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IPL: Boult, McCoy’s intense spell power RR to 24-run win against LSG

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]- Trent Boult and Obed McCoy’s two-wicket haul specifically aided Rajasthan Royals sign up a 24-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants in their IPL 2022 match right here at Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.
Yashasvi Jaiswal (41) as well as Devdutt Padikkal (39) shined with the bat, while Trent Boult and also Obed McCoy took two wickets respectively for Rajasthan Royals.
Chasing 179, Lucknow Super Giants left an unsteady beginning as they lost their opening batter, Quinton de Kock as well as Ayush Badoni in the 3rd over of the inning, which was delivered by Trent Boult. LSG skipper KL Rahul with Deepak Hooda tried to anchor the innings against the great bowling of Rajasthan Royals.

Yet the duo might not stand longer as Prasidh Krishna eliminated KL Rahul for 10.  Krunal Pandya then pertained to the fold to continue the proceeding with Hooda. Pandya searched in terrific touch, wrecking Yuzvendra Chahal for a sixe over long-on.

After nine overs Lucknow required 118 runs in 66 balls as well as a strong collaboration to chase after the challenging target. Hooda targeted spinner Chahal for 13 runs in the 11th over of the innings. The much-needed 50-run partnership might not stand for long as Pandya was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin for 24 off 23. Pandya’s wicket put LSG under wonderful stress.

Lucknow crossed the 100-run mark in the 14th over. Hooda raised his half-century in 33 balls. Hooda continued to look great, shattering Chahal for one four in the 16th over. Nevertheless, his excellent inning involved an end when he was puzzled by the wicket-keeper Sanju Samson after racking up 59 runs.

At the end of the powerplay, the Royals had actually recouped from a very early misstep, standing at a solid 51/1 with Jaiswal (34 *) and also Samson (13 *).

At the end of 10 overs, RR stood at a solid 90/2, with Jaiswal (40 *) as well as Padikkal (14 *).

Boult played an amusing role at the end, helping RR finish off at 178/6 in their 20 overs, with him (17 *) off 9 and Ravichandran Ashwin (10 *).

Quick Scores: Rajasthan Royals 178/6 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 41, Devdutt Padikkal 39, Ravi Bishnoi 2/31) versus Lucknow Super Giants 154/8 (Deepak Hooda 59, Marcus Stoinis 27; Trent Boult 2-18). (RECTUM).

Kenyan professional athletes records at 10K Bengaluru 

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Kenya’s Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli and Irene Cheptai broke world record  by running the entire race in the 14th version of the World 10K Bengaluru 2022, clocking 27:38 and also 30:35 mins respectively.

The world 10K Bengaluru 2022 is a World Athletics Elite Label Race, which was held on Sunday.
Kipkorir Kimeli, fourth in the Olympic Games 5000m last summertime, took the lead with a kilometre to go as well as competed ahead of Ethiopia’s ruling world U20, 10,000 m champ Tadese Worku to minimize the men’s record by 6 seconds from the previous mark set by his compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

The race started off in an uncommon way with Kenya’s Reynold Kipkorir, that was to ultimately end up ninth, delayed for much of the first 5 Kms, passing the middle in 14:00 mins with the remainder of the elite field staying around 70 metres behind. However, quickly after undergoing 5 kilometres, Worku changed the track as well as started to rapidly tow the leading guys back to Kipkorir before passing by him prior to the 6 Km point and afterwards enhancing the speed better.

Worku still looked fresh as they reached the last kilometre however could not respond when Kipkorir Kimeli took the lead, with the last almost running like a middle-distance runner over the final 300 metres as the finish line come close to in Bengaluru’s Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

TV actress Pallavi Dey found hanging at home, Police begins probe in Kolkata

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] – Bengali actress Pallavi Dey was discovered dead at her home in Kolkata’s Garfa. Her body was recovered from her residence on Sunday early morning at 9.30 am.
According to authorities, Pallavi (25) was discovered hanging from a ceiling fan with the help of bed sheet inside an apartment  on the 2nd floor of a multi-storied.

Popular actor has been very active on social media

The body has been sent for the post-mortem to the city’s MR Bangur Health center.

” No self-destruction note was recuperated from the site of occurrence”, stated police. “Evidently, no exterior mark of injury was found on the body”, added authorities.

The Authorities have actually begun an examination by submitting a case of abnormal death. The Bengali television starlet was recognized for playing the lead role in ‘Mon Hare Na’ serial together with other programs including Resham Japi, Saraswati Prem as well as Ami Sirajer Begum. The news has actually left her co-stars and followers in deep shock. (ANI).

 

We will overcome, Congress will have a new ‘uday’: Sonia Gandhi

Udaipur (Rajasthan) [India] – Congress acting president Sonia Gandhi, in her concluding statements at Chintan Shivir, on Sunday claimed that a task force would be formed in the next couple of days to apply the inner reforms which will certainly concentrate on the 2024 Lok Sabha surveys.

She likewise said that these internal reforms will cover all aspects of the organization including structure, regulations for appointments to party posts, interactions and also publicity, outreach, finances and also political election management.

” A compact plan by as task force will be established to drive the process of internal reforms that are important. These reforms will focus on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and  will cover all challanges faced by the party. The composition of the Task Force will certainly be informed in the following two-three days,” stated Gandhi in Udaipur.

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are trying hard to revive the organization

 

” We will overcome. That is our determination. That is our Nav-Sankalp. The Congress will have a brand-new Uday. That is our Nav-Sankalp,” she insisted.

The Congress president also announced developing an advisory team from among Congress Working Board (CWC) participants which would certainly meet routinely to go over political issues.

” I have also determined to have an advisory team from the CWC that would certainly meet on a regular basis under my chairpersonship to talk about and deliberate upon political problems and also obstacles prior to elections,” she said.

” We do have the CWC that meets periodically which will continue. The new group is not, nonetheless, a cumulative decision-making body yet but will help to get the advantage of the substantial experience of elderly coworkers. It too will certainly be informed very soon,” added Sonia Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi additionally called three-day Chintan Shivir in Udaipur “beneficial as well as productive” as many party leaders had a chance to express their views as well as offer the ideas in a spirit of positive engagement. Sonia Gandhi likewise announced that Congress will certainly introduce connection drive with people as “Kanyakumari to Kashmir Bharat Jodo” yatra beginning on October 2, as a part of the party’s outreach program.

The three-day Navsankalp Shivir began in Rajasthan’s Udaipur on Friday.

 

China might drop a Nuclear Bomb on Taiwan, predicts war game experts

Taipei [Taiwan]: Taiwan has actually become a hot spot amid the Russia-Ukraine war. China could end up by dropping a nuclear weapon if it attacks Taiwan. Experts are worried. The war game experts are researching and investigating the Russia’s failed intrusion of Ukraine and are of opinion that China might use nuclear bomb against Taiwan.

The original insigts are  that China would certainly try to attain a speedy decapitation of Taiwan’s leadership. In doing so, it would pre-emptively assault US bases in Japan and also Guam.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and China’s President Xi Jinping shake hands. China will get full support from Russia if it attacks Taiwan.

The US would likely react by hitting Chinese ports and activating its allies, in the war-game scenario. This would cause further acceleration as well as China taking extreme procedures, reported Taiwan News.
” Neither Beijing nor Washington is likely to have the upper hand after the initial week of the dispute, suggesting that it would at some point end up being a lengthy conflict,” NBC Information mentioned CNAS experts as stating. “The war game demonstrated exactly how quickly the conflict might escalate, with China as well as the United States going across red lines.” (ANI).

PM Modi in Lumbini: India, Nepal to sign five agreements

Kathmandu [Nepal]: India and Nepal will be signing five Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lumbini on Monday.

” In presence of prime ministers of the two nations, 5 MoU’s will be signed which will deepen the century-old traditional as well as cultural ties,” according to a source inside Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Kathmandu University and also the Indian Institute of Technology Madras will also sign two MoUs, the resource stated. The Prime Minister is set up to arrive in Lumbini at 10:40 am (NST) on an Indian Air force helicopter on Monday.

He will reach Lumbini on the occasion of celebration of Buddha Jayanti to hold bilateral talks with Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Sher Bahadur Deuba, his partner Arzu Rana Deuba, Council of Ministers will receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport built near the Lumbini International Buddhist Reflection Center and Assembly Hall.

Upon arrival, he will certainly pray at Mayadevi temple at 11 am as well as take part in Bhumi Pooja at 11:30. After that, he will meet with PM Deuba as well as Foreign Minister Dr. Narayan Khadka from 12:20 to 12:40 pm. He will also engage with various delegations afterwards.

At 1:30, Deuba will host lunch for Prime Minister Modi. The lunch will certainly be followed by PM Modi’s conference with eminent people of Nepal.

PM Modi will participate in Buddha Jayanti events from 3:30 pm onwards and is scheduled to fly back to Delhi at around 5 pm.

His entourage will consist of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, couple of joint-secretaries and also others officials.

Previously in 2014, Prime Minister Modi visited Nepal two times on different occasions  and also two times in 2018.

During the last check out to Nepal in May of 2018, PM Modi had visited Janakpur as well as Muktinath, one of the revered religious as well as social sites of Nepal.

Congress : Now ‘One family, One ticket’ rule, says Rahul Gandhi at Nav Sankalp Shivir

Udaipur (Rajasthan) [India]- Hours after the Congress Working Board (CWC) gave its authorization to the organisational reforms, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday insisted that ‘one family, one ticket’ rule should be applied in the pary from now onwards.
Dealing with the wrapping up session of the ‘Nav Sankalp Shivir’ being held in Udaipur, Rahul Gandhi stated, “We should make certain the suggestion that individual per family should get a ticket (to fight elections). I additionally advise the inclusion of the youth in the Congress party. Likewise, just one participant of a family should be provided a ticket.”

The Udaipur Nav Sankalp Shivir declaration has been taken on by the CWC at its conference commanded by president Sonia Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi discussed issues with grassroot level leaders

” It is extremely important that we limit the number of member of the family that are involved in our party, as well as let them function as well as let them join the organization. However we must not have a scenario where 5-7 participants of a family members are in the organization and also getting tckets for elections. ,” stated Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

On May 13, Congress had actually placed a motion on the ‘one family members, one ticket’ proposition mooted by a panel established for the Udaipur Chintan Shivir.

The primary condition is that loved ones of Congress leaders that desire to contest elections should have worked for the party for at the very least 5 years.

Gandhi said, “The formula will not be used if the 2nd member from a family members is proactively working for the party for at the very least five years.”

The ‘organisation’ panel has made numerous pointers consisting of the tenures of AICC office-bearers and other issues.  The information on the ‘one household, one ticket’ idea clears the way for leaders who might have been neglected of the race for election tickets.

From Gandhi Family, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, that had stayed behind the curtains before joining national politics, was appointed party general secretary in 2018 and also will certainly be finishing 6 years in her brand-new duty when basic political elections are in 2024.

The three-day Navsankalp Shivir began in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. Six committees have actually been established and 430 leaders discussed strategies to take on emerging challenges.

Assam floods: More than 25,000 people affected, 10 deaths

Guwahati (Assam): Around 25,000 people throughout six districts of Assam have actually been affected by the very first wave of floods in the state this year. Three  individuals consisting of a woman died in landslide cases in Haflong location in Dima Hasao area on Saturday. More than 10 people have died till Saturday as reported from various districts.
Complying with unrelenting rains in Assam as well as neighbouring states, Meghalaya, and also Arunachal Pradesh– in the previous number of days, the water level of several rivers are slowly increasing as well as the water in Kopili river is moving above the risk level mark.

According to the flooding records of Assam State Disaster Administration Authority (ASDMA), till May 14, a total amount of 24,681 people in 94 towns in six districts – Cachar, Dhemaji, Hojai, Karbi Anglong West, Nagaon and Kamrup (Metro) have actually been affected in the initial spell of flood. The flooding waters have also immersed 1732.72 hectares of cropland in the flood hit areas.

More than 21,000 individuals have been influenced alone in Cachar area. The Military, para-military forces, SDRF, Fire as well as Emergency Solutions on Saturday had actually saved 2,150 people from flood-hit locations of Cachar district. Numerous roads, bridges, and irrigation canals were damaged in Hojai, Lakhimpur, Nagaon areas.

Women’s World Boxing: Indian Boxers Manisha and Nitu win

Istanbul [Turkey]: Indian Boxers continued their impressive run as 2017 Youth World Champion Nitu (48kg) and 2019 Asian Championships bronze medallist Manisha (57kg) cruised into the quarter-finals at the 12th edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships after registering contrasting wins in Istanbul on Saturday.

Nitu, who won the gold medal at the Strandja Memorial tournament in Sofia this year, was facing Spain’s Lopez Del Arbol in the pre-quarterfinal bout. The boxer from Bhiwani dominated the proceedings right from the beginning and showed relentless energy, speed and footwork to land precise punches.
Nitu upped the ante in the next two rounds and carried on with her attacking approach without giving any chance to her opponent and won the bout convincingly by 5-0.

Her next opponent will be Kazakhstan’s Alua Balkibekova in the quarter-final on Monday.

Indian women boxers are surprising every contender

Manisha (57kg) prevailed 4-1 over Svetlana Staneva of Bulgaria in a hard-fought bout that saw both the boxers trade punches throughout the three rounds. Manisha held her nerves and secured the verdict of the judges in her favour in the end.

She will next face a tough challenge from Youth World bronze medallist Namuun Monkhor of Mongolia in the quarter-final on Monday.

On Sunday, 6 Indian boxers including Nikhat will be in action in the round-of-16 bouts.

Nikhat (52kg) and Shiksha (54kg) will next face Mongolia’s Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg and Youth Asian bronze medallist Yesugen Oyuntsetseg respectively whereas Parveen will take on former Youth Olympic champion Jajaira Gonzalez of USA.

Anamika (50kg) will square off against World Championships bronze medallist Kristy Lee Harris of Australia while Jaismine (60kg) will be up against Australia’s Angela Harries.

Meanwhile, 2017 Youth World Champion Ankushita (66kg) will make her elite World Championships debut against Poland’s Aneta Rygielska.

This year’s event, which marks the 20th anniversary of the IBA Women’s World Championships, will be played till May 20.

In the last edition of the tournament, held in Russia in 2019, Indian boxers secured one silver and three bronze medals.

Indian boxers have won 36 medals, including nine gold, eight silver and 19 bronze, in the 11 previous editions of the tournament, which is the third-highest after Russia (60) and China (50). In the last edition of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, held in Russia in 2019, Indians concluded with one silver and three bronze medals. (ANI)

 

UP Politics : Survey of Gyanvapi Mosque Resumes

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: The second day of the court-ordered videography survey of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Varanasi began on Sunday morning amid tight security.

The court-appointed committee will conduct the survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque today.
“The survey will be conducted between 8 am-12 noon,” said Advocate Vishal Singh, the court-appointed special assistant commissioner.

The police cordoned off the road near the complex. All the shops within the 500-meter radius of the complex were shut on the first day. People will be not allowed in the complex area.

“Darshan has been arranged for all. All the routes have been opened so that the visitors do not face any problems and police personnel have been accordingly deployed. Right now entry is being given to a member of the commission from one gate and devotees are having darshan from the rest,” said Varanasi DCP RS Gautam on Gyanvapi Masjid.

As far as the survey is concerned, the lawyers of both sides, police officers, the District Magistrate and all the government officials related to the survey have reached the spot.

This survey is being conducted in accordance with the Varanasi Civil Court’s order to continue the survey despite objections from the mosque authorities.

The civil court had appointed a court commissioner to conduct the survey and videography of the site and the same was challenged before Allahabad High Court, which dismissed the appeal on April 21. The April 21 order of the High Court was challenged in the apex court.

Five women had filed a petition in the court seeking permission for daily worship at the Shringar Gauri temple, which is claimed to be situated inside the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Mosque premises.

The order of the civil court for undertaking survey and videography at the premises came on the petition of the aforesaid.

Another petition, which was filed by one Vijay Shankar Rastogi, had contended that the entire premises belonged to the Kashi Vishwanath and that the Gyanvapi Mosque is only a part of the Temple, is also pending in the court since 1991.

Rastogi had also claimed that the Kashi Vishwanath Temple had been built over two thousand years ago and the temple was demolished by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. (ANI)

Australian Cricketer Andrew Symonds dies in car accident

Queensland [Australia]: Legendary Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, aged 46, died in a car accident on Hervey Range Road near the Alice River Bridge in Queensland, Australia when his car left the road and rolled, a Queensland police statement said on Saturday night.

This is yet another tragic blow to Australian cricket. Symonds is the third Australian cricket legend to suddenly pass away this year following the tragic deaths of Shane Warne and Rod Marsh in March.
Many are left heartbroken with tweets pouring in expressing shock over Symonds’ death. Australian cricket coach and former cricketer Jason Neil Gillespie expressed shock over the news of Symonds death. “Horrendous news to wake up to,” he tweeted, adding, “Utterly devastated. We are all gonna miss you mate.”

Former teammate and Fox Cricket colleague Adam Gilchrist wrote, “This really hurts.”

According to reports by Senior cricket journalist Robert Craddock, the Aussie all-rounder was killed about 50kms outside Townsville on Saturday night.

As per a Queensland police statement, Symonds was in a single-car crash at about 10:30 pm.

Following the information of the accident, paramedics arrived at the scene but could not revive the former Australian cricketer. Symonds was the only person in the car.

Symonds played 26 Tests for Australia and was an integral part of Australia’s white-ball sides that dominated the world between 1999 and 2007.

In playing retirement, both Warne and Symonds were valued members of Fox Cricket’s commentary team. (ANI)

Tripura Politics : Manik Saha is the new CM

Agartala (Tripura) [India]- Dr Manik Saha, a Rajya Sabha MP, will be the next chief minister of Tripura in place of Biplab Kumar Deb who resigned from the post hours earlier.

Saha, who is also chief of BJP in Tripura, was elected leader of the BJP legislature party on Saturday.
Deb resigned from his post in fast-paced political developments in the state that will face polls early next year.

Deb said after submitting his resignation to State Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya that he had wholeheartedly served the people of the state.

“I thank Central leadership and people of Tripura for giving me the responsibility to serve Tripura as a Chief Minister. I have wholeheartedly served my State and will always work for the betterment of my State. Tripura shall definitely march ahead in the path of development. Jai Hind,” Deb said in a tweet.

Union Minister Bhupender Yadav and party general secretary Vinod Tawde were in Agartala as central observers.

“Many congratulations to Dr Manik Saha ji for being elected the leader of Tripura BJP Legislature Party. I am sure that Tripura will reach new heights of development under the guidance and leadership of respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji,” Bhupender Yadav said in a tweet.

Deb also extended his best wishes to Saha on his new role.

“Congratulations and best wishes to Dr Manik Saha ji on being elected as the legislature party leader. I believe under PM Narendra Modi Ji’s vision and leadership Tripura will prosper,” he said.

Dr Saha, a Professor of Dental Surgery, joined the BJP in 2016 from the Congress. He was appointed state BJP president in 2018. Dr Saha had been elected to the upper house in the biennial elections held earlier this year.

Sources in BJP said outgoing chief Minister Biplab Deb is likely to be brought to the Rajya Sabha. It is also being said that Biplab will be asked to take up the post of the party president of Tripura.

Deb had taken oath as the first Chief Minister of Bharatiya Janata Party in Tripura in 2018 ending the 25-year-rule of the Communist Party of India in Tripura.

Sources said that the BJP wanted to go with a fresh face in the assembly polls. (ANI)

UAE: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected as UAE president

Dubai [UAE]: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected as the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the UAE official WAM news agency reported on Saturday. The Federal Supreme Council convened today to elect the president, who will hold office for a five-year term before being eligible for re-election. The new president was selected from among the members of the Federal Supreme Council, Khaleej Times reported.
According to it, Sheikh Mohamed has also served as the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces since January 2005. He is known for playing a key role in developing the UAE Armed Forces in terms of strategic planning, training, organisational structure and promoting defence capabilities. Under his leadership, the UAE Armed Forces have emerged as a leading institution that is widely admired by international military organisations.

The rulers of the United Arab Emirates’ seven sheikhdoms made the decision at a meeting. It comes after the late President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who had been in office since 2004, died at the age of 73 after a long illness on Friday.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced that there will be 40 days of official mourning with flags at half-mast and three days of closure of ministries and official entities at the federal and local levels and the private sector,” the agency wrote on Twitter on Friday.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nation and the world over the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE,” Emirates News Agency, also known as WAM, said in a statement. (ANI)

Shah Rukh Khan’s Valuable Advice For Daughter Suhana Ahead Of Her Bollywood Debut

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is beaming with pride as his daughter Suhana Khan is all set to make her acting debut with Zoya Akhtar’s directorial ‘The Archies’.

On Saturday, the makers unveiled the first look of the film and since then wishes have been pouring in for the young cast. SRK, too, shared the first look of his daughter from the upcoming project and penned valuable advice for his little one.

“Remember @suhanakhan2 you are never going to be perfect….but being yourself is the closest to that. Be kind and giving as an actor….the brickbats and applause is not yours to keep….the part of you that gets left behind on screen will always belong to you….u have come a long way baby….but the road to peoples heart is unending…..stride forth and make as many smile as you can. Now let there be Light….Camera and Action! Signed Another Actor,” he wrote.

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SRK’s post clearly won Suhana’s heart.
Replying to her father, Suhana commented, “Love you papa.”

He also gave a shout out to Zoya, recalling how he used to purchase “Archie’s Digest for 25 paise per day from book rental stores.”

“From renting the Archie’s Digest for 25 paise per day from book rental stores to see @zoieakhtar make this come alive on screen….is just incredible. Wishing all the little ones the best as they take their first little steps into the most beautiful of professions,” he added.

Mommy Gauri Khan could not resist congratulating Suhana on social media.
“Congratulations… all the best to all the amazing kids and team of #TheArchies . And who better than @zoieakhtar to guide them through this journey!! You did it @suhanakhan2!!!!!!!,” Gauri posted on Instagram.

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Archie comics, which feature teenage characters named Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Sabrina Spellman, have seen several adaptations over the years. The Indian adaptation also marks the debut of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan’s grandson Agastya Nanda and the late Sridevi and Boney Kapoor’s daughter Khushi Kapoor. It will be out on Netflix. (ANI)

Russia suspends electricity supply to Finland, NATO to support Finland PM Sanna Marin

Moscow [Russia]: Russia’s largest electricity company RAO Nordic has suspended electricity supply to Finland from Saturday, owing to non-payment for the supplied electricity.

According to the RAO Nordic Oy, there were certain problems pertaining to receiving electricity payments, owing to which they decided on suspending the supplies, reported TASS.
Finnish national electricity transmission grid operator Fingrid Oyj also said in a statement on Friday that RAO Nordic Oy will suspend imports of electricity to Finland at 1:00 a.m. local time on Saturday.

“According to RAO Nordic, further direct or bilateral sales of electricity imported from Russia will be halted until further notice due to problems in receiving payments for electricity sold on the market,” Fingrid said.

“RAO Nordic Oy has been importing electricity from Russia to Finland and selling it to Nord Pool exchange for many years. Unfortunately, we are forced to note that for the volumes which have been sold on Nord Pool exchange since the 6th of May funds have not yet been credited to our bank account. This situation is exceptional and happened for the first time in over twenty years of our trading history,” said the company.

“Unfortunately, in the current situation of lack of cash income, RAO Nordic is not able to make payments for the imported electricity from Russia. Therefore, we are forced to suspend the electricity import starting from 14th of May,” they added.

However, RAO Nordic Oy has confirmed that the lack of electricity import from Russia will be compensated by Sweden. Furthermore, more electricity will be generated in Finland, reported TASS.

“Finland’s self-sufficiency in electricity generation is constantly improving. In particular, the amount of Finnish wind power generation is increasing every year. This year alone, an additional 2000 megawatts of new wind power is expected to come online. Finland is expected to become self-sufficient in electrical energy in 2023,” said Fingrid.

Meanwhile, RAO Nordic Oy is optimistic that the situation will improve quickly and that the electricity trade with Russia will resume soon enough. (ANI)

 

Biplab Deb resigns as Tripura Chief Minister, BJP plans next step

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb resigned from his post on Saturday less than a year before the assembly polls in the state.

Biplab Kumar Deb had taken oath as first Chief Minster of Bharatiya Janata Party in the state in 2018 ending the 25-year-rule of the Communist Party of India in Tripura.
Sources said that the BJP wanted to go with a fresh face in the assembly polls and Biplab Dev would be engaged In organisational work.

Sources said BJP leaders Bhupender Yadav and Vinod Tawde are in Tripura as the central observers and the decision on a new leader to replace Deb is likely to be announced in the evening. (ANI)

Netflix Unveils The First-Look Poster Of ‘The Archies’

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The first poster of ‘The Archies’, which is directed by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar, is finally here. The movie will premiere exclusively on Netflix and will be released in 2023.

The cast of Netflix and Tiger Baby’s new production, “The Archies,” has been revealed. This musical drama, set in the 1960s, is directed by Zoya Akhtar and features an exciting new cast. On Saturday, May 14, Netflix India’s official Instagram account published the first-look poster and a short teaser of the movie. The poster features the whole ‘Archies’ gang, posing in a woodland environment in 1960s outfit.

Sharing the poster, they wrote, “Grab your picnic baskets and pick out your cutest outfits, we’re going to greet Archie’s gang.

Presenting the cast of THE ARCHIES, a Zoya Akhtar film.”

While they captioned the video as, “The sun is out, the news is out! Come meet your new friends.
Presenting to you the cast of The Archies, directed by the fantastic Zoya Akhtar.”

Directors Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti also shared the poster on their social media accounts.

Mihir Ahuja, Dot, Khushi Kapoor, Suhana Khan, Yuvraj Menda, Agastya Nanda, and Vedang Raina will play pivotal roles in the film. The seven young performers will portray well-known characters from Archie Comics. The trailer, which features the characters and a catchy music track by Ankur Tiwari and the Islanders, gives viewers a glimpse into the universe that Akhtar promises to bring to life for them. (ANI)

Chinese social media abuzz with rumours of Xi Jinping stepping down for Covid-19

Beijing [China]: Chinese social media is buzzing with speculations that President Xi Jinping might step down from his position following the mismanagement of the stringent Covid-19 lockdowns accompanied by the economic slump in the country.

The rising rumours about Xi Jinping stepping down started after a meeting of the party politburo standing committee, which is the collective leadership group that rules China. Further, a video made by a Canadian-based blogger was doing the rounds on social media before China censored it.
According to the blogger, until a major party meeting was organized in the latter part of the year, Xi Jinping would be forced to step aside from the Chinese Communist Party. The current Premier Li Keqiang will be assuming the place on Jinping’s behalf to take over daily management of the party and government.

To curb the spread of the Covid 19 virus, the Chinese President ordered to “resolutely fight” those who try to question the strict zero-Covid policy. However, extensive lockdowns have hampered businesses across the country. As per a senior Chinese official, “the pandemic is a ‘stumbling block’ for economic and social development.”

In another press conference, Han Wenxiu, the Deputy Director at the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee office for financial and economic affairs had spoken that the pandemic should be contained with scientific precision, by stabilizing the economy, and keeping the country’s development secure, instead of targeting only one aspect.

Strict Covid restrictions have also put a stop to industrial production resulting in the disruption of the supply chains for the first time. The manufacturing activity witnessed a steady decline, reaching its lowest since February 2020.

Further, as the period of lockdowns in Shanghai drags on, analysts from various investment banks have also cut their forecasts for the country’s economic growth rate. In the month of April, the yuan currency of China dipped by over 4 per cent, the biggest monthly drop in 28 years.

Moreover, stock markets have also been severely affected which is likely to impact the global recovery as the intensive lockdowns will impact companies’ sales in China and also affect the supply chain.

Reportedly, all these reasons have caused widespread discontentment in China as the Chinese people have been losing faith in Jinping’s governance over the tough conditions and botched management under his rule. (ANI)

CM Kejriwal visits Mundka, orders enquiry, announces 10 lakh each as Compensation

New Delhi [India]- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday reached the fire incident site near Mundka metro station, and said that the government has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the incident.

The Chief Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs for the family of the deceased while the injured will be given Rs 50,000 as ex-gratia.
He was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet Minister Satyendar Jain.

Speaking to reporters, Kejriwal said, “I have ordered a magisterial enquiry on behalf of the Delhi government. Ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh would be given to the family of the deceased ones and Rs 50,000 to the injured ones. The two brothers have been arrested. Strict action would be taken against the guilty after the investigation.”

Stating that the bodies of the deceased were not identified yet, the Chief Minister said that DNA tests would be conducted to ascertain their identities.

“Bodies of the deceased were charred to the extent that many of them have not been identified yet. We have deployed help to identify the missing and the dead. We will conduct the DNA test through the FSL to ascertain identities of the mortal remains,” he said.

“We are awaiting the investigation to know if any officer or an agency was responsible for the incident,” Kejriwal said.

A massive fire had broken out on Friday evening that left 27 people dead and 12 injured in the tragic incident.

However, the blaze was brought under control, informed the fire officials. (ANI)

Popular Actor Sahana Found Dead On Her 22nd Birthday

Sahana was found dead in mysterious circumstances at her residence in Kozhikode on Thursday night. As per reports, the actor had celebrated her 22nd birthday earlier in the day. Sahana’s parents have alleged that she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her husband Sajjad. Police has detained Sajjad for questioning as part of investigations into the actor’s death.

Sahana had started her career working in a number of advertisements in Kerala and had recently worked in a Tamil film too. Her husband Sajjad had worked in Qatar earlier but as per reports, is currently unemployed. The couple lived in a rented house in Kozhikode. Her body was found on Thursday night by her husband.

Sahana’s family have alleged that she could have been murdered by Sajjad and his parents. They say that he used to harass her for money. Speaking to the media on Friday, Sahana’s mother said, “My daughter would never die by suicide, she was murdered. She used to cry all the time saying they were torturing her. He used to get drunk and create trouble. His parents and sister were also torturing her, then I suggested that they move to a separate house. Even after that my daughter told me that he was behaving badly with her and wanted money. The 25 sovereigns of gold that we gave had been used. She had wanted to meet us on her birthday.”

Sajjad has claimed innocence in the matter and said that he found his wife dead in the bathroom. The couple’s landlord told Matrubhoomi News, “I heard Sajjad’s call for help and I rushed to the house. When I entered the house, I saw his wife lying on his lap. When I asked him what happened, he said she was not responding. So I asked him to take her to the hospital. We then called the police and they reached here within five minutes.”

The police is investigating the case and have not conclusively ruled out foul play. A senior police official was quoted as saying by the News Minute that it is not yet certain whether this was a case of suicide. ACP K Sudarshan told the publication on Friday, “She acted in a Tamil venture and received some money for it recently. The couple seem to have had arguments over this. Yesterday was her birthday, but he came back late. The couple had another argument then. According to the husband, he found her dead inside the bathroom after that.”

IPL 2022: ‘Bad Patch’ of Kohli’s IPL Cricket

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 14 (ANI): ‘Bad patches’ happen to all, said Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis on Virat Kohli’s dismal form in IPL 2022.

The Punjab Kings (PBKS) bounced back with a victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 54 runs on Friday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
After the defeat, RCB skipper in the post-match presentation said: “It was a good score, obviously Jonny the way he started put our bowlers under really pressure. I thought we pulled it back a bit. 200 was about par on that wicket, was a brilliant wicket. When you’re chasing scores like that, you can’t afford to lose wickets in clusters and unfortunately, that’s what happened to us.”

Virat Kohli is in bad form, Sourav Ganguly giving some tips.

Out of form Kohli looked in good touch against PBKS but he yet again failed to convert a good start into a big score. Talking about Kohli’s form, Faf said: “He (Kohli) is seeing the lighter side of it, every single way that you can possibly get out, is happening to him. That’s how the game works. All you can do is to keep trying hard, work hard and stay positive. He played some good shots tonight, obviously would want him to carry on. Bad patches happen to all of us, he’s taken it in the right note.”

With this loss, RCB are at 14 points in 13 matches. They had only one match left against the top team of the tournament, Gujarat Titans, on May 19.

“Not a great outing for us tonight. Will take a day off and then see how we can switch on for a game that’s a must-win one for us. One more net session isn’t going to make you a better player, it’s about making yourselves stronger in the mind. If we play to our potential, we are a very strong side. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that tonight,” the South African added.

PBKS currently have 12 points in 12 matches. (ANI)

 

Manchester City : Sergio Aguero statue to celebrate Title

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City on Friday unveiled a permanent statue of Sergio Aguero at Etihad Stadium on the tenth anniversary of the club’s first Premier League title and the iconic ’93:20′ moment.

The statue of Sergio Aguero completes a trinity alongside Vincent Kompany and David Silva, commemorating a defining era for the club.
Situated on the east side of the Etihad Stadium, the large-scale statue of Aguero was created by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott and has been constructed using thousands of welded pieces of galvanised steel. At night, Aguero’s statue and those of Kompany and Silva will be specially illuminated with blue tinted lighting.

The permanent statue of Aguero celebrates his outstanding contribution to the club’s success, and in particular, his pivotal role in what was arguably one of the greatest moments in sporting history for which he will be eternally remembered by Manchester City fans around the world.

Player feels grateful to the Club

Aguero, who was recently inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, won fifteen major trophies during his time at the club, including five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and a record six League Cups.

Reflecting on his statue, Sergio Aguero said: “Truthfully, it is a very beautiful thing for me, to see myself 10 years ago is very moving.”

“In those 10 years I was able to win a lot of trophies and was able to help the Club become one of the most important in the world. I am very grateful to the Club for making this statue in recognition of my football career in Manchester. It is something very special,” he added. (ANI)

 

North Korea facing biggest challenge in history over Covid-19

Pyongyang [North Korea]: North Korea is facing the biggest challenge since the foundation of the republic over the spread of COVID-19, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said, as quoted by the state-run KCNA news agency.

According to KCNA, Kim said that the country must focus on implementing the anti-coronavirus measures and boost them to stop the spread of the disease, Sputnik News Agency reported on Saturday.
The country has reported 17,400 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 520,000, according to the KCNA news agency.

Notably, 21 new fatalities were also reported due to the coronavirus cases, according to Sputnik News Agency.

North Korea reported the first coronavirus deaths on Friday. At least six persons were confirmed dead yesterday in the country.

Kim Jong Un has accepted that country is facing a crisis because of Covid

On Thursday, the country announced a “major national emergency” after reporting its first case of COVID-19 Omicron variant and put in place a “maximum emergency” virus control system with leader Kim Jong Un vowing to “eliminate” the virus.

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), top officials, including the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, held a crisis politburo meeting to discuss the outbreak and announced they would implement a “maximum emergency” virus control system.

With this North Korea’s coronavirus-free claim has come to an end, reported the Yonhap News Agency.

Reportedly in a meeting conducted to discuss North Korea’s “most critical emergency” antivirus system that had been “firmly maintained” for more than two years, Kim pledged that the “unexpected crisis” shall be overcome. He further instructed all the officials to block every possibility to stop the spread of the virus.

Further, the North Korean leader ordered stricter vigilance along the borders on all fronts, the air, and sea to prevent a “safety vacuum” in the national defence of the country, reported the Yonhap News Agency. In addition, North Korean authorities stated that samples that were collected from patients suffering from fever indicated that they were identical to the omicron variant.

However, North Korea asserted that it has aimed to manage and also prevent the spread of the virus. It has further mentioned that it will provide treatment to the omicron-detected patients to “root out the source of transmission in the shortest period possible” the country’s state media reported. (ANI)

 

SC: Justice Chandrachud to hear plea on Gyanvapi Mosque

New Delhi [India]: A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud in the Supreme Court will hear the plea seeking a stay on the survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex, adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.

The order directing the registry to list the matter before Justice Chandrachud was uploaded on the Supreme Court website on Friday night, where Chief Justice of India NV Ramana directed that matter be listed before Justice Chandrachud.
“Upon being mentioned by Huzefa Ahmadi, senior counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioner, we deem it appropriate to direct the Registry to list the matter before the Bench presided over by Dr Justice DY Chandrachud,” the order stated.

Yesterday senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by CJI Ramana asking to order status quo in the case pending before the Varanasi civil court.

The bench, however, had refused to grant status quo in the case, saying that it was not aware of the issue, as it had not seen the papers then.

“We have not seen the papers. We don’t even know what is the matter. I don’t know anything… how can I pass an order. I will read and then pass orders… let me see,” said the CJI.

Ahmadi appearing for the Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee that manages the Gyanvapi Mosque sought an order of the status quo, saying “survey has been directed in relation to Varanasi property”. This is covered by the Places of Worship Act. Now the Court has ordered the Commissioner to conduct a survey.

On Friday, the appeal was filed by the Committee, challenging an order of Allahabad High Court permitting a court-appointed commissioner to inspect, and conduct a survey and videography of the Gyanvapi mosque to which Hindus and Muslims have laid claim for their right to worship.

It sought direction to stay the survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex.

The Varanasi civil court had directed a survey to inspect, conduct videography and collect evidence regarding the alleged existence of Hindu deities inside the Gyanvapi mosque located next to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

On May 12, the court said that the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque will continue despite objections from mosque authorities.

The local court had earlier directed the authorities to submit a report by Tuesday (May 10), however, the survey could not take place as the mosque committee had opposed the videography inside the mosque.

The civil court had appointed a court commissioner to conduct the survey and videography of the site and the same was challenged before Allahabad High Court, which dismissed the appeal on April 21. Now April 21 order of the High Court has been challenged in the apex court.

Five women had filed a petition in the court seeking permission for daily worship at the Shringar Gauri temple, which was allegedly situated inside the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Mosque premises.

The order of the civil court for undertaking survey and videography at the premises came on the petition of the aforesaid.

Another petition, which was filed by one Vijay Shankar Rastogi, had contended that the entire premises belonged to the Kashi Vishwanath and that the Gyanvapi Mosque was only a part of the Temple, is also pending in the court since 1991.

Rastogi had also claimed that the Kashi Vishwanath Temple had been built over two thousand years ago and the temple had been demolished by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. (ANI)

Delhi Fire: Mundka building did not have fire NOC, 26 dead

New Delhi [India]: Hours after the Delhi fire tragedy came under control, the police said the commercial building that caught fire near Mundka metro station on Friday evening did not have fire NOC while also informing that the building owner is absconding.

The police official said that the building owner has been identified as Manish Lakra.
“The building did not have a fire NOC. The owner of the building has been identified as Manish Lakra who lived on the top floor. Lakra is currently absconding, teams are on the job and he will be nabbed soon,” DCP Sameer Sharma (Outer District) told reporters.

As many as 27 people died in the fire accident so far and 12 persons are injured, police said.

“A total of 27 people have died and 12 are injured. We’ll take the help of the forensic team to identify the bodies. FIR has been registered. We’ve detained company owners. There are chances that more bodies may be recovered as the rescue operation is yet to be completed,” he added.

Meanwhile, the divisional officer of the fire department also informed that there was only one staircase due to which, people could not move out of the building.

“There was only one staircase and because of that people could not go out. The building did not have proper NOC (from the fire department),” said Satpal Bhardwaj, Divisional Officer, Fire Department.

On preliminary enquiry, it was found that it is a four-story commercial building generally used for providing office space for companies, the police said.

The fire broke on the 1st floor of the building which is an office of CCTV cameras and router manufacturing company. The owners of the company are in police custody. (ANI)

Punjab Police identifies Lakhbir Singh Landa as key conspirator in Mohali blast

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Police on Friday declared Lakhbir Singh Landa as the key conspirator in the Mohali blast case, wherein a Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) attack took place on the Punjab Police’s Intelligence headquarters earlier this week.

Addressing a press conference today, Punjab Director General of Police VK Bhawra said, “The key conspirator is Lakhbir Singh Landa. He’s a resident of the Tarn Taran district in Punjab. He is a gangster and shifted to Canada in 2017. He is a close associate of Harinder Singh Rinda, who is in close proximity to Babbar Khalsa International chief Wadhawa Singh, is a part of ISI and operates from Pakistan.”
“We can see that this blast was done together by Babbar Khalsa International and gangster with the backing of Pakistan based ISI. One of the main associates of Landa is Nishan Singh. He too is a resident of Tarn Taran and was rounded up by the police. He was arrested by Faridkot Police a few days back,” Bhawra said.

The Punjab Police said that Nishan Singh had provided shelter to two more accused in his house and in two of his contacts’ houses. “He had handed over RPG to the accused and is involved in about a dozen of cases,” Punjab DGP said on Mohali blast.

“Besides Landa, Nishan and his two contacts (named Baljinder Rambo and Charad Singh) are also involved. He is also from Tarn Taran district- an AK-47 retrieved from him,” Punjab DGP said. Lakhbir Singh Landa’s main associates- Nishan Singh and Charad Singh are also from the Tarn Taran district. Nishan had provided shelter to the two accused (involved in the incident), and he was arrested a few days ago by Faridkot Police, the police added. A Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) was fired at the Punjab Police’s Intelligence headquarters in Mohali on the evening of May 9, triggering a blast at the site, Punjab DGP Viresh Kumar Bhawra said earlier that day. Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

Kedarnath witnesses huge number of pilgrims, ITBP deployed to control Crowd

New Delhi [India]- After an unprecedented number of devotees turned up at the Kedarnath Temple, one of the Char Dhams in Uttarakhand, the Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) was deployed for crowd management on Friday.

Since the yatra began, as many as 28 tourists en route to Kedarnath have died due to various reasons.
On Thursday, a meeting of the Uttrakhand State government was called over the huge influx of tourists visiting the state for the yatra.

It was decided to deploy the ITBP at the Kedarnath for crowd management. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will also assist temples in handling the crowds.

Vivek Kumar Pandey, spokesperson of the ITBP said that the force has been deployed for security and streamlining darshan at Kedarnath Temple after a huge influx of pilgrims.

“ITBP has been managing the heavy rush to the Kedarnath temple and the Kedarnath valley,” he said.

Pandey further said that more than 20,000 devotees are visiting the temple daily and due to the pilgrims’ rush places such as Sonprayag, Ukhimath and Kedarnath are packed.

The ITBP teams, deployed at these locations, are keeping a close eye on the movement of the yatris, he said.

“It’s been a week since the portals of the temple were opened on May 6, 2022, and more than 1,30,000 pilgrims have so far visited the Kedarnath Temple,” Pandey added.

The ITBP has also alerted its disaster management teams in the area. Medical teams with oxygen cylinders have been deployed at places and with the help of state administration, drills for medical emergencies and evacuation on requirements are being undertaken.

At Badrinath Temple also, ITBP teams have been helping the temple and civil administration for smooth conduct of darshan and management of the rush of the pilgrims.

The Char Dham Yatra this year has been witnessing an unusual rush of pilgrims as it has been opened after two years after the lifting of COVID restrictions. (ANI)

Ukraine Crisis: Japan bans exports of hi-tech goods to Russia

Tokyo [Japan: Japan has decided to ban the exports of high-tech goods – such as quantum computers, 3D printers and electron microscopes – to Russia, the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday.

“Amid the international situation around Ukraine, our country is making a contribution to the international efforts for ensuring peace in the whole world, for settling this issue, as well as imposes a ban on the exports of high-tech goods (quantum computers and 3D printers) to Russia in line with the government’s decision as of May 10. These measures enter into force on May 20,” the ministry said.
The list of the goods, banned for the exports to Russia, includes oil refining equipment, quantum computers and their components, electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, 3D printers and their consumables, equipment for the production of organic light emitting diodes, equipment for the production of microelectromechanical circuits, equipment for the production of high-efficiency solar cells for hydrogen fuel and renewable energy, vacuum pumps, refrigeration equipment designed for extremely low temperatures, materials that make it difficult to detect electromagnetic waves, and other equipment.

Japan has joined the sanctions campaign against Russia after the latter launched the military operation in Ukraine on February 24.

 

Kangana Ranaut Says ‘Not Alone In This Industry’ As Salman Khan Wishes The ‘Dhaakad’ Team

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Superstar Salman Khan has won Kangana Ranaut’s heart by lending his support to the latter’s upcoming film ‘Dhaakad’.

On Thursday, Salman took to Instagram and Twitter and shared the second teaser of ‘Dhaakad’. “Wishing team #Dhaakad the very best! @kanganaranaut @rampal72 @smaklai,” he captioned the post.

After seeing Salman’s post, Kangana immediately took to her Instagram Story and thanked the “Dabangg” star.

“Thank you my Dabangg hero heart of gold…I will never say again that I am alone in this industry…thank you from entire Dhaakad team,” Kangana, who recently attended Salman’s sister Alprita’s Eid bash, responded.

 

‘Dhaakad’ stars in the role of a spy named Agent Agni. Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutta and Saswata Chatterjee are also a part of the film, which is scheduled to hit the theatres on May 20. (ANI)

Athletics: Olympic champions to headline Doha Diamond League

Doha [Qatar]: The Doha Diamond League comprising several Olympic champions is all set to start on May 13 here at the Qatar Sports Club. The Diamond League is track and field’s most prestigious series sitting in the top tier of the World Athletics one-day meeting competitions. The 2022 Diamond League comprises 13 meetings, starting with the Doha event leading up to the two-day Diamond League Final in Zurich on September 7 and September 8.

It encompasses 32 Diamond Disciplines, following a championship style model. Athletes earn points at the meetings to qualify for the final of their discipline. At each series meeting, athletes are awarded 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 point for ranking 1st to 8th, respectively. The top 6 in the field events, the top eight for 100m-800m and the top 10 for 1500m and long distances qualify for the Final.

The winner of each Diamond Discipline at the final will become “Diamond League Champion” and be awarded an iconic Diamond Trophy, and a wild card for the World Athletics Championships.

The Diamond League will broadcast live on Sports 18 as well as on Voot in India until 2024.

The Doha meet will see numerous Olympic champions plying their trade at the Qatar Sports Club, including Swedish pole vault star Mondo Duplantis, Canadian 200m champion Andre De Grasse, joint high jump champion Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy and homegrown hero Mutaz Barshim from Qatar. (ANI)

 

in IPL Anything below 130 is difficult to defend: Dhoni

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : After getting bundled out at 97 and later losing the clash by five wickets against Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni admitted that any target below 130 runs is difficult to defend.

The crucial partnership between Tilak Varma and Hrithik Shokeen and a quick unbeaten 16 by Tim David helped Mumbai Indians register a third win against Chennai Super Kings here at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
“Irrespective of how the wicket is, anything below 130 is difficult to defend, but what I asked the bowlers was to show a lot of character and forget about the result. Both the young fast bowlers bowled really well and I feel a game like this really helps them in believing in themselves that irrespective of the conditions, whenever we start we need to have the same kind of attitude and that’s what is needed in the shortest format,” said Dhoni in a post-match presentation.

“We have gone through periods where we never really had that extraordinary bench of fast bowlers. Also, fast bowlers, they take their time to mature if you are lucky you get somebody who can feature in all formats in six months’ time and that is what IPL is doing and it is an opportunity for a lot of them. They bowl a bit courageous now which is very important in a format like this. And some players take their time before executing their plans better. The fast bowlers to have both of them really well is a big positive, and also we will have two more fast bowlers coming into the next season, also we have a few more up the sleeves, just want to give ample time for them to prepare.” he added.

Despite posting a small total, CSK showed some true character with the ball as Mukesh Choudhary scalped three wickets while Simarjeet Singh and Moeen Ali took one wicket each.

“It’s the first few deliveries which is important when you are batting in that kind of pressure, so it was a chance of survival. Once they are past those first few deliveries, they can be themselves. It didn’t pay off today but I think they bowled really well. A bit of application was needed from our side, and a few of the batters got out on good deliveries, hopefully, they are learning with each and every game,” said Dhoni.

For CSK, Dhoni (36*) was left-hanging as the lone warrior for his side, as a brutal pace attack by Mumbai Indians fast bowlers skittled out the Men in Yellow for 97.

Daniel Sams was the pick of the bowlers for MI, with 3/16 in their four overs. Meredith (2/28) and Kartikeya (2/22) also bowled well. Bumrah and Ramandeep Singh got a wicket each.

With this win, MI is currently at the bottom of the points table with six-point. CSK is at ninth position with 8 points. (ANI)

 

Helicopter crashes in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur, both pilots killed

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India]: Two pilots died after a helicopter crashed at Raipur’s Swami Vivekanand Airport on Thursday night during a “routine” training sortie.

According to the state government, initial indications suggest technical malfunction as the cause of the crash.
“Chhattisgarh state helicopter crashed at Raipur’s Swami Vivekanand Airport tonight at around 9.10 pm. It was on a routine training sortie. Initial indications suggest technical malfunction as the cause of the crash. Captain Gopal Krishna Panda and Captain A P Shrivastava have unfortunately succumbed to injuries following the crash,” it said.

A detailed technical investigation on behalf of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Chhattisgarh Government will be undertaken to ascertain the exact cause.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives. He has asked officials to provide immediate relief to the bereaved families.

“Just got a sad news about the state helicopter crashing at the airport in Raipur. In this tragic accident, both our pilots Captain Panda and Captain Srivastava have died. May God give strength to his family members and peace to the departed soul in this time of grief,” Baghel said in a tweet. (ANI)

New PM Wickremesinghe vows to uplift Sri Lanka’s economy

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Shortly after being appointed as Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday said he has taken up the challenge of uplifting the island nation’s crisis-ridden economy and added that ties with India will get much better under his government.

Wickremesinghe, who is the leader of the United National Party (UNP), was sworn in as the prime minister by Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo today. He had previously served as the Sri Lankan prime minister on five occasions.
“I have taken on a challenge of uplifting the economy and I must fulfill it,” Wickremesinghe told reporters.

Answering a question on India-Sri Lanka ties after his appointment, he said, “It will become much better.”

“They should stay. We want them to stay. If they want to talk, yes,” Wickremesinghe when asked about the protesters.

The Indian High Commission in Colombo reiterated the country’s commitment to the people of Sri Lanka after Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the prime minister.

“High Commission of India hopes for political stability and looks forward to working with the Government of Sri Lanka formed in accordance with democratic processes pursuant to the swearing-in of Hon’ble @RW_UNP as the Prime Minister of SriLanka,” the high commission said in a tweet.

“India’s commitment to the people of Sri Lanka will continue,” it added.

Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down as the prime minister on Monday, following violent incidents reported between pro-government groups and anti-government protesters. (ANI)

Heightened security for ballots: Nepal all set to vote in local polls

Kathmandu [Nepal]- One can see an unusual scene in Kathmandu city hall: Workers are erecting metal barricades inside which votes will be counted after voting in local elections on Friday.

Alerted by incidents in the past, the Election Commission has come up with the idea of barricading the entire area with metal bars forbidding anyone except the vote-counting officials to reach up to the casted ballots.
“We are more concerned about the security aspects this time. We have installed Closed Circuit Camera and set up metal barricades which would enable representatives from political parties to see the counting procedure but not let them reach up to the casted ballots. It would fortify the area for the protection of papers and the officials. This change has been incorporated for the vote count this time,” Prem Kumar Shrestha, Spokesperson at Office of the Electoral Officer, Kathmandu told ANI.

The incident of tearing of ballots at Bharatpur in Chitwan District at the time of vote count in 2017 election has prompted the electoral body to heighten security at vote counting centres. Cadres of Maoist Centre at that time had torn and ate some of the ballots at that time forcing a re-election in the area.

The Election Commission had wanted to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras at all 753 vote counting centres across the country for the local elections but was able only to execute it in around 300 places only.

Whenever CCTV monitoring is not possible, officials will be asked to keep video records of the counting process so that they can be used whenever any dispute arises.

Apart from security for ballots, a large number of security personnel are being deployed in the Himalayan Nation with a population below 20 million for local polls of Friday. As per the Home Ministry, 2,60,000 security persons are providing security for Friday’s franchise.

Among them 100,000 are the Myadi (temporary) police persons. More than 65,000 Nepal Police personnel, over 32,000 Armed Police Force (APF) personnel and 71,000 Nepali Army personnel are mobilized for securing the election.

Security is provided in three cordons. In the first cordon are the Nepal Police and Myadi police personnel. In the second cordon are the APF personnel and the Nepali Army personnel are mobilized in the third (outer) cordon, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

As per the Election Commission, a total of 17,733,723 voters are enlisted to exercise their voting right on Friday’s election. There are a total of 10,756 polling stations and 21,955 polling booths for it.

There are 10,756 polling stations and 21,955 polling centres in 753 local bodies. Of them, 2,946 polling centres are highly sensitive and 4,423 have been listed as sensitive. The polls will open at 7 AM (Local Time) and close at 5 PM (Local Time) on Friday. (ANI)

 

AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan arrested over protest in Delhi

New Delhi [India]- Amid the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in the national capital, Delhi Police on Thursday arrested Aam Admi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan who along with locals was protesting against South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) at Madanpur Khadar area.

He has been booked for obstructing a public servant from discharge of duty.
Amanatullah claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party through the civic body is running bulldozers over the houses of poor people.

“The lathi-charge by the police on the people opposing the BJP’s “bulldozer system” is unconstitutional. We are against the anti-people policies of the BJP, and I will always raise my voice for the rights of the people, no matter how many times I have to go to jail for this,” tweeted Amanatullah in a series of tweets.

“Delhi Police has arrested me. Can imprison me, not my spirits,” he said in another tweet.

The SDMC on Thursday ran bulldozers in several areas of West Delhi including the Khyala and Chand Nagar areas of Vishnu Garden. Earlier, it carried out the demolition drive in the Madanpur Khadar area, where people protested against the move of SDMC.

The locals raised anti-encroachment slogans and sat on the roads in an attempt to stop the bulldozers that were brought to carry out the drive in the presence of the Delhi police.

Khan said that the people of the area had already removed the encroachments at his request.

“Wazu Khana’ and toilets outside a mosque here were removed in presence of police, earlier. When there are no encroachments, why have they come here? Just to do politics?” the AAP MLA said.

Khan further alleged that the MCD is carrying out the drive to “disturb the atmosphere”.

“When I removed all the encroachments, then the MCD has come to disturb the atmosphere. Why else have they come? If there is any encroachment in my constituency, tell me, and I will remove it,” he said. (ANI)

WTO rules need to be flexible, WHO must be reformed: PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Underlining the need for a coordinated response to combat future health emergencies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday the world must build a resilient global supply chain in the world order with a more flexible World Trade Organization (WTO).

Delivering an address at the 2nd Global Covid Summit on the theme ‘Preventing Pandemic Fatigue and Prioritizing Preparedness’, PM Modi stressed on reformed World Health Organization (WHO) to build a resilient global health security architecture.
During his speech, PM Modi called for streamlining WHO’s approval process for vaccines and therapeutics, to keep the supply chain stable and predictable. “As a responsible member of the global community, India is ready to play a key role in these efforts.”

“A coordinated response is required to combat future health emergencies. We must build a resilient global supply chain and enable equitable access to vaccines and medicines. WTO rules need to be more flexible. WHO must be reformed and strengthened to build a more resilient global health security architecture,” said PM Modi.

PM Modi participated in the second Global COVID Virtual Summit at the invitation of US President Joe Biden.

The prime minister highlighted that India adopted a people-centric strategy against the pandemic.

“We made the highest ever allocation for our annual healthcare budget. Our vaccination program is the largest in the world. We have fully vaccinated almost 90 percent of the elderly population and more than 50 million children,” he said.

PM also noted how India’s genomics consortium has contributed significantly for the global database on the virus. “I am happy to share that we will extend this network to countries in our neighbourhood.”

He also recalled how India last month laid the foundation of the WHO Centre for Traditional Medicine in India to make this age-old knowledge available to the world. “It is clear that a coordinated global response is required to combat future health emergencies.”

PM Modi had also participated in the first Global COVID virtual Summit hosted by Biden in September 2021. (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi boards train to Udaipur to attend Congress Chintan Shivir

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi left for Udaipur from Delhi by train on Thursday to attend the party’s three-day Nav Sankalp Chintan Shivir.

Rahul Gandhi reached Sarai Rohilla railway station on Thursday evening to catch his train for Udaipur. Congress workers thronged the railway station to see off Gandhi.

Railway porters interacted with Rahul Gandhi on board the train. Congress leaders are heading to Udaipur for the party’s Chintan Shivir which begins on Friday.

Around 400 senior Congress leaders from across the country are expected to take part in the brainstorming session. Congress is going to hold a ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur under the leadership of its interim President Sonia Gandhi to hold discussions on party organization, and to formulate a strategy to challenge the BJP in the upcoming 2024 general elections.

The top leaders demanded that Rahul Gandhi should take over the post of Congress President in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held on March 14.

In the meeting, senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told Wayanad MP that he should accept the post of President, according to sources.

Sources further informed, “Rahul is ready to consider the post. After this, a proposal came in the meeting to hold the election of the President of August-September. However, it was then decided that the ongoing process cannot be pre-poned.”

After the defeat in 2019 LS polls, Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post of Congress president and Sonia Gandhi turned up to become the party’s interim president.

Discussions and crucial decisions are likely to be taken regarding the post of the Congress president during the Chintan Shivir in Udaipur.

The Chintan Shivir is being held in the backdrop of the party’s drubbing in the elections to five state assemblies earlier this year. The party has witnessed several electoral losses in the elections held in the past eight years. Congress has also seen the exit of some of its prominent faces.

The Chintan Shivir will commence on May 13 with Sonia Gandhi’s address to the people and will conclude on May 14 with Rahul Gandhi’s speech. (ANI)

Boney Kapoor Reacts To Mahesh Babu’s Statement ‘Bollywood Can’t Afford Me’

Seems like Bollywood filmmakers have taken Mahesh’s Bollywood statement’s seriously, just 24 hrs back Bollywood filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt reacted to Mahesh’s statement, and now another senior Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor has reportedly reacted to Mahesh Babu’s statements on Bollywood that attracted a lot of backfires.

Boney Kapoor reportedly said that everyone is entitled to say whatever they feel, but he can’t comment on one particular industry because he belongs to both sides, Bollywood and South. He has to remember that he has done films in both Tamil and Telugu and will also do films in Malayalam and Kannada soon. Therefore, he may not be the right person to comment on this.
Also, he admitted that Mahesh has the right to say whatever he feels as he might feel that the Hindi film industry may not be able to afford him and he may have his reasons for saying this. Boney reportedly said that he’ll be the last person to comment on this and If Mahesh feels that way, it is good for him.
Boney Kapoor started his career with a South remake. ‘Hum Paanch’ was a remake of the Kannada/Telugu film ‘Paduvaaralli Pandavaru’, then he made ‘Woh Saath Din’ with Anil Kapoor, which is again a south remake of the 1981 Tamil film ‘Andha 7 Naatkal’.

IPL: DC keep playoff hopes alive with 8-wicket win against RR

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: A 144-run stand between Mitchell Marsh (89) and David Warner (52*) helped Delhi Capitals register an eight-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals here at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

It was a memorable day for DC, who put on an all-round performance to keep their playoff hopes alive.
With this win, DC is currently at fifth position in the points table with 12 points. RR is at third position with 14 points.

Chasing 161, Delhi Capitals got off a poor start, losing the opener Srikar Bharat for a duck on the second ball of the innings after a Trent Boult delivery found the edge of his bat and landed in the hands of wicketkeeper Sanju Samson.

This brought Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to the field alongside his compatriot David Warner. Prasidh Krishna delivered a maiden second over and the next Boult over gave away only 4, leaving Delhi struggling at 5/1 in three overs.

Things started to pick up after the introduction of spin with Ravichandran Ashwin in the fourth over, who gave away 12 runs thanks to six from Marsh. That hit infused some life into the chase as the fourth, fifth and sixth over went for 11,12 and 10 runs respectively with Marsh and Warner stabilising the innings. Marsh took a more aggressive approach, while Warner anchored from the end.

At the end of the powerplay, DC stood at a sub-par 38/1, with Marsh (24*) and Warner (11*).

After the powerplay, Marsh kicked the chase into the next gear, smashing pacer Kuldeep Sen for two sixes and a total of 16 in his seventh over. This also brought up the fifty-run stand between the duo of Warner and Marsh, with the latter being a more dominant batter.

Both the batter continued to pile up runs further. By the time ten overs ended, DC had recovered from the early hiccups and stood at a solid 74/1, with Marsh (47*) and Warner (23*).

Soon, Marsh also brought up his half-century, his first of the season in 38 balls with a six off Chahal’s delivery in the 11th over.

The onslaught on the RR bowling attack did not stop in the second half of the innings either, with the duo going all out against Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashwin and Prasidh Krishna. A four by Warner off Sen’s third delivery in the 14th over brought the 100-run stand between him and Marsh in just 79 balls.

By the end of 15 overs, DC was at the commanding position in the match with 114/1 and Marsh (70*) and Warner (38*) stood at the crease with the equation down to 47 runs needed in the final five overs.

Marsh and Warner continued to make light work of the RR bowling attack, with the duo smashing 15 runs in the 16th over bowled by Ashwin.

In the 18th over of the game, Chahal finally got the wicket of Marsh, who went back for 89 off 67 balls after being caught by Sen at the short fine-leg.

This brought captain Rishabh Pant to the crease, who smashed two sixes in Chahal’s 18th over to take Delhi three runs closer to a win. Warner finally completed the formalities with a three of the first ball of the 19th over. It also brought his fifth half-century of the season.

Earlier, top knocks by Ravichandran Ashwin and Devdutt Padikkal provided Rajasthan Royals with a total of 160/6, at the end of the first innings against Delhi Capitals, here at Dr DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday.

Ashwin smashed 50 runs off 38 balls, while Padikkal scored 48 runs off 30 balls, and gave Rajasthan a strong hand in the first innings. For DC, Chetan Sakariya, Anrich Nortje and Mitchell Marsh bagged two wickets each.

Put to bat, Rajasthan had a rough start as their opening batter Jos Buttler fell prey to Chetan Sakariya after only scoring 7 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin was promoted to number three to join hands with opener Yashasvi Jaiswal to keep the scoreboard moving. The duo stitched a great partnership and took their team’s total beyond the 50-run mark in the 8th over of the innings.

In the 9th over Mitchell Marsh gave a big blow to RR as he dismissed Jaiswal for 19 runs. Jaiswal’s wicket invited Devdutt Padikkal to the crease and the latter smashed Mitchell Marsh for 8 runs. Ashwin brought up his maiden half-century in just 37 balls, while Padikkal gave a strong stand to him from the other end. They took Rajasthan’s score to 107/2 in 14 overs.

Mitchell Marsh was brought back into the attack and the pacer gave his team a big breakthrough as dismissed the well-set batter Ashwin for 50 runs. RR skipper Sanju Samson then joined Padikkal on the crease to set up a big score and keep their team’s scoreboard moving. Padikkal smashed the DC bowlers all around the ground. RR skipper could not stand longer on the ground and fell prey to Anrich Nortje after only scoring six runs.

Young batter Riyan Parag came to the crease to steady his team’s batting lineup. the duo of Parag and Padikkal smashed Nortje for 14 runs in a one over. In the 17th over of the innings, Chetan Sakariya was brought back into the bowling attack and he delivered an amazing spell of 7 runs with the wicket of Riyan Parag.

Rassie van der Dussen then joined Padikkal on the crease to remove some pressure from the team. In the 19th over well-set batter, Padikkal fell prey to Nortje after scoring 48 runs, leaving the team’s total at 146/6. The 20th over of the innings delivered by Shardul Thakur helped DC restrict Rajasthan to 160/6.

Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals 161/2 in 18.1 overs (Mitchell Marsh 89, David Warner 52*, Trent Boult 1/32) and Rajasthan Royals 160/6 in 20 overs (Ravichandran Ashwin 50, Devdutt Padikkal 48, Chetan Sakariya 2/23). (ANI)

Sarthak Chavan first Indian to secure podium finish at Thailand Talent Cup

Buriram (Thailand)-  Exhibiting true racing passion and making India proud on international soil, Honda Racing India rider Sarthak Chavan has set a new record by securing a podium finish at Thailand Talent Cup 2022 round two. It is for the first time ever in the history of Honda Racing India that an Indian rider has achieved this triumph.

Showcasing his riding skills at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram (Thailand) last weekend, the 15-year-old from Pune meticulously manoeuvred his way in race two of the round to reach at top five after his 12th position start on the grid. Giving a tough fight to the competition even under wet conditions, Sarthak boldly took on the finest of Asian riders, finishing the race at third place with just 0.583 seconds behind the race leader, according to a release.

 

Sarthak is the first Indian to achieve this feat

Sarthak’s teammate Kavin Quintal (16-year-old) too showed the might of confident young Indian rider in the race. Starting 15th on the grid of 16 riders, the Chennai boy made a good start and overtook five riders in lap one itself. From there till the end of race two, Kavin persevered through the stiff competition and closed at ninth position with total time of 29:50.642.

Sharing an overview on performance by Indian riders in round two, Prabhu Nagaraj, Operating Officer -Brand & Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said, “We are extremely happy with the results of our riders in Round two.”

The Honda Racing India team entered the second round of Thailand Talent Cup 2022 with a total of 13 points. After securing 12th and 15th place on the grid in the qualifying race of round two, Sarthak Chavan and Kavin Quintal showed aggression in race one and climbed up to finish at 9th and 13th position respectively. With this, Sarthak added six points and Kavin four points to his kitty.

Continuing to display the power of young India, the duo of Indian riders finished the race two in Top 10 (Sarthak at third and Kavin at ninth), thus adding 32 points for the team. With the end of round two of Thailand Talent Cup 2022, Sarthak Chavan now holds total of 35 points while his teammate Kavin Quintal has 10 points in his kitty.

“I am very happy with my performance in this round as I was able to give my maximum on the track. With learnings from the last round and training with my mentors, I achieved third place on the podium. This win has boosted my confidence and I will continue to fight hard to bring more laurels for the country,” said Chavan.

“This round was all about learnings for me. The competition is very tough here. Personally, I am humbled with my performance in this round as I was able to earn points for the team. My aim is to improve my race craft and further better my results in upcoming rounds,” said Quintal. (ANI)

 

IMA urges Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to reschedule NEET exam

New Delhi [India]: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has requested Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to reschedule the NEET-PG examination, which is scheduled to be held on May 21.

The IMA in its letter to the Health Minister on Wednesday said, “The NEET-PG 2021 was held five months after the scheduled date in the month of September 2021. Then the counselling scheduled to begin from October 25, 2021, was also initiated (in January 2022) after a delay due to a pending decision on seat reservations and was further delayed owing to the Supreme Court ruling of March 31, 2022, which ordered cancellation and conduct of special round of counselling for the mop-up round.”
“As a result of the delayed counselling schedule, NEET PG 2022 was deferred from April 2022 to May 2022, so that the candidates could appear for the final stray vacancy round of NEET PG 2021 and can still have plenty of time for preparation and reappearance for the next NEET PG 2022 exam if they failed to secure a seat this year. However, the AIQ Counselling anticipated to be completed by the end of March 2022, is still in process and is uncertain if it will end by May 7. The several States will also be finishing the counselling around the middle of May 2022,” it said.

Highlighting the delay in All India Quota (AIQ) counselling for NEET PG 2021, IMA said that the difference between the NEET PG 2022 exam date and the completion of 2021 counselling is too short for an aspirant to prepare and appear for such an extremely difficult exam like NEET-PG.

“Another innocent five to ten thousand interns, who served as COVID warriors during COVID-19 pandemic, are ineligible to appear for NEET-PG due to delay in completion of their final examination and consequently their internship beyond eligibility criteria set for the examination,” the IMA said.

Pointing out various scenarios and Supreme Court judgments on the timetable for postgraduate courses, the IMA stressed the need to defer NEET 2022 examinations as it “concerns career paths of lakhs of medical graduates”.

“Since the NEET PG 2022 examination date is 21st May 2022, we request your timely intervention and urgent consideration of postponement of the NEET PG 2022 for a reasonable period of time, so that, the current NEET PG 2021 aspirants have adequate time to prepare and appear for the upcoming NEET-PG 2022 examination and the eligibility of all interns is also ensured,” the IMA said.

“We are sure that the issue shall be dealt with urgency by granting the prayer as made herein above in larger academic and societal interest as a whole,” it further said. (ANI)

25 injured after plane catches fire on runway in China’s Chongqing

Beijing [China]:  As many as 25 people were injured after a passenger plane veered off the runway during take-off and caught fire at an airport in southwest China’s Chongqing on Thursday, lcoal media reported.

The passenger plane operated by Tibet Airlines was carrying 113 passengers and nine crew members were on board, Xinhua reported citing airport sources as saying.
All passengers aboard the plane were evacuated and the injured were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The cause of the incident remains unknown.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)

Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan Pay Their Last Respect To Santoor Legend Shivkumar Sharma

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Musical legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, who passed away due to age-related issues, was cremated with full state honours in the presence of his family, and members of the film and music industry in Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon.

Several people including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya Bachchan visited Shivkumar Sharma’s residence to pay their last respects to the santoor maestro. Several images have surfaced online in which Big B and his wife are seen mourning the demise of Shivkumar Sharma.

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Big B also penned an emotional note in memory of Shivkumar Sharma, who had composed music for the former’s 1981 film ‘Silsila’, on his blog.

“There is the passing away of the Maestro , ShivKumar Sharma, who played the santoor, a special instrument, from the valleys of Kashmir .. who designed so many film musics for me and many others .. continued success after success , numbs you from the pain of pain .. as also the reverse .. Shivkumar ji , who played the ‘santoor’ in its brilliance .. who put his heart and soul into whatever he took up .. humble despite his incredible presence .. and the talent of a genius,” Big B wrote.

“A sad ending to the master of the string instrument .. he and Hari Prasad Chaurasia ji , the renowned flutist were a dua for film music .. they came as strong as they could .. played recorded and left,” he grieved.

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Pandit Shivkumar Sharma breathed his last on Tuesday at the age of 84. His funeral was held at Vile Parle’s Pawan Hans Crematorium.

Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain was also present at the funeral. (ANI)

Know Why Indian Students Prefer to Study in Canada!

 

By KSHVID TEAM.

For the last decade, international students have preferred Canadian universities for Higher education. Canadian Universities are ranked among the top 3 countries sought by the international students to study. There must be a reason for it? Is there something very unique while studying in Canada? The answer is the top-quality education, affordability, and diversity of bachelor’s programs offered by Canadian universities. The government policies of Canada for international students also help to learn and earn in Canada. Different internship programs running across the country provide hands on exercises for the students to polish their skills. In addition, there are many other perks of studying in Canada. Some of them are being disclosed in this article below.

Canada is full of opportunities

Top Ranked Universities:

The academic excellence of Canada requires no introduction. Canada provided world-class education for decades and gave developing countries educated administrators, economists, and politicians. If you fly to Canada for higher education then you have the opportunity to study in the world’s best Universities as many universities in Canada compete with the world’s best universities in the US and UK.

The University of Toronto is in the top 30 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE). The University of British Columbia secures its place among Canada’s top 40 best universities in (THE). Also, McGill University is in the Top 50 best universities of Canada.

Students have high level of satisfaction while studying in Canada

No Communication Problem:

In other countries, you may find it hard to communicate with the native people because of the language barrier. But not in Canada, as Canada is a Bilingual Country. Both English and French are official languages in Canada, and you can easily go anywhere in Canada with your English language skill. The communication gap is minimum. That’s why learning and exploring opportunities are maximum in Canada. Besides that, almost all Canadian Universities offer English-taught degrees for higher education. You have to pick the best program for yourself in Canada and get yourself enrolled.

Multicultural Environment:  As mentioned above, Canada is Bilingual Country, so there is diversity as half of the Canadian population’s first language is not English. This Multicultural Environment will be everywhere in Classrooms, shopping malls, and society. International students can easily adapt, and they can make friends too. You will feel less lonely in a country offering you a Multicultural Environment.

Learn and Earn: Canadian Universities also support their students financially by giving them stipends or scholarships and an opportunity to earn by themselves. The Canadian Cooperative work system allows the international students to earn on campus or outside. The only restriction is the working hours; you can only work 20 hours per week. Students can also apply for additional three years of post-study work permit in Canada. That’s how you can easily earn bread and butter in Canada while completing your education there.

 

Students get to work part time while they study. This makes them confident and they can sustain on their own.

 

 Affordability: The Cost of education in Canadian Universities and living in Canada for an international student is affordable compared to European countries. Affordability is the major factor behind people coming to Canada for Higher Education. As discussed earlier that Canadian Universities Provide Scholarships and Internship programs for their bachelor’s, Master and Ph.D. students. Apart from that, the cooperative work system and post-study work permit also help international students to support their finances. Also, Canada has various colleges and universities having very student-friendly fee structures and tuition fee models. So you can also choose between these colleges and universities.

A little bit of Everything:  Canadian Universities offer the best education in affordable tuition fees, scholarships, and internship programs. Apart from that, another perk of living and studying in Canada is the blend of nature, culture, and technology. It offers numerous events, festivals, video gaming hubs, theaters, etc. Life in Canada is busy yet significant to experience nature and the technological advancements in your neighborhood. Talking about society’s technological advancement, the strongest industries of Canada are video gaming, biotech, and telecommunication. Nature, technology, multicultural arts, and quality education all are in one place in Canada.

Studying in Canada gives an life time experience

Low Crime Rate: Canada is among the world’s safest countries, and you will experience that in your early days in Canada. Its crime rate is very low, almost equal to none, which guarantees your safety in a country. While studying in Canada, you don’t have to worry about street crimes, other snatches, etc. 911 Emergency service is available 24/7. In case of any emergency, accident, or fire, you can dial this toll-free number. Additionally, Canadian Universities pay heed to the safety of their international student to ensure safe education for them.

Secure Future:  As technology and globalization continue to advance across the globe, more and more business owners are opening their offices in Canada and other European countries. They need fresh graduates to work for them, and that’s why more than 90% of Canadian graduates get a Job in less than a year. The increase in job opportunities also increases your chances of getting a good job in Canada and earning citizenship in Canada. The top-notch education with the perfect practical and fieldwork touch makes you more competent than others.

By reading about all these benefits and perks of studying in Canada, if you have made up your mind to do a bachelor’s, master or Ph.D. in Canada then act on it. Don’t miss any opportunity to study in Canada, secure your future, and achieve whatever you want to achieve. Canada has a lot to offer its international students.

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Amit Shah says one should take holistic view to understand PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be seen from a holistic view and not from an isolated view to understand his political life.

Addressing the book launch of ‘Modi@20: Dreams Meet Delivery’, the Home Minister said, “Narendra Modi has worked all along as considering society as a family. He is the first such leader in the politics of the country, whose family no one has even heard of. Such a leader will not be found even after searching through binoculars.”
Shah said that PM Modi Modi is the most popular leader of every region and section of society.

He pointed out that PM Modi didn’t even have experience of running panchayat when he was made CM of Gujarat and despite that, he won continuously and ran the state quite efficiently.

“Those who are in front of me today have known Narendra Modi for the last 20 years. You have seen his successful 20 years. You have seen the difference in his leadership in India and Gujarat,” said Shah.

He stated: “But as a student of Political Science, I would say that it is necessary to know the journey of 30 years before this. If you have to understand the journey of rising from the courtyard of poverty to becoming the Prime Minister of the country, from being a small worker to becoming the most popular leader in the world and the journey of becoming the PM of India, despite never being a member of the Panchayat you need to know about the first 30 years.”

Shah also asserted that “to understand the political life of Modi ji, he has to be seen not from an isolated view but from a holistic view”.

He further said that as a worker of the organization, he has seen PM Modi eating food in the house of the poorest of the poor in a small village.

“While making a policy, whether it is a policy for the smallest person, the policy is for all-inclusive, and for the all-round development, where does it come from? The answer to this is the time of Prime Minister Modi ji in the work of the organization for the last 30 years,” he said.

The Home Minister said that Narendra Modi thinks about the result and this thinking has brought a big change in the country. “They are sensitive, they think about the smallest person,” he added.

He further said that the Modi-led BJP government does make policies which are good for the people of the country.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s government does not take such decisions which are liked by the people, but the Modi government takes such decisions which are good for the people. He doesn’t do politics for votes. His speciality is immense love and immeasurable sensitivity for the downtrodden, tribal, poor and backward,” added the Home Minister.

Shah said the primary education system implemented by PM Modi in Gujarat is a role model for the entire country.

“I have worked with Modi for years. He thinks most about the nation. For this reason, the people of the country have faith that when we celebrate the centenary of independence, India will reach new heights,” he said.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today released the book ‘Modi @20: Dreams Meeting Delivery’, in presence of Home Minister and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

The book ‘Modi @20: Dreams Meeting Delivery’, is an anthology about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)

IPL: ‘Cannot lose my line and length,’ says Rashid Khan

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Gujarat Titans spinner Rashid Khan, whose four-wicket haul helped his side clinch victory against Lucknow Super Giants, said that he cannot afford to lose his line and length.

Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for Play-offs this season as they beat Lucknow Super Giants by 62 runs at MCA Stadium in Pune. GT bowled out LSG for 82 in just 13.5 overs in a low-scoring match in which they had scored 144/4 in 20 overs.
“Those couple of games which did not go well was all about my line and length. That was something I was missing in those games. The pace I bowl and action I have, I cannot afford to lose my line and length, it was about focusing on hitting the right area. The wicket was helping today with bounce and turn, but overall it was about bowling in the right areas. They (the pacers) have given us a platform where we can come and put the pressure,” said Rashid Khan in a post-match presentation.

Rashid further said that the team’s entire focus will now be on playing good cricket and enjoying themselves at the moment.

“In a chase like 140-145 you need to have a good powerplay and the seamers gave us that. This is a very crucial part of the competition, it is all about the process whether we win or lose, we should keep the same process. We have to get better day by day and have to keep doing good things. Now the focus should be on playing good cricket and enjoying ourselves,” he added.

Earlier, it was Shubman Gill’s knock of 63 runs which helped GT post a defendable target of 145 runs. Apart from Rashid, Sai Kishore and Yash Dayal scalped two wickets each and bundled out LSG at 82.

GT have 18 points with nine wins out of 12 IPL matches they have played. GT have made it to the playoffs in their first outing in IPL. (ANI)

 

Uber Cup: India lose to South Korea 5-0

Bangkok [Thailand]: After registering two back-to-back wins, Team India crashed 5-0 against South Korea in their final group clash of the ongoing Uber Cup 2022 in Bangkok, on Wednesday.

In the Group D match, World No. 7 PV Sindhu fell prey to An Se-young, as she got completely dominated in both the games. Sindhu lost in her outing by 15-21, 14-21, in a match that lasted 42 minutes.
In the second clash, the women’s doubles pair of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi got thrashed by Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan 13-21, 12-21, in a 39-minute match. locked horns with Kim Ga-Eun in the third match and got outplayed by 10-21, 10-21.

Then, the duo of Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolly lost to Kim Hye-jeong and Kong Hee-yong, 14-21, 11-21, in a match that lasted for 36 minutes.

In the final clash, Ashmita Chaliha went against Sim Yu-jin but India’s losing streak continued as she ended the game at 18-21, 17-21.

Earlier, Team India had convincingly won against Canada and USA and reserved their place in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Uber Cup 2022. (ANI)

 

India ‘categorically’ denies reports of sending troops to Sri Lanka

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: The Indian High Commission on Wednesday “categorically” denied media reports about New Delhi sending its troops to Colombo, stating that the country is fully supportive of Sri Lanka’s democracy, stability and economic recovery.

Sri Lanka is struggling with acute food and electricity shortages, forcing the country to seek help from its neighbours. The economic situation has led to huge protests with demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
“The High Commission would like to categorically deny speculative reports in sections of media & social media about India sending her troops to Sri Lanka. These reports and such views are also not in keeping with the position of the Govt of India,” the Indian mission said in a Tweet.

“The Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs of India clearly stated yesterday that #India is fully supportive of Sri Lanka’s democracy, stability and economic recovery,” it said in another tweet.

Yesterday, India denied rumours circulating in sections of media and social media that certain Sri Lankan political persons and their families have fled to India.

In view of the current situation in Sri Lanka, India earlier today said it is fully supportive of the democracy, stability, and economic recovery of the island nation.

Sri Lanka on Tuesday ordered the country’s armed forces to open fire on anyone looting public property or causing harm to others following a day of violent clashes.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also urged people to remain calm, and refrain from violence and acts of revenge against others.

A number of violent incidents have been reported in the country after pro-government groups clashed with anti-government protesters on Monday, leaving eight people dead and over 200 injured.

A nationwide curfew was imposed from Monday until Wednesday and the military was deployed to maintain law and order.

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Sri Lanka’s PM on Monday as violent protests broke out. (ANI)

Mahesh Babu On ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’: ‘My Fans Are Going To Have A Blast This Summer’

New Delhi [India]: South star Mahesh Babu, who is awaiting the release of his upcoming film ‘Sarkaru Vaari Pata,’ took part in the viral #Whatshappening Twitter trend on Tuesday for the movie’s promotion.

In the Twitter video, Mahesh, dressed in comfy attire, was seen answering some light-hearted questions which included “Describe Sarkaru Vaari Paata in a Tweet?” Answering this, the actor said, “I think my fans are going to have a blast this summer.”

He was also asked “who he would like to follow on the platform,” to which Mahesh replied that he would want to see his wife Namrata Shirodkar on Twitter, so he could follow her.

‘Sarkaaru Vaari Paata’ has been directed by Parasuram Petla. It has been jointly produced by Naveen Yerneni, Y. Ravi Shankar, Ram Achanta and Gopichand Achanta under Mythri Movie Makers, GMB Entertainment and 14 Reels Plus banners.

The film is slated for a summer release this Thursday. (ANI)

All flights from Visakhapatnam cancelled, Other cities flights will be affected

Vizag (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: All flights from Visakhapatnam have been cancelled due to cyclone Asani, said Visakhapatnam International Airport Director Srinivas on Tuesday.

“All flights cancelled for today in and out of Visakhapatnam. All 6E flights out of VTZ for tomorrow as well stand cancelled,” Airport director Srinivas said.
Visakhapatnam city witnessed extreme heavy rainfall due to Asani cyclone on Tuesday afternoon. Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds lashed many parts of the city and the district, under the influence of Cyclone Asani on Tuesday. Drains were overflowing in many areas and roads were under a sheet of water due to continuous rain. (ANI)

 

PM Modi condoles demise of Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday offered condolences to eminent Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s family after his demise saying, his music will continue to enthral the coming generations. Sharma, a musical legend, passed away in Mumbai at the age of 84.

“Our cultural world is poorer with the demise of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Ji. He popularised the Santoor at a global level. His music will continue to enthral the coming generations. I fondly remember my interactions with him. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also extended condolences to the family of Pandit Shiv Kumar, saying his demise “impoverishes our cultural world”

“Sad to know about the demise of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, eminent Santoor player and internationally celebrated Indian music composer. His departure impoverishes our cultural world. My deepest condolences,” Banerjee tweeted.

Maharashtra Governor of Bhagat Singh Koshyari expressed condolences on the demise of renowned Santoor maestro Padma Vibhushan Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

“The news of the demise of Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma is shocking. Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma was instrumental in taking Santoor and Indian classical music to the global stage. Pt Sharma was a great artist, Guru, researcher, thinker and above all a kind-hearted human being. Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma mentored many disciples and enriched the world of music with his multifarious contributions. I pay my respectful homage to Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma and convey my deepest condolences to Pt Rahul Sharma and to other members of the bereaved family,” said Koshyari.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh express grief over the demise of the greatest maestros and said, “The world of music has lost one of its greatest maestros. Pt #ShivKumarSharma not only introduced Santoor at global level but also enriched film music with his melody. I am particularly bereaved since I shared a personal repport with Pandit ji who hailed from Jammu.”

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was an Indian composer and santoor player from Jammu.

He received the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001. (ANI)

DGCA suspends 9 pilots, 32 cabin crew members for failing pre-flight breath analyser test

New Delhi [India]: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended nine pilots and 32 cabin crew members who failed their pre-flight breath analyser (BA) test.

“During the period of four months commencing from 1st January 2022, DGCA has carried out 48 enforcements actions for the violations of the various requirements of the Regulation regarding testing of the crew for the consumption of the alcohol. During this period nine Pilots and thirty-two cabin crew were found BA positive,” stated the DGCA.
Out of the suspended staff, two pilots and two cabin crew have been suspended for a period of three years for being positive for the second time while the remaining seven pilots and 30 cabin-crew members were suspended for three months as they tested BA (breathalyser) positive for the first time.

DGCA will conduct random checks

“In Enforcement Actions for Breath Analyzer Violations for the Year 2022, DGCA strictly enforced the requirements on the Breath Analyzer testing of the crew for the consumption of the alcohol even during the prevailing pandemic conditions,” DGCA said.

“The remaining thirty-seven crew members were suspended for a period of three months for being tested BA positive for the first time. Other enforcement actions were related to missing BA test or not furnishing the declaration.” DGCA Arun Kumar said.

In April, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) restrained 90 pilots of SpiceJet airline from operating Boeing 737 Max aircraft after finding they were not properly trained.

 

Cricket South Africa withdraws charges against Mark Boucher

Johannesburg [South Africa]-  Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced that they have withdrawn charges of misconduct, including charges of racism against Proteas head coach Mark Boucher.

The nation’s cricket governing body further concluded that there is no basis to sustain any of the disciplinary charges, which include racism, against Mark Boucher, head coach of the Men’s cricket team. The Board of CSA has therefore formally and unreservedly withdrawn all of the charges.
“In December 2021, the CSA Board received the report from the independent Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) Ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza SC. That report made adverse “tentative findings” regarding Boucher but because the Ombudsman stated that he was not in a position to make “definite findings” he recommended that further formal processes take place to achieve finality on these issues,” said the board in a statement.

In line with their fiduciary and legal obligations, the CSA Board resolved to institute formal proceedings as per the SJN Report’s recommendations, which would give all parties, including Boucher, a chance to respond to the allegations and fully state their case. CSA was advised by external lawyers that the appropriate formal process to follow in respect of Boucher was a formal disciplinary hearing in front of an independent Chairperson.

The charge sheet against Boucher ultimately included the tentative finding made by the SJN Ombudsman against Boucher, as well as issues arising from CSA’s own internal enquiry following the resignation of the Proteas assistant coach, Enoch Nkwe. Terry Motau SC, a well-respected senior counsel, was appointed as the Chairperson of the disciplinary enquiry. After consultation with Boucher’s legal team and considering the Proteas schedule, Motau SC determined that the disciplinary hearing would commence on May 16, 2022.

The CSA Board has now taken the decision to formally withdraw all of the disciplinary charges against Boucher. This includes the charges arising from the SJN report and the charges arising from the investigation following Nkwe’s resignation. CSA has made this decision taking into account the following considerations:

1. Paul Adams recently announced that he had withdrawn from testifying against Boucher during the disciplinary hearing. In doing so, Adams stated that his concerns articulated during the SJN process were about the overall “culture” in the Proteas team during the early 2000s, rather than being about any particular player.

2. During the SJN process, Boucher formally apologised to Adams. After the SJN process, Adams indicated to CSA’s lawyers that he accepts this apology.

3. Nkwe decided that he too did not wish to testify against Boucher during the disciplinary hearing. In doing so, Nkwe stated publicly that he did not intend to take sides regarding Boucher and that “whatever happens in that process, I hope the outcome will be the one that’s best for the game”.

4. CSA’s lawyers engaged with various other potential witnesses over the last month and concluded that none of the three charges were sustainable.

5. The very recent ruling by Hamilton Maenetje SC and Michael Bishop in the Graeme Smith arbitration fortified the conclusion that the charges against Boucher would be dismissed.

Having taken all of the above into account, as well as the advice of its external lawyers, CSA concluded that there was no basis to sustain any of the charges against Boucher. CSA has therefore withdrawn the charges and will contribute towards his legal costs.

Lawson Naidoo, Chair of the CSA Board, commented: “CSA has at all times been committed to dealing with the SJN issues in a manner that treats them with utmost seriousness but also ensures fairness, due process and finality. The decision to withdraw the charges brings about finality on these issues for CSA and Mark and allows the focus to return to the cricket field – where we trust that Mark and the Proteas will go from strength to strength.” (ANI)

 

Champions League to expand by 4 teams to 36, confirms UEFA

Vienna [Austria]: The UEFA Executive Committee on Tuesday in Vienna approved the final format and access list for European club competitions as of the 2024/25 season further to its decision of April 19, 2021, to introduce the so-called “Swiss system”.

The key amendments relate to the reduction from 10 matches to 8 in the league phase of the UEFA Champions League and the change of criteria for the allocation of two of the four additional places in the UEFA Champions League, removing access based on club coefficient.
The eight matches of the UEFA Champions League will be played over the ten European weeks foreseen by the decision made in April 2021. The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League will all enjoy one week of calendar exclusivity.

The four additional places created by the increase from 32 to 36 teams in the league phase of the UEFA Champions League will be allocated as follows:

1. One place will go to the club ranked third in the championship of the association in the fifth position in the UEFA national association ranking.

2. One place will be awarded to a domestic champion by extending from four to five the number of clubs qualifying via the so-called “Champions Path”.

3. The final two places will go to the associations with the best collective performance by their clubs in the previous season (total number of points obtained divided by the number of participating clubs). Those two associations will earn one place for the club best ranked in the domestic league behind the UEFA Champions League positions. For example, at the end of the current season the two associations adding one club to the Champions League, based on the collective performance of their clubs would be England and the Netherlands.

4. The UEFA Executive Committee once again confirmed that all games before the final will still be played midweek, recognising the importance of the domestic calendar of games across Europe.

Taking the total number of teams from 32 to 36 in the UEFA Champions League, the biggest change will see a transformation from the traditional group stage to a single league phase including all participating teams. Every club will now be guaranteed a minimum of 8 league stage games against 8 different opponents (four home games, four away) rather than the previous six matches against three teams, played on a home-and-away basis.

The top eight sides in the league will qualify automatically for the knockout stage, while the teams finishing in ninth to 24th place will compete in a two-legged play-off to secure their path to the last 16 of the competition.

Similar format changes will also be applied to the UEFA Europa League (8 matches in the league stage) and UEFA Europa Conference League (6 matches in the league stage) and both will also include 36 teams in the league phase. (ANI)

 

Sri Lanka issues shoot-on-sight orders as protests intensify

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Sri Lanka tri forces have been ordered to shoot all those who plunder public property or cause personal harm, local media reported on Tuesday as large-scale protests continue to take place across the island nation.

The comes nationwide protests against the government have intensified over the past few days resulting in an increase in incidents of clashes with the security forces deployed at protest sites.
“The Ministry of Defence has ordered the tri-forces to open fire on anyone looting public property or causing harm to others,” Army Spokesman told Daily Mirror.

Protests have been identified in the country have people have resorted to burning houses of ministers and MP.

Anti-government protesters also set on fire the official residences of Sri Lanka’s Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando and the MPs Sanath Nishantha, Ramesh Pathirana, Mahipala Herath, Thissa Kuttiarachchi and Nimal Lanza.

A large number of protesters were out on the streets and attacked the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna MPs. Even some Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) offices were set ablaze, Daily Mirror reported.

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and some of his family members have been shifted to Trincomalee Naval Base, a day after he resigned following violent protests that led to a nationwide curfew.

Helicopters were seen leaving the capital city today with VVIPs and some speculated that they were members of the Rajapaksa family, Colombo Gazette reported.

Earlier today, a group of protestors attacked s senior police officer in the Western Province on Tuesday in Colombo.

Police said that the Senior DIG come under attack near Beira Lake in Colombo. They said the group had also caused damage to the DIG’s vehicle.

The US on Monday said that it is closely monitoring the volatile situation in Sri Lanka after the protestors burned the houses of Ministers.

“Closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka. We are deeply concerned by the violence against peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders, and are urging all Sri Lankans to focus on finding and enabling long-term solutions to the country’s economic and political challenges,” tweeted US State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA).

Shashi Tharoor Responds To Vivek Agnihotri, Anupam Kher’s Tweets: ‘I Tweeted A Factual News Item’

New Delhi [India]: After a war of words with Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on Twitter about “The Kashmir Files” movie, Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said that he never “mocked” or “disparage” the sufferings of Kashmiri Pandits and added that dragging his late wife Sunanda into this matter was “unwarranted” and “contemptible”.

The row started after Tharoor shared a media report on the microblogging site stating that the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ has been banned in Singapore. “Film promoted by India’s ruling party, #KashmirFiles, banned in Singapore,” the Congress MP tweeted.

Reacting to Tharoor’s tweet, Agnihotri said Singapore is the most regressive censor in the world and asked him to stop making “fun” of the Kashmiri Hindu genocide.

“Dear fopdoodle, gnashnab @ShashiTharoor, FYI, Singapore is most regressive censor in the world. It even banned The Last Temptations of Jesus Christ (ask your madam) Even a romantic film called #TheLeelaHotelFiles will be banned. Pl stop making fun of Kashmiri Hindu Genocide,” the filmmaker tweeted.

Targeting the Member of Parliament further, Agnihotri asked to him delete the tweet if his wife Sunanda Pushkar was a Kashmiri Hindu.

“Hey @ShashiTharoor, Is this true that Late Sunanda Pushkar was a Kashmiri Hindu? Is the enclosed SS true? If yes, then in Hindu tradition, to respect the dead, you must delete your tweet and apologise to her soul,” ‘The Kashmir Files’ director tweeted.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who played a crucial role in ‘The Kashmir Files’, also joined Agnihotri to attack Tharoor, saying that he should show some sensitivity towards Kashmiri Pandits for Sunanda’s sake who was a Kashmiri herself.

“Dear @ShashiTharoor! Your callousness towards #KashmiriHindus genocide is tragic. If nothing else at least for #Sunanda’s sake who was a Kashmiri herself you should show some sensitivity towards #KashmiriPandits & not feel victorious about a country banning #TheKashmirFiles!” Anupam Kher tweeted.

After her late wife, Sunanda was “dragged” into the controversy, Tharoor said he has never seen the movie and has not made any comment on its contents. He pointed out that he has repeatedly drawn attention to the plight of Kashmiri pandits over the years.

“I tweeted a factual news item this morning, with no comment on its contents or on the film “The Kashmir Files”, which I have not seen. At no point did I “mock” or disparage the sufferings of Kashmiri Pandits, of whose plight I am intimately aware, and to which I have repeatedly drawn attention over the years,” the Congress MP said in a statement on Twitter.

“Dragging my late wife Sunanda into this matter was unwarranted and contemptible. No one is more aware of her views than I am. I have accompanied her to the destroyed ruins of her ancestral home in Bomai, near Sopore, and joined her in conversations with her Kashmiri neighbours and friends, both Muslim and Hindu. One thing I know, unlike those attempting to exploit her when she is not around to speak for herself: She believed in reconciliation, not hate.”

Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in New Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014.

‘The Kashmir Files,’ on the life of Kashmiri pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency, is based on first-generation video interviews of victims of the Kashmiri massacre, making an account of their pain, suffering, struggle and trauma. (ANI)

Vivek Agnihotri, Shashi Tharoor Spar Over Ban On ‘The Kashmir Files’ In Singapore; Anupam Kher Chimes In Too

New Delhi [India]: Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri and MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday engaged in a war of words on Twitter after the former union minister posted that ‘Kashmir Files’ film had been banned in Singapore for being “provocative” and “one-sided”.

Earlier today the Thiruvananthapuram MP took to Twitter to say Tharoor took to Twitter to share a news article and wrote, “Film promoted by India’s ruling party, #KashmirFiles, banned in Singapore.”

To this the Agnihotri, the film’s director shared a list of popular films that have been banned in Singapore but hailed worldwide, calling Singapore the “most regressive censor in the world.”

“Dear fopdoodle, gnashnab @ShashiTharoor, FYI, Singapore is most regressive censor in the world” Agnihotri wrote tagging Tharoor.

“It even banned The Last Temptations of Jesus Christ (ask your madam). Even a romantic film called #TheLeelaHotelFiles will be banned. Pl stop making fun of Kashmiri Hindu Genocide,” Agnihotri wrote.

Further the director also asked whether the late wife of Tharoor, Sunanda Pushkar was a Kashmiri Hindu and that the Congress MP should delete his tweet and apologise to Sunanda’s soul. “Hey @ShashiTharoor, Is this true that Late Sunanda Pushkar was a Kashmiri Hindu? Is the enclosed SS true? If yes, then in Hindu tradition, to respect the dead, you must delete your tweet and apologise to her soul,” Agnihotri wrote.

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher too waded into the spat by sharing a screenshot of a Twitter thread of the late Sunanda Pushkar and asking Tharoor to “show some sensitivity towards Kashmiri Pandits for Sunanda’s sake.”

“Dear @ShashiTharoor! Your callousness towards #KashmiriHindus genocide is tragic. If nothing else at least for #Sunanda’s sake who was a Kashmiri herself you should show some sensitivity towards #KashmiriPandits & not feel victorious about a country banning #TheKashmirFiles!,” Kher posted along with a broken heart emoji.

 

‘The Kashmir Files,’ on the life of Kashmiri pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency, is based on first-generation video interviews of victims of the Kashmiri massacre, making an account of their pain, suffering, struggle and trauma. (ANI)

No magic wands, Unity and Determination is the Mantra : Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Noting that there are no magic wands for electoral success, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday urged party leaders to ensure that the single over-riding message to come from the party’s three-day Chintan Shivir in Udaipur is “of unity, cohesion, determination and commitment to party’s accelerated revival”.

In her opening remarks at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee here, Sonia Gandhi called for selfless work, discipline and a sense of consistent collective purpose to demonstrate the party’s tenacity and resilience amid the political challenges.
She said self-criticism is needed but it should not be done in a manner that erodes self-confidence.

The Congress chief also said that the chintan shivir should herald a restructured organization to meet the many ideological, electoral and managerial tasks faced by the party.

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi discuss Challenges ahead for Congress

“I request your full cooperation in ensuring that the single over-riding message that goes forth loud and clear from Udaipur is one of unity, cohesion, determination and commitment to our party’s accelerated revival,” she said.

“There are no magic wands. It is only with selfless work, discipline and a sense of consistent collective purpose that we will demonstrate our tenacity and resilience. The party has been central to the life of each and every one of us. It has expected our total allegiance and has been good to each and every one of us. Now, when we are at a crucial juncture, it is imperative that we step forward and repay our debt to the party in full measure,” she added.

This chintan shivir is being held in Udaipur from May 13 to 15 and around 400 Congress leaders will participate. Sonia Gandhi said efforts have been made to ensure balanced representation.

The party will hold discussions on political, economic, social justice, farmers, youth and organizational issues and adopt Udaipur Nav Sankalp.

“Self-criticism is of course needed in our party forums. But this should not be done in a manner that erodes self-confidence and morale and an atmosphere of gloom and doom prevails. To the contrary, we are beholden to put our heads together and together, collectively overcome the challenges that face us,” the Congress chief said.

“This requires that the Chintan Shivir does not become a ritual, something we must just get through. I am determined that it should herald a restructured organization to meet the many ideological, electoral and managerial tasks we confront,” she added.

Sonia Gandhi also referred to the amendment in the party’s constitution concerning digital membership. (ANI)

Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns, Protests continue

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who tendered his resignation on Monday, has recommended the formation of an all-party interim government in his letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Uncertainty looms over who will take over the post of the Prime Minister in the island nation going through one of its most difficult phases, with the principal opposition party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), confirming earlier that its leader Sajith Premadasa will not accept the PM’s post in an interim government.
“Effective immediately I have tendered my resignation as Prime Minister to the President,” Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a tweet.

Srilanka is facing an economic crisis

The developments come even as nationwide protests against the government have intensified over the past few days resulting in an increase in incidents of clashes with the security forces deployed at protest sites.

More than a hundred protestors were injured on Monday at the Galle Face protest site during violent clashes resulting in nationwide curfew in the country.

“While emotions are running high in #lka, I urge our general public to exercise restraint and remember that violence only begets violence. The economic crisis we’re in needs an economic solution which this administration is committed to resolving,” Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a tweet shortly before resigning.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting a large number of the citizens, resulting in massive protests over the government’s handling of the situation.

The recession is attributed to foreign exchange shortages caused by a fall in tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reckless economic policies, like the government’s move last year to ban chemical fertilizers in a bid to make Sri Lanka’s agriculture “100 per cent organic”.

Due to an acute shortage of foreign exchange, Sri Lanka recently defaulted on the entirety of its foreign debt amounting to about USD 51 billion.

The economic situation has led to huge protests with demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

IPL- DC coach Ponting admits loss against CSK will be ‘huge dent’

Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]-  After facing a crushing defeat against Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting was concerned about his team’s net run rate as it would affect their chances of going into the play-offs.

An all-round display by Chennai Super Kings, led by Devon Conway’s 87 and Moeen Ali’s 3/13 helped them seal a 91-run win over Delhi Capitals here at DY Patil Stadium on Sunday.
“To lose by 91 runs, it will put a huge dent in our net run-rate. It means we need to bounce back really strongly in our next game. We would think we can make the play-offs with three wins. Eight wins might be enough to get in and one big win might help our net run rate. Who knows we can be in the final,” said Ponting in a post-match presentation.

Apart from Moeen, Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, and Dwayne Bravo scalped two wickets each and bowled out the Capitals at 117. The head coach backed Delhi’s skipper and said that ‘it’s easy to make judgment from outside’.

“I fully back every decision he (Pant) takes on the field. Being a T20 captain before, I know you don’t have a lot of time to think about it, especially under extreme pressure. It is easy to make judgments from outside but trust me when you are in the middle it is not an easy thing to do. A captain makes decisions in a very short time and the decision he takes he thinks is the best for the team at that given time of the match,” said the head coach.

“He takes things like boundary size and batsmen at the crease into account when he takes those decisions. Our bowling was not up to the mark, similarly, our batting was very very poor. There were not many positives to take from the match. The only positive was Khaleel Ahmed, he was outstanding with the ball again,” he added.

Delhi Capitals will now be facing Rajasthan Royals for their next IPL 2022 clash on Wednesday, at the same venue.

 

 

 

Uber Cup : India thrash Canada 4-1 in opening match 

Uber Cup : India thrash Canada 4-1 in opening match

Bangkok [Thailand]: India thrashed Canada by a margin of 4-1 in their first Uber Cup Finals 2022 tie in Bangkok. Both the teams, part of Group D, had an intensely fought battle which saw India dominating most of the proceedings. World No. 7 PV Sindhu started off things against Michelle LI. The first game of tie was a closely fought one, with Sindhu prevailing 21-17. However, in the second game, things were more one-sided as Sindhu defeated LI 21-10 to seal the match.

Then, the duo of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi took on Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai. The first game was extremely close fought, with the Canadian duo taking it 21-19. Honderich and TSAI also won the second game 21-12 to win the match.

Aakarshi Kashyap locked horns with Wen Yu Zhang in the third match. Zhang took the first game by margin of 21-17 to gain an early advantage over Kashyap. However, Kashyap bounced back to win the next games 21-18 and 21-17.

The fourth match saw the Indian duo of Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolly battle it out against Catherine Choi and Josephine Wu. Crasto and Jolly walked off as winners with a comfortable win by 21-9, 21-15.

Finally, Ashmita Chaliha took on Rachel Chan. Chan won the first game 21-12, however, Chaliha bounced back with 21-11 in second round to make things even. Chaliha also took away the final game 22-20, sealing the win for her country in the final match.

 

Aamir Khan Celebrates His Daughter Ira’s Birthday Along With His Ex-Wife Reena Dutta

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Superstar Aamir Khan and his first wife Reena Dutta were all smiles at their daughter Ira Khan’s birthday bash.

Several pictures have surfaced online in which the former couple is seen celebrating Ira’s birthday together. One of the images features Aamir and Reena beaming with joy as their firstborn is busy blowing out the candles before cutting a cake.

Aamir’s son Azad from his second wife Kiran Rao also marked his presence in the particular snap.

For the unversed, Aamir married Reena Dutta in 1986. The two, who share daughter Ira and son Junaid Khan, divorced after 16 years of marriage.

He later married filmmaker Kiran Rao and they have a son, Azad Rao Khan. They announced their separation last year, after 15 years of marriage. (ANI)

Australia : Are you planning to Study in Melbourne or Sydney?

By KSHVID NEWS. 

Australia is one of the most popular study locations for international students. This is attributed to their high-quality education, as seen by their  Australian Universities, which are among the top 100 in the world. Furthermore, this results in a very high hiring probability. Graduates of an Australian University have numerous options both on the island and beyond the world. Because colleges have the instruments that assist international students in having flexibility and reliability in any workplace, in addition to acquiring excellent information, other benefits to studying in Australia include it’s high quality of living, excellent natural attractions, diversified culture, and a high degree of security, all of which contribute to a great career.

Most students hunt for reasons to learn in Australia as it’s undeniable that it has surpassed all other destinations in terms of educational quality and level. Students who aspire to pursue in Australia must first complete many steps before proceeding. So, if you’re looking for recommendations to assist you in understanding what you need to do when studying abroad in Australia or which subject is best for studying in Australia, here are a few things to keep in mind.  These conclusions are based on experineces of stduents and some experts.

Melbourne is a popular destination

When Should You Apply?

If you want to study in Australia, apply to institutions a few months well before the session starts, so you have enough chance to prepare, be admitted, and organise everything else. In general, Australian Universities divide their years at University into two four-month semesters. From February until May, the first semester is held.  August to November is the second semester. Many University and college websites can provide information on registration deadlines and start dates. Check carefully.

 

A visa is required:

A visa is required to learn in Australia for even more than three months. The application procedure is straightforward. There are no official visits or waiting for your passport to arrive in the mail because everything is online and electronically linked to your passport. It will cost a lot so be prepared! If you’re only studying for three months, you should always be able to get an ordinary visiting visa and save money.

In Australia, Which City is better?

Because Australia is a large country, you must decide where you want to live based on your subject and personal preferences.  Do you prefer surfing on the beach or walking in the woods? Are you planning on becoming a marine biologist? It would be preferable for you to live near the Barrier Reef. Will, you major in business? Why not make Sydney your study destination? Regardless of your subject or personal preferences, researching the location where you will be planning to stay will benefit you.

Sydney is another most popular education destination

 

Expenses: Plan ahead 

Australia can be costly. Melbourne and Sydney are frequently regarded as two of the most expensive places. Tuition and living costs differ across Australia. Tuition fees for classroom-based courses are about A$30,000 per year. Laboratory-based courses can cost approximately $40,000 per year. Travel, lodging, bills, equipment, socialising, and food and drink are all living expenses. The majority of these vary in price depending on where you live in Australia. Costs of living in Sydney can be astronomical compared to Hobart, which is 25% less expensive than the entire country. Scholarships are one option to help with some of these expenditures. Contact your University and inquire about the scholarships available. Students can combine many funding sources that assist them in paying for their higher education. Students can also take out a college loan or merge these strategies with family assistance or work.

A health insurance plan:

Make sure to investigate this. It may be included if you are going on a study trip. Still, if you are studying directly with an academic facility, you will almost certainly be needed to obtain medical insurance in Australia.

Know what to bring

Australia is distinct in every way, including its seasons. Winters occur in June, Late august, and July, with the climate remaining warm from October to March as the seasons change.

Warm clothing items such as sweaters and jackets should always be packed. Furthermore, the duty is to make sure that you have all necessary documents and visas and has enough medications for the duration of their stay.

Australia is quite large.

Australian Universities are Top Ranked and are huge in nature

Many people associate “Australian aspiration” with the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, the Outback, the Sydney Music Hall, etc. However, unless you have a deal of time and resources to burn, traveling to Australia and hoping to see all of this and more is probably a pipe dream. Wherever you go, there are bound to be a plethora of amazing things nearby, and while you may be able to sway one large trip, you should temper your standards about seeing the entire country.

You’ll feel homesick:

Regardless of how excited you are to visit Australia, there’ll be occasions when you miss home greatly. Remember that there is still a time difference, so you can contact and communicate with your family members when you miss them the most.

You’ll need to get a part-time job:

Hundreds of Indian Students are enjoying advantages of Australian Education

True, the living costs are extremely high, so you must save or earn money even while studying. Students can, however, manage to work part-time employment and improve their living standards thanks to the comprehensive educational setup.

Coral reefs, lovely white sand beaches, and fauna spring to mind when thinking of Australia. However, many things are there to learn about Australia. If you’re thinking about studying in Australia, you should learn about the culture, history, and social standards beforehand. Otherwise, you will put yourself in a problem or face unpleasant shocks after you arrive in another country.

Crocodile Dundee and other Hollywood films have helped to create prejudices about Australia. You’ll need to discover the real country to adapt to living in Australia swiftly. To begin with, you won’t always see kangaroos on your walk to school, and you shouldn’t name every girl you meet “sheila.” You can, however, greet everyone on the street with a friendly “g’day mate.” The majority of the locals you meet will be quite nice and helpful.

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Elon Musk pledges to scale up work standards in Twitter

Washington [US]: Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said he would significantly increase work ethic standards in Twitter once he officially acquires the social media platform.

Last week, Twitter said it agreed to be acquired by Musk in a deal worth $44 billion, although it is still subject to shareholder approval.
“Work ethic expectations would be extreme, but much less than I demand of myself,” Musk said on Twitter on Friday.

Twitter is going through a major change

The company will be “super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, information security and server hardware,” he added. Elon Musk previously said that he would like to revolutionize Twitter’s role in public debate as “free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”

 

IAF’s Rs 35,000 cr plan to upgrade Su-30 fighter fleet put on hold due to Russia-Ukraine war

New Delhi [India]: Amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Indian Air Force’s plans to upgrade the fleet of its Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft has been put on the backburner for now. The deal for the 12 most advanced Su-30MKI aircraft worth over Rs 20,000 crore would also be delayed slightly as the stakeholders will now have to add more Made-in-India content in the planes as per the current policy of the government to promote Indian defence products over imports, government sources told reporter. The Indian Air Force was planning to upgrade 85 of their planes up to the latest standards in collaboration with the Russians and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The plan has been put on the backburner for now in view of the present situation, the sources said.

IAF is trying to upgrade its fleet

The plan was to equip the Su-30 aircraft with more powerful radars and the latest electronic warfare capabilities to make it more powerful as per the latest standards, the sources said.

The Su-30 MKIs form the mainstay of the Indian Air Force as 272 of them have been ordered by the IAF in different batches as every time shortage of fighter jets in service was highlighted, the Russian manufacturers would receive an order of 30 to 40 of these planes.

The aircraft are supplied by the Russian manufacturers to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in semi and complete knocked-down kits and then they are assembled in the Nasik facility.

The ongoing conflict in Russia and Ukraine has also resulted in delays in the supply of spares for the fighter aircraft fleet.

Sources said even though the spares situation is manageable at the moment and expected to remain so in the near future as India had stocked them up in a considerable amount post the Uri surgical strikes and the ongoing China conflict.

However, it is expected that the supply of these spares and other equipment may become an issue after a year or so and that is why, the force has gone on an indigo ration spree of its imported equipment. (ANI)

Cyclone Asani to intensify into Cyclonic storm in next 24 hours in Bay of Bengal 

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the cyclonic storm named ‘Asani’ is expected to further intensify in the next 24 hours in Bay of Bengal. Earlier on Saturday, the department had predicted that a depression has formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal about 170km west of Car Nicobar and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm.
Speaking to reporters, Senior Scientist, Umashankar Das said, “The deep depression has intensified into a cyclonic storm named ‘Asani’. It’s moving at 16 kmph in a northwest direction. It is at 970 km in the southeast direction from Vishakapatnam and 1,020 km in the southeast direction from Puri.”

Cyclone is intensifyng every hour

“We are expecting it’ll move in northwest direction till May 10 evening. Possibility, it’ll further intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours,” he added.

However, the scientist denied the possibility of landfall and said that it will recurve and move parallel to the Odisha coast.

Das predicted rainfall by the evening of May 10 and said that yellow warning has been issued for three districts of Odisha.

“Rainfall will commence on 10th May evening, a yellow warning for rainfall issued has been for three districts — Gajpati, Ganjam, and Puri. On May 11, heavy rainfall warning has been issued for five districts — Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Ganjam,” he said.

On the contrary weather condition in some parts of the country, the IMD predicted heat wave conditions in the isolated pockets likely over Vidarbha during May 8 to 12, West Rajasthan during May 8 to 12, South Haryana and East Rajasthan during May 9 to 12, West Madhya Pradesh on May 8 and 9, South Punjab and Jammu division during May 10 to 12. (ANI)

Russia Invades Ukraine : UK to allocate additional USD 1.6 billion in aid to Ukraine

London [UK]- British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has confirmed an additional funding package for Kyiv in the amount of 1.3 billion pounds (USD 1.6 billion), The Sunday Times reports.

The funds will be taken from the Treasury’s emergency reserves and will come in addition to the United Kingdom’s existing 1.5 billion-pound support to Ukraine, the newspaper said on Sunday.
Sunak confirmed the additional aid following pressure from UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, The Sunday Times said.

Russia is hitting Ukrainian Cities with missiles

Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, after the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian provocations. Russia said that the aim of its special operation is to demilitarize and “denazify” Ukraine.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the goal is to protect the people of Donbas, “who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” In response to Russia’s operation, Western countries have rolled out a comprehensive sanctions campaign against Moscow and have been supplying weapons to Ukraine. (ANI/Sputnik)

 

KL Rahul wants his side to keep improving despite 75-run win over KKR in IPL

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Despite a massive 75-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul wants his side to keep improving to deliver a complete performance in IPL 2022.

A superb show by the Lucknow Super Giants pace attack led by superb efforts from Avesh Khan (3/19) and Jason Holder (3/31) helped the side clinch a clinical victory over Kolkata Knight Riders here at MCA Stadium.
“Still can’t think of any game where we’ve had a complete performance. Still, areas to improve. Don’t think any team is going to be perfect anyway, we aren’t chasing that. Everyone wants to contribute which is great to see,” said KL Rahul in a post-match presentation.

He further added that he is not sure whether they are peaking at the right time or not.

“Don’t know if we’re peaking at the right time but we’re getting the wins, we’re doing what is expected of us, sticking to our plans,” he added.

Rahul said that the wicket was tricky to play on but the way Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda batted made it look easier than it was.

“Played really well, started well with the bat, except for the runout. Was a tricky wicket. Knew it was going to be slow and sticky. Had to get around 150-160. The way Quinton and Deepak batted, made it look easy. Big-hitting from Stoinis and Jason gave the momentum,” said LSG skipper.

The bowlers of Lucknow delivered a great spell in the match, in which Avesh Khan and Jason Holder took 3 wickets each. Rahul hailed LSG’s bowling unit for putting the pressure on the KKR with regular wickets.

“We started superbly with the ball, put the ball in the right areas, and couldn’t have asked for more. Trust them a great deal (his pace battery). Having skills is one thing, but knowing what to do when is important. They’ve been put under pressure a couple of times but they’ve stuck to their strengths and been brave with the ball. That’s all we can ask for,” he added.

Talking about the match, KKR won the toss and elected to field first, Shreyas Iyer-led team got off to a great start as they got LSG skipper KL Rahul for a diamond duck. But then Deepak Hooda and Quinton de Kock stitched up 71 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket. LSG struggled in the middle but some fine late order hitting by Marcus Stoinis and Jason Holder guided them to put 176 runs on the board.

In reply, Andre Russell played an attacking knock (45 off 19) but he didn’t get any support from the other KKR batters. After Russell, Sunil Narine (22 off 12) was the second-highest scorer for Kolkata. In the end, KKR were bowled out for 101 in 14.3 overs, losing by a huge margin of 75 runs.

With the win, LSG now take the top spot at the points table with 16 points. With half as points as the Super Giants, KKR lay at eighth position in the table. (ANI)

 

President Kovind to inaugurate permanent campus of IIM Nagpur

New Delhi [India]: President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Maharashtra to inaugurate the permanent campus of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Nagpur, on Sunday, said a press release by President’s Secretariat.  The President will inaugurate the campus at 10:00 am on Sunday.
“The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind will visit Maharashtra tomorrow (May 8, 2022) to inaugurate the permanent campus of IIM Nagpur at Dahegaon Mauza, MIHA, Nagpur,” said the statement.

While IIM Nagpur tweeted, “Inauguration of IIM Nagpur New Campus at MIHAN at the hands of Hon. President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday, 8th May 2022, 10:00 AM.

Hon’ble Chairman, Board of Governors, IIM Nagpur Shri CP Gurnani will also be gracing the occasion.” (ANI)

Badrinath Dham : Doors to Open for devotees today

Chamoli (Uttarakhand) [India]: Badrinath Dham is all set to open doors for devotees on Sunday morning.

Earlier on Saturday, ahead of the opening ceremony today, the senior officials of police had instructed the on-duty police personnel to be extra cautious.
The Badrinath temple has been decorated with flowers and lights.

Located in Garhwal hill tracks in Chamoli district along the banks of Alaknanda River, Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The shrine is one of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Kedarnath.

It is situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand. It is open for six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November).

Kedarnath Temple opened its doors for pilgrims on Friday morning.

The annual Chardham Yatra began on May 3 on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya with the opening of the portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri temples in the Uttarkashi district. Portals of Badrinath Temple will open on May 8.

Earlier this month, the state government capped the number of pilgrims visiting the Char Dhams. A total of 15,000 pilgrims will be allowed daily at Badrinath, 12,000 at Kedarnath, 7,000 at Gangotri and 4,000 at Yamunotri. This arrangement has been made for 45 days.

This year, it is not mandatory for pilgrims to carry a negative COVID-19 test report or vaccination certificate.

Char Dhams draw lakhs of tourists and devotees every year from across the country and abroad. (ANI)

Ready to talk with naxals : Chhattisgarh CM Baghel

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India]: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday said that the government is ready to hold dialogue provided Naxalites have faith in the Constitution. Interacting with media persons in Pratappur, Baghel said, “The schemes of the state government being run in the Naxal-affected areas are winning the hearts of the tribal population. Now they are demanding to build roads and open camps. With the effective implementation of state government policies, the Naxal activities are confined to a few pockets in Chhattisgarh.”
“Naxalites should express their faith in the Constitution of India, and then we are ready to talk with them on any platform,” he emphasized highlighting the state government’s welfare schemes in Naxal-affected areas

 

Securiy forces have a long fight with naxals in forest areas of many states

Chief Minister Baghel was felicitated by media persons today for the decisions taken by the state government in the interest of the journalists. The Chief Minister announced the approval of Rs 10 lakh for ‘Patrakar Bhawan’ at Pratappur. It is worth mentioning that the state government has hiked the monthly pension for senior journalists under the ‘Senior Journalist Samman Nidhi’ from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. The age limit for the same has also been reduced from 62 years to 60 years. Besides, the limit of financial aid given to journalists under ‘Patrakar Kalyan Kosh’ has been increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh.

Similarly, new accreditation rules for journalists have been enacted, in which a provision has been made to give accreditation to journalists of TV channels, web portals, news magazines and news agencies. The accreditation quota for media institutions has been almost doubled. In a first, a provision has been made for accreditation of block-level journalists as well. A provision has also been made for providing financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of journalists who died due to COVID-19. The validity period of accreditation has been increased from one year to two years. (ANI)

Taliban : Women to wear burqa in Afghanistan, violation to attract punishment

Kabul [Afghanistan]:  Taliban has issued a decree ordering the Afghan women to wear the all-covering burqa at public places, adding that if violated a male member of the family will be improsned for three days. Furthermore, if the woman found guilty again, her guardian will be sent to court for further punishment.

Moreover, female public employees will be fired if they do not wear hijab. Morover, male employees in government offices will be suspended from their jobs if female members of their families do not wear hijab.

Taliban today issued a decree ordering the Afghan women to wear the all-covering burqa in public.

 

Taliban came to power with many promises

Though the decree is new, the Taliban have been forcing women to cover themselves up since returning to power in August. Earlier, the Taliban’s religious police put up posters around the capital Kabul ordering Afghan women to cover up.

Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice pasted the poster on cafes and shops. The posters had an image of the face-covering burqa. Along with the picture, a message on the poster read, “According to Sharia law, Muslim women must wear the hijab.”
Taliban during its regime in the 1990s made it mandatory for women to wear a burqa. Women in Kabul already cover their hair with headscarves, though some wear modest western clothing. However, outside Kabul burqa remained common, as per the media outlet.

Women without Burqa will be punished.

Now, the Taliban with this new decree is enforcing every woman in Afghanistan to wear the all-covering burqa. Last year in December, the Taliban issued another repressive directive that Afghan women seeking to travel long distances by road should be offered transport only if accompanied by a male relative.

Moreover, the worldwide condemnation of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan had heightened after the Taliban decided to close all secondary schools for girls. Several activists and political parties have urged the Taliban to reconsider the ban on secondary schools for girls.

Psychologists have said that the Afghan girl students above grade six, banned from going to schools by the Taliban, are undergoing mental stress due to this move. According to HRW, women and girls are blocked from accessing health care as well. Reports suggest that women and girls facing violence have no escape route. (ANI)

Domestic LPG cylinder price hiked by Rs 50 again

New Delhi [India]- The price of Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder has been increased by Rs 50.

With the latest revision, domestic LPG cylinders will retail at Rs 999.50 in Delhi.
Earlier this month, the price of commercial LPG cylinders had been increased.

On May 1, the price of a 19-kilograms commercial LPG cylinder was increased by Rs 102.50, to Rs 2355.50.

Recently, on May 1, Oil marketing companies organized more than 5000 LPG panchayats on the occasion of Ujjwala Diwas, where apart from experience sharing, aimed at safe and sustained usage of LPG, all out efforts were made to maximize customer enrolment.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is a step toward social inclusion by providing Free LPG connection to every BPL household. The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. (ANI)

Pakistan: Govt warns anarchy won’t be allowed, Imran Khan’s rally in Islamabad

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Ahead of ex-PM Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) mega rally in Islamabad, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Saturday warned that the government won’t allow an anarchy-like situation to persist in the country.

This comes in the wake of the Mianwali rally, where PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the public rally of millions of nationals could not be stopped by anyone, including the ‘murderer of 18 people’ Rana Sanaullah or PM Shehbaz Sharif.
The Interior Minister slammed the ex-PM for inciting and misleading the public against the ruling government. Addressing the media outside the Lahore sessions court, Sanaullah said, “They will have to give [the government] assurances that the march will be peaceful, political, and democratic.”

His remarks came as he attended a hearing of a drug case filed against him by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), reported Dawn.

“Even yesterday, he told his supporters not to spare anyone. I am warning you for the last time, not as a minister, but as the president of PML-N Punjab. If you don’t let go of these tactics and keep encouraging your supporters to disrespect members of other parties, you will face the same fate too. You won’t be able to escape from it,” he said.

This was in response to Imran Khan’s remarks in the address he made at the party’s Mianwali rally where he told his workers that neither containers placed on the route could stop them from their march to Islamabad nor the interior minister’s threats.

During the rally, Imran Khan accused Minister Sanaullah of committing 18 murders. In a war of words, the Interior Minister said that the PML-N too would instruct its workers to “catch and beat them up”.

“This is your misconception that you will be able to create anarchy or chaos in the country. Nothing will happen,” Sanaullah told Imran adding, “They [the supporters] will become human beings after a few thrashings.”

“You told people that this march will be bloody. I am warning you to take your words back or I won’t let you step out of your house,” he added, as per the media outlet.

Talking about the incident in Masjid-i-Nabwi, Saudi Arabia, the Minister rebuked PTI saying, “We know they were your people. They have been identified. Take action against them.”

Reacting to this, PTI leader Farrukh Habib, in a tweet wrote, “This is a fascist government which is threatening to destroy the peace and order of the country. It wants civil war in the streets.” (ANI)

 

Cyclone Storm on 8th May: Depression over Bay of Bengal likely to intensify

New Delhi [India]: A depression has formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal about 170km west of Car Nicobar and is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 8, the India Meteorological Department said on Saturday.

IMD predicted that it will move northwestward till May 10 and recurve north northeastwards thereafter.
“Depression has formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal at 1130 hrs IST of 7th May about 170km west of CarNicobar. To intensify into a Cyclonic Storm on 8th May. To move northwestward till 10th May and recurve north northeastwards thereafter,” IMD said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Odisha Fire Services Director General Santosh Kumar Upadhyay said the Fire Department was given directions to keep 175 units in alert mode and the leave of officers has been cancelled.

“As per IMD prediction, till May 8 there will be low-pressure zone. It could or couldn’t be a low-intensity cyclone. The fire department was directed to keep 175 units on alert mode, and the leave of officers was cancelled. Southern districts are more vulnerable,” Upadhyay said. (ANI)

 

Andhra Pradesh Government Increases Ticket Prices For ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’

According to the latest update, the Andhra Pradesh government has increased the existing ticket prices for Mahesh Babu’s ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ by Rs 45 for a 10-day period under the ‘Super High Budget Film Category’. Movie ticket prices in Andhra Pradesh have long been a source of contention.

The state government has announced that prices will be raised/lowered in accordance with the budget in the most recent amendments to the Cinematography Acts in Andhra Pradesh.

In the same vein, the government granted permission for the makers of ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ to add Rs 45 to the original prices set by them.

‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’, starring Mahesh Babu and Keerthy Suresh, has received $188,564 in pre-sales from 648 shows and 223 locations in the US already. Slated for release on May 12, the movie is directed by Parasuram Petla.

The makers of the SVP are organizing a Pre-release event today in Hyderabad at the Police Grounds, Yousufguda check-post, Hyderabad, Telangana. The even will reportedly begin sharp 6 PM and the makers have chosen an open groud so that huge crowd can be gatherd to enjoy the live action of the event.

 

Nayanthara & Vignesh Shivan To Get Married On June 9? Check Out

What looks like it, Lady Superstar Nayanthara has finally decided to take that ‘upward leap’ in her personal life.

The actress, who has been dating director Vignesh Shivan for quite some time now, might get married next month! Reports suggest that Nayanthara and Vignesh are planning to tie the knot on June 9. Are you excited?

Nayanthara and director Vignesh Shivan have been in a relationship for quite some time now. And now, various reports suggest that the couple have apparently zeroed in on their wedding date and venue! Yes, as per reports, Nayanthara and Vignesh might tie the knot next month, June 9, 2022, at Tirumala Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh. Theirs will be an intimate wedding with only family and close friends in attendance.

Nayanthara acted in Vignesh Shivan’s Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal, which was also produced by them. The film also features Vijay Sethupathi and Samantha. Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal is witnessing a great run at the box office. After the success of the film, they visited many temples and Andhra Pradesh’s Tirumala Tirupati temple was one of them. Vignesh took to social media and shared a beautiful photo from the same.

Sharing the frame with his ladylove, Vignesh wrote, “#ThanksGiving at #Thirupathi ! We prayed & asked for a #BlockBuster ! You gave it dear #venkateshwaraswamy #Thirumala #Thirupathi #Elumazhaiyaan ! Here we are thanking you for all the blessings , love & support! All that we want is your love & backing dear Thirumalayaneyyyyy !!! #Prayers & hard work #KaathuvaakulaRenduKaadhal #Blockbuster #people #favourite (sic).”

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And now, we can’t wait for an official statement from Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan about their wedding!

India is becoming high-tech manufacturing economy: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi [India]- Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Friday said India is gradually moving towards becoming a high-technology manufacturing economy.

“Government is working to capitalise on demographic dividend to have investment-driven export-led growth with greater engagement with the rest of the world in years to come. Reduction in corporate tax rates, improving Ease of Doing Business, FDI policy reforms, reduction in compliance burden, PM Gati Shakti, Make in India, are some of the initiatives the Centre has taken to encourage investments,” Goyal said while addressing an industry event virtually.
“Today, India is an island of stability amid ongoing global disturbances. Solid structural reforms, macro-economic stability, predictable policy and business-friendly reforms make India the world’s most open, investment-friendly economy,” he said.

“Innovation has been one of the key themes of our Government, be it governance, welfare delivery, or entrepreneurship, we are constantly trying to reform and innovate,” he added.

The minister said India’s overall exports are at an all-time high at near $675 billion with a record GST collection of Rs 1.68 lakh crore in last April and Manufacturing PMI at 54.7 and Services PMI at 57.9. All of these are reflective of the Indian economy’s revival.

“A closer look at the export trends indicates that the country is gradually moving towards becoming a high-class, high-technology manufacturing economy,” he said.

Noting that a few days ago, India had hit a century of unicorns, the Minister congratulated all the startup entrepreneurs of the country for this unique feat.

Speaking about recently concluded FTAs, Goyal said India-Canada Early Progress Trade Agreement, India-EU FTA, India-UK FTA are other trade deals with the developed nations are in pipeline.

The Minister noted that the India-UAE FTA will provide a large market to India’s labour-intensive exports and is expected to increase bilateral trade in goods to $100 billion. The India-Australia ECTA aims at boosting bilateral trade to $100 billion by 2030 from the current level of around $27.5 billion, he said.

“For the first time in a decade, we are making massive progress in trade deals with developed nations. FTAs are providing huge opportunities for businesses across the developed world and in India, to support each other’s economies, needs, to create jobs in a big measure. What we are looking for is a fair, equitable win-win transactions with all countries with whom we are expanding our engagements,” he added. (ANI)

 

Students back from Ukraine should be allowed to complete studies, Hemant Soren writes to PM Modi

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]:  Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to give directions for appropriate steps to enable students who have returned from Ukraine to complete higher education in India.

“I have written to @PMOIndia appreciating his sincere efforts in ensuring evacuation of Indian students trapped in Ukraine and urged him to give necessary direction to the concerned ministry to take appropriate steps enabling such students to complete higher education in India,” Soren said in a tweet.
In his letter, Soren said more than 180 students have returned to Jharkhand from Ukraine.

“I would like to draw your kind attention towards the plight of students who have returned from Ukraine. Russian Invasion of Ukraine suddenly interrupted their studies and it was only due to your intervention that they could be rescued back home safely. More than 180 such students have returned to Jharkhand,” Soren said.

He said students have come back safely but “an uncertain future now seems to stare at them”.

“At present. there does not seem any possibility of the Ukraine war ending soon. There is thus no hope for them to return to Ukraine for pursuing their studies,” he said.

Soren said a large number of students pursuing higher studies in educational institutions of Ukraine were enrolled in courses of medical education and in the wake of the ongoing crisis “future of these students remains extremely uncertain”.

“This is causing immense mental hardship to such students and their family members. There have been demands that the government must take tangible steps to get them admitted in the medical colleges in India,” he said.

“I would urge you consider the plight of these students sympathetically and give necessary direction to the concerned Ministry to take appropriate steps enabling such students to complete their higher education in India,” the letter said. (ANI)

 

It is not possible for participating teams to go: Anurag Thakur on Asian Games 2022 postponement

New Delhi [India]: Amid the reports of postponement of Asian Games 2022 in China due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said that the security and health of players are priority of the government and added that if the organizer is not ready then it is not possible for participating teams to go.

“The organizing country has to decide the current situation of their country. The safety of our players is our priority and if organizer is not ready then it is not possible for participating teams to go. Our players are in their camps playing tournaments and are doing everything to win medals for the country,” said Thakur.
The Asian Games 2022, which were supposed to be held in China’s Hangzhou City, have been postponed. No reason was given for the delay, but according to reports from Chinese state media, it has happened due to the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Anurag Thakur speaks to reporters on Asian Games

The 19th edition of the Asian Games was scheduled to be held in Hangzhou from September 10 to September 25. The host city Hangzhou is close to Shanghai which has been under several weeks of lockdown. The restrictions remain in force across large parts of the city with its 25 million residents being ordered to stay home.

When asked about doping awareness, the minister said, “Our aim is to make NADA work in accordance with the WADA rules. DG NADA is appointed to manage all the things. He spread awareness among the players during KIUG and guided them on what supplements needed to be taken and what kind of medicines need to be consumed. In this way, they can stay away from drug abuse. The second issue is testing so that India as a country should be an example for other countries. Adjudication is also important so that hearing takes place quickly and decisions are also taken fast.”

Notably, Star Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur, who represented the country at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 last year, has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after she tested positive for a banned drug.

The Sports Minister was also awestruck watching the divyang cricketers showing their cricketing skills during the final match of the Sardar Patel National Divyang T20 Cricket Cup which was won by Chandigarh team.

“The thinking of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to promote sports be it Olympic Games or cricket and with the vision, he moved forward to use the word ‘Divyang ‘ for these players. They are not called Viklang anymore. The talent they have was identified by him much earlier and that’s why during the Paralympics he spoke to all the players and gave them all the facilities and we won 19 medals at the Paralympics. Differently-abled cricket is full of talent. The one who can’t walk are playing cricket on such a walk. The one who does not have one hand are batting so well. They had the talent but never had the opportunity.”

“These talents have got opportunities. When I was BCCI President then I tried to make all blind and differently-abled players playing under different associations to be combined together be it deaf and dumb or blind or differently able to join together and give them full support and opportunity to play and I am happy that after Covid such tournaments are organized and India won the WC in 2019. Our blind team always wins if they get the opportunity they always win and we will try to give them full support,” said Thakur. (ANI)

IPL- I had nothing to lose, says MI’s Daniel Sams after win

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]- Daniel Sams, who defended 9 runs in the final over to script a stunning win for Mumbai Indians against Gujarat Titans, said he had nothing to lose when the odds were piled in the favours of batters.

Daniel Sams finished with brilliant figures of 3-0-18-0, including only conceding 3 runs in the final over to play a crucial role in MI’s thrilling triumph.
“We didn’t have the start that we wanted (to the tournament) but after those 8 losses we thought we have a mini IPL and we have nothing to lose,” said Daniel Sams in a post-match presentation.

“9 off 6 is one of those ones.. I just kind of look at it as I have nothing to lose here, probably the odds are in the batter’s favour, so I thought I will stick to my best ball and lucky enough I was able to keep it inside the wide line. Viewing it from the outside it will probably look like that (gutsy), but for me, I was just trying to stick to my best ball, the slower ball is something I go to and happy it paid off,” he added.

Sams said MI, who are virtually out of the playoffs race with two wins in 10 matches, now want to show the world what they are capable of and expressed that it feels great to get over the line.

“What a crazy game! Awesome to get over the line. It was one of those games which just kept going backwards and forwards. It was good viewing out in the field and I am sure it was good on TV,” said Sams.

Talking about the match, Two-wicket haul by Murugan Ashwin and top knocks from Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Tim David helped Mumbai Indians score a 5-run win over Gujarat Titans at the Brabourne Stadium here on Friday.

The collective bowling effort from Mumbai Indians put the strong batting efforts of Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha to vain as Gujarat could not capitalize on their opening partnership in the tight contest that was settled in the last over.

With 9 runs needed off 6 balls, Mumbai had their biggest breakthrough when Tewatia was run out on the third delivery of the 20th over, leaving the equation at 7 runs off 3 balls. Rashid Khan walked in and took a single to bring Miller to strike.

Daniel Sams then bowled two dot balls and provided a 5-run victory to Mumbai Indians, who also registered their second win of IPL 2022.(ANI)

 

Alina Kabaeva included in proposed EU sanctions list, She is Putin’s Girlfriend!

Washington [US]: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, is included in the sixth proposed package of European Union sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

According to two European diplomatic sources, Kabaeva, who has been romantically linked to Putin was included in proposed EU sanctions list, reported CNN.
At this stage, names can be taken off or added at member states’ discretion and is expected to be a point of negotiation when any new sanctions package is proposed, an EU Commission source told CNN.

The EU has not officially signed off on the draft proposal. “Discussions are going on. It’s not a piece of cake, but we have to wait and see,” one of the diplomatic sources told CNN on Friday morning.

Kabaeva, who was born in 1983, was first linked to Putin more than a decade ago, while she was a medal-winning gymnast. Putin, who is divorced, has denied a relationship

She has been very close to putin since last many years

with her.

Kabaeva and Putin reportedly met when she was a young gymnast who won multiple medals domestically at European competitions and at the Olympic Games. She was awarded the gold medal for rhythmic gymnastics at the Athens Games in 2004.  Widely known in her home country, she was chosen as one of the torch bearers when Russia hosted the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014, an event that took place shortly before Russia illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, reported CNN.   In April, the Wall Street Journal reported that US officials had been debating whether or not to place sanctions on Kabaeva, with concerns that such a move might increase tensions further because it could be an extreme personal blow to Putin.

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is also among the individuals who are included in the proposed sixth round of EU sanctions, according to two sources who have seen the full documents, reported CNN.

The proposed sanctions are out of touch with “common sense,” Russian Orthodox Church spokesperson Vladimir Legoida said Wednesday, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

Alina is a popular gymnast

“The more indiscriminate (these) sanctions become, the more they lose touch with common sense and the harder it becomes to reach peace, which is what the Russian Orthodox Church prays for at every service with the blessing of His Holiness the Patriarch,” Legoida said in a Telegram post.

“Only those completely ignorant of the history of our Church can seek to intimidate its clergy and believers by compiling some lists,” Legoida said.

The EU has been ratcheting up its economic action against Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine. Most recently, the bloc has proposed a ban on Russian oil imports, something that would have a major impact on Russia’s economy, though Hungary, an EU member state with close links to Putin, is likely to scupper any such plans. (ANI)

Amit Shah demands CBI probe in the murder of BJP worker in Bengal

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah met the family of deceased Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader Arjun Chowrasia at Kolkata’s Kashipur on Friday.

Chowrasia was found hanging in Kashipur today morning. The police have not found any suicide note near his body. MHA has taken cognizance of the “murder” of the BJYM leader and has sought a report from the West Bengal government.

“BJP worker Arjun Chowrasia was politically murdered. BJP demands CBI inquiry into the incident. BJP neither fears nor believes in the politics of violence. TMC is conspiring to create an atmosphere of fear”, said Shah during his visit to Kashipur.

“According to his family, he was brutally murdered. Yesterday TMC government completed one year of its term and today political murders have started in the state. We have come across many examples of political violence, retaliatory killings and selective targeting of activists of the Opposition in Bengal”, added Shah.

Shah said that BJP condemns the murder of Arjun Chowrasia and it will ensure that the killer gets the harshest punishment.

“In no other province of the country, so many cases have been handed over to the CBI, but in Bengal it did. This shows that even the court doesn’t trust law and order and the police of West Bengal. Union Home Ministry has taken cognizance of the incident and has sought a report from the West Bengal government”, added Shah.

“I met the grieving family. His grandmother was also beaten”, said Shah.

BJP MLA Agnimitra Paul termed the BJYM leader’s death a “political killing”.

“Political Killings of BJP’S workers in West Bengal are not new and this has been happening for many years. A BJP worker was murdered when Union Home Minister Amit Shah is coming to Kolkata after one year. What message does CM Mamata Banerjee want to give to West Bengal? Whoever supports BJP, will they be killed?”, said Agnimitra Paul.

Meanwhile, Police removed protesters from the spot in Kashipur where BJP worker Arjun Chowrasia was found dead. The protesters were allegedly not allowing the body to be removed for postmortem.

“When an unnatural death occurs, Police take the body for investigation and postmortem. It’s a natural course of action. They have obstructed it with their bad intention of dirty politics. They’ve come from outside. So, we are strongly condemning it”, said Atin Ghosh, TMC MLA from Kashipur.

It’s worth mentioning that this is Amit Shah’s first visit to West Bengal after BJP lost the state Assembly polls in 2021. (ANI)

 

National Family Health Survey: Fertility rate declines from 2.2 to 2.0

New Delhi [India]:  The report of the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) revealed that the total fertility rate of India has declined from 2.2 to 2.0 indicating the significant progress of population control measures.

The NFHS-5 survey work was conducted in around 6.37 lakh sample households from 707 districts (as on March, 2017) of the country from 28 States and 8 UTs, covering 7,24,115 women and 1,01,839 men to provide disaggregated estimates up to district level. The Overall Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) has increased substantially from 54 per cent to 67 per cent in the country.

The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) which is measured as the average number of children per woman, has come down from 2.2 to 2.0 at the national level between NFHS-4 and 5.
There are only five states in India, which are above the replacement level of fertility of 2.1. including Bihar (2.98), Meghalaya (2.91), Uttar Pradesh (2.35), and Jharkhand (2.26) Manipur (2.17).

“Use of modern methods of contraceptives has also increased in almost all States/UTs. Unmet needs for family planning have witnessed a significant decline from 13 per cent to 9 per cent. The unmet need for spacing, which remained a major issue in India in the past has come down to less than 10 per cent,” said an official statement.

India’s major problem is its population.

The NHFS-5 also mentioned that institutional births have increased substantially from 79 per cent to 89 per cent in India. Even in rural areas around 87 per cent births are delivered in institutions and the same is 94 per cent in urban areas.

Institutional births increased by a maximum of 27 percentage points in Arunachal Pradesh, followed by over 10 percentage points in Assam, Bihar, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. Over 91 per cent of districts have more than 70 per cent of births in the last 5 years that took place in health facilities.

As per the survey, the level of stunting among children under 5 years has marginally declined from 38 to 36 per cent for India in the last four years.

Stunting is higher among children in rural areas (37 per cent) than in urban areas (30 per cent) in 2019-21. Variation in stunting ranges from the lowest in Puducherry (20 per cent) and highest in Meghalaya (47 per cent).

A notable decrease in stunting was observed in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim (7 percentage points each), Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh and Manipur (6 percentage points each), and Chandigarh and Bihar (5 percentage points each).

Compared with NFHS-4, the prevalence of overweight or obesity has increased in most States/UTs in NFHS-5. At the national level, it increases from 21 per cent to 24 per cent among women and 19 per cent to 23 per cent among men. More than a third of women in Kerala, A&N Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Sikkim, Manipur, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Punjab, Chandigarh and Lakshadweep (34-46 per cent) are overweight or obese.

In NFHS-5, more than three-fourths (77 per cent) of children aged 12-23 months were fully immunized, compared with 62 per cent in NFHS-4 as the full vaccination coverage among children ranges from 57 per cent in Nagaland to 95 per cent in DNH and DD. Odisha (91 per cent), Tamil Nadu (89 per cent), and West Bengal (88 per cent) also have shown relatively higher immunization coverage.

Interestingly, NFHS-5 data showed an overall improvement in SDG indicators in all States/UTs. The extent to which married women usually participate in three household decisions (about health care for themselves; making major household purchases; visiting their family or relatives) indicates that their participation in decision making is high, ranging from 80 per cent in Ladakh to 99 per cent in Nagaland and Mizoram. Rural (77 per cent) and urban (81 per cent) differences are found to be marginal.

The prevalence of women having bank or savings accounts that they use has increased from 53 to 79 per cent in the last 4 years.

NFHS-5 also mentions an increase in usage of clean cooking fuel (44 per cent to 59 per cent) and improved sanitation facilities (49 per cent to 70 per cent), including a hand-washing facility with soap and water (60 per cent to 78 per cent) have improved considerably.

There has been a substantial increase in the proportion of households using improved sanitation facilities, which could be attributed to the Swatch Bharat Mission programme. (ANI)

Use of loudspeakers in mosques not a fundamental right, says Allahabad HC

 

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India]- The Allahabad High Court on Friday ruled that delivering the azaan on loudspeakers is not a fundamental right.

The court made this remark while dismissing a petition filed by one Irfan of Budaun, who sought permission to play Azaan using loudspeakers in the Noori Masjid.
“The law has now been settled that use of loudspeaker from mosque is not a fundamental right. Ever otherwise a cogent reason has been assigned in the impugned order. Accordingly, we find that the present petition is patently misconceived, hence the same is dismissed,” said the court.

The court further said that although azaan is an integral part of Islam, it stated that delivering it through loudspeakers is not a part of the religion.

“Azaan is an integral part of Islam, but giving it through loudspeakers is not a part of Islam,” a bench headed by Justice BK Vidla and Justice Vikas said.

Ruling on the petition, a two-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court had noted that there have been previous instances where courts have ruled that the call for prayer on a loudspeaker is not a fundamental right.

Azaan is the Islamic call to prayers which is given five times at prescribed times of the day. A muezzin is a person who proclaims the call to the daily prayer five times a day at a mosque. (ANI)

 

Congress Committee to meet on May 9 to discuss agenda of Nav Sankalp Shivir

New Delhi [India]- A meeting of the Congress Working Committee will be held on May 9 ahead of the party’s ‘Chintan Shivir’ in Udaipur.

The meeting would deliberate on the agenda for the Chintan Shivir. “A meeting of the Congress Working Committee will be held on Monday, the 9th May 2022 at 04.30 PM at AICC Office, 24 Akbar Road, New Delhi, to discuss about the “Nav Sankalp Shivir – 2022″ to be held from 13th to 15th May, 2022 at Udaipur, Rajasthan,” party general secretary KC Venugopal said in a tweet.
The Chintan Shivir is being held in the backdrop of the party’s drubbing in the elections to five state assemblies earlier this year. The party has witnessed several electoral losses in the elections held in the past eight years. Congress has also seen the exit of some of its prominent faces.

Following a presentation and discussions with poll strategist Prashant Kishor, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had constituted an Empowered Action Group 2024 last month and invited him to join the party as part of the group with defined responsibility.

He had declined the “generous offer” and said that “more than me the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep-rooted structural problems through transformational reforms”.

The Congress will also be going for organisational polls this year to elect a new party chief.

(ANI)

Tokyo Olympian Kamalpreet Kaur suspended after testing positive for banned drug

New Delhi [India]- Star Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur, who represented the country at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last year, has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after she tested positive for a banned drug.

A provisional suspension is when an athlete or other person is suspended temporarily from participating in any competition or activity in athletics prior to a final decision at a hearing conducted under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.
The AIU which is the independent body created by World Athletics said that Kamalpreet Kaur, 26, had tested positive for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid prohibited by the athletics governing body.

Kamalpreet’s provisional ban, as per the AIU website, came into effect on March 29.

Last year, Kamalpreet became the first Indian to breach the 65m-mark in the discus throw. She has a national record against her name which she created with a throw of 66.59m at the Indian Grand Prix.

At the Tokyo Olympics, Kamalpreet Kaur finished a commendable sixth in the women’s discus throw final with a best attempt of 63.70m. (ANI)

 

You take Mumbai lightly at your own peril, says Gujarat Titans’ Vikram Solanki

By Vivek Prabhakar Singh

Mumbai (Maharashtra)[India]: Debutants Gujarat Titans have been on a rampage winning eight out of 10 IPL matches and are on top of the points table.
The Hardik Pandya-led side will now take on Mumbai Indians here at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday.

Rohit Sharma led Mumbai are languishing at the bottom of the points table having lost eight out of nine matches. But despite Mumbai’s poor run of form, Gujarat Titans are not taking them lightly.

“I would say that each and every one of those teams have the ability to beat any team on their day. Mumbai have a proud history if you think of the championships they have won. They are coming on the back of a win. They are a very competitive team. They have match winners and we will have to be at our best to give ourselves a chance of winning the game. You can’t take any team lightly and, for Mumbai, you can take them lightly at your own peril,” said Gujarat Titans’ Director of Cricket Vikram Solanki told ANI in an exclusive interview.

Gujarat Titans are close to booking their play-offs berth but they are not looking that far ahead and taking one match at a time.

“We are minded to make an assessment of each game. We perhaps wanted the best of each game. We are actually looking at the next game. We have a challenge ahead of us as far as Mumbai are concerned. We look to that game and we don’t look too far ahead. We must give a good account of ourselves. They are coming on the back of a win as well and any team at their best is sort of going to be a challenge in this sort of tournament. It is the very nature of the IPL. So, we must look at the next game and the game after that once we get past that. Yes we must try to finish as high as possible,” Solanki said.

Gujarat Titans faced a rare defeat in their previous match against Punjab Kings and much to the surprise Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bat first and Punjab chased down a 144-run target in just 16 overs.

“I would not describe it as an experiment. All credit to Punjab to get going as far as our innings are concerned. We certainly could have done things differently, we could have done better in terms of setting that total. So, sort of acknowledge that and Punjab managed their run chase very well,” said Vikram Solanki.

The five-time Mumbai team will play for pride against Gujarat Titans and Hardik Pandya will be leading his side against his previous franchise to inch closer to the play-off berth. (ANI)

 

India highlights food, energy, security challenges emanating from Ukraine war at UNSC

New York [US]- Highlighting the food and energy security challenges emerging as a result of the ongoing war in Ukraine, India at United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday (local time) highlighted the “disproportionate impact on the Global South and developing countries” of the ongoing disruptions.

Speaking at the UNSC briefing on Ukraine, India’s permanent representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, said, “The conflict is having a destabilizing effect with broader regional and global implications.”
“Oil prices are skyrocketing and there is a shortage of food grains and fertilizers. This has had a disproportionate impact on the Global South and developing countries,” Tirumurti said.

“The food security challenges emanating from the conflict require us to respond by going beyond constraints that bind us presently. Energy security is equally a serious concern and needs to be addressed through cooperative efforts,” Tirumurti further said.

Tirumurti reiterated India’s consistent calls for “complete cessation of hostilities (in Ukraine) and for pursuing the path of dialogue and diplomacy as the only way out.”

“However, the conflict has resulted in loss of lives and countless miseries for its peoples, particularly for women, children and elderly, with millions becoming homeless and forced to take shelter in neighbouring countries,” he said.

“India has strongly condemned killing of civilians in Bucha and supported the call for an independent investigation,” Tirumurti further said.

The Indian envoy also welcomed the presence and remarks of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the briefing.

“We acknowledge the efforts made by the Secretary-General, particularly the findings of the Global Crisis Response Group Task Team. We welcome their recommendation for exempting purchases of food by WFP (World Food Programme) for humanitarian assistance from food export restrictions with immediate effect,” Tirumurti said.

“It is important that similar exemptions are provided to all member states and relevant stakeholders, who are contributing to this global humanitarian effort,” he added.

India also welcomed the recent visit of Guterres to Moscow and Kyiv and his engagement with the leadership of the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

“We agree that the immediate priority is of evacuation of innocent civilians from areas witnessing intense fighting. We appreciate the efforts of the United Nations in evacuating civilian population from Mariupol. We hope these efforts will extend to other areas as well,” Tirumurti said.

Speaking earlier, Guterres had expressed hope that the UN’s continued coordination with the governments of Russia and Ukraine will help facilitate humanitarian aid efforts.

“I hope that the continued coordination with Moscow and Kyiv will lead to more humanitarian pauses to allow civilians safe passage from the fighting and aid to reach those in critical need,” Guterres said.

Talking about India’s humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, Tirumurti said, “India has been sending humanitarian supplies to Ukraine and its neighbours, which include medicines and other essential relief material. We are also providing more medical supplies to Ukraine.”

He added that India supports calls for guarantees of safe passage to deliver essential humanitarian and medical supplies through humanitarian corridors.

“Humanitarian action must always be guided by the principles of humanitarian assistance, i.e., humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence. These measures should never be politicized,” Tirumurti emphasized.

“Let me conclude by reaffirming that the contemporary global order has been built on the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of states,” Tirumurti said. (ANI)

German President holds talks with Zelenskyy after diplomatic scandal: Reports

Berlin [Germany]:  German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier held a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during which the counterparts discussed “misunderstandings of the past,” media reported on Thursday, citing the German president’s office.

It was a first phone conversation between the presidents since a series of political and diplomatic scandals broke out between Berlin and Kiev after the Ukrainian authorities refused Steinmeier a visit in April. After that, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that he was not yet planning visits to Ukraine.
Steinmeier and Zelenskyy discussed “misunderstandings of the past” during the conversation, and Zelenskyy personally invited Scholz and the entire German leadership to visit Kiev, the DPA news agency said.

According to Spiegel, the conversation lasted 45 minutes, and Steinmeier assured Zelenskyy of Germany’s full support for Ukraine. (ANI/Sputnik)

 

LIC IPO subscribed 1.03 times on second day of bidding

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]- The initial public offering (IPO) of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has been subscribed 1.03 times till the second day of bidding on Thursday.

Policyholders and employees, who are offered discounts, are driving the subscriptions. The policyholders’ portion has been subscribed 3.11 times. The employees’ portion has been subscribed 2.21 times.
The country’s largest IPO opened for subscription on Wednesday and will close on May 9.

LIC has set its price band for the Initial Public Offer (IPO) at Rs 902 to Rs 949 per equity share. Policyholders are offered a discount of Rs 60 per equity share, while retail investors and employees are offered a discount of Rs 45 on each share.

The IPO is a pure offer for sale. Out of the 22.13 crore shares offered for sale, around 5.93 crore shares have been reserved for anchor investor portion. Employee reservation portion is at 15.8 lakh while policyholder reservation is at 2.21 crore.

Retail investors have subscribed 93 per cent of the shares reserved.

However, there has been a muted response in the non-institutional category. Non-institutional category that consist of corporates, individuals, and others has witnessed less than 50 per cent subscription so far. (ANI)

 

Mamata Banerjee claims BJP will not return to power in 2024, no CAA will be implemented

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]- Reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s remark about implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that the BJP will not return to power in 2024 and no CAA will be implemented.

The Chief Minister’s remark came soon after Union Home Minister Amit Shah slammed the Trinamool Congress for spreading rumours about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and said that the Central government will implement it once the COVID-19 pandemic ends.
The Chief Minister also alleged that Amit Shah visited the state to help Border Security Force (BSF) infiltrate into politics.

While addressing the media persons, West Bengal CM said she respects BSF but BSF should not fall under Amit Shah’s trap.

“The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is BJP’s linkman. They believe in doing ‘tukda’. But they want to divorce Hindus and Muslims, they want to divide communities. Being the Home Minister of the country he has only misused the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He is bringing the Delhi danga to Bengal,” said Banerjee.

The Chief Minister said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act Bill has lapsed.

“They are talking about CAA. Then those who elected the PM and CMs were not citizens of this country? The CAA Bill has lapsed. Why are they not bringing this bill to Parliament? I don’t want the rights of citizens to be curbed. We all have to stay together, unity is our strength,” he added.

She further warned the Home Minister to stick to his job and not to interfere in BSF’s job.

“Amit Shah, I have respect for you as the Union Home Minister. But do not teach me what to do. Do not ask BSF to overrule the state. Your job is to guard borders with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Their job is to stop cattle smuggling and infiltration. Do not play with fire,” said Banerjee.

Further replying to the media’s question on CAA, Banerjee exuded confidence that the BJP will not return to power in 2024 and CAA won’t be implemented.

“I am saying they will not come to power in 2024. No National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) and CAA will happen. He should hide. He came here after one year. He came here to infiltrate BSF into politics,” she said.

“BJP only gives dialogues. They operate from Home Minister with ED, and CBI and trying to torch Bengal. They only want to do Durga Puja. If we don’t allow Durga Puja then how did UNESCO give the heritage tag to Durga Puja in West Bengal,” Mamata countered Amit Shah’s charge of the TMC government not allowing Durga Puja.

The Chief Minister said that in Bengal the law and order situation is good.

“In Bengal, the law and order situation is good, look at the state like UP. Is it not the work of the Union Home Minister to look after law and order there,” asked Banerjee.

She further warned the central government, “Don’t do things to bulldoze the democratic structure of the country and don’t play with fire, the people will retaliate by giving a befitting reply.”

“Don’t think the game is lost. I think good sense will prevail and they will come together. We have to fight the battle strongly and boldly, ” said West Bengal on being asked about Opposition unity.

The Home Minister (Amit Shah) should see what happened in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, Uttar Pradesh and in Madhya Pradesh, not worry about Bengal. BJP’s work is to create divisiveness. What has he done as HM? They did violence even on the day of Eid, she added.(ANI)

 

‘K.G.F: Chapter 2’ Becomes The 2nd Highest Grossing Hindi Film, Surpasses ‘Dangal’

Yash’s KGF: Chapter 2 has added another feather to its cap. The Hindi version of the film has zoomed past Aamir Khan’s Dangal lifetime collection. KGF: Chapter 2 collected a whopping Rs 391 crore in 21 days and is now the second highest-grossing Hindi film after SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali: The Conclusion. Soon, KGF 2 Hindi will cross the Rs 400 crore-mark in India.

Directed by Prashanth Neel, KGF: Chapter 2 was released in theatres on April 14 in five languages. The film opened to overwhelming reviews and is now marching towards Rs 1100 crore worldwide.

In just 21 days, the Hindi version of KGF: Chapter 2 has zoomed past Aamir Khan’s Dangal lifetime collection. So far, the film has raked in Rs 391 crore in India and is still going strong.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the news and wrote, “BIGGG NEWS… #KGF2 surpasses #Dangal *lifetime biz*… NOW, 2ND HIGHEST GROSSING *HINDI* FILM… Glorious march towards ? 400 cr begins… [Week 3] Fri 4.25 cr, Sat 7.25 cr, Sun 9.27 cr, Mon 3.75 cr, Tue 9.57 cr, Wed 8.75 cr. Total: Rs 391.65 cr. #India biz. #Hindi (sic).”

KGF: Chapter 2 features Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon and Srinidhi Shetty in lead roles. The film follows the story of Rocky who takes over Kolar Gold Fields and becomes the saviour of the people working in the gold mine.

Aamir Khan’s Dangal is a biopic based on the Phogat sisters. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra played the roles of Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat in the superhit film.

Disaster Management issued alert to stay prepared for cyclone over Bay of Bengal

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Issuing an alert to all the District Collectors of Coastal District the Special Relief Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary to Government (Disaster Management), Pradeep Kumar Jena on Thursday asked them to stay prepared for a possible cyclone over the Bay of Bengal.

Jena had issued several instructions to the collector of 18 districts of Odisha namely, Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, and Kandhamal.
In the issued advisory, Jena stated “Keeping in view a possible cyclone over the Bay of Bengal (as per the latest IMD guidelines), all preparedness measures are required to be undertaken well in advance to reduce the impacts of the cyclone.”

He has requested them (collectors) to take up several measures, on priority and mentioned, “District Emergency Operation Centre and Control Rooms of other offices must operate round the clock with adequate manpower, all communication equipment like phone, fax, etc should be in working condition. You may check the provided satellite phones and make test calls.”

The satellite phone, digital mobile radio communication systems have already been established in six coastal districts under the Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) project. Jena urged the collectors to ensure their use, if required.

In the advisory, he asked the collectors to identify all vulnerable people and shift them to safe shelters. He suggested them to prepare a detailed evacuation plan for people living in kutcha houses or living near the coast or in low lying areas and other vulnerable persons including old, PwDs, women and children to designated geo-tagged shelter buildings. He said, “all permanent and temporary safe shelter buildings may be identified and designated shelter buildings should be geo-tagged.”

“A team comprising three local officials (two male and one woman (such as ASHA/AWW/lady teacher/lady Constable/Home guard etc) may be kept in charge of each shelter,” it further stated.

As per the advisory, the aforesaid exercise is targetted to be completed by May 6; and the information on identified safe shelter building indicating latitude and longitude, name of the officials kept in charge and the mobile numbers of such teams/ officials must be furnished to Jeni.

He said that the Safe pucca school buildings/ public buildings in the vulnerable areas can also be identified as temporary shelters as per the requirement.

He asserted that all cyclone and flood shelters should be immediately checked by local Block Development Officer (BDO)/ Tehsildar and said that they should keep a check over water supply, functional toilets, generator, inflatable tower light, mechanical cutters and other equipment available in shelters.

The advisory also said that as the power supply is usually cut off during the peak period of the cyclone, all offices should make their backup power arrangement for that period. Generators available in the different offices including health institutions should be immediately checked for adequately stored fuel. (ANI)

 

Tom Cruise Arrives In Helicopter At World Premiere Of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Washington [US]: Tom Cruise’s versatility does not just end at acting. He has built a stylish personality over the years that is more than enough to turn heads.

On Tuesday, spectators at the world premiere of his upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick’ got lucky as Cruise treated them to his dapper avatar by arriving at the event in a helicopter. Cruise stepped out of the chopper, which read “Tom Cruise. Top Gun: Maverick,” on it and walked towards the waiting photographers, reporters and fans, People reported.

For the special occasion, he chose to wear a dark grey suit and tie and of course, a pair of aviator sunglasses.

Cruise’s grand entry has amazed fans.

“He’s here! Yep.. forget Uber or a limo! Only@TomCruise flies a helicopter to his #TopGunMaverick premiere, a Twitter user wrote.

“Oh my God! He is so dashing,” another one wrote.
According to several reports, Cruise himself was piloting the helicopter.

Speaking of the film, it is a sequel to the 1986 hit movie ‘Top Gun’. It was filmed well over two years ago and was one of many major Hollywood titles that became long-delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The film will officially hit theatres on May 27. (ANI)

Social media exposes China’s blatant human rights violations in Shanghai amid Zero-COVID policy

Beijing [China]: Shanghai residents, at the hands of China’s Zero-Covid policy, are being subjected to unprecedented neglect, mistreatment, and abuse, with leaked videos on social media confirming blatant human rights violations.

Disguised as “pandemic prevention”, these violations have exposed the cruel and inhumane side of Communist China’s system. It also brings to light China’s rigid and ineffective governance of the country, reported National Review, a US-based magazine.
Many leaked videos on social media show President Xi Jinping’s enforcers in white medical-isolation gowns beating people up, taking them away, or welding doors and shutting entryways with metal bars. Tens of thousands of people are being detained in makeshift quarantine camps.

These so-called pandemic rules have inflicted great misery on Shanghai residents. Men and women, adults and children, are crowded together under one roof, with insufficient food and a lack of other basic necessities.

The cruel treatment by the Chinese government has raised awareness in people in regard to their political and civil rights. Not only in Shanghai, but across the country people are now speaking out for themselves and their communities.

Beijing’s brutality caused many people to protest for their rights and stand up against the government. In the video ‘Voice of April’, Shanghai residents depict the endless suffering of people under the zero-Covid policy.

The video went viral and unveiled China’s censorship of its own citizens. Moreover, a Shanghai-based rapper Astro released a song, “New Slave,” to condemn China’s abuse of power and its neglect of human life.

These inhumane actions taken by China had more and more people come out to sing the national anthem, in particular, the line “Arise! Ye who refuse to be bond slaves!”

China with a view to suppressing the voice of its citizens, ironically, had to censor its own national anthem. Expressing concern and condemnation of the government’s stern Zero-COVID policies, Shanghai residents have formed a self-assistance and self-governance commission, unequivocally demanding democracy and freedom, and urging mass civil disobedience.

Xi Jinping has paid no regard to the sufferings of the people and has only acted upon his own will and interests. According to the media outlet, the Biden administration should condemn the CCP’s violence and not remain silent about Beijing’s gross human rights violations during the pandemic.

It urged the United States and the international community to stand up and speak out in support of the people of Shanghai and China and aim to stop the Communist Party’s atrocities. (ANI)

 

PM Modi holds talks with French President Macron, discusses defence cooperation

Paris [France]:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (local time) held talks with the newly re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, discussing a range of bilateral issues including defence, space, civil nuclear cooperation and people-to-people linkages, as well as regional and global issues.

The two leaders held talks at Elysee Palace, the official residence of the President of France, in Paris.
Addressing a press briefing, shortly before the departure of PM Modi back to India, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that the two leaders who are also good friends held “extensive discussions on a range of issues of bilateral, regional and global importance.”

“The two leaders held wide-ranging discussions on all the key areas of bilateral engagement, including in defence, space, civil nuclear cooperation and people-to-people linkages. They also discussed regional and global issues, including developments in Europe and the Indo-pacific,” the Foreign Secretary informed.

Kwatra also informed that this was the first visit of PM Modi to France since August 2019.

“The two leaders have stayed in regular touch through calls and letters. They also met on the sidelines of the G20 summits last year. India and France are strong strategic partners. The two leaders are also good friends,” Kwatra said.

Talking about the re-election of the French President, Kwatra said that the renewed mandate of President Macron will allow the two countries to build on the existing strength and success of the strategic partnership.

“President Macron’s renewed mandate and the conversations between Prime Minister Modi and the President today allow us to build on existing strength and success of India-France strategic partnership and also chart out the blueprint for its next phase,” Kwatra said.

The Foreign Secretary also emphasised that “India and France see each other as key partners in the Indo-pacific.”

On the sidelines, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also met his French counterpart, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during PM Modi’s visit.

Following the talks, the French President also hosted a dinner for the Indian Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in France on Wednesday on the final leg of his three-day Europe visit and was warmly welcomed by members of the Indian diaspora in Paris.

Members of the Indian community were present outside the hotel where PM Modi reached after his arrival in Paris. Children were present in sizeable numbers and many of them sought autographs from the Prime Minister. People reciprocated the greetings of the people.

PM Modi said in a tweet after his arrival in Paris that France was one of India’s strongest partners.

“Landed in Paris. France is one of India’s strongest partners, with our nations cooperating in diverse areas,” he said.

PM Modi reached Paris on the final day of his three-day Europe visit, after his engagements in Germany and Denmark. (ANI)

Maradona’s iconic ‘Hand of God’ shirt sold for more than Rs 67 crore

Buenos Aires [Argentina]: Football legend Diego Maradona’s iconic ‘Hand of God’ shirt, became the world’s most expensive piece of sporting memorabilia after it was sold for more than Rs 67 crore at auction on Wednesday.

The jersey was worn by the iconic No 10 when he scored his infamous “Hand of God” goal during the second half of the clash against England, at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
The iconic possession was brought up at the auction by England’s Steve Hodge, who became the lucky player who swapped the jersey with the Argentinean great, after the match.

Auction house Sotheby’s had estimated a price between Rs 38 crore and Rs 57 crore for the jersey but it reached the estimated price within the hours of the beginning of the auction and then later, surpassed Baseball legend Babe Ruth’s shirt’s record of 2019.

Earlier, Maradona’s family had claimed that the shirt being brought up at the auction by Hodge was not the authentic one but rather the one worn by Maradona in the first half of the game.

Diego Maradona passed away on November 25, 2020. He was 60 when he breathed his last. (ANI)

 

IPL: Have tried to improve my sequencing, says RCB’s Harshal Patel after win over CSK

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Harshal Patel, who was adjudged as the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, said that he has been trying to improve his sequencing.

Superb bowling efforts from Harshal Patel (3/35) and Glenn Maxwell (2/22) guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 13-run win over Chennai Super Kings here at MCA stadium in Pune.
Harshal Patel returned to his best form as he scalped 3 wickets for 35 runs and helped Royal Challengers Bangalore get their first win in 4 games.

“I think in the first over, the slower balls I tried to bowl it into the wicket but it kind of floated onto the bat. I have been trying to improve my sequencing. I am glad I was able to come back. To both the left-handers, I was asked to bowl wide outside off so that they hit to the larger side of the ground,” said Harshal Patel in a post-match presentation.

Talking about his bowling performance and yorkers, Patel said, “One thing is need to be aware of the conditions and then what the batter is trying to do. Then you should know what kind of balls you can execute. Till the time you have clarity when you are at the top of the mark, you should be fine. When people are waiting for the slower balls, my hard length balls and my yorkers are released. Till now this season I have not been able to bowl those but hopefully will do it in the business end of the tournament.”

Earlier in the day, RCB posted 173 runs on the board courtesy of contributions from Mahipal Lamror, Rajat Patidar and Dinesh Karthik.

Fighting knocks from Devon Conway (56), Moeen Ali (34) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (28) kept hopes for CSK alive but were not enough for CSK to outplay Bangalore as a unit, as the bowlers outdid the batters in Yellow. Shahbaz Ahmed (1/27), Josh Hazlewood (1/19) and Wanindu Hasaranga (1/31) also delivered with the ball for RCB. (ANI)

 

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