Bharatiya Janata Party’s former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra is expected to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on July 21.“We are in touch with Mr. Mitra and he is expected to join us, if everything goes alright,” a Trinamool Congress (TMC) official told The Hindu.Mr. Mitra, however, told The Hindu on Wednesday that he would not comment till “next Monday” (July 23).Confirms meeting with MamataEarlier the week, Mr. Mitra, a two-term Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, said that he had had a meeting with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.“I met her [Mamata Banerjee] for advertisement in my paper in Kolkata. But we did not discuss about my joining [the TMC],” he told The Hindu on Monday.Mr. Mitra, owner of a Delhi-based English language daily, was always known for his proximity to Ms. Banerjee. He is also a member of the BJP’s National Executive, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His name is still featuring in the BJP’s list of National Executive members.“I have given the resignation”In an interview to news agency ANI, Mr. Mitra confirmed that he has quit the BJP. “I have given the resignation. I have not decided when or where I will join, I am not going to disclose it,” ANI quoted him as saying.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday partially relaxed the two-day-a-week restrictions on the movement of civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway which was put in place to facilitate movement of security forces’ convoys.Earlier this month, the government had imposed the restrictions on the national highway (NH-44) connecting Jammu to Srinagar, days after the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The restriction barred civilian traffic from plying on the road on Wednesdays and Sundays.Now, there would be no restrictions from Srinagar to Baramulla (both in the Kashmir region) on Wednesdays, an official spokesperson said on Saturday.However, the restrictions would continue between Srinagar and Udhampur, in the Jammu region, on NH-44 as earlier, he said.“These would be reviewed periodically and relaxation would be made as the need for restriction reduces,” he said. Srinagar falls between the two cities.
Caught between the Congress-ruled government, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC), the Sawai Mansingh Stadium stadium, which was till recently rated among the top four cricket grounds in India, now lies in a shambles.Adding to the ignominy is the fact that now the ground will not host the Irani Trophy match scheduled to take place between September 21 and 25. BCCI Grounds and Pitches Committee chairman V. Sundaram inspected the ground on September 8 and declared the stadium unfit for the match.The ruling has deprived the home team – which had won the Ranji Trophy twice in a row and were to face the Rest of India in the match – of the benefit of playing on home turf.The Sawai Mansingh Stadium stadium, which was till recently rated among the top four cricket grounds in India, now lies in a shambles.Last month, the RSSC had taken over the ground and had barred the RCA from carrying out any maintenance work at the stadium. The council is headed by Shiv Charan Mali who enjoys the status and facilities of a minister of state thanks to his proximity to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.Ever since Mali took over two years ago, the council’s questionable decisions, such as locking the gates for cricketers prior to crucial practice sessions, denying entry to trucks bringing repair material etc, have led to the once internationally known stadium to become the laughing stock of the cricketing fraternity.Even though the local media and the RCA had warned that preventing routine repair works from being carried out at the stadium would result in the ground being declared unfit for the Irani Trophy match cut no ice with Gehlot’s men. Incessant rains necessitated that the ground be taken care of in a professional manner. However, that didn’t happen. The ground was handed to the RCA a little before the inspection was to be carried out. By then the “unfit” verdict for the stadium was a foregone conclusion.advertisementThough Mali is being blamed for this fiasco, the RCA, headed by CP Joshi, the union surface transport minister, is not doing any wonders either. Joshi has been unable to decide if he wants to run it professionally or just remain a figurehead. A non-entity, KK Sharma, a junior officer with the state government, is the RCA secretary. Like Mali, he isn’t also known for his vision or professionalism either.While Joshi and Gehlot remain at loggerheads due to state politics, Mali is busy queering the pitch for Joshi. In turn, Joshi’s indecisiveness has added to the RCA and thus cricket’s misfortune.Amid all this, cricket lovers are recalling the times when BJP’s Vasundhara Raje was chief minister and under her patronage Lalit Modi had helped bring the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on par with international standards.With the Irani Trophy cancelled, the biggest losers amid all this is the Rajasthan home team and the cricket lovers.
Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Pacquiao won his 24th world title fight and his first in the United States after a similar UD triumph over Jessie Vargas in November 2016.In the later rounds, Broner used the entire ring space as Pacquiao chased him down, digging to the body.The American, who has never been knocked down, eluded most of those barrages but in the process, got too preoccupied on defense.Broner dropped to 33-4-1 but insisted he won.“See, I wear my shades for fashion man,” said Broner at the same presser. “I ain’t got a mark on me. It was a hell of a fight.”Pacquiao said he understands where Broner is coming from.“Maybe he was overwhelmed by the reaction of the fans,” said Pacquiao. “But maybe later when he sees the fight video, he will change his mind.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao (R) throws a right on Adrien Broner during the WBA welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS—A colds-stricken Manny Pacquiao overwhelmed a game but overly cautious Adrien Broner on Saturday night (Sunday, PH time) to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title at MGM Grand Arena here.But no matter how Pacquiao successfully turned back time by cutting down his opponent with his usual flair, it all became just background noise to that one fight many want to happen for the second time: Against Floyd Mayweather Jr.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Mayweather tickled the fans by dropping by the 40-year-old Pacquiao’s locker room before he scored the lopsided unanimous decision win over Broner, 29.Tim Cheatham scored it 116-112, Dave Moretti 117-111 and Glen Feldman 116-112—all in favor of Pacquiao who rose to 61 wins, seven losses and two draws including 39 knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 40th KO narrowly escaped him, though.Pacquiao smashed Broner with a brutal combination in the seventh round, a watershed moment for the flashy Cincinnati native after he unexpectedly tried to engage the champion into action early on. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bounce back “My game plan for tonight was counterpunch, but since Broner has the same style, we made a few adjustments,” said Pacquiao during the post-fight press conference.The senator caught colds just before Friday’s weigh-in, probably after jogging outside the freezing Nevada weather.Pacquiao, sporting sunglasses inside the ballroom of the MGM Grand Arena, was blowing his nose throughout the presser.“So I became aggressive,” said Pacquiao who tracked down Broner all 12 rounds, dodging just enough counterpunches from the challenger.During the latter rounds, Pacquiao said chief trainer Buboy Fernandez cautioned him against Broner’s check hooks and snappy counters.“I wanted to finish him off but Buboy told me we are ahead on points and I don’t want to be careless. I need to take my time,” added Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES
Hyderabad, Aug 25 (PTI) Actor-director Sohail Khan said his next directorial venture “Freaky Ali”, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead, is an inspirational movie through which they wanted to establish golf as a common mans game. “When we were researching, we visited various locations. Infact a lot of people said this to us that the myth (about golf) is that it is only played on Sundays, only retired people play it and only rich play it,” Sohail said during a promotional event of the film.”We want to break this myth and we want to encourage kids in schools and in colleges so that they can start coming and playing the game. Investment on golf is huge. With this film we want to establish it as a common mans game.Talking about the films storyline, Sohail said, “In the movie, the actor starts playing golf (which is) considered to be a rich mans sport, and reaches the national tournament. Its basically a inspirational film.”Sohail said it took him two-three years to develop the film.”It is a humane story. It is a sports comedy. Sports for the inspiration and comedy for the entertainment.”The director said when he told Nawazuddin that the film is on golf, the “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” actor started playing golf.”Our basic story is that the character does not know how to play golf and but starts playing it. He was kind of perfecting his swing…he is gifted… When Nawazuddin started (acting in the film) he was like becoming a professional getting follow through right, then I told him you should look raw in the film.”advertisementArbaaz Khan, who has also acted in the film said, “It is a very simple but classical plot of our underdog who reaches the top. Golf is the backdrop of the film.. we have simplified the game in our film and even those who do not know the sport will be able to understand the game. It is a story of a winner who faces struggles and who finally reaches his goal. It is a wholesome entertainer drama mainstream, comedy.””Playing golf was not easy. It is a technical game. I had seen it only on TV,” Nawazuddin said.Also starring Amy Jackson and Nikitin Dheer, “Freaky Ali” is scheduled to release on September 9. PTI VVK DK JCH SDM
Leicester’s post-championship hangover continued as they lost to an impressive Liverpool 4-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.The Reds dominated for large parts, and took advantage of their early pressure to go 2-0 up half an hour in.Roberto Firmino scored the first of his pair with a smart finish following a long pass from James Milner. The lead was doubled by Sadio Mane squeezing the ball in following a brilliant backheel assist from Daniel Sturridge.A bizarre piece of play led to Leicester pulling one back before halftime. Lucas, used as a center back by manager Juergen Klopp, inadvertently passed the ball across his own goal to unmarked Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, who put the gift into the open goal.This gave Leicester a bit of momentum, but the champions were unable to draw level, and soon found themselves further behind.Adam Lallana scored Liverpool’s third, a thunderbolt from close range that gave Kasper Schmeichel no chance in the Leicester goal.Firmino rounded off Liverpool’s fine performance in the 89th, staying calm to slot home after a Schmeichel misjudgment.CARZOLA COMES TO ARSENAL’S RESCUEArsenal relied on Santi Cazorla’s stoppage-time penalty to secure a 2-1 victory over Southampton after another unconvincing display from the London club as they chase a first Premier League title since 2004.Faced with dropping points in their first home game since losing to Liverpool in the opening round, Arsenal benefited from a favorable refereeing decision 30 seconds after the clock hit 90 minutes. Jose Fonte dragged down Olivier Giroud with a tug on the striker’s shirt, referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot, and Cazorla converted.advertisement”It’s a relief,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “When you lose your first home game you cannot afford to drop points in the second home game because it creates a little bit an anxiety level at home and that’s not what you really want.”Southampton remain without a win four games into the season and new manager Claude Puel is frustrated that his team has conceded three penalties.TOTTENHAM OUTCLASS STOKE South Korea forward Son Heung-min scored twice and Harry Kane netted his first goal of the season as Tottenham thrashed Stoke 4-0 away for the second straight year.Dele Alli also scored for Tottenham in their best performance so far this season, which kept the team unbeaten after four games.BENTEKE SCORES AS PALACE EARN FIRST LEAGUE WINChristian Benteke scored in his first Premier League match for Crystal Palace before being replaced by his brother as the Eagles beat Middlesbrough 2-1 Saturday.The Belgian striker struck against newly-promoted Middlesbrough with a powerful header in the 16th minute, after Wilfried Zaha’s cross.Middlesbrough drew level in the 38th when Daniel Ayala headed Stewart Downing’s cross into the top corner.Zaha got the winner two minutes after the break. George Friend tried to steer the ball back to Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes but left his effort short, allowing Zaha to steal in and curl a left-foot shot into the net.The result gives Alan Pardew’s side their first league win of the season, and Middlesbrough their first defeat.HULL SCORE LATE TO DRAW WITH BURNLEYA last-minute free kick from Robert Snodgrass allowed Hull to draw with Burnley 1-1.In a match of few goal-scoring opportunities, Stephen Defour was able to open the scoring for Burnley, as he picked the ball up 30 yards out and slotted it into the bottom corner in the 72nd minute.Snodgrass rescued a point for his side sublimely from a free kick, sparking passionate celebrations at Turf Moor.BOURNEMOUTH EARN 1st WIN at WEST BROM’S EXPENSECallum Wilson’s first goal since 2015 helped Bournemouth beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 for their first win of the season.Wilson, who missed much of the 2015-16 season with a knee injury, was on hand to flick the ball past Ben Foster in the West Brom goal in the 79th minute.West Brom failed to create any real threats for the Bournemouth defense.WEST HAM FANS BRAWL AS LOSE TO WATFORDWest Ham fans brawled in the Olympic Stadium as their team imploded on the pitch, throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 4-2 to Watford.West Ham supporters fought among themselves, and clashed with stewards and Watford fans at their new stadium in east London.West Ham said they will ban fans involved in the latest disorder for life from attending games.West Ham’s collapse allowed new Watford manager Walter Mazzarri to claim his first win of the campaign.advertisementMichail Antonio put West Ham in front with two headers in the opening 33 minutes. But Watford scored four goals in a 22-minute spell around halftime, starting with Odion Ighalo’s deflected shot in the 41st minute.Troy Deeney pounced on a defensive mistake to make it 2-2 in first-half injury time, Etienne Capoue scored his third goal of the season, and Jose Holebas finished off the comeback with a low shot that West Ham goalkeeper Adrian should have saved.
Motorola silently unveiled the anticipated Moto C and C Plus just a few weeks ago. The smartphone manufacturer is geared up on announcing several other devices later this year, dubbed – Moto Z2, Z2 Play, Z2 Force, Moto E4, E4 Plus, and Moto X. Well, now if the latest rumours are to be trusted upon, Motorola is also working on the successors on the recently launched Moto G5 and G5 Plus, dubbed – Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus.The upcoming Moto G5S and G5S Plus are expected to be an upgraded version of its predecessors — Moto G5 and G5 Plus. Android Authority on Tuesday leaked a bunch of images and claimed it to be the Moto G5S and G5 S Plus. Looking at the images, both the upcoming smartphones resemble their predecessors. This means, the Moto G5S will pretty much sport the similar design like the Moto G5, while the upcoming Moto G5S Plus will look like the Moto G5 Plus.Also Read: Motorola is working on the successors on the recently launched Moto G5 and G5 Plus, dubbed – Moto G5S and Moto G5S PlusThe leaked images also reveal that the upcoming Motorola smartphones are expected to sport antenna bands at the rear panel, almost like that of the Moto M. On the other hand, display wise, the smartphones are tipped to come with a metallic body design. That’s about the design of the upcoming Mot G5S and G5S Plus.advertisementPhoto Credit: Android Authority On the camera front, the Moto G5S display in the leaked images show that the smartphone may come packed with LED flash, placed right next to the primary camera. Further, the images also show the coming of the Moto batwing, which was also seen on the leaked renders of the upcoming Moto Z2. If the leaked press renders of the allegedly Moto G5S are to be taken seriously, the smartphone will include a LED flash on the front as well. This means that there are high chances that the upcoming Moto G5S and G5S Plus will feature LED flash, both better and enhanced photography on both rear and front.Also Read: Moto G5 Plus review: Pure Android, good camera make it best phone under Rs 20,000Apart from the leaked images of the upcoming Motorola phones, a popular tipster Evan Blass also tips the coming of both the handsets. Blass posted a presentation slide of the Moto G5S and G5S Plus, which yet again confirms the making of the devices. The presentation reveals a lot about the devices in terms of the specs. In terms specifications, the upcoming Moto G5S will come with a 5.2-inch full-HD display with a full-metal body. While on the other hand, Moto G5S Plus will be a bigger variant and sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display. Moto G5S Plus is also expected to come with dual cameras at the rear, however, Moto G5S might sport a single camera module like its predecessor – Moto G5.As of now, no other details about the upcoming Moto G5S and G5S Plus have been revealed. However, neither has the company officially confirmed the coming of the handsets. Hence, all these leaked information about both the devices should be taken with a pinch of salt.Apart from these two devices, Motorola is reportedly working on a few other smartphones as well, most anticipated of them are the Moto Z2, Z2 Play and Z2 Force. Moto Z2 Play and Z2 Force are expected to be quite similar in terms of both design and specs. However, on that note, Moto Z2 may differ a bit. Furthermore, the smartphone manufacturer is also working on E and X series phones, dubbed, Moto X, Moto E4 and E4 Plus. All the smartphones have been subjected to innumerable leaks and are tipped to launch later this year.
He is not comfortable being portrayed as rugby’s answer to Jean-Marc Bosman after exploiting a contractual loophole to leave Kingsholm a year early and while the nickname “Maymar” – given to him by Danny Care in reference to Paris Saint-Germain’s new £200m signing – is easier to laugh off, he is at pains to point out it is not financially motivated.“Of course it is a big deal,” he says. “I don’t know what people are thinking but I’m not the sort of guy to jump ship or chase this or that, it’s purely where I am in my life and it’s purely a rugby decision. There is a lot I’m leaving at Gloucester which is sad but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to take my game on.”To say that the penny has finally dropped for May is perhaps too harsh – he slips easily into the role of class clown, especially with England where he has been known to sneak out of team meetings to use the bathroom with slapstick timing – but there has always been a determined streak to him. He is 27 and watched fellow England wings Anthony Watson, Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly tour with the Lions this summer while he was in Argentina. His pace is frightening but Eddie Jones describes him as still in kindergarten when it comes to learning the subtleties of an international winger.“I’ve scored some good tries for England, I’ve done some good things with Gloucester but I know there’s more in me and I want to take my game to the next level,” May says. “I’m at the top of my game and I’m not going to have much longer – four more years realistically – and I want to challenge myself.” Jonny May: ‘I am just trying to be my best. I’ve always had a belief inside’ Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Messenger Jonny May’s ‘Neymar move’ is sign of bigger rugby union transfer deals May’s transfer has caused a stir because he used a clause in the Premiership’s code of conduct that allowed him to speak to other clubs and leave for a fixed compensation fee despite having a year left on his contract. The 12 clubs, fearful of the precedent it may have set, have since closed the loophole.“It’s not for me to say whether these clauses are right or wrong or if it’s good or bad for the game. I was presented with an opportunity,” says May. “It was no dead cert that if I did it I’d find a club and I wasn’t willing for it to carry on and affect the team. It was just a small window of opportunity to do it so I went for it.”Leicester sacked three coaches last season but with Matt O’Connor at the helm and with May joining Ford, Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi, Matt Toomua and Telusa Veainu at the Tigers, there is renewed optimism. Gloucester, too, have had a busy summer of recruitment but the new coach, Johan Ackermann, took up the post three weeks before the start of the season.“I have maybe left on terms that I wouldn’t have liked to but things hadn’t really kicked off at Gloucester,” says May. “The coach hadn’t arrived and I’ve done the starting-over-again process at Gloucester with numerous head coaches and I just felt like I didn’t want to do that again. But Leicester is a team I want to be a part of and if we play well together we can make each other look good. If we give George options at the line he can pick the right one and I can get some ball in space. If we can communicate well with Matt and Manu, it’s got great potential.” Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Gloucester Share on WhatsApp Read more Reuse this content Rugby union Share on Facebook news Support The Guardian Jonny May’s head is still spinning. Despite the giddy anticipation of starting his Leicester career, the England winger cannot shake the remorse he feels at forcing his exit from Gloucester. Throw in that the landmark move was hurried through while he was on honeymoon in the Seychelles, and that he is currently living out of a rucksack, being put up by George Ford, and it is clear why May describes himself as all over the place. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Salaam Cricket 2019: India’s bowling attack better than Pakistan, says Younis KhanSalaam Cricket 2019: Younis Khan said Jasprit Bumrah has the potential to become the most successful bowler in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 20:26 IST Pakistan great Younis Khan said India have a better bowling attack than Pakistan at 2019 World Cup (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBumrah can surely be the most successful bowler in the 2019 World Cup: Younis KhanYounis Khan was part of the star-studded guest list at Salaam Cricket 2019Younis Khan expects bowlers to win India quite a few matches at World CupPakistan legend Younis Khan said India’s bowling attack is better than Pakistan’s in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The two arch-rivals will play each other on June 16 at Manchester.Over the years, India have defeated Pakistan on all 6 occasions in World Cup history. This year, India are being considered overwhelming favourites in the tournament – the likes of Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin feel Pakistan will stand no chance against India two weeks from now.India have traditionally had a better batting line-up than Pakistan. In recent years, as it stands, India boast of a far better bowling attack than Pakistan.At Salaam Cricket 2019, Younis Khan agreed that India’s bowling attack is much more balanced than Pakistan’s.”India have a better bowling attack than Pakistan. 3 to 4 of their pacers can bowl over 140, 145+ kmph. India also have quality spinners. Bowlers will win you 60 to 70 percent matches.”Bumrah can surely be the most successful bowler in the 2019 World Cup. He is a specialist bowler across formats,” he said.Earlier in the day on Salaam Cricket 2019, Harbhajan Singh even said the India vs England match was going to be much bigger than the India vs Pakistan match.”India vs Pakistan is not as big as India vs England. Maybe from the media perspective, India vs Pakistan is more hyped up. But from a cricketing aspect, India vs England is more important. India can beat this Pakistan team 9 and a half times out of 10 times,” Harbhajan Singh said.However, former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been part of some riveting India-Pakistan contests in the past, said anything can happen in India-Pakistan clashes in the World Cup.advertisement”Logically, Bhajji is right but Pakistan is a dangerous team. In cricket, you cannot say anything. This Pakistan team is capable. There was a collapse in the last match. India have a better chance. As he said, India and England are the two favourites.”Given the rivalry, intensity… You never know what can happen in World Cups. Pakistan were strong in the 1990s yet India would win every time in World Cups,” Misbah said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: R Ashwin predicts India vs England World Cup 2019 finalAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s hunger to perform great positive for India at World Cup 2019: Misbah-ul-HaqAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Younis KhanFollow India vs Pakistan
Next India Today Web Desk PuneOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 13:49 IST Rohit Sharma scored 303 runs in the Vizag Test with hundreds in both innings for India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 176 and 127 in the 1st TestRohit is the 1st batsman in history to score 2 hundreds while opening for the first time in a TestRohit also broke the record for the most sixes hit in a single Test with 13 maximums vs South Africa in VizagIndia captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday urged critics and the media to leave Rohit Sharma alone and let him enjoy his batting in Test cricket for now.Rohit made a smashing debut as opener in the longest format for India, scoring 176 and 127 in the Vizag Test to set up a 203-run victory for the hosts against South Africa.KL Rahul’s repeated failures at the top made the Indian team management go ahead with Rohit as the second opener with Mayank Agarwal in the first Test and it turned out to be a masterstroke as Rohit became the only player in history to hit two centuries while opening for the first time in red-ball cricket.”Come on give the guy a break now. He has done well. Let him enjoy his batting at the top of the order. Let him have fun like he does in white-ball cricket. Stop focussing on what Rohit is going to do in Tests. He is in a great space. He is playing really well.”He looked relaxed in the 1st Test which is a great thing. All the experience he has accumulated over the years came to the fore. He is feeling absolutely at home at the top of the order. For us, the team, it’s a huge bonus.”If you see the way he played in the 2nd innings, the way he has the ability to take the the tempo of the game forward, that allows the bowlers to have an extra hour and a half of maybe 2 hours to bowl the opposition out.advertisement”So, look if a guy like him at the top order plays the way he did in the first Test, we are going to be in situations from where we can go for victories in most of the Test matches. We are all very happy for him,” Virat Kohli said at the press conference ahead of the 2nd Test against South Africa in Pune.”Time to let Rohit Sharma enjoy his batting in red ball cricket” – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/px6Nhl1sy0BCCI (@BCCI) October 9, 2019Kohli also spoke about the Indian team combination for the second match and made it clear that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will always be their first-choice spinners in home Tests.”It’s purely combination. A lot has been said and spoken about the system that we have followed in the last 2 years. The only thing that matters to us is wanting to win as many games as we can. We have been able to do it. We have among the least losing percentages.”We don’t want to be rigid in our thinking saying this is how we need to go forward. We want to be flexible. It can’t be possible if the team doesn’t buy into it. The players have bought into it and people are just wanting to contribute.”No one is self-centered. Everyone is thinking about how to contribute to the team’s win. Same with Kuldeep as well. He understands the combination. In India, Ashwin and Jadeja are going to be our first-choice spinners. They also contribute so much with the bat as well. For us, it’s about finding the best balance and it’s purely combination well,” Kohli said.Also Read | Virat Kohli wants away wins to carry more weight in World Test ChampionshipAlso Read | Rohit Sharma is the Inzamam-ul-Haq of India: Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | What people say and think of me doesn’t really bother me: Rohit SharmaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Vizag TestFollow India vs South Africa All the experience Rohit Sharma has accumulated over the years came to the fore in Vizag: Virat KohliRohit Sharma made a smashing debut as opener in the longest format for India, scoring 176 and 127 in the Vizag Test to set up a 203-run victory for the hosts against South Africa.advertisement
A consultation on paternity leave and other best practices towards parental leave for fathers will be the main event to celebrate International Men’s Day (IMD) on November 19.An annual global event, IMD focuses on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.The event, which will be held under the theme: ‘Reinforcing Positive Male Role Models’, is scheduled to take place at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, Mona, Kingston, beginning at 9:30 a.m.It is part of the Government’s ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ #NEFA Public Education Campaign, aimed at reducing gender-based violence in Jamaica.The event is being organised by the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA), a division of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Institute of Gender & Development Studies and other stakeholders.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on November 7, Director, Policy and Research, BGA, Sharon Coburn Robinson, said that the findings of a research done by the Bureau will be presented at the event.“We have had consultations around it. We have done research on the issue through the Jamaica Civil Service Association and at this point we want to produce and present the findings to a critical mass on November 19, and have conversations around it,” she said.The Director said that participants will be able to discuss the relevance of paternity leave, how it will affect them and how it should be handled.“In some cases, persons think it should be a part of the Maternity Leave Act, but a lot of men we have spoken to do not want to have that. They want a separate policy and they want it to move to a place to have a policy and a Bill passed,” she added.Public sector trade unions have been asking Government to introduce a paternity leave policy in the country, similar to the Maternity Leave Act, which currently exists. According to the Maternity Leave Act (Act No 44 of 1979), which provides for maternity leave and regulations pertaining to pay, female employees are entitled to take maternity leave once they have been working with the same employer for at least a year.Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson noted that a church service will be held on Sunday, November 18, at 9:00 a.m. at the Constant Spring Road Church of God, Kingston, to launch IMD. She said that partners of the Bureau and other key stakeholders will attend the service.Further, she said that the BGA is planning an awards ceremony to recognise various men’s groups and individuals, “who have done exceptional work in the gender landscape and who have been impacting communities and the lives of persons in different ways.”The Director mentioned the Men of God Against Violence and Abuse (MoGAVA), AIDS Healthcare Foundation and other key stakeholders who have worked with the agency over the years.“We are happy that they have been doing fantastic work, especially among boys and men in communities and there are other groups that we will be awarding,” she added. Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson noted that a church service will be held on Sunday, November 18, at 9:00 a.m. at the Constant Spring Road Church of God, Kingston, to launch IMD. She said that partners of the Bureau and other key stakeholders will attend the service. “We are happy that they have been doing fantastic work, especially among boys and men in communities and there are other groups that we will be awarding,” she added. Story Highlights Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on November 7, Director, Policy and Research, BGA, Sharon Coburn Robinson, said that the findings of a research done by the Bureau will be presented at the event.
In its boutique located at Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris last week, the Swiss watchmaker Longines, with the participation of its Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet, presented the Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet watch.3 models of the Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet are being auctioned online for the benefit of The Golden Hat FoundationThree models of this exclusive gold watch, which was produced in a very limited edition and named after the brand ambassador, will be auctioned online for the benefit of The Golden Hat Foundation, a charity co-founded by the British actress.On Saturday 10 June 2017, in its boutique located at Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, Longines, together with its Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet, presented the exclusive and very limited new timepiece: The Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet, featuring the same dial as The Flagship Heritage – 60th Anniversary 1957-2017.The Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet watch is the result of a common project for the benefit of the Golden Hat Foundation, a charity co-founded by Kate Winslet, which is dedicated to changing the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived. During a visit to the brand’s headquarters in Switzerland last year, the actress chose the dial, the case and strap of the watch. Five gold pieces have been produced and named after the brand ambassador.The models numbered 2/5, 3/5 and 4/5 will be auctioned for the Foundation. The auction will take place online here from 10 June at 6pm CEST to 30 June 2017 at 5:59pm CEST. The first remaining timepiece will be presented to Kate Winslet and the second will be kept in the Longines museum, located at the company’s headquarters, in Saint-Imier, Switzerland.The award-winning actress, who joined Longines in the French capital to unveil the new watch model, shared her enthusiasm about their common initiative for the Golden Hat Foundation: “I was given the permission to choose a watch, which was designed specifically for the Golden Hat Foundation. The style of the model really appealed to me and I instantly fell in love with it. All the profits of the selling of the model are going directly to the Foundation. This project with Longines is helping raise awareness about a particular cause dear to my heart. Thanks to Longines’ involvement and the generosity of the donators, the Foundation will keep on working towards achieving its goals.”
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He is a PhD holder in education, fighting against a popular Punjabi singer from BJP and a grass root politician of AAP, Rajesh Lilothia of Congress talks exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh on his poll promises and challenges in North-West Lok Sabha constituency. North West Delhi is one of the most underdeveloped constituencies of Delhi and you are fighting from this seat, so what are the major issues you are looking at in this election? This constituency as you know is known as Delhi dehat area. This area is very underdeveloped because neither the central government nor the state government has done much for this area. Here the main issue I am focusing on is of women safety which is the law and order situation. In the villages, if you go you will see that the women are scared of antisocial elements here. I have also launched an app called Indira Shakti where women can register their number and in need can call the emergency button. Earlier also I have worked on this app and when we come to power I will develop this app across the constituency. Apart from this, the sealing has caused a lot of trouble to the poor traders of this are so I will work on that too and lastly, the expansion of Lal Dora has not been done as promised by administrations earlier, therefore, I am focusing on this issue too. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesFrom the very first day, you were among the few leaders of the Congress party who were against the alliance between AAP and Congress and finally it did not happen, so do you think it will help you? I will always be against any alliance with the AAP because once CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the party will never go with Congress neither with BJP but recently he was desperate to make an alliance with Congress which shows his weakness. I was against alliance because it would have hurt the sentiments of our cadres and now they are very pleased. I am getting a lot of support from the cadres because they are very enthusiastic and more energetic as the alliance did not happen. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThis seat is reserved for the schedule caste and also has a large caste minority population, so how challenging this is for you to fight from this seat? Most importantly whatever is the nature of the seat, the Congress party is a secular party and I do not believe in caste-based politics. I am not asking votes in the name of caste but in the name of priorities. The BJP has given this seat to a Punjabi singer who is a celebrity and the people believe that he will never stay in area which is majorly rural. On the other hand, AAP’s candidate was also earlier in BJP so people understand the nature politics they are into. People are very much positive with my approach to work when I am talking to them. What is your biggest strength in this election? As I already said that here people do not want a celebrity candidate but a person who will always stay with them. I am from a village of this area and people understand that I will always be with them. I am a graduate in English and also a PhD holder, education matters to people. They understand that an educated person can serve much better and deal with issues much better. Lastly, people want a young and energetic person in the field which is a plus point for me.
NEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. topped first quarter profit expectations but fewer tourists at U.S. stores, particularly from China, dragged on sales and the company trimmed its expectations for the year.Tiffany said earlier this year that holiday sales were hurt by a drop in spending by Chinese tourists, and that trend accelerated in the first three months of the year.The strong dollar has made trinkets from Tiffany even more expensive for Chinese tourists. CEO Alessandro Bogliolo said the brand wasn’t experiencing any “negative sentiment” from Chinese shoppers here or in China amid an escalating trade fight.Revenue slid 3% to $1 billion, just shy of Wall Street expectations, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.The company posted a profit of $125.2 million, or $1.03, which is 2 cents better than Wall Street had expected,Sales at established stores worldwide declined 5%; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, net sales were equal to the prior year and comparable sales declined 2%.“Our first quarter results reflect significant foreign exchange headwinds and dramatically lower worldwide spending attributed to foreign tourists,” Bogliolo said in a prepared statement.In the Americas, total net sales declined 4%, and comparable sales declined 5%; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, both total net sales and comparable sales declined 4%.In Asia-Pacific, total net sales declined 1% and comparable sales declined 5% due to the effect of foreign currency translation; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales rose 3% and comparable sales were equal to the prior year. There was continued strong growth in mainland China, but mixed results in other markets.In Japan, total net sales declined 4% and comparable sales declined 4%; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable sales were equal to the prior year. In Europe, total net sales declined 4% and comparable sales declined 7%; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable sales rose 4% and 1%, respectively.Per-share net earnings should increase by a low-to-mid-single-digit percentage, the company said Tuesday, citing increased tariffs on jewelry it exports to China. It had earlier projected a mid-single digit percentage increase.Shares of Tiffany rose nearly 3 per cent._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TIF at https://www.zacks.com/ap/TIFAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, who is concurrently accredited to the Holy See, has briefed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on the developments in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva said today.The briefing took place after the Ambassador presented his credentials to the Pope Benedict at a ceremony held at the ApostolicPalace at the Vatican. He explained the significant developments taking place in Sri Lanka since the restoration of peace in the country, in the areas of resettlement of the displaced, re-integration of ex-combattants, reconciliation between all communities, economic and infrastructure advancements in the former conflict affected areas as well as other parts of the country, and the noteworthy growth in the tourist sector. Ambassador Aryasinha traced the historic relations between the Holy See and Sri Lanka and noted the constructive contribution of the Church towards the areas of education, healthcare, social services and post-conflict development in the country. Ambassador Aryasinha, in his message, said “as Sri Lanka builds on a new era of peace, stability and equality, where the multicultural, multi-religious and multiethnic dimension that the country is renowned takes primacy, the pivotal role that can be played by religious leaders in this regard had been readily recognized”.Noting “the important contribution and dedication of the Roman Catholic Church towards inter-religious dialogue and socio-cultural development in Sri Lanka”, Ambassador Aryasinha made special mention of “the valuable services rendered by His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith”. He also appreciated the “contribution made towards this end by the Holy See through the Apostolic Nuncio in Colombo, and the generous donor assistance by Caritas International and its associated charities”.
by Brian Rohan, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2017 10:01 am MDT Last Updated Mar 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Egypt’s Mukhabarat hires Washington lobbyists to boost image CAIRO – Egyptian intelligence has hired two U.S. public relations firms in Washington to lobby on the country’s behalf and boost its image, the first such engagements by the country’s powerful security apparatus to be made public and a rare move by a foreign intelligence body.Filings dated Jan. 28 and seen by The Associated Press on the Department of Justice website Sunday showed that the General Intelligence Service has hired public relations firms Weber Shandwick and Cassidy & Associates Inc. The registrations by one of Egypt’s feared, competing intelligence agencies, known as the Mukhabarat, were released publicly to comply with the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938.The contracts show that the companies will assist Egypt in promoting its “strategic partnership with the United States,” highlighting its economic development, showcasing its civil society and publicizing Egypt’s “leading role in managing regional risks” in agreements worth $1.8 million annually.All points are issues President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s government is keen to portray in a positive light in its interactions with foreign powers, especially a key ally such as the United States that sends it some $1.3 billion in annual military aid.“The Egyptian government believes its relationship with the U.S. has suffered due to bad public relations and not being able to communicate its narrative,” said Mokhtar Awad, an analyst at George Washington University. “They’ve been investing more in this line of effort and it appears to be expanding.”In some areas, Cairo has a more flexible approach to its image, for example by overstating the number of refugees in the country tenfold in efforts to persuade European countries to send it more development and security aid to prevent illegal immigration across the Mediterranean. It also switches between playing down an extremist insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula and amplifying the danger, depending on which position is most useful at a given moment with domestic or foreign audiences.FARA registrations are administered and enforced by U.S. counterespionage officials with the Department of Justice, and Egypt’s move appears to be rare for a foreign government as most filings are made by diplomatic missions, trade or business initiatives, political groups or opposition.The revelations come as the new administration of President Donald Trump is softening America’s approach to authoritarian governments including Egypt’s, which the State Department last week cataloged in its annual report on human rights abuses. Egypt says it faces a substantial terrorist threat and cannot be judged by Western standards, although it insists foreign tourists are safe.“The most significant human rights problems were excessive use of force by security forces, deficiencies in due process, and the suppression of civil liberties,” State said in its report, adding that abuses included “disappearances” as well as “unlawful killings and torture.”Egypt has yet to recover economically from its 2011 Arab Spring uprising that overthrew longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, followed by the army’s ouster of his freely elected successor, the divisive Islamist Mohammed Morsi, and it depends on foreign loans and assistance. Last week, Mubarak was effectively acquitted on charges of killing protesters, and could now be released from the informal house arrest he has lived under in recent years. Activists have described the acquittal as the final nail in the coffin for recent democratic aspirations in Egypt.Since Morsi’s 2013 overthrow, el-Sissi’s government has waged a heavy crackdown on dissent, jailing thousands of people, mostly Islamists but also scores of secular and liberal activists, including some of those who led the 2011 uprising. The government has also banned all unauthorized public gatherings, and branded Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.Egypt’s FARA filings for the lobbying work are two of several previously filed by Egyptian government agencies, although others are listed under ministries or agencies relating to trade, tourism, or business. For the latest two, under the heading “Branch or agency represented by the registrant,” the filings denoted Egypt’s “General Intelligence Service.” The contracts are signed by Maj. Gen. Nasser Fahmy, on the lines marked out for Maj. Gen. Khaled Fawzy, who is the director general of General Intelligence.The Weber Shandwick contract is worth at least $1.2 million annually, to be paid quarterly at $300,000 plus expenses, while the Cassidy & Associates one is for $600,000 per year, to be paid at $150,000 quarterly.___Online:Egypt’s FARA filings: https://www.fara.gov/docs/3911-Exhibit-AB-20170128-26.pdf and https://www.fara.gov/docs/6272-Exhibit-AB-20170128-3.pdf___Brian Rohan on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/brian_rohan
If he is given even the slightest bit of running room, he will speed through it and make the opposition pay. That’s how Ohio State coaches and players described the danger that Nebraska redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Martinez poses for the Buckeyes’ defense this Saturday. “(Martinez) is one of the best runners I’ve ever seen at the quarterback position,” said OSU coach Urban Meyer, who has coached the likes of former Florida and current New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. A quarterback who can just as easily break a long touchdown run as he can loft a 50-yard pass, Martinez has thrown for 1,059 yards this season while running for 298 more. He has 14 total touchdowns – three on the ground, including a 92-yard scamper against UCLA on Sept. 8. In his two-plus seasons as Nebraska’s starting quarterback, Martinez has 4,779 career passing yards and 2,137 career rushing yards. Three times since 2010 – Martinez’s redshirt freshman season – the quarterback has broken runs longer than 80 yards. To put that in perspective, former West Virginia quarterback Pat White, the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher at the quarterback position, never had an 80-yard run. Former Auburn quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton’s career-long run was 71 yards. Last year’s Heisman, former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, also has a career-long run of 71 yards. Martinez is one of the country’s premier dual-threat quarterbacks, and for a college defense, there might not be a more daunting task than trying to defend one. “Certainly a threat for us, running around making plays. He knows where his strengths are. His strengths are his feet, his mobility,” said OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel. Luckily for OSU, the Buckeyes have a pretty good dual-threat quarterback of their own in sophomore Braxton Miller, who has 1,510 total yards this season – 577 of which are rushing yards. The Buckeyes’ defense defends Miller multiple times a week in practice. OSU players said that should help them this Saturday when the No. 12-ranked Buckeyes’ square off against the Martinez-led, No. 21-ranked Cornhuskers. “Definitely I think it helps us. There’s not many quarterbacks out there that run sub 4.4s, high 4.3s (in the 40-yard dash),” said redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino. “Braxton’s obviously one of them, but so is Martinez. I think it definitely helps us going against Braxton everyday.” Meyer agrees, but he added that while OSU will benefit, so will Nebraska. They too face a speedy quarterback in practice. “I think both defenses will not be shocked by the speed. They’ve seen it in practice,” Meyer said. Miller and Martinez could not be much more alike. Both are a little undersized – Miller is 6-foot-2 and Martinez is 6-foot-1. Both lead their respective teams in total yards, and both are among the country’s fastest players, not just quarterbacks. If there is a difference between the two, it is probably straight-line speed, and according to Sabino, Martinez might have the edge. “If he sees a crease, he’ll roll with it. He’s a fast guy so we have to be very disciplined in our assignments,” Sabino said. Sabino is familiar with Martinez’s speed because he, and the rest of the 2011 Buckeyes, played against him last year in OSU’s 34-27 loss in Lincoln, Neb. Practicing against Miller last season didn’t seem to help the Buckeye defense much in defending Martinez during the 2011 contest. The then-sophomore quarterback threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns while running for 101 yards and a score last Oct. 8. This Saturday, the task of defending Martinez will be even greater. The redshirt junior has matured significantly as a player. To go along with his running ability, Martinez is now a very able and accurate passer. And Martinez is probably not just able, but elite. Martinez is 11th in the country in quarterback efficiency with a 169.6 rating, completing 67.8 percent of his passes with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 11-to-1. Last season, Martinez had a 126.5 rating and completed 56.3 percent of his passes with a 13-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The improvement did not come easily for Martinez. The California native worked tirelessly on his throwing mechanics during the offseason. Las Angeles-based quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun, a former New Mexico State quarterback and teacher of the pass since 2004, worked with Martinez on his motion, footwork and more. Martinez’s stats prove the hard work paid off. The OSU coaching staff has noticed Martinez’s progression, too. “I think he’s got a great understanding of what (Nebraska tries) to do,” Vrabel said. “Whether he’s running option or whatever, he’s not going to just drop back and try to beat you that way.” Vrabel, and the rest of the OSU coaching staff and defense understand the task at hand Saturday. “He’s going to be a huge challenge for us,” Vrabel said. Despite Martinez’s speed and breakaway ability, at least one OSU defender is confident the Nebraska gunslinger won’t be chalking up any long runs against the Buckeyes. “I don’t know what (Martinez’s) 40 time is, but if he’s out there, I’m going to catch him,” said redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby and OSU are set to take on Nebraska at 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by ABC.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNigeria suicide blast kills 30 football fans in BornoJune 17, 2019In “latest news”Nigeria army releases 183 detained childrenJuly 9, 2018In “latest news”UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945March 11, 2017In “World” Blasts and rockets ‘kill 31’ in Borno stateTwo suicide bombers have attacked a town in north-eastern Nigeria only hours after the country’s army chief urged displaced residents to return home because it was safe.The blasts hit the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening and residents say at least 31 people died. The explosions were followed up by rockets fired from outside the town.Boko Haram militants are suspected. Army chief Lt Gen Tukur Buratai had said they were no longer a threat. A four-month military operation started on 1 May to expel Boko Haram insurgents from northern Borno and the Lake Chad region.No group has said it carried out Saturday evening’s attacks but a militia leader speaking to AFP, Babakura Kolo, said they bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, a jihadist group that wants to establish a caliphate in northern Nigeria.Officials said at least 20 people died in the attacks but residents said they had counted the dead and an anonymous local official confirmed the toll.“It has destroyed our houses. We have also counted 31 innocent people including children and elderly killed in the attack,” local resident Modu Usman, son of a community leader, told Reuters news agency.AttackMore than 40 people were injured in the attacks, which were aimed at people celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday in the Shuwari and Abachari districts of the town.The rocket attacks appear to have caused most of the casualties, a local official said.The UN says 1.7 million people have been forced from their homes due to the Boko Haram conflict, which is now in its ninth year.Boko Haram uses suicide bombers, often young girls, to target civilians and soldiers.In one of the most recent attacks, bombers killed dozens of people in and around a mosque in the town of Mubi.Despite the ongoing threat of suicide bombings, the security situation in north-east Nigeria has improved, says BBC Africa Editor Will Ross.But there will be some scepticism about calls to return home, our correspondent adds. Previous promises that it is safe because the jihadists have been defeated have proved to be premature. (BBC)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Confused’ woman fined for attempting to smuggle cannabis into Police lockupSeptember 28, 2016In “Court”Man arraigned with attempting to smuggle “ganga” into lockupsDecember 14, 2018In “Court”Sophia woman remanded for allegedly trafficking “ganja” into Camp Street PrisonJune 28, 2019Similar post A 33-year-old Kaneville, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident is now on remand after she allegedly attempted to sneak marijuana into the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts lockups.was squashed by a police officer who conducted a search and found the illegal drug.The defendant, Sarah Charles stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty on Wednesday and denied the charge detailing that on January 21, 2019, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts she unlawfully introduced 23 grams of cannabis into the lockups.The prosecution’s case, presented by Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell contended that on the day in question, the defendant was asked to do a favour, that is to say deliver shoes and other items to an incarcerated person who was in the lockups.However, Charles was allegedly observed to be acting in a suspicious manner when a search was conducted on the items and the suspected cannabis was found concealed in the sole of the shoes.The prosecution further objected to bail.However, Charles claimed she had no idea that the illegal drug was there since he was only asked to do a favour.The Magistrate remanded the mother of three to prison and adjourned the matter until February 13, 2019.