Okla News – Grim-faced police officers and sheriff’s deputies guarded darkened intersections here Monday night, their boots crunching on the twisted debris left by a gigantic tornado that ripped apart this suburb of Oklahoma City and left dozens dead, many of them schoolchildren.
Early Tuesday morning, the smell of smoke still hung in the air, a lingering reminder of the numerous fires that broke out during the worst tornado to hit this area since 1999, when 318 mph winds killed 36 people, injured hundreds and caused $1 billion in damage.
“You can’t fathom it unless you put your eyes on it,” said Greg Harmon, 46, chief of the Fairview Fire Department. “We’re seeing foundations that have been completely cleaned, two houses smashed onto each other. You see total destruction on one side of the street and houses on the other that aren’t really touched.”
Fairview is about 120 miles northwest of Moore. Harmon and five other volunteers answered Monday’s call for help. “We wanted to do whatever we could,” Harmon said. “That’s the bottom line.”
Numerous charities also swung into action Monday night, delivering food and water for first responders, but the scale of devastation is enormous.
Portions of picket fences lay scattered carelessly across once-green lawns now covered in mud and chunks of wood. Garage doors have been ripped from their hinges, cars dented by flying debris.
Entire blocks of homes have been erased, reduced to awkward piles of rubble wrapped around cars and trees. In places, toilets sit, gleaming white, amid the muddy debris.
Harmon’s team said they found one refrigerator that had been filled with home insulation — the storm apparently whipped open the door, stuffed it with fiberglass and then blew shut the door again.
Along S.W. 19th Street west of Interstate 35, power lines dangled above sidewalks, and multiple businesses showed major damage, including shattered windows and broken signs.
There was no electrical power throughout the night, and the roar of generators filled the humid night air as occasional flashes of lightning illuminated the sky.
At 5 a.m. Tuesday, dozens of firefighters were picking through the remains of the Plaza Towers Elementary School. Firefighters said they had been told three children were still unaccounted for there. Tossing crumbled bricks and shattered windows aside, firefighters dug down into the school’s wreckage.
“You have your own kids, and you want to find other people’s kids and for it all to be OK,” said firefighter Russ Locke, tearing up. “And sometimes it doesn’t work out like that.”
Few homes in the neighborhood surrounding Plaza Towers had tornado shelters.
All around the school, other rescuers went back time and time again to flattened homes, double-checking, triple-checking.
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“The rain has stopped for now here in Moore but so many roads are closed the traffic is absolutely log-jammed.”
One concern for rescue workers is the fact that further tornado warnings remain in place for the region known as Tornado Alley. The National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Centre in Norman, Oklahoma, is forecasting the development of tornadoes – bringing large hail and damaging winds – in parts of the southern US. Areas likely to be affected include north west Louisiana, south east Oklahoma and north east Texas. well as promising federal help, Mr Obama said relief teams from nearby states would be taking part in the clear-up and that the University of Oklahoma would be providing accommodation for displaced families. they have recovered the bodies of 24 people, several of them children. An earlier announcement put the number at more than 50. But rescue workers have said the death toll could rise as they scour the rubble for survivors. more information on the number of people reportedly found alive. “We believe about 101 people were found alive in cellars and different places throughout the city,” she says. “We hope before the end of today that we’ll have even more positive news come from all of this bad.”
says: There is really no way to know exactly where such a horrible thing will happen days ahead of the time… If you didn’t have anywhere where you could get out of the storm, it was so intense there was no way to survive it.
A glimmer of good news: Medical officials in Oklahoma have revised down the number of bodies recovered from the rubble in Oklahoma – from 51 to 24. But Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner’s Office, cautions more bodies could yet be recovered from the rubble.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) has given more details about the financial help it will be providing to those affected by the devastation. It said in a statement the government assistance would include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as loans to cover uninsured property losses.
Days after the High Court rapped the Punjab government, police in Nawanshahr on Friday booked rapper Honey Singh for singing vulgar song.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on May 14 directed the Punjab government to take action against popular Punjabi rap.
A Divison Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain had slammed the government for not taking action against the singer so far.
Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh had said “heads hung in shame” after reading the lyrics of his songs. Emphasising that our “rich culture” is being spoiled by such vulgar songs, the Bench said, “We are proud of our civilization.”
Questioning the silence of the Punjab government, the court had said that Honey Singh “is not a foreigner, he is an Indian. Why can you not take action?” The court referred to Section 294 of the IPC under which a person can be booked for indulging in obscene acts and songs.
The court, on the last date of hearing, had directed Honey Singh to be present in the court on Tuesday. Since summons were not issued to him, he did not appear. However, a large group of youngsters, some to support and others to oppose Honey Singh, were present in the court room. Referring to them, the acting Chief Justice said the youth should boycott singers like Honey Singh who are spoiling the culture. Adjourning the case to July 4, the court ordered that fresh notices be issued to Honey Singh to appear in court.
The court orders came during the hearing of a PIL filed by NGO “HELP”, which had sought a direction to Punjab to create some effective mechanism for curbing the menace of vulgar songs.
Mumbai News: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt spent his first night after returning to prison reading spiritual books. The Maharashtra Government authorities are yet to decide if he should be kept at Arthur Road Central Jail in Mumbai or if he should be shifted elsewhere.
The 53-year-old filmstar surrendered before TADA Court yesterday and was later shifted to the high-security jail in central Mumbai. He has to serve 42 more months in jail after his conviction in the 1993 bomb blast case was upheld by the Supreme Court which, however, reduced his sentence by one year (to five from six) in March.
“The issue of shifting Dutt to another jail has not yet been discussed,” said Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar.
It is now endgame for Sanjay Dutt in the 20-year-long saga that saw him charged with illegal arms possession in the 1993 Bombay blasts. The actor surrendered in a TADA court in Mumbai and spent the night in the Arthur Road jail. He will be moved to Pune’s Yerawada Jail to begin the 42 months left of the five-year jail term he was handed by the Supreme Court.
On March 21, the Supreme Court delivered a final verdict on the Bollywood actor’s part in the bomb blasts that ripped Mumbai apart in 1993. Dutt, who was sentenced to six years in jail in 2007, had his sentence reduced by a year. He has already served 18 months of his sentence.
The son of actors Sunil and Nargis Dutt, Sanjay Dutt was born on July 29, 1959 and went to The Lawrence School, Sanawar. He burst upon Bollywood in 1981’s Rocky, and was hailed as the next big thing. Three days before the film’s premiere, his mother Nargis died after a long and painful battle with cancer. Dutt then starred in a string of hit films including Vidhaata, Main Awara Hoon, Naam and Kabzaa. His performances in Sadak and Saajan were singled out for praise.
In June 1993, Sanjay Dutt’s role as the ant-hero in the superhit Khalnayak earned him praise from the critics and he received a Filmfare Best Actor nomination. But, just three weeks before the film released, he was arrested and charged with involvement in the bombings. (Read: Sanjay Dutt to play Pritam Singh again)
Sanjay Dutt was in and out of jail over the next four years and was finally released on bail in 1997. All the while, films he’d already shot for continued to release. These included Aatish and Vijeta. Dutt made a comeback in Ram Gopal Varma’s Daud, opposite Urmila Matondkar, now considered a cult classic. In 1999, the award-winning Vaastav fetched Sanjay Dutt a Filmfare Best Actor award for playing a gangster, a role that he would be frequently cast in, most recently as crime lord Kancha Cheena in 2012’s remake of Agneepath.
Despite settling into the role of Bollywood’s favourite tough guy, Sanjay Dutt also displayed a flair for comedy in the blockbuster Munnabhai… films, and for drama in Parineeta and Shabd. He is often part of ensemble casts, in movies like Shootout At Lokhandwala, Dus and Department. This year, Sanjay Dutt has already shot for Peekay and the remake of Zanjeer. He is meant to star in Munnabhai Chale Delhi, the third in the hit series co-starring Arshad Warsi. (Read: For Vidya Balan, Sanjay Dutt will remain first superstar)
Sanjay Dutt also has a failed tryst with politics. In 2009, he announced that he would fight the Lok Sabha elections as a Samajwadi Party candidate. He withdrew his candidacy when the Supreme Court refused to suspend his conviction in the Mumbai blasts case and was appointed General Secretary of the party instead. The next year, he quit the party – and politics, in general.
Sanjay Dutt has been married thrice. In 1987, he married actress Richa Sharma who died nine years later of a brain tumour. Their daughter, Trishala, lives in the United States. In 1998, Dutt married model Rhea Pillai. They divorced in 2005. In 2008, he married Manyata. Twins Iqra and Shahraan were born in 2010. Sanjay Dutt’s sisters are Congress MP Priya and Namrata, who is married to former actor Kumar Gaurav.
CHICAGO News: An American man who was facing a mountain of bills and eviction from his house has become a multi-millionaire after discovering a lottery-winning ticket in his cookie jar.
Ricardo Cerezo of Geneva, Illinois, said his wife was cleaning out the kitchen and mentioned the lottery tickets that had accumulated over the past month in a glass cookie jar.
“It was either take them, get them checked, or she was going to trash them that night,” Cerezo was quoted by Chicago Tribune as saying.
Cerezo, a management consultant, said he took the tickets to a 7-Eleven in Aurora and scanned them. The first eight or nine tickets were not winners.
“The following one was USD 3, so I was excited. I get to pay for my Pepsi. And then the last one said file a claim,” he said, which meant it was worth at least USD 600.
Cerezo went online and found that the numbers matched the February 2 Lotto drawing.
“As each number kept matching, the smile kept going higher and higher. And when I realized we had all six numbers, it was that shocking moment of , ‘Whoa, can this really be?'” he said in a news conference on Wednesday.
“Fast forward to the next day: Called in sick from work, went down into Chicago. It’s one of feelings where it’s okay if they fire me,” Cerezo said.
After he waited about half an hour, Cerezo said lottery officials brought him into a room and said his ticket was worth USD 4.85 million.
Just three months earlier, Cerezo appeared at a foreclosure hearing where a judge gave him a few more months to find a new home before they would be evicted.
“That was on February 12, so we were sitting on USD 4 million at that time in this jar,” he said. “We will have our home paid off.”
Cerezo said February holds special significance for him and his family because his daughter Savannah was born in that month. She died from a sudden illness last year.
“It couldn’t have happened at a better time,” Cerezo said. “I just thought, this is how God works.”
The Indian king HARSHAVARDHAN, who belonged to the vibhuti clan from Haryana, ruled over not only Rajasthan but also India, after his death the rajput came in rajasthan history. Harshvardhan was the first to use the word RAJPUTRA, after this the rulers of the region would refer to themselves as rajput or rajpoot. Parts of Rajasthan belonged to the Indus Valley Civilization between about 3500 and 1750 BCE. Excavations at Kalibanga in Northern Rajasthan have revealed the existence of human settlements of the Harappan times on the banks of a river that dried up later, which is believed to be the River Saraswati by some scholars. The historical evidence found in Bairat reflects the presence of Pre-Aryan people. The first Aryan settlement was at the Dhundhar region around 1400 BCE. Matsya or Meena (Sanskrit for fish) was the name of a Kshatriya tribe and the state of the Vedic civilization of India. It lay to south of the kingdom of Kurus and west of the Yamuna which separated it from the kingdom of Panchalas. It roughly corresponded to former state of Jaipur in Rajasthan, and included the whole of Alwar with portions of Bharatpur. The capital of Matsya was at Viratanagar (modern Bairat) which is said to have been named after its founder king Virata. Meenas are brothers and kinsmen of Virata, the ruler of Virat Nagar. They ruled this area(near to Virat Nagar) till 11th century.
Rajasthan was a part of the illustrious Mauryan Empire around 321-184 BCE. It had also been a part of Republics like Arjunyas, Hunas, Kushans, Malavas, Saka Satraps and the Yaudheyas. The Guptas reigned in the 4th century. Some Buddhist caves and Stupas have been found in Jhalawar, in the southern part of Rajasthan.
Extent of the Gurjara-Pratihara Empire
The decline of the 300 year old Gupta Empire in the 6th century led to the political unrest in the Northern India and was followed by an epoch of instability as numerous chieftains tried to gain power. The situation was stabilized when the Gurjara-Pratiharas, the earliest of the Gurjar clan emerged around 700 CE. Gurjar pratihars were well known for their hostility towards Arab invaders.The Arab chronicler Sulaiman describes the army of the Gurjar Pratihars as it stood in 851 CE, The king of Gurjars maintains numerous forces and no other Indian prince has so fine a cavalry. He is unfriendly to the Arabs, still he acknowledges that the king of the Arabs is the greatest of kings. Among the princes of India there is no greater foe of the Islamic faith than he. He has got riches, and his camels and horses are numerous.
Rajasthan includes most of Rajputana, comprising a number of Rajput kingdoms as well as Jat kingdoms and a Muslim kingdom. The Jats were rulers in Bharatpur and Dholpur. Tonk was ruled by a Muslim Nawab. Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur, and Jaipur were some of the main Rajput states. Rajput families rose to prominence in the 6th century, establishing kingdoms in Rajputana and across northern India.
Editor by Neeraj K.
” Agra City , Nice Story of Taj Mahal ”
In 1612, a prince called Jahan, met a pretty girl who was selling jewels in a market. Mumtaz Mahal was nineteen years old and of Tatar origin. They fell in love and decided to get married.
Sixteen years later, the prince became Shah Jahan, Emperor of India. As Mumtaz Mahal did not want to live like the other eastern women who were submissive and only looked after their children, she gave her husband advice about the administration of the country. She showed great intelligence and determination when she chose to give more money to the poor and less to the rich.
Unfortunately she died when giving birth to her fourteenth child in 1630. Stricken with grief, the Shah ordered the court to mourn for two years.He wanted to abdicate but it was not possible, as his children were too young to take his place as Emperor.
In memory of his wife and as a token of his love, he erected a sort of temple on the bank of the Jumma River in Agra that he called the Taj Mahal. Seventeen years later, the monument,built by twenty thousand workers, was finished. It became Mumtaz Mahal’s resting place. Her tomb is situated in the middle of a room magnificently decorated with jewels, pearls, gold and silver, precious stones and rich carpets. The Taj Mahal , with its four minarets and its sixty-five meter high dome, is totally made of white marble , the colour of which changes with the time of the day and the weather.
According to a legend, the Shah wanted to build another Taj Mahal in black marble on the opposite side of the river but he did not have the time to erect it because his son took over his throne. So when he died, he was buried next to his beloved Mumtaz Mahal.