Petrol bunks to remain shut indefinitely from Today
Thiruvananthapuram: Nearly 2000 petrol pumps are going on an indefinite strike from Monday midnight in protest against the oil companies’ decision not to renew licence of petrol bunks.
All Kerala Federation of Petroleum Traders announced that petrol bunks across the state will remain shut indefinite from midnight.
The strike was called after talks held at the state office of the IOC failed to yield result.
The traders allege that Indian Oil authorities are not willing to issue pollution certificate, fire safety certificate and factory certificate.
After Painful Week, Obama Urges Americans Not To Despair Over Divisions
President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to view the United States as being riven into opposing groups, seeking to soothe raw emotions after a former U.S. soldier killed five policemen in Dallas and high-profile police shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.“First of all, as painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested,” Obama, visiting Poland, told a news conference in Warsaw.
“When we start suggesting that somehow there’s this enormous polarization, and we’re back to the situation in the ’60s, that’s just not true,” Obama added. “You’re not seeing riots, and you’re not seeing police going after people who are protesting peacefully.”Authorities have named former U.S. Army Reserve soldier Micah Johnson, a 25-year-old African-American, as the lone gunman in Thursday night’s sniper attack in Dallas, which came at the end of a march by hundreds of demonstrations decrying the fatal shootings by police of black men earlier in the week.
Officials said Johnson had embraced militant black nationalism and expressed anger over shootings by police as well as a desire to “kill white people, especially white officers.”
Dallas remained on edge on Saturday. The police headquarters and surrounding blocks were cordoned off and SWAT teams were deployed after police said they received an anonymous threat against officers across the city. The police said they searched a headquarters parking garage for a “suspicious person” but no suspect was found.Thursday’s rally in Dallas followed the fatal police shootings of Philando Castile, 32, near St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday, and Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday.
Obama, who is cutting short his European trip on Sunday to visit Dallas, said that “Americans of all races and all backgrounds are rightly outraged by the inexcusable attacks on police, whether it’s in Dallas or any place else.”
He added they also are rightly saddened and angered about the deaths of Sterling and Castile, and about “the larger, persistent problem of African-Americans and Latinos being treated differently in our criminal justice system.”Obama, the first black U.S. president whose term in office ends next January, said he hopes he has been able to get all Americans to understand the nation’s difficult legacy of race.Obama said Americans cannot let the actions of a few define all.
“The demented individual who carried out those attacks in Dallas – he’s no more representative of African-Americans than the shooter in Charleston was representative of white Americans, or the shooter in Orlando or San Bernardino were representative of Muslim-Americans,” Obama added, referring to a string of mass shootings in the past year.Seven other police officers and two civilians also were wounded in Dallas. Johnson was killed by a bomb-carrying robot deployed against him in a parking garage where he had holed up and refused to surrender during hours of negotiations with police, authorities said on Friday.
While Thursday’s attack stunned Dallas into mourning, it did not stop demonstrations on Saturday against killings by police, with protesters blocking major roads in various cities.In Baton Rouge, there were scuffles between riot police and demonstrators. In Minneapolis, hundreds of protesters marched along city streets, with many wearing red, according to organizers, to “symbolize the blood spilled” in the shooting of Castile and others by police.
There were protests in other cities including Washington, New York, San Francisco, Nashville, Tennessee, and Indianapolis, Indiana. About a thousand demonstrators turned out in New York, where they stymied traffic on busy Fifth Avenue and shouted chants such as “No racist police, no justice, no peace.”
Police use of force, particularly against African-Americans, has come under intense scrutiny in the past two years because of a string of high-profile deaths in cities from Ferguson, Missouri, to New York.Obama, who has been blocked by the Republican-led U.S. Congress in his bid for new gun-control measures, expressed new frustration over lax firearms laws in the United States, saying it is unique among advanced countries in the scale of violence it experiences.
“With respect to the issue of guns, I am going to keep on talking about the fact that we cannot eliminate all racial tension in our country overnight. We are not going to be able to identify ahead of time and eliminate every madman or troubled individual who might want to do harm against innocent people. But we can make it harder for them to do so,” Obama said.Illustrating the divide among Americans over gun rights, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Reuters that men like the Dallas gunman “are not going to be confined by a gun law that we pass.”Paxton, whose state has among the most permissive gun policies in America, added, “Our goal here in Texas is to protect law-abiding citizens. And since we cannot have a police force that guards every person, we want people to be able to protect themselves.”
Dallas Police Chief David Brown on Friday said the gunman cited his anger over police killings during his protracted negotiations with police after the shootings.Johnson had served in the U.S. military in the Afghan war.A search of his home just outside Dallas found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics, though he had no previous criminal history, police said on Friday.
Dallas Grand Jury Indicts Former Quarterback Johnny Manziel
A Dallas County grand jury has indicted former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel on a charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury after he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend, media reported.A grand jury examined in the case against Manziel last week and a decision on an indictment was expected on Monday. If tried and convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.KRLD radio, a CBS affiliate, reported late on Sunday that Manziel, 23, had been indicted on a class A misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge, citing a Dallas County District Attorney’s office source. Other media also reported the indictment.
Neither the Dallas County district attorney’s office, nor Manziel or his attorney, could immediately be reached for comment.However, Manziel’s attorney told a CBS affiliate on Sunday that he expected an indictment, the station reported.
The charge against the former Heisman Trophy winner stems from an incident in which Manziel is accused of hitting, kidnapping and threatening to kill Colleen Crowley, 23. Crowley accused Manziel of hitting her so hard that she temporarily lost her hearing, court papers show.Crowley told police she was assaulted at a Dallas hotel and then again while driving to her home in Fort Worth, according to a police report.
The case was referred to the grand jury, which hears evidence behind closed doors.Manziel, known as “Johnny Football”, was a standout at Texas A&M University before playing two seasons with the Cleveland Browns and then being dropped in March.Known for his partying lifestyle, Manziel has been dropped by two agents this year and media reported he was accused of causing more than $30,000 worth of damage at a Los Angeles home during a party.
Ripper style killer arrested in Kochi
Kochi: A man who had committed several ripper-style murders was arrested by the police in Kochi on Monday.According to police, Kunjumon has killed at least nine persons by beating them on their head.
He has reportedly confessed to committing five murders in Kochi and surrounding areas.Kunjumon had attempted to kill a man who was sleeping on the road side at Ernakulam traffic junction. He also lodged a complaint with the police. The murders came to light when the police questioned Kunjumon.
Dulquer Salmaan goes lean for Kammatti Paadam
Kochi: Actors’ body transformations for particular roles in films are not new to the filmdom. Their dedication to the craft has always won them praises.Hollywood actor Christian Bale had film buffs going wonderstruck over his transformation for the role in the movie “The Machinist”.The last such one to hit the headlines was from Randeep Hooda, whose pictures resembling a human skeleton were recently released by the team of his next film \\\'Sarbjit\\\'. It was reported that the actor lost 18 kg in just 28 days. Actors in Bollywood are often seen going through body transformations to fit into the role.
However, the trend is not common in the Malayalam film industry. That might be the reason Dulquer Salmaan having his fans agog over some of the actor’s pictures going viral on the social media.Dulquer is in preparation for his next role, in the upcoming Rajeev Ravi directorial venture, \\\'Kammatti Paadam\\\'. He has lost around 8 kilos and is still working on his body diligently, with right diet and intense workouts.
Rajiv Ravi has adapted a real life incident which happened in Kochi a few years back as the storyline for his new movie, which will have the actors traversing through three different timeline in their lives.Suraj Venjaramoodu and Vinayakan will be seen in important roles in the film.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനങ്ങള്ക്കോ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങള്ക്കോ അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങള്ക്കോ 24ന്യൂസ്ലൈവ്.കോം , അമ്മത്തൊട്ടിൽ.കോം ഉത്തരവാദിയായിരിക്കില്ല.