36 Students Receive Tryall Scholarships

first_img The Tryall Scholarship Fund has been developed and supported by management and staff of the hotel The awardees were chosen based on their ability to achieve and maintain good grades Story Highlights Thirty-six students of educational institutions, including high schools, colleges and universities, have been presented with scholarships worth $4.2 million, by the Tryall Scholarship Fund.The presentation ceremony was held at the Tryall Great House in Sandy Bay, Hanover, on August 8.The awardees were chosen based on their ability to achieve and maintain good grades. This year’s recipient of the Louise Cullman Scholarship is Ricardo Graham, a member of staff at the hotel. This scholarship was named in memory of the late member of staff.Addressing recipients at the ceremony, 2011 winner of Louise Cullman Scholarship, Anthia Williamson, encouraged them to always focus on their vision, in order to conquer failure and eventually reap success.“I implore you awardees to take your studies very seriously and use this great opportunity, not only to advance yourselves to achieve your academic goals, but to be role models to yourselves and others.   With this investment that has been made in us, it is only fair that we repay it in abundance by helping to create a better society and a better world,” she said.Miss Williamson said that her decision to continue her studies was not easy, but she was deeply humbled and proud of her accomplishments.“Over the past two years, my decision to go back to school has reinforced in me the fact that knowledge is power and education has the key to liberate the mind.  I therefore challenge you, every single one of you, to give back to this initiative in whatever way you can,” she urged.The Tryall Scholarship Fund has been developed and supported by management and staff of the hotel and is aimed at improving the lives of children and families in the parish of Hanover, through its education, health and welfare projects. This year’s recipient of the Louise Cullman Scholarship is Ricardo Grahamlast_img read more

Grange: Cricket Association to Implement Programme for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sports

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Jamaica Cricket Association will be among the first set of national sports associations to roll-out a national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sports.Minister Grange made the announcement at the St Catherine Cricket Association Awards Function in Twickenham Park on Thursday (December 6).The national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sport is being coordinated by the Inter-Ministerial Task Force established by Minister Grange earlier this year to, among other things, see to it that “children in sport are not harmed in anyway; and that fit and proper people are involved in all areas of children’s sport.”Minister Grange said the Task Force has been considering several initiatives to safeguard and protect children in sport including mechanisms being implemented through the Jamaica Cricket Association in collaboration with UNICEF and Cricket West Indies.“Based on the assessment of those initiatives and following discussions, I am pleased to announce that the Jamaica Cricket Association has agreed to be part of the first set of national sport associations to roll-out a national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sports,” said Minister Grange.The Task Forces comprises several stakeholders including the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, the National Parent Teachers’ Association, the various schools sports associations, local sports governing bodies, as well as government ministries and agencies.last_img read more

Lily Tomlin Reads For SAGAFTRA Foundations Storyline Online

first_imgLily Tomlin, the 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient, has added another title to her list of accolades – children’s literacy advocate.The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online (storylineonline.net), sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has released its newest video featuring the five-time Emmy Award winning actress, producer, and singer reading Hey, That’s My Monster, written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam.Video: Hey That’s My Monster read by Lily TomlinStoryline Online streams free videos featuring acclaimed actors including Kevin Costner, Allison Janney, Christian Slater, Ed O’Neill and Mary Steenburgen reading children’s books alongside inventively animated, original illustrations. With over 12 million views every month, Storyline Online has brought the love of reading to hundreds of millions of children, and is available 24 hours a day at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. Each video comes with supplemental curriculum for both home and school, aimed at strengthening verbal, written and comprehension skills in children grades K-5th grades.The sequel to Scholastic Book Club Selection I Need My Monster, Hey, That’s My Monster tells the story of Ethan and Emma – two young siblings who bond over their experience dealing with the world of monsters residing under their beds. The Storyline Online video library also includes Noll’s original I Need My Monster, read by 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno, with almost 8 million views.“We are incredibly grateful to Lily Tomlin for donating her time and talent to Storyline Online. Her reading of this colorful book is going to be watched by millions of children in classrooms and homes all over the world,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “Lily’s love of story and character shines through when you watch her bring these children and monsters to life though her animated voicing and narration. We just added one of the most talented performers of our time to the Storyline Online library and we couldn’t be more excited to release this video just in time for the SAG Awards.”At the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 29, Lily Tomlin will become the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, which honors acclaimed performers for encouraging the exemplary values of the acting profession. With Hey, That’s My Monster, Lily joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Rita Moreno, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White and James Earl Jones on Storyline Online’s growing list of readers. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is the benefiting charity of the annual SAG Awards. Proceeds from the annual show and auction series support the Foundation’s programs including Storyline Online.To watch Lily Tomlin read Hey, That’s My Monster and to view all of the Storyline Online videos, visit storylineonline.net. Several new videos will be released in 2017.last_img read more

Oil industry to return to profitability this year after three years of

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Canada’s oil industry is expected to be back in the black this year thanks to higher oil prices and more production after registering three years of losses.But the Conference Board of Canada says the recovery will be modest and ongoing pipeline capacity problems will likely continue to result in Western Canada’s oil production selling for discount prices.Michael Burt, director of industrial economic trends, says the oil industry will register pre-tax profits of about $1.4 billion this year after a string of losses since prices crashed in 2014. He says the profits are partly the result of efficiencies in the use of labour that are expected to continue to limit hiring. The industry is expected to create just 2,150 new jobs over the next five years.Total crude production in Canada is forecast to rise by an average annual rate of 3.4 percent between 2018 and 2022, with most of it coming from the Alberta oilsands.Industry revenues are forecast to increase by about eight percent in 2018.“We’re talking about a shift back to being in the black for industry but margins are still quite thin,” Burt said.“So it’s obviously good news but for the industry it’s not a level of profitability that they would like to see to earn a sufficient return on their capital.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

BJP Modi speaking about religion which is not Hinduism

first_imgIslampur: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said Hindusthan will be set up through the Lok Sabha election and not Modisthan or BJPsthan. She was addressing a rally here on Tuesday afternoon.Banerjee said Modi and BJP are talking about a religion which is not Hinduism. “Hinduism talks about tolerance and acceptance and they are talking about hatred. In the name of preservation of cows, many people have been lynched. They are spreading hatred everywhere. This Hindusthan is Modisthan and BJPsthan. We do not want this. We want a Hindusthan where people will live peacefully and there will be communal harmony and peace,” she said, adding: “BJP is inciting one religion against the other and in the name of religion, they have unleashed a reign of terror. We want to come out of this,” she maintained. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaReferring to Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah as Duryodhan and Dushshashan, she said: “The duo has come to destroy the social fabric in our country. Never in the past have I seen so much hatred and disrespect for others. This is not Indian tradition. Indians are respected for their tolerant views.” Banerjee said the SC, ST, minorities and dalits will vote against Modi. “The SCs, STs and Dalits have been tortured in different areas. In Jharkhand, they have been thrown out from their land. In Uttar Pradesh and Assam, Muslims have been tortured by BJP workers and the state governments do not take any action against them,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”They should first see the law and order situation in their own states before commenting on the situation in Bengal. They come to Bengal to disturb the areas. They incite the people living in the hills against those living in the plains to win elections,” Banerjee added. The Trinamool supremo said demonetisation has affected poor people and farmers badly. “Over two crore people have lost their jobs and 12,000 farmers have committed suicide after failing to pay loans. People have stood in long queues to withdraw their own money from the banks. Modi had said note ban will stop circulation of money among terrorists, but in reality terrorist attacks have been the highest during Modi’s time,” she said. Banerjee questioned why no action was taken to save the lives of the jawans in Pulwama despite prior information, adding: “It’s a matter of shame for BJP that its leaders are talking about the achievements of the Army in its election speeches.” “Just as Ma Durga had killed Asura, the women of the country will vote against BJP to oust Modi and set up a secular pro-development government,” she said.last_img read more

Gurugram in final count registers impressive voting percentage

first_imgGurugram: Ever since the voting process first began in Gurugram in 1952, the South Haryana region has always registered healthy voting percentage that has always been beyond 60 per cent. In 2014 for the third time, the Gururgam region registered a voting percentage beyond 70 per cent and there were expectations from the electorate the voters will break the previous record. Though there was a slight dip Gurugram on the final count registered an impressive voting percentage of 67.37 per cent. It was however tough for the officials of the election commission to collate the final data as there was a late surge in the voters trying to cast their votes. Till 8:00 pm on Sunday Gurugram had registered a voting percentage of 62. This was then revised to 67 per cent. There were also reports that the final voting percentage in Gurugram was recorded at 68.45 per cent but in the end, the figure was reduced to 67.37 per cent. Maximum voting was registered from the regions of Bawal at 75.64 per cent, Rewari at 70.64 per cent. At 64, Badshapur registered the lowest voting percentage in the nine Vidhan Sabha areas which are there in Gurugram. Interesting the areas of Mewat that had led the polls in 2014 was left behind the areas of Rewari and Bawal. Despite new schemes the voting percentage from these two sets of residents did not increase and much to the disappointment of election commission officials, a lot of glitches prevented the voting percentage picking up.last_img read more

Sorry Penn State The Four Best Teams Got In To The College

Heading into college football’s conference championship week, we knew three schools (Alabama, Clemson and Washington) could basically punch tickets to the College Football Playoff with victories in their respective conference title games. The only real questions involved what would happen in the event of an upset or two — and, just as important, what the selection committee would do with Ohio State. The Buckeyes ranked second in the committee’s rankings going into the week, but they also weren’t playing in the Big Ten championship game. How the committee handled that dilemma would in effect be a referendum on the value of a conference championship in the CFP era.The upsets never really came. Although Virginia Tech gave Clemson a fight, the Hokies ultimately succumbed to the Tigers in the ACC championship by a touchdown. Washington, meanwhile, routed Colorado 41-10 in Friday night’s Pac-12 title game, and Alabama secured the greatest peak Elo rating by a college football team in the last 80 years when they crushed Florida 54-16 to win the SEC. The only real drama came from an upset victory in the Big Ten championship for Penn State, which could build a case around beating Ohio State earlier in the season.For what it was worth, our CFP projection model thought there was very little chance the committee would jettison the one-loss Buckeyes in favor of the two-loss Nittany Lions, even after we made a tweak that placed extra emphasis on head-to-head results. Yes, the committee once dropped a team that won its final game by 52 points (TCU) from third to sixth when they reshuffled the field for their final rankings. But the model still said there was only a 13 percent probability that Penn State would bump Ohio State this year.1Our model output from Dec. 3 showed Ohio State with an 87 percent chance of being selected, so the rest of Penn State’s probability must have come from the (extremely remote) possibility that they’d bump one of the other three teams in the top four.And, sure enough, the CFP committee went with the Buckeyes. On Sunday, it produced a final four of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington, the semifinals of which will be sorted out on New Year’s Eve.Although Penn State was understandably frustrated by the decision, it would have been difficult to justify taking the Lions over the Buckeyes. Ohio State was a consensus No. 2 in both the Associated Press and Coaches’ polls, as well as most statistical rankings, including ESPN’s Football Power Index and Strength of Record metric. Undefeated Alabama is clearly the nation’s best team — quite possibly the best in college football history, in fact — but Ohio State is an obvious No. 2 by most measures. We can always debate the eternal question of whether the CFP should reward the best team or the “most deserving” one, but in the end the committee took the team that had the more dominating season against the tougher schedule, just as it usually does.So, now that we have a final four, who will win? From here on out, our model no longer has to forecast the committee’s decision making, so it’s all about what ESPN’s Football Power Index predicts. The FPI sees Alabama as 64 percent favorites to beat Washington in the Peach Bowl (which, we should also note, is held in Atlanta — far closer to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, than to Seattle), and it gives Ohio State a 55 percent chance of knocking off Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.Overall, that works out to a 39 percent chance of yet another Alabama national title — it would be the school’s fifth in the last eight seasons under coach Nick Saban — though the rest of the field is still more likely to upset ’Bama than not. If the Crimson Tide beat the Huskies, Alabama’s title odds would rise to 62 percent; if Washington pulls the upset, the CFP championship would basically be a coin flip no matter who wins in Clemson-OSU.But that’s all about a month away. There’s still plenty of college football to consume between now and then, including Army-Navy next week, the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Dec. 10, and about a trillion bowl games (which I mostly enjoy, even if they often lose money and feature increasingly poor teams). For college fans, the most wonderful time of the year is just beginning.CORRECTION (Dec. 6, 7:30 a.m.): A previous version of this article misstated TCU’s final 2014 College Football Playoff ranking. TCU dropped to sixth place in the final week, not to fifth. read more

Lack of offense frustrating as Ohio State womens ice hockey drops both

Ohio State junior forward Claudia Kepler (24) controls the puck during a game against Bemidji State University on Nov. 6 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Eileen McClory | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is still searching for consistency after losing both games in its weekend series to Bemidji State, falling to 4-6-0 on the season.On Friday, the Buckeyes lost 2-1 despite outshooting the Beavers 22-17 in what turned out to be a stifling defensive game. Freshman forward Dana Rasmussen scored the lone goal for OSU. Senior Hannah Moher and sophomore Bailey Wright scored for the Beavers.On Saturday, the third period began tied 1-1 with the Buckeyes leading in shots 27-14. But two goals late in the third period gave Bemidji State the victory and the series sweep.“I think for the most part we controlled both the games. I thought we outplayed them for the majority of the game,” OSU coach Jenny Potter said. “I think there were just a few times that our players broke down mentally.” Bemidji State junior goaltender Brittni Mowat started both games for the Beavers, allowing just two goals on the weekend despite facing a combined 55 shots in the two games.“Bemidji has a great team, but they’re not invincible. We had plenty of scoring opportunities, plenty of chances, our team needs to learn how to bury them,” Potter said.Redshirt freshman Alex LaMere started both games in goal for the Buckeyes, turning away all but three shots on the weekend, while going through long stretches of quiet net play. With the lull in opportunities to save shots, LaMere said she just tries to stay locked in.“It’s definitely a mental game at that point, you just have to keep sharp on your edges,” LaMere said.The second game opened with the Buckeyes holding an 8-1 shot advantage, but the team believed the tempo of the game picked up considerably as it wore on. LaMere said she thinks the defense was able to keep pace with the Beavers’ attack. “Our defensive zone has come a really long way,” LaMere said. “(The skaters) stick with your girl, if we can play five-on-five that way we’ll be just fine.”LaMere expressed no frustration in having sit through a quiet first half of play before a run of fast-paced play in the final 30 minutes.“Yesterday we saw a lot of the same thing as today, it started off slower and then the pace picked up, from a goalie’s standpoint. (We) just have to keep moving and keep in the game,” LaMere said.Bemidji State entered the weekend series with one of the top ranked defenses in all of college hockey, however, OSU expressed frustration at the opportunities missed having outshot the Beavers in both games.“I guess they’re learning the hard way,” Potter said. “It can be frustrating as a coach, but it’s the learning process they’re going through.”Senior forward Kendall Curtis, who scored the lone OSU goal on Saturday, voiced her irritation with the lack of offensive results, but she said she believes in the team’s system.“Sometimes it can get frustrating, but we what want to focus on is getting new looks and how to create new offense, that was our focus,” Curtis said.Curtis’ goal was the product of strong communication and game planning with her linemates: sophomore Julianna Iafallo and junior Claudia Kepler.“We really know our roles,” Curtis said. “We know that the best way for us to operate is by playing with some giddy-up, winning battles, keeping it simple, keeping our feet moving.”Curtis, who earlier this week was named an alternate captain, said she thinks the play of her line is important to the success of the program, which is struggling to score with only 22 goals in its first 10 games.“The giddy-up we bring to the ice every shift is really important,” Curtis said. “We know that.”The Buckeyes are set to begin a five-game road swing when they travel to face North Dakota in Grand Forks for a weekend series on Nov. 14 and 15. read more

Buckeyes offense aims to improve in red zone

Redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett carries the ball into the end zone during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith all the success the Ohio State offense has had in recent weeks, there is one spot where the Buckeyes aren’t up to par: the red zone.Coach Urban Meyer said his team’s play inside the opponent’s 20-yard line simply isn’t on track with the expectations at OSU.“It’s not very good at all,” Meyer said Monday. “For what we expect, it’s not good.”Overall this season, the Buckeyes have put points on the scoreboard 23 times in 28 trips to the red zone, coming out to a conversion rate of just 82 percent. Of those 23 scores, just 19 have been touchdowns. Those numbers compare to a 92 percent success rate for opponents, who have scored 10 touchdowns and added one field goal in 12 red zone tries against OSU this season.In 2013, the Buckeyes scored 60 times in 63 attempts — a 95 percent success rate — including 53 touchdowns in the red zone. That means the 2014 Buckeyes are putting points on the board in the red zone less often than last year’s counterparts were able to come away with touchdowns alone. Their opponents, meanwhile, were held to a 79 percent rate of success inside the 20 last season.OSU’s success rate was just over 71 percent in its most recent game — a 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4 — as it went just five for seven in the red zone.Meyer said the success — or lack thereof — near the goal line comes down to coaching and not the ability of the players on the field.“It’s not the players’ fault, it’s our fault,” Meyer said. “It’s coaching errors, whether it be tempo, we just have to do a better job.”OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said he agreed the team’s red zone offense isn’t rolling at the necessary level, but noted the expectations are high when it comes to putting the ball in the end zone in Columbus, especially considering the success the Buckeyes have had since he and Meyer arrived in 2012.“I think our red zone, goal line or scoring touchdowns in the red zone is certainly not where we want it to be,” Herman said Monday. “Now we’ve set the bar pretty high finishing first in the country, I think second in our first year, first last year in touchdown percentage in the red zone.”The Buckeyes’ struggles in the red zone have them ranked all the way down at No. 72 in the country for red zone scoring percentage and No. 42 in the nation in red zone touchdown percentage. OSU was ranked in the top five for both scoring and touchdown percentage last year and 16th and second, respectively, in 2012.Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said he has noticed the Buckeyes’ less-than-expected success in the red zone so far this season.“On offense, we’ve got to try to make sure that we’re capitalizing in the red zone,” Spencer said Monday. “We had a few times — last week I’m not sure, but I know the week before — we had a few times we got stalled in the end zone. Granted we’re putting up a lot of points at the same time, but there’s little small things that we can do personally and as a team.”Herman said one of the problems OSU has had near the goal line this season is making sure it takes advantage of soft spots in the opposing defense.“We don’t care what those weaknesses are,” Herman said. “We just need (to do) a better job of exploiting those weaknesses and not trying to beat our head against the wall into their strengths.”As players and the coaching staff have taken notice of the need to convert more often inside the 20, there has been more of an emphasis on it in practice — especially during OSU’s recent bye week.Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said the coaching staff focused on red zone offense more often than normal last week after the less-than-stellar showing against the Terrapins.“We obviously had three days of practice, I think we did red zone two of the three,” Heuerman said Monday. “We usually only do red zone once a week.”He said the Buckeyes also practiced “some live short yardage situations” that they wouldn’t normally.Herman said improvement on that part of OSU’s game will be key going forward, and added he believes it can happen if the Buckeyes continue to work toward executing every play throughout the game.“I think we’re capable now and moving in the direction of, ‘Hey, you need to play with great technique for 80 plays in a row,’” Herman said. “And I think that’s a fair expectation given the point in the season that we’re at.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Saturday against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Baseball No 7 Ohio State survives elimination game with 20 victory against

Ohio State junior infielder Kobie Foppe (2) connects with a pitch in the third inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State and Iowa have a recent history in the Big Ten baseball tournament. Iowa beat Ohio State in 2016 to send the Buckeyes to the loser’s bracket. However, Ohio State battled its way back to the Big Ten tournament championship game and beat Iowa to claim the tournament title. This time, the two squared off in an elimination game with their tournament lives on the line. And once again, it was No. 7 Ohio State that came out on top with a 2-0 victory against No. 6 Iowa.Ohio State’s top MLB draft prospect, junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner, delivered one of his strongest outings of the season, allowing three hits over six shutout innings. He struck out six and walked three.Feltner received all the support he would need in the top of the first inning when senior left fielder Tyler Cowles shot a double into the left-center field gap to score junior shortstop Kobie Foppe from first.Foppe drove in a run of his own in the top of the fifth when he singled to the right side to score redshirt sophomore pinch runner Matt Carpenter from third base. Foppe led all players with three hits in four at-bats. After allowing back-to-back baserunners to reach base to start the seventh inning, Feltner was chased from the game with senior reliever Seth Kinker being called in from the bullpen. He struck out the first batter he faced and then got a ground ball to get the Buckeyes out of the inning. Kinker slammed the door, finishing the game with three shutout innings, XX strikeouts and no walks.Feltner and Kinker combined to hold the Hawkeyes to just four hits. Ohio State finished the game with 10 hits.Ohio State will face the loser of the Michigan-Purdue game, which takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Buckeyes will next play at 3:30 p.m. Friday. read more

At least one dead as lowcaste Dalit protests in India

first_imgMembers of the Indian Dalit community stage a protest, with a portrait of 20th century social reformer B. R. Ambedkar, during a countrywide strike against a Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, in Allahabad on 2 April 2018 Photo : AFPStreet battles and widespread protests by Indian low-caste groups enraged by what they consider the undermining of a law protecting their safety left at least one dead, police said Monday.Clashes with police, attacks on buses and government buildings, and blocked trains and roads were reported across five Indian states.The central state of Madhya Pradesh was one of the worst hit, particularly the city of Gwalior.”We can confirm at least one death. A curfew has been imposed in parts of the city and the protesters are still on the ground,” Anshuman Yadav, police inspector general for Gwalior, told AFP.Trouble was also reported in the capital New Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Bihar states.The “Bharat Bandh” (India shutdown) was called by groups representing the Dalits, formerly known as untouchables, who make up 200 million of India’s 1.25 billion population and are at the bottom of the caste hierarchy.They are enraged at a Supreme Court ruling that banned the automatic arrest of the accused in cases under a special law to protect marginalised groups who suffer widespread discrimination.The 1989 Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was intended to guard against the harassment of Dalits and other groups.Rajnath Singh, India’s home minister, called for calm.”The government is appealing against the court order but it is a responsibility of everyone including all political parties to ensure peace,” Singh told journalists in Delhi, where the Dalit protests caused traffic chaos.There were media reports of more deaths in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, but police could not immediately confirm fatalities.”We have reports of at least one death but can’t confirm it for now. Bringing the situation under control is our priority,” Santosh Kumar Singh, inspector general for the region, told AFP.Across the affected states, groups hurled stones, bottles and burning sticks at police and set buses on fire. Some sat on railway lines to block trains.Reports said a police outpost near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh state was set on fire. Dalit men hurled stones at police and security personnel.Police in Azamgarh district of the state told AFP that public buses were set on fire by protesters.Dalits are among the most marginalised groups in India, where caste discrimination is outlawed but remains widespread.Last week a young farmer from the community in Gujarat was beaten to death for owning a horse, which is seen as a symbol of power and wealth, police said.last_img read more

ACC chief says officials irregularities wont be tolerated

first_imgIqbal MahmoodIn an effort to put his own house in order, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Iqbal Mahmood on Thursday warned its officials that no irregularity, nepotism, partiality and laxity will be tolerated in investigation into any complaint, reports UNB.He came up with the warning while addressing an urgent meeting with directors of all ACC divisional offices, deputy directors of all district coordinated offices, and secretary, director general and directors of the head office on how to ensure more transparency and accountability in the process of investigation and enquiry.”Every officer will be dearer to us as long as you carry out your duties honestly and transparently,” the ACC chairman said. “No mercy will be shown to those who will fail to fulfill the duties.”Talking about the timeline of enquiry, he said, “From now on, those who will fail to follow the timeline should switch to another institution as the ACC rules allow this.”Expressing his dismay over the delay in enquiry in the name of queries, Iqbal Mahmood said this will not be allowed from now on. “No query can be given without the approval of the commission. We’re trying our best to make this organisation a symbol of people’s confidence. We can’t allow that the image of the institution is tarnished for negligence and authoritarianism of anyone.”Mentioning that there were allegations of rude behaviour against some officials, he urged them to behave well with people. “Be careful of your behaviour and responsibility.”ACC commissioner Mozammel Haque Khan said the legal mandate of the commission will be implemented. “So, any rude behaviour is not desirable. If you respect the law, you can’t be arrogant,” he said.last_img read more