Srinagar: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday paid tributes to the Kargil War martyrs at the Martyrs’ Memorial inside the headquarters of Army’s 15 Corps here. President Kovind laid a wreath at the Martyrs’ Memorial inside the Badami Bagh headquarters. He also signed the visitor’s register at the Memorial. Senior Army officers, including GOC 15 Corps Lieutenant General K.J.S. Dhillon, were present during the wreath laying ceremony. As supreme commander of the Armed Forces, President Kovind was scheduled to visit Drass town of Kargil district today to attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of Kargil victory there. However, the programme was cancelled due to bad weather.
Bengaluru: Infosys announced it has been selected by Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) for a cloud based IoT telematics product implementation along with application support and development for its SAP Platform. As the development partner for TMHNA Global Telematics Solution, a cloud-based IoT offering, Infosys said it would enable remote monitoring and diagnostic capabilities including vehicle access control, system maintenance, condition sensing and location tracking. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Leveraging its experience and presence in the connected vehicle space, Infosys will help TMHNA draw insights from the data collected to provide better service and improve after sales experiences for consumers in the forklift industry, the Bengaluru-headquartered company said. Infosys said it would also provide SAP Application Maintenance Services to TMHNA through its ValuePLUS service offering that enables smart governance, higher productivity, business satisfaction and efficiency.
Half of a group of 120 Sri Lankan migrants who arrived on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion two weeks ago were deported early on Monday, officials said, according to the AFP news service.The group of 60, including three women and three children, were flown back to Sri Lanka in a special flight, the island’s prefecture said in a statement. The fishing boat’s three Indonesian crew members have been charged with assisting illegal immigration. Remanded in custody, they are scheduled to appear in court on May 15. Since March 2018, 273 Sri Lankans have arrived on Reunion Island, of whom 130 are still there.They are waiting for OFPRA (the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) to rule on their asylum applications. The group of 120 migrants arrived at Reunion on April 13, having made the 4,000-kilometre trip in a fishing boat. They each paid 2,000-5,000 euros (USD 2,230-USD 5,580) for the crossing. All the others have been sent back to Sri Lanka. “There are clearly illegal immigration networks in operation,” said Frederic Joram, secretary general of Reunion Island’s Prefecture.
According to the announcement, the debate on 20 January will provide an opportunity for the 15-nation Council to examine the results of the activities of its Counter-Terrorism Committee that was established in the wake of the terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September 2001.The meeting will also allow Council members to make a political assessment of the actions that have been taken and consider formulating new guidelines to improve the effectiveness of the fight against terrorism.The purpose is also to give new impetus to international action to combat the scourge of terrorism, the announcement said.
by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 9:01 am MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The groundbreaking live broadcast of the off-Broadway musical “Daddy Long Legs” got quite some attention. It was watched by more than 150,000 people in 135 countries, according to figures compiled by the show.Producer Ken Davenport, who arranged for the first ever free online stream of any Broadway or off-Broadway show, said Tuesday the data exceeded his expectations. He saw ticket sales increase in its wake and the show trend nationally on Twitter.Many in the theatre community were watching to see what results came of the experiment. Would people turn off “The Big Bang Theory,” ”The Mentalist” and “Bones” in favour of a new musical? Several sites, including the new BroadwayHD, make their business model offering stage shows on computers and phones. Davenport’s data shows there is a thirst for such services.“Ninety-nine per cent of them want more streaming in the future, 82 per cent said they’d pay for it,” he said in a phone interview. “It just says how much people are so passionate about this happening for more shows.”Some 150,055 people watched the livestreams on Dec. 10, which is equivalent to 10.4 weeks of sold-out performances of “Wicked.” The average age of viewers was 46.6 years old and 68 per cent were women.Forty per cent of viewers knew nothing about the musical before the livestream but tuned in anyway. According to the feedback, almost 62 per cent watched from a desktop and a quarter from a mobile device.“I’m unbelievably excited and enthused by it,” said Davenport, who has helped produce such Broadway shows as “Kinky Boots,” ”Spring Awakening” and “Allegiance.”“Daddy Long Legs,” about a romance that spans several years, features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, who also directs. It stars actor Adam Halpin and his wife, Megan McGinnis.The show was captured at the 150-seat theatre with two cameras and a GoPro. After the show debuted in New York, the performance was replayed for the West Coast, in the United Kingdom and Japan.The majority of viewers — 78.4 per cent — were in the U.S., but the show was also watched in places like Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Fiji and Syria. The largest percentage of views came from within driving distance to the Davenport Theatre, where the show is playing.___Online: http://www.daddylonglegsmusical.com___Follow Mark Kennedy at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mark-kennedy Free broadcast of musical ‘Daddy Long Legs’ draws 150,000 streams from 135 countries HOLD FOR STORY – FILE – This undated file photo provided by Matt Ross Public Relations shows Adam Halpin, right, and Megan McGinnis in the off-Broadway musical, “Daddy Long Legs.” The groundbreaking live broadcast of the show was watched by more than 150,000 people in 135 countries, according to figures compiled by the show. Producer Ken Davenport, who arranged for the first ever free online stream on Dec. 10, 2015, of any Broadway or off-Broadway show, said the data exceeded his expectations. (Jeremy Daniel/Matt Ross Public Relations via AP, File)
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. However, the zoo insists the sport is the ideal way to keep its male tiger, Dragan, and male lion, Jasiri, fit and healthy.Benjamin Mee, chief executive of Dartmoor Zoo, said the activity is good for big cats because it mimics real life in the wild.“People are making a fuss about nothing,” Mr Mee, 53, said. “I think this is 100 per cent the right thing to be doing; the lion loves it. One of the problems people have potentially raised is the lion doesn’t get fed unless he wins, but obviously that isn’t the case.“In the wild the level of force a lion puts its whole physique through is considerably more than we can replicate.”Jason Leake, 31, a lorry driver from Torquay, Devon, who tried the tug of war, said: “The lion was locked away when they set it all up, we had a safety briefing and they told us what to do.They told us to stay on the left side of the rope and to do whatever the instructor told us.“We had to stop pulling when the lion had the meat and then pull again when he let go. The power was mental. We had no chance. Apparently a rugby team had come in and they had the same result.” An online petition set up by Sue Dally calling for an end to the tiger tug of war, which costs £15 to enter, has attracted nearly 2,000 signatures.She has accused the zoo of “acting more like a circus”, adding: “It’s cruel and shows a total lack of respect for these beautiful majestic wild animals.“The zoo claims it’s to give the animals intellectual exercise and fun, but it comes across as putting profits before the animal’s welfare.” Keepers were always present during the tug of war to ensure the big cats, which can choose not to participate, and the guests were always safeCredit:SWNS For centuries the game of tug of war has been an exhausting test of strength and stamina between evenly matched teams of athletes.But, a zoo’s decision to invite visitors to take on an unlikely opponent – a hungry 25 stone lion or tiger – has been condemned by animal rights campaigners.Dartmoor Zoo’s ‘Human vs Beast’ competition pits a team of four visitors, aged from just eight years old, in a tug of war against the might of a big cat.A slab of meat is tied to the end of the rope in the animal’s enclosure, while those trying to wrestle it from the jaws of the creature are safely on the other side of the fence with the rope running beneath the partition. The animals inevitably win, the zoo said. Simon Moore, the zoo’s senior keeper, said the game, introduced this month, was based on an exercise keepers play with the animals. He said because the zoo was a charity funds made from the game were invested back into conservation, education and research.He added keepers were always present during the tug of war to ensure the big cats, which can choose not to participate, and the guests were always safe.Mr Mee last night refused to withdraw the animals’ “rope pulling enrichment activity”, adding it would be “bitterly ironic if animal rights campaigners stop animals getting enrichment in zoos”. The lion at Dartmoor Zoo takes part in a tug of war with some visitors in the ‘human vs beast challenge’Credit:Jay Leake/SWNS An RSPCA spokesperson said while it recognised the need to provide physical exercise for the animals, there were “alternative ways of doing this and we feel it should not be marketed for public entertainment and that this activity does not promote respect for animals.”
BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has completed an independent expert review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) for the proposed Woodlark Island Gold Project, situated in the maritime province of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea.BMT was commissioned by the Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to provide technical review, advice and recommendations which were then incorporated into the final EIS Assessment Report for the Director of Environment to present to the Environment Council. BMT’s assessment was undertaken through a staged process which included a detailed technical review of the EIS and EMMP documentation and development of a numerical model to analyse the predictions made in the EIS regarding the behaviour of tailings from the Deep Sea Tailings Placement (DSTP) in the receiving environment.Lyn Leger, Senior Environmental Consultant at BMT WBM explains: “In the review we undertook independent modelling based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and with Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) software to predict the behaviour of DSTP plumes and provide a basis for cross-checking the impact predictions generated by the modelling outlined in the EIS.”Another key aspect of BMT WBM’s work included a thorough review of the sedimentation impacts in downstream waterways from the mining activities such as construction and operation of the mining voids. BMT WBM’s sister company, BMT Cordah also provided support in assessing potential social impacts related to food, water and cultural resources and helping to determine whether or not the local people’s livelihoods would be affected by the associated environmental impacts.Dr Darren Richardson, Project Director at BMT WBM comments: “We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to support DEC with this project. Since presenting our findings to DEC enabling them to put forward a recommendation, the Environment Council has recently provided approval for this project – a true indicator of the confidence our team of experts instilled as part of our thorough, independent review.”
Crisis in Spain taking more seriuos effects. One of the relatively stabile team, CAI Aragon from Zaragoza, has to reconstruct squad for the next season. Club Management decided to finish cooperation with Fredrik Larsson, Vukasin Stojanovic and Carlos Rodríguez Prendes, but also, where close to the door is Swedish line player, Robert Arrhenius.One of the players, who was one of the most important part of the squad is Serbian right back, Ivan Stankovic (29). Member of the Serbian National Team reacted quickly and made a deal with French champion, Montpellier, to become third Serbian there after Mladen Bojinovic and Mitar Markez. ← Previous Story Bilbija and Vortmann join GWD Minden Next Story → Arnautovic left Crvena zvezda after Perunicic’s attack! HC MontpellierIvan Stankovic
GARDAÍ HAVE RECOVERED three shotguns and a small quantity of ammunition during a search at a National School in Dublin city.The National School on Basin Lane, Dublin 8, was searched by gardaí today following reports of suspicious activity in the school grounds in the last number of days.Gardaí discovered the firearms, which were wrapped in plastic, on the roof of the school at about 11.30 am. The area was immediately sealed off for a forensic technical examination before the guns were removed for further examination.An investigation into the incident is on-going and anyone with information is asked to contact Kilmainham Garda station on 01 666 9700.
Short URL By Ronan Smyth Friday 17 Feb 2017, 1:22 PM Tesco painted over pedestrian crossing after complaints about safety during strike Mandate Trade Union has called on Tesco to resolve the issue as soon as possible. http://jrnl.ie/3245087 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 17th 2017, 1:22 PM Share Tweet Email2 Blacked out pedestrian crossing outside Bray Tesco superstore. Source: Mandate Trade UnionUpdated 14.40TESCO IRELAND HAS said it painted over a pedestrian crossing at its Bray superstore, during a strike, over safety concerns.Tesco responded to criticism about the removal of the pedestrian crossing, stating that “safety of our colleagues and customers is our utmost priority”.Sinn Féin Wicklow TD John Brady said he was made aware of the removal of the crossing early this morning and subsequently contacted the gardaí.Brady said, “The actions of Tesco with the removal of the pedestrian crossing is a serious issue”.Brady also expressed concern about the possibility of somebody being injured while the crossing is out of commission, especially with a number of schools in the area.“It needs to resolved with immediate effect.” said Brady.Tesco says it undertook the measure after receiving a number of complaints about safety.Some of the employees of the Bray store are currently taking part in industrial action, and some of the picketers were in place at the pedestrian crossing.According to a spokesperson for Tesco Ireland: “We received a high volume of complaints yesterday from people who were concerned for their safety.The constant presence of picketers on a Tesco traffic crossing at the entrance to our car park was done to obstruct traffic. It was also preventing the public from safely crossing outside our Bray store.According to a spokesperson for Tesco, the company has placed two lollipop ladies and two security guards at the junction to ensure safety for both pedestrians and traffic.However, Brady questions the viability of this solution, saying he doesn’t expect Tesco to keep them there 24/7.The company has received backlash over the move, with some citing safety concerns about removing the crossing.Mandate Trade Union has expressed concerns on their Facebook page about the removal of the pedestrian crossing, stating: “This crossing is used by three local schools in the Bray area and this morning there has been disruption and anxiety for parents bringing their children to school.”Mandate has called on Tesco to the resolve matter as soon as possible.The crossing is located on a public road and TheJournal.ie understands that Wicklow County Council will be seeking the crossing being reinstated as a matter of public safety.Eight Tesco stores have been on strike in recent days with a further eight joining the industrial action today.A statement released by the gardaí has said that they are aware of the incident but no complaint has been made.READ: High court overturns €40,000 damages payout to woman who fell on Wicklow WayREAD: Two ministers are out of FG leadership race, but some say it’s ‘ludicrous’ to change leader now 50,058 Views 76 Comments
Un séisme de 6,2 secoue l’Asie centrale et fait 13 victimesDans la nuit du mardi 19 au mercredi 20 juillet, un fort séisme a secoué le Kirghizstan et l’Ouzbékistan, situés en Asie centrale, faisant au moins 13 victimes dans ce dernier pays. Mercredi à 1H35 heure locale (soit mardi à 21H35 heure de Paris), un puissant tremblement de terre de magnitude 6,2 a secoué le Kirghizstan, se propageant jusqu’en Ouzbékistan où il a fait 13 morts parmi la population de plusieurs villes et villages de la région de Ferghana, dans l’est du pays. Les victimes ont péri dans l’effondrement de leurs maisons, et 86 autres personnes ont dû être soignées et 35 hospitalisées, selon le ministère ouzbèke des Situations d’urgence cité par Reuters.À lire aussiInternet pourrait être le meilleur système au monde pour détecter les séismesLe séisme s’est produit dans la vallée de Ferghana, qui court sur 3 pays : l’Ouzbékistan, le Tadjikistan et enfin le Kirghizstan, où a été localisé l’épicentre du phénomène (précisément à 42 kilomètres au sud-ouest de la ville de Ferghana). Pour l’instant, aucune victime ne serait à déplorer au Kirghizstan. Cette partie de l’Asie centrale, très peuplée, est une région à haut risque sismique : en 2008, un tremblement de terre avait déjà tué 70 personnes au Kirghizstan alors qu’en 1966, des milliers de personnes s’étaient retrouvées sans-abri après un séisme de magnitude 7,5 dans la capitale ouzbèke, Tachkent.Le 21 juillet 2011 à 12:21 • Maxime Lambert
Share by the numbersIn 2013, Share of Vancouver:o Sheltered 1,400 homeless people.o Served nearly 90,000 hot meals.o Helped an average of 100 households per month with housing subsidies, other support.SOURCE: sharevancouver.orgWith fewer people coming to the Clark County Public Service Center to get property deeds and other legal documents recorded, fewer fees are landing in the bank account of Share Vancouver.Share, Clark County’s leading nonprofit agency serving the homeless and hungry, is expecting a reduction in county funding of at least $150,000 next year. “There are a lot less deeds being recorded and the fund is smaller,” Share Executive Director Diane McWithey said. A funding cut that size doesn’t sound like much, but McWithey said that Share’s 2015 budget is already set at $5.7 million, and that $2.5 million of that is “pass-through money.”“It is rental subsidies and deposits, transportation funds — money that comes into Share but immediately turns around and goes out for a client,” McWithey said. Share’s “true operational budget is $3.2 million, and we run an extremely lean machine. There is not room to make cuts.”McWithey said Share already cut most of its staff training budget, implemented a salary and hiring freeze, and is prepared to draw from its reserves if a new fundraising campaign is unsuccessful.
Started in 1883 as Inland Printer, Penton Media’s American Printer magazine will be stopping production after 128 years. The August 2011 edition has been the last title published.The announcement came Friday in the form of a blog post from Katherine O’Brien, editor of the magazine.”There won’t be a September issue,” she wrote. “Penton, our parent company, stuck with us through some mighty lean months, but ultimately, there was no foreseeable model to achieve profitability. (Many of our readers are all too familiar with this problem.)”American Printer at the time of closing had about 47,000 subscribers and overall circulation is about the same, according to a Penton representative, though the title is not audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Page views are held at about 40,000 and unique visitors are about 22,000. According to a spokesperson from Penton, the publication has been discontinued because “it was just not a model within our scope and it wasn’t a strategic fit anymore–we’re constantly looking at publications within our scope and if they don’t really make a strategic fit within our list of publications than we have to look at that and see what fits and works within our strategic realm, that’s the thought behind that.”This b2b trade publication was designed for an audience of commercial printers and had a focus on printing management, press technologies and “prepress, press and postpress issues,” according to its website. Industry trends, product introductions and real-world solutions for boosting profitability and production were among the topics covered.Subscriptions to the free publication could be accessed in print and digitally (pictured) and an e-newsletter was also available along with a video library on AmericanPrinter.com and readers could subscribe to American Printer TV through iTunes or an RSS feed. The publication had 569 Facebook fans and 2,226 Twitter followers.”I’ll miss American Printer,” Facebook fan Julie Shaffer posted Friday afternoon. “The print version’s been getting thinner and thinner so this is not shocking, but still sad.” Meanwile, Gordonsville, Virginia-based printer American Press has also folded, citing economic conditions in the printing industry over the last three years that have left the company no longer economically viable. The decision was made in June, with operations gradually phased out over the summer. American Press had 123 employees, with print runs ranging from 30,000 to 2.5 million (with a sweet spot between 50,000 and 250,000).
The U.S. Supreme Court Building. Photo by Kjetil Ree, via Wikimedia CommonsThe U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear four same-sex marriage cases and will rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans by early summer. A federal court decision made same-sex marriage legal in Alaska in October. Download AudioThe Parnell administration started the appeals process for that decision. The Walker administration had been debating whether or not to continue with the appeal. But Cori Mills with the Department of Law says the Supreme Court’s decision to make a final ruling on same-sex marriage bans preempted the Walker administration. Attorney General Craig Richards issued a statement saying he will ask the 9th Circuit to put a hold on Alaska’s appeal until after the Supreme Court makes a final ruling.Mills says same-sex couples in Alaska can continue to marry as the case proceeds through the court system. The Supreme Court denied the state’s request for a stay on same-sex marriages last fall.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowAlaska senators fault Trump’s tack on racist rallyLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Alaska’s U.S. senators have issued a second round of statements following the rally of White nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. This time their criticisms are aimed at President Trump.Nearly half of structures on dock affected by fire, says processing plant fire witnessAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamDetails are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.Feds move forward with review of Hilcorp’s Arctic drilling plansElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe federal government is moving forward with its review of the company Hilcorp’s proposal to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean just off the coast of Alaska.There’s a new Arctic drilling battle brewing — and it’s not in ANWRElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is a region in the Arctic bigger than many U.S. states. But it’s flown under the radar for years — unlike a different chunk of federal land located to the east: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Several inmates charged with assault, rioting at Fairbanks prisonTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska State Troopers say they’ve charged several inmates at Fairbanks Correctional Center with rioting and assault for their roles in a disturbance reported at about noon on Thursday.M/V Tustumena back on the waterBerett Wilber, KUCB – UnalaskaAfter 75-days in the shipyard, southwest Alaska’s ferry is finally back in the water.Diving for answers: Will blue king crab come back in the Pribilofs?Laura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaIn the Pribilof Islands, no one’s gotten an accurate count of blue king crab since the population crashed hard in the 1980s. This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years. His ultimate goal: determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good.Sun’aq wins grant to study invasive species’ effect on subsistence resourcesKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakWhat kind of threat do invasive crayfish in Alaska pose to subsistence resources? That’s a question the Sun’aq Tribe won a grant to study.Solar eclipse has stargazers excited all around the world Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis Monday, August 21st, states across the Lower 48 will get to see a full solar eclipse, as the moon slides directly in front of the sun for two minutes.Juneau chef crowned King of Seafood at Great American Seafood Cook-OffAnnie Bartholomew, KTOO – JuneauThis month Juneau chefs Lionel Udippa and Jacob Pickard represented Alaska at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.
Road Accident LogoThree members of a family were killed when a truck rammed a motorbike at Bashbaria in Bagatipara upazila of Natore on Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Khaledur Rahman, his wife Sonia and there six-year-old daughter Tashfi.Police said the accident took place when a sand-laden truck hit a motorbike carrying three people, leaving the trio dead on the spot.Police recovered the bodies and sent those to a hospital morgue for autopsy.However, police could not arrest anyone as the truck driver managed to flee.
Al OrtizFlooded parking lot at an apartment complex in west Houston.Rose Landry moved into The Palms at Cypress Station just three months before Harvey flooded part of her apartment.During the storm and its aftermath, she wasn’t able to work her job as a waitress. So when September 1st came around, she didn’t have enough to pay the full rent. But instead of a break, she got fined and threatened with eviction.“And they’re not working with any of us,” she said. “They’re trying to evicting people left and right.”She said only after she told the apartment management that she contacted the city did they waive her late fees, telling her it was a “gift.”The management did not return requests for comment before deadline.Landry’s is not an isolated case.Father Ed Gomez of Saint Paul’s/San Pablo Episcopal Church in southeast Houston said he surveyed tenants at 18 apartment complexes after the flooding.“People were telling us that if they didn’t pay the rent on time that they would be evicted, that they would call ICE, that they would call immigration and that they would be thrown out,” he said.The Metropolitan Organization addressed the issue at City Council.Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city will work with the Houston Apartment Association to resolve these kinds of cases. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /01:06 Share
Listen On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: From the latest on Paul Manafort’s trial, to Pres. Trump’s latest tweets related to Russia, our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Also this hour: We look back at lessons learned from Hurricane Carla in 1961 in the latest installment of Houston Public Media’s new podcast, Hurricane Season. And writer Richard Rhodes pores through history for examples of how humanity has weathered transitions from one form of energy to another for his latest book, Energy: A Human History.We offer a free, podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:48 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
The Ladies Guild of Perkins Square Baptist Church is hosting a karaoke and comedy night June 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Comedian Sister Regina Scott from Pennsylvania will be performing. Light fare reception. Donations welcome.
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress will hold a meeting with all its party MPs, MLAs and senior leaders on November 16 to chalk out a blueprint for a proposed anti-BJP rally to be held here on January 19, 2019, a party official said on Thursday. The meeting, to be held in Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium, will be presided by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who will also be the main speaker at the programme. As part of her tirade against the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre and to step up efforts to forge a ‘federal front’ ahead of the 2019 Assembly polls, Banerjee announced the mega anti-BJP rally for which she would invite several top opposition leaders from across the country including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Trinamool Congress will hold a meeting at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on November 16 with all the party MPs, MLAs, core committee members, district and block presidents to discuss the organisational matters regarding the January 19 rally here,” Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee told the media here. “Banerjee, who has called for the rally to assemble everyone against BJP’s communalist forces, will be present as the main speaker in the meeting. Leaders of the party’s youth, student and women wings will also be present,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have already confirmed their presence in the January 19 rally while Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati are also expected to come. Reiterating Banerjee’s allegations about the BJP-government controlling the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chatterjee said the recent developments pertaining to the country’s top investigation agency have undermined its credibility. “People can see how the CBI is being controlled by the BJP government at the Centre. We have repeatedly alleged that they (BJP) are influencing and controlling the moves of CBI. A corrupt government is trying to charge others with corruption,” Chatterjee said. “It is alarming how the BJP government is bulldozing independent agencies like CBI in the name of controlling them. They have brought the credibility of these agencies under question mark. Our claims that CBI is a BJP controlled agency has been reinforced by the recent development.” The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday asked CBI Director Alok Verma to go on leave as his rift with Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations.