Bengal Governor ‘rescues’ Union Minister Babul Supriyo from Jadavpur University

first_imgKolkata’s Jadavpur University campus turned into a battle ground on Thursday after students of the university surrounded Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo in the afternoon and did not let him leave the campus.West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, who is also the Chancellor of Jadavpur University, managed to rescue Mr. Supriyo on Thursday nightWhile Mr. Dhankar could get the Union Minister out of the campus, his convoy was stopped for about an hour in front of the university gate with Mr. Supriyo onboard. Mr. Dhankar and Mr. Supriyo could finally leave the campus later at night.The university witnessed rounds of fights on Thursday between students affiliated to both left and right wing political parties. Students’ union offices were ransacked by supporters of RSS’ students’ wing ABVP and members of Durga Bahini.According to eyewitnesses, the commotion started early in the afternoon when students formed a barricade trying to stop Mr. Supriyo from entering the campus, who had come to address the freshers and attend a seminar on governance in India. However, even as Mr. Supiyo managed to enter the university, he was asked to apologise by the students when he tried to leave.The Vice-Chancellor and other senior officials of the campus fell sick and were admitted to a south Kolkata hospital.While it is not clear which students’ body led the protest, Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist [CPI-ML] condemned the incident. Red flags were also visible in the protest.“We have always opposed political leaders from entering the campus, we are opposing such plans now as well. We don’t know how the Minister was allowed to hold a programme in the campus and why the authority gave the permission,” a student said. The students, few hundred in number, surrounded Mr Supriyo and shouted “go back” slogans. The university gates were blocked from inside.“His security men manhandled the students, including girl students and the Minister used choicest words to abuse us. His security was fully armed. He has to apologise,” another student alleged. Mr. Supriyo said that that the campus had no security arrangement.“If an untoward incident takes place State Government will be responsible,” he said. Mr. Supriyo further told the journalists that “television cameras should show agitating students, they should be identified and rusticated.” This further aggravated the situation and students refused to let him go out without an apology.Meanwhile the Governor issued a statement arguing that the Union Minister is under “gherao…by a section of the students.” He asked the Chief Secretary Malay De, to initiate “prompt” action. Mr. Dhankar spoke to Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das and told him that “it was improper for him [Mr. Das] not to have taken prompt steps in the matter.” The Governor’s statement further indicated that the “detention” of Mr. Supriyo was “unlawful” and a “serious reflection on the law and order of the State and on the conduct of the law enforcing agencies.” Meanwhile Mr. Das — who was admitted to a south Kolkata hospital — said that he will not let police enter the campus. Mr. Das’ predecessor faced massive student ire by letting police enter JU campus in 2014.Soon after making the statement Mr. Dhankar arrived with a large police force and rescued Mr. Supriyo at around 8.15 p.m.Once Mr. Supriyo left the campus, ABVP supporters entered the campus and damaged the union room of the students. They damaged the furniture of the union room, painted ABVP in pink on the walls, next to a painting of Che Guevara. They set some furniture and wooden material on fire, adjacent to the Gate 4 of JU.Later at night, CPI-ML issued a statement saying that the Minister entered the campus with “fire arms” and “brutally attacked the students.” The statement alleged that the Minister “manhandled” a female student.“This is planned hooliganism to create space in JU,” the CPI-ML State Secretary Partha Ghosh said. Both Trinamool Congress and CPI-M leaders independently said both the Minister and the students are “responsible” for the flare up. Protests are planned in the university on Friday.last_img read more

Bihar floods: Residents of Patna’s Rajendra Nagar cut off with no power, phone connection

first_imgA man asks for help as he stands in the flood waters at a neighbourhood in Patna on September 30, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Reuters After two days of incessant rain, Patna’s Rajendra Nagar area is left with neck-deep water. Boats of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been plying from Sunday evening, distributing milk and mineral water bottles and rescuing people.Since Monday, helicopters have been pressed into service to drop food packets in the area. Residents gathered at the rooftops of their houses and apartments to collect food packets. There is no electricity, phone or Internet connection for the last 64 hours in the area, causing huge inconvenience to residents.Over a lakh people have been trapped in Rajendra Nagar in apartments and multi-story buildings. No government official, MLA or MP has visited the area yet. People urgently need drinking water, milk, electricity and emergency services.Residents of the ground floors of buildings have been evacuated and put up at their relatives’ or friends’ houses. “Rajendra Nagar looks like the new Venice …it is not waterlogged but water-locked…this is the situation in a locality in the heart of the State capital and considered to be a posh area where even Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi lives”, said Rajendra Nagar resident Vijay Vasudatt. Mr. Modi was evacuated by Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi.  Since Sunday night, the rain has stopped and it was a bright sunny morning on Tuesday but there is no one from the government to coordinate relief in the waterlogged areas, though choppers have been doing the rounds in the sky at regular intervals and the NDRF and SDRF boats have been plying with milk and water bottles.“We are flooded in the State capital for the last three days and the government is doing nothing…this when the government has declared Patna will be a smart city and has signed a memorandum for Metro rail”, mocked another resident Manoj Kumar.Children, shopkeepers and office-goers are trapped inside their houses. Carcasses of dead animals are seen floating in the water. Residents have been sharing their food and water bottles.“It’s even worse than a nightmare…haven’t imagined such a pathetic situation would come up in the middle of the State capital, which the government recently announced will be made into a smart city”, Rajendra Nagar resident Jayshree told The Hindu.last_img read more

Sophomore defensive back Najee Murray suspended from Ohio State football team

Sophomore defensive back Najee Murray has been suspended from the team, according to coach Urban Meyer.Meyer said Sunday the reason for Murray’s suspension is “a training camp issue.”Initial reports were that Murray had been dismissed from the team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig said Wednesday that there have been no updates on his status since Meyer said he was suspended at OSU Media Day.Murray played in six games in 2012, mostly on special teams, before he tore his ACL while in practice. He recorded three solo tackles before the injury.Murray did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.

Champions League playoff fixtures announced

first_imgThe play-off fixtures for the third round of the Champions League have been announced following Monday’s draw in NyonThe ties have been separated into a champions path and a league path with the winners of the six fixtures set to be entered into the group stage draw.Eredivisie title holders PSV Eindhoven will face either Qarabag or BATE Borisov in the Champions path, which will take place between August 21 and 29.Benfica, whose four-year dominance of Portugal’s Primeira Liga came to an end last season, will first face Turkish giants Fenerbahçe before they can take on either Greek side PAOK or Spartak Moscow from Russia.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…The exact third qualifying round contenders will be concluded on August 14.Champions League play-off draw Ties on 21 & 29 August: Champions path Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Spartak Trnava (SVK) v Salzburg (AUT)/Shkëndija (MKD) Qarabag (AZE)/BATE Borisov (BLR) v PSV Eindhoven (NED) League path Benfica (POR)/Fenerbahçe (TUR) v PAOK (GRE)/Spartak Moskva (RUS)Ties on 22 & 28 August: Champions path Young Boys (SUI) v Astana (KAZ)/Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) Malmö (SWE)/Vidi (HUN) v Celtic (SCO)/AEK Athens (GRE) League path Standard Liège (BEL)/Ajax (NED) v Slavia Praha (CZE)/Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)(As reported on the UEFA website).last_img read more

Alaska Legislature Set To Convene Amid House Uncertainty

first_imgRepublican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget office has projected a $1.6 billion deficit for the coming fiscal year and is expected to roll out a budget proposal in the coming weeks. The first day of session, though, generally is marked by ceremony. Members are sworn in and assume their new roles. But the House had yet to finalize basic details, such as leadership or committee assignments. Lt. Kevin Meyer, who administers the oath of office to members, would oversee nominations for and election of a temporary speaker in the absence of an organized majority, according to his office. The Senate is scheduled to convene first, late Tuesday morning, with Anchorage Republican Cathy Giessel set to become Senate president. The Senate will have a GOP-led majority. The House is scheduled to meet early Tuesday afternoon. Republicans will hold 23 seats, which would be enough for a small majority in the 40-member chamber. However, party affiliation doesn’t always dictate how organizations are formed. There also was the question of whether most House staff could work past Tuesday, when a temporary hiring authorization was set to expire. The last time the House convened without an organized majority was 1981, according to the Legislative Reference Library, and it took until the 22nd day for a permanent speaker to be chosen. Big issues await lawmakers this session, including ongoing debates over the budget, crime and the annual check residents receive from the state’s oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. Two Republicans, Reps. Louise Stutes and Gabrielle LeDoux, have caucused with Democrats the last two years and have indicated a desire to be part of a coalition. A third, Rep. Gary Knopp, left the GOP caucus last month, concerned with its small size and ability to function well. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House was on the verge Tuesday of convening without an organized majority for the first time in nearly 40 years, barring any late-minute breakthroughs. That organization was tenuous, though, and the speaker was replaced later in the year.last_img read more

Semantic Ad Platform Creates Analytics Dashboard for Publishers

first_imgPeer39 has upgraded its semantic targeting technology platform, which analyzes URL categories and matches advertisements to related editorial content, to now include an analytics dashboard allowing publishing executives to gain insights into inventory in “almost real time.” The dashboard features an “executives” tab, which overviews content categories and ad placement via pie charts and offers analytics, graphs, tables and insights for various groups on the publishing side that deal with inventory and advertising operations. It also will introduce an ad operations section for projections on the amount of content created in a given category, simplifying the process of predicting revenue for a particular ad campaign. Sales people also can utilize post-campaign reporting functions, which are broken down by conversions, clicks, and volume, with the option to add and block content categories, helping advertisers that require brand-safe environments on publishers’ sites. According to Peer39 CEO Amiad Solomon, the company expects its new dashboard interface “will give [clients] a better understanding of, and the ability to take further advantage of, our platform’s capabilities.”For publishers already signed up for Peer39 (cost is an annual flat rate based on number of impressions, or a per-CPM fee), the dashboard upgrade is free.last_img read more

Jesse Malins Meet Me At The End Of The World EP Track

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 5, 2017 – 5:18 pm Jesse Malin On Influences, Songwriting, New EP Track 1: “Meet Me At The End Of The World””‘Meet Me At The End Of The World'” came from listening to the news and hearing all these people talk about things I really acknowledge and believe in: global warming, what’s going on politically, what’s going on around the whole world. As always, with every generation, you feel like this is the end man: it’s the nuclear arms race, it’s Ronald Reagan, doomsday’s coming, “1984” — that play is more relevant now than ever. All these things are evil and there is a lot of evil, but you have to find a way to stay positive. I believe in the P.M.A., the Positive Mental Attitude, so ‘Meet Me At The End Of The World’ came from being inundated with all my friends that are pissed off about stuff. But you know what, you’ve got to live every day like it could be your last.Musically, the song was written with two chords at a soundcheck in Long Beach with Alejandro Escovedo and Derek Cruz, my guitarist, just jamming these two chords like the Stones or Bowie’s “Heroes” and I started to put a melody over it. … Then I finished it out in a van and me and Derek arranged it in a hotel room in Oakland.”Track 02: “Fox News Funk””It came from a jam that Derek had. It was kind of like a Clash, kind of Sandinista! thing. Again, [it was inspired by] the media blitz … and reading USA Today because it comes under the door, and realizing you don’t want to mix politics and music all the time — but life is political. You walk out your door and you’re hit with things. You have to pay for gasoline. You have to eat. You’ve got to pay rent. And [I thought about] how much the media is owned by the government, by the big corporations, so you’re not getting the full story. I think [this song is] a call to people to go beyond that, go with their guts and their hearts. You have got to treat the people around you with love, but you also have to question the powers that be, because as much as I love this country and this planet, there are some people that are out to line their own pockets and have an agenda.Track 3: “Revelations/Thirteen””‘Revelations’ is a song about a breakup that happened. I was dating a girl who had the same name as me, Jesse, and if we would have gotten married, she would have became Jesse Malin (laughs). … But we met one day to go have ‘the talk,’ like when you’ve got to break up with somebody and have the conversation, and we met at a health food restaurant — I’m a vegetarian — on East 12th Street in Manhattan called Angelica’s. I bumped into like Moby and Cyndi Lauper and John [Joseph] from the Cro-Mags there, and you know it’s just a a great spot, I wish it was still there. But [this song is] the anticipation of playing back that conversation in your head knowing you’ve got to have this talk, but after it’s done you know you’re going to be OK. And then we just went into “Thirteen” by Big Star, it’s just something that happened in the studio and we kept it. It’s one of my favorite Big Star songs.”Track 4: “London Rain””‘London Rain’ was written about our old merch girl and tour manager from the U.K. who was diagnosed with cancer and is paralyzed. She needed a wheelchair and she kept such a great outlook that we named her “The Positive Panther,” and we did a charity with Butch Walker, Joan Jett, the Eagles Of Death Metal guys, L7, Chris Stills, Tommy Stinson — just a whole bunch of people stepped up. And we raised money to get her a wheelchair. I wanted to have a song to sing at that show for her, and “London Rain” was written to do at the benefit, but it became a song that would end up on the Meet Me At The End Of The World EP as well.” Read more News From current events to breakups, New York-based singer/songwriter reveals the inspiration behind the four tracks on his new EPNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 5, 2017 – 5:17 pm GRAMMY.comRunning all the way across Grant Park to catch an artist you want to see is a common practice at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Friday, Aug. 4 at noon, that was me rushing to catch New York troubadour Jesse Malin on the BMI Stage for the first set of the day. Rewarded for my efforts, I entered earshot just in time to hear the shimmering reverb-drenched guitar stabs in the opening notes of “She Don’t Love Me Know,” an undeniable number from Malin’s 2015 album, New York Before The War. What followed was a blistering set of tunes plucked from Malin’s prolific career, complete with rock and roll interstitials about love, breakups and opening up for his childhood idols Kiss at Madison Square Garden. As a member of D Generation and as a solo artist, Malin has accomplished a lot throughout his career thus far. So when I caught my breath and caught up with the highly acclaimed songwriter’s songwriter backstage, he took me through each of tracks on his new four-song EP, which features a title track that was possibly the highlight of his Lollapalloza set, and easily the feel-good song of the apocalypse: “Meet Me At The End Of The World.”  Facebook Twitter center_img Dive deeper into Jesse Malin’s mind with some of his favorite summer songs on his official Lollapalooza Spotify playlist.More Lollapalooza: Bishop Briggs Talks Psychics, Music Influences Inside Jesse Malin’s New EP, Track By Track jesse-malins-meet-me-end-world-ep-track-track Jesse Malin’s ‘Meet Me At The End Of The World’ EP: Track By Track Meet Me at the End of the World Email last_img read more

Trump hails ties with UK despite Brexit criticism

first_imgUS president Donald Trump walks with Britain`s prime minister Theresa May prior to a joint press conference at Chequers, near Aylesbury, Britain on 13 July 2018.Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Friday played down his extraordinary attack on Britain’s plans for Brexit, praising prime minister Theresa May and insisting bilateral relations “have never been stronger”, even as tens of thousands protested in London against his visit.Trump’s first official trip to Britain was overshadowed by his warning that May’s plans for close ties with the European Union would “kill” a future US trade deal, echoing concerns among eurosceptics in her Conservative party.Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, a US grand jury on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the November 2016 presidential election, following charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.The indictments came just three days before Trump is scheduled to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.As Trump arrived in Scotland later Friday, however, the White House confirmed that the Helsinki meeting would go ahead.”It’s on,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said.Trump later travelled to one of his Scottish golf courses, Turnberry.Following talks at May’s country retreat of Chequers, Trump suggested he might have been hasty in his comments over her negotiating strategy for leaving the EU.”Whatever you do is okay with us, just make sure we can trade together, that’s all that matters,” he told May at a press conference in the grounds of the 16th-century manor house, miles away from the colourful crowds denouncing his own domestic policies.”The United States looks forward to finalising a great bilateral trade deal,” he said, and repeatedly praised May’s leadership, saying she was a “terrific woman”.Trump endorses May rival Just hours earlier, The Sun tabloid published a bombshell interview with the president in which he suggested the prime minister’s Brexit proposal was not what voters wanted.He said he had advised her to take another path, adding that Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign minister this week in protest at the plan, would make “a great prime minister”.Trump denied that he had criticised May, suggesting there was an element of “fake news” in the report — even though The Sun released audio recordings of his remarks.His interview drew outrage among British politicians, who accused him of being “determined to insult” May after 18 months of testy relations between the pair.It also fired up demonstrations in London, where organisers estimated upwards of 250,000 people took to the streets.Chanting “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”, they flew a huge balloon of the president depicted as a crying baby outside the Houses of Parliament.Even Londoners who did not join the protest, only stopping to take in the mass of people, placards and sloganeering, seemed supportive of the demonstrations.”He brings it on himself — it’s like having a juvenile in charge of a superpower,” said construction worker Dan Kelly, 47. ‘Kill’ trade plans Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum in June 2016, but after years of fighting within the government, only on Thursday published a detailed plan for future relations.The offer to follow EU rules in trade in goods sparked outrage among eurosceptics who want a clean break, with Trump appearing to back them.His negative comments about a UK-US trade deal — viewed as one of the main benefits of leaving the EU by Brexit supporters — saw the pound fall, although it later recovered its losses.They also fuelled talk of rebellion in May’s Conservative party following the resignations of Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis over the plan.But Trump said Friday that after speaking with May’s officials and trade experts a UK-US trade deal “will be possible”.May confirmed they had agreed to seek an “ambitious” free trade agreement, adding: “I’m clear our plan delivers on what the British people voted for.”Even without opposition from Trump, the prime minister still faces a major challenge to get agreement at home and the plan agreed with the EU.Talks are due to resume in Brussels next week.’Tough on Russia’ The two leaders also emphasised their continued cooperation on defence and security, after earlier watching a display of special forces from both countries at the military academy at Sandhurst.Trump thanked May for her support at a testy NATO summit this week in Brussels, where he subjected America’s other allies to a roasting over their defence spending.The president followed his Chequers meeting by having tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle alongside First Lady Melania Trump.May said they had agreed to engage with Russia with “strength and unity”, and Trump said he has been “tougher on Russia than anybody”.The president’s mother was born on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, and May gave him an illustrated ancestral chart of his Scottish heritage as a gift.She gave Melania, who met military veterans and schoolchildren in London on Friday with May’s husband Philip, a bespoke perfume.last_img

Harris County Early Voting Kicked Off Tuesday

first_imgERIK HERSMAN / FLICKRYou can look up if you’re already registered to vote at the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Early voting starts on Feb. 20.Thousands of early voters cast ballots Tuesday in Harris County – kicking off the nation’s first primary election.According to the County Clerk’s office, about 18,000 ballots were cast in Harris County, including more than 73-hundred done in-person at the county’s 46 polling places.And from now until March second, you can cast your ballot at any polling place in the county where you’re registered. that could be helpful for some Harvey victims– who may still be displaced. But on Election Day, you’ll have to go to your assigned polling place.Early voting runs through Friday, March 2nd. Election Day is March 6. Sharelast_img read more