PARIS — Several hundred women wearing yellow vests have marched through Paris in a bid to restore a peaceful image to the grassroots protest movement, a day after demonstrations veered once more into violence.Some women carried yellow balloons during Saturday’s march from the Place de la Bastille to the Opera Garnier. At one point, they fell to their knees in a minute of silence for the 10 people killed and many others injured since the movement began in mid-November.Women also marched in other cities around France.The movement is losing wind with repeated violence at weekly demonstrations.Some women tried to rebrand the movement as peaceful through signs reading “I am your daughter” or “I am your Grandma.”Protesters wear fluorescent yellow safety vests required in French cars.The Associated Press
Gurugram: The Haryana government officials have officially begun the process of taking over the Rapid rail metro that is also credited for being India’s first private metro system. In doing so however the government is likely to incur a heavy cost of sustaining the private metro system. Initially, run by ILF&S nation’s first private metro is under a heavy debt of Rs 1,800 crore where 10 per cent interest is being paid on a yearly basis. For operation and salaries over Rs 20 crore is being paid on a yearly basis. The Haryana government is now planning to give only operations part to the Delhi metro rail corporation for which there is a pact of paying the public agency over three crores yearly. According to sources the government is likely to take a decision on the issue after May 12. The move to acquire the metro project comes when the private metro system is reeling under heavy losses. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsBuilt on the model of public-private partnership, Gurugram’s rapid metro was set to change the landscape of public transportation model in Gurugram when it first started its operation in 2013. Five years, after all, did not go to the plan and the management served Haryana Government the notice of compensating it for Rs 1484 Crore of losses. Initially, the DLF-IL&FS consortium ran the Rapid Metro Rail Gurugram Limited (RMGL). According to sources ever since the DLF withdrew its stakes from the project and the ITNL’s parent company — Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) — ran into financial trouble, the ITNL found it difficult to operate the Gurugram private metro. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHigher costs for travelling, less focus on last mile connectivity and lesser frequency of the movement of trains are resulting in many residents still relying on other modes of transportation. According to reports, there are over 50,000 commuters who use the services of the private metro daily. This, however, is not enough for the metro to recover its costs. The management of the private metro has also been odds with the public agencies over the display of advertisements that is a major source of revenue. The major concern for the management remains over the dwindling number of commuters using the Rapid Metro services Considered to be a bane for many residents who drive on routes of Golf Course, Sikanderpur, MG road and Cybercity, the diesel run autos and private city buses continue to retain its popularity. While these transportation mediums still charge a reasonable sum from their customers, the ticket prices in the rapid metro range from a minimum sum of Rs 20 to a maximum of Rs 35. Not only are the common citizens but even the office goers have lessened their daily travels due to a cheaper mode of transport.
New Delhi: Citing the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission on Saturday directed Eros Now to immediately take down a web series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all related contents till further orders. The EC order said that the streaming of five-episode web series, “Modi: Journey of a Common Man”, should be “stopped forthwith”.After watching the trailer, the EC said, it is apparent that the web series showcases different phases of Modi’s life — from childhood to becoming a national leader. The poll watchdog cited its April 10 order banning the screening of a biopic on the PM till the Lok Sabha elections are over, to bar the streaming of the series. There was no immediate response form Eros Now producers. In its order staying the release of the biopic, the EC had said that “any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub serving the purposes of any political party or any individual entity connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of MCC”.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress candidate from Howrah Prasun Banerjee and his personal assistant Indranil Chatterjee were injured when Central Force jawans lathi-charged on them outside a booth in Howrah’s Baltikuri on Monday.Banerjee who is contesting from Howrah Lok Sabha constituency lodged a complaint against the Central Force jawans at Shibpur police station following the incident. The Election Commission has sought a report from the District Election Officer. Banerjee has received injuries in his hands and shoulder during the incident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”A report has been sought. We are verifying the complaint against the Central Force jawans. The decision will be taken after a review is conducted,” a senior official of the Election Commission said. It was learnt that Banerjee went to Baltikuri area on Monday morning to inspect the situation. He was talking to some people outside the booth when a heated altercation broke out between Banerjee and a few Central Force personnel following which he was allegedly attacked without any intimation. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen Banerjee’s assistant Indranil came to his rescue, he was also beaten up. The incident triggered a chaos outside the polling booth. Trinamool Congress supporters protested against the high-handedness of the Central Force jawans. Banerjee alleged that they had stopped him when he was trying to enter the booth. The jawans allegedly tore apart his identity card when he showed it to them. A Central Force jawan was seen on television camera alleging that Banerjee was trying to forcibly enter the booth. Trinamool Congress leaders alleged that the Central Force jawans forced the people to cast their votes in favour of BJP in various places including Sankrail. Meanwhile, BJP candidate from Bongaon Santanu Thakur sparked a controversy after he stepped into a polling booth in Thakurnagar to cast his vote with a scarf with the party symbol on it. The Election Commission has served a show-cause notice to the Presiding Officer. A report has been sought from the District Election Officer of North 24-Parganas in this regard.
New Delhi: In a damage control move ahead of voting in Delhi for the Lok Sabha election, the Congress on Friday distanced itself from the controversial remarks of Sam Pitroda on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.In an official statement, the Congress said, “We continue to support the quest for justice and stern punishment for those found guilty in 1984 riots as also the subsequent acts of violence including the 2002 Gujarat riots. Any opinion remark made by any individual to the contrary, including Sam Pitroda is not the opinion of the Congress party.” In a statement, which was issued after Pitroda’s remarks drew criticism from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress said, “Violence and riots are unacceptable and unpardonable in our society. Indian National Congress and its leadership have strived to ensure justice for 1984 riot victims”. The grand old party has also advised all party leaders to be careful and sensitive while making statements on any issue. Meanwhile, Pitroda has apologized for his statements and claimed that his statements were blown out of proportion because his Hindi is not good. Pitroda claimed that his statements on the 1984 riots were twisted. “The statement I made was completely twisted, taken out of context because my Hindi isn’t good, what I meant was ‘jo hua vo bura hua,’ (what happened was bad), I couldn’t translate bura (bad) in my mind,” Pitroda clarified. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, who also tweeted the party’s official statement, said, “Riots and violence have no place in our society. Indian National Congress abhors violence of any kind, against any person or a group of people based on their caste, colour, region or religion”. While turning the table on BJP for fielding terror accused candidate in Lok Sabha elections, the Congress said, “Unlike the BJP, which has decided to field a candidate charged with terror crimes and is being lauded as its face by none less than Narendra Modi himself, Congress has shown the moral and political courage to punish people and leaders accused of violence/role in 1984.” “This is the yardstick of self-imposed accountability and sense of justice to people followed by the Congress, unlike the BJP,” the Congress said. Scaling up its attack on BJP, the Congress, in its statement said, “For BJP, riots are vote garnering exercise in every election, instead of ensuring justice and closure. People should see through this Machiavellian game of deception, distraction and distortion by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” On Thursday, Sam Pitroda, who is the president of the Indian Overseas Congress, had made the comment when he was asked about the BJP’s claim that the Nanavati Commission that probed the 1984 carnage had recorded that “instructions to kill” came directly from the office of then PM Rajiv Gandhi. “I don’t think so, this is also another lie, and what about 1984? Ab kya hai 1984 ka? Aapne kya kiya 5 saal mein, uski baat kariye. 1984 mein hua to hua. Aapne kya kiya? (You speak about what you have done in five years. It happened in 1984, so what? What have you done),” Pitroda had told a private news agency. The comment was seized by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, at a public rally, called it an egregious display of arrogance by the Congress. “Congress, which ruled for a long time, has been insensitive and that is reflected by the three words spoken yesterday…these words have not been spoken just like that, these words are character and mentality and intentions of the Congress. And which were these words, these were ‘hua to hua’,” PM Modi said. The BJP’s Delhi unit has asked the police to file an FIR against Pitroda.
January 13, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One person was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 in downtown San Diego this afternoon, a fire official said.California Highway Patrol dispatchers were first alerted to the crash at 4:06 p.m. on southbound I-5 just before state Route 163.A black sedan and a white minivan reportedly hit each other head-on. The collision left the driver of one car dead, and one person was trapped inside the other car, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Rick Ballard said.It wasn’t immediately clear which car was traveling the wrong way. One of the vehicles exploded after the crash, dispatchers were told.Firefighters were blocking three lanes of southbound I-5 near the accident scene, according to the CHP. Posted: January 13, 2019 Updated: 5:50 PM KUSI Newsroom Wrong way crash kills one person in Downtown KUSI Newsroom, SB I-5 at SR-163, three left lanes blocked due to a multi-vehicle traffic collision. #SDCaltransAlert— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) January 14, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter
Arjun Kapoor, Athiya ShettyVarinder ChawlaBefore Arjun Kapoor started dating Malaika Arora, his name was linked with a number of actresses. Parineeti Chopra and Athiya Shetty were also among those names. While Parineeti and Arjun often clarified that there was nothing brewing between the two, insiders found it difficult to believe that Athiya and Arjun were just good friends.However, as per a report in TOI, ever since Malaika’s entry into the Kapoor lad’s life, things haven’t been that smooth between Athiya and Arjun. Athiya and Arjun came closer during the shoot of ‘Mubarakan’ but as Malaika and Arjun’s bond became stronger, Athiya was pushed out of the circle. The report further states that Athiya and Arjun had a bad showdown at his house after which the duo stopped talking to each other.As Arjun and Malaika started getting closer and their families and friend circle started accepting them into each other’s groups, Athiya became more and more distant.Rumours of an April wedding for Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora kept doing the rounds. After refusing to comment on the topic, both, Malaika and Arjun finally denied the rumours and called them ‘false’ and mere ‘conjectures’.In an interview, Malaika had revealed how her son reacted to the whole divorce fiasco between her and Arbaaz Khan. She said Arhaan can see the difference in the two of them and how happy they both look now. She also recalled that her son had said to her a few months after the divorce, “Mom, you look happy.” Arjun Kapoor also seems to be trying to get to know and gel along well with Arhaan. A few days back, Arjun, Malaika and Arhaan were spotted having lunch together.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle needs to find a new approach while dealing with the Royal Palace. The Duchess of Sussex needs to stop antagonizing the Royal staff as well as other members of the Royal Family. Alienating Royal supporters might be far from what she wants but the way she is going about it might need some fine tuning.Meghan Markle could become a “potentially divisive” figure within the Royal Family because of her ambition and outspokenness, historian Anna Whitelock claimed. Meghan Markle has made it clear that she does not intend to live in the shadows but rather carve her own path as a Royal. And her outspokenness and ambition has rubbed quite a few people the wrong way. Meghan needs to learn the ways of diplomacy, if she wants to achieve what she wants. She needs allies and supporters.Speaking to Yahoo’s The Royal Box, Ms. Whitelock said: “This is the sense that Meghan is this American outsider, a commoner, a mature woman of status, of ambition and, of course, who’s articulate and has views.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe Duchess of Sussex has not done herself any favours by shirking tradition and keeping the press in the dark during her pregnancy. These are factors that could make Meghan’s life as a Royal difficult. But not everyone is convinced that Meghan is a divisive force. Andrew Morton, a biographer to Princess Diana, however, dismissed Ms. Whitelock’s claim as he insisted the Duchess of Sussex has been subjected to the “same narrative” her late mother-in-law had to face when she married Prince Charles.Mr. Morton pointed out Meghan had “reached over the UK media” and had allegedly enlisted the help of friends to put her case to the public without interference from Buckingham Palace. He said: “They’ve all been silent because that’s the traditional way but it’s the American friends, this cohort of George Clooney, Serena Williams and Oprah who have been outspoken.”We have to say, involving outside friends to be a cabal of sorts in support of herself, may not be the best move for Meghan at this juncture. You can check out the video here:
A Jet Airways passenger aircraft prepares to land at the airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 12, 2013.Reuters fileJet Airways will no longer have expatriate pilots on its flights as the domestic carrier is said to be phasing them out. The decision comes after an expat pilot was accused of hurling racial abuses and assaulting a woman on a Chandigarh-Mumbai flight in April.Also read: Is it time for pilots to move on to greener pastures?Not just that, the pilot is also said to have abused a physically challenged man on the flight. The airline will send about 25 of its expat pilots back by mid-September and more will be sent back later, reported the Times of India.While the National Aviators’ Guild, the union of Jet Airways’ Indian pilots, had told its members not to fly with expat pilots, they withdrew the move after the carrier promised action against the accused. Jet had then derostered the accused pilot.Jet has about 100 expat pilots and all of them will gradually be sent back. “Our chairman wants career progression for Indian pilots,” TOI quoted a senior official as saying.The racial abuse incident came to light after cricketer Harbhajan Singh tweeted about it. Singh later clarified that he wasn’t on the Chandigarh-Mumbai flight but had heard about it from an acquaintance. Calling the act “disgraceful,” the cricketer told Press Trust of India: “We are proud Indians, not ‘bloody Indians’… I don’t need apology, I want this captain to be out of India so no one dare to (sic) call us bloody Indians.”Calling the act “disgraceful,” the cricketer told Press Trust of India: “We are proud Indians, not ‘bloody Indians’… I don’t need apology, I want this captain to be out of India so no one dare to (sic) call us bloody Indians.”Strict action must b taken &such things should not be allowed or tolerated in r country.. #proudtobeindian let’s get together and sort this— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017So called this Bernd Hoesslin a pilot with @jetairways called my fellow indian(u bloody indian get out of my flight)while he is earning here— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017Not only was he racist but physically assaulted a lady and abused a physically challenged man..absolutely disgraceful &shame on @jetairways— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 26, 2017Meanwhile, Jet Airways has of late been hogging the limelight. Just a few days ago, the full-service carrier had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leave.In a bid to trim costs, Jet Airways is said to have made a few changes to the pilots’ contracts and it will now be mandatory for them to take 10 days of leave in a month apart from their weekly offs, which in turn will result in a 30 percent reduction in their salaries. The pilots have been given until the end of the month to take a decision.Jet Airways’ decision is said to have affected about 320 junior pilots. The cost cutting move comes in light of a generally slow business as well as the headwinds that the brand is facing in the international market due to the economic slowdown in the Gulf region. A Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER taxis at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, February 16, 2015.Reuters fileWhile this decision itself ruffled quite a few feathers, the carrier then went on to ask its pilots to furnish surety bonds of up to Rs 1 crore. This is said to be the airline’s way of making sure that the pilots stay with the company for at least five to seven years.The NAG then said that the information has been passed on to the junior pilots. “They (junior pilots) have to give a seven year bond of Rs 1 crore, non-depreciating,” the daily quoted a source as saying.However, Jet Airways’ spokesperson told the PTI that the carrier has not asked for any kind of bond. “No new bonds (have been) asked for. It is just a pattern that has been introduced,” the Jet Airways spokesperson said.
Tweet of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Photo: TwitterBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday recalled with regret 25 January 1975 when one-party BKSAL system was introduced and 5 January 2014 when one-sided election was held bringing the Awami League back to power.In a twitter message, she described the dates as “two disgraceful days of robbing people’s voting rights” and called them as “shame in history”.On 25 January 1975, the Awami League was transformed into BKSAL (Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League) through the 4th amendment to the constitution that established one-party rule.Without directly naming the AL in the tweet, Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister, defined the ruling party’s ideological standpoint as transition “from BKSAL to voterless polls”, that were made visible on the two dates in a span of four decades.Her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and all other opposition parties boycotted the 2014 parliamentary polls, demanding restoration of election-time caretaker government, scrapped by the AL in 2011, for holding free and fair ballot.”Undemocratic, repressive regime doesn’t last long but leaves an indelible mark of shame in history,” the BNP leader noted.