zoomImage Courtesy: Eni Marine services company Smit Lamnalco has been awarded a 10-year contract with additional extension options by Coral FLNG to provide integrated marine services to the first Mozambique floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) terminal.The development marks the first terminal services contract award for the Mozambique offshore LNG developments.The contract value for Smit Lamnalco amounts to around USD 200 million and services will commence early 2022.For the delivery of its services, the company will deploy three new 95 ton bollard pull tugs to provide escort, berthing and unberthing services to LNG carriers at the FLNG facility. A new offshore support vessel will be utilized to provide logistical and marine services support.Coral FLNG is a consortium of ENI, ExxonMobil, CNPC, Kogas, Galp Energia and ENH. The FLNG terminal is located some 80 kilometers offshore Palma Bay and operates in a water depth of 2,000 meters.
SAN FRANCISCO—New York magazine’s stunning visual takedown of disgraced governor Eliot Spitzer won three awards given by American Society of Magazine Editors and announced here Monday at the American Magazine Conference.The March 24 cover won cover of the year, best news cover and best coverline for its minimal, arrow-aided “Brain.” The regional also won an award for best leisure interest cover for its photo illustration of Barack Obama and John McCain sharing in a beach-side “fist-bump.”Texas Monthly also won two awards, capturing best celebrity cover and personal service cover for its June issue, “Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas.” New York’s fashion spin-off, Look, and Vanity Fair shared the award for best fashion cover.The New Yorker won the ASME award for best concept cover for its “Eustace Tillarobama” illustration.Click here to view ASME’s cover image gallery.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, January 19, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash took place on Lowell Street, near the 93 North on-ramp. One of the vehicle’s occupants was injured and transported to Lahey Clinic. (9:25am)Billerica Police reported a black Tesla traveling down 129 into Wilmington going approximately 75 MPH, just passing Shawsheen School. Police located the vehicle and spoke with the driver, making him aware of the complaint and reminding him of his driver expectations. (2:28pm)Target’s Security Manager reported a female party was recorded on camera shoplifting last night. (4:40pm)A caller reported four pick-up trucks doing donuts in the Market Basket parking lot. Trucks were gone by the time police arrived. (11:03pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 24: Motorcycle Crash; Package Stolen; Speeding on Shawsheen Ave.In “Police Log”
1:40 0 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice Google, Twitter and Facebook all signed the Christchurch Call. Getty Images Tech giants and political leaders from around the globe came together in Paris on Wednesday to pledge their commitment to tackling the spread of terrorist content online, following the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.In a summit hosted jointly by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google agreed to sign the “Christchurch Call.” The pledge was created in response to the New Zealand terrorist using Facebook to livestream part of the murders of 51 people at two mosques. The tech giants also agreed to a nine-point plan that outlined ways they’re going to work more collaboratively than they have in the past to combat this problem.The move highlights how tech companies plan to take action after failing to stop the live video of the New Zealand attack from spreading on social media sites. The video was viewed many times around the world before it was removed. More than a month after the attack, videos of the attack were still found to be circulating online, illustrating just how hard it is for tech companies to control the spread of viral tragedies. Eight tech companies signed the Christchurch Call, including Microsoft, Amazon and YouTube, along with 17 national governments and the EU. But one significant name is missing from the list of supporters — the White House announced it would not be signing the commitment due to free speech concerns.The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a statement that said while the US supports the goals of the Christchurch Call, it’s “not currently in a position to join the endorsement.””We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” the statement reads.Supporters of the call said in a joint statement that signing the pledge will strengthen partnerships between governments, society and tech companies.”Terrorism and violent extremism are complex societal problems that require an all-of-society response,” supporters said in the statement. Tech giants also said they would be taking actions individually to combat terrorist content. That includes updating their rules against terrorist content, giving users ways to report terrorist and violent extremist content, investing in technology, checking who is livestreaming and publishing reports that include the amount of terrorist and violent content that’s detected and removed. The companies could vet who is streaming a live video by including ratings for people who use the tool and looking at an account’s activity. On Tuesday, Facebook said it would ban users from livestreaming for a period of time if they’ve broken certain rules on the social network, including its policy against terrorist content. The company has pushed back against other ideas though, such as delaying the broadcast of a live video. The companies that support the pledge also outlined steps that will help them work better together. Those actions include sharing data and tools to improve technology aimed at combating terrorist content and educating users about how to report the offensive content and why they shouldn’t spread it online. The companies also plan to support research into combatting hate and bigotry and creating a system for responding quickly to an emerging or active event. Originally published May 15, 9:40 a.m. PT.Update, 10:39 a.m. PT: Adds White House statement.Update, 12:27 p.m. PT: Adds more background. Tags YouTube sets rules for terrorism gray-zone videos Internet Services Tech Industry Facebook Google Twitter
India’s largest business house Tata Group aims to take advantage of its huge employee base to drive revenues by launching an e-commerce portal exclusively for its employees to sell a range of goods. The $103-billion conglomerate is testing the online retailing initiative – mytatastore.com – on a pilot basis that will cover its five lakh employees. “It’s an internal merchandise store for Tata employees across geographies. The thought behind launching it on “tataworld”, the group intranet, was to make Tata branded merchandise easily available to our internal stakeholders across Tata companies,” a Tata Sons spokesperson told The Economic Times.Besides, one of its group companies Tata Steel is rolling out ‘Tata Steel eshoppe’ for its stakeholders. “There was a huge demand from vendors and distributors who wanted to be associated with the Tata Steel brand,” said Viresh Oberoi, managing director and chief executive of mjunction services, a joint venture between steel giants Tata Steel and SAIL.Initially, the online store will offer Tata Steel branded merchandise such as mugs, backpacks, handicrafts, shirts, organisers, T-shirts and books. “We would like the initiative to stabilise in India. The first 10 days of operations have been very encouraging and has attracted close to 2,000 registrations,” Tata Steel MD (India & South East Asia), TV Narendran said.”The practice of involving employees for understanding the market will set the trend for many such corporates in future,” Manisha Rao, Delhi-based retail consultant, said. India is expected to become the second-largest digital market globally by 2030, with China being at first place, according to a report by Goldman Sachs.The banker estimates the country’s e-commerce market to grow 15 times to $300 billion by then, accounting for about 2.5% of the gross domestic product (GDP).
Aditya PuriMD, HDFC Bank32.8 Navin AgarwalChairman, Vedanta15.1 D.B. GuptaChairman, Lupin37.6 Sunil MittalChairman, Bharti Airtel27.2 Pawan MunjalCMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorp43.9 Rajiv BajajMD, Bajaj Auto20.5 With Infosys filing its annual report for 2015-2016, its executive pay package information is out in the open. Vishal Sikka, the CEO and MD of the Bengaluru-based IT services exporter, took home a salary package of Rs. 48.73 crore in 2015-16. His basic salary was Rs. 5.96 crore, while variable pay, inclusive of bonus, retirals and others, amounted to Rs. 42.77 crore, according to the disclosures in the annual report. The variable pay component included Rs. 14 crore for the financial year 2014-15.Sikka will get about a 50 percent hike in remuneration for 2016-2017. The company approved a compensation of $11 million (about Rs. 74 crore) in February this year.Yet, his compensation will be less when compared to that of Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, who took home $12 million in 2015, the Economic Times reported. It would be interesting here to know India’s top 10 highest paid CEOs in 2014-15 as reported by the Business Standard. (Their earnings for 2015-16 will be available when the companies file their annual reports for the year). NameNameCompanyCompanySalary (Rs. Crore)Salary (Rs. Crore)NameC.P. GurnaniCompanyMD & CEO, Tech MahindraSalary (Rs. Crore)165.6NamePawan MunjalCompanyCMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorpSalary (Rs. Crore)43.9NameD.B. GuptaCompanyChairman, LupinSalary (Rs. Crore)37.6NameAditya PuriCompanyMD, HDFC BankSalary (Rs. Crore)32.8NameSunil MittalCompanyChairman, Bharti AirtelSalary (Rs. Crore)27.2NameN. ChandrasekeranCompanyCEO & MD, TCSSalary (Rs. Crore)21.3NameRajiv BajajCompanyMD, Bajaj AutoSalary (Rs. Crore)20.5NameK.M. BirlaCompanyChairman & Non-executive director, UltraTechSalary (Rs. Crore)19NameY.C. DeveshwarCompanyChairman & Wholetime Director, ITCSalary (Rs. Crore)15.3NameNavin AgarwalCompanyChairman, VedantaSalary (Rs. Crore)15.1 K.M. BirlaChairman & Non-executive director, UltraTech19 Y.C. DeveshwarChairman & Wholetime Director, ITC15.3 C.P. GurnaniMD & CEO, Tech Mahindra165.6 N. ChandrasekeranCEO & MD, TCS21.3 NameCompanySalary (Rs. Crore)
The first look teaser of Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is unveiled. It hints the life of Indians during the British rule and the rise of a hero who led a revolutionary movement against them.Finding a heroine for Megastar Chiranjeevi is definitely a big task for any director nowadays. The actor is too old for any young heroine in the industry now and not all the actresses with whom he was worked are not in acting anymore.For Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, he has teamed up with Nayanthara and in Khaidi No.1, he was seen shaking leg with Kajal Aggarwal. Well, it is known that Chiranjeevi is going to team up with director Koratala Shiva, who made films like Mirchi, Janatha Garage, Srimanthudu and Bharat Ane Nenu. All these films have been huge hits at the box office and the director has nothing but back to back hits in his kitty now.So his upcoming film with Chiranjeevi is said to be going on the floors next year and it is expected to be launched on Ugadi.As per the source, after getting in touch with all the possible heroines for this film, it is said that the director is now in the process of getting in touch with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to play the leading lady in this film. If this news is true, there’s no wonder why he has approached the Bollywood diva.The senior most actresses down south are Nayanthara, Shriya Saran, Trisha, Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty. But it looks like none of them has given nod to this project.Well, bringing Aishwarya Rai to act with Chiranjeevi is definitely not a bad idea. “The makers are trying to bring the best actress on board and they are not going to compromise with the budget. Because it is still in the pre-production stage and hasn’t been launched, the producers do not want to make any official statements about the cast,” said a source close to the direction team. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the Cannes 2019 red carpet.Twitter / RCFAOn the work front, Chiranjeevi has even completed dubbing for Sye Raa and as per the reports, the film is going to hit the screens on October 2.
Biz Talk – This low-cost airline is changing the way the gulf flies! Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/20:07Loaded: 0%00:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-20:06?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 … Air Arabia, with its low-cost model, managed to disrupt the aviation industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An idea which was initially seen as ‘non-viable’ by many, managed to catapult itself from a $13 million to a $5 billion company. This Low-cost carrier has now expanded its wings globally.But why would someone start a low-cost carrier model in the oil-rich gulf? International Business Times India’s Executive Editor, Danish Manzoor, sat down with the Group CEO of Air Arabia, Adel Abdullah Ali, to explore this. “Everybody’s wish was to travel in the region as UAE has a lot of expat population,” said Adel.When asked about the idea and how his peers reacted to it, Adel said, “Affordability stopped people from traveling home. People were taking holidays after 4-years sometimes. Nobody believed that a low-cost airline will work in the gulf. Many felt we would be bankrupt within 3 to 6 months. But soon we were running at 60% seat occupancy.” “Our model works so well that even the Bus company ferrying people from UAE to the Levant even threatened to sue Air Arabia,” Adel quipped.In 2004, the company broke even and then there was no looking back for Air Arabia. The company currently operates in several countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, and Russia. These are also the most profitable routes for the airline. Air Arabia’s business model of affordable flying helped the airlines gain early success as continues to expand beyond the Gulf countries as well.In the video interview, Abdullah Ali spoke about the challenges his company faced and his plans to expand and grow operations in Egypt, Morocco as well as in India. Abdullah Ali also busted the long-circling rumor about Air Arabia and Air India merger. “Two business models don’t match. It makes no sense and it will confuse our people and Air India flyers,” Abdullah Ali told Danish on BizTalk.
JioPhoneRIL Press KitWith 30 per cent market share, Reliance JioPhone has become the leading feature phone brand in India in the first quarter of 2019, Counterpoint Research said on Friday.While the smartphone market offers a big opportunity, one can’t ignore the 400 million feature phones users in the Indian market which too is likely to stay for the next five years in India, said Counterpoint’s “India Smartphone Market Share Q1 2019” report.Samsung stood second in the feature phone category with a share of 15 per cent while domestic handset maker LAVA grabbed the third spot with a market share of 13 per cent.Unlike the smartphone market, which contracted for the first time in 2018, the feature phone market has continued to grow over the last three years, the report said.Earlier in March, a Counterpoint Research report had estimated that a little more than 400 million feature phones would be sold globally this year. Feature phone shipments are also expected to cross one billion units by 2021.Brokerage firm CLSA’s telecom sector outlook for February had noted that Jio will lead the subscriber market share this year. Currently, Jio now has a customer base of 30.6 crore.
-The ruling Awami League has apparently become desperate to win the upcoming elections in six city corporations, seeing this as a dress rehearsal for the national polls.The party’s central leaders are now speaking to grassroots activists besides trying to get new people on board, to find the best candidates for the contest likely from the opposition.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader had a new member enrollment campaign in Rajshahi on Wednesday. Local leaders are asked to work for the best possible results in the upcoming city corporation polls.Another of such campaign will be held in Rangpur on 9 November and then in other cities, party insiders say.The election commission (EC) has said the election to the Rangpur City Corporation will be held on 21 December. The election schedule will be announced on 5 November.EC sources said elections to Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations could be held in April or May next year.Among these six city corporations, only the Rangpur mayor is from AL while the five others were elected from opposition party BNP.However, they were either busy appearing at the court or had to be away due to suspension.The AL selection committee to find suitable candidates said it had not sat together yet. It will convene a meeting after the schedule for Rangpur City Corporation is announced.AL president Sheikh Hasina has done her own homework already, doing a survey among the party leaders, the partu leader said. A list of potential canidates have already been chalked out.The AL is trying to maintain four key criteria while choosing the candidates — who is ahead in the survey, if s/he is welcomed at all levels of the party, if s/he has any ill reputation and who could be his/her opponent.To this end, AL presidium member Mohammad Nasim, who is also in the selection committee, said, “There is no chance to take this local election lightly. Since it’s just before the national elections, its impact will be huge. Whoever wins it will have a set of more zealous activists.”Senior AL leaders say the city corporation elections will give them a clear idea about the ability of the grassroots activists, the opposition, the local administration and the election commission.Following a meeting of the AL presidium in May, party president Sheikh Hasina asked Badruddin Ahmed Kamran and Khairuzzaman to get ready to contest in Sylhet and Rajshahi city corporation elections respectively, the party sources said.In Barisal, presidium member Abul Hasnat Abdullah’s brother Khokon Serneabat and son Sadek Abdullah are in contention, while in Khulna Sheikh Jewel, brother of Sheikh Helal MP, might get nomination.In Gazipur, it will be either metropolitan AL president Azmat Ullah or general secretary Jahangir Alam who would get nomintion. Azmat lost the 2013 election to BNP candidate Abdul Mannan, but Jahangir is in good books for withdrawing his candidacy and supporting the party chosen candidate.
Many are focused on the electionThe qawmi madrasa-based Hefazat-e-Islam has become crucial in the election equations. On 5 May 2013, Hefazat’s demonstration in the Shapla Chattar area in Dhaka was foiled in face of an all-out operation by joint security forces.Hefazat leaders claim their organisation to be non-political and have all along been saying they were not interested in elections. Nonetheless they had supported BNP in five city corporation polls. Eventually, BNP’s win in all the five contests won Hefazat credit to some extent.The situation, though, changed later as several Hefazat leaders like Shah Ahmad Shafi, the amir and his son Anas Madani became close to the government. This was not received well by a different section of the party. They are silent on the issue and if situation favours, they might go against the government, said the party leaders.Hefazat’s central organisational secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi said, Hefazat will neither participate in the election nor nominate or support anyone, “To vote is every citizen’s right. Our leaders, activists and supporters are on the side of Islam and will cast their votes against atheists as per their perception and conscience. We won’t command anyone formally.”The government apparently is aware that a section of Hefazat is hostile, but adopts a strategy to distance Hefazat from the BNP and to keep them inactive in the election. AL policymakers deem this will suffice.The AL presidium member Kazi Zafarullah said, “They (Hefazat) were with BNP, and will remain so. It’s nothing but a strategy to save the skin for our leaders to maintain good communication.”Jamaat is preparing for 70 constituenciesJamaat, no longer a registered party anymore, is still preparing for the polls. The potential candidates have been asked to get ready. Jamaat leaders say they want to contest in the polls as allies of BNP with independent candidates, as their party symbol (scales) is no longer registered.Sources from the party also said their policymakers had started preparing in 70 constituencies.Earlier, on 12 March, police arrested 10 Rajshahi Jamaat leaders including the acting amir Mujibur Rahman from an election-related meeting.10 registered partiesThere are 10 Islamic parties among the 40 political parties registered by the EC: Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Islami Oikya Jote (Nezami), Bangladesh Tariqat Federation (Nazibul Bashar), Khelafat Majlish (Ishaq), Bangladesh Khelafat Majlis (Haibur Rahman), Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan (Ataur rahman), Bangladesh Islami Front (Mannan), Islamic Front Bangladesh (Bahadur Shah), Zaker Party (Mostafa Amir) and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam Bangladesh (Momen).Tariqat Federation and Islamic Front are directly associated with the Awami League while Khelafat Majlis and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam are with BNP. Islami Oikya Jote (Nezami), and Bangladesh Khelafat Majlis were once BNP allies but have now taken independent positions. The current political stance of Bangladesh Khelafat Andolan, Bangladesh Islami Front, and Zaker party seems advantageous for the ruling party.Bangladesh Islami Front (Mannan) has been included in the Ershad-led Sammilita Jatiya Jote.The Islami Oikya Jote general secretary Mufti Faizullah said, “Each of the parties has done what it felt needed for itself and for the people. The present perspective is a little different. It seems there may be a new polarisation for the Islamic parties.”The Tariqat Federation has two elected members of parliament and the party allegiance is also with the government. The leaders said they would seek candidacy in 10 constituencies from the AL led 14-party alliance.Stressing the need to contest in the election, MA Awal, general secretary of Tariqat Federation says, “The way the prime minister is developing the country, the left or right-winged or Islamic-everyone feels the need of power politics now. We think, this will impact upon all the parties in the next election.”Islami Oikya Jote, Jamiat Ulema-e Islam and Bangladesh Khelafot Andolan-all these three registered parties have been divided into six parties. Among these a fraction of Islami Oikya Jote led by Abdur Rakib has been siding with BNP while the original party left the alliance. On the other hand, the two sections of the divided Jamiat are still with the 20 party. Moreover, the Zafrullah Khan led faction of the Khelafat Andolan is yet to take a stance.Abdur Rab Yousufi, vice president of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam, credits the new stance of the Islamic parties to be fear, “Those whom the government seems to have succeeded to keep on their side-were actually victims of circumstance. I don’t think they will remain on their side.”The Nezami-led section of the Islami Oikya Jote is preparing to participate in the polls independently. Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (Momen) had declared candidacy for 19 constituencies on 24 February in Sylhet.The Islami Andolan of Char Monai pir has already introduced potential candidates for more than a hundred constituencies at their sermons and religious gatherings.Gazi Ataur Rahman, joint secretary for Islami Andolan, told Prothom Alo, “The situation is not fair yet. Nor is there any hope of improvement one or two months ahead of the election. The people are in fear over whether they can cast their votes in an inclusive and fair election. Despite that, we are preparing for the election.”Sources from the EC said, five more religion-based Islamic parties have sought registration from the commission. They also said, both the registered and unregistered parties will actively remain in the election field this year. So the Islamic parties’ stances largely depend on the situation during the election.Emajuddin Ahamed, a political scientist and ex-vice chancellor of Dhaka University says, “The Islamic parties’ stand is not yet final-they may even form an independent alliance. Their turn could be predicted as the election approaches.” *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. .Though the Islamic parties do not find the current political situation promising for fair polls, they have begun preparing for the 11th parliamentary election. Fresh calculations are already in process.In the past, a significant section of the Islamic parties were against the Awami League, which went to BNP’s advantage. But, the election commission has cancelled Jamaat-e-Islami’s registration and the Islami Oikya Jote has left the BNP alliance. So the scenario has changed for BNP.Moreover, the Char Monai Pir’s Islami Andolan Bangladesh, that shuns women’s leadership, has been preparing to contest in 300 constituencies.The state of these three parties, notable among the religion-based parties in the country, may prove difficult for BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party).The Islamic parties not very stable at the moment, as the top leaders point to the newly arising factions within the parties and pressure from the government. Several leaders also face cases.In this backdrop, the government has grown close with Hefazat-e-Islam and the qawmi madrasa leaders. The political stance of the Islamic parties may change even further in the ensuing election.Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, BNP standing committee member, differed, “BNP is the chief opposition to the government here. The people will keep this in mind,” he said. adding, “The people are now chiefly concerned with democracy, the right to vote, law and security. Everyone wants to change the prevailing state of affairs.”
Three soldiers and a civilian were killed on Thursday when security forces were attacked by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.The forcers were returning from a search operation in Kungnoo village when they were attacked.“The victims included a lieutenant colonel and the civilian, a woman, was inside her house when a bullet hit her during the firing,” the police said.Seven soldiers were also injured in the attack.“Reinforcements were immediately rushed to surround the area and track the militants,” the police added.
A view from Mexico of the US Customs and Border Protection is housing underage people caught illegally entering the United States at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Guadalupe Bravos, nearby Ciudad Juarez, state of Chihuahua, Mexico on 19 June 2018. Photo: AFPImmigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at US government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit.Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents’ consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law.The Shiloh centre, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.The lawsuit was filed on April 16, days after the introduction of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy to separate children from parents who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally. Trump abandoned the policy on Wednesday.“If you’re in Shiloh then it’s almost certain you are on these medications. So if any child were placed in Shiloh after being separated from a parent, then they’re almost certainly on psychotropics,” said Carlos Holguin, a lawyer representing the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law.Officials at the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which oversees such centres, were not immediately available for comment.Taking multiple psychotropic drugs at the same time can seriously injure children, according to the filing, which highlights the need for oversight to prevent medications being used as “chemical straight jackets,” rather than treat actual mental health needs.ORR-run centres unilaterally administer the drugs to children in disregard of laws in Texas and other states that require either a parent’s consent or a court order, the filing said.The lawsuit seeks a shift in ORR policies to comply with state laws and prevent the prolonged detention of children.Some youths at Shiloh reported being given up to nine different pills in the morning and six in the evening and said they were told they would remain detained if they refused drugs, the lawsuit said.Some said they had been held down and given injections when they refused to take medication, the lawsuit said.One mother said neither she nor any other family member had been consulted about medication given to her daughter, even though Shiloh had their contact details. Another mother said her daughter received such powerful anti-anxiety medications she collapsed several times, according to the filing.
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Kolkata: The Sealdah Court has recently awarded life imprisonment to two persons for their involvement in trafficking of a minor girl from Ultadanga and selling her to a dance bar in Uttar Pradesh.The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each and an additional one-year imprisonment for wrongful confinement of the victim. According to sources, on September 2014, the Ultadanga police station received a complaint from a woman who told the police that her 14-year-old daughter had gone missing. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The investigation revealed that the missing girl had an affair with a man named Rahul Ghosh, who was a bus conductor. The sleuths had doubts that Ghosh could be involved in the case as he also went missing for a few days at that time. The police also learnt from the girl’s family members that she used to dance well. They got information that the girl told some of her close friends that Ghosh was well acquainted with a dance troupe in Uttar Pradesh and he had allegedly promised her a job. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt soon became more or less clear for the investigators that the girl hailing from a lower middle class family was lured with the promise of job. Suspecting that Ghosh might have trafficked her to Uttar Pradesh, the police used their intelligence network and Ghosh was arrested from September 22 from Ramchandrapur in Uttar Pradesh. The girl was locked up in a room of a dance bar. She was recovered within 10 days after the police complaint was lodged. Ghosh had sold her to the owner of the bar. The sleuths could also nabbed the bar owner Suresh Gupta. A case was initiated against them on charges of wrongful confinement and women trafficking and accordingly the charge-sheet was submitted. In another conviction, the Sealdah Court on Wednesday sentenced a man named Bashir Khan to five years imprisonment for molesting a girl from Dum Dum on March 11. The conviction has been achieved within 22 days of the crime with the Chitpore police station submitting the charge-sheet in the case on March 17.