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Rahul Gandhi [in picture] warns of earthquake if he speaks in parliament [VIDEO]Twitter/Office of RGMore than five hours into vote counting, the Congress is looking down the barrel. Let alone crossing 100 seats, the Grand Old Party hasn’t made sure it will become the official Opposition party in the Lok Sabha.Rahul Gandhi-led Congress is leading in merely 50 seats now while the BJP is leading in 293. If Congress manages to hold on to the lead position, it will end up with 50 seats, some 5 seats short of the requirement to become the official Opposition party. It will be no consolation that the party will have managed to win some six seats more than its tally in the previous election.In the last Lok Sabha, Congress made Karnataka strongman Mallikarjun Kharge its parliamentary party leader as it was clear that Rahul Gandhi would not be able to become the Opposition leader.If the lead position doesn’t turn significantly in favour of the Congress, this time too Rahul will be deprived of the Opposition leader’s position.The Congress and its supporters would never have expected such a dismal performance from a party that aimed big and proclaimed the intent to unseat Narendra Modi at any cost.Though Congress knew that its UPA alliance wasn’t going to get enough seats to form a government it still nourished serious hopes of stitching together a coalition with the other anti-BJP regional parties like the SP, BSP, TMC or YSRCP.What next for Congress? What next for Rahul?This election result would pose serious questions to Congress and its leadership. In 2014, when Congress was reduced to an all-time low of 44 seats, the ‘one-off Modi wave’ was pointed out as the reason. This time round, Rahul pulled out all stops in confronting Modi government. Issues ranging from corruption, economy, GST, demonetisation, secularism and the increasing concerns of minorities under the BJP government were all used to the hilt to drum up support across India. Close PM Modi lists out abuses hurled at him, Inside Congress’s dictionary of love Yet the campaign has failed miserably. It will be interesting to see how Congress and Rahul would explain away the outcome and chart out a future course of action.In a shocking turn of events Rahul himself is struggling to hold on to his family bastion of Amethi where Smriti Irani is putting up a stiff fight. If you look at where Congress has won seats. it’s clear that the support remains only in Kerala, Punjab and in Tamil Nadu, to a certain extent. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/7:14Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:13?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
India’s top three private sector banks are expected to report mixed results in the first quarter ended June 2016 on a year-on-year (YoY) basis. While HDFC Bank’s net profit is likely to have grown 20 percent, Axis Bank is estimated to have remained flat and ICICI Bank’s net profit is again expected to fall.Overall, the banking sector is expected to report better results in the first quarter (Q1FY2017) due to increased sale of non-core assets, lower cost of funds and bond gains, according to brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Limited (MOSL).HDFC BankMumbai-based HDFC Bank is likely to see its net profit grow 20 percent YoY to Rs. 3,234 crore aided by better operating performance and asset quality. Its June 2015 net profit was Rs. 2,695 crore.”Strong operating performance (20%+ PPP growth) and healthy asset quality (GNPA to remain stable QoQ at 0.9%) would lead to 20%+ YoY earnings growth in 1QFY17,” said MOSL. The bank’s loan portfolio is likely to have grown 28 percent YoY on the back of an uptick in retail and corporate loans. Key estimates:Net profit: Rs. 3,234 crore (up 20.2 percent, YoY)Net interest income: Rs. 7,807 crore (up 22.2 percent, YoY)Net income: Rs. 10,629 croreGross NPA: 0.9 percent (1 percent in June 2015 quarter)Shares of HDFC Bank were trading at Rs. 1,199.50 apiece, up 0.10 percent at around 11 a.m. on the BSE on Tuesday.ICICI BankIndia’s largest-private sector lender is not expected to see its bad loan woes lessen in the June 2016 quarter, despite loans growing at around 13 percent, same as reported in the June 2015 quarter. Higher borrowing costs are expected to dent the bank’s net profit by 21.5 percent YoY to Rs. 2,336 crore, according to MOSL.”We expect moderate loan growth of 12-13% YoY (similar to the last quarter) to continue. Retail loan growth has picked up over the last two years and is expected to remain a key driver of loan growth…led by higher credit cost, we factor in a 22% YoY decline in earnings,” the brokerage said.Key estimates:Net profit: Rs. 2,336.9 crore (down 20.2 percent, YoY)Net interest income: Rs. 5,463 crore (up 6.8 percent, YoY)Net income: Rs. 8,635 croreGross NPA: 6.6 percent (3.6 percent in June 2015 quarter)The ICICI Bank stock was trading at Rs. 255.35, up 2.2 percent at around 11.17 a.m.Axis BankThe third-largest private sector lender by assets is likely to see net profit rise 0.8 percent YoY to Rs. 1,994 crore on the back of double-digit growth in loans and lower deposit costs.”We expect loan growth to be healthy at ~21% YoY. Deposit growth is likely to be lower at ~14% YoY â€“ AXSB is utilizing infra bonds and the refinancing window effectively…We expect slightly higher proportion of slippages in 1HFY17, leading to higher credit costs (150bp annualized v/s 74bp in 4QFY16),” MOSL said in its note.Key estimates:Net profit: Rs. 1,994 crore (up 0.8 percent, YoY)Net interest income: Rs. 4,591 crore (up 13.2 percent, YoY)Net income: Rs. 6,890 croreGross NPA: 6.6 percent (1.4 percent in June 2015 quarter)Axis Bank shares were trading at Rs. 552.70, up 1.53 percent, at around 11.55 a.m.Banking sector earnings trends for June 2016 quarter (according to MOSL):Earnings to come in better QoQ, as 2HFY16 earnings were marred by asset quality review (AQR)-related stress addition and provisioning.Non-core income and reduction in cost of funds likely to support earnings.NII to be flat QoQ and YoY for state-owned banks, but grow 17% YoY and 3% QoQ for private sector banks.The RBI’s tough stance on the cleanup of balance sheets by March 2017 would weigh on banks’ asset quality. However, following the RBI’s AQR and the cleanup exercise taken by banks, we expect stress to come down sharply QoQ.The moderate demand environment is likely to result in 10-11% YoY deposit/loan growth in 1QFY17. Saddled with NPAs, state-owned banks’ growth is likely to fall short of the industry average.Core revenue growth is likely to remain muted YoY, led by moderate balance sheet growth, declining margins YoY and moderate fee income growth. Non-core revenue and contained opex is likely to support core pre-provision operating profit (PPoP) growth.
Fact fileAnger mounted in London on Wednesday over a devastating tower block blaze which killed at least 17 people, as police said some of the victims were left unrecognisable by the blaze.Locals yelled questions at Mayor Sadiq Khan as he walked through the west London neighbourhood where the 24-storey Grenfell Tower went up in flames early on Wednesday.”How many children died? What are you going to do about it?” a boy asked Khan, as the mayor tried to stop tensions rising further.”You can see the anger for the community, justifiably so,” he said.”Many people have been saying for some time now, their concerns about the housing we’re talking about now, but also other tower blocks around London.”Grenfell Tower was home to around 600 people and whole families remain missing after the fire, which forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety.Of the 17 victims found by emergency services so far, six were outside the tower, while it has not yet been deemed safe enough to recover the 11 bodies found inside.”They are simply not recognisable because of the fire,” Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police’s identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower.One of the victims was named as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.”Mohammed undertook a dangerous journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the UK, in his own home,” the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.As the fire continued to burn more than 36 hours after the blaze started, police commander Stuart Cundy said he did not expect to find any survivors.”There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody. The process will be very long. We’re talking weeks, we’re talking months,” he said.Cause of fire unknownQuestions are growing about how the flames spread so quickly, engulfing the tower’s 120 apartments in what fire chiefs said was an unprecedented blaze.The focus of criticism centres on the cladding fitted to external walls on the 1970s concrete block as part of a £8.7 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) refit completed last year.According to the BBC, the cladding had a plastic core and was similar to that used by high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, which had also suffered fires that spread.Rydon, the firm responsible for the refit, said the project “met all required building regulations”.Harley Facades, which fitted the panels, told the BBC: “At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.”London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said they still did not the cause of the fire, where it started or why it spread in such a way.’Shaken to the core’Earlier on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry, an official review of action by public institutions.In addition to debate over the cladding, questions have also been raised over why there was no sprinkler system in the Grenfell Tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or any central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents.Official fire service advice for residents to stay in their homes and use towels to block out smoke, while awaiting help, has also come under scrutiny.Local lawmaker Emma Dent Coad said grieving families had “lost their loved ones and their communities have been shaken to the core. They need answers”.Fellow London MP Harriet Harman urged politicians to pursue the inquiry without delay, warning Fire Minister Nick Hurd if they didn’t act “you and all of us are culpable”.Emergency fundGrenfell Tower is part of a social housing estate in north Kensington, just streets away from some of the most expensive homes in the world in Notting Hill.Residents have said their safety concerns were ignored, arguing their fears would have been addressed before the tragedy had they lived in a more upmarket area of London.”If this happened somewhere near Knightsbridge this would have been resolved. It wouldn’t have been an issue,” said Nana Akuffo, 46, a chef volunteering at a local community centre.David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said the building’s management had failed to listen to residents’ calls for improvements on fire safety.”This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn’t get served by the people representing them,” Collins told AFP.The government on Thursday set up an emergency fund to allow the local authorities to deal with the disaster.Hundreds of thousands of pounds have already been raised online for the victims, while local community centres were inundated by donations of clothes and food.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Kamal HossainLeader of the new opposition coalition Jatiya Oikya Front Kamal Hossain on Sunday asked prime minister Sheikh Hasina to hold dialogue to settle relevant political issues ahead of the next general elections.The de facto head of the National Unity Front, which includes main opposition BNP, made the overture in a letter sent to Hasina, also the Awami League president.After launching of the Front on 13 October, its leaders raised a 7-point demand and said they would send a formal letter to the prime minister urging her to sit with the political parties for the sake of resolving the current political stalemate.The ruling party camp has so far rejected any such dialogue with the opposition although the prime minister in her most recent press briefing said that she would ‘make up’ her mind once a letter from the Front is sent to her.Members of the Front’s coordinating committee Jaglul Haidar Afriq and AHM Shafikullah brought two copies of the letter to the political office of the AL president in the city’s Dhanmondi area.“We’ve come with two copies of the letter. One is for Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and another for general secretary Obaidul Quader,” Jaglul said adding that the letter is about our 7-point demand.”AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap acknowledged receiving of the letter and said.”They’ve conveyed two copies of a letter. I haven’t opened it as yet.”He added that the party will disclose the matters and convey the party’s decisions after discussing it with the party president.Top leader of the Front Kamal Hossain signed on the letter that was sent to the prime minister.Mostafa Mohsin Montu, another leader of the front and also general secretary of Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum, signed on the other letter sent to the AL general secretary.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) escort arrested suspected militant Mamunur Rashid (C) in Dhaka on 20 January, 2019. Photo: AFPA Dhaka court on Sunday placed Md Mammunur Rashid, an accused in Gulshan Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack case, on a five-day remand, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court judge Kanak Barua passed the order in the afternoon when investigation officer (IO) of the case and assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 Kafil Uddin sought a ten-day remand for the accused.Earlier on Saturday night, RAB men arrested Md Mammunur Rashid aka Ripon aka Rezaul Karim aka Reza, a surah member of banned militant outfit JMB and also the supplier of money and arms to the cafe attackers.Acting on a tip-off, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in Boardbazar area and arrested the JMB member along with Tk 150,000, said RAB officials.The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people — nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers — on 1 July, 2016.Twenty-one people were identified to be behind the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in gunfights at different times.On 23 July in 2018, police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case.
By Camille O. Cosby, Special to NNPA NewswireMy husband, Bill Cosby, was recently victimized by a malicious District Attorney and an equally vicious judge. This is not the first time that my husband has been persecuted by corrupt and self-serving politicians. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Bill Cosby, along with hundreds of other people, was secretly and illegally harassed by a president of the United States.It was 1973, during the Watergate hearings, when the Enemies List of President Richard M. Nixon was disclosed by Mr. Nixon’s White House Counsel, John Dean. Bill and I were stunned that such a list existed and that Bill’s name was on that list. Soon, the answers to questions about Bill kicked in: that’s why those federal agents would appear, unannounced, at our home and his workplaces; that’s why there had been multiple tax audits within one year; that’s why hateful propaganda about Bill was disseminated by media…with an extensive goal of ending his believability and livelihood; and numerous other “that’s why” enlightenments.Camille O. CosbyThere was another explosive document that was submitted during the hearings…one that deeply resonates with me, even today. It was a memorandum from Mr. Dean on how to effectively weaken Mr. Nixon’s enemies…“how we can best screw them (e.g.: litigation, prosecution, etc.).”Now, I am going to fast-forward to two current, collaborative, corrupt politicians. Both exist in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and both, like Mr. Nixon, are intent on destroying Bill Cosby…whether for their toxic ambitions or simply in furtherance of racial hatred. One of those men never presented credible, admissible evidence of his charges, and the other has not allowed the truth of Bill’s innocence to be put forward.The following are specific examples that illustrate their true agenda:Re: District Attorney Kevin R. SteeleUnethical Campaign Promise: During the 2015 election for District Attorney, Steele campaigned on a promise to prosecute Bill Cosby. That promise purposely converted Bill’s case into a political issue for Steele’s own gain. At the time, Steele was running against the former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, who had made a binding decision not to prosecute Bill in 2005. Steele’s unethical promise undermined Castor’s political career…it also undermined the rule of law in America by violating the rule that trials be impartial and not done for corrupt political purposes.Racially Charged Statement: During the jury selection process, M. Stewart Ryan, the assistant prosecutor, made a racially charged statement in the courtroom hallway. The defense team tried to raise Ryan’s statement in front of the judge, who repeatedly interrupted one of the defense lawyers when she was trying to make the argument. The prosecution, which picked an almost exclusively white jury, called the focus on Ryan’s statement “ludicrous,” and the judge refused to grant relief to Bill Cosby.Failure to Disclose Evidence: Prosecutors interviewed Marguerite Jackson more than a decade ago, but failed to disclose the facts of that interview…or her statements…to the defense team before the first trial. Ms. Jackson stated that Andrea Constand had talked about making up a story of sexual assault in order to “get money.” The prosecution actually destroyed their own notes of the meeting they had with Ms. Jackson, and allowed Constand to testify falsely at the first trial that she had never met Ms. Jackson, even though the prosecution had learned that the two women worked closely together…and shared hotel rooms together…while Constand was employed at Temple University. When the prosecution finally informed the defense team about these facts shortly before the second trial, the defense lawyers were able to introduce Ms. Jackson as a witness. Even so, the impact of Ms. Jackson’s testimony was undermined by the actions of a corrupt judge.Re: Judge Steven T. O’NeillMarital Donation to Protesters: Before the second trial, the defense team learned that O’Neill’s wife had donated to the Women Organized Against Rape…the group organizing protests against Bill Cosby outside the courthouse. O’Neill refused to recuse himself despite his wife’s affiliation with that group and her public statements that accusers should be believed and trusted “no matter the details.” O’Neill then compounded the harm to Bill by allowing Dr. Barbara Ziv to testify that accusers must be believed at all times…just as his wife had said.Biased Jury Pool: During jury selection, O’Neill refused to excuse a white, male juror, who had stated about Bill Cosby: “I just think he’s guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here.” When the defense team raised the juror’s bias, O’Neill admonished them for delaying jury selection. Ultimately, O’Neill agreed to hear the issue; but he still denied the defense team’s motion. If O’Neill had allowed the biased juror to be replaced, one of the two black alternate jurors would have been seated; instead, O’Neill allowed the biased juror to remain on the jury.Feud with Defense Witness: O’Neill assigned himself to the case against Bill Cosby and then presided over a hearing at which he knew Bruce Castor would be a critical witness for the defense. O’Neill and Castor had been political rivals in 1998 and 1999; and, during that campaign, O’Neill’s affair with a woman in Castor’s office was exposed. Unbeknownst to the defense team during trial, O’Neill never forgave Castor, blaming him for exposing the affair. According to Castor’s sworn affidavit, O’Neill viewed the case against Bill, whom Castor had declined to prosecute, as a way to criticize and get back at Castor. Indeed, O’Neill actually took over the prosecution’s questioning of Castor before ruling against Bill on the basis that Castor’s testimony was not believable.On the eve of this very important election day, these examples remind me of the dangers we faced during Mr. Nixon’s presidency. Both then and now, the American people have been dangerously close to being governed by a dictatorship…a dictatorship intent on serving its own greedy interests even when it results in eradicating the laws that protect humanity. Many of today’s politicians…especially those who are heavily financed by particular corporate entities…are becoming increasingly dangerous enemies of our human rights. However, history teaches us that we, the People of the United States, can purge this danger from our nation’s political offices. Indeed, Mr. Nixon’s corrupt presidency was finally brought to an end when the people rose up and demanded that their representatives be held accountable. We must do the same today.America defines itself as a democracy; unequivocally, America has not accomplished that definition yet…but, we, the People, can help it do so. Tomorrow, voters have the opportunity to choose who will represent them…not just in Congress, but in thousands of state, county, and city positions across the country, like district attorney or trial judge. Our ancestors fought for the right to make these choices. They were jailed, were beaten, were killed for fighting for our right to vote. Yet, too often, we do not exercise that most important right. We overlook the mid-term elections because we forget how greatly they can impact our lives. But, as I learned from Steele’s election in 2015, a corrupt politician at any level is a danger to the American people, and even more so when that politician has promised to act in service of his own toxic ambitions and racial hatred. In tomorrow’s mid-term elections, the People of the United States must vote as though their lives depend on it because their lives…and their freedom…very well might.I encourage everyone to vote tomorrow.Camille O. Cosby is the eldest offspring of Guy and Catherine Hanks’s four children, according to her biography at IMDB.com. Imbued with an immense intellect and sense of social responsibility, she has long been an advocate for education and for the continued financial support of the United States’ historically African-American colleges and universities (HBCUs). Along with her husband Bill Cosby, she donated $20 million in 1988 to Spelman College, the prestigious and historically African-American women’s college located in Atlanta, Ga. Together, Camille and Bill have donated more than $200 million to schools and universities and they’ve also contributed countless pieces of historic artwork to the Smithsonian museums.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kolkata: A mob vandalised a school in New Town area of North 24 Parganas district on Thursday after a video purportedly showing a school teacher in a compromising position with a class 10 girl student went viral on social media, police said.The parents and students of the school in Patharghata area went on a rampage at around 4 pm after the alleged video purportedly showing the teacher and a class 10 girl student in a compromising position went viral on social media network and news of the video spread like wildfire, the police said. “We have not arrested the teacher as we are trying to find out the genuineness of the video. It has been sent for forensic test,” a senior officer of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate said, adding that a probe has been initiated into the matter. As the mob, joined by outsiders, vandalised school property demanding the accused be immediately arrested, the school authorities called the police and handed over the accused teacher to the police, a school spokesman told reporters. The headmaster of the school said: “We condemn any such act by a teacher who should set example by his conduct before the students and not get involved in any conduct which can be questioned by others. A teacher should boast off good moral character.”He said after the teacher was handed over to police, the situation at school became normal and the school authorities will cooperate with the police. The police said they were also looking for those who were involved in vandalism at the school premises.