Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance is heading back to New York’s boards in 2016! The stage and screen star will lead the Big Apple premiere of Nice Fish as part of the inaugural season at St. Ann’s Warehouse’s new home on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Other standout productions include the previously rumored Gillian Anderson-led transfer of the hit London revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.Donmar Warehouse’s Henry IV will kick off the season and play November 6 through December 6. The second with St. Ann’s in director Phyllida Lloyd’s trilogy of all-female Shakespeares, the classic is set against the backdrop of women in prison.This will be followed by Enda Walsh’s first opera, The Last Hotel, which Walsh is creating with composer Donnacha Dennehy. The look at assisted suicide and the marketplace will run January 8, 2016, through January 17.Rylance will star in Nice Fish from February 14, 2016 through March 13. The new play is conceived and written by Rylance and poet Louis Jenkins, adapted from Jenkins’ book of poems about ice fishing in Minnesota. Claire van Kampen will direct.The much-buzzed about London production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire will star Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, under the direction of Benedict Andrews. The classic is set for a limited engagement April 23, 2016 through May 22. View Comments
Katie Ledecky – the best is yet to comeAmerica’s newest star wrote her name in lights by uniting the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle for the first time since 1968 — winning two of the races in world-record time. Ledecky, 19, has four gold medals overall including the 4x200m freestyle relay, plus silver from the 4x100m free.The most extraordinary stat for Ledecky is that she has never lost an individual final at a world championships or Olympics, compiling nine world titles before she has even reached her twenties. She burst onto the scene at the 2012 London Olympics, when she won the 800m at just 15. And she has confirmed every ounce of her promise with her feats in Rio, which include world records in the 400m and 800m.“I just wanted to lay it all out there,” Ledecky said after Friday’s 800m race. “It was my last swim here at the Olympics, the pinnacle of our sport, and I have to wait another four years to have that moment.” Ominously for her competitors, Ledecky may be reaching her peak for Tokyo 2020. Rafaela Silva – heroine defies racist tauntsRafaela Silva, who was brought up in Rio’s notorious City of God favela, was called a “monkey” after being disqualified from the London Olympics in 2012. Four years on, Brazil is hosting the Games and the 57kg category judoka is the heroine as the country’s first and only gold medal of the opening week of competition.“People taunted me, they said I was a monkey and my place was in a cage. But I proved my place is in sport and in judo,” said the gritty 24-year-old who has spoken forcefully about racism in her country whilst she is in the Olympic headlines. Her sporting skill also deserves attention. She beat world number one Sumiya Dorjsuren of Mongolia to take the title and prove that Brazil is a world force in women’s judo even if the country does not always treasure them. Simone Biles – pint-sized but up with the greatsRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | With the Rio Olympics at the halfway mark, here are five sporting stars who left their mark on the first week of competition with their records, style and courage: Fiji – the capital of rugby sevens The South Pacific sevens rugby players came to Rio as favourites but no one expected them to trounce Britain 43-7 in such devastating fashion in the final as the sport made its Olympic debut. Sevens may come from Britain but Fiji has become its capital.The speed and passing of captain Osea Kolinisau and his team blew away all-comers and they saved the best for last. World Rugby believes that Fiji and even the teams that trailed them will bring in new adepts and hopefully a permanent Olympic status. Fiji reckons the country’s first ever gold medal will bring sporting glory and tourists and investment to a poor country of 900,000 people.Ironically, Fiji is especially hailing the work of coach Ben Ryan to lift the side in recent years. He of course is British. Simone Biles – pint-sized but up with the greatsSimone Biles lived up to her star billing as the gymnastics dynamo put herself on track for a record five gold medals in Rio by winning the all-around title after helping the United States to defend their team title.The 1.45m (4ft 9ins) Texan with a big smile gave a powerful display of gravity-defying tumbling and acrobatics to add the Olympic all-around crown to the three world titles she holds. She is unbeaten in the individual event since 2013.If Biles takes the vault, beam and floor over coming days she will have won more gold at one Games than any other woman, overtaking Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina (1956), Czech Vera Caslavska (1968) and Romanian Ecaterina Szabo (1984), who have all won four.“I’m pretty sure I’ll just go on lockdown at my house. It won’t be exactly normal, but we’ll make it as normal as possible,” said 19-year-old Biles of how she will cope with her fame on her return home. Michael Phelps – more gold and more matureHe said his body ached, his legs hurt and he felt tired, but Michael Phelps still went out of the Olympics in spectacular style with four golds and a silver in a week — 22 golds in a five-Olympics career — and still one more title likely on Saturday. The Chinese medicinal practice of ‘cupping’ which left red circle marks on his body was the only apparent sign that at 31, Phelps is slowing down, and then barely. His victories in the 4x100m free and 4x200m free relays, 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley were all clear.The man who won eight golds at Beijing in 2008 has always come across as something of a medal machine. But Phelps has also shown his more mature side in Rio. Being in a three-way dead heat for silver in the 100m on Friday was “kind of cool”.“My body is in pain, my legs are hurting,” said Phelps after a crushing 200m fly win. “I think the biggest thing for me through the meet so far is I’ve been able to kind of finish how I wanted to,” added the American, who has insisted there will be no sixth Olympics. Share on: WhatsApp
By John BurtonRED BANK – Local legislation regulating business district signage is meeting resistance from the business community, and may prohibit some signs designed by the ordinance’s main supporter.The Borough Council at its Feb. 24 meeting introduced an ordinance that revises the long-standing one regulating signs in the business districts as well as the borough’s historic district, which includes much of the downtown commercial Special Improvement District, and meet the standards of the borough master plan, intending to protect the district.The proposed ordinance would regulate the size and scope of signs, as well as the maximum height they would be permitted on buildings, among other restrictions.Another provision of the ordinance is that it does not allow internally illuminated signs.The ordinance is the work of the council’s code enforcement committee, chaired by Republican Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, with Burnham and the committee having spent two and a half years and roughly $18,000, with most of the money going to pay a professional planner.Of the ordinance, Burnham said “We accomplished what we set out to do,” which was to revise the long-on-the-books ordinance and simplify it. “Maybe not to everyone’s satisfaction. But you can’t please all the people all the time.”Burnham a couple of weeks ago announced she had worked unilaterally with Red Bank Flavour, a former coalition of borough restaurant owners who worked to promote their businesses, for the businesses to pay for a series of signs that would direct visitors to downtown municipal parking lots. The signs, which Burnham said she designed, however, would be internally illuminated and lighted in the evenings, and hung from street side lampposts.Councilman Edward Zipprich, a Democrat, was critical of Burnham’s actions and pointed out that the signs would violate Burnham’s ordinance. While appreciating that businesses may feel the signs directing visitors would help local businesses – “We support that,” he said – Zipprich took Burnham to task for her actions.“Cindy, taking charge, getting somebody to buy these signs and telling everybody she can do whatever she wants to do,” Zipprich said, “that’s not proper protocol.”Zipprich added, “I think if we approve the signage to the parking in the downtown it should be compliant with how the ordinance reads and protect the historic district.”“He’s wrong,” Burnham countered. “We’re not talking about store signs; we’re talking about traffic control signs.” She believed these signs would be exempt from the ordinance restrictions as a public service.Burnham also accused Zipprich of “playing politics.”“Come on Ed,” she answered. Do the best thing for the town, what’s right for Red Bank.”Borough attorney Jean Cipriani, was on vacation this week and unavailable to untangle the legalities of the ordinance.Red Bank RiverCenter, the management and advocacy organization for the borough commercial Special Improvement District, has its own reservations with the ordinance. There were a few specific points that RiverCenter objected, including the prohibition of internally illuminated signs, said the organization’s executive director, James Scavone. But, “In general, the ordinance itself is just too overwhelming and very confusing,” and may pose too onerous for future businesses thinking of relocating to the borough, he added.Scavone is encouraging the governing body to again review the proposal, “to see if there is another way to simplify the ordinance.” He suggested Red Bank look at Princeton’s comparable ordinance, just about six pages (as opposed to Red Bank’s 11-page ordinance), and use it as a template.“We simplified it,” from where it started, Burnham maintained, charging that RiverCenter and businesses “want to come in and do whatever they want here.”Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, agreed with Scavone, believing, “It’s still too bureaucratic, too long, too confusing and to apply it would be extremely expensive.”On the other hand, Menna continued, he likes Burnham’s parking signs and believes businesses should be permitted to use the illuminated signs. “As far as I’m concerned, any advertising mechanism that is commonly recognized in the industry should be available for their use in order to remain competitive and to keep a viable downtown,” Menna said.The borough attorney is comparing this ordinance to Princeton’s and may make recommendations. The borough planning board will have to review it, as well, before it returns to the council for its consideration and vote, officials said.
By Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – The township Planning Board has delayed hearing the Route 35 Village project – a combination of almost 340,000 square feet of commercial space and 350 townhouses – until at least early December.At its June 15 meeting, the Planning Board said it would combine hearing the “Shoppes at Middletown” commercial and the “Oaks at Middletown” residential proposals – actually separate applications for different parts of a 118-acre tract along Route 35, so the board and public could better comprehend the various aspects, such as engineering, traffic and other related components. The 118 acres is between Route 35 North, Kings Highway East, Carriage Drive and Kanes Lane – identifiable by the iconic Calico the Clown advertising sign at the Spirits Unlimited liquor store.But when the board met Wednesday, Sept.7, the township Planning and Community Development Department had yet to deem the Oaks application complete. The Planning Board could have continued hearing the Shoppes application, which it had started hearing June 1 and continued June 15, but it decided to postpone the hearing until both could be heard at the same time. The Planning Board also expressed a concern about first being able to review additional information submitted by John Orrico/Village 35, the Purchase, New York, developer proposing the Shoppes.“I see no purpose of moving forward (at this time),” Planning Board Chairman John Deus said at the meeting.The Planning and Community Development Department has to rule on the completeness of the townhouse application within 45 days of its submission, or by about Oct. 10. But the Planning Board said the earliest available date to begin hearing the Route 35 Village proposal would be Dec. 7 due to scheduling and public noticing.Toll Brothers, the Horsham, Pennsylvania, company that proposes the Oaks, had submitted an application May 27. The Planning and Community Development Department requested more information, resulting in Toll Brothers resubmitting on Aug. 25 – which put the October deadline in place.Marc Policastro, lawyer for the Shoppes, requested the Shoppes hearing continue at the Sept. 7 meeting. But the board denied that.“Everything to move forward is as a consolidated application,” Deus said.“There’s no practical way this board can hold two concurrent hearings,” said Planning Board Attorney James Gorman. “Confusing the public, confusing the board didn’t make sense.”While Dec. 7 is the earliest the Planning Board could entertain the Shoppes-Oaks hearing, a decision on a specific date would be made down the road, Gorman said.Outside of the Planning Board meeting, representatives of the Shoppes declined to comment.Orrico has maintained he would do no interviews until after the application is heard.John A. Giunco, the lawyer for the Oaks, said Toll Brothers looks to meet all township demands. “Toll Brothers takes this application very seriously,” Giunco said.Opponents, however, were glad the Planning Board held off on continuing any aspect of the Route 35 Village project.“We’re obviously happy it was pushed out,” said Pauline Hynes, who lives in the township’s Chapel Hill section. “Any delay is good.”“The residents were very pleased with the board’s decision, because the only way to review this application is to be combined,” said Monica Manning, president of the Minding Middletown, LLC citizens action group.Minding Middletown expressed concern about the suburbanization of Kings Highway East, the need for a movie theater and traffic flow. Minding Middletown is putting together a team of experts to fight the project, including Red Bank lawyer Ron Gasiorowski. It also runs the StopVillage35 Facebook page and holds information sessions.The Shoppes at Middletown is envisioned to be 338,455 square feet of retail, restaurant and movie theater space with 1,786 parking spaces on 52 acres along Route 35. On the rear 66 acres of the 118-acre tract, Toll Brothers would build 350 townhouses – 280 units at open-market price and 70 units of affordable housing.The 118 acres is owned by Mountain Hill LLC, which is the local Azzolina-Scaduto family. Mountain Hill’s lawyer Gary Fox declined comment.Before the Planning Board meeting started, residents expressed their opposition to all or parts of the Route 35 Village project.“Who wants it?” said Jean Ferrando, 75, who lives off Kings Highway East. “I don’t want it. There’s going to be a lot of traffic. (Route) 35 is bad enough.”Builders have a right to build, but “you’ve got to be fair to everybody,” said Christa Costello, who has lived off Kings Highway East for 16 years.“We’re really trying to downscale this a little bit,” said Costello, who expressed concern about a buffer between the project and her Kings Landing development.“This is my third move in Middletown,” Costello said. “We moved over here because it was really country-like. Kings Highway (East), what are they going to do with that nice country road? There’s going to be a highway now.”Marc Cofone, 46, of the Belford section was accompanying his aunt, Carolyn Crimmins, who lives in Kings Landing. He said a major concern was residential property values going down because of the development.“I’m totally disgusted they are doing this to the people living there for more than 30 years,” Crimmins said.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2015)–A public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place Monday, April 20 at Santa Anita Park. The service, which is to begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be staged in the track’s Chandelier Room.Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers.At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Southern California Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room. –30–
Martin Garcia3955713%44%$344,774 Drayden Van Dyke4255512%36%$304,964 Patrick Gallagher1432221%50%$228,758 Steve Knapp1331223%46%$97,320 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Edwin Maldonado59105717%37%$328,710 Doug O’Neill6159128%43%$291,092 Kent Desormeaux3347512%48%$329,970 Joseph Talamo68891012%40%$415,164 Steven Miyadi2036315%60%$116,214 Mario Gutierrez71815711%42%$442,604 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Eurton28410414%64%$194,700 William Spawr1453136%64%$132,314 Philip D’Amato4187920%59%$488,570 Vladimir Cerin1041240%70%$111,300 John Sadler2533212%32%$149,650 David Lopez631341121%44%$365,528 J. Eric Kruljac1531220%40%$50,150 Jeff Mullins1032030%50%$88,980 Fernando Perez63741111%35%$299,916 Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 Kristin Mulhall1442129%50%$150,350 Richard Baltas3875318%39%$456,104 Mark Glatt2842114%25%$130,880 Flavien Prat61841213%39%$429,978 Gary Stevens2142019%29%$492,680 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 Mike Smith3843311%26%$427,650 Jerry Hollendorfer484578%33%$252,262 J. Keith Desormeaux1940621%53%$100,920 FINISH LINES: The lead news item today at the Great Race Place: A massive two-day Pick Six carryover of $307,069. It’s expected today’s total Pick Six pool should approach $2 million. OCHO OCHO OCHO MAKES DOWNHILL DEBUT SUNDAYOcho Ocho Ocho makes his first start on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course Sunday when he runs in the $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs.“It’s actually the second time he’s been entered to run down the hill,” pointed out Jim Cassidy, who trains the four-year-old colt for owner Deron Pearson, campaigning as DP Racing. “The last time was in the Juvenile Turf Sprint on Breeders’ Cup day in 2014, but the race was taken off the grass.”That didn’t stop the son of Street Sense from winning by nearly six lengths. His last two races have come at one mile on turf, including the Mathis Brothers Mile on Dec. 26, in which he finished ninth after a wide trip. It was his first start in seven months.The Clockers’ Corner marks the first time in his last six races that Ocho Ocho Ocho has not run in a graded stakes. His last win came in the Grade III Delta Jackpot on Nov. 22, 2014, when he held on by a nose under Mike Smith, who rides veteran Silentio in the Clockers’ corner.In other Clockers’ Corner news:Leading trainer Phil D’Amato has two horses scheduled to go in the Clockers’ Corner.One is Cape Wolfe, a four-year-old English-bred gelding who makes his U.S. debut, and Coastline, who was second by a neck in his first start down the hill, in the Grade III Daytona on Dec. 30.“Cape Wolfe is a nice horse and is in the race to kind of get started,” D’Amato said of the bay son of Piccolo who has not raced since last July, when he won his third straight race in Ireland. “He’ll be coming late. We’ll see if 6 ½ is too short or not for him, but I think down the road he’s going to be best going a mile.”Home Run Kitten makes his first start in eight months when he runs in the Clockers’ Corner.“He might need this race, but with the weather being what it’s been lately, we decided we’d better get a race into him and not worry too much about working,” said trainer David Hofmans of the son of the prolific turf sire Kitten’s Joy.“Our long-range goal would be the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here in November. We’re working towards that.”In the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, Home Run Kitten finished 11th but was beaten only four lengths in a field of 14.The Clockers’ Corner: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 7-2; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 10-1; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 8-1; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Silentio, Mike Smith, 8-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1.STAKES WINNER GERVINHO STANDS AT LEGACY RANCHGrade II winner Gervinho has relocated for his second season as a stallion to Legacy Ranch in Clements, CA. A stakes winner at two and three, and a California champion at three, he won Santa Anita’s Grade II Sir Beaufort Stakes and Del Mar’s $100,000 Oceanside Stakes.Gervinho earned over $420,000 and was on the board in eight of nine career starts, including the Grade I Hollywood Derby, the Grade II Del Mar Derby and Santa Anita’s Grade III Twilight Derby.A six-year-old son of Unusual Heat out of Foreverinthegame, by Out of Place, who raced primarily on turf, Gervinho possess solid credentials for multiple surfaces.“One of the best horses I have ever trained, Gervinho had an amazing turn of foot and an incredible mind,” said trainer Carla Gaines. “It’s very disappointing we never had the chance to try him on the dirt as he trained brilliantly on it.”“Gervinho is absolutely gorgeous physically and has so much to offer California breeders,” said Gayle Van Leer, manager of the stallion who stands in 2016 for $3,500 live foal with consideration to approved mares. For more information visit www.legacyranchinc.com MOR SPIRIT BREEZES FOR LEWIS STAKES ON FEB. 6TRAINERS AT THE READY FOR CLOCKERS’ CORNERTWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER STANDS AT $307,069 Bob Baffert3474821%56%$437,120 MOR SPIRIT IN ‘STIFF’ WORK FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTUnder a 360-degree cloud cover that obliterated old Sol, leading Triple Crown contender Mor Spirit worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in a relatively pedestrian 1:13.60 in preparation for his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6.Trainer Bob Baffert had the Kentucky-bred colt by Eskendereya galloping out seven furlongs in 1:29 flat.Regular rider Gary Stevens was aboard Mor Spirit, who worked in company with Mt Veeder, who was also timed in 1:13.60.“It was a good stiff work for him,” Baffert said of Mor Spirit, who last raced on Dec. 19 when he won the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity by a length and a quarter. “The track is very demanding in the mornings.“It’s on to the Lewis. He’s on schedule.”Exaggerator worked seven furlongs in 1:25.80 for trainer Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent in the irons as the Delta Jackpot winner readies for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15. Santiago Gonzalez952113922%45%$758,658 Martin Pedroza3752114%22%$93,940 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller4363314%28%$212,370 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 22) Tyler Baze85714118%38%$389,702
Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written to the UN Secretary General and President of the UN Security Council highlighting Pakistan’s legal case on the Jammu and Kashmir issue. The Foreign Office said in a statement on Wednesday that the letter, alongwith a detailed factsheet and comprehensive annexures highlighted the “illegal, unilateral, coercive” Indian actions of August 5. The Indian government revoked the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”. New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept the reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric. Qureshi, in his letter to UN chief Antonio Guterres and UNSC President Vasily Nebenzya, said Indian action aimed at bringing about a demographic change” in Kashmir. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests He said India wanted to preempt the UN-administered plebiscite” envisaged under numerous UN Security Council Resolutions to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiri people to join Pakistan or India. The FO said that the letter not only builds on Pakistan’s efforts to sensitise the international community about the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir but also presents its comprehensive position on the Jammu and Kashmir issue. It also contained the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, bilateral agreements and letters to the UN in a sequential manner, laying out the international law and Pakistan’s legal case on the issue. In line with the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s commitment to the Kashmiri people, the Foreign Minister’s letter is part of Pakistan’s ongoing diplomatic efforts to sensitise the international community to the plight of innocent Kashmiris, the FO said. It said that India’s actions in Kashmir were a threat to regional peace and stability and hold hostage peace and development on South Asia. Pakistan will continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people, the statement said, ahead of Khan’s address to the UN General Assembly on Friday.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday launched the single emergency helpline number ‘112’ for immediate assistance.The citizens of Delhi can avail the facility of three emergency services (police, fire services, and ambulance) by dialing a single number. Minister of State for Home Affairs (GOI), G Kishan Reddy inaugurated Emergency Response Support System (ERSS-112) and launched “Prakhar” (street crime patrol van). According to police in this new system, the call simultaneously passes to the police control room as well as to at-least nearby five persons through a mobile application which are volunteers to help the people in need. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesPolice said that in case of emergency, a person can dial 112 from phone or pressing power button thrice on smartphone quickly to activate a panic call to Emergency Response Centre (ERC). This call immediately passes to the control room for providing immediate police assistance to the distress caller. The distress calls can also be made through social media, e-mail, SMS. Minister of State (Home) also flagged off “Prakhar” vans fleet for patrolling at 15 crime hot spot locations. Delhi Police inducted 15 Scorpios with modern devices for extensive patrolling in street crime-prone areas of Delhi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarCommissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik underlined that ERSS-112 is a flagship project of MHA and it will expand the grievance redressal system of police and other civic agencies. “It will prove to be a big step in the long run,” said Police Chief. The top cop further said that over the years, Delhi Police has taken several steps such as identifying vulnerable spots, enhanced visibility, anti-snatching squads, all-women patrolling and YUVA scheme resulting in the decline of over 20 percent in street crime like snatching and robberies. Prakhar street crime control patrol was conceptualized under ‘Safe City Project’ to curb street crime. MoS said the Ministry has given utmost priority for modernization of police force with zero tolerance towards crime and terrorism. The strength of Prakhar vans will augment in due course with a target of 100 such vans for the city. He also lauded the efforts of Delhi Police in curbing street crime and hoped these initiatives will make the city safer for citizens.
KOLKATA: Giyasuddin Sheikh, a resident of Hariharpara in Murshidabad district, died of a massive heart attack on Thursday morning. With his death, the total number of people who have died due to fear of proposed implementation of NRC in the state goes up to 12.Sheikh, who complained of acute chest pain, was taken to Murshidabad District Hospital, where he died soon after admission. His next of kin alleged that Sheikh had become panic-stricken after some local people told him that NRC will be implemented in Bengal soon. He subsequently tried to trace some old documents but failed. For two days, he did not talk to his family members and finally complained of acute chest pain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the Block Development Officers (BDOs) in different districts visited the houses and urged people not to get panicked. They said that issuance of digital ration cards or rectification of the voters’ list has nothing to do with NRC. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly said that NRC will not be implemented in Bengal. Like Wednesday, hundreds of people queued up at the headquarters of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), to get their birth certificates or make corrections in the name, address or the place of birth. The civic officials of KMC’s health department urged them not to get panicked or swayed by the rumour that NRC will be implemented in Bengal.