Maratha protest: over 200 held in Pune, Aurangabad

first_imgOver 200 people were arrested across Aurangabad and Pune in connection with the arson and vandalism during the bandh on August 9, which was called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha. The outfit’s coordinators, however, disclaimed responsibility for the violence and dubbed it the handiwork of anti-social elements.A total of 185 people, including five women, were arrested by the Bund Garden, Deccan, and the Kothrud police for indulging in stone-pelting and vandalism in Pune city. Some of them were later released on bail. The Aurangabad police arrested 31 people. Mobs went on a rampage in Waluj MIDC, damaging nearly 60 processing plants and offices of big firms, including Siemens Ltd, Worckhardt Ltd, Endurance Technologies, and Sterlite Technologies.Emergency meeting Appalled by the violence in Waluj MIDC, an emergency meeting convened by the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) decided it would not give jobs to those found guilty of vandalism.“It was not the spontaneous outrage of any community. It was a carefully planned and premeditated attack in which around 250 people participated. The perpetrators smashed CCTV cameras, computers and office cabins. The industry as a collective and investors are agitated after the incident,” Ram Bhogale, president, CMIA, told The Hindu from Aurangabad. “What have the agitators gained by targeting the industry which is the primary source of employment in a region like Aurangabad?” he asked.CMIA sources said the canteen inside the Siemens compound was ransacked, while the cabin of the managing director of Endurance Technologies and several two-wheelers parked on the company premises were completely damaged. Tonnes of literature were reportedly stolen from Akar Tools while the plants of Man Diesel & Turbo India and Mylan Laboratories were attacked.“If some of the vandals, as we have reason to believe, are employees of firms, then they would be terminated while we [the CMIA] will be making sure the others do not get jobs in companies,” Mr. Bhogale said.Kishore Rathi, vice-president, Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries and Agriculture, said such incidents of lawlessness could hinder promotion of Aurangabad as a major industrial hub. Action sought Meanwhile, in parallel press conferences in Aurangabad and Pune, Morcha leaders condemned the violence and demanded action against perpetrators. Shantaram Kunjir, a Morcha coordinator in Pune, said henceforth, all agitations will be conducted in the form of relay fasts wherein only select activists from the outfit will participate.Stating that the Morcha stands with the industry, Ravindra Kale-Patil, a coordinator in Aurangabad, said the violence was a deliberate attempt to defame the quota agitation. “The vandalism was clearly the act of anti-social elements. A code of conduct was laid down by us during the shutdown. We demand a Criminal Investigation Department probe and request the district administration to scrutinise the video footage and book the culprits,” Mr. Kale-Patil said.last_img read more

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BPO revolution now heads to rural India

first_imgIt is official. BPOs are indeed going rural. Growth of rural BPOs is helping firms deliver services at lower cost and generate jobs in villages, noted a recent survey by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom).New market studies sponsored by Nasscom show that rural BPOs, powered by trained human resources in Tier-III and Tier-IV cities, are driving the growth of the industry.”Lower cost of operations and better retention of employees are driving growth,” said a recent Nasscom survey titled Strategic Review 2011.This means villagers are now getting entry into the core operations of BPOs, after playing supporting roles in housekeeping, catering, security and transport, industry veterans noted.Meanwhile, governments are aiding the entry of BPOs into villages. “There is growth in the rural BPO sector, but it is limited largely to the southern states,” said industry observer Harish Bijoor.Over the last two years Karnataka alone has cleared twenty-odd village BPOs across the state. The state is promoting firms that undertook local and offshore work at Srirangapatna in Mandya, Salgame in Hassan, Gundlupet in Chamarajanagar, Shiggaon in Haveri and elsewhere.Karnataka’s rural BPO scheme invites voice and databased services of all kind, including finance, accounting, call centre, medical transcription, engineering, data management and medical services.The policy has changed villages like Kaup in Udupi. Kaup, once known for its pristine beaches and three well-known temples, can now boast of a ‘BPO. DesiCrew, a pioneering BPO firm, has a centre there.The Kaup centre, along with its counterparts in Tamil Nadu, such as Appakudal in Erode, Ammapalayam in Coimbatore, Thirukuvalai in Nagapattinam and Kollumangudi in Thiruvarur, helps flatten the globe.Young women in silk saris and davanis (half saris), sporting marigold and jasmine on their hair, can be found working on GIS applications that spot places in Africa, translate Wikipedia content or monitor the Website of a global communication and content giant in these centres.Many of these women would have quit their jobs after marriage if the place of employment was a city or would not have ventured out of their villages in the first place, managers said.”Companies are keen to outsource work to villages,” said Ashwanth G., who co-founded DesiCrew back in 2007. “People are realising that BPOs need not be fancy places in glass and chrome urban settings. And it is a mistake to limit village jobs to entry level,” Ashwanth added.”Knowledge-based tasks are more lucrative, adds value and offers growth potential,” Ashwanth said. “Two years ago, at the peak of recession, we had substantial work and did not have to cut down salaries. More opportunities are coming now.” The work sources come closer home, too. A little over an hour’s drive from Bangalore on the way to Mysore, the silk town of Ramanagaram, Comat, the Karnataka government, in an e-governance effort, bundles up mobile connectivity, basic computer education and personal accident insurance for villagers.Educated rural youth run all the services. “Government, utilities, healthcare and retail present immense growth opportunities,” the Nasscom study noted. advertisementlast_img read more

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US Open: Sumit Nagal Moves to Second Round of Qualifying

first_imgNew York: Young Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal earned his first win at a Grand Slam qualifying event, knocking out seasoned Japanese Tatsum Ito in straight sets at the US Open qualifiers, here.Nagal, placed at a career-best 190 right now, knocked out the 133rd ranked and 26th seed 7-6 (6) 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes on Tuesday. Last year, he had competed in the qualifiers of the Australian Open, the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships but could not win a round.This is Nagal’s first attempt at making the Grand Slam singles main draw this season in which he enjoyed considerable success and broke into the top-200.The 22-year-old from Haryana next faces Canada’s Peter Polansky, who is ranked 192.Ankita Raina is scheduled to play Czech Republic’s Denisa Allertova in the second round of the women’s singles qualifying event. 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. second roundSumit Nagalus openUS Open Qualifiers First Published: August 22, 2019, 10:25 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Niti Aayog releases draft action plan for improving India’s performance at Olympics

first_img COMMENT sport olympics COMMENTS From creation of more sports academies for individual sports to identifying ten priority sports, NITI Aayog has prepared a 20 point draft action plan to improve India’s performance at the Olympics.The draft action plan, which was released on Wednesday for public comments, is in line with the target set for the nation to be able to win 50 medals at the 2024 Summer Olympics.For the short-term, the government’s think-tank believes identifying ten priority sports with high winning potential and developing an outcome-oriented action plan for each of these sports will be crucial.It has also suggested that sportspersons should be organised in accordance with the last four year performances for each of these priority sports.Harnessing the potential of national sports talent especially in tribal, rural and coastal areas, recruiting world-class coaches and grading them as per performance and scaling up the existing Sai Training Centres are among the other recommendations.Sports development billNITI Aayog also believes that ethical practices and better governance structure in sports bodies are essential and has recommended implementation of the National Sports Development Bill for carrying out anti-doping measures and prevention of fraud of age among others.In a bid to clean up the sports management, it has also suggested annual performance review of sports bodies, infrastructure and sportspersons.Long-term action steps include concurrent focus on sports in schools and scouting talent and training them from a young age, besides developing sports infrastructure through public-private partnership.Another key recommendation to ensure sportspersons have access to consistent funds by signing fixed 4-year contracts between SAI and sportsperson after each Olympics. olympics Published on September 21, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE ×last_img read more

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UK Dy High Commissioner meets Jharkhand CM

first_imgRanchi, May 12 (PTI) United Kingdom?s Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell today met Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das at the state secretariat here.It was a courtesy call, according to an official release.Appreciating Momentum Jharkhand held here in February, Bucknell said it had attracted investors.Bucknell also appreciated Sports University Model to encourage education as well as sports, the release said. PTI PVR RGlast_img

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‘Best thing to happen’: Coach Sjoerd Marijne on Hockey Asia Cup victory

first_imgAmid cheers and enthusiasm of fans, the Indian men’s hockey team arrived in New Delhi on Monday afternoon after lifting the Asia Cup Hockey 2017 title.Expressing his delight over the victory, coach Sjoerd Marijne said that the win was the best thing that could happen for a new coach – in his first tournament.He also said that the team was looking forward to the upcoming Hockey World League finals as their strength would be tested in that tournament.”I am really happy for the team. I am really happy for the people in India. This makes them happy . Yes, this is the best thing that can happen for a new coach in the first tournament. But, this is not about me; it is about the team. Now, the strength will be tested in the Hockey World League finals,” Marijne told ANI.Team India arrive home on 23rd Oct after being crowned #HeroAsiaCup 2017 (Men) CHAMPIONS on 22nd Oct.Album: https://t.co/bm2byvYs2B pic.twitter.com/PupFnEf01y- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 23, 2017″We also have a high-ranked team there. This was the tournament we had to win. I love pressure and the pressure we will have in the World League finals. So, we will see what actually our strength is,” the coach added.Meanwhile, former captain and star forward Sardar Singh, after receiving a grand reception at the Delhi Airport, said that his players had followed their coaches and focussed on their respective roles throughout the tournament, which resulted in this victory.advertisementHe further insisted that his side was focussing on replicating the performance in the upcoming Hockey World League finals.Highlights from India’s sensational title clinching win over Malaysia at the #HeroAsiaCup 2017 (Men) on 22nd Oct.VC: @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/Mxe25HghNU- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 23, 2017″Our core group of 33 players has been training well. All the players are well aware of the plans and it is time to execute them. We should know how to read our opposition’s strategy. We have good coaches and players are focussing on their respective roles and that is the reason why we are achieving the results. We are now concentrating on the upcoming Hockey World League finals. Our year is quite busy,” Sardar said.En route to the finals, India also defeated their arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 in their final Super 4 game of the Asia Cup.Reflecting on it, the 31-year-old said, “We have continuously outplayed Pakistan and that is good. I think our confidence gets boosted and we gain a different kind of energy every time we defeat Pakistan. Our fans also supported us and we took their support to the ground. Our team was unbeatable in this tournament and this will help in motivating the players for future events.”By claiming GOLD?? at the #HeroAsiaCup 2017 (Men) on 22nd Oct, India are now the Asian Champions across all three major championships! ???????? pic.twitter.com/CCoVF1OhVk- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 23, 2017Sardar further said that the credit for the victory should go to the staff as well as coaches as they were the ones who guided the team at every step of the tournament.”It was a major tournament. The coach joined us 10 days prior to the tournament. They guided us about little things and the players had adopted them quickly. We have followed the strategies made by the coaches against each team. I think the credit for the victory goes to the staff, coaches and my team-mates,” he said.Yesterday, the Indian men’s hockey team registered a convincing 2-1 win over Malaysia to clinch the Asia Cup title at the Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.Goals from Ramandeep Singh (3′) and Lalit Upadhyay (29′) secured the title for India as Malaysia failed to make an impact on the game in the early stages, but came back with a solitary goal through Shahril Saabah (50′).This was the third time that India won the Asia Cup title and after a gap of 10 years.last_img read more

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LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan for 4th in Career Scoring

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list Wednesday night.The Los Angeles Lakers superstar scored his 32,293rd point on a driving layup in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets, getting fouled in the act and hitting the ensuing free throw.This achievement was particularly special to James, who grew up in Ohio idolizing Jordan. James tweeted his excitement about the milestone shortly before the game: “Can’t even front. This is going to be UNREAL!! Wow man.”James began the night needing 13 points to reach the mark. He now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643).Under direction from the NBA, the Lakers waited until the next timeout to honor James, who got a standing ovation from his new Los Angeles fans during a tribute video. James, still engrossed in the game, barely acknowledged the milestone after receiving hugs from several teammates.James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but powerful Denver beat the Lakers 115-99.Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The 34-year-old James is among the last active players who were old enough to witness Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls. James has said he grew up in Akron admiring Jordan as “the best ever” while he led Chicago to six championships in eight years during the 1990s.“There are certain milestones that it’s nice to take a moment and embrace and honor,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said before the game. “Michael is a guy that guys like LeBron, myself included, grew up watching. That is THE guy, Michael Jordan. So to pass him in anything, especially scoring, would be something that we aren’t going to see very often.”Jordan averaged 30.1 points in 1,072 games with Chicago and Washington. James, who entered the NBA at 18 years old compared to 21 for Jordan, began the night averaging 27.1 points in 1,189 games over 16 seasons with Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers.But James has never been a score-first player, instead dominating the league and winning three titles with his mix of shooting, playmaking and brute physical brilliance. Just eight days ago, James moved into 10th place on the assists list, becoming the first player in league history to make the top 10 in points and assists.A few days earlier, James appeared in his 15th All-Star Game.“To see where he is now is remarkable,” said Denver coach Michael Malone, an assistant coach with the Cavs from 2005-10. “He makes everybody around him better. … He made us look like really good coaches in Cleveland. I know that LeBron James is arguably one of the greatest ever to lace them up, and this is a great accomplishment in his career.”Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Five of the top six scorers in NBA history played for the Lakers, who signed James as a free agent last summer. Although James has only played 47 games for Los Angeles, he has charged up the career scoring chart in that time: He passed Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place in October, and he passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth in November.James began the night averaging 27.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists while hitting 51 percent of his shots and playing 35.7 minutes per game for the Lakers. He would have hit this milestone earlier in the winter, but a midseason groin injury on Christmas sidelined him for 17 games over five weeks — the longest injury absence of his career.Although James’ numbers remain strong, his first year on the West Coast is shaping up as one of his worst in terms of team success. The Lakers (30-34) have faded ever since James was injured, going 10-20 and falling to the fringe of the playoff race even after his return.Despite James’ 17 points, the Lakers trailed powerful Denver 66-49 at halftime, seemingly headed to their fourth straight loss. The Lakers rallied impressively in the second half with a lineup consisting of James and four youngsters, but faded in their fourth straight defeat.James has played in the last eight consecutive NBA Finals, and he hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2004-05, his second NBA season. After they began the night 5 ½ games out of a playoff spot, the 10th-place Lakers would need an incredible late-season run — and an extraordinary collapse by two teams in front of them — to avoid missing the playoffs for the franchise-record sixth consecutive season.“I knew coming into this year that it would be different,” James said after the Lakers’ loss to the rival Clippers on Monday night. “You take the challenge and you continue to stay positive, no matter what’s going on. Throughout it all, keep your head high, and you keep pushing forward.”___By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Neymar on his FIFA World Cup 2018 theatrics: ‘I do exaggerate’

first_imgNeymar was more in news for his theatrics than his goals during the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.Neymar was severely criticised on social media for going to ground easily. Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the World after losing 2-1 to Belgium in an entertaining match.He posted a video on social media like many others poking fun at his exaggerated reactions after being fouled during the World Cup. In the video he was seen teaching kids how to fall.The Brazilian superstar has now used an advertisement to admit to his exaggerated reactions after being fouled during the World Cup in Russia.The video, published Sunday and broadcast on several Brazilian TV networks, features the striker accepting criticism for the first time and promising to pick himself up.Also Read – Neymar leaves FIFA World Cup debacle behind, shows off poker skillsThe striker scored two goals in the tournament and was not too disappointing until his team got knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals, but fans and players have spoken much more about his theatrics on the pitch, which included dives, rolling and frequent arguing with referees.”You may think I exaggerate. And sometimes I do exaggerate. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch,” Neymar said in the ad sponsored by personal care products maker Gillette.Since Brazil’s elimination, Neymar only spoke about the defeat in Russia via Instagram. In the ad he tried to explain why he did not speak right after the Belgium game, which fostered even more criticism of his behavior at home.advertisement”When I leave without giving interviews it is not because I only want the victory laurels. It is because I still haven’t learned to disappoint you. When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to be frustrated,” the player said.Neymar said his football style is akin to a boy’s that “sometime charms the world, sometimes irritates the whole world.” ”I fight to keep that boy alive inside of me, but not on the pitch,” he said.”You may think I fall too much,” Neymar continued. “But the truth is I did not fall. I fell apart,” he said, in a reference to Brazil’s quarter-finals elimination against Belgium. “That hurts more than any step on an operated ankle.”Watch: Brazil superstar Neymar mocks himself, teaches kids how to fallThe piece ends with Neymar’s pledge to be a new man less than a month after Brazil was knocked out of the World Cup.”I took long to accept your criticism. I took long to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man,” Neymar said. “I fell, but only who falls can pick himself up.”Neymar ends his ad asking fans to make a choice.”You can keep casting stones. Or throw these stones away and help me stand. When I stand, all of Brazil stands with me,” he said.On July 20, at his first public appearance after the World Cup, Neymar did not talk about his exaggerations. Instead, he said he wasn’t upset with critics that made fun of his theatrics in Russia.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: 19 SEPT, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALPatna:Hindustani Awami Morcha activists protest(B+A)New Delhi:PM Narendra Modi meets Afghan President(B+A)New Delhi:Ravi Shankar Prasad briefs press(B+A)Guwahati:Standalone: Duck(B)New Delhi:External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj(B)Jammu :Protest in Jammu(B)INERNATIONALBoiling Springs/Burgaw/Linden/Lumberton/Dallas:Highwinds and rain from hurricane Florence/Riveroverflowed(B+A)Washington:Polish President Andrzej Duda in Washington(B)Balsas: Emergency Services, passengers injured in a busaccident(A)Moscow: Syrian missile over the Mediterranean(B)Erez Border Crossing:Protest at the entrance of Erezborder crossing(A)Pyongyang:Moon Jae-in shake North Korean leaderKim Jong(A+B)Sacramento:Protesters lay in mock caskets outside the Sacramento Convention Center(B)Karbala: Muslim month of Muharram(B+A)Piraeus:Demonstration in Piraeus(A)Bucharest:Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Romania(B)PYONGYANG:South Korean President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pose for photograph withSouth Korean delegation(B)VATICAN CITY:Pope Francis arrives for his weeklygeneral audience(B)MEDINA: Imran Khan visits the Prophet’s Mosque(B)SPORTSDubai:One day international cricket match of Asia Cup(B+A)Bruges:Champions League group A soccer match(B)Milan: Champions League, group B soccer match(A)Belgrade:Champions League group C soccer match(B)Katunayake :India VS Sri lanka Twenty20 women’scricket matchadvertisement(B+A)New Delhi:Practise for Vijay Hazare trophy match(A+B)New Delhi:Delhi’s new consultant coach Lance Klusener(B)New Delhi:Arjuna Award -2016(B)PTI PHOTO GCS DLDLlast_img read more

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Pollard after Wankhede heroics for MI: I am 31, there is a lot of cricket left in me

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard said he has managed to successfully bury the memories of a poor 2018 Indian Premier League season and that he is enjoying his cricket for the Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season of IPL.Kieron Pollard insisted that his cricketing career is far from finished and that he is looking forward to giving his best every time he steps on the field. The 31-year-old big-hitter also added he is grateful to Mumbai Indians for showing faith in him and retaining him despite his poor form for the three-time champions last year.Pollard’s comments came after he played a sensational knock to help Mumbai Indians gun down a 198-run target against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium. Captaining the side for the first time in the absence of injured Rohit Sharma, Pollard took the responsibility and took the Kings XI bowlers to the cleaners, hitting a 31-ball 83, including 10 sixes on Wednesday.Pollard promoted himself to No. 4 in Mumbai Indians’ chase of 198. Despite losing partners at regular intervals, the MI stand-in captain showed glimpses of his vintage self and single-handedly destroyed the KXIP bowling attack.Even as the asking rate was shooting up, Pollard kept his cool and targetted bowlers to great effect. Kings XI captain R Ashwin, pacers Sam Curran and Ankit Rajpoot were all at the receiving end of Pollard’s brutal hitting on Wednesday.What a victory this for the @mipaltan. The dressing room celebrations say it all #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/ZXDmrv6Ql3IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2019With 15 needed off the last over, Pollard smashed Rajpoot for a six and a boundary and brought the equation down to four from four. However, the MI captain got out in the final over only to see Alzarri Joseph keep his nerves and take Mi past the finish line.advertisementWhen you’re losing, people tend to have all sort of opinions: Pollard”You can say yes, you can say no [best IPL knock?]. For me what is more important is that we won the game. And I was able to stay calm under a bit of pressure. Obviously, I didn’t finish off the game which I wanted to do. But that’s why it’s a team sport. The guys really rallied together,” Pollard told the media after MI’s thrilling win.”Impossible… when you break it down, it’s I’m possible. Anything is possible. We have power-hitters. We have got Krunal [Pandya], Hardik [Pandya] and myself. We wanted close to 94 of the last 8 overs. When you break it down, it’s just two big overs. We got those two big overs. They had a couple of bowlers whom we had to target. It worked well for us. Not every day, you get to chase 190-odd runs but we did it tonight. Much-needed two points for us tonight.”It is what it is. 2018 is gone. Obviously, when you’re losing, people tend to have all sort of opinions. People who have not played the game and people who have played the game and struggled as well tend to have opinions.”I am a cricketer, 31 years of age. And I have a lot of cricket left in me. People who are close to me back me. That’s most important. It didn’t work last year but last year’s gone. We have life, everyone needs to get up in the morning. The sun is going rise in the east and set in the west. There are better things other than winning and losing and scoring runs. There’s family and there are things to look forward to. So it’s just a matter of me coming (back).””They (Mumbai Indians) showed faith in me, they retained me for this season and they started me as well. So it’s just a matter of me coming out, enjoying my cricket once again and that’s exactly what I am doing.”Pollard on chances of making 2019 World Cup squadPollard had managed just 133 runs from nine matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 but the big-hitting West Indies star has turned it around this season. Pollard has already scored 179 runs from six matches at an average of 44.75 and a strike of 194.56.Asked if Pollard is hopeful of seeing his name in West Indies’ 2019 World Cup, the MI star said: “Well, you know, every day I get the opportunity to play, I want to do well. There have been a lot of turmoil is West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. But what we have seen in the last couple of weeks is a change.advertisement”Pollard was one of the guys blacklisted. The best I can do every time I step on the cricket field, is try to put runs on the board. There are people there who have the job to select. We will see how that goes. As I said, I am 31 years… Chris Gayle is 39 and he’s playing and whacking it around.”Shedding light on the success West Indies players have had so far in IPL 2019, Pollard added: “For us, it’s not a battle. It’s about enjoying. We know what we can do. Chris batted superbly well. Fellow West Indian, [Andre] Russell. He is smacking the ball. It’s great to see him hitting the ball. [Sunil] Narine as well.”Also See | He is a legend: Hardik Pandya after Kieron Pollard delivers thrilling win for MIAlso Read | Thank god for giving me strength to do this: Kieron Pollard after 31-ball 83 vs KXIPAlso See:last_img read more

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Travis Head dedicates maiden Test hundred to mentor Phillip Hughes

first_imgTravis Head dedicates maiden Test hundred to mentor Phillip HughesAn emotional Travis Head dedicated his maiden Test hundred to Phillip Hughes who was tragically killed after being hit on the back of his head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield game back in 2014. Head made 161 on Day 1 of the second Test against Sri Lanka as Australia posted 384/4 at stumps.advertisement India Today Web Desk CanberraFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 18:51 IST Travis Head scored 161 as Australia reached 384-4 at stumps on Day 1 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTravis Head dedicated his maiden Test hundred to Phillip HughesHughes was Head’s mentor and teammate before his tragic deathHead and Joe Burns forged a mammoth fourth-wicket 308-run standTravis Head scored his maiden Test century in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday.Head along with Joe Burns stitched together a 308-run partnership for the fourth wicket as Australia reached 384 for 4 at the close of play on the first day.As he reached the milestone, Head looked up to the sky and smiled. Head was very close with former Australian Test opener Phillip Hughes, who tragically passed away in 2014 after a bouncer struck him on the head during a first-class match.Head eventually was dismissed for 161 and looked assured during his stay at the crease and hit 21 fours and a six in his 204-ball knock, before becoming Fernando’s third victim.Take a bow, @travishead34! #AUSvSL | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/PFysppBh2kcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 1, 2019When he was asked about his celebration he said: “Yeah [I dedicated it to] a few, but Hughesy as well, a little bit emotional to be honest,” Head told SEN Radio as he broke down into tears.”It was a little bit about trying to get the momentum back, it was a little like last week where we lost quick wickets and were a little bit under the pump, it was trying to get that momentum back. Last week I started my innings really well, left the ball really well, just tried to get that momentum back and get it to swing back our way. I felt like Burnsy and I were able to do that again,” Head, who scored 84 in Australia’s win in Brisbane over Sri Lanka last week, said.advertisement”To go out there and continue from last week, personally and as a team we put ourselves in a great position to get hundreds and weren’t able to, that was the disappointing part, but it was really good today to get out there, and once we got our chance, to make it massive,” Head added.Burns, who hit 26 fours in his unfinished 243-ball knock of a career-best 172, said that after he saw Head’s emotional state on reaching his hundred, all he wanted to do was offer his team-mate a long, strong hug to mark the moment.”It’s one of those innings today that’ll get him started in his Test career, get that first one out of the way and open the floodgates,” Burns said at the press conference at the end of the day’s play.”He was very emotional for his first hundred, out in the middle you don’t ask how someone’s feeling [but] I was just over the moon for him,” Burns said. “To see a bloke, the hard work he’s done all summer and for a number of years playing against him, you knew how good a player he was.”It’s one of those innings today that’ll get him started in his Test career, get that first one out of the way and open the floodgates. I just wanted to hug him as hard as I could for as long as I could and just keep batting with him. It was really enjoyable,” Burns added.For 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 Tags :Follow Travis HeadFollow maiden Test hundredFollow Phillip HughesFollow 2nd testFollow Day 1Follow Australia vs Sri Lankalast_img read more

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Two die after falling into pit filled with water

first_imgNoida: A seven-year-old girl and her uncle died after they fell into a pit filled with water in Sector 121 near the dumping ground on early Tuesday morning. Police had to call NDRF teams to locate the bodies. According to police, the deceased have been identified as Nancy (7) and Ankur (22), both natives of sector 121 area of Noida. Deceased Nancy’s father Shera said that the child and her uncle had gone to play near the ground when they fell in the pit where water had collected. “There were other children present in the ground at the time of incident who informed us and we rushed to the spot,” said Shera. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe family immediately informed police and a team from Ghari Chowkhandi police station rushed to the spot. Noida’s city Magistrate Shailendra Mishra and other senior cops also reached the spot to take stock of the situation. “Following the incident, a police team rushed to the spot but when we failed to trace the bodies, a deep diving team of NDRF Ghaziabad was called. The rescue operation continued for nearly five hours. The child’s body was retrieved by afternoon while the body of youth was recovered around 7 pm,” said Mishra.last_img read more

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Aviation scam CBI quizzes former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Thursday questioned former Civil Aviation Minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel for over six hours, in connection with a UPA-era aviation scam the agency is investigating.Patel arrived at the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters here at around 10:30 am and was deposed by probe officials with regards to several profitable air routes that were awarded to foreign and domestic private airlines, thus causing large losses to the national carrier. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The probe agency had just days ago taken custody of aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar to interrogate him about the same case. In a dramatic turn of events, CBI officials had presented an arrest memo immediately after a court here had dismissed his plea for an anticipatory bail in the case. The central probe agency’s action against Talwar came after more than two years of registering the FIR in the matter. Taking cognizance of the CBI FIR, the Enforcement Directorate had initiated a money-laundering probe in the matter and has since arrested Talwar, questioned Patel and also filed a chargehseet alleging close association between the two. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe CBI’s action against Talwar came after the ED’s chargesheet against Talwar had outlined the nature of his relationship with the then Civil Aviation Minister as being a close one and even alleged that the two were “dear friends”. The financial probe agency’s probe under PMLA revealed that foreign private airlines such as Emirates, Air Arabia, and Qatar Airways had allegedly paid R 272 crore to Talwar in exchange for securing profitable air routes and timings on their behalf. The ED’s probe had revealed that part of these payments were made to Bank of Singapore account of one Asiafield Limited, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, beneficially owned by Talwar. The proceeds were then transferred to Wave Hospitality Pvt Ltd in India, a company beneficially owned and controlled by Talwar in his son Aditya Talwar’s name. In fact, the case on the basis of which the ED had initiated its probe pertains to a PIL filed in the Apex court in 2012, which alleged large-scale corruption in the Civil Aviation Ministry during the UPA regime. The Supreme Court had then directed the central agency to register cases to probe these allegations, after which three FIRs and one Preliminary Enquiry were registered by the CBI. The case in which Patel was questioned by the CBI on Thursday, alleges that “foreign airlines were given unrestricted entry into India and major routes were given to them without taking any reciprocal benefits for Air India”. The CBI goes on to allege that despite warnings of huge losses to the national carrier, Civil Aviation Ministry officials had dishonestly given pecuniary benefits to private, domestic and foreign airlines. Specifically, the CBI alleged that up to four international air routes and nine domestic air routes were awarded to private airlines such as Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Indigo, Spicejet, Paramount Airways, and others, while Air India withdrew its services from these routes.last_img read more

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Toronto firefighters extinguish fire in CN Tower antenna mast

first_imgTORONTO – An electrical fire at Toronto’s landmark CN Tower was extinguished Wednesday morning after firefighters took turns climbing into an antenna mast to deal with smouldering wiring and insulation.The fire broke out around 4 a.m. around an electric cable in the tower’s main antenna mast, Toronto Fire said. The section is about 480 metres above the ground — just above the tower’s Skypod observation deck.Some 30 firefighters and seven fire trucks were at the scene.Fortunately, they didn’t have to take the stairs.“We took the elevator up,” Toronto Fire District Chief Stephan Powell said. “We had to go up to the Skypod level, took a second elevator to get there. And then we had to climb about (30 metres) up an access ladder to reach the affected conduit.”Firefighters could only climb the ladder one at a time to get at the fire, Powell said. Other firefighters “staged” equipment at the base of the ladder so it could be hauled up and used easily.Firefighters are used to working at heights, Powell said, but the tight space was a challenge to navigate.“We were dealing with what appeared to be an electrical issue in a very confined space,” he said.Traditional hoses weren’t used as spreading water on an electrical fire is quite dangerous, Powell explained. Instead, firefighters hauled up carbon dioxide and dry chemical extinguishers to deal with the fire.In anticipation of the cramped space, Powell said firefighters also hooked up their respirator masks to tubes connected to an air supply, instead of carrying portable air cylinders.The CN Tower shut off power to its antenna during the operation, he added, which affected some local TV and radio signals.Fighting the fire wasn’t all that dissimilar to handling several underground hydro vault explosions in downtown Toronto over the past few months, Powell said.“What we ended up doing here was — over a thousand feet up — pretty much the same thing,” he said.The fire itself wasn’t a roaring blaze. Powell described it as “tar-like”, and said insulation on the electrical cable, as well as the wiring, was melting.The electrical fire was put out just before 7:15 a.m., and Powell said it isn’t clear at this point what caused it.The CN Tower announced on its official Twitter page Wednesday morning that it was open to the public as usual.Neil Jones, chief operating officer for the tower, said the fire had posed no threat to public safety or the structure. He said all cleaning staff present at the time were cleared from the building and no injuries were reported.The CN Tower, a concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, is more 550 metres high. It held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure until 2007.last_img read more

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Bibeau presses Chinese counterpart on canola ban at G20 ministers meeting

first_imgOTTAWA — Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says she used a G20 ministers’ meeting in Japan to press her Chinese counterpart for the evidence behind Beijing’s bans on Canadian canola.Last week, Canada used a major World Trade Organization gathering to demand China deliver evidence that Canadian canola is contaminated.China has stonewalled requests for Canadian experts to travel to the People’s Republic to examine Chinese evidence that two canola shipments had pests. China’s rejection of Canadian food products is part of the escalating tension following the RCMP’s December arrest in Vancouver of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. Nine days later, China imprisoned two Canadians — ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor — and accused them of violating China’s national security.Bibeau says the broader meeting in Japan was all about upholding the “rules-based” international trading order and she’s confident her message will be taken back to Beijing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Myanmar should address discrimination against Muslim minorities – UN experts

The 1982 Citizenship Law denies Myanmar citizenship to the members of the Muslim minority in North Rakhine State, generally known as the Rohingyas, according to a joint statement released by six independent human rights experts.This “has seriously curtailed the full exercise of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and led to various discriminatory practices,” the statement said, citing severe restrictions on freedom of movement; various forms of extortion and arbitrary taxation; land confiscation and forced evictions; restricted access to medical care, food and adequate housing; forced labour; and restrictions on marriages.“As a consequence, thousands have fled to neighbouring countries, in turn creating complex humanitarian situations in the region,” said the experts, calling on Myanmar to take urgent measures to eliminate discriminatory practices against the Muslim minority in North Rakhine state, and to ensure that no further discrimination is carried out against members of the community.“We remind the Government of its obligation to protect all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction from any form of discrimination,” they said.The Government was urged to repeal or amend the 1982 Citizenship Law to ensure compliance of its legislation with the country’s international human rights obligations.The statement was issued jointly by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro; the Independent Expert on minority issues, Gay McDougall; the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Doudou Diène; the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari; the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler; and the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt. 2 April 2007A group of United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Myanmar to address discrimination against members of the Muslim minority in North Rakhine state. read more

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Annan recommends continuation of UNs IraqKuwait Observation Mission

In his report to the Security Council released today at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General observes that the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) has “continued to carry out its tasks smoothly, thereby contributing to the maintenance of calm and stability in the border area.” The Mission is mandated to monitor the area, deter border violations and report on any hostile action. While the situation over the past six months has been “generally quiet,” there were 255 violations of the demilitarized zone, including 10 ground violations, 8 weapons violations, 74 maritime violations and 163 air violations, according to the report. “As in the past, most of the ground violations occurred along the border and involved Iraqi vehicles using the gravel road that crosses in and out of Kuwaiti territory,” Mr. Annan writes.The Secretary-General notes that UNIKOM has continued to receive cooperation from the Iraqi and Kuwaiti authorities. read more

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UN recognises role of sport in achieving sustainable development

This latest sports-related resolution points out the “invaluable contribution” that the Olympic and Paralympic movements have made to the promotion of peace and development, citing efforts to revive the ideal of the Olympic Truce, based on an ancient Greek tradition, during which all conflicts would be put on hold 7 days before the beginning of the Games.“We welcome the Resolution approved today by the United Nations, as it reaffirms the universality of sport and its unifying power to foster peace, education, gender equality and sustainable development at large,” IOC President Thomas Bach commented. “Thanks to the UN, we now have a strong tool that encourages states and sports organisations to work together and develop concrete best practices.”Find out more about the connections between ancient Greece, sport and peace in a fascinating episode of our UN News Podcast Classics show, featuring a 1979 interview with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who devoted much of his life to unity and social justice through sport, and beyond, under the UN banner. The resolution encourages UN Member States to emphasize and advance the use of sport as a vehicle and “foster sustainable development…and respect and facilitate social inclusion, conflict prevention and peacebuilding,” and reiterates the UN’s call for States to leverage sport to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in collaboration with all the interested stakeholders, including the sports community, civil society, international organisations and businesses.Sport has long been seen by the UN as an important contributor to the realization of development and peace goals, in the way it promotes tolerance and respect;  the contribution it makes to empowering women, young people and communities; and to health, education and social inclusion objectives. read more

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What does a US recession imply for the gold price

first_imgThe World Gold Council’s new research on Gold In US Recession looks at the performance of gold during recessionary periods in the US. Macro economic data, and the US Federal Reserve Bank’s swift loosening in monetary policy, underline the risk that the US economy is on the brink of, or already in, recession. There are obvious winners in terms of asset performance in a recession, like fixed-income assets, and obvious losers, like cyclical stocks. But how is gold likely to fare? Regression and correlation analysis suggest there is no relationship between changes in US GDP growth and changes in the gold price. Consequently, a US recession would not have negative implications for the gold price. This reflects the unique drivers of the gold price and underpins gold’s role as a diversifying asset, even in times of recession.The brewing recession has so far been positive for gold on both fronts. The dollar has continued its downward trajectory, while inflation has (unusually) headed higher. US consumerprices increased at an annual rate of 4.0% in February this year, up from 2.4% just a year earlier. If these trends continue, investment demand for gold as an inflation and dollar hedge is likely to remain strong. And if the recession deepens concerns over the health of the US banking sector, demand for gold as a safe haven asset is also likely to remain robust.In summary, statistical analysis suggests there is no relationship between changes in US GDP growth and changes in the gold price. This reflects gold’s unique and diverse demand and supply base, which as for any freely-traded good ultimately determine the price. Consequently, a US recession does not have negative implications for the gold price. The only element of demand likely to be affected by a recession is investment demand, but that in turn will depend on the “type” of recession. So far, the brewing recession has been positive for gold, as it has been accompanied by a rise in inflation and a falling dollar, which has boosted demand for gold as a dollar and inflation hedge.For a full copy of the report please use the link : http://www.gold.org/deliver.php?file=/rs_archive/gold_in_us_recession.pdflast_img read more

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Video Games VPNs and You

first_imgStay on target In the past few years, Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, have quickly become essential technology to familiarize yourself with. VPNs create an encrypted connection between you, the VPN server, and wherever else on the internet you might like to go. Not only is this good for watching foreign Netflix shows but it also provides crucial protection for your identity online. Your connection may be a little slower but that’s worth it for knowing no one can steal your bank account information over public wi-fi.Gamers are some of the most Online people there are. So if you play video games you should also invest in a VPN. But gamers also have strong taste, buying specific keyboards and headsets and chairs to reach their standards. So they’re going to have some questions about which of the many free and paid online VPNs available are right for them. But before making any recommendations, we wanted to learn more about what gamers already thought about VPNs. The results of our survey may surprise you.For background information, we surveyed 1,000 people over two days this February, with average ages in the gaming sweetspot of 18-34. About 18 percent already use a VPN while they game but that means a whopping 82 percent have either stopped gaming with VPNs or never even started.To get to the bottom of this we asked about what features gamers value in a VPN. Speed is a top priority, getting 35 percent of the vote, which makes sense given competitive online multiplayer needs. Can’t have VPNs ruin your eSports dreams. But geographic diversity and price were also key sticking points. A third of responses expect VPNs to be free, another third would pay between $1 and 15 dollars, while the last third would pay more than $15.Keeping your data safe and private is a huge part of why anyone would want a VPN. So we also asked about opinions on data privacy as a right. Results were a bit depressing. 13 percent of respondents would be willing to give out personal information just for a bonus in the games they play. Almost half aren’t even sure if they agree with net neutrality, with only 33 percent giving the correct answer of yes. But at least we all agreed that Facebook, Google, ISPs, and the NSA all represent legitimate threats to online privacy, with Facebook being the consensus worst offender.This survey helped shed some light on why gamers maybe aren’t adopting VPNs quite as fast as other tech-savvy folks. But in any case, gamers do still need VPNs. For our picks for the best VPNS for gaming as well as the best VPNs for 2018 in general head over to our sister site PCMag. This VPN and Firewall Combo Keeps Your Browsing Under Wraps for Just $30Get Over 95 Percent Off Lifetime Subscription to Fastest VPN center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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