Virar: Launching a direct attack against its ally Shiv Sena, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that late Bal Thackeray would have been hurt seeing the way his party has indulged in backstabbing. “I have immense respect for Balasaheb Thackeray. But his soul would have been hurt today seeing the behaviour of Shiv Sena. He never backstabbed his friends. He fought from the front,” said the UP CM addressing a public rally in Virar to campaign for the BJP’s candidate Rajendra Gavit for the May 28 Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll. Claims on candidateThe Shiv Sena is contesting the bypoll independently and has fielded late BJP MP Chintaman Wanga’s son Shrinivas Wanga. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has said earlier that he had informed the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of his party’s decision to field a member of the Wanga family, despite which Sena acted in this manner. Mr. Adityanath said on Wednesday, “I ask people to have no sympathy for those who take Shivaji Maharaj’s name but work like Afzal,” he said, without naming the Shiv Sena. Mr. Adityanath said the example of Congress is there for everyone to see. It is a sign of God that Congress is out of the equation, he said. “Whoever opposed the BJP’s vision of development and good governance was reduced to dust. The people will ensure that whoever opposes the BJP will meet with the same fate,” he added. Wooing the northWith Wednesday’s rally, the BJP hopes to make an impact on the sizeable north Indian community in the urban areas of Palghar constituency such as Nalasopara, Vasai and Virar. Incidentally, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) which won three out of the six Assembly segments in the Palghar LS seat had garnered maximum votes from this area last time.The UP CM appealed to people from north India to vote for BJP to counter lawlessness and goondaism, and ensure development. BJP has decided to deploy leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan in Palghar till May 28. Former Congress leader and now a minister in the U.P. cabinet, Rita Bahuguna-Joshi, was among those who were present at the rally today. Nine MLAs from UP are permanently stationed in here to ensure north Indian votes. Others who addressed the rally today included MLAs Sushil Singh, Avadhesh Singh, and minister Anil Rajbhar.Smriti to campaignOn Thursday, Union minister Smriti Irani is scheduled to campaign in Dahanu. A team of BJP officials is stationed in Palghar to coordinate the election campaign. Corporators from Mumbai, and neighbouring Mira-Bhayander are being given specific responsibilities and have been asked to handle particular set of voters. While concentrating on urban area, the BJP has lured Vivek Pandit of Shramajivi Sanghatana to work on tribal voters.
A day after five persons of a nomadic community were lynched in Dhule district of Maharashtra on suspicion of being child-lifters, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh for the families of each of the deceased.“I appeal to the residents not to believe unverified rumours circulating over social media or to take the law into their own hands. We have taken serious cognisance of this unfortunate incident,” Mr. Fadnavis said, speaking along the sidelines of a function in Nashik district.Meanwhile, 23 persons were taken into police custody in connection with the lynching of five persons in Dhule on Sunday.The deceased, identified as, Bharat Shankar Bhosale,45, his brother Dadarao Shankar Bhosale, Raju Bhosale and Bharat Malwe,47, (all hailing from Khave village in Solapur’s Mangalvedhe tehsil), and Anagu Ingole (from Manewadi village in Mangalvedhe) were bludgeoned to death by a mob in Sakri tehsil on suspicion of being child lifters. The victims belonged to the Gosavi nomadic community that derived sustenance by begging for almsIn Satara district, members of the nomadic Bhatkya Vimykta community staged a protest, against the State government, demanding that the compensation be increased to ₹10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased.Uneasy calmAn uneasy calm prevailed in Rainpada hamlet, where the vigilante action occurred. According to reports, a number of villagers have fled the area after the lynchings.Earlier, the kin of the deceased refused to accept the bodies, demanding that stern action be taken against the killers.They later relented following the announcement of compensation. M. Ramkumar, Superintendent of Police, Dhule said that the bodies of the victims had been sent to Mangalvedhe for their last rites.“No government authority has come to meet us since the incident. We demand justice for our loved ones,” said Santosh Bhosale, son of the deceased Dadarao Bhosale.“The mob that had gathered on Sunday to mete out vigilante justice was already on the edge, owing to rumours about alleged child-lifters doing the rounds on social media for the past few days,” said a senior police official from Dhule.Minister of State for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar, who visited the district on Monday morning, promised stern action against the culprits.“I appeal to everybody not to believe in posts circulated over social media. No one should take the law in their hands,” said Mr. Kesarkar.The Dhule lynchings also elicited sharp condemnation from Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale and Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan.Mr. Chavan attributed the incident to the “failure” of the State Home Department — a portfolio being held by Mr. Fadnavis.
Three British women were arrested by Sri Lanka Police on Wednesday, after they were found to be socialising with West Indian star cricketer Chris Gayle in his hotel room.Sources at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo, where the West Indian players are staying for the ongoing T20 World Cup, said the women were guests of Gayle and his team-mates Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Smith.Police bodyguards protecting players arrested the three Britons before handing them over to the nearby police station for further investigation.”Ministerial Security Division (MSD) guards assigned to protect the players carried out the arrest and the three women were handed over to the Kollupitiya police station for further investigations,” police said in a statement.”There was no wrongdoing on the part of the players or the women and we are surprised at the police action,” a hotel source told the agencies. “It is not against the law to be a guest of a player.”The International Cricket Council and the West Indies team have refrained from commenting on the matter. The Caribbean team take on Australia in the second semi-final on Friday.On September 24, a Sri Lankan broke into the rooms of two Australian cricketers at the same hotel and offered them sex. He was fined 1,000 rupees (around eight dollars) and handed a one-month suspended jail term.Hotel security has been a key issue at international cricket tournaments since then-Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his room during the World Cup in Jamaica in 2007.His death was initially treated as a murder case before police concluded he died of natural causes.advertisement
zoom NYSE-listed tanker owner and operator Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) suffered a full-year net loss of USD 293.6 million in 2016, compared with a net income of USD 284 million seen in 2015. Following the spin-off of the company’s businesses, a net loss from continuing operations for the full year 2016 was USD 1.1 million, compared with a net income of USD 80.6 million for 2015.The decrease was mainly due to vessel impairments in the second half of 2016, and reductions in interest expense due to the company’s debt reductions in the second half of 2015 and in 2016.Furthermore, adjusted EBITDA was USD 176.2 million in 2016, an increase of USD 8.1 million compared with 2015, driven primarily by lower general and administrative expenses, partially offset by the decline in time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues.TCE revenues amounted to USD 446.2 million in 2016, a drop of USD 2.9 million compared with 2015. The decrease was attributed to lower average daily charter rates earned by OSG’s Jones Act fleet.In late-November 2016, OSG completed the process to separate the company into two independent businesses – Overseas Shipholding Group and International Seaways (INSW).OSG retained the US business while INSW took over OSG’s former international business.“We … successfully executed on our strategic goal of streamlining our operating structure and enhancing our focus by completing the spin-off of International Seaways,” Sam Norton, OSG’s President and CEO, said.“Going forward, OSG will be a diversified US Flag shipping company with a trusted operating franchise and a leading portfolio in the Jones Act market,” Norton further said, adding that the company is well-positioned for future growth opportunities.As of March 7, OSG’s fleet is comprised of a total of 24 vessels.