Indian techie found dead in Texas

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first_imgA 30-year-old Indian-origin software engineer was found dead in the US state of Texas, according to officials.Venkannagari Krishna Chaitanya, who moved to the US three years ago, was living as a paying guest in Arlington, a suburb of Dallas in Texas, sources at the Indian Consulate said.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img

All in a day’s work

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first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Rafi Reavis played his best game in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday night, logging a double-double in an 86-82 Game 3 win to help Magnolia seize a 2-1 lead over four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.Having been through 17 seasons and notching 11 championships along the way, Reavis has seen a lot and said he cares only about notching one statistic: a win.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated For coach Chito Victolero, though, Reavis is one of the team’s barometers for winning.“He’s our veteran and he’s the best matchup for June Mar (Fajardo) and Arwind (Santos),” he told reporters during the post-game interview. “Whenever Rafi gives us a good game, we have a good chance [at winning].Aside from Reavis’ 16-point, 15-rebound Game 3 line was his defense against the five-time Most Valuable Player Fajardo, who ended up with just 17 that night after scoring 35 in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I don’t really have any, to tell you the truth,” he said when asked to comment on his performance which earned him the citation as the game’s best player. “I’m just trying to do my job. I’m just trying to take what comes with it, and also hoping its a ‘W.’”“The thing with me is—one point, 15 points; two rebounds, 10 rebounds, nothing—it’s all the same to me,” he added. “The only difference is the W and that’s all I care about.”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, logisticsReavis’ performance in Magnolia’s Game 3 win at the Big Dome was a vast improvement from his showing in the prior contest, where he ended up scoring only two points and grabbing six rebounds.Compounding matters for him was that the Hotshots took a lopsided 108-101 loss. Cardiff fetes Etheridge CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules PLAY LIST 02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:09‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon01:12Sotto: Expect something explosive as new evidence, witnesses appear vs ‘ninja cops’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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Carli Lloyd, a World Cup starter again, scores 2 as US beats Chile

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first_imgThe victory over Chile was more subdued than the U.S. team’s record-breaking rout of Thailand. The Americans celebrated every goal even after the win was well in hand, and the display offended many who thought the champions should have shown more class. The controversy clouded the run-up to the match against Chile.Several of the American players reached out to their Thai counterparts following the match. Lloyd exchanged encouraging words and tweets with goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and FIFA posted an interview with Thailand’s coach thanking the U.S. players for being professional and playing well.After such a rout, Jill Ellis made sweeping changes to the starting lineup against Chile, including a new front line with Lloyd, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh. Alex Morgan was moved to the bench along with Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath.Becky Sauerbrunn, who sat out the match against Thailand because of a minor quad injury, returned and anchored a backline that included 20-year-old Tierna Davidson, who was making her World Cup debut. Davidson is the youngest player to start for the United States in a World Cup since Tiffany Roberts against Norway in 1995.Chile made just one lineup change, starting midfielder Claudia Soto in place of Yanara Aedo.Chile lost its opener to Sweden 2-0, but Endler was solid in that game, too, keeping the Swedes out of the goal until 83rd minute. The second goal got past the 6-footer in stoppage time.Julie Ertz scored in the 26th minute with a header off a corner kick from Davidson that Endler got her hands on but couldn’t stop. It was Ertz’s first World Cup goal and came with her husband Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, looking on.Endler denied Lloyd another chance at the hat trick when she tipped the U.S. captain’s shot over the net in the 72nd minute.Sweden also advanced out of Group F with a victory 5-1 victory over Thailand earlier Sunday in Nice. Japan, playing in Group D with England, also went through to the knockout stage because both the United States and Sweden won.Former Vice President Joe Biden was among the U.S. team’s well-wishers before the sold-out game at Parc des Princes stadium. Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, referenced the team’s lawsuit against U.S. Soccer alleging gender discrimination and seeking equitable pay. Lloyd was the hero of the World Cup in Canada four years ago when she scored three goals in the final against Japan that gave the Americans their third World Cup title. But she was on the bench when the U.S. opened the tournament, even though she scored later as a substitute in the 13-0 victory over Thailand.“I know that my ability is there, I know this is my best version of me. I’ve just got to go out there and prove it,” she said. “Whether that’s coming off the bench and making an impact, whether that’s starting and getting the opportunity, which I’m grateful for, I’m just trying to make the most of it. I want to win.”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, logisticsLloyd became the first player to score in six straight World Cup matches with her goal in the 11th minute.She added another on a header off a corner in the 35th for her 10th career World Cup goal, which moved her into third on the U.S. list behind Abby Wambach (14) and Michelle Akers (12). At 36, she became the oldest player to have a multi-goal game in the tournament. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men,” Biden tweeted.U.S. soccer maintains the two teams have different pay structures because of separate collective bargaining agreements.But for now, the players are concentrating on France and bringing home a fourth World Cup championship.The United States plays Sweden on Thursday to wrap up the group stage. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sweden ousted the Americans from the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.Chile wraps up the group with a match against Thailand on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP United States’ forward Carli Lloyd (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the France 2019 Women’s World Cup Group F football match between USA and Chile, on June 16, 2019, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)PARIS — Carli Lloyd wasn’t thrilled to open the Women’s World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start.When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over Chile. The win pushed the United States into the round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NASCAR overturns victory for first time since 1960 She nearly got another hat trick — which would have made her the first player with two in the World Cup — but her penalty kick in the 81st minute went wide left.“It’s haunting me right now,” Lloyd said. “Wasn’t good enough.”The score could have been worse for Chile without unshakable goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who finished with six saves and fended off a flurry of U.S. shots in the second half.Endler was named player of the match.“I love the balls coming towards me and being able to showcase my skills,” she said through a translator. “Obviously it’s difficult to maintain concentration. I think in the first half it was difficult for me to get into the game. I think the second half went better for me and in general for the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Boxing body near bankrupt, facing 2020 Olympic exclusion

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first_imgThe new headquarters building of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The inauguration of the Olympic House will take place on June 23, during the celebration of Olympic Day. (Cyril Zingaro/Keystone via AP)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Boxing Association is near bankruptcy, days before a decision to formally exclude the body from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.AIBA executive director Tom Virgets told board members it will be insolvent if International Olympic Committee members derecognize the troubled body next Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ The boxing body is also releasing all but three staff from its Lausanne offices, close to the IOC’s new lakeside headquarters which opened this month and cost around 145 million Swiss francs ($145 million).Virgets said he also is leaving, explaining “It is the correct thing to do” because he failed in his mandate to keep AIBA involved in the Tokyo Olympics.AIBA plans to hold an executive committee meeting one day after its Olympic fate is likely sealed.The IOC board wants AIBA excluded after appointing an inquiry panel to investigate its finances, governance, and the integrity of judging and refereeing in Olympic bouts, including at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.A key factor against AIBA was its members having elected Gafur Rakhimov as president last year while on a U.S. sanctions list with suspected links to organized crime. He denies wrongdoing.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The IOC detailed its plans Wednesday for a fresh qualification program next year to send male and female boxers to 13 medal events in Tokyo.The eight men’s weight classes are a reduction of two from Rio, with two women’s classes added to make five.Four regional qualification tournaments are planned between January and April — in the Americas, Africa, a combined Asia-Oceania region, and Europe — with a final global qualifier, likely in May, McConnell said. Past and future Olympic host cities should host the qualifiers.After the previous AIBA president, long-time IOC member C.K. Wu, sought to put professional boxers into the Olympic tournaments, that is not a priority for Tokyo.McConnell said national Olympic teams could choose to enter pro boxers, who would have to go through the full qualifying program.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tite under pressure after goalless draw with Venezuela Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The full IOC membership is expected to sign off on recommendations made last month by its executive board, which would deny AIBA its expected $17.5 million share of Tokyo Games commercial revenue and cut off the men’s and women’s 2019 world championships in Russia as qualifying paths.“In my opinion, the decisions made by the IOC were clearly designed to bankrupt AIBA,” Virgets wrote in a letter seen by The Associated Press. “Every source of income that AIBA had going forward was taken away.”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, logisticsThe IOC board, chaired by President Thomas Bach, discussed the Tokyo boxing tournaments again Wednesday. However, there were no detailed talks about AIBA’s financial and staffing issues, IOC sports director Kit McConnell said.AIBA has less than $400,000 in the bank and cannot afford to challenge any IOC ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Virgets wrote to senior officials. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Coming soon: 8 games that will set your pulse racing

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first_imgThe Gamescom conference, held between August 6 to August 9, was packed with explosive content. There were games like The Halo 5 and Crackdown 3. That in itself was enough to excite most gamers. But wait, there was more. A number of unique games were announced at the conference. We tell you about the 8 big ones!Halo Wars 2 Halo Wars 2 was an exclusive Gamescom premiere and it showed a trailer where a team of Spartans were getting slaughtered by an unknown enemy. This unknown enemy later turned to be a Brute with a nasty gravity hammer. We don’t know much about the identity of the Brute but it looks a lot like Tartarus, the leader of Brutes from Halo 2. So far this is only speculation as the timeline of Halo Wars 2 is set before Halo Combat Evolved. The game is set to release in early 2016 for Microsoft Xbox One and Windows 10.Quantum Break Quantum Break at the Gamescom packed a lot more punch this time around. It revealed a strong  5-minute gameplay trailer which showed a bit more story, characters and certain mechanics. It also gave gamers a sneak peek into the player’s gadgets and abilities. This was a contrast from Remedy’s earlier reveal at E3 2015 which showcased the technologies and the motivations behind the game but didn’t talk much about the game. The game is reminiscence to other great games such as Timeshift and Singularity. It will release on Xbox One on April 6, 2016.Crackdown 3 The developers behind the Crackdown 3 showed a bit more of the multiplayer trailer. The new game takes place in a glistening metropolis where crime and corruption runs rampant. The story of the game is all about dismantling an empire and ecosystem of criminals. The big deal about the game is how destructible its environment is, giving ample opportunities to gamers for creating cool explosions in the game and having a total blast while playing it. advertisementHalo 5 Halo 5 is one of the most anticipated games right now, largely because it is going to be all about an epic faceoff between Master Chief and Agent Locke. At Gamescom, developers announced the Halo 5 Xbox bundle. The Xbox bundle includes a Halo-themed Xbox One console with 1TB of internal storage and it will launch on October 20th. They also announced Halo as E-Sports contender as well as Halo World Championship this winter with a prize money of $1 million. Rise of the Tomb Raider Rise of the Tomb Raider showcased a 5-minute gameplay trailer at Gamescom 2015. Rise of the Tomb Raider is a game where Lara Croft explores tombs. More significantly, the game allows players to customise the gameplay to suit their style. Two new features in the Rise of the Tomb Raider are the ability to climb trees and swim. If you did try the latter this in the first game you would often get hit by rocks and die horribly. However, this is not the case in Rise of the Tomb Raider where you can make stealth kills on unsuspecting enemies with your rusty pickaxe. There are also tombs that can be fully explored. Forza Motorsport 6 Forza Motorsport 6 was first revealed at E3 2015. It is a game that allows you to drive Ford GT 2015 from the comfort of your own living room, of course virtually. Turn 10, the developers of Forza Motorsport 6, at Gamescom revealed that it has added 6 more tracks and 42 cars, including two spotlight classics such as 1975 BMW Motorsport 3.0 CSL and the 2014 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE, to the game. Also 4 final new tracks — Hockenheimring, Infineon Raceway, Monza and Texas Track Circuit — have been added. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst Faith is a character that doesn’t require any weapons or fast movements but uses the environment to her advantage. Faith’s personality is unique and she is willing to take a stand when others won’t. This game allows a gamer to grow with Faith. The game initially shows Faith as a carefree runner, who’s daring and often reckless. She lives off the grid and doesn’t have any sympathy for people who live in the city below. Mirror’s Edge catalyst sets certain events in motion that changes the course for Faith, the Runners and the City.  From the get go, one can witness in Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst that the environment is brighter and vibrant. The gameplay shows the incredible manoeuvrability of Faith often combining various movements to scale the city which wasn’t explored in the first game. There is a well-balanced level of scale and stealth within the buildings, in which Faith spends a lot of time pushing the story forward. The game is set to release for the PC, Xbox One and PS4 on February 25 2016.advertisementStar Wars Battlefront  Star Wars Battlefront allows you to fight with your favourite vehicles and iconic characters from the Star Wars universe. You can fight as an imperial soldier or a rebel or play as one of the most iconic and legendary characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker. The new details revealed at the Gamescom showed that Fighter Squadrons are going to be part of the game. Fighter Squadrons puts you in the cockpit of some of the most iconic vehicles in the Star Wars Galaxy. Fighter Squadron is a 20-player aerial combat that have been inspired from the cinematic battles in the movies. The developers have also added 20 Star Fighters to every aerial battle to make things more frantic. In addition, the game also talks about a new unexplored planet such as Sullust and offers gamers chance to fight in a few battles at this new location.last_img read more

AIBA to allow judging protests after Asian Games boxing turmoil

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first_imgJakarta, Sep 2 (AFP) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) will introduce a right of protest against controversial judging “to ensure fair play” and prevent a repeat of ugly scenes that marred the Asian Games.Two North Korean boxing coaches were thrown out of the Asian Games Saturday after refusing to leave the ring and inciting the crowd after their fighter lost gold on a split decision to a Chinese boxer.Police had to move in to escort the duo, who had their Asian Games credentials immediately removed, from the Jakarta International Expo arena. They will now face disciplinary action by AIBA.And there were ugly scenes earlier in the week after an Iraqi fighter lost a close fight and a fan jumped over barriers and tried to storm the ring encouraged by the boxer’s cornermen.”AIBA has a responsibility to ensure fair play and we’re going to make sure that happens,” AIBA executive director Tom Virgets told AFP.”We’re going to have a protest committee in place because even in the best of times there will be (controversial) decisions, officials get tired, it’s like any other sport that is subjective.” Currently AIBA’s technical regulations Rule 5 states: “No protest is permitted and the decisions of the referee in a bout are final.” “Years ago we had a right to protest,” said Virgets. “The organisation felt it was being abused. They removed it from the rules.- ‘Pendulum swung too far’ -============================”I think we swung the pendulum too far. We should have just corrected the process to get rid of the abuses, instead we did away with the protests.advertisement”I think that increased the problems, because it increased the frustration by not having any avenue to see if a perceived wrong could be corrected.” Boxing is fighting for its Olympic future, under threat of being removed from Tokyo 2020 after a series of judging controversies at Rio 2016 when several officials were sent home after allegations of bout-rigging.Following Rio, all 36 judges and officials were suspended and there has been turmoil within AIBA since, with former president CK Wu of Taiwan ousted and Uzbekistan’s Gafur Rahimov installed as interim president earlier this year.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has demanded that boxing get its house in order or the sport which gave the world Olympians and legends such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Leonard faces Olympic extinction.”Now the AIBA executive committee has voted to have a protest allowed and right now we are investigating different tools to use in order to have an appropriate process,” Virgets confirmed.”The technical rules committee is working on that and in the very near future we are going to see this rule implemented across all out competitions.” It is not the first time boxing at the Asian Games has been dogged by controversial judging.Four years ago there were astonishing scenes in Incheon as India’s Sarita Devi — who battered her Korean rival in a women’s semi-final but still lost a unanimous decision — refused to accept her bronze medal and tried to hang it around the neck of her victor. Devi, who dumped the medal on the podium and stormed away in tears, was later banned for a year. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

India aim for continued ODI dominance over Australia in Nagpur

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first_imgThe Indian top order will look to get runs while the World Cup hopefuls will strive to seal a berth, when India take on Australia in the second ODI, here on Tuesday.The Virat Kohli-led side beat Australia by six wickets in the series opener on Saturday. It was a welcome win for India after losing the T20 series 0-2.The bowling unit did well to restrict the Aussies to a modest score and what would be pleasing for the team management is that when pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah had an off day, Mohammed Shami stepped in to produce a fine show.India looked to be making heavy weather of an easy chase when their top order was removed early, but Kedar Jadhav underlined his value in the team with a street-smart 81 in the company of veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni who held fort with an unbeaten 59.With only four ODIs remaining before the World Cup, the hosts will look to finalise the “two available spots” in an otherwise settled squad.Opener Shikhar Dhawan did not get runs in the first rubber but the team management is likely to stick with the southpaw and not replace him with KL Rahul who stacked a claim with good shows in the two T20s.Skipper Kohli looked good for his 44 on Saturday and so did Rohit who has the ability to take any attack to cleaners on his day.At No.4, Ambati Rayudu failed in the first game and it remains to be seen whether the team management reposes faith in him or not.advertisementWith Dhoni showing that he is not finished just yet, the middle order looks in a better shape than what was thought.On Tuesday, the Indian team could bring in the Rishabh Pant in place of all-rounder Vijay Shankar who had an off day with the ball on Saturday.Australia, on the other hand, would look to sharpen their batting skills. For their coach Justin Langer, out-of-form skipper Aaron Finch would be a definite concern. Finch who had scores of 0 and 8 in the T20 series continued his bad run in the first ODI.The visitors can be pleased with their bowling effort, especially leg-spinner Adam Zampa who troubled the Indian batsmen.Pacers Pat Cummins and Nathan Counter-Nile were also good in the beginning, but once Dhoni and Jadhav got going they lost their rhythm.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja.Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon.Also Read | Team India gears up for 2nd ODI vs Australia with gruelling practice session in NagpurAlso Read | Nice to get players like Virat Kohli out: Adam ZampaAlso Read | Ashwin, Jadeja have always done well for India, Chahal and I haven’t ousted anyone: Kuldeeplast_img read more

Frankie Dettori and Enable stroll to Yorkshire Oaks win and look to Arc

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first_img The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The field lined up against Enable at Chantilly will be much deeper than the five opponents she dispatched at odds of 1-4 here, but as a three-year-old filly she will get a valuable weight allowance from colts and older horses as she attempts to become the sixth filly to win in the past seven seasons. The two three-year-olds in that sequence – Treve in 2013 and Danedream two years earlier – both finished five lengths clear of their fields. In her current form, Enable looks more than capable of doing something similar in five-and-a-half weeks’ time.“She got a bit bored in the end,” Frankie Dettori, Enable’s jockey, said. “I pushed her out, but I felt I had something left if someone had come to me. She likes to have a fight on her hands; unfortunately today there was no fight and we had to do her own thing. She goes there [to the Arc] with a favourite’s chance and the weight allowance. She has won four Group Ones in a row by five lengths and you can’t ask for more than that.”Gosden also felt that a stronger field would have brought an even better performance from his filly. “There was no obvious pace [in the race] so I said to Frankie that he could do his own thing,” the trainer said.“She got lonely in the last part, she was looking around and idling. It’s not her favourite way of racing but she can do it that way. It was a lovely prep for the Arc, and it’s a nice run-in now. She’d be the best mile-and-a-half filly that I’ve trained. Golden Horn [the 2015 Derby and Arc winner] would be the best mile-and-a-half colt, I think [the four-times Group One winner] The Fugue was better at a mile-and-a-quarter, and Royal Heroine [the 1984 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner] at a mile, but that’s a long time ago.”Gosden waited a long time to win his first Arc with Golden Horn, but is now effectively an odds-on chance to take his second in three years since Cracksman, the impressive winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes on Wednesday, is the second-favourite for this year’s race at 10-1. Read more Sir Michael Stoute’s Ulysses, who took the International Stakes on the opening day, is also a 10-1 chance but not yet confirmed as a runner, while Satono Diamond, the latest Group One winner from Japan to try his luck in France, is the only other contender priced below 16-1.Threading, a six-length maiden winner at Glorious Goodwood, made a smooth transition to Group company in the Lowther Stakes, the main supporting race on the card, and is now on course for the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes next month.Happy Like A Fool, runner-up in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, set a strong pace from the start but Threading travelled well in behind before storming into the lead inside the final furlong. “We wouldn’t have supplemented her [at a cost of £15,000] if we didn’t think she was up to it,” Mark Johnston, Threading’s trainer, said. “She pulled away at the finish and that bodes well for the future.“She clearly doesn’t need fast ground, but I think it would be a mistake to pigeonhole her and say that she needs soft and it would be very interesting to see her on a sounder surface and see how she goes.”Threading is top-priced at 20-1 for next year’s 1,000 Guineas in a market headed by Clemmie, a full sister to this year’s 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill, at 8-1.The Irish Turf Club said on Thursday that Davy Russell will face a disciplinary hearing at noon on Saturday to consider an incident before a race at Tramore on 18 August when the jockey appeared to punch his mount, Kings Dolly. A panel will consider whether he is in breach of Rule 272(i), which covers actions “prejudicial to the integrity and proper conduct of horse racing”.Friday’s tips, by Greg WoodYork 1.55 Al Neksh 2.25 St Michel 3.00 Daban 3.35 Battaash (nap) 4.15 Capital Flight 4.50 Starlight RomanceNewmarket 1.35 Expressiy 2.05 Soliloquy 2.40 Slow To Hand (nb) 3.15 Al Barg 3.45 Maratha 4.20 Dynamic 4.55 Melinoe 5.25 MuscikaFfos Las 2.15 Lady Alavesa 2.50 Move Over 3.25 Casement 3.55 Frosting 4.30 Leapt 5.00 Kinglami 5.35 Lady Joanna VassaGoodwood 5.10 Island Cloud 5.45 Bowditch 6.15 Chai Chai 6.45 Sussex Ranger 7.15 Black Bess 7.45 SheikspearHamilton 5.30 Kirbec 6.05 I’m Improving 6.35 Cliff Bay 7.05 Clon Coulis 7.35 Donnachies Girl 8.05 Perfect WordsSalisbury 5.15 McDelta 5.50 Bambino Lola 6.20 Sardenya 6.55 Mildenberger 7.25 Bengal Lancer 7.55 The Twisler York racecourse Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Frankie Dettori Horse racing Topicscenter_img Support The Guardian Michael Stoute targets Breeders’ Cup Turf with late developer Ulysses Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Horse racing tips Five lengths, five-and-a-half, four-and-a-half and now another five: Enable’s stroll through the midsummer Group One racing programme continued here on Thursday, and it is increasingly difficult to see it leading anywhere but the winner’s enclosure after the Arc. John Gosden’s filly made all the running to win the Yorkshire Oaks with any amount to spare, and is now a general even-money chance for Europe’s most prestigious race on 1 October. Read more Since you’re here… news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Colombia’s triple hammer blow dumps Poland out of World Cup

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first_imgShare on Messenger Share on LinkedIn World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Twitter Read more Read more Share via Email For Poland the pattern is frustratingly familiar at major tournaments, and has been since 1982. They qualify well, hopes are raised and then they find that on the highest stage the shirt hangs heavy, players lose faith in what got them there and the result is a safety-first style that results in grouchiness and early exits.Colombia, meanwhile, fight on. Unless Poland do them an unlikely favour by beating Japan they will probably have to beat Senegal to qualify, but at least now there is hope. match reports Reuse this content Pekerman dedicated the victory to Carlos Sánchez, who was sent off in the opening defeat to Japan. Although he refused to confirm whether the former Aston Villa midfielder had received death threats, as has been reported, he did say Sánchez had been “deeply affected”. “I think we all understand that football really is something else. It is ultimately a game we play with a lot of responsibility, dedication and effort and so forth, but these things shouldn’t be said lightly.”Pekerman took responsibility himself for the Japan defeat, admitting he had “made mistakes”. With the combination of Quintero and Rodríguez, though, they had found a way of playing that was “close to the goal of how we wanted to play.” This was probably Colombia’s best performance since the last World Cup; Pekerman sides are always at their best when counterattacking with rapid, precise geometry. Read more Share on Facebook Colombia Share on Pinterest World Cup Forgotten man Falcao determined to make up for lost time with Colombia Poland Rodríguez and Quintero are contrasting No 10s, the modern dynamic runner and the more traditional variant, to be celebrated, perhaps, for what might most politely be referred to as his cerebral approach and economy of movement. Playing them together seemed a major risk, but along with Juan Cuadrado, Colombia’s creative trident picked Poland apart with clinical beauty. “More than once we felt that combination could be a good one,” said Pekerman. “They are two players with extraordinary talent. Tonight they contributed these great talents and played in a very complementary fashion.”On loan at River Plate from Porto, Quintero is a throwback, more cask than six-pack in tone, a player whose reluctance to submit to the more rigorous aspects of professionalism has frustrated a series of coaches. He had already played one astute reverse pass when, after 40 minutes, he played another to find Rodríguez in space on the right. His cross was perfect, and Yerry Mina nodded in from close range. Given he has only completed 90 minutes twice this year, it was no great surprise that Quintero was taken off after 73 minutes but before he went, he played in Radamel Falcao to score with an incisive prod of his left foot. A brilliant Rodríguez pass laid on the third for Cuadrado, who also had a fine game, attacking the space behind the Poland wing-back Maciej Rybus. Topics Share on WhatsApp Poland, unfortunately, continue to be at their best when they are not in tournaments. Adam Nawalka’s switch to a back three, although he had trialled it in the pre-tournament friendly against Nigeria, seemed in retrospect a warning. All through qualifying he had used either a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1; this was a sign that that team was effectively over and that, at the worst possible time, he was trying to forge a new one. As he sat helpless in the face of a barrage of hostile questions from the Polish media, the celebrations of Colombia fans clearly audible from outside the stadium, he did his best to defend the indefensible, insisting Poland had simply been beaten by the better side. That may be true, but it’s equally true that Poland were a better side in qualifying.Tactically, perhaps, setting a wing-back in Rybus against Cuadrado was a risk, and one that didn’t come close to paying off, but Poland’s struggles were about far more than that. There was a strange lifelessness about them while Robert Lewandowksi, who had seemed out of sorts towards the end of the season, most notably in the Champions League semi-final, was again listless, nothing like the figure who scored 16 goals in qualifying. Poland 0-3 Colombia: World Cup 2018 – as it happened Sometimes the answer comes by changing the question. Rather than asking whether he should play James Rodríguez – now he was sufficiently recovered from his calf injury to start – or Juan Quintero, and coming up with a fairly obvious response, José Pekerman selected both and was rewarded not merely with a result that keeps alive Colombia’s hopes of making the last 16, but with a performance that made them look like a side that could go a long, long way in the tournament. World Cup 2018last_img read more

HC dismisses Deepak Talwars bail plea

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday dismissed the bail plea of lobbyist Deepak Talwar, arrested by the ED in a money laundering case, saying the “magnitude of conspiracy angle” in it is huge and enormous amount of money is yet to be trailed.Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar denied relief to Talwar on the ED’s contention that he could flee from justice based on his past conduct and record of investigation, besides the fact that his son Aditya — a co-accused in the case — is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Talwar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate after his deportation from Dubai in January. “The gravity of the offence committed by the petitioner (Talwar) is quite evident from the material placed on record. In the instant case there are allegations against the petitioner of money laundering to the extent of Rs 272.01 crore out of which till date only an amount of Rs 127.69 crore could be unearth and further investigation is underway to trace the flow of rest of the fund amounting to Rs 144.32 crore received in the accounts of Guilt Asset Management Limited,” the judge said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe high court observed that the economic offences like this one constitute a class part and they are not like other criminal cases and need to be visited with a different approach. “Therefore taking note of huge magnitude of conspiracy angle qua petitioner, it would be premature to jump to the conclusion that investigation in this case in respect of the petitioner is complete, rather huge amount of money is still to be trailed,” it said. It added that Talwar was not entitled to the grant of bail and dismissed his petition challenging a trial court’s order denying him the relief in the case. The court noted that during the arguments earlier, it has been urged by Talwar’s counsel that as per the investigating agency, the investigation qua him is complete. However, this submission has no force as the probe in respect of Talwar’s other associates, public servants and properties involved in the money laundering is still in progress, the court said. “In my opinion, the tentacles of the crime are so widespread and it is not that the investigation can be segregated in respect of one or the other accused, the entire crime committed is indeed interlinked,” the judge said. The court added that the diary of proceedings handed over by the ED showed that despite being in judicial custody, how Talwar is still “ruling the roost and is in constant touch with co-accused and interfering with the investigation”. “So when this is the clout of the petitioner that despite being in judicial custody he is managing things then one can very well imagine what he can do once out on bail,” it held.last_img read more

Doctors nurses need not take TOEFL IELTS exam to practice in UK

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first_imgNew Delhi: Doctors, nurses, dentists and mid-wives who wish to practice in the UK will no longer have to appear for English language tests like TOEFL and IELTS as the country will now accept scores of Occupational English Test (OET) which the candidates have to anyway clear for registering with the relevant healthcare regulator.The OET is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals, who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe candidates had to earlier take OET to register with Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council, which are the two healthcare boards in the UK, as well as TOEFL or IELTS like exam to apply for visa. “The UK Home Office has streamlined English language testing ensuring that doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives, who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body, do not have to sit another test before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa,” said Sujata Stead, CEO, Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, which conducts the OET. “This change which was announced last week will make sure that hospitals and medical practices across the country will be able to access the staff they need more quickly,” she added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe change will apply to all Tier 2 (General) visa applications submitted from October 1. The Occupational English Test (OET) is designed to meet the specific English language needs of the healthcare sector. It assesses the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who wish to register and practise in an English-speaking environment. OET is conducted by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment (CBLA), a venture between Cambridge Assessment English and Box Hill Institute. Cambridge Assessment English is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. The test is recognised as proof of English proficiency for registration purposes by major healthcare boards and councils in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore, Namibia and Ukraine. It is also accepted in Australia and New Zealand for visa and immigration purposes.last_img read more

Bypoll to Satara LS seat on Oct 21

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday announced that bypoll to the Satara Lok Sabha seat will be held on October 21 along with the Maharashtra Assembly elections. The decision to hold the bypoll was taken after the Bombay High Court decided on an election petition on Satara Lok Sabha elections. The order reached the Commission on Monday. Satara MP from Nationalist Congress Party Udayanraje Bhosale had recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party after resigning from Lok Sabha. The counting will take place on October 24 when assembly election votes will be counted.last_img read more

Coming together for climate

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first_img“Time for talks is over, the world needs to act”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at UN Climate summit. And keeping true to his word, India looks towards furthering its endeavours in the domain of solar energy production, also given that 80 nations are already in collaboration to promote this shift in the manner of energy consumption. Urging world leaders to expedite policies to conserve the environment is a much-needed and much-delayed orientation of politics altogether. After having established numerous achievements at the cost of the environment and in that manner, superiority among competing nations, the protection and conservation of the physical environment has assumed a gargantuan significance because it has finally dawned that nature and the environment are the very locus of life—whether in a developed nation or in a developing one—and that in order to ensure any kind of qualitative sustainability in the long run, being in harmony with nature is the pre-requisite condition for it. The idea of climate resilient infrastructure had to be a necessary innovation in the times of rapidly degrading environment because reckless urbanisation and belligerent development in the chase for economic progress had caused the environment to suffer the onslaught of gross human negligence. It was not until the very air we breathe turned toxic that we realised that climate—local, regional, and as a whole—need special attention and concerted effort for not just further progress in balance with the natural surrounding and structures but also to make liveable the present times from which there is little escape. Also Read – A strong standpointPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s very first address in New York was at the Climate Action Summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). An element of drama that may be interpreted as a matter of significance was the unscheduled visit of US President Donald Trump as a surprise guest in the audience for 10 minutes. The US President lending an ear to the Indian Prime Minister’s climate address and applauding his speech brings in picture the dramatic walk-out of the USA from the Paris Agreement. As the world leaders gathered to “discuss a leap in collective national ambition”, Narendra Modi extended the proposal of a combined, collaborative effort made by nations to not only address the climate urgency but to also incorporate efforts to enable a change in the mindset and bring in a behavioural change conducive in mitigating the impacts of an erratic climate. Invoked the teachings of Gandhi’s simple ways of life, Prime Minister Modi told the gathering at the UN Headquarters in New York, that “What we need is a global people’s movement to bring about behavioural change. The respect for nature, the judicious use of resources, reducing our needs and living within our means have all been important aspects of both our traditions and present day efforts… We believe that an ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of preaching.” Emphasising that “need” and not “greed” should be the guiding principles in the efforts to overcome the serious challenge of climate change, it was necessary to bring to highlight on the international platform that India has been championing solar energy production and has brought in its fold 80 nations that are already working with India to promote it. Saying that “We believe that an ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of preaching”, coming together and acting on a war footing to manage the alarming environmental situation demands the attitude to identify with the common interest of a stable and healthy environment. Also Read – Development misconstruedIt is exemplary the way India has been working on a number of campaigns to contain climate change. Institutionalising the provision of clean cooking gas connections to 150 million families, ‘Jal Jeevan’ mission for water resource development, water conservation, and rainwater harvesting, call for a mass movement to shun the use of single-use plastic are just some of the efforts in this direction. India has set an example at the world stage in laying out and pursuing a road map to tackle key the key issue of climate change. This includes the Prime Minister’s vow to upgrade India’s non-fossil fuel target to 450 GW by 2022. Certainly, renewable energy is key to slowing down the heating of the earth and this is a sector that requires both specific education on the domestic side and political clout to bring matters to a result externally. A practical approach to the climate issue is the need of the hour. Reiterating India’s commitment to the creation of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022 under the Paris Climate Agreement, India’s comprehensive approach covers education, values, and everything from lifestyle to developmental philosophy, ultimately making room for the necessary behavioural change. India intends to spend approximately $50 billion in the next few years on the Jal Jeevan Mission to conserve water, harvest rainwater and develop water resources and is planning to considerably increase the proportion of the biofuel blend in petrol and diesel, making the transport sector green through the use of electrical vehicles. It is commendable how India is surging ahead and setting example of how dedicated it is to curb and mitigate the effects of climate change but on a closer look, the implementation of these very right programmes will validate the efforts India is truly making.last_img read more

No more discounts on credit card payment at petrol pumps

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first_imgNew Delhi: Credit card payments to buy fuel at petrol pumps will from October 1 not get a 0.75 per cent discount that state-owned oil companies had introduced more than two-and-a-half years back to promote digital payments. “Dear SBI credit cardholder, as advised by public sector oil marketing companies, the 0.75 per cent cashback on fuel transactions will be discontinued with effect from October 1, 2019,” the country’s largest bank in a text message informed its credit card customers. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe government had asked Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) to give a 0.75 per cent discount on card payments for fuel purchases after a widespread cash crunch in late 20016 following demonetisation of 86 per cent of currency notes in circulation. The 0.75 per cent discount of the value of fuel purchases using credit/debit cards and e-wallets was introduced in December 2016 and had continued for more than two-and-a-half years, straining OMCs. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysApart from the cash discounts, the government had also directed OMCs to bear the burden of card payment charges called merchant discount rate (MDR), which is usually paid by the retailer. An industry official said the oil companies have decided to discontinue the discount on all credit card payments from October 1. However, the discount on debit card and other digital modes of payments would continue, he said. The three fuel retailers paid Rs 1,165 crore in e-payment discounts and Rs 266 crore to banks for bearing MDR, totalling Rs 1,431 crore in 2017-18. In 2018-19, the outgo almost touched Rs 2,000 crore. This after the number of digital transactions jumped from 10 per cent in 2016 to over 25 per cent in 2018. To stem their cash outgo, the oil companies in August last year reduced the discount for all fleet customers using loyalty programmes from 0.75 per cent to 0.25 per cent. Officials said discounts on debit cards and other modes of digital payments will continue for now. Beginning December 13, 2016, a discount of 0.75 per cent was offered to those using plastic money to buy petrol and diesel. This discount was given by way of cashback, which has been credited to the buyer’s account within three days of the transaction. The 0.75 per cent discount on payments made using either credit/debit cards, e-wallets or mobile wallets translated into a rebate of about 50 paise a litre on petrol and diesel. Petrol currently costs at Rs 74.13 per litre in Delhi, while a litre of diesel costs Rs 67.07. Exactly a month after the shock demonetisation of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, the government had on December 8, 2016, announced a raft of measures, including discounts on online payments for insurance policies, rail tickets and highway toll charges as the government looked to promote digital cash post note ban. At that time it was stated that 4.5 crore consumers buy petrol and diesel worth Rs 1,800 crore daily and in one-month post-demonetisation, digital payments had doubled to 40 per cent. “As a part of these initiatives, to promote cashless transactions Government of India has announced to incentivise petrol/diesel customers transacting at PSU petrol pumps by way of 0.75 per cent discount when a customer uses Debit/Credit Cards, Mobile Wallets and Prepaid Loyalty Cards,” it was announced then. In December 2016, a 10 per cent discount on general insurance products purchased online and 8 per cent on life insurance bought online was announced. Railways passengers were encouraged to go cashless with a 0.5 per cent discount on monthly and seasonal tickets for suburban railway networks. The railways was also to give a 5 per cent discount for services like catering and use of waiting rooms, if purchased digitally. People who paid digitally or used prepaid cards got a 10 per cent discount at toll plazas on highways. Also, a waiver of service tax on the use of credit or debit card for payments up to Rs 2,000 was announced then. A 15 per cent tax was charged on such transactions in December 2016. It wasn’t immediately known if all of these discounts have been since withdrawn. In December 2017, the government announced that it will bear the MDR charges on transactions up to Rs 2,000 made through debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar-enabled payment systems to promote digital transactions. The merchant discount rate will be borne by the government for two years with effect from January 1, 2018 by reimbursing the same to the banks, it was announced.last_img read more

Delhi HC seeks EDs response on Congress leader D K Shivakumars bail

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response of the Enforcement Directorate on the bail plea of Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar in a money laundering case. Shivakumar, arrested in a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the ED, approached the high court challenging the trial court’s order denying him bail. The court issued notice to ED and asked it to file a status report and listed the matter for further hearing on October 14.last_img read more

MUMBAI Indian financial services company Reliance

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first_imgMUMBAI: Indian financial services company Reliance Capital Ltd will exit the lending business, group Chairman Anil Ambani said on Monday, sending its shares to over two-decade low. This comes as the non-banking financial company faced “collateral damage” due to a slowing economy and a lending crisis in the sector, Ambani said at the company’s annual general meeting. In June, auditors raised several red flags around the company’s fourth-quarter results, including a lack of clarity in related party transactions and accounting methodology. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraReliance Capital currently lends to small and medium enterprises through unit Reliance Money and to home buyers via Reliance home finance. Both these businesses accounted for about 15 per cent of the company’s revenue last financial year. Apart from lending, Reliance Capital has interests in asset management and general insurance businesses. The company has been divesting assets this year. It reduced its stake in asset management arm Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd to just over 4 per cent from about a quarter. “It is unfortunate that during all this noise, the true value of our businesses has not been recognised,” Ambani said. Shares of Reliance Capital, which have lost about 99 per cent of their value since hitting an all-time high in January 2008, slumped as much as 13.6 per cent on Monday to their lowest since March 30, 1999 and were last down 9.5 per cent.last_img read more

New Delhi Honda Cars India Ltd HCIL on Tuesday

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first_imgNew Delhi: Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) on Tuesday reported a 37.24 per cent decline in domestic sales at 9,301 units in September as against 14,820 units in the same month last year. The company exported 946 units last month. “While the market remained tough in September, the auto sales saw an up-tick from this August which is a positive sign,” HCIL Senior Vice President and Director, Sales and Marketing Rajesh Goel said in a statement. The company is expecting the consumer sentiment to improve further during the ongoing festive season and helps sales momentum, he added.last_img read more

New Delhi World champion P V Sindhu slipped a pla

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first_imgNew Delhi: World champion P V Sindhu slipped a place to the sixth spot after a poor run in the last two weeks but former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap continued his good run, breaking into the top 25 in the latest BWF ranking on Tuesday. Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who made early exits at the China Open and Korea Open, dropped to world no. 6 spot after five months and the former world no. 2 shuttler will look to make amends at the Denmark Open and French Open. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuFormer world no. 6, Kashyap was rewarded for his creditable semi-final finish at last week’s Korea Open Super 500 event as he improved five places to reach the world no 25 spot. “I am feeling good. I need to maintain fitness and keep working hard. May be, now top 20 by year end can be possible,” Kashyap said. Saina Nehwal remained static at world no. 8 spot despite her opening round loss at Korea, where she had to battle a stomach ailment. Among other Indians, Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma improved a place each to occupy the world no. 9, 12 and 17th spots respectively. Thailand Open winners Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty remained at the 12th spot in men’s doubles, while Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, who had finished runners-up at Maldives, gained a spot to reach 19th position.last_img read more

Kolkata A middleaged woman was allegedly assault

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first_imgKolkata: A middle-aged woman was allegedly assaulted by members of a Durga Puja organising committee in Sealdah area of the city after she objected that its puja marquee had blocked the entrance to her restaurant. The restaurant owner had raised her voice that the decision of the puja committee to set up the pandal in front of her eatery and many other shops would affect their businesses during Durga Puja. However, the organisers denied the allegation saying, “We had an argument over the issue on Tuesday but she was not assaulted.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja It had earlier been decided that the organisers would leave a space of six feet in front of the shops but they did not do so, some shop keepers of the locality claimed. When the woman started recording on her mobile how the pandal had not left adequate space in front of the shops, some of the members of the organising committee allegedly pushed and assaulted her. She lodged a complaint with the police following which the law enforcers filed charges against the accused persons under Sections 354 (assault to woman with an intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC. The woman said, she has also forwarded the complaint to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s helpline ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Tell Didi). The police said that the matter was being probed.last_img read more