New York: A 31-year-old Indian-origin man allegedly killed his father with an assault rifle in Philadelphia and was later arrested in Massachusetts following an emergency warning issued by the Harvard University, according to media reports. The accused, Sohan Panjrolia, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, gunned down his 60-year-old father, Mahendra Panjrolia, in their family home earlier in the month, The Philadelphia Inquirer said in a report. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSohan son fled with the weapon in a car that was later found nearby, police said. Philadelphia police said Sohan shot and killed his father with an assault rifle on August 3 evening in their home on the 1900 block of Conwell Avenue in the Bustleton section, the report said. Investigators had previously said Sohan may be using narcotics and should be considered “armed and dangerous”. During the investigation, officials searched Harvard University as Sohan had got a bachelor of liberal arts degree from the university’s Extension School in 2013. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn a cautionary measure, Harvard officials issued an emergency alert that warned students to avoid JFK and Eliot Streets, CBS Boston reported. A university police officer found Sohan’s car, which helped locate him, parked near an ice-cream stall, Cambridge Police told the CBS. “It appeared that he wasn’t expecting to be engaged by police at that time. We were lucky here that we caught the suspect unprepared,” Police chief Branville Bard told the news website. Panjrolia will remain in custody in Cambridge pending extradition back to Philadelphia to face murder charges.
OTTAWA — A North American free trade panel says Canada has to pay an American company $7 million over a botched environmental review of a quarry it wanted to build in Nova Scotia.The company, Bilcon, had wanted $443 million for profits it says it lost when a federal-provincial review concluded that a basalt quarry in Digby Neck would violate “core community values.”In 2015, the NAFTA panel ruled that wasn’t a legitimate ground for killing the project.But in a ruling made in January and just released publicly, the three-member panel says Bilcon isn’t entitled to all the money it thinks it might have made if the project had gone ahead.The project had a number of other risks that could still have stopped it, and a fair assessment of its value is much, much lower, the panel says.The case has been going on for nearly 11 years.The Canadian Press
Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley leaves Manhattan Criminal Court, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley has reached a deal with prosecutors who charged him with striking a security guard at Madison Square Garden.The Daily News (http://nydn.us/2wrXJ5a ) reports that charges against Oakley will be dismissed and sealed after six months of good behavior.Oakley said Friday that a trial would waste time and money that should be used to “keep the streets better for kids.”His lawyer says Oakley didn’t need a trial to prove his innocence.Oakley was a Knicks fan favorite from 1988 to 1998. But he’s had a falling out with the organization since. On Feb. 8, he sat a few rows from Knicks owner James Dolan at a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Security approached and a fracas ensued. Oakley was ejected and handcuffed.
Ananda Bhaskar RapoluTwitter [Representational Image]With just days left for the Lok Sabha elections, Congress faces another blow as two of the party leaders in Telangana submitted their resignation to the Congress party president Rahul Gandhi on Friday.Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu, Congress MP in Rajya Sabha from Telangana and J Chittaranjan Dass, former minister and OBC chairman of Telangana Congress Committee has tendered their resignation by writing a letter to Rahul Gandhi. Resignation lettersibtimesWhile Ananda Bhaskar did not mention any reason for his resignation while Dass stated that there is no social equality and respect for the senior member’s in the party. It is also alleged that Anand Bhaskar might join the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).Only a few days back another senior Congress leader and close aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Tom Vadakkan had also resigned from the party and joined BJP saying that he was deeply hurt by the party’s questioning of the integrity of Indian army over the Pulwama terror attack.
Tables of catered food from Subway, as well as drinks and sweets to nibble on were provided, as well as live music via DJ Dre during intermissions. The crowd was welcomed by Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood. Yearwood encouraged attendees to take advantage of the opportunity to interact with DOJ members while reminding them to remain patient.“Make sure that we love one another, and support one another in this process,” said Yearwood. “Please know that you have power.”DTLR Radio personality Raven Paris brought out two empowering poets/spoken word artists that possessed a powerful word for the people of color in attendance. The first was Alanah Nichole, who performed a spoken word piece regarding the “Black Lives Matter” movement, asking the crowd to question how they regard the lives of their brothers and sisters. The second was Ms. Lady Bree, who delivered a poem diffusing the stereotypes of Black vernacular and speech, garnering plenty of finger snaps and applause.Rapper Lil Key, a finalist on the reality show “The Rap Game” and a Baltimore resident, wooed the crowd with a positive freestyle about change in Baltimore. The 16-year-old artist challenged the audience to “Stand Up.”The crowd was then split into groups, allowing them to be seated with a member of the Justice Department so they could express their grief and come up with ideas for improvement. Throughout the 30-minute segment things remained calm, but emotions ran high as participants discussed traumatic experiences and the heartache bred by their circumstances. While children simply asked for police to “stop killing,” those with more experience discussed plausible means of change.One of these ideas included reopening closed Police Athletic League (PAL) centers across the city to help establish relationships between officers and children from young ages. Many expressed the grief of officers not living in the communities they police, as a 2015 report showed that more than 70 percent resided outside of city lines. Other ideas included diversifying prosecutors, increasing funding for non-profit organizations, reducing funding for jails and increasing public school funding. Local WERQ-FM (92Q) on-air talent Lil Black moderated the latter portion of the event, as representatives of each group expressed their ideas to the audience. Black chimed in with his experiences and understanding of both sides, citing his troubled youth and maturity as an adult and father.Black also cited the importance of voting, encouraging residents to hit the polls Nov. 8.“If you ain’t voting just shut the hell up because you ain’t got nothing to say,” said Black. The group of racially mixed Justice representatives encouraged feedback and ideas, taking notes to be examined and implemented in future cases in communities plagued by police brutality and injustice. The issues of Baltimore are no secret, especially after the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody and the subsequent uprising in 2015. In August, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report detailing the Baltimore Police Department’s continual constitutional violations in primarily African-American neighborhoods. In an effort to create change, the Baltimore chapter of the Hip Hop Caucus collaborated with the Department of Justice and Respect My Vote to discuss police reform in the city on Oct. 19.Participants discuss police reform at The Motor House in Baltimore. (Photo by Maliik Obee)The Motor House building on North Avenue in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District was the gathering place Tuesday evening for residents of all ages. Children as young as 6 years old to elderly lifelong residents of the city voiced their gripes with police. Along with everyday citizens, former Mayor Sheila Dixon and mayor-elect Catherine Pugh were in attendance. Event partners included Downtown Locker Room, Baltimore City Youth Commission and the Nation of Islam.