Brentford found themselves a goal down on the stroke of half-time after a high-tempo first 45 minutes at Griffin Park.After Ryan Fraser’s shot had clipped the inside of the post, the ball was worked back into the box and into the path of Kevin Bru, who tucked home.Minutes earlier, Bees keeper David Button bravely denied Freddie Sears as Ipswich ended the first half the stronger of the two sides.But Brentford had created the better chances overall, with Jota’s header brilliantly clawed away by Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski and Alan Judge’s free-kick curling just wide of the near post.Marinus Dijkhuizen’s side showed some neat touches in attack, with Judge and Andy Gogia lively, but they came up against a robust Ipswich defence.Hull City target Andre Gray is only among the Brentford substitutes for the Championship opener.As well as Gogia, Philipp Hofmann and Konstantin Kerschbaumer are also making their Bees debuts.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
While the movie Bahubali caught the imagination of millions in the country, a village near here is debating if a sculpture identified days ago as over 1,000-year-old actually represented him.Bahubali was the son of Rishaba, the first of the 24 ‘Theerthankaras’ of the yore, according to Jainism.A bas-relief, a type of sculpture carved out of a hillock’s side portion is being worshipped all along by the local people as “Mottai Andavar,” a form of Lord Muruga at Kanakkuvelanpatti village about 30 km from here in western Tamil Nadu.“During our recent visit to this village, we found that the bas relief situated at an elevation of about 25-30 feet is actually that of a Jain Theerthankara dating back to 10th Century AD,” Archaeologist S. Ramachandran said.Sans any gestureStanding in a straight posture, the Theerthankara is without any symbolic gestures and such a position is called “Kayoth Sarga,” Mr. Ramachandran, who was formerly with the Tamil Nadu State Archaeology Department, told PTI.The Theerthankara’s bas relief is about eight feet in height, and he is flanked by “Yakshas” (attendants) on both sides, he said.According to the local people they are Valli and Devasena, symbolic divine consorts of Lord Muruga.Some archaeological enthusiasts, who too visited the bas-relief, opined that it could represent Bahubali.“Enthusiasts like Santharam pointing to features like the three-tier parasol above the bas relief opined that it was Bahubali, while Ramachandran, however, said it was a wrong inference,” Sugumarpoomalai, a resident and an archaeology enthusiast, said.Mr. Santharam said the bas relief “looks like Bahubali when you take a look at the three-tier parasol and his other images in a standing, meditative posture.”To villagers, he is ‘Mottai Andavar’Village chief, Muthu Ramaiah Vallal and Sugumarpoomalai told PTI: “Whatever may be their claims. For us, the deity is our Mottai Andavar and we reverentially worship him.” Mr. Sugumar said daily poojas were being held for ages adding annual festivals attract people from neighbouring villages as well.On claims that the bas-relief could be Bahubali, Mr. Ramachandran, who is also the co-founder of South Indian Social History Research Institute, said “only Theerthankaras have three parasol above their head as a mark of reverence and sanctity.” This bas relief of Theerathankara worshipped as Mottai Andavar is certainly not Bahubali and is only a Theerthankara, he added.Though Babubali was the son of Rishaba who enjoys an exalted Godly status in Jainism, he is still not a Theerthankara, the archaeologist said.Asked which Theerthankara the bas-relief represented, he said, “some features to identify a specific Theerthankara are missing in this bas relief making it difficult to identify.” To a question, Mr. Ramachandran said worshipping Theerthankara as Lord Muruga could have begun several centuries ago after Jain religion faded away from Tamil Nadu.“For the people, Mottai Andavar denotes Lord Muruga of the famed Palani hill temple which is also in the same Kongu region,” he said.Jainism thrived here 2 millennia agoThe Karur region (under which the village falls) had been a flourishing centre of Jainism as early as about 2000 years ago.Brahmi inscriptions dating back to 2nd Century AD threw light on the royal patronage from Chera kings for Jain monks, the archaeologist who is also an epigraphist said.Inscriptions say how rock beds on hillocks were chiselled for Jain monks to practice austerity and lead a secluded, pious life in places like modern day Pugalur in Kongu region, Mr. Ramachandran said.Against popular belief, Jain monks were also well-versed in music and and rock bed inscriptions (Circa, 4th Century AD) found at Arachalur in the the same Western Tamil Nadu region speaks volumes about it, he said.According to Jain tradition, the archaeologist said, Theerthankaras are regarded as holy gurus who top the five-tier hierarchy of preceptors (Pancha Parameshti).After being born as humans they attain ‘Moksha,’ through rigorous penance and such Theerthankaras are regarded as high as God by Jains.Yakshas are semi-divine in status in Jainism and they attained it through virtuous deeds.In bas-relief and statues of Theerthankaras, they stand near the top gurus as attendants.
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Jamaican tertiary students are being encouraged to apply for European-funded scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus programme.Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation, Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said it is an opportunity for students to get a better understanding of the diversity and richness of Europe.She was speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Each year, EU-funded scholarships are awarded to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds to study in Europe. Since 2007, there have been over 38 Jamaican Erasmus scholars. In 2017, two Jamaicans were successful in gaining scholarships in the following fields – Sports Ethics and Journalism.“When I arrived here, within the first week I met one of the scholars, who spent six months in my hometown in the north of Poland… so it was quite amazing,” Ambassador Wasilewska said.The EU’s Political Counsellor, Gavin Tench, said that students at The Mico University College, University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and others “can have a look at where they want to go next. Maybe after their first degrees they can look about doing a master’s programme in Europe”.“What we allow Jamaican students to do is not just base themselves in one country or in one university. They have the opportunity to do two universities, possibly three and get exposed to not only the education system in both universities, but the culture,” he added.Prospective students can learn more about the programme via the EU’s website at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en;the Facebook page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/EUErasmusPlusProgramme or the Twitter handle, @EUErasmusPlus.
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Dear Editor,It is with pride that I write this letter for David Robertson who is seeking to be our next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District. I have known Dave Robertson since he began working for our late State Rep Jim Miceli. I see Dave as a man who has a positive attitude and would be able to hit the job running as Dave has been late Rep Jim Miceli’s Chief of Staff for a number of years.I have had many conversations with Dave Robertson over the years and find him extremely intelligent and competent in how to get things accomplished within the maze of our state government. Dave has a working knowledge and understanding of issues affecting both of our communities. Most importantly, I see Dave as a man of compassion who takes the time to listen to people and help solve individual issues as well.As a lifelong Wilmington Resident and local business owner, I am confident that Dave Robertson will be an amazing State Representative and am proud to give him both my vote and this endorsement and hope the voters of both Wilmington and Tewksbury will do as me and VOTE DAVE ROBERTSON STATE REPRESENTATIVE.Sincerely,Frank WestFormer Wilmington SelectmanNOTE: All letters regarding the September 4 election must be submitted no later than Thursday, August 30, 11:59pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Dave Robertson For State Rep On November 6In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”
Security has been beefed up at Lal Kuan near Chawri Bazaar to prevent any flare-up.IANSTension gripped Old Delhi’s Chawri Bazaar after a fight over parking a scooter snowballed into a confrontation between Hindus and Muslims on Monday, July 1. The trouble began when 20-year-old Aas Mohammad parked his scooter outside a building, which was objected by Sanjeev Gupta, a resident of the building.Violence broke out and both communities resorted to stone pelting following which a temple was vandalised. Security has been beefed up at Lal Kuan to prevent any flare-up.Shops remained shuttered in Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar as several areas in Central and Old Delhi remained tense.”When my husband objected to parking the vehicle near the stall, Mohammad left, but returned with more men who were probably drunk and thrashed him,” said Gupta’s wife Babita. However, a 27-year-old software engineer, identified as Saqib, narrated a different version. Saqib said that Mohammad his other family members went to the police station and filed a case after he was beaten up.A number of videos which were doing the rounds on the internet showed a man allegedly being thrashed by some people. Meanwhile, three separate cases have been filed, according to senior police officers. “One case is based on the statement of the man who tried to park his scooter, the other is of the man who objected to him and the third case is against unknown people for rioting and damaging public property,” reports news agency PTI quoting police.Another individual living in the same area said, “When Mohammad parked his scooter, Gupta asked him to move the vehicle somewhere else or he would set it on fire. A fight then broke out between them. Some people pulled Mohammad inside the building and thrashed him.”Both Mohammad and Gupta, involved in the alleged vandalism, were taken into police custody.However, the matter didn’t resolve after this. “When Mohammad and Gupta were at the police station, some unknown people gathered outside the temple and vandalised it. This led to tension in the area,” Saqib said.The temple priest, Anil Kumar Pandey, said that a mob came to the temple and vandalised it. The two sides reportedly raised slogans, adding fuel to the fire.Taking to Twitter, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said: “After some altercation & scuffle over a parking issue in Hauz Qazi, tension arose b/w two groups of people from different communities. We have taken legal action & all efforts are being made to pacify feelings & bring about amity. People are requested to help in restoring normalcy (sic).”