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  • Elder Paper nearly trashed million dollars

    first_img(preceding photo: Michele Paper, 97, on the right, stands next to elder Tom Eagle in 2005)APTN National NewsDene elder Michel Paper, 97, nearly tossed $1 million into the trash.The elder from Dettah, NT, is now planning to buy a new house for his family, throw a feast and leave the rest of his winnings to his son and grandchildren.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.last_img

  • Fasting Elder Robinson grapples with swirling emotions as RCMP investigates nephews murder

    first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsElder Raymond Robinson, who has been fasting with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, lay on the floor of an Ottawa hotel room Sunday and wept after hearing the news his nephew was dead.Manitoba RCMP investigators are treating Austin Troy Hunter Monias’ death as a murder. The 19 year-old was pronounced dead-on-arrival at the Cross Lake, Man., nursing station on Sunday morning. Monias was rushed there by ambulance from a house party, according to Cross Lake First Nation Chief Garrison Settee.Once he heard the news, Robinson said he needed to seek solitude away from the constant bustle of Spence’s camp, which sits on Victoria Island.“I needed to spend some time in solitude just to reflect, just to take time to myself, to think things out, to ensure that I have everything in perspective, that I collect myself again,” said Robinson Monday, day 41 of his fast. “And I did break down there. I was on the floor. I needed to be alone to do that.”Robinson, along with Spence, has been fasting to force a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and First Nations leaders. Spence began her fast on Dec. 11 and Robinson on Dec. 12. He has been on the island since Jan. 1.Robinson said was torn between the need to continue his fast or head back home to be with his devastated family.After a while, he also sat on a chair and stared out the hotel room window struggling with his heaving emotions.“I was just trying to come to grips with what is happening back home and hoping that everybody will understand that if I am unable to go, they will understand. But it’s hard, my emotions are still so mixed, whether I need to be home or whether I need to be here. So I am praying for that. We will see what happens,” said Robinson, inside a wood stove-heated canvas tent which sits next to Spence’s teepee.But, after speaking with Monias’ father, Robinson said he would stick to the fast for now.“I have to. I have to continue even more now, (I am) more determined,” said Robinson.Responding to Robinson and Spence’s continued fast, Manitoba chiefs last Friday called on the prime minister and the governor general to meet with chiefs on Jan. 24.Robinson said this was the second death in the family in the past three weeks. An aunt also recently died.“It is hard to put into words, what I am going through emotionally. Spiritually, I am okay,” said Robinson. “I am a firm believer in the creator and I know my nephew Austin is in good hands.”Robinson’s son Tyler Robinson, 28, said his cousin’s death was no accident and a product of intense internal rivalries within Cross Lake based on where people live and their last name.“You can’t go to a different place on the reserve, (if) you’re from a different area you will get attacked for just being somewhere else…just because of which area you are from and especially what your last name is too,” said Tyler, who was sitting on a bed next to his father.“Us Robinsons are not liked back home.”Tyler, a community youth leader, said his cousin was just standing up for himself.“He was getting picked on and he stood up for himself, but there was a lot of them…I don’t know how many there, he had two other cousins there helping him,” he said. “He didn’t deserve to go that way…let alone from our own people fighting against each other back home.”The Manitoba RCMP said in a statement that investigators are treating the death as a murder and the force flew in additional resources to assist local officers including members of the force’s serious crime unit and a forensics team out of Thompson, Man.“I know there is a death in Cross Lake that we are investigating and we have units on the ground,” said Sgt. Line Karpish.The RCMP also arrested four people in relation to the incident, but released them without charges, the statement said. Monias was found in a residence with “life threatening injuries” at about 6 a.m.Tyler Robinson’s brother, Baptiste Robinson, 21, said he found out about the death over Facebook.“It is rough hearing about stuff like this through Facebook,” said Baptiste. “People have no respect for others that don’t know.”Baptiste said his cousin, who also played hockey, was actively trying to become a youth leader in the community.“He was really talented and really outspoken, outgoing, everyone back home knew he was a nice guy,” said Robinson.On Jan. 11, which was a day Idle No More protests again swept the country to coincide with Atleo’s meeting with the prime minister, Monias spoke at a rally in Cross Lake held in support of Robinson and Spence’s fast.“He was one of the key speakers for the youth and he stood up and spoke for the youth,” said Baptiste.Baptiste said he was chatting with Monias only a few nights ago about bringing all the youth in the community together.“Most of the time the chief and councils, they don’t let us youth talk, they think so little of us…they don’t know nothing because they never let us speak and that is what brings us down,” said Baptiste. “Us youth back home, they don’t let our voices be heard and some of the youth think that it’s the only place they’ll ever live, they’ll ever see, but the world is way bigger.”Elder Robinson said there is very little for youth to do in Cross Lake and they often end up consuming alcohol and drugs.“It ticks me, it ticks me we are losing so many youth. We have to get something for them, something they can enjoy and something they can do away from alcohol, away from drugs,” he said.Monias always called Robinson “uncle” and wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a leader.“He told me he wanted to be like me, that I did a lot for our people,” said Robinson. “I always told him you can only be you, you can never be me, you have to find your own groove, your own journey, what the creator is calling you to. He said, ‘yeah I know, I know.’He wanted to better himself, he wanted to finish his education…he wanted to pursue a political career…I told him once that I am retiring, I think it is time to hang up my hat. He said, ‘Don’t worry uncle, I will pick up the torch, I will get my education.’”At one point in the interview, sadness rises like a slow tide to the rims of Robinson’s eyes. He pauses. Gathers himself.“It is not easy talking like this,” he said. “Knowing he is not here in a physical sense anymore.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

  • Landslide at Muskrat Falls prompts renewed calls for independent review

    first_img(The above photo was posted to Facebook on Saturday. It was reportedly shared by a worker on the Muskrat Falls site and shows a landslide on the north side of the river.)Justin Brake APTN NewsAnxiety in on the rise in Labrador as land protectors and others living downstream of Muskrat Falls react to images that show a landslide on the banks of the Lower Churchill River at the project site.Residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Mud Lake held a motorcade in Happy Valley Monday to protest the Crown energy corporation and Muskrat Falls proponent Nalcor Energy’s response to the event.On Sunday, after the photos were reportedly leaked by a worker on the Muskrat Falls site the previous day, Nalcor issued a statement saying the slide poses “no safety risk in relation to the North Spur or the Muskrat Falls facilities,” and that landslides along the river are “fairly common.”The North Spur is a natural peninsula in the river that Nalcor is using to form a “natural dam” as part of the Muskrat Falls facilities.As far back as the project’s environmental assessment process Innu elders and others with knowledge of the area have expressed concerns with the dam being built in part on land comprised of sand and marine clay, also known as “quick clay”.“We are asking that Nalcor and the [provincial] government show genuine concern and empathy and give us honest and forthright answers,” the Labrador Land Protectors said in a press release issued Monday ahead of the motorcade.“We feel Nalcor’s response is insensitive to the concerns of those who live downstream of this project, who have already seen the wrath of the river in last spring’s flood.”Last spring residents of Mud Lake, a remote community of about 50 that resides in the Muskrat Falls flood zone, were airlifted to Goose Bay in an emergency evacuation after water levels in the Churchill River flooded many homes.Residents say that in Mud Lake’s 200 year history water levels have never risen to the extent they did in May 2017.Many attribute the flooding to the Muskrat Falls facilities and believe the dam, which is reportedly more than two-third complete, altered the behaviour of the river flow and caused an ice jam that backed up water into Mud Lake.An independent review of the flooding concluded that Muskrat Falls was not to blame, though some observers have argued the analysis did not have enough data to render a definitive conclusion.“For Nalcor to simply say there is no danger with this newest landslide shows an offhanded dismissal of the downstream population’s very real fears,” the Labrador Land Protectors’ statement continued.“We have been vocal that residents living in the flood zones, especially Mud Lake and the lower Valley, are under incredible stress and anguish while government and company continue to downplay concerns as trivial and insignificant.”An aerial view of the Muskrat Falls facilities in January 2018, with a view of part of the North Spur on the right. Photo: Nalcor Energy.APTN News requested information on the slide from Nalcor; a spokesperson responded by directing APTN back to the corporation’s three-paragraph statement, which only says the slide occurred on the north side of the river, downstream of the North Spur and outside of the North Spur dam stabilization area.Residents of the area, including Innu and Inuit who were involved in the 2016 protests that led to blockades and an occupation of the Muskrat Falls site, have been calling on the provincial government to order an independent review of Nalcor’s assessment of the North Spur and the corporation’s geotechnical engineering plans to stabilize the area to prevent a dam breach.While the Liberals have ordered a public inquiry into the project as a whole, and more recently a forensic audit of Nalcor, they haven’t alleviated locals’ fears of a dam breach with calls for an inquiry into the North Spur.Independent Newfoundland and Labrador MHA Paul Lane told APTN Monday that residents of the area have told him “they’re in fear of their life,” and that “they can’t sleep at night.”“If Nalcor is confident in the fact that they have a solution [to stabilize the North Spur], then come forward with what exactly it is they’re going to do — and have that open to be scrutinized and have an independent review,” he said.“Because quite frankly people are not willing to take their word for it, and I think that’s what it’s come down to. For them to just simply proclaim, ‘Don’t worry about it guys, everything is ok — we’re confident’ — people are not accepting them face value on their word.”Maurice Adams, a blogger and longtime critic of Muskrat Falls, said his and others’ primary concerns around the North Spur and the dam’s stability once water levels are raised in the reservoir are consequent to Nalcor’s methodology in its assessments of the North Spur.“Once the reservoir is raised up to 39 metres, from what I’ve read the increase in the pressure, horizontally, is exponentially higher in accordance with the increase in the depth in the water. So we don’t really know that that particular area is safe,” he said Monday.Adams referred to the work of Swedish engineers Dr. Stig Bernander and Dr. Lennart Elfgren, who have taken an interest in Muskrat Falls because of the dam’s position atop glacial marine sediments and the unique challenges that poses.They questioned Nalcor’s methodolgy in assessing the probability of landslides around the North Spur once water levels are raised in the Muskrat Falls reservoir, in a report released last year. They fear a dam breach may occur if the proper work is not done to properly assess the risks of landslides, and to adequately stabilize the area prior to flooding.Nalcor has repeatedly maintained it has done the proper work, though critics like Adams and many locals living downstream say Nalcor hasn’t sufficiently addressed the concerns highlighted by Bernander and Elfgren.“An independent assessment into whether or not what Dr. Bernander is saying, and the methodology he says needs to be used to assess what kind of stabilization might be appropriate for the North Spur — that needs to be independently assessed and somebody need to determine whether or not what Nalcor has done there is based on sound engineering methodologies,” said Adams.Roberta Benefiel of Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, another longtime critic of the Muskrat Falls project, said she wants Nalcor to immediately lower the water in the partially flooded reservoir.“We want them to slowly lower the water, now, because we’re worried — Mud Lake is very worried,” she said Monday. “We think that’s the least [Nalcor] can do. Start to lower the water now, and do it at a sensible pace, instead of what they did last year.”In a Facebook live video of the motorcade posted by the Labrador Land Protectors Inuk land protector Marjorie Flowers criticizes Nalcor’s response to the slide.“The audacity is the only word that comes to mind, to only focus on their infrastructure when people have been living in real fear and anxiety for so long. And then this slide happens, and nothing,” Flower says.In their press release the land protectors also took aim at the government, which received a petition days before the May 2017 flooding of Mud Lake from more than a thousand residents, including many from the five communities downstream of Muskrat Falls.The petition asked for an independent review of the North Spur.Land protectors say almost a year later they still have not received a response from Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, who is also the self-appointed minister responsible for Labrador Affairs and the Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs secretariat.APTN requested comment from Ball Monday, but that request was passed on to the Department of Natural Resources. A response was not received by the time of publication.Land protectors said in their press release that an independent inquiry into the North Spur would “finally allow residents to feel supported and that their elected representatives were ensuring their lives and safety.”jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

  • Abenaki town crier in Ottawa unveils new talking stick

    first_imgRicher has one message for anyone who knows where his stick might be.“The person who has found it at some point will that it is not his or hers to keep,” he said.“So hopefully they will return it.”abernard@aptn.ca@Abernardnews Amber BernardAPTN NewsA year after Daniel Richer had his original talking stick stolen, the Abenaki town crier in Ottawa is ready to rock with his new one.“I was filming a TV show at Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa and while we were doing a shoot, somebody stole my talking stick.”The unfortunate loss didn’t stop him and with the help of a friend he designed another one.Richer remembers the day his talking stick disappeared, “well a year ago exactly, actually.”Danou Charette a wood carver heard about Richer’s loss and decided to help.“I know he lost his talking stick. So when I realized that, I called him and said ‘Daniel if you dream of something else, another talking stick just give me a call and we can talk about,’” said Charette.Richer did exactly that and the two designed a new one.Richer believes everything happens for a reason and had been dreaming about a new design a couple years prior.“Well you know when things happen to us we have a choice of stopping and not going forward anymore.”“Or we take it as a learning process and motivation to go forward,” he said. The new talking stick made its first appearance to group of summer students Wednesday.Those who attended the ceremony were able to get a good look at the new talking stick and one student was happy Richer shared the experience with her camp.“I liked the talking stick and I really enjoyed everything,” said Abigail Collins.While the new talking stick is already having a positive impact, Richer still awaits the return of his original one.“I hope one day I’ll find my other talking stick, because it is a part of me. It went all around the world with me,” he said.Richer tells APTN News, the energy of the original talking stick is close to his heart.“There’s an energy that’s been there for years, I’ve been doing this for 38 years. The friend who gave it to me has passed away and so his energy is there,” he said.“My parents were there when I had it, they have now passed on. My wife was with me, she has now passed on.”last_img read more

  • Ontario Real Estate Association says procandidate ads were put up in error

    first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Real Estate Association is pulling four election-focused billboard advertisements as it steps away from political advocacy amid a spat with the Toronto Real Estate Board.OREA said Tuesday that four billboards supporting two candidates in the provincial election were put up “in error” and will be removed.The real estate association said the signs were accidentally erected after Outfront Media, a marketing company hired by OREA, missed an email requesting that they not be posted, OREA vice-president Matthew Thornton said TuesdayOne billboard reads “Taras Natyshak – A strong local voice for Essex homeowners” and other three read “Charles Sousa – A strong local voice for Mississauga-Lakeshore homeowners.”Sousa is the Liberal government’s finance minister and Natyshak is a New Democrat member of the legislature.He said OREA voted last week to step away from some of the political activism it had planned for the provincial election campaign and put more focus on advocating for affordable home ownership.“It was a really unfortunate error…It was something that shouldn’t have been up in the first place,” said Thornton on Tuesday. “As of today, (the billboards) should be covered up.”Outfront did not immediately respond to a request for comments.The billboard error comes amid increasing scrutiny on OREA, whose chief executive is former Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak.In a letter obtained by The Canadian Press last week, Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos slammed OREA for endorsing politicians with “member dues without member’s knowledge and buy-in.”“We are collectively mandated to work with whatever party is elected to produce policies that benefit our members, consumers and our industry. Our members should be free to support whomever they choose and it would be arrogant to align with any one party or candidate that may conflict with the beliefs of members,” the letter said.“For these reasons, and with all due respect, we request and advise that OREA avoid taking overt political positions by supporting individual politicians.”OREA and TREB have repeatedly declined to comment on the specifics of the letter, referring The Canadian Press to a joint statement released May 11 that said the letter is “not reflective of the long standing and positive relationship” between the associations. They said they hope to resolve the discussions “amicably and internally.”On Tuesday, OREA and TREB again referred The Canadian Press to the statement, but Thornton revealed more details about OREA’s “Keep the Dream Alive” campaign, which is meant to raise awareness around the lack of affordability young people are facing in the housing market.The billboards were part of the campaign until the board axed them because it wanted to ensure it was putting the larger campaign first, Thornton said.As part of the campaign, he said OREA will still be involved in candidate debates and surveys, advocacy work around home ownership and the lack of housing supply, and will engage with politicians at Queen’s Park when the provincial government returns to session. OREA will also launch digital advertising in spring and the fall.OREA has had to adjust its mandate after it lost the ability to provide educational courses to realtors after December 2020, when the Real Estate Council of Ontario put out a request for proposals to find a new body to administer such courses.Last April, it announced that Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and learning management company NIIT Canada would take over realtor education.last_img read more

  • ExBlackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting

    first_imgWASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security contractor has been convicted of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.Nicholas Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in Washington.Prosecutors say Slatten was the first to fire shots in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad. The shooting strained relations with Iraq and drew intense scrutiny of the role of American contractors in the Iraq War.The defence had argued that Slatten opened fire because he thought a bomb-laden car was headed toward his convoy.An appeals court had overturned his 2014 conviction, saying he should have been tried separately from three other men. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict in his second trial last summer.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • NYC pharmacies cant sell cigarettes starting Jan 1

    first_imgNew York City pharmacies won’t be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday.The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores.The city’s health department says the change will affect about 500 pharmacies currently selling tobacco products.The new rules follow a ban on electronic cigarette sales at pharmacies that took effect in late August.The owner of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island says cigarette sales had drawn customers who ended up making other purchases. Al Gentile says the government shouldn’t ban certain stores from selling tobacco products that can be purchased elsewhere.But a deputy health commissioner, Sonia Angell, says it’s important for pharmacies to promote health.___Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Airbus open to a fighter plane assembly plant in Quebec ahead of

    first_imgMIRABEL, Que. — Airbus is not ruling out the possibility that Quebec will host a fighter plane assembly line and satellite construction plant if the European giant manages to win new contracts in Canada.Simon Jacques, head of Canadian operations for the multinational, mentioned the possibility Monday at a company event in Mirabel, an off-island Montreal suburb, where it manufactures A220 jetliners, previously known as the Bombardier C Series.Airbus is on the lookout for Ottawa’s call for tenders — expected before the start of the 2019 election campaign — for 88 fighter planes to replace the government’s aging CF-18s. Airbus makes the Eurofighter Typhoon.Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab are all in the running alongside Airbus for the federal contract.Jacques says the construction of a new assembly line, which would create numerous jobs, would not be a logistical challenge given there is space available in Mirabel.Since the call for tenders would impose local content requirements, he says he wants to propose a “Canadian solution.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Alberta government plans to invest 1 billion on bitumen upgrading projects

    first_imgThe goal is to have Alberta’s thick bitumen upgraded in the province so that more of it can flow through pipelines, leading to an increase in volume and sales.It’s expected to free up 30 percent of pipeline capacity at a time when bottlenecks are causing Alberta crude to sell at a steep discount on the North American market.The decision follows a recommendation from the government’s energy diversification advisory committee. EDMONTON, A.B. — Alberta is investing $1 billion in oilsands bitumen upgrading to get a bigger bang for the buck on its oil.Premier Rachel Notley says the money will be used for loan guarantees and grants to attract anywhere from two to five partial oil upgrading facilities – resulting in $5 billion of private investment.The project will begin in 2019 and last for eight years.last_img read more

  • Finnings successful fundraiser for United Way of Northern BC

    first_imgThe money raised will go back into community programming in Fort St. John funded by United Way of Northern B.C.  United Way of Northern B.C. thanks Finning for a very successful event and thanks to the Canadian Brewhouse for hosting the event at their venue. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising event that was held at the Canadian Brewhouse in FSJ raised a grand total of $10,517.06.Finning hosted this event as part of their annual campaign with United Way of Northern B.C. On Friday, November 30, 2018, from 6 pm until 11 pm, the cost of the tickets to attend the event entered the attendee’s names into door prizes and included an appetizer buffet.Two 50/50 draws occurred during the night – both exceeding $1000.  Silent Auction Items were available to bid on and included big-ticket items such as a Bradly Smoker, CAT Mini Fridge, CAT Generator and many other items.last_img read more

  • Site C to start construction of fivekilometrelong conveyor belt

    first_imgB.C. Hydro says the conveyor belt is expected to come into service during the summer of 2019 and will be used to transport materials to the dam site until 2023.More information on project details can be found on Site C’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is announcing that starting this week, construction activities will begin on the installation of a five-kilometre-long conveyor belt system that will be used to transport materials from the 85 Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site Cconstruction site.According to Hydro, the conveyor belt system will run adjacent to Shaman Industrial Way, cross under Old Fort Road, and 240 Road through culverts.The work will consist of excavation and pile driving, to install the brackets and supports for the conveyor, and will take approximately three months. In addition, road work associated with the culvert installations will take approximately two months to complete.last_img read more

  • RCMP seek man using stolen Credit Card

    first_imgThe suspect is described as:Caucasian male in his 20`swearing a blue shirt and black hat“Monitoring your banking activity on your phone can be a great tool to report suspicious activity and quickly cancel or lock your cards”, said Cst NEUSTAETER.  “In this case, the cardholder was able to confirm her card was stolen and immediately report it to police.”The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in identifying the suspect, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On May 19, 2019, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen credit card being fraudulently used at the Petro-Canada gas station located at 11724 Alaska Rd North.The card owner was in the process of cancelling their card when they noticed that a transaction had just been made at the gas station. Surveillance video from the gas station at the time when the card was used provided the images.last_img

  • I dont plan to stop growing better Anil Kapoor

    first_imgMumbai: Anil Kapoor, the veteran actor, who has been receiving a lot of love and attention on social media for how he manages to defy age with his looks at 62, says he is not going to stop at becoming better “anytime soon”. “Thank you all for the love and the memes that are still flooding my feed! Loved all of them! Especially the one of me doing ‘Gunday 2’ with Taimur. From the last 35 years, I have been trying to age according to the characters and fulfilling the demands of my directors and writers. I believe becoming better only stops when you do, and I don’t plan stopping anytime soon,” Anil posted on Twitter on Sunday. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot He posted this with a collage of his looks from different films over the years. The message from Anil comes amidst a sea of memes on how the actor is reverse ageing in terms of his looks. The social media went into a tizzy after Anil posted a photograph of himself along with the cast of the upcoming film “Malang”, and amazed people with his youthful look. Some fans pointed out how Anil was “growing younger”, others said Anil might soon act with Kareena and Saif Ali Khan’s son Taimur and still look younger and some found humour in calling him a real-life version of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. One user commented how Anil could perhaps be seen as his daughter Sonam’s son in a movie.last_img read more

  • Abhays plea to transfer assets case to another judge opposed

    first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Registrar General on Thursday objected to a plea of Abhay Singh Chautala, son of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, seeking transfer of a disproportionate assets (DA) case against him to some other judge.The registrar general informed the Delhi High Court that the DA case involving Abhay is pending before a special judge who was designated by the high court to deal with cases pertaining to MPs and MLAs on orders of the Supreme Court. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Abhay has claimed that he apprehends he would not get a fair trial if his case continues to be presided over by the special judge. Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal was informed by advocate Viraj Datar, representing the high court’s administration, that if the court decides to transfer the case, another judge would have to be designated to specially deal with it. “It (Filing of plea) has been done to overcome the sessions court,” Datar said. The counsel said the court to deal with the matters of involving MPs/ MLAs was set up by a special notification and there is only one judge each at sessions court and magisterial court to hear them. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOn being asked whether the district judge concerned would be able to deal with the transfer application, Datar said the district judge will not have the power to do it as the special court was set up by the high court on the administrative side on the orders of the apex court. The court asked the counsel to seek further instructions from the registrar general on the issue and listed the matter for hearing on March 18. The court had on Wednesday issued notice to the CBI and the registrar general on the petition. The high court, in its Wednesday order, had also said that since the DA case was listed before the special CBI judge on Thursday, both Abhay and the agency “shall seek joint adjournment”. Advocate Amit Sahni, appearing for Abhay, had told the high court that it was within its inherent power to transfer the DA case from one special court to another. Special public prosecutor Rajdipa Behura, appearing for the CBI, had contended that the transfer petition “was a total abuse of process of law and has only been moved to delay the trial”. Abhay has said the DA case be withdrawn from the special CBI judge hearing it presently and be assigned to someone else. The petition has also sought calling of the case records, claiming that it would allegedly reveal deliberate deletion of the deposition of one of the prosecution witnesses. The CBI had lodged the DA case against Abhay on a complaint of Congress leader Shamsher Singh Surjewala. Surjewala had alleged that Abhay had amassed wealth worth several times more than his income. According to the CBI, Abhay owned assets worth over five times his income of Rs 22.89 crore as per income tax records during the 2000-2005 period. It has claimed to have found Rs 119.69 crore worth of assets. The CBI had also alleged that he possessed assets exceeding his legal income by 339.27 per cent. His legal income between May 1993 and May 2006 was Rs 8.17 crore, but had acquired assets worth Rs 27.7 crore, it had alleged before the trial court.last_img read more

  • Warehouse blaze Continuous negligence of fire safety norms led to Ggn tragedy

    first_imgGurugram: Sunday’s tragedy where two people died and five people were grievously injured because of the explosion at the warehouse could have been avoided if the caution was heeded earlier by the owners of the warehouse.According to the workers, an incident of fire had happened earlier too but the fire was doused by the workers. As was the case on Sunday the main reason for the fire was also the reaction of a huge amount of explosives that were being unloaded. Despite the dangers involved, the owner of Lucky Kataria warehouse continued to put the safety of workers at risk by giving them incentives to load explosive devices in their vehicles. According to sources, there were 75 kilograms of crackers along with nitrogen laden spray stuffed in only one auto. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to law enforcement officials, it was the reaction between the crackers and the nitrogen-laden spray that led to the explosion and then an inferno, which continued for more than an hour. The Gurugram police has filed the case under section 307 (Attempt to murder with no prior knowledge), 308 (culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code and the explosive act. The law enforcement officials have also apprehended the owner of the warehouse Bharat Bhushan Kataria and his son Amit Kataria. Meanwhile, after conducting the post mortem, Gurugram police have handed over the bodies to their families.last_img read more

  • Only I can make India strong superpower Modi

    first_imgSolapur (Maharashtra): Appealing people to vote for a strong government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said only he can provide a strong government at the Centre and make it a superpower. “Last time (2014) you gave me a full majority and I could work with full strength to take firm decisions and work for public welfare. You have witnessed how I ran the country past five years,” Modi said, addressing a rally here in Maharashtra. He said that for making India a superpower, the country needs a sturdy government, not a “majboor” (helpless) one, and that tough one only he (Modi) can provide, not the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party. Modi was addressing a public rally in Akluj for the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Madha Lok Sabha constituency, royal descendent Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, who is locking horns with NCP’s Sanjay Shinde.last_img read more

  • Backing players has worked for us Ricky Ponting

    first_imgNew Delhi: With his team placed comfortably at the second spot in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting believes that keeping the faith in his players has helped the team in finding the form at this crucial juncture of the competition. The 44-year-old Australian said: “There have been questions asked about where we should have dropped certain players in some matches, but I believe that when you have talented players in your squad, you just keep backing them. You know that we have players who can turn it around quite quickly as it takes just one innings or match to get going in a tournament like this.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh He added: “In the first phase of the tournament, players like Rishabh (Pant) might have had certain thoughts around his mind about the World Cup selection, but to be honest, that 78* in the first match against Mumbai was what got us the win. “I’m glad he found the form again against RR, and what you want from players like him in such a tournament is that they win you three or four matches each throughout the season, and he has certainly won two games for us so far, and if he remains in form, he can get a couple of more wins.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Delhi Capitals sit second on the points table with a tally of 14 points from their 11 matches, which include seven wins and four losses. But Ponting believes that his team is in good form and is peaking at the right time. He said: “We have won the last four out of our five matches, and with three more matches to go, I feel we are going in the right direction. I am happy that the team is peaking at the right time, with better communication amongst the group.” Asked which victory he enjoyed the most, Ponting said that the away win against Hyderabad by 39 runs was the sweetest in terms of turning it around from a losing situation. “I really liked the Hyderabad win because we didn’t do much right in that match but still found a way to win. It was more the way we fought back, probably after their batting powerplay, they batted second and they were 60-0, and the game was starting to slip away but there were some really good signs in that game from our side. “The moments when we have been under pressure the most, that is when we have started to fight, and fight under pressure, and one thing that I’ve tried to say to the boys is that we do not lose the match until the last ball is bowled. “We saw that in our last match against Rajasthan as well. We fought our way back into the match and then registered the win. But out of the seven matches that we have won, I think the Hyderabad win has been the most satisfying,” he added. After the conclusion of a couple of days’ rest, the Delhi Capitals’ squad will re-group on Friday at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium to prepare for their upcoming match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday.last_img read more

  • EC completely biased against Oppn Rahul

    first_imgNew Delhi: In a scathing criticism of the Election Commission (EC), Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said when it comes to matters related to the opposition, the poll watchdog is “completely biased”.His remarks come in the wake of clean chits given by the EC to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on various complaints of Model Code of Conduct violations. Asked about questions being raised over the EC’s impartiality, Gandhi, at a press conference here, said, “When it comes to issues of the BJP, the EC is absolutely on the straight line, when it comes to the opposition’s issues, it is completely biased.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe working style of Modi, the ruling BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is to put pressure on institutions, he alleged. “This is evident everywhere — SC, EC, Planning Commission, RBI. That is their approach. We do not expect that the EC will not be affected by that pressure,” Gandhi said. However, he asserted that the EC has to commit to its responsibility and carry it out. “All this institutional capture that is taking place and all the negative effects of it will have consequences in the future. We are not going to allow Indian institutions to be disturbed, controlled, crushed and anybody who colludes, anybody who falls to this pressure, is committing a crime,” the Congress chief said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe EC concluded on Friday that Modi did not violate the model code or its advisory on the armed forces in his campaign speech in Varanasi. The poll panel also found nothing wrong in the prime minister’s comments made in Maharashtra’s Nanded, where he reportedly dubbed the Congress as a “sinking Titanic”. With this, the EC has decided on five complaints against Modi and gave him a clean chit in all the matters. The poll watchdog has also given a clean chit to Shah over his speeches at Maharashtra’s Nagpur and West Bengal’s Nadia. Citing his speech at Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh on April 23, the commission had, on May 1, issued a show-cause notice to Gandhi highlighting a provision of the Model Code of Conduct that barred “unverified” allegations against political opponents. Earlier, the EC had held that Gandhi had not violated the Model Code of Conduct during another campaign speech in Madhya Pradesh.last_img read more