Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday set off a political storm when a video clip went viral on social media, showing her telling Muslims that if they did not vote for her, she might not be responsive to their requests later.“I am winning… But if my victory is without support from Muslims, I won’t feel that good. Dil khatta ho jayega (heart will become sour). Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter?” Ms. Gandhi said at a rally in Turabh Khani.The District Election Officer has since served notice on Ms. Gandhi, giving her three days to respond. The six-time BJP MP is contesting from Sultanpur in U.P.“It is all give and take, a negotiation, isn’t it? We are not all children of Mahatma Gandhi, are we?” Ms. Gandhi is heard saying at the rally.“I have already won the election but you will need me. This is your chance to lay the foundation. When the election comes and this booth throws up 100 votes or 50 votes, and then you come to me for work, we will see… do you all understand,” Ms. Gandhi said.The Minister’s speech comes just days after the Election Commission issued a notice to Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati following a complaint from the BJP that she had sought Muslim votes during the mahagathbandhan’s rally in Deoband.Furore on TwitterThe veiled threat in the speech evoked strong condemnation across the board from social media.Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha in a series of tweets, condemned the Minister, saying: “Scandal! Naukri ek sauda hai (employment is a bargain)#BJPS # Maneka Gandhi. Dear Demographic Dividend India, now you know why India has an unemployment jobs crisis. For #BJP providing jobs is a commercial deal; you have to help them first to get a job. A quid pro quo. It is a barter, give & take.”‘EC looking away’Congress supporter and political analyst Tehseen Poonawala tweeted: “From Amit Shahji to Maneka Gandhi maám, Muslims are being threatened openly by the BJP. Never before in the history of independent India and her elections has this happened and the Election Commission of India continues to look away and not act.”Actor Swara Bhaskar tweeted, “Literally Sick. Is Maneka Gandhi threatening Muslims? Isn’t this unconstitutional? And criminal? She is admitting that she will abuse her power soon as she in office! @ECISVEEP This must violate something! ”
FILE – In this March 16, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis brings the ball up during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans. APThe saga is over.When this trade is done, everybody can say they won.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers, the Pelicans, Rich Paul, LeBron James, they all can take a victory lap. The trade that will be official in the coming weeks sending Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks — first reported by ESPN, later confirmed to The Associated Press by several people with knowledge of the matter — is perfect for both sides.James gets the superstar teammate he wanted. Paul, the agent James and Davis share, pulls off a power move. The Lakers instantly become major players in a suddenly open Western Conference. Davis finally gets his wish to leave New Orleans. The Pelicans don’t begin Zion Williamson’s era with a disgruntled superstar in the locker room. They load up on young players and have tons of draft chips to play around with.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFor the Pelicans, it’s a new beginning.For the Lakers, it’s about winning now. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Draft picks, including No. 4 in this year’s class, smartly were not overvalued by the Lakers — a team with a superstar who is turning 35 in December and should be doing anything necessary to help him win a fourth championship before his window closes. The Lakers have tons of money to spend starting June 30 and the sales pitch to Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving or anyone else changes mightily after this move.Before Saturday it would have been Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka saying, “We’re trying to get Anthony Davis.”Now it’ll be Pelinka saying, “We’ve got Davis, we’ve got LeBron and they want you with them.”That’ll be a tough offer for anyone to ignore.James is going to get another Big Three out of this: It was Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and him in Miami; Kevin Love, Irving and him in Cleveland; Davis, him and TBA with the Lakers. Clearly, the focus will be on a guard, which is why the rumor mill will be all about either Walker or Irving going to Los Angeles in free agency.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Pelicans trade Anthony Davis to Lakers Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The offseason is already in high gear.Hard to believe it really just got started.This deal got agreed to before the newly crowned NBA champion Toronto Raptors — this is true — hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Canadian soil for the first time. They won Thursday night at Oracle Arena to end Golden State’s reign, then stopped for a party in Las Vegas before the parade in Toronto on Monday.Not even 48 hours after they popped corks, the Lakers were starting their own celebration.Williamson will get drafted No. 1 overall on Thursday night, and he’ll go to New Orleans in the awkward spot of being an 18-year-old (he doesn’t turn 19 until July 6) with a franchise on his shoulders. The Lakers will still be drafting No. 4 overall, though they’ll be doing so on New Orleans’ behalf because the trade cannot be consummated beforehand. The Pelicans need a center, and will likely look at the trade market.The Pelicans have to watch an incredible player, one of the league’s very best, leave. But David Griffin — the man tasked with rebuilding the Pelicans — clearly had concluded that there was no way of convincing Davis to not leave as a free agent next summer anyway. Had Griffin waited to make a deal in-season, there’s almost no way he could have pulled off this kind of haul in return. The longer he waited, the less the value. So they push the reset button and move on, which was the most prudent play.Let the ripple effects begin.The Warriors not only have to figure out what to do if Kevin Durant leaves, but how to contend next year without the Achilles-rehabbing Durant and the ACL-rehabbing Klay Thompson (for at least much of the season). Other contenders in the West — Houston, Denver, Portland — will be viewing the Warriors’ woes as opportunity, so they’ll be looking at ways to get better as well. And Boston will be dealing with the reality that not only are its hopes of landing Davis gone, but that Irving is likely leaving as well.There will be countless big moves in the coming weeks. 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Five-time world boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom on Wednesday said it would be an uphill task to achieve a podium-finish at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.Mary, who had bagged bronze in the flyweight (51kg) category at the 2012 London Olympics, said the competition at next year’s edition will be the tougher since the size of the draw is expected to be bigger.”Qualifying for the Rio Games would be tough and winning a medal would be even tougher. I am trying all I can to qualify for the Games,” Mary said.”I am only focussed on qualifying for the Olympics right now. I will only think of a medal after I book my ticket to Rio,” she added. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I will give my 100 percent.”Also read: Sports minister ready to solve boxing impasse, says Manipur boxing chief The 32-year-old, who is currently training in Bengaluru, may go abroad in order to prepare herself for the 2016 World Championships, which is the first Olympic qualifying event scheduled to be held in February next year.”Right now, my target is the World Championships. I will train here in India for around a month. Then I am thinking of going abroad for training. The place has not yet been decided. But it could be UK where I trained before the 2012 Olympics,” she said.The Manipur pugilist also informed that she had been laid low by a string of minor injuries recently, which prompted her to skip the recent Asian championships.advertisementAlso read: Boxing India calls executive committee meeting on August 31 “I have had several minor injuries in the recent past. But now I am getting stronger day by day,” Mary said.Talking about the current state of affairs in Indian boxing, Mary said: “As athletes, our job is to win medals for the country. But looking after the administrative side of the sport is the federation’s job. If they fail to do their job then it may also affect the performance of the boxers.””Indian boxing is like a family. If those at the helm of the sport do not take the right decisions, the entire family will be affected,” she added.
England crumbled meekly to 107 for eight in reply to Australia’s 481 to put the touring side firmly on course for victory in the final Ashes Test after a dramatic second day at The Oval on Friday.Steve Smith’s patient 143 guided Australia to a formidable total and the bowlers rammed home the advantage in the last session to boost their side’s bid for a consolation win after relinquishing the Ashes by losing the fourth Test in Nottingham.England’s collapse was not quite as abject as when Australia were bowled out for 60 on the first morning at Trent Bridge but it was quite remarkable on a sun-kissed afternoon in south London.Spinner Nathan Lyon bowled England captain Alastair Cook for 22 just before tea to start the rot.Also read: There are no fairytales, says retiring Clarke Adam Lyth’s wretched run continued when, on 19, he spooned an attempted pull off Peter Siddle to Mitchell Starc at mid-on.Siddle, recalled in place of the injured Josh Hazlewood, produced a superb delivery to bowl Ian Bell for 10 and Joe Root nicked Mitchell Marsh to keeper Peter Nevill after labouring for 39 balls to make six.Jonny Bairstow, on 13, tamely pulled Mitchell Johnson to Lyon at square leg, Jos Buttler was bowled by Lyon for one and Ben Stokes skied Marsh to Nevill for 15.Stuart Broad edged Marsh to Adam Voges at slip for a duck before Moeen Ali and Mark Wood each made eight not out to take the hosts to the close without further loss, still 374 runs behind their opponents.advertisementAustralia had resumed in the morning on 287 for three and Smith waited until his 24th delivery to add to his overnight 78 while Voges played more freely.The experienced right-hander cut Broad for four to reach his second fifty in a row and had scored 76 when he misjudged a fierce inswinger from Stokes that kept low and was trapped lbw.Smith flashed hard at the very next delivery from Steven Finn and keeper Buttler took the catch, but the bowler immediately returned to the crease to check his footmark and replays confirmed that he had overstepped by several inches.Finn looked distraught as Smith was recalled but he did claim a wicket when Marsh, on three, edged a lifting delivery to Bell at second slip.Smith clipped Moeen for a single to bring up his 11th test century, a patient effort spanning more than five hours at the crease.Nevill fell for 18, feathering a catch to Buttler down the leg-side off Moeen and the spinner bowled Johnson for a second-ball duck just before lunch.Smith’s long vigil ended when he dragged a ball from Finn on to his stumps and he departed to a standing ovation having hit two sixes and 17 fours.Starc struck a six and nine fours in a breezy 58 off 52 balls before he was lbw to Stokes and Siddle was caught by a diving Lyth at gully off Finn to end the innings.
\R Yekaterinburg, Jun 25 (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from international football two years ago but Sweden’s former talisman looms over their World Cup campaign like only he can. It is only too tempting for Sweden fans to wonder what might have been had the former Paris Saint-Germain player been in the side for Saturday’s match against Germany, which ended in a painful last-gasp defeat. Or allow themselves to imagine what impact Ibrahimovic could have had this Wednesday, when Sweden face Mexico in a make-or-break final group game in Yekaterinburg. Now 36 and in the twilight of his career at LA Galaxy, the giant forward hit 62 goals in 116 games for Sweden before quitting the international scene in 2016. There was speculation in the build-up to the World Cup that he might make a dramatic return and the much-travelled Ibrahimovic, who also played for Manchester United and Barcelona, mischievously dropped numerous hints. But Sweden coach Janne Andersson did not court him. “Zlatan is very welcome to call me” — and Ibrahimovic ended up being in Russia only for commercial reasons. Swedish fans began trickling into Yekaterinburg, the most eastern city at the World Cup, on Monday and mention of the swaggering Ibrahimovic brought wistful smiles. “Everyone misses Zlatan, but he does not fit into our new team,” said Maria Bronk. Companion Ditte Helwig, sporting a yellow hat, yellow shirt and blue leggings with the word SWEDEN, disagreed. “I think he fits, but I think he’s had enough of it. He’s not too old, but I think he does not want to be here. It is he who said ‘no’.”advertisement Helwig and Bronk are such big Ibrahimovic fans that they will travel to the United States in September to see him in action. Helwig, playing the Pokemon Go game on her smartphone as she ambled in the sunshine, said Sweden would have at least drawn with Germany had Ibrahimovic been on the pitch. “I think so because he’s the best scorer in Sweden of all time so it would have been a better result with Zlatan.” Peter Jonsson, freshly arrived from watching the agonising loss to Germany in Sochi, said it was time to move on. “We have a new team with a new spirit. Zlatan of course is a unique player but he was always the spearhead, which meant it was not always easy for the other players. “We need to build now with younger players,” said the 53-year-old from the city of Uppsala, outside Stockholm. “But unfortunately, there is not another Zlatan coming through.”-‘The best’ -============== Philip Henriksen, with his parents and sister to see their first game at the World Cup, is adamant. “He should be here, he is our best striker,” said the 18-year-old. “The score would have been different against Germany because he did not just score goals, he was our leader as well.” There may never be another Ibrahimovic, but many Sweden fans hope that winger Emil Forsberg can be the closest to it. The 26-year-old has been linked with an array of top Premier League sides after another stellar year in Germany with Leipzig. But he lacks the dominant personality of Ibrahimovic and is yet to set the World Cup alight. “I love Zlatan and I would welcome him back for the Mexico game,” said Philip’s mother Eleni, 50. “He would not need to run, he could let the young players run and give him the ball, and he can just score the goals.” (AFP) ATKATK
Liverpool Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Stoke Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent 16:00 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Liverpool Premier League Stoke City v Liverpool Stoke City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday evening Liverpool will travel to Stoke with the intention of closing the week with a victory after surrendering leads in their previous two fixtures over the past seven days. Draws away to Sevilla and at home to Chelsea – usually creditable results – were doused with disappointment after Jurgen Klopp’s side took control in both fixtures before having to settle for a share in the points.Liverpool 7/1 to beat Stoke 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We dominated Chelsea,” the Reds boss said. “They came here, gave us the ball and said ‘come on, try something’. We did it, but in the end you want to win.”I still feel we are on a good way, that’s what you have to show again and again and again and again.”LIVERPOOL INJURIESCentre-back Dejan Lovren could feature on Saturday, while midfielder Emre Can will be in contention to start.The duo both sat out the draw with Chelsea at Anfield due to minor problems.“Dejan probably will be close. It is not a big thing; it’s a little bit of little bit of swelling and we have to figure out what it is exactly,” Klopp said.”He will try to run in a few minutes, I spoke to him a second ago.“Emre is back, it was not a big thing but it was big enough that he could not play the last game. He is back and it is a full squad, for sure.”LIVERPOOL SUSPENSIONS Neither club have any suspension concerns, but former Reds midfielder Joe Allen is one caution away from a ban for the totting up of yellow cards.LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPSadio Mane and Roberto Firmino should start after being rested against the champions and with Klopp mulling over freshness as well as rhythm, there is likely to be other alterations.Adam Lallana was involved for the first time this season on Saturday, but may need to be eased back in before earning a spot in the XI.Can will fancy lining up in midfield, with Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho potentially being kept in reserve.Andy Robertson will be hoping for a rare outing given Alberto Moreno has already played twice this week. Trent Alexander-Arnold should also swap in at right-back for Joe Gomez. If Lovren is fit enough to start, he could displace Ragnar Klavan to partner Joel Matip at the heart of defence.“It was a very important sign for the squad and from my side that I show the faith in all of the boys,” Klopp said on his decision to rotate against Antonio Conte’s men.”It was very important for me that the boys showed me they are 100 per cent ready, so that was good – really good. Probably we will make one or two changes from the last game to the next game, then maybe not for the next game – we will see how we deal with that.“It all depends on the impression I can get during the games and during the session, then we make decisions.”STOKE TEAM NEWSStoke have lost seven of their last eight games against Liverpool in the Premier League and are yet to win in the league this month.They suffered a 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace last time out following back-to-back 2-2 draws with Brighton and Leicester.Mark Hughes will consider shaking up his selection against the visitors, whom he plans to “nullify.”“We will certainly contemplate changes because we are facing tough weeks leading into Christmas now, so most clubs will try and use their resources, just as we will,” he said.“We are playing against a high-quality team, who will test us, but I fully expect us to give a real good account of ourselves.”We are facing a player in Mohamed Salah who is clearly in the best form of his Liverpool career. We can’t be overly concerned with one player though because they have match winners all over the pitch.“We need to nullify them on Wednesday.”Geoff Cameron won’t be involved for the hosts, but Hughes has few other concerns.”We’ve had everyone in for training and there doesn’t seem to be any doubts from the weekend,” the manager said. “There’s a few bumps and bruises but we’ll have a clearer idea tomorrow. Ramadan [Sobhi] is fine.”We didn’t know how long Mame Diouf would last on Saturday and needed cover on the bench which is why Saido Berahino missed out. He’s in my thoughts for Wednesday.”BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Liverpool’s 23-point tally this season is seven points lower than they had after 13 games in 2016-17 (30). Mark Hughes has lost 11 of his last 16 Premier League meetings with Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri has had a hand in six goals in his last six Premier League games for Stoke City (two goals, four assists). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is at 20:00 BST and the match won’t be televised live in the UK. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
ESPN.Nick Saban wasn’t in an awesome mood at his press conference following Alabama’s fall camp practice today. (To be fair, he never seems to be in an awesome mood at his press conferences.)The Crimson Tide head coach had to answer questions about Maurice Smith, the player Alabama is denying a transfer to Georgia, and Alphonse Taylor, the offensive lineman potentially being suspended for a DUI.Nick Saban has arrived. #Alabama pic.twitter.com/f9s8GWxBhF— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) August 4, 2016Saban answered most of the questions, saying Alabama supports the SEC’s transfer rule and that Taylor has gone through an “intense” program following his arrest.Saban on Maurice Smith: Nothing has changed. We support the SEC rule on not granting releases for guys to go to other SEC schools.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016Saban: Alphonse Taylor has gone through a pretty intense program & has been cleared to practice. Not ready to make decision on if suspended.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016He did get a little upset when asked a hypothetical question about Smith, though. Saban on Maurice Smith: I’ve already answered that. Do I need to go Bill Belichick on you?— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016As Saban walked out of the press conference, he apparently sent a message to the media.“Get your ass in gear.”Saban, as he was leaving the room, just told the media to “get your ass in gear.”— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016Saban is always motivating, apparently.Alabama opens its season Sept. 3 against USC.
Toronto: An overlooked star explosion far away in space may have given the Earth the gift of precious heavy elements such as gold and platinum, a study claims. The research from University of Guelph in Canada and Columbia University in the US overturns our understanding of how heavy elements appeared on our planet. According to the research published in the journal Nature, some 80 per cent of the heavy elements in the universe likely formed in collapsars. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonCollapsars are a rare but heavy element-rich form of supernova explosion from the gravitational collapse of old, massive stars typically 30 times as weighty as our Sun. Using supercomputers, the researchers simulated the dynamics of collapsars, or old stars whose gravity causes them to implode and form black holes. Under their model, massive, rapidly spinning collapsars eject heavy elements whose amounts and distribution are “astonishingly similar to what we observe in our solar system,” said Daniel Siegel, from University of Guelph. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorMost of the elements found in nature were created in nuclear reactions in stars and ultimately expelled in huge stellar explosions. Heavy elements found on Earth and elsewhere in the universe from long-ago explosions range from gold and platinum, to uranium and plutonium used in nuclear reactors, to more exotic chemical elements such as neodymium found in consumer items such as electronics. Until now, scientists thought that these elements were cooked up mostly in stellar smashups involving neutron stars or black holes, as in a collision of two neutron stars observed by Earth-bound detectors that made headlines in 2017. The team began working to understand the physics of that merger before their simulations pointed toward collapsars as a heavy element birth chamber. “Our research on neutron star mergers has led us to believe that the birth of black holes in a very different type of stellar explosion might produce even more gold than neutron star mergers,” said Siegel. What collapsars lack in frequency, they make up for in generation of heavy elements, said Siegel. Collapsars also produce intense flashes of gamma rays. “Eighty per cent of these heavy elements we see should come from collapsars,” said Siegel. “Collapsars are fairly rare in occurrences of supernovae, even more rare than neutron star mergers — but the amount of material that they eject into space is much higher than that from neutron star mergers,” he said. The team now hopes to see its theoretical model validated by observations. Siegel said this research may yield clues about how our galaxy began.
Mumbai: A special court here on Tuesday sentenced a former senior manager of the Bank of Baroda and two others to one-year imprisonment for cheating the public sector bank of Rs 2 crore in 2006 by fraudulently processing and availing a trade loan. As per prosecution, the accused Atul Chatwani and his wife Sobhana Chatwani had obtained the cash credit facility of Rs 1 crore each in 2006 from suburban Goregoan branch of the bank by producing “forged documents”. The then senior manager (credit), Mahaveer Bhandari, had processed the loan. Special court judge S U Wadgaonkar convicted Bhandari and the Chatwanis under various section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Bhandari was also found guilty under Prevention of Corruption Act.
New Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has booked a private firm for cheating Delhi Traffic Police (DTP) by fraudulently acquiring a contract for installation and proper maintenance of “Red Light and Speed Check Camera Systems” (RL&SVCCS).Investigators said that the company conned the department to the tune of Rs 8.5 crore. Delhi Police said that based on enquiry, it was observed that the contract of installing and maintaining Red Light and Speed Check Camera Systems was awarded to Turbo consultancy private limited for 10 years by Delhi Police. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”After some time, an enquiry was conducted by a Delhi Police unit in which it was revealed that the private firm had committed fraud with DTP,” police said . Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) OP Mishra told Millennium Post that they have registered a case. Further investigation is going on. “Some irregularities were found. We are probing that,” said Additional CP. According to police, the firm identified as Turbo Consultancy private limited committed fraud from the year 2000 to 2017. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAn enquiry conducted by the vigilance branch revealed that the private company misrepresented to DTP that it has the technical competence and knowhow to maintain the camera systems and provide technical support to the systems installed by them for a period of ten years but the systems did not work for the prescribed time period. Police said that as a result, most valuable equipment acquired at a good cost by the department lay dysfunctional after one and half years of their purchase. “The irregularities also caused serious operational disruption in terms of management of traffic prevention of road accidents and violations,” a police official said adding that, none of the cameras installed by the firm lived their full life span.
Beijing: At least 36 people have been killed and as many injured in a road accident in east China’s Jiangsu Province, local authorities said on Sunday. The accident occurred at around 7 am on Saturday, when a packed coach with 69 passengers collided with a truck carrying three people on an expressway, according to the rescue team. An initial investigation showed that the accident was caused by a flat tyre in the coach, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportFurther investigation is underway, it said. Road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced. A majority of the accidents occur due to violations of traffic laws. China’s frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to fatalities. There were more than 180,000 traffic accidents and 58,000 deaths in 2015, according to the authorities. Traffic law violations comprised almost 90 per cent of those road accidents where people died or were injured, with the total number of such infractions reaching an astonishing 442 million. At least 36 people were killed and 13 injured when a packed bus slammed into a wall at the mouth of an expressway tunnel in northern China two years ago.
Paris: Former French President Jacques Chirac was given full military honours on Monday as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. On a mild, sunny morning, French President Emmanuel Macron cut a solemn figure as he presided over the ceremony near the site of Napoleon’s tomb in the courtyard of Les Invalides. A military band played the national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” before Macron inspected the troops. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Chirac’s casket, covered with a Tricolor flag, was then carried to the center of the courtyard. Macron, who did not speak, will also attend a memorial service at the Church of Saint-Sulpice in downtown Paris alongside dozens of French politicians and foreign officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former US President Bill Clinton, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schr der and Jordan’s King Abdallah II. A private funeral will take place later at the Montparnasse cemetery. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests A private family church service for Chirac was celebrated prior to the military tribute and a minute of silence was being held in schools and public buildings across the country Monday on France’s national day of mourning for its former leader. A mainstay of French politics over four decades, Chirac served as Paris mayor, a lawmaker, prime minister and France’s president from 1995 to 2007. The last French head of state to complete two terms in office, Chirac died Thursday at age 86. Known for championing the nation’s sense of its own grandeur, Chirac is being remembered fondly despite political failures and a 2011 corruption conviction from actions during his nearly two decades as mayor of Paris. As president from 1995-2007, he was a consummate global diplomat but failed to reform the French economy or defuse tensions between police and minority youths that exploded into riots across France in 2005. Once nicknamed “Super Liar,” his popularity soared after he left office. Thousands of mourners paid him tribute Sunday at Les Invalides, where his body lay in state on the eve of the memorial service. Mourners also gathered early outside the Church of Saint-Sulpice ahead of Chirac’s final service. “He was a great man who had an absolute fantastic class in all circumstances,” said one member of the public, Nadine Prevost. “He knew how to speak to everyone with a simplicity and a grandeur and that’s what made for the richness of his contact.”
Washington: Donald Trump asked Australia to “assist” in discrediting a Russia investigation that has clouded his presidency, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitting Tuesday that he agreed to help. An Australian government spokesperson confirmed Trump asked Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller’s probe — which concluded that Russia tried to swing the 2016 election in the Republican’s favour. The official said Australia “has always been ready to assist and cooperate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the President.” The revelation will fuel allegations Trump is using the power of the Oval Office and risking long-standing relationships with allies for his own political ends. He is already facing impeachment for asking Ukraine’s leader to investigate his potential election rival, former vice president Joe Biden, and his son Hunter. Mueller’s probe concluded in March and led to the conviction of several of Trump’s top aides for obstruction and lying to investigators. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBut ahead of the 2020 election Trump has painted the probe and its findings as a “deep state” conspiracy, pointing to conservative media reports as evidence and urging the Justice Department to launch counter-investigations. The New York Times, which first reported Trump’s Australian request, said the White House had restricted access to the transcript of the Trump-Morrison call, in a similar way to its handling of Trump’s recent call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Several other calls and meetings between Trump and foreign leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin are now under scrutiny. Separately, the Washington Post reported that Attorney General Bill Barr has had multiple contacts with officials and spies in Australia, Britain and Italy in a bid to investigate Mueller and US intelligence findings. At Trump’s encouragement, Barr’s Justice Department is examining the roots of the Mueller probe, including the evidence that led the CIA, FBI and other intelligence agencies to declare that Russia did in fact interfere in 2016 to boost Trump. Australia and Britain were both important because the original FBI Russia meddling probe was launched in July 2016 after the bureau received a tip from an Australian diplomat in Britain about a meeting between people tied to Russian intelligence and a Trump campaign official. In a May letter to Barr and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — cited by Australian media Tuesday — the country’s ambassador in Washington also offered to help. Morrison recently enjoyed a state visit to Washington and his close ties to Trump had already been facing scrutiny at home. “It was risky for the Morrison government to get so cosy with Trump when almost no other government has done so,” said Emma Shortis of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. “I think this development shows just how risky that is — Trump will come calling for favors, embroil you in controversy, and put relationships at risk.” In a statement, the Justice Department defended contacts abroad and said Trump and Barr’s roles were to help investigator John Durham make contacts. “Mr Durham is gathering information from numerous sources, including a number of foreign countries,” said Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec. “At Attorney General Barr’s request, the president has contacted other countries to ask them to introduce the attorney general and Mr. Durham to appropriate officials,” she said.
Aurangabad: A total of 1,905 nominations have been filed across 46 Assembly constituencies in eight districts of the Marathwada region for the October 21 Maharashtra elections. As per the data made available by the Election Commission on Saturday, the highest number of nominations were filed in Nanded district (492), which comprises nine constituencies, while the lowest number of nominations (83) were filed across three assembly segments in Hingoli district. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Besides Nanded and Hingoli, Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna, Parbhani, Latur and Osmanabad districts are part of the Marathwada region. Constituency-wise, the highest and the lowest number of nomination papers in the region were filed in two assembly segments in Nanded district. The highest number of 147 nominations were filed in Bhokar constituency, where former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is contesting as a Congress candidate, while Mukhed constituency in the same district received only 15 nomination papers. As per the EC data, as many as 1,309 nominations were filed on the last day of filing of forms on October 4. The last date of withdrawal of nominations is October 7.
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