The crucial Lok Sabha bypoll in Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh is expected to settle many things regarding a possible opposition unity alliance in the 2019 General Elections.Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary has been campaigning extensively for his party’s candidate, Tabassum Hassan, whose candidature has been supported by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), aggressively making the point that the poll is about livelihood issues rather than communal flash points.“We have been doing a micro campaign for the last few weeks, and we have not held a single large meeting. Our feedback is that this election is about ganna (sugar cane) rather than (Pakistan founder) Jinnah (referring to the controversy over Jinnha’s picture being hung inAligarh Muslim University),” he told The Hindu in an exclusive interview. Ms. Hassan has been pitted against Mriganka Singh of the BJP who is also the daughter of the late MP from Kairana, Hukum Singh, whose death necessitated the bypoll. “I have not used a single bus to cart crowds to big meetings etc, we have been deliberately going to villages and corner meetings for a more hands on campaign. What we have seen gives me confidence that we will win. In fact the issues we have flagged have forced (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath to talk about sugar cane dues and employment, subjects that his government is defensive on, rather than communal subjects,” he said. On being asked about the fracture of his party’s fractured vote bank in the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, Mr. Chaudhary said that his party had been doing bhaichara (amity) meetings in small panchayats across western Uttar Pradesh for more than a year. “I don’t feel brushing things under the carpet works, we found that people are ready for a rapprochement, and agrarian distress is spurring them back to the old organic social equations that were there before. We also learned that before the big riots in 2013, there were a series of small incidents that led to the big one, and that we need to nip these in the bud when these small incidents take place,” he said.He remarked that he had been questioned a lot on why the party had fielded Ms. Hassan, a Muslim, where a Jat candidate may have sufficed to attract back the vote of the community in the face of a unified Hindu vote that the BJP had been able to garner. “I want to break the dangerous idea that no political party in this country is interested in giving representation to Muslims. This is a seat with a sizeable population of Muslims, and we have given the seat to a Muslim,” he said.
PUNJABBadam GoshtIngredients2 lbs. lambs mutton cut into serving pieces1 lbs. onions sliced1 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste½ lbs. yogurt beaten¼ lbs. blanched and ground almonds½ oz. sliced coriander leaves4 oz. ghee1 tablespoon each of dhania jeera powder and garam masala½ teaspoon turmeric powderSalt and chili powder to tasteMix yogurt with spices and salt. Add mutton and set aside for 3 hours. Heat 4 oz. ghee and add ginger, garlic and onion till soft. Add almonds and mutton and cook for ½ hour until dry. Mix in hot water and continue cooking for 15 additional minutes. Remove from fire put in a serving dish and decorate with coriander leaves.Spicy Egg and Cheese ParathaIngredients 1 lbs. flour4 eggs1 oz. onion sliced finely½ oz. chopped coriander leaves1 teaspoon grated ginger1 teaspoon sliced mint leaves1 teaspoon each of dhaniajeera powder and garam masala½ teaspoon turmeric powder1 oz. tomato chopped finely 4 oz. grated cheese4 oz. gheeSalt and chili to tasteAdd enough water to the flour to form stiff dough. Heat 2 ozs. ghee and fry onion and ginger until soft. Add tomatoes and spices. Cook until dry. Beat eggs, mix with tomato mixture along with coriander leaves and cheese, and stir until the mixture turns firm. Divide dough into lime sized balls. Roll out each ball into a round circle. Stuff filling, fold edges and make into round balls. Flatten ball and roll with dry flour into a thick round paratha. Shallow fry and serve with hot green chili chutney and ketchup.PinjariIngredients8 ozs. wheat flour6 ozs. ghee1 teaspoon cardamom seeds6 ozs. castor sugar4 ozs. blanched and sliced almonds, pistachios and cashew nutsHeat ghee and add cardamom seeds and wheat flour. Stir on a slow fire until the flour turns golden brown and emits a nice aroma. Remove from fire and mix nuts and sugar.HYDERABADShahjahani Egg CurryIngredients 12 hard boiled eggs¼ lbs. of boiled green peas¼ lbs. potatoes boiled, peeled and diced1 oz. onion grated ½ oz. blanched almonds ¼ oz. green chilies½ oz. of mixed whole spices like cardamoms, cloves, red chilies, cinnamon stick4 oz. ghee1 teaspoon poppy seeds1 oz. mint leaves1 teaspoon ginger1 small tea cup coconut milk2 medium tomatoes, blanched and sliced1 tablespoon yogurt Salt and chili powderFor Decoration2 rings canned pineapple cut into small pieces1 oz. finely sliced blanched almondsCut eggs into halves lengthwise. Remove yolks carefully so as not to damage the outer shells of eggs. Mince the yolks. Fry whole almonds, poppy seeds, onion and all the spices lightly, then grind to a smooth paste along with the green chilies, mint and ginger. Heat 2 oz. of ghee and fry ¼ of the ground mixture to a golden color. Stir in the yolks, peas and potatoes. Keep stirring till thick. Remove from fire and cool. Stuff one half of the egg shell with the mixture and cover with other half. Tie both halves with a thread carefully together and fry in a little butter. Drain and set aside in a serving dish. Heat remaining ghee and fry remaining ground paste to a golden color. Stir in tomatoes and remaining spices. Cover and cook over a medium heat until tomatoes turn soft. Add coconut milk and yogurt. Continue cooking until gravy turns thick. Pour gravy over eggs and garnish with sliced almonds and pineapple. Remove threads from the eggs.Nutty BrinjalsIngredients 1 lbs. small eggplants4 tablespoons roasted peanuts½ oz. cashew nuts2 tblsps coriander powder1 tablespoon poppy seeds1 teaspoon each of turmeric powder and ground cumin seedsSalt and chili powder to tasteGrind nuts and poppy seeds to a smooth paste and stir in all the seasonings. Wash and wipe eggplants; slit each eggplant into four. Stuff the ground mixture liberally into each eggplant. Melt 2 tablespoons of ghee and fry the eggplants lightly on all sides. Sprinkle left-over paste on top. Cover pan tightly. Cook over a very slow fire, stirring frequently until the eggplants are tender. Serve hot.Shahi Bread DessertIngredients6 slices bread1 litre whole milk2 oz. mixed sliced nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios2 teaspoons rose waterSugar to taste4 oz. gheeTrim and cut bread into quarters and deep fry to a golden color. Drain thoroughly. Pour over each slice enough milk to moisten, but not soak bread. Heat milk and sugar together until the mixture turns thick and separates from the side of the pan. Arrange pieces of bread in a single layer on a serving plate, spread thickened milk after mixing rose water on top and decorate with nuts.KashmirRogan JoshIngredients2 lbs. lambs mutton cut into serving portions1 lbs. finely sliced onions1 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste1 oz. mixed spices like cloves, cinnamons and cardamoms4 oz. cashew nut paste½ oz. coriander leaves¼ oz. mint leaves1 tablespoon each of dhania jeera powder and garam masala¼ lbs. ghee½ lbs. fresh yogurtSalt and chili powder to tasteHeat ghee and add whole spices. When spices emanate aromatic smell add remaining ingredients and cook over a very slow fire for 1 hour until the mutton is soft and the ghee floats on top.Walnut ChickenIngredients 1 lbs whole chicken steamed4 ozs. walnut paste2 small tea cups pomegranate juice4 oz. grated onions1 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste1 tablespoon garam masala and dhania jeera powder1 oz. coriander leaves½ oz. mint leaves4 oz. gheeSalt and chili powder to tasteHeat the ghee and fry onion, ginger, garlic, mint and coriander until soft. Add walnut paste, spices and salt and cook mixture for 2 minutes. Add chicken and pomegranate juice and cook for 10 minutes on a slow fire. Serve on a bed of green salad.Chuare Ki KheerIngredients1 litre whole milk4 ozs. dry dates5 ozs. grated jaggery ½ teaspoon dry ginger powder½ teaspoon cardamom seeds2 ozs. Mixed nuts like almonds, pistachios and cashew nuts1 oz. gheeSoak the dry dates in hot water overnight. Drain out water. Remove the seeds and run in blender with one small tea cup of milk for 1 minute until smooth. Heat remaining milk with jaggery, add dry date paste, ginger and cardamom seeds and cook for ½ hour on a slow fire until thick. Fry nuts in ghee and serve hot.MAHARASHTRAMasala BhakriIngredients ½ lbs. bajra (pearl millet) flour 2 green chilies sliced finely 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves2 tblsps sesame seedsButter as requiredSalt to tasteMix all the above ingredients together to form hard dough. Divide into big balls and roll out into round thick chapatti on a floured board. Dry roast on both sides until done. Smear with butter and serve with green garlic chutney.Hot and Spicy Fish CurryIngredients1 lbs. pomfret or butter fish cut into neat serving portions4 oz. fresh coconut¼ oz. whole red Kashmiri chilies4 oz. onions finely sliced½ teaspoon turmeric powder1 teaspoon each of ginger and garlic paste1 teaspoon each of garam masala and dhania jeera powder1 oz. tamarind paste1 teaspoon sliced garlic½ tsp mustard seeds1 tablespoon sliced coriander leaves2 ozs. gheeSalt to tasteGrind together coconut, onions and chilies. Heat half the ghee and fry the ground paste to a light golden color. Add spices, salt, ginger and garlic paste and ¼ litre water. Bring to a boil and add the cleaned fish slices. Cook for 10 minutes. Place in a serving dish. Heat remaining ghee and fry mustard seeds and sliced garlic. When the seeds stop tossing, pour over the curry. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.Ginger DelightIngredients 4 oz. fresh ginger ground4 oz. fresh coconut grated¼ teaspoon ground cardamom and nutmeg powder1 litre whole milk¼ lbs sugar4 oz. mixed sliced nuts like almonds, pistachios and walnuts2 oz. gheeHeat ghee and fry ginger and coconut to a golden color. Mix together sugar and milk and boil till the mixture is reduced to ¼ of its quantity. Add coconut and ginger and half the nuts. Keep stirring till the mixture forms a ball and separates from the sides of the pan. Put mixture on a greased plate, level the surface and decorate with the remaining nuts. When cold cut into square pieces and serve. Related Items
Ajinkya Rahane roared back to form with a stylish 81 as India reached 307 for six at the close of play on the first day of the Trent Bridge Test on Saturday.India openers provided a solid start with a 60-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul. However, India lost the momentum after that and went into the lunch break at 82/3.Rahane joined forces with skipper Virat Kohli (97) and the duo put on a India’s best fourth-wicket stand of 159 at Trent Bridge.”The openers did really well. We were thinking that if we get a good start and if the top order do well, the middle order can capitalize. That’s what we were doing. Me and Virat were focusing on rotating the strike and put the bad balls to the boundary,” Rahane said at the end of day’s play.Rahane, who scored his last fifty-plus score one year ago when he hit 132 against Sri Lanka in Colombo, said he played every ball on its merit.Also read – India vs England, 3rd Test: Kohli, Rahane highlight strong Day 1 for India”As I spent more time in the middle, I became comfortable. It’s about taking one ball at a time and giving your best. We were looking to bat first, our intent was positive. The wicket was really good to start with, perhaps a touch slow as the day went on,” Rahane said.”I think it’s a good score on this wicket. Unfortunately, we lost Hardik at the end. Me and Virat, we were planning to put pressure on the bowlers. In the end, it was a good score I think. 320/4 would have been better but our intent was important on this wicket,” Rahane said.advertisementRishabh Pant on Saturday became the first Indian batsman to open his Test cricket account with a six.Pant, who was handed his Test debut in the third Test of the five-match series at Trent Bridge, smashed leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a straight six on only his second ball of the innings to get off the mark.Also read – Rishabh Pant creates history on Test debut at Trent BridgePant is the 12th batsman overall to do so after Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best, Keith Dabengwa, Dale Richards, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mark Craig, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sunil Ambris.Pant, who came into the Indian side as an replacement for injured Dinesh Karthik, became the 291st Test player for India after captain Virat Kohli handed him his debut cap before the start of the match.”He has been doing very well for India A and in IPL. He’s very confident at the moment and that’s what matters at the international stage,” Rahane said.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Cowboys wore another uniform combination that we haven’t seen before, and it looked good. We’ve seen this helmet and pants combo with the black jersey and white jersey before, so it was something we had to see with the orange jersey as well.This combo reminded me a lot of the homecoming throwback look from a season ago. If they would have worn the throwback socks with this – or a similar pair of socks but with stripes to match the helmet stripe – then I might consider it in the top 10. It’s just difficult to throw it in there when we know this helmet looks better with the black or white jersey.Oklahoma State has worn white-orange-white almost every season. I like that they switched it up just enough so that we’re not seeing repeat combos more than we have to. I like being able to look at a photo of a unique uniform combo and thinking, “That’s the game where we forced seven turnovers.”AdChoices广告I think we all agree that this helmet is top tier, so to pair it with the orange top and white pants makes sense. We have three White-Orange-White uniforms now.[1. There’s potential for a fourth White-Orange-White with the Icy Pete helmet.]The first white helmet with the orange OSU brand logo, the second with the Bronc Rider and orange stripe, and the third with the black OSU brand logo and black stripe. It’s difficult ranking these. I would take the helmet we wore Saturday over the other two, but I wouldn’t necessarily put that combo over the other two. There’s just enough orange in this helmet to make it work with the orange jersey and white pants, but the nitpicker in me likes the orange OSU logo a little better with those jersey and pants.This is my favorite look so far this season, which is strange to me because when I initially saw the combo I didn’t like it that much. However, the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. This combo has a classic feel to it. I still believe the best is yet to come.
Liverpool Klopp dislikes ‘Fab Four’ nickname Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:24 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool Premier League Philippe Coutinho Mohamed Salah Sadio Mané The manager is not a fan of the moniker given to the quartet of Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he dislikes the ‘Fab Four’ nickname given to his star attack.Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scored in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.Sadio Mane, the other member of the so-called ‘Fab Four’, was left on the bench as Liverpool moved back into fourth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Salah’s goal was his 20th in all competitions this season, but Klopp played down all the talk about his ‘Fab Four’.”I’m looking forward to it that he [Salah] stays in that shape and still plays like this,” the German said.”He didn’t score against West Brom, for example, and we could have needed it much more in that game than today, but things happen, I have no problem with it.goalspointspic.twitter.com/4xTr1wmcjr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2017″He knows how much talk is always about Mo. He knows how much I respect and like him, but it’s not about the ‘Fab Four’. I don’t like that name as well.”I don’t go home and think, ‘my God, what a player Mo Salah is, how good is he and all the others?’ That’s not how it works.”Liverpool visit fifth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League on Friday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Pinterest The most obvious demonstration of Kanté’s progression came five minutes into the second half when he struck what turned out to be the winning goal, receiving the ball 30 yards out and lashing a low shot into the bottom corner.It was not the most ferocious shot ever seen – Ndidi, in fact, tends to be more dangerous from long range – and Craig Shakespeare intimated afterwards that Leicester’s players were slow to close down Kanté because they did not expect their former team-mate to open fire. The fact that Kanté did so reflected his increased confidence in possession and the encouragement he has been given.“He played a fantastic game. He scored but overall he made a lot of good runs,” said Antonio Conte. “Before, a lot of people told me, ‘Yes, without the ball he has good stamina and is a good worker,’ but now with the ball he has improved a lot. I am happy for this because we are working a lot with him. Now I think he is a top player.”Kanté, of course, was voted the Premier League’s player of last season. The two previous recipients of that award – Eden Hazard and Riyad Mahrez – lost form in the season after their accolades but Kanté looks unlikely to make that mistake. “This season he is confirming,” the Chelsea manager added.With Kanté contributing even more to attack, Chelsea’s deepest midfielder tends to be his recently arrived compatriot, Tiémoué Bakayoko. The £39.7m summer recruit from Monaco occasionally makes dangerous bursts forward but is confined mostly to patrol duty. The restriction is temporary. “Don’t forget he is only 23 years old,” says Conte. “He is also trying to adapt to our idea of football. He has great quality. He is very strong without the ball and now I think he can improve a lot with the ball in the same way that N’Golo has done.”With Bakayoko impressing, Álvaro Morata scoring freely, Antonio Rüdiger looking comfortable at the back and Davide Zappacosta performing well after being sprung from the bench where he had been sitting with Danny Drinkwater, Chelsea can be satisfied with how their summer signings have looked.But the test is about to get tougher as they begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday when Qarabag, the Azerbaijan champions, visit Stamford Bridge. “Last year we had long weeks to get ready for our Premier League games at the weekend; this season will be different,” says Hazard.“But as a player you want to be in the Champions League. I just reached the semi-final with Chelsea, when we lost to Atlético Madrid, so it’s in my head to win this trophy. I have won the Premier League, I have won the title in France, I have won cups but big players always want to win the Champions League. I think now it is time to win this. We have a good squad, we have a good manager, so we are ready for it.” Midway through the first half Wilfred Ndidi launched a counter-attack. After winning possession deep in his own half he scooted forward. When confronted by N’Golo Kanté, he knocked the ball past the Frenchman and dashed to retrieve it on the other side – nice try but no one does that to Kanté.The Chelsea player beat Ndidi to the ball and held him off before passing to a team-mate. The young Nigerian was bought by Leicester after Kanté went to Chelsea a year ago, has done a decent job of replacing him and is getting better all the time. But Kanté is still ahead of the 20-year-old. And he, too, is improving. Read more Leicester City Chelsea hold on as N’Golo Kanté goal edges them past Leicester City Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Topics Chelsea Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn features
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish shipping giant Maersk Group has completed the sale of ordinary shares in French oil and gas company Total S.A.Maersk’s subsidiary Maersk Oil Trading and Investments has sold 17.27 million existing ordinary shares in Total representing MOTI’s entire shareholding in Total, through an accelerated book-building process.The shares in the Euronext Paris-listed company were sold to institutional investors.Gross sale proceeds of the offering amount to around EUR 884 million (USD 1 billion), equal to EUR 51.18 for each ordinary share. The company informed that the sale would be settled on March 22, 2019.Barclays Bank PLC and Citigroup Global Markets Ltd. acted as Joint Global Coordinators and Bookrunners in connection with the offering.
Elisa Sednaoui – the model and actress and now philanthropist – has teamed up with innovative celebrity fundraising platform www.MyGoodness.com to raise money and awareness for The Elisa Sednaoui Foundation.Elisa Sednaoui and Christian LouboutinThose who donate to the Foundation via MyGoodness.com will be in with the chance of winning an exclusive weekend in Paris where they will meet Elisa herself, as well as her iconic godfather, Christian Louboutin.“I am so grateful to Christian and Mygoodness.com for their support AND GENEROSITY,” said Elisa. “The funds raised will help ESF organize the next workshops and continue the training of the young adults who will eventually run a community cultural centre which we intend to fund in Luxor. Creative learning cultivates the minds and the hearts, it opens up imagination, and nurtures the soul. Yet, there is very limited access to creative outlets in the daily lives of people in Luxor, and virtually no arts education in local schools. I would like to thank all of you for helping us promote playful cultural exchange, citizenship, tolerance, equality, the celebration of heritage and the building of life skills.“By donating you are contributing to give a very unique experience for all the kids who will participate in the programmes. I am looking forward to meeting you in Paris”The Elisa Sednaoui Foundation (ESF) supports creative learning projects (i.e.: education through and exposure to culture and arts) to promote playful cultural exchange and the building of life skills. Why creative learning? Because it has the power to transform the social and cognitive development of children, help foster innovators and problem-solvers, build a sense of community, and promote civic engagement.The winner of the experience will be flown to Paris to meet Elisa Sednaoui and Christian Louboutin at his studio, where they will discuss the secret of the red soles as well as get to choose their favourite pair of stiletto’s from the collection that will be signed by Christian Louboutin. They’ll then indulge in a VIP spa treatment at Darphin and spend an evening at the Crazy Horse, sipping champagne and enjoying the most glamorous show in Paris.Donations start from as little as £10, which will earn entrants 2 entries to the competition, with the winner being selected randomly at the end of the campaign. Other than the grand prize, entrants can get many other exclusive rewards , including Darphin beauty products, Lisa Marie Fernandez Ponchos, original drawings from Christian Louboutin himself, and a signed pair of his signature shoes.Severine Balick, co-founder of MyGoodness.com said: “We were very impressed by the engagement of Elisa the first time we met her and as fans we are thrilled to be working with Elisa and Christian Louboutin. Elisa is an amazing role model and we’re excited to help her to show people how doing good and making a difference is Fashionable. At MyGoodness we believe that if you do good things, good things happen to you.”
SAN FRANCISCO — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is slamming Facebook for not removing a doctored video that has spread widely on the social network in which she appears to slur her words.The altered video had been slowed down, giving the false appearance that Pelosi was drunk, ill or otherwise impaired. Facebook did not respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.In an interview last week with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Facebook executive Monika Bickert defended the company’s decision, noting that users are being told that the video is false when they view or share it.Pelosi says she is no longer giving Facebook the benefit of doubt that it is “unwittingly” spreading false information. She said in San Francisco Wednesday that Facebook is serving an accomplice and enabler of “false information.”The Associated Press
The Ambassador pointed that in the “Killing Fields” documentary, the civilians who spoke in Tamil at no stage stated that the attacks were carried out specifically by the Sri Lankan Army, rather they always mentioned that “they attacked”, leaving it ambiguous.Ambassador Amza further elaborated that when a question was posed in English to an unidentified victim regarding an alleged attack on a hospital by asking “do you think this was an accident?”, the answer from the victim in Tamil was, “Athavathu aspaththirikku aim panniththan adichchiruppinam” which literally means “they may have aimed and attacked the hospital”. The Ambassador contended the Channel-4 of translating it as “the hospital was targeted”, giving implication to the viewers that it was done by the Sri Lanka Army. In this context, the Ambassador questioned the Director/Producer, Callum Macrae who was present as one of the Panellists, on what basis he gave an interpretation to what the witness referred to as “they”, to indicate that it was the Sri Lanka Army. The Ambassador added that, as a native Tamil speaker, he could provide ample evidence to prove that Channe-4 indeed had a sinister motive to discredit Sri Lanka with the connivance of the pro-LTTE diaspora organizations, and further alluded that it was ironical to see how one time arden supporters of the LTTE and its killing spree through funding and other propaganda activities are now projecting themselves as independent human rights activists, having been oblivious to the countless human rights violations carried out by the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Brussels said. Referring to a similar allegation where just by showing a 20 second footage of a group of females suspected as LTTE cadres, been taken away in a tractor, and giving an interpretation that their destiny was not known thereafter, he used the opportunity to remind the gathering about the comprehensive efforts taken by the Government in rehabilitating over 12,000 former LTTE cadres including 594 child soldiers after the end of the conflict, who have now been successfully integrated into the society and are leading peaceful and dignified lives. (Colombo Gazette) The government informed the European Parliament today (Tuesday) that irrespective of Sri Lanka’s categorical rejection of the Channel-4 footage in the “Killing Fields” documentary and its authenticity, Sri Lanka nevertheless, is in the process of investigating the allegations.The Head of Mission of Sri Lanka to the EU, Ambassador P.M. Amza also reiterated Sri Lanka’s request to Channel-4 to provide original materials available with them to help the investigation process rather than pleading for Pounds through projects such as the ‘Kick-starter’, in order to go on a globe-trotting venture with the film. Pointing out to a similar mistake in the subsequent Channel-4 Documentary, “Sri Lanka Killing Fields: War Crime Unpunished”, during which an unidentified witness makes a statement in Tamil saying “Enkalidamirunthu 150 meeter irukkum 15 perukku melai kayakkarnkal ippadi bankarukkulliruntha ellorayum veliyil iluththu iluthu pottu suttukkondu waran” which provides literal translation as “the distance may be about 150 meters from us. More than 15 injured civilians were inside the bunker when they pulled them out one by one and fired”. The Channel-4 took the liberty of translating it to mean “as I got up from the bunker, about 150 meters away from where I saw a group of Army soldiers pulling out over 15 civilians staying in a bunker and spraying bullets on them at close range”. The Ambassador emphasized that at no stage, the witness stated that it was Sri Lankan Army that was pulling the civilians out from the bunkers and killing them. The Ambassador also pointed out that anyone with a sound knowledge of the Tamil language would identify them as serious mistakes and misinterpretations and manipulations done to suit the Channel-4 agenda. As the civilians’ statements constitute important evidence in any conflict, tampering them to give a completely false view, is a matter of serious concern, he said.The Ambassador also refuted allegations on the killing of a 12 year old boy identified as the son of the LTTE leader. The Ambassador, while casting doubts on Channel-4 making sweeping conclusions based on few pictures depicting a man clad in a uniform similar to Sri Lanka Army personnel, a clean and neat bunker, a man in slippers, and an ‘expert opinion’ based on the pictures given to him that the boy was captured by the Army who then fed him a snack then killed him at point blank range, questioned as to why the ‘expert opinion’ disregarded the possibility of him being killed by his own bodyguards, to avoid being captured by the Sri Lankan Armed forces.The Ambassador reminded that the LTTE was not an ordinary group of terrorists, but was one in which all its cadres mandatorily carried cyanide capsules to kill themselves if captured by the Army. He said the LTTE was also a ruthless terrorist group which never hesitated to use even disabled and pregnant women as suicide bombers in order to achieve its objectives. During his intervention at the end of a panel discussion that followed the screening of the film “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”, held at the premises of the European Parliament, which was jointly organized by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group, Amza stated that the Channel-4 has made serious mistakes by misinterpreting what the witnesses have said in Tamil, to suit the Channel-4 agenda.
CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 10 cents per gallon (3.8 litres) over the past two weeks to $2.73.Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that jump results mostly from a drone attack this month on Saudi Arabia’s key oil processing facility. The attack briefly slashed the nation’s crude production in half before being restored.The price at the pump is 18 cents lower than it was a year ago.The highest average price in the nation is $3.94 a gallon in San Francisco.The lowest average is $2.24 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The average price of diesel is up 7 cents, to $3.07 per gallon.The Associated Press
The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework. Eight States – Argentina, Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Senegal and Uruguay – deposited their instruments of ratification today, while Georgia and Namibia signed the Treaty. Adopted by the Assembly in April 2013, the Treaty will enter into force 90 days after the date of the deposit of the 50th instrument of ratification – in this case, 24 December 2014. “Today we can look ahead with satisfaction to the date of this historic new Treaty’s entry into force. Now we must work for its efficient implementation and seek its universalisation so that the regulation of armaments – as expressed in the Charter of the United Nations – can become a reality once and for all,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level event on the Treaty.In a message delivered by High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, Mr. Ban said the need for the Treaty remains abundantly clear. “Deadly weaponry continues to find its way into irresponsible hands. Unscrupulous arms brokers defy UN arms embargoes. Ruthless leaders turn their arsenals on their own citizens. Ammunition depots are poorly guarded. State-owned weapons go missing. Civilian airplanes end up in the crosshairs. End-use certificates are not standardized and can be easily forged. Pirates wield grenade launchers and machine guns against merchant ships. Drug-traffickers outgun police forces.“Just as with other commodities, the trade in arms should comply with vigorous, internationally agreed standards,” he stated. “All actors involved in the arms trade must be held accountable.”The Treaty for the first time sets global standards for the transfer of weapons and efforts to prevent their diversion. It regulates all conventional arms within the categories of battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers and small arms and light weapons.Among other provisions, the Treaty includes a prohibition on the transfer of arms which would be used in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity and certain war crimes.
CAR has been grappling with conflict since 2012, as fighting between the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia and the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition killed thousands and left two out of three civilians dependent on humanitarian aid. In 2013, armed groups seized the capital and then President François Bozizé was forced to flee. After a brief period of reduced violence in 2015, and elections held in 2016, fighting intensified again at the end of the year.Peace talks had started on 24 January this year in Khartoum, Sudan, and lasted 10 days under the auspices of the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in CAR, led by the African Union (AU) with UN support. The deal was agreed in Khartoum, but formally-signed on Wednesday in CAR’s capital, Bangui.Mr. Guterres commended the stakeholders for the successful conclusion of the talks, highlighting the “leadership role” of the AU and encouraged “all stakeholders to live up to their commitments in the implementation period”.He reiterated the United Nations’ commitment to assist the Central African Republic “at this critical stage”, and called “on neighbouring countries, regional organizations and all international partners to support the courageous steps that Central Africans have made to bring lasting peace and stability in their country”.Among other recent positive developments towards stability and accountability in the Central African Republic, political coordinator of the mainly Christian anti-Balaka militia faction, Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, was transferred two weeks ago to the International Criminal Court to face accusations of crimes against humanity and war crimes. He had been arrested on 12 December last year in France, on a warrant for crimes allegedly committed in CAR during 2013 and 2014.As the Central African Republic enters this new phase, the UN chief announced on Wednesday also that Mankeur Ndiaye of Senegal will be his new Special Representative to the country, mandated to head the UN’s stabilization mission there (MINUSCA). He succeeds Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon, who had been leading the Mission since August 2015. The UN Secretary-General said he was “grateful” for Mr. Onanga-Anyanga’s “unwavering commitment”, stating that his “leadership, integrity, personal commitment and tireless efforts have been crucial, including in support of the ongoing peace process as part of the Panel of Facilitators of the African Initiative”.
Prothèse PIP : un médecin et une clinique condamnés en EspagneEn Espagne, un chirurgien esthétique et une clinique privée viennent d’être condamnés à verser des dommages et intérêts à une patiente dont l’une des prothèses PIP s’est rompue. Près de deux mois après que le scandale des prothèses PIP ne se soit réveillé, c’est une première qui vient d’avoir lieu en Espagne. Le tribunal de Madrid a condamné le 16 janvier dernier un chirurgien esthétique et une clinique privée à indemniser une patiente qui s’était vu poser en avril 2001 des implants de la marque PIP. L’un d’entre eux s’est rompu 7 ans plus tard, en 2008. À lire aussiDes millions de papillons de nuit envahissent MadridLe tribunal a en fait estimé que le médecin et la clinique n’avait pas respecté “le devoir d’information”. Il a jugé qu’avant l’intervention, l’information que la patiente avait reçue “ne faisait, en aucune manière, référence à la possibilité d’une rupture des implants, ce qui est un risque inhérent à l’opération (…) même si la prothèse ne s’était pas avérée défectueuse”, rapporte le Figaro.fr. En conséquence, la patiente va se voir verser des dommages et intérêts à hauteur de 7.455 euros.En France, de nombreuses porteuses ont porté plainte notamment auprès du tribunal de grande instance de Marseille qui reçoit chaque jour 50 à 60 nouvelles plaintes. D’autres en provenance de pays francophones commencent même à arriver. En janvier dernier, alors qu’il était resté libre jusqu’ici, le fondateur de PIP Jean-Claude Mas ainsi que le directeur de la firme Claude Couty ont été mis en examen pour blessures involontaires. Le 8 février 2012 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambert
Hoards of people stared up toward the sky on Monday near London’s Parliament Square.But unlike millions in America, they weren’t wearing paper glasses or carrying cardboard boxes to protect their retinas from burning.Instead, they were mourning the temporary lull of Big Ben, which fell silent as work on a $37 million bell tower restoration project begins.A final set of bongs (that seems to be the popular media’s onomatopoeia of choice) rang out at noon, and won’t be heard again during the four-year construction process. (Except, of course, during special events like New Year’s Eve and Remembrance Sunday.)The 1.5-ounce bell (and the clock that goes with it)—a British cultural icon and one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom—has made numerous appearances in another British cultural icon: Doctor Who.“The Sensorites” (1964)And you thought a muted Big Ben was bad: In this First Doctor serial, the original Team TARDIS (with companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright) travel more than a century into the future, where they learn the Great Bell no longer exists.IAN: Barbara and I, we come from London. Tell me, is Big Ben still on time?CAPTAIN MAITLAND: What century do you come from? The 21st, perhaps?BARBARA: No, the 20th.MAITLAND: I see.CAROL RICHMOND: What’s Big Ben?BARBARA: Well, it’s a clock. Near Westminster Abbey.MAITLAND: Yes, you see, the whole lower half of England is called Central City now. There hasn’t been a London for 400 years. We come from the 28th century.“The Dalek Invasion of Earth” (1964)Exterminate! (via BBC)The Doctor’s first real interaction with the clock tower occurs in 2164, when the Daleks, well, invade Earth. Among other distinguished landmarks, the robots cross Westminster Bridge—a moment recreated for Mark Gatiss’s 2013 TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time.“Rose” (2005)Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) (via BBC)The show’s new-millennium reboot similarly snuck in a reference to the famous foes as the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler, having only just met, race across Westminster Bridge in pursuit of the Nestene Consciousness, which has possessed shop-window dummies.“Aliens of London” (2005)Rose is still trying to understand her new alien friend when a spaceship tears through Big Ben and crashes into the Thames, causing a worldwide crisis.“The Empty Child” (2005)Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) (via BBC)It’s 1941, and a dashing Time Agent has just tended to Rose’s wounds and invited her for a drink on the “balcony.” Stepping out onto the invisible hull of Captain Jack’s ship, the pair dance cheek to cheek to Glenn Miller’s ultimate romantic lullaby—to the backdrop of Big Ben’s clock face.“The Christmas Invasion” (2005)Total eclipse of the Parliament (via BBC)Construction support beams around the Clock Tower of Big Ben (below a hovering Sycorax ship) suggest continued repair work following the Space Pig crash in “Aliens of London.”“Rise of the Cybermen” (2006)The Tenth Doctor, Rose, and Mickey crash land in a parallel London, where Zeppelins fly overhead, Pete Tyler is still alive, and Big Ben continues to chime.“Army of Ghosts” (2006)Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) (via BBC)The Tenth Doctor watches a local news broadcast about “ghosts” regularly gathering around Westminster Bridge, with the Clock Tower in the background.“The Eleventh Hour” (2010)Look out below (via BBC)Each new Doctor comes with a new flying style. In this case, though, an out-of-control TARDIS is the one doing the piloting. Luckily for the Eleventh Doctor (and any hopes he may have had of fathering children), his sonic screwdriver manages to divert the ship just enough to miss the tower’s sharp spire.“Victory of the Daleks” (2010)Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) (via BBC)At the request of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Eleventh Doctor, and Amy Pond travel back to 1941’s war-torn London, where they watch as a squadron of Stukas come into view over the burning city, Big Ben still proudly standing as the centerpiece.“The Snowmen” (2012)Winter, 1892, Victorian England: Governess Clara spins yarns for the children for whom she cares.FRANCESCA: Is it one of your stories? Your definitely true ones?CLARA: Ha! All my stories are true.DIGBY: Like how you were born behind the clock face of Big Ben?CLARA: Accounting for my acute sense of time.FRANCESCA: And you invented fish.CLARA: Because I dislike swimming alone.“The Day of the Doctor” (2013)Don’t blink: Big Ben makes a brief appearance in the 50th Anniversary Special trailer (about 28 seconds in), and again as the Eleventh Doctor, and Clara fly the TARDIS over London during the opening scene of the episode.“Deep Breath” (2014)(via BBC)Grappling with a fresh face and a confused companion, the Twelfth Doctor makes his grand entrance with Big Ben as the backdrop. The London-based episode is one of Doctor Who‘s most Clock Tower-heavy; the iconic landmark bookends to the hour-long story, which ends with the Half-Face Man impaled on its spire.“In the Forest of the Night” (2014)(via BBC)The Doctor returns to London, only to find the city (and the world) overrun with vegetation. A swooping shot of the capital shows Big Ben in the distance.“Last Christmas” (2014)Ho ho ho (via BBC)Who let this guy drive? The Doctor takes the reigns of Santa’s sleigh, navigating high above the London skyline, and nearly sideswiping Big Ben.“The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith” (2008)I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore (via CBBC)England’s famed Clock Tower even made an appearance in DW spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures: Sarah finds herself in an alternate timeline, where a ruined Big Ben brings to mind the final scene of Planet of the Apes. Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.