Wanted criminal held after daylight gun battle

first_imgNoida: An inter-state criminal who was wanted in over a dozen cases of heinous crimes has been nabbed by police following a broad daylight gun battle in Noida phase-2 area on Monday.Cops said that the accused was mastermind of the dacoity incident at the corporate office of Mahagun builder that took place in April this year. According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Sachin Thakur, a native of Sikandrabad area in Bulandshahr. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The accused was arrested after a joint operation was carried out by Noida crime branch and Phase II police. The arrested accused carried reward of Rs 1 lakhs on his head,” said police officials. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the accused allegedly plotted the dacoity at Mahagun’s corporate office and was absconding while other accused were arrested. “Police has received a tip-off about the movement of accused and combing was performed. Police spotted two criminals on a motorcycle and signalled to stop. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe criminals opened fire on police party and in retaliatory firing, one of the criminals, identified as Sachin Thakur sustained bullet injury in his leg while his accomplice managed to flee,” said Krishna. “Upon sustained investigations, it came to light that the accused is the mastermind of the dacoity incident that took place at Mahagun builder’s corporate office in sector 63 of Noida on the intervening night of 27th and 28th April. The accused was absconding since the incident and a reward of Rs 1 lakhs was declared on his arrest,” added Krishna. The officer further said that over a dozen incidents of loot, attempt to murder, dacoity and gangster act are registered against the accused in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and other nearby districts. Police have recovered a an illegal country made pistol and a few cases of live ammunition from the possession of accused.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cinematheque staffers Lizzie Brotherston, Isaac Renert, Kate Ladyshewsky and Shaun Inouye while be in need of serious caffeine this weekend as they attempt to push through 24 hours’ worth of continuous films. Photograph By JENNIFER GAUTHIER It may not be on the same level as a polar bear swim or Grouse Grind, but feats of strength will be required out of movie buffs this weekend just the same.The Cinematheque’s biennial 24-Hour Movie Marathon remounts March 30 to 31, pulling together die-hard cinephiles with others who want to test the outer limits of sleep deprivation.Running 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. over successive days, the flick fest will include somewhere between 12 and 14 films from across the globe that are aligned under a specific theme. Secrecy, however, reigns supreme here, as neither the films nor the unifying theme will be disclosed until it’s go time. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Started in the early ’90s, the exercise in attrition took a nap for a decade-plus until being revived in 2013. That year, the theme was movies about movies while the 2015 edition played on the concept of time. The 2017 festival was held under the banner of urban living. Each festival acts as a fundraiser for the Howe Street movie theatre, and this year is no different.As for the format, films won’t run in complete succession and breaks will be allotted for meals and stretching.The Courier spoke with Cinematheque programming associate Shaun Inouye to get the low down on how to prevent a slow down while the films go down.This kind of event likely attracts a very particular crowd. Who shows up to this kind of thing?There’s definitely a core audience at the festival that is the Cinematheque’s core audience as well. They are die-hard cinephiles who put their entire trust in what we do and how we curate. For them it’s an opportunity to have a crash course in cinema over a 24-hour period. For other people, it’s a case of trying to test their mettle, people who are asking themselves, “Can I do this?” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Harpers 2008 residential school apology was attempt to kill the story says

first_imgFull Paul Bunner articleDownload (PDF, Unknown) (Prime Minister Stephen Harper after delivering apology to Indian residential school survivors on June 11, 2008. PMO photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Indian residential school survivors was a “strategic attempt to kill the story,” according to former speechwriter in the Prime Minister’s Office at the time.Paul Bunner was the head speechwriter in Harper’s PMO between 2006 and 2009.Bunner’s views on the Indian residential school apology and the possible motivation behind it recently surfaced on a blog by Coast Salish Native American writer Robert Jago who outed a series of Conservative candidates, current and former MP staffers, along with Bunner for their comments and views on First Nation people.Jago, who currently lives in Montreal, is from the Nooksack Tribe in Washington State. His family is registered with the Kwantlen First Nation, in British Columbia.Earlier this week, Sue MacDonell was fired from her role as director with the Bay of Quinte Conservative riding association after some of her online, racially-charged comments against First Nation people surfaced.The blog highlights an article by Bunner written in 2013 titled, The Genocide That Failed, where the former PMO speechwriter discussed the 2008 apology.“The best that can be said of Harper’s apology is that it was a strategic attempt to kill the story and move on to a better relationship between Native s and Non-Natives,” wrote Bunner, in the C2C Journal. “Unfortunately, it only appears to have deepened the conviction that Church and State conspired not only to ‘kill the Indian in the child,’ but also to physically exterminate the whole race. The Aboriginal grievance and entitlement narrative continues to gather momentum.”Paul Bunner. Photo: TwitterBunner stood by his writing in an interview with APTN National News Thursday. He said they did not reflect the views of the PMO at the time of the apology.“That was just my opinion long after I left the PMO,” he said. “You know it seemed to me that it in the PM’s mind and presumably in the government’s mind, it was a sincere apology…My concerns about it were strictly my own and they were not obviously shared by the prime minister or other senior people in the PMO.”Bunner said he told colleagues at the time he was unhappy with the prime minister’s plan to issue an apology for Indian residential schools.“I was not happy with the apology,” said Bunner, in the interview. “I probably expressed it to some of my colleagues.”Bunner said he had “very little input” on Harper’s apology speech, but he did read it before it was delivered by the prime minister in the House of Commons to much fanfare.“I may have seen a draft, I may have commented on it,” said Bunner. “None of my ideas wound up in the final version.”The Harper government has said it considers the apology to Indian residential school survivors a historic moment.The apology, however, has recently been called hollow.Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair Murray Sinclair said during the release of the commission’s residential school report in June that the prime minister had failed to live up to the promise of the apology. Sinclair said at the time he didn’t believe Harper was committed to true reconciliation.“We believe the current government is not willing to make good on its claim that it wishes to join with Aboriginal people in Canada in a ‘relationship based on the knowledge of our shared history, a respect for each other and a desire to move forward together’ as promised nine years ago,” said Sinclair, at the time. “Words are not enough.”The Conservative party campaign did not respond to a request for [email protected]last_img read more

Late bogeys push Lahiri down

first_imgAnirban Lahiri started out on his long journey on the PGA Tour at the Shell Houston Open in a rather humbling manner, ending the day one at two-over 74. Starting with a birdie on the 10th, his first hole of the day, the World No. 33 Lahiri parred the next seven holes to stay under-par before encountering his first disappointment in the form of a double bogey on the 17th.Thereafter two other birdies back-to-back on fifth and sixth and three bogeys, two of them in last three holes saw him finish at two-over 74 for the first day. It put the winner of Malaysian and Hero Indian Open winner way behind at 117th place three shots behind the projected cut. The leader was Scott Piercy, who blazed the course with a nine-under 63 and opened a two-shot lead over German Alex Cejka and long-hitting JB Holmes. Piercy at one stage five birdies in a row. Phil Mickelson, Luke Guthrie, Charles Howell III and Houston’s Shawn Stefani each shot a 66 and trail Piercy by three strokes. Lahiri is due to play his first Masters next week and is looking forward to a series of starts over the next few months in the US.last_img read more