Video of SP MLA’s communal appeal goes viral

first_imgIn a video that went viral on Monday, Nahid Hasan, SP MLA from Kairana, was heard making a communal appeal to Muslims to not buy goods from shopkeepers close to the BJP. “Buy your grocery from Jhijhana or Panipat [neighbouring towns]. If you take this pain for a month, these shopkeepers would understand your value. Their homes run because we buy goods from them. Still we have to suffer,” he was heard saying. He also described the administration as “BJP-minded.”Later, he clarified that he was speaking for the poor. “I was speaking for the vendors who were being forcibly removed from the market by the administration that is biased towards the BJP supporters,” he alleged. Panel set upThe Shamli police have taken cognisance of the video. Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar said he had constituted an inquiry committee under Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Srivastava that would check the veracity of the video and the context of the appeal made by the MLA and submit its report in a day. “Following the orders of the district magistrate, we are undertaking an anti-encroachment drive in the town. We are removing squatters from the government land. It is not against vendors of any one community,” Mr. Srivastava told The Hindu. He said the administration was not taking any chances during the festival season in the communally sensitive city.last_img read more

Rep VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency

first_img16Mar Rep. VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency State Rep. Curt VanderWall voted today in favor of bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.VanderWall, of Ludington, was author of House bill 4150, one of the 11 House bills. The entire package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).“I am a firm believer that people have a right to access information that will show them how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent,” VanderWall said. “Holding government officials accountable for their actions has long been a priority of mine, and with this legislation we are taking a huge step forward in achieving that goal.”VanderWall’s legislation creates and sets definitions for LORA, a key component of the package.The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House, but did not reach the governor for signature.VanderWall said Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. The House decided to include a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.##### Categories: News,VanderWall Newslast_img read more

UK cabler Virgin Media has launched a Dark Knight

first_imgUK cabler Virgin Media has launched a Dark Knight Rises app on its TiVo service.Virgin Media has teamed with the movie’s producer, Warner Bros, to launch the app, which gives fans video and background content ahead of the film’s general release on Friday.last_img