Ebola cases in Congo break 2000 mark

first_imgKinshasa: DR Congo’s health ministry said late Monday that it had recorded more than 2,000 cases of Ebola, two-thirds of which had been fatal, since the disease broke out in the country’s east 10 months ago. “Since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases stands at 2,008, of which 1,914 have been confirmed (by lab test) while 94 are probable,” it said in an update. “In all, there have been 1,346 deaths (1,252 confirmed and 94 probable) and 539 people have recovered.” The ministry said it was important to retain the overall perspective, despite the breaching of the symbolic threshold of 2,000 cases. “In recent weeks, the trend has been positive, although vigilance is still necessary,” it said. There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have “recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic,” it said. The epidemic was first declared in North Kivu province on August 1 and then spread to neighbouring Ituri, although there have not been any cases in neighbouring countries.last_img read more

Make yoga integral part of life PM Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged people to make yoga an integral part of their lives and also to inspire others to do the same. In a tweet, he shared an animated video where he is doing Trikonasana — a yoga pose. Emphasising that the benefits of yoga are tremendous, he said: “On June 21, we will mark Yoga Day 2019. I urge you all to make yoga an integral part of your life and also inspire others to do the same.” The government has been organising various yoga events on the day since it was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.last_img

Man murders woman relative

first_imgNEW DELHI: Suspicion of losing his job because of backbiting of his two relatives forced a man to murder a woman (23) in southeast Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin area on Wednesday. However, the accused Rati Ram told police that he attacked Sita, her husband Mangal (25), as he was angry after he got an electric shock from a wire dangling from the gate of their house. The accused Rati Ram is Mangal’s cousin. All three worked as contract labourers with the PWD. As per Mangal’s statement, Ram was sacked by his boss two days ago. The accused suspected that he was sacked because Mangal and Sita complained to his boss about him, a police officer said. To take revenge, Ram beat the couple with a stick. Sita was seriously injured, and when rushed to AIIMS hospital, she was declared brought dead.last_img read more

Sensex gains 312 points on monsoon progress energy auto banking rally

first_imgMumbai: The BSE Sensex Tuesday rallied about 312 points, driven by energy, auto and banking stocks as monsoon’s swift progress revived investor sentiment. After trading in the red zone for a better part of the session, the BSE gauge pared losses and soared over 350 points, before settling 311.98 points, or 0.80 per cent, higher at 39,434.94. The index hit an intra-day high of 39,490.64 and a low of 38,946.04. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty rose 96.80 points, or 0.83 per cent, to 11,796.45. During the day, the index touched a high of 11,814.40 and a low of 11,651. RIL was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, rising 2.63 per cent, followed by NTPC, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, PowerGrid, HDFC twins, Bharti Airtel, M&M, ICICI Bank, SBI and Bajaj Finance — gaining up to 2.51 per cent. While, Yes Bank, Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank, TechM, HUL, TCS, L&T, Hero MotoCorp and HCL Tech fell up to 1.70 per cent. Markets pared initial losses following India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) statement that India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country, and conditions are favourable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, said Narendra Solanki, Head Fundamental Research (Investment Services) – AVP Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers. “Positive sentiment further strengthened in the market in afternoon session on back of buying in banking, metals and realty stocks,” he added. Meanwhile, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul ended on a negative note. Equity markets in Europe were also trading in the red in early deals. Meanwhile, The Indian rupee pared initial gains and ended almost flat at 69.36 against the US dollar on Tuesday as simmering geopolitical tensions in the Middle East dampened forex market sentiment. At the interbank foreign exchange (forex) market, the domestic currency opened at 69.32 a dollar and touched a low of 69.40 and high of 69.22 during the day. The local unit finally closed at 69.36 against the American currency, down 1 paisa over its previous close. On Monday, the rupee had settled at 69.35 against the US dollar.last_img read more

Man dies after consuming poison

first_imgNew Delhi: A man died allegedly after consuming poison in Bawana area of Outer North district on Thursday. The investigating agency said that the deceased tried to torch himself but was saved by the police present at the spot. The incident was reported during demolition drive.According to police, a demolition was going on near Barwala village. “The people who were living in the unauthorised homes were earlier given notice about the demolition. Meetings were also held with the residents,” police said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe investigating agency said that the demolition was going on in the morning. Suddenly one Surya Narayan (41) tried to torch himself but the police present at the spot but he was saved by police. Narayan was taken to hospital. “His wife was also with him. Narayan told her that he had consumed poison,” police said adding that during treatment he died. The deceased worked as labourer and had two children.last_img read more

Health Ministrys proposal to classify ENDS devices as drugs sent to AG

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Health ministry’s proposal to classify ENDS devices including e-cigarettes as “drugs” in order to ban their manufacture, sale, distribution and import, has been sent to the Attorney General for his opinion, officials said Thursday.Banning such alternative smoking devices like e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape and e-nicotine flavoured hookah among others, is one of the priorities of the Health ministry in the first 100 days agenda of the second term of the Modi government, an official source said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The proposal which has been approved by the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), the government’s top advisory body on technical matters related to medicines in the country is now awaiting opinion from the Attorney General,” the source said. The Union Health Ministry’s proposal pertains to classifying ENDS devices including e-cigarettes as “drugs” under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. A high-decibal debate is on globally over the harm-reduction aspects of ENDS with some organisations claiming that these devices help in smoking cessation and are less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes, while the government is seeking to ban them contending that they pose health risks to users, similar to those of conventional cigarettes. ENDS are devices that heat a solution to create an aerosol, which also frequently contains flavours, usually dissolved into propylene glycol and glycerin. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), under the health ministry has proposed that manufacture, sale and distribution of ENDS, including e-cigarettes and similar products, should be prohibited under Section 26A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.last_img read more

EOW arrests bank official in loan fraud case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police arrested a bank official after his involvement was found in fraudulent disbursal of loan.Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary confirmed news about the arrest. “After proper investigation, we arrested the one HL Maan (bank official) in the case,” said Addl CP. According to police, a case was registered in the year 2016 on the complaint of the authorized person of PNB in Najafgarh regarding fraudulent disbursal of housing as well as CC loan. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic”During investigation accused borrower, Rajesh Dua and the then chief manager were arrested and charge sheet against them has been filed,” said Addl CP. He further added that during further investigation accused H. L. Maan, native of Ludhiana in Punjab, the then manager credit, who has recommended housing loan, has been arrested onWednesday.Police had registered a case under sections 420/468/471/120-B IPC at EOW police station. According to Delhi Police annual report, during the year 2018, up to 31st December, EOW has handled 3,591 complaints and investigated 1107 cases. Out of this, 3238 complaints were disposed of and 238 cases were finalized during the year. During the year, 144 persons involved in various economic offences werearrested.EOW registered 272 cases during the year.last_img read more

Harichandan takes oath as Andhra Pradesh Governor

first_imgVijayawada: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on Wednesday took oath as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh High Court’s Acting Chief Justice C. Praveen Kumar administered the oath to the new Governor at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, his cabinet colleagues and senior officials attended the ceremony. Harichandan, a veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former minister of Odisha, is the first full-time Governor of Andhra Pradesh since state’s bifurcation in 2014. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The 84-year-old succeeded E.S.L. Narasimhan, who had been serving as Governor of undivided Andhra Pradesh since 2009 and then as Governor of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since bifurcation. Narasimhan had been serving as the Governor of both the states from Hyderabad. A government building in Vijayawada, which earlier housed the chief minister’s camp office, has been turned into temporary Raj Bhavan.last_img read more

164 kg of objects found in abdomen of woman

first_imgKolkata: In a bizarre incident, doctors at the Rampurhat Superspecialty Hospital in Birbhum have removed ornaments and other items weighing around 1.64 kg from the abdomen of a 26-year-old mentally challenged woman.The patient, identified as Runi Khatun, complained of severe abdominal pain and vomiting in the past few days. The matter was brought to the notice of her family members, who in turn consulted a local doctor. The family members were subsequently asked to take the patient to a nearby hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaKhatun, a resident of Kanaipur village in Birbhum, was rushed to the Rampurhat Superspecialty Hospital seven days ago and admitted to the emergency department. After carrying out various clinical tests on the patient, the doctors found that various ornaments were there inside her abdomen. A team comprising of five doctors was formed by the hospital authorities to tackle the situation. The team of doctors carried out surgery for more than an hour and removed a gold bangle, earrings, chains, 60 coins and a wrist watch from her abdomen, which together weighed around 1.64 kg. The family members of the victim told the doctors that she developed mental imbalance a few years ago. The doctors are suspecting that the patient had been swallowing these items for a long time. They are curious as to how the matter went unnoticed by the family members.last_img read more

High drama in Lok Sabha on Azams remark at Chair

first_imgNew Delhi: Lok Sabha witnessed high drama when Mohd Azam Khan made certain objectionable remarks against BJP’s Rama Devi who was presiding over the proceedings, leading to uproar with union ministers pressing from an apology from the Samajwadi Party leader. Participating in the debate on the triple talaq bill on Thursday, Khan made certain observations on a ruling party member. Rama Devi asked Khan to address the chair and not to look at other members. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At this, the SP member made some objectionable remarks on the chair. This infuriated Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Arjun Ram Meghwal who urged the Chair to ask Khan to apologise. When Khan was asked to do so by Rama Devi, he said he meant no disrespect to her as she was like his “dear sister”. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav rose to defend Khan. Meanwhile, Speaker Om Birla took over the proceedings. As he was listening to both sides, Danish Ali (BSP) walked out saying he too was not allowed to speak. Khan joined him in the walkout, saying he cannot speak when he was being insulted. Later, members of SP and BSP walked out of the proceedings.last_img read more

Petition equating Vande Matram National Anthem dismissed

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking treatment of ‘Vande Matram’ at par with the National Anthem. “We see no reason to entertain the petition,” said a Division Bench presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Harishankar while dismissing the petition. The petition filed by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay also sought directions to the government to take appropriate steps to ensure that ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ were sung in all schools on every working day.last_img

Fake bike taxi firm busted 1 held

first_imgNoida: Noida police have arrested a criminal who duped thousands of investors on the name of fake bike taxi company. Cops said that the accused committed fraud to the tune of Rs 25 crores and also carried a reward of Rs 25, 000 on his arrest. According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Rajesh Khantwal, native of Sihani gate area in Ghaziabad. The arrest was made by Noida police’s Economic Offence Wing (EOW) team, said police officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderVineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of police, Noida said that the accused had floated a fake taxi company and dupe nearly five thousand people by promising them lucrative profits when they invest in the company. “The accused had registered a company named Mapple Innovative private limited in sector 58 area of Noida and introduced a scheme-‘MIP cabs’, where they asked people to invest Rs 62, 100 thousand and promised Rs 10, 100 monthly returns for 12 months.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The scheme was somewhere similar to that of a multi-level marketing scheme where the existing members are promised incentives if they join more persons to the scheme,” said Jaiswal. The officer further said that the gang had conducted fraud worth Rs 25-26 crores through the scheme. “Upon sustained investigations, we have found transactions of Rs.25 crore in two bank accounts. The gang was active from past few years and have duped thousands of people of various cities of western Uttar Pradesh including Delhi-NCR. We are trying to arrest other gang members as well,” added Jaiswal. Over a 100 protesters have been staging a protest since past two days alleging that police have not arresting the accused who have duped them with their savings. Around 14 more accused have to be arrested in the case, police are trying to trace them while the presence of two more accused was found to be in Ghaziabad area. The protesters have alleged that in January 2019, the company distributed cheques dated August and July 2019 to the investors claiming their money would be returned but have stopped responding them.last_img read more

Thailand Open Saina Nehwal Srikanth Prannoy crash out

first_imgBangkok: Ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Thailand Open after suffering unexpected defeats but B Sai Praneeth sailed into the quarterfinals of the men’s singles here on Thursday. Seventh seed Saina, who returned to action after nearly two months, squandered a game advantage to lose 21-16 11-21 14-21 against unseeded Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in a women’s singles second round duel that lasted 48 minutes. In the absence of PV Sindhu, who withdrew in the last minute from the event, Saina’s ouster marks the end of India’s campaign in women’s singles. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSaina had earlier made last-minute withdrawals from Indonesia Open and last week’s Japan Open because of injuries. Later, fifth seed Srikanth too wasted a game’s lead to bow out against less-fancied Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand 21-11 16-21 12-21 in the second round of the men’s singles. To add to India’s woes, unseeded Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy too bowed out without a fight. While Kashyap was no match for third seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei, losing 9-21 14-21 in just 33 minutes, Prannoy suffered a 17-21 10-21 defeat against sixth seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut Sai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of Japan Open last week, continued his good form and stormed into the last-eight round with a comfortable 21-18 21-19 win over compatriot Shubhankar Dey. Sai Praneeth will be up against seventh seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the next round. However, it was good news for India in the men’s doubles event as the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty moved into the quarterfinals after registering a straight-game 21-17 21-19 win over Indonesian combination of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto. The India duo will next play qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea on Friday. In mixed doubles, while the pair of Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa defeated Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami 21-18 21-19 to make it to the last-eight round, the other Indian duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21 11-21 to eight seeds Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong to bow out of the tournament. Rankireddy and Ponnappa will next play against third seeded Japanese combination of Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.last_img read more

Woman blackmailed by boyfriend goes to police

first_imgKolkata: A girl from Narendrapur in South 24-Parganas lodged a complaint with the police against her boyfriend who had allegedly blackmailed her using some of her personal photographs. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident. The victim in her complaint also alleged that her boyfriend had established physical relation with her with a promise of marriage.The accused assured her that he would marry her and but later refused to do so. As she demanded an explanation from the accused when he failed to keep his promise, the accused alleged threatened her saying he would upload some of her personal photographs on the social media. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was alleged that the accused had taken some photographs of the girl earlier. Initially, the victim was scared to raise a complaint with the police as the accused threatened her with dire consequences. The victim has been identified as Pradeep Singh. The victim finally gathered some courage and went to the police station. She told the matter to the police officers and also lodged a complaint. According to the preliminary investigation, police came to know that the victim came in contact with the accused in 2018 through a social networking site. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter interacting with each other, they exchanged their mobile numbers. The interaction eventually led to a relationship in February this year. The victim also told the police that the accused took her personal photographs when they had physical relations. Police suspect that the accused had no intention of marrying the girl. Police are trying to know the whereabouts of the accused. They are also trying to know if he had earlier ditched other women. Police are conducting raids to nab the culprit.last_img read more

KMC hands over 29 stalls to Gariahat hawkers

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Tuesday handed over 29 stalls to the hawkers in Gariahat, whose stalls were damaged after a massive fire on January 20.”It will take some more time for us to start business as we have to make adjustments for arrangement of these stalls. CESC will be providing the electricity connection, the work for which will start from Wednesday. Mayor Firhad Hakim has also assured us that hawkers will be provided with licence and will be entitled to benefits under Swastha Sathi scheme,” said Abhijit Saha, vice-president of Hawker Sangram Committee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA KMC official said that the design of the stalls has been made in such a way so that a customer will not get drenched in rain while buying stuff from them. The Central Store of KMC has made the stalls with wheels underneath and fitted them with LED boards at the back for advertisements. The stalls will be placed at a distance of 50 feet from the main road to allow smooth traffic movement. Hakim has instructed the Central Store to make one lakh stalls, which will be given to hawkers in other parts of the city. However, the work will take time as the design of the stalls may not be similar to cater to the requirement of the hawkers in other parts of the city. A group of architects that the civic body had consulted, had suggested that the stalls should not block the signboards of the permanent shops.last_img read more

Gunrunner who supplied illegal weapons to gangsters held in Ggn

first_imgGurugram: The Haryana special task force of Gurugram branch on Thursday achieved major success after it arrested Praveen Chaudhury, the go to man for the supply of weapons to gangs in Gurugram. The most wanted criminal was wanted for the illegal arms selling.According to the law enforcement officials, he had supplied 150 illegal weapons to various gangsters. Besides the supply of illegal arms, he was also wanted for various cases of the murderer. Among the major gangs to which he supplied weapons to were Bhatti gang, Anil Dujana gang and Neetu Dabhoria gang. According to the law enforcement officials he used to lease the weapons to the gangsters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAfter receiving a tip-off that he was in the town of Uttar Pradesh for supplying a consignment of weapons the special police force formed a team to get hold of the criminal. Upon seeing the policemen, there was a brief exchange of gunshots following which Chaudhury and his henchmen were arrested. “The arrest of Praveen Chaudhury is a big success as he was the main person for various gangsters for the supply of weapons. Now with his arrests the weapons supply for most of the dreaded gangsters will dry up,” said a senior police official from Haryana STF. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice sources in the crime branch maintain that there has been a reduction in the dangers posed by the deadly gangs of Gurugram since most of their leaders have either been eliminated or arrested. Our officials are well trained to deal with criminals who attack us and proper procedures are adopted. Even as challenges remain the Police has reduced the influence which these gangs used to possess at one point of time, “said a senior police official from Gurugram Crime Branch.last_img read more

Srihari steals limelight on Day 4 bags 2 gold medals

first_imgBhopal: Teen sensation Srihari Nataraj won the men’s 100m freestyle title before bettering his own national record to win the gold in the 50m backstroke event of the 73rd Glenmark Senior National Aquatic Championship here on Tuesday. The Day 4 witnessed four national records being broken across nine categories — seven individual and two team events. Karnataka swimmer Srihari created a national record by finishing with a timing of 25.58 seconds to clinch the gold in the men’s 50m backstroke event. Rakshith Shetty and PS Madhu finished second and third respectively. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn the 100m freestyle event, the 18-year-old Srihari (50.59) turned his silver from last year into gold by pipping AS Anand (51.49) of SSCB. Vinay Saharan (also of SSCB) won the bronze medal. Delhi’s Kushagra Rawat broke the men’s 800m freestyle meet record clocking 8:09.47s. Soumyajit Sahaa and Sushrut Kapse of Railways came second and third respectively. The women’s 200m freestyle saw Shivani Kataria of Haryana better her own record to win the gold medal. Mahrashtra’s Kenisha Gupta and Khushi Dinesh of Karnataka finished second and third respectively. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe last record of the day was broken in the mixed 4x50m event. Team Mahrashtra, comprising Mihir Ambre, Kenisha Gupta and husband-wife duo of Rujuta and Virdhawal Khade, comfortably won the the event to clinch the gold medal with the timing of 1:39.69. Showing their depth of talent, Mahrashtra beat the challenge of team RSPB, who won silver, while Karnataka claimed bronze with a time 1:41.92. Results: Men: 800m Freestyle: Kushagra Rawat (Delhi) 8:09.47 (NMR); Soumyajit Saha (RSPB) 8:32.01; Sushrut Kapse (RSPB) 8:33.58 100m Butterfly: Sajan Prakash (Police) 54.25, Mihir Ambre (Maharashtra) 54.38; Supriya Mondal (RSPB) 54.47 50m Backstroke: Shrihari Nataraj (Karnataka)25.58 (NMR); Rakshith Shetty (Karnataka) 26.73; MADHU P S (SSCB) 27.02 100m Freestyle: Shrihari Nataraj (Karnataka) 50.59; Anand AS (SSCB) 51.49; Vinay Saharan (SSCB) 52.87. Women: 200m Freestyle: Shivani Kataria (Haryana) 2:05.80 (NMR); Kenisha Gupta (Mahrashtra) 2:07.94; Khushi Dinesh (Karnataka) 2:10.49 100m Butterfly: Divya Satija (Haryana) 1:04.38; Apeksha Fernandes (Maharashtra) 1:05.53; Nina Venkatesh (Karnataka) 1:05.98. 50m Backstroke: Maana Patel (Gujarat) 30.39, Jyotsna Pansare (Maharashtra) 30.82; Ridhima Veerendra Kumar (Karnataka)30.87 4 x 200m Freestyle: Karnataka (Damini K Gowda,Suvana C Baskar, Smruthi Mahalingam, Khushi Dinesh) 9:04.86; Maharashtra (Yuga Birnale, Siyaa Shetty, Sadhvi Dhuri, Rutuja Talegaonkar) 9:08.51; Tamil Nadu (Swarna K Harith, Meenakshi V K R, Shakthi B, Bhavika Dugar) 9:04.86. Mixed 4x50m Freestyle: Mahrashtra (Mihir Ambre, Kenisha Gupta, Rujuta Khade, Virdhawal Khade) 1:39.69 (NMR); RSPB (Aaron D’Souza Avantika Chavan Aditi Dhumatkar Viraj Prabhu) 1:41.83; Karnataka (Likith S P Deeksha Ramesh Smruthi Mahalingam Shrihari Nataraj) 1:41.92.last_img read more

Recounting a horrific story of corporate violence

first_imgHistorian and award-winning author William Dalrymple is all set to release his most ambitious and remarkable history book to date, ‘The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of The East India Company’. It is believed that this book carries the weight of his entire body of work, a lifetime of research and nights spent reading on days gone by. It took the Scottish writer six years to complete the magnum opus, which not only recounts the most horrific story of corporate violence, but also gives a chilling augury of our future. The most discerning of readers will sense the hints as they read between the lines. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainDalrymple, a recipient of Wolfson Prize for History, Britain’s most prestigious prize for non-fiction, gave a peak into the corporate origins of British Empire. “I’m tempted to say that ‘The Anarchy’ took only six years; the truth is it has taken a lifetime. It is everything I’ve read, everything I know and everything that a reader ought to know about this extraordinary company that somehow seized an entire subcontinent. This book looks at the sweeping story of the onset of colonialism across the entire region over 200 years. It takes a concentrated look at the years between 1599 to 1803; two hundred years of a Machiavellian-style offensive, aided and enabled by Indian sepoys and paid for very largely by loans given by Indian bankers. The East India Company had a Royal Charter to “wage war” and use violence to secure its trade. But it was only in 1757, with the Battle of Plassey, that the company moved from being a trading organisation to a nascent colonial power, something that accelerated in 1765 after the Battle of Buxar. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIt can be said that it was one of the first Corporations in the world, because the Joint Stock Company was a crucial and ground-breaking Tudor invention. It soon became what we would refer to today as a “multinational company,” shipping Indian opium to China and Chinese tea to the Americas: it was East India Company tea that was dumped in Boston Harbour, triggering the American War of Independence. In the Middle Ages, people were accustomed to family businesses like the Medicis in Italy or merchants who formed guilds, pooled their resources and traded with a joint capital. But what the East India Company did was introduce the concept of large scale corporations. It pooled in the finances of people who had little say in the executive workings of the company, but just invested what they could in shares. In this way, through a joint stock, the directors were able to raise vast sums in capital. The East India Company was the fifth such corporation, and the Dutch weren’t far behind; with huge investments from everywhere, they slowly became a vast economic power. So when we talk about the company, we are not referring to a dead history or an outdated concept. What it is, is in fact history continuing; it represents the beginning of the modern world as we know it. If we look around, there are these conglomerates and commercial giants who not only lobby to influence governments and policies, but also influence the general populace thereby wielding an enormous power and that’s exactly what the East India Company did. It wasn’t the British government that conquered India, it was a corporation based in one office building, just five windows wide. The story has been muddied by Victorian and Indian nationalists, but if you look at it anew, it is a simple story of corporate violence. The history of the company is not a simple story of conquest; it contains a dark secret that people prefer to overlook. There’s no way a bunch of foreign merchants with no military might, could take over India. It was a collaboration. The degree to which it was facilitated by the Indian financial class, especially the Marwari bankers of Calcutta and Benares is what enabled it to take over. These communities of traders and bankers helped the Mughal dynasty, when it was on its last legs, by organising the finances of its governors. They used the hundi system to facilitate the movement of money and revenue. It was their money that later financed the conquest of British India, through the loans they granted to the East India Company. The Anarchy narrates not only the story of the plunder of India by the British, but also that of the funding that facilitated it. It recounts the story of Indian merchants and bankers, who realised that the Company understood the relevance and importance of contracts and the repayments of loans with interest, and therefore deliberately and calculatedly backed it against the Marathas. The sad truth is that in the end the bankers of India backed a corporate entity, the Company, over their own co-religionists. This of course, continues to be story today, when conglomerates try to dictate policy, influence government and enable one party to win elections.”last_img read more

Focussing on my game looking to improve everyday Pant

first_imgKolkata: India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant on Wednesday said that he loves M.S. Dhoni and is not bothered about comparisons with the decorated former India captain, rather choosing to focus on his own game. With no Dhoni in the squad for the South Africa home series starting from September 15, the selectors are looking at the 21-year old as a long term option to take over from India’s twin World Cup winning captain. “I just love him. I am focussing on my cricket and taking one match at a time. I am trying to improve everyday,” Pant said at an event here when asked about Dhoni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Pant said he is working really hard to win more games for his country. “The team played really well (in the West Indies). I am looking forward to improve myself and helping team India to win more matches.” Asked about the South Africa series, he said: “We have practiced really well and mindset is good. We will look to do well.” Pant said there will be home advantage, but the Proteas are a good unit too. “Our planning is going well. We will have home advantage but they are a good side,” he concluded.last_img read more

Ontario Liberals take aim at NDP as third party endorsed by teachers

first_imgTORONTO – After months of painting the Ontario election as a two-horse race, the governing Liberals acknowledged another rival Thursday, taking aim at the NDP as the third party was endorsed by a teachers’ union.The Liberals raised questions about an NDP candidate they suggested advocates cutting teacher salaries, while their leader, Kathleen Wynne, attacked the party for its perceived disdain for business.Wynne, who had previously highlighted common ground between the Liberal and NDP plans while stressing a “stark” contrast with the Progressive Conservatives, also said the New Democrats have not explained how they would implement their platform, suggesting only her party could carry out its promises.“The plan that we’re bringing forward, which is an investment in care in this province, is doable. What our plan does is it recognizes, unlike the NDP, that the whole economy is important,” she said at a Toronto hospital, her first campaign stop of the day.“I understand that there’s an ideology on the part of the NDP that says that the private sector is inherently not a good thing. I don’t adhere to that.”Numerous polls have shown lagging support for Wynne and the Liberals contrasted with building momentum for NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and her party.One observer said the sudden shift in strategy is a logical response to the polls, but may suggest the Liberals now see themselves coming in third on June 7.“It’s natural for the Liberals to shift at least part of their attention to the party that’s lapping them,” said Andrea Perrella, director of the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy.The Liberals may initially have been reluctant to burn bridges with the NDP in case they won a minority and needed support, but may now fear they won’t form the official Opposition, he said.At the same time, while the NDP appears to be gaining public support, it’s hard to see the party making inroads in cottage country or the Toronto suburbs, Perrella said. The party’s best strategy is likely to recruit new voters, he said.Wynne denied feeling threatened by the New Democrats’ apparent gains in popularity, or by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario’s endorsement of the party, saying the union’s backing does not mean teachers themselves will vote that way.“We haven’t always had, as a party, the full support of all of the unions or the federations … and individual teachers make their decisions on a riding by riding basis,” she said.The Liberals nonetheless attacked a New Democrat candidate on Thursday, suggesting Marco Coletta favours a 15 per cent reduction to teacher salaries in the province.Horwath said she isn’t aware of Coletta’s comments and said teachers would be “properly paid” for the work they do under an NDP government.She also brushed off Wynne’s suggestion that her party can’t act on its promises.“One of the things that we’re prepared to do that I think Liberals have shown they’re not prepared to do is ask their richest friends and richest corporations to help us pay for the promises that we’re making. To help us pay for things like a better health care system, prescription drugs for everyone, dental care for everyone,” Horwath said.The president of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario said the NDP earned the union’s endorsement because of its commitment to publicly funded education.Horwath has promised to end standardized testing of students if elected, something the teachers’ union supports.Teachers have had a strained relationship with the governing Liberals for years following a bitter contract dispute with former premier Dalton McGuinty in 2012.— with files from Shawn Jeffords.last_img read more