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2 dead in Varanasi mall shooting

first_imgTwo persons died, while two others were injured after a few youths opened fired at the staff in a garment shop in a mall in Varanasi over a dispute on Wednesday, police said.The incident took place at the JHV shopping mall in the high-security Cantonment area of the Uttar Pradesh city. The suspects, alleged to be students of the Kashi Vidyapeeth University, have been identified. The three suspects entered the branded apparel store and one of them, identified as Alok Upadhyay, inquired about a salesman named Prashant. The suspect then got involved in a brawl with the other staff but was soon overpowered. A country-made pistol he was carrying was also snatched away, said a witness. Vivek Tripathi, UP police spokesperson, said after finding their friend overpowered, the other two youths tried to rescue him and fired shots at the salesmen and in the air.Two persons, Gopi Kanaujia and Sunil Kumar, died of bullet injuries, while Vishal Singh and Chandan Sharma, were admitted to hospital and are said to be stable, police said.”They also fired shots indiscriminately in the mall, after exiting the store,” said one of the witnesses. While initially police was told that the firing was triggered by a dispute over discount, a police statement in the evening hinted at a personal enmity.As per the police, the main accused Alok Upadhyay had a dispute with one of the salesmen Prashant over his friendship with a female staff at the store. The witness also said that the accused had once already assaulted the salesman outside the mall.Inspector General, Varanasi, Vijay Singh Meena, said the CCTV footage of the mall was being examined. The police is investigating how the three suspects managed to bring in weapons into the mall as frisking is done at the entry.last_img read more

Top Stories: The Secret of Monogamy, Resetting Your Body’s Clock, and Drunk Human Sacrifices

first_imgMonogamy May Have Evolved to Prevent InfanticideHuman males and females have a strong tendency to live together in monogamous pairs, albeit for highly varied periods of time and degrees of fidelity. Just how such behavior arose has been the topic of much debate among researchers. 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In an exclusive interview with ScienceInsider, she’s refreshingly candid about why she decided to add another chapter to her illustrious career as an academic scientist, university administrator, and public servant.Déjà Vu: Second Probe Finds Problems With Hypertension Drug TrialsClaims made for the beneficial effects of a leading hypertension drug continue to unravel. A second medical school in Japan has found data manipulation and an undisclosed conflict of interest in a paper resulting from a large clinical trial of valsartan, which was originally approved in Japan for the treatment of high blood pressure in 2000. However, an investigative committee later found that a substantial amount of data from postmarketing clinical trials did not match patient records, indicating deliberate manipulation.Waking Up Tired? Blame ElectricityOur internal clocks are drifting out of sync, and indoor lighting may be to blame. A new study suggests that just a few days in the great outdoors puts us back in tune with the solar cycle, and reconnecting with the sun could make us less drowsy.’Llullaillaco Maiden’ May Have Been Drugged Before SacrificedMore than 500 years ago, three children climbed Llullaillaco volcano in Argentina and never came down, the probable victims of human sacrifice. Since their well-preserved mummies were discovered in 1999, scientists have studied them in hopes of reconstructing the last months of their lives. New evidence shows that all three regularly ingested coca and alcohol and suggests that the drugs might have played a more-than-ceremonial role in their deaths.last_img read more

Andy Murray likely to have statue erected – Wimbledon CEO

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Inaugural 3X3 league tips off February 16 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after beating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their men’s semifinal singles match on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is likely to be honored with a statue at the historic Grand Slam venue, the All England Club’s chief executive told the BBC.The 31-year-old Scot — who won the grasscourt Grand Slam in 2013 and 2016 — announced last Friday retirement was on the cards due to a chronic hip injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I am sure something like (a statue) will be done, but meanwhile down at the club he is seen as a highly-respected person both on and off the court.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting He then choked back tears and broke down as he revealed he hoped to end his career at Wimbledon, but admitted the Australian Open which began Monday could be his last event because the constant pain was so bad.Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, said Murray could well be honored in the same manner as fellow Briton and multiple Wimbledon men’s singles champion Fred Perry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPerry — who won three successive Wimbledon titles from 1934-36 — had a statue unveiled in 1984.“We always felt that when Andy retired, that would be the appropriate time to recognise his extraordinary career,” said Lewis.last_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils: As it Happened

first_imgHere are the Highlights of the Indian Premier League 2016 clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens. (Scorecard)Highlights:23.06 IST: QUOTES!Man of the Match, Andre Russell: We just have to adjust to any surface. That is where professionalism comes into play. It wasn’t the fastest of wickets, it wasn’t slow either. If I get a chance to bat, I’d go out there and do something destructive. When things are going your way, you need to find ways to stay up there. Gautam Gambhir: We were very professional. Russell got to Kolkata this morning. The way he started with the ball was commendable. He is a quality player. Once we restricted them to 98, it was half the job done. We aren’t used to playing on these kind of wickets, that is why we decided to bowl first. In our chase, someone had to bat through. That is what professional teams do. It was my responsibility to do that. Robin was unbelievable, to give us that kind of start was fantastic. We’ve covered most of our bases, so we are happy with whatever surfaces we get. Zaheer Khan: You learn every day. I was trying to swing it too much. Playing a game after a long time. IPL is such a long tournament, every team is going to have one bad game. And this was our first and last bad game and it’s out of the way. We are giving them freedom. T20 is such a fast game, we want the intensity. 120 could have been close on this track. This team is all about letting them express themselves on the field freely. advertisementKolkata Knight Riders inningsWith this win against #DD this is the 4th time #KKR have won by 9 wickets in IPL #KKRStats #KKRvDD KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 201622.55 IST: That’s it! Kolkata have registered a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in 14.1 overs. Gautam Gambhir led the way with an unbeaten 38 off 41 balls. Earlier, Robin Uthappa hit 34 off 33 balls.Steadily #KKR are going for the kill! With just 24 to win from 55 balls, can we say this game is in the bag? What say Knight Riders? #KKRvDD KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 201622.32 IST: WICKET! Robin Uthappa departs after a solid 35 off 33 balls. Amit Mishra strikes! Tossed up ball on off, Uthappa plays a loft shot to wide of the long off but was unlucky. Chris Morris takes a good catch at long off. Kolkata 69/1 in 9.4 overs 22.26 IST: Time for first strategic time-out. Kolkata need just 37 runs off 66 balls with Uthappa (34*) and Gambhir (23*) milk the Delhi bowlers22.21 IST: It’s definitely not Delhi’s day. KKR openers continue to bat with ease as they inch towards victory. Kolkata 53/0 in 8 overs 22.10 IST: KKR openers continue to attack as they race towards victory. Nothing is going Delhi’s way. Kolkata 42/0 in 5 overs 22.00 IST: Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir are in a hurry to finish off the game. Kolkata 29/0 in 3 overs21.55 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders are off to a solid start. Zaheer bowls an expensive 16-run over, including three fours. Kolkata 20/0 in 2 overs 21.47 IST: Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa come out to open the innings. Nathan Coulter-Nile takes the new ball.Delhi Daredevils innings 21.27 IST: That’s the end of Delhi’s innings and they are bundled out for just 98, their lowest ever at the Eden Gardens. Zaheer Khan goes for a loft but miscues to wide mid off. An easy catch for Manish Pandey off Hastings. Andre Russell and Brad Hogg bagged three wickets apiece while Piyush Chawla and John Hastings picked up two wickets each.  21.16 IST: WICKET! Brad Hogg is on fire at the moment as he gets his third wicket tonight. Amit Mishra ends his misery! Tossed up ball on off, Mishra edges that to first slip. Gambhir takes a fine catch. Delhi 92/9 in 15.4 overs 21.06 IST: WICKET! Brad Hogg too gets his second wicket and it’s a big one of Sanju Samson. Hurled outside off, Samsom goes for a drive but gets a thick outside and Uthappa takes a good catch behind the stumps. Delhi 84/8 in 13.1 overs 21.03 IST: WICKET! Piyush Chawla gets his second one as he gets Chris Morris for 11. Tossed up ball and Morris misses the line and gets beaten. Ball goes on to break the furniture. Delhi 84/7 in 12.4 overs 20.56 IST: WICKET! No Craig Brathwaite heroics at Eden Gardens this time. Tossed up ball and the batsman misses the line as a result he gets plumbed. At the end, umpire gives it by raising his finger. Big wicket for Kolkata. Delhi 67/6 in 10.5 overs 20.52 IST: WICKET! Pawan Negi is clean bowled by 45-year-old Brad Hogg. Back of length ball and bit slow. Negi tries for a loft over the bowler’s head but is easlily done by Robin Uthappa by taking the bails off in time. Delhi 55/5 in 10 overs advertisement20.45 IST: It’s time for strategic time-out. The session has gone KKR’s way, but all eyes will be on young talents from Delhi Pawan Negi and Sanju Samson from here on. Delhi 53/4 in 9 overs20.40 IST: Pawan Negi eases a bit of pressure with a magnificent six off Colin Munro. The visitors need a big partnership here. Delhi 49/4 in 8 overs20.38 IST: Million dollar boy Pawan Negi is at the crease, Sanju Samson is at the other end. Delhi 42/4 in 7 overs 20.30 IST: WICKET! Length ball on off, Nair plays that to the safe hands of Manish Pandey at point. Soft dismissal. Delhi 35/4 in 5.3 overs 20.25 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust. And, it’s the third one for Andre Russell. Fuller ball on off, Agarwal goes for a loft but gets an outside edge down to third man. Where Brad Hogg takes dolly to dismiss him. Great bowling and fielding by Kolkata there. Delhi 31/3 in 4.5 overs20.22 IST: John Hastings starts cheaply in his first over. Delhi 26/2 in 4 overs 20.16 IST: WICKET! Shreyas Iyer out for a nought. Fuller and on the stump, Iyer misses the flick shot and the ball gets him on the front pad. That was a plumb! Andre Russell gets his second. Delhi 25/2 in 3 overs Whoopsie doopsie @iamyusufpathan @kkriders #IPL https://t.co/nOxovkWNWp IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201620.12 IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock departs for 17. Back of length ball and it is pulled again but is it miscued. As a result it is ballooned high up in the air at mid off and Yusuf Pathan takes it after fumbling. Delhi 24/1 in 2.2 overs 20.10 IST: It has been a blazing start for the visitors. Delhi 23/0 in 2 overs20.05 IST: End of a dramatic first over. Eight runs were scored off Andre Russel’s over. Mayank Agarwal opened his account with a beatiful lofted cover drive. And KKR missed a run out chance in the last ball. DD 8/0 in 1 overs. Mayank Agarwal and Quinton de Kock are the openers for Delhi. Andre Russel has the new ball for KKR.  19.50 IST: Mohammed Shami hasn’t found a spot in the Delhi Daredevils’ playing XI today. Strange!19.40 IST: TEAMS! Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Colin Munro, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, John Hastings, Brad Hogg, Umesh YadavDelhi Daredevils: Quinton de Kock, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Carlos Brathwaite, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile 19.33 IST: QUOTES!Zaheer Khan: Excited to be back in action. We have a good balance in the team. Good that we will be batting first, he (Craig Brathwaite) will have enough time to settle down in the new dressing room.Gautam Gambhir: We are going to bowl. The wicket is not going to change much. Hopefully, we can restrict them and chase it down. Absolutely, Jacques (Kallis) has been involved with the set up for sometime. Hopefully we will give him a winning start as a coach. Looks a good wicket, the ball will come on nicely. advertisement19.32 IST: TOSS! Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and they will bowl first against Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens. The King @jacqueskallis75, the Sultan @wasimakramlive and the @KKRiders boys #KKR #IPLhttps://t.co/LoaHm62nSi IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2016Gautam Gambhir has played 77 innings for KKR, scored 2036 runs with an avg strike rate of 124 and scored a half century 18 times. #KKRStats KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 2016At Eden Gardens #KKR has a win percentage of 65.9 and #DD has a win percentage of 20.0 #KKRStats #KKRvDD KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 2016New Zealand big-hitter Colin Munro, who will be plying his trade for Kolkata this season, is excited ahead of the first game. He nearly broke Yuvraj Singh’s record of fastest T20I fifty when he scored a 14-ball 50 against Sri Lanka earlier this year. On the way to our first game of IPL9 @KKRiders #AMIKKR Colin Munro (@manuz05) April 10, 201618.45 IST: Delhi boys were training hard at the Edens earlier today. Can they improve their winning record (6W-9L) against KKR today?  #Dilliboys training hard at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata! pic.twitter.com/O55WWnnBQS Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 10, 201618.20 IST: Players to watch out for in KKR – Apart from the big names, both teams have youngsters to watch out for. Knight Riders’ Manish Pandey will be the focal point after his match-winning ton against Australia in the final ODI of the five-match series in Sydney earlier this year. The young batsman from Karnataka also got a chance to be a part of India’s World T20 squad. Young pacer Jayadev Unadkat, who scalped 29 wickets in three Ranji Trophy matches and the Irani Cup tournament will be crucial to KKR’s chances. With Sunil Narine missing from action, it will be interesting to see how Gautam Gambhir handles his bowlers today.Players to watch out for in DD: Carlos Brathwaite, off course. Shreyas Iyer, who has had a fantastic run in the domestic season, will be looking to carry his form into the tournament. South Africa opener Quinton de Kock and spinner Imran Tahir will play an important role at Delhi. Rahul Dravid, who had  a successful stint with the suspended IPL club Rajasthan Royals will face pressure at Delhi, who haven’t been consistent enough in the eight seasons. Mohammad Shami, who is struggling with injuries, will be in action at the Eden today. It will also be a test of character for the veteran pacer Zaheer Khan.  .@DelhiDaredevils captain @ImZaheer sharing bowling tips with his pacers @MdShami11 & Suyal pic.twitter.com/TCm45oU1OQ IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 201618. 10 IST: The Indian Premier League season nine is on and we saw Rising Pune Supergiants thrash Mumbai Indians in the opener yesterday. And the focus today shifts to Eden Gardens where two-time champions, home side Kolkata Knight Riders take on Delhi Daredevils. There is a lot of excitement about the Delhi unit this time after Rahul Dravid was appointed the mentor of the side. In a surprise move, Zaheer Khan was named the skipper of the team.  Preview: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who have roped in some utility cricketers this season, look set to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) season in style when they host Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an encounter at the Eden Gardens today.The Knights have somewhat stuck to the same squad which helped them lift the trophy in 2012 and 2014 but have managed to bring in the likes of all rounders Colin Munro, Jason Holder and John Hastings.Delhi too have made some changes to their team from last year, adding England batsman Sam Billings and West Indies all rounder Carlos Brathwaite.It was just last Sunday that Brathwaite smashed four consecutive sixes in the final over to gift West Indies the World T20 trophy at the Eden. A week later he will be in different colours trying the same for his franchise.The KKR bowlers will be wary of his strengths and therefore might rely on spin to do the trick on a wicket that turns.Tweakers Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla might get drafted into the final XI, supported by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who bowls left arm off-spin.Mystery spinner Sunil Narine is not likely to be back for the clash, as he has returned to his country after his father’s demise.On paper, KKR’s pace arsenal is not the fiercest, but it is promising due to the presence of Umesh Yadav And Jaydev Unadkat. It will once again be led by South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, who clocks 145 kmph with ease in such conditions.Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have been two vital cogs in the KKR batting wheel. Both have scored plenty of runs in the IPL and skipper Gautam Gambhir will again look to them to deliver the goods.Gambhir and Uthappa feature in the fifth and sixth position among the IPL’s leading run scorers and they would want to make it count this time as well.You will see the best of Sunil Narine in IPL 2016, says Gautam GambhirNarine, who has gone back home after his father’s demise, would be available in Kolkata Knight Riders’ second match against Mumbai Indians on April 13.  (Read More) Rahul Dravid my idol, privileged to work with him: Carlos Brathwaite World T20 hero Carlos Brathwaite said he was privileged to work with Rahul Dravid at Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing Indian Premier League season. The West Indies all-rounder said it was good to interact with Dravid and that he hoped to go back as a better player. (Read More)last_img read more

Suresh Raina to become father soon, leaves IPL to join wife in Holland

first_imgSuresh Raina has ticked all the right boxes after being given the responsibility of leading the Indian Premier League newbie Gujarat Lions. The Lions are sitting pretty at the top of the table after winning seven of their eleven games. (Full Coverage|Points Table)New Responsibilities Now, the Lions skipper is all set to handle one of the biggest responsibilities of his life. Raina is expecting his first child this month and has left the IPL, which is nearing its business-end, to join his pregnant wife Priyanka in Holland. (Also read: Suresh Raina trusts me, says Gujarat Lions pacer Praveen Kumar) “I am meeting my wife tomorrow, leaving for Holland. So, I am very excited right now,” Raina said after leading his side to a five-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Raina also posted a tweet on Mother’s Day expressing his eagerness to meet the women special to him.#happymothersday ??mom??and to future mom can’t wait to see you both ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/r90fST2fUX Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) May 8, 2016Notably, Raina had credited his wife Priyanka for his successful stint as captain saying she had helped him become more responsible and calm. “I think I have improved a lot as a person after my marriage. I have become very calm and responsible,” Raina told iplt20.com.Ideal Wife Raina tied the knot with Priyanka, his childhood friend, in April last year.The left-handed Uttar Pradesh batting mainstay said his wife had no problems with him spending more time with his Gujarat teammates and added that she has understood and supported him well.  “She encourages me to spend more time with my teammates even if that means I don’t have enough time left for her. Her support and understanding has given me more opportunities to form a bond with this new team, understand my players and gel them together,” Raina said.advertisementWest Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore batting powerhouse, Chris Gayle also took a break from the IPL early in the season to be with his partner during the birth of their daughter whom he named ‘Blush’ after his infamous interview with Australian TV reporter Mel McLaughlin.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova has paid the time she had to pay for doping offence: Arantxa Sanchez to India Today

first_imgAt 45, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario still looks as fit as a rookie 17-year-old girl hustling around at Roland Garros, where she inflicted one of the biggest tennis upsets back in 1989.Steffi Graf, who could do nothing wrong those days, was on a roll and was unbeaten in the last four Grand Slams, before she ran into Sanchez. Rest, as they say, is history as the Barcelona girl became the youngest women’s singles player to lift the French Open title, defeating Graf in a hard-fought final.That day, Sanchez fought hard for a dream, which still remains the closest thing to her heart, and that is what she preaches to youngsters as well.It was a healthy rivalry those days with players like Graf, Sanchez, Monica Seles and even Martina Navratilova battling around against each other. Even today, there’s no dearth of talent in the women’s tennis, but American Serena Williams has made a place of her own.Maria Sharapova, probably, comes closest to Serena, but the doping ban she endured, took her away from the game for a 15 months. Sharapova will make her first appearance at the Stuttgart Open next week where she has been handed a wild card. That move has rubbed some big names in the women’s tennis the wrong way. Many feel Sharapova should go through the qualifiers and shouldn’t get an automatic entry into the main draw.But Sanchez has backed the former Russian World No.1 and says Sharapova has served the punishment for her anti-doping rule violation.advertisement”There will be a difference of opinion on this issue. But I think she has already paid the time she had to pay for the doping offence. She will be playing her first tournament at the Stuttgart Open after serving her doping ban. It will be interesting to see how she comes back, so that’s what we need to look at,” Sanchez, who is in the Capital to promote the Rendezvous Roland Garros wild-card tournament, told India Today.Sancehz, nicknamed ‘Barcelona Bumblebee’, always relished the opportunity to play at the clay courts of Roland Garros. Three of her four Major titles came at the French Open, which has been ruled by another Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, over the years. But lately, Rafa has been losing his grip.Sanchez also had a game very similar to Rafa as both relied on their ability to retrieve virtually everything from the baseline. So can Rafa win one more at the French Open?”I think both of us had one common thing. It was and is our determination and ability to never give up, whatever the situation may be. We always fight till the end and have the ability to turn things around. Rafa has been playing well and he came early to play at clay this season. He is looking good and surely, to win his 10th French Open title. Definitely, great signs for him,” reckons Sanchez.  Sanchez also feels in the coming days, Czech Karolina Pliskova will be the player to beat in the women’s tennis, although the Spaniard still believes a fit Serena will be a difficult nut to crack.”Serena has been very dominant and has the motivation to keep winning these Grand Slams. When she is playing, she is always the favourite but when she is not, it opens the door for others. As long as she is healthy she will play. Last year it was Angelique Kerber, and this year, it could well be Karolina Pliskova. she is very good and could well be the next World No. 1 after these two.”last_img read more

Tgana govt to go ahead with plan to build new Secretariat:CM

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 1 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today told the Legislative Assembly that his government would go ahead with its plan to build a new Secretariat complex here.Rao said this during an animated debate in the Question Hour on the issue which saw the BJP walking out in protest.The government proposed to build a new Secretariat complex, also planned to accommodate legislature buildings, as the existing Secretariat fails to meet fire safety standards and also had space constraints, among other reasons, he said.BJPs K Laxman, G Kishan Reddy and Ch Ramachandra Reddy opposed the proposal to build a new Secretariat, saying that the existing Secretariat complex is situated in an “excellent location”.The existing complex can be fully utilised by making appropriate changes as Andhra Pradesh has shifted most of its administration (to its capital region), they said.The Bison Polo Ground, where the new complex is being proposed, is mainly used for sports activity, they said.Rao, however, said some fire incidents took place in the existing Secretariat building with files getting burnt.The space in the complex is grossly inadequate for the requirements of the Secretariat and that the construction of buildings was not properly planned, he said.The Secretariat symbolises the existence of the state and also gives an impression about the state, he said.The new Secretariat, along with other important offices, is planned to increase productivity and efficiency, he said.The cost of the project, estimated to be around Rs 180 crore, is also not too heavy, he said, adding that the government would like to go ahead with the proposal as per relevant rules and norms.advertisementAlleging that the state government adopted a stubborn attitude and that the proposal was “against public opinion”, BJP floor leader G Kishan Reddy announced walk out by his party.The state government is in communication with the Centre as the proposed site for construction of new Secretariat complex is under the possession of Defence ministry. PTI SJR NRB RDSlast_img read more

Vicky Kaushal: If Uri was a propaganda film, I wouldn’t have done it

first_imgWhen Aditya Dhar decided to ‘pay a tribute’ to the Indian Army with his film Uri: The Surgical Strike, little did he know that his film will turn out to be the first blockbuster of 2019. Such has been the josh surrounding the film that within four weeks of its release, the war drama crossed the Rs 200-crore mark.With the film’s success, Vicky Kaushal has become an overnight star. Uri’s response at the box office is a proof that he can shoulder a film.Talking about the overwhelming response, Vicky told a daily, “Just before the film was to release, Aditya [Dhar, director] and I were discussing how the entire team has given their all – physically, mentally and emotionally – to the project. Though we were content with our efforts, we didn’t expect the audience to go bonkers.”Thank You India… ???? JOSH ?? ????! @AdityaDharFilms @yamigautam @SirPareshRawal @RonnieScrewvala @RSVPMovies ???????? pic.twitter.com/VmEQYXn29uVicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) February 8, 2019At a time when the film is minting money at the box office, it also came under the radar for being a propaganda film. Released a few months before the elections, many raised eyebrows calling it government’s mouthpiece.However, Vicky has dismissed the notion saying that film is a tribute to the Indian Armed Forces. “It’s not necessary to view everything through the political lens. Also, if it was a propaganda film, I wouldn’t have been a part of it,” said Vicky.Ever since the film’s release, the catchphrase ‘How’s The Josh?’ has gone viral. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, everyone is seen mouthing the popular line from the film, only strengthening the belief that the movie is championed by the government.advertisement”Once a film releases, it belongs to the audience – be it the cabinet ministers or the Prime Minister or even sports personalities. So if you have the right to say ‘How’s the josh?’, the same right lies with anybody else. We have zero control over it. We are happy that the emotional value of the film is resonating with everyone,” added Vicky.ALSO SEE: Vicky Kaushal looks unrecognisable in this throwback photo from audition daysALSO WATCH: Vicky Kaushal talks about his cinematic journey at Mind Rocks Bhopal 2017last_img read more

Oman Shipping Secures Funds for 10 Tankers

first_imgzoom Omani government-owned Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has secured USD 227 million in debt to finance the acquisition of ten tankers, Reuters said citing France-based Societe Generale.Comprising a combination of commercial debt and export credit agency financing, the agreement covers the purchase of 50,000 dwt medium-range tankers constructed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries.Unveiled on March 2, the deal includes a 12-year ECA facility combined with a tied commercial loan for seven of the ships, while a seven-year mortgage loan covers the remaining three MR tankers, local media reported.Reuters said that the financial services company Societe General was the sole arranger and underwriter of the transaction.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Fate of Ballast Water Convention to Be Decided at MEPC 71

first_imgzoom IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 71, due to gather in London in July, may well have the last chance to ensure that the long-delayed Ballast Water Convention is implemented when ships undergo their special surveys.This would ultimately decide whether the Convention’s requirements are finally fulfilled across the many thousands of ships which require ballast water treatment system installations.“It is a couple of minutes to midnight for this Convention,” Andrew Marshall, Coldharbour Chief Executive, said, adding that the outcome of this next MEPC meeting “will surely decide its fate.”The Coldharbour CEO reports that some flag states are now actively marketing a decoupling of the special survey, the time when practically all ballast water treatment system retrofit installations will take place, from renewal of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPPC).This is the point in time that IMO set as the trigger for system installations because the IOPPC renewal normally takes place during a ship’s special survey. Decoupling of the two events “is a cynical means of enabling ship owners to buy more time,” Marshall believes, which flies in the face of the IMO’s intentions.The Committee will discuss a two-year postponement of the Convention’s entry into force, which could prove helpful for the industry in several ways, Marshall said, however, he insists that any postponement must come as part of a package which sees shipboard treatment system installations timed to coincide with renewal of the IOPPC at the next special survey.“If a two-year postponement is agreed at MEPC 71, and the decoupling process is not stopped, the IMO’s most-delayed Convention will have no impact on many ships for possibly another seven years from today,” Marshall informed.“I urge delegates at MEPC 71 to take a strong line on these issues which will ultimately seal the fate of the Ballast Water Convention. As an industry, we must have an unambiguous timeline and a chance to see through the IMO’s best intentions to completion,” he concluded.last_img read more

Missing Chinese students may be victims of ransom scam police say

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police say they believe two Chinese students reported missing this week are the victims of a scam meant to extort large sums from their families.Police say Juanwen Zhang, 20, was last seen downtown (near Yonge and College streets) on Wednesday, while Ke “Jaden” Xu, 16, was last seen on Thursday (near Eglinton Avenue East and Midland Avenue) in the Scarborough area.Investigators say they are concerned for the safety of the two international students.They believe the disappearances are linked to a scam in which Chinese students are told to go into hiding and stay off social media or their relatives in China will be hurt.The families in China are then contacted and told that the student has been kidnapped.Police say the families are then asked to pay a large ransom.Toronto police would give no further details about the scam, citing the ongoing investigation. But they said such rackets are not unheard of and typically target the Chinese community.last_img read more

Teen shot by Edmonton police mourned by family friends

first_imgAPTN National NewsFriends and family of shooting victim Cyrus Green are mourning their loss on the Cold Lake First Nation, Alta., today.The 17 year-old was fatally shot by Edmonton police over the weekend.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Quebec chief says independent investigation bureau will not address policing crisis in

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsCan police forces be trusted to properly investigate other police?Many of Quebec’s First Nations say no.The province agrees and is working on a solution.But will it be enough to get to the bottom of what many see as a deep rooted problem?tfennario@aptn.caFollow @tfennariolast_img

Belgian rights defender Pakistani philanthropist win UN prize for nonviolence

20 October 2009A Belgian human rights defender and a Pakistani philanthropist were today awarded a prestigious United Nations prize that draws its inspiration from the life of Mahatma Gandhi for their work in promoting tolerance and non-violence. François Houtart of Belgium and Abdul Sattar Edhi of Pakistan were awarded the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Madanjeet Singh Prize on the unanimous recommendation of an international jury to UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. They will share the $100,000 prizemoney and receive the award on 16 November, the International Day for Tolerance.Dedicated to advancing tolerance in the arts, education, culture, science and communications, the prize was created in 1995 on the 125th anniversary of the birth of the great Indian apostle of non-violence thanks to the generosity of Indian writer and diplomat Madanjeet Singh, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. It is awarded every two years to individuals or institutions for outstanding contributions towards its goals. Previous laureates include Myanmar Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.Mr. Houtart, an ardent promoter of North-South cooperation and founder of the Tri-Continental Centre (CETRI), a non-governmental organization (NGO) renowned for its work on development issues, was honoured for his life-long devotion to world peace, intercultural dialogue, human rights and promotion of tolerance. A life-long human rights defender, he has contributed significantly to advancing inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue. Mr. Edhi, one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan through his Edhi Foundation, a non-profit social welfare programme with over 300 centres, received the accolade for life-long efforts to improve the conditions of the most disadvantaged groups in Pakistan and South Asia, and promote human dignity, human rights, mutual respect and tolerance.His foundation provides the needy with medical aid, family planning, emergency assistance and education, and sets up maternity homes, mental asylums, homes for the physically handicapped, blood banks and orphanages, among other services. Mr. Matsuura also decided to award two honorary mentions: to the Saint Petersburg Government Programme on Tolerance in Russia for its efforts to inculcate mutual respect and tolerance in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society, and eradicate all forms of discrimination; and to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, United Kingdom, for commemorating millions of enslaved Africans and fighting against legacies of slavery such as racism, discrimination, inequalities, injustice and exploitation. read more

PODCAST Biking from India to Sweden for love – a tale of

AUDIO: The Lid is On – Dianne Penn talks with Pradyumna, Charlotte and Per at UN Headquarters in New York, on a wide-ranging conversation about love, life and happiness.The UN has celebrated the International Day since 2013 as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people everywhere.At the book signing, PK wore a pin promoting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet.The UN believes these are three key aspects that contribute to well-being and happiness. “We love to share our love, but the story has its own life and energy,” PK told UN News, adding that the UN is the ideal platform as it brings the world’s people together. Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia, known as ‘PK,’ made this incredible journey some 40 years ago. Born to a poor family in a village in eastern India, PK met Charlotte von Schedvin, a Swedish girl who had heard of him and had come to India to get her portrait drawn.They fell in love and were married, but in 1975, Charlotte had to return to school in Sweden. PK wanted to finish his studies as well, and could not accompany her. For some time after, he tried to figure out a way to get to her until finally, in 1978, he decided to sell all his belongings and set out on an impossible overland journey. He biked for four months, through Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, (former) Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria and Denmark to be reunited with the love of his life in Sweden. He and Charlotte, known as ‘Lotte,’ have been together ever since.Their story is told in the book The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Swedish journalist and travel writer, Per J. Andersson. All three sat down with UN News and United Nations Headquarters in New York, to record a truly heart-warming episode of our podcast series The Lid is On.UN staff and visitors got to meet PK, Lotte and Per during a book signing held at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Happiness, observed annually on 20 March. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 22 minor NCAA violations in first half of

FootballImpermissible Phone Call Reported April 4An assistant football coach accidentally “pocket dialed” a prospect on Feb. 4 before they were eligible to be contacted. OSU sent an educational letter to the football coaching staff regarding phone rules in relation to contacting recruits. The letter specifically acted to remind the staff to make sure they lock their phones to avoid pocket dials in the future. OSU also had the coaches wait until May 1 to make their single allowed phone call to the recruit.Impermissible Publicity Reported April 7A picture of an assistant coach with a recruit was accidentally posted to Twitter by the coach. OSU sent the entire coaching staff a letter of education about recruiting and social media focused on Twitter. Warinner and director of player personnel Mark Pantoni were each sent a letter of reprimand by the university because they did not immediately report the violation. Further response from the NCAA is pending.Impermissible Publicity Reported April 9Warinner unintentionally posted what was intended to be a private message to a prospect on his Twitter feed. As a result, OSU had Warinner participate in a social media training session with the school’s information and technology office.Impermissible Publicity Reported April 22Meyer accidentally posted a message visible to the public on the Twitter account of a recruit’s mother. The Compliance Office went over the recruiting rules specifically related to Twitter messages with the coaching staff on top of sending them a letter of education. Any further response from the NCAA is pending. Women’s RowingMultiple Violations Reported June 12The women’s rowing team reported two separate violations June 12, one involving two recruits taking official visits and the other involving impermissible contact by a graduate assistant coach.One of the recruits was not put on the official visit request list before she arrived for the visit, while the other’s visit lasted longer than the 48 hours allowed by the NCAA for an official visit. The rowing staff was sent a letter of education by OSU and the Compliance Office provided the staff with a reminder of which hotels are technically on campus, and which are off campus.The other violation was reported after a graduate assistant coach with the program sent a direct Facebook message to a prospect. The university decided to disallow the coaching staff from contacting that prospect until Sept 15, which comes two weeks after they would typically be allowed to contact the athlete. Women’s GolfPrivate Lessons to Male ProspectOSU women’s golf coach Therese Hession gave a private lesson to a men’s golf recruit. Women’s golf coaches at OSU will now have to fill out “private lesson request forms” and be approved for the lesson by the Compliance Office before giving the lesson. OSU football coach Urban Meyer addresses the media at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 28 in Chicago. Meyer was involved with one of 22 self-reported NCAA violations by OSU in the first half of 2014.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner were each involved with at least one self-reported NCAA violation in the first half of 2014.In all, OSU athletics self-reported 22 different NCAA violations, including six within the football program, from January through June.One of the violations related to the recruiting of then-recruit Trevor Thompson, who has since joined the men’s basketball program at OSU.Outside of football, the only OSU programs to self-report multiple violations this year through June are the men’s gymnastics program and women’s rowing. The men’s basketball program self reported one violation during the same time period.In total, the violations spanned across 15 sports plus one violation committed by the institution, with football having the most violations. Men’s gymnastics and women’s rowing had two violations each. 14 of the violations related to prospective student athletes.This information is the result of an open records request submitted by The Lantern July 8 which was released Monday morning by the OSU public records office.Violations were self reported by the university every month from January through June except for March, with the most reports coming in June when there were eight.Of the 22 violations, the NCAA deemed 10 of them needed no additional action after the University’s response. Eight of the violations are pending response from the NCAA and three from the Big Ten. Only one of the 22 violations has led to direct NCAA sanctions.That violation stemmed from a football recruit’s visit to the university from Dec. 13 to 15, 2013. The prospect and his parents, who are separated, were each reserved their own hotel room during the visit. The OSU football staff was unaware of the fact that the player’s mother chose not to attend the visit, and so the prospect’s brother checked into the room instead. The NCAA ruled the recruit ineligible until he repays the cost of the room, if that cost is less than or equal to $100. If the cost of the room was greater, the recruit will be ineligible until he is reinstated by the NCAA.Responses from the university included letters of education sent to coaching staffs, staff meetings with the assistant athletics director for compliance, a position currently held by Doug Archie, letters of reprimand and other assorted sanctions.A March 5 report by The Lantern details all self-reported violations from the beginning of the year through February, which totaled nine self-reports, including two by the football team. The last violation report in that article was dated Feb. 20. Since then, the university’s self-reported violations have spanned from April 4 to June 25. Men’s BasketballImpermissible Text Attachment Reported May 30A text-message attachment which was intended for recruiting purposes was sent to prospects Thompson and Esa Ahmad. The coaching staff was prohibited from sending electronic messages to either prospect for two weeks on top of receiving a letter of education. Thompson has since joined the basketball program while Ahmad is entering his senior year at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. RifleryNumber of ContestsThe OSU riflery team initially scheduled 14 competitions during the 2013-14 season, while only 13 are allowed. The school had to cancel one previously scheduled match in order to fall back within the scheduling limits. read more

AfriSam cement meets challenges at Tharisa mine

first_imgAfriSam, a leading supplier of advanced composite cement, secured a contract in November 2011 to supply up to 22,000 m³ of readymix by road to Tharisa mine’s ZAR1 billlion chromite and platinum expansion project near Marikana in North West Province, South Africa. Work on the Tharisa expansion project started in May 2011 and the new facility will process an estimated 3.6 Mt/y of ROM ore with plant commissioning on schedule for August 2012. The Tharisa mine has the largest known single chrome resource deposit in the world.During the project peak in recent months an estimated 220 m³ of readymix was poured each day, with Cem2A-M (V42) High Strength Cement used in the readymix, which has a 35 MPa specification required for the primary crusher and 45 m diameter circular thickener, and 30 MPa for other structures. “Our challenge was to ensure a smooth supply of readymix during three big pours: 725 m³ for the SAG mill one base, followed by two pours of 687 m³ and 715 m³ for the SAG mill two bases.”The company said that the extent of the large pours as well as the need to ensure smooth supply to the project site and to AfriSam’s other customers motivated a strategic decision to supplement the existing fleet of AfriSam readymix trucks in the Rustenburg area with additional vehicles from Johannesburg. “We had two concrete pumps on site with a third concrete pump on standby for the big pours, and thereafter a concrete pump was on site from 0700 to 1800 daily for 37 consecutive days. In addition to this, AfriSam had concrete pumps on site on 42 other occasions,” AfriSam states.Civcontract Civils (Pty) Ltd is the civils contractor on the project. Among the elements that Civcon constructed using readymix supplied by AfriSam are the foundations and 21 m-high wall for the high primary crusher; a 47 m diameter by 11.3 m high circular thickener chamber, three flotation lines ranging in height from 6 m to 18 m; foundations and bases for two SAG mills as well as a bore mill – the biggest readymix pours on the project with 85 t of reinforced steel; two stockpile tunnels each 72 m long by 8 m high from the bottom of the foundation to the top of exterior walls; and a 16 m high concrete trestle to support the stockpile conveyor. Further deliveries of readymix were required for the construction of concrete bases and columns for the secondary and tertiary crushers; the foundations, columns and floor slabs for the primary and secondary spiral; the construction of a process water area comprising circular tanks ranging from 3 m to 30 m in diameter; bases and columns for steelwork for the 20 m by 20 m mill screening building, and bases and columns for structural steel work for the PGM plant. All these structures required 150 mm concrete surface beds with bund walls and sumps. A total of 2,100 t of reinforced steel was used on the project.The scope of work was increased over the duration of the project with concrete required for the construction of a 15 m diameter thickener, the secondary and tertiary crushers, the platform of the Eskom incoming 88 kVA feed substation, outgoing 11 kVA feed, and six mini sub stations throughout the plant yard, chrome dewatering pads comprising a 80 by 60 m surface of 150 mm reinforced with 30 MPa concrete.last_img read more

The Big Idea Ireland was the land of 1000 welcomes but only

first_imgIT’S SEVENTEEN YEARS since Cathal O’Connell set up Paddywagon tours in a bid to change the face of Irish tourism.The industry, and bus tours in particular, were in a moribund state, he says, when the first bright green bus came on the scene.“When I started 20 years ago, a lot of the (tourist) sites in Ireland were run down and not minded.”He started with a vision of changing the facing of tourism in Ireland, and “refreshing” it.“The big idea was to change the face of bus operation in Ireland from being the local fella in the village with a bus to being a branded system of tourism in Ireland, where young people could come.”However, the garish colours and unorthodox tours weren’t given a warm welcome by the powers that be.“The tourist board didn’t want to know us. No bus drivers from any other companies would talk to us. We were seen as upstarts, problematic – but a new broom sweeps clean and this was a very dusty mat we were going along.”He now rates the Irish tourist experience as world-class, and is happy to be in the market.“We’re a serious operation now in Ireland. We’ve top class hotels, great tourism facilities, and professionalism has come on so much.”Standing outO’Connell’s company reflects his personality – brash, aggressive, unapologetic. His formula has proved effective, with the company growing consistently since being founded.It’s a simple enough model in a lot of ways – as he describes it himself, it’s “stay in a decent hostel or a decent B&B, have a decent meal for a tenner, and go out and have a lash of pints and enjoy yourself.” Source: Paddywagon Tours FacebookBut within that simple model, the message and experience is consistent. Simple it may be, but not easy going, especially in the context of the industry it was born into.“We took it (tourism) by the scruff of the neck. We painted a bus green and stuck a leprechaun on the side of it. We played up the Irish charm-roguery.”He trains all his drivers himself, encouraging them to sing songs and tell stories, to give Paddywagon tours a unique feel. Source: PaddywagonTV/YouTube“It’s not about 1689 and King Billy and King James had a barney – it’s more than that, it’s a bit of the Fields of Athenry going around the country and having a bit of craic.”O’Connell is keen to put pay to the idea that his tours are booze-fuelled jaunts around the country.“We don’t allow drinking on our bus. Absolutely not. This is not a yeeha around Ireland. The last thing we get involved in is stag parties and hen parties and anything like that.”“I bring a lot of religious groups, that you never think would come with us.”As a businessman, O’Connell has shown an agility that has allowed him to adapt the Paddywagon brand on the fly. His CV – from commerce graduate to chef to safari guide – shows that he’s not dogmatic about what a career, or a company, should look like.Concerned that his company was getting overly associated with backpackers, he arranged tours that booked accommodation in hotels and B&Bs, not just the traditional hostel market.The next stepsNot content with becoming one of the dominant players in the coach tourism sector in Ireland, O’Connell is already planning a move into retail.The company has already established its first shop on O’Connell Street in Dublin, and  has established operators firmly in its sights. Source: Paddywagon Facebook“In Ireland our intention is to go into retail. We want to build a big retail brand in the Carroll’s mould, but more colourful and with more razmatazz.”An expansion into the UK is also on the cards, with a London tour and route already in the advanced stages of planning. More work on the concept is slated for this winter.He dismisses talk of taking an investor on board, with the company largely financing expansion out of existing revenues.“Finance companies give 90% on buses and you pay them back over four or five years. You don’t need an equity investor for that.”He’s weathered the recession remarkably well, a fact that he unsurprisingly puts down to the Paddywagon brand.“We grew every year. When you’ve a good product, it doesn’t affect you.”Read: What I learned: making a business work in the Wild West (of Ireland)>Read: The Big Idea: High end training that pays for itself>last_img read more