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Reconsider new Haj policy, urges Rajasthan body

first_imgThe reduction of embarkation points for Haj pilgrimage from the existing 21 to only nine across the country, recommended in the new Haj policy for 2018-22, has left the pilgrims disturbed in Rajasthan because of termination of flights from Jaipur. The Haj flights from the State capital had started in 2005 after a seven-year-long agitation.Abolishing subsidy for Haj pilgrims and allowing women above 45 years of age to travel in a group of at least four without a male are among the other recommendations made by a committee appointed by the Centre. The committee, headed by former Union Secretary Afzal Amanullah, submitted its report to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi last Saturday.Inconveniences aplentyRajasthan Haj Welfare Society general secretary Haji Nizamuddin said here on Thursday that the termination of flights from Jaipur would put the pilgrims to a great inconvenience, as they would be required to travel to either Delhi or Ahmedabad to board the special flights. “It will impose an additional expenditure and cause a great difficulty to old and infirm pilgrims,” he said.Pilgrims benefittedThe Haj Welfare Society had launched an agitation for starting flights from Jaipur in 1998 in view of the State’s large size and diverse terrain. The then United Progressive Alliance government was convinced of the need for introducing Haj flights from Jaipur to Jeddah in 2005 and the decision benefited the pilgrims travelling from the far-off towns and villages.Reserved categoryMr. Nizamuddin said abolishing the reserved category for pilgrims above 70 years of age and doing away with preference to four-time applicants would also create difficulties for those willing to perform the ritual in the sunset of their lives. Besides, allowing women to travel without a male companion was against the principles of Shariah, he said.The Haj Welfare Society has submitted memoranda in this regard to the President, Prime Minister, Minority Affairs Minister and Rajasthan Chief Minister. It has sought reconsideration of the new Haj policy in view of “practical difficulties” likely to be caused to the pilgrims if it was adopted without any change.last_img read more

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Akshay Kumar’s Breakaway in cinemas on Sept 30

first_imgAkshay KumarBollywood actor Akshay Kumar is all excited about his first Hollywood film Breakaway as a producer. The film will release on September 30. The international version of the film is titled Breakaway, while the Indian version will be called Speedy Singh, in which Akshay will feature in a cameo role.”Dear all, my maiden Hollywood venture, Breakaway (Indian version called SpeedySinghs) is releasing on 30th Sept,” Akshay said on micro-blogging site Twitter. Directed by Robert Lieberman, Breakaway, is a cross-cultural hockey drama set in the Indo-Canadian community of Toronto, Canada.The film follows a young Indian ice hockey player caught between family’s traditional expectations and a dream to make it in the national sport of his adopted country. Real life hockey player Vinay Virmani debuts in the movie in the lead role.”Introducing Vinay Virmani as Rajveer Singh, a good ice hockey player in reel & real life and yes he can act! ladies,” Akshay said and also posted a picture of the debut actor on Twitter.The 43-year-old actor said he would be sharing movie stills of the film. “So you’ll can gauge my excitement 😉 and support me with your love and best wishes as u always do,” he said.last_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016, Match 3, Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions: As it happened

first_imgHere are the HIGHLIGHTS of Indian Premier League 2016 Match 3 between Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. (Scorecard)HIGHLIGHTS:23.37 IST: QUOTES!Man of the Match, Aaron Finch: It’s nice to start the tournament well from the team’s point of view. Credit to the bowlers for pulling it back. Excellent wicket and the ball just skidded on under lights. We thought it might get slower but it didn’t. You need a bit of luck in this format. Suresh Raina: It’s a good feeling. We bowled very well – Bravo, PK, Faulkner, Jadeja. At one stage I thought they will get 200, but they bowled well. Finch batted well, wicket was very good, and credit goes to all players. As a gameplan, I was batting at no. 3. David Miller: We didn’t have enough on the board. 180 would have been nice. We were always on the back foot from there. And Finch’s knock made it very difficult. First six overs were rushed to be honest. It’s tough with the ball travelling all over the show. Still 13 games to go. It’s not how you start but how you finish. Gujarat Lions innings23.28 IST: That’s that! Debutants Gujarat Lions register an easy five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. At the start it was Aaron Finch but after his departure it was Dinesh Karthik, who batted till the end to guide his team home. He scored an unbeaten 41 off 26 balls23.21 IST: WICKET! Ishan Kishan departs for 11 off Mitchell Johnson. Rush of blood. He had already got 9 runs from the over but he wanted more. Full and outside off, 137 kph, Kishan looks to go over the top on the off side but ends up slicing it to point where Mohit takes it, oops, drops it, then takes it again in the second attempt, no! Drops it but then clutches it to his right chest. GL 151/5 in 16.5 overs advertisement23.17 IST: Dinesh Karthik has batted sensibly. Ishan Kishan, India’s Under-19 skipper, has also looked comfortable at the big stage. GL 142/4 in 16 overs 23.10 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja is run out for 8. Johnson did it well! Short ball, Karthik defends it and runs for a risky one. Jadeja was rushing hard to reach the crease but Johnson was quick to kick the ball onto the stumps. GL 133/4 in 14.3 overs 23.00 IST: The second strategic time-out has been taken. Gujarat are placed comfortably in their chase as they require another 41 runs from 42 balls, with Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja in the middle. GL 121/3 in 13 overs 22.53 IST: WICKET! Leg-spinner Pradeep Sahu gets the big fish Aaron Finch for 74. A much-needed breakthrough. A stumping to send a settled Finch back in the hut. Loopy delivery around middle and off, Finch gets forward to push to the off side but gets beaten by the away spin. Saha collects it nicely and takes the bails off in a jiffy. The umpire goes upstairs and the replays confirm Finch was well out of his crease. GL 117/3 in 11.5 overs 22.50 IST: Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik have batted with ease as they bring up 55-run stand for the third wicket. GL 107/2 in 11 overs 22.45 IST: We have crossed the halfway stage and Gujarat have so far been fantastic in their chase. GL 98/2 in 10 overs, KXIP were 87/1 at the same stage 22.38 IST: It’s time for the first strategic time-out. Gujarat have done well in their chase of 162. Aaron Finch has been fantastic while Dinesh Karthik has batted beautifully. GL 89/2 in 9 overs 22.35 IST: FIFTY! Aaron Finch slams his sixth half-century. GL 83/2 in 8 overs 22.24 IST: WICKET! Suresh Raina’s woes continue in IPL too. Marcus Stoinis strikes to break the 51-run stand. This is a bonus wicket for KXIP. Excellent slower ball, 107 kph, fuller in length outside off, Raina looks to clear mid on but cannot get past Johnson in the ring. Not a bad debut so far for Stoinis. Scored runs with the bat and has struck with the ball in his first over. GL 52/2 in 5.3 overs 22.22 IST: Aaron Finch and Suresh Raina have added 44 runs in no time. GL 45/1 in overs22.15 IST: Gujarat have recovered well after Brendon McCullum’s wicket. Both Aaron Finch and Suresh Raina look in good control in their chase. GL 36/1 in 4 overs 22.06 IST: All eyes will be on Suresh Raina especially after his below-par outing so far in this years in ICC World Twenty20.GL 12/1 in 2 oversSkipper Suresh Raina walks into the middle and Mitchell Johnson has the ball in his hands now..22.00 IST: OUT! Big wicket for Kings XI Punjab. Sandeep Sharma removes Brendon McCullum for 1. Good move from their skipper Miller to bring the keeper up to the stumps. The former New Zealand openers walks down the wicket only to see Saha clipping the bails. Bad start this for Gujarat. GL 1/1 in 1 over. advertisement21.55 IST: Back for the chase. Gujarat Lions have a dangerous opening combination. Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch are out there in the middle. Sandeep Sharma to open the bowling for Punjab. KXIP innings 21.38 IST: That’s the end of Punjab’s innings and they have posted a fighting 161/6, may be 20-30 runs short of what they would have expected. Marcus Stoinis (33) and Wriddhiman Saha (20) played well but a bit slow. Murali Vijay top scored with 42. However, Champion DJ Bravo stood out with his 4/22. Ravindra Jadeja also bowled well for 2/30.21.31 IST: Praveen Kumar finishes his quota of overs, 4-0-25-0, but Stoinis and Saha are making the Gujarat bowlers work hard. KXIP 146/4 in 18 overs 21.20 IST: It’s time for the second strategic time-out with four more overs to go in the innings. KXIP 130/4 in 16 overs21.16 IST: The current partnership between Marcus Stoinis and Wriddhiman Saha is crucial as the duo has put on 23 runs for the fifth wicket. KXIP 125/4 in 15 overs20.59 IST: WICKETS! Dwayne Bravo gets Glenn Maxwell and David Miller in a space of three deliveries. Bravo now has 300 wickets in Twenty20s, becoming the leading wicket taker in the shortest format. First he got Maxwell with a lovely yorker. The Aussie created room to hit that but missed it completely. And then his slower yorker got rid of Miller. KXIP 102/4 in 12 overs 20.49 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes again. Jadeja bowls around middle, Vijay makes room to play an inside out shot but he completely misses the ball. Jadeja gets his second wicket. KXIP 91/2 in 10.4 overs 20.38 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes to get free-scoring Manan Vohra in his first over. Quicker one on off, Vohra is completely beaten by the pace and takes a leading edge from that. Dinesh Karthik takes a simplest of the catches. KXIP 78/1 in 8.2 overs 20.30 IST: Manan Vohra’s dropped catch is hurting Gujarat Lions badly. Vohra is not shy of hitting the bowlers over the boundary ropes. KXIP 71/0 in 8 overs 20.20 IST: DROPPED! It will be harsh to call it a drop but what a great effort that by Dwayne Bravo at mid wicket. Manan Vohra survives on 8. KXIP 37/0 in 4.2 overs 20.18 IST: Murali Vijay has provided just the kind of Punjab would have wanted. KXIP 31/0 in 4 overs20.04 IST: Murali Vijay has made his intentions clear that he will not stay quiet for a long time. Manan Vohra has looked a bit tentative with his approach. KXIP 13/0 in 2 overs19.44 IST: TEAMS!Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Pardeep Sahu, Mitchell Johnson, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep SharmaGujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjit Ladda 19.33 IST: QUOTES!David Miller: Enjoying my job as a captain. Marcus Stoinis is our fourth overseas addition tonight. He bats and bowls so obviously a great addition to the team. I think it’s been a great wicket, will see how it goes. We would like to put some runs on the board and hopefully do the job with the ball. advertisementSuresh Raina: We want to bowl first. We have got some swing bowlers up front in Sangwan and Praveen Kumar. We have Faulkner, Bravo and Baz (McCullum), who have been doing some great job of late. The @lionsdenkxip’s boys are warming up for their first home game – @Gmaxi_32, @DavidMillerSA12, @gurkeeratmann22https://t.co/ZrpsHlU83d IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 201619.31 IST: TOSS! Debutants Gujarat Lions have won the toss and they will bowl first against Kings XI Punjab at the PCAThis is how the pitch looks like at Mohali for @lionsdenkxip v @TheGujaratLions game #IPLhttps://t.co/rKukwZpl29 IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 2016Sheron are you ready? We’re 20 minutes away from the toss at Mohali. #KXIPvGL #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 11, 201618.25 IST: Mohammad Kaif feels Gujarat Lions are a settled unit already. He though thinks David Miller and Co. have their task cut out this season to overcome their poor run in the last season.Isn’t it amazing that debutant @TheGujaratLions already looks to have a settled XI? But @DavidMillerSA12 has his task cut out. #KXIPvGL Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) April 11, 201618.19 IST: It will be interesting to see how Steyn adapts to the new team. He will be a lethal force if he clicks. It’s game day, bring it on!! The Gujarat Lions pic.twitter.com/B9emA9bH76 Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) April 11, 201618.00 IST: We are two hours away from the big clash in Mohali between newbie Gujarat Lions and power-packed Kings XI Punjab. Apart from the much talked-about duo of Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum, Gujarat also have other explosive batsmen Dwayne Smith and Aaron Finch. To add to the plot, deadly all-rounders Bravo, Faulkner and Jadeja can pose serious threat to any team.Here is the superstar all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja with his dubsmash for Gujarat Lions.Here’s our rockstar @imjadeja with a special message for you. Send us your dubsmash videos now with #GameMaariChhe. pic.twitter.com/kLFQ18qTWE The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 11, 2016Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni and Dale Steyn are quality pacers and this side looks well settled and surely is a team to watch out for in this edition. Will Punjab start off with a win or will the debutants roar their way to victory? We shall find out on the 11th of April, 2016Punjab had a forgetful last season as they didn’t play upto their reputation and saw themselves at the bottom of the points table.Our players are all set for the battle of the lions! #KXIPvGL #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi pic.twitter.com/vFb8egx4vb Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 11, 2016However, they possess players who can strike the ball pretty hard. One example is that of Maxwell and Miller.   Preview: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) had a disastrous last season by finishing at the bottom of points table and in this edition of Indian Premier League they would like to put up a much improved show. KXIP start their campaign against IPL debutants Gujarat Lions today in Mohali.In the auction, KXIP didn’t make any big buys and would be led by South African David Miller, who has replace George Bailey after the Australian was released by the team. Virender Sehwag has been appointed the team’s mentor and it would be interesting to see how the new buys would provide balance to the KXIP outfit.For the new season, KXIP have roped in the likes of allrounders Farhaan Behardien and Marcus Stoinis, seamer Mohit Sharma and left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh.Last season, their batsmen lacked consistency and whenever they did well, the bowlers let the side down.On the other hand, debutants Gujarat Lions have a balanced side with top-class performers in both batting and bowling.They have explosive batsmen in Brendon McCullum, captain Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and a plenty of top-notch all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner.These T20 specialists can be dispersed through the order and some of them like Raina and Bravo can anchor or attack. Bravo, along with Faulkner, is a high-quality, death-overs bowler as well.Suresh Raina banks on Chennai Super Kings talent to fire for Gujarat Lions  Suresh Raina, who was under the shadow of Mahendra Singh Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings, is now pumped up to lead Gujarat Lions this season. He also said teammates from CSK will be a huge boost to their title chances. (Read More)last_img read more

India-Japan to promote football ahead of U-17 FIFA WC

first_imgNew Delhi, May 6 (PTI) With the U-17 FIFA World Cup set to be held in the country next year, India and Japan have decided to exchange players, coaches and sports experts to improve the standard of the game in both the nations in the run up to the tournament. It is also agreed that the two countries will play some friendly matches ahead of the tournament. The decisions were taken during a meeting between Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and a 12-member delegation from Japan led by Hase Hiroshi, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Government of Japan. Both the sides also agreed for exchange of sportspersons, coaches, sports experts, sports administrators, etc., and decided that they will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in the field of sports, a statement from the Sports Ministry said. The Japanese minister informed that the government of Japan has launched a programme named, Sport For Tomorrow to promote sports among more than 10 million people in 100 nations between 2014 and 2020. In 2020, Tokyo will be hosting the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. The goal is to spread values learned through sports and increase awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. Sonowal welcomed Japans initiative and stated that India will certainly like to avail coaches and instructors in those sports disciplines, where Japan is strong. Sonowal also accepted the Japanese ministers invitation to attend World Forum on Sport and Culture to be held in October 2016 in Tokyo. PTI SSC CM CMlast_img read more

Tata Harrier to get four variants, here is what to expect

first_imgTata has revealed the much-anticipated Harrier at the media drive. Apart from the interior specs, engine and gearbox, dimensions and safety specs, Tata has now revealed the equipment variant wise. The Tata Harrier will be sold in four variants – XE, XM, XT, and XZ. There is no XZ+ variant as of yet. Here is what buyers will get from each variant.Tata Harrier XEDual airbagsABS with EBDParking sensorsSpeed sensitive door locksSeatbelt reminderCentral lockingProjector headlampsLED DRLsLED tail-lamps16-inch steel wheelsPower adjustable wing mirrors4-inch MIDManual ACFour-way adjustable driver’s seatPuddle lampsTilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheelRear AC ventsPower windowsTata Harrier XMFront fog lampsRear parcel shelf7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with four speakers and two tweetersSteering-mounted audio controlsUSB, Aux, and Bluetooth compatible audio systemMulti-Drive modes for the engine (Eco, City, and Sport)Remote central lockingSix-way adjustable driver’s seatFollow me home headlampsRear wiperBoot lampTata Harrier XTDual function LED DRLs17-inch alloy wheelsAudio system with four speakers and four tweetersVideo playback and image display via USBVoice recognition and SMS readoutAndroid AutoApple CarPlay (will come at a later date)Rear defoggerReverse cameraPush-button startClimate control system8-way adjustable driver’s seatPower folding and adjustable wing mirrorsAutomatic headlamps and wipersCruise controlCooled storage under the front center armrestRear armrest with cup holdersTata Harrier XZXenon HID projector headlampsFront fog lamps with cornering functionShark fin antennaLeather seats, door panels, steering wheel, and gear shift knobAn 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment systemNine JBL speakers (four speakers, four tweeters and a sub-woofer) with an amplifierA 7.0-inch digital instrument displayTerrain response modes (Normal, Wet and Rough)Six airbags (Driver, Co-Driver, Seat Side & Curtain)ESP (Electronic Stability Control)Isofix child seat mountsHill-hold and hill-descent controlRoll-over mitigationCorner stability controlTraction controlHydraulic brake assist60:40 split folding seatsAlso read: Tata Harrier new details revealed, launch scheduled for January 2019advertisementlast_img read more

Australian Open: Former champion Angelique Kerber stunned in fourth round

first_imgUnseeded American Danielle Collins took less than an hour to thrash 2016 champion Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 and power her way into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.The 25-year-old Collins, ranked 35th in the world, breezed through the opening set in 20 minutes with three service breaks, hitting winners on all sides of the court against the second seed, who had five double faults in the set.After an early trade of breaks in the second set, Collins smashed a backhand to break Kerber’s serve and take a 4-2 lead, before breaking the German once again to seal victory on her first match point in 56 minutes.Collins, making her first appearance in the main draw at Melbourne Park, will next play either fifth seed Sloane Stephens or Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who meet in the last match of the evening.”I think it’s gonna keep happening.”Confidence level of Danielle Collins #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/Jbz5OxVjd6 #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Also Read | Maria Sharapova ousted as Barty wins thriller to reach quartersAlso Read | Petra Kvitova storms into quarters after outclassing Amanda AnisimovaAlso Read | World No.1 Simona Halep ready to face Serena WilliamsAlso See:last_img read more

Matthew Hayden drops in for nets as Australia rope in Indian domestic wrist spinners

first_imgMatthew Hayden, considered as one of the finest players of spin bowling, on saturday shared his knowledge with the Australian batsmen on how to tackle slow bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.While Kuldeep has been rested for the two-match T20 series but Australia will be facing Chahal and left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya.Hayden, here as a commentator, was invited by old friend and current coach Justin Langer as the former opener had long chat with the players during their net session at the ACA-VDCA Stadium this afternoon.Hayden was seen demonstrating shot selection to the players as he accompanied the side during their full practice session.”It was great obviously to have JL’s (Justin Langer) great mate and a legend of the game come back and someone who’s had so much success here in India as a batsman to to get around to this field the boys and have a good chat was great,” Finch said at the news conference.Hayden also gave tips on slip catching.”He was a great slip catcher, so anything that the guys can learn, he was chatting about batting especially at the top of the order stuff.”The band is back together #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/iLOBzt6ctfcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 23, 2019Australia have also roped in the Kerala’s left-arm chinaman spinner KK Jiyas and Mumbai legspinner Pardeep Sahu in their support staff to help them out with the tricks of playing against the wrist spin.Earlier during India’s tour Down Under last year, the Aussies were seen with sessions under Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and then Shane Warner in the first three Tests.advertisementIndia take on Australia in two Twenty20s and five ODIs in what’s their final international engagements before the World Cup from May 30.Also Read | Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul in focus as India play Australia in final series before World CupAlso Read | Perfect opportunity for youngsters to seal 2019 World Cup spots, says Aaron Finchlast_img read more

We knew it was going to happen: Alex Carey on crowd jeering in World Cup warm-up

first_imgWicketkeeper Alex Carey says Australia were fully prepared for the hostile reception they received in Saturday’s Cricket World Cup warm-up match against England and that former captain Steve Smith answered the ‘boo boys’ in the best possible way.Chants of “cheat” accompanied Smith as he came out to bat in Southampton but he smashed 116 from 102 balls to guide Australia to a 12-run win.With Smith and former vice-captain David Warner back in the side after serving 12-month bans for ball-tampering, Australia can expect similar treatment from crowds during the World Cup, which starts on Thursday with England facing South Africa at The Oval in London.”I think it’s a great atmosphere. It just adds to the game,” Carey said ahead of Australia’s final warmup against Sri Lanka later on Monday.”I think we knew it was going to happen. It’s one way to answer it, isn’t it? Make a hundred and Davey got 40 as well.”We knew that we were probably going to get that reception and the guys handled it really well.”The five-times champions face their first World Cup match against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.Smith, himself, described the jeering as “water off a duck’s back.”Carey shared a 42-run partnership with Smith before being caught slogging for 30 late in the game and said the former Australia skipper was a calm batting partner with the game in the balance.”He’s got his mannerisms but he’s a ripper. He’s very calm and he knows what’s going on out in the middle,” said Carey.advertisement”He runs hard between wickets, he’s really busy and I really enjoyed that.”Also Read | Doesn’t bother me: Steve Smith on ‘cheat’ chants in World Cup warm-up vs EnglandAlso Read | World Cup 2019 warm-up: Steve Smith’s ton helps Australia beat tournament favourites Englandlast_img read more

Saif Ali Khan to play Indian diplomat JP Singh in film on Delhi girl Uzma Ahmed

first_imgSaif Ali Khan, who is currently shooting for Jawaani Jaaneman in London, will be seen as an Indian diplomat posted in Pakistan in an upcoming film. The film is based on Delhi girl Uzma Ahmed who fell in love with a Pakistani taxi driver, Tahir Ali, during a trip to Malaysia.Uzma went to Buner, one of the remotest parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan, to finally find out that Tahir was already married and a father to four children. In Pakistan, she was forced to marry him at gunpoint.Saif Ali Khan will play the role of JP Singh, India’s then Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad. Under the guidance of the then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the diplomat was instrumental in bringing Uzma back home.Indian Deputy HC JP Singh @IndiainPakistan says it #Uzma Ahmed’s story strengthen our belief and resolve to save an Indian. @News18India pic.twitter.com/9y2CBLyXIGPranay Upadhyaya (@JournoPranay) May 25, 2017 Uzma Ahmed with former Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. (Image via Twitter/@ShankhNaad)A source close to the development told Mumbai Mirror that Saif will start preparing for the film near to the shooting dates. The source said, “When the team met for a narration, Saif instantly liked the script. He has agreed to be a part of the project and will be sporting a very different look in the film, which is expected to roll in February-March next year. The makers are currently looking to cast an A-list actress to play Uzma.”advertisementDirected by Naam Shabana director Shivam Nair, the story is being adapted for the big screen by Ritesh Shah. Talking about the cast, the source added, “The film will have an ensemble cast and Shivam has already begun pre-production. Recce is also scheduled to begin shortly.”In an earlier interview with Mid-Day after the director contacted Uzma, the Delhi girl said, “We’ve not decided how much of the story we must showcase, but, whatever we portray will be from my perspective. I don’t want the story to lose its impact.”ALSO READ | Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor party the night away with Karisma Kapoor in London. See picALSO READ | Kareena Kapoor goes shopping with Saif and Taimur Ali Khan in London. See videoALSO READ | Kareena Kapoor Khan leaves Tuscany gasping for breath in smoldering bikini imagesALSO WATCH | Saif’s answer when Taimur asks about his Kareena tattoo is adorablelast_img read more

Inventor believed to have died after becoming trapped in freezer at Braves stadium

first_imgAn inventor who was at the Atlanta Braves’ stadium to install new beer technology is believed to have died after becoming trapped in a freezer, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Cobb County police said the body found before Tuesday’s game between the Braves and Cincinnati Reds was that of 48-year-old Todd Keeling of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. A spokeswoman said an autopsy would be performed on Wednesday in an effort to determine the cause of death. Police said they have no reason to suspect foul play. The AJC reported that Keeling is the inventor of Draftwell, a technology that was expected to cut down pour times from beer taps at SunTrust Park. The AJC spoke with Keeling’s aunt, Fran Kuchta, who told the newspaper that police believed Keeling got stuck in the freezer and could not get out.Keeling had been working on his technology since college. “He worked hard to do this,” said Kuchta. “I’m sure things would have gone on further.” According to Kuchta, Keeling’s teenage sons helped him install the system at SunTrust Park but left a few days ago. Keeling was there to finish up the installation. The game between the Braves and Reds went on as scheduled on Tuesday after the body was found at 3.30pm local time. US sports Support The Guardian Atlanta Braves Share on Messenger Baseball MLB Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Atlanta Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics newslast_img read more

17 days agoIreland coach McCarthy: Keane tipped me off about Brighton striker Connolly

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ireland coach McCarthy: Keane tipped me off about Brighton striker Connollyby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIrish legend Robbie Keane gave Aaron Connolly a glowing reference to Mick McCarthy after his two-goal performance in Brighton’s win over Spurs.Keane was in the crowd at the AMEX and was mightily impressed by the 19-year-old, who McCarthy called-up to the latest Republic of Ireland squad.McCarthy said today: “I didn’t see it at the time but I’ve seen it since. Robbie was watching it.”It was excellent. His goals were both very good. People talk about his second one. I thought his first one was brilliant, because his movement was good.”He got across the defender and then, having had it saved, he had the presence of mind, he didn’t just have a little dig at it and run off, he spun and put it in the net.”I saw him against Armenia (under-21s) and I was really impressed. He really has some personality on the pitch, he plays with real personality.” last_img read more

Labour Day Projects Will Not Affect Readiness of Fire Brigade

first_imgCommissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Laurie Williams, is assuring the public that the agency will be ready to respond to emergencies on Labour Day (May 23), despite their scheduled projects across the island on that day.The Commissioner was speaking at a media briefing at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development on May 20.“I can unreservedly give the assurance that there will be full fire protection during Labour Day or any other public holiday. The off duty fire fighters will be doing the physical work, while persons on duty will make themselves available to respond to emergencies,” said Mr. Williams.Fire stations across the island will be carrying out individual Labour Day projects, with the refurbishing of the Portmore station as the main project. The work to be undertaken will require the services of some off duty officers from fire stations outside Portmore.According to Mr. Williams, these projects will not only help in the beautification of all fire stations, but also in the preparation of the Fire Brigade for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June on 1.Contact: Shelly-Ann Irvinglast_img read more

Uljanik Workers on Strike Again

first_imgzoomImage by WNN Over 1,500 workers of the 3. Maj and Uljanik shipyards, part of Croatia’s Uljanik Group, launched a new strike on Monday, October 22, demanding for the ongoing crisis at the shipbuilder to be resolved as soon as possible.The workers downed their tools on Tuesday, October 23 as well, and headed for the company headquarters where they asked for the resignation of Gianni Rosanda, President of the Company Management.Rossanda already presented his resignation to the supervisory board of Uljanik on August 28.The workers took to the streets to voice their dissatisfaction with the worsening financial situation at the group, which lost majority of orders over the past few months. Disgruntled workers are also seeking their September wages to be paid.The new wave of strikes is being held after the general assembly of the company held on October 16 failed to elect new members of the company’s supervisory board, since the group’s shareholders did not propose their members.The strike is expected to last until Friday, however, workers are not expected to head to the streets in the meantime.The Croatian government, which has a 25 pct share in the group, is working on a new restructuring plan for the shipbuilder, Croatian Minister of Economy, Darko Horvat, told national tv channel HRT.The country’s ministries of finance and economy are set to review the amended restructuring proposal in the upcoming few days. As explained by Horvat, the country has received recommendations from Brussels, detailing restrictions to potential state aid schemes for the shipbuilding group. Namely, the final restructuring plan needs to receive a blessing from Brussels before being implemented.Danko Koncar-led Kermas Energija was selected as Uljanik’s strategic partner for the restructuring process in May 2018. It is estimated that over EUR 450 million (USD 551.5 million) is required for the shipbuilder’s financial restructuring. Based on the latest round of talks, held this week, it is hinted that an unnamed Australian company is seeking to join the restructuring bid.Uljanik is building two ships that need to be completed by the end of the year.One of them is being built for Australian company Scenic. The delivery of the luxury cruise ship, named Scenic Eclipse, which was ordered in 2015, has been delayed until late January 2019, due to the ongoing issues at Uljanik.Scenic Eclipse was originally scheduled to deploy on its maiden voyage from Athens to Venice on August 31, before sailing to the Arctic and Norwegian Fjords.Uljanik reported a USD 191.5 million loss for 2017, of which 153 million was transferred to this year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Villagers in Morocco Demand Return of Their Land after Mining Pollution

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Rabat – Residents of Askaoun, a small village near Marrakech in southwestern Morocco, have demanded that officials grant the locals property titles of the area. The request is a response to the disturbances that a Canadian mining company, Maya Gold and Silver, is causing.In 2014, Maya Gold and Silver began working on a nearby mine named Zgounder. The project has created job opportunities and brought the anticipation of the industry to the quiet village.About five years later, however, the townspeople have increasingly grown dissatisfied with the mining company, suggesting the company is no longer welcome. Central in their complaint is that the Zgounder project has caused undesirable living conditions, including excess noise pollution and interference with irrigation systems. Locals of Askaoun link the company’s activities to water shortages. Residents also say that the project has generated chemical waste. The people, who do not have a deed to the land but have owned it unofficially for decades, are also claiming that the company is operating without their consent and that their property is being exploited. Residents demanded that Maya Gold and Silver help ease access to water and assist development efforts in the town as compensation.Read also: Morocco’s Mining Minister Wants Sector to Create 30,000 Jobs by 2025On June 6, 2018, the local authorities agreed to provide residents with property titles as quickly as possible. Parliament members from the Justice and Development Party (PJD) laid out the Askaoun residents’ concerns in a letter to the Ministry of Energy and Mines. It reads, “This land has always belonged to the residents of the village, long before there were any official registers.”Maya Gold and Silver disputed that the land is collective land, belonging to no one. General director Noureddine Mokadem also said the company is “within its rights” as it used the water source.The company said, “The water we are using for silver extraction comes from Ouarzazate, near the High Atlas mountains. Local authorities diverted the water in the 1980s so that it could be used in mining operations. When the silver extraction stopped for several years, people got used to using the water to irrigate their fields and water livestock. But now that we’re exploiting the mine again, we have to use the water that was brought here specifically for the mine.”As for the chemical waste, the ministry said in a 2018 letter that most of the silver mining used a method called flotation, which separates materials while “reduc[ing] the environmental impact that past mining operations may have had.” The letter also stated that Maya Gold and Silver’s operations had actually been approved in 2014. read more

One month after Iraq bombing UN to honour victims with ceremony concert

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Secretary-General Kofi Annan will address the ceremony in the General Assembly Hall to honour all those who died or were injured.Afterwards Brazilian musician and Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil will perform an hour-long concert in homage.

World Bank says Ebola puts future prosperity of Liberia Sierra Leone at

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“[Ebola’s] socio-economic side effects put the current and future prosperity of households in Liberia and Sierra Leone at high risk,” said Ana Revenga, Senior Director for Poverty at the World Bank Group. “We must pay careful attention to those who are most vulnerable to both health and economic shocks, and ensure that they are supported throughout and after the crisis.”The Liberian economy continues to shed jobs faster than they are replaced, with nearly half of household heads still out of work despite response-related jobs becoming available in construction and health fields. Most job losses are among private sector wage workers in urban areas, with women reported to be particularly vulnerable to the stagnant labour market, as they are disproportionately employed in non-farm self-employment.In Sierra Leone, the first round of data collection found wage and non-farm self-employed workers seeing the largest declines in urban employment, with Ebola cited as the main cause. An estimated 179,000 people had stopped working outside of the agriculture sector. Most job losses were attributed to preventive efforts to limit the disease’s spread and to the general economic disruption caused by the outbreak, with quarantined and non-quarantined districts describing similar impacts.The two reports found food insecurity persisting in both countries, with two-thirds of Liberian households reporting a lack of money to afford rice, regardless of price, three quarters indicating they worried about having enough to eat, and 80 per cent citing lack of money rather than availability or high prices.No evidence was found on Ebola’s direct negative impacts on agriculture in Sierra Leone but harvest activities there were ongoing and future surveys are planned which will track any Ebola-related effects if and when they arise.Over 80 per cent of those responding to the mobile phone survey in Liberia reported reduced harvests compared to last year, with the main concern the inability to organize work teams given Ebola fears. The same issue was cited as the main reason for incomplete harvests. The survey showed some evidence of reduced use of health services for non-Ebola conditions in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, with a much lower proportion of women reporting for post-natal clinic visits there compared to 2013. Elsewhere in the country there was little evidence of such a decline.“From a poverty perspective, we are particularly concerned about households being forced into coping strategies that may harm their long term prospects to improve welfare, and now we can follow this in almost real time,” said Kristen Himelein, the World Bank Group’s poverty economist for Liberia and Sierra Leone. “These high frequency surveys have been enormously helpful in bridging the gap between country-level growth analysis and the observations from those on the ground as part of the response,” she added.The surveys are part of the World Bank’s $1 billion outbreak response and complement previous analysis that pointed to a possible $32.6 billion regional economic impact, which could catastrophic for these already fragile States. The surveys will continue in both countries, monitoring Ebola’s effects on economies and households and aiming to help Governments tackle the most pressing economic issues and plan the recovery. read more

British sailing star left love rivals car with £6000 of damage after

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first_imgA British sailing star scratched his love rival’s car and left it with £6,000 of damage after seeing him in a picture with his ex-girlfriend, a court heard.Ross Harvey, who has previously come first in the national Laser championships, used a power tool to scratch Joshua Reay’s Audi A4 after he spotted a photograph of him with his former partner Charlotte Goodman-Simpson, 27.Magistrates heard the 30-year-old damaged the windscreen and panels of Mr Reay’s vehicle as he carried out the attack outside the couple’s home in Southsea, near Portsmouth, on December 4 last year. He is an extremely talented sailor [and] has taken part in the World and European championshipsPaul Cantrill, defending He admitted causing criminal damage and, at court on Friday, was given a 12-month community service order and 40 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £3,000 in compensation.Harvey, a member of Bowmoor Sailing Club, has had a successful sailing career and is believed to have competed in a number of races including the Solo National Championships, where he placed 4th, as well as European and World qualifiers.  His defence lawyer, Paul Cantrill, told the court he has also previously come first in the Laser championships, where entrants compete in small sailing dinghies. He is believed to have been placed in the top 10 at the championships on a number of occasions.The court in Swindon, Wiltshire, heard that Harvey fell into depression after he and Miss Goodman-Simpson, a fellow sailor, broke up at the same time as he lost work as a sailing instructor.Keith Ballinger, prosecuting, said that Harvey continually contacted her via text message and email after the split, but she rejected his advances and struck up a relationship with Mr Reay, who describes himself as an architect on social media.On December 4, after spotting a picture of the lovers on the internet, Harvey was seen by police walking down the dead-end street where the couple lived. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Officers are believed to have become suspicious after hearing the power tool being started. He was arrested after residents reported seeing him using the tool to damage the car.Harvey, from Swindon, later admitted his crime and apologised for his actions.Miss Goodman-Simpson told police she had ongoing issues with Harvey and was worried and scared whenever she thought about them.Mr Cantrill said Harvey, who has no previous convictions, had been upset and “lost his cool” after seeing the photograph.Mr Cantrill said: “He is an extremely talented sailor, has taken part in the World and European championships and was number one in the Laser championships. He has done a lot of work with disabled children, teaching them to sail.”Harvey was also placed under a 12-month restraining order and banned from having contact of any kind with his ex-girlfriend.Chairman of the bench Natalie O’Connell, sentencing, told him he had to concentrate on working with the probation service on overcoming his problems.The damage caused to the Audi was estimated at £6,000 but he was ordered to pay £3,000 as that is believed to be what the car is worth.last_img read more

The Eagle project Developing Michigans first nickel mine

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first_imgThis year will represent a significant milestone for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with the commissioning of Lundin Mining’s Eagle mine. It will be Michigan’s first nickel mine, and the first mine in the USA in which nickel is the primary metal rather than a byproduct. Average production is expected to be 23,000 t/y of nickel, 20,000 t/y of copper, plus PGM and cobalt credits over the mine’s first three years of full production.XPS has been working on the project for some years. Its history with the Eagle mine dates back to when a former owner contracted XPS to develop toll milling options for the ore. Lundin’s decision to refurbish the nearby Humboldt mill in Marquette County resulted in a new round of flowsheet confirmation and piloting, in which XPS was happy to participate. Development work at XPS included both batch testing and continuous piloting in the  XPS Flotation Mini Pilot Plant.The pilot plant, which was operated at approximately 12kg/hr, produced a bulk Cu-Ni concentrate at grades over 22% Cu+Ni in concentrate. The pilot plant produced scaleable operating results requiring only about 300 kg/d of ore. This low quantity of sample is a big advantage as the cost of acquiring ore sample is significantly lower with the XPS Mini Pilot Plant versus conventional pilot plants.The pilot operation employed the new XPS Laboratory Information Management (LIMS) system which in combination with rapid laboratory XRF assays allowed the construction of materials balances one hour after sample collection, at a frequency of one sample set per three hours. With this level of information feedback the stabilisation of the pilot operation was so rapid that XPS succeeded in fully meeting the project objectives within a day and a half from startup, and was able over the four day pilot campaign to test and stabilise two flowsheet alternatives above and beyond client expectations.The bulk piloting campaign was followed by a Cu-Ni separation campaign using accumulated concentrate, in which samples of final Ni and Cu concentrates were produced for testing and marketing evaluation.XPS is continuing to work with Lundin Mining on pre-startup refinement of the metallurgical recovery model and is looking forward to providing on-site plant support as this landmark nickel project proceeds toward successful start-up and commissioning. XPS will be offering multidisciplinary on-site support in the areas of metallurgical diagnostics, determination of optimum operating conditions, process control and loop tuning, and materials technology.The property is on the watershed divide of the Yellow Dog River and Salmon Trout Rivers, with the closest community to the mine site being Big Bay, 24 km from the property by road. Big Bay is an unincorporated community within Powell Township and has limited services. The closest full service community is Marquette, 53 km by road from the property. Marquette provides a regional airport, rail and shipping facilities, and a full range of commercial services.The Humboldt mill property, a former iron ore processing facility, occupying approximately 142 ha, is located 61 km west of Marquette, Michigan. The facility is located in the township of Humboldt, Marquette County, Michigan. Ore from the Eagle mine will be trucked 105 km to the Humboldt mill for processing.Road access to the mine property is by means of maintained loose surface and paved roads from the communities of Big Bay to the east, L’Anse to the west, and Marquette to the south. The Humbolt mill is located close to the main US Route 41.The Eagle deposit is a high-grade magmatic sulphide deposit containing nickel and copper mineralisation and minor amounts of cobalt, precious and PGMs. The economic minerals associated with this deposit are predominately pentlandite and chalcopyrite.Three distinct types of sulphide mineralisation occur in the deposit. They are described as disseminated, semi-massive and massive sulphide. Massive sulphide is generally over 90% pyrrhotite-pentlandite-chalcopyrite. Semi-massive, or matrix ore, is 30% or greater net textured sulphide. Disseminated mineralization is generally uneconomic. The semi-massive and massive sulphides occur in separate zones called the Massive Sulphide, Semi-massive East, and Semi-massive West zones.Eagle is a relatively shallow underground mine with access gained via a surface ramp that will serve as the route for waste, ore and backfill haulage. The mine will employ transverse bench-and-fill stoping with mining in an up-dip primary secondary sequence. Backfilling will be undertaken using cemented and uncemented rockfill. Two ventilation shafts are in place, with the downcast shaft also equipped for emergency egress. Ore from the mine will be stored in a covered coarse ore stockpile facility prior to transport to the Humbolt mill site.From a further covered coarse ore storage facility at Humbolt, the ore will be processed using a conventional crush, grind and differential flotation process to produce separate nickel and copper concentrates. Tailings from the plant will be deposited sub-aqueously in the adjacent former Humbolt iron ore open pit.Nickel and copper concentrates will be stored in a covered concentrate building on site. A rail spur in to the site will be used to transport the concentrate direct to smelter facilities within North America or to the ports of Quebec, Montreal or Vancouver for shipment to overseas smelters.last_img read more

Gaming test Motorola Xoom vs Nook Color

first_imgSure, you could go get a Nook Color, void your warranty by rooting it and loading either CynamogenMod 7 or one of the Honeycomb preview builds that have been hacked out of the SDK Emulator, but what’s the point? Are you left with just a slightly better eBook reader that can play Angry Birds, or is there some real value to be had here?One of the great things about Android 3.0 is hardware acceleration. In theory, this will allow even terrible hardware to perform when it comes to playing video or games, or even higher multitasking needs. The question of the hour, with all the excitement behind the Nook Color, is whether or not the hardware acceleration offered in Android is enough for this paltry 800MHz Arm A8 processor to be held in the same light as the nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz monster know as the Motorola Xoom. See for yourself above.AdChoices广告While loading the game on the Nook Color took nearly three times what it did on the Xoom, the actual game play was about as identical as they get. Due to the experimental nature of the Nook Honeycomb build, not every app is completely functional, but Air Attack HD Light, designed for Honeycomb, runs really well.It could be argued that this is not a true performance test, and that the gap between these two devices may lessen once a build based on the yet unreleased Android 3.0 Source Code is made available. Whether or not you feel the Nook Color is in the same league as the Xoom or not, it’s clear right now that the Xoom’s faster processor is an obvious advantage, but is that a $350 advantage?last_img read more