first_imgIt is a love story that can inspire the screenwriters of new-age Bollywood. Payal, a constable with the U.P. police, met dreaded gangster Rahul Tharasana during a court hearing in Greater Noida in May 2014. The two fell in love at the Surajpur court where Tharasana was brought in connection with the murder case of a trader named Manmohan Goyal as the main accused. Payal was allegedly posted there.Romance over datesTheir romance blossomed over several dates in the court, leading to marriage. The world got to know when Tharasana shared photos of the wedding ceremony, which reportedly took place in March at an undisclosed location, with some of his friends via social media.It created an embarrassing situation on Friday for the U.P. police. Tharasana, said to be part of the Anil Dujana gang, is an accused in over a dozen cases of loot and murder.As the news spread during the day, Senior Superintendent of Police (Gautam Buddh Nagar) Vaibhav Krishna tweeted that the claim that the girl is a police constable is unverified. SP (Rural) Kumar Ranvijay Singh told The Hindu that it was yet to be confirmed that the girl worked with the U.P. police.“We have checked. Her name is not there in our office records. What I can confirm is that Rahul is a history-sheeter and is out on bail.”‘Influenced people’On local reports that Payal was using her husband’s notoriety in his absence to influence people in their village in Greater Noida, where the family holds political clout, Mr. Singh said that he was getting it investigated. “We haven’t received any formal complaint so far,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgTension spread in Pilakhuwa town, Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday morning after a man allegedly died of torture in police lock-up. Three policemen, including the Station House Officer, have been suspended and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the District Magistrate.According to local sources, Pradeep Tomar (30), a resident of Lakhan village, was picked up by police near the Chhajrasi toll plaza on Sunday for questioning in connection with a murder case. They alleged that he was detained when he was travelling with his wife and son. Late in the night, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the G.S. Medical College in Pilakhuwa and then the Meerut Medical College, where he died in the early hours of Monday. A video purportedly showing Tomar’s posterior as completely blue and marks of beating on his arms has gone viral.‘Died during treatment’Yesh Veer Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur, told The Hindu, “On August 30, a half-burnt body of a woman was found in the jungle of Lakhan village. She was the wife of Tomar’s brother-in-law. During surveillance and investigation, he was found to be a suspect. He developed health complications during questioning and was taken to a local hospital. Later, he was referred to the Meerut Medical College, where he died during treatment.”As the policemen didn’t follow the standard operating procedure and didn’t inform their seniors before taking Tomar into custody, Mr. Singh added, inspector Yogesh Baliyan, chowki in-charge Ajab Singh and constable Manoj have been suspended. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report before taking further action. A departmental inquiry and a magisterial inquiry have been ordered.” He refused to comment on the viral video and the claim of Tomar’s son and wife that he was beaten in their presence. Family members and farmer leaders protested in the Meerut Collectorate, demanding murder charges against policemen involved in the case. The Provincial Armed Constabulary has been deployed in Pilakhuwa and nearby villages.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) More than 3500 hospitals in the country are providing treatment to patients through various traditional medicinal systems, including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.”As per information reported by the states and UT, as on April 1, 2015, the total number of AYUSH hospitals providing AYUSH medical treatment in the country is 3,598.”Out of which 2,818 hospitals are of Ayurveda, 257 of Unani, 274 of Siddha, 7 of Yoga, 35 of Naturopathy and 207 of homoeopathy,” Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said.He said as on April 1, 2015, the total number of AYUSH dispensaries was 25,723 out of which 15,291 are of Ayurveda, 1,461 of Unani, 803 of Siddha, 185 of Yoga, 94 of Naturopathy, 7,856 of Homoeopathy and 33 of Sowa Rigpa.He said vacant posts of AYUSH doctors under Central Government Health Service are filled by the government in consultation with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which advertises the posts and conducts the examination.He said the proposal for filling the posts of Medical Officers and Research Officers has been sent to the UPSC recently.The vacancies can be filled up only after UPSC recommends the candidates and the pre-appointment formalities of those recommended are completed in consultation with the respective state authorities, he said. PTI TDS AAR SK AARlast_img read more

first_imgSuzuki Motor Corp used the wrong methods to test the fuel economy of its cars in Japan, it said on Wednesday, widening a testing scandal that has already rocked smaller rival Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Japan’s transport ministry ordered widespread checks to industry methods after Mitsubishi Motors admitted last month it manipulated fuel economy data for at least four mini-vehicle models, overstating their efficiency.ALSO READ:Mitsubishi Motors admits to cheating on fuel economy testMitsubishi Motors’ president, Tetsuro Aikawa, said on Wednesday he would step down over that scandal, becoming the first senior departure since it broke, battering the company’s reputation and wiping billions off its market value.Worries over similar damage for Suzuki sent shares in Japan’s fourth-largest carmaker down as much as 15 percent during the day.Suzuki said it would continue selling its mini-cars and saw no impact on its earnings. The correct readings, it said, were not significantly different to those it submitted.ALSO READ:Nissan to take over scandal-hit Mitsubishi MotorsJapanese authorities, however, have asked for further details from Suzuki before May 31, calling its use of non-compliant tests “outrageous”.”The company apologizes for the fact that we did not follow rules set by the country,” CEO Osamu Suzuki told reporters, adding 2.1 million vehicles were affected.The company denied using the tests to make its fuel economy data look better. It blamed the decision to cobble together readings from individual car parts – rather than a single reading – on its windy testing location on a coastal hill that made readings erratic. The individual parts were tested indoors, it said.advertisementALSO READ:EPA orders Mitsubishi to conduct new vehicle testingSuzuki specializes in mini-vehicles, which have engines of up to 660cc and get preferential tax treatment under Japanese law. It has roughly a third of the country’s mini-vehicle market. It also has a successful Indian subsidiary, Maruti Suzuki. MITSUBISHI’S WOESThe transport ministry, which had asked all automakers operating in Japan to re-submit fuel economy readings on all models by Wednesday, said no other carmakers had manipulated data or used improper tests.It is still awaiting further detail, however, from Suzuki. It said it has yet to decide whether to penalize Mitsubishi Motors and, if so, by how much.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki inches closer to market supremacy with Vitara Brezza, BalenoMitsubishi Motors’ admission that it cheated on the fuel economy tests is its third major scandal in under two decades, and has prompted the automaker to agree to sell a one-third controlling stake to Nissan Motor Co.At a press conference on Wednesday, Mitsubishi Motors blamed excessive pressure, less time spent on research and development and high expectations for fuel efficiency.”There was no direct order from top management,” CEO Osamu Masuko said. “But top management did not have a firm grasp on the proceedings at the R&D department.” He said there were several chances for the company to stop its workers – but it did not.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki to increase production of Vitara Brezza, BalenoMasuko, who has been at the helm of Mitsubishi Motors since 2005, has been named by Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn as Mitsubishi Motors’ “pilot”. UNDER SCRUTINYEmissions and fuel economy have come under increasing scrutiny from regulators globally after Volkswagen admitted last year it used “defeat devices” on 11 million diesel vehicles to lower emissions during tests.France, which ordered tests on a random sample of about 100 diesel cars last year, has said some vehicles made by Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, VW, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Nissan, Opel and Ford failed to comply fully with its emissions regulations.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki to introduce AMT for Vitara Brezza, Swift South Korea, which has tested 20 diesel vehicle models, said on Monday it would punish Nissan with a fine and a recall of its Qashqai diesel sport utility vehicles, accusing it of manipulating emissions. Nissan denied the allegation.In the United States, the Justice Department is investigating Daimler, the maker of Mercedes vehicles, over emissions testing.last_img read more

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The Tigers hiked their record to 4-2 and moved half a game behind second-running University of the Philippines (4-1) in the standings.The Tamaraws failed to follow up their 66-55 victory over La Salle as they slipped to fifth place with a 2-3 slate. During that pivotal stretch, Concepcion hit three consecutive 3-pointers inside the final two minutes of the third period where UST took a nine-point lead after trailing by as many as 12 in the second quarter.“They responded to my challenge that they have to show up,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“Good way to bounce back from our last loss. All the mistakes that we did in our last game, we tried to correct those mistakes. I’m just grateful we were able to adjust,” added Ayo, referring to his team’s 78-71 meltdown at the hands of Adamson four days ago.Soulemane Chabi Yo powered UST with 21 points and 15 rebounds while Concepcion had 12 on 4-of-8 shooting from long range. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Photo from UAAPSherwin Concepcion had the hot hand as he shot University of Santo Tomas past Far Eastern University, 82-74, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.The rookie big man unleashed an avalanche of triples as part of a blistering Growling Tigers run bridging the third and fourth quarters to bury the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Danielle Collins fights back to beat Venus Williams at Wuhan Open Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

first_imgA woman police officer tried to burn herself by pouring kerosene over her inside Tamil Nadu secretariat. Kanchana, a lady police inspector from Thiruvottriyur was on her security duty stationed along with many other circle inspectors during the last day of the Tamil Nadu assembly inside Fort St George.As usual police and other special guards were on crowd control and VIP protections duty. Kanchana who was on outer premises guard duty entered the Assembly through the 4th gate and went inside the Ladies restroom where she poured kerosene upon herself and tried to forcefully enter the assembly wanting to see TamilNadu chief minister Jayalalithaa.House guards and police personnel immediately apprehended her and locked her inside the generator room. PRESSURE FROM SENIORSAccording to sources ,Kanchana was depressed with her superior officers’ orders and her recent transfer.Kanchana was a champion athlete and had won hundreds of medals in sprint events and wanted to participate in more events to boost her sports career.However, failing to convince her seniors she decided to kill herself. But before that she wished to try one last time to meet Jayalalithaa and plead to her directly.Last year Thiruchengode, DSP Vishnupriya committed suicide and the  case is under investigation to find out if she was depressed due to her higher authority’s pressure.On February this year, a 2009 batch IPS officer committed suicide inside IPS officer’s mess at Chennai. TamilNadu police complained that they are under heavy pressure due to lack of police personnel. Hundreds of vacancies are yet to be filled which is building up working hours for other officers.advertisementEvery year a good  portion of the budget is allocated for police force and police personnel well being but incidents such as above brings out the grim lives police officers endure in the state.ALSO READ:No place for women officers in Karnataka Police: Another cop hits out on social medialast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares DENVER — Pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson felt good about his swing and then felt even better an instant later when he saw the ball he hit sail over the center field fence.Culberson hit a game-winning two-run homer in the ninth inning off Kyle Farnsworth, and the Colorado Rockies, down by six runs early, rallied again to beat the New York Mets 11-10 in a wild affair on May 3.It was his first homer of the season.“I don’t hit many home runs, but for some reason right there, I hit it and I just knew it had to go out,” Culberson said. “More to the point, like it had better go out.“Hitting a walkoff, I really can’t describe it. That’s definitely the best feeling I’ve ever had in baseball, so far.”The Mets overcame Colorado’s eight-run fifth inning, that included Nolan Arenado’s grand slam, and took a 10-9 lead on Juan Lagares’ RBI single in the ninth off LaTroy Hawkins (1-0).But Troy Tulowitzki, who recorded his 1,000th career hit earlier, singled off Farnsworth (0-2) to start the bottom of the ninth. He advanced to second on a deep flyout by Arenado, and Culberson followed with the winning drive off a 1-2 pitch from Farnsworth.The crowd erupted as he rounded the bases. As he neared the plate, he tossed his helmet and jumped onto home plate as he was mobbed by his teammates.“He threw a first-pitch fastball about 95 mph, but I saw it pretty good and I knew he was going to go after me and try to get me out,” Culberson said. “He just gave me a good pitch to hit and I barreled it up.”Farnsworth said he didn’t quite get the location he wanted. “Fastball away. It hit the middle, I guess,” Farnsworth said. “He got a good swing on it. It’s always difficult. We just have to keep on battling. Guys played well, and we came out on the wrong end of it.”It was a sudden finish to a game in which the teams combined for 30 hits, including Arenado’s slam that extended his major league-best hitting streak to 23 games.Tulowitzki notched his 1,000th hit in the seventh when he singled up the middle off reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka.“I think the No. 1 thing on my 1,000th hit is I’ll remember this game and how we won it,” Tulowitzki said. “That makes it that much more special.”The ninth-year pro became the fifth Rockies player with 1,000 hits and the 78th active player to reach the milestone. He scored from third on Jordan Pacheco’s sacrifice fly to give Colorado a 9-8 lead, but the Mets tied it again in the eighth on Chris Young’s RBI single.Staked to an early 6-0 lead, Mets starter Jenrry Mejia had blanked the Rockies through the first four innings and seemed headed toward the solid pitching outing New York needed. Instead, he became the third straight Mets starter to fail to get out of the fifth after the rotation began the season with 26 straight starts of at least five innings.The turnaround was triggered by Ryan Wheeler’s first home run of the season leading off the fifth. The Rockies sent 11 men to the plate in the inning.In one stunning five-pitch stretch, Mejia gave up RBI singles to Charlie Blackmon, Drew Stubbs and Carlos Gonzalez as the Rockies made it 6-4.Mejia then hit Tulowitzki in his upper left arm with a pitch to load the bases, and Arenado drove the next pitch into the left field bleachers for his second career slam and the first by a Rockies player this season. Arenado also tied Dante Bichette for the second longest hitting streak in Rockies history.Matsuzaka then relieved Mejia, who gave up eight runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.The Mets, who built a 6-0 lead off Rockies starter Franklin Morales, fought back in the sixth to tie it at 8, getting a run-scoring double from Young and an RBI single from Curtis Granderson.Daniel Murphy got the Mets going with a one-out triple in the first and scored when David Wright followed with a double. Anthony Recker and Lucas Duda added RBI singles.New York added to its lead when Wright singled to start the third, stole second and took third on a groundout. He scored on Granderson’s single, and Granderson came in on a double by Recker, who scored on third baseman Arenado’s throwing error.last_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League Coutinho questions remain as Klopp turns to Karius for Liverpool v Sevilla Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 06:50 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PhilippeCoutinho-Cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Liverpool Liverpool v Sevilla Sevilla Philippe Coutinho Jürgen Klopp Loris Karius is set to start for Liverpool against Sevilla but Jurgen Klopp was not so forthcoming over Philippe Coutinho’s role Jurgen Klopp kept fans guessing over Philippe Coutinho’s prospects of Champions League involvement for Liverpool against Sevilla, but confirmed Loris Karius will get the nod in goal.Coutinho was left out of Liverpool’s squad for Saturday’s 5-0 Premier League thrashing at Manchester City, agreeing with manager Klopp that he needed to do work to build his fitness after his absence over the opening weeks of the season.Liverpool 4/6 to beat Sevilla Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Back injuries and illness were cited as the reasons for the Brazil international’s absence against the backdrop of a transfer request and a succession of bids from Barcelona that Liverpool rebuffed.Klopp told a pre-match news conference the playmaker is fit to feature at Anfield on Wednesday but refused to venture any further.”I could give you an idea at this stage,” he said. “But I’m sure Liverpool supporters around the world are ready to wait another 24 hours.”He is fit, he is healthy. All the information about the line-up you will have to wait until tomorrow. But he is here.”Klopp was more willing to discuss the goalkeeping position, where Karius will step in for regular first-choice keeper Simon Mignolet.Klopp: “If nothing happens overnight, Loris Karius will play tomorrow.” pic.twitter.com/L9GnOknGpX— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 12, 2017″What I can say is, if nothing happens overnight, Loris Karius will play – that’s true,” he said, before adding Mohamed Salah will be assessed after being excused from training on Tuesday due to illness.”He was in and the doctor told me Mo Salah can train, but what would be best for him is if he doesn’t have to,” he explained.”He has a little bit of a sore throat. It shouldn’t be that serious [but] he can’t spread the virus if there is one.”At this moment we expect him back in the morning for normal training.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_img Kamlesh Damodar Sutar MumbaiJanuary 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 21:54 IST Shaikh said the government was insensitive to the beard issue. (Photo: raisshaikh.in)HIGHLIGHTSShaikh said that it was okay to remove the beard in case of life-threatening surgery but not in smaller operative proceduresSlamming Shaikh for raising this issue, BJP said that his demand was based on sheer ignoranceThe NCP too called it a poor attempt to gain political brownie pointsSamajwadi Party (SP) Councilor Rais Shaikh has demanded that the beards of Muslim patients should not be shaved off in the hospitals as it is an important part of Islamic practice.Citing religious reasons, Shaikh has written a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that beards of Muslim male patients shouldn’t be shaved off in the BMC-run hospitals during surgeries.Shaikh said, “Sporting a beard is an important part of Islam. As an Indian, I have a right to religion guaranteed by the Constitution. In cases of life-threatening surgeries, it can be okay but in smaller operative procedures, consent from the patient or his family is required.””It’s not mandatory to remove the beard. You can cover it. Government hospitals are very insensitive about this and have made it a standard operating procedure,” Shaikh told India Today.While Rais Shaikh has become a spokesperson regarding the beard being an important part of Islam, the Samajwadi Party leader himself doesn’t sport one.”It’s not that every Muslim keeps a beard. I am not a practicing Muslim so I don’t have one. That doesn’t mean I don’t have any right to talk about the issue. I am speaking for the people I represent,” he said.The issue stems from a hospital norm to remove facial hair for surgical procedures.Talking about the issue raised, Bariatric Surgeon and Gastroenterologist Dr Narendra Nikam said, “Removing beard has certain indications and contra-indications. In facial surgeries as well as maintaining hygiene, the beard has to be removed. In cases of administering general anesthesia, we need to fix a tube to the mouth and if it gets removed, it may lead to folliculitis (an infection caused due to plucking of hair). We usually take consent before removing the beard.”advertisementSlamming Shaikh for raising this issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party said that his demand was based on sheer ignorance.”Had he discussed the issue with medical experts, he would not have dared to write this letter. By making such statement, not only has he exposed his ignorance but, also done damage for the Muslim community,” alleged BJP Leader Manoj Kotak.The NCP too called it a poor attempt to gain political brownie points.”He is ill-informed about the procedures and hence trying to create an issue out of a non-issue. Removing the beard is not mandatory, every hospital does it with consent. He doesn’t know this and even if he knows, it’s a poor attempt to revive their party,” alleged NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.Also Read | Muslim caretakers still look after this century-old Church in PakistanAlso Watch | Muslim groups take to Kolkata streetsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow IslamFollow Samajwadi Party Do not shave beards of Muslim patients: SP leader writes to BMCCiting religious reasons, Shaikh has written a letter to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that beards of Muslim male patients shouldn’t be shaved off in the BMC-run hospitals during surgeries as it’s an important part of Islamic practice.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img commentary MS Dhoni after CSK upstage KXIP: Had to get Universe Boss Chris Gayle out earlyIPL 2019: MS Dhoni said the best bet against Chris Gayle was an off-spinner after Chennai Super Kings defeated Kings XI Punjab on Saturday. CSK off-spinner Harbhajan Singh dismissed Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his first over of the game. scorecard graphs advertisementcenter_img No data available! view more view less Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 7, 2019 00:35 IST IPL 2019, CSK vs KXIP: Chris Gayle was dismissed cheaply by Harbhajan Singh during Kings XI’s unsuccessful chase of 161 in Chennai ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni said he knew only an off-spinner could stop Chris Gayle from running away to a quick startHarbhajan Singh snared Gayle in his 1st over as CSK defeated Kings XI Punjab by 22 runsDhoni said had Gayle got going, even a total of 200 would not have been enoughMS Dhoni’s late surge had given Chennai Super Kings a competitive 160 against Kings XI Punjab on a difficult batting pitch at the Chepauk but the defending champions still had the Chris Gayle factor to think about. On Saturday after Dhoni finished strong with the bat, Harbhajan Singh, one of his most trusted bowlers over the years, did the job. | CSK vs KXIP – Match report |In his first over of the game, Harbhajan Singh lured Chris Gayle into a big drive and had him caught behind by MS Dhoni. In the same over, Harbhajan struck again to snare the dangerous Mayank Agarwal and even though KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan added 110 for the third wicket, MS Dhoni’s off-spinner had taken out two key batsmen to give CSK an upper hand.KL Rahul and Sarfaraz struggled in the middle overs and added only 24 runs in a 5-over period even after they were well set.MS Dhoni, who has seen some sterling Chris Gayle knocks in his time, knew the wicket of the Universe Boss would be the deciding factor. For if Gayle got going, 161 would not have looked like a big challenge – no matter how tricky the pitch was to bat on.”We had to get Universe Boss out. Because with 160 or even 200 on the board, if Chris Gayle gets going, I don’t think you can really stop him,” MS Dhoni told the broadcasters after the match. “I think it was important for us to get a few wickets in the first six overs and not leak a lot of runs and Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) gave us that breakthrough. Otherwise, 160 is not much if Chris Gayle gets going.”advertisementThe metal in the deserved hands of Bhajju pa! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvKXIP pic.twitter.com/ta0NejQUf0Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 6, 2019MS Dhoni also knew his best bet against Chris Gayle as an off-spinner. And Harbhajan Singh was a great option to try against one of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball in world cricket.”The only thing that can save you from Chris Gayle is an off-spinner, especially if it’s turning a bit. Other than that, you need somebody who could swing the ball.”I felt Bhajji was really needed there and I felt over the years only the off-spinners have put some pressure on Chris Gayle. Other than that, even if you bowl very quick it really does not matter to him. If you can swing the ball at 128-130 kmph.. he gives you more respect than if bowl very quick,” Dhoni said.MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli were not too impressed with the Chennai pitch after the opening game of the 2019 IPL. On Saturday, Dhoni said the pitch was tougher to bat on in the first innings but it got fractionally better in the second innings.”I think the first innings was even tougher (for batting) and as the game progressed and we got into the second half, the pitch slowly got slightly better to bat on. But still it was tough.. it was not a placid wicket where you can just feet there and just hit or swing the bat. I felt it needed a bit of work and the spinners bowled very well for us.”We just had two fast bowlers which meant we had to give them a few runs in the last two or three overs and that responsibility was with the spinners and we were able to accumulate a lot of runs for the fast bowlers,” Dhoni said.Also Read | CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too farAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow MS DhoniFollow Chris GayleFollow KL RahulFollow Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Dry bulk demolition has significantly decreased in 2018, dropping by 71.6% to only 4.2 million dwt scrapped by mid-December, according to BIMCO.A major factor behind this fall has been an almost total halt in Panamax demolition, which accounted for only 3%, while demolition in every ship segment decreased.In 2017 Panamax ships accounted for 23% of total dry bulk demolition. This year only two ships totaling 144,485 dwt were demolished. Panamax demolition was previously at such a low level in 2007 when the total came to 141,479 dwt.“Historically, better freight rates lead to a decrease in demolition and with average earnings in the dry bulk market at their highest since 2011, owners are more likely to keep their ships sailing,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, said.During 2018, there was not a month when dry bulk demolition was over 0.8 million dwt, compared to last year in which ten months saw demolition above 0.8 million tonnes. January saw the highest levels this year at 748,666 dwt, while April was the lowest month with only one Supramax ship demolished.Small ships live longer livesThe average age of dry bulk ships being demolished has risen to reach 28.1 years, up from 24.7 years in 2017, BIMCO cited Clarksons. The highest average age of demolished ships was observed in May, peaking at 31.7 years.The average age for demolished Capesize ships over the course of the year was 23.8 years old, and Panamax ships were on average demolished at 21.6 years of age. The smaller ship sizes had a higher average age at demolition of 29.8 years and 31.9 years for Handymax and Handysize ships, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgCANCER CARE N.S.–Cape Breton’s Palliative Care Education aSuccess Cape Breton area residents are receiving improved palliative careservices from better trained health-care workers thanks to CancerCare Nova Scotia’s Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program,says an evaluation released today, March 31. One-hundred-thirty-nine health professionals from across CapeBreton District Health Authority completed an evaluation aftertaking the three-day program. All feedback was positive. Theevaluation indicates that the program content was appropriate,meaningful and applicable to the daily work of health-careproviders. Through pre- and post-testing, participantsdemonstrated both an increase in and retention of knowledge. “Palliative and supportive care is an essential component of ahigh-quality cancer system,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos,commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “The Palliative CareFront-Line Education Program has significantly increased thelevel of palliative care expertise available to Nova Scotiacancer patients and their families. It is providing healthprofessionals with the knowledge they need to more skilfullymanage the unique needs of their patients.” By covering such topics as pain management, spiritual andcultural considerations, and grief and bereavement, thePalliative Care Front-Line Education Program addresses thephysical, emotional, social and spiritual impacts of dealing witha life-threatening illness. It is designed to provide front-linehealth-care workers with the education they need to deliver high-quality palliative care. “This initiative helps build confidence among healthprofessionals throughout the province — and patients ultimatelybenefit from their enhanced knowledge,” said Health MinisterAngus MacIsaac. The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program encouragescollaboration and the development of community partnerships byincorporating an interprofessional, team approach to education.To build on the program’s success and further enhance the qualityof palliative care services in Nova Scotia, Cancer Care NovaScotia will provide continued support to districts that offer thethree-day program. “The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program was offered intwo locations in our district and was well received in both,particularly by the volunteers and the continuing care staff,”said David MacIver, vice-president of community and continuingcare for Cape Breton District Health Authority. “The programallowed members of the interdisciplinary palliative care team toparticipate in a structured education program, which is anopportunity that many may not have had otherwise. We definitelywant to offer this program again in the near future.” Diane Leblanc, who was just starting her role as palliative careco-ordinator when she completed the program, said it offerssomething for everyone. “The Palliative Care Front-Line EducationProgram is extremely valuable, especially to volunteers without aformal education in health care,” she said. “I see a particularneed for this program in rural areas of our province. I’mcurrently working with two other palliative care nurses fromBaddeck and Inverness, and we hope to have the program availablelater this year in Margaree.” The Palliative Care Front-Line Education Program was developed inresponse to a needs assessment and a Palliative Care Roundtablehosted by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. It was modelled after theRural Palliative Home Care Project, a federal health transitionproject conducted in 1999 and 2000. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research.last_img read more

first_img Land inspections, more water quality testing and new regulations are some of the actions government is taking to address water quality in the Carleton River Watershed. The Department of Environment released a report today, Oct. 6, outlining the state of 10 lakes within the Carleton River watershed in Yarmouth and Digby counties. “In the interest of making life better for people who live in these areas, government is committed to doing what it can to improve the health of these lakes,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This is a long-standing concern and it will take time and co-operation with industry and communities to see results.” Residents have expressed concern with persistent blue green algae blooms in several lakes along the watershed. Blue green algae is naturally occurring but excess nutrients in the water, such as phosphorus, makes it worse. The nutrients can come from poor waste-management practices, fertilizers and faulty septic systems. The Department of Environment began a water-quality sampling program in 2008 to better understand the health of selected lakes in this watershed, which includes nearly 100 lakes and rivers. The report, available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/surface.water/ , includes analysis of September and October 2009 samples taken from more than 50 sites in 10 lakes. The 2008 report, released last year, is also available on the website. The 2009 report said nutrients are increasing overall and water quality has been deteriorating since the mid-1980s. Six of the 10 lakes: Nowlans; Placides; Hourglass; Parr; Ogden; and Fanning had the poorest water quality. Provost, Porcupine and Vaughan lakes showed moderate levels and Sloans Lake had near pristine water quality. This year, the department began auditing potential nutrient sources. Mink farms were recognized as nutrient sources, so the departments of Environment and Agriculture partnered to conduct land inspections at eight mink farms, identified based on risk factors such as size and how close they are to water. Seven deficiencies were found on five of the eight farms inspected, including three requiring immediate action. All seven deficiencies have been addressed. Environment inspectors spoke with farmers about the best ways to manage waste and protect water sources. In May, Environment Canada also conducted 10 inspections of area mink farms and collected samples, which were shown not to be harmful to fish. As a result, no enforcement actions were taken under the federal Fisheries Act. Environment Canada will continue to share information and sample results. “With good farm practices and solid regulations, I believe the fur industry can be successful while being good stewards of the environment,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Government brought in legislation for the fur industry last spring. The regulations we are drafting will make sure the mink industry better manages its waste in an environmentally sustainable manner.” The Department of Environment will continue to conduct water-quality tests in the Carleton River Watershed area and visit more mink farms and other sites that may be contributing excess nutrients to the lakes and rivers. Residents can reduce health risks by avoiding contact with water where there is an algae bloom as well as not drinking, swimming, bathing, or brushing teeth with the water. People should avoid eating the internal organs of fish caught where blue green algae blooms occur. A fact sheet on blue green algae is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/surface.water/ . NOTE TO EDITORS: Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau and Agriculture Minister John MacDonell, and technical staff from the Department of Environment, will be available for media interviews today, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fifth floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax. Phone interviews can be arranged in advance.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The result of the first round of counselling of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) students was announced by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Board on Wednesday. The successful candidates will have to present themselves between July 4 and 7 at 23 centres set up in Bengal and Agartala to verify their documents. The students can opt for the institutions where they have been allotted or can wait for the subsequent counselling round to upgrade their position.last_img

first_imgKolkata: Senior cabinet ministers in the state on Thursday sharply reacted to the Centre’s privatisation move in which various public sector units are being handed over to private companies.The ruling party in the state moved a motion in the Assembly, protesting against the decision taken by the Centre. The leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan and CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty also supported the move and echoed the voice of the government on the Centre’s stand. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersState Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that as many as 26 PSUs have been liquidated by the Narendra Modi government in the last five years. Many others will either be liquidated or shut down by the Centre in the course of time. “What Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on privatisation is a dangerous trend. He said the government’s job is to run the government and it will not do business. Selling out PSU units is an attempt by the Centre to hide their failure. There have been attempts to sell out Navratna and Miniratna companies as well,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also criticised the decision taken by the Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog on the issue of privatisation. Foreign investments are being encouraged at the cost of state public sector units. He also criticised the Centre for changing the labour law, thereby infringing upon the rights of the workers. The workers have been denied bonus and gratuity. Even the right to strike for the workers has been withdrawn. Speaking on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said in the Assembly that various Centre owned units are being sold at a lower price and unemployment is gradually going up in the country. He also said that the matter would be discussed with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “The Centre had promised to bring back black money from foreign banks. But in reality the Centre is selling out its profitable units. There have even been attempts to hurt the sentiments of people in Bengal. The rail budget for Bengal has been slashed down drastically. They are also trying to financially bankrupt the state,” Partha Chatterjee said. The state government would urge the Centre to dissuade from selling out the profitable units after the motion taken up by both the ruling party and the oppositions gets passed in the Assembly.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a 23-year-old man with his girl associate who used to honey trap old men with wealthy background and extort money from them.The accused committed five such incidents within a month in city. Police identified the accused as Parminder Singh and one co-accused girl, who were nabbed by the staff of Hari Nagar police station.Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Monika Bharadwaj said that on April 1, the complainant reported that his friend has been held captive by a racket of persons at a house and the said persons have already taken money from them and one of the alleged persons is standing at the Jail Road, Hari Nagar for taking more money from the complainant. “He stated that one girl befriended him through WhatsApp and asked him to meet. On the regular persuasion of the said girl, complainant along with his friend went to meet the girl who came with one more girl to meet them,” said DCP West . Thereafter, the two girls took complainant and his friend to one rented accommodation in Tilak Nagar on the pretext of enjoyment. The second girl took friend of the complainant in a room and the first girl locked the room from outside. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDCP further stated that at the same time, three men and two ladies entered the house and threatened the complainant to implicate him and his friend in a false case of rape.They also threatened that they would defame the complainant and his friend by leaking their video to their relatives and society. The accused persons took Rs 10,000 from the complainant and further demanded Rs 20 lakh from the complainant. Thereafter, friend of the complainant was held captive in the same house and complainant along with one accused was sent to bring more money. Thereafter, complainant on the pretext of arranging money asked the accused person who came along with the complainant to wait near Jail Road and came across with the police team. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe police team first arrested accused Parminder Singh from Jail Road and conducted raid at the premises where complainant’s friend was held captive by the accused persons, but the said premises was found locked. Further investigation revealed that after releasing the friend of complainant, all the accused persons escaped away from the premises. The police team conducted several raids and one co-accused girl has also been arrested. DCP West further revealed that Parminder has committed more than five incidents of extorting people through honey trap in the last one month with the help of his racket. His racket comprises 4-5 ladies and 3-4 men. Accused persons mainly target old men of wealthy background.last_img read more

Taroudante – German lawmakers have voted on a proposal to add Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to a list of “safe countries of origin,” in a bid to reduce the number of asylum-seekers in Germany.According to Germany’s international broadcaster DW, 422 German lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted on Friday in favor of a law classifying the three North African countries as “safe countries of origin.”The law, which needs to be approved by the Bundesrat – Germany’s upper house of parliament – before it can be implemented, will allow German authorities to proceed in sending asylum-seekers from those countries back to their homes of origin. The move was strongly criticized by human rights associations and some political parties, including Germany’s Greens.“Human rights in the Maghreb are in a bad way,” Greens foreign affairs expert Jürgen Trittin told the German newspaper “Saarbrücker Zeitung” on Friday.“These are not safe countries of origin. Period,” Trittin argued, urging German states with Green representation to vote against the proposed change when it comes before the Bundesrat.Leaders from Germany’s biggest social organizations, including the Gay and Lesbian Federation also expressed their disapproval for the new law.Diakonie President, Ulrich Lily, said “Classifying these three countries as safe countries of origin and deciding in future on the asylum applications with a fast-track procedure affects the core of the fundamental right to asylum – the right to individual examination.”North African migrants have been a subject of concern in Germany, ever since members of a crowd of “mostly North African men” allegedly committed hundreds of sexual assaults and petty thefts against women during the New Year’s celebrations in Cologne. read more

In a new report to the Security Council, UNMOVIC Executive Chairman Hans Blix “welcomes Iraq’s willingness to discuss issues related to inspections in Iraq.” The next round of UN-Iraq talks is scheduled to be held in Vienna on 4 and 5 July.The report also provides information on Mr. Blix’s input during the first two rounds, held in New York on 7 March and from 1 to 3 May. Among other points, the Chairman “explained how UNMOVIC planned to operate in Iraq.” He also mentioned how the Commission’s expert staff was proceeding with work to identify unresolved issues as a basis for the later definition of “key remaining disarmament tasks.”On what Iraq would need to do to complete those tasks, the Chairman outlined the kinds of additional clarification that UNMOVIC might seek, stressing the need for full clarity about Baghdad’s cooperation on a number of practical issues before inspectors are deployed to Iraq. “It would be unfortunate if UNMOVIC inspectors were to encounter practical problems when they started to work in Iraq,” Mr. Blix writes.In light of the possibility of resuming the inspection work begun by its predecessor, the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), UNMOVIC is increasing its readiness by recruiting more staff for posts at Headquarters that had previously remained unfilled. A number of new posts have also been established to cover the additional work given to the Commission under the Security Council’s latest resolution on the oil-for-food programme, which allows Iraq to use a portion of its petroleum revenue to purchase humanitarian relief. read more

In a joint press conference in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, with President René Préval, Mr. Annan said he has asked the Security Council to extend the mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) by 12 months, instead of the usual six, as a signal of his belief that many difficulties lie ahead for the country.“We have achieved a lot, but much more remains to be done… Nation-building is a long-term proposition. It does take time, it is hard, it is difficult and it requires everyone to play his or her part,” he said.The Secretary-General identified security as a crucial issue for Haiti, where kidnappings are relatively common and crime rates are high, and he called for the judiciary and penal system to be strengthened and the police to be professionalized.To further that aim, Mr. Annan urged UN Member States to back his plan for a year-long extension of MINUSTAH’s mandate and to appoint additional trainers to assist the national police force.But he congratulated the country for staging free and fair elections earlier this year and establishing a broad-based government. Haiti’s 18-member cabinet includes representatives from seven different political parties.Mr. Annan praised the work of MINUSTAH during a meeting with mission staff, and he also held talks with officials of the UN police in Haiti and the national police.After his visit to Haiti, Mr. Annan travelled to Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, where he and President Leonel Fernández took part in a forum on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The Secretary-General is scheduled to give a speech to a gathering organized by the Global Foundation on Democracy and Development and then attend a state dinner with Mr. Fernández. read more

John Marries Rwangalinde was admitted to the hospital on Sunday with an injury to his arm which the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) reports is not life-threatening. In a statement, the UN strongly condemned the violence against innocent civilians in Burundi. The attack took place in the commune Ngagara in Bujumbura, ONUB reported in a press release, calling on all concerned to respect human life. Last month, citing “factors of instability,” the Security Council extended ONUB’s mandate through the end of the year. The mission was established in May 2004 as Burundi emerged out of 12 years of civil war. read more