Reprieve for Gautam Navlakha: HC extends interim relief from arrest

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday extended the interim relief from arrest till June 26 for activist Gautam Navlakha’s alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence.A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a plea filed by Mr. Navlakha urging the court to quash the first information report registered against him by Pune police.In the previous hearing, the Bench was presented with some letters written to Mr. Navlakha by senior Maoist leaders. On perusing them, the court said, “There is nothing against him (Mr. Navlakha) in any of the letters. We are of the prima facie opinion that there is nothing against him based on the documents submitted to us.”Additional Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai had submitted additional documents seized from Mr. Navlakha’s laptop in a sealed envelope to the court and said they cannot be shared with Mr. Navlakha as the investigation against him in the case is still on.The Bench had remarked, “There is nothing secretive in these documents. We are of the prima facie opinion that these documents can be given to him.”On Wednesday, Ms. Pai said she cannot share the documents with Mr. Navlakha at this stage. The hearing has been adjourned to June 26.last_img read more

Upset Niall broke dressing room door: KSCA

first_imgIrish wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien had allegedly broken the glass door of the dressing room at Chinnaswamy Stadium after being run out for 46 against India on Sunday. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) on Tuesday confirmed that Niall had struck the entry door to the dressing room with his bat which damaged its lower part. The matter was brought to the notice of the Irish team management and the KSCA sought Rs 25,000 damages from Niall. However, reports suggested that the issue was resolved amicably. The dismissal of Niall had dealt a heavy blow to the Irish hopes in the interesting match as at that stage he, along with captain William Porterfield, had put on 113 runs for the third wicket. Interestingly, Niall — brother of record-breaker Kevin — had on Monday claimed to have lost six of his bats from the dressing room. In fact, Yuvraj Singh then got in touch with the Irish player offering assistance and bats. In a complaint lodged with Cubbon Park police station on Monday Niall had told police that he found his bag containing six bats missing after he reached hotel from the stadium after the match.last_img read more

Day after accident, Azharuddin’s son continues to remain critical

first_imgMohammad Ayazuddin, younger son of former Indian cricket captain and Congress MP Mohd.Azharuddin, was critically injured in a road accident on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Sunday.Twisted metal and a shoe, worn probably by Ayazuddin or his friend Ajmal-ur-Rehman.Ayaz (19) was racing his imported motorbike – a Suzuki GSX- R1000 sports bike – along with his friend Ajmal-ur-Rehman (16) on the Nehru Outer Ring Road expressway, when it skidded and hit the road divider at Puppalguda junction around 9 am. Both Ayaz and Ajmal sustained severe head injuries. Two-heelers and autorickshaws are banned on the expressway.Both were immediately shifted to Apollo Hospital, where Ajmal was declared brought dead.Ajmal was the son of former Congress Rajya Sabha MP Khalil-ur-Rehman, who passed away in January this year.Ayaz, who was operated upon for head and chest injuries, is battling for life. He has been put on ventilator. Chief surgeon Dr Mahesh Joshi said Ayaz had suffered cardiac arrest. “There was no pulse and he was not respiring on his own. He has suffered serious injuries on his head, chest and abdomen. His condition is highly critical. We are trying our best to resuscitate him,” he said.Azharuddin, who represents the Moradabad parliamentary constituency in UP, was in London when the news reached him. He was expected to reach the city by midnight on Sunday.Chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Andhra Pradesh AICC in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad visited Apollo Hospital in the evening and enquired about Ayaz’s condition.Narsingi police, under whose jurisdiction the accident took place, said the bike was brand new and did not have a registration plate. Ayaz’s helmet was totally crushed. Tyre marks at the accident spot indicated the bike skidded and hit the road divider at high speed.advertisementPolice suspect the boys were racing with friends who may have called the ambulance following the accident but left after it arrived at the spot.Ayaz is a second-year BCom student at St Mary’s College, Secunderabad, and represented the Hyderabad Under- 19 team in the Ranji Trophy.Azharuddin’s elder son Asaduddin is also a cricketer.The Cyberabad Police have been trying to crack down on illegal bike races on the outer ring road, which usually start after midnight and go on till early morning.Last June, actor Kota Srinivasa Rao’s son who was riding a 1000- cc sports bike was killed in a similar accident.srinivasa. rao@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Exclusive: India’s tennis stars hit the courts of Wimbledon, again

first_imgBright sunshine welcomed the Indian tennis contingent at the All England Club where the Olympic hopefuls enjoyed a work out.”Don’t be fooled by this sunshine — this is London. By evening it can again become miserable,” said Mahesh Bhupathi after a long training session.Speaking to Mail Today, Bhupathi, playing in his fourth Olympics, said it was a good workout and he was looking forward to playing with Rohan Bopanna.With tennis selection having made headlines for almost a month in India, the superstars are now busy working the rust off their game. “The atmosphere at the All England Club is so special,” Bhupathi said.Usually, most players stay near Wimbledon during the fortnight-long Grand Slam every year. However, the tennis players are now soaking in the atmosphere at the Games Village.”It’s a sprawling complex and one cannot really feel that over 10,000 athletes have been housed here. The variety of food is very good and it’s nice to see top stars from other sporting disciplines also mingling with everyone,” added Bhupathi.However, he said that closer to the Games, he would move near Wimbledon. “The distance from Stratford to Wimbledon is a lot and I will stay near the tennis facility,” Bhupathi informed.Sania Mirza’s family has also rented an apartment near Wimbledon, though she is currently staying in the Games Village.Meanwhile, wild card Somdev Devvarman, who has been away from competitive tennis for over eight months, said he is looking forward to the challenge at the Olympics.advertisementThe Davis Cup hero is not surprised he has been given a wild card. “I was expecting it,” said Som, as he is popularly known in tennis circles.Reflecting on his shoulder injury, Somdev said, “This is the first time I had such an injury. I had to undergo a major surgery and after rehab I am now fine.”A lot of people have questioned whether Somdev deserved the wild card as he has been away from competitive tennis for so long. India’s number one singles player’s answer to this criticism is simple: “I have been playing tennis for so many years now. I really don’t feel I have been away from the sport.”Reflecting on the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, Somdev said: “After that effort, I was at my peak and played some of the top pros in tennis. I broke into the top-100 and I am sure I will again do well in singles on the ATP Tour.”A big fan of NBA in the United States, Somdev said he is looking forward to meeting some of the basketball giants, as well as sprinter Usain Bolt.last_img read more

Buffon joins Messi, Ronaldo on UEFA’s ‘Player of the Year Award’ shortlist

first_imgSHARE COMMENT August 16, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.The 39 year-old Buffon was a key member of the Juventus side that reached last season’s Champions League final, but he missed out on a first winner’s medal as the Italians were beaten 4-1 by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff.The shortlist was decided by the 80 coaches of the clubs that played in the Champions League and Europa League group stages, as well as 55 journalists.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has won the award twice, as has Portuguese forward Ronaldo.Since its inception in 2011, unlike other similar individual awards, the UEFA accolade has not been totally dominated by Ronaldo and Messi. Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta won the honour in 2012, followed by French winger Franck Ribery a year later.Real Madrid, who have lifted the European Cup in three of the past four seasons, had four players in the top 10, with Luka Modric fourth, Toni Kroos fifth and Sergio Ramos seventh.Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala (sixth) joined his Juve team-mate Buffon in being named, while Monaco’s rising teenage star Kylian Mbappe, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and former Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic rounded out the top 10.Luis Suarez—who scored 37 goals for Barcelona in all competitions last season—missed out, as did his former team-mate Neymar, who has since joined Paris Saint-Germain in a worldrecord 222 million euro ($260.9m) move. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Toronto airport to host 150 live music shows to celebrate Canada 150

first_imgTORONTO – Travellers at Canada’s busiest airport will get to enjoy live music this summer as part of the country’s 150th birthday celebrations.The YYZ Live performance series at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport features 150 free live shows by 75 artists on two stages.The series, produced by the airport and the City of Toronto, began Monday and runs daily until Sept. 15, with amplified sets beginning at 7 p.m. in the international arrivals area of Terminal 1 and acoustic sets beginning at 8 p.m. on the platform of the airport’s Terminal Link train.The first week of performances will include soul, jazz, folk, bluegrass, indie rock and international music.Bands are paid an honorarium of $600 for two performances and the city says Toronto-based artists of all genres are encouraged to apply through the city’s website to perform later in the summer.Toronto Mayor John Tory says it’s an ideal tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday.“YYZ Live supports and showcases Toronto artists while enhancing Toronto’s image and reputation as a music city to visitors and residents,” he said.Greater Toronto Airports Authority President Howard Eng said the performances will enhance the airport experience for many travellers.“For many people, their first experience of Canada is here at the airport, so it is fitting that we’ll be presenting performances from so many Canadian artists in celebration of this great country,” said Eng.last_img read more

Lobbying commissioner rejects complaints against firearms panel member

first_imgOTTAWA – A federal watchdog has dismissed complaints that a mass-shooting survivor broke the rules by working with an advocacy group to lobby for gun policy changes while also serving as a member of the Liberal government’s firearms advisory committee.In a recent decision, federal lobbying commissioner Nancy Belanger said Nathalie Provost’s work on behalf of the group PolySeSouvient, which pushes for stricter gun control, did not breach lobbying laws because Provost is not paid by the group and therefore does not need to register as a lobbyist.Provost said in an interview that she was relieved to be cleared by the commissioner, and considers the efforts against her an attempt to discredit PolySeSouvient.“I knew that I was not a lobbyist,” she said. “I feel it’s like a strategy to shut us down.”Belanger’s office received numerous complaints about Provost’s alleged conflict of interest after firearms advocates launched an online campaign encouraging people to write letters.Provost, who was shot four times during the 1989 assault by a gunman at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, has been involved for eight years with PolySeSouvient, which includes students and graduates of the engineering school.In late 2016 the Liberals appointed her to be a vice-chair of the 10-member federal firearms advisory committee, which advises the public safety minister on Canada’s gun policies, laws and regulations. The committee is chaired by a former Supreme Court justice and counts a police chief, a competitive sport shooter, an emergency physician and a farmer among its members.Under the committee’s terms of reference, members are barred from engaging in lobbying activities or working as a registered lobbyist on behalf of any organization making submissions or representations to the federal government on issues relating to the mandate of the committee.A federal bill introduced in March would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun and force gun retailers to keep records of firearms inventory and sales, The legislation would also require purchasers to present a firearms licence, while the seller would have to ensure its validity.The bill quickly prompted polarized reactions, criticized by some as too weak and by others as a misguided effort that does nothing to tackle actual gun crime.A representative of the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights, a voice for gun owners, filed a complaint with the lobbying commissioner against Provost, alleging she was in conflict while influencing the shape of the Liberal legislation.“We have to wonder how far the government will go to appease Nathalie and at what cost to the millions of Canadians this legislation affects, none of them criminals by the way,” the organization wrote on its website.OneClearVoice.ca, a website that bills itself as a letter-writing tool to fight the Liberal bill, includes a template for creating a complaint to the lobbying commissioner about Provost’s activities.Provost said that before joining the federal committee she was given clearance from the public safety minister’s office to continue acting as a spokeswoman for PolySeSouvient.In a June 26 letter to Provost, Belanger said she was ending a preliminary evaluation of the allegations against her.Belanger said she had looked at various correspondence, conducted interviews and examined publicly available records before making her determination.The Lobbying Act applies only to people who are paid for their communications activities with federal officials, while Provost is a volunteer, the letter said.The allegations “are therefore unfounded” because the act does not apply to Provost’s activities, Belanger added. “Accordingly, I consider this file closed.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

UKs May says Brexit talks making progress EU denies leak

first_imgLONDON – Giving an upbeat verdict on an inconclusive European Union summit, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday she has “a degree of confidence” that Brexit talks will be able to move to their decisive second phase by December.She told lawmakers that the talks on Britain’s divorce from the EU had made “important progress,” despite a judgment by the 27 other EU leaders that more needs to be done before the two sides can discuss trade and their future relations.May said she had “a degree of confidence we are going to get to a point of sufficient progress by December,” allowing talks to move on.With Britain’s March 2019 departure from the EU moving closer, Britain is eager to start discussing trade and future relations with the bloc. But EU leaders say there has not yet been “sufficient progress” on divorce terms, including the size of the bill Britain must pay to settle its commitments to the bloc.Britain’s initial offer to cover its previous EU commitments of around 20 billion euros ($24 billion) falls far short of the EU estimate of 60 billion euros ($70 billion) or more.May refused to commit to a figure, saying “we are going through our potential commitments line by line.”May has been in need of a boost from the 27 other EU leaders as she tries to hold together a government, a Conservative Party and a country deeply divided over Brexit. At the EU meeting in Brussels last week, she told fellow leaders that both sides needed “an outcome we can stand behind and defend to our people.”An EU official said, after last week’s dinner, all the leaders were aware of the difficulties May is facing at home. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were confidential, said there was a sense among EU leaders that they didn’t want to make life more difficult for May.But May’s life was not made any easier by a German newspaper report claiming that EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who dined with May last week, saw her as “despondent” and “begging” the EU to help her make progress.Juncker denied saying any such thing, insisting that his dinner with May in Brussels had not gone nearly as badly as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung suggested.“She was neither tired nor beaten. She did her thing, and I did mine too,” Juncker said, speaking at the Institute of Political Studies in Strasbourg, France.Juncker and his chief aide denied leaking the account of the meeting to the newspaper, and May’s spokesman declined to comment on it.Meanwhile, Britain’s biggest business groups urged May’s Conservative government to quickly agree to a transition period of at least two years after Brexit to provide certainty about trade as companies make critical decisions about jobs and investment.The letter sent to U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis said an “agreement (on a transition) is needed as soon as possible, as companies are preparing to make serious decisions at the start of 2018, which will have consequences for jobs and investment in the U.K.”May has requested a two-year transition period in which the two sides would trade on terms largely similar to current arrangements. But Britain and the EU have yet to discuss details of any such transition.___Casert reported from Brussels. Danica Kirka in London contributed to this story.last_img read more

UNP doubts polls will be fair

He said that at a time when the international community is monitoring Sri Lanka it is best to ensure the polls in the North are free and fair. The UNP member said that the heavy army presence in the North will have a negative impact on the elections scheduled to be held in September. The United National Party (UNP) today raised doubts on a free and fair election being held for the Northern Provincial Council.UNP Member of the Western Provincial Council, Kithsiri Manchanayake, addressing the media today, said that the government does not seem keen to ensure a fair poll. He urged the government to ensure the polls are not rigged and is conducted peacefully. (Colombo Gazette)

UN watchdog agency uses nuclear technology to help Mexico City breathe easier

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has teamed up with local scientists and regulatory authorities on a project aimed at making the air safer by using nuclear “know-how” to analyze air samples collected from across the city. Unlike traditional methods for analyzing air samples, nuclear tools are sensitive enough to extract key information about contaminants in small, fine particles. The smaller a toxic particle the more damaging it is to human health because it can penetrate deeply into the lungs. It is hoped that better information about release rates of elements like sulphur, nickel, copper and zinc in fine particles will help authorities improve health care and preventative strategies. Regular air samples taken throughout Mexico City are analyzed using a technique known as PIXE (proton induce x-ray emission). The IAEA is providing around $300,000 in equipment and training to scientists at the National Nuclear Research Institute of Mexico (ININ) who conduct the analysis. The scientists use an accelerator to shoot a beam of protons at a dust sample collected from the air. The results of the reaction reveal a wealth of information which helps scientists to pinpoint the exact source of toxic emissions, valuable information in a city where industry and the city’s 20 million inhabitants often live side by side. Importantly, it gives decision makers and regulators better information on which to act and develop laws to control harmful emissions. read more