Man lynched in U.P. over cow slaughter rumours

first_img The family of Sameyddin, a resident of Madapur, told The Hindu that he had gone to get grass for the cattle. He saw someone being beaten after which he got scared and ran. He was cornered and brutally beaten by the mob.Locals alleged that an announcement was made from a local place of worship at Bajhaida Khurd, about smugglers stealing cows and slaughtering them.These allegations are yet to be investigated by the police.As against the claims by the victims’ families and villagers, the local administration presented the case to be that of a road rage.Police have rejected villagers’ allegation of cow slaughter rumours as the basis of the lynching. They have detained five people in connection with the incident.According to Bajhaida Khurd villagers, a mob ran towards a farm following rumours of some people smuggling cows from farm lands for the purpose of cow slaughter.The mob went towards the village in vicinity, Madapur, and found Qasim and Sameyddin working in the farm. It attacked them with sticks. As the news of the lynching spread, officials immediately reached the spot. Circle Officer Pawan Kumar and police station in charge Ashwini Kumar took the injured to a local private hospital where Qasim was declared ‘brought dead’ by doctors.Given the sensitivity of the matter, senior officials from Hapur, including Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma, Assistant Superintendent of Police Rammohan Singh and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Hanuman Prasad reached the police station.Villagers confront each otherAs the news of Qasim’s death spread, residents of Bajhaida Khurd and Madapur confronted each other, leading to communal tension in the area. Police and personnel of the PAC were immediately deployed in the area.The residents of Bajhaida Khurd alleged that Qasim was trying to smuggle the local cows and when they protested, he started attacking the villagers.Sameyddin’s family members alleged that he was cutting grass for his cattle when he was picked up and beaten by local villagers.SP Hapur Sankalp Sharma, however, rejected the allegation that rumours of cow slaughter was the basis of the attack and lynching.“The victim’s family has given us a written complaint, saying that the beating and the fight was triggered after a motorbike hit some people. One person died and another was assaulted,” Mr. Sharma said.“This has nothing to do with cow slaughter rumours. Police are investigating the matter and we will take strict action against the culprits,” he added. A 45-year-old man was beaten to death and another was injured allegedly over rumors of cow slaughter at Pilakhua in Hapur district of western Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening.Qasim, 45, a cattle trader, received a call from someone who claimed to be a seller of cattle, asking him to come to Bajhaida Khurd, said his son Mahtab. The next thing he got to know was that his father was dead.“This looks like a conspiracy. It needs to be investigated,” said Mr. Mahtab, a resident of Siddiqpura village, next to Bajhaida Khurd.Also Read Prominent attacks by cow vigilantes since 2015last_img read more

Digital may be the future of live sporting events

first_imgPublished on ipl COMMENT SHARE 2/2 SHARE SHARE EMAIL September 05, 2017 digital-live-sports × RELATED ipl advertising Social media is fuelling the growth in IPL making it one of the fastest growing sports leagues on Twitter 1/2 digital-live-sports With ₹16,000-cr bid, Star India hooks global rights to beam IPL cricket Dark horses like Facebook, YuppTv, Reliance Jio, Airtel Jio, and Times Internet were among the key bidders for the digital and overseas rights of the Indian Premier League. Sectoral experts pointed out that digital players in the bidding fray signifies the future direction of eyeballs even in live sporting events.Interestingly, Facebook was the third highest bidder in the digital category with a bid of Rs 3,900 crore. Bharti Airtel’s bid stood at Rs 3,280 crore, while Reliance Jio bid for the digital rights was at Rs 3075.72 crore. Times Internet tabled a bid of Rs 1,787.50 crore.Star India had paid around Rs 303 crore for three-year digital rights in 2015. If the current bids are anything to go by, it signifies a huge percentile jump for the digital bandwagon.According to industry watchers, a truncated right (2018-2022) from a previously ten-year period also signifies that even the world’s richest cricketing board BCCI is watching the digital canvas carefully even though monetisation of digital platform still remains a long-rope game.“The digital market is growing very rapidly. The increase in bandwidth and connectivity for all the major digital players have also helped. IPL is a catalyst for the growth of their business,” BCCI CEO Rahul Johri said while acknowledging the growing significance of digital platforms.Out of the 24 companies that had picked the invitation to iender (ITT) to bid for the broadcast and digital rights, only 14 were present in Mumbai on Monday.Uday Reddy, CEO, Yupp TV, an Atlanta headquartered OTT player, which also marked its maiden entry into the IPL media rights bidding, said: “We were bidding for the overseas rights for markets such as US and the Middle East where we follow a subscription model. Digital is where the growth is and we see the switch happening soon in the Indian market too.”The industry sources said that big players like Twitter and Amazon opted out as a “strategic” business decision.“Most industry players realise that digital is the fastest growing segment. Companies want to invest in scaling up their offerings,“ said Varun Gupta, Duff & Phelps Managing Director.Duff & Phelps in its recent report had pointed that social media is fuelling the growth in IPL making it one of the fastest growing sports leagues on Twitter with 4.9 million followers and adding over 1.8 million fans on Facebook during the most recent season.He said that IPL’s viewership both in digital and linear was growing even in rural areas. “We expect companies in the digital space to monetise from the digital platforms sooner.”Duff & Phelps said that sporting enthusiasts are able to catch-up on the live matches on their mobile phones thanks to OTT players.It pointed that Hotstar, which had previously won the three-year digital broadcasting rights for IPL in 2015, had seen a massive spike in viewership with 41 million viewers in 2015, 100 million in 2016, and is expected to have reached a 130 million mark in 2017.Interestingly, the average time spent per user for an IPL match on Hotstar is 40–45 minutes, up from 30-35 minutes during IPL 9, which is on par with Sony’s average viewership of around 45 minutes per user.”Cricket is still an amazing experience in India, and we look only at that factor. Our view was that we would be able to create a complete experience for fans. Indian consumers have surprised everybody in the world, as the aggressive bid for the digital rights would suggest. It can become a lot more exciting depending on data prices. India can be one of the hottest digital markets,” Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India, said.ESPN Digital Media, Discovery, Gulf DTH, Sky Uk Ltd, Amazon, Media India, BTG Legal Services, Taj TV, BTPLC, Twitter, Group M — all part of the initial 24 to pick the ITT — did not submit bids. COMMENTSlast_img read more

NFL Domestic Abuse Top Sports Story

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The NFL’s troubles with domestic violence were selected the sports story of the year Dec. 23 in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.Ninety-four ballots were submitted from U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year, with the first-place story receiving 10 points, the second-place story nine points and so on.NFL domestic violence received 659 points and 29 first-place votes.The No. 2 sports story, Clippers owner Donald Sterling forced out by the NBA after his racist statements, had 518 points.Here are 2014’s top 10 stories:1. NFL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice knocked his now-wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15, but it wasn’t until July 24 that domestic violence cases spiraled into a crisis roiling the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, which drew widespread derision. More than a month passed before Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” and announced harsher sanctions for future domestic violence offenses.But the NFL’s problems were only beginning. On Sept. 8, TMZ Sports released video from inside the elevator that showed Rice punching his then-fiancee; the Ravens responded by releasing him and Goodell suspended him indefinitely.And on Sept. 12, one of the league’s biggest stars, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, was indicted on felony child abuse charges for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. The Vikings initially planned to play him just over a week later, reversing course only after the ensuing uproar.The year ends with Rice reinstated by an arbitrator but without a team and Peterson suspended and suing the NFL. Chastened by those and other cases, the league is pushing a new personal conduct policy, but the players’ union is balking at Goodell’s role in the disciplinary process.2. CLIPPERS’ STERLING BANNED: Donald Sterling had withstood accusations of racism throughout his more than three decades as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.But when audio surfaced April 25 of Sterling spewing racist remarks, he was banned for life by new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just four days later and forced to sell the team.3. LEBRON GOES HOME: This time, LeBron James decided to return home. Four years after spurning Cleveland to sign with the Miami Heat, the Northeast Ohio native and four-time NBA MVP announced July 11 that he was rejoining the Cavaliers to try to end the city’s half-century title drought.4. FIRSTS FOR GAY ATHLETES: Jason Collins became the first openly gay man to play in the big four North American pro sports leagues when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 23.The veteran center had come out 10 months earlier, a trailblazing moment that helped inspire other athletes and sports officials to follow his lead in 2014. That included Missouri All-American Michael Sam, who went on to be drafted into the NFL, though he has yet to play in a game.5. GIANTS WIN WORLD SERIES: Madison Bumgarner pitched seven dominant innings to win Game 1 of the World Series. Then the San Francisco ace topped himself with a shutout in Game 5. He outdid himself yet again with five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 to clinch the Giants’ third championship in five years.6. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAYS OFF: Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech on Sept. 6. Oregon was upset by Arizona on Oct. 2, and Alabama fell to Ole Miss two days later. The rest of those teams’ regular-season games still mattered because of the new College Football Playoff, which made more and more matchups meaningful deep into the fall.7. TONY STEWART: One of NASCAR’s biggest stars, Tony Stewart, was taking part in a small sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9 when he struck and killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. A grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against Stewart, who skipped three NASCAR races as he grieved.8. WORLD CUP: Brazil’s World Cup was a big celebration until those German goals started piling up. The expected massive protests didn’t materialize, and the construction delays caused few headaches. The major disappointment came on the field when the hosts, without injured star Neymar, were thrashed 7-1 in the semifinals by eventual champion Germany.9. SEAHAWKS WIN SUPER BOWL: Richard Sherman’s Seattle defense was way too much for Peyton Manning’s Denver offense. The Seahawks flustered and flattened the Broncos with a 43-8 victory in the Super Bowl, when the weather cooperated outdoors in New Jersey.10. SOCHI OLYMPICS: The Sochi Olympics opened amid fears of terrorist attacks and denunciations of Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law. The games went on peacefully, with the hosts winning 33 medals — though not in hockey. But by the closing ceremony, darkness lurked nearby in the world in violence in Ukraine.___By Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer. Projects Editor Brooke Lansdale contributed to this reportlast_img read more

Ruptured Containership Towed to Danish Repair Yard

first_imgzoom The 22,506 dwt containership Victoria is being towed for repairs at the Danish Fayard ship repair facility after it suffered a 50-meter-long hull rupture on February 10.The vessel was damaged when it ran aground near Kalundborg due to strong winds at the site which reportedly pushed the ship outside the fairway.It was ordered to drop anchor near the grounding site until a survey of the damage was undertaken. The weather at the site obstructed survey attempts, however, the divers managed to inspect the vessel discovering that the crack was 20 centimeters wide. Initial reports from Defence Command Denmark suggest that the rupture is some 9 meters below the water surface.Although an unknown amount of oil was spilled at the site, the country’s naval forces are currently conducting clean-up operations and the environmental damage “is not as serious as first feared,” according to Defence Command Denmark.At the time of the incident, the 178-meter-long Victoria was on its way from Antwerp, Belgium to Fredericia, Denmark.According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the ship is currently on its way to the repair dock where it is expected to around 1 pm local time.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more