The Supreme Court on Friday allowed seven more girls, who were at the Muzaffarpur shelter home where allegations of sexual assault surfaced last year, to reunite with their families. The top court had earlier allowed eight girls, out of 44 in all, to be reunited their families but only six of them have been able to do so. TISS project‘Koshish’ — a field action project of TISS — in its report told the court that 12 more girls, besides these 15, have been identified to be restored with their families. Several girls were reportedly sexually assaulted at the NGO-run shelter home in Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by TISS, which had conducted a social audit. A Bench of Justices N.V. Ramana and Krishna Murari said that as and when their families are identified and the verification done, these girls can be reunited with them. Counsel for TISS told the Bench that out of the eight girls, only six have so far been restored with their families. It asked the State Child Protection Societies of West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Punjab to provide all necessary help to identify and verify the family members of the girls. The Bench clarified that it cannot monitor the restoration on day-to-day basis but in case of any problem, the matter could be mentioned for hearing. On September 12, the apex court had allowed eight of the 44 girls of Muzaffarpur shelter home to be reunited with their families. The top court had directed the Bihar government to provide all necessary financial and medical assistance to these eight girls identified by ‘Koshish’ as fit for being sent to their families.It had also directed the State government to assess the compensation liable to be paid to the girls under the victim compensation scheme and submit a report to the court in eight weeks. The decision came after TISS filed its report before the SC in a sealed cover, saying the eight girls were fit to be handed over to their families.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Antetokounmpo overcame a slow start from the field to hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes, and Khris Middleton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Milwaukee improved to 9-2 under interim coach Joe Prunty.They’re a threat again for a top-four playoff seed in the East.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When everything is judged on those last three minutes, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to win,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 15 rebounds.Dennis Schroder scored 18 points for the Hawks, and Ersan Ilyasova had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Ilyasova spearheaded a late rally in which Atlanta erased a 12-point deficit and tied it at 84 on Kent Bazemore’s 3-pointer with 3:30 left. Antetokounmpo answered with a mid-range jumper and layup to open an 8-0 run following a timeout. Schroder and Bazemore then whiffed on open layups following a steal with less than a minute left that could have helped the Hawks mount one last comeback.“It’s guys making plays, that’s what it came down to. Making the extra effort, trying to get to the right spot defensively to close out,” Prunty said.Better defense has lifted the Bucks since Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd on Jan. 22. They’ve held opponents to less than 100 points eight times during Prunty’s 11-game tenure.While the Bucks are thinking about the playoffs, the Hawks are building for their long-term future. They’ll pull out a few positives from challenging a playoff contender on the road.“We’ve kind of stopped looking at records and the standings,” Bazemore said. “Our coach and our front office likes the nucleus we have here, we’re all growing … it’s getting the pieces in place, getting the experience and we continue to push.”TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, left, is fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks looked sluggish at times coming back from a four-game trip, and the worst team in the Eastern Conference was threatening to knock them off at home.All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led one last charge to help the Bucks hold on for a 97-92 win on Tuesday night over the Atlanta Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic figure skating unveils new, modern soundtrack Hawks: Second in the league at forcing turnovers (15.8 per game), Atlanta got the Bucks to cough up the ball just 10 times. … Bazemore had 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting.Bucks: Forward Jabari Parker played 18 minutes and scored seven points after missing the previous game for rest. He has shown flashes of the explosiveness that made him a dangerous player before missing a year after suffering the second major left knee injury of his career on Feb. 8, 2017. At one point in the first half, Parker ripped down a rebound before dribbling nearly the length of the court and dishing near the bucket after drawing a double team.ZELLER’S NEW HOMETyler Zeller had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds in his first game in Milwaukee since joining the team on the road before the trade deadline last week.“It was actually kind of nice being on the road for the first five or six days, I could not worry about getting an apartment … or anything like that. I could just focus on basketball,” Zeller said.ON THE RUNA 14-2 run in the third quarter for the Bucks briefly broke open what had been a ho-hum game marked by questionable shot selection and bad misses on both sides. Middleton’s jumper with 2:58 left completed the spurt and lifted Milwaukee to a 65-53 lead.“Besides the third quarter and a couple of situations late, I thought our defense was really improving and getting to the point where we want it to be,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTHawks: Finish up the second half of a back-to-back by visiting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in their last game before the All-Star break.Bucks: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday in their last game before the break.
After dishing out a last-ball thriller in the last league match on Sunday, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders would square off against each other yet again in Mumbai on Wednesday.But the stakes are high as it will be end of the road for the loser in the Indian Premier League.Thanks to the changed format, the tie has become a sort of a quarter-final since the winner will then clash with loser of the first qualifier to earn a shot at the title match.Kolkata were well-poised to hand Mumbai their fourth straight defeat in their last league match but allowed them to escape and record a thrilling last-ball victory.The Kolkata players, particularly Laxmipathy Balaji, who was hit for 23 runs in the last over which included a last- ball six by Mumbai’s Ambati Rayudu, can forget that stunning change of fortunes in a jiffy.Wednesday’s match which would get nerves jangling and the team that shows iron grip on its emotions is likely to win the Eliminator.The Knight Riders batting has done quite well with Jacques Kallis (417 runs from 14 games), Manoj Tiwary (355 from 14) and skipper Gambhir ( 374 from 14) being its mainstays.Yusuf Pathan has not exactly scored big with 47 not out being his highest score in a tally of 257 from 14 games, but Mumbai would be aware of the damage the big- hitting Baroda man can cause once he gets going.The new ball bowling of the Knight Riders has also been below par with Brett Lee not really pulling his weight ( 4 wickets in 11 games) while Balaji ( 10 wickets in 13) and Jaidev Unadkat (6 in 7) have been expensive.advertisementBalaji’s confidence would also be a bit low after the mauling he received from Mumbai’s gangling left- handed batsman James Franklin, who struck four successive fours in the last over of the Tamil Nadu bowler to put his side on the threshold of a famous win.Balaji, however, was backed by his captain Gambhir who said after the stunning last ball loss that the medium pacer would be back in his elements in the next game.Kolkata have depended mostly on their spinners, especially Yusuf and Iqbal Abdulla who have grabbed 13 and 16 wickets respectively and also been economical for this format of the game. The Wankhede track has afforded turn over the last few matches and the duo would relish bowling on it.If Kolkata have some problems to solve, Mumbai too have a few to tackle, the biggest of them being finding an effective opening partner to Sachin Tendulkar.The team has tried out five batsmen but no one has clicked though Davy Jacobs appeared to have settled down in his role when he broke his thumb and had to be replaced. In the last match, Tirumalasetti Suman was tried but he failed for the second time in the key batting position and this has upset the balance of the team to some extent.The team would again be looking forward to contributions from the trio of Tendulkar (477 runs), Rayudu (383) and Rohit Sharma (359) in batting.Hard- hitting Kieron Pollard (140) and Andrew Symonds (135) have disappointed Mumbai but the blistering 45 not out in 23 balls by New Zealander Franklin, incidentally his highest in the IPL, has given them new hope.Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga (27 wickets) and Munaf Patel (17) were the kingpins till a few games ago before they were mauled at the death.Malinga still remains Mumbai’s best bet to give them early advantage while Patel, dropped for the previous game, is set regain his spot.Harbhajan Singh has been quite efficient if not spectacular in most matches and Mumbai would be expecting more from him against the likes of Yusuf Pathan.Tendulkar is aware that the stung Knight Riders are capable of storming their way back.
APTN National NewsOne of the front runners for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives used a covert email address to avoid public scrutiny.Ted Morton used his first and middle names for an email address he used for internal communications while he was in government to discuss hot button issues.The “Frederick Lee” pseudonym was used to discuss controversial new land use legislation. In one of these emails, from November 2008, Morton wrote about Metis settlements in Alberta, stating that their lands are not considered private lands in the conventional sense.“If the Metis suddenly want to share in some of the potential benefits of private land ownership, do they also want to be subject o all other restrictions and duties that attach to private land ownership in Alberta? I doubt it. They cannot have their cake and eat it took,” wrote Morton in the email.Morton was not available to comment on the emails.
(An all-Indigenous flotilla took to kayaks Sunday on the Bassin de la Villette, which is Paris’ largest artificial lake and connects to the city’s canal system. Photo/Allan Lissner)APTN National News GATINEAU, Que.—The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has launched an 11th hour lobbying effort targeting countries with natural resource investments in Western Canada over the current exclusion of Indigenous rights from the operative text of a global climate agreement under negotiations in Paris, according to a British Columbia grand chief.First Nation Summit Grand Chief Ed John said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be sending letters to the ambassadors from countries like India, Malaysia, China, Japan and the European Union pressing them to back efforts to put Indigenous rights into the text of the climate agreement. John said the AFN wants to remind these nations that they have investments in resource development projects that are on Indigenous territory.The AFN passed an emergency resolution on the issue Tuesday directing Bellegarde to begin lobbying on the issue.“The pressure is still on,” said John, whose organization represents B.C. First Nations.AFN chiefs are currently meeting at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Que.The AFN resolution has been sent to the Indigenous caucus at the Paris climate talks for distribution among the 190 states currently involved in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), said John. The Indigenous caucus is not directly involved in the negotiations which involve only member states.EU ambassadors were also lobbied during a meet and greet at held Tuesday evening, said John.EU countries have been among the states that are against the inclusion of Indigenous rights in the final climate change agreement, which aims to stem the warming of the planet to 2C above pre-Industrial temperatures.Canada is warming at the twice the global rate.The preamble of the draft climate change agreement currently includes a mention to Indigenous rights, but even that is now under threat.The reference to Indigenous rights was removed from the main body of the text during the round of negotiations headed by officials from the countries involved in the negotiation. The negotiations have now moved to the political level and a final agreement is expected by Dec. 11.Canada is backing efforts to include Indigenous rights in the climate change email@example.com@APTNNews