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  • Attentat à la pudeur : la version de la victime donnée à la police ne corrobore pas celle donnée en cour

     

    La décision est tombée en cour intermédiaire, depuis mercredi 26 juin. En effet, la victime présumée allègue qu’un individu est entré chez elle, a tenté de l’étrangler et lui a fait subir des attouchements sexuels. Sauf que sa version donnée à la police ne corrobore pas celle donnée en cour. De ce fait, l’affaire contre Deenoo Louis David, accusé d’attentat à la pudeur, a été classée par la magistrate Darshana Gayan.

     

    D’après la victime présumée, une habitante de Ste-Croix, les faits remonteraient, 25 août 2015. Elle raconte qu’elle regardait la télé dans sa maison, lorsqu’elle a entendu un bruit. Elle affirme qu’elle a continué à regarder son film mais qu’elle a vu l’accusé devant elle. Elle a appelé au secours après qu’il l’a déchiré sa robe et il a essayé de l’étrangler. Elle avait aussi dit à la police qu’il s’est enfui peu après. Or, en cour, elle dit avoir entendu un bruit à l’arrière de sa cour et c’est en sortant pour s’en enquérir que l’individu l’aurait suivie avant de déchirer ses vêtements pour commettre des attouchements sur elle. Selon ses dires, l’homme aurait même essayé de la violer mais a dû prendre la fuite à l’arrivée de son beau-père.

     

    La victime est revenue avec une version légèrement différente quand elle fit contre-interrogée par la défense. Elle avance qu’il n’avait pas pu enlever sa robe. Le rapport médical de la fille qui s’est fait examiner indique qu’il n’y a eu aucune trace d’étranglement visible sur le cou. D’ajouter que si elle avait été étranglée, elle n’aurait pas eu la force de crier. « It is apparent that the said dress was slightly torn at upper chest region… and it cannot be sufficient for accused to remove the said dress », a remarqué la magistrate, qui a également pris note sur le ‘bad-blood’ qui existe entre les deux parties. Elle estime qu’il y a des inexactitudes dans la façon dont la présumée victime a dressé une chronologie des événements. De ce fait, la magistrate a indiqué que la version de l’habitante de Ste-Croix est incohérente et dotée de contradictions.

     

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  • Attentat à la pudeur : la version de la victime donnée à la police ne corrobore pas celle donnée en cour

     

    La décision est tombée en cour intermédiaire, depuis mercredi 26 juin. En effet, la victime présumée allègue qu’un individu est entré chez elle, a tenté de l’étrangler et lui a fait subir des attouchements sexuels. Sauf que sa version donnée à la police ne corrobore pas celle donnée en cour. De ce fait, l’affaire contre Deenoo Louis David, accusé d’attentat à la pudeur, a été classée par la magistrate Darshana Gayan.

     

    D’après la victime présumée, une habitante de Ste-Croix, les faits remonteraient, 25 août 2015. Elle raconte qu’elle regardait la télé dans sa maison, lorsqu’elle a entendu un bruit. Elle affirme qu’elle a continué à regarder son film mais qu’elle a vu l’accusé devant elle. Elle a appelé au secours après qu’il l’a déchiré sa robe et il a essayé de l’étrangler. Elle avait aussi dit à la police qu’il s’est enfui peu après. Or, en cour, elle dit avoir entendu un bruit à l’arrière de sa cour et c’est en sortant pour s’en enquérir que l’individu l’aurait suivie avant de déchirer ses vêtements pour commettre des attouchements sur elle. Selon ses dires, l’homme aurait même essayé de la violer mais a dû prendre la fuite à l’arrivée de son beau-père.

     

    La victime est revenue avec une version légèrement différente quand elle fit contre-interrogée par la défense. Elle avance qu’il n’avait pas pu enlever sa robe. Le rapport médical de la fille qui s’est fait examiner indique qu’il n’y a eu aucune trace d’étranglement visible sur le cou. D’ajouter que si elle avait été étranglée, elle n’aurait pas eu la force de crier. « It is apparent that the said dress was slightly torn at upper chest region… and it cannot be sufficient for accused to remove the said dress », a remarqué la magistrate, qui a également pris note sur le ‘bad-blood’ qui existe entre les deux parties. Elle estime qu’il y a des inexactitudes dans la façon dont la présumée victime a dressé une chronologie des événements. De ce fait, la magistrate a indiqué que la version de l’habitante de Ste-Croix est incohérente et dotée de contradictions.

     

  • Le Bureau du Premier ministre rejette une demande venant du Qatar pour le droit d’atterrissage à Qatar Airways

     

    Le Premier ministre, Pravind Jugnauth a refusé le droit d’atterrissage à Qatar Airways. C’est le cas de le dire après que le Qatar en a fait une demande auprès du gouvernement mauricien. D’après des renseignements glanés, les autorités mauriciennes n’ont pas voulu déplaire à Emirates, qui opère déjà deux vols gros porteurs quotidiens à Maurice.

     

    Il faut dire que la démarche du gouvernement est aux antipodes de son ambition d’ouvrir l’accès aérien tous azimuts à un plus grand nombre de lignes aériennes, dans le but de promouvoir notre industrie touristique. La compagnie qatarie veut desservir Maurice depuis plusieurs années déjà. Une précédente demande n’avait pas eu la faveur de l’ancien gouvernement travailliste non plus. En effet, Emirates voit en Qatar Airways un concurrent commercial très sérieux. Les deux se livrent à une lutte sans merci pour contrôler le trafic aérien dans la région.

     

    À noter que la rivalité entre ces deux compagnies du Golfe persique a également une portée diplomatique. L’Arabie saoudite et les Emirats arabes unis ont rompu leurs relations diplomatiques avec le Qatar, depuis juin 2017, l’accusant de soutenir le terrorisme avec la complicité de l’Iran. Cette allégation est catégoriquement rejetée par Doha. Toujours est-il que les États-Unis n’ont pas lâché le Qatar malgré les pressions de l’Arabie saoudite. Le Qatar contrôle l’un des plus gros gisements de gaz naturel au monde. Il organisera aussi la prochaine coupe du monde de football dont l’attribution par la FIFA a donné lieu à des allégations de corruption.

     

    On se souvient que le député et ancien ministre Showkutally Soodhun avait pris sur lui pour rompre les relations diplomatiques entre Maurice et le Qatar, au lendemain de la décision saoudienne. Il avait émis une lettre dans ce sens sur du papier-en-tête du ministère du Logement et des terres, portefeuille qu’il détenait à l’époque.  Le ministre des Affaires étrangères d’alors, Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, avait dû émettre un communiqué plus tard pour affirmer que Maurice maintenait toujours ses relations avec le Qatar. Showkutally Soodhun est très proche des Émirats arabes unis (EIA) surtout ceux de Dubaï. D’ailleurs, c’est suite à sa demande qu’Emirates a accepté de financer un complexe sportif et une piscine au coût de plus de Rs 100 millions, à Phoenix. Au cours du lancement de ce projet, le président du Mouvement socialiste militant avait comparé Vacoas-Phoenix à la ville américaine de New York.

     

  • Le centre d’appels pour les violences conjugales toujours pas opérationnel…

     

    L’Integrated Service Centre (ISC), au coût de Rs 60 millions, a été lancé en grande pompe, le vendredi 8 mars dernier, au centre Swami Vivekananda, à Pailles, dans le cadre de la Journée internationale de la Femme. Le Premier ministre, Pravind Jugnauth avait parlé d’une initiative avant-gardiste de Mauritius Telecom, mais trois après, ce centre d’appels intégré, qui devait être opérationnel 24 heures sur 24 et 7 jours sur 7 via la hotline 139, ne l’est toujours pas.

     

    Il faut dire que l’on déplore le manque de ressources après 16 heures, qui fait qu’il n’y a pas suffisamment d’employés pour répondre aux appels téléphoniques. Pour rappel, l’annonce avait été faite par le Premier ministre en présence de la ministre de l’Égalité des genres, Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, du Premier ministre adjoint Ivan Collendavelloo et du Chief Executive Officer de Mauritius Telecom, Sherry Singh. L’objectif de ce centre d’appels intégré est d’aider à combattre la violence conjugale en fournissant une assistance immédiate, voire juridique, aux victimes.

     

    On fait ressortir dans le giron qu’au départ, il était prévu qu’ils soient 34 ‘Family Welfare and Protection Officers’ pour tourner à plein régime, c’est-à-dire, réceptionner jusqu’à 30 appels en simultané par jour. Sauf que le centre ne tourne qu’avec une dizaine d’employés. Au bout du compte, retour à la case départ pour le moment, avec une seule et même ligne en soirée permettant de réceptionner un seul appel à la fois. Dans son discours budgétaire, l’ex-ministre de l’Égalité des genres, du développement de l’enfant et du bien-être familial Aurore Perraud a également fait référence à ce centre. Elle a affirmé que ceci est loin d’être le modèle qu’on était parti voir à la Réunion et qu’on voulait mettre sur place à Maurice.

     

    Contacté, la responsable de l’ISC a dit qu’elle dit qu’elle devra demander l’aval d’un haut fonctionnaire avant de faire des commentaires. Même son de cloche du côté de la ministre Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, qui a dit qu’elle reviendrait pour donner des détails, mais toujours rien après.

     

  • Roches-Noires : SAJ met la population en garde contre un éventuel retour de Ramgoolam au pouvoir

     

    Sir Anerood Jugnauth (SAJ), ministre Mentor, a fait une sortie contre le leader du Parti travailliste (PTr), Navin Ramgoolam et met la force policière en garde. Il a, dans un discours de près d’une heure, longuement mis la population en garde contre un éventuel retour de Navin Ramgoolam aux affaires.

     

    Vendredi 28 juin, à l’occasion de l’inauguration d’un ‘multipurpose complex’ à Roche-Noires, SAJ a longuement mis l’assistance en garde contre un éventuel retour de Navin Ramgoolam à la tête du pays. Il a déclaré qu’il a fait trois mandats et qu’il fait toujours honte et a abusé de la confiance de la population. Selon lui, le leader du Parti travailliste n’a qu’une chose en tête : la vengeance. Il dit qu’il remplira de nouveau son coffre-fort et à la fin d’un nouveau mandat, il ne reposera pas. Il a la nationalité britannique et a une héritière en Italie. SAJ dit que Navin Ramgoolam n’a pas besoin de la population.

     

    SAJ est également d’avis que plusieurs personnes ne savent pas se servir de leur intelligence et croient toujours en Navin Ramgoolam comme un sauveur. Il a également pointé du doigt la politique de rupture que Navin Ramgoolam promet de réaliser en cas d’élections. Il estime que personne ne sait ce qu’il est en train de dire par politique de rupture. Commentant l’affaire de coffre-fort, SAJ dit espérer que la force policière mène proprement son enquête. Il a, dans le même souffle, reproché à certains policiers d’être dans le camp de Navin Ramgoolam. Il a aussi avancé que c’est pour cela qu’il ne peut avoir aucune assurance de ce qui va se passer. Il dit espérer que la police produira en cour les cartes de crédit qui ont été retrouvées dans son coffre-fort.

     

    Le ministre Mentor a également mis les électeurs en garde contre d’éventuelles promesses que compte faire Navin Ramgoolam lors de la prochaine campagne électorale. Il affirme que cela ne lui étonnera pas s’il propose Rs 5 000 de plus pour la pension de vieillesse. Il a aussi déclaré que le pays est actuellement entre de bonnes mains et que le Premier ministre est en train de travailler nuit et jour pour la population. Il a notamment cité le salaire minimum ainsi que la Negative Income Tax qui témoigne, selon lui, de l’intérêt que porte le PM envers la population. En ce qu’il s’agit de la fourniture d’eau 24/7, SAJ a déclaré que 440 kilomètres de tuyaux “pourris” ont été remplacés et que ce n’est pas facile de réaliser une telle promesse lors d’un seul mandat. Il a déclaré que la population verra des résultats si elle venait à renouveler sa confiance dans le gouvernement actuel.

     

    À noter que plusieurs autres orateurs ont également pris la parole lors de cette fonction, dont l’ancien Attorney General, Ravi Yeerigadoo, qui a rendu un grand hommage à Prakash Maunthrooa, membre du Mouvement socialiste militant (MSM).

     

     

     

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  • Rocks from Mars to be sent back to Earth in bold quest to find past life

    Collaboration between Nasa and Europe means by 2031 we could have genuine chunks of rock from the red planet to study here

    A bold plan to send a rover to Mars to collect rocks and then fly them back to Earth is taking shape as part of a joint project between Nasa and the European Space Agency (ESA).
    The $7bn (£5.5bn) plan recently won support from authorities at Nasa, and this week the member states of the ESA are expected to give their backing to the plan too.
    The complex trip, known as “Mars Sample Return”, will ultimately aim to bring back just half a kilogram of rocks to Earth, and will take more than a decade to achieve.
    But scientists believe the colossal effort could be worth it as it will provide the best chance for in-depth analysis of rocks from certain parts of the planet, which could reveal whether there has ever been life on Mars.
    The plan requires no fewer than three heavy rocket launches from Earth to achieve, as well as the first ever rocket take-off from another planet to launch the return journey.
    “It’s as complicated as sending humans to the moon,” Brian Muirhead, lead MSR planner at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, told Science magazine.
    In addition to using the rocks to search for clues of life having developed, geologists will also be able to learn more about the past environments of the red planet, which previously had a thicker atmosphere and liquid water on its surface, like Earth.
    The whole project will piggyback on the existing Mars 2020 rover mission, set to launch in July.
    The car-sized rover will touch down near Jezero Crater, a fossilised river delta in Mars’ northern hemisphere, thought to be 4 billion years old.
    With its six wheels and suite of high-tech instruments, the rover will scour the surrounding rocks for evidence that alien microbes once lived on the red planet.
    For the Mars Sample Return project, the rover will drill into the rock and then store cores in purpose-built tubes, which can then be stored within the craft, or cached for later retrieval.
    In 2028, a second craft will be launched from Earth and land on Mars. This will then find the samples and load them into a rocket.
    The rocket will be fired from the surface of Mars, up to a satellite in orbit around the planet. The craft will then return to Earth and the samples will be ejected and are forecast to crash down in the desert in the US state of Utah in 2031.
    In total the ESA contribution will be around €1.5bn (£1.29bn) over 10 years.

    (Source: TheIndependent)

     

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  • Rocks from Mars to be sent back to Earth in bold quest to find past life

    Collaboration between Nasa and Europe means by 2031 we could have genuine chunks of rock from the red planet to study here

    A bold plan to send a rover to Mars to collect rocks and then fly them back to Earth is taking shape as part of a joint project between Nasa and the European Space Agency (ESA).
    The $7bn (£5.5bn) plan recently won support from authorities at Nasa, and this week the member states of the ESA are expected to give their backing to the plan too.
    The complex trip, known as “Mars Sample Return”, will ultimately aim to bring back just half a kilogram of rocks to Earth, and will take more than a decade to achieve.
    But scientists believe the colossal effort could be worth it as it will provide the best chance for in-depth analysis of rocks from certain parts of the planet, which could reveal whether there has ever been life on Mars.
    The plan requires no fewer than three heavy rocket launches from Earth to achieve, as well as the first ever rocket take-off from another planet to launch the return journey.
    “It’s as complicated as sending humans to the moon,” Brian Muirhead, lead MSR planner at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, told Science magazine.
    In addition to using the rocks to search for clues of life having developed, geologists will also be able to learn more about the past environments of the red planet, which previously had a thicker atmosphere and liquid water on its surface, like Earth.
    The whole project will piggyback on the existing Mars 2020 rover mission, set to launch in July.
    The car-sized rover will touch down near Jezero Crater, a fossilised river delta in Mars’ northern hemisphere, thought to be 4 billion years old.
    With its six wheels and suite of high-tech instruments, the rover will scour the surrounding rocks for evidence that alien microbes once lived on the red planet.
    For the Mars Sample Return project, the rover will drill into the rock and then store cores in purpose-built tubes, which can then be stored within the craft, or cached for later retrieval.
    In 2028, a second craft will be launched from Earth and land on Mars. This will then find the samples and load them into a rocket.
    The rocket will be fired from the surface of Mars, up to a satellite in orbit around the planet. The craft will then return to Earth and the samples will be ejected and are forecast to crash down in the desert in the US state of Utah in 2031.
    In total the ESA contribution will be around €1.5bn (£1.29bn) over 10 years.

    (Source: TheIndependent)

     

  • ‘You can hear the bombing right now’: Trump claims a ceasefire in Syria is working – but the casualties pile up

    In the town of Tal Tamr, Richard Hall finds that a ceasefire announced with great fanfare by Donald Trump is non-existent

    A black cloud looms over Tal Tamr. Great plumes of smoke rise from burning tyres lit by fighters defending this town, in northeast Syria, as they try in vain to block the view of the Turkish aircraft hunting them on the frontline a few miles away.
    Residents of the surrounding villages are leaving in droves as the fighting draws closer. Wounded soldiers and civilians trickle in at the town’s only hospital. An American Apache helicopter circles above the fray, observing but not engaging – a metaphor not lost on the people below.
    Hours earlier, Donald Trump declared from the White House that a ceasefire here was “holding very well”. For those living in the path of Turkey’s offensive, it was as if he was describing an alternate reality.
    “What is he talking about? There is no ceasefire. You can hear the sound of helicopters and bombing right now,” says Dr Hassan Amin, the beleaguered director of Tal Tamr hospital.
    No sooner has the doctor finished talking than a man is rushed into the emergency room with deep wounds on his leg and arm, his face covered in soot. He was hit by a mortar strike as he rode his motorcycle in a village to the north.
    It has been like this for a month. This hospital alone has recorded more than 144 deaths and 600 wounded, most of them civilians. Just days ago, two civilians were killed by a Turkish drone strike as they travelled in their car near Tal Abyad.
    “We haven’t seen casualties like this before,” says Dr Amin. “When we were fighting Isis, 99 per cent of casualties were bullets. Now all of them are wounded by airstrikes, shelling and rockets. People are coming without arms and legs, some with parts of their torsos missing.”
    For the people of northeast Syria, the president’s words were yet another reminder of their abandonment by the US. They showed an administration completely detached from this conflict, apparently uninterested in its outcome.
    For three years, the US provided support and arms to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight and defeat the Isis caliphate. That support was abruptly withdrawn by Mr Trump last month, when the president gave Turkey the greenlight to attack their longtime foe.
    Turkey launched its attack on 9 October, aiming to clear away the SDF from the border and implement a “safe zone” some 20 miles deep. Ankara views the Kurdish YPG militia, the largest component of the SDF, as a terror organisation for what it says are links to a group that has led a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state. It says the safe zone is necessary for its own security.
    More than 200,000 people have fled their homes and hundreds have been killed in the fighting since the offensive began. A ceasefire brokered by the Trump administration between the two sides last month was supposed to end the fighting in return for the lifting of US sanctions against Turkey.
    But Syrian rebel forces, backed by Turkish airstrikes and artillery, have continued to push on against the SDF, capturing villages on the outskirts of Tal Tamr and threatening the town itself.
    Many in this diverse region of northeast Syria fear Turkey aims to dramatically alter its ethnic make-up. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has promised to resettle 1 million Syrians displaced from other parts of the country in his proposed “safe zone”. To carry out the job, he has sent a patchwork fighting force of Syrian rebels, many of whom have a record of atrocities and have openly threatened to kill “infidels” – a reference to non-Muslims.
    Gruesome videos have emerged of Turkish-backed fighters summarily executing Kurdish civilians as they captured a large area between the border cities of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad. A Kurdish politician named Hevrin Khalaf, and her driver, were among the first killed.
    Video recorded by one of the fighters at the scene showed the 35-year-old stopped in her car on a road in the path of the offensive. An autopsy report found that she was shot in the head at close range and her body mutilated.
    Numerous reports of similar killings have emerged since, including the summary executions of captured fighters. It has sparked panic and fear among Kurdish, Assyrian Christians and Yazidi communities that live in the area.
    At a church in the centre of the town, Priest Boghos Ichya has just finished a solemn service.
    “The majority of Christians have left their villages and came to Tal Tamr in the last week,” he say.
    The area’s Christian community has slowly been recovering from the damage done by Isis. In 2015, a similar wave of displacement befell them when the terror group besieged the town.
    “This is nothing new. It has been happening since the time of Jesus,” the priest says. “We have suffered a lot in our land.”
    Christian militias are now fighting on the frontlines to defend those villages. Some have changed hands and back again between the two sides in the last few days. Turkish jets and drones, a constant presence in the sky above Tal Tamr, are making the battle difficult.
    “We didn’t want to do the same thing we did with Isis when they came and took everything before,” says Jack Yuonadan, the church’s singer. “Besides, we don’t have anywhere to go now, so we decided to stay and fight.”
    The apparently ethnically motivated killings carried out by Turkey’s proxy army has caused widespread fear among all ethnic communities here. Many fear they will never be able to go back.
    “They came for the Kurds. They came to kill us all,” says 18-year-old Hassan Omar Yunus, at a displacement camp a few miles down the road from Tal Tamr.
    Nearly 200 families have arrived at this camp since it opened on 1 November. Yunus fled the city of Ras al-Ayn when fighting first began in early October. He went to Tal Tamr, where he stayed until a few days ago, when the battle came to the outskirts of the town. The supposed ceasefire touted by Trump never arrived.
    “We hope to return home, but now we cannot. For sure they will kill us or kidnap us. Some people we know went back to get their stuff and they were kidnapped,” he says.
    Basimad Daoud and her family, who are also stranded in the newly built camp, have more reason than most to fear the Islamist fighters who now occupy their village near Ras al-Ayn. They are both Kurdish and Yazidi. She sees little difference between the fighters who are on the march in northeast Syria and those of Isis.
    “Our neighbours, who were Arab, told us to leave. They said when they come they will kill you,” says the 41-year-old.
    “When we saw the murder of the politician, Hevrin Khalaf, they did the same thing that Isis did.”
    “We were afraid they would kill us or take us as sex slaves,” she adds, referring to enslavement of thousands of Yazidi women by Isis in 2015.
    Everyone in the camp has a similar story of fleeing in fear. Many have lost family in the fighting, or lost their homes. But the news of these casualties has not reached a distracted Trump.
    As new arrivals to the camp stepped into the tents that would be their home for the foreseeable future, Mr Trump sat alongside Turkey’s president and said the Kurds were “very happy about the way things are going”.
    There is now a sense of confusion in here about exactly what the US wants, especially from Washington’s one-time ally.
    “The ceasefire didn’t work for even one minute,” Mustafa Bali, the SDF’s spokesperson, tells The Independent. “After it was announced they took six villages. Now, as we are talking, fighting is going on.”
    “America has forces here on the ground. There are hundreds of journalists here, they can all see there is no ceasefire. If Trump cannot see what is going on, I don’t know what to say.”
    The war here has become a surreal spectacle. Outside of Tal Tamr, people watch US military vehicles on patrol, passing trucks filled with people on their way to displacement camps. They can see US Apache helicopters flying above in the same airspace as the Turkish drones and jets bombing them. Hundreds of miles to the east, US troops that once protected them now stand guard over oil fields. In the middle of it all, Turkey and Russia carry out their own joint patrols.
    Their fate, it seems, is being decided elsewhere. And they are unsure who is friend, and who is foe.
    “They are throwing everything at us. Putin is clapping for them, Trump is clapping for them. If there is no one to stop them, of course they will come,” says Dr Amin.

    (Source: TheIndependent)

  • Indian city’s cow dung ban leaves a bitter taste for street food vendors

    Stall owners fear for livelihoods, saying burning dung essential to flavour of Bihari favourites

    The tantalising scent of freshly cooked dough rises from Brij Bihari Rai’s food stall outside Patna zoo. Sitting on top of the grill is Rai’s specialty, litti chokha, stuffed wheat flour balls tossed in ghee and served with mashed aubergine or potato on the side. But there is another ingredient, Rai says, that is essential to the dish’s distinctive flavour.
    “Cow dung flame, smoke and ashes add a special taste to this dish and that’s why food lovers rush to our stall to relish the food,” he said.
    Yet Rai is one of about 5,000 street vendors in Patna, the capital of Bihar state, who say their livelihoods are under threat.
    After the air quality in Patna declined to severe levels, the state government banned the domestic burning of both cow dung and coal, blaming them for the pollution.
    But without the smoke from the cakes of cow dung to cook and flavour their food, vendors say their dishes will be ruined.
    “People visit our stalls just because of special tastes. Who would come to us when the food is not tasty?” said Rai, who has been doing a roaring trade since the popular Bollywood actor Aamir Khan stopped by in 2012 for a taste of the typical countryside dish. A photograph of Khan tucking into his litti chokha still hangs proudly on Rai’s stall.
    The government has promised to supply the vendors with gas canister stoves to replace the traditional fuels, but Rai said gas is no substitute. “The ban on coal and cow dung simply means we will have to shut down our business.”
    Other street food vendors in Patna said they too could not make their food without the traditional fuels. Fritters, another favourite often referenced in the speeches of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, are made with batter which is deep fried in oil over cow dung or coal flames to make them crunchy, before being served with chutney.
    Baban Sao, who runs a stall outside a government hospital, said: “I came to Patna to earn a livelihood and opened the fritter shop finding good potential in it, but now it looks like we have to shut down our shop after ban order.”
    Sao, 52, earns about 1,000 rupees (£11) a day and a good amount of that income is spent on buying coal. “It’s the coal which adds taste to the food and foodies love to eat them with fried green chilli,” he said.
    Vishal Anand, programme coordinator of the National Association of Street Vendors of India, said the ban would affect more than 5,000 street vendors because the majority of them were largely dependent on cow dung cakes or coal.
    Patna is not the first place in India to ban the burning of cow dung. In 2015, the fuel was banned in the areas around the Taj Mahal, in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state, out of concerns that the smoke was staining the mausoleum, turning the white marble yellow.
    Last year Patna became the seventh most polluted city in the world, according to Greenpeace. Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, a Bihar official, said the ban was essential for the environment. “We have banned burning of cow dung and coal keeping in view the rising air pollution and environmental concerns,” he said.

    (Source: TheGuardian)

  • UK set to defy UN deadline to return Chagos Islands

    Refusal to return archipelago to Mauritius ‘lawless’ and ‘reflects colonial mindset’ says barrister

    Britain’s “outright defiance” of a UN deadline to hand the Chagos Islands to Mauritius by Friday, in a final act of African “decolonisation”, has been condemned by Mauritius and the globally-scattered communities of exiled islanders.
    The UK’s refusal to end its occupation of the Indian Ocean archipelago is expected to be marked by protests outside the UK high commission in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, organised by those who were forcibly deported more than 40 years ago and their descendants.
    The Labour party’s election manifesto, published on Thursday, pledges to allow Chagossians to resettle in their homeland.
    Earlier this year, the UN general assembly voted by an overwhelming majority of 116 to six countries in favour of a motion condemning Britain’s occupation of the remote islands and demanding what the Foreign Office terms British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) be reunified with Mauritius.
    An advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, found the islands had been illegally severed from Mauritius in the 1960s. The president of the ICJ, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, urged the UK and other member states to “complete the decolonisation of Mauritius”.
    The UK regards neither the ICJ judgment nor the UN motion as binding.
    The UN vote in May, which underlined Britain’s diplomatic isolation in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, set a six-month deadline for UK withdrawal, which expires on Friday. The Chagos archipelago is the last African territory to be held by the UK.
    Diego Garcia, the largest island in the archipelago, is now a strategically-important US military base used by American bombers on long-range missions and, in the past, for rendition flights carrying terrorism suspects.
    Speaking at the UN last month, Jagdish Dharamchand Koonjul, the permanent representative of Mauritius, said: “The response of the United Kingdom to [the UN deadline of 22 November] has been one of outright defiance.”
    Koonjul described the UK’s position as disrespectful of the ICJ and the UN. “The time has come for the United Kingdom to comply with the international rule of law which it has so long championed,” he said.
    The UK’s representative, Dame Karen Pierce, said Britain remained clear that it held sovereignty over BIOT and was providing a £40m support package to improve the livelihoods of Chagossians.
    About 1,500 islanders were forcibly deported from 1968 to 1973 so Diego Garcia could be leased to the US for an airbase. They have never been allowed to return apart from a few short “heritage” visits.
    Prof Philippe Sands QC, who represented Mauritius at The Hague, said: “The failure to give effect to the [ICJ] ruling and general assembly decision is lawless and deeply regrettable, a reflection of a continuing colonial mindset. It undermines the UK’s supposed commitment to the rule of law.
    “It will serve merely to enhance that sense of international isolation, no different from South Africa in relation to Namibia in the 1970s.
    “In the eyes of many, the forcible removal of the Chagossians, and the continuing refusal to allow them to return, after the ICJ and general assembly have spoken so clearly, is akin to a crime against humanity – all the more so after 22 November. The court has made crystal clear that Chagos is and has always been a part of Mauritius.”
    Most of the islanders and their descendants live in Mauritius, the Seychelles or the UK, where there have been attempts to deport third-generation Chagossians on the grounds that even if their grandparents would have been entitled to UK residency they are not.
    Olivier Bancoult, the leader of the Chagos Refugees Group UK, said protests were planned outside the British high commission in Port Louis on Friday.
    He said: “[We] call on all world leaders – and particularly the UK government – to take this opportunity to engage directly with the Chagossian community … and to recognise Chagossians’ right to determine their own future, and the future of their islands.
    “It’s time the government engaged directly with the Chagossian community across the world, deliver support for Chagossian return and offer proper support for those still living in exile.”
    Among those who have called on the UK to respect the ICJ ruling is the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who sent a letter to Theresa May in the summer expressing concern that “the government appears ready to disregard international law and ignore a ruling of the international court and the right of the Chagossians to return to their homes”.
    Third-generation Chagossians who come to the UK via the Seychelles or Mauritius can face deportation. The Home Office initially told Jeanette Valentin, who lives in Milton Keynes, that both of her daughters, Taniella and Nesta, would be removed when they reached the age of 20.
    Lawyers intervened and successfully obtained citizenship rights for both teenagers. “They can now go to university in Britain,” a relieved Valentin said at the time.
    Alexander Finch, a solicitor at the law firm Fragomen, who took up her case, added: “Had Jeanette been able to pass on British citizenship to her children this application, and its costs, would never have been necessary.
    “We hope the Home Office will review its policy towards third-generation Chagossians recognising their unique historical connection to Britain.”
    A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “The UK has no doubt as to our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814. Mauritius has never held sovereignty over the BIOT and the UK does not recognise its claim.”

    (Source: TheGuardian)

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    Suivant en milieu du peloton, le fils de Dynasty a du puiser dans ses réserves pour venir à bout du véloce Henry Tudor dans l’ultime foulée. Il permet au nouveau jockey Diego de Gouveia de signer sa première victoire sur notre turf et par la même occasion, il égale le record de la distance.

  • Maiden Cup 2019: White River en roue libre

    Invaincu sur notre turf en quatre occasions, le crack White River a remis cela de fort belle manière en enlevant la Maiden Cup avec une facilité déconcertante. Il signe par la même occasion une cinquième victoire consécutive et sa troisième victoire classique après la Duchesse et le Barbé.

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    Rafael Nadal fired hosts Spain into the Davis Cup final as he joined Feliciano Lopez to win a thrilling late-night doubles and seal a nail-biting 2-1 victory over Britain on Saturday.

    The world number one, playing like a man possessed, sent a capacity crowd in the Magic Box wild as he almost single-handedly hauled his country home and set up a final with Canada in the inaugural edition of the revamped competition on Sunday.

    With the semi-final on a knife edge at 1-1 after the singles were shared, Nadal and veteran Lopez came through an electrifying doubles clash against Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, winning 7-6(3) 7-6(8) to take five-time winners Spain into their first Davis Cup final since 2012.

    Just as on the previous night against Argentina in the quarter-finals, Nadal first had to win his singles to drag his team level after Lopez was outplayed 6-3 7-6 by Kyle Edmund.

    Nadal completed that task with a 6-4 6-0 win over Dan Evans, which extended his incredible run of Davis Cup singles wins to 28 since 2004, and, just like 24 hours earlier, he bounded back on court around half an hour later for a doubles decider.

    In a match of gut-wrenching tension played in front of a frenzied soccer-style crowd in the 12,500-seater stadium, Nadal, 33, and Lopez, 38, squeezed out the first set on a tiebreak in which every single point felt like a drama.

    With the clock ticking well past midnight yet again, the inspired British pair kept their noses in front on serve in the second set and when Lopez made a horrible mess of a smash on the Nadal serve at 5-6 they had a set point.

    Nadal saved that one with a nerveless forehand winner down the line but there was more trouble for Spain in the tiebreak.

    After an angry Nadal clashed with the umpire Britain led 6-4 but Lopez saved the first set point with a big serve and then Nadal produced miracles to flick a lob over Murray before putting away a smash as the Scot replied with a lob.

    It felt like Nadal was tackling Britain on his own as he saved a fourth set point with a monstrous forehand that whistled past Murray. Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, sitting at courtside after being left out, could not look.

    Spain then had a match point which Nadal miscued, but when Skupski bunted a volley long it meant Lopez had a service point to seal it, and he delivered.

    DRAMATIC COMPETITION

    “Rafa Rafa” the crowd bellowed as they saluted their hero and he will need them behind him again in Sunday’s climax against Canada at the end of an exhausting week.

    “This competition is dramatic and with this new format even more,” Nadal said on court. “It was very close. We knew it was going to be a very tough battle. But we found a way.”

    Lopez was close to tears at the end and who could blame him after the tension of two dramatic hours.

    “I’m living the dream,” he said. “It’s a very special moment. Rafa hit an unbelievable lob when we were down in the break 6-4. We are really happy and have a great opportunity to hold this trophy tomorrow.”

    Canada reached their first Davis Cup final after Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil, who have played every rubber for their side this week, beat Russian duo Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov as their semi-final also went to the wire.

    Pospisil’s run of three straight singles wins here came to an end in the opener against an inspired Rublev, the Russian winning 6-4 6-4.

    Shapovalov levelled the tie when he beat Khachanov 6-4 4-6 6-4 before the Canadian duo edged the doubles 6-3 3-6 7-6(5).

    “I don’t think any of us expected that we could get this far,” Shapovalov said. “You have to have a little bit of luck on your side and just play some ridiculous tennis and play at a ridiculous level. It’s dream to be in the final.”

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  • Inspired Nadal fires Spain into Davis Cup final against Canada

    Rafael Nadal fired hosts Spain into the Davis Cup final as he joined Feliciano Lopez to win a thrilling late-night doubles and seal a nail-biting 2-1 victory over Britain on Saturday.

    The world number one, playing like a man possessed, sent a capacity crowd in the Magic Box wild as he almost single-handedly hauled his country home and set up a final with Canada in the inaugural edition of the revamped competition on Sunday.

    With the semi-final on a knife edge at 1-1 after the singles were shared, Nadal and veteran Lopez came through an electrifying doubles clash against Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, winning 7-6(3) 7-6(8) to take five-time winners Spain into their first Davis Cup final since 2012.

    Just as on the previous night against Argentina in the quarter-finals, Nadal first had to win his singles to drag his team level after Lopez was outplayed 6-3 7-6 by Kyle Edmund.

    Nadal completed that task with a 6-4 6-0 win over Dan Evans, which extended his incredible run of Davis Cup singles wins to 28 since 2004, and, just like 24 hours earlier, he bounded back on court around half an hour later for a doubles decider.

    In a match of gut-wrenching tension played in front of a frenzied soccer-style crowd in the 12,500-seater stadium, Nadal, 33, and Lopez, 38, squeezed out the first set on a tiebreak in which every single point felt like a drama.

    With the clock ticking well past midnight yet again, the inspired British pair kept their noses in front on serve in the second set and when Lopez made a horrible mess of a smash on the Nadal serve at 5-6 they had a set point.

    Nadal saved that one with a nerveless forehand winner down the line but there was more trouble for Spain in the tiebreak.

    After an angry Nadal clashed with the umpire Britain led 6-4 but Lopez saved the first set point with a big serve and then Nadal produced miracles to flick a lob over Murray before putting away a smash as the Scot replied with a lob.

    It felt like Nadal was tackling Britain on his own as he saved a fourth set point with a monstrous forehand that whistled past Murray. Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, sitting at courtside after being left out, could not look.

    Spain then had a match point which Nadal miscued, but when Skupski bunted a volley long it meant Lopez had a service point to seal it, and he delivered.

    DRAMATIC COMPETITION

    “Rafa Rafa” the crowd bellowed as they saluted their hero and he will need them behind him again in Sunday’s climax against Canada at the end of an exhausting week.

    “This competition is dramatic and with this new format even more,” Nadal said on court. “It was very close. We knew it was going to be a very tough battle. But we found a way.”

    Lopez was close to tears at the end and who could blame him after the tension of two dramatic hours.

    “I’m living the dream,” he said. “It’s a very special moment. Rafa hit an unbelievable lob when we were down in the break 6-4. We are really happy and have a great opportunity to hold this trophy tomorrow.”

    Canada reached their first Davis Cup final after Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil, who have played every rubber for their side this week, beat Russian duo Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov as their semi-final also went to the wire.

    Pospisil’s run of three straight singles wins here came to an end in the opener against an inspired Rublev, the Russian winning 6-4 6-4.

    Shapovalov levelled the tie when he beat Khachanov 6-4 4-6 6-4 before the Canadian duo edged the doubles 6-3 3-6 7-6(5).

    “I don’t think any of us expected that we could get this far,” Shapovalov said. “You have to have a little bit of luck on your side and just play some ridiculous tennis and play at a ridiculous level. It’s dream to be in the final.”

  • Rahm holds off Fleetwood for double Dubai delight

    Spain’s Jon Rahm claimed the Race to Dubai title on Sunday after he held off fellow contender Tommy Fleetwood to secure a one-shot victory at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

    Rahm opened up a six-shot advantage after seven holes at Jumeirah Golf Estates before Fleetwood made a late charge, finishing with a final round 65 to set the clubhouse target at 18-under.

    Needing a birdie at the final hole to beat Fleetwood’s mark, Rahm produced a sublime bunker shot to within three feet before rolling home to secure the Harry Vardon Trophy.

    The 25-year-old Rahm became the second Spaniard after the late Seve Ballesteros to win the European Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai crown or its predecessor, the Order of Merit.

    “Seve was such an idol for us,” Rahm said. “To put my name there, it’s hard to believe. I can’t believe some of the things I have accomplished.”

    Fleetwood’s putter was hot on the back nine as he holed long putts on the 15th and 17th before a spectacular chip on the last moved him alongside Rahm, who scripted a remarkable finish of his own to lift his sixth European Tour title.

    Rahm takes home $3 million for his win in Dubai as well as a $2 million bonus for topping the 2019 money list.

    “It was such an up and down day,” he added. “I had a six-shot lead and I came down 18 needing a birdie to win.

    “But how many times do you dream of having to birdie the last to win a tournament?”

    Mike Lorenzo-Vera, who started the day with a share of the overnight lead, slipped two behind when he took two chips to get out of rough on his way to bogeying the third.

    The Frenchman recovered with two birdies on the back nine to sign for a 70 and seal a third-placed finish.

    Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre won the 2019 rookie race with a solid round of 69 to finish tied-14th.

    World number two Rory McIlroy finished seven shots off the lead with a sluggish round of 73, one clear of last year’s Dubai winner Danny Willett and two ahead of Sergio Garcia, Tom Lewis and Thomas Pieters.

  • Federer and Zverev Mexico City match breaks world attendance record

    Broadcaster ESPN claimed a new world record for attendance at a tennis match on Saturday, with more than 42,000 people watching Germany’s Alexander Zverev go down 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 to Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Mexico City.

    That smashed an almost decade-old record of 35,681 set at an exhibition game between Belgian Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in Belgium in 2010.

    ESPN put the exact number of fans in Mexico City’s bullring at 42,517.

    Even before Saturday’s match, Federer had announced his intention to set a new world record for attendance when he meets Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in South Africa in February.

    That duel will be staged at the Cape Town Stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000. It will also have the draw of a preceding doubles match in which Federer will partner Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Nadal will play alongside South African comedian Trevor Noah.

  • Free tickets get British fans making late dash to Madrid

    British tennis fans have made a last-minute dash to Madrid to cheer their team on against Spain after the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) offered free tickets for the semi-final tie.

    Former world number one Andy Murray had got the ball rolling after Britain’s win over Germany on Friday, putting out a message on social media for fans to get in touch if they wanted a ticket for the match at La Caja Magica.

    The LTA confirmed that it would honour Murray’s pledge with tickets for those who responded.

    Around 900 tickets have been taken, according to the BBC.

    “Unfortunately, due to the incredible demand if you’ve not been contacted yet we won’t be able to offer tickets but please do keep supporting the team at home and across social media,” the LTA said on Twitter on Saturday.

    Britain will need all the help they can get with world number one Rafael Nadal leading the Spanish challenge.

    Murray may not even play in the tie after being left out of the last two matches — wins over Kakakhstan and Germany.

    His brother Jamie, who could play in the deciding doubles rubber if the singles are shared, said: “”All the tickets available have been taken…it’s an incredible effort by you guys (the fans) and we’re looking forward to seeing you.”

    Tickets for the semi-final were on sale from 75 euros.

    The Davis Cup Finals are taking place in Madrid and are the first edition of the revamped team event in which 18 nations have battled throughout the week with the final on Sunday.

    Previous Davis Cups have had a 16-team World Group with ties played at home venues throughout the year.

    The change has been controversial and the week has been marked by hundreds of empty seats for the ties taking place across three courts.

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