first_imgGadchiroli encounter toll rises to 39 Gadchiroli encounter: Security forces had ‘precise’ info about Maoist location  A former senior Maoist from the Danda Karanya Special Zonal Committee, which is in-charge of Bastar and Gadchiroli, said, “The information could have come from the Maoists who recently surrendered and their contacts. I have never seen something like this in my 22 years as a Maoist. The cadres will not retaliate immediately,and will investigate and assess their strength before reacting.” A theory has surfaced, of the rebels being drugged through their meal.However, the Boriya villagers who helped the police in recovering the bodies from the river, ruled out this possibility. They said a Maoist camp was set up near the river and there was a long gun battle on April 22.In the second encounter in Jimalgatta on April 23, six Maoists were killed. Local sources said a senior member, Nandu, who was shown to have been killed in an encounter in Rajaram Khandla area on April 23, was seen with leaders Shrinu and Sainath on April 21. A question being raised is that Nandu and five other Maoists may have been caught during the Kasansur encounter and then taken to Rajaram Khandla forest and killed.Gatepalli villagers told Gadchiroli police that eight residents are missing after the encounter. “Eight families from Gatepalli informed that these eight people, including five women, had gone to attend the wedding in Kasansur. But another Gatepalli villager, who attended the wedding, informed us that they did not go there. We have identified 19 bodies and handed over 14 to relatives,” Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police, Abhinav Deshmukh said.  At 6 a.m. on April 22, when the Maoists were unguarded, bullets started raining from all sides and grenades were hurled. Some 64 C-60 commandos had sneaked in hours ago from the Chattisgarh side. Only some Maoists could retaliate, weakly. The police picked them out one by one and shot them dead. A police source said, Sainath used the weapons of other Maoists when he ran out of bullets, three times. But he could not withstand the heavy firing and grenades.Villagers in Boriya could hear the gunshots until 3 p.m. When the guns fell silent, the police saw that it was their biggest success in the five-decade-long history of Left Wing Extremism. A total 34 bodies of Maoists were recovered from the area. Along with a second encounter on April 23 in the same district, the loss to the extremists stands at 40 dead. No chance to surrender?The police claim they gave a chance to the Maoists to surrender and opened fire only in self-defence. This version appears to be at odds with the accounts of villagers. No one was spared, including women Maoists, who were bathing in the river or the injured who wanted to surrender. Those who survived the gun battle and grenade blasts were left with no option but to jump into the Indravati. Their bodies floated for two days before a local reporter spotted them and alerted the police. There were seventeen bodies floating and photos showed burn and bullet marks.Apparently, there was a tip-off from someone inside the dalam. The wedding at the centre of the operation did go ahead on April 22. Also Read It was a perfect ambush. So perfect that even the Maharashtra police special anti-Naxal Unit, the C-60, was surprised. Thirty-four Maoists were confirmed killed. And not a single policeman. Based on many accounts, here is how it apparently happened. On April 22, a wedding was scheduled in Kasansur village in Tadgoan under Bhamragad division of Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. The groom was from Kasansur and the bride from Gatepalli, the native village of Maoist leader Sainath who was in-charge of Perimili Dalam and the Divisional Committee member of the CPI (Maoist). The Maoists were coming to attend the wedding. For two weeks ahead, police had information that the dalams (a dalam has 10 to 15 Maoists) headed by Shrinu alias Srikant and Sainath were moving north from Kalled in Sironcha division of Gadchiroli. A week before the wedding, they were in Perimili area conducting a series of public meetings over the crisis arising from collapse of tendu leaf sale this year.On April 21 evening, the Maoists set up camp three kilometres from Boria village. They chose a difficult terrain near the Indravati river with a steep forested slope between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as a defence.Also Readlast_img read more


first_imgCongratulations to the following players for being selected as their team MVP at the 2004 Australia Cup in Melbourne. Congratulations also to those selected as the Player of the Final. TEAM MVP’S: Womens: ACT 23’s: Laura Elliot ACT: Kath Finn Victoria 23’s: Claire Atkinson Victoria: Brooke James Victoria 30’s: Sue McKenna NSW Country 23’s: Nicole Beck NSW Country: Jai Curry NSW Country Seniors: Debbie Potts EPTA Seniors: Brenda Williams SA: Tara Stanford Tasmania: Carolyn Reid Mens: ACT: Mark Moses Tasmania: Craig Holloway SA: Jeremy Smith Victoria 23’s: Lucas Robinson Victoria: Craig Hudleston Victoria 30’s: Angelo Cabansag EPTA Seniors: Clint Arnall NSW Country Seniors: Andre Andrews PLAYER OF THE FINAL: Mens: Damien Prendergast (ACT) ACT def Vic 6-4 Womens: Erin Hardes (NSW Open) NSW Open def NSW 23’s 8-2 A big thank you to all staff, referees, selectors, coaches, managers and players for their time at the Australia Cup. It has been a great tournament and the ATA would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication and time. Jon Pratt Australian Touch Associationlast_img read more


first_imgSolskjaer pleased for debutant Chong: He lifted Man Utd crowdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Tahith Chong lifted the home support in his debut for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading.Chong, 19, replaced Juan Mata in the 64th minute of United’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading to become the 229th academy graduate to make their first-team bow for the club.”He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young,” Solskjaer said. “You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.”But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway. And the game wasn’t won, it was 2-0 and was still go out there and perform. It’s not like it was 4-0 and it’s just a party, so he did well defensively as well and I think he’ll remember this for a long, long time.”He added: “The pleasing thing is we’re through and another clean sheet, 2-0 flatters us a bit because I think they played some great stuff, but then again we could have had three or four towards the end. The second goal was excellent with Alexis [Sanchez] getting Romelu [Lukaku] in, so individual quality managed to get us through, to be fair.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTubeWith the elimination of the Chicago Bulls from the NBA Playoffs, all signs point to the franchise parting ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Who will take over the historic franchise if the job opens up as expected? According to Yahoo Sports’ NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is the only coach on the Bulls’ list.“The job will be Fred Hoiberg’s if he wants it,” Wojnarowski said. “There’s not going to be any competition for him. Now, it’s conceivable that Fred Hoiberg decides to stay at Iowa State, but if they make a change and Tom Thibodeau is out, Fred Hoiberg is really the only candidate for this job from the Bulls perspective. But that doesn’t guarantee that he’s going to do it. I know he’s already had to give it thought because it’s real.The full interview with Wojnarowski is available at CBS Chicago.Last week, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard admitted that the NBA is likely in Hoiberg’s future.Jamie Pollard on Hoiberg/NBA rumors: “He has always said from Day 1 that his lifelong goal has been to coach in the NBA…” (1/2)— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015Pollard: “…It’s for him to decide when that part of his life he wants to activate.” (2/2)— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015I asked Jamie Pollard if he expected Fred Hoiberg to be his men’s basketball coach on Aug. 1: “I hope so.”— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015 Will the chance to coach Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Joakim Noah lead him out of Ames? We’ll probably find out pretty soon.[CBS Chicago]last_img read more


first_imgJourdan Lewis hangs on the rim after a dunk.Jourdan Lewis DunkMichigan senior cornerback Jourdan Lewis is known for his superb skills on the football field, but his athletic gifts also translate to the basketball court.While out in Oregon serving as a mentor at Nike’s The Opening, Lewis found some time to hit the hardwood. He posted a video to his Twitter this afternoon showing him throwing down a pretty legit dunk off a self alley-oop.Messin around s pic.twitter.com/h0ZwC688AG— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) July 9, 2016Not bad at all, especially considering Lewis is only 5-foot-10. [ 247Sports ]last_img read more


first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsAbout 70 people met Tuesday in Kuujjuaq to discuss the suicide crisis currently gripping Nunavik.Puvirnituq, one of Nunavik’s 14 communities, has been the hardest hit, with eleven people having taken their own lives since the beginning of 2018.Tunu Napartuk, the mayor of Kuujjuaq, opened the meeting with words that implored action.“We are talking about the same thing from ten years ago, we keep passing the buck. We need to break this wall, during today and tomorrow, how can we start breaking the wall?” said Napartuk in Inuktitut.Robert Watt, head commissioner of Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (the Nunavik school board) called this emergency meeting. Many of the Inuit who have died were high school students.“I believe we need to come out with a system, a system whereby all these organizations and all these service providers that have their own little way of trying to deal with suicide but we’re really not putting all these plans together so we have one plan, one plan that includes everybody’s input,” said Watt.The meeting took a long break at midday so participants could attend the funerals of two people who died of apparent suicide late last week.Napartuk emphasized the idea of not just preventing suicide, but promoting life by teaching the youth to be proud of being Inuit.“I am very proud to say the Inuit people were the only ones who can survive this harsh country before there was any modern electricity or vehicles, I think we have forgotten where we come from,” said Napartuk, who also lamented an excessive stoicism amongst Inuit.“We’re very good at hiding our pain. We’re very good at lying to ourselves.”If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts you can call:Canada Suicide Prevention Service | 1-833-456-4566Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line  | for Inuktitut speakers (from 7pm -midnight eastern standard time)Lucassie Iyaituq agrees. The 18 year old coordinator for the youth centre in Puvirnituq says he’s lost people close to him. He read aloud a statement he wrote for Inuit youth imploring them speak up and seek help.“You, I love you, no matter who you are, we need you, you have to help us, you have to stay with us, you are loved, please talk to anyone, social services, teachers, police officers, talk to your friends,” said Iyaituq in Inuktitut, before adding, “I’m hoping there will be action taken right away.”Wednesday the meetings will continue with a presentation by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, who will touch on the 2016 Inuit suicide prevention strategy and what needs to be done to make it more effective.Napartuk said the importance of getting things right is nothing short of a matter of life and death.“If not, we’re going to come back here in five years and talk about the same thing again.”tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more