zoom Dubai-based shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding (GulfNav) is looking to expand its operations in the northern region of the United Arab Emirates with a set of maritime activities under the GNH Northern Project.A consortium consisting of GulfNav and two members of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) group, namely, Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group and Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry, has started to review and finalize the plans for the start of the project.GulfNav said that the maritime activities would include ship building, ship repair and offshore platforms, equipment and services, logistics, marine specialized operations and global mobile ship repair and services including a float and during voyage.The GNH Northern project will be developed in three phases and as part of future business expansion and growth conceived and approved by the board of Directors of GNH under its “change and transformation” plans, which intends development and expansion of GNH’s infrastructure in the northern coast and deep waters areas including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, the Indian subcontinent, Eastern Africa and the Red Sea.The first phase of the project will include development and upgrade of capacity of existing facilities and a Floating Dock, as well as the development of specialized mobile cranes working remotely for all types of ships and offshore platforms.“We are working on creating partnerships as part of GNH’s global expansion and development strategy and to establish ourselves are market leaders in all areas of the maritime sector and to diversify sources of our income and create value for our shareholders,” Khamis Juma Buamim, GNH Board Member, MD & GROUP CEO said.
zoom As containership deliveries dropped from the record 1.7 million TEU in 2015 to just 0.9 million TEU in 2016, the boxship sector could enter a new era of less robust fleet growth if deliveries remain at moderate levels, Clarksons Research said.The slowdown in boxship deliveries in 2016, alongside record levels of demolition, led to fleet growth of just 1.2% during the year, down from 8.1% in 2015. The volume of containership capacity delivered in 2016 was the lowest since 2004 and dropped by 46% y-o-y to 127 vessels of 903,662 TEU.Deliveries in 2016 were concentrated in the larger sizes, with 89% of delivered capacity accounted for by the 8,000+ TEU sector, the highest level on record. However, delivered capacity in the 8-12,000 TEU sector declined 53% y-o-y, while deliveries in the 15,000+ sector dropped by 50%.In the sub-8,000 TEU sector, deliveries declined 52% y-o-y to just 102,536 TEU in 2016, reflecting limited ordering in this size range in recent years, and overall in 2016 the sub-8,000 TEU fleet declined by 4.8% in terms of capacity.Clarksons Research said that current projections suggest that deliveries in 2017 may accelerate from 2016 levels, boosted by the surge in mega boxship contracting in 2015. Deliveries in the 15,000+ sector in 2017 are expected to be fairly similar to 2015 levels, which is likely to present continued challenges to operators managing capacity on the mainlanes.However, overall delivered capacity is projected to remain below the 2015 level, with very limited deliveries projected in the mid-size sectors. Deliveries into the smaller sectors are projected to rise y-o-y, although remain at a historically subdued level. In 2018, total boxship deliveries are projected to remain relatively steady y-o-y, Clarksons Research said.
zoomImage Courtesy: Sembcorp Marine Sembcorp Marine has completed the world’s first floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel with a 40-year hull lifespan, the FSO Ailsa.The unit, built for oil and gas company MODEC and christened on May 9, will enter service with a hull designed to have twice the average hull fatigue lifespan of other newbuild FSOs, as verified by marine assurance company DNV GL.A longer hull fatigue life enables ships to withstand harsher and more extreme environmental conditions, such as rogue waves, corrosion, large ambient temperature variation and thunderstorms.Equipped with a 430,000-barrel condensate storage capacity, FSO Ailsa also boasts a 25-year continuous operability without drydocking and full compliance with strict UK safety regulations for harsh-environment operations. The unit is scheduled to set sail next month for the Culzean gas field in the UK North Sea.“FSO Ailsa, the 46th floating unit MODEC has accomplished for the offshore oil and gas production industry, represents a significant milestone for us as it is the first one we have built for the North Sea oil and gas sector,” Sateesh Dev, President & CEO of MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore), said.FSO Ailsa is Sembcorp Marine’s first floating storage and offloading newbuild project, constructed over 22 months with a zero Lost Time Incidents record.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based tanker owner and operator TOP Ships has inked a sale and leaseback agreement and a five-year time charter with Cargill International for its MR2 tanker newbuilding.The 50,000 dwt ship (Hull No 8242) is currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.As informed, the deal is expected to be realized on the vessel’s delivery date currently planned for January 2019.Following the sale, TOP Ships will bareboat charter back the vessel and immediately put it on a time charter with Cargill Ocean Transportation. As part of this transaction, the company has continuous options to buy back the vessel during the whole five year sale and leaseback period at the end of which it has to buy it back.The gross proceeds from the sale amount are USD 32.4 million, which is the total amount that remains to be paid for the specific vessel. Additionally, the revenue backlog expected to be generated by the time charter fixture is about USD 27.6 million.“Our strategy of acquiring very high quality vessels has once again been embraced by a top quality charterer. This financing alone covers about one fifth of the capital required in order to take delivery of the three vessels that we acquired during the first quarter of 2018, all of which will be delivered within the first 2 quarters of 2019. We are working very hard to finalize financing for the remaining capital requirements of these vessels in the near future,” Evangelos Pistiolis, the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company, said.Earlier this month, the company also agreed time charter employment for two of its Suezmax newbuildings with an undisclosed oil major. The units are being built at Korean yard Hyundai Samho.“As a result of the time charter employment, the total gross revenue backlog for the fixed charter period of our fleet has grown even further to USD 211 million,” Pistiolis added.
zoomImage Courtesy: Goodbulk Monaco-based owner of dry bulkers GoodBulk has embarked on an ambitious capital raising campaign as it welcomes new ships into the fleet.The company has secured a USD 73 million-worth credit facility with ING Bank and has entered into an investment agreement to collect around USD 10 million from share issuance.A portion of the five-year facility will be used to finance the purchase of M/V Aquasalwador, a 2012 built Capesize vessel of 180,012 dwt built by Daehan, KR.The vessel was bought in July for USD 34.7 million, which was financed by a combination of cash on hand and USD 24.5 million of availability under the ING Bank credit facility.The Capesize was delivered to the company on September 5.On the same day, GoodBulk entered into an investment deal to issue 572,738 new common shares to an unaffiliated investor at a price of USD 17.46 per share, hoping to raise USD 10 million in total. The share issuance is expected to be completed by September 7 2018.Following the issuance of the new common shares, GoodBulk will have 30,116,458 common shares outstanding.The company has been in fleet reshuffling mode over the recent months, having bought two Capesizes last month and sold 2012 built Supramax vessel, the M/V Aquapride.GoodBulk also has the option to acquire a third 2012-built Capesize vessel within September 2018 for USD 35.7 million.Upon completion of the announced transactions, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 26 dry bulk vessels, including 24 Capesizes, 1 Panamax, and 1 Supramax bulker.
zoomImage Courtesy: Hurtigruten Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten has hired marine solutions company Høglund to deliver biogas-ready fuel-gas supply systems (FGSS) for six of its passenger ship retrofits.Under the deal, Høglund would work together with HB Hunte Engineering to design and engineer fully customised tank and FGSS solutions for each of the vessels, optimised to run on both liquified natural gas (LNG) and liquified biogas (LBG).Hurtigruten would use the FGSS solution in tandem with large battery packs onboard its vessels, replacing its older engines which run on marine gas oil.Høglund said that the project would mark the first time a large passenger vessel has been converted to run on liquified biogas – a fossil-free, renewable gas produced from organic waste.“We are tremendously excited to be involved in such a forward-looking project, which will undoubtedly set a new benchmark for low-carbon emissions in the rapidly evolving cruise sector,” Peter Morsbach, Director Projects, Høglund Gas Solutions, said.“We created an optimised tank design for the series of six vessels, combining state-of-the-art technology with an innovative shape including proven reliability and safety specifically designed for Hurtigruten’s fleet of ships,” Frerk Brand, Managing Director, HB Hunte, added.
zoomImage Courtesy: Damen On March 18, Damen Yichang Shipyard in China held a steel cutting ceremony for the first of a planned series of short-sea LNG bunker vessels to be built for Estonian energy company Eesti Gaas.The 6,000 cbm vessel, ordered a couple of months ago, and its future sister-ships are intended to accelerate the wider adoption of LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel in the north-eastern region of the Baltic Sea by providing a mobile ship-to-ship distribution service for the first time.At the ceremony the first sections of the 100-meter, LGC 6000 LNG class vessel were cut from 8mm steel plate and will eventually be part of the wall separating the ship’s engine room from the tank hold. Assembly will start in May with the installation of the LNG tanks scheduled for November, according to Damen.Following sea trials, the ship will arrive in Estonia next summer and will start serving LNG clients in the autumn. The new vessel will be capable of carrying out bunker activities at designated locations both in and outside ports.The LGC 6000 LNG is designed to meet the requirements of ICE class 1A certification, allowing it to operate all year in the Gulf of Finland and the northern Baltic. It will also have a green ship notation. A dual-fuel propulsion system will be used for the management of the Boil-Off Gas (BOG) in combination with a gas burner, and the interior of the vessel will feature high-quality accommodation for her crew.Eesti Gaas will operate the vessel under a long-term charter from its parent company Infortar AS. Eesti Gaas is also the LNG supplier for Tallink Grupp’s LNG RoPax vessel Megastar.“The start of steel cutting for this brand-new vessel for Infortar marks an important milestone in the start of her construction. We are very grateful to Eesti Gaas and Infortar for choosing Damen to build their new LNG bunkering vessel,” Peter Anssems, Sales Manager, Sales East and South-East Europe, Damen Shipyards Group, commented.“With this high-tech joint venture, Eesti Gaas and our launch client ferry-operator Tallink will ascend to having the title of the LNG companies with the most competence and experience in this region,” Kalev Reiljan, a member of the management board of Eesti Gaas, said.“Eesti Gaas has performed over 1,500 port-based LNG truck-to-ship refuellings of Tallink’s LNG-powered Megastar ferry and now we are moving on toward offshore, more mobile solutions,” Reiljan added.This project is co-funded by the EU through the CEF Transport program.
In April, 2007 tobacco inspectors will visit as many vendors as possible to answer questions about tobacco-product storage and display. In May and June, verbal warnings will be issued if tobacco is not stored as required by the new regulations. A three-month transition period will help vendors comply with new legislation to prohibit cigarettes from being advertised and displayed prominently behind store counters. Health Promotion and Protection Minster Barry Barnet said that amendments to the Tobacco Access Act, passed last fall, will be implemented in two phases: Follow-up inspections will be carried out during the summer that may result in written warnings and prosecution. Before proceeding with a charge, inspectors will consider the vendor’s intent to make changes, or proof of plans. “Tobacco retailers have concerns about making the changes,” said Mr. Barnet. “A three-month transition period will provide them with time to ask questions and make the necessary alterations.” Vendors will, however, be expected to comply with all other changes to the Tobacco Access Act by March 31, including removing signs and materials promoting and advertising the price or sale of tobacco products or tobacco-related promotions. Tobacco manufacturers’ colours and logos will not be permitted. Regulations about storage and display of tobacco products will be released shortly. Whether housed overhead, under the counter or in some other manner, the only tobacco product permitted to be viewed by the customer or public during a purchase is the product requested. So-called power walls, large displays of tobacco products often seen behind the counters in retail operations, will be prohibited. “Research indicates power walls are particularly appealing to children and young adults,” said Mr. Barnet. “Removing the only remaining avenue of tobacco product promotion is an important step in our ongoing and successful efforts to reduce smoking rates.” Tobacco use is a major contributor to premature death, disability and health-care costs, with an estimated impact of $550 million annually on the Nova Scotia economy. More than 1,600 Nova Scotians die each year because of tobacco use and 200 people die because of second-hand smoke.
With the approach of the 60th anniversary year of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Partner’s for Human Rights committee is looking for Nova Scotians who have enhanced human rights in their communities. The Partners committee and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will recognize a person or an organization that has made a significant contribution to advancing or protecting human rights. “We encourage individuals and organizations across the province to make nominations for the Human Rights Award and recognize those promoting human rights issues in their communities,” said Ann Divine, co-ordinator of Race Relations and Affirmative Action at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and co-chair of Partners. Nominations should relate to the theme of this year’s International Human Rights Day event, Human Rights in Nova Scotia: Past, Present and Future — Sixty years and counting. This year’s award recipient will be the first selected under the committee’s new name. The organization has operated as Partners Against Racism for more than 15 years. “The committee changed the name to be more reflective of all the issues we work on. In addition to combating racism and we promote human rights issues,” said Sandra Smith Muir, Partners for Human Rights committee co-chair. “We feel that this name is more inclusive of other human rights issues in the community that should be recognized.” The committee will continue to work toward a respectful and inclusive community. In addition to organizing the International Human Rights Day event, they will focus on public outreach and community participation. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 23. For nomination applications, see the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/par.htm . Nominations can be forwarded by e-mail to email@example.com or faxed to 902-424-0596, attention Linda Nicholl. Partners for Human Rights members will consider the nominations and forward recommendations to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The award will be presented at the International Human Rights Day event, Monday, Dec. 10.
Nova Scotia has created a new Crown corporation that will allow the province to access federal funds to provide financial assistance for economic development projects. Participation in the federal Immigrant Investor Program means the province can provide loans of at least $1 million for projects that contribute to government’s economic development plan, Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity. Nova Scotia companies and organizations can submit proposals in areas such as export development, information technology, environmentally sustainable infrastructure, manufacturing and production. To administer this program, the province has established the Nova Scotia Strategic Opportunities Fund Inc., as a Crown corporation and authorized the corporation to accept funds from the federal government. The corporation’s board of directors will oversee the portfolio and designate loans. Under the federal program, qualified foreign investors can make an investment of $400,000 in return for the opportunity to immigrate to Canada. The federal government loans this money to provinces for investing and the provinces return the $400,000 in five years. The federal government then returns the funds to the investor. Nova Scotia is one of six provinces participating in the program. There is no impact on the provincial surplus or net direct debt anticipated as a result of this program. The financial statements of the fund will be consolidated in the public accounts of the province. Organizations can apply for funding through the Department of Economic Development and can access application guidelines at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/business/docs/NSSOFI_Financing_Guidelines.pdf . For more information on the Immigrant Investor Program visit www.ci.gc.ca/english/immigrate/business/investors/index.asp .
Nova Scotians are invited to provide input to help improve the learning environment in schools and address student absenteeism. The public can share their views and make submissions to the Minister’s Working Committee on Absenteeism and Classroom Climate through an Education Department online survey, beginning today, June 10. The deadline for submissions is July 10. “It is important that we hear from students, parents, educators and all others interested in helping this committee develop strong recommendations that will improve the learning environment and address chronic absenteeism in our schools,” said committee chair Howard Windsor. Although provincial statistics aren’t kept on the subject, many high schools and boards report that more students are skipping classes and falling behind on school work. School administrations say they feel powerless to enforce attendance. The working committee, which will have representation from a range of interested education groups, was established last month to make recommendations that will improve attendance, increase student engagement and offer strategies to support a productive learning environment. The online survey is available at www.ednet.ns.ca .
A $1,283 bursary available to every Nova Scotian university student is putting a degree within reach of more families. With the bursary, Nova Scotia has the lowest undergraduate arts and sciences tuition in the Maritimes and, overall, tuition remains at, or below, the national average. “Nova Scotia has a reputation for excellent universities, which is why more than half of Maritime Canada’s students come here,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More. “While some people say it costs more to attend university in Nova Scotia, that isn’t the case.” When the bursary is factored into numbers released today, Oct. 9 by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), undergraduate tuition at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design is reduced to $4,549. Undergraduate arts tuition at other Maritime universities ranges from $4,945 to $7,095. Similarly, undergraduate science tuition at Saint Mary’s University would drop to $4,637. Undergraduate science tuition at other Maritime universities ranges from $5,150 to $7,257. “We don’t think the MPHEC report shows a true picture of what Nova Scotian university students pay for tuition,” says Ms. More.”Each province takes a different approach to managing the cost of a post-secondary tuition so I understand why MPHEC used the amount that appears on a tuition invoice rather than what students actually pay.” But Nova Scotia has capped tuition increases at three per cent for the past two years. Using MPHEC’s numbers, Nova Scotia had some of the lowest tuition increases across the region last year. Tuition increases in other Maritime provinces were as high as four per cent for an undergrad degree. To help keep a university education affordable for Nova Scotian families and taxpayers, the province invested more than $90 million over the past two budgets. This means students receive more assistance in non-repayable grants instead of loans, that they have more money to cover the day-to-day costs of going to university including food, rent, transportation and books. As well, the province’s debt cap limits the amount of debt for a student at $28,560, a reduction of 36 per cent. Using the latest 2011-12 enrolment data available from the Association of Atlantic Universities, there were 70,868 university students in Maritime Canada in September 2011. More than half, 44,338, were attending universities in Nova Scotia. “We’re making a university education affordable for Nova Scotian families and we need the universities to make sure they’re getting maximum bang for every buck they get from government,” said Ms. More. The province is also working with university administrations to help them permanently reduce their annual operating costs.
À compter de septembre, un programme uniformisé et innovateur avec une forte composante en mathématiques et en littératie saura mieux encadrer un apprentissage important pour les élèves de la 1re à la 3e année. La ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey, a présenté le programme, aujourd’hui 20 mai, à 200 enseignants des premières années du primaire et à des directeurs d’écoles primaires de toute la province. Le personnel du ministère a travaillé avec les enseignants depuis février pour apporter les changements qui feront que la plupart des matières seront intégrées dans les deux grands champs de la littératie et des mathématiques. Il a aussi réduit le nombre des résultats d’apprentissage de plus des deux tiers pour mettre l’accent sur les résultats d’apprentissage essentiels et pour que les attentes quant à l’apprentissage des élèves soient plus claires. « Les changements au programme aideront les élèves à acquérir une solide base en mathématiques et en littératie, soit des connaissances qui les aideront tout au long de leurs études, a indiqué Mme Casey. « Nous donnons suite aux commentaires qu’ont formulés plus de 3 000 enseignants l’automne dernier lors des consultations du comité ministériel sur le système d’éducation public. Il nous faut un programme qui met l’accent sur l’essentiel et qui permet à nos élèves d’acquérir les connaissances dont ils ont besoin pour réussir à l’école et dans la vie. » Le programme uniformisé de la 1re à la 3e année tient compte de plusieurs problèmes que les enseignants ont cernés, y compris le besoin d’avoir plus de temps pour enseigner les matières de base, du soutien dans le contexte des classe à années multiples, et la surveillance et l’intervention soutenues quand les élèves apprennent à lire, à écrire et à compter. Le programme de la 1re à la 3e année est l’une des 21 nouvelles initiatives mises en œuvre dans les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse en septembre dans le cadre du plan d’action quinquennal du gouvernement en matière d’éducation, plan qui est destiné à renouveler, réorienter et rebâtir le système d’éducation. « Faire partie de l’équipe de conception et d’élaboration a été une occasion magnifique d’aider à façonner ce qui va se produire dans les classes de la 1re à la 3e année dans la province, de dire Michael Macdonald, enseignant à l’école élémentaire John MacNeil de Dartmouth. « Les changements vont créer de riches occasions d’apprentissage pour nos élèves tout en mettant l’accent sur la lecture, l’écriture et les mathématiques. » Le nouveau modèle de préparation de programmes est conçu pour que les programmes soient continuellement mis à jour pour refléter les tendances modernes en éducation. Tous les programmes de la 1re à la 12e année seront revus et uniformisés au cours des quelques prochaines années.
Hundreds of kilometres of Nova Scotia highways will soon get their annual spring cleaning with the kick-off of the 2016 Adopt-A-Highway program. “Adopt-A-Highway volunteers have been making Nova Scotia highways look better since 1993,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “All Nova Scotians can help these hard-working volunteers by slowing down and being extra cautious when they see these groups at work. “More importantly, drivers can best support these volunteers by not littering. Litter is not only unsightly, it can be a hazard for motorists, cyclists and wildlife.” The program co-ordinates the efforts of volunteers who pick up trash alongside roadways. Last year, 2,543 volunteers cleaned along 940 kilometres of highways and 15 interchanges. They gathered 4,284 bags of garbage and 272 bags of recyclable material. “Volunteers wear fluorescent safety vests and may be close to the road when picking up litter,” said Gina Bain, co-ordinator, Adopt-A-Highway program. “Our volunteers are out there doing work that benefits all Nova Scotians and we want to make sure they’re safe.” Adopt-A-Highway is an internationally renowned roadside litter cleanup program. It protects and preserves the environmental health of the landscape and maintains scenic routes for motorists. More information about the Adopt-A-Highway program is available at http://www.adoptahighwayns.ca/.
Provincial government offices in Richmond, Victoria and Inverness counties in Cape Breton will reopen today, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. Offices in Cumberland, Pictou and Antigonish counties will delay opening until noon due to weather and road conditions. Provincial government offices in all other areas of the province are open as usual. -30-
London: English professional football club Newcastle United has parted ways with Spanish coach Rafael Benitez, the Premier League side announced on Monday. “We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives,” Newcastle said in a statement. Benitez’s contract is due to expire on June 30 after two and a half seasons at the helm of the club, reports Efe news. “Rafa’s coaching staff, Paco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30th June,” the club added. Benitez joined Newcastle after a seven-month stint at Real Madrid in 2016. He was landed with a sinking ship in March 2016 as the team from northeast England struggled to leave 19th place, the second last place in the table. The team went down in the Championship but under the continued management of Benitez came straight back up to the top-flight, where it finished 10th that season. The team finished 13th in its most recent campaign. During his period in charge, Newcastle played 146 matches, with a ratio of 62 wins to 31 draws and 53 defeats, scoring 209 goals and conceding 171.
New Delhi: Issues such as draft e-commerce policy, data protection and price control on some medical devices are expected to figure in the upcoming meeting between India and the European Union (EU) on July 4 in Brussels, sources said. The officials of both the sides may discuss these issues as part of their Trade Sub-Commission meeting. The other matters which could come up for deliberations include phase II of India’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme, steel quality issues, market access for alcoholic beverages, and rules pertaining to cosmetic sector. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ The main objective of the FAME scheme is to encourage faster adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles by way of offering upfront incentive on purchase of electric vehicles and also by way of establishing necessary charging infrastructure. “The main aim of the meeting is to find more ways to enhance trade and investments between the two sides,” the sources said. India and the EU are already negotiating a comprehensive free trade pact, officially dubbed as the Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), but the talks are stalled since May 2013 due to differences on several matters. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Deliberations of issues such as the country’s draft e-commerce policy, data protection norms and price control on some medical devices like coronary stents in the meeting would assume significance as several multi-national firms have allegedly raised concerns on these matters. The draft e-commerce policy has proposed setting up a legal and technological framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow and has also laid out conditions for businesses regarding collection or processing of sensitive data locally and storing it abroad. The European Union is seeking greater market access for its alcoholic beverages and have raised concerns over high duties in Indian states. The two-way trade between the two regions have increased to USD 115.6 billion in 2018-19 from USD 101.5 billion in 2017-18. European countries, including Germany and France, are among the top ten investors in India.
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi MLA Alka Lamba on Sunday announced that she will resign from the party and contest the next Assembly election as an Independent candidate. Lamba, who has not been on the same page as the party on various issues since past several months, said she took the decision after consulting the people of her Chandni Chowk constituency. In a tweet in Hindi, she said that people from her constituency have agreed that instead of compromising with her self-respect, she should resign from the party’s primary membership and secondly, that she should contest the next election as an Independent candidate.
Kolkata: Turning yet another page in the Shakespeare Sarani accident case involving elder Arsalan scion Raghib Parvez, Kolkata Police has recorded the statement of Raghib’s friend who was also in the car at the time of accident.Police have also decided to appeal before the court in order to record his statement in front of the magistrate, as per the provisions under section 160 CrPC. According to sources, during interrogation Raghib stated that one of his friends was also in the car at the time of accident, who had also fled after the accident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter his statement, CCTV footages were scrutinised again, where police found presence of the second person. It was seen that another person had deboarded the car and started running in the opposite direction of Raghib. Raghib stated that he and his friend were coming back from a birthday party. He was going to Salt Lake in order to drop his friend there. But all of a sudden, they got in touch with another friend and went towards Kyd Street. But at the last moment, the second friend refused to meet. As a result, Raghib turned his car and was going towards Park Circus in order to go onto Maa flyover. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayFollowing the statement made by Raghib, his friend was detained and questioned. Later, his medical examination was done and injuries were found on his face and hand similar to Raghib’s. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Murli Dhar, police will reconstruct the accident scene with him, as he is the only witness left. Apart from the statement regarding the accident, police also came to know that Raghib was addicted to drugs and had been admitted to a rehabilitation centre for necessary treatment. Police are questioning his friend to confirm whether Raghib was driving in an intoxicated state. Sources informed that as Raghib’s friend has agreed to be a witness, he was not booked by the investigators. Police are keeping a close watch on him as he is the only witness in the case, with the two Bangladeshi nationals dead and another person having gone back to Bangladesh.