The Bombay High Court on Monday reserved its order in a plea filed by activist Anand Teltumbde seeking to quash an FIR against him for his alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence.Senior counsel Mihir Desai, appearing for Mr. Teltumbde, said, “All the letters mentioned by the prosecution in the case were not found in his house in Goa as no one was there and the house was locked. The police could not raid or seize anything from there. In fact, we can seek sanction to prosecute the officers for defamation.”He said such stringent provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act have been levied upon Mr Teltumbde where there is no provision of anticipatory bail and getting a bail is very difficult.Assistant Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai relied upon the charge sheet filed against Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson and Sudhir Dhawale, the others who were arrested in connection with the violence, and said letters have been found on Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gadling’s laptops highlighting a role played by Mr. Teltumbde in the violence.Ms. Pai mentioned four letters and one page of accounts details that indicated that Mr. Teltumbde was gathering support and success for the event at Bhima Koregaon.She read out a letter allegedly written by Mr. Teltumbde that said, “The agitation at Bhima Koregaon has been very successful except for the death of a few and Dalit sentiments are clearly against the BJP and therefore we must keep up the pressure.” Ms. Pai presented a sealed envelope with letters to the court and said one of them written by Mr. Teltumbde’s brother, Milind mentions the role played by his brother. At this Mr. Desai intervened and said, “Do they want to implicate me or find the truth?”After hearing all the arguments, a Division Bench of Justices B.P. Dharmadhikari and S.V. Kotwal said they, “want to discuss the matter” and reserved their order.
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I’m always happy to get an American record, but I was hoping to go a little faster,” King said after posting a time of 29.66 seconds. “I’ve think I’ve still got a little left in the tank for Budapest.”She’ll have almost three weeks to prepare after breaking the record Jessica Hardy held for nearly eight years by 0.14. King also could be heading to Hungary with the No. 1 time in the event this year after passing her Russian rival Yulia Efimova, who started the day in the No. 1 spot with a time of 29.88.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKatie Meili, an Olympic gold medalist like King, finished in 30.11.King has qualified in two individual events and the Indiana University star will chase her third win in three nights when she competes in her specialty, the 100 back Friday. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Dressel has qualified in three individual events for the worlds — the 100 free and the 50 and 100 fly, where he’s like to square off with rival Joseph Schooling of Singapore.Kevin Cordes set a championship record by beating Andrew Wilson with a time of 26.88 in the men’s 50 breast, No. 3 in the world, and 19-year-old Justin Ress closed it out with another world-best performance in the 50 backstroke. He beat two Olympic gold medalists, Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers, with a time of 24.41 — and surpassed China’s Xu Jiayu for the No. 1 spot.Leah Smith, who finished second to Katie Ledecky in races each of the first two nights, finally won the women’s 400 IM in 4:33.86. It was third on the international list. Elizabeth Beisel wound up taking second in 4:38.55 after Ella Eastin was disqualified for a bad turn coming out of the backstroke.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi’s bride Antonella, ‘first lady of football’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments She was only part of the speedy equation in Indianapolis, though.The U.S. men produced world-best times in three of the night’s four events and set a championship record in the other one.Chase Kalisz started the impressive run in the men’s 400 individual medley, finishing in 4:06.99 — the first sub 4:07 in the world in 2017. Second-place finisher Jay Litherland, Kalisz’s teammate at Georgia, wound up second in 4:09.31, No. 4 in the world.Event winners automatically qualify for the U.S. team. The runner-ups must wait for the selection process to end before finding out if they make the team.Caeleb Dressel took the men’s 100 butterfly, winning in 50.87 to become the first swimmer to crack the 51-second mark this year. Twenty-six-year old Tim Phillips was second in 51.30, the third-fastest time in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lilly King celebrates winning women’s 200m breaststroke at the U.S. swimming national championships in Indianapolis, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Lilly King set an American record in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke, three other swimmers had the fastest times in the world this season and two more broke national championship records at the U.S. titles on Thursday.Each has even bigger plans for next month’s world championships in Hungary.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games read more
APTN National NewsA Manitoba newspaper has shutdown its Facebook page because of vulgar and racist anti-Aboriginal comments.Editors with the Thompson Citizen said they were left with no choice. They simply couldn’t abide the “evil” their Facebook page was attracting.Here is the Citizen post in its entirety published with permission:BY JOHN BARKEREDITOR@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NETToday the Thompson Citizen ends its presence on Facebook, a presence we have had on Mark Zuckerberg’s Palo, Alto, California social media website since March 10, 2010. As this story is posted, we are in the process of disabling our Facebook page.Thompson Citizen publisher Brent Fitzpatrick, general manager Lynn Taylor and editor John Barker all concurred on the decision to end the newspaper’s Facebook presence.We won’t mince words here. We’re leaving because for some time commenters have been posting virulently racist anti-aboriginal comments on our page and tagging photos in a similar way, including our profile photo of the Thompson Citizen building this morning.It ends here.This newspaper is not going to stand by and let anti-aboriginal racists and haters spew their evil on a vehicle we’re facilitating them using.We can’t control Facebook to any real extent, nor can we control what commenters think and say. Nor should we. But we can control where we have an online presence and where we don’t. Newspapers, needless to say, are about free speech and the exchange of ideas in a democracy, often hotly contested ones, so leaving Facebook is not an easy decision. But it is the right one.If you want to know where we stand as a newspaper, read our editorial, “Thompson: ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’” You can read it in print or find it online at: http://www.thompsoncitizen.net/article/20130130/THOMPSON0302/301309990/-1/thompson0302/thompson-a-house-divided-against-itself-cannot-standAs a newspaper, you want to report the news, not be the news. As of this morning, we had an all-time high of 2,867 Facebook “friends” and Facebook itself counted one billion active users as of last October – meaning it had officially registered one-seventh of Earth’s population. So, again leaving is not a step we take lightly. And we also know many Thompsonites have an affinity for Facebook that would make it the first place they would go look for us, even more so for some readers than our own website. That’s the reality.Facebook is not our website. That, too, is reality. We were guests there just like other users. While we could adjust some of our privacy settings, it was very, very difficult, if we were going to allow for “commenting” for any of our in-house “administrators” here to filter or control what was “posted” on our Facebook “wall” before it was posted, or published, as it were.If a comment was deemed in our judgment to be offensive or inappropriate, we were almost always in the position of dealing with it after the fact. Some of our readers seem to think we’re somehow “responsible” for our Facebook page and imagine we can control it to a degree that is not possible. Sorry, can’t be done. So the “responsible” action for us to take is to say, sayonara, Facebook. Alas, racism never sleeps. Sadly, we don’t expect that to change by our leaving Facebook, but we’re not going to be a party to it on social media.When former general manager Donna Wilson had the Thompson Citizen join Facebook almost three years ago, we hoped it would be a way to engage our online readers by showcasing our own stories and photos on our newspaper website at www.thompsoncitizen.com; allowing readers to comment, if they wished. Either we were a bit naive to the potential for malicious mischief or the world of 2010 was a more innocent place. Perhaps some of both are true.We also used our Facebook page frequently to post hypertext links to other media outlets carrying stories, photos and even opinion pieces we thought might interest and engage our readers, as well as blogs, Twitter feeds on occasion and YouTube videos. We also allowed our Facebook “friends” to post sometimes on our page; items like “lost pets” or maybe an upcoming charity event. You name it. It was a wide and eclectic mix. You might see a CBC, Winnipeg Free Press, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), or stories from many, many other outlets linked to on our Facebook page for an hour, a few hours, a day, etc., depending on the news cycle.It didn’t mean we endorsed what the other media were saying; it was meant simply to promote thinking and lively discussion, an order far too often exactly reversed on social media sites such as Facebook, we have found.Why online commenting on news stories seems so often to bring out the worst in some people is a puzzle that researchers continue to study and those of us in the media never cease to wonder about. Is it the anonymity afforded them by many commenting modules that don’t require real names, but only pseudonyms as usernames the problem? Perhaps. It seems likely much of what is said in online commenting would never be said face-to-face, person-to-person. If you are interested in a broader discussion on some of these issues, you might check out these links: “Robert Fisk: Anonymous comments and why it’s time we all stop drinking this digital poison” at http://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/robert-fisk-anonymous-comments-and-why-its-time-we-all-stop-drinking-this-digital-poison-3349527.html, or Margaret Sullivan: Seeking a return to civility in online comments at http://fores.blogs.uv.es/2010/06/22/01-seeking-a-return-to-civility-in-online-comments/, or Katie Roiphe’s Slate magazine article, “What’s wrong with angry commenters?” at http://www.slate.com/articles/life/roiphe/2011/12/what_s_wrong_with_angry_commenters_.htmlBut Facebook requires users to use their real names (obviously some don’t) so anonymity wasn’t the problem in main for us there. Some of our most virulent, racist anti-aboriginal comments have come from commenters who were more than happy to sign their real names.We will continue – at least for the time being – to allow commenting on DISQUS created by Big Head Labs, Inc. and founded in San Francisco in 2007 by Daniel Ha and Jason Yan as a networked full discussion community platform, built on the Django high-level Python web framework, for you techno-geeks out there.But again DISQUS is not our company. We’re a customer using their software. While its filtering and moderation options are more effective than the free-for-all on Facebook, it, too, is far from perfect in screening out offensive or racist comments. So we’ll be watching read more