Muslim Woman's Organisation offers support to Nafisah Nakhid

The National Muslim Women’s Organization of Trinidad and Tobago says it is standing in solidarity with Nafisah Nakhid, who it says was "denied her constitutional right as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago".

The organisation notes that the freedom to uphold the beliefs and practices of ones religion without discrimination, is enshrined in the Constitution. 

Tunapuna man charged with possession of cocaine valued at $1.56 million

A St. Augustine man is expected to appear before a Tunapuna Magistrate today, charged with possession of 3.9 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, which has an estimated street value of $1.56 million.

Anthony Rodriguez, 34, a labourer, of Boothman Drive, St. Augustine, was arrested and charged after officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Strike Team executed a search warrant at his residence, during an anti-crime exercise in the St. Augustine district, on Tuesday 22nd May, 2018.

WASA cracking down on illegal water connections

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) says it is increasing its efforts to identify and commence legal proceedings against persons illegally connected to its pipeline network, as well as persons illegally abstracting water from fire hydrants for resale.

The exercise targets a range of activities including illegal connections to the water distribution network, abstraction of water from streams and rivers, sale of water and tampering with the WASA’s distribution system.

Lowest rice production in years

Grappling with millions of dollars in debts, local rice farmers say they have experienced their lowest yields ever and are blaming the government and the National Flour Mills.

Figures from NFM show that farmers produced only 126 tonnes of rice for 2018, compared to 2,800 tonnes in 2014. At present there are 30 rice farmers in T&T compared to more than 10,000 in the 1970’s and 80’s.

Judges angry over Archie’s extra leave

Judges of both the Supreme and Appeal Courts are said to be upset over the decision by Chief Justice Ivor Archie to proceed on an additional six-week vacation and are demanding answers about the “type’ of leave he has proceeded on.

Archie left the country last weekend. In his absence, Justice Allan Mendonca will act as Chief Justice from May 19t-June 7, when Mendonca himself will be out of the country.

Appeal Court Judge Alice Yorke Soo Hon will act from June 8-17 and Mendonca will act again from June 18-29-. Archie is due to return to office on June 30.

Police close to charging suspect in bank worker’s shooting

Investigators probing the shooting and robbery of Scotiabank employee Roston Mahabir say they are hoping to charge a Fyzabad man for the crime before the end of week.

The suspect remained in the custody of San Fernando police up to yesterday, four days after he was arrested by South Western Division police at a house in Fyzabad.

Investigators said the suspect is in his early 30’s and is well-known to South Western Division police. They said they are wrapping up loose ends in order to build a solid case against the suspect.

Dillon: More tools for cops to fight crime

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon is once again promising greater collaboration and more resources for the Police Service as he met with the executive arm and divisional commanders of the Police Service yesterday in the face of a growing number of murders across the country.

Dillon told the lawmen that the approach going forward will be based on cooperation and collaboration, and expressed Government’s desire to provide the necessary resources for the Police Service to perform its tasks efficiently and effectively.

Abdullah describes hijab issue as 'Islamaphobic'

The barring of a Muslim teacher from a Hindu college compound is being described by head of the Islamic Front, Umar Abdullah, as Islamophobic.

He says the decision taken by the management of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha to refuse entry of the hijab-wearing teacher appears to be a deliberate act done out of remorse towards Islam and by extension Muslims.

He further questioned the dress code of teachers attached to the Lakshmi Girls Hindu College and claimed the victim was dressed modestly.