamilton, must win the race to have any chance of denying the Briton.Last year’s race winner Verstappen, 21, had dominated all three practice sessions and was fastest before Ricciardo produced a scorching effort at the high-altitude Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.What a way to end an awesome day! Thanks for the love Mexico City #MexicoGP Bull Racing (@redbullracing) October 28, 2018The front row lockout was Red Bull’s first since the U.S. Grand Prix of 2013 but second place still left the Dutch youngster feeling sore.”I knew it was there somewhere. We hadn’t had the cleanest run through practice and I just knew putting the lap together would be crucial as always,” said Ricciardo, who whooped in delight as he realised what he had done.”I knew the pace was in the car, Max showed that all weekend from start to finish.”I still wasn’t convinced, it wasn’t the cleanest (lap), but once I heard I got pole I got to relax a little,” added the Australian, who is leaving Red Bull for Renault at the end of the year.A little bit of fan zone fun in Mexico City #MexicoGP Bull Racing (@redbullracing) October 27, 2018The pole was only the third of Ricciardo’s career and both of those previous ones came in the tight and twisty confines of Monaco.Verstappen lost out by 0.026, with Ricciardo setting a track record time of one minute 14.759 seconds, and he did not try and hide his disappointment.”The whole qualifying was crap,” the youngster told the global television audience. “We tried to make the best of it, I thought we had enough but it’s still good to be second.”GOOD TOWBehind the Red Bulls all eyes will be on the title contenders, with Hamilton in the stronger position after a difficult few days for Mercedes.”I was not expecting to be up as high as we have done,” said the Briton. “The team did a great job yesterday, this was as good as I could get.”You saw what happened last year with the red car (Ferrari) behind, so it depends how we get away. We will get a good tow from the two in front so hopefully I can gain a position.”Silky smooth from the Honey Badger to land on pole! #MexicoGP Bull Racing (@redbullracing) October 27, 2018Hamilton won his fourth title in Mexico last year after starting third and then having to fight back from last to ninth following an opening lap collision with Vettel, who had been on pole but lost out to Verstappen.Vettel, who had looked good for the front row before Ricciardo and then Hamilton pushed him down, said he had not managed to get a clean lap in.”I think we got more or less everything out of the car, dropping back to fourth from second is not satisfying but we’ll see what we can do from there,” he said.”We have good straight line speed so maybe that will help. We probably have the best reliability so far, the Red Bull’s are fast so they will be hard to beat but they might beat themselves.”A front row lock out for @redbullracing is a great result. We couldn’t get the car working in quali today, so to miss out on pole is disappointing. Still all to play for tomorrow! #KeepPushing #MexicoGP Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) October 27, 2018Verstappen had an hydraulics problem in Friday’s second practice while Ricciardo has endured seven retirements in 18 races so far.Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, with Mercedes replacing his car’s engine between final practice and qualifying, and ahead of fellow-Finn Kimi Raikkonen in sixth place for Ferrari.The Renault pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz were seventh and eighth, with Sauber’s Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson filling the next row.There was disappointment for the Mexican crowd with the country’s sole driver Sergio Perez qualifying only 13th.last_img read more

Report: South Korea 2 Honduras 0

first_imgSouth Korea 2 Honduras 0: Son and Moon shine in comfortable win Guy Atkinson 21:01 5/28/18 Son Heung-min - cropped Getty Images Son Heung-min and Moon Seon-min were on target as South Korea brushed aside Honduras in the first of their World Cup warm-ups. South Korea warmed up for the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Honduras at the Daegu Stadium on Monday.After a dominant but scoreless first half, the hosts finally found a breakthrough just past the hour when talismanic forward Son Heung-min lashed home a left-footed strike from 25 yards.That was followed 12 minutes later by a cool close-range finish from substitute Moon Seon-min after impressive work down the left by Hwang Hee-chan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Earlier, Shin Tae-yong’s side could twice have taken the lead in the space of three first-half minutes. First, Lee Seung-woo’s right-footed effort flashed wide before Tottenham forward Son’s clipped effort over the onrushing Donis Escober dribbled agonisingly past the near post.Son’s stunning strike then gave them the lead they so richly deserved before Moon ensured the scoreline more accurately reflected their dominance.South Korea now face further friendlies against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia and Senegal before their Group F campaign kicks off against Sweden on June 18 in Nizhny Novgorod.last_img read more

Arsenal forced to change team bus amid Blackpool fan protest

first_imgSeveral Blackpool supporters blocked Arsenal’s bus from leaving the team hotel in an effort to postpone Saturday’s FA Cup tie. The Gunners were forced to change to a new bus as Blackpool supporters continue to protest the club’s owner Owen Oyston.One Blackpool fan climbed on top of the coach, while several others stood in its way in an effort to prevent the bus from leaving the hotel and heading to Bloomfield Road.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Blackpool fans currently stopping the Arsenal team bus from leaving their hotel to get to Bloomfield Road for this evenings FA Cup tie #protests— Ged Mills (@GedMills) January 5, 2019Blackpool supporters saw the high-profile FA Cup showdown as an opportunity to have their protests against Oyston given a bigger platform, with the game broadcast on national television.Protests are expected outside of Bloomfield Road ahead of the game as Tangerines supporters voice their opposition to Oyston’s ownership. Inside the ground, however, it should be a more subdued environment with Blackpool having sold less than 3,000 tickets to the FA Cup match. The small number of home supporters is nothing new for the League One side, whose average attendance is less than 4,000 this season as fans continue to stay away due to their opposition to Oyston’s ownership.Police were aware of the potential for protests before the game, with particular attention paid to pitch invaders. “Anybody entering the field of play without permission will be committing criminal offences and will be dealt with appropriately,” a Lancashire Police statement published ahead of the match read. Blackpool fan group, The Muckers, said: “We are calling on all Blackpool fans to make their feelings known towards the owners in a non-violent but direct way.”We will be present and encourage people not to enter the pitch, which we would condemn.”Arsenal have sold out their allocation of 5,300 tickets, meaning the away side will likely have more supporters at Saturday’s match, which kicks off at 5:30pm local time.last_img read more

Transfer Rumors Are Starting To Swirl For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgQuarterback Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after a touchdown.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after a touchdown by running back Bo Scarbrough #9 (not pictured) during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The “Jalen Hurts is going to transfer” rumors didn’t take very long to start up tonight. It took, oh, one drive from Alabama’s offense, led by sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.Nick Saban said earlier today that he would be playing both of his quarterbacks against Louisville tonight. Tagovailoa, though, is the quarterback who got the start. And he looked good.Tagovailoa led Alabama on a touchdown drive featuring a couple of beautiful passes against the Cardinal’s defense.Hurts will likely see some playing time later in the game. It’s possible, knowing Nick Saban, that he’ll continue to play both quarterbacks for the majority of the season.But the writing seems to be on the wall for Hurts, at least for 2019. He can graduate this year and then play somewhere else right away next season.That talk has heated up tonight, unsurprisingly.“Jalen Hurts will be playing for _____ next season?” tweeted Ralph D. Russo.Jalen Hurts will be playing for _____ next season?— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) September 2, 2018It’s a fair question.There was talk of a Hurts transfer all offseason. Now that Tua has been named the starting quarterback (for this game, at least) that transfer talk for next season is only going to increase.For what it’s worth, Nick Saban has said all along that he’s really high on both players. Perhaps the competition isn’t over.“I think we have two guys that are weapons and they’ve both played well, so the plan is to play both guys in the game,” Saban told ESPN’s Chris Fowler before tonight’s game. “So the only issue is who plays first, and we’ll decide that when the time comes.”Alabama has decided that Tua Tagovailoa is going to play first. We’ll see if that continues to be true moving forward.last_img read more

Major Program’s Head Coach Gives Team’s Beat Reporters An “Ultimatum”

first_imgMike Gundy with his head down on the sidelines.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts in the second quarter against the Mississippi Rebels during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)It’s been the week of the transfer in the college football world and Oklahoma State’s program had one of the most-shocking departures in the country.Jalen McCleskey, a veteran wide receiver at Oklahoma State, announced this week that he was taking a redshirt year and would pursue other options in 2019. McCleskey, the leading wide receiver on Oklahoma State’s team in career yards, was not happy with his role this season.Mike Gundy and the Cowboys’ program apparently doesn’t want to talk about this. He reportedly gave an ultimatum to the team’s beat reporters, telling them they would lose access to players if they asked about had the details on what happened:At 5 p.m. Tuesday, media members gathered in the west concourse of the stadium for weekly player availability after practice. Players are usually made available at about 5:30 p.m., but before the first player reached the waiting reporters, the ethical dilemma began.Gavin Lang, Gundy’s media relations coordinator, gathered the group of reporters and said Gundy threatened that if any reporter asks a player a question about McCleskey, then players would no longer be available to any media for the rest of the season.Reporters immediately took to the phones, calling editors and supervisors about what to do.You can view the full story here.Oklahoma State is set to play at Kansas on Saturday.last_img read more

Agreement To Develop Michelins Aboriginal Workforce

first_img Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. today, Nov. 20, signed anagreement to work with Nova Scotia and Ottawa to developemployment opportunities for Aboriginal people at its threeplants in the province. The agreement was signed by Michael Baker, Nova Scotia’s Ministerof Aboriginal Affairs, Robert Nault, Minister of Indian Affairsand Northern Development, Janet Kennedy, director of humanresources for Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., Don Julian,Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and Chief Blair Francis, Union ofNova Scotia Indians. “Michelin is taking a positive step toward helping youngAboriginals find future employment in Nova Scotia,” said Mr.Baker. Under the agreement, the parties will work together to enhanceAboriginal employment in Michelin’s Nova Scotia operations. Michelin will conduct an inventory of its plants and identifypotential job opportunities. The federal government, through the Aboriginal WorkforceParticipation Initiative (AWPI), will help communicate theinformation to Aboriginal organizations who will use it todevelop training programs, help with career choices and takeadvantage of business opportunities. ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS–Agreement To Develop Michelin’s AboriginalWorkforcelast_img read more

Gayle included in Windies ODI squad for India series

first_imgSt. John’s (Antigua): Swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle has been named in the 14-member West Indies squad for the three-match ODI series against India. Prior to the ODI series against England last March, Gayle had said that he planned to retire following the World Cup, but he had a change of mind during the tournament and has made himself available for this series. The self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” also has the extra motivation of two records for West Indies in this format to chase during the series. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Gayle now has 10,338 runs and needs 11 to pass batting legend Brian Lara (10,348) for the highest aggregate in ODIs for West Indies. He has also amassed 10,393 runs and needs 13 to again pass Lara (10,405) for the most runs by a West Indian in the history of ODIs. “Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge, he lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” said interim West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Besides Gayle, left-handed opener John Campbell, fellow batsman Roston Chase and all-rounder Keemo Paul have all been recalled to the squad for the three-match series which will be contested on August 8 at the Guyana National Stadium, and on August 11 and 14 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. West Indies squad: Jason Holder (c), John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Chris Gayle, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope, Kemar Roachlast_img read more

RCMP investigating photo of BC murder suspects alleged Nazi paraphernalia

first_imgMounties say they are investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia allegedly sent by one of the suspects in three British Columbia deaths to another user on a video game network.Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says RCMP have received the photos that a Steam user says were sent by 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, who is also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.The nationwide manhunt for Schmegelsky and his friend, 19-year-old Kam McLeod, continues today as police say they’re suspects in the deaths of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese.Police charged the two young men yesterday with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck, whose body was found near the teens’ burned-out truck in northwest B.C.The two men most recently logged onto their Steam accounts 13 days ago, around the time they told family and friends they were leaving their small Vancouver Island community of Port Alberni, B.C., in search of work.Schmegelsky’s account shows he was a frequent player of a shooting game called Russia Battlegrounds, and both young men’s Facebook pages were connected to an account called Illusive Gameing, which had a modified Soviet flag as its icon.Alan Schmegelsky, the father of the 18-year-old, says he purchased the military fatigues and airsoft rifle for his son so he could play “battle” with his friends in the woods, and says the teenager loved strategy video games.There was no answer at the homes of Schmegelsky’s mother and grandmother in Port Alberni yesterday, and McLeod’s father Keith McLeod has released a statement saying his son is a “kind, considerate, caring young man.”A burned-out car the teens were travelling in was found near the community of Gillam in northern Manitoba this week and police have set up a checkstop at an intersection on the only road leading into the town.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Morocco Produces 55 Billion Eggs Consumes 180 Per Capita

Rabat – Morocco produced 5.5 billion eggs in 2017, generating MAD 6.5 billion in sales. The Association of Producers of Consumer Eggs (ANPO) announced the figures on October 12, World Egg Day. Morocco’s production meets its consumption needs, with consumers eating 180 eggs annually per capita.The association added that egg production has become more sophisticated in the last few years. It has received investments of MAD 3.5 billion which enabled the creation of 252 modern poultry farms in accordance with international standards. The eggs sector has created 21,500 direct job opportunities and 31,000 indirect jobs through marketing and supply. read more

Lawmakers must use their voices to promote disarmament says Ban

6 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted parliamentarians from across the globe to promote the cause of a nuclear-weapon-free world, a “personal dream” of the United Nations chief. “After decades of work, it is clear that real change will come only through consistent, strong public pressure – on a global scale, and from the grassroots. That is why you are so crucial,” Mr. Ban told a joint gathering of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).Lawmakers are experts in enacting and upholding the rule of law, he said, and their voices must stay at the heart of the debate.”“It is the world’s taxpayers who are funding the development of nuclear arms,” the Secretary-General said. “Tomorrow, they could be paying a different – and much higher – price,” he emphasized, calling for an end to this “senseless” waste of resources.Mr. Ban hails from the Republic of Korea, which he noted has witnessed the devastation wrought by nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in nearby Japan in 1945 and “has itself experienced the nuclear threat.”The weapons do not enhance global peace and security, but rather, he said today, “put them in jeopardy.”Characterizing them as a “moral dead-end,” Mr. Ban pointed out that momentum is building to rid the world of the scourge.Earlier this week, the United States revealed that it has more than 5,000 warheads in its nuclear arsenal, which he said is a “chilling figure.”But the country’s revelation is sign of its transparency, which in turn builds trust, the Secretary-General said.Today’s gathering, entitled Advancing Nuclear Disarmament: The Power of Parliaments, comes as more than 100 nations are taking part in the five-yearly review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to discuss how to further full implementation and enhance the universality of the pact.Mr. Ban told parliamentarians that he hopes negotiators at the NPT gathering will “seize the movement” and “think big” to achieve disarmament targets. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0005Brazil real 0.3992China renminbi 0.1872Euro 1.4606Hong Kong dollar 0.161801India rupee 0.01963Indonesia rupiah 0.0000950Japan yen 0.01128Malaysia ringgit 0.2947Mexico peso 0.07213N.Z. dollar 0.9291Norway krone 0.1565Peruvian new sol 0.3892Russia rouble 0.02134Saudi riyal 0.3367Singapore dollar 0.9242South Africa rand 0.09771South Korean won 0.001123Sweden krona 0.1525Switzerland franc 1.3240Taiwanese dollar 0.04161Thailand baht 0.03760Turkey lira 0.3582U.K. pound 1.6459U.S. dollar 1.2628Vietnam dong 0.000056 read more

Udayanga Weeratunga expected to return to Sri Lanka soon

An Interpol warrant had been issued for Weeratunga’s arrest over ongoing investigations into the controversial MiG aircraft deal. The Supreme Court had in May rejected a petition filed by Weeratunga against his arrest warrant and restrictions on his bank accounts.Weeratunga was recently detained in Dubai but the authorities refused to hand him over to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga is expected to return to Sri Lanka soon.An organisation backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to file a motion in court tomorrow seeking an order against arresting Weeratunga on his return. The authorities in Dubai had arrested Weeratunga based on investigations and submissions made by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). (Colombo Gazette)Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Nalin Nissanka, who is part of the organisation said that lawyers who are part of the organisation will appear on behalf of Weeratunga in court. read more

New federal Arctic policy focusses on human health environment infrastructure

The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic.The lengthy document, released by the department of Crown-Indigenous Relations, proposes eight priorities, with health, infrastructure and economic development at the top.The policy is a departure from the tone of the previous Conservative government under Stephen Harper, which emphasized security concerns and threats to Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.The document has been expected since 2017 and is the product of extensive consultations with northern governments and First Nations.However, it comes weeks before the end of the current government’s mandate, leaving unasnswered the question of how its many goals will be reached. The Canadian Press read more