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Violence, arrests and censorship in all four corners of India

first_img In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Reporters Without Borders condemns a wave of violence and censorship against the media in various parts of the country in the past few weeks, including beatings of journalists and media restrictions in Kashmir, a newspaper editor arrested in Tamil Nadu, TV stations attacked in New Delhi and Maharashtra, a journalist fatally injured in a bombing in Uttar Pradesh and a Japanese journalist denied a visa. Armed conflict between Maoist guerrillas and government security forces is also having disturbing repercussions on journalists in the affected states, especially Chhattisgarh, under threat from both sides.All these incidents jeopardise the safety and freedom of the media.“The many political and social conflicts in India do not alone explain the level of violence and intolerance towards the media, especially as the state governments and the authorities in New Delhi are at least partly responsible for many of these press freedom violations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “’We urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to issue a public reminder that press freedom must be enforced with the same determination throughout the country.”Editor detained in Tamil NaduReporters Without Borders calls for the release of A. S. Mani, the editor of the Tamil-language magazine Naveena Netrikkan, who has been held since 19 July in Chennai, in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu. One of his colleagues told Reporters Without Borders he was arrested on the orders of Police Commissioner S. R. Jangid after publishing a story about a case of alleged corruption within the police.Mani already spent a month in prison in 2009 (http://en.rsf.org/india-editor-released-after-a-month-in-05-11-2009,3491…). On his release, he told Reporters Without Borders: “Press freedom and press rights are being considerably curtailed by political pressures, particularly in Tamil Nadu. The press is not able to expose the evil at the roots of the society” (http://en.rsf.org/india-two-journalists-held-in-different-04-12-2009,352…).TV stations ransackedIn New Delhi, the headquarters of the Headlines Today TV station were attacked by several thousand Hindu nationalist activists including members of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) on 16 July after the station linked RSS leaders to bombings on Muslim targets. A Headlines Today journalist told Reporters Without Borders that a cameraman was injured and the station sustained a lot of damage.Also on 16 July, a crowd forced its way into a studio in the Marathi-language TV station Ze 24 Taas in Kolhapur, in the western state of Maharashtra, as it was about to broadcast a debate on the border dispute with the neighbouring state of Karnataka. Two of the station’s employees were injured. The nationalist group Shiv Sena was blamed. According to Indian press reports, 11 Shiv Sena members surrendered to the police and were released on bail. Visa cancelledThe central government has meanwhile refused to extend the visa of Shogo Takahashi, the New Delhi bureau chief of Japanese state broadcaster NHK since 2008. He has been forced to leave the country. Indian press reports said the government thought his reporting was too negative and focused too often on poverty. Takahashi had helped to produced a documentary series called “Indo no Shogeki” (The Impact of India).Several dozen foreign journalists are currently barred from reporting in India because the authorities refuse to give them visas.Beatings and restrictions in KashmirIn the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, journalists were subjected to major restrictions from 7 to 9 July because of a curfew imposed by the police and army in response to a wave of demonstrations and unrest. Reporters were unable to move about in the summer capital, Srinagar, because the local authorities cancelled their curfew passes. No newspapers were published on 10 July in protest against the restrictions.Several incidents involving journalists were reported in connection with the demonstrations. Members of the Central Reserve Police Force beat 12 journalists covering a demonstration on 6 July. On the same day, Izhar Wani of Agence France-Presse wanted to rush home after being told that his wife and daughters had fainted from the effects of all the tea-gas discharged in the area. But he was prevented because his pass had been cancelled. Mark Magnier of the Los Angeles Times was hit by a police officer near Srinagar’s Lake Dal on 7 July. Riyaz Masroor of the BBC’s Urdu-language service sustained a fracture to his left hand when policemen hit him on 9 July. “I left my home because the Department of Information called me to collect my pass, but policemen on the street attacked me with batons,” Masroor told Reporters Without Borders.Suhail Bukhari of the TV station NewsX was arrested on 10 July after getting his facts wrong in a report. He and the station apologised for the mistake but they are facing the possibility of being prosecuted on a charge of inciting violence. As a result of the protests and unrest in Kashmir, the authorities imposed new restrictions on the free flow of information: censorship of local cable TV stations, censorship of certain Facebook pages and restrictions on mobile phones during the demonstrations. The newspaper Greater Kashmir reported that the organisers of a Facebook group were summoned for questioning by the police for posting reports and video footage of the rioting in Srinagar.Killed by a bombFinally, Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that Vijay Pratap Singh, a veteran reporter for the Indian Express daily, died on 20 July in a military hospital in New Delhi from the injuries he received when a bomb went off outside the home of Uttar Pradesh finance minister Nand Gopal Nandi in Bahadurganj on 12 July. The minister, who appeared to be the target, and four other people were also injured by the explosion. Singh leaves a wife, a five-year-old son and a daughter aged 11 months. News Organisation India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media April 27, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on India Receive email alerts June 10, 2021 Find out morecenter_img IndiaAsia – Pacific News RSF_en to go further IndiaAsia – Pacific News July 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violence, arrests and censorship in all four corners of India RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Events Cancelled Due To Weather Conditions

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare JANUARY 14TH, 2018  AMANDA PORTER INDIANASeveral events around the Tri-State are cancelled due to weather.Cancelled events:Snowflake Derby 8K Trail Race at the University of Southern Indiana.Holly Dunn book signing at Barnes and Noble, 624 S Green River Rd, Evansville, IN.Evansville Wing Fest at the Veterans Collegium Museum, 300 Court St. Evansville, IN.*Rescheduled to January 20th at 11:00 a.m.Amanda PorterReporter and Anchor for 44NewsMore Posts – Websitelast_img read more

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Mild drought

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga — Most of Georgia is now entering a mild drought. The state has been teetering between abnormally dry and mild drought since spring 2006.An abnormally dry winter has led to very dry soils, record to near-record low stream flows, low reservoir and farm pond levels and dropping groundwater levels across most of Georgia.Rainfall deficits since Jan. 1 include Atlanta at 5.77 inches, Tifton 5.62, Alma 4.96, Plains 4.88, Macon 4.75, Columbus 4.61, Brunswick 4.45, Augusta 3.60, Savannah 2.62 and Athens 2.14.Soils drySoil moisture levels are lowest in northwest and southeast Georgia. The driest soils are north and west of a line from Columbus to Griffin to Cumming to Blue Ridge.Only the lower Flint River Valley and lower Savannah River Valley have near normal soil moisture for late March.Soils will continue to dry fast with little rain and temperatures in the 70s and 80s over the next several days. Warm-season plants are starting to grow. This will make soils lose moisture even faster.By the end the week, soil moisture across the entire state is expected to be abnormally low for late March.Streams lowStream flows statewide are abnormally low for late March, too. The U.S. Geological Survey reports record low daily flows on the Flint River near Griffin, Alcovy above Covington and Middle Oconee near Athens.Most rivers and streams north and west of a line from Brunswick to Dublin to Lincolnton are at or below the 10th percentile for the date. At the 10th percentile, we expect more water in the streams nine out of 10 years.Most major lakes in the state are near the desired level for late March. West Point, Walter F. George, Clarks Hill, Allatoona and Carters are all at or slightly above the guidance level for late March. Lanier, Hartwell and Seminole are running 0.5 to 1.6 feet low for late March.Farm ponds across much of the state are low.The state had less than desirable groundwater recharge this winter. Groundwater levels are dropping statewide.Watering restrictionsThere is little evidence that widespread and consistent rainfall will come in the foreseeable future. So the next month is expected to remain warm and dry.The entire state remains under the level-1 outdoor water-use schedule. Under the level-1 schedule, odd-number street addresses may use water outdoors during allowable hours on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Even-number addresses may use water outdoors during allowable hours on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.Outdoor watering is allowed only from midnight to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight. It’s prohibited all day on Fridays. Local water authorities may further restrict outdoor watering.(David Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Quiet coastal town’s residential price record smashed

first_imgThe house features plenty of luxury inclusions, such as a home cinema. And a bathtub with a view.Mr Lamb said they had to source buyers from the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne looking for a luxury home in a quiet location. “The house was fairly exceptional for the area,” Mr Lamb said. “We didn’t have any comparable homes to this prestige property.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Fingal Head’s benchmark is now a whopping $4.25 million.The new benchmark for the quiet New South Wales costal town, which lies 5km south of the Queensland border, is a whopping $4.25 million. CoreLogic records show the town’s previous record was held by the $3.225 million sale of a six-bedroom house at 36 Queen St in 2015. MORE NEWS: Restaurateur’s old digs dished up to the market MORE NEWS: Be on holidays everyday with this Bahamas-inspired penthouse 14 Bambery St, Fingal Head, is the town’s new residential price record holder.A record price has been paid for a prestige Fingal Head property that will be used as a holiday home by interstate buyers. The eye-watering sale of the luxury house has blown the previous residential record out of the water by more than $1 million. center_img It will be used as a luxury holiday home.The new record holder at 14 Bambery St is a stylish four-bedroom, tri-level house with a separate two-bedroom guesthouse. Both are perched on an elevated 917sq m block that sits between the Tweed River and Pacific Ocean. Kollosche Broadbeach director Michael Kollosche, who sold the property alongside Rob Lamb, said the location, architecture and quality of the build were what made this property stand out to the buyers.“The existing owners are in the building game so they spent a lot of effort and money creating a quality home down there that stands head and shoulders above anything else we have seen there,” he said. “They could appreciate the quality and detail while still being quite a low-maintenance property. “The separate guesthouse was quite appealing for those coming up from interstate as there is room for other family members and friends to stay without being on top of each other.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe two-in-one property sold to interstate buyers.last_img read more

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