Assam court holds 25 guilty in lynching of 73-yr-old tea garden doctor last year – cities

A court in Assam on Monday pronounced 25 people guilty in a case, where a mob had lynched a senior doctor around 13 months ago.

District and sessions judge Robin Phukan held 25 of the accused guilty for the murder of Dr Deben Dutta (73). The victim was the resident doctor of Teok Tea Estate (TE) hospital in Upper Assam’s Jorhat district.

The court acquitted six accused in the case, while another accused had died in judicial custody.

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The quantum of punishment for the 25 accused will be announced next Monday (October 19).

An irate mob, mostly comprising tea garden workers, had assaulted Dr Dutta on August 31, 2019, holding him responsible for the death of a patient in Teok TE. He was rushed to the Jorhat Medical College, where he was declared brought dead.

The pictures of the assault, which soon went viral on social media, created a sense of terror among doctors posted in tea gardens across Assam.

At least seven doctors, who were working in tea gardens, had resigned within a week of Dr Dutta’s murder.

Police had arrested 32 people, including three brothers of the deceased patient, following the attack under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Assam Medicare Service Persons & Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act, 2011.

The incident was condemned by Indian Medical Association (IMA) and doctors in Assam also resorted to a one-day token strike in protest.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had also ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Investigation into the case was concluded within a record time of 21 days and a voluminous 602-page charge sheet was submitted on September 21, 2019.

Assam Police said this is the first case in the country, where witness identity concealment approach was used.

A total of 60 people, including tea garden employees, journalists, the slain doctor’s family members, police personnel and forensic experts were named as witnesses.

Witness identity concealment approach was applied to seven of the 56, who had deposed during the trial of the case.

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Individual races in the House of Representatives may matter more than usual this year

Individual races in the House of Representatives may matter more than usual this year.

After all, there’s a reason why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and even President Trump have alluded to why individual House contests could have exponential impact, depending on who wins and loses in which state.

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To be clear, there are few scenarios where Democrats could lose control of the House this fall. The current breakdown is 232 Democrats to 197 Republicans and one Libertarian, Rep. Justin Amash, L-Mich. There are five vacancies. Democrats are likely to add to that majority this fall.

However, here’s the problem: potential election chaos.

As we reported in this space last month, the House and Senate are the ultimate arbiters of determining how many electoral votes go to each presidential candidate. This is usually a fait accompli, established during a rather sleepy Joint Session of Congress every fourth January.

But…

If the House and Senate can’t sort out the electoral college, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution pitches the presidential election into the House. The House of Representatives then votes to elect the new President. This is called a “contingent election.”

Believe it or not, this has happened twice. The House elected Thomas Jefferson in 1801 and John Quincy Adams in 1825.

Easy, right? If the Democrats control the House and there is electoral bedlam, they’ll just elect Democratic nominee Joe Biden as President, right?

Not at all.

The 12th Amendment to the Constitution says that “But in choosing the President, the votes shall by taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote.”

In other words, each state gets one vote. This is why individual House delegations – and whether they favor Democrats are Republicans – is paramount in a contingent election. The House chooses among the top three electoral college vote-getters: Mr. Trump, Biden and, maybe, anyone else who scores an electoral vote.

Remember, Faith Spotted Eagle marshaled one electoral vote in 2016.

And you thought 2020 was weird.

Right now, Republicans control the House delegations from 26 states. Democrats control 22. The battleground state of Pennsylvania is tied at nine Republicans and nine Democrats. The swing state of Michigan favors Democrats over Republicans seven seats to six. But there’s Amash, the Libertarian. And Amash is retiring. So, it’s kinda-sorta split right now, technically seven to seven. And Amash’s district leans Republican. So, there could be a tie in Michigan as well.

But…

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich is retiring in Michigan, too. The seat tilts slightly in favor of Republicans. What if Democrats flip it? And, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., won what had been a GOP district in 2018. Slotkin’s district slightly favors Democrats now. But what if Republicans win that? And Democrats win Upton’s seat? Or vice versa? Or Republicans win all of them?

The Michigan delegation could slope toward the Democrats. If….if….Republicans hold the 26 state delegations they currently control, Democrats just need to capture

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White House to host ‘Fall Garden Tours’ this year, despite issues with health and safety

The White House is set to host “Fall Garden Tours” for lawmakers and the public this season to show off the newly renovated Rose Garden. 

The tours will be hosted Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, even after more than 20 staffers, journalists, allies of the administration and GOP lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus following contact with the White House. 

The tours are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Visitors will be able to tour the South Lawn, First Ladies Garden, White House Kitchen Garden and Rose Garden.

Guest capacity is limited, and visitors are required to wear a face mask. Tickets will be offered to all congressional offices. 

President Trump and first lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19 last week, but White House physician Dr. Sean Conley announced the president will be able to return to public engagements this weekend. 

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“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the president’s safe return to public engagements at that time,” he said. 

Other White House staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at this point include senior adviser Hope Hicks and director of Oval Office operations Nick Luna. Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also tested positive.

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Former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced they tested positive this week, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who helped Trump prep for the presidential debate, remains hospitalized from the virus. 

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That Kitchen Aid You Use Twice a Year Can Also Make Pasta, Stuff Sausages, Spiralize, and Juice

At the risk of dating myself here, I have had a KitchenAid stand mixer for more than 16 years. My wife and I got it as an engagement party gift, as one does. Truth be told, for the first decade-plus of our marriage, the rather large, clunky mixer spent most of its time in a kitchen cabinet. It only saw the light of day to mix up the occasional cake batter or to mix together ingredients for muffins, bread, and other rarely-prepared eats.



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Then we started reading up on the thing — it turns out that calling this thing a mixer is akin to calling a Swiss Army Knife a blade. Sure, it mixes, with multiple speeds, the capacity for more than 100 cookies in a single batch of batter, mixer attachments for all types of batter, dough, sauces, and you get it. But if you never use all the other stuff in your Swiss Army Knife – scissors, bottle opener, and corkscrew most often, I’ll wager – you’re doing it wrong. And man were we ever.

See, it’s not really about the accessories that go into the mixing bowl, but rather about all the attachments you can connect to the front of the unit while the bowl is removed. These include a pasta press with the ability to make six different types of pasta, including spaghetti, fusilli, and large macaroni. There’s a slow juicer that can process everything from apples to berries to carrots or even kale. There are multiple blades that can slice, dice, shred, or spiralize. There’s a grain mill, because of course there is. This thing can even be outfitted with a meat grinder or sausage stuffer.

If you love preparing food, be it baking, making juice blends, prepping fancy salads, or grinding and stuffing your own bratwurst, you need one of these in your life. And a bunch of its add-ons, too.

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Tornado-damaged Home Depot is rebuilt and ready to open a year later

Just shy of a year after a tornado destroyed their Home Depot, employees who escaped being hurt are ready to reopen a rebuilt store that incorporates the home improvement retailer’s latest ideas.

The new Home Depot opens Thursday at its original spot on Forest Lane just east of North Central Expressway. Ten tornadoes on Oct. 20, 2019, caused $2 billion in damage to homes and businesses in Dallas, Richardson and Garland.

Store manager Jonathan Shields said about 50 of his former employees are back, and the store has hired another 150 people and plans to add as many as 50 more.

Three of Shields’ four assistant store managers returned, including Jordan Jasper, who made the fortunate call to send his co-workers home early on Oct. 20 after hearing the weather forecasts and likely saving some lives.

Jasper was honored at a ceremony attended by 500 area Home Depot employees a week after the tornado hit. He was awarded the store’s U.S. flag that survived the damage.

The newly rebuilt Home Depot store on Forest Lane just east of North Central Expressway in Dallas. It will reopen on Oct. 8.
The newly rebuilt Home Depot store on Forest Lane just east of North Central Expressway in Dallas. It will reopen on Oct. 8.(Home Depot)
The shelves are restocked and ready for the store to reopen on Oct. 8.
The shelves are restocked and ready for the store to reopen on Oct. 8.(Home Depot)

“We’re getting many of our associates back in the building, and we’ve developed a tight bond after going through the experience,” said Shields, a 17-year Home Depot veteran who was manager of the store for a year before it was hit.

After the tornadoes, Home Depot placed its employees in 14 stores that were closer to where they lived, and many of those workers decided to stay at those stores. Part of Shields’ job initially was to reach out to former employees and meet with their new store managers.

Some former employees who aren’t coming back have been promoted, including one assistant store manager who has moved to a warehouse job, Shields said.

A team usually comes in from corporate for Home Depot store openings, working with vendors and making sure merchandise is flowing in for the opening. Much of that work was done remotely with the store’s staff due to the pandemic.

Home Depot is one of the retailers that has benefited from the stay-at-home lifestyle. Both sales and profit increased about 25% in the second quarter, and digital sales doubled from a year ago. Customers picked up about 60% of their orders in stores.

The new store is built for speed, Shields said. The front of the store has two areas where online purchases can be picked up, one just for professional customers.

The store’s appliance showroom is Home Depot’s newest design, and floor and backsplash tiles are in one spot so shoppers can see how materials match up.

There is LED lighting throughout the building and in the parking lot where area residents have been regularly stopping by to ask when the store would reopen, Shields said. “We know contractors started shopping in other stores, and they’ve been telling us

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Succulent Christmas trees are the new festive trend to deck your halls with this year

With uncertainty surrounding how we will be able celebrate Christmas this year, it is looking increasingly likely we’ll be spending more time at home, which means we’ll be looking to go a bit extra on the festive decorations.

There’s a gorgeous Christmas tree trend emerging, which could help elevate our festive decor to whole new Insta-worthy heights.

Enter, succulent Christmas trees.

People have been decorating their succulents with lights, garlands and baubles for a festive vibe or more simply clustering the house plants together to create an entire “tree”.

Though the decor trend is not exactly new, with Instagram posts showcasing experiments with succulent trees dating back a couple of years, it seems the sweet little succulent trees are growing in popularity, perhaps due to people wanting to up their seasonal spirit this year.

Succulent Christmas trees are the new trend in seasonal decor and we're all over it! (Terracotta Corner/Etsy)
Succulent Christmas trees are the new trend in seasonal decor and we’re all over it! (Terracotta Corner/Etsy)

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Ideal for tabletops, coffee tables and even fireplaces, the compact trees won’t take up much space. But just because they’re small, don’t underestimate the festive punch they can pack, especially when adorned with lights or sweet little stars on top.

Read more: Mum puts Christmas decorations up early to cheer up children

You can DIY the succulent trees yourself, but if that sounds like all too much bother you can buy a perfectly formed example via Etsy.

Amanda Ryan is one seller providing the stunning seasonal creations, via the Etsy shop Terracotta Corner.

Each tree is built up of around 25-50 succulents and stands at 13 inches tall.

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“Mr Terracotta Corner, aka my husband, Dan, came up with the Alpine Succulent Tree,” Ryan tells Yahoo UK, explaining that she uses two varieties of succulents in her creations.

“He thought the little haworthia succulents would really resemble the snowy covered branches of a fir tree and we added the Echeveria ‘ornaments’ to add a splash of colour.”

Watch: Mum puts up Christmas decorations early to cheer up her kids who have been isolating

According to Ryan a succulent tree isn’t just for Christmas as they can be repotted as individual plants to add to your house plant collection once the festive period is over.

“The succulent trees are great not only through the holidays, but they can continue to grow and thrive either as part of the tree or removed as an addition to your garden,” she says.

You can buy the tress for £106.01 with shipping to the UK added on after.

Read more: Lindt is launching its first ever chocolate tin for Christmas

If you’ve been inspired to either make your own or buy a ready-made succulent tree this year, Meg Spink, plant doctor at Patch Plants, has some words of advice for keeping your seasonal spruce healthy.

“Succulents love the sun and don’t require a

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Garden Day to be celebrated virtually this year

Garden Day will be held on 11 October 2020. Compared to past years, this year’s celebration of all things green will be held virtually given our current pandemic.

Created by gardening app Candide, Garden Day is a growing movement uniting people in their love for plants and flowers since 2016. From keepers of rolling lawns, community gardens and vegetable patches to potted window sills, patio planters and urban rooftops, the annual celebration is calling on plant lovers to put on a flower crown, down tools and enjoy the fruits of their labour.


To inspire South Africans to celebrate all things green, Garden Day will host several virtual events in the run-up to Sunday, 11 October including flower crown making workshops, so that you can make your flower crown, the ultimate Garden Day accessory. On the day, the movement will host its first Virtual Garden Day Gathering with a host of events, including a Q&A session with garden guru Tanya Visser, a celebrity flower crown off with actor and comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout and radio and television presenter Zoë Brown, garden-inspired gourmet cooking and more via Zoom and Facebook Live. 

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This year, Garden Day is especially poignant. Over the past few months, South Africans have turned to their green spaces to find solace and balance. Gardening has been proven to boost both mental and physical well-being and create a sense of belonging and connection. With spring in the air, it offers a chance to pause, reflect and celebrate a season of new beginnings. From enjoying an outdoor picnic with your family to sharing your green haven with friends online, Garden Day is about taking a moment to celebrate the greenery that brings you joy.

Garden = happy times 

According to a recent survey by Candide, 96% of people said they felt happier when spending downtime in their gardens. The findings revealed the most popular garden activities are spending time in a favourite spot admiring plants, listening to birdsong and watching the wildlife, breathing in the fresh air and garden scents, enjoying a cuppa and a chat, taking me time with a quiet bite to eat, playing with the children, reading a book, or lazing on the grass.

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It’s been proven that if you surround yourself with plants and flowers, you’re likely to be happier. I can attest to that,” says Wolseley-based flower farmer Adene Nieuwoudt. “My flowers keep me energised and enthusiastic. Garden Day is the ideal celebration to express this sentiment.

“There’s unhurried creativity that comes with gardening,” adds award-winning interior designer Donald Nxumalo. “Typically, I’m racing against the clock, but on my balcony, I can let the process evolve slowly. This balances and invigorates me. It inspires my design work.”Nieuwoudt and Nxumalo are among the 2020 Garden Day ambassadors that will put on a flower crown and lead this year’s celebrations. They are joined by some of South Africa’s favourite flower and plant enthusiasts including landscape designer Joy Phala, Babylonstoren’s floral designer Constance Stuurman and master

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Why The Rock Damaged His Own House, Ty Pennington Returns to Reality TV, 2021 Colors of the Year

House Party” is realtor.com®’s official podcast about the overlapping worlds of real estate and pop culture, hosted by Natalie Way and Rachel Stults. Click the player above to hear our take on this week’s hot topics.

In an extremely on-brand move, actor and former WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson inflicted some serious pain on the gate of his rented Atlanta mansion. He’s filming a movie there and has been living in an eight-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom Southern Colonial estate. But why, pray tell, did he go “Fast and Furious” on the front gate? We get into it on this week’s episode.

Other topics we discuss:

  • Ty Pennington‘s triumphant return as host of a new HGTV show, “Ty Breaker”
  • The colors of the year, according to several paint companies
  • A “Star Trek”–themed house that you can rent for $200,000 a month
  • This week’s celebrity real estate winner and loser

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Want to chime in? Have your own crazy home-related story you’re dying to share? We’re all ears, eagerly waiting to discuss all of your burning real estate questions on “The Mailbox” segment. Email us at [email protected], follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or tweet us @housepartypod on Twitter.

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Nexus Cognitive Government Solutions Awarded 5 Year Analytics Contract With the Department of the Interior

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DALLAS – September 28, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

Nexus Cognitive Government Solutions (Nexus Cognitive)  announced that it was awarded a 5-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to evaluate 2-D seismic reflection field data for The Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), on behalf of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

“The Department of the Interior selected Nexus Cognitive Government Solutions to deliver state of the art Pre-Stack Time Migration and Pre-Stack Depth Migration analytics with deep learning that will help the agency achieve its mission to investigate the mineral potential of Alaska’s Offshore Continental Shelf (OCS), mainly for oil and gas potential, and to ensure that the federal government receives fair market value for OCS oil and gas leases that it awards to private firms through a competitive bidding process. We are honored to be the trusted partner with Department of Interior for the 5 year life of this award,” said Scott Marvel, Managing Partner, Nexus Government Solutions.

“This award from DOI further validates Nexus Cognitive Government Solutions deep skills in machine learning, and pervasive analytics powered by our capabilities in GPU enabled High Performance Compute. We look forward to accelerating the mission of DOI and BOEM,” said Anu Jain, Analytics Leader and Growth Officer of Nexus Cognitive Government Solutions.

About Nexus Cognitive Government Solutions 
Nexus Cognitive Government Solutions is a premier public sector digital transformation agency. Nexus has deep experience in delivering digital outcomes thru the use of Cloud, Advanced data and analytic capabilities, application migration, cognitive design services, cybersecurity, and deep SME expertise in our domains. Nexus strives to be the trusted partner to enable digital solutions to the public sector. Nexus Cognitive Government solutions is classified as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

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British house price boom to fizzle out next year: Reuters poll

By Jonathan Cable

LONDON (Reuters) – British home prices will rise 2.0% this year following a post-lockdown boom in the housing market, according to a Reuters poll, marking a sharp turnaround in views from a 5.0% fall predicted three months ago.

Britain’s economy shrank more than 20% in the second quarter after the government forced businesses to close and citizens to stay home, but it is expected to rebound with 15.8% growth this quarter as some restrictions have been relaxed.

The lockdown meant people spent more time indoors and a dash for larger homes and gardens pushed up prices in September, a survey by property website Rightmove showed last week.

That chimed with other surveys that have shown a post-lockdown surge in the market, also helped by a temporary cut in property tax.

Prices will rise 2.0% this year, the Sept. 15-25 poll of 22 property experts showed, but stagnate next year after the tax break finishes and due to an expected spike in unemployment following the closure of the government’s furlough scheme.

“Those who have been hit medically or financially by COVID-19 will have bigger issues to worry about than moving for a bigger garden,” said property market consultant Henry Pryor.

“We may well run out of a pool of buyers prepared and able to move for lifestyle reasons as the flood of negative headlines about the true cost of the pandemic to individuals and the nation starts to become clearer.”

When asked about the risk of the recent surge in prices reversing by the end of the year, respondents were split, with nine saying it was high, seven saying it was low and three saying very low. None said it was very high.

“Sellers are achieving a record share of their asking price, and while this metric isn’t directly correlated with house price growth, it points towards a strong market where price falls are unlikely,” said Aneisha Beveridge at estate agents Hamptons International.

However nearly 80%, or 14 of 18, analysts who responded to an additional question said the risk to their forecasts was to the downside. In a worst case scenario prices will be flat this year – albeit very different to the 11.0% median fall given in June – and fall 3.3% in 2021.

Prices in London, long a hotbed for foreign investors, will flatline this year but recover 1.0% next year and rise 3.3% in 2022. In a worst case they will fall 1.0% this year and 5.0% next, the poll showed.

“London is the only part of the UK where house prices are not rising and affordability has crept in,” said Tony Williams at property consultancy Building Value.

When asked to describe the level of house prices in the capital on a scale of 1 to 10 from extremely cheap to extremely expensive, the median response was 8. Nationally it was 6.

Another distraction for forecasters is that Britain’s transition period after leaving the European Union is due to expire at the

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