Residents bemoan “deplorable” state of Coomacka access road

first_img… will shorten lifespan of 5B’s school bus – CDC ChairmanBy Utamu BelleResidents and community leaders of Coomacka Mines area, in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have bemoaned the deplorable state of the community’s main access road, as well as numerous internal road networks.A section of the Coomacka access roadThe state of an internal road at CoomackaDuring an interview with Guyana Times, Chairman of the Coomacka Development Council (CDC) and Regional Councillor, Dexter Harding, registered his concern over the deplorable state of the road, more so against the backdrop of the recently gifted 15-seat minibus under President Granger’s ‘Five Bs’ initiative which is used to transport students within the small farming community.Harding noted that the state of the roads may have damaging effects on the longevity of the school bus, while urging that necessary attention must be given. He said while he is in full support of the school bus to assist school children, he cannot run away from the fact that the Coomacka Mines access road is presently in a deplorable state.He remarked that it was even more appalling that the President, at the time of the handing over of the bus, had to be re-routed to an access road used by Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) to gain access into the community, given the state of the access road. Not only are residents of Coomacka affected as a result but Harding noted that nearby communities, such as Three Friends and Old England as well.“… As it relates to the discomfort, [of residents] months after months for the three villages [Coomacka, Three Friends, Old England] I would not agree with the region for leaving it in that state. I would call on the Mayor and the Region [Regional Democratic Council] to have immediate attention be placed on the road. The Public Infrastructure Ministry and the relevant authorities should place immediate emphasis on the road because the longevity, the sustainability of the bus would not last,” Harding said.He added that there are also issues with the bridge at Coomacka, since the contractor did “faulty” works and it is in the process of being repaired. Harding said over at the Three Friends area, the bridge had collapsed, adding that it is a route that the newly commissioned bus would have to take.“I’m asking the region to intervene in this situation because this bus would be traversing to pick up the children,” he said.Residents have complained that they are finding it difficult to gain access to their homes, as minibuses are abandoning the route, due to the state of the main access thoroughfare. Meanwhile, the issue of the bridge was discussed at a recent statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), where Councillor Sandra Adams had indicated that it should be fixed to accommodate students who will be utilising the bus.last_img read more

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CDC assessing flood-affected communities, 2 families relocated

first_imgRegion 9 Floods…several areas under waterWater levels continue to rise in several parts of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), along with the Ministries of Public Health and Public Infrastructure and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), is currently assessing flood-affected communities while monitoring the region’s level of preparedness.A team of high-level officials visited Karasabai in the South Pakaraimas on Saturday and evaluated the main access roads and the level of water at the Ireng and Takutu Rivers.Acting Director-General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, said it was observed that Central Karasabai and its environs are being threatened, with some of the villages having been cut off because of the level at which the bridges have submerged.Craig said the community of Aishalton is similarly impacted, and in other areas of the Deep South, the bridges are under water and accessing most of the communities is difficult.An assessment was also conducted in and around Central Rupununi, particularly in Lethem, where it was observed that the water level in the Takutu River has risen and residents in close proximity to the Tabatinga Creek are affected.Craig explained that several homes are under water, and thus far, two families have been relocated — one group is staying with family members, and the other is at a temporary shelter that was established by the Mayor and Town Council.“The CDC is continuing to work closely with the RDC to establish a needs list. What we have observed is that we need to have communication at all times with all of the communities in the event that the water level increases. We will need to communicate to determine what level of supplies they would need. We will also need to continue to check with the hospital, health post and health centres to ensure they have the maximum of supplies to deal with any water-related type of illnesses,” Craig said.The Director-General further noted that the CDC would continue to work with the RDC to determine if there would be need for long-term shelters, supplies, beddings, sheets, cots, food and cleaning agents.He also commended the RDC and the Council for responding promptly to the situation. He added that the main aim of the visit is to locate deficiencies in the region’s preparedness and response capability, and work towards enhancing those deficiencies.Over the past week, heavy rains have caused flooding in the South Pakaraimas, Deep South, and Central Rupununi areas. Alternative routes between communities from Katoonarib to Karaudarnauwa have been identified so that residents and vehicles can safely travel to their destinations.Annually, during the dry season, Rupununi suffers from drought, but that has been mitigated with the construction of reservoirs and the drilling of several wells. In the rainy season, waters from the mountains in the highland region enter creeks and streams, which lead to the rivers being unable to accommodate the large volume of water.Some rivers overflow their banks, which ultimately leads to the flooding of some villages and large swathes of savannah lands.last_img read more

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Thinking beyond downtown

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RISING real-estate costs in Echo Park play a minor role in the 2006 Sundance favorite “Quincea?era,” a convincing glimpse into a young Latina’s traditional induction into womanhood on her 15th birthday bash. Sadly, this role contributes to the death of the quincea?era’s elderly uncle, who was evicted from the house he thought was already his for almost 30 years. It’s a fact of life for many parts of Los Angeles: soaring real-estate prices amid widespread gentrification. Revitalized “downtowns” are springing up everywhere, quite naturally – calling into question city and county leaders’ urgent desire to create a spectacular downtown Los Angeles by way of the Grand Avenue project. Take, as just one example, Echo Park, which, despite its inner-city image, has become highly desirable because the area and its neighbor, Silver Lake, make up one of the hippest sections to party, kick it and live in Los Angeles. These areas are known to cruise not only on the festive reggaeton rhythms of cultural, socioeconomic and eclectic diversity, but, perhaps more so, because of their vibrant night life. Sunset Boulevard from Stadium Way in Echo Park to Hillhurst Avenue in Silver Lake is an energetic night-life stretch of crowded restaurants, busy beauty salons, sweaty taco stands, hectic liquor stores, chill-out straight and gay clubs and, of course, the unforgiving traffic jam. This is the kind of organic night life that the Grand Avenue project for downtown Los Angeles hopes to inspire: a bustling center after sundown and not a ghost town of well-lighted skyscrapers after everybody drives back home from work. But the project has a larger vision. It aims to answer the annoying perception from critics that, unlike London, Paris or New York, Los Angeles has no real downtown and, therefore, has no tangible and visible center that can be metaphorically elevated into the heart and soul of the city. Thus, the Grand Avenue project’s success almost singularly leans on the power of architecture to help reshape downtown L.A. to the ambitious tune of $2.05 billion – including $125 million in public subsidies – as approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council. The project planners hope, with high-rise condos, to encourage a generation of Los Angelenos to make downtown L.A. home. Thus, 200 of the 1,000 residential spaces in the project’s first phase are allotted for low-income residents. A 16-acre public park is also included in that phase. But in its entirety, the project includes structures for offices, cultural attractions, restaurants, shopping and other retail spaces. Still, even with that kind of massive change, it’s not clear that the project can make downtown more attractive to most L.A. residents. As county Supervisor Mike Antonovich told one reporter, “The desire for an iconic skyline – that’s just for aesthetics. That should be borne by a developer and not the taxpayers who reside in the entire county.” But the revitalization’s chief architect, Frank Gehry, elevates the idea behind the project into a critical urban necessity. “It’s not New York, it’s not Paris – it’s a different image, and we’re struggling to find it. You don’t have a downtown. This is an attempt to find one,” he has said. But why does our city have to search for one distinct downtown in the first place? Despite our new subway system, Los Angeles still is a car-dependent city. And because of its sprawling geography, Los Angeles is destined to have many distinct centers or corridors that we can readily consider downtowns. We have a “downtown L.A.” in the UCLA/Westwood Village area, the Third Street Promenade, Universal CityWalk, the Sunset Strip, uptown Whittier, the NoHo district, Chinatown, Koreatown and many others. Defined by their own local vibe and sensibility, these corridors are often situated on one or two major boulevards, like Sunset Boulevard from Echo Park to Silver Lake. Because of these distinct corridors, Los Angeles is often perceived as fragmented; but the issue is not about being a splintered city but rather about having a multidimensional cultural character, something beyond mere diversity. Certainly, other metropolitan cities share Los Angeles’ layered cultural identity but still have a distinct geographic center. But Los Angeles is unique, because it thrives on not having that center, resists being defined by one, and still feels centered in our collective pursuit of the American dream. Thus, it’s doubtful that the Grand Avenue project can create a definitive “downtown L.A.” But the project will no doubt add another downtown to our growing network of downtowns wired by bustling freeways, albeit one that is architecturally postmodern, shinier and a little bigger than the others. Michael Baradi is an information-studies graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. last_img read more

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Exclusive – Meulensteen: Man United should have promoted from within to replace Ferguson

first_imgFormer Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen believes the club were wrong to appoint David Moyes instead of turning to someone already at Old Trafford to lead the side into a new era after Sir Alex Ferguson.The Scot was effectively annointed by Ferguson as the new Red Devils manager last summer but did not last the season as the then Premier League champions finished a dismal seventh.Moyes was sacked with four games left of the season and Meulensteen claims United, who are now being led by Louis van Gaal, made a mistake in breaking the continuity and stability built up over 27 years by Ferguson.“Being there with him first hand, I always felt the biggest challenge for Manchester United was managing the time after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement,” Meulensteen told Sunday Exclusive.“There were only two ways about it – to bring in someone from outside, which they did with David Moyes, or to try and build it from within, which I personally thought would have been the better option.“Manchester United is such a unique club and SIr Alex Ferguson has been so important in building that uniqueness. There’s been a lot of continuity and stability which are the two main parts for any club to be successful.“That would have been the key to make sure you maintain that. You maintain that continuity, the stability and the philosophy that has run through the club for so many years.”Moyes took a bold approach after succeeding Ferguson by completely rejigging his backroom team, but it was a decision many questioned and, ultimately, it was one which backfired the former Everton chief.But Meulensteen, who spent six seasons as coach at Old Trafford, believes the legendary Scot could not have pre-empted just how far United would fall under his compatriot’s leadership.“He had 27 years at the club and he made it the biggest club in the world, a unique club and unique brand,” the Dutchman added. “I’m 100 per cent sure he will be very disappointed. He will be surprised. He honestly though David Moyes was the right man to step into it.“I don’t think he never ever anticipated that David Moyes would get rid of his backroom staff. I think that is where the core of the problems started.”last_img read more

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Inter star tracked, playmaker boost, Alexis Sanchez worry and more Arsenal news

first_imgArsenal, again, have some work to do on their squad over the summer.Finishing as runners-up to Leicester City, in reality, flattered the Gunners last season, who failed to mount a serious title-challenge in the second half of the campaign.Injuries and predictable question marks over the quality of some in Arsene Wenger’s team has left many believing much business is needed in the incoming transfer window.But who could Wenger be eyeing over the next few months? And could he face a struggle to keep one of his key players?Get up to date on the latest Arsenal transfer news by viewing the slideshow above. 2. Gunners monitoring Croatia and Inter Milan attacker Ivan Perisic? – Perisic, who scored the winning goal in Croatia’s 2-1 victory over Spain on Tuesday night, has attracted the interest of the Gunners. With the future of Theo Walcott uncertain, Arsene Wenger is reportedly after a winger. The Frenchman is said to be keen on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Riyad Mahrez, but Perisic could be a more realistic target. 5 3. Mario Gotze to be dropped from Bayern’s Champions League squad? – The future of Gotze has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months, with his playing time failing to improve at the Allianz Arena. Despite having a chance to impress a new manager in Carlo Ancelotti ahead of the new season, Bayern want to sell. Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim the Bundesliga giants are prepared to leave the Germany international out of their Champions League squad for next season in an attempt to encourage his exit. 5 5 5 4. Manchester City close to agreeing deal for Arsenal target Nolito? – Arsenal have been handed a blow in their pursuit of rumoured target Nolito. The striker has, according to Spanish television channel TV3, agreed personal terms on a three-year deal with Premier League rivals Manchester City. The Gunners reportedly tried to sign the Spaniard in January. With previous rumours of a bid for Jamie Vardy, a new forward could be a priority for Wenger this summer. 1. Juventus to offer player-plus-cash deal for Alexis Sanchez? Read all about this rumour below, then click the arrow above, right, to catch up on more Arsenal transfer gossip – With Real Madrid confirming Alvaro Morata’s buy-back clause has been activated, Juve are on the lookout for a replacement. And, according to Sky Sports Italia, Sanchez is the player wanted to fill the striker’s boots. The Serie A giants will reportedly draw on the Gunners’ struggle for silverware in an attempt to lure the Chile international to Turin, and could offer a £25m player-plus-cash deal. 5 5. Arsenal contact £7.7m-rated Brazilian left back Douglas Costa? – Arsenal, according to Brazilian outlet Hoje em Dia, have made contact with Atletico Mineiro over the availability of their left back. Costa only moved to Mineiro last summer, but his performances could see him move on quickly. He is said to be available for £7.7m. Barcelona are understood to also be interested, but haven’t been in touch, yet.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA U16 HURLERS OPEN LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WIHT A BANG

first_imgBUNCRANA CLG NOTES (26.06.2016)Well done to Donegal Seniors on their win against Monaghan and especially to our own Darach O’Connor and Caolan McGonigle who are part of the Donegal squad.U-16 Hurling News: The U16 hurlers opened their league campaign in convincing fashion with a win over neighbours Burt. Buncrana were in control of the game from the throw in, a combination of a tight defense and some well taken scores insured the opening win.On Thursday last Dungloe/Gweedore were visitors for round 2 of the league, Buncrana were up against a physical Rosses side but weren’t found wanting. The game was played atrocious weather conditions which didn’t help the standard of hurling, but another convincing win was recorded.This squad have started the league well and have a few players to come back from injury and competition for places will be fierce.This week is a landmark week for 4 of this squad as they head to Jordanstown, Belfast to take part in the Ulster elite hurling academy. Niall O Doherty, Oisin (roe) Doherty,John Vaughan and Arran Craig were selected. The management would like to wish the boys all the best, they will at the end of this process represent Ulster in an Inter Provincial against Connacht select.NEED YOUR HELP Folks….Here is a great opportunity for us to received much need gear for our underage…..and it’s you that can help….Here’s how it worksWith every €40 you spend with your real rewards card over the next 8 weeks you will received a voucher for the club of your choice (preferably Buncrana Gaa Club Og) drop this voucher into the box at the entrance to the toilets, if we manage to get 2000 vouchers we will all the mentioned gear FREE courtesy of our local Supervalu…..Please Start Collecting Folk Recycling BinBuncrana GAA has a recycle bin at The Scarvey. Anyone who wishes to place old clothes, shoes, curtains, towels etc… can do so. This helps raise funds for the club. Open for anyone to use.Bord Na nOgGaelic footballBoys & GirlsU6 Fundamentals Fridays at 6.30pmBoysU8 Boys Friday from 6.30pm – 7.30pmU10 Boys Friday from 6.45pm – 8.00pmU12 Boys Friday from 6.30pm – 8.00pmU14 Boys Friday from 7.00pm – 8.30pmU16 Boys Monday 7.00pm Girls:Reminder to everyone that our underage girls training has moved outdoors!U10s girls on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30pmU8s girls on Friday from 4:30 to 5:30pmU12, & U16 Girls on Monday 6.30pmU14 Girls Wednesday 4.00pmTraining in The Scarvey, Bring gum shield and water and €2 for training contribution.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA U16 HURLERS OPEN LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WIHT A BANG was last modified: July 4th, 2016 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:Buncrana GAA noteslast_img read more

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BOXING HERO JASON BACK HOME AS TWIN TOWNS GET READY TO PARTY

first_imgEUROPEAN Senior Boxing Champion Jason Quigley is back on Irish soil after arriving home at Dublin airport last night – to a sizeable crowd of family and friends who were there to greet him.There were incredible scenes at the arrivals halls as the ten-member Irish team returned home with two golds and two silvers – and one gold belonged to Donegal middleweight Jason.A Donegal homecoming party will be at 7pm at the Finn Valley Centre on Monday. Jason’s proud dad and coach Conor Quigley watched all his sons bouts on TV as he couldn’t get a visa in time to travel to Belarus.Jason has already won two golds at juniors and U-23 level – his win on Saturday completed a unique treble…the first by an Irish boxer.“He has become a triple European champion,” said dad Conor.Said Jason: “When the tricolour went up at the medal ceremony it was a very proud moment for me. “That was years of hard work; that started when I was a seven year old. It’s been a lot of hard work but it has really paid off.”Tommy Murphy, President of the IABA, hailed the performances of Team Ireland in Minsk.He said: “The Irish team have once again done Ireland proud against the very best. It isn’t even a year since we were welcoming home our team from the London Olympics.“This time we’ve taken home another four medals from another top tournament and tremendous credit must go to our boxers, coaching staff and everyone involved with the squad and the clubs and coaches up and down the country that put so much time and effort into our sport.“The Irish Amateur Boxing Association have put the structures in place that yielded the success we’ve seen in Belarus this week. Our teams are now the best prepared in the World when they go into competition. “We will be sending our women’s team to the European Union Championships in Hungary later this month and I would be confident that they will do well at that tournament.“Once again, congratulations to everyone involved for another fantastic tournament for our sport.”John Joe Nevin at Dublin Airport said: “All of the team gave it their all right through and that’s all you can ask for. I’m delighted to have won gold and the Best Boxer award.”Joe Hennigan, Irish Team Manager in Belarus, added: “The Irish team performed magnificently in Minsk. The European Championships is always and very competitive tournament and to take home four medals is a tremendous achievement by any standard.” Ireland finished in second spot in the rankings tables behind Russia at the tournament.Irish boxing has now claimed 52 medals, 15 of which were gold, from the men’s and women’s European Championships since 1939.The Donegal homecoming for Jason will be at the Finn Valley Centre at 7pm on Monday.Said Patsy McGonagle: “This is one of the greatest ever achievements by an Irish boxer and by a Donegal boxer and we’re all looking forward to welcoming Jason home.”BOXING HERO JASON BACK HOME AS TWIN TOWNS GET READY TO PARTY was last modified: June 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BOXING HERO JASON BACK HOME AS TWIN TOWNS GET READY TO PARTYlast_img read more

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Transport Minister vows to disqualify first-offenders and ‘morning after’ drink drivers

first_imgTransport Minister Shane Ross has vowed to adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards drink drivers, with “no exceptions”.This follows the tabling of Minister Ross’ Road Traffic Amendment Bill in the Dáil yesterday. The Bill suggests that anyone caught with between 50 and 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood should be automatically banned from driving.He says that ‘morning after’ drivers can still be impaired, and that this will not be tolerated. Moreover, even if it is someone’s first offense, they will still be banned for drink driving. “We cannot take any chances when it comes to alcohol when it comes to driving, we have to send out an absolutely clear message that there are no exceptions,” Minister Ross said on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.“If you are going to drive then you must not drink, it is as simple as that and if you make exceptions we’ll open the floodgates for people to think it’s okay to have one or two drinks and driving the next morning.”During the Dáil debate, he said that although the Road Traffic Act of 2010 “generally served us well”, tighter restrictions must be imposed.The TD says that there is an inconsistency with the way in which disqualifications are doled out. Minister Ross says that people are disqualified for driving dangerously, having no insurance, and parking dangerously – so why not for speeding? “Do we really mean to say that a person driving on a road while over the alcohol limit is less of an immediate danger to public safety than someone who is parking dangerously? Are they posing less of a danger to public safety than someone who has no insurance?”After peaking at 472 in 1997, the amount of road deaths in Ireland hit a historic low of 162 in 2012. Since then it has fluctuated. So far this year, 133 people have died on Irish roads. “That is still 133 too many,” says Minister Ross.According to the RSA, alcohol is a factor in over 1 in 3 road deaths (38%), based on coroners’ reports.Under current legislation, if a person is between 80 and 100 mg per 100 ml they get a six-month disqualification. If they are between 50 and 80 mg per 100 ml, they can choose to accept three penalty points.As it takes 12 penalty points for a six-month disqualification, someone could potentially drink drive (50 to 80mg per 100ml) FOUR times before facing any consequences.Minister Ross’ Bill instead proposes a three-month disqualification in place of a “relatively trivial” three penalty points.He explains: “This is a short period but it is a disqualification. It is short because it is in the lowest bracket of those over the alcohol limit. Anything less would simply say – as the law so regrettably does at present – that a little alcohol over the legal limit before driving is not a serious matter. “There have been those who claimed that this Bill will not save a single life. They could not be more wrong. To give an idea of the scale of the issue, in the years from 2012 to 2016 inclusive, 3,003 fixed-penalty notices issued to drink-drivers in the 51 mg to 80 mg alcohol concentration bracket. This is the number of people facing the prospect of penalty points instead of a disqualification.”He adds that the RSA has found that between 2008 and 2012 at least 35 people died in collisions where drivers had alcohol levels at between 21 mg and 80 mg. Of these, 16 were in the 50 mg to 80 mg range.“If we had taken drink-driving, even at what we call low levels, more seriously, these 16 people might be alive,” he says.In response to those who say the new bill will cripple people’s social lives in rural Ireland, Deputy Ross says that they are “missing the point”. “We want to save lives in rural Ireland… The fundamental mistake of those critics who say that this Bill will damage rural Ireland is that they are conflating two very different issues.“One is drink-driving, which is a public safety issue, and an issue on which I want to protect the public everywhere, in all areas, rural and urban. The other and entirely separate issue is the problem of social isolation in rural Ireland. These two issues are different and those who would treat them as one issue do a disservice to both.”“We talk of a need for culture change in regard to drink-driving, and rightly so. We cannot expect a change if the law itself does not step up to the mark,” concluded Minister Ross.Transport Minister vows to disqualify first-offenders and ‘morning after’ drink drivers was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:daildrink drivingminister rossroad traffic act 2010road traffic amendment billTransportlast_img read more

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Youths vandalise church, thrash worshippers

first_imgRaipur, Mar 6 (PTI) A group of about 15-20 youths sporting saffron bands on their forehead and allegedly belonging to right wing Hindu outfit Bajrang Dal today barged into a church on the citys outskirts while prayers were underway and vandalised the premises and thrashed those present. The president of Chhattisgarhs Christian Forum Arun Pannalal alleged that the slogan-shouting attackers belonged to Bajrang Dal and that women and an infant were also not spared while the police in the state capital remained tight-lipped on their identity. “Around 15-20 youths entered the church premises located at Kachna village while prayer was underway,” Raipur Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar told PTI.They allegedly damaged chairs, fans and other articles in the premises and even beat up the people present, he said.The accused were reportedly sporting saffron bands on their forehead, he said. They fled the spot when the police arrived, he added.Based on the victims complaint, a case has been registered under sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt), 295(injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 147(rioting) of the IPC, he said.Three motorcycles belonging to the accused were seized from the spot, he said, adding efforts are on to nab the miscreants. Pannalal claimed that todays incident was the fourth attack on a Christian place of worship in the past one month in the state.”Around 15-20 men with saffron bands on their forehead entered the church while Sunday prayer was under way at around 12 PM, and started vandalising the premises and started breaking everything,”Pannalal said and claimed that the “Bajrang Dal youth indulged in sloganeering and were raising Jai Shree Ram slogans”advertisement”They started damaging chairs and fans. They did not spare women and even tore up their clothes. They also thrashed an infant,” he said.The assailants were heard accusing that people were being converted in the church, he said.”A group of 40-50 people from downtrodden families in the village had set up the church under a tin shed, where they perform prayers every Sunday,” he said, refuting the conversion charge.He said, “We are thankful to the police that they reached immediately and took the necessary action.” PTI TKP SDL RJS GSN GSNlast_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-MI-BOARD 2 LAST

first_imgMumbai IndiansMumbai Indians Rohit Sharma b Nehra 5Parthiv Patel lbw b Kumar 0Amabti Rayudu c Williamson b Nehra 6Krunal Pandya c Dhawan b Sran 17Jos Buttler c Ojha b Nehra 2Kieron Pollard c Sran b Henriques11 Hardik Pandya c Ojha b M Rahman7 Harbhajan Singh not out 21Tim Southee c Ojha b M Rahman3 M McClenaghan c Henriques b M Rahman8 J Bumrah c Ojha b Sran 6 Extras (LB-2, WD-4) 6Total (all out in 16.3 overs) 92 Fall of Wickets: 1-5, 2-5, 3-28, 4-30, 5-30, 6-49, 7-50, 8-58, 9-78.Bowling: B Kumar 3-0-23-1, A Nehra 3-0-15-3, B Sran 3.3-0-18-2, M Henriques4-0-18-1, M Rahman3-0-16-3. PTI AT ATlast_img read more

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