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The Uttar Pradesh police booked five journalists in Bijnor on Friday for circulating fake news reports. In an FIR filed by the Bijnor police, two journalists, one working with a local daily and another engaged with an electronic news channel, have been named, along with three unidentified reporters.The FIR said that Ashish Tomar and Shakil Ahmed tried to vitiate social amity by circulating fake news about a Valmiki family from Titarwala Basi village under Mandwar police station putting ‘house on sale’ on their house after not being allowed to collect water from the village hand pump by an influential Dalit family from the same village.The police said the issue had been resolved by the police and the village ‘pradhan’ and alleged that it was one of the journalists who had put the ‘exodus’ threat on the wall to present the local administration in a bad light. The FIR quotes Lokesh Devi, wife of Gopal Valmiki, that the journalists asked her to put the house on sale on the wall. When she said she was illiterate one of them wrote it on the wall with a wooden stick and coal powder. However, the news report mentions Premchand Valmiki as the head of the family.The journalists have been booked under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity), 268 (nuisance) and 503 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and Section 66 A of the IT Act.The journalists stand by their story and on Saturday several local mediapersons held a meeting against the police action alleging that the journalists were being targeted for factual reporting. “The said journalists have recorded versions of the person quoted in the story and the police applied pressure on the Valmiki family to create a false case. Late night, senior district officials promised us to drop the charges,” said a senior journalist with a local paper on condition of anonymity.On being pointed out that the name that appears in the news report and the FIR did not match, Bijnor SP Sanjeev Tyagi told The Hindu that the house on which the statement was written belonged to Lokesh Devi. She had given us a complaint which we have added to the FIR.”He admitted that there was a clash between two groups over collection of water from the hand pump after another hand pump stopped working, and some people were booked. “A team of circle officer and sub-divisional magistrate inspected the area and resolved the issue. The news of ‘exodus’ and ‘house on sale’ was fabricated.”Mr. Tyagi added that the investigation was on. “The local mediapersons met us and we apprised them of the facts of the case.”
Australia managed to forced a draw in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai as fans back home showered them with plenty of praise. Australia skipper Tim Paine though is in no mood to celebrate the draw despite the low expectations from fans.After steering his side to safety through 139.5 overs of fourth-innings resistance in Dubai, Paine noted his team starting to spill out of the viewing area in celebration and immediately put a lid on it.Paine said he was mindful of Michael Vaughan’s words in an Ashes documentary released last year, when the former England captain recalled watching the Australians celebrate an escape at Old Trafford in the 2005 series.Vaughan said he never thought he would “see an Australian team celebrate a draw” and from then on felt England had the mental upper hand in a series they would go on to win.READ – Ready for whatever Pakistan throw at us in Abu Dhabi: Mitchell Starc”Michael Vaughan said after one of the Tests that he felt as an opposition captain that they had them when he saw them celebrating a draw,” Paine told reporters on Monday, on the eve of the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi.READ – Justin Langer praises ‘chemistry’ between Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja”I’ve seen that myself before.”I think we were clearly pretty excited by what we’ve been able to achieve because it doesn’t happen too much but you’ve got to keep a bit of perspective on it and realise that we had been outplayed particularly over the first few days.advertisementREAD – I was very nervous: Tim Paine after Australia hold Pakistan for thrilling draw”While it was great we did fight back, a draw is a draw and we’re here to win.”The draw was still enough to keep Australia in with a chance of winning their first series in Asia since the 2011 tour of Sri Lanka.READ – Australian team tries too hard to be aggressive sometimes, feels James AndersonPaine said Australia needed to be mentally prepared for another five-day slog against Sarfraz Ahmed’s team in the Middle Eastern heat.”(We) touched on it last week that not many people gave us a chance over here, which is a great opportunity for us to prove people wrong and a great thing to keep driving us,” he said.”We’re trying to get better every day, and if we manage to play our best next week maybe that is possible.Read – Pizza and The Inbetweeners discussions kept Paine, Lyon going in Dubai Test”But we’ve got to turn up for a really tough match, it’s going to last five days and we’ve got to be on for all of those five days and every session.”(With inputs from Reuters)
The Jamaica Fire Brigade will receive a boost to its fleet, following the signing of a contract for the procurement of three brand new fire trucks. These units are being acquired at a cost of US$1.35 million and are expected to be added to the company’s fleet within the next eight months. The contract was signed on Wednesday, March 13, between Commissioner, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Laurie Williams and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Limited, Julian Templer, at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in Kingston. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, said the move is the first of a number of initiatives geared at acquiring additional units for the Jamaica Fire Brigade. “We hope to be able to gradually and consistently improve our Fire Brigade Service up to the required standard and level,” he said. Mr. Arscott pointed out that there are a number of units within the fleet that are in need of replacement, but said this will have to be done over time, because of financial constraints. State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Collin Fagan, said the Government is committed to developing the Jamaica Fire Brigade to a level that is compliant with international standards. By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter