Under attack over violence in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Congress and BJP on the issue of land acquisition, saying farmers in states ruled by the two parties were agitated over poor compensation. Addressing BSP workers from Delhi at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, the BSP chief alleged that Congress is considered as the “mother of corruption” in the country. Mayawati, under attack from opposition parties in UP on the issue of corruption, used the opportunity to attack the ruling party at the Centre on the same issue. Citing irregularities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games, she said the money wasted in corruption could haver been used to upgrade the living conditions of people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar who have come the national capital to earn a living. Mayawati alleged that the “corruption” during the Commonwealth Games had the patronage and encouragement of Congress-ruled Delhi government. On the issue of land acquisition, said before accusing her party of wrongdoings on acquiring farmlands in the backdrop of violence in Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida, Congress and BJP should take stock of situation in states ruled by the two parties. She claimed in Congress-ruled Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and BJP-ruled Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, farmers were agitated over receiving poor compensation for their lands acquired by the state governments. “Right under the nose of the central government, lands of farmers ares being acquired in Delhi at poor rates,” Mayawati said. Mayawati said BSP would press for an amended Land Acquisition Bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament and if need be the party workers would ‘ghearo’ the Parliament House on the issue. She claimed that unemployment and recent hike in fuel prices have aggrevated the problems being faced by the common man but Congress-led UPA was not serious in dealing with the situation as its leaders were busy pursuing their “narrow political interests.” The BSP asked the cadre to prepare itself for the next assembly elections in Delhi and said they will have to work with a missionary zeal if they wanted to have the party’s government installed in Delhi.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Eight months after the Commonwealth Games, skeletons continue to tumble out of the taint-ridden Organising Committee’s closet.The stock-taking of the assets purchased for the October 2010 Games has thrown up an endless list of expensive gizmos that were purchased but are now untraceable.The OC officials are finding it difficult to fix the exact worth of these gizmos as the files pertaining to their purchase are also missing.As many as 125 laptops, 45 television sets, including 33 LCDs, 25 desktops and over 40 DVD players are found to be missing. The list of missing gadgets is endless. “About 580 mobile phones issued during the Games can’t be traced, as is the case with 15 missing printers, two scanners, 10 microwave ovens, 80 web cameras which were installed on desktops, 10 projectors and 110 phone sets used for internet facility at the venues. Someone has even taken away about 80 pedestal fans from our possession,” OC chief executive officer Jarnail Singh said.Even the plaques, which were to be gifted to the heads of the Commonwealth Federation, were not spared. As many as 180 plaques were designed at a cost of Rs 23 lakh.Today the OC can account for only 89 of them. As they were not gifted to any representative of the Commonwealth Federation, the OC officials were perplexed about the fate of the remaining 91 plaques. The OC officials realised that the plaques had been stolen only when one of their consultants was caught carting it away on a close circuit TV camera. The consultant was later confronted and the plaque retrieved.The disclosure made by the OC chief to Mail Today part of the report being prepared for the Union sports ministry which will present it to the Cabinet at the monsoon session of Parliament.advertisementThe missing inventory is apart from what the Prime Minister appointed V. K. Shunglu Committee has pointed out in its report about the irregularities in giving of CWG contracts and the corruption trail being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. Senior officials claimed that the “missing inventory” does not include furniture, which would be more in numbers than what has been disclosed so far.”Unlike government offices, we never kept a record of our furniture, nor did we number it according to the year of purchase. It’s a poor asset management, which has been repeatedly pointed out by the audit teams of sports ministry since 2006. But we failed to correct ourselves,” a senior officer of the OC’s finance wing, said.The OC CEO Singh said, “We can’t even claim back our own furniture because we don’t have proper records of that, nor can we put its worth in rupees as we don’t know in which year it was bought.” The ministry’s audit team would be doing the final exercise very soon. But it would be a messy affair still as there would be many missing links as usual, Singh said.”We are preparing this official note where we are going to present the correct picture to the ministry and also admit that tracing the missing stocks is beyond our capacity,” a senior OC official said.There is something more baffling for the OC officials as they try to bring the shutters down at 1 Jai Singh Road, the OC headquarters.”A lot of our stocks is not matching the purchases in account books as we get ready for our last audit. Besides the list we have prepared for the ministry, there were a lot of items purchased between 2006 and 2008 in the run- up to the 2010 Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune. A lot of these items are missing in our current stocks and mostly got misplaced or stolen when OC headquarters shifted to its present address,” another senior OC official said.The OC’s poor asset management and lack of proper stock verification exercises in the five years leading to the Games is reflected in what OC officials have to face daily. Contractors and vendors make a beeline to the OC headquarters almost daily to claim payment of bills for the logistics support they provided during the Games.”The problem is that the official files do not have the bills while officials within the OC authenticate their claims. We do not even have those logistics to allow for the payment. At the same time the account books cannot be completed without settling these claims,” the official said.These are mostly small vendors who did the contract in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and may are approaching the court to settle their claims, he added.advertisementNo one in the OC is able to resolve the mystery of missing gizmos, files and bills. Perhaps the jailed OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi and his henchmen would be able to do it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
A Chicago man who quickly accelerated in a sport utility vehicle with a cable around his neck decapitated himself after a domestic dispute in Yorktown, authorities said on Tuesday.Sheriff Danny Diggs said a deputy responding to a call of a domestic disturbance on Tuesday was taking a statement from the man’s ex-wife when another deputy driving by noticed an SUV pulling a utility trailer that was on fire. Authorities say the man started the fire.A firefighter noticed a cable around the man’s neck that was attached to a tree. When deputies tried to get the man to exit the SUV, he accelerated and was pulled from the vehicle and decapitated, they say.Diggs said he arrived at a grisly scene, adding the cable was of the type that could be used to hoist an automobile engine.”Nobody has ever heard of anything like this,” Diggs said. “It’s a really bizarre incident.”Diggs said the man and his ex-wife had quarreled over the man’s living arrangements.”He was looking to relocate from Chicago to this area, and he wanted her to do more than she was willing to do,” Diggs said.The sheriff said he was unsure how long the couple had been divorced. He said they have two school-age children who were not at home at the time.Diggs said officials aren’t releasing the man’s name because they don’t publicly identify suicide victims. However, officials said the man was 46 and from Chicago.
(Adding details, quotes) Nainital/Dehradun, Jun 22 (PTI) The Uttarakhand High Court has banned white water rafting and paragliding until the state government frames a policy on adventure sports, a move which those in the business say will hit them hard. Underlining the need to regulate adventure sports, a division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh in a recent order directed the state government to prepare a transparent policy within two weeks. Till such a policy is framed, no paragliding, white water rafting and other water sports shall be permitted in Uttarakhand, the court said. Former Rafting Association of Uttarakhand president Devendra Rawat said river rafting has generated jobs for about 40,000 people, almost ending migration from many areas along the Ganga in Garhwal regions Tehri and Pauri districts. A ban on rafting will lead to more people migrating from the state, he said. There are 281 companies involved in the rafting trade, together owning 600 rafts and transacting business worth over Rs 20 crore every season, which lasts nine months from October to June, he said. Though he denied knowledge of the high court order, Rawat said any ban would affect the 40,000 people associated with the trade. Asked about alleged violation of guidelines by raft operators, he said they follow the Rafting Policy 2014. “If the policy is revised and implemented, which is something only the state government can do, that would again be followed by people associated with the trade,” he said. However, others in the business felt a ban lasting a few weeks from now would not have much affect as the season is nearing its end on June 30.advertisement The court order came on a PIL alleging that illegal leases were being issued in favour of private parties to set up temporary structures on the Ganga riverbed. Private entrepreneurs were conducted river rafting from them without any legal sanction, it argued. PTI CORR ALM ASHASH
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Everyone wants to beat usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists they can handle being a big target this season.Liverpool became the first side since AC Milan in 1994 to lose the first match of their Champions League defence and the 2-0 reverse in Naples, which featured a rare Van Dijk mistake, has put pressure on their next game against Red Bull Salzburg in two weeks. “Everyone wants to beat us, no matter what competition,” said Van Dijk.”That’s something we have to deal with, but that’s not going to be a problem — we have to enjoy it as well.”For Napoli to win their first game is obviously big, for us to lose our first game is obviously not want we wanted. We have to try to win our other games and we now focus on going to Chelsea.”
Mumbai: The rupee appreciated by 26 paise to 69.00 against the US dollar in early trade Tuesday driven by weakening of the greenback in overseas markets and sustained foreign fund inflows. Forex dealers said, selling of the American currency by exporters, fresh foreign fund inflows and easing crude oil prices supported the rupee. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened on a weak note at 69.10, but gathered momentum and rose to a high of 69.00 against the US dollar, showing 26 paise gain over its previous closing. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The local unit, however, pared some gains and was quoted at 69.13 against the American currency at 0949 hrs. The rupee had settled at 69.26 against the US dollar on Monday. Forex traders said the rupee strengthened on expectation of a rate cut in key policy rates by the Reserve Bank of India. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in capital markets, putting in Rs 3,068.88 crore Monday, according to provisional exchange data. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.31 per cent to trade at USD 61.09 per barrel. Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 58.44 points down at 40,209.18 and Nifty down 19.75 points at 12,068.80.
San Francisco: In a bid to establish a strong foothold in the online content-streaming segment against its competitors like Netflix and Spotify, Google has offered a three-month free trial of YouTube Premium to students in the US. The deal essentially works by having students sign up for the $6.99 per month plan which also includes YouTube Premium Music, that will allow users to use the services for free for three months. “Attention: Students, for a limited time, new members can enjoy three months of the #YouTubeMusic Premium or @YouTubePremium student plan in select territories, on us. Let us know what you’re playing to get #BacktoSchool,” YouTube Music announced on Thursday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year YouTube Premium is the comprehensive subscription, which allows for downloading YouTube videos on mobile, removes ads from YouTube and gives access to YouTube Original shows, in addition to all the benefits of YouTube Music Premium. YouTube Music Premium is Google’s paid music streaming service, which allows for users to stream, download, and discover new music – basically Spotify or Apple Music, but built off YouTube, The Verge reported. Recently, Amazon just announced Amazon Music Unlimited plan for students at $0.99 per month for students.
APTN NATIONAL NEWSIT WAS A PROMINENT TITLE UP FOR GRABS.THE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA CHIEFS JUST ELECTED THEIR NEW GRAND CHIEF.THE PREVIOUS GRAND CHIEF – RON EVANS WAS WELL KNOWN AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL.WILL THE NEW LEADER BE ABLE TO LIVE UP TO HIGH EXPECTATIONS?APTN’S TIAR WILSON FINDS OUT.
They love it for the aquatics centre.Others love it for its size.And then there are the people, the intellectual challenges, even the boys.The reasons students love Brock are countless and last week, they showed that love as part of an I love Brock spirit campaign created by the Brock University Community Peers with the help of Student Life and Community Experience.“The groups we work with are all actively involved in Brock and are proud to be part of this community, and want to make sure students across campus express their love for this place,” said Hilary Canivet, Student Life’s student co-ordinator of volunteer and event management.Students professed their love on paper hearts, which have been affixed to banners that will be hung on campus in the coming weeks.The week-long campaign also included a flash mob and handing out free coffee to staff and students.
The Delhi Tobacco Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special exhibit showcasing its history and that of the land it sits on.“We wanted to highlight this area from its very beginnings to the present date,” said curator Carene Morrison.The museum, founded in 1979, is part of a project connected to Quance Park, whose property was given to the Township of Delhi by the Quance family.Visitors to the exhibit can take a look at the proposed plans from the 1970s and compare those visions to the present day.“The exhibit outlines the people involved in making the museum, the people that helped design it, and the progress it’s gone through over the years,” said assistant curator Angela Ferreira.The exhibit, which opened on April 5, continues to Dec. 20.“A lot of people think about tobacco and how important it was, and is, but there was a massive milling industry well before we even had tobacco,” Morrison said about the history connected to the exhibit.The curators hope the public will be able to take away the rich history the land has when they leave the exhibit.“This park has gone through so much over the last 150 years, there’s a lot of history that people don’t know about,” said Morrison.“Quance Park is so beautiful, it’s such a gem, but it’s so tucked away you might miss it as you’re driving along Highway 3. We just want to highlight all of the really neat things that went down in the park through its different periods.”The exhibit follows the land through its milling history, being handed to the county and the beautification process that has been going on for 45 firstname.lastname@example.org
According to a readout of the meeting, Mr. Karamanlis thanked the Secretary-General for his efforts on Cyprus and expressed Greece’s continued desire for the reunification of the island and Greece’s support for Mr. Annan’s mission of good offices.The Secretary-General agreed that the goal must remain reunification, and in that context said it was important for the dust to settle and for all parties to reflect on the point that had been reached and its implications.He informed the Prime Minister that he would be reporting to the Security Council on his mission of good offices and it would be for the Council to review the situation and the prospects for the future.Last month, Greek Cypriots rejected in a referendum a plan put forward by the Secretary-General that would have created a United Cyprus Republic, comprised of a Greek Cypriot constituent state and a Turkish Cypriot constituent state and linked by a federal government. Sixty-five per cent of Turkish Cypriots approved the proposal.In addition to Cyprus, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed Iraq, Kosovo and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
In a judgement issued today in The Hague, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) also reduced the jail sentence given to Blagoje Simic, from 17 years to 15 years.The Tribunal’s appeals chamber reversed the 2003 finding by its trial chamber that Mr. Simic participated in a joint criminal enterprise with the aim of persecuting non-Serbs in the Bosanski Šamac municipality of northern Bosnia between April 1992 and December 1993.Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat civilians were detained and confined under inhumane conditions, without adequate food, water or space, and many were subject to torture, including sexual assaults, the extraction of teeth and the threat of execution.Mr. Simic, a physician by profession, served as President of the Serb Crisis Staff of Bosanski Šamac, the highest ranking civilian position in the municipality after Serbian police and paramilitary forces took over control there in April 1992.The ICTY ruled that the prosecution did not inform Mr. Simic he was being accused of participating in the joint criminal enterprise until after presenting its case, rendering the trial unfair. The conviction for persecution due to cruel and inhumane treatment in the form of torture and beating was also overturned.But a majority of the judges hearing the appeal upheld the conviction for aiding and abetting persecution in the form of unlawful arrests and detention, confinement of prisoners in inhumane conditions, forced labour and forced displacement.
In a three-decades-long career that has taken him to countries plagued with war, famine and disease, Dr. James Orbinski has learned that caring about the things that matter in life is an opportunity we all have.We have one planet, Orbinski told the Brock University graduating class of 2018 Monday during the first ceremony of Spring Convocation, and we’re not taking care of it.“I believe we not only have an ability to respond to the things that matter, but a responsibility to do so,” said Orbinski, the Director of York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research who received an honorary degree from Brock Monday morning.During his convocation address in front of graduands from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Orbinski said weather disasters, global health crises and increasingly complicated geopolitical tensions are among the concerns we need to take seriously.“Human pressures on the planet are at risk of triggering abrupt and irreversible changes with potentially catastrophic outcomes for human societies,” he said. “Good planets, even slightly damaged ones, are tough to come by. This is our only home, and yet we’re changing our planet so that it is unliveable for many, and especially those who are the poorest and already the most marginalized.”Orbinski’s remarkable career has taken him to some of the world’s most impoverished and war-torn regions.He served as Chief of Mission to Rwanda with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders during the 1994 genocide, for which he was given the Meritorious Service Cross, Canada’s highest civilian award, as well as the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada. He also accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Doctors without Borders in 1999 while serving as the organization’s president.In 2004, Orbinski co-founded Dignitas International, which researches health systems and clinical practices and now supports more than 300,000 people with full treatment for HIV and AIDS in Malawi.He challenged the Brock students to “focus your mind, your time and your talent on the things that matter.”“Courage begets courage. May you never be silent on the things that matter, never be afraid to listen and always step up,” he said, encouraging the graduating classed to be engaged citizens.“That means fundamentally caring about the things that matter. It means being unafraid to explore and lead on the things that matter to our world. And it means stepping up and stepping out. Silence in the face of what matters, is the greatest of human failures.”Brock University’s Spring Convocation resumes Tuesday with 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ceremonies for the Faculty of Social Sciences.Receiving an honorary doctorate and delivering the Convocation address in the morning will be Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. Yussuff became a union member soon after immigrating from Guyana in the 1970s and was elected union chair at the age of 19. He climbed the ranks of the Canadian Auto Workers, eventually becoming the organization’s first Human Rights Director.All of the Convocation ceremonies are free to attend and no tickets are required. Parking is free for guests throughout the week. For those who can’t make it to the Brock Campus for Spring Convocation, the ceremonies will be streamed at brocku.ca/livestream
Thursday will be the last day iPhone-sporting Star Wars fans will be able to get their hands on THQ Wireless’s Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner. According to designer Josh Shabta, the company’s license with Lucasfilm is “winding down,” meaning that the title (and, potentially, other Star Wars iOS games) is most likely being yanked from the App Store, later this week.The augmented reality title has been garnering a good deal of buzz lately, and its designers had planned to create versions for the iPad 2 and Android, but it looks like the contract lapse is going to put the kibosh on all of those plans.Shabta has an explanation of the situation of over his blog. Interested parties who still want to go all Han Solo on their neighbor’s cat can still download the app for a few more days.
Drivers can expect nighttime lane and ramp closures in both directions of Interstates 5 and 205 in Salmon Creek this week.The Washington State Department of Transportation said drivers should expect delays Wednesday through Friday and consider taking alternate routes.WSDOT will fully close the northbound I-205 ramp to Northeast 134th Street from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.Crews will also close lanes on both directions of I-5 and I-205 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.Crews will be fixing pavement that was damaged in last week’s downpour. WSDOT said in a release that heavy rain filled cracks in the pavement surface and undermined the base level of the road. The pavement deteriorated quickly over the holiday weekend.“With dry weather in the forecast this week, crews will be out in force to repair the road and return drivers to smooth pavement,” the release said.
Musheerabad: Local MLA Muta Gopal and corporator Hemalata Jayaram Reddy on Monday launched CC road works, costing over Rs 35 lakh, in Dayanandnagar of Adikmet division and in Nallakunta Vegetable Market.Speaking at the function, both assured local residents that they would not be found wanting in making efforts for providing required facilities to the people of Musheerabad constituency. They stated that the CC roads once completed would see an end to the hardships faced by residents because of bad roads, following the corporator’s intervention. The MLA and the corporator assured the constituents that they would solve any problem facing them if brought to their notice. Among those present at the function were EE Narayana, AE Papamma, Works Inspector Shiva, TRS leaders Muta Jaisimha, Manohar Singh, M Prabhakar, Chitti, Netha Sinu.
Bhadrachalam: Water level of the Godavari River rose here at Bhdarachalm rose. On Saturday morning at 10 am it was crossed first warning level 44.5 feet here said the officials. The Water level in the river rose with copious inflow from the upper catchment areas witnessed a heavy rain fall in the state.With the flood water touching the bathing ghat, the devotees visiting the pilgrimage town are unable to take holy dip in the river. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us If the water level further rises to 48 feet, the officer will sound the second warning level and it would reach 53 feet third warning level said the officers. District Collector Rajath Kumar saini monitoring the officials. He also ordered to the Mandal Thasildhars to take all measures due to flood. He also said, taking all measures to evacuate people from the Low lying areas if necessary. A control room was arranged at the Sub- Collector office Bhadrachalam said the officers. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us In another hand 24 gates of Taliperu project in Cherla Mandal were opened, releasing 1, 15,000 cusecs water in to Godavari. The irrigation officers told here the flood water may reach 48 feet second warning level in evening at Bhadrachalam. Due to flood, the water reached on the roads at Chatti village at East Godavari district the transport was cut from the neighbor states from Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh to Telangana State.
Raj ShamaniPR HandoutApril has just started and students can be seen scurrying around, doing their best to grab hold of internship opportunities and failing. A similar tale of rejections is what Raj Shamani lived through. Today at 23 years old, he is worth Rs 10 million, all without getting that opportunity to intern.Raj’s life has been a series of twists. As the founder of Shamani Industries with sales in 23 cities across India, Raj’s time is divided between being CEO and inspiring youth across 23 countries as an international executive keynote speaker.Raj got on to a rocky start in business when he decided to learn the ropes of business fresh out of school at 16 years young. Unilever, Tata, ITC were few among the 60 companies he applied to. “I had accounts on all the job sites and was sending out mails everywhere asking for an internship but was rejected. I had no talent or any skill required for the role but I wanted the opportunity,” shares Raj. Rejections did not dampen Raj’s spirits and he had soon moved on to teaching himself the basics. How? Google of course!”It’s the millennial way of life after all!” exclaims Raj, “Be it manufacturing or marketing, I learned it all through Google. It was great for understanding the basics, however, the internet can’t tell you the crucial parts of business like the market plan.”No access to an internship or a mentor, Raj leaned on to the next best source. “We have the best place to gain knowledge around which is kirana stores. I spent the following weeks standing outside kiranas just observing,” recalls Raj. The week was most crucial as it was the start to an idea which would one day be worth Rs 10 million. Raj shares, “I observed the rise in growth of the FMCG industry, soaps in particular. People were choosing to buy liquid gels over a bar of soap.”Further, research using YouTube tutorials gave Raj a new dish wash solution and Jadugar Dish Wash Gel was brought to existence. “Shamani industries started with ten thousand rupees borrowed from my father. I manufactured 250 bottles of 500 ml using the money,” says Raj, adding, “By this time I had learned the lesson which is the reason for all the success I have which is to give. All I ever did before was ask and expect things to be handed to without me giving them anything in return. Shamani industries started with the rule and I gave and gave.”Raj’s company took off with a simple principle that he follows till date. “The main concern I had was why somebody would buy from an inexperienced person. We always have this mind-set where we expect things out of others. We want likes on Instagram, we want our videos to go viral we want profits without investing and we don’t understand that we don’t get anything until we give. The success of any business deal depends on both sides speaking about what they can contribute. My company sky-rocketed because of my decision to give when I distributed a part of the first batch consisting of 100 bottles for free.”Raj distributed the 100 bottles to friends at his university for free and as predicted he gave and got returns in the form of 60 orders. The orders were the push-start needed. Today at 23 years old, Raj Shamani has turned the 10000 rupee industry into one worth ten million. The wide variety of detergent gels and soap are sold in 23 cities across India.
Road Accident LogoA truck driver and his helper were killed as the vehicle collided head-on with a covered van on Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Naotana area in Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur on Saturday night.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Naojar highway police outpost officer-in-charge Ohiduzzaman said the accident took place when a Tangail-bound covered van knocked the truck around 10pm, leaving its driver dead on the spot.The helper also sustained severe injuries during the collision.The injured helper was rushed to Shahid Taz Uddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.
Share @CBSNews TwitterA coroner’s office in Ohio is investigating the death of a 22-year-old college student who died shortly after his return to the U.S. after nearly a year and a half in North Korean detention, a spokesman said Tuesday.The spokesman for Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammaraco said the office “accepted the case” of Otto Warmbier, who died Monday in a Cincinnati hospital. Justin Weber told The Associated Press that a news conference is expected later to provide more information.Wambier’s parents did not cite a specific cause of death, but cited “awful, torturous mistreatment” by North Korea. Doctors had described Warmbier’s condition as a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” and said he suffered a “severe neurological injury” of unknown cause.He arrived in Ohio on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.North Korea must bear “heavy responsibility” for Warmbier’s death, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in.He said in an interview on “CBS This Morning” broadcast Tuesday that while it’s not known for sure what happened, there can be speculation that North Korea made “unjust and cruel treatments” to Warmbier.Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion. He was put before North Korean officials and journalists for a televised “confession.”“I have made the worst mistake of my life!” he exclaimed, choking up as he begged to be allowed to reunite with his parents and two younger siblings.He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing.Doctors said he suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and “profound weakness and contraction” of his muscles, arms and legs. His eyes opened and blinked but without any sign that he understood verbal commands or his surroundings.Unresponsive wakefulness is a new medical term for persistent vegetative state. Patients in this condition can open their eyes but do not respond to commands. People can live in a state of unresponsive wakefulness for many years with the chances of recovery depending on the extent of the brain injury.North Korea said Warmbier went into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill. Doctors in Cincinnati said they found no active sign of botulism or evidence of beatings.In a White House statement, President Donald Trump said, “A lot of bad things happened, but at least we got him home to be with his parents.” He called North Korea a “brutal regime.”Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming. He was salutatorian of his high school class and was on the soccer team.Wyoming City Schools released a statement saying it was “deeply saddened” by his death.“The countless contributions he made to his school and community through his leadership, actions, and limitless enthusiasm will be felt far into the future,” the school district said.Warmbier had planned to study in China in his third year of college and heard about Chinese travel companies offering trips to North Korea. He was leaving North Korea on Jan. 2, 2016, when he was detained at the airport.The organizers of Warmbier’s trip say they will no longer take U.S. citizens to the country. Young Pioneer Tours said Tuesday on Facebook that his death shows that the risk American tourists face in visiting North Korea “has become too high.”The U.S. Department of State warns against travel to North Korea. While nearly all Americans who have been there have left without incident, visitors can be seized and face lengthy incarceration for what might seem like minor infractions.On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. John McCain said that Americans who are “stupid” enough to still want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame if they’re harmed while there.Three Americans remain held in North Korea. The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.___Associated Press writers Dake Kang in Wyoming, Ohio; Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus, Ohio; Josh Boak in Washington; Carla K. Johnson in Chicago; and Gerry Shih in Beijing contributed to this report.___Follow Dan Sewell at http://www.twitter.com/dansewell