Plastic pipes and vehicles outside a State infrastructure agency godown here were set ablaze on Sunday, a day after farmers clashed with police demanding adequate compensation for their land that was acquired for an upcoming township by the agency. The incident took place around 11 a.m. outside the godown of the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority (UPSIDA) which acquired the land for the Trans-Ganga City project near Kanpur, officials said. “Some anti-social elements had set fire to plastic pipes kept outside the godown. Apart from this, two vehicles were also set afire,” Additional District Magistrate Rakesh Singh said. “No farmer has so far claimed responsibility for Sunday’s act, which means that the work has been done by anti-social elements,” District Magistrate Devendra Kumar Pandey said. On Saturday, farmers demanding better compensation for their land clashed with the police when government officials visited the project site to clear the encroachment. Several farmers were injured as the police baton-charged them, used tear gas and water cannons. Many police personnel were also injured as the protesters targeted them with stones. Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Kisan Manch, a forum working for welfare of farmers, claimed that the growers were not indulging in violent protests and were only demanding adequate compensation for their land. “Nearly 30% of the farmers of the clash-hit area are yet to get compensation from the government,” RKM president Shekhar Dixit said on Sunday. The district magistrate, however, had said on Saturday that the farmers were adequately compensated.Priyanka tweetCongress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shared a 22-second-long video of the clash on Twitter. “UP Chief Minister is making big speeches in Gorakhpur, but see the condition of his police. A farmer in Unnao is lying semi-conscious after being beaten by laathi (stick). He is still being beaten up. There should be some shame. A person who grows grains for you is subjected to such cruelty,” she tweeted.
TORONTO – A policy think tank says Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs have already earned more than the average Canadian worker will make for all of this year.The 11th annual report on CEO compensation by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the average CEO will have earned nearly $50,000 by 10:57 a.m. ET Tuesday, down from mid-afternoon when it first started studying the issue.Its latest report titled “Climbing up and Kicking Down” says the country’s top CEOs now make, on average, $10.4-million a year, or 209 times the average income of $49,738.That’s up from 193 times more in 2015.The report suggests that while the idea of a $15 per hour minimum wage has faced debate across Canada, rising CEO wages have gone largely unchecked.It concludes it isn’t likely that any one measure will curtail the overall growth in CEO compensation and decrease the record-high income gap between Canada’s top executives and the average worker.But it says Ottawa could consider more comprehensive amendments to the Income Tax Act and more broadly eliminate the tax preference that encourages companies to pay their executives in stock and stock derivatives rather than regular dollars.
Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co.’s stock is up about 12 per cent after an entity controlled by HBC executive chairman Richard Baker announced it picked up another eight per cent stake in the department store company.Baker and his Rupert of the Rhine LLC say they have acquired almost 18 million shares from a subsidiary of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for $9.45 a share.Baker and Rupert of the Rhine already have a controlling stake in the company and the purchased shares represent about 9.76 per cent of the issued or outstanding common shares on a non-diluted basis.The purchase has caused HBC’s stock to climb to about $8.26 in early trading and comes a month after HBC announced it had a third-quarter net loss of $164 million or 69 cents per share.Baker and HBC previously caught flak from a handful of investors, including Teachers’, which voted in June against the company’s remuneration practices that included a $54.8-million pay package for Baker.At the same time, it faced criticism from activist investor Jonathan Litt for failing to take advantage of its real estate to create more value for shareholders.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, and Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Jane Thornthwaite were hosts to a recent roundtable discussion on mental health, addictions, and the opioid crisis.The discussion centred on the need for treatment facilities, expanded medical services, street clinics, and mental health and counselling providers.According to Thornthwaite, mental health and addictions affect all areas of the Province, including communities such as Fort St. John. “Mental health and addictions challenges affect all areas of B.C. and smaller cities like Fort St. John are no exception.”Thornthwaite says what sets smaller communities apart from larger cities, is the struggle with having available services to those dealing with mental health and addictions.“But smaller or more rural municipalities often struggle with fewer services and less access to trained professionals than urban centres. Access to accurate overdose data would help to identify gaps and target services where they are most needed. Northern residents need immediate treatment and recovery options when they reach out for help.”Davies says he welcomed Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic and appreciates her sharing her knowledge with first responders and front-line workers.“We were pleased to welcome MLA Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic with our dedicated first responders and front-line workers. She brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and will bring these concerns forward on behalf of northern British Columbians.”
New Delhi: The Congress Saturday fielded actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha as its Lok Sabha poll candidate from the Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar, hours after he joined the party quitting the BJP. The 72-year-old Sinha, the incumbent MP from the seat, will face senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Congress also announced that former Himachal Pradesh minister Ramlal Thakur will contest from the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat in the state against sitting BJP MP Anurag Thakur. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In Punjab, the party fielded Jasbir Singh Gill Dimpa from Khadoor Sahib, former IAS officer Amar Singh from Fatehgarh Sahib (reserve), and folk singer Mohammed Sadique from the Faridkot Lok Sabha seat. With the latest list of five candidates, a total of 377 names have been announced by the party for the Lok Sabha elections. The names were announced after party leaders from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar met Congress president Rahul Gandhi earlier during the day. Among those present during the meeting were: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, AICC secretary and the party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Asha Kumari, Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Kuldeep Rathore and state CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri.
Mumbai: Actress Patralekhaa, who features in the upcoming film “Badnaam Gali” alongside Divyendu Sharma, says the dull phase in her career has taught her not to live on someone’s mercy and only sign up for films she is convinced with. Patralekhaa of “Citylights” fame told IANS: “One of the most important lessons that I have learnt from the tough phase of my career is that if I am not convinced, I won’t play the character. I think for a performer, for an actor, conviction is one of the most important elements and if I am not fully convinced, it shows in my performance. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “So from now on, everything I will do, I will do it with conviction. Also I have stopped taking nonsense from people because we actors are here by choice and we cannot be on anybody’s mercy… No one should make us feel insecure or vulnerable just because an artiste has a sensitive mind.” Releasing on the OTT platform ZEE5 on Friday, the film “Badnaam Gali” tells the story of a young surrogate mother named Noyonika Ganguly, played by Patralekhaa. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up The film was shot in Delhi. “We shot in summer. The temperature was around 42 degrees and I was wearing that prosthetic belly as you know I have played a pregnant girl. It was physically exhausting under that heat. I was sweating all over and I was getting tired, but everything was worth it when we saw the end result,” she said. Asked about how the story of a surrogate mother has become acceptable for the audience, she said: “The good thing is that time is changing. An unmarried pregnant girl is always a taboo in the society and that is why earlier when actresses like Preity Zinta did that film ‘Kya Kehna’, it was an example. “Now it is great to see that the audience is receptive towards these kind of stories. That is how actors like us are getting chances to work on good stories. I always choose my films as an audience because I am the first audience of my film. “Though it is a story told in a lighter manner, it raises some important questions. She is a surrogate mother, an independent girl with a very unapologetic attitude and how society treats her… Digital platforms really have given us the opportunity to some of these progressive stories.” After “Badnaam Gali”, Patralekhaa has another film in her kitty. It is directed by Pradeep Sarkar, and the actress says it is quite dark and different. “We have room for versatility too,” she said. Starting her career in Bollywood with the film “CityLights”, Patralekhaa has also appeared in the web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”. She has been through few years of struggle to get good film offers, though critics always praised her performance. While she has an inclination towards playing a strong woman on-screen, she knows that as an actor, she shouldn’t say that “I only want to play such character.” “Yes, my character should have a strong opinion, but she could be vulnerable too. I think that is the intriguing point for me that I look for in every good script,” added Patralekhaa.
The Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn after their 38-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.According to the team, Washburn was “relieved of his duties” following the team’s eighth straight loss. The Eagles defensive line gave up 123 rushing yards compared to the Cowboys 183 rushing yards, which does not seem to be the reason behind his firing.“Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years,” coach Andy Reid. “However, I determined that it was in the team’s best interest that we move in a different direction in terms of trying to maximize the production of that position group. We look forward to having Tommy Brasher back on board to work with the defensive line.”Brasher was the Eagles defensive line coach in 1985 and from 1999 through 2005.One the determining factors that played into Washburn’s firing was that he had become a “cancer” around the team, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. His attitude took a turn for the worse when defensive end Jason Babin was released last week and picked up off of waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.Washburn was hired by Reid in Jan. 2011 to improve his pass rush defense. He brought his wide nine scheme to the Eagles, which aims to sack the quarterback at the expense of a run defense. The Eagles only managed to sack Tony Romo Sunday night one time for an 11-yard loss.The Eagles have 46 sacks on the season, but that was not enough for Reid nor the Eagles front office.Washburn built a reputation with the team for being outspoken about his thoughts. Last November, he was involved in an argument with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on the sideline during a game.He also expressed his frustrations to players about former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, who was fired earlier in the season by Reid. Washburn has also complained about new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.With a few more weeks left to go in the season, Reid has potentially seen his last days as the Eagles head coach and could possibly receive his pink slip soon.
OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to throw the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested by Columbus police early Saturday morning near campus for operating a motor vehicle while impaired.The 20-year-old was cited with a misdemeanor OVI and released Saturday morning. Shortly after, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Barrett would be banned from OSU’s next game, a Nov. 7 meeting at home against Minnesota.The arrest came a week after Barrett made his first start of the season in a 49-7 win at Rutgers. Against Minnesota, the keys to the offense will be handed back to redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones.According to multiple reports, Barrett’s suspension is for one game — not the mandatory two outlined in OSU’s student-athlete drug and alcohol policy when the student is underage — because the citation was for a misdemeanor.OSU athletic director Gene Smith told various outlets that the one-game suspension was fully at Meyer’s discretion.Kickoff is scheduled for the Buckeyes’ meeting against Minnesota for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett carries the ball during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing arguably the biggest win at Ohio State during the Urban Meyer era, the Buckeyes are preparing for their second-consecutive ranked opponent.Entering the third week of the College Football Playoff rankings, the Buckeyes jumped up six spots to No. 8 and the Minnesota Golden Gophers appeared for the first time on the list at No. 25.As the Buckeyes get set to travel to blustery Minneapolis, The Lantern sports editors have come up with a list of five things to look for when OSU takes on the Golden Gophers.1. Can OSU keep its eye on the prize?Let’s be honest, last week’s win over Michigan State was probably the biggest win for the Buckeyes since the 2010 Rose Bowl against Oregon.But was it too much for the Buckeyes to handle?The mantra around OSU since Meyer arrived in Columbus has been giving players and coaches 24 hours to enjoy a win, but redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas said Monday that the Buckeyes were still enjoying the victory.With that said, will the Buckeyes overlook a Minnesota team that is coming off of a 51-14 drubbing of Iowa?Only time will tell.2. Will the weather affect the Buckeye offense?While the entire Buckeye starting offensive line is from Ohio, their starting quarterback is from Texas, and probably hasn’t played in a game as cold as he will Saturday.While the kickoff temperature was 39 degrees last week in East Lansing, Mich., the estimated high temperature in Minneapolis for Saturday, as of Wednesday night, was just 28 degrees with a low of nine.Barrett, who has ignited the Buckeye offense, averaging 304.22 yards per game by himself has been on the sidelines for games like this (see 2013 games against Indiana and Michigan) but has never had to play in such bitter temps.Just one current Buckeye offensive player was on the roster the last time OSU played in Minnesota, and that is redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin, who was still a defensive lineman at the time.The Buckeyes won 52-10 in the last matchup in 2010, a win that was later vacated because of NCAA violations committed by former coach Jim Tressel, then-quarterback Terrelle Pryor and other players.3. Can J.T. Barrett make a Heisman push?If Barrett can have an encore performance from his 386 total yard, five touchdown game against the Spartans, there is a good chance Barrett could enter serious Heisman discussions.The redshirt-freshman made his first appearance on ESPN’s Heisman Watch this week, and currently ranks second in the FBS in touchdowns responsible for with 34 (26 passing, eight rushing).In addition, Barrett is just five touchdown passes away from breaking the school record for touchdown passes in a season, set by the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, Troy Smith.For Barrett to enter serious consideration, there is no doubt the Buckeyes will have to win their remaining games, plus a Big Ten title.But if Barrett can look as good as he did against Michigan State the rest of the season, don’t be surprised if you see the Texas native in New York for the Heisman ceremonies.4. Can Minnesota senior running back David Cobb emulate Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford?Minnesota senior running back David Cobb (27) runs the ball during a game against Purdue on Oct. 18 in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 39-38.Credit: Courtesy of TNSSure, OSU ended up beating the Spartans, but the redshirt-senior running back Langford gouged the Buckeyes’ defense for 137 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries.Now that same defense has to find a way to slow down Cobb, who has already racked up 1,205 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground this season. He’s the workhorse of the Minnesota offense — he has 227 carries while the team as a whole has only attempted 165 passes.Apart from an Oct. 25 misstep against Illinois, the Golden Gophers’ only loss this season accompanied Cobb’s worst game of the year. Minnesota lost to Texas Christian University, 30-7, in September, and Cobb had just 41 yards on 15 carries. Outside of that game, he’s had at least 71 rushing yards per game — including a pair of 200-plus yard outings. If the Buckeyes can slow Cobb down, it could be a long day for redshirt-sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner. But if he gets rolling early, OSU might face a difficult task to keep its seven-game winning streak alive.5. What role will the OSU H-backs play?With sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — the Buckeyes’ typical starter — out with a broken foot, it’ll be up to a few different players to pick up the slack.The first option is likely to be redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, who has already shined multiple times for OSU this season. The former high school quarterback can line up in a variety of positions for the Buckeyes, including at quarterback in the wildcat package.Leading up to the showdown in Minneapolis, Meyer even hinted that the Buckeyes “have a couple passes” in place for Marshall going forward. He failed to connect on his only passing attempt so far this season, but Meyer and the coaching staff clearly have some faith in his arm.But even if Marshall doesn’t let it fly, the H-back spot could have a notable impact for the Buckeyes. Meyer mentioned that freshman Noah Brown will be in the mix, and at 240 pounds, he adds a new dimension to the OSU attack.No matter if Brown is causing mismatch problems with his size or if Marshall is showing off his arm, the Buckeyes will likely try to put as much firepower on the field as they can.OSU is scheduled to take on the Golden Gophers on Saturday at noon in Minneapolis.
Bri Betschel holds her bat out, prior to pulling back for a swing in a game against WrightState on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team failed to get a single hit in the first two innings.But that was about it for the lull in the offense for the Buckeyes, with the team scoring six runs in the bottom of the third inning. The flurry of runs would be all Ohio State needed to beat Michigan State in a 6-2 win Saturday afternoon, clinching the series win. Freshman Kallie Boren pinch hit for catcher Becca Gavin in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded and came through for her team, hitting a three-run double in the third inning to extend Ohio State’s lead to 6-0.“Sometimes it’s just about timely hitting and Kallie stepped in when it was a really big moment and she took advantage of it,” hitting coach Jenna Hall said.“I think I saw all of my teammates getting on base and I knew that I wanted to do something for the team,” Boren said. “I saw them pitching me inside, so I thought they were going to come in again and they did, and it was just there.”Ohio State senior pitcher Shelby McCombs kicked off the scoring in the third inning, knocking in freshman third baseman Niki Carver with an RBI double.White drew a bases-loaded walk that brought McCombs home. It was the second bases-loaded walk of the inning and seventh total walk issued in the game by Michigan State starting pitcher Bridgette Rainey.“As the game evolves, you pay attention to what’s going on and you try to make adjustments and I think that our girls did a really good job of being patient for what they were looking for,” Hall said.Michigan State freshman first baseman Riley Paxson responded to Ohio State’s scoring by hitting the first home run of her career in the top of the fourth inning.With the win, Ohio State has taken the first two games of the series against Michigan State. But the Buckeyes had to snap a three-game losing skid that included a two-game sweep against Northwestern and a 7-0 blowout against Ohio University Wednesday.“The season’s long and there’s adversity and there’s struggle and there’s positives and I think sometimes you just have to flow with it and learn and I think after this week and Wednesday taking a tough loss, they knew that they couldn’t sit on it,” Hall said. “They had to bounce back.”The Buckeyes have outscored the Spartans 16-4 this weekend and will face Michigan State at noon Sunday eyeing a potential sweep in their final game of the weekend.“I think we’re feeling really good. We feel on track and we’re working together,” Boren said. “Everything is clicking so I think tomorrow we’re going to come out fighting and hopefully get that win.”
Ex-Ranger’s captain Lee McCulloch has said that fighting for the title and winning silverware has to be the major aim for Steven Gerrard, new Ibrox manager who resumed duty today.He also said that managing the expectation levels of the fans will be a big challenge since the Ibrox side intends to cut the gap on Celtic.“A good season would be challenging Celtic all the way,” McCulloch, 40, told BBC.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Obviously winning would be brilliant, but if you don’t it’s got to be at least second best, and to bring some sort of silverware back to Ibrox.“The expectation level of the fans, because they had the glory years for so many years apart from the last four and five, has been ‘we’ve got to win’.”Gerrard had won nine trophies as a player with Liverpool, including the year 2005 Champions League, and was capped 114 times by England. He went into coaching with Liverpool’s academy before agreeing to move to Glasgow. He takes over from Graeme Murty, who left the manager’s job three games before the end of last season.
Papy Mendy says Leicester City make the advantage of their short break count when they lock horns with Liverpool on Wednesday night.The Foxes’ bowed to the last gasp goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in their agonising 4-3 reverse at Molineux Stadium.But the French midfielder who has been consistent for the Foxes this season has called for his side to give their all at Anfield.“We have to stay concentrated,” Mendy told the club’s website prior to the trip to Merseyside. “We can work well, and we can think about Liverpool, we can prepare well to fight.“It is good to have a little break because I think we need it for our minds. The last three or four games were not easy.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is never easy when we lose but we are professional and that is football. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. We do the maximum to get the maximum result.”The 26-year-old believes City must put their defeat to Wolves behind them as they aim to cause an upset against the league leaders on Wednesday evening.“It was frustrating because we came back after 2-0 and we lost in the last minute,” Mendy continued. “It was not easy. We didn’t start well at the beginning and we have to correct this.“That is our problem this season. We have a desire to correct this every time in training and we must correct this problem.“We play together and we have to fight together and yes, the Premier League is very difficult because every weekend we play against a tough team. It is a good challenge to get a good result at Liverpool.”
Related Items:corruption, education, Pdm, sharlene robinson TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – ‘Integrity – Live it’ was the theme of the Anti-Corruption Day commemoration held by the TCI Integrity Commission and addressing attendees was attorney and PDM Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson. Robinson, who as a member of the House of Assembly heads one of the arms of the House which forensically examines the movement of public monies as the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee issued a challenge to the Commission. Hon. Sharlene Robinson, PDM Leader: “…do more in the area of adult education especially in the climate that we are in. More must be said of the effects of corruption and how it impacts national development and how benefits can disappear or be reduced as a result. There is a great need for that connection to be made. I encourage you to partner with all Churches, attack the language barrier, use all the media tools available to educate and be courageous in showing the results of corruption. The task is great but achievable – you have many valuable partners awaiting your call. This will go a long way in the TCI’s public taking ownership of this Institution that others envy.”
American Apparel, the famous hipster clothing brand, has reportedly been approached by private equity firm Irving Place Capital for a possible buyout.People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Irving made two offers to acquire American Apparel. The company made its first offer a week ago bidding to take over all shares of American Apparel for $1 per unit.After the board of the clothing brand rejected that bid saying the price was too low, Irving Capital made another offer in the range of $1.30 to $1.40 per share. The board is yet to comment on the offer.Shares of American Apparel jumped 45 percent on Thursday after the news of a possible buyout surfaced.Dov Charney Plotting a Return?It looks like American Apparel is headed for some major changes. News of the buyout comes just days after the company confirmed firing its controversial CEO Dov Charney. It also announced the hiring of Paula Schneider, an expert fashion executive who is poised to take over the role effective January 5, 2015.Some news reports are claiming that the acquisition bids are a “plot” to bring back Dov Charney into power. According to the New York Post, Charney is looking for a financial partner to find his way back into the board of the company he so passionately built in the past 17 years.”This whole episode has a lot less to do with pictures of naked women, and a whole lot more to do with a power struggle,” an inside source told the Post.That’s not it. Charney told Yahoo News that American Apparel had offered him a multi-million dollar package to stay!”During the last half year, I have been working for the company in a leadership role. In the recent weeks, I was offered a lucrative multi-million dollar compensation package with the company. I refused to accept the board’s offer, primarily over board composition issues, particularly the refusal of the board to immediately provide the new CEO (whom I am supportive of hiring) with a board seat,” Charney exclusively told Yahoo.Charney also added that 30 executives wrote to the board to not remove him from the post.American Apparel has been grappling with falling revenues and a tarnished reputation given Charney’s inappropriate behaviour and alleged sexual harassment controversies. Experts note that the clothing brand’s troubles extend far beyond just its “sexually charged” ex-CEO. The problem lies in the culture.”The company’s future hangs in limbo. They could well turn it all around, and start treating their models and female staff with the same respect as the people who make their clothes. But, until they finally embrace radical change, I won’t be celebrating,” Alice Nutting wrote for The Independent.
India’s travel website operator MakeMyTrip Ltd on Monday announced it will buy its rival, Ibibo Group. Once the deal is completed, this will create India’s biggest company in the online travel booking market.Although the value of the all-stock deal was not announced, sources aware of the deal told Mint that the deal value is estimated to be pegged at $720 million.The combination is expected to bring together consumer travel brands, which includes MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, RedBus, Ryde and Rightstay. Together Ibibo and MakeMyTrip processed 34.1 million transactions in the financial year 2015-16, MakeMyTrip said in a statement.The transaction is expected to close by the end of December 2016.Also read: MakeMyTrip under scanner for service tax evasion of Rs 75 croreDeep Kalra, founder of MakeMyTrip (MMT) will remain the group chief executive and chairman of MakeMyTrip Group. Rajesh Magow, co-founder of the travel portal will retain his role of chief executive of MakeMyTrip’s India business. Ashish Kashyap, founder of Ibibo Group will join MMT’s executive team as a Co-founder and President of the organisation.Ibibo owners, Naspers and Tencent hold 91 percent stake and nine percent stake in the company respectively. Once the deal is closed, MakeMyTrip will own 100 percent of Ibibo Group. Naspers and Tencent will become the single largest shareholder in MMT.”We expect this deal to create an even more scalable business with the expertise to transform the booking experience for Indian travellers,” Deep Kalra, Chairman and Group CEO of MakeMyTrip said in the statement.According to a report in Reuters, MakeMyTrip had a market capitalization of about $861.3 million as of Monday’s close.The online travel agency competes with Cox & Kings, Expedia, Thomas Cook (India) and new entrant OYO rooms in its hotels booking business.”India is a key market for Naspers, and this deal reinforces our commitment to the country,” Bob van Dijk, CEO Naspers said.Morgan Stanley is acting as exclusive financial advisor to MMT. Goldman Sachs is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Ibibo and Naspers.
Editors CouncilThe Editors’ Council on Wednesday urged the election commission to ensure the free movement of journalists’ vehicles for three days from 29 to 31 December, reports UNB.The Council made the call in a letter signed by its general secretary and The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam.The letter was sent to the chief election commissioner as per a decision of the council taken in meeting held on Wednesday.”Free movement of motorcycles of journalists or media activists and motor vehicles of journalists or newspapers should be ensured,” the letter reads.
Prothom Alo illustrationA Class-III student was reportedly raped by a 50-year-old man in Rajoir upazila of Madaripur on Monday, reports UNB.The incident came to light on Thursday night when the victim was taken to Madaripur Sadar Hospital as her condition deteriorated. Her family tried to conceal the matter fearing for her future.A case was filed on Friday and police said they were trying to arrest the alleged rapist Nur Hossain, 50, son of Razzak Mridha of Sarmangal area in the upazila.”‘I took shelter at a van-garage during rain on Monday noon. Taking advantage of the situation, Nur Hossain gagged me with a towel and raped me,” the victim said.
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
Share Patrick Semansky/AP FileIn this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the USCCB’s annual fall meeting in Baltimore.As Cardinal Daniel DiNardo prepares to lead a crucial meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on how to deal with abuse cases, a survivor advocacy group is asking for his resignation over the alleged mishandling of several cases that have occurred in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.Members of the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) plan to hold a rally at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston, to demand that DiNardo steps down as head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaMichael Norris, leader of the Houston chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).In an interview with Houston Matters, Michael Norris, who leads SNAP in Houston, said DiNardo “doesn’t have the leadership” to head the USCCB and he lacks the “moral authority” because of several alleged local cases of sex abuse in which, according to the advocacy group, he has shown leniency toward accused priests.Norris talked about the alleged abuse cases by Manuel La Rosa-Lopez a former priest at Conroe’s Sacred Heart Church, and other cases involving Reverend John T. Keller at Prince of Peace Catholic Community in northwest Houston and Father Jesus Suarez, who worked at Houston’s St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church. Suarez also served at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.Latest accusationNorris also pointed at the latest allegation against DiNardo. It was made last week by Laura Pontikes, a Houston construction executive. She says the cardinal allowed Monsignor Frank Rossi, who for a time was second in command at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, to move to another parish after she reported that he lured her into a sexual relationship. “He’s part of the problem, he’s not part of the solution,” Norris said. “It’s time for him to step down and allow someone to get in there who can actually take care of the problem.”The archdiocese has said it acted proactively in these cases by suspending the priests and ordering them to undergo therapy, and is cooperating with law enforcement.Archdiocese respondsOn Monday afternoon, the archdiocese sent out a statement saying DiNardo “will not resign from anything” and, instead, “will continue working with like-minded reformers at all levels of the Church to fight the evil of abuse in all its forms.”The statement added that, as president of the USCCB, the cardinal has shown an “aggressive leadership” that has helped lay the foundation for a recent decree by Pope Francis making bishops directly accountable either for acts of sexual abuse or efforts to cover such behavior up.“Here at home,” the archdiocese added, “Cardinal DiNardo has also acted swiftly and justly in removing priests from active ministry each time he was presented with credible evidence of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior.”Baltimore meetingThe meeting of the Catholic Bishops will take place in Baltimore starting Tuesday. The bishops will be guided by the groundbreaking new law issued by Pope Francis on May 9 that the archdiocese’s statement referenced. It requires priests and nuns worldwide to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. It also calls for any claim of sexual misconduct or cover-up against a bishop to be reported to the Vatican and a supervisory bishop in the U.S.SNAP said the pope’s edict was a step forward, but urged the U.S. bishops to go further by requiring that church staff report their suspicions to police and prosecutors in addition to reporting internally. SNAP also said the bishops should turn over any files and records related to sex abuse to their state attorneys general for investigation, and it urged the bishops to ensure that all U.S. dioceses release lists of priests, nuns and other church staff alleged to have committed sexual abuse.Beyond the pope’s edict, the bishops will consider creating an independent, third-party reporting system to which allegations of abuse could be filed.
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today granted anticipatory bail to BJP leader and former railways minister Mukul Roy on a bond of Rs 50,000 in connection with a complaint over the death of his “mentor” Mrinal Kanti Singha Roy in 2015. A division bench comprising Justices Joymalyo Bagchi and R K Kapur directed Roy to meet the investigating officer at Bijpur police station in North 24 Parganas district once a fornight, apart from furnishing Rs 50,000 bail bond as conditions for granting anticipatory bail to him. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Roy, who was a senior Trinamool Congress leader before joining the BJP in November last year, was also directed by the court to cooperate with the investigation by the state police. The court had in January directed the police not to arrest Roy during the pendancy of his anticipatory bail application. Roy had moved the bail application challenging an FIR filed by the sister of Mrinal Kanti Singha Roy who was said to be his mentor during his early days in politics and had died of complications after a road accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Singha Roy had allegedly suffered a road accident on June 8, 2011 at around midnight while returning home at Kanchrapara from Halisahar in North 24 Parganas district and was treated at a nursing home there and then at a private hospital in Kolkata. Following his release from the hospital, Singha Roy was kept in a lodge under the supervision of Roy, who was then in TMC, according to the complaint. Singha Roy’s sister Sonali alleged that he was shifted to the Kolkata hospital and on his release was kept in the lodge on the instructions of Roy instead of being taken home. It was stated that during his stay at the lodge, Singha Roy suffered a throat infection and died after prolonged treatment at the city hospital. Sonali alleged that she had learnt from the hospital that Singha Roy had suffered internal haemorrhage, which she claimed could be due to serious injury and suspected Roy’s role in the matter. Lawyers for Sonali Singha Roy had told the high court that her attempts to lodge a police complaint had failed, following which she had moved the local court which directed the police to file an FIR.