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Delhi University notifies guidelines to remove errors in UG results

first_imgTo streamline the process of removing discrepancies in the result of three-year and four-year undergraduate courses, Delhi University has notified a set of guidelines to be utilised for setting up a grievance redress mechanism.Following the guidelines, colleges affiliated to the university and its examination branches will perform evaluations free of glitches and bring in more transparency in the process. Colleges affiliated to DU have earlier faced several instances of errors and technical glitches.The guidelines asked students with complaints related to four-year undergraduate courses to submit their applications at their respective colleges. The principal of the college should then make the necessary college-level corrections. These will then be forwarded to the officer on special duty, examinations, at DU. For complaints related to internal assessment, “the principal of the respective college shall send the request for change in the internal assessment in the prescribed I A Change Request form.”For examinees who have been marked absent, “the applications shall be sent along with a copy of the seating plan and attendance sheet”. The process is the same for practical examinations. Only, the college will also have to send the “award list” maintained by it.Grievances related to the three-year programme will be forwarded to the office of officer on special duty (examinations) in case of North Campus colleges; South Campus colleges will forward their applications to DCE, South Campus. All FYUP-related grievances have to be registered at the North Campus.Delhi University Four Year undergraduate programme Part- I (II Semester ) Examination 2014 commenced in the first week of  May. Admission process for UG courses for academic session 2014-15 will start on June 2 onwards.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup: Top ten memories of the event to revive from the start

first_imgIndia is all set to get on the fields for semi-finals against Australia on March 26, 2015. With the World Cup gearing up and cheering the audience, let us revive the memories of the World Cup from the start.Here are some of the highlights Rawalpindi Express in the formIn the World Cup 2003, Shoaib Akhtar, also known as the Rawalpindi Express of Pakistan bowled cricket’s first recorded 100 mph delivery against England’s Nick Knight.Returning for winningOn the request of Pakistani President, General Zia-Ul-Haq, Pakistan cricket team’s captain Imran Khan made a comeback after announcing retirement in 1987. His captaincy inspired the team members so much that it won their first World Cup 1992.Setting Eden Gardens on fireIn the 1996 World Cup, angry fans set Eden Gardens ablaze after the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar. It affected the team so much that the scores slumped to 120/8 from 98/1. The fans went berserk and started throwing bottles onto the field and set fire. Eventually, Sri Lanka was declared winners by default as the officials stopped the match.Miandad makes a comeback to play six Worlds CupsJust after 10 days of retirement in 1994, Javed Miandad a Pakistani player was called by then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to convince him to change his mind. He made a comeback in the team and became the first cricketer to play six World Cups initially featuring in the 1996 World Cup.World Cup’s inauspicious startThere were annoying lapses in the opening ceremony of the 1996 World Cup held in Calcutta. The laser show failed badly and the host Saaed Jaffrey, got the names of several teams and sponsors wrong.advertisementWorld Cup’s oldest playerNolan Clarke of the Netherlands was the oldest player (47 years, 257 days) to play in the 1996 World Cup.When Kapil Dev’s wife went for shopping thinking India would loseWhen India won the 1983 World Cup, Indian captain, Kapil Dev’s wife went on shopping expecting that India will ultimately lose. Just then fortune worked for their good.Boundary beginningIn the 2011 World Cup, Virendra Sehwag make a mark with his first ball hitting the boundaries scoring four in each of India’s first four matches of the group stages.West Indies team bus stoned (mistakenly)Angry Bangladeshi fans took on to stoning the West Indies team bus after Bangladesh lost to West Indies miserably. It was later came to notice that West Indies bus was mistaken as Bangladeshi’s team bus. Bangladesh team was bowled out for 58. It was their lowest total in ODIs.Twice-tossing World CupIn 2011 World Cup, match referee Jeff Crowe had to toss the coin twice due to misunderstanding. The coin had to be tossed twice at the 2011 World Cup final.The referee could not hear the call from Sangakkara and MS Dhoni misheard him. So, Crowe decided that the coin would go up again.last_img read more

Germany seal 2-0 win over Belarus

first_imgGermany assistant coach Marcus Sorg hailed an “impressive” performance after his team eased to a routine 2-0 win over Belarus in Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Borisov. With Joachim Loew still convalescent after his recent accident in the gym, Sorg directed proceedings from the dugout as a young Germany side outclassed Belarus. “It was a bit unusual today but everything went well. We are all looking forward to Jogi’s return,” Sorg told broadcaster RTL. “It was an impressive performance today and one we can build on,” he said. Leroy Sane and Marco Reus scored either side of half-time in a dominant display which saw Germany notch up 23 shots to Belarus’ six. The win puts Germany second in Group C, having played one game fewer than leaders Northern Ireland, who beat Estonia earlier on Saturday. Germany pushed forward straight from the kick-off, and were rewarded with the opener on 12 minutes. Joshua Kimmich released Sane into the box, and the Manchester City winger swept the ball into the bottom corner. Their inexperience briefly showed as they wobbled at the back after taking the lead. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer twice bailed them out in the first half, first with a reflex save and then with some fancy footwork outside his penalty area. By the time the second half got underway, however, Germany had already re-established a firm grip on the game. Reus sealed the win just after the hour mark, picking up a fine diagonal ball from Matthias Ginter and clipping it into the roof of the net. Germany face Estonia in Mainz in their third qualifying game next Tuesday. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Roger Federer pulls out of Rio Olympics

first_imgRoger Federer has pulled out of the Rio Olympics and will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because he needs “more extensive rehabilitation” after knee surgery earlier this year as he bids to prolong his career.Last month he described how “one stupid move” sparked a chain of bad luck – which resulted in left knee surgery in February and sitting out the French Open with a back injury – culminating in Tuesday’s decision to end his wretched season.”I’m extremely disappointed to announce that I will not be able to represent Switzerland at the Olympic Games in Rio and that I will also miss the remainder of the season,” the 17-times grand slam champion said on his Facebook page.”Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year.”The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover. It is tough to miss the rest of the year.”For much of his career, the seven-times Wimbledon champion had been blessed with a body that seemed bullet-proof against the aches, pains and injuries suffered by most top athletes.But one false move by the man known for his gliding footwork, while running a bath for his twin daughters following his Australian Open semi-final loss, means he would have gone a whole season without a title for the first time since 2000.advertisementNow aged 34, Tuesday’s announcement also probably ended the former world number one’s hopes of ever winning an Olympic singles title.”The silver lining is that this experience has made me realise how lucky I have been throughout my career with very few injuries,” said Federer, who won an Olympic doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka in 2008.”The love I have for tennis, the competition, tournaments and… the fans remains intact. I am as motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy towards coming back strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis in 2017.”last_img read more

SPORT-PETERSEN 2LAST

first_img– Century on debut – – Century on debut -==================== Petersen is the fifth player from the Johannesburg-based Lions franchise to be banned. Bodi was banned in January, while former Test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile received a 12-year ban in August.Petersen scored 2093 Test runs at an average of 34.88. He made a century on debut against India in Kolkata in 2009/10 and formed a successful opening partnership with former captain Graeme Smith. He hit five Test centuries, with a highest score of 182 against England in Leeds in 2012.After retiring from international cricket in 2015, he continued to play with success for the Lions and for English county Lancashire.His ban will prevent him from taking part in any activity under the auspices of Cricket South Africa.Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “Our aim to deal thoroughly with any form of corruption in the game remains steadfast and we will do everything in our power to protect the integrity of the game.”Alviro has realised his mistakes and has acknowledged contravening the Code. He is obliged under the Code to have disclosed various approaches that were made to him to engage in corrupt activities.”While having provided certain information to the investigators he had also withheld and concealed certain material information, such as the meetings with Bodi and certain fixers. This was directly relevant to the investigation and hence why we have imposed a two-year ban which Alviro accepts.”Cronje, who captained South Africa in 53 Tests and 138 one-day internationals, was banned for life in 2000 after admitting to accepting money from bookmakers. AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United deal will impact smaller clubs: Sean Dyche

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche believes that the proposed trasfer of Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United will have an impact on smaller clubs. He feels Sanchez’s huge wages, should his deal to United be completed, will cause inflation in the game.Burnley are scheduled to play Jose Mourinho’s side on Saturday and Sanchez could make his debut for United against Dyche’s team at Turf Moor if the transfer is completed in time.British media reported that United are prepared to pay the striker more than 350,000 pounds ($485,000) per week, which would make him the highest earner in the Premier League. Burnley’s top earning players are believed to be on around a tenth of that figure.”It creates a tougher challenge because every time one of the super powers spends enormous money on a player that drip-feeds down the market,” Dyche said.”So every player you then phone about has miraculously gone considerably up in value because they’ll look and say it doesn’t mean he’s as good but he must be somewhere nearer on a sliding scale,” he added.”So where does the next move from us come from? Where’s the next valuation on one of our players or one of our targets?”Although Burnley have one of the smaller budgets in the Premier League, they have risen to seventh place this season but Dyche says the gap between the rich clubs and others remains significant.”There’s a talent pool for that top end of the market and we have to look at a different market. I don’t think any of us are surprised by the gap in the Premier League, I think it’s been there a long time and it’s getting harder year on year since the business model for football has changed,” he said.advertisement”The problem is the clubs are moving forward and we’re at the back of it, and it’s hard to keep up. But that’s the ongoing challenge of being at Burnley Football Club and I enjoy that challenge,” Dyche added.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Activists find unique way to display Pride flag despite ban

first_imgThe attention of the entire world is fixed on the FIFA World Cup 2018. Football is the most followed sport in the world and the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the universe.And it is at this stage that a group of activists made their views known.Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, there were plenty of concerns for the LGBTQ community.The LGBTQ community in Russia does not enjoy certain rights and various organisations had asked gay people to be careful if they did go to watch the World Cup.Besides, Russia bans the display the Pride flag — the rainbow coloured flag used to represent support towards the LGBTQ community around the world. The rainbow coloured flag used to represent support towards the LGBTQ community around the world is banned in Russia (thehiddenflag.com)On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India heard pleas against Section 377 that criminalises gay sex in India. Pleas were filed against the law after the Supreme Court passed ‘Right to Privacy’ as a fundamental right last year and even though the final judgement is yet to come, the highest court is hearing the case.Just a few days before this hearing in New Delhi, far away in Russia, six activists walked around the streets created a hidden Pride flag through football jerseys.Activits Marta Marquez (Spain), Eric Houter (Netherlands), Eloi Pierozan Junior (Brazil), Guillermo Leon (Mexico), Vanesa Paola Ferrario (Argentina) and Mateo Fernandez Gomez (Colombia) came together in Russia and formed a hidden flag as a protest against the Russian law.advertisement Photos of these activists going around Russia was uploaded on their website (thehiddenflag.com)The photos of these activists going around Russia, standing, sitting and walking in the line of colours that form the rainbow flag was uploaded on their website.With the photos making it to social media, people marvelled at the courage and statement that the activists made and showed their support for the same.An LGBT activist Eric Rosswood shared the news and expressed his excitement about the unique show of support for the LGBTQ community in Russia.OMG! I love this so much! People went to Russia during the World Cup and dressed in different colored jerseys to form the rainbow flag when they stood next to each other! FABULOUS! #HiddenFlag https://t.co/7LbIiHPlJXEric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) July 10, 2018A Twitter user ValStew called it a “great idea” and expressed her support towards freedom to love.What a great idea. Way to go ! Everyone has the right to love whom ever they choose. #LoveIsLove #HiddenFlag https://t.co/co7lzdB7LYValStew (@vstew0360) July 9, 2018World Cup is a huge platform to show a range of ideals, emotions and beliefs to the world and these six activists have done exactly that.With Russia attempting to improve their image through the World Cup, this was a unique way to convey some of their loopholes and portray the voices behind the LGBTQ community. LGBT activits Marta Marquez (Spain), Eric Houter (Netherlands), Eloi Pierozan Junior (Brazil), Guillermo Leon (Mexico), Vanesa Paola Ferrario (Argentina) and Mateo Fernandez Gomez (Colombia) (thehiddenflag.com)Meanwhile, the footballing action in the World Cup is about to begin again on Tuesday with France and Belgium taking on each other in the first semi-final.England will take on Croatia in the second semi-final on Wednesday.While the third-place match will take place on Saturday, Sunday will the big day when two countries will battle for the coveted Trophy.last_img read more

CITY TO TEST FLOYD RIVER CHANNEL WITH GREEN DYE

first_imgResidents may see a green color in some of the waters of the Floyd River where it enters the Missouri River on Wednesday.The city’s Underground Utilities Department will conduct a tracer dye test of the Old Floyd/Bacon Creek Channel this Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting.The test will help the department identify possible sources of ground and surface water that could be entering the sanitary sewer line.The city says the fluorescent green dye will not harm the environment and is approved by the Iowa DNR.The dye test will not affect drinking water in any way.The test will help to determine if the sanitary sewer line has suffered any damage from flooding and high groundwater.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh and Sajid Nadiadwala take up Akshay Kumar’s Bala challenge. Watch trending video

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 12:20 IST Ranveer Singh and Sajid Nadiadwala.Fans took the social media by storm the moment Akshya Kumar declared the Bala challenge. Bollywood’s Khiladi Kumar dropped the challenge as he shared the song of his upcoming film Housefull 4 called Shaitaan Ka Saala.Not just Akshay’s fans, Bollywood celebrities are taking up the challenge too. This include Ranveer Singh and producer Sajid Nadiadwala. The two set the dance floor on fire by performing the hook step of Shaitaan Ka Saala. Ranveer and Sajid were at the wrap up party of the actor’s upcoming film 83.The official account of Sajid’s production company Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment (NGE) shared the video of Ranveer and Sajid. The tweet read, “The FIRST entry is here! The ’83 Fam took on #TheBalaChallenge we sure as hell are feeling it! #SajidNadiadwala and @RanveerOfficial burning the dance floor with their #ShaitanKaSaala dance moves! @WardaNadiadwala.”The FIRST entry is here! The ’83 Fam took on #TheBalaChallenge we sure as hell are feeling it! #SajidNadiadwala and @RanveerOfficial burning the dance floor with their #ShaitanKaSaala dance moves!@WardaNadiadwala @akshaykumar #Housefull4 #83TheFilm pic.twitter.com/yvWKJegZcENadiadwala Grandson (@NGEMovies) October 7, 2019Before Ranveer, it was Ayushmann Khurrana who took up the challenge. Ayushmann Khurrana took to Instagram to wish Akshay Kumar luck for the new song. The Article 15 actor shared a video in which he is seen dancing to the new Housefull 4 song in his look from the film Bala. Along with the video, he wrote, “Bala ko pukara #Bala aa gaya! Best of luck @akshaykumar sir. Hum bhi jald aa rahe hain.(sic).”advertisementAkshay responded to Ayushmann’s post with a video of himself, wishing him for his upcoming film Bala.Waah Bala, kamaal kar daala! All the best brother https://t.co/RcGgiTaqwf pic.twitter.com/SWlZ3zgZJqAkshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 8, 2019Coming to Ranveer Singh, the actor will be seen playing the role of Kapil Dev in 83. Deepika Padukone will play his wife Romi Bhatia in the film. The film will tell the tale of India’s historic 1983 World Cup win.Videos of the wrap up party of 83 went viral.Seeing Ranveer and Deepika together Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, fans can’t wait to see them together.83 will release on April 10, 2020.ALSO READ | Trending video: Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone dance to Nashe Si Chadh Gayi at 83 wrap partyALSO READ | Ranveer Singh turns Kapil Dev for 83. Seen his first look from Kabir Khan film yet?ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh shows off his chest in new pics. Deepika Padukone trolls him for using her bronzerALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on training with Kapil Dev for 83: I will follow him wherever he goesALSO SEE | Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh celebrate 83 wrap-up with teammates. See picsALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh on 83: It is one of the greatest sports stories recorded in historyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Ayushmann KhurranaFollow Akshay Kumar Ranveer Singh and Sajid Nadiadwala take up Akshay Kumar’s Bala challenge. Watch trending videoRanveer Singh and producer Sajid Nadiadwalatook up Akshay Kumar’s Bala challenge at 83’s wrap up party.advertisementlast_img read more

HMS Ocean’s Refit Soon to Be Over (UK)

first_img Print  Close zoom Life is being breathed into Britain’s biggest warship as helicopter carrier HMS Ocean gets ready to emerge from a 15-month revamp. UK Royal Navy, January 16, 2014 My locationcenter_img 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 The Mighty O has been out of action since late 2012, undergoing a £65m overhaul in her home base of Devonport.As 2014 begins, so sailors have begun to re-join Ocean in earnest, not least her new Commanding Officer Capt Tim Henry, who’ll guide ship and ship’s company through the final weeks of the refit – and a demanding remainder of the year.By the end of 2014, Ocean will be the UK’s sole on-call helicopter carrier; veteran HMS Illustrious, which has performed the duty while the Mighty O has been going through her revamp, is due to pay off after more than 30 years’ proud service in the late autumn.With that deadline to meet, Capt Henry – who’s previously commanded frigate HMS Portland – knows the coming months will be challenging, and his men and women will rise to that challenge.“I join HMS Ocean at a most exciting time. She has undergone a significant refit period, and our priority is now to ensure that all of her new and improved systems are brought on line, as we work up towards our high readiness status.“Ocean’s ship’s company – along with the many workers and contractors in the Naval Base – should be proud of what they have achieved so far during this refit, and I have no doubt that they will continue to drive hard to complete the work to the highest standard.”His ship has received more than 60 upgrades and improvements from a complete refurbishment of her flight deck, hangar and aviation facilities to an overhaul of much of her mechanical and engineering equipment, and replacement or refurbishment of many of her communications and weapons systems.In dry dock, Ocean’s hull received a fresh coat of anti-fouling paint, and her engines, propellers, shafts, rudders and stabilisers were all been given a thorough going over before the waters lapped around the ship once more and she was moved out of dock.The scale of the work carried out on her has been described by defence firm Babcock as the equivalent of overhauling three Type 23 frigates.The refit and trials are due to be complete by the summer, when the task will move to the intensive training of her ship’s company to regain their operational status and capability, which reaches its climax with two months of Operational Sea Training under the supervision of the Flag Officer Sea Training’s organisation.last_img read more

Connected cars accelerate down datacollection highway

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — As automakers try to evolve into mobility companies, their cars are rapidly morphing into data-collection machines. It’s similar to what smartphones have already become as they suck up valuable personal information about the people using them.Driving internet-connected cars offers many benefits. It’s how safety features can be upgraded wirelessly and maintenance schedules adjusted based on performance.But it also could open the door to creepy marketing pitches, privacy invasions and government surveillance. No serious incidents have occurred in the United States, Europe and Japan, but a red flag has already been raised in China, where automakers have been sharing location details of connected cars with the government.Michael Liedtke, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Data usage in India to grow at 73 CAGR by 2022 Study

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s data consumption is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 72.6 per cent to 10,96,58,793 million MB by 2022, according to a study. “With lower than ever data tariffs and increasing number of smartphone penetration in the country, which is around 40 per cent as of 2017, it is safe to assume that the Video on Demand (VoD) market will be a significant beneficiary of these developments. Internet consumption is clearly on the rise in India,” according to the Assocham-PwC study. Data consumption in India will grow from the level of 71,67,103 million MB in 2017 to 10,96,58,793 million MB (megabytes) in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 72.6 per cent, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepWhile the average Indian used to spend more on voice services than on mobile data services until 2013, the majority of an average mobile bill is now spent on data. The average monthly spend on voice services in 2013 was Rs 214 compared to Rs 173 spent on data. In 2016, the spend on voice fell to Rs 124, while data spend rose to Rs 225, according to the report. Video streaming constitutes roughly 65 75 per cent of the traffic, as per the Nokia Mobile Broadband Index 2018. While internet penetration is increasing in India, with mobile internet penetration set to reach 56.7 per cent in 2022 from a mere 30.2 per cent in 2017, connectivity and consistency in speed issues need to be addressed, said the study titled ‘Video on Demand: Entertainment reimagined’. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt further said that in a country where approximately 65-70 per cent of the population resides in rural areas, no service meant for the masses can afford to ignore this market. Internet connectivity and speed issues are significant in rural areas as against urban areas. It is important for OTT (over-the-top) players to cater to the rural market if they wish to stay relevant. Thus, apps like YouTube, which support low Internet connectivity, will be able to penetrate faster into rural areas, according to the study. The report also noted that there has been a value shift to platforms. “Social media and technology platforms, instead of content creators and packagers, have emerged as the primary beneficiaries of the increase in user time and spending,” it added. Another major aspect in the journey of OTT players will be the ability to personalise experiences. Emerging technologies would help companies create unique experiences that add value to the services provided to users.last_img read more

Kohli named leading cricketer of the Year for 3rd time by Wisden

first_imgLondon: India captain Virat Kohli was Wednesday named as the Leading Cricketer of the year for the third successive time by the 2019 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Kohli, who amassed 2735 runs across the three formats in 2018, was picked as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year, along with England’s Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Rory Burns. The Indian skipper is only the third cricketer ever to have won the award more than three times after Don Bradman (10 times) and Jack Hobbs (8 times). Indian women opener Smriti Mandhana bagged the women’s Leading Cricketer of the Year. Kohli had notched up 593 runs in five Tests at an average of 59.3 during India’s 1-4 loss to England and ended the year with five centuries to his name. Mandhana was rewarded for scoring 669 and 662 runs in ODIs and T20Is last year. She also amassed 421 runs at an astounding strike rate of 174.68 in the women’s Super League. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was named the Leading T20 Cricketer of the Year for the second year in a row, following his superb performance last year. He took 22 wickets at an average of 8.68 for Afghanistan in T20Is, besides scalping 21 wickets in the Indian Premier League 2018. The Five Cricketers of the Year are chosen by Lawrence Booth, the editor of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, with the 2019 version serving as the 156th edition.last_img read more

More than 106000 Euros Raised to Free Tariq Ramadan

Rabat – More than EUR 106,000  has been collectively raised online to help free Tariq Ramadan. Launched on CotizUp platform, this prize pool aims to help the Islamist scholar, who “is confronted with several cases whose battle will be long and costly.”Organized by the “For the Liberation of Tariq Ramadan,” Facebook page,  the initiative has already raised more than EUR 106,000, far exceeding the EUR 90,000 target. Between “Legal proceedings, attorneys’ fees, appraisals and counter-appraisals (…) the battle will be costly,” said the group, adding that the money will go to Ramadan’s trial.French police arrested Tariq Ramadan on January 31, after two women filed complaints accusing him of rape in 2017. The police continue to hold him as “part of a preliminary inquiry” into the rape and assault allegations. The Oxford professor denies the allegations, claiming that they are part of a “campaign of lies launched by [his] adversaries.”His wife, Iman Ramadan, believes her husband was targeted by the media. “It is enough to just read the press or turn on the TV and think that he’s guilty,” she stated, adding that she thinks, “he is, unfortunately, a victim of this media lynching and political pressure exerted against him.”Though he was recently hospitalized, the Appeals Court in Paris denied his release after a medical report indicated that Islamic theologian’s health was “compatible with his detention.”Ramadan was initially accused of rape by author and former Salafi Henda Ayari, who reports that the rape occurred in 2012 when both were attending a congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France. Another woman stepped forward shortly thereafter and claimed she was also raped by the Swiss scholar in a French hotel in 2009. read more

UN official in Central African Republic urges support for demobilization

“The Government is listening to and responding to advice from national stakeholders and the international community,” said Margaret Vogt, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA).“However, lack of funding to complete the DDR [Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration] process and to initiative the second phase of SSR [Security Sector Reform] could put CAR on the brink of disaster,” she told the Council in a briefing on the Secretary-General”s latest report on CAR.Ms. Vogt called for quick action to prevent a resurgence of conflict in the country, which, she warned, could have serious repercussions throughout the region.“Failure to consolidate the security in the CAR would increase its attractiveness as a safe have for regional brigands and rebel groups operating in the region.”She said that more $19.3 million is required for the reinsertion and reintegration of former rebel fighters, with the budget for disarmament and demobilization operations estimated at $2.6 million.“The success of DDR will depend on the will of the international community to support these processes,” said Ms. Vogt.She said extensive consultations with the Government, political parties and civil society had underlined the need for discussions on reforming the electoral code and establishing a permanent polls body as a confidence-building measure on future political activities.Ms. Vogt informed the Council of two foreign armed groups that continue to pose a threat to the peace process and overall security in CAR. They are the Front Populaire pour le Redressement (FPR) of the self-styled Chadian ”General” Abdel Kader, alias Baba Ladde, and the Lord”s Resistance Army (LRA), which has its origins in Uganda.“It is important that the Council sends an unequivocal message condemning FPR”s illegal activities and urge him [Baba Ladde] to stop harassing the population, lay down his arms and return to Chad. [He] should be held accountable for the violations perpetrated against [the] civilian population in the region,” she added. 14 December 2011The head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) told the Security Council today that dialogue between the Government and opposition groups is paying peace dividends, but warned that lack of funds to implement programmes to disarm and demobilize former fighters could undermine efforts to restore security. read more