The Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 11th St NW, is planning to hold its Homecoming Sunday Celebration on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. The theme for the celebration is “Fruits of Thy Labor, Fruit of The Spirit”. The historic downtown congregation has worshipped and served continuously for 179 years from the corners of 11th and K Streets in Northwest, where Rev. Dr. Lanther M. Mills serves as the senior pastor. Asbury is calling all current and former members to come home and bring friends and family members to help celebrate this special occasion. For more information, contact the Asbury church office, 202-628-0009, or visit asburyumcdc.org.
Kolkata: Police have arrested three persons from Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas and seized around 900 kg of banned firecrackers from them.Acting on a tip off, the police raided and arrested the trio when they were travelling in a car. They searched the car and found three large plastic bags containing banned fire crackers.Police received prior information about a car, carrying banned crackers, that will pass through Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road at Rajpur near Sonarpur. To get hold of them, policemen went to the spot in plainclothes. On late Sunday night, they found a car approaching and immediately started a search operation of the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter finding those plastic bags, they took the three men to the police station and investigation revealed that the plastic bags contained banned firecrackers.A police officer said: “There were around 900 kg banned firecrackers in the plastic bags.”Police are now trying to get more information about the three arrested persons. They are also trying to know the purpose behind taking such a huge quantity of banned fire crackers.The police officer said that usually such a huge quantity of banned firecrackers gets seized in October and November ahead of Diwali. “Hence, it is important for us to investigate into the case to find out why did they indulge in it now,” the officer said.Police have intensified the search operations and undertaken all necessary steps to check the selling of banned firecrackers.It may be mentioned that the police and administration together have taken several steps to check selling of banned firecrackers as it leads to pollution.