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US Sikh store-owner fights off armed robber with only slipper

In a feat caught on surveillance cameras, the 59-year-old Amrik Singh fought off a shotgun-wielding masked robber using only his slipper in the store at his petrol station in Staatsburg, about 150 km from New York City

 

 A slipper can be mightier than a gun in the hands of a valiant Sikh store-owner!
 
In a feat caught on surveillance cameras, the 59-year-old Amrik Singh fought off a shotgun-wielding masked robber using only his slipper in the store at his petrol station in Staatsburg, about 150 km from New York City. (The video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/YbYtHWCi8BQ )
 
"I'm not really a hero," Amrik told IANS Friday about Tuesday's slipper-shotgun face-off. "And I would not want to be a hero. I am just a working man."
 
Singh, who immigrated to the US from Doburji in Punjab's Moga district 35 years ago and has owned the Citgo petrol station and store for 19 years, said he did not have a strategy or a conscious plan to confront the gunman. 
 
But "God told my body to grab the man as he reached for the tray in the cash register", he said.
 
"When the gunman jumped back, I threw the slipper and hit him on the nose," Singh said. "I ran and caught him and we were like wrestling."
 
Laughing, the turban-wearing Singh said: "He did not expect an old man to fight him. He ran outside and I chased him. He fired a shot at my feet, but it missed and hit the ground and he drove away."
 
Asked by IANS about Singh's feat, his wife, Baljinder said: "It is shocking and crazy. He had a guardian angel protecting him."
 
When the would-be robber entered the store with the gun, Singh said he was momentarily taken aback. "After that my mind was clear and I was not nervous at all."
 
He said he first tried to reason with the man and offered to give him money. "But he demanded $100 dollar bills. I told him I did not have any. He tried remove the coin tray and search under it."
 
That's when the confrontation caught on the surveillance video that made prime time TV newscasts across the United States Thursday night started.
 
Singh does not plan to take chances if there is another robbery attempt. "I am a US citizen and I am going to apply for a gun licence."
 
Police don't recommend such acts of bravado. State Trooper Melissa McMorris was quoted by the Daily Freeman as saying "Thank God, the store owner wasn't hurt in the confrontation." 
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
 

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Mid day meals of poor quality: CAG

The report raised many red flags such as over-reporting of enrolment figures, financial indiscipline, poor quality of means and inadequate meals

 

The quality of food served in schools under the Mid Day Meal Scheme continues to remain poor across the country, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said in a report tabled in parliament on Friday.
 
The report raised many red flags such as over-reporting of enrolment figures, financial indiscipline, poor quality of means and inadequate meals.
 
"Cases of cooking of poor quality meals in unhygienic conditions, inadequate and poor quality of infrastructure in terms of kitchen sheds and utensils were rampant across all states exposing children to health hazards," it said.
 
Launched in August 1995 to boost education by increasing enrolment, retention and attendance simultaneously impacting on the nutrition levels of children, the Mid Day Meal Scheme was extended in 2008-09 to students of upper primary classes.
 
The scheme is currently operational in 27 states and seven union territories.
 
According to the report, the Food Corporation of India did not serve the best quality of rice in Uttar Pradesh schools.
 
It said there were several complaints of poor quality meal cooked by Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited which is engaged in cooking for schools in Chandigarh.
 
According to the report, the prescribed nutrition to children was not provided in schools of at least nine states, including the national capital.
 
In Delhi, samples of cooked food of the 37 service providers during the period 2010-14 were tested by the Sri Ram Institute of Industrial Research.
 
"Out of the 2,102 samples, 1,876 (89 percent) failed to meet the prescribed nutrition standard," the report said.
 
The report showed a consistent decline of enrolment of children in the Mid Day Meal Scheme from 14.69 crore in 2009-10 to 13.87 crore in 2013-14.
 
Declining trends in enrolments during 2009-10 to 2103-14 were observed across the country in states such as Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.
 
The report also observed that the checks to ensure quality of meals and adequacy of nutritional value of food served to children remained only on paper.
 
The inadequate monitoring of the scheme by the human resource ministry and the states was a major bottleneck in implementation. The funds earmarked for monitoring and evaluation had been grossly underutilized, the report cited.
 
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Rajya Sabha logjam broken, GST bill not on agenda

The meeting was called after protests over the Arunachal Pradesh assembly issue led to another day's proceedings in the upper house being lost in din and disruptions

 

The Rajya Sabha logjam was finally broken on Friday and an all-party meeting called by Chairman M. Hamid Ansari decided to work regularly from Monday, but the Goods and Services Tax bill will not be taken up in the current session.
 
The meeting was called after protests over the Arunachal Pradesh assembly issue led to another day's proceedings in the upper house being lost in din and disruptions.
 
Representatives of all parties present at the meeting agreed to passage of five bills, along with appropriation (financial) bill, but the GST bill was not part of the agreed agenda.
 
After the meeting that lasted for about an hour, Ansari dubbed it "good" while Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi called it "positive".
 
"The meeting was positive," Naqvi told reporters.
 
"A number of parties expressed concern over parliament's non-functioning. All of them decided that the house should function. It has been decided to pass the pending government bills even by sitting till late hours," he said.
 
"The Congress response on the GST Bill was, however, not favourable," the minister said.
 
An agreement was reached on passing other bills and all parties agreed the house will sit till late and complete the work, he said.
 
"Legislation related to the poor and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes will be taken up for discussion and passing," Naqvi added.
 
According to sources, the bills agreed upon include the SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment bill, the appropriation bills, the Anti-Hijacking bill, the Atomic Energy Amendment bill, the Commercial Courts Ordinance bill and the Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment bill.
 
The upper house will also discuss the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment bill, the Whistle-Blowers Protection Amendment bill and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) bill, though these will not be passed in this winter session.
 
The house, meanwhile, witnessed ruckus once again on Friday, as the opposition Congress raised the Arunachal Pradesh assembly issue.
 
"In the history of independent India, neither the president nor any governor has called a (assembly) session without the government's will. It is happening for the first time in India and the constitution is being violated," Leader of Opposition in tghe Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
 
"Such a governor has no right to be there. He should be recalled," he said, adding a notice to adjourn the proceedings of the upper house and discuss the issue has been given.
 
The ruckus that followed led to three adjournments through the day, after which the house met for taking up private member's bills at 2.30 p.m.
 
However, soon after, Naqvi said there was no quorum in the house. At least 10 percent of the total number of members need to be present in the house at a given time to complete the quorum and take forward the proceedings.
 
Kurien then adjourned the house for the day.
 
The upper house is facing disruptions on several issues, blocking the passage of key legislation, including the GST bill.
 
The government is now looking to get the GST bill passed in the budget session next year, as highly placed sources said the numbers in support of the proposed legislation will increase in April after the biennial Rajya Sabha elections.
 
Only three business days are left in this winter session of parliament and the government is pushing hard to get passed some bills.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
 

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