Wasn’t scared of him then nor now, says woman who unmasked Ram Rahim

first_imgHaryana, Punjab calm; forces still at the ready “He was present in the courtroom when I deposed against him in 2009. I was not scared of him then nor am I am today,” said the woman, whose statement led to the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.The woman, who is in her early 40s, spoke to The Hindu over her relative’s phone on Monday, as she continues to live under police protection since 2002, the year the Punjab and Haryana High Court took cognisance of an anonymous letter and directed the CBI to investigate the allegations of rape and sexual assault in it.Also Read  The CBI convinced 18 women to give evidence against the Dera chief but only two deposed against him in court, leading to his conviction. “I got justice today,” the woman said. Police enhanced her security from August 24 onwards, a day before the Dera chief was convicted by a CBI court.A close relative of the woman said she was sexually assaulted when she was studying at a college run inside the Sirsa headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda. He said the woman is married now and has two children. The woman’s elder brother was also an ardent follower of the Dera chief.“He was murdered in 2002 at the behest of Ram Rahim Singh. The godman suspected the brother of having sent the anonymous letter, which led to registration of a case against him. The brother had become aware of the wrongdoings with his sister,” said the relative.The CBI is also investigating the murder case and the final hearings are to begin on September 16.The relative said that though they come from a conservative social fabric, the entire clan stood by her.The woman’s father, who died last year. had accompanied her when she went to court to record her statement in front of the judge in 2009. “That was the only time she went to court. Rest of the hearings were attended by her father. The Dera chief’s guards used to come to court with weapons. We were threatened, enticed and pressured to not pursue the case. The Dera management said they were ready to pay any amount quoted by us,” the relative said.He said the woman was determined to get justice and was glued to the TV set since morning. Belonging to a family of agriculturists, she was married to a farmer soon after she returned from the Dear headquarters.”We got to know from lawyers that Ram Rahim started crying and begging for the court’s mercy when he heard that he had been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Commandos had to drag him away outside the court as he refused to leave,” the relative said.He said had it not been for her, the other complainant, a Sadhvi, who wrote the anonymous letter wouldn’t have come to court. “She was the first one to depose and after her the sadhvi mustered courage to tell the court the atrocities done by Ram Rahim. She has created history, she should be rewarded by the government,” the relative said.last_img read more

Back from cricket, Australia’s Barty now French Open champ

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew In this image released Saturday, June 8, 2019 by the French Tennis Federation Australia’s Ashleigh Barty holds the trophy in the locker room after winning her women’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in two sets 6-1, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (Corinne Dubreuil, FFT, via AP Photo)PARIS — Ash Barty sat down to meet with reporters, crossed her arms and rested them on a table that held the French Open trophy she’d just won.Beneath the table, her white-and-black shoes were covered with rust-colored, clay-court dust.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess And now Barty should, in theory, be moving into the portion of the year that suits her the most: Wimbledon and its grass, where play begins July 1, followed by the hard-court season that includes the U.S. Open.It was after a first-round loss at Flushing Meadows in 2014 that Barty decided to step away from tennis. She had been a top junior player, who won the girls’ title at the All England Club, but the pressures and stresses of the professional tour were a lot to take as a teenager.So Barty walked away, becoming a pro in another sport: cricket.After almost two years away, she returned to tennis in 2016, originally with a ranking outside the top 600.But now, with a fresh perspective and a new confidence, she is a whole new person — on the court and off.“They go hand-in-hand. I think I have become a better person, and with that, I’ve become a better tennis player, as well,” Barty said. “I keep saying I have an incredible team around me who help me in every single facet of my life.”Barty had never been past the fourth round of a major until getting to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open this January. That helped her self-belief and it just kept increasing over the past two weeks.All traceable, in some way, to her time away from the sport.“Look, if she didn’t take a break, I’m not sure she’d still be playing,” Tyzzer said. “So I think the time away was the best thing for her.”She is the first Australian to win the French Open since Margaret Court in 1973. “I mean, I said to my team at the start of the year, I was just worried about falling over. And I can successfully say that we got to the end of the clay-court season and I did not fall over once,” she said with a smile. “So I’m pretty pumped with that.”The results the first five times Barty entered the French Open: three losses in the first round, two in the second round.“She looks forward to the grass-court season every time we play on clay,” joked her coach, Craig Tyzzer. “So I’m not sure what she’s going to expect now. She’s had a pretty good clay season now. So it’s going to be hard to top what she’s done here.”Sure is. But Barty does appear to have the required skill, the willingness to adapt within a match and the desire to improve that could make her someone to watch for years.She will move up to No. 2 in the rankings Monday, behind Naomi Osaka, who won the previous two major tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ferguson beats Cerrone by TKO at UFC 238 MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport First question: At the start of 2019, which Grand Slam tournament did you think gave you the best chance at a title?“Certainly not here,” Barty replied Saturday night, without hesitation. “That’s for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHey, give the 23-year-old Australian credit for honesty.After all, right up until the past two weeks, which culminated with her 6-1, 6-3 victory over 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the final, Roland Garros and its slow surface didn’t jump out as ideal for Barty. In the past, she had plenty of trouble with the way clay dulls powerful serves and other strokes, as well as the footwork it requires. LATEST STORIES Hers is a country with a proud history in tennis, of course.Court won more Grand Slam titles than anyone else, 24. Rod Laver, who was at Saturday’s final, is the only man to win a calendar-year Grand Slam twice. Plenty of other Australian names fill the sport’s record books.“I don’t think she thought she could win it,” Laver said. “Then, all of a sudden, her game improved. And then I think she said, ‘I’m in a new world. I’ve stepped up my level here.’”Who knows what’s next?last_img read more

Cape Cod Race lets runners compete virtually from treadmills

first_imgWhile thousands of runners descend upon Cape Cod for the New Balance Falmouth Road Race this weekend, an additional 100 are planning to compete from the comfort of their home or gym.Whether they failed to snag a coveted bib or are serving overseas in the military, the displaced runners can grab a tablet computer, hop on the treadmill and take off while watching video of the actual course of Sunday’s race.Falmouth is among the first races to let runners compete virtually from the treadmill, an idea that others are considering to widen their reach and boost their revenue.The goal is to draw runners who can’t attend in the flesh. For Falmouth, that includes 3,000 runners who were turned away this year because of size limits, along with others who couldn’t travel to Cape Cod.”This gives them an alternative to experience a little bit about what the race is all about,” said Dave McGillivray, director of the storied 7-mile race, now in its 43rd running.Growing interest in the sport has pushed other U.S. races to their capacities in recent years, while attracting technology companies that see a demand for virtual racing.The company behind Falmouth’s virtual race, Outside Interactive, is unveiling its technology for the first time on Sunday. Treadmill competitors simply download an app to the tablet and are off and running.Before now, the company specialized in creating videos that whisk runners away from the treadmill to scenic courses in Central Park or the sandy beaches of Puerto Rico.advertisement”It’s never going to be fun, but we’re trying to make it engaging,” said Gary McNamee, founder and president of the company, which is based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.Another company, RunSocial, has announced plans to offer a virtual version of the London Marathon next year.By casting a wider net, races can also tap into a new stream of revenue and attract new sponsors.Virtual runners at Falmouth will pay $40, compared with $65 for the outdoor race. Those fees cover race costs only, McGillivray said, and anything leftover is donated to charity.But the race’s sponsors will get extra exposure through advertisements that will be shown during the virtual race.”It’s a 7-mile commercial,” McNamee said.For their fee, treadmill runners will get an official finisher’s mug and a race keychain. Their times will be posted online but kept in a separate category from the outdoor race.The price seemed fair to Jennifer Walker, who plans to race from a treadmill at her gym in Baltimore.A former Boston resident, Walker has always wanted to run Falmouth. But with two young children and a husband who’s a physician, she said, traveling can be a challenge.”This is so easy for me. All I have to do is pretty much do what I normally do – go run on the treadmill,” Walker said.The video for Falmouth was filmed on a Segway about half an hour before the race started last year. It includes throngs of cheering fans along the course’s ocean vistas.Outside Interactive has filmed 10 more races that could be developed into virtual versions, McNamee said.Although the technology for virtual racing is relatively new, the idea isn’t.For years, members of the military in far-flung locales have organized their own races to coincide with major events, such as the Chicago Marathon. In 2007, American astronaut Sunita Williams ran 26.2 miles on a space station’s treadmill during the Boston Marathon.The technology from Outside Interactive borrows from that concept but tries to create an authentic simulation of the actual course.When the video approaches a hill, for example, it prompts runners to increase the elevation on their treadmill. If runners want to pick up the pace, they increase the treadmill speed and then adjust a pace setting on the video, which can speed up or slow down.McNamee hopes that in the future, advances in technology will make those adjustments easier.As close as virtual running gets to the real thing, though, race directors predict it will always fall short.”Truth be told, I don’t think you can compare the two,” said McGillivray, who is also director of the Boston Marathon. “It’ll never replace obviously the experience of running the race in person. Nothing will ever replace that. But it’s an alternative to that.”As evidence, he only has to point to the grand prize for virtual runners: They’ll be entered into a lottery for a chance to run in-person next year.last_img read more

Power Five Team Schedules New Game For Next Weekend

first_imgIowa State fans storm the field after win.AMES, IA – OCTOBER 28: Iowa State Cyclones fans stormed the field after the Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 14-7 over the TCU Horned Frogs. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)One would think that a week of lead time isn’t enough to get a college football game scheduled, but where there’s a will there’s a way. Iowa State football had a game canceled earlier this year, and its make-up opponent for next week also had to bow out.The Cyclones were set to host South Dakota State in Week 1, but bad weather led to the game being canceled.In its place, ISU came to an agreement with FCS club Incarnate Word, assuming the Cyclones weren’t in the Big 12 Championship, and UIW wasn’t in the FCS Playoffs.The Cardinals were 1-10 last season, and had blowout losses to FBS clubs New Mexico and North Texas to start its season, so that didn’t seem like a major concern. And yet, UIW finished with six wins in its final eight games, snagging a share of first place in the Southland Conference, and a spot in the playoffs at 6-4.With the Cardinals set to at Montana State on Saturday, Iowa State had to find yet another new opponent for Week 14.Iowa State football managed just that, adding Drake to its schedule just over a week before game time.Iowa State to play host to Drake on Dec. 1. #CyclONEnation? https://t.co/AYK6WiUEUw??? pic.twitter.com/EJWgaQjiIp— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) November 20, 2018From ISU’s release on the new game:“We’re most grateful to Drake Athletics Director Brian Hardin, Coach Rick Fox and the Bulldog leadership team for working with us through a very fluid situation,” Pollard said. “Coach (Matt) Campbell wants to play a 12th game and I believe our fans would welcome another chance to see this bowl-bound team play. I know the Bulldogs will enjoy the chance to play at Jack Trice Stadium and compete against a Power 5 opponent.”Drake, which is located in Des Moines, is 7-3 on the season, but did not make the playoffs after finishing tied for second in the Pioneer Football League.The Bulldogs have not faced an FBS opponent this year.[Iowa State]last_img read more

Genting Hong Kong to Delist from Singapore Exchange

first_imgzoom Genting Hong Kong, a part of Genting Group, has received a green light from the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) for its proposed voluntary delisting from the Main Board of the SGX-ST.Genting Hong Kong has a primary listing on the Main Board of the HKSE, and a secondary listing on the SGX-ST. Following the proposed delisting, the company will continue to maintain a primary listing on the Main Board of the HKSE.The company said that the move is in line with its strategic focus on its cruise ship business in Asia, in particular, North-Asia, as the company continues to undertake initiatives to tap the burgeoning growth potential in the Chinese market.“Genting Hong Kong’s proposed delisting from the SGX-ST comes after careful consideration and is in line with our growth strategy and plans to enhance value for all our shareholders in the long term. Maintaining a single primary listing on the Main Board of the HKSE will potentially increase the trading of the company’s shares on the HKSE, which will enhance the Company’s profile amongst North-Asian investors,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong, said.“The consolidated trading of the company’s shares on the HKSE arising from the proposed delisting is also expected to increase the liquidity of such shares on the HKSE, thereby improving the effectiveness of any future capital raising activities to be undertaken by the company.”After the delisting, shares will only be traded on the HKSE, the company said, adding that the voting rights and entitlement to dividends of shareholders will not be affected by the proposed delisting.last_img read more

18 killed 14 missing as Typhoon Lekima hits Chinas coast

first_imgBeijing: At least 18 people were killed and 14 others missing on Saturday after a typhoon-triggered barrier lake burst in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, official media here said. With a maximum wind force of 187 km/h, Lekima, the ninth typhoon to hit China this year, made landfall at about 1:45 am local time in Wenling city in Zhejiang, with Yongjia County the worst hit. The monster storm triggered heavy rainstorms in Yongjia County and caused a landslide that blocked the rivers, raising the water level to a maximum of 10 metre within 10 minutes and trapping 120 villages, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOver 300 police personnel and public security officers were dispatched to the scene to help with the rescue work. At least 18 people were killed and 14 others missing due to a typhoon-triggered barrier lake burst in Zhejiang province, the Xinhua report said. However, there was no detail of the victims. The typhoon will move north at a speed of about 15 km/h, with gradually weakening force, the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) was quoted as saying by the China Daily. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe storm will sweep through Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces before making another landfall in the southern coastal areas of the Shandong Peninsula late Sunday, the NMC said. The NMC issued a red alert as the super typhoon approached on Friday, before downgrading the level to orange as the winds eased to 144 km/h on Saturday morning. The storm on Friday past the northern tip of Taiwan, where nine people were injured, thousands of homes lost power temporarily and more than 500 flights were cancelled. Meanwhile, the Shanghai Disney Resort, including the Shanghai Disneyland, was closed on Saturday for safety reasons.last_img read more

Agreement on Iraqi election law means polls can go ahead in February

7 December 2009The United Nations today pledged to give Iraq support and technical assistance for holding delayed national elections following parliamentary approval of a revised electoral law, noting that the poll could now be held as early as the end of February. The constitutional deadline for the elections was January but the electoral law was vetoed by the Sunni member of Iraq’s three-member Presidency Council last month, sending it back to the Council of Representatives. Today both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Special Representative for Iraq Ad Melkert congratulated the Council of Representatives on finalizing amendments to the law. Since this was completed by 6 December, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has advised all parties that it is feasible to hold the elections on 27 February 2010. In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Ban reaffirmed the UN “commitment to provide support and technical assistance to the Independent High Electoral Commission during the electoral process and encourages the Iraqi people and all political parties to participate in a process that will shape their country’s future and contribute to national reconciliation.”He voiced satisfaction that Mr. Melkert and UNAMI were able to assist Iraqi political leaders in reaching “this important agreement.” Noting UN efforts with members of the Council over the past few weeks to facilitate a process leading to a broad agreement, Mr. Melkert said in a news release: “Although the debate appeared intense at times it was always conducted with dignity and focused on Iraq’s democratic and political progress.” read more

Panasonic to launch 101inch gesturecontrolled mobile TV

first_imgThe use of motion control looks set to spread beyond the confines of gaming devices if Panasonic’s latest product is a sign of the future. The Japanese company has just unveiled a new 10.1-inch LCD TV that can be controlled with gestures.The Panasonic VIERA DMP-HV200 has a small 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) waterproof display that is designed to be portable and can go 4 hours on a single battery charge. Other features include Wi-Fi, a USB 2.0 port, and an SDXC card slot. But it’s the gesture controls that make this unit stand out.Although the TV still requires a remote for more complex operations, motion controllers are built-in allowing you to swipe your hand left or write to change channel and up or down to adjust volume. These gestures only work when your hand is within 10cm of the screen, though. The TV also has a dedicated recipe channel so it can be used like a cook book in the kitchen.The inclusion of a USB port also means you can hook up a camera and Panasonic state the display supports Skype. There’s also the option of a model with a Blu-ray player built-in, although we doubt you could fully appreciate the HD visuals at this resolution.Gesture controls on a mobile TV don’t come cheap, though. The new VIERA will be available in Japan from March 18 for $640 (without the Blu-ray drive).Read more at CrunchGear and Panasonic (translated)Matthew’s OpinionI can certainly see the advantage of having gesture controls on a TV meant for an environment like a kitchen. How often have you wanted to change channel or turn the volume down while in the middle of preparing food? That leads to a grubby remote or time spent washing your hands.I would say there’s an issue with accidentally adjusting channel or volume from hand movements not directed at the TV, but the range is so limited on this device I think it’s going to be hard to use them even up close. 10cm is not very far at all.If Panasonic increase the screen size a bit, bring the price down, and give the option to extend the gesture range a little, then this could be a decent little TV.last_img read more

Western Digital outs 5mm hybrid drive for bigtime Ultrabook storage

first_imgSolid State Drives offer awesome performance, durability, and are easy on batteries, but they also tend to drive up the cost of all those shiny Ultrabooks Intel wants OEMs to churn out. They’re also still not close to being competitive to traditional hard drives in terms of the all-important gigabyte-to-dollar ratio.Western Digital has just announced a new product line that it thinks will help Ultrabook makers offer vastly improved internal storage capacities without giving up the speed of an SSD. Its new 5mm-thin hybrid drives shave nearly 50% off the thickness of standard 2.5-inch HDDs, and will make it possible for OEMs to cram 500GB of space into a razor-thin Ultrabook chassis. Slightly chubbier models will also begin shipping soon, and they measure just 7mm — still 2.5mm thinner than most 2.5″ drives.Two top PC manufacturers have already signed on with WD to use the new drives: Asus and Acer. That Acer is enthused about the 5mm drive shouldn’t come as a surprise. The company offered up its first Aspire S3 Ultrabook with a 320GB HDD in an attempt to keep the price point down while still giving consumers plenty of space for files.WD’s also built a bit of data redundancy into the drives. All information stored in the MLC NAND is also written to the hard drive platters.The company hasn’t put the new drives on display just yet, but will do so in just two days at its annual Investor Day. As for when you’ll be able to pick up a laptop running one of the company’s new hybrids, that’s up to folks like Acer and Asus… at least until Western Digital ships off some stock to retailers.More at Western Digitallast_img read more

Smackdown Highlights Goldberg and Undertaker appear Alexa Bliss in action Lars Sullivan

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ronda Rousey Facebook WWE posted these highlights following Smackdown Live in Laredo, Texas. Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Google+ Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Did Ronda Rousey Break Alexa Bliss’ Nose? Trish Stratus Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Reportedly InjuredVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Alexa Bliss Injury Update Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Videos Articles Twitterlast_img read more

Wakf properties unsafe under TRS rule Shabbir

first_imgHyderabad: Former Leader of Opposition in Council and Congress senior leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir has alleged that the TRS Government has failed to protect Wakf properties in Telangana State. He was speaking to media persons after submitting a memorandum to Telangana State Wakf Board Chairman Mohammed Saleem following a dharna held by the Congress workers at Haj House, Nampally on Monday. He said that the Congress party had staged a protest over encroachment of Wakf properties belonging to Toli Masjid. He said that the Wakf Board Chairman had given an assurance that since the term of present Managing Committee has ended in December 2018, Toli Masjid and its 27 acres of property would be taken under Direct Management of Wakf Board today itself. He also assured to demolish all illegal structures and restore encroached land. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us Details were also sought with regard to the case registered against senior officials of Wakf Board in February this year for issuing fake NOCs to alienate prime Wakf land in Malkajgiri and Shaikpet. Shabbir Ali urged the Wakf Board chief to ensure that those involved in the fake NOC case get severe punishment. Shabbir Ali reminded that the TRS, in its manifesto for 2014 elections, had promised to give judicial powers to Wakf Board. It had also promised to restore encroached properties within 100 days after coming to power. “Today, TRS Govt completed 1848 days in power. But not an inch of encroached Wakf land has been restored. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had given an assurance that the vacant land in Manikonda Jagir would be returned to Wakf Board. However nothing has been done in this regard,” he said. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us The former minister informed that there are 33,929 Wakf properties with combine area of 77,538.07 acres. Of this, about 57,423.91 acres or nearly 75% of total Wakf lands are under encroachment. He said so far no steps have been taken by the State Government to restore any Wakf property in the State. In December 2014, Wakf Board had constituted a 3-member legal advisory committee headed by retired High Court judge Vamana Rao, retired district and sessions judges E. Ismail and Syed Abdullah to study the nature of cases pertaining to Wakf properties across the State. “The report is not yet made public. No one has an idea on the recommendations made by the committee and how many of them have been implemented by the government,” he said. Advertise With Us Shabbir informed that as many 18 cases of Wakf property are pending in Supreme Court and 12,628 are pending in High Court. However, he said these cases were not being pursued with sincerity. In many cases, he said dispute was between Revenue Dept and Wakf Board. “Why State Government is not making the Revenue Dept withdraw cases against Wakf Board as it was done by previous Congress Government,” he said while citing the case of Dargah Ishaq Madani in Devada village of Visakhapatnam where the previous Congress Govt made Revenue Dept withdraw the case to restore 5,000 Acres of land to Wakf Board. Similarly, he said 50 acres of Wakf land in Pahadishareef was restored to Wakf Board under Congress rule. The Congress leader said that KCR regime would be remembered for destruction and loss of Wakf properties. Hundreds of Wakf properties have been lost due to deliberate negligence of TRS Govt. He said properties belonging to Toli Masjid have been encroached upon and no action has been taken. Similarly, he said the precious land belonging to Chinti Shah Masjid was not restored despite waging a legal battle. TRS Govt also committed the sin of demolishing Ek Khana Masjid in Amberpet. Shabbir Ali also furnished documents showing how Wakf properties were lost under the regimes of TDP and TRS. He said Wakf land for airport was acquired by TDP Govt in 2002. Similarly, he said all allotments of land in Manikonda Jagir were made during the TDP Govt. He said that the previous Congress regime did not alienate a single yard of Wakf Board and restored thousands of acres. “Previous Congress Govt has not only developed, but added Wakf properties. Present Haj House building was constructed by Congress Govt. In 1993, Razzak Manzil was acquired and the new building was constructed later. We also acquired two more properties adjacent to Haj House by paying a cost of several crores. Many Wakf commercial complexes were constructed across Andhra Pradesh,” he said. Shabbir Ali said on Novemer 6, 2017, CM KCR had ordered the seizure of Wakf Board office. All records were seized and it was announced that some enquiry has been ordered. “CM KCR should explain the reasons why Wakf Board office was sealed that day. How many scams were unearthed and who was found guilty? Or, was it an attempt by TRS leaders to steal or misplace original files of Wakf properties?” he asked. “KCR Govt is only cheating the Muslim community since 2014. Muslims did not get promised 12% reservation in jobs and education. Minorities Welfare is now limited to Iftar party and distribution of sarees or a pair of clothes worth Rs. 200 each. Residential schools were originally established by Congress Govt and TRS Govt only increased their numbers. Except for one or two symbolic schemes, nothing is being done for minorities’ welfare. Muslims of Telangana are being exploited by the TRS Govt and KCR,” he alleged.last_img read more

IT Layoffs 56000 employees with 7 IT firms including Infosys and Wipro

first_imgThe logo of Capgemini is seen at the entrance of the company headquarters in Paris.ReutersThe buzz around the layoffs that have hit the IT sector in India refuses to die down. After industry giants Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra made news for cutting jobs and deferring appraisals, here comes another shocker. It is now being said that 56,000 IT employees could lose their jobs in 2017.Seven IT firms – Indian and multinational brands — are said to be planning to cut jobs this year, which could affect 56,000 workers. The seven firms are Infosys Ltd, Wipro Ltd, Tech Mahindra Ltd, HCL Technologies Ltd, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and DXC Technology Co., and Capgemini, reported LiveMint.While a few of the named companies have already cut quite a number of jobs this year, claiming that the layoffs were based on poor performance of the employees, a number of them also seem to be paving the way for more sacking.Even as Cognizant refuted news of the layoffs saying that it was “unfounded” and that the firm has no plans of letting its employees go, it is said to have put over 15,000 of its workers on notice by giving them poor rating during the ongoing yearly appraisal.Infosys, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra have all blamed the recent layoffs on poor performance. “The figures reported in the article published today – including the reference to igate – are unfounded. We have not announced any lay off plan,” a statement from Capgemini said.”Each year our employees are evaluated based on strict performance criteria in an objective process, consistent with industry norms, to ensure we are aligned with our customer needs, business priorities, and the overall industry evolution. This leads naturally to a varying number of employees transitioning out of the organization in any given year,” the company added. Wipro KDC campus, KolkataWikimedia CommonsWipro, on the other hand, said: “Wipro undertakes a rigorous performance appraisal process on a regular basis to align its workforce with the business objectives, strategic priorities of the organisation, and requirements of our clients.” Infosys explained that “a continued low feedback on performance could lead to certain performance actions, including separation of an individual and this is done only after feedback.”However, Infosys has reportedly put over 3,000 senior employees under the category of workers needing improvement.Even as performance has been quoted as the reason of these layoffs, the move looks like it has more to do with the slow growth in the IT sector. Automation could be another reason. Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileThe firms have been battling issues such as tougher visa norms, a sluggish global economy and the rising popularity of digital services. Infosys has deferred the salary hike for its employees until July and Cognizant may also let go of its senior employees through a voluntary retirement scheme.Meanwhile, automation could be one of the reasons, as most of the companies now rely on digital services. “With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit,” Indian Express quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 10 Paris Climate Disagreement

first_img 00:00 /16:19 X Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in political news:Rebuke Dubke. Spicey’s boss and White House communications director Mike Dubke resignsThe White House agrees to disclose when administration officials might be working in areas in which they once lobbiedA Family Affair? Update on the Russia investigationCall Me, Maybe? Trump urges world leaders to call his cell phone#covfefeThen the profs dig in to the Paris Climate Agreement: the global influence of the United States, the tech sector’s loss of confidence in the government, the environmental repercussions, and the political impact. By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.  Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

AFRO Charities Inc Ms Santa Toy Drive

first_imgMs. Santa is hosting a toy drive on December 2nd at Hotskates! Bring an unwrapped toy and the admission will be $1. Bring the children out for some family fun for all ages with Ms. Santa. Call Diane Hocker at 410.554.8243 to donate.last_img

Cold wave to stay in South Bengal despite rise in mercury

first_imgKolkata: The temperature in the city is expected to climb up in the next few days but the cold wave condition may continue to sweep through South Bengal due to the impact of the northwesterly wind in the state.According to the prediction of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, there may be a marginal rise in temperature in the city and some of its adjoining districts. The lowest temperature in the city on Sunday remained at 12.8 degree Celsius, while Saturday recorded 12.3 degree. The lowest temperature has remained below normal for the past 19 days in the city and also in various South Bengal districts. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThough the temperature slightly went up in various South Bengal districts, the people in North Bengal districts however continue to feel a cold shiver as the temperature in some places has dipped below 5 degree Celsius. A senior weather official in the city on Sunday said that cold wave condition is still prevailing in some South Bengal districts, including Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum and West Midnapore, while the condition in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia and Hooghly has improved slightly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile the tropical cyclone, ‘Pabuk’ had its impact on Andaman Sea. There was a prediction that it would cross the Andaman Sea on Sunday. A thunderstorm has already hit Andaman due to the impact of the cyclone that had caused damages in Thailand. However, it had no major impact on the weather system in the state. ‘Pabuk’ originated over the Gulf of Thailand and its neighbouring area and then started moving towards Andaman Islands.last_img read more

Update President Jacob Zuma in town

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! President Jacob Zuma visited Dr Joseph Shabalala and his family in Ladysmith this afternoon (October 29).Arriving in a chopper and then transported by heavily-armed guards and police, President Zuma made his way to his friend Joseph’s house.It was a special visit for the Shabalala family.Only close friends and family were invited.last_img read more

Housing Markets Continue to Show Stability

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News September 23, 2015 498 Views Freddie Mac Healthy Housing Market mortgage Multi-Indicator Market Index 2015-09-23 Staff Writercenter_img As more consumers catch up on their mortgage payments, employment progresses, and home prices rebound, the housing market continues to improve and exhibit more stability.Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) released Wednesday showed stabilization among the U.S. housing market, adding Rhode Island and four other metros (Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; and Albany, New York) to the outer range of stable housing activity.The report indicated that the national MiMi value as of July 2015 reached 81, meaning that the market is on its outer range of stable housing activity.This is an increase of 0.93 percent from June to July and a three-month improvement of 2.99 percent, Freddie Mac  said. The MiMi value has improved 6.17 percent from last July and has also rebounded 37 percent from the all-time low in October 2010, but is still under the high of 121.7.”Nationally, all MiMi indicators are heading in the right direction for the second consecutive month and improving more than 6 percent from the same time last year,” said Len Kiefer, Freddie Mac’s deputy chief economist.The key drivers of the positive MiMi value were the current on mortgage indicator (83.2 points) and the employment indicator (102.2 points), both fell in range and increased 0.59 percent and 0.50 percent, respectively.The purchase applications indicator fell at 66 points in a weak position, but increased 1.32 percent from last month. The payment-to-income indicator also came in weak at 72.4 points, but also rose 1.59 percent from last month.A total of 29 of the 50 states including the District of Columbia had MiMi values in the stable range, with the District of Columbia (103), North Dakota (97), Montana (93.7), Hawaii (93.5), and California and Utah tied at (90) occupying the top five spots. Meanwhile, 46 of the 100 metro areas have MiMi values that are stable, with Fresno (98.9), Austin (96.4), Honolulu (94.1), and Salt Lake City and Los Angeles tied at (92.9) occupying the top five spots.Florida was the most improved state month-over-month (2.00 percent) and year-over-year (14.35 percent), Freddie Mac reported.”Florida has some of the most improving housing markets in the country, largely a reflection of more borrowers becoming current on their mortgage payments as the local employment picture improves and house prices rebound,” Kiefer said.He added, “The one area of the country that has been slow to respond has been the Northeast. However, we’ve started to see these housing markets turn around, especially in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. While many of the locals markets in the Northeast are still weak, they’re steadily trending in the right direction and their pace of improvement is accelerating. Overall, the West remains especially strong, with many markets posting double-digit growth in their MiMi purchase applications indicator compared to a year ago and helping to keep the country on pace for the best year of home sales since 2007.”Click here to view Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index. Housing Markets Continue to Show Stabilitylast_img read more

Relief for Homeowners with Negative Equity is Coming

first_imgRelief for Homeowners with Negative Equity is Coming If growth in housing prices continue to rise as in 2016, nearly 40 percent of homeowners who purchased a home during the height of the housing bubble could be safely above water by the end of 2017, as stated in the latest Clear Capital Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report.“National price growth is predicted to moderate in 2017 with annual growth projections in the 2 to 3 percent range,” the report said. “The number of homes reaching all-time high prices continues to grow, even as some markets have decreasing prices.”One West coast city reported negative numbers for the second consecutive month. The San Jose metro area is once again reporting negative quarterly prices this month since initially turning downward in December 2016. In January, prices in this formerly booming housing market have fallen 0.3 percent during the last quarter.In addition, the Hartford, Connecticut, metro area is also experiencing negative quarterly price growth, where home prices have fallen by 0.3 percent since fall.Despite these two markets, others are growing at impressive rates. Portland is currently the nation’s fastest growing market and has been steadily growing around the 2 percent quarter-over-quarter mark since last fall. In total, eight major metro markets are growing at 1.5 percent quarter-over-quarter or higher, compared to only three metro areas above this mark this time last year.  Other cities experiencing growth include San Antonio, Tampa, and Detroit.Continued, long-term price growth has pushed several MSAs to all-time price highs, and the Clear Capital HDI now indicates that 16 out of the nation’s top 50 largest metropolitan housing markets have surpassed the peak prices of the housing bubble.Outside of these major markets, dozens of other micro markets are selling at all-time high prices. These record-breaking major metro and micro markets account for approximately a third of the total national housing stock.“Following several rounds of healthy, peak-season summer growth, winter gains thus far this season have remained relatively healthy across much of the country,” states Alex Villacorta, VP of Research and Analytics at Clear Capital. “As prices have continued to climb in the long term during the post-housing crash, the large portion of the housing market that has been frozen in negative equity has shrunk significantly.  This means that an increasingly large portion of previously underwater homeowners may now have the option of entering the market. While the expected spring housing boost is still months away, an influx of fresh new demand on the market could further boost growth potential later this year as long as there are no other shocks to the market.” in Headlines, News, Origination Clear Capital Negative Equity 2017-02-14 Mirasha Browncenter_img Share February 14, 2017 642 Views last_img read more