BJP Jammu and Kashmir president Ravinder Raina’s remarks on the former Governor N.N. Vohra and his successor Satya Pal Malik evoked sharp reaction in the Valley on Thursday.In a video that went viral online, Mr. Raina boasts about replacing Mr. Vohra, saying apni hi dafli bajata tha [Would play his own tune]” and said Mr. Malik was “the BJP’s own man.” Ab Jo Governor Aya Hai Woh Hamara Banda Hai [The Governor who has taken over is our man].” The Peoples Democratic Party, once an ally of the BJP, called Mr. Raina’s remarks “ludicrous.” “He has not only undermined the constitutional authority of the State but has also tried to belittle the office of Governor,” general secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said. The PDP, he said, was of the opinion that the office of Governor is impartial and functions without prejudice or partiality. Meanwhile, Mr. Malik called for giving a renewed push to the “Mission on Delivering Governance” and “Mission on Delivering Development” to bring the State back on course.
At least five people were killed and four seriously injured after nine coaches and the engine of the New Delhi-bound New Farakka Express (train number 14003) derailed near Rae Bareli at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The express runs between Malda town in West Bengal and New Delhi. According to railway officials, all the deceased were from Bihar. They were identified as Ajay Kumar, 45, of Kishanganj; Sunita Manjhi, 52, of Munger, her son Shambhu, 25, and his one-year-old daughter Rita. The fifth casualty was seven-year-old Dinesh, also from Munger.NDRF and SDRF teams pulled out 20 passengers from the derailed coaches, the police said, after using gas cutters to reach them. Drones and long-range cameras were deployed in the rescue work, they added.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the accident, which took place in the Harchandpur area of Rae Bareli. The inquiry will be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle. A special train, which was arranged for the stranded passengers, left Lucknow for New Delhi at 2.45 p.m. with 1,369 passengers.Ex gratia announcedPrime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the tragedy. “Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly,” he tweeted.Mr. Goyal announced compensation of ₹5 lakh for the kin of the dead, ₹1 lakh for the injured and ₹50,000 for those with minor injuries. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced ₹2 lakh for the families of the deceased and ₹50,000 for those seriously injured.(With inputs from PTI)
APTN National NewsA groundbreaking study reveals a surprising difference between Aboriginal children and non-Aboriginal children.The new research indicates culture can affect how children express their experiences of pain.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
APTN National NewsStatus Algonquins in Quebec say it’s their land.Algonquins in Ontario, fighting for rights with the federal government, have placed claim on it.A private company bought it and is moving ahead to develop it.A music festival was held on the land just recently but was almost canceled.Many different views and opinions are held on the sacred and historic meeting place in Ottawa for Indigenous peoples.APTN’s Julien Gignac takes a closer look.
21Mar House approves Rep. Hughes bill to protect bicyclists on Michigan roads Motorists to maintain a three-foot distance when passing a bicyclistThe Michigan House today approved state Rep. Holly Hughes legislation to require motorists to maintain at least a three-foot distance to increase safety when passing a bicyclist.Over 39 states have some type of provisions in law regarding safe passing of bicyclists.“Requiring motorists to maintain a safe distance while passing a bicyclist ensures safety for both the cyclist and motorist,” said Rep. Hughes, of Montague. “The number of bicycle fatalities is on the rise and this legislation is an attempt to reverse that trend.”According to a report by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, 38 bicyclists were killed on Michigan roads in 2016. The number is up from 33 fatalities in 2015 and 21 fatalities in 2014.A 2014-15 MDOT study showed that bicycling provides nearly $700 million in economic activity for the state.“Whether they are riders in one of Michigan’s many bike tours, racers, out on a regular group ride or a family riding to get ice cream at one of our hometown ice cream shops, we must do more to protect Michigan bicyclists. This legislation promotes safety and helps to encourage even more people to hop on a bike for exercise, commuting, touring and recreation,” said Hughes.House Bill 4265 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Hughes News
Legislator will chair panel during 2019-2020 legislative sessionState Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills will chair the House Regulatory Reform Committee for the 2019-2020 legislative term.Webber is currently in his third term representing the 45th House District, which includes Rochester, Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township.The Regulatory Reform Committee will be responsible for deliberating various regulatory issues in Michigan, including lottery, gambling, liquor, occupational licensing, administrative rules, construction and other issues.“Having served on the Regulatory Reform Committee last term, I look forward to expanding my knowledge and experience within the regulatory spectrum by working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to tackle the most burdensome regulations facing the state,” Webber said. “We have our work cut out for us, but I believe through a collaborative effort, we can accelerate our state’s growth and bring more Michiganders into the workforce.”Rep. Webber also has been appointed to serve on the House Committees on Insurance, Tax Policy, and Oversight during the 2019-2020 legislative session. 17Jan Rep. Webber to lead House Regulatory Reform Committee Categories: Webber News