In response to the allegation by journalist Ataharuddin Munne Bharti, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the sidelines of his weekly Lok Samvad programme in Patna on Monday, said, “Such acts will not be tolerated at all in the State and we are keeping a close watch on this.” Mr. Bharti, a programme coordinator with NDTV India, had written in his blog, and tweeted tagging the Bihar CM and others, that he had been forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by a group of men who had also threatened to set the vehicle occupied by his aged parents and wife on fire. The incident allegedly took place on a national highway in Muzaffarpur.
Over a lakh people from 20,000 families have been moved to safety as local residents, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and the Armed forces are pulling out all the stops to rescue those stuck in water-logged areas in Kolhapur and Sangli districts.The districts are experiencing the worst deluge since 2005.Sixteen people in five districts — Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli and Solapur — in western Maharashtra have lost their lives over the past week. Around 1.32 lakh people from these districts have been evacuated till Wednesday, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said.Chairing an emergency meeting in Mumbai, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said rescuing women, children and patients was the priority, and directed the administration of the flood-hit districts to make alternative arrangements for food, essential items, and drinking water.Mr. Mhaisekar said four teams of the Territorial Army are engaged in rescue operations in Kolhapur and one team has reached Sangli. While six NDRF teams are already in action in Kolhapur, six more are on their way by road. One Navy team is in operation in Kolhapur.“Air connectivity has been established over Kolhapur since Wednesday morning with five more Navy teams to be dispatched via air over the district,” he said. The deluge has completely thrown State Transport bus services in Kolhapur and Sangli out of gear. With 89 roads in Kolhapur under water, the district is completely cut off from the rest of Maharashtra.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain for Kolhapur in the next 48 hours.“From Wednesday night till forenoon of August 9, we expect heavy to very heavy showers to hit the ghat areas, including Kolhapur,” Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather and air pollution monitoring unit, IMD, said.
Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Innu Nation says it will not accept an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Canada’s role in the residential school system in Labrador, APTN News has been told.Trudeau is scheduled to be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Friday to make the apology in person.But the Innu leadership said the residential school system that saw children ripped from their families is too similar to the number of Innu children in the care of the province and living away from their families.“A lot of these kids that are outside of the communities are suffering a loss of identity, loss of culture and loss of connection to family,” said Innu Nation Grand Chief Gregory Rich.In fact, elders and community members told leadership not to even attend the apology, said Rich.Helen Andrew, 51, of Sheshatshiu spent seven years at the Yale residential school in North West River.“When I was taken from my parents in the 70s I was a little girl,” she said, adding two of her sisters were also taken. “There was sexual and physical abuse.”Andrew said when she finally got to go home she barely spoke her own language and her parents didn’t speak any English.“I was speaking part English and Innu to them so they didn’t understand,” she recalled.But Andrew believes the impact on her people started before the residential school era, when they were forced to settle where they are now in the 1960s.She said they were nomadic people who migrated with the caribou.“When we were told to settle here that had a great, devastating effect on our culture,” she said.Labrador was left out of former prime minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology. Canada maintained it did not have a responsibility to the students of the province’s five residential schools because Newfoundland and Labrador joined Confederation in 1949, after the schools began operating.Shortly after taking office, the Liberals settled a $50 million class-action lawsuit that the Harper administration had been fighting.The issue of Innu children in state care is the subject of an upcoming provincial inquiry that was announced July 6.The Innu Nation and province of Newfoundland and Labrador are currently working out the terms of reference for the inquiry.