People have right to know about Netajis disappearance Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday asserted that people have the right to know what happened to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, while remembering the “son of the soil” on the day he reportedly went missing 74 years ago.She said the whereabouts of Netaji after he “disappeared” on August 18, 1945 were still not known.”On this day, in 1945, Netaji went on a flight from Taihoku Airport in Taiwan, only to disappear forever. We still do not know what happened to him. People have a right to know about the great son of the soil,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSeveral reports have claimed that Netaji had boarded a plane from Taihoku Airport in Taiwan, which crashed leading to the death of the great leader. There is, however, no confirmation on his death as experts came up with different theories about his disappearance.The Centre from time to time had constituted panels — Shah Nawaz Committee in 1956, the Khosla Commisson in 1970, the Mukherjee Commisson in 2005 — to shed light on the mysteries surrounding the death or the disappearance of Netaji, but none could render any answer.On September 1, 2016, the Narendra Modi government declassified investigative reports of the Japanese government which concluded that Bose died in a plane crash in Taiwan.Many, however, continue to believe that Netaji survived the plane crash and lived in hiding.last_img read more

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Global lawmakers grill Facebook exec in UK parliament

first_imgLONDON — Lawmakers from nine countries are grilling a Facebook executive as part of an international hearing at Britain’s parliament on disinformation and “fake news.”Richard Allan, a Facebook vice-president, was among witnesses set to answer questions at a committee hearing in London on Tuesday.The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee had repeatedly asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear but he has ignored the requests.Instead, the company sent Allan to the hearing, at which British lawmakers will be joined by counterparts from eight other countries.The hearing comes after the committee’s chairman, Damian Collins, took the unusual move of forcing the CEO of an app maker to turn over confidential Facebook documents.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Trudeau Sohi meeting with workers at TMXs Edmonton terminal this morning

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is paying a visit to the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Edmonton this morning.It has been almost a month since Trudeau gave a second go-ahead to expanding the pipeline, after the courts overturned his government’s original approval.Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi —  who represents a nearby Edmonton riding — will meet with workers at the terminal, which is the start of the pipeline that carries Alberta oil to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C. The Liberal government spent $4.5 billion to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada in 2018 in a bid to get the existing pipeline expanded despite significant political opposition in British Columbia.That plan hit the rocks in August 2018 when the Federal Court of Appeal said the government had not done a good enough job with either consultations with Indigenous communities or environmental reviews.Six British Columbia First Nations and at least two environment groups have filed new court challenges to the approval.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Modi launches campaign in Andhra Tgana calls Naidu Uturn Babu

first_imgKurnool (AP)/Mahbubnagar (T’gana): Kick starting the BJP’s poll campaign in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday targeted the opposition chief ministers of the two states, calling former ally N Chandrababu Naidu ‘U-turn Babu’ and alleging that K Chandrasekar Rao is under the influence of astrologers.Andhra Pradesh with 25 seats and Telangana with 17 figure in the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls starting April 11. Assembly polls will be also held simultaneously in AP where the Naidu-led TDP is in power. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Levelling charges of corruption and dynasty politics against Naidu, Modi said April 11 will usher in the “double engine” of AP’s growth — a BJP government both at the Centre and the state. There was debate going on in AP that there were ‘schemes for corruption,’ ranging from the creation of the new capital Amravati, the prime minister charged. “The people of Andhra Pradesh know whose coffers are being filled.. when this chowkidar sought accounts, u-turn Babu took a u-turn from AP’s growth and walked out from NDA,” Modi said addressing a rally in Kurnool. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNaidu had snapped ties with the NDA in March last year, accusing the Centre of not honouring the “promised” special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Hitting out at the TDP supremo for getting close to the Congress, Modi said Naidu has “found friends who are on bail,” apparently referring to Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi who are on bail in the National Herald case. Modi, who had in the past hit out at Naidu for alleged family politics, said the election should also see the ‘son set’, and called for a new ‘sun rise’. He deliberately stressed on using ‘son” to drive home his point on dynasty politics to target the chief minister and his son and state minister Nara Lokesh. Alleging that Naidu’s “intent” was not on state’s development, Modi sought to reject the chief minister’s repeated attacks that his government neglected the state. He accused Naidu of pasting state government ‘stickers’ on Central schemes. “For sure, I could have done more work. I just required the cooperation of the state government. I made all efforts from my side, but the person who is running the government (Naidu), his intention is not Andhra Pradesh’s development,” Modi said. Asking the people of Telangana to vote for a “new Bharat” where the people of the state will also benefit, Modi said the citizens in the country were moving forward sans any fear as the ‘chowkidar’ has been ‘alert.’last_img read more

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Jet Airways employee jumps to his death

first_imgMumbai: A senior technician with Jet Airways allegedly committed suicide in Maharashtra’s Palghar district due to depression as he was suffering from cancer, police said Saturday. Shailesh Singh, 45, jumped off the terrace of his four-storeyed building in Nalasopara East on Friday afternoon, an official said. As per functionaries of Jet Airways Staff and Employees Association, however, Shailesh was facing “financial constraints” as employees of the grounded airline have not got salaries for a long time. “He was suffering from cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. Prima facie, it seems he was suffering from depression due to the ailment,” the police official added. It was the first suicide of an employee since the airline suspended operations, these functionaries claimed.last_img read more

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Indias oil imports from Iran slide by 57 during April

first_imgNEW DELHI: India’s oil imports from Iran fell about 57 percent year-on-year in April, according to tanker arrival data seen by Reuters, the last month when New Delhi was allowed to load Iranian oil ahead of U.S. sanctions stopping purchases of oil from the OPEC member. India, Iran’s top oil client after China, shipped in about 277,600 barrels per day (bpd) of oil from Tehran in April, down about 31.5 percent from the previous month, preliminary tanker arrival data from shipping and industry sources showed. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe United States introduced sanctions in November but gave a six-month waiver to eight nations, including India, which allowed them to import some Iranian oil. India was allowed to buy an average 300,000 bpd of oil during November-April, but actual volumes varied from month to month due to lack of ships after foreign shipping lines backed out of Iranian deals under pressure from U.S. sanctions. In April, Washington asked buyers of Iranian oil, mostly in Asia, to halt purchases or face sanctions. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIndia is scheduled to get two very large crude carriers carrying 4 million barrels of Iranian oil this month – one each at Paradip in the east and Kochi in the west. The two vessels were loaded in April. Since November, when India received the sanctions waiver, only state-run Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum Corp, Hindustan Petroleum and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals have been buying Iranian oil. India’s overall imports from Iran in January to April 2019 fell nearly 45 percent to 304,500 bpd compared with 552,000 bpd a year ago, the data showed. The sources declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak with media.last_img read more

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Media cooperation at center of communication ministers talks in Washington

first_imgWashington – Communication minister, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi held, on Wednesday in Washington, several meetings with officials from the US department of state on means to promote media cooperation. El Khalfi met at the headquarters of the department of state US coordinator for international communications and information policy Daniel Sepulveda, the director of the department of state’s press and public diplomacy office Emilia Puma, acting principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs Richard Schmierer and Jennifer Larson, spokesperson in charge of Near Eastern affairs.El Khalfi discussed with the officials the media cooperation program which falls within the framework of the Morocco-USA strategic dialogue which culminated with the official working visit by HM King Mohammed VI to Washington last November. The Moroccan minister held, earlier in the day, a meeting with vice president of the International Center for Journalists Patrick Butler on the center’s expertize in terms of training and supervising reporters, as well as on means to foster cooperation in the sector of communication, radio and television.El Khalfi also met with president of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai.The meetings were attended by Morocco’s ambassador to the USA Rachad Bouhlal.last_img read more

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NHL Lockout Gary Bettman Prosposes 2Week Break In Talks

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr  that the two sides take a two-week moratorium from negotiations.Fehr informed Bettman he’d like to speak with his membership first, a source said. The union likely will give Bettman a response Friday, although it is believed it would prefer meeting rather than not, according to TSN and ESPN.Bettman’s suggestion follows a disheartening week of limited communication between the sides. The league and the union last met face to face on Sunday in a meeting that lasted less than an hour and yielded no progress.After the short session, in which neither side seemed willing to concede on its respective position on player-contracting issues, Fehr said he couldn’t see a “path to an agreement.”That prompted Bettman to float the possibility of the sides taking some time off to regroup before resuming negotiations, one source said.The sides did not have any communication Thursday.“I find it incredible that the Union is suggesting that we are somehow ‘close’ to a deal,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to ESPN. “They have utterly refused to negotiate for months. They have made essentially one proposal — five times. They continue to request a ‘guaranteed’ Players Share as part of the next agreement and we repeatedly tell them maybe they should get a reality check. And in the mean time, maybe they can make their position clear to us on 50-50, on the make-whole and on Player Contracting issues.”NHLPA’s special counsel Steve Fehr countered Daly’s statement.“Of course everyone on the players’ side wants to reach an agreement,” he said. “The players have offered the owners concessions worth about a billion dollars. What exactly have the owners offered the players? We believe that it is more likely that we will make progress if we meet than if we don’t.“So we are ready to meet. If indeed they do not want to meet, it will be at least the third time in the last three months that they have shut down the dialogue, saying they will not meet unless the players meet their preconditions. What does that tell you about their interest in resolving this?” read more

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Devils focus on defending Buckeyes dynamic duo of Lavender and Prahalis

The No.3 women’s basketball team is off to its best start in coach Jim Foster’s eight seasons with the Buckeyes. Tonight, the Buckeyes travel to Durham, N.C., to take on No. 11 Duke in the feature game of the ACC/Big Ten challenge.In their 8-0 start, the Buckeyes have already won the Preseason WNIT and the Buckeye Classic. Led by junior Jantel Lavender and sophomore Samantha Prahalis, the Buckeyes are defeating opponents by an average of 27.4 points per game and average scoring just fewer than 90 points per contest.In the Buckeyes’ most recent victory over California, both Prahalis and Lavender finished with double-doubles. “She’s as good as there is in the open court,” coach Jim Foster said of his point guard. “She has a good sense of the game and as we grow, she starts to find her wings as well as herself.”As for Lavender, the center recorded her 40th career double-double against the Golden Bears, the most among active Big Ten players. She, along with Prahalis, was named to the Buckeye Classic All-Tournament Team.Ohio State will need big production from both of its stars to beat Duke.While perennial powerhouse Duke is having a bit of a down year by its standards, the Blue Devils’ home record is impeccable. Duke has won 18 consecutive home games, its last loss coming in February of 2008.Duke is riding a four-game win streak, in large part because of junior guard Jasmine Thomas. Thomas recorded a triple-double in Duke’s most recent victory over Marquette. Thomas leads the high-powered Duke offense and averages more than 14 points a game.If the Buckeyes defeat the Blue Devils, it will be their first win in the Big Ten/ACCchallenge. OSU lost its previous two matchups against North Carolina and Maryland, while Duke has posted a record of 1-1 in the first two challenges.The teams square off at 7 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham. read more

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No 1 Buckeyes aim to bust Boilermakers

The Ohio State men’s basketball team (20-0, 7-0) has managed to do what its football counterpart couldn’t: remain ranked No. 1 in the country for more than a week. When the polls were released Monday, the Buckeyes sat atop both The Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ polls for the second consecutive week. Thanks in part to wins against Iowa and Illinois, as well as losses suffered by former unbeaten teams Kansas and Syracuse, the Buckeyes increased their lead in the polls, earning 63 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP poll and a unanimous 31 first-place votes in the Coaches’ poll. The Buckeyes will defend their No. 1 ranking tonight when they welcome No. 12 Purdue (17-3, 6-1) for a 9 p.m. tipoff with first place in the Big Ten on the line. Purdue is led by senior forward JaJuan Johnson, the Boilermakers’ top scorer this season with 20.5 points per game. OSU coach Thad Matta said his team is well prepared for the challenge Johnson presents. “We’ve gone against a lot of different types of big players, big guys,” Matta said Monday. “He’s sort of a collection of them all.” Besides Johnson, the Boilermakers have relied heavily on the play of senior guard E’Twaun Moore, the only other Purdue player averaging double digits in scoring, with 18.1 points per game. “You’ve got one of the greatest combinations right now in basketball with Moore and Johnson,” Matta said. “I mean, those two guys are getting it done.” Having seen players such as Johnson and Moore emerge for Purdue during his five seasons at OSU, senior guard David Lighty has come to expect tight games between the Buckeyes and Boilermakers. “It’s been close games since day one, since everyone’s been there and since I’ve been here playing against them,” Lighty said. “Just us coming out and trying to execute and make plays down the stretch, I think, pretty much, that’s what it always comes down to.” read more

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