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Members of the Premala Dance Academy broke down
while performing a farewell dance for little Adita Roopc-
hand during her funeral service at her family s home in
Beaucaro, Freeport, yesterday.
Adita, seven, died when a gate fell and crushed her at
her home on Wednesday morning. The pupil of Freeport
Hindu School, who was due to enter Standard Two at the
start of the new school term in September, was cremated
at Waterloo following the funeral service.
The dancers wept during their performance to a Bol-
lywood film song described as Adita s favourite. The girl s
mother, Jankey Roochand, wept loudly when the pink
casket was brought to her home.
"Who you will play with and harass now?" she asked
her son Devindra, 11, who stood next to her and tried to
comfort her. Her husband, Rajendra, stood with his arms
around her throughout the service.
Officiating pundit Ramlal Maharaj urged parents to be
more vigilant with their children at home.
"Parents need to walk around their home, take the time
to scrutinise their surroundings and make sure there is no
danger present, especially where children play. We need
to take better care with our children," he said.
Adita s Standard One teacher, Terani Ramjattan, described
her as a brilliant mind snatched away too soon.
"Adita was a precious gem, brilliant, talkative, who should
have been looking to an exciting life ahead of her."
The girl s classmates read a poem dedicated to her.
Among the mourners was Couva South MP Rudranath
Indarsingh, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, who
appealed builders to pay closer attention to their work.
"We cannot let Adita s death be in vain, I am calling on
all builders to carry out your jobs in a responsible manner.
Do not short-change people when you are hired to do a
job. Do what is necessary to avoid future incidents like
Former chairman of the
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Cor-
poration (CTTRC) Dave Persad yesterday
tendered his resignation as a member of
the United National Congress (UNC) over
the controversial Constitutional (Amend-
Persad said the bill was just one of several
issues he has had to grapple with over the
last three years which "contributed signif-
icantly to my decision not to seek re-election
He said the bill was "the proverbial last
straw that broke the camel s back."
Persad said in a statement yesterday that
the bill was an "undemocratic process" that
cannot yield a democratic result. He said
that at no time the runoff issue came up
in the constitutional reform consultations.
"No member of the Constitutional Reform
Commission (CRC) can say otherwise."
He added: "Having been paid handsomely
by the taxpayers of this country, they must
raise their voices or be condemned and run
the risk of their entire report losing it s
integrity and being deemed a massive and
expensive hoax on the population."
Persad said he agreed with Foreign Affairs
Minister Winston Dookeran who insisted
that the bill goes against all his lifelong
political beliefs "and when something is so
fundamental that goes to the heart of one s
belief and bellies from within your very own
organisation, one must respond with equal
Persad said as for those who parade as
flag-bearers of the gospel of new politics
"it continues to remain elusive as to when
fundamental becomes so fundamental as
to warrant decisive action to meet their
utterly idle and empty boast. Perhaps, the
most fundamental thing for them is the
supreme desire to hold on to office and
power, temporary as it might be, at any
Three killings in three separate incidents have
taken the murder toll to 272.
In the first incident, 36-year-old Nicholas Imortep
was washing his car on Guy Street, Sangre Grande,
just after 6.30 pm on Friday night when nearby res-
idents heard several loud explosions.
Upon investigating they found Imortep lying next
to his vehicle with several gunshot wounds. He was
pronounced dead at the scene.
Three hours later, just before 9 pm, Garner Swan,
38, of Second Hill, Kandahar, in Arouca was shot near
his home. Residents reported hearing loud explosions
and later found Swan bleeding on the street. He was
rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
but was pronounced dead on arrival.
In the third incident, residents near Wharf Trace,
Maracas, reported to police that they heard loud explo-
sions just after 9 pm. Officers from the St Joseph
Police Station responded to calls and found 35-year-
old Yohanna Mohammed, lying on the roadway. Police
reportedly recovered 15 spent shells at the scene.
Investigations into all three matters are continuing.
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Ex-chairman resigns over reform bill
Dancers at little
Jankey Roopchand, is consoled during the funeral service for her seven-
year-old daughter, Adita, yesterday. PHOTO: SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
in three hours
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has
condemned an article making the rounds
on social media on the Government s pur-
ported multi-million dollar losses through
the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) contract.
In an e-mail yesterday, Ramlogan described
the electronic article, Clyde shipyard bosses
win £130m compensation battle, as "political
mischief of the highest order".
"It seeks to revive an old article that was
published in the Evening Times newspaper
on November 15, 2012, at a time when Oppo-
sition Leader Keith Rowley was publicly
announcing that the Government had lost
the OPV arbitration and was ordered to pay
British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) hundreds
of millions of dollars.
The article in the Evening Times newspaper
confirmed the erroneous statements that were
being made by Dr Rowley here in Trinidad,"
The article, he said, was immediately
retracted after he threatened to sue the news-
"A retraction was in fact published the fol-
lowing day by the Evening Times newspaper
on the 16 November, 2012," he said.
"Much to the surprise, disappointment and
chagrin of the Opposition, the Government
emerged victorious in the OPV arbitration
with BAE agreeing to pay the sum of TT $1.4
billion to the state. This settlement was arrived
at after I testified and was cross examined
over a two-day period in the Arbitration in
London," he said.
Ramlogan said the "misleading article has
suddenly resurfaced on various PNM social
media sites and is being forwarded to media
personnel as part of a wider campaign design
to discredit me".
AG: Political mischief in old OPV story
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