New Delhi: The Delhi government is likely to provide coaching to IAS aspirants in Urdu, taking steps towards making the language a means to build a career, an official statement said on Tuesday. It stated Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Art, Culture and Languages Manish Sisodia interacted with toppers in Urdu language hailing from various universities of Delhi on Monday evening. “The Urdu Academy should start providing coaching to interested students,” the statement quoted Sisodia as saying at the event. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Study material in Urdu will soon be accessible to students who want to write their papers in the medium. “In the way English and Hindi are treated as a standard language of teaching and study, Urdu language will also be treated at par with them,” Sisodia said. Dignitaries from the Delhi government, along with Urdu Academy Vice-Chairman Professor Shehpar Rasool, were also present at the event. Students excelling in the field of Urdu were awarded at the event, the statement said. They represented Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawahar Lal Nehru, District Institute of Education and Training and Maharishi Valmiki College of Education, it added.
LAVAL, Que. – A jury has found Quebec construction magnate Tony Accurso guilty on all five charges he was facing including fraud and corruption.Accurso, 66, was impassive as the jury delivered the verdicts on their seventh day of deliberations on Monday.He was on trial in connection with a municipal corruption scheme involving former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.The Crown had argued that Accurso participated in a kickback scheme on construction contracts doled out in that city.At his trial, Accurso denied any involvement and testified he was not aware of any such system in place.Accurso was found guilty on five charges, which were conspiracy to commit corruption in municipal affairs, conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud of more than $5,000, corruption of municipal officials and breach of trust.More than two dozen people were charged in the fraud case, including Vaillancourt, who pleaded guilty to demanding kickbacks from construction companies in exchange for municipal contracts and was sentenced to six years in jail.Accurso was the only one who opted to go to trial.“It’s very disappointing for him, after presenting his defence, giving his testimony, he feels like someone who has been found guilty of something he denied,” said defence lawyer Marc Labelle.The veteran lawyer wouldn’t comment on the possibility of appealing the case, but agreed his client’s notoriety may have tilted the case against him.Crown attorney Richard Rougeau welcomed the jury’s decision.“Obviously, it’s an accomplishment,” he told reporters at the Laval courthouse. “We are particularly satisfied with the result.”A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday before Quebec Superior Court Justice James Brunton.It was Accurso’s second trial on the same charges — last November, his first fraud and corruption trial ended in a mistrial.The second trial began in May.