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1st Test: Williamson, Latham dominate on rain-curtailed Day 2

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE updates from day two of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur. (Live Scorecard)Take a look at the revised session timings for the remainder of the Paytm First Test match. Play to start at 9.15 AM IST pic.twitter.com/AjbKw1Zeiw BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 2016UPDATE – Day 2 play has been called off at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201615.58 IST: STUMPS! Play has been called off for the day due to wet outfield. It will be an early start tomorrow, with play to begin at 9.15 AM. 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on Day 3. New Zealand 152/1, trail by 166 runsUPDATE – Umpires to inspect the field at 3.45 PM IST BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201615.30 IST: There’s some positive news as the rain have stopped pouring down. The groundstaff are already on it and trying to dry up the water on the field. Slowly the covers are being peeled off. The umpires will make their next inspection at 1545 IST. Rain delays the start of play in the final session of Day 2. More updates on the same soon @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/9Z4OcK1DRw BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201614.34 IST: Start of the post tea session is delayed due to rain. The entire ground is under covers now. Rain is not even hinting of slowing down and the ground remains fully covered. Whereas the light has gone from bad to worse. The chances of seeing some cricketing action late in the day seems slimmer and slimmer.advertisement14.14 IST: TEA! That’s the end of second session and it has gone New Zealand’s way. Both Kane Williamson and Tom Latham brought up their fifties. They played with calmness and confidence, sweeping the spinners, using their feet and putting bad ball away whenever required. The duo has added 117 runs to their second-wicket partnership. New Zealand 152/1, trail by 166 runs 14.02 IST: It has started to drizzle in Kanpur, just 10 minutes before tea break. New Zealand 146/1 Close call! Tom Latham survives after the ball hits the grille of KL Rahuls helmet at short leg Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/fCUSIEUJFk BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201613.41 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Latham and Williamson have now added over 100 runs in their partnership for the second wicket. This stand has certainly put India under pressure. New Zealand 135/1 13.33 IST: FIFTY! Tom Latham and Kane Williamson complete their 8th and 23rd fifties respectively. The duo has been outstanding. New Zealand 130/113.29 IST: Tom Latham survives. It was a tossed up delivery by Jadeja around middle and off, Latham goes for the sweep but gets it from the inner half of his bat to his boots and it lobs up towards Rahul at short leg. Rahul juggles the ball and the ball strikes the grille off his helmet in the process. So according to the rule, it can’t be ruled out because it hit the grille. New Zealand 127/1Both Kane Williamson & Tom Latham made their Test debuts v India,the former made a 100, while later a duck!#IndvNZ#500thTest#India500 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 23, 201613.11 IST: Virat Kohli brings off-spinner Murali Vijay into the attack. New Zealand 114/113.03 IST: CLOSE SHAVE! Kane Williamson survives a hit-wicket chance. Ashwin bowls a tossed up outside off, spins in and Williamson presses forward to block but gets hit on the helmet and the back flap of his helmet flies off and falls just wide of the stumps. Close shave for Williamson. It would have been one of the most weird ways to get out. 12.57 IST: Ashwin and Jadeja have made to work hard under overcast conditions in Kanpur. 12.34 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Tom Latham and Kane Williamson have been involved in an important fifty-plus stand. New Zealand 85/1 after 26 oversTom Latham in action (Reuters Photo) Williamson with the shot of day two. Shami over pitches & he’s dispatched back past him with the off drive. 80/1 #sumptuous #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Players back on field for the 2nd session. Latham 25 and Williamson 21 resuming for NZ at 71/1, trail by 247. #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Take a look at the match summary at Lunch on Day 2 of @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/WdmSd9w1Mw BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 201611.31 IST: LUNCH! That’s the end of first session on Day 2. After Jadeja heroics lifted India to 318, New Zealand started well to put 71 on board for the loss of one wicket. They just had one loss in Martin Guptill, who fell to Umesh Yadav after an aggressive start. After that, Tom Latham with his skipper Kane Williamson saw off the rest of the session without much hiccups. The disappointment for the home side will be the bowling of Ashwin, who looked unsettled in the middle due to the clever batting by the tourists’ skipper. India showed a poor effort in the field with more than a couple of misfields leaking away some runs.advertisementNew Zealand will now want Williamson and Latham, who look settled to play a long innings as they have the patience to play it. Kohli would want his bowlers as well as his fielders to step up their performances.Umesh Yadav celebrates with teammates (AP Photo)50 on the board for the loss of 1. Latham 17 and Williamson 7. Deficit is 268. Spinner Ashwin and Jadeja bowling in tandem #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Williamson into his work early, sweeping and flicking Ashwin to the leg side. Field changes. Jadeja back on at other end. 45/1, 13 overs ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Ashwin replaces Jadeja. Latham gets off strike. Williamson has joined him after wicket of Guptill. Not a lot of turn yet. 36/1 #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 201610.47 IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav gets the first breakthrough as he traps Martin Guptill leg before for 21. Good length delivery, shaping in. Guptill tries to flick it but misses the line completely and the ball thuds into his front pad. The Indians appeal in unison and the umpire has no hesitation in ruling that out. It looked quite adjacent to the naked eye and seemed to be hitting the leg stump. New Zealand 35/1 Solid start from the openers. 24/0 after 6 overs. Guptill 15 & Latham 9. Spin already on in Jadeja #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 201610.21 IST: Change of ends for Shami. He now replaces Umesh Yadav in the fourth over. New Zealand 13/0 vs India 31810.17 IST: Virat Kohli makes a surprise move as he brings in Ravindra Jadeja in the third over. New Zealand 11/0 vs India 318 Guptill gets off the mark with a nice cover drive, before Latham crashes one to the point fence. 5/0, after 1st over #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Shami gets us underway, bowling to Guptill. Latham at the other end. 318 on the board. Here we go! #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016Wagner’s final wicket sees him finish with 2-42, Boult 3-67, Santner 3-94, Sodhi 1-50, Craig 1-59 from 24 overs! #wellbowled #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 201610.00 IST: That’s it! Ravindra Jadeja played an important role with his breezy 42 not out off 44 balls to help India post 318 in their first innings. Umesh Yadav was the last man to fall for 9 off Wagner. The 41-run stand for the last wicket took India to a decent total. This morning, the visitors started with Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult who were taken to all parts by Jadeja, taking his team to a 300 par score.Jadeja in action (Reuters Photo)The Indian top order gave them a good start and were 154/1 at one stage. After that, the Kiwis made a strong comeback, running through the Indian middle order and restricting the further damage and would be happy with their overall bowling performance. Kohli too would be pleased with this total and would hope his bowlers work their magic on the visitors.advertisement09.47 IST: Jadeja has been on an attacking mode at the moment. This time he steps out to hit Santner for a huge six over long on. India 312/9 after 95 overs09.40 IST: Jadeja brings up India’s 300 with a single towards long on. India 300/9 after 93 overs 09.33 IST: Ravindra Jadeja goes down the track and hits Santner over the infield for four towards long off. India 295/9 09.28 IST: Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav are out in the middle as Day 2 action begins. Mitchell Santner starts Day 2 proceedings. India 291/9 vs New Zealand Ross Taylor getting ready for the BLACKCAPS first innings. Can expect to see a bit of spin! #indvnz ^CE pic.twitter.com/yBNFUVvmEx BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 2016No surprises – hot and humid in Kanpur for day two. India to resume shortly at 291-9 #indvnz ^CE BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 23, 201609.04 IST: Zaheer Khan: Few spots there with the NZ left-armer’s footmarks. Ashwin will be happy with those. Boult though has created a nice patch for Ashwin to use. He may have done India some favour. Day 2 #INDvNZ @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/JbHgLRlDJY BCCI (@BCCI) September 23, 2016VIDEO: Watch the 100-run stand between @mvj888 & @cheteshwar1 for 2nd wicket on Day 1 https://t.co/n6dm16nqoQ @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 2016Day 1 report: India faltered after a solid start to their first innings as New Zealand banked on a strong bowling performance to grab the upper hand on the opening day in Kanpur.Electing to bat after winning the toss, the Indians had a promising start to their innings, doing well in the pre-lunch session. But the Kiwi bowlers hit back, claiming eight wickets in the next two sessions for the hosts to finish the day at 291/9.In the historic 500th Test match for India, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav were at the crease at the close of play on 16 and eight runs, respectively.For New Zealand, pacer Trent Boult (3/57) and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (3/77) picked up three wickets each while Neil Wagner (1/42), Mark Craig (1/59) and legspinner Ish Sodhi (1/50) chipped in with a wicket apiece.Most of the Indian batsmen fell to poor shots after misreading the turn or bounce of the ball rather than any top quality bowling by the visitors.The hosts are playing with six batsmen, two fast bowlers and two spinners while the visiting New Zealand have gone with three spinners and two fast bowlers.India have played 14 Tests under Kohli’s captaincy so far, winning 10 of them. The hosts will be eager to register their 11th win under Kohli and make the historic 500th Test a memorable one for cricket lovers in the country.last_img read more

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Luis Suarez at the double as FC Barcelona rout Deportivo La Coruna

first_imgFC Barcelona warmed up for next week’s El Clasico with a 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday night.Luis Suarez and Paulinho were at their attacking best with two goals each helping Barcelona extend their lead to six points at the top of the La Liga table.Suarez slotted a generous cutback from Lionel Messi into an open goal in the 29th minute to deservedly put Barca ahead, while Brazil international Paulinho got the second in the 41st, tapping in on the rebound after Messi had hit the post.Messi had a frustrating night in front of goal and was unable to add to his 14 league goals this season as he hit the woodwork three times and had a penalty saved by former youth team mate Ruben Martinez with the score at 3-0.Suarez then scored his fourth goal in three league games by firing home a Sergi Roberto cross inside the area two minutes into the second half and Paulinho completed the rout in the 75th, pouncing after Jordi Alba’s shot had come off the post.�??� Smiles all round as Barça beat Depor 4-0 �???�??? �??��??� #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/yu3kbiEapy- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 18, 2017Barca lead the standings on 42 points, six ahead of Atletico Madrid and eight in front of third-placed Valencia.They are 11 clear of Real, who have a game in hand after missing this weekend’s action due to playing in the Club World Cup, where they beat Brazilians Gremio 1-0 in Saturday’s final.advertisement”We go into next week’s game (against Real) feeling very happy and the best way to prepare for a game of that level is to win and feel confident and we are feeling great,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.. @alexmorgan13�??s first game at Camp Nou ends 4-0 to Barça – you�??ll have to come more often, Alex! �??� #BarçaDepor pic.twitter.com/29XgqkuA3a- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 17, 2017″It’s a very difficult game against a huge rival and we are very excited about playing it. I don’t think a win (against Real) would assure us of the title because Atletico are six points behind. What is clear is that seasons are very long and no-one wins the title at this stage.”Barca forward Paco Alcacer went off injured in the first half and will miss the ‘Clasico’ after being ruled out for three weeks.La Liga’s lack of goal-line technology or a video assistant referee (VAR) came under the spotlight again near the end of the first half when Suarez’s stylish ‘rabona’ shot from close range appeared to cross the goal-line before Martinez punched it away.The Catalans were denied a goal three weeks ago when Messi’s shot in a 1-1 draw with Valencia clearly crossed the goal-line.(Courtesy: Reuters)�?� #MessiIsGold �?�?�??? Camp Nou rises to applaud Leo #Messi’s latest Golden Shoe pic.twitter.com/tAvdfNu5JE- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 17, 2017last_img read more

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Afghanistan and Ireland to play 5 ODIs, 3 T20Is, one-off Test in Dehradun from February

first_imgIreland and Afghanistan are all set to play three Twenty20 Internationals, five One-Day Internationals and a one-off Test in February-March next year in Dehradun, India, the ICC announced on Friday.It will be Ireland’s first overseas Test match, and the second Test match for the two newest teams at the highest level.Earlier in 2018, Ireland started out at home against Pakistan, losing by five wickets, while Afghanistan took on India in Bengaluru and went down by an innings and 262 runs, according to the International Cricket Council’s website.The matches will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.”The Afghanistan series is a major step forward for Irish cricket as the tour is our first major tour as a Full Member.”It will no doubt be a test for the entire squad – taking on Afghanistan in subcontinent conditions will require a level of adjustment by both our batting and bowling units,” Ireland batsman Andrew Balbirnie said after the itinerary was finalised.”As we saw here at home in the summer, Afghanistan is a quality side with some world class players, and will be a great challenge in their home’ conditions,” he added.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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And The Awards Go To…

first_imgOverall Best District JalandharThere are a number of fables about how Jalandhar got its name. One has it that it was named after a mythical demon king from the Mahabharata. Another claims that it was the capital of the kingdom of Lord Rama’s son, Luv. But the most plausible reason,Overall Best District JalandharThere are a number of fables about how Jalandhar got its name. One has it that it was named after a mythical demon king from the Mahabharata. Another claims that it was the capital of the kingdom of Lord Rama’s son, Luv. But the most plausible reason is that it gets its name from its location. Situated between two of Punjab’s major riversthe Sutlej and the Beasthe district is not just the approximate centre of present-day Punjab but is also the largest city in the state’s central region, Doaba, which also describes its location between the two rivers.The district, and particularly Jalandhar, has long been a centre of learning, with a number of reputed colleges and institutions of higher learning established here. Through the years, it has also been a major centre of publishing, with most leading vernacular­Hindi, Punjabi and Urdunewspapers setting up offices in the city. So, it wasn’t without reason that following Partition in 1947, Jalandhar was made the administrative headquarters of Punjab, from where most of the refugee relief programmes were run.Also, since Independence, the district has become a major industrial hub and a leader in leather goods, sports goods and hand tools. In fact, it’s called the sports capital of India’, with local manufacturers making an astonishing array of sophisticated sporting equipment of international standard.Besides having the best infrastr­uc­ture in Punjab (see Best District for Infrastructure), Jalandhar also scores high in education, with steady, year-on-year improvement in school examination results. This is likely to improve further with the recent app­roval for 20 smart schools at a cost of Rs 1,833 crore. The district administration has signed an MoU worth Rs 126 crore with the Tata Group to establish a new skill development centre.advertisementJalandhar also does well in healthcare. In fact, it has reported among the lowest infant mortality rates (IMR) and maternal mortality rates (MMR) in the country. There are 21 state-run hospitals apart from some 186 private medical institutions here.And since May 2018, air travel to Jalandhar from Delhi has become a reality, with the launch of civilian passenger flights to Adampur, where a civilian terminal is now operational at the Indian Air Force base. Traffic has picked up, with flights registering an average occupancy of 90 per cent.Most improved District Pathankot Pathankot is embracing technology to help its citizens. (Photo: Sandeep Sahdev)Formed in 2011, Pathan­kot has progressed well. The district hospital was adjudged No. 1 in an inter-distr­ict evaluation in 2018. New init­ia­tives, like door-to-door coll­­ection of garbage, sanitary napkin ven­ding machines in schools, Make in Punjab’ helping local self-help groups showcase their products via a web-based app, are all doing well. An integrated beverage plant from PepsiCo will give 4,000 jobs to local youth.Most improved District (special category) FerozepurFerozepur is among 117 districts included in the Aspi­rational Dis­tricts Programme anchored by the Niti Aayog. In an evaluation done under the programme, Ferozepur ranked 43rd. It scored high in education (81.3) and basic infrastructure (88.2) and hit close to the halfway mark in health and nutrition and financial inclusion.The district is the first in Punjab to host an online portal for consumer disputes redressal and has also adopted Gujarat’s eMamta pro­ject that is used to track the health and immunisation status of mothers and their infant children. The administration has also computerised all the agricultural mandis in the district as well as individual details of over 150,000 beneficiaries of social security pension schemes. As for e-governance initiatives, the Suvidha Centre at the deputy commissioner’s office complex takes in an average 700 applications every working day.EDUCATIONBest District Rupnagar Photo: Sandeep SahdevRupnagar boasts a literacy rate of 87.3 per cent, significantly higher than the state average of 75.8 per cent. Efforts over the past few years have seen learning levels in schools climb from a dismal 35.9 per cent to 78.3 per cent. Deputy commissioner Sumeet Jarangal says the district was divided into 36 education clusters, which were monitored individually. The administration also worked to upgrade infrastructure, and 26 schools are now equipped with smart classrooms’ and another 135 will be added by March.Rupnagar also has an excellent road network, with a number of national highways connecting it to Himachal Pradesh. A largely rural district with just 26 per cent of its population in towns and cities, agriculture is the mainstay of the district’s economy.Most Improved District Amritsar The state’s flagship programme, Parho Punjab, Parhao Punjab’, has been extended to Amritsar and the district has shown considerable improvement in its pass percentage for classes X and XII. It offers a host of choices to students seeking higher education in the fields of medical sciences, humanities and technical education. At 76.3 per cent, the literacy rate of the district is higher than many others.advertisementHEALTHBest District Hoshiarpur Hoshiarpur’s preventive and curative’ services via an established network of state-run medical institutions has been a boon for the people. The district health department has had some success in rolling out national and state health programmes. Its campaigns to counter vector-borne diseases, tub­­erculosis, blindness, leprosy and HIV have been effective.The district is prone to vector- and water-borne diseases but concerted efforts, supported by the public, have brought down incidence of these ailments by an impressive 60 per cent. The administration has been able to improve the sex ratio at birth (SRB) and raise the number of institutional deliveries to 96 per cent. A focus on the poorest of the poor has paid dividends.Most Improved District Gurdaspur Punjab’s third most populous district has 164 medical institutions in rural areas and 14 larger ones in urban areas. This is in addition to six urban and two rural specialised medical establishments. But Gurdaspur’s healthcare infrastr­ucture isn’t without problems, including shortage of doctors and medical staff. There has been a push to conduct special camps and doorstep campaigns, like infant vaccinations and awareness campaigns for expectant mothers on the benefits of delivering babies in public hospitals.The district also has 52 ayur­vedic, three Unani and six homeopathic medical establishments run by the state. Delivering quality healthcare in remote border areas has been a challenge, but efforts are on. nINFRASTRUCTUREBest District Jalandhar Jalandhar is only the second district to boast an airport, the Adampur civil airport. The six-laning of NH-1, NH-70 and NH-71 running though Jalandhar is near comp­letion. The district has water supply schemes in almost all its villages and all arable land (about 23.6 million ha.) is irrigated. Urban rene­wal projects, including an integrated command and control centre, traffic decongest­ion and solar power in all state buildings, are on the anvil.Most Improved District FazilkaFazilka has picked up pace in infrastructure development in recent years. The missing railway line between Fazilka and Abohar towns was completed in 2012. All national and state highways passing through the district have been four-laned. Fazilka town has a brand new multi-discipline sports stadium and Punjab’s first multi-modal integrated bus terminus’. It also boasts a spanking new district courts complex and new police lines. A 100-bed cancer hospital is fast nearing completion. Social initiative Sanjha Chullah now runs 52 community kitchens for the poor.WATER AND SANITATIONBest District Barnala Like most of Punjab’s young districts, Barnala, formed in 2006, has done well. An essentially agricultural region, it has potable drinking water supply schemes in nearly all its 124 villages as well as 95 per cent of its urban centres. Irrigation, lar­gely via tube wells, is available to its 260,000 arable hectares. The district has performed exceptionally well in implementing the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin, achie­ved with a community-led total sanitation approach.advertisementBesides camps to educate peo­ple, a novel government ini­t­iative was rolled out where households got help in constructing toilets-cum-baths. The eff­orts soon yielded success and Barnala was declared Punjab’s sixth open-defecation free (ODF) district last year. A 20 MLD sewerage treatment plant is also in the works.Most Improved District Mansa Mansa’s groundwater is severely brackish and unusable, so residents have to rely on whatever they can harvest from the scanty rainfall and canal water from the Sutlej river. Despite this, the district has performed exceedingly well in ensuring water supply and sanitation to its 110,584 rural and urban households.The administration has built 162 rural water supply schemes and, to ensure that everyone has access to clean drinking water, all 237 villages have been given RO (reverse osmosis) plants. More than half the households in the district have domestic water connections. A Rs 16.02 crore World Bank project is underway to build 12 new waterworks to bring potable water to 66 more villages. In terms of sanitation too, the district has performed very well16,635 of the targeted 17,628 household toilets have been built and are in use already.AGRICULTUREBest District Ludhiana Ludhiana is among the top two districts in wheat and paddy production, with farmers recording the highest productivity from their holdings. The district has some 72,000 operational farms. Punjab Agri­cul­tural University’s extensive programmes here like new agro technologies, alternative crops, kisan melas etc. have been the bedrock of Ludhiana’s success.Most Improved District Sas NagarSAS Nagar’s proximity to Chandi­garh and other urban centres has spurred agricultural growth here. Farmers benefit from the round-the-year demand for vegetables and other fresh produce, including milk. Even the most marginal cultivators are able to bypass commission agents and earn profits by directly retailing produce at daily farmers’ markets in Chandigarh and SAS Nagar.The rising demand for organic producefruits, vegetables, grain and pul­sesis also a boon. Several farmers have invested in polyhouses to grow non-seasonal and exotic vegetables.INDUSTRYBest District Fatehgarh Sahib A metal factory that supplies to the RailwaysThe district’s steel industry is on a revival path. Off­icials say some 300 sick units have reopened, aided by the government’s new industrial policy that offers tax incentives for both new investments and reviving sick units. The state industry department has signed agreements worth Rs 602 crore for the revival of 41 sick steel units. The revival of 300-plus steel units in Mandi Gobind­garh has given a fillip to factories making sewing machine parts, centrifugal pumps, bus and truck bodies and mining machinery.Most Improved District LudhianaLudhiana constitutes the oldest and biggest industrial hub of the state. Besides hosiery and textiles, the district has thousands of units serving as ancillaries to larger units manufacturing machine tools, cycles, sewing machines and auto parts.Among the world’s biggest bicycle man­u­facturing centres, Ludhiana is set to grow further with the recent announcement of a 300-acre Cycle Valley’ in the district. The district produces 60 per cent of all tractor parts in the country as well as a large portion of car and two-wheeler parts, including exports to auto majors like Mercedes and BMW. It also manufactures most of the sewing machines, hosiery machines and machine tools.The wide range of products manufactured includes agricultural implements, steel re-rolling machines, steel pipes, electric fans and motors, as well as highly precise surgical instruments. The spread also includes edible and industrial oils, leather tanneries and shoe and soap manufacturers.LAW AND ORDERBest and Most Improved District Pathankot Pathankot is generally a peaceful place except for the fact that it shares some 45 km of its border with Pakistan. It’s a tortuous boundary, with the Ravi river alternating in and out of Indian territory as many as six times, making surveillance very difficult. As a consequence, the Pathankot border has become a convenient infiltration point for terrorists. In fact, most terror attacks since 2015 are believed to have been carried out by terrorists who entered India through the Bamiyal sector in Pathankot.The heightened threat prompted a high-level security review and a series of new standard operating procedures (SOPs) was put in place to prevent such strikes in the future. Reports say there have been at least two infiltration attempts by Pakistan-backed terrorists in the past six months. Both were successfully dealt with.SERVICESBest District Kapurthala Seva Kendras have been very successfulKapurthala has done well in delivery of citizen-related services. It has 20 seva kendras under the e-district project, offering a host of servicesfrom birth and death registration to caste certificateswithin walking distance of people’s homes. Close monitoring by the district administration has ensured that the seva kendras are among the most efficient in the state. The centres successfully addressed 240,889 applications last year. District officials also held camps to make villagers aware of the facilities at these centres.There are also eight saanjh kendras attached to major police stations providing 43 services including character verification for passports, licence for weapons, loss of SIM cards and other verifications. The saanjh kendras disposed 85,262 applications in the past year. The district also boasts 20 colleges and 791 schools, including the iconic Sainik School at Jagatjit Palace, and 86 banks. nMost Improved District Sangrur Among Punjab’s oldest districts, Sangrur scores high in several sectors compared to the newer districts. State government data shows that Sangrur is No. 1 in timely delivery of services under the state’s e-district project. The 31 seva kendras in the district provide 279 government services, 89 of which can be availed both online and at the physical premises of the seva kendras. From August 2016 to January 18, 2019, the district administration successfully handled 98.5 per cent of the 386,855 applications that came before it. Periodic training and refresher courses for the seva kendra staff have also helped them speed up the new services rolled out through the centres.Besides delivering key services virtually at the doorstep in every village, Sangrur also scores well in higher education, with 17 state-run and trust-run colleges. The district also has 14 big and small hospitals and 50 bank branches.PROSPERITY Best District Sas NagarSAS Nagarcommonly known as Mohaliis a commercial hub close to the state capital and Union territory, Chandigarh. Conceived as an industrial township, the district is relatively more urban than the rest of the state. Mohali has come to be known as the Silicon Valley of the region because of the concentration of several IT units and many others manufacturing electronic goods.There are more than a dozen large and medium, and 55 small-scale electronic units producing television sets, transformers, electronic sockets, mini computers, electronic telecom equipment, dish antenne and computer peripherals. Many major pharma companies have also set up units here. The infrastructure has led to several units being set up to produce industrial items, food and beverages, textiles, chemicals and chemical products.The concentration of large and medium industrial units collectively represent an invest­ment of more than Rs 1,000 crore, providing jobs to 18,000 workers. The presence of big companies like Mahindra & Mah­indra, Godrej, Punjab Comm­unications Ltd and Phillips has triggered the establishment of scores of ancillary units.In the small-scale sector, SAS Nagar has more than 1,300 units employing over 25,000 workers. These units manufacture a wide range of products, including railway components, automobile and tractor parts, sanitary fittings, furniture items, PVC pipes, chemicals, corrugated boxes, rubber and silicon material, precision parts, among other things.Of late, the district has emer­ged as a hub for higher edu­­cation with the opening of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) and a branch of the Indian School of Business (ISB).Most Improved District Tarn TaranTarn Taran earned notoriety in the 1980s and early 1990s as the undeclared capital of Khalistan’. By the mid-2000s, the district had earned bigger infamy as one of the worst affected by drug abuse. But there’s been a turnaround with a crackdown on drug abuse and cheating in school exams. The administration has been involving the mothers of students to rid the district schools of the education mafia involving private coaching academies and touts.An essentially rural and agricultural area, Tarn Taran has upped its per capita income from Rs 52,294 in 2008-09 to Rs 89,894 now, given the average land holding here of 3.2 hectares. What is working is the opening of industries, including the 550 MW GVK thermal power station, sugar mill and distillery by Rana Sugars, an array of rice mills and other industries that have come up taking advantage of the incentives for border districts. Tarn Taran is also in the top 10 districts of the country in the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative of the Centre.last_img read more

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Ambassador to Address JABA Gala

first_imgAmbassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Jamaican American Bar Association (JABA) Awards and Scholarship Gala, in New York, on Saturday, March 16. In addition to benefiting students attending law school in Jamaica and the United States, money raised from the event will go towards establishing a Jamaican Legal Defence Fund (JLDF), to help overseas nationals in need of legal representation. The black tie gala will take place at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in Queens, New York. According to President of JABA, Joan Pinnock, “the organization continues to address issues that are unique to our nationals, through seminars and legal advice.” She noted that in 2010, JABA prevented several Jamaicans from being deported, and was successful in returning one Jamaican national to the US after he was deported. The organization will recognize three persons for exemplary service, including   Judge, Stephen Drummond – Magistrate’s Award; Attorney-at-law, Wayne Bennett – Barrister’s Award, and Paulette Willoughby – Community Leadership Award. Ms. Willoughby is Chair of the Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation Inc., organizers of the annual Jamaica Independence Ball in New York. A major plank of the organization’s core mission is to serve the Jamaican- American community by providing scholarships, co-ordinating the development of educational programmes, mentoring, career assistance for its members and service to Jamaica. This year’s theme for the gala is: ‘Promoting Health, Wealth and Prosperity’. By Derrick Smith, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Tourism Minister Says Companies that Invest in Workers Will Reap Rewards

first_img “The JCTI is the result of a major collaborative effort with both local and international educational institutions and businesses,” Mr. Bartlett noted. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says organisations that value and invest in their employees will reap the rewards of a truly engaged workforce. “Human capital and economic growth tend to go hand in hand. Therefore, if we hope to unlock the unlimited potential of Jamaica’s tourism sector, the development of our human capital holds the key,” the Minister argued. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says organisations that value and invest in their employees will reap the rewards of a truly engaged workforce.The Minister, who was speaking at the annual Melia Braco Village Staff Awards on February 19 at Melia Braco, Trelawny, said the flipside, however, is that entities that treat their workers as just another commodity will find it increasingly difficult to sustain a competitive advantage.“Human capital and economic growth tend to go hand in hand. Therefore, if we hope to unlock the unlimited potential of Jamaica’s tourism sector, the development of our human capital holds the key,” the Minister argued.Mr. Bartlett said it is specifically for this reason that the Ministry, in 2017, launched the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which is “providing a path to professionalism” for workers in the tourism industry.“The JCTI is the result of a major collaborative effort with both local and international educational institutions and businesses,” Mr. Bartlett noted.“They include the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism; the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Ministry of Labour and Social Security; the HEART Trust/NTA and the George Washington University, which have all had a critical role to play in the JCTI’s development,” he added.The Minister said the institution offers access to certification programmes that support existing hospitality programmes at several tertiary institutions.“Through the JCTI, individuals will have access to certification in areas such as hospitality management, tourism management, culinary arts, spa management and many others,” he noted.Mr. Bartlett said that the JCTI pilot project, which began in December 2017, is nearing completion, adding that 150 candidates were targeted to include employed persons seeking accreditation as Certified Hospitality Supervisors, recent college graduates seeking accreditation as Certified Hospitality Supervisors and academic staff seeking credentials to deliver Certified Hospitality Information Analytics training.“It also includes students seeking accreditation in Certified Hospitality Information Analytics, and American Culinary Federation (ACF) Executive Chefs seeking accreditation as ACF Certified Evaluators,” the Minister added.Mr. Bartlett further noted that the candidates who sought Certified Hospitality Information Analytics completed their studies and examinations in November 2017, while the majority of the first cohort of candidates is now preparing for examinations, scheduled to take place in early March 2018.The Minister said that while training is only one aspect of personal and professional development, “our tourism workers, like all workers, ought to be rewarded for their dedication and should feel as if they are truly benefiting from the sector,” he said.“I am, therefore, pleased to announce that arrangements for introduction of the Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme are well under way. We will be issuing a second set of drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel after comments are received from the Attorney General’s Chambers,” Mr. Bartlett said.last_img read more

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Valerie Harper To Join Lung Cancer Foundation of Americas Bring On The

first_imgActress and lung cancer advocate Valerie Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti, actor Elliott Gould, and leaders in entertainment, politics, business and medicine will come together at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s (LCFA) “Lung Cancer – Bring on the Change!” event on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 5 PM – 7 PM.The evening is hosted by producer Marta Kauffman and composer Michael Skloff in their Hancock Park home. Ms. Harper, who is currently fighting lung cancer that has occurred in the lining of her brain, is the special guest speaker. The evening is designed to bring attention to and raise funding for lung cancer, the USA’s number one cancer killer for both men and women.“It means so much to Tony and me to be able to support LCFA in its efforts to raise awareness and research funding for lung cancer. I’m still here, living, laughing, loving, dancing because of lung cancer research — but the only way I can be here in six months or six years is through new treatment options, or hopefully a cure,” said Ms. Harper.Kim Norris, a lung cancer widow and the president and co-founder of LCFA added, “Thanks to Marta and Michael, Val and Tony, and all the other co-hosts and supporters, we’ve had an overwhelming response to this event. I believe that changing the course of this devastating disease is absolutely possible. Millions of people have been deeply affected by lung cancer but because of an overall 5-year survival rate of only 16%, there are few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of research funding for the disease. That’s why this evening is so very important, and inspirational.”Guests will learn that lung cancer is the USA’s leading cancer killer, killing almost twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. The poor survival rate for lung cancer is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research. It is estimated that over 60% of new lung cancer diagnoses are in non-smokers – a combination of 45-50% former smokers (many who quit 10, 20, even 30 years prior to the onset of lung cancer) and 15% of people who have never smoked. Guests will be introduced to lung cancer advocates like Val, lung cancer researchers and the work of LCFA — an organization that exists to advocate for research funding.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Trudeau government inaction on interim report concerns commissioners of MMIWG inquiry

first_imgDennis WardAPTN Face to FaceAs the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls nears its end later this year the chief commissioner says it still has concerns about the Trudeau governments action so far on its previously released interim report.Which makes Marion Buller aware the recommendations in the inquiry’s final report can’t be ignored.It raises a lot of concerns for us,” says Buller, chief commissioner of the inquiry.“The interim report was ground-breaking in the work that was contained in it. So, of course it doubles our concern about framing our recommendations in a way that will be acted upon.”Buller was joined by commissioners Michele Audette and Brian Eyolfson on Face to Face with host Dennis Ward Tuesday night.Their interim report was releases in early November 2017.They acknowledged they have “more than one new level of frustration” with the federal government.Commissioners also expressed their disappointment with the inquiry being timed to the next federal election.“I’m trying to think of polite words to use but horribly disappointing not only to us but to Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people all across Canada,” says Buller. “We view this issue or issues of violence against Indigenous women and girls to be so serious and so important to all Canadians that it should have survived an election cycle.”Cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have continued as the inquiry has crossed the country.News broke of the death of Mary Madeline Yellowback while the inquiry was in Winnipeg holding hearings.The body of the 33-year-old woman from God’s River in Manitoba was discovered at a Winnipeg recycling depot on Sept. 28.Police are investigating Yellowback’s death as suspicious.“It is just a reminder that we have to keep going with this very important work and get the important recommendations out there to ensure that government makes the necessary changes,” says Commissioner Brian Eyolfson.Final submissions to the inquiry by Parties with Standing will take place in Ottawa from Dec. 10-14.The final report is due in April 30, 2019.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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Two suspects linked to NTJ leader arrested in Kandy

The two suspects had been arrested from Hingula in Kandy.According to the Police the suspects were identified as a computer technician and a driver. Investigations revealed that they had maintained close connections with Zahran and had also received training in Kattankudi, Madampe and Nuwara Eliya. (Colombo Gazette) Two suspects linked to National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) leader Zahran Hashim have been arrested in Kandy.The Police said the two suspects were arrested during a raid carried out by the Army and the Police Terrorist Investigations Division (TID). read more

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Billionaire Icahn invests another 500 million in Apple arguing the stock remains

by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2014 2:01 pm MDT Billionaire Icahn invests another $500 million in Apple, arguing the stock remains a bargain AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo, private equity investor Carl Icahn speaks at the World Business Forum in New York. Icahn said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, he has purchased $500 million worth of Apple stock in the past couple of weeks to bring his total holdings in the company to more than $3.6 billion of shares. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) SAN FRANCISCO – Outspoken billionaire Carl Icahn has tossed another bushel of Apple stock into his investment portfolio and suggested some new products as he tries to persuade the iPhone maker to do more to lift its market value.In an attempt to give his arguments more credence, Icahn disclosed that he invested another $500 million in Apple Inc. in a series of purchases made Thursday.With the latest shopping spree, Icahn has spent $1 billion on Apple stock during the past weeks to raise his total holdings in the Cupertino, Calif., company to $3.6 billion since he began buying the shares five months ago when they were still trading below $450.Apple’s stock rose $4.67 to close at $556.18 on Thursday. Despite the recent gains, the shares remain about 20 per cent below their peak reached 16 months ago.Icahn, a longtime activist investor, has been lobbying Apple’s board to boost the stock by funneling more of the company’s $147 billion in cash toward share repurchases. Meeting Icahn’s demands would require Apple to spend more on its stock than it planned, something the board so far has been unwilling to do.The impasse has set the stage for a Feb. 28 showdown at Apple’s annual meeting, where shareholders will vote on a non-binding proposal recommending that the board follow Icahn’s advice. Apple is urging its shareholders to vote against the proposal, saying it is already reviewing ways to return more cash to shareholders.Icahn tried to sway Apple shareholders to his side Thursday with the release of an open letter that represented his most detailed explanation so far about why he believes the company is worth substantially more than its current market value of about $500 billion.Besides elaborating on the reasons why he believes it’s a “no-brainer” for Apple to buy more of its own stock, Icahn took the unusual step of pointing out new markets where he believes the company could easily make even more money than it already does with its line of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Mac computers.Icahn made it clear he wants to see an Apple television set, a device that has been a subject of company speculation for the past three years. Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO and co-founder, suggested Apple was working on a TV set in interviews with his biographer before he died in October 2011.In the letter, Icahn suggested that Apple should make a $1,600 television set with an “ultra” high-definition screen designed to show so-called “4K’ programming that will be coming from Internet video service Netflix Inc. and other sources later this year. Icahn thinks Apple could sell at least 25 million of the ultra-HD sets backed by its brand and software, generating about $40 billion in revenue.Icahn also touted the possibility of Apple making a smartwatch, an idea that company CEO Tim Cook has hinted at in public appearances. Icahn also thinks the company is ideally positioned to roll out a system for handling digital payments.The letter also jabbed at a sore point at Apple by referring to the perceived lack of innovation at the company since Jobs died. Icahn described recent upgrades to the iPhone and iPad as “evolutionary (not revolutionary).”Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.As has been the case through most of his public campaign, Icahn praised Cook in his letter for doing an “excellent job.”Icahn’s main beef has been with Apple’s board, which consists of Cook and seven other members. In an interview with the Fox Business network, Icahn said it’s “almost criminal” for the board to resist increasing the company’s stock buyback program and questioned the directors’ intelligence about financial matters.Icahn wants Apple to spend $50 billion buying back its stock by the end of its fiscal year ending in September. The company began the year with $37 billion left to invest in a $60 billion buyback program that doesn’t expire until September 2015. read more

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Muslim father whose children were taken into care concocted complex conspiracy theory

first_imgThe parents, in particular the father, thought that there had been a ‘conspiracy’ and that the professionals had not acted appropriatelyMr Justice Baker A Muslim man whose children have been taken into care after a High Court judge decided that they had been abused has complained of social workers being prejudiced against him.Mr Justice Baker has concluded two boys had been been hit, punched and kicked by their father – and said beatings had been “plainly abusive”.He concluded that the couple had used “physical abuse” in a bid to discipline their large family and has ruled that all their children should live away from home.The man had spoken of “the racism in this country” – and he and his wife thought that there had been a “conspiracy” against them. Detail has emerged in the latest in a number of rulings on the case by Mr Justice Baker following private family court hearings in London.Local authority social services bosses had asked the judge to make decisions about where the youngsters’ best interests lay. No one involved was identified.The father had put forward a “complex conspiracy theory” to explain allegations made by his children, said the judge.He had also said at one stage “you have to understand the racism in this country” and had added “a white jury will always a convict a black man”.”They acknowledged that they had used physical chastisement, but not that there had been significant harm caused to any of the children as a result,” said Mr Justice Baker.”There was further evidence that the parents, in particular the father, thought that there had been a ‘conspiracy’ and that the professionals had not acted appropriately.”The parents reported physically chastising the children by ‘a tap on the bottom’, ‘a clip on the ear’ and ‘a tap on the hand’.”The judge said: “He acknowledged that he and his wife had practised physical chastisement in a minor way but not the kicking and punching described by the local authority which this court had found. He … asserted that the local authority is prejudiced against him.”However, Mr Justice Baker concluded the allegations had been proved and said: “The parents used physical abuse as a method of trying to maintain discipline over their large family which they struggled to control.”center_img 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.last_img read more

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Vanessa Feltz endures vile online comments after Rolf Harris assault claim

first_img Source: Kath/Twitter ..after a few seconds he had managed to get his hand inside the elastic of my knickers and I was absolutely staggered.Police at Scotland Yard have viewed footage of the incident and verified Feltz’s claim. She had previously referred to the incident in a newspaper column in 2012, but hadn’t named the interviewee involved.Now the presenter is being subjected to comments and ‘jokes’ based on her appearance. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Others are expressing their disgust at the comments aimed at Feltz. These vile tweets prove exactly why women don’t come forward about being sexually assaulted #vanessafeltz— Kath (@thatgirlkath) July 6, 2014 According to the Daily Star Feltz said that she though nobody would believe her story against “the great Rolf Harris”.On Friday Harris was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison after being found guilty on nine counts of indecent assault against four girls between 1968 and 1986.Read: Rolf Harris found guilty on all charges of sexual assault> More: Rolf Harris was ‘nicknamed ‘The Octopus’ because of his wandering hands’> PRESENTER VANESSA FELTZ has come in for a torrent of Twitter abuse after she claimed that she had been assaulted live on TV by Rolf Harris.Feltz told The Sunday Express that she spoke to police after stories of Harris assaulting other women emerged, and that she would be prepared to appear in court.Harris appeared with Feltz during the ‘On The Bed’ interview segment of Channel 4′s The Big Breakfast in May 1996.She said that during the interview he moved his hand up her leg and:last_img read more

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Four men arrested over Drogheda shooting

first_imgFour men arrested over Drogheda shooting The shooting incident took place at a retail park in February. Image: LMFM GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING A shooting in Drogheda in February have arrested four men in connection with the incident.On 26 February, a man in his 30s was shot five times as he was walking out of a shop in the M1 Retail Park on the outskirts of the Louth town.It’s understood the shooting was connected with feuding gangs in the area.This morning, gardaí arrested the four men (aged 23, 23, 27 and 49), and they are currently being detained at Drogheda and Dundalk Garda Stations under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.A number of premises were also searched in Drogheda this morning in connection with the investigation, gardaí said.  Apr 15th 2019, 10:06 AM Gardaí at the scene of the shooting Image: LMFM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,293 Views Gardaí at the scene of the shootingcenter_img Share32 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4592139 Monday 15 Apr 2019, 10:06 AM By Sean Murray Short URL 10 Comments last_img read more

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Secret shelter helps asylumseeking migrants

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thousands of asylum-seeking migrants, who would have been left on San Diego’s streets, have been helped by a secret shelter.San Diego’s ACLU executive director Norma Chavez Peterson took KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez inside the county’s emergency migrant shelter, in a location we cannot disclose.She says the shelter has helped more than 7,000 migrants, mainly women and children from Central America, as they apply for asylum.While KUSI crews were rolling, federal agents dropped another bus load of people off, but this wasn’t always the case.Last year, under direction from the Trump Administration, the safe release program ended. KUSI Newsroom, February 25, 2019 Posted: February 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img Updated: 11:28 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Secret shelter helps asylum-seeking migrantslast_img read more

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