Punjab government repressive, says SAD

first_imgA day after Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, and many Akali workers, were booked for blocking traffic during a protest, the party on Sunday termed the ruling Congress government in Punjab as “repressive and incompetent”. “The State government is resorting to repression to suppress democratic opposition in an attempt to distract attention from their betrayal of the Punjabis on the tall promises made to them during the recent Assembly election campaign,” said Sukhbir Badal. He announced the setting up of a “Force for Democracy” with a minimum of 10 volunteers from every village — a total of 1,20,000 vigilantes against the Congress and ‘State repression’.last_img read more

Seven poachers held in Assam

first_imgA team Assam Forest Department and police officers on Friday night arrested seven people in the Kohora area of Kaziranga National Park and recovered a large quantity of tiger skin and body parts from them.Kaziranga officials said two persons were first arrested after a vehicle, based on intelligence inputs, was intercepted on the highway along the national park earlier in the day. Some wildlife body parts were found in the vehicle.The duo led the sleuths to the house of one Dilip Singh at Kohora. A raid yielded more tiger bones and skin there and five more persons involved in smuggling animal body parts were arrested.The arrested seven admitted to having killed a tiger at Anjukpani on the southern edge of Kaziranga. “They were in the process of selling the animal body parts to traffickers when they were caught,” Rohini Ballave Saikia, Divisional Forest Officer of KNP, said.last_img read more

Organic molecules found circling nearby star

first_imgAstronomers have detected chemical precursors of building blocks of life in the large disk of dust and gas whirling around a young nearby star. These complex organic molecules, two forms of cyanide and one chemically related compound, likely formed after the protoplanetary disk collapsed, the researchers say. The same chemicals are found in roughly similar proportions in comets circling our sun, which may have brought them to Earth billions of years ago.“We know that the solar system isn’t unique in its number of planets or abundance of water,” says Karin Öberg, an astrochemist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Now we know that we’re not unique in organic chemistry. From a life in the universe point of view, this is great news.”The star the researchers studied, dubbed MWC 480, lies about 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. About 1 million years old, the star—which is about 1.8 times the mass of our sun—is surrounded by a disk of dust and gas that altogether contains approximately two-tenths a solar mass, Öberg says. The team’s observations, as well as previous studies, haven’t spotted any nascent planets inside the protoplanetary disk, she notes: Either those measurements haven’t had high enough resolution to discern the objects, or it’s too early in the star’s evolution for such bodies to have formed.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)What the team has seen, however, are the chemical signs of three complex organic molecules in the cyanide family—an astronomical first, Öberg says. Although astronomers have spotted hydrogen cyanide in other star systems, the two more complicated chemical relatives detected in this study have never been seen in a protoplanetary disk. Those substances—hydrogen cyanide (HCN), methyl cyanide (CH3CN), and cyanoacetylene (HC3N)—were discerned through the microwave radiation they emitted at several millimeter-scale wavelengths. The researchers found them in a zone of the disk lying between 4.5 billion and 15 billion kilometers from the parent star in roughly the same proportions seen in comets circling our sun, the researchers report online today in Nature.The same sort of reactions took place around our sun when it was young, Öberg says. “We now have evidence that this same chemistry exists elsewhere in the universe, in regions that could form solar systems not unlike our own.”The portion of the disk where the chemicals were observed is roughly analogous to our solar system’s Kuiper belt, the realm of comets and icy bodies that lies beyond Neptune. That’s also where the substances would be present in the gas form, says Geoffrey Blake, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, who was not part of this study. There, the chemicals are being liberated from the surfaces of ice grains where they were forged by light-driven reactions, he notes. Closer to the star, the chemicals would typically be destroyed by intense radiation, and farther away they’d remain frozen onto ice grains and therefore undetectable.Ironically, cyanides are incredibly toxic to life once it’s established, but they could be key ingredients in the chemical precursors for life. Last year, researchers found that in conditions mimicking those sparked by a comet or meteorite impact, intense heat and pressure converted formamide (which forms when hydrogen cyanide reacts with water) and other simple substances into the four information-bearing nucleobases in RNA, a likely genetic precursor to DNA.The material in the protoplanetary disk around MWC 480 will suffer several fates, Öberg suggests. Some will fall into the star, adding to its heft, and some will be blown out of the system into interstellar space. The rest will coalesce into planets, asteroids, and comets—some of which will, as happened in our solar system billions of years ago, carry water and chemicals to rocky bodies lying within the star’s habitable zone.“From studies such as these,” Blake says, “we are learning that the pivotal chemical compounds needed to seed early worlds with the volatiles required for life are universal.”last_img read more

Brendon slams ton as New Zealand rout Canada

first_imgBrendon McCullum slammed his maiden World Cup century as New Zealand routed minnows Canada by 97 runs in their penultimate Group A match to seal a berth in the quarterfinals here today.Wicketkeeper McCullum slammed 101 in 109 balls, studded with 12 fours and two sixes, to help New Zealand amass 358 for six, the highest ODI score at Wankhede Stadium, before the Kiwis restricted their unfancied rivals to 261 for nine to take full two points.Chasing the huge target, Canada gave a semblance of fight by skipper Ashish Bagai who made 84 in 87 balls with ten fours and Jimmy Hansra, who made a determined unbeaten 105-ball 70 with the help of four fours and a six.The dismissal of Bagai, who put on 125 runs with Hansra before edging off-break bowler Nathan McCullum to the latter’s brother and wicketkeeper Brendon, and a cameo knock of 31 in 35 balls by opener Hiren Patel were the few highlights of Canadian run chase.Brendon McCullum claimed three catches and also contributed to a run out to emerge the man of the match.The Black Caps were handicapped in the bowling by the absence of their captain Daniel Vettori, nursing a knee injury sustained during their big victory over Pakistan. They suffered another blow after speedster Kyle Mills, who grabbed the first two Canadian wickets quickly, limped off the field with a leg injury.After today’s victory, New Zealand are on top of Group A with eight points from five matches and they play their last league match against Sri Lanka at this venue on March 18.advertisementCanada, with only two points from five ties, have no chance to progress further. They face defending champions Australia on March 16 in Bangalore in their last match.The North Americans’ run-chase, after the Black Caps posted the highest-ever ODI total at this venue, never took off in serious vein after they lost two wickets within the first five overs, Kyle Mills accounting for both the victims.Mills sent back opener Ruvendu Gunasekara and one-down Zubin Surkari in his second and third overs before leaving the field because of a quadriceps injury in his left leg.Both were snapped up by Taylor in the slip cordon to leave Canada gasping at 2 for 4.There was a period of counterattack from the minnows when Hiren Patel struck three fours in an over from Tim Southee, one of which was a top edge behind wicketkeeper Brendon.It was, however, too good to last as he departed for a 35-ball 31, that included five fours and a six off James Franklin, edging Jacob Oram to Brendon behind the stumps after having added 46 runs for the third wicket with Bagai.Bagai and Hansra kept the Canadians in the hunt with their century stand for the fourth wicket that ended when the former was caught behind trying to accelerate scoring in the face of climbing asking rate.Hansra retired hurt when on 53 in the 39th over when the total was 179 for five and Canada needed a staggering 180 runs in 71 balls. He later came back to resume his innings at the fall of the eighth wicket but the fight, whatever was left of it, was over though the minnows prevented their rivals from bowling them out.Mills was the most impressive bowler for the Black Caps with two for two while the tall Oram (3 for 47), Tim Southee (1 fo 36), Jesse Ryder (1 for 15) and spinner Nathan McCullum (1 for 56) were the other wicket takers.Earlier, New Zealand rode on Brendon McCullum’s maiden World Cup ton and stand-in skipper Ross Taylor’s breezy half century to post 358 for six after being sent into bat.Apart from McCullum and Taylor, other contributors were Jesse Ryder (38), Scott Styris (20-ball 35), Kane Williamson (34) and James Franklin (31 not out in eight balls). Franklin hoisted Rizwan Cheema for three sixes and a four in the final over to help the Kiwis cross the 350 mark.The last ten overs yielded 122 runs, including 31 runs in the last, that helped the Black Caps shoot past the previous highest aggregate of 299 for four made by India against Sri Lanka in 1987 at this ground which is hosting its first tie in the ongoing World Cup and first international in more than three and a half years.McCullum was on song from the start after New Zealand were asked to bat on the newly laid turf and proceeded to cut, pull and drive his way to his hundred, his third in 189 ODIs.The 29-year-old wicketkeeper also put on 53 runs for the first wicket in 9.5 overs with his in-form opening partner Martin Guptill (17) to lay foundation of the massive total.advertisementMcCullum consolidated the innings with another partnership of 96 with one-down batman Ryder before giving further impetus with Taylor through a stand of 36 for the third wicket.He fell just after Canada opted for the bowling power play, unable to clear short cover fielder Ruvindu Gunasekar.He had raced to his 100 in 107 balls a few minutes earlier.Taylor, captaining the side in place of injured Daniel Vettori and coming into the tie after his match-winning 131 not out against Pakistan at Pallekelle, then took over the attacking reins. He slammed four sixes and a four to take 30 runs off Harvir Baidwan in the 39th over to up the tempo.Taylor, appearing well set to race to his second hundred of the tournament, was dismissed in the 41st over.For Canada, off-spinner John Davison, a veteran of three World Cup campaigns, applied the brakes with an economical spell of nine overs while leg-spinner Balaji Rao finished with two wickets, including that of Taylor, while Harvin Baiwan grabbed three.-With PTI Inputslast_img read more

Why has Iheanacho bombed at Leicester?

first_imgPremier League From Champions League to Checkatrade Trophy – why has Iheanacho bombed at Leicester? Tom Maston Last updated 1 year ago 17:30 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester City Getty Images Premier League Leicester City African All Stars Opinion Signed for £25 million from Manchester City in the summer, the forward has started just two league games this season and could leave in January At the age of 21, Kelechi Iheanacho has played in excess of 50 Premier League matches, has eight Champions League appearances under his belt, has garnered a £25 million transfer fee and is hopeful of leading the line for his country at this summer’s World Cup.Why, then, has his only club start since late October come at Glanford Park, the home of Scunthorpe United, in a competition that primarily consists of clubs from England’s third and fourth tiers?Eyebrows were raised when Leicester City opted to play six genuine first-team players in their recent Checkatrade Trophy victory in north Lincolnshire, no more so than when it was revealed that the Foxes’s primary summer signing would be starting up front. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Though Claude Puel was obviously keen for the Nigeria international to get some football having not appeared for the 2015-16 champions since November 18, Leicester fans have unsurprisingly been asking just why he has not been given more of an opportunity.Joe Allen Kelechi Iheanacho Stoke City Leicester City“He is a good player and if he improves he will find his place in the squad,” Puel said at the end of November. “We have a lot of players in this position. It is good competition between them and we will need all these players with good qualities and attitude.”Since making those comments, Iheanacho has played precisely zero minutes in the Premier League, and was even left out of the squad altogether for the recent win against Tottenham.Puel will rightly point to his side’s results in that period — three victories and a draw — but if Iheanacho cannot force his way in during the busy festive schedule, starting with Wednesday’s clash at Southampton, the question of whether he even has a future at the King Power Stadium must be asked.A foot injury picked up in pre-season coupled with the good early season form of Shinji Okazaki alongside Jamie Vardy meant opportunities were hard to come by for Iheanacho in the immediate aftermath of his departure from Manchester City. The only hope he had was then-manager Craig Shakespeare’s insistence on playing two strikers as he looked to recapture the magic of the title-winning campaign of two seasons ago.Leicester CityWith Shakespeare now gone, though, Puel has reverted to a 4-2-3-1 system in a bid to allow Riyad Mahrez more freedom as well as bring Demarai Gray into the starting XI – and has picked up immediate results. It is no coincidence Iheanacho — who once upon a time boasted the best minutes-per-goal record of any player to have netted on at least 10 occasions in the Premier League — made his last league start in Shakespeare’s final game in charge.So how does Iheanacho work himself into Puel’s plans? In just over six months’ time, he will be hoping to be starting his first World Cup match against Croatia ahead of facing down Lionel Messi and Argentina later in the group stage. Odion Ighalo has recently usurped him as the Super Eagles’s first-choice striker, and it would be foolhardy for them to believe they can realistically rely on a player who has barely kicked a ball in anger in the months leading into the tournament.One area where Iheanacho can improve is his adaptability. He was regularly compared to Marcus Rashford when both players were coming through the ranks on either side of the Manchester divide, and it is noticeable how Rashford has been able to maintain a regular place within the United line-up despite the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Kelechi Iheanacho GFXUndoubtedly a different kind of player from the England forward, Iheanacho can still pick up some lessons in terms of how open Rashford is to attempting to further his game in unfamiliar roles while also learning from the likes of Vardy and Okazaki back at Leicester, particularly when it comes to work-rate.Puel has commented that the youngster is unable to play out wide, but with Mahrez likely to be the subject of yet more transfer speculation in January, a push from Iheanacho to prove he can help fill the void — either as a winger or a No.10 — might see him earn his chance.The only other option would be me to move on in the upcoming January transfer window. West Ham were interested in his services during the summer while the likes of Newcastle and West Brom are desperately looking for a genuine goalscorer to help lift themselves away from trouble.Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester City“Time will tell. The window is not open, we will see,” Puel said in the aftermath of Saturday’s win over Newcastle. With the likes of Islam Slimani, Leonardo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa also vying for a place in attack, it seems inevitable at least one will be moved on before the start of February.What is for certain is that after 17 Premier League matches without a goal and having not played 90 minutes in the league since September 2016, Iheanacho needs to change something. Whether that is his own game or the club he plays for is up for debate, but one of the brightest young strikers in the English game simply cannot spend the remainder of the campaign playing in the Checkatrade Trophy. 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Yuvraj Singh retires: Yuvi and his love for the big moments

first_imgYuvraj Singh retires: Yuvi and his love for the big momentsYuvraj Singh ended a career which spanned 19 years after he made his debut in the ICC Champions Trophy in Kenya in 2000.advertisement Rohan Sen MumbaiJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 13:43 IST Yuvraj Singh was one of the biggest match-winners that Indian cricket ever produced (ICC-Cricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh was player of the tournament in the 2007 World T20 and 50-over 2011 World CupYuvraj Singh was also the man of the tournament in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup in Sri LankaYuvraj Singh made his international debut in the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy in KenyaYuvraj Singh brought the curtains down on his decorated cricket career on Monday as he announced his retirement from international cricket in a press conference in Mumbai.The celebrated cricketer and one of the biggest match-winners the country has ever produced, ended a career which spanned 19 years after he made his debut in the ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya and impressed in his the very first match he got to bat against Australia, scoring a match-winning 84 against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.The left-handed cricketer from Punjab never looked back from there as he got the backing of then-captain Sourav Ganguly, who nurtured Yuvraj Singh and helped him develop into one of the most feared cricketers in the world.Ganguly and the Indian team management had noticed Yuvraj after he was named the Player of the Tournament in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup in which he scored 203 runs and picked up 12 wickets as Mohammad Kaif’s team lifted the trophy after beating Sri Lanka in the final.There was a time when whatever Yuvraj Singh touched turned into gold as during his prime, he earned the reputation of being a big-match player and he showcased that from time and again for the country, helping India win the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and then the 50-over World Cup in 2011 in India.He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in both as he amassed 148 runs at 29.60 including the famous six sixes in an over that he hit against England’s Stuart Broad in the quarter-final of the tournament.advertisementHis exploits in the T20 World Cup in South Africa could only be trumped by what he did four years later in the 50-over ICC World Cup in India in 2011.Yuvraj Singh was struggling for form and fitness before the tournament began but once it got underway, world cricket stood up and took notice of the legend of the man.Yuvraj scored 362 runs in the tournament at an average of 90.50 with one hundred and four half-centuries and along the way he also picked 15 wickets at 25.13 including a five-wicket haul.He finished as the 8th highest run-scorer and the fourth-highest wicket taker in the tournament as India lifted the 50-over World Cup after 28 years at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011.But just days later his world came crashing down as he found out that he had a rare form of cancer in his lungs. He flew to the United States soon after to get his cancer treated and thus, began the toughest battle of his life.The all-rounder had to go through a lot as he underwent intense chemotherapy sessions in the United States.However, showcasing the same fighting skills he had displayed on the field, Yuvraj fought against the disease and successfully staged a recovery.In 2012, he was back to playing for India, inspiring millions with his never-say-die attitude. Yuvraj may not have been able to replicate his vintage self, since 2011 but he has shown grit and determination to keep playing the sport he loves and entertain his fans.Yuvraj hasn’t played for the senior national team since June 30 and has not been in the selectors’ radar in the recent past. However, he still receives a tremendous reception whenever he walks out to bat in domestic games. Every time he slog-sweeps a spinner over the ropes, the cricketing world is at its feet.Yuvraj recently revealed that he is eager for one final shot at the 2019 World Cup, but that shot never came as lack of form meant he fell out of the selectors’ radar.The all-rounder’s performances in the domestic circuit were also far from impressive while in the Indian Premier League this year he got to play in just four matches for his new franchise Mumbai Indians before being dropped from the playing XI.The 37-year-old last represented India in June 2017 and bows out with 8701 runs from 304 ODIs at 36.55 with 14 hundreds and 52 fifties. He played 40 Tests in which he scored 1900 runs at 33.92 with three centuries while in 58 T20Is he amassed 1177 runs at 28.02 with 8 half-centuries.advertisementFor 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 Yuvraj SinghFollow Yuvraj Singh retirementFollow Indian cricket teamlast_img read more

Mirabai Chanu to lead 7-member India team in Weightlifting World Championship

first_imgMirabai Chanu to lead 7-member India team in Weightlifting World ChampionshipWeightlifting World Championship: Former world champion Mirabai Chanu (49kg), Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Jhilli Dalabehera (45kg), Sneha Soren (55kg) and Rakhi Halder (64kg) will represent India in the women’s events.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 14:13 IST Weightlifting World Championship starts from Sept 18 in Thailand. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMirabai Chanu will lead India at the Weightlifting World Championship starting from Sept 18The World Championship is a gold-level qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsIndia squad, that consists of 4 women and 3 men, is already training in Thailand for the eventFormer champion Mirabai Chanu will lead a seven-member Indian team in the upcoming Weightlifting World Championship to be held in Pattaya, Thailand from from September 18 to 27.The World Championship is a gold-level qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The squad, which is already training in Thailand, has four women and three men lifters.The quartet of Mirabai (49kg), Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Jhilli Dalabehera (45kg), Sneha Soren (55kg) and Rakhi Halder (64kg) will represent India in the women’s events.Among men, Youth Olympic gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg) will make his World Championship debut.Besides, Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Ajay Singh (81kg) and national champion Achinta Sheuli (73) will also ply their trade.”This our core Olympic group. They have to participate in six qualifying events for Tokyo. So they will be the ones competing in the World Championship,” national coach Vijay Sharma told PTI.”We have also added some youngsters to the core group because we want them to get exposure. The more chances we give to the youth and juniors, the better prepared our second line, our future will be,” he added.India’s best medal hope is Mirabai, who won the gold in the 48kg category at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, United States.Mirabai, who missed the 2018 edition of the event, has made a strong comeback from a lower back injury that had kept her out of action for nearly nine months.The 24-year-old had lifted 82kg in snatch and 110kg in clean and jerk to clinch the gold medal at the EGAT Cup in February in her new weight category of 49kg.advertisementIn the Asian Weightlifting Championship, the diminutive Manipuri produced her personal best of 199kg (86kg+113kg) but missed the podium by a whisker, finishing fourth.The qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is based on the performances of the weightlifters in six events over a period of 18 months out of which the four best results will be considered.The Squad:Men: Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Achinta Sheuli (73 kg), Ajay Singh (81 kg).Women: Mirabai Chanu (49 kg), Jhilli Dalabehera (45 kg), Sneha Soren (55kg)Rakhi Halder (64kg).Also Read | Wrestler Bajrang Punia to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna AwardAlso Read | Mirabai Chanu wins gold at Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting ChampionshipFor 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 Tags :Follow Mirabai Chanulast_img read more

Airtel Bharti Enterprises put 325 cr in payments bank

first_imgNew Delhi: Bharti Airtel and Bharti Enterprises have injected about Rs 325 crore in Airtel Payments Bank, as per regulatory documents. The fund infusion from Bharti Airtel stood at Rs 260 crore, and that from Bharti Enterprises at Rs 65 crore in the form of preference shares, according to the details of the filing shared by market intelligence firm Tofler. In response to an email query sent by PTI on the issue, Airtel Payments Bank Managing Director and CEO, Anubrata Biswas said that the company will continue to invest in ramping up operations to tap the “enormous opportunity presenting itself”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The country is going through an unprecedented digital transformation, driven by the Government’s vision of Digital India and banking for every Indian,” Biswas said, adding that Airtel Payments Bank is experiencing rapid growth, driven by its reach (through 5,00,000 retail banking points), digital proposition and large customer base. “The bank has developed a robust platform to take convenient digital banking services to the vast under-banked population, across individuals and merchants …We will continue to invest in scaling up our operations in order to harness the enormous opportunity presenting itself,” Biswas said. Meanwhile, Airtel Payments Bank Tuesday announced it has partnered with Bharti AXA Life Insurance to offer the Bharti AXA Life POS Saral Jeevan Bima Yojana via its network of banking points across the country. Bharti AXA Life POS (Point of Sale) Saral Jeevan Bima Yojana is a pure life term insurance plan aimed at the underinsured and uninsured segments in India, the company said in a statement.last_img read more

Ottawa MP who endorsed husband for city council broke conflict code ethics

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s ethics watchdog says an Ottawa member of Parliament violated conflict-of-interest rules when she asked voters to elect her husband to Ottawa city council last year.Anita Vandenbeld, the Liberal MP for Ottawa West–Nepean, sent a robocall in October 2018 identifying herself as the area MP and asking her constituents to vote for her husband, Don Dransfield.Vandenbeld also publicly endorsed and campaigned for her husband, including sending letters to constituents and canvassing door-to-door during the municipal campaign.Ethics commissioner Mario Dion launched an investigation after receiving a request from Conservative MP Peter Kent.Dion issued a decision today saying Vandenbeld’s actions did violate a section of the conflict-of-interest code for members of Parliament, even though Dransfield ultimately did not win the seat.However, Dion also says Vandenbeld did take steps to avoid conflict and that her non-compliance was simply an error in judgment — which is why he recommends no sanctions be imposed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Shania Twain and Nick Jonas record the ultimate Christmas duet

first_imgNick explained in a post on Instagram that when he wrote the song he had only one duet partner in mind. “When I wrote this song a few months back with the Monsters & Strangerz there was only one artist… one voice I wanted to sing it with, and thankfully she agreed to do it! Thank you @shaniatwain for making my Christmas. Hope you guys like it,” wrote the star, alongside a longer clip of the beautiful tune.READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement The festive track is featured alongside songs by Elton John and Fall Out Boy on the recently-released six-track compilation album Island – This Is Christmas. Shania Twain and Nick Jonas are here to remind us it’s the most wonderful time of the year! The musical powerhouses just released their new single “Say All You Want For Christmas,” and it has us ready for the holidays.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

New report card gives mmiwg inquiry failing grade

first_imgNWAC says MMIWG Inquiry needs improvement Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA national women’s group still supports extending the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) despite giving it a failing grade.The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) released its third report card on the two-year inquiry Monday.It issued five failures, three passes and seven incompletes in 15 areas.“As we are coming down to the last eight months of this inquiry, at this point we should have seen more successes,” said NWAC president Francyne Joe.Both communication and transparency are problem areas, Joe added.“We should be coming to have an idea of how we’re going to rectify the situation,” she told APTN News.Still, Joe said her organization backs the commissioners’ request for another two years and additional $50 million “as long as there are families and survivors who want to use this avenue” to testify.Without an extension the inquiry is scheduled to wrap up in December 2018. It concluded community hearings in April and moves on to its next phase of hearings next week in Quebec.Commissioner Qajaq Robinson said there has been no news on the extension from Carolyn Bennett, the minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations.“I don’t have an ETA,” said an email from Bennett’s office Tuesday. “It’s being worked on.”Joe said Bennett shouldn’t keep families and survivors in the dark when it comes to an extension.“That announcement has taken too long,” she said.Robinson said the wait was having a negative effect on the inquiry, as well.“It really affects our planning,” she said in an interview.Robinson thanked NWAC for its feedback, noting the “constructive criticisms” were “important” to their work.NWAC failed the inquiry on its timelines, communication, community relations, building capacity and establishing advisory bodies.It granted a passing grade for honouring and commemorating MMIWG, its interim report, and promoting and enhancing reconciliation.But it said it “cannot assess” recommendations that are still missing at this time, and noted “action (is) required” to make the inquiry process more responsive and inclusive.last_img read more

BJP using money power to win elections, says Mamata

first_imgAlipurduar/Jalpaiguri: Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for criticising the Trinamool Congress-led Bengal government over its ‘involvement’ in the tainted Saradha and Narada scams, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee called Modi the “pied piper of thieves and corrupt people.””Just as the whole city had run after the pied piper, the thieves and corrupt people run after the fake chowkidar who gives them shelter and protection,” she said, adding: “the fake chowkidar addressed the rally today after sharing the dais with a person involved in the chit fund scam.” Banerjee was addressing a rally at Alipurduar on Sunday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhile addressing another election meeting at Jalpaiguri late on Sunday afternoon, she said: “BJP does not play any constructive role and its sole business is to incite the people of the Hills against those living in the plains.” Banerjee said BJP has no chance of coming back to power in Delhi. “It will lose the elections in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha and Bengal. It will do badly in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh as well. Come May 23 and you will see how people will reject the party that survives on riot, loot and murder,” the Trinamool supremo said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayBanerjee alleged that the saffron party was spending “cash” to win the elections. “They are giving Rs 1,000 to people to attend their meeting and Rs 5,000 to cast vote in their favour. They have looted people’s money in the name of note ban and are now spending the money to win the elections. They have set up a five-star party office in Delhi by looting people,” she maintained, adding: “They think by changing some senior police officers they will get more votes. But in reality, the more they change police officers, the lesser their votes will be.” Criticising Modi for not opening closed tea gardens, she said: “The chaiwala had promised to open the closed tea gardens before the 2016 Assembly polls. Now there is no chai, milk or sugar and he has transformed into a fake chowkidar.” In Jalpaiguri, Banerjee gave a list of achievements of the Bengal government. “Kanyashree has helped 60 lakh girls, while one crore students have been benefitted by Sabuj Sathi. The state government has spent Rs 700 crore to pay crop insurance of the farmers. But BJP is jealous of Bengal and is not giving clearance to change the name of the state, which was passed in the state Assembly unanimously.” “When there was trouble in Darjeeling or Jangalmahal, Modi did not come to see the situation and now he has come to incite the people there,” she added. The Trinamool supremo reiterated that if voted to power, BJP will change the Indian Constitution. “In the name of NRC, BJP is harassing people. The names of 22 lakh Hindus and 20 lakh Muslims had been dropped from the NRC in Assam,” she said, adding that the Bengal government will never introduce NRC. She urged people to ensure BJP’s defeat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, saying: “The quicker BJP is ousted, the better it will be for the nation.” She called on the young voters in both the constituencies to vote for Trinamool Congress candidates.last_img read more

Ohio Stadium to have permanent lights new FieldTurf additional seats

Ohio Stadium is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation project that is set to see the additions of about 2,600 seats, permanent lights and new FieldTurf among other updates.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio Stadium is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation project that is set to see the additions of about 2,600 seats, permanent lights and new FieldTurf.According to an April 23 university press release, the stadium renovation was projected to cost $13.7 million, including the continuation of concrete waterproofing repairs that began last year. Minus the concrete work, associate athletic director for facilities operations Don Patko said the renovation will cost $8.9 million.“We’re adding (2,600) seats to the south stands,” Patko said. “We’re also adding permanent lighting, which is going to be HD quality. It’s going to be high-level sports performance lighting from (Musco Lighting).”According to a Feb. 9 The Lantern article, the project is set to result in 18,900 total student seats in the south stands.Musco is the same company that provided temporary lighting for past OSU night games, Patko said. He added that the permanent lighting is an indication that OSU will play more night games in the future.While Patko said FieldTurf typically lasts for eight to 10 years, the university decided to replace the stadium turf now for economic reasons. He said the school was already working on a new turf field in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and one new outdoor practice field.“We were looking to replace this maybe next year or the year after, and because we put all three together, we saved a couple hundred thousand (dollars),” Patko said.OSU has been using FieldTurf since the 2007 season.On top of saving money on the turf, Patko said the project is saving money by recycling materials from the old field. Instead of a complete redo, the university is utilizing the sand and rubber from the previous field.“We’re just putting a brand new carpet down and in filling it with the sand and rubber from the old field,” he said. “So, we actually have a recycling element to that and we’re excited about that because it saves us a few dollars in the process.”Patko said the field will have all of the same markings. The main visible difference will be the brightness of the colors on the field.The additional seats are coming to the south stands, but the seats on the east side of the stadium are receiving a makeover as well. That project is part of the concrete waterproofing project, which began in 2013 on the west stands. The process is done to help preserve the concrete that has been present since 1922.According to the same Feb. 9 The Lantern article, the concrete waterproofing came in $500,000 above it’s original budget. The process was supposed to cost $4.3 million, but is projected to come out to $4.8 million. The original budget was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2012.“During phase one, after removing the existing waterproofing membrane, it was learned that additional work would be required to level the surface of the concrete to ensure the performance and guarantee of the new membrane,” OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email to The Lantern.Beyond a new field on which to play, the OSU football team is set to have a new tunnel to run out of. The tunnel is set to be larger than in previous years and is set to have a rubber surface to prevent slipping. Patko said the larger tunnel could have benefits for the team’s energy before games.“It’ll bring some new excitement, it’ll allow the team to come out in a larger mass,” he said.The stadium renovations are part of a $45 million project to improve OSU’s overall athletic facilities, according to the April 23 release.The project is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 14, but Patko said the school is prepared to adjust if need be.“Obviously, if there’s any delays, we’ll give (the renovation crew) as much time as we can before the first game,” he said.OSU is scheduled to kick off its 2014 football season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, Md. The first game at Ohio Stadium is set for Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech. That game, as well as a Nov. 1 game against Illinois, are scheduled to be 8 p.m. starts under the new permanent lights. read more

GardaGate How the worlds media reacted

first_imgIT IS A thoroughly Irish story, which will probably not have many implications on foreign shores, but that doesn’t mean that the world’s media has ignored the resignation of Martin Callinan and the revelation that phone conversations at Garda stations were taped.Agencé France Press (AFP) leads with the headline “Irish police chief quits in corruption scandal”. Their report says a “media frenzy raged” yesterday, adding that the Garda Síochána has become a “political minefield”.The BBC speculates that Callinan may not be the only person to lose their job because of the controversy.The Financial Times says that the scandal “has split the government, dented the credibility of the police and bemused the public.”The Guardian ran two stories on the affair yesterday, with the first saying that Justice Minister Alan Shatter “fought a rearguard campaign to defend Callinan from his critics”.The second, by the paper’s media commentator Roy Greenslade, says that Callinan’s resignation “vindicates” former Irish Independent journalist Gemma O’Doherty, who doorstepped Callinan with allegations that he himself had had penalty points wiped. O’Doherty was made redundant in the following months and is now taking legal action against her former employers.The Wall Street Journal focuses on the government announcement that it will investigate the recording of phone conversations at Garda stations.The Chicago Tribune says that the issue has led to calls for Alan Shatter’s resignation, and that “it is not clear why the calls were being taped or who was doing so”.Bloomberg focuses on the retirement of Callinan.Read: Shatter’s department told of recordings two weeks ago – but he only got the letter this morningRead: Gardaí, journalists and witnesses had Garda station phone calls recordedCatch up: Everything you need to know about GardaGate in one place >last_img read more

Googles new favicon pays tribute to the companys history

first_imgFavicons are’t really anything that people pay attention to. If you’re the type to browse with a couple dozen tabs, the favicon can be a great way for your eyes to pick up on the tab you need quickly, but they aren’t much in the way of art or design. As a result, the favicon is often an extension of the branding that the company has decided on — after all it’s an symbol that users will see all day, every day. Google’s favicon is one that is seen by millions of people every day and, for the third time in the company’s history, that favicon will change.The new faviconMany people don’t know the significance of the lower case “g” for Google’s favicon. It changed from the original upper case “G” to the lower case one to closely resemble the symbol for infinity (∞). A googol is a massive number, and the name Google — a play on that word — symbolizes the massive quantities of information that is indexed by the search engine. Because of this, the last past two favicons have been lower case and the new one is no exception. In fact, the icon closely resembles the second favicon only inverted, and even more so resembles a design that Google passed on when the second iteration was decided on.Unlike the previous favicon, which was crowdsourced through a submission request form and managed by former Google Exec Marissa Mayer, the new one is a softer blue that is not seen often in Google’s products. One place where the shade of blue featured prominently is in latest release of Android, where the cyan blue is seen just about everywhere.The icon’s design falls in line with many of Google’s other products right now, offering a flat color background with a familiar icon — just look at the red Google+ favicon, or the bright orange seen on Blogger. One key difference is that the new version is center-aligned, as opposed to having the letter pushed to the left.If the new favicon hasn’t started showing up for you already clear your cache then refresh everything, and you’ll start seeing it any time you search.via Google systemlast_img read more

UWI in Turks and Caicos in smart recruitment drive

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:Dr. Phyllis Fleming-Banks, University of the West Indies Earthquake hits again in Trinidad while TCI Cabinet agrees with GPS Station in Capital Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – The University of the West Indies was in the Turks and Caicos all week pitching its programmes to prospective students in a first of its kind move, supported by the Ministry of Education. Dr. Phyllis Fleming-Banks was on an inaugural official visit to the territory for which she has responsibility, along with other British OTs. Not only was the UWI open campus represented, but so were residential campuses of St. Augustine in Trinidad and Cave Hill, Barbados.Very high powered figures joined Dr. Fleming-Banks to meet our Turks and Caicos candidates including the Deputy Dean from the Faculty of Law, Lecturer from the Faculty of Medicine along with head of recruitment and marketing. There were significant and strategic meetings held over the days which were spent in both Grand Turk and Providenciales including sessions with the Chamber of Commerce, the Premier and Education Minister, the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College and Interhealth Canada. UWI Open Campus To Provide Scholarships For Youngsters Transitioning Out Of State Care UWI To Conduct Telephony Penetration Survey For Technology Ministrylast_img read more

Senate panel grills Apple Google on location data

first_imgA Senate panel is questioning executives from Apple and Google about why iPhones and handheld wireless devices running Google’s Android software store location data that can be used to track where their owners have been. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law is holding a hearing Tuesday to explore what legal protections, if any, govern location data at a time when wireless carriers, smartphone makers and apps developers have access to ever more detailed information about their users’ whereabouts.The hearing comes several weeks after researchers revealed that Apple’s popular iPhone has been storing device location data for up to a year. Google, too, recently acknowledged that phones running its Android software store some GPS location data for a short time.last_img read more

Hemimastigotes found to represent a major new branch on evolutionary tree of

first_img Long-term study shows atmospheric biome fluctuates by season A team of researchers at Dalhousie University has found evidence that suggests hemimastigotes represent a major new branch of evolutionary life. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their genetic study of the dirt-dwelling microbe. Journal information: Nature The researchers note that hemimastigotes have been known to scientists since the 19th century, but it was not until very recently that technology has allowed scientists to learn how different they are from other eukaryotic life forms. The researchers report that one of their team members, Yana Eglit, had been digging in a local park just outside of Halifax. Intrigued by the microbes she found in the dirt, she isolated a group that appeared to be hemimastigotes. After letting the microbes reproduce in a small dish filled with nothing but dirt and water for a month, she collected samples that the team used to conduct a genetic analysis.The researchers report that the hemimastigotes are so different from anything observed before that fungi and animals are actually more closely related. They describe the microbes as being approximately two-hundredths of a millimeter long—they move using over a dozen flagella. And they survive by eating other microbes. It was the latter characteristic that led the team to name the species Hemimastix kukwesjijk, in honor of a hairy man-eating ogre from Mi’kmaq (native people in Nova Scotia) folklore.The researchers describe hemimastigotes as representing a major new branch on the evolutionary tree—standing above the level of a kingdom. The team was able to analyze hundreds of samples, thanks to Eglit’s efforts in getting them to reproduce, which provided a very clear understanding of the genetic makeup of the microbes. They also suggest their findings fill some evolutionary holes in the tree of life. They also note that in addition to learning about how different hemimastigotes truly are from other life forms, the work by Eglit also offers a lesson for other researchers in how to grow such species in large enough volume to allow for such thorough study. More information: Gordon Lax et al. Hemimastigophora is a novel supra-kingdom-level lineage of eukaryotes, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0708-8 © 2018 Science X Networkcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Hemimastigotes found to represent a major new branch on evolutionary tree of life (2018, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-hemimastigotes-major-evolutionary-tree-life.html Credit: CC0 Public Domainlast_img read more

Kolkata Bridge Collapse Commuters get alternative road

first_imgKolkata: An alternative road parallel to a bridge that collapsed over a month ago in south Kolkata was thrown open to the public on Friday, much to the relief of a large number of daily commuters to and from the city and its suburbs. A portion of the Majerhat Bridge in south Kolkata collapsed on September 4, killing a city youth instantly and injuring at least 19 others. Two bodies of Metro rail workers were recovered from under the debris two days after the accident. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The new road along with two bailey bridges over the Chetla canal and railway level crossing were constructed within 20 days in close coordination between the Public Works Department (PWD) and Eastern Railway. According to senior PWD officials, initially one-way movement of small and medium vehicles will be allowed on the road. The city police will take a call regarding both-way vehicular movements after the Durga Puja festivities. “The bridge, along with the level-crossing, is connecting the southward extension of Alipore Avenue with Block G in New Alipore,” an official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said that though the bridge collapse was an unfortunate incident, the Bengal government had shown that they can make the impossible possible. Eastern Railway officials said train services on the Sealdah-Budge Budge line will be restricted to keep the level-crossing gate between New Alipore and Majerhat station operational. “To ensure smooth road and rail movement, six pairs of EMU locals on the Sealdah-Budge Budge section will remain suspended from Saturday until further notice. Rest of the 52 locals (trains) will continue to ply with slight changes in schedule.”last_img read more

Le Rythme enthralls the music lovers of Delhi

first_imgMusic lovers of the Capital were left spellbound by the melodious performances at CR Park, New Delhi when musical maestros came together to perform at a two-day festival titled, ‘Meri Maa – The Rhythm of India’. Le Rythme on the occasion of its 10th annual cultural festival, organised this cultural event to encourage the development of soft skills for the underprivileged children and to save girl child. While on the first day, the audience heard some melodies by Manavendra Maharaj of Rama Krishna Mission, Delhi and Rythme School of Music; Pt. Ronu Majumdar mesmerized everyone with his flute on the second day. That’s not all, stalwarts like Mohan veena maestro and Padmabhusan Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt played raga Iman with shehnai maestro Pt. Rajendra Prasanna and tabla maestro Pt Kumar Bose. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRenowned vocalist Rini Mukherjee engaged the audience with her melodious renditions and the song “Leelabali Leelabali” got rich applause from the audience. Later, around forty students, of Rythme School of Music played orchestra with different musical instruments.The programme ended with the mesmerizing performances of the Chief Guest – renowned playback singer and Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises – Babul Supriyo in the presence of music director, Lalit Pandit. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSubhash Bhadana, the Dy. Chairman of SDMC and Saurabh Bhardwaj, the local MLA expressed their gratitude and pleasure to organize such a magnificent musical event at CR Park, where all the musical maestros performed under one roof. “It’s a matter of pride for all of us,” said Bhadana as he thanked Rythme School of Music and Le Rythme for organizing the same. Rajib Mukhapadhyay, Secretary of Le Rythme, mentioned, “It’s the prime responsibility of the trust to upgrade the musical skills of the students through skill development programme. We pay special attention to the underprivileged class of the society for a long-term sustainable future and offer them a big platform to showcase their talents. The benefits are manifold. The young generations will inherit the richness of our culture and will drive the same. Music therapy has got incredible value. Anyone, including mentally or physically challenged children, can learn art, music, dance or vocal at a very negligible cost. In turn, in the next few years, they can be the real contributor to the society.”last_img read more