South Ruimveldt man charged for raping teen

first_imgTwenty-eight-year-old Travis John of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown was on Monday placed on $150,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared before her charged for raping a 15-year-old girl.Accused: Travis JohnJohn faces an allegation that on February 1, 2017, in the vicinity of Kitty, Georgetown, he sexually penetrated a teen who is under the age of consent.The prosecution’s case is that on February 1, 2017, John went over to the teen’s residence and committed the act; and the matter was reported to the Police after the teen’s parents found out about the incident.He was released on $150,000 bail, and is expected to return to court on August 20.Three weeks ago, John was arraigned before the Mahaica Magistrate on a robbery charge alleging that he was the driver of the getaway car used in the July 17, 2018 East Coast Demerara robbery in which a man who had just withdrawn money from a bank had been pounced upon and robbed of some $1.7 million.last_img read more

KMC collects 13 fish samples from 5 city markets to test for

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday collected as many as 13 fish samples from five markets in the city, to check for presence of formalin in them. There have been allegations of presence of formalin in fish imported from Andhra Pradesh.”We have collected 9 surveillance samples and 4 regulatory samples from some leading fish markets. We will conduct tests to find out whether there is presence of formalin. The report is expected to be available in two to three days,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said. Also Read – 2 Group D staffers held for ‘assaulting’ minorsIn case of regulatory samples that have been collected by undergoing certain formalities as per rules, the civic body can initiate cases if they find any irregularities in the samples.Among these samples, two have been collected from Manicktala Market, one from Poura Parna Bithika Market- Behala and another from S N Ray Market in Behala. Among the nine surveillance samples, six were collected from Entally Market and three from New Market.Formalin is a preservative that can lead to cancer if consumed over a period of time. The chemical can also cause nausea and other ailments in the short term. Also Read – Naka checking to be stricter to rein in speed demonsIt may be mentioned that more than half the fish consumed in the city is procured from Andhra Pradesh.Officials of the state Fisheries department have been asked to visit wholesale markets across the city from Saturday, to collect samples that will be checked.According to the state Fisheries department stats, the city alone consumes around 235 tonnes of fish every day. Fish from Andhra Pradesh – mostly Rohu and Katla – accounts for around 135 tonnes of the total consumption. Of around 1.73 lakh tonnes of fish that Bengal imports from other states annually, Andhra accounts for around 1 lakh tonnes.The Assam government had already banned sale of fish from Andhra Pradesh, after lab tests detected formalin in some samples.”Banning of fish from Andhra will be difficult for Bengal. If we stop import, the deficit cannot be met by local production,” an official in the state Fisheries departmentsaid.last_img read more