APTN National NewsArguing that the Gladue principles should be considered for his client is Fergus O’Connor.Today he argued before the Supreme Court that his client should not have received a 30-month sentence for drinking and violating his parole conditions.Mr. O’Connor joined APTN National News anchor Michael Hutchinson from Ottawa to discuss.
APTN National NewsThe man accused of murdering his 16 year-old cousin took the stand for the first time Tuesday in Miramichi, N.B.Curtis Bonnell is accused of killing Hilary Bonnell in 2009.Hilary’s mother was in the courtroom as she has been throughout the trial.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine was there.
APTN National NewsAttawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is set to end her fast by Thursday, APTN National News has learned.A delegation of band councillors from Attawapiskat is expected to hand-deliver a letter to Spence Wednesday urging her to end her fast or face removal as chief of the community.“They are coming in tonight,” said a source close to Spence. “Then it will end.”Spence began her fast on Dec. 11.Tuesday, she spoke to APTN National News about the Assembly of First Nations and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
APTN National NewsAfter months of court appearances and a trila, Eric Dejaeger got to say his piece.But the Crown had some things to say about the defrocked priest’s version of events.Dejaeger is charged with nearly 70 sex crimes against children in Baker Lake Nunavut between 1978 and 1982.APTN’s Kent Driscoll was there and explains what happens in court.
Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsTORONTO – A seven-year-old First Nation girl’s life is in limbo, while she and her father fight to stay in Canada.Lawyers working on the case are protecting the girl’s privacy and are not releasing her name. Lawyers have decided to use a pseudonym and are calling her “Alexandra.”“Mr. [Curtis] Lewis was given a temporary reprieve of deportation by the Canadian courts two weeks ago,” said lawyer Allison Rhoades. “However, he’s not totally out of the water. He and his daughter still risk being removed. We have a humanitarian and compassionate application in front of an immigration tribunal of the Canadian government.”Lewis moved to Canada from Guyana in 1966 and no longer ties to the country.“Mr. Lewis has lived in Canada for 48 years and has had temporary resident status most of that time,” said Rhoades.Problems arose for Lewis after he faced four assault convictions dating back to the 1970s, with the most recent occurrence happening in 2002.“Mr. Lewis got into a couple of scuffles before his daughter was even born and because of this his permanent resident status was taken away,” said Rhoades.An immigration tribunal was willing to give Lewis the opportunity to stay if he avoided any criminal offences for a year.“He had what we call a ‘stay’ which is like, it’s a little bit like probation for immigration,” said Rhoades “[But] because he never updated his address when he moved during a period in which he was homeless, essentially at the very end of the one year stay, his status was essentially taken away and he was ordered deported.”The girl’s mother is Gwich’in, which gives “Alexandra” Indian status and for various reasons her mother is unable to care for her.Rhoades said the Canadian Border Services Agency did not take the child’s status into account when considering deporting her father. “The courts and the Canadian immigration system have never given consideration to her special rights as an Aboriginal child,” she said.Jonathan Rudin is a lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto and said he has never dealt with a similar case.“It’s very unique this has never come up, as far as we know has never been raised as an issue before,” said Rudin.While the girl isn’t technically facing deportation herself, her father’s lawyers believe she’s left with no choice but to go with her father.“If he leaves and she doesn’t go with him then there’s no one else who’s going to parent her as far as we know, so she could go into care,” said Rudin.Both lawyers working on the case are confident they have a strong application for humanitarian and compassionate grounds. However, it could take years before a final decision is made.“It’s also very important for his daughter to remain in Canada to maintain connection to her Aboriginal heritage and culture… which would be impossible from her father’s country where she’ll be completely cut off from her roots,” said Rhoades.email@example.com
Amber BernardAPTN NewsThe family of Ashley Morin joined members of the North Battleford, Saskatchewan community to raise money at an event last night to continue their search.Morin, 31, has been missing since July 10.The RCMP’s major crimes unit is treating her disappearance as suspicious.“We want whoever had anything to do with her disappearance just at least let us know where she is so we can bring her home,” said her uncle Randy Bird.Last week the family searched the banks of the North Saskatchewan river in North Battleford after receiving an anonymous tip.“There’s gotta be somebody, somebody that has some information about ashley and if they do you know I just encourage them you know to come forward. and you know to give the family some sort of closure,” said Dean Powder who helped last nights event.Those who knew Morin said its unusual for her to lose contact with her family.“It was really out of character for her because Ashley is quite an outgoing athletic young lady,” said Bird. “The last I heard she was working full-time at our gold eagle casino here in North Battleford, she was doing really well.”The family raised more than $4,000 at last nights event to keep the search firstname.lastname@example.org@abernardnews
TORONTO – An Ontario judge has approved Sears Canada’s request to reduce its retention bonus for about three dozen head office staff who will stay through the retailer’s liquidation process, which begins its next phase on Thursday.The total amount that could be paid under the retention plan for head office executives and staff has been cut by $1.1 million following a number of departures, which has reduced the number of eligible employees to 36 from 43. That is down from a total pot of $7.6 million when the insolvent retailer’s restructuring process first began in June.But some of the retailer’s former employees said after Wednesday’s hearing that they think too much money and time are being spent to coax executives to stay.“I’m really upset. Really upset. I’m upset,” said Mina Iannino, who struggled to express her “disgust” with the way employees have been treated during the Sears Canada windup.The employees who are being kept for the liquidation “should just walk out and leave this company high and dry and to lose something,” Iannino told reporters.Jennifer Holder, a laid-off cosmetics sales person, said she “cannot believe that they’re still worried about securing bonuses for executives when the employees are looking at going through a Christmas season with no real job.”“Everything they’re doing in this process is to secure themselves some form of a bonus, when everyone else is looking at unemployment, (and without) enough money in the hardship fund to take care of employees across Canada.”Under the court-approved employee retention plan for Sears Canada, executives would forfeit their bonus if they leave voluntarily or are fired “for cause” — a legal term meaning some sort of contract violation or wrongdoing.Key head office employees can earn their bonuses if they stay with the company until next March or April, depending on the person.Before granting the company’s revised retention bonus plan, Justice Glenn Hainey got assurances that there are no additional funds being approved beyond the $7.6 million that was originally approved for head office bonuses.About half of the original bonuses for head office executives have been used up since Sears Canada entered court protection in June. That would have left $3.9 million in the bonus plan prior to Wednesday’s court approval, but now only $2.8 million will be allocated for the remainder of the windup.The retailer currently has 74 full department store locations, eight Sears Home Stores and 49 Sears Hometown stores, which all face closure.Wednesday is the last day Sears Canada will honour extended warranties as the retailer prepares to start liquidation sales Thursday.Sears Canada said earlier this week that only customers who bought a protection agreement within the past 30 days could get refunds from paying for extended coverage.It said most merchandise it sells comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, which will be available to customers directly from the manufacturers.The company said it still looking for a buyer for its repair business, but it’s not known if a sale will go through or under what terms the repair service would operate.
TORONTO – The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has announced three key senior executives will be leaving the organization.After nine years with CPPIB, Nick Zelenczuk, senior managing director and chief operations officer, will retire at the end of May.Eric Wetlaufer, senior managing director and global head of public market investments, will also depart at the end of May after almost seven years with the organization.Following an announcement last July that Graeme Eadie would be stepping back from his role as global head of real assets, he will retire at the end of March.Eadie, however, will continue as an adviser to CPPIB, focused on the investment review process.CEO Mark Machin says CPPIB is well-positioned to ensure an orderly transition and is currently conducting a thorough assessment of potential candidates.
Base metals and materials helped Canada’s main stock index close higher Thursday, while the Canadian dollar continued to climb along with oil prices.The spike in oil prices, however, which climbed another 22 cents on the day to close at US$71.36 per barrel, has investors worried about how much the prices are supported by fundamentals.“The good news for Canadian heavy investors is that oil prices are the highest they’ve been in recent years,” said Kash Pashootan, CEO at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“The bad news is we don’t feel the current price reflects supply and demand fundamentals, but more so, is being driven off of the geopolitical uncertainties that can lead to supply disruptions.”U.S. President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal has roiled oil markets this week, sending oil over US$70 a barrel for the first time since 2014.The higher oil prices have only slowly translated to higher valuations for oil and gas companies, showing a skepticism of how long oil prices can stay so elevated, said Pashootan.“What the market is telling you there, and what the disconnect is telling you, is that the market is not convinced oil prices will stay at these high levels,” he said.“Now the question becomes, is there a $10 risk premium priced in per barrel, or is it $15 or $20? The point is when those geopolitical uncertainties subside, then you will see oil trading back along with supply and demand fundamentals, and that is, to us, easily $10 a barrel less than what we’re seeing today.”The S&P/TSX capped energy index was actually flat on the day, despite the gain in oil prices.Overall, the S&P/TSX composite index closed up 48.69 points at 15,959.50 as dips in technology and utility stocks cut into overall gains for the index.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 196.99 points at 24,739.53. The S&P 500 index ended up 25.28 points at 2,723.07 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 65.06 points at 7,404.97.The Canadian dollar averaged 78.28 cents US, up 0.50 of a cent from Wednesday, as oil prices also helped push up what is seen by many as a petrocurrency, said Pashootan.The June gold contract ended up $9.30 at US$1,322.30 an ounce and the July copper contract was up five cents at US$3.11 a pound. The June natural gas contract was up eight cents at US$2.81 per mmBTU.Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. saw its stock drop $9.50, or 5.42 per cent, to $165.87 after announcing it was buying Norwegian outdoor clothing and gear maker Helly Hansen from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for $985 million.Enbridge Inc.’s share price climbed 77 cents or 1.86 per cent to $42.25 after reporting earnings results that beat analyst expectations. The company’s share price rose Wednesday as well after announcing more than $3 billion in asset sales.WestJet Airlines Ltd. saw its share price drop 11 cents or 0.56 per cent after pilots at the airline voted 91 per cent in favour of strike action. Pilots are in a position to start strike action on May 19 but have committed to not disrupting passenger travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend.
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,292.71, up 75.01 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 16 cents, or 1.67 per cent, to $9.72 on 26.9 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up $3.61, or 6.87 per cent, to $56.14 on 16.8 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 31 cents, or 6.49 per cent to $4.47 on 16 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 15 cents, or 4.6 per cent, to $3.11 on 10.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 74 cents, or 4.64 per cent, to $16.70 on 10 million shares.Hexo Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 36 cents, or 5.56 per cent, to $6.84 on 6.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Nutrien Ltd. (TSX:NTR). Up $3.23 or 4.5 per cent to $74.70. The potash company took a writedown due to the permanent closure of its mine in New Brunswick. CEO Chuck Magro said the company has enough room for potash expansion in Saskatchewan that it doesn’t make sense to invest in expanding production in costlier regions. Nutrien lost US$1.04 billion in its latest quarter after the US$1.8-billion impairment charge. Adjusted net earnings came to 47 cents per share, above analyst expectations for 40 cents per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP). Up seven cents to $271.70. The Calgary-based railway says it delivered record shipments of grain and biofuels in October. It moved 2.64 million tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in the month, breaking the previous high set in September 2017. CP Rail says it has shipped more than 7.5 million tonnes of grain and grain products through 14 weeks of the 2018-2019 crop year. Since the harvest began in September, it has sent an average of more than 5,500 empty railcars weekly to country elevators.Bausch Health Companies Inc. (TSX:BHC). Up $1.74 or 5.2 per cent to $35.19. The pharmaceutical company reported a loss of US$350 million in its latest quarter as its revenue moved lower. The company formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals says the loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 amounted to $1.00 per diluted share. The result compared with a profit of $1.30 billion or $3.69 per share in the same period a year earlier when it benefited from internal tax reorganization. Revenue totalled nearly $2.14 billion for the quarter, down from nearly $2.22 billion a year ago. On an adjusted basis, Bausch Health says it earned $403 million in its most recent quarter, up from $367 million in the third quarter of 2017.
BOISE, Idaho — An explosion Saturday at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho heavily damaged a building, injured three workers and left one man missing, officials said.The company US Ecology said 15 employees were working at the time of the explosion, which occurred in a building at the facility about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Boise.“Most of the skin has been blown out, and much of the metal has been bent,” Simon Bell, the company’s vice-president of operations and chief operating officer, said of the building. “It would have been a large explosion based on the damage to the building.”There’s no threat to the public, and emergency crews, including a hazardous materials team, were at the site, Owyhee County spokeswoman Angela Barkell said. The facility is about 10 miles (16 kilometres) east of the small town of Grand View, and about a mile from a highway.“No immediate threat has been identified, and no evacuations have taken place,” Barkell said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.Bell said employees were doing routine work at the time of the blast, but he didn’t want to speculate on the cause.“Since we had an explosion there was something out of the ordinary, and we will be fiercely focused on understanding what that is,” he said.The company takes in contaminants such as arsenic, lead, zinc, cadmium and other metals that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed hazardous and converts them to non-hazardous residues, minimizing the long-term risks of disposal.The company then buries them at the site, which Bell said is about 200 acres. Bell said the company is working with emergency responders by providing maps of the facility and where various hazardous wastes are being stored.Emergency officials said the building where the explosion occurred is used to process powdered magnesium products. Officials said a series of chemical reactions followed the initial blast.Names haven’t been released of the worker who is missing and the three who are being treated at hospitals and expected to recover.Bell said the company, which also has facilities in other states, has never had such a serious incident.“Our focus is on the families of those affected by the accident, supporting the first responders, and making sure our employees are cared for and updated on what’s happening in this process,” he said in an earlier statement.US Ecology agreed to pay a $184,400 fine in 2012 after the EPA said it failed to submit timely reports on toxic chemical releases at the site, according to the agency’s enforcement database.Keith Ridler, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Retailers aren’t just ushering the official start of the holiday season with the usual expanded hours and fat discounts on big TVs and toys.They’re offering new ways for shoppers to get deals online and in the store easier and faster in the age of instant gratification. That means everything from digital maps on apps to two-day free shipping without any minimum purchases.Still, Black Friday isn’t what it used to be. It has morphed from a single day when people got up early to score door busters into a whole month of deals.Joseph Pisani And Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A recently locally developed app has already aided in the assistance of stopping crime within the Peace.Last week, the app, ‘Lightcatch’, aided in locating a truck that was stolen from Fort St. John and used in a crime.Lightcatch Founder Darren Boyer, says the app is a service that is designed to give everyone the ability to stop trouble around them, such as stopping crime. Boyer adds that the app is a simple concept that has not been done before as everyone now uses a mobile phone.“It’s a service that’s designed to give everyone the ability to stop trouble around them. It’s a really simple concept but it’s never been done before. We felt like if something ever got stolen or if somebody’s ever in trouble, there is a lot of people nearby that probably care and that would probably want to help police if there was a way that they could. So we said they’re all packing mobile phones nowadays, why don’t we just take that call for help and tell everyone around them this is what just happened, this is the help I need.”According to Boyer, the app helps keep track of a suspect by notifying everyone in the area to keep an eye out for them and will extend the notification to wherever the suspect may travel. Users are also able to upload photos and videos to notify other users if they spot a suspect.Boyer says the app is very location-specific as users can set their location and even have it set up for areas they frequent most, such as work or home.Boyer also says this app will help cut down on time and resources as it will help police in catching the suspects sooner, rather than later.Currently, Boyer is still working on some glitches but hopes to have the app fully functional to serve a larger market soon. Lightcatch is a free app that is available for Apple and Android devices and can be found on the GooglePlay and App Store.For more information on this app, you can visit Lightcatch’s website.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response of the Centre and the Censor Board to a plea by producer of film ‘#MeToo’ who has challenged an order asking him to change the movie’s title and delete several scenes from it. The movie portrays kidnapping of a girl with the motive of committing a sexual crime. Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) whether they gave a proper opportunity to the film’s producer Sajid Iqbal Qureshi to be heard before passing the order. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The court directed the ministry and CBFC to file their response before the next date of hearing on May 3. Qureshi, in his plea, has claimed that he was not given an adequate opportunity to be heard by the board before it passed the order. He has sought setting aside of the November 12, 2018 CBFC order by which it directed public exhibition of the movie be restricted to adults subject to carrying out of “several excisions/modifications/ cuts”. The board had also asked him to change the title of the movie or insertion of a disclaimer, the plea said and has sought a stay on the CBFC order. The petition has said that the portrayal of the female character, who is a victim of kidnapping with the objective of committing a sexual crime, is a highly sensitive issue and any tampering with the scenes, meddling with the script can cripple the narrative.
Ingredients Fresh Dairy Cream 150 ml Full Fat Milk 100 ml Gelatin 8 gm Caster Sugar 50 gm Alphonso Mango Pulp 50 ml Mango Cubes as desiredPreparation In a heavy-bottomed pan, combine cream, milk and sugar, and bring it to a boil. Soak gelatin in a tablespoon of water for ten minutes. Whisk the gelatin into the milk-cream mixture ensuring that no lumps are formed. Remove the mixture from heat and mix in the mango pulp. Allow the mixture to rest at room temperature. Pour the panna cotta mixture into a jar/glass of choice with layers of fresh mango pulp/cubes as desired. Refrigerate the dessert for 2 hours until set. Serve chilled. (Courtesy: Ramit Kohli, Executive Sous Chef, The Taj City Centre, Gurugram)
New Delhi: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking contempt action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for attributing his remarks on the recent Rafale verdict to the apex court. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the plea on April 15. Lekhi in her plea said Gandhi has attributed his personal remarks to the top court and tried to create prejudice. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi, told the bench that Congress president made a remark that the “Supreme Court has said, chowkidaar chor hai” in the verdict.
New Delhi: The Indian economy appears to have slowed down in 2018-19 due to lower private consumption, tepid growth in fixed investment and muted exports, a finance ministry report has said. The Central Statistics Office (CSO), which released the national account data for the third quarter, had in February revised downwards the growth estimate for 2018-19 fiscal to 7 per cent from 7.2 per cent. The 7 per cent growth is the lowest in 5 years. In its monthly economic report for March, the Finance Ministry said monetary policy has attempted to provide a fillip to the growth impulse through cuts in repo rate and easing of bank liquidity. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”India’s economy appears to have slowed down slightly in 2018-19. The proximate factors responsible for this slowdown include declining growth of private consumption, tepid increase in fixed investment, and muted exports, it said. The Ministry, however, said that India continues to remain the fastest growing major economy and is projected to grow faster in the coming years. Talking of challenges, the Ministry highlighted that growth in agriculture sector needs to be reversed. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”The real effective exchange rate has appreciated in Q4 (January-March) of 2018-19 and could pose challenges to the revival of exports in the near future,” it said. On the external front, current account deficit as ratio to GDP is set to fall in Q4 (January-March) of 2018-19, which will limit the leakage of growth impulse from the economy. The fiscal deficit of the central government has been gliding down to the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) target. The 2018-19 GDP growth of 7 per cent is the lowest in 5 years. In 2013-14 the growth was 6.4 pr cent, in 2014-15 it was 7.4 per cent, 8.2 per cent in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and 7.2 per cent in 2017-18. The Ministry said the room for monetary easing by the RBI has been created by low inflation in 2018-19, although it has started to inch up in last few months of the year. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, cut rates in February and April citing prospects of benign inflation. In the four months of 2019, the RBI has cut policy interest rates twice by 0.25 per cent each to one-year low of 6 per cent. This is the first back-to-back rate cut since the MPC was formed in late 2016.
Chandigarh: KL Rahul’s scintillating 36-ball-71 paved the way for a consolation six-wicket victory for Kings XI Punjab here Sunday but not before CSK ensured a top-two finish with chance to play the first IPL Qualifier at their happy hunting home ground Chepauk. With nothing to lose in the final game of the season, Rahul, Chris Gayle (28 off 28 balls) and Nicholas Pooran (36 off 22 balls) were the key contributors in KXIP’s successful chase of 171 in in 18 overs. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHowever CSK will be happy that with a net run-rate of +0.131 which is far better than Delhi Capitals’ (+0.044), the defending champions will remain in the top two with two clear shots at summit clash qualification even if MI beat KKR in the evening game. Such was Rahul’s domination that Universe Boss Gayle’s run-a-ball knock paled in in comparison as the duo added 108 runs in only 10.3 overs to seal the match. While senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh got three wickets, he was hit for 57 runs in four overs. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn fact, Dhoni’s ploy to use Harbhajan in the Powerplays which had worked wonderfully at the Chepauk, backfired on a placid Mohali track as he went for 41 runs in his first two overs –17 in the first and 24 in the second. In that second Harbhajan over which was fourth of the innings, Rahul hit the veteran for three boundaries and two sixes, completing his half-century off 19 balls. He scored at fast clip albeit coming only after skipper Ravichandran Ashwin’s public admission that KXIP’s Powerplay batting left a lot to be desired. Harbhajan was far better in his final two overs as he took three wickets for 16 runs including Rahul, Gayle and Mayank Agarwal. However Pooran played a cameo to ensure happy ending for the home team. Earlier, Faf du Plessis missed out on a well-deserved hundred by four runs as Kings XI Punjab bowled well at the death to restrict Chennai Super Kings to 170 for 5. Courtesy Du Plessis’ 96 off 55 balls and his 120-run stand with Suresh Raina (53 off 38 balls) set a platform for the defending champions. However Sam Curran (3/35) and MOhammed Shami (2/17 in 3 overs) bowled well in the final few overs as CSK seemed at least 10 runs short of par score. Du Plessis’ knock had 10 fours and four sixes and was dismissed by brilliant Curran yorker in the 19th over. Du Plessis destroyed the Kings XI bowling attack, particularly punishing medium pacer Andrew Tye (0/37 in 3 overs) and spinner Murugan Ashwin (0/33 in 3 overs), hitting two boundaries and a six in one of their over. Raina gave him good support at the other end, hitting five boundaries and two sixes. Raina, who along with du Plessis tried to accelerate the pace of scoring, fell when the score was 150 in the 17th over off Curran’s bowling. The England all-rounder at the onset had dismissed Shane Watson. Ambati Rayudu (10) and Kedar Jadhav’s (0) wickets were claimed by pacer Mohd Shami in the final over of the innings.
New Delhi: The Election Commission Tuesday asserted that EVMs used in the Lok Sabha polls are “absolutely safe” in strongrooms, dismissing allegations that the voting machines used in the elections were being switched with fresh ones ahead of counting of votes on May 23. Referring to the allegations and complaints, the commission said it would like to “emphatically and unambiguously” clarify that all such reports and allegations are “absolutely false and factually incorrect.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The visuals on TV and social media “do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls”, it said. In a statement, the EC said, after the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to designated strongrooms, which are sealed with double locks in the presence of candidates and observers of the commission. The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is videoed. “Continuous CCTV camera coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports “Further, candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24X7 vigil at all times,” the statement said. On counting day, the strongrooms are opened in the presence of candidates or their agents and observers. This is also videoed. Before counting starts, the counting agents are shown the address tags, seals and serial number of EVMs to satisfy themselves to the genuineness and authenticity of the machines used in the polls, it said. The provisions and protocols have been explained to political parties on multiple occasions, including in several of the 93 meetings held with them at the commission, since the announcement of elections, the EC pointed out. “It can be appreciated, the detailed administrative protocols, security framework and procedural guidelines mandated by the commission completely foreclose and pre-empt the possibility of any mischief or manipulation in the polled EVMs and VVPATs stored in the designated strongrooms. “The aspersions in clips being used in media merely pertain to the storage or movement of reserve unused EVMs,” the statement said. It made it clear that any case of lapse, even in handling of reserve EVMs, is thoroughly investigated and disciplinary action taken against the officers responsible.
CAIRO – Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi intends to sue the army-installed authorities over his ouster in July, his lawyer told reporters on Wednesday.Mohamed al-Damati and a team of lawyers visited Morsi in jail on Monday, where he is awaiting the next hearing in a trial on charges of involvement in the deaths of protesters during his presidency.“The president plans to take legal measures against the coup, and this will be up to the defence team in the near future,” Damati said. “There are complaints which will be presented to the prosecutor general (to say) that what happened was a crime,” he said.Damati also said complaints could be filed to the administrative court to annul “the move to by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi” to topple Morsi.Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was removed from office by the army on July 3 after mass protests calling for his resignation.