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Report sought over lynchings

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first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission on Monday took cognisance suo motu of the lynching of seven persons near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and issued notice to the Director-General of Police, asking him for a “detailed report” within four weeks.“The Commission also expects comments on the preventive measure taken/proposed…to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur,” the NHRC said in a statement. It said such incidents amounted to violation of the right to life of the innocent victims. “A civilised society cannot allow such heinous crimes to occur, in which human lives are taken by angry mob merely on suspicion of their being anti-social elements…The law enforcement agencies of the State have failed to perform their lawful duty,” it said. In Ranchi, DGP D.K. Pandey and Home Secretary S.K.G. Rahate said at a press conference that the officers in charge of the Bagbera and Rajnagar police stations were suspended and 18 persons were arrested for the killings and the subsequent violence. ‘Will probe incident’ADG (Operation) R.K. Mallick said officials had failed to anticipate the situation brought on by rumours about child-lifting gangs. Mr. Rahate said the Kolhan DIG and Commissioner would probe the incident and submit a report in a month. “We are investigating whether there was any criminal conspiracy behind the circulation of such rumours,” he said. On May 18, seven persons were lynched, in areas under these two police stations, allegedly by a mob that suspected them of being child-lifters.last_img read more

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2 policemen hurt in row over ‘beef’

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first_imgTwo policemen were allegedly injured on Monday night during a clash with the residents of Chaprasi village during a raid at a house following allegations of cow slaughter. The incident comes just weeks after residents of Sherpur village clashed with police personnel after a similar raid following a tip-off about cow slaughter but failed to find evidence. Over 300 people were booked for attacking the police party and setting police vehicles on fire. Ombir Singh the Superintendent of Police (Muzaffarnagar city) told The Hindu on the phone that the police had recovered the meat and hide of a bovine from a house in the village after the raids. “We got a tip-off that cow slaughter was being carried out in a particular area in Chaprasi village. Acting on the tip-off, a team of two policemen had gone to the village to raid and investigate the issue. After the police managed to find meat and a skin, the occupants in the house attacked the police team with stones in which Tarik Waseema nd Bhishember Singh (policemen) got injured,” Mr. Singh said. “Police have registered a case against the residents and sent the meat sample for testing if the meat is beef. We are also making raids to nab the accused. Besides police have been deployed in the village,” Mr. Singh added.Man arrestedThe clash with the police over alleged cow slaughter comes a day after the U.P. police arrested a man allegedly involved in cow slaughter in Samraspur village of Saharanpur.According to Additional Superintendent of Police, Saharanpur, Prabal Pratap Singh, the police seized 40 kg of beef and tools used to slaughter the cow.last_img read more

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Google Changed Itself For India in a Mission to Connect The World

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first_imgAlphabet Inc’s Google is ready to spend billions to get millions of Indians online– through a slew of India-specific products and initiatives. Related Itemslast_img

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Chennai Super Kings slump to second loss in Champions League Twenty20

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first_imgChennai Super Kings’ chances for a semifinal berth in the Champions League Twenty20 suffered a blow as they slumped to their second consecutive defeat in the tournament with a six-wicket loss at the hands of Highveld Lions in Cape Town on Tuesday.After being sent into bat, Chennai posted a challenging 158 for six with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni top-scoring with 34 but the Lions chased down the target with three balls to spare in a thrilling Group B match that went down the wire at the Newlands.Chennai, who had lost to Sydney Sixers in their opening match on October 14, squandered a sensational start in their defence of 158.Opener Gulam Bodi smashed a 46-ball 64 to play a big role in the Lions’ win. The local side now are in a very good position to make it to the semifinals having beaten defending champions Mumbai Indians in their opening match on October 14.Chennai, who had lost to Sydney Sixers in their opening match on October 14, squandered a sensational start in their defence of 158.Pacer Doug Bollinger (2/18) got two quick wickets early on to reduce the Lions to eight runs for two in the third over but Chennai allowed the local side to wriggle out of the tight spot and then to eventually win the match.For Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin and Albie Morkel took a wicket each, besides the two wickets by Bollinger for 18 runs.Chennai will now have to win both their remaining matches to have any chance of making it to the semifinals.Bodi and Neil McKenzie (32) shared a 93-run stand for the third wicket from 9.5 overs to turn the tide in favour of the Lions.The Lions needed 51 from the last five overs and 20 from the last two overs and they did it in style by reaching 159 for four with three balls to spare.For Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin and Albie Morkel took a wicket each, besides the two wickets by Bollinger for 18 runs.advertisementlast_img read more

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ONE Championships signs US broadcast deal with Turner Sports

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first_imgONE Championship has a total of 24 live events that will be broadcasted through B/R Live.“We are thrilled with the partnership with Turner Sports, a truly iconic industry leader of premium sports content, to bring authentic, world-class martial arts action to American fans,” said ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“ONE Championship is one of the most popular mixed martial arts organizations in the world, with a high concentration of passionate fans that make it a perfect fit for B/R Live and TNT,” said Turner Sports President Lenny Daniels. “We will leverage every opportunity within our portfolio to partner with ONE Championship and help further its footprint in the US.”Although ONE is primarily rooted in Asia, it went on an aggressive recruiting spree in the last quarter of 2018 signing former UFC champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson in October. ONE champions from Team Lakay. Photo from Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—ONE Championship and Turner Sports have signed a three-year partnership that will see the live events of the mixed martial arts promotion get distributed to the United States.Also included in the agreement is the role of B/R Live—Turner Sports’ live streaming service—which will distribute programming surrounding the live events starting January 19.ADVERTISEMENT Welterweight star Sage Northcutt was also added into the ONE roster in November.“As the home of martial arts, ONE Championship has a simple formula of values, heroes, and stories that have resonated deeply across the globe,” said Sityodtong. “We look forward to showcasing the greatest martial artists in the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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 PBA commissioner: No precedent to suspend Mark Barroca on groin hit Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more

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Woman killed, husband injured over petty dispute

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first_imgThane, Dec 1 (PTI) A petty dispute over a cricket ball hitting a woman took an ugly turn with a 48-year-old woman stabbed to death and her husband seriously injured allegedly by a neighbour, police said today.Some boys at Borivili village in Padgha town of Bhiwandi taluka in the district were playing cricket yesterday when a ball hit the woman in the neighbourhood.Later, the woman, Malti Zavar, and her husband Suresh Zavar (50) complained to the parents of a boy about the youngsters playing the sport in an unsafe manner which led to an argument among them, police said.The boys annoyed father, Govind Gorpade, then picked up a sharp weapon from his house and attacked the woman with it, killing her on the spot while her husband sustained serious injuries, they said.The body was sent for postmortem to government hospital, police said, adding that the womans husband was admitted to a local hospital.Offences under sections 302 (murder), and 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC have been registered in connection with the incident, police said adding that further probe was on.A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused.PTI CORR GK DV SNKlast_img read more

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Shakib Al Hasan, AB De Villiers recalled for one-day series

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first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been recalled in the 16-member ODI squad for the three-match series against South Africa, beginning at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Sunday.However, Bangladesh, who were outplayed in the two-match Test series 0-2 against the Proteas, will have to work harder against the South African team, who have been strengthened by the inclusion of swashbuckling batsman and former captain AB de Villiers.South African batsman JP Duminy, who bid adieu from Test cricket as well as first-class cricket in September, has also been named in the ODI squad.Going into the series, Bangladesh will be under new leadership, with veteran bowler Mashrafe Mortaza captaining the side instead of Mushfiqur Rahim..@Sah75official spoke yesterday at Kimberly ahead of the ODI series against @OfficialCSA pic.twitter.com/AKo755cmPh- Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) October 14, 2017Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis and new coach Ottis Gibson will together be seeking to build a strong squad on a road to the 2019 World Cup.In the most recent one-day outings for both teams, Bangladesh made it to the semi-finals of the ICC Champions League in England in June, while South Africa failed to advance beyond the group stage.Final preparation underway in Kimberley. Tickets for tomorrows ODI are selling fast at https://t.co/1lqITTRjI4. See you there! #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/qPLAcSAAVo- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 14, 2017The two sides last met each other in the ODI series in July 2015, where Bangladesh emerged out victorious by 2-1.However, South Africa have won 14 out of 17 one-day matches against Bangladesh.advertisementThe squads are as follows:South Africa: Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (WK), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso RabadaBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Imrul Kayes, Liton Das (wkt), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed.last_img read more

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Andy Murray targets Wimbledon return after undergoing right hip surgery

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first_imgAndy Murray is now targetting Wimbledon as his return to tennis action after undergoing a hip surgery in Melbourne on Monday.Having been missing from action since his loss to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2017, Murray went ahead with the surgery only today after withdrawing from the Australian Open last week.The three-time Grand Slam champion is optimistic that he shall return to the circuit for Wimbledon and still considers himself a challenger for major titles.”Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray said on Facebook.ALSO WATCH”I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grasscourt season,” he added.”Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes and support over the last few days. I’ll come back from this.”Murray, who ended 2016 as world number one, has slipped down to 19th in the rankings but the Scot is confident he can return to the top of the sport.”I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” Murray was quoted as saying by the BBC. “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.”Murray is expected to return home in a week or two to continue his recovery and rehabilitation.The twice Wimbledon champion and reigning Olympic champion has made it back from surgery before after having an operation to his lower back at the end of 2013.advertisementHe went on to win a second Wimbledon title in 2016 and played arguably the best tennis of his career.Last year, however, his hip began to cause concern at the French Open where he reached the semi-finals and he was walking with a limp throughout Wimbledon.While he faces the possibility of almost a year out in total, Murray says if he can return to 95 percent of his best he can still compete for the game’s biggest prizes.”The surgeon felt that my hip will be feeling better than it did a year ago,” Murray said. “Obviously, I was still doing fine a year ago – I was ranked number one in the world.”I’m certainly not going to be putting in the same amount of tournaments and effort to try to get to number one in the world.”I’ll be playing a reduced schedule, and then focusing more on trying to win major events and big tournaments rather than trying to achieve certain ranking goals.”So if I can get myself to 95 per cent of my best, I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level. No question.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Sweet as Sugar: Buckeyes Upset Alabama 42-35 in Sugar Bowl in New Orleans

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first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Urban Meyer had barely sat down after the Sugar Bowl when someone told him the score from the other semifinal game.He started to bolt from his chair, feigning a sense of urgency with another game left against a team that wiped out the defending national champion.“We’ve got to go get ready for that one,” Meyer said.Actually, he’s not intimidated in the least. Meyer knows he’s got a pretty good team, too.Cardale Jones turned in another savvy performance in his second college start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards Thursday night, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff.The Buckeyes (13-1 and seeded fourth in the playoff) kicked off at the Superdome right after Oregon finished its 59-20 rout of reigning champ Florida State in the Rose Bowl.Now, it’s on to the Jan. 12 championship game at Arlington, Texas.Denied a shot at his fourth national title in six years, Alabama coach Nick Saban has no doubt that Ohio State can hang with the high-scoring Ducks.“They’re capable of playing with any team in the country,” he said.Meyer also likes his team’s chances.“We’re good enough,” he said. “That was a sledgehammer game. That was a classic.”This is what Meyer had in mind when he took over at Ohio State in 2012, having taken a year off from coaching after leading Florida to a pair of national titles. Coming from the Southeastern Conference, Meyer knew what he had to do. Recruit more speed. Bring a more athletic style to the plodding Big Ten. Turn Columbus into the SEC North.After just three years on the job, he’s one win away from a national championship. And, for the first time in nine years, the SEC won’t be part of the championship game.“Maybe the Big Ten is not that bad,” said Meyer, whose team rallied from a 21-6 deficit. “Maybe it’s pretty damn good.”Jones threw for 243 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown to Devin Smith that put the Buckeyes ahead for good early in the third quarter. He also ran for 43 yards and converted a crucial third-down play with a spinning, 1-yard dive and Ohio State clinging to a 34-28 lead.On the next play, Elliott took a handoff, broke one feeble attempt at a tackle, and was gone for an 85-yard touchdown that essentially clinched the victory with 3:24 remaining. Ohio State snapped an 0-for-10 futility against the SEC in bowl games, its only victory vacated by a scandal that cost former coach Jim Tressel his job.Alabama (12-2) didn’t go down quietly.Blake Sims threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 1:59 remaining. The Buckeyes recovered the onside kick, but Alabama got it back one more time after some questionable clock management.The Tide’s final shot ended when a desperation heave into the end zone was picked off by Tyvis Powell as time ran out, Sims’ third interception of the game.“I feel like I’m going to Disney World,” a giddy Powell said.Not yet. The next stop is Jerry’s World in Arlington.Or maybe Cardale’s World would be more appropriate.Jones started fall practice as Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, moved up the depth chart when star Braxton Miller sustained a season-ending shoulder injury, and became the starter for the Big Ten championship game after J.T. Barrett went down with an injury.A 59-0 rout of Wisconsin showed that Jones was up to the job. His performance against Alabama gives him a chance to go down as one of the greatest replacement players in college football history.Alabama hardly looked like Saban’s usual defensive powerhouse, giving up 537 yards to the Buckeyes. Elliott scored on a 3-yard run with 2:55 left in first half to spark the comeback, and he wound up averaging a staggering 11.5 yards on 20 carries to earn the award as the most outstanding offensive player.“He’s probably the most underrated back in the United States,” Meyer said.For the second year in a row, Alabama’s season ended at the Sugar Bowl.This one was especially painful, costing the Tide a chance to advance in college football’s first playoff.“I’m proud of this team,” Saban said. “They excelled all year long and kept Alabama at the forefront of college football.”But he never liked the feel of the game, even after Alabama raced to its early lead, taking advantage of a pair of turnovers and coming up with a pair of red-zone stops.“We really weren’t stopping them,” Saban said. “We did not control the football game like we usually do.”Shaking off an interception, Jones led one of the biggest drives of the game at the end of the first half. He completed three straight passes for 37 yards, then broke off a 27-yard run up the middle when his receivers were covered. After a timeout with 19 seconds remaining, Ohio State pulled out a trick play — and Michael Thomas pulled off one of the most spectacular catches of the season.Jones handed off to receiver Jalin Marshall on an apparent end-around, Marshall flipped it to Evan Spencer coming the other way, and Spencer suddenly pulled up and threw toward Thomas. He leaped up to make a twisting catch and somehow got his left foot down just inside the line for a 13-yard score that gave the Buckeyes all the momentum going into halftime.Ohio State kept right on going, scoring two more touchdowns to complete a stunning 28-0 spurt that pushed the Buckeyes ahead 34-21.PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares ___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963last_img read more

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IPL 2019: Bumrah speechless after Tendulkar calls him world’s best bowler

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first_imgJasprit Bumrah seems to have been bowled over by Sachin Tendulkar’s rich praise that came his way after the Mumbai Indians pacer’s heroics in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 final against Chennai Super Kings.Bumrah came up with a game-changing spell in the IPL 2019 final as Mumbai Indians went on to successfully defend a 150-run target and lift their 4th IPL title, thereby becoming the most successful team in the T20 league.Bumrah gave away just 14 runs and picked up the wickets of Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo to dent Chennai Super Kings’ chase. Bumrah gave away just 13 runs in the last two overs as he put the brakes on the CSK’s scoring rate whem Mumbai didn’t have a lot to defend.Even as his pace partner Lasith Malinga was taken to the cleaners, Bumrah showcased his class and made it difficult for the Chennai Super Kings batsmen to attack him.Speaking after Mumbai Indians’ title-win, icon Sachin Tendulkar heaped lavish praise on Jasprit Bumrah, calling him the world’s best and that the India pacer’s best is yet to come.”Let me go on record and say that he (Jasprit Bumrah) is the best bowler in the world at this stage and the best is yet to come hopefully,” Tendulkar said.Responding to the comment, Jasprit Bumrah took to Twitter and thanked the batting great.I am Speechless thank you sachin sirJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) May 13, 2019Bumrah finished the IPL 2019 campaign with 16 wickets in 16 matches he played at a miserly economy rate of 6.63.advertisementAfter being adjudged Man of the Match in the big final, Bumrah revealed his key to success was not panicking during the tense chase.”In the finals we know that it can get close and winning the title with MI is a special feeling. Today, surprisingly, I was very calm, I wasn’t panicking at all and very happy to contribute to the team’s success,” Bumrah had said.”I only take one ball and one day at a time and if you think like that you don’t feel pressure at all,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019 final was paisa vasool for fans but CSK players heartbroken: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | MS Dhoni was really heartbroken, never seen him like that, says Sanjay ManjrekarAlso See:last_img read more

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Lookmatic’s Vision Quest

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first_img An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Until recently finding a pair of great looking glasses was about as challenging as finding a great pair of pants. It wasn’t just abou nailing the style but nailing the fit and price. Fortunately a few folks in the eyewear industry decided to bring technology into the picture to develop eyewear you could not only buy online, but customize to spec and get sent right your doorstep no matter where you were. Of the lot, the New York City-based companies Warby Parker and Moscot have made converts out of many with their mid-century modern (read hipster) frames, but if it’s easy, understated frames you’re after, you’ll want to consider Lookmatic.Offering more than 80 prescription optical and sun frames in ’50s through ’80s updated styles via a slick, interactive website, the company touts variety and affordability as its strengths. Starting from $95, you can in fact select your frame, choose a colorway and then your tint and lens to create a pair of glasses that’s 100% you. To make sure customers know exactly what they’re getting, Lookmatic additionally offers a virtual try-on system to allow customers to sit in front of their computers to try on various styles in real-time. Alternatively, customers can choose up to five pairs of glasses and have them sent to their doorstep to try on in the privacy of their home.About the best thing we like about this company, which has quietly collaborated with some of the coolest actors in showbiz including Jason Schwartzmann and Waris Ahluwalia, however, is its authenticity. The founders have been in the eyewear business, working with companies such as Pearle Vision, Sears Optical and Target Optical, for over 50 years, so there’s real passion and know-how behind the product. As the company chief Joe Cole puts it, “Lookmatic offers an opportunity to reshape a paradigm, breaking down barriers to a product that people can’t live without as well as one that offers everyone access to great design.” Indeed, where good eyewear was prohibitively expensive and hard to find back in the day, you can finally, as Lookmatic suggests, “own a new look for every day of the week.” The Best Sunglasses for Men this Season 1. Lookmatic 2. The Vesper 3. The Andy 4. The Leonard 5. The Apprentice Editors’ Recommendations center_img Converse and Nike Designer Tinker Hatfield Debut Converse Star Series The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States last_img read more

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AES claims one more life in Muzaffarpur

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first_imgMuzaffarpur (Bihar): One more child died on Tuesday after being admitted to a hospital here for Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, even as officials insisted that the severity of the disease, which has afflicted more than 700 children across the state, has lessened.The death was reported in the early hours at S K Medical College and Hospital, which has accounted for 111 casualties, the maximum number in the state, since June 1. The government-run hospital has so far registered 435 cases of AES since the beginning of the month, according to figures released by the district administration. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaIn addition, 163 AES cases have been registered at the privately-owned Kejriwal Hospital, where 20 children have so far died. It has, however, been nearly a week since any casualty was reported at the hospital. The Bihar Health Department had released state-wide figures, which put the total number of registered cases, across 20 districts, at 714. SKMCH Superintendent Sunil Kumar Shahi said with the onset of the monsoon, the number of AES cases will likely come down. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”Like every year, the severity of the outbreak is diminishing with the onset of rains. This can be gauged from the fact that no deaths were reported on Monday and only five fresh cases were registered during the day. Till just a few days ago, we were receiving AES patients in droves,” he said. AES, known as ‘chamki’ in local parlance, is characterised by high fever and convulsions and strikes children north Bihar every year. The relatively higher number of deaths this year have been attributed to hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar levels. The condition is said to be triggered by a toxin found in high concentrations in unripe litchi which is grown in abundance in Muzaffarpur and adjoining districts.last_img read more

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Trump commemorates extraordinary heritage of US in July 4th speech

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first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump, in his July 4th address at the National Mall in Washington, commemorated the “extraordinary heritage” of America at a controversial event marked by the presence of tanks and military aircraft. “As we gather this evening, in the joy of freedom, we remember that all share a truly extraordinary heritage. Together we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told, the story of America,” he told the crowd on Thursday standing before the Lincoln Memorial at one end of the National Mall. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ “Today, we come together as one nation with this very special salute to America,” Efe news quoted the President as saying. Fourth of July, a federal holiday in the US, commemorates the American Declaration of Independence that was signed on July 4, 1776. In his address at what the administration dubbed the “Salute to America” celebration, the President said: “We all share the same home, the same heart, and we are all made by the same almighty God.” Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Trump delivered his remarks before a group of VIPs – specifically big Republican donors and the relatives of active duty US military personnel and veterans – invited by the White House, which passed out tickets to specially selected guests to seat them in the front rows of the temporary bleachers erected in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The President also promised that astronauts would go to the Moon in the near future and even plant the US flag on Mars, although he offered no further details, seconds after stating that “nothing is impossible” for Americans, a remarks that sparked hearty applause from the crowd. Trump praised aerospace engineer Gene Kranz, who was present at the event and was in charge of the NASA mission to land on the Moon in 1969. This is not the first time that Trump and/or Vice President Mike Pence have promised to return US astronauts to the Moon, and the NASA budget for fiscal year 2019 includes funds to get that project under way, although no timetable for missions of that kind have been established. In his remarks, the President also spent time praising the achievements of each branch of the US military, He started with the US Coast Guard and upon concluding his brief remarks about each service, aircraft from that branch did a flyover over the city. The presidential 747 jet, Air Force One, also did a flyover of the area. “And it is our incredible airman today who wield the most powerful weapon systems on the planet Earth. For over 65 years no enemy air force has managed to kill a single American soldier because the skies belong to the United States of America,” Trump said of the Air Force. About the Marines, Trump said: “That motto, Semper Fidelis – always faithful – burns in the soul of every marine, a sacred promise, the core has kept since the birth of our country. They are the elite masters of air, and land and sea, on battlefields all across the globe.” In recent days, there has been much criticism of Trump’s plans to put on what he touted as the “show of a lifetime,” with opponents of the July 4th event using military personnel and equipment raising concerns about the cost to taxpayers, the apparent politicization of what has traditionally been a non-partisan celebration and what many claim is the use of the military as a political prop. The heavy security provided by the US Secret Service and metal barriers installed around the emblematic monument to Trump were criticized by thousands on social media, where they noted that up until this year it had been possible for the public to sit on the Memorial’s steps during previous July 4th celebrations to watch the evening fireworks display. Just like every year, thousands of families gathered at the National Mall during the day dressed in all sorts of outfits with the red, white and blue national colours, despite the intermittent rain that kept many more people away from the area, according to local media. There were many different political opinions evident among the crowd, with many Trump supporters sporting red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps, while others wore t-shirts with the statement “Not my president” or similar sentiments. However, the big attraction for anti-Trumpers was the presence of the huge “Baby Trump” balloon representing the president as a baby in a diaper, a balloon made famous in the protests against the President last year in London. Shortly before Trump’s address, two protesters were arrested outside the White House for burning an American flag. One person was arrested for felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning, and the other was arrested for obstructing a police investigation and resisting arrest, according to the US Secret Service.last_img read more

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The Imperials commitment to women safety

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first_imgGoing an extra mile to make the women staff at The Imperial feel safe and secure in the city, The Imperial had organised a ‘Self Defense’ workshop in August 2019 and its Grand finale was conducted on September 9, at The Royal Ballroom, The Imperial.The aim of this workshop was to demonstrate the techniques taught by the Delhi Police officials and to empower women with essential skills to handle untoward situations and instill confidence for safeguarding themselves at anytime, anywhere. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe action- packed afternoon which culminated with yet another session of self defense training organised for 20 days, saw the presence of senior police officials including the Chief Guest – Dr Eish Singhal IPS-DCP, New Delhi District; Additional DCP Deepak Yadav, New Delhi District; ACP Akhilesh Yadav, CP Area; ACP Shashi Bala Kaushik, Child and Women division of Delhi Police; trainers from women’s cell of Delhi police along with the senior management and associates of the hotel. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardVijay Wanchoo, Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager at The Imperial, sustaining the efforts for women safety and security for the third year said: “Women today constitute a considerable workforce in the service sector. This makes our role in ensuring their safety, critical. We had initiated this exclusive workshop with Delhi Police again this year to train women associates who have recently joined and have taken all the measures to boost the level of participation amongst them. Various techniques are taught by the officials to ensure their safety in the hour of need enabling them to handle any unpleasant situation”. “The self defense training has instilled strength to fight back and has made the lady associates aware of their capabilities and I am sure they are now better equipped to protect themselves in difficult and challenging situations,” he further added. Concluding the long-running workshop, the participants demonstrated their self defense learnings and techniques to handle situational attacks like hand holding, touching while travelling in bus, neck and knife attacks on women at the grand finale. The event culminated with the honouring of participants by Delhi Police and Wanchoo showed his gratitude towards Delhi Police by felicitating the officials present.last_img read more

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Northcentral BC communities under expanded evacuation orders and alerts

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first_imgThe board chair of the Bulkley-Nechako region has had a long week and expects the next one will not be any better, as more evacuation orders and alerts are in effect for an area of north-central British Columbia nearly surrounded by forest fires.“I’ve had better weeks,” said Bill Miller in a phone interview from Burns Lake, B.C., a community 1,000 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.The 35-kilometre stretch of land under evacuation order is west of the community of Fort St. James, in a mostly rural area, while an expanded evacuation alert includes several properties near the district municipality’s western edge.Miller said they have been lucky with the most recent evacuation area expansion, as no properties or families in the area have been forced out in a zone mostly made up of camping and recreational sites.However, he said if the fires continue to burn eastward, it will begin to affect residents in Fort St. James, and they need to be prepared to leave immediately if the alert is upgraded to an order in the next three to five days.“The alert has expanded significantly to cover the community of Fort St. James and some other First Nations communities as well,” said Miller.The wildfire burning near Shovel Lake that prompted the evacuation orders has grown to roughly 300 square kilometres and is one of the largest in the province, though Fire Information Officer Marg Drysdale of the BC Wildfire Service said the 2017 fire season had some much larger blazes.“We had fires last season which were well over 100,000 hectares (1,000 square kilometres),” said Drysdale from the scene of the fire.Drysdale is part of an incident management team dealing with several fires in the area she called the VanJam complex due to its proximity to the town of Vanderhoof and Fort St. James.She said they have 73 firefighters and 53 pieces of heavy equipment, including bulldozers and water tankers, split into two flanks to keep the fire from spreading toward the communities.She added the lack of rain and continual hot, dry weather with gusting winds have challenged crews, though the fire did not grow overnight.“It’s a bad fire season, there’s really no other way to put it,” she said.She said two other incident management teams from Australia and New Zealand were also working in the area, supporting the BC Wildfire Service crews.BC Wildfire Service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said there were nearly 600 blazes burning across the province, though the southern portion of the province did receive some rain over the weekend.The northern part of the province was not so lucky.“Unfortunately, we are not seeing a lot of relief in sight from the weather,” Skrepnek said.Miller said he expects residents and communities living along the Cunningham forest service road to evacuate the area if access along the road is cut off or restricted.He said when he left work in Burns Lake on Saturday afternoon, the smoke from the fires had darkened the skies so much that it seemed as if the sun had already set.last_img read more

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Sanction unlikely for Ravi Nandan as only 11 Indian umpires for IPL

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first_imgNew Delhi: Umpire Sundaram Ravi, whose no ball howler cost Royal Challengers Bangalore heavily in an IPL match and led to an angry outburst by RCB skipper Virat Kohli, is unlikely to be sanctioned due to lack of officials with international experience on the BCCI roster. Currently there are only 11 Indian Umpires allotted for on-field and TV duty for 56 IPL games, which means Ravi might get negative marking from the match referee but BCCI can hardly take any corrective measures beyond that. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “Currently we have only 17 umpires assigned on-field and for third umpires’ duty. Out of them 11 are Indian and six foreigners from the Elite Panel. Apart from them, we have six more Indians as fourth umpires,” a member of the now defunct Umpiring sub-committee, who is privy to allocation of assignments, told PTI on Friday. Ravi, the only Indian in the ICC’s Elite Panel, failed to spot an obvious no ball from Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga as RCB lost by six runs under controversial circumstances. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later A livid RCB captain Virat Kohli said that “umpires should have kept their eyes open” while his India team deputy Rohit Sharma was also critical of the other on-field umpire C Nandan. Ironically, Nandan was adjudged best Indian umpire in the BCCI awards two years ago. There is speculation in the BCCI that Ravi and Nandan may not be used in the play-off games of IPL but it’s a very preliminary thought since overseas umpires like Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney are around. The BCCI brass, along with the Committee of Administrators (COA), has long been worried about the declining standard of Indian Umpires but has not been able to come up with a feasible solution. “Even in those 11, we have only five who are assigned international matches. Apart from Ravi, we have Nandan, Shamshuddin, Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon, who are in ICC’s international panel. The other six are currently officiating in domestic games,” he said. “Match referee Manu Nayar has no option but to mention the errors by Ravi and Nandan in his report but you can’t just off-load Ravi. Let’s accept, the replacements will be worse. So penalising him is out of question,” he added. One of the core issues that BCCI has been unable to address is the qualifying structure through which umpires are coming up the ranks. As per data accessed by PTI, there were about 114 umpires who had officiated in around 2000 BCCI games of all age groups (Men and Women). This year’s Ranji Trophy had been marred by umpiring howlers and fatigue was a reason cited by many for the bloopers. The most notable was Cheteshwar Pujara being ruled not out during the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Saurashtra and Karanataka. R Vinay Kumar had induced a big nick that the umpire couldn’t hear and the India international scored a hundred which proved decisive. The number is very less and more so because those appearing for BCCI’s Level 1, 2 or 3 umpiring Test have been found to be well below par. “We have the National Academy of Umpires (NAU) in Nagpur. To procure a form and get enrolled there, you need a recommendation from local state association. The system itself is flawed,” a retired former first-class umpire, who didn’t wish to come on record, said. It has been learnt that BCCI also intends to clamp down on some umpiring academies, where candidates are allegedly prepared for the BCCI level tests, which gives them direct advantage over other meritorious candidates.last_img read more

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Sri Lankans among illegal migrants arrested in Ukraine

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Four illegal migrants, including some Sri Lankans, were arrested near a checkpoint in Smilnytsya in western Ukraine.Three men and one woman with a baby stemming from Somalia and Sri-Lanka were heading to Poland on foot. They were however arrested close to the border, Ukraine Today reported. After the arrest, the men were moved to a temporary detention centre. The woman and her baby are currently in a hospital, since the child caught a cold.The border patrol says the migrants’ influx increases in the spring. In March they have already busted three refugee groups. (Colombo Gazette)

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Burundi Security Council members urge rebels to resume ceasefire talks

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In a statement to the press following closed-door consultations, Council President Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon called on Burundian rebel movements to immediately suspend hostilities and refrain from any action that may jeopardize a return to stability in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)Also on the wider region, Council members asked leaders there to continue working to settle the Burundi crisis and welcomed the recent visit to that country by the DRC Minister for Foreign Affairs and the adoption of a joint communiqué in Bujumbura. “They call on these two countries speedily to conclude a normalization and security cooperation agreement,” President Belinga-Eboutou said.Council members welcomed the signature of the ceasefire agreement between the Burundi Transitional Government and two rebel movements earlier this month in Dar es Salam, the President said, emphasizing that the Transitional Government must fully implement the provisions of the Arusha Agreement. “In this connection, they request the Transitional Government to begin work on the reform of the security forces, as progress is made towards the ceasefire,” he added.Ambassador Belinga-Eboutou reported that Council members “stand ready to study the type of contribution which the Council could make, when the time comes, to the continuation of the peace process.”The Government was encouraged to continue its fact-finding efforts concerning the Itaba massacre and to bring the perpetrators to justice, while ensuring respect for human rights in the country.The statement also reaffirmed the members’ full support for the Arusha Agreement process and for the action by South Africa, and paid tribute to the mediation of President Omar Bongo of Gabon and South African Vice-President Jacob Zuma, assisted by Tanzania’s President, Benjamin Mkapa.In addition, Council members welcomed the approval by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of an emergency post-conflict programme for Burundi, and called on all donors to mobilize support for Transitional Government. read more

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US home prices rise 122 per cent in May most in 6

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US home prices rise 12.2 per cent in May, most in 6 years and sign of stronger housing recovery by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 9:30 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 per cent in May compared with a year ago, the biggest annual gain since March 2006. The increase shows the housing recovery is strengthening.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index released Tuesday also surged 2.4 per cent in May from April. The month-over-month gain nearly matched the 2.6 per cent increase in April from March — the highest on record.The price increases were widespread. All 20 cities showed gains in May from April and compared with a year ago.Prices in Dallas and Denver reached the highest level on records dating back to 2000. That marks the first time since the housing bust that any city has reached an all-time high.Home values are rising as more people are bidding on a scarce supply of houses for sale. Steady price increases, along with stable job gains and historically low mortgage rates, have in turn encouraged more Americans to buy homes.One concern is that higher mortgage rates could slow home sales. But many economists say rates remain low by historical standards and would need to rise much faster to halt the momentum.Svenja Gudell, senior economist at Zillow, a home price data provider, said a big reason for the recent price gains is that foreclosed homes make up a smaller proportion of overall sales. Foreclosed homes are usually sold by banks at fire-sale prices.“Typical home values have appreciated at roughly half this pace for the past several months, which is still very robust,” Gudell said.Gudell said higher mortgage rates and a likely increase in the number of homes for sale in the coming months should slow the pace of price gains and stabilize the housing market.The index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. It measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The May figures are the latest available. They are not adjusted for seasonal variations, so the monthly gains reflect more buying activity over the summer.Despite the recent gains, home prices are still about 25 per cent below the peaks they reached in July 2006. That’s a key reason the supply of homes for sale remains low, as many homeowners are waiting to recoup their losses before putting their houses on the market.Dallas and Denver, the two cities that reached record highs, were not hit hard by the housing bust and therefore didn’t experience the sharp price swings like cities in Nevada, Arizona, California and Florida.In Dallas, prices fell only 11.2 per cent from their previous peak in June 2007 through February 2009. That’s far less than Las Vegas, where prices plummeted by more than half. Since bottoming out, home prices in Dallas have increased nearly 14 per cent.In Denver, prices dropped 14.3 per cent from August 2006 until they also hit bottom in February 2009. Since then, they have risen 17.3 per cent.The biggest price gains are occurring in many of the states that experienced the worst housing bust.Prices jumped 24.5 per cent in San Francisco in May from a year earlier, the largest increase. Las Vegas reported the next biggest gain at 23.3 per cent, followed by Phoenix at 20.6 per cent. All three remain well below their peak prices.The smallest yearly gains were in New York, at 3.3 per cent, followed by Cleveland with 3.4 per cent and Washington, D.C. at 6.5 per cent.Higher home prices help the economy in several ways. They encourage more sellers to put their homes on the market, boosting supply and sustaining the housing recovery. And they make homeowners feel wealthier, encouraging consumers to spend more. Banks are also more willing to provide mortgage loans when homes are appreciating in value.Mortgage rates have surged since early May, though the increase would have had little impact on the current report. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has jumped a full percentage point since early May and reached a two-year high of 4.51 per cent in late June.Mortgage rates jumped after Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Federal Reserve could slow its bond-buying program later this year if the economy continues to improve. The Fed’s bond purchases have kept long-term interest rates low, encouraging more borrowing and spending.In recent weeks, Bernanke and other Fed members have stressed that any change in the bond-buying program will depend on the economy’s health, not a set calendar date.Since those comments, interest rates have declined. The average on the 30-year mortgage was 4.31 per cent last week.The Fed begins a two-day policy meeting Tuesday and could clarify its remarks further when the meeting concludes on Wednesday. read more

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Lining up the articles for International Mining MINExpo coverage

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first_imgDon’t forget the MINExpo preview in IM’s August issue, with extra distribution at Electra in South Africa – we need your input within the next week. Lining up the articles for the September issue, that will be at MINExpo, John Chadwick reports on Altona’s recently opened  Kylylahti copper-gold-zinc mine and the Luikonlahti regional processing hub, both outside Outokumpu in Finland. The picture is from the opening of the mine: Dr Alistair Cowden, Altona Mining, Managing Director,  Jyri Häkämies, Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, and Pekka Ravi, First Deputy Speaker of Finland’s Parliament.We’d also like your input for Paul’s articles on Drives and Controls, Haul Roads, Trucks, Surface Loading, the Mining of Oil Sands, Auctions and Equipment Trading; and John’s articles on Narrow Vein and Low Profile Mining, Fragmentation, Surface Drill and Blast, Process Development and Plant Design. Deadline mid July.last_img read more

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