The daylight murder of a 50-year-old woman in the district courts complex in Rajasthan’s Dausa town on Wednesday has brought the focus on security arrangements in the courts, for which the High Court had recently given directions to the State government. The woman was stabbed by her estranged husband just before a sessions court was to pass the judgment in a case related to their missing daughter.Stabbed to deathThe accused, Amar Chand, was overpowered by the lawyers and court officials and handed over to the police. While the accused was arrested on charges of murder, the victim, Sheela Devi, was rushed to the district hospital where she was declared dead.Shocked by the incident, laywers in the town, situated 57 km away from here, boycotted the court work and demanded strict measures for security of advocates, judges and the court staff as well the people visiting the courts. Lawyers said the situation in which anyone could come with weapons to the court warranted immediate action.A Division Bench of the High Court had in July this year directed the State government to take suitable steps for safety in the court complexes. The High Court’s directions came after a series of “surprise inspections” of lower courts in several districts by the Chief Justice.
Preity ZintaPreity Zinta has a new mission on hand-to lose weight for her upcoming film Ishq in Paris. The actress is currently in Los Angeles and has been hiking most of the time, since adventure sports are not only good for maintaining weight but they also serve as a stress buster, but that did not go too well for her.She injured herself when she met with an accident while hiking. On July 30, 2011, she tweeted, “Good morning tweeple! Too much flying for me these days and of course…. The knee is still recovering…. Whatz up with u guys? Hurt my knee Hiking up a 4 mile steep hike in La..” The 36-year-old actress has not only lost oodles of weight but has had a complete makeover. She has also learned French for the new movie.
England manager Gareth Southgate has done his utmost to lower the expectations on his young team at the World Cup but they enter their opening Group G game against Tunisia in a mood of quiet confidence.After the humiliation of a second round exit at the hands of Iceland in Euro 2016 and their failure to get out of the group stage in Brazil four years ago, England fans were in no mood for rabble rousing talk of winning the tournament.Indeed a deep cynicism had taken hold of many supporters but Southgate’s humble approach and the youthful nature of his squad has managed to restore some degree of positivity.”We always do this as a nation – expectations are low and as soon as we get to the World Cup, everybody gets their enthusiasm going. If a World Cup cannot inspire a nation, then I’m not sure what can,” said the English FA technical director Dan Ashworth.Friendly wins over Nigeria and Costa Rica did no harm to the mood nor did the fact that, unlike so many times in the past, there is little, if any, controversy surrounding the squad.And it is a squad that has plenty of attacking talent with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling expected to start up front with Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli buzzing behind them.That means forwards Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy are likely to start on the bench, giving Southgate plenty of options if his chosen strike pair fail to deliver.advertisementThe quality is thinner at the back but Southgate is hopeful that players like Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier can turn their Premier League form into solid displays in Russia.The final group game against Belgium should be the toughest test but England’s recent history will prevent any complacency in the opener with Tunisia or the second game versus World Cup debutants Panama.Tunisia are playing in their fifth World Cup but they have never got beyond the group stage and they have not won since they beat Mexico in their first ever game at a finals in 1978.The North Africans were unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying campaign but had to endure a nervy finish when they drew 0-0 with strugglers Libya to edge out the Democratic Republic of Congo.England and Tunisia met at France ’98 with England winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes.(With Reuters inputs)
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean maritime police is seeking a warrant of arrest to be issued for Kim Wan-joong, CEO and chairman of Polaris Shipping, owner and operator of the ill-fated bulk carrier Stellar Daisy that sank two years ago, Yonhap news agency reported.The South Korean bulker was carrying 24 crew members, eight South Korean and sixteen Filipino sailors, when it sank in the South Atlantic. Only two sailors were rescued following the incident, whereas 22 crew members are missing, and feared dead.Warrants of arrests are reportedly also being sought for the head of maritime affairs at Polaris Shipping, an inspector of Korean Register of Shipping in charge of Stellar Daisy as well as 2 persons from a private company responsible for inspecting the vessel and approving hull thickness following the conversion of the ship.Specifically, the said individuals are facing charges for the violation of the shipping safety law in relation to the conversion of the said vessel from an oil carrier to a bulker, which is believed to be linked to the cause of the ship’s sinking.Several other vessels from Polaris Shipping’s fleet reported hull cracks after the incident putting to question the vessels’ conversions.However, the case is still being investigated by the South Korean Coast Guard and the exact cause of the ship’s sinking is yet to be determined.According to Yonhap, a court hearing is set for Thursday to decide on the arrests. As informed, the investigation is expected to be completed by the end of next month.World Maritime News Staff