Former Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma who was absconding in an Arms Act case linked with Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, for over a month surrendered in a local court in Begusarai on Tuesday.Ms. Manju Verma surrendered in Majhaul local court of Begusarai district. She came in a car to the local court on Tuesday morning and quietly surrendered in the court even when the Begusarai police had launched manhunt and conducting raid at several places to arrest her for long.Recently, following a stern observation by the Supreme Court which is monitoring the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, the Begusarai police had attached property of Ms Manju Verma recently. She was earlier suspended from the primary membership of the ruling party JD(U).While expressing “shock” over delay in arrest of Ms. Manju Verma, Supreme Court had summoned the Bihar chief secretary and Director General of Police to appear in court on November 27 in person.The former Bihar Minister had to step down in August after media reported that her husband Chandrashekhar Verma had made several phone calls to the main accused of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Brajesh Thakur. Mr. Thakur is currently lodged in Patiala court jail in Punjab.Mr. Chandrashekhar Verma too had surrendered in the same Majhaul court of Begusarai and was sent to jail recently.In a police raid in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home as many as 50 illegal live cartridges were recovered from the residence of the Vermas. Madhu Verma too surrendersMeanwhile, another absconding accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Madhu Verma too has surrendered in a local court in Muzaffarpur.She was said to be wearing burqa to cover her face while entering into the court to surrender. Ms. Madhu Verma was absconding since the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case was exposed in a social audit report prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).The report had revealed that as many as 34 minor girls were sexually exploited at the State-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur managed by an NGO owned by Brajesh Thakur.Recently, the Muzaffarpur municipal corporation had taken steps to demolish the illegal parts of the shelter home.
Close to a 1,000 people turned up at Bongaigaon town’s Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday to be the first to trade a kilo of plastic for a sapling and a cloth bag. A 70-year-old woman beat them all to make an ecological statement.Bongaigaon, the headquarters of Bongaigaon district, is about 180 km west of Guwahati.Renuka Roy Choudhury had a reason to be the first to deposit the plastic from her house in a plastic bank set up by the Bongaigaon Municipal Board — to send a message that the older generations have to take the lead in undoing the damage done to the environment.“We have enough saplings in the Social Forestry nurseries, but brought 200 for the ‘plants-for-plastic’ exchange programme. The overwhelming response made us realise we brought too few,” the district’s Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan said.Ms. Choudhury and the 199 others were given saplings of gooseberry, olive, mango, jackfruit, mahogany and other local species of trees for a total of 200 kilos of plastic deposited. Each of them also received a cloth bag manufactured by local women’s self-help groups.Each of these bags can withstand more than 2 kg of weight.Mr. Khan said those who missed out on a sapling on Tuesday would be provided with one later. “We will continue with the programme till the town is free of single-use plastic. The plastic bank will be open at the Municipal Board’s office for anyone to deposit a kilo of plastic and get a sapling in return,” he said.Banana barkThe Social Forestry wing of the Assam Forest Department pitched in with innovation too. Officials replaced black polythene bags with the bark of banana plants for holding the saplings. These were tied with jute threads.The district administration had, ahead of the ‘plants for plastic’ drive, discussed an alternative to the polythene sapling bags with Divisional Forest Officer Abdel Salam Arief. Forester Lakhi Nath came up with the banana bark idea.The Bongaigaon district administration said the drive would perhaps not have been possible without the involvement of a green group called Robin Hood Army. Its volunteers facilitated the exchange programme.
Jeff Horn. INQUIRER PHOTO/ROY LUARCABRISBANE, Australia—If trainer Glenn Rushton’s grand description of Jeff Horn turns out to be true, then Manny Pacquiao is in for a brutal tussle on July 2.A punishing 10-week training camp, according to Rushton, has turned Horn into a fighting machine. Somebody with “hands like steel, body like granite,” and with “the strength of an ox.”ADVERTISEMENT With both Pacquiao and Horn wielding a heavy hand, said there’s a good chance of a stoppage late in the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rushton said he’s hoping that Pacquiao will bring his A-game into the “Battle of Brisbane” at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium because Horn will definitely be at his best form ever.After studying hundreds of tapes of Pacquiao’s previous fights, especially against the likes of Ricky Hatton, Oscar dela Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez, Rushton has meticulously crafted a secret 10-point plan against Pacquiao.Rushton said if Horn will be able to follow the plan to the letter, and be on his toes every second of the 12-round bout, the former school teacher will be able to hurdle Pacquiao and shock the world.Rushton liked Pacquiao-Horn to a collision between an unstoppable force (Pacquiao) and an immovable object (Horn).And with Horn in terrific shape, Horn promises a much better fight than Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas, Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley and Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Horn to take leaf out of Marquez book vs Pacquiao WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rushton, a self-made millionaire and mixed martial arts expert, also said during Horn’s media workout at the gym inside his mansion, that he hasn’t seen anybody really hurt Horn in the ring.Not even during his amateur days where Horn represented Australia in both the World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd not in the pro ranks, where Horn holds a 16-0-1 record with 11 knockouts.In addition, Rushton swears that Horn has the will and the heart to give trouble to anybody, including Pacquiao. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Six stories in the news for Tuesday, May 8———N.B. FLOODING STARTING TO STABILIZEFloodwaters are expected to stabilize in New Brunswick although water levels remain high. Geoffrey Downey of the Emergency Measures Organization said water levels in Fredericton has not been below 8.0 metres — or 1.5 metres above flood stage — for 10 days, but is expected to drop to 7.3 by Wednesday. The Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton remains closed.———PUSH ON TO COMPLETE NAFTA TALKSThe NAFTA countries have started what could be a final chance for an agreement this year. Mexico delivered a counter-proposal on autos yesterday in its first meeting of the round with the U.S. That meeting ran slightly overtime and delayed the first Canada-U.S. session until this morning. If an agreement doesn’t happen soon, some feel it won’t happen this year at all. Mexico and the U.S. will soon both be immersed in national election campaigns through most of 2018.———SENTENCING HEARING FOR SASK. SCHOOL SHOOTERA sentencing hearing is scheduled today for a young man who killed four people and injured seven others in shootings at a home and a school in northern Saskatchewan in January 2016. The shooter killed two teenage brothers, a teacher and a teacher’s aide in La Loche, Sask. A judge ruled in February that the young man, who is now 20, will be sentenced as an adult.———ONTARIO LEADERS SQUARE OFF IN FIRST DEBATEThe leaders of Ontario’s three main political parties squared off last night in the first debate ahead of the June 7 provincial election. Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath spent much of their time targeting PC Leader Doug Ford, who leads in most polls. Wynne and Horwath accused Ford of being disingenuous by promising to cut four per cent from the budget without saying what services he would cut. Ford for his part said he would find efficiencies and show “respect for taxpayers.”———ORGAN DONATIONS CLIMB IN WAKE OF HUMBOLDT CRASHNearly 100,000 Canadians signed up to become organ donors after learning a victim of last month’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash had signed a donor card just weeks before the crash — and wound up saving six lives. According to Canadian Blood Services, there were 99,742 registrations in April alone, and that number only includes provinces that have online registration.———TORONTO RAPTORS SENT PACKINGAfter a stellar regular season, the Toronto Raptors were put to the sword yet again by Cleveland again last night. LeBron James and the Cavaliers had their way in a 128-93 blowout win to complete a four-game sweep in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal. Toronto is now the first top seed to be swept prior to the conference finals since the NBA switched to a 16-team playoff format in 1984. The Cavs will face either Boston or Philadelphia in the next round.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The National Energy Board resumes hearings in Merritt, B.C. into the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will appear at a Commons committee to testify on the federal firearms bill.— Companies reporting results today include George Weston, WestJet, Sleep Country, Valeant, Sun Life and Quebecor.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets in Ottawa with Prince Albert II of Monaco.— OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will launch his union’s Ontario election platform.— The Fraser Institute will release a report titled “The Cost of Pipeline Constraints in Canada.”— Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen will make an announcement about addictions.— A Manitoba legislature committee holds hearings on bills including one to restrict the consumption of pot in public places.
August 22, 2001DeparturesLosida Garcia sits on the door of the cube she’s called home for the past two years.She left Arcosanti on Monday morning much to the regret of the Landscaping Crew andher friends in the community.Facilities Crewmember Curtis Arnold also left Arcosanti this week to possibly work overseas.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] ArrivalBaby chicks arrived in Camp (and into the world) this past week.The black chicken is acting as surrogate mom to the three chicks.Camp also houses several hens, peacocks, guinea hens, and a duck. Arriving and DepartingMonsoons have rolled in many afternoons this past month bringingdramatic lighting storms, cooler air, and much needed rain for our soil.Pictured: Justin Dehnert watching from the shelter of East Housing. A photo of one of Losida’s famous dinners: Orzo and Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes,Olive/Pepper Foccacia Bread, Organic Zucchini from our Gardens baked in Walnut/Garlic Sauce,and Caeser Salad with Capers and Sundried Tomatoes. Arcosanti Organics Manager,Adam Nordfors did the accompanying drawings.