Businessmen implicated in illegal fuel racket

first_imgFormer Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Chairman Vickram “Vic” Oditt and another man are accused of inducing a local businessman to smuggling fuel from Venezuela, by pretending that they have the relevant licences to do so.This was revealed in court documents filed by the businessman, Augustine Jackson, after Oditt and his business partner, Pradeep Abdool, both representatives of Potaro Fuel Supplies, claimed that Jackson owed them monies.The two were granted an interim injunction by High Court Judge Diana Insanally, preventing Jackson’s vessel MT Pollux, which is known and registered as MT Melissa J, from departing Guyana until he lodged US7,700 and .5 million, along with his passport, with the Registrar of the Supreme Court.However, Jackson, Director of AJ Marine Inc, in an affidavit to discharge the injunction, said that in January 2016, while he was inVickram ‘Vic’ OdittGuyana, he received a telephone call from Oditt, who informed him that he would like to enter into a business arrangement with him which would involve the use of his motor vessels, MT Pollux, also known as MT Melissa Jay, and MV Sno Pac, to transport and trade in fuel and fuel products from destinations in the Caribbean and South America to Guyana.He said that he was led to believe by the duo during the negotiations that they were issued with the relevant licences to deal with, import, possess, transport and sell fuel both in Guyana, as well as, the other destinations with which they intended to trade as is required by the laws of Guyana and the laws of those States.“However, it was only when I was preparing to sail from Port Georgetown to Trinidad that I learnt that the Applicants/Plaintiffs nor their servants or agents were possessed of the licences required by law, the Guyana Energy Agency Act, to trade in, deal with, import, possess, transport and sell fuel both in Guyana as well as the other destinations. In short, I realised that the Applicants/Plaintiffs from the inception have been, and were, inducing me into an arrangement to smuggle fuel across international borders into Guyana, a serious criminal enterprise, of which I was not prepared to be a part,” Jackson stated.The businessman said that he was aware that not only could he be jailed if found guilty of any of the criminal offences he was likely to commit if he participated in the venture, but also his vessels would have been seized.“I also realised that the entire transaction, including the Promissory Notes, the Partnership Agreement and the business arrangement which I had entered into are all tainted by and contaminated with serious criminal illegality,” he stated in his affidavit.The businessman also accused Oditt and Abdool of failing to disclose to the court the Partnership Agreement because they would have been obligated to produce the requisite licences.“Additionally, the Applicants/Plaintiffs, in their attempt to mislead and withhold information from this Honourable Court, they scrupulously, deliberately and cunningly avoided any mention whatsoever of the nature of the business which they paid these huge sums of money to me for and upon which we were going to embark,” Jackson stated.He observed that despite the sole purpose of the business being to trade in fuel, the word “fuel” was not mentioned at all in the entire application.The businessman wants the court to discharge the injunction on the grounds that he has 11 crew members, including six Venezuelans who are now stranded in Guyana as a result of the injunctions.He highlighted that his vessel had the potential to earn approximately US$350,000 per month and, as such, urged the Court to quickly discharge the injunctions, as he would “suffer financial ruination” if it did not.“There is no legal basis for the Applicants/Plaintiffs to restrain the said vessel; they have no lien or encumbrances of any kind against the said vessel,” the businessman stated.Jackson said he was willing to remain in Guyana to defend claims by Oditt and Abdool that he owed them.He is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall.last_img read more

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Best in the world? The FIFA 15 top ten players REVEALED!

first_img 5 =8. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery, Eden Hazard – FIFA 15 RATING 88 – Bayern Munich duo Schweinsteiger and Ribery are joined by Chelsea wing wizard Eden Hazard on a rating of 88. Click the arrow to see who is number one. =3. Arjen Robben, Manuel Neuer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic – FIFA 15 RATING 90 – More Bayern Munich stars populate the top 10 with Robben and Neuer joined by PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Click the arrow to see who is number one. 5 5 It’s that time of the year football fans young and old dream about – the launch of the latest iteration of FIFA’s self-titled video game series.This year’s version – the aptly named FIFA 15 – is set for release in the coming weeks, and as such, developers EA have released their list of the 10 best players on the game.But, given the impact of a World Cup and numerous global and continental awards being presented, just who is number one?Click the arrow on the right to find out… 5 5 =6. Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta – FIFA 15 RATING 89 – Barcelona duo Suarez and Iniesta are just one ahead with a rating of 89. 1. Lionel Messi – FIFA 15 RATING 93 – He narrowly missed out on adding a World Cup to his glittering array of trophies, but his performances in dragging Argentina to the final of the tournament have seen Messi once again crowned as FIFA’s number one player. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo – FIFA 15 RATING 92 – He may be the reigning world and European footballer of the year, but Cristiano Ronaldo has to settle for second place in the FIFA ratings. You can probably guess who number one is. last_img read more

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Donegal volunteers to join over 700 in support of Make-A-Wish Ireland

first_imgVolunteers from Donegal will join over more than 700 volunteers nationwide to support the annual fundraising campaign of Make-A-Wish Ireland, the charity that grants the wishes of children living with life-threatening illnesses. On March 29, the annual fundraising event will see volunteers bag packing in more than 65 Tesco supermarkets nationwide and collecting donations on streets around the country as well as hosting other support events to raise much-needed funds for the charity.Recent research shows that children who have wishes granted are more likely to build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a serious illness. This improves their quality of life and produces better health outcomes.Susan O’Dwyer, Make-A-Wish Ireland CEO, said: “Wish Day is a day where we can all help make wishes come true for children living with life-threatening illnesses.“We are hugely dependent on the generosity of the Irish public. Make-A-Wish has granted more than 2,400 wishes for Irish children since 1992 which would not be possible without the help of men, women and children around Ireland.” Donegal volunteers to join over 700 in support of Make-A-Wish Ireland was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Make A Wish Irelandlast_img read more

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Time running out for QPR, but can Remy strike against the Saints?

first_imgQPR are 4/5 to finish bottom of the Premier League table (Reading 5/2 and 6s bar) after their defeat against Manchester United.Rangers are now 1/7 to be relegated with Reading 2/9, Villa 4/5 and Wigan 11/10.They travel to St Mary’s and are 10/3 for the win against a Southampton side who beat Manchester City in their last home game, although they did go down 4-2 to Newcastle at St James’ Park last weekend.The Saints are 20/23 for the win, with the draw at 27/10.Loic Remy at least made it back onto the pitch against United and we bet 2/5 he scores four or fewer Premier League goals this season and 7/4 five or moreRemy is 8/1 to score the opener at the weekend and 5/2 to score at any time with Bobby Zamora 9s.There are still 33 points to play for and although an escape looks unlikely, while it is still mathematically possible Rangers must keep going – although a draw wouldn’t be enough.After Rafa Benitez’s rant this week, Jose Mourinho – fresh from a magnificent win in the Nou Camp for Real Madrid on Tuesday – is now 8/11 favourite to take over at the Stamford Bridge for a second time.It is hard to look beyond Mourinho with David Moyes and Gus Poyet (8s), Avram Grant 14s and Manuel Pellegrini 14s.There have been nibbles for both Gianfranco Zola (25s) and Jurgen Klopp 20s, but Chelsea fans want to see Jose return.Chelsea are 11/2 at betvictor.com for the FA Cup and 7/2 for the Europa League and it is possible that Benitez will win a trophy (if he doesn’t go before).But it has been hard for both players and fans to warm to him and he was a very poor appointment.The Blues are 2/5 to beat West Brom this weekend and with Romelu Lukaku unable to play against his parent club, they really must get back to winning ways.They remain 1/4 to finish in the top four this season (11/4 not to).Fulham travel to the Stadium of Light looking for revenge, given Sunderland won the reverse fixture at the Cottage earlier in the season.As in that previous fixture the Whites meet a Black Cats side out of sorts of late but the hosts are 7/5 favourites with the visitors 9/4 and the draw 23/10.Fulham are 5/2 for a top-10 finish (Sunderland 10/3) and with Swansea guaranteed a Europa League spot, it is possible that the Welsh side, currently 9th, will take their eye off the ball.With 10th-placed Stoke only a point ahead of Martin Jol’s men and having to do without Robert Huth for three matches, I think there have been worse 5/2 shots – but they need a result on Saturday.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comBe luckyCharlielast_img read more

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Ohlees® Women’s India Straight Brazilian Hair Extensions Real 100% Human Virgin Remy Natural Premium Weave 3 Bundle weft, Excellent service

first_img Posted on May 19, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags Ohlees® A little thinner than i thought it would be and sheds very quickly. Brought 12′,14′,16′ – 10′ closure would recommend buying two lots and doubling when sewing in. The hair will not be good for more than one use but closure looks good. Fast delivery excellent quality. Lovely soft hair but has gray bits in and the wefts are not 10′. Will attempt to ask for refund and buy a larger length. Key specs for Ohlees® Women’s India Straight Brazilian Hair Extensions Real 100% Human Virgin Remy Natural Premium Weave 3 Bundle weft + 1 pcs Lace frontal Closure 4*4 (14″16″18″+10″):1)100% human hair extensions ,1 package have 4 bundle hair weft + 3 part 4*4 lace closure 1pcs/100g,size:10″…..24″2)6A Human Hair,can be dyed, highlighted, curled, straightened, and styled as your own hair3) Direct factory wholesale price, which is much lower than others. We have more than 10 years’ experience, so you must be satisfied with our super quality.4Your order will be shipped out within 3 days. Our delivery time is 7-21 working days, pls ignore the amazon Estimated delivery Time.Ohlees Original Brand, high quality~Comments from buyers“Soft hair not exactly true to size , Will buy again , Wish the wefts were thicker “ Quick delivery, good hair will buy again. Good product although it shades but i still recommend. My daughter loves this hair definitely will order again. Fast delivery and the hair quality is amazing. None shredding, colour & quality is as described👍🏼😊. I bought this product for the first time from seller and all i can say is that it is a really superb product. It does not shed easily also. So soft and nice , everyone loves it nd most of my friends also bought it. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-05-19 04:17:20Reviewed Item Ohlees® Women’s India Straight Brazilian Hair Extensions Real 100% Human Virgin Remy Natural Premium Weave 3 Bundle weft + 1 pcs Lace frontal Closure 4*4 (14″16″18″+10″)Rating 4.3 / 5  stars, based on  14  reviewslast_img read more

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Join a Worldwide Geocaching Movement

first_imgCelebrate the 11th Annual CITO WeekendGeocachers search parks, trails and forests to earn a smiley, but during a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) event they’re not looking for geocaches. They’re clearing litter and trash from geocaching-friendly areas around the world. Thousands of geocachers will walk away from their CITO events with bags of trash and a sense of pride. They’re preserving the natural beauty of our world. It’s often more than litter clean up. Some CITO events remove of invasive species, plant trees or build trails.You can be a part of the movement. CITO events are held all year long, but you’ll have more than 140 to choose from on April 20, 21 and 22. It’s the 11th annual International CITO Weekend coinciding with Earth Day.This year, more than a thousand geocachers from at least 30 countries are combining in the annual worldwide environmental effort. The locations range from Croatia to Hong Kong and include more than 40 U.S. States.Share this new CITO video and log your “Will Attend” for a CITO event near you. For a limited time, Shop Geocaching will include a free CITO trash bag in each order (U.S. orders, while supplies last).[vsw id=”5eIwxTAaxKw” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the 2014 CITO Weekend and SouvenirJanuary 26, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 18, 2012April 18, 2012In “Cache In Trash Out”CITO 2013 – It Takes a VillageApril 22, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”last_img read more

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A meal laced with poison kills 32 rare vultures

first_imgIt looked like a normal goat carcass, and a group of vultures in Assam’s Sivasagar district settled down to devour it quickly. But at the end of the meal, 32 of them lay dead on Saturday. The incident has dealt a blow to India’s conservation programme for these highly endangered birds.Seven vultures survived, of which four were released on Sunday after treatment. The goat carcass had been poisoned as revenge for the dogs that killed it, but vultures became the unintended casualty.The mass poisoning is one of the worst such incidents in recent years, according to the Vulture Breeding Conservation Centre near Guwahati.Among the survivors, three each were Himalayan griffon (Gyps himalayensis) and slender-billed (Gyps tenuirostris), and one was an Oriental white-backed (Gyps bengalensis) vulture. Of the 32 that died, 29 were Himalayan griffons.There have been multiple incidents of mass poisoning. One was reported from western Assam’s Goalpara district in March 2011. At least 20 vultures had died then, after consuming the poisoned carcass of a dog.“The death of the vultures has been a major loss, but the small relief is that seven survived. We are trying to identify the man who is believed to have poisoned the goat’s carcass,” said Bidya Bordoloi, DFO of Sivasagar Division.Flushed outConservationist Simanta Medhi said doctors of the Bombay Natural History Society that runs the vulture breeding centre in collaboration with the Assam Forest Department, flushed out the poison from the system of the vultures, and gave them medication.“Only seven could make it, and four of these have been released. The remaining three need some more treatment,” he said.The vulture breeding centre in Assam hosts 104 birds, but the ones that died are not among those cared for by it.Vultures have fallen victim in the past due to carcasses that are either infected or poisoned. Last year, 20 birds died in March after eating cattle remains, in Lakhimpur district. Of the 50 that were found alive, 45 were released after treatment. No one was proceeded against in that case since it was not seen as a deliberate act.On the declineResearch data cited by the BNHS last year show that populations of white-backed vultures appeared to have stabilised, but that of long-billed vultures was on the decline.A steady reduction in the numbers of vultures in India was linked to the use of veterinary medicines such as diclofenac, leading to a ban on its use in animals.BNHS scientists have pointed out that several other medications are also toxic to the birds, and yet, these have not been restricted by the government.Without action on both veterinary medications and incidents of revenge killing of wildlife in villages, the bird population is at serious risk, they contend.last_img read more

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Hurricane rain slows storms up to 30%

first_imgA hurricane can dump nearly 2 trillion liters of water a day. But this massive rainfall has an upside, according to a new study. Researchers have discovered that the deluge can weaken the tempest by up to 30%—a finding that may improve future storm predictions.The hurricane engine has many parts. The calmest part—the eye—is surrounded by the most active: a narrow, 15-kilometer-wide band of wind and rain known as the eyewall. Through the eyewall flows the updraft, a vertical wind that draws water vapor from the ocean surface. At the top of the eyewall, water condenses; as the resulting drops fall back down to the ocean surface they lose power through friction with the surrounding air. The sum of this lost energy per unit time has been dubbed “rainpower.”“The rainpower is colossal, comparable in magnitude to the ocean-derived power that fuels the hurricane,” says Pinaki Chakraborty, a fluid mechanician at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan. Activity within the eyewall is closely connected to the hurricane’s overall intensity, with the vertical updraft fed by an inward-spiraling, ocean-hugging wind whose average speed is the highest across the whole storm.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Previously, researchers thought rain in the eyewall increased a hurricane’s intensity, as heat released from the condensing water added to the overall power of the storm. In contrast, Chakraborty and his colleagues found the opposite to be true: Rainpower acts to significantly lessen, not increase, hurricane intensity.To calculate rainpower, the researchers culled 15 years of data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, a joint NASA–Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite. For every hurricane in the North Atlantic Basin between 1997 and 2013, they pulled information such as mean sea-level pressure and temperature as well as vertical temperature and humidity profiles, and entered it into a thermodynamic hurricane model that treats each storm as a gigantic heat engine. Based on these factors alone, they then predicted the intensity of each hurricane, with and without rainpower.The results were surprising. The team’s model predicted a 10% to 30% reduction in storm intensity that varied with the overall strength of the storm. What’s more, whereas many models tend to overestimate the intensity of hurricanes in their predictions, theirs was a much closer match to historical observations, the researchers report online in Geophysical Research Letters.“The authors have honed in on a potentially ignored effect of the friction of falling condensate on the intensity of tropical cyclones,” says Vasubandhu Misra, a meteorologist from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He says the finding should be placed in the context of other under-researched factors that could affect hurricane intensity, including vertical changes in wind speed and the ocean surface cooling created by the storms themselves.Dave Nolan, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Miami in Florida, calls the paper “thought-provoking,” and says it makes a good case for considering the effect of rainpower. Still, he also cautions against the assumption that rainpower is the only factor impacting hurricane intensity, as not all the eyewall’s rain falls directly down through the updraft. “The eyewall and its updraft typically slope outward at angles from 30 to 60 degrees,” he explains. “Thus, much of the rain is falling down through a less active part of the storm.”Regardless, with their initial work complete, the scientists are now moving to incorporate rainpower into the models of hurricane evolution used for weather and climate change forecasting. Their hope is to improve storm intensity predictions for the future.last_img read more

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221 new members for Assam Foreigners’ Tribunals

first_imgA panel of 221 members has been selected for the existing and upcoming Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) in Assam. Another 50 applicants have been put on the wait list.In a notification on Monday, the Gauhati High Court said the panel members comprised retired judicial officers, advocates and civil servants, who we were called for interviews from July 16 to August 11. It recommended the candidates, selected in order of merit,. The list had been prepared and published less than a fortnight before the completion of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) on August 31.200 new tribunalsEach FT is headed by a judge-like member appointed under the FT Act, 1941, and FT Order, 1984, as per the guidelines issued by the government from time to time.Assam has 100 FTs. According to Home Department, there were initially 11 Illegal Migrant Determination Tribunals (IMDT). These were converted to FTs after the Supreme Court scrapped the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983.The government established another 21 FTs in 1983. Four more were added in 2009 and the remaining 64 established in 2014 for disposal of cases that were piling up in the FTs.The government would establish 200 FTs primarily for handling cases of people to be excluded from the final NRC. These would be in addition to the existing 100 and are part of the 1,000 that the Centre had decided to help Assam set up in view of the pressure envisaged to dispose of cases of people to be left out of the NRC.Officials in the Home and Political Department said the new FTs would be distributed among six districts. Kamrup (Metropolitan) district, which covers Guwahati and outskirts, would get 67 of these, followed by Nagaon with 39, Jorhat 31, Bongaigaon 22, Sonitpur 21, and Cachar 20.“Apart from the cases of people left out of the NRC, the new FTs will also deal with the regular cases of D-voters,” a senior officer said. ‘D’ stands for doubtful or dubious voter, a category of people disenfranchised by the government for their alleged lack of proper citizenship documents.last_img read more

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Pune rain: angry protesters heckle Guardian Minister

first_imgA day after intense showers ravaged several parts of Pune district, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil faced the ire of citizens on Friday, even as the death toll across the district rose to 18.Speaking here after surveying the worst-hit spots in the city and the district, Mr. Patil blamed illegal constructions and encroachments for the flash deluge that resulted in massive damage to property and loss of life.“Illegal constructions and encroachments on various canals have diverted the natural flow of streams, which led to water entering residential societies and wrecking property. The causes for these constructions have to be investigated. Moreover, why weren’t basic security measures followed at the time of these constructions?” Mr. Patil asked. Team to probe disasterHe said a team comprising senior IAS officials would be constituted to investigate the disaster. He also said all relief measures for the rain-affected in Pune would be applicable under the government resolution (GR) issued at the time of the Kolhapur and Sangli floods.On Thursday, when the city was coping with the rain damage, the Guardian Minister was in Delhi to iron out the seat-sharing issues between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Shiv Sena for the elections.Earlier, irate protesters blocked Mr. Patil’s convoy near Tangewala Society in Aranyeshwar area, prompting him and his entourage to leave the spot after barely 15 minutes. Five people died after the society’s compound wall collapsed owing to the relentless downpour. Protesters demanded to know what Mr. Patil was doing in Delhi when the city was being battered by flash floods.Urging him to go back, they said the Guardian Minister’s belated visit was merely a photo opportunity.Mr. Patil said those heckling him were mere “troublemakers” hired by the opposition parties. “There were no problems whatsoever. I was [at Tangewala Society] for 20-25 minutes. Genuine citizens told me about their problems. The rest were troublemakers hired by opposition parties.” He said because the model code of conduct is in place for the Assembly elections, he was compelled to put things before the aggrieved citizens in a restrained manner.Toll up to 18Meanwhile, the death toll across the district rose to 18 with at least four people still missing. There were unconfirmed reports of two more bodies being recovered, indicating a likely rise in the number of the deaths.More than 3,000 people in the city are lodged in transit camps, while teams of the fire department and nearly 2,000 municipal workers carried out cleanliness drives and relief operations.Despite the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) warnings of likely heavy rain on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, the weather remained calm throughout the better part of Friday. Schools and colleges across the city and four other tehsils of the district remained shut following a precautionary directive of the Pune District Collector.According to a release issued on Friday afternoon, the IMD has forecast light to moderate rain on Friday night to be followed by light rain over the weekend.last_img read more

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