SA research network now online

first_img7 April 2008The South African National Research Network (Sanren) reached a significant milestone last week when the first four research infrastructure sites went live in Johannesburg, representing a major step forward in the creation of an information and communications technology platform for South African research.Teams from the Tertiary Education Network (Tenet), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and second landline operator Neotel have worked closely together to deploy the network.In a statement last week, Neotel said the network marked a key change in the research and development community in South Africa, and was set to place local research and development on par with the best in the world.The Sanren project is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Meraka Institute, while Sanren is providing the network equipment and Neotel is providing the optical fibre circuit to ensure a high capacity backbone for the Johannesburg ring.Tenet currently secures internet services for South African universities and research institutions and provides operational services to Sanren, including national and international connectivity at the gateway, with operating costs being recovered by Tenet from the user institutions.“We are pleased that our participation in the Sanren project is contributing to the ultimate success of an initiative that is of national importance,” said Neotel Enterprise Services head Stefano Mattiello. “This is our contribution to the research and development community in South Africa.”Bandwidth key to development“Access to high bandwidth is key in world-class research and development,” said Meraka Institute project engineer Christiaan Kuun. “This translates to providing significant network capacity to research institutions in South Africa.”The research network is built upon the backbone of Neotel’s next generation network, which is flexible, scalable and custom made to the Sanren’s requirements.The four sites, which include the main campuses of Wits and UJ, as well as UJ’s satellite campuses in Bunting and Doornfontein, are on a shared 10 gigabits-per-second ring network, which connects them to each other and to a major gateway site operated by Tenet and hosted by Internet Solutions in Johannesburg.“Future plans are to make all Wits satellite campuses and the CSIR’s Johannesburg campus live at the same capacity,” Kuun said. “We also plan to upgrade the main campuses of Wits and UJ.”Research and higher educational institutions across South Africa will be eventually become connected to the Sanren as the network expands.“Tenet and the user institutions are delighted to work together with the the Department of Science and Technology and Meraka Institute on this exiting project that is reshaping research and education networking in South Africa,” said Tenet CEO Duncan Martin.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa writes off R1bn Cuban debt

first_img8 December 2010 Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has announced the cancellation of a R1-billion debt owed by Cuba to South Africa as part of a new trade agreement between the two countries. Davies, who was accompanying President Jacob Zuma on a two-days state visit to Cuba, said on Tuesday that the debt had become a “hindrance” to trade and economic development between Cuba and South Africa. The debt was incurred during the 1990s, when Cuba purchased diesel engines from South Africa. He said South African businesses demanded cash in advance because the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of the department could no longer insure Cuba’s orders as it had exhausted its credit limit. “We are re-opening the credit lines so that we can start trading actively again,” Zuma said. Apart from cancelling the debt, South Africa has also offered Cuba credit line package guarantees to the value of R70-million rand and a further R40-million rand to support Cuba with seeds and fertilizers following the hurricane that devastated Cuban agriculture in 2008, About R100-million from the African Renaissance Fund will be made available for purchases from South Africa. It is envisaged that this package will help to reinvigorate trade and investment between the two countries. South African exports to Cuba had fallen from R82-million in 2008 to a mere R1-million this year. South Africa and Cuba have strong relations dating back to the struggle against apartheid. In another landmark agreement, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma signed an agreement on the waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports. The agreement entitles Cuban and South African citizens holding such travel documents to enter and remain in the respective countries for up to 90 days without visas. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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10 Days of mourning for Mandela

first_imgAs we share in our grief and celebrate his life, let’s pass on our support to Madiba’s family. You can post a personal message via the Nelson Mandela Foundation or add your tributes and memories on the official South African government Facebook page.  For the official services and funeral arrangements, information will be updated here regularly.Press release 13 December: Heads of State and Government to attend State Funeral Service in Qunu, Eastern CapePress release 8 December:  Nelson Mandela State Funeral UpdatePress release 9 December: The board of Brand South Africa pay respect to Nelson Rolihlahla MandelaProgramme for memorial at FNB stadium [PDF, 1.16Mb]Nelson Mandela Family StatementCity of Tshwane: The World descends upon Tshwane as  South Africa’s Capital City prepares to receive and host President Mandela’s mortal remainsTribute by President Jacob ZumaGovernment has recognised the overwhelming response of the nation to the passing of former President Nelson Mandela.  We thank the nation for responding to the call to sign condolence books at various sites and for posting messages of support to social networking sites.We have introduced a further option through which messages of love and support could be expressed on 0800 314 446.  Your messages will be recorded, shared with the family and the President and archived for further generations.Play your Part by celebrating and honouring the life’s work of our dearly departed Tata Madiba.Click here for larger versionlast_img read more

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A billion dollars to invest in Africa

first_img19 June 2015Afro pessimists step aside, because the big leagues are bringing their green bucks to Africa.That’s the message from TPG Growth and Satya Capital, which announced a billion- dollar investment partnership in Africa on 18 June.The partnership is TPG’s first African-focused investment vehicle. It will invest in growth stage companies and the next generation of entrepreneurs across the continent.Satya managing partner Moez Daya said the partners were looking for entrepreneurial partnerships “north of the Limpopo River” and which could benefit South African businesses.“The growth of the consumer face middle class is greater in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said. “South African growth is a lot more constrained. Growth beyond South Africa is faster, but more risky.“The business we do is partnering great companies, those who are breaking through the [Limpopo] border. We will be the ideal partners for South African companies wanting to do that. We bring capital, tools, know-how and the relationships that we’ve built across Africa.”Big investmentSatya Capital was started by Sudanese-British billionaire Mo Ibrahim, who sold his African-based mobile communication company Celtel for $3.4-billion (about R42- billion) in 2005.TPG, the global private investment firm, has $74-billion of assets under its management, while TPG Growth, its middle market and growth equity investment platform, has $7-billion. The latter’s current and past investments represent a mix of disruptive and innovative companies across tech, retail and entertainment including Uber, Airbnb, Box, Domo, Beautycounter, Ride, Angie’s Artisan Treats, Fender, SurveyMonkey, Evolution Media and STX Entertainment, among others.The partnership is TPG’s first African-focused investment vehicle. It will invest in growth stage companies and the next generation of entrepreneurs across the continent.The partnership with Satya Capital, an independent investment firm focused on Africa, brought deep regional expertise, relationships and on-the-ground experience, said Daya.Growth focusThe money will be provided by TPG Growth, which will look for companies and entrepreneurs in all sectors that are in need of capital to help them grow, including in health care, technology, media and telecommunications, consumer and financial services.While Satya normally targeted investments of between $20-million and $150- million, this partnership would allow it to broaden the scope to between $1-million and $200-million, said Daya.“It is exciting for African entrepreneurs looking for investors,” he said. “TPG is willing to invest up to $1-billion in Africa provided it is the right company. They are not bound by geography, but go where the opportunity is. However, this partnership allows them to focus more on the growth in Africa.”Daya, the former chief executive of Celtel International, said that business was a “landmark opportunity and company” for Satya Capital. “We’ve [Satya] been operating for seven years in Africa and built a portfolio of companies.”Satya Capital, which has capitalised $300-million in Africa, focused on an evergreen model. “That means we keep recycling the money within a company instead of withdrawing our investment,” he explained. “We invest in companies without a strict limit on when to leave, which gives businesses the ability to realise their full potential and brings stability,” he said, adding that the partnership with TPG was not part of his group’s evergreen strategy.Africa riskDaya said the risk of doing business in Africa had micro and macro elements.“There is a risk who you do business with and who you partner with, which is something we factor in,” he said.“South Africans are used to working in private equity, but that is not the case in sub-Saharan Africa. A lot of businesses are used to the old way of doing business, but they need to start looking to the new way. It’s a challenge for them and that’s the execution risk.“Then there is the risk of economy and infrastructure and political risk that goes with doing business in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said. “You also have depreciation issues, but the underlying growth exceeds most of those risks.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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Twitter Chats: A Professional Development Tool

first_imgUse these icons when you are tweeting: This allows you to Tweet at, or respond to, someone directly.This allows you to ReTweet someone else’s tweet; i.e., send it to your Twitter followers.This allows you to Favorite someone’s Tweet; i.e., indicate that you like what they have shared. (Note: This function is now represented by a heart instead of a star.)Happy tweeting! I hope to see you on a personal finance Twitter chat soon. You can then Tweet or Retweet whatever you wish, and the http://www.tchat.io/ application will add the hashtag on for you so that you too can join the conversation! By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®Rutgers Cooperative ExtensionIn early June, as part of the 3-Day Virtual Learning Event (VLE), the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) held a series of three Twitter chats using the hash tag #MFLNchat. The MFLN VLE information page with archived webinars is  located here. The purpose of the Twitter chats was to extend conversations in the “chat” section of the webinars about encouraging positive financial behaviors through motivation, coaching, and counseling.Prior to the three Twitter chats, a “Lite” Twitter Cohort was held to introduce chat participants to the basics of using Twitter. Each day for two weeks, cohort 36 cohort participants received e-mailed messages about using Twitter. Materials for the cohort are available here. Participants used the hashtag #twittercohort to hold asynchronous conversations with one another.Twitter chats, on the other hand, involve synchronous conversations. As the number of Twitter users has grown since its inception in 2006, so has the use of Twitter for financial education. An increasingly outreach method is Twitter chats, which use the hashtag (#) symbol to hold a “conversation” through an organized stream of tweets from people interested in the same topic (e.g., credit).The formatting convention used to organize Twitter chat threads is Q1 for Question 1 and A1 for participant responses to that question, with 8 to 10 different questions per one-hour chat. All users have do is log in to a Twitter application such as Tchat.io or Twubs.com at a designated time and time zone, type in the hashtag for the chat, and start responding to and/or asking questions to engage with others.The MFLN plans future professional development Twitter chats and encourages Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff to participate. Feel free to “lurk” for a while, if you’d like, and then jump in. Another good idea is to observe, and then participate in, these regular personal finance Twitter chats: #creditchat (Experian, 3 p.m. ET on Wednesdays), #wbchat (WiseBread, 3 p.m. ET on Thursdays), #cashchat (@MsMadamMoney, 12 noon ET on Fridays), and #mcchat (Money Crashers, 4 p.m. ET on Fridays).Below are some screen shots that further explain how to navigate a Twitter chat:Go to as http://www.tchat.io/In the top, right corner click on “Sign In”If you are already logged into your Twitter account, this box will prompt you to “Authorize TweetChat…to use your account”. You then click on “Authorize App” For Example:Experian Tweetchat’s hashtag is “#CreditChat”Wisebread Tweetchat’s hashtag is “#WBchat” If not it will ask you to log into your Twitter account. Log in with your Twitter handle and password. Then, in the top left hand corner, type in the hashtag you are following and then press, “Go” You will then be taken to a stream of Tweets, only with the hashtag you typed in during the last step.last_img read more

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How to Use Calibration Tools for Footage, Sound, and Monitors

first_imgHere’s a quick introduction to the four main types of tools you need to know in order to calibrate footage, sound, and monitors.Whether you’re in the field or the in editing bay, your eyes and ears alone are never enough to accurately judge the fidelity of your images — or sound. In this article, we’re taking a look at the four main types of tools you’ll need to know how to use to properly calibrate your footage, sound, and monitors.First, you need to calibrate all of the cameras and monitors on-set and in the editing studio in order to be certain that all alterations made to the footage aren’t based on improperly calibrated recorders — or monitoring devices.Proper calibration starts before you roll the cameras. Everyone knows how to hold a card in front of the camera for White Balance, but let’s take a look at the three main types of balance cards, and what they do best.Balance CardsImage via ChromLives.WhiteWhite cards are — well — white. Pure white to be exact. When setting the white balance to a white card, the camera (or processing software) should be able to properly calibrate the ambient light of a shot, along the blue-yellow axis of the color wheel. White balancing the image against any color, other than pure white, can alter the accuracy of the colors in the image, introducing headaches to the post pipeline (unless you’re doing it on purpose).Using a pure white card also aides in exposure. If the card is blown out, it’s likely your shot is overexposed. To use a white card, hold it in the key light of the shot, navigate to the manual white balance setting on your camera, aim the crosshair (or indicator) at the card, and set the white balance — it’s that easy.GrayFor exposure, grey cards are the better tool. Gray cards are a specific hue and brightness referred to as neutral gray — or 18% gray. The “18%” or “neutral” refers to the luminance value of the gray, which is essential for a number of important filmmaking tools.The luminance of the average light in an average scene, averaged together, results in a value of 18%. Because of this, camera sensors are tuned to produce proper exposure at 18% gray. The power of the gray card is its utility in dialing in contrast ratios, lighting setups, and other exposure applications.To use gray cards, have someone position the card in important areas of light (in the scene) while you adjust camera settings, meter the light, or otherwise instruct your crew. Through the viewfinder, you know that you are looking at an 18%, neutral grey reference. Therefore, dialing in an accurate look is as simple as adjusting light in a given area, or simply stopping up or down.While contentious on the internet, white balancing on a gray card can skew the final balance of the shot. The inaccuracy might not be immediately obvious. However, when setting the white balance, the camera (or software) is outputting results based on an assumed input of white, or the closest thing to white in the frame. Even though neutral gray won’t skew your color balance significantly, it will affect the output of the pixels on the other side.Color ChartImage via X-Rite.Color Charts are commonly referred to as color chips, passports, or checkers, even though they serve a similar function to the balance cards. Although they are the most expensive of the three (at about $100), a color chart can largely replace gray and white cards, if it also has proper white and grey palettes.Color charts are comprised of 16 color palettes — pure black, pure white, and 18% gray portions — in addition to a number of other various tools, depending on the model.To use a color chip most effectively, roll with it positioned in the key light of the shot (for a few seconds). If someone’s holding it, have them rotate it from left to right a few times, making sure to get multiple frames without any glare on the chip.With each lighting setup, if you capture a few seconds of footage of the chart in the key light, you can save dozens (if not hundreds) of hours in the post-production process. The DIT, or colorist, loads the footage into DaVinci Resolve by simply lining up the boxes on the color chart with an overlay. Then, Resolve automatically matches the colors in the chart (in the footage) with their known values. This essentially bypasses the tedious correction phase of the grading workflow, while ensuring highly accurate colors.Test ToneOne of the simplest and most useful calibration tools is the Audio Tone Generator. Although there are a myriad of tones for specific sound applications, the most commonly used for calibration in video production is 1000 Hz at -20 dB.Tone calibrates the recording and playback devices to a standard loudness rating that ensures consistent sound levels, regardless of the final playback device.To use reference tone, simply play it (or otherwise generate it) and raise the levels until they reach the desired level on the meters. This is usually 0 dB, but different generators and programs have different target thresholds. Premiere, for instance, generates its bars at -12 dB. Regardless of where you set your levels, the point remains the same — tone ensures that your playback devices are set with enough headroom in the mix to not clip and cause uncomfortable crackling in the speakers during playback.SMPTE Color BarsColor bars are one of the most easily recognizable calibration tools through their widespread use in televisions, cameras, and other recording and playback devices — since 1956. Though modern color bars have added a few features, their form and function have largely remained the same for 63 years.Color Bars break down into three vertical sections, but all of these sections are used for calibrating color, contrast, and brightness. While the color bars are simple enough to understand, there are a few sections of the bars that might not be intuitive without prior experience calibrating with bars.PLUGE BarsThe three, small rectangular stripes below the red bar are referred to as the “PLUGE” bars. PLUGE is short for Picture Line-Up Generating Equipment, and you use them in conjunction with the white square in the bottom portion of the bars to properly adjust the shadows and black levels of very low exposure levels on the screen.-I and +QThe other portions of the bars worth mentioning are the dark blue and purple squares in the bottom left of the pattern. You use these blocks to decode the color portion of a video being broadcast for television using NTSC (North and Central America, Japan). -I is an abbreviation of “-In-Phase,” while +Q means “Quadrature.” For most people using color bars, these portions can be skipped.Here is a video showing the full process of calibrating a monitor using SMPTE Color Bars from Lynda:If you prefer a written walkthrough, PremiumBeat’s Rachel Klein has a fantastically detailed article on calibrating monitors using color bars. We’ll list the steps here as well:Generate or load Color BarsDim the lights and make sure there are no reflections on your monitorSet “Contrast” or “Picture” to the middleBring “Chroma” or “Color” to zeroAdjust “Brightness” until the middle PLUGE bar just barely disappears (the far right PLUGE bar should just barely be visible)Bring “Contrast” or “Picture” up to 100, then lower until the white square in the bottom right just begins to be affectedBring “Chroma” or “Color” back up until the colors no longer bleed, and the edges between rectangles are clearly definedAdjust “Hue” until the yellow bar is lemony and the magenta bar is pure magenta (not skewing red or purple)With a basic understanding and application of these four tools, you can rest soundly after a long shoot, knowing that when you load your picture and sound into your editing program in the morning — everything will look and sound just the way you wanted.Cover image via antb.Looking for more articles on film and video production? Check these out.How to Perfectly Position Your Content in Premiere Pro 2019The Essential Guide to Finding Deals on Video Production GearMulti-Camera Direction Tips for Properly Shooting Live EventsThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000How to Use These 4 Free Animated Texts in Your Videoslast_img read more

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James Clear: The Powerful Story Behind One Of The Best Books On Habits – Episode #128

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 59:06 — 47.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIt’s a bit presumptuous to claim a book is one of the best books on habits that exist. There are lots of great books on the subject out there, including Charles Duhigg’s seminal work, “The Power of Habit.” But Anthony is not shy about saying that his guest, James Clear has penned exactly that.James and Anthony share a common story: a debilitating brain injury that forced them to discover a new way of living. For James, his recovery took him to a new understanding of habits and the power of stacking simple, easy habits one on top of the other to create momentum and change. Bear that in mind, these are lessons James learned for himself rather than just information he consumed and regurgitated from the research of others.Maybe it’s not so presumptuous to say James’ work is one of the best books on habits. After all, he’s lived the story that has made it possible. Listen to hear his story, learn about the aggregation of habits, and how he recommends you apply what he’s learned to your own life..@JamesClear describes the powerful story behind one of the best books on #habits, his own. It’s on this episode of #InTheArena with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetOne Of The Best Books On Habits Was Penned Because of a Tragic CircumstanceAs is the case with many of the significant things that are created in this world, James Clear’s book, “Atomic Habits” was birthed in the forge of suffering. A freak baseball accident put James in a desperate place, fighting to recover from brain damage.His journey out of that debilitating place led him to the realization that small, simple habits can be stacked one on top of the other to bring about incremental but powerful change.This is not a conversation with a theorist. James knows what he’s talking about – not only because he’s researched the topic, but because he’s lived it. Be sure you listen to hear his incredible story.Why Systems Trump Goals Every TimeAnthony is the first to say that goals are important. But with the help of James’ book (and other resources) he’s come to see that they are not the most important thing. As James explains, goals are important because we have to know where we are headed but to focus on the destination to the exclusion of the actions that get us there is folly.James encourages those who are trying to accomplish goals to focus instead on building systems into their lives that naturally lead to the desired outcome or goal. That puts the focus where it rightly belongs – on doing rather than hoping.This conversation clarifies so many things when it comes to building habits – and it flows directly out of James’ book on the subject. Be sure you listen.Listen to learn why #systems trump #goals every time. @JamesClear speaks about the power of #habit on this episode of #InTheArena with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetTransform Your Life By Casting Votes For Your Identity Every DayHabits are not formed by self-discipline or self-control alone. They have to be birthed from a deeper, more fundamental place. James Clear insists that if you don’t have a sense of identity tied to a habit, it will fall by the wayside sooner rather than later.For example, going to the gym for 5 minutes a day provides the basis for the reality that you are a person who goes to the gym. That’s the first baby step toward being the kind of person who makes use of the gym in productive ways. It’s an identity issue that you can take control of and master.In this conversation, James shares a handful of other examples to help you get your mind around why identity is foundational to establishing good habits.Get Rid of the Cues That Prompt Bad Habits and You Get Rid of the HabitsCase in point: If you want to cut back on a habit of stopping into Dairy Queen for a soft-serve cone on your way home from work, you don’t do it through a daily study of the DQ menu so you are clear about what you need to avoid. You do it by avoiding Dairy Queen altogether.That may mean you establish new driving patterns so you don’t pass by it on your way home from work. It could mean, avoiding looking in the direction of the store as you pass it.James Clear refers to the circumstances that set us up for indulging in a bad habit as “cues” – and in this conversation, he explains the simple but powerful ways we can be proactive about eliminating the cues for the sake of eventually removing the habits they fuel.Don’t miss this conversation. If you have habits to build into or remove from your life, James’ practical approach and clear guidance will be helpful.Get rid of the cues that prompt bad #habits and you get rid of the habits. @JamesClear speaks about the power of #habit on this episode of #InTheArena with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetOutline of this great episode How James Clear got started blogging and where it’s lead him How a traumatic brain injury pushed James to learn habits, the topic of his book The concept of aggregating marginal gains and how James has leveraged it Why you need to know what you want, and the power of systems over goals Who you want to be is the starting point for every step of growth The difference between James’ approach and Charles Duhigg’s approach How expectations fuel life more than reactions Why it’s so hard to start a new habit Removing habits by getting rid of cues that prompt the habit James’ most difficult habits to begin The story of breaking bad habits and how James did itResources & Links mentioned in this episodeJames Clear – http://JamesClear.comJames’ book: Atomic Habits – http://a.co/d/4NyN3GPSPONSOR: Mailtag: https://Mailtag.ioThe Lindy Effect : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindy_effectThe aggregation of marginal gains : https://jamesclear.com/marginal-gainsSimon Sinek : https://startwithwhy.com/Florence Foster Jenkins : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Foster_JenkinsEdward Thorndike : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_ThorndikeB.F. Skinner : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._F._SkinnerKen Wilber’s integral theory : http://www.kenwilber.com/Writings/PDF/IntroductiontotheIntegralApproach_GENERAL_2005_NN.pdfBOOK: The Hope Circuit : http://a.co/d/8mEthpRTony Robbins’ 6 Human Needs : https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/do-you-need-to-feel-significant/The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoAudio Production and Show notes byPODCAST FAST TRACKhttps://www.podcastfasttrack.com Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeOne of the best books on #Qhabits was penned because of a tragic circumstance. Hear the incredible story of @JamesClear on this episode of #InTheArena, with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetTransform your life by casting votes for your #identity every day. @JamesClear speaks about the power of #habit on this episode of #InTheArena with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

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NIA-police team fired at in U.P.

first_imgA mob fired at a joint team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Uttar Pradesh police which were carrying out searches at Pilakhua, near Ghaziabad, on Sunday in connection with the killing of an RSS leader in Punjab. The mob threw stones at the team injuring a policeman, the NIA said.An NIA spokesperson said that during the investigation into the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana, investigators came across the names of certain suspected arms smugglers who had supplied firearms to the accused in Punjab. The NIA said that Sikh extremist elements were suspected to be involved in Gosain’s killing.An NIA team, with the assistance of the State police, conducted searches to apprehend the suspected arms suppliers in Meerut district during the intervening night of December 2 and 3, the spokesperson said in a statement.Constable injuredOn getting more leads, further raids were conducted at the residence of the suspect Malook at Nahali village in Ghaziabad on Sunday. A large crowd tried to obstruct the team, and some people opened fire on them, resulting in injury to Uttar Pradesh police constable Tahjib Khan, besides damage to official vehicles, the spokesperson said.The mob staged multiple road blockades to obstruct the officials in the discharge of their duties. In self-defence, the U.P. police and NIA personnel also fired in the air, the spokesperson said. Two being questionedTwo suspects are currently being questioned regarding their alleged involvement in the case. Efforts are being made to locate Malook who is wanted in connection with the supply of arms and ammunition used in the killing in Punjab.On November 30, the NIA registered a case to investigate the killing of Gosain, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Gosain, the ‘Mukhya Shikshak’ of the Mohan shakha of the RSS, was shot dead outside his residence in Ludhiana’s Gagandeep Colony on October 17 by two unidentified assailants on a motorbike.The Punjab police, which was earlier probing the case, arrested Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh a few days after the incident.last_img read more

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IRCTC hotels case: Lalu Prasad granted interim bail by Delhi court

first_imgA Delhi court on Thursday granted interim bail to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad in a corruption case related to grant of maintenance contracts of two IRCTC hotels to a Patna-based firm allegedly for a consideration.The court granted him bail through video conferencing on furnishing a personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh with one surety of a like amount.Prasad is at present serving sentences in the Ranchi jail in fodder scam cases.Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, her son Tejashwi Yadav and others are already on bail in the case.Besides Prasad and his family members, former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta ; his wife Sarla Gupta; Additional Member of the Railway Board B.K. Agarwal; the then managing director of the IRCTC, P.K. Goyal; and the then IRCTC director, Rakesh Saxena, were also named in the charge sheet.last_img read more

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