21 Oppn parties to move Supreme court on EVMs

first_imgNEW DELHI: Twenty-one opposition parties will move the Supreme Court over the demand of keeping 50 per cent VVPATs in the counting of election results.According to sources, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu is in touch with all the opposition parties and he will collect the signatures from the representatives of these parties thereafter the parties will move the apex court. The sources also confirmed that Left parties who did not join the recent opposition meeting at NCP stalwart Sharad Pawar’s house have also come on board. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuUntil now not all the EVM machines have the VVPAT facilities and the election commission also observed earlier that introducing this facility to all the EVM machines would not be possible before the Lok Sabha elections. It may be recalled 50 per cent VVPATs has been one of the key demands of Opposition parties for a long time. The opposition has demanded that if there is any vote difference after counting in EVM and the VVPATs , then the latter (VVPATs) should be relied on.last_img read more

Six of Indian family in Canada among 157 dead in Ethiopian Airlines

first_imgOttawa: The “trip of a lifetime” to a safari park in Kenya turned into a nightmare for six members of a family from India in Canada who perished when the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa. The Boeing 737 took-off from Bole International Airport on Sunday and lost contact six minutes later before coming down near Tulu Fara village outside the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew on board, including tourists and business travellers. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe victims included Pannagesh Vaidya, 73; his wife Hansini Vaidya, 67; their daughter Kosha Vaidya, 37; her husband Prerit Dixit, 45; and their two children Anushka and Ashka Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown was quoted as saying by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. While the Surat-based Vaidya couple were Indian nationals, their daughter, husband and two children were Canadians of Indian-origin. The family who were living in Canada, heading for a safari vacation, were about to experience “the trip of a lifetime” in Kenya when the tragic loss happened. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”This is an unbelievably tragic situation for this family,” Brown said in a statement. “As more details become known, I will provide a further update on how Brampton residents can assist this family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time of sorrow and reflection.” The flags at city hall will remain at half-mast until further notice in honour of the family, Brown said in a message on Twitter. “It’s a huge tragedy,” Manant Vaidya, son of Pannagesh, said. “I lost my parents, I lost my sister. I don’t have anyone else now.” Manant said his sister, who became a Canadian permanent resident in 2003, wanted to take her children to Kenya to visit her birthplace. “They thought March break was the perfect time for them to go over there, have fun,” he said. “It was going to be a really great trip for everybody.”last_img read more

Bhim Army chief says will fight against PM Modi in Varanasi

first_imgNew Delhi: Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday addressed a rally with BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s sister and announced that he will contest the Lok Sabha elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi seat, a move that is likely to upset the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh.The Bhim Army, which has been trying to mobilise Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, also told PTI that it will field a candidate against Union minister Smriti Irani and “wherever there’s a need of a strong nominee against the BJP”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!At the rally organised to mark the 85th birth anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram, Chandrashekhar said he would ensure that PM Modi is not re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Varanasi. “I will challenge Narendra Modi in Varanasi… to protect the Constitution and the rights of Dalits. I do not want to become an MP or MLA. Had that been the case, I would have chosen a reserved seat,” he said. “After the prime minister came to know that we are going to challenge him in Varanasi, he started washing the feet of sanitation workers in Allahabad,” the Bhim Army chief said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe BJP is yet to announce the constituency from where Modi will contest the upcoming election. Chandrashekhar alleged that the Narendra Modi government’s decision to give 10 per cent quota to the general category poor is an attack on the Constitution and is aimed at serving the BJP’s interests. Recalling that Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comment in Parliament that Modi should become prime minister again, he asked Akhilesh Yadav to answer if his party will protect the rights of Dalits if they voted for it. The Dalit leader also said the SP-BSP alliance should “send (Kanshi Ram’s sister) Swarn Kaur to Parliament”. Bhim Army Vice President Manjeet Nautiyal told PTI that they will field a candidate against Irani and “also on the seats where the SP-BSP alliance is not strong enough to defeat the BJP”. Asked if the Dalit group will support the Congress, he said the Rahul Gandhi-led party did not fight for Dalits for the last 70 years.last_img read more

Night shift can affect bladder health

first_imgWorking night shifts may deteriorate your quality of life by affecting your bladder, researchers have warned. Night shift workers reported a significantly higher rate of overactive bladder, and a poorer quality of life when compared with day shift workers, suggests the study presented at the European Association of Urology Congress in Barcelona. They also need to pee more, said researchers, including Cosimo De Nunzio of Sant´Andrea Hospital, Rome. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We know that long-term night work is stressful, and is associated with increased levels of health problems. This work shows that constant night workers may have a higher urinary frequency as well as a decline in their own quality of life,” said De Nunzio. “One of the most concerning things about this work is everyone in our sample was under 50. We normally expect bladder problems with older people, but here we have younger people expressing a deteriorating quality of life,” the author added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the researchers surveyed 68 men and 68 women between March and October 2018. All were workers in the Italian National Health System, with 66 of the volunteers working night shifts, on average, 11 hours per night shift. The 70 day workers worked an average of 9.1 hours per day. Using the generally accepted Overactive Bladder Questionnaire, the team found that those on night shift reported an average total score of 31, as against a score of 19 for those working day shifts. The team also found that night workers scored a significantly worse quality of life, with scores of 41 against 31 with day shift workers.last_img read more

Mughal emperors descendant claimant moves HC against release of film Ram Ki

first_imgNew Delhi: People have to be tolerant if the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution has to survive, the Delhi High Court said on Wednesday. The observation by the court came while hearing a plea by a man, who claims to be a descendant of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking to stop the release of a film titled ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’. “This court is of the view that whether right or not, people have to be tolerant if Article 19 (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution has to survive,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court was hearing the petition by Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who claims to be a descendant of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking directions to the movie’s producers and the Centre to stop release of the film which is slated to hit theatres on March 29. The observation assumes significance in view of the fact that Prince Yakub has alleged that the movie contained a “personal attack” on him and his “royal” family and would also affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings He has also alleged that the film could create communal tensions in the country. The court, after hearing the petitioner’s lawyers, said the petition did not mention which portions of the movie or its trailer defamed him and his family or were a threat to the nation’s sovereignty and asked him to file a transcript of the objectionable content. The judge said the petitioner appeared to have based his entire case on the title of the movie. The court directed Tucy to file an amended petition, including the transcript of the objectionable portions, and listed the matter for hearing on Thursday.last_img read more

Turkey recounts Istanbul votes after Erdogans party appeals loss

first_imgIstanbul: Turkish electoral authorities on Wednesday recounted votes in more than a dozen Istanbul districts after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP challenged results giving the opposition a narrow victory in a weekend election. The AKP won most votes nationwide in Sunday’s municipal ballot, but tallies also showed the party lost the capital Ankara and the country’s economic hub Istanbul in one of its worst setbacks in a decade and a half in power. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAKP officials on Tuesday filed a challenge with electoral authorities saying they had found irregularities in ballots in both Ankara and Istanbul. “The district branches of the electoral board in Istanbul decided to recount the ballots in eight districts after the appeals yesterday,” Supreme Election Board chief Sadi Guven told reporters. Anadolu state news agency later said officials were recounting votes in 18 Istanbul districts, including in three where every vote was being verified. In the other districts, officials were checking only nullified ballots. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAKP officials had said there was a huge discrepancy between ballots cast at polling stations and data sent to election authorities. Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, was a key election prize for Erdogan and he presented former premier and loyalist Binali Yildirim to run as the party candidate for mayor. Erdogan, himself a former Istanbul mayor, had campaigned hard in the city. But the ruling party was stung by the economy with Turkey in recession for the first time in a decade and inflation in double digits. Istanbul was a tight race and both Yildirim and the opposition CHP candidate Ekrem Imamoglu declared victory when tallies showed them in a dead heat. Electoral authorities on Monday said Imamoglu was ahead by 28,000 votes with nearly all ballot boxes tallied, prompting AKP officials to challenge the result. “The world is watching us, watching the results of our city’s election,” Imamoglu told reporters on Wednesday, asking that he be handed his mandate as soon as possible. “I say clearly: Don’t let Turkey’s credibility be destroyed by 3 or 4 people acting like they are kids who had their toys taken away from them.” But the AKP was fighting back. Deputy chairman Ali Ihsan Yavuz claimed the difference had now slipped to fewer than 20,000 votes between Imamoglu and Yildirim. Imamoglu had 48.79 per cent of the votes while Yildirim had 48.52 percent, Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday, citing preliminary results. It reported close to 300,000 votes had been annulled in Istanbul voting on election day. A loss in Istanbul would be especially sensitive for Erdogan, who grew up in the city’s working-class Kasimpasa neighbourhood and liked to tell AKP rank-and-file that victory in the city was like winning all of Turkey. Asked about the AKP’s challenge on Tuesday, a US State Department spokesman urged parties to accept election results. “I would say that free and fair elections are essential to any democracy and this means acceptance of legitimate election results are essential. And we expect nothing less from Turkey,” deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said in a briefing. Turkey’s presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun responded, urging “all parties, including foreign governments, to respect the legal process and refrain from taking any steps that may be construed as meddling in Turkey’s internal affairs,” Anadolu reported. Ties between NATO allies United States and Turkey have been frayed recently by several differences, including Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system, a deal for US-made F-35 fighters and disagreements over US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria’s war. Some pro-government newspapers on Wednesday branded the Istanbul defeat an as electoral “coup” similar to the failed coup Erdogan survived in 2016. That bid was blamed by Turkish officials on a US-based Muslim preacher, Fethullah Gulen.last_img read more

Some people lose their sleep when India hits back at terrorists Modi

first_imgAmroha (UP): Some people lose their sleep when India hits back at terrorists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Friday while launching a broadside against opposition parties who he claimed were putting the lives and future of the people in danger. Addressing a rally in this Uttar Pradesh town ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11, the prime minister said “some people” did not like the fact that terrorists were being given a reply in their own language. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “After the terrorist attack, should I have remained silent or attacked,” he asked the gathering, referring to the February 14 terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama. “Terrorists are being given a reply in their own language… this is not liked by some people who lose their sleep when India hits back,” he said. When Pakistan is exposed in front of the world, “these people” start speaking in its favour, Modi said. “Be it the Congress, the SP or the BSP, they have put your life and future in danger,” the prime minister told the crowd gathered in this Uttar Pradesh town with a sizeable Muslim population. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The governments of ‘Bua’ (Mayawati) and ‘Babua’ (Akhilesh Yadav) released terror accused and were kind to them, Modi alleged. The prime minister said he had not let the country hang its head in shame in the five years he had been in power, stressing that the country’s reputation and image was higher than it had been ever been. “I would like to thank the government of UAE and people of UAE for honouring me with the Zayed medal…this is not an award given to Modi but to the Indian people,” he said. He said on Thursday that he accepts the prestigious ‘Order of Zayed’ conferred on him by the United Arab Emirates with utmost humility.last_img read more

Chinese navy launches 2 new guided missile destroyers

first_imgBeijing: China, which is developing its navy at a feverish pace, has commissioned two more guided missile destroyers taking the total of such warships to 20 with more in the pipeline, state-media reported on Monday. Two Type 052D guided missile destroyers were launched last Friday in Dalian, a coastal city, state-run Global Times reported. Their commissioning marked the 19th and 20th of launches of their kind, the report said and quoted Chinese analysts as saying that plans are afoot to build more guided missile destroyers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportChina now has 20 Type 052Ds either in active service or being fitted out for service soon, the report said. Destroyers are fast, highly manoeuvrable long distance warships which are also used to accompany the aircraft carriers. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) last month celebrated its 70th anniversary in which Indian naval ships, including the indigenously developed missile destroyer, INS Kolkata along with tanker INS Shakti took part in the fleet review held at Qingdao. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe PLAN is currently regarded as the world’s fastest growing navy with new vessels being added to the fleet on a monthly basis. While it has one aircraft carrier, the Liaoning which was commissioned in 2012, its second indigenously built aircraft carrier is currently undergoing trials and a third one is being built at a feverish pace. China plans to acquire about five to six aircraft carriers in the coming years, according to reports in the official media. As part of the new military doctrine advocated by President Xi Jinping, the 2.3 million-strong Chinese military, the largest in the world, has cut down the size of its army by three lakhs in the last few years and expanded its navy and air force manifold to enhance its global influence. The Chinese navy for the first time in its history has logistic bases in Djibouti in the Indian Ocean and is developing Pakistan’s Gwadar port in the Arabian Sea. China also has acquired Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port in a debt swap for 99 years.last_img read more

Moroccan Actor Jilali Bouskka refused at the Marrakech Film Festival

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- Moroccan actor Jilali Bouskka was prevented from attending the Marrakesh Film Festival.In a video posted on YouTube, the Moroccan actor, who seemed deeply offended, told in a very touching manner his story about being denied entry to the 13th edition of International Film Festival of Marrakesh.“I have been acting since 1974, which is approximately 40 years of acting profession, and the organizers of the festival denied me entry to the festival without any excuse” Jilali said. “I am a well known cinema figure and Moroccan actor who is loved by fans all over the kingdom from Tangier to Elguira, but now, the organizers of the festival debased me” he added.The actor finds it strange that many Moroccan actors were prevented from attending a festival held in their country.“Why did they prevent Moroccan artists and actors while the Americans were allowed in?” Jilali said.Since the mid-seventies, the name Jilali Bouskka, known as Jwilili, has been associated with theater, television and film. Jilali Bouskka has participated in dozens of national and international cinematographic works in the city of Ouarzazat and  Zagora, including the film “Gharamiyat Almoukhtar Assoldi”  (Love affairs of Moukhtar Assoldi) by Mustafa Derkaoui, and the film “Al Sarab” (mirage) by Ahmed Bouaanani. He also played with Said Ennaciri in “Alaouni” and “Rbib” (the foster).Moroccan actress and film producer Mayssae El Maghribi was prevented from finishing an interview she was giving to an Arabic TV channel, for no reason but to leave the floor for the American actress, Sharon Stone, to have enough room to give interviews to the TV channels present on the red carpet.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Fake Police Officer Arrested in Casablanca

first_imgCasablanca- According to news outlet, the police arrested a man in Casablanca’s Ain Chock neighborhood for impersonating a police officer. The arrested man had allegedly stopped a car and requested the driver to hand him his driving license before attempting to rob him off his phone and flee away. The police found that the 22-year-old had already been arrested for similar infringements. During police interrogations, the fake police officer quickly admitted the charges held against him. The accused will be prosecuted for attempted theft and police impersonation. Insecurity in CasablancaNew kind crimes have started surfacing in the economic city, ranging from armed bank robbery to police impersonation. However, phone robbery is the most frequent among all street crimes in the kingdom, and tensions between robbers and victims sometimes leads to serious injuries or even murder. The lack of police authority in zones where robbery and other sorts of crimes are rampant is one factor among many that account for the shocking pervasiveness of these phenomena. “I was stopped by a woman who seemed not in shape the other day,” a red taxi driver shared with me, “She said she was forced into a car by someone near Ai Diab beach in Casablanca. The man threatened to harm her if she did not hand him all valuable things she had on her. When the guy saw that she had a bank car, he asked her to give him her password under the threat of killing her if she lied.” “He said he would take her to the nearest bank agency to check the accuracy of the password before he released her,” the taxi driver continued, “Miraculously, she managed to convince him that she wasn’t lying and that there wasn’t much money in her bank account. Well, she actually lied! Her bank account contained everything she and her husband had been saving for their children’s education. The woman had heart issues, and I could see the effect of that shocking incident on her. She could barely breathe,” he added. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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