first_imgAll India Congress Committee’s Punjab in-charge Asha Kumari on Tuesday sought a report from the party’s State unit over the face-off between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu. Mr. Sidhu is under fire from his own party leaders after during electioneering he questioned as to why no FIR was lodged against the Badals for the desecration of religious texts in 2015. “We seek a report on every event, and in this issue too a report has been sought from the PCC,” Ms. Kumari said. She said the State party chief Sunil Jakhar, who is seeking re-election from Gurdaspur, will give the report once he is free from the election process after the declaration of the results.Captain Amarinder on Sunday had accused Mr. Sidhu of “damaging” the party in the State and suggested that he wanted to be the CM himself.Support for CM Meanwhile, more party leaders came out in support of the Chief Minister. “Amarinder Singh is an undisputed leader of Punjab. There are many facets to his personality,” said former Union Minister and party leader Manish Tewari. He praised Capt. Amarinder as a “protector of Punjab’s waters”, a writer, an able administrator who has a mass appeal. Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa also hit out at the Local Bodies Minister, saying, “Making such a statement during elections meant directly helping the Badals.” He added that Mr. Sidhu should know that it was Amarinder Singh who fought against the Badals and ensured the Congress victory in the 2017 Assembly polls. “In the 2017 Assembly polls, the Congress came to power in Punjab with an overwhelming majority as people voted in Amarinder Singh’s name. The party high command is with the Chief Minister. Our party has never tolerated indiscipline,” Mr. Randhawa said.Mr. Randhawa also alleged that when Mr. Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur, was a BJP MLA, she never spoke on the desecration issue.‘Unease in ranks’ Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, who is the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar, took a jibe at the Congress, saying, “All along the campaign, one could sense unease in their ranks.” “Now the cat is out of the bag,” he tweeted.last_img read more


first_imgNew Zealand will bank heavily on reverse swing to emerge from the trial by spin that awaits them in the Test series in India, coach Mike Hesson said on Tuesday.Last time they hosted a team, India rolled out turning tracks and flexed their spin muscles to crush South Africa 3-0 in the four-Test series last year.Kane Williamson and his men can look forward to a similar treatment in the three-Test series beginning in Kanpur on Sept. 22 but Hesson sounded upbeat. (Also read: Stuart Binny, Shardul Thakur dropped from India’s Test squad vs New Zealand)”It’s a huge component of playing cricket overseas,” the bespectacled coach told reporters.”On surfaces that aren’t responsive in terms of seam movement, and they are abrasive and they lose their shine very quickly, you need to find another way.”Hence overseas teams are pretty keen to find ways to get the ball to reverse, obviously in a legitimate fashion.”Hesson conceded it would be a different ball game for his side, literally. “The challenge for us is firstly adjusting to the different ball,” he said. “The SG balls (to be used for the series) can be different to what we have been operating with, the Kookaburra.”New Zealand have picked three spinners – Mark Craig, Mitchell Santner and Indian-born Ish Sodhi – in their squad and Hesson said they could prove quite a handful on the turning tracks.”All three… are keen learners of the game and certainly we’re going to put a lot of faith in them in the coming weeks.”advertisementCaptain Williamson was confident his team would prove equal to the task against the world’s second-ranked Test team.”It’s a tough place to play, particularly in recent years,” said the 26-year-old who will need to lead from the front with the bat if they are to succeed in the series.”The pitches have been very tricky and you throw in world class spinners, the challenge is very tough. (Also read: Adapting quickly to Indian conditions will be key for New Zealand: Ish Sodhi to India Today)”At the same time, we see it as a very exciting opportunity… You want to be playing the best in their backyard and the guys are excited and looking forward to the challenge.”PINK BALL TEST SHELVED The series, which also includes matches in Kolkata and Indore, was to feature the first day-night Test in India before the proposal was shelved.”There’s no doubt that the pink-ball Test was discussed,” said Hesson, whose team played the first ever day-night Test against Australia at Adelaide in November, 2015.”Having played one, we were obviously quite happy to play one but for some reason, it was deemed not appropriate. Certainly was not something that came from our camp.”last_img read more


first_imgStory Highlights He further proposed that incentives, such as expungement of records, should be facilitated in “appropriate circumstances”.For her part, Government Senator, Saphire Longmore, said the Act will engender restoration of faith in the justice system, as “when cases languish, individuals suffer, families suffer, communities suffer and the nation suffers”.In his contribution, Leader of Opposition Business, Mark Golding, said the Act will serve as a tool to law-enforcement officers in fighting organised crime.Mr. Golding used the United States as an example where, he says, 90 per cent of cases are dealt with using plea bargaining, and less than 10 per cent of the cases go to trial.He said the Act will encourage persons to admit guilt with the hope of receiving a lesser sentence.However, he argued that other mechanisms to support the justice system need to be put in place to ensure that persons may admit guilt.“Unless we have that in place, plea bargaining won’t be as attractive an option for an accused person, because if persons can take their chances with a system fraught with delay, then why are they going to enter into a plea and face the assurance of some time, as opposed to the possibility of getting off scot-free if the case can be dragged on for years and years,” he said.The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with 11 amendments.Debate on the Bill was suspended until a date to be determined. Debate on the Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, which provides for a system of plea bargaining for persons who commit crimes, was suspended in the Senate on Friday, May 26.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, explained that this was due to concerns raised by Senators on certain sections of the Bill.“There are suggestions that we will take on board and suggestions that we are not likely to take on board. There are several matters that can be cleared up, and, I think, in the interest of justice and, of course, the best Bill possible emanating from this Senate, I am proposing to close this debate,” she said.She said the wide-ranging debate focuses on how systemic issues can be addressed with the criminal justice system.“The Bill seeks to implement, it seeks to find a balance, it seeks to include the voice of the victim, it seeks to ensure that an attorney is provided and, if not, that the person is recommended to legal aid,” the Minister said.The Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017 is intended to give accused persons the opportunity to offer a guilty plea in exchange for a lighter sentence.Piloting the Bill, Senator Johnson Smith, who is also Leader of Government Business, said the Act will serve as a measure to assist in the delivery of justice in a timely manner.She added that the legislation will assist in reducing the backlog of cases in the nation’s courts.Supporting the Bill, Government Senator, Charles Sinclair, proposed that an education campaign be undertaken so that Jamaicans can be educated on the benefits of the Act, adding that they will have a greater appreciation for it once they are informed. Debate on the Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, which provides for a system of plea bargaining for persons who commit crimes, was suspended in the Senate on Friday, May 26.center_img The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with 11 amendments. Piloting the Bill, Senator Johnson Smith, who is also Leader of Government Business, said the Act will serve as a measure to assist in the delivery of justice in a timely manner.last_img read more


first_imgHan Geng, the singer, dancer and actor known as ‘the most influential male celebrity in China’ delivered last Saturday a speech that motivated the new generation of aspiring Chinese business leaders.Han Geng at LSBF Hope EventCredit/Copyright: LSBFHundreds of fans were inspired by the words of one of the most famous and influential Chinese men of our time. The event was hosted in support of the LSBF HOPE Foundation, a charity which aims to give young people the chance to achieve their dreams and career goals.Known as “King of Popularity” and having won the MTV’s EMA ‘Best Worldwide Act’, Han Geng is one of the most influential artists in China. During his speech, Han Geng showed how his way to the top was a story of struggle, fighting and striving to succeed overseas. His fans were able to discover the “man behind the success” and be inspired by Han Geng’s story.The event was hosted at the Westminster Central Hall, one of the most impressive venues in London. Before Han Geng’s speech, the audience had the chance to listen to the Director at LSBF School of English, Fay Drewry, who spoke about the challenges of studying and living in a foreign country, and the importance that English plays in the world today. The audience also watched a fashion show with the creations of students from the London College of Contemporary Arts and from the School of Fashion and Design London.Han Geng was received at the stage by LSBF’s Rector and CEO, Professor Maurits Van Rooijen, who presented him with an Award of Appreciation for his support to the LSBF HOPE cause.Members of the LSBF Board were at the event giving students the chance to learn more on how investing in education can help them to achieve more and take their careers further.The entire amount raised with donations at the event will be reverted to LSBF HOPE Foundation, which will be used for investing in charity schools in China.If you would like to learn more about how to develop you career with LSBF, click here.last_img read more