Nine labourers killed near Pune as tunnel lift cable snaps

first_imgAt least nine migrant labourers were killed after an elevator box being used for an under-construction tunnel plunged into the ground near Bhigwan in Pune district, 100 km from here.The incident occurred on Monday evening. The tragedy struck as the deceased were emerging from the underground tunnel aimed at linking the Nira and Bhima Rivers near Indapur Taluk. The deceased have been identified as Mukesh Maurya, Mukesh Kumar, Sushant Pandi, Sabinga Naidu, Avinash Reddy, Chhotu Gole, Surendra Yadav, Rahul Narute and Balram Suan.“The elevator carrying the workers and construction equipment plunged down at least 100 feet after the cable broke. We will be conducting a thorough probe into the tragedy,” said Inspector Neelkanth Rathod of the Bigwan police station.The State government has announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh to the kin of the deceased, informed State Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan.The labourers were working on the project which involves the construction of a 24.8 km-long ‘Nira-Bhima Link -5’ underground tunnel which is to enable the waters of the Nira River to be linked to the Bima River Bhima in a bid to bring relief to parched districts in the State.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi reaffirms Amethi connect

first_imgCongress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reaffirmed his personal connection with Amethi on his maiden visit to the Uttar Pradesh constituency after suffering a humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha election.“I am happy to be in Amethi. It feels like coming home,” he tweeted.Earlier, addressing Congress workers at the Gauriganj Guesthouse in Amethi, Mr. Gandhi assured them that though he was elected MP for Wayanad in Kerala, he would not abandon the U.P. constituency and would continue to visit it.“Don’t think that Rahul Gandhi is not yours,” he told them in an indoor meeting.He said he would continue to raise the shortcomings of the Union and the State governments regarding Amethi in the Lok Sabha.Mr. Gandhi explained to the workers that it was his responsibility to develop Wayanad, but he would also give time to Amethi.“Don’t you think I won’t come here. I will keep coming here,” he said to loud claps from party workers.The Congress leader advised his party workers to start doing the job of the Opposition in the constituency. Referring to corruption and the state of the economy and trade, he said there was no shortage of issues. “It is more fun doing the work of the Opposition. It’s easier,” Mr. Gandhi said in a lighter vein.Sarvesh Singh, who was the chairman of the Congress election committee in Amethi, said the meeting lasted two hours and was attended by over 1,200 people.Mr. Singh said that while there was no discussion on the factors behind his defeat, Mr. Gandhi told the workers that there may have been “shortcomings” from both ends, his and the workers, leading to the defeat. Victory and defeat are a part of life, he told the workers.Mr. Gandhi ignored the workers’ requests to continue as party president, Mr. Singh said.last_img read more

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett front fashion campaign

first_imgPop star Lady Gaga and singer Tony Bennett are the new faces of brand H&M.The “Pokerface” hitmaker and the 17-time Grammy Award-winner have teamed up to front the Swedish high street brand’s 2014 Christmas campaign.The pair, who will debut their jazz album in September, star in a commercial featuring a song from the albumThe images show the young superstar sporting a voluminous black wig and an oversize knit sweater cuddling up to the suited Bennett, reports telegraph.co.uk.Gaga, 28, and Tony, 88, will also perform a festive jazz song from the pair’s upcoming album “Cheek to Cheek” for the retailer’s TV campaign this November.last_img

Love Jihad on the cover of RSS mouthpieces ahead of UP bypolls

first_imgTara Sahdev and Ranjit Kumar KohliDespite the BJP dropping plans to discuss Love Jihad at a meeting in Uttar Pradesh last month, the party’s ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has put the controversial issue on the covers of Panchjanya and Organiser, its Hindi and English mouthpieces, respectively.The Organiser cover features a photograph of Ranchi-based shooter, Tara Sahdev, who has accused her husband, Ranjit Kumar Kohli aka Rakibul Hassan, of forcing her to convert to Islam. The caption next to her photo asks: “Love Jihad Reality of Rhetoric?”The more provocative Panchjanya cover has the photograph of a man wearing a kaffiyah (traditional Arab headdress) sporting a beard in the shape of a heart and sunglasses with a reflection of red hearts on them. “Pyar andha ya dhandha”, says the cover. The Hindi text with the photograph says, “The story of Tara (Sahdev) forced to become Sara in Jharkhand has exposed the business of Jihad in the name of love. It is being said that the money from Gulf nations is the source of Love Jihad.”This is the first time the RSS has addressed the issue of Love Jihad which refers to the alleged phenomenon of forced or deceitful conversion of Hindu women to Islam by Muslim men. Hindu groups affiliated to the RSS, like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, the Hindu Jagran Manch and Dharm Jagran Manch, have campaigned in the region on the issue.The two cover stories came a week ahead of the crucial bypolls to 11 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, scheduled on September 13. Opposition parties have accused the BJP of fanning communal tension to polarise voters in the areas that vote next week.advertisementOn Thursday, the Allahabad High Court asked for replies from the UP government and the Election Commission of India to a PIL seeking a ban on the use of Love Jihad as a term. The PIL also asked for a ban on BJP leaders Kalraj Mishra and Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for the bypolls.last_img read more

Looking to cash in on promise of charity, PBA All-Star game sets scoring records

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess North All-Stars. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Paul Lee threw a three-pointer, then turned around and sprinted back on defense without checking on his shot result, ala-Steph Curry.Japeth Aguilar had a dunk over June Mar Fajardo. He dribbled from the perimeter and leapt over the five-time MVP from San Miguel Beer. It was a dunk both players shook hands on before the game, Aguilar admitted. But its effect on the crowd was like it were unscripted, even if Fajardo clearly lowered his head to allow Aguilar an unimpeded slam.ADVERTISEMENT The records were so smashing that LA Tenorio’s triple-double was nearly overlooked. The Barangay Ginebra quarterback had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. The PBA’s newest Iron Man also had the best +/- at plus-40.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III, several All-Star marks were reset at Calasiao Sports Complex here.The 185-170 victory of the North all-stars over their South counterparts was a three-way record: Highest winning score, highest losing score and highest combined scores.Paul Lee attempted a record 25 attempts from beyond the arc. He took zero attempts inside it and drained a record nine triples.The North squad made 29 triples in all, another new mark, off a record 107 attempts. And throw in the 16 of the South squad, whose 83 tries from beyond the arc could have been the most had it not been for their opponents jacking up triple after triple, that added up to a record 45 combined three-pointers by both squads.The 45 dunks and 37 triples combined for 82 wheelchairs to be donated by the promoting Double V Productions.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Perhaps the crowd would have cheered on anyway even if they knew it was choreographed. They did, after all, erupt when legend Benjie Paras upped the dunk count by slamming one home with a little help from Fajardo, his defender, who lifted him up for the jam.Everyone was dunking or shooting threes Sunday night, a result of a promise by the promoters of the PBA All-Star game here that every three and every slam would be the equivalent of a wheelchair donated to the Alagang PBA foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It adds another meaning to the game,” said commissioner Willie Marcial. “The players are having fun and the crowd is enjoying but now, it’s also for a cause.”And it certainly helped add points to the scoreboard, resulting in a record scoring night for the annual classic. View comments Kevin Belingon, Bibiano Fernandes get automatic ONE title rematch Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more