The Sydney Mets and the SQBD Sharks have made it through to the Grand Final of the Mixed Open’s at the 2009 National Touch League in Port Macquarie.The Mets beat the Hunter Western Hornets 12-4 in the first semi final, while the SQBD Sharks beat the Sydney Rebels in extra time in the second semi final, the final score being 9-8. In the Women’s Open division, Sydney Mets will be looking to win back to back titles after beating Barbarians 10-3 in the first semi final. Mets were up 2-1 at half time, but hit another level in the second half. In the other semi, SQBD Sharks beat Rustlers 4-3 in extra time. The Sharks and Mets haven’t played each other in the past 2 NTL’s, which will make for an exciting final.In the Men’s Open division, there was a battle of the Sydney teams with the Mets and the Scorpions toughing it out on field one. The battle went down to the final minute, with Scorpions causing an upset by beating the Mets 8-7.On field two in the second semi final were the Sharks and Rebels, with the Sharks winning 11-8.The Mixed Grand Final will be played at 1pm, followed by the Women’s 20 final at 2pm. The Men’s 20 final will be played at 3pm.The Women’s final will be played at 4.20, with the men’s to be played at 5.30pm
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About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus boss Sarri unconcerned with Serie A tableby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri insists he’s unconcerned with the Serie A table at this stage this season.Juve meet Bologna this weekend.Sarri said, “We’re not interested in the table at this stage, we must be aiming to get better and better.“What happened at San Siro no longer matters. I want to see my players focused on a difficult match because the international break is always dangerous.“It seems cliched, but removing a player from one context, that being the club, and putting them in another can create problems: it’s not easy to bounce from one style of play to another.“I don’t know if the game against Inter changed anyone’s mind about us. Scepticism towards me is something I’ve always lived with, and I don’t mind it that much.”
KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 4: Dante Fowler Jr. #6 of the Florida Gators gestures toward fans in the closing seconds of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida defeated Tennessee 10-9. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Dante Fowler’s time as a Florida football player is over, as the junior defensive lineman is headed to the NFL. Fowler, a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, won’t be leaving Florida without saying “thank you” to all the fans who supported him during his time in Gainesville, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive end took out an ad in Friday’s Gainesville Sun expressing gratitude to all of Gator Nation. Very cool from @TheDanteFowler6, thanking the #GatorNation with an ad in today’s @GainesvilleSun @Gator_sports pic.twitter.com/G3RwAjHPtB— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) January 30, 2015Well done, Dante. Fowler, a possible outside linebacker at the next level, is projected to go 13th overall to New Orleans in NFL.com’s latest mock draft.
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.
Tokyo: Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka beat Elise Mertens of Belgium on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open, thrilling her Japanese fans in the city of her birth. Top seed Osaka dispatched No. 9 seed Mertens 6-4, 6-1 in Osaka, western Japan, to reach her first final since winning the Australian Open. The pair both held their serves for the first set until Osaka broke Mertens in the 10th game. Osaka, 21, rounded into form in the second, and after the pair traded early breaks, won the last four games of the match to sprint to victory in just over an hour. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”It’s been kind of rough like the past couple of months so I’m really glad that I made it to the final,” she said. She tried to stay calm because the 23-year-old Belgian player is “an amazing player and it’s so hard to hit her balls,” she said. Earlier in the day, Osaka saw off Yulia Putintseva in straight sets, even as she was tricked at times by the Kazakh player’s slices and drop shots. “For me, I learned a lot from when I played her at Wimbledon, and I know that a hard court is where I feel most comfortable,” Osaka told press after beeting Putintseva. Last week, Osaka announced she was splitting with her coach, her second break-up this year as she battles to regain form after slipping from the top of the world rankings to number four. Osaka had already caught the tennis world by surprise when she announced she was parting ways with coach Sascha Bajin, who had overseen her stunning rise to win two Grand Slams — the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open title in January.
Shimla: Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is on a winning spree in Himachal Pradesh, after 2017 assembly polls, and this year’s Parliamentary elections, is set to take a fresh test to its popularity graph in two assembly bypolls at Dharamshala and Pacchad, slated for October 21.After lots of rumbling and suspense in the ranks, the party on Sunday named – Vishal Nehria, a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJMC) leader and Reena Kashyap, a former Zila Parishad member from Dharamshala and Pachhad constituencies respectively. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe two seats fell vacant after Kishan Kapoor, a cabinet minister and two-time MLA Suresh Kashyap were elected to the Lok Sabha from Kangra and Shimla (Reserve) seats with a record winning margins. Both Nehria and Reena will be contesting the assembly polls for the first time. The party’s decision to field news faces, however, has left some potential contenders sulking. Sanjay Sharma – a brahmin, has also lobbied hard since been based at Dharamshala for a long time. He hoped that BJP working president J P Nadda will back his case but the party went out for Nehria to woo Gaddi voters. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAnother contender was Umesh Dutt– who was given ticket in 2017 poll but later dropped to retain Krishan Kapoor, a staunch Shanta Kumar loyalist. The BJP had maintained complete suspense for the candidates even as Krishan Kapoor, now MP, was advised not to push the name of his son Shashwat Kapoor and Suresh Kashyap was too left with no choice but to wait for the party decision on the candidate. Challenging Reena Kashyap will be Congress veteran and former Speaker Gangu Ram Musafir, who had lost the poll to Suresh Kashyap in 2012 and also 2017. Musafir was elected to the assembly first time in 1982 as an independent candidate but later had joined the Congress to become a cabinet minister thrice and also Speaker. He has won seven elections. In Dharamshala, the Congress is trying its luck on Vinay Inder Karan, a youth leader, who also belong to Gaddi community as being Nehria. First time, the battle will be within two Gaddi leaders, who claim to have a sizeable vote percentage in Dharamshala – where Krishan Kapoor been their face and strong Gaddi community leader. Karan’s name cropped up after former minister and a staunch Virbhadra Singh loyalist declined to contest the poll. There were also rumours about his joining the BJP if the party agrees to field him as its candidate. Asked about this BJP state president Satpal Satti said, “The party had taken a principled stand to give ticket only to a person from the party cadres. No outsider was considered for the ticket.” Dharamshala will be a big political testing ground for the BJP once again as it’s also in Kangra region, where BJP senior Shanta Kumar been calling shots. Shanta Kumar was denied Lok Sabha ticket and instead was replaced by Krishan Kapoor.
MUMBAI: 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.
San Francisco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised his employees to “fight and win” if Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren wins the 2020 election and moves forward with her stated plan to break up the big US tech firms. Adopting a more aggressive style than he habitually uses in his public appearances, Zuckerberg directed his remarks at his employees last July to address questions about the firm’s present and future, an interview that was recorded and made public on Tuesday on the Web page The Verge, Efe news reported. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. … We care about our country and want to work with our government and do good things. But look … if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight,” he said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Zuckerberg was referring to the Massachusetts senator’s proposal to split up the biggest tech firms – if she wins the Democratic presidential nomination and is ultimately elected in 2020 – given that she feels that they have “excessive” power both as market entities and in relation to their users or customers. On Tuesday, after the audio recording of Zuckerberg was released, Warren doubled down on her proposal and said on Twitter that “What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy.” “I’m not afraid to hold Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon accountable. It’s time to #BreakUpBigTech,” the senator said in another tweet. In the recordings provided by The Verge, Zuckerberg justified his opposition to Warren’s plan by – among other things – saying that dividing big companies will not make interference in elections less likely, rather the reverse, given that in his judgment “the companies can’t coordinate and work together.” The tech giant based in Menlo Park, California, in recent years has been mired in a multitude of scandals that have significantly strained its public image, the biggest of these being the one involving British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which used an app to gather personal data on millions of Facebook users without their consent and then used that info for political ends. The consulting firm prepared psychological profiles on voters that it allegedly sold to the campaign of President Donald Trump during the runup to the 2016 election, among other things. Facebook is being investigated for potential monopolistic practices by the Federal Trade Commission, which earlier this year levied a $5 billion fine on the firm for failing to properly maintain user privacy.
Kolkata: A total of 34 functional teams have been formed to smoothen the process of merger of United Bank of India (UBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), a senior official said. The merger is scheduled to come into force from April 1 next year. “Thirty four functional teams have been created to come out with solutions for the process of integration,” a UBI official told PTI. A team comprises two members each from the three banks from different functional areas, he said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “The functional teams will also try standardising the loan process, credit terms and benefits extended to the customers in the interim period till the merger comes into effect to avoid customer-related issues in the future,” the official said. The UBI had conducted customer meets at Kolkata, Guwahati and Patna to allay their apprehensions about the future of banking, the official said. UBI managing director and CEO A K Pradhan had earlier said that though the balance sheet merger is likely to happen by April 1 next year, it will take another three to six months after that for the HR and IT integration to be completed. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days He had said the complete harmonisation among the three entities would take another 12 to 14 months after the merger. Senior officials of the three banks had held a meeting recently. The merger will make the new entity the second-largest bank in the country after the State Bank of India (SBI) with a total business volume of Rs 18 lakh crore. This comes after the Centre’s announcement to consolidate 10 public sector banks into four. Allahabad Bank will be merged with Indian Bank while the Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank will be amalgamated. Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank will also be merged. Last year, the Centre had approved the merger of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda that came into effect from April 1 this year. In 2017, the State Bank of India had absorbed five of its associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank.
New Delhi: The Sky Is Pink is ready to hit the screens this month. Its actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas found the film very special and saw a connection between her real-life parents and her character in the movie. Director Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink is about a couple that lose their daughter to pulmonary fibrosis, a serious immunity disease. The film has Priyanka and Farhan Akhtar acting as parents of that girl. “This is a very special film based on a special real-life couple who thrive through extraordinary circumstances. I feel like in a cynical world today where we live our own lives, this film shows you what it can do when you have a family, family support,” Priyanka said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I feel like when I read the movie (script), that’s when you know.. jumped out at me so much because my parents were like that. They were extremely supportive and that gave me the ability to be who I am and where I am today,” she added and requested the audience to not leave their brains behind to watch this movie. The film also stars actor Rohit Saraf. “This talks about love, togetherness and loss. It talks about all these things in a very unique and different perspective.”
New Delhi: Former India skipper Kapil Dev has resigned from his post as the head of the three-member ad-hoc Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Sources in the know of developments said that Kapil has resigned from the position. “Yes, he has sent his resignation from the position of CAC chief.” “There should have ideally been an official announcement from the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that the committee is disbanded since Vinod Rai has been vocal about the fact that it was an appointment done only for the selection of the head coach of the Indian team. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”Maybe in that case, the embarrassment that the legends are facing the conflict notice could have been avoided,” the source added. The former Indian captain’s decision to resign from the CAC comes after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ethics Officer D.K. Jain sent a notice to the panel comprising of Kapil, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy with regards to allegations of conflict of interest as claimed by MPCA life member Sanjeev Gupta. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersRangaswamy had resigned the day after she was served with the notice to explain her stand on holding multiple positions in the board in violation of the BCCI constitution. The former India cricketer had said that people complaining is fine, but if the Ethics Officer picks up every complaint then it creates a difficult scenario and getting former cricketers to come into administration will be difficult. “I gave my resignation from the CAC, as also the directorship of the players association. Last night, I mailed it to the concerned authorities. Now, I can understand individuals complaining. But if the Ethics Officer acts on that then it is not worth continuing. And I think one of the pressing demands for the new BCCI committee will be to provide clarity on this conflict of interest clause and from where are they looking to get eligible cricketers in key committees,” she rued. The legal team of the BCCI under the CoA had given the trio a green light to be a part of the CAC and it appointed the new head coach of the Indian team.
Kolkata: Paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in an apparent attack on the BJP leadership said the leader of the country should follow the Gandhian principles and take every religion and community along with him.Without naming any BJP leader, she said the best tribute to Gandhiji on his 150th birth anniversary would be to follow his principles of peace, non-violence and communal harmony. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee also added that the country’s leader cannot be a person who creates division among the people. She was addressing a gathering on Mayo Road to commemorate Gandhiji’s birth anniversary. “Gandhiji preached us non-violence and we take his messages very seriously. We don’t need anybody to preach us. We would take advice only from those who have credibility. We only choose a person as our national leader who has the calibre to become a national leader. A national leader should be like Gandhiji and Netaji as both of them propagated the message of universal brotherhood. A national leader can never divide people along religious lines and instigate one community against another. To spread religious intolerance cannot be a motive of a national leader,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring her brief speech, she stated that Barrackpore Gandhi Ghat would be developed as a tourist hub to attract more footfall from across the country. She also mentioned that her government has renovated Gandhi Bhawan at Beliaghata which was inaugurated on Wednesday. A museum has been set up showcasing various items which were associated with him. “Gandhiji had been at Belighata Gandhi Bhawan when we got our independence. He delivered messages of unity and spoke about national integration when clashes broke out between two communities following the Partition,” Banerjee maintained. The Chief Minister also added that a book on Gandhiji is being translated into various languages so that students get to know more about him and his contributions. She also felicitated the members of Gandhi Ashrams from Howrah and East Midnapore during the programme. Banerjee also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by laying wreaths on his statue on Mayo Road before delivering her speeches. Earlier in the day, she took to Twitter to pay homage to the Mahatma. “Homage to #MahatmaGandhi ji on his 150th birth anniversary. We will pay tribute to the Father of the Nation at his statue on Mayo Road, #Kolkata. To mark #GandhiJayanti, the historic Gandhi Bhavan in Beleghata, renovated by #Bangla Govt, will be inaugurated today #Gandhi150,” Banerjee tweeted. “The #Bangla Govt has taken up many other initiatives to celebrate #Gandhi150 anniversary, including setting up a university dedicated to #MahatmaGandhi ji in Purba Medinipur district #GandhiJayanti,” she further tweeted.
New Delhi: Security has been beefed up across the national capital after police received intelligence inputs on a possible terror strike, a senior police official said on Thursday. Raids are being conducted by the Special Cell of Delhi Police at several locations across the city after the intelligence inputs suggested that three to four members of a terror outfit may have infiltrated into the city, he said. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has also intensified patrolling and picketing in several areas across the national capital as the city gears up for Durga Puja and Ramlila to ensure safety and security of people, especially women.
Sivasagar (Assam): A sessions court here on Thursday awarded death sentence to Bikash Das for raping two women before murdering them and dumping their bodies in train toilets last year. Besides holding him guilty for his offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder), sessions judge S K Poddar also awarded Das rigorous life imprisonment for offence punishable under 376(1) IPC (rape) and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. If he fails to pay the fine, his sentence would continue for another three months, the court said. The sessions judge on September 27 had let off Das’s accomplice due to lack of evidence. A 21-year-old student of Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, was on July 10, 2018, found lying murdered with a ‘gamosa’ (an Assamese hand woven towel) tied around her neck in the toilet of an empty coach of Kamakhya Express at Simaluguri Railway Junction. The next day, on July 11, the body of a middle-aged woman was recovered from the toilet of a coach meant for physically challenged people of Dibrugarh-Rajasthan Avadh Assam Express. The woman, too, had a ‘gamosa’ tied around her neck with blood oozing out of the nose. Das was nabbed on July 12 from Tinsukia Railway Junction. He confessed to have raped and murdered the two women along with an accomplice. The RPF and police officers had said that Das was apprehended after a security man noticed him with a ‘gamosa’, similar to the one used for stifling the two victims. The police had also recovered the mobile phones of the victims from him, a pair of earrings which belonged to the student and an anklet of the middle-aged woman, the officials added. While pronouncing the verdict, the sessions court said that Das’s death sentence, however, is subject to confirmation by the Gauhati High Court, adding that he has been informed about his right to appeal against the judgment in a higher court.
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday Article 370 of the Constitution was a roadblock for the development of Jammu and Kashmir and the journey of progress in the region began with the launch of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express train.Accompanied by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Union ministers Jitendra Singh and Harsh Vardhan, Shah flagged off the train from the New Delhi railway station. The ministers said the twin moves of the government — abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and launch of the Vande Bharat Express — will bring new India to a new Jammu and Kashmir and create a new history for the region. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadFlagging off the second such indigenous train, Shah said, “I believe that not only Article 370 was a roadblock for the unity of this country, but it was also the biggest roadblock for the development of Kashmir. I am sure that after the removal of this Article, we will be successful in completely eradicating terrorism and the ideas promoting terrorism in the area.” “Within the next 10 years, Jammu and Kashmir will be one of the most-developed regions of the country and the journey of development has begun with Vande Bharat Express, which is set to boost development and promote religious tourism,” he added. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiMinister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh said the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was a gift for the people of the region after “three decades of struggle” and the launch of the train was another gift, which would contribute in building a “new Jammu and Kashmir”. “The Vande Bharat Express will bring new India to a new Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary (on October 2), Shah said Gandhi gave a philosophy to the world about how to derive simple solutions to the biggest of problems. He expressed pride in saying that the Vande Bharat Express was totally “swadeshi” and at par with the latest rail transport technology across the world. “The railways should document its relationship with Mahatma Gandhi as it forms a significant episode in the country’s freedom struggle,” Shah said. The Vande Bharat Express will cut the travel time between Delhi and Katra to eight hours from the previous 12 hours. The New Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express (train number 22439) will depart from the New Delhi railway station at 6 am to reach Katra at 2 pm. En route, it will halt at Ambala Cantonment, Ludhiana and Jammu Tawi for two minutes each. On the return journey the same day, the Katra-New Delhi Vande Bharat Express (train number 22440) will leave from the Katra railway station at 3 pm to reach New Delhi at 11 pm. The train, also known as Train 18, will ply on all days of the week barring Tuesday. “The abrogation of Article 370 has connected the people of the country to Jammu and Kashmir and I believe that this train will become the symbol of the development and progress that this region will see in the years to come because of this brave move by the government,” Goyal said.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday arrested a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar inside a Delhi court in a money-laundering case related to negotiations allegedly favouring foreign private airlines and causing loss to state-owned Air India.The agency took Yasmin Kapoor into custody after she was produced before a Delhi court. She was lodged in Tihar jail in another case being probed by the CBI. After taking her into custody, the ED sought her custodial interrogation from Special Judge Anuradha Shukla Bhardwaj, which was allowed till October 9. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAdvocate Nitesh Rana, the special public prosecutor for the ED, told the court that Kapoor was required to be quizzed to unearth the larger conspiracy and for that her custody was needed. The court, which had last month cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to Kapoor in the money-laundering case, passed the order after Rana submitted that Kapoor was misusing the bail granted by the court. Kapoor was granted anticipatory bail by the court on March 22, while Talwar was in judicial custody in the case lodged by the ED. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThere were reasons to believe that the tainted money, received from the foreign airlines, was used for the acquisition of Kapoor’s residential property in New Delhi, Rana said. The ED claimed that several companies, in which Kapoor was a shareholder along with Talwar, received the proceeds of the crime. It said the agency’s probe in this regard was underway. Kapoor had sought anticipatory bail claiming that the ED threatened her to take names and also to convince Talwar to give names of government officials or political functionaries, failing which she would be arrested. Talwar was deported from the UAE in connection with the money-laundering case. The ED had earlier said it needed to interrogate Talwar to get the names of Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of India Ltd and Air India officials, who had favoured the foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the parties involved in a plea seeking permission to rebuild the Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi’s Tughlaqabad forest area to come back to it with an amicable solution on a better location for the temple. The temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority following the court’s direction. The top court said it respects everybody’s sentiments but the law has to be followed. A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and S Ravindra Bhat said Attorney General K K Venugopal is also appearing in the case and all parties can hold discussion to find an amicable solution on a better location where the temple can be built. “You find an amicable solution and come back to us. Any day we can pass the order. We respect the sentiments of everybody on the earth but we have to follow the law,” the bench said. It posted the matter for further hearing on October 18.
Mumbai: Russell Peters describes comedians across the world in today’s times as the “truth tellers”, the last unbiased lot who call a spade a spade through their craft. Someone once described the truth as a poetry to Russell, he recalls, before adding, “And everyone hates poetry.” “We are the last of the truth tellers. We live in a time where you’re not sure which version of the news you’re getting. It’s all skewed towards someone’s favour. Comedians are the unbiased ones who are able to tell you what’s really going on. We tell it to you in no uncertain terms,” Russell told PTI. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Speaking the truth through jokes can often offend people but the Indo-Canadian comedian believes there is nothing that can’t be sorted out if people have a dialogue. “People take offence online but have you ever physically met one of these offended people? I’m almost convinced they don’t really exist. Until I physically meet any of these people I’m not going to believe they’re real. My goal is to make you laugh so if you take offence chances are you’re the problem and not me.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up Russell is currently in country as part of his ‘Deported World Tour’ where is performing at Zee Live’s Supermoon. Russell started his career nearly 30 years ago and says he just can’t “physically sit down” to write his material and hasn’t done that ever. “Like right now with the Deported World Tour, it’s already set. I know the begining middle and the end. From November, I’ll have nothing, I’ll walk on stage with a blank slate and I’ve six shows that weekend with zero material. “Basically it’ll be me talking to the audience and trying to figure it out. Once I get a direction that I like or something new hits me, that’s where it gets exciting: ‘Oh I can’t believe I thought of that, let’s go down that road.’ It’s a fun but scary process at the same time.” The comedian says the last thing he would want from the audience is to walk out of his show and wonder, “What the hell was that?” “It’s something we definitely don’t want happening. Some comics don’t give a damn if you walk away but they have a certain level of privilege that I don’t have. A lot of comedians understand or feel their position in the business is precarious. That’s what keeps me alive.” Though the 49-year-old has been in the comedy scene for most of his life, Russell says it is vital for stand up comics to keep themselves updated. “The way to be relevant is to just keep doing it. You could stagnate yourself, I could’ve done it to myself many years ago by doing the same kind of comedy over and over but eventually it would’ve tired people. I would get bored doing it. I don’t want to hear me doing the same joke. “Comedy is like a fights sport. If you’re weak, you’re going to get taken out. You have to have a fighting spirit,” he adds.
New Delhi: The over 4.2 km-long Grey Line of the Delhi Metro, which will connect urban village area of Najafgarh to the rapid transit network, was inaugurated on Friday. Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off a train on the corridor. Passenger services will commence from the evening. Puri said with the opening of this corridor, the Delhi Metro has covered 377 kilometres in Delhi-NCR. Kejriwal said people of Najafgarh had been demanding this for a long time. People residing in the rural areas will be benefitted by the corridor, he said.