Defending junior and senior urban netball champions, Gaynstead High and Camperdown High, were off to impressive wins in the second round of the ISSA urban schoolgirls competition which got underway at the Leila Robinson Courts on Thursday.In Group I junior action the Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead whipped St Hugh’s 26-9 while in Group II among the Seniors the Wayne Stewart-coached Camperdown High were too strong for Tivoli High beating them 53-17.Coach Hinds was very impressed with his team’s start to their second round campaign.”Naturally, I am pleased with the result in our opening game as the expectation is to go all the way and defend our title and we are expecting to continue winning although I see all teams at this stage as big threats,” said Hinds.St Jago High and St. Andrew Technical were also victorious in Group I action among the Juniors. The Spanish Town-based St Jago had a 24-16 win over Papine while in a very close encounter, St. Andrew Technical got the better of Camperdown 24-22.In Group II there were wins for former champions the Queen’s School, Norman Manley High and St. Catherine High.Queen’s got the better of Holy Childhood 31-25, Norman Manley were too good for Wolmer’s winning 28-10 while St Catherine had a good 37-18 win over Campion College.Second round action will continue next Wednesday November 9 at the same venue.
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Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism City lost 4-0 on their last visit to Goodison during a hugely disappointing first year under Guardiola but are a team transformed under the Catalan this season as they storm towards the title at a record-breaking pace.The runaway league leaders boast a 16-point lead over Manchester United and could seal the league in the sweetest fashion against their local rivals at the Etihad next weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHowever, Guardiola could have a daunting return to Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on his mind.City’s only league defeat of the campaign so far came on Merseyside, when Liverpool edged a seven-goal thriller 4-3 in January.Chelsea out in the coldBehind City, the race for three remaining Champions League places will leave one of United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea disappointed. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil West Ham, just one place and two points above the drop zone, are calling on their fans to play their part in lifting the team during Saturday’s six-pointer at home to Southampton.An extra security banner will be erected near the directors’ box while extra policing and stewarding will be in place at the London Stadium.The measures are aimed at avoiding a repeat of shocking scenes when fans invaded the pitch while insults and missiles were thrown at joint owners David Sullivan and David Gold during a 3-0 home defeat to Burnley on March 10.“Negativity can undoubtedly affect players’ concentration and confidence, as I believe it did in the second half against Burnley,” said West Ham captain Mark Noble.Southampton will be hoping to deepen the Hammers’ crisis with a new manager bounce as Mark Hughes takes charge of the Saints for the first time in the Premier League after overseeing an FA Cup quarter-final win over Wigan.Newcastle and Huddersfield also have a big chance to move further clear of the bottom three when they meet at St James’ Park, with Crystal Palace, Swansea and Stoke facing much tougher tests against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Spurs travel to Chelsea this weekend seeking to end a 28-year wait to win a league match at Stamford Bridge.Should they shake off the absence of the injured Harry Kane to do so, they could end Chelsea’s realistic hopes of a top-four finish. Antonio Conte’s men already trail fourth-placed Spurs by five points.Liverpool are two points further ahead in third having played a game more and second-placed United are even more secure of a return to the Champions League, holding a nine-point lead over Chelsea.Arsenal appear resigned to having to win the Europa League if they are to return to the Champions League next season as they trail Spurs by 13 points down in sixth.Relegation rouletteRock-bottom West Brom seem doomed on the back of eight straight defeats in all competitions but the battle to avoid joining them in the Championship next season is very much alive with eight teams separated by just seven points between 12th and 19th.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Russia blasts US over wrestling visa refusals In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal, his side’s third, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Bournemouth at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England. APThe Premier League roars back into action this weekend for the season’s home straight after a two-week hiatus for the final international break of the campaign.With a maximum of eight games left, AFP Sport looks at what is still to be decided at both ends of the table.City’s title to loseManchester City travel to Everton on Saturday looking to take the penultimate step towards a first Premier League title under Pep Guardiola and kick off a huge week in City’s season in style.ADVERTISEMENT
A Sierra Leonean lecturer visiting the Faith Foundation Organization in the ELWA Community, outside Monrovia, has challenged young people and others aspiring for leadership in their respective locales to practice in the home, community, and local organizations before going nationwide or global.Teddy Foday Musa, whose life sketch shows humble beginning and endurance in contending with life challenges says, “Leadership is about influence, and how one can get people to follow them, which is exactly what I am looking forward to and once we engage the participants, they would not be the same again, because they will take over ethics of leadership.”According to Mr. Musa, his aspiration to join the Faith Foundation Organization came when the organization was conducting an outreach sometimes last year in the United States on the importance of leadership. This was a time he had begun his leadership work since 2008 and had spoken to many Africans.He urged participants to exercise humility if their followers can trust and accept them because those following will be the direct replicas of a leader. He said a leader’s success is not measured by the wealth he/she gains, but how well he leads a group to meet the goals and objectives of an organization or group; whether family or community members.Leadership, Musa says, requires a preparation from various strata of orientations; parental, environmental, religious, and or academic, all of which help to brand a person’s character.He said because of the various orientations one needs to have, he/she cannot just grasp leadership with anxiety, but has to be prepared in an acceptable way and should be able to convince his/her followers by proving the capabilities and attributes of good leadership.Musa is currently a lecturer in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College. He is also a PhD candidate, pursuing his doctoral degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the School of Post-graduate Studies–University of Sierra Leone.His contribution to Peace in Sierra Leone started way back in 1993 during the early days of the civil war. As a student at FBC in the 90s, he was a volunteer, working for an international organization known as the World Peace Prayers Society (WPPS).His contributions to peace during the Sierra Leonean civil war led him to be appointed the first Country Peace Representative by the World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS). He became the first country Peace Representative of the WPPS based in that country.The Faith Foundation’s conference also sees other inspiring speakers with records of accomplishment; one of who is Mohammed Sirhan, a Palestinian born refugee in the occupied West Bank.As a physically challenged person, Sirhan said: “I had raised funds for people with disability in Darfur, where I provided the Club with Wheelchairs, the sound system for the blind where they can hear the recording of books recorded by volunteers; I provided them Braille plates.”He implements a program that takes care of the disabled and activates and monitors the laws of the disabled; started changing the way people look at people with disability, modifying buildings to be accessible for the disabled; cooperating with the Arab Labor Organization and professional associations on decent work for people with disabilities.He Lectured in Turin Italy on disability and economic and social adjustment, Training of Trainers (TOT) in networking; advocacy with Handicap International, President of the Sarhan Association, one of the founders of the Arab Organization for the Rights of people with disability; steering member of the Shadow Law group in Jordan regarding on Disabled Persons under the United Nations.He is an international classifier at IWBF the International Wheelchair Basketball Foundation and Vice president of the Future Club for Handicap 2008-2011.The Organizer for the leadership Conference is the Faith Foundation, a Charitable Based Non-Government Organization operating in Liberia / Africa. It was founded by Paul Sky Berry and His wife Mrs. Aminata Donia Berry in 2009 as a charity foundation with a focus to sponsor and empower underprivileged children from families in remote locations.He said Faith Foundation international speakers tailor the course and teach how to apply a perfect strategy for every manager/leader and occasion they may face.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Matt Le Tissier claims Dejan Lovren showed Southampton ‘an incredible amount of disrespect’ when he left for Liverpool last summer.The Croatian defender handed in a transfer request and admitted his head was ‘already at Liverpool’ before sealing a £20million switch to Anfield.And St Mary’s legend Le Tissier admits the whole deal left a sour taste in his mouth.“When Dejan Lovren left he showed an incredible amount of disrespect to Southampton,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “Even before the clubs had agreed a fee he did an interview saying that his head was at Liverpool and the club should let him go.“These guys are under contract and they should show a little bit more respect to the clubs which are paying them a good wage. I just thought he was bang out of order.”
THE LATE COLEMAN KERRThe death occurred last Friday of Coleman Kerr, a much-loved member of the Aodh Ruadh GAA club in Ballyshannon.He was laid to rest on Sunday after Requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Church.The following wonderful tribute on the club’s website was sent to donegaldaily.com today. Here we share it with you: “Clubs are more than pitches and teams. A club is a community, it survives and prospers through the commitment of people. Aodh Ruadh has been fortunate to have the dedicated service of many. Last Thursday the club lost one of its most committed, dedicated and popular servants.Colman was a Portsalon man and proud of it, he played for Fanad Gaels, captaining them to a junior championship title against MacCumhaill’s 1985. In his time he also played soccer with Kerrykeel. Work took him to Ballyshannon with ESB Salmara in 1992 and, latterly, ESB Fisheries.Portsalon’s loss was Ballyshannon’s gain. Never the hurler on the ditch, Colman committed himself to the town with what was to prove characteristic dedication. He was very active in Aodh Ruadh. Colman was one of the big men of the club both in physique and persona. He played reserve and third team football, winning division four titles in 2007 and 2008 and a Junior B title in 2004, in fact he was also a selector on the championship winning team and for a number of years thereafter. Hardy and robust, he had startling skill for a tall man. Gifted with a great fetch and an eye for the dixie he was too much to handle for many a ruffled defence. As his friends and comrades gathered at his wake he was particularly remembered for his performance in the 2004 semi-final. Kilcar were tough opposition, but Colman simply blew them away with a reel of points from his cultured left boot, each one more sumptuous than the next.He was under no illusions about his talents either. He had a big voice to match his big personality and often during a match he could be seen standing with the arms spread wide apart roaring at his defence to, “Let the ball in,” when he knew he had the roasting of his man. Latterly we would hear his distinctive voice booming across the park, encouraging players. If ever he took issue with an official it was always with humour, malice was alien to Colman. Indeed it was one of the distinctive things about Colman that any new face that came about the club was immediately took under the wing and firmly embraced into the Aodh Ruadh fold.Nevertheless even Colman’s powers of diplomacy were hard tried when he found himself in a tricky spot in 2010. Fate saw Aodh Ruadh meet Fanad Gaels in a division two relegation play-off. Unsurprisingly he revelled in the banter, mixing with both teams, joking, chatting, recalling past games and players. He solved the problem of his divided loyalties by wearing a Fanad Gaels shirt, topped by an Aodh Ruadh jacket.A sporting ecumenist his Fanad soccer heritage served him well in his outings with Erne Wanderers. More recently he became heavily involved with the Marlins Swimming Club, and even found time to cast the odd line or two. Beyond the sporting sphere he was part of a progressive Rockfield School Board.A natural leader it wasn’t long before he was the other side of the chalk for Aodh Ruadh, taking underage teams. The under 10s, 12s and 14s, often featuring his son, Oisín, benefited from his guidance. More recently the ladies were the focus of his coaching efforts, especially the under 16 girls, a highly promising team which his daughter, Cliodhna, is a key part of.Colman could always be relied on to pitch in whenever hands were needed to the pump at a fund-raiser. He was a regular feature at the annual Ladies Duck Race. As a keen quizzer he made a bravura appearance at the club’s Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire, bagging €500, and he seldom missed the Thursday quiz in Owen Roe’s, especially when Aodh Ruadh were the beneficiary. How many hours must he have put in at the Aodh Ruadh lotto table in the Saimer Court of a Saturday? Bank Holiday Monday, the day after he had been in Croke Park to see Donegal defeat Kerry, Colman was on the bridge in Ballyshannon with a bucket collecting for the senior Donegal Ladies. Working for the wider community to the very end. When the end did come it was swift and cruelly unheralded. Due to help take a training session with the under 16 girls team, he failed to turn up. His daughter Cliodhna, like the rest of the team, waited for Colman to arrive, but he never did. The gentle giant was being sped to his eternal and richly earned reward.As the news of his tragic passing spread across the area, it was greeted with disbelief and shock. It seemed as if this rock of a man had met practically everyone in the last week of his life, in Croke Park with his family at the All-Ireland quarter-final, in town afterwards, at the park or saluting his many friends going about his business. Few could believe what they were hearing, and, in truth, many of us still struggle to believe it is real. Perhaps, it will only be in the coming months when we reach out for that helping hand that Colman would have so willingly offered, only to realise that it is no longer there, that the loss will finally hit home. We will all be remembering Colman in quiet moments for a long time to come. And there will be tribute in that.And yet Aodh Ruadh’s loss, stands as insignificant against that of the Kerr family. Colman’s loving wife Deirdre, children Cliodhna and Oisín, the Donagher clan who welcomed him as one of their own, his mother, Susan and his brother and sisters in Portsalon. We can only keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they try to come to terms with this grievous and incomprehensible loss.As Colman was laid to rest, his remains were accompanied by honour guards from Aodh Ruadh CLG, Fanad Gaels CLG, Kerrykeel Soccer Club, Marlins Swimming Club and ESB. The last to honour guard for Colman was his under 16 ladies squad, who guided him to the church, a church crammed to overflowing with family, relations, work mates and friends. Close to 1,000 attended his funeral mass, a mark of the profound and positive impact Colman made on so many lives. His time with us enriched us all and we will all be the poorer for his passing at a time when he had so much yet to give.The club extends their sincerest sympathy to Colman’s family and friends. We will all miss this great hearted man.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.CLUBS ARE MORE THAN PITCHES AND TEAMS – HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO A DONEGAL GAA GREAT was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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:Aodh Ruadh CLGCLUBS ARE MORE THAN PITCHES AND TEAMS – HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO A DONEGAL GAA GREATFanad Gaels CLGKerrykeel Soccer ClubMarlins Swimming Club and ESB
A Donegal motorist walked free from court yesterday despite admitting drinking nine pints and failing a breath test.Man walked free form court after admitting drinking nine pints and failing a breath test.How hundreds of motorists facing drink driving charges may have their cases struck out after the DPP ruled in the case. Sean McKeown had his case struck out after the DPP decided it would not pursue the case against him.McKeown, 40, of Abbey Park, Manorcunningham was stopped by Gardai on November 13, 2011 and admitted to drinking and then subsequently failed a breath test.However solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn had argued that the case should be struck out because it was illegal.He said the Mandatory Alcohol Testing (MAT) checkpoint was unlawful because the document authorising it had listed three different townlands.The solicitor quoted legislation saying “An authorisation shall be in writing and shall specify the date on which and the public place in which the checkpoint is to be established.”He told Judge Kelly: “It is clear that once an officer above the rank of inspector has signed authorisation for a MAT checkpoint that it must only specify one public place and one only.“The law does not allow for multiple choices for gardai below that rank and in this case that is precisely what the authorisation allowed for.The case had been put back until yesterday to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions to review the case.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Letterkenny District Court yesterday that the DPP had advised to withdraw the case.Solicitor MacLochlainn told Judge Paul Kelly previously that he had already had a similar case struck out.It is now feared that hundreds of similar cases due to come before the courts since the 2004 Road Traffic Act could also be challenged.It is now understood that Gardai name one specific location and not multiple locations for MAT checkpoints.DRIVER WHO DOWNED NINE PINTS AND FAILED BREATH TEST WALKS FREE was last modified: January 20th, 2014 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:breath testdrink drivingJudge Paul KellyloopholemanorcunninghamSean McKeown
The Nedbank Capital Sustainable Business Awards are open to any African company that meets the qualifying criteria.(Image: Nedbank Capital) Phase two of Nedbank’s head office is a model of sustainable building.(Image: Aurecon)MEDIA CONTACTS • Joanne IsaacsNedbank group communications+27 11 295 8045 or +27 78 800 4989RELATED ARTICLES• Bank’s green building looks ahead• SA store shows new way to farm• Keeping the water balance• Bank, WWF get R100m for green causeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe inaugural Nedbank Capital Sustainable Business Awards saw leading South African companies recognised for their long-term efforts towards sustainability. The ceremony took place at the banking giant’s corporate head office in Sandton. Phase two of the head office became South Africa’s first green star-rated building in 2010, and Nedbank itself is recognised as a trailblazer in sustainable business operations.The awards are an extension of Nedbank Capital’s Green Mining Awards, which were launched in 2006 to acknowledge the contribution towards economic development that is made by companies practising responsible mining and mining beneficiation. Since 2007, companies from across the whole of Africa were eligible to enter.Previous winners include Anglo Coal, Kumba Iron Ore, Lonmin, Xstrata Alloys, and Ghana’s Golden Star Resources. The sixth and final edition took place in 2011.“Although mining is a vital creator of jobs and growth, we wanted to broaden the mining awards to include more general sustainability in other sectors of the economy,” said Nedbank CEO Mike Brown. “We were looking for companies which have made sustainability a philosophy, who have not just applied it to a single project.”The winners were not chosen lightly, he said, but were selected by an experienced panel on the basis of their having successfully incorporated sustainability into their long-term business strategy. In today’s world, this is a crucial component of business longevity and social and economic relevance.“Sustainable businesses enjoy success today without stealing from future generations,” Brown said. “Their leaders must inspire us all to ensure we leave a better society for our children than the one we inherited from our parents.”The independent judging panel included Elspeth Donovan, South African development director for the University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership; Dr Mandla Adonisi, senior lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science; Joanne Yawitch, CEO of the National Business Initiative; and Jonathon Hanks, the funding director of consulting company Incite Sustainability.“It’s not just about being green, or caring for the environment, or managing your carbon footprint,” said Hanks. “Sustainability is so much more than that. It’s about understanding how businesses create value.”Sustainability across the boardAs with the mining awards, the sustainability awards are open to all African organisations that meet the qualifying criteria – a minimum annual turnover of R200-million (US$19.6-million), and at least 500 employees.The categories in the new award format are:Resources and non-renewable energy – including mining, oil, gas, agriculture and non-renewable energy;Infrastructure and renewable energy – including logistics, transportation, property development, construction, infrastructure component of telecommunications and renewable energy;Diversified industrials – including manufacturing and beneficiation;Trade and services – including tourism, healthcare, retail, warehousing, information technology and media.A fifth category – sustainability in leadership – is an individual award open to those in an executive management position.The winners were, in the resources category, Mondi South Africa for its various projects involving energy self-sufficiency, renewable energy and eco-friendly products, as well as its successful wetlands programme, which is viewed as a leader in conservation of these vulnerable ecosystems.The runners-up were Kumba Iron Ore for its Batho Pele mobile health units, a fleet of nine which is able to service communities as far away from its Sishen mine as 180km; and Xstrata Coal South Africa for its commitment to sustainable land management practices.In the infrastructure and renewable energy category, the winner was Growthpoint Properties Limited for its innovative Lincoln on the Lake office block, which features KwaZulu-Natal’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic array.In the trade and services category, the winner was Woolworths, with its Farming for the Future project, a campaign that teaches the retail company’s local suppliers to depend more on natural resources and less on chemical fertiliser, and to use water efficiently.The individual leadership award was presented to Marius Swanepoel, CEO of Imperial Logistics, a logistics and supply chain management company, and Southern Africa’s largest employer of industrial engineers. Swanepoel was recognised for his dedication to reducing emissions within the 60 companies that comprise the group, through route optimisation, greater fuel efficiency, and energy, water and waste management, among other initiatives.There was no winner in the Diversified industrials category.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to identify and install sewage treatment plants (STPs) at major sources of pollution in the Kali river, a tributary of the Ganga, as part of the latter’s clean up. Following the direction, the UPPCB has identified 26 large sewage lines in six districts of western U.P. which empty into the Kali. Inspection soonAccording to Atulesh Yadav, a local officer with the UPPCB, “The NGT has asked the UPPCB and Jal Nigam to jointly work to prevent pollution in the Kali river. It will be done as part of the Prime Minister’s Namami Gange project. Twenty-six big sewage lines, which do not have STPs, have been identified in Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh and Kannauj. The process will soon start to inspect these sewage lines,” he said. Kali river originates from Antwada village of Khatauli block in Muzaffarnagar and joins the Ganga in Kanpur after passing through Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Aligarh and Kannauj districts. According to Raman Tyagi, whose petition in the NGT about pollution of the Kali river led to the Tribunal directive, over two decades ago, the Kali used to be a clean river and its water was used for drinking by villagers living on its banks.Mr. Tyagi has been monitoring the pollution in the Kali, Krishna and Hindon and other tributaries of the Ganga in western U.P. Industrial effluents“But industrial effluents from paper and sugar mills, and slaughter houses, with unhealthy chemical wastes, besides untreated sewage over the last two decades has made the river poisonous. It has become so poisonous that no living organism is found in the water. “It not only pollutes the Ganga but the poisonous water has contaminated drinking water through the seepage in thousands of villages located on its banks,” said Mr. Tyagi, founder of Neer Foundation which works on the issue of water and renewable energy in western U.P. Seal handpumps“Our investigation showed that water in villages has been seriously polluted and is manifest in medical problems for villagers who consume the drinking water from hand pumps. We requested that these hand pumps be sealed and the government arrange for clean drinking water in those areas. We also prayed that the NGT should ensure serious measures to prevent pollution of Kali, as it was a tributary of the Ganga and its pollution becomes the pollution of Ganga,” he told The Hindu.
Facing criticism in the wake of the death of a woman in Giridih allegedly due to starvation, the Jharkhand Food Department on Thursday proposed that the State government set up a foodgrain bank of varied capacity at block and panchayat levels.State Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Saryu Roy said his department has written to all district administrations to conduct a post-mortem if any suspected case of starvation death is reported.“I have proposed that the government set up a foodgrain bank of 10 quintal capacity at block level and one quintal capacity at the panchayat level,” Mr. Roy told reporters. The Minister said that the bank could be managed either by his department or Rural Development or by Social Welfare Department.Two suspected casesThe Jharkhand government has drawn flak for the death of 58-year-old Savitri Devi, who allegedly died of starvation in Mangargadi village of Giridih district after being denied foodgrain at ration shops. However, a probe report made public by the State government has has ruled out starvation as a cause for her death, citing ₹2,375 in her bank account.Another suspected starvation death of a woman in Itkhori block of Chatra district has been reported in the media. Mr. Roy said the woman hailed from Barachatti in Bihar and had come to Itkhori about a fortnight ago.“However, a post-mortem was conducted on the directive of the district administration and we are awaiting the autopsy report to know the exact cause of her death,” he added.The Minister cited the probe report in the Giridih incident to trash the Opposition attack and accused them of running a campaign against the government over the issue to “defame” it. “Why didn’t JMM MLA Jagannath Mahato, who was present at her funeral procession, ask for a post-mortem if she had died of starvation,” the Minister asked.On JPCC president Ajoy Kumar’s demand that he resign taking moral responsibility for the death of Savitri Devi, Mr. Roy said Mr. Kumar, who himself is a doctor, should have tried to find out the details before asking for the resignation.“The demand is nothing but a conspiracy to target the government,” he said.
On January 28, 2014, the trial court had dropped murderOn January 28, 2014, the trial court had dropped murder charges against all the accused and added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting murder under section 304 of IPC against the alleged main conspirator Namdhari and his PSO Sachin Tyagi.On May 15 last year, on the plea of police, Delhi High Court had overturned the trial courts decision and directed framing of murder charges against all the 21 accused. The apex court had also upheld the high courts decision.Ponty and Hardeep were also charge sheeted in the case. However, the trial against them had abated as they were killed in the shootout.The court had ordered framing of criminal conspiracy, common intention and those under the Arms Act against all the 21 accused for trying to take over the disputed farmhouse from the possession of Hardeep.Delhi Police had filed two charge sheets in the case and levelled murder charges against all the accused. The first charge sheet had named Ponty as an accused as he had reached the place of the incident with Namdhari and others as part of his “well-hatched conspiracy” to take possession of the south Delhi farm house.The supplementary charge sheet had accused Hardeep in the case, saying the probe had shown Ponty was killed by the shot fired at him by his brother. PTI PPS ABA HMP AG ARC