A BJP booth level leader was shot dead and a party worker seriously injured when unidentified miscreants attacked them in West Bengal’s Paschim Burdwan district, police said Monday.The BJP booth level president Sandip Ghosh and party worker Jaidip Banerjee were returning home after attending a meeting when they were attacked by the miscreants at Malandighi Saraswatigunj area of the district on Sunday night, they said. Banerjee has been admitted to a private hospital in Durgapur. Bijay Ghosh, the father of the deceased, said his son had told him that he was going to attend a picnic. The BJP alleged that Ghosh was killed by TMC goons. Denying the allegations, a Trinammol Congress district leader said that BJP’s internal party rivalry was responsible for Ghosh’s death.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he would take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of persuading Pakistan to grant Indian devotees open access to more historic gurdwaras across the border.Expressing his gratitude to Mr. Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for helping realise the Sikh community’s dream of visiting the Kartarpur Gurdwara, Capt. Amarinder hoped this would be followed by more such gurdwaras in Pakistan, such as Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, being opened to Indian devotees.He said he would personally take up the matter with Mr. Modi and urge him to raise the issue with Mr. Khan.Capt. Amarinder acknowledged the support given by the Union government in making the historic celebrations a success and expressed happiness at the participation of people from different political parties, as a tribute to the first Sikh guru.President present President Ram Nath Kovind, who attended the celebrations, said Guru Nanak Dev tried to free people from caste and creed and ritualism by teaching them lessons of equality, brotherhood, kindness and morality. “True followers of Guru Nanak Dev Ji work for the welfare of all, live in harmony and do their job with diligence and honesty,” he said. Mr. Kovind paid obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib and then went to the stage set up by the Punjab government for the celebrations. Later, he went to the other stage (pandal) set up by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.Two stagesHowever, the setting up of separate stages for the celebrations didn’t go down well with the pilgrims, many of whom felt that the Guru’s message of ‘oneness’ was unheeded by political parties.Forty-five-year old Baljinder Singh from Patiala, who had come to the holy town for the first time, said that he was peeved at the two stages. “They [SGPC and the State government] should have joined hands and set up only one stage. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s idea and message of ‘oneness’ has been disregarded by them,” he said.“I’ll pay obeisance at the gurdwara and return. I’ll not go any of these stages,” he added.A group of youngsters from Jalalabad in Fazilka expressed similar sentiments. “How will they [political parties] preach the message of the Guru, when they seem to be involved in their advertising through there stages and events?” said 32-year-old Daljeet Singh.Seventy-five-year-old Darshan Singh from Amritsar said: “Such division is not good for humanity. The message of unification and integration should have been sent, instead an opposite message has been conveyed.”Guru Nanak Dev had spent 14 years of his early life in Sultanpur Lodhi.
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal remained in the number one spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday.Nadal, 16-time Grand Slam champion, maintained the top spot although he lost the Shanghai Rolex Masters final on Sunday against Switzerland’s Roger Federer who came in second, reports Efe.Britain’s Andy Murray occupied the third position, while Croatian Marin Cilic jumped to the fourth.German Alexander Zverev dropped to fifth.Austrian Dominic Thiem went up one position to replace Serbian Novak Djokovic, who held the seventh spot.Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov jumped to the eighth spot, while Swiss Stan Wawrinka dropped to the ninth..@cilic_marin rises 1 spot after a @SH_RolexMasters SF run. Read & View Latest @Emirates ATP Race To London: https://t.co/g8XwUW4T0A pic.twitter.com/w2C4vLuttw- ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) October 16, 2017HALEP LEADS THE PACKFrom @ChrissieEvert to @Simona_Halep: The 25 WTA World No.1s ???! –> https://t.co/jAHCsg6DkA pic.twitter.com/DJqRe28LAu- WTA (@WTA) October 7, 2017Romanian tennis player Simona Halep continued to lead the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday.The 26-year-old Romanian star reached the number one for the first time in her career last week to put an end to the four-week reign of Spaniard GarbiNe Muguruza, who came in second, reports Efe.There were no changes in this week’s rankings, as Czech Karolina Pliskova held the third position, followed by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.American Venus Williams came in fifth, followed by Danish Caroline Wozniacki.advertisementThe current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 10,465 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,5053. Andy Murray (United Kingdom) 5,2904. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,5055. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,4006. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,9357. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3,7658. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,5909. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3,45010. David Goffin (Belgium) 2,885.The current WTA rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Simona Halep (Romania) 6,175 points2. Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 6,1353. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 5,6054. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 5,4655. Venus Williams (United States) 4,6426. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 4,6407. Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 4,5108. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 3,9509. Caroline Garcia (France) 3,86010. Johanna Konta (Britain) 3,795.
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.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government unveiled a carbon-copy federal budget Monday containing modest investments to First Nations policing, reserve infrastructure and for a highway in the Northwest Territories.The budget was essentially a replay of the previous budget unveiled on March 22 which was rejected by the opposition parties and failed to see the light of day after the triggering of the last election which led to a Conservative majority government.The two main additions in this incarnation of the budget was the $2.2 billion harmonized sales tax agreement with Quebec and the beginning of the phase out of the per-vote subsidy for political parties.The undercurrent of the budget remains belt tightening, with the government projecting a return to a balanced budget by 2014-2015.The government is projecting a deficit of $32 billion for 2011-2012. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the government planned to find about $4 billion in savings a year.The main commitments on the Aboriginal affairs file in this latest version of the 2011 budget were also highlighted in the Speech from the Throne including completion of a highway in the Northwest Territories, investments in clean energy technology, expanding adult education and supporting an Indian Affairs initiative to help bands develop and enact laws governing their reserve lands.The government is committing $150 million to finish the final leg of the Dempster Highway to link Inuvik, NT., with Tuktoyaktuk, NT., according to the 2011 budget.The budget also set aside $8 million to continue investments in clean energy technology to power remote First Nation and northern communities that currently rely on non-renewable energy, like diesel powered generators, to provide electricity.The government has committed to invest about $22 million over the next two years to upgrade fuel tanks for these power plants that supply electricity to “off-grid” First Nations communities.The government will also put $30 million over the next two years into the First Nations Policing Program to continue funding on-reserve First Nations police forces.The First Nations Land Management program, which helps First Nations communities develop and enact laws governing reserve land use, will also get about $20 million in reallocated funds, according to the 2011 budget.Basic adult education is also getting about $9 million over two years.Nunavut’s justice system will get about $4.2 million to hire new judges and prosecutors.The budget also invests $68 million to clean up federal contaminated sites over the next two years, including the Giant and Faro mines in Northern Canada.