NEW DELHI (AP) — Media coverage and social media chatter around the tens of thousands of protesting farmers at the edges of the Indian capital have prompted a furious reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Critics say it has used the massive demonstrations to escalate a crackdown on the media and free speech by detaining journalists and freezing Twitter accounts. While some of the accounts have been restored this week, nine journalists and an opposition lawmaker are facing sedition charges for their reporting on the protests. Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders condemned the government’s action as censorship. The Editors Guild of India says the cases against journalists are an attempt to intimidate, harass, browbeat and stifle the media.
Indianapolis, In. — At the direction of President Donald Trump, Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor Rev. Billy Graham.Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of his funeral, Friday, March 2, 2018.Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff on Friday to honor Graham.
Italian sides AC Milan and Atalanta have booked their places in the first knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League (UEL) after they defeated Austria Wien and Everton 5-1 respectively.Milan recovered from an early goal to beat their Group D visitors convincingly courtesy goals from Ricardo Rodriguez, Andre Silva (2) and Patrick Cutrone (2) to qualify for the next stage.Atalanta were more impressive as they thrashed Everton 5-1 at Goodison Park in Group E to secure a last 32 place. Bryan Crisante (2), Robin Gosens and substitute Andreas Cornelius (2) got the goals for the away side with Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez getting his first Everton goal which turned out to be mere consolation.German side FC Cologne boosted their qualification hopes following a surprising 1-0 win over Arsenal. French striker Sehrou Guirassy scored the only goal of the game in the second half to condemn the Gunners to their first defeat in the competition though the result was enough to seal Arsenal as Group H winners after the other group game between BATE Borisov and Crvena Zvezda ended goalless.AC Milan and Atalanta join other teams like Villareal, Arsenal, Red Bull Salzburg, Dynamo Kyiv, Sporting Braga, Olympique Lyon, Zenit St. Petersburg, Oestersunds, Real Sociedad, Lazio, Nice and Steaua Bucharest.Matchday 5 Results:Group AAstana 2-3 VillarealMaccabi Tel Aviv 0-2 Slavia PragueGroup BPartizan Belgrade 2-1 Young BoysSkenderbeu 3-2 Dynamo KyivGroup CSporting Braga 3-1 TSG HoffenheimLudogorets Razgrad 1-2 Istanbul BasaksehirGroup DAC Milan 5-1 Austria WienAEK Athens 2-2 RijekaGroup EEverton 1-5 AtalantaLyon 4-0 Apollon LimassolGroup FLokomotiv Moscow 2-1 FC CopenhagenFC Sheriff 1-0 ZlinGroup GLugano 1-0 Hapoel BeershevaViktoria Plzen 2-0 Steaua BucharestGroup HFC Cologne 1-0 ArsenalBATE Borisov 0-0 Crvena ZvezdaGroup IKonyaspor 1-1 MarseilleRed Bull Salzburg 3-0 Vitoria GuimaresGroup JAthletic Bilbao 3-2 Hertha BerlinOestersunds 2-0 ZoryaGroup KLazio 1-1 VitesseNice 3-1 Zulte-WaregemGroup LRosenborg 0-1 Real SociedadZenit St. Petersburg 2-1 Vardar RelatedUEL Review: Arsenal Book Last 16 Spot Despite Surprising Oestersunds Loss; AC Milan And Dortmund Also ThroughFebruary 23, 2018In “Europe”UEL Review: English Teams Finish Group Stage With FlourishDecember 8, 2017In “England”UEL Review: English Sides Arsenal, Everton Suffer Contrasting FortunesOctober 20, 2017In “England”