Giggs rules out Man Utd job as he backs Mourinho

first_imgManchester United icon Ryan Giggs has urged the club’s fans to get behind under-fire manager Jose Mourinho, insisting that he is the right man for the job.Pressure is mounting on the Portuguese following successive defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham, with the former Chelsea boss defiantly demanding respect at a news conference that followed the latter .The run of losses has seen the pressure mount on Mourinho, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Antonio Conte and even Giggs himself having been linked with replacing the 55-year-old . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Portuguese takes his side to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday looking for a first win since the opening day, and Giggs – who spent a spell in caretaker charge at Old Trafford in 2014 – wants the 20-time English champions to put up a united front.When asked whether he could replace Mourinho at Old Trafford, Giggs told reporters: “Manchester United have got a fantastic manager already there.”The club are going through a tough time but you’ve got to come through those tough times.”I don’t see where Manchester United go after Jose Mourinho. I think they’ve got the right man and they should stick with him.”I think purely coming from me being a United fan, I was there on Monday [for the Tottenham defeat], I think it’s a time for the fans to stick together, get behind the club, get behind the team, get behind the manager, get behind the coaching staff.”That’s me purely speaking as a fan.”I think it’s a tough time at the moment but we’ve had tough times before and we’ve come through it.”They’ve got a tough game at the weekend. It’s a fantastic game to get rid of all that negativity around the club.”It’s a tough game, but purely speaking as a fan, I hope we come through it sooner rather than later. I’m sure we will eventually.”Put to Giggs again that he was among the contenders to replace Mourinho with one bookmaker, the Wales manager replied: “I’d keep your money in your pocket if I was you.”last_img read more

Petrol bomb thrown at Ajax fans in Athens chaos

first_imgAjax supporters have been caught up in chaotic scenes during a Champions League clash with AEK Athens, with a petrol bomb thrown into the away end.The Eredivisie giants were in the Greek capital on Tuesday for the latest round of fixtures in Group E.Before a ball had even been kicked, tempers boiled over off the field as the home support set their sights on the visitors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A Molotov cocktail, plastic bottles and various other objects were aimed in the direction of those to have made the trip from Amsterdam.No arrests or injuries were reported at the time, with the local police quickly onto the scene.Those responsible for the missiles were dispersed, but Ajax followers were understandably left angered by the events which had unfolded.As a result, they ended up clashing with baton-wielding enforcement officers.Ajax AEK Athens Champions League police 271118Police had also faced trouble from a number of Greek supporters in central Athens earlier in the day, and on Monday evening.Petrol bombs were also used during those disturbances, with traffic blocked before order was restored.As chaos erupted inside the stadium on Tuesday, Ajax defender Matthijs de Light was among those to try and act as peacemaker.He approached the away end as fans tangled with police and called for calm from those involved.The Netherlands international has emerged as a talismanic presence at Ajax, with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City currently being linked with big-money moves for his services.For now, his focus is locked on trying to steer his current employers into the last 16 of the Champions League.last_img read more

Lukaku on Man Utd future: Depends how long they want me here!

first_imgRomelu Lukaku intends to remain at Manchester United for as long as Jose Mourinho’s side want to keep him.The Belgium international striker is currently out of favour at Old Trafford, starting on the bench for the games against Everton and Manchester City, as well as the 1-0 win over Young Boys on Tuesday night.Indeed, the former Chelsea forward has revealed the 10-minute conversation he had with Mourinho where he was told he was being dropped from the starting XI, insisting he was “angry” at the decision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lukaku is without a goal for United since September, when he found the net in the 2-1 win over Watford to make it four goals in five games at the start of the season.Despite his recent struggles, the 25-year-old is not seeking an exit from Old Trafford and claims that he’ll stick around until he’s told he’s no longer needed.He told Bleacher Report: “Obviously you sign here to win as many trophies as you can. How long I’m going to be here depends on how long they want me here, you know.”I will always give my best to this club because they gave me the opportunity to play and compete in the best league, so I’m always grateful for that.”Asked about his relationship with team-mate Paul Pogba and the potential difficulties of playing in a competitive environment with someone who is also a good friend, Lukaku added: “It’s like taking and giving, I’d say.”Sometimes it’s better that you compete throughout the week against each other to play well at the weekend together.”Because then I know I have a warrior who is going to give everything to the team and hopefully he knows what he can have from me, and then we just go out there and ball.”Lukaku was also asked about why he appears to be a lot happier playing for Belgium and whether it is as simple as Roberto Martinez’s side winning more games at the moment.He said: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Winning is the vibe, man, it’s the vibe over there. It’s different.”United sealed qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League with their narrow win over Young Boys on Tuesday and now face a trip to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

From the Editor-In-Chief

first_imgEvery year, india today chronicles the high and mighty of this country. These are men and women who influence our lives in ways beyond the most immediate. There are corporate titans who are embracing technology and transforming how we communicate with each other, how we educate our children, how we share resources. There are bankers who are overseeing integration and acquisitions while also welcoming digital innovations. There are technology czars who are changing the definition of ownership of assets, freeing up mindspace to make us acquire less, and perhaps create more. There are cultural icons who impact the brands we buy, the stories we imbibe and the causes we gravitate towards. And there are private citizens, public intellectuals, who are determining the national discourse so essential for the success of governance.Power for these men and women is not brute force that flows from wealth. In many cases, in fact, the giving away of wealth enhances their influence. “The object of power is power,” said George Orwell in 1984. Not any more. The object of power is to change lives, do good, make the world better. Otherwise, a restive consumer/voter/audience will reject the authority seeking to impose it. Governments collapse, products flop and films fail. As Winston Churchill said, “A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.” Most often, power eventually rests in the big idea and the audacity to execute it. What also drives the high and mighty is the legacy they would like to leave behind, one reason why we have introduced a Generation Next category in the list.The power list this year reflects the dynamism of the recent past. For the first time in 14 years, there is a record high of 17 new entrants. It shows in the ouster and decline of several start-ups, the rise of sharing economy stars and a new set of political influencers in the Global Indian List in the Age of Trump and Brexit. The high and mighty list has a preponderance of businessmen, at 26, but they are there not merely because of their wealth. The post-1991 titans dominate our world not only because of the goods they produce, but because they are tech evangelists, because they speak their mind on social media, because they are building universities and schools of the future, or because they influence the news we consume.But power is also about endurance, in ample evidence in the nine members who have been on our list since its inception in 2003-Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Azim Premji, Subhash Chandra, Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Mittal, Anil Ambani and Shah Rukh Khan. These men have shown a quality of power that is often overlooked: resilience. They have faced failure, flops and family splits, and yet have grown their businesses, their empires of the mind. Some, like Ratan Tata, have even withdrawn from active business to come right back, to safeguard what they believe is held in trust to them. And though there are just five women, I am happy to report they are from diverse fields: business, banking, sport and entertainment.The listing, as every year, is a team effort of the magazine’s editors led by Editor (Special Projects) Kaveree Bamzai and a team of reporters who have been tracking their subjects throughout the year. Chief among them are Executive Editor Sandeep Unnithan, Deputy Editor M.G. Arun, Senior Editor Shweta Punj, Senior Associate Editors Kaushik Deka and Suhani Singh and Associate Editor Ananth Krishnan. Inevitably, there will be like every year debate about exclusions, inclusions and rankings. We treat the brickbats and bouquets as an occupational hazard.That apart, I toast these extraordinary people. May they continue to beat the odds.last_img read more

Thailand expects to host 12 lakh tourists from India in 2017

first_imgMumbai, Apr 23 (PTI) Thailand, the South Asian country mainly known for its tropical beaches and cuisine, is eyeing 12 lakh travellers from India this year.”We hosted 11.8 lakh tourists from India in 2016. This year looks promising and we are expecting to host 12 lakh travellers from India,” Tourism Authority of Thailands (TAT) Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and the South Pacific) Srisuda Wanapinyosak told PTI here.She said TAT is promoting Thailand as an affordable destination for families, women travellers, adventure and sports lovers and honeymooners.”There is no particular age group that we cater to. However, we cater to various segments which include families, destination weddings, women travellers, adventure and sports lovers, honeymooners, and also the luxury segment,” she said.”We want to promote Thailand as a preferred destination and also as an affordable luxury destination,” she said.The travellers, of all age groups and backgrounds, can have a great journey across the country by joining in the traditional Thai practices or exploring the legacy of late King Rama IX, Wanapinyosak said.The direct connectivity between both the countries also helps in boosting tourism in Thailand, she said.”We have direct flights from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi. From Mumbai there 10 Thai Airways flights a week, seven flights each of Bangkok Airlines and Air India in a week and 21 Jet Airways flights,” she said.”Apart from this, the Garuda Indonesia is operating flights from Mumbai to Jakarta with a stopover in Bangkok. This certainly helps boost tourism in Thailand,” she added. said. PTI SM GK SDMadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017, RCB vs KXIP: How Bangalore got bowled out for the fourth time this season

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of match no. 43 of the Indian Premier League between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.  (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings:23.34 IST: Punjab (138/7) beat Bangalore (119-all out) by 19 runs. Mandeep 46, Axar 3/11, Sandeep 3/22, Mohit 2/24  .@sandeep25a became the 1st bowler to get @imVkohli, @henrygayle & @ABdeVilliers17 out in 1 match. Easy to see why he won Man of the Match! Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017Brilliant win for Punjab. They weren’t defending a big score but made optimum use of a sluggish surface to totally strangle Bangalore throughout. Mandeep Singh was the only batsman to get going as the more experienced names perished to shocking strokes. Pawan Negi threw his bat around lower down the order but the hosts fell well short in the end as they couldn’t get a proper partnership going at all. If only a couple of batsmen had applied themselves, Bangalore could have got home but their performance was once again a reflection of the immense lack of confidence in the camp.23.24 IST: Mohit to Aniket, OUT! Slower back of a length delivery outside off. Choudhary looks to loft it over mid off but fails to get his timing right. The ball goes off the toe end of the bat towards Guptill. PUNJAB WIN BY 19 RUNS!Mohit Sharma ends his spell with a wicket to end the match! RCB are bowled out for 119 as win by 19 runs! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIPadvertisement- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201723.16 IST: Axar to Badree, BOWLED! Timber! Arm ball around off, Badree swings at it but misses it by miles. The ball goes through his defence to hit the off pole. Two-in-two for Axar. What a game he is having! He is on a hat-trick now. RCB 111/9 in 17.2 ovs, need 28 off 16 balls. Axar on a hat-trickTwo in two! Badree looks to go big but @akshar2026 beats him and hits his off stump! 9 down now! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201723.15 IST: Axar to Negi, OUT! Axar strikes straightaway! Axar bangs it short, angling away from Negi. The southpaw looks to go big but the ends up slicing it high in the air as the bat turns in his hands. The ball travels high in the air and there are two men going after it, Wriddhiman Saha and Varun Aaron. Both fail to call for the catch but Saha with the gloves on is the first one to reach to the ball and does well to pouch it safely even after a collision with Aaron. Negi departs and there goes any hopes of a Bangalore win. RCB 111/8, need 28 from 17 ballsWICKET! @akshar2026 strikes again as Negi’s top edge almost causes a collision between @Wriddhipops & @VarunAaron! Fortunately, he holds on.- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201723.13 IST: Another good over for Kings XI, just five runs came off that over from Mohit. RCB 111/7, need 28 from 18 balls 23.08 IST: Maxwell’s over went for 8 runs. RCB 106/7 in 16 ovs, need 33 from 24 balls at 8.25 per over.8 of the last over. It’s 106/7 at the end of 16 overs. Let’s finish strong sheron! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.59 IST: Maxwell to Aravind, OUT! MAXWELL HAS ANOTHER! The slider around off, Arvind looks to sweep across the line but misses to be rapped on the pads. That looked dead plumb to the naked eye and the umpire’s finger goes up. Pressure mounting on the hosts now and the end is nigh. RCB 87/7 in 13.5 ovs, need 52 from 37 balls#GlennMaxwell gets one more! This time, he traps Arvind leg before! 7 down now! Keep going sheron! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.55 IST: Strategic time out taken! Bangalore 84/6 in 13 overs, need 55 from 42 balls.22.47 IST: Maxwell to Mandeep, BOWLED! TIMBER! Slider, skidding through towards the stumps, Mandeep goes back to pull but the ball goes through from under his bat and gets his stumps shattered. That’s end of a good knock from Mandeep. Bangalore in big, big trouble now. The slide continues for the hosts. RCB 73/6 in 11.2 ovs, need 66 from 52Bowled! #GlennMaxwell joins the party as he gets rid of the dangerous looking Mandeep Singh! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.43 IST: Axar to Watson, OUT! AXAR STRIKES! Flatter delivery outside off, Watson goes back to cut but gets a faint outside edge and Saha pouches it safely. The players appeal and the umpire rules it out straightaway. Axar has done the trick for his side. Bangalore have lost half their side now. RCB 71/5, need 68 from 55 advertisementA sight we’ve seen very often this season! @akshar2026 celebrates getting rid of #Watto! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017Wicket! @akshar2026 strikes again! #Watto tries to cut but only manages to edge it & @Wriddhipops take a good catch. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.40 IST: Mohit to Mandeep, SIX! THAT’S BEEN MOWED! In the slot for Mandeep who dispatches it over deep mid-wicket with a clean swing of the bat. Strong bottom hand and a neat flick of the wrists does the rest as the ball clears the ropes. RCB 68/4 in 10 ovs, need 71 from 60 balls 22.37 IST: Kings XI bowlers continue to pile on the pressure on the batsmen. RCB 55/4 in 9 ovs, need 84 from 66 balls 22.33 IST: Mohit completes an excellent over, just 2 runs and a wicket came off it. RCB 52/4, need 87 from 72 ballsJust 2 runs and a wicket of Mohit Sharma’s first over. Score remains 52/4! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.32 IST: Mohit to Jadhav, OUT! ANOTHER TAME DISMISSAL! Jadhav charges down the track and goes for a cross-batted slog but gets a slice that flies to short cover where Axar gobbles it up. The hosts’ batsmen continue the procession to the dug out. This is bizarre batting of the highest order. Poor, poor shot-selection. RCB 52/4 in 7.5 ovs, need 87 from 73 balls Hits Jadhav high on the bat and @akshar2026 accepts a simple catch. Score is 52/4 now! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.27 IST: Outstanding spell from Sandeep Sharma comes to an end – 3 wickets for 22 runs in 4 ovs. RCB 50/3 in 7 ovs, need 89 from 78 ballsThat’s the end of @sandeep25a 4 overs! He finishes with figures of 3/22. Take a bow sandy! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.20 IST: Aaron to Jadhav, FOUR! SLAPPED! Short and wide, Jadhav doesn’t need second invitation as he cuts uppishly well over backward point. Lovely strike and the ball races away to the fence. RCB 46/3 in 6 overs, need 93 fro 84 balls9 runs of the last powerplay over and the strategic time-out is called. RCB are 46/3! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.14 IST: Sandeep to de Villiers, OUT! SANDEEP HAS ANOTHER BIG FISH! What an opening burst this is turning to be! Have to say though that this is a terrible shot from de Villiers. He steps out to make room and goes for a lofted drive. Not a wise shot to play with the ball shaping away a bit and he gets a thick edge that is smartly pouched by Saha behind the sticks. Disastrous shot selection from Bangalore’s top order and their batting woes continue. RCB 37/3 in 4.5 oversOUT! @sandeep25a picks up another HUGE wicket! Gets #ABDevilliers to edge one & @Wriddhipops makes no mistake. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.12 IST: Sandeep to ABD, SIX!! 22.11 IST: Sandeep to de Villiers, FOUR!! Stand and deliver from AB! Length ball outside off, gets across to that one and thumps it with nonchalance past the the bowler. Gets it well to the left of the mid on fielder as it races to the fence. Top shot!advertisement22.10 IST: Good over from Aaron, just four runs came off it. RCB 27/2 in 4 ovs, required rate – 7.0022.08 IST: Aaron to Mandeep, FOUR! JUST OVER BACKWARD POINT! Width on offer aqnd Mandeep throws his bat at it. Gets a thick slice that just flies over a leaping Guptill towards the fence for a boundary.22.06 IST: NOT OUT! Fullish around off, de Villiers crunches the drive straight back down the track as the ball crashes into the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Sandeep seems to have got his fingers on it and the umpires want to check it upstairs. Replays confirm that the bowler did get some part of his fingers on the ball but Mandeep was well in. RCB 23/2 in 3 ovs Run out? @sandeep25a gets his finger on the ball to deviate it on the stumps but the non-striker looks to be in. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201722.03 IST: Sandeep to Kohli, BOWLED! HORROR SHOT AND KOHLI DEPART! Steps down the track to play a big shot but doesn’t any bat on it as the furniture is left in a mess behind him. That’s a shot so unlike Kohli who usually is very calm in run chases. As they say, when things aren’t going well for your team, everything goes wrong. Punjab are firmly on top. RCB 23/2 in 2.5 ovs A sight that will never get old! What say sheron?#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017NOO! Captain Kohli(6) is out! ????Sandeep Sharma gets his wicket! #RCB is 23/2 after 2.5 overs. #RCBvKXIP #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 5, 2017Bowled! @sandeep25a strikes again as he cleans up the dangerous #ViratKohli! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.58 IST: 2 overs gone. RCB 22/1 in their chase of 139 vs KXIP. Mandeep 16*, Kohli 6*21.58 IST: FOUR! Chinese cut! Length delivery, angling away, Mandeep goes through with his slash, gets an inside edge and the ball goes from over the stumps. Saha there, gets his right hand to it but fumbles and the ball still goes to the fence. 14 runs off the over already.21.56 IST: FOUR! Timing! Back of a length, angling away, Mandeep just places it through covers. Finds the gap beautifully and the ball races to the fence.21.55 IST: SIX! THAT’S GONE ALL THE WAY! Shortish on leg stump, Mandeep swivels to get inside the line and pulls it comfortably over fine leg for a biggie. That went deep into the crowd.21.55 IST: T.Natarajan to share the new ball with Sandeep.21.54 IST: RCB 7/1 after 1 over in chase of 139.21.54 IST: FOUR! Kohli is away in style! Fullish around middle, Kohli shuffles across the sticks and wrists it beautifully behind square on the leg side. Sublime timing and the outfield does the rest as the ball races to the fence.21.54 IST: Kohli walks out to bat.21.53 IST: OUT! SOFT DISMISSAL! Gayle goes for a duck and his dismal season continues. Fuller ball outside off, he walks down the track and pushes at it with hard hands. Gets a thick edge that flies straight to Guptill at backward point. Just the start Punjab were looking for as they need to strike regularly.Change in the batting line-up for RCB as Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh comes out in the middle while Sandeep Sharma has the ball for KXIP.Kings XI Punjab Innings:21.35 IST: Axar cameo (38* off 17 balls) helps Punjab post 138/7 in 20 overs vs Bangalore. Aniket 2/17, Chahal 2/21Here’s the summary of the first innings. Time for the bowlers to step and deliver! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017A lovely finish by Axar Patel has given Punjab a fighting chance in this game. The innings never gathered momentum on a surface that has been sluggish, like in the earlier matches of the season. Marsh, Vohra and Saha got starts but couldn’t make a defining knock as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. It seemed like the visitors would finish on a paltry total but Axar’s breezy cameo has given them decent score considering the surface. Aniket Choudhary and Yuzvendra Chahal were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets apiece while Pawan Negi to bowled a tidy spell. Shane Watson had another poor outing with the ball and was shockingly expensive. The 19 runs conceded by him in the final over of the innings could well be the difference today if the visitors bowl well. It won’t be an easy chase although the target is definitely gettable. The Bangalore innings will begin shortly.19 runs off the last over! We finish our quota of 20 overs with 138 on the board. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.34 IST: Watson to Axar, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Full around off, Patel gets his front leg out of the way and bunts it down the ground for another boundary. 21.32 IST: Watson to Axar, FOUR! Pulled away! Short delivery on leg, Patel gets into the position early and pulls it over backward square leg. The fielder in the deep has no chance of stopping that and the ball finds the fence.21.30 IST: Watson to Axar, HUGE SIX!! That’s on the roof of the stadium. KXIP 125/7 in 19.1 ovs 21.29 IST: WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT! WICKET-MAIDEN BY CHOUDHARY! Absolutely superb stuff this! Length delivery, angling away. Aaron goes for a big shot but misses again. Choudhary finishes with the figures of 4-1-17-2! KXIP 119/7 in 19 overs 21.25 IST: Aniket to Mohit, OUT! Edged and taken! Second one for Aniket Choudhary! Back of a length delivery, angling away, Mohit looks to drag it on the leg side. Gets a faint outside edge and the ball goes straight into the gloves of Jadhav, who doesn’t make any mistake this time. KXIP 119/7 in 18.1 ovs21.23 IST: Nine runs and a wicket came off that over from Watson, just two to go now. KXIP 119/6 in 18 ovs21.23 IST: Watson to Mohit, FOUR! Smartly done! Another short delivery outside off, Mohit hops and ramps it over the keeper’s head. Gets it very fine and the ball runs towards the fence. Valuable runs these.21.19 IST: Watson to Saha, BOWLED! Timber! Watson bowls an off cutter around off, Saha tries to be cheeky. Looks to dab it late but is very late into bringing his bat down. The ball goes on to clip the off stump. Saha departs and that’s end of the 34-run stand off just 21 balls. Kings XI 112/6 in 17.2 ovsBowled! The ball keeps low and @Wriddhipops can’t stop it from hitting the stumps. 6th wicket down, with 112 on the board. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.17 IST: Aniket’s penultimate over goes for 11 runs. Kings XI 110/5 in 17 overs. Saha 19*, Axar 19*21.16 IST: Aniket to Saha, FOUR! Clever from Saha! Length delivery, angling away, Saha waits for the ball to come close to him and then guides it past point. The placement was so good that the fielder in the deep had no chance.21.14 IST: Aniket to Saha, fuller on middle, flicked with soft hands through mid-wicket for a single. Seeing the fielders deep out there, they go for a couple and complete it. 100 comes up for Kings XI in the 17th over. They need a big finish from here on now21.11 IST: Chahal concedes 15 runs off his last over. He finishes with 2 wickets for 21 runs. KXIP 99/5 in 16 ovs The umpire calls the strategic time-out as 15 runs come off that over. Score is 99/5 after 16 overs. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.10 IST: Chahal to Axar, FOUR! Cheeky! Served outside off, spinning in. Patel lets the ball spin into him and then with a deft touch guides it fine through short third man. Head the substitute fielder, tries to chase it down but fails and the ball races to the fence..@akshar2026 He follows it up with a late cut for four. Excellent batting from @akshar2026! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.08 IST: Chahal to Axar, SIX! That’s come out of nowhere! Superb shot from Axar! Fuller around off, Patel clears his front leg and clobbers it over wide long on for a huge maximum. KXIP 93/5 in 15.3 ovs Massive from @akshar2026! Absolutely clobbers the ball over the mid-wicket boundary for 6! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.06 IST: Kings XI Punjab 84/5 in 15 overs. Saha 12*, Axar 2*. Last 4 ovs – 24 runs, 2 wicketsSingle to end the 15th over. 5 runs come off it. Score is 83/5 with @akshar2026 & @Wriddhipops in the middle. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201721.01 IST: Chahal to Maxwell, OUT!  In the air… gone! The skipper departs! Tossed up around off, Maxwell goes for the reverse sweep. Gets a top edge and the ball balloons high in the air. Badree at short third man, gets under it and takes a good catch. The umpires ask Maxwell to wait as they want to check for the no ball. The replays show that Chahal was fine but it was very marginal. Maxwell’s struggling knock comes to an end. KXIP 78/5 in 13.5 ovsThere were suspicions for no ball but the umpire calls the delivery a fair one. 5 wickets down with 78 on the board! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 2017Wicket! #GlennMaxwell reverse sweeps but only manages to top edge the ball & the fielder makes no mistake. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.59 IST: Chahal to Maxwell, FOUR! Four Byes! What’s going on with Jadhav? He has missed to collect the ball once more. This time Chahal fires it quicker outside off, Maxwell goes through with his heave but gets beaten again. This time Jadhav lets it through his legs and the ball races to the fence.20.58 IST: Chahal to Maxwell, FOUR! Four Byes! Gone through everything! Maxwell dances down and goes through with his slog. Fails to get any bat on it. Even Jadhav behind the stumps fails to collect it and the ball races away to the fence behind.20.56 IST: Negi to Maxwell, FOUR! DROPPED AND FOUR! Flatter outside off, Maxwell goes with his predetermined reverse sweep. Hits it uppishly and it’s traveling over backward point. Choudhary is the man there, gets his fingers to it but fails to hang onto it. The ball runs to the fence behind. KXIP 70/4 in 13 overs Reverse sweep and a much needed boundary from #GlennMaxwell! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.50 IST: Chahal to Vohra, OUT! Chahal gets his man! Quicker one, drifts it outside off, Vohra goes for a slog sweep but fails to connect it cleanly. Gets it off the top edge and AB de Villiers at long on, pouches the catch cleanly with a reverse cup. Vohra in process to take the attack to the opposition, departs. The replays show that de Villiers had misjudged slightly but did well to take the catch. KXIP 61/4 in 11.2 ovs.@ImMananVohra tries to up the scoring rate but only manages to find #ABDevilliers. Score is now 60/4. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.43 IST: Chahal to Saha, BIG MISS! Jadhav has made a royal mess of a simple chance. Lovely leg break that drifts into Saha who steps down the track but is beaten all ends up. Jadhav had all the time in the world to probably affect the stumping twice or thrice. Eventually, he could barely collect the ball as Saha made his ground eventually. Schoolboy error! KXIP 54/3in 9.3 ovs Lifeline for @Wriddhipops! Goes down the track, completely misses the ball, fortunately the keeper can’t take advantage. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.37 IST: Negi to Vohra, SIX! JUST CLEARS LONG ON! Floated around middle, Vohra decides to throw the kitchen sink at it and slog sweeps it away. For a moment, it seemed like it would go to hand but managed to clear the fielder comfortably. KXIP 52/3 in 8.5 ovs.@ImMananVohra brings up the team 50 in style as he hits the 1st maximum of the night. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.36 IST: This is the lowest score for Kings XI after 8 overs in this year’s IPL, previous lowest being 49. KXIP 42/3 in 8 ovs 20.31 IST: Negi to Marsh, OUT! MARSH HOLES OUT! Punjab’s formidable overseas top order is back in the hut and they are in trouble. Goes for the lofted stroke but hasn’t timed it well at all. Mandeep at long off doesn’t even have to budge as he takes the catch with ease. Punjab badly need a partnership. KXIP 39/3 in 7 overs.@shaunmarsh9 tries to go big but only manages to find the fielder at long off. Third wicket down with 39 on the board. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.26 IST: Badree to Vohra, FOUR! End of powerplay! LUCKY RUNS! Flatter around middle, keeps a touch low as Vohra goes for the pull. Drags it off the inner half behind square on the leg side and picks up a boundary. KXIP 35/2 in 6 ovs4 runs to end the over from @ImMananVohra as 6 runs come off it. Score is 35/2 at the end of our powerplay #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.23 IST: Watson concedes 10 runs off his first over. KXIP 29/2 in 5 overs 20.20 IST: Watson to Marsh, FOUR! DEFT TOUCH! Back of a length outside off, Marsh sits back and opens the bat face late. Gets it wide of the short third man fielder to get another boundary.20.19 IST: Watson to Marsh, FOUR! THAT’S A CRACKING SHOT! Fuller ball outside off, Marsh leans into it and unfurls a riveting drive through the covers. Top shot, his off drives are always a delight to watch.20.16IST: Aravind to Guptill, OUT! GUPTILL HAS THROWN IT AWAY! He was looking edgy from the start and has to depart. The off cutter from Arvind and Guptill goes for the lofted stroke. Gets a slice that flies to deep cover where Negi takes a comfortable catch. KXIP 18/2 in 3.3 ovs One too many for @Martyguptill as he drives again but is held out in the deep. Two down for the team with 18 on the board. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.14 IST: Outstanding over once again from Aniket, gives away just 4 runs. KXIP 15/1 in 3 ovs 20.09 IST: Good over for the visitors as nine runs came off it. KXIP 11/1 in 2 ovs 20.09 IST: Arvind to Marsh, FOUR! SCORCHING SHOT! That’s a Shaun Marsh special. Full ball outside off, he leans into it and thumps the drive on the up through the covers. Nobody budged as the ball rocketed to the fence in a flash.What a shot @shaunmarsh9! Drives beautifully through cover for 4! #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201720.07 IST: Arvind to Guptill, FOUR! CLEARS THE INFIELD! Guptill doesn’t time it well but has enough power to clear the covers with a mistimed hit after using his feet. Has enough wheels to reach the fence. KXIP 6/1 in 1.2 ovs 20.05 IST: Excellent first over from Aniket Choudhary. KXIP 2/1 in 1 over 20.04 IST: Aniket to Amla, OUT! AMLA IS WALKING! That’s a big wicket to start for Bangalore. Short of a length angling across the batsman who has a flash at it. There was a faint feather on it as it went through to Jadhav but there wasn’t much of an appeal at all. The umpire wouldn’t have given it either but Amla had started walking back. Good sportsmanship from the South African. KXIP 2/1 in 0.5 ovsChoudhary deals the first blow again! Amla(1) is caught out by Jadhav. #RCBvKXIP #PlayBold Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 5, 201720.00 IST: Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill to open the innings for Punjab and are at the crease. Amla will take first strike against Aniket Choudhary of Bangalore.19.50 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI – Gayle & Badree in, Head & Milne out. The only changes in our line up for #RCBvKXIP.#PlayBold Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 5, 201719.42 IST: Kings XI Punjab Playing XI – Starting XI: M Guptill, H Amla, M Vohra, S Marsh, G Maxwell, W Saha, A Patel, M Sharma, V Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan. #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201719.40 IST: Royal Challengers have brought back Chris Gayle in place of Travis Head. Kings XI are unchangedWe have an unchanged team from our winner over Delhi. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #RCBvKXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 5, 201719.31 IST: TOSS! Royal Challengers Bangalore opt to bowl against Kings XI Punjab.Virat Kohli says they will bowl first. Adds they would like to back their strength and look to chase down the total. Feels it has not been an ideal season for them and would look to play for pride. Mentions two changes – Travis Head and Adam Milne make way for Chris Gayle and Samuel Badree.Glenn Maxwell says that they still have a chance of making the playoffs as they have the most games in hand. Feels that the batting is in good touch and the bowling has improved in the last few games. Opines that Punjab have a strong chance if they can play consistent cricket. Ends by saying happily that the team is unchanged for the first time this year.#RCB have won the toss and elect to bowl first! #RCBvKXIP is about to start soon, so grab your seats! #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 5, 2017Brief Preview: A confident Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will aim to keep their hopes of reaching the play-offs alive when they take on bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Friday. With eight losses and two wins, Bangalore are currently at the eighth spot and are decidedly out of the running for the IPL play-offs.On the other hand, Punjab, who defeated Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets in their last outing, are at the fifth spot with four wins and five losses.Failing in almost all departments of the game, Bangalore would certainly like to spoil Punjab’s party who are still in the race for the knockout stage.Bangalore will blame their star-studded batting line-up for their predicament as despite boasting several quality batsmen like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson, they have failed to click in unison.The bowling and fielding departments are also not performing up to the standard for Bengaluru. Many catches were dropped in the last match against Mumbai Indians which resulted in a five-wicket defeat for them.On the other hand, after defeating Delhi by 10 wickets last week, Punjab are in a positive mood as both batsmen and bowlers are performing in unison.In the bowling department, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and T. Natarajan did a fantastic job. Sandeep Sharma returned figures of 4/20 as Delhi were bundled out for a mere 67 runs.The batsmen also stepped up to the occasion in the last match. Needing only 68 runs for a win, Punjab crossed the line in barely 7.5 overs with a half-century in quick time by New Zealand star Martin Guptill.Guptill remained unbeaten on 50 off 27 balls with six boundaries and three sixes.So if Bangalore want to win Friday’s match, they need to re-strategise their plan even as Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell would like to continue the momentum from their last match.last_img read more

Justice Mukul Mudgal to head FIFA Governance Committee

first_imgRetired judge of Delhi High Court Justice Mukul Mudgal was on Friday elected as the Chairman of FIFA Governance committee at the world football governing bodys 67th Congress here.According to a letter released before the representatives from all 211 Member Associations at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre here, Olli Rehn from Finland, who is the former Vice-President of the European Commission, will be Justice Mudgal’s deputy.Justice Mudgal, who served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from 2009 to 2011, was the first choice for the FIFA Council and his name was proposed for the vacant position after (former chief) Miguel Maduro was removed for his role.Maduro allegedly played a role in blocking Russian World Cup official Vitaly Mutko from retaining his seat on ruling council.Mudgal, who until now served as the Deputy Chairman of the committee after being appointed in May last year during the FIFA Congress in Mexico, will take the office for four years effective immediately.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Mustafizur Rahman hoping his off-cutters come good against India

first_imgBangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman is hoping his off-cutters, which are not working in England as much they used to at home, come good against India in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final here on Thursday.According to a report in Bangladesh newspaper Daily Star on Tuesday, the 21-year old left-arm fast bowler said he is ruffled a bit by the fact that his famed off-cutters are not coming good here and that he is working hard on it.It was Rahman’s off-cutters that did the trick against India two years back when he bagged five-wicket hauls in two consecutive matches rattling the Indian batting order.Rahman has so far got only one wicket from three matches in the Champions Trophy. Meanwhile, Bangladesh players looked very relaxed on Monday ahead of their first semi-final in an ICC event.According to the paper, some headed for shopping while others returned after doing a gym session. It was an optional day for practice and only the bowlers turned up to have some fitness drills at the ground.At home in Dhaka, excitement is reaching a crescendo as fans have started planning where they will catch the action on Thursday and the city is also decking up for that.Bangladesh, led by Mashrafe Mortaza, defied all odds to make it to the last-four stage after beating New Zealand and then seeing England get past Australia in Group A.last_img read more

3rd Test: Hardik Pandya and bowlers derail Sri Lanka’s revival hope

first_imgIndia’s bowlers left Sri Lanka staring at a big defeat and a series whitewash after another shambolic batting performance saw the hosts being bundled out for 135 in their first innings in the third and final Test on Sunday.The hosts, who also suffered heavy defeats in Galle and Colombo inside four days, were made to follow on and reached 19/1 at close of the second day’s play, still trailing India by 333 with nine second innings wickets in hand.Opening batsman Upul Tharanga made seven before he chopped Umesh Yadav onto his stumps for his second dismissal in the day. Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 12 with nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara yet to score.It was all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s 108, his maiden hundred, that set the ball rolling in the morning for the whitewash-chasing India, who posted 487 before being all out in the first over after the lunch break.Pandya smashed his hundred off just 86 deliveries before he was the last batsman out, giving Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.AP PhotoIndia fast bowler Mohammed Shami did the early damage to Sri Lanka’s first innings by dismissing both openers cheaply before left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav ran through the middle and lower order with four wickets for 40.Sri Lanka got off to a terrible start in their first innings when Tharanga edged Shami to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for five and inexplicably called for a review after consultation with opening partner Karunaratne.Replays showed a clear edge and Karunaratne soon joined his departed colleague back in the dressing room after falling in similar fashion for four.advertisementKusal Mendis (18) was then run out after a mix-up with captain Dinesh Chandimal before former skipper Angelo Mathews fell leg before to medium-pace bowling all-rounder Pandya without scoring.Chandimal was the only batsman to provide some resistance with a dogged 48 but became one of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s two wickets.PANDYA HEROICSReuters PhotoPandya’s century was also a maiden first-class ton for the 23-year-old right-hander, who hit eight boundaries and seven sixes in his knock.India resumed on 329/6 but suffered an early blow when they lost Saha for 16 in the second over of the day after the keeper guided seamer Vishwa Fernando’s left-arm delivery straight into the hands of the gully fielder.Kuldeep showed he was a more than capable lower-order batsman with a well-crafted 26, more importantly adding 62 in an eighth-wicket stand that dampened Sri Lanka’s hopes of restricting the touring side to under 400.Kuldeep fell to his wrist-spinning counterpart Sandakan, who also dismissed Shami for eight.That brought Pandya, unbeaten on one overnight, and Umesh together for the last wicket, allowing the former a license to free his bat in search of quick runs.The clean-hitting Pandya soon tore into the Sri Lanka attack and blasted 26 in one over from Pushpakumara, hitting the left-arm spinner for two fours and three sixes in five deliveries.He reached three figures with a straight punch for four off paceman Lahiru Kumara.last_img read more

116 stranded PoK residents leave for their homes

first_imgJammu, Aug 21 (PTI) As many as 116 PoK residents, stranded here for over a month due tothe closure of the Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service, left Poonch for the Kaman crossing point in Baramulla to return to their homes today.Three Indians, stranded in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), will also return today, Trade Facilitation Officer (TFO), LoC Trade Poonch, Mohammad Tanveer, told PTI.The PoK passengers left in several buses through Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and rest of the country, around 5 am, he said.Tanveer, who is among several officials accompanying the passengers to ensure their smooth deportation through Kaman post in Uri sector of Baramulla district, said the PoK passengers reached the sports stadium Poonch yesterday and were given government accommodation for the night.They will return to their native places via Aman Sethu (peace bridge) which connects Uri with PoK.Baramulla district administration has been informed and requested for providing logistic sport and other necessary arrangements for crossing of overstaying PoK guests, he said.While the weekly Cross-LoC bus service, named Karvaan- e-Aman, continues to ply on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, the facility along Poonch-Rawalakot road remained suspended since July 10 due to heavy firing and shelling from the Pakistani side.The early opening of the Kaman crossing suffered a set back on August 8 after fresh firing from Pakistan ended a lull of 19 days and left a soldier dead.Pakistan again resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing along the LoC in Poonch district on August 12, leaving a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman dead. PTI TAS AB RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

Formula One’s Valtteri Bottas set to stay at Mercedes

first_imgFinnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas is set to stay at champions Mercedes next season with only small details remaining to be signed off, according to team boss Toto Wolff.”It’s a no-brainer as it stands for next year to continue with Valtteri,” the Austrian told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix after Ferrari confirmed Sebastian Vettel had signed a three-year contract extension.That news ended speculation that the German, who would have been out of contract at the end of the season, could switch to Mercedes. (Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher’s pole record in 200th race)”It’s just down to the nitty-gritty details and the paperwork and see how it pans out in the future,” said Wolff of Bottas’s situation. “There’s a pretty big chance he will be here next year.”Bottas arrived at the Formula One champions in January as a replacement for 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, who had stunned the sport by announcing his sudden retirement in December.Bottas, who had management links with Wolff when he was at Williams, has settled in well at Mercedes and has won two of his first 11 races with the team.Reuters Photo The Finn is third in the standings, 19 points behind triple world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton, who is in turn 14 adrift of championship leader Vettel.Bottas has also finished on the podium in his last five races, scoring more points than any other driver over that period, with eight top-three places to date.He and Hamilton also get on well, with the Briton saying earlier in the week that he saw no reason for anything to change.advertisement”There is another new element in the team and it works,” Hamilton, whose relationship with Rosberg was far more intense, told reporters.”I don’t believe any of the bosses or any of the individuals within the team is unhappy with what is currently in place, so I find it hard to believe they will change that.”last_img read more

Google Doodle honours the master of light in cinema: All about James Wong Howe

first_imgGoogle is celebrating the famed cinematographer James Wong Howe. Howe was born on August 28, 1899. He is one of the most sought after early-era cinematographer who made a great use of lights and shadows in his work.Check out the Doodle:The doodle is in a monochrome colour scheme celebrating what would have been his 118th birthday. More about James Wong Howe:Howe was of Chinese-American descent and faced a lot of problems due to his heritageHe did odd jobs as a teenager and at one point was a professional boxerHe could only become a U.S. citizen after the Chinese Exclusion Act was repealedHis marriage to novelist Sanora Babb wasn’t legally recognised until the year 1949 as there were laws barring interracial marriagesHowe’s first Hollywood job involved delivering films and cleaning up scraps left on the cutting room floorHe is said to have accidentally discovered the use of dark backdrops in black and white films to create colour nuancesHe was also a master of using wide-angle lenses, low key lighting, colour lighting and crab dolly James retired with two Oscar awards as one of the most celebrated cinematographers of his timeA survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild lauded him as one of history’s ten most influential cinematographersHowe received a total of ten Oscar nominations for best cinematographyHe won the academy awards for cinematography twice for The Rose Tattoo and the HudHe died at the age of 76 in the year 1976 and is buried in a Los Angeles cemetery.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

UK PM May shown dossier of sexual misconduct by MPs

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Oct 29 (PTI) British Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to be forced into a Cabinet reshuffle after she was shown a dossier of accusations of sexual misconduct against some of her Conservative party ministers and MPs.According to UK media reports, the names include several senior Tories who are accused of hounding, propositioning or groping young women in Parliament or their constituencies.”Any reports of sexual harassment are deeply concerning,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.”Any allegations that may come to light will be taken extremely seriously and we would advise people to contact the police if there is such an allegation so that its fully investigated,” she said.The premier is reportedly given a regular briefing by the Tory chief whip, Gavin Williamson, on misdemeanours by party MPs after morning planning meetings at her 10, Downing Street office.Oneof Mays aides told The Sunday Times that the briefing was known in Downing Street as “the ins and outs” chat.Insiders say it covers MPs having affairs, suffering from sex addiction, caught using prostitutes, running up gambling debts and taking illegal drugs.”Gavin would come in and explain that this MP was having an affair or that MP had been up to no good. The ins and outs stuff, the whips call it. Theresa just sits there and doesnt say much. On one occasion she said, Why cant they just do their job?,” an aide was quoted as saying.Metropolitan Police have reportedly dealt with nine cases of sexual harassment in Parliament this year.advertisementBut following the Hollywood scandal involving disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein and the Me Too campaign on social media with women speaking out against their tormentors, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow is to hold a meeting next week to discuss greater safeguards for researchers and parliamentary staff.”The Prime Minister was very clear when we responded to the reports about Harvey Weinstein in the last few weeks that any unwanted sexual behaviour is completely unacceptable, and that is true in any walk of life ? including politics,” the Downing Street spokesperson said.UK education secretary Justine Greening said anyone who felt they had been sexually harassed should contact the police.Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has also said that MPs who abuse or sexually harass women must be “held to account”.According to The Sun, those accused in a so-called “sleaze dossier” include a married Tory minister alleged to have made passes at several women, including journalists and aides.One Tory MP is dubbed the “Lift Lunger” after groping a woman who found herself alone in a lift with him.Another is known as “Happy Hands” for constantly touching women under the table at meetings.A third is nicknamed “Taxi Tickler” after repeatedly grabbing at young women in the back of shared cabs, with new recruits allegedly warned, “He is not safe in taxis”.Meanwhile, it also emerged that a secret group of the BBCs top female presenters, including Pakistani-origin presenter Mishal Husain, has uncovered a string of suspected cases of sexual harassment at the corporation, including by a senior sports presenter.The group, which keeps its membership of senior editors and presenters a closely guarded secret, has been encouraging and then supporting colleagues to report claims to BBC management. PTI AK KUNlast_img read more

Claudio Ranieri not surprised by Chelsea’s wobbly title defence

first_imgPremier League champions Chelsea’s struggle to retain the title is hardly surprising as the club returned to the Champions League and their league rivals strengthened their squads, former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has said.Ranieri won the league with Leicester in 2016 but was sacked nine months after lifting the trophy as the club failed to replicate their impressive form in the subsequent season.While Chelsea have not declined so drastically, the London side have started their current campaign inconsistently, recording three league losses in 10 games to sit in fourth position, nine points behind leaders Manchester City.”It’s always difficult to win the league the second year. Chelsea also has the Champions League and then it’s not easy,” Ranieri, who managed Chelsea from 2000-04, told the Evening Standard.”It’s not easy when a lot of other teams are renovating their players.”Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League last season helped the well-rested side record just three draws and seven defeats across all competitions to win their sixth league title and reach the FA Cup final.The London side’s troubles have also been linked to their underwhelming transfer window while their league rivals spent heavily to significantly boost their squads.Conte’s side have returned to the European competition strongly as they remain unbeaten at the top of their group and on the verge of qualification to the knockout stages.Ranieri, who currently manages French side Nantes, has backed Antonio Conte to get the team back to their best as Chelsea prepare to travel to AS Roma in the Champions League later on Tuesday.advertisement”He is happy. He is a fantastic manager and tries to do the best for Chelsea,” Ranieri added.After their mid-week trip to Italy, Chelsea host second-placed Manchester United on Sunday.last_img read more

SC summons ex-MP in decade old case of breaching contract

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) The Supreme Court has directed a former AIADMK MP to appear before it or face arrest in a more than a decade old case of breaching contract with a company over transfer of its subsidiary firm.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to former MP K C Palanisamy asking him to be personally present before it on November 28, failing which a non-bailable arrest warrant would be issued against him and his properties would be attached.”Having heard counsel for the parties, we are of the considered opinion that the real contesting party is respondent no. 3 (Palanisamy),” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said and ordered issuance of notice to him.It said the notice should be issued “with a stipulation that he shall remain personally present before this court on November 28, 2017, failing which a non-bailable warrant of arrest shall be issued against him, apart from attaching his properties.”The apex court was hearing a civil appeal filed against National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) order of July 5 this year in favour of Kasturi and Sons Ltd (KSL), owner of The Hindu newspaper whose subsidiary firm was sold to Palanisamy in 2004.The former MP had allegedly failed to make the payment for purchasing KSLs subsidiary, Sporting Pastime India Ltd, a press note issued by KSL said.However, after an arbitration between the parties, he was directed to return the firm to KSL. The order was upheld by the National Company Law Tribunal as well as NCLAT, it said.advertisementThe matter reached the apex court when a firm, Cheran Properties Ltd, allegedly owned by Palanisamy, filed a special leave petition against the NCLAT order.The case involves transfer of Sporting Pastime India Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of KSL, to K C Palanisamy and his nominees in 2004, the press note said. PTI AG PKS RKS ARClast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Victorious Australia set sights on mission 5-0

first_imgAustralia 3 England 0 — The urn is back with Australia after their dominant campaign in the first three Tests of the Ashes 2017 Down Under.The Steve Smith-led side demolished England by an innings and 41 runs at WACA to regain the Ashes and go 3-0 up in the five-match series.The hosts have now set their sights on a 5-0 whitewash, a repeat of what they had achieved when England toured Australia the last time 2013-14.Captain Smith was a member of the Michael Clarke side that swept the last series Down Under in 2013/14 and will feel good about his chances of emulating his former skipper by defeating Joe Root’s demoralised team in the final two matches.”It’d be fantastic to do that and we’ll talk about Melbourne when we get there,” Smith said after their innings and 41-run win at the WACA saw Australia take back the urn.”Right now, I’m just really satisfied with what we’ve achieved in these first three Test matches. I’d love to do that again, but we will just take it one step at a time.” (Beer, smiles, family time: Australia celebrate Ashes triumph)Australia were able to pick the same team throughout the series sweep in 2013/14 but Smith may not have that luxury due to an injury doubt over Mitchell Starc.The pace spearhead carried a heel injury through the final day at the WACA and could be rested for Melbourne, which may open the door to a recall for squad seamer Jackson Bird.With Josh Hazlewood in top form after grabbing five wickets to rout England for 218 in their second innings at the WACA, Australia are unlikely to be overly concerned about Starc’s possible absence. (England came over very weak without Stokes, says Swann)advertisementCoach Darren Lehmann said he was eager to see how the team would play with the pressure of winning the series on home soil behind them.”It’s highly pressurised, Ashes cricket,” he told reporters at the WACA.”Everyone is nervous every ball, every session – it’s been that way for 15 days so far.”So they can go and express themselves a little bit more now, so we’ll be playing the same brand of cricket but with less pressure on us.”The #Ashes are back where they belong! #ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017’HERE TO MAKE RUNS’Since an acrimonious series defeat at home to South Africa a year ago, Australia have won nine of their past 13 Tests, with their captain leading the way with over 1,000 runs in the calendar year.Smith’s 239 the WACA, following an unbeaten 141 in the series-opener at the Gabba, has given him an astonishing average of 142 for the Ashes series.Truly special… #Ashes (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017Long saddled with the burden of scoring in a vulnerable batting lineup, Smith has enjoyed ample support in the series.Mitchell Marsh smashed 181 at the WACA and his older brother Shaun scored an unbeaten 126 in the second Test in Adelaide.Mitchell’s maiden ton in his 22nd Test came after years of failing to deliver with the bat, so it was hugely encouraging for a team who have searched in vain for a decent all-rounder to help support their young pace attack.”The challenge for him is to back it up again, to be perfectly honest, and one innings doesn’t make a cricket career,” said Lehmann.”So for him he’s got to back it up next game and do the right thing. He’s here to make runs.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more