Mumbai: A 45-year-old Congress worker was allegedly murdered at Asalfa in Ghatkopar on Monday morning. While the Congress has called it a political murder and an attack on democracy, the Saki Naka police believe the victim was killed in a road rage incident. Manoj Dubey used to stay with his family in Shivaji Nagar of Asalfa. Dubey, the police said, was found in a severely injured condition near Asalfa Metro station around 1.30 a.m., and was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, where he died during treatment. After Dubey was identified based on some documents on his person, the police contacted his family.“Dubey’s family told us that he had got into an argument on Facebook after he put up a status saying the next government would be formed by the Congress, which attracted the ire of some local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. On Sunday evening, Dubey and a BJP functionary came to the police station and Dubey registered a non-cognisable complaint against the people threatening him. To the best of our knowledge, the matter ended there,” an officer at Saki Naka police station said. Inquiries established that Dubey left his residence after midnight on Sunday to meet someone, and got involved in an accident. “We have found eyewitnesses who saw Dubey drive on the wrong side of the road and hit another car, after which an argument ensued between Dubey and the car owner. Dubey’s murder seems to have occurred during this argument, although we are verifying whether the people threatening him could be behind it,” the officer said. Meanwhile, calling it a murder of democracy, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said the BJP has brought in a new tactic of eliminating political rivals by murdering them. “This is not only the murder of a Congress worker but that of democracy. Our nation follows the tradition of discussion over differing views. Goons of the BJP murdered Dubey over his Facebook post,” Mr. Chavan said. Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam slammed the BJP and demanded action against its party workers involved in the crime. Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the murder of the Congress activist merely over a Facebook post is absolutely shameful. “Is this State run by the law or goons?” he asked. BJP denies allegationReacting to the allegation, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said the government is doing its duty and an FIR has been filed against the accused. “None of them are BJP office-bearers. Above all, the police are investigating. Merely an allegation by the Congress does not prove anything. The law will take its own course,” Mr. Shelar said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) N.D. Reddy said, “An FIR of murder against unknown persons under the IPC has been registered, and several suspects are being questioned.”
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) is set to meet on February 26 in Ahmedabad and possible alliances across the States will be top on the agenda for the meeting. The meeting comes less than 100 days before the general elections, where the Congress is fighting an all-out battle. The Congress is working towards an alliance in Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Jharkhand. “It is easier to declare alliances in Delhi and difficult to work it out at the ground level. For example, in West Bengal Raiganj is CPI (M) leader Mohd. Salim’s constituency and he will be contesting from there. It is also the constituency of our prime candidate Deepa Das Munshi,” a senior party leader said. The alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties in Maharashtra has been almost sealed barring a few details that need to be ironed out. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi had a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday once again to clear the issues. In Bihar, where Congress is part of the ‘Mahagatbandhan’, the six constituents – RJD, Sharad Yadav’s Jan Loktantrik Party, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Party and the Left parties have not been able to reach an amicable seat arrangement. The Congress has been demanding that they should have equal share of seats with the RJD. The RJD however have overtly and covertly sending out messages that the Congress should be generous towards its regional parties. It will be the first CWC meeting after Priyanka Gandhi was formally inducted in the Congress’s highest decision-making body after she was appointed general secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.According to sources, Gujarat has been chosen as the venue for the meeting to kickstart Congress’s campaign for Lok Sabha polls. This will be the second meeting of the CWC outside New Delhi. The last meeting was in Wardha, Maharashtra, at Sevagram Ashram to mark the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Manchester City Klopp: Man City would beat 99% of world football Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 00:55 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Manchester City Jürgen Klopp Premier League Maribor v Liverpool Maribor Liverpool UEFA Champions League The Liverpool boss leapt to the defence of his side, citing the fact that they have only lost one Premier League match this season to the leaders Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Manchester City would beat “99 per cent” of all teams in world football given their current form.City sit atop the Premier League table having scored 29 goals in their opening eight matches as well as recording victories in Champions League matches with Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk.City 15/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Liverpool are one of the sides that City have swept aside after they recorded a 5-0 win over the Reds in September, with Klopp’s side struggling for form thereafter.But the former Borussia Dortmund boss was quick to defend his team after a run of just one win from their last eight matches ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Maribor, claiming his side cannot be blamed for the defeat to City that sparked their poor period of results.”We have to be confident. It was disappointment after the game and that is because we deserved more. We are in a good moment and we are looking forward,” he told reporters.”It is easy to remember how hard we fought for the Champions League.”We have lost two games, one in the [EFL] Cup and one with 10-men against Manchester City. Ninety-nine per cent of teams in world football would lose against Manchester City at the moment. Why should we lose confidence?”Liverpool are two points behind Group E leaders Sevilla ahead of the meeting with the Slovenian champions and Klopp has challenged his side to get the sort of result that he feels their recent displays deserve.“Now, we face a decisive moment in the group stage. We need to be concentrated and brave against a top team of a European league,” he said.”They are a good footballing team. We have a job to do and not think about the next game.”We have wasted points and the performances have been good. We have to be very, very good again and take the result.”The two games we saw of Maribor were different. They usually have to attack, they are the top team in Slovenia.”I saw an offensive-minded team against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow. We need to be ready for this battle.”
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Napa based non-profit, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR), a new partner of the upcoming 7th annual event, taking place November 8-12.JARR is giving the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award to Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed at the Celebrity Tributes on Thursday, November 9, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.The Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award celebrates those individuals who have shown outstanding compassion, advocacy and dedication to animal protection issues. The recipients, actors Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries, Lost) and Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga, Twilight, Thirteen), exemplify JARR’s mission to show compassion to all animals in need and by using their unique platform to bring a spotlight to animal welfare issues help further the work to end animal cruelty in all it’s forms.“I am delighted to dedicate the 2017 JARR Humanitarian Award to Ian and Nikki for their outstanding animal advocacy work,” said Monica Stevens, Co-founder Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, “They not only bring inspiration to their fans by promoting a cruelty free lifestyle but have shown incredible dedication and compassion in their work to educate people and youth to make a positive change for the planet and the animals.”“We are thrilled to work with the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch team, and to open the eyes of our intelligent film loving audiences to the actors and filmmakers who use their celebrity and resources to inspire us and make a difference in the world,” commented Brenda Lhormer, NVFF Co-Founder/Director. “JARR is special organization that deserves support and recognition, and we are thrilled to work with them as a sponsor of our festival that recognizes extraordinary achievement by amazing individuals and teams.”Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales will host the Celebrity Tributes, and will conduct intimate on-stage conversations with the honorees. Joining Nikki and Ian will be iconic film director Nancy Meyers (The Intern,The Holiday; It’s Complicated), who will receive the Charles Krug Legendary Director Award; Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer recipient Michael Shannon (The Current War, The Shape of Water, Nocturnal Animals, Elvis and Nixon); and Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water, The Current War). Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Tribute honoree Will Ferrell will be honored the next day on Friday, November 10 before a special retrospective screening of Stranger Than Fiction. The new Rising Star Showcase at Materra | Cunat Vineyards on Saturday, November 11 will honor a handful of young talent including Ana de Armas (War Dogs; Blade Runner 2049), Odeya Rush (Coup d’Etat, Goosebumps, The Giver); Alex Wolff (My Friend Dahmer; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Gregg Sulkin (Runaways, Faking It).Other notable celebrities expected to attend the festival include David Arquette, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, Haley Joel Osmet, Jim Rash, Elijah Wood, Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson, and many more.Visit www.nvff.org for information on the full program line up, Passes, individual tickets to select films and special events.