Rape convict Ram Rahims parole plea denied by HC

first_imgChandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday rejected a petition seeking parole for controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who is serving a 20-year jail sentence for raping two of his disciples. His wife, Harjeet Kaur, had sought his release on parole for three weeks for him to take care of his ailing mother Naseeb Kaur who is 85. The court was of the opinion that Ram Rahim could himself file the plea. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The parole was sought on the grounds that the convict had earned “good conduct remission reports”. The court reportedly rapped the petitioner saying Ram Rahim’s mother should be treated at the large hospital run by his sect. It also said that his family was already living with his mother to take care of her. Earlier, jail authorities in Rohtak, where Ram Rahim is serving his sentence, had refused to grant him parole to meet his ailing mother. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The decision not to grant parole was taken by Jail Superintendent Sunil Sangwan on August 9 after Justice Kuldip Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the state to take a decision on the representation by Ram Rahim’s wife. She moved the parole plea saying that Ram Rahim’s mother was suffering from heart disease and she was not taking treatment in the absence of her son. Ram Rahim (51) is currently lodged at the high-security Sunaria jail in Rohtak, 250 kms from Chandigarh. Ram Rahim had withdrawn his parole plea in June at the last minute after the state BJP government was cornered by opposition parties for favouring the sect chief who had sought a parole of 42 days for tending to the sprawling fields in his sect’s headquarters in Sirsa town. Before that the high court had in May rejected Ram Rahim’s parole plea for attending the wedding ceremony of his foster daughters. Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in jail in August 2017 for raping two women. A special CBI court in Panchkula this January also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago. In jail Ram Rahim spends most of his time growing vegetables and fruits and daily earns Rs 20 for eight hours of farming which comes under the unskilled work category. As per the jail superintendent, Ram Rahim’s conduct in jail is like a “disciplined inmate”. His conviction on August 25, 2017 had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured. Ram Rahim was patronised by political leaders and parties in Punjab and Haryana for nearly two decades due to his ability to influence the votes of his followers.last_img read more

Gerrard insists too much respect almost cost Liverpool in Istanbul

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard insists showing AC Milan too much respect almost cost Liverpool in Istanbul and warned his team against doing same when they face Villarreal.The Gers host the Spanish club at Ibrox on Thursday in search of a win in order to make it to the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.“Of course – but I also understand it,” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.“I’ve experienced it myself. In one of the biggest games I ever played in, we showed the opposition too much respect.”“AC Milan had the world’s best players in every position when we played them in that Champions League Final – but we showed them too much respect in the first half.”“So I’ve seen it happen many times and experienced it too many times. You can come away with regrets.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Luckily enough for us in Villarreal, we had 45 minutes to address it. We spoke about it at half-time but the players deserved credit for playing with more freedom in the second half.”“We looked their equal. That’s where we want the players to take their minds back to in preparing for this game.”“It’s quite clear that if you stand off their players, if you give them too much time and space, you will get hurt. You make individual errors, you get hurt.”“With all due respect to some teams domestically, you can get away with certain things against certain opposition in the league.”“In the Europa League against teams like Villarreal, small mistakes get punished. So for us to get the result we want on Thursday night, we have to defend perfectly.”last_img read more

Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid Bennu from crazyclose orbit

first_imgOriginally published June 18, 9:56 a.m. PT.  The spacecraft is designed to reach out to Bennu, snag a sample of surface material and bring it back to Earth in 2023. NASA is currently assessing potential sample sites, a task it has asked the public to help with. Scientists hope to learn more about the formation of the solar system by studying Bennu. Osiris-Rex’s successful orbital space snuggle is a testament to the spacecraft’s capabilities, but it also happens to give us a spectacular view of an awesome asteroid to enjoy. Checking out Bennu Comment This is the view from the closest orbit a spacecraft has ever made around a planetary body.This navigation image of asteroid Bennu was taken shortly after orbital insertion on June 13 from a distance of 0.4 miles (690 m).Image details: https://t.co/8aFYUKK4cW pic.twitter.com/jraAXwRAw1— NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) June 17, 2019 Tags Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Share your voice In the image, you can see a massive boulder sitting toward the bottom of the asteroid. This boulder is about the length of school bus. Osiris-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) settled into its new orbit on June 13, breaking its previous record of orbiting 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) above the surface.Bennu is classified as a potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroid, though its chances of smacking our planet are slim and distant. 1 Osiris-Rex meets asteroid Bennu for cosmic pickpocketing Osiris-Rex finds water in its first week at asteroid Bennu Enlarge ImageOsiris-Rex snuggled up close to asteroid Bennu. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft is a beast and a thrill-seeker. It broke its own record for “the closest orbit a spacecraft has ever made around a planetary body” and then it snapped a photo to prove its own audaciousness. The agency shared a breathtaking navigation image on Monday of asteroid Bennu from Osiris-Rex’s new orbital distance of a mere 0.4 miles (690 meters) above the ancient rubble-covered rock.  27 Photos Sci-Tech NASA Spacelast_img read more

Toyota and CATL are partnering up on battery production

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 29 Photos Car Industry Auto Tech 2020 Lincoln Aviator plug-in hybrid first drive: This changes everything Tags More From Roadshow Toyota Enlarge ImageSoon the batteries for Toyota’s many hybrids, PHEVs and hydrogen cars could be coming from Chinese supplier CATL. Nick Miotke/Roadshow If you’re a major automotive manufacturer, it’s pretty much mandatory that you be working on some kind of electric vehicle development right now, especially if you do a lot of business in China.That’s certainly the position in which Toyota finds itself, so it’s had to go out, beat the bushes and find itself a sizable Chinese EV battery provider — which it did in the form of CATL, according to an announcement made by Toyota on Wednesday.If CATL sounds familiar, it’s because it’s also working with Volvo to provide batteries for that brand and its Polestar subsidiary. CATL is also working with Honda and was in talks with Tesla for a while to provide cells for Gigafactory Shanghai, though that ended up not working out.”To further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles, CATL and Toyota agree that a stable supply of batteries is critical and that battery technology must be further developed and advanced,” Toyota representatives said in a statement.Stable is the key word there. Batteries are a volatile business, especially considering the vast amounts of relatively rare and expensive minerals they require. Thankfully for companies like CATL, many of those minerals are being mined inside China’s borders, but other firms elsewhere in the world haven’t been so fortunate.This news of Toyota’s battery partnership comes hot on the heels of its announcement that it plans to offer an electrified version of every single Lexus model by 2025 as well as receiving half of its revenue from the sale of electrified vehicles by 2025. Share your voice 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer 0 9:29 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid requires few sacrifices to save gas On the road: Toyota Mirai Toyota Volvolast_img read more

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher Raises 1 Million In Race To Unseat John Culberson

first_imgPu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneLizzie Pannill Fletcher speaks to her supporters at her election party in Houston on May 22, 2018. Fletcher will face the Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, in NovemberLizzie Pannill Fletcher, the Democratic candidate trying to unseat U.S. Representative John Culberson, said she’s raised more than a million dollars in the past three months.Culberson has not yet released his fundraising numbers for the second quarter of this year. Culberson has held that seat for 17 years. According to a press release over the second quarter of 2018, more than 75 percent of Lizzie’s funds came from within Texas, with more than 68 percent coming from Houston-area residents.Fletcher’s campaign said she’s now raised more than 2 million dollars in the battle for Texas’ seventh congressional district.“Our campaign is powered by people in this community, who have seen John Culberson choose Washington politics over people here in Houston,” Lizzie said in a press release.“I am extremely proud of the outpouring of local support that has come since day one of our campaign. The momentum we are creating, coupled with the broad coalition we continue to build, will help switch this seat and bring TX-07 the representation we deserve in Congress,” Lizzie said.7th Congressional District in West Houston has had a Republican representative since the 1960s. Sharelast_img read more