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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST Program concludes a successful 17th year at annual banquet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015-2016 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 7 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” said Stephanie Sindel, BEST coordinator. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Farm Credit Mid-America, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state with over 550 youth participants showing 740 head of market animals and heifers. Banquet sponsorsThe BEST program also receives tremendous support for awards and the awards banquet. The 2015-2016 banquet and award sponsors were Hamilton Insurance Agency, Harsh’s Farm Service, Heritage Cooperative, Highland Livestock Supply, Kent Nutrition Group, Merchants National Bank, United Producers, Inc. and Weaver Leather Livestock.  These sponsors donated a wonderful set of door prizes and offered monetary support for awards.State breed associations sponsoring belt buckle cases for the winners in each of the respective breeds: Buckeye Hereford Association, Ohio Angus Association, Ohio Mid-Eastern Maine-Anjou Association, Ohio Shorthorn Breeders Association and Ohio Simmental Association. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the remaining breeds’ winners. BEST CommitteeThe OCA BEST program functions with the strong backing of the BEST Committee. Serving on the BEST Committee are Chairman Todd Pugh, Vice-Chairman Mark Hara, Patricia Cluxton, Brandon Corry, Ashley Culp, Alice Frazier, Breanne Gabriel, Roy Norman, Bob Siegel and Bill Tom – the Ohio State Fair Beef Director. Sally Puzacke served as the Buckeye Classic show representative. During the BEST awards banquet, the new junior representatives for the 2016-2017 season were announced. They are Karigan Blue, Henry County; Brianna Ellish, Miami County; Haley Frazier, Jackson County and Kyle Piscione, Medina County. Continuing for her second term is Natalie Wagner, Brown County. Youth scholarshipsBEST participants efforts’ in academics and extracurricular activities are also recognized through the BEST Scholarship program, awarding three $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship winners were Adison Niese, Richland County; Cole Liggett; Tuscarawas County and Natalie Wagner, Brown County. Novice scholarshipsNew BEST participants were eligible to apply for a Novice sponsorship prior to the start of the BEST show season. To be eligible, youth ages 8 to 21 had to qualify for the Novice division by being first or second year BEST program participants. Novice eligible participants submitted an essay that was reviewed by a panel of judges that ranked the scholarship applications. The selected participants received a scholarship worth $105 to cover the cost of their family’s Ohio Cattlemen’s Association membership for $60 as well as one head BEST nomination fee valued at $45. Youth chosen were able to redeem their scholarship at the first BEST show they attended. The Novice scholarship program is sponsored by Weaver Leather Livestock and the recipients of the scholarship include: Evan Born, Adam and Kayler Frey, and Alexandra Sabine, Lorain County; Luke Brinksneader, Darke County; Andrew, David and Elijah Brown, Scioto County; Dana Clinedinst, Morrow County; Gage Farrar, Jackson County; Andrew and Gregory Flax, Clark County; Payton Freed, Muskingum County; Caitlyn and Joshua Gaddis, and Brandon and Peyton Hogg, Knox County; Morgan Gillespie and Luke Keifer, Butler County; Bergan Leonhardt, Crawford County; Taylor Linebaugh, Greene County; Blake Martin, Huron County; Autumn Mohler, Union County; Joseph Moody, Carroll County; Abigail Myers, Tuscarawas County; Austin Nicholl, Logan County; Evan Pope, Gallia County; Aaron Post, Mercer County; Logan and Luke Schroeder, Defiance County; Lauren and Megan Schulte, Putnam County; Emily Scott, Portage County; Alyssa Strope, Belmont County. M.H. Eby Trailer winnerParticipants in this year’s program received an entry into the drawing for the free use of an 8-foot by 26-foot Eby Trailer complete with BEST logo detailing for the 2016-2017 BEST season, donated by Eby Trailer. Participants were given an entry for every animal they showed at each show throughout the season equaling more than 4,300 entries. The lucky winner was Kinley Kreis, Adamsville, Ohio. Community Service Fundraising WinnersBEST participants worked this season to raise money for two charities, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. Haley Frazier, Jackson, Ohio received a $500 gift certificate for a shopping spree with Weaver Leather Livestock for collecting the most pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Abigail Thornton, Amanda, Ohio received a $500 gift certificate to be used on show supplies with Weaver Leather Livestock for being the top fundraiser in the Make-A-Wish project. Megan Becker, Whipple, Ohio was also a top fundraiser and received a $500 gift certificate Gift certificate winnersJosie Kidwell, Walhonding, Ohio, won the drawing for a $500 gift certificate toward the purchase of her next show animal from an OCA member. Winning a Show Pass valued at more than $850 was Hailee Carter, Millersburg, Ohio. A gas card valued at $100 was won by Josh Champer, Mount Sterling, Ohio. Novice show box drawingNovice participant Levi DeLong, Laurelville, Ohio won a new Show Box in a novice-only drawing, donated by Weaver Livestock. 15-show attendeesIt takes a lot of time and dedication for juniors and their parents to attend any of the BEST shows, but several individuals attended all 15 BEST shows across the state.  Forty-nine BEST participants won a single show pass for the 2016-2017 season.Photography contestThis year’s photography contest had top-notch entries encompassing four divisions: BEST Shows and Activities, Landscapes, People and Around the Farm. Three winners were awarded in each age division and an Editor’s Choice and Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention were selected from all submissions. The winners were as follows: Beginner Division1st Place Beginner — Morgan Love, Fairfield Co.2nd Place Beginner — Ashton Bain, Highland Co.3rd Place Beginner — Brenna Shaffer, Lake Co. Junior Division1st Place Junior- Amanda Annett, Knox Co.2nd Place Junior — Mason Love, Fairfield Co.3rd Place Junior — Amanda Annett, Knox Co. Intermediate Division1st Place Intermediate — Emily Dahse, Gallia Co.2nd Place Intermediate — Kyle Piscione, Medina Co.3rd Place Intermediate — Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. Senior Division1st Place Senior — Kelsey Decker, Fairfield Co.2nd Place Senior — Morgan Smith, Washington Co.3rd Place Senior — Morgan Smith, Washington Co. Editor’s ChoiceEditor’s Choice — Kelsey Decker, Fairfield Co.Editor’s Choice Honorable Mention — Amanda Annett, Knox Co. Heifer and Market Animal ChampionsBreed Division ChampionsAngusChampion Angus Heifer — Nevaeh Powers, Fulton Co.Reserve Champion Angus Heifer — Michelle Bockelman, Henry Co.Third Overall Angus Heifer — Jacob LeBrun, Scioto Co.Fourth Overall Angus Heifer — Ellie Kidwell, Knox Co.Fifth Overall Angus Heifer — Baylee Carey, Highland Co.Champion Angus Steer — Carly Sanders, Highland Co.Reserve Champion Angus Steer — Jacob LeBrun, Scioto Co. ChianinaChampion Chianina Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland Co.Reserve Champion Chianina Heifer — Abbie Collins, Preble Co.Third Overall Chianina Heifer — Jared Cluxton, Brown Co.Fourth Overall Chianina Heifer — Allison Herr, Fulton Co.Fifth Overall Chianina Heifer — Colton Burkett, Ashland Co.Champion Chianina Steer — Kinley Kreis, Muskingum Co.Reserve Champion Chianina Steer — Ethan Davies, Wood Co. HerefordChampion Hereford Heifer — Hudson Drake, Ross Co.Reserve Champion Hereford Heifer — Austin Hunker, Huron Co.Champion Hereford Steer — Noah Smith, Sandusky Co.Reserve Champion Hereford Steer — Jackson Grimes, Logan Co. Maine-AnjouChampion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer — Adison Niese, Richland Co.Reserve Champion High % Maine-Anjou Heifer — Kinley Kreis, Muskingum Co. Champion MaineTainer Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland Co.Reserve Champion MaineTainer Heifer — Dalton Kennedy, Adams Co.Third Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Ashley Buell, Licking Co.Fourth Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Rufus Levi Tackett, Scioto Co.Fifth Overall MaineTainer Heifer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co.Champion Maine-Anjou Steer — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.Reserve Champion Maine-Anjou Steer — Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co.Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Victoria Waits, Fayette Co.Fourth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Kendal Widman, Crawford Co.Fifth Overall Maine-Anjou Steer — Clay Foor, Licking Co. ShorthornChampion Shorthorn Heifer — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin Co.Reserve Champion Shorthorn Heifer — Jessica Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.Third Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Samantha VanVorhis, Wood Co.Fourth Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Brandee Painter, Licking Co.Fifth Overall Shorthorn Heifer — Cole McLaughlin, Monroe Co.Champion Shorthorn Steer — Emma Mathews, Clinton Co.Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer — Tanner Cordes, Montgomery Co.Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer — Allison Davis, Carroll Co.Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Heifer — Reilly Jacobs Bell, Muskingum Co.Champion ShorthornPlus Steer — Noah Cox, Athens Co.Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer — Victoria Waits, Fayette Co. SimmentalChampion Simmental Heifer — Olivia Dickson, Licking Co.Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer — Cade Liggett, Tuscarawas Co.Champion % Simmental Heifer — Brooke Hayhurst, Wayne Co.Reserve Grand Champion % Simmental Heifer — Austin Garner, Butler Co.Third Overall % Simmental Heifer — Matthew Koverman, Scioto Co.Fourth Overall % Simmental Heifer — Tyson Woodard, Guernsey Co.Fifth Overall % Simmental Heifer — Nick McConnell, Knox Co.Champion Simmental Steer — Kinzee Shafer, Preble Co.Reserve Champion Simmental Steer — Delaney Jones, Allen Co. AOBChampion AOB Heifer — Austin Hunker, Huron, Co.Reserve Champion AOB Heifer — Austin Schneder, Clinton Co.Champion AOB Steer — Zane Davison, Madison Co.Reserve Champion AOB Steer — Kennedy Thompson, Clinton Co. MiniatureChampion Miniature Heifer — Isaac Wiley, Morrow Co.Reserve Champion Miniature Heifer — Walker Wiley, Morrow Co.Champion Miniature Steer — Franklin Kinney, Logan Co.Reserve Champion Miniature Steer — Henry Strow, Wood Co. Market HeiferChampion Market Heifer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co.Reserve Champion Market Heifer — Austin Schneder, Clinton Co.Third Overall Market Heifer — Lauren McIntosh, Brown Co.Fourth Overall Market Heifer — Caroline Blay, Portage Co.Fifth Overall Market Heifer — Rufus Levi Tackett, Scioto Co. CrossbredChampion Crossbred Heifer — Destiny LaFever, Ashland Co.Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co.Third Overall Crossbred Heifer — Karlie Kennedy, Adams Co.Fourth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Kylee Bloomfield, Crawford Co.Fifth Overall Crossbred Heifer — Abbie Collins, Preble Co.Champion Crossbred Steer — Abigail Myers, Tuscarawas Co.Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co.Third Overall Crossbred Steer — Caden Jones, Allen Co.Fourth Overall Crossbred Steer — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.Fifth Overall Crossbred Steer — Alayna Kellar, Harrison Co.Sixth Overall Crossbred Steer — Luke Brinksneader, Darke Co.Seventh Overall Crossbred Steer — Carter Smith, Holmes Co.Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Alayna McIntosh, Brown Co.Eighth Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Jayden Shriver, Gallia Co.Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Jonna Goss, Hocking Co.Ninth Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Luke Brinksneader, Darke Co.Tenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Adam Thompson, Clinton Co.Eleventh Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Mindy Barr, Pickaway Co.Eleventh Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Danielle Hoffman, Richland Co.Twelfth Overall Crossbred Steer — Madalynn Bruckelmyer, Licking Co.Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Kelsey Crandall, Darke Co.Thirteenth Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Mackenzie Hursey, Tuscarawas Co.Fourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Brice Phelps, Union Co.Fourteenth Overall Crossbred Steer (tie) — Hayden Belleville, Wood Co.Fifteenth Overall Crossbred Steer — Caitlin Gallagher, Lorain Co. BEST Novice ChampionsHeifersChampion Novice Heifer (tie) — Olivia Dickson, Licking Co. –  Purebred SimmentalChampion Novice Heifer (tie) — Destiny LaFever, Ashland Co. — CrossbredReserve Champion Novice Heifer (tie) — Nevaeh Powers, Fulton Co. — AngusReserve Champion Novice Heifer (tie) — Kylee Bloomfield, Crawford Co. – CrossbredThird Overall Novice Heifer (tie) — Ellie Day, Ross Co. — CrossbredThird Overall Novice Heifer (tie) — Jordan Moffit, Huron Co. – CrossbredFourth Overall Novice Heifer — Gage Farrar, Jackson Co. – CrossbredFifth Overall Novice Heifer — Rufus Levi Tackett, Scioto Co. – MaineTainerSixth Overall Novice Heifer — Lauren McIntosh, Brown Co. – CrossbredSeventh Overall Novice Heifer — Hannah French, Huron Co. – CrossbredEighth Overall Novice Heifer — Maddox Cupp, Fairfield Co. – HerefordNinth Overall Novice Heifer — Allison Herr, Fulton Co. – ChianinaTenth Overall Novice Heifer — Tyson Woodard, Guernsey Co. – % Simmental Market AnimalsChampion Novice Steer — Carly Sanders, Highland Co. – AngusReserve Champion Novice Steer (tie) — Tanner Cordes, Montgomery Co. — ShorthornReserve Champion Novice Steer (tie) — Abigail Myers, Tuscarawas Co. – CrossbredThird Overall Novice Steer — Jacob LeBrun, Scioto Co. – AngusFourth Overall Novice Steer — Franklin Kinney, Logan Co. – MiniatureFifth Overall Novice Steer — Caden Jones, Allen Co. – CrossbredSixth Overall Novice Steer — Alayna Kellar, Harrison Co. – CrossbredSeventh Overall Novice Steer — Luke Brinksneader, Darke Co. – CrossbredEighth Overall Novice Steer — Ethan Davies, Wood Co. – ChianinaNinth Overall Novice Steer — Delaney Jones, Allen Co. — Purebred SimmentalTenth Overall Novice Steer — Jayden Shriver, Gallia Co. – Crossbred BEST Bred & Owned ChampionsHeifersChampion Bred & Owned Heifer — Kathy Lehman, Richland Co. – MaineTainerReserve Champion Bred & Owned Heifer— Ashley Buell, Licking Co. – MaineTainerThird Overall Bred & Owned Heifer — Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co. – MaineTainerFourth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer — Michelle Bockelman, Henry Co. – AngusFifth Overall Bred & Owned Heifer— Mya Hetrick, Sandusky Co. – Shorthorn SteersChampion Bred & Owned Steer — Wally Minges, Butler Co. – ShorthornPlusReserve Champion Bred & Owned Steer — Ian Gehret, Darke Co. — Maine-AnjouThird Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Luke McKee, Knox Co. — Maine-AnjouFourth Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Brooke Weeks, Champaign Co. — Maine-AnjouFifth Overall Bred & Owned Steer — Austin Nicholl, Logan Co. — Chianina BEST Showmanship WinnersNoviceChampion Novice Showman — Allison Herr, Fulton Co.Reserve Novice Showman — Drew Browning, Muskingum Co.Third Overall Novice Showman — Luke Brinksneader, Darke Co.Fourth Overall Novice Showman — Beau Johnson, Gallia Co.Fifth Overall Novice Showman — Dakota Warnimont, Putnam Co.Sixth Overall Novice Showman — Abigail Thornton, Fairfield Co.Seventh Overall Novice Showman — Shala Graham, Licking Co.Eighth Overall Novice Showman — Avery Moore, Erie Co.Ninth Overall Novice Showman — Levi DeLong, Ross Co.Tenth Overall Novice Showman — Paige Pence, Clark Co. BeginnerChampion Beginner Showman — Hudson Drake, Ross Co.Reserve Beginner Showman — Ellie Day, Ross Co.Third Overall Beginner Showman — Karlie Kennedy, Adams Co.Fourth Overall Beginner Showman — Neveah Powers, Fulton Co.Fifth Overall Beginner Showman — Sydney Sanders, Highland Co.Sixth Overall Beginner Showman — Madison Paden, Guernsey Co.Seventh Overall Beginner Showman — Blake Herdman, Highland Co.Eighth Overall Beginner Showman — Carly Sanders, Highland Co.Ninth Overall Beginner Showman — Ethan Davies, Wood Co.Tenth Overall Beginner Showman — Logan Schroeder, Defiance Co. JuniorChampion Junior Showman — Victoria Waits, Fayette Co.Reserve Champion Junior Showman — Chris Tooms, Muskingum Co.Third Overall Junior Showman — Harrison Blay, Portage Co.Fourth Overall Junior Showman — Mya Hetrick, Sandusky Co.Fifth Overall Junior Showman — Destiny Lafever, Ashland Co.Sixth Overall Junior Showman — Fulton Kennedy, Adams Co.Seventh Overall Junior Showman — Erin Pope, Gallia Co.Eighth Overall Junior Showman — Hunter Harris, Adams Co.Ninth Overall Junior Showman — Caden Jones, Allen Co.Tenth Overall Junior Showman — Kinzee Shafer, Preble Co. IntermediateChampion Intermediate Showman — Allison Davis, Carroll Co.Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman — Dalton Kennedy, Adams Co.Third Overall Intermediate Showman — Lori Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.Fourth Overall Intermediate Showman — Olivia Wood, Clinton Co.Fifth Overall Intermediate Showman —Jordan Johnson, Gallia Co.Sixth Overall Intermediate Showman — Kathy Lehman, Richland Co.Seventh Overall Intermediate Showman — Kyle Piscione, Medina Co.Eighth Overall Intermediate Showman — Cade Liggett, Tuscarawas Co.Ninth Overall Intermediate Showman — Emily Paden, Guernsey Co.Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman (tie) — Hannah Topmiller, Warren Co.Tenth Overall Intermediate Showman (tie) — Haley Frazier, Jackson Co. SeniorChampion Senior Showman — Taylor Morbitzer, Franklin Co.Reserve Champion Senior Showman (tie) — Kendra Gabriel, Pickaway Co.Reserve Champion Senior Showman (tie) — Jessica Millenbaugh, Crawford Co.Third Overall Senior Showman — Emma Mathews, Clinton Co.Fourth Overall Senior Showman — Mindy Barr, Pickaway Co.Fifth Overall Senior Showman — Austin Garner, Butler Co.Sixth Overall Senior Showman — Danielle Whitted, Portage Co.Seventh Overall Senior Showman — Bricen Hess, Highland Co.Eighth Overall Senior Showman — Brianna Ellish, Miami Co.Ninth Overall Senior Showman — Lindsey Pugh, Stark Co.Tenth Overall Senior Showman — Jacob Jones, Brown Co.last_img read more

Foreign media coverage on Anna Hazare’s arrest

first_imgIndia’s leading anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare’s protest against corruption and the demonstrations that followed after his arrest, gained a wide-spread coverage in the international media.Here are the excerpts: WASHINGTON POSTAnna Hazare, India’s leading anti-corruption activist, refuses to leave Delhi jail “Indian police jailed a leading anti-corruption campaigner and detained thousands of his supporters early Tuesday, hours before the veteran activist was due to begin an indefinite hunger strike to demand tougher laws against graft. As public anger rose, the government made a dramatic U-turn and decided to release the 74-year-old Anna Hazare on Tuesday evening. But Hazare refused to leave Delhi’s high-security Tihar Jail unless he was given written permission to resume his fast in a park in central Delhi. Supporters said he was continuing his hunger strike in jail. Hazare, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, is the face of a nationwide social movement against rampant corruption that has gathered pace this year after a string of high-profile scandals. He has become a major thorn in the side of the government, led by the Congress party, and the confrontation has become increasingly bitter in recent weeks. Hazare, adressed in homespun white cotton and a white cap, smiled and waved at supporters as he was driven away early Tuesday from his lodgings in the Indian capital in a police vehicle after earlier being denied permission to stage his protest. Later, hundreds of candle-holding, flag-waving protesters shouted slogans and pushed against the iron gates of Tihar Jail demanding his immediate release.”advertisementWASHINGTON TIMESAnti-graft activist fasts in custody “An anti-corruption activist arrested Tuesday for planning a public hunger strike began his fast behind bars, as his supporters held protests across the country with thousands detained by police. Anna Hazare’s demand for tougher anti-corruption laws has tested the beleaguered government and galvanized Indians fed up with seemingly endless scandals, exposing bribery and favoritism and paralyzing efforts to address poverty and speed development. Mr. Hazare, a 73-year-old social activist clad in the simple white cotton garb of India’s liberation leaders, has become an anti-corruption icon by channeling the tactics of freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi. In April, he used a four-day fast to force the government to draft legislation to create an anti-corruption watchdog. He had planned to begin another public fast Tuesday to press for a stronger bill. Police barred his latest protest after organizers refused to limit the number of fasting days and participants, Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said. “Protests are perfectly permissible and welcome, but it must be under reasonable conditions,” he said. Mr. Hazare vowed to carry on regardless, but he was arrested before leaving for the protest site in a New Delhi park.”NEW YORK TIMESHundreds Arrested in India Over Planned Protest”An anticorruption protest leader whose arrest on Tuesday morning reverberated across India, inciting outrage at the government, ended the day with a very different twist: He refused an offer to be released from jail. By late Tuesday, the scene outside Tihar Jail was playing on all-news channels across the country. More than 1,000 supporters waved flags and banners, chanting slogans, as the protest leader, Anna Hazare, rejected a police release order because it contained a condition he could not accept – that he agree not to stage an indefinite hunger strike. He began one in jail anyway. The late-night drama came after a long day in which Mr. Hazare had initially planned to begin a hunger strike at a park in New Delhi, augmented by rallies across the country. Seeking to pre-empt the demonstrations, the police arrested Mr. Hazare and his aides and detained more than 1,200 of his followers, though most had been released by early evening. “DAILY MAILMass protests erupt over arrest of ‘Gandhi’ hunger strike activist “The detention of an anti-corruption activist as he began a hunger strike has sparked protests across India, with police rounding up at least 1,200 supporters in New Delhi alone. Anna Hazare began fasting in custody after police arrested him at home to stop the planned public hunger strike in a New Delhi park, which was certain to embarrass India’s scandal-plagued government. Hazare’s demand for tougher anti-corruption laws has galvanised Indians fed up with the bribery and favouritism that has infested government at all levels and become a political distraction, preventing progress in addressing the widening gap between rich and poor.”WALL STEET JOURNALIndia Jails Anticorruption Activist”Delhi police jailed an anticorruption advocate on Tuesday after earlier preventing him from going on a public hunger strike to demand the government create an even-more-powerful ombudsman than envisioned in a bill before Parliament. Anna Hazare was arrested early Tuesday morning under a temporary legal provision that bans public gatherings and protests at a New Delhi park where he was planning to hold his hunger strike, said Rajan Bhagat, spokesman for the Delhi police. Mr. Bhagat said the prohibition was issued after Mr. Hazare refused to agree to the police’s conditions for allowing the protest, including restricting the fast to three days and limiting the number of protesters at the site to 5,000. Mr. Hazare, 73 years old, was later sent to the capital’s Tihar Jail for seven days after he failed to post bail or to promise before a magistrate not to defy the protest ban, which remains in place. He is now in the same jail as politicians arrested in recent months in connection with a slew of government scandals that created a wellspring of support for the activist’s anticorruption efforts. Mr. Bhagat said the police issued an “unconditional release warrant” for Mr. Hazare and his aides late Tuesday night. An aide to Mr. Hazare who was released told television reporters outside the jail that Mr. Hazare has said he won’t leave until he receives “written assurance” from the government that he will be allowed to go ahead with his plan for the hunger strike.”THE NEWSadvertisementAnna Hazare refuses to leave jail “An Indian anti-corruption activist refused to leave jail on Tuesday after being held in custody for several hours to prevent him starting a high-profile hunger strike in New Delhi. Veteran campaigner Anna Hazare, 74, was released by authorities but said he would only walk out of prison if his demands to be allowed to hold a public “fast unto death” in a city park were met, officials told. About 1,400 Hazare supporters were set free after being held during the day inside a sports stadium in a police operation that was widely criticised as an attempt to quell dissent. Corruption has become a key issue of public discontent in India, and Hazare has emerged as a prominent national figure for his campaign to demand that a new anti-graft law currently before parliament is strengthened.”last_img read more