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I n what threatened to bring Bengal’s health services to a standstill, hundreds of senior Government doctors on Friday started tendering mass resig- nations in support of their junior colleagues even as the Indian Medical Association (IMA), in solidarity with the protesting doctors, has called for a countrywide strike on June 17. Doctors in Kolkata, who have been on strike for the last four days over the assault of their colleague, on Friday set six conditions, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s unconditional apology, to with- draw their protest. “We want unconditional apology of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the manner in which she had addressed us at the SSKM Hospital yesterday. She should not have said what she had,” a spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors, Dr Arindam Dutta, said. Meanwhile in an attempt to solve the impasse, five senior doctors met Mamata on Friday evening. The physicians said Mamata has invited the junior doctors to the State Secretariat on Saturday for a discussion over the issue. However, the junior medicos turned down Mamata’s offer. The protesting doctors in Bengal are demanding “ade- quate infrastructure and pro- tection against ‘hooligans’ on hospital premises.” The apex body of doctors in the country also renewed its demand for a Central law to check violence against health- care workers in hospitals and said that the law should provide a minimum sentence of seven- year jail to violators. The IMA has also decided to continue their protest on Saturday and Sunday con- demning the continued suf- fering of the resident doctors and repeated occurrence of harassments. These protests will include wearing black badges, dharnas, peace march- es. IMA has requested the sup- port from all associations of the fraternity to join the protest. “IMA condemns the recent incident of violence against Dr Paribaha Mukherjee, who was brutally attacked by a vio- lent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata, and demands an exemplary action by the State Government. All the legit- imate demands of the resident doctors in West Bengal should be accepted unconditionally,” RV Asokan, Secretary General of IMA, said. The IMA called for a “nationwide withdrawal of non-essential services in all healthcare institutions” on Monday. All non-essential ser- vices including OPDs will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am, while emergency and causality services will contin- ue to function. Meanwhile in Kolkata, more than 1,000 doctors of the RG Kar Medical College put in their papers. A letter signed by 126 doctors and addressed to the Director of Medical Education said, “We the fol- lowing doctors of RG Kar Medical College have so far been trying our level best to run the hospital services smoothly. You are aware that the present situation is not ideal for patient care services. In response to the prevailing sit- uation as we are unable to pro- vide services, the following doctors would like to resign from our duty.” Following the suit, about 100 senior doctors, including specialists from the Postgraduate SSKM Hospital, tendered their resig- nation, Health Ministry sources said adding about 175 senior doctors of NRS Medical College and Hospital, the epi- centre of the agitation, too resigned. A t least five security per- sonnel were martyred on Friday in an attack by the CPI- Maoist on a patrol party at Khukru block under Tiruldih police station in Seraikela Kharsawan district of Jharkhand, police said. The attack, which comes days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ranchi, was the fourth one since the Lok Sabha election results on May 23. According to eyewitnesses, at least 15 bike-borne Naxals attacked the police party while it was patrolling in the vicini- ty of a weekly-haat known as Khukru haat. The rebels, sources said, stabbed the policemen with knives and took away their guns. Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Operations, ML Meena said the incident occurred around 6.30 pm on Friday. The rebels, he said, attacked the policemen and escaped with three INSAS rifles and two pistols. There were five policemen and a dri- ver in the patrolling team. While all the policemen in the team were killed in the attack, the driver escaped unscathed, Meena said. “The rebels escaped on bikes and took away arms from the policemen. They were not in their CPI-Maoist uniforms,” Meena said. Seraikela-Kharsawan Superintendent of Police Chandan Kumar Sinha said, “Police forces from the Ichargah, Chandil and Nimdih thana area have rushed to the spot. We are trying to find out whether a sixth cop too has been killed.” According to data with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), at least 18 of 24 dis- tricts in Jharkhand are Left Wing Extremism-affected. In the past one month, at least 20 soldiers have sustained injuries in attacks by the CPI-Maoist in Jharkhand. The State, howev- er, has upped the ante and intensified its combing opera- tions against the rebels lately. An official said two of the cops martyred were sub- inspectors and the rest three were constables. According to sources, the time the rebels attacked the police party, the venue of the weekly haat was abuzz with people. “The rebels had first attacked the cops with knives and subsequently killed them after chasing them down in the crowded weekly haat. The attackers fled the scene after fir- ing in the air,” said an eyewit- ness. Eyewitnesses said that the rebels had fled towards Tamar, which was about 10 km from Khukru. I n the wake of protests by the medical fraternity in support of agitating doctors in Kolkata, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday urged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not to make this sen- sitive matter a “prestige issue” and to ensure an “amicable end” to the stir. In a letter to Mamata, the Union Minister urged her to provide a secure working environment for doc- tors. He also appealed to the agi- tating doctors, particularly in West Bengal, to hold symbol- ic protests and resume work so that patients do not suffer. “Strike is certainly not the best way to protest. Patients should not be deprived of immediate and emergency healthcare facil- ities,” he said. “It is a matter of concern that the agitation of the doctors in West Bengal is not heading towards resolution but seems to be getting aggravated. Better communication with the doc- tors and a compassionate approach to take care of the genuine problems being faced by them in day-to-day func- tioning would definitely be helpful in tiding over the cri- sis which has been created,” Vardhan said in his letter to Mamata. “Despite getting beaten up so badly, doctors have only asked her (Mamata Banerjee) to provide them adequate secu- rity and also demanded action against the perpetrators of the violence as per the law. But instead of doing that, she warned them and gave an ulti- matum which angered doctors across the country and they proceeded on strike,” he said. “So if the chief minister acts in a sensitive manner in such a grave scenario, patients across the country will not suf- fer. I plead to the West Bengal chief minister to not make this an issue of prestige,” he added. Vardhan also supported the medical fraternity’s demand for a Central law to check vio- lence against health care work- ers in hospitals and said such crimes should be made non- bailable. “Govt must pass a law to make any attack on doctors a non-bailable offence with min 12-year jail. Draconian Clinical Establishment Act that treats doctors as criminals must be withdrawn (sic),” Vardhan tweeted. I n what her critics called a bid to play to the Hindu Bengali gallery, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that those who chose to live in Bengal would have to speak Bengali. Vowing not to let Bengalis become homeless in Bengal, the Chief Minister said, “Though the BJP is trying to turn Bengal into a Gujarat, I will not allow them to do that.” Addressing a meeting at Kanchrapara, the home ground of senior BJP leader Mukul Roy and his son Subhrasnghu an MLA who was recently expelled from the TMC, Mamata said the BJP is trying to “reproduce the Gujarat model in Bengal by targeting the minorities and the Bengalis,” vowing “I will not let that happen.” Promising not to allow Bengalis to become foreigners in their own homeland, she said, “I will never allow Bengalis to become homeless in Bengal,” reminding those “who want to live in this State will have to speak in Bengal as we do when we go to other States.” Attacking the BJP for injecting alien culture in the State, she said, “When we go to Punjab, we speak in Punjabi, when we go to Delhi, we speak in Hindi and even if I do not know Tamil I try to speak a word or two in Tamil whenev- er I go to Tamil Nadu,” she said, adding, “If you are in Bengal, you have to speak Bengali. We have to bring Bengali forward as a language.” Mamata’s statement comes against the backdrop of her party TMC losing a large ground to the surging BJP in a polarised atmosphere in the Lok Sabha elections. P rime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lashed out at countries “sponsoring, aid- ing and funding” terrorism and told top leaders at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit that such states must be held accountable, in a veiled refer- ence to Pakistan whose premier Imran Khan was among the audience. “Countries sponsor- ing, aiding and funding ter- rorism must be held account- able,” he said. Addressing the SCO Summit here, Modi also called for a global conference to com- bat the scourge of terrorism. He highlighted the spirit and ideals of the SCO to strengthen coop- eration in the fight against ter- rorism. India advocates a ter- rorism-free society, he said. “During my visit to Sri Lanka last Sunday, I visited the St Anthony’s church, where I witnessed the ugly face of ter- rorism which claims the lives of innocents anywhere,” Modi said, referring to one of the sites of the devastating Easter Sunday attacks that killed 258 people in Sri Lanka. According to the Bishkek Declaration, the member states stressed that acts of terrorism and extremism cannot be jus- tified. “They note that inter- fering in other countries’ domestic affairs under the pre- text of fighting terrorism and extremism as well as using terrorist, extremist and radical groups to achieve one’s own mercenary ends is unaccept- able,” it said. The Declaration added, “The member states condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They call on the international community to promote global cooperation in combatting terrorism with the central role of the UN by fully implementing corresponding UNSC resolutions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in compliance with the UN Charter and the principles of international law without politicisation and dou- ble standards and with respect for the sovereignty and independence of all countries.” C itizens heaved a sigh of relief from the scorching heat as the State capital record- ed a heavy rainfall on Friday. City received about 3 cm of rainfall. The waterlogged streets and overflowing gutters across the State capital where wit- nessed with disrupted power supply resuming after long hours but even after these problem citizens were delight- ed as it provided much await- ed from the harsh and extreme hot conditions that prevailed for past 15 to 20 days. According to weatherman, the weather conditions would prevail for the next two to three days but later the temperatures would increase. The day tem- peratures dipped to 43 degree Celsius and were recorded in Khajuraho, Nowgong, Gwalior and Khargone. Bhopal record- ed maximum temperature of 39 degree Celsius and mini- mum of 28 degree Celsius. Among major cities, Indore recorded maximum temperature at 37.8 degree Celsius, Jabalpur at 39.8 degree Celsius and Gwalior at 43.2 degree Celsius. On Friday, several regions witnessed rainfall. Raisen recorded 24 mm of rainfall, Jabalpur recorded 7 mm of rainfall, Satna 5mm of rainfall, Ujjain 2 mm of rainfall and Sidhi 1 mm of rainfall. In past 24 hours Chanderi recorded highest rainfall at 4 cm of rainfall, Ishagarh recorded 3 cm of rainfall, Damoh, Chhatarpur, Mungawali, Maihar, Bakswaha, Amarkantak, Pushparajgarh, Ashok Nagar recorded 2 cm of rainfall and Jabalpur, Hata, Kolaras, Katni, Bichiya and Dindori recorded 1 cm of rainfall. A seer who had performed mirchi (chilli) hawan in favour of Congress candidate in Bhopal Digvijay Singh before Lok Sabha elections has now declared that he would take jal samadhi in Bhopal on June 16. Mahamandaleshwar Vairagyanand who had per- formed the yagna with over five quintals of red chilli had claimed that it was a rare rit- ual and would ensure victory of the Congress candidate. The saint had even vowed to take Samadhi if Singh lost in the election. However, there was no trace of the seer ever since Singh lost to BJP’s Pragya Thakur in Lok Sabha polls recently. An audio chat also had gone viral in which a local res- ident had called up the seer on his mobile phone and remind- ed him about his promise. An angry seer had replied that he wasn’t doing anything like that and even accused the caller of of some agenda. Recently, the seer had writ- ten a letter to the Bhopal District Collector informing him that he is currently busy performing puja at Kamakhya temple in Assam and wish to take jal samadhi at 2.11 pm on June 16 in Bhopal. The controversial baba had appeared in election scenario in Bhopal ahead of polling in May and had predicted Digvijay Singh’s win. He had claimed that mirchi yagna was a rare ritual which only he per- forms in the country. He is said to have several ashrams in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and is seen quite close to the senior Congress leader. RNI Regn. No. MPENG/2004/13703, Regd. No. L-2/BPLON/41/2006-2008 C M Y K C M Y K
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In what threatened to bringBengal’s health services to a
standstill, hundreds of seniorGovernment doctors on Fridaystarted tendering mass resig-nations in support of theirjunior colleagues even as theIndian Medical Association(IMA), in solidarity with theprotesting doctors, has calledfor a countrywide strike onJune 17.
Doctors in Kolkata, whohave been on strike for the lastfour days over the assault oftheir colleague, on Friday setsix conditions, including ChiefMinister Mamata Banerjee’sunconditional apology, to with-draw their protest. “We wantunconditional apology of ChiefMinister Mamata Banerjee forthe manner in which she hadaddressed us at the SSKMHospital yesterday. She shouldnot have said what she had,” aspokesperson of the jointforum of junior doctors, DrArindam Dutta, said.
Meanwhile in an attemptto solve the impasse, five seniordoctors met Mamata on Fridayevening. The physicians saidMamata has invited the juniordoctors to the State Secretariaton Saturday for a discussionover the issue. However, thejunior medicos turned downMamata’s offer.
The protesting doctors inBengal are demanding “ade-quate infrastructure and pro-tection against ‘hooligans’ onhospital premises.”
The apex body of doctorsin the country also renewed itsdemand for a Central law tocheck violence against health-care workers in hospitals andsaid that the law should providea minimum sentence of seven-year jail to violators.
The IMA has also decidedto continue their protest onSaturday and Sunday con-demning the continued suf-fering of the resident doctorsand repeated occurrence ofharassments. These protestswill include wearing blackbadges, dharnas, peace march-es. IMA has requested the sup-port from all associations of thefraternity to join the protest.
“IMA condemns the recentincident of violence againstDr Paribaha Mukherjee, whowas brutally attacked by a vio-lent mob at NRS MedicalCollege, Kolkata, and demandsan exemplary action by theState Government. All the legit-imate demands of the residentdoctors in West Bengal shouldbe accepted unconditionally,”RV Asokan, Secretary General
of IMA, said.The IMA called for a
“nationwide withdrawal ofnon-essential services in allhealthcare institutions” onMonday. All non-essential ser-vices including OPDs will bewithdrawn for 24 hours from6 am, while emergency andcausality services will contin-ue to function.
Meanwhile in Kolkata,more than 1,000 doctors of theRG Kar Medical College put intheir papers. A letter signed by126 doctors and addressed tothe Director of MedicalEducation said, “We the fol-lowing doctors of RG KarMedical College have so farbeen trying our level best torun the hospital servicessmoothly. You are aware thatthe present situation is not idealfor patient care services. Inresponse to the prevailing sit-uation as we are unable to pro-vide services, the followingdoctors would like to resignfrom our duty.”
Following the suit, about100 senior doctors, includingspecialists from thePostgraduate SSKM Hospital, tendered their resig-nation, Health Ministry sourcessaid adding about 175 seniordoctors of NRS MedicalCollege and Hospital, the epi-centre of the agitation, tooresigned.
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At least five security per-sonnel were martyred on
Friday in an attack by the CPI-Maoist on a patrol party atKhukru block under Tiruldihpolice station in SeraikelaKharsawan district ofJharkhand, police said. Theattack, which comes days aheadof Prime Minister NarendraModi’s visit to Ranchi, was thefourth one since the Lok Sabhaelection results on May 23.
According to eyewitnesses,at least 15 bike-borne Naxalsattacked the police party whileit was patrolling in the vicini-ty of a weekly-haat known asKhukru haat. The rebels,sources said, stabbed thepolicemen with knives and
took away their guns.Additional Director
General of Police (ADG)Operations, ML Meena said theincident occurred around 6.30pm on Friday. The rebels, hesaid, attacked the policemenand escaped with three INSASrifles and two pistols. Therewere five policemen and a dri-ver in the patrolling team.While all the policemen in theteam were killed in the attack,the driver escaped unscathed,Meena said.
“The rebels escaped onbikes and took away arms fromthe policemen. They were notin their CPI-Maoist uniforms,”Meena said.
S eraike la-K hars awanSuperintendent of PoliceChandan Kumar Sinha said,“Police forces from theIchargah, Chandil and Nimdihthana area have rushed to thespot. We are trying to find outwhether a sixth cop too hasbeen killed.”
According to data with the
Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA), at least 18 of 24 dis-tricts in Jharkhand are LeftWing Extremism-affected. Inthe past one month, at least 20soldiers have sustained injuriesin attacks by the CPI-Maoist inJharkhand. The State, howev-er, has upped the ante andintensified its combing opera-tions against the rebels lately.
An official said two of thecops martyred were sub-inspectors and the rest threewere constables. According tosources, the time the rebelsattacked the police party, thevenue of the weekly haat wasabuzz with people.
“The rebels had firstattacked the cops with knivesand subsequently killed themafter chasing them down in thecrowded weekly haat. Theattackers fled the scene after fir-ing in the air,” said an eyewit-ness. Eyewitnesses said that therebels had fled towards Tamar,which was about 10 km fromKhukru.
In the wake of protests by themedical fraternity in support
of agitating doctors in Kolkata,Union Health Minister HarshVardhan on Friday urged WestBengal Chief Minister MamataBanerjee not to make this sen-sitive matter a “prestige issue”and to ensure an “amicableend” to the stir. In a letter toMamata, the Union Ministerurged her to provide a secureworking environment for doc-tors.
He also appealed to the agi-tating doctors, particularly inWest Bengal, to hold symbol-ic protests and resume work sothat patients do not suffer.“Strike is certainly not the bestway to protest. Patients shouldnot be deprived of immediateand emergency healthcare facil-
ities,” he said.“It is a matter of concern
that the agitation of the doctorsin West Bengal is not headingtowards resolution but seems tobe getting aggravated. Bettercommunication with the doc-tors and a compassionateapproach to take care of thegenuine problems being facedby them in day-to-day func-tioning would definitely behelpful in tiding over the cri-sis which has been created,”Vardhan said in his letter toMamata.
“Despite getting beaten upso badly, doctors have onlyasked her (Mamata Banerjee)to provide them adequate secu-
rity and also demanded actionagainst the perpetrators of theviolence as per the law. Butinstead of doing that, shewarned them and gave an ulti-matum which angered doctorsacross the country and theyproceeded on strike,” he said.
“So if the chief ministeracts in a sensitive manner insuch a grave scenario, patientsacross the country will not suf-fer. I plead to the West Bengalchief minister to not makethis an issue of prestige,” headded.
Vardhan also supportedthe medical fraternity’s demandfor a Central law to check vio-lence against health care work-ers in hospitals and said suchcrimes should be made non-bailable.
“Govt must pass a law tomake any attack on doctors anon-bailable offence with min12-year jail. Draconian ClinicalEstablishment Act that treatsdoctors as criminals must bewithdrawn (sic),” Vardhantweeted.
In what her critics called a bidto play to the Hindu Bengali
gallery, Chief Minister MamataBanerjee on Friday said thatthose who chose to live inBengal would have to speakBengali. Vowing not to letBengalis become homeless inBengal, the Chief Minister said,“Though the BJP is trying toturn Bengal into a Gujarat, Iwill not allow them to do that.”
Addressing a meeting atKanchrapara, the home groundof senior BJP leader Mukul Royand his son Subhrasnghu anMLA who was recentlyexpelled from the TMC,Mamata said the BJP is tryingto “reproduce the Gujaratmodel in Bengal by targetingthe minorities and theBengalis,” vowing “I will not letthat happen.”
Promising not to allowBengalis to become foreignersin their own homeland, shesaid, “I will never allowBengalis to become homeless inBengal,” reminding those “whowant to live in this State will have to speak inBengal as we do when we go toother States.”
Attacking the BJP forinjecting alien culture in theState, she said, “When we go toPunjab, we speak in Punjabi,when we go to Delhi, we speakin Hindi and even if I do notknow Tamil I try to speak aword or two in Tamil whenev-er I go to Tamil Nadu,” she said,adding, “If you are in Bengal,you have to speak Bengali. Wehave to bring Bengali forwardas a language.”
Mamata’s statement comesagainst the backdrop of herparty TMC losing a largeground to the surging BJP in apolarised atmosphere in theLok Sabha elections.
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Prime Minister NarendraModi on Friday lashed out
at countries “sponsoring, aid-ing and funding” terrorismand told top leaders at theShanghai CooperationOrganisation (SCO) Summitthat such states must be heldaccountable, in a veiled refer-ence to Pakistan whose premierImran Khan was among theaudience. “Countries sponsor-ing, aiding and funding ter-rorism must be held account-able,” he said.
Addressing the SCOSummit here, Modi also calledfor a global conference to com-bat the scourge of terrorism. Hehighlighted the spirit and idealsof the SCO to strengthen coop-eration in the fight against ter-rorism. India advocates a ter-rorism-free society, he said.
“During my visit to SriLanka last Sunday, I visited theSt Anthony’s church, where Iwitnessed the ugly face of ter-
rorism which claims the lives ofinnocents anywhere,” Modisaid, referring to one of the sitesof the devastating EasterSunday attacks that killed 258people in Sri Lanka.
According to the BishkekDeclaration, the member statesstressed that acts of terrorismand extremism cannot be jus-tified. “They note that inter-fering in other countries’domestic affairs under the pre-text of fighting terrorism andextremism as well as usingterrorist, extremist and radicalgroups to achieve one’s ownmercenary ends is unaccept-able,” it said.
The Declaration added,“The member states condemnterrorism in all its forms andmanifestations. They call on theinternational community topromote global cooperation incombatting terrorism with thecentral role of the UN by fullyimplementing correspondingUNSC resolutions and the UNGlobal Counter-TerrorismStrategy in compliance with theUN Charter and the principles of international lawwithout politicisation and dou-ble standards and with respectfor the sovereignty and independence of all countries.”
Citizens heaved a sigh ofrelief from the scorching
heat as the State capital record-ed a heavy rainfall on Friday.City received about 3 cm ofrainfall.
The waterlogged streetsand overflowing gutters acrossthe State capital where wit-nessed with disrupted powersupply resuming after longhours but even after theseproblem citizens were delight-ed as it provided much await-ed from the harsh and extremehot conditions that prevailed
for past 15 to 20 days.According to weatherman,
the weather conditions wouldprevail for the next two to threedays but later the temperatureswould increase. The day tem-peratures dipped to 43 degreeCelsius and were recorded inKhajuraho, Nowgong, Gwaliorand Khargone. Bhopal record-ed maximum temperature of39 degree Celsius and mini-mum of 28 degree Celsius.
Among major cities, Indorerecorded maximum temperatureat 37.8 degree Celsius, Jabalpurat 39.8 degree Celsius andGwalior at 43.2 degree Celsius.
On Friday, several regionswitnessed rainfall. Raisenrecorded 24 mm of rainfall,Jabalpur recorded 7 mm ofrainfall, Satna 5mm of rainfall,Ujjain 2 mm of rainfall andSidhi 1 mm of rainfall.
In past 24 hours Chanderirecorded highest rainfall at 4 cmof rainfall, Ishagarh recorded 3cm of rainfall, Damoh,Chhatarpur, Mungawali, Maihar,Bakswaha, Amarkantak,Pushparajgarh, Ashok Nagarrecorded 2 cm of rainfall andJabalpur, Hata, Kolaras, Katni,Bichiya and Dindori recorded 1cm of rainfall.
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Aseer who had performedmirchi (chilli) hawan in
favour of Congress candidate inBhopal Digvijay Singh beforeLok Sabha elections has nowdeclared that he would take jalsamadhi in Bhopal on June 16.
M a h a m a n d a l e s h w a rVairagyanand who had per-formed the yagna with overfive quintals of red chilli hadclaimed that it was a rare rit-ual and would ensure victoryof the Congress candidate.The saint had even vowed totake Samadhi if Singh lost inthe election.
However, there was notrace of the seer ever sinceSingh lost to BJP’s PragyaThakur in Lok Sabha pollsrecently. An audio chat also hadgone viral in which a local res-ident had called up the seer onhis mobile phone and remind-ed him about his promise.
An angry seer had repliedthat he wasn’t doing anythinglike that and even accused thecaller of of some agenda.
Recently, the seer had writ-ten a letter to the BhopalDistrict Collector informinghim that he is currently busyperforming puja at Kamakhya
temple in Assam and wish totake jal samadhi at 2.11 pm onJune 16 in Bhopal.
The controversial baba hadappeared in election scenario inBhopal ahead of polling inMay and had predictedDigvijay Singh’s win. He hadclaimed that mirchi yagna wasa rare ritual which only he per-forms in the country.
He is said to have severalashrams in Gujarat andMadhya Pradesh and is seenquite close to the seniorCongress leader.
Management’ was conductedon Friday at Campion SchoolArera Colony under the guid-ance of principal CampionSchool Bhopal Fr Athnas LakraSJ and the Resource personNeelu Rawat from Orient BlackSwan Pvt Ltd Bhopal.
The main objective of con-ducting this orientation pro-gramme for all the teachers ofthe Primary and secondarysections of school is to guidethe teachers how to balancetheir Personal, Social andProfessional life through theStress Management and totransform a teacher into learn-ing and creative teacher.
The workshop began withan introductory session where-in the teacher participants weregrouped into different memberteams, each group comprising
of one teacher from each of thetwo branches of CampionSchool. The introductory ses-
sion was followed by a discus-sion, quiz, etc on the weaknessand strength of the teacher dur-
ing the teaching-learningprocess, awareness of which isessential for the expected result.
Each participant exploredand understood the funda-mental elements of being aneffective educator of every subject.
The idea behind to conductthis Orientation program orSeminar is to highlights ofthoughts and views of theteachers and for the teachers.
The major components ofthe programmes are based onvarious thoughts & ideas.Resource person Neelu Rawatthrew light on the differentstresses like ‘Eustress, Distress,Hyper stress, Hypo stress andhow we can overcome from allthese stresses and Changingface of Teaching, Role ofEffective Communication(Verbal/Non Verbal), Timestress and Management, Howto teach the students of 21stCentury, Awareness of linkagesamong Society, Environment,Education & Development.
Institutes learnt about the dif-ferent aspects of core engi-neering. A three-week CFD internship programmewas organised at RadharamanCollege that concluded hereon Friday.
The students wereinformed about various corebranches and how to make abright future in it. It is to benoted that the core branchesare those which form tha baseof engineering such asmechanical, electrical, civil,and chemical engineering.
The programme wasorganised for second year stu-dents of MechanicalEngineering by theRadharaman Group, which
was considered an undisput-ed leader in the core engi-neering field. In addition tothe Ramadharan group, theexperts invited from theseapets and other prestigiousinstitutions informed the stu-dents about the use of projectdevelopment, analysis and theuse of CFD in the research.
Experts have said that
CFD software is widely usedin automobile, aerospace, bio-medical, civil, marine andsports sectors in the wholeworld. Many of these work isoutsourced to India.
RR Saxena, Chairman ofthe Ramadharaman Group,said that this programme wasorganized by special efforts ofprofessor and expert Guptaand director RK Pandey, aimsto help the students to under-stand the real challenges ofthese areas such as the con-struction of the multi-storeybuilding, the eruption of thevolcano and the blood circu-lation in our body. Was awareof Such programs make stu-dents aware of PracticalExperiments, in addition tobookmaking knowledge, tomeet and solve real chal-lenges.
Marking the second day ofthree day theatre festival
on Friday, two plays Yeh MittiHamari Hai and BhulvaBhullakad were staged atShaheed Bhavan.
Yeh Mitti Hamari Hai is allabout patriotism and love forthe country whereas BhulvaBullakad was an entertainingyet a powerful story. It wasabout Bhulva, a young lad whoused to forget everything andwhat follows next is a series ofamusing situations.
Yeh Mitti Hamari Hai wasdirected by Honey Bhargavaand was performed by theartists of Children's TheatreAcademy. Next plat BhulvaBhullakad was directed byRachna Mishra and was per-formed by the artists of RangTriveni theatre troupe.
Yeh Mitti Hamari Haistarts with a village scene wherea British official visits. The offi-cer sees the green fields and
now wanted huge tax from thevillagers. In his greed he impos-es high tax on the poor villagersand give them time limit of onemonth.
Next, he came after amonth and see empty fields. Heasks the Sarpanch about it andSarpanch says something in hisears to which he gets frieght-ened and runs away. The high-er officials declare Sarpanch'sdeath sentence, but Sarpanchsays that the sacred soil willsave him. At the end Sarpanch
is save as he catches high fever. The next play was enter-
taining and full of comic situ-ations. The young boy Bhulvalived with his grandmother. Sheasks him to go to the palace andask king to get his clothesstiched. On his way to palace hemeets many people and forgetwhat grandmother said.
Due to this, palace wassaved from a trouble and theking awards him with moneyand as a result of happiness heeven forgets his grandmother.
Bhopal: ‘Stop Banking Fraud’online group meant to curbcyber crimes has been made byGwalior branch of Cyber Cell.Its reach across the country andit is a significant step keeping inmind the interest of the citizensand would decrease online e-wallet frauds, said Special DGPurushottam Sharma.
Developed by two consta-bles Puspendra Yadav andRadharaman Tripathi postedwith state cyber crime zoneGwalior is aimed at providingimmediate help to the victimsof cyber fraud across the coun-try. In the group after receivingthe information within 10-12hours money duped through
fraud is saved in most of thecases. A team of two constableshave been made to handle thecases and report the incidentand take action in the world ofcashless transactions whichwould curb the frauds.
Apart from the group thecyber cell has also developedwebsite www-cyberfraud-help.in which is the right placeto complaint and ways to savefrom cyber crime are provided. To help citizensfrom state cyber crime zoneGwalior developed online plat-form ‘Stop Banking Fraud’ andhave managed to curb cybercrime frauds worth �7.15crores till date. SR
Chief Minister Kamal Nathdedicated six new products
of Sanchi brand of MadhyaPradesh Rajya SahakariDugdha Mahasangh at theMantralaya.
On the occasion, the ChiefMinister said that there is needto work with a professionalmindset to increase the popu-larity of Sanchi products.
Chief Minister Nath saidthat there is a wide scope ofemployment in the cooperativesector.
Through this sector wecan provide employment topeople in the villages.
He said that today's marketpolicy should be followed toreach papurlarise Sanchi brandmilk products.
The six new milk productsdedicated by the Chief Ministerinclude Coconut Barfi, wheydrink, Coffee Premix, CookingButter, Gulab Jamun mix andCombo Pack.
Coconut Barfi is made inpure ghee. At the same time thewhey drink will be available in
200 ml bottles in Pineapple andMango Flavour.
This drink is useful foryoung players and those whogo to the gym. Coffee Premixis available in 20 grams and 1kg pack. Combo Gift Pack hasthree types of sweets includingmilk peda and coconut barfi.These packs can be used as giftpacks on festivals.
Animal HusbandryMinister Lakhan Singh,Additional Chief SecretaryAnimal Husbandry ManojShrivastav, Managing DirectorMPCDF Pramod Gupta andGeneral Manager RPS Tiwariwere present on the occasion.
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In the weekly series'Abhinayan' a Marathi play
Chorache Chaturya was stagedat Madhya Pradesh State Tribal Museum.
The play was staged inMarathi Tamasha style.
The play was directed byAherbar Shirdhonkar(Maharashtra).
The centre of this presen-tation there is a thief namedChandrakant, who is also suf-fering from lipsa to make hisson (Shankar) a thief.
Chandrakant explains tohis wife that he is thinkingrightly for his son (Shankar)
and that he should become athief just like me.
So, after understanding thehusband's spouse, the wife con-siders him.
After this Chandrakantplans to steal the neck of the king of his kingdom inassociation with his son Shankar.
But when the Chandrakantenters the king's room to stealthe necklaces, the king is awakeand he cuts the head of theChandrakant with his sword.
But Shankar runs awaywith his father's chopped head.
In the palace, the atmos-phere of confusion prevails.
The king declares that theperson who joins this torso willbe the most efficient thief in the State.
But Shankar is more cleverthan the king and with thestrength of his logical intelli-gence, he attributes the monkto the torso and adds the torsoto the head.
Therefore, the King, influ-enced by his logical wisdom,appointed him as the com-mander of his kingdom and with this the presentation ends.
The play was beautifullypresented by the artists. Theaudience rapturously watchedtge play
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Archdiocese of Bhopal hasexpressed concern over
the issues related to generalpublic, affecting the people intheir day to day life.
The rising incidents ofrape have shaken the society.Especially the incidents of mis-behavior and rape withyounger girls are presenting adistorted form of society.
Parents and guardians arescared of such incidents. Theyare worried about the safety oftheir children.
Just recently a heinousincident in one area of Bhopalhas taken the life of a nine-year-old innocent girl. Archdioceseexpresses sympathy for thegirls’ parents.
Archdiocese expresses faithin the judiciary that the parentsof the child will get proper jus-tice. Freedom of children is indanger because of some frus-trated mindset people are walk-ing in the society. Peopleshould be aware of such frus-trated people and be watchfulso that such crimes can bestopped in the near future.
This time our state as wellas some parts of our country isalso facing shortage of water
due to delay in monsoon. The rivers, ponds and
water bodies have reached thebrink of drying. Proper watermanagement is the need ofhour. Awareness programmeamong the people related toWater conservation and man-agement should be conductedtime to time.
The public must be awareto stop wastage of water.Governance also has to makeconcrete plans for water con-servation. Protection needs tobe given to rivers, ponds, waterbodies. Preventive measuresmust be taken to stop theexploitation of water bodies. Inaddition to this tree plantationscheme must be launched withadding the general public
Increasing video gameaddiction among children andyouth has also worried sociol-ogists.
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The Special PoliceEstablishment (SPE) of the
Lokayukta Bhopal nabbed aRevenue Inspector (RI) red-handed receiving a bribe of�10,000 from a farmer onFriday; accused RI demandedmoney for demarcation anddelimitation of the land.
The accused Rakesh Jatavhad demanded bribe for demar-cation and delimitation of vic-tim Dinesh Parmar’s father inSatoh and Mathurapura inVidisha and the victim wantedto complete the procedure andwhen he had gone for the workhe was asked to shed �30,000 for the work. The victim has appliedfor the demarcation and delim-itation and when he had gone toenquire regarding the status ofthe application accused who isRI told him that �30,000 wouldbe required for work.
For facilitating the workvictim agreed to pay the bribeand later lodged a complaintwith SPE on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Kamal Nathhere on Friday took part in
the Punah Prana PratishthaMahotsav of Sharda Devi newtemple. The Mahotsav, organ-ised by the Telugu SanskritikParishad Madhya Pradesh, willcontinue till June 16.
Nath reached the temple inthe Sanskritik Parishad premis-es situated at Shivaji Nagar thismorning where he was tradi-tionally welcomed amidstMangal Vadan.
Nath lit the AkhandDeep and received Prasad. Hebowed down at the feet of MaaSharda Devi and sought herblessings. The Chief Ministersaid that the cultural and reli-gious traditions of India createspiritual power and this is
India’s identity in the world.On this occasion, the office
bearers of Sanskritik Parishad,large number of devotees of theTelugu community, Additional Chief Secretary MGopal Reddy, senior adminis-trative officials and others werepresent.
Public RelationsCommissioner P Narahari wel-comed the Chief Minister.
During the 3-day Spiritualfestival on June 14, Vastu Puja,Vastu Home Purnahuti and agrand shobha yatra will betaken out. In the evening, cul-tural events will be organized.In this, students of PratibhalayaArts Academy, Bhopal willpresent Bharatnatyam. BhaktiVibhavari will present ghazalsfollowed by a Bharatnatyamdance performance by ShriPramod Reddy and group fromHyderabad. The Shiva tandavpresentation by D Prakash andthe group from Hyderabadwill be the main attraction.
On June 15, cultural andentertainment programmes ofspiritual and religious impor-tance will be organised thethree-day spiritual festival willconclude on June 16 with theMahapurnahuti.
Sagar Institute of Science andTechnology (SISTec) wit-
nessed presence of more than44 companies offering over119 job offers in 2018 & 19campus placement drive forselection of its Electrical &Electronics, and Electronicsand Communication engi-neering branch students.
SISTec belongs to SagarGroup which has a strongmanufacturing and industrialbackground in Central Indiaand has emerged as gateway toplacements.
Amongst 44 companiesvisiting SISTec Gandhi Nagarand Ratibad campuses forplacement this year include —Cognizant, Infosys, Adani,Hexaware Technologies, AsahiIndia Glass Ltd, Nokia,Samsung, Tata Motors, CGPower & Industrial SolutionsLtd, SMPL, Matrix, LordElectric Co, Go Speedy Go,TCS, Prudent Systems, ITSCTechnologies Ltd, WebvilleTechnology, Torry Harris,Waaree Solar, Net2source, KVJAlloys, JDS Group, etc areamongst to name a few.
Selection of students inElectronics andCommunication focused onembedded system and VLSIwhereas as Electrical andElectronics Branch studentsgrabbed placements in powersystems and motor sections
with highest package of 7.5 lakh.
So far, over 120 companieshave visited SISTec campuses to
offer 769 jobs offers with high-est package of 21 lakh perannum offered by Mu Sigma.This Year, SISTec has beenrated with AAA ratings byCareer 360 and has bagged theprestigious ASSOCHAMAward for the ‘EmergingEngineering Institute of theYear — Central India’. It hasalso been acknowledged with‘The Most Innovative College2018 in North Zone’ by intern-shala.com presented by AICTEand has selected by Ministry ofHRD to establish InstitutionInnovation Council to pro-mote Innovation.
woman near Chola railwaycrossing late in the night onThursday and recovered 380bottles of country made liquorworth �19,000 from her possession.
Acting on a tip off regard-ing a woman involved in trans-porting and carrying liquor fordelivering police acted swiftlyand rushed to the spot to nabthe accused who was identifiedas Meena Kuchbandiya.
In the initial investigationwhen the belonging of theaccused she was carrying wassearched police have recovered380 liquor bottles from a sack.She was asked regarding theliquor she was not able to pro-vide documents of license.
Nabbed accused confessedthat she along with otheraccomplices work to supply
liquor in remote areas as itfetches good money to reach tothe customers in remote areaand sell liquor.
The buyers of the liquorprovided by the accused andnetwork of procurement andselling of liquor and her accom-plices in the network would beinvestigated in the furtherinvestigation.
The action was taken in theongoing drive to curb theincreasing number of illegaltrade of liquor in the city andnearby areas.
After completing the pre-liminary investigation thepolice have registered a caseunder section 34 (2) of theExcise Act. Police suspect thatthe woman is involved in othercrimes of same nature. Herlinks in drug trafficking wouldbe investigated.
The woman was sched-uled to deliver the liquor butwas nabbed before she coulddeliver it.
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Bhopal: A painting workshop‘Chetana’ centred on IndianTribal & Folk painting beganfrom June 5, 2019 at IndiraGandhi Rashitrya ManavSangrahalya, Bhopal conclud-ed on Friday.
During this workshop,Tribal painters form almostnine states imparted training tothe participants at AvrittiBhawan, IGRMS. Prof SaritKumar Chaudhuri (Director,IGRMS), Dilip Singh, ITS(Joint Director, IGRMS) wasdistributed certificates to theparticipant on closing cere-mony.
On this occasion, whileaddressing to the participants,Prof Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri,Director, IGRMS said that,Multilingual traditional paintersform different states across thenation created amazing paint-ing while facing several inequal-ities like intense heat, diversityin language etc. He furthersaid that, IGRMS make civilendeavor to introduce variousoral and folk tradition to thefuture generations through var-ious methods adopted by var-ious local tribal for conservingthis paintings. SR
Bhopal: Nipah virus scare hasgripped the Guna district ofMadhya Pradesh as hundredsof bats have been found deadin the campus of NationalFertilisers Limited (NFL) inpast few days.
Initially, the district author-ities reported death of around2,500 bats, but the districtadministration on Fridayevening claimed that the deathtoll is around 250.
Veterinary physician ofGuna Dr BS Dhakrey claimedthat bodies of hundreds ofbats have fallen in last week orso at NFL premises. “We havecollected the samples from thespot and have sent them to vet-erinary laboratory in Bhopal,Dr Dhakrey added.
Prima facie it seems thathigh temperature or the heatstroke could have broughtabout the demise of the bats,
said the physician. ChiefMedical and Health Officer ofGuna Dr PS Bunkar claimedthere are no evidence of Nipahvirus locally but on precau-tionary note, an alert has beensounded in the area taking acue from Nipah outbreak inKerala. The NFL officers alsoclaimed that bats have starteddropping dead from the treesfor last few days and byThursday, hundreds of deadanimals scattered in the com-plex inhabited by hundreds offamilies. The company saidthat after spotting dead ani-mals, they informed munici-pality and Health department.Later the team of forest depart-ment also reached on the spot.
The company is also plan-ning to send teams of physi-cians and para medical staff tonearby 10 villages to conducthealth checks. SR
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Gwalior: After years of apathy,the Government schools inGwalior are set to get improvedfacilities like air- conditionersand better teaching quality. Inthis connection, the DistrictAdministration, under the lead-ership of the collector, has takensome concrete steps to providebetter facilities to school-goingchildren in Government schools.
As per the decision, taken bythe officials of the District Administration, they will donate oneday’s salary to buy air- conditioners for one middle school andone anganwadi. These two institutions will be developed as modelschools. Apart from renovating, most of the class rooms in theGovernment-run schools, the administration has also initiatedplans to upgrade the anganvadis to play schools. Speaking to themedia persons, Collector Anurag Chaudhary said that most par-ents do not consider government schools because of the per-ception that the quality of teaching in those schools is not up tothe mark.
He added that the current effort is a small step towards chang-ing that perception. He also said that the next step in this con-nection is to air- condition as many schools as possible in thedistrict. SR
Youth National BoxingChampionship, Uttarakhand-2013, the players of Boxingacademy won three bronze medals.
In the 3rd Youth NationalBoxing Championship washeld in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand,from June 8 to 13.
The players of MadhyaPradesh State Boxing Academyprovided three bronze medalsto Madhya Pradesh.
The medal winners will beplayed by the State Sports andYouth Welfare Minister JituPatwari and Director Khale andYouth Welfare S.L. Thoussencongratulated the players fortheir spectacular performance,
encouraging them to winmedals by performing well inthe upcoming competitions.
In the championship,Karan Gupta, player of theBoxing Academy, in the first
round of the 49 kg weight cat-egory, won the 5-0 Telanganaplayer, Arunachal player 5-0 inthe Pre-quarterfinals andPunjab's player in the quarter-finals 3-2 defeated the bronzemedal. Likewise, Academyplayer Roger Francis knockedout the players of Odisha andGujarat in the 91 kg weight cat-egory and won the bronzemedal.
Similarly, Academy's play-er Arpita Shukla knocked outDelhi's player in the weight of81 kilogram, and in the quar-ter-finals, the Assam playerdefeated the player by 5-0 andwon the bronze medal.
The said players partici-pated in the competition underthe leadership of Academy'sassistant coach Neha Kashyapand Nitish Yadav.
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Bhopal: Hanumanganj policehave booked a miscreant foropening fire at a 43-year-oldcrane operator at OldCategoried Market late in theevening on Thursday. Policesaid that the accused identifiedas Ashu alias Raji opened fire atthe victim identified as RizwanKhan of Jhinsi and works ascrane operator.
Investigating Officer SIUdayveer Singh Bhadoria saidthat the victim was shot twice bythe accused but victim managedto escape and later lodged acomplaint.
The two have old disputeover money which remainedunsettled and late in the eveningvictim and accused entered averbal spate after which theaccused left the spot andreturned after sometime riding
a scooter and stopped near thevictim and shot twice aiming atvictim’s head but he escaped theshots. The accused escaped thespot along with his accomplice,he added.
The accused has beenbooked earlier by Hanumanganjpolice and was booked by otherpolice stations of the state cap-ital. Panic prevailed in the areawhen the accused opened firedas the area remains busy andtraders and locals were shockedto find firing in the area with theintent to kill someone.
The locals told the policethat victim tried to convince butaccused continued with verbalspate and later opened fire at thevictim. In the firing no one wasinjured as the accused missedboth the shots fired at the vic-tim, case registered. SR
announced to transfer moreworks to the Zila Parishads inthe state.
Now, the Zila Parishadwould be able to undertakeworks under the MahatmaGandhi National RuralEmployment GuaranteeScheme (MGNREGS),Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) and IntegratedWatershed ManagementProgramme (IWMP).
Manohar Lal was presidingover the meeting of schemes ofDevelopment and Panchayatsand Rural DevelopmentDepartment here.Development and PanchayatsMinister OP Dhankar, MLAsnamely Gian Chand Guptaand Latika Sharma, senior offi-cers, chairman and vice-chair-man of Zila Parishads, allAdditional DeputyCommissioners, all ChiefExecutive Officer (CEO) ofZila Parishad were present inthe meeting.
The Chief Minister alsoannounced that CEO ZilaParishad would have indepen-dent charge and no ADCwould be given the charge ofCEO Zila Parishad.
He also directed that oneJunior Engineer (JE) eitherfrom the Rural DevelopmentDepartment or Public Health
Engineering Department orother Department be givenindependent charge in ZilaParishads in each district tocarry out development works.
The Chief Minister saidthat the present StateGovernment has taken sever-al steps to bring about a revo-lutionary change in the admin-istrative system of PRIs andRural Development so as togive pace to the developmentworks at the grass root level.Still more needs to be done inthis direction, he added.
He hoped that the peopleof the State would give fullmandate to the present StateGovernment in the upcomingVidhan Sabha elections in theState and give us an opportu-nity to serve them for secondconsecutive term.
He said that several newinitiatives would be taken onthe occasion of Haryana Dayon November 1.
The State Government hasenvisioned a number of initia-tives to be implemented includ-ing the social audit system tobring about transparency in theexecution of works at the grassroot level. The village levelcommittees comprising ex-ser-vicemen, retired teachers andengineers should be constitut-ed which would not only mon-itor the progress of develop-ment works but also ensuretransparency. The Committeewould also ensure that the
quality material is used in thedevelopment works, ManoharLal said.
He also said that the pub-lic assets should be in the saferhands and for this we need towork as their trustees.
The Chief Minister urgedthat besides the funds provid-ed by the State Government,the Zila Parishads should makeefforts to generate their ownresources.
He said that earlier, thebudget of Zila Parishads usedto be only Rs one to two crorewhereas, the present StateGovernment has increased thesame to Rs 20 to 25 crore. Wewanted to further increase thebudget of Zila Parishads, he
added.With a view to ensure the
active participation of PRIs inthe development process ofthe State, Inter District Council(IDC) has been constituted onthe pattern of Inter StateCouncil constituted at theNational Level, he said
In the previous meeting ofIDC held on January 3, theChief Minister had announcedto hand over several develop-ment works and scheme to theZila Parishads. These includedMaintenance of Shamshanghat(Cremation Ground) orKabristan under the ShivdhamScheme, construction of newbuilding of Anganwadi Centresand maintenance of old build-
ings, maintenance of HealthSub Centres, construction andmaintenance of Bus QueueShelter and monitoring ofPrimary Schools.
Manohar Lal said that likebirth registration, the StateGovernment is planning tomake death registrationmandatory in the State so as toascertain the actual data ofpopulation on real time basis.
For this, the registration ofall Shamshanghat (CremationGround) or Kabristan has beendone in the State. For theShamshanghat (CremationGround) or Kabristan in therural areas, village Chowkidarwould be the nodal personwhereas in urban areas, the
head of society would be thenodal officer, he added.
Speaking on this occasion,Development and PanchayatsMinister OP Dhankar said thatthe present State Governmenthas made efforts to ensuredevelopment of rural area atpar with urban areas.
He also urged the people ofHaryana residing outside theState to contribute in the devel-opment of their villages.
He added that the StateGovernment has a dream toprovide all facilities in villagesat par with cities and towns andthis could only be possiblewith the support and cooper-ation of the representatives ofPRIs.
All India CongressCommittee communica-
tions in-charge, RandeepSingh Surjewala on Fridayalleged that people of Haryanaare suffering due to declaredand undeclared electricity cutsand the BJP government isdirectly responsible for thepower crisis in the state.
There is no power short-age in the state but theHaryana Government has cre-ated the problem by stoppingsix power plants in the state ,he alleged.
The senior Congressleader said, the power cutshave made life miserable forthe people but shockingly the power problems have beencreated by the BJP Government by its mis-management and maladmin-istration.
It is sad that the BJPGovernment was not botheredabout the people’s problems assix power plants in Panipatwith the capacity to produce830 MW electricity are closed.Only two 250 MW powerplant are functional in
Panipat, while four 110 MWpower are shut citing renova-tion and modernisation whiletwo other plants of 210 MWeach are closed citing ‘nodemand’, he claimed.
Power plants in Khedarvillage of Hisar are also func-tional with 400 MW lessercapacity. The net generationcapacity of Haryana is 4849.8MW but it generated only2440 MW from HPGCL andits share in other projects, theCongress leader said.
Surjewala said that thegovernment should clarify thereason on why on one hand ithas stopped six power plantsin the name of inadequatedemand of power while on theother hand, the public wasbeing forced to face powercuts during this scorchingsummer.
He maintained that sev-eral power plants were set upin Yamunanagar, Jharli andKhedar during the Congresstenure but this governmenthas stopped the functionalpower plants and the peopleare in distress due to thepower shortage in all parts ofthe state.
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Inaugurating the ninth ple-nary session of Indian
Journalists Union, Yoga GuruSwami Ramdev said that inthis competitive age, journal-ists and writers must keep
themselves updated and act asdictionary – repository ofinformation.
Nearly 300 journalists
from across the country areparticipating in this three daylong session which kicked offon Friday at PatanjaliYogpeeth. KB Pandit ofHaryana Patrakar Sangh waselected as president of theunion for this year andMurugesh Shivpuji was elect-ed as general secretary of theunion. Speaking on the occa-sion, Ramdev said that it mayseem that electronic media isexcelling and overpoweringprint media in the currenttimes but authenticity of print
media is still much acceptedworldwide. He further saidthat three limbs of democra-cy- legislature, judiciary andthe executive may stray awayfrom their path but if mediais steadfast, then democracycan never be under threat.Speaking on the occasion,delegate Pawan Bansal saidthat when one party wins indemocracy with completemajority and the oppositionbecomes suppressed, the roleof media becomes all themore crucial.
The media acts as a mir-ror to the ruling power in thecountry in such a situation.The president of IJUUttarakhand chapter AnantMittal thanked the Yoga Guruand his management for host-ing the session.
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Nearly 70 per cent of theelderly in India face isola-
tion. This and other findingswere revealed in a Nationalreport released by the HelpAgeIndia on elder abuse in Indiahere on Friday.
Activists from variousfields discussed various prob-lems that elderly people face inthe country. Various cases ofelder abuse along with solu-tions were discussed during theprogramme.
In the report it was high-lighted that 55 per cent ofcaregivers in a family felt thatcaregiving was a burden.Nearly 60.7 people felt fatiguedand frustrated toward theirolder relative and some neverfelt happy.
About 39 percent of theelderly had no monthly incomeand therefore were dependent
on their caretakers. Further, 45.3 per cent
spouses in the country onwhom the elderly are depen-dent, do not love the personwho is dependent.
Nearly 70 per cent of theelderly face isolation in India.On average a family spendsnearly �4,125 per month look-ing after the elderly.Addressing the people duringthe event activist PremBahukhandi said, “It is impor-tant to mention that our coun-try has a good population ofelderly people. Japan, theworld’s third-largest economyfaces a challenge as its youngpopulation declines and thenumber of elderly citizensincreases. The country is deal-ing with the issue by givingemployment to these people.Our country is on the verge offacing the same problem in thecoming years. It is very impor-tant that we develop such poli-cies which can engage ourelderly population. Also seniorcitizens should think of notbeing dependent on anyoneand also not to be self centric.”
After extending the deadlinefor several times, India
has decided to impose addi-tional customs duties on 29 USproducts, including almond,walnut and pulses, with effectfrom June 16, making themexpensive for domestic con-sumers, sources said. A notifi-cation with this regard will beissued by the Finance Ministrysoon, they added.
The move will hurtAmerican exporters of these 29items as they will have to payhigher duties on these prod-ucts, making those items cost-lier in the Indian markets. Thecountry would get about $217million additional revenuefrom such imports.
The Government had onJune 21, 2018, decided toimpose these duties in retalia-
tion to the US decision of sig-nificantly hiking customsduties on certain steel and alu-minium products. Americahad in March last year imposed25 per cent tariff on steel anda 10 per cent import duty onaluminium products. Earlier,there was no duty on thesegoods. As India is one of themajor exporters of these itemsto the US, the move has rev-enue implication of about $240million on domestic steel andaluminium products.
India extended the dead-line for imposition of theseduties multiple times in thehope that some solution wouldemerge during a negotiationbetween India and the US ona proposed trade package.
But those negotiationscame to a halt following thedecision of the US to withdrawexport incentives to Indian
exporters under its GeneralisedSystem of Preferences (GSP)programme. These benefitswere rolled back from June 5.It will impact goods worthUSD 5.5 billion from India toAmerica. As part of the impo-sition of higher import dutieson 29 US products, India hasnotified higher tariffs on sev-eral goods. While import dutyon walnut has been hiked to120 per cent from 30 per cent,duty on chickpeas, Bengalgram (chana) and masur dalwill be raised to 70 per cent,from 30 per cent currently.Levy on lentils will be increasedto 40 per cent. The duty onboric acid and binders forfoundry moulds would behiked to 7.5 per cent, while thaton domestic reagents will beincreased to 10 per cent. Dutyon artemia, a kind of shrimp,will be hiked to 15 per cent.
Former Delhi Metro chief ESreedharan, known as
Metro Man, has written toPrime Minister NarendraModi urging him “not toagree” with the DelhiGovernment’s proposal for giving women commuters’free rides.
In his letter to the PrimeMinister on June 10, a copy ofwhich was accessed by ThePioneer, Sreedharan wrote,“One shareholder cannot takea unilateral decision to giveconcession to one section ofcommunity and push DelhiMetro into inefficiency andbankruptcy.”
Sreedharan, presently aPrincipal Adviser to the DelhiMetro and Lucknow MetroRail Corporation (LMRC),sought PM Modi’s “personalinter vention” in the matter.
“If the Delhi Governmentis so keen to help lady com-muters, I would suggest theDelhi Government can paydirectly to the lady commutersthe cost of their travel ratherthan make travel free on theMetro,” Sreedharan said inthe letter.
Delhi Chief MinisterArvind Kejriwal recentlyannounced its decision toallow free rides to women pas-sengers on DTC buses andMetro trains.
Once implemented byAugust-September, thescheme would put an addi-tional burden of around �700-800 crore in the current finan-cial year.
The Delhi Governmentand Centre are equal partnersin the Delhi Metro.
“When the first section ofthe Delhi Metro was to beopened in 2002, I had taken afirm and conscious decision
that no one would be givenany travel concession on DelhiMetro. This stand was taken tomaximise revenues so thatMetro fares could be keptlow so as to be affordable toordinary citizens and at thesame time Metro would makesufficient operational sur-pluses to pay back the loanstaken from JapanInternational CooperationAgency (JICA),” Sreedharanwrote.
Reacting on theSreedharan’s letter, AAP MLASaurabh Bhardwaj said, “Wethank Sreedharanji for hisresponse and suggestion onthe free ride scheme forwoman and girls. The schemeis getting both positive andnegative suggestions but Iwould l ike to informSreedharanji that with thisscheme Metro station and itsefficiency will not be harmed”.
“The Government has
both idea and money toimplement the scheme.Further, as per your sugges-tion if the Government willdeposit money in all women’saccount, we won’t be able toidentify who is spending ontravelling in Metro as peoplecan use the money for anypurpose.
The purpose is solely forwoman safety, security and empowerment,”Bharadwaj said.
Sreedharan also recalledthat then Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee also bought aticket for himself when hewent to inaugurate the firstsection of the Metro onDecember 23, 2002.
“I would very earnestlyrequest you sir not to agree tothe Delhi Government’s pro-posal of free travel to ladies inthe Metro,” the letter read.
“Now, if ladies are to begiven free travel concession in
Delhi Metro, it would set analarming precedence to allother Metros in the country. The argument of theDelhi Government that therevenue losses would be reim-bursed to the DMRC is apoor solace,” the former Delhi Metro ManagingDirector said.
Interestingly, experts oftransport sector are not con-vinced with Sreedharan’s ideaof transfer money directly towomen beneficiaries accountas there is no data of womenriders available with the DelhiMetro.
Having been instrumentalin setting up the Delhi Metro,Sreedharan stepped down asManaging Director in 2011.
He wrote that he haddecided not to intervene in theworking of the Delhi Metro,but the Delhi Government’sdecision has forced him tocome forward.
Friday inducted two indepen-dent MLAs to his Cabinet in amove to douse the rebellionwhich has threatened the yearold JD(S) –Congress collationGovernment in the State. ARShankar and H Nagesh weresworn in as cabinet-rankMinisters by GovernorVajubhai Vala who adminis-tered them the oath of officeand secrecy at a ceremony at theRaj Bhavan. These two inde-pendent MLAs had threatenedto join BJP and Kumaraswamy’smove is politically seen as tostop them from joining BJPwhich has 104 MLAs in its kitty.
The MLAs were inducted,one each from the JD(S) andCongress quota. Shankar hasreportedly been asked to mergehis outfit KarnatakaPragnyavantha Janatha Party(KPJP) with the Congress Partyimmediately. Former ChiefMinister and chairman of coor-dination committee of the coali-tion Government Siddaramaiahwas man behind this move tosave the coalition Governmentled by HD Kumaraswamy.
This is the second cabinetexpansion since the two partiesstitched up an alliance to formthe Government after a frac-
tured mandate in the LegislativeAssembly election held lastyear.
Shankar was a Minister inJune 2018, during the initialdays of the Government. Hewas dropped months later inDecember for refusing tobecome an associate member ofthe Congress. Following this, hewas seen in the BJP and is nowback with the Congress.
When Shankar was movingtowards the BJP, he had writtento the Governor withdrawingsupport to the Government.Since the BJP was unable toform the Government, bothShankar and Nagesh once againsupported the coalition.
Shankar had defeated for-mer Assembly Speaker KBKoliwad of the Congress fromthe Ranebennur constituency.Nagesh, meanwhile, is a formerCongress member fromMulbagal constituency. He wasa member of the Congressparty and also an aspirant forthe ticket from the seat.However, the Congress decid-ed to give the ticket to MLA GManjunath. He was, however,defeated in the recent polls.
Post Lok Sabha drubbingby the BJP, both Congress andthe JD(S) are struggling tokeep their flock together andthe sword of un certainty ishanging on them threatening
the very existence of theGovernment. In the Lok Sabhaelections both JD(S) andCongress lost miserably to theModi wave and won just oneseat each in the 28 parliamen-tary constituencies. BJP won 25and a BJP supported indepen-dent candidate Sumalatha fromMandya won to create historyin the state. The expansion, ear-lier scheduled on June 12, waspostponed owing to the three-day state mourning followingthe death of actor and writerGirish Karnad on Monday.
As anticipated the coalitionGovernment opted to inductthe two independents instead ofseveral disgruntled elementsfrom with the parties to ensurethe BJP is unable to increase itsnumbers in the lower house ofthe State legislature and chal-lenge the ruling alliance whichhas a slender majority. Theinduction of the two indepen-dents will take the total strengthof the coalition to 119, includ-ing the speaker, in the 224-seatlower house compared withthe BJP’s 105. The absence ofmany leaders from Congressand the JD(S) were conspicuousand led to further politicaldebate.
According to BJP insidersthey are not in a hurry to desta-bilise the Government andexpecting to fall on its own.
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Two local Lashkar-e-Tayyeba(LeT) terrorists were
gunned down by the joint teamof security forces in Awantiporatehsil of South Kashmir'sPulwama district on Fridaymorning.
The operation waslaunched in the area after receiv-ing credible inputs about thepresence of terrorists in the area.
Police spokesman said,"during the search operation,the hiding terrorists fired on thesearch party. The fire was retal-iated leading to an encounter. Inthe ensuing encounter, 02 ter-rorists were killed and the bod-ies were retrieved from the site
of encounter". Police spokesman said, "the
killed terrorists have been iden-tified as Irfan Ahmad Degu@Abu Zarar of Naina LitterPulwama and Tasaduk AminShah of Kadlabal Pampore".
He said, "as per policerecords both the terroristswere affiliated with proscribedterror outfit LeT and werewanted by law for their com-plicity in terror crimes includ-ing attack on security estab-lishments and civilian atroci-ties".
According to police records,Irfan was part of groupsinvolved in planning & execut-ing series of terror attacks in thearea and many other civilian
atrocities. He was involved incase FIR No 35 of 2018 per-taining to attack on securityforces in Ellahibagh Pulwama inwhich one jawan had attainedmartyrdom.
Tasaduk as per the policerecords was involved in CaseFIR No 27/2019 of PS PanthaChowk pertaining to killing ofcivilian. Several terror crimecases were registered againstthem.
Incriminating materialsincluding arms & ammunitionwere recovered from the site ofencounter. All these materialshave been taken into caserecords for further investigationand to probe their complicity inother terror crimes.
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Nine more children died onFriday in Bihar's
Muzaffarpur district, which isreeling under an outbreak ofbrain fever, taking the toll to 63this month, with officials main-taining the death were due tohypoglycemia.
All the victims have fallen prey to hypoglycemia, a condition caused by a verylow level of blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance, theysaid.
The 63 children died intwo hospitals of Muzaffarpur,one of which was visited bystate Health Minister MangalPandey during the day.
A statement issued byMuzaffarpur district adminis-tration said that till 6 pm onFriday, six children died in thestate-run Sri Krishna MedicalCollege and Hospital(SKMCH) while three died atKejriwal hospital, which isoperated by a trust.
Since June 1, 178 and 72children were admitted inSKMCH and Kejriwal hospitalrespectively with suspectedcases of Acute EncephalitisSyndrome (AES) but most ofthem were found to be victimsof hypoglycemia.
Nine children undergoingtreatment at SKMCH are seri-ous, the release said, addingthat five children are critical inKejriwal hospital.
The health minister whoheld a meeting with doctorsand officials at the SKMCHsaid six more ambulances willbe available there from Fridayand a 100-bed new ward will bemade operational soon.
The Kejriwal Hospital'smanagement also agreed toincrease the number of beds ifthe need arises, he said.
Pandey said creatingawareness among the people isneeded to prevent the out-break of the disease.
Chief Minister NitishKumar has already directed theofficials concerned to ensurethat preventive measures weretaken in the affected districts,though deaths have so far beenreported from Muzaffarpuronly.
Health Department'sPrincipal Secretary SanjayKumar had earlier said the dis-ease has affected 222 blocks of12 districts especiallyMuzaffarpur, Vaishali, Sheoharand East Champaran. A CentralGovernment team of expertshad visited Muzaffarpur onWednesday. PTI
Mumbai: The CBI andMaharashtra CID told theBombay High Court on Fridaythat it had, to some extent,established commonalitybetween the killings of ratio-nalist Narendra Dabholkar andactivist Govind Pansare.
A division bench ofJustices S C Dharmadhikariand Gautam Patel was told thatin the Dabholkar case all theaccused have been arrestedbut the weapon used in thecrime is yet to be recovered.
The CBI informed thecourt that an operation will becarried out within a month tosearch and retrieve four coun-try-made pistols, which wereallegedly dismantled andthrown by the accused into acreek in adjoining Thane dis-
trict."We are awaiting necessary
permissions from governmentagencies to undertake theoperation," CBI counsel AnilSingh told the court.
The bench then noted thatthe operation should not bedelayed and should be carriedout before onset of monsoon.
CID counsel AshokMundargi told the court that inthe Pansare case the mainconspirators have been arrest-ed and efforts are on to nab theassailants.
The bench then asked ifinvestigations carried out so farhad pointed out to any com-monalities between the twocrimes.
"Yes, to some extent com-monality is established
between the two crimes,"Mundargi said.
The bench, however, notedthat there was something lack-ing in the probe in the Pansarecase.
"We feel like there is somespark missing in this case. It isnot the case that the shooterswill never be arrested. Theywill be nabbed one day. But itshould have been done bynow," the court said.
"It is the credibility of theprobe agency that is at stake.It is a case where eminent per-sons like Dabholkar andPansare have been killed," itadded. The court said thegovernment has to provide allassistance and guidance tothe probe agencies in suchcases. PTI
that cyclonic storm ' Vayu' islikely to recurve and hit theKutch coast of Gujarat. "Vayuis likely to recurve on June 16and hit Kutch between June17-18," M Rajeevan, Secretaryof the Ministry of Earth
Sciences said.However, the intensity of
the cyclone is likely to getreduced, Rajeevan said, addingthat it may hit the coast as acyclonic storm or a deepdepression. He said the Gujaratgovernment has been alertedabout the possible recurvatureof the cyclonic storm.
Cyclone Vayu was to hitthe Gujarat coast on Thursday,but it changed its course overOman on the intervening nightof Wednesday and Thursday.
According to the IndiaMeteorological Department(IMD), the southwest mon-soon will further delay inMumbai and Goa due to Vayu.Meanwhile, the ClimatePrediction Centre of the USNational Weather Service onFriday said the location andstrength of the Madden-JulianOscillation (MJO) wave mayplay an important role in thedevelopment of monsoon overIndia during the next severalweeks.
Naqvi on Friday hit out at theCongress for raising doubts overthe use of EVMs in the Lok Sabhapolls, saying the Opposition partyis showing arrogance instead ofintrospecting the defeat in the elec-tions.
The 'EVM vilaap mandli' hasbecome active again and while ear-lier they demanded tallying ofVVPAT slips with EVM count,they are now looking for newexcuses after there was no mis-match, the affairs minister said.
The Congress is showing arro-gance of a "feudal mindset",instead of introspecting the defeatin the Lok Sabha election and hon-ouring people's mandate, he toldreporters here.
The Congress will continue
with its arrogance and negativityuntil it realises the ground reali-ty, he said.
The grand old party hasbecome a "brand new flop show"due to its "negative and frustrat-ed politics", he claimed.
If the Congress does not shunits "feudal politics", the party willface extinction, Naqvi said. Hisremarks came days after UPAchairperson Sonia Gandhi, appar-ently hinting at electronic votingmachines (EVMs), claimed "manytypes of doubts" have emerged inthe past few years over the coun-try's electoral processes.
"There is a saying that there isno smoke without fire," she said inRaebareli on Wednesday.
Opposition parties, includingthe Congress, have alleged thatEVMS can be tampered with, giv-ing the ruling BJP the advantagein an election.
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The IAF has, so far, carriedout more than 200 sorties
in the search and rescue oper-ation to locate the AN-32plane that went missing onJune 3, finally spotting thewreckage on Tuesday thisweek. A 15-member team,comprising mountaineers ofthe IAF and Special Forcescommandoes, were air-dropped near the crash site inArunachal Pradesh, onWednesday and they reachedthe crash site and are makingall-out efforts to bring themortal remains of the 13 pas-sengers to Jorhat in Assam.
However, inclement weath-er and rugged terrain is ham-pering the operation as themortal remains and the flightdata recorder or the black boxhave to be ferried in heli-copters in stages. "The weath-er continues to be marginal and
is likely to affect the pace ofrecovery operations. The recov-ery team is braving the treach-erous terrain and inclementweather in order to bring backthe mortal remains as soon aspossible," the IAF said in thelatest update on Friday.
Eight helicopters havebeen deployed for the salvageoperation, the IAF said addingaround 200 sorties were car-ried out so far towards the AN-32 search and recovery oper-ations. The next of kin of allpersonnel on board wereinformed of the crash and thesubsequent search operationsundertaken by the IAF.Concerned family membershave been apprised of theprogress of the recovery oper-ations as well and IAF officialsare in regular touch with them.The IAF and all its personnelstand with the families in thishour of grief, the statementsaid. The IAF on Thursday
had said all 13 people onboard the aircraft have died.
The Russian-origin AN-32aircraft was going from Jorhatin Assam to Mechukaadvanced landing ground nearthe border with China on June3 when it lost contact aroundhalf-an-hour after taking off.The wreckage of the planewas found at an altitude of12,000 feet near Mechuka aftereight days of massive searchoperation.
The effort included SU-30fighter jets, P-8 I long rangereconnaissance aircraft of theNavy and MI-17 and advancedlight helicopters. The searchwas spread over 1,000 sq kmsof terrain marked by densejungles and steep hills and it isfeared the plane hit one of thehills and crashed. However, theanalysis of the black box orflight data recorder and thecourt of inquiry will find thecause of the mishap.
New Delhi: That the elderlybecome a burden in most house-holds is not new, but a recent sur-vey revealed that 35 per cent ofthe caregivers — be it sons ordaughters-in-law, "never" felthappy looking after the elderly.
According to the report,"Elder Abuse in India: Role ofFamily in Caregiving: Challenges& Responses" by charitable organ-isation HelpAge India, released onthe eve of 'World Elder AbuseAwareness Day' on Friday, 29 percent respondents admitted theywould prefer that senior citizensin the family be put in old agehomes.
A quarter of the respondentsalso blamed fatigue and frustra-tion for their aggression towardselders.
"While 35 per cent of thecaregivers never felt happy look-ing after the elderly, 25 per centcaregivers felt fatigue and frus-tration that resulted in aggressivebehaviour towards the oldermembers of the family," the
report noted.With a sample size of 2090
caregivers, mainly involving son,daughter-in-law, daughter, andson-in-law, the 20 city reportidentifies the top forms of abuseas disrespect, neglect and verbalabuse.
The report focuses on thegeneration aged 30 - 50 years, cov-ering Tier 1 and 2 cities.
"What is amazing is thatdespite the abuse elders might faceat home, at the hands of theiradult children, they choose toremain within the family ambit.Their solution is always sensitizetheir children, their primary care-givers, and not move away fromthe family," Mathew Cherian,HelpAge India, CEO, said.
A total of 29 per cent care-givers in the family felt the "bur-den of caregiving of an elder wasModerate to Severe", while 15 percent felt a "Severe burden of care-giving". Despite the burdenfelt, up to 32 per cent adult care-givers fulfilled their duties of
extending physical care to elder-ly for Activities of Daily Living(ADL) such as help, assistance inchanging clothes, walking, eating,bathing, and toileting.
The report also found that42.5 per cent caregivers paid forthe medical bills, and 57 per centof the times monetary help for anelder's personal habits came fromthe son against 23 per cent fromthe daughter-in-law.
On an average, a familyspends Rs 4125 looking after theelderly as 78.1 per cent caregiversfelt that no policy or measureswere adopted by their employersto help them ease the burden ofcaregiving regarding elderly athome, it noted.
"It is therefore important tolook into space of the caregiver.
To understand the burden ofelder care and the challenges facedby them. For only if we are ableto understand, can we alsoempower and encourage them tolook after their elderly parents,"Cherian said. PTI
The Bombay High Court onFriday granted bail to four
right-wing Hindu activists andaccused in the 2006 Malegaonbomb blast case, seven yearsafter they were arrested in thecase.
The four accused — DhanSingh, Lokesh Sharma,Manohar Narwaria andRajendra Chaudhary — hadmoved the Bombay High Courtin 2016, after a special NIAcourt had rejected their bailplea.
Granting bail to the fouraccused, a HC division bench ofJustices Indrajit Mahanty and
AM Badar ruled the fouraccused should furnish Rs50,000 bail bond each and twosureties of same amount to getthe bail. They ordered the fouraccused to remain present dur-ing the trial court until theywere exempted.
"The petitions are allowed.The applicants shall be releasedon cash bail of �50,000. Theyshall attend the special court oneach day during the trial andshall not tamper with evidenceor contact witnesses," the judgessaid.
In the triple blasts thatrocked Bada Kabarasthan,Mushawra Chowk andHamidiya Masjid at the power-
loom town of Malegaon innorth Maharashtra onSeptember 8, 2006, 37 peoplewere killed and 150 othersinjured.
The four accused hadmoved the high court after theNIA court had rejected theirbail plea on June 6, 2016 on theground that the evidence col-lected by the NIA prima facieshowed that the four accusedalong with the abscondingaccused had prepared andplanted bombs at three places inMalegaon on September 8,2006.
“At this stage it appears tome that prima facie the evidencecollected by NIA show that the
accused along with abscondingaccused prepared bombs andplanted it...... Bearing in mindthe nature of the crime and thecharges levelled against theaccused persons, they do notdeserve bail”, the NIA courtjudge had said in his June 6,2016 order, rejecting the bailplea by the four accused.
Nine accused were initial-ly tried for their alleged involve-ment in the 2006 Malegaontriple blasts. Of them, one of theaccused Shabbir Ahmed died in2015 during the pendency of thecase before the special court,resulting in the abatement of thecharges against him.
A special NIA court had on
April 25, 2016 dropped thecharges against the eightMuslim accused in the 2006triple Malegaon blasts case,after taking cognizance of thesubmission made by the NIAthat there was no evidence toprosecute the accused in thecase.
The eight accused, whowere discharged from the 2006Malegaon triple blasts case,were: Noor-Ul-HoodaSamshudoha Ansari, RaeesAhmed, Dr Salman Farsi, DrFaroqh Maghdumi,Mohammed Ali, MohammedZahid alias Zahid Ali, AsifBashir Khan alias Junaid andAbrar Ahmed Saeed.
Thiruvananthapuram: TheLeft Government in Kerala onFriday asked a state-run akade-mi to review its decision hon-ouring a cartoon depictingBishop Franco Mullakal as arooster and alluding to thecharge of rape against him.
Cultural Affairs Minister AK Balan told the StateAssembly that the Governmentis of the opinion that the car-toon has "hurt" the sentimentsof the Christian community.
"The Government hasalready taken a stand that theakademi should review itsdecision," Balan said.
The cartoon titled'Viswasam Rakshathi' (protec-tion of faith) by K K Subhashof Chengalam and selected bythe Kerala LalithakalaAkademi for this years award,had appeared in a Malayalammagazine last year afterMullakal was accused of rapeby a nun.
Showing Mullakal as arooster, it also has a pinkcoloured lingerie in the crosier(staff), carried by a bishop asa symbol of the pastoral office,while a group of nuns is shownfleeing.
Replying to a submissionby opposition leader RameshChennithala seeking reviewof the award, Balan said"Akademi is an autonomouscultural organisation underthe state government. But thegovernment does not interferein its internal matters such asthe awards and all.
However, this cartoon hashurt the sentiments of a sectionof believers," Balan said.
He said the cartoon wasintended against BishopMullakal and not against thecommunity. The cartoonincludes certain religious sym-bols. We welcome the standand suggestions of theOpposition. PTI
Mumbai: Congress generalsecretary in- charge ofMaharashtra MallikarjunKharge Friday said he hasexhorted the state unit to putup a united face to take on theruling BJP-Shiv Sena in theupcoming assembly polls.
Talking to reporters here,Kharge expressed confidencethat Congress legislators willeffectively counter the BJP-Sena government on variousissues of public interest duringthe monsoon session of thestate legislature beginning
Monday.Earlier in the day, the
Congress announced severalchanges in its legislative wing.
It said senior legislatorBalasaheb Thorat, an arch-rival of Radhakrishna VikhePatil, has been appointed theCongress Legislature Party(CLP) leader.
Vikhe Patil, a seniorCongress leader, quit the postof CLP after his son Sujayjoined the BJP and successful-ly contested the Lok Sabha elec-tion from Ahmednagar.
Vijay Waddetiwar, deputyleader of the Congress in theAssembly, has been elevated asthe group leader.
"We have named BalasahebThorat as the CLP leader andappointed floor leaders in bothhouses as well as whips. Weexpect them to be united andwork with consensus," he said.
"In our party all are effi-cient, but only a few will haveto be chosen for various jobs.We hope they will highlightpeople's issues in the legisla-ture," Kharge said. PTI
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They could be rebels but they choseto be who they are, not ashamedor diffident or overtly proud, buthonest and true to their grain. Andin a country inured to a democ-
racy that is now governed by militarists, theyembody a new kind of nationalism and peo-ple’s power that’s subtly changing the socio-economic narrative of Thailand, demolish-ing every known stereotype and forcing a pol-icy change. You could call them social entre-preneurs, who are rescuing vulnerable com-munities, redrawing the Thai identity beyondthe sex-tourism gaze, lending voices to realissues and solving them in their micro-envi-rons. These little dots of resistance to statusquo may not qualify as protests or politicalmovements but are more collective impactsof individual efforts that can no longer bebrushed under the carpet. There’s an old Thaiproverb, “The best time to plant a tree was20 years ago. The second best time is now.”And this second best time is being spearhead-ed by the country’s globalised youth, who areback to reclaim their destiny on homeground, one that is buried in the legends ofSiam. And they are talking in a language thateverybody understands — tourism.
Beginning as a marine biologist, SirachaiShin Arunrugstichai had a passion for pho-tography and hoped to be a journalist cov-ering stories like protests, religious events andpolitics in Thailand. But lost in a crowd, heapplied his newly-acquired skill set to some-thing that his years as a deep sea diver hadtaught him, the need to conserve marine habi-tats which Thailand was fast losing to over-tourism and the beach economy. His photostories on what once was and what it hasbecome are telling reminders of humandepredations of natural resources that couldspell doom for Thailand’s tourism sector,which constitutes 20 per cent of the nation’sGDP. His work on Maya Bay, the sharks ofthe Andamans Sea, the plight of waternomads, the reappearance and disappearanceof fish, restoration and regrowth of corals andmangroves has gone a long way in influenc-ing tourism policy and getting a global audi-ence. Thanks to him, the authorities havebravely shut down the fragile Maya Bay forfour years, crumbling as it was under theweight of 5,000 footfalls when it is equippedto handle only 170 visitors at a time. As thesharks are slowly making their way back tothe waters there, Shin asserts he isn’t againsttourism as such but over-exploitation. Heargues if there is no sustainable managementmodule, then there would be no tourist econ-omy or marine resources left for livelihoodor humanity. “With our dependency on richresources of the surrounding two seas, themarine and coastal ecosystems of Thailandhave borne the cost. In accommodating masstourism, which does not exactly serve the pur-pose of conservation of resources, andunable to prevent continuous degradationthroughout the years, we need to change now.Some specks of islands have completely
changed in five years and I document thechanges to build a consciousness.” Shin nowworks closely with the Tourism Authority ofThailand, which for the first time is regulat-ing the beach economy with permits, grad-ed arrivals and limiting stay periods on thecountry’s pristine stretches. Shin’s narrative-driven photo stories are now what he callsLego blocks that make for a larger story ofexploitation and a new-age colonisation bygreed. Even the Western tourists, who onceturned Thailand’s sylvan beaches into anindulgent and hedonistic hideaway, are nowbeing forced to reshape their ideas of the per-missive and expansive Orient.
Then there is Lee Ayu Chuepa, who hasturned Thailand coffee, traditionally very bit-ter and had with condensed milk, into a spe-cialty brew with applied research and his UStraining on growing and roasting tech-niques. Born to the Akha hill tribe, the tra-ditional growers of coffee, he wasn’t reallycommitted to it till he completed university,worked for an NGO and learnt how curat-ing specialty coffees could lead to high eco-nomic worth. So he turned agriculturists intoagri-preneurs and made coffee, a crop he hadgrown up with, as a tool of community devel-opment. Having experienced the creaturecomforts that he obtained through a Westernknowledge system, he realised they wouldhave no meaning in a resource-scarce ordepleted world. “Look at what our conve-niences and aspirations have given us. Wechased gains but look where it has landed us,a plastic sea, no water and poverty of our peo-ple,” says Lee, highlighting the growing Thaiconsciousness to save neighbourhoods, cul-ture, communities and people without sub-jecting themselves to the approbation of oth-ers. Today Lee’s Akha Ama Coffee is both a
national and international brand, with a chainof boutique cafes in Chiang Mai and othercities. Lee’s social enterprise is based on smartlogic and the right market linkages. His farm-ers follow sustainable cropping methods,adapt them to customise the coffee toflavour profiles in demand, rotate other cropslike avocado in lean times and directly sellto the buyer networks, primarily the tourismindustry. So all boutique hotels in Thailandpick up curated batches of Akha Ama cof-fee from the farmers themselves. Not onlythat, Lee emphasises on creating a bio-diver-sity rich plantation that is complete with liv-ing organisms, birds and honey bees, allow-ing natural processes like pollination toimprove the ecosystem for his coffee. He evenconsults R&D and knowhow specialists ongrowing best coffee varietals and ensures azero-waste model where leftovers of a har-vest are used as fertilisers, manure and evenbody scrubs for the cosmetic industry.
He has made every young person of thecommunity a stakeholder in the coffeeenterprise so that each knows how to pre-sent his/her products and where to sell. Inshort, the growers collectively dictate themarket than the latter forcing them into astraitjacket. “We need to start a movementin our agriculture sector,” he says, his ideaalready cascading into local fruit buffets atevery tourist hotspot, allied products at everyshopping hub, plantation tourism and moreimportantly international branding of localfruits. The much sought after Durian is aSoutheast Asian favourite but the Thais havemarketed a superior variety that sells at$10,000 a kg! “The dream may not be asbeautiful as you imagined, so I am motivat-ed by new dreams. I have followed theancient wisdom of banana leaves from our
people. This is not a textbook project. Morethan money, social values matter,” Lee tellsus, summing up the resurgent face of Thaientrepreneurship from the hinterland.
But in Bangkok itself, the luxuriant worldcity that’s ever ready to serve your every crav-ing, its repressed underbelly has found a voicein Somsak Boonkam. He has been inspiredby India’s Dharavi to conceive his own slumtourism project at Klongtoey and transformthe community that the city hides under itsflyways. “We are using our backward clustersas a powerful communication tool. We arenot denying but owning up to the reality andhelping tourists get a rounded perspective ofthis city that I was born in and not see itthrough borrowed lenses,” he tells us. He isn’tlooking for sympathy or empathy but is pool-ing limited resources of small host commu-nities and sharpening their collective com-petitive advantage in the booming touristeconomy. He keeps it real, training commu-nities to design travel packages based on localcarrying capacity, skilling local youth as savvytour guides, empowering women to set upcraft and cuisine classes, forming collabora-tive clusters of communities which canshare limited resources and offer homestayfacilities. And he uses social media to mar-ket his tours to keep a steady flow of visitors.
His beehive approach has helped indi-vidual tour operators from getting wiped outin a highly competitive tourism market anddeveloped a system of affordable tourism seenfrom an insider’s perspective of Bangkok, tak-ing you to unknown sights and experiences.Financial sustainability is on the top ofSomsak’s agenda, so he allows local hosts tokeep 70 per cent of the tourism revenue anddiverts five per cent for public projects suchas education and waste management.Through his module, Somsak has been ableto restore pride among local communitieswho tend to become subservient and face-less employees of the large hospitality indus-try in a global tourist destination likeBangkok or set up formulaic home-unit mas-sage parlours. But with the slum redevelop-ment project, locals are for the first timebecoming an equal stakeholder and ownerof the throbbing tourist economy. With 36million tourists coming into Thailand andBangkok being its catchment area, locals con-tinue to be excluded from a lion’s share ofprofits although they lend their resources, cul-ture, heritage and skill sets to define the Thaiexperience for the world. Somsak is contin-uously upgrading his tourist packages and cre-ating specialist groups of tour guides, trans-port operators, pricing experts and hosts. Hehas even created a system of an elected bodyto manage the community development fundthat comes from tourism and allocate it foraddressing the most pressing need of the com-munity that he might have overlooked him-self. That could be something as basic as cre-ating a playground for children of the hostcommunity. This has encouraged a democ-ratic participation in everyday lives amonglocals outside the semi-dictatorial governancestructure at the central level. Somsak believesthat tourism can be a sustainable businessonly if it enhances and does not replace localbusinesses and jobs. Thailand’s young brigadeare applying the rules of Muay Thai andchampioning their own causes that are set-ting off a slow revolution of ideas and inde-pendence. Despite the obstacles.
Sir — At a time when someChief Ministers of non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)States are interested only inlocking horns with the Centrerather than concentrate on goodgovernance in their respectiveStates, the bonhomie betweenAndhra Pradesh Chief MinisterYS Jaganmohan Reddy andPrime Minister Narendra Modiis noteworthy.
The two belong to differentparties having different ideolo-gies and principles but settingaside all differences, they haveshown respect for each otherand good mutual understanding.Even though the YSR CongressParty is not part of the NDA, theway Jagan went to meet Modiimmediately after the electionresults were announced andrequested help for his State iscommendable.
Modi was also given a warmreception by Jagan during hisTirumala visit. Only time willtell if Jagan’s party will be partof the NDA, but what really mat-ters is the way in which the ChiefMinister of a state is ready toshake hands with the Centre
keeping in mind only growth,welfare, progress, developmentand prosperity of the people.
It is for this reason thatJagan can be regarded a modelChief Minister. There are somewho have time only to fight andcombat with the Centre becauseof ego and ideological differences.There are some who are mere
opportunists, who start spittingvenom at the Centre when thingsdon’t go their way. Jagan hasshown that he is a leader who isready to carve a niche of himselfin the political world. His goal isto work for the betterment of hisState and its people.
M Pradyu Kannur
Sir — This refers to the editori-al, “Lessons from Kathua” (June12). It is really sad that incidentsof child abuse, rape, assault onwomen and children are on therise all over the country.Thousands of rape cases are
pending in our courts and victimshave been awaiting justice yearstogether. The Kathua case mustserve as a template for other suchpending cases: Solid investigationand timely delivery of justice.Surely, there is no guarantee ofpreventive and proactive mea-sures to contain such nefariousincidents but expeditious justicecan be dispensed only by increas-ing the number of fast-trackcourts.
Nimai Charan SwainBhubaneswar
Sir — According to historians,Sonora Smart Dodd came upwith the idea of honouring andcelebrating her father when shewas listening to a sermon in thechurch on mother’s day in 1909.Ever since Father’s Day celebra-tions have gained momentum allover the world. Fathers guide uswith their simple, logical andpractical thinking, which makesthem our role models and heroes.
June 23 is the International Day for Widows. Eventoday, they are perceived as being a burden onsociety and inauspicious to the family. They still
have to contend with the “triple burden” in the formof stigma associated with their status, severe con-straints on access to resources and sexual vulnera-bility. Gender disparities make them one of the mostmarginalised and vulnerable communities in India.This is in stark contrast to their male counterpartswho are not subjected to similar socio-economicexclusion within households. In India, much of thestruggles and multiple vulnerabilities of widows con-tinue because of welfare-driven Government poli-cies. The absence of a rights-based approach inGovernment programmes makes them dependenton doles or pensions. There are about 44 millionwidows in our country. With the joint family struc-ture collapsing, many leave their homes voluntar-ily while some are thrown out by family members.They all gravitate to pilgrim cities like Vrindavan.
The temple town of Vrindavan in UttarPradesh is barely three hours from the national cap-ital New Delhi and is known as a magnet for wid-ows. Although they congregate from all over thecountry, the highest number flocks from WestBengal to worship Lord Krishna. Here, widows aredependent on charity and literally sing for their sup-per while seeking solace in religion. Just like 55-year-old Rupa Dasi, a widow living in Vrindavan for over15 years. She goes to the Bhajan Ashrams to chantprayers and gets 100 grams of rice and 50 grams ofpulses worth �4. Since she does not have the req-uisite documents, she does not have a ration orAntyodaya card. Nor does she get old age or widow’spension. Dasi represents a stream of widows typi-cal of Vrindavan — preferring to spend their timein prayer and living on charity.
But charity does not have to be the first and onlyoption as widows in Rajasthan have shown.Married at 19, Mankanwar became a widow afterseven years of marriage. Uneducated and a moth-er of two, she was thrown out by her in-laws, whohounded her to give up her share in the family prop-erty. But she didn’t give up. She sought help fromthe Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan (ENSS), an organ-isation that works for single women in several States,including Rajasthan. The collective provided herlegal support to get control of her share in the fam-ily property.
However, Mankanwar also realised that sheneeded to be economically independent. Whilehelping ENSS in finding ways to empower othersingle women get their entitlements, she and theorganisation homed in on the livelihood optionoffered by the Government’s MGNREGA pro-gramme. But since job cards were traditionallymade in the name of the family, ENSS found a largenumber of its widow members being deprived ofemployment after the death of their husbands. Aftera vociferous campaign by ENSS and its membersfor individual ones, separate job cards in their nameswere issued. The Rajasthan Government issuedorders in 2009 that a widow and her children shouldbe considered an independent family unit. It man-dated that a separate job card be given to the widow,irrespective of whether she lived with her parentsor in-laws, and that no supporting documents orration cards should be called for to make the sep-arate job card.
This resulted in a 10-15 per cent increase in sep-
arate job cards for widows, leading to aboost in employment of widows underMGNREGA. Records show that 69 percent of Rajasthan’s 95 lakh job cards arenow being utilised by women, much high-er than the national average of 49 per centwomen benefiting from MGNREGA. TheENSS also suggested that certain cate-gories of work, which do not involve heavymanual labour like watering of plants andmonitoring of sites, should be identifiedand reserved for older widows to enabletheir inclusion within MGNREGA.Consequently, MGNREGA supervisorswere asked to allot less physically stren-uous work to older people at their work-sites.
The Rajasthan ENSS model hasshown that when widows are organisedand are part of a collective, they are lesslikely to be cheated or harassed. This iswhy ENSS was able to successfully lobbyfor an increase in the Government grantgiven to widows at the time of their daugh-ters’ marriage and an extension of thewidow Palanhar scheme for their chil-dren’s education up to the age of 18 as wellas an increase in education allowance. TheState widow pension amount was alsoincreased and preference was given towidows in Government jobs.
But for widows not a part of such col-lectives, life has not been so smooth. A2014 UN Women study on the pro-grammes and policies for widows in India,Nepal and Sri Lanka found that most poli-cies for them lack a rights-based approachand are designed with assumptions andconditions rooted in patriarchy.Government welfare programmes treatwidows as a homogenous group. But thesituation of widows varies considerably,depending on age, societal norms, theirgeographical location, educational levelsand also on who their husbands were.
Social norms around widowhood furthercomplicate their access to basic servicesand welfare schemes, meaning that link-ing them to entitlement would need moreefforts by the Government as well as bycivil society organisations.
Fortunately, India now enumerateswidows in its population census. However,there is a paucity of analytical data — bothquantitative and qualitative — on sever-al aspects such as access to healthcare,inheritance, property ownership, pover-ty levels and crime against widows. Thereis particular dearth of studies that couldelaborate on issues of women belongingto minority groups, those residing in con-flict affected areas and widows residing inremote locations.
A lack of integrated services and com-plex procedures are significant chal-lenges for widows. In India, severalGovernment Ministries implementschemes for widows but there is no con-vergence of services. Further, poor coor-dination and implementation of otherprogrammes for destitute women has ledto the exclusion of particularly margin-alised and illiterate widows. Proceduresand documents required to accessGovernment benefits still remain com-plex. A lack of education as well as finan-cial illiteracy adds to the problems ofaccess for widows. On the part of theGovernment, weak monitoring andreporting systems further add to gaps inimplementation.
The best way to tackle these issueswould be to have a single-window sys-tem to converge services of differentdepartments to facilitate widows’ entitle-ments for shelter, pension, health andfood among other things. TheGovernment/local bodies should be pro-active as well as flexible in implementingthe existing policies and programmes;
providing necessary documents requiredby widows to access all their entitlements,especially pensions.
Giving them a life of dignity is pos-sible if a needs assessment is regularlyconducted for skill and job developmentthat is age-appropriate and in keepingwith the educational level of the widows.If Livelihood Mission and the SkillDevelopment Mission in India as well ascivil society organisations engaged in pro-viding skill training for emerging job mar-kets keep in mind the needs of widows,it can change their lives. The best way toboost their self-esteem and confidence isby helping them move up the economicladder.
A good example already exists in ourneighbouring country Nepal. TheGovernment’s policy there of giving landon lease to groups of widows to build shel-ter homes or chhaharis has helped in theirempowerment. These chhaharis provideskill training, economic and emotionalsupport to help widows become financial-ly independent.
In August 2017, the Supreme Courtconstituted an expert committee on thestatus of widows to suggest how the livesof 44 million of them could be bettered.The committee, comprising severalNGOs like Jagori, Guild of Service,HelpageIndia and Sulabh International,submitted its report to the apex courtwithin three months. The findings andrecommendations by the committeewere similar to those in the UN womenreport. The court directed theGovernment to implement the recommendations. However, even afteralmost two years, no action has beentaken yet. How many more years willwidows have to wait for their right tolive a life of dignity?
Healthy women provide thefoundation for a healthy India.To make universal healthcare
a tangible milestone in the country’sdevelopment journey, women’s health-care requirements need to be account-ed for. A key period of health risk inmost women’s lives is pregnancy. AndGovernment-sponsored maternalhealth programmes have been insti-tuted to provide safety and security topregnant women. However, the keymaternal benefit programme of thecountry, the Pradhan Mantri MatritvaVandana Yojana (PMMVY), whichpromises �5,000 to pregnant women,suffers from critical drawbacks in bothdesign and implementation. It isexclusionary by the eligibility criteria
and impedes universal access to thescheme through an ill-designed enrol-ment procedure.
Under PMMVY, pregnant andlactating women are provided �5,000in three instalments. The gapingloophole in the eligibility criteria is thatbenefits are only provided for the birthof the first child. In a country with aTotal Fertility Rate (TFR) of 2.33, thepolicy of restricting the scheme to justthe first child is impractical to say theleast and exclusionary when seen intotality.
In fact, the earlier form of thematernity benefit programme, theIndira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana(IGMSY), allowed women to accessdisbursement for two live births. Theeligibility criteria have consciouslybeen curtailed in the present scheme.Moreover, it makes no attempt toaccommodate miscarriage or infantmortality. If an eight-month pregnantwoman, who has already accessed thescheme, loses her child, she is not eli-gible for the second or third instalmentfor her next pregnancy.
If a woman loses her child with-in the first 28 days, then, too, she is
deemed ineligible for future pregnan-cies. A NITI Aayog report on IGMSYstated that about 12 per cent of thebeneficiaries under the scheme mis-carried. The same 12 per cent wouldbe ineligible under the present scheme.
By August 2018, only 52 per centof the beneficiary enrolment target(of August 2018) had been met. Asevident, even for women who man-age to comply with these stringenteligibility criteria, there are inherentroadblocks in the enrolment processthat prevent them from accessing thescheme.
This is because one of the crit-
ical documents required for thescheme, apart from the woman’sAadhaar card and bank documents,is the Aadhaar card of her husband.Inclusion of the husband’s Aadhaarcard is problematic as it hindersfinancial autonomy of the woman.It also makes her decisions abouther own reproductive health depen-dent on her husband’s presence orconsent.
This provision ignores the socio-economic realities of rural India.Chanchal Devi, a 21-year-old pregnantwoman in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia dis-trict, could not access the scheme
because her husband works at con-struction sites in Delhi during the win-ter months. She had to run a house-hold with her in-laws, hence all of herhusband’s income was dedicated to themaintenance of the household, includ-ing daily food and emergency provi-sions. She had no money to take careof her during pregnancy and could notenroll under the scheme.
Her neighbours faced similarproblems in accessing the schemeand, hence, abandoned hope for anyGovernment maternity benefits.Seasonal migration is a well-recog-nised phenomenon in India. About92 per cent, ie 12.6 million, makes upthe majority of short-term ruralmigrants (NSSO 2007-08). Wives ofthese men, who become first-timemothers, would face significant hur-dles in enrolling under the scheme.
What’s surprising and even con-tradictory is that the principle ofwomen’s financial autonomy hasbeen kept in mind in the case ofother Government programmes.Take for example, the much-laudedUjjwala scheme, where LPG connec-tions are provided to BPL households
with only the woman’s Aadhaar andbank account required for registra-tion. Other State-level maternitybenefit programmes like TamilNadu’s Dr Muthulakshmi MaternityBenefit scheme and Odisha’sMAMTA scheme only require thewoman’s Aadhaar card and bankaccount details for disbursement.
In the future, while enrolmentnumbers can still be manipulated toachieve the set targets, the schemestill does not recognise the principleof female financial autonomy orpractical concerns of migration.While PMMVY developed from afunctioning maternity benefit pro-gramme, it does not exhibit any signsof a new and improved version. It isdesired that schemes impacting avulnerable section of the populationlike pregnant women should bepiloted in the first stage to remove orrectify the loopholes. Social sectorschemes when rolled out withoutadequate research do serve the causeof a Government’s achievement butnot one of a universal healthy India.
30 paise to close at 69.80against the US currency asstrengthening greenback andrising crude oil prices keptinvestors cautious.
Besides, weak Asian cur-rencies and an intense sell-offin domestic equities also putpressure on the domestic currency.
On weekly basis, therupee saw a fall of 34 paise.
At the interbank foreignexchange (forex) market, thedomestic currency openedhigher at 69.55 per dollar, butlost ground during the dayand fell to 69.85. The rupeefinally settled at 69.80, down30 paise over its previousclose.
The rupee had settled at69.50 against the US dollarThursday.
“The rupee weakened fora second day against US dol-lar, taking cues from the otherAsian currencies,” said V KSharma, Head-PCG & CapitalMarket Strategy, HDFCSecurities.
Brent crude futures, theglobal oil benchmark, climbed0.11 per cent to $61.38 perbarrel.
The dollar index, whichgauges the greenback’s
strength against a basket of sixcurrencies, rose 0.10 per centto 97.11.
Meanwhile, the 10-yeargovernment bond yield was at6.92 per cent on Friday.
Sharma further said thatthe important event to watchout for the next week is USFederal Open MarketCommittee (FOMC) meet-ing, scheduled on June 18 and 19.
“Though Fed interest rateprobability don’t expect anychange in the June meeting,pricing a cut in July meet,” hesaid.
Foreign institutionalinvestors (FIIs) remained netsellers in the capital markets,pulling out �238.64 croreFriday, provisional datashowed.
Benchmark indices set-tled for the day in the negativeterritory. The BSE Sensexclosed at 39,452.07, down by289.29 points, or 0.73 percent. The wider NSE Niftytumbled 90.75 points, or 0.76per cent, to finish at 11,823.30.
Meanwhile, FinancialBenchmark India Private Ltd(FBIL) set the reference ratefor the rupee/dollar at 69.3579and for rupee/euro at 78.3740.The reference rate forrupee/British pound was fixedat 88.0207 and for rupee/100Japanese yen at 64.03.
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The BSE Sensex stayed onthe back foot for the third
straight session Friday asinvestors dialled down equityexposure amid high valua-tions and a fresh spell ofuncertainty in the global markets.
After a subdued opening,the benchmark faced suddenselling pressure in the lasthalf-hour of trade to close at39,452.07, down by 289.29points, or 0.73 per cent.
During the week, theSensex fell 163.83 points or0.41 per cent, while the Niftylost 47.35 points or 0.39 per cent.
Only five of the 30 Sensexstocks finished with gainsFriday. These were L&T,Vedanta, Sun Pharma,PowerGrid and TCS, whichrose up to 0.80 per cent.
Top losers includedIndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel,Tata Motors, Axis Bank, KotakBank, Bajaj Auto, Yes Bank,HCL Tech, HUL and HeroMotoCorp, falling up to 4.36per cent.
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Wholesale price-basedinflation hit a 22-month
low of 2.45 per cent in Mayhelped by falling prices of foodarticles, fuel and power items,and this in turn may promptthe Reserve Bank to go foranother cut in key interestrates in the current fiscal.
The Wholesale Price Index(WPI)-based inflation was at3.07 per cent in April this year.It was 4.78 per cent in May2018.
Inflation in food articlesbasket was 6.99 per cent InMay, 2019, down from 7.37 percent in April, official datareleased Friday said.
However, onion pricesspiked during the month withinflation at 15.89 per cent, asagainst (-) 3.43 per cent inApril. Inflation in pulses con-tinued in double digit for fourconsecutive months at 18.36per cent in May, up from 14.32per cent in the previous month.
WPI inflation in May is thelowest in 22 months, sinceJuly 2017, when it was at 1.88per cent.
India Ratings & ResearchPrincipal Economist SunilKumar Sinha said the coreinflation at 1.2 per cent is 29months low in May 2019. “Thisis clearly an indication of weak-ening of demand impulse in theeconomy. Dwindling auto andFMCG sales growth has been
pointing towards this for pastseveral months.”
This delayed and less thannormal monsoon could aggra-vate the food inflation furtherin the coming months lest thegovernment monitors the situ-ation proactively, checks spec-ulative activities and inter-venes in the market to stabiliseprices, he added.
“India Ratings believesthere is still a scope of one morerate cut in FY’20. However,besides being dependent ondata it will also take into con-sideration fiscal policy stance ofthe government,” Sinha said.
Vegetables inflation easedto 33.15 per cent in May, downfrom 40.65 per cent in the pre-vious month. Inflation in pota-to was (-) 23.36 per cent, against(-) 17.15 per cent in April.
Inflation in ‘fuel andpower’ category cooled to 0.98per cent, from 3.84 per cent lastmonth on account of softeningof global crude oil prices.
Manufactured items toosaw decline in prices with infla-tion at 1.28 per cent in May,against 1.72 per cent in April.
WPI inflation data forMarch has been revised down-wards to 3.10 per cent fromprovisional 3.18 per cent.
Data released earlier thisweek showed retail inflationspiked to a 7-month high of3.05 per cent in May, on cost-lier vegetables, and protein-richitems.
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) issupportingCentral Jail, Varanasi to build capacity of prisoners
to adopt entrepreneurship as a way of livelihood. In Central Jailprisoners are imparted various skills which helps them to producevariety of goods including food/bakery items, handicrafts etc.Underthe initiative, SIDBI has recently supported in setting up a mar-ket outlet for displaying and selling products made in the jail.
This will not only provide additional income to prisoners butbuild their capacity in learning nuances of marketing productsincluding revisits/reshape/reposition as per demand of customers.
of digital payments in India,Mastercard and Payswiff havesigned a strategic alliance topromote low-cost paymentsacceptance solutions beyondthe top eight cities in the coun-try. Payswiff ’s SET, a mobileapplication is at the core of thisalliance. It allows individualsand business owners to acceptpayments using more than 60payment options, includingcredit cards and debit cards, e-wallets, e-payment links, UPI,Bharat QR, multi-bank EMI, etc.
India’s service sector exportsrose by 2.8 per cent to $18.06
billion in the first month of thecurrent fiscal, RBI data showedFriday.
The services receipt orexports during April 2018stood at $17.56 billion.
Services payments orimports in April 2019 were at$11.4 billion, up by 4.6 per centfrom $10.92 billion in the samemonth of 2018-19, according tothe RBI data on India’s inter-national trade in services forApril 2019.
Venezuelan shopkeeperManuel Saavedra says new
US sanctions are stranglinghim — and lots of other every-day people.
A video game store ownerin Caracas, Saavedra has beenforced to raise prices as prod-ucts became harder to importfrom May 15, when the USTransportation Departmentsuspended passenger and cargoservices between the US andVenezuela.
Washington has imposedthat and other punishment inhopes of undermining PresidentNicolas Maduro and helpingopposition leader Juan Guaido,who is recognized as interimpresident by more than 50 coun-tries, force him from power.
But Saavedra says thosenew sanctions hurt averagecitizens more than they do theMaduro regime.
“They’re suffocating us,ordinary citizens,” he said.
“I don’t know how long itwill last. In any country (sanc-tions) affect everyone (but)less so those in government.”Air courier companiesincreased their charges from
$3.50 to $4.50 per pound fol-lowing the latest US sanctionswhile maritime shipments wentfrom $8 to $10 per cubic meter,says Saavedra.
Packages can no longer besent directly from the US andmust now first pass throughPanama or the DominicanRepublic in order to circum-vent the sanctions.
“That pushes up the costsand means that you sell less,”Saavedra told AFP.
It’s one of a number ofextra hassles facing ordinaryVenezuelans as a consequenceof US sanctions, such as fuelshortages and sky-high air-fares. Even before that latestembargo, Venezuela’s cripplingeconomic crisis weighed heav-ily on its businesses and citizens.
Five years of recession andinflation which theInternational Monetary Fundsays will reach a staggering 10million percent this year havetaken their toll.
The United Nations says aquarter of the 30-million-strong population is in need ofhumanitarian aid and 3.3 mil-lion people have fled the coun-try since the end of 2015.
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Government think tankNITI Aayog’s proposal to
decontrol foodstuffs, includingedible oils, oilseeds, fertilisersand seeds of agricultural prod-ucts from the EssentialCommodities Act (ECA), 1955has irked several Ministries,including Agriculture,Petroleum, and Chemicals andFertilisers. Prime MinisterNarendra Modi is expected todiscuss the issue at the NITIAayog meeting on Saturday.
The ECA gives consumersprotection against irrationalspikes in prices of essentialcommodities. The Governmentinvokes the Act to ensure adequate supplies by crackingdown on hoarders and black-marketeers of such
commodities. According to officials, if
control is removed, there wouldbe no control or check over saleof spurious seeds, drugs, petro-leum products and fertilisers orhoardings in the case of suddenprice rise. On the other hand,NITI Aayog has sought classi-fications of controlled com-modities and de-controlledcommodities. The Aayog saidthat control can be placed onlyin case of war, for safe opera-tion of defence forces, extraor-dinary instances related nation-al security or in times ofnational disaster or inordinateprice rises or inordinate supplydeficiencies.
NITI Aayog says the Act isnot in tune with present times.“It made sense at a time when
the transport infrastructureacross the country was poorand markets not integrated. Soa production shock in onepart of the country could leadto hoarding and black market-ing. That’s not the case any-more. Shortages in one part ofthe country can be counteredif there is ample supply some-where else,” said officials.
“The periodic requirementor removal of licensing etcdissuades the trade from build-ing any long term relationship,domestic or international andkeeps the agricultural market-ing chain opportunities innature, unorganized in func-tioning and unplanned in itsgrowth. The controls so placedalso tend to impose unwar-ranted diktats on cultiva-tion/production and disallowsbuilding the capacity to accessnew markets for aproposgrowth that the agriculturalvalue system possesses. The ecosystem remains limited in itsmarket range, market accessand cannot even conceive or
properly monetising its output,”the NITI Aayog said in its let-ter to the agriculture ministry.
“In the context of ongoingliberalization of Indian econo-my and in order to facilitatefree flow of market forces, therationalizing and progressivedismantling of the system ofcontrol and restriction in theagricultural economy is war-ranted for the overall benefit ofboth farmers and consumers,”it added.
The ECA was enacted wayback in 1955. It has since beenused by the Government toregulate the production, supplyand distribution of a whole hostof commodities it declares‘essential’in order to make themavailable to consumers at fairprices.The list of items underthe Act include drugs, fertilis-ers, pulses and edible oils, andpetroleum and petroleumproducts. The Centre caninclude new commodities asand when the need arises andtake them off the list once thesituation improves.
BJP vice-president and for-mer Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister Shivraj SinghChouhan on Friday announcedthat the mammoth member-ship drive of the party wouldcommence from July 6, thebirth anniversary of BharatiyaJana Sangh’s founder SyamaPrasad Mukherjee.
Even as the membershipdrive would go cross-country,the BJP leader said some Stateswould come in for special focus. This includesWest Bengal, Tamil Nadu,Ponducherry, Odisha,Telangana, Andhra Pradesh,Sikkim and Jammu & Kashmir.There would be booth-levelfocus in all the States.
Addressing a Press confer-ence a day after he was put in-charge of the membership drive,Chouhan said the party has topass many milestones and inthis endeavour it would like toadd 20 per cent more- 2.20crore-members this time round.
“But this target is theminimum required, weare aiming at muchbigger target,” he said.
The membershipdrive that BJP startedlast time in 2015 hadculminated with the party turn-ing the largest political party inthe world with a membershipof over 11 crore.
Choudhan saidMukherjee’s birthday, July 6,was the most auspicious day tostart the membership drivecampaign and party has alreadydrafted in-charge and deputy-in-charge from each State toassist the drive and their nameswould be out by Friday night.
He said a detailed previewof the task would be done onJune 17 when party presidentAmit Shah too would attendthe discussions. On June 26, theState in-charge and deputy in-charge of each state for themembership task would meethere for further deliberations.
The BJP leader said thoughPrime Minister’s popularity
coupled with thesharp strategy ofShah led BJP to anstupendous victoryin the Lok Sabhapoll, the hard worldof workers at all
level from booth to State-levelcontributed to this great suc-cess. He said there was need tostrengthen party organisationfrom the lowest level to thehighest tier.
He said membership isalways at the core of party’sexpansion plan. He said alongwith BJP’s slogan ‘sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ would go organisation’s other ‘mantra’ “Sarvsparshi BJP andsarvayapi BJP”.
Chouhan said after theLok Sabha polls, the BJP hasidentified “weak booths” anddecided to deploy party work-ers for special membership dri-ves in all such booths. He saidmembership drive would be bymissed-call but this time partywould also get forms filled bythe new members.
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Taking suo motu cognisanceof an incident in which a
journalist was allegedly beatenup by police in Uttar Pradesh’sShamli district, the PressCouncil of India has set up afact-finding committee andsought a reply from the StateGovernment, among others.
The fact-finding commit-tee, comprising JaishankarGupta and Uttam ChandraSharma, Members, PressCouncil of India, will visitShamli on Saturday to ascertainthe details of the incident.
The Press Council of India(PCI) has taken suo motu cog-nisance of the alleged attack onAmit Sharma of News 24 channel, at Shamli, a PCI state-ment said.
It has sought reply fromthe chief secretary, directorgeneral of police, the UttarPradesh Government, and theSenior Superintendent ofPolice, GRP, Shamli. The coun-cil expresses concern over suchincident, which tends toundermine the freedom ofpress, the statement said.
Six Governors and four ChiefMinisters met Home
Minister Amit Shah on Fridayand discussed with him various issues concerning theirrespective States.
Talking to reporters afterthe meeting Andhra PradeshChief Minister YS JaganmohanReddy said “we are trying toconvince for the need for spe-cial category status” and willdiscuss Saturday’s NITI Aayogmeeting with all Chief Ministers.
Jagan said he requestedShah to “soften PM’s heart” onthe issue of granting special
category status to the �2.58lakh crore debt-ridden state.Asked if the post of deputyspeaker in Lok Sabha wasoffered to YSRCP, he said,“Please don’t speculate on allthese things. First of all, thereis no offer... We have not askedand we have not spoken. Andneither any such proposal hascome from any quarter. As ofnow, there is no conversation ortalk on that.”
Assam Chief MinisterSarbananda Sonowal met theHome Minister s also DefenceMinister Rajnath Singh anddiscussed with them various
issues concerning the state.During the 15-minute meetingwith the home minister, theChief Minister briefed himabout the prevailing situation inAssam, where the final list ofthe National Register ofCitizens (NRC) will be pub-lished on July 31.
“It was a courtesy call andI have congratulated him onbehalf of the people for beingchosen as the home minister ofthe country. I have also briefedhim about the prevailing lawand order situation in Assam,”he told reporters after themeeting with Shah. Sonowal is
also believed to have discussedwith Shah about the situationwhich may arise after the pub-lication of the final list of theNRC. During his meeting withthe Defence Minister, the Chief Minister discussed with him certain issues con-cerning Assam.
The Governors who metthe Home minister were UttarPradesh’s Ram Naik, Haryana’sSatyadev Narayan Arya, Goa’sMridula Sinha, Assam’s JagdishMukhi, Meghalaya’s TathagataRoy and Sikkim’s GangaPrasad. Among the chiefministers who met Shah wereGoa’s Pramod Sawanta andSikkim’s Prem Singh Tamang.
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The Information andBroadcasting Ministry has
directed all satellite TV chan-nels to display the casting,credits and titles of Hindi andregional language serials inthe respective languages also.The Government said this is topromote Indian languages,enhance outreach and benefitTV viewers of the country.
It has come to the notice ofthe Ministry of Informationand Broadcasting that severalHindi and regional languageTV channels display the cast-
ing, credits, titles of Hindi andregional language TV serialsonly in English, an officialstatement said.
This practice tends todeprive people versed withHindi and regional languagesof the valuable informationabout casting of TV serials orprogrammes, it said.
“With a view to enhanceoutreach and benefit TV view-ers of the country, the ministryhas advised all private satelliteTV channels to consider dis-playing the casting, credits,titles of Hindi and Regional lan-guages TV serials in the respec-
tive languages also,” the state-ment said. “Today we are issu-ing an order to all TV channelsthat whatever the serials theybroadcast or whatever the pro-grammes they conduct at theend or beginning titles are givenand many times the titles are inEnglish. To promote Indianlanguages, we have asked chan-nels to give those titles in thelanguage in which the broadcastis made,” I&B Minister PrakashJavadekar said.
In addition to that lan-guage, if they want to give titlesin English also, they are free todo so, he said.
New Delhi: The Supreme Courton Friday refused to entertain aplea which sought quashing ofthe answer keys of some ques-tions in the NEET(UG)-2019examination saying that anexpert body has duly applied itsmind and revised answers were issued.
The top court, however,allowed the four Hyderabadbased students who have challenged the answer keys, toapproach the high court for the relief.
It said that courts are notexperts in each and every sub-ject and time has come when theinterference in this arena shouldbe stopped.
A vacation bench of Justices
Ajay Rastogi and Surya Kantallowed the four medical aspi-rants to withdraw their plea andgranted them liberty to approachthe high court with their griev-ances.
At the outset, senior advo-cate Abhishek Manu Singhvi,appearing for the students, saidthat wrong answer key weregiven by the National TestingAgency which conducted theexam on May 5.
He said the five questions
having four marks each hadmore than one correct answersor had an answer which was different from answer key issuedby the NTA.
“All multiple choice answerscannot be scrutinized by the thiscourt. We are not experts. Wethink somewhere some line needs to be drawn,” thebench said.
It said that interfering withthe answer key would mean thatSupreme Court has become anappellate body above the NTA.
The bench said that after theanswer keys were issued to thequestions asked in the May 5examination, several studentshad made representation aboutthe correct answers and subse-
quently revised answer key were issued.
“We see, an expert body hasapplied its mind and revisedanswer key was issued. In somecases, the answers were corrected. There does not seemsto be a case of mala fide intent,”it said.
Singhvi said that studentscareer will be affected if theanswers key were not correctedand suggested that an expertbody should be constitutedwhich shall look into the correctanswer keys as the counsellingis yet to start from June 19.
“Now a days, there is toomuch interference going on inthis arena which is creating lotof problem,” the bench said. PTI
The EnforcementDirectorate (ED) has filed
a case of money laundering inan alleged ponzi scheme in thegarb of Islamic banking inKarnataka, involving the firmIMA Jewels, which dupedthousands of Muslim investorsof an estimated over �1,500 crore during the lastover one decade.
The ED has taken cogni-sance of the complaints regis-tered by the Karnataka policeand the subsequent creation ofa special investigation team(SIT) to probe the alleged fraudby the dubious firm IMAJewels led by MohammedMansoor Khan.
ED’s zonal office inBengaluru filed anEnforcement Case InformationReport (ECIR), FIR in policeparlance under the criminalcharge of Prevention of MoneyLaundering Act (PMLA).
The Central agency is nowgathering documents related tothe case and will summon theaccused persons after scruti-nizing the gathered materials inconnection with the probe bythe State police.
The cheated investors ofthe ponzi scheme filed as manyas 26,000 complaints with thepolice against the ‘I MonetaryAdvisory (IMA) jewels’ storeafter an audio clip surfacedwith a person namedMohammed Mansoor Khan,
alleged to be its founder andmanaging director, heard say-ing he is going to commit sui-cide as he was fed up with cor-ruption.
Khan had also alleged theShivajinagar Congress MLARoshan Baig took �400 crorefrom him and was not return-ing it. However, Baig rub-bished the charge, alleging thathis political adversaries hadorchestrated the “series ofevents” to tarnish his character.
The investors of the ponzischeme are mainly vendors,small businessmen and frommiddle and lower middle class,essentially of the MuslimCommunity.
Khan is suspected to havefled to Dubai earlier thismonth.
Taking advantage of theIslamic postulation againstearning interest, Khan hadreportedly turned the investorsinto shareholders of his busi-ness and promised distributingthe profit from his earnings andin the process packaging thedubious scheme as an accept-ed Islamic system.
Dubai: The US military onFriday released a video showingIran's Revolutionary Guardremoving an unexploded limpetmine from one of the oil tankerstargeted near the Strait ofHormuz.
The US Navy rushed toassist the stricken vessels in theGulf of Oman off the coast ofIran, including one that was setablaze on Thursday by an explo-sion. The ships' operators offeredno immediate explanation onwho or what caused the damageagainst the Norwegian-ownedMT Front Altair and theJapanese-owned KokukaCourageous.
Each was loaded with petro-leum products, and the FrontAltair burned for hours, sendingup a column of thick, blacksmoke. Iran has denied beinginvolved in the attack, calling itan "unfounded claim" in the US'"Iranophobic campaign."However, Iran previously usedmines against oil tankers in1987 and 1988 in the "TankerWar," when the U.S. Navy escort-ed ships through the region.
The black-and-whitefootage, as well as still pho-tographs released by the U.S.Military's Central Command,appeared to show the limpetmine on the KokukaCourageous. A RevolutionaryGuard patrol boat pulled along-side the ship and removed themine, Central Command
spokesman Capt. Bill Urbansaid.
"The US and the interna-tional community stand ready todefend our interests, includingthe freedom of navigation,"Urban said. "The United Stateshas no interest in engaging in anew conflict in the Middle East.However, we will defend ourinterests." Iran earlier deniedinvolvement via a statementfrom its mission to the UnitedNations. "The US economic warand terrorism against the Iranianpeople as well as its massive mil-itary presence in the regionhave been and continue to be themain sources of insecurity andinstability in the wider PersianGulf region and the most sig-nificant threat to its peace andsecurity," the statement said.
The suspected attacksoccurred at dawn Thursdayabout 40 kilometers (25 miles)off the southern coast of Iran.The Front Altair, loaded with theflammable hydrocarbon mixturenaphtha from the United ArabEmirates, radioed for help as itcaught fire. A short time later,the Kokuka Courageous, loadedwith methanol from SaudiArabia and Qatar, also called forhelp.The US Navy sent adestroyer, the USS Bainbridge, toassist, said Cmdr. Joshua Frey, a5th Fleet spokesman. Hedescribed the ships as being hitin a "reported attack," withoutelaborating. AP
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Dubai: Iran dismissed as "base-less" on Friday US accusations itexecuted twin attacks that lefttwo tankers ablaze in the Gulf ofOman, raising fears of conflictin the strategically vital water-way.
China called for all sides to"resolve the conflict throughdialogue" as oil prices jumped,while the European Union andthe United Nations called forrestraint.
Secretary of State MikePompeo warned Washingtonwould defend its regional inter-ests after US Central Commandblamed Iranian forces for theattacks — the second in a monthin the strategic shipping lane.
CENTCOM released grainyblack-and-white video it saidshowed crew members of anIranian patrol boat removing an"unexploded limpet mine" fromthe hull of Japanese-ownedtanker Kokuka Courageous.
No proxy group could beresponsible, Pompeo said. ButForeign Minister MohammadJavad Zarif tweeted that the UShad "immediately jumped tomake allegations against Iranwithout a shred of factual or cir-cumstantial evidence". AFP
Bishkek: Iranian PresidentHassan Rouhani said on Fridaythe United States present aserious threat to global andregional stability as tensionssoar in the Gulf.
"The US government overthe last two years, violating allthe international structuresand rules and using its eco-nomic, financial and militaryresources, has taken an aggres-sive approach and presents aserious risk to stability in theregion and the world," Rouhani
said, in translated comments.He was speaking at a meet-
ing in Bishkek of the ShanghaiCooperation Organisation -- aEurasian security alliance thatincludes China, India andRussia.
Rouhani criticised the USfor withdrawing from the 2015nuclear deal with Iran, sayingWashington is forcing otherparties and countries to breacha UN Security Council resolu-tion on normalising trade con-tacts with Tehran. AFP
Joe Root struck twice against the WestIndies as England kept the Caribbean
side in check in their World Cup clashon Friday.
England pacemen Chris Woakesand Jofra Archer kept things tight earlyon, restricting Jason Holder's side to justeight runs off the first five overs inSouthampton.
Opener Chris Gayle then found hisrange, smashing Archer for two straightfours, but in the next over he sliced downto third man off Woakes, only for asprawling Mark Wood to put down thechance after seemingly having the ballunder control.
The left-handed Gayle, who has pre-viously indicated this will be his lastWorld Cup, has now overtaken VivRichards as the leading scorer in one-dayinternationals between England andthe West Indies.
But England ensured they did notpay too heavily for their miss, with JonnyBairstow making no mistake on thesquare leg boundary after Gayle did notquite get hold of a Liam Plunkett shortdelivery.
Two balls later West Indies were indeep trouble at 55-3 when Shai Hope wastrapped in front of the wicket by Wood.
Nicholas Pooran and ShimronHetmyer combined to put on 89 runs forthe fourth wicket before Test captainRoot struck, catching Hetmyer off his
own bowling for 39.Root, only an occasional bowler,
then struck again in his next over whenWest Indies captain Jason Holder (nine)could only pop the ball up for anothercaught and bowled immediately after asix over long-off.
Andre Russell battered two sixes offleg spinner Adil Rashid in three balls, butthen did not quite get hold of a Woodshort ball and was caught by Woakes at
deep midwicket.When Pooran was caught behind for
63 by Jos Buttler off Archer, West Indieswere 202-7 in the 40th over.
Earlier, Jason Roy, who scored a cen-tury in England's win againstBangladesh, pulled up with an injury andhad to leave the field.
It was announced he would not fieldfor the rest of the innings, suffering withtightness to his left hamstring and
therefore cannot bat higher than num-ber seven.
Three of the previous four match-es at the World Cup in England andWales have been wrecked by rain, withteams forced to share a point apiece.
England have two wins and onedefeat while the West Indies have a win,a defeat and a no result so far.
All 10 teams play each other in theround-robin phase to determine the foursemi-finalists.
So, it's finally India-Pakistan, theICC's biggest moment plannedfor this Sunday at Manchester,
the platinum-ticket event which noone wants to miss, apparently not eventhe rain!
On the weather chart, the precip-itation is slated to rise to an alarming60 per cent with at least one and a halfhour of rain predicted on match day,June 16. Otherwise, it is to be a cloudyday with spotty showers on a humid-ity level of 75 per cent, meaningPakistani pace battery Amir after hisfifer burst against Australia will be rar-ing to go.
All fingers, thus, are crossed andprayers in place that the skies give thisblockbuster safe passage. A day-and-a-half before the match it rained theentire morning with the sun decidingto come out only towards the after-noon, giving huge sighs of relief, tillthe next cloud came to cover up thesunshine moment.
The India-Pakistan tie has drawnfans from all over the world, includ-ing both sides of the border, America,
Canada, Australia and the Middle Eastto name a few regions. "We are hereall the way from Bahrain for thismatch and we will lose Rs 1 lakh inmatch ticket money if the match getsimpacted by the rain," said VK Georgewho just checked into Manchester onMonday.
Rain has been unreasonablyintense this season, so much so thatlocals call it unprecedented. But if onewere to check the rain records ofEngland, June has always been itswettest summer month, raising manyeyebrows on the scheduling of theCup in this month. "Barring lastyear, for five summers, June hasrained like never before and this Juneis no different so I don't know whyICC or anyone else should be so sur-prised," said James Barry, a Nott whofeels cloud seeding like China did dur-ing the Olympics could keep some ofthe rain at bay.
Besides disrupting player readi-ness for the match, a downpour playshavoc on the points table too. Asmany as seven teams, including India,have lost a point to rain, Lanka beingthe most unlucky one to have lost two.
India was on a winning spree, havingdefeated South Africa and Australiaon the trot, before being put on holdby the weather at Trent Bridge.
"It is frustrating to wait in thedressing room on a rainy day. It's achallenge for the players and the sup-port staff to switch down but not real-ly switch off, because the matchcould start at any time, so they haveto be prepared in the back of themind. At the same time, not think toomuch about the game and keepyourself a little busy, reading, somemusic, or chatting with friends. Butwe deal with it all the time," India'sfielding coach R Sridhar said atTrent Bridge.
Asked by a journalist if ICCshould be discouraged from holdinga World Cup in a country which hasso much rain, New Zealand coachGary Stead said: "I don't think so. Ifyou took the UK summer from lastyear, then I'm not sure it did rain atall from the sound of things. It's a bitof bad luck really. It can rain any-where in the world. My first tour wasin Dubai and it rained there in thedesert and I never thought it was
going to rain there either," he added.Rain downtime management has
also been a challenge for the teams."The first thing we're going to do ishave a couple of days off. We don'tplay again for about six days now andit's important that you manage yourbreaks. It's quite ironic. Our last fourtrainings have all been indoors. It'sjust what we have to deal with. We tryto pride ourselves on our adaptabil-ity," Stead said.
The other challenge becomes thechange of strategy and tactics for anunder the weather game. "If thematch is short, the planning has to bechanged. With the weather overcastlike that, every team would want towin the toss and bowl first," Pakistancaptain Sarfaraz Ahmad said beforethe match against Australia.
But as West Indies head coachFloyd Relfer concluded: "It's England.90 per cent rain. Nothing we can doabout it. So just take the one pointand look forward to the other games."
Hopefully, Virat Kohli on June 16would not be forced to talk on hind-sight about the weather and yetanother point lost.
After two washed out games, SriLanka will be desperate to come outall guns blazing but defending
champion Australia's depth will be hard tobeat when the two sides clash in a WorldCup fixture here on Saturday.
Sri Lanka have not played a match atthe World Cup since June 4, forced to split
points with Bangladesh and Pakistan fol-lowing two washed out games.
The island nation, who won the tour-nament back in 1996, stands fifth with justone win — against minnows Afghanistanin a rain-hit match — from four games.
Defending champions Australia, on theother hand, have been simply unstoppablewith their loss against India being the onlyblemish in an otherwise professional per-
formance so far in the tournament.The five-time winners are placed sec-
ond with three wins from four games.With two fifties and a hundred, David
Warner has been simply outstanding,helping Australia post 300-plus scores in thelast two matches.
The opener hasn’t yet looked hisdestructive best but the 107 off 111 ballsagainst Pakistan will ease his mind. The
knock was his first century since makinga comeback after the ball-tampering scan-dal and he would look to play with morefreedom now.
Skipper Aaron Finch too has two fiftiesto show in the last four innings. He andWarner gave Australia a rampaging startagainst Pakistan in their last match and theduo will back themselves for an encoreagainst Sri Lanka.
However, Australia have looked vulner-able against quality pace bowling — theywere reduced to 79 for five by West Indies.
Their middle order is brittle andsquandered superb starts against Pakistanand India. Sri Lanka will look to exploitthese weaknesses on Saturday.
Sri Lanka will hope that fast bowlerNuwan Pradeep, who had injured himselfahead of the Bristol game, returns Saturdayto strengthen the bowling attack.
Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga, who hadto fly home following the demise of moth-er-in-law, is also likely to play Saturday andthe onus would be on the pace duo to getwickets.
In the batting department, the DimuthKarunaratne-led side has failed to last thefull 50 overs against New Zealand andAfghanistan.
They lost five wickets for 14 runsagainst New Zealand and then sevenwickets for 36 runs against Afghanistan.
The former champions will have to
address their batting woes before they takeon the likes of Mitchell Starc and PatCummins, both of whom have taken ninewickets each so far.
�Is Stonis fully fit?He won't be available today. He has-
n't bowled yet in his recovery over the lastcouple of days. So having four daysbetween this game and the next game, Ithink that will be the ideal time to testhim out and assess him. But I think overthe next five, six days, there will be a callmade on that, just based on what he canand can't do. �Sri Lanka have not played any gamefor the last few days. Do you think it’san advantage for your team?
It’s not ideal, is it, when rain plays abig part in a tournament like this. I thinkSri Lanka have been unlucky with a cou-ple of games they have had watched out.You look down their side, and there's alot of experience there. There's a lot ofworld-class players. You can never takeany team in this competition lightly, butI think the fact that we've been playingconsistently, basically every three days forthe last two weeks, has been — has beenreally positive that we're in cricket modeat the moment. �Going off last game, would you bemore confident or less confident goingfour quicks again?
Like I said it's really tough at aground like Taunton being so small. Ithought that the wicket would actuallyspin a little bit as the game went on, butit didn't. So that was probably tougher ata ground like Taunton. I think here at TheOval, you see one that there’s a lot biggerside so you can play a little bit more defen-sive with your fifth bowler, as opposed tohaving to try and attack with him. Andthat's what the four quicks allows you todo. It gives you an opportunity to attackfrom one end while being defensive at theother. It's just that, so small, Taunton, thatit's tough to even be defensive as a spin-ner there.�The team’s fielding looks a lot sharp-er now. Can you take us through theamount of work put it?
I think having Smith and Warner,back in the ring there, that creates a hugeamount of presence. They are both — orDave, in particular, is so quick. Hemightn't have the best arm at the momentbut he's so quick to the ball that you can'trun. Maxwell, we know how good he canbe. He's up there with the best in theworld when he's hitting the stumps likehe did the other day, at a crucial time. Allour quick bowlers are really good. All ourspinners are good. Zams has really safehands. So it gives you an opportunity thatyou can keep the guys in; the fast guys,the guys who anticipate the play, you cankeep them in the circle for longer. Butwhen you have got confidence in every-one, anyone can field all around thegrounds. That's been a big change is to getthem world-class fielders staying in thering for longer.�You want to build towards your bestcricket in World Cup. When do youwant to see the batting lineup click?
Every game would be nice. Obviouslyit's tough. You are coming up against dif-ferent opposition all the time and Italked about it in terms of changing yourpreparation, and adapting game by gamebecause you don't get into a original manyagainst the same team like you do forthree and a half years in between WorldCup. To come up against different oppo-sition, you're facing different challengesall the time. So it would be nice for ourbatting to just keep improving. I don'tthink we've gone anywhere near our best,which is still a good thing; that we've gotsix points on the board while not playinganywhere near our best cricket, which isa real positive. But as long as we'reimproving, and continue to go up and notgo backwards, I think that's the key.
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Aaron Finch's captaincy has earnedhim the praise of Michael Vaughan,
who hailed Finch's tactical nous, follow-ing Australia's 41-run victory againstPakistan. Vaughan hailed Finch's shrewdand brave decision-making, and calledhim the best captain at the World Cup2019 so far. "I have to say Aaron Finch,so far in this tournament, has been thebest captain tactically," Vaughan told theBBC. "I think he manoeuvred his teamagainst the West Indies well to win thatgame. And just over the last hour (againstPakistan), when it started to get a little bitpanicky for Australia, he manoeuvred hisbowling attack, knowing that he had toget these overs of spin [in]." Vaughan,who had led England to a historic Ashestriumph in 2005 also praised Finch's rota-tion of bowlers. "He left one [over of spin]late because he wanted to go for the glorywith [Pat] Cummins and Starc, and it paidoff. That's what you have to do as a cap-tain," he said. "He got a lot of things rightin the field, in terms of squeezing at theright time, putting the catchers in at theright time and then spreading them outwhen a partnership started to develop. Ithought he was outstanding as a captain.”Vaughan also believed that the defendingchampions would be among the final fourremaining teams in the competition. "Ican't see how they won't be in the semi-finals," he said. "Can they win the WorldCup playing to the standard they playedtoday? I don't think so. But do they haveenough in the locker to improve and winwhen it really matters? Absolutely." ����
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David Warner has overcomethe challenges of reintegrat-
ing himself into the Australianteam and with the explosive open-er nearing his best, he could wellend up as top scorer in thisWorld Cup, feels assistant coachRicky Ponting.
After struggling for rhythm inearly matches, Warner came closeto his damaging best in a match-winning knock of 107 off 111 ballsagainst Pakistan on Wednesday inhis fourth game back in Australiancolours.
The 32-year-old right-hand-ed batsman sat out for one year,serving a ban imposed by the ICCon ball tampering charges inSouth Africa last year. He cameout of that ban on March 29, alongwith his former captain SteveSmith.
Asked if other sides will nowbe more fearful of Warner, includ-ing Sri Lankans whom Australiaface on Saturday, Ponting said: "Ithink they should. You know
with David Warner at his best, ifyou miss your line and lengththen he's going to make you pay.
“Every game is a different setof challenges for every player.Davey capitalised on Pakistannot executing as well as theycould have. We know against SriLanka, they’ll be well-planned.But Warner at his best is difficultto bowl to and I think he was backto somewhere near his best,”Ponting was quoted as saying by'cricket.Com.Au'.
Ponting said the handbrake isoff for a rejuvenated Warner andif “he keeps playing like that(against Pakistan) for the rest ofthe tournament, he's probably
going to be the leading run scor-er” in this World Cup.
The assistant coach, however,conceded that the challenges of
reintegrating himself back into ateam after being out of it for overa year weighed on Warner.
“We'd all seen that he(Warner) probably had not beenbatting as fluently as we're used toseeing. It was more of a mentalthing than anything, he was justholding back a little bit and notplaying with the freedom we'reused to seeing him play with,”Ponting said.
“It was just about being a bitfreer in everything he did. I thinkhe was just trying a bit too hard,making a statement coming backin a World Cup. Wanting to doeverything right and impresseverybody rather than just going
out and hitting the ball and scor-ing runs like we've seen him do for10 years,” he said.
Ponting said Warner in earli-er matches (before the matchagainst Pakistan) seemed a littlebit more worried about getting outthan scoring runs but he was toldby the Australian support staff tojust go out, see the ball and hit theball.
"We said to him after the lastgame, 'mate, just go out and seeball, hit ball.' He got off to a goodstart (against Pakistan) and con-tinued on for 30 or 40 overs,"Ponting, who spoke to Warnerafter Australia's 36-run defeat toIndia on June 9, said.
"You could see by the way hemoved into his shots and pickingup the length early, he hit a lot ofpull shots early in his innings,which is always a good sign forhim.
"He'd taken the handbrake offwhich has allowed himself toplay with a bit more freedom," theformer captain said of Warner'sinnings against Pakistan.
It is possible that we make excus-es or try to blame other peopleor external factors for the even-
tual outcome of something, notonly are we failing to take respon-sibility, but we are demonstratinga character trait which is verycommon in people who fail to suc-ceed in anything. In shoulderingresponsibility ourselves, we aregiving ourselves the power to shapethe outcome ourselves and aretherefore taking an active and nota passive role in how the outcometurns out.
It’s only when you accept thateverything you are or ever will beis up to you, that you are able to getrid of the negativity of excusemaking that can so often preventyou from succeeding. You may findyourself in your current position inboth your personal and profession-al life and remain convinced that ifall’s not going well, then it’s ‘so andso’s fault’. However, we all have freewill which means that we are com-pletely responsible for all of oursuccesses and failures and of ourhappiness or state of unhappiness.
It’s not possible to be aware ofall of our self-justification blindspots. You probably wouldn’t wantto be, actually, lest you becomeunable to extricate yourself from afetal position of regret. But it is pos-sible, and desirable, to cultivate agreater awareness and ownership ofour behavior and mistakes, espe-
cially those of a meaningful nature;you don’t need to rehearse the timeyou farted during class in the sec-ond grade over and over, but youdo need to get at the root of whyyou always end up cheating on yourgirlfriends.
When we realise this it can, atfirst, seem like a huge responsibil-ity which we are placing on ourshoulders but when you ratio-nalise it and accept that you areresponsible for every action youtake and every decision you make,that there is virtually nothing thatyou can’t achieve, have or accom-plish if you accept that it’s withinyourself and yourself only, to reachyour ultimate goal.
One of our biggest problems isthat we do not like to fail and, moreimportantly, we don’t like to be seento fail. The problem with thattrain of thought, however, is that wethen tend to set ourselves a goal butat the same time we create anexcuse to keep as a ‘spare card’ wecan use so that if we don’t succeed,we can blame something or some-body else. However, the more per-sonal responsibility we take, themore in control we are and themore control we have, the morelikely we will reach our goal as therewill be no excuses to fall back onif we fail.
Therefore, taking responsibil-ity for our actions equals success.It also makes us feel good about
ourselves and rids us of negativepersonality traits such as anger, fear,resentment, hostility and doubt.
Once you accept total respon-sibility for everything that happensto you in life, you will soon discov-er that this also enables you to findsolutions to life’s difficulties farmore quickly.
In accepting responsibility, youare accepting a willingness to devel-op your character and in doing that,the stronger your character willbecome and your life will beimproved as a consequence.
Many of us become trapped ina state of inertia, often because we
are too afraid to try anything newin case people question us ordecide to mock our ideas or plans.As adults, people tend to ‘pigeonhole’ others. They think they know
who they are and by categorisingthem, they make an evaluation orjudgement which, by and large, for-mulates their opinions of them.Often, the way this is done is
through our jobs or our choice ofpartners. Therefore, when someonedecides to make a radical steptowards changing their career to goand do something entirely differ-ent or they choose to start a newrelationship, this can often be metby critical comments about yournew goals and aspirations.
This is known as ‘dream steal-ing’ and even so-called ‘friends’ cansometimes be guilty of this.Perhaps, they think you’re going toleave them behind?
The way to tackle this is to beabsolutely clear that you are notgoing to be sidetracked fromachieving your new goals. Harnessthe support of individuals who arebacking you to succeed. You mightnot necessarily have to sacrifice oldfriends but it’s important that youdon’t let any negative commentsforce you to deviate from youraims.
When considering what yourultimate goals are, look at thosewho have achieved something sim-ilar in the past and try to seekadvice from them. Those whohave been there before you will bebest placed to help and, no doubt,they’ll have made some mistakesalong the way which they’ll be ableto tell you about which, if youavoid making the same ones, willspeed up the time it takes to reachyour goals.
Concentrate on what you can
do as opposed to what you can’t .Keep moving forward, but remem-ber it’s not a sprint. Move forwardat your own pace and don’t com-pare yourself to others. Don’t bearany grudges or resentment towardsthose who seem to be questioningyour judgement or abilities inyour new quest. Simply forgivethem and carry on. Harbouring agrudge will only fill you with neg-ative energy which will not serveany useful purpose and will onlysap you of energy and strength.
People who shirk responsibil-ity for their behavior surroundthemselves with yes men whonever contradict their justifica-tions. Without any honest feed-back, they fall further and furtherinto the rabbit hole of their ego-driven delusions. Every man needspeople in his life who are willingto give it to him straight, who arewilling to call him out when he’smessed up, and who do it out oflove. It’s tempting to avoid thesepeople and retreat into your echochamber of excuses, but they’re thekind of people who will truly helpyou thrive.
Fundamentally, adopt a ‘don’tquit’ attitude. Nothing truly worth-while was ever obtained withoutsome kind of hardship or a bit ofa struggle or sacrifice so focus onthe road ahead and stick to it, nomatter what obstacles emergealong the way.
What if you are in a situation whereyou are punished and brutally tor-tured for something that you are
not responsible for? Or how do you reactif you are imprisoned for seven years for acrime you did not commit? You have noway to get out and nobody to go to for help.You are in the most helpless situations ofall times. Isn’t the very thought of it terri-fying? However, what one needs to under-stand is that such situations are beyond ourcommon imagination until they are feltwithin their veins.
When actress Dia Mirza heard thescript of her latest web series Kafir, whichwill be streaming on ZEE5, she got goose-bumps and also, tears. “Did you experiencegoosebumps when you watched the trail-er?” she asks me with curiosity in her eyes,while I nod a yes.
“That is exactly what happened to mewhen I heard the narration from BhawaniIyer (screenwriter). And when I got to knowthat the story was inspired by a real person’slife, it was all the more reason for me to doit. I was very motivated and challenged asan artist to take it up. It is the first time Ihave hungered for a part like this,” she saysand goes on to add, “My core was shaken.I felt like it was the best thing that happenedin a long time. The story is so timely andnecessary because only a few people arespeaking the language of love right now andthe world needs it.”
Set in the backdrop of the border con-flict between India and Pakistan, more thanthe geographical boundaries, the story cov-ers the journey and life of a 21-year-oldPakistani woman Kainaaz, who, because ofher circumstances, jumps into a river andis washed ashore on the Indian side. She islabelled a militant and imprisoned for sevenyears during which she births a child onIndian soil. When journalist and lawyerVedant, (played by actor Mohit Raina), dis-covers her plight, he decides to help her getjustice. “So the story is about how she getsthere, why is she there and how was thatchild born. It talks about what is the ideaof freedom, identity, and most important-ly, love,” says Dia.
When I get curious to know moreabout the story, she laughs and says, “Letme hand over the script to you so that youknow it even before the show airs.”However, it’s the way she tells a story thatmakes you want to keep listening to her. It’sher eyes, with their deep empathy, that tellthe tale and at the same time revive mem-ories of Reena from Rehna Hai Tere DillMein (2001).
Talking about the show’s theme, shesays, “It explores prejudice and how theworld is full of it, whether we speak aboutprejudice between two nations or againstreligions, class and culture. But also prej-udice that we have for ourselves. And in away, we are fortunate that it was not madeearlier. Since right now is actually the per-fect time.”
Kafir was intended as a feature film, thescript of which was written 13 years ago and“it took Siddharth (Malhotra, producer)eight years to finally decide to tell it as a webseries. With that, we got the luxury of show-ing the story through eight episodes wherewe can show the narrative with all its intri-cacies and nuances. There is more time toinvest in the humanity of each of the char-acters and their humaneness. I don’t thinkthe film would have done justice to it. I amthankful to the universe that it chose us,”says Dia as she talks about how online plat-forms have an advantage when it comes totelling stories with greater depth.
It really struck a chord within Bhawaniwhen she met Shahnaaz, the woman whois the inspiration, and heard her story. Sheexplains, “She said there were three thingswhich struck her — her sense of peace, calmand grace, despite her experience. Also,patience plays a very important role. Andone thing that I would like to lend to thisnarrative was the ability to love.”
She feels that the story had had its ownjourney and took its own time to reachwhere it is today. “However, it has been anamazing one. It has come out so beautiful-ly. When Bhawani saw the first bit of thepresentation, she said ‘how did you guysknow what I wanted to show and say!’ Thatwas just divine. There could be no otherword to describe it, for it is so powerfulwhen a writer’s story comes out in the sameway as s/he had imagined.” And after amoment’s notice, Dia exclaims with asmile, “You write, you would know.”
There is one thing that the actress wantspeople to feel and understand here, whilewatching her character — the role andimportance of empathy. She says, “It isimportant for you as a human being toallow yourself to feel what that person hadactually felt. We did some exercises to openour hearts, minds and bodies to experiencethe most in-depth empathy. We attendedworkshops to allow ourselves to feel andexpress those emotions because as humanbeings, we try to protect ourselves. We don’tgo to certain places or allow certain emo-tions to ever emerge because we feel theyweaken us. The whole effort of the work-shop was to really bare our souls to theabsoluteness and allow ourselves to expe-rience everything that this person felt. Soit makes you feel the part as opposed to act-ing the part.”
It’s also the other team members, castand crew, who play a constant role in bring-ing out those emotions, she feels. “Whenyou are a team that is so encouraging, what-ever the emotion is, whether its your co-actors, Mohit or that six-year-old child(Dishita), who is the most aware kid I haveever come across. She never acted. She wasthere in that very moment, feeling whatev-er she was experiencing and bringing thatout and expressing herself then and there.And then there is director, Sonam Nair, whois constantly facilitating it. It gives you the
freedom and room to just be. She never letus feel the presence of the camera. It almostfelt like she was bearing witness to what ishappening to us,” says the actress.
About having a kid around such anintense atmosphere, she says, “It made allthe difference.” She goes on to add, “Asadults, we struggle to present something inan honest way, we might not be present hereand now. But that child is so present. It’s likeshe was born of meditation,” (laughs).
She says that Dishita made her amother. “You don’t need a biological childto feel what a mother could be. She reallyevoked the most intense maternal instinctin me. I have always been a nurturer andcare-giver for my friends and family, andfans, but what that kid made me feel wassomething else. I really went into withdraw-al and couldn’t stop crying on the last dayof our shoot. I didn’t feel like I could livewithout her. And she still calls me DiaAmmi while we are talking on Facetime(laughs).”
While one would think about the storyand how it has been presented afterwatching any film or show, one oftenignores what goes into making it. She says,“It all begins with writing. Only after thatother things fall in place. There are cos-tumes, which are a very important factor.It matters a lot that what clothes you arewearing, how much mud you are pushinginto your fingernails because there is nomanicure in jail. You are engaged in hardlabour everyday. All these small thingsdon’t come into sharp notice but go a longway in building up the character and theshow.”
She talks about how Kainaaz haschanged her life. “I am deeply impacted bythis role. There are two things that I havediscovered — Kainaaz has empowered meand made me realise everyone’s life haschallenges to a high extent. It’s only yourresponse to those challenges that makes thedifference. After this role, a lot of peopleask me how will I get out of that experi-ence or leave Kainaaz, but I don’t want herto leave me ever. It has transformed me asa human being.”
Lately, there has been a lot of Kashmir-related content that vividly portrays theconflict, the most recent example being, NoFathers in Kashmir and Raazi. She explainsthat it is because “it needs to be there.Cinema is one of the biggest media ofchange and if these can impact the relationsbetween India and Pakistan even a little,why not?”
The actress, who is known for hersocial work like working for cancer aid,PETA, Cry and Greenathon, and has alsoserved as an ambassador for the WTI andthe goodwill ambassador to the UN,hopes that people through these storiesrealise that “hate exists because of fear. Wejust need more acceptance and lovetowards each other to make it a betterworld.” �����5����4�� ��
tion that many people make isthat we are talking about awoman. However, there aredads who could be in con-tention for the best single par-ent award, if these were ever tobe handed out. Single fathers canmanage their homes and work-places dexterously. Of course, thejob of a parent is not easy andthat of a single one naturallymeans a multiplication ofresponsibilities.
Golmaal actor TussharKapoor, who is a single parent,believes that embracing father-hood has made him more self-less and organised. “After thebirth of Laksshya, my daily rou-tines have changed drastically. Ihave become more focussed onwork and also towards my child.I have scheduled my timetableaccording to my son’s routine,”says the proud father who willsoon star in the forthcomingALTBalaji series Booo: SabkiPhategi.
Single fathers go throughsimilar hassles as single moth-ers, the only difference beingthat they are hardly talked about
as we tend to celebrate mother-hood and give it primacy. Theytoo have to deal with theirchild’s tantrums and unendingdemands single-handedly. Theabsence of a companion leavesmany single parents with agnawing sense of self doubtabout whether they are up to thetask or not. It was an unfortu-nate summer in 1992, whenLondon-based Dr PrakramKothari lost his wife. Ever since,he has been a sole care-giver forhis 12-year-old son and six-year-old daughter. He says, “As a sin-gle parent, it becomes extreme-ly difficult to manage work andhome since both consume timeand are essential for the stabili-ty and well-being of the family.The job does not come with afixed set of rules and directions
— irrespective of whether it issingle parent or a couple. Asecure job, financial stability,close relatives living in the vicin-ity and their support — all playa crucial role, when you are sin-gle and have kids to look after.”
However, issues still surfaceespecially, when one is the fatherof a girl. The common notionthat a father is less likely to act‘mommy’ is a construct of themale-dominated society.Moreover, it also suggests that agirl will always need a mothersince it might be difficult for adaughter to share certain issueswith her father.
Delhi-based marketing spe-cialist Aamit Sharma, father offour-year-old Aruhi, who’s beenliving with him for a year, dis-agrees. He makes sure to doeverything for his daughter thata mother would do. “Beginningfrom buying her clothes andaccessories, dressing her upevery morning before school toplaiting her hair, I do it all,” hesays. Sharma adds that since hisdaughter is quite young, shedoesn’t have anything to share asyet. However, he wants to makesure to raise her in a manner that
he could be the first go-to per-son for her in future “withoutfeeling any hesitation or depri-vation that she doesn’t have amother.”
Arvind Nanda, CEO of asteel construction company,who fathers two boys, 16 and 23,feels that parenthood is notabout numbers but a balance oflove and devotion, confidenceand pride as well as friendshipand guidance. Even though hedoesn’t deny the fact that theresponsibility is doubled withouta partner, he says, “Becoming afather of two boys, managinghome chores, social life and trav-el were not really a big issue asI enjoyed it all and was fullyengrossed in it. In fact, I feelbeing a single father made me abetter person subconsciously.”
Kothari agrees with Nandathat having the sole responsibil-ity of a single parent has its ownpleasure. He says, “Despite issuesor maybe because of them webecome stronger since we areaware that we will stand againstall those pitfalls together. I cansee it now, how it brought allthree of us closer since we havegrown and learnt things togeth-
er.” Today, even at 64, Arvindfeels young and energeticbecause of his kids and work. Heis proud of himself that his chil-dren don’t feel the need for a sec-ond parent. “I am a blessedfather as my children have nevereven once expressed the need ordesire to have another parent. Infact, this has organised all theaspects of my life to a level whereI am able to give my best, espe-cially to my children,” he says.
Kothari recommends thatevery single father should ensurethat their children should notfeel that their fathers are sacri-ficing anything for them.“Initially when the circum-stances change and the job ofparenting falls on one person,children are the ones who bearthe brunt of the change the most.However, they might not sharetheir views with the parent forthe fear of troubling him. Undersuch a scenario, it becomesimportant to keep the lines ofcommunication open and pro-vide them with love, affectionand advice,” he adds. Clearly itis not a matter of gender but thatof the heart that makes for awhole parent.
� If there's a doubt that Lungiis not 100 percent fit, would you still keephim?
Tricky one, because we're in a positionnow where we need to win five games outof five. So you want to have your best guysavailable for selection. We are trying tomake sure that if he's not 100 percent oreven 90 percent ready for the game, andeven if it's going to shorten game or a bitrain around, is it worth the risk. So that isthe conversation that we have spokenabout. Yes, so probably the right call tomake would be to say that if he's not ready,you just give him a little bit more time tosee if he can play the next four games,which is going to be big. �How much are you drawing on yourexperience from the IPL and facingAfghanistan’s spinners?
I think what's clear in the world ofcricket now is that you can't call teamsminors anymore. You can't call themweaker sides because they have the abili-ty and the players in their dressing roomto change a game. You need two or threeguys in any game to stand up and win youa game. And they've got those players.Obviously Rashid Khan is probably thestandout for them in the fact that he'sproven in T20 cricket that he's certainly,probably the best leg spinner in the worldin T20 cricket. In 50-over cricket, it giveshim a bit more time but you also don't haveto attack him as much as you do in one-day cricket. So it's really important for usto make sure that the learnings there isfrom the players that's played against himin the IPL, that we share that knowledgein the dressing room and just make surewe annihilate that threat. If he bowls andhe's not getting wickets, then it gives us anopportunity to make sure that we can getsome players towards other bowlers.�How different is it to prepare and alsoplay a day/night game?
We've played a lot of day/night crick-et. You just try to alter your preparation,just get used to the lights, because everyplace you play day/night cricket the lightsfeel different. This ground looks likethere's a few pockets that are not as brightas the middle. So it goes a little bit darkertowards the end of the — so it was goodto have a night practice on Thursday to seewhat was going on.�Could you explain what changes froma batting and a bowling point of viewwhen you have such short, straightboundaries?
I think from a spinning point of view,guys would generally want to attackstraight. That sounds obvious. But that tellsyou that spinners will probably drag theirlength, try to drag their length and makeyou hit square. So if bowlers do bowl likethat they actually take a little bit of theirweaponry away because they're just shortof that perfect length. And then you canscore naturally off any spinner. So, there isa pro to it, but there's also a negative to that.And hopefully we can take it to ouradvantage. And from a seamless point ofview, yeah, you want to be making sure thatyou are making the guys play square. Butalso there's no point in just bowling shortall the time.�This is the venue where you guys lost.How much are you drawing on that expe-rience?
We did — the nice thing is we played,we've batted on this wicket. I suppose a pos-itive from playing under the conditions likethis is the last time we played here the balldidn't spin much. So that is a weapon thatAfghanistan has or have. They've got a verygood spin attack. And if you get them ona surface that is a bit slow it does spin a bit.They just as dangerous as WI, England,Australia with their bowling attacks becausethey've got guys that can get wickets all thetime. Hopefully that's the same tomorrow.Hopefully the spin doesn't assist too much.
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Winless so far in the tournament,both South Africa andAfghanistan will be eagerly
looking to tick the victory box when theytake on each other in a World Cupencounter here on Saturday.
Down and out, the two bottom-placed teams know that this will be theirbest chance to post their first win in theongoing 50-over showpiece.
This is perhaps the first time thatSouth Africa, from the very beginning,were never in contention to make it tothe semifinals but remaining winless afterfour matches is something unexpected.
After three straight losses againstEngland, Bangladesh and India, theirfourth match against the West Indies wasabandoned due to rain.
Afghanistan faced a similar fate, los-ing all three of their matches till now todefending champions Australia, SriLanka and New Zealand. However, theplayers of the war-torn nation can takeconfidence from the fact that they gavea good account of themselves against theSri Lankans and almost pulled it off.
While Afghanistan will be fancyingtheir chances against a lowly SouthAfrica side, the Proteas would be morethan keen to live up to their past repu-tation and make a statement against theAsian minnows.
South Africa have been mostly donein by their inexperienced batting line-up,coupled with injuries to a few of their keyplayers. The Protea batsmen have beenstruggling, and even in the wash-outgame against West Indies, they weredown at 29/2 before the match was calledoff.
Experienced Hashim Amla has beenis in dismal form and the semi-finalistsof the 2015 edition can only hope thattheir veteran batsmen start to fire.
The responsibility rests on the shoul-ders of skipper Faf du Plessis andQuinton de Kock and the two will beexpected to bring their 'A' game into thefore against Afghanistan.
Batting remains a concern forAfghanistan as well and withMohammad Shahzad back home due tofitness issues, they will have their backagainst the wall.
It would be an uphill task for theAfghanistan batters against the likes of
Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.Just like their rivals, the Afghans
would also be banking on their bowlersled by leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
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Rassie van der Dussen, the man whoreplaced A B de Villiers in South
Africa's World Cup squad, is not sur-prised that the legend wanted to comeout of retirement for the ongoing bigevent but feels the swashbuckler shouldhave handled things better.
Middle-order batsman der Dussenhas appeared in 13 ODIs since makinghis debut in January this year.
The selectors saw him as a replace-ment for de Villiers, who retired in Maylast year but expressed a desire to comeback on the eve of South Africa's WorldCup squad announcement in April.
That request was turned down byCricket South Africa, which had “plead-ed” with him to not retire last year butdidn’t get the desired response at thattime.
“It’s not necessarily the best questionto ask to me because I am involved init but had he not retired it definitelywould have influenced me directly,” derDussen was quoted as saying by‘ESPNCricinfo’.
“But you can’t, on the day before theannouncement and a team that’s beenworking for something for year and evenlonger than a year, come and say, ‘I wantto make a comeback now’.”
Van der Dussen has scores of 50, 41and 22 in the World Cup so far.
“I am not saying he was wrong orhe was right; so don’t misquote me. Butit would have set a difficult precedent —not necessarily a wrong one, because it’sstill AB, he is still one of the best play-
ers in the world — I just think it washandled maybe not in the correct wayfrom his side,” he said.
“I wasn’t surprised that he wouldwant to make a comeback on theworld's biggest stage. That’s the thing allthe biggest players in sport have in com-
mon. They want to perform when thepressure is on and when the stage is atits biggest,” he added.
Van der Dussen said de Villiers gothis chances and should have taken it ear-lier.
“As I believe it, Ottis (Gibson, thehead coach) and Faf (du Plessis, the cap-tain) gave him opportunities to, say, ‘Let’smanage your workload going into theWorld Cup because we want you to playa World Cup’.
“He had a fair chance to manage thatand he said no and that he is happy toretire and that's fair enough. And Fafaccepted it, Ottis accepted it and theystood by it,” van der Dussen said.
Asked if the media frenzy that fol-lowed the revelation of de Villierscomeback bid, affected him, van derDussen said it didn't.
"In terms of did it affect me? No. Iam quite happy to be mentioned in thesame sentence as AB. He is obviouslyone of the best there has ever been,” vander Dussen said.
“So do I have to replace him? I don'tfeel I have to. Can I play match-winninginnings for my country? I believe I can.Is that what he did? Yes, he did. It did-n't have as big an effect as I think peo-ple would like to believe it had,” headded.
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World Cup-winning cap-tain Kapil Dev on Friday
said the India are a far betterside than Pakistan and he does-n't see Virat Kohli's team losingto the arch-rivals in their WorldCup clash on Sunday.
"The India-Pakistan matchI have to keep my fingerscrossed about it... I hope theplayers don't keep their fingerscrossed... (laughs).. Just keep onplaying. Looking at both theteams the Indian team is defi-nitely far better. I am not say-ing because I am Indian," saidKapil here.
"But I feel when I wasplaying the Pakistan team wasmuch better than us. Today Ican say that if they play 10matches, India will win 7. Indiaare far better than Pakistan...What happens that day Godknows."
On the rise of Indian fastbowling over the years, Kapilsaid if an Indian (JaspritBumrah) is the number one fastbowler in the world, it shows
that "we have come a long, longway".
"When you don't havesomething and you get it, youfeel proud about that. That iswhat has happened to theIndian team in the last 15years, bowlers started comingup. Often all cricketers saybowlers win matches."
The pace legend fromHaryana hailed Bumrah.
"When I saw him(Bumrah) first time I thoughtthat he will not have such abil-ity. I changed my word and I sayGod, he is really fantastic. Fromsuch a short run-up he can pro-duce from such an awkwardrun-up so much pace. I justwant him to be fit for the nextfive years."
Asked to compare his cap-taincy with that of the currentskipper Virat Kohli, he said:"Virat Kohli... He is too good.I don't thnk I can comparemyself with him. He is reallygood. He is the no.1 player inthe world."
Queried if he felt the catchof Viv Richards in the 1983
World Cup final against theWest Indies was the best he hadtaken, he said: "I don't think so.I can say important catch, notthe best. It was very importantaccording to the situation. Theimpprtant catch was that ofClive Lloyd the next wicketbecause we started believingthat we could win after that dis-missal," Dev said.
Kapil also backed formercaptain Mahendra Singh Dhonifollowing the controversy overhis gloves which had an Armyinsignia embossed on them.The ICC turned down BCCI'srequest to let Dhoni wear thesame gloves, saying it wasagainst its regulations.
"It is not a controversy andhe showed a feeling withinhim to put a logo there and wehave to go with the system. Idon't think he realised that it isgoing to be such a big thing....You have to go through the sys-tem or the law.
"I respect Dhoni and heshowed passion and love for hiscountry and Army people andthat is nothing wrong."
become a ‘Galactico’ at RealMadrid and believes he is join-ing the club at the perfectmoment in his career.
Hazard was unveiled infront of around 50,000 fans at theSantiagio Bernabeu after theBelgian’s long-awaited movefrom Chelsea was confirmed lastweek.
“I’m not a galactico, not yet,but I hope I will be one day,”Hazard said in a press confer-ence afterwards.
“Despite everything I’vedone in the past, it will be likestarting again from zero. I’m nota galactico, I’m Eden Hazard,just a very good player.”
Madrid will pay Chelsea aninitial 100 million euros forHazard, with another 45 milliondue in potential add-ons for the28-year-old, who has signed afive-year contract with his newclub.
Hazard admitted Madridmade a move for him after theWorld Cup last year but insist-ed this was the right time to leaveChelsea.
“I don’t think it is too late, Iam 28 years old, the bestmoment for a player,” Hazardsaid.
“I have had various phasesof my career, at Lille andChelsea, and now I felt the timewas right to join the best club inthe world.”
Madrid struggled withoutCristiano Ronaldo last seasonand Hazard will be tasked withhelping to fill the void.
Despite the arrivals of EderMilitao, Luka Jovic and FerlandMendy this summer, he is thefirst statement signing sinceZinedine Zidane was reappoint-ed in March.
“When you play for a teamlike Real Madrid there is not onesingle star, the team is the star,”Hazard said.
“I have been at Chelsea forseven years, but now I am the
new guy in the team and I willtry to contribute as much as pos-sible.”
Asked if he wanted tobecome the best player in theworld at Real Madrid, Hazardsaid: “I will try but first I will tryto be in the best team in theworld.
“It is a different level. I hada lot of success with Chelsea andI want to win a lot with Madridas well. Just to be here is a newchallenge.”
Hazard admitted Zidanewas also a key factor in his deci-sion.
“Everyone knows Zidanewas my idol growing up,” he said.“That he is the coach has beenan important factor but not theonly one. I already wanted toplay here.
“I was a kid playing footballin the garden with my brotherswhen I began to be a Real
Madrid fan.“Then I went to France,
then to England, but being aReal Madrid player, wearingthis shirt, it is an honour. I can’twait for the season to start.”
The shirt Hazard wore infront of the fans came withouta number and he admitted hehad told Mateo Kovacic atChelsea to ask his fellowCroatian, Luka Modric, aboutthe number 10.
“I have been able to talk toModric through Kovacic and Iwas joking when I asked him tolend me the number 10,” Hazardsaid. “He said no, so I’ll have tofind another number.”
Hazard scored 110 goals inseven seasons at Chelsea andwas named in the PFA PremierLeague team of the year fourtimes.
At the end of the 2014-15season, he was awarded both the
PFA Players' Player of the Yearand the Premier League Playerof the Season.
“In football you can alwaysimprove, you never reach yourlimit,” Hazard said.
“There is always room to dobetter, both individually andcollectively. I am in a goodmoment of my career, but thisteam can allow me to raise thebar even further.”
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Star forward Neymar’s injuryabsence changes nothing
for Brazil at the Copa America,midfielder Casemiro said onThursday, insisting that thehosts must triumph come whatmay.
Neymar will miss theSouth American showpieceafter injuring ankle ligamentslast week in the Selecao’s penul-timate warm-up friendly.
His injury came as theParis Saint-Germain forwardfaced accusations from aBrazilian model that he sexu-ally assaulted her in a hotel inthe French capital.
“Regardless of the compe-tition we’re in, Brazil arefavorites and must win,”Casemiro said ahead of Friday'stournament opener againstBolivia in Sao Paulo.
“Without a doubt, evenwithout Neymar — Brazil’smain star — we’re still verystrong,” the Real Madrid play-
er added.Brazil are aiming for a
ninth Copa America suc-cess and have claimed vic-tory on all four previousoccasions as hosts: in 1919,1922, 1949 and 1989.
But they haven’t lifted thetrophy since 2007 when win-ning for a fourth time in fiveeditions from 1997.
“We cannot hide from thatresponsibility,” said coach Tite.“We knowthat wehave tobuild stepby step forthe title.”
And whilehe admitted that it was a blowto be missing “one of the bestthree in the world,” he said thatthe squad is not thinking aboutNeymar’s absence.
“When it comes to us, wetalk more about Neymar here(in press conferences) thatthere in (training.) We talkabout preparation as a whole,”
Tite told reporters at theMorumbi stadium whereBrazil will play minnowsBolivia.
“We know it’s going to bea tough match, we know howBolivia play,” said Casemiro ofBrazil's first Group A oppo-
nents.“They’re very well orga-
nized, particularly defensively.”Brazil warmed up for the tour-nament with victories last weekover Qatar (2-0), who willmake their Copa Americadebut as invitees on Sunday,and Honduras (7-0).
“The team is very strong.You can see with those sevengoals, the whole team was cel-ebrating together,” said Tite.
His squad are hoping toerase the painful memories oftheir crushing disappointmentfive years ago when hosting theWorld Cup.
A 7-1 semi-final humblingat the hands of Germany putpaid to their hopes of landinga first global crown since 2002.
“We are ready, we showedit in these two (friendly)games, which in my opinionwere the best we’ve playedsince the World Cup” in Russialast year, added Casemiro.
There Brazil lost 2-1 toBelgium in the quarter-finals.
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India outplayed reigning Asian Gameschampion Japan 7-2 to storm into the
summit clash of the FIH Series Finals hock-ey tournament here on Friday, assuringthemselves a place in the year end's Olympicqualifying event.
Returning to the side after a longinjury lay-off, Ramadeep Singh (23rd, 37thminutes) finally got his mojo back with adouble strike, while Harmanpreet Singh(7th), Varun Kumar (14th), Hardik Singh(25th), Gursahibjit Singh (43rd) and VivekSagar Prasad (47) also registered theirname on the scoresheet.
Japan's goals were scored by KenjiKitazato (2nd) and Kota Watanabe (20th).
India will face South Africa in Saturday'sfinal while Japan will square off against USAin the third-fourth place play-off match.
South Africa had earlier defeated USA2-1 in the first semifinal.
For the first time in the tournament, theIndian defence was literally tested as world
No 18 Japan gave a good account of them-selves in patches.
To the dismay of the home crowd, Japantook the lead in the second minute from acounter attack. Kitazato slammed home pastIndian goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathakafter receiving a pass from Kenta Tanakafrom their first attack.
The stunned Indians got their acttogether quickly and created a flurry ofopportunities. India secured back-to-backpenalty corners and Harmanpreet equalisedfrom the second chance.
The Indians kept up the pressure andearned three consecutive short corners inthe 14th minute and this time Varun beatJapan defence with a powerful groundedflick to hand the hosts a 2-1 lead.
But the Japanese caught the Indiandefence off-guard once again in the 20thminute with another fine counter-attackwhen Watanabe scored after being set up byKazuma Murata.
Japan's joy was shortlived as Indiarestored their lead three minutes later
through Ramadeep, who scored his first goalfor the country after returning from a year'sinjury hiatus.
Minutes later, India made the scoreline4-2 when Hardik scored with a slap shotfrom the top of the D.
India secured their sixth short cornersoon but Varun's effort was defended byJapanese goalkeeper Yusuke Takano.
Next it was PR Sreejesh's turn to showhis skills in front of the post when he deniedShota Yamada with a diving save fromJapan's first penalty corner.
After the change of ends, the play wasmostly on the Japan half as India kept upthe pressure to score three more goals.
First Ramandeep scored his second ofthe day in the 37th minute with a reboundfrom a penalty corner and then Gursahibjitand Vivek Sagar Prasad also sounded theboard from field efforts to register anemphatic win for India.
The FIH Series Finals provide two spotsin the Olympic Qualifiers to be held inOctober-November this year.
Pakistan Cricket Board for allow-ing families of the players to staywith them ahead of the much-awaited match against India.
Wives and children of thePakistani players have joinedthem in Manchester ahead of theclash against India on Sunday.
"I was part of the 1999, 2003and 2007 World Cups but the
board never allowed players tohave their families with themduring the tournament," Yousufsaid.
"In 1999 we had such a bigteam with so many big namesthat if we had pressurized theboard to give permission to haveour wives and children stay withus in team hotel they wouldhave done so. "But we didn't
because the World Cup is high-pressure event and players needto just be focussed on cricket andreaching the final. That is whathappened in 99' in England,"Yousuf said.
Yousuf, who played 90 Testsand 288 one-day internationals,recalled that the board didn'teven give permission to playersin one-day series or tourna-
ments to have their families staywith them in those days.
"I remember we wereallowed to have our wives andchildren with us only during Testmatches as it made sense as westayed in one city for at least aweek," Yousuf said.The formerPakistan batsman said he could-n't understand the logic behindPCB's decision to allow the wives
and children to join playersbefore the all-important matchagainst India.
"If it was necessar y toappease the players they couldhave been allowed to have theirwives and children at the start ofthe tournament, not at the busi-ness end of the WorldCup."Yousuf said with their fam-ilies around it was a big distrac-tion for the players and withimportant matches coming up hewas worried about the results.
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For some teams,accompanying fami-lies can be a distrac-
tion in a major tourna-ment but not for NewZealand with head crick-et coach Gary Steadencouraging players tospend time with theirloved ones during breaksin the ongoing World Cup.
The Pakistan CricketBoard (PCB) banned fam-ilies of cricketers fromaccompanying them ini-tially but has allowed themsince the game againstAustralia on Wednesday.
However, partnersand families of theAustralian cricket teamhave been kept away.
Table-toppers NewZealand, on the otherhand, have encouragedthe families of the playersto join the team on theirtravels in England andWales.
"I think it's importantthat you manage yourbreaks," Stead said whenasked about families ofplayers travelling with theteam.
The pace duo of TrentBoult and Tim Southeeand opener Martin Guptillhave been bringing theiryoung kids on the flight.
After a washout gameagainst India, the Black
Caps will next play againstSouth Africa on June 19and Stead said the playerscan now take a bit of timeoff with families.
"Whilst we haven'tplayed India, we've stillprepared and everythingyou do in the build-updays is on the assumptionyou'll play a full day ofcricket.
"We travel toBirmingham now but theplayers have the option togo elsewhere with theirfamilies. They have theoption to stay elsewherefor a couple of days andget a bit of down time," headded.
The bond between M S Dhoni andKarachi-born Mohammad Bashir
aka ‘Chacha Chicago’ blossomed dur-ing the 2011 World Cup semifinalbetween India and Pakistan and it hasonly grown stronger since then.
Such is the bond that Bashir hasflown in to Manchester from Chicago(approximately 6000 kms) for Sunday'shigh-octane Indo-Pak contest withouta match ticket. He knows that Dhoniwill ensure that he is it at the OldTrafford when the first ball is bowled.
"I arrived here yesterday (onThursday) and saw that people are readyto pay as much as 800-900 pounds fora ticket. A return ticket from Chicagocosts the same. Thanks to Dhoni, I don'thave to struggle for a match ticket," the63-year-old, who owns a restaurant inChicago and is an American passportholder, said.
The connection goes back to 2011.Bashir was bowled over by Dhoni'sbenevolence when India's World Cup-winning captain went out of his way toarrange a ticket for him for the marqueeclash in Mohali, a showdown for whichmost fans would pay an arm and a legto watch in person. Eight years later, theheartwarming story of Bashir andDhoni continues. It is not a surprise any-more that Bashir supports Dhoni's teamover the country of his birth whenev-er the two sides clash.
Dhoni might not be easily accessi-ble for even his teammates at times buthas never disappointed Bashir.
"I don't call him as he is so busy. Ikeep in touch only through text mes-sages. Long before I came here, Dhoniassured me of the ticket. He is a greathuman being. I can't think of anyoneelse doing what he has done for me sincethat 2011 game in Mohali.
"Imagine I get the ticket for freewhen most would pay a fortune for it.I have got a surprise gift for him thistime and I hope to give it to him latertoday," said Bashir.
After arriving in Manchester, hechecked into the Pakistan's team hotelwhere he met most of the squad mem-bers including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed,Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Amirand Hassan Ali.
One of his selfies was with ShoaibMalik and Indian tennis star wifeSania Mirza, an Indo-Pak union just likehim and his wife. He checks into theIndian team hotel later on Friday.
His love for his homeland is under-standable but the reason for his affini-ty towards India is his Hyderbadi wife,besides Dhoni of course. His match-dayuniform has both India and Pakistancolours and Bashir calls himself anambassador of peace.
While watching Indo-Pak gamesall-around the World, Bashir has madelifelong Indian friends and one them isthe well-known superfan Sudhir, whomainly relies on funding from cricketersto support the team from stands. In fact,both are staying together in Manchester.
No prizes for guessing that he isbacking India to maintain their unbeat-en run over Pakistan on Sunday.
The 18-year-old joinsfrom FC Tokyo and will playfor Madrid's B team, Castilla,next season.
"Takefusa Kubo will joinCastilla next season," a RealMadrid statement read.
"He is one of the mostpromising young players inworld football, an attackingmidfielder with excellenttechnique and great vision forthe game."
Kubo, who has beendubbed the “Japanese Messi”,made his full internationaldebut against El Salvadorearlier this month and wasalso linked with Barcelona,Paris Saint-Germain andManchester City. Kuboearned his nickname afterjoining Barca's youth acade-my aged 10 but returned toJapan in 2015 as a result ofFIFA sanctions handed to theclub for breaching rules onsigning under-age players.
Barcelona have kept tabson Kubo ever since butMadrid stole a march on theirLa Liga rivals with an offer oftwo million euros ($2.25 mil-lion) a year, according toJapanese media.