first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict rejecting a petition seeking direction to Uttar Pradesh Police to lodge an FIR against former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav for his alleged order to open fire on ‘kar sewaks’ at Ayodhya in 1990. A Bench, comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and K.M. Joseph, dismissed the plea on the ground of delay considering the fact that appeal has been filed against the May 3, 2016, order of the High Court. The plea had alleged that on October 30, 1990, several ‘kar sewaks’ were killed in police firing at the temple town when they were taking part in a “peaceful movement” for the construction of a Ram Temple there. The plea was filed by a Lucknow-based man, who had in 2014 approached a trial court for a direction to the police to lodge an FIR against Mr. Yadav, who was the Chief Minister of U.P. in 1990. He had alleged that the Samajwadi Party leader had given a statement in public meetings that he had ordered the police to fire on ‘kar sewaks’ to win the confidence of Muslims. The trial court had dismissed his plea after which he had moved the High Court challenging the order. In his appeal filed in the top court, the petitioner had claimed, “The High Court failed to appreciate that in a huge public gathering, Mulayam Singh Yadav, has confessed/ admitted that he ordered to fire guns on ‘kar sewaks’ and he further admitted in the second public meeting that if he did not order to fire on kar sewaks then the confidence of Muslims would be broken.”last_img read more

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Syncrude has agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.75 million in fines over the deaths of 31 great blue herons at an Alberta oilsands mine.The birds were found dead or dying in 2015 at an abandoned sump pond at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake mine north of Fort McMurray.Syncrude subsequently faced charges of failing to properly store a hazardous substance under Alberta legislation as well as federal charges under the Migratory Birds Act.The company says in a release that bird deterrents used on tailings ponds weren’t in place for smaller bodies of water.It says those ponds are now included in its waterfowl protection plan.In 2010, Syncrude was fined $3 million after more than 1,600 ducks died when they landed on a tailings pond.That same year, more than 550 birds had to be killed when an early winter storm forced them to land on waste ponds belonging to Syncrude and Suncor Energy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img Related Items:deputy governor, Minimum wage, premier, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Hundreds, maybe thousands should begin to see changes in their paychecks today as today marks the official start of a minimum wage increase to $6.25 cents per hour. Recently Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick shared that government workers have likely begun to see that change since April 1; which was the original implementation date. May is also the month the Premier and Deputy Governor had announced that Civil Servants would see changes in their pay after a re-grading exercise. In March media and public sector workers were told that the range of increase in pay is 21% to 67% with those working in Education getting the largest leaps; fire officers are also seeing a big boost of around 60%. Government has allotted $9 million dollars to this recurrent TCIG expense; another quarter of a million dollars is pegged for education and training opportunities. Recommended for you Bermuda swears in youngest Premier in country’s history TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Cabinet Report by Premier, His Excellency present.last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the United Nations` Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar (2ndL) Christopher Sidoti, chairperson Marzuki Darusman (C) and Radhika Coomaraswamy (2ndR) present the final report on alleged rights violations during a press conference on 27 August 2018 in Geneva. United Nations investigators called for an international probe and prosecution of Myanmar`s army chief and five other top military commanders for genocide against the country`s Rohingya minority. – Photo: AFPUN investigators called Monday for the prosecution of Myanmar’s army chief for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority after a ferocious army crackdown drove more than 700,000 of them into Bangladesh.Here are key dates since the exodus began a year ago:- Rohingya ‘militants’ attack -On 25 August 2017 hundreds of alleged Rohingya militants stage coordinated attacks on 30 police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, killing 13 police.The Myanmar army hits back with operations in Rohingya villages, saying it is trying to flush out insurgents.Witnesses tell of Rohingya civilians being massacred in retaliation, with mortars and machine guns fired at villagers fleeing to the Bangladesh border.The army in the mainly Buddhist nation says it has killed 400 rebels. Opponents of the regime say most of the victims were civilians. The UN says at least 1,000 were killed in the first two weeks.- Refugee storm -By 5 September more than 120,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh, overwhelming its handful of ill-equipped refugee camps.Many arrive desperate for food and water after walking for more than a week over hills and through dense jungle.Many say they have been victims of abuses by the army and Buddhists.Bangladesh already houses at least 300,000 Rohingya in camps near the border after previous exoduses.- Suu Kyi breaks silence -In her first public statement on the crisis, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says on 19 September she is open to resettling some of the Rohingya who have fled, pending a “verification process”.She fails to appease critics around the world.Inside Myanmar her supporters say the Nobel Peace laureate, in power since April 2016, is unable to rein in the army, in charge for nearly half a century.She makes a first visit to the conflict zone on 2 November but issues no statement.- Repatriation accord -Bangladesh and Myanmar on 23 November ink a deal to start repatriating refugees in Bangladesh in two months, without using the word “Rohingya”.A day later the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says conditions have not been met for their safe and lasting return.The accord remains a dead letter. The Rohingya want Myanmar to give guarantees about security and treat them as citizens.- Pope asks for forgiveness -Pope Francis meets 16 Rohingya refugees in a visit to Bangladesh on 2 December, asking afterwards for “forgiveness”.In Myanmar for four days, he avoids any direct reference to the Rohingya in public while appealing to Buddhist leaders to overcome “prejudice and hatred”.- Possible ‘genocide’ -UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein calls on 5 December for a fresh international investigation into Myanmar’s abuses against the Rohingya, warning of possible “elements of genocide”.The UN has on several occasions denounced “ethnic cleansing” by the Myanmar authorities.- Thousands killed: aid group -Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) says on 14 December that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the first month of the army crackdown.Gunshot wounds were the cause in 69 per cent of cases, it says.Another nine per cent were reported burned alive inside houses while five percent died from beatings.- Ethnic cleansing continues: UN -On 6 March 2018 the UN rights organisation says Myanmar is continuing its “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya with a “campaign of terror and forced starvation” in Rakhine state.- Rohingya mark anniversary -Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees stage protests on 25 August, the first anniversary of the exodus, for “justice”.- UN cites ‘genocide’ -UN investigators on 27 August call for an international investigation and prosecution of Myanmar’s army chief and five other top military commanders for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Rohingya.last_img

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comCherri Branson is no stranger to Montgomery County politics and as a candidate for one of the four at-large seats, wants to make the process works for everyday residents.Branson is one of 33 candidates for the Democratic nomination to the Montgomery County Council. She served on the county’s legislative body from January-December 2014, replacing Valerie Ervin, who is now running for Governor, and is ready to get back to helping her fellow residents.Cherri Branson is a former member of the Montgomery County Council who is seeking . (Photo Courtesy of Cherri Branson)“There is a sea of change taking place in Montgomery County,” Branson told the AFRO. “This is a very appropriate time for someone who has experience in county government to be on the council. A lot of our indicators say that the county is at a crossroads and we could either go in a direction where people are doing well or not. I want to make sure that Montgomery County is on the path of prosperity and inclusion.”Montgomery County is the largest jurisdiction in Maryland in terms of population. A 2017 U.S. Census estimate shows the county has 1,058,810 residents and 29.2 percent of its people over the age of 25 have bachelor’s degrees, the highest percentage in the country.Montgomery County recently became majority-minority with 20 percent of its population Black, 16 percent Latino, 16 percent Asian and with Whites making up the rest. Branson said the new racial status of the county is revealing.“We are the new majority,” she said. “Even though we are majority-minority, minority interests are represented in the county. When you run at-large you have to look at the county as a whole and address those issues.”Branson said the interests of Silver Spring are different from Germantown and that is also the case with wealthy Bethesda-Potomac as opposed to more working-class, multi-ethnic eastern parts of the county.Branson has an extensive background working for different levels of government. She works as the director of the county’s procurement program and served as the chief counsel on oversight and senior investigator for the Homeland Security committee for the U.S. House of Representatives.A native of Shepherdstown, W.V., Branson got her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a juris doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, and a master’s of laws degree from Emory University School of Law.In the race for the Democratic nomination for the four seats, are six other African Americans: Brandy Brooks, Craig Carozza-Caviness, Lorna Phillips-Forde, Will Jawando, David Lipscomb and Jarrett Smith.Branson said if elected, she knows what to do and will get it done. “I will request seats on the education committee and also government operations,” she said. “We want to make sure that Montgomery County schools are the best that they can be. My work on Capitol Hill and as the county procurement officer will be useful because I understand how government works and how to make it work better.”Branson said her life experiences will influence her service as a county legislator. “My life has taught me to pursue fairness and openness in government, seek practical solutions to problems and to assure that everyone has a place at the table,” she said. “I believe this county must be a great place to live and work for all of its residents and I am committed to pursuing policies that bring about that goal. If elected, my priorities on the council will be economic development, housing affordability, transportation and land use.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar City Police arrested a person on charges of sexual assault on a woman at New Town and another three for assaulting her husband and son. The victims are residents of DD 94 under the jurisdiction of New Town police station.The sexual assault victim’s husband Biren Pradhan is the caretaker of an under-construction building adjacent to their residence.According to police sources, Pradhan and his son Sujoy had ventured out of their house at around 1 am on Thursday night, after hearing a ruckus in front of their residence. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAs they protested, they were beaten up by three miscreants. When the woman came out to rescue her husband and son, she was taken to the first floor of the under-construction building and was sexually assaulted.The person who committed the offence also took away her mobile phone and a small bag containing some money and the voter ID card and pan card of her husband.The woman lodged a written complaint on Thursday night at New Town police station and the police immediately took action and arrested one Kamaluddin Dhali (25), a resident of Thakurdari Muslimpara in New Town, on charges of sexual assault.The sleuths also conducted the medical examination of the victim at Bidhannagar Sub Divisional Hospital.The police also arrested three persons: Jakir Hossain Dhali (18), Kamal Dhali alias Chotobabu (28) and Sadique Hossain Dhali (25) alias Notu, residing at the same police station area, for being involved in the assault of the victim’s husband and son.last_img read more