New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to Bihar government over reports of a man carrying his wife’s body on a motorcycle after allegedly being denied a mortuary van by a hospital in Purnia. Expressing its displeasure over the incident, the NHRC has observed it was “not the first” such instance which has come to its attention. “At several places across the country such shameful incidents have happened and the commission has also taken cognisance in some of these cases. It seems that authorities are lacking on their part in understanding the sensitivity involved in such situations,” the commission said on Monday. Taking suo Motu cognisance of a media report that authorities at the District Purnia Sadar Hospital, where she had died, “failed to
New Delhi: With the presidential election just weeks away, the Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Monday formed a three-member panel of senior ministers to start consulting allies on the next president. Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu are part of the panel that will build consensus around BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s candidate. “The committee’s mandate is to consult leaders of all political parties for the presidential poll and try to evolve a consensus. They will consult regional parties and other stakeholders on an NDA [National Democratic Alliance] candidate,” a BJP statement said. Shah put off a visit to Arunachal Pradesh for discussions on the presidential elections. Till date, no party has come up with a presidenti
Says he loved her too much and didn’t want to be separated Patna: A man bitten by a venomous snake in Bihar bit his wife in the wrist as his last wish was to die together. The woman was saved by a doctor although the man died. The incident took place in Samastipur district, some 90km north of Patna, on Saturday. As per reports, Shankar Rai, a resident of Birsingpur village in the district, was asleep in his home on Saturday night when a deadly snake bit him. When he woke up in the morning, he found his condition worsening and suddenly turned emotional. Apparently realising that he won’t survive for long, he came rushing to his wife Amiri Devi and bit her hands saying he loved her very much and wanted to die together. Both fell uncon
French voters went back to the polls on Sunday for the first round of parliamentary elections that are tipped to give President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party a commanding majority. Polling stations opened across France at 8am and voting will continue in the largest cities until 8pm with exit polls released immediately afterwards. Macron has enjoyed a smooth start in the five weeks since he beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to become France's youngest-ever president, naming a cabinet that crosses left-right lines and making a big impression at international summits. His untested Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move, REM) party, which he only founded in April 2016, now needs a clear majority in the National Assembly for him to push through the reforms he has promised.
Three men who have fathered nearly 100 children among them are doing their bit for Pakistan’s skyrocketing population, which is being counted for the first time in 19 years. But in a country where experts warn the surging populace is gouging into hard-won economic gains and social services, the three patriarchs are unconcerned. Allah, they say, will provide. Pakistan has the highest birth rate in South Asia at around three children per woman, according to the World Bank and government figures, and the census is expected to show that growth remains high. Gulzar Khan, 57, who has 36 children from his three wives, walks with his children as they return home after school in the northwestern town of Bannu. AFP “God has created the entire universe and all human bein
Adam West, who earned a place in pop culture history with his campy portrayal of the title character in the classic 1960s TV series Batman, has died at age 88, his family said. Key points: Adam West was famous for playing Batman in the 1960s TV series He changed his name from William West Anderson after moving to Hollywood He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012 West died on Friday night after "a short but brave battle with leukaemia", the family statement said. The live-action Batman show, starring West along with Burt Ward as his sidekick Robin and a collection of colourful villains, was inspired by a long-running comic book series. It ran only three seasons from 1966 to 1968 on the ABC network, but became a television phenomenon and cult...
Rangers forward Jesper Fast underwent successful left hip surgery and will be out for about five months. Fast, 25, skated in 68 regular-season games last season, scoring six goals and adding 15 assists. The defensive forward and standout penalty killer had a plus-6 rating. Fast also had three goals and three assists in 12 playoff games. He was selected for the Blueshirts' Players' Player Award for the second consecutive season. Oscar Lindberg had similar surgery early last May but on both hips simultaneously. He returned on Oct. 23 but had a slow start to the season. Fast and Lindberg are both restricted free agents. Both players seem worth consideration from Vegas in this month’s expansion draft, but it remains to be seen how Fast’s surgery impacts the Golden Knights’ think
KATHMANDU Satyarup Siddhanta only discovered he was at the centre of an Everest fraud when he spotted news of a couple whose false claim to have scaled the world’s highest peak has set off a debate about how mountaineering feats are authenticated. The Indian couple had doctored his summit photo, superimposing their own faces to support their claim, and were awarded an official summit certificate from the Nepal authorities before other climbers raised doubts. Ascents of many of the world’s highest peaks are validated based largely on trust, a system that has until now worked within the close-knit community of high-altitude climbing. But as the numbers heading up Everest have boomed, many are questioning whether summits need to be validated more scientifically. Story didn’t
Derby County wide man Ikechi Anya believes Scotland have a "good chance" of beating England this weekend. Anya is part of the Scottish squad preparing to take on the Auld Enemy in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday (5pm), along with Rams team-mate Chris Martin. England currently top Group F with four wins and a draw from their five fixtures so far, while Martin's late winner against Slovenia last time out kept the fourth-placed Scots' qualification hopes alive. Anya, who has 26 caps to his name, has played against England twice before - in a 3-1 friendly defeat at Celtic Park in 2014 and a 3-0 loss at Wembley in November as part of the current campaign. So, the 29-year-old hopes it will be third time lucky for him. "I've been lucky enough to play in a few of...
Melbourne are aiming to build on their on-field success which was led this season by the 1sts who won the Midlands Two East (North) title to clinch promotion to Midlands One East. The club has also taken huge strides forward off the field, building a new clubhouse, in partnership with MSP, and forming an academy. The 1sts also won the Notts, Lincs and Derbys Shield and they were runners-up in the Derbyshire County Cup, losing to Glossop in the final. The under-17s reached the Midlands national finals, while the club's Stags (social) team won the Nottinghamshire RFU Security Plus Pennant League and reached the Derbyshire RFU Melbourne's development squad reached the final of the Derbyshire Pennant, where they lost to Leesbrook 1sts. And Melbourne Minxes (female ...