Mother sues Govt, Police for son’s wrongful death

first_img…wants $10M compensationSix years after losing her son, Shaquille Grant, who was allegedly gunned down at the hands of Police, Shonette Adams, who mounted civil proceedings in the High Court against the State and the implicated Police Officers, is seeking over $10 million in damages.Dead teen: Shaquille GrantOne of the ranks implicated in the shooting was killed in 2014 in a foiled robbery attempt; another was placed on an international wanted list while the other accused was acquitted of the lad’s murder in 2015.In a writ against the Attorney General of Guyana, and Policemen Warren Blue, Jamal Lewis and Terrance Wallace, the applicant, on behalf of her son’s estate, is suing the named parties over what she contends was her son’s wrongful death on September 11, 2012. She is seeking exemplary damages in the sum of $10 million, interest, and costs in her December 18, 2014 suit. Exemplary damages, also called punitive damages, are usually awarded when the defendant’s acts are deemed “malicious, violent, oppressive, fraudulent, wanton or grossly reckless”.Adams is also seeking damages in excess of $ 100,000 each for her son’s wrongful death; for assault and battery meted out to him; and for the breach of Grant’s fundamental right not to be deprived of his life as guaranteed by Article 138 of Guyana’s Constitution. If these damages are granted, they would amount to more than $300,000 in total.The 17-year-old young man was shot dead at Caesar Street in his home village of Agricola, Greater Georgetown, and the Police’s version of events was that they were chasing him and his friends when one of them, Romel Bollers, shot at ranks, who returned fire, causing Grant’s demise.Mother of the dead teen, Shonette AdamsBlue, Lewis and Wallace were all charged for the teen’s murder, but Wallace was the only one who stood trial for the killing. Denying that he was the one who shot Grant, Wallace was acquitted in a 2015 High Court trial during which he had given sworn evidence, telling Justice Navindra Singh and the jury that he saw Grant, Bollers, Troy Greenidge, Nicholas Eastman, and Jamal Henry, called “Tuna”, in a yard and he instructed that they “freeze”, having informed them that he was a Police Officer. Wallace said that it was then that Bollers shot at him.Bollers had, however, maintained this was not true, claiming that neither he nor any of his friends opened fire on the Police, nor did they have a weapon in their possession.Two days before Grant’s mother filed her claim in 2014, wanted Policeman Blue along with an accomplice was shot and killed by fellow Police Officers in a foiled robbery at a Montrose, East Coast Demerara supermarket. Jamal Lewis was meanwhile placed on the world’s largest international Police organisation’s wanted list as he and the now deceased Blue evaded jail time for the teen’s killing. The boy’s mother is being represented by Attorney Nigel Hughes.The trial commenced on September 26, 2018 and current Attorney General Basil Williams was a no-show on that occasion. However, a lawyer from within the AG’s Chambers, Tiffany Castello, appeared and requested an adjournment. As such, the matter was called on Monday, and was expected to continue on November 22, 2018 before Justice Gino Persaud.last_img read more

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Derby 1-1 Brentford: Rams rescued by Villa outcast

first_img Darren Bent celebrates scoring for Derby County 1 Darren Bent scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Derby in their clash with fellow promotion hopefuls Brentford at the iPro Stadium.The Bees looked set to leapfrog their hosts into fifth place thanks to a superb first-half strike from on-loan Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard.But they were made to pay for a host of missed chances as Derby’s own loan star, Bent, struck in the final moments to claim his 10th goal for the club since arriving from Aston Villa.Derby went into the game knowing they needed to win to keep their slim hopes of automatic promotion alive and Tom Ince twice went close in the opening seven minutes.The on-loan Hull winger was caught by Toumani Diagouraga in the fifth minute and curled the 25-yard free-kick over the wall and just past David Button’s left post with the goalkeeper desperately scrambling to get across.Button had to plunge to his right two minutes later when Ince curled a shot from the edge of the box but Brentford hit back in the 14th minute when Jota’s header set up Moses Odubajo for a shot that Lee Grant pushed away.Grant was relieved to see a free-kick from Alan Judge whistle past his left post after Pritchard was tripped by Raul Albentosa just outside the area in the 22nd minute – but he was beaten by a quality goal six minutes later.Diagouraga tackled Jeff Hendrick deep in his own half and found Jonathan Douglas who quickly released Judge, before Pritchard went past Richard Keogh and Craig Bryson and bent a right foot shot from the edge of the box past the despairing dive of Grant.Pritchard again found space just outside the area but this time he shot straight at Grant before Ince ran down the left of Brentford’s defence to drive in a low shot which Button saved diving to his left.Brentford were good value for their half-time lead and they came close to increasing it in the 51st minute when Bryson’s attempted clearance spun back to Andre Gray – but Albentosa deflected his shot wide.Gray had another chance four minutes later when Douglas played him in but fired wide from eight yards, then the home fans found their voice when sub Simon Dawkins played Bent in but Button raced off his line to make the save.There was a big let-off for Derby in the 68th minute when Jota pulled the ball back from the edge of the six-yard box to tee up Douglas – but his shot was cleared off the line by Craig Forsyth.Brentford had another chance in the 73rd minute when Stuart Dallas crossed to the back post, where Gray headed over at full stretch and the Rams nearly made them pay when Zak Whitbread flicked on a corner and Button made an instinctive save to push the ball behind.But Derby grabbed a goal they barely deserved in the second minute of stoppage time when Hendrick fired in a low shot and Bent pounced to stab home an equaliser that was tough on Brentford.last_img read more

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Blow for Liverpool! Reds target wants to stay at Serie A side

first_img Dries Mertens in action for Napoli 1 Liverpool target Dries Mertens wants to stay with Napoli this summer, according to his agent.The Belgian international has also been linked with Inter Milan in the close season after another eye-catching campaign with the Partenopei, scoring 10 goals in 50 appearances from midfield.It is thought Mertens would be open to a move if a side playing in the Champions League came in for him, something which neither Liverpool or Inter can offer.His agent, Massimiliano Capparoni, told Radio CRC: “Mertens is an important player who is coveted by several clubs, but Napoli isn’t currently negotiating with anyone.“I don’t think there’s any problems for his stay in Naples. It’s clear the market’s always changing, but the player does not want to leave a city that he holds close to his heart.“Napoli could evaluate an important offer that comes along. There could be some interest from Inter, but for the moment there are no negotiations.”last_img read more

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Republicans split on North Korea

first_img“Republicans are brokenhearted that the administration has done a complete U-turn on this issue,” said John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and an advocate of a tough approach to North Korea. But Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president, said the new intelligence was even more reason to take a diplomatic approach to North Korea: “To rein these guys inside a deal that has some transparency.” Several diplomats and administration officials representing both sides of the debate were interviewed on condition of anonymity because the intelligence about the Syrian site remained classified. The administration and the Israeli government have kept silent about the airstrike, but American and foreign officials with access to intelligence reports have said the target was a partly constructed nuclear reactor, apparently modeled on one North Korea has used to generate its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel. They said it would have been years before Syria could have produced nuclear weapons fuel on its own. The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group in Washington, released a report Wednesday that pinpointed the site in a satellite image taken Aug. 10, nearly a month before the Israeli strike. “This looks like a reactor site,” said David Albright, president and founder of the institute and a former U.N. weapons inspector.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A fight has erupted between conservatives on national security and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over the Bush administration’s diplomacy with North Korea in the face of intelligence that North Korea might have helped Syria begin construction on a nuclear reactor. The debate moved to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, when Rice had a tense private meeting with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the senior Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Just days earlier, Ros-Lehtinen was the co-author of an opinion article questioning the White House approach, which offers incentives to North Korea to dismantle its nuclear program. That article also criticized the Bush administration for what the article called the “veil of secrecy” surrounding intelligence that led to an Israeli airstrike in Syria last month on the suspected reactor site, and for the fact that only a handful of lawmakers have been briefed on the subject. Congressional officials said Ros-Lehtinen contended that if more lawmakers knew about the intelligence, more would be concerned about a pending nuclear agreement with North Korea. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Commercial satellite photographs have begun to circulate that appear to show a reactor possibly under construction at a site in Syria near the Euphrates River. The images were taken during the summer, a month before the Israeli raid. The White House now finds itself charting a course similar to the one for which it heaped criticism on the Clinton administration in 2002, accusing it of being too trusting. At that time, a diplomatic agreement with North Korea collapsed after the White House accused North Korea of secretly continuing work on a nuclear weapon. Now, the White House is trying to deflect criticism from fellow Republicans – including hawkish officials within the administration – that Rice is putting her desire for a diplomatic agreement above national security interests. One senior administration official, who has seen the intelligence about the Syrian site and advocates a tougher line against North Korea, said he was frustrated that even in light of possible North Korean help on a Syrian nuclear program, “we are shaking hands with the North Koreans because they have once again told us they are going to disarm.” Conservatives remain deeply suspicious of the Rice approach, fearing that it rewards North Korea. Bush was persuaded by Rice and his chief North Korea negotiator, Christopher R. Hill, that there was no other path. Hill acknowledged in a recent interview that the approach was a sharp reversal from the first term. last_img read more

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Freshly Chopped announce plans to open in Donegal

first_imgPopular healthy food company ‘Freshly Chopped’ have today announced a strategic partnership that will see outlets coming to Co. Donegal. The Chopped salad deli outlets have opened in 46 locations throughout Ireland in recent years, offering fresh, clean and nutritious food served quickly.Freshly Chopped has announced a strategic partnership with Mount Charles, Ireland’s largest indigenous food service and business support services provider. The partnership will see Mount Charles take an exclusive area development contract to rollout Freshly Chopped across Northern Ireland and Donegal.Initially, the deal will see six high-end standalone Freshly Chopped outlets open across Northern Ireland’s high streets with the first flagship store due to open in Belfast in August. The deal will be rolled out over the next three years, creating up to 150 jobs. Details of the Donegal store locations have yet to be announced.Gavin Annon, Head of Sales and Marketing and Mount Charles founder and Chaiman, Trevor Annon with Brian Lee, co-founder and CEO of Freshly Chopped in Donegall Square West, surveying Mount Charles’ first Freshly Chopped restaurant, which will open in August 2018.Founded in Dublin in 2012 by Brian Lee and Andy Chen, Freshly Chopped was developed to meet the needs of the growing number of Irish consumers who want a great tasting meal that is healthy, delicious, and fresh. The successful franchise business has 46 stores across the island of Ireland and has also recently opened an outlet in Cyprus.On the new partnership, Gavin Annon, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mount Charles said: “We are delighted to announce this exclusive partnership with Freshly Chopped. As a family owned business with deep roots in the communities we serve, we always listen to what our customers want and continue to deliver innovative experiences.” ChoppedBrian Lee, co-founder and CEO of Freshly Chopped said: “When we founded Freshly Chopped six years ago, our mission was to make it as easy as possible for people to eat healthily.“This partnership with Mount Charles will help us to continue our journey of bringing healthy fast food to more people across the island of Ireland. We’re confident that we have the perfect partner with Mount Charles, a company which takes a family-run and personal approach to its business.“We’re looking forward to a successful roll out here in Northern Ireland and Donegal, which will be vital locations for Freshly Chopped’s expansion over the next number of years as we continue our journey.”Freshly Chopped announce plans to open in Donegal was last modified: June 7th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:food outletfreshly choppedsaladslast_img read more

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Candidates spar for 58th District

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“You’ve got a choice,” Newcomer said. “Charles Calderon has been part of the mess of Sacramento. He doesn’t support campaign finance reform, didn’t accept campaign spending limits and has been fined $18,000 by the Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign spending.” Similar comments have been echoed by Armenta and Guzman. But Calderon, who represented this area in the Assembly and Senate from 1982-98, says he isn’t part of the problem, but would use his experience to make the process better. “I want to use my experience to protect my community in terms of education and public safety, provide better education and make people feel safe in their homes.” Calderon also cites laws that he wrote as a legislator. His law imposed tough water standards and created sex-offender tracking and he helped bring $250 million back to this area to assist people in rebuilding homes after the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. When former state Sen. Charles Calderon of Whittier decided after eight years to return to politics to run for Assembly, it guaranteed he would be the focus. And that’s been the case. Calderon has spent the most money, but also has been the target of criticism by his three opponents: Pico Rivera Councilman David Armenta; Geri Guzman, a Montebello school board member and Montebello city treasurer; and Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer. They’re running for the seat now held by Calderon’s brother, Ron, who holds the 58th Assembly District office. Ron Calderon is running for state Senate. The district includes either all or part of the cities of Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Whittier and unincorporated East Los Angeles and Hacienda Heights. But his opponents say Calderon would be part of the same old establishment in Sacramento. “There are some good legislators out there, but for the ones in the leadership, it’s business as usual,” Guzman said. “It’s very much driven by the lobbyists and who can write the bigger checks.” Where his opponents disagree is about who would be best to represent the district. “I have a proven track record of accountability in Pico Rivera for making change,” Armenta said. “I was the leader in firing our city manager who was grossly overpaid. I was responsible for the reorganization of the city administration that led to $1.4million in cost savings and I brought in a public safety division that will fight gangs and graffiti.” Guzman said her candor and level of hard work are what separates her from the other candidates. “If my constituents have an issue, I’m out there fighting for them. I speak the most bluntly and I am and the most frank. I don’t beat around the bush.” Newcomer cites his 16 years on the Whittier City school board and Whittier City Council. “I have experience bringing parties together to solve problems and working cooperatively with others,” he said. “I have the skills and decision making to do the best job.” Calderon also has attacked his opponents. He accused Guzman of spending $10,000 on travel as a local official. Guzman responded that the number is right, but it’s over six years and the money has come from the city of Montebello, Montebello Unified School District, herself and from her job. Calderon also criticized Newcomer for supporting a Rio Hondo College bond issue as a way for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to build a 20,000-ton-per-day transfer station for trash. “This is a good example of his functioning as a lobbyist opposing local educational interests,” Newcomer said. Calderon, who with former state Sen. Frank Hill, R-Whittier, wrote a letter opposing the November 2002 $194.6 million bond issue, denies that he was paid as a lobbyist on the issue. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: URRIS FACE NA ROSSA IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgSenior & Reserve Football: Well Done to our senior men who beat N Colmcille in Newtown on Friday night by 1-11 to 0-12. Well done to our reserves too who won by a big score of 4-16 to 0-06.JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP: This Sunday our Senior men play Na Rossa in the Championship at 3.00pm. Please come out and support the lads. GAA CUL CAMP: Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp in Straid from July 4th to 8th July. Please book online or contact John Friel to book your child in. Club hosting Open Morning on Saturday July 2nd from 10am to 11 am to take registration for this Camp. PLEASE NOTE: All children must be booked in advance this year.SUPER VALU KITS FOR KIDS: Super Valu (Buncrana & Carndonagh) Kits for Kids: If you are shopping in Super Valu this weekend or any day, if you spend over €40 you will receive a voucher/receipt, Please pop this in the Urris GAA Box at the front door beside notice board to help towards receiving some kits for our Under Age teams. We need 2,000 tokens. Closes July 5th.BINGO: CLUB Bingo every Thursday night at 9.00pm in St Mary’s Hall, Clonmany. Please come along and support our weekly bingo, numbers have been dropping of late so bring a friend or two. Any funds raised goes directly into the club to help with day to day finances.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday June 23rd: No jackpot winner: Numbers drawn: 2, 9, 20 & 23. €15 Winners;Caoimhe, Kealon & Aoife C/o Mc Feeleys Bar.Teresa Noone, Tornabratley.Mary T Devlin, Annaugh.Breege Collins, Golf Road.John Brennan (S), Leenan.Jackpot next week: €1,420. Thanks to all lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw. UNDER AGE TRAINING SCHEDULE:U10 Boys & girls: Saturday at 11am to 12 noon.U12 Boys (U12 girls welcome) every Thursday from 4pm to 5pm.U14 Boys: Every Tuesday at 6.00pm.U12 & U14 Girls:Tuesday at 5.45pm to 7pm.U16 Boys :Tuesday at 7pm.As times and days may change please check our Face Book page for daily updates.FIXTURES FOR WEEK AHEAD:Tuesday: U12’s away to Buncrana.Wednesday: U21B Championship home to Convoy at 7pm.Friday: U16 Boys home to Burt at 7pm.As fixtures and times may change for various reasons please check our Face Book page for daily updates.NIGHT AT THE RACES: In Mac Tams on Saturday August 13th. Horses now on sale at €10 from all players and committee members.GOOD LUCK: to the Donegal Senior team in the Ulster Championship replay on Saturday against Monaghan. Safe travel on the roads to and fro Cavan too.GAA NEWS: URRIS FACE NA ROSSA IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: June 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANa RossaSportURRISlast_img read more

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‘West Ham cannot be the end’ – Star man wants to join a ‘top team’

first_img RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars A £20million signing from Stoke in 2017, Arnautovic made a slow start to his Hammers career but has become a firm fans’ favourite at the London Stadium.He scored 11 goals and claimed six assists last season to help keep the club in the Premier League and, this term, has netted five goals in 10 appearances.He is integral to Manuel Pellegrini’s team but, as he approaches 30, the former Inter Milan forward is eyeing another shot at Champions League football before his career is over.“I’m 29, so that’s the best age,” he told the Austrian newspaper Kurier. “It’s clear that I want to compete with the best players. But in this affair I totally trust my brother.”Danijel Arnautovic, who acts as his representative, added: “He’s already playing in the Premier League and that’s where the best players are. But for a player like Marko this cannot be the end.“He’s a big part of West Ham’s team but I think it’s possible to tease out more of him. For that to happen, he has to play for a top team. REVEALED MONEY ADVICE “Marko is ready for the next step. A player like him should not play against relegation. He should play for the international spots.“Marko is really enjoying playing for West Ham. He loves that club and the fans. But there is still that feeling, that this cannot be the end. And everybody should understand that.”Arnautovic was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window. West Ham are facing a big battle to keep hold of their star man Marko Arnautovic.The Austrian forward has admitted he is keen to play at the highest level possible while his brother and agent, Danijel, has suggested he could push for a transfer as soon as January. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Asked if it is possible Arnautovic could be on the move soon, his brother added: “That’s possible.“It was already very, very close this last summer.“There were two Champions League clubs. I cannot reveal more. So there are options. And we are probing.” Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining Marko Arnautovic was a club record signing for West Ham in 2017 when he joined from Stoke for £20m huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY Latest Football News Marko Arnautovic has scored 16 goals in 46 games for West Ham last_img read more

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Hockey World League Semi Finals in South Africa

first_imgBrand South Africa partnered with the South African Hockey Association to host the Hockey World League Semi Finals 2017 South Africa is the proud host of the World Hockey League Semi Finals 2017, from 8 to 23 July 2017. Sport is a powerful unifying force in the country. (Image: Musa Sibisi)Brand South Africa partnered with the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) in hosting the Hockey World League Semi Finals 2017 event. The partnership is strategically utilised to influence positive reputation and image on the Nation Brand. Through this partnership, South African men’s hockey team have been formally announced as Play Your Part ambassadors.South Africa was selected by the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) to host both the men’s and women’s legs of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, accommodating ten of the world’s best men’s and women’s teams. The league took place at the WITS Hockey Stadium from 08 to 23 July 2017.Charged with managing the reputation of the country as well as co-ordinating efforts that position South Africa as an investment destination of choice, Brand South Africa is simultaneously charged with working with the larger collective to build pride and patriotism among citizens of the country.Nation building through sport, in a multi-racial society such as South Africa is a key component that remains a constant – because sports breaks down barriers and is a unifying force among all, no matter what race, creed or religion. Sport plays an important role in promoting wellness and social cohesion. We treat sport as a cross-cutting issue, with strong ties to education, health and nation building.last_img read more

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State seeks ₹200 cr. as aid for hailstorms-hit areas

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has sought ₹200 crore as aid from the Centre for farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions whose crops have been damaged following the hailstorms earlier this week.State Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar said on Wednesday that the hailstorms affected crops over two lakh hectares.“Most of the panchnama (inspection) reports of affected crops was done on February 11 and 12, and have ascertained that crops on about two lakh hectares across 1,900 villages have been affected,” he said.“We have written to the Centre and sought ₹200 crore. I will be meeting the Union Agriculture Minister on February 22 in New Delhi,” Mr. Fundkar said.NDRF, insurance firmsCompensation for the crop damage will be provided from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and also by insurance companies, Mr. Fundkar said. Earlier, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde alleged that crop damage inspection was being delayed. “In some areas, officials hadn’t even started the inspection or verification process even 72 hours after the natural calamity,” the NCP leader alleged.“Many farmers complained that no government official has visited them. The government should not waste time in doing panchnamas. It should immediately announce compensation for farmers,” he demanded.Mr. Fundkar however, dismissed the Opposition’s claim. “I have been in touch with district collectors. They were on the spot within three hours of the storms,” the minister said.last_img read more

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