More than 85 per cent of heavy trucks randomly checked during anaround-the-clock inspection blitz this week passed the tougheston-road inspection standards. That’s up nearly four per cent overthe previous year. Provincial vehicle compliance officers were on the job night andday from Tuesday, June 8 to today, June 10, inspecting heavytrucks at the inbound Amherst scale house, as part of this year’sinternational Roadcheck event. “Roadcheck gives Nova Scotians a snapshot of roadside safetyenforcement, and the kind of inspections our vehicle complianceofficers carry out every day,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “It also gives the truckingindustry the opportunity to show its commitment to safety on ourhighways.” One-hundred-and-ninety-one heavy trucks were inspected as theyentered Nova Scotia on Highway 104. Of those vehicles, 164 passed the rigorous inspection standards, while 27 were taken outof service. Mobile patrols inspected commercial vehicles travelling otherhighways across the province. Commercial vehicles were selected randomly and subjected to themost comprehensive and stringent of the Commercial Vehicle SafetyAlliance (CVSA) on-road inspection procedures. The International Roadcheck is held annually throughout Canada,the United States and Mexico. Fatalities from crashes involving commercial vehicles havedeclined over the years. In Canada, from 1997 to 2001 the numberof fatal crashes involving commercial vehicles dropped from 1,032to 951 — and the corresponding fatalities decreased from 664 to548 — a 17.5 per cent decline.
ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periods of one-lane closures on Highway 101 fromExit 22 (Trunk 8), extending 6.2 kilometres easterly untilFriday, Oct. 22, while the highway is repaved. Traffic controlwill consist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists may experience short delays and may use an alternateroute by exiting Highway 101 at Exit 20 (Bridgetown) andreturning to Highway 101 at Exit 22 via Trunk 1 and Trunk 8. -30- Local Area Office: 902-638-3150 Fax: 902-638-3356
The health, safety and well-being of the public will be better protected and workers’ rights safeguarded by preserving the collective bargaining with legislation introduced today, Nov. 23. “Nova Scotians deserve to know that when they go into a hospital, or when they’re in a long-term care facility, or when they’re waiting for a paramedic, that their safety is not going to be put in jeopardy by a lockout or the threat of a strike or a strike,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. “We also believe strongly in workers’ rights. That’s why we have introduced legislation that preserves free, fair and impartial collective bargaining.” The processes for collective bargaining in legislation will not change. It is only when the parties reach an impasse that they move to a binding mediation or interest-arbitration process to resolve outstanding issues. The dispute-resolution options will help the parties reach a resolution without a work stoppage. “It is important that unions and employers be able to continue collective bargaining, independent of government,” said Mr. Parent. Mediators and arbitrators, who will oversee the dispute-resolution options, are neutral third parties selected by the union and employer to help reach a settlement, if they are unable to agree. Mediators and arbitrators are independent of government. “These dispute-resolution options are fair and impartial. They will settle disputes and ensure uninterrupted access in the health care and community services sectors for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Parent. The legislation is being introduced after a consultation process and examination of best practices from across Canada. “Now is the time to develop fair and balanced labour legislation, when there is not a lockout or strike or the threat of a strike,” said Mr. Parent. “We have done our research, we have consulted with Nova Scotians, and today we are introducing the fairest labour legislation in the country.” For more information on the proposed amendments to the Trade Union Act, visit www.gov.ns.ca .
The province today, Dec. 22, issued a call for proposals from companies interested in exploring for oil and gas on three parcels of onshore land in northwestern Nova Scotia. A call for proposals is a preliminary step to identify industry interest to explore particular areas. The parcels of land are located in the Amherst, Pictou and Tatamagouche areas and were nominated by industry late last year. This is the ninth call for onshore Nova Scotia exploration proposals since 2003. “The way for us to find out more about our geology and economic potential is through exploration,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “Continued exploration onshore and offshore in Nova Scotia brings investment to the province and is key in identifying possible commercial quantities of oil and gas and determining whether it can be safely extracted.” Oil and gas activity in Nova Scotia must meet environmental and operational standards. Once industry interest is established, the province oversees a detailed application process and evaluation of proposed activity. “By nominating these three parcels, industry has demonstrated its interest and confidence in the petroleum potential that exists here,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “That bodes well for future investment and economic activity.” This call for bids is for conventional oil and gas. The deadline for proposals is March 22. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/energy/oil-gas/onshore/call-for-bids.asp . Crown land in Nova Scotia is open for economic development, including oil and gas activity, unless the area is designated a park, protected area or factors — including environmental issues — determine otherwise.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued a temporary cease trade order against The Cape Breton West Wind Field Inc. The company, a Nova Scotia Community Economic Development Corporation, violated Nova Scotia securities laws by not filing continuous disclosure documents. The director of corporate finance has ordered all people and companies to stop trading The Cape Breton Wind Field Inc. securities. The company has until June 18 to file all documents to avoid a permanent cease-trade order. To view the order, visit the Enforcement Section under the What’s New page at www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/whatsnew.asp. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. -30-
L’appui du gouvernement aidera les aînés néo-écossais à vivre plus confortablement et avec une plus grande indépendance dans leur propre maison. Quatorze groupes à but non lucratif qui offrent des services directs aux aînés ainsi que des programmes d’éducation et de sensibilisation en matière de violence envers les aînés et de prévention du crime reçoivent des subventions pour la sécurité des aînés. « La subvention pour la sécurité des aînés offre du soutien direct et est un investissement essentiel au niveau communautaire afin d’aider les aînés à demeurer dans leur propre maison et à participer activement à leur indépendance et leur bien-être futurs », a dit Sharon Elliott, coordonnatrice du Annapolis County Seniors’ Safety Program. Les subventions sont utilisées pour fournir des renseignements ou des services directement aux aînés à leur domicile, ou par des présentations et des ateliers en groupe à d’autres endroits dans la communauté. Il peut s’agir d’une visite personnelle d’un coordonnateur de la sécurité, d’un séminaire avec des experts professionnels ou de la production de différentes ressources. « Les aînés nous ont dit qu’ils souhaitent demeurer dans leur propre maison plus longtemps et se sentir en sécurité dans leur communauté, a dit Leo Glavine, ministre des Aînés. Ces subventions appuient les programmes communautaires qui créent des communautés saines, sûres, accueillantes et favorables afin de permettre aux aînés d’être des membres indépendants qui contribuent à la société pendant encore plus longtemps. » Les subventions appuient également les programmes communautaires pour la sécurité des aînés qui abordent la violence envers les aînés, qui font la promotion de la prévention du crime et qui sensibilisent davantage les gens aux questions de santé et de sécurité relatives aux aînés. Pour être admissibles, les programmes doivent prouver qu’ils reçoivent du soutien financier ou en nature de la communauté et qu’ils desservent une vaste région géographique, généralement un comté. « Le financement versé par le gouvernement provincial a été le point de départ pour notre programme. Nous avons été en mesure de miser sur le soutien du gouvernement pour démontrer la valeur du programme et pour obtenir du financement communautaire supplémentaire afin d’assurer la croissance du programme, a dit Paul Fynes, président de South Shore Safe Communities. Notre programme offre des services de prévention et d’intervention, par exemple pour aider les aînés à améliorer leurs aptitudes de conduite ou encore pour aider quelqu’un qui est atteint de démence à bien fonctionner. » Les 14 groupes reçoivent chacun jusqu’à 20 000 $, pour un total de plus de 278 000 $. Le financement est fourni par le ministère des Aînés et le ministère de la Justice. Les récipiendaires sont les suivants : Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les subventions pour la sécurité des aînés, consultez le novascotia.ca/seniors/senior_Safety_Grant.asp (en anglais seulement). Queens County Senior Safety Association Association des seniors en sécurité Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association Shelburne County Senior Safety and Services Society South Shore Safe Communities Initiative Association Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Seniors’ Safety Program Association of Hants County Annapolis County Seniors’ Safety Program Association Yarmouth Town and County Crime Prevention Association Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association Digby and Area Seniors’ Safety Society Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society Société canadienne de la Croix-Rouge, Halifax Regional Seniors’ Safety Program Association for Safer Cape Breton Communities
Nova Scotians are encouraged to share their input on the proposed amendments to the Municipal Government Act. This is the first round of amendments as part of the ongoing review of the act which began in September. “We had great public input through our consultation in the fall and hope to hear from more Nova Scotians on these proposed amendments,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. “We are starting with small, housekeeping amendments while policy work continues on more complex issues.” Nova Scotians can comment on proposed amendments online at http://novascotia.ca/dma . More may be added over the summer. The deadline for comments is Aug. 31. The proposed amendments have also been shared with municipalities for input. The Department of Municipal Affairs is working closely with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Association of Municipal Administrators, and the Association of Nova Scotia Villages to review the act over the next few years. More substantial amendments are anticipated for the spring 2017 session of the legislature.
Pune: A lawyer and a right-wing activist arrested for allegedly helping in destruction of evidence in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case were sent to CBI custody till June 1 by a Pune court on Sunday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar and Vikram Bhave, a member of the Sanatan Sanstha, in Mumbai on Saturday. They were produced before the Pune-based court of Additional Sessions Judge S N Sonawane, who remanded them to the agency’s custody till June 1 after hearing the arguments of the prosecution and the defence. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Dabholkar, an anti-superstition activist, was shot dead while he was out on morning walk in Pune on August 20, 2013. A preliminary probe has revealed that Punalekar and Bhave had links with the two alleged killers of Dabholkar and had also helped in destruction of evidence, apart from providing other assistance. The CBI told the court on Sunday that Punalekar had allegedly asked Sharad Kalaskar, one of the shooters arrested in the case, to destroy the weapons used in the killing of Dabholkar and journalist Gauri Lankesh. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations It also said Bhave had allegedly assisted the shooters and conducted a reconnaissance of the spot, where Dabholkar was shot at. Bhave, a convict in the 2008 Gadkari Rangayatan blast case, was out on bail. After his release on bail, he had penned a book in Marathi, titled “Malegaon Sphotamagil Adrushya Haat” (The invisible hand behind the Malegaon blast). It is suspected that it was Bhave who had identified Dabholkar to the shooters, a CBI official said on Saturday. So far, six people, including Sanatan Sanstha member and ENT surgeon Virendrasinh Tawde, Sachin Andure and Kalaskar, have been arrested by the CBI in the case. The central agency had earlier claimed that Tawde was the “mastermind” of the conspiracy to kill Dabholkar and veteran Communist Party of India (CPI) leader and rationalist Govind Pansare. Pansare was killed in Kolhapur, Maharashtra in February, 2015. The CBI had claimed that Andure and Kalaskar had shot Dabholkar dead. The agency has also arrested Rajesh Bangera, Amol Kale and Amit Digvekar in connection with the alleged conspiracy. Bangera and Kale are also accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case. Lankesh was shot dead in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leaders from Hooghly’s Tarakeswar alleged that BJP-backed goons have dislodged the National Flag from the top of a Panchayat office and dumped it on the ground.Trinamool Congress district leaders also alleged that some goons put up a BJP flag on top of the Panchayat office. The district BJP leaders have, however, denied the allegation saying that it was a handiwork of the Trinamool Congress workers instead. The BJP leaders also said that they never dumped the Tricolour. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe incident has triggered tension in the area. It was said that Naita Malpaharpur Gram Panchayat, run by Trinamool Congress, had the National Flag on the top of the building. In order to capture the Gram Panchayat the BJP leaders are carrying out hooliganism, alleged the Trinamool Congress leaders. Some local residents spotted the National Flag lying on the ground on Sunday morning. After being informed, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. The district police have started a detailed probe into the incident. The police officers have assured that stern action will be taken against those who will be found responsible for the incident.
New Delhi: With a motive to address the grievances of female students, the administration of Delhi University will be holding a separate “Open day session for female aspirants only”. The Session will be held on June 8, in the second half, which is being completely addressed by the females’ professors and experts from Delhi University.Rasal Singh, Member, academic council said, “There are about two dozen girls’ colleges in Delhi University, in addition to about 30 thousand students enrolled in NCWEB, keeping in mind the needs and facilities of all and their parents. This initiative has been initiated by the Delhi University. Certainly in this open session, they will be able to keep their questions, queries and problems more freely and comfortably. ” Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarMoreover, over 2.39 lakh students have registered on the Delhi University’s website for admissions in undergraduate courses till Thursday, the varsity said. The university started registrations on May 30 for undergraduate courses and the admission process will end on June 14. The first cut-off list is likely to be released on June 20, second on June 25 and the third to be released on June 29. The fourth and fifth cut-off lists will be out on July 4 and July 9 respectively. Till now, 2,39,692 students have registered and 1,35,730 have made payments, the varsity said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceOut of the total number of registrations, 85,346 aspirants are from the unreserved category, 24,284 from other backward classes, 19,438 from scheduled castes, 3,984 from scheduled tribes and 2,683 from the economically weaker section (EWS), it said. On Thursday, the Delhi University organised its open day session at Maharaja Agrasen College where student asked questions about how they have to procure the EWS certificate. They were told by the officials that an acknowledgment receipt from the government authorities would suffice for now. From the day the open days started on May 31, admission officials have been flooded with queries about how one gets EWS certificate or how the government officials were unaware about it. Delhi government had said that they have notified various SDMs, who have to issue the certificates about the issue. This year, the varsity has effected a 10 per cent increase in seats for the EWS and there will be a rise of close to 6,000 seats, taking the total number of seats for undergraduate courses to 62,000.
Mumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar’s Kesari, which brings the story of the historic Battle of Saragarhi alive on the silver screen, will release in Japan in August. Akshay took to Twitter to share the update. “Kesari, a film based on one of the bravest battles ever fought: 21 courageous soldiers against 10,000 invaders, is set to conquer Japan on August 16, 2019,” he posted on June 24. The movie, backed by Dharma Productions, depicts the bravery of 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh Regiment (now the 4th Battalion of Sikh Regiment) of British India defending an Army post against more than 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen. The movie, directed by Anurag Singh, also stars Parineeti Chopra. Zee Studios International took the film to 55 territories across the world and is now gearing up to showcase the film in Japan.
London: Scientists have discovered 56 previously uncharted subglacial lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet bringing the total known number of lakes to 60. Although these lakes are typically smaller than similar lakes in Antarctica, their discovery demonstrates that lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet are much more common than previously thought. For the study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers analysed over 500,000 km of airborne radio echo sounding data, which provide images of the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The team identified 54 subglacial lakes, as well as a further two using ice-surface elevation changes. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”Researchers have a good understanding of Antarctic subglacial lakes, which can fill and drain and cause overlying ice to flow quicker,” said Jade Bowling of Lancaster University in the UK. However, until now little was known about subglacial lake distribution and behaviour beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. “This study has for the first time allowed us to start to build up a picture of where lakes form under the Greenland Ice Sheet,” said Bowling. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”This is important for determining their influence on the wider subglacial hydrological system and ice-flow dynamics, and improving our understanding of the ice sheet’s basal thermal state,” Bowling said. The newly discovered lakes range from 0.2-5.9 km in length and the majority were found beneath relatively slow moving ice away from the largely frozen bed of the ice sheet interior and seemed to be relatively stable. However, in the future as the climate warms, surface meltwater will form lakes and streams at higher elevations on the ice sheet surface, and the drainage of this water to the bed could cause these subglacial lakes to drain and therefore become active. Closer to the margin where water already regularly gets to the bed, the researchers saw some evidence for lake activity, with two new subglacial lakes observed to drain and then refill. “The lakes we have identified tend to cluster in eastern Greenland where the bed is rough and can therefore readily trap and store meltwater and in northern Greenland, where we suggest the lakes indicate a patchwork of frozen and thawed bed conditions,” said Stephen J Livingstone, from University of Sheffield in the UK.
Los Angeles: Carice van Houten says the later seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’ had less nudity as a reaction to the #MeToo movement, which took flight during the epic fantasy series. The actor, who played Melisandre – The Red Woman, in the hit HBO show, believes the changing climate made the makers reflect on the R-rated content, which was one of the talking points about the series. Asked if #MeToo had a role to play in less nudity in the show’s later seasons, Van Houten told Deadline, “Yes. It also showed that you don’t need it.” Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe actor, who will next be seen in Black Book film, added she was not really comfortable with the nudity on the show. “It wasn’t my favourite thing in the world at all. But yes, in Black Book I experienced nudity on set. The Dutch are quite open-minded, we’re a bit easier with that. But it’s never comfortable being the only one undressed on set. “I would be more uncomfortable now. The times have changed in many ways. Back then, it was all a little overwhelming. No one forced me into anything, but in hindsight I might have been a little more cautious with it.” The prequel of the show, tentatively titled ‘The Long Night’, is already in production, but Van Houten said that she won’t return as Melisandre.
Hong Kong: Hundreds of Hong Kongers, including flight attendants, held a rally in the airport’s arrival hall on Friday to “educate” visitors about the demonstrations currently gripping the international finance hub as it braces for another weekend of protests. The cavernous hall is usually filled with excited friends and relatives waiting to greet loved ones as they make their way out of one of the world’s busiest airports. But on Friday visitors were greeted by a sea of black-clad protesters chanting anti-government slogans, holding banners and handing out flyers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe rally is the latest bid to keep pressure on Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leaders after seven weeks of largely peaceful mass demonstrations followed by violent clashes, an unprecedented challenge to Beijing’s authority since the city’s 1997 handover. The protests were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but they have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOrganisers billed the airport rally as an opportunity to brief arrivals on the political unrest, particularly visitors from mainland China where the state-controlled news has portrayed the protests as a violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilise the motherland. The demonstration was peaceful and good-humoured, and there were no reports of any disruption to flights. One particularly creative group were using a television to display a satirical version of an airline safety announcement video that details the movement’s demands and warns of protests in the city. “Kindly put on your masks and black t-shirts… when attending the assemblies,” the video said, in reference to the colour widely adopted by anti-government protesters. Others held “Tourist Warning” signs detailing how police have fired tear gas at protesters and how pro-government thugs attacked demonstrators last Sunday, putting 45 in hospital. Meryl Yeung, a 29-year-old flight attendant, had just got off a plane and joined the protest. “It’s important to come to the airport and tell foreigners what’s happening in Hong Kong,” she told AFP, saying it was especially vital to make sure people in China are made aware of the protests. “They have no idea at all, they only get information from one side, they think everyone… coming to a protest, to a rally, are all rioters, or promoting Hong Kong independence,” she said. Yoko Tsang, 29, said the more she travelled around the world as a flight attendant, the more she has come to cherish Hong Kong’s freedoms, which she feels are increasingly under attack. “No matter where we go, Hong Kong is always our home and our roots,” she said. “Whether it’s before or after work, we have to fight for time to show our support in rallies.” Cathay Pacific’s Flight Attendants Union said it supported the rally and encouraged members to join, a stance that earned it a rebuke in China’s state media. “We feel deep regret with the incapability of our (chief executive) Carrie Lam and her team that only play tricks to fool its people,” the union said in a message on Facebook, referring to the city’s unelected leader. More than five hours after the protest began it was still going, a huge crowd of people chanting “Free Hong Kong!” at arrivals. Tourists had a variety of reactions to the display from baffled and bemused to supportive. “I feel like I’m back home now because in Chile we have similar issues with the police,” Margarita Duco, a 24-year-old traveller who was in Hong Kong on a layover told AFP. “The excessive use of violence when there are peaceful manifestations, it’s very common in my country so I can relate with what they are going through,” she added. Multiple Chinese mainland visitors approached by AFP declined to comment. Hong Kong is bracing itself for another weekend of rallies and possible clashes. Police have banned a planned Saturday protest against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators in the rural town of Yuen Long near China’s border. But messaging channels and forums used by activists suggest people plan to rally there regardless. Another rally on Sunday will end close to China’s Liaison Office, which was pelted with eggs last weekend before police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters hurling projectiles.
Moscow: The Russian opposition vowed to stage another mass rally Saturday despite increasing pressure from authorities, who arrested nearly 1,400 people at a protest last week and have launched a criminal probe into the movement. The march along Moscow’s leafy boulevards will be the latest in a series of demonstrations after officials refused to let popular opposition candidates run in next month’s city parliament elections. The local issue has boiled over into one of the worst political conflicts of recent years, with rallies of up to 22,000 people and police violence against demonstrators. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Over 6,000 people said on Facebook they would take part in the march along Moscow’s so-called Boulevard Ring on Saturday to “bring back the right to elections”. Officials say candidates were disqualified because they forged the necessary signatures. But candidates, including allies of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, insist their signatures were thrown out arbitrarily, and the whole vetting process was skewed against them. Many Muscovites said their signatures in support of the opposition were declared invalid with no reason. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Some turned up at previous protests brandishing banners with slogans such as “I have a right to choose”. In the polls in September, the opposition hopes to end the monopoly of Kremlin loyalists in Moscow’s parliament. The body decides over the city’s multi-billion-dollar budget but lacks political independence from mayor Sergei Sobyanin, an ally of Putin. Putin has yet to comment on the political crisis in Moscow. Navalny and other protest leaders argue corruption is rife in the capital. Navalny is also currently in jail, but his team on Thursday released a report accusing Sobyanin’s deputy of selling prime Moscow property to her family members at rock-bottom prices. Authorities have launched investigations into last weekend’s “mass riots” and “violence against police”, echoing similar probes into protests against Vladimir Putin in 2012 which saw several people jailed. Four people were formally arrested pending trial Friday, though the opposition stressed that the protest was peaceful. “Their task is to paralyse the protest movement, to isolate its leaders and frighten participants,” one rejected candidate, Ilya Yashin, wrote on Facebook. He is currently being held for 10 days in a police cell for violating rules on legal protests. “There were no mass riots in Moscow, not by a long shot,” Yashin wrote. One of the men arrested is suspected of injuring a policeman by allegedly throwing a plastic bottle into the ranks of national guard wearing heavy protective gear. Several candidates have declared hunger strikes. Moscow police on Friday issued a warning for people not to attend the rally. “We repeat that the event is illegal,” it said on its website. “We suggest that residents and visitors refrain from participating.” Police “will take all necessary measures,” the Moscow prosecutors’ office said. Reports said that the head of Moscow police even petitioned the Russian Premier League to reschedule a match between the city’s two top teams, which may trigger fan violence and require a massive presence of the force in two places at once. The petition was rejected, a source told TASS news agency.
New Delhi: The CBI on Sunday raided Unnao rape accused MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s premises in Uttar Pradesh in addition to conducting searches at premises related to the other accused in the rape victim’s accident investigation.Officials from the special CBI team formed to probe the case, conducted searches at four districts in the state, including Unnao, Lucknow, Banda, and Fatehpur, according to sources in the know. Further, CBI officials also visited the Sitapur jail, where the expelled MLA is currently lodged, to question him in connection with the case. Investigators also questioned the driver and cleaner of the truck that hit the teenager’s car. The rape survivor was travelling in a car with her lawyer and family, when a truck hit them in a head-on collision, killing her two aunts and leaving her and her lawyer in critical condition. The truck’s number plates were blackened. Sources here added that people who visited Sengar in jail in the days before the accident are also being examined. See P6
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Monday signed an MoU with Ambedkar University and launched an “Oral History Programme” to record historical events from the memories of Delhiites — elites and commoners alike. Delhi Archives, in collaboration with the Ambedkar University, will record 100 interviews of the city’s senior citizens in two years.To fill unwritten maps of history and make knowledge more inclusive, the project in its first phase will include author-historian RV Smith, photographer Raghu Rai, musician and head of Dilli Gharana Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, and journalist Salma Sultan. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the project will offer much to the country owing to the city’s composite culture. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe said the first phase of the initiative will map senior citizens’ connect with Delhi. “The elderly are a treasure trove of stories and the custodians of our history. Through common experiences and shared histories, people might realise we have more in common than what those wanting to polarise our society would want us to believe,” he said in a statement. “It is also essential to disseminate oral history as it will help tackle constant attempts to manipulate our past to advance a particular narrative,” Sisodia added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSpeaking at an event held here, Abhinandita Mathur, cultural advisor to the Delhi government, said archiving oral history should solve issues as there are more similarities than differences. “While talking to elders, my community members and people belonging to different communities, I realised that their experiences were more similar than different,” she said. “And I think in today’s time it’s a really important lesson. Delhi can boast of a composite culture but what it actually means is not very clear to someone young. When we live in a city we have common experiences,” Mathur added. A panel discussion was held on “Oral History in the City: Potential and Possibilities”. Noted historians S Irfan Habib and R V Smith, professor at Ambedkar University Denys Leighton, archivist Usha Purie and researcher-historian Sohail Hashmi also attended the event.
Johannesburg: South African batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday announced his retirement from international cricket. Amla, 36, hit 55 international centuries, including South Africa’s highest Test score when he struck 311 not out against England at The Oval in 2012. He was the second major South African player in three days to announce his retirement, following fast bowler Dale Steyn’s announcement on Monday that he was quitting Test cricket. Steyn will continue to be available for limited-overs internationals. An elegant right-handed top-order batsman, Amla hit 9,282 runs at an average of 46.64 in 124 Test matches and 8,113 at 49.46 in 181 one-day internationals. He hit 28 centuries in Tests and 27 in ODIs. His Test tally included four double centuries.
North Carolina: India’s top single’s player Prajnesh Gunneswaran advanced to the second round of the Winston Salem Open ATP 250 tournament with a straight set win over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe here. Prajnesh, ranked 89th in the world, beat his German rival 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 13 minutes on Sunday night. The Indian utilised two of the five breakpoints he earned while holding his serve throughout the match. He will next face top seed Benoit Paire of France, who received a first round bye. Paire is ranked 30 in the world. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Indian will fancy his chances in the next round as earlier this year, Prajnesh had stunned Paire at the Indian Wellls ATP Masters event for one of the biggest wins of his career. In the doubles event, the Indian pair of Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the first round. The Indian duo lost to American pair of Nicholas Monroe Tennys Sandgren 3-6 3-6. Meanwhile, wild card entrants Leander Paes and his Israeli partner Jonathan Erlich, will take on the duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the opening round.
Los Angeles: A Quiet Place scribes Scott Beck and Bryan Woods have revealed that they declined to work on Lucasfilm’s future Star Wars films as they insisted on creating a new franchise. The duo have become one of the most sought after names in Hollywood following the success of John Krasinski-directed A Quiet Place and Lucas film caught up with them to talk about their iconic franchises – Star Wars and Indiana Jones. In an interview with Movieweb, the scribes said that during their discussions with the studio’s executives, they made their intentions clear about working on original ideas. We went into Lucasfilm in the wake of ‘A Quiet Place’ and they wanted to talk to us about ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Star Wars’. “And we’re like, ‘We wanna talk to you about what is ‘Star Wars’ before it was ‘Star Wars’? You guys have a responsibility to start a new franchise. That’s where our hearts have always been, just trying to create original ideas,” Woods said. Beck revealed that discussions centred more around what their take would be on Indiana Jones or Star Wars.