Like Father 30 Years Ago, Jyotiraditya Scindia Misses Out On Chief Minister’s Post

Like Father 30 Years Ago, Jyotiraditya Scindia Misses Out On Chief Minister's Post

Jyotiraditya Scindia is the last scion of the Scindia family of Marathas


Almost 30 years after late Madhavrao Scindia was denied the post of Madhya Pradesh chief minister, history repeated itself as the “so near yet so far” fate befell his son Jyotiraditya.

In 1989, Madhavrao Scindia was all set to be the Chief Minister but strident opposition from senior leader Arjun Singh, asked to step down as Chief Minister after the Churhat lottery scam, ensured that then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi could not give the former Gwalior royal the coveted post.

Mr Singh, in a bid to get his way at the time, had even kept his MLAs ensconced in the Char Imli residence of loyalist Harivansh Singh.

Madhavrao Scindia was so confident of being given the post that he had flown down from Delhi and camped in the state for two days.

Instead, Motilal Vora was made the chief minister. Twenty nine years later, Jyotiraditya Scindia also lost out on the chance to be among the youngest chief ministers of the central Indian state, as Kamal Nath, 72, was picked for the top job in the state.

Congress sources said that Jyotiraditya Scindia, Lok Sabha member from Guna, had pointed out to the party leadership that BJP’s slogan “Maaf Karo Maharaj, Apne toh Shivraj” was centred around him.

Mr Nath, nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara, made the cut due to his seniority and support of more party MLAs, the sources said.

Jyotiraditya Scindia is the last scion of the Scindia family of Marathas which ruled the Gwalior state in pre-independent central-India.

His grandmother Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia was one of the founding members of the Jana Sangh.

Following his mother, Madhavrao Scindia also joined the Jana Sangh. In 1971 Lok Sabha elections, the mother-son duo was among the few leaders who defied the Indira Gandhi wave and emerged victorious from their respective constituencies.

In 1980, he joined Indira Gandhi’s Congress, a party which had jailed his mother during the Emergency-era. His sisters, Vasundhara Raje and Yashodhara Raje later followed their mothers footsteps and joined the BJP.


Utah family who took care of widow shocked by her death, say her companion dog and best friend was stolen days before

A family is in shock after a woman they adopted as part of their family passed away, just days after her beloved dog went missing under suspicious circumstances.

The Johnson family said the dog, who belonged to an 82-year-old woman named Rosa who the family took care of due to the fact that she was widowed, and had no family in Salt Lake City, went missing on Nov. 25.

“Rosa did not have family of her own, but we have become her adopted family and we, with our young children, have cared for her for the past several years,” the family said.

When taking a meal to Rosa and the dog on Nov. 25, Chris Johnson noticed that the animal, whose name is Tommy, was missing.

The Johnson family believes that Tommy was taken from Rosa, and did not run away on his own.

“His disappearance was devastating to Rosa, as Tommy rarely left her side these past 2 years,” the Johnsons said. “Our 3 young kids, who have helped care for Tommy and Rosa every day for the past few years have also been heartbroken at his unexplained disappearance.”

Ten days after Tommy was allegedly taken, the Johnsons said that Rosa passed away. The family said that her health had been deteriorating, but they also believed that her passing was partially due to the loss of her dog and companion.

“We believe that the heartbreak from losing her companion was just too much to bear,” the Johnsons said. “She celebrated her 82nd birthday just 10 days before her passing with chocolate cake, singing and smiles. The loss of Tommy, just a few days later, left her despondent and heartbroken.”

The Johnson’s pleaded for the public’s help in locating Tommy. They stated that they are offering a $1,000 reward, no questions asked, for his return.

“We would also love to request and plead with the public to look for opportunities to serve or do an act of kindness for someone who is lonely, sad or in need this holiday season,” the Johnsons said. “We would love to honor our dear Rosa by encouraging others to be a light in the life of someone who may really need it.”

Salt Lake City Police confirmed to Fox 13 that there was an open case for the missing dog.

Pictures of Tommy and Rosa can be seen below:


Family mourning loss of father of two killed in workplace accident

A father of two, Lalit Sethi, 44, died Monday in a workplace accident at a Bison Transport truck yard just outside the city limits as he was preparing for a long-haul drive across the country — only a week after his mother suffered a heart attack.

Amandeep Sethi, a close family friend, said the incident happened when Lalit’s co-driver was preparing to attach a trailer to a truck.

“(Lalit) was going behind the truck to get the papers … usually hooked up to the trailer. So he got off the truck and … the co-driver, not realizing he was standing behind the truck … he backed up the truck trying to hook up the truck to the trailer,” he said. “He got crushed between the truck and trailer.”

A GoFundMe was launched this week for the driver has raised more than $50,000 for Lalit’s family, who is now without the only breadwinning member of the family.

The family had already been grieving the death of Lalit’s father, who passed in August after a battle with cancer, and were dealing with a heart attack his mother suffered late last month.

“We went to India twice in the last two years because his father was suffering with cancer and was in the last stage,” said Suvidha Sethi, Lalit’s wife.

“In August, he passed away. We got his mother over here on a tourist visa because she was all alone. (In) November, she got a heart attack and was released from the hospital after one week.

“She got a stent done and as she was recovering, (Lalit’s death) happened.”

Suvidha called her late husband a motivated man, having brought the family to Canada from India nearly five years ago.

“In January 2014, we came over here and got our permanent residency,” Suvidha said.

“He was a very, very lively person. We were having so many plans in his mind all the time. ‘We’ll plan this, we’ll but this house, we’ll do that.’ He kept motivating other people to come, stay in Canada. He was a fighter for everybody.

“I hope I can get the support so I can raise my kids — I don’t know how I will manage.”

Bison Transport chief operating officer Trevor Fridfinnson confirmed Sethi’s death at their Rocky View County location.

Fridfinnson said the firm has been co-operative with an occupational health and safety investigation and that they have offered support to the family and others following the incident.

An Alberta Labour spokesperson said the investigation falls under federal jurisdiction.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Launch Times Revealed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Launch Times Revealed

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 preload for PC begins on October 10 and developer of the PC version, Beenox has confirmed when the game will be available to play the world over. The fifteenth mainline entry in the long-running series has some differences in its PC version when compared to the PS4 and Xbox One such as an enhanced frame rate and greater visual options. Keep in mind, that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is not on Steam. Rather, it’s exclusive to, a digital distribution service owned by Activision.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC launch times:

October 11, 2018

  • Los Angeles – 9pm PT

October 12, 2018

  • New York – 12am ET
  • Sao Paulo – 1am BRT
  • London – 5am BST
  • Stockholm – 6am CEST
  • Berlin – 6am CEST
  • Moscow – 7am MSK
  • Singapore – 12pm SGT
  • Seoul – 1pm KST
  • Sydney – 3pm AEST

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements

Here are the system requirements for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PC. Incidentally they’re similar to what the game had for its beta events.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (minimum)

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB / GTX 1050 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (recommended)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K / Ryzen R5 1600X
  • RAM: 12GB GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (recommended for using high refresh rate monitors at 1080p)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Vega 64
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (recommended for using 4K monitors with smoothest frame rates)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K / AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible


Tree Falls on Saluda Home, Barely Misses Sleeping Family

It was a frightening wake-up call for a Polk County family Thursday morning. A huge tree came crashing down onto their home in Saluda, around 5:30 am.

News 13 was there as a friend of the family – who is also an arborist – came out to inspect the damage. The entire root ball of the tree came out of the ground and limbs demolished the roof.

Ice also came off of the tree when it fell.

The homeowners say it barely missed them while they were sleeping in their bedroom.

“It had actually come through the roof, pushed the ceiling down into the room. It was pretty awful. It missed my wife by three or four feet,” says homeowner Mark Gardner.

Thankfully, that couple and their two children are okay.

“I feel lucky for sure. I don’t know why things happen the way they do, but we were definitely lucky this morning,” adds Gardner.

They say now they are focusing on repairing the damage and finding somewhere else to stay Thursday night.


Community members help family move after trees fall on home

One Bedford County family was forced to move after today’s storm damaged their home.

The Merie family woke up to early Thursday morning to heavy rain.

Lily, Hope and mom, Jenein were making breakfast. “We heard a giant sonic boom, I thought it was a bomb, honestly I thought it was a bomb that had gone off,” recalled Jenein Merie.

One tree landed above the kitchen.
The other, “Right outside my daughter’s window is where the biggest of the trees came down,” Merie said pointing out Lily’s window.

The trees left holes in the roof and rain pouring through the ceiling.

The trio was planning to move from their Forest next week.

They were getting ready to close on a new home in Bluefield, Va.

But the damage forced them to move sooner, and the family needed help. “Social media at it’s finest… People just saw the post and started showing up,” exclaimed Merie.

One by one, volunteers from all over the community came to help.

Including Jennifer Reynolds, who arrived first. “[I] Just rushed over here and got here and she needed a uHaul and I took up and got her a U-Haul, called up my church, Timberlake Methodist Church and they sent people and here we are, getting it done,” she said.

They spend the morning packing up bags and boxes to help a family in need.

An act of kindness that’s left this mom speechless. “…It’s just people being so kind, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude,” Merie said.

Everything has been moved out of the home into free storage units given by U-Haul.

For now, the three will be staying with family until the closing on their new home is finalized.


Missing Sandra Gant: Family ‘have to accept she died’

Sandra and grandchild

The family of a mother-of-four who vanished 15 years ago said they have to accept she has died – despite no body ever being found.

Sandra Gant was 48 when she was last seen leaving an address in Clacton, Essex, on 15 November 2003.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of murder but no-one has been charged in connection with her disappearance.

Her daughter, Carrie Mead, said she had “to make my mind believe that she died, like people do”.

She said her mum’s life had gone “downhill” following her 1994 divorce and she had had alcohol problems.

Mrs Mead, 40, who still lives in Essex, said she would see her mother at least once a week in a “kind of supporting role… rather than just a daughter”.

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Image caption Sandra Gant had three grandchildren when she disappeared, including Kyhia, who is now 20

Ms Gant was last seen by her family the day before she disappeared, after she and two friends went for a drink at a house with a man they had just met.

Her youngest daughter Lauren Redpath, said: “I don’t believe that my mum would be on this Earth and be away from us for even a week, let alone years.

“We never didn’t know where she was. She was just that type of person who kept us informed of where she was living because with her lifestyle with being a drinker she knew we worried about her.”

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Image caption Sandra Gant with her youngest daughter Lauren

Ms Gant was reported missing on 21 November by Mrs Mead, who had gone to see her at her home.

Mrs Mead, a full-time carer, said: “I know my mum is not here. I have to put in my mind she has passed away. I have to make my mind believe that she died, like people do. You kind of think about all the ins and outs of it, and she didn’t die like everybody else dies.

“Even though my mum might have had a difficult life towards the end it doesn’t mean she was less of a mum and doesn’t mean we love her any less.”

She added she feels the Essex Police officers involved “did all they could” to get the answers for the family.


Pastor’s family: Investigators ‘dropped the ball’

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The family of a retired pastor who was found shot dead on the side of the road says the Kent County Sheriff’s Department didn’t investigate the death properly.

“Don’t make excuses,” Dale Cross Sr.’s daughter, Tammy Blood, said. “Call it what it is. … You dropped the ball.”

On Aug. 6, Cross’ body was found next to his SUV along 68th Street between Burlingame and Clyde Park avenues in Byron Township, south of Grand Rapids. Detectives initially called the case a suicide, but later classified it suspicious after an autopsy found Cross, who was right-handed, was shot in the upper left side of the head.

“So (investigators) already made an assumption without following through, without doing what they needed to do, and then it just started to trickle down from there,” Blood told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday.

She said by the time the death was labeled suspicious, it was too late. Critical pieces of evidence had been lost.

“The words that haunt us to this day are, ‘The first 48 to 72 hours are the most vital time with any case, and we apologize, we made a mistake. We did not do what we needed to do in those first 48 hours,’” Blood said. “Great, we got an apology, but that doesn’t change everything that they kept missing.”

In time, the family started its own investigation and found evidence they say detectives either ignored or didn’t follow with a sense of urgency.

The sheriff’s department says it’s still investigating.

“We’re still waiting for evidence from the Michigan State Police,” Lt. Ron Gates said.

He said his team is following up on tips and has a detective working the case nearly full-time. They’re waiting on DNA evidence to be processed and hoping to get the results back soon.

“We don’t feel the ball was dropped,” Gates told 24 Hour News 8. “We don’t feel that we’ve done anything that would jeopardize the investigation. I understand the family is frustrated. We communicate with them every … week. We are doing the best we can and trying to put ourselves in their shoes.

“I’m not sure what else we can do,” he added. “We can’t give the family specific information on every part of the investigation, and we’ve never done that on any other case.”