Traffic Advisories Hants County Victoria County

first_img VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Exit 11 west for about 3.2 kilometres and from the Inverness County line east for about 3.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, July 18. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 -30- Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Highway 101 at the Bog Road Overpass will have a temporary detour between the Ben Jackson Intersection and Exit 8 at Hantsport for about 150 to 200 metres. Signs and barricades are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Seeman acquitted in sedition case related to comments on LTTE

Ameer, who was cited as the first accused in the case had only criticised the then Congress-led government at the Centre for its ‘tacit support’ to Sri Lanka in its fight against the Tamils and never incited violence. He only wanted India to find a political solution to the crisis. A Court in India has acquitted Naam Tamilar Katchi leader S. Seeman and film director I. Ameer Sulthan in a sedition case slapped against them for allegedly speaking against India’s sovereignty and in support of the banned LTTE while addressing a public meeting in Rameswaram in October 2008, The Hindu newspaper reported.Bringing the curtains down on the nine-year-old case, Additional sessions judge D Lingeswaran, citing High court and Supreme court orders, said that the accused could not be held guilty under Sections 13(1) (b), 13 (2) (advocates, abets and incites commission of unlawful activity) of the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, 1967 and Section 124 A of Indian Penal Code (sedition). The duo, while addressing the public meeting organised by the Tamil film industry in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils had only expressed their anguish over the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka and wanted India to find a political solution to the ethnic crisis. Similarly, Seeman, supported LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran and compared him with revolutionary leaders such as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Mao Zedong and Yasar Arafat, who fought for the liberation of their people. But speaking in support of a banned organisation would not amount to committing crime, the judge said. A perusal of the speeches of the two accused showed that he never called for separate Tamil Nadu nor incited violence against the Centre, the judge said.Citing the Madras High Court order (S James Peter Vs The secretary to Government), the judge said being a member of a banned organisation or speaking in support of the organisation would not be a crime. The Supreme Court was also clear in the Kedarnath Singh Vs State of Bihar case that ‘a very strong speech directed to a very strong criticism of measures of government or acts of public officials would be outside the scope of sedition under section 124A of IPC”, the judge said. When Seeman and Ameer thanked the judge for his judgement, the judge advised them to exercise restraint while fighting to protect the interests of the Tamils and ensure that their acts never posed a threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the country. The judge noted that they were acquitted the same day they were arrested nine years ago in the case.M Somasundaram and R Domnic Ravi appeared for the accused and C K Venkatesan for the prosecution, the Q Branch police, which registered the case and filed the charge sheet in February 2010. The prosecution cited 28 witnesses, of which, seven turned hostile. read more

Margaret Thatcher had car secretly taken to Chequers for test runs before

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They were also haunted by the memory of a red car being delivered to Downing Street, matching the Labour party’s traditional colour instead of the Conservative’s blue, newly-uncovered documents show.The private papers, which have been released on Monday by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust at the Churchill Archive Centre in Cambridge, show the Prime Minister’s agreement to test drive the flagship vehicle for Rover’s 800 series caused quite a stir. “You are trying out the Rover 800 tomorrow at Chequers between 1000 and 1030 to familiarise yourself with the car before the test drive in front of the cameras in Downing Street next Thursday,” he told her. “The car will be arriving, covered, towed behind a Range Rover… This is only an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the car. There will be no publicity.”A separate note gave further detail. The Rover would be pulled by a white Range Rover and would “arrive under cover, for obvious reasons, on a trailer”. She would be shown it by Ray Axe, the chief designer, as well as the director in charge of the project.After the test, Mr Addison contacted the Prime Minister again to discuss what she was going to do in the car in front of the cameras. One “simple” option, he said, would be to “walk down to the car at the bottom of Downing Street and drive it back to the front door”. Show more There was this dark fear that she would crash into something, that it would all go horribly wrongChris Collins While aides agreed that it would be good publicity, there appeared to be concerns about her carrying out a difficult reversing manoeuvre in front of cameras.The new release shows a number of letters were sent between staff as early as April – three months before the event – as they discussed the best way to ensure there were no undignified slip-ups.Their first battle was the colour of the vehicle. Bernard Ingham, Mrs Thatcher’s chief press secretary, remembered a time when “they brought a blue (not a red) car” while private secretary Mark Addison was forced to make sure they were “fully aware of the importance of getting the right colour this time”.   Mrs Thatcher drove the new Rover on its launch day in front of crowds at Downing Street Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the wheel of the Rover, outside 10 Downing StreetCredit:PA Archive/PA Images Show more center_img Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the wheel of the Rover, outside 10 Downing Street She has been widely praised as being one of the most capable Prime Ministers of recent decades.But there was one thing aides were concerned about when it came to Margaret Thatcher – her driving.In fact, senior staff appeared to be so worried that she might crash during a public test drive of a new Rover in 1986 that they organised for the vehicle to be secretly smuggled to Chequers so she could fit in a practice session before the event. Aides gave her two potential routes, with Mrs Thatcher choosing the one that would show her reversing  It was also decided that to ensure Mrs Thatcher had the best possible chance of not messing up in front of the cameras, the vehicle would be towed to Chequers – her country house retreat  the week before the live event.Plans were put in place to ensure the press did not discover what was going on and members of the public did not see the car. On July 4, the details were revealed in a note to the Prime Minister from Mr Addison. But Mrs Thatcher insisted she wanted to drive the car from the front door, before reversing up a side street and returning. “You would need to feel fully confident about manoeuvring the car into the side road and back out again,” Mr Addison warned.On the day, she was provided with a “top of the range” version of the vehicle, which included an automatic gearbox.Chris Collins, a historian at the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, said the plans were likely put in place as aides had a “dark fear” that she would crash or that it would all go “horribly wrong”.He said part of the problem was that cars had become “a policy issue rather than a personal thing” and she was no longer familiar with “the machine”.“She hadn’t driven for many, many years – maybe 10 years since she had been round in a car, with herself behind the wheel,” he explained. “I wouldn’t think she had driven since 1975 – except for the previous attempts to do this, of course. There may be a memory of a previous drive… that had gone wrong.”Despite fears, the stunt went well and the Prime Minister later wrote to Graham Day, chairman of the Rover group, to say she had “very much enjoyed” the opportunity to drive such a “splendid” car. Mrs Thatcher drove the new Rover on its launch day in front of crowds at Downing Street Aides gave her two potential routes, with Mrs Thatcher choosing the one that would show her reversing last_img read more