By Dialogo December 28, 2010 Brazilian police have busted a feared criminal gang which killed at least 50 people and counted more than a dozen officers and some municipal councillors in its ranks, officials said on 22 December. Twenty-five members of the 34-strong gang were arrested the day before on warrants based on wiretaps that found the organization sold weapons to drug dealers in a nest of Rio slums that was cleared by police and soldiers last month. The two local councillors of the Duque de Caxias neighborhood were suspected of running the para-police outfit, while the 13 policemen arrested were part of its “muscle” thought to have carried out hits. “The gang worked like a real criminal enterprise, with roles defined for each member. There were managers and hitmen,” the police chief in charge of the arrests, Alexandre Capote, told media. The gang was one of several comprising police officers that operate in Rio’s notoriously violent and lawless slums. They started activities in late 2006, as militias that forced out local gangs then took over to run extortion rackets. The Duque de Caxias outfit is suspected of killing 50 people, and earning 150,000 dollars a month by illegally selling television cable connections, gas and land to residents, Capote said. According to a former captain in Rio’s elite police unit, the Special Operations Battalion, police-manned militias are present in more than 100 of the city’s 250 worst slums.
highlights President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the two most prestigious awards on Monday. The Mountaineering expert Bachendri Pal was the only sportsperson to be awarded third highest civilian award.Gautam Gambhir is the only cricketer to be awarded as the Padma Shri. He won as many as four medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, including a historic gold in the men’s team event. The former left-handed Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who has been the hero for India in ICC World cup 2007 and 2011 was the only cricketer in the list to be awarded Padma Shri. As many as 112 ‘inspiring’ personalities were selected for this year’s Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. The remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16, a Home Ministry official said. New Delhi : Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday conferred the two most prestigious awards an Indian citizen can get at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Mountaineering expert Bachendri Pal was the only sportsperson to be awarded third highest civilian award – Padma Bhushan. Punia had a great year in 2018 as he won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. He also bagged a silver medal at World Championships and a bronze medal at the Asian Championships last year.Sportspersons including champion wrestler Bajrang Punia, veteran table-tennis players Sharath Kamal and chess grandmaster Harika Dronavalli were honoured with the Padma Shri by the President. Sharath Kamal, who has been leading India’s charge in men’s table tennis for years had a highly rewarding 2018 too. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The final match day will have the fixtures between Rivers United and Wikki Tourists at 5pm while FC IfeanyiUbah and Rangers International will play the closing game at 7pm.Abubakar also noted that all the matches will be played under flood light.“We are continuing with the growing popularity of night games in Enugu and essentially, we are also considering a fans-friendly time when businesses would have closed to encourage huge turnout for the matches”.The NPFL Super4 is an annual pre-season tournament organized by the LMC for clubs participating in Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club competitions in the coming season. It enables the clubs condition their players for the competition as the tournament provides a platform for integration of new and retained players of the clubs as well as enable the Managers put to competitive test their pre-season trainings.Rangers International and Rivers United that finished first and second in the NPFL will represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League while third placed Wikki Tourists and Federation Cup champions, FC IfeanyiUbah will play in the CAF Confederation Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wikki Tourists and FC IfeanyiUbah have been drawn to play the opening game of the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which flags off on December 7 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.According to fixtures released by the League Management Company (LMC), the opening match will kick-off at 5pm with the second fixture between League champions, Rangers International and runners-up, Rivers United starting at 7pm.Abubakar said “on Match Day 2, Rangers International will play Wikki Tourists in the first match starting at 5pm while Rivers United and FC IfeanyiUbah will take to the pitch for the second game of the day”.