Tension spread in Pilakhuwa town, Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday morning after a man allegedly died of torture in police lock-up. Three policemen, including the Station House Officer, have been suspended and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the District Magistrate.According to local sources, Pradeep Tomar (30), a resident of Lakhan village, was picked up by police near the Chhajrasi toll plaza on Sunday for questioning in connection with a murder case. They alleged that he was detained when he was travelling with his wife and son. Late in the night, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the G.S. Medical College in Pilakhuwa and then the Meerut Medical College, where he died in the early hours of Monday. A video purportedly showing Tomar’s posterior as completely blue and marks of beating on his arms has gone viral.‘Died during treatment’Yesh Veer Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur, told The Hindu, “On August 30, a half-burnt body of a woman was found in the jungle of Lakhan village. She was the wife of Tomar’s brother-in-law. During surveillance and investigation, he was found to be a suspect. He developed health complications during questioning and was taken to a local hospital. Later, he was referred to the Meerut Medical College, where he died during treatment.”As the policemen didn’t follow the standard operating procedure and didn’t inform their seniors before taking Tomar into custody, Mr. Singh added, inspector Yogesh Baliyan, chowki in-charge Ajab Singh and constable Manoj have been suspended. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report before taking further action. A departmental inquiry and a magisterial inquiry have been ordered.” He refused to comment on the viral video and the claim of Tomar’s son and wife that he was beaten in their presence. Family members and farmer leaders protested in the Meerut Collectorate, demanding murder charges against policemen involved in the case. The Provincial Armed Constabulary has been deployed in Pilakhuwa and nearby villages.
Faheem Ruhani’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion.Last year the biopic on legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag made everyone a more aware than what they already knew about the sportsman. Today, art director Omung Kumar in his directorial debut captures the life of five times world champion boxer Mary Kom on celluloid. No doubt, both the sports personalities have had fascinating stories which needed to be told.Mary Kom’s story is very unusual because she fought her circumstances, gender bias and a certain regional bias to be at the top of a sport which is still looked upon as male sport in the country.Director Kumar and his writer Saiwyn Quadras attempt to weave a gripping tale of a young girl from a remote village Kangathei in Manipur and how she achieves the remarkable feat of becoming five-time world boxing champion. Not all of the yarn that is spun is seamless. Yet, this two-hour-three-minutes film which talks about achieving your goals under insurmountable difficulties has moments which will pull at your heart strings.advertisementMary’s struggle to reach the top of her game in the face of parental opposition and against all odds is an extraordinary story, which begged to be told on celluloid. Her persevering attitude and the will to fight under any circumstances, even after she got married and was a mother of two twins is a tale of courage and determination. Sprinkle this with a slight personal conflict with her newly married husband Onler (Darshan Kumar). Add to it her struggle to achieve a balance in her personal and professional life even in the wake of her boxing coach (Sunil Thapa) who almost stopped talking to her, the film had everything that a gripping film script should have.Koel Purie’s review | Rohit Khilnani’s review | Suhani Singh’s review | Saurabh Dwivedi’s review Unfortunately, it is all marred by a script which took the convenient route, embellished it with cliches and preferred to tell it in simplistic manner. The film just does not have the gravitas of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. For the most part, it is trying to hard to be a motivational story of one of country’s most inspiring sportsman. Agreed that encapsulating the life of Mary Kom is not as easy task but the first half of the story is told in such a random way, that you fail to get moved by it. It is only in the second half when Mary has to make the decision of returning to the ring that the film gains intense momentum. Till then it feels like a story which was being told all over the place.Things move on too hurriedly in the first half. You do not really get absorbed in the early parts of her life. It remains a bit sketchy and there are too many melodramatic moments like where Mary’s father throws away her boxing gloves into burning coal. Then there are outright stupid moments where Priyanka is shown thanking her husband for rubbing Iodex on her shoulders. Most of us burst out laughing at this silly in-brand advertising gimmick. At another instance Mary is having Havmor ice-cream and eating gol gappas, calling it health food.Then there is the evil Boxing Federation which is only there to create obstacles in the path of Mary Kom. The boxing matches themselves are not able to build the tension that you are supposed to feel when an important match is being fought. Case in point being Chak De! India or the recent Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.Yet what binds this doddering film together is Priyanka’s sincere performance and the effort she puts into it. Of course she does not get the body language or the accent right all the time. Like for instance, when she signs an autograph in a local bus, she appears more like her character in Fashion signing the autograph than Mary Kom. Still, Priyanka completely sinks her teeth into this role and makes it watchable for the most part. Not much can be said about the other supporting actors. However, actor Darhan Kumar lends able support in this biopic.advertisementIn a better filmmaker’s hand Mary Kom would have been a better film. Right now it remains a Priyanka Chopra film.
Image Courtesy: ABSOn December 21, China’s Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding held a naming and delivery ceremony for Kan Wo, an asphalt tanker.The 6,200 dwt newbilding is owned by Hong Kong’s Compass Shipping and classed by ABS.Kan Wo, which flies the flag of Hong Kong, features a length of 109.9 meters and a width of 20 meters.Designed by Bestway Marine Engineering and Design, the vessel is said to incorporate the latest bitumen cargo ship design.Featuring four independent cargo tanks, and built to ABS rules, Kan Wo will leave China shortly for its first cargo loading in Australia, according to ABS.
OTTAWA — Some employers looking to hire temporary foreign workers are experiencing significant delays due to an increase in demand this year for migrant workers in Canada.The federal government says the volume of applications is up almost 25 per cent over last year — a development it says is partly because of Canada’s low unemployment rates.Employers who want to hire migrant workers in the “low-skill stream” are now waiting more than 100 days to find out if their labour market impact assessments (LMIA) will be approved. These assessments are necessary to prove the employer needs to hire temporary workers and that there are no Canadian workers available for the jobs.Processing times for the “high-wage stream” are 85 days.“Unemployment is at a historic low, reaching levels that have not been seen since 1976. While this economic success is good for business, it is also creating challenges for employers who are struggling to find enough workers to meet demand,” said Veronique Simard, a spokeswoman for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu.“The temporary-foreign-worker program continues to experience an increased volume of labour market impact assessment applications across Canada. Recognizing the urgency of the labour shortage in Quebec and the rest of Canada, our government is taking steps to improve service delivery for the TFW program.”Jerry Amirault, a spokesman for the Lobster Processors Association of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, says seafood processors across Atlantic Canada have been experiencing acute shortages in labour, which is why the sector has been increasingly reliant on migrant workers.A recent study, funded in part by the federal government, shows the situation is projected to worsen if nothing is done. In 2017, 1,800 job vacancies went unfilled in the region due to the lack of fish-plant workers and an additional 2,500 workers will be needed over the next five years to replace retirees, according to the report.“There’s no large families in rural areas with eight and 10 children, so there’s nobody filling in for the workers that have been there for some time, so our dependence on bringing in foreign workers is greater,” Amirault said.“When (government) makes it difficult to get them, what are we left with? We’ve got situations that you wouldn’t believe.”He said one seafood processing plant recently had to use its office workers to help out on the processing floor and the owner of the company had to help weigh lobsters as they came in from fishermen’s boats.“That’s how short-staffed they are. They couldn’t open one of their plants in Nova Scotia for the crab season because (the migrant workers) hadn’t arrived.”Amirault says his industry has been experiencing additional delays on the immigration side, due to a recent change that has seen migrant workers having to submit to biometric screening. He says the labour and immigration departments don’t communicate with each other on these files, which causes further frustrations.Leah Nord of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says delays in getting temporary foreign workers will have significant financial consequences for some companies.Canadian business across the country and across sectors use migrant workers, but they have a lot of frustration with the red tape involved, Nord said.“If there are even more delays, that’s just going to increase the frustration.”The group has been calling for a modernization of the application process, including the introduction of a “trusted employer” program, which could streamline applications for businesses with a proven record of following all the rules of program.In 2017, former auditor general Michael Ferguson flagged concerns about the management of the foreign-worker program, including employers who often hired migrant workers without first demonstrating they had exhausted all other options for finding local workers and applications that were frequently approved without being challenged.In response, the government has been stepping up employer inspections and has been publishing the names of those caught breaking the rules. To date, 168 companies have been cited for infractions and given fines or bans on using the program for a set length of time.Nord says the vast majority of Canadian companies follow all the rules and should not be counted among the “few bad apples.” She says businesses are experiencing increased labour shortages as more Baby Boomers retire, which means employers are increasingly turning to skilled migrants to fill job vacancies.Hajdu’s department says it is addressing the processing delays, including spending $3.4 million to hire more employees to process applications.Simard says the department is considering the chamber’s request for a trusted-employer program and is developing an online application portal to modernize and streamline the application process.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsIt’s called Spo’pi.The newly designed solar house opened its doors at the University of Calgary last week.The facility will serve as a research centre.It could also be a launch pad for future homes on reserves.APTN’s Keith Laboucan finds out.