Seven Rohingya men handed over to Myanmar

first_imgSeven Rohingya Muslim men, arrested in 2012 for illegally entering Assam, were on Thursday officially handed over to Myanmar authorities at Manipur’s border town Moreh.The deportation from the immigration point at Moreh Gate No 2 took place at 1 p.m. soon after the Supreme Court rejected the plea to intervene in the case.Immigration officials from Tamu, the Myanmar town nearest Moreh, took custody of the seven men after completing the formalities with their Indian counterparts and police officials from Assam and Manipur.The Myanmar officials were Aung Myo, Tamu District Immigration Officer and Maun Maun Tar, Tamu Town Shed Officer. On the Indian side of the border, Moreh Sub-Divisional Police Officer M. Sandip Gopaldas, Immigration officer Md. Tajuddin Khan and P.V.V. Rakesh Reddy, Additional SP of Assam’s Cachar district led the proceedings.Mr. Reddy and his team had escorted the Myanmar nationals from Silchar Central Jail in Cachar district, in a bus to Manipur capital Imphal on Wednesday morning. The bus left Imphal for Moreh, 105 km away, at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday.Earlier in the day, the government told the apex court that these seven Rohingya men had entered India illegally in 2012, were convicted under the Foreigners Act and kept at Assam’s Silchar detention camp.According to the list of deportees provided by the police at Moreh, the seven are from Keito village under Chetpak police station in Myanmar’s Rakhine. They had settled at Nagatilla near Silchar after sneaking into Assam eight years ago.But an international report quoted a press release issued from Geneva stating that the men are from Kyauk Daw township in central Rakhine State.Consular accessThe Rohingya have been usually found to enter India from three townships in Myanmar – Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung in Northeastern Rakhine State that borders Bangladesh.Mr. Reddy, who monitored the deportation exercise, said that consular access had been granted to the Myanmar government that verified the identities of the seven men. “It is a routine exercise. I spoke with the Manipur DGP and exchanged necessary matter to facilitate the process,” said Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Additional Director-General of Assam Police’s Border Organisation. This organisation deals with detection and deportation of foreigners in Assam.Apart from these seven, Assam has 32 Rohingya including a few minors across five detention centres other than Silchar. Manipur’s Sajiwa Central Jail has 22 Rohingya caught five years ago.Tripura has some Rohingya people who crossed over from Bangladesh over the past five years, but the State police and Mobile Task Force did not provide details.Among the Rohingya in Manipur jail is Mohammed Hussain. He was 19 when he was caught entering India illegally from Myanmar in February 2012.His term expired six months later, but the Myanmar government’s reluctance to accept him and the others has made him stay in jail.Hussain fled Rawayungdaung village in Myanmar’s Rakhine State when the violence was sporadic. “I want to be free, but jail in India is better than freedom back home,” he said when the prison authorities facilitated an interaction with the media in November 2017.last_img read more

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‘Titli’ puts coastal Odisha on high alert

first_imgSeveral coastal districts of Odisha have been put on high alert as the cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.As a precautionary measure, the State government has ordered the closure of all educational institutes and anganwadi kendras in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts from Wednesday till effects of the storm are over. A decision over closure of institutes in some other districts may be taken after a review of the situation on Wednesday.High-level meetingA high-level meeting was convened by the State chief secretary in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday evening to take stock of the situation and preparedness to face ‘Titli’.The latest bulletin by the India Meteorological Department said the cyclonic storm was centred at 510 km from Gopalpur. This severe cyclonic storm is expected to move west-northward and make landfall between Gopalpur in south Odisha and Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh by October 11 morning. During the landfall, this severe cyclonic storm is expected to have a wind speed of 100 to 110 km/hr with gusts of up to 125 km/hr.According to Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupad Sethi, people living in low lying coastal areas of Ganjam, Khurda and Puri districts may be evacuated to cyclone shelters on Wednesday if the need arises. Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange said vulnerable areas are being identified and people of these areas will be evacuated to safe multi-purpose shelters if needed.Three hundred boats have been kept ready for emergencies. Six teams of National Disaster Response Force have been sent to Gajapati, Puri, Kendrapada, Nayagarh, Jajpur and Bhadrak districts for rescue operations. Seven teams of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force are being deployed in Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kalahandi districts.The regional meteorological department on Tuesday gave ‘Red’ warning for Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts as heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur in these places from Wednesday. ‘Orange’ alert has been issued for Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Bhadrak and Balasore.last_img read more

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Pervez Musharraf versus Vikram Verma on India-Pakistan cricket ties

first_img“India should play cricket with Pakistan. I am all for keeping sports and politics separate.” PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, Pakistan President “How can we send the cricket team to Pakistan when they are supporting terrorist activities in Kashmir?” VIKRAM VERMA, Union Sports Minister,”India should play cricket with Pakistan. I am all for keeping sports and politics separate.” PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, Pakistan President”How can we send the cricket team to Pakistan when they are supporting terrorist activities in Kashmir?” VIKRAM VERMA, Union Sports Ministerlast_img read more

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Internatioanl Yoga Day: 15,000 gather at DDA parks, 10k at CP

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) Notwithstanding early rains, Delhiites came out in large numbers to celebrate International Day of Yoga at various gardens and public places, with a famous DDA park recording a turnout of close to 9,000 alone.Mega yoga sessions were held at District Park, Sector-11, Dwarka, Swarn Jayanti Park, Rohini and Yamuna Sports Complex in east Delhi, besides events at several other venues, including all sports complexes of DDA, Millennium Park at Indraprastha, Maharaja Surajmal Park and Tughlakabad Extension.According to AYUSH Ministry officials, about 10,000 yoga enthusiasts came together in the streets of Connaught Place and nearly 9,000 at DDAs Swarn Jayanti Park in Rohini.”Our programme was executed very successfully. We had installed giant screens at the venue, so the main function in Lucnknow was beamed live there. The turnout from last year, has only grown further,” a senior DDA official told PTI.At Delhi Development Authoritys park in Dwarka and Yamuna Sports Complex in east Delhi, the turnout was 3,000 each.Besides, Connaught Place, other public places falling under the ambit of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), where events were held included Nehru Park and Lodhi Garden, registering a footfall of 1,000 each.The three municipal corporations of Delhi also held events to mark the day. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation hosted a yoga session at the Ajmal Khan Park in Karol Bagh, the South Corporation at Talkatora Stadium, the East Corporation at its headquarters in Patparganj.”Two big screens were set up at Ajmal Khan Park to beam live telecast of Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow,” a senior civic official said.advertisementRestrictions on vehicular traffic and parking areas in Connaught Places Inner Circle, ordered closed from 11 PM, June 19, was lifted at 11.30 AM.Entry and exit points at the Rajiv Chowk metro station were closed till 08.30 AM for the celebrations. PTI KND RCJlast_img read more

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Riotous final day captures the paradoxes of Bundesliga 2017-18

first_img Show Hamburg suffer historic relegation and leave Bundesliga with a bang 15SC Freiburg34-2436 Twitter 2Schalke 04341663 Share on Twitter To channel this sort of response from a limited group of players – quite how limited was underlined by Bobby Wood’s thoroughly avoidable, yet almost laudable second-half red card for a second booking – was really something. With captain Gotoku Sakai emotionally pledging to stay at full-time, both automatically relegated clubs – extraordinarily – have a positive energy to them. The pair are representative of an unusual, and not always satisfying, Bundesliga season. There has been plenty of entertainment,the 36 goals rattled in on the final day showing that. Yet on a Saturday when even champions Bayern Munich, led in their title celebrations by Manuel Neuer (who’s still yet to play since September) and finished 21 points clear , managed to put a dampener on their own party by losing 4-1 at home to Stuttgart, acknowledging that there have been better seasons in the competition’s recent history quality-wise was inescapable. Joy for Julian Nagelsmann and Hoffenheim. Photograph: Amelie Querfurth/AFP/Getty Images 11Werder Bremen34-342 Reuse this content 10Hertha Berlin34-343 7VfB Stuttgart34051 Share on Messenger Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Hannover, Bayern Munich 1-4 Stuttgart, Hamburg 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha Berlin 2-6 RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim 3-1 Borussia Dortmund, Mainz 1-2 Werder Bremen, Freiburg 2-0 Augsburg, Schalke 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg 4-1 Cologne Facebook The retiring Stefan Kießling saw a penalty, which he spotted up, rescinded by VAR when they were three up against Hannover, which could have made it even tighter, and Die Werkself subsequently let in a pair of late goals. In reality, losses to Dortmund and Stuttgart then a failure to win in Bremen leading up to this cost them, rather than the final day.With national debate about German clubs’ perceived underachievement in European competitions, many supporters and commentators hope 2018-19 sees an improvement in standards – a banquet of some substance, rather than a fast food fix.Talking points• Hats off to Stuttgart, then, who will qualify for the Europa League if Bayern win the DfB Pokal final against future coach Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Coach Tayfun Korkut said he would enjoy the final “with a glass of red wine”, and without tension, as he well deserves. After his appointment in place of the popular Hannes Wolf was widely criticised, Stuttgart took more points in the Rückrunde than any other team apart from Bayern.• The suspicion before the final day that HSV might have a chance was largely informed by the potential for Wolfsburg combusting at the moment of truth. Instead, Bruno Labbadia’s side stepped up from the moment Josuha Guilavogui’s fine strike gave them the lead 40 seconds in. They also recovered well from Jonas Hector’s equaliser to win 4-1, setting them up for Thursday’s play-off first leg against Holstein Kiel, who were in the third tier this time last year.• Leipzig also got off to a flier, with Dayot Upamecano giving them a lead inside 90 seconds at a Hertha Berlin who seemed dazzled by the visit of Ryan Reynolds. The real star of the show as the side qualified for Europe was Ademola Lookman, who scored and set up two more in a 6-2 victory. Bundesliga Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA Pinterest PosTeamPGDPts 1899 Hoffenheim Topics Share on Pinterest 3TSG Hoffenheim341855 1Bayern Munich346484 Bayern Munich Twitter center_img “It could,” wrote a seething Hamburger Morgenpost, “have been a very dignified descent from the Bundesliga. HSV wanted to leave the main stage of German football with their heads held high, but then the arsonists in Volkspark took over the command and destroyed this beautiful scene.” The newspaper’s ire had been shared by many of the other fans in the Volkspark, who whistled and chanted “Wir sind Hamburger und ihr nicht” at the ultras.On the pitch the players waited 15 minutes for the field to be cleared of objects, stewards, police and animals, desperate to complete the final few seconds of stoppage time. Tatsuya Ito, who had been one of HSV’s beacons of hope in the game, couldn’t hold back the tears any longer. Borussia Mönchengladbach, knowing their chance of snatching a European place had gone, could have done without their quarter-hour of purgatory too.It’s the hope, as they say, that kills you, and by this point all hope had been and gone. They had been ready for relegation for a couple of months, as we said in this column a few weeks back, clearing the decks in getting rid of chairman Heribert Bruchhagen and sporting director Jens Todt, and promoting reserve coach Christian Titz to seemingly do a glorified relegation stocktake. Titz actually inspired a thrilling run that was just too little, too late. The paradox of the club hitting a record low just as they completed a fourth Bundesliga win in six was not lost on people. “Right now,” Titz told Sky after the dust settled, “I feel a lot of disappointment, because I believed until the very end that us winning could be enough.” 8Eintracht Frankfurt34049 4Borussia Dortmund341755 9Borussia M’gladbach34-547 features 12Augsburg34-341 13Hannover 9634-1039 That was equally apparent in one of the day’s most meaningful fixtures, between Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund. Julian Nagelsmann and his players deserve enormous credit for surpassing even last season’s excellence, after their 3-1 win assured third place and Champions League qualification. The enormity of their achievements visibly hit the players, with Nadiem Amiri and Kevin Akpoguma among those collapsing in tears at full-time at an emotional Rhein-Neckar Arena. It was plain, however, that they got there at least partly through the shortcomings of others. One only had to look at their opponents. Dortmund squeezed into the top four too, by a whisker, having been left sweating by a defensive horror show. It was, as goalscorer Marco Reus told the cameras after the game, “symbolic of our whole season”.The restructure is already under way, with Matthias Sammer and Sebastian Kehl included and Lucien Favre expected to join from Nice. Departing coach Peter Stöger – unlike goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, who made a brief pre-retirement cameo in stoppage time to a big reception – may not be remembered as a Dortmund great, but there appears to be a degree of appreciation for him among supporters, with respect for his working manner, if not always for the quality of football his team produced. The Austrian inherited a team in eighth place and delivered them into the top four. That wasn’t a given. He is set to receive a €2m bonus for reaching the Champions League at the end of his 154 days in charge. So poor Leverkusen, having come so far under Heiko Herrlich and developed into one of the best teams to watch in the league, fell agonisingly short on goal difference after ending up level on points with Hoffenheim and Dortmund. Thank you for your feedback. 6RB Leipzig34453 17Hamburg34-2431 18Cologne34-3522 European club football Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. The clock, since you asked, kept on ticking. As the curtain fell on Hamburger SV’s unbroken presence in top flight since the Bundesliga’s formation in 1963, it was alone in maintaining steady hands (give or take it being digital). With the home side’s winning position futile, as Wolfsburg completed an eventually emphatic victory over Köln 170km to the south, any façade of holding it together began to crack.Pyrotechnics rained down from the ultras in the Nordtribüne and a heavy police presence took over the pitch in lines, with horses and dogs for company. Some of those waiting to see if the famous timepiece – adding every extra second to HSV’s ever-present tenure – would stop must have struggled to see it through thick plumes of black smoke. Share via Email 5Bayer Leverkusen341455 Hamburg Was this helpful? 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Jan Vertonghen inspires Spurs to take Borussia Dortmund to the cleaners

first_img Substitutes 44 56 Read more 6 Delaney 13 Guerreiro 12 Wanyama Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Tottenham Hotspur Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe 27 Wolf Goal attempts Show 13 5 Topics Share on Twitter Once they had taken the lead, the dilemma for Spurs was how much they should press forward in the hunt for more goals if that opened up the possibility of leaving themselves vulnerable to the counterattack. As it was, they got the balance just right. They must have also been encouraged by what was becoming increasingly obvious, namely that Dortmund were faltering. Son, in particular, played as though he would not be entirely satisfied with only a one-goal lead. His attitude was infectious and, once Vertonghen had the better of Sancho, the Spurs player was emboldened to go forward more.Perhaps Spurs had also been encouraged by the reports from Dortmund’s previous two games, when Lucien Favre’s team had conceded three in each of their assignments against Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen. Vertonghen’s goal was a side-footed finish, unchallenged, after Dávinson Sánchez won the ball back and Serge Aurier picked out his run with an excellent cross from the right.The marking was poor, to say the least, and it was the same again three minutes later when Spurs won a corner on the left. Christian Eriksen swung the ball into the penalty area and Llorente, who had been on the pitch only two minutes, applied the decisive header. 29 Schmelzer 3 Rose 4 Alderweireld 36 Toprak Spurs Share on Pinterest 4 Spurs Off target 1 Dortmund 11 Spurs On target 5 Dortmund Match stats Share on Messenger 8 Winks 22 Pulisic Share via Email Thank you for your feedback. Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media 10 Gotze DOR TOT 35 Hitz Fouls Mauricio Pochettino salutes Son and Spurs ‘heroes’ after Dortmund win Lineups Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho makes mark but has to settle for second best 1 Lloris Possession Borussia Dortmund (s 90′) 5 Hakimi 5 Vertonghen 17 Sissoko Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Hide 27 Lucas Moura 18 Balerdi Substitutes Champions League Was this helpful? No wonder Son was grinning. He, more than anyone, took the fight to Dortmund, with his ability to create danger, his licence to roam and apparent immunity to fatigue. Son was playing, officially, as a centre-forward, but one who drifted to both sides or even dropped back into his own half to collect the ball. He was four roles in one. It made him an elusive player to mark and it was his goal, early in the second half, that dramatically changed the complexion of the match. Twitter 2 Trippier 22 Gazzaniga Corners 18 Llorente At the end of a hugely satisfying night for Tottenham Son Heung-min walked off the pitch with his shirt untucked, the ball at his feet and a look of boyish joy on his face. He was doing keepie-ups, still wanting to entertain the crowd after another of those occasions when it can be difficult to remember Spurs did not sign anyone in the last transfer window, or the one before that, are not even playing in what they can genuinely call a home stadium and have Harry Kane and Dele Alli among their absentees. (s 89′) (s 85′) Pinterest 6 1 2 Zagadou Until that point Dortmund had been marginally the better side, quick to the ball, strong in the tackle, with the kind of self-assurance that comes from being five points clear in the Bundesliga. Hugo Lloris, the Spurs goalkeeper, was far too busy for Pochettino’s liking in the first half. Jadon Sancho, being watched by Gareth Southgate, was prominently involved and Dortmund’s confidence during that period could probably be summed up by Achraf Hakimi, their right-back, venturing forward to slip the ball through Vertonghen’s legs for a perfectly executed nutmeg.That all changed in the 47th minute when Hakimi tried the same again, except this time he was inside his own half with other players crowding him out. Spurs retrieved the ball and, when Vertonghen looked up, he could see Son signalling for the ball inside the penalty area. Vertonghen was playing in an unorthodox role and many Spurs fans might have felt unsettled to see the centre-half being asked to tread a path up and down the left wing. They need not have worried: Vertonghen’s performance was one of the great triumphs of Pochettino’s team selection. His cross was expertly delivered and Son’s volley flew into the net. 4 Diallo 28 Witsel Read more 7 Sancho 1 Burki Once again Mauricio Pochettino’s players showed their qualities of togetherness, resilience and, at times, great skill. They keep doing it, rising to the challenge, absolutely determined to show they can outdo teams with bigger reputations in the Champions League and more experience of European football at its highest level. Son was their first scorer and his hard running and intelligent forward play set the tone. Jan Vertonghen, a revelation in his left wing-back role, was next and, finally, it was the substitute Fernando Llorente heading in a corner to put Spurs in a position of command.The last two goals came in the 83rd and 86th minutes, turning a narrow lead into a resounding one, and a side who had barely scraped through the group stage are now one solid display away from reaching the quarter-finals. Spurs had dominated against the team who, to recap, are holding off Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga champions in each of the last six years, at the top of the German league. Pochettino talked about it being one of the great occasions from the last two seasons as tenants at Wembley and, from here, it would need a spectacular collapse if his team are unable to finish the job at the Signal Iduna Park on 5 March. One goal for Spurs would mean Dortmund need five. Tottenham 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: Champions League player ratings 19 Dahoud Read more (s 88′) (s 88′) Fernando Llorente celebrates with his teammates after scoring the third Spurs goal. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian 20 Philipp 52 Skipp DOR44TOT56% (s 77′) Dortmund 7 Son match reports 21 Foyth 11 Lamela The most surprising part of Dortmund’s deterioration was how long it took for the players in yellow to shake their heads clear from that opening goal – if they ever did. Sancho faded badly but, to give him his due, he was not alone. In addition Spurs looked far more assured for the remainder of the game, attacking with real purpose and defending much more stoutly than earlier in the match when Juan Foyth committed the centre-half’s sin of losing the ball inside his own penalty area, leaving Christian Pulisic with the chance to left fly with a left-foot shot. 23 Eriksen Share on Facebook 24 Aurier Reuse this content 34 Bruun Larsen 6 Sanchez Share on WhatsApp Facebook Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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Here’s what HR must do to reduce workplace stress

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 10:19 IST Here’s what HR must do to reduce stress in the workplaceFrom the phase of Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0, the corporate world has grown exponentially, and a lot of new industries have also emerged. With this, the workload increased and that led to a spike in the demand of workforce.There is pressure piling up due to tight work schedules. Employees are increasingly stressed out, eventually resulting in depression and loss in work productivity.A research conducted by SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) India in 2016 highlighted that disrespect at the workplace, lack of work-life balance, over time, inability to process constructive feedback from the manager, support from manager and participation avoidance are the major causes of stress at workplace. In such a scenario, stress management as a discipline has become an integral part of Human Resource Management. Stress at workplace – BasicsStress has been defined in many ways related to the different situation in one’s life under different circumstances, but the most relatable definition of stress is a feeling when work demands, work-life balance, and tension in relationships, exceed the resource potential. The tension that arises in any of the three domains – personal, social, and financial leads to stress. If stress is not managed in time, it may cause depression and notably bring health ailments.Over the period of time, stress has become a major part of human life because the sources of stress aren’t obvious and also the daily work-life situation demands resolution only by the affected one. Thus, the real solution to counter the pertaining problem is not to avoid stress beforehand, but to manage stress adroitly.advertisementAt the workplace, anyone can experience stress under different circumstances as everyone has different mental ability and stress handling capacity. The SHRM study also revealed that 80 per cent of employees in India are suffering from stress at the workplace, every 1 out of 2 employees suffer from anxiety and depression on a varied basis. This is true that everyone cannot fit in a single parameter when it comes to stress management. That’s a reason, it is the responsibility of the HR to handle the situation skillfully and help employees to manage stress.There has been a recent paradigm shift in the likeliness of employees volunteering for stress management programmes, where nearly 90 per cent of employees have shown interest for participation in such programmes.Stress- Cause, reaction and fallout When work demands exceed the capacity and capability of an individual, it leads to stress in the workplace. In cases, where companies load employees with an excess of work without weighing them on the scales of efficiency and capacity, lack of work-life balance, and disrespect at the workplace are the most common causes of stress in the corporateRight from undefined duties, key result area (KRA), and unrealistic goals to harassment, ill-treatment, or bullying at the workplace, are some of the major causes that result in stressThe most common reaction to stress is flight or fight. But any individual can neither avoid stress for long nor can fight against the odds alone. Despite being the common reactions, these options aren’t the right choice in the day to day work life situationsEven the ROI of organisations are adversely affected because of employees’ stress. As per the SHRM India study, the productivity losses across IT, Finance/Banking, and Travel and Hospitality because of stress reach to Rs 49.67 crore, 105.48 crore, and 10.5 crore respectivelyHealth deterioration, physical ailments, underperformance, absenteeism, reduced productivity, job quitting, et cetera are the major results of stress. The need of the hour is to have a planned approach to manage stress at the workplace in a practically effective manner. This is what makes the role of an HR even more crucial.Ways for HR manager to manage stress The HR managers need to follow a psychologically sound approach to manage stress. The three phases of stress management namely – Identification of stress, treatment of stress, and stress relieving mechanism for future, are essential for HR managers to understand and follow.They must also be in sync with the health and safety department of the organisation scheduling primary health checkups for employees time to time and arranging psychiatrists and counselors for counseling sessions if needed.In the complete stress management process, the first step should involve an analysis of the factors causing stress. This will not just help in employee retention and enhanced work performance but will also result in organisational development.The diagnostic phase plays an important part in stress management.The employees should also be encouraged to self-diagnose the stress causing reasons. That can involve simple techniques of analyzing the past day and observe easy signs of stress including a frequent headache, excessive sleep, weakness, and disorientation at work.advertisementApart from this, HR managers should also identify the change in individuals at the workplace and engage in conversations regarding the work-life balance and workflow efficiency. This is vital for the HR team to observe signs of social withdrawal amongst employees like not wanting to meet people, avoiding parties, and a constant feeling of being overwhelmed.The HR managers should encourage individuals to accept stressful situations as a part of self-awareness because that can greatly help in refocusing on the remedial measures. Today, with widespread awareness regarding stress, employees at the workplace aren’t hiding their feelings and coming to the forefront to their HR and management in anticipation of a proper solution.Following the psychological principles, the proposed solution for stress management can be action based, job-based or ritual based.Action based stress management: The advancements of technology can be really helpful for individuals fighting stress because they can manage their time efficiently using alarms and notification apps on their smartphones.Following a disciplined time routine can help get rid of stress to a great extent and that should also be the focal point of HR managers to assure that employees follow a time routine and undertake their work in a disciplined manner. The newly emerging mobile health apps are proving great benefits for health and wellness of the employees across industries.Today, mobile technology and telephonic assistance are rising as the most applicable technology driven assistance to address stress at an individual level with a share of 30.4 per cent and 24.5 per cent respectively.Job-based stress management: Prioritising tasks is another way to bust stress and come out with flying colors. HR team should responsibly hold seminars and workshops with employees and counsel them to identify and prioritize important tasks and accomplish their targets.Counseling is the most imperative aspect in the stress management for the HR, especially counseling at the right time because the resistance time of stress-fighting for employees, between the alarm (first) and exhaustion (final) phase of stress, can help derive the befitting stress management technique. In fact, employees are also advised to approach employee counselors or HRs to become aware of one’s own strengths and weaknesses.Ritual based stress management: The stated hobby in over 95 per cent of the resumes that HR managers receive gives a sign that those activities provide a break from routine to individuals and help them recharge for the work.Employees need to believe that he/she is singularly responsible for his/her health. Hobbies and rituals can play an important part in achieving the same and handle stress. Right from fun Fridays to sports activities at the workplace, these arrangements done by HRs will not just help employees at all hierarchy to interact but will reduce the causes of stress to a great level.Motivational activities, team building tasks, and interactive fun activities can also be fruitful in countering stress.advertisement(Authored article by Judy Manjlekar, India HR Director, TechnipFMC)Read: 7 steps to make your organisation a great place to workRead: How to deal with people who do not perform at workplaceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Anand Tags :Follow HR managersFollow Human ResourceFollow Society of Human Resource ManagementFollow HR Workplace Here’s what HR must do to reduce workplace stressA research conducted by SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) India in 2016 highlighted that disrespect at the workplace, lack of work-life balance, over time, inability to process constructive feedback from the manager, support from manager and participation avoidance are the major causes of stress at workplace.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Tunisian man says he gave accused killers messages photos to Torontoarea cops

first_imgTORONTO — A video gamer in Tunisia says he has turned over to Toronto-area police disturbing messages and images that a Canadian man accused of killing four family members allegedly posted online.The Tunisian man said he often played video games on a private server called Perfect World Void with Menhaz Zaman, a 23-year-old Markham, Ont., resident who has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.The four dead are 70-year-old Firoza Begum, 59-year-old Moniruz Zaman, 50-year-old Momotaz Begum and 21-year-old Malesa Zaman, and friends have identified them as Menhaz Zaman’s grandmother, parents and sister.The Tunisian player, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the case, said he was one of dozens of players who saw Menhaz Zaman’s messages on a third-party app gamers use to chat with each other. In those messages posted on Sunday, Zaman claimed he had killed his family, the Tunisian man alleged.“I’ve slaughtered my entire family, and will most likely spend life in jail if I manage to survive,” says one of the messages a user named “Menhaz” posted on the chat. When some players expressed disbelief, the Tunisian player said, Zaman posted several photos that he claimed showed his victims. The gamer said he reached out to police in Canada to alert them to the disturbing postings, which he has also shared with The Canadian Press. One of the photos shows a young man holding a large bloodied kitchen knife.“I didn’t sleep or drink for two days, not because of graphic content, but just kept asking the question ‘why’ over and over,” he told The Canadian Press in a Facebook message. “I’ve already called York Regional Police and Crime Stoppers … and sent them everything I have.”The Tunisian man, who also moderates the private gaming server, said any disturbing messages posted to the site in the future will be reported immediately to the authorities. York Regional Police said they couldn’t comment on any evidence received.The Canadian Press has not verified that the photos or messages were posted by the accused.Police have said they were called to a Markham home shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday following a 911 call about possible injuries. They said Zaman, who lived in the house, opened the door to investigators and was taken into custody shortly afterwards.Zaman was charged on Monday and is set to next appear in court on Friday.Emerald Bensadoun, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Fairfax Financial sells Singapore insurance business for US16 billion

TORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is selling its stake in Singaporean insurer First Capital Insurance Ltd. for US$1.6 billion as part of a broader partnership agreement that will ensure the Canadian insurance and investment company receives 25 per cent of the subsidiary’s profits.The Toronto-based firm (TSX:FFH) said on a conference call Thursday that the all-cash deal to sell its 97.7 per cent stake in the business to Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. is part of a “strategic alliance” with MSI, under which the companies will pursue global partnership opportunities.Fairfax shares jumped following the announcement. The stock’s Thursday closing price was up $30.32, or five per cent, to $636.62.The sales agreement gives Fairfax potential to gain exposure in other regions of the world. Canadian insurance companies such as Sun Life (TSX:SLF) and Manulife have targeted Asia for growth as burgeoning middle classes in the region mean increased demand for protections and benefits that insurers offer.“This partnership with MSI is truly a game changer for Fairfax, a real win-win opportunity with a long-term, like-minded partner,” CEO Prem Watsa told shareholders on a conference call.Watsa also said the agreement with MSI gives Fairfax a foothold in Japan. A partnership with a local company will help Fairfax become more diverse and appeal to the growing numbers of affluent people in Asia, said Dylan Gordon of Idea Couture, a firm that helps companies adapt to changes in the market.“It’s trying to figure out how do we change who we are and how we operate to be more diverse and global in what we can offer people … and that takes partnerships,” Gordon said, explaining that on-the-ground knowledge is crucial.Norma Nielson, co-chair of insurance at the University of Calgary, said Asia is particularly attractive to businesses because of high population numbers in the region.“As you acquire middle-class lifestyle you tend to acquire mortgages and cars, and you need life insurance and car insurance and house insurance,” she said.“If there are a billion people in China it’s kind of hard to ignore that as a reasonable market to work on.”Fairfax said the sale of First Capital will net US$900 million of after-tax profit, or US$33 per share. The company will take a 25 per cent quota share, and it expects its ongoing vested interest in First Capital’s existing and future business will see significant returns.“If First Capital writes $100 million worth of business, we’ll take a quota share of 25 per cent which will be $25 million, and that $25 million will be going into one of our companies,” Watsa explained.“You’ll get 25 per cent of the earnings and you’ll get 25 per cent of the growth. That made it a very unusual and attractive transaction.”Watsa praised the deal, saying First Capital is the “undisputed leader” in Singapore. The company provides a wide range of insurance products, including home, accident, travel and car insurance, as well as coverage for theft, industrial, civil engineering projects and marine cargo businesses.Fairfax estimates First Capital will grow from $400 million in gross premiums today to over $1 billion over time. The insurer’s current CEO Ramaswamy Athappan will continue as head of the Singaporean provider as well as in his role a chairman of Fairfax Asia.The deal is expected to close late this year or early next year.Fairfax is primarily invested in North American property and casualty insurance businesses but has diversified to other regions and industries. It has operations in growing markets such as Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and Brazil. read more

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General Motors names Scott Bell as president of Canadian division

OSHAWA, Ont. — General Motors says it has named Scott Bell as its new president and managing director for GM Canada as the current president moves on to a new role at the company.Bell steps into the role of president from his position as vice president of sales, service and marketing for GM Canada.The automaker says current president Travis Hester will move to the newly formed position of global vice president of customer experience.It says the transition will begin immediately.Hester had been in the role since April 2018, leading the division though a major cutback in operations at the company’s Oshawa plant.The plant, originally slated for effective closure this year at a loss of some 2,600 unionized jobs, will instead be converted into a parts operation that will save about 300 of those jobs.The Canadian Press read more

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At World BankIMF meeting UN urges global commitment to broad antipoverty fight

The UN called for follow-up to pledges made earlier this year at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, to improve the quantity of development assistance, and the quality of its delivery and deployment.The global community “has not yet developed a sufficient set of international frameworks, principles or policies for the world financial system to successfully mediate a stable, effective and adequate transfer of real resources to developing countries,” Oscar de Rojas, UN Executive Coordinator for Financing for Development, said in the statement to the Bretton Woods Development Committee.Follow-up on the Monterrey Consensus on financing for development was the primary agenda item of today’s annual meeting of the Development Committee. The Monterrey Conference, convened by the UN with the joint participation of the Bank, the IMF and the World Trade Organization, stressed the need for coordinated action on the interrelated issues of aid, trade, debt, investment, improvement of national financial environments and international monetary, trading and financial systems. read more

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In Ukraine Ban pledges UN support amid debilitating conflict in countrys eastern

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chats with locals on the streets in Kiev. UN Photo ‹ ›“I know that there had been some setbacks and failures, but the United Nations is the most legitimate organization in the international community to preserve peace, freedom, human dignity, and human rights,” he said. Mr. Ban also recalled that Ukraine is a founding member of the UN and in its 24 years of independence, the eastern European nation has provided peacekeepers to many places in the world. Also today, Mr. Ban met with Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to discuss the way forward for resolving the conflict based on the Minsk agreements and Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the critical reforms currently undertaken by the Government. Mr. Ban underscored that the UN remains deeply committed to supporting the people and Ukraine in their quest toward a more transparent, inclusive and results-oriented political and democratic culture.“I am standing with you,” he said. “As we recall the huge price of victory over fascism, we renew our solemn promise that the sacrifice of the fallen will not be in vain,” Mr. Ban said at a Kiev press encounter for 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. “I am saddened that I come to Ukraine amidst a debilitating conflict in the east, where nearly 7,000 [lives] have been lost, along with so much destruction of your society,” the Secretary-General added, pledging that the UN will continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The UN chief was joined by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko. Yesterday Mr. Ban was in Poland where he also attended events commemorating the end of the Second World War in Europe. Mr. Ban heads to Russia tomorrow for a weekend of events as well. “I am here to reaffirm my support for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, in a manner upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” Mr. Ban said.It is out of the tragedy of World War II that the United Nations emerged as a common resolve of the international community to come together and, as the Charter pledges, to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” the Secretary-General reminded. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine in Kiev. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a press encounter with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. UN Photo Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Kiev. UN Photo read more

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Hate waking up Heres how to become a morning person

first_imgRepublished with permission from Greatist.comLET’S FACE IT: Morning people have an advantage, and while the night owls are still hitting snooze, the early birds are making things happen all across the globe. But no one is doomed to a lifetime of groggy mornings. Greatist put together the world’s best guide to helping make the switch to morning glory.(Problems seeing the infographic? Click here to open it in a new window)Young women don’t notice weight gain, study says > Over the hill: Have you passed peak performance? >last_img read more

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Cork shoreline comes in fifth place after worldwide search

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3050834 Share786 Tweet Email1 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 10:41 PM Cork shoreline comes in fifth place after worldwide search The southwest coast beat Capetown, Goa and Australia’s Whitehaven Islands to get into the top five. Short URL Image: Google Maps Oct 27th 2016, 10:41 PM 26,888 Views center_img Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee Criminal Assets Bureau returned €185,000 in dole overpayments to the State in 2015 >To live and die in Ireland: New CSO figures reveal the state of the nation > 25 Comments THE CORK COASTLINE has been acknowledged as having one of the world’s most stunning shorelines.Travel vlogger Laila Swann came aboard a number of Royal Caribbean tours to determine the world’s most picturesque locations.Inchydoney, located on the south coast of Cork,came fifth in Swann’s list based on her travel experience while the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai took top spot followed by Blackpool in the UK.Swann used a formula devised by psychologist Dr David Holmes which takes into account the clarity of the horizon, sea colour, sand quality and interesting features to determine how attractive the area is to travellers.Swann said: “I’ve used Dr Holmes’ report and the science behind the equation to identify the top ten shorelines in the world and having travelled to Dubai in March this year, I can certainly vouch for its sensational shoreline.”Dr Holmes added: “While this formula may not account for every eventuality, the top ten hopefully helps holidaymakers identify the shorelines which are, scientifically, most impactful.”last_img read more

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Une nouvelle baisse de prix pour le Blackberry Playbook à la Fnac

first_imgUne nouvelle baisse de prix pour le Blackberry Playbook… à la Fnac !La tablette tactile du canadien RIM, déjà bradée à plusieurs reprises depuis son arrivée sur le marché,  va connaître encore une réduction pendant 10 jours, et ce, exclusivement dans les magasins Fnac.En France, le Playbook avait déjà connu, à la fin de l’année dernière, une baisse de 150 euros sur son tarif. Et bien, ouvrez bien vos yeux ! La Fnac propose alors pendant 10 jours de baisser encore le prix de 150 euros (attention, un réapprovisionnement est en cours, en prévision du succès de l’offre). A titre d’exemple, le Playbook 16GB coûte en ce moment 199 euros et le 32GB 249 euros…De quoi faire des heureux.À lire aussiCyanogenmod 10 disponible pour les smartphones et tablettes sous AndroidSorti en avril 2011, le Blackberry Playbook a encore de beaux jours devant lui, ce qui n’empêchera pas RIM de préparer deux nouveaux modèles pour 2012, selon quelques rumeurs (lien non disponible) du moment. A noter également la prochaine mise à jour 2.0 de l’OS Blackberry Playbook, de quoi encourager le nouvel utilisateur (et les anciens aussi), avec notamment la possibilité d’installer des applications Android.Si vous souhaitez sauter sur l’occasion (même si à ce prix là c’est du neuf!), l’offre tient jusqu’au 9 février. Alors, une bonne affaire le Playbook à 199 euros ?Le 1 février 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Nominate Outstanding Soy Grower Leaders for 2016 Achievement Awards

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) needs your help identifying outstanding grower leaders for the 2016 ASA award and recognition program. If you know someone who goes above and beyond for the soybean industry and amplifies truly outstanding leadership –we want to hear about it and recognize them for their hard work! As in past years, three major awards will be presented:• Special Meritorious Service• Lifetime Achievement Award – Association focus• Lifetime Achievement Award – Membership focusPlease consider and submit a nominee for one or all three categories. Click on here for all submissions and for more details.All nominations must be received no later than Friday, Nov.13, 2015. Members of the Membership and Corporate Relations Committee will make the final selection at the December ASA Board meeting. Nominations received after Nov.13, 2015 will not be considered. All nominations must be submitted online. No nominations by telephone, email or fax please. If you have any questions, please use the contact information below:Farris HaleyProject Coordinator.American Soybean Association12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 100St. Louis, MO 63141fhaley@soy.org 1-800-688-7692 Ext. 1284(314) 576-1770, Ext. 1284The awards will be presented at the ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic in New Orleans, La. The ASA Awards Banquet is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016. American Soybean Association Award Categories for 2016Lifetime Achievement Award – AssociationThe Lifetime Achievement Award with an Association focus is designed to honor individuals who have, through many years of service, exemplified truly outstanding leadership through unselfish dedication to the American Soybean Association and the soybean industry. Persons involved in soybean farming and/or soybean association related functions are eligible for this award.NOTE: Current members of the ASA Board of Directors are not eligible for this award. Former ASA Board of Directors must be off the ASA Board for at least 3 years to be eligible.2015 Winner – No award was received.Lifetime Achievement Award – MembershipThe Lifetime Achievement Award with a Membership focus is designed to honor individuals who have devoted their sustaining commitment to strengthen ASA membership through avid recruitment, board involvement or state affiliation.NOTE: Current members of the ASA Board of Directors are not eligible for this award. Former ASA Board of Directors must be off the ASA Board for at least 3 years to be eligible.2015 Winner – Harvey Morken – North DakotaSpecial Meritorious Service AwardThis award is designed to honor individuals who have served the soybean industry above and beyond the ordinary. This award may be presented to an individual who has devoted a major portion of his/her life to the soybean industry in any field.2015 Winner – Dr. Jim Specht-Nebraskalast_img read more

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Toy Story 5 isnt planned but it wouldnt surprise star Tom Hanks

first_img Toy Story 4 review: Jokes barely save a story lacking stakes Tim Allen compares Toy Story 4 to Avengers: Infinity War With Toy Story, Netflix and more, 2019 is Keanu Reeves’ year TV and Movies Tags 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice That’s fair. After all, back when Toy Story 3 came out in 2010, director Lee Unkrich told the New Orleans Times-Picayune there were no plans for Toy Story 4, and now here we are. Toy Story 4 already has a “universal acclaim” tag on CNET sister site Metacritic and a 100% “guaranteed fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Hanks thinks it’s a good thing there’s not an established assembly line of Toy Story movies.”I think there is a strength in saying, ‘This is as far as we’ve been able to go and we don’t see anything else coming after that,'” he said in the interview. “Because otherwise it ends up being some inorganic approach to something that has been very, very organic.” 0center_img More on Toy Story Post a comment Toy Story forever. Pixar Toy Story 4 hasn’t even opened yet, so is it too early to talk about the possibility of a fifth film in the popular Pixar series? It’s never too early with this blockbuster franchise. “No one is planning on (Toy Story 5),” actor Tom Hanks, who voices Woody the sheriff, told British site LadBible. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere two and a half years from now, someone has this kernel of an idea that could become it.” 77 Photos Disney Pixarlast_img read more

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GST rate cut Real estate sector eyes massive demand spurt

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Properties costing up to Rs 45 lakh will be considered as affordable provided the carpet area does not exceed 60 square meters in metro cities and 90 square meters in non-metro cities, according to the council decision.As the talk of a GST cut has been in the air for some time now, new homebuyers have been deferring their decision, according to industry watchers. The decision coming into force from April 1 when the new financial year begins will help to drive consumption in the sector.The rate cut and expansion of the affordable housing definition will also spur off-take of housing units in a sector that has been seeing a stagnation over the past few years because of liquidity crunch owing to demonetisation and surge in banks’ non-performing assets (NPA) leading to a fall in credit flow.The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government seeking another term in the general election 2019 has been desperate to spur growth in key sectors, especially those contributing to employment generation in the election year.Coupled with sops to farmers through the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN) that Modi launched on Sunday, growth in the realty sector is expected to spur economic growth by providing more liquidity. The government hopes to give a new push to its Housing for All by 2022 programme.Experts believe the GST rate cut in the sector dovetails into the government’s efforts to spur growth by infusing more liquidity with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) repo rate cut by 25 basis points to 6.25 per cent and the regulator’s efforts to ensure transmission of the benefits to banking customers. The real estate sector has been eyeing growth from the interim union budget’s announcement of the exemption of notional rent income from the second home of a tax assessee from income tax.”The reduction of GST on Affordable Housing to 1 per cent is a revolutionary move for Indian real estate,” the Economic Times quoted Jaxay Shah, president of realtors’ body the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) as saying. “This move is a significant triumph for home buyers and will play a huge role in boosting their sentiments.”The Bussiness Standard website cited Abhishek Jain, tax partner at Ernst & Young, as saying the reduced GST is good news for the real estate industry as the earlier higher rates were a bit of deterrent for buyers of under-construction properties.Though builders have generally welcomed the decision, some say the fact that they cannot claim input tax credit (ITC) on the new GST rates could act as a dampener. Shishir Baijal, chairman and managing director at Knight Frank India, told the website the reduction in GST for under-construction projects is the most decisive move by the council with a clear focus on demand stimulation. A supporter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a placard during a rally to support implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Mumbai, India, June 30, 2017.Reuters”The move will give the necessary fillip to demand in the under-construction segment, which has been suffering from low sales for the last many quarters. The elimination of input credit tax benefit may hit profitability on the supply side. But the potential demand generation will far outweigh negative aspects, leading to greater sales numbers and revenues.”The GST Council met on Sunday to consider GST rate cut on real estate sector among other after a conference by the video link on February 20 remained inconclusive and several states desired a meeting of the GST Council with the physical presence of GST Council members. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) listens to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Global Business Summit in New Delhi January 16, 2015.REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjeelast_img read more

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Guterres calls for end to Rohingya nightmare

first_imgAntonio GuterresThe United Nations boss has called for action to end “violence” against the Rohingya, reports Al Jazeera.He reportedly pleaded to the Myanmar government to immediately end military operations against the Muslim ethnic group.In a speech to the UN Security Council on Thursday, Antonio Guterres said the current crisis is “steadily deteriorating”, adding that since the conflict began last month about 500,000 Rohingya have already crossed the border to Bangladesh to flee the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. “The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency – a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,” Al Jazeera quoted Guterres as saying.The network said he urged Myanmar’s government to allow humanitarian access to the conflict region, as well as allow “voluntary return” of refugees to their areas of origin.   “The reality on the ground demands action. Swift action, to protect people, alleviate suffering, prevent further instability, address the root causes of the situation and forge a long lasting and durable solution.” The Muslim Rohingya, a marginalised and stateless people in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, have been fleeing to Bangladesh amid reports of atrocities committed by the army.Earlier this week, a UN agency said that up to 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes to other parts of Myanmar or to Bangladesh. Guterres was quoted to have said that of the hundreds of thousands of people displaced, more than 90 percent are Rohingya. “We have received bone-chilling accounts from those who fled, mainly women, children and the elderly,” he said. “These testimonies point to excessive violence and serious violations of human rights.”   According to Al Jazeera, Guterres also cautioned that the current conflict risks the possibility of “radicalisation” among the refugees, as well as trafficking of women and children. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) also said reportedly that it has been receiving increasing reports that Rohingya Muslims have been sexually assaulted in Rakhine state.Earlier on Thursday, scores of Rohingya refugees were feared drowned after trying to flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the network added.last_img read more

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Double murder in Siliguri Forensic team to arrive at residence mystery deepens

first_imgSiliguri: A forensic expert team is due to arrive at the Kushwa residence at Shukantanagar in Bagdogra by Tuesday to collect samples and start with the investigation.On Sunday, Siliguri woke up to double murders. 40-year-old Ajay Kushwa and his 35-year-old wife Mina Kushwa were found brutally murdered at their residence, while their 4-year-old son and 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter were found unhurt.Siliguri Metropolitan Police have started a probe and suspect that the couple was murdered by people known to them. They have got hold of definite leads by investigating details of Ajay’s business transactions. The investigation started with the interrogation of around 40 people, including his employees. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeKushwa used to run a manpower agency providing both male and female workers to catering agencies.On Saturday, Kushwa had a contract to provide workers in a hotel in Siliguri. At around 1:40 am on Sunday after his job was over, Uday Pradhan, a staff had gone to Kushwa’s residence to hand over the keys and drop the female workersback home.”The principal entrance of the building was wide open. On entering their apartment, I found the bodies lying in pool of blood in two separate rooms and I immediately reported the matter to the police,” said Pradhan. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSources say that the investigators are looking into several angles. Firstly, there was a female staff present on the third floor of the building but she seemed to have no clue about the crime on the first floor.Secondly, Ajay had altercations with a tenant of the building, which he had taken on rent for the male staff in Pradhananagar.The three-storied Kushwa residence had a floor allotted to the female staff and for the male employees, Ajay had hired an accommodation in Pradhan Nagar, a nearby locality. Though the murder weapon has not been recovered yet, police suspect that the couple was bludgeoned to death with bore marks on Ajay’s head and Meena’s face being disfigured.As the children were spared, it is suspected that the assailants are known to the couple.Later on Sunday, sniffer dogs were brought in by the policemen, which took rounds of the entire house and also to the adjacent areas outside the house.”Though we have proceeded a lot in the investigation into the murder case, we cannot disclose details as it may alert the criminals involved,” stated Tarun Halder, DCP (zone 2), SMP.Ajay and Meena were together since their early school days and got married in 2006.”He was a reputed businessman of the area and did not have any kind of problems with anyone as per my knowledge,” said one of the neighbours.”The motive behind the murder is not very clear but we hope to come to a conclusion soon,” added Halder.The forensic investigation will throw significant lighton the case.last_img read more

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