SC seeks reply from Vodafone Airtel on CBIs plea alleging noncooperation

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought reply form Vodafone and Airtel on a plea by the CBI alleging that they were not cooperating with the investigation in the Saradha chit fund case.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi listed the agency’s plea on April 8 after the mobile service providers denied the allegations. A bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the CBI that there was complete lawlessness and anarchy in West Bengal. He said recently police tried to arrest a custom officer for checking the baggage of wife of a TMC leader at the international airport in Kolkata. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said the complete incident was recorded in the CCTV. The agency had recently filed a status report relating to the interrogation of the then Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the scam. The apex court had on March 26 termed as “very very serious” the revelations made by the CBI in its status report relating to interrogation of Kumar. The top court had said that it cannot “close its eyes” if some “very very serious facts” were disclosed to it and directed the agency to file an application seeking appropriate relief against Kumar, who had earlier headed the state SIT to probe the chit fund scam. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe top court had refused to drop the contempt proceedings against the West Bengal DGP, the chief secretary and Kumar. It was hearing CBI’s contempt application against various senior officials of the West Bengal government on the ground of non-cooperation in its probe and alleged tampering of evidence, including call data records (CDRs) of key accused and Sardha group CMD Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee. The court, which had earlier directed the CBI director to file an affidavit giving details about the alleged contempt committed by West Bengal cops and others in the case, had perused the reply of the CBI chief and the fresh status report, pertaining to quizzing of Kumar. The agency had earlier alleged non-cooperation on the West Bengal Police for providing incomplete information and tampering with details to the probe agency. The apex court had said that the allegations made by the CBI were serious enough and it was an “obligation” on part of the agency to disclose full details of the alleged contempt committed by the then police commissioner.last_img read more

Brooks Koepka Would Have Made History Whether He Won Or Lost

Zach Johnson100021216.7 Does not include Champions Tour or Web.com wins.Source: GolfStats Padraig Harrington311031717.7 Bubba Watson101121414.3 PlayerPGA TourEuroWGCMajorsTotalShare From Majors Rory McIlroy97242218.2 Ernie Els1317243611.1 Phil Mickelson363254610.9 Jordan Spieth80031127.3 Brooks Koepka2104757.1% Martin Kaymer19021216.7 Angel Cabrera1302633.3 Wins Vijay Singh30213368.3 Retief Goosen59021612.5 Brooks Koepka bashed and buried the field over the first three rounds at Bethpage Black, and then held on for dear life Sunday to win the 2019 PGA Championship. While Long Island’s ostentatiously difficult public golf course chewed up the world’s best players — only six players in the 156-man field finished below par — the 29-year-old finished with an eight-under-par 272 and fought off a huge scare from Dustin Johnson — the world’s No. 1 player. With the wire-to-wire win, Koepka is the first golfer to hold back-to-back, concurrent major titles. And of the last nine championships played, the hulking West Palm Beach native has claimed four.Koepka entered Sunday with a seven-stroke lead, a lead no golfer had ever blown at the tournament after 54 holes. He nearly blew it anyway. Johnson, who has similar ball-shaping skills, uses an equally intense workout regimen and is one of Koepka’s best friends, mounted a furious comeback, firing a 69 while leading the field in strokes gained off the tee (2.32), according to Data Golf. Johnson pulled within a single stroke of the lead with three holes remaining, but bogeyed two consecutive holes to fall out of contention. Koepka rallied to stem the tide and ended his day by hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy.This was quite the departure from Thursday, when Koepka carded a course-record 63, a showcase he aptly described as “a crazy day.” With Koekpa four shots clear of the field, Las Vegas bookmakers installed him with 5-to-4 odds to win after one day of competition. He quickly made those odds seem conservative as he followed it up with a 65 to extend the lead. Paired with Tiger Woods in the opening two rounds, Koepka steamrolled golf’s prodigal son by 17 strokes across two days.Golf has become a power-driven sport, and few, if any, people on tour supply more than Koepka, who frequently appears to be taking a machete to his ball. He certainly set the standard this week, leading the field in strokes gained tee-to-green in each of the first three rounds and in total, according to Data Golf. But even that undersells how precise his irons were, as Koepka also led the tournament in strokes gained on shots approaching the green.On golf’s biggest stages, Koepka shows up to win. It makes you wonder: Why doesn’t he collect more trophies in the PGA Tour’s garden-variety events? With two non-major PGA Tour wins and one European Tour title, Koepka’s major wins now outnumber his minor ones. More than half (57.1 percent) of his career wins have come at major championships, which is a higher share than any other active golfer who has won at least two majors. For comparison, less than 18 percent of Woods’s career victories have come at majors. In most of Koepka’s victories, the entire tournament feels calculated, as though he’s playing out a simulation that he ran through a thousand times before he took the course. Get-off-your-seat moments are few and far between with Koepka, who looks as though he was engineered in a lab and delivers relentless power while leaving events largely lusterless. Some of that is because Koepka has the demeanor of a world-class poker player. Some of it is how easily he lays waste to a golf course. But on Sunday, we learned that golf’s RoboCop can still bleed. The wheels fell off, and he had to dig deep to finish off his best friend. But Koepka did just that, making history as he evolved into a new type of champion: one who’s proved he can survive. Tiger Woods48618158717.2 Brooks is a major playerShare of professional wins that came at majors for active golfers who’ve won at least two majors since 2000 read more

Update on Restoration of Government Services post Hurricane Irma and Maria

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 8, 2018 –  Following on from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, government services have resumed across all sectors, but it is important for the general public and our clients to be aware that there remain challenges in a number of key areas which currently impact service delivery.The islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay which account for 54% of government staff, suffered significant damage to government infrastructure during the last hurricane season.  This is in addition to damage to schools which accounted for the majority of loss.As of today there remain a significant number of displaced departments which are currently being housed within other departments whilst they await repairs to government infrastructure.  This includes critical departments such as the Information Technology, Customs, Planning, Land Registry, Public Works, Land Survey, Internal Audit and other departments on the island of Grand Turk.  Following on from the Hurricanes the Ministry of Infrastructure conducted damage assessments and costing on all government buildings.In the area of communication, we have noted a marked improvement in communication services on the island of Grand Turk which should result in the full functionality of department phones.  To this end persons can now once again reach departments through the switchboard numbers 946-2801 and 338-2801, while a full listing of government direct extensions is also posted on the governments website for easy reference.  Kindly note that the departments telephone lines operate on a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system which relies on the stability of the network itself.Revenue and Expenditure systems have suffered a number of challenges during recent months due to internet and communication instability, but with recent improvements by telecommunication providers this should shortly be resolved.We take the opportunity to thank our clients for their patience during this period and do hope that we can work to expeditiously resolve all remaining concerns.Please see below an updated listing of the affected departments new operating locations:Customs Department – Treasury Department, Front StreetCentral Information Technology Unit – Treasury Department, Front StreetPublic Works Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetPlanning Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetWater Undertaking Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetLand Registry Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadValuation Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadSurvey and Mapping Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadCrown Land Unit – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadElections Department – Strategic Policy and Planning Unit, South BaseInternal Audit Department – Audit Department, Tony Clarke Office ComplexRoad Safety Department – Printing Department, Ruthann Lightbourne PlazaMinistry of Education, Youth and Sports – Franklyn Misick Building, Church FollyTCIG Press ReleasePhoto by Magnetic Media, Providenciales Police Headquarters after Hurricane Irma Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#hurricaneirmatci, #hurricanemariatci, TCIG Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15last_img read more

Benitez reveals the game plan that defeated Man City

first_imgRafael Benitez revealed that Newcastle United’s willingness to stick to their game plan was key behind their shock comeback 2-1 win over Manchester City.Sergio Aguero’s goal in the opening 24 seconds of the game at St James’ Park appeared to set City on route to a 19th Premier League win this season.But things soon began to change when Aguero later had a goal disallowed after referee Paul Tierney deemed that Kevin De Bruyne had taken a free-kick before he gave it the go-ahead with City rarely troubling Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka afterwards.Benitez’s side began to grow in confidence in front of their home crowd and were awarded for their patience when Salomon Rondon scored an equaliser in the 66th-minute.Matt Ritchie then fired home a penalty in the final 10 minutes of the match after Fernandinho had fouled Sean Longstaff in the area to hand Newcastle all three points.Speaking after the victory, a jubilant Benitez praised the reaction of his squad following the very early setback by sticking to their game plan.“We had a game plan – it was not to concede a goal in the first minute,” said Benitez, according to Liverpool Echo.“The reaction of the players was important. We said in the half-time to stay in the game. The fans appreciate how we played and the way we won against a very good team. We stuck with our game plan.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We were good enough to score two and lucky enough not to concede. Overall we needed to win one of these games.“I think they were surprised they scored so early and maybe they had more confidence they could win. There’s pressure and I think that was another factor – a draw wasn’t enough for them.”The win moves Newcastle up to 14th-place in the Premier League and, crucially, five points above the drop zone.Meanwhile, City’s title hopes suffered a major dent with Pep Guardiola’s men sitting six points behind leaders Liverpool and having played one more game than their rivals.FULL TIME – Newcastle United 2 Manchester City 1. It’s a superb win for the Magpies! #NUFC pic.twitter.com/76osmK1RfC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 29, 2019last_img read more

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Box Office Collection Yennai Arindhaal Becomes Ajiths Highest Grosser in US Beats

first_img‘Yennai Arindhaal’.IBTimes India”Yennai Arindhaal” has now become the highest grossing Ajith film in the US by grossing $415K till Saturday, beating all time record of his previous best “Arrambam”, which had collected total of $380 K.Ajith starrer has achieved this feat in just three days since its release on 5 February. The distributors of the movie are now hoping that the movie will cross $500K in a few days.”#YennaiArindhaal bcoms highest grossing #Thala film in USA by Satday, $415K,more scrns to rept. prev best Arrambam $380K. Target $500K now!” tweeted Atmus Entertainment, the distributors of the movie in United States.Earlier, “Yennai Arindhaal” had broken the first day collection record of “Arrambam” by collecting $113,232 (approximately ₹69 Lakhs) from 75 screens in its premiere.”Yennai Arindhaal”, which released on 5 February in more than 1,000 screens worldwide, has received positive reviews and is showing stupendous performance in terms of box office collection. The film is also rewriting the records in terms of theatre occupancy.Industry analysts say that despite the film being released on a non-weekend day, it has done really well and the weekend reports suggest that the film is heading to be a big success.The movie has currently registered number one rank at the Chennai box office, followed by Vikram’s “I” and Dhanush-Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Shamitabh”.”Top 5 at CBO – Feb 5 to 8 – No.5 Isai, No.4 Darling , No.3 Shamitabh, No.2 I, No.1 Yennai Arindhaal,” tweeted industry analyst Sreedhar Pillai.Directed by Gautham Menon, “Yennai Arindhaal” also has an impressive star cast, which includes Trisha Krishnan, Anushka Shetty, Vivek, Arun Vijay, Daniel Balaji, Amit Bhargava, Rajasimman and Devi Ajith.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty close with minor gains Tata Steel Sun Pharma ONGC top

first_imgIndian stock markets gained for the second consecutive day on Monday, on the back of an uptrend in Asian markets and rise in crude oil prices. The S&P BSE Sensex ended with a gain of 50 points, or 0.21%, to close at 24,485, while the NSE Nifty closed at 7,436.15, up 13.70 points, or 0.18%.While Tata Steel, Sun Pharma, ONGC, Coal India and ICICI Bank helped the Sensex close in green, GAIL, Hero Motocorp and Larsen & Toubro stocks put pressure on the index and closed as top losers .On the NSE, Cairn India was the biggest Nifty gainer, rising 5.14% to close at Rs 118.65, followed by Tata Steel and Sun Pharma.The rally in shares of oil and exploration companies was due to a rebound in crude oil prices.During the day, private sector lender HDFC Bank reported its third quarter results. The bank’s net profit was Rs 3,356.84 crore, up almost 20% from Rs 2,794.51 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal, while net interest income was up 24% at Rs 7,069 crore. The bank’s net interest margin was 4.3%, marginally down from 4.4% during the year-ago period.However, the biggest surprise was the increase in the bank’s non-performing assets, or NPAs, and the provisioning for bad debt.In absolute terms, gross NPA was up by 22.7% on yearly basis and represented an increase of 11.2% on a sequential basis, to Rs 4,255.20 crore, according to a moneycontrol.com report. Net NPAs rose 39.5% YoY and 21.5% on a sequential basis to Rs 1,260.60 crore.The bank’s provisioning for bad debt increased by 16.7% YoY to Rs 653.9 crore.The share price of HDFC Bank closed at Rs 1,039.95, up 0.94% from its previous close.The markets will remain closed on Tuesday on account of Republic Day.The rupee closed at 67.84 against the US dollar on Tuesday, down 21 paise from its Monday close.FIIs were net sellers of equities at Rs 91.15 crore on the stock exchanges on Monday, based on provisional data released by NSE. In January, FIIs have been net sellers on all days, except 1 January.last_img read more

HRW criticises govt for denying truth of disappearance

first_imgMeenakshi GangulyThe Bangladesh government has ignored repeated queries from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances about human rights abuses, says Human Rights Watch (HRW).It noted that the Bangladesh authorities rejected report of enforced disappearances instead of investigating them.The global rights body on Saturday came up with the criticism in a rebuttal of the Bangladesh home minister’s rejection of an 82-page report on secret detentions and enforced disappearances in Bangladesh, released by the HRW last week.”[The government is] Callously ignoring victims’ families who are desperately waiting for answers,” the HRW’s South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly wrote in her piece titled “No, Bangladesh, The Truth is Not a ‘Smear Campaign’” published on the HRW website Saturday.She observed that just hours after HRW released the report on secret detentions and enforced disappearances, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan claimed it was a “smear campaign”.It was pointed out that under international law, a “disappeared person” is someone held (or last seen) in the custody of agents of the state, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or whereabouts of the person, which places them outside the protection of the law.Meenakshi Ganguly mentioned that HRW has “produced a detailed analysis of cases where individuals were picked up, often in front of witnesses or family members by security forces who identified themselves as members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Detective Branch (DB), or the ‘administration’”.She added: “When these people were not produced in court within 24 hours, as required under Bangladeshi law, family members repeatedly approached police and other officials, who denied the person was detained.”Several were later found killed in so-called gunfights or “cross-fire,” and scores remain “disappeared”, said the HRW official.She pointed out that instead of committing to investigate these incidents, Khan declared his government will “reject the report outright.””As head of the ministry responsible for internal security, the home minister claimed the United Nations had never mentioned enforced disappearances,” she wrote in the piece.”In fact, like the detailed letters sent by Human Rights Watch requesting comment on these abuses, the Bangladesh government has ignored repeated queries from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.”Referring to prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s promise, while in opposition, to bring an end to human rights violations, the HRW official said now nearing the end of its second consecutive term, “her Awami League government is not just echoing its abusive predecessors, but its security forces are secretly detaining and disappearing its political opponents and critics, as well as others it deems to be criminals.”Read more:Home minister rejects HRW report on disappearancesPolitical opponents held in secret detention: HRWlast_img read more

Voting in all Katiadi centres suspended

first_imgJust a few voters are seen at Azim Uddin High School polling centre in Kishoreganj town. Tafsilul Aziz took this photo around 9:30am on Sunday.The election commission has suspended voting at all centres of Katiadi upazila in Kishoreganj following allegations of huge irregularities during the third phase of upazila elections on Sunday, reports UNB.Besides, additional superintendent of police Shafiqul Islam and Katiadi police station officer-in-charge Shamsuddin have been withdrawn over the incidents of vote rigging, said district election officer Mohammad Tajul Islam.Earlier in the morning, voting to five polling stations was suspended. Later, voting to rest of the 84 polling stations was suspended on allegation of stuffing vote at night, said the election official.Voting in elections to 117 upazila parishads began on Sunday morning in the third phase of the local government polls.last_img read more

Trump declares emergency lawsuit filed challenging it

first_imgUS president Donald Trump talks to the media as he stands with US Border Patrol agents on the banks of the Rio Grande river during his visit to the US – Mexico border in Mission, Texas, US, on 10 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoPresident Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the US Constitution.The Republican president’s move, circumventing Congress, seeks to make good on a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to build a border wall that Trump insists is necessary to curtail illegal immigration he blames for bringing crime and drugs into the United States.Within hours, the action was challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Texas landowners, saying that Trump’s declaration violates the US Constitution and that the planned wall would infringe on their property rights.Both California and New York said that they, too, planned to file lawsuits.Hours after Trump’s announcement, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee said it had launched an investigation into the emergency declaration.In a letter to Trump, committee Democrats asked him to make available for a hearing White House and Justice Department officials involved in the action. They also requested legal documents on the decision that led to the declaration, setting a deadline of next Friday.”We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system,” said the letter, signed by Chairman Jerrold Nadler and other top Democrats on the panel.Trump on Friday also signed a bipartisan government spending bill that would prevent another partial government shutdown by funding several agencies that otherwise would have closed on Saturday.The funding bill represented a legislative defeat for him since it contains no money for his proposed wall – the focus of weeks of conflict between Trump and Democrats in Congress.Trump made no mention of the bill in rambling comments to reporters in the White House’s Rose Garden.He had demanded that Congress provide him with $5.7 billion in wall funding as part of legislation to fund the agencies. That triggered a historic, 35-day government shutdown in December and January that hurt the US economy and his opinion poll numbers.By reorienting his quest for wall funding toward a legally uncertain strategy based on declaring a national emergency, Trump risks plunging into a lengthy legislative and legal battle with Democrats and dividing his fellow Republicans – many of whom expressed grave reservations on Friday about the president’s action.Fifteen Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate introduced legislation on Thursday to prevent Trump from invoking emergency powers to transfer funds to his wall from accounts Congress has already committed to other projects.”Exclusive Power”Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer swiftly responded to Trump’s declaration.”The president’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution,” they said in a statement. “The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the courts, and in the public, using every remedy available.”The first legal challenge, filed in federal court in Washington, came from three Texas landowners along the Rio Grande river claiming they were informed the US government would seek to build a border wall on their properties if money for the project were available in 2019.The lawsuit, filed on their behalf by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, also named the Frontera Audubon Society as a plaintiff whose “members’ ability to observe wildlife will be impaired” by construction of a border wall and resulting habitat damage.The suit contests Trump’s assertion of a national emergency at the border to justify the president’s action.California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, describing the supposed border crisis touted by Trump as “made-up,” and New York state’s Democratic attorney general, Letitia James, both said they planned to challenge Trump in court.Trump acknowledged his order would face a lengthy court fight.”I expect to be sued. I shouldn’t be sued. … We’ll win in the Supreme Court,” he predicted.Trump may have also undermined his administration’s argument about the urgency of the situation when he told reporters, “I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.”In their letter to Trump, House Judiciary Democrats said that language had left them “troubled.”Both the House and the Senate could pass a resolution terminating the emergency by majority vote. However, any such measure would then go to Trump, who would likely veto it. Overriding the veto would require a two-thirds vote in both chambers.Although Trump says a wall is needed to curb illegal immigrants and illicit drugs coming across the border, statistics show that illegal immigration via the border is at a 20-year low and that many drug shipments come through legal ports of entry.Confronted with those statistics by reporters at the Rose Garden event, Trump said they were “wrong.”Also present were a half-dozen women holding poster-sized pictures of family members killed by illegal immigrants. Trump noted their presence in announcing the emergency declaration.He estimated his emergency declaration could free up as much as $8 billion to pay for part of the wall. Estimates of its total cost run as high as $23 billion.As a candidate, Trump repeatedly promised Mexico would pay for the wall. It was one of his biggest applause lines at his campaign rallies. Mexico firmly refused to pay, and now Trump wants US taxpayers to cover the costs.Republicans ConcernedSome congressional Republicans expressed dismay following Trump’s announcement.Greg Walden, a senior House Republican, said on Twitter he was “deeply concerned about the precedent that this action sets.”Republican Senator Thom Tillis said in a statement that Trump’ declaration was not a solution. He cited concerns about insufficient funding to secure the border, the prospect of litigation, “… and most concerning is that it would create a new precedent that a left-wing president would undoubtedly utilise to implement their radical policy agenda while bypassing the authority of Congress.”Other Republicans, such as Senator Lindsey Graham, were supportive.With an emergency formally declared, Trump left Washington to travel to his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida for a holiday break.last_img read more