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 Delhi government to make roads in unauthorised colonies

Delhi government to make roads in unauthorised colonies

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The Delhi government will construction 83 metalled roads and streets in three unauthorised colonies in North-West Delhi "despite the BJP obstructing our initiative to develop and regulate unauthorised colonies in the national capital", announced Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.

Kejriwal was addressing a huge gathering in Shalimar Bagh constituency where he said that all the unmetalled roads of unauthorised colonies under Aam Aadmi Party MLA Bandana Kumari's area would be constructed in the next five-six months.

"The project would cost approximately Rs 513.81 lakh and would cover a stretch of 4.7 kilometers in the three colonies, namely: Shalimar Bagh village, Sahipur, and Haiderpur, Ambedkar nagar colony," a note released by the Delhi government said.

Kejriwal said it is really unfortunate that the Modi government at the Centre is trying to destruct unauthorised colonies in Delhi just because "it considers them to be making the national capital dirty".

"Modiji has been touring a lot lately -- from France to Belgium, Japan, the USA and Australia -- and now he says that he will transform Delhi to look like London. He also says that unauthorised colonies are dirty and should be destructed...," Kejriwal said.

The AAP chief also took a jibe at the Central government for filing a case against PWD Minister Satyendar Jain and said that the Delhi government would not stop short of regulating the unauthorised colonies.

--IANS
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10:22 PM
 Twitter CEO under fire for Myanmar tweets

Twitter CEO under fire for Myanmar tweets

San Francisco, Dec 9 (IANS) Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, now faces criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country.

In a series of tweets, Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar in November for a meditation retreat.

"The people are full of joy and the food is amazing," he said, before encouraging his four million followers to visit.

This led to widespread criticism of the Twitter chief, some accused him of ignoring the plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

In 2017, Myanmar's military launched a violent crackdown after Rohingya militants carried out attacks on several police posts. Thousands of people were killed, and human rights organisations said the army has burned land and committed arbitrary killings and rape.

"Writing what is effectively a free tourism advert for them at this time is reprehensible," one Twitter user wrote in response to Dorsey's tweets.

"The tone-deafness here is... wow," another user said. "This is an extremely irresponsible recommendation," yet another reads. "Does he pay no attention to the news and the outcry on his own platform?"

The military crackdown had also sparked an exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingyas who have since fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence and the destruction of their homes.

The UN has described the operation as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" and says senior Myanmar officials should be investigated and tried for genocide.

Mohammed Jamjoom, an Al Jazeera correspondent, who has interviewed Rohingya refugees, said he was left "utterly speechless" by Dorsey's tweets.

Dorsey is yet to respond to the criticism, but earlier said he would track the responses to his tweets.

A court in Rajasthan on December 1, asked the police to file a First Information Report against Dorsey for hurting the sentiments of the Brahmin community by posing for a picture holding an anti-Brahmin message.

Dorsey was seen posing with six female journalists in a picture on Twitter, with a poster in his hands carrying the offending anti-Brahmin message: 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy'.

--IANS
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06:02 PM
 ISL: Mumbai, Bengaluru play intense draw

ISL: Mumbai, Bengaluru play intense draw

Bengaluru, Dec 9 (IANS) Bengaluru FC failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage as they were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-men Mumbai City FC in an engrossing Indian Super League battle at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Sunday.

In an end-to-end affair till the last minute, Udanta Singh gave Bengaluru the lead in the 23rd minute. Modou Sougou equalized in the 31st minute and the teams could not be separated for the remainder of the match as Bengaluru maintained their unbeaten record and Mumbai took their unbeaten streak to seven matches.

The point preserves Bengaluru's three-point advantage at the top while Mumbai City are second with 21 points.

Sunil Chhetri's vision to thread a through-ball into the box to pick out a clever run by Chencho Gyeltshen almost resulted in the hosts taking an early lead in the sixth minute.

The Bhutanese forward latched on to his captain's pass but drove a low shot across the face of goal that failed to test Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh.

The hosts' intent in the final third helped them take the lead in the 23rd minute. Chencho Gyeltshen played a through ball to release Rahul Bheke into space down the left flank.

The full-back's cross found Udanta Singh perfectly positioned in the centre of the box and the Indian winger managed to beat the tall figure of Lucian Goian to a header into the net.

Mumbai City attempted to punish the home side's high line and Modou Sougou was tasked with exploiting the space behind the Bengaluru backline.

After three offside calls, Sougou's persistence paid off in the 31st minute. Arnold Issoko dribbled infield from the right flank and played a delightful cross into the centre for the Senegalese striker whose diving header left Gurpreet Singh rooted to the spot.

Gurpreet was troubled again in the 36th minute when Issoko produced another brilliant ball towards the far post. Nishu Kumar lost track of Rafael Bastos but the striker's header was well kept out by the Indian goalkeeper.

Bengaluru were in the ascendancy soon after the break. Substitute Xisco Hernandez found Sunil Chhetri in space just outside the box in the 49th minute and the striker's swerving strike that took a minor deflection off Goian forced an excellent finger-tip save from Amrinder Singh.

Mumbai were reduced to 10 men two minutes later. With the game on an equal footing, Sehnaj Singh's foolhardy challenge on Dimas Delgado at the halfway line was punished with a second yellow.

But despite the numerical disadvantage, Mumbai kept on pushing and in the 64th minute, quick footwork helped Rafael Bastos get the better of Albert Serran near the byline and tease a cross towards the near post where Sougou's header flew just wide.

The sending off did nothing to impact the pace of the game as both sides looked for a match-winning goal.

A scramble inside the box in the 73rd minute resulted in Xisco Hernandez finding the ball at his feet but the Spaniard's shot was saved by Amrinder. Erik Paartalu's header from the resulting corner-kick struck the crossbar and went out.

Despite frantic passages of play towards the end, there were no victors in what was a closely-fought tie.

--IANS
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10:42 PM
 No Brexit can lead to fresh polls: May tells MPs

No Brexit can lead to fresh polls: May tells MPs

London, Dec 9 (IANS) With two days to go until the crucial Brexit vote, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday warned MPs they will face "uncharted waters" if they rejected her deal, saying their actions could lead to a general election, as there was a "very real risk of no Brexit".

Speaking to the Mail, May said a rejection of her proposals would mean "grave uncertainty" for the UK.

If the deal is rejected, it is unclear what happens next, with May insisting her deal was best for the country.

"When I say if this deal does not pass we would truly be in uncharted waters, I hope people understand this is what I genuinely believe and fear could happen," May said.

"It would mean grave uncertainty for the nation with a very real risk of no Brexit or leaving the European Union with no deal."

Downing Street has already denied newspaper suggestions that May could postpone Tuesday's vote. "The vote is going ahead," a spokesman said.

In November, the UK agreed a Brexit deal with the EU, however, it still needs to be approved by the Parliament.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the DUP, the SNP and dozens of Conservative MPs have said they cannot support the deal, meaning it was unlikely to pass, the BBC said.

She accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of thinking of "nothing but attempting to bring about a general election, no matter what the cost to the country" and, in a warning to Tory rebels, said: "I believe Jeremy Corbyn getting his hands on power is a risk we cannot afford to take."

Brexit Minister Kwasi Kwarteng told Sophy Ridge on Sky News that the deal allowed the UK to leave the EU "in an orderly and smooth way".

The Brexiteer added: "I understand why people who want to stay in the EU want to do it down... I'm very surprised that people on our side of the argument... are willing to blow up a deal which actually delivers a very good path out of the EU."

--IANS
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