Citizens should be eyes, ears of security forces: Fadnavis

first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to citizens to be the security forces’ eyes and ears to prevent a terror attack like 26/11. “India has always showed its strength and has given a clear message that we are ready to fight and defeat any kind of aggression. I sincerely appeal to all citizens to be vigilant and become the eyes and ears of our police and security forces,” he said at a function held at the Gateway of India on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack on Mumbai. Speaking with the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in the background, one of the main targets of the 26/11 attack, Mr. Fadnavis said, “Hotel Taj, the victim of the biggest terror attack at that time, is still standing with the same magnificence. It tells the whole world that terrorists and their supporters might be finished, but India will remain unhurt.”Praising the security forces, he said, “Our soldiers have the capability to give a fitting reply to attackers. After the military action in Doklam, India is being seen as a strong nation in the whole world. Our soldiers deserve the credit of making this country one of the most powerful one in the world.” The BSF had also organised a car and cycle rally by Divyangs, which set out from India Gate in New Delhi on November 14 and ended at the Gateway of India on Sunday. Addressing a function at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Mr. Fadnavis reiterated the need for alertness. “Over the last two years we have improved our security systems, provided better weapons to the police, bulletproof vests, improved co-ordination among police, Army and naval forces. I feel that both the State and the Central governments will continue to do more, but it is also important that the citizens act as the eyes and ears of the government. We are using fisherman and people living on the coastline as our eyes and ears,” he said.last_img read more

FIR against BJP leaders for holding Bengal rally without nod

first_imgThe West Bengal police on Saturday filed an FIR against senior BJP leaders for allegedly holding a public meeting in the Cooch Behar district on Friday without obtaining permission.The leaders named in the FIR are State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, party’s general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, national secretary Rahul Sinha and State general secretary Raju Banerjee. The charges include unlawful assembly, disobedience of an order promulgated by public servant, threat of injury to public servant and criminal intimidation. BJP president Amit Shah was scheduled to flag off a rath yatra from Cooch Behar on October 7, but it was postponed after the issue went to the High Court. The BJP, however, held a public rally at the venue.BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the case demonstrated how the ruling Trinamool Congress government was using the police for its political ends.Meanwhile, during the day, Trinamool workers performed a purification drive at the spot where the rally was held.last_img read more

Muzaffarnagar riots: key hearing on July 1

first_imgA court here on Monday sent the murder case of an eyewitness in a Muzaffarnagar riots case to the sessions case for hearing on July 1. Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Gautam sent the murder case against six accused to the sessions court for hearing and asked them to appear before it on July 1. Shot dead in KhatauliAshfaq, who was an eyewitness in the murder case of his two brothers, was shot dead in Khatauli town of Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district in March this year. Ashfaq’s brothers, Nawab and Shahid, were shot dead during the 2013 riots, in which more than 60 lives were lost and over 40,000 people were displaced. Case registeredPolice registered a case and arrested all the six accused, including gangster Sushil Munch’s son.last_img read more

Need to work unitedly to tackle terrorism, climate change: Modi (Roundup)

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that only refraining from war cannot ensure peace. Instead, there is a need for “united universal cooperation” to combat terrorism, climate change and for economic development and social justice.Modi made the remarks in his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, ahead of November 11 -the day when World War I ended a hundred years ago.Modi said India had no direct connection with the War but it was an important event because Indian soldiers fought bravely and sacrificed their lives. “The world witnessed a dance of death and devastation during the World War I. Around one crore soldiers and almost the same number of civilians lost their lives. This made the whole world realise and understand the importance of peace. “The definition of peace has changed in the last hundred years. “Today, peace does not only mean ‘no war’. There is a need to work unitedly to address issues such as terrorism, climate change, economic development to social justice through universal cooperation and co-ordination. Development of the poorest of the poor is the real indicator of peace,” Modi said. On climate change, the Prime Minister said people only have to look back at the glorious past and the rich traditions for remedial action and have to understand the lifestyle of the tribal communities who live in consonance and in close coordination with nature.”The tribal community believes in very peaceful and harmonious co-existence but if somebody tries to harm and cause damage to their natural resources, they do not shy away from fighting for their rights,” he said.Modi cited the example of Gurbachan Singh, a farmer from Punjab who during the marriage of his son, told the bride’s father to promise him not to burn stubble in their fields.He mentioned about the farmers of Punjab’s Kallar Majra who are mixing the stubble with the soil by ploughing their fields rather than burning. “A small constructive step plays a vital role in creating a positive environment.”Modi recalled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s contribution in keeping India united and said the nation will pay him tributes on his birth anniversary on October 31 by inaugurating his world’s tallest skyscraping statue. Lauding the performances of Indian sportspersons in the Asian Para Games and Summer Youth Olympics, he said the country was setting new records not just in the field of sports but also in “uncharted areas” and stressed on the “4S” — spirit, strength, skill and stamina — as key elements in the field of sports as the core foundation of the nation.Recalling the successful organisation of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017, Modi said India was hosting the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar between November 28 and December 16. Mentioning about ‘Self 4 Society’ portal which has been launched with a view to motivate employees of IT companies for social activities, Modi said their dedication and vigour can make every Indian feel proud. The Prime Minister congratulated Sikkim for winning the prestigious Future Policy Gold Award, 2018 for encouraging the sustainable food system and said the northeast region has made grand progress in organic farming.–IANSbns-rak/shs/mradvertisementlast_img read more

Seven stories in the news today May 9

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Tuesday, May 9———BODY OF MAN MISSING IN QUEBEC FLOODS FOUND; CHILD STILL MISSINGPolice in Quebec say the body of Mike Gagnon, 37, of Saint-Anne-des-Monts, has been recovered not far from where a strong current pulled a car toward a ran-swollen river in eastern Quebec on Sunday. But a two-year-old girl who was also in the car has not yet been found. A search will resume early today to try to find her.———SOLDIERS POUR INTO QUEBEC ON FLOOD DUTYMore than 1,500 soldiers are in Quebec to help residents deal with “historic” flooding that has caused widespread damage and evacuations. Quebec Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux says authorities expect the water to start receding by mid-week. Heavy rains and melting snowpack across Quebec have so far flooded 2,429 Quebec residences, forcing the evacuation of 1,520 people in almost 150 municipalities.———VOTERS IN B.C. HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAYVoters in British Columbia head to the polls today at the end of a sometimes bruising 28-day campaign fought on jobs, the economy and the influence of big donors in provincial politics. The B.C. Liberal party has been in power for 16 years and is attempting to build on four straight majority governments by running on the party’s record of economic growth and financial stability. The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PST.———ONTARIO SELLS FINAL TRANCHE OF HYDRO ONE SHARESThe Ontario government is selling what it expects to be its final offering of shares in Hydro One, a move it says could raise more than $3 billion for the province. The government and Hydro One say they have an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters for some 120 million common shares. When all is said and done, the province will continue to hold about 49.9 per cent of the company.———INQUEST INTO FIREFIGHTER DEATHS SET TO BEGINAn inquest into the deaths of two Ontario men who lost their lives during firefighter training exercises five years apart is set to begin today. Thirty-year-old Adam Brunt, a firefighting student from Clarington, Ont., died in February 2015 after getting trapped under the ice during a rescue exercise. His death came five years after a similar incident near Sarnia claimed the life of volunteer firefighter Gary Kendall.———MOTHER OF DEAD TODDLER ATTACKED ON SOCIAL MEDIAMembers of an indigenous community in Alberta are angry that strangers are using social media to attack the mother of a toddler who was found dead near an Edmonton church last month. The body of 19-month-old Anthony Raine was discovered April 21 outside the church. His father and his girlfriend have been charged. But some people on social media have blamed the boy’s biological mother and her family for his death.———EX-MONTREAL CANADIENS OWNER JOHN DAVID MOLSON DIES AT AGE 88John David Molson, the former president and owner of the Montreal Canadiens and prominent member of the Molson family of brewers, has died at the age of 88, the team announced Monday. Molson was born in Montreal and joined the family business, Molson Breweries, in 1949 and held various positions until he became vice-president in 1964. The Habs won five Stanley Cups during Molson’s time as club president.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Various Quebec cabinet ministers and police forces will provide an update on the floods in the province.— Look for financial results today from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, George Weston Ltd., Sleep Country Canada, among others.— Energy ministers from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba hold a panel discussion in Regina.— Statistics Canada will release the March figures for building permits.— Former U.S. intelligence officer and whistleblower Edward Snowden will give a lecture via webcast at the University of Winnipeg.— Two indigenous women from Papua New Guinea will hold a news conference in Ottawa to discuss violence at the Barrick mine.— Canada Post will unveil the fourth of 10 stamps highlighting Canadian history.last_img read more

International Rescue Committee To Host Annual Freedom Award Dinner

first_imgThe International Rescue Committee will host its annual Freedom Award Dinner which will honor Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa, President and CEO of MasterCard, Ajay Banga and Josh Weston.The event will feature performances by international music sensation Nico & Vinz and American trumpeter and composer Chris Botti. Other guests in attendance will include IRC President and CEO David Miliband, IRC Spokesperson Eden Grinshpan, celebrity supporters Sir Patrick Stewart, Brad Raider, Ranjana & Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and more.Co-Chairs include Katherine Farley & Jerry I. Speyer, Ken & Vickie French, Ruth & David Levine, Gillian M. Shepherd & Eduardo G. Mestre and Catherine & Tracy WolstencroftThe International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award Dinner supports the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world. The Freedom Award has been presented to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity.WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2015WHERE: Waldorf Astoria Hotel The Ballroom 301 Park Avenue, NYClast_img read more