Rs 8100crore loan fraud case Hitesh Patel held in Albania

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitesh Patel, an accused in the Rs 8,100-crore bank loan fraud allegedly perpetrated by Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech group, has been detained in Albania on the basis of an Interpol notice issued against him by the ED, officials said Friday.Hitesh Narender Bhai Patel was apprehended by law enforcement officials of that country from the capital city of Tirana on March 20, they said. The officials later informed Indian investigative agencies about the development and the Enforcement Directorate officials are expected to reach Albania soon to secure his extradition. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Patel is an accused in the case and is the brother-in-law of one of the main accused, Chetan Sandesara. The other prime accused is Nitin Sandesara. Patel is expected to be extradited to India soon,” they said. The ED had ensued a red corner notice against him from the Interpol on March 11. The detention has happened based on this warrant, the officials said. The agency said Patel was instrumental in getting dummy directors for shell companies used by Sandesaras. The Sandesara brothers are also stated to be in Albania and on March 19, a Delhi court had allowed the ED to send extradition requests to that country against the two.last_img read more

The Latest US to lift steel tariffs on Canada Mexico

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. trade tariffs (all times local):1:40 p.m.The United States has reached a deal to remove steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, while those nations would scrap retaliatory tariffs they imposed on U.S. products.That’s according to sources in the U.S. and Canada who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement.The deal removes a major hurdle to the passage of a new pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.President Donald Trump imposed tariffs last year of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 per cent on imported aluminum. He employed a rarely used 1962 law that empowers him to put a levy on products that the Commerce Department determines threaten national security. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau planned a news conference this afternoon after earlier speaking with Trump.___9 a.m.President Donald Trump is delaying any decision to impose tariffs on car and auto part imports, deciding against ratcheting up trade disputes or impacting talks with European nations and Japan.Trump announced his decision to delay for up to six months in a proclamation issued by the White House on Friday.He was required to make a decision on Commerce Department recommendations aimed to protect the U.S. auto industry, based on national security concerns.Trump directed his trade team to pursue negotiations and address the impact that imports are having on the U.S. auto industry and its ability to invest in new research and development that he says is critical to the nation’s security.Trump says he’ll decide whether to take further action in 180 days.The Associated Press read more

Pakistani trailblazer wins award for female police peacekeepers

Ms. Gulfam, currently a United Nations Police (UNPOL) Team Leader with the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), is this year’s recipient of the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award.Granted by the UN and the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), the award went to Ms. Gulfam for her work to protect vulnerable people in several countries. It was handed out on Sunday at the IAWP’s annual training conference in Lexington in the United States.For Ms. Gulfam, the award is the culmination of a career she has built step by step since she first joined the Pakistani police force in 1985.“I was born in a remote village of Pakistan in a predominantly traditional, patriarchal society,” she said. “Against all the heavy odds I decided to work as a police officer. It was not an easy task itself.”First, Ms. Gulfam joined the Punjab Police, where she worked for the investigation unit. Then she became a member of the Punjab Highway Patrol, where she was instrumental in improving the province’s traffic system. On the international level, Ms. Gulfam was the first female police officer deployed by Pakistan to a UN peacekeeping mission in 1997. She worked in Bosnia, followed by an assignment to Kosovo in 1999. “In Bosnia and Kosovo I believe that I became a role model for local women and my example encouraged them to join the police force… The newly elected President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, is a former police officer. Her example shows that it is possible to crack and break the glass ceiling.”Ms. Gulfam also spent time as the Pakistani police contingent commander in Timor-Leste, where she was in charge of 27 police officers.Now she is the UNPOL Team Leader with the Vulnerable Persons Unit (VPU) in the capital, Dili. Upon her arrival, there had been 411 cases pending investigation since 2007. Within a year Ms. Gulfam has already solved more than 70 cases.As an UNPOL officer she is responsible for receiving and acting on complaints submitted by vulnerable people, especially women, children and those with disabilities. Beyond “traditional” police work, Ms. Gulfam has taken on VPU duties such as seeking medical assistance for victims of child abuse and domestic violence and addressing issues related to human trafficking.The officer was instrumental in involving a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in assisting victims of sexual assault and abuse. She has also enhanced the VPU with a child-friendly investigation room and adjacent garden and playground. “Timor-Leste is a typical post-conflict society, where domestic violence is rampant,” explained Ms. Gulfam, who said her job is especially difficult when victims do not report to the police. Many victims decline to provide testimony because they are afraid or unaware of their rights. In response, Ms. Gulfam has carried out a public awareness programmes on the Timorese law adopted in 2010 which declared domestic violence a public crime, and enhanced outreach to victims through liaison with NGOs. Each UN peacekeeping mission nominated two officers for the award. Ms. Gulfam was surprised to be chosen, and passed the credit to her commanding officers and PNTL colleagues. “My wish is that I do something good for the Timorese. I was away from the mission at the time when the news broke. I jumped when I received the news,” she said. “To be honest it was my dream. My friend told me about the IAWP. I looked it up and saw all the women from Europe and Canada and the United States; I thought that I could never get this award.” 23 August 2011Police officer Shahzadi Gulfam tackles difficult policing challenges with determination and a smile. In the process, she has made the communities in her charge safer places to live. read more

Nebraska judge sets trial for lawsuit over eminent domain use in seizing

Nebraska judge sets trial for lawsuit over eminent domain use in seizing land for oil pipeline by The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 10:34 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email O’NEILL, Neb. – A judge has scheduled an October trial on a Holt County lawsuit aimed at keeping TransCanada Corp. from seizing land to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.At a hearing in on Monday in O’Neill, District Judge Mark Kozisek set the nonjury trial date of Oct. 19.Seven Nebraska landowners filed lawsuits after the state Supreme Court tossed an earlier, similar lawsuit, with three justices saying the plaintiffs in the case didn’t have standing to sue because they didn’t prove TransCanada was seeking their land.In January TransCanada filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties to invoke eminent domain for land that’s needed to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline. It would go from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.The TransCanada filings prompted the lawsuit in Holt County and a similar one York County. Both challenge the company’s legal authority under state law to use eminent domain. Judges in both counties later barred TransCanada from proceeding with any eminent domain actions until the legal challenges have been completed.Environmentalists and other opponents have argued that any leaks could contaminate water supplies and that the project would increase air pollution around refineries and harm wildlife. Supporters have said those fears are exaggerated, that the pipeline would create jobs and that it would ease American dependence on oil from the Middle East.The pipeline, first proposed in 2008, still requires presidential approval because it crosses an international border. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that his office had sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to issue a pipeline permit.Earlier this year, Congress approved legislation to build the pipeline. The president vetoed the bill, and the GOP-run Senate failed to override the veto in March. read more

Human Rights Council UN envoy details grave violations against children in conflict

“In Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, but also in other countries, thousands of children are recruited, killed, maimed, raped and kidnapped,” Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict told the Geneva-based Council.“The survivors are often deprived of lifesaving humanitarian assistance and denied their basic human rights,” she added. Noting that yesterday, the Syrian crisis marked the end of its third year, Ms. Zerrougui stressed that grave violations against children are being committed by Government forces and opposition groups. “I urge all parties to respect international humanitarian law and put an end to all violations against children, including – but not limited to – the killing and maiming of children, recruitment and use of children, as well as to cease all attacks on schools and hospitals and allow unimpeded humanitarian access,” she listed in her statement. Noting that the number of children affected by the Syrian conflict has more than doubled over the past year, she said that “Syria has become one of the most dangerous places to be a child”.Six and a half million people in Syria are internally displaced, and half of the 2.5 million refugees are children, she noted.Of particular concern is the use of education facilities in the country, as well as in several other places, for military purposes. “In 2013, we have witnessed an increasing and worrying number of attacks on schools in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Nigeria,” said Ms. Zerrougui. “We have to join forces, we must ensure that the essential role of education in emergencies is fully recognized and that children’s right to education is protected even in times of conflict.”In addition, the office of the Special Representative is preparing to launch guidelines on monitoring and reporting of attacks against schools and hospitals. This will contribute to improve the accountability of perpetrators, in line with Security Council resolution 1998 on attacks against schools and hospitals adopted in 2011.Last week, the Special Representative and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched, and the Security Council endorsed, the “Children, Not Soldiers” campaign to end the recruitment and use of children by Government armed forces in Afghanistan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen by 2016. The Governments of these countries have committed to the campaign, and Ms. Zerrougui today asked Member States, UN and NGO partners in Geneva to also support the efforts. read more

Excitement builds as InterTyre 2003 is launched at the NEC

InterTyre runs alongside auto 1, but under its own unique branding and will be the only show to be internationally marketed. InterTyre 2003 got under way last week, as it was officially launched to a packed audience at the NEC, Birmingham. After the success of the inaugural show in 2001, InterTyre is back again next year, and looks set to be bigger and better than before.The show will run alongside auto 1, the UK Automotive Expo, which was also officially unveiled to the automotive industry. For visitors, this presents a compelling reason to attend – not only will they be able to see all that’s new from the dedicated tyre industry, they will also be able to sample every other sector in the UK automotive industry.After the presentation, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘We are delighted to launch InterTyre 2003 to the tyre industry. The positive feedback we received both during and after the 2001 event was indication enough that we are on the right track. While much of the focus today was on the bold and innovative steps for auto 1, it is important to remember that this is only the second InterTyre, and already it looks set to be the biggest dedicated tyre event in the UK.’Notes to Editors: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) InterTyre 2003 and auto 1 is held at the NEC, Birmingham from Sunday 27 to Wednesday 30 April. In 2001, 83 per cent of exhibitors at InterTyre said that they were either definitely or very likely to return to the show in 2003. Visitor quality was described as good or excellent by 92 per cent of the exhibitors. read more

Ed Beathea excited to be coaching Ohio State mens track and field

Ed Beathea became the interim head coach of Ohio State’s men’s track and field in April, following an abrupt end to Robert Gary’s coaching tenure.Beathea’s interim tag was removed when he was officially named the program’s head coach Thursday.Beathea, who joined OSU as associate head coach in 2006, will receive a five-year contract as the team’s new head man. He will also lead the OSU men’s cross-country program.His annual salary will be $95,000, according to an OSU spokesman.Beathea told The Lantern that it is “certainly a big relief” to continue having the opportunity to lead the Buckeyes.“It’s very exciting for me, it’s very exciting for my family,” Beathea said. “The guys on the team are all very excited, they were very supportive and certainly supported me throughout the process.”Prior to joining the OSU coaching staff, Beathea coached sprinters and hurdlers at Indiana University for 10 years, including four seasons as associate head coach. An alumnus of Ball State University, he was also an assistant coach for two seasons at Northern Arizona University prior to his decade at Indiana.OSU fired Gary April 6, according to public records obtained by The Columbus Dispatch. OSU athletic spokesman Dan Wallenberg told the Dispatch that the decision to terminate Gary was made following the university’s discovery of “financial reporting irregularities.”On April 18, Gary was named the head coach of Furman University’s men’s and women’s track and field/cross country program. Furman also hired is wife, Rita, as his assistant coach.Beathea took over head coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the 2012 season following Gary’s firing. Beathea, who coached the Buckeyes to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, said he was pleased with the team’s performance during his time as interim head coach.“I thought the team performed really well,” Beathea said. “Considering the situation … me having to come in midway through the season, I thought the team was very focused, I thought they were very competitive.”While Beathea was satisfied with his team’s result this spring, he has higher expectations going forward.“It was a tough conference meet outdoor this year,” Beathea said. “I think that our goal is always to be in the top three. I think that our goal in the Big Ten in the next two or three years is to win the conference.”Beathea said he believes the team’s incoming recruiting class is very strong, but that he and his coaching staff will place a greater emphasis upon recruiting.“I think that certainly we will try to recruit more aggressively,” Beathea said. “We’ll certainly have a plan in place for that. Our goal for the national standpoint is to be a top-five or a top-ten team, and the only way that we’re going to be able to do that is to continue to add recruiting classes like the one we had this year.”The team’s incoming recruiting class includes three Gatorade State Track and Field Athletes of the Year. Ohio’s Donovan Robertson, a two-time winner of the award, also won two consecutive Division I state outdoor championships in 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and set the indoor national high school record in 60-meter hurdles in March. Rhode Island’s Joe Velez won the 2012 outdoor national championship in hammer throw, while Pennsylvania’s Billy Stanley had the nation’s second-farthest javelin throw among high school athletes in 2012.Beathea said he is still evaluating his current coaching staff, and whether any changes will be made is “still to be determined.”Beathea said that while his coaching style is different from Gary’s, he does not anticipate significant changes to be made as a result of the coaching change.“I think there’s certainly differences in how Coach Gary led the team and how I led the team, how I lead the team,” Beathea said. “But there’s certainly some similarities … I’m very focused on having a strong culture with a team, having the guys understand what the expectations are, have them understand what’s going on around them with other event areas and other guys on the team.Beathea said he planned on changing things that needed to be changed, but that he wouldn’t need to reinvent the wheel.“I think that we always are open for new ideas.” read more

Backcourt duo of DAngelo Russell Shannon Scott propel Buckeyes into Big Ten

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) both helped lead the Buckeyes past Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 12 in Chicago. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — The Ohio State men’s basketball team was struggling through a rough first half in the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota as it opened the game shooting 1-of-12 from long range.Enter the Yin-and-Yang combo of senior guard Shannon Scott and freshman D’Angelo Russell.The pair combined for 44 points Thursday night as the Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 79-73, in Chicago to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.Scott scored 21 points, setting a new career-high, in the win and said he was aggressive from the start of the game.“I just looked for my shot a little earlier in the game. I think a lot of times I settle and pass the ball around the perimeter,” he said. “I think I looked at the rim a lot more and when I felt I was open I attacked from there.”Scott finished 7-of-12 shooting from the field and added a team-high six assists to go along with five rebounds.He said a motivating factor for his performance, and the team’s performance as a whole, was a 72-48 drubbing at home on Sunday against Wisconsin.“Our biggest thing was after our senior night loss, just to play our best basketball now. We went out at the (Schottenstein Center) not playing how we wanted to play,” Scott said. “So we had to move on past it and get going again.”Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored just four points in his first college tournament game, said looking to seniors like Scott is important as March gets in full swing.“We definitely have to look close to them, because they have been there before,” Tate said. “They know the atmosphere, and being freshmen, they may know what we’re feeling.”OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game that he was proud of the way his team responded coming off of a tough loss.“We had a couple great practices leading into this,” Matta said. “I talked about it before the game tonight, I think, in terms of the way we came out. I was excited to see that.”Russell who had five turnovers against Wisconsin on Sunday, started Thursday’s game 0-of-6 from long range with eight points in the first half. He said it was Matta who woke him up in the second half.“Coach told me, ‘It’s time,’ and I started making shots for some reason,” Russell said. “I don’t know what it was. They started calling plays for me and putting me in positions to score and capitalize and create for others, and that’s what I did.”Russell’s biggest play of the game came with 1:41 on the clock when the Louisville, Ky., native stepped into a 3-point shot with the shot clock winding down and buried it to extend the OSU lead to seven and ultimately out of reach for Minnesota.Scott said even though he has only played with Russell for one season, he has come to expect those kinds of plays from the freshman.“That’s what he does … The whole year he has made some spectacular plays for us. He is uncanny scoring the ball,” Scott said. “When he has the ball in his hands, we know there is a good chance it is going in.”The game marked Russell’s first post-season college game and now that it is out of the way, he said he is looking forward to Friday’s matchup with Michigan State.“It’s win or go home, anything can happen,” he said. “Whoever our opponent is, we are just going to treat it like another game and trust the system.”The Buckeyes dropped their only matchup with the Spartans this season on Feb. 14 in East Lansing, Mich., 59-56, something Russell said he has not forgotten.“They only beat us by a buzzer beater,” Russell said. “I give a lot of credit to them. They played the gaps well, they were physical on me. They capitalized when we made mistakes.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to tip about 25 minutes after the Maryland vs. Indiana matchup on Friday night. read more

Silver Shadow hunted by police after surfing on train roof at up

first_imgPolice are hunting a man who labelled himself “The Silver Shadow” after he was spotted on top of a train travelling at up to 100mph.Officers say he put the lives of himself and others on the train at risk when he waved below to passengers as it passed through Bromborough Rake station in Wirral, Merseyside.The man was seen boarding the exterior of the train in between two carriages at Rock Ferry station at about 1.30pm and waited for the doors to close.Seven minutes later, he was spotted on CCTV on top of of the train at Bromborough Rake before he got off at the next stop. He then concealed his face as he briefly spoke to booking office staff at Bromborough station as he told them he had travelled from Birmingham and was called “The Silver Shadow”, said British Transport Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting 141 of 21/12. The man later told staff he had travelled from Birmingham and was called 'The Silver Shadow' The man later told staff he had travelled from Birmingham and was called ‘The Silver Shadow’Credit:British Transport Police  Police said the man boarded the exterior of the train in between two carriages at Rock Ferry stationcenter_img Speaking about the incident on December 11, investigating officer Pc Andrew Richardson said: “Even attempting to get on the top of a train is a nonsensical and idiotic thing to do.”The man concealed himself between two carriages above electrified rails and so one slip could have easily killed him and endangered the lives of those on the train.”This isn’t cool, it isn’t funny. It’s dangerous and we will not stand for it. If you recognise the man in these pictures, please get in touch.” Think train surfing is cool? We don’t.We’re looking for the self-styled “Silver Shadow”.Know him? Text 61016 👍https://t.co/I7p6JBEcTl pic.twitter.com/aMLGl45fSp— BTP (@BTP) December 21, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Mens EHF CL 20132014 completed Wisla Motor FC Porto Metalurg and Minsk

1. THW Kiel00000:0(0)0 GROUP B 6. Porto00000:0(0)0 6. HSV Hamburg00000:0(0)0 4. Naturhouse La Rioja00000:0(0)0 GROUP A 5. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…00000:0(0)0 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt00000:0(0)0 Men’s EHF Champions League got last five teams to complete Preliminary Round 2013/2014. Poland and Macedonia will have two teams at the handball club’s elite, while Eastern Europe made significant development with two champions – Ukraine and Belarus.MOTOR ZAPOROZHYE – VOJVODINA NOVI SAD 36:24DINAMO MINSK – TATRAN PRESOV 29:27WISLA PLOCK – MONTPELLIER 28:23 (first match 27:29)PICK SZEGED – METALURG 23:19 (first match 16:26)FC PORTO – HCM CONSTANTA 26:22 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen00000:0(0)0    ▼ Matchesclick on the names to see all match data 1. Aalborg Handball00000:0(0)0 3. Orlen Wisla Plock00000:0(0)0    ▼ Matchesclick on the names to see all match data 2. RK Gorenje Velenje00000:0(0)0 5. HK DROTT Halmstad00000:0(0)0 5. HC Dinamo Minsk00000:0(0)0 6. Motor00000:0(0)0 2. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagr…00000:0(0)0 GROUP C 3. St. Petersburg HC00000:0(0)0 1. MKB-MVM Veszprém00000:0(0)0 2. KS Vive Targi Kielce00000:0(0)0 TWDL 4. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn00000:0(0)0 6. HC Metalurg00000:0(0)0    ▼ Matchesclick on the names to see all match data TEAMMATCHES GOALSDIFFPTS GROUP D 5. Celje Pivovarna Lasko00000:0(0)0 1. FC Barcelona00000:0(0)0 2. PSG Handball00000:0(0)0 4. Wacker Thun00000:0(0)0 Dinamo MinskFC PortoMotor ZaporozhyeRK MetalurgVELUX EHF Champions League 2013/2014Wisla Plock 3. HC Vardar PRO – Skopje00000:0(0)0 ← Previous Story After 4 years Győr is defeated in Hungary! Next Story → Qatar have a new goalkeeper – Goran Stojanovic! read more

VIDEO Kielces fans and freak show

velux ehf final 4 Thousands of voices, thousands of colors around Lanxess Arena in Cologne. Take a look on our special videos from celebration of Kielce fans and “freak out” edition of those who wanted to be “special”… ← Previous Story Ten things to know before EHF CL Final! Next Story → Fuchse Berlin sign line-player Kresimir Kozina

Watch US President Donald Trump celebrate Greek Independence Day with his Greek

first_imgUS President Donald Trump held up a red hat which said, in Greek, “Make Greece Great Again”, before he kicked off his speech for Greek Independence Day at a function at the White House.He welcomed members of the Greek Orthodox community to a “very, very special place called the White House.  You’ve been hearing about it for a long time.  You’ll be hearing about it for a long time.  But it is a very, very special kind of a home.  It becomes home, and there’s nothing like it.”After the greetings, he focused on the meaning of the Greek War of Independence. “On March 25th, 1821, Greek patriots rose up and fought to liberate their country, restore their sovereignty, and reclaim their destiny,” Mr Trump said. “This evening, we also celebrate the countless ways Greek Americans strengthen and uplift and inspire our nation.  You live by the values that are the foundation of America’s greatness.  You really do.  You honour hard work.  You love your families.  You enrich your culture.  And you embrace the American Dream and you keep faith in the blessings of Almighty God.  And that’s great.”He spoke of the extraordinary achievements of Greek people. “Greek poets and philosophers like Homer and Aristotle have helped humanity pursue truth, and virtue, and justice.  Ancient Greece achieved extraordinary feats of architecture, geometry, map-making, and so much else that has inspired all wonders of the world.  And Greece is the birthplace of democracy.  Have you heard that?” he asked.READ MORE: Beware of the Greeks bearing Trump’s messages“As a famous Greek historian wrote, ‘Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.’  And you are courageous.”He pointed to Greek Americans like Senior Airman Gregory Manuel of the 42nd Intelligence Squadron and Major Carl Hollister who served in the Army for more than 20 years. “To Gregory and Carl, and everyone who has defended America and its uniform: We applaud your patriotism and we salute your noble service to our nation.  We very much appreciate it.  Thank you very much.  Great job,” he said.“Here with us today is George Marafatsos.  George was born in the mountains of Sparta, Greece.  (Applause.)  When he was 10, his family immigrated to the United States.  He earned money — a lot of money — helping out his grandfather’s barbershop,” he said, also pointing to the Greek Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Aphrodite Skeadas from the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society who has helped lead efforts with more than 20,000 women across the country to feed the homeless, provide scholarships to students, and to help families in times of need. He also thanked Father Kosmas Karavellas who offered a lifetime of service to the Greek Orthodox Community of Maryland.“Each of these remarkable individuals represent the stories of so many Greek Americans in the room.  Many of them are in this room with us right now,” he said.“You have devoted your lives to your families, your communities, and to our country.  Through your grit and your drive, and your will to succeed — you are very, very competitive people, I can tell you that. They don’t ever quit.  You don’t ever give up.  That’s what we want.READ MORE: How Donald Trump celebrated Greek Independence Day last year“You’ve brought jobs and promise to cities and towns across America.  And you’ve deepened the bonds of affection and renewed the pride of patriotism that unites us as one people, one family, and one glorious nation under God.“I want to thank you.  God bless you.  And again, I want to wish all of you a joyous Greek Independence Day.   Thank you.Thank you for being at the White House.  Thank you all for being at the White House.”He then went on to sign the Greek Independence Day proclamation for the third time.“I was supposed to be at another event today.  I said, ‘You mean…’ — the people came over — I said to them, ‘You mean I won’t be able to be there for my Greek friends?’  They said, ‘No, sir.  Not this time.  But next year.’  I said, ‘No, no, no.  I’m doing it this time.”  So…” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

4 dead as threestory building collapses in Gujarats Nadiad

first_imgKheda: At least four people died after a three-storey apartment building in Pragatinagar in Gujarat’s Nadiad collapsed on Friday night. Rescue operations are underway. More details are awaited.last_img

Sahara Tells Supreme Court that it Cant Refund ₹36000 Crore to Investors

first_imgThe Sahara Group has said that it would be not able to pay ₹36,000 to bond investors in 18 months, as mandated by the Supreme Court last month.In June, the apex court had ordered the Lucknow-based financial services group to refund nearly ₹36,000 crore to bond investors in nine instalments over the next 18 months.However, Sahara told the court that “no business house in the world can pay ₹36,000 crore within 18 months.”Last month, the court had also said that jailed Sahara chief Subrata Roy and two other directors of the company would be taken into custody again, if he defaults on paying on any three instalments.The Supreme Court also rejected to grant a bail to Roy, as he failed to submit a bank guarantee of ₹5,000 crore.The court had ordered Roy to deposit ₹10,000 crore for his release. The court asked him to pay half the amount in cash and remaining half as bank guarantee. Roy has already paid ₹5,120 crore in cash.The Sahara Group chief will remain in jail as long as he fails to produce the bank guarantee.Roy, a high-profile business leader, has been behind bars since March last year, following Sahara’s failure to comply with a court order to return the money to investors it had raised through an illegal bond programme.Currently, Sahara is involved in selling properties of the group to raise the money required to secure a bail for Roy.The group has also informed the court on Tuesday that it is raising ₹110 crore from selling a 44-acre property to Gorakhpur Real Estate Corporation.The case will be up for hearing before the Supreme Court on Monday.last_img read more

Government denies approving industries around Sundarbans

first_imgSundarbans. Prothom Alo file photoThe Bangladesh government has denied that it issued approval for any heavy industry close to the Sundarbans, country’s only, and the world’s largest, mangrove forest. However, the records show that so far 320 new industrial projects have been approved by the government around the forest.The government issued a letter to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) denying their approval of the industries and also saying that they conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) accurately before implementing the Rampal power plant project.Sundarbans’ biodiversity is widely important for the world’s ecosystem. The Bangladesh government submitted a progress report to the World Heritage Committee on 3 December last year as to maintain the status of Sundarbans as world heritage. The report said that the government has taken some additional initiatives to protect the Sundarbans as well as to meet UNESCO’s conditions.However, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO will make the decision in July this year, whether or not the status as the Sundarbans will retain its world heritage status as its natural resources are at stake.However, the National Committee to Protect Sundarbans sent a letter to the UNESCO citing the government has approved 320 factories within 10 kilometre surrounding the forest despite UNESCO’s time and again objections.The letter also said, among the projects, 24 are highly prone to release deadly environmental pollutants which will push the Sundarbans gradually towards destruction.Apart from this, UNESCO was told that the EIA of Rampal power plant was not done accurately, it would have to be done afresh. But the government has not conducted any EIA anew.Deputy minister of environment, forest and climate change Habibun Nahar said, “The people of Rampal and Mongla used to starve. Only industrialisation can eradicate poverty in the area and this will not be possible without electricity.”“That is why we proposed the Rampal power plant. We are doing it with proper measures to protect the environment,” she claimed.In the meeting of World Heritage Committee held in Krakow, Poland in July 2017, Bangladesh was given several conditions to protect Sundarbans. There were eight conditions, including stopping the operation of the Rampal power plant and not allowing industrialisation around the Sundarbans.It is said an evaluation report will be discussed in the 2019 meeting on what Bangladesh did to fulfil these conditions so far.Earlier, in December 2018, UNESCO asked Bangladesh government to submit a report in this regard.Following that the government said in report in December last year, the task of assigning an organisation to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on the south-western region of the country including the Sundarbans has been finalised. Also, the government is said to have taken initiatives to avoid any kind of pollution at Rampal coal-based power plants project.The report also stated that a special action plan including the Tiger Recovery Programme was taken up with special supervision to protect the Royal Bengal Tigers in Sundarbans. It was mentioned that the filling of Gorai river is one of the main obstacles to fresh water flow through the Ganges from India. Initiative has been taken to dredge the river. Also, EIA was carried out before the river dredging.However, the National Committee to Protect Sundarbans convenor Sultana Kamal said, “Whatever the government’s official statements say, we have seen that the EIA of Rampal power plant was faulty. It has to be done afresh.”“The Sundarbans cannot be preserved unless the projects the construction of industries there is halted for once and for all,” she added.*This report originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Florence toll rises to 8 in US

first_imgA motorist drives through high waters after Hurricane Florence swept through, in Bolivia, North Carolina, US, 15 September 2018. Photo: ReutersTropical storm Florence dumped “epic” amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.Florence’s intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the US mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane. But its slow march over the two states, crawling west at only 3 miles per hour (6 km per hour), is expected to leave large parts of the region deluged in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Saturday.”This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing. His state has already endured record rainfall, with much more forecast to come. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.”This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said petty officer Michael Himes of the US Coast Guard. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters.Numerous roads were closed, and authorities warned of the risk of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, with dams and bridges in peril as rivers and creeks swelled. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in South Carolina.North Carolina officials said there had been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the state, with unconfirmed reports of a further three deaths.South Carolina authorities reported one death.The White House said president Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his “deepest sympathies and warmth” to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.Worst Yet To ComeAt 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over South Carolina.The center said the storm would dump as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain along coastal areas of the Carolinas, as well as up to 10 inches in southwestern Virginia.In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk.”If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference.”The worst is yet to come,” he added.The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina’s Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti.Near the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, coal ash leaked from a Duke Energy landfill. The site lost enough material to fill around two-thirds of an Olympic-sized pool, the company said in a statement, adding that it did not believe the incident posed a risk to health or the environment.Officials had warned before the storm that the rains could risk tainting waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste.Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths. Floyd produced 24 inches of rain in some parts of the state, while Florence has already dumped about 30 inches in areas around Swansboro.In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.”It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind,” said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern.South Carolina authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.As the United States dealt with Florence, a strong typhoon tore across the northern tip of the Philippines, wrecking homes and triggering landslides before heading toward Hong Kong and China.last_img read more

How Boxing Kept Houstons Maurice Termite Watkins Out Of Jail

first_imgWikipedia CommonsBoxer and Houston native Maurice “Termite” Watkins. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:36center_img When Maurice “Termite” Watkins was ten, he was consistently getting into trouble with the law. So his dad introduced him to the sport of boxing.It worked.At 16 years old, Watkins, a Houston native, became the youngest ever Golden Gloves champion, the annual national amateur boxing competition.Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaHouston boxer Maurice “Termite” Watkins.Soon after, he turned professional and was a top-ten contender. In 1980, he challenged Saoul Mamby for the W.B.C. World Light Welterweight Championship, losing in a 15-round decision.Later in life, Watkins was tasked with coaching the Iraqi national boxing team to compete in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. One boxer was able to qualify.Watkins is now managing and training Evan Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/02100250/Houston-Matters-2019-08-02-at-9.27am.mp400:0000:0000:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the audio above, Watkins talks about his career and starting his Fighter Nation Boxing Gym ministry.Fighter Nation/FacebookMaurice “Termite” Watkins (back row, third from left) poses with youth from his Fighter Nation Boxing Gym. Listen Sharelast_img read more

6 arrested in connection 2017 bomb explosion plan

first_imgDarjeeling: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Darjeeling remanded 6 persons to 5-day police custody on Saturday. These persons were arrested on November 2 in connection with a case of September 9, 2017, wherein the persons were allegedly planning to cause a series of explosions in Darjeeling.The arrested include Puran Tamang (43), Shekhar Rai (35), Bhaskar Rai (39), Vishal Bomjan (29), Safal Lama (30) and Pradeep Thapa (30 years). They all are residents of Haringhata on the outskirts of Darjeeling and were absconding for a long time. They have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act. “The police had prayed for 7 days of remand in order to investigate other co-accused, reconstruction of crime, identification of the hideouts, recovery of explosives, bomb making materials and other articles. The court allowed for 5-day of police remand. They will be produced on November 8,” stated Pankaj Prasad, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Darjeeling. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIncidentally, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills were in the grip of a violent agitation in 2017 spearheaded by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha led by Bimal Gurung. The agitation culminated in a 105-day bandh with incidents of arson, explosion and violence all over the Hills. The police on September 4, 2017 had received information that some GJM supporters from Lower Harsing and Lebong were planning to cause explosions at an undisclosed location in Darjeeling. A raid had been conducted at Lower Harsing Hatta. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome packets of explosive substances (power gel), detonator with wire, metal splinters, metal blades, catapult, iron rods, chopper, electric wire, bottles of petrol, improvised bullet heads and rubber stamp of president/secretary of Yuva Morcha were recovered from a house. Police initiated investigations and a case was started against front rung GJM leaders including Bimal Gurung, Prakash Gurung, Praveen Subba and others. The names of the persons arrested on November 2 this year also came up during investigations. They have been absconding. Raids have been continued to be conducted since then. Based on source investigation these persons had returned to meet their family members, police managed to successfully net the 6 arrested from Harsing Hatta. During investigation, they have admitted to their involvement and their statements have been recorded under Section 16 CRPC. The others named in the FIR are still absconding.last_img read more

Mountaineers bodies to be brought back

first_imgKolkata: The bodies of mountaineers Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya are expected to be brought to the base camp within a few days with the Sherpa team that had gone for the rescue operation after their bodies have been located. Both of them in an expedition to Kanchenjunga were feared dead since Thursday.”We have been able to locate the bodies of Kuntal and Biplab. We are taking all possible steps to bring down the bodies. It is a tough task but the Sherpas are trying their best. We are hopeful that we will be able to do it in a few days,” said Ujjal Ray, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn the other hand, the efforts to trace Dipankar Ghosh, another Bengal mountaineer who went missing while he was coming down after scaling Mount Makalu in Nepal on Friday, has been suspended at least till May 22 with forecast of inclement weather conditions. “We have to first locate the body and then plan accordingly on how to bring it down,” said an official of the Seven Summits agency which was overseeing Dipankar’s expedition. He had successfully scaled the fifth highest peak in the world but while descending to the base camp went missing. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA two-member team comprising an official from the state Youth Affairs department and mountaineer Debdas Adhikary has already reached Kathmandu and is supervising the search operation of Kuntal, Biplab as well as Dipankar. Mt. Makalu is considered amongst the most dangerous and challenging peaks to summit. Ramesh Ray and Rudraprasad Halder who fell sick during the Kanchenjunga expedition were airlifted and brought to the base camp on Thursday afternoon are presently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Nepal. Both of them are recovering.last_img read more