2000 Sabarmati Express blast: Former AMU scholar acquitted

first_img “The court of Additional Sessions Judge M.A. Khan acquitted both the accused of all the charges as the prosecution could not establish any of the charges levelled against them,” advocate M.S. Khan said over phone.Mr. Wani, who was arrested by the Delhi Police in 2001 allegedly with explosives and incriminating material, is a resident of Peeparkari area of Srinagar and is currently lodged in a Lucknow jail.The blast was carried out on Independence Day eve when the train was on its way from Muzaffarpur to Ahmedabad. Nine people were killed in the blast. SC pulls up trial court in Sabarmati train blasts case Former Aligarh Muslim University scholar Gulzar Ahmed Wani was on Saturday acquitted by a Barabanki court of the charge of orchestrating a blast in Sabarmati Express in 2000.According to the counsel for the accused, the court freed Mr. Wani and co-accused Mobin due to lack of evidence.Also Readlast_img read more

Upper Michigan legislators support President Trumps call to rebuild Soo Locks

first_img Categories: LaFave News 01May Upper Michigan legislators support President Trump’s call to rebuild Soo Locks LANSING, Mich. — President Trump mentioned the Soo Locks in his address to supporters at a rally in Washington, Michigan Saturday, saying he would help get the locks fixed with support from the Army Corps of Engineers.“For decades, the federal government has acknowledged the need for restorations, and I am pleased that President Trump understands the urgency of fixing our aging infrastructure at the Soo Locks,” said Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering. “Not only are the locks an extremely important economic asset to Sault Ste. Marie and the Upper Peninsula, they are also vital to our state and national economies and significant to national security.”The Soo locks, which connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron, have been a critical shipping connection between these bodies of water for over 160 years. The modern locks still in use, named the Poe lock and MacArthur lock, transport nearly 7,000 vessels per year carrying 75.5 million tons of cargo.“About half of the cargo that travels through the locks is iron ore from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” said Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba. “This material is necessary for the manufacturing of cars, tools and all manner of iron and steel products that are used throughout the country. The giant ships that transport this material rely on the locks to get to the refineries. Any downtime at the locks due to maintenance can be very costly for the entire iron industry.”Despite their economic importance to the region, major renovations to the locks have not been performed in 50 years. Longstanding plans for upgrades have been delayed because of cost and construction planning difficulties.“For years there have been discussions about replacing the current Davis and Sabin locks with a new lock that can accommodate larger ships,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Of the four locks, only one is large enough for today’s massive freighters to navigate. I’m happy to hear the president address the need for an upgrade, and I hope we can finally start acting on these drawn-out discussions.”Trump lightheartedly stated that he would call the Army Corps of Engineers immediately after the rally ended, or at the latest, the day after. Infrastructure upgrades have been a consistent theme in Trump’s addresses, with roads, bridges and airports often getting mentioned as examples. However, this is the first time the president has mentioned the Soo Locks.“I want to thank the Michigan representatives at the federal level who brought this to President Trump’s attention during his visit,” said Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain. “We’re going to continue working with stakeholders from industry and at all levels of government to see this project through to fruition. Hopefully now we’ll see a greater cooperation to finally fix up the Soo Locks.”###last_img read more

From left Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee and cas

first_img From left: Derry Girls’ creator Lisa McGee and cast members Nicola Coughlan, Siobhan McSweeney, Dylan Llewellyn, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Louisa HarlandDERRY Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson said she knew the comedy was going to be special the first time the cast read through the script.The show, about a group of friends growing up in Derry in the early Nineties at the time of the IRA and loyalist ceasefires, has been a huge hit, and broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a third series. Speaking at London’s BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, she said: “Our first read-through was something really special.“When we all first sat down together and we heard the full script being read aloud it was a special moment, because we knew that it was a unique show and definitely we thought it was going to be something successful at home.“I don’t think we could ever have imagined the success over here, but that moment in the read-through was one to remember.”I knew Derry Girls would be a hit, says star at television festival was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetcenter_img CHANNEL 4DerryI knew Derry Girls would be a hitLISA MCGEESaoirse-Monica Jacksonsays star at television festivallast_img read more