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Gov’t Warns Opposition Leaders Against June 7 Protest

first_imgPres. Weah says meeting with the oppositions will strengthen peace and unity.The government has warned planners of the pending June 7 ‘peaceful protest’ to abandon to their quest or else made to face the consequence thereafter. Government also threatened to drastically institute serious action against the leaderships of political parties and individual organizers of the planned ‘peaceful protest’, should it turn violent and destructive.The threat came ahead of the planned June 7 ‘peaceful protest’ organized by some stalwarts of the opposition political parties, and individuals critical of the George Weah system of governance.At a news conference on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Smith Toby, described as “unfortunate” for organizers of the planned protest to insist that they will not negotiate with government on finding any amicable solution to resolve whatever their grievances.“The President is aware that the protesters have received US$350,000 to pay vulnerable citizens to protest on June 7; and has therefore budgeted US$5 for each of the protesters. Again, the government will not go for innocent citizens if the protest turned chaotic, but the planners,” Toby warned.He said while the government is prepared to grant any request from its citizens to protest, failure on the part of the political leaders and individuals to institute measures to keep it peaceful will lead to total accountability of any negative results.Toby said President Weah will ensure that the country is stable as the protesters will not instill fear in the minds of their fellow citizens and the international community.“We hear people from the Alternative National Congress (ANC), the Unity Party (UP), All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Liberty Party (LP) talking about the protest. It is their members who keep talking about the protest. This money can be used to build factories instead of paying people to take to the streets,” Toby alleged.It can be recalled that the ANC political leader Alexander Benedict Cummings and the vice chair of Liberty Party, Abraham Darius Dillon have already added their voices in support of the planned protest.But Toby said President Weah is a peaceful person, who is ready and open for discussion regarding the planned June 7 protest.Commenting on District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah’s recent engagements with Mr. Weah, Toby said the lawmaker was “courageous to indicate that if supporters of the President continue to attack or rain insults at him, he will reply them at the presidency.”“I hold nothing against you President Weah. We don’t have any beef but if some of your supporters continue to attack me, I will do same to you,” Toby said, quoting Rep. Kolubah’s remarks to President Weah during their recent interaction.According to him, President Weah’s quest to keep Liberia stable prompted the meeting with Rep. Kolubah, describing the engagement as fruitful with plans to continue the dialogue ongoing.Mr. Toby said in the wake of the prevailing economic crisis, President Weah is engaging with investors and international partners to resuscitate the country’s economy.In a related development, Toby said the Headquarters of the Female Journalist Association of Liberia (FeJAL), was the President’s way of appreciating the work of the ladies in the media.“The facility is valued US$112,000, with computers, chairs, tables and the two and half parcel of land. We are hoping that they will utilize their new facility. This is not something that the President has given and wants people to write good story about him, but everywhere people just criticize and think that it is meant to buy the journalists,” Toby said.The president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Charles Coffey, has also made similar request to Mr. Weah; a request that is currently being viewed by the government.Meanwhile, President Weah, along with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, resumed official work yesterday after nearly one week of fumigation, following the appearance of snakes in the lobby of the Foreign Ministry, the building that houses the Office of the President.Toby said President Weah has been working from his residence while the fumigation process was ongoing at the Foreign Ministry.He added, “the snakes were seen on the ground floor of the Ministry, and were spotted by many of those who were on duty at the fateful hour.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Rough seas delay rockfish, halibut openers

first_imgMother Nature can be so cruel sometimes. After months and months of anticipation leading up to Tuesday’s rockfish and halibut openers, boats from Crescent City to Shelter Cove were forced to stay in port due to howling north winds. Blustery winds this time of the year are common, and they actually do way more good than harm. But the timing could have been a little better. The good news is we won’t have to wait long to get on the water. By today, wind and seas are forecasted to die down …last_img read more

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UP state board results are out, check upmsp.edu.in

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad on Friday announced results of class X and XII. About 81.6% passed in Class X, where as 82.5% in Class XII. The results can be checked here: http://www.upmsp.edu.in/Fathepur girl Tejasvi Devi topped the Class X board exam with 95.83%. Priyanshi Tiwari topped class XII with 96.20%.In 2016, the pass percentage for class X was 87.66% and for class XII it was 87.99%.last_img

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Madhya Pradesh farmers’ protest: Rahul, other leaders released

first_img| Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji  Congress politicising farmers’ stir: NaiduUnion Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of instigating and politicising the farmers’ stir in Madhya Pradesh and termed Mr. Gandhi’s planned visit to the violence-hit Mandsaur “another photo opportunity.”“The Congress is instigating and politicising the issue. It should stop doing that and behave as a responsible political party to help restore normalcy there,” he said.Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Mr. Naidu also dismissed the Congress’ demand that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan step down from his post in view of the killing of five protesting farmers in police firing.Mr. Naidu recalled an incident in the State’s Betul district on January 12, 1998, where 24 farmers died allegedly in police firing ordered by Mr. Digvijaya Singh.“Did they seek resignation of [Digvijaya] Singh when the 24 farmers were killed? Did the Congress vice president visit the victim farmers then?” Mr. Naidu asked.Two toll plazas vandalisedTwo toll plazas were vandalised and a warehouse was set on fire in Neemuch. Sixty-two people have been detained, say police.State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said the death of five farmers was due to police firing.It may be noted that the State government had denied that police firing killed them.Mr. Singh said the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police failed to control the situation and deal with the agitating farmers.Read more  Collector, SP transferredAs protests spread to other districts, the government transferred Mandsaur District Collector Swatantra Kumar Singh. He was posted as deputy secretary, Mantralaya. He was replaced by O.P. Shrivastava, official sources said.The government also transferred Superintendent of Police O.P. Tripathi and posted Manoj Kumar Singh in his place, the sources added.Section 144 has been imposed in Neemuch. Mobile-based Internet services were suspended in Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam. All roads are blocked and outsiders are not allowed.Rahul Gandhi heading towards MandsaurCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi was expected to reach Neemuch before heading to the violence-hit Mandsaur. He left Delhi on Thursday, even as the local police made it clear that he will not be allowed to enter the district.JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav is accompanying Mr. Gandhi, besides senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia.Read more The police have blocked all roads and highways near Mandsaur. Watch: Farmer agitation turns violent Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh continues to be on the boil even two days after five agitating farmers were killed in a police firing. Prohibitory orders continued in many parts of western Madhya Pradesh.Here are the Latest updates by our correspondent Mahesh Langa from Mandsaur:Rahul releasedCongress leaders including Rahul Gandhi have been released by the M.P. Police. They, along with JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, were taken into preventive custody earlier in the day. Open for dialogueThe government is open for dialogue with the agitating farmers, says Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He said the state government was open for a dialogue to iron out the differences and once again appealed them to maintain peace.“The state government is always ready for talks with farmers. I appeal to the farmers to maintain calm. Only talks can end the differences. The state government is of farmers and public. I will continue to work for them. We (state government) are going to start buying Tur and Urad pulses from farmers at MSP from June 10. I appeal to the farmers to join hands to work for the state’s development,” he said.Curfew to be relaxed for women, childrenCurfew would be relaxed for women and children up to the age of 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Mandsaur and and Pipliamandi, Mandsaur SDM N S Rajawat said.Earlier, Divisional Commissioner M B Ojha said Internet services might also be restored.“For the last two to three days, farmers were stopping vehicles and setting them on fire. No such incident has been reported today. The situation is almost normal,” he said.Congress leaders detainedCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi and other Congress others were detained at Nayagaon village, near Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border. Party leaders Kamal Nath, Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh, and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav were taken into preventive custody.Television channels showed Mr. Gandhi arguing with police personnel as his convoy was blocked at the border.Speaking to the reporters, Mr. Gandhi blamed the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh and Centre for the farmers’ crisis. “Farmers are agitating across the country. They [NDA government] haven’t fulfilled the promises they made. This is an anti-farmer government both at the State and Central level,” he said before being detained.While being taken into police custody, Mr. Yadav said, “Demonetisation and anti-farmers’ policies of the NDA government have ruined farmers across the country. Farmers are forced to sell onion at Rs 2 a kg. No MSP offered by the Madhya Pradesh government.”Congress VP #RahulGandhi being stopped by police from entering #Mandsaur The police fired at farmers who were protesting, 6 people died pic.twitter.com/mttx58GcE0— INC India (@INCIndia) June 8, 2017 Story so farFive farmers were killed and two critically injured in Mandsaur when the police opened fire during a violent protest on Tuesday.The farmers have been agitating since June 1, demanding better prices for their produce and loan waiver.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more

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