Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of discrimination against the Congress government in Punjab on matters of religious importance, as part of his and his party’s divisive agenda.Capt. Amarinder in a statement asked why the Prime Minister had not pointed fingers at the Akali Dal leaders, including the Badals, for failing to attend the Central government function to commemorate the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.“Neither Parkash Singh Badal nor Sukhbir Badal, nor Harsimrat Badal, who happens to be a Minister in Modi’s own Cabinet, deemed it fit to pay their homage to the martyrs at the historic Jallianwala Bagh,” said the Chief Minister, pointing out that Mr. Modi himself chose to keep away from the occasion of national importance but had criticised him (Amarinder) even though he had been part of a series of events at the Jallianwala Bagh national memorial. “Why was Mr. Modi not present at this major event? Why did the Badals fail to turn up, and why did the Prime Minister choose to conveniently ignore their absence,” asked the Chief Minister. ‘PM exposed’Capt. Amarinder said by holding a parallel event to mark the Jallianwala Bagh centenary, instead of supporting the State government’s commemorative programmes, the Prime Minister had exposed his true intent.He added that there was a clear pattern in the Prime Minister’s attack on him on the Jallianwala Bagh issue, which the Central government had been trying to politicise to woo the Punjabi community and further the BJP’’s political ambitions.
Illustration: Nordwest3D (LMG 200-PCS)Croatian shipbuilder Brodosplit has entered into an agreement to construct a new polar expedition cruise ship, of LMG Marin design, for Quark Expeditions.Built to Polar Class 6 standard, the ship will be constructed specifically for the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctica.To feature a length of 128 meters and a width of 21.5 meters, the vessel will accommodate 200 passengers and will be staffed with 116 crew members.The project is scheduled for completion in time for the 2020/2021 Antarctic sailing season.The Government of the Republic of Croatia decided in its 96th Session to issue a warranty for a refund of the buyer’s advanced payment, which secured construction financing and fulfilled one of the conditions of the agreement with the buyer, Brodosplit informed.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court allowed CPI (M) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami to go back to his home state Jammu and Kashmir. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said the former MLA does not need any permission to go home if doctors at AIIMS allow him. The former MLA alleged that his vehicle has been taken away and he will be confined to his home. The ailing leader was on September 9 shifted to AIIMS following the apex court order. The top court had said Tarigami should be shifted “at the earliest” to “the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, from Srinagar, where he was under house arrest”. He was put under house arrest on August 5 after the Centre abrogated special status to Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The top court had earlier allowed CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his ailing party colleague and file an affidavit on his health condition. Besides mentioning Tarigami’s health condition in the affidavit, Yechury had also referred to other issues that have arisen in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. The court had earlier made it clear that Yechury was allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague only as attention had been drawn to an interim application seeking the court’s orders to bring Tarigami to AIIMS.
APTN National NewsWINNIPEG—The first time Rinelle Harper’s father walked into the hospital’s intensive care unit to see his daughter she appeared so badly beaten he didn’t know if she would survive.An emotional Caesar Harper said he can’t get that image of his 16 year-old daughter out of his mind.“I didn’t know what was going to happen to her and she…looked so bad, beaten,” said Harper, during a press conference in Winnipeg Thursday. “It’s really hard to forget when I saw her at first, so I am glad she is going to be alive and well.”Harper said his daughter doesn’t remember the brutal attack that left her on death’s edge, half dressed, soaked and beaten by the Assiniboine River in the early morning hours of Nov. 8.“She doesn’t remember anything what happened to her,” he said.Winnipeg police say Rinelle Harper crawled out of the river after she was attacked by two males who then turned on her again and left her for dead in the midnight hours. Harper was found at 7 a.m. by a passerby and is now recovering in hospital.Two males, Justin Hudson, 20, and a 17 year-old, have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon.Harper has been making a strong recovery, her family said during the press conference. Harper’s mother Julie Harper said her daughter is already talking about going back to school.“She is getting better each day,” said the mother. “She’s already eager to go back to (school) and she wants to go back this week.”Rinelle Harper, who is originally from Garden Hill First Nation, was attending Southeast Collegiate in Winnipeg.Manitoba Keewatinow Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper said Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Trudeau phoned Rinelle Harper Wednesday evening. According to Harper, Trudeau said she was “willing to fight on behalf of missing and murdered young women.”A spokesperson for Justin Trudeau’s office confirmed Sophie Trudeau’s call to Rinelle Harper happened.“She called, she felt compelled to call, like millions of other Canadians, in light of this tragedy,” said Cameron Ahmed. “She called because she was concerned and wanted to express support.”Grand Chief Harper compared Rinelle Harper’s survival to her uncle Elijah Harper’s famed eagle feather refusal to support the Meech Lake Accord in 1990.“A few years ago, Rinelle’s uncle stood before the (legislative assembly) and said no and this is the same thing Rinelle did in the Frigid water when she was attacked, beaten and left for dead,” said the grand chief. “She got back up from the water and she said no, this is not going to happen anymore and she got beaten again and she got back up and she said no more to violence, no more to violent deaths.”The grand chief said Rinelle would be making a public statement in the coming days.He also called for meetings between chiefs and Winnipeg’s new mayor.Hudson didn’t appear in Winnipeg court Thursday because he hasn’t secured a lawyer. He’s expected to appear Friday.email@example.com@APTNNews