Kolkata: Justice TBN Radha-krishnan was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on Thursday. Bengal Governor K N Tripathi administered the oath of office to Justice Radhakrishnan in a solemn ceremony at the High Court. The other judges of the High Court and senior members of the Bar were present at the oath-taking ceremony. Justice Radhakrishnan was earlier the Chief Justice of the High Court of Hyderabad for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh from July 7, 2018. He was sworn-in as permanent Judge of the High Court of Kerala on October 14, 2004. Enrolled on December 11, 1983, he practised at Thiruvananthapuram, before shifting to Kerala High Court in 1988, where he dealt with cases in different branches of law, including civil, constitutional and administrative law.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a 61-year-old man who fired inside Starbucks in Connaught Place area.According to police, a PCR call was received at 1.00 pm regarding an accidental firing from firearm by a customer at Starbucks N block, Connaught Place. “On reaching the spot one revolver 32 MK III field gun Kanpur -IN 2012 and 5 live rounds .32 bore were found. One empty cartridge and lead was also found on the spot,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), Madhur Verma. He further stated that they identified the accused as Anil Kumar, resident of Model Town. The firearm license was also found to be expired on October 26,2018. Accordingly, a case has been registered under sections 25/30 /54/59arms act and 336 IPC. “The accused was arrested and the weapon has been seized,” the police said.
Kolkata: The “sandesh” has been dressed up. It is on a catwalk either as the Trinamool’s “jora ghash phul” (twin-flower), BJP’s lotus, Congress hand symbol or the hammer and sickle of the CPI-M. These “election sweets” are just flying off the shelves at Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, one of the oldest confectioners in the city, or Shibani Sweets at Sodepur in the northern suburb. With the humble “nakuldana” (flour-sugar balls) and “laddoo” taking the centre stage ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in rural Bengal, the confectioners in Kolkata are not leaving any opportunity to bank on the frenzied ambience. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Sandesh” (cottage cheese sweet) is readily coming up in any form you wish. They have been flying off the shelves since the election drums were rolled. “We have been making these sweets during elections for many years. This year too the response is very good,” Poppy Mullick of Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick said. Asked which party-themed sweet was selling the most, she jokingly said “no comments”. Regarding the bulk orders placed by the party workers, Mullick gave a hint that “the ruling Trinamool Congress topped the chart.” They have priced a sweet of 250 gm at Rs 150. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Sodepur sweet shop, which specialises in theme-based sweets during football and cricket World Cups, is offering decorative trays filled with huge sweets replicated as party symbols. Trinamool’s twin-flower, BJP’s lotus, the hand symbol of Congress or the hammer and sickle of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) — they have all been given a sweet twist. “We are offering the big trays for Rs 800-2,000 each while a small sandesh is priced at Rs 70,” said Sanjib Das, a staff at Shibani Sweets. Das is elated as this year the shop is getting “huge response”. He mentioned that the customers are so impressed that they are asking for larger sizes. “The ‘Trinamool sandesh’ is in great demand. Sweets of other parties like the BJP, Congress and the CPI(M) are selling too,” Das said. Orders can also be customised as per the customers’ demand. The shops also ensure that the customers get fresh sweets, so after placing the order, one has to wait for a little time. Almost 14-15 men are toiling hard to churn out these sweet delicacies laced with aesthetic appeal at Shibani Sweets. “This is just the beginning, I am sure that as the election heat picks up, the demand will keep soaring. We will try our best to deliver,” Das said. While Mullicks will stick to sweets with party symbols, Shibani Sweets will try to come up with sweets replicating leaders’ faces if demanded. Amidst the high voltage campaigns, these sweets will add a dash of goodness and will be savoured by the supporters and the members of the winning party and candidates, the shop said. Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal’s directive to party workers to hand over “nakuldana” and water to people to keep them cool and the BJP’s decision to distribute “laddoos” among the people as a counter move has added to the sweetness of the electoral contest in the state. The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections in the state will be held between April 11 and May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Chennai: Tamil ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth Friday said his formal political entry will coincide with the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. The remarks virtually reiterate his earlier announcement that he will float a party by the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, due in 2021, and contest from all the 234 seats. “Whenever the assembly elections are held,” was the actor’s brief response to a question as to when his political entry was expected. Asked if he would take a decision based on the outcome of bypolls to 18 assembly segments held on Thursday along with 38 Lok Sabha seats, Rajinikanth said he will respond after the results are out. To a question if the results may lead to assembly polls in the state and whether he would then face them, the actor shot back, “Ready to face, whenever they are held.” The bypolls to four other seats will be held on May 19.
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said that regional parties will get more seats than the Congress and the BJP in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.”I think regional parties will get more seats than the Congress and the BJP. The next PM will be from the regional parties,” he said at a press conference here. When asked whether he was in the race for the top post, Yadav said, “I am not in the race for prime ministership, but will be happy if next PM is from UP. I will support those who want to become PM.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On being asked if the SP-BSP alliance will support Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, whose name is doing rounds as a possible Congress candidate against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yadav ruled out any support to the Congress saying, “Our alliance is with the BSP and the RLD. We will declare candidate from the Varanasi seat soon.” The SP is contesting the Lok Sabha polls in an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), keeping the Congress out of the “gathbandhan”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhen asked about this tough stand against the Congress, he said, “A person who had filed a PIL against me and my father Mulayam Singh Yadav is seen with Congress leaders. You (media) can see the photograph. Congress should reply on this.” As far as the CBI is concerned, he said, “The Congress and the BJP have an alliance (for misusing the CBI against regional parties).” Asked about recent statements of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath against him, he said, “The pride of everyone cannot continue for long. This time people of the state will shatter his pride and send him to ‘Math’ (Gorakhnath Math).” He said the BJP leaders have “lost their mental balance” after the alliance and it reflected in their language. Asked about PM’s scheduled visit to Kannauj later this week, Yadav said, “The PM and CM should tell the people of Kannauj what their governments have done for them.” On Bhopal BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur over her remarks against slain Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, he said, “Such people are fielded to divert the attention of the people. But people this time are alert.”
New Delhi: A chartered flight carrying Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Patna was forced to return to Delhi on Friday due to a technical snag, prompting aviation regulator DGCA to launch a probe into the incident.Gandhi wrote on Twitter that the plane returned after experiencing “engine trouble” and also posted a video of the flight which shows him, the pilot and the co-pilot in the plane. “Engine trouble on our flight to Patna Friday! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi,” Gandhi tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Friday’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashtra) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience,” he said. Later, Gandhi addressed a rally in Bihar’s Samastipur where he shared the stage with RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav for the first time after the general elections were announced. A senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said the Hawker 850 XP aircraft VT-KNB returned to Delhi due to a technical snag. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”The DGCA has initiated an investigation as per the laid down procedure,” he said. The aircraft landed safely in Delhi at 10.20 am. Ten people, including two crew members, were on board when the incident occurred, the official said. The aircraft VT-KNB belongs to the Delhi-based company Forum 1 Aviation Private Limited. According to the company’s website, the plane was acquired “brand new in 2006”, and it can fly anywhere in India. The Hawker 850 XP typically has a configuration of two seats for pilots and eight for passengers. Gandhi is on a campaign trail, crisscrossing the length and breadth of the country for the Lok Sabha polls. This is not the first time Gandhi’s plane has experienced trouble mid-air. On April 26 last year, a plane carrying Gandhi and some others from Delhi to Hubballi airport in Karnataka for campaigning for assembly polls developed a technical problem and tilted heavily on the left side. The plane dipped steeply with violent shuddering, but soon recovered and landed safely.
Darjeeling: Four persons arrested in connection with illegally entering a government building were produced at a Darjeeling Court onThursday. One of the arrested has been remanded to police custody. The GNLF, BJP and GJM (Bimal faction) leaders and supporters had entered the old party office of the GJM in Singamari on the Lebong Cart Road and put up party flags in the building on Wednesday afternoon. In 2017, the district administration had taken over the building stating that it was government land that had been illegally occupied and converted into a party office. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police initiated a suo moto case naming Niraj Zimba, the BJP candidate, Manoj Dewan, BJP president, BP Bajgai, GJM (Bimal) spokesperson and others for forcefully entering a government building, putting up flags and shouting slogans. Four persons namely— Govind Rai and Anand Gurung of Happy Valley Tea Estate along with Kiran Thapa and Sunil Gurung of Pragati were arrested. They have been charged under Sections 448, 186, 353, 379, 325, 189, 307 of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the Arms Act. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”In the FIR it has been stated that four civic volunteers were roughed up as the accused persons made forceful entry. One has sustained injury and is hospitalised. The police prayed for remand of the four for recovery of the arms. The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling has remanded Govind Rai to 3 days of police custody. The other three have been sent to judicial custody” stated Pankaj Prasad, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Darjeeling. With Assembly By-polls in Darjeeling the political environment has turned fluid in the Hills. On Thursday Niraj Zimba the BJP candidate alleged that his vehicle was vandalized and he was attacked by GJM (Binoy faction) in Happy Valley Tea Estate while he was campaigning. He lodged an FIR naming Radin Gurung and Anil Rai. Radin Gurung in turn lodged a counter FIR stating that his bike was vandalized by the GNLF and BJP supporters.
Kolkata-based entrepreneurs Anurag Chirimar and Subrata Roy formally announced the launch of a new social media marketing company – Digital Googly – which would provide a 360-degree social media promotion, marketing and advisory services.Tiny tots decked up as Modi, Mamata and Rahul Gandhi presented a different kind of colourful election ambience at the launch function. “We have gained expertise and deep knowledge in web design, e-commerce solutions, social media marketing, mobile applications through our own ventures which gives us a clear advantage over the competition in the market,” said Kuntal Chatterjee, CEO, Digital Googly. Also Read – The Puja carnival”Through our new ventures we are also generating local employment in new digital media sector while offering our customers a distinct advantage in leveraging social media tools for promotions and marketing. Digital Googly will cater to all the digital media needs of a client,” said Chatterjee. Digital Googly is focused on becoming a top-notch digital media service provider in the region and has put in place a modern infrastructure and highly-skilled work force.
Casablanca – The constitutive meeting of the National Observatory for Mysticism, Human Energy Sciences and Para-psychological Research and Studies was held in Casablanca City on the 12th of January in the presence of several scientific, associative, media and art figures in the presence of the local authorities.Bouchaib Choufani, the prominent Moroccan scholar and president of the preparatory committee, welcomed the guests at the opening assembly and highlighted the significance and timeliness of the project.Likewise, he grounded its importance in the national scientific scene and prefigured the role it will play in the advancement of the fields of Mysticism, parapsychology and energy sciences at the national level. The preparatory committee read the draft of the basic law, discussed it with the attendants, and finally collectively approved it. The attendees were given the full opportunity to come up with a name for this observatory before they jointly agreed on: The National Observatory for Mysticism, Energy Sciences, and Para-psychological Research and Studies. The assembly, then, moved to elect the members of the directional office.The result of this election honored Bouchaib Choufani, the Moroccan scholar of Azemmour city, to the presidency of the observatory. As the president, Mr Choufani has the validity to form the office and nominate its members. At the end, a letter of allegiance was sent in honor of the king, wishing him, the royal family and all Moroccans everlasting happiness and prosperity.
Rabat – The headquarters agreement between Morocco and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was signed, Wednesday in Rabat, by economy minister Mohamed Boussaid and EBRD director general Hildegard Gacek.This agreement, which comes following Morocco’s obtaining in Nov. 2013 the EBRD “country of operations” status, is a decisive turning point in relations between our country and the bank, said Boussaid at the signing ceremony, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).With MAP
Rabat – Abdul Latif Aljwahiri, the governor of Bank-Al-Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank, has announced on Tuesday that the country’s first financial institution fully compliant with the principles of the Islamic Sharia (law) will open in 2016.Unlike earlier reports suggesting that Morocco’s first fully “Halal” bank is set to open its doors late 2015, Abdul Latif Aljwahiri said that the bank is still taking into account the completion of necessary procedures such as the training of qualified human resources and the establishment of offices.Aljwahiri said that the central bank is in the process of studying requests from entities willing to invest in the Moroccan Islamic banking sector. He added that Bank-Al-Maghrib had received 15 requests from foreign financial institution and three requests from Moroccan ones.Aljwahiri said the bank plans to create an Islamic interbank market that would help stimulate the economy, Reuters reported.The launching of the Islamic finance industry is part of efforts to stimulate the Moroccan economy and attract more foreign investment.Banks in the new Islamic interbank marks would be able to set up agreements known as ‘wakala’ to ensure liquidity, the same source added. .Morocco has already approved plans to create a committee of experts and Sharia scholars, officially called Sharia Committee, to monitor Islamic banking products and transactions, and to decide on whether the bank’s transactions are in conformity with Islamic legislations.Islamic banks, a trend that has been expanding across the Middle East and elsewhere, differ from normal banks in the concept of “interest”.In conventional banking, the relation between the bank and the client is that of creditor and debtor, whereas in Islamic banking the relation is that of partners, investors and trader, buyer and seller.
Rabat – The siege of a Radisson Hotel in Bamako, Mali’s capital, which was seized by a group of gunmen on Friday morning, is now over after Malian commandos stormed the hotel.At least 27 people were killed in the operation, according to Reuters. Over 170 people were inside the hotel with the gunmen entered its premises on car using a fake diplomatic plaque.By late afternoon, no more hostages were being held, ministerial adviser Amadou Sangho told the French television station BFMTV. Two Moroccans were among people who were inside the hotel at the moment of the attack. They both managed to escape from the hotel.Reuters quoted a UN official saying that peacekeepers saw 12 dead bodies in the basement of the hotel and another 15 on the second floor. The UN official added that UN blue helmets were still helping Malian authorities search the hotel.According to the same source, the gunmen went through the seven-storey building room-by-room and floor by floor.The attack occurs a week after the Paris terrorist attack that hit Paris last Friday, killing 130 people and leaving over 350 people injured. A Moroccan engineer was among the fatal casualties of the Paris attacks.
By Jonathan WalshRabat – The Moroccan public is reacting to reports that suggested Moroccan schoolchildren are to be taught English from the fourth grade, making it the students’ fourth language after French, Darija (Moroccan Arabic dialect) and Fus-ha (classical Arabic).Rachid Belmokhtar, the Moroccan Minister of Education, noted “the teaching of English that will start from the 4th grade will be particularly important in education.” While it has since been clarified that any prospective English lessons had merely been discussed and not confirmed, the reaction from the Moroccan public was strong. Many were in favour of the decision, stating that many professional fields require English and not French, many Moroccan’s current second language.“The best decision is to replace French by English, look now, all the world use English as a first or second language,” said one Facebook user “English is the future not French.”“Great decision. Investing in youth is key in order for a country to develop. Take your graduates from your university and have English as requirement for graduation and give them jobs as teachers,” said another Facebook user. “This is what is going to produce great leaders, scientists, lawyers, doctors.”Sources have confirmed to Morocco World News that due to the current lack of English speaking teachers in the country, it would be almost impossible to give an accurate time frame as to when any changes would be implemented.This would be one of many hurdles facing those in the Ministry of Education, and many were quick to point out the variety of difficulties involved in imposing a fourth language.“They have to build more schools to reduce the number of students in each class, they have to provide qualified teachers, and well equipped classrooms,” argued one Facebook commenter. “Many students lead very bad social conditions especially poverty. So, they need to enhance people’s living conditions first if they want them to study.”Whether or not English will be taught in Moroccan schools in the future remains to be seen, but what is for sure is that any change would represent a cultural milestone in the country’s history.
Geneva – Morocco’s national football team has moved up two positions to 62nd according to the latest FIFA world rankings of internationals teams released on Thursday.Argentina holds on to top spot ahead of Belgium in the latest update to the FIFA World Rankings.Argentina is ahead of Belgium, with Colombia, Germany and Chile completing the top five. Morocco jumped two places in comparison to last month’s ranking.The July ranking will show major changes, as it will factor in Euro 2016, the Copa America Centenario and African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Rabat – American writer Richard Hurowitz has praised the late Moroccan Sultan Mohammed V for his role in protecting Jews during World War II.In an article published by Los Angeles Times, Hurowitz starts out by reminded the readers of a famous scene of the legendary American movie “Casablanca”, where refugees in Rick’s Café started singing the French national anthem “la Marseillaise” in an epic act of defiance to the Nazi officers.The clip, as Richard Hurowitz points out, “became an instant inspiration to moviegoers” at that time of war. But during that time, Morocco saw a “much greater — and real life — act of heroism”, yet “too little known or recognized” compared to the scene from Casablanca, namely: “the protection of the Jews of Morocco by the young Sultan Mohammed V.” Back then, the young Sultan was under pressure from pro-Nazi French authorities. The collaborationist French Vichy regime sought to implement the Nazi party’s genocidal policies against Jews living in its Moroccan colony.Morocco’s history had been marked by Jewish presence for ages. They had been an integral part of the country’s cultural makeup and influential in Moroccan society.“Jews had lived in that part of the world since well before Carthage fell,” writes Hurowitz, “and over a quarter of a million called Morocco their home in 1940. Members of the community had served the sultans’ court as ministers, diplomats and advisors.”Mohammed V defied the anti-Jewish laws French authorities tried imposed on his kingdom, which aimed at “restricting certain professions and schools to Jews and requiring them to live in ghettos.”The laws were enforced but the sultan refused to endorse them. As an act of resistance, he invited representatives of the Jewish community to an official ceremony commemorating the sultanate’s anniversary.The Moroccan monarch expressed his rejection of the discriminatory laws against the Jews, telling the French officials he refused any distinction between Moroccans. “There are only Moroccan subjects,” the sultan famously said, clarifying that he saw no difference between Muslims and Jews.Standing against Vichy’s anti-Jewish policies helped protect the community from the ghastly slaughter occurring in Europe. “No Moroccan Jews were deported or killed; nor were they forced to wear the yellow star,” explains the American writer.When the Nazis and their allies were defeated in North Africa in 1942, “the Moroccan Jewish community was essentially intact.”His historical role in preserving the lives of dozens of thousands of Jews made Mohammed V a respected figure that many members of Jewish communities around the world, especially those of Morocco origins, still remember.Seen as a bright chapter of history amid the horrors of World War II, Hurowitz believes it is an example that we can draw lessons from today.“At a time when anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise globally, we should honor this overlooked but remarkable example of enlightened leadership,” he writes.
By Sana ElouaziRabat – Morocco Royal Armed Forces (FAR) have just received a third batch of American Abrams tanks, after two first batches delivered respectively in July 2016 and September 2017.The new batch of American tanks of type “Abrams” which arrived at the port of Casablanca and received by the FAR are part of a purchase contract which have more plans spread over the year of 2018. According to the American Defense Security and Cooperation Agency, negotiations between Morocco and the United States for the tanks began in 2012. Morocco planned to purchase 200 Abrams tanks, complete with parts, equipment, support, and training, for over $1 billion. The two nations finalized the deal in September 2015.Morocco has purchased 220 Abrams tanks refurbished for the Kingdom through the Army’s Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program. The EDA sells military materials that the United States no longer uses to American allies. The tanks, which are a mix of the M1A1 and M1A2 model, are colored with camouflage designed specifically for Morocco.This transaction reflects “the shared will of Morocco United States of America to deepen their defense cooperation.”It also contributes to the strengthening and development of interoperability between the Royal Armed Forces and the United States Armed Forces.The Abrams tank is the third-generation main battle tank and it is reportedly stated that it is a more developed version of the fighter craft that fits under the last plan, level of major equipment of the Royal Armed Forces.
Rabat – Russia is on alert ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested seven members of a terrorist cell linked to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). The suspects were allegedly plotting an attack in several public places in the city of Saint Petersburg, which will host different football teams playing World Cup matches, reported Moroccan daily Assabah.The suspects were in contact through social media, planning serious criminal attacks in the country. They were also plotting a suicide bombing in Kazan Cathedral in the center of the city. During the criminal arrests, Russian police found explosives, guns, and molotov cocktails.Assabah added that the Russian police is increasing its security services ahead of the 2018 World Cup in order to curb any attempted terrorist attacks.The city of St. Petersburg is set to host several international teams, including Morocco, Argentina, Iran, Brazil, Russia, Egypt, and Costa Rica.Back in October, ISIS released a photoshopped poster of Argentina’s star player Lionel Messi as a threat to carry out attacks during the competition.The edited image shows image of Messi behind jail bars, crying blood. ISIS’s image also features a warning message saying: “You are fighting a state that does not have failure in its dictionary.”The poster was not the first of its kind. ISIS also published an image of an armed ISIS fighter and a bomb, as well as the group’s infamous black flag.
OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett’s company has taken a new stake in Canadian firm Suncor Energy and trimmed its huge Apple stake.Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed a quarterly update on holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said it owned 10.76 million Suncor shares at the end of last year. But these quarterly filings don’t make clear who made all the investments.Berkshire said it sold nearly 3 million Apple shares but it still held 249.6 million shares of the iPhone maker.Investors follow what Berkshire buys and sells closely because of Buffett’s successful track record. Berkshire officials don’t generally comment on these quarterly filings.Berkshire also sold the 41.4 million Oracle shares it disclosed last quarter and revealed owning 4.2 million shares of Red Hat.Josh Funk, The Associated Press
BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany and France hope to win over other European Union countries to their ideas for a “European industry strategy” at a summit this week.Leaders of the 28 EU countries hold a regular summit Thursday and Friday. Merkel said in her weekly video message Saturday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron have proposed discussing the issue as they try to “secure jobs for the future in strategic business areas in Europe.”She pointed to “strategic research and innovation projects” such as a German-French push to create a car battery cell consortium aimed at catching up with Asian rivals.Berlin and Paris last month launched a drive for a “European industrial policy,” including a push to overhaul EU competition rules to facilitate creation of world-leading companies.The Associated Press
BOSTON — Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? Experts say it may go either way.Some lawyers say a number of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into elite universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message that the privileged are not above the law.Others predict that most, if not all, will end up with probation and a fine, particularly if they quickly agree to accept responsibility and co-operate.The parents arrested last week include Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin) as well as prominent figures in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields.They face a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison, although first-time offenders would get far less than that.Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press