Honduras: Prominent TV journalist gunned down in the street

first_img Follow the news on Honduras News Source: HO / AFP 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about the level of violence against the media in Honduras and urges the authorities to do everything possible to shed light on the latest case – TV journalist Igor Padilla’s murder yesterday in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” May 13, 2021 Find out more Padilla covered crime for the national TV channel HCH and produced an HCH comedy show called “Los Verduleros.” He was gunned down in the street in the city’s Suyapa district, outside a children’s shop where he was supervising the filming of a TV ad.Witnesses said Padilla walked out of the shop after receiving a phone call. A pickup then pulled up and four armed men in the back, who were masked and wearing police uniforms, opened fire, riddling him with bullets. He was rushed to hospital but was dead on arrival.Padilla had not reported receiving any threats and had not requested special protection.“We call on the Honduran authorities to identify the instigators and perpetrators of this shocking murder without delay and to bring them to justice,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“The entire Honduran press was targeted via Igor Padilla. Honduras continues to be one of the western hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for journalists. The government should lose no time in creating an effective protective mechanism in order to end this deadly spiral of violence.”HCH director and journalist Eduardo Maldonado received a threatening message on his Facebook page on 12 January accusing journalist Elsa Oseguera of being affiliated to the Maratruchas (Mara MS) crime gang and warning him that if he did not fire her, two other HCH journalists – Ernesto Rojas and Suly Cálix – would be murdered It is yet impossible to know whether the message and Padilla’s murder were connected. But such practices are typical of the climate of threats and tension to which the media are exposed in Honduras. A combination of criminal violence and political corruption is responsible for one of Latin America’s highest levels of impunity.Honduras is ranked 137th out of 180 counties in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. December 28, 2020 Find out more Reports HondurasAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence January 18, 2017 Honduras: Prominent TV journalist gunned down in the streetcenter_img Organisation HondurasAmericas Condemning abuses Organized crimeViolence RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts News to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img read more

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Nigeria 0-1 Uganda: Miya Faruku ruins Enyeama’s centenary celebrations

first_imgIt was meant to be a party for the Super Eagles as they faced the Cranes of Uganda in Uyo on Wednesday but it turned out differently as they lost the match which was meant to be a preparatory session for their upcoming AFCON qualifiers and also the celebration of the 100th cap for Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.The Ugandans won the match 1-0 through an 81st minute goal by Miya Faruku.The Super Eagles surely needed a victory to win back the trust of their fans, having failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Instead, they earned more distrust as the fans began to cheer the Ugandans after the goal was scored.The only aspect of the game plan that followed the scripts was the team captain Enyeama getting his 100th cap at his home state, Akwa Ibom. The Lille goalkeeper thanked the fans for their support.He said, “This is a milestone and I am glad to have achieved this. I thank God for making it possible. I also say thank you to the fans who have supported me all the way.”He added that the result would not dampen his feelings. “It is a disappointment to have lost the game but then that’s football. It is a training game for both sides and you may have seen how the team was assembled. This is football for you.”Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, confirmed that the football body had approved the contract for Stephen Keshi as Eagles coach. He spoke on the pitch at half time of the game via SuperSport.He said, “The executive committee of the NFF met today (Wednesday) and approved the recommendation of the technical committee for Keshi to continue as the country’s coach. It is now just left for Keshi to sign.”The former Nigeria captain has been given a new two-year contract after his initial three-year deal lapsed when Nigeria lost at the World Cup in Brazil last year. The new deal will give him $25,000 every month with add-ons of $15,000 for accommodation and $2,500 for transportation.In his first stint with Nigeria which ran from November 2011 to July 2014, Keshi won the 2013 Africa Nations Cup in South Africa and led the team as far as the second round of the 2014 World Cup. His failure to qualify the country for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea created a gulf between him and the NFF. He was initially asked to go but was later recalled. –last_img read more

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West Kootenay Rapids grab Gold and Nelson Peewee Rep Tourney

first_imgTwo teams, and two great weekend results for Nelson Minor Hockey at the Peewee Rep Tournament this past weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.The West Kootenay Rapids Tier 2 and 3 teams advanced to the playoff round with the Tier 2 squad capturing the Tournament Championship.West Kootenay Rapids Tier 2 blasted Springbank, Alberta 8-2 in the final. West Kootenay Rapids consist of players from Nelson, Castlegar and Nakusp.The tournament attracted teams from the East Kootenays, Alberta and Washington State.last_img read more

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Council warns public of falling trees and flooding during Storm Lorenzo

first_imgMet Eireann has issued a status yellow wind and rain warning for Donegal from 9am tomorrow to 6am on Friday morning.Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team has been meeting in response to Storm Lorenzo and will continue to monitor local conditions closely as the storm progresses.The public is being asked to be vigilant with regards to falling trees and debris. Trees are mostly in full leaf, so even moderate strength winds can bring down weakened trees and/or tree limbs. Heavy rain, coupled with falling leaves may block drains and gullies, leading to surface flooding and property owners and occupiers are being asked to check drains and gullies for potential blockages.Sea surges are forecasted along the West coast from the southwest coast up to Donegal of .6m to 1m and the public are being asked to be extra vigilant along the coast.The Irish Coast Guard is advising the public along coastal areas to ‘Stay back, stay high and stay dry’.The Council is asking property owners and occupiers of properties in areas susceptible to coastal flooding to be vigilant. Motorists are being asked to take extra care while driving during stormy weather and to be extra vigilant of cyclists and pedestrians and to be mindful of the risk of falling trees and debris.There is also a risk of power outages and the public are being asked to be prepared and to check on elderly or vulnerable family and neighbours to make sure they are safe and warm.Donegal County Councils Severe Weather Assessment Team will continue to monitor the situation and all Council Services are in a state of readiness as is the norm.The Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.  For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999 or 112.You can keep up to date on conditions by signing up for free alerts to your phone by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil. Council warns public of falling trees and flooding during Storm Lorenzo was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:councilfloodPublicStorm LOrenzotreeswarningslast_img read more

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New household sewage treatment system rules for Ohio: Treatment versus disposal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New, up-to-date rules in Ohio to protect the public health and the environment have been a long time in coming. The old rules from the 1970s limited rural development and has kept modern technology from being used in the state. The new “Ohio Household Sewage Treatment System Rules” went into effect January 1, 2015 and replaced the nearly 40-year old “Household Sewage Disposal System Rules.” Treatment versus disposal — what is the difference?In a disposal system, the goal is for the sewage to “go away” and not back up in the house or pool in the yard. Where is away? Many disposal systems discharge pollutants to steams, lakes and groundwater contaminating swimming beaches and drinking water.Treatment systems must remove the pollutants before the reclaimed water returns to ground or surface water. The new rules set treatment requirements and include a range of treatment systems that can meet the requirements. Starting this year, all new systems will be different from the old-style disposal systems. For a new system what is the first step?The soil on the lot is the most important part of an onsite treatment system. Filtering wastewater through natural soil is the best and most effective way to remove pollutants. However, the soil must be deep enough, dry and permeable. The first step in designing an onsite system is to evaluate the soil. Soil scientists are the most qualified to evaluate soil and they work all over Ohio. In a soil evaluation, soil maps are studied and a soil scientist visits the site to dig small holes to determine the soil depth to saturation, bedrock or other restrictive layers. By studying the texture, structure, consistence and color of the soil, a soil scientist can determine the soil’s suitability to remove pollutants and treat wastewater. Protect the soil on the lotWhen building a new home or making improvements to an existing home, heavy equipment on the site can compact the soil, making it impossible to use it for wastewater treatment. Once the natural soil is compacted or moved, it cannot be used for an onsite wastewater treatment system. When the area for the system is determined, be sure to fence it off to keep out heavy equipment. Bringing in fill material will not work if the soil is disturbed or is too shallow. Only the natural, undisturbed soil has the ability to absorb and treat wastewater.How deep does the soil need to be? The new rules spell out the necessary depth of soil. At least 12 inches of natural, undisturbed soil is needed to install an onsite wastewater treatment system. Deeper soils are especially valuable, as they will allow for the construction of lower-cost septic tank — leach field systems. A leach field system requires the soil to be at least three to four feet deep to saturation, bedrock or another restrictive layer. OSU researchers looked at all of the soil types throughout the state and learned that soils over three feet deep are only found in about 16% of Ohio’s land area. If the soil is too shallow for a leach field to remove pollutants and treat wastewater, the new rules allow for other types on onsite treatment systems to be used. Under the new rules, property owners have many more options to both develop a lot and protect the health of their family, neighbors and the environment.Many new types of systems can be used. Under the rules from the 1970s, only a few types of treatment systems could be used on a problem lot. This really limited development in parts of Ohio with shallow and wet soils. Finally with updated rules, Ohio is catching up to the rest of the country and is able to use more modern onsite wastewater treatment systems. Mound systems, bioreactors and drip irrigation systems are just some of the types of systems used throughout the country that can now be used in Ohio.With the update, the Ohio Department of Health now has a Technical Advisory Committee that meets to review new wastewater treatment technology. This committee of experts reviews the research on new ways to treat wastewater and helps the Department of Health approve new systems for Ohio. The goal is to protect the public health and the environment while giving property owners many choices to develop a rural lot. Some systems are low-cost, while others are expensive. Some approved systems are buried and hidden, and others are mounded making them more pronounced. Some systems use pumps to move wastewater in doses into a treatment system, while others take advantage of the slope of the land and use gravity. The simple systems tend to be large and the small systems tend to be mechanical and complex. Just like shopping for a new car, many choices and options are now available to meet the need. Operation and maintenanceLike all of the fixtures and appliances in a home, a sewage treatment system requires maintenance to protect the investment in the system and make sure it continues to remove pollutants. Maintenance free systems do not exist. All of the new systems will have an operation permit. Regular inspections depend on the system type. The large, simple system requires very little maintenance, while the small, complex mechanical system needs regular attention more than once per year. System inspections may be done by the local health department or a private service provider. Regular maintenance will be the responsibility of the property owner working with a registered service provider.What about an existing system? No changes are required for existing systems as long as they are not creating a public nuisance. If an existing system must be altered or repaired, just like a new system, it will need an operating permit and regular inspection and maintenance will be required.The most important thing to remember is the new rules are a step in the right direction. In the past Ohio landowners have had few options to develop housing sites and the disposal of sewage has been polluting waterways and wells.To find out more about onsite wastewater treatment, check the website for the Soil Environment Technology Learning Lab at setll.osu.edu.last_img read more

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Legalise gambling and betting on sports: Law panel

first_imgThe Law Commission on Thursday recommended that gambling and betting on sports, including cricket, be allowed as regulated activities taxable under the direct and indirect tax regimes and used as a source for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).The commission’s report, Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting including Cricket in India, recommends a number of changes in the law for regulating betting and generating tax revenues from it.Parliament may also enact a model law for regulating gambling that may be adopted by the states or in the alternative, Parliament may legislate in exercise of its powers under Articles 249 or 252 of the Constitution. In case legislation is made under Article 252, states other than the consenting states will be free to adopt the same, it states.The commission has also recommended linking Aadhar or PAN card of an individual indulging in betting and gambling, and making the transaction cashless to regulate illegal activities such as money laundering.The commission has also recommended amending the laws regulating forex and Indias FDI policy to allow investments in the casino and online gaming industry.The Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 and the Rules…made thereunder as also the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Policy…may suitably be amended to encourage Foreign Direct Investment in the casino/online gaming industry, lawfully permitting technological collaborations, licensing and brand sharing agreements, etc, it has said.The commission feels allowing FDI in the industry would bring substantial amounts of investment to those states that decide to permit casinos, propelling the growth of the tourism and hospitality industries, while also enabling such states to generate higher revenue and employment opportunities.advertisementALSO READ: Video gaming as addictive as cocaine and gambling, says WHO on adding ‘gaming disorder’ to their listALSO READ: Casinos take strong roots in Goa as middle class tourism growslast_img read more

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DAY TWO RESULTS- OPENS & 20’S NTL

first_imgAfter a massive day one at the 2006 National Touch League, the players were back for another big day of competition in Coffs Harbour. After the drama and upsets from the first day, it was anyone’s guess as to what would unfold on day two.Read this story for the full results and match of the round summaries from day two, this will be updated regularly throughout the day…All draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEDay 2:9:00amMens Open: Suns (15) def Crusaders (1)Mens Open: Rustlers (13) def Eagles (2)Mens Open: Hornets (6) def Barbarians (4)Mixed Open: Mets (8) def Cyclones (2)Mixed Open: Suns (6) def Rustlers (3)Mens 20’s: Eagles (8) def Barbarians (3)Mens 20’s: Sharks (7) def Hornets (2)Both the Suns and the Rustlers performed well in the opening round of day two of the Mens Open division, recording convincing wins and finding crossing the scoreline a relatively easy task. The Mets continued their winning ways in the Mixed Open division, defeating the Cyclones 8-2. The Eagles continue to hold sway in the Mens 20’s with their 8-3 win over the Barbarians keeping them near the top of the ladder. 9:50amMixed Open: Scorpions (12) def Barbarians (4)Mixed Open: Cobras (10) def Rebels (5)Mens 20’s: Mets (7) def Cyclones (4)Mens Open: Cobras (12) def ACT (0)Mens Open: Mets (12) def Cyclones (4)Mens Open: Sharks (13) def Rebels (2)Both the Scorpions and the Cobras showed the Mets that they consider themselves serious finals contenders after showing they also have a significant arsenal of scoring power. The Scorpions recorded a 12-4 win over Barbarians, and the Cobras defeated the Rebels, 10-5.Pool A in the Mens Open division remains tight with Cobras, Mets and Sharks all excelling in their round three games today.10:40amMens 20’s: Rustlers (7) def Crusaders (1)Mens 20’s: Cobras (9) def ACT (2)Womens 20’s: Sharks (18) def Scorpions (0)Womens Open: Sharks (7) def Eagles (3)Womens Open: Hornets (7) def Scorpions (2)Womens Open: Rustlers (6) def Rebels (2)The Sharks Womens 20’s have restored their confidence after yesterday’s loss, with an 18-0 win over Scorpions.In the Mens 20’s division, Rustlers defeated Crusaders, 7-1 and Cobras beat ACT, 9-2. Alyce Hulbert and Toni Eltherington are leading the way as the Sharks top scorers.There have been no surprises in the Womens Open division with Sharks and Rustlers remaining undefeated on day two so far.11:30amWomens 20’s: Suns (8) def Rebels (2)Womens 20’s: Hornets (3) def Cyclones (1)Womens 20’s: ACT (7) def Mets (1)Womens Open: Crusaders (4) def Cyclones (2)Womens Open: Mets (10) def ACT (1)Womens Open: Suns (4) def Barbarians (3)ACT is looking good in the Womens 20’s division after a convincing 7-1 win over Mets.An encouraging win for the Crusaders, who defeated Cyclones 4-2. in the Womens Open’s. A good win also for the Suns, who fought a tough battle with Barbarians.12:20pmMens Open: Scorpions (8) def Rustlers (5)Mens Open: Hornets (11) def Eagles (3)Mens Open: Barbarians (11) def Crusaders (5)Womens 20’s: Eagles (7) def Crusaders (1)Mixed Open: Rustlers (7) def Cyclones (5)Mixed Open: Scorpions (7) v Rebels (4)Womens 20’s: Cobras (6) def Rustlers (1)In what promised to be one of the closest matches of the day, Scorpions defeated Rustlers in the Mens Open division. It was tense at half time, with both teams going into the break with four touchdowns. Scorpions lifted in the second half to eventually win, 8-5.Also in the Mens Open division, Hornets are looking dangerous after a 11-3 victory over Eagles.1:10pmMens Open: Sharks (5) def Cobras (2)Mens Open: Cyclones (7) def ACT (6)Mens Open: Mets (13) def Rebels (2)Mixed Open: Sharks (9) def Mets (5)Mixed Open: Suns (9) def Barbarians (0)Mens 20’s: Eagles (4) def Suns (2)Mens 20’s: Mets (11) def Crusaders (4)The crowd at Coffs Harbour didn’t know which ‘Hot Match of the Round’ to watch this timeslot, with exciting matches being played between Sharks and Cobras in the Mens Open and in Mixed Open, a 2005 NTL Grand Final replay between Mets and Sharks. Sharks were victorious in both games, with players from all teams providing thrilling entertainment for the crowd.In Mens 20’s, the Eagles recorded an impressive win over Suns, 4-2.2:00pmWomens Open: Sharks (3) def Cobras (1)Womens Open: Rustlers (7) v Eagles (0)Womens Open: Scorpions (4) def Rebels (2)Mens 20’s: Sharks (12) def Barbarians (2)Mens 20’s: Cyclones (10) def ACT (3)Mens 20’s: Rustlers (4) drew Hornets (4)In the Womens Open division, Scorpions played well to record their first win of the tournament, defeating Rebels 4-2.Also in Womens Open, the ‘Hot Match of the Round’ was a fast and skillful game between some of the best players Queensland has to offer. Sharks were victorious over Cobras, 3-1.Sharks had an impressive 12-2 win over the Barbarians in the Mens 20’s competition. Sharks player Ashley Shepherd is currently the top touchdown scorer in the Mens 20’s with a total of eight touchdowns.2:50pmWomens Open: Mets (14) def Barbarians (4)Womens Open: Suns (7) def Crusaders (4)Womens Open: Cyclones (5) def ACT (4)Womens 20’s: Hornets (16) def Scorpions (0)Womens 20’s: ACT (8) def Crusaders (2)Womens 20’s: Rebels (5) def Cyclones (4)In the Womens Open division, defending Champs, Mets continue to dominate their pool after defeating Barbarians 14-4.Also in Womens Open, the Suns are still a team to watch after defeating Crusaders, 7-4.Hornets outshone the Scorpions in Womens 20’s, winning 16-0 and the Rebels defeated Cyclones 5-4 in a close match.3:40pmWomens 20’s: Cobras (4) def Eagles (2)Womens 20’s: Mets (6) def Rustlers (2)Womens 20’s: Sharks (5) def Suns (2)Mixed Open: Cobras (7) def Rustlers (3)Mixed Open: Mets (6) def Suns (2)Mixed Open: Scorpions (9) def Cyclones (6)In the Womens 20’s division, the Sharks are still looking strong, after defeating Suns 5-2.In the Mixed Open division, Cobras defeated Rustlers 7-3 and Mets and Scorpions also recorded good wins. 4:30pmMens 20’s: Cyclones (5) def Hornets (2)Mens 20’s: Suns (8) def Crusaders (3)Mens 20’s: Sharks (3) def ACT (1)Mens Open: Suns (13) def Barbarians (8)Mens Open: Rustlers (12) def Crusaders (0)Mens Open: Scorpions (10) def Hornets (3)Mixed Open: Sharks (8) def Barbarians (1)In the Mens Open division, Scorpions and Suns continue to dominate Pool B, with Scorpions beating Hornets 10-3 and the Suns were too good for Barbarians, winning 13-8 in what was a high scoring game.In the Mens 20’s Cyclones proved they are a team to watch also, beating Hornets 5-2.5:20pmWomens Open: Hornets (4) def Rebels (1)Womens Open: Sharks (8) def Scorpions (3)Womens Open: Cobras (3) def Rustlers (2)Mens 20’s: Mets (4) def Rustlers (2)Mens 20’s: Cobras (10) def Barbarians (2)The last round of the day saw Cobras and Mets both record convincing wins in the Mens 20’s division.In Womens Open, Pool B continues to be dominated by the Sharks after their 8-3 win over Scorpions. 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Calgarybased clothing store wants girls to have a healthy relationship with fashion

center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Sometimes the staff at Triple Flip, a Calgary-based, cross-Canada tween-girls clothing chain, has to go right into the change rooms to fight back against bullying. They have the heartbreaking challenge of soothing teary 9-year-olds lamenting the lack of “thigh gap” in their back-to-school leggings.“There are so many delicate issues in fashion for this age group. What you say to girls matters,” says Linda Maslechko, the Triple Flip founder and CEO whose mission is to build healthy relationships with fashion one 9-year-old at a time. “Parents, sales people, other girls. It all matters. This is the age when young girls are learning how to look at themselves, to make their own choices about clothes, to articulate who they are.”Add in some dodgy societal messaging and you have a body shaming stew. Advertisementlast_img read more

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TIFF 2017 Deals The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

first_imgAdvertisement While the Toronto International Film Festival doesn’t boast a market as robust as other festivals, like Sundance or Cannes, the yearly event often plays home to some major buys of big contenders. Last year, films as diverse “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Salt and Fire,” and “A Quiet Passion” found a home at the festival, and this year will likely include a slate of picked-up offerings that are as wide-ranging as the festival itself. We will be tracking every buy below, so keep checking back to stay up to date.The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7 – 17 in Toronto, Canada. Stay up to date on all of this year’s TIFF acquisitions below.– In an early deal that was announced before the festival even kicked off, AMC Networks’ streaming horror service Shudder picked up North American, U.K., Ireland and Australian rights to Coralie Fargeat’s debut “Revenge.” The film is billed as “a thriller about a woman who exacts bloody vengeance on her attackers” and is part of the festival’s well-loved Midnight Madness section. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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Mamata angry with central force for firing during polling

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the central forces for allegedly firing “inside” a polling booth in Birbhum district and accused the BJP of misusing the forces in the elections. Stating that the law and order is a state subject, she said it is not the job of the central forces to enter polling booths and they should keep vigil outside. In Dubrajpur area of Birbhum constituency, voters allegedly engaged in a scuffle with the central forces when they were barred from entering booths with mobile phones, a senior election official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Security personnel reportedly fire in the air to control the mob, following which polling was stalled in the booths, the official said. “I have heard that the CRPF fired inside a booth in Dubrajpur. I am yet to get the detailed report. CRPF personnel can be deputed outside booths, but they do not have the right to lathicharge or fire,” Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said. She alleged that the firing was a ploy to rig the polls by the BJP with the help of central forces. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Law and order is a state subject and not a central subject. Even if the central forces have to conduct a route march, they are required to do it along with the state police,” the TMC chief said while speaking at rallies in Bagdhah and Swaroop Nagar in North 24 Parganas district. Banerjee accused the BJP of misusing the law and bringing in central forces without depending on the state police and using them in garnering votes for themselves. “We know the law. I have heard that complaints were made (before the EC) that the central force personnel have gone inside booths and asked people to vote for the BJP. This will not help the BJP,” she said. “The BJP do not trust the Bengal police. The police are on security duty during the Durga Puja, during Diwali. They protect us from thieves and dacoits. And during elections, you need policemen from Delhi,” Banerjee said. Asking the BJP to trust the people, she said police will not vote for its candidates but the people will. Violence was reported from several parts of the eight Lok Sabha constituencies where polling is going on Monday. Clashes have broken out between the supporters of rival parties in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Siuri areas of Birbhum seat, injuring several people. The Election Commission has deployed central forces at around 98.8 per cent of the booths in the eight seats — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum. Addressing the rallies, Banerjee called upon the people to vote against the BJP and dethrone Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. “He (Modi) is adept at lying constantly,” Banerjee said adding “Whenever he comes to Bengal, he provokes his supporters to disrupt peace in the state in order to yield political dividend,” she alleged. The BJP brigade is distributing money to purchase voters and resorting to divisive politics which is in contrary to the state’s culture, Banerjee claimed. The TMC chief expressed confidence that her party will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and play a pivotal role in forming the next government at the Centre.last_img read more

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