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Protests snowball over Article 35A

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first_imgSeparatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, who have come together under one umbrella of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), met in Srinagar on Sunday to “assess the situation in the wake of the hearing on Article 35A in the Supreme Court on August 6.”They called for a shutdown on August 5 and 6 in the Kashmir Valley in protest.“Tampering with Article 35A is an attempt to change the demography of J&K. [The] people of Kashmir will not take this attack lying low and [it] will be stiffly resisted,” said the separatist leaders in a joint statement.J&K Governor N.N. Vohra has asked the Centre to defer the hearing on Article 35A, which grants special rights to people here.The J&K Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC), Deputy Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam and Awami National Conference president Muzafar Shah said they would “not allow Kashmir to become another Palestine and render the local population homeless”.The National Conference (NC), the Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) also warned the Centre.‘Veritable inferno’ “Any tinkering with it would turn the State into a veritable inferno,” said PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, as she called for a united front of all political parties in J&K to protect the Article.Former Chief Minister and NC president Farooq Abdullah said his party “won’t allow the powers…to fiddle with our political status and honour.” Mr. Vohra, administrative head of the State after the PDP-BJP government parted ways in June, has suggested the Centre “to defer the hearing until the elected government is in place in the State, where the sensitivities and sensibilities on the provision are quite high.”“The request by the Governor to New Delhi to defer the hearing is the need of the hour. Both the Centre as well as State governments can make a request to the Supreme Court to adjourn the case because there is no democratically elected government in J&K,” said CPI (M) leader M.Y. Tarigami.At least three petitions have challenged the Article in the SC.last_img read more

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MDM scheme food found to be unsafe in 2 Odisha districts

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first_imgThe State food analyst has found food served as part of the Mid Day Meal programme “unsafe and substandard” in Kendrapara and Kandhamal districts.Based on the finding, the Odisha State Food Commission has directed the Secretary of Department of School and Mass Education and Collectors of the two districts to take action.According to the report, samples of loose dals sent from Kandhamal loose boiled rice collected from Kendrapara were deemed unsafe. Salt samples in Kendrapara were also substandard.The State food testing laboratory has found synthetic colour in samples of split arhar dal, which is unsafe under Section 3(1)(zz) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.last_img

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Pompeo declines to sign Afghan deal TIME Magazine

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first_imgWashington: The fragile peace negotiations between the US, Afghanistan and the Taliban may have hit a snag as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly refused to sign on to a draft of the peace deal as it currently stands, the media reported. Under the proposed draft the US would withdraw some 5,000 troops from Afghanistan – with TIME Magazine reporting that number could be as high as 5,400 – and shutter five bases within 135 days. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Additionally, the deal would require the Taliban commit to not allowing Afghanistan to be used as a base from which militant groups, such as the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, could plan attacks on the US and its allies. Throughout the negotiations Taliban officials insisted that all foreign forces must leave the country, which has fuelled concerns that if the US were to fully withdraw it would leave the US-backed government of Afghanistan vulnerable, especially with its security forces already stretched thin, mired in allegations of corruption and suffering losses. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Pompeo might be having issues with the deal as it does not ensure several crucial things, those familiar with the discussions told the magazine. It does not guarantee the continued presence of US counter terrorism forces to battle Al Qaeda, the survival of the pro-US government in Kabul, or even an end to the fighting in Afghanistan. “That may explain why Pompeo is declining to put his name on the deal,” according to the report, which cited senior American, Afghan and European officials. The report said that Pompeo was asked by the Taliban to sign an agreement with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – the name of the government founded by the Taliban in 1996 until its ouster in 2001 – which would put the Secretary of State in the position of officially recognizing the Taliban as a legitimate political entity, rather than an insurgency. Ironically, the Taliban’s push for international recognition of its “Emirate” blew up any chance of peace negotiations back in 2013. Still, Pompeo’s apparent reluctance to sign on the dotted line doesn’t mean a deal was totally dead. According to TIME, chief US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad could just sign it himself, or Washington and Taliban may issue a joint statement supported by the Kabul government and other countries. Pompeo’s office declined to comment before publication of this story. After it was published, Pompeo said through a spokesperson that he might sign if US President Donald Trump and all parties struck a deal. “There is no agreement to sign yet. If and when there is an agreement that is approved by all parties, including President Trump and if the Secretary is the appropriate signatory, he will sign it,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus emailed TIME. US military and intelligence officers and diplomats who served in Afghanistan worry that once a withdrawal is underway, it will be irreversible, given Trump’s promise to end the US involvement in the war there, the fast-approaching 2020 US elections and the absence of public support for the war. The price of peace, they fear, might include reversing much of the hard-won progress towards building a stable country over nearly two decades of war.last_img read more

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Wilmington Rotary Club To Hold 4th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge On

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — For the fourth straight year, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be hosting an Ice Bucket Challenge at Rotary Park, with all proceeds going to the Angel Fund. The last three years, the Club has raised over $11,000 total to donate to the Angel Fund to support research the cure ALS,This year, Rotary is also having an online Facebook auction. With all proceeds going to the Angel Fund, please bid on two Red Sox tickets to their Monday, August 20 game against the Cleveland Indians. First pitch is at 7:10. The seats are third base grandstand (Section 24, Row 9, seats 9 and 10). Also included is a $50.00 gift certificate to the Red Sox Souvenir Shop, and a $50.00 gift certificate to Eastern Standard, a restaurant just five minutes from Fenway Park. This package is worth hundreds, so get your bid in by either calling “Scooter” Cunningham at 978 944-0155, or by commenting on this Facebook post.Rotary is hoping to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s and would love your help to bring people together and to raise funds for research to find a cure for the terrible disease of A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). It will be taking place on Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Rotary Park.Please:Send a donation of any amount to Wilmington Rotary Club at P.O. Box 503, Wilmington, MA 01887.Contact people you know — your child’s coaches, teachers, tutors, etc.Spread the word; the bigger the crowd the larger the impact.Athletic Director TIm Alberts has committed many of the high school fall teams to attending and participating. Come meet some of the local athletes!Rotary is also soliciting corporate donations. All businesses sponsoring $200 will have a sign that they provide prominently displayed during the ice bucket challenge event.All donations will go to the Angel Fund for A.L.S. research.Please call organizer Mike Burns (508-574-7897) or email (mburns4447@aol.com) with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Rotary Club.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For This Saturday, August 17In “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Community”last_img read more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout leaps into 8bit Claymation and more

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first_img Tags 3:41 TV and Movies The Guardians of the Galaxy are moving into a retro-inspired art style. Disney XD Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is using 8-bit, Claymation, 3D and more styles of experimental animation in an upcoming episode.As part of a four-episode storyline, the group will jump into a Black Vortex Mirror, finding themselves in brand new worlds and brand new looks.PETER QUILLPeter Quill is getting a Claymation-style makeover. Disney XD This will allow the show to bring the Guardians into art styles such as CG-stop motion, book illustration, motion comic and the previously mentioned 8-bit video game style.There will also be a Golden Age animation style, which makes Rocket look a bit more like Mickey Mouse, and traditional CG. The claymation-style in particular gives Star-Lord a whole new look, complete with a pointy hairstyle.ROCKET RACCOONRocket Racoon goes vintage in this black-and-white animation style. Disney XD The first two Black Vortex episodes will debut on May 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The third and fourth parts will debut on May 12 at the same time on the Disney XD network and the DisneyNow website. Share your voice Post a commentcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Marvellast_img read more

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Jihads family compensated with Tk 2m

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first_imgFour-year-old JihadBangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence and Bangladesh Railway on Sunday paid Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad, who tragically died after falling into an abandoned deep tube-well in Shahjahanpur area of the city on 26 December 2014.Jihad’s father confirmed that the two government entities each paid Tk 1 milion through check and pay-order as compensation to the family.Earlier, on 3 July the High Court summoned the Bangladesh Railway Director General to appear before it on 14 August and explain the failure to execute its earlier order to provide Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad.On 1 March, the High Court issued a contempt of court rule on three government officials for not implementing a court order to provide Tk 2 million as compensation to the family of Jihad.An HC bench of justice Md Ashfaqul Islam and justice KM Kamrul Kader asked Bangladesh Railway director general Md Amjad Hosain, fire service DG brigadier general Ali Ahmed Khan and its director major AKM Shakil Newaj to respond to the rule within two weeks.A legal notice was served to defendants on 22 January as they did not provide the compensation money to the family.Later, the contempt petition was filed as the defendants did not reply to the legal notice.On 18 February 2016, another HC bench comprising justice Farah Mahbub and justice Kazi M Ejarul Haque Akond asked the government to compensate Tk 2 million to the family members of the four-year-old victim, who met the premature end of his life inside a 600-foot abandoned shaft of a water pump at Shahjahanpur Railway Colony.Lawyer Md Abdul Halim filed a writ petition with the High Court on 28 December 2014 seeking its directives for providing Tk 3 million as compensation to Jihad’s family members.The body of Jihad was pulled out from the abandoned shaft 23 hours after he had slipped into it.last_img read more

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