A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped and killed in her house on the premises of the College of Military Engineering (CME) here, the police said on Wednesday.Police also found the body of a 24-year-old, suspected to be behind the crime, on the campus, an officer said, adding that he might have committed suicide. Prima facie, police said the accused, whose name has been withheld, committed the crime after the girl’s mother, a widow, spurned his proposal.
Arun Jaitley was named as the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha on Monday, while Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad was declared the Leader of the Opposition.Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari made the announcement.Ansari said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had written to him on June 2 informing that Jaitley will the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha.He said the letter regarding Azad being made the Leader of Congress came to him on Sunday.Jaitley (61), a senior BJP member was earlier Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha during UPA government, while Azad (65) was Union Health Minister.Both Jaitley and Azad lost elections from Amritsar in Punjab and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir respectively in this Lok Sabha polls but the tenure of their Rajya Sabha membership still remains.Jaitley had lost to Amarinder Singh of Congress while Azad lost the Lok Sabha polls to BJP’s Jitendra Singh, who is now Minister of State in PMO.While Jaitley is a member of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, Congress leader Azad is a member from Jammu and Kashmir.-With inputs from PTI
Tata Motors has launched Harrier, the company’s much talked about SUV, for a starting price of Rs 12.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The company is expected to challenge the dominant players like Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass in the sports utility vehicle segment with its new offering.Below are Harrier’s variants and prices (ex-showroom, Mumbai), as revealed by the company during the launch:– XE – Rs 12.69 lakh– XM – Rs 13.75 lakh– XT – Rs 14.95 lakh– XZ – Rs 16.25 lakhHarrier will be available in five exciting colour options – Calisto Copper, Thermisto Gold, Ariel Silver, Telesto Grey and Orcus White.At the Auto Expo 2018, Tata had showcased its H5X concept. Ever since the company revealed Harrier – the production version of H5X – the SUV enthusiasts eagerly awaited its launch. The bookings for Harrier finally commenced on October 15, 2018 with much fanfare.The SUV is based on Land Rover’s D8 platform and will be the first product to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language from Tata Motors.Harrier will be powered by a very efficient Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged engine churning out 140 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 350 Nm torque at 1,750 rpm. It comes with an Advanced Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (eVGT) for excellent low-end torque and linear power delivery with low carbon footprint. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.The new SUV from Tata features three drive modes – Eco, City and Sport – combined with similar number of ESP terrain response modes – Normal, Rough and Wet – ensuring effortless handling. However, the SUV does not provide two important features — an automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive.advertisementHarrier gets Xenon HID projector headlamps, dual function LED DRLs with turn indicators merged with front grille, 3D LED tail lamps with sporty piano black finish, shark fin antenna and 17-inch alloy wheels. The combination of all these features makes the SUV look dynamic and expressive.One would find ample room inside Harrier’s spacious cabin, which gets a touch of luxury through decent use of leather and satin chrome pack. The dashboard comes in oak wood finish. The SUV gets premium leather seat upholstery along with leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob. The boot provides 425 litres of space.Coming to the entertainment bit, Harrier comes with a Floating Island 8.8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with high resolution display, supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The SUV also gets four speakers, four tweeters, one subwoofer with amplifier and guess what, all are provided by none other than JBL.Safety standards in Harrier are quite high with the company providing six airbags – driver, co-driver, seat side and airbags. The SUV also gets advanced ESP (electronic safety program) with 14 additional functionalities, including ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), corner stability control, electronic traction control, electronic stability control, hill hold control, hill descent control and roll over mitigation.Tata is banking big on Harrier and with the kind of looks and features this SUV has, a lot many people are going to go for it. With Harrier out, Mahindra and Jeep will need to be on their toes and try to keep their market share intact through innovative methods.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki launches 3rd-generation WagonR at Rs 4.19 lakh, serious threat for Hyundai SantroALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift likely to be launched on January 27, price to be revealed around same timeALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 to launch on February 14, you can pre-book it by paying Rs 20,000
Hassan Ali Hassan Ali Imad Wasim Imad Wasim STUMPED – 2 Batsman 924 runs in boundries All-Rounder Shadab Khan Shadab Khan Batsman Batsman Mohammad Hasnain Mohammad Hasnain WI AFG Bowler Wicket Keeper BAN 2024 Total runs scored Shoaib Malik Shoaib Malik 9 Matches Played Total 50’s/100’s 8/2 Batsman Azhar Ali Captain Haris Sohail Haris Sohail 3 – Lost IND NZ Caught – 39 For a team who routinely oscillate between sublime cricket and farce and are cursed with a legendary ability to self-destruct, Pakistan will enter another World Cup as the proverbial dark horses with good memories of England.When the team under Sarfraz Ahmed went to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan last month before leaving for England, they were reminded by the cricketer-turned-politician of the role of proper planning behind a successful campaign.Sarfraz and his men must heed the advice from someone who famously galvanised a traditionally fractious side to World Cup glory in 1992.”Unpredictable that’s a word that us as coaching staff hate,” coach Micky Arthur recently said in a video on the cricket board’s website. “You read all the previews now, they say Pakistan are going to be in the top four because of their unpredictability. I say, ‘No, Pakistan are going to be in the top four because of the work we’ve put in.'”Top order duo Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman will lead their batting charges but the lack of enough power-hitters in the middle could stymie their bid for a second ODI World Cup.FITNESS LEVELSThe team, however, can draw inspiration from their 2017 Champions Trophy triumph in England, which also marked a shift in their fitness levels.Not the most agile bunch by any stretch of the imagination, Pakistan sent Umar Akmal home after the batsman failed fitness tests ahead of the elite tournament.Since then the yo-yo endurance test, which involves running between cones at a quickening pace, has become the selection standard, resulting in a fitter Pakistan team.advertisement”Coming into the Champions Trophy, we had a few players out of shape,” Pakistan’s strength and conditioning coach Grant Luden said in a video on the cricket board’s website.”We had to make a hard decision and we had to send those players home. And thank goodness! We had the results … It was a watershed moment for us.”Pakistan have bolstered their pace attack with the late inclusion of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz and received a boost when leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered a bout of hepatitis, was declared fit earlier this month.Their long-suffering fans agonised over the team’s tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but Pakistan remain one of the most exciting sides in any tournament.”Many Pakistani fans will say they have followed their team for too long and had their hearts broken many times, but I love them, and I love their cricket,” ex-England captain Nasser Hussain told the PakPassion.net website.”I love them because they are mercurial Pakistan and you wonder which Pakistan will turn up on the day. The fact is that you cannot write off Pakistan for this World Cup.” Bowler Bowler Team Profile Babar Azam Babar Azam Bowled – 9 The Pakistan cricket team is administrated by the Pakistan Cricket Board and is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and one-day international status. Cricket in Pakistan has been played well before the first team was granted Test playing status. Their first match took place in Delhi against India in 1952 while their first international tour was to England in 1954.Down the years, Pakistan emerged as a formidable opposition winning the Cricket World Cup in 1992 and being runners-up in the 1999 edition of the same. The country has a history of producing several top-notch bowlers such as Fazal Mahmood, Sarfaraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar. The likes of Hanif Mohammad, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad have stamped their authority with the willow for Pakistan as well.The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history when Pakistan was knocked out of the competition in a shock defeat to Ireland. The next day, a greater tragedy befell the team when coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room in Jamaica. The then skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned from his duties and from one-day internationals subsequently. With a younger side, Pakistan began picking up the pieces and started making positive strides in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 later that year. The team, however, had to contend with second place after losing to India in a nail-biting final. They compensated for this loss by winning the title in 2009 where they beat Sri Lanka in the finals.In the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, Shahid Afridi led Pakistan to the semi-finals but the team lost to arch-rivals India in a nerve-wracking encounter which ultimately brought an end to their campaign.History was created in 2016 when Pakistan, under the captaincy of, Misbah, climbed up to the no. 1 spot in the Test rankings for the first time. It though was for a brief time only. They haven’t quite maintained the same amount of form since the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. A year later, they surprised everybody by lifting the Champions Trophy for the first time, beating their arch-rivals, India. Pakistan also became the no. 1 ranked T20I side in 2018.Pakistan are now in the transition mode under the leadership of Sarfraz Ahmed. They have struggled to emulate the form they showed in the Champions Trophy and their shock exit in the Super Fours of the 2018 Asia Cup was an example of that. Total runs in each powerplay Mohammad Hafeez Mohammad Hafeez 5 – WON Bowler Imam-ul-Haq Imam-ul-Haq Pakistan Wahab Riaz Wahab Riaz PAK LBW – 6 SL All-Rounder All-Rounder SA Asif Ali Asif Ali All-Rounder Fakhar Zaman Fakhar Zaman 4s-189 6s-28 AUS Mohammad Amir Mohammad Amir Bowler ENG Sarfaraz Ahmed Sarfaraz Ahmed Batsman 60 Total Wickets Run Outs – 4 Shaheen Afridi Shaheen Afridi Pakistan
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Friday, said the government will bring a new national educational policy and Rs 400 crore has been provided for world class institutions.Budget 2019 by Nirmala SitharamanPresenting the first Budget of the Modi government in its second term, she said a draft legislation for higher education commission will be presented.India will become educational hub: SitharamanIndia has potential to become educational hub, she said while proposing the Budget 2019.Study in India programme will attract foreign students.National Sports Education Board under Khelo India schemeThe finance minister also said that a National Sports Education Board will be set up under the Khelo India scheme.To sensitise youth about Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas, Sitharaman said a ”Gandhi-pedia” is being developed.She said railways will be encouraged to invest in suburban railways through special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and enhance metro rail network through PPPs (public private partnerships).
Oklahoma State’s play-calling as the clock wound down on Saturday may have ultimately cost them the game.As the clock expired on fourth down, Mason Rudolph hurled a hail mary to the open field, and OSU won 27-24.Except OSU was penalized on the play for intentional grounding, which left Central Michigan with an untimed down…and the rest is history.But why did that happen? Mike Gundy’s been in a similar situation before — why not run around for four seconds? Remember this game against A&M, when you just let Justin Blackmon run around? Oklahoma State could have done the exact play, they had two points to give. Instead, they tossed the ball down field like the end of a hoops game and opened an opportunity that lead to their first loss of the season.“Everybody is going to be really mad at me for a long time, and I’m going to be mad at myself for a long time,” said Gundy in the postgame. “I should have done a better job of preparing and thinking that through. I’ll be real honest, it never crossed my mind. We’ve practiced it for years, and nobody ever said, “hey, there’s not a receiver in the area. I wouldn’t change anything we did up until we threw the ball.”It’s a rule that Mike Gundy either wasn’t familiar with, or perhaps wasn’t necessarily a rule that played against OSU. Whatever the case, it’s a tough pill to swallow for OSU who came in today as a big favorite.“I told the team, ‘that part is on me because I was the one that made the call.’ It’s a difficult way to learn a hard lesson.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Manchester City Guardiola’s Man City believe they can beat anybody, any time, any place Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:41 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Manchester City v West Ham United West Ham United The Premier League leaders have swept aside all before them this season, with their manager admitting that his side feel almost indestructible Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the season has left Pep Guardiola believing that his side are capable of beating anybody.A remarkable opening to the 2017-18 campaign has seen City surge to the top of the Premier league table, while also progressing in the Champions League and Carabao Cup.The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Napoli have been unable to derail the Blues bandwagon, with confidence now so high around the Etihad Stadium that there is feeling they can overcome any opponent, any time, any place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Guardiola told reporters ahead of a home date with struggling West Ham: “With the confidence, our players believe they can do it until the end.“Liverpool at home, winning at Stamford Bridge, at Napoli, against Shakhtar, gives you confidence. Of course, confidence on its own doesn’t work, but you have to see it, believe it, feel it.“We now have the feeling – wherever we go, whoever we play – that we are capable of winning. And that is the first step to arrive at the end of a competition and to fight to win the title.”Guardiola has enjoyed a glittering coaching career to date, collecting numerous major honours during spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.Even he, though, has never enjoyed such a stunning start to a season, with City currently on a record-breaking 19-match winning streak. “When you achieve these types of records, then you know what the target is to break them again,” added Guardiola.“It’s so important to break these little records. It doesn’t count for the title, but it counts for the way we play.“It means that, in the good moments, we win comfortably and, in the bad moments, we keep going.”After facing the Hammers, City do have some testing encounters approaching.A midweek outing in the Champions League will see them head to Shakhtar Donetsk, before returning to domestic competition with a derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Robert Kitson The Six Nations countries are in danger of falling out over plans to aggregate their television and commercial rights, with England and France demanding an unequal share of the proceeds to pay off their clubs. Read more Making Maro Itoje captain could give England a new dimension Share on Twitter Share via Email Hide Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. The Nations Championship would also allow an equal share of revenue, before merit money, and many of the countries in the Six Nations are aware they may be trying to sell something under Project Light that they cannot deliver. If the Nations Championship fails to achieve lift-off, the international calendar would revert to the agreement reached in San Francisco two years ago.That moved summer tours back a month to July, to allow Super Rugby to be completed, and retained the autumn internationals in November. The major southern hemisphere unions have warned that, if the Nations Championship is aborted and the European unions opt for Project Light, widening the financial gap between north and south, they would consider not beefing up their championship and not touring, unless a fee was involved.Unions the world over need to increase their turnover, the RFU included. The Welsh Rugby Union is under immediate pressure because its players have agreed to act collectively following the regional row that blew up during the Six Nations when a proposed merger between the Scarlets and the Ospreys was publicly called off, leaving a number of players in contractual limbo, including the national captain, Alun Wyn Jones and Anscombe. Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Six Nations set up Project Light 18 months ago to see whether pooling everything together for their championship and autumn matches would yield a greater financial return after struggling to find sponsors. It gathered momentum after Benjamin Morel, who spent 20 years with the NBA, took over as chief executive at the end of last year.Four investment companies, including CVC, who this year took a stake in Premiership Rugby, and IMG, have been interviewed this year. The unions would remain in control, conceding 27% equity in the business, but allow the successful bidder to take over the commercial arm, almost certainly meaning the end of the Six Nations being shown exclusively on free-to-air television.Meetings have been going on during the championship that ended last weekend but a sticking point has been the insistence of England and France that they should receive more than the other four because they would have to buy the support of their powerful clubs.That has left the other four questioning the value of a deal that would potentially make them more vulnerable to Premiership and Top 14 clubs when it came to holding on to their best players. Wales, the grand slam champions, are already under pressure from their squad with a new contract system being drawn up and English clubs looking to sign players such as Gareth Anscombe, the Cardiff Blues fly-half who kicked 20 points against Ireland last Saturday and created his side’s try.The feeling was expressed in a recent meeting that Premiership Rugby was becoming increasingly bullish after its deal with CVC and that the Rugby Football Union needed to show some leadership. It is understood the RFU has been considering contingency plans should it fail to reach agreement with its clubs over the international calendar. One would even see newly formed English regional teams entering the Pro14 with players centrally contracted.The four would stand to gain more from World Rugby’s plan to set up a Nations Championship from 2022, although Ireland, Scotland and Italy oppose the governing body’s insistence on relegation being introduced to the Six Nations and to the Rugby Championship, which would be expanded from four to six teams, even though it could take the form of a play-off and a parachute payment would be made.World Rugby met the leading unions, together with Fiji and Japan, in Dublin last week. It initially gave them two weeks to sign a due diligence agreement, which would allow the mutual inspection of books, but that deadline has been put back until 5 April. Under the plan there would be no involvement of private investment companies and the Six Nations would remain on free-to-air television. World Rugby Sport politics Since you’re here… Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Rugby union Ireland ’employed British military intelligence officer’ after Rugby World Cup leaks Share on Messenger Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe news Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Six Nations Wales’s professional rugby board, made up of representatives from the union and the regions, met for five hours on Monday. It was agreed to end the merger idea and the regions have been given budgets for next season but hard decisions need to be made.“Doing more of the same is not enough,” said the Dragons chairman, David Buttress, who is looking for backers to buy back control of the region from the WRU. “The game needs investment. It was unfortunate that everything got played out publicly a few weeks ago and sometimes things are more difficult than they should be, but some really exciting plans are being made.”Meanwhile the Scarlets have announced that three of Wales’ grand slam heroes have signed new contracts. Jonathan Davies, Ken Owens and Rob Evans have all agreed new deals to extend their stay with their home region. Was this helpful? Show Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this content
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sean Longstaff says Newcastle away support deserved betterby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff says the away support deserved better after their thrashing at Leicester City.Longstaff hailed the travelling fans who still cheered even after Leicester’s fifth went in with Newcastle down to ten men with Isaac Hayden having been sent off.“The away fans travelled again. We should never put them in the position where they’re cheering just for the sake of it,” said Longstaff. “It’s a tough one. The first half, we go a goal behind, but we’re still getting into some all right positions. The sending off kills the game, but still, the second half is embarrassing.“It’s hard for the fans to take. It’s a Sunday night, late game, miles away from home. They were still singing at the end. We can’t thank them enough for what they bring.”
Glenn McGrath in awe of Jasprit Bumrah: Never seen anyone quite like himJasprit Bumrah, who made his Test debut earlier this year in South Africa, is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing four-Test series between India and Australia.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 22:36 IST Jasprit Bumrah’s six-for in the first innings of Boxing Day Test at the MCG swung the momentum in India’s favour (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGlenn McGrath pointed out that Bumrah has been a huge factor in India’s success in AustraliaBumrah has picked up 47 wickets so far since making his Test debut in January 2018Bumrah is leading the wicket-takers list in the ongoing series with 19 scalped so farLegendary Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the in-form India pacer is one the kind in international cricket.McGrath, who watched the Australian team struggle against Virat Kohli’s visiting team in the ongoing Boxing Day Test, added that Bumrah’s variety has made him a crucial player of the Indian attack in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia.Bumrah has been making headlines for impressively leading the Indian pace attack Down Under. The 25-year-old fast bowler, who made his Test debut only earlier this year, is leading the wicket-takers list in the ongoing series, with 19 wickets, two more than nearest-rival Nathan Lyon.Bumrah has put India in the brink of a historic Boxing Day Test win in Australia as he ran through the hosts’ fragile batting line-up with a six-for in the first innings. Tim Paine’s men eventually folded for 151 and are reeling at 258 for 8, chasing 399 at stumps on Day 4 of the ongoing Test in Melbourne.”It’s hard for the batsmen to pick him. Bumrah is strong, bowls at a good pace and gets the ball to lift awkwardly. I have never seen anybody quite like Bumrah. He has a short run-up but powers through to the crease. And he has such an unusual, quick, whippy action,” McGrath told Sportstar.He added: “He can both take the ball away and bring it in. And he has a good yorker. Bumrah has been a huge factor in the Indian attack in this series.Bumrah’s unusual action and the consistent pace has left the Australian batsman searching for answers. The nippy pacer’s ability to be spiteful both with the new ball and the old one has been a huge boost to Kohli’s visiting team.advertisementSpeaking to the media after the fourth day’s play in Melbourne, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun said Bumrah’s unusual action has made life difficult for most opposition batsmen. He also insisted that coaches had to work hard with Bumrah as his unusual action leads to a lot of stress.Bumrah, who was touted as a white-ball specialist, made a surprise debut during India’s tour of South Africa earlier this year. Ever since the Mumbai Indians pacer has adapted to red ball wonderfully well and is now the joint-highest Indian wicket-taker along with Mohammed Shami in Tests in 2018 with 47 wickets.”We were extremely confident of Bumrah doing well even before he started playing Tests because he was unique and most batsmen who played against him said it was difficult to pick him,” Arun said.”I had the opportunity to work with Bumrah when he was at U-19 level and when I was with NCA. I felt Bumrah was able to generate a lot of pace with his action, but puts a lot of strain on his body. It was a challenge and we had discussions with the physios and trainers. We came to the conclusion that we need to work on him to become extremely strong to be able to sustain his bowling.”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a workhorse, he will soon be world’s best bowler: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Bumrah talks up India domestic cricket after Kerry O’Keeffe’s controversial remarksAlso 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 AustraliaFollow Glenn McGrathFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Bharat ArunFollow MCG TestFollow India cricket team
India Today Web Desk DhakaMarch 17, 2019UPDATED: March 17, 2019 16:18 IST Bangladesh cricketers touched down in Dhaka on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA few members of the Bangladesh cricket team narrowly escaped the Christchurch mosque shootings on FridayThe third Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand was cancelled after the attack on the Christchurch mosquesTamim Iqbal recollected how he and his teammates survived the near-death experience in ChristchurchBangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal recollected how he and his teammates escaped the Christchurch mosques shooting that left 49 people in New Zealand dead on March 15.The Bangladesh cricket team had reached Christchurch for the third Test which was eventually cancelled after the horror unfolded in the city. On the eve of the Test, some of the Bangladesh players and members of the support staff had left the Hagley Oval to offer prayers at the Al Noor Mosque where the shooting happened.The team bus carrying the players was driven into the street but the Bangladesh players couldn’t alight the bus as they heard gunshots. The players were forced to shelter aboard the bus for close to seven minutes as the area around the Al Noor Mosque was gripped with horror.A terrifying wait followed but, fortunately, the players were able to leave the scene of the attack and rush back to the Hagley Oval via the Hagley Park.Tamim Iqbal said the players would have lost their lives in the dastardly attack had they started from the Hagley Oval a couple of minutes earlier. The Bangladesh opener revealed that Mahmudullah Riyad had taken a bit of time to finish the customary pre-match press conference.These little things saved us: TamimIqbal also said he and his teammates were involved in a game of football in the dressing room and it delayed the players’ departure by a few minutes as well.”Normally Mushfiq [Rahim] and Riyad bhai [Mahmudullah] want to be present during the Khutbah [sermon], which is why we want to reach the Jumm’a prayers early. The bus was scheduled to leave at 1.30 pm, but Riyad bhai had gone to the press conference. A bit of time was spent there, and after finishing the press conference, he came to the dressing room,” Tamim wrote for ESPNCricinfo.advertisementHe added: “In the dressing room, we got engaged in a game of football. Taijul [Islam] didn’t want to lose, but the others wanted him to lose in that game. Taijul and Mushfiq were having a one-on-one game, which took up a few more minutes. These little things saved us in the end.”When we were getting near the mosque, everyone on my right started to see something outside the window. I saw that a body was lying on the floor. Naturally we thought either he was drunk or had fainted. So then the bus kept going, and stopped near the mosque. But everyone’s attention remained with that man lying on the ground.”While that was happening, my attention went to another man, bloodied, and about to fall down. Panic set in, at that point.’There’s some shooting going on, don’t go, don’t go'”Our bus stopped in front of a car near the mosque. We saw that the bus driver was talking to a lady who was literally shaking and crying. She was saying, “there’s some shooting going on, don’t go, don’t go.””When we saw more dead bodies, we couldn’t figure out what to do. Those wearing the namaz cap, they took it off in fear. I mean we figured out that something was going on. Those wearing punjabi [shalwar kameez] they started to wear a jacket over it. What else to do?”We then just lay down on the floor of the bus. It had been about seven or eight minutes at that stage. We still didn’t exactly know what it was but we knew that there was some kind of violence happening.”We were panicking big time. Look at me, I can’t even talk properly. We told the bus driver to get us out of there. Do something. But he wasn’t moving. Everyone started to shout at him. I was shouting at him. For those six or seven minutes, there was no police.Players started to weep after watching the shooter’s video: TamimJournalist Mohammad Isam then helped the Bangladesh players find a way back to the Hagley Oval through the park. Tamim revealed that the players were not sure if they wanted to run back to the Hagley Oval as they had feared grabbing more eyeballs in the volatile situation.Tamim also added that the players were left devastated when they saw the footage of the shooting after returning to their hotel rooms.”We returned to the team hotel and went straight to Riyad bhai’s room. We started to watch the shooter’s video. The players started to weep, like they were doing in the dressing room,” Tamim said.He added: “On our way to the airport, we were telling each other that if things had gone wrong by even a little bit, it would have been our dead bodies, not us, going home. It was just a matter of 30 seconds.”advertisementFollowing the cancellation of the third Test, the Bangladesh players had left New Zealand and reached Dhaka on Saturday.Also Read | Please save us: Tamim Iqbal in phone call to journalist as Christchurch horror unfoldedAlso Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test called off: Major cricket tours affected by terror attacksAlso Read | ICC backs cancellation of New Zealand-Bangladesh Test in wake of Christchurch mosque shootingsFor 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 Bangladesh cricket teamFollow Christchurch mosque shootingFollow Hagley OvalFollow Al Noor mosqueFollow New Zealand vs BangladeshFollow Tamim Iqbal A press conference, a football game: How Bangladesh cricketers escaped Christchurch shootingBangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said he and his teammates are unable to take their minds off the dastardly attack on Christchurch mosques that left 49 dead in New Zealand on Friday.advertisement
A Justice of the Peace (JP) is a person who seeks to promote and protect the rights of individuals, and helps to give justice to persons at the community level. The Ministry of Justice provides supervision for the various processes involved in the appointment of persons to the office and ensures that records are accurately maintained.The office of a Justice of the Peace is a voluntary one; therefore, a JP must not charge or accept any reward for services performed in this capacity. They are not usually required to have a formal legal education in order to qualify for the office. However, every JP is expected to complete a period of training before he/she is commissioned into office.Any citizen or organisation can recommend that an individual be appointed a JP. The recommendation must be made to the Custos of the parish in which the individual resides. Having received this recommendation, the Custos will then instruct that enquiries be made into the background of the person so recommended. This is a precautionary measure to ensure that the individual under consideration is suitable for the position of a JP.Every parish has an Advisory Committee that deliberates and selects persons deemed to be qualified to become a JP. It is made up of the Custos, the Senior Parish Judge and the Superintendent of Police. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is encouraging Justices of the Peace (JPs) to assist in protecting the country’s recent economic gains, by standing against wrongdoing.Delivering the keynote address at the commissioning of 171 new JPs for St. Catherine on February 6 at the Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church, the minister said that while several expansions have been taking place in tourism and other areas of the economy, they can be obstructed if criminals are able to influence community life, and frighten investors.“If we are not prepared to stand up for what is right, then evil and wrongdoing will triumph,” Mr. Chuck said.He emphasised that for Jamaica to experience more crime reduction and more jobs, greater stance must be taken against “wrongdoing of all kinds”.The Minister said illicit activities in the parish and the island can be reduced and eliminated with the help of JPs collectively working with the police, and exposing wrongdoers.He told the JPs that they have joined a “noble” office, and they are expected to maintain integrity, as they were chosen by the Custos, Hon. Rev. Jeffrey McKenzie, because they are of good character, and the interviewers found them to be persons who will discharge their duties with honesty.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck (third left), celebrates with new Justice of the Peace (JP), Indie Coleen Gouldbourne-East (left), at a commissioning ceremony, held yesterday (February 6) for 171 JPs for the parish of St. Catherine, at the Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church. Sharing the moment are Custos of St. St. Catherine, Hon. Rev. Jeffrey McKenzie; and Director/Principal of the Justice Training Institute, Karen Campbell-Bascoe. “If we are not prepared to stand up for what is right, then evil and wrongdoing will triumph,” Mr. Chuck said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is encouraging Justices of the Peace (JPs) to assist in protecting the country’s recent economic gains, by standing against wrongdoing. Delivering the keynote address at the commissioning of 171 new JPs for St. Catherine on February 6 at the Portmore Seventh-day Adventist Church, the minister said that while several expansions have been taking place in tourism and other areas of the economy, they can be obstructed if criminals are able to influence community life, and frighten investors. Story Highlights
Prime Minister Andrew Holness left the island this afternoon (September 4) for the Ninth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in Bridgetown Barbados.Under his Chairmanship, at the the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held in Jamaica in July, it was agreed that the CSME Sub-Committee would have quarterly meetings to give urgency to the implementation of the CSME.The Sub-Committee meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, September 5) with discussions expected on issues affecting the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Prime Minister Holness returns to the island on Thursday.During his absence Dr. Horace Chang, Minister of National Security will be in charge of the Government.
zoom The Dutch port of Rotterdam is introducing an additional incentive to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) through which seagoing vessels will benefit from a 10% discount on gross seaport dues.Rotterdam has reserved a total of EUR 1.5 million (USD 1.6 million) for this incentive, which is expected to apply until 2020.“In addition to the new incentive, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is also supporting the Environmental Ship Index and the Green Award by offering ships incentives,” the port said.In total, these measures mean that the port will be providing up to EUR 2 million (USD 2.1 million) in incentives to encourage sustainable shipping annually.“The Port Authority’s intention is to encourage the bunkering of LNG at the port and thereby support the shipping sector and parties like Shell and Gate, which explicitly promote the use of LNG. In the meantime, shipping company Containerships has stated that it will operate and bunker two LNG vessels in Rotterdam from 2017,” the port authority said.In early December 2015, the South Korean STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Company started building the LNG bunker vessel that Shell will operate in the port of Rotterdam.It is expected that Shell will begin using the first LNG bunker vessel in the port of Rotterdam in early 2017.
World Maritime News Staff zoom China’s port operator Cosco Group (Hong Kong) Limited has been confirmed as the sole bidder for Greek Piraeus Port Authority SA, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund informed.The binding financial offer for the sale of a 67% shareholding in Piraeus Port was unsealed yesterday, the fund said.“According to the terms of the process, the Fund requested the submission of an improved financial offer to be assessed at a subsequent meeting of the Board scheduled to be held in the coming week,” the fund adds.The bidding process closed on December 21st.The tender process for the sale of 67% of the shares of the Piraeus Port Authority was launched in March 2014, but the stake has since been downsized to 51 percent.It is expected that the sale value of the 51 percent stake could reach about USD 179 million. The selected winner has the option to purchase additional 16 percent stake over five years, however first it has to invest around EUR 300 million in port development.
The province stood up for Nova Scotians, took action to protect them, and brought the province back to balance during the spring session of the House of Assembly. The fifth session of the 61st General Assembly wrapped up today, May 10. The government introduced 21 bills and members sat for 32 days. Cyber-Safety was the last government bill to be approved by the House, with third reading vote this morning, scheduled to emphasize its importance to Nova Scotia families. The province passed legislation to better protect victims of cyberbullies and hold people accountable for their actions through legislative changes and the introduction of Canada’s first Cyber-Safety Act. “Out of terrible tragedy, we had the opportunity to make changes to our laws to better protect Nova Scotians and help keep pace with technological changes that have shaped our daily lives,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement and the federal government to keep improving and updating our laws to better protect young people online.” The Action Team on Sexual Violence and Bullying is leading this response. Earlier in the session, Nova Scotia tabled a balanced budget, one of only four provinces to do so this year. “Four years ago, we put in place a plan to make life better for Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “There have been unexpected twists and turns, but we have seen that plan through, the culmination of which is a balanced budget. We are back on solid financial footing — Nova Scotia is starting to turn the corner, and we must not turn back. ” The legislature also voted to restore cuts made by previous governments to the children’s dental program, and ensure even more of the poorest seniors will no longer have to pay income tax. The budget included new funding for insulin pumps and supplies, expanded newborn screening and provided funding to establish early years centres. The province lowered the small business tax rate and introduced single-window, streamlined access to current small-business programs. The House of Assembly unanimously supported the call from all Atlantic premiers, led by Premier Dexter, for the federal government to suspend changes to the Employment Insurance program pending evidence-based research is completed. The province also unveiled Nova Scotia’s first long-term affordable housing strategy. This plan will help make sure more Nova Scotians find affordable housing to meet their needs. “Too many Nova Scotians struggle find good housing options they can afford. This strategy will build vibrant communities, revitalize existing neighbourhoods, and offer affordable new housing choices to Nova Scotia families,” said Premier Dexter. Current and future residents of Halifax Regional Municipality will benefit from increased affordable housing and community improvements as amendments to the HRM Charter give the municipality more planning flexibility. Government took several other key steps to protect Nova Scotians: Changes to the Adult Protection Act will better protect vulnerable seniors and their families from financial abuse. Parents of children who are seriously ill, or the victim of a major crime, will benefit as updates to the Labour Standards Code that better protect their jobs during crisis situations. Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act reimbursed benefits to 100 Nova Scotian women whose husbands died on the job that they were denied because they remarried before April 17, 1985. The province put measures in place to protect cuts to the HST on home energy and other essential items through changes to the Financial Measures (2013) Act. Through amendments to the Animal Protection Act, the province proposed increased penalties for animal abusers and paved the way for improved regulations to better protect animals. Cellphone users will now have more information and better protections when signing contracts as amendments to the Consumer Protections Act came into effect May 1. While the legislature was in session, the House stood together to support Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon attacks, with the province pledging a $50,000 donation to the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. This 61st General Assembly has averaged 33 days per session, a marked increase. For example, the 60th General Assembly sat an average of 18 days. For a complete list of bills passed this session, visit http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/status-of-bills/ .
The country’s annual inflation rate cooled slightly last month but, at 2.2 per cent, it stayed hot enough to hover above the two per cent midpoint of the central bank’s ideal range, Statistics Canada said Friday in a new report.Headline inflation for April was a little lower than the March number of 2.3 per cent, which was the rate’s strongest year-over-year reading since 2014. It matched the 2.2 per cent figure for February.The upward pressure on inflation last month was led by higher costs for gasoline, air transportation and restaurants. The biggest downward forces came from cheaper prices for digital equipment, travel tours and natural gas.Core prices, meanwhile, also continued their gradual, upward climb last month, the report said.The average of the Bank of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which omits more-volatile items like pump prices, edged above the two per cent mark last month for the first time since February 2012. The core average was 2.03 per cent, up from 1.97 per cent the previous month.The Bank of Canada carefully scrutinizes inflation numbers ahead of its interest-rate decisions. It can use rate hikes as a tool to help prevent inflation from climbing too high.But recent readings are unlikely to have a major impact on an upcoming rate decision because governor Stephen Poloz has predicted inflation to remain above two per cent for all of 2018.Last month, Poloz challenged the notion that two per cent represents some unbreachable barrier. With higher energy prices, he said it’s natural for the long-term trendline to balance itself out — and he called it a “positive thing.”“What I don’t want is for people to spend this entire year asking what I’m up to because inflation is above target,” Poloz told reporters during a late-April visit to Washington, D.C..“You need every once in a while to remind people there’s a range, and that’s okay. The policy allows for this. We’re not violating our target in some way.”The bank’s inflation range is one to three per cent, but considerable attention is focused on where the rate sits relative to the two per cent midpoint.Last month, the central bank raised its headline inflation projections as it pointed to the temporary effects of higher gasoline prices and minimum wage increases. The bank is now expecting inflation to average 2.3 per cent this year before settling back down to 2.1 per cent in 2019.Poloz has raised the central bank’s benchmark interest rate three times since last July and is expected to remain on his rate-hiking path with the economy operating close to its capacity.But last month the bank left its key rate at 1.25 per cent, where it has been since January.Poloz said that the economy was still unable to maintain its pace without the stimulative power of lower rates, despite recent improvements.The bank’s next rate decision is May 30, but many analysts have been predicting Poloz will wait until July before introducing another rate increase.In a separate report Friday, Statistics Canada released its latest figures for retail trade, which showed an increase for a third-straight month with sales rising 0.6 per cent in March. Retail sales rose to a total of $50.2 billion.Retail trade also saw increases of 0.5 per cent in February and 0.3 per cent in January.The report said higher sales in March for vehicles and automotive parts — especially by new car dealers — more than offset weaker sales at food and beverage stores and gas stations. By excluding sales of vehicles and parts, retail trade would have contracted 0.2 per cent in March.
MONTREAL — Three people are dead after a plane crashed in a remote region of northern Quebec.The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton says a Hercules aircraft was dispatched on Friday evening near Lac Boulene to respond to an emergency locator beacon.Search and rescue technicians parachuted to the site where they found three people without vital signs and they were pronounced dead.Capt. Trevor Reid says a fourth person in the plane was still alive and transported by Griffon helicopter to nearby Chibougamau, about 700 kilometres north of Montreal, for further medical treatment.Quebec provincial police say that man was released from hospital and will meet with investigators.They say the families of the three male victims have been notified, but police won’t be releasing their identities for now.Police say the men were friends heading for a fishing expedition in the area.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is aware of the incident, which is believed to have occurred around 4:30 p.m., and it is currently assessing the situation.The Canadian Press
TORONTO – North American stock markets slipped slightly lower Thursday as metals took a hit amid trade uncertainty and the U.S. and China imposed tariffs on each other’s goods.Markets have been volatile but have traded in the summer on headlines, said Ian Riach, CIO of Fiduciary Trust Canada.“So I think a lot of the trade talk around the U.S. and China today…probably has a broad effect on the North American markets,” he said in an interview.The world’s two largest economies imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $16 billion of each other’s goods, including automobiles and factory equipment. The previously announced increases come as envoys met for their first high-level talks in two months.Canada’s main stock index edged lower, led by losses in the materials sector, base metals and gold weighed on the market.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 20.55 points at 16,326.79 Thursday, after reaching an intraday high of 16,358.58 on 171 million shares traded.The materials sector was down 1.5 per cent as almost all companies closed down on the day, led by Tahoe Resources and New Gold, on a stronger U.S. dollar.The Canadian dollar traded down at 76.55 cents US compared with an average of 76.83 cents US on Wednesday.Health care gained 1.45 per cent led by cannabis companies Canopy Growth Corp. and Aphria Inc.Information technology, industrials, energy and telecom services were up by less than a percentage point. Financials, utilities, consumer staples, real estate and consumer discretionary were down slightly.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 76.62 points at 25,656.98. The S&P 500 index was down 4.84 points at 2,856.98, while the Nasdaq composite was off 10.64 points at 7,878.46.U.S. markets face a lot of uncertainty right now as trade issues gain lots of public attention while interest rates and earnings are longer-term drivers of activity, said Riach.“In the short-term there’s a lot of uncertainty particularly around trade and just the political situation in the U.S. that I think has investors just a little bit nervous,” he said.“Here in Canada obviously with the U.S. being the largest importer of our goods, any trade uncertainty there I think just tends to put a ceiling on stock prices.”The October crude contract was down three cents at US$67.83 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up 0.8 of a cent at US$2.964 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$9.30 at US$1,194.00 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 1.9 cents at US$2.654 a pound.
Rabat – The Faculty of Law of Mohammed V University at Souissi in Rabat was the locus of an engaging workshop hosted by the Marti Ahtisaari Centre (a Presidential initiative of Former Finland President & Nobel Prize Winner Marti Ahtisaari), in conjunction with the Ministry in charge of Relations with Civil Society & Parliament, on September 26-27, 2014.Under the theme “Public Participation in Policy-Making: Stocktaking of the Commission of National Dialogue on Civil Society,” this inaugural international workshop helped set a platform for dialogue and multi-stakeholder reflections on the National Dialogue recommendations to develop an inclusive framework for enabling civil society’s public participation in policy-making. A special focus was given to the experience of l’Instance Centrale de Prévention de la Corruption [The Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption] as well as Moroccan Diaspora Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).With a focus on public consultations, the breakout sessions addressed the linkage between public consultations and socio-economic development and analyzed Article 12 of the Moroccan Constitution and ways to codify it in texts of law so as to catalyze the engagement of civil society in public policy-making. Day II highlighted Nordic good practices in the area of public consultations through the strengthening of civil society engagement in public policy making/monitoring processes. Overall, the program was met with strong interest, hosting many participants representing civil society organizations; academics; international organizations; and policy makers. The inauguration of the Forum featured notable speakers including: Minister El Habib Choubani, of the Ministry in charge of Relations with Civil Society & Parliament; Moulay Ismail Alaoui, President of the National Commission of Policy Dialogue on Civil Society and New Constitutional Roles, as well as other high-level Moroccan policy-makers and international personalities.The national and international organizers, “shared the same vision in terms of inclusiveness and the need to conduct a dialogue to ensure multi-stakeholder ownership and confidence building in the Commission’s recommendations,” said Leila Hanafi, a Moroccan-American lawyer and member of the National Commission.The multi-stakeholder workshop addressed the following objectives:– Dissemination of National Dialogue outcomes/recommendations to develop an inclusive framework for enabling civil society consensus building & ownership– Stock taking on the National Dialogue process– Increased understanding of the groups that did not participate in the Commission’s consultative process in the value of the new constitutional framework– Raised awareness on mechanisms to influence policy making in Morocco, with a focus on socio-economic issues (i.e., access to basic social services, youth unemployment, diaspora interests)– Sharing of best practices, including Nordic models.Overall, there was a general consensus among participants that intensifying dialogue surrounding the recommendations of the Commission is integral to civil society’s implementation of them. At the conclusion of the two day forum, several recommendations ensued from the discussions including, but not limited to:– Continuing dialogue with key national authorities in constructive dialogue forums such as universities to enable a demand-driven approach to hearing the concerns of civil society inside and outside of Morocco.– As the number of CSOs of Moroccans residing abroad increase, so does the need to integrate them further into policy-making processes and to allow them exercise their constitutional rights.– Follow-up on the draft public consultation law to promote participatory process for policy formulation.National Commission of Policy Dialogue on Civil Society and New Constitutional RolesThe main objectives of the National Commission of Policy Dialogue on Civil Society and New Constitutional Roles are to: facilitate the development of an enabling environment for dialogue between government and citizens to come up with a participatory joint vision of the new role to be accorded to civil society, as part of the societal plan mapped out by the revised Constitution.The Commission represents an unprecedented opportunity to encourage dialogue with senior representatives from Moroccan government agencies, parliament, academia, civil society, and international organizations on the implementation of the constitution to promote a strong and fair lawmaking process, and, ultimately, greater confidence in the constitution as a blue print for future public policy reform through inclusive participation.The Commission in the last year held more than 18 meetings that drew nearly 10,000 people. The Commission’s work was, officially, praised by the King of Morocco by marking March 13th as National Day of Civil Society. Regional organizations such as ISESCO and the Council of Europe have adopted the Moroccan experience of the Commission’s National Dialogue for sharing among their constituencies.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.