3 Dec
2019

Minor girl gang-raped in Manipur

first_imgA 14-year-old girl was gang-raped allegedly by four youths in the Thanga islet of the Loktak lake on Tuesday, police in Bishnupur district said. A manhunt has been launched for the rapists.During preliminary investigation, the girl said a youth had asked her to visit a spot to talk about the photographs he had taken of her from atop a hill. He had threatened to post the photos on social media.When she visited the spot, the youth along with his three friends whisked her away in a van. She was taken to a secluded place where she was raped and left unconscious. That night she took shelter in a house nearby and later filed a police complaint.Talking about action taken against sexual offenders, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that after establishing a fast-track court to deal with crimes against women, 11 convicts had been sentenced to long prison terms. In one case, the rapist had been sentenced to life, while his accomplices had been awarded 20-year jail term.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Disgruntled legislators give PDP the jitters

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday may have attempted to put to rest the speculation on government formation in J&K, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) accused the BJP “of making bids to split local parties”.NC vice-president Omar Abdullah alleged that the State unit of the BJP had admitted to being party to efforts to break the PDP. “Power at any cost would seem to be the guiding philosophy [of the BJP],” the former Chief Minister said.Turning against partyMr. Abdullah’s remarks come days after at least five PDP legislators — Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, Abbas Wani, Yasir Reshi and Javaid Beigh — hinted at quitting the party and expressed “disillusionment with Ms. Mufti’s leadership.” Mr. Ansari hinted at many leaders from the Congress and the NC “ready to quit their parties.” “J&K is set to witness a political tsunami,” he said.However, no MLA has put in papers. The anti-defection law in J&K is stringent.What compounds worries for PDP president Mehbooba Mufti is the growing number of disgruntled members, like Rajpora Haseeb Drabu and Lolab Abdul Haq Khan, MLAs, who are maintaining a “meaningful distance from the party’s central leadership”.Delhi meetingsMr. Drabu’s meeting in New Delhi with Peoples Conference (PC) chief Sajjad Lone, considered close to the BJP and Mr. Madhav, fuelled speculation of a third front being formulated ahead of the Assembly polls. Mr. Ansari is also considered close to Mr. Drabu and Mr. Lone, who is emerging as a point-man to cobble a third front ahead of the elections.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

‘Media targeting Rahul for a decade’

first_imgThe media has been picking on Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the last 10 years, Congress leader Sam Pitroda said on Monday. In the context of relentless questions on why Mr. Gandhi decided to contest from Wayanad along with Amethi, Mr. Pitroda said, “The media is such that they are constantly focused on this one young man for the last 10 years. Everything he does is open to criticism. If he scratches the right side, then they will question ‘Why did he not scratch the left side?’ and there will be a national debate on that.” He was speaking at the second V.K. Madhavan Kutty memorial lecture on ‘Political campaigns in the digital era’. Mr. Pitroda also panned the social media which, he said, produced fake news. “Social media amplifies lies in a big way mainly because you can hide behind fake identity,” he said.last_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

Antetokounmpo Leads Bucks Past Timberwolves 134-106

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The start to the game was unusual. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s final stat line was not.After waiting out a long delay, Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 15 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 134-106 on Monday night.Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA MVP, has posted a double-double in all seven games this season.“Once you go out there, you have a mindset that you’re going to play a game, you’re going to go hard,” Antetokounmpo said. “Once you cannot go hard, you’ve got to almost switch mindsets.”The game was delayed 50 minutes so one of the baskets could be fixed before tipoff. During pregame warmups, the rim the Bucks were shooting on was discovered to be crooked.“I was making shots,” Antetokounmpo joked. “So I was happy. Once they said the rim is crooked, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s why I was making a lot of shots.’ Yeah, it was disturbing, because everybody was ready to go. We had to wait, like, probably, what was it, an hour?”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34), of Greece, drives as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng, right, of Senegal, watches in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)If the Bucks were thrown off by the delay, it didn’t show. Milwaukee shot 53.8 percent from the field.Khris Middleton added 26 points to match his season high, and Eric Bledsoe set a season best with 22. Bledsoe also had nine rebounds and six assists.“There’s just no excuses,” Middleton said. “We just had to stay professional and be as ready as we could.”Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 25 points. Minnesota played without center Karl-Anthony Towns, who served the second game of his two-game suspension for his part in an altercation with Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid last week. Robert Covington added 15 points.The Bucks outscored the Towns-less Timberwolves 62-38 in the paint.“They’re a good team,” Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said. “You know, the credit goes to them. They overwhelmed us a little bit in the third quarter.”Milwaukee broke open the game with a 38-point third that included a 22-6 run.Antetokounmpo scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds in the period.“We didn’t make shots. We got stagnant,” Covington said. “We didn’t come out with the urgency that we know we needed to. Just too much playing catch-up.”The Bucks were up seven at halftime thanks in part to coach Mike Budenholzer winning a coach’s challenge with 0.2 seconds left in the second quarter. That overturned an offensive foul on Antetokounmpo and resulted in a layup for him.Donte DiVincenzo scored a season-best 17 off the bench for Milwaukee.“A little bit of a strange night between the beginning and different things during the game,” Budenholzer said. “I thought the guys had a great focus. I thought the third quarter was really good.”TIP-INSBucks guards Wesley Matthews and Pat Connaughton returned to action. Connaughton (right shoulder strain) sat out Saturday’s win over Toronto, while Matthews injured his ankle Saturday and played only nine minutes.Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng made his second consecutive start in place of the suspended Towns. Backup point guard Shabazz Napier left in the fourth quarter with a strained right hamstring. He is day-to-day.KILLING TIMEThe Bucks spent the delay in the locker room, telling stories about odd events they’d experienced in their careers or watched on TV.“The first thing that came to mind for me was back when prime Shaq was breaking backboards every other game,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said.UP NEXTBucks: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, the second stop on a four-game road trip. Milwaukee is in the middle of playing nine of 11 away from home.Timberwolves: At the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. The Grizzlies have won 27 of 37 meetings in the last decade.___By JOE ZIEMER Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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