24 May 2014Jacob Zuma’s presidential inauguration in Pretoria on Saturday was followed by a stunning aerial display – including a formation flypast in the shape of “20”, marking South Africa’s 20 years of democracy – that left the massive crowd at the Union Buildings breathless.The salute flypast, followed Zuma’s swearing-in for a second term as President of South Africa, drew cheering, ululation and vuvuzela blasts from the thousands of people gathered on the Southern Lawns of the Union Buildings.The crowd was treated to a series of formation flypasts featuring the Gripen, the front-line fighter aircraft of the South African Air Force; a Hawk fighter jet formation including a lead aircraft painted in the colours of the national flag; and flag-bearing helicopters from squadrons around the country.South Africa’s VIP transport aircraft, comprising the Presidential Jet, a Falcon 50 and a Falcon 900, also flew overhead, escorted by two Gripen fighters, followed by a South African Airways Airbus.But the largest and most spectacular formation of the day was made of 19 aircraft, including the Silver Falcons, the aerobatic display team of the South African Air Force, forming the shape of a “20” to mark the country’s 20 years of democracy.Source: SAnews.gov.za
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was yet to decide whether it should file an appeal against the Allahabad High Court’s judgment acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case last year.The Talwars were released from jail on October 2017 after the High Court had acquitted them. In murder cases, probe agencies were required to appeal against acquittals within three months of such an order. The CBI had failed to do so in the Aarushi-Hemraj case.“The appeal has not been filed yet. However, the investigating team may approach the court seeking that the delay be condoned, as and when it decides to file the appeal,” said a CBI official.Aarushi was found murdered at her Noida house on May 16, 2008. A day later, the body of domestic help Hemraj was found on the terrace. The case was initially investigated by the Noida Police, which arrested Dr. Talwar for his involvement. It was transferred to the CBI that initially zeroed in on three helps. The agency then investigated the alleged involvement of Dr. Talwar and his wife. However, it filed a closure report on the grounds of insufficient prosecutable evidence. The Special Court refused to accept the closure report and converted it into a charge sheet against the Talwars.
Patrolling in the Satkosia Tiger Reserve is set to be strengthened as two trained elephants would be deployed there shortly.Trained elephants will help ground-level forest guards patrol deep in the forest where jeeps cannot go.The two elephants are being brought from the Similipal Tiger Reserve.“We are mobilising a few trained elephants as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. The elephant deployment in STR at present has no connection with the possible release of tigress Sundari, imported from Madhya Pradesh, from the special enclosure set up inside Satkosia,” said Sandeep Tripathi, Principal Chief Conservator Forest (Wildlife).Sources in the Forest and Environment Department said the authorities did not want to leave any stone unturned before approaching the NTCA for resuming the ambitious tiger reintroduction programme in Satkosia.The tiger reintroduction programme in STR had run into rough weather following the death of India’s first inter-State translocated tiger last year.The Odisha government had planned to bring six tigers (three male and three female) from Madhya Pradesh to increase the feline population in Satkosia. Last year, one pair of big cats was brought to Satkosia.However, the programme did not go as per plan. While the tiger T1 reportedly died after falling into a poaching trap, there was huge discontentment among villagers residing in the buffer areas over the frequent straying of the tigress into human habitation. As the situation went out of control following a human kill, the tigress was captured. Subsequently, the programme was put on hold.
The last Dogra monarch Maharaja Hari Singh is emerging as a new rallying point in Jammu, with both the Congress and the BJP pushing for declaration of a State holiday on his 125th birth anniversary on September 23.Congress Member Parliament (MP) Karan Singh, who is the son of the late Dogra king, on September 20 said there was a strong demand to declare the birthday of the Maharaja as a public holiday, and made an appeal to Governor Satya Pal Malik.“It is due to Maharaja Hari Singh that J&K became a part of India when he signed the Instrument of Accession on October 26, 1947. Apart from that, he was a progressive and far sighted ruler who instituted many social and economic reforms. For example, as far back as 1929 he had declared all temples in the State to be open for Dalits. I urge the Governor to declare this day as a pubic holiday,” said Mr. Singh.Mr. Singh’s two sons, in the past, had moved a resolution in the State’s Legislative Council on the issue. However, J&K’s main regional parties, the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have been averse to the idea. Both the parties accuse the Maharaja of “anti-Muslims measures” and blame him for the killing of 22 civilians in Srinagar on July 13, 1931 outside the Srinagar Central Jail in an incident of firing. In fact, to commemorate the “sacrifices” of the 22 civilians, J&K observes a State holiday on July 13 every year.The BJP is equally supporting the initiative. The BJP’s new initiative, ‘Jan Jagran Abhiban’, will see the party hosting a number of rallies in the Jammu and Kashmir regions to highlight “the contribution of the Maharaja to the State”.“We expect senior BJP leaders to arrive in Jammu on September 22 during a Jan Jagran Abhiman rally on eve of the Maharaja’s birthday. The leaders will pay tributes to the Maharaja on the occasion. An exhibition will also be held,” said BJP leader Thakur Narayan Singh.The Jammu Bar Association has also thrown its weight behind the case for declaring a State holiday in J&K.
The majority of the players are now back in training with just the club’s England contingent to return.“I’m confident with the squad,” the head coach said. “I’m really happy with the new players we have brought in and the younger players who have benefited from the experience they got last season.“Danny Richardson had his first full season in Super League and then you have Matty Lees and Jack Ashworth plus the likes of Morgan Knowles and Regan Grace who are still young too.“The young guys got plenty of game time last year and contributed. That will help us this year.”Holbrook reported that James Roby had surgery on his shoulder in the off-season but is back and in full training.Alex Walmsley is also taking part in pre-season and will have a scan on his neck next week.“Officially, it is similar from our last update,” he continued. “Alex has to get enough bone regrowth to be able to play and he gets a scan and sees a specialist next week. In training he is doing everything asked of him; he is just waiting for the green light to play.“Pre-season is going well and we’re almost back together. Theo (Fages) came in this week and Joseph Paulo has also come in. The England players are due in next Monday.“We started last season really well so there will be a similar build up this time around. It’s about individuals getting to where we want them to be before the team comes together.“The new players coming in will alter how we play slightly but we won’t throw everything out of the window. We won 26 from 30 last season but, with that in mind, we don’t want to do the same as we don’t want the same outcome.“It wasn’t a frustrating season, just disappointing in the end. We had two completely different exits from competitions we wanted to win.“We had won a lot of games before that semi-final with Catalan but we got ambushed. In the other semi-final, there wasn’t a lot in the game. We were leading with five minutes to go so it was disappointing we couldn’t hang on and get it done.”He continues: “It’s early days but I’m excited to see how the season will pan out. You can’t imagine Leeds not being thereabouts and I thought Warrington were really strong last year. Wigan won the comp and then you have Hull, Cas and Catalans too. Everyone looks really strong.“There have been some big signings at some clubs too so I’m expecting it to be another good season.”Tickets for all Saints 2019 Betfred Super League home games – including the blockbusting opener against Wigan on January 31 – are now on sale.You can get yours by calling into the Ticket Office, tel: 01744 455 052 or online here.