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8 persons killed in Texas school shooting: Police


Chicago: A gunman opened fire at a Texas high school today. The incident took place at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 50 kilometres southeast of Houston in Galveston County.

Eight persons killed have been killed, according to the Police.

“There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting, and this girl got shot in the leg,” an eyewitness identified as Nikki told local television station KTRK. The suspect was in custody, the school’s assistant principal, Cris Richardson, told CNN.

 

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“This morning, an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries,” the Santa Fe school district said in a statement.

“Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location.” Other schools in the district were not affected, it added.

The shooting was the latest in what has become an all-too-familiar situation in American schools, with shootings a near-daily occurrence.

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Earlier this year, 17 students and staff were killed in a shooting at a Florida high school — a massacre that prompted survivors to launch a grassroots campaign against gun violence. In Texas, the eyewitness, Nikki, said students fled the school in a panic, and several other students told local media they heard multiple gunshots.

Parent Richard Allen told KTRK he arrived at the school soon after the shooting and reported seeing a number of victims being taken away in ambulances. “My son said someone went into the art room and started shooting a lot of the kids,” Allen said.

Student Paige Curry told local media that she heard gunshots and then a fire alarm, after which students were taken out by teachers to a nearby gas station.
“I saw some girl — she had, you know, she got shot in the kneecap, I guess. So she had a bandage around it. She was limping and then the firemen came and got her,” another student, who gave his first name as Tyler, told CBS.

A large contingent of police as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the incident. Television footage showed students being led out of the school. Some students were evacuated to a nearby auto shop, where parents were picking up their children, according to KHOU TV.




Karnataka Elections 2018: JDS, Congress MLAs to stay united at same place, says Kumaraswamy


Bengaluru (Karnataka): Janata Dal (Secular) or (JD-S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said his party MLAs along with the Congress will “stay united at same place” in order to prevent “horse-trading” ahead of the trust vote in the assembly.

“There is no question of fearing, but we have to take some cautions because of previous experiences. We wanted to take special care to represent their (Congress and JD(S) MLAs) living. We are not encouraging horse-trading. To stop it, they are living together,” Kumaraswamy told the media. Accusing the BJP of ‘misusing its power’, Kumaraswamy said that several MLAs have been contacted by the BJP.

“They are misusing the power. They are masters in misusing all constitutional institutions. All MLAs of JD(S) and Congress will stay united at same place,” he added. Earlier on Wednesday, B.S. Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister in Bengaluru after being invited by Governor Vajubhai Vala following a split verdict in the state. Following this, Congress and JD(S) filed a petition against this decision in the Supreme Court on late Wednesday.


While BJP has managed 105 MLAs (including one Independent seat), they are still short of the halfway mark of 112 by seven MLAs and have been given 15 days to prove their majority in the Karnataka assembly by the Supreme Court. The apex court refused to stay swearing-in ceremony of Yeddyurappa as the Karnataka Chief Minister. Apart from their own members, the Congress and the JD-S have claimed the support of one BSP member and an Independent taking the total number with them to 117.

The Supreme Court will hear the matter again on Friday morning. Responding to which, Kumaraswamy said he is not worried about the apex court decision as they will show their strength in assembly. “We are not bothered about the Supreme Court judgement tomorrow. We have to show our strength only on the floor of house. We are taking care (of MLAs) for that,” he said.

“All political leaders in the entire country are now watching the actions taken by the central government – how they are misusing the office. All the leaders have decided that to protest against the decision that was unconstitutional,” he added. “Tomorrow in several places in the country protest rallies will be organised spontaneously by the people,” he added. Midnight action spilled over into the wee hours of Friday as Congress MLAs lodged at Eagleton resort and JD(S) MLAs in Shangri-La hotel in Bengaluru made their way to Hyderabad.




BSF jawan killed in Pakistan firing along international border in Jammu


Jammu: A jawan of the Border Security Force was killed early today in an unprovoked firing along the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu, an official said.

“Firing in Heeranagar area was on during the intervening night of May 16 and 17 in which one BSF trooper was injured. Yesterday, during the daytime, it stopped but Pakistan resumed firing last night in the Arnia sector which claimed the life of a jawan early today,” a senior official of the border guarding force said. The official added that in the R S Pura sector of the IB in Jammu, unprovoked shelling of mortars and heavy fire from the Pakistani side started at about 4 am today which was being “suitably countered” by the BSF units.

“The firing in the R S Pura sector has stopped now,” he said. The incidents of unprovoked firing and attempts to infiltrate the IB have increased in the last few days even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reach Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow as part of an official visit. A BSF jawan was killed along the Jammu border area earlier this week in a similar incident.




Maharashtra state human rights panel clears only 50,000 since 2007, 1 lakh cases still pending


Mumbai: The number of pending cases with the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) are mounting. Since 2007, a total of 1,17,094 cases are pending with the commission. Shockingly, the MSHRC seems to be working at a snail’s pace as the commission has managed to dispose of a mere of 53,137 cases since 2007.

Recently, a judgement was passed asking hospital authorities to pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the patients who were been bitten by rats. “Suo moto was taken against the incident by the MSHRC where three patients were bitten by rats while undergoing treatment at the civic-run hospital Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal General Hospital. But, many of the cases registered with the commission remain pending for years,” said official.

In 2007, the number of year-ending pending cases were only 5,447 that rose to 15,555 in 2017. However, the new cases registered with the commission has seen a plunge in the graph in comparison to the past ten years. In 2007, 6,473 new cases were recorded with the commission that saw a deep to 4,585 in 2017. Senior officers of the commission said the rising pendency was due to the fact that the MSHRC had been without any judicial officer for almost 20 months. During the period, the staff only accepted the complaints and no action was taken on them. “The functioning of the commission is akin to that of a court and in the absence of any judicial officer, we could not process them. With new complaints being filed with the commission every day, the pendency will rise,” said an officer.


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He added that the commission cannot be blamed for the delays as often there is a delay in receipt of requisite reports from the concerned authorities in the State and Central Government. In some cases, the matter is pending adjudication before Supreme Court/High Court with a stay on the case.

The commission was constituted under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 that is responsible of protecting human rights. In cases where the allegations are substantial but the concerned department hasn’t taken appropriate steps, the commission has the right to take suo moto of the case. They can take appropriate action to protect human rights, grant of monetary relief to the victims.




Karnataka Elections 2018: Supreme Court wants to see letters of support, allows provisional oath


The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa‘s swearing-in as Karnataka chief minister after a rare post-midnight courtroom hearing on Congress-JD(S) combine’s bid to stall the government formation.

After a nearly three-and-a-half-hour hearing beginning 2:11 AM, a three-judge apex court bench made it clear that the provisional swearing-in and the government formation would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it. In this context, it also ordered placing before it the MLAs’ letters of support presented by the BJP to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala.

Why so? Sources said the court wants to a) check if BSY has falsified facts; b) whether he has included MLAs who are not on his side. “Unless we see that letter of support, we cannot speculate,” the bench said. Significantly when the Centre argued that the anti-defection law, which bans lawmakers from switching parties, does not apply to Karnataka’s newly-elected legislators if they haven’t been sworn in yet, the court called it a preposterous argument. The court said:  “This means it is (an) open invitation to horse-trading,” so that in effect the governor is permitting buying of MLAs by the BJP to prove their majority on the floor of the house.


This is the second time in its history that the top court sat after midnight—the first time being when terrorist Yakub Memon was to be hanged in the wee hours in 2015. But judges, like God, are supposed to subjugate their personal pique to keep the nation’s welfare uppermost. This is apparently what CJI Misra did after midnight on Thursday–although the police barricaded his official residence. A junior registrar of the Supreme Court sat with the CJI to set up the three-judge bench.

From the outset, it appeared the bench would refuse any relief to the Congress. Justice Sharad Bobde asked Abhishek Manu Singhvi, “How can we stop the swearing in? The trend of the Supreme Court is not to interfere. It stands to reason we cannot injunct a party (the Governor) here, to whom you cannot issue notice. ” Bobde will be the CJI after Ranjan Gogoi.

‘‘If a Governor dared to make a one-man party the chief minister, we cannot injunct the CM from taking the oath but we can stay his government from functioning,” Bobde said. The court wondered how Yedurappa had claimed the support of more than half the MLAs when the Congress-JD (S) alliance had 116 MLAs. The judges said: “The arithmetic defies the way he was invited”. The bench asked the attorney-general to produce the two letters given to the Governor on May 15 and 16.

Journalists say that in one of the letters, Yedurappa, who is a sick man and has to take injections every morning, has claimed the BJP has the support of 104 MLAs which is short of an absolute majority. If Governor Vajubhi Vala has allowed Yedurappa 15 days to prove his majority, he has clearly abused the governor’s office. This is because like apex court judges, governors take an oath to uphold the Constitution and not their own political interests which seems to be what Governor Vajubhai Vala has done.

Despite a marathon session for 220 minutes, the three-judge bench refused to stay the swearing in which had obviously been advanced to favour the BJP. The court also disregarded senior advocate Manu Singhvi’s plea that the governor’s decision was subject to judicial review.

One opinion is that the petition has in effect been rendered infructuous despite the next date of hearing given on Friday at 10.30 a.m. Also, by not giving any relief to the Congress, the Supreme Court has allowed the Karnataka governor to virtually declare his actions are above the law. It is unlikely that the three-judge bench will grant any relief to the Congress on Friday if it has refused to stay the swearing-in on Thursday. The principle of seeing no evil, however evil the government may be, appears to be a principle of ensuring there is no judicial overreach.

Hence, while indulging in judicial overreach in certain other matters, the apex court has now chosen not to interfere in the politically-surcharged atmosphere of Karnataka where hundreds of crores of rupees and ministerial berths are being bartered. Just as it has chosen to delay the elevation of Uttarakhand chief justice K.M. Joseph who had the temerity to strike down President’s rule in that state, the CJI and his brother judges have chosen a laissez-faire approach. Ensuring there is no judicial overreach in a democracy appears more important to the Supreme Court than ensuring justice for the masses.




Karnataka effect: RJD & Congress to stake claim to form govt in Bihar and Goa


Amid drama over Karnataka government formation, the Congress party and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have planned to stake claims to let the grand old party form the government in the states, citing the example of what happened in Karnataka.

“In 2017, we won 17 seats and were the single largest party and continue to be so, but the Governor chose to invite the BJP which had just 13 seats. In Karnataka, Governor invited BJP to form the government on the premise that they are the single largest party. Therefore, the Goa Governor too should invite us to form government because we are ready to prove our strength on the floor of the house,” Goa Congress spokesperson Yatish Naik said at a press conference here.

Naik also said that the state has been without a leader for over two months now, given that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has been away from work due to poor health.


“Anyway for the last two months, this is a headless government. Chief Minister is nowhere to be seen, the state is leaderless, and moving in a directionless fashion. Before he went, he constituted a Cabinet Advisory Committee (CAC) which is unheard of. There are three ministers in it and we have seen that it has been rendered to be a pure farce,” he said.

He added that there have been no cabinet meetings and no decisions are being taken in Goa as the CAC is not a substitute to the Chief Minister.

“We would be holding a one-day dharna tomorrow against the murder of democracy in Karnataka. We also request the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state government and like in Karnataka, invite the single largest party, which in Bihar is the RJD,” the tweet read.


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In another tweet, Yadav said, “I will meet Honourable Governor of Bihar along with MLAs as we are single largest party of Bihar.”


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The RJD holds 80 seats in the 243-seat Bihar Assembly, whereas the ruling coalition parties Janata Dal (United) and the BJP hold 70 seats and 53 seats each respectively, totalling up to 123 seats.

Yadav’s statement comes after the Karnataka Assembly elections, wherein the single largest party was invited to form the government instead of the coalition parties that together formed the majority.

Following the results of Karnataka Assembly elections, Governor Vajubhai R. Vala on May 16 invited BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government after it emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats. Along with one independent MLA, the BJP has staked the claim at forming the government.

However, they are still short of the halfway mark of 112 by seven MLAs and have been given 15 days to prove their majority in the Karnataka assembly. The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance, on the other hand, has a majority with 115 MLAs.

The Karnataka Governor’s decision to invite BJP to form government in the state has caused an uproar among the opposition parties who were not invited to form government in their respective states despite being the single largest party.




Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh gave away the water to 32 villages: Kosarteda Rural Group Water Supply Scheme


Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh gave more than 62 thousand 500 population of 32 villages of Bastar and Barkavand Vikas block in Bastar district for the development of pure drinking water. On the second day of the first phase of the Chief Minister Vikas Yatra, on 13th May, from Vikas Chari, reached Bhanpuri in Bastar Development Zone and joined the reception there. He inaugurated four water supply schemes worth Rs. 50 crores 96 lacs in the same ceremony.
These include Kosartada Rural Group Water Planning, Chhindgaon Tap Water Scheme, Large Ambal Naljal Scheme and Pahurbel Naljal Yojna. The function was attended by Revenue Minister Mr. Prem Prakash Pandey, Public Health Minister Mr. Kedar Kashyap, Bastar Lok Sabha MP Mr. Dinesh Kashyap and other local public representatives.
Kedar Kashyap, Bastar Lok Sabha MP, Mr. Dinesh Kashyap and other local public representatives were present on the occasion.
Rs. 49 crores 76 lacs have been incurred in Kosarteda Rural Group Water Supply Scheme. With this scheme, more than 57 thousand 500 population of 29 villages of Bastar Development block from Kosarteda Irrigation Reservoir is getting drinking water and drainage facility. From the scheme Khadka, Jamgon, Bakel, Basoli, Deora, Sonarpal, Seoni, Vatapuri,
Bhanpuri, Tarangon, Manjula, Karandola, Bodnpal, Tappura, Pallibhatha, Kesharpal, Naharni Murakuchi, Kumli, Phaphani, Pipalwand, Sailavand, Mauliguda, Salameta, Churwand, one-two Khanderaa, Sorgaon, Nandpura and Banyagaon are concerned about drinking water and drainage Has got freedom. Water is being supplied by laying pipeline in these villages
A high level water tank has been built in 16 of these villages. A water purification plant has been established near Kosrartada reservoir. This is where the Sampel Less Pump House has been built. 238 kilometer pipeline has been laid for supplying water to all the villages. Three RAW water pumps and three clean water pumps have been planted. Eight quarters have also been created for the employees engaged in the scheme. Transformer of 100 KV has been installed separately for this scheme.
With more than 17 hundred population of Chhindgaon getting clean water from the Chhindgaon tap water scheme (Development block Barkavand). 42 lakh 82 thousand rupees have been spent in this scheme. The construction of large Ambalal water scheme has been done from 39 lakh 37 thousand rupees. More than 16 hundred people are benefitting from this. Faucet water scheme has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 38 lakhs in Paborurbale village. Water is being given to the population of 15 hundred people of Pahurbel to drink and salvage.

 




2 killed in Maha group clashes


100 shops torched, Section 144 imposed, around 50 hurt, internet services blocked

Aurangabad : Two persons died and around 50 others, including a dozen policemen, were injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Aurangabad city in central Maharashtra on Friday night, police said.

Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar said that the violence erupted late on Friday following a local issue which angered people in some areas. “Due to rumours which circulated like wildfire on social media, it quickly flared up and spread,” Kesarkar said. In the final tally, he said two persons have lost their lives. “Three Assistant Commissioners of Police and around 10 policemen, besides more than 30 civilians have also been injured. One ACP’s condition is serious and he will be operated on later,” Kesarkar added.


CM Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday evening said that the situation was under control. The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure banning assembly of people and also suspended Internet services, said a senior police official. One of the deceased was a 17-year-old youth who allegedly died in

police firing, while the other was a 65-year-old man who was trapped in his house when an adjoining shop was set on fire by rioters, the official said.

The rioting started in Moti Karanja area around 10 pm on Friday night and spread to Gandhi Nagar, Raja Bazaar, Shah Ganj and Sarafa areas, forcing police to fire in the air and lob teargas shells, the official added. Among those injured were seven women and a dozen policemen, including an assistant commissioner of police. Rioters set fire to around 100 shops and 80 vehicles, the official said, adding that 37 persons have been arrested for rioting and arson since Friday night. According to local sources, tension was brewing in Moti Karanja area for the last few days as the municipal corporation was carrying out a drive against illegal water connections. It gained communal colour when an illegal water connection at a place of worship in the area was removed, sources added. Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil termed the loss of two lives as “very unfortunate”. There was riot-like situation from 10-11 pm on Friday, he said, adding that the clashes erupted over an issue of “parking a small vehicle”. Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde alleged that the violence reflected a failure of the state intelligence machinery, and demanded a judicial probe into the incident. Appealing for peace, the NCP leader asked police to take local people in confidence while handling the tense situation. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil demanded that chief minister Fadnavis, who holds the home portfolio, should quit on moral grounds. “This is a big failure of state government. Police failed to bring the situation under control. Fadnavis should quit on moral grounds,” said the Congress leader. Incidents in Aurangabad were similar to what happened at Bhima Koregaon (where anti-Dalit violence broke out in January), Vikhe-Patil said. “Bhima Koregaon violence was state- sponsored. In Aurangabad, had police handled the situation well, it would not have escalated. The city police commissioner’s post is vacant,” he said. Aurangabad police commissioner Yashasvi Yadav was sent on compulsory leave in March this year due to his alleged failure to handle a riot-like situation in the city over the garbage disposal issue.




26/11: Nawaz Sharif admits Pakistan’s hand


Lahore : For the first time, Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has publicly acknowledged that militant organisations are active in the country and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai, a media report said. Sharif, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself. “We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” Sharif told Dawn.

Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar’s militant organisations — Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad —operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: “Militant organisations are active in Pakistan. “Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial.” The Mumbai attacks-related trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. He further said: “It’s absolutely unacceptable (to allow non-state actors to cross the border and commit terrorism there). President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it.”

US President Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists. Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being “honest and righteous” as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE. In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).


Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif further said, “You can’t run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government –  the constitutional one.”

The relations between the military and the Sharif government were at its lowest ebb in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against home grown militant groups or face international isolation. The Mumbai attack case has entered into the 10th year but none of its suspects in Pakistan has been punished yet, showing that the case had never been in the priority list of the country that appears to be keen to put it under the carpet.

A number of Pakistani witnesses both official and private testified and provided evidence against the seven accused, but the Pakistani authorities have been insisting on sending Indian witnesses for reaching a verdict in the case. Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after he was handed down a death sentence.

LeT commanders call for `jihad’ in Kashmir

Peshawar: Commanders of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit held a special meeting in Peshawar recently and called for a `jihad’ in Kashmir. LeT’s former operational commander in Kashmir, Abu Akasha, reportedly interacted with cadres who have recently completed their training. Headed by Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba is responsible for carrying out several attacks in the Kashmir valley. It runs several training camps across Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and enjoys the support of Pakistan Army and the ISI. Another commander of LeT, Aris Hammad, confirmed that LeT is regularly sending militants across the border to create disturbances in the Kashmir valley.




Maharashtra: Section 144 imposed in Aurangabad after violent clashes erupt, two dead


Aurangabad: Two persons died and around fifty others, including a dozen policemen, were injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Aurangabad city in Central Maharashtra last night, police said. The situation was under control since this afternoon, but the district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure banning assembly of people and suspended Internet services, said a senior police official.

One of the deceased was a 17-year-old youth who allegedly died in police firing, while the other was a 65-year-old man who was trapped in his house when an adjoining shop was set on fire by rioters, the official said. The rioting started in Moti Karanja area around 10 last night and spread to Gandhi Nagar, Raja Bazaar, Shah Ganj and Sarafa areas, forcing police to fire in the air and lob teargas shells, the official added. Among those injured were seven women and a dozen policemen, including an assistant commissioner of police.

Rioters set fire to around 100 shops and 80 vehicles, the official said, adding that 37 persons have been arrested for rioting and arson since last night. According to local sources, tension was brewing in Moti Karanja area for the last few days as the municipal corporation was carrying out a drive against illegal water connections.


It got a communal colour when an illegal water connection at a place of worship in the area was removed, sources added. Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde alleged that the violence reflected a failure of the state intelligence machinery, and demanded a judicial probe into the incident.

Appealing for peace, the NCP leader asked police to take local people in confidence while handling the tense situation.





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