High Political drama unfolded early this morning in the vicinity of the old JAMINTEL Building on Duke Street in downtown Kingston, where Jamaica Labour Party supporters claim a motor vehicle full of Peoples National Party supporters “swung at them and crashed.” The four men were driving a brown Honda Odyssey van registered with a public passenger licence plate. One eyewitness, who refused to be named, said the motor vehicle passed up the road before and returned before swinging at a group of persons. “One of them, the man in the back get a serious injury. Them look bad and just look like them come on the road to show them bad. Him did a drive and smoke weed and look like him can’t drive,” she stated. “Officer, a want you put in your report that Portia bus crash,” one man clad in full green shouted to police which had gathered on the scene. The men have since been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital, where Sergeant Miller of the Motorised Patrol Unit said: “One of the injured men was admitted to the operating theatre, one suffered injury to his mouth and the most serious injury to his neck.” The driver wasn’t hurt and the injuries are not life threatening, but a female Inspector of Police for the Kingston Central Police division is imploring caution on the road. “I implore drivers to just adhere to the rules of the road,” she stressed.
New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) The Centre has asked states to organise social harmony programmes in all the Gram Panchayats during Gramoday se Bharat Uday Abhiyan to be held between April 14 and 24 and ensure participation of SC, ST and other weaker sections in them.The campaign, to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will begin on April 14 to coincide with the 126th birthday of B R Ambedkar and conclude on April 24 (Panchayati Raj Day). Modi will address villagers in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand on the concluding day.The objective of the campaign is to encourage social harmony, promote farmers progress, improve livelihood of the poor and strengthen Panchayati Raj system by educating them about the various initiatives, programmes and schemes undertaken by the government.”As part of the Abhiyan, social harmony programmes will be organised in all Gram Panchayats and Gram Sabhas all over the country during April 14 and 16. The various activities include garlanding the photograph of B R Ambedkar, taking a pledge to strengthen social harmony, making people aware of Ambedkars thoughts, explaining government schemes to reduce inequality by distribution of literature,” said a senior official from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Also, children will be felicitated at Panchayat level in various fields like education, sports, art and culture. Debates and workshops will also be organised.”We request you to ensure that such social harmony programmes are organsied in all the Gram Panchayats of your state and the participation of SC/ST and other downtrodden population of the Panchayat in these Programmes.advertisement”We also request you to ensure that the concerned officers, functionaries, staff members of Department of Social Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and other relevant social sectors attend these meetings to provide information on government schemes to the villagers and interact with them,” said the letter written to all state governments.The government also sought a report on conduct of these programmes by states by April 17.The campaign, will be run jointly by Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Agriculture, Social Justice, Labour and Information and Broadcasting Ministries in coordination with states.The Centre is commemorating Ambedkars 125th birth anniversary year and a National Committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been constituted for overseeing the celebrations. PTI PLB SK SRY