According to media reports, Mr. Singh had earlier said that he wanted to contest the election from a seat which the Congress has not won in previous polls. Arki in Solan district was won by the BJP in the previous two Assembly polls. State Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu has been fielded from the Nadaun seat, which the latter had unsuccessfully contested in the previous election to the 68-member Assembly.The Chief Minister’s son, Vikramaditya Singh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mr. Virbhadra Singh had two days ago had said that Mr. Vikramaditya Singh will contest from his Shimla (Rural) seat. Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh’s son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency. Karan Singh passed away in May.The Congress has fielded all its senior State leaders in the election. Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur will contest the election from the Dehra Assembly segment, which she had lost in 2012.Other senior leaders including AICC secretary Asha Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, G.S. Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri and Gangu Ram Musafir will contest from Dalhousie, Darang, Nagrota, Haroli and Pachchad, respectively. Party veteran Vidya Stokes was supposed to contest from Theog, one of the seats left out in the first list. But Ms. Stokes announced quitting politics on October 18. Assembly Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail is currently representing the Palampur seat. Former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son Anil is currently representing Mandi. But he has quit the party and joined the BJP, which has already fielded him from the same seat. The Congress on October 18 announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district.The list was finalised after a marathon meeting of the Congress central election committee chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi. Nominees for the remaining nine seats, including Shimla (Rural), would be announced later.Also Read Ex-CM Dhumal, State chief in BJP list of candidates
The women’s wings of the three major political parties in Odisha have become more active since the State Assembly passed a resolution unanimously for providing 33% reservation for women in the Legislative Assemblies and Parliament on November 20 last year. Ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State, the number of meetings and demonstrations by the women’s wings of the ruling Biju Janata Dal and Opposition Congress and BJP has also started multiplying after Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 4. Mr. Patnaik had urged Mr. Modi to initiate necessary steps for passing the Women’s Reservation Bill for reservation of one-third seats in Parliament and State Legislatures for women. “I assure full support of my government in providing women their rightful place in the decision-making process,” Mr. Patnaik wrote to Mr. Modi.The Chief Minister, who has been focussing on women’s empowerment, has not stopped there. Senior party leaders have been meeting top leaders of different parties across the country seeking their support for passage of the Bill in Parliament.Positive signs In fact, the three major parties have also strengthened their women’s wings in the recent months. While the BJD and the Congress have appointed new presidents in their women’s wings, the BJP has inducted some prominent women to add strength to its women’s wing. Such has become the political atmosphere that women leaders of these parties from far-off districts have started frequenting Bhubaneswar hoping to get party tickets. They are of the view that more women will be given tickets to contest the coming elections even if the Bill is not passed in Parliament. “This is a positive sign that more and more women are coming forward to actively participate in politics. Odisha has produced many women leaders, including former Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy, in the past and the current trend should be encouraged by different parties,” said political analyst Rabi Das. Buoyant by the developments with regard to women’s political participation, transgender rights activists too have become active in their work with the hope that they may also be given tickets by different parties. “Time has come for all parties to give tickets to transgender people to ensure their participation in the decision-making process,” said Meera Parida, chairman of the All Odisha Transgender Welfare Trust.
A secret Maoist camp was busted by Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Niyamgiri hills region under Kalyansinghpur police station limits of Odisha’s Rayagada district on Thursday.According to police sources, 15 gelatin sticks, 15 detonators, one Improvised Explosive Device in the form of a ‘tiffin box’, batteries and wires were seized from the spot. The Maoists using the camp could not be traced as they had managed to escape taking advantage of the hilly jungle terrain, said the sources.During their continuing anti-Maoist search operation, the CRPF personnel had unearthed this secret Maoist camp inside the jungle near Tuluba village in Niyamgiri hills region. The explosives seized from the spot suggested that the Maoists were planning to plant them to target security forces.
Chandigarh, Feb 23 (PTI) As situation remains tense in Haryana hit hard by the Jat quota stir, a video of former national chess champion Anuradha Beniwal making an appeal to the protesters to call off their stir has gone viral on the internet.Beniwal, a Jat girl hailing from Rohtak, the nerve centre of the Jat agitation, in the video appealed to protesters to stop burnig their “own land, schools and homes”.”In the name of protest, you ruined everything. People have turned against you…You have set fire to your own land and burnt your own schools,” she said in the video.The 29-year-old expressed concern over “mindless violence” that has caused huge damage to life and property at various places in the state.”You have burnt your own home, nobody else has lost anything…When there will be no schools, which good teacher will come to teach here,” she said.Beniwal also said the violence will instill fear among people coming to Haryana and hit the investment environment.”Investors will fear to come here after seeing what you have done to it…One cannot survive on government jobs alone. How will your state develop? You will have to create an environment of development,” she said.She said Haryana has made the country proud in various fields including the army and sports and “therefore, violence has no place here”.”How can you demand something by resorting to threats and violence,” she asked the protesters and appealed to them to “rise above caste considerations”.advertisement”When I started learning Chess, I wasnt asked about my caste. My coaches belonged to different communities and I played with players who were from different communities,” she said.Before this, various sports personalities, including Virender Sehwag, boxers Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar, have made an appeal to the Jat protesters to end the stir. PTI SUN GVS SK GVS
One of Alabama’s top offensive linemen has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Austin Troxell, a four-star tackle out of Madison Academy, made his decision during a campus visit this afternoon, according to multiple reports.4-star OT Austin Troxell (@austintroxell33) has verbally committed to Auburn today during his campus visit. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 18, 2016Boom!!!!!!!! #WDE— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 18, 2016Troxell’s decision comes after two trips to campus this month, solidifying his choice between the Tigers and rival Alabama. AL.com spoke to Troxell about his choice. “I have committed to the University of Auburn, so I’m ready,” Troxell said. “I’m ready to start my journey and be an Auburn Tiger… It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders. I finally got my decision made. No looking back now. It’s 100 percent Auburn now so I’m ready.”Troxell is yet to tweet about the decision himself, but has retweeted a few of his future teammates that have offered him congratulations. Troxell is Auburn’s ninth commit, and fifth blue-chip player.[AL.com]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
CALGARY – A Calgary judge has dismissed all charges against a well-known Vancouver marijuana activist who had been accused of trafficking and drug possession.Dana Larsen was arrested following a public appearance in Calgary in April 2016.He was charged after he handed out marijuana seeds to the audience as part of his Overgrow Canada tour.The tour was aimed at distributing one million pot seeds to be planted in public places.Police also seized marijuana, cannabis oil and resin from his vehicle.Larsen said after his arrest that he had no intention of pleading guilty.Following the April 2016 rally, officers escorted Larsen and another man to a police car while supporters chanted, “Shame! Shame!”Larsen said he visited 14 cities on his campaign and Calgary was the only place where police showed up.Following a court appearance, the activist said he would fight the charges all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.“I feel that if they really do persist, the possible outcome is that we win and that cannabis seeds are declared no longer illegal at all,” he told reporters, while surrounded by about two dozen placard-carrying supporters.Larsen was in Calgary again this past April to promote his campaign. Two police officers attended the meeting, but left after a short time.Larsen served 10 years as editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine and was a founding member of the B.C. Marijuana Party and the Canadian Marijuana Party.He led an unsuccessful bid for a marijuana referendum in British Columbia and has run a medicinal cannabis dispensary for seven years.In 2011, he ran for the leadership of the provincial NDP in B.C. (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)
New Delhi: Denmark-based Jabra, a subsidiary of GN Netcom that makes in-ear and on-ear audio wearables, on Thursday launched its Evolve 65e soft neckband earbuds in India with up to 13 hours of battery life for Rs 20,320 (excluding GST). The Jabra Evolve 65e features Skype for business certification that ensures users enjoy crystal-clear call and music quality. The earbuds also support eight hours of talk time. “Enterprises are constantly seeking new ways to enable their employees to be productive wherever they are, making UC one of the most important mobile technologies today. But if mobile workers are to use professional headsets, they will expect the same wearing-styles and form-factors, great comfort and range of features that they get from their consumer devices,” Holger Reisinger, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Jabra, said in a statement. The device would be available starting May at authorised Jabra channel partners and resellers. The Jabra Evolve 65e sports Skype for Business and UC-certification, courtesy its four-microphone system. With two in the microphone box capturing voice and one in each earbud, the device uses DSP algorithm to find the optimum voice-to-noise ratio for clarity.
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Nov. 15, 2016), we chat about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys and ask whether the correct strategy is to always go for 2 points. We then turn to college football’s many upsets from last weekend and ask whether this season is just a ceremonial procession that will eventually lead to Alabama’s being crowned champion. Finally, the World Chess Championship is happening in New York, so we call up FiveThirtyEight’s Oliver Roeder to discuss draws, the history of Elo ratings and whether computers are better than people at chess. Plus, a significant digit on cricket!Links to what we discussed:Chase Stuart says more teams are going for 2-point conversions in the NFL, and that’s as it should be.ESPN’s Kevin Seifert explains how the NFL’s new extra-point rule has changed the game.Neil Paine says last weekend’s college football upsets were some of the wildest in history.You can find FiveThirtyEight’s college football predictions here.Marc Tracy in The New York Times says this season’s Alabama team is phenomenal.Oliver Roeder breaks down the action from the World Chess Championship.Even a chess draw can be gripping, Roeder writes.Significant Digit: 246 for 20. That’s the number of Australian runs scored for the number of wickets lost in the team’s recent defeat to South Africa. It’s Australia’s worst aggregate score in a home test match since cricket’s greatest ever player, Don Bradman, made his debut in 1928.
The Buckeyes celebrate as redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) intercepts the ball during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast year, Ohio State was tasked with replacing 12 players – including five first-rounders – who were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. Though the Buckeyes won’t have to deal with the large quantity of losses this year, they will once again be forced to identify new starters at seven different positions. Here is how Ohio State will replace its seven 2017 NFL draft picks.Players Lost to NFL: Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans Saints, first round) and Gareon Conley (Oakland Raiders, first round)Candidate(s) to replace: Denzel Ward, Damon Arnette, Kendall Sheffield, Shaun Wade and Jeffrey OkudahSituation: Ohio State’s recent track record of sending defensive backs to the NFL is unparalleled. Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, who each had four interceptions in 2016, joined Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Doran Grant and Bradley Roby, whom were all drafted in the last four years. The loss of Lattimore and Conley will hurt, but Ohio State has been in this position before. Last spring, Lattimore had to fight to win his job, and a season later he developed into a first-round draft pick.Junior Denzel Ward will step into a starting role. Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, who believes Ward is due for a breakout season, repeatedly said in the spring the Macedonia, Ohio, native played as much as Lattimore and Ward last season. Ward had 23 tackles and nine pass breakups in 2016.An extremely skilled group of cornerbacks will battle to start opposite Ward. Redshirt junior Damon Arnette experienced some struggles last year, but he earned praise for his improvement in the spring. Junior-college transfer and former five-star prospect Kendall Sheffield’s elite physical tools make him a strong candidate to start. Freshmen five-star prospects Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah will be in the mix as they were the No. 1 (Okudah) and No. 2 (Wade) cornerback prospects in the 2017 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns an interception during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5, 2016. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Safety Malik Hooker (Indianapolis Colts, first round)Candidate(s) to replace: Erick Smith and Jordan FullerSituation: Entering the 2016 season, no one expected former three-star recruit Malik Hooker to become a first-team All-American and first-round NFL draft pick in less than a year. But that’s exactly what the ball-hawking safety did. Hooker snagged seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, including one during the Buckeyes’ 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan.In Hooker’s place, either a veteran (senior Erick Smith) or a young up-and-comer (sophomore Jordan Fuller) with likely start next to senior safety Damon Webb, the only returning starting defensive back.Fuller seems to have the edge on Smith as he played with the first-team defense during the spring game. Last season, the Old Tappan, New Jersey, product played 71 defensive snaps and finished with 11 tackles. Smith, who suffered a torn ACL in November 2015, has played in 33 career games while at Ohio State. Last season, the backup played in all 13 games and picked up 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass break-up. Player Lost to NFL: H-back Curtis Samuel (second round, Carolina Panthers)Candidate(s) to replace: Parris Campbell, Demario McCall and K.J. HillSituation: The loss of the best and, at times last year, only playmaker on the Buckeyes in Curtis Samuel leaves a massive void that must be filled by relatively inexperienced players. In 2016, Samuel led Ohio State with 74 catches for 865 yards and seven touchdowns. On the ground, he gained 771 yards on 97 rushing attempts, an average of 7.9 yards per carry.In 2017, Ohio State is relying on redshirt junior Parris Campbell, sophomore Demario McCall or redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill to shoulder the loss of Samuel and his production. The problem for the Buckeyes is that none of the three have been particularly impactful with the ball in their hands since arriving on campus.Campbell was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list in July since he’s expected to get the first shot as starting H-back. But last year, the speedy Akron St. Vincent St. Mary product reeled in just 13 passes for 121 yards and rushed the ball four times. McCall offers the best running ability of the trio as he took 49 carries for 273 yards as a freshman. Hill caught 18 passes following 262 yards, but he might be needed as an outside receiver.OSU then-redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) quiets opposing fans after an interception in the first half during the Buckeyes game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15, 2016 The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan (second round, Miami Dolphins)Candidate(s) to replace: Chris WorleySituation: A stalwart in the middle of Ohio State’s defense for the past two seasons, Raekwon McMillan’s loss as a leader and a defensive stopper will be felt. He led the Buckeyes in tackles last season, with 102, and he added seven tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. McMillan was twice named to the All-Big Ten first team.In his place, redshirt senior Chris Worley will move from strongside outside linebacker to middle linebacker. In 2016, Worley finished with 70 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and four pass break-ups. The vocal linebacker must transition smoothly to quarterbacking the defense as McMillan set a high bar.On the outside, redshirt junior Dante Booker will start at Worley’s former strongside linebacker position. Booker began the 2016 season as the starting weakside linebacker, but injured his knee and sat out the season, using a redshirt. Worley and Booker will be joined on the second level of the defense by junior Jerome Baker, who finished second on the team in tackles (83) and tackles for loss (9.5).Player Lost to NFL: Center Pat Elflein (third round, Minnesota Vikings)Candidate(s) to replace: Billy PriceSituation: Prior to the 2016 season, the Buckeyes decided to move Pat Elflein, who was playing right guard, to center. There, he won the Rimington Trophy – given to the best interior lineman in the nation – and was a first-team All-American. Redshirt senior Billy Price will follow in Elflein’s footsteps by sliding from right guard to center for his final season in scarlet and gray. Price,who was also named a first-team All-American in 2016, is a leading candidate to win the 2017 Rimington Trophy.In his place at right guard, redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon, redshirt junior Demetrius Knox and redshirt sophomore Matthew Burrell will compete during fall camp to start next to Price and junior right tackle Isaiah Prince. Burrell exited the spring seemingly holding a slight lead in the position battle as he started the spring game with the first-team offense.However, the competition is far from over. Pridgeon, who missed last season after a knee injury forced him to redshirt, and Knox, a former top recruit from Texas, will have an opportunity to win the job during fall camp. A fourth option to start at right guard, incoming freshman and five-star recruit Wyatt Davis, seems like an unlikely option, but the top guard in the 2017 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, shouldn’t be counted out.OSU then-redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) avoids a tackle during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5, 2016. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Wide receiver Noah Brown (seventh round, Dallas Cowboys)Candidate(s) to replace: K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack, Trevon Grimes and Jaylen HarrisSituation: Though Noah Brown was not the consistent threat as an outside receiver that he was expected to be, he played a key role in a certain game for the Buckeyes’ offense. Notably, Brown gathered four touchdown receptions in Ohio State’s 45-24 win over Oklahoma. He finished the season second on the team with 32 catches for 402 yards and tied with Samuel for team lead with seven touchdowns.A large group of receivers, led by Hill, sophomore Binjimen Victor, redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon and redshirt junior Terry McLaurin, battled in the spring for starting reps.Hill finished with the most receptions (18) of any starting receiver candidate. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Victor is the most physically gifted receiver on Ohio State’s roster, but his route-running is raw and he wasn’t able to break through in a relatively weak receiver group last year. Dixon exploded in the spring game, catching six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, but he as dealt with numerous knee and leg injuries since arriving in Columbus. McLaurin caught 11 passes for 114 yards last season. Sophomore Austin Mack and freshmen Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris could earn some playing time, but their youth hurts their potential to be relied upon in 2017.
Senegal international Moussa Wague has completed his transfer to BarcelonaAt just 19 years old, Wague proved to be one of Senegal’s star players at the World Cup this summer and scored for Aliou Cisse’s side in the 2-2 draw with Japan to become the youngest African goalscorer in finals’ history.Now Football-Espana have reported that Wague has completed a €5m move from Belgian club Eupen after agreeing on a long-term contract that will include a buy-out clause of €100m.Ernesto Valverde has decided to go ahead with a deal for the young full-back due to his plans to put Sergi Roberto into a central midfielder role for the upcoming season, while ensuring that his replacement Nelson Semedo has competition for the right-back spot.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The move for Wague was masterminded by general manager Pep Segura and sporting director Eric AbidalAlthough the teenager may have to start life at the Camp Nou in the Barcelona B team before he makes his debut for the senior side.Wague has made a total of 52 professional appearances for club and country.
Nuno Espirito Santo says Wolves must keep their identity despite a draw and loss in their first two Premier League games.This Saturday, Nuno Espirito Santo and his Wolves side will face the Champions Manchester City at home.Wolves started their Premier League season with a 2-2 draw against 10-men Everton, before losing to Leicester 2-0 last weekend.As they prepare to host the Champions, Nuno Espirito Santo is adamant to change their football style and philosophy.“We don’t know how to play any other way,” Santo told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There are two ways to react to something that happened, for example, away against Leicester. You react by changing, or not. We will not change, because we want to build something.“It’s more important that we build the same things that we train, we want to achieve, and it’s another opportunity to do so. We will not change but adapt, of course, because you have a good opponent in front of you but we don’t change.“When you want to build something, you have to truly believe in what you are doing and keep pushing onto it.”
Sevilla have announced that midfielder Maxime Gonalons will be out for at least six weeks with a fractured fibulaThe France international was signed by Los Rojiblancos this summer from AS Roma on a loan deal.And, following compatriot Steven N’Zonzi’s move the other way, Gonalons seemed set to play a prominent role at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.The 29-year-old has made four appearances across all competitions for Pablo Machin’s side and opened his scoring account in Sevilla’s 3-0 Europa League qualifying win over Sigma Olomouc.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But a collision in training on Thursday means that Gonalons will now face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.“The French player received a blow during a training and the tests to which he has been subjected to confirm the condition,” read a statement.Sevilla are currently fifth in La Liga after three games.
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Zinedine Zidane is the right manager to lead Manchester United to glory after Jose Mourinho was sacked.The former French International says Zidane who led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before leaving will bring a new dimension to the team.In an interview with Omnisport via FourFourTwo, Saha backed former France team-mate Zidane to succeed at Old Trafford. .“For me, I am a supporter of Zidane in relation to the man,” Saha said. “He was an exceptional player, the coach, there is no equivalent.“In communication he has made a lot of progress. When I hear him talking, it’s incredible.Dani Ceballos, the most underrated Spanish player today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We’ve been looking for the next great Spanish player and we had him under our noses all along, meet underrated Dani Ceballos.Even though you’ve…“He breathes football, he is a passionate person, who has all the qualities to be respected. He knows how to balance attack and defence.“At Real Madrid, he had three offensive monsters, and he has to make the link with the defence. It’s huge.“For me it’s the best choice for United. I think he will have the support of the supporters, the staff, the president because he deserves it. And we’re going to give him time.”Zidane is no manager of any club at the moment and could take the job if both parties agree.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering another calf injury.A medical report on Madrid’s official website confirmed tests had shown a ‘grade-I calf injury’ to Bale’s left leg.Consequently, Reports from Football Espana is speculating a recovery time in the region of ‘2-4 weeks.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Meaning he will be out of Los Blancos’ upcoming Liga games against Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Sevilla, as well as their Copa del Rey tie with Leganes.Further reports also alluded to the Welshman’s fitness problems on its front page for Saturday, noting ‘he has now suffered 22 injuries and missed 84 games, amounting to 54.2 percent of minutes on offer.’Real Madrid drew their last game 2-2 with Villareal and they face an uphill task to keep up the pace with runaway leaders Barcelona in the title race.
File photo of a lethal injection table. Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009 on Monday. Photo: CollectedThailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, the Department of Corrections said, killing a 26-year-old convicted murderer in a move condemned by Amnesty International as “deplorable”.Theerasak Longji was executed by lethal injection on Monday, six years after his conviction.His death came as Thailand’s coup leader-turned-premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha prepares to travel to the United Kingdom and France on a highly-publicised official visit.But the trip will now likely see the former army chief face awkward questions over the use of the death penalty as well as Thailand’s wider human rights record since he seized power in a 2014 coup.”We still have the death sentence, we have not cancelled it yet,” Tawatchai Thaikaew, deputy permanent secretary at the Justice Ministry, told AFP, adding that the execution on Monday was carried out “according to the law”.Thailand’s Department of Corrections, which oversees one of the world’s largest prison populations, said 325 convicts have been executed since 1935, the majority by firing squad.That practice ended on December 11, 2003. Between then and 2009 a further six inmates were executed by lethal injection.Monday’s execution serves as a “lesson to deter those who wanted to commit serious crime or violate the law to consider this punishment,” the department added in a statement.But rights groups hit out at the sudden resumption of the death penalty, which remains mandatory for a number of offences, including aggravated murder.”This is a deplorable violation of the right to life,” Amnesty International said, accusing the kingdom of “reneging” on commitments to move towards abolition of the death penalty.The country is “also putting itself out of step with the current global shift away from capital punishment.”Theerasak stabbed his victim 24 times before stealing their mobile phone and wallet, the department said.Figures provided to Amnesty International by the Ministry of Justice show 510 people, including 94 women, were on death row at the end of last year.Nearly 200 had exhausted all final appeals — like Theerasak.More than half are believed to have been sentenced for drug-related offences.The death penalty is still in practice in several countries in Asia, including Singapore, Indonesia and China, which remains the world’s top executioner.The International Federation of Human Rights also condemned the move, calling it a “betrayal”.It said that Thailand would have achieved the status of “de facto abolitionist” had it not carried out any executions before August 24 2019, 10 years after the last death penalties were carried out.
Dutch ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij interacts with diplomatic reporters at ‘DCAB Talk’ in Dhaka on Sunday, 5 May 2019. Photo UNBThe Netherlands has said the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 will be one of the important gateways to galvanise their efforts in broadening the scope of bilateral cooperation in areas like maritime development and inland water transport, reports UNB.”Bangladeshi and the Dutch are longtime friends. We’ve a lot in common. The most prominent similarity is that we’re low-lying nations where big rivers end in the sea. We’re Delta nations,” Dutch ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij told diplomatic correspondents at ‘DCAB Talk’ in Dhaka on Sunday.He said the Netherlands private sector hopefully can play a role in these areas and Dutch companies are currently engaged in port development in Chittagong and Payra.At the same time, the ambassador said, the Netherlands supports capacity development and knowledge generation for maritime development.Verweij said their experience has led to a fundamental Dutch commitment to Bangladesh on its long-term vision for development –the Delta Plan. “It’s close to both of our hearts and minds.”The cooperation on the implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 is not just a potentiality for a distant future but a reality at this very moment, he said.At present, Dutch and Bangladeshi teams are working together making coordinated implementation of the plan possible.”We’re providing know-how through our specialised government agencies, our knowledge institutes and our private sectors,” said the Dutch ambassador.Terming Bangladesh a vibrant country with the positive economic development and impressive growth figures, the envoy said within the context of their relationship and the newly formulated strategy, the key word is transition.Bangladesh and the Netherlands are enjoying 46 years of bilateral relations.As Bangladesh has become a middle-income country, and will graduate out of the group of the least developed countries, Verweij said the Netherlands are transitioning policies towards Bangladesh.”No longer will the main focus be on development cooperation and a donor-recipient relationship only. We see Bangladesh as an equal partner,” he said.In this regard, the ambassador said, their focus will be on aid to trade, and Bangladesh’s upward growth fits in with their role.He said the Netherlands will pay more attention to identifying and integrating alternative and innovative forms of funding.”Our ambition is to be seen as a partner for finding multidisciplinary solutions that build a better future for all, thereby increasing trade and foreign investment,” he said.The ambassador said Bangladesh is a country with a young population and fertile ground of young entrepreneurs.”Indeed, the strength of the country lies in younger generation and we should all tap in. A positive image should be the key message. This is a country with opportunities,” he added.Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) arranged the event at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS). DCAB president Raheed Ejaz and general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also spoke on the occasion.
APHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., waves as he arrives for a closed-door GOP strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes says he is temporarily stepping aside from the committee’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.Nunes will remain as the committee’s chairman and remain involved in other matters before the panel. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, will take lead on the Russia investigation.The chairman has been dogged by calls that he recuse himself after he “secretly went to the White House grounds to meet with a source, before he surprised his colleagues by briefing the president — and the press — on information they hadn’t seen,” as we’ve reported.The California Republican said in a statement Thursday that “several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics.” He called the allegations baseless but said it was in the best interests of the committee that he hand over leadership of the probe to Conaway while the ethics panel looks into the issue.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
To preserve India’s rich heritage and culture and the performing arts, a Delhi-based NGO ‘Routes 2 Roots’ in association with the ministry of culture launched India’s largest interactive digital learning of performing arts, titled ‘VIRSA’ at Indian Habitat Centre in the national Capital. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of state for culture and tourism, inaugurated the program in the presence of Alok Kumar Verma, Commissioner of Police, Delhi and eminent Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj and Famous Sitarist Pandit Debu Chaudhury, KK Sharma, DG-BDG. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’VIRSA is a digital platform which aims to give free digital learning classes of Indian culture and music to children across India. It will be done in collaboration with renowned artists and legends like Birju Maharaj, Violinist Dr L. Subramanium, Singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, Danseuse Shovna Narayan, Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, Actor Juhi Chawla apart from many other famous personalities.Though launched for the entire country it will initially cover states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Maharashtra and Gujarat while work for rest of the states is under process, thus aiming to cover all parts of India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDerived from ‘Virasat’ which means Heritage, ‘VIRSA’ focuses on two major art forms, i,e, dance and hindustani music. It has 10 different genres of Indian classical music and dance, which includes hindustani vocal instruments like tabla, harmonium, carnatic vocal and carnatic violin, guitar, keyboard and dance forms like Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Theatre. In a five- day schedule, two cultural activities will be taken up. The classes will begin from August 8 where students will be given direct opportunity to interact with the board of advisors and teachers alike. ‘Routes2Roots’ has constantly strived to bridge the socio-cultural gap between India and the world through music, art, culture and heritage. The General Secretary of R2R, Tina Vachani is extremely hopeful about their new project and believes that it will definitely succeed in reaching out to the people who are talented as the inaccessibility was barring them from learning the things they want to but now with VIRSA there would not be any such issues and the students will easily be able to learn directly from the eminent personalities.