Changes urged for injunctions on gangs

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Balancing the effectiveness of gang injunctions with the need to offer hope to young people to break from a life of crime, a city panel Wednesday called for a review of how to change the injunctions. “The way it is now, a gang injunction is a life sentence for these people,” anti-gang activist Blinky Rodriguez told members of the City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence. “We need to put a gun in the fence to give them a chance to get out.” Others at the second hearing on the issue, however, testified on the effectiveness of injunctions – 27 of which are now in effect across the city – and how they have reduced crime and violence. They were started by former City Attorney James Hahn in 1997 against the Blythe Street gang in Van Nuys, allowing police to arrest gang members when they were meeting, limit their ability to loiter and regulate their behavior. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Matthew Hale of the county Public Defender’s Office urged changes allowing a gang member to get out from under an injunction. “It is far too easy to get on a gang injunction and too hard to get out of it,” he said. Several others agreed, with some saying the Los Angeles Police Department had used injunctions to create a “siege mentality.” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she does not believe injunctions will disappear, but changes could let youths who have renounced gangs be released from an injunction’s requirements. (213) 978-0390last_img read more

Happiness in the air — a green lung space from a big heart

first_imgProsperity is a pre-condition to charity. But between the two lies the connector and facilitator called generosity, an essential. A small entrepreneur in Bhawanipatna, district headquarters town of Odisha’s Kalahandi, has converted his 12-acre farm into a park where the general public enjoy unhindered access.50-year-old Pramod Khamari, a businessman running a small hotel chain in this western Odisha town, started off dirt poor and became rich. And, it’s his way of paying back to society. He named ‘Bhagirathi Park’ after his father.On the outskirts of Bhawanipatna, with its meticulous landscape planning and features, Bhagirathi Park is on par with any in bigger urban centres.On any given holiday, the park is teeming with visitors not only from Kalahandi, but also from neighbouring districts such as Balangir, Nuapada and Rayagada. It’s also an integral part of the itinerary of tourists from Chhattisgarh coming to this region.Why a park of all things? “I believe parks reflect the quality of life of a community. But, Bhawanipatna, where I have grown up and succeeded in life, did not have a proper green lung to breathe. I realised that my 12-acre mango orchard could contribute to creating happiness and fill the major vacuum. I decided to make it a park which should be a gathering place for people irrespective of their age and social status,” said Mr. Khamari.It was not an easy task to translate the fancy idea into reality. One, funding was difficult. Since the park was close to his heart, Mr. Khamari decided to pay for it from his other ventures. Even harder was to organise everything and make it run efficiently. He found a motivated friend in Rabindra Patnaik, a science teacher in the local government high school.After visiting a few parks in Odisha and elsewhere, both carefully prepared the park’s landscape without disturbing the orchard. Children’s corner, water fountain, variety of flowering plants, replica of different wildlife and statues of gods and goddesses were placed as per a detailed plan.Bhagirathi Park is distinct from others in its use of waste materials and typical traditional tribal huts depicting tribal life and their customs. “Used bottles to prepare figurines, discarded commodes for planting saplings and other waste materials have been utilised to send out a message on environment. Of late, it has turned into a laboratory for local school and college students,” said Mr. Patnaik, who upkeeps the park without any remuneration.To avoid non-serious visitors, the management charges ₹20 entry fee per person per day.last_img read more

Srinagar’s Deputy Mayor attacked, injured in council meeting

first_imgSrinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran was injured after corporators attacked him during an ongoing corporation session in Srinagar on Monday.Mr. Imran said he fell down after a heavy object was flung at him “by BJP and RSS-backed councillors during the meeting”.“I have been consistently opposing BJP’s footprints here and won’t tolerate any interference in our religious identity. As I was comforting myself on the seat during the meeting, BJP and RSS-backed councillors flung an object at me, resulting in multiple stitches on the face. It was a planned attack,” said Mr. Imran.Mr. Imran appealed to Governor Satya Pal Malik and the Chief Secretary to look into the matter.However, a section of corporators accused Mr. Imran of “making their lives vulnerable in Kashmir by labelling them as pro-BJP”. “Mr. Imran, and not us, is in touch with top BJP leaders of the State. We contested the elections as independents,” they alleged.Meanwhile, Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu said the house was in complete order and the handful who created a ruckus were evicted. “If there was any violence, there will be consequences as per the law,” he said.The proceedings of the council was adjourned after the incident. The police have taken cognisance of the incident.Srinagar elected 76 municipal corporators in a much-delayed elections held in October last year. The elections witnessed very low turnout as both the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party decided to stay away from the polls.last_img read more

Flop actor Zayed Khan turns to production

first_imgNot having made quite the splash as an actor as he may have hoped for, Zayed Khan is now looking at movie production as an alternative career. The actor, who had earlier declared he would co-produce a movie with Dia Mirza, is now said to be seriously working on a sports film.Says a source, “Zayed has always been interested in making sports based films. He has finally found a script which he might convert into a film.” We have learnt that Zayed has been trying to rope in Farukh Kabir – who directed the Naseeruddin Shah starrer Allah ke Banday last year – for the project. Farukh denies receiving any such offer, but says he is keen on doing a sports movie.Zayed Khan made his Bollywood debut in 2000, with the dud Chura Liya Hai Tumne opposite Esha Deol. His last tryst with celluloid was a guest appearance in the Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer Anjaana Anjaani, which too, flopped miserably.last_img read more

When Virat declared his love for Anushka in public and set indomitable boyfriend goals

first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are probably taking the big leap. If sources are to be believed, the couple is soon to fly off to Milan for their cosy Italian wedding. The wedding date is to take place sometime within December 9 and 12, tentatively. Virat and Anushka’s wedding reception might take place in Mumbai on December 23.Anushka Sharma’s spokesperson, however, refuted all rumours. “There is absolutely no truth to it,” Anushka’s spokesperson told PTI yesterday.Over the last four years that Virat and Anushka have been together, their fans have waited with bated breath to see the couple finally tying the knot. In December 2016 too, rumours of Virat and Anushka’s wedding made news. But it all turned out to be a false alarm.So are Virat and Anushka actually getting married next week?While neither Virat nor Anushka has cleared the air yet, several hints point at an Italian wedding sometime next week.Sources told India Today Television that the couple is taking their relationship to the next level. Reason? Virat’s friends and family have booked their tickets to Milan. Anushka’s trosseau is supposedly being handled by designer Sabyasachi, who was seen leaving the actress’s house a few days ago. A place has been booked in Milan for three days, from December 9 to 12.Virat’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, who is also the coach of the Under-23 Delhi team, has excused himself from a crucial match on December 7, citing a wedding. When asked whose wedding he was attending, he said that his ‘nephew’ was getting married.advertisementAre they getting married, are they not – we will have to wait a few days to know the truth. But the fact that marriage is on the cards for the two, is quite understandable.On his part, Virat Kohli has gone out of his way to profess his love for Anushka several times in the past, and set some indomitable boyfriend goals. Take a look.AT THE AIRPORT Virat and Anushka at the airportThe paparazzi have clicked Virat and Anushka together at the airport many times in the last couple of years. Virat has been seen holding Anushka’s hand and steering her out of the way of clicking shutters. Every time Virat and Anushka fly off on a holiday, photographers make sure they manage to come back from the airport with cute photos of the couple.PDA ON INSTAGRAMThe first time the country saw Virat Kohli opening up on his relationship status was when trolls began blaming Anushka for the cricketer’s poor performance on the field. Virat’s poignant note struck a chord with all, and the troll-attack subsided.Virat first shared a meme with the caption, “Sharing this for the caption under the picture. This is for the trollers and the weak ones who hide and make fun of people and intend to start ‘trending’. Use that energy to make something out of your life. It’s precious. Making fun of someone is the easiest job out there. I guess they just like it easy in life. I feel bad for them. (sic)”And then came the hard-hitting post, “Shame on those people who have been having a go at anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated. Shame on blaming and making fun of her when she has no control over what i do with my sport. If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity. This was long time coming. Shame on these people that hide and take a dig. And i dont need any respect for this post. Have some compassion and respect her. Think of how your sister or girlfriend or wife would feel if someone trolled them and very conveniently rubbished them in public. #nocompassion#nocommonsense (sic)”Virat then changed his display picture on Instagram to one with Anushka in it. And ever since, Kohli’s account has had a photo of the couple as its display picture.In addition to that, several times in the past, Virat has given his and Anushka’s fans something to be happy about: photos of the couple.On Valentine’s Day this year, Virat posted an astoundingly adorable message for Anushka, “Everyday is a valentine day if you want it to be. You make everyday seem like one for me (sic)”Then came his heartwarming post, on Women’s Day this year, “Happy women’s day to every woman out there, but specially to the two strongest women in my life. My mom for looking after the family in toughest times in life and @anushkasharma for fighting against the odds regularly and standing up for righteousness and changing the norms #happywomenday (sic)”On July 12, came another sweet post from Virat.WEDDINGS, ADS AND EVENTSOver the last few years, Virat and Anushka have made frequent public appearances together. Be it Virat’s teammates’ weddings or the Indian Cricket Team-only screening of Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, ‘Virushka’ (the moniker that Virat and Anushka’s fans have coined for them) entered and left the venues hand-in-hand, leaving people with wide smiles on their faces.As recently as last month, during cricketer Zaheer Khan and actress Sagarika Ghatge’s wedding reception, Virat and Anushka were snapped in perfectly coordinated outfits and burnt the dance floor with their bhangra.The much-talked-about ad that Virat and Anushka appeared in a few months ago, too, set gossip mills on fire. The ad for an Indian designerwear line that Virat Kohli was the menswear brand ambassador of, now has Anushka as the face of its womenswear. The commercial brought out the actor in Virat too, sparking rumours that the cricketer will soon be signing his first film!advertisementIN INTERVIEWSVirat has not held back when to comes to pouring out his emotions for Anushka in public. His stance on his relationship, especially over the last couple of years, has been exceptionally open. He has not shied away from telling the media, and the world, that he loves Anushka, and that she has made him a better person and more.In 2015, Virat spoke about his relationship with Anushka in an interview to a newspaper, “I believe in my relationship. I trust my relationship. I trust her. I trust in my relationship with her. That’s why I spoke to the Board and persons concerned about my relationship and tried to make them realise why I need her to be with me during such an important tour. I conveyed my feelings about her to the people who needed to be informed. And they respected my decision. They respected the fact that I respect my relationship. At a human level, people understand when you try to be honest about a relationship. She is a part of my daily life. And that’s a fact. That is a major part of my life. People need to understand that.”And went on to add, “Anushka acts as a big motivation for me. She is one person in my life who keeps me very calm. There are very few people in my life that I can sit down and listen to. She is one of them. I listen to her calmly about everything she says. She makes me understand if I make a mistake, if I am doing something wrong. She gives me that calm feeling. She gives me that assurance. And I know she will always support me, no matter what. That’s a big thing for me. So when I see her cheering for me at the ground, it obviously makes me feel special. It gives me more strength, makes me feel calmer… it’s like an emotional support. Once you get that you don’t need to think about anything else. Because once you are feeling the emotional support, you are feeling so confident that you can go out there and conquer. You know there is someone sitting out there to support you always. And Anushka is a very special part of my life. I love the fact that she comes and supports me when I play.”In July this year, Virat told a channel, “I was in Mohali and there was a Test series going on. I was with Anushka then, she had come to visit me. Surprisingly, when I became the Test captain then also she was in Melbourne with me. That was a very special moment we shared together.”When MS Dhoni announced that he would no longer be leading India in ODIs, and passed the baton on to Virat, the latter said that the moment became even more special for him because he was able to share it with Anushka.He also shared an emotional moment, “During the Mohali Test, they had spoken to me already. When I hung up the phone and told her, for me it was like a flashback. From the moment I started playing in my academy till the Mohali game. I was emotional. I was in tears because I had never thought that I will see this day. What was more beautiful was that, I was able to share it with Anushka. It was something that I will always remember.”Last month, Virat told Gaurav Kapoor on his chat show, “I’ve learnt a lot, become more sensible in the last four years all because of her (Anushka). She’s taught me how to be more patient and taught me how to utilise the position you are in to the fullest.””Luckily I have never tried to change myself over the years. But the flip has been because of her. That period in England in 2014. Anushka was there in my life, she understood what I was going through so she kept me motivated. Her support helped me push through, however bad it was for me. She was a constant in that time… And then Australia happened (the tour in 2014-15 when Kohli scored four hundreds in four Tests) and I ended up scoring runs, in her presence. So it was a special thing for both of us because she also faced a lot of flak. We were being criticised and people were saying this is what happens when you allow girlfriends on the tour. I thought, ‘if you don’t think this is right, then no one can be in a relationship’. According to you all – either get married or remain single. How can that be?” asked Virat on the chat show.Kohli also credited fellow cricketer Zaheer Khan for advising him to not hide his relationship with Anushka.”A very big reason behind me not hiding my relationship is Mr. Zaheer Khan. Luckily he was one of the first guys I spoke to about this and he said whatever you do don’t try to hide it because you’ll stress yourself. And on top of that you’re in a relationship, you’re not doing anything wrong. I’m actually very grateful that my first interaction about this was with Zak. And he told me the right thing to do so I’ve followed it ever since,” said Virat.Will they finally tie the knot before the end of 2017? We will need to wait a few more days to know!(The writer tweets as @ananya116)ALSO READ | Exclusive: Virat and Anushka’s wedding details revealed ALSO WATCH: Virat and Anushka to get married soon?last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India men’s hockey men register its biggest ever victory

first_imgThe Indian Men’s Hockey Team score 26 goals against Hong Kong China in their third game of the Asian Games 2018 which saw 4 players claim hat-tricks and a sublime team effort to achieve the large score-line on 22nd August 2018.The Indian Men’s Hockey Team thrashed Hong Kong China 26-0 in the third game of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to register the biggest-ever margin of victory in the history of the sport.Akashdeep Singh, Rupinder Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Harmanpreet Singh (4) scored hat-tricks as India eased past their opponents to create history in Jakarta on Tuesday.Manpreet Singh and SV Sunil scored braces while Vivek Prasad, Amit Rohidas, Dilpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Simranjeet Singh, Chinglensana Singh and Varun Kumar also got into the scoresheet.FT| The Indian Men’s Hockey Team score 26 goals against Hong Kong China in their third game of the @asiangames2018 which saw 4 players claim hat-tricks and a sublime team effort to achieve the large score-line on 22nd August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvHKG India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 22, 2018With the win, they broke a 86-year-old record in hockey for the best-ever margin of victory.The Indian team bettered their scoreline from the previous match, where they smashed hosts Indonesia 17-0 on Monday. The The 17-0 win was also India’s best record at the Asian Games with their previous best being 12-0 win against Bangladesh in 1982.Dilpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singhand Mandeep Singh scored a hat-trick each, while the other goals came from Rupinder Pal Singh, Akashdeep Singh, SV Sunil, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Amit Rohidas, even as Indonesia couldn’t come up with a goal.advertisementThe win also overshadows India’s 21-0 win over Kazakhstan on Tuesday.The World No. 9 India showed their quality with their dominant performance against a lowly ranked Kazakh side, scoring 21 goals in the team’s second biggest victory of the Asian Games.last_img read more

Four civilians one soldier killed in Kashmir

first_imgIndian army soldiers patrol a street near a site of a gunbattle between Indian security forces and suspected militants in Khudwani village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Photo: ReutersFour civilians and a soldier were killed on Wednesday as a fierce gunfight between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmirs Kulgam district sparked off violent street protests and a call for a two-day shutdown in the Valley.Sepoy S. Gunakar Roy was killed when militants hiding in a house in Wani Mohalla in Khudwani area fired at security personnel closing in on them. Two other security personnel were wounded in the fighting.The security forces fired back in a bid to capture the militants, said to be linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).As the fighting raged, hundreds of people poured out of their homes and attacked the security forces with stones. The security personnel opened fire.Doctors named the civilians who died as Aijaz Ahmad Palla, 30, who had a gunshot injury, Faisal Elahi, 15, Bilal Ahmad Dar, 17, and Sharjeel Sheikh 28.Police issued a statement saying the civilian deaths took place as a result of crossfire between the militants and security forces.This was strongly contested by locals who assert that the civilians were shot dead by the security forces determined to break up the street protests.In the end, the troops fired explosives to destroy the house where the militants had been hidden. Two other houses in the vicinity caught fire. But there was no trace of the militants, who appeared to have escaped in the clashes between civilians and security forces.Police officials stated this after clearing the debris of the house.Four injured civilians have been referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. Informed sources said over 40 civilians were injured in street clashes. The condition of two of them was said to be critical.Authorities ordered the closure of all schools and colleges in Kulgam and Internet services were suspended in south Kashmir areas.A Station House Officer (SHO) sustained a head injury during clashes between the civilian protesters and the security forces in north Kashmirs Baramulla town.Similar clashes also erupted in north Kashmirs Sopore town as news about the deaths of civilians in Kulgam spread. Unrest also gripped Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian towns.Student protests rocked Kashmir University in Srinagar, the Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora in south Kashmir and Degree College in Bandipora in north Kashmir.Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik was detained soon after he and separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called for a two-day shutdown in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday and Friday to denounce the Kulgam killings.While Malik addressed the media in person, Geelani and the Mirwaiz spoke to the journalists over telephone.After the press conference, Malik set out on a protest march but was detained, triggering more clashes between JKLF supporters and security forces in Srinagar.last_img read more

Ramadan office timing fixed

first_imggovtThe government has rearranged the office timing for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan from 9am to 3:30pm for all government, semi-government, autonomous and semi-autonomous institutions, reports UNB.The decision was taken on Monday at the weekly cabinet meeting held with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the Prime Minister’s Office.Senior secretary (Coordination and Reforms) of the cabinet division Shamsul Arefin briefed reporters at the secretariat about the cabinet meeting.He said there will be a 15-minute break from 1:15pm to 1:30pm for Zohr prayers.Arefin said banks, companies and financial institutions will fix their own office timing ahead of the Ramadan.last_img read more

Enjoy delectable food on your journey with Indian Railways

first_imgIn furtherance of the e-catering initiative to rope in more reputed and reliable aggregators in the field of catering, and in increasing the choice of local/regional cuisine to the passengers traveling on trains, IRCTC joins hands with delivery service partner TRAPIGO and Shree Mahalakshmi Swayam Sahayata Bachat Ghat (Ratnagiri).TRAPIGO is the last mile ‘B2B’ logistics service provider for food products which is a startup by IIT-IIM and NIFT graduates. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn IRCTC’s mission to ensure reliable delivery of hot and fresh food from the choicest restaurants in the city, TRAPIGO with its own fleet of delivery boys in co-branded uniforms will guarantee the execution. Orders placed on IRCTC’s e-Catering website or ‘Food-on-track’ app will be delivered by TRAPIGO in neat packaging with co-branded tapes, stickers at a nominal fee of Rs. 15.This new partnership has been made live in Nagpur from June 1 on a pilot basis with expansion plans in the cities of the North-Central belt like New Delhi, Itarsi, Jhansi, Bhopal, etc. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShree Mahalakshmi Swayam Sahayata Bachat Ghat, a Self Help Group (SHG) impaneled with IRCTC under the e-catering project at Ratnagiri – famous for its export quality Alphonso mangoes- has shown interest in selling fresh and naturally ripened organic mangoes to the passengers. The SHG will sell the mangoes at a discounted price of Rs 470 per dozen. This is the first of its kind efforts in offering seasonal fruits in a moving train.Bidding an adieu to the food woes, one just needs to sit back, download the ‘Food-on-track’ app and select from a vast range of delectable fare and seasonal fresh fruits while on a journey with Indian Railways.last_img read more