Delhi-based woman YouTuber arrested for ‘extorting’ Rs 80 lakh from Gurugram man – The Tribune India

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Sanjay Yadav

Gurugram, December 6

The Gurugram police have arrested a Delhi-based YouTuber for allegedly extorting around Rs 80 lakh from the owner of a private firm.

Namra Qadir, 22, had allegedly honey-trapped Dinesh Yadav, 21, and threatened to implicate him in a false rape case, police said on Tuesday. 

She was arrested from Delhi on Monday, said police, adding that she was taken on a four-day police remand after being produced before a duty magistrate’s court.

The police are conducting raids to nab her husband and co-accused, Manish alias Virat Beniwal, who is at large.

“The arrested accused has confessed to the crime and we have taken her on police remand to recover the money and other items. Her husband will be arrested soon,” said Sector 50 police station SHO Rajesh Kumar.

Yadav, a resident of Badshahpur, had filed a complaint in August but the accused moved the court for an interim bail. After their interim bail was cancelled, an FIR was registered on November 26 at the Sector 50 police station.

According to the complaint filed by Yadav, who runs a private advertising firm, he got in touch with Qadir and Manish sometime ago. He claimed that he had given Qadir Rs 2 lakh for an advertisement of his company. After a few days, Qadir expressed her liking for him and said she wanted to marry him.

“In August, I had gone with Qadir and Manish to a club. We booked a room there at night. The next morning, Qadir threatened to implicate me in a false rape case. Following this, they extorted around Rs 80 lakh and other gifts from me. Later, I disclosed everything to my father who took me to police,” Yadav said in his complaint.


Elon Musk Fires Twitter Top Executive Over Possible Role In Information Suppression – NDTV

On Monday, the White House dismissed the Twitter Files as “full of old news”. (Representational)


Twitter CEO Elon Musk has said that he had fired the microblogging website’s deputy general counsel James Baker over concerns about his role in information suppression under the previous management.

“In light of concerns about (James) Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday.

Last week, journalist Matt Taibbi in collaboration with Musk published “Twitter Files”.

These set of documents were mainly Twitter’s internal communications to disclose links with political actors and with a focus on how the social network blocked stories related to Hunter Biden’s laptop in the lead-up to the 2020 US Presidential election.

The published files alleged that the previous Twitter management took steps to suppress reporting regarding Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 US Presidential Election.

According to the Twitter Files published by Taibbi, Twitter deputy general counsel Baker played a role in the discussion about whether the laptop story fell under Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy.

“I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked,” the documents published by Taibbi cited Baker as saying in one of the emails. “At this stage, however, it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.”

Hunter Biden reportedly abandoned his laptop at Isaac’s repair shop in 2019, while his father, Joe Biden, was running to become US president. The contents of the laptop were later made public. Emails obtained by Western media from the laptop proved Russia’s claims that the US president’s son helped fund bioweapon research in Ukraine.

The Bidens have faced scrutiny and criticism from Republicans and others for their alleged misconduct in Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, which came into the public spotlight following the release of the emails.

On Monday, the White House dismissed the Twitter Files as “full of old news”.

“By Twitter on — okay. So, look, we see this as a — an interesting or a coincidence, if I may, that he would so haphazardly — Twitter would so haphazardly push this distraction that is a — that is full of old news, if you think about it,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a press briefing.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Boy, 8, Stuck At 60 Feet Inside 400-Foot Borewell In Madhya Pradesh – NDTV

The child is stuck at the depth of around 60 feet in the borewell.


An eight-year-old boy fell into a 400-feet deep borewell while playing on a field at a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district on Tuesday, police said.

The incident occurred around 5 pm at Mandavi village, an official said.

The boy Tanmay Diyawar was playing on the field when he fell into the borewell, which had been dug recently, Aathner police station in-charge Anil Soni said.

The rescue operations have started and earthmoving machines have been brought in to dig the area, he said, adding that arrangements have been made to provide oxygen to the boy.

The child is stuck at the depth of around 60 feet in the borewell, the official said.

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Herschel Walker Concedes Senate Race: ‘No Excuses’

Republican Herschel Walker has conceded Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election to incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.

Walker admitted that the votes would not “add up” in his favor as he addressed supporters at campaign headquarters in Atlanta on Tuesday night, shortly after the race had been called by multiple networks.

The Trump-endorsed former NFL star did not mention Warnock directly during the brief speech, while offering “no excuses” for his loss.

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker is pictured while delivering a concession speech in Atlanta on December 6. On Tuesday night, Walker was defeated by incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in a runoff election to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.
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“I want to thank all of you…because we’ve had a tough journey, have we not?” Walker told the crowd. “One of the things I said when they called the race, I said the numbers doesn’t look like it’s gonna add up….I don’t want any of you to stop believing in America…believe in our elected officials and most of all, continue to pray for them.”

“There are no excuses in life,” he continued. “I’m not going to make any excuses now, because we put up one heck of a fight. This is much bigger than Herschel Walker.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Warnock Defeats Walker in Georgia, Marking Another Failed Trump Candidate

Former President Donald Trump has endured another loss as Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock clinched a tight victory over Republican Herschel Walker in the key race for U.S. Senate in Georgia.

CNN and NBC called the runoff election in favor of Warnock before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. With this win, Democrats now hold 51 seats in the Senate, as Republicans stand at 49.

In the week leading up to the runoff election, Warnock targeted the youth vote and advocated for early voting. He was also very vocal on social media, calling out Walker for being “Donald Trump’s hand-picked candidate.”

Earlier Tuesday, Trump took to Truth Social to express his support for Walker, saying: “IMPORTANT: Tomorrow has become TODAY. To the Great State of Georgia, VOTE TODAY FOR HERSCHEL, he will never let you down!”

This election cycle has handed the former president major losses, including Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin and Republican Pennsylvania senatorial candidate Mehmet Oz.

Both Democrats and Republicans have bashed Trump, pointing out that the previously anticipated “red wave” never materialized during the midterm elections. Most notably, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears and Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan have been outspoken in distancing themselves from the former president.

Earle-Sears told Fox Business last month: “The voters have spoken, and they have said that they want a different leader,” continuing, “and a true leader understands, when they have become a liability, a true leader understands that it’s time to step off the stage. And the voters have given us that very clear message.”

Supporters cheer as the Georgia Senate runoff election is called for Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock at his election night watch party, held Tuesday at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. GOP challenger Herschel Walker, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, was dealt the defeat.

Trump responded to Earle-Sears while sharing a Newsweek article, calling her a “phony.”

Political consultant Craig Agranoff earlier told Newsweek, “If Warnock wins it will possibly show that former President Trump does not hold the clout one might think he has.”

“This will make it a tad bit easier for President [Joe] Biden to get some administrative positions through, as well as judicial.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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India Survives Much Beyond Delhi, We Need To Focus On District Judiciary: CJI DY Chandrachud – Live Law – Indian Legal News

Speaking at the inauguration of Delhi High Court’s S Block building, Chief Justice Of India D.Y. Chandrachud on Tuesday said India also survives much beyond the capital and the country needs to focus its attention on the district judiciary as it moves forward.

CJI Chandrachud said that an important component of actualising the right to justice is ensuring that the country has adequate judicial infrastructure, including physical and digital infrastructure and personnel strength.

“And where best to begin. I think we have to begin at the grassroots where our district judiciary is situated, because it is really our district judiciary, which has the immediate impact on the lives of common citizens, where people in distress come as a point of first contact, seeking solutions to the problems of their daily life. And I think that is where we are really 70 years down the line deeply and deeply in want. Because if we contemplate of buildings where an accused is led into a dungeon to be waiting for the whole day, with no toilet facilities. I think that really is the true face of the district judiciary, which we need to resolve. Because I always do believe that much as we would like to have the best infrastructure in the capital city. I think India also survives much beyond the capital. I think it is there that we need to focus our attention as we go forward,” said the CJI.

Recalling his childhood, CJI Chandrachud said when the Delhi High Court building was inaugurated and when the transition happened from the small circuit court to the established building for the Delhi High Court, his mother said “what we saw today is not a High Court building as we are used to seeing across the country”. She said “it’s a five star hotel.”

“And I was wondering how we could term this building today. Should we go to a seven star hotel or perhaps something even more significant. But then we have to place all this in the perspective,” he added.

CJI Chandrachud said since 1966, the Delhi High Court has been a witness to some of the most legally challenging and landmark cases in Indian legal history.

“The intellectual rigor of all the brilliant minds at the bar and the bench who have dedicated their lives to the Delhi High Court has helped it truly to become an institution of preeminence, which continues to contribute to India’s legal jurisprudence. The belief held by common citizens that if they approach the Delhi High Court they will secure justice is a testament to this institution’s commitment to the constitutional goals of justice, ensuring that it remains fair, accessible, affordable and quick,” he said.

Speaking regarding the S Block, CJI Chandrachud said the building combines the modern with the democratic.

“The Delhi High Court itself is a whiff of fresh air in the corridors of jurisprudence. It’s a court of equity, and it’s a court of relief for citizens, even in the most difficult of the times. It is in that context, I viewed what the architect said of the three basic parameters which guided this building, in his design – contextual architecture, climate change, resilience, and demographic architecture.”

Justice Chandrachud said the jurisprudence has to be contextual to meet the challenges of the time – climate change and the demographic changes “which are overtaking our times as we increasingly become a young society.”

“The Constitution recognizes right to access to justice, which is embodied in Article 14, Article 21 and Article 39A breathes life into the principle of the rule of law, fairness, equality, efficiency, and impartiality are inherent in our understanding of access to justice. In order to make sure that we are providing equal access to justice, attention must be paid to the design and administration of the judicial setup,” he said.

CJI further said that one of the goals of the e-courts project is to provide qualitative and speedy justice through efficient court management.

“A positive correlation between judicial infrastructure and the quality and speed dispensation of justice, has long been established. The National Mission for Justice Delivery and legal reform states that adequate judicial infrastructure is a precondition for reducing delays. Traditionally, judicial spaces have been used to contribute to the idea of the majesty of the law,” he said.

Justice Chandrachud said that the court complexes built during the colonial times were used to create an imposing effect over the public, restricting the access to an exclusive few.

“The architecture of our buildings was intended to produce a sense of fear and awe and the divide between those who dispense justice and those to whom justice was delivered, was intended to create the sense of fear and awe in the consumers of justice.”

Stating that the understanding of justice system has now drastically changed, Justice Chandrachud said efforts are now concentrated on reaching out to people as opposed to people reaching out to court “in all the work that we do as judges and lawyers.”

“Judicial spaces are considered to be public or civic spaces, and thus, spaces which should be universally accessible. The symbolism of court complexes helps in materializing justice, making it tangible and corporeal for citizens who come from far and wide. The courtroom whether physical or virtual, provides a setting where the search for justice takes place for the citizen,” he said.

Speaking about the S Block, Justice Chandrachud said the magnificent building boasts of over 200 law chambers, a judicial convention center and an auditorium, a place for the Delhi International Arbitration Center, space for administrative offices, parking facilities, common meeting rooms, a cafeteria and open green spaces

“All these will definitely provide an enabling and stress free environment for litigants and lawyers to discuss and collaborate,” he added.

CJI Chandrachud said we must face the fact in reality that court spaces are spaces of stress for common citizens

“They come to places which they would rather not come to because they come to places because they are face to face with dispute. Therefore, these spaces and a dedicated space for the Delhi International Arbitration Center and the S block constitute a step in the right direction for strengthening the practice of ADR in the country. It sends a positive signal to the domestic and international commercial world. A term which has been repeatedly used to describe the newly constructed S Block of the High Court of Delhi is that it personifies democratic architecture with open offices, pedestrian paths, seating space, equity and universal accessibility,” he added.

Justice Chandrachud also said that Louis Sullivan, a prominent American architect, has said that “the spirit of democracy is a function seeking expression in organized social form. Therefore arrange your architecture for democracy, not feudalism”.

“And what better example can you have them this building today of the Delhi High Court, which has replaced the traditional domes with rectangular spaces, so typical of modern functionalism as we see it today. While I’m no expert in the science of architecture, and cannot claim to understand what this phrase means for the architects, I do want to emphasize that our judicial system and courtrooms must be democratic, inclusive, and equally accessible. That design must accommodate people from diverse backgrounds, ensuring meaningful participation,” he added.

Justice Chandrachud further said inaugurating the modern and state-of-the art building of S Block fills him “as a judge and the person who has got very little in life except the commitment to the cause of justice” with immense pride, since it truly symbolizes that the justice delivery system is ready for the future.

“Today truly is a proud moment for all the stakeholders of the High Court. The Delhi High Court’s commitment to justice is exemplified by the newly inaugurated S Block. I do believe it really signifies in a very symbolic way the ability of this court to breed truly as a front runner in dispensing speedy, equitable and fearless justice to our citizens. It’s a high court to which I looked up to when I was a young lawyer. It’s a high court to which I looked up to as a judge of the Delhi High Court, as a judge of the Bombay High Court and then as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and we look up to the Delhi High Court for its new jurisprudence, which is emerging every now and then,” he said.

At the end of his speech, he said, “Once again, I extend my wholehearted congratulations to the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, to everyone in the Buildings Committee, and all of you who have collaborated together to produce this architectural marvel. This couldn’t have been possible, except for the dedicated effort of all the labourers who strove to achieve what they have achieved in terms of a modern building for the future.”

Board Exams 2023 LIVE: Updates on CBSE, UPMSP, MPBSE datesheet, admit card – Hindustan Times


Board Exams 2023 LIVE: Updates on CBSE, UPMSP, MPBSE datesheet, admit card

Updated on Dec 07, 2022 08:52 AM IST

Board Exams 2023 Date Sheet Live Updates: Kerala, CISCE, PSEB, MPBSE have already released the date sheets for Class 10, 12 exams. Check CBSE, BSEB, UPMSP and other board exams latest updates below. 

Board Exams 2023 LIVE

Board Exams 2023 Live Updates: CISCE, MPBSE, PSEB have released their Class 10, 12 board exam date sheets. CBSE, UPMSP and other boards will be releasing their exam date sheets for Class 10, 12 board exams soon.  

The CISCE has released the board exam datesheet and ICSE Class 10 exams will begin from February 27 and will end on March 29 and ISC or Class 12 exams will begin on February 13 and will conclude on March 31, 2022. 

Kerala Class 10 board exams will begin on March 9 and will end on March 29, 2023 whereas Kerala Higher Secondary and VHSE exams will begin on March 10 and end on March 30, 2023 across the state at various exam centres. Similarly MP Board Exams will be conducted from March 1 to March 27 for Class 10 and Class 12 exams from March 2 to April 1, 2023. Check latest updates on exam time table, admit card, practical exams and more below. 

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  • Dec 07, 2022 08:52 AM IST

    BSEB Bihar board exam 2023

    BSEB is expected to announce dates for Matric and Inter exams 2023 soon. Follow the official social media pages of the board and check the board website for latest information.

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  • Dec 06, 2022 07:20 PM IST

    UP Board Exam 2023 Time Table

    UP Board Exam 2023 Time Table has not been released. Candidates can keep a tab on the official site of UPSMP at 

  • Dec 06, 2022 07:05 PM IST

    PSEB Exams 2023: Class 5, 8 exam dates 

    PSEB Exams 2023 will be conducted in February- March 2023. Class 5th exam will be held from February 16, 2023 to February 24, 2022 and Class 8, the exam will begin on February 20, 2023 March 6, 2023.

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    Madhya Pradesh Board Exams: Students to reach an hour ago 

    Candidates who will appear for the examination will have to reach the exam centre 1 hour prior to the commencement of the examination. The examinees will have to reach the exam hall by 8.30 am on all exam days and the Board will not allow any candidate after 8.45 am.

  • Dec 06, 2022 06:13 PM IST

    ISC Class 12 Exams: Dates 

    ISC or Class 12 exams will begin on February 13 and will conclude on March 31, 2022.

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    CBSE Latest News is that there is no update on CBSE datesheet yet. The datesheet will be released by the Board likely soon and will be available on the official website. 

  • Dec 06, 2022 05:38 PM IST

    CBSE 2023 Exams: Practical exam dates 

    The Board will conduct the Practical exams/ Project/ Internal Assesment for the session 2022-23 from January 1, 2023 for all affiliated schools in India and abroad except for winter bound areas.

  • Dec 06, 2022 05:27 PM IST

    Board Exam Date: In February- March 2023 

    Board Exam Dates for almost every board is and will be in February- March 2023. Students are eagerly waiting for CBSE board exam dates which is expected to be released soon at 

  • Dec 06, 2022 05:18 PM IST

    Board Exam Class 10: Datesheet released for these boards 

    Board Exam Class 10 datesheet has been released for these boards including CISCE, PSEB, Kerala, MP Board. 

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    Board Exam CBSE: Where to check datesheet

    Candidates can check the CBSE exam schedule on its official website:

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    Board Exam 2023 Time Table: Kerala exams 

    Kerala Class 10 board exams will begin on March 9 and will end on March 29, 2023 whereas Kerala Higher Secondary and VHSE exams will begin on March 10 and end on March 30, 2023 across the state at various exam centres. 

  • Dec 06, 2022 04:49 PM IST

    2023 Board Exam Dates

    Many boards including, CISCE, MPBSE, PSEB, Kerala have already released their Class 10, 12 board exam datesheets. The exams for all these boards will be conducted between February- March 2023. 

  • Dec 06, 2022 04:41 PM IST

    UP Board Exam 2023 Time Table: Yet to release 

    UP Board Exam 2023 Time Table has not been released. The UPMSP time table for Class 10, 12 is yet to release and will be available when released on the official site of UPMSP at 

  • Dec 06, 2022 04:32 PM IST

    Punjab Board Class 10 Exams: Practical exam details 

    The practical exams for Class 10, 12 will be conducted in January 2023. The practical exams will be conducted from January 23 to February 1, 2023 across the state in all schools. 

  • Dec 06, 2022 04:27 PM IST

    PSEB Exams 2023: Exam dates 

    PSEB Exams 2023 for Class 10 board exam will be conducted from March 21 to April 18, 2023, and the Class 12 board exam will be held from February 20 to April 13, 2023.

  • Dec 06, 2022 04:16 PM IST

    MP Board Class 10 Exams: Details 

    The Class 10 board exams in the state will begin on March 1, 2023 and will end on March 27, 2023. The examination duration is for 3 hours which will begin at 9 am and conclude at 12 noon.

  • Dec 06, 2022 04:12 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Board Exams: When to be conducted 

    Madhya Pradesh Board Exams datesheet has been released by the Board. The MPBSE Class 10 exams will be conducted from March 1 to March 27, 2022 and Class 12 board exams will be conducted from March 2 to April 1, 2023. 

  • Dec 06, 2022 04:06 PM IST

    ISC Class 12 Exams: How to download datesheet

    Visit the official site of CISCE at 

    Click on ISC Class 12 Exams datesheet available on the home page. 

    A new PDF file will open. 

    Check the PDF file and download the page. 

    Keep a hard copy of the same for further need. 

  • Dec 06, 2022 04:02 PM IST

    ICSE Class 10 Exams: From where to download datesheet

    ICSE Class 10 Exams datesheet was released last week. Candidates who will be appearing for the examination can download the date sheet through the official site of CISCE at 

  • Dec 06, 2022 03:56 PM IST

    CISCE Exams: ICSE, ISC exam datesheet out 

    CISCE exams will be conducted in February-March 2023. ICSE Class 10 exams will begin from February 27 and will end on March 29 and ISC or Class 12 exams will begin on February 13 and will conclude on March 31, 2022. Check details here 

  • Dec 06, 2022 03:52 PM IST

    CBSE Board Exams 2023: How to download datesheet

    Visit the official website of CBSE at

    Click on CBSE Date Sheet 2023 Class 10 or Class 12 link available on the home page.

    A new PDF file will open.

    Check the exam dates and download the page.

    Keep a hard copy of the same for further need

  • Dec 06, 2022 03:47 PM IST

    CBSE Board Exams: From February 15 onwards 

    CBSE Board Exams datesheet has not been released, but the Board had earlier announced the exam dates. The Class 10, 12 board exams 2023 will begin from February 15, 2023 onwards. 


Herschel Walker Candidacy Bashed as ‘Insult’ to Black Voters as Runoff Ends

The GOP is facing fierce criticism for putting up Herschel Walker as the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Georgia. Walker is being called an “insult” to Black voters as votes are being counted in the runoff election.

Walker, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, is facing Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate runoff election.

Republican politicians like Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, along with former Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a onetime Democrat from Hawaii who left the party this year, have all shown support for Walker and have actively campaigned for him.

However, many have called into question Walker’s viability as a candidate. Rutgers University professor Valerie Fitzhugh took to Twitter, saying, “Herschel Walker being in this election is an insult to Black Amercans. How does he not know he is being used? Good luck @ReverendWarnock.”

Don Calloway, former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, also voiced disapproval of Walker, saying, “Nominating Herschel Walker is maybe the greatest insult to Black voters in American history. “

Calloway continued, “Georgia Republicans picked a Black person with name recognition off the shelf as a response to Raphael Warnock being Black. Nothing more. They may as well have picked Flava Flav.”

CNN political commentator Van Jones also commented on Walker’s viability as a candidate, saying, “Tonight is about Trump picking somebody who, frankly, used to be a hero.”

Jones continued while speaking on CNN‘s panel, “Herschel Walker used to be an inspiration. Now it means insult. He’s an insult to the Black community.”

Political analyst Craig Agranoff told Newsweek, “Seeing folks from the opposite side of Walker saying he is a ‘low quality’ candidate makes me wonder if they have actually researched some of the other candidates they have voted for.”

Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker greets patrons during a campaign stop at Marietta Diner on December 6 in Marietta, Georgia. Georgians headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the Senate runoff election between Walker and incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.
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Agranoff argued, “Our elections have gotten truly hateful and both sides should be ashamed at some of the antics. Should Walker win, the GOP will have a hard time overcoming the fact that many Black voters do not like him. All they can do is hope he sticks to the promises he made during the campaign trail.”

While Walker is facing criticism, Donald Trump has been an avid cheerleader for the former football legend. On Monday, the day before the runoff election, Trump said on Truth Social, “To the Great State of Georgia, Get Out and Vote for the WONDERFUL Herschel Walker TOMORROW.”

Trump continued, “Herschel was a fantastic Athlete, and he will be an even greater United States Senator! To all MAGA Voters, that is, people that want to Make America Great Again and Put America First, tomorrow is a big day. Vote for Herschel!”

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Pirates win 1st MLB draft lottery, right to pick first

The Pittsburgh Pirates secured the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft on Tuesday, during Major League Baseball’s first ever draft lottery. The next five picks, respectively, went to the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics.

MLB and the MLB Players’ Association agreed to a draft lottery in the new collective bargaining agreement, whereby the 18 teams that did not reach the postseason would vie for the first six selections. Odds, based on 2022 winning percentage, ranged from 16.5% (for the Pirates, Nationals and A’s) to 0.2% (Milwaukee Brewers).

The A’s went in tied for the best chance at the No. 1 overall pick and finished with the No. 6 selection. The Twins took an even bigger step in the other direction, starting with the 13th-best odds and ultimately picking fifth.

The Nos. 7 to 18 picks in next year’s draft – slated for July from Seattle, site of the next All-Star Game – will be slotted by reverse winning percentage, followed by how teams finished in the postseason (the World Series-champion Houston Astros, for example, will pick 30th). Rounds 2 through 20 will navigate entirely in reverse order of winning percentage and postseason finish.

MLB placed more picks up for grabs than any other major spot in its first draft lottery. Only the first four picks of the NBA’s draft are attained through the draft lottery. In the NHL, it’s just the first two. The bottom three teams were all given the same odds for the No. 1 overall pick in an effort to disincentivize tanking for the worst record. Large-market teams (defined as those who do not receive revenue sharing) are prohibited from entering the draft lottery in back-to-back years; small-market teams can’t enter it three straight years.

MLB Network announced the results of the lottery inside a ballroom from the Hyatt hotel that is staging this year’s Winter Meetings, with executives from the 18 eligible clubs sitting at nearby tables and outfielder-turned-MLB-executive Raul Ibanez reading the results. But the process took place hours later, when a collection of sealed balls arrived in a suitcase and 1,000 four-number combinations were assigned to the 18 teams (the higher the odds for the No. 1 overall pick, the more combinations assigned to the team). Bill Francis, who helps run the MLB Draft, selected the six four-number combinations that determined the order. PricewaterhouseCoopers oversaw the process.

The top three players in next year’s draft, based on rankings from ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel in July, are: Wyatt Langford, a center fielder from Florida; Jacob Wilson, a shortstop from Grand Canyon; and Max Clark, a center fielder from Franklin Community High School in Indiana. This will mark the sixth time the Pirates select first overall. They did so as recently as 2021, selecting catcher Henry Davis out of Louisville.

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This popular tourist destination has banned sex outside marriage, applies to foreigners too – Moneycontrol

Foreign arrivals in the holiday destination of Bali are expected to reach pre-pandemic levels of six million by 2025.

Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code on Tuesday that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, despite worries the laws may scare away tourists from its tropical shores and harm investment.

The new code, which will apply to Indonesians and foreigners alike, also prohibit cohabitation between unmarried couples. It was passed with support from all political parties.

However, the code will not come into effect for three years to allow for implementing regulations to be drafted.

Currently, Indonesia bans adultery but not premarital sex.

Maulana Yusran, deputy chief of Indonesia’s tourism industry board, said the new code was “totally counter-productive” at a time when the economy and tourism were starting to recover from the pandemic.

“We deeply regret the government have closed their eyes. We have already expressed our concern to the ministry of tourism about how harmful this law is,” he said.

Foreign arrivals in the holiday destination of Bali are expected to reach pre-pandemic levels of six million by 2025, the tourism association has said previously, as the island recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.

Indonesia is also trying to attract more so-called “digital nomads” to its tropical shores by offering a more flexible visa.

Speaking at an investment summit, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Kim said the news could result in less foreign investment, tourism and travel to the Southeast Asian nation.

“Criminalising the personal decisions of individuals would loom large within the decision matrix of many companies determining whether to invest in Indonesia,” he said.

Albert Aries, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s justice ministry, said the new laws regulating morality were limited by who could report them, such as a parent, spouse or child of suspected offenders.

“The aim is to protect the institution of marriage and Indonesian values, while at the same time being able to protect the privacy of the community and also negate the rights of the public or other third parties to report this matter or ‘playing judge’ on behalf of morality,” he said.

These laws are part of a raft of legal changes that critics say undermine civil liberties in the world’s third-largest democracy. Other laws include bans on black magic, insulting the president or state institutions, spreading views counter to state ideology, and staging protests without notification.

‘A Death For Indonesia’s Democracy’

Editorials in national newspapers decried the new laws, with daily newspaper Koran Tempo saying the code has “authoritarian” tones, while the Jakarta Post said it had “grave concerns” about their application.

Decades in the making, legislators hailed the passage of the criminal code as much needed overhaul of a colonial vestige.

“The old code belongs to Dutch heritage … and is no longer relevant now,” Bambang Wuryanto, head of the parliamentary commission in charge of revising the code told lawmakers.

Opponents of the bill have highlighted articles they say will curb free speech and represent a “huge setback” in ensuring the retention of democratic freedoms after the fall of authoritarian leader Suharto in 1998.

“This is not only a setback but a death for Indonesia’s democracy,” said Citra Referandum, a lawyer from Indonesia’s Legal Aid Institute.

Responding to the criticism, Indonesia’s Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly told parliament: “It’s not easy for a multicultural and multi-ethnic country to make a criminal code that can accommodate all interests.”

Legal experts say that an article in the code on customary law could reinforce discriminatory and sharia-inspired bylaws at a local level, and pose a particular threat to LGBT people.

“Regulations that are not in accordance with human rights principles will occur in conservative areas,” said Bivitri Susanti, from the Indonesia Jentera School of Law, referring to existing bylaws in some regions that impose curfews on women, or target what are described as “deviant” sexualities.

The new laws will also include more lenient sentences for those charged with corruption.

The morality charges have been partially watered down from an earlier version of the bill so that they can only reported by limited parties, such as a spouse, parent or child.

The government had planned to pass a revision of the country’s colonial-era criminal code in 2019 but nationwide protests halted its passage.

Lawmakers have since diluted down some of the provisions with President Joko Widodo urging parliament to pass the bill this year, before the country’s political climate heats up ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for early 2024.

The public response to the new code has been muted so far, with only small protests held in the capital on Monday on Tuesday.

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