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Bhima-Koregaon clashes: Pune police gets 90 more days to file charge sheet against five persons arrested in June

first_imgA special court on Sunday granted the Pune police a 90-day extension for filing charge sheet against the five activists arrested on June 6 for their alleged links with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Bhima-Koregaon clashes of January 1.The accused — Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson — were produced before the court amid tight security in the morning. Arguing for more time to be given to the city police authorities to comprehensively probe the case, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar alleged that the accused received funding amounting to ₹5 lakh for fomenting the Bhima-Koregaon riots.Ms. Pawar presented before the court that the police had evidence of the funds being given to the accused with instructions to aggravate the clashes during the bicentenary celebrations of the 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon.The prosecution further submitted that the police needed the additional time to probe links between these five activists and with the other five civil rights activists — Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bharadwaj in Haryana, and poet Varavara Rao — who were arrested on August 28 in the second multi-city crackdown by the Pune police for alleged Maoist connections.’Urban Naxals’ “A vast quantity of electronic data in the form of CDs, pen drives, hard disks had been seized from the homes of the accused. Furthermore, investigating authorities needed additional time to examine their bank accounts and call records,” said Ms. Pawar during her arguments, stating that the phenomenon of ‘Urban Naxalism’ was more grave and lethal than that in the jungles.Shivaji Pawar, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Swargate Division, who is the investigating officer in the case, said that as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) had been invoked against the accused in this case, the period to file the charge sheet in this particular case could be extended up to 180 days as the investigation was not yet complete.ACP Pawar submitted before the court that the accused were attempting to veer youth from prestigious institutes towards Naxalism. “We have firm evidence of Maoist infiltration in human rights outfits like the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) among others… it is vital to understand who is recruiting students to Maoist ranks and how the Elgaar Parishad was funded,” said ACP Pawar, who has been tasked by the Pune Commissioner of Police to handle the Elgaar Parishad probe.On Saturday, the city police had filed an application before the court, alleging that all five were “active members of the banned CPI-Maoist” and that the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ (held at the Shaniwarwada fort on December 31) was reportedly funded by the proscribed outfit.The Pune police had moved the application on the assumption that the deadline for filing a charge sheet against the five activists ended on September 2.“In our counter-argument, we requested the judge for an adjournment in the case on the calculation that the 90-day deadline for filing the charge sheet ended on September 4 and not on September 2 as stated by the Pune police,” said defence counsel Advocate Rohan Nahar, speaking with The Hindu.On the prosecution’s claim about purported funds being supplied to the accused to aggravate the clashes, he said: “We have nothing to confirm or deny the allegations as we are not furnished with any report of the police’s investigations or their findings. We will come to know of the specific allegations only once the charge sheet is filed.”Meanwhile, authorities at the Yerwada Central Jail — where the five accused are presently lodged — moved an application to move them to separate jails, citing overcrowding and security issues at Yerwada Jail as the  reasons for the proposed transfer of the accused.The two countrywide swoops by the Pune police — in June and in August — were based on an FIR registered at the city’s Vishrambaug Wada police station in connection with speeches made during the Elgaar Parishad.The FIR was based on a complaint by one Tushar Damgude against six participants, including Mr. Dhawale, of the Parishad. Those named in the FIR were members of the Kabir Kala Manch, a Dalit cultural troupe.The complaint had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, which lasted nearly eight hours and witnessed the participation of thousands of persons from more than 250 progressive social outfits including several left-leaning and Ambedkarite groups across Maharashtra.last_img read more

‘India series a good preparation for World Cup’

first_imgSouth African cricketer Morne van Wyk feels the close One-day series against India has helped them prepare well for the tough World Cup battle ahead.South Africa batsman Morne va Wyk. APSouth Africa won the series 3-2 after winning the decisive fifth match, in which van Wyk scored a crucial half-century for his side.”The victory definitely boosted our confidence, but even if we lost, it would not have been the end of our Cup chances.It’s better that we had to struggle rather than win the series 4-1 or 5-0, because in that way we have been forced to find answers to some tough questions,” Van Wyk said on Monday.However, the wicketkeeper batsman says past results won’t count when the ICC flagship event begins next month in the Indian sub-continent since there are many contenders for the title.”The tournament is something completely different and each of the teams starts on an equal footing, irrespective of their recent results,” he said.van Wyk is aware that he may not feature in the playing XI regularly since experienced Jacques Kallis will return to side after recovering from his injury but is still in positive frame of mind.”Jacques is the kind of player that no team can afford to leave out. Of course I don’t wish injury or poor form on any of my team-mates, but it’s a long tournament and anything is possible,” he said.”I don’t care where I have to walk out in the batting order, and whether I have to stand behind the wickets or in the field. I have even started working on my bowling again ? just in case the team may need me in that role,” he added.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Formula One sets July deadline for cockpit device

first_imgFormula One will decide by July which head protection device it favours for 2017 with more testing likely at the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix, race director Charlie Whiting said on Sunday.Red Bull tested an ‘aeroscreen’ fitted to the front of the cockpit in Friday practice at the Russian Grand Prix while Ferrari tried out a ‘halo’ device in pre-season testing in Barcelona.Whiting told reporters in Sochi that it “would be unreasonable” to leave a decision any later than July 1 because teams needed to incorporate the new device into their 2017 designs.New rules, aimed at making cars faster and more exciting with wider tyres and revised aerodynamics, are being introduced for 2017.”There are different load cases for each design because the halo has a central mounting and the ‘aeroscreen’ has two on the sides with nothing in the middle,” Whiting said.Whiting, who also oversees safety for the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA), said only one of the two concepts would be taken forward with a likely sole supplier. The FIA’s F1 Commission will make the final decision.Before then, further tests will be carried out to ensure there is no risk of the driver’s head hitting the structure in an impact.”What we are doing is some sledwork with a dummy to try to simulate more precisely just how much room you need in order to make sure that the driver’s head doesn’t make contact with it — as they are both substantial structures,” Whiting added.”That is the next phase of work, which I am told should be completed within two weeks.”advertisementRed Bull were also seeking special coatings for the interior and exterior of the ‘aeroscreen’ to reduce glare and ensure nothing sticks to it. The halo has no screen.”It’s quite difficult where you have tall buildings, trees, low sun, those sorts of effects, that you will probably get in Monaco and Monza, where there are natural features,” Whiting said of the screen.Improving head protection has become a priority after the deaths last year of Briton Justin Wilson, who was hit by debris in an IndyCar crash, and Frenchman Jules Bianchi.Sunday also marked the anniversary of the 1994 death of Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna at Italy’s Imola racetrack.The front wheel of the Williams bounced back in that impact with the wall, with Senna’s helmet penetrated by a suspension arm.last_img read more

Joachim Loew and Bastian Schweinsteiger win prizes at BAMBI Awards

first_imgGermany soccer coach, Joachim Loew, was recognised with an “Integration” award and former skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger a honorary service accolade at the BAMBI Awards in Berlin on Thursday. (Latest Football stories)Loew has spent a decade in charge of Germany and led them to their fourth World Cup title in Brazil two years ago, where Schweinsteiger capped an impressive career by helping secure victory over Argentina in the final.”I’m pleased that we are being seen as a good example of integration. And so we are proud to get a prize,” Loew told Reuters in Berlin.”We have various players with different backgrounds, different religions, and it works really well.”Bastian Schweinsteiger (Reuters Photo)Manchester United midfielder Schweinsteiger was given a “Special jury” prize for his services to the national team after winning 121 caps before retiring from international football in August.The BAMBI Awards started in 1948 and annually recognises those with vision and creativity. They are the oldest media awards in Germany.Pope Francis and women’s world number one tennis player Angelique Kerber were among others recognised at this year’s awards, where British singers Robbie Williams and Sting performed.last_img read more

England’s Gareth Southgate questions need for winter break

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has questioned whether the introduction of a winter break in the Premier League would improve the country’s fortunes in major tournaments.Southgate, who was handed a four-year contract last week having impressed the FA during four matches as interim manager, said any negative effects of England’s fixture-packed winter schedule were an “assumption”.The lack of a winter break during the season has often been considered one of several factors contributing to England’s international failures in recent years, with some Premier League managers claiming the gruelling festive period pushes players to their limits. (Also read: Gareth Southgate confirmed as England manager)”It’s an interesting debate. The idea of a winter break will be flagged at this point but I don’t ever remember this debate happening when I was playing in 1996 or 1998,” Southgate, who was appointed England manager on Thursday, was quoted as saying by British media.”When I look at the league, there are as many players from abroad playing here in our league, if not more, so they have the same problem and maybe we can over-egg that. It’s another thing that is an assumption, rather than what is the reality.”We can put hurdles in our way that maybe are not there. You then have to get the level of your training bang on at the end of a season and get the loading correct in order to peak for the right moments. That is the bit you can control.”Many of Europe’s major leagues, including the Bundesliga in Germany, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1, include a mid-season break.advertisementEnglish football traditionally has a busy Christmas period when teams frequently play several matches in a short period, with just a few days rest between games.”If there are things that can happen on a wider scale around fixture planning and breaks, then fantastic and that sure could help,” Southgate added.”But I don’t want to get distracted by that. I have to plan within the boundaries we’ve got.”Southgate said he hoped to speak to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who has announced his intention to switch his international allegiance to Ivory Coast, after failing to break into England’s senior team.”I cannot assess that until I speak with him. I would like to speak to him before we make a decision and happy to make that happen,” Southgate said when asked whether he felt Zaha’s decision was final.”He has played very well this season.”last_img read more

Australia batsman Josh Dunstan smashes 40 sixes, scores 307 in team total of 354

first_imgJosh Dunstan, a West Augusta B Grade batsman, played an astonishing innings of 307 in a 35-contest between his team and Central Stirling.Dunstan scored 307 runs out of his side’s total of 354 and the sensational innings included as many as 40 sixes.Dunstan contributed to 86.72 per cent of his team’s total in a frenetic innings.Dunstan came in to bat at No. 3 when the side was 10/1 and thereon, the batsman single-handedly took West Augusta B Grade to the total.Five of Dunstan’s teammates went back to the pavilion without scoring a single run and the highest score in the team after Dunstan was Ben Russell’s 18.Towering sixes and record-breaking scores are not alien to cricket anymore. Since Sachin Tendulkar’s historic ODI double hundred against South Africa back in 2010, four batsmen – Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have gone on to achieve the feat.In fact, Rohit has slammed two double hundreds and holds the record for the highest individual score in ODIs. Back in November 2014, Rohit had clobbered 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens.last_img read more

I-League: Minerva Punjab FC continue winning run, edge out Indian Arrows

first_imgMinerva Punjab FC continued their winning run in I-League after edging past Luis Norton de Matos-coached Indian Arrows with a 1-0 victory in Ludhiana on Monday.The match was headed into a certain draw but Bhutan international Chencho took the match away in the 80th minute with a brilliant solo effort.With the win, Minerva maintained their top spot in the league table with 13 points from five matches while Indian Arrows were seventh after three points from three games.Minerva had earlier defeated Indian Arrows 2-0 in the first leg in Goa.Home side Minerva made two changes from their game against Chennai City FC with Souvik Das and Lago Bei making way for Amandeep Singh and center back Sukhdev Singh.Indian Arrows made two changes in their squad from the last game as Aniket Jadhav, who scored 2 goals in the opening game against Chennai City, and central midfielder Abhijit Sarkar made way for attacking minded Rahim Ali and new comer Abhishek Halder respectively.Minerva Punjab completely outplayed Indian Arrows in the first half of play. Captain Kassim Aidara had an early opportunity in the 3rd minute to get his name on the scoresheet but his effort from four yards out went wide off the target.On the 15th minute mark, William’s powerful volley was somehow blocked by Indian Arrows’ defence line, when it almost looked like the action replay of his previous goal against Indian Arrows in Goa.The best chance of first half fell to Dano in 35th minute when he hit the post from a picture perfect diving volley. Meanwhile, Arrows goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem made two superb back-to-back saves in the 42nd minute to keep his team in the match.advertisementIndian Arrows somehow managed to keep the scoreline 0-0 at half time.The 2nd half was more even with Indian Arrows players starting to get into the rhythm of the game. They had more of the ball but still could not penetrate the strong defence of the Punjab club.Indian Arrows had the chance of the match in 53rd minute when KP Rahul ran down the right wing going one on one with Minerva goalkeeper Rakshit, who came out of his line and managed to put the ball out of danger in a heroic manner.Minerva, on the other hand, capitalised on their chance in the 80th minute when Chencho scored after sending two defenders the wrong way and hit a powerful low drive into the right corner giving no chance to Dheeraj.last_img read more

17-year-old Esow Alben creates history by winning India’s first cycling World Cup medal

first_imgEsow Alben created history on August 16, 2018, by winning India’s first junior cycling World Cup silver medal in the men’s kerin event of the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships held in Aigle, Switzerland.It was his first major feat on foreign soil.Esow was edged out only by 0.017 seconds by Czech Republic’s Jakub Stastny, who secured gold in the race.”I could have won (gold) but I am still happy with a silver. I’m happy that I could win a medal in World Championships, said Esow Alben, according to Times of India.Esow Alben’s achievementsHailing from Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the cyclist already has a plethora of achievements to his name.The teenager has had a terrific run in the Asian Championships and victories in the 2018 Cottbuser Sprint Cup 2, GP Brno Track Cycling competitions and also earned the No.1 ranking in the Junior Sprint category which made him the first Indian to reach the top spot. Image: Esow Alben/FacebookEsow won gold medals in the individual and team event at the 2018 Asian Track Cycling Championships in Malaysia with a top-place finish in the Men’s junior sprint event afterward.From rowing to cyclingEsow Alben completed his schooling from Government Model School in Port Blair and was then sent to the State Sports Council Netaji Stadium by his mother after she saw a newspaper ad for induction of junior sports trainees.The teenager was enrolled for rowing at first but was soon shifted to cycling due to his low height.advertisementThe 17-year-old’s journey started with a silver in the under-14 500m time trial event in the 67th National Cycling Championships in Kerala in 2015.Soon, he shifted to Delhi after being picked for the National Cycling Academy.READ| Sajan wins gold on day 1 of Junior Asian Wrestling Championship bringing India’s medal tally to 4Family backgroundSports is entrenched in Alben’s family. His father, Alban Didus, was also a cyclist and participated in inter-police meets.Esow’s mother, Lelly Alban, was a kabbadi player and had travelled to Chandigarh for the national championships in 1984.READ| This 17-year-old national level cycling record holder with cerebral palsy just got selected to the Special Olympics!What’s next for Esow AlbenEsow Alben is going to perform in the ongoing Asian Games and the upcoming Youth Olympics in Argentina in October.READ| Asian Games 2018: All you need to know about the continental multi-sport eventInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: India won’t be overconfident because of 6-0 record vs Pakistan, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: India won’t be overconfident because of 6-0 record vs Pakistan, says Sachin TendulkarSpeaking to India Today, batting great Sachin Tendulkar said India would have discussed in the team meetings to cut out complacency when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the much-anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup clash in Manchester on Sunday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 14, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 09:15 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India take on Pakistan in a blockbuster clash on Sunday in Manchester (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have a 6-0 head-to-head record vs Pakistan in World CupsIndia were handed a 180-run defeat by Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017 finalWe have to be on our toes, go out and play what we are good at: TendulkarBatting great Sachin Tendulkar has said India will certainly not be complacent when they take on Pakistan in the blockbuster ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match on Sunday in Manchester.India haven’t lost to Pakistan in a World Cup encounter, winning all their 6 meetings so far in the quadrennial showpiece event. However, India were outclassed by 180 runs in the final of Champions Trophy 2017, which was also the last time the two Asian rivals met at an ICC event.”That’s a positive comeback [Champions Trophy win in 2017]. After having been 6-0 down, the last one that they [Pakistan] had won. Indian team wouldn’t be overconfident. We are confident but we won’t be overconfident. I can fully understand that Ravi [Shastri], Virat [Kohli] and all the senior players would be emphasizing that we got to be on our toes, go out and play what we are good at,” Sachin Tendulkar said.Tendulkar also pointed out that India are certainly 100% better at the moment due to the consistent success in the recent past in ODI cricket.India have been dominant against Pakistan since the 2015 World Cup, winning 3 of their 4 meetings in ODI cricket. India had comfortably thrashed Pakistan in both their Asia Cup 2018 meetings.”I think when you are winning you are thinking different, but we, as a team, always think that we can’t be overconfident. Pack those confident things in the kitbag and travel with it. The team which is winning invariably the thought process is different and you believe you can pull through difficult situations,” Tendulkar added.advertisementAgainst Australia, Pak lost wickets at critical moments. They are a decent side and were in the game till the end,” he added.”At this stage 100% India are the better side. The way we have been performing for a number of months now we have been right at the top and carrying the momentum all the way.”Also Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar cracks rain joke ahead of Sunday blockbusterAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Why India are outright favourites against PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Indian team will beat Pakistan 7 out of 10 times, says Kapil DevAlso 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 India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow ICC Cricket World CupFollow Virat KohliFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Manchesterlast_img read more

Back in charge

first_imgBack in chargeExpectations run high as Sourav Ganguly takes over as BCCI president. Indian fans will hope he can restore the cricket board to its pre-eminent statusadvertisement Boria Majumdar New Delhi October 18, 2019 ISSUE DATE: October 28, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 15:02 IST Photo: Bandeep SinghSoon after taking over as US President, as Barack Obama stepped out to address his supporters gathered at Washington Park, a frisson of excitement rippled through the crowd. His words yes, we can’ instantaneously offered the hope that things would soon get better. Indeed, the word that reverberated all over the United States and beyond was Hope’. Something similar happened when Sourav Ganguly took over as India’s cricket captain in the year 2000. The game was in the throes of the match-fixing scandal, and disillusioned fans had moved on. Cricket in India was struggling for credibility. India needed a man of integrity and steel, to give fans the confidence that not all matches were fixed. The Australia series of 2001, with Sourav at the helm, rekindled that hope for Indian fans. The hope is that Sourav can do it once again in his second innings, this time as the country’s top cricket administrator. India is on a weak footing at the ICC, cricket’s apex international body; the country’s first-class cricket structure needs a revamp; the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) is tangled in hundreds of pending court cases; and, most importantly, Indian fans seem to have deserted Test cricket. The flavour of the time is the IPL, but unless international cricket has pride of place in the calendar and draws fans too, India’s standing as the leading cricket nation will take a beating.It is no secret that India’s relationship with the ICC, currently led by Shashank Manohar, is frosty. Manohar too, incidentally, has twice served as BCCI president, and is an administrator of long standing. The embarrassing defeat (1-13 votes) at the ICC in 2017 over a new revenue-distribution model for world cricket boards was ample proof that the BCCI’s stature has diminished. It no longer has the numbers to dictate terms at the ICC, and Sourav will want to retrieve some of the lost ground. Conversations with ICC board members suggest that most, if not all, back Manohar. A policy of open confrontation may not work, though some at the Board, like former BCCI and ICC chief N. Srinivasan, have been advocating such a stand. It will be interesting to see how Sourav plays this attritional game. While the BCCI does contribute the largest share of ICC revenues, it can ill-afford to always toe a divergent line, ignore the views of other ICC members and antagonise them. Sourav will have to be diplomatic for many in the BCCI will expect him to deliver at the earliest and it is always difficult to live up to unrealistic expectations. Having managed superstars like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and others, Sourav does know a thing or two about man-management, but he will have to dig deep to deal with Manohar and the ICC. The BCCI and ICC need to be partners, not adversaries, and that’s the message Sourav might want to transmit to get any concessions from world cricket’s governing body. Radical steps like a boycott of global tournaments would be plain foolish, and Sourav knows better than to try blackmail.advertisementBack home too, he has his task cut out. With arbitration cases pending against Sahara and the Kochi IPL team, the BCCI stands to lose as much as Rs 1,500 crore, if decisions go against the board. There are hundreds of other cases listed in courts across India. The BCCI’s legal expenses are humungous, upwards of Rs 100 crore has been spent in the past five or six years, and this is not a popular topic of discussion in BCCI’s corridors of power. It is a peculiar paradox that while the board spends crores on lawyers and legal fees, and has hundreds of crores in its coffers, it can’t provide cricket fans with basic amenities on grounds, such as clean toilets.Sourav is already on record saying that a revamp of the country’s first-class cricket infrastructure is a priority. First-class cricket is the nursery, the supply line for national prospects, and unless that structure is robust, Indian cricket won’t be stable in the long run. To be fair, a start has already been made, with Dravid taking over the reins of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). While looking at the first-class structure, Sourav will want to review both the senior- and junior-level selection committees. To get the best men for the jobs, he’ll have to make their contracts financially competitive. Cricketers of note earn in crores from commentary and other contracts, and to get them on board as selectors, he’ll have do enough for them to consider giving up big-money endorsements and remunerative commentary gigs.advertisementWhen Sourav led the national team, the BCCI had less money but its foundations were arguably stronger. In a match at the Eden Gardens against England in 1993, there were 70,000-plus people at the ground on Day 5, with India needing just 30 runs to win. When Sourav led the team to a miracle win against Australia at his home ground in March 2001, Eden had 100,000 people in the stands on Day 5. Today, no more than a thousand watch Test cricket in India. If India is to retain its billing as the nerve centre of world cricket, this statistic must change really soon. The ongoing Test series with South Africa is playing to embarrassingly empty stands. For contrast, every single day of the Ashes series in England was sold out. When India play in Australia, for example, there are 70,000 people at the MCG. With the world Test championship under way, the clock is already ticking for Sourav in this respect.The women’s game is another area that could do with his attention in the 10 months that Sourav has as BCCI president. Under him as CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) president, Bengal emerged as the powerhouse of Indian women’s cricket, winning the senior nationals, and the U-23 and U-19 crowns. With two world cups coming up in two years, the BCCI president will have to chart a roadmap for the women’s game. Beyond Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav, women’s cricket in India looks fragile. It will also be interesting to see if Sourav pushes for a women’s IPL in 2020 itself. We can’t have a situation where a talented Shefali Verma has to pose as a boy to play the game at a competitive level while growing up. Unlike in the men’s game, where India are among the top sides alongside England and Australia, in the women’s game, Australia is still comfortably ahead. This is because the domestic game in Australia is much better organised. The talent pool is deeper because there are incentives for girls to play the sport and take it up as a career. While things have changed in India in the past three years, much still needs to be done to make women’s cricket a mainstream sport, on an equal footing with the men’s game. Sourav has the very able ex-India captain Shantha Rangaswamy for support in the apex council, but it needs to be seen if she remains just a token voice.As BCCI president, Sourav certainly has his task cut out, and we’ll have to wait and see if the 10 months he has at the helm of India’s cricket affairs are too short for him to usher in deep change. The hope and onerous expectation certainly is that as BCCI’s head honcho he will recreate the leadership magic fans came to associate with the triumphant, shirt-waving captain on the Lord’s balcony after India’s thrilling Natwest final victory in 2002.advertisementFor 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 byIram Ara Ibrahimlast_img read more

Opinion Moroccos Street Cats Are Not Cute

Rabat – While doing research for my recent piece about sterilization, I came across a VICE article about the cats of Marrakech. It was written in 2014 by someone named Tory Noll. “The best thing about Marrakech is its out-of-control cat population,” reads the first line of the article. The author mentions that she has “a soft spot for deformed and mangy cats,” so she’s particularly fond of those in Marrakech. The article is essentially a photo essay of the street cats in Marrakech. Each photo includes a caption and the names given to the cats by the author.  The first photo features a cat with a visible eye infection. The author describes the cat’s “wonky eye” as “cute.”Another photo features three kittens. “One of them was blind, which was super sad, but he seemed happy otherwise,” the caption reads. “They slept in a cardboard box. It could be worse!”The author also shares two photos of a pregnant cat. The first shows how large she is, while the second is a close-up shot of her face. “Babe alert! She’ll have no problem finding another dude to mate with,” the author writes. Is this person delusional? I wondered, suddenly enraged. Do people really think like this?It took me a few moments to realize my own hypocrisy and get down off my high horse. Yes, people really do think like this—I used to think like this. Even as a supposedly well-informed American student in Rabat, I was blissfully unconcerned with the nagging issue of animal welfare in the country. I actually loved seeing cats every day on my walk to school.  My wake-up call didn’t come until April of 2018, more than two months into my semester abroad. One of my school buildings was in Rabat’s old medina, and living nearby was a pregnant cat. When she gave birth, people from the neighborhood set up a cardboard box to house her and her newborn kittens. Residents also left cheese, milk, and meat scraps for the nursing mother. I thought this was cute. The mother cat with her babies in Rabat’s medina. Credit Morocco World News/Morgan HekkingThe box had been in the same spot for nearly four weeks. One day I approached my class building only to find that a neighbor had poured a bucket of dirty water out of her window directly onto the box, soaking the kittens and spooking the mother into abandoning them.  The kittens’ pitiful cries reverberated throughout the small alleyway for days. They were too young to be without their mother, who was lurking nearby but now refused to go near them. I will never forget how helpless I felt as I left my lecture one afternoon because their cries were insufferable. I found the wooden crate they had been trapped under and held their shivering, dirty bodies to my chest. Two of them were barely moving.    I didn’t know of a nearby vet, but even if I did, I had no way of transporting them. I didn’t know of a pet store where I could buy kitten formula, but even if I did, I couldn’t foster them at my host family’s apartment. I asked the employees at my school if they could call anyone for help. As far as I know, no calls were made. I reached out to a local animal association but received no response. I had no other resources to consult. The neighborhood’s residents, who had once cared so much for the mother cat and her kittens, could now only look on with sympathy. The kittens starved to death in a matter of days. They cried for help until they no longer had the strength. They spent their last moments cold, wet, and afraid. This is not cute. This tragedy is not an anomaly in Morocco. In fact, I’ve heard of much worse. A boy walking in Temara encouraged his dog to attack a kitten on the sidewalk. The dog gouged her face and punctured her stomach, and she died of her injuries. This is not cute. A man wheeling a cart of fruit near Rabat ran over a box of three-week-old kittens. One was crushed to death and the others were mangled. The man continued on his way. This is not cute.In Casablanca, a group of children picked up a stray cat by his tail and dangled him over a balcony. They dropped him to see if he would survive the fall. This is not cute. Thousands of unwanted kittens dumped on a garbage tip in Azemmour, and elsewhere throughout Morocco contract viruses which complicate and cause their eyes to crust over and pop out of their heads. This is not cute.A kitten in Azemmour suffers from serious infections in both eyes. Credit Anne HeslopIn Marrakech, I saw the bloodied remains of a dead cat lying atop a steaming pile of garbage. This is not cute. Being kicked and threatened with hot oil by restaurant owners is not cute. Living in the filth under a butcher’s meat display is not cute. Getting stuck in trash bins during a desperate search for food is not cute. Tails being ripped from bodies by passing cars and motorcycles is not cute.A female mother cat waits for scraps from a butcher. Credit Anne HeslopThe hunger, thirst, fear, and pain faced by Morocco’s street cats are not cute. Fighting for food and territory, being tormented by humans, and getting trapped in an endless cycle of pregnancy is not cute. Morocco’s street cats are suffering, and it is not cute.A cat searches for food amongst piles of rubbish. Credit Anne HeslopI used to play devil’s advocate. Well, they’re not all suffering, I would tell myself. A lot of people take care of them. Most Moroccans I know love cats. Look at the cats in the medina, they’re so happy and well-fed!Are some stray cats loved and cared for? Sure, you could say that. But you know what? I don’t care anymore. The street cats of Morocco have lost their charm to me. I no longer see them as cute. I only see their infected eyes and scarred faces; their injured legs and mangled tails; and their scrawny, dirty, starving bodies. This is not cute. It’s heartbreaking. A kitten with born with a disability also suffers from an eye infection. Credit Anne HeslopAnimal welfare isn’t a priority in Morocco, and it probably won’t be for a long time. I can’t blame anyone for this. The government has bigger fish to fry, and most ordinary people barely earn enough to provide for their own families, let alone the stray cats of their neighborhood. All I can ask is for my fellow foreigners to stop glorifying the disastrous animal overpopulation problem that is plaguing this country. Morocco’s street cats are not cute. They are suffering. And they will continue to suffer so long as we write off their misery as endearing. If you would like to learn more about animal welfare in Morocco, check out some of these organizations:  ERHAM – AzemmourAssociation de Defense des Animaux et de la Nature (ADAN) – RabatLa Tribu des Quat’pattes – RabatSFT Animal Sanctuary – TangierL’association MchichatesComme Chats et Chiens (CCCM) read more

Stephen Hawking prédit la fin de lhumanité dici 200 ans

first_imgStephen Hawking prédit la fin de l’humanité d’ici 200 ansGrande-Bretagne –  Le célèbre astrophysicien Stephen Hawking est désormais plus connu pour ses prédictions de la fin du monde que pour ses travaux. Il a récemment expliqué que l’Humanité disparaîtrait d’ici 200 ans si l’Homme ne parvenait pas à se rendre dans l’espace.Atteint d’une maladie dégénérative paralysante, Stephen Hawking ne se déplace aujourd’hui qu’en chaise roulante et ne parvient à s’exprimer qu’à travers un synthétiseur vocal et un ordinateur. Sur son site internet, l’astrophysicien a récemment expliqué au site internet Big Think : “Je pense que l’avenir à long terme de la race humaine se trouve dans l’espace. Il sera déjà difficile d’éviter une catastrophe sur la planète Terre dans les 100 prochaines années, sans parler du prochain millier ou million d’années […] La race humaine ne devrait pas mettre tous ses oeufs dans le même panier, ou sur la même planète”.Pour M. Hawking, l’Humanité risque gros : “J’entrevois de grands dangers pour la race humaine. A de nombreuses reprises par le passé, sa survie a été dans une situation délicate. La fréquence de telles menaces va probablement augmenter à l’avenir. Nous aurons besoin de faire preuve de prudence et de jugement pour les gérer avec succès. Mais je suis optimiste”. Et l’AFP de rappeler que l’homme avait fait parler de lui en avril dernier, en expliquant que si les extraterrestres existaient, l’Homme ne devait en aucun cas entrer en contact avec eux. Le 10 août 2010 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Law makers ratify Motion on Statute of IOFS

first_imgBy MUHAMMED S. BAHThe National Assembly on Tuesday, 4 October 2016, ratified the motion on Statute Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS) which was tabled Mr. Ismaila Sanyang, the Minister of Agriculture.Mr. Sanyang told the deputies that the OIC Council of Foreign affairs Ministers approved the Statute in December 2013, during its 40th Session held in Conakry republic of Guinea as a specialised institution as defined by Article 24 of the OIC charter.“The statute seeks to address the major food security problems, widespread poverty, growing population, food shortage, desertification, deforestation, salinity and under -utilisation of existing potential and thereby creating a collective platform to promote food security and agricultural development in a sustainable manner through the mobilisation of all available resources within their countries, exchange of best practices and experiences, promotion of investment and transfer of appropriate technologies,” said the agriculture minister.He noted that every member state of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperative (OIC) may become a member upon signing the Statute, adding that the Gambia was among the first nineteen members of the OIC that signed it. He said the headquarters is located at Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan.On the objectives, Mr. Sanyang said the IOFS seeks to provide expertise and technical know-how to member states on the various aspects of sustainable agriculture, rural development, food security, biotechnology, including addressing the problems posed by desertification, deforestation, erosion and salinity as well as providing social safety nets.He also highlighted the organs of the organisation which, he said, comprises the General Assembly, the Executive Board and the Secretariat.Mr. Sanyang noted that the financial resources of the organisation come from the annual assessed contributions received from member states as approved by the General Assembly.“Donation and voluntary contributions from the member states, non-member states, institutions and partners, provided that donations from all external sources are not incompatible with the objectives and regulations of the organisations,” he remarked.The motion was seconded by Hon. Njie Darboe, National Assembly Member for Jarra West and was ratified by the law makers.last_img read more

Apology Elections Officer registering for 2017 only

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 29, 2016 -If you went to the Elections Office today seeking to be registered for the 2016 General Elections next month because of what we reported this morning, we sincerely apologize for the inadvertent error in dates.Our report earlier said new voters could register today for that December 15 run off, but the registration deadline of November 30, which is this coming Wednesday is actually for the new 2017 Elector’s List.We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  The voter register for the upcoming race which has 52 nominees offering for the 10 districts and five at large seats is closed.Just over 7,700 voters are on that current voter register. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Guardiola backs Laporte for France callup

first_imgAymeric Laporte has become one of the most crucial members of the Manchester City squad after his winter arrival from Athletic Bilbao – and his coach Pep Guardiola believes that his national team call-up is just a question of time.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager opened up on his thoughts about the French centre-back as he claimed, according to mancity.com: “Laporte is not selected but he will be selected. It is difficult to find a better left central defender than him in the world.”He also added that he leaves the decision on leaving the national teams on the players: “At some point, it’s good for them. It’s their decision – we never push for them to retire or tell them to play for their national team.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We cannot deny that for players who are 32, 33, 34, to have a week or ten days off to regenerate is good for their minds and legs.”“On the other side, the World Cup or the Euros are huge competitions for them. In the end, it is their decision. The manager or the Club do not decide.”last_img read more

Di Francesco talks before Real Madrid match

first_imgRoma and Los Merengues will face off tomorrow at Stadio Olimpico as part of Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions LeagueItalian Lega Serie A club AS Roma will host Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid tomorrow, as part of the UEFA Champions League.The game will be part of Matchday 5 and for Roma’s coach Eusebio Di Francesco, it will be a very important match.“Udinese? We prepared for it as the most important match and this bothers me, but you cannot buy determination and malice at the supermarket,” he said to Calcio Mercato.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Injuries? Pellegrini will be out against Real and Iter. Olsen will try but the exams done in the morning were positive. Manolas will play.”“Real Madrid in crisis? They can say the same about us. These are two teams that are struggling in the league, it will be on equal terms, but then again, they are the champions of Europe,” he explained.“A possible defeat? We need to send positive messages in certain situations. We should redouble our efforts.”“In these moments we need to do more and we have already done so in other periods. The biggest problem – among the many things I say – is continuity,” Di Francesco concluded.last_img read more

Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition borrows cues from the OG concept

first_imgAutomakers love nothing more than a quality special-edition vehicle, especially when there doesn’t appear to be much else happening with that specific model. The latest car to hop on this bandwagon is the Audi TT, as it celebrates its 20th year of existence.Audi this week unveiled the TT 20th Anniversary Edition, marking two decades of twee little sport coupes. This one borrows a bit of its style from the TTS Roadster design study that first appeared at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. It’ll be available in both coupe and convertible forms.This limited edition TT will be available in two different shades of gray, one being exclusive to the US. There’s a bunch of gloss black exterior trim, special 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer tires, a unique stainless steel exhaust system and the OLED taillights from the Audi TT RS. “20 Years of TT” badges hang out on the front fenders.Enlarge ImageThankfully, it looks less like a Beetle these days. Audi Inside, the interior sports a mandatory brown Nappa leather getup with yellow contrast stitching, the latter of which is meant to resemble the “baseball” stitches on the original concept. More anniversary badges adorn the interior, including one with the vehicle’s unique production number. The car also receives a standard tech package that adds Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, navigation, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.You won’t find anything new under the hood. The TT 20th Anniversary Edition uses the same engine as the standard TT — a 2.0-liter, turbocharged I4 good for 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The coupe will hit 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds, but the roadster will take a bit longer at 5.5 seconds.The Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is on sale now. It’ll set you back $52,900 for the coupe, or $56,800 for the roadster. For context, a base TT coupe costs $44,900, while a base TT roadster goes for $48,400. Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition sports slick OLED taillights 21 Photos 0 Sports Cars Convertibles Coupes Review • 2018 Audi TT RS: A nimble little coupe-o-fun Post a comment Share your voice More about 2018 Audi TT RS Audi: Stay up to date with all the latest news from VW’s fancy sibling.Audi A8: Live large.center_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2018 Audi TT RS: 400 horses worth of civilized aggression Audi More From Roadshow Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Audilast_img read more