Horse Racing Tips

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Road Construction Tops Agenda

first_imgIn her annual State of the Nation’s address to the National Legislature on January 27, 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that road construction remains on top of Liberia’s socio-economic development transformation.President Sirleaf said that final discussions with the Japanese Government have been concluded for the reconstruction of the Somalia Drive/Red-light corridor in Monrovia.The Liberian leader explained that the completion of that vital road corridor would considerably reduce the huge menace of traffic congestion that had over the years become a nightmare for commuters and business people in Monrovia.Many skeptics of the administration have expressed some concern about the snail’s pace of negotiations with the Japanese Government regarding the Somalia Drive road project.Understandably, the Japanese Government had insisted on many occasions that funds would not made available if the Liberian Government does not settle property owners through the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Works.President also warned that people undertaking the building of houses on the right ways and ignoring laws and regulations would certainly be removed to give way to genuine national development, growth and progress in the country.In the South East, President Sirleaf disclosed that the Karnwenkan/Tapita Highway would also start this year in order to connect the hard-to-reach areas in that part of rural Liberia.President Sirleaf also disclosed that connecting each county’s capital city with paved roads would be a top priority for this administration during 2014 and beyond.The President Sirleaf reminded Liberians and support partners that as part of the Liberian Government’s road projects, feeder roads rehabilitation remains paramount and under serious consideration.In Lofa County alone, several feeder roads have been rehabilitated thus improving the transport of farmers’ produce to all of the county’s major markets thereby improving their socio-economic conditions. She added that feasibility studies for the Gbarnga/Bong County and Mendikorma Highway have been concluded and final finishing touches are being worked for the full pavement beginning sometime this year.President Sirleaf intimated that the Government of the Kingdom of Kuwait has consented to fund that road project leading to Liberia’s biggest socio-economic food basket.However, citizens and residents of Lofa County have also on many occasions expressed serious concern about the slow pace of the feasibility studies for the reconstruction and pavement of the Gbarnga/Mendikorma Highway in Bong and Lofa Counties.President Sirleaf also pointed out that reconstruction of the nation’s road network has encountered some serious challenges—especially construction work that is associated with the use of laterite.Commenting on the sources funding some of the road projects, President Sirleaf indicated that US$16 million would need to be mobilized in order to enhance the infrastructure development of the nation’s road network.The Chief Executive further intimated that tackling the construction of primary and secondary roads still remains a major challenge and serious constraints are yet to be overcome.In closing on the road projects, President Sirleaf cautioned Liberians and lawmakers that the solution to the enormous challenges and resource constraints cannot be a quick-fix on the part of the Liberian Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coalition administration has lied to Guyanese

first_imgDear Editor,Economic policies establish the framework upon which governments intend to address a country’s growth and development prospects. They get into office on these, and they also get booted for noncompliance or failure to realize commitments. One of the things about which few, if any of us, can disagree on is that we have been lied to by the coalition administration on the campaign trail going into the 2015 elections.Nowhere on their campaign trail did they ever mention that they would be returning to Burnham’s policies and ideas on development. They have also made a complete u-turn on their commitment to addressing unemployment.Growth in private sector loans, an indicator of economic activity, plunged from an average of G$17.4 billion in the two and a half years prior to June 2015, to an average of G$7.6 billion for the two and a half years of the coalition’s administration, ended December 2015.The first major concern is Government’s willy-nilly attitude to destroying our nation’s wealth by running up its overdraft facilities with the Bank of Guyana. At the rate the economy is going, there is little if any likelihood of this money ever being recovered by 2020.Secondly, increases in deficit financing by governments typically give rise to increased economic activity, which is usually underpinned by increased private sector borrowing. This is not happening.Finally, based on current trends, it seems reasonable to assume the coalition administration will continue its ill-informed policy of abusing its overdraft facilities with the Bank of Guyana.The last thing Guyanese seriously expect is that the G$30 billion the administration is investing in GuySuCo will return the company to global competitiveness and profitability. It would be irresponsible of me or anyone to say that our economy has crashed, or is crashing; but the figures just presented, which were extracted from the banking system statistics published by the Bank of Guyana, suggest exactly this.It seems pretty clear the administration’s fiscal programme is not generating growth; and worse, is destroying our nation’s financial resources. The coalition administration is tying our feet and asking us to run.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more

Longtime Ventura fire spokesman, 60

first_imgOXNARD – Funeral services will be held Monday for Joe Luna, a longtime spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department who died this week of cancer just a year after his retirement. He was 60. “He touched a lot of people,” said Capt. Barry Parker, a friend of Luna and the department’s new spokesman. “Joe Luna was caring and compassionate about everyone. He was warm, loving and very humble.” Luna went out of his way, working long hours at the scenes of deadly fires, traffic accidents and Ventura County disasters such as the La Conchita mudslide of 2005 and the Alaska Air Crash of 2000. He was careful to provide information to the public in both English and Spanish. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He would always go out of his way to make sure the public got the information it needed,” Parker said. “He wouldn’t stop until the people had all the information. It wasn’t just a job for Joe. It was a way of life.” Luna was a firefighter for 34 years with the Ventura County Fire Department. He retired in April and discovered he had cancer in October. He was married to his wife, Terri, for 37 years, and they raised three children, including a daughter, Jessica, of Oxnard, and two sons, Eric of Elk Grove, Calif., and Joseph of Oxnard. Joseph is a firefighter for the city of Los Angeles. A vigil is scheduled for 7p.m. Sunday in Saint Anthony Church of Oxnard, with funeral services scheduled at noon Monday in Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, followed by burial at Santa Clara Cemetery. A public reception will be held after the burial at the Oxnard Community Center. last_img read more

Kimanzi points out laxity in shock Eritrea loss

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi issues instructions to midfielder Whyvonne Isuza during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Eritrea at the Lugogo Arena on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 18 – Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi has hinted that his charges might have underestimated Eritrea leading to the 4-1 loss in the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala on Tuesday.Stars had come in as defending champions and most expected them to sweep over the Eritreans, but they were out of sorts as the Red Sea Boys thrashed them to make their first ever Senior Challenge Cup final. “Psychologically we tried to psyche the players up but sometimes I know it has something to do with the thought that it looks easy from a distance but it is never easy until it’s over,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport.He added; “When it’s a knockout match with some young players in the group and you concede an early goal, sometimes they tend to give up too early and start thinking of the outcome instead of fighting. We never expected this because we had a good run in the tournament. I think we panicked a lot in this game.”Harambee Stars players line up before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Eritrea at the Lugogo Arena on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tactician also admitted they found it tough to break down a compact Eritrean side who sat well behind the ball and used their chance on the attack whenever they opened up the Kenyan side from midfield to defense.“They played good football and tried to contain us. Technically they have very good players who were good sitting back and also very sharp coming out. We tried everything but sometimes it is not easy when you concede a goal against a team which is sitting in front of their goal,”“The only concern is that they scored very cheap goals. It is not easy for us to understand because they are not balls that are coming in the run of play,” the tactician further stated.Stars will now compete for the prize that no one wants to play off, the third and fourth play-off. Kimanzi however says they will go out to try and salvage some pride when they take on Tanzania, a side they beat 1-0 in the group stages.Harambee Stars striker Oscar Wamalwa in action during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Eritrea at the Lugogo Arena on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt the same time, Kimanzi has picked some positives from the tournament saying he has seen a number of players who have proved their worth to be called up to the senior team.He singled out striker Oscar Wamalwa who has scored three goals and given one assist in four games, saying he has the potential to step up.“The most important thing is that we had to look at some of the areas that we always feel we have deficiencies. We have always been looking for a striker who can help Olunga (Michael) and Jesse (Were) and Oscar has shown us that he has the ability. He has time to work more between now and the next qualifiers and we will keep looking at him,”“We also need to motivate him even at his club to get some good coaching and I think he will be a good player for us,” the tactician further added.0Shares0000(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Juventus sign Ronaldo from Real Madrid in stunning £99.2m deal

first_imgJuventus have signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a shock £99.2million deal, the Italian champions have confirmed.The 33-year-old star has been at the club since 2009 and is their all-time top goalscorer, having netted an incredible 451 times in 438 games.“Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football,” a statement on the website read. 2 2 The Portugal legend has penned a four-year contract with the Turin side, who confirmed they have paid around £99.2m (€112m), payable over two financial years, for him. Ronaldo has won four of his five Champions League winners medals with Real Madrid Ronaldo spent six years as a Man United player .@Cristiano https://t.co/vzGBI3d8kh #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/UB7BwBdDWe— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 10, 2018Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United in what was then a world record £80m transfer and during his time at the club, he won four Champions League trophies – three of them consecutively – and two league titles.“For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations. Real Madrid will always be your home,” the statement finished with.Last season, the club finished 17 points behind LaLiga rivals Barcelona, with manager Zinedine Zidane stepping aside at the end of the campaign to be replaced by Julen Lopetegui, who left his job as Spain boss, two days before their first World Cup game.And on Twitter, former Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, now of Juventus posted on Twitter: “Welcome to Turin, Cristiano. We had a great time together in Madrid, I can‘t wait to get back to work with you! Today is a special day for Juventus.” Benvenuto a Torino, Cristiano 🏴🏳 We had a great time together in Madrid, I can‘t wait to get back to work with you! Today is a special day for @juventusfc! 💪🏽 #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #SK6 @cristiano pic.twitter.com/iU4ULPeHmg— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) July 10, 2018Ronaldo began his career at Portuguese club Sporting before joining United in 2003 and it was at Old Trafford where he set about becoming the superstar he is today.“He didn’t arrive at Manchester United as someone who was setting the tone for everybody else,” Gary Neville told talkSPORT in 2016. “It wasn’t a case of he came in and all of a sudden everyone else upped their game, that’s not how it was.“He became that out of what was in that dressing room. Cristiano was butchered and battered for two or three years at Manchester United and he has said it made him a man.“He was setting the standards when he left, and he became someone who would come in and do half an hour before training and an hour after training, but there had been 20 players per season for 15 years doing that every day. “The club, and Sir Alex [Ferguson], and the players all set the tone for each other. If you look at his performances in the first two or three years, his maturity, his decision making, his physicality, his petulance, they were all smoothed out over a period of three or four years at the club.”In a trophy laden career so far, which has also brought an incredible five Ballon d’Or awards, Ronaldo has scored 658 goals for club and country and is second on the all time list of international goal scorers with 85 for Portugal.Juventus have won Serie A for the last seven seasons and were beaten 4-1 by a Real Madrid team containing Ronaldo in the 2017 Champions League final. The Italian side are now set to beat their own transfer record, set in 2016, when they paid Napoli £75m for Gonzalo Higuain.last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURE OF THE DAY

first_imgDONEGAL FOR SAM – MAYO FOR SARNIESWRITES LAURA O’DOHERTY: “This is my co-worker Jacqui Boyle who works in the deli @ centra in Moville.]“Her husband works away and always uses Donegal Daily, it would be great if you could put this on your page for him to see it!”There you go Mr Boyle. You can send your pix to info@donegaldaily.com COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURE OF THE DAY was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL IRELAND COUNTDOWNGAAmovillelast_img read more

MAN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL OVER BRUTAL STAB MUM’S MURDER TO FACE EXTRADITION

first_imgBeautiful Jennifer Dornan was stabbed to death in her home in the North last weekend.A MAN arrested in Co Donegal over the brutal stab murder of mum of three Jennifer Dornan in the North is to face extradition proceedingsIt is understood the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team are now preparing to issue a European Arrest Warrant for the 37-year-old to be brought back to Belfast for questioning. However, the legal process could take up to several weeks before the man is brought to the North to be quizzed.Last night, the PSNI said it was no longer seeking anyone in the North in connection with the investigation into the murder of the 30-year-old and has stopped its search.Ms Dornan was found dead in her torched home in west Belfast in the early hours of last Sunday morning.The killer stabbed her through the chest with a 14 inch kitchen knife and then set fire to her home in a bid to destroy forensic clues.The 37-year-old man was arrested following contact between the gardaí and PSNI detectives investigating the murder.In a statement on Saturday night, the PSNI said the man was detained in Co Donegal on an unrelated matter on Friday evening, August 7.MAN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL OVER BRUTAL STAB MUM’S MURDER TO FACE EXTRADITION was last modified: August 9th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JENNIFER DORNANMAN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL OVER BRUTAL STAB MUM’S MURDER TO FACE EXTRADITIONlast_img read more

CES 2011 Preview: 3 Mobile Trends to Expect

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Samsung’s “Android iPod Touch,” the Galaxy Player, will support mobile TV, too. (Specifically T-DMB, a mobile TV standard supported in parts of Asia and Europe).Other lesser-known brands will also offer mobile TV products, like Axel Technologies’ Fuugo app designed to stream video, including both Internet video and mobile TV, to mobile devices. Fuugo will support the major international mobile and over-the-air broadcast TV standards from North American ATSC and ATSC-M/H to European DVB-T and DVB-H to Latin American SBTVD-T/One-seg. The company says it’s compatible with iOS and Android.Meanwhile, a company called Cydle will promote a mobile TV receiver for iPhone.There will be surely be others, too. But we’ll wait for the hands-on reviews from gadget blogs before we call out any of these as a winning solution. It will be fun to watch, though. Of course, others suspect the Verizon iPhone will be LTE-capable, too, pointing to remarks made by Seidenberg himself as proof. That wouldn’t surprise us either – Apple isn’t known for adopting older standards, but rather likes to push the envelope when it comes to new technology. However, a CDMA-compatible iPhone would be ready to expand to other networks, too, like Sprint or MetroPCS, if Apple ever wanted to go after volume at some later date.CES 2011 will at least give us the first piece of this puzzle – the details on the 4G Android phones. But we’ll probably have to wait until later to hear whether or not Apple’s new phone will go 4G/LTE as well.Trend #3: 3D / Mobile TVThere isn’t much information about this yet, but LG Electronics is reportedlygoing to unveil a new line of mobile TV products, including 3D mobile TV which will let you watch 3D digital broadcasts, without special 3D eyeglasses, even when traveling in mobile vehicles up to 200 Kilometers per Hour (3D TV on the plane)? The tech will reportedly be demonstrated with a 7-inch device. The majority of these tablets will run Google’s Android operating system, of course. Manufacturers are ready to reveal their lower or competitively priced iPad alternatives at last, and thanks to advances in the Android OS itself, many of these tablets will actually be usable, a big change from last year’s show. “Honeycomb,” Google’s code-name for its new tablet-ready version of Android expected to launch in March 2011, will offer support for larger screen sizes, and it will even offer APIs (application programming interfaces) to developers which will allow an Android application to split its views into multiple views, like side-by-side, instead of one after the other, such as on a phone.Plus, as a bonus, there may be a reveal of a new Microsoft tablet too. Will it run Windows 7 or will Microsoft surprise us instead? Maybe even with a reveal of a tablet-friendly Windows 8?Trend #2: First 4G Phones (and Other Devices)2011 will be the year that 4G, specifically Verizon’s LTE technology, takes off. Although none of the carriers who have announced 4G networks are actually providing speeds that meet the standard’s requirement, as a marketing term “4G” means faster speeds and faster downloads for mobile users.Verizon’s CEO Ivan Seidenberg is delivering a keynote address on January 6th, where it’s expected he will discuss the company’s launch of its LTE network, and will likely talk about its new LTE-enabled phones and tablets. According to The Wall St. Journal, Verizon will show off LTE smartphones from Motorola, Samsung, HTC and LG Electronics as well as one tablet computer. All the devices will be powered by Android.Given that speculation about the Verizon iPhone has previously hinted at a CDMA-compatible device, this could make for an interesting battle between the two platforms, iOS (Apple’s mobile OS) and Android. ?If the Verizon iPhone was CDMA-only, it would mean smartphone users would have a choice: do you want an iPhone or a faster, 4G Android phone? (Verizon’s 3G technology offers 600 Kbps – 1.4 Mbps speeds, while LTE offers 5M Mbps and 12M Mbps downstream). Related Posts sarah perez sarah perez Of course, others suspect the Verizon iPhone will be LTE-capable, too, pointing to remarks made by Seidenberg himself as proof. That wouldn’t surprise us either – Apple isn’t known for adopting older standards, but rather likes to push the envelope when it comes to new technology. However, a CDMA-compatible iPhone would be ready to expand to other networks, too, like Sprint or MetroPCS, if Apple ever wanted to go after volume at some later date.CES 2011 will at least give us the first piece of this puzzle – the details on the 4G Android phones. But we’ll probably have to wait until later to hear whether or not Apple’s new phone will go 4G/LTE as well.Trend #3: 3D / Mobile TVThere isn’t much information about this yet, but LG Electronics is reportedlygoing to unveil a new line of mobile TV products, including 3D mobile TV which will let you watch 3D digital broadcasts, without special 3D eyeglasses, even when traveling in mobile vehicles up to 200 Kilometers per Hour (3D TV on the plane)? The tech will reportedly be demonstrated with a 7-inch device. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology,The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is almost upon us, and this time, it appears the general theme is “evolution” not “revolution.” Like 2010’s event, there will be e-books and tablets and newer and better TVs. There will be more 3D and Web-connected devices, including TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. And yes, that list sounds a lot like last year’s and even the year before.A recent Reuters report went so far as to say that the CES 2011 gadget fest’s “sizzle fizzles.” Oh dear! But we’re not in the same boat. For mobile enthusiasts – industry folk and consumers alike – there is stil plenty to look forward to from CES 2011, even if it lacks a big reveal, like the long-awaited Verizon iPhone.Trend #1: Usable Android TabletsLike last year, there will be tablets aplenty at CES, but this time around, they might be tablets you’ll actually buy. Sprint’s president of its business markets group, Paget Alves, recently told FierceWireless.com that he expects there will be “at least 12 different tablets” that will be unveiled at CES 2011. Other sources, like CNET for example, say there will be more. In fact, CNET says there will be tablets from Acer, Archos, Asus, Creative, Dell, Entourage, Fusion Garage, LG, Motorola, MSI, Notion Ink, Samsung, Toshiba and ViewSonic. The majority of these tablets will run Google’s Android operating system, of course. Manufacturers are ready to reveal their lower or competitively priced iPad alternatives at last, and thanks to advances in the Android OS itself, many of these tablets will actually be usable, a big change from last year’s show. “Honeycomb,” Google’s code-name for its new tablet-ready version of Android expected to launch in March 2011, will offer support for larger screen sizes, and it will even offer APIs (application programming interfaces) to developers which will allow an Android application to split its views into multiple views, like side-by-side, instead of one after the other, such as on a phone.Plus, as a bonus, there may be a reveal of a new Microsoft tablet too. Will it run Windows 7 or will Microsoft surprise us instead? Maybe even with a reveal of a tablet-friendly Windows 8?Trend #2: First 4G Phones (and Other Devices)2011 will be the year that 4G, specifically Verizon’s LTE technology, takes off. Although none of the carriers who have announced 4G networks are actually providing speeds that meet the standard’s requirement, as a marketing term “4G” means faster speeds and faster downloads for mobile users.Verizon’s CEO Ivan Seidenberg is delivering a keynote address on January 6th, where it’s expected he will discuss the company’s launch of its LTE network, and will likely talk about its new LTE-enabled phones and tablets. According to The Wall St. Journal, Verizon will show off LTE smartphones from Motorola, Samsung, HTC and LG Electronics as well as one tablet computer. All the devices will be powered by Android.Given that speculation about the Verizon iPhone has previously hinted at a CDMA-compatible device, this could make for an interesting battle between the two platforms, iOS (Apple’s mobile OS) and Android. ?If the Verizon iPhone was CDMA-only, it would mean smartphone users would have a choice: do you want an iPhone or a faster, 4G Android phone? (Verizon’s 3G technology offers 600 Kbps – 1.4 Mbps speeds, while LTE offers 5M Mbps and 12M Mbps downstream). The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is almost upon us, and this time, it appears the general theme is “evolution” not “revolution.” Like 2010’s event, there will be e-books and tablets and newer and better TVs. There will be more 3D and Web-connected devices, including TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. And yes, that list sounds a lot like last year’s and even the year before.A recent Reuters report went so far as to say that the CES 2011 gadget fest’s “sizzle fizzles.” Oh dear! But we’re not in the same boat. For mobile enthusiasts – industry folk and consumers alike – there is stil plenty to look forward to from CES 2011, even if it lacks a big reveal, like the long-awaited Verizon iPhone.Trend #1: Usable Android TabletsLike last year, there will be tablets aplenty at CES, but this time around, they might be tablets you’ll actually buy. Sprint’s president of its business markets group, Paget Alves, recently told FierceWireless.com that he expects there will be “at least 12 different tablets” that will be unveiled at CES 2011. Other sources, like CNET for example, say there will be more. In fact, CNET says there will be tablets from Acer, Archos, Asus, Creative, Dell, Entourage, Fusion Garage, LG, Motorola, MSI, Notion Ink, Samsung, Toshiba and ViewSonic. Samsung’s “Android iPod Touch,” the Galaxy Player, will support mobile TV, too. (Specifically T-DMB, a mobile TV standard supported in parts of Asia and Europe).Other lesser-known brands will also offer mobile TV products, like Axel Technologies’ Fuugo app designed to stream video, including both Internet video and mobile TV, to mobile devices. Fuugo will support the major international mobile and over-the-air broadcast TV standards from North American ATSC and ATSC-M/H to European DVB-T and DVB-H to Latin American SBTVD-T/One-seg. The company says it’s compatible with iOS and Android.Meanwhile, a company called Cydle will promote a mobile TV receiver for iPhone.There will be surely be others, too. But we’ll wait for the hands-on reviews from gadget blogs before we call out any of these as a winning solution. It will be fun to watch, though. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#news#Trends Tags:#mobile#news#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

The Pathalgadi rebellion

first_imgPeople from different villages attend a programme at Kochang village in Khunti on April 7, 2018.  Outsiders unwelcomeIn the Pathalgadi areas, a stranger entering the village arouses suspicion. Arki block in Khunti district is one of the 18 Maoist-affected districts of Jharkhand. Khunti, the birthplace of the tribal freedom fighter and folk hero Birsa Munda, is also where the Pathalgadi movement is strongest. The police and paramilitary forces are reluctant to enter the villages and local journalists keep away. Every outsider is quickly intercepted and interrogated.The main gate of Khunti police station at the district headquarters is locked by 7 p.m. The office of the Superintendent of Police wears a deserted look even at five in the evening. We enter Kochang village with the help of locals.In police records, Kochang is part of the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) corridor. It was here that the biggest Pathalgadi ceremony was held on February 25 this year. Thousands of Adivasis from nearby villages, armed with bows and arrows remodelled as wooden rifles and AK-47s, took part. Despite receiving information about it, the local police and paramilitary personnel stayed away.On the face of it, the village looks like any other in the area, a mass of mud and thatched houses nestling between hills and green fields. At the entrance, a Pathalgadi with a fresh coat of green paint declares the village a ‘prohibited zone’ for outsiders. Among other things, the plaque states: “Adivasis have the right over the land they live in. Adivasis are the owners of natural resources. Voter IDs and Aadhaar cards are anti-Adivasi documents.”We are stopped in our tracks by two young men on a motorcycle. They want to know our business in the area: “Don’t you know this is a prohibited zone for outsiders? Haven’t you read the instructions on the plaque? What if something were to happen and you land in serious trouble for violating our gram sabha law?” Our local contact answers them, probably to their satisfaction. The two men then escort us to the centre of Kochang village where a Pathalgadi meeting is scheduled to take place.The village gram sabha head, Sukhram Munda, and his brother, Kali Munda, are busy. Though no one seems to pay any attention to us, it feels as though everyone is watching us. An hour later, we are given permission to move around in the area and see Pathalgadi in other villages too. We are to come back in the afternoon to attend the meeting in Kochang.The message about our arrival seems to have been relayed to the neighbouring villages, for nowhere else are we asked about our business. Five villages near Kochang — Chalkad, Muchia, Tubil, Hardalama and Parasu — all had Pathalgadi ceremonies on the same day, on March 15, 2018. | Photo Credit: Manob Chowdhary It is high noon at the government middle school in the heart of Maoist-affected Arki block in Jharkhand’s Khunti district. Over 100 Adivasi villagers have gathered in the school’s playground with bows and arrows and slingshots, called ‘Gulel’ in the local language.They raise slogans, make proclamations. “We are the Bharat Sarkar (the Indian government). We do not recognise the Central or State governments or the President, Prime Minister or Governor. Our gram sabha is the real constitutional body. We will not allow anyone to enter our areas without our permission. We will not be exploited anymore,” they say in unison. The youth seem more agitated. “We are the real inhabitants of this country — jal, jungle, jameen (water, forest and land) is ours and no one can take them away from us,” they say. “And Pathalgadi (the stone plaques and signboards) are all about this.”PESA carved in stoneTribals make up 26% of Jharkhand’s population. Over the past year, in nearly 200 villages spread across four districts in the State— namely Khunti, Gumla, Simdega and West Singhbhum — huge stone plaques, known locally as Pathalgadi, have come up at the entry points of tribal hamlets. The plaques, measuring 15 ft by 4 ft and painted green, have messages carved on them. These include excerpts from the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA) as well as warnings to outsiders, prohibiting them from entering the village.“Pathalgadi are basically a way to demarcate our territories and tell outsiders (government officials) that the law of the land does not apply here. It is a movement of the tribal people that will gradually engulf all the 32,620 villages of Jharkhand,” say the young leaders of the movement, Balram Samad, John Junas Tiru, Shantimoy Hembrom, and Ranjit Soy, all in their twenties.In Munda tribal custom, placement of a huge stone marks the death of a person. The Pathalgadi movement draws on this tradition of honouring the community’s ancestors. Activists say that the movement derives inspiration from the provisions of the PESA. The leaders of the movement decided to carve the key provisions of the PESA as messages on huge stones in order to enlighten Adivasi people about this law, which empowered a village as an administrative unit.This is a sample of the plaque carvings: “A village shall ordinarily consist of a habitation or a group of habitations or a hamlet or a group of hamlets comprising a community and managing its affairs in accordance with traditions and customs; every village shall have a gram sabha consisting of persons whose names are included in the electoral rolls for the panchayat at the village level and every gram sabha shall be competent to safeguard and preserve the traditions and customs of the people, their cultural identity, community resources, and the customary mode of dispute resolution.”“We had started Pathalgadi by engraving these PESA provisions in all the villages of Jharkhand to increase awareness among the tribal people about their rights. But today, the meaning of Pathalgadi appears to have changed,” says Bandi Oraon, a nonagenarian who had started the movement under the banner of the Bharat Jan Andolan. A former IPS officer and MLA from Sisai constituency of Gumla district, Oraon was also a member of the Bhuria Committee constituted to frame the PESA. | Photo Credit: Manob Chowdhary center_img Pathalgadi are basically a way to demarcate territories and tell ‘outsiders’ that the law of the land does not apply.  ‘Won’t participate in elections’“It is 70 years since we got independence but our living conditions have not changed. If today the government wants to enter our area, they should come through the gram sabha. We are the original inhabitants of this country, others are dikus (foreigners). We shall not observe the August 15 or January 26 celebrations,” say the young leaders of the Pathalgadi movement, addressing the gathering one by one.“Why should we allow outsiders to enter into our villages? When the peace is disturbed, the police come and brand us Naxals and beat us up for no reason. We won’t participate in elections either, as our system of gram sabha is based on selection, not election,” they continue, to sporadic applause from the gathered villagers.If they do not honour the Indian Constitution, then what is their guiding force? Their young leader Balram Samad, clad in a faded pair of jeans and a T-shirt, takes out a spiral-bound photocopy of “Heaven’s Light Our Guide”, which is the motto of the Order of the Star of India, an order of chivalry of the British empire, founded by Queen Victoria in 1861. “This is our guiding force,” says Samad.Seeing the young leaders talking to us, others in the gathering open up about Pathalgadi. “We follow Kunwar Keshri Sinh of the Sati-Pati cult from Gujarat’s Tapi district, who says that natural resources such as forest land and rivers were gifted to us by Queen Victoria before India got independence,” says Ranjit Soy. Sati represents mother, and Pati, father. “We have all descended from nature and we worship it. We don’t believe in the Indian Constitution, nor do we recognise government officials. They take salaries but act like they are our rulers. They have no credibility,” adds his friend Shantimoy Hembrom. The current leader of the Sati Pati cult is Kunwar Ravindra Sinh, son of Kunwar Keshri Sinh.Some 40 km away, at Urburu village in Murhu block, villagers are busy fixing a thatched roof over a cement platform that serves as a school. It is their own school. The government school nearby wears a deserted look. Its walls have a message painted on them: “We will not send our children to a government school until there is 100% guarantee that tribal people will get government jobs.” Another goes: “No job, no education, we will make our children Bir Birsa Munda”.  The trigger for PathalgadiSo what is taught in the village school run by the tribals themselves? “We teach A for Adivasi, B for Bideshi, C for Chotanagpur,” says Sukran Munda and Samuel Purti, village youths who teach at the makeshift school. ‘C for Chotanagpur’ is a reference to the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) enacted by the British in 1908 in response to the Birsa Movement. It prohibits the transfer of tribal land to non-tribals and protects community ownership. So does the Santhal Parganas Tenancy Act (SPT).Ever since it came to power in December 2014, the BJP government led by Chief Minister Raghubar Das has been trying to amend these two laws that protect tribal tenancy rights. The immediate trigger for the Pathalgadi movement seems to be the amendments to the two Acts passed by the BJP government in November 2016, which enable the acquisition of tribal land for ‘development’. Though the State Assembly passed the amendments, there were vociferous protests by tribal communities, who saw it as an attempt to take over tribal land for the benefit of land sharks.Under intense pressure from Opposition parties such as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the Congress, the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and others, Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu returned the Bills in May 2017, saying they should be reconsidered. Opposition leader Hemant Soren said that the BJP government wanted to acquire tribal land through these two amendment Bills for the benefit of corporate houses. In August 2017, the government announced that it was withdrawing both Bills.Subsequently, the government came up with the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 (Jharkhand Amendment) Bill and got it passed in the last monsoon session of the State Assembly. The Bill is awaiting the assent of the Governor and the President. Opposition leaders have claimed that this Bill is even more dangerous than the earlier CNT, SPT amendment Bills in terms of undermining the land rights of tribal people.In fact, Adivasi resentment against the State government has been growing for some time, preceding even these two controversial amendments, as the government and private entities have been nibbling away at land that rightfully belonged to the tribals. Six years ago, a group of tribal protesters had blocked the Birsa Munda Airport, delaying flights. They were demanding compensation for tribal land that had been taken from them to build the airport.An ‘Adivasi Board’“What is the use of sending our children to a government school where there is only one teacher and no education at all?” fumes Joseph Purti, also known as ‘Professor’. “The children used to go there only for the mid-day meal. So we have decided to teach our children tribal history and culture by ourselves.”Purti is one of the top leaders of the Pathalgadi movement, against whom police have lodged several cases. The charges against him range from creating hatred among people, to breach of peace, and obstructing public servants from carrying out their work. He says that, on the pattern of the Central Board of Secondary Education, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education and the Jharkhand State Board, they have decided to form an “Adivasi Board” for tribal students, under which they will teach and conduct exams. The books and syllabus have been decided, he adds.According to Purti, who says he is a Hindi lecturer in St Joseph’s college, Torpa, “the gram sabha will distribute certificates to students the way it issues caste, birth and death certificates. Nothing will happen without the permission of the gram sabha.” He carries a polythene bag stuffed with a Hindi translation of the Indian Constitution, a photocopy of “Heaven’s Light our Guide”, and a copy of the movement’s 11-point charter of demands that was sent to everyone from the President to the Block Development Officer on January 16, 2018.Some of the demands were: All the funds earmarked for the tribal sub-plan should be given to the gram sabhas for the development of tribal people; the government should stop sending tribal people to jail on the pretext that they are Naxals; amendments to the land acquisition bills should be scrapped; all police and paramilitary camps should be withdrawn from the Scheduled Areas. “Unless these demands are met, we shall not participate in any national ceremonies or elections held at any level, nor will we accept the programmes run by the government in our areas,” says Purti.The Jharkhand government, however, says that the Pathalgadi movement is nothing but a protective cover manufactured by Maoists and criminals involved in cultivating opium in remote tribal areas. “I would like to warn such elements to mend their ways and stop exploiting innocent tribals in the name of Pathalgadi. If they don’t pay heed, we will crush them,” the Chief Minister said recently.Jharkhand Director-General of Police D.K. Pandey says the police have already arrested the main leader behind Pathalgadi, Vijay Kujur, on charges of creating social disharmony by inciting the tribal people to defy the Constitution. “FIRs have been lodged against several other leaders. We have already destroyed opium cultivation in about 23,000 acres of land this year,” he says. “To stop the Pathalgadi kind of social unrest, what is needed is developmental intervention. There should not be a political vacuum in those areas.”But another senior official in his department, who belongs to the tribal community, says on condition of anonymity, “Unless the government involves the gram sabha in the development of tribal areas, movements like Pathalgadi will keep happening from time to time. How many of them will you crush?”The local Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader, Sanjay Kumar Azad, argues that Pathalgadi is neither a social movement nor a law and order problem. “The opium cultivators and some anti-national elements are using innocent tribal people in remote areas as a protective shield. This includes some youths of the tribal community disenchanted with the Indian Constitution,” he says. “At the same time, the government’s failure to reach out to the remote tribal areas has also been responsible for creating the Pathalgadi situation.”“Pathalgadi is not wrong as it is about claiming tribal rights. If people living in remote forest areas are not being listened to, what can they do?” asks Jharkhand’s noted tribal rights activist Dayamani Barla. “To avoid such conflicts, the government should always take the gram sabhas into confidence when it comes to development work in the tribal areas.”Alarmed at the gradual spread of Pathalgadi in other villages of Jharkhand, the State government recently held a series of meetings with top officials. It has drawn up a comprehensive plan to develop the remote tribal areas of the State “in consultation with local bodies”.For their part, tribal communities are gearing up for another round of Pathalgadi, somewhere in Khunti, on a scale not seen before. “Let them come and stop us,” says a young man on a bike, as he escorts us out of his village to the road that leads to Ranchi, the capital.last_img read more