Row over Ravi Kishan’s educational qualifications

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first_imgAfter Union Minister Smriti Irani, actor-turned-politician Ravi Kishan finds himself embroiled in a controversy over his educational qualifications.According to reports, a complaint has been lodged with the Returning Officer in Gorakhpur, from where Mr. Kishan is the BJP candidate, pointing out that he has declared himself as “intermediate pass” in his election affidavit. Graduate claimThe actor-turned-politician, who contested the 2014 elections from Jaunpur on a Congress ticket, in his then affidavit claimed that he was a graduate, according to the complaint filed by Santosh Kumar, a youth from Kushinagar.In his complaint, Mr. Kumar asked that if Mr. Kishan was a commerce graduate in 2014, how did his educational qualifications come down to intermediate in 2019.‘No signatures’Rashtriya Mazdoor Congress General Secretary Santosh Mani Tripathi also alleged that Mr. Kishan’s name was not legibly written and his signatures were not present in his nomination papers. District Returning Officer K. Vijendra Pandiyan said that the matter was being probed and his nomination may be cancelled if the allegations were found true.Smriti Irani has also been accused of giving contradictory information regarding her education in her affidavits filed in 2004 and then in 2019.last_img read more

Equestrian team may miss Asiad

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first_imgThe Indian equestrian team’s participation in the Asian Games looks in serious doubt as, with just days to go for the dressage event to begin, it is yet to leave for Guangzhou.After Mail Today broke the story about rider Rajesh Pattu’s horse Gabbar being diagnosed with tick fever and another horse testing positive for dope while in quarantine in Bangalore, the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) has time-and-again reiterated that things are under control, while also putting back the team’s departure several times. The last target was November 6, which has come and gone, with the team still being in the country as of Monday night.Normally, equestrian teams arrive in the host city at least two weeks before the competition to help the riders and horses acclimatise to the conditions and prepare. But in this case, the first events — the dressage team and individual qualifiers — are supposed to be held this Sunday. And yet, there seems to be no confirmation forthcoming on when the team will actually fly out, given the fact that transporting horses is a cumbersome process that requires a lot of planning.Mail Today has now learnt that the reason for these delays is that the Chinese veterinary experts, examining the quarantine procedures followed in Bangalore, have refused to give the go-ahead to the team. It may be recalled that the rider at the centre of the controversy, JS Ahluwalia, had told a national daily some days ago that the Chinese were actually extremely happy with the quarantine. Ahluwalia, who is drawing a pension from the sports ministry for being a ‘retired’ sportsperson, is the coach of the eventing team and a competitor in the dressage event and had claimed all the horses were healthy and had been cleared.advertisementHowever, the reality is that the experts now want a detailed analysis of the tests to be conducted in Australia. Pending the reports of these, they still may or may not clear the Indian team for participation in Guangzhou. So, Ahluwalia’s claim that all was well and that India were in with a shot of winning two gold medals may not even get a chance to be proved right or wrong.The politics behind-the-scenes at the EFI and the subsequent cover-ups that have taken place have seriously jeopardised the country’s prospects in the sport. India had won a bronze medal in team eventing at the Doha Asiad four years ago but, in Guangzhou this time around, there may be no Indian representation.last_img read more

Fans hail ‘MVP’ James Harden in Manila

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first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles James Harden interacts with fans in his fourth Manila visit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The NBA MVP trophy changed hands from James Harden to Giannis Antetokounmpo two days ago.Still, it didn’t stop his Filipino fans from serenading him with MVP chants Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Harden capped off his “Free to Harden Manila” promotional tour with sports apparel giant adidas by being with his beloved fans at SMX Convention Center in Pasay where he also held a press conference earlier in the night.GALLERY: James Harden entertains Filipino fans in 4th Manila visitFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Houston Rockets’ scoring demon did not play unlike other NBA stars who have come to visit, but he did show Filipinos some of his dazzling moves when he participated in a game of horse with athletes Kobe Paras, Troy Rike, Roosevelt Adams and Jason Credo.Filipino showed Harden love and the feeling was mutual. LATEST STORIEScenter_img POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: James Harden spends day 1 of Manila visit with PH wheelchair basketball team“Every single day you have to work your butt off. Every day. It doesn’t stop. You’re gonna have a lot of bad days and a lot of good days but you can’t have two weeks of working and feel like you’ve accomplished something. It has to be nonstop,” he said.“That’s not even just in basketball but in life. If you wanna make it to the top you gotta continue to work every single day and just block all the negative things, you block the haters away from you keep them away from you and just focus on your goals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Harden, who arrived in Manila Tuesday and is set to leave Thursday, is in the country for the fourth time and it won’t be the last.READ: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant part of James Harden’s NBA Mount Rushmore“Thanks for having me. I appreciate it. I will continue to show love to Manila and my Filipino fans,” Harden said, drawing loud cheers from the crowd.The 29-year-old Harden also shared some words of wisdom that he hopes aspiring basketball players will take to heart.Harden, the 2018 NBA MVP and reigning back-to-back Scoring Champion, is one of the top basketball players today for a reason and it’s not due to any coincidence.ADVERTISEMENT Analysis: For Durant and Leonard, the move is to stay put View commentslast_img read more

Athletic Bilbao stun Barcelona 5-1 to claim Spanish Super Cup

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first_imgAthletic Bilbao claimed their first silverware in more than three decades when they wrapped up a 5-1 aggregate win over 10-man Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup on Monday and unleash ecstatic celebrations in the Basque city.Bilbao, who only field players of Basque origin, last secured a major trophy when they won Spain’s traditional season opener in 1984 and Friday’s 4-0 drubbing of the Spanish and European champions in the first leg at the San Mames left Barca with too much to do at the Nou Camp.After waves of sustained pressure, Lionel Messi gave the home side a 1-0 second-leg lead shortly before halftime when he chested down a clever Luis Suarez layoff and clipped a close-range volley into the net.Barca’s hopes suffered a blow 10 minutes into the second half when centre back Gerard Pique was shown a straight red card after he strode angrily over to the side of the pitch and shouted in the referee’s assistant’s face to protest a decision.The incident seemed to give Barca renewed energy and Pedro and Ivan Rakitic immediately had chances to make it 2-0 before Suarez fired wildly over when through on the left.Also read: Bilbao routs Barcelona 4-0 in 1st leg of Spanish Super CupHowever, the home defence left a gaping hole at the back 16 minutes from time and Aritz Aduriz, who netted a hat-trick in the first leg, was able to score at the second attempt past Claudio Bravo sending the travelling fans inside the giant arena into raptures. advertisementNot even a late red card for substitute Kike Sola could tarnish Bilbao’s joy as they ended Barca’s hopes of repeating their 2009 feat when they won all six competitions they contested: the Champions League, La Liga, the King’s Cup, the European Super Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the Club World Cup.”If you wrote the script it’s impossible it would turn out like this,” an emotional Aduriz said in an interview with Spanish television.”For us, for what it means to win a title for Bilbao, it’s the greatest thing that could happen and against Barca as well,” he added.”We have to compete against the rest of the world and it’s an incredible thing.”Barca need to recover quickly for Sunday’s trip to face Bilbao again in their opening La Liga match of the campaign, when they begin their bid for a sixth title in eight years.last_img read more

After Roger Federer Face-off, Sumit Nagal Wants to Excel on Clay

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. clay courtfirst roundRoger FederSumit Nagal First Published: August 30, 2019, 5:01 PM IST New Delhi: Rising tennis star Sumit Nagal has said that his US Open first-round match against Swiss great Roger Federer has helped him identify areas that he needs to improve upon. The 21-year-old from Haryana also said that clay was his preferred surface.Nagal breezed through the qualifiers to face the 20-time Grand Slam winner in the first round at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday. He incredibly ended up winning the first set, but Federer took the next three to script a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win. “When I got to know that Federer has to play a qualifier in the first round, I told my coach that I really want to qualify and face him,” Nagal told IANS.”After the qualifiers got over, I was getting my massage when my coach told me that I will be facing Federer. I was very happy. We had two days off and I couldn’t sleep because of the excitement. I didn’t make any changes to my training schedule though,” the Haryana lad said.Nagal said that he was able to win the first set because of his serve and some good play from the base line, but Federer made the necessary adjustments after that and won the match.”It doesn’t matter that I won a set, what matters is who won the match. In the first set I was serving very well and winning a lot of points from the baseline. He noticed this and started putting some pressure on me in the second set. He then started serving very well and pretty much took the game away from me,” he said.Nagal also said that clay was his preferred surface, something that Federer himself had pointed out after the match. “I think his game is based on being really consistent, moving well, moving the ball around well. Sort of very much a clay-courter. That’s also the surface he’s basically played the entire year almost,” Federer had said.Nagal could not speak to Federer after the match as both players had to give interviews. When asked how he evaluated where he stood after the match, Nagal admitted that he needed improvement in all departments of the game.”You need to be very fit to play five-set matches. I have always been working on my fitness and I still need to do a lot more. It will take time,” he said.Nagal also said that the Virat Kohli Foundation has helped him a lot. “Tennis tends to be a very expensive sport. You need to travel to a lot of different places. The Virat Kohli Foundation has helped me a lot in this respect over the past three years,” he said. last_img read more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee death: Last rites to be held at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal today

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first_imgThe funeral of the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be held at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in Delhi today at 4 pm.The Bharat Ratna recipient died on Thursday evening at AIIMS. He was admitted to the hospital on June 11 due to chest congestion and kidney tract infection.Vajpayee’s body has been kept at his residence 6A Krishna Menon Marg from where it will be taken to BJP headquarters.People can pay their respects to the BJP leader at the party headquarters on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg from 9 am onwards.Pay your tributes to BJP’s tallest leader hereThe funeral procession will begin from the headquarters at around 1 pm and will conclude at Smriti Sthal located between Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Vijay Ghat and Jawaharlal Nehru’s memorial Shanti Van.Funeral procession route Photo credit: www.bjp.org Photo credit: www.bjp.orgThe Delhi Police has issued an advisory about the elaborate traffic arrangements on Friday.In order to facilitate movement of commuters and to ensure smooth follow of traffic, the police will close 25 roads in the national capital. SEVEN-DAY NATIONAL MOURNINGThe Centre on Thursday announced a seven-day national mourning and state funeral for the late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who will be cremated at Smriti Sthal on the banks of river Yamuna on Friday.The national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India and Indian missions abroad between August 16 and 22 — the period of national mourning.As a mark of respect to the departed soul, the Central government offices will be closed for half day on Friday afternoon in Delhi and across the country, along with the Central Public Sector Undertakings.The Delhi government offices will also remain closed. There will be no official entertainment events during the entire period of state mourning. Meanwhile, schools in Delhi and NCR will remain shut today.TRIBUTES POUR INAfter the demise of the BJP veteran, tributes poured in from all quarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the nation, said that Vajpayee’s voice and legacy will live on. He said that the former prime minister was an inspiration to him and that his death was a huge loss to the nation.Former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said that Vajpayee won admirers across the political spectrum with his warm personality and gift of friendship.President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and a slew of other political leaders too paid their respects to Vajpayee.From Bollywood actors to prominent sports personalities, all condoled the death of BJP’s tallest leader.READ | Farewell Atal Bihari Vajpayee, master of words and leader of heartsadvertisementREAD | RIP Atal Bihari VajpayeeWATCH | Leaders across party lines pay last respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayeelast_img read more

NATIONAL MUSIC MUSEUM TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR EXPANSION

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first_imgVermillion’s National Music Museum will be closing October 6th for major construction and expansion.Doors will be closed to the public throughout the preparation period and much of the eventual construction work.In March the music museum announced they would add 16,000 square feet on two floors plus an underground level to the existing Carnegie building.The new addition will provide 4,600 square feet of new exhibit space, a gallery for temporary exhibits and a new performance hall plus more archival storage.Funding for the $9.5 million dollar project has been raised by the Museum’s Board, with up to $1.5 million of that amount covered by the University of South Dakota.A groundbreaking for the new addition is slated for June 2019, with museum reopening in 2021.Photo by Schwartz/Silver Architects of Boston MA.last_img read more

Vazquez: Isco plays street football

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first_imgReal Madrid Vazquez: Isco’s football is from the street Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:18 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Isco - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Isco Getafe v Real Madrid Getafe Primera División The midfielder lauded his Real Madrid team-mate after the 25-year-old helped his side to victory over Getafe Real Madrid star Isco plays like a street footballer, his team-mate Lucas Vazquez said after a win over Getafe.Isco came off the bench — replacing Vazquez — to set up Madrid’s match-winner on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo putting away his lofted pass in the 85th minute.Spurs 11/2 to beat Real Madrid Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. The Spain international has two goals and two assists in eight La Liga games this season.Vazquez was full of praise for the 25-year-old, saying his style was pure and enjoyable for team-mates.”Isco doesn’t hide who he is, his football is from the street,” he said, via Marca.”The way Isco plays, it comes from inside, it is a pleasure to play with him.”He is in wonderful form and I hope it stays that way for a long time.”Madrid’s 2-1 win lifted them into second in La Liga, five points behind rivals and leaders Barcelona.last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri admits he will have to win over sceptical Juventus fans

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first_imgPlay Video Topics Share on LinkedIn Maurizio Sarri: a look back at the Italian’s highs and lows at Chelsea – video news 1:51 Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Read more Maurizio Sarri accepted on his unveiling as Juventus manager that he will have to win over some of his new club’s fans because of his association with their Serie A rivals Napoli.“I arrive with scepticism, just as I did with all my other clubs,” said the Italian, who signed a three-year contract in Turin after leaving Chelsea this week. “I understand that, but I know only one way to change that and that is to win and convince while entertaining and getting results. For three years [at Napoli] I would wake up and think about how to defeat Juventus, because they were a winning team. I gave 110%, but we still couldn’t do it. I will now give everything for this club.” Share on Pinterest European club football Chelsea Football quiz: the many managers of Chelsea Football Club Maurizio Sarri Reuse this content Sarri joins the Italian champions after a single season in charge of Chelsea despite signing a three-year deal in west London last summer. “The Premier League was a great experience but in the latter half [of the season], I felt a professional and personal need to return to Italy,” said Sarri, who will now be nearer his elderly parents. “I feel that I have respected everyone and I gave my all.”Addressing the criticism he faced during his time in England, he said: “The world of the English media is well known to everybody: there are great newspapers and also some tabloids. This is something which strengthens you a lot. What I was a little disappointed with was the fact that here in Italy, what the [English] tabloids wrote was mainly reported. But all of the criticism and the attacks, the pressure – it will strengthen you.”Sarri appeared undaunted by the prospect of building on the work of Massimiliano Allegri, who led the club to five consecutive titles – a run that stretches to eight altogether. “I have never seen so much determination on the part of a club to hire a coach,” he said. “They had a great attitude which convinced me, they were very strong feelings. I expect to wake up every morning studying how to win games. Winning continuously is always hard and Juventus have an obligation to always win. This is the crowning achievement of a long career.” Napoli Juventus Share on WhatsApp Serie Alast_img read more

‘Pogba & Kante world-class but lack momentum’

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first_imgPaul Pogba ‘Pogba & Kante world-class but lack momentum’ – Desailly wants improvement from France’s star men Iain Strachan 17:18 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Zinédine Zidane Manchester United v Swansea City Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Juventus v Real Madrid Sevilla v Bayern München Liverpool v Manchester City Manchester United Chelsea Real Madrid Bayern München Manchester City Premier League UEFA Champions League Russia v France France Friendlies A former World Cup winner admits Les Bleus will need Manchester United and Chelsea midfielders to raise their game in order to challenge in Russia Marcel Desailly has urged Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante to rediscover top form at club level in a bid to aid France’s World Cup hopes.Pogba has continued to lack consistency at Manchester United after returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in August 2016, and has even found himself left out of the starting XI by manager Jose Mourinho in recent weeks.Kante, meanwhile, has not been at his best for Chelsea after two stellar seasons that saw him win the Premier League title with Leicester City and then the Blues. 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 Pogba offered a reminder of what he is capable of with an assist and a goal in France’s 3-1 friendly win over Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday.And Desailly, a World Cup and European Championship winner with Les Bleus, knows how important it is for the pair to be in peak condition in Russia. “That’s an issue, [that] they couldn’t [produce] a great season for their respective clubs,” the 49-year-old, speaking courtesy of Hublot, told Omnisport.”We cannot say that they voluntarily didn’t give their all, thinking of the World Cup. “Everything will be determined by the way they prepare ahead of the World Cup – physically and mentally, in order to regain momentum. “They have nothing more to prove as they are both world-class experienced players, but they need to bring a positive momentum to the team.”While the World Cup is beginning to loom large on the horizon, attention now turns to the conclusion of the season at club level, with Desailly’s former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane seeking to guide Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League crown.Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid“I’m happy that he feels comfortable…he knew a tough time acknowledging that the league [title race] was lost for them,” Desailly said of the coach.”They struggled a little but he [Zidane] was able to reverse the current trend in order to beat Paris Saint-Germain with a great tactical play,” he added, referring to the Champions League round-of-16 tie.”He chose younger players, more focused and well-disciplined regarding the tactical aspect of the game.”Despite his affection for Zidane, Desailly is hoping for a final between Pep Guardiola’s Premier League-leading Manchester City and the Bayern Munich side of Jupp Heynckes, who won the competition with Die Roten in 2012-13.”We want to see some new faces,” he said.”We love Real Madrid because of Zidane but we would also love a great final [featuring Manchester] City versus Bayern. “It would be new and rewards the clubs who were committed and kept their philosophy like Bayern.”last_img read more

Video: A Jameis Winston Overthrow At FSU’s Pro Day Resulted In Some People Getting Knocked Out On The Sideline

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first_imgJameis Winston participates in Florida State's pro day.Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.last_img

Sherbrooke Village Upgrades Continue

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first_imgSherbrooke Village Restoration is seeking the co-operation of the public during the final stages of electrical upgrades. The site of the project is busy with many construction workers and large machines. Sherbrooke Village Restoration is asking that all pedestrian and vehicle traffic stay off the site for safety reasons. The project is expected to be completed on May 31. Sherbrooke Village thanks visitors for continued support and patience during the construction period. Sherbrooke Village is located at 42 Main St., Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co., 45 minutes south of Antigonish on Highway 7, or three hours east of Halifax on Highway 7.last_img read more

Road Rage Man dragged for 5 km on car bonnet in Faridabad

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first_imgFaridabad: A manager of a private school in Faridabad, Shivam Chaudhury was driving on Wednesday morning through the Indian Oil Research Centre around Sector-9 to fetch his wife who is also a working woman. What followed in the moments to come not only shook Shivam Chadhury but also the nearby residents of the city who witnessed brazen violation of laws and murderous rage.Travelling in the Honda City car, Shivam’s vehicle was hit by a Maruti Dzire from behind. This led to a scuffle between Chaudhury and persons in the vehicle that was estimated to be six in number. Furious over the entire incident the vehciles then followed Shivam and tried to hurt him by trying to run over their car over him. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn the process to save himself, the victim jumped over the bonnet of the car and then he was driven five kilometers in the broad daylight. The misery of the victim did not end there, the culprits after stopping at Sector -14 area started to beat Shivam black and blue. The screams by the victim led to the passersby coming to the rescue. Realizing that they will soon be caught the people fled from the spot. Meanwhile, the Faridabad police have booked the case under Section 304 (culpable homicide) of the IPC. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThis is not for the first time when incidents of road rage have been witnessed in South Haryana districts of Gururgam and Faridabad. In Gurugram the commuters have been brazen enough of even targetting the cops in effect not only injuring them but also in one instance murdering them. There have been incidents in the past when the cops have even lost their lives due to the reckless and careless approach adopted by the drivers. Many drunken drivers and rash drivers who have been penalized for their unlawful act have also got in a scuffle with the law enforcement personnel. Not only deaths but various police officials have also sustained severe injuries due to rash driving. To tackle such incidents a number of meetings have been held. It was decided among the officials that though tough action against the culprits will continue, the police on their part will try to be composed and be calm in order to tackle with angry commuters. Certain commuters also allege that there is growing anger against the police as they feel that often they are often being harassed on the pretext of being checked.last_img read more

Demonstrators clash with Egyptian security forces in rare antiSisi protests

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first_imgCairo: Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations. A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportBut discontent over rising prices has been swelling in Egypt, where Sisi’s government has imposed strict austerity measures since 2016 as part of a USD 12-billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund. Nearly one in three Egyptians lives below the poverty line on less than USD 1.40 a day, according to official figures released in July. On Saturday, protesters headed to downtown Suez for the second night in a row, where they were met by security forces barricading the streets and armoured vehicles. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”There were about 200 or so people. They (security forces) fired tear gas, rubber and live bullets and there were injuries”, a man who took part in the demonstration but declined to be named told AFP. Another resident, who also preferred to remain anonymous, said the tear gas was so thick it had reached her apartment block a few kilometres away from the turbulent downtown area. “My nose started burning up. The smell was seeping through the balcony. I also saw some youth run and hide in our street,” the woman said. On late Friday, hundreds of Egyptians poured through the streets of Cairo, chanting slogans including “Leave, Sisi!” and demanding the “fall of the regime”. At least 74 people were arrested after clashes between the crowds and police in the capital, a security source told AFP. The protests came after Mohamed Aly, an exiled businessman and opponent of Sisi posted calls online for demonstrations against Sisi. He upped the pressure on Saturday in an expletive-filled video, imploring Egyptians to join a “million-man march” next Friday and to fill all “major squares” of the country. “This is a people’s revolution… We have to link up together as one… and organise going down to the major squares,” he said in a Facebook appeal to his followers. The construction contractor has been posting videos that have gone viral since early September, accusing Sisi and the military of rampant corruption. The president denied the allegations last week, saying he was “honest and faithful” to his people and the military. But on Friday, demonstrators took to the streets in Cairo after a highly-charged football match between local powerhouses Al Ahly and Zamalek. “I think it’s safe to say that the events of the past few weeks, including the development last night, pose the most serious legitimacy crisis facing Sisi,” Nael Shama, a Cairo-based political analyst, said.last_img read more

Israeli Prez begins talks to form new government

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first_imgJerusalem: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began two days of crucial talks Sunday with party leaders before selecting his candidate for prime minister, after a deadlocked repeat election was set to make forming any new government a daunting task. Israel’s largely ceremonial president is tasked with picking the politician with the best chance of forming a stable coalition government. While usually a mere formality, this time Rivlin plays a key role after an election result in which neither of the top candidates has an outright majority. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”The president, in this case, will be very, very involved in the particulars. He will ask for clear answers,” Harel Tubi, the president’s top aide, told Israel’s Army Radio. “I think he’ll turn the consultations this time into consultations that have the ability to present other possibilities, of the sort that the public hasn’t heard about yet.” In last week’s vote, Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party won 33 seats in the 120-member parliament, while incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative Likud took 31 seats. Neither can muster a parliamentary majority with their traditional smaller allies. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe deciding factor looks to be Avigdor Lieberman and the eight seats his Yisrael Beitenu party captured. Lieberman is demanding a broad unity government with the two major parties that is secular and excludes the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties. That appears to be the emerging compromise between Blue and White and Likud, though both are insisting upon leading it. Complicating matters is Blue and White’s refusal to sit with Netanyahu because he faces a likely indictment on corruption charges. The first step out of the quagmire is the consultations at the president’s residence, where each of the parties is asked to make its recommendations. Though Netanyahu’s Likud dropped in support, its allies appear to give Netanyahu the support of 55 members of parliament. For Gantz to compete, he’ll need the backing of the Joint List of Arab parties, which emerged as the third largest party with 13 seats, and has traditionally refrained from openly endorsing a candidate for prime minister. The Arab-led parties have never sat in an Israeli government and its leader, Ayman Odeh, says he is aiming to become opposition leader in case of a unity government. But he hasn’t ruled out giving Gantz his recommendation to the president to thwart another Netanyahu-led government. It would make the first time since 1992 the Arab parties played a role in the process. The decision will come down later Sunday, before party representative meet Rivlin. Rivlin’s eventual candidate will have up to six weeks to form a coalition. If that fails, Rivlin could give another candidate for prime minister 28 days to form a coalition. And if that doesn’t work, new elections would be triggered yet again. Rivlin has said he will do everything possible to avoid such a scenario and no one appears interested in a third Israeli election within a year. Last week’s vote happened because Netanyahu was unable to form a coalition after April’s election without the support of Lieberman, an unpredictable ally-turned-rival who has upended Israeli politics in recent months. The nationalist, yet secular, former defense minister is still being coy about whom he will recommend as the next prime minister. Overhanging the whole process is Netanyahu’s pre-indictment hearing scheduled in two weeks, after which he could face charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud in three separate corruption cases. Netanyahu had hoped to secure a narrow majority of hard-line and religious parties that support granting him immunity from prosecution. With immunity now off the table, Netanyahu is desperate to remain in office despite the long odds. Israeli law does not require a sitting premier to resign if indicted. But if he is charged, as is widely expected, he would come under heavy pressure to resign.last_img read more

Afghan officials investigate reports of 40 civilians killed in airstrike

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first_imgKandahar (Afghanistan): Afghanistan is investigating reports that 40 civilians, including children, were killed in an airstrike during a wedding celebration in southern Helmand province, officials said Monday. The defence ministry said it would “share the result of the investigation” into the deaths overnight in Musa Qala district, which come less than a week after a drone killed at least nine civilians in Nangarhar province east of Kabul. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportHelmand’s governor said 14 Taliban fighters and six foreigners “were killed in airstrikes conducted by the Afghan special forces”, adding in a statement that authorities were investigating the claims of civilian casualties. Residents and local officials in Helmand said an evening ceremony, part of a wedding celebration, was underway when security forces launched a ground and aerial operation against suspected militants. Majeed Akhundzada, a member of the Helmand provinical council, told AFP that both Afghan and foreign forces had been involved in the fighting. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “Some 40 people were killed and 18 others were wounded and were brought to the hospital, all the victims were civlians,” he said. Sher Mohammad Akhundza, a provincial senator, also put the toll at 40 dead. While the Afghan military does have a fledgling air force, most strikes are led or supported by the United States, the only member of the international coalition in Afghanistan that provides aerial support in the conflict. There was no immediate comment from NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. The UN documented a sharp rise in civilian deaths from airstrikes last year, as Afghan and US forces intensified the aerial bombardment of Taliban and Islamic State group militants.last_img read more

Formulate guidelines for regulation of banquet halls NGT tells Delhi govt

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first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the AAP government to formulate guidelines for the regulation of banquet halls in the national capital.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the violation of environment norms is having adverse impact on environment and public health cannot be ignored. “The Delhi government may also have consultation with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and within a broad framework of pan India Guidelines, Delhi government can have its own guidelines to suit the local requirements to mitigate the adverse impact on environment and public health in the light of the orders already passed by the tribunal,” the bench said in a recent order. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe tribunal made it clear that it is not concerned with the individual cases involved which may be dealt with as per the guidelines and mechanism to be laid down by the CPCB. The Delhi government told the tribunal that noise regulatory mechanism has been evolved, norms for waste disposal and installation of CCTV cameras and GPS have been laid down, sewage management and air pollution control measures plan. “The action plan also covers regulation of extraction of groundwater, rainwater harvesting, regulation of size of gatherings and action against unauthorised establishments and recovery of environmental compensation,” the NGT noted. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe NGT had earlier directed forfeiture of performance guarantee of Rs 5 crore deposited by the Delhi government, expressing dissatisfaction with its compliance report on illegal banquet halls, farmhouses and hotels here. Noting that the report furnished by the Delhi government on illegal banquets and restaurants operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri was “not exhaustive”, the NGT had said it does not properly address the issues raised by it. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Westend Green Farms Society alleging that banquets and marriage halls operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri near Indira Gandhi International Airport were causing vehicular congestion and environment pollution. The applicant, a society of 170 residential farm houses at Rajokri, is aggrieved by violation of environmental laws by commercial establishments operating as restaurants, hotels, motels or banquets, along the National Highway No. 8 Expressway (Delhi-Jaipur), in the vicinity of the petitioner. It said the activities of the said establishments cause massive traffic congestion on account of unauthorised parking of vehicles and huge gatherings for weddings or other functions.last_img read more

I try to rediscover myself every time Im on a set

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first_imgMumbai: Gauhar Khan is in awe of filmmaker Srijit Mukherji, whose new Bengali film Gumnaami opened on October 2. Gauhar has dubbed the Hindi dialogues for a character in the film. Talking about dubbing for Gumnaami, Gauhar said: “My character is the wife of the protagonist. It’s a political and historical subject. This morning I was reading some amazing reviews of the film. I feel dubbing is 70 per cent of acting, and if you don’t do it properly you can really spoil it for an actor. So, it’s a big responsibility.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerThe period drama Gumnaami deals with the three theories behind Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s death. The first being the plane crash theory, the second being the theory that he died in Russia, and the third theory being that he came back to India and died as Gumnaami Baba. The film mainly looks at the Mukherjee commission proceedings, where all these theories were discussed, debated and questioned. Talking about the relevance of the subject in today’s times, Gauhar said: “It (Bose’s death) is still a mystery. Even today in the history books you don’t know what happened. There are different versions and theories. As a director, only Srijit sir can dare to take up a subject like this, which has caused quite a stir. But I know he delves into the nitty gritty of any subject. I am sure he has done his research and has had worked on every little nuance he could tap. He is always careful with his homework.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upGauhar has earlier worked with director Srijit Mukherji in the 2017 flick Begum Jaan, and she considers him a genius. “Working with him in any capacity is an amazing experience. Srijit sir is a genius — I always tell him that! The way he perceives things, the way he thinks about a scene, the way he directs is very unique and very intelligent. I am in awe of everything he does. Any opportunity to work with him, I would definitely do it,” she said. The actor also expressed her eagerness to get directed by the multiple National Award-winning director in a Bengali film. “I’d love to do a Bengali film with him! I’d love to learn the language. Bengali is a very sweet language. If Srijit sir ever gives me that opportunity, I’ll definitely do it. The actor, who seems to defy age with her beauty and fitness, shared her secret: “I just try to stay happy. You have to maintain and take care of yourself. I workout a lot. I am making the most of my time. I do everything I have to. I try to rediscover myself every time I am on a film set and playing a new character.”last_img read more

Jaishankar calls on Hasina ahead of bilateral meet

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first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Saturday called on visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ahead of a bilateral meeting with her counterpart Narendra Modi later in the day during which the two sides were expected to ink major agreements, with a focus on connectivity. The two sides are likely to sign six to seven MoUs in the areas of connectivity, capacity-building and culture after the talks at the Hyderabad House here. “The bilateral relations have never been so close. Naturally, the focus of discussion will be on bilateral relationship. When I say bilateral relationship, we are talking about the next steps the two countries should take now to get the relationship in a different trajectory,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a briefing on Friday. The talks would revolve around trade and connectivity, development cooperation and people to people connect, culture and other issues of mutual interest. The two sides were also expected to ink another agreement for the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Bangladesh to India’s northeast. Omera Petroleum and Beximco LPG will export LPG to the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), which will bottle and sell to consumers Another likely deal was for a new waterway to connect the Meghna river in Bangladesh with the Gomati in Tripura.last_img read more

Delhi govt launches app to track potholes

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first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday floated a campaign to make Delhi pothole-free, by launching a mobile phone application that will help survey the roads.The campaign, which is being managed by the Public Works Department (PWD) under the Delhi Government, gathered a lot of traction as 50 MLAs, along with PWD engineers, took part in road surveys. The MLAs on round uploaded pictures of the ongoing work. During the inspection, photographs of the pits and broken roads found at Chatterjee Place, Shakti Vihar, and Mithapur Road were sent to the PWD department and orders were issued to repair the roads with immediate effect. Other areas surveyed include Greater Kailash, Tilak Nagar, Jangpura and Karol Bagh. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Campaign to make Delhi pothole-free begins from Saturday by PWD under the Delhi government. 50 MLAs, each accompanied by an engineer, will inspect 20-25 km of road stretch in their areas. The MLAs will click pictures of the potholes and other damages to upload it in the app with other details and locations. All the damages will be repaired immediately.” A total of 1,897 reports have been filed with the PWD through the app, which can only be accessed by the MLAs. However, the maximum number, 1,181, of reports were related to roads being uneven, and not of potholes. The total number of potholes was 583, while 133 reports were filed about cases where the damages in the roads were caused by other departments. Starting on Saturday, the campaign covered different areas of Delhi. “Even though a small percentage of Delhi’s roads are under the Delhi government, lakhs of vehicles make use of them. This is the first time roads are being inspected on such a large scale,” tweeted Kejriwal. Applauding the effort, Kejriwal said this is the first time, such a unique campaign has been launched.last_img read more