Occupy Tanjung Aru beach picnic is on tomorrow

first_imgKOTA KINABALU: At least a thousand people are expected to turn up for a “picnic” along the Tanjung Aru beach, where a controversial development plan is meeting opposition from non-governmental groups. The Occupy @ Tanjung Aru picnic tomorrow is organised by the Save Open Space Kota Kinabalu (SOS KK) group which previously started an online petition to stop the Tanjung Aru Eco-Development (Taed) project.SOS KK coordinator S.M. Muthu said the informal gathering – aimed at pooling like-minded people to show solidarity in saving the beach – was expected to be the first in a series of activities it was planning to engage the public. “We are trying to gauge the response. Related News Nation 27 Jun 2019 Shafie defends decision not to scrap projects, says it’s for the greater good of Sabah Nation 28 Jun 2019 NGO signature drive on to stop TAED project, calls for meeting with Sabah CM Nation 26 Jun 2019 SAPP: Sabah govt statements about Papar dam, TAED ‘huge disappointment’center_img “It is just a picnic. No one will be talking. In the future, we may need a permit if we get individuals to speak,” he said when contacted.The project was mooted during the previous Barisan Nasional administration, and the then Opposition had campaigned against it during the last general election. However, the Parti Warisan Sabah-led state government decided later to stick with the project but promised that it would be a win-win situation with an area for the public. An invitation to Sabahans to join the event at Prince Phillip Park, along Tanjung Aru beach, was shared via the change.org online platform. The picnic is expected to take place between 4pm and sunset. “Wear yellow or green, bring your own F&B (food and beverage), and make it a Zero Waste event,” said the notice.On the online petition, Muthu said over 28,000 pledges had been collected so far. “We initially wanted to arrange for a meeting with the Sabah Chief Minister but that was unlikely considering how things went.“So, we will send the petition to his office after we hit the 30,000-signature mark, maybe some time next week. Then, it is up to them (to consider),” he said. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

107 Congress TMC CPM MLAs will join BJP claims Mukul Roy

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:33 IST Mukul Roy said all the 107 MLAs are in contact with the BJP. (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSMukul Roy did not say when the MLAs would join the BJPRoy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadershipHe said that the party has a list preparedBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukul Roy on Saturday said that a total of 107 MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will join the saffron party. He, however, did not reveal when the MLAs would join the BJP.Speaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership. He also said that the party has a list prepared for all the MLAs of Congress, TMC and CPM who would be joining the BJP.The development has come just two days after at least 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switched to the BJP in presence of party working president JP Nadda and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and amid the Karnataka crisis where 16 Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have tendered their resignation to the Speaker.In Goa, 10 Congress MLAs joined the BJP on Thursday. On Saturday, three of the 10 Congress MLAs were inducted into the state cabinet by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.To induct the new ministers, Pramod Sawant had asked three Goa Forward Party (GFP) ministers and one Independent MLA to resign from his ministry so that the new ministers could be inducted.The three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.In Karnataka, a total of 16 MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) submitted their resignation to the Karnataka assembly Speaker. According to the latest reports, five more MLAs have moved the Supreme Court, alleging the Speaker has not been accepting their resignation.Meanwhile, MTB Nagaraj has said that he will withdraw his resignation if K Sudhakar also takes it back. Nagaraj’s statement came hours after DK Shivakumar and some other Congress leaders met the MLA at his residence. He is expected to address the media later in the day.Also Read | Karnataka crisis LIVE | Will withdraw resignation, MTB Nagaraj tells SiddaramaiahAlso Read | 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan 107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoySpeaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership.advertisement Nextlast_img read more