Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Five killed in car-truck collision in Jhajjar

Five killed in car-truck collision in Jhajjar

Chandigarh: Five persons, including four of a family, were killed when their car collided with a truck near Raiya village in Haryana’s Jhajjar district on Wednesday morning, police said. Among those killed were a couple and their two minor children, a Jhajjar Police official said.

All the five people were returning from Delhi to their village Kasni in Jhajjar after attending a marriage, he said. He said there were light rains in the area where the accident occurred. The truck driver fled after the accident and a case has been registered in this connection, the police officer said.



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Delhi witnesses rains, more forecast for tomorrow

Delhi witnesses rains, more forecast for tomorrow

New Delhi: National Capital and its adjoining areas such as Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Faridabad on Wednesday experienced rain and thundershower. As per the India Meteorological Department, both Safdarjung and Palam observatories recorded 2 mm of rainfall over Delhi and National Capital Region.

“These rains were the results of an active Western Disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir. This system had induced a Cyclonic Circulation over West Rajasthan and adjoining areas. A Trough from this system was also extending up till West Uttar Pradesh across Delhi,” stated Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

Weather experts have predicted that on February 21, the rain will intensify in Delhi as Cyclonic Circulation will move towards Haryana and Punjab. “In wake of this movement, many parts of Delhi and NCR area will receive light to moderate rain and thundershower activities. These on and off rains will continue lashing the region until February 22.

There are also bright chances of a hailstorm at one or two places, but the intensity will remain on the lower side,” Skymet added. Today, the minimum and maximum temperatures recorded in Delhi was 14 Degree Celsius and 24 Degree Celsius, respectively. Humidity in the region throughout the day will oscillate between 90 per cent to 98 per cent.



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Bhopal: Rs 1.70 crore cash, jewellery worth 70 lakh seized in IT raid on road contractor

Bhopal: Rs 1.70 crore cash, jewellery worth 70 lakh seized in IT raid on road contractor

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Income tax sleuths seized over Rs one crore in cash and jewellery worth Rs 70 lakh after raiding the properties of a road contractor on Tuesday in Bhopal. The IT sleuths made the recovery after raiding four locations of road contractor Nilay Jain. The IT raid is still underway in the cityâ?Ts Arera colony area. Jainâ?Ts house and offices were raided during the operation. During the raid, Rs 1 crore cash was seized from his house whereas another Rs 70 Lakh was found in the bank locker. IT sleuths have also found jewellery worth approximately Rs 70 Lakh.
More details awaited.



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Curfew relaxation in Jammu extended

Curfew relaxation in Jammu extended

Jammu: In response to the overall improvement in the law and order situation in the Jammu district on Wednesday, authorities have decided to extend the curfew relaxation till 1 p.m., which was initially only till 11 a.m. Ramesh Kumar, District Magistrate (DM), Jammu, issued an order saying that the relaxation that began at 8 a.m., will continue till 1 p.m. The DM’s order however, said all wine shops and bars will remain closed in the district during this period.

On Tuesday, the curfew, which was imposed on February 15, was relaxed in few parts of the Jammu city in three phases. No untoward incident was reported. All educational institutes remained shut and examinations scheduled for the day were postponed. New exam dates would be announced later, the authorities said.

Mobile Internet services were suspended for the sixth day. The curfew was imposed after miscreants torched vehicles and damaged several others carrying number plates of the Kashmir Valley in protest against the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF troopers.

Tensions mounted in Jammu city as hundreds of Kashmiris living here felt unsafe after the selective targeting by miscreants. “Things are returning to normal. Miscreants trying to disturb harmony among different sections of the society are being booked and will be dealt with accordingly,” the police said.



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Odisha: High court judges given demo of EVM

Odisha: High court judges given demo of EVM

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Acting on a directive of the Election Commission of India (ECI), a demonstration-cum-mock poll on the functioning of EVM-VVPAT was conducted in the premises of the Orissa High Court on Tuesday. The exercise was held before Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri, Chief Justice of Orissa High Court and other Puisne judges of the High Court.  During the demonstration, Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha made a brief presentation on the EVM- VVPAT and informed the judges that the VVPAT will be used for the first time in the forthcoming simultaneous general elections in Odisha.

The Chief Justice of Orissa High Court and all the judges participated in a mock poll and were satisfied with the demonstration. Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha informed the judges about the Voter Helpline application developed by the ECI whereby any voter can verify their names in the electoral roll. The application is available for download on Google playstore. The judges were also informed that application for inclusion or correction can be made currently, which is the period of continuous updating of electoral polls.



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East Bengal likely to ask AIFF for rescheduling of Real Kashmir match

East Bengal likely to ask AIFF for rescheduling of Real Kashmir match

 

Leeds [United Kingdom]: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) informed East Bengal that the  between Real Kashmir FC and East Bengal would go on as planned on February 28th in Srinagar.

The terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwana region led to East Bengal raising security concerns in the area of Srinagar. East Bengal CEO Sanjit Sen had earlier sent an e-mail to AIFF asking about the security in Srinagar and asking the federation to provide additional security to the side.

“We have received a mail from AIFF where they have stated that the match will be played on February 28 in Srinagar. The East Bengal management and Quess Corp management will discuss this matter in the next few days. As of now, all arrangements have been made to travel to Kashmir.

At present we are focusing only on our next match which is on February 25 against Aizawl FC”, Sanjit Sen(Club CEO of East Bengal) told Goal.com East Bengal’s board member and senior official Debabrata Sarkar suggested that they would request the AIFF to consider the situation from of humanitarian point of view and postpone the game.

“We want football to continue in Kashmir. But we cannot play football at the cost of human lives. Our coach is a foreigner and we have six foreign players in our team who have raised their concerns over playing there”, Sarkar told Goal.com â?oWe have never said we will not play in Kashmir. We will definitely go. What we are suggesting is to reschedule the match. Let things get back to normalcy in Kashmir. We will play the match in Kashmir only, but after a few days”.



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Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Vatican City: Catholic religious orders around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups.

The two umbrella organisations representing the world’s religious orders issued a joint statement ahead of Pope Francis’ sex abuse prevention summit, which opens Thursday. They vowed to implement accountability measures to ensure that cover-ups by religious superiors end and that children are always safe in the presence of clergy.

With a few exceptions, religious orders have largely flown under the radar in the decades-long scandal, since the focus has been on how diocesan bishops protected their priests and moved them from parish to parish where they were free to abuse again. Yet congregations such as the Jesuits, Salesians and Christian Brothers have some of the worst records, since they too moved abusers around and had easy access to young victims, since many orders specialize in running schools.

The Union of Superiors General represents the leadership of male religious orders, which count around 133,000 priests globally. The female branch, the International Union of Superiors General, represents some 500,000 religious sisters. They will each send around a dozen representatives to the Vatican sex abuse summit.

In the statement, the groups said they were ashamed at how they had failed the most vulnerable they were meant to serve and blamed “the strong sense of family” that their communities fostered for having blinded them to the warning signs. “It resulted in a misplaced loyalty, errors in judgment, slowness to act, denial and at times, cover-up,” they said. “We still need conversion and we want to change. We want to act with humility. We want to see our blind spots.

We want to name any abuse of power.” To that end, the statement also condemned recent revelations of priests and bishops who sexually abused seminarians and nuns – an abuse of power that has largely gone unpunished since the victims are adults. While noting the pope’s summit is focused on the protection of minors, the groups pledged to find a response. “This is a matter of grave and shocking concern,” they said.



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MRF workers strike continue in Chennai

MRF workers strike continue in Chennai

Chennai: The worker’s strike at tyre major MRF Ltd’s factory here demanding the removal of CCTV cameras and early settlement of wage revision, continued on Wednesday for the 13th consecutive day. “The strike has entered 13th day after it began on February 8. The total number of workers in the plant are 1,025 and barring 66, all the others are on strike.

Our demand is early conclusion of wage settlement and the removal of CCTVs as it impacts our privacy,” C.R. Prabhakaran, General Secretary, MRF Employees Union, told IANS on Wednesday. Prabhakaran said the plant rolls out tyres for light/heavy and off the road vehicles.

The per day output of this plant is about Rs 3.5 crore. The average wage per worker in the plant is about Rs 23,000 per month and the take home is some Rs 18,000. On the other hand the average wages of workers in other MRF plants are about Rs 40,000 per month. The last wage settlement was done in 2009,” he added. According to Prabhakaran, the Tiruvottiyur plant is the company’s mother plant and the wages here are the lowest.

Queried about the reasons for workers being against the CCTVs, he said: “Tyre production is done in a very hot environment. The workers work as a team and give the required output. Our plant has won the best productivity/quality awards for the last three years amongst other MRF plants.”Workers would take some rest after hours of hard work. The CCTV cameras are fixed everywhere thereby taking away the privacy.

“We have no objection if the CCTV cameras are fixed at the main entrance, scrap yard and few other places.”MRF notified the bourses about the strike on Tuesday terming the strike as illegal. The company said the wage settlement issue is with the Industrial Tribunal which had rejected the worker’s demand on CCTV cameras.The tyre maker said efforts were being taken to restore normalcy at the earliest.



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Ernesto Valverde finds positives as Barcelona draw blank in Lyon to leave tie open

Ernesto Valverde finds positives as Barcelona draw blank in Lyon to leave tie open

Lyon: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde shrugged off his team’s struggles in front of goal after they were held to a 0-0 draw away at Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. The Spanish side had most of the chances at the Groupama Stadium on Tuesday, with Luis Suarez firing just wide in the second half, although it was Lyon who came the closest when Martin Terrier hit the bar early on.

Lionel Messi and co. were once again left frustrated on the road at the business end of the competition, and have now gone six away matches without winning in the Champions League knockout rounds, scoring just a single goal in that time. It is a run that goes back three years.

Desperate to end Real Madrid’s recent European dominance, Barca must now finish the job when the teams meet again at the Camp Nou on March 13, but Lyon remain in the tie. Barcelona’s form needs to improve between now and then, though — they have drawn four of their last five matches in all, and have scored just once, from a penalty, in their last three outings. “We played good football, but you have to hit the target as well, and we didn’t,” Valverde said.

“We are on the right road, though, and the tie is still up in the air. We will try to win it in front of our fans.” He added: “I am not happy with the result, but I am happy with the performance and with what we created. “We didn’t score, but that is how it is. It is not easy to win away from home in the Champions League.” The visitors — who started with Sergi Roberto in midfield rather than the out-of-form Philippe Coutinho — had good reason to be wary of their hosts, who have excelled in big games this season.

Lyon still unbeaten in Europe –
Bruno Genesio’s team had taken four points from a possible six against Manchester City in the group stage and recently won at home to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. They are still unbeaten in Europe this season, although this was their sixth consecutive draw.

“It’s a satisfying result because it leaves us with a chance for the second leg, and we didn’t concede. If we can score at the Camp Nou we’ll have a chance of going through,” said Genesio. He admitted that he had hoped for an even better performance, but Lyon were missing their World Cup-winning captain Nabil Fekir due to suspension here.

It was the 21-year-old Terrier who surprisingly started in his place, and he delivered the most exciting moment of the first half for the crowd of almost 58,000 with a thunderous strike from 20 yards out in the ninth minute that was tipped onto the bar by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The same player later shot over at the end of a fantastic move, while Houssem Aouar had earlier been denied by the goalkeeper, but it was Barcelona who enjoyed the longer spells of possession.

Ousmane Dembele — one of two Frenchmen in the away line-up — came closest for them in the first half, although their best chances came after he had been replaced by Coutinho midway through the second period. Suarez came within inches of breaking the deadlock 20 minutes from time, firing narrowly wide from Jordi Alba’s cutback. He has now gone 16 away matches without scoring in the competition.

Coutinho had a powerful shot beaten away by Anthony Lopes, with the Lyon goalkeeper also frustrating Messi and Sergio Busquets as Barcelona dominated but departed without a potentially precious away goal. “It is a little bit of a disappointment, but there is still the second leg to come and we hope to do better,” said defender Clement Lenglet. At least they extended their unbeaten record against Lyon to seven matches, but there remains hope for the French club ahead of the return.



Source: FPJ