BJP accuses Congress of supporting the LTTE with arms

“The recent remarks of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi attacking the RSS clearly shows that the party is obsessed with raking up needless controversies with the intention of reaping political dividends. The Congress always remained soft on terrorists and hard on nationalists,” he said.The Minister said the Congress party never sincerely tried to promote social and communal harmony in the country and only practiced its trademark politics of “divisiveness and appeasement.” India’s ruling BJP has accused the Congress party of supporting the LTTE with arms when it was in power, the Press Trust of India reported.Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of raking up needless controversies for reaping political gains and being “soft” on terrorists and hard on nationalists. “It was the Congress regime that supported LTTE with arms and ammunition and later sent peace-keeping forces to Sri Lanka resulting in the death of about 1,000 Indian soldiers,” he said. He said the BJP will keep fighting Congress’ “hateful agenda” and said the opposition party has no moral right to point an accusing finger at the BJP after having practised “divisive and vote-bank” politics all these years. Naidu also criticised the Congress for supporting Maoists, fundamentalists and communal forces and said it “is known for practising politics of opportunism right from the beginning”. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Teacher at leading boys schools charged with trying to meet a 13yearold

Just before the details of the alleged crime and police investigation came to light in February, Dr Zetie resigned from his post at the school.Mr Bailey explained that he immediately informed staff, Dr Zetie’s current students and their parents of his resignation, but said that he was unable to share more information until now due to strict laws that protect the anonymity of teachers accused of a crime. The automatic anonymity is only lifted if the teacher is charged. “Immediately after this, we were contacted by Richmond local authority designated officer (LADO) who informed us that Dr Zetie was under investigation for serious misconduct outside school.”  The former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attended St Paul’s SchoolCredit: Sean Gallup  The former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attended St Paul's School Founded in 1509 by the scholar and humanist John Colet, the school’s alumni – who are known as Old Paulines – include the poet John Milton, the political theorist Isaiah Berlin, and the former Chancellor George Osborne. A Thames Valley police spokesman said: “Following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, a man has been charged with two sexual offences against a child.“Kendrick Zetie, aged 51, of Sutton Lane, Slough was charged on July 19 with one count of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual offence. “The offence took place on 15 February and Zetie was arrested on the same day.”Dr Zetie is due to appear at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Last year, the sister school of St Paul’s faced a string of sex allegations after its drama department asked alumnae to contribute towards a “real life” Edinburgh fringe festival play on the subject.Two former pupils of St Paul’s Girls’ School made allegations about  historic sexual abuse they said they were subjected to.Sarah Fletcher, high mistress at the £24,000-a-year school, wrote to alumni to tell them that she has asked the LADO to carry out an independent safeguarding inspection at the school, following the claims.  A teacher at one of the country’s leading boys’ schools has been charged with trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.Dr Ken Zetie, who taught at St Paul’s School for 17 years, is accused of attempting to arrange the liaison as part of an undercover police sting.The 51-year-old had been head of science and director of outreach and academic partnerships at the £38,000-a-year west London school.Mark Bailey, high master of St Paul’s School, wrote to pupils and alumni this week to inform them of  the accusations faced by Dr Zetie.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The letter, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, says: “On Tuesday next week Dr Zetie will appear in court charged with two offences, attempting to incite a female minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual offence.”Mr Bailey said that while the incident was “unrelated to any pupil at our school”, it nonetheless “has the potential to be unsettling and distressing”.St Paul’s School, which educates boys aged seven to 18, is among the highest performing for GCSEs and A-levels in the country. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

New technologies on show and Future of Mining conference at AIMEX

first_imgThe Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) will once again see the industry gear up for one of the most significant mining events. Taking place 29-31 August, more than 300 exhibitors will showcase their new advances and innovations, products and services on the exhibition floor. The exhibition “will provide visitors the opportunity to obtain vital technical information and network with industry colleagues in an interactive business environment.” Visitors will also have the ability to connect face-to-face with leading industry suppliers showcasing the latest technologies, including:Renishaw’s new void scanner designed to produce accurate 3D laser scans of underground voids as well as its Boretrak® which enables users to measure the audit borehole deviation from proposed designs;TOMRA Sorting Solutions new multi-channel laser sorting technology unlocking opportunities for quartz and gold processing;Davies Wear Plate Systems’ new wear side only attachment system;Global Pumps’ Verderflex VF Series peristaltic hose pump; andHedweld Engineering’s Trilift® range of component handling equipment and Safe-Away® range of Ladder and Stair Access Systems.Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from the some of the sectors’ most renowned minds as part of the free-to-attend conference, The Future of Mining, sponsored by Fluidmesh. The program features more than 30 world-leading experts across 16 sessions. World Coal Association Chairman, Mick Buffier, Head of Telstra Mining Services, Jeannette McGill; CSIRO Research Director for Hard Rock Mining, Dr Ewan Sellers; and Coal Services CEO and Managing Director, Lucy Flemming; are among the key speakers for the conference.AIMEX Event Director Brandon Ward said the event provides attendees the opportunity to explore the latest technologies and hear from world leaders across three streams – mining innovation, surface mining and underground mining. “Event attendees will have the opportunity to draw on key insights on the future of mining, discover what emerging technologies and practices are available and better understand how best their operations can stay competitive and sustainable in an ever-changing sector.“AIMEX also provides mining industry professionals the chance to meet with one another, exchange ideas, network and generate new business leads,” Mr Ward said. AIMEX Non-Executive Chairman David Moult said the mining industry has come through one of the most difficult periods in its history and is now looking for new opportunities for growth and development. “The exhibition and conference provides sectoral leaders, suppliers and operators the platform to discuss the current state of the industry, showcase the latest innovations entering the sector and discuss what more is required for future growth.”last_img read more