Judge Who Acquitted All In Babri Demolition Case Appointed By UP Govt As ‘Up-Lokayukta’

first_imgNews UpdatesJudge Who Acquitted All In Babri Demolition Case Appointed By UP Govt As ‘Up-Lokayukta’ LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 April 2021 9:01 AMShare This – xRetired CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav, who delivered the Babri demolition verdict, was appointed the Up-Lokayukta (Deputy Lokayukta) of Uttar Pradesh.He was administered the oath on Monday. As per the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta and UP-Lokayukta Act, 1975, he will have a term of six years. UP Governor Anandiben Patel had signed the notification appointing him as Deputy Lok Ayukta (III)…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginRetired CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav, who delivered the Babri demolition verdict, was appointed the Up-Lokayukta (Deputy Lokayukta) of Uttar Pradesh.He was administered the oath on Monday.  As per the Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta and UP-Lokayukta Act, 1975, he will have a term of six years. UP Governor Anandiben Patel had signed the notification appointing him as Deputy Lok Ayukta (III) on April 6.Babri demolition case was the last case tried by him as the presiding judge of Special CBI Court, Lucknow. His term was specifically extended by the Supreme Court to complete the trial in the Babri demolition conspiracy case.In the verdict delivered on September 30 last year, he acquitted all 32 accused in the case including high profile politicians such as BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati, Kalyan Singh etc. S K Yadav, in his 2000-page verdict, held that the demolition of the mosque was not premeditated and that there was no criminal conspiracy behind it.The Court said that the demolition was not pre-planned and that the accused had actually tried to stop the mob and not incite them.”Those who climbed on the dome, they are anti-social elements”, the Court stated.The authenticity of the audio and video clips produced by the CBI is not proved, the court held.Lokayukta is an ombudsman like body which can investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration by public servants.As the Upa Lokayukta, he can investigate any action which is taken by or with the general or specific approval of any public servant not being a Minister or Secretary after receiving a complaint. Next Storylast_img read more

Basketball player calls police after hard foul during pickup game

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(STERLING, Va.) — The unofficial rule of pickup basketball is “no blood, no foul.” It says nothing about calling the cops, though.A basketball game at an LA Fitness in Sterling, Virginia, resulted in just that, as one player called police after a hard foul during the contest, according to a report from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.The foul play, classified as an assault in the incident report, happened at 6:42 p.m. on Monday. One player took issue with a foul and went to the front desk in order to call the police, according to the report.When an officer responded, apparently cooler heads had prevailed, because neither man decided to press charges against the other.Officer Josiah Kennedy, who was the respondent, said in the report that management at the gym gave the two men “one more chance to keep the game civil” or they’d be tossed out of the LA Fitness for the day.A person in the gym filmed the incident and posted it on Instagram and Twitter on Tuesday morning.“This is the hardest foul in America, bro,” said the person filming the aftermath of the foul. He asked the other players milling about on the court, “You calling the cops if you get fouled?”The person filming follows one of the officers out of the gym and asks, “Have you ever been called for a basketball foul before?”He sighs and responds, “No,” and says all he was told was there was a fight.The Instagram video had over 22,000 views as of early Wednesday morning. A photo tweeted by another player had tens of thousands of likes and retweets.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

FA CUP: Ighalo’s Watford Battle Crystal Palace for Place in Final

first_imgFor Palace, Scott Dann has been passed fit after missing the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday. Connor Wickham is in contention having returned for the Eagles off the bench against Arsenal and United, while goalkeeper Julian Speroni could also start having impressed against Louis van Gaal’s side. James McArthur returned from an ankle problem at Old Trafford, but may not start at Wembley.For Watford, Flores has no injury concerns ahead of today’s game, though Nordin Amrabat will miss out through suspension having been dismissed late on in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Wednesday night.The Watford boss rested a number of key players at the Boleyn Ground, and is likely to restore Ighalo, Troy Deeney, Ben Watson, Etienne Capoue and Allan Nyom to his starting XI. Costel Pantilimon is set to continue as the Hornets’ cup goalkeeper despite being back-up to Heurelho Gomes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram London rivals Crystal Palace and Watford know that a win in today’s Wembley showdown will leave them just one game away from FA Cup glory. Watford would be looking up to Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo to provide the goals that will fire his side closer to a final with Manchester United who defeate Everton 2-1 in the other Wembley semi final Saturday.Neither Crystal Palace nor Watford has had a standout season in the Premier League, but both Alan Pardew and Quique Sanchez Flores will know just how important today’s match is in terms of a rare shot at silverware for their clubs.The FA Cup represents a bright end to Palace’s campaign after a disastrous slide in form has seen the Eagles slip from potential Champions League contenders into relegation battlers. Watford are all but safe from the drop despite also hitting a mid-season slump, and Flores could do with a win given the mounting speculation regarding his future at Vicarage Road.last_img read more

VIDEO: Sports minister Bakkabulindi commends Uganda Rio Olympics team

first_imgVIDEO: Fresh from Brazil where Uganda ended without a medal at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympics, the state Minister for education and sports Charles Bakkabulindi has lashed out at critics of the team. Speaking at the launch of the 2016 Africa Blackball pool championships that Uganda will host later this year, Bakkabulindi asked Ugandans to give the athletes a hero’s welcome when they touch down at Entebbe International airport on Thursday. Share on: WhatsApplast_img

Senate Passes Massive $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

first_img(Washington, DC) — Financial help for struggling Americans is slowly moving through Congress.The Senate is sending a roughly $2-trillion dollar stimulus package to the House after passing it last night. The bill will send cash to businesses and individuals to help keep the economy going during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Most Americans who make less than $75,000 a year will get a $1200 check.Families will also get an additional $500 for each child. There is also money set aside for small business loans and it expands unemployment insurance for workers. However, if those companies do not lay employees off, those loans will be forgiven. There is also money set aside for small business loans and the expansion of unemployment insurance for workers. However, if those companies do not lay employees off, those loans will be forgiven. There are additional funds to help the health care system deal with the pandemic, and money to loan big businesses like the air and cruise lines that have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.The Senate moved quickly, putting together the largest stimulus package in the nation’s history in about five days. The fate of the bill in the House is unknown. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested trying to pass it by unanimous consent, since most members are out of town and the body is in recess. However, some members of Congress have raised doubts about the bill and only one “no” vote could derail it. Getting the House back together quickly during a pandemic with many cities and states in lock down might be difficult.The House is expected to vote on the bill Friday.last_img read more

Florida man accused of threatening to shoot up Black Lives Matter rally

first_imgPolice say a Florida man made threats on social media to shoot up a Black Lives Matter rally.Sarasota County sheriff’s officials said in a news release that 22-year-old Quintin Adkins was arrested last week after an “old friend” alerted authorities to his Instagram and Snapchat messages.An arrest affidavit says Adkins threatened to attend a demonstration and shoot everyone.Investigators discovered videos showing Adkins in a car pointing guns at passing cars.He was then arrested and charged with one count of written threats to kill. He was released on bond Friday.last_img

Officials Plan “Reimagined” South Beach with More Culture, Less Party

first_imgIn the video, the mayor goes on to say, “This is precisely the right time. We cannot continue to kick this can down the road. When we emerge from this pandemic — and we will emerge — we should have a different kind of South Beach. A better one. Just as vibrant and iconic, but also cultural and safe. A South Beach for everyone.” See more details on the mayor’s proposal below: South Beach could soon be getting a makeover, and not in the way you may be thinking.Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber announced Wednesday that he plans to replace the famous entertainment district with an “Art Deco Cultural District,” where alcohol sales would stop at midnight at most places, in order to reduce crime and other issues.“The current entertainment district has become too difficult and costly to police and, equally important, too inconsistent with our brand. And it’s too special and iconic a place to be so badly underperforming,” Gelber said.The mayor talked through his vision during an eight-minute YouTube video in which he noted that the city’s commission plans to further discuss the plans next week.Gelber explained that the entertainment district has become “a victim of its success” and grown to resemble “a beachfront Bourbon Street,” where visitors act in ways they never would at home.With that in mind, Gelber’s proposal calls for alcohol sales to be cut off at midnight.However, certain businesses would be allowed to apply for conditional permission to extend that deadline, if they meet certain requirements.center_img Miami Beach implemented an 8 p.m. curfew last weekend for parts of its entertainment district, in an effort to prevent gatherings that could increase the spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

Federal Dollars Coming for Inconvenient Intersection

first_imgThis article was first published in the June 29-July 6, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By Jay Cook |COLTS NECK – Long-sought relief for one of the more headache-inducing intersections in Monmouth County is on the way.The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders secured $21.3 million in federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration last week to revamp and redesign the Route 34 and CR-537 intersection, along with a pair of bridges that run through the heart of Colts Neck.“This is great news for everyone who travels through the most congested intersection in the county,” Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said in a statement.Burry, a former Colts Neck mayor and business owner in the township, said she was “elated about this development, knowing first-hand the challenges of traveling through this location and being personally involved for nearly two decades in working to make these improvements.”Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said in the statement that the financing for this project would cure many of the issues at that intersection, as well as the two bridges that cross over Mine Brook.The Mine Brook bridge over CR-537, about 120 feet west of the intersection, was built in 1920 and is in serious condition due to “severe spalling and concrete deterioration,” county officials said.The bridge covering Mine Brook across Route 34, constructed in 1930, is in fair condition, but due to a combination of visual assessments and concrete core drilling, replacement has been recommended, according to the release.The project’s total price tag rounds out at $21.5 million, with Monmouth County covering the shortfall in the federal funding. It comes nearly one year after public information sessions were held with residents to discuss the project.It also provides a proverbial sigh of relief for the current Colts Neck administration, which has heard from dissatisfied residents for years about prolonged congestion.“If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me about that intersection – when’s it going to get done – I’d probably be retired by now,” joked Colts Neck Mayor Russell Macnow earlier this week.Macnow said when the intersection backs up from Garden State Parkway or Route 18 traffic, additional cars circumvent the area and make their way through residential neighborhoods not designed to accommodate high volumes of traffic.Although part of a different plan, this project is the second of two major improvements slated for this stretch of roadway.In late April and early May, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced to the public its intention to replace approximately 13 miles of Route 34, beginning at the Route 34/CR-537 intersection and stretching to where Routes 34 and 9 meet in Old Bridge.According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), a failing concrete roadway base, built between 1928 and 1930 is the reason for the road replacement. Earlier NJDOT spokesman Stephen Shapiro said that project would cost around $90 million.“It’s a pretty substantial project and one that we’ve been pushing for many years,” Macnow said, adding that it will not begin for another two to three years.Regarding the Route 34 and CR-537 intersection project, Macnow said the motorists who use that road “will be pretty pleased with the decrease in travel time and aggravation through that intersection.”The project’s scope includes:Widening of Route 34 to accommodate six lanes along each intersection approach, including an exclusive left turn lane, two through lanes, an exclusive right turn lane, and two receiving lanes.Widening of CR-537 to accommodate five lanes along each intersection approach, including an exclusive left turn lane, a through lane, a thorough/right turn lane, and two receiving lanes.Replacement of the existing traffic signal, including pedestrian improvements.Replacing the CR-537 bridge located approximately 120 feet west of the intersection.Replacing the Route 34 bridge located approximately 400 feet north of the intersection.A bio-retention basin is proposed for the northeast and southeast quadrants. Efforts will be made to avoid or minimize impacts to environmental resources within the project area, which adheres to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Management Rules.last_img read more

Raiders midseason superlatives: MVP, biggest disappointment and more

first_imgIn a Raiders season that has already felt like an eternity, there are somehow still eight games to go.Jon Gruden currently holds picks No. 2, 10 and 21 or later in the first round (Bears currently slated to make the playoffs) next year, and that’s about the only reason for optimism in an otherwise wasted season.With the Raiders halfway through their 2018 slate and a daunting second half ahead, let’s hand out some midseason superlatives.Most Valuable Player: Rodney Hudson, center Hu …last_img

Oldest Bat Fossil: Was It Evolving?

first_imgA bat fossil surpassing the previous record holder for the oldest by 2 million years made the cover of Nature this week.1  The news media immediately began saying that it provided insight into evolution. The BBC News announced “Bat fossil solves evolution poser.” National Geographic called it the icing on the cake, and said that “the fossils represent a breakthrough in the understanding of bat evolution.” PhysOrg called it a missing link that “demonstrates that the animals evolved the ability to fly before they could echolocate.”That last statement gets to the crux of the evolution angle. It’s not that this specimen was part bat and part something else. It was fully capable of flight and was easily identified as a bat. What it appeared to lack (though this point is somewhat questionable) is the ability for echolocation – the bat’s famous sonar navigation system. Some living bats have echolocation; others do not. The ones without it typically have a smaller cochlea (the inner ear organ that converts sound waves into nerve impulses). Since the fossil appeared to have a small cochlea, the researchers inferred that it lacked echolocation; however, size may not be the only valid diagnostic. We know that miniaturization can be a measure of advanced technology (e.g., iPod over cassette player). Without the ability to observe this species in action, it would be impossible to prove that it could not echolocate with its compact cochleae.The evolutionary question before these scientists and reporters was not whether bats evolved – their minds were already made up on that point. “There has been a longstanding debate,” though, “about how bats evolved, centering around the development of flight and the development of the sonar system they use to navigate and hunt for prey,” PhysOrg explained. The majority opinion among evolutionists seems to have been that echolocation came first, then flight. This fossil seemed to suggest the reverse.Echolocation or not, there was never any doubt this was a bat. It was classified in the bat order Chiroptera, and given the name Onychonycteris. Even though this bat is similar to modern bats that lack echolocation, it “may have been otherwise equipped for flying at night,” wrote John Speakman (U of Aberdeen) in the same issue of Nature.2  Why, then, did the discoverers call it “primitive”? Nothing in the paper provided definitive evidence the bat was lacking in “derived” (i.e., advanced, or “highly evolved”) features. There were only suggestions couched in tentative wording:The shape of the wings suggests that an undulating gliding-fluttering flight style may be primitive for bats, and the presence of a long calcar indicates that a broad tail membrane evolved early in Chiroptera, probably functioning as an additional airfoil rather than as a prey-capture device. Limb proportions and retention of claws on all digits indicate that the new bat may have been an agile climber that employed quadrupedal locomotion and under-branch hanging behaviour.Obviously, the researchers cannot watch a fossil bat fly in a fossilized sky. A creature capable of being called an “agile climber” as well as a flyer should not be judged primitive on that basis; are not two skills better than one? Possession of claws seems also a questionable measure of primitiveness. It would seem more primitive to lack a structure than to have it.As for that echolocation question, the discoverers were more hedged in their wording than the science reporters. After weighing the evidence, they said, “there is no unambiguous evidence that Onychonycteris was capable of laryngeal echolocation.” Their graph shows that the cochlea of this species is right on the borderline between echolocating and non-echolocating species. On the other wing, it “was clearly capable of powered flight,” they said. Speakman concurred: “The bat’s wing morphology is very similar to that of extant species, except that it has claws on its digits,” he said. “But in all other respects this is clearly a bat capable of powered flight.” In addition, the authors inferred that it most likely ate insects, as do modern echolocating bats.The only basis for claiming this bat was primitive, then, seems to be that it was found in strata assumed to be 52 million years old rather than 50 million years old, and according to evolutionary theory, “Bats are thought to have evolved from terrestrial mammals, and scientists have long pondered whether they took to the air before or after they could echolocate.” So said National Geographic. It looked like a bat, and it flew like a bat. It was labeled primitive simply because evolutionary theory assumes that older means more primitive.One other evolutionary question was considered. Why hasn’t echolocation evolved among ground-dwelling mammals? An evolutionary answer was at the ready. Speakman spoke to that, but his answer raised other questions:However, around the end of the 1980s, evidence accumulated, including work from my own group, that favoured the ‘flight-first’ hypothesis. One paper showed that, for a bat hanging at rest, echolocation is extremely energetically costly. This high cost probably explains why no terrestrial mammals have evolved full-blown echolocation systems such as those used by bats. However, a second paper showed that when a bat takes flight these costs disappear. This is because of a remarkable coupling of the beating of the wings with the ventilation of the lungs and production of the echolocation pulses. When a bat hangs stationary and echolocates, it must contract its muscles specifically to generate a forceful expiratory burst, and this is where the large costs come from. When a bat is flying, it is already contracting these muscles, so in effect echolocation when flying is free (or at least substantially cheaper).But what about the problem of bats flying in darkness before they could orient themselves? A hypothesis I favour is that the earliest ancestors of bats may have been diurnal, and had visual means of orientation – but were perhaps forced to become nocturnal by the appearance of avian predators, shortly after the dinosaurs became extinct around 65 million years ago. Some then evolved echolocation, whereas others became nocturnal vision specialists.He did not discuss why flying hawks would represent more a threat than flying reptiles. He also did not discuss why any other complex organ that involves high cost (i.e., most organs in the body) would have evolved, if cost is such a hurdle to natural selection.For decades in his famous debates with evolutionists, Dr. Duane Gish of ICR pointed to fossil bats as an ideal test case for creation vs evolution. He pointed out the many modifications it would take to make a flying mammal out of a shrew or mouse, and how all these changes should be preserved in the fossil record as transitional forms. Then he would hold up a picture of the oldest known fossil bat, and say it was “100% bat.” At the time, he knew about Icaronycteris, the alleged 50-million-year-old species exhibited in the American Museum of Natural History. He would quote Glenn Jepson from an issue of Science in 1966 saying that nothing related to a bat has ever been found in the fossil record that is any older than Icaronycteris, and it is essentially identical to a modern bat.3It is unlikely this new discovery would cause Dr. Gish to change the core of his argument. In fact, he might claim it makes it stronger: Onychonycteris, found in the same Wyoming Eocene strata but lower than Icarnoycteris, was allegedly two million years earlier – but it, too, was a 100% flight-capable bat. This only pushes the problem farther back for evolution. Now, all those specialized adaptations would have had to evolve in less time. There are still no transitional forms. Knowing Gish, he might have teased his debate partner by quipping that the evolutionist batting average is zero.1.  Simmons, Seymor, Habersetzer and Gunnell, “Primitive Early Eocene bat from Wyoming and the evolution of flight and echolocation,” Nature 451, 818-821 (14 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06549.2.  John Speakman, “Evolutionary biology: A first for bats,” Nature 451, 774-775 (14 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/451774a.3.  Duane Gish, Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No, ICR 1995 revision, pp. 185-187.You see what the evolutionists do, don’t you? You understand the modus operandi of their crimes. Their M.O. is, simply: “assume evolution.” Evolution is their miracle worker, that appears on cue, like Tinker Bell with her miracle-mutation wand, to produce anything they need. Since the Darwinian storytellers have usurped the institutions of science, they have no need for proof, demonstration and evidence. Fossils and other observable things are mere props for their stories. The basic plot is fixed in stone. Like a counterfeit tree of life, the Darwinian story of common ancestry via unguided processes over millions of years is guarded against critical analysis by angles with flaming words (puns intended).You also just saw (again) the Darwin-drunk news media not only parroting the evolution angle verbatim, but even embellishing it. The original paper worded its claims with a modicum of doubt, but the BBC News trumpeted, “Bat fossil solves evolution poser.” But look at the fossil evidence! The Darwinists should be ashamed. The oldest known bat in the fossil record is 100% bat and no less advanced than living bats! How on earth can any sensible scientist claim that this supports Darwinism? Did any of them tell us how complex capabilities like echolocation or flight could have arisen by chance? Did they elaborate the dozens, if not thousands, of lucky mutations that would have had to come together blindly to produce a flying mammal from a mouse? No! If anything, they uncovered a more astonishing thing – that the flight capabilities of bats are dynamically integrated with their sonar systems. Did they watch 52 million years go by? Did they watch the so-called primitive bat change into a more advanced creature? Did they seriously entertain any of the many, many scientific criticisms that could be leveled against their tale? No, no, no.If this non-stop parade of dogmatism masquerading as science makes you mad, join the campaign to expose the Darwinists. Don’t let them get away with using this discovery as a prop for their fable. Don’t let some evolution advocate stack papers like this on the witness stand to claim evolution is scientific. Understand what is really going on in biology these days. Keith Wanser stated it succinctly: “There is not one theory of evolution, but a body of opinions, speculations and methods for interpretation of observational facts so that they fit into the philosophy of naturalism.” That, friends, is not science, and does not deserve the honor of being taught in our schools.(Visited 404 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more