President David Granger on Friday last donated $1 million to the New Amsterdam Secondary School to improve its science and technology capacity.The Head of State made the donation during a visit which was part of activities in observance of Education Month.President David Granger presents the cheque to the Head Teacher of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School, Vanessa Jacobs to assist the school’s STEM programmeThe ancient county, the President said, has played a pivotal role in the development of education in Guyana. He lauded the school for its exceptional performance at the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams which recorded a 93.1 per cent pass rate.The school registered 100 per cent passes in Agricultural Science, Resource Management, Food and Nutrition, Industrial Technology, Office Administration, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies and several other subjects.However, the Head of State also added that Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is an economic pacesetter.“Timber, bauxite, rice and sugar and some of the resources in abundance in this region. These commodities have made this region the food basket of the country. More than half of the sugar that Guyana produces comes from East Berbice-Corentyne. Quarter of your rice and the majority of your fish and cattle meat comes from this region. So, your economy has built up over the years but we need to think more of what we can do… outside of Demerara, this is the only region with a university campus.”President Granger explained that the New Amsterdam Multilateral School is one of six multilateral schools which were established to bring into operation a new curriculum.He said the advancement of the science and technology field will produce scientists who are going to propel Guyana’s development.“We need scientists, architects, agronomist, biologists, botanist, chemists, doctors, engineers, environmentalist, hydrologist and physicist. I am a man that puts my money where my mouth is.”On that note, the President announced that he will be giving the school $1 million. President Granger told the students that he has established the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST) fund from which the money was taken.The original education system in Guyana, President Granger noted, has been the recipient of tremendous investment.He explained that this year, investment in the education sector moved from 14.8 per cent of the national budget to 17 per cent of the budget which is $52 billion, 15 per cent more than last year.The President said he is not satisfied with only ensuring that every child is in school but he is looking forward to A grade students.“The first A means access – Every child must be able to access primary and secondary schools. The second A is attendance – Every child must attend the school and the stay in school. Studies have established that there is a strong relationship between school attendance, school literacy and numeracy. Giving access and assuring attendance are not enough; we want children to reach a high level of attainment which means that we want children to stay in school so that they can graduate and go to university,” the President added.
Chaos broke out at the Stabroek Police Outpost on Thursday last when a prisoner armed himself with a cutlass, chopped off the handcuffs from his hands and made good his escape.Stabroek Police OutpostAccording to information, on the day in question, around 16:30h, ranks arrested Gary Grant, a 34-year-old resident of Norton Street, Georgetown, who allegedly stole a cellular phone from a female resident.The Corporal who was in charge of the night shift at the Outpost instructed his subordinates to handcuff the man’s right hand to a metal bar that was attached to a wall inside the structure and place him to sit on a bench.Ranks stated that the man had been banging on the walls and throwing items at them throughout the afternoon.Subsequently, one of the ranks attached to the Outpost informed the Corporal of the man’s behaviour and suggested that he be sent to the Brickdam Police Station, but the request was denied.The rank further stated that the prisoner was shouting at the top of his voice claiming that he was very strong and was a good sprinter, but they ignored the outbursts and slurs.At approximately 22:20h the same night, the prisoner suddenly jumped into the air and kicked down the plywood counter of the outpost. A cutlass that was hidden under the counter was then revealed, and the prisoner used it to chop off the handcuffs and made his escape.However, before leaving, the prisoner used the cutlass to chop several electrical wires thus resulting in the Outpost plunging into darkness.Nevertheless, a large crowd gathered after seeing and hearing the commotion. A public-spirited citizen quickly got into action and attempted to prevent the prisoner from escaping, but he did not succeed as the prisoner kept ‘firing chops’ at them with the cutlass.The lone female Police rank out of fear began to run as the man went after her with the cutlass in his hand.As the woman made efforts to escape, she stumbled over two bread stalls at the Market.The prisoner eventually backed off and made good his escape by running around the fence of the Parliament Building. The patrol vehicle that was summoned arrived shortly after the chaos, at the scene.
Three loyal customers of Penta Paints smiled brightly on Friday after receiving the top prizes in the “Penta Live in Style” Promotion.Lance Kennedy with his 55” Samsung Smart TelevisionAt the Lombard Street, Georgetown location, Lance Kennedy walked away with a 55” Samsung Smart Television while Nikesha Taylor will add flavour to her living room with a brand-new three-piece sofa set.Hemchan Boodhoo picked up the final grand prize of a trip for two to Kaieteur Water Falls.Taylor, in receiving her prize, said that she has been a customer of Penta since 2014 and expressed that she continues to shop the paint because it “stands out”.Sales Manager of Penta Paints for Guyana and Suriname, Andre Ally congratulated all the winners, revealing that the company will do more for its customers in 2020.The promotion commenced on November 20 and concluded on December 23, 2019. In addition, 14 consolation prizes were also given out.
Christmas 2019 would be no different for a young mother and daughter as their tradition every year is to spread Christmas cheer to indigent children and families in their community.Tiffany Greene hands over the AC units to Shivani RamdeholJust days before Christmas, GTT’s Tiffany Greene and her seven-year-old daughter donated two air-conditioninging (AC) units to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) Paediatric Ward as means to bring ease and comfort to patients.Greene explained that it was during GTT’s Social Activities Committee (SAC) annual Pinktober visit to the ward in October that she observed one section without AC units. It was then she had the nudge to invest in her 2019 Christmas giveback. “The heat was stifling and knew I had to do something to make these children and their parents more comfortable,” Tiffany said.“Children aged 28 days to 13 years would be kept in this unit with their parents during hospital stays for days or months; as a mother, I felt compelled to do more for these children,” she added.Receiving the units on behalf of the GPHC’s Paediatric Unit was Junior Supervisor, Shivani Ramdehol, who expressed gratitude for the donation while stating that she was happy Greene displayed “such kindness”.Ramdehol noted that the donation was even more impactful since the Unit had requested donations of an air conditioning unit from several businesses and organisations and did not receive any response.Greene, who is a Sales Representative in GTT’s Sales and Distribution Department and a member of the GTT’s Social Activities Committee, said that this is not the first time she has made donations during the Christmas season.“Every year, me and my daughter would distribute presents and this year was no different. We also distributed toys to the children at my church on Christmas morning before opening our own presents. This is what Christmas is about and I hope gestures like this encourage others to give back in whatever way they can,” Greene said.Commending the Sales Representative was GTT’s PR Manager, Jasmin Harris who said, “GTT is happy to have employees who are able to go above and beyond to touch lives, not only at GTT through the excellent work done, but also those who make positive impacts in their communities”.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has announced its much-anticipated annual promotions, elevating some 355 junior ranks this year. The announcement was made by Police Commissioner Leslie James in his 2020 New Year message on Wednesday.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesAccording to the Top Cop, promotion is a reward for hard work, invaluable dedication, conscientiousness and selfless attitude.“It is the demonstration of the understanding of your roles, purposes and responsibilities. It is and must be seen as a reward for the unconditional serving and maintenance of zealously guarding our ideals,” he noted.Commissioner James pointed out to the promoted ranks that their stellar performances have merited their achievements to embrace the gold standard and as such, they must never retreat from challenging themselves.“We have worked assiduously during the past year to advance our organisation by maintaining public security, public safety, trust and confidence. We must continue to win the respect and trust among the citizenry through exemplary conduct and professionalism,” the Police Chief asserted.The Top Cop went on to note that the Force is not monolithic and has gone through various processes and stages of development since its establishment in 1839. In fact, he pointed out that it has completed the first year of the current Strategic Management Plan as well as established a Police Reform Change Board (PRCB) to coordinate the Strategic Plan.Additionally, he noted that while the Force has managed to keep serious crimes down, road fatalities continue to climb with an eight per cent increase.On this note, Commissioner James posited that ‘Operation Safe Roads’ is still in effect countrywide. He added that the crime strategies with Temporal and Spatial Analysis approaches have also been implemented.Among the promotions approved by the Police Service Commission (PSC) are three Superintendents to Senior Superintendents, three Deputy Superintendents as Superintendents and three Assistant Superintendents to Deputy Superintendents.Meanwhile, 14 Inspectors, including two Women Chief Inspectors, were elevated to the post of Assistant Superintendent, while nine Inspectors were promoted to Chief Inspector. A further 25 Sergeants were promoted to the rank of Inspector.Elevated to the rank of Sergeant were 81 Corporals and one Lance Corporal. Additionally, 125 Constables and Lance Corporals were promoted to the rank of Corporal. Another 35 Constables were elevated to the rank of Lance Corporal.Under Special Constabulary, 13 Corporals received promotions to the rank of Sergeant, while a total of 21, inclusive of 13 Lance Corporals and eight Constables, were elevated to Corporal. In addition, 14 Special Constables were also promoted to Lance Corporals.Meanwhile, Guystac Special Constabulary saw a total of eight promotions this year. These include three Corporals to the rank of Sergeant, one Lance Corporal and one Constable to Corporal, and three Constables to the rank of Lance Corporal.Last year, the Police Force promoted over 500 ranks.
The joy of December 25 was celebrated by 25 new mothers across the country as they gave birth to their Christmas babies.The New Amsterdam Public Hospital had its first delivery, a boy, weighing two kilograms (kg), from Tricia Hazel, 23, of Number 75 Village, Corentyne at 03:43hPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger share a light moment with Malinie Rose, mother of the first 2017 Christmas baby. Also in photo is Public Health Minister Volda Lawrenceon December 25.The young mother disclosed that she never expected to have a Christmas baby and all she wanted was to have a safe delivery. Hazel said she was excited that her baby has arrived safe and healthy.Just over an hour later at 05:04h, Drupattie Looknauth, 36, of Bush Lot Village, Corentyne, delivered her ninth child, another boy weighing 3kg.Within an hour of Drupattie’s delivery, Hemwattie Samaroo delivered a beautifulMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings alongside two of Linden’s new mothers and their babiesbaby girl weighing 2kg.At 11:25h, Nandy Nanlall, of West Canje, delivered her first child, a boy weighing 3.1kg. The youngest Christmas Day mother was Akash Lockhan, 20, of Belvedere, Corentyne, who delivered her second child – a boy weighing 3.3kgBibi Lockraj, 24, of Blairmont, West Bank Berbice, also delivered her second child – a boy weighing 2.9kg at 19:15h.At the Fort Wellington Hospital, midwife Hully Semple made a safe delivery atHemwattie Samaroo and her baby girl19:10h. The 3kg baby girl was delivered to Jasmatie Lonston of Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice, joining two siblings.At the Linden Hospital Complex, seven healthy babies were born, while at the Georgetown Public Hospital, five births were recorded (four girls and one boy), and another two babies were expected to be delivered, bringing the total to seven.Malvin Heywood was the first Christmas newborn at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Born to Malinie Rose, little Malvin arrived in the world at 00:02h on December 25, 2017.At the time, 68 mothers with babies (36 boys and 32 girls) have been registered in the Georgetown Public Hospital Maternity Ward’s post-natal unit.Meanwhile, on the Essequibo Coast, two births were recorded. Serita Latchman gave birth to a healthy baby girl while Dorothy Daniels delivered a bouncing baby boy at the Suddie Public Hospital.
– as no set date given for APNU/AFC meeting By Samuel SukhnandanWith just a few more weeks left before the deadline for the review of the agreement between the two major parties of the governing coalition, there seems to be no concrete plan for members to meet and discuss this process.High ranking members of the Alliance For Change (AFC) do not appear to be prepared to meet with their partners in Government, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to discuss the long-awaited review of the Cummingsburg Accord.Despite the AFC setting a deadline by February 14 to come up with a review plan, leader of the party, Raphael Trotman could not provide a definite time in which both parties could meet to start the discussion.APNU Secretary Joseph HarmonHe told Guyana Times that, “The AFC continues to meet and discuss it and yes we will meet with them before the milestone date coming up, and we will have discussions. That’s all I can say at this point.”This newspaper also spoke with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo at Parliament on Wednesday, who could not provide an answer on the matter either. Incidentally, Nagamootoo seemed unaware of any planned meetings. He said, “I think you will have to put that question to Leader of the AFC. I’m the elder, I advise. I don’t pronounce.”In mid-November 2017, the top leadership of the AFC had decided to revise its governing agreement with coalition partner, APNU. This decision was taken after the AFC – the smaller of the two factions forming the Government – was accused of being coerced by its large partner.However, Trotman had committed to write to meet with the APNU to initiate discussions with regards to the revision of the Accord, which was signed before the last General and Regional Election.But several months have passed and Trotman is yet to write the APNU. This was made clear by Secretary of APNU, Joseph Harmon, who said recently that to date, no correspondence was received.There have been reports that the AFC was not too comfortable with the current Cummingsburg Accord which sets how the two coalition partners would divide up the Ministries.In one of his weekly columns, former House Speaker Ralph Ramkarran said the inability of the AFC to successfully push for constitutional reform, a platform on which the party campaigned, has seriously damaged its credibility; and in order to restore some of its integrity, the AFC must resign from Government.He said the lack of success in this aspect would leave the party’s credibility in tatters, and its Members of Parliament (MPs) would be far more influential and respected for leaving the coalition Government. This move, he said, would put the AFC in a stronger position to demand that APNU fulfill its campaign promises.Prior to joining hands with the APNU, the AFC was seen as the ‘third force’, the party of integrity, with support coming from across the ethnic divides.“So when the party negotiated with APNU the Cummingsburg Accord in 2015 to contest the General Election, it was the support from the “Guyanese Indians” that enabled the APNU/AFC coalition to become successful, Ramkarran said.President David Granger, who leads the APNU, said the AFC is within its right to request the review and noted that he is willing to facilitate discussions regarding this review process.Under the current configuration of Government, the AFC has received the portfolios of the Prime Minister, Public Security Ministry, Public Infrastructure Ministry, and the Agriculture Ministry, among others.The party named a Cummingsburg Accord Review Committee (CARC) of eight members – Dr Vincent Adams, Dr Rohan Somar, Marlon Williams, David Patterson, Joel Edmond, Sherod Duncan and one representative each from the party’s Women For Change and Youth For Change.The AFC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has mandated the party leadership to formally write to APNU with regard to review and revision of the Cummingsburg Accord.This process must be completed by the third anniversary of the signing of the Accord, February 14, 2018.
Disappointment was expressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at the fact that despite being categorical about the position of the parliamentary Opposition on the Cyber Crimes Bill, “falsehoods” are still being peddled to convey the impression that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) supported the increasingly controversial Bill, which includes a section on sedition.In an interview with Guyana Times, he reasoned that such acts were either reflective of an unwillingness to directly criticise the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government – part of the balancing act employed by some commentators – or an effort to mislead Guyanese.At his Monday (April 30, 2018) news conference, Jagdeo acknowledged that theOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoparliamentary Opposition “dropped the ball” in addressing the Cyber Crimes Bill, given the absence of PPP/C Members of Parliament (MPs) at the meetings of the Select Committee dealing with the Bill.“You can blame us and some of the MPs for not attending the meetings (of the Parliamentary Select Committee) and it would be justified… the PPP, and I speak for the PPP, does not support this inclusion, this undemocratic inclusion, in the cybercrime bill. In fact, we are opposed to it…the fact is that several MPs on our side were members of the Special Select Committee, which met several times to consider the provisions of this Bill, and were absent sometimes. However, their presence alone, being named to that committee, does not elevate to support by the PPP.”The Opposition Leader was categorical in reiterating that the PPP/C was not supportive of the controversial Bill. “This provision has no place in a democratic Guyana, in a free Guyana. In a Guyana where free speech is an important part of our democracy, where freedom of expression is defined and protected by our Constitution, this Bill has no place,” Jagdeo said.After being tabled in the National Assembly on August 4, 2016 – with no hard copy made available to parliamentarians, the Cyber Crimes Bill was sent to a Parliamentary Select Committee. At the February 15, 2018 meeting, the controversial Clause 18 about sedition was fashioned, according to the minutes of the Committee’s report, which also made clear that no PPP/C MP was present for the meeting.Reminiscent of National Security ActAccording to Jagdeo, Clause 18 is reminiscent of the old National Security Act, which was upheld during the Burnham era, but repealed in the late 90s. The Opposition Leader said, “The insertion by the Government of Guyana of (this) provision in the cybercrime bill could mean or could have grave implications for freedom of speech in Guyana. In fact, looking at the provision or that specific provision of the Bill, which was inserted in the Special Select Committee, is reminiscent of the old National Security Act that obtained in the period of undemocratic rule.“….that Act was, specifically, designed to stifle dissent and to take action against individuals who may disagree with the Government of Guyana. It was a repressive tool in the hands of a repressive Government. In Guyana, we have seen a trend towards unilateralism. We have seen a trend where the Government acts with impunity regardless of laws or provisions of our Constitution or in direct contravention of provisions in our Constitution. So, I see this insertion in this new Bill as another tool available to a Government that is becoming increasingly undemocratic in its march towards a dictatorship.”Jagdeo argued that it was for these reasons that Guyanese must fight to ensure that “this retrograde step” to charge people for sedition, an “archaic” offence, is not passed into law. “If you look through quite a few elements of that provision, you will see that they are not so much concerned about people in Guyana or protecting their rights.“The entire cybercrime bill (as envisioned by the former PPP/C Government) was for a purpose, not to protect the Government of Guyana, but to protect our children against child pornography, to protect people against electronic assault on their privacy; it was to protect the people of the country in their business, so that their data or their computers would not be compromised, that cyberspace in Guyana without overregulating, without affecting content of speech, that it would have some rules that people can’t act illegally in harming others. That was the purpose of the Bill.”He added, “They have converted this. By inserting this provision, the purpose and something all Guyanese would agree to, that is, protecting all of us and our children, they have converted it into protection for Government and the Ministers….we already have laws protecting all of our citizens and I would assume that the Prime Minister and the President and Ministers are citizens of Guyana and they too are afforded the same sort of protection that we all enjoy under certain laws against criminal acts. Why do they need a special provision in this Bill to protect the interest of only those categories of people?”The coalition Government has remained silent on these criticisms of Clause 18, particularly the comparison to the National Security Act under the former People’s National Congress (PNC) Government.An about-turnMeanwhile, as was done with the controversial parking meter project, despite having been discussed at Cabinet, where several AFC Members sit, the party’s leader, Raphael Trotman, has now indicated that his AFC parliamentarians, on the Government side, would vote against the increasingly controversial Cyber Crimes Bill, over the inclusion of Clause 18.Trotman’s comments came after the parliamentary Opposition, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sections of the trade union movement, the Guyana Press Association and other civil society groups objected to the Bill over the sedition clause. Like the parking meter project, widespread objections preceded the AFC’s shift in position.Clause 18 states that: “A person commits an offence of sedition if the person, whether in or out of Guyana, intentionally publishes, transmits or circulates by use of a computer system, a statement or words, either spoken or written, a text, video, image, sign, visible representation or other thing, that: a) brings or attempts to bring into hatred or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law in Guyana.”Disaffection, according to the Bill, includes disloyalty and all feelings of enmity. A person who commits the offence under this clause is liable on conviction of indictment to serve five years or as much as life in prison.
Members of the Rice Producers Association (RPA) on Wednesday protested the Finance Ministry, calling on Government to review its tax policies on fuel with a view to easing the burden on the productive sector.The Association has urged Government to reintroduce a sliding tax rate for rice farmers in light of the high cost of fuel and especially in light of ongoing land preparation taking place in the sector.While on the protest line, General Secretary of the RPA, Dharamkumar Seeraj, told the media that method is easy and would not add any unnecessary burden to the Government’s budget.“The way it works is that when the price for fuel goes up on the World Market, the tax comes down so the price at the pump remains the same, so it’s not rocket science and most importantly from the Government’s point of view, this will not affect the target budgeted for,” he explained.Seeraj reasoned that if the price for fuel increases and Government reduces theSome of the rice farmers protesting outside the Finance Ministry on Thursday over the high prices of fuelpercentage of taxes on fuel, they can still achieve their target.“If you implement that sliding rate, the country benefits. Production will go up, you’ll become more competitive on the export market and that is what a country needs,” he asserted.The RPA said farmers, who are currently harvesting, have been experiencing an increase in transportation costs from an average of $200 to $800 per bag, because access to their farmlands is poor.Many have been forced to use a combination of poor dams and weed-infested waterways and this increase in fuel prices might very well be the proverbial last straw.Additionally, most farmers are currently involved in land preparation exercise and sowing of their fields and where most fuel is being used compared to the crop duration, so the increase is coming at a really bad time for the farmers. As reported, the fuel woes are compounded by challenges of readily accessing fertilisers owing to financial challenges.The RPA has since said that the “good life” that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government promised was wanting, adding that the Administration’s inaction on the matter was not an option.In April 2017, Mahaica farmers, whose main source of income is rice, along with cash crops, said the taxation measures were “harsh” to them.The farmers said then that the Government has removed the list of exempted and zero-rated Value Added Tax (VAT) items, causing them to have to increase their cash crop prices, much to the dissatisfaction of their customers. The cost of production, they noted, extended to an increase in payment for fertiliser, insecticide and weedicide.Several former Government officials and sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) have been repeatedly calling on Government to reduce the taxes of fuel imports. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said Government has the fiscal space to do it, and it is nothing difficult as it was done in the past.Opposition MP Irfaan Ali has also urged Government to move swiftly to reduce the Excise Tax on petroleum products, thereby creating a reduction in the price for fuel at the pumps.Ali said at present, global oil price is the same compared to November 2008. However, price of local gas stations in November 2008 is less than present by 15.5 per cent at $194.Global oil price in January 2015 (under the previous Administration) and September 2017 was the same. However, the 2015 price is less by 15.1 per cent at $173.At same level of global oil price, the price of fuel under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government was significantly less when compared to that of the APNU/AFC Government.Ali also noted that Guyoil benefited substantially, post 2015, from low market prices of oil. He therefore explained that if the projected $3 billion after-tax profit was achieved by end of 2017, total profit generated by Guyoil during the last three years would exceed 2008-2014 total level, by more than 10 per cent.“By not reducing local fuel price in relation to global oil price since 2015, Guyoil was able to increase its profit margin significantly. Given Guyoil’s high profit margin, the company could afford, presently, to reduce fuel price and ease growing economic burden,” he added.In September 2017, world market prices for fuel increased due to the hurricane, which resulted in Guyoil adjusting the prices in gasoline, diesel and kerosene to a higher cost. Again, in February of this year, Guyoil adjusted its prices upwards. The average price of gasoline around the world is US$1.15 per liter.
A father and son are now hospitalised after three armed bandits attacked their Corentyne, Berbice, business, terrorising them.The incident occurred at about 18:00h at the Lot 6 Cromarty Farm property, where the family operates a grocery shop that is attached to their house.Injured are 52-year-old Dhirah Kumar and his 22-year-old son, Balram, who was shot to his jaw.Guyana Times understands that three men – one masked, one carrying a gun and the other a cutlass – entered the grocery store, which Kumar and his son operate.According to the businessman’s wife, 48-year-old Asha Kumar, at the time of the attack, she was preparing dinner for the family when she heard her husbandThe business place which bandits invade and terrorised the victimsscreaming.“When I run, I see a man with his head covered up. So when I see the bandit, I run and go in the backyard and hide. While hiding, I could hear when they beating my husband – every lash he was hollering and he was telling them “don’t, beat meh, I gon give y’all everything! Y’all don’t beat me, don’t beat meh son”,” the still traumatised woman recalled.The woman continued that she then heard her husband telling the perpetrators that he would give them all the money they had at the business. Guyana Times was told that the elder Kumar handed over $280,000 to the bandits.However, not satisfied, the bandits continued beating and terrorising the businessman and his son, asking for more money.“They tell he, “Y’all get more [money]” and they beat my son more, asking “where is the gold”. My son said we nah get gold and he tell them take a silver band he had on so they pull off the band and ask “silver y’all does wear, y’all nah get gold” and my son tell he no,” Asha Kumar related. The younger Kumar during the ordeal put up a fight and was shot to the left side of his face.Mrs Kumar went on to say that the perpetrators still continued to beat her husband and son, stamping and kicking them before going to the upper flat of the two storey house and ransacked the rooms. Asha could not say, however, if the men took anything for upstairs. The woman’s husband and son remain hospitalised at a private medical institution and are in stable condition.Meanwhile, the Police have since detained a person for questioning as investigations are ongoing.