A kangaroo court in western Assam’s Barpeta district made three people cough up ₹15,000 for stealing lotuses from a wetland.One of Assam’s prime wetlands, with 39 species of indigenous fish, the 91-hectare Kapla Beel has been a major source of income for the villages around it. The wetland is also known for its lotuses that the villagers protect.But the lotuses – as buds or in bloom – kept vanishing for a week before Durga Puja. The villagers formed a vigilante group and on October 4 caught three people from a neighbouring village under Sarthebari police station. The men were let go but on the condition they face a kangaroo court comprising elders of the two biggest villages adjoining the wetland. A couple of days ago, the court decided to penalise the three with a fine of ₹5,000 each for stealing the aquatic flowers. “We did not intervene as the trial did not involve any physical assault or violation of law. The three were flower traders and had been harvesting the lotuses without permission from the stakeholders,” a local police officer said.
TweetPinShare0 Shares SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward wondered how his Utah Jazz would respond to a frustrating loss in Sacramento with a quick turnaround for the second night of a back-to-back against the New York Knicks.Hayward set the tone himself and scored 24 points as the Jazz bullied the Knicks from start to finish in a 106-85 victory the night of Dec. 9.“It’s one of the toughest parts of the NBA, having games like that back-to-back,” Hayward said. “It’s a mental thing more than anything and making sure you’re focused and moving on to the next game. We talked about it as a team before tonight, coming out with energy and playing with force.“We did that and were able to respond really well.”Hayward was aggressive from the opening tip and shot 9-for-14 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to go along with four rebounds and five assists.The Jazz (10-10) led 70-37 early in the third quarter for their largest lead in any game this season.Hayward and Derrick Favors combined to score 15 of Utah’s first 18 points as the Jazz sprinted out to an 18-4 lead. The game was never competitive afterward.Favors finished with 20 and eight rebounds.Carmelo Anthony never found a groove, scoring 12 points on 3-for-11 shooting. He didn’t make his first field goal until 6:33 remained in the second quarter. Jose Calderon added nine.The 21-point loss is the worst of the season for New York.The Knicks (10-13) made a small run in the third quarter and cut the lead below 20 points, but consecutive alley-oops to Jeff Withey and Trevor Booker early in the fourth pushed the lead back to 28.The Jazz improved to 3-1 on the second night of back-to-back games.“We know it’s a long season … and you’re going to have some games you’re not performing the way we know we can perform,” Trey Burke said. “Last we felt like we played (poorly), but we were still in the game at the end. Tonight we wanted to come out with energy from the start.”(KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer)
The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days. Prime Minister Holness told the House that the Denham Town ZOSO has transitioned into the third and perhaps the most challenging segment, which is the build phase. Mr. Holness said the extended periods are necessary to enable transformation of the communities through intensified delivery of social services as well as giving the State the ability to continue to take back full control of the areas. The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James; and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.The House of Representatives on Wednesday (April 11), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Mr. Holness said the extended periods are necessary to enable transformation of the communities through intensified delivery of social services as well as giving the State the ability to continue to take back full control of the areas.This will be the fourth extension for the Mount Salem Zone, the first to become operational on September 1, 2017, while it will be the third for Denham Town.Prime Minister Holness told the House that the Denham Town ZOSO has transitioned into the third and perhaps the most challenging segment, which is the build phase.As such, he said, “we need to assure the residents that during this period and moving forward, the… joint forces will continue to provide an effective presence to prevent the return of criminals and their influence”.He informed that the joint force will coordinate with the social-intervention committee as it carries out the various projects during the build phase.With respect to Mount Salem, the area has already undergone three extensions to facilitate development through the ‘clear, hold and build’ strategy and is currently undergoing increased social-intervention activities under the build phase.Prime Minister Holness said the Zone will continue in the build phase during the extended period, with activities to intensify.“The Mount Salem Zone continues to be secured by members of the joint force. The operational objective is to continue to provide a secure environment for the roll-out of the social-intervention activities. There have been no reports of major crimes in Mount Salem, no report of abuse by the security forces, and the residents continue to cooperate with the security forces,” he pointed out.Prime Minister Holness noted that before the establishment of the ZOSOs, Mount Salem and Denham Town were experiencing rampant criminality.He said there was a breakdown in the rule of law and lack of control by the State, but, most importantly, the residents were perpetually fearful for their lives.“Today, I can unequivocally report that this has changed. Crime has been significantly reduced and the residents have been enjoying some level of peace in their community,” Mr Holness told the House.“Though we recognise that there is still much to be done if enduring success and peace is going to prevail, building trust between all parties is a process and will only be realised over time. The residents can now envision lasting peace and hope for their communities,” he added.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister. Story Highlights