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Two women Maoists killed in Narayanpur encounter

first_imgNAGPUR: Two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed during an encounter with security forces in Narayanpur district, south Chhattisgarh, on Wednesday, the police said.“Two female Maoists were neutralised and their bodies recovered in an encounter with the Special Task Force and the District Reserve Guard near Hasnar village in Abujhmaad area of Naryanpur district [on Wednesday]. Two 315 bore rifles and many other articles were also recovered from the spot of the encounter,” said D.M.Awasthi, Special Director General of Police, anti-Naxal operations unit of the Chhattisgarh police.According to Santosh Singh, Superintendent of Police, Narayanpur district, the encounter took place on Wednesday morning. “Our parties hit a Maoist camp in this area. The encounter lasted for an hour,” Mr. Singh told The Hindu.Apart from the weapons, security forces also recovered improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Maoist uniforms, codex wires, a sewing machine and Maoist literature from the site of the encounter.This was the third encounter in Chhattisgarh in the last four days in which the Maoists suffered casualties.In a separate development, the police managed to nab a Maoist commander in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.Rakesh Sodi, the local guerilla squad commander of the CPI (Maoist) in Madded area of Bijapur, was arrested from Punnur forest area under Awapalli police station limits during a search operation, police officials from the Bijapur district said. Sodi carried a reward of ₹3 lakh on his head.last_img read more

In northeast, air links shrinking

first_imgThe day Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the first civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, Jet Airways operated its last flight on the Guwahati-Aizawl route. By withdrawing from Mizoram, the private airliner joined an expanding list of flight operators that have suspended operation from new and existing routes in the geographically challenged northeastern region. This has undermined New Delhi’s ambitious flagship regional connectivity scheme UDAN, an acronym for the Hindi phrase Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik meaning ‘let the common man fly.’Why was the flight terminated?Mizoram’s Lengpui Airport, 32 km from the capital Aizawl, took a little more than two years to be completed in February 1998. It soon became the busiest airport in the region after the ones in Assam’s Guwahati, Manipur’s Imphal and Tripura’s Agartala. But the airlines began withdrawing operations for reasons such as safety, maintenance and viability. If an accident made Northeast Shuttles stop its Cessna flights in 2011, losses made Kingfisher Red withdraw a year later. Air India ended its Guwahati-Aizawl flights as did SpiceJet in less than a year after its inaugural flight in October 2016. Jet Airways, once the only private airline flying to and from northeastern India, withdrew from Aizawl on February 10. The airline attributed it to non-viability of the route because of fuel price rise, a depreciating rupee and a difficult pricing environment.Is only Mizoram affected?No. Jet Airways withdrew from Imphal and Assam’s Silchar and Jorhat, along with Aizawl. Much before the first round of UDAN was launched in April 2017, private airlines had withdrawn from Nagaland’s Dimapur. The Hyderabad-based Air Deccan, which won exclusive rights in the UDAN bidding to connect Meghalaya capital Shillong to Aizawl, Agartala, Silchar, Dimapur and Imphal, operated only 10 flights to Agartala and Dimapur in May 2018. The Delhi-based Zoom Air operated between Assam’s Tezpur and Kolkata for only three months, till July 2018, before withdrawing owing to “technical issues.” And from September 1, 2018, SpiceJet suspended its operation from Agartala, six years after Jet Airways and a few other small airlines had withdrawn.Has the demand gone down?According to Zoliana Chhakchhuak, Aizawl-based head of a regional tour operators’ association, viability is often cited by airliners, despite a passenger occupancy rate of 60-70% in most flights, and more people in the region flying than ever before. While some of the smaller airports have flights connecting Kolkata and Delhi, the withdrawal of service to and from Guwahati — the hub of communication in the region — is expected to affect tourism, a sector that has capitalised on peace in the region. Airliners and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) agree that the passenger volume has doubled in the last five-six years from Guwahati and other popular airports in the region. But improved road and rail connectivity, they said, have become a bane for smaller airports. For instance, a two-hour drive brings a passenger from Shillong and an overnight train trip brings one from Dimapur to Guwahati.Where is connectivity headed?The Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the opening of 92 air routes in the region in the second round of UDAN in November 2017. Bidders snapped up six airports – Rupsi, Jorhat, Lilabari and Tezpur in Assam, and Tezu and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh — and 12 routes, of which only two are operational. These are Jorhat-Kolkata and Lilabari-Kolkata serviced by Indigo Airlines and SpiceJet. Rupsi and Tezu are yet to be operational, while Pasighat is the only new airport to have come up under the regional connectivity scheme. In May 2018, Air India started a flight between Guwahati and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh with VIPs, including Chief Minister Pema Khandu, on board. The militarily strategic airport, which allows Sukhoi 30 to land and take off, has had very few civilian flights. AAI officials say UDAN, in its current form, is difficult for smaller airliners to sustain. Aviation experts say the scheme has not been able to add wings because it is aimed more at reaping political benefits than increasing connectivity. Furthermore, it does not have enough incentives for airlines to ignore the issue of viability.last_img read more

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Barcelona, Real Madrid Agree on December 18 Date for El Clasico

first_img barcelonaCataloniaEl Clasicofootball First Published: October 18, 2019, 7:14 PM IST Madrid: Barcelona and Real Madrid have agreed a new date of December 18 for the Clasico after Spain’s biggest football match was postponed on Friday due to protests in Catalonia.The fixture was set to be Barcelona’s first home game since nine pro-Catalan independence leaders were sentenced to imprisonment on Monday for their role in the illegal referendum in 2017. Barca and Madrid swiftly came to an agreement, hours after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced they had until 10:00am (0800 GMT) on Monday to find a revised date for the game.All that remains is for the RFEF to confirm the change with La Liga, although the league would prefer the match take place on December 7.December 7 is a Saturday and has more potential for broadcasters but it would require moving both Barcelona against Real Mallorca and Madrid against Espanyol.December 18 is a Wednesday and would clash with the Copa del Rey but neither Barca nor Madrid will be involved at that stage of Spain’s domestic cup competition.In a statement on Friday, Barcelona stressed their belief that the original fixture, scheduled for October 26 at Camp Nou, should have gone ahead.”The club’s desire was to play the Clasico at Camp Nou on the 26th, the date and time previously agreed and the Committee was informed of this in writing,” read the Barcelona statement.”The club has the utmost confidence in the peaceful behaviour of its members and fans who always express themselves in exemplary fashion at Camp Nou.”Nevertheless, having received the decision of the RFEF Competition Committee to postpone the game citing ‘exceptional circumstances’ and given that it falls to the clubs to agree a new date for the game before Monday, the club will propose December 18.”VENUE SWITCH RULED OUTReal Madrid later added: “Real Madrid wishes to communicate that the date proposed by both clubs is the 18th of December.”Barcelona added the club “regrets the inconvenience” caused to fans and will refund those that had bought tickets for the original fixture.The imprisonment of pro-independence leaders has sparked violent demonstrations across the city and there were fears protesters would use the match against Madrid to stage further acts of unrest.Barcelona’s football club is regarded as a symbol of Catalanism and had responded on Monday with a statement insisting “prison sentences are not the solution”.La Liga then proposed to the RFEF the venue of the Clasico be changed from Camp Nou to Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu but both clubs opposed the switch.Instead, it has been decided a change of date is necessary due to what the RFEF described as “exceptional circumstances”.”The RFEF agrees to dismiss the request made by La Liga in relation to reversing the order of the matches played between Barcelona and Real Madrid,” an RFEF statement read earlier on Friday.”FC Barcelona and Real Madrid must agree on the new date of the meeting before October 21.”In case of not reaching an agreement, the Competition Committee will be responsible for determining the date of the meeting.”After the Catalan independence referendum in 2017, Barcelona played a league match against Las Palmas behind closed doors in protest, after their request for a postponement was rejected.Barca play away at Eibar in La Liga on Saturday and planned to make the 589-kilometre journey by bus to avoid demonstrations at El Prat airport.Real Madrid also play on Saturday, away at Real Mallorca. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Cricket: Sri Lanka beseeches Indian aid in tackling corruption, PM Modi pledges help

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Hindustan Times)Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC), which is currently fighting severe corruption has been dealt with yet another blow after its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) was arrested for alleged financial fraud.The police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that Piyal Nandana was arrested following a complaint lodged by the SLC to the Inspector General of Police.Earlier on Monday, former Sri Lankan captain and country’s Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said that India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) could provide technical expertise in probing widespread allegations of corruption in cricket.“India has specialized knowledge on the issue having taken action against many corrupt activities in match fixing. The Prime Minister (Sri Lankan) and I made a special request to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He pledged assistance,” Ranatunga told reporters.“We don’t have the expertise or the laws to deal with this problem in a proper manner. India promised to help us in drafting legislation too,” Ranatunga said after returning from New Delhi.Ranatunga also felt that the players are not to blame for the poor showing in recent times and blamed the corrupt local administration to be responsible for the current lowly standing of Sri Lanka in international cricket.The corruption and fixing allegations have hit the country’s cricket hard after a documentary aired in May alleged massive global corruption in cricket.The arrest of the Sri Lanka Cricket CFO is related to an alleged financial fraud, which was unearthed last September. An alleged attempt to transfer to an offshore account USD 5.5 million connected to the broadcasting rights of the current England tour of Sri Lanka was reported to the police’s crime investigation department.The money was one of the three tranches coming from Sony Picture Networks for broadcast rights of the England tour.Also Read:Rohit Sharma on the cusp of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s six record in ODIslast_img read more

US Club retain title

first_imgMumbai, Feb 14 (PTI) Defending champions United Services Club edged out hosts Willingdon Sports Club by a mere half point to retain their title in the 20th Grover Zampa Vineyards Inter-Club Golf Championships here today.The winners thus crowned themselves the champion club of Western India.In the 20 year history of this championship, only BPGC has managed to retain the title, winning back to back in 2006 and 07.Trailing by 2.5 points and needing an outright win in their last fourballs match against Poona Golf Club to tie the scores and take the contest into a play-off, hosts Willingdon Sports Clubs pairing of Pradeep Patel and Kunal Thakore won 2 points on the 17th hole.But PGCs Andrew Pinto and Shishir Dhonde held their nerve to win the last hole and denied WSC the crucial half point.Overall Scores: U S Club 30 (Singles ?6 Foursomes ? 6 Fourballs 17); WSC 29 (Singles 9 , Foursomes 2 , Fourballs ? 17 ); BPGC 24 (Singles ? 7 , Foursomes 7. Fourballs 10); PGC 24 (Singles 4 , Foursomes 10 , Fourball 9). PTI SSR NRB AH AHlast_img read more

Manoj Kumar honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke award

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Veteran actor Manoj Kumar was today conferred the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award by President Pranab Mukherjee at the 63rd National Film Awards ceremony here, for his contribution to the film industry.The 78-year-old actor, best known for his patriotic films “Purab Aur Paschim”, “Upkar” and “Kranti”, got a standing ovation from the audience as he was taken to the stage on a wheelchair at Vigyan Bhavan to receive Indian cinemas highest honour.The actor was sporting an orange bandana of Sai Baba and also presented the President with a crystal statue of the deity as he received the honour.Kumar, who became the 47th recipient of the award, was presented with the Swarn Kamal (golden lotus) medallion, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl by the President.Best known for his films “Hariyali Aur Raasta”, “Woh Kaun Thi?”, “Himalaya Ki God Mein”, “Do Badan”, “Patthar Ke Sanam”, “Shaheed” and “Roti Kapda Aur Makaan”, Kumar became popular as “Bharat Kumar” thanks to his patriotic dramas.He went on to star in romantic hits like “Honeymoon”, “Apna Banake Dekho”, “Naqli Nawab”, “Do Badan”, “Paththar Ke Sanam”, “Sajan” and “Sawan Ki Ghata”.The actor later shifted his focus to films with patriotic theme by acting in films like “Shaheed”, which was based on the life of Bhagat Singh.Kumar made his directorial debut with “Upkaar”, which is said to be inspired by the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastris popular slogan Jai Jawan Jai Kissan.His other films that explore the idea of patriotic duty include “Purab Aur Paschim”, “Roti Kapda Aur Makaan” and “Kranti”, in which he got a chance to work with his idol Dilip Kumar.advertisementKumars career started to decline after “Kranti”. He quit acting after his appearance in the 1995 film “Maidan-E-Jung” but returned as a director to launch son, Kunal Goswami, in the 1999 film “Jai Hind” which had a patriotic theme. The film, however, did not do well at the box office.The actor won a National Film Award for “Upkaar” and was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1992.Recent Dadasaheb Phalke winners include iconic names like Shashi Kapoor, Gulzar, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Soumitra Chatterjee and Mrinal Sen. PTI JCH PSH PSHlast_img read more

Thiem beats Federer at ATP Finals; Djokovic cruises

first_imgBCDA bares plan to pilot driverless vehicles in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:54BCDA bares plan to pilot driverless vehicles in SEA Games03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops02:42Recto Bank fishermen receive donations from FFCCCII02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ It was a clear sign that even at the end of another grueling season, Djokovic won’t tolerate any dips in his game as he pursues a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals title.“There’s no other reasonable explanation (to that reaction) than trying to play as perfect as possible,” Djokovic said. “But I guess that’s me, you know.”It was certainly the same Djokovic that the O2 Arena crowd has become used to seeing. Although the second-ranked Serb – who won four straight titles at the year-end event in London between 2012 and 2015 – only needed to hit a total of 10 winners in the match as Berrettini’s 28 unforced errors handed him an easy victory to start round-robin play.Berrettini’s forehand was responsible for 18 of those errors, including two shots into the net to hand Djokovic the only two breaks of the first set.After giving up that lone break to make it 4-1 in the second, Djokovic broke right back and then clinched the victory with an easy forehand putaway at the net.“He missed a relatively easy forehand for him that gave me a break (in the first set),” Djokovic said. “And after that I started reading his serve better.”Berrettini was making his debut at the event for the world’s top eight players and had never faced Djokovic before. He also said he struggled a bit with the speed of the indoor hard court at the O2.“The ball is not jumping a lot, so it’s tough to mix, especially my forehand,” Berrettini said. “I think it’s better when I have a little bit more time and the ball takes more spin. I think I started the match pretty good, but he was just better than me today.”The other four-man group features Rafael Nadal, defending champion Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitispas and Daniil Medvedev. They begin play on Monday.Djokovic has a chance to overtake Nadal for the year-end No. 1 ranking with a strong showing in London. He trails the Spaniard by 640 ranking points, with a maximum of 1,500 points up for grabs. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Abando, UST not in celebratory mood a win away from UAAP Finals MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “To beat him, everything has to fit together. Today I think (that) was the case again,” Thiem said. “Every time, only playing against him is a big honor. Beating him is even better.”Thiem broke in the opening game of the match and again for a 6-5 lead in the first set after Federer had leveled at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe second set went with serve until Thiem broke at love for another 6-5 lead. Federer, a record six-time champion at the ATP Finals, then missed two break points in the next game before netting a backhand return on Thiem’s second match point.Thiem also beat Federer at the Madrid Masters and in the Indian Wells final this year, but lost to him in the group stage at last year’s ATP Finals. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments LATEST STORIES For Federer, the loss means there’s no room for another slip-up in his next two round-robin matches, against Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini. He’ll probably have to win both in order to reach the semifinals.“It’s a normal tournament from here on forward,” Federer said. “Not allowed to lose anymore for me. That’s how it is every week of the year for the last 20 years, so from that standpoint there is nothing new there.”Djokovic had a much easier start to the tournament, easing past Berrettini 6-2, 6-1 in their first round-robin match.But despite a near flawless performance, Djokovic still found a way to berate himself.Leading 4-0 in the second set against the Italian, Djokovic hit a backhand wide to concede a break to the Italian, and then angrily turned toward his player’s box and shouted out his frustration.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Switzerland’s Roger Federer, right, shakes hands with Austria’s Dominic Thiem after he lost the match against Thiem during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Dominic Thiem keeps getting the better of Roger Federer.Thiem beat Federer 7-5, 7-5 Sunday in their opening match at the ATP Finals for his fifth win in seven meetings with the Swiss great — and third straight this year.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congresslast_img read more

Sasikala VVIP row: Despite transfer, DIG Roopa stands by her report

first_imgDays after her expose on special privileges to confidant of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, DIG Roopa has come out in defence of her report. “I stand by my report and there is evidence,” she said.Following the expose by DIG Roopa, the Karnataka government has ordered her transfer to a not-so coveted position of Commissioner of Traffic and Road Safety.Despite the transfer, DIG Roopa continues to be strong and said that she was content with the support and feels blessed. Her expose was substantiated after a video emerged of scam convict Abdul Karim Telgi enjoying a luxurious massage in the prison.PRIVILEGES TO SASIKALASasikala who was supposed to be housed as a common inmate at the Bengaluru Central Jail, has been continuing with her queen-sized lifestyle behind the bars.According to the report filed by DIG (prisons) D Roopa, Sasikala who is the prisoner number 9234, has as many as five cells in the prison to herself.The report revealed that Sasikala had access to a separate kitchen, comfortable bedding and a flat screen TV. Most shocking of all is that Sasikala has an exclusive conference room with a table and revolving chair in the prison. The conference room is where Sasikala meets her visitors.The report by DIG Roopa stated that Sasikala met nearly 81 visitors in the last 117 days, while according to the rules only one visitor is allowed in a fortnight. Most of the visitors arrived after the visiting hours are over.Spread over a walled-area of 40 acres, the Parappana jail has double the number of inmates than it can incarcerate. Here about 150 prisoners share the same kitchen, bathrooms and other facilities.advertisementRoopa’s report to DGP (Prisons) Sathyanarayana Rao alleged that there were “talks” that Rs 2 crore exchanging hands to give “preferential treatment” to Sasikala.ROOPA’S REGISTERWhile DIG Roopa’s report made headlines for exposing the rot in the central jail, India Today has accessed a register with notes by the woman top cop after her first visit to the central jail on June 28. Incidentally, the notes suggest that the DIG had earlier given a clean chit to the jail officials.In her notes she mentioned that she visited barracks of undertrials, hospital and kitchen facilities. The notes also mentioned that DIG Roopa spoke to undertrials below the age of 25 years. She even examined their daily routine and made valuable suggestions. DIG Roopa recommended that the inmates should be engaged with sports and that school text books to be provided to them. She even commended the overall hygiene and sanitation and instructed to to retain the same levels of quality and security.On June 29, she submitted a report in which she mentioned about a doctor being assaulted inside the prison. The controversial report that lay bare the privileges to Sasikala were submitted on July 12. She submitted her second report on July 15.Going by the timeline of the reports it seems that the Bengaluru Central Jail underwent several changes overnight. Now that DIG Roopa and DGP Sathyanarayana  Rao has been shunted, it remains to be seen how the outcome of the probe unfolds.Also Read: Karnataka DIG of Prisons D Roopa, who exposed VVIP perks to Sasikala in Bengaluru jail, transferredMeet the firebrand top cop who exposed Sasikala’s VVIP treatment in Bengaluru jailSasikala paid Rs 2 crore bribe to Bengaluru jail officials for exclusive kitchen, other favours: Prison reportALSO WATCH: DIG D Roopa, who exposed VVIP perks to Sasikala in Bengaluru jail, transferredlast_img read more

Saha in India A team for 4-day games vs West Indies A, Pant in one-day team

first_imgThe Indian national selectors on Tuesday picked the India ‘A’ team for two four-day and five one-day matches against Sri Lanka ‘A’ to be played from May 25 as also the ‘A’ team for the West Indies ‘A’ tour. The team is set to play three four-day & five one-day matches against West Indies ‘A’ starting July 11.Interestingly, Wriddhiman Saha has been picked ahead of Rishabh Pant in the India ‘A’ squad for the multi-day games against West Indies ‘A’ while K.S. Bharat is the second-choice keeper. Pant has been named in the squad for the five one-day games with Manish Pandey named skipper. Shreyas Iyer will lead the team in the three four-day games against West Indies ‘A’.This tour could be the perfect opportunity for Saha to impress the selectors having lost his place in the Test team to Pant after he injured his shoulder.In the series at home against Sri Lanka, while Ishan Kishan has been named skipper of the four-day leg of the series, Priyank Panchal is the captain of the one-day games against Lanka.India A squad for 2 multi-day matches against Sri Lanka A is as follows: Ishan Kishan (C & WK), Anmolpreet Singh, Rituraj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Shubman Gill, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Washington Sundar, Mayank Markande, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Warrier, Ishan Porel, Prashant ChopraIndia A squad for 5 one-day matches against Sri Lanka A is as follows: PK Panchal (C), AR Easwaran, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, KS Bharat (WK), Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, A Sarwate, Sandeep Warrier, Ankit Rajpoot, Ishan PoreladvertisementIndia A squad for 5 one-day matches against West Indies A is as follows: Manish Pandey (C), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh KhanIndia A squad for 1st & 2nd multi-day matches against West Indies A is as follows: Shreyas Iyer (C), PK Panchal, AR Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Shivam Dube, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), K Gowtham, S Nadeem, Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh KhanIndia A squad for 3rd multi-day match against West Indies A is as follows: Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Shivam Dube, Mayank Markande, K Gowtham, S Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khanlast_img read more



16 days agoArsenal midfielder Torreira determined to make it under Emery

first_imgArsenal midfielder Torreira determined to make it under Emeryby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is determined to make it under manager Unai Emery.Only five team-mates played more minutes in all competitions than Torreira last season.But asked about his drop down the pecking order this term, Torreira said: “I don’t know whether I’d say it’s frustrating.“All players want to play, they obviously want to be in the starting XI – that’s completely normal.“But that’s not something that depends on me.“It’s down to the coach to make those decisions and really I have to respect that. Right now it’s about not giving up.“You have to continue working hard and whether I’m playing in the starting XI or from the bench I want to give my all for the team. That’s the kind of player I am.“I like to give 100 per cent for the shirt to help my team-mates and to give the fans something to cheer about.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Vanderbilt TE Turner Cockrell Passed Away On Thursday

first_imgA general view of Vanderbilt's football field.NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Vanderbilt Commodores tight end Turner Cockrell passed away on Thursday, the school announced. Cockrell was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2017 after doctors found melanoma in his lymph nodes.Despite undergoing surgery, the cancer spread to Cockrell’s lungs last summer. He was just 21 years old.Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason released a statement following Cockrell’s passing.“My heart is broken for Randy, Noelle and the Cockrell family, for all of Turner’s teammates, and for all who came in contact with Turner. Turner had a wonderful spirit and fought an incredible fight. He was a Vanderbilt Man through and through, and he will always be remembered here.”The Vanderbilt football program announced the news on Twitter.The Vanderbilt community mourns the loss of Turner Cockrell. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cockrell family.https://t.co/XSJnfsLx3O pic.twitter.com/6gY1Votttp— Vanderbilt Football (@VandyFootball) November 30, 2018Cockrell was a two-year starter for his high school football team and won a state title in 2015 – the first state title in program history.Our thoughts are with the Cockrell family and Vanderbilt community.last_img read more

Major Program Could Be Out Of Running For PSU QB Transfer Tommy Stevens

first_imgTommy Stevens flexes after a play for Penn State vs. Iowa.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 27: Tommy Stevens #2 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after rushing for a 3 yard touchdown in the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes on October 27, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens is one of the more intriguing players on the transfer market. The former Nittany Lion doesn’t have a ton of experience, but plenty of talent as multiple positions.At Penn State, he sat behind Trace McSorley, but also contributed as a receiver and out of the backfield. He was in the running for the starting QB job at PSU this off-season, but after missing a good chunk of the spring due to injury, he elected to leave the school to try and find a more promising situation for his final collegiate year.With other quarterbacks flying around the transfer market, that is more challenging than it used to be. One of his major options may have just disappeared.Kentucky recently landed Troy QB transfer Sawyer Smith, which may take them out of consideration for Tommy Stevens.Excited to announce that I’m going to spend my last seasons as a Graduate Transfer at THE University of Kentucky!! Words can’t begin to explain how proud my family and I are to be apart of the #BBN @UKFootball pic.twitter.com/b223Ixk3td— Sawyer Smith (@smittyyy22) May 13, 2019Stevens visited Lexington just over a week ago. It seems unlikely that the school would bring on two different grad transfer at the position though.Kentucky also returns Terry Wilson, who started all of last year, including the Citrus Bowl win over Penn State.Illinois, which Stevens has also visited, is also up in the air. For a while, it appeared that the Fighting Illini had landed USC transfer Matt Fink, but he has disputed that report.Mississippi State and Miami (OH) were the other two reported Stevens visits. He wouldn’t be the Bulldogs only option at the position, and the RedHawks are obviously at a lower level than the rest of these schools, playing in the MAC. He could also hold out for other options, but there doesn’t seem to be a super obvious fit right now, though Mississippi State is probably the closest, with former PSU OC Joe Moorhead leading the program.last_img read more

11 years on: Auctioneer recalls MS Dhoni’s sale to CSK before IPL 2008

first_img11 years on: Auctioneer recalls MS Dhoni’s sale to CSK before IPL 2008IPL 2019: Hours before the final, Richard Madley, who was the auctioneer for the first 10 IPL seasons, tweeted an image of the auction sheet for IPL 2008 when MS Dhoni was sold to Chennai Super Kings for $1.5 millionadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 16:15 IST CSK are facing MI for the fourth time in the IPL final that will be played in Hyderabad (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSCSK are chasing a record 4th title and face Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final on May 12Also on the sheet were sale details of Adam Gilchrist, Shoaib Akhtar, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah MuralitharanWith 3 titles each, both sides are the most succesfull teams in the history of the tournamentThe only time MS Dhoni did not play in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) colours in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the two years they were banned. While Dhoni helped in building one of the most consistent and successful T20 franchises in the world, he has admitted on numerous occasions that the move to Chennai was an important pit-stop in his career too.CSK are chasing a record fourth title and face Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final on Sunday.Hours before the big match, Richard Madley, who was the auctioneer for the first 10 IPL seasons, tweeted an image of the auction sheet for IPL 2008 when Dhoni was sold to CSK for $1.5 million.”Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in 2008. @msdhoni sold to @ChennaiIPL. A rare piece of cricket memorabilia (sic.),” Madley wrote in his tweet.Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in 2008.@msdhoni sold to @ChennaiIPL A rare piece of cricket memorabiliaWill be watching #CSKvMI on @hotstarUK #CricketMeriJaan #WhistlePodu #VIVOIPLFinal pic.twitter.com/5M5qY2tPy5Richard Madley (@iplauctioneer) May 12, 2019Also on the sheet were details of Adam Gilchrist’s sale to the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Shoaib Akhtar to Kolkata Knight Riders, Mahela Jayawardene to Kings XI Punjab and Muttiah Muralitharan to CSK.He went on to say in the replies section that the first IPL auction was a groundbreaker and that selling Dhoni was a “career highlight.”The first IPL auction was a groundbreaker and selling MSD was a career highlightadvertisementRichard Madley (@iplauctioneer) May 12, 2019CSK are facing MI for the fourth time in the IPL final that will be played in Hyderabad. The latter have a better record in previous encounters between the two sides in a title clash with MI winning two of these contests.With three titles each, both sides are the most successful teams in the history of the tournament. MI are the only team CSK haven’t been able to beat this season.Also Read | IPL 2019 Final: Prize money on offer and everything you need to know todayAlso Read | IPL 2019 final MI vs CSK Preview: All the stats and numbersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super Kingslast_img read more

Containerships, GNS and Arkon Opt for Two LNG Powered Ships

first_imgzoom Containerships Ltd Oy, GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg, and ARKON Shipping  have ordered two state-of-the-art, dual-fuel engine-technology container ships.The new ships will feature innovative design elements for the European short-sea trade. Containerships will be chartering the ships over the long term, the owner and technical manager will be GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg, while Arkon will be the commercial manager and the charter broker.The ships, both of which will be delivered in the course of 2016, will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) but will also be able to burn conventional marine diesel oil/heavy fuel—hence the “dual-fuel engine technology” label. Containerships will thus be the first short-sea container operator in Europe to run ships on LNG.Kari-Pekka Laaksonen notes that the decision to invest in the dual-fuel engine technology is fully in line with the Containerships’ long-term strategy: “We are a short-sea operator that is in it for the long haul—and these state-of-the art ships are just one part of our long-term strategy. In addition to offering the most ecologically sustainable solution, the intake capacity of these ships will allow us to keep meeting growing customer demand. And we’re confident that both of our partners on this project have the know-how and the experience to deliver.”Press Release, May 9, 2014; Image: Containershipslast_img read more

Duncan sees no issue turning over residential school documents blames TRC head

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan says he sees no “issue” in his government’s handling of residential school documents and blames the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for creating the controversy that’s slowing things down.In an appearance Monday before the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee, Duncan said the TRC will get all the documents they need by next summer.“I fail to see the issue with their documents” said Duncan. “Federally, I think we are in pretty good shape.”The TRC is taking Ottawa to court claiming the federal government is refusing to hand over millions of records related to the 150 year existence of Indian residential schools.Duncan placed the blame for the controversy at the feet of TRC Chair Murray Sinclair. Duncan said he’s received positive signals from Sinclair’s co-commissioners, Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson.“It is only in Justice Sinclair that we are getting this kind of response,” said Duncan. “I don’t know what he is doing. I would like to think we can move on with the process.”The TRC alleges in court documents that the Harper government is refusing to release millions of documents and files. The TRC claims some of the documents Ottawa is refusing to hand over include RCMP files and documents on missing children and grave sites at residential schools.Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister Michael Wernick, who also appeared before the committee, said the TRC would get all residential school records, including RCMP files. Wernick said the TRC would also get documents ranging up to the last existing school which shut down in 1996 and some documents around the conclusion of the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement.Wernick said the TRC has already received over a million documents.Wernick said the government, however, is drawing a line around documents from the negotiations leading to the court settlement and the private files of residential school survivors seeking compensation.“We have a legitimate disagreement about the relevance of documents from the 2005 negotiations,” said Wernick. “We simply disagree they need to see all the applications and adjudications that are now under way.”APTN National News has learned that the TRC is seeking cabinet documents from the Paul Martin government years on the eventual residential school settlement.The RCMP was involved in snatching children from their homes and forcing them to attend residential schools. The TRC believes the RCMP also has criminal complaints against residential schools and staff over abuse.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Ten ex PSD officers jailed

Another former PSD officer was freed from the case by the Panadura High Court. The former PSD officers were attached to the security staff of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The former PSD members were charged with unlawful assembly, organizing, intimidating and robbing the property worth of Rs. 3.6 million from the house of Rookantha Goonatillake. The Panadura High Court today sentenced to jail 10 former Presidential Security Division (PSD) officers over their involvement in the harassment of popular singers Rukantha Gunatillaka and Chandralekha Perera several years ago.The 10 former PSD officers were given 4 1/2 year jail terms and were also ordered to pay compensation to the victims. The musician’s wife Chandralekha Perera was also harassed. The incident took place in the year 2000 during the presidency of Chandrika Kumaratunga.Fearing for their lives, Rookantha Goonatillake and his family left the country following the incident and lived in the United States. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN rights expert calls for unimpeded access to DPR of Korea

Addressing a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, Vivit Muntarbhorn, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the DPRK, said despite their presence in the country, UN agencies were facing difficulties in assessing the population’s need for food assistance.Describing food shortage as a “critical” humanitarian issue in the DPRK, the Rapporteur said the UN agencies were helpful, but only to a “limited” extent, because their mobility was restricted.Mr. Muntarbhorn, a law professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, said the Government showed some signs of positive development in observing human rights, but added that Pyongyang continued to lack transparency and accountability. “The key challenge is not the normative side,” he said, “but how it’s implemented. That’s the basic, basic challenge.”He said despite his repeated requests, the DPRK Government did not allow him to enter Pyongyang. Nevertheless, he added, he still hoped that the Government might change its decision.The Rapporteur also said he received massive complaints about arbitrary detentions, which suggested “a certain pattern that gives rise to serious concerns.” He, however, admitted that such complaints were “allegations” that could not be verified.Expressing his concerns about the plight of those fleeing the DPRK, whether due to economic or political reasons, Mr. Muntarbhorn urged the international community to promote inter-country cooperation to protect the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers. read more

Russian approval of Kyoto pact first step in slowing growth of greenhouse

The move taken last month by Moscow will also help to galvanize the world’s efforts to tackle the planetary challenge of climate change, Mr. Annan said in a message to the Energy Globe Awards delivered by Franz Baumann, Deputy Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna (UNOV). “Clean, affordable and sustainable energy is essential for human development,” he said, noting that some two billion people still lack access to electricity. “The Energy Globe Awards demonstrate that clean and modern forms of energy to drive sustainable development and reduce environmental impacts are available now,” he added. “We need to do all we can to promote their further development and to establish a level playing field so that they can reach the market and take hold.” The Awards go to best practice projects and initiatives from across the world that contribute to protecting the four basic elements of life – earth, fire, water and air. The winners will be announced on 8 December. read more