IMD scientist files cheating case against cook for ‘posing’ as Brahmin

first_imgA senior government scientist with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has come under flak from activists and social outfits in the city for lodging a case against her cook for allegedly ‘impersonating’ as a Brahmin since May 2016 and lying about her caste.Dr. Medha Vinayak Khole, who is Deputy Director-General for the IMD’s weather forecasting section, sparked controversy with her complaint lodged against the cook Nirmala Yadav at the city’s Sinhagad Police Station on Thursday evening.Police sources said that Dr Khole filed a complaint after she discovered that the cook was not of the Brahmin caste, but belonged to the Maratha community following the recently-concluded Gauri Ganpati festival. The police said that Dr. Khole alleged in her complaint that Ms. Yadav had ostensibly concealed her caste to secure the job as she was under severe financial stress. But according to Ms. Yadav (60), Ms. Khole had never asked her about her caste when she sought work with her in 2016.“She [Khole] only asked my name when I went to her for work last year. It was only after Gauri Ganpati that she [Khole] discovered I was a Maratha and not a Brahmin. Following this, she barged into my house and began assaulting me, while stating that our God was of the streets while theirs was in the heaven. She also threw my mobile phone while abusing me,” Ms. Yadav alleged.Dr. Khole, however, claimed that her “religious sentiments were hurt” as she had wanted a married Brahmin woman to cook for family events such as the death anniversary of her parents and the Gauri Ganapati Festival. She further claimed that she had paid Ms. Yadav wages amounting to ₹20,000 since the past year.In her complaint, Dr. Khole alleged that it was Ms. Yadav who had assaulted her and lodged a case under sections 419 (impersonation), 352 (assault or use of criminal force) and Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).At a time when caste issues are flashpoints across Maharashtra, the case has sparked a furore among Maratha groups. Since Friday noon, a number of Maratha groups, including the Maratha Kranti Morcha, demonstrated against Dr. Khole in front of the Ved Bhavan in Kothrud, leading to tension in the area.Members of the Sambhaji Brigade have demanded a counter-case be filed under against Dr. Khole under the Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016 and relevant sections of the IPC dealing with abuse of official position and assault. “It is shocking that an educated woman like Khole can behave in such an insensitive fashion at a time when such issues are particularly inimical to to social harmony. This [case] merely exemplifies just how deeply entrenched notions of caste are. Despite the woman [Yadav] working honestly for a year, Khole had objections with her caste. The complaint against Yadav is utterly false and shameful,” said Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade.Members of the outfit met with Joint Commissioner of Police, Ravindra Kadam and demanded an immediate probe into the case.“What is disturbing is the alacrity with which the Sinhagad police lodged the case against Yadav without listening to her side. In contrast, they are extremely tardy when it comes to filing cases pertaining to social boycott or caste discrimination “ said Nandini Jadhav of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) alleging that Dr. Khole had completely distorted the true nature of events by filing a false case.last_img read more

Tripura CM to meet PM Modi to seek special financial package

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon to seek a special package to tide over the financial crisis in the State, a minister said on Saturday.Mr. Deb will also meet Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with the same proposal, Transport Minister Pranajit Singha Roy told reporters here.“The State’s financial condition was reviewed in a meeting of the council of ministers yesterday. The State is reeling under deep financial crisis. The budget deficit in the current financial year is ₹ 1,588.19 crore,” Mr. Roy said.Finance department officials have been asked to put forward a comprehensive report on the State’s fiscal condition in the next three days and after getting the report, the Chief Minister will leave for Delhi, he said.The State’s revenue generation is poor while fiscal deficit is on the rise. The State’s own revenue is currently able to manage only 12.94 per cent of its expenditure, he said.To a question, Mr. Roy said agriculture, tourism and many other sectors needed immediate financial attention.He said the cabinet meeting also laid importance on austerity measures and the State’s own revenue generation. The government would implement all its poll pledges including 7th Pay Commission benefits, higher wages for labourers, social welfare benefits for distressed people and free smartphones to the youth.The chief minister will visit Delhi with his proposal before the Assembly session begins on March 23.Mr. Deb took oath as the first BJP Chief Minister of Tripura on March 9, ending the 25-year rule of the Left Front.last_img read more

Gennady Golovkin to return in June after signing deal with DAZN

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – The Chivas Fight Club in the ring with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at Banc of California Stadium as he prepares for the anticipated rematch with Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas on September 15th, on August 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Chivas Regal/AFPNEW YORK — Gennady Golovkin will return to the ring in June after signing a multiyear deal with DAZN, which gives him the possibility of a third fight with Canelo Alvarez.No date or opponent was announced for the fight, which will be Golovkin’s first since being edged by Alvarez last September in their second fight after they fought to a draw in the first one.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Determined to repay coach’s trust, Baser Amer shoots out of slump to carry Bolts in clutch Alvarez already has an exclusive deal with the sports streaming service and is set to meet Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title unification match on May 4 in Las Vegas.The three-year deal announced Friday calls for Golovkin to fight twice a year on DAZN for the next three years. Also, GGG Promotions will do two cards per year on DAZN beginning in 2020.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Asian Cup group stage elimination a setback, says Jeje Lalpekhlua

first_imgIndian football team striker Jeje Lalpekhlua rued the country’s crashing out of the ongoing AFC Asian Cup and said it could have done better in the continental showpiece event.The Indian team was on the verge of booking a maiden knock-out round berth but conceded a gold via penalty at the fag end of the group match against Bahrain. India needed a draw to reach the Round of 16 but lost 0-1 to Bahrain to exit from the tournament.”We gave our 100 per cent in every match. But we could have done better. Not qualifying out of the group stages is a setback for us. But it shows anything can happen in football,” Lalpekhlua said.”It was a very difficult match against Bahrain and it was unfortunate the way we lost. However, that is life in football, and the important part is the experience earned by the young players that will give dividends in future,” he was quoted as saying by the official website of All India Football Federation.India outplayed Thailand 4-1 in the opening match to notch up their first win in the Asian Cup since 1964. Thailand eventually qualified for the Round of 16 where they lost to China.”Our biggest achievement was the win against Thailand,” said Lalpekhlua, who had scored India’s fourth goal in that match.”But we have to make Asian Cup qualification a regular feature. Now we need to focus to do well in World Cup Qualifiers, followed by yet again qualifying for the Asian Cup [for 2023],” said the player from Mizoram.advertisementIndia had qualified for the Asian Cup after an eight-year hiatus. Their previous appearance was in 2011 in Doha where they had lost all their three group matches by big margins.”The sleeping giant is now awake. We have shown to all in Asia that we belong on the same page as them. Our performance in the Asian Cup has improved tenfold, and it can only get better from here as young players have been given the needed experience. Indian football can go only upwards from here towards a brighter future,” Lalpekhlua said.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant to join Team India as cover for injured Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgRishabh Pant will be joining the Indian team as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in England as they prepare for their next match against New Zealand on Thursday.Rishabh Pant will reach England on June 14 after getting clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday night.The Indian team management for now, will be monitoring Dhawan’s recovery and if they feel it is not going according to plan, then the BCCI will officially request the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a replacement.Pant meanwhile, will join the team and start training straightaway. He should be ready in time to come into the Indian playing XI if needed for the game against New Zealand.The BCCI in a statement said: “Team India opening batsman Dhawan is presently under the observation of the BCCI medical team. The team management has decided that Dhawan will continue to be in England and his progress will be monitored.”Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the league match against Australia on Sunday.”Latest reports suggest Dhawan could be out for only 2 weeks as he only has a minor fracture. In his absence, the Indian team in all likelihood open with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma against New Zealand on June 13.Dhawan suffered his injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia.The real question now is who will bat in the middle-order? Will it be Dinesh Karthik or will India bring in Vijay Shankar who can also bowl decent medium-pace?advertisementIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh backed the idea of Pant being the first-choice replacement and also threw Ajinkya Rahane’s name into the mix, citing his experience of having played in the United Kingdom.”He [Rahane] is a very good option to be considered. He has been playing cricket here. He is one of the middle order batsmen to rely on. He has got the technique to bat at No.3, No.4. He was one of India’s best batsmen at the 2015 World Cup. It would be a bad call to ask him to join the team from here itself.”I would still like to see the injury as to how long Shikhar Dhawan is gone. You can straightaway have him in the squad after it heals. You want to be fully fit. Shikhar Dhawan himself won’t take a chance. A fracture ideally takes more than 3 weeks,” Harbhajan told India Today.”At the moment, if I have to pick one replacement player, it would be Rishabh Pant or if you want to go for experience, then it would be Ajinkya Rahane.”Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen also suggested that Pant should be flown to England as soon as possible.Shikha OUT the World Cup.Get Pant on the plane ASAP.KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4…Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 11, 2019Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan joins MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to watch Bharat in NottinghamAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s absence will put more pressure on Rohit Sharma, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan injury will not affect Team India’s morale, says Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Matic: United can compete for title

first_imgManchester United Manchester United can compete for the title, claims Matic Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 22:23 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matic - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Red Devils midfielder insists his side can challenge for the Premier League following their late 1-0 victory over Tottenham Nemanja Matic says Manchester United can compete for the Premier League title should they replicate their performance in the victory over Tottenham against their other top-six rivals.Anthony Martial’s late strike sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win for Jose Mourinho’s side on Saturday, with Tottenham suffering from Harry Kane’s absence at Old Trafford.Benfica 9/1 to beat Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Matic was at the heart of a resilient display from the hosts, who hit the post through Romelu Lukaku just prior to Martial’s winner, and having gone two league games without a win, the former Chelsea midfielder claimed a victory was vital to put United back on track for a title challenge.”If we play like this and continue to play like this we can compete for the title,” Matic told Sky Sports.”It was very important for us against a very good team – one of the best teams in the league.”And thanks to Martial we managed to score and win a difficult game against opponents who were very good today.”They had more of the ball in the first half but we had more clear chances than them. As I said they are great and play great football but the most important thing is the result and we managed to win.”It’s important to continue to win these types of games. We dropped points in the last game and against Liverpool so it was very important to win at home especially.”Overall, it was a game of few chances – with Dele Alli going closest for Tottenham before Lukaku’s header struck the woodwork.But Martial’s introduction in place of Marcus Rashford changed the course of proceedings, and the France striker acknowledged that – after netting four goals from the bench this season – he is eager to start more games.4 – Anthony Martial has scored more goals as a substitute than any other player in the @premierleague this season. Cameo. pic.twitter.com/3nk4hT7Gsr— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017″I want to play,” Martial told Sky Sports.”I don’t want to be on the bench but Rashford has played good too, so the manager wants to try to give us a chance so we have to score and give assists.”The manager told me to find the space. I know Romelu is good with his head and it was a good header so I found the space behind and managed to score.”last_img read more

Mou: Man Utd deserve credit for Spurs win

first_imgManchester United Mourinho: Man Utd deserve more credit for Tottenham win Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 22:38 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) josemourinho - Cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League José Mourinho Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea The manager believes the Red Devils deserves recognition for defeating a Spurs side that has earned wins over Liverpool and Real Madrid Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United have not been given enough credit for their victory over Tottenham, who convincingly defeated Liverpool and Real Madrid either side of a loss to the Red Devils.Sections of the Old Trafford crowd jeered the decision to take off Marcus Rashford when the score was locked at 0-0 against Spurs last week, but the mood was soon lifted as replacement Anthony Martial scored an 81st-minute winner.Man Utd 7/1 to beat Chelsea 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player At full-time, Mourinho was seen shushing the camera and later criticised supporters over a perceived lack of support for striker Romelu Lukaku.The Portuguese aimed another apparent dig at those fans in his programme notes ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Benfica when he wrote: “I hope you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham.” And with Spurs having defeated Liverpool and Madrid 4-1 and 3-1, respectively, Mourinho wants his side to be given more recognition.”I don’t want to comment [on criticism of United’s performances]. Because if I comment I’m going to do a job that’s not my job and sometimes I feel I could or should and sometimes I need to cool down and think I shouldn’t,” he said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chelsea.”I know that it’s a different way of analysing things for this reason or that reason. Similar performances for some clubs are magic, are examples of brilliant tactics and amazing attitude by the players and for other teams the same type of performance is seen as negative.”But honestly, just as an example, Spurs beat Liverpool and Real Madrid and Tottenham didn’t score against Manchester United, so at least a little bit of credit my players deserve.””We have to wait a little bit,” says the boss, on the availability of injured players. “I prefer to say two more days to confirm.” #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 2, 2017Mourinho was also questioned about the fitness of the injured contingent among his squad, with Paul Pogba (hamstring) and Marouane Fellaini (knee) pictured at the club’s training ground.But the former Madrid boss says it is too early to provide an update on the status of his injured players.”I need to wait a little bit. Normally the press conference is a bit later in the week, we still have Friday and Saturday,” he added.”I’m not very optimistic, but I don’t want to lie or for you to say I have lied if I say no chance of recovery. We have two more days to confirm my expectation.”I think next two days will be important for the decision.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Photos: A Lot Of Ohio State Fans Are Naming Their Cute Puppies After Buckeye RB Ezekiel Elliott

first_imgA closeup of Ezekiel Elliot with his helmet off during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sits on the sideline during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The most famous Ezekiel currently living in Ohio is the Buckeyes’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliott. There are plenty of other Ezekiels currently running around the Midwest, though, and not all of them are humans. Ezekiel, “Zeke” for short, has become a very popular dog name for Ohio State fans following the impressive performance of the Buckeye tailback during his program’s national title run this past season. Many Buckeye faithful have been tweeting pictures of their newly-named canines at Elliott. @EzekielElliott ZEKE getting bigger! All my Nikes bleed Scarlet & Gray! pic.twitter.com/ADI323KcUa— Josh Salapack (@OilOperator154) January 30, 2015@EzekielElliott our new puppy Zeke! Pretty sure he’ll love to hunt ducks! #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/nDXv1MZqXQ— Q.J. McDowell (@joey_56) January 30, 2015“@MichaelFess55: Had to name this little guy Zeke after @EzekielElliott. #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/a5CMtFO9gZ”— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) January 28, 2015@EzekielElliott my best friend got a new puppy and named it after you!! Meet Zeke the Shiba Inu! pic.twitter.com/HlT894SGpd— Stacy Marie (@StacySothard) January 25, 2015Hey @EzekielElliott we named our puppy zeke after you! Now bring us that ship!!! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/CnoF4dxlfN— Nate Nealon (@NateNealon) January 3, 2015S/O to @EzekielElliott though. Absolutely killed it and you have the cutest puppy in the world named after you #Zeke pic.twitter.com/dQhq9YMxw8— Caitlin Curtis (@caitlincurtis12) January 2, 2015Winning a national championship is nice, but nothing is greater than having a bunch of cute puppies named after you.last_img read more

Ishqbaaz actress Surbhi Chandna is too hot to handle in these pics

first_imgOther Galleries 15 images Fri, 18 Oct, 2019 Karwa Chauth 2019: Debina Bonnerjee to Divyanka Tripathi, how TV stars celebrated the day 11 images Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Housefull 4 team has a blast on The Kapil Sharma Show. See pics 10 images Tue, 15 Oct, 2019 Mohena Singh looks regal as she ties the knot with Suyesh Rawat 7 images Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 New bride Mohena Singh glows on mehendi day. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.Set As Featured: Set As Featured647x363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoTelevisionTelevisionGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Television actress Surbhi Chandna, who was last seen in Ishqbaaz, is enjoying quality time with herself these days. After fun holiday in London and Switzerland, Surbhi has been keeping herself fit and fab with dancing and yoga sessions. Recently, she posted sultry pictures on social media which are too hot to handle.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: And ever since then, Surbhi has been on a rise. Her on-screen chemistry with co-star Nakuul Mehta in Ishqbaaz was appreciated by fans and critics.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Surbhi can be seen sporting a floral maxi dress with plunging neckline. With minimal-make up and open hair, she looks ready for a brunch get together with friends.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Surbhi Chandna had made her debut in 2009 but tasted fame with Zee TV’s Qubool Hai in 2014.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Recently, Surbhi went on a girl trip with actress Erica Fernandes and posted pictures and videos of the snow-clad mountains on her Instagram page.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Credit/Source: InstagramCaption: Surbhi is glowing in this graphic print dress.Syndication: SyndicationGallery Big Image: Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Credit/Source: Credit to AllCredit Name: InstagramTags: Surbhi ChandnaIshqbaazNakuul MehtaSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Television actress Surbhi Chandna, who was last seen in Ishqbaaz, is enjoying quality time with herself these days. After fun holiday in London and Switzerland, Surbhi has been keeping herself fit and fab with dancing and yoga sessions. Recently, she posted sultry pictures on social media which are too hot to handle.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5ca3267cb8f1c1554196092_1492012_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 14:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2Nzk2Il0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg3MTMiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY3OTYifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Ishqbaaz actress Surbhi Chandna is too hot to handle in these picsApp headline: Ishqbaaz actress Surbhi Chandna is too hot to handle in these picslast_img read more

Gov’t Working to Take Profit Out of Crime

first_imgStory Highlights “We will also see, in short order, the Micro Credit Bill and amendments to the Companies Act and Trust Act as additional steps by the Government to improve our fight against (acquisitive) crimes and those who profit from it; to improve transparency and to be able to cope in the environment (of) increased de-risking arrangements by financial institutions,” Mr. Shaw added. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, says the Government is undertaking measures to combat acquisitive crimes, where the offender derives material gain from the criminal activity. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, says the Government is undertaking measures to combat acquisitive crimes, where the offender derives material gain from the criminal activity.The measures include revisions to the Companies Act to incorporate the retention of beneficial ownership information; the designation of certain professions as reporting entities under the Terrorism Prevention Act; passage of the National Identification System Act; and the development of a system for capturing statistics related to trial matters.“We will also see, in short order, the Micro Credit Bill and amendments to the Companies Act and Trust Act as additional steps by the Government to improve our fight against (acquisitive) crimes and those who profit from it; to improve transparency and to be able to cope in the environment (of) increased de-risking arrangements by financial institutions,” Mr. Shaw added.He was speaking during Wednesday’s (January 31) opening ceremony for the Financial Investigations Division’s (FID) conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, under the theme ‘Taking the Profit out of Crime: What does it take?’.Mr. Shaw noted that most career criminals who are “in the business of making money” are adaptive, flexible and “ready to switch to more lucrative forms of crime”, citing the lotto scamming racket as an example.He said it is important that measures are “aggressively” taken that will lead to the profits of these illicit activities being taken away from criminals, and that this is done expeditiously.He lamented that taking a case to trial can sometimes take between five to seven years and, unfortunately, even after the arguments are closed, litigants can wait as long as three years for a judgment.Mr. Shaw noted that the National Security Policy underscores that removal of the profits from crime is a key objective in tackling domestic and transnational organised crimes.He said that the Economic Growth Council’s goal of improving citizen safety and public security also points to the need for measures to take the profit out of crime.“It is full time that (illicitly acquired) property be taken away from criminals… and put to the public good,” the Minister said.He noted that the FID sits at the centre of the Government’s efforts to take the profit out of crime.“If the (goals) of Vision 2030 (of) prosperity, peace and creating a society in which we can raise our children (are) to be met, it requires the FID, in collaboration with its partners, both domestic and overseas, to continue to work diligently to take out the profit from crime,” he said.British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, who spoke during the opening ceremony, said the United Kingdom remains committed to working “relentlessly” with Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to implement measures in this regard.The FID’s Chief Technical Director, Robin Sykes, for his part, argued that removing the economic benefits from acquisitive crimes will diminish the attractiveness of these illicit activities.The two-day conference, which the FID is hosting in collaboration with the United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to build partnerships with key stakeholders across the financial sector.The FID, which was established in December 2002, is mandated to investigate and heighten public awareness of financial crimes and their impact on the society.The agency falls under the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, has collaborated on cases with several local and overseas entities. Mr. Shaw noted that most career criminals who are “in the business of making money” are adaptive, flexible and “ready to switch to more lucrative forms of crime”, citing the lotto scamming racket as an example. last_img read more