A 31-year-old vendor was on Thursday hauled before the courts to answer to a charge of robbery after more than $1 million worth of gold jewellery was stolen.Leonard Farley, of Lot 3 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman.The court heard that Farley on September 29, 2018 at Black and White Bridge ,Tucville, East La Penitence while being armed with a knife robbed Wayne Brakes of four gold chains valued $664,000, eight gold chains $600,000 and a gold band valued $205,000, a total value of $1,469,000.Defence Attorney George Thomas informed the court that his client was nowhere near the area when the incident occurred and as such, made an application for bail to be granted in a reasonable sum.However, Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman remanded him to prison until October 10, 2018.
On a visit to the Kedarnath shrine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked the Congress for rejecting his proposal in June 2013 when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat to redevelop the Uttarakhand shrine that was badly damaged in the massive flash floods.While addressing a public meeting after offering prayers at the Kedarnath temple, the Prime Minister also said that the BJP was trying to develop the Himalayan shrine into an ideal pilgrim centre with quality infrastructure. Talking about the devastating 2013 flash floods in Uttarakhand, Modi said he as the chief minister of Gujarat had visited Uttarakhand in its aftermath to offer help. “I came here to do all that I could for the victims. I had met the then Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and state government officials and offered that Gujarat would redevelop Kedarnath. During the meeting they agreed. And I announced it outside in the media. But when the news was flashed on television, and it reached Delhi, the people there (UPA government) panicked and within hours, the state government was pressurised to announce that it would redevelop Kedarnath itself”, Modi alleged.Modi said after the BJP government came to power in Uttarakhand earlier this year, “I understood that the work for Kedarnath’s redevelopment will be done by us”.In June 2013, the then Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and the Congress party had rebuffed Modi’s offer for redevelopment of Kedarnath and his Rs 3 crore cheque, which was in addition to a Rs 2 crore his state had donated as relief aid for rain disaster.advertisementMODI CRITICISED FOR TRYING TO BE “RAMBO” OF RESCUE The Congress and other parties had criticised Modi for trying to be the “Rambo” of rescue. The Congress had alleged that he was trying to communalise a natural calamity.Speaking about the work being done in Kedarnath, Modi said, “Through the work we are doing, we want to show what an ideal ‘Tirth Kshetra’ (pilgrim centre) should be like, how it should be pilgrim-friendly and the well-being of priests should be given importance.”The Prime Minister added, “We are building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath. It will be modern but the traditional ethos will be preserved. We will ensure the environment is not damaged”, Modi said, adding it would also be developed as a site for adventure sports and to showcase the natural beauty of the area.He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a slew of reconstruction projects in Kedarpuri, including renovation of Adi Guru Shankaracharya’s tomb which was damaged in the floods.He said the Himalayas have much to offer – for spiritual pursuits, nature lovers, for those interested in adventure and water sports.”If we protect the environment, in return it shall protect us all”, he said, adding, “I invite everyone to come and explore the Himalayas.”PM APPRECIATES NATIVES OF UTTARAKHAND FOR THEIR DISCIPLINEHe also lauded the people of Uttarakhand for their discipline.”Discipline is in the blood of the people of Uttarakhand. At least one person from each family is a soldier”, the Prime Minister said.He urged the state government to promote organic farming and turn it into an organic state like Sikkim.The Prime Minister asked the corporate sector to join in the work for development of the country.”We need more corporate support to work on the development of the country. We need more companies and their corporate social responsibility activities to work on this nation. We will fully develop India by 2022 “, he said.WATCH VIDEO | PM Modi’s speech in Kedarnath