‘Lalu offered to pull down RJD-JD(U) govt.’

first_imgBihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi alleged on Wednesday that RJD chief Lalu Prasad had met Union Minister Arun Jaitley with the offer to help bring down the Grand Alliance government if fodder scam cases against him were watered down. Addressing a press conference, Mr. Modi claimed that Mr. Jaitley, however, snubbed Lalu, who approached him through his emissary — former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta — and also met him in person. Slamming Lalu for “always spewing venom against the BJP-RSS combine but never shying away from seeking our help whenever it serves his purpose”, the BJP leader said Mr. Jaitley curtly told them that the CBI is an autonomous agency in whose functioning the government does not interfere. Lalu’s son and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, rejected the allegation, and said it reflected the BJP’s worry of an impending electoral defeat. “His allegations that we sought help from the BJP at any point of time show his mental bankruptcy and worry of an impending defeat in the elections. The entire country knows that it was Lalu who had stopped (LK) Advani’s Ayodhya Rath Yatra and has always valiantly fought their communal agenda,” he tweeted. After their dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when a Narendra Modi wave swept the country, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), RJD and the Congress had formed a grand alliance and stopped the BJP’s juggernaut in Bihar in the 2015 Assembly polls. The three-party alliance was in power till July 2017 when Mr. Kumar returned to the NDA following sharp differences with the RJD over allegations of corruption against Tejashwi, who was then the Deputy Chief Minister.“We think the Chief Minister too must have got a whiff of these shenanigans. Moreover, after they together won the Assembly polls in 2015 and RJD emerged as the largest party, Lalu and his cohorts never lost an opportunity to remind the JD(U) leader that he owed his position to them,” he said.last_img read more

Bhima Koregaon case: Gautam Navlakha moves Supreme Court

first_imgActivist Gautam Navlakha has moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court decision to reject his plea to quash the FIR against him in the Bhima Koregaon case. On September 13, the High Court had granted him protection from arrest for two weeks to approach the Supreme Court in appeal.A Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to hear the appeal on September 30.The FIR filed by the Pune Police accuses Mr. Navlakha of links with the Naxal groups.Poet Vara Vara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Mr. Navlakha were arrested by the police as part of a pan-India crackdown and raids.In September 2018, a majority judgment of the Supreme Court had held the arrests were not an attempt to silence dissenting voices in the country. It had given the go-ahead to the Maharashtra Police to pursue the case against the five activists under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, but allowed the house arrests of the five to continue for four weeks. In October, the apex court had dismissed a review petition.last_img read more

Irani confers hony degree to Mary Kom

first_imgShillong, Mar 29 (PTI) Union Minister Smriti Irani today conferred honorary degree to Olympian and five-time Boxing World Champion M C Mary Kom and first woman Chairperson of the Union Public Service Commission Rose Millian Bathew for their contributions in respective fields.The pugilist from Manipur, who is also coaching the underprivileged children in boxing and an animal rights activist, was conferred with the degree in absentia while 85 year-old Rose received the award in person.”The degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) is hereby awarded by NEHU to M C Mary Kom … in recognition for her outstanding contributions in the field of sports,” the citation which NEHU VC S K Srivastava conferred on Kom, said.For Rose, the citation read, “… in recognition of her invaluable contribution in teaching, public administration and towards the society at large,” she was honoured in person by the HRD Minister herself during the 23rd convocation of the Central University.Over 10,000 students were conferred with degrees in various disciplines in the university. PTI JOP SUS RCJ LNSlast_img read more

World T20: Yuvraj Singh’s injury puts focus back on Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgAjinkya Rahane is back in focus ahead of India’s semifinal against the West Indies after Yuvraj Singh twisted his ankle in the ICC World T20 match against Australia.Rahane, who is yet to get a game in the tournament, could find himself playing at his home-ground in Mumbai if Yuvraj doesn’t recover fully in time for the last-four game on March 31. (Manish Pandey likely to replace injured Yuvraj Singh in the semifinal )Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, speaking after the six-wicket win on Sunday, said he is open to changes in the playing XI if the conditions demand.”I don’t know whether we should make changes but it is possible, depending on the wicket. We have to see Yuvraj’s injury as well. We would definitely like to have a replacement ready if the physio says his injury is bad,” he said.The team management is assessing Yuvraj’s condition. The southpaw, who was dismissed on 21, was in pain after twisting his ankle and had to be attended by the physio in the middle. Rahane should be match ready if the need arises and even before the Australia game, he had an extended session at the nets of the I S Bindra Stadium.Shane Watson, who retired with the Mohali loss, was asked about his former IPL teammate Rahane not finding a place in the XI.”Jinks (Rahane) I think is a very good player. But where do you fit him with the quality of Indian batting line-up? He certainly knows how to score in all conditions,” Watson had said.advertisementlast_img read more

Fernano Morientes happy to come to ISL in the future

first_imgWinner of three Champions League titles with Real Madrid, Fernando Morientes was in India to promote and officially launch La Liga, the Spanish national football league. Speaking to India Today, he revealed that he was in fact approached to coach a club in the Indian Super league but could not take the offer due to other engagements at the time.He added, “Why not? I would love to come in the future. Being a manager could be the best way to be involved with Indian football.”Asked if he would be interested in coaching the national side, he said, “Let’s see. Don’t know right now.”The striker, who has scored 72 goals for Real Madrid, shared the pitch with current manager Zinedine Zidane in his day and was all praise for the man.”He has been a player himself at the top level and here in Madrid. So he is the best person to manage the club and take the team forward.” (Also read: Exclusive: Want to make La Liga bigger than Premier League, says Fernando Morientes)Speaking on their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who during the summer fulfilled his long cherished dream of winning a major title with Portugal at the Euros, Morientes said:”Ronaldo is arguably the best player in the world right now. Madrid is very lucky to have him. We also want him to keep doing well.”While the Spanish league has seen an exodus of some of their prime managerial talent, Morientes felt it was good to see the likes of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola renew their rivalry at the Manchester clubs in EPL.advertisement”Fans look up to the managers also. Their job is as crucial as the players.”last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: India look to make it four on four against Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia will look to continue their winning streak when they take on Sri Lanka in a group stage match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the County Cricket ground here on Wednesday.The Indian eves have won all three of their previous matches and are currently at the top of the table with six points. Defending champions Australia are also on six points, but India have pushed them to the second spot on superior run rate.India defeated hosts England by 35 runs in the opening match, thrashed the West Indies by seven wickets before outclassing arch-rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in their last match.On the other hand, Sri Lanka are virtually out of the tournament, having lost all their three matches.India enjoy a vast advantage in the head-to-head records, having won 23 of their 24 completed One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Sri Lanka. They come into this game having claimed wins in 20 of their last 21 ODIs.However, Sri Lanka will take heart from the fact that they thrashed India by 138 runs when the two sides last met in the World Cup in 2013.Indian opener Smriti Mandhana has been on the list of top run scorers this tournament and will look to give her side a good start along with Punam Raut.Mandhana has scored 198 runs in three matches with an average of 66.00.One down batter Deepti Sharma, skipper Mithali Raj and middle order batters Harmanpreet Kaur, Mona Meshram and Sushma Verma have looked in good nick and will look to maintain their good form.advertisementSkipper Raj has depended heavily on spin in this tournament and spinners Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma will also expect to play crucial roles against Sri Lanka.Bisht and Sharma are the joint highest wicket takers in the tournament with six scalps each. Bisht was the key in India’s 95-run win over Pakistan where she picked up a five-wicket haul.Bisht’s figures of 5/18 against Pakistan is the best recorded in the tournament so far.On the other hand, Sri Lanka will look to come all guns blazing against India having lost their initial matches.One down batter Chamari Athapattu has scored 232 runs in her three matches with an average of 77.33. Athapattu will be a key against India to help her side post a match winning total.Opening batters Nipuni Hansika and Chamari Polgampola will look to play a steady hand to help their side to a good start.Squads:India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav.Sri Lanka: Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chamari Athapaththu, Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Harshitha Madhavi, Dilani Manodara (wicket-keeper), Hasini Perera, Chamari Polgampala, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakodi and Sripali Weerakkody.last_img read more

Mitroglou Wooed by Arsenal, Liverpool

first_imgOlympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, who is emerging as Greece’s best player and hope the team will do well in the 2014 World Cup of soccer in Brazil – where it is a 200-1 shot, is also subject to a bidding war by two of the English Premier League’s top teams, Arsenal and Liverpool, who want his fire power and scoring ability.Mitroglou, 25, has shown himself to be a clutch player and a crowd favorite with his exuberant style. Arsenal coach Arsene Wegner is said to be especially eying the Greek star to back up Olivier Giroud, while Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking for another striker to support Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge after being left disappointed with the form of summer signing Iago Aspas, The Daily Star reported.Mitroglou has struck for 22 goals for both club and country this season, and may be available in January for £7.5million, about $12.26 million, the report said.“If he keeps on doing well, it will be hard to keep him,” Olympiaios coach Jose Miguel Michel said. “We’ve known for some time that there has been interest from many clubs, but that’s only logical considering how well he has been doing lately.”Mitroglou is currently playing alongside Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell at the Greek champions, which Wenger may look to use to his advantage when it comes to tempting the forward to north London.Premier League high flyers Newcastle United are also looking at Mitroglou but would have a hard time convincing him not to sign with one of the more celebrated teams.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Subasic Saves 3 in Shootout, Croatia Advances at World Cup

first_imgNIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Danijel Subasic saved three penalties, and Croatia’s World Cup hopes.In the second straight shootout of the tournament, the Croats advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark on penalties following a 1-1 draw.Subasic tipped the first penalty of the shootout from Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen onto the post. He then dived to his right to save an attempt from substitute Lasse Schone. Finally, he used his feet to block Nicolai Jorgensen’s attempt.“He was a hero tonight,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “He saved three penalties in a shootout. You don’t see that every day.”Subasic became only the second goalkeeper to save three penalties in a shootout at the World Cup, matching the feat of Portugal keeper Ricardo against England in 2006.Croatia will next face host Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Sochi. Russia also advanced on penalties, beating Spain 4-3 following another 1-1 draw.Croatia had a chance to take the lead late in the game at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, but Luka Modric’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel. The Denmark goalkeeper, who also saved a pair of penalties in the shootout, dived to his left to smother Modric’s attempt in the 116th minute.Croatians players celebrate after the penalties during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Croatia eliminates Denmark 3-2 on penalties after game ends 1-1. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Subasic’s three saves and Schmeichel’s two made it the most combined saves in a World Cup shootout.Modric, however, made his penalty in the shootout and Ivan Rakitic scored the decider with a shot to the left side of the net as Schmeichel dived the wrong way.After surviving the shootout, Subasic had to survive the celebration. Domagoj Vida lifted the keeper onto his shoulders as they celebrated the win, and then dropped him.“He is fine,” Dalic said.Croatia entered the match after impressing in the group stage, including a 3-0 dismantling of two-time champion Argentina at the same stadium. But Denmark, unbeaten in 18 games coming into the game, provided tough opposition.The Danes took the lead in the first minute when defender Mathias Jorgensen scrambled in a shot that went in off Subasic’s left hand and then the left post. It was Denmark’s fastest ever World Cup goal.Croatia equalized in the fourth minute with another untidy goal. Henrik Dalsgaard’s clearance hit a teammate and fell for Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic to hook the ball in.Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Saturday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)The teams stayed even for the next 116 minutes, including the 30 minutes of extra time.But it was Schmeichel, the son of former Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, that sent it to extra time with his penalty save on Modric’s attempt.The Croats earned the penalty when Ante Rebic was set free on a counterattack and skipped past Schmeichel, only to be fouled from behind by Mathias Jorgensen — the scorer of Denmark’s goal.Modric’s spot kick was weak, though, and Schmeichel dived to his left to smother it for the first of his three penalty saves.In the shootout, Schmeichel saved attempts from Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric.Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Saturday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)“I am so sorry for Kasper and the whole team,” Denmark coach Age Hareide said. “That’s just the brutality of football.”FAMOUS FACESTwo famous faces watched from the stands, Peter Schmeichel and Davor Suker.Peter Schmeichel jumped out of his chair and roared with delight when his son saved Modric’s penalty in extra time. The former Manchester United keeper did the same when Kasper Schmeichel stopped two penalties in the shootout.Suker was the happy one at the end, though, watching as his country made the World Cup quarterfinals for only the second time. Suker was the star for Croatia when it made the semifinals in France in 1998 in its first World Cup appearance.RUSSIA NEXTCroatia will next face the host nation, a team written off at the start of the World Cup.“We must not relax. We must not be arrogant,” Dalic said. “Russia would not have progressed if it was not a good team.“The whole world will watch. We’ve come so far, but we do not intend to stop here. I am sure Russia has the same mentality. It is going to be a big game.”—By GERALD IMRAY , AP Sports WriterCroatians players clebrates after the penalties during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Croatia eliminates Denmark 3-2 on penalties after game ends 1-1. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Croatia’s Luka Modric, left, and Denmark’s Thomas Delaney challenge for the ball during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Denmark’s Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, second right, and Andreas Christensen, right, celebrate after teammate Mathias Jorgensen scored the opening goal during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Denmark players celebrate after teammate Mathias Jorgensen scored the opening goal during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel fails to stop Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic from scoring the opening goal during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Contrary to belief, I am here to win: Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur will open their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Manager Mauricio Pochettino said that Spurs must not be satisfied with qualifying for the Champions League and have to mount a more serious challenge in the Premier League and for other trophies.The London club finished third last season to secure their place in Europe’s elite club competition for a third season running.”Of course it is a massive success for the club to be in the Champions League for the third year in a row. But maybe that is not enough, maybe we need to change certain things. For me, it is not enough,” Pochettino told British media.Spurs, who are preparing to move into their new 850 million pounds ($1.1 billion) stadium for the new season, have yet to sign any players in the current transfer window.”If some people believe the manager of Tottenham does not want trophies they are not right in their minds. I am here to win,” said the Argentine.”Can we win something this season? In football, all can happen. It will be tough because our opponents are at a level where every year they improve … we are competing in the same race but with a different car.”Tottenham on Tuesday saw the return of their World Cup stars, but Pochettino said he already has plans to integrate the returning players into training ahead of the game.Reporting for duty. #COYS pic.twitter.com/KsGAjxcM45Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 6, 2018″It’s a massive challenge for us after we tried to provide the team a good rest. For the players that were involved in the World Cup, it was massive and so important to give a very good rest and recovery after a very tough season and World Cup and now it’s a big challenge for us to try to provide them with the best tools to be competitive as soon as possible,” Pochettino told Spurs TV.advertisementBut the Spurs manager was not willing to divulge the names of the players who might start in the Premier League opener.”If some players are ready, of course we are going to use them but we are not going to take some risks because sometimes for one game, you lose the players for one month or two months and that is (why it’s) so important to be clever in the decisions that we are going to take.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Jamshedpur to rope in Bikey

first_imgIndian Super League Indian Super League: Jamshedpur FC set to rope in Andre Bikey Last updated 2 years ago 04:25 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andre Bikey Chennaiyin FC NorthEast United FC ISL season 2 ISL Indian Super League The Tata Group owned franchise are all set to announce the signing of former NorthEast United defender… Jamshedpur FC are continuing with their philosophy to sign players who have plied their trade in the Indian Super League (ISL) before as they have almost closed the deal for Andre Bikey, Goal can confirm.The 32-year-old was signed as an injury replacement for Miguel Garcia by NorthEast United in season two. In the nine appearances he made for the Highlanders, the Cameroonian even got on the scoresheet once. The former Middlesbrough defender also featured as a defensive midfielder for Cesar Farias’ outfit.He has had spells in Greece, Portugal, Russia and has a lot of Premier League experience up his sleeve. The former youth product of Espanyol has played for a total of six English clubs, namely Burnley, Reading, Bristol City, Middlesborough, Charlton and Port Vale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Interestingly, he was to play for FC Pune City last season but an injury before the start of the ISL season saw him being sidelined. Thereafter, he joined Port Vale and made seven appearances for the League One side who suffered relegation.Andre Bikey of MiddlesbroughThis isn’t the first time that Bikey would play under the tutelage of Steve Coppell having previously worked together at Reading where he made over 70 appearances.Bikey is known for his physical presence and is also capable of scoring a goal or two at the other end.Jamshedpur FC have already signed the likes of Tiri, Memo, Kervens Belfort and Sameehg Doutiee for the upcoming ISL season.last_img read more

Lloyd’s Register, UK P&I Club Upgrade …

first_imgzoom In a fully paperless operation, the apps enable ships’ crews and their managers to view necessary legislative and regulatory requirements, save multiple checklists, check off completed activities, add essential notes and send the completed checklists via email.LR and the UK P&I Club have analysed ISM, ISPS and ILO MLC reported deficiencies found by Port State Control. Accordingly, the apps have been designed to help counter the risk of Port State Control detentions and help companies comply with the legislative and regulatory requirements. The effective implementation of ISM, ISPS and ILO MLC will protect the fleet’s reputation and help to get the most out of the company’s resources.Captain Jim Barclay, Lloyd’s Register’s Port State Control specialist said: “After the release of our first smartphone app for the ILO MLC Pocket Checklist we received very good constructive comments from the marine industry which showed that the app was indeed very helpful, however, there was room for improvement by making the app more interactive. We have taken on those comments and this new edition of the ILO MLC app is enhanced by the improvements requested by the marine industry.“Now, launching another app for ISM/ISPS we can provide further support to benefit both ship and shore based personnel in the course of their duties.“UK Club Loss Prevention Director Karl Lumbers explained: “Just as the MLC 2006 convention aimed to rationalise the complex previous legislation relating to seafarers, we thought it made sense to simplify the compliance process as much as possible via the guidance of a checklist.“It would be frustrating for our owners to face detention due to simple teething problems with documentation or other proofs of compliance. Both these smartphone apps should empower the master and senior officers to make their ships compliant, guiding them through the necessary steps and providing an immediate note of what has been implemented and what remains outstanding. ”UK P&I Club, March 5, 2014last_img read more

TIFF16s top five most tweeted films

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: “(Teller and Eckhart) were very candid about why they thought it was an important story,” Lynch says. “Their conversations really helped drive (Twitter mentions).” It doesn’t hurt that Teller has a fanatical fanbase from his work in the Divergent series and The Fault In Our Stars.Snowden Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Part of the biopic’s appeal was driven by its imminent Sept. 16 release (even though it went on to bomb at the box office). But director Oliver Stone’s politically charged statements about the U.S. election and government surveillance drove Twitter conversation as well. Stone was also the fifth most tweeted about celebrity of the festival, beating out his young actors Joseph Gordon Levitt and Shailene Woodley for mentions. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Natalie Portman dazzled as Jackie, tears were shed at Lion and the Sing soundtrack might finally get Frozen dropped from the family playlist. But while critics and filmmakers applauded the quality work onscreen at TIFF 2016, the internet’s town square, Twitter, had its own list of favourites. The social app’s Canadian entertainment lead Lindsay Lynch explains why these five movies were the most-mentioned on Twitter during the festival.Bleed for ThisAnd the Matthew McConaughey Award for Film with the Most Shocking Physical Transformations goes to … Bleed For This! The biopic of boxer Vinny Pazienza’s comeback following a near fatal car crash fuelled chatter around star Miles Teller’s super fit look as the boxer and co-star Aaron Eckhart’s all-natural paunch as his coach.last_img read more

CIBC to rebrand The PrivateBank as CIBC Bank USA at dozens of

first_imgThe Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is extending its brand across the U.S. by renaming dozens of recently-purchased locations south of the border as CIBC Bank USA.The Canadian lender closed its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp in June.Today, the bank announced it is replacing the U.S. company’s brand called The PrivateBank with the CIBC name on 36 branches and commercial banking offices.A soccer field and a theatre in Chicago have also been renamed as the CIBC Fire Pitch and the CIBC Theatre.CIBC bought the U.S. bank for approximately $5 billion US in a bid to secure its foothold in the country.The Canadian bank has said it hopes to one day generate a quarter of its earnings in the U.S.last_img read more