Holding Rajiv Gandhi responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Himachal Pradesh BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti on Saturday said that Bharat Ratna conferred on the late Prime Minister must be revoked to heal the wounds of the Sikh community. In a statement, Mr. Satti said that over 5,000 Sikhs were burnt alive in the country, including in Delhi, and Rajiv Gandhi had justified it by allegedly saying that when a big tree falls, the earth shakes.
View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ A 3-pointer by Allein Maliksi and back-to-back layups by Mark Barroca and Rome dela Rosa made it, 99-79, with 3:28 left.The Hotshots foiled JP Erram’s big night. The former Ateneo slotman shone on both ends and nearly had a triple-double with 11 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks for the Elite, who dropped to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ ‘Greek Freak’ working on improving shooting ahead of NBA season LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We just wanted to limit Blackwater to under 90 points. We tightened our defense in the second half,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.“We can always depend on PJ. He stepped up when Blackwater was mounting a rally,” Victolero said in Filipino. “It was big for us when Simpson went out because he was really attacking basket, but it happens and this time, the breaks of the game went to us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Elite kept the game within reach until Simpson got hurt with still 11:36 left and did not return.Blackwater was within five, 75-70, before Simpson was subbed out. Star went on a 24-9 run capped with Simpson rendered helpless on the bench. PBA IMAGESStar capitalized on the absence of opposing import Trevis Simpson in the fourth quarter to beat a hard-fighting Blackwater side, 103-86, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Veteran guard PJ Simon had a throwback performance with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field as he and Ian Sangalang, who collected 14 points and five rebounds, gave the Hotshots a big lift off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT
Pune, Jun 23 (PTI) The Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation (GNSPF) unveiled its ambitious plan, The Project Leap to train and turn 20 young and talented shooters from different parts of the country into international champions. Founded and driven by Olympic medallist Gagan Narang, the selected shooters will be mentored by top international coaches and will receive training at state of the art facilities including sports science support for a full year. “We identified 55 prospective shooters and put them through an elaborate evaluation process to select the 20 best ones among them,” Gagan explained. “We looked for various skill-sets that are required for sustained high-level performances in world-level competitions,” he added. Project Leap is a multi-phased research designed to not only train and mentor selected shooters but also to generally improve the performances of Indian shooters. Gagans Gun For Glory academies identified the 55 shooters and he personally supervised each centres selection process to handpick the best prospects. The project is part of the Gagan Narang mentoring programme with Vision 2024, 10 medals shooting India. “It has taken us a couple of years to bring together all stakeholders and find the right ingredients for Project leap. It is now in its truest sense a leap for Indian Shooting. We are confident that we will be able to tap and nurture the vast talent in our country and will help in their transforming them into world class shooters,” Gagan said. Former Indian shooting coach and director of GNSPF Pawan Singh expressed delight at the launch of the programme. “The selected shooters will undergo specialized training programmes in their respective Gun For Glory academies. They will be provided with international standard equipment for daily practice. “Through the year, the youngsters will attend different camps as well, with each camp lasting 12 days, in which equal weightage will be given to mental and physical preparation and technical refinement,” Pawan said. since its inception in 2011, GNSPF has produced a few champions, including Pooja Ghatkar, Mahima Turhi Aggarwal, Apurvi Chandela, Heena Sidhu and Rahi Sarnobat who have trained at the Academy. PTI ATK AHadvertisement
The JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 7, India’s only international TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) rally, ended on an intense, patriotic note with the participants paying homage to the martyrs of the Pulwama terror strike and the winners dedicating their victories to the country’s armed forces.The three-time champions, Ajgar Ali and Mohammed Musthafa decided to donate their entire prize money of Rs 1 lakh to a fund that will help the families of the CRPF soldiers who tragically passed away in Pulwama on February 14.The rally’s prize distribution ceremony at Club Montana Vista in Siliguri commenced with the national anthem and was followed by a two-minute silence in memory of the victims of the terror attack at Pulwama.The dignitaries, the competitors and the organisers, lit candles in front of a collage of portraits of the Pulwama martyrs. Air Commodore (retired) S.K. Agarwal, speaking on behalf of India’s armed forces, recalled his training as a fighter pilot and the commitment of soldiers to sacrifice their lives for the country. He also recalled interacting with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was a high school student when Agarwal was posted at an IAF base along with Abhinandan’s father Air Marshal (retired) S Varthaman.At the prize distribution ceremony that followed, most of the winners in the various categories dedicated their successes to the country’s armed forces.Rally champion Ajgar Ali from the port town of Haldia in West Bengal announced that he would donate his prize money to the CRPF welfare fund for martyrs’ families.advertisementAjgar’s younger brother Shaikh Ibrahim, who came fourth in the open category, also dedicated his victory to India’s armed forces and thanked the country’s soldiers for guarding the country in the face of extreme adversities.The winners in the other categories also paid homage to the armed forces and to the martrys.Also Read | ICC to BCCI: Severing cricket ties with countries not our domainAlso Read | Virat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso Read | BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsAlso Read | Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit BajajAlso Read | Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar match
The publishing industry witnessed a milestone event this year with Michelle Obama’s Becoming as it went on to become the highest selling memoir of all time with more than 10 Million copies sold. The book has received great response from the Indian market as the nation connected with the story of one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. Penguin India has sold more than 70,000 copies of the book since its release. The Penguin India team and Padmashri winning sand artist, Sudarsan Pattanaik, came together and celebrated this momentous occasion by creating a beautiful sand tribute to Michelle Obama to mark the global and unprecedented success of the book. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive The sand sculpture was created at the Puri beach in Odisha. Through the striking sand sculpture, Mr Pattanaik congratulates Michelle Obama on the breakthrough success of the book. The sculpture has been created using four tonnes of sand. Talking about this occasion and why it is special, Mr Pattanaik said “Michelle Obama’s story is as nuanced and beautiful as the granules of sand. And much like the ocean, it is everlasting.” While Mr Pattanaik has worked on many sculptures of Barack Obama, this is the first time that he has worked on Michelle Obama’s sculpture. Penguin decided to collaborate with Mr Pattanaik to celebrate the success of Becoming because his own story is also extremely fascinating. Born to a humble family, Sudarsan went on to master the art of sand sculpture and has now represented India in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships. Apart from these, he is creating social awareness in national and international arena on world peace, global warming, terrorism, HIV AIDS, to save endangered wildlife species through his sand art.
MEXICO CITY — A Mexican union has declared total victory in a mass strike at 48 border assembly plants, but now the movement has spawned a storm of wildcat walkouts at other businesses.The union won 20 per cent wage increases at all 48 “maquiladora” factories in Matamoros, a city across the border from Brownsville, Texas.The Industrial Workers and Laborers’ Union also won a one-time bonus of about 32,000 pesos, about $1,685 at current exchange rates. The strike involved about 25,000 workers.Now workers at about a dozen non-union businesses and factories organized by other unions have started wildcat walkouts to demand the same increases.The Tridonex auto parts company said in posts on its Facebook page Monday that pickets had prevented employees from entering its Matamoros plant and cancelled some shifts.The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Latest on the United States sanctions on North Korea (all times local):2:25 p.m.President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration’s decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn.White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump “likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.”Trump says in a tweet that, “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea.”But he says, “I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!”The White House did not immediately respond to questions about which sanctions Trump was referring to. His administration on Thursday sanctioned two Chinese shipping companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions — the first targeted actions taken against Pyongyang since Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) met in Hanoi last month.__5:55 a.m.The Trump administration is sanctioning two Chinese shipping companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions.Thursday’s punitive action is the first taken against Pyongyang since nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi last month ended without agreement.Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, says the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices. He said in a tweet that everyone should review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea’s sanctions evasion.The White House says the sanctions are evidence that the U.S. is maintaining its pressure on North Korea in an effort to coax Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons program.The Associated Press
The Supreme Court yesterday rejected the public prosecutor’s petition for further detention of Avdi Behluli, Jusuf Veliu and Cele Gashi, who have been held for several months since the attack in February in Podujevo on the Executive Order of UNMIK chief Hans Haekkerup.In September, their case had been reviewed by the Detention Review Commission, a special panel of international judges from outside Kosovo, to decide whether their detention was justified.After considering evidence that could not be released in court, the Commission found justification for holding the three suspects based on Executive Orders and that there were “reasonable grounds to suspect that each of the detained persons had committed a criminal act and that circumstances existed which suggested the strong possibility of flight.”The judges subsequently ordered the three suspects held a further three months, until 19 December.Florim Ejupi, the main suspect in the attack, escaped from jail in May from Camp Bondsteel.
The aim was to see how extending marriage to same-sex couples impacted on civil partnerships before making a final decision which, if reversed in a few years, would be disruptive, unnecessary and extremely expensive. He said that today’s “equal, modern society” meant the couple’s ideological opposition to marriage was weakened. Mr Eadie argued that a decision on the issue should wait until next year following a consultation so the Government could collect four whole years of data following the introduction of same-sex marriage. He said civil partnerships were “essentially identical” to civil marriage and were created to give legal recognition to same-sex unions at a time “when society was not felt ready” to recognise such relationships as marriages.Mr Eadie told the judges it is accepted Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan have a “genuinely held” objection to marriage, but the Government’s decision to “take some time” before deciding on the future of civil partnerships is “justified”.”These are things for Parliament to consider and the more informed they are the better the legislative judgment is ultimately likely to be,” he said. The Government said it was decided, after public consultations and debate in Parliament, not to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples, abolish them or phase them out at that stage. He added that he number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales fell by 85 per cent in the first two years after the introduction of same-sex marriage.But Ms Monaghan argued the delay was unacceptable as they were “instantly” discriminated against from the moment the Marriage Act came into force.Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004, a decade before the law was changed to allow same-sex couples to get married. Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan suffered defeat at the Court of Appeal in February last year, but were allowed to appeal in August for a Supreme Court hearingA panel of five Supreme Court justices, including the court’s president Lady Hale, began considering the couple’s appeal earlier today.They reserved judgment for a later date. But Mr Eadie countered that while “we do not quibble with the genuineness of their objection” and the history of the institution “comes with patriarchy attached”, modern marriage had shed many of its sexist attributes. Couples do not have to have “the giving away of the woman”, a white wedding dress, “or even a gender-segregated hen party”, he argued. Modern marriage is no longer a patriarchal institution – because couples can have mixed stag and hen dos, the Government’s lawyer has told the Supreme Court. Responding to a case brought by a heterosexual couple who want a civil partnership, James Eadie QC, representing the Equalities Minister, said that many of the trappings which made marriage a patriarchal institution were no longer a necessary part of the tradition. Earlier in the day the lawyer representing the couple, academics Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, said they had “deep-rooted and genuine ideological objections to marriage.”Karon Monaghan QC told the court that marriage was “historically heteronormative and patriarchal” and the couple’s objections were “not frivolous”.She added: “These are important issues, no small matters, and they are serious for my clients because they cannot marry conformable with their conscience and that should weigh very heavily indeed.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A total of $10,215 was raised by The Cretan Brotherhood of Victoria Charity Group, The Friends of Hellenic Charity, at their recent charity function at Normandy House, attended by 250 people and aiming in aiding the Metropolitan Community Clinic at Elliniko in Greece. On Wednesday 27 November, representatives of the Cretan Brotherhood of Victoria Charity Group presented the cheque to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria and to the organisation Every Greek is an Ambassador for Greece Inc, at a function held at the premises of the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne and Victoria, in Brunswick. The Greek Community together with the Ambassadors of Greece have joined forces to assist in a program whereby the provision of pharmaceutical goods are purchased for the Metropolitan Community Clinic at Elliniko, in order to assist those who require but cannot afford medical and pharmaceutical assistance. The donation for the Metropolitan Community Clinic comes after $10,000 was raised in a special fundraiser that was held at GOCMV’s and other community schools. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
WikiLeaks : Wikipédia supprime la liste des sites miroirsLes éditeurs de la version américaine de l’encyclopédie en ligne auraient supprimé la liste des sites miroirs qui permettent à WikiLeaks de continuer à publier sur la Toile ses documents ultra confidentiels, compromettants pour de nombreux gouvernements et en particulier les Etats-Unis.Depuis que WikiLeaks est arrivé sur le web au nom de la transparence, et a rendu public des centaines de milliers de télégrammes diplomatiques confidentiels, la polémique ne cesse d’enfler. Il y a ceux qui sont pour et ceux qui redoutent l’impact de ces révélations, généralement les gouvernements concernés, en particulier les Etats-Unis. Après avoir transféré ses serveurs en France, changé de fournisseur de nom de domaine, été la cible de cyberattaques, avoir vu ses comptes bloqués chez PayPal ou Mastercard… WikiLeaks, qui compte aujourd’hui sur le soutien des internautes et de sites miroirs pour continuer à diffuser ses documents, voit la controverse se poursuivre sur Wikipédia.À lire aussiBientôt un accessoire de paiement via mobile chez Paypal ?Les éditeurs de l’encyclopédie ont supprimé, sur sa version US, la liste de ces sites miroirs, autres sites web mis à jour automatiquement, qui publient les mêmes informations que WikiLeaks, rendant ainsi la suppression de WikiLeaks quasi-impossible.Il suffit de consulter la page de discussions sur laquelle les internautes votent pour ou non la suppression de la “List of WikiLeaks mirrors” (liste des sites miroirs de WikiLeaks). Certains demandent à ce qu’elle soit visible le temps que le site de Julian Assange trouve des serveurs stables, mais la plupart des détracteurs répondent que Wikipédia n’est pas un annuaire censé donner des listes de liens. Un fait qui figure dans les règles d’utilisation de l’encyclopédie.Le site ReadWriteWeb.com a contacté Wikimédia, qui gère le site. Un porte-parole, Moka Pantages, a affirmé qu’en effet, l’article publié il y a trois jours a été supprimé, expliquant qu’enlever de l’encyclopédie “des listes de liens” était “quelque chose de commun” pour les éditeurs.En revanche, il est intéressant de se pencher sur la page de discussion, dans laquelle ces éditeurs ont cité un nombre de clauses. Parmi elles, la “clause boule de neige” (Snowball) : s’il est évident qu’un sujet n’a aucune chance d’être accepté, il n’est pas nécessaire de passer par toutes les procédures préalables à la publication ou non d’un article…Ceux qui souhaitent connaître la liste des sites miroirs de WikiLeaks n’ont donc plus qu’à visiter le site lui-même, qui lutte pour rester accessible en ligne.Le 10 décembre 2010 à 13:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
Japon : pas de scénario à la Tchernobyl selon les autoritésAprès les explosions survenues dans une centrale nucléaire japonaise, endommagée par le séisme et le tsunami de vendredi dernier, les Japonais s’inquiètent d’une contamination radioactive. Tokyo exclut toutefois la possibilité d’une catastrophe comme celle de Tchernobyl en 1986.La situation dramatique au Japon tient le monde entier en haleine. La menace nucléaire et les dizaines de répliques qui se succèdent depuis le violent séisme du vendredi 11 mars ont poussé les Japonais à partir vers le sud de l’archipel ou à l’étranger.La centrale nucléaire de Fukushima (à 250 kilomètres de Tokyo), datant des années 1970, suscite toutes les inquiétudes, enchaînant les accidents (plusieurs explosions de vapeur d’hydrogène) depuis samedi. Par ailleurs, les systèmes de refroidissement sont tombés en panne dans trois des six réacteurs de la centrale. Une fuite radioactive n’est pas à exclure, même si cette possibilité est jugée “faible” par le gouvernement japonais.Le ministre de la Stratégie nationale Koichiro Genba, cité par l’AFP, a affirmé : “Il n’y a absolument aucune possibilité d’un Tchernobyl”. Survenu en 1986, l’accident de la centrale ukrainienne est considéré comme l’accident nucléaire le plus grave de l’histoire. Il a été évalué au niveau le plus élevé (niveau 7) sur l’échelle des événements nucléaires et radiologiques (Ines), alors que l’explosion survenue samedi à Fukushima a atteint le niveau 4.La “plus grave crise depuis la Seconde guerre mondiale”À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLe dernier bilan humain fait état d’environ 10.000 morts au Japon, suite au séisme et au tsunami qui ont frappé l’archipel. Les autorités essaient de porter secours aux 590.000 personnes évacuées, soit parce qu’elles se retrouvent sans logement, soit parce qu’elles habitent à proximité de la centrale nucléaire. Environ 100.000 soldats sont mobilisés, tandis que des équipes de sauveteurs étrangers arrivent progressivement sur les lieux.Le Premier ministre nippon a estimé que le pays faisait face, selon lui, à “sa plus grave crise en 65 ans, depuis la Seconde guerre mondiale”, rapporte l’AFP.En France, où se trouvent de nombreuses centrales, le gouvernement a assuré qu’il allait “tirer les enseignements utiles des événements japonais” pour son propre système d’exploitation, alors que les écologistes demandent l’ouverture d’un débat sur le nucléaire qui déboucherait sur un référendum. Le 14 mars 2011 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Recently I was shocked when I learned that cult classic dog-rapping game PaRappa the Rapper is, in fact, the first rhythm game. I always assumed the game, with its talking flowers and onion masters, was a purposefully strange reaction to more traditional older rhythm games. But unless you count toys like Simon, the 1996 PlayStation 1 game is considered the first modern rhythm video game.The history of rhythm games is rooted in the weirdness of games like PaRappa and Elite Beat Agents and more esoteric editions of Dance Dance Revolution, not more mainstream hits like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Thumper, this week’s Game of the Year and a great game that actually came out this year, comes from former Rock Band developers at Drool. After years of plastic guitars and Top 40 hits, Thumper feels like the team communing with the rhythm game genre’s bizarre beating heart, and the game is all the better for it.Thumper’s spooky vibe would’ve made it a great fit for a Halloween game of the year. Drool was smart enough to drop it in October. But if The Simpsons can do Halloween episodes in early November so can we. Thumper’s gameplay isn’t too far from a standard, Amplitude-style rhythm game, but it immediately sets itself apart with its oppressive tone. Music games are typically party games, and they help bring people together with cheery visuals. Thumper is a strictly single-player affair, and it’s as harsh and isolating as watching a grindhouse movie alone.In fact, Thumper would probably make a good grindhouse movie. The woozy psychedelic colors and filthy subtle film grain overlay look like you’re racing through 1970s logos and movie trailer content warnings. It’s truly a beautiful series of deaths. Meanwhile, the premise totally sounds like some vaguely Lovecraftian horror schlock Quentin Tarantino would’ve referenced by now. Players control a chrome scarab beetle zooming through grungy neon hell blasting floating heads in the sky while keeping pace with industrial music.Thumper’s Butthole Surfers-esque noise rock soundtrack isn’t exactly my jam. I’m not even entirely confident that comparison is accurate, so feel free to snobbishly correct me in the comments. But I do admire how the game commits to that specific musical stylistic choice and lets it inform every aspect of this “rhythm violence game.”Beyond pairing spectacularly with the nightmare visuals, the way you hit the notes makes sense for this soundscape. In most rhythm games crisply matching beats on time provides a pleasant steady stream of synesthesia. But in Thumper plowing through sticks, scraping against walls, and performing the various other crunchy, gnarly ways you hit beats always add a little pain to that simple pleasure. It’s rhythm game sadomasochism, especially if you play with PlayStation VR.That pain isn’t always for the best, though. Besides being very difficult, the songs are so arrhythmic that often I felt I was just matching visuals cues instead of falling into a groove. I get that discomfort is the point… but it’s still discomfort. Fortunately, the game’s nine lengthy levels/songs are chopped into manageable sections you can easily repeat. Thumper does have a heart, however shriveled.Along with being a Game of the Year, Thumper is also now a Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda, and the port has gotten me to revisit the game in a big way. I prefer playing PC games in long stretches, but playing Thumper like that frequently led to stressful quitting. That problem evaporates on Switch where I can play the game portably in short bursts, providing just the right amount of tension without making me want to kill myself. It runs great on the system and HD Rumble is the perfect feature for a game all about feeling rhythm as violently as possible.If I wanted to go full-on video game journalist cliche, I would call Thumper the Dark Souls of rhythm games. But that’s not even accurate. Dark Souls is bad. Thumper is the Game of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!
More than four-fifths (84%) of consumers aged 55-years-old and over do not experience an exit charge when accessing their pension savings, according to data collected and analysed by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).Its findings also revealed that 204,581 pension policies were accessed in the three months following the introduction of April’s pension reforms. This compares to 95,372 in the same period in 2013.Further findings include:71,455 consumers have accessed some form of income drawdown option.120,688 consumers have accessed some form of cash withdrawal.Annuity sales reached 12,418 in the three months since the pension flexibilities were launched, compared to 89,896 in the corresponding period in 2013.The average pension transfer time is 16 days.More than 3.4 million consumers (84%) eligible to access their pension pots are not charged a fee on exit. Around 358,000 (9%) face a charge of up to 2%, 165,000 (4%) face a charge of 2-5% and 147,000 (3-4%) face a charge of more than 5%.The findings follow a request for data sent by the FCA to all pension and retirement income providers in July 2015, seeking information on consumer access to the pension freedoms, pension transfer procedures, exit charges, financial advice requirements and the treatment of insistent customers.Nathan Long, head of corporate pension research at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Pensions are changing rapidly as retirement becomes far more personal as opposed to a one-size-fits-all journey.“The full suite of retirement options should be on offer to satisfy individual’s wide-ranging needs. For example, offering access to only the tax-free lump sum will be attractive for staff wishing to access their pension while still continuing to work.“Not all providers are adapting at the same pace, although the majority of pension providers say they will be improving what they offer in the next six months.“Employers should talk with their provider now to see if their changes will still suit the workforce.”
Kolkata: Barrackpore police has arrested four persons from Belghoria Express Way on Tuesday night for extorting money from vehicles posing as police officers.The accused have been identified as Subhankar Das, Utpal Mondal, Partha Poddar and Abhijit Ghosh. Police have seized some fake ID cards and uniforms from them. Cops said they used to extort money from people and vehicles claiming themselves to be police officers. One of the accused used to claim himself as an IPS officer. Following specific information, a team of officers from Barrackpore raided a spot on Belghoria Express Way on late Tuesday night, where the accused gathered to Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeextort money. They were detained by the police officers and were later brought to the police station for interrogation following which they were arrested. They produced fake ID cards during police interrogation. The fake IPS officer and others used to live in different places of North 24-Parganas. Barrackpore police had received several complaints against the accused based on which police started an investigation. The matter had first drawn the attention of police after they started demanding extortion from the vehicles plying through Belghoria Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedExpress Way. They used to stop vehicles and demand money. They would not, however, stay at the same place for a long time to evade arrest. On Tuesday night, police came to know that the accused were stopping vehicles on the Express Way and rushed to the spot. They also seized a car that the accused used. Police said the accused used to introduce themselves as senior police officers and extort money from people. The accused used to threaten people saying they would face dire consequences if their demands for money were not met. During the investigation, police came to know that the accused had been harassing people for quite sometime. Police are investigating if other people are involved in the incident. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.
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