India charges Muslim leader with culpable homicide for coronavirus surge

first_imgTopics : “Delhi police had filed a first information report earlier against the Tablighi chief, now section 304 has been added,” the officer said, referring to culpable homicide in the penal code, which carries a maximum punishment of a 10-year prison term.A spokesman for the Tablighi Jamaat group, Mujeeb-ur Rehman, declined to comment saying they had not confirmed reports about the new charges.The Tablighi is one of the world’s biggest Sunni Muslim proselytizing organizations with followers in more than 80 countries, promoting a pure form of Islam.Authorities said at the beginning of the month that a third of the nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases at that time were either people who attended the Tablighi gathering or those who were later exposed to them. India has brought charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the chief of a Muslim seminary for holding a gathering last month that authorities say led to a big jump in coronavirus infections, police said on Thursday.The headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat group in a cramped corner of Delhi were sealed and thousands of followers, including some from Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh, were taken into quarantine after it emerged they had attended meetings there in mid-March.Police initially filed a case against Muhammad Saad Kandhalvi, the chief of the center, for violating a ban on big gatherings but had now invoked the law against culpable homicide, a police spokesman said.center_img India’s tally of coronavirus infections has since jumped to 12,380, including 414 deaths, as of Thursday.In the coronavirus hot spot of Delhi, 1,080 of its 1,561 cases were linked to the group’s gathering, according to the city government data on Wednesday.The Tablighi administrators earlier said many of the followers who had visited its offices in a narrow, winding lane in Delhi’s historic Nizamuddin quarter were stranded after the government declared a three-week lockdown, and the center had to offer them shelter.Critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have cautioned against fanning communal tension by laying the blame for the spread of the coronavirus on the Muslim group.Officials have rejected suggestions they were unfairly targeting the Muslim community, but said they had to rebuke the group because it had behaved irresponsibly by ignoring social-distancing rules.The Tablighi was also linked to a surge of cases in neighboring Pakistan where it cancelled a similar gathering, but only at the last minute when thousands had already arrived at a premises in the city of Lahore.A gathering organized by the group in Malaysia also led to a surge of cases there and in several other Southeast Asian countries.Pakistan has recorded 6,505 cases according to its latest data, a jump of 520 over the previous day. About 60 percent of Pakistan’s cases load was linked to the Tablighi or were people who had gone on religious pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia and Iran, officials said.Here are official government figures on the spread of the coronavirus in South Asia:* India has 12,380 confirmed cases, including 414 deaths* Pakistan has 5,988 cases, including 107 deaths* Bangladesh has 803 cases, including 39 deaths* Afghanistan has 784 cases, including 29 deaths* Sri Lanka has 238 cases, including 7 deaths* Maldives has 21 cases and no deaths* Nepal has 16 cases and no deaths* Bhutan has five cases and no deathslast_img read more

Clever design for easy living

first_imgThe home has open living spaces.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The five-bedroom home has plenty to show off inside as well, with stone bench tops, polished timber floors and ducted air conditioning all featuring.There was one point of “creative difference” with the builder, but Mrs Sullivan got her way in the end.“The spa overlooking the parkland — that was inspired by a few trips we’d made to Maleny. “When you go to those romantic retreats and you find those places in the hinterland with the green rolling hills and what not, and the spa always has the best view.” The home at 15 Westpark Pl, KurabyTHE great thing about a blank canvas is that you could end up with a masterpiece.Carla and Steve Sullivan certainly knew what they were doing when they built their Kuraby home at 15 Westpark Pl 10 years ago.Mrs Sullivan said the block’s topography provided challenges to project-home plans, so they found a builder who was happy to be flexible.“We were in talks with them to build our house but because of the nature of the land being on a slope, we had to make quite a few adjustments for the house so that it suited the slope and also the outlook,” she said.“It gave us a really lovely outlook and beautiful breezes as well.” The living areas open to the deck.There’s versatility in the layout too. The three main living spaces help if you want to get away from the family bustle, but they can be adapted and connected as well.But the “hero” of the home, according to Mrs Sullivan is the deck. “As the sun sets it casts these beautiful shadows across the deck and the golden light in the trees. We get the most amazing warmth from the winter sun all day long on that back deck.”She said it had also been the setting for great celebrations during the past decade.The property is being marketed by Karl Gillespie from LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills and will be auctioned on May 20 at 3.30pm.last_img read more

Villa close in on Helenius

first_img Press Association Aston Villa have confirmed they are close to signing Danish striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg. The 22-year-old, who has been capped twice by Denmark, came through the youth ranks at Aalborg and was the second highest scorer in the Danish league last season with 16 goals. A statement on the Villa website said: “Aston Villa can confirm that the club are in negotiations with Aalborg BK for the transfer of Danish forward Nicklas Helenius. The club expects to conclude the deal, subject to a medical and personal terms, in the next 10 days.” center_img Confirmation that 6ft 5in Helenius is close to a move to the midlands comes a day after 21-year-old striker Andreas Weimann signed a new three-year deal with Villa. Manager Paul Lambert relied on the club’s youngsters to keep Villa in the Barclays Premier League last season, and Weimann was one of those who shone. Lambert will now hope he can persuade Christian Benteke, who did more than anything to ensure Villa’s survival in the top flight, to follow suit and sign a new deal. last_img read more

1-year-old dead after being run over while playing in driveway

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 1-year-old has died after he was accidentally ran over while playing in the driveway of a home.The incident occurred Monday morning at a home on Amaryllis Avenue in Pahokee.Officials say Antonio Milian was backing out of the driveway of his home when he felt a bump and then heard screaming.When Milian got out of his vehicle, he found the one-year-old boy trapped under the passenger side of the car.The child was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.No other details about the case were given.last_img read more