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Twitter One round required her to choose between Drake and Joaquin Phoenix, and though she had picked the rapper over several other celebrities up until that point, she ultimately settled on the Walk the Line star instead.Not long after the show aired Drake got in touch to ask Heidi out, but she’d already met her current boyfriend, Tom Kaulitz, by that time.“Sorry Drake but you snooze you lose, you know what I mean? He basically called, like, a week too late,” the 45-year-old explained. “Someone who I know knows him and I guess he asked to have my number, and then he texted me. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so weird’ but then I never texted him back because I found the love of my life.”Though Ellen was stunned by Heidi’s story, the America’s Got Talent judge failed to see any problem with her texting etiquette and reasoned that she wouldn’t have known how to respond.“Like, what do you say?” she asked. “You want to go out? And I’m like, ‘No.’ It’s better not to say anything.”In hindsight, the style icon admitted she was “embarrassed about it” and looked straight at the camera while apologizing to the 31-year-old personally, but added that she is very happy in her relationship with the Tokio Hotel guitarist.And though she quashed any rumours of a secret engagement or marriage, when asked whether she’d be open to the idea in the future, Heidi said, “Maybe,” with a cheeky smile. Advertisement Advertisement Heidi Klum never replied to Drake when he text her asking for a date earlier this year.The supermodel was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, scheduled to air Tuesday night, when the conversation turned to the game of Who’d You Rather? which Heidi played when she last appeared on the show in February, when she was still single. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
APTN National News HAMILTON–A group of protestors occupying an Enbridge pipeline pumping station near Hamilton have been served with a court injunction ordering them to leave the site.The group has been given two hours to vacate the premises, said Melissa Elliott, a Tuscarora woman from Six Nations who is acting as spokesperson for the protest.Elliott said the protestors, who have locked themselves to the gates of the station, are currently discussing their next move.“Those talks are happening right now,” said Elliott.The five-day long protest has stalled worked by Enbridge in their Westover terminal for phase one of their Line 9 project which aims to bring tar sands oil to the east.Protests in support of the Hamilton area action are also planned across the country Tuesday as part of the “Sovereignty Summer” campaign spearheaded by an alliance between Idle No More and the Defenders of the Land.Protests are planned in places like Vancouver, Edmonton, Sarnia and Toronto, along with other locations.
APTN National NewsA case that could affect thousands of non-status Indians and Metis people is at the Supreme Court of Canada.It’s the final step of a 16-year-old legal battle to have the same rights as status Indians.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
Danielle Rochette Tom Fennario APTN National NewsLAC SIMON, QUE — Joseph Anthony Raymond-Papatie, 22, posted on his his Facebook page at 10:28 pm on Saturday, shortly before he took his own life.“Sorry everyone, I gotta go now. I killed a cop,” he wrote.The “cop” in question was Thierry Leroux, 26, who was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call at Raymond-Papatie’s residence.Now the Algonquin community of Lac-Simon is taking the tentative first steps towards healing.“It was me who asked to do a prayer in front of the police station, to make a big circle, and I know that there were many that were touched,” said Lac-Simon elder Jeannette Brazeau.Impeding the healing process here are questions about what made Raymond-Papatie shoot Leroux.A quick glance through Raymond-Papatie’s Facebook profile reveals a gun aficionado who had joined the armed forces.But Vice-Chief Pamela Papatie told APTN National News that he was also active in the community.“He was involved in activities after work and school, like crossfit. I’ve seen him do substitute teaching at the high school,” says Vice-Chief Pamela Papatie.APTN National News learned that Raymond-Papatie had recently lost an uncle to suicide, something that happens all too frequently in Lac-Simon.Over crowded housing, drug, alcohol abuse, and poverty are also listed by residents as issues that plagued the First Nation, which sits about 500 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Vice Chief Papatie says five teams of crisis workers have been brought in to help Lac-Simon to help community cope.Still, many spoke today of Lac-Simon needing to look within to tackle what ails the community.“There’s lots of support here, there are services that have been put into place here in the Mental Health Centre. Me I’m proud of my community but it’s important that the youth goes looking for the resources. Elders too,” said Brazeau.Thierry Leroux had only been a part of the Lac-Simon police force for six months.As a non-Aboriginal officer, Leroux made an effort to implicate himself in the community.“We played volleyball together a couple of times during the holidays. I saw him as always smiling, he was shy but really nice,” said Vice Chief Papatie.Papatie had the opportunity to speak with Leroux’s parents Monday, in front of makeshift flower and tobacco memorial at the police station.“When I went to see them I was very emotional. I thanked them for meeting with me and I gave them my condolences personally and in the name of the community,” she said. “There’s lots of people in my community who are praying for them.”Although a memorial has also been set up in front of Raymond-Papatie’s house, a sense of incomprehension lingers on social media.“Why did you do that, my dear cousin?” said a final comment on Raymond-Papatie’s Facebook page.The message is peppered with teary emoticons of pain and rage.Since there’s no one here who can truly answer that, the people of Lac-Simon will instead continue to look within themselves for an explanation, as they begin their journey back towards normalcy. email@example.com@aptn.ca
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsA new documentary called “My only Daughter” deals with the disappearance and death of Karina Wolfe.Wolfe went missing in 2010 in Saskatoon and five years later her body was found.The film looks at how her family coped with not knowing her fate for half a decade.APTN attended the screening in Edmonton.
Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsBeatrice Hunter, the Inuk grandmother and Labrador land protector who was jailed for defying a judge says she is traumatized, and angry about her experience of being shipped 1,600 km south to a St. John’s jail where she was strip searched.“The guard, she didn’t touch me, but it was so degrading. All I kept thinking was that you don’t have my permission,” said Hunter.In an interview from her home in Labrador, Hunter’s voice shakes with emotion as she describes what it was like to leave Goose Bay by plane in handcuffs and shackles on her ankles.“I was fearful. What if I didn’t get to see my kids again?” said Hunter. “It really hit me. I couldn’t believe it. I looked out the window to make sure I saw my kid’s house, my sister’s house. The second thing I thought, I hope I don’t go missing and murdered like all those women. I broke crying down on the plane.”Hunter said the Canadian justice system is “racist and discriminatory” and hopes the outcry over her recent incarceration brings about change.“What I’m hoping for is Indigenous law to be a part of our legal system,” said Hunter. “I’m hoping for Muskrat to be shut down. I’m still hoping for our people to rise up and shut it down. It’s already done damage but we can still fix it.”Hunter spent eleven days in a St. John’s jail for men over 1,600 km from her home for not promising to obey a court injunction to stay away from Muskrat Falls, a controversial hydroelectric project outside Happy Valley Goose Bay in Labrador.On Monday, Senators Murray Sinclair and Kim Pate released a joint letter to express their “extreme disappointment” over Hunter’s “unjust incarceration.”“Protesting is a basic civil right, not a crime justifying imprisonment,” wrote Murray and Pate. “She harmed no one and was motivated only by love and a sense of duty. She is a steward of land, the very land that the government failed to engage and consult about when the Muskrat Falls development was being planned.”The letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball called the actions of the government “shameful: first robbing Ms Hunter’s people of their legal rights to express their views on the project through a consultation process, then jailing Ms Hunter for making her voice heard through the only means left to her.”Hunter said she has had moments when she is angry and in tears over her time in jail but said, “I feel this is a step in the right direction. Obviously, I won’t be happy until Muskrat is shut down, but I feel like it’s a win for all of us.“I wasn’t expecting attention. I know I would have support from Labrador, but I didn’t think support would come from all across Canada. People message and tell me I’m a hero. I’m just me. I’m a mother protecting her son.”Hunter, and her son Scott Dicker, were part of the protests that peaked against Muskrat Falls last October. Nalcor Energy, the crown corporation building Muskrat Falls, obtained a court injunction ordering people to stay off the property.A protest area was set up across the road from the main gate.On October 22, Hunter was part of the group that defied the injunction and broke past the gates. The land protectors occupied a main building at the work camp for five days.“I had only realized I was oppressed and colonized when we broke through the gate,” said Hunter. “It had actually opened my eyes to see all the corruption and greed going on in Labrador. I’m thankful for it now. I realize what I do every day, it’s not being controlled by someone else. Especially after prison and occupying Muskrat Falls, I’ll say what’s on my mind and I’m not afraid of the consequences anymore.”Hunter is facing both civil and criminal charges. But her time spent in jail was not stemming from those charges, which are still before the courts. She, along with ten other people, had been taken into custody after a protest in November and signed an undertaking to stay at least one kilometres away from Nalcor property.In May, Hunter and her son returned to the Muskrat Falls site and against had to appear in court. While other land protectors agreed to follow the undertaking, the judge asked her to promise she would stay away from Muskrat Falls.“I was nervous scared, intimidated,” said Hunter. “My heart was beating really fast. When he had called me up to answer for my actions, when he asked me if I was going to stay one kilometre away, I said no.”That answer landed Hunter in Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, NL.Sinclair and Pate take issue with Hunter’s treatment.“To hold any woman in a men’s maximum-security prison is unacceptable and a continuation of a legacy of racism and colonialism in this country that has contributed to the shocking overrepresentation of Indigenous women in prisons,” wrote the two senators. “Her story is a demonstration of how the Canadian judicial system continues to fail Indigenous women.”Hunter’s lawyer, Mark Gruchy, raises larger questions about the court injunction itself. He said while it’s a legitimate legal remedy, that doesn’t make it the right course of action for a crown corporation like Nalcor.“The pursuit of the injunction in this context, by an entity, namely Nalcor, really pokes the bear, opens a can of worms it really makes us ask questions about, how should we, in structural sense, be dealing with these issues and this is the right way?” said Gruchy.Gruchy echoes Senators Sinclair and Pate that the missed step of consultation has created what he calls a flash-point.“The way to avoid these problems is not to have crown corporations going out and seeking injunctions, but rather it is to foster and encourage direct government engagement with indigenous people so these situations don’t get like this,” said Gruchy. “You’re trying to shut the barn door after the horse is gone and we never should have got to the place.”Sinclair and Pate are calling on “the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador to undertake a review of its laws to ensure they do not derogate from existing Indigenous rights and that they are in keeping with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.”For Hunter, she was released from jail on June 9 and both Gruchy and the lawyer for Nalcor pushed to have the undertaking modified.Hunter is now free to protest in the area across the road from the main gate at Muskrat Falls.And she plans to do just that.“I describe myself as a warrior who is fearless, who is powerful and I want the legal system and justice system that there is nothing that can break me,” said Hunter. “And the reason it had to be done is that there had to a light shone on the legal system in Canada and it had to be shown how unfair it is for indigenous nations across the country. It’s a colonial system and it’s racist and discriminatory.”Another rally is planned in Happy Valley – Goose Bay on Tuesday evening. Labrador Land Protectors want answers from Premier Dwight Ball and Liberal MP for Labrador Yvonne Jones.Specifically, they want an update on the status of the Independent Expert Advisory Committee that was stipulated in an agreement with Indigenous leaders last fall. To date, there’s been no word on any progress.And land protectors are calling for a forensic audit of Nalcor and an independent review of the North Spur, an area of the dam under construction that has raised concerns about a possible dam breach due to the region’s unstable firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Driscoll APTN NewsThere’s a statistic that has been around since Nunavut was founded – the territory has Canada’s youngest and fastest growing population.It is often seen as a threat, a territory pressed to provide basic services facing a population bubble.APTN News met with one young mother and she’ll explain that in Nunavut, the challenges are basic, and email@example.com@kentdriscoll
Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe summer holidays usually means sleeping in and taking it easy.But 20 young people in Thunder Bay are doing just the opposite.They’re up at six every morning as part of a youth training camp.Click on the video and Willow will explain what they get out of firstname.lastname@example.org@willowblasizzo
Priscilla WolfAPTN NewsThe city of Saskatoon is considering opening the first safe injection site in the province.But not everyone approves with the proposed location – a residential area in the email@example.com@priscillawolfnews
Amber BernardAPTN NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that an Ontario truck driver should be retried for manslaughter, but not murder, in the case of Cindy Gladue, a Metis mother of three who bled to death in a motel room’s bathroom.In a 4-3 decision Friday, the high court said evidence about Gladue’s sexual history was mishandled at Bradley Barton’s trial in Edmonton that ended in an acquittal on a first-degree murder charge.Barton acknowledged that he hired Gladue for sex in 2011 and said the severe injury to her vaginal wall that caused her death was an accident during rough but consensual activity.The Crown argued that Barton intentionally wounded Gladue and was guilty of first-degree murder or, at the very least, manslaughter, because the 36-year-old woman had not consented.Barton was found not guilty by a jury that repeatedly heard references to Gladue as a “prostitute” and a “native.”The Alberta Court of Appeal set aside the acquittal and ordered a new first-degree murder trial.A majority of the Supreme Court said Barton’s new trial should be restricted to manslaughter, because procedural errors at the trial did not taint the jury’s finding. The minority said he should be retried with both manslaughter and murder as possible verdicts.Writing on behalf of the majority, Justice Michael Moldaver said the criminal justice system did not deliver on its promise to provide Gladue with the law’s full protection and “as a result, it let her down _ indeed, it let us all down.”“Her life mattered. She was valued. She was important. She was loved. Her status as an Indigenous woman who performed sex work did not change any of that in the slightest.”The 2015 trial sparked widespread public concern about how alleged victims of sexual assault, particularly Indigenous women, are portrayed in a courtroom.“They’re often perceived almost like they’re the criminal and that they have to defend themselves, and Cindy, in her death, couldn’t defend herself,” said Melanie Omeniho, president of Women of the Metis Nation, who was at the Supreme Court for the decision.It’s not uncommon for cases involving the deaths of Indigenous women to go through multiple appeals and retrials, Omeniho said, as difficult as that is for victims’ families.Also there for the ruling was Qajaq Robinson, a commissioner for the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, which is due to report early next month.“It’s a step forward that the court has recognized that in cases of sexual assaults involving Indigenous women and girls, that there’s an obligation on courts, on judges, to be gatekeepers _ to ensure that bias, prejudice, racism and sexism do not form part of the evidence,” she said.Julie Kaye, a research adviser with the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, said the ruling needed to go further.“The level of dehumanization that was experienced and the level of humiliation that Indigenous women throughout the country felt as a result of the way the court treated Cindy Gladue,” she said in an interview from Saskatoon. “I don’t think the decision accounts for that in the way that it needed to.”Two experts who testified at the trial for the Crown said an 11-centimetre cut in Gladue’s vaginal wall was caused by a sharp instrument. A defence expert said the injury was a laceration that resulted from blunt-force trauma.The Crown showed the jury Gladue’s preserved vaginal tissue as an exhibit in an effort to explain her injury. The extraordinary move raised complaints that it contributed to dehumanizing her.Barton, who hired Gladue for two nights of sex, testified that he put his fist in her vagina on both occasions, but on the second night she started bleeding.Barton said he woke up the next morning to find Gladue dead in the bathtub.The Supreme Court said the trial judge failed to apply provisions in the law that limit the extent to which alleged victims’ sexual histories can be discussed. The intention is to avoid an inference that, due to their history, they are more likely to have consented to the sexual activity in question or are less worthy of belief.The court said those provisions should have been followed before introducing evidence about Gladue’s sexual activity with Barton.If any of that evidence had been deemed admissible, careful instruction by the trial judge was needed to ensure the jury understood that evidence, the Supreme Court added.Barton’s lawyer, Dino Bottos, said it’s disappointing his client must return to court on a manslaughter charge, “but it’s a far, far better result than having to go back to trial on first-degree murder.”He said the retrial is set for next February.“I intend to simply have Mr. Barton tell his story once again,” Bottos said. “The jury believed him the first time. There should be no reason why a jury wouldn’t believe him a second time.”firstname.lastname@example.org@amberbernard-with files from the Canadian Press
OTTAWA – Despite tough talk from the U.S. about the job-killing impact of NAFTA on its automotive sector, Canada’s chief negotiator isn’t expecting to see a detailed American proposal on the matter during the latest round of talks to rewrite the continental trade pact.Rules of origin will be “a subject for discussion but we’re not expecting to see anything radically new at this point,” Steve Verheul said Saturday.Verheul made the comment as he arrived for the start of the third round of negotiations, the first at which Canada is playing host.Concern has been mounting among trade experts that the year-end deadline for revamping NAFTA will be impossible to meet if negotiators don’t start during this round to confront some of the most contentious issues, rules of origin prime among them.Asked if he expects anything radically different on any file, Verheul said: “We’ll really have to see. It’s too early, I’m just walking in now.”Under NAFTA’s current rules of origin, vehicles must have at least 62.5 per cent North American content to qualify for duty-free movement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.At the opening round of negotiations in Washington last month, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pronounced that the North American content requirement must be raised and a specific American content requirement must be added, along with a way to verify that content.But the U.S. has yet to provide any details.Reports in the U.S. suggest the Americans are looking at raising the North American content to more than 70 per cent and adding a specific U.S. content requirement of anywhere from 35 to 50 per cent.They are also looking to add steel and electronics, not currently covered by NAFTA, to the list of auto parts whose origin must be traced and accounted for under the content requirement.On the eve of the third round, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross published a column in which he blasted NAFTA for allowing outside countries to provide parts for vehicles that aren’t covered by the content requirement — likely an allusion to the rapidly increasing amount of electronic components which are primarily produced in China, Japan and Germany.He cited a new study which found the American content of manufactured goods, specifically autos, imported from Canada and Mexico has dropped “significantly” since NAFTA went into effect in 1994.“If we don’t fix the rules of origin, negotiations on the rest of the agreement will fail to meaningfully shift the trade imbalance,” Ross wrote.“Our nation’s ballooning trade deficit has gutted American manufacturing, killed jobs and sapped our wealth.”For all that, Verheul’s comments suggest the Americans still aren’t ready to show their hand.Canadian officials believe resolving American concerns about the exodus of automotive jobs to low-wage Mexico is the key to staving off U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to rip up NAFTA.But while the Americans are focusing on the content requirement to remedy the problem, Canadian officials believe it would be more effective to set more stringent labour and environmental standards, which would raise wages and production costs in Mexico to levels closer to those in Canada and the U.S.Verheul said it’s “doubtful” negotiators will be able to sign off on the environment chapter during this round, which an American official had earlier suggested was possible.
UPDATE 7:45 p.m. – The fire is now contained and the Wildfire Service says the fire reached 7 hectares in size and was caused by humans.UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: The Alaska Highway is open in both directions after being closed for approximately 15 minutes to allow a water bomber to drop retardant on the brush fire. Crews are still working to contain the fire.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service is responding to a brush fire near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway. As of 4:30 p.m. crews have closed the Alaska Highway in both directions while a water bomber drops fire retardant on the fire.The fire was first seen by local residents at approximately 3:30 p.m. between the 252 road and the Dump road. The fire is south the Coffee Creek Subdivision.If you’re in the area let us know what you see, email email@example.com with any video or photo and information about the status of the Alaska Highway.If we learn any more information, we will update this story.
New Delhi: Sharing his views on the demand to boycott Pakistan in the upcoming 2019 World Cup in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Monday said a conditional ban on the neighbouring country will not work. Known for being forthright, Gambhir also said that India should even be prepared to “forfeit” the final of the World Cup tournament starting on May 30 in England and Wales, if it comes up against Pakistan in the title clash. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”This is what BCCI needs to decide and I have always maintained there can’t be conditional bans…either you don’t play them anywhere or open doors for them…what’s happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable,” Gambhir told mediapersons here. “I am sure it’s going to be difficult to boycott Pakistan in World Cup but they are not playing them in bilaterals…best they can do is stop playing in Asia Cup as well, that’s what I believe,” the 37-year-old said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterCiting the example of the 2003 World Cup when England lost two points after refusing to travel to Zimbabwe, Gambhir also urged the nation to stand behind the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) if it decides to boycott Pakistan, and India fails to qualify for the semis of the showpiece event as a result. “If BCCI decides that India should not play Pakistan, they should be mentally ready and the country should be too. It can’t be a conditional ban, there could be repercussions as well, and no media should blame India for not qualifying for the semi-finals.. the entire media and country should back the team as well,” Gambhir said. The cricketer also felt that the lives of martyred soldiers are of much more importance than the match and even if the men in blue face the green brigade in the final, India should refuse to play. “There is nothing wrong in forfeiting the game and losing two points. The lives of 40-41 soldiers, who lost their lives are far more important,” asserted Gambhir. “My point is if India decides to forfeit, then the entire country should back the team Even if India have to play Pakistan in the World Cup final, even if you have to let go of that final, they should be ready for it,” he added. Gambhir also denied the rumours of him joining politics. “There are lot of rumours on that front but I haven’t thought about joining as yet because it is a completely different field. I just got Padmashri two days back, haven’t really thought about it. I am still doing commentary,” Gambhir added.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday arrested a “trusted” aide of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik from Mumbai in connection with a money laundering case against him and others, officials said.Abdul Kadir Najmudin Sathak, a jeweller, has been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) for his role in “actively assisting Naik and aiding him in money laundering by transferring funds of dubious origin from the UAE to facilitate production and broadcasting incriminating videos for spreading communal hatred and radicalisation of a particular community”, the agency said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The agency will also soon file a fresh chargesheet in this case based on fresh evidence, they said. The officials alleged that Sathak had directly sent about Rs 50 crore funds to Naik, which the preacher illegally routed and laundered. Sathak was also the director of M/s Global Broadcasting Corporation FZE LLC that owned Naik’s Peace TV channel, they said. He will be produced before a special PMLA court in Mumbai. It said the company Global Broadcasting was “controlled” by Naik, who is stated to be in Malaysia at present, through Sathak, who was his “trusted aide”.”An amount of Rs 79 crore was received from GBC to Ms Harmony Media Pvt Ltd. But for these monies, it would not have been possible to produce these controversial speeches of Naik and reach wider audiences through Peace TV,” the ED alleged. It claimed that the source of funds remitted by GBC to Harmony Media is “suspicious” as there were no advertisements run on this channel and Sathak had not submitted any details in this context. Naik has been under investigation since 2016, when the Centre banned his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) for five years. Indian security agencies have been monitoring him ever since allegations surfaced that he had inspired one of the militants involved in the Dhaka restaurant attack on July 1, 2016, which left 22 people dead.
OUR CORRESPONDENT NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was a staunch advocate of equality and social justice. He was speaking after paying floral tributes on the occasion of 128th birth anniversary of Ambedkar in a function organized at Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Kejriwal further stated that Baba Saheb was the chief architect of the Indian constitution, which is unique in the world. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajender Pal Gautam and MLAs, were also present on this occasion. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit also offered floral tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar, at a function organized by the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s SC Department. On this occasion, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said that the views being presented by the political parties these days are quite different from the views of Baba Sahab. “The purpose of Baba Sahab was not class war but social harmony, politics of coordination and right to education and social justice. He tried his best for it. Baba Sahab was so much highly educated person of his time that he could have joined service like IAS, not only this he could have secured highest post in London but he pledged to ensure justice for the last man in the queue in India itself. Tiwari said that Baba Sahab was of the view that everybody has equal rights over the opportunities available in the country. “Everybody should get equal opportunity to avail it. Baba Sahab tried his best in his entire life for it. He suffered injustice himself with his family but he worked for ensuring justice to the people,” he said.
NEW DELHI: Frustrated over being bullied almost everybody, a school cab driver along with his accomplices killed a 22-year old man by first stabbing and then strangulating him at an abandoned farm house situated barely 800 metres from the Neb Sarai police station in south Delhi on the intervening night of Tuesday-Wednesday.The accused were six in number and overpowered the victim and murdered him.To evade arrest, the accused had disposed the body by throwing it in a nearby ditch and covered it with some leaves. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe deceased has been identified as Surjit Kashyap, a resident of Jawahar Park in Neb Sarai who used to work as delivery boy in a food making company. Police have arrested four accused while two are still at large. “On April 17, at about 12.12 am, his brother filed a complaint at the Neb Sarai police station that his younger brother Surjit Kashyap is missing and has not returned home,” said Vijay Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South district. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”In his complaint, the victim’s brother said his brother had gone out to meet his friends and suspected foul play behind his disappearance. A case under section 302, 201 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at Neb Sarai police station ,” said the DCP. During investigation, police identified a few people who were last seen with Kashyap. Police identified the accused as Sombir Singhal who worked as a school cab driver in Neb Sarai and Saket area, Vicky Jha, who worked as a helper in Max Saket, an unemployed youth named Satbir and Vicky Bhatt who was a data entry operator. “During interrogation, the accused confessed to their crime and revealed that Sombir and Vicky had an old enmity with Kashyap. He had beaten them a few years ago and since then they were holding a grudge against him. The accused said that Kashyap used to bully and threaten Sombir almost on a daily basis,” said the DCP. “The accused also disclosed that on April 15, Kashyap had again threatened Sombir. In the evening, he got information that Surjit was sitting with one of his friend. Sombir along with his friends went to the abandoned farm house, stabbed and strangulated him. They disposed the body by throwing it in a nearby ditch and covered it with some leaves,” said the DCP. “Four accused have been arrested. Two more of their accomplices identified as Golu and Ravinder Bisht are still absconding and police have launched manhunt to nab them,” the DCP said.
Mumbai: Ravneet Gill, the new chief executive at Yes Bank wants to increase focus on compliance and governance two critical areas in which his predecessor Rana Kapoor was found wantingto ensure that the bank is on the side of regulator. This indicates that Gill is not only cleaning up the balancesheet which saw the fifth largest private sector lender announcing the first-ever loss of a whopping Rs 1,506 crore over the weekend, but also the governance practices, which led to the ouster of Kapoor by the regulator earlier this year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Among other deficiencies, the RBI had reportedly found serious lapses in governance and poor compliance culture at Yes Bank under Kapoor who was a co-promoter and chief executive, whom Gill succeeded in March after RBI asked to leave by end January due to a regulatory discomfort. Addressing analysts hours after shocking with a Rs 1,506-crore loss in the March quarter, Gill cited a recent meeting with a large MNC to cite perception issues. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe multinational, which banks with a foreign lender, wanted to undertake a large remittance transaction and came to Yes Bank to check if it can get the job done without the hassle of going through the RBI, something which the foreign lender insisted on. This is the perception that exists but we want to get away from that. We want to send out a very clear messaging to the market that we want to be very closely aligned with the regulator, by being on the side of the regulator and the regulator should be able to validate that, Gill said. Similarly, on governance too, he said the new leadership is very serious about confirming to the highest standards of governance and also set new industry benchmarks. Over a period of time, weve attracted lots of regulatory scrutiny which were not exactly in our best interest, he admitted reasoning the need for a cultural change at the lender. Conceding that there may be a perception issue where the market even may stop trusting the numbers put out by the bank, Gill said he wants to set in greatest transparency by moving to conservative and prudent accounting. The move to take a Rs 2,100 crore contingency provision for the March quarter, the prime reason for the maiden loss shown by the bank, is the same and not kitchen sinking, Gill said. We thought lets go and put it out there that we are setting a new course for ourselves in terms of transparency, Gill, who previously worked as the country head of German lender Deutsche Bank, said. In its communications before curtailing Kapoors term, RBI had reportedly said there is a persistent governance and compliance failure reflected by yes Bank’s highly irregular credit management practices, serious deficiencies in governance and a poor compliance culture. On the operational front, Gill rued that there is a lot of centralisation on the market approach, especially on the retail side, and said this is something he will work on to deliver better returns. The bank was very centralised from a decision- making perspective, which actually flies into the face of the logic that liabilities business has to be driven by bottom-up, he said. Gill admitted that only 30 percent of its 1,100 branches are profitable and it has initiated a branch-wise review that entails detailing key performance indicators and the business to be targeted. The aim is to make 80 percent of branches profitable by 2023 and make it 100 percent by 2025, he added. In what sounds like a departure from the extreme focus on retail under Kapoor, Gill said corporate lending will now become the calling card for the lender and the attempt is to only diversify the loan book. He also admitted that the bank lacks the needed focus on cross-selling and transaction banking, which will now be a key focus area. Explaining the same, Gill said the banks revenue at present is limited to interest income and some fees as it focuses merely on loan underwriting, but a cross-sell strategy can deliver better credit commissions, forex fees, guarantee commissions etc and can help the bank bridge the gap with its peers from a fund-cost perspective, which is adrift at high 125-150 bps now. It can be noted that many lenders, especially those focused on corporates and wanting to grow their retail play, have lately adopted a cross-selling strategy, making it seem almost like a trend. Gill said while Yes Banks retail book may be small, it has grown impressively and is one of the best in industry.
New Delhi: Computerised draw of lots for selecting pilgrims for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was held here Wednesday, in which for the first time, preference for fresh applicants or route choice of senior citizens was incorporated into the software, MEA officials said.Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale presided over the draw of lots held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, and also urged pilgrims to help “protect and preserve” the fragile environment in the Himalayas. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe ministry’s consistent effort has been to get as many applications, because it thinks this Yatra is important not only for those going for spiritual or religious purposes, but also to build relations between India and China, he said. Ministry of External Affairs organises the Yatra during June to September each year through two different routes – Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand),and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim). Known for its religious value and cultural significance, it is undertaken by hundreds of people every year. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadFor Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2019, the ministry received 2,996 applications, out of which 2,256 are male applicants, and 740 females. As many as 624 senior citizens had applied for the yatra. For Lipulekh route, there are 18 batches with 60 pilgrims per batch and for Nathu La, 10 batches with 50 yatris per batch. Two liaison officers will assist each batch of yatris. “It is our hope and endeavour that we provide the first chance to those who didnt ad the chance to go to the Yatra, the first-time applicants and we give priority to them. And, of course, to senior citizens as well,” Gokhale said. He said, consistent efforts have been made to make the Yatra website as pilgrim-friendly as possible. “We also have a helpline now for applicant yatris. And, emails received from them are regularly monitored and applicants are suitably advised in a time-bound way,” he added. A senior official said, the Nathu La route is less arduous compared to Lipulekh route and so preferred by senior citizens. “Earlier they would tell us their route choice while applying for the Yatra, and we would try to accommodate their request in the overall process. This year, we have incorporate the preferences of first-time yatris and the senior citizens in the algorithm of the software used for the draw of lots, which is for the first time,” he said. The selection is a fair computer-generated, random gender-balanced selection process, the MEA said in a statement, adding, the selected yatris are informed through mobile text messages and email. “Since 2015, the entire process commencing with on-line application till selection of yatris is a fully computerized process. Therefore, applicants do not need to send a letter or fax to seek information. The feedback options on the website can be used for obtaining information, registering observations or suggestions for improvement,” it said. The Yatra involves trekking at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet, under inhospitable conditions, including extreme weather, and rugged terrain, and may prove hazardous for those who are not physically and medically fit. Gokhale urged yatris to strictly observe safety norms, for themselves and also for their fellow pilgrims. The Yatra is organized with the support of the state governments of Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Sikkim; and the cooperation of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), and Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and their associated organisations provide logistical support and facilities for each batch of yatris in India. Sushama Katarai was delighted after the draw, and said, “I have always wanted to do this Yatra. It is a like a dream come true for me.” Varun Khandelwal, a Delhi-based pilot, who was put on the waiting list after the draw, said, “I am hoping I will make it eventually. I have always wanted to experience Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.”