Bihar BJP lawmakers sit on dharna demanding arrest of JD(U) leader Prashant Kishor

first_imgThe Bhartiya Janata Party lawmakers have been sitting on dharna outside a police station in Patna demanding arrest of JD(U) vice-president Prashant Kishor and release of an arrested ABVP activist Ravikaran on Tuesday.“We demand immediate release of an arrested ABVP activist Ravikaran and arrest of Prashant Kishor who had violated the prohibitory order imposed in Patna University campus in view of the student’s union election on Wednesday”, said BJP MLA Nitin Navin.Mr. Navin along with other BJP MLA Arun Sinha and party MLC Suraj Nandan Prasad have been sitting on protest inside Pirbahore police station premises, near Patna University campus. The JD(U) vice-president and poll strategist Prashant Kishor who, of late, has been meeting with student leaders and youth of the State to rope them in to the party, had visited vice-chancellor Ras Bihari Singh’s residence inside the university premises on Monday evening. He confabulated with the VC and some other University officials delegated to conduct the PU poll, scheduled on December 5, for over four hours. | Photo Credit: PTI  When the students belonging to ABVP, Left and RJD came to know about Mr Kishor’s meeting with the VC at his residence in the campus they gathered in large number outside the gate and shouted slogan against Mr. Kishor and the VC.When Mr. Kishor came out of the VC’s residence late on Monday night stones were pelted at his vehicle which broke the windscreen. Later, the local police forcibly dispersed the agitated students and took some of them into custody. Mr Kishor and the PU proctor G.K. Pillai, however, later clarified that they had meeting with the PU VC for some academic reasons. “It was a personal visit”, said Mr. Kishor.But, the ABVP and other student organizations charged that Mr. Kishor had visited the PU VC and other officials involved in the student’s union election to “give them direction to influence the PUSU voting and its result”.The Patna University administration had imposed prohibitory orders in campus in view of the upcoming election. “If there was a prohibitory order imposed inside the campus how could Prashant Kishor, vice-president of a political party and close aide of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar could visit there and meet VC and other officials?” asked Nitin Navin.Mr Navin along with other party leaders and ABVP activists, later on Monday night, had met the Chancellor and Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon to register their protest. The Chancellor assured them to look into the matter and asked for a report on the issue from Patna University.Earlier, the Patna police had raided the office of ABVP following a complaint lodged against some ABVP activists for indulging in a scuffle with JD(U) student wing leaders on November 29.center_img Prashant Kishorlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2018: Day 5: Federer, Serena move forward as Venus Williams is eliminated.

first_imgAdvertisementSerena Williams is back to the Round of 16 for her second consecutive Grand Slam and pretty much looks to be in good shape with a win over Kristina Mladenovic. Williams is 6-0 in sets so far this open.Serena during the match yesterdayHer sister, Venus Williams wasn’t that lucky as she lost to No. 20 seed Kiki Bertens. Williams now joins Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Garcia and Petra Kvitova as top 10 players eliminated before quarterfinals.Roger Federer also moved on with yet another sweep, this time over Jan-Lennard Struff.Men’s Friday Wimbledon resultsNo. 1 Roger Federer defeats Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5, 6-2No. 8 Kevin Anderson defeats No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 7-5No. 9 John Isner defeats Radu Albot 6-3, 6-3, 6-4Gael Monfils defeats No. 11 Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2No. 22 Adrian Mannarino defeats Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7, 6-3No. 31 Stefanos Tsitsipas defeats Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-1, 6-4Mackenzie McDonald defeats Guido Pella 6-4, 6-4, 7-6No. 13 Milos Raonic leads Dennis Novak 7-6, 6-4, 6-5 (suspended)Women’s Friday Wimbledon resultsNo. 7 Karolina Pliskova defeats Mihaela Buzarnescu 3-6, 7-6, 6-1No. 20 Kiki Bertens defeats No. 9 Venus Williams 6-2, 6-7, 8-6Evgeniya Rodina defeats No. 10 Madison Keys 7-5, 5-7, 6-4No. 13 Julia Gorges defeats No. 23 Barbora Stycova 7-6, 3-6, 10-8No. 25 Serena Williams defeats Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6Camila Giorgi defeats Katerina Siniakova 3-6, 7-6, 6-2Ekaterina Makarova defeats Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-4, 6-1Donna Vekic defeats Yanina Wickmayer 7-6, 6-1Read Also:-Wimbledon 2018: Indian tennis players progress to the next roundWimbledon 2018: Day 4 results: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep advance forward for the next rounds Advertisementlast_img read more

Good mates: The only time Gavaskar uttered a few angry words to Kapil Dev

first_imgIndian cricket’s biggest legends Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were never believed to be the best of friends during their playing days. The Indian cricket folklore is full of stories of rivalries between the two former Indian captains.However, Gavaskar has now cleared the air on the matter. Speaking to India Today on the occasion of Friendship Day, Gavaskar said contrary to the popular belief there was no ill feeling ever between both the former cricketers.”We are very good friends. We were good friends back then as well. May be the board wanted to divide us, may be the media also wanted the same,” Gavaskar told India Today.Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England’Gavaskar also recounted the only time the two former cricketing stalwarts were involved in a heated exchange.”But we were once involved in an angry exchange and that was in 1979 while playing against Pakistan. I was batting on 166 and then I played a shot towards backward point off Imran Khan. I wanted to take a single but Kapil Dev declined from the non-striker’s end and then I got out on the very next delivery,” Gavaskar said.Sachin Tendulkar was a sleepwalker, reveals Sourav Ganguly”So I was very angry when I returned to the dressing room. Kapil would have played the bouncer better than me had we taken the single and our partnership would have grown. Tea was taken 10-15 minutes after my dismissal and in the break I yelled at him. As far as I remember, that’s the only instance of an angry exchange between two of us,” added Gavaskar.advertisementThe biggest controversy involving both Gavaskar and Kapil took place in 1984, when the all-rounder was dropped for the Kolkata Test match against England when Gavaskar was India captain.Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs EnglandIt was reported that Kapil was dropped on the behest of Gavaskar for his poor performance with the bat in the previous match that allowed England to level the series 1-1. Kapil had later alleged that Gavaskar was responsible for his omission.Also Read – Sourav Ganguly breaks his silence on Ravi Shastri’s punctuality storyThe duo has, however, buried the hatchet since then. In an event last year, Kapil said Gavaskar was best for the game.”I was not technically correct, but we had no one to teach. In Mumbai, there were a lot of teachers. When we played cricket, there were no turf wickets in Chandigarh, what was there is passion. There is nobody in this country who does not want to be Sunil Gavaskar. For Sunil, was he the best in the game? No, he was best for the game,” said Kapil.On the other hand, Gavaskar described Kapil as India’s greatest match winner.”For me it was an absolute honour to have played in the same team (as Kapil). With due respect to all those wonderful players who have won matches for India over the last years, there has been nobody who has turned around with bat and ball as Kapil has.”It has been hard work for him, it has not been easy. His enthusiasm is absolutely incredible. (It was) hard time for me as a captain to stop him,” said Gavaskar.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Whether I make playing XI or not is not up to me, says Hashim Amla

first_imgHashim Amla is still not a certainty in the South African playing XI but the senior opener has made a case for himself with successive fifties in the warm-up games ahead of World Cup opener against India in Southampton on June 5.Amla, one of South Africa’s greatest Test match players, scored 65 and 51 not out respectively in the two warm-up games against Sri Lanka and West Indies (rain affected) and will be keen to add to his tally of 27 ODI hundreds.However with young Aiden Markram in the side, there is competition as to who would open with Quinton de Kock.”Scoring runs is always important. Whether I make the playing XI or not is not up to me. I do what I can do and what happens after that is for the benefit of the team,” Amla was quoted as saying by the ICC website.The veteran opener wants to make every opportunity count and that was the reason he opted out of a domestic T20 competition’s knock-out rounds to prepare for the World Cup.”T20 is different to fifty-over cricket. I had two weeks with (batting coach) Dale Benkenstein and spent time in the nets batting the way a fifty-over cricketer would bat. It was important to have that time. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t,” said Amla, who needs another 90 to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.Amla is however open to helping his teammates with vital information and his experience.”It’s (guidance) something you don’t try and force. It happens naturally. It’s not something I consciously think about but I think it happens anyway. There’s a lot of experience in the playing XI and the coaching staff so that osmosis of information and knowledge is going to happen anyway.advertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho pleads ignorance on Lukaku chant

first_imgManchester United ‘The songs? I don’t understand them’ – Mourinho pleads ignorance on Lukaku chant Joe Wright 01:46 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) romelu lukaku - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Southampton v Manchester United José Mourinho Romelu Lukaku Southampton Premier League Manchester United fans defied warnings about their Romelu Lukaku chant on Saturday but the club’s manager praised them for their support. Jose Mourinho said he does not understand the lyrics of songs during matches after a recurrence of the controversial Romelu Lukaku chant in Manchester United’s win at Southampton.A number of the visiting supporters reprised the song after the Belgium international scored what proved to be the only goal of the game after 20 minutes at St. Mary’s Stadium.A chorus of, “We’re Man United, we’ll sing what we want” followed, in clear defiance of pleas from Lukaku and the club not to sing a song described by anti-discrimination group Kick It Out as “offensive”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Mourinho said he doesn’t hear lyrics of fans’ songs during games – with the exception of a simple vitriolic chant often aimed at him by opposition fans – but he praised the United contingent for helping his side to battle to a 1-0 win.”I don’t understand what the fans sing,” he told a news conference when asked about the Lukaku incident. “The only music I understand clearly is one from my opponents when they tell Mourinho to go to a place. That’s the only one I understand. “But the only thing I will say is the fans were amazing, the support amazing from the first to the last minute. It’s important to have that, not when you’re winning 3-0 or 4-0 and winning the game, but it’s more important when you are defending and are exhausted. “The songs? I don’t understand them.”.@Youngy18 salutes #MUFC matchwinner @RomeluLukaku9 and the Reds’ defensive display… pic.twitter.com/fKZgpbeQXu— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 23, 2017Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson in second-half injury time after he had been summoned to the touchline by fourth official Mike Jones, but the reason remains a mystery to the United boss.”I don’t know [what happened],” he said. “Craig told me to leave, and I left.”United’s win keeps them level on 16 points with league leaders Manchester City, whose 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace has given them a goal-difference advantage of four.Mourinho feels it was a victory they might not have managed last season but admitted he would prefer to win matches by a healthier margin.”I know that last season, on these fixtures, I think we would have, maybe, five or six points less than we have this season,” he said. “So we are better this season than last.”But this is nothing. It’s just a start. A difficult period with an accumulation of matches that comes in October. I really think that six teams are going to fight for the title.”It’s better to win 5-0 than 1-0. We wanted to win also 5-0. It’s obvious. But it’s not always possible.”last_img read more

Bradley Wiggins warns young cyclists that Team Sky will ‘ruin you’

first_imgWhile Wiggins declined to comment on Froome’s case he believes Team Sky’s dominance, winning five of the past six Tour de France races, and a building portfolio of controversy have led to a “negative” atmosphere in the sport.When asked to elaborate on his comments, Wiggins said: “They are not barbed jokes or digs, that’s the reality of the sport at the moment. I saw the reports only last week from [the Ruta del Sol in] Andalusia, or wherever it was, and they are the best team in the world. How many races did they win last week? And there’s a lot of talk about them at the moment and there’s a lot of negative talk as well.”The five-times Olympic champion Wiggins faced an UK anti-doping agency inquiry after allegations he broke the rules in 2011 while with Team Sky. The investigation was dropped and Ukad said it had faced barriers in trying to establish what was contained inside a package delivered to Wiggins at the Critérium de Dauphiné in 2011. Both Wiggins and Team Sky maintain it was a legal decongestant not a banned corticosteroid, as had been alleged.After the investigation concluded in November, Wiggins threatened to sue Ukad for what he described as a “malicious witch-hunt” and he has promised that: “I’m going to have my say on that very soon.”Wiggins retired from professional cycling in 2016 and has since embarked on a challenge to switch to rowing. He also wants to establish a women’s equivalent to Team Wiggins. He suggested cycling would benefit from a salary cap to lower barriers to entry, again making a barbed reference to Team Sky.“Something has got to happen. Sky are running away with it. With the office blocks they bring with them [to races], it’s difficult to compete, isn’t it? Whether that helps performance or not, I don’t know. Something has to change to even it out a bit.”Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Tour after sustaining concussion and whiplash in a fall before the race’s first stage. Cavendish’s team, Dimension Data said the incident occurred when “the race director’s car slowed suddenly as it led the peloton”. The 32-year-old started but pulled out after five kilometres. … 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. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Read more Share via Email Since you’re here… news Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Team Ineos Bradley Wiggins Cycling Topics Richard Williams Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Time for Chris Froome and Sky to rebuild the people’s trust Share on Twitter Bradley Wiggins has warned young cyclists to steer clear of Team Sky, claiming his former employers will “ruin” them.The 2012 Tour de France winner was speaking at the announcement of a new roster of riders for Team Wiggins, the under-23 team he has set up. He introduced his new signing Tom Piddock and when asked if he had any advice for his young charge, the 37-year-old made a stinging assessment of his former team. “Don’t go to Sky, steer clear of them,” he said. “Go somewhere else because they’ll ruin you.”Wiggins was speaking against the backdrop of mounting pressure on Team Sky to submit their appeal to a drug test Chris Froome failed at last year’s Vuelta a España. Froome had double the permitted amount of the asthma drug salbutamol in a urine sample and is now trying to prove there is a legitimate physiological explanation for the adverse finding.last_img read more

Skip Bayless Thinks Nick Saban Might Be ‘Second Guessing’ His QB Choice

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban wearing a headset.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts’ debut at Oklahoma on Sunday evening was one of the most-impressive debuts in recent college football history. The former Alabama quarterback had more than 500 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in the win over Houston.Some people appear to be overreacting, though. Unsurprisingly, one of those people is Skip Bayless.The FOX Sports 1 personality is an Oklahoma fan and he decided to tweet the following during Hurts’ performance:“I gotta believe somewhere in the back of his mind Nick Saban is second-guessing going with Tua over Jalen. But he’d obviously never admit that publicly,” he tweeted.I gotta believe somewhere in the back of his mind Nick Saban is second-guessing going with Tua over Jalen. But he’d obviously never admit that publicly.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 2, 2019Sigh.Tagovailoa replaced Hurts in the national title game two seasons ago, leading the Crimson Tide to a comeback win over Georgia. He led Alabama back to the College Football Playoff championship game last season, though the Crimson Tide were blown out by Clemson.Alabama looks like a national title contender again this season. Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a blowout win over Duke in Week 1.Hurts looked great at Oklahoma on Sunday night, but settle down, Skip.last_img read more

IND vs SA: Keshav Maharaj wishes to replicate R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s consistency

first_img Press Trust of India VisaskhapatnamSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 15:40 IST The 3-match Test series between India and South Africa kicks off on October 2. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKeshav Maharaj appreciated Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin’s consistencyMaharaj said the new look South African team is not dwelling over the gloomy pastThe 1st Test between India and South Africa is to begin from Oct 2South Africa’s most experienced spinner Keshav Maharaj wants to be as consistent as seasoned Indian duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin during the upcoming three-Test starting on Wednesday.The orthodox left-arm spinner with 94 wickets from 25 Tests had a successful county performance and is hoping to make life “uncomfortable” for the Indian top-order.”It is nice that people speak highly of you. Look at Jadeja and Ashwin. Ashwin has got a lot of variations and Jadeja keeps it simple but the key is consistency and that make it uncomfortable for the batsmen. I can (want to) emulate that going forward and do my job from one end,” said Maharaj, who is on his maiden Test tour of India.Spin will hold key but reverse swing can also play a huge role in the series, he said.”You got to expect the ball to turn in the sub-continent and that is why people carry an extra spinner here. As far as bowling to Indian batsmen goes, you can only Test yourself against the best. The series will tell me how good I am and if I belong here in international cricket,” Maharaj said.”Besides spin, reverse swing will be key. Every bowling unit everywhere in the world likes to utilise if reverse swing is available. India have got strong bowlers including Mohammad Shami, who is unplayable at times. If it starts to reverse, then we have also got amazing bowlers, who can utilise the conditions.”The South Africa pace attack comprises Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.advertisementIndia will be without the the services of their lethal weapon Jasprit Bumrah, who was ruled out of the series due to a stress fracture in the lower back. Maharaj said India will miss him badly.”It is a big loss for India. He has turned the whole Test side for India in terms of playing in various conditions but lets face it India have enough quality to replace him. Umesh Yadav is another world class bowler.”South Africa got a decent hit in the middle in the one-off practice game despite the rain with Aiden Markram (100), Temba Bavuma (87) and Philander (47) getting some much needed in the middle. Maharaj struck thrice in that game.”It was important that our batters got some time in the middle. They have been working on how to tackle Indian conditions and it is nice to get a hit.”South Africa were hammered in India four years ago with Jadeja and Aswhin wreaking havoc.Maharaj said the new look South African team is not dwelling over the past.”If you look at the freshness in the side, there is a hell lot of a new faces and that can work for us. There is no point looking back and things may not got our way. But we are here to compete,” he added.Also Read | It’s going to be tough playing India at their home: Vernon PhilanderAlso Read | Rohit Sharma out for 0 in India Board President’s XI vs South AfricaFor 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 byAnita Jat Next IND vs SA: Keshav Maharaj wishes to replicate R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s consistencySouth Africa’s most experienced spinner Keshav Maharaj with 94 wickets from 25 Tests had a successful county performance and is hoping to make life “uncomfortable” for the Indian top-order.advertisementlast_img read more

Kerala as dear to me as Varanasi PM Narendra Modi in Guruvayur

first_imgGuruvayur (Kerala): Having won a massive mandate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said political parties and pundits failed to gauge the public mood ahead of the Lok Sabha election and thanked the electorate for reposing confidence in the saffron party. Back in office after coming to power for a successive second term, Modi said he visited Kerala despite having no MP from the state since it was as dear to him as his constituency Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCTerming the just-concluded Lok Sabha election a “festival of democracy,” Modi lauded and thanked the electorate of Kerala for their contribution to it. The country has seen that “people are God” in elections, he said at the ‘Abhinandan Sabha’ organised by the BJP’s Kerala unit. Earlier, he offered prayers at the famed Lord Krishna temple here. “Political parties and political pundits could not gauge people’s mood. So did those involved in conducting (poll) surveys. But people gave a strong mandate to the BJP,” he said and thanked the voters for choosing his party. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe recent polls proved that people rejected “negativity” and accepted positivity, he said. “The 2019 Lok Sabha elections marked a victory for positivity and a resounding rejection of negativity. With this spirit, let us all work together to build a new India,” Modi said. The prime minister’s statement assumes significance in the wake of Congress president Rahul Gandhi reviving his attack on Modi accusing him and the BJP of spreading “hatred and intolerance” in the country. “Modi might have money. He might have media by his side… He might have rich friends with him but the Congress party will continue to fight against the intolerance created by the BJP,” Gandhi had said Friday holding a roadshow in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency to thank voters for electing him. On visiting Kerala Saturday, Modi said some would have even wondered why he chose the southern state despite the BJP “not opening its account” from here in parliament. “I come to Kerala with a deep sense of gratitude to the people,” the prime minster said, adding “Yes, our party did not win a seat here but I will serve the state with great vigour and deepen the bond with its wonderful citizens.” Modi chose to wear traditional Kerala dress during his first visit to the state after assuming the charge as prime minister for a second consecutive term. He said an elected leader is common to all. “Elections have their place in democracy and it is the responsibility of the inner to take care of the 130 crore people. Those who made us win or those ho did not, both are our (people). Kerala is as dear to me as Varanasi,” Modi said. The prime minister said the BJP is not working for mere electoral politics and is keen on building the country and ensuring that India gets its place of pride in the international arena. “We are not in politics to only form a government. We are here to serve the people of the country. People choose their ‘jan pratinidhi’ for five years, but we are ‘jan sevak’, committed to serving the people life long,” Modi said.last_img read more

Nunavut teen charged after Cambridge Bay Mountie stabbed numerous times RCMP

first_imgCAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut – Police have charged a Nunavut teen after a Mountie was stabbed numerous times while responding to a firearms complaint.The constable is recovering in an Edmonton hospital after being flown by air ambulance from Cambridge Bay via Yellowknife.RCMP say officers went to a home in Cambridge Bay on Sunday to investigate reports of a youth waving a pistol, which turned out to be a pellet gun.The constable was stabbed after Mounties went inside the home to make an arrest.Police say Buddy Mala, who is 18, has been charged with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.Mala is in custody pending a June 27 court hearing in Iqaluit.last_img read more

Centenarian voters to be treated like VVIPs on polling day Delhi CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Special arrangements would be made for Delhi voters who are aged 100 and above on the polling day, including pick-up and drop facility, and they will be greeted at booths with bouquets and selfies to make them “feel like VVIPs”. Delhi goes to polls on May 12 and Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said, there are 96 centenarian voters in the city, and women outnumber men in this category. “We have been trying for the last four months to identify all voters who are aged 100 or above. This is a first such initiative to cater to elderly voters who were born before Independence and have seen the first general elections in 1952. For us, they are VVIP voters and they will be treated as one,” said, Ranbir Singh. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAccording to data shared by the Delhi CEO Office, there are 42 male centenarian voters and 54 female. “A senior officer will go to the house of each of these centenarian voters, residing nearest to the polling station in a constituency, and escort them to booths. They will also motivate them to vote unless they are bedridden and their health doesn’t permit,” the CEO said. “But, if such voters are still eager to vote despite their frailty, we will make all possible arrangements, to ensure they exercise their franchise. They will also be given priority in voting, so they don’t have to stand in line,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAt polling stations they will be greeted with bouquets and polling staff would take selfies with them, Singh said. Among the centenarian voters on the electoral roll are 111-year-old Bachchan Singh, a resident of West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar and 110-year-old Ram Pyari Shankwar, who is suffering from age-related ailments for the last one decade and lives in East Delhi’s Kondli. “He has never missed out on voting as far as I can remember as he understands the value of even one ballot. He barely remembers things now since he suffered a stroke couple of months ago, though, he is able to walk and speak. So we will take him to the polling booth,” Bachchan Singh’s grandson, Gurucharan Singh, said. The Delhi CEO said, in keeping with the theme of ‘Accessible Elections’, proper facilities would be provided to the voter with disabilities. “For visually-challenged voters, a dummy sheet would be kept at the polling station, on which they can feel and get to know about the candidates, and the serial number before exercising their franchise,” Singh said. A facility for having a companion is also there, besides, wheelchair and ramp facilities would be provided for such voters. As many as 164 candidates are in the fray in Delhi, where the polls are largely being seen as a triangular contest among the AAP, BJP and the Congress. Of the over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 are male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. The number of overseas electors stands at 40 while the count of service voters is 11,005.last_img read more

Two attempt selfimmolation during demo against Sri Lanka

High drama was witnessed during a protest by Tamil Nadu fishermen pressing a-three-point-charter of demands against the Sri Lankan Government on Monday at Nungambakkam after two participants attempted self-immolation, the Deccan Chronicle reported.Fishermen from Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, and Thoothukudi, participated in the demonstration. The firsherfolk objected to the barricading and attempted to go towards the diplomatic mission. Policemen convinced them to get into the vehicles kept to ferry them to shelters in police custody.As policemen were engrossed in removing the protesters from the spot, two participants – Felix Mary and Muniyasamy from Ramanathapuram district, doused themselves with kerosene. The police removed the duo to safety. The protesters who gathered at Valluvar Kottam marched towards the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission at Nungambakkam. Security was in place to prevent them from going beyond Tank Bund Road. Following the protest by fisherfolk, the neighbouring island Government ordered the release of 27 Indian fishermen languishing in its prisons with immediate effect. The protesters were lodged in community and marriage halls at Nungambakkam, Thousand Lights and Choolaimedu. Those arrested were released in the evening. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Soccer team faces pair of Big Ten foes

The Ohio State men’s soccer team has had success thanks to great play from its goalkeepers, especially from redshirt freshman Matt Lampson. “He has been playing very well lately,” coach John Bluem said. “I think Matt has taken the position now, it’s going to be his and he is going to try and hold onto it.”The freshman stepped up early in the season and helped guide OSU to its best start in school history.A week ago, the Big Ten named Lampson the conference’s defensive player of the week because of his stellar play against Michigan State.On the season Lampson has three shutouts and .93 goals against average.But Lampson is not the only goalkeeper OSU has on its roster, and Bluem is confident in every one of the young keepers. The Buckeyes have three solid goalies who could potentially take the starting job.Other then Lampson, the Buckeyes have redshirt sophomore Ryan Dalton, who has been seeing more and more play time because of his solid play.OSU also has a true freshman in Alex Wimmer, who is ready to go when his number is called. Had Wimmer not been injured at the beginning of the season, he would have challenged for the starting spot.Coming into the season, Bluem worried his team might be inexperienced at goalie.“No worries anymore,” Bluem said. “Wimmer is ready to go if we need him, Dalton has played really well in the times we used him and Lampson is in really good form right now. I am very pleased at the way they have been playing.”The Buckeyes, however, are in the middle of a tough stretch of games.The team has lost its last two games, 3-0 to Akron and 1-0 to Northwestern. After the Northwestern loss, Bluem questioned the team’s level of effort.“It’s a tough stretch. Hopefully we can address some things and come out with a more intense effort,” Bluem said.With a full schedule ahead, the team wants get back on the field quickly and perform better. OSU is hoping that is the case when they face Cleveland State on Friday.Cleveland State (3-4-3) comes into the game struggling on offense, scoring only one goal in its last three games.But with 11 seniors and the entire defense returning, the Buckeyes will have to be ready.Friday’s match will be played at 5 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Football Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley accused of rape at Westin

Former OSU cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFormer Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley has been accused of rape that allegedly occurred on April 9 in a hotel in downtown Cleveland.TMZ Sports reported that the police report states the woman allegedly met Conley in an elevator at the Westin hotel and later was in the same room as Conley. In the report, she claims Conley unbuttoned her pants and began to have sex with her. The accuser told police that she said “No, stop. It hurts!” but Conley persisted until he was done. She claimed Conley then kicked her out of the room.No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing.Conley’s attorney, Kevin Spellacy, told Cleveland 19 News that the allegations are “ludicrous and ridiculous.”The Lantern has submitted a public records request for the police report. read more

Graphite producer developing fast charging batteries

first_imgElcora Advanced Materials Corp is developing graphene infused Lithium-ion batteries for fast charge applications. Graphene among other applications has exceptionally high electrical and thermal conductivity. Currently li-ion battery technology is restricted by recharging time which Elcora plans on addressing through the application of graphene properties. Given these characteristics graphene could significantly improve the performance of lithium-ion battery technology and result in a major impact in the future of Li-ion applications.Elcora is uniquely positioned to develop graphene infused Li-ion batteries for several reasons:Elcora produces high quality graphene in its advanced graphite processing facility on-demandElcora produces high purity Lithium-ion anode battery powder from the same facilityElcora’s supplies the feed-stock for both graphene and anode powder fabrication processesElcora has expertise in graphene and Lithium-ion battery technology and is presently working with strategic partners in development of applicationsElcora has its own in-house Lithium-Ion R&D Battery Lab.Elcora may improve Lithium-ion battery performance by optimizing thermal and electrical conductivity of the electrodes. Battery electrodes use carbon black as a conductivity promoter. The carbon black used in traditional electrodes may be replaced/supplemented with graphene produced using Elcora’s environmentally friendly processing techniques. The highly conductive graphene should influence charge transfer kinetics, allowing for faster charging times compared to conventional electrode formulations.Unlike carbon black, high-quality graphene has a relatively short shelf life (weeks if not days) and requires understanding of proper dispersion techniques. Elcora can produce its own graphene, that can be used in electrode formulation experiments immediately after fabrication. This synergy ensures that the graphene is of the highest quality before being infused into the battery electrode.Elcora’s goal is to develop proprietary battery technology that can store more capacity and deliver more power at lower cost.CEO Troy Grant: “We believe Elcora’s production of both graphene and anode powder along with our expertise and strategic relationships with third parties is a perfect fit to our end goal of addressing the energy storage market.”Elcora was founded in 2011 and has been structured to become a vertically integrated graphite and graphene company. Elcora mines, processes, and refines graphite. That graphite is converted to graphene or graphite powder for Li-ion batteries. As part of the vertical integration strategy, Elcora has secured high-grade graphite from its interest in the operation of the Ragedara mine in Sri Lanka, which is already in production. Elcora says it “has the tools and resources for graphite and graphene vertical integration.”last_img read more

WorleyParsons to buy Jacobs Engineering ECR for 33 billion

first_imgWorleyParsons Ltd has paid $3.3 billion to acquire Jacobs Engineering Group’s energy, chemicals and resources (ECR) business as it looks to create a “pre-eminent global player across hydrocarbons, chemicals and minerals and metals”.The transaction is expected to deliver approximately 50% earnings per share accretion on a financial year 2018 pro-forma basis after factoring in run-rate cost synergies, according to WorleyParsons.This deal continues the trend of consolidation in the engineering sector. Jacobs acquired CH2M Hill Cos ltd for $3.3 billion last year and Amec Foster Wheeler took over John Wood Group for some $2.9 billion around the same time.WorleyParsons CEO Andrew Wood said: “The transaction will bring complementary capabilities in key business lines, including a best-in-class onshore and downstream maintenance, modifications and operations capability, allowing customers to benefit from an expanded integrated solutions offering.”Following the completion of the transaction, Jacobs will be focused solely on two of its higher growth, higher margin lines of business – aerospace, technology, environmental and nuclear and buildings, infrastructure & advanced facilities, Jacobs said.Jacobs Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou said: “For Jacobs, this transaction marks an inflection point in our portfolio transformation focused on more consistent, higher-margin growth as a leader solving the world’s critical challenges.”The transaction will see Jacobs receive $2.6 billion in cash and 58.2 million shares of WorleyParsons, equivalent to $700 million, or 11% of the company.Jacobs ECR had aggregated revenue and pro-forma EBITDA of $3.4 billion and $286 million, respectively in the 2018 financial year.Should all go according to plan, WorleyParsons expects the deal to be complete some four to six months from now.last_img read more

Kunta Kinteh, BulFaaleh set to clash

first_imgBy Sulayman BahKunta Kinteh from club roots is set to rub shoulders with BulFaaleh, Foroyaa Sport can report. The duo will take to the arena latest next month with a date for the event yet to be named. Kunta Kinteh once considered one of Gambia’s rising starlets seasons ago has been inactive resurfacing to the scene only recently after keeping out of the wrestling circle the whole of last campaign.Elsewhere, new developments have emerged about the prospect of a duel being staged between Manduwar and Big Tree. ]]>last_img read more

Police officer accused of threatening wifes new boyfriend

first_imgA Portland police officer went to the Vancouver apartment of his estranged wife and allegedly pointed a gun at her new boyfriend and threatened to kill him, according to court documents.James Botaitis, 38, of Yacolt made his first appearance Tuesday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and felony harassment.Judge Scott Collier set bail at $100,000 and scheduled an arraignment hearing for Friday.Defense attorney Tom Phelan said Botaitis, a 10-year veteran police officer, planned to post bond.Botaitis was arrested 6 p.m. Monday by Vancouver police officers following a domestic disturbance at his wife’s apartment in the 900 block of Southeast 136th Avenue.The couple are in the process of divorcing, according to court documents.According to court documents, Botaitis first knocked on the door. After his wife, Danielle Botaitis, answered, the defendant asked if someone else was there. She told him it was none of his business. Then, James Botaitis allegedly barged into her apartment with a pistol and went to the bedroom, finding her new boyfriend there.“James comes to the closed master bathroom door and tells (his wife) that he will shoot and kill him in the bathroom,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court.last_img read more

Junior doctors to strike in continued contract dispute

first_imgJunior doctors in England are to take industrial action next week in a continued dispute around the terms of their new contract.In November 98% of junior doctors balloted by the British Medical Association (BMA) voted for industrial action, including strikes, in response to changes to the contract, particularly around pay for working unsocial hours.Strike action was due to commence on 1 December but was suspended following conciliatory talks between the BMA, NHS Employers and the Department of Health.Since then, the BMA has been in talks with NHS Employers and the Department of Health over a new contract for medical trainees in England.The BMA announced three dates for industrial action yesterday (4 January), the first of which is taking place on 12 January at 8am until 13 January at 8am. This strike will only affect emergency care.Industrial action is also planned for 26 January from 8am until 28 January at 8am for emergency care only, as well as a full withdrawal of labour between 8am and 5pm on 10 February.Mark Porter, council chair of the British Medical Association, said: “After weeks of further negotiations, it is clear that the government is still not taking junior doctors’ concerns seriously. The government initially rejected our offer of talks and failed to make significant movement during negotiations.“We sincerely regret the disruption that industrial action will cause, but junior doctors have been left with no option. It is because the government’s proposals would be bad for patient care as well as junior doctors in the long term that we are taking this stand.”Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, added: “Deciding to take strike action is disappointing, disruptive and damaging for the NHS.“Significant progress had been made during our recent talks and their refusal to discuss our latest offer, which includes additional reassurances on safeguards on working hours specifically requested by the BMA, in favour of taking strike action will set back the progress we had made.“Our priority now is to work with employers in the NHS to make sure they take action to minimise the disruption to patients that this BMA action will cause.”last_img read more