Robertson hails manner of Liverpool win at Brightonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson hailed the manner of their 1-0 win at Brighton.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp dubbed it their “most mature performance”.And Robertson agrees, “Whoever wins the league will look back on some games and go, ‘Do you know what? We probably weren’t at our best there. That was probably one that helped us turn one point into three or zero into one.“If we manage to do it, I’m sure we’ll look back on this game as one of them. It’s the winning mentality and finding a way. That’s what we did. That’s what all the teams are doing now. City haven’t played their best but have been winning games and Tottenham have done the same. “People can overreact when you go that long without the first defeat, but we all stayed calm. We knew what we had to do.“We knew how long this run-in was going to be, and that the chances of us being unbeaten this season were very hard. But we were still four points clear after Man City and now we go to seven again. Obviously they have the game in hand but we’ve got the points on the board.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Blackmore calls for Man Utd to bring back Ibrahimovicby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United midfielder and coach Clayton Blackmore says they should re-sign LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Ibrahimovic is thriving in the MLS having scored 49 goals in 50 starts for LA Galaxy.“I definitely think we should ask Zlatan to come back, we need a target man – he’s the best target in the world,” Blackmore is quoted by the Daily Express.“6ft 5in black belt, he’s proved in the MLS he can still do it.“I thought we let him go because his knee was dodgy – we’ve now given Zlatan and [Wayne] Rooney [away] for nothing.”We won [the] Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield when he played for us.“Thirteen years ago, the Barcelona goalie out-run Zlatan – he doesn’t run much yet he scores goals [at] every club he plays for.“We need a target man so all our kids with pace can play off him [in a] 4-4-2 [system], and close [them] down quicker.”Here ends the lesson, it’s a no-brainer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd defender Maguire: I’m here to stayby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire insists he has settled at Manchester United.The England international arrived from Leicester City in the summer for a world-record fee.”I’m enjoying being part of such a big club,” he said. “I’m going to be part of this club for the future – I signed a long-term contract here, so I knew I was coming in straight away and aiming to bridge the gap to the top two [in the Premier League]. “I’m looking forward to progressing in the future and I want to be part of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seems to be acting in top gear while probing the Unnao rape victim’s critical injuries, sustained by a mysterious truck ramming into the victim’s car, killing two of her aunts. The victim and her lawyer are now battling for life. The court had also ruled that subject to the health conditions and concurrence of the family members of the 19-year-old rape victim and the lawyer, the critically injured could be airlifted for better treatment in AIIMS, New Delhi – which has now unfolded. The rape accused, MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, in the meantime, is under interrogation by CBI at the Sitapur jail. Two persons who visited Sengar in the jail preceding the deadly accident, are also under questioning. Also Read – A special kind of bondMeanwhile, the trial of this case, which commenced on August 5, is evincing keen interest amongst all. Judge Dharmesh Sharma has been designated to hear the case at Delhi’s Tees Hazari Court. The accused and his alleged accomplice are expected to be produced before the court on August 6. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had taken a suo moto cognizance of the Unnao rape case victim’s accident and ordered the transfer of the case to a Delhi Court, which is under instructions to complete the probe within 45 days. In the same order, the SC has asked the CBI to wrap up the investigation and file a charge sheet by August 14 in the accident case. Also Read – Insider threat managementUnder express monitoring of the SC, a six-member team of professional experts with a proven record of forensics, belonging to CBI’s Central Forensic Laboratories, are also currently in UP, aiding the investigation. Professionally, it has been a wise decision that this significant probe drawing national attention has been handed over to CBI for a thorough investigation instead of entrusting it to the UP police. It is hoped that CBI’s ambit of the probe will also include the conspiracy, beginning from accusations of rape happening in 2017, the custodial beating of the victim’s father leading to his death, the nexus between the truck driver and properly identifying other accomplices in blackening the registration number of the truck to conceal identity. By such ugly acts, it is evident that there were several players involved in the rape, the custodial beating and brutal ramming of the victim’s car. They all need to be exposed through a dedicated delving without caving to political pressure, if any. The most unfortunate Nirbhaya case memory is revived fresh in public minds after the Unnao rape case. The retired CJI, late JS Verma, had suggested several measures but it would seem that all is lost and rapes continue to shock us. The judgments, howsoever harsh and deterrent, don’t seem to work. It’s a segment of society that’s sick and afflicted with a perverse mindset. More importantly, it would also appear that the unholy nexus between politicians and a section of the police has thrived over the years and has now reached a point of no return. This linkage needs to be severed perhaps with the help of civil societies and a thinking police leadership. On the part of politicians, it’s incumbent upon them to act responsibly and refrain from putting pressure on custodians of law to cave in to the whims and fancies of their unbridled ambitions. Also, the party leadership should also exercise discretion while inducting people to its party fold. In the instant case under reference, Sengar is suspended from the party only after the truck causing accident hit headlines. He merited expulsion way back in 2017 when he was accused of rape. He was obviously drafted in because of his winning track record in electoral politics. A thorough turncoat, Sengar was with the BSP and SP before joining the ruling BJP. He could win elections for the party but the huge taint too comes as a moral encumbrance to the party. The politicians possibly have become so thick-skinned that they care two hoots for being labelled as a corrupt or a rapist. They have nurtured a culture of insensitivity. We hear daily reprimands to the ruling party workers, with the Prime Minister himself issuing guidelines for better conduct in public life and good behaviour. A minister’s son in Madhya Pradesh used a cricket bat to hit a civic official. The errant was taken to task but the fact that he was audacious to perpetuate that bit of violence in full public view shows that they have scant respect for the law of the land. So far, all sermons have gone unheeded. Politicians should themselves introspect their conduct in public life to remain above accusations of rape and other serious offences. Unless they reform themselves, police and judiciary can do little. On part of the police, its leadership must tell the force not to be a party to politicians’ desires of implicating someone in a false case and subjecting them to torture and duress. Each stakeholder is expected by society to discharge responsibilities with abundant care and the utmost discretion. Uttar Pradesh (UP) being the most populous state, has its own problems making it difficult for the administration to deal with routine law and order, and crime-related challenges. And then come leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav, who not very long ago, instead of condemning rapists dismissed the act by saying that boys will be boys – how irresponsible was the statement? Such remarks do embolden the potential rapists and shockingly from Mulayam’s party, no women member including any MP criticised the blatant comment. According to the statistics available from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), out of 38,947 cases of rape, UP stood second (4,816) showing that 14 per cent of the rape cases occurred in UP. Ironically, there is open support extended to Kuldeep Singh Sengar by some party colleagues. This is unfortunate. He should be a social pariah until the CBI/court clears him. Those exercising silence, particularly for women MPs of the party, by not condemning the gang-rape on the teenager that caused inexplicable trauma, they cannot escape their share of blame by being a party to the heinous crime. Unless there is social pressure, such heinous crimes will continue to recur and eventually, will evaporate in thin air like the Nirbhaya case only seven years ago. (The author is a retired IPS officer, a security analyst and the former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Mumbai: Indian benchmark equity indices Sensex and Nifty Tuesday scaled new life-time closing highs as investors remained in an intense buying mode for fourth session in a row on “near-normal” monsoon forecast and bumper corporate earnings optimism. The BSE gauge Sensex started off on a bullish note at 39,040.30 and hit a new intra-day record of 39,364.34. It, however, finally settled at 39,275.64, 369.80 points or 0.95 per cent higher, also marking its life-time closing high. The index has added 690.29 points in the last four sessions. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSimilarly, the broader NSE Nifty opened higher at 11,736.20 and breached the psychological 11,800-level (intra-day) for the first time ever. The NSE barometer settled the day at a new record closing level of 11,787.15, up 96.80 points or 0.83 per cent. Financial stocks took charge of the rally driven by sustained foreign fund inflows. Sensex heavyweight ICICI Bank rose 3.58 per cent. In percentage terms, however, IndusInd Bank was the top gainer with 3.96 per cent rise. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOther gainers were ONGC, Larsen and Toubro, Maruti, Asian paints and HeroMoto Corp — climbing as much as 2.49 per cent. On the other hand, PowerGrid, Tata Motors and Infosys shares booked losses. Sectorally, among the top performers were BSE bankex, rising 1.62 per cent, finance 1.08 per cent, consumer durables 1.16 per cent and telecom 1.03 per cent. In the broader market, BSE largecap, midcap and smallcap indices underperformed the benchmark Sensex. However, the market breadth was tilted in favour of sellers as 1,298 stocks declined and 1,277 gained. “Market rallied to a new high supported by optimism over quarter earnings and positive global market. A better monsoon outlook from IMD provided relief to investors, who are keen on earnings outcome to accumulate quality stocks despite election led volatility,” Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services Ltd, said. Elsewhere in Asia, markets in Japan, China and Korea ended on a positive note. In Europe, bourses in Germany, France and the UK were trading in the positive terrain in early deals. Global crude oil benchmark Brent futures fell 0.11 per cent to USD 71.10 per barrel. The Indian rupee meanwhile weakened by 18 paise to close at 69.60 against the US dollar Tuesday amid strengthening of the American currency and high crude oil prices. Analysts also said that stocks rallied to a new high supported by optimism over quarter earnings and positive global market. Shares of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have risen over 6 per cent in the last two trading sessions, after the company reported 17.7 per cent growth in consolidated net profit for March 2019 quarter. Meanwhile, IT firm Wipro Tuesday reported a 38.4 per cent rise in net profit at Rs 2,493.9 crore for the March 2019 quarter and also announced a Rs 10,500 crore buyback programme. The earnings numbers came after market hours. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) purchased equities worth Rs 1,038.58 crore on Tuesday and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares to the tune of Rs 37.22 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.
Paris: A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire that ravaged Notre Dame, the cathedral’s rector said Friday, as architects and construction workers tried to figure out how to stabilize the damaged structure and protect it from the elements. The fire burned through the lattice of enormous oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling, dangerously weakening the building. The surrounding neighborhood has been blocked off, and stones have continued to tumble off the sides of the cathedral since Monday evening’s devastating blaze. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSpeaking during a meeting of local business owners, rector Patrick Chauvet did not elaborate on the exact nature of the glitch, adding that “we may find out what happened in two or three months.” On Thursday, Paris police investigators said they think an electrical short-circuit most likely caused the fire. The Parisien newspaper has reported that investigators are considering whether the fire could be linked to a computer glitch or related to temporary elevators used in the renovation that was underway at the time the cathedral caught fire. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChauvet said there were fire alarms throughout the building, which he described as “well protected.” Charlotte Hubert, president of a group of French architects who specialize in historic monuments, told BFM television that experts plan to spread a custom-made peaked tarpaulin across the cathedral’s roof, with enough space to also shield workers rebuilding the frame. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to set out reconstruction ideas during meetings Friday with officials from the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO. Macron is moving quickly on the fire-ravaged monument’s reconstruction, which is being viewed both as a push to make it part of his legacy and a way to move past the divisive yellow vest protests over economic issues in France. Notre Dame’s reconstruction is prompting widespread debate across France, with differing views emerging over whether it should involve new technologies and designs. Macron’s office has, for example, said the president wants a “contemporary architectural gesture to be considered” for the collapsed spire, which wasn’t part of the original cathedral. Macron hasn’t offered any specifics on his vision for the roof or whether the frame should be wood, metal or concrete, according to his cultural heritage envoy, Stephane Bern. He has named a general, Jean-Louis Georgelin, former chief of staff of the armed forces, to lead the reconstruction effort. Over USD 1 billion has already poured in from people from all walks of life around the world to restore Notre Dame. Judith Kagan, a conservation official at France’s Culture Ministry, said the artworks inside Notre Dame had suffered no major damage from the fire and the pieces were being removed from the building for their protection.
Bangkok: Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) and the fast-rising Sonia Chahal (57kg) entered the quarterfinals on an all-win opening day for India at the Asian Boxing Championships here. Satish out-punched Iran’s Iman Ramezanpourdelavar to make the last eight, while world silver-medallist Sonia defeated Vietnam’s Uyan Do Nha in the women’s draw on Friday. In the morning session, national champion Deepak (49kg) and Rohit Tokas (64kg) advanced to the last-16 stage with confident victories. Joining them was Ashish (69kg), who defeated Cambodia’s V Y Sophors in the evening session. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”All the gold medal winners from this competition will be assured of a place in the world championships team (scheduled in September this year),” Indian boxing’s High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva said. Satish, who won a bronze medal at the event in its 2015 edition, quite literally eased past his fumbling opponent, striking at will in a one-sided contest. In the last Indian bout of the day, Sonia pounced on her overtly defensive opponent and produced a near flawless performance to clinch a 5-0 win. Earlier, Deepak defeated Vietnam’s Loi Bui Cong Danh, fetching a unanimous verdict from the judges before Rohit put it past Taiwan’s Chu-Yen Lai with a similar scoreline. Deepak opened the proceedings for India. He kept it simple and focussed on hitting straight to ensure clean and impactful punches. Rohit Tokas (64kg) was up against a more aggressive one in Lai but he hardly broke a sweat to advance.
New Delhi: Tihar jail has initiated a DIG-level inquiry after a Muslim prisoner has alleged that he has been burn stamped with ‘Om’ by a jail Superintendent.The inmate Nabbir alias popa, who was recently shifted to Tihar from Mandoli jail because of his notorious behaviour made serious allegations against the superintendent of jail no-4. He took off his shirt before the duty magistrate in Karkardooma court and showed her the symbol ‘Om’ burn marked on his back allegedly by the Superintendent who he said was annoyed after the repeated complains about non-functioning induction cooker provided by the jail. He also alleged that he was denied food for two days. After his family informed his counsel, the counsel moved an application in the court. The court then issued a notice to Tihar authorities and asked for an explanation from Director General of the jail. Nabbir, a resident of Seemapuri is lodged in Tihar in an arms supply case. In an order calling for an enquiry, the court said, “The allegations raised by the accused are of serious nature and required immediate intervention… a notice is being issued to DGP, Prisoner, Head Quarter, Jail No. 4, New Delhi to get the medical examination of accused Nabbir conducted with immediate effect and also to make enquiry report regarding the burn imprinted ‘Om’ mark on the accused.” The court has also ordered the jail authorities to provide CCTV footage and statement by other jail inmates. “As a precautionary measure, we have shifted him from Jail number 4 to jail number one in the high-security ward. We have initiated a DIG-level inquiry into the matter and a report would be submitted at the earliest to the honourable court,” said DG Prisons, Ajay Kashyap.
Kolkata: The bodies of mountaineers Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya are expected to be brought to the base camp within a few days with the Sherpa team that had gone for the rescue operation after their bodies have been located. Both of them in an expedition to Kanchenjunga were feared dead since Thursday.”We have been able to locate the bodies of Kuntal and Biplab. We are taking all possible steps to bring down the bodies. It is a tough task but the Sherpas are trying their best. We are hopeful that we will be able to do it in a few days,” said Ujjal Ray, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn the other hand, the efforts to trace Dipankar Ghosh, another Bengal mountaineer who went missing while he was coming down after scaling Mount Makalu in Nepal on Friday, has been suspended at least till May 22 with forecast of inclement weather conditions. “We have to first locate the body and then plan accordingly on how to bring it down,” said an official of the Seven Summits agency which was overseeing Dipankar’s expedition. He had successfully scaled the fifth highest peak in the world but while descending to the base camp went missing. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA two-member team comprising an official from the state Youth Affairs department and mountaineer Debdas Adhikary has already reached Kathmandu and is supervising the search operation of Kuntal, Biplab as well as Dipankar. Mt. Makalu is considered amongst the most dangerous and challenging peaks to summit. Ramesh Ray and Rudraprasad Halder who fell sick during the Kanchenjunga expedition were airlifted and brought to the base camp on Thursday afternoon are presently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Nepal. Both of them are recovering.
New Delhi: Delays in acquiring land, getting No-Objection Certificates besides other unanticipated hurdles plagued the third phase of Delhi Metro project, leading to time overrun in expansion of the national capital’s modern transport system. The phase III of the project was scheduled to start in May 2011 but first construction could begin only in January 2012 and a small section still remains unfinished. It is likely to be completed by the year-end. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarUnlike this phase, land acquisition for the first phase of the Metro project posed no problem and was carried out smoothly. Among the challenges, a major one was land acquisition since the new Land Acquisition Act was in place during this phase of the project which made it extremely difficult to acquire land as the machinery to be put in place to implement this act was still not in place and compensation levels were also expected to be much higher, said Anuj Dayal, Executive Director of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka”In comparison, in the earlier phases, DMRC was able to acquire the land needed for the project reasonably smoothly under the provision of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 with the help of the state government and good judicial support. DMRC, thus had to acquire private land in Phase 3 through direct negotiation with individual landowners which was a difficult and time-consuming process,” he said. Dayal said land acquisition issues have often delayed Delhi Metro’s pace of work, but the DMRC team has always worked hard to make up for the lost time and completed its projects within schedule. Initially, the third phase of the Delhi Metro project was supposed to be only 103 km long but gradually its size increased with the Metro going to various parts of the National Capital Region (NCR), including Bahadurgarh, Ghaziabad, Noida, Ballabhgarh, among others, which made the whole project about 160 kms in length, he said. “On multiple stretches, land could not be acquired and the contractors could not begin work. There were stretches where the necessary land for construction work could not be arranged on time. These areas were the Chirag Delhi Metro station and the Kalindi Kunj depot,” Dayal said. A similar issue was also faced at the Okhla NSIC Metro station where it took a delay of about two years in acquiring the land. “Initially, the Okhla NSIC station was part of a package of six elevated stations from Okhla NSIC till Kalindi Kunj. However, work began on all other stretches in December, 2012 while the Okhla NSIC station’s work could not be started due to land acquisition delays. Therefore, when the land could be acquired two years later, it was brought out of the purview of the earlier contract package and a separate exclusive tender for this station was floated.”