Protests against police brutality continue coast to coast

first_imgDemonstrations to protest racist police killings and to assert “Black Lives Matter” have continued strong throughout the United States since the Dec. 13 national march in Washington, D.C., and the massive march in New York the same day. Protests have taken place in many other cities and towns, large and small.Walkouts, die-ins, road closures, traffic stoppages, town hall meetings, rallies and other forms of protest have occurred daily across the country. Here are reports from Workers World activists in several cities.Facing down criminal copsIn New York City, hundreds of anti-racist protesters confronted a small group of pro-New York Police Department demonstrators on Dec. 19 in front of City Hall.  Built as a “#BlueLivesMatter” demonstration, the mainly white, male racists wore T-shirts with the slogan “I Can Breathe.” That was a racist slap in the face to 43-year-old Eric Garner, whose last words — “I can’t breathe” — were heard repeatedly by millions on videotape before he died after being put in a chokehold by cops in Staten Island on July 17. A grand jury refused to indict the police who killed him.The multinational, youthful counterdemonstrators got right in the faces of the racists, separated by a barricade, chanting “Eric Garner, Michael Brown, shut it down, shut it down!” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” as well as “Black lives matter!” They then took to the streets of lower Manhattan and blocked traffic for at least another hour.The Peoples Power Assembly released a national statement with hundreds of signers denouncing the pro-cop demonstration. It read in part:“Callously called ‘Thank you NYPD,’ this provocative demonstration is insulting and disrespectful to families who have lost loved ones to police murders and people who have survived police brutality. In fact, also on Dec. 19, at the same time, only blocks away from this pro-police brutality rally, the family of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham — murdered in his Bronx home by NYPD Officer Richard Haste on Feb. 2, 2012 — will be holding a rally to demand that the Department of Justice convene a grand jury hearing for his case.“We believe this pro-police demonstration is cause of great concern to millions of people across the country who have been in the streets protesting against racism, white supremacy and police violence. After all, it is not police officers who are shot down every 28 hours in the U.S. But this alarming statistic is the daily reality for Black people in the United States.“We believe this pro-police brutality mobilization is a dangerous threat to communities of color already under attack due to police occupation. We see this mobilization of largely armed off-duty and plainclothes police and their supporters as an effort to whip up violence against people who have peacefully mobilized in the streets for the past several months all across the country.” To read the entire statement, go to peoplespower.net.Demonstrators in downtown Buffalo,  N.Y., defied bitter cold to deliver anti-racist demands to the Department of Justice on Dec. 19. They then marched to a rally at City Hall, to the County Holding Center (jail), and finally took their protest to police headquarters. In the process they held up rush-hour traffic at a main highway intersection. This “Black Lives Matter” event was initiated by the Buffalo AntiRacist Coalition.Die-ins and Town Hall meetingA number of lawyers and their supporters staged a die-in Dec. 17 inside the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center in solidarity with Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other victims of police killings. Afterwards, eighth-grade African-American students from Sankofa Freedom Academy held their own die-in outside the injustice center. The protests ended two blocks away with another die-in at the hated statue of Frank Rizzo, infamous for his brutally racist treatment of Black community members during his terms as police commissioner (1968-1971) and mayor (1972-1980).The Ferguson to Philly Emergency Response Network (#Ferguson PHL) held its second town hall meeting Dec. 16 at Calvary Church in west Philadelphia. More than 400 people turned up for what became a second Peoples Power Assembly.The meeting, larger than the one held Dec. 2 immediately after the verdict from Ferguson was announced, was a serious planning and coordinating vehicle for upcoming protests and beyond. It is impossible to list the many upcoming protests announced at the meeting. Of note was the enthusiasm to have more community-based events.The gathering was attended by students from area colleges who have provided leadership roles in Ferguson and New York response actions. Lawyers holding the Dec. 17 die-in stopped by to announce their plans. Members of the Philadelphia Student Union also announced a die-in for Dec. 18 outside the next School Reform Commission hearing.A key proposal was a call for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Action, Resistance and Empowerment (#) with a citywide, if not regional, march and rally to reclaim King’s legacy of resistance and struggle.‘We can march all night long!’In Atlanta on Dec. 15, more than 125 people gathered at Underground Atlanta and marched on Peachtree Street behind letters in lights spelling out “Black Lives Matter.” Upon reaching the Fox Theater, a die-in was held in front of an expansive entryway where a holiday concert featuring Christian music singer, Amy Grant, brought out a largely white suburban audience. The protesters repeated the last words of Eric Garner, “I can’t breathe,” 11 times.With a front row of demonstrators holding the illuminated letters, the theater was blockaded for more than a half hour. Police cars with blue lights flashing shut down traffic on the city’s main corridor.The largely youthful crowd took all lanes on Peachtree Street as they marched back to their starting point. One of their chants was “We’re young, we’re strong, we can march all night long!” The demonstration was organized by the Gen Y Project and supported by many other groups, including Workers World Party and the International Action Center.Protest in mostly white suburbAn anti-racist demonstration was held in Royal Oak, Mich., a majority-white suburb outside Detroit, on Dec. 19. An African-American woman had been chased by a white motorist after being falsely accused of a home invasion. She happened to be at the wrong address and did not enter the property. After flagging down the Royal Oak police, the woman was treated as a criminal but later released.Demonstrators from the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, the Detroit chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and others picketed outside the Royal Oak Police Department.Demonstrators said the situation could have resulted in a Renisha McBride scenario. McBride, just 19, was shot and killed by homeowner Theodore Wafer in 2013 after she knocked on his door in Dearborn Heights, Mich., seeking help after an auto accident. Wafer said he thought she was an intruder. A jury convicted and sentenced Wafer for second-degree murder.When Royal Oak Chief of Police Corrigan P. O’Donohue and the city manager showed up, they told demonstrators no racial profiling was involved. They left after protesters did not accept their explanations.‘Black lives on our mind!’In Madison and Milwaukee, Wis., hundreds of Black and Brown youth and their allies have taken part in die-ins, protests at jails and street protests. Wisconsin resembles an apartheid state for those of African descent, having the highest incarceration rate of Blacks in the U.S. and numerous murders of Black people by police. On Dec. 14, hundreds of students marched, chanting, “Finals on your mind, Black lives on mine!” at University of Wisconsin-Madison and staged a die-in at the undergraduate library.In Milwaukee a die-in took place at Marquette University on Dec. 8. The next day, protesters staged a rally and die-in in front of District Attorney John Chisholm’s house to demand he charge Christopher Manney, the cop who killed Dontre Hamilton on April 30. “The blood is at the doorsteps of the district attorney’s office,” said Nate Hamilton, Dontre’s brother, as he and supporters lay in the street in front of Chisholm’s home.The Coalition for Justice sponsored a rally Dec. 9 at Red Arrow Park, the site of Hamilton’s murder. Protesters faced off against dozens of police and occupied City Hall for hours, demanding that Mayor Tom Barrett meet with the Hamilton family, which he did the next day.As part of the national day of actions, the coalition sponsored another rally Dec. 13 at Red Arrow Park. A “People of Faith Standing Together” rally at Red Arrow Park and a protest at the police “Safety Building” took place Dec. 14. For information about ongoing protests in Wisconsin, visit “justicefordontre” on Facebook and wibailoutpeople.org. Locking down the copsThe Oakland, Calif., Police Department was surrounded and locked down on Dec. 15 in the middle of rush-hour traffic. Protesters — organized by the Blackout Collective, Black Lives Matter and Black Brunch — had locked themselves across the OPD front doors and across the 7th Street and Broadway intersection at the north side of the OPD, and blocked the 6th Street and Broadway intersection and the freeway ramp at the south side of the building. The U.S. flag on the OPD flagpole in front of the building was replaced with a beautiful flag featuring the faces of victims of racist killings: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Renisha McBride and Alex Nieto.All the while a strong and vocal contingent of militant Black organizers, dressed all in black, rallied at the doors, leading chants, singing protest songs and raising their fists in the air in the Black Power salute. A group of Asian activists locked down one of the OPD doors, holding a banner signed “#Asians 4 Black Lives.” The other door was locked down by white activists with a banner reading “White Silence Is Violence.”All this was accomplished in an atmosphere where for the last several years the OPD has used lines of riot-gear-equipped police to keep any protest march at least a block away from the building. The protesters tried to keep the blockade up for at least four hours and 28 minutes — four hours for the time Michael Brown’s body lay in the street after he was killed and 28 minutes for Black and Brown lives lost every 28 hours to violence at the hands of police and vigilantes, based on a study by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.A large number of the protesters were eventually arrested, with many having to be sawed out of the lockdown equipment by the Oakland Fire Department. Most were cited and released.Mollie Costello, from the Alan Blueford Center for Justice, was part of the contingent that rallied at the OPD doors, leading the chants and songs. WW asked her about the importance of this action: “There has been sustained action, and that is part of the significance. I think a lot about history and where we’re going. As a direct descendant of slaves, I think about a famous abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, who said ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and it never will.’ After the slaves were freed, were we really free? My father is the first generation who wasn’t a sharecropper. But now, just trying to struggle in America and in Black America in a capitalist system, did we really get free?”In Seattle, some 400 demonstrators, inspired by the stand of many Black athletes, held a high visibility “Black Lives Matter” protest on Dec. 14 outside the professional football game of the Seattle Seahawks versus San Francisco 49ers. The protest at Century Link Field shook up some of the high-income people going in and attracted a lot of interest. More protests are planned.Abayomi Azikiwe, Ellie Dorritie, Terri Kay, Dianne Mathiowetz, Jim McMahan, Milwaukee WW Bureau, Monica Moorehead, Betsey Piette and Joseph Piette contributed to this roundup.Photos: Monica Moorehead in New York; Abayomi Azikiwe in Michigan; Blackout Collective in Oakland, Calif.; Joseph Piette in Philadelphia; Coalition for Justice in Milwaukee; Ellie Dorritie in Buffalo, N.Y.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

3 Criminal Cases Against MLAs Withdrawn After December 1, 2020 – State Govt Tells Karnataka High Court

first_imgNews Updates3 Criminal Cases Against MLAs Withdrawn After December 1, 2020 – State Govt Tells Karnataka High Court Mustafa Plumber23 Feb 2021 6:23 AMShare This – xThe State Government on Tuesday informed the Karnataka High Court that after the order of the court dated December 1, 2020, a total of three cases against elected Representatives and Ministers were withdrawn. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum was informed by the government advocate that “After December 1, only three prosecutions have…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe State Government on Tuesday informed the Karnataka High Court that after the order of the court dated December 1, 2020, a total of three cases against elected Representatives and Ministers were withdrawn. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum was informed by the government advocate that “After December 1, only three prosecutions have been withdrawn, the details of which will be placed on record.” It added “A copy of the order of this court dated December 1, 2020 was forwarded by the Department of Prosecution along with a circular to all concerned divisions and through concerned divisions the circular and copy of order was sent to all concerned public prosecutors.” The court in its order datedDecember 1, 2020, while hearing a petition filed by People Union of Civil Liberties, Karnataka, had observed that Public Prosecutors have to independently apply their mind regarding the filing of withdrawal applications and should not mechanically act on the government instructions. The High Court had also directed the serving of the copy of the order to all Public Prosecutors to make them aware of the correct legal position. During the hearing today the government advocate submitted that of the three cases withdrawn after the December 1 order of the court, two were allowed to be withdrawn by the court on December 10 and one on December 15. The advocate said “Thereafter no cases have been withdrawn. As subsequently orders are issued by lordships staying implementation of orders of the government.” Recently, the court had taken cognisance of the news report published in ‘The Indian Express’ stating that even before the December 21 stay order of the High Court, many courts in Karnataka had allowed the withdrawal of as many as 21 cases related to communal violence. “As many as 21 cases involving communal violence and violence in the course of cow protection were dropped by courts in Karnataka between October and December last year, based on an August 31, 2020 order by the government The beneficiaries were the BJP MP from Mysuru Prathap Simha, 206 members of Hindu groups, and 106 Muslims”, the Express report stated. The news report added that the criminal cases were dropped ahead of a December 21, 2020, order of the Karnataka High Court. On going through the report, the bench had said : “The State Government will place on record the details of the cases, in which the applications under Section 321 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 were made in relation to cases covered by the order dated 31st August 2020. The details of applications made from December 1 2020, shall be placed on record while placing the details on record state will inform whether the public prosecutors who filed the applications from December 1, were provided with a copy of order dated December 1.” Following the statement made by the Government, the court granted time to the state government to comply with the order dated December 1, and to file a statement of objections to the petition by March 26. It may be noted that on December 21, 2020 the division bench had ordered that no further proceedings should be taken on the basis of the August 31, 2020 decision by which it had decided to withdraw 61 cases against legislators. The plea challenging the August 31 order wherein the Government has granted permission for the withdrawal of prosecution of the 61 cases, under the section 321 of Code of Criminal Procedure As per the plea, the cases being withdrawn include against the state’s Law Minister JC Madhuswamy, Tourism Minister CT Ravi and Agriculture Minister B C Patil. A case from 2017 against Hospete MLA Anand Singh is also sought to be withdrawn. Advocate Clifton D’ Rozario, appearing for the petitioners, had argued that the decision was against the rule of law. The matter will be next heard on March 30.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

An Artist Emerges: Debra Markowitz’s Creative Path to Books, Film & LIIFE

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When it was time for Debra Markowitz to decide a college major, she hesitated before choosing business. She even enrolled at first as a drama major, but dropped it quickly. A business degree was sensible. Career choices would be plentiful. Besides, she had a talent for it.She buried the part of her that longed to study creative writing. Although she’d been writing since she was 6 years old, when she’d penned her first book, a creative life just didn’t seem practical. It was a pie-in-the-sky fantasy, and not something she was willing to bet her future on.It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Debra studied business, but life had other plans for her.Her business degree landed her in the Nassau County Department of Commerce and Industry 26 years ago. There, she recognized an opportunity to develop the stunning landscape in Nassau County into a moneymaker for the county: by creating a Nassau County Film Office. Being so close to Manhattan was a boon for filmmakers who craved a wider swath of locations to choose from. Markowitz got to work streamlining the permit process to make it faster and easier to film television shows, movies, and commercials right here.Almost from day one, it was a success.“We have the most production days out of any county, all of the boroughs, except Manhattan,” Markowitz tells the Press. “If we’re tracking 750, there are probably 2,000.”Nickerson Beach, Point Lookout, Eisenhower Park, the Nassau County Executive building and the historic and opulent Gold Coast mansions are popular spots for filmmakers. Yet so are Long Beach Memorial Hospital and Nassau County Correctional Center. Thus, it can be difficult to get clearance to shoot at these extremely sought-after locations. Markowitz has been instrumental in cutting through the red tape. You can catch some of these locales on Sports Network, Royal Pains, The Good Life, Police State and Running Wild.This close proximity to the film industry brought Markowitz on a head-on collision course with her dream of a creative life.Seventeen years ago, the Long Island Film and Television Foundation approached Markowitz at the Nassau County Film Office about creating a film expo. In just 12 weeks, 50 films were screened at the Malverne Cinema. Kicked off with Long Island celebrities including Steve Buscemi, Kelly Rutherford, Karen Allen and Oleg Cassini, the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) was born.The acclaimed film festival has grown exponentially every year since. Presently in its 17th season, when it opens July 9 at Bellmore Movies it will host 158 independent films from Long Island, across the country, and around the world, including the Philippines, France, Russia, Arab Emirates, Australia, Italy and Spain, to name a few. The LIIFE has partnered with the Long Island Rail Road to give filmgoers staying in Manhattan direct access to downtown Bellmore, where the train stops. They frequent the restaurants and shops, scout locations here on Long Island, and quite simply, fall in love. The festival runs through July 17.“Besides the cultural aspect, they drop a lot of money here,” says Markowitz, 56, a lifelong North Merrick resident. “It’s great for economic development here.”Debra Markowitz, in action on the set of her zombie comedy The Last Taxi Driver, which she wrote, directed, produced and was also its casting director.That’s the business side talking. The creative side has become deeply immersed in the film industry: from casting films to producing and directing to writing. Since 2001, Markowitz has felt free to indulge her creative life.She was on vacation in Montauk with her children when an idea for a novel revealed itself to her, fully formed. That night, after she put her children to bed, she felt compelled to write the idea down. That compulsion returned every night thereafter until her first historical fiction novel, Naked in the Rain, was completed. It inspired such a devoted following that she was inspired to write a sequel to quench her readers’ curiosity about the fate of the characters.And she hasn’t stopped writing since. From novels and novellas to ghost writing and finally to screenwriting, Markowitz spoke of how her nights and weekends are taken up by her creative projects these days.“Most people relax,” she sighs. “I make movies.”Her first attempt at a screenplay was inspired by a silly story she imagined while she was taking a walk with her boyfriend. True to form, she put pen to paper and created her first script, even though she’d never written anything like that before. A comedy about zombies, The Last Taxi Driver was met with high praise from everyone she dared to show it to. This February, after a grueling three-day outdoor shoot that saw six different weather patterns, filming was completed on her screenplay debut, starring Robert Clohessy from Blue Bloods and Emily Jackson of TV’s Fringe.The elation of that film inspired Markowitz to keep going. After the essence of a film came to her in a dream, Markowitz wrote Leaving, an emotional exploration of the human spirit.Markowitz noted that at different points during the shoot, nearly everyone on set—from the cast to the crew—broke down in tears.“This film affected everybody differently,” she says. “But it affected everyone deeply.”It’s safe to say that Markowitz is no longer all business. She has reconciled the two parts of who she is to reveal her complete picture: an artist.The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) kicks off its 17th season July 9 and runs through July 17 at Bellmore Movies at 222 Pettit Avenue in Bellmore. Go to longislandfilm.com for a complete schedule of films, panels and events.last_img read more

Etisalat U-15 School Cup Enters S’Final Stage

first_imgThe on-going National Finals of the season three of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup has entered the semi-final stage with the four qualified teams set to battle for the two tickets to the final to be played tomorrow at Campos Square, Lagos.The four semi-finalists include the school teams representing the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Enugu, Kwara and Enugu states.The Kwara team represented by Socrates Secondary School, Ilorin andFOSLA Academy representing the FCT capped their impressive run in the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Kwara to top the group with nine points while Kwara takes up the second spot.In the second group, Oyo leads with nine points followed by Enugu with six points from three matches. In the first semi-final match to be decided at the Digital Bridge Institute Stadium, Oshodi, FOSLA Academy of the FCT will come up against New Layout Secondary School, Enugu while Oyo takes on Kwara in the second semi-final match.The national champion of the 2016 edition will receive the Champions Trophy and a cash prize of N2 million educational award while its players will go home with N50,000 each. The second-placed team will go home with N1 million with the players pocketing extra N30,000 each while the third-place winner will have the sum of N750,000.00 for its efforts with its players receiving N20,000.00 each.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

17 days agoAgent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Everton

first_imgAgent of Marco Silva confident he can be successful at Evertonby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Everton boss Marco Silva remains confident he can be successful at Goodison Park.Everton currently occupy a position in the relegation zone following defeat to Burnley on Saturday and Newcastle United’s victory over Manchester United the following day. Carlos Goncalves told Record: “Any coach depends on the results. “We signed a three-year contract and football, with the entry of investors, makes us want immediate success, when success is actually built gradually.”The English coaches, who [managed] 10-15 years at the same club, disappeared.”Goncalves also opened up on Silva’s original move to Hull City in 2017.”Marco always had that ambition and hence took the risk, gambled in January and went to the condemned Hull City,” he added.”The club eventually were relegated but the work he did was unanimously well received. So he had four invitations to stay in the Premier League and moved to Watford.”I think all coaches have this ambition, because it is the most competitive championship in the world and where the best are.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Fort Motors building being demolished

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It’s officially the end of an era in Fort St. John after WL Construction crews began demolishing the old Fort Motors building on 100th Street this morning.Fort Motors was founded at the corner of 100th Street and 96th Ave. by Wally and Opal Gentles on January 2nd, 1961. The couple’s son Brian purchased the Ford dealership from his parents in 1993, and oversaw its move to its present location on Alaska Road in 2006. Since then, Gentles has allowed area non-profit organizations to use the vacant building for anything from storage to dance lessons. Though he sold Fort Motors in 2016, Gentles still owns the lot where the dealership stood for 45 years. He said that the building is now past its useful lifespan, and has decided to knock the building down in order to start the environmental cleanup of the lot.  Gentles said that from the time the backhoe first hit the building, it only took 45 minutes to reduce it to a pike of rubble. He added that the full cleanup will likely take at least several days as the building’s material is sorted and properly disposed of.According to Gentles, the vast majority of the environmental reclamation will need to be done to address contamination from a gas station that used to sit on the lot. He explained that though the fuel tanks were removed some years ago, the site will still need to be cleaned up before any new development can be done.Gentles added that he doesn’t have any future plans to develop the site and that has hasn’t gotten any offers to buy the property, but that he won’t likely be responsible for getting the site developed.last_img read more

Literacy Society signs on as Dolly Partons Imagination Library regional affiliate

first_imgKalman spoke about the Society’s partnership with the Imagination Library during her pitch to the 100 Women Who Care in Fort St. John at the Lido Theatre on Tuesday evening.Though it didn’t win the plurality of votes at last night’s event, Kalman said that the Society currently has a goal of raising the estimated $12,500 cost of providing the program for one year.Kalman said during her presentation that there are an estimated 1,835 children between the ages of 0-5 in the Fort St. John area.She explained that a $50 donation can allow the Society to provide one local child with a book every month for an entire year.Kalman said that the next big event for the Literacy Society is the New Year’s Eve Party at the Pomeroy Hotel, which the Society will be hosting for the first time this year.Tickets for the event go on sale on October 1st and are available at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, as well as on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fort-st-john-literacy-societys-new-years-eve-party-tickets-49218491834 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Literacy Society says that it has partnered with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to become the Library’s regional affiliate in the Energetic City.Executive director Jessica Kalman said that the Literacy Society’s official partnership with the Imagination Library began on September 1st, and the Foundation is now accepting donations in anticipation opening up enrollments by next month.Country singer Dolly Parton started the Dollywood Foundation in 1986, and in 1995 the Imagination Library program was launched. The program provides enrolled children with a carefully-selected book every month until they turn 5, regardless of income. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Fort St. John Literacy Society’s website or Facebook page.last_img read more

China Net czar jailed 14 years for graft

first_imgBeijing: China’s former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on corruption charges. The Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern city of Ningbo said Lu Wei had confessed to accepting 32 million yuan ($4.6 million) in bribes, expressed remorse and would not appeal his sentence. Lu helped lead the ruling Communist Party’s tightening of control over domestic cyberspace and championed Beijing’s position that governments have a right to filter and censor their countries’ internet. China has 700 million people online, but heavily censors content, especially that of a political nature, along with sites related to gambling and pornography. Social media sites such as Facebook and Google are also blocked.last_img read more

BJP renominates sitting MPs in 4 Delhi LS seats

first_imgNEW DELHI: Putting a full stop to all speculation, the BJP on Sunday released names of candidates in four Lok Sabha seats in Delhi and all the four are sitting MPs — Dr Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari from North-East, Pravesh Verma from West Delhi and Ramesh Bidhuri from South Delhi. Sources in the party said that the other seats will be out soon and the party is waiting for the list of Congress candidates, after which it will take the final call. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDr Harsh Vardhan is the incumbent Union science & technology and environment minister. Last time he got 44.58 per cent votes followed by AAP’s Ashutosh (30.71 per cent) and Congress party’s Kapil Sibal (17.94 per cent). AAP has nominated Pankaj Gupta this time and according to sources, Congress may field Delhi unit chief and former CM Shiela Dikshit. From North-East Delhi the BJP has announed the name of its Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari, a star campaigner of the party. Last time Tiwari got 45.25 per cent vote followed by AAP’s Anand Kumar (34.31 per cent). This time AAP leader Dilip Pandey is fighting from this seat. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn the last election, BJP South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri got 45.17 per cent vote followed by AAP’s Col Devinder Sehrawat with 35.46 per cent and Congress party’s Ramesh Kumar who got 11 per cent vote. This time AAP’s young face Raghav Chadha is fighting from this seat. The BJP’s West Delhi candidate Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma is the son of late BJP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma. In the last election he got 48.30 per cent vote followed by AAP’s Jarnail Singh with 28 per cent and Congress party’s Mahabal Mishra with 14 per cent vote. This time AAP’s candidate from the seat is Balbir Singh Jakhar.last_img read more