West Bengal Assembly bypolls: Over 75% polling recorded

first_imgMore than 75% of the 7 lakh electorate on Monday cast votes in the bypolls to the three Assembly seats in West Bengal, amid allegations that Trinamool Congress activists orchestrated an attack on the BJP candidate from Karimpur segment, Joy Prakash Majumdar.The turnout was 77.17% in Kaliaganj, 67.62% in Kharagpur Sadar and 81.23% in Karimpur. Video footage aired by local television channels showed that a group of people surrounded Mr. Majumdar, staged a demonstration, and then started slapping and punching him before pushing him into the nearby bushes.  The BJP candidate blamed the Trinamool for the attack and alleged that West Bengal’s ruling party was trying to “murder democracy”. ‘Attempt to murder’West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh called it an “attempt to murder” the party candidate and said the Trinamool was looking at an imminent defeat.The Trinamool leadership said the BJP leader was trying to garner sympathy. “This was a planned act to garner sympathy from the people,” Trinamool Congress secretary general and State Minister Partha Chatterjee said.In another incident at Kaliaganj, BJP candidate Kamal Chandra Sarkar was seen helping his wife cast her vote. The presiding officer of the polling booth was removed after the incident. In Kharagpur Sadar’s booth number 140, the BJP agent complained that the Electronic Voting Machine was strategically placed beside a mirror wall.Over 7.34 lakh voters were eligible to vote in 801 polling stations. Voters had to choose their representatives from among 18 candidates, including three women.Vacant seatsThe polls at Kharagpur Sadar and Karimganj were necessitated after the MLAs from the respective seats contested and won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Dilip Ghosh, BJP MLA from Kharagpur Sadar, was elected from the Medinipur Lok Sabha seat and Mahua Moitra, MLA from Karimpur, won the Krishnanagar seat in Nadia district. The seat in Uttar Dinajpur district in Kaliaganj had been vacant after the death of Congress MLA Pramath Nath Roy in May 2019.last_img read more

IIJW 2014: Bollywood divas sparkle in jewels

first_imgDay 1 of the India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai started on a high note on Monday with Bollywood beauties sashaying down the ramp in glitter and gold.In its fifth edition this year, the four-day event from July 14-17, organised by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), is a major destination for buyers and designers alike as the latest in traditional and modern wear with diamonds, gold, silver and precious stones are presented for the upcoming bridal and festive season.Dia Mirza, Kalki Koechlin, Sunny Leone and Lisa Ray walked the ramp.Gorgeous actresses added extra glitz to the show. Former Miss India Neha Dhupia cut a graceful figure as the ‘royal bride’ – with heavy polki and ruby earrings, necklace and maang teeka – for Geetanjali Jewels, while actress Chitrangada Singh looked traditional yet sexy in a red lehenga choli combination, accentuated by a kamarband with latkans, heavy diamond necklace and a nath. Her voluminous open hair, kohled eyes and confidence on the ramp gave the collection an electric makeover.Dia Mirza, whose wedding with fiance Sahil Sangha has been confirmed for October, looked stately and elegant in a beautiful orange lehenga sari as she walked the ramp for jewellery designer Shobhana. With her hair in a vintage updo with soft ringlets, the diva was seen in chunky jewellery set in diamonds, gold, pearls, emeralds and rubies.After traditional bridal looks, modern brides got their share of trinkets to feast on as well. Big Boss 7 winner Gauhar Khan walked for IIGJ Mumbai in a strapless, white pleated maxi gown with a diamond-studded crown, bracelet, rings and a statement necklace with big emeralds to do the talking. Likewise, the ladies in red – Dev D actress Kalki Koechlin and model/activist Lisa Ray – kept it simple in ruby hued dresses and jewellery for Jewels by Preeti and Farah Khan Ali, respectively.advertisementZayed with sister Suzanne Khan.Last but not least, Baby Doll Sunny Leone took to the ramp as showstopper for Apala by Sumit in a black one-shoulder dress and strong and tribal-like ornaments in gold and silver. With three layers of studded chains draping her hair, the Jism 2 actress sported an armour-like necklace, armlet, cuff and solid anklets with aplomb.Shantanu and Nikhil break the stereotype with new bridal wearThe grandeur of sartorial pleasures has begun in the Capital with the Fall 2014 haute couture collection presented by designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil in collaboration with Johnnie Walker Black Label at JW Marriott, New Delhi, on Monday.The collection was true to the designers’ aesthetic of fluid drapes, lace applique work and layered frills that enhanced the fitted gowns in a way that they accentuated the body curves. Adding fresh perspective this time around to their bridal wear, the duo made use of unconventional colours – such as grey, black, blue and beige – handcrafted accessories and varying layers of fabric. There were also a variety of options for cocktail wear. Titled ‘Rani Sultanat’, the mood of the collection reflected a palace in Istanbul during the Art Deco Revolution of 1930’s.The exotic ensembles included white flowey anarkali dresses, lehengas with floral lace and sari gowns, while men strutted down in smart velvet achkans with subtle embroidery and sharara pants. Accessories such as handcrafted cuffs and head crowns with feathers, chains and an adjustable bone structure, royal looking brooches and embellished formal loafers added extra punch to the show.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, designer Nikhil Mehra shared, “Couture for us is about refinement. It’s in the details of the craft that makes every ensemble a special creation.” Designer Shantanu Mehra added, “Many brides want a complete look from us for their wedding. As a result, the inclusion of accessories and elaborate head gear has been a natural progression in our design expression. These garments are not for the big day alone, but can be incorporated into a woman’s wardrobe afterwards as well.”last_img read more

Russian ministry denies WADA accusations of state doping cover-up

first_imgRussia’s Sports Ministry on Friday denied accusations made by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that the Russian state had covered up a doping programme for its sports people.A WADA report released on Friday said more than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests. (Also read: I am not a traitor, says Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova)The Russian ministry said it would carefully study the WADA report and that it would fully cooperate with anti-doping bodies.The Kremlin also said it would study the report, Interfax news agency reported.Russia’s athletics chief, Dmitry Shlyakhtin, declined to comment on the WADA report because he said he had not seen it.last_img read more

Africas largest economies feel the heat

first_imgAfrica’s largest economies feel the heat184 viewsAfrica’s largest economies feel the heat184 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Africa’s largest economies feel the heat184 viewsBusinessSouth Africa’s parliament descends into chaos. Protesters stormed the building, demanding President Jacob Zuma pay back some of the taxpayers’ funds used for a $23 million upgrade of his rural home.Ventuno Web Player 4.50South Africa’s parliament descends into chaos. Protesters stormed the building, demanding President Jacob Zuma pay back some of the taxpayers’ funds used for a $23 million upgrade of his rural home.last_img

Mumbai rains IMD issues red alert for the next 48 hours

first_imgTwitter/ANIThe Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Mumbai on Saturday afternoon. The region is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next two days. “We expect the rainfall activity to continue over the next two days due to the low pressure which has formed over the Bay of Bengal and is moving westward. It is expected to strengthen westerly winds. Besides, the increasing low pressure closer to parts of north Konkan, which includes Mumbai, is expected to have a larger impact,” KS Hosalikar, the deputy director-general (western region) of the IMD told Times of IndiaAreas like Badlapur, Navi Mumbai and Thane have been experiencing heavy rains since Friday morning. “The winds were all westerly which pushed the clouds towards the Kalyan-Badlapur belt. On Friday and Saturday, the circulation was close to Mumbai which then moved towards Kalyan and Badlapur. Fortunately for Mumbai, the winds were very strong so the clouds did not stay in the city for long. They were all pushed to the interior areas towards Thane and beyond. Yet, Santacruz got 219mm, which is extremely heavy rain,” Sridhar Balasubramanian, associate faculty, IDP Climate Studies at IIT-Bombay was quoted as saying by TOI.A thousand passengers. including nine pregnant women, were stranded outside Mumbai in the Mahalakshmi Express because of waterlogging. Over 20 coaches had gone underwater when the train stopped near the overflowing Ulhas River in Badlapur. The Indian Air Force, National Disaster Response Force and the Navy conducted a rescue operation to take the stranded passengers on Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express near Badlapur to safety. The operation lasted for 10 hourslast_img read more

Harris County DA Says Her Request For More Prosecutors Has Been Politicized

first_img Share Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg (center) attended a summit of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence in Houston and talked about her request her request for 102 additional prosecutors.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Monday her request for 102 additional prosecutors has been politicized and tried to quiet the concerns expressed by several criminal justice reform organizations.Texas Organizing Project, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the Texas Civil Rights Project have criticized Ogg’s request. They argue additional prosecutors will result in more people being jailed in Harris County. Last week, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted his support for the DA’s request, calling the shortage of prosecutors a perfect storm of potential crime.Ogg has asked Harris County Commissioners to approve a $20 million increase to her budget to hire the additional attorneys. The commissioners are scheduled to vote on the matter this Tuesday.Addressing the criticism, Ogg said she intends to use diversion programs for non-violent offenders as frequently as possible. “We’re going to keep diverting every single person that we can out of our justice system without a criminal record because that’s what I promised to do and that’s what I believe in,” she said while attending a summit of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence in Houston.The DA noted that her request aims to resolve “a math problem” because of a backlog of roughly 40,000 cases, and her department only has 335 prosecutors to handle the caseload. “We have fewer prosecutors per capita than most major cities that we’ve looked at. Even in Texas we lag behind,” said Ogg.The effects of Hurricane Harvey, which flooded the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, exacerbated the problem and the backlog multiplies daily.Ogg also addressed suggestions that her office hire part-timer lawyers or temporary personnel to deal with the backlog. She said the amount of evidence that prosecutors must review has increased in the past few years because of body cameras, external cameras, DNA and social media posts. “There’s a lot to review and I won’t let our prosecutors be placed in the position of working in an assembly line justice system,” she said.last_img read more

Air Canada Vacations Be Live Hotels team up for points promo

first_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 26, 2018 Air Canada Vacations, Be Live Hotels team up for points promocenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Be Live Hotels MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is giving travel agents the chance to earn 4X ACV&ME points as part of a special promotion running through May 6.The incentive applies to package or group bookings to any Be Live Hotels made through ACV for travel until Oct. 31.Agents will receive:4X 600 points per room for air-inclusive packages of 7 nights or more4X 400 points per room for air-inclusive packages of 3 to 6 nights4X 300 points for every passenger of a groupParticipating resorts include Be Live Experience Hamaca Suites, Be Live Experience Hamaca Beach, Be Live Collection Canoa, Be Live Experience Hamaca Garden, Be Live Collection Marien, Be Live Collection Punta Cana, Be Live Experience Varadero, Be Live Experience Turquesa and Be Live Experience Las Morlas.For more details and full terms and conditions ACV asks agents to check their ACV & ME account. Agents can also visit aircanadavacations.com/agents.last_img read more