Amarinder Singh, Sukhbir Singh Badal hail decision to release Sikh prisoners to mark Guru Nanak birth anniversary

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has appreciated the Centre’s decision to accept the State’s plea for the release of prisoners convicted under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) who had completed their sentence and whose release was not perceived to be prejudicial to the peace and security of Punjab or the country. In a letter dated September 14, the Chief Minister urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to accept the State government’s formal proposal as a “goodwill gesture” on humanitarian grounds on the occasion.Eight Sikh prisoners, lodged in different jails in the country for committing crimes during the militancy phase in Punjab, will be released by the government on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November. Besides, through a special remission, the death sentence of another Sikh prisoner has been commuted to life imprisonment.Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the government’s gesture was a fitting tribute to the atmosphere of religious zeal and harmony generated by celebrations of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.“We are very sure that this is just the starting point of the process to the review and release of all Sikh prisoners who had either served their full term or had been forced into unlawfulness under extenuating religious and emotional circumstances,” Mr. Badal said.last_img read more

Thunder center Kanter says father arrested in Turkey

first_imgMOST READ The Oklahoma City Thunder center, who had voiced support for Muslim cleric Fethulla Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting Erdogan, said thousands in Turkey could face similar fates for their support of the Gulen-inspired Hizmet, which he calls a social initiative advocating for human rights.Turkey, meanwhile, accuses US-based Gulen of ordering the failed coup and refers to the movement as the “Fethulla Terrorist Organization”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKanter’s family has publicly denounced the player’s support of Gulen.The pro-government Anadolu news agency reported Friday that Mehmet Kanter had been placed in protective custody in connection with an inquiry targeting Gulen. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEW YORK, NY – MAY 22: Turkish NBA Player Enes Kanter speaks to media during a news conference about his detention at a Romanian airport on May 22, 2017 in New York City. Kanter returned to the U.S. after being detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFPTurkish NBA player Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Friday his father had been arrested in Istanbul and could face torture.“My father is arrested because of my outspoken criticism of the ruling party,” Kanter wrote on his website. “He may get tortured for simply being my family member.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The arrest came a week after a warrant was issued for Enes Kanter, whose passport has been cancelled by Turkish authorities.Kanter, who has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, was briefly detained in Romania on May 20 but returned to the United States with his green card, telling reporters he wanted to seek American citizenship.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

Varsha Bhosle suicide: Police to question Asha and Lata

first_imgEven as the last rites of Varsha Bhosle, daughter of playback singer Asha Bhosle, were performed Tuesday, police remained clueless about the reasons behind her suicide.Police officers investigating the case said they would record statements of Asha, who might be able to reveal the reason behind her 56-year-old daughter’s suicide.A police official said they had recorded statements of Asha’s sister Usha Mangeshkar, maid Dipali Mane and driver Vijay.”Close family members have not been questioned yet since they are still in a state of shock,” the police official said.The officer said police would soon record the statements of Asha, her elder sister and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and Varsha’s former husband Hemant Kenkre.Police officials, however, said the Belgian pistol, with which Varsha allegedly killed herself, was registered in the name of Anand, Asha’s youngest son and it was kept safely in the house.Varsha was Monday found dead with two bullet injuries in her head.She was the second of the three children of Asha and Ganpatrao Bhosle and stayed mostly with her mother in the posh Prabhu Kunj building in Mumbai.Police suspect that she committed suicide Sunday night, but also said that the neighbours did not hear any gunshot.Varsha’s viscera sample has been sent for test.Police sources said the woman’s post-mortem report confirmed she died of haemorrhagic shock due to bullet injuries.Three loaded cartridges were found in the pistol.Varsha, who used to work as a freelance journalist, was divorced from sports journalist Hemant Kenkre.She wrote columns for web portal Rediff.com, The Sunday Observer and the Gentleman magazine, among other freelancing projects.She had also sung songs for some Hindi and Marathi films and performed in some concerts with her mother.She was depressed for many years and had tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by consuming sleeping pills. advertisementlast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: MS Dhoni faces selection worries for 4th Test

first_imgDhoni will have to get the combination right if India intend to bounce back in the Test seriesIn the wake of losing the third cricket Test and face in the Jadeja-Anderson spat judgment, India will look to regroup and devise a plan to make enough runs and take 20 English wickets to win the fourth Test at the Old Trafford, starting from Thursday.India were soundly beaten in the Southampton Test, losing by 266 runs at the Rose Bowl.Set to get 445 runs on a deteriorating pitch, India did not even attempt to save the Test by defying the England attack, having lost four wickets by the end of the fourth day, and caved-in in the morning session on the fifth day.India were bowled out for 330 in the first innings and 178 in the second to allow England to square the five-Test series 1-1. The visitors clearly looked out of depth on a pitch which saw England cumulatively amassing 773 runs in the two innings.More than their fickle batting, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni must be worried more about the bowlers’ capability to take 20 wickets at a reasonable rate.Not for the first time has this sort of thing happened to India. They could manage to take 20 wickets in an overseas Test only four times in their last 15 Tests. On three of those four occasions, those 20 wickets cost India more than their batsmen could score.And the other instance was on this tour, at Lord`s. However, two of India`s match-winners from that game, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, are doubtful starters for Old Trafford.advertisementWhile Ishant has been ruled out, Bhuvneshwar barely participated in the first nets session Tuesday with a swollen ankle.In the absence of the two premier pacers, Dhoni might have to rely on one-Test-old Pankaj Singh — who on his debut at Rose Bowl went wicketless, Varun Aaron — yet to play a match on the tour, and Mohammed Shami.Shami will have to shoulder the bowling attack — but can Dhoni pin his hope on a bowler, who has taken five wickets at 73.20? His economy rate of 3.81, too, has been the worst among specialist bowlers.And then there is the worrying factor of Shikhar Dhawan`s batting form. The Delhi batsmen has been woefully short of runs and his place in the side is no longer a guarantee.Dhawan is in danger of losing his place to his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir, who last played a Test for India in early 2012, in Nagpur against England.Many have also questioned the reasoning behind the omission of India`s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Ravindra Jadeja has looked a far cry from being regarded as India`s first choice spinner in Tests.While Moeen Ali, a part-time English spinner, took eight wickets in the third Test — six of these coming in the second innings, Jadeja could manage just five on the same pitch.The left-arm spinner bowled 45 overs in the first innings, bagging just two wickets.England, meanwhile, have all the momentum going for them. The hosts ended a winless run of ten Tests, which began in August last year, with a dominant performance.It was almost the perfect Test. Not only did England`s out-of-form batsmen — and under pressure captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell — make big runs but upcoming star Gary Ballance and debutant Jos Buttler were highly impressive.Another heartening fact is the performance of Moeen Ali, solving their spin problem.last_img

Quaders heart working fine without artificial support

first_imgAwami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) machine, which was set up in the heart of ailing road transport minister and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, was removed on Thursday morning as his condition is improving gradually, reports news agency UNB.“His heart is working fine without any artificial support,” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) director Abu Naser Rizvi, who was accompanying the minister, informed media referring to the statement of cardiologist Philip Koh of Mount Elizabeth Hospital at noon.The kidneys of the minister have been functioning better than before and the quantity of sedative has also been reduced, said Rizvi.”The minister is also responding to doctors’ call,” he added.He further said many of his infections are under control.His wife Isratunnesa Quader and Md Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore were also present at the briefing.Quader, also general secretary to ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), was flown to Singapore on Monday for better treatment as per advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty.The minister was admitted to the BSMMU on Sunday morning following breathing complications. Later, physicians conducted an angiogram and found three blockages in his coronary arteries.last_img read more

Nissans Goofy SelfParking Office Chairs Could Save Our Lazy Butts

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Putting your office chair in its place is such hard work. You have to push the thing where you want it to go, which involves actually touching it and, well, actually thinking a little.Who has time for that?Nissan knows you don’t and feels your Dilbert-like pain. That’s why the carmaker created a creeping fleet of self-parking office chairs to help we lazy worker schlumps deal. Too bad they’re just a concept for now.Related: Spooked by Self-Driving Cars? Get a Load of Daimler’s Awesome Autonomous Big Rig.The gimmicky “smart chairs,” technically called “Intelligent Parking Chairs,” per an announcement this week from Nissan, slowly slink to and fro (without working stiffs in them) using the nerdy tech wizardry of embedded sensors. The sensors communicate with a network of four cameras positioned throughout the room the 360-degree-turning chairs are in. They “generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chair’s position and its route to destination.” Fancy.To send the wheeled robo-chairs packing — and neatly under desks, where they darn well should be after meetings and such — users simply clap their hands once. Raw power, right in the palm of your delicate white-collar hand.Related: Meet the $25 Standing Desk Made of Collapsible CardboardPretty neat stuff, we think. Also a little goofy to watch in action. Take a seat in your dumb chair and have a look to see what we mean.The semi-autonomous chairs were inspired by Nissan’s forthcoming “Intelligent Parking Assist,” a vehicle self-parking feature that the Japanese company recently showed off using a mobile app prototype and a LEAF electric car, minus a driver.  It’s not clear if these sweet seats will ever be available for purchase, though we wouldn’t mind shelling out a bit to park ourselves in one — and to park one.We reached out to Nissan for more details, but have yet to hear back. In the meantime, we’ll be daydreaming about commanding a pack of ergonomically correct conference room chairs, one bossy clap at a time.Related: Sick of Sitting? Tired of Standing? Take a Load Off With This ‘Leaning’ Desk.center_img Register Now » February 17, 2016last_img read more

A500 northbound reopens after multivehicle accident

first_imgThe A500 was closed for more than 90 minutes while the emergency services dealt with a multi-vehicle accident The D Road was closed northbound from the A50 (Sideway roundabout) to the A52 City Road (City Road Interchange, Stoke-on-Trent). Both lanes were closed to allow highways and the emergency services to deal with the incident, which happened at about 5.20pm. All lanes were reopened at 7pm. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .   19:00Updates from Highways West MidlandsAn update from Highways West Midlands: “ All lanes are now open on the A500 Northbound between the A5007 and the A5006.”18:32The A500 has been closed after a multi-vehicle accident#Staffordshire The #A500 (#Queensway) in #Stoke is closed northbound between the #A5007 and the #A5006, near to the train station and the university, while the emergency services deal with a collision. Click here for more details: https://t.co/Pv8hRRWyuQ @StaffsPolice pic.twitter.com/CBG73kqgin— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) May 18, 2019last_img read more