Attack at the Indian religious ceremony leaves three dead
18 November 2018, 4:36 PM
At least three people have been killed in an attack on a religious ceremony in the Indian state of Punjab.
Several others were wounded in the attack when a hand grenade was thrown at a gathering of members of the Nirankari religious group in Amritsar. The BBC’s Electra Naysmith has the details.
“Reports say two masked men on a motorbike brandished a gun before forcing their way in and throwing a grenade. Several of the injured are in a critical condition.
The attack comes ahead of a major Sikh festival on Friday. Sikhs dominate in Punjab and are at odds with the Nirankari, a spiritual sect they consider to be heretics,” explains Naysmith.
Government to invest R4 billion on Limpopo’s N1
18 November 2018, 3:36 PM
Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says government plans to invest just above R4 billion in efforts to improve conditions on the N1 between Kranskop and Makhado in Limpopo.
Nzimande was speaking during the launch of the festive season road safety campaign in Modimolle. Nzimande and officials from the province joined by religious leaders cleansed a portion of the N1 which is notorious for fatal crashes. Nzimande says future plans include the separation of traffic lanes.
”There is some more investments that are going to be made here in Limpopo to improve our roads, for instance we need to attend to the fact that the separation of the north bound and south bound carriage ways between Kranskop and Makhado will have to be done in future,” explains Nzimande.
Eskom to launch stage one Load-shedding
18 November 2018, 2:50 PM
Eskom says it will only implement stage one load-shedding in the country today. Load-shedding which is due to generators that are offline will be between midday and 10pm on Sunday.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe however says if the situation remains the same, load-shedding could also be implemented tomorrow. He says the schedule for each area is available on Eskom’s website.
“Unfortunately at 12.15 this afternoon Eskom was forced to implement stage one load-shedding because of a lot of breakdowns at our power stations and also importantly some of our power generating units are using water.
They are pumps in storage facilities so meaning that the dam levels are now at a lower level, you need to push the water up to an upper dam. That uses a lot of electricity so that’s what Eskom is doing now so that we can start using it for later this evening or also for the start of a new week.
All of these things are resulting in the unfortunate situation where we have to implement stage one load-shedding,” says Phasiwe
Czech Minister denies allegations of planned kidnapping
17 November 2018, 8:39 PM
Anti-government protesters in Prague are holding a rally against the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis who has denied allegations that his had his own son kidnapped. The aim was supposedly to stop him from testifying that his father had defrauded the European Union, which Babis also denies.
Czech opposition parties have sought a no-confidence vote against his government, which is expected to be held on November the 23rd. The BBC’s Rob Cameron reports.
“A criminal investigation into claims Mr Babis had fraudulently obtained EU business funds has stalled. Partly because police have been unable to question his adult son. But two journalists managed to track him down in Switzerland.
Last year he says he was whisked out of the country by one of Mr Babis’s employees and held in russian-occupied crimea. Mr babis who denies the EU fraud allegations says that too is untrue, his son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and had left eh country to convalesce away from the glare of the Czech media,” reports British Broadcasting Corporation BBC Rob Cameron.