Judge recuses from Ryan bail case

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Justice A.B. Chaudhari, on Tuesday recused himself from hearing the anticipatory bail application of three trustees of Ryan International School in connection with the FIR registered in the seven-year- old student’s murder in the Gurugram school. The matter will now come up before a separate Bench of the High Court.The trustees — Augustine. F. Pinto, Grace Pinto and Ryan Pinto — filed an application for anticipatory bail on September 16. However, the application was filed again after removal of certain objections raised by the court registry in the matter. A bail application of the trustees was rejected by the Bombay High Court earlier this week.last_img read more

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Fugitive soldier of Bangladesh Army arrested in Agartala

first_imgPolice on Wednesday night arrested a fugitive soldier of the Bangladesh Army who was hiding in Agartala with fake credentials. They said they arrested the man from South Ramnagar locality where he rented a house.Senior police officials and sleuths of intelligence agencies were interrogating him at West Agartala Police Station. Investigators recovered some Indian identity documents from his possession suggesting that he managed to procure them to ensure his safe stay here.“In the papers his name is written as Raju Chouhdury, but he confessed his real name is Azam Khan. He was staying in Agartala for almost a year”, a security official told The Hindu.The Bangladesh government would be approached through its Assistant High Commission following the arrest. Bangladesh had earlier reportedly alerted India about a fugitive soldier who was supposedly hiding in Northeast India.last_img read more

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Congress obstructing Ram temple, says U.P. CM

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday accused the Congress of obstructing the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and charged the Rahul Gandhi-led party and the TRS with indulging in Muslim appeasement. “If anyone is creating obstruction in the way of construction of a grand temple in the birthplace of Lord Ram, it’s the Congress,” he said, addressing a BJP election meeting in Sangareddy. “We should all make efforts to understand the intention of the Congress party,” he said. Mr. Adityanath said the BJP was for good governance, development, and wanted to fulfil the model of “Ram Rajya” in the entire country. Addressing another election meeting at Tandur town of Vikarabad district, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister hit out at the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM. “If the BJP forms the government in Telangana, I can tell you that Owaisi will have to run away just like the Nizam was compelled to run away from Hyderabad. The BJP will give security to all but will not allow those who spread anarchy,” he said. He accused both the Congress and the TRS of making religion a foundation for making schemes. The BJP, he said, does not discriminate between caste, creed and religion while drafting policies.last_img read more

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Joel Embiid listed as doubtful for 76ers’ Game 4 vs Nets

first_imgEx-La Salle mentor Louie Gonzales appointed new JRU head coach Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Embiid worked out Friday at the 76ers’ practice in New York but coach Brett Brown said he didn’t know and didn’t have a gut feeling about whether his All-Star center would be able to go Saturday afternoon.The 76ers rolled to a 131-115 victory without Embiid and lead the series 2-1. Greg Monroe started at center and had nine points and 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid watches during the first half in Game 3 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The Philadelphia 76ers are listing Joel Embiid as doubtful for Game 4 of their first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets.Embiid has been bothered by a sore left knee, but was able to play in the first two games of the series. He warmed up before Game 3 on Thursday night before it was decided that he couldn’t play.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Vidya Balan: An honour to be playing the effervescent Geeta Bali

first_imgAfter impressing the Bengali audience with her debut in Bhalo Theko (2003) and making a special appearance in Santosh Sivan’s Malayalam venture Urumi, National Award winner Vidya Balan is set to make her mark in Marathi cinema now. The actor is going to be seen in the biopic titled Albela, based on Bhagwan Dada’s life, in which she plays the role of the iconic star Geeta Bali.IN PICTURES: Vidya Balan on movies and marriageThe biopic traces the late actor-director’s life and the difficulties he faced while making his 1951 musical Albela. The film featured Geeta Bali, who was considered a popular star at the time.”It’s an honour to be playing the effervescent Geeta Bali even if it is just a special appearance, and to be recreating Albela for a Marathi biopic on Bhagwan Dada,” Vidya said in a statement.Vidya’s name was suggested by senior make-up artist Vidyadhar Bhatte, who had worked with the star in the past, to director Shekhar Sartandel. Sartandel was intent on casting someone with a truly Indian face for Geeta Bali’s role. Vidya immediately agreed to play the cameo when she heard the script. For the role, Vidya will sport Geeta Bali’s look from the original film, but she wouldn’t be required to speak Marathi as Geeta was from Bollywood. Vidya’s role will be credited as a special appearance.Check out one of the most popular songs of Bollywood featuring Bhagwan Dada and Geeta Bali from the film: The biopic, Albela, traces the journey of Bhagwan Dada’s film career as an actor and director, and the making of the film, during which he faced several difficulties.advertisementlast_img read more

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Kieron Pollard lights up Wankhede in his 100th IPL game

first_imgMumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard hit back at his critics with a brutal batting display against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.The home side Mumbai, which was playing its final game at the Wankhede Stadium, rode on Pollard’s 17-ball 51 to thump Gautam Gambhir’s side by six wickets. Pollard also equalled Delhi Daredevils all-rounder Chris Morris’ record of the fastest half-century this season. (Photos)There were questions raised over Pollard’s place in the star-studded Mumbai line-up after the his poor showing in the first six games of the season. Pollard managed to score only three runs in his first three outings of this season. The West Indies all-rounder, who came back after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of action since November 2015, showed glimpses of form smashing an unbeaten 39 against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 20. (Points Table||Full Coverage)However, in his 100th IPL game, Pollard treated the Wankhede fans with some monstrous sixes in chase of 175 against KKR. The 17-ball knock that had six big ones and two boundaries overshadowed Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 68. (Also read: This is how Pollard entertained the Wankhede fans for one last time this season)Pollard, who came in at No. 5 after the dismissal of Jos Buttler, thrashed Kolkata’s hopes of making a comeback in the game. Pollard smoked three huge ones off consecutive deliveries to take Mumbai Indians past the line with two overs to spare.Mumbai skipper Rohit heaped praise on Pollard saying the big-hitting Caribbean was peaking at the right time. “Pollard’s form was crucial and he is peaking at the right time.”advertisementRohit also thanked the Mumbai crowd for supporting them in this season and said he was not sure about their new home venue. “Thee support has been superb here. I want to thank the crowd. Mumbai always enjoy perfect cricket,” Rohit added.Rohit added that the Wankhede crowd were expecting a big show from Pollard. “They have been wanting to see Pollard fire.”Pollard has scored 1873 runs in the 100 IPL games at an average of 29.26. He has maintained a staggering strike rate of 149.36.last_img read more

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Missouri Players Won’t Play

first_imgCOLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri football players announced the night of Nov. 7 on Twitter that they will not participate in team activities until the university president is removed from office.The statement from the athletes of color was tweeted out by several members of the football team, including starting running back Russell Hansbrough.The move aligns the team with campus groups who have been protesting the way university president Tim Wolfe has dealt with issues of racial harassment during the school year. Jonathan Butler, a black graduate student, is in the sixth day of a hunger strike to call attention to the issue.The statement from the players included a photograph of 32 black men, including Butler. In the photo, two players have their arms linked through his.The message reads: “The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe “Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere” We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experience. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!”Wolfe met with Butler and student groups on Nov. 6 to discuss the university’s handling of racial harassment cases.Butler also has expressed concern about other student issues, including the removal of graduate student health care subsidies and an end to university contracts with a Planned Parenthood clinic.Student groups have been critical over how Wolfe has handled issues of race and discrimination, and blocked his car at homecoming in an attempt to speak with him. They have complained that the use of racial slurs is prevalent.In April, a swastika was found in a Missouri dormitory, and officials said last month they were investigating another act of vandalism that targeted minorities.In a text message statement to The Associated Press, the Missouri athletic department said it was aware of the statement by “many of our student-athletes.”“We all must come together with leaders from across our campus to tackle these challenging issues and we support our student-athletes right to do so.”The campus is about 120 miles west of Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where tensions erupted following the police shooting death of 18-year Michael Brown.Brown, who was black, was unarmed when he was shot by a white police officer during a confrontation in a street in August 2014. His death sparked ongoing protests and helped spawn the national “Black Lives Matter” movement rebuking police treatment of minorities.The campus of 35,448 is mostly white. Approximately 17 percent of the student population identifies with a minority group, according to the university website.Missouri last played Nov. 6 at home, losing to Mississippi State to fall to 4-5 on the season. The Tigers have three more games left, including Nov. 15 at home against BYU.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Champions Trophy Hockey 2018: India stun Olympic champions Argentina 2-1

first_imgIndia stunned Olympic champions Argentina 2-1 to register their second consecutive victory in the 37th and last edition of the Men’s Champions Trophy hockey tournament.India scored both their goals in the second quarter through Harmanpreet Singh (17th minute), who converted a penalty corner, and Mandeep Singh (28th).World number two Argentina’s lone goal came from the sticks of dragflciker Gonzalo Peillat, who scored from a set piece in the 30th minute.(MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)India, eying their maiden Champions Trophy title, had earlier crushed bitter-rivals Pakistan 4-0 in their campaign opener yesterday.India now sit atop the six-team standings with two wins from as many games.The eight-time Olympic champions will take on world champions Australia in their next round robin match on June 27.What a great win against Olympic champions #Argentina in Champions Trophy at #Breda2018. Many congratulations to #TeamIndia on back to back wins & their spectacular display. Look forward to the next match against #Australia at 6.30 pm on 27 June. May #Hockey always win. pic.twitter.com/RXd29nqVZnNaveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 24, 2018Congratulations @imsardarsingh8 for 300 caps milestone, and #TeamIndia for a solid win against the Olympic champions, Argentina! Way to go #INDvARG pic.twitter.com/xgM26p3w3iPoonam Rani Malik15 (@PoonamHockey) June 24, 2018Marvellous win over the reigning Olympic champions. Congrats India on a superb brave performance India 2-1 Argentina #HCT2018 @TheHockeyIndiaViren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) June 24, 2018The team’s new chief coach Harendra Singh couldn’t have asked for a better start to his fourth stint with the senior national side. Harendra took over the reigns after swapping roles with Sjoerd Marijne, following India’s dreadful Commonwealth Games campaign.advertisementComing into the tournament on the back of a disastrous campaign at the Gold Coast Games, where they finished a disappointing fourth, the Indians made their intentions clear early on by showcasing all-round, compact hockey in their opening two games.The Indians carried on from where they left against Pakistan last night and produced a solid display in all departments of the game to get the better of their fancied rivals.The defence, which was once India’s perennial problem, yet again stole the show with a compact display, while the forwardline was up to the mark despite missing Ramandeep Singh owing to a knee injury suffered yesterday.The talismanic Sardar Singh, who played his 300th international game today, controlled the midfield and combined well with the forwardline to create opportunities.Argentina, however, were quick to get off the blocks, securing three consecutive penalty corners in the first quarter, but the Indian defence stood tall to deny Peillat.Next it was India’s turn to earn a penalty corner in the 17th minute and Harmanpreet fired home with a low flick through the legs of Argentina goalkeeper Tomas Santiago.Two minutes from half time, India doubled their lead through Mandeep but it was Dilpreet, who created the chance by brilliantly controlling a overhead long ball inside the circle and then setting it up for his striking colleague.Argentina pulled one goal back just at the stroke of half time through Peillat’s powerful strike to the top left corner of the Indian goal.India got their second penalty corner seconds from half time but Harmanpreet failed this time.After the change of ends, the Los Leones pressed hard and in the process earned their fifth penalty corner, but the Indian defence was up to the task.Minutes later, Argentina custodian Santiago made a double save from a counterattack to deny Dilpreet and Mandeep.In the final quarter, Varun Kumar made a goal-line save to deny Lucas Villa a chance to draw parity for Argentina.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Arsenal vs Liverpool will not be played on Xmas Eve

first_imgPremier League Arsenal vs Liverpool will not be played on Christmas Eve Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:12 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool vs Arsenal Getty Premier League Liverpool Arsenal v Liverpool Arsenal Followers of the Anfield side were faced with the prospect of being stuck in London for Christmas Day and have spoken up as a result December’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Liverpool will not be scheduled for Christmas Eve after an angry backlash from Reds fans.With Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday this year, Sky TV had proposed the clash – which is to be hosted at the Emirates – should be held then, much the same as many other top-flight clashes in the English top flight.Arsenal 7/4 to finish PL top four Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Fans were furious about Sky’s plan, however, due to being faced with the prospect of getting stuck in London for Christmas Day. Separately, reports claim that Arsenal would have had issues hiring a sufficient amount of stewards for the high-profile match up.Instead, the Reds will travel to face the Gunners on Friday, December 22, leaving Arsenal looking like they will have two weekday matches if they successfully negotiate their way past Norwich City in the Carabao Cup next Tuesday, with the quarter finals set to be played on December 19 or 20.Sky will announce on Thursday whether a different Premier League clash will be moved to Christmas Eve. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Info on the 2019 NYC and NSC

first_imgThe 2019 National Youth Championships (NYC) is being held alongside the 2019 National Schools Cup (NSC) at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina, Queensland.Both events will commence on Wednesday 18th September, with NSC Grand Finals taking place on Friday 20th September and NYC Finals day on Saturday 21st September.Find out more about NYC Conditions of Entry here: 2019 NYC Conditions of EntryFind out more about NYC & NSC Team Nomination Information here: 2019 NYC & NSC Team NominationsFind out more about what to do and where to stay on the Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast: What, When and Where on the Sunshine CoastInfo on NYC Playing Rules: After the TFA rules committee meeting, it has been determined that the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules will not be introduced into TFA Competition and Events until 1st January 2020. This will allow the update of all educational resources required for the effective roll out of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules. It has been determined that the NYC and NSC will operate under the 7th Edition TFA Playing Rules in September 2019.Info on NSC Team Qualification:TFA is looking to rebrand and expand the NSC program in 2020. At the 2019 NSC, TFA are piloting the expansion of the event to include a second division. Any school that participates in their state’s All Schools competition will be eligible to enter the NSC in the respective division in 2019. Team eligibility will be regardless of finishing positions. Teams will only be accepted based on the outlined requirements within the NSC Conditions of Entry, including the provision of a referee. The Top 8 teams from Queensland and NSW and the top 4 teams from the ACT, NT, SA, Tasmania, Victoria and WA will qualify for division 1. All other teams will qualify for division 2.last_img read more

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Ankita Raina stuns former US Open champion Samantha Stosur

first_imgAnkita Raina stuns former US Open champion Samantha StosurAnkita Raina shocked former US Open champion Samantha Stosur 7-5 2-6 6-5 in a gruelling two hours and fifty minutes battle at the second round of Kunping Openadvertisement Press Trust of India AnningApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 16:43 IST Ankita Raina defeated Samantha Stosur 7-5 2-6 6-5 (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSAnkita Raina shocked former US Open champion Samantha StosurAnkita beat Stosur 7-5 2-6 6-5 in the second round of Kunping OpenWorld no.77, Stosur made more errors compared to Ankita’s sixIndia’s top women’s singles player Ankita Raina shocked former US Open champion Samantha Stosur for the biggest win of her career, progressing to the second round of Kunping Open in Anning on Wednesday.The Indian, an Asian Games bronze medallist, shocked the fancied Australian 7-5 2-6 6-5 in a gruelling two hours and fifty minutes battle at the WTA 125K event.This is the second time the two faced off, with Stosur winning their last encounter in straight sets.The 26-year-old Indian struggled to hold her and managed only three aces throughout the match compared to Stosur, who smashed seven aces. However, the world no 77 made more errors — 18 double faults — compared to Ankita’s six.She will face Kai-Lin Zhang of China in the second round.Raina, ranked 178, had finished runner up at the USD 60,000 ITF event in Istanbul earlier this month. Last year, she became only the third Indian woman tennis player after Sania Mirza and Nirupama Vaidyanathan to breach the top-200 rankings in singles.Stosur had won the 2011 US Open defeating Serena Williams in the final. She is a former world No. 1 in doubles and has won six other grand slam titles, including 2005 US Open, 2006 French Open, and 2019 Australian Open women’s doubles events, and the 2005 Australian Open, 2008 Wimbledon Championships and 2014 Wimbledon Championships mixed doubles events.Also Read | Fognini lands maiden Masters title in Monte CarloFor 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 Ankita RainaFollow US OpenFollow Samantha StosurFollow second roundFollow Kunping Open Nextlast_img read more

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NDP prepares to name new face to lead federal party into next

first_imgOTTAWA – One of four NDP hopefuls could become the federal party’s new leader as early as Sunday. Here’s a look at those running for the party’s top job:Ontario legislature member Jagmeet SinghSingh, a 38-year-old turbaned Sikh, holds the provincial riding of Bramble—Gore—Malton. He was elected to the Ontario legislature in 2011 and served as his party’s deputy leader from 2015 up until his May decision to run for the federal leadership. Before entering political life, Singh worked as a criminal defence lawyer. He is also a mixed martial arts fighter and a fashion enthusiast. As part of a criminal justice platform, Singh has called for a federal ban on racial profiling. He says he knows first-hand what it’s like to be racially profiled during arbitrary street checks, often known as “carding.”Ontario MP Charlie AngusAngus, 54, has represented the federal riding of Timmins—James Bay since 2004. He has spent his political career advocating on social issues including workers’ rights, the need to improve education and services for Indigenous children and a national palliative care strategy. He also served as the national caucus chair for the NDP until he stepped aside to consider running for the leadership. He has called for the creation of a federal ombudsman who would have the legal authority to order government departments to comply with policies aimed at improving child welfare.Manitoba MP Niki AshtonAshton, 35, was first elected as the MP for her Churchill, Man., riding in 2008. Since then, she has served in various critic portfolios including Aboriginal affairs, status of women, post-secondary education and youth and jobs and employment. She is well-known for her advocacy on so-called “precarious work” and how it affects millennials. Ashton has also been vocal about the need to improve living conditions for northerners and Indigenous Peoples. She was born and raised in Thompson, Man. During the race, Ashton has put forward proposals including the need to expand the Canada Health Act to include dental care.Quebec MP Guy CaronCaron, a 49-year old former economist, worked for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada before he launched his political career. He was elected in the Quebec riding of Rimouski-Neigette—Temiscouata—Les Basques in 2011. Caron has said he is well-positioned to rebuild support in his home province, where the NDP holds 16 seats. He has also pitched policies including a taxable supplement that would help Canadians whose income levels fall below a standard minimum threshold, determined in part by the size of their family and the city they live in. He says the idea is designed to complement existing provincial and federal social programs, not replace them.last_img read more

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BC Oil and Gas Commission warns Coastal GasLink over pipeline construction

first_imgCoastal GasLink is building a natural gas pipeline from northeastern British Columbia to a liquefied natural gas export facility at Kitimat.On Thursday, the provincial government said it is undertaking a process with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en focused on the First Nation’s title, rights, laws and traditional governance throughout their territory.Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose Coastal GasLink’s $40-billion project, which led to the arrests of 14 people at a blockade last month. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says Coastal GasLink must submit a notice of construction at least 48 hours before it starts work under its permit to build a pipeline that is opposed by some members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.The commission has warned the Calgary-based company after it received complaints from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en who alleged that Coastal GasLink engaged in construction without an archaeological impact assessment and also destroyed traplines and tents.A letter from the commission dated Thursday says Coastal GasLink didn’t submit the required notification on Jan. 22.last_img read more

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Dhoni liked my version of helicopter shot says Hardik

first_imgNew Delhi: Hardik Pandya has already emulated M S Dhoni’s signature helicopter shot and the Mumbai Indians all-rounder says the veteran keeper-batsman liked his version of the innovative stroke. Pandya has looked in ominous form this IPL, scoring 218 runs at a strike rate of 194.64 in nine matches. He used the shot to good effect against speedster Kagiso Rabada in their game against Delhi Capital Thursday night. The 25-year-old smashed 32 off 15 balls to power Mumbai Indians to 168 for five, a total which Delhi Capitals found too stiff to chase, going down by 40 runs. His inning comprised two boundaries and three massive sixes, including the helicopter shot — a stroke made famous by Dhoni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt was in the second ball of the 20th over when Hardik had played that shot, sending a Rabada delivery across the ropes between long-on and deep mid-wicket position. The all-rounder had played the helicopter shot in front of Dhoni during a game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which Mumbai won by 37 runs at the Wankhede. “I never thought I would play the helicopter shot in a game. I’ve been practising that in the nets. I went to Dhoni’s room and asked him if he liked my version of the helicopter shot. He said it was good,” said Pandya. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAdjudged Man of the Match for his crucial innings, Hardik said he has been hitting the ball well. “Even I was telling myself that I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball better. I have been working hard in the nets and it has been coming off well for me,” he said. “I like to keep the basics straight, even in the death if you keep your shape and hope for bowlers to miss, you can hit hard. “I am using my brain well, reading the wicket well in this season. I have five more games to go and then the play-offs, and I hope to keep going like this through the season.” Agencieslast_img read more

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China seeks equal treatment in ties with Lanka

China hopes ties with Sri Lanka can result in deeper economic cooperation and trade on the basis of equal treatment.Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the practical cooperation between the two sides is based on equality and mutual benefit. “China and Sri Lanka are close neighbors enjoying traditional friendship. The practical cooperation between the two sides is based on equality and mutual benefit, and has contributed to the economic and social development of Sri Lanka. We hope that the two sides can deepen economic cooperation and trade on the basis of equal treatment and win-win results so as to deliver benefits to the two countries and two peoples,” she said. Hua Chunying was responding to comments made by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake where he had expressed his apprehension about the burden being inflicted by loans from China and hoped to renegotiate these loans so as to lessen the impact on Sri Lanka’s economy. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sears Canada gets court approval to begin soliciting bids for its sale

TORONTO – An Ontario judge has given Sears Canada the green light to immediately proceed with reaching out to potential buyers while it’s under creditor protection.Ontario Superior Court Justice Glenn Hainey approved the motion for the sale and investor solicitation process Thursday, following hours of discussions between lawyers representing the company, its lenders and retirees and laid-off employees.According to the decision, the national retailer and its court-ordered monitor, FTI Consulting Inc., can select one or more successful bids by Oct. 25.In separate documents filed by Sears Canada’s lawyers prior to Thursday’s hearing, the retailer’s chief financial officer said it’s “crucial” to begin liquidation sales of inventory no later than July 21 and to complete them by Oct. 12. Hainey is expected to hear that motion Tuesday.Sears Canada announced in June that it planned on closing 59 locations across the country and cutting approximately 2,900 jobs as part of a restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.The department store owner wants to shutter dozens of stores in the coming weeks while it negotiates with potential buyers who might acquire some or all of the company’s remaining assets, pending court approvals.“I’m in total shock this happened,” said Zobedida Maharaj, who was one of dozens of former employees who packed an overflowing Toronto courtroom to hear Thursday’s proceedings.Maharaj, 53, said she had worked at Sears Canada for 28 years before she was laid off at the end of March when her store was closed.The senior manager of operations and merchandise said she was initially told she would get eight weeks of severance and benefits, but was cut off June 22 when the company secured temporary court protection from creditors.“It’s like getting slapped in the face,” Maharaj said.Earlier in the day, Sears Canada struck a deal over benefit and pension payments to retired employees. The retailer had initially asked the court for permission to immediately halt payments for pension, health and dental benefits for laid-off employees, retirees and surviving spouses due to a severe cash crunch, but later agreed to continue payments to retirees until Sept. 30.Many former employees said the company’s compromise on temporarily paying retiree benefits and pension compensation has them cautiously hopeful.Pina Rupa, 58, from Vaughan, Ont., said outside the courthouse that she hoped Sears Canada, where she worked for nearly 40 years, would reinstate her benefits and severance which she said were worth tens of thousands of dollars.“I was such a loyal employee,” said Rupa, who was laid off from the company’s head office.Employment lawyer Susan Ursel, whose firm represents more than 17,000 non-unionized former and current employees, said her law office is filing motions to ask the court to reinstate benefit, severance and pension payments to the workers who were laid off. It is also asking to set up a temporary hardship fund for those who are in dire need of cash and health benefits.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said her government is paying close attention to the situation but there isn’t a role it can play at this point.Follow @LindaNguyenTO and @DavidPaddon on Twitter. Sears Canada gets court approval to begin soliciting bids for its sale Peter Myers, brother of actor Mike Myers, speaks with the media as disgruntled Sears employees gather at the Ontario Superior Court in Toronto on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Lawyers for Sears Canada employees are asking an Ontario judge to have the struggling retailer reinstate or continue their health benefits until October as the company restructures under court protection from creditors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn by Linda Nguyen and David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2017 6:58 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Gary Neville questions why Sam Allardyce would deserve payoff after losing job

first_imgSam Allardyce, pictured outside his home, said he made an ‘error of judgment’ and had ‘paid the consequences’Credit:Dave Howarth/PA Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate, the England football team’s new caretaker manager, has admitted he works in an industry “that at times I don’t like”.Southgate said the “business side” of football could be unsavoury at times, as he spoke for the first time since being put in charge of the national side. “You have to ask why [there was a pay-out] if it was inappropriate behaviour.”Speaking on a Sky Sports podcast, he said Allardyce’s departure had been a “moral issue”, adding: “When you take the moral exit route, particularly when you’re talking about the national game, you have to see it through.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sam Allardyce Gary Neville has questioned why Sam Allardyce would deserve a pay-off after losing his job as England manager following a Telegraph investigation.The former England assistant boss described Allardyce’s behaviour as “clumsy” after he left his job last week, having been in charge for just one match, amid the disclosures.He had been filmed by undercover reporters giving advice on how to get around Football Association rules and negotiating a £400,000 personal appearances deal.Allardyce reportedly received a £1million pay-off when his contract was terminated by mutual consent after he was covertly filmed less than three months in charge of the national side.  It came as John Motson, the country’s best-known football commentator, said the greed of some people had become a “cancer” infecting the game.Southgate – who has been given the England job for the next four games, but hopes he can impress the FA enough to make him the permanent choice – said: “I have to say I’m involved in a sport that I love and an industry that at times I don’t like.”He said he did not have “the detail” about the latest revelations, so could not comment in detail but added: “There’s lots about the industry of football that I don’t like but it’s a sport I love, representing my country was something I loved and they’re the bits I have to focus on.” The 61-year-old said he made an “error of judgment” and had “paid the consequences”.Commenting on the investigation, Neville said: “The question that needs asking more than anything is that the FA cited ‘inappropriate behaviour’, yet reports suggest there has been a pay-off of a £1m.  The former England defender, 46, has been in charge of the country’s under-21 team for the past three years after a three-year stint managing Middlesbrough.Giving his first press conference ahead of England’s World Cup qualifying match against Malta at the weekend, he said football was the sport of his dreams “as a kid” but with the “business side of the game” there were “many many different areas that I don’t particularly like”.last_img read more

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Those tapes are trying to sow division Minister dismisses abortion sting job

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said the government will not rush agreement on proposed abortion legislation, stating it could take “another week or two”.Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week in Politics, the Fine Gael deputy said there would be a “clearer view” on the issue after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.He said he has held a “number of private conversations” with the Minister for Health to put across his opinions, adding that he shared “practically all of Lucinda’s [Creighton] views on the issue”.Asked about today’s Sunday Independent front page – which revealed transcripts from taped conversations with two Labour TDs who both indicated the legislation could be used as a stepping stone for less restrictive regimes in the future – the Minister dismissed the reports.“Those tapes are trying to sow division,” he said. “They are also conversations that took place a year ago…It was some kind of sting operation to catch people out. That is not the basis for a sensible discussion on the issue to try and find a compromise for people to live with.”RTÉ has reported that the coalition parties are close to an agreement on proposed abortion legislation following last week’s row over the number of doctors that would need to be consulted in the case of a termination request where the woman is suicidal.“We are legislating essentially for the status quo whereby terminations would happen in rare circumstances when there is a measurable and real threat to the life of the mother,” continued Coveney. “And there is going to be a maintenance of the protection of the life of the unborn.”There is no surprise that people have varying views on the circumstances of where termination should be available. Those views are deeply held. It is not difficult to catch someone out on this issue.A compromise legislation will almost certainly see fewer than six consultants on a panel. Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who is one of five ministers involved in high-level talks, told TheJournal.ie this week that six “is clearly too many” for such a decision. It is understood that there will be a two-pronged process for any woman seeking an abortion as a result of suicide ideation.According to RTÉ, the Protection of Maternal Life Bill 2013 will only allow for terminations in defined circumstances and prohibit the licensing of clinics.Labour TDs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Anne Ferris have been contacted for comment but were not available at time of publication.Laws will make abortion ‘pervasive’ in Ireland: Warning from pro-life TDsChildren’s Minister: ‘Six doctors is clearly too many’ for abortion panellast_img read more

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PlayStation 4s New Licensed Pro Controllers Arent Very Eye Pleasing

first_imgThe Nacon Revolution has:46° amplitude dual analogue sticks, enhanced with innovative firmware for advanced eSports accuracy and reachFour extra shortcut buttonsEight-way directional padFour custom profiles – all configurable via the companion PC application, enabling players to: re-map buttons, assign macros to the four shortcut controls, and adjust analog and trigger sensitivityTwo internal compartments with six additional weights – for a tailored balance and feelCompatibility with all PS4 systems via the 3m-long secure connection USB cable – detachable for easy storageBoth controllers will be available this holiday season. As of now, they are only slated to be released in the European market. Hopefully they will be released in North America and other parts of the world in the future. They may be ugly, but I’m sure competitive-minded gamers would find the controllers to be very useful. PlayStation 4 fans have been asking for pro and elite-type controllers for quite some time, and it appears that their wishes are about to come true. Sony has just announced two new officially licensed “Pro” controllers that have more functionality than the standard DualShock 4 controller. However, this looks like a case of “be careful what you wish for” as these two controllers aren’t exactly pleasing to the eye.These Pro controllers come in the form of the Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution. Razer and Nacon are known for making eSports peripherals and have used their expertise in this field when creating these controllers. Basically, the Raiju and Revolution are tailor made for competitive and pro gamers and feature extra buttons and features not found on the stock DualShock 4.The Razer Raiju features:Two extra bumpers and two extra detachable triggersBuilt-in control panel on the front of the controllerTrigger-stop switches and hair trigger mode for ultra-fast trigger responsesTwo custom profiles which you can instantly switch between and modify3.5mm headset jack and dedicated headset volume and mic mute controlsDetachable analog stick rubber caps which provide extra grip during intense gaming sessionsCompatibility with all PS4 systems via the braided 3m-long USB cable – detachable for easy storagelast_img read more

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