Gogoi announces financial assistance to Kalpana Lajmi

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 16 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today announced Rs One lakh assistance to filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, who is keeping unwell. 61-year-old Lajmi, who was the companion to late Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Bhupen Hazarika, was recently admitted to a Mumbai hospital with complaints of kidney ailments. Gogoi, in a statement, announced the financial assistance to her from Chief Ministers Relief Fund. The Chief Minister also wished her quick recovery and a ealthy life. PTI DG KK NDS KKBlast_img

Pakistan beat England by 178 runs in 2nd Test

first_imgPakistan took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series by beating England by 178 runs on Monday in the second Test.England was chasing a record target of 491 for an unlikely win at Dubai International Stadium but was bowled out after scoring 312 with 6.3 overs to spare in the final session.England started the final day at 130-3 but lost three wickets in the pre-lunch session, including overnight batsman Joe Root, who was caught in the slips by Younis Khan off Zulfiqar Babar for 71.Jonny Bairstow soon followed, clean bowled by Yasir Shah for 22, and England was reeling on 178-6 when Jos Buttler edged Shah’s legspinner to Younis in the slips.The late order rallied hard after England was reduced to 193-7 when Ben Stokes was out.Adil Rashid made 61 on a deteriorating track, his maiden Test 50 in a career that is only two matches old, before becoming the last man to depart, caught by Babar in the covers off Shah.Rashid added 60 runs for the eighth wicket with Stuart Broad (30) and then 55 runs for the ninth wicket with Mark Wood (29), which defied Pakistan for 29.2 overs.As expected, spinners Babar (3-53) and Shah (4-87) did most of the damage for Pakistan. The first Test match in Abu Dhabi was drawn, while the third and final Test will be played in Sharjah starting Saturday.last_img read more

World Cup: India beat Australia by 36 runs

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL India’s Virat Kohli   –  Reuters RELATED India’s Virat Kohli   –  Reuters cricket × ICC World Cup 2019 preview: India’s tactical strength up for test against Australia on June 9 Shikhar Dhawan’s classy hundred and a quality bowling effort powered India to a 36-run victory over Australia, denying two fallen heroes a fairytale script while sounding a warning bell for their opponents in the World Cup in London on Sunday.The legend of Dhawan in ICC tournaments continued to grow as his stylish 117 formed the cornerstone of a fantastic batting display that propelled India to a commanding 352 for five.In reply, Australia never looked like getting there as they managed only 316 in 50 overs with Steve Smith (69 off 70 balls) and David Warner’s (56 off 84 balls) half-centuries being of little consequence.After a professional run-chase against South Africa in the opener, the second match saw the Men In Blue burying the five-time world champions under a deluge of runs. An astounding 131 dot balls (21.5 overs) were bowled by Indian bowlers which ultimately made the difference.Warner’s innings was an antithesis to his style of play and pegged Australia back before he was sent back by Yuzvendra Chahal (2/62 in 10 overs). Still Australia was in with a slim chance till Usman Khawaja (42) and Smith were at the crease.Khawaja shuffled way too much trying to play a scoop behind square and was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah (3/61 in 10 overs), and Australia lost whatever momentum they had gained.Smith, who played his usual shuffling across the off-stump game, looked threatening but an asking rate of 10 put immense pressure, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got him with one that angled in to catch him in-front of stumps. It was a nice comeback for Bhuvneshwar (3/50 in 10 overs), who was hit for three boundaries by Glenn Maxwell.Once Smith was gone, the game was as good as over for Australia even though Alex Carey helped himself to a half-century (55 no off 35 balls). Having beaten South Africa and Australia in the first two games, India will now be considered as the team to beat in this tournament.Earlier, Dhawan, during his 17th ODI hundred found perfect support from fellow opener Rohit Sharma (57 off 70 balls) in a stand of 127. He then joined forces with Virat Kohli, consolidating the innings with a 93-run stand for the second wicket.The skipper played a very effective knock with his two maximums off Mitchell Starc (1/74 off 10 overs) — over long-on and extra cover — being the stand-out shots of the game.The last 10 overs yielded 116 runs, primarily due to generous contributions from the middle-order players Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni along with their skipper.The team’s permanent floater, Pandya (48 off 27 balls) played in a manner only he can, and was the perfect icing on the cake on a flat Oval deck. Dhoni (27 off 14 balls) did his bit in putting the finishing touches, which included a six over square leg off Starc.After skipper Kohli made the right call, the Indian openers played out a good spell from Starc and Pat Cummins (1/55 in 10 overs), with the latter pitching it up and repeatedly beating the bat.What worked brilliantly for the Indian batsmen was the manner in which they planned which bowlers they wanted to go after. They took 157 runs from 20 overs bowled by Marcus Stoinis (2/62 in 7 overs), Adam Zampa (0/50 in 6 overs) and Glenn Maxwell (0/45 in 7 overs).Rohit was dropped on 2 by Nathan Coulter-Nile at square leg off Starc and from then, the Indian openers became more cautious. Dhawan, who has a stupendous record at the Oval ground, where he averages over 120, waited for Coulter-Nile, and three boundaries in the eighth over eased the pressure.The hero of Australia’s match against West Indies, didn’t have the pace to trouble the Indians and he bowled short enough to be cut and pulled by both the players. Rohit, for good measure, hooked him for a six while Dhawan played some fabulous cut shots.Leg spinner Zampa (0/50 in 6 overs), who was impressive against India in the last series, was targeted at the onset as both the openers used their feet to perfection. Once they started using their feet, the leg-spinner started dropping it short and Dhawan would rock onto the backfoot to punish him.There’s a saying in Indian cricket that if Dhawan gets his cover drive going, he is unstoppable and that’s what happened on the day. Rohit was more subdued but it didn’t matter as the Delhi southpaw’s 16 hits to the fence set the tone. COMMENT June 09, 2019 SHARE Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

Roundtable Wednesday: How Do We Feel About the Baylor Game?

first_imgHere at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Porter (Publisher): Roundtable Wednesday — first question is on a scale of 1 to Savannah State, how good are you feeling about the Baylor game this weekend?Southwell (Chief Uniform Officer): Texas A&M 2011. Wow, this is a weird scale. There are a couple of similarities. We’re evenly matched, and it’s the first real test on the road. Oklahoma State had played an above average team (AZ 2011 / Pitt 2016), and the opponent hasn’t played anyone tough.Porter: I like that. Baylor always scares me (#prayforRamon), but I have a somewhat irrational confidence in this team right now given how it has played so far.Aldrich (Head of Hoops): Not a bad comparison @southwell. I wish I could forget about what Baylor did to us with a 2nd (and then 3rd!) string quarterback in Stillwater, but I just can’t. I think Baylor runs it better than we do and it’s our first road test- the line feels about right to me (9.5 or so?) #prayforRamonCaleb Deck (Intern): If I may be so bold, I would rank this even with an imaginary Season 5 of Arrested Development. I like the idea of it in theory and my head believes it would work out well, but my heart is worried about the execution as well as the consistency key factors (in this case I believe Ramon Richards is Will Arnett).Aldrich: If anyone can get the Gob done though, it’s that defensive line.. seriously, did we trade lines in the offseason with an SEC west team or what?Porter: It really has been incredible. Carson and I talked about it on the podcast, but Gundy wasn’t joking in August. We roll three deep up front. It might save our season.Thomas (Xs and Os): I don’t know what to think, honestly. Baylor has struggled early in some of their non-con games but they’re still really good offensively. I don’t know if OSU can stop them or if they can keep up. I don’t like thinking about it myself.Southwell: Baylor has not played well in the first half for the last two games. Zero points in the first quarter against both SMU and Rice. If OSU can get out to a fast start, I think we will be in great shape.Boone (Head of Recruiting): I think Baylor will be Baylor and put up a ton of points regardless of our stout d-line. It’ll be a shootout but I’ll give the edge to OSU with Justice Hill and Rennie Childs finally hitting their stride.Carson (Podcasting): I’m not a believer in Baylor without Art Briles. They still have NFL talent (KD Cannon left “Back To The Future” burn marks at BPS) but they’ve lost their shot caller. Neither team has been impressive so far. So flip a coin.Porter: 20-inch blades. Is Rennie the dude now? Were you guys impressed or was it just a right place/right time thing?Boone: I have a hard time believing after four years Rennie is suddenly the answer to our running woes. But he did enough this weekend to warrant more carries for sure.Aldrich: I kind of want to see it one more time from Rennie before I buy in — I don’t think we’ll miss Carson too bad though (Chris, not Cunningham).Southwell: I mean he ran for 4 TDs so…Caleb: I see Rennie Childs as a very well-rounded RB who probably ranks around a 5.5/10 as far as Big 12 RB quality goes. Justice has a higher ceiling but is less developed and lacks a bit of the same strength. I understand why the coaches would go with Childs but I hope they continue to give Hill ~40 percent carries so he can continue to develop well.Porter: This is a good take, I think. I also have a soft spot for four-year vets who haven’t had the run they thought they might get coming into college (i.e. The Kye).Carson: Rennie does all the right things. Loves to play the game. Never says a word.Porter: Goes to class. Last one: If _____________ then OSU could win the Big 12 this year.Aldrich: The offensive line is shored up. You pointed out the disturbing yards per carry stat earlier this week. If OSU can run the ball consistently, they can absolutely win a very average conference.Carson: O-line keeps Mason upright and has Porter in a full sweat in the shed dissecting Weeden-Rudolph splits.Caleb: I definitely agree that the line a huge key. I also would say if Mason can consistently place 65-70 percent of his 5-15 yard passes and he personally only has 3 or less fumbles the rest of this year we win the Big 12. Him being able to consistently convert those short crosses and screens will hopefully cause linebackers to drop off the line a bit allowing the o-line to get a break from blitzes occasionally and opening up a bit more space for the RBs. And whatever is going on with his fumbles needs to be fixed by Yurcich or Gundy or Glass or the equipment crew or anyone.Porter: Mine is … if Justin Gilbert and Kevin Peterson find some eligibility and come back to school. I just think we are so susceptible on the outside and will get housed by good offensive teams. There are offensive issues, for sure, but it seems to me like the offense will get consistently better as the year goes on. Not so sure on the defense.Carson: screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-2-24-41-pmBoone: I think if they can “put a hat on a hat” ? as Gundy says and find the extra blocker in the run game it will go along ways to solving the offensive deficiencies. I’m just not convinced it’s a one-week fix.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

By the Numbers: OSU’s Rapid Pace Left Tulsa in the Dust

first_imgOklahoma State got its season off to a quick start with a dominant performance over Tulsa in Week 1. The first quarter was the stuff dreams and had everyone looking up which bowls were hosting the semifinal games. But beyond the hyperbole and besides the flashy highlights and Tyron swag, what else can we glean from the season opener? Let’s take a look at the numbers.OSU Drive ChartThe Cowboys scored on the opening three possessions while burning up all of 4:31 off the clock. The first was a methodical but blazing-fast eight plays for 74 yards that culminated in Tyron Johnson’s first catch for his first touchdown at OSU. Two more quick strikes and the game was set on its fixed trajectory. Zach Sinor got just two shots to build his faux Heisman case.On the empty side of the glass, a boneheaded mistake from Mason Rudolph resulted in a strip sack and Jalen McCleskey’s attempt at the most ill-advised punt return I can remember ended with six points on the wrong side of the board. Matt Ammendola missed a 33-yard field goal attempt wide-left which Mike Gundy blamed on the sophomore getting in a hurry. Let’s hope Philly can slow down.Here’s a look at OSU’s pertinent numbersPoints per drive (offense): 4.33Points per drive (defense): 1.21Yards per play: 10.2Third-Down conversions: 5/9 (55.5%)Average starting field position: own 30-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 4/5Points off turnovers: 14Time of possession: 23:20The points-per-drive disparity was heavy in the Cowboys’ favor but could have been even more so had OSU not turned the ball over twice (giving up 10 points) and missed a short field goal. I want to say something smart like, “They won’t be able to get away with that against (insert team).” But I’m not actually sure. I’m not saying the needless giveaways should be ignored or that place kicker is not a concern. What I am saying is that this offense is really, really good and we knew that coming in. Let’s just not make a habit out of silly mistakes and I won’t have to be wrong.Tulsa Drive ChartYou know the saying “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.”? Well, Philip Montgomery might empathize. He wouldn’t admit to anyone (and possibly himself) who his starting QB was until kickoff. President, Skipper, President. I’m not just recalling random proper titles of leadership. That’s Tulsa’s QB rotation.With inexperienced leadership behind center and the passing game a work in progress, we all expected Tulsa to come out with an emphasis on the rushing attack. The Golden Hurricane finished 2016 as the eighth-best rushing team in the country with the Nos. 1 and 2 rushers in the AAC. No. 2 is back for 2017 — D’Angelo Brewer’s jersey number is 4 actually — and returns after a 1,435-yard, 7-TD season where he averaged 5.4 yards per carry. On Thursday night, Oklahoma State held him to 33 yards on 22 carries for a rough 1.5 average. Tulsa ended up averaging 4.1 yards per carry but that was a bit inflated due to a garbage-time run for 55 yards by Corey Taylor II. Glenn Spencer cracked exactly one and a half grins during postgame availability — that’s a good sign.Here’s a look at Tulsa’s numbersPoints per drive (offense): 1.21Points per drive (defense): 4.33Yards per play: 4.4Third-down conversions: 16/26 (61.5%)Average starting field position: own 25-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 2/4Points off turnovers: 10Time of possession: 36:40So Tulsa couldn’t stop Oklahoma State. No surprise there. But its 61.5 percent on third-down is somewhere between head-scratching and concerning. Especially when you consider that Tulsa was 5 of 10 on third-and-long and 5 of 8 on third down with at least 10 to go. It was also 1 of 2 on fourth down.The Golden Hurricane actually started 0-for-4 on third-and-long until the second quarter when the score was 28-7. OSU’s defense then gave up five of the last six third-and-long situations. Like I said, it’s not ideal but it does fall into OSU’s lane of a “bend-don’t-break” defense. I’m not going to worry too much about it. If not for an unnecessary fumble by QB1 and a perplexing snafu by Jalen McCleskey, OSU wins the turnover battle 2-nil. I’ll take that, 1.1 points per drive and a 50-percent success rate on my opponent’s red-zone trips most days if I’m Spencer.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

4-Star WR A.J. Henning Makes Announcement About Notre Dame Recruitment

first_imgFour-star wide receiver A.J. Henning carries American flag onto field.YouTube/Aka NxvaFour-star wideout A.J. Henning is currently in the process of taking visits to the top schools on his list. Georgia, Michigan and Notre Dame are among his top choices on his radar.Back in January, Henning revealed the top 10 teams remaining on his list. In addition to the programs already mentioned, he has shown interest in Illinois, LSU, Northwestern, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, and Stanford.With the summer finally here, the four-star recruit is ready to start the next phase of his recruitment. The Illinois native recently spent time with the Bulldogs for his official visit.Next up on Henning’s tour is a trip to South Bend, as he’ll visit the Fighting Irish this weekend. Henning, the No. 1 recruit from the state of Illinois, announced that he’ll meet with Notre Dame on his Twitter account.Check it out:The University of Notre Dame this weekend..📍☘️ #IrishBouNDXX pic.twitter.com/wEEiN0t6Xf— AJ H3nning (@AJHenning3) June 5, 2019247Sports lead expert Steve Wiltfong projects Henning to commit to Michigan, but the highest percentage of votes for their crystal ball predictions goes to Notre Dame.The Fighting Irish most likely want to pair Henning with a recruit of their own in Jordan Johnson, who is a five-star wide receiver from the 2020 class.Henning expects to make his decision before the start of his senior season at Lincoln-Way East.last_img read more

Virat Kohli 4th Indian captain after Azharuddin, Ganguly, Dhoni to score 4000 ODI runs

first_img scorecard graphs No data available! Virat Kohli 4th Indian captain after Azharuddin, Ganguly, Dhoni to score 4000 ODI runsVirat Kohli became the 4th Indian captain to go past 4000 runs in ODIs. Having taken over as India’s full-time limited-overs captain in 2017, Kohli has overseen several historic triumphs for India. advertisementcenter_img Rajarshi Gupta RanchiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 22:20 IST India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli reached the milestone as he scored 27 in Ranchi. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli became the 4th Indian to score 4000 runs in ODIs as captainVirat Kohli has 40 ODI hundreds and is the fastest to 10,000 runs in the formatAs India’s ODI captain, Virat Kohli has scored 18 hundredsVirat Kohli became the fourth Indian captain after MS Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly to score 4000 runs in one-day internationals. Kohli reached the landmark in his 66th ODI as skipper when he moved to 27. As India’s ODI captain, Virat Kohli has so far scored 18 hundreds and 14 fifties from 62 innings with a best of 160 not out against South Africa.MS Dhoni, who led India in 200 ODIs from 2007 to 2018, scored 6641 runs as captain and leads the chart for Indian captains. Mohammad Azharuddin scored 5239 runs as captain in 174 ODIs from 1990 to 1999 while Sourav Ganguly, who captained India in 147 ODIs from 1999 to 2005, scored 5104 runs.INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 3RD ODI HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli took over as India’s full-time captain in limited-overs cricket after MS Dhoni stepped down as skipper in January 2007. Since then, Kohli has led from the front and overseen several iconic triumphs for India. He led India to the final of the Champions Trophy in England in 2017. In 2018, Kohli became the first India captain to win an ODI series in South Africa.In 2019, Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a biltateral series in Australia and led India to their first bilateral ODI series win in New Zealand in a decade.Virat Kohli has so far scored 40 ODI hundreds and is the fastest to 10,000 runs in the format. It is widely believed Kohli will one day break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records in one-day cricket.Also Read | MS Dhoni mesmerises Ranchi crowd with smart glovework to dismiss Glenn MaxwellAlso Read | Team India wears special caps vs Australia as tribute to Pulwama martyrsadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow Mohammad AzharuddinFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Indian cricketFollow India vs AustraliaFollow India vs Australia 3rd ODI view more view less commentarylast_img read more

Safe Bulkers to Fit Half of Its Fleet with Scrubbers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers has agreed with Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (Cosco) a detailed schedule within 2019 for the installation of Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubbers in about half of its fleet.The company will install scrubbers in five Kamsarmax class vessels, thirteen Post-Panamax class vessels and the recently acquired Capesize class vessel while it maintains an option for an additional scrubber.All preparatory engineering works are in progress targeting to initiate the first installation in second quarter of 2019 and the last installation in the fourth quarter of 2019, opting for having about half of Safe Bulkers’ fleet operated with heavy fuel oil and the other half, consisting mainly of smaller more fuel efficient vessels, with compliant low sulfur fuels.Contractually, the expected down time for scrubber installation is 32 days for the first vessel and 30 days for the remaining vessels, while the down time during a scheduled dry docking as part of special survey is about 15 to 20 days. During the same period ERMA First Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) will also be installed, achieving full compliance with IMO regulation Marpol Annex VI, as well as with Ballast Water Management Convention and EPA regulation for Ballast Water Treatment Systems.The scrubber and the related expenditure for prefabrication and installation is expected to be in aggregate of about USD 2 million per medium size vessel, the company said, adding that the investment will be financed from cash on hand and additional debt.“The retrofit of scrubbers is a demanding job involving the selection of reliable and durable equipment from manufacturer with extensive track record, detailed engineering studies and high quality of installation which should lead to reliable operations for years to come. Our technical department has worked extensively in all those areas in order to make possible the timely delivery at the required standards, within the budgeted costs for nineteen vessels with scrubbers within 2019, minimizing the down time,” Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers, said.last_img read more

Coffee Day Enterprises names S V Ranganath interim chairman

first_imgNew Delhi: Coffee Day Enterprises on Wednesday named independent director S V Ranganath as the interim chairman of the company to replace its founder V G Siddhartha, who has been confirmed dead days after he went missing. The company board, wherein Siddhartha’s wife Malavika Hegde is also a director, met on Wednesday to put in place a working structure of the company.The board has also appointed Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas as its legal counsel to advise on these matters. The board appointed “S V Ranganath as the interim chairman of the board” and “Nitin Bagmane as an interim chief operating officer (COO) of the company,” Coffee Day Enterprises, which runs India’s biggest coffee chain CCD, said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt also constituted an executive committee comprising Ranganath, COO Nitin Bagmane and CFO R Ram Mohan “to exercise the powers previously vested with the Chief Executive Officer of the company and the Administrative Committee constituted by the Board in 2015,” it said. “The board will, in due course, prepare a detailed charter of authorities vested in the Executive Committee and approve the same,” the filing said. The Executive Committee will explore opportunities to deleverage the Coffee Day Group, it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe body of Siddhartha, who had been missing since Monday evening, was found on Wednesday in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka after 36 hours of intense search, officials said. Siddhartha purportedly wrote a letter indicating he was anxious about pressure from banks, investors and the tax authorities before he went missing. “The board took cognizance of statements in the purported letter from V G Siddhartha relating to financial transactions outside the knowledge of the senior management, auditors and the board. “While the authenticity of the letter is unverified and it is unclear whether these statements pertain to the company or the personal holdings of V G Siddhartha, the board took serious note of the same and resolved to thoroughly investigate this matter,” the filing said. The board expressed its condolences to Siddhartha’s family and resolved to lend its support and expressed full confidence in the company’s management team. “The board also took note of a message from Malavika Hegde expressing support and trust in the company’s professional team and the common effort to look after the interest of the employees and all other stakeholders,” it said. “The board remains deeply committed to safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers.” The company said the Audit Committee and Executive Committee will engage in discussions with the statutory auditors of the company and such other advisors as may be necessary with a view to recommend appropriate next steps to the board at its forthcoming meeting on August 8. Meanwhile, industry captains on Wednesday paid rich tributes to V G Siddhartha, founder of India’s biggest coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day, remembering his entrepreneurial spirit and humble nature but also cautioned entrepreneurs not to let failures destroy their self-esteem. Industry leaders such as Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon, automobile czar Anand Mahindra, Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Sachin Bansal of Ola and IT honcho C P Rupani remembered Siddhartha as a “humble and soft speaking” man. The body of the Cafe Coffee Day founder was found on Wednesday in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka after 36 hours of intense search. In a tweet, Biocon Chairperson and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said, “My deepest condolences to VG Siddhartha’s widow Malavika and his sons and to Shri & Smt SM Krishna and family. RIP.” Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya said Siddhartha was an “Excellent human and brilliant entrepreneur”. However, Mallya added that he was “devastated with the contents of his letter”. “The Govt agencies and banks can drive anyone to despair. See what they are doing to me despite offer of full repayment. Vicious and unrelenting,” he tweeted. Siddhartha had in a purported letter written by him indicated that pressure from banks, a private equity investor and tax authorities drove him to end his life. Karti P Chidambaram, son of Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram, who is facing ED probe in the Aircel Maxis case, said the government agencies are the biggest impediments to ease of business. “Managing the systematic harassment by the State n it’s pliant agencies is the biggest challenge. IT, ED, CBI, ROC etc are the biggest impediments for ease of business,” Karti said. Meanwhile, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said entrepreneurs must not allow business failures to destroy their self-esteem. “I did not know him & have no knowledge of his financial circumstances. I only know that entrepreneurs must not allow business failure to destroy their self-esteem. That will bring about the death of entrepreneurship,” said Mahindra. Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma tweeted that he was “saddened beyond words.” Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal said that Siddhartha was an “inspiring entrepreneur and investor”. “I had known #VGSiddhartha personally and was always amazed at his energy and positivity,” Bansal added. Tech Mahindra MD and CEO CP Gurnani, while saluting his entrepreneurship, said it was a “Very sad day”.last_img read more

Army commander hopes days of scrounging to train soldiers are over

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian Army commander Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk is hoping the federal government’s new defence policy means the days of pinching pennies to properly train his soldiers are finally in the past.Much of the attention around the Liberals’ defence policy has focused on the large amounts of money promised for new equipment such as fighter jets and warships.The army will benefit from this bonanza, with new air-defence weapons and logistical vehicles among the extra $62 billion that the government has promised for the Canadian Forces over the next 20 years.But what has Wynnyk most excited is that the government has — for the first time — promised to train Canada’s soldiers to what he considers the required level.“Throughout the years, when I look back at my career, we haven’t always had a government promise or a government commitment to do that, and by extension the funding to do that,” Wynnyk told The Canadian Press.“So I think that’s an incredibly important thing that was included in this defence policy, which we haven’t necessarily seen in the past.”The defence policy specifically states that training to what is known as the “brigade-group level” is the minimum required to be able to conduct large military operations that include non-army units and allies.Yet funding hasn’t always been available to train to that level, especially following the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan and deep spending cuts under the Harper Conservatives starting in 2012.The army managed to keep training at the brigade-group level, Wynnyk said, but “it was almost on an ad hoc-basis in terms of cobbling together the funding, having to borrow from one area to go to another.”One of the areas from which money was drawn? Infrastructure, which has been historically underfunded across the Canadian Forces because of a shortage of funding in other priority areas.“We had to make hard choices,” Wynnyk said. “We didn’t cut on (training), but we had to skimp and penny-pinch in a number of areas to make sure that that continued.”The army commander also has high hopes for the future of the military reserves, which are facing a dramatic overhaul after struggling with a shortage of people and equipment for years.The fate of the part-time force is especially important to Wynnyk given that between 65 and 70 per cent of its members belong to the army reserve, which plays a huge role in virtually all army operations.The Canadian Forces is supposed to have 28,500 reservists, but the actual number has been thousands less because of problems with recruiting and retention.The defence policy calls for the reserve force to be expanded to 30,000, as well as shorter recruiting times and four years of guaranteed summer employment to keep them in uniform.Wynnyk, who started his own 36-year career as an army reservist, is hoping those changes will reverse what had become a steady decline in the size of the part-time force in recent years.The defence policy also plans to turn reserve units into specialized troops capable of supporting regular-force units with special skills or abilities, such as mortar units, linguists, cyber operators and technicians.Some reservists have previously complained about a lack of resources to do even their basic jobs right; Wynnyk said there is some validity to those complaints, but the plan is to fix all those issues.“What we will end up doing is making sure that every reserve unit has an operational role, and they have the force-generation base to actually deploy people on a sustained basis,” Wynnyk said.“This is actually pretty significant. We haven’t been there in the past, we haven’t been funded to do this in the past.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Crisis Group says it trusts Ottawa to help free detainees after McCallum

first_imgOTTAWA — The employer of a Canadian man detained in China is expressing confidence in the Trudeau government following the firing of John McCallum.A spokesman for the International Crisis Group, where Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was working on a leave of absence, says it trusts the government in how it is trying to win his release.Karim Lebhour, spokesman for the International Crisis Group, tells The Canadian Press today that the organization is in close contact with the government.The organization isn’t commenting further because it doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize Kovrig, who was arrested more than a month ago along with Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on vague suspicions of violating Chinese national security.The arrests came after Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive, on Dec. 1 after a request by the United States, which wants to extradite her on fraud charges.McCallum opined twice last week on the Meng case, even though he apologized for misspeaking first time, sowing further chaos in Canada’s relations with China and raising concerns about the government’s efforts to win the release of Spavor and Kovrig.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FB removes 687 pages, a/cs linked to Congress

first_imgNew Delhi: Social media giant Facebook Monday said it has removed 687 pages and accounts linked to individuals associated with an IT Cell of the Congress party as it cracks down on fake accounts and spam.These accounts, it said, were part of a coordinated networks and were removed not based on content or fake news but for “inauthentic behaviour” and for pushing spam. Besides, Facebook has also removed 103 pages, groups and accounts on its platform and Instagram for engaging in similar behaviour as part of a network that originated in Pakistan. Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher told reporters that Facebook has removed 687 Facebook Pages and accounts – the majority of which had already been detected and suspended by its automated systems – that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” in India and were linked to individuals associated with an IT Cell of the Indian National Congress (INC). “When we remove one of these networks, the reason we remove them is because of their coordinated inauthentic behaviour, that they are using network of fake accounts to conceal their identity….to mislead who’s behind them. That’s the basic reason for removal,” he told reporters. He asserted that the removal was not based on the content that was shared by these pages and groups. “We are constantly working to detect and stop coordinated inauthentic behaviour because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people. We’re taking down these pages and accounts based on their behaviour, not the content they posted,” he said. In its response to the announcement, the Congress party tweeted, “This is to clarify no official pages run by INC have been taken down. Additionally, all pages run by our verified volunteers are also unaffected. In the meantime, we are awaiting a response from Facebook to provide us with a list of all pages/accounts that they have taken down.” Facebook, which has been facing flak globally for instances of user data breach, has been ramping up efforts to ensure that its platforms (that includes WhatsApp and Instagram) aren’t misused to spread misinformation, especially ahead of polls in India. It has recently started providing details of political ads on its platform in a bid to enhance transparency. It is also strengthening its team of fact checkers and deploying technology tools to flag fake news. Talking about the steps taken post the removal, Gleicher said: “We have reached out to the INC to educate them about what we have seen and answer questions they have. We have also reached out to policy makers and government to ensure that they understand the types of behaviour we are seeing and what we are learning”.last_img read more

Wasp attack injures 11

The police said that five women had been discharged from hospital after receiving treatment while six others were admitted for further treatment. A wasp attack in Dimbulupathana injured 11 women today, the police media unit said.The police said that the women were attacked when they were  plucking tea leaves at a tea plantation.

Ohio State to be awarded with Capital One Cup at ESPYs

Point Breakdown:Lacrosse: 36Volleyball: 20Football: 15Gymnastics: 12Wrestling: 12Tennis: 8Fencing: 6*Rifle: 2**The rifle and fencing team received double the listed total, but since both teams are mixed genders, the point totals had to be split with half going to men’s athletics and the other half allotted to women’s athletics. The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOver the past year, few athletic programs have accomplished as much as Ohio State. And for that success, the Buckeyes’ men’s athletics program will be rewarded Wednesday during the ESPYs with the Capital One Cup, an award given to both a men’s and women’s group of athletes that demonstrated consistent success over a variety of sports. The Stanford Cardinal women’s athletics program won the women’s Capital One Cup.The award is earned on a points basis, with different point values being assigned to either ranking within the Top 10 of a certified poll, or placing in the championships of any given sport. The Ohio State men’s athletic program received 111 points, narrowly edging out two-time cup champion Florida who came in second with 105 points.To the athletes and alumni, this award takes on a special meaning.“It says that you’re one of the best,” said Eddie George, former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. “For us to finally hoist up a Capital One trophy to say, ‘OK, our athletic program as a whole is the best in the land,’ says a lot.”For its victory, Ohio State will receive not only the trophy, but $200,000 to be put towards student-athlete scholarships.And though Ohio State ranked third in highest-grossing athletic programs according to Business Insider, George said the school can benefit from the additional source of funding.“Anytime that you can get money for student-athletes to get more opportunities to come, it’s just that added bonus,” George said. “It’s saying that you don’t have to go out and fundraise as much. That goes right toward the bottom line, and it allows for student-athletes to get scholarships, not just for football, but for all sports. It gives someone a chance to foster their dream and to get a great education.”Winning an award such as this requires a well-oiled machine of athletics and someone at the helm who knows how to run it, George said. As a result, George believes a great deal of credit belongs to Smith for the work he has put into Ohio State athletics to put the program in a position to function as well as it has. “It just goes to show you the great job that Gene Smith has done for Ohio State as our athletic director,” George said. “(He) is very adamant and persistent about equality in all of our sports and supporting all of our sports.”George said that Smith and the rest of the athletic department have worked hard to bring Ohio State to the point of where it is no longer just viewed as a football or basketball school, but a university with widespread success across all different sports. He added that winning an award like this one sends a message to any potential incoming recruits that the program as a whole is committed to bringing together all the pieces required to drive a championship-caliber team.“It says that we’re hiring the best coaches, we’re giving the best mentorships, we’re doing everything we can as a university to put our athletes in the best position both athletically and academically,” George said. “It says that you’re coming to a program that believes in winning championships, that’s getting recognition, the best of the best.”George will officially bestow the honor to his alma mater during the presentation of the award, handing the trophy to fellow Ohio State alum and member of the 2016 National Championship-winning men’s volleyball team Miles Johnson.The former standout running back said he did not know how he was chosen, but that as soon as they called to offer him the position, he immediately accepted.“When they asked me to do it, I didn’t hesitate,” George said. “And to honor Ohio State for winning their first-ever Capital One Cup trophy is pretty amazing, so I’m honored to do it.”The ESPYs will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and will be aired on ABC. read more

Gallery Ohio State vs Penn State

Penn State fans tailgate outside Beaver Stadium prior to the start of the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes traveled to Happy Valley to take on No. 9 Penn State on Sept. 29, which was their annual White Out game. Ohio State won 27-26, improving their overall recording to 5-0. Photos by Casey Cascaldo.

Nigel Farage relives the terror of his plane crash in interview with

first_imgThe interview was aired after the results of Stoke-on-Trent Central's by-election were announced, with Ukip's Paul Nuttall, pictured (right) alongside Farage, failing the win the seat from Labour Nigel Farage has been forced to relive the terror of a plane crash which nearly killed him while he was campaigning in 2010. The former leader of the UK Independence Party said he had not looked at pictures taken after the crash, which showed him covered in blood as he crawled out of the wreckage, for three years. The plane flipped upside down and nosedived into a field during the election stunt, crashing at Hinton-in-the-Hedges airfield, near Brackley, Northants The former leader of the UK Independence Party said he had not looked at pictures taken after the crash, which showed him covered in blood as he crawled out of the wreckage, for three yearsCredit: Kieron McCarron When questioned further, he added: “I’ve stood down as leader. I don’t need to sit here in front of you or anybody else and have to defend people I’ve never met over whom I have absolutely no authority and I think frankly, frankly thank God Brexit happened because this is what they tried to do in this country, to stop Brexit from happening, to pick somebody who in this case was irrelevant, was he the party chairman?”Mr Morgan riled Mr Farage further when he asked about Godfrey Bloom’s speech to activists where he objected to sending foreign aid to “bongo bongo land”. As the debate got heated, Mr Farage said: “I’ve stood down as UKIP leader. I’m not responsible for these people anymore. I’m not interested… I’ve gone. Godfrey Bloom went, he stood down, people who behave badly went.”Questioned further, he added: “I couldn’t care less. Don’t bother to ask me. I’m not interested, it’s gone. I’ve lived through years of this b——t frankly from you people and I want no more of it.” ****3 HOURS TO GO**** Brace yourselves snowflakes, it’s avalanche time. #MorganFarage #LifeStories ITV 9pm. pic.twitter.com/dJg2bNLRjD— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 24, 2017 Speaking on ITV’s Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on Friday night, he described the “terror” of the crash as he revealed he feared the aircraft was going to burn before anybody realised he survived. After a segment which showed a series of pictures of the politician following the crash, Mr Morgan said Farage looked shocked. “I haven’t looked at those pictures for two or three years, I don’t want to look at them,” Mr Farage replied. “It is not a great memory.”Describing the moment he realised the plane was coming down, he said he initially experienced denial before a “strange sort of terror”. After the crash, he said: “I remember thinking then, ‘we’re covered in fuel’ and I thought this blooming thing is going to burn and nobody would ever know I survived the crash.” “There is a debate in Ukip as to how strong we should be on the immigration issue. I personally think we should own it.”So we will have to look at that and think: were we really tough enough, were we clear enough with the electorate? It has got to be looked at.” Mr Farage delivers remarks at the 44th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MarylandCredit:EPA/SHAWN THEW I remember thinking… nobody would ever know I survivedNigel Farage The interview was aired after the results of Stoke-on-Trent Central’s by-election were announced, with Ukip’s Paul Nuttall, pictured (right) alongside Farage, failing the win the seat from LabourCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images The interview was aired after the results of Stoke-on-Trent Central’s by-election were announced, with Ukip’s Paul Nuttall failing the win the seat from Labour. Mr Farage, speaking after the results were announced from America, where he was giving a speech at the Annual Conservative Political Action Conference, said the party had paid the price for not being tough enough on immigration.He also admitted he felt sorry for Mr Nuttall after a “hard campaign”, which had been dogged by controversy in recent weeks after the candidate said a claim he had lost “close personal friends” in the Hillsborough disaster on his official website was untrue.”I feel sorry for Paul Nuttall. He fought a hard campaign. I think there are some lessons to learn from it in terms of how we campaign, in terms of how we target,” Mr Farage said. 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. Mr Nigel Farage delivers remarks at the 44th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland The former leader of the UK Independence Party said he had not looked at pictures taken after the crash, which showed him covered in blood as he crawled out of the wreckage, for three years The interview later became heated, as Mr Morgan questioned the politician on the actions of Ukip. Mr Farage said his life has been ruined by the liberal media demonizing “irrelevant people, who held no position, they happened to join an organization” who then make controversial comments.When asked about David Silvester, a former Ukip councillor who blamed the 2013 storms and flood across the country on the legalisation of gay marriage, he said: “This was a deliberate media campaign to make UKIP out to be something that it wasn’t.”last_img read more

Worker sacked after she refused to go to work following death of

A restaurant worker who claims she was sacked for missing work following the death of her dog has launched a campaign to introduce pet bereavement leave. Glasgow woman, Emma McNulty, 18, said she was left distraught after the sudden death of her family dog, Millie and was subsequently too upset to report for her shift at the fast food outlet where she works the following day. She claims management did not accept the death of her pet as a valid excuse for missing work and refused to grant her a day off to mourn the yorkshire terrier who she “grew up” with. “Following her unexpected death, I informed my manager I could not come into work as I was too devastated and physically sick to do so. Instead of being shown the compassion and sympathy stated in the contract, I was sent a number of nasty messages and told I had to cover my shift as no bereavement time was allowed for pets.”Ms McNulty said she did not show up for her shift and was let go as a result. “A family pet (in my case my dog) has just as much importance as a human family member. It’s time company’s (sic) acknowledged this and give people the time they need to grieve with no worry of loosing (sic) their job.” Emma McNulty was denied a day off following Millie’s deathCredit:Emma McNulty Emma McNulty was denied a day off following Millie's death In September 2018, a new workplace right to leave for bereaved parents was approved, giving parents a statutory right to two weeks leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. The law which is expected to come into force in 2020 does not cover animal bereavement.  Blue Cross, which runs an animal bereavement service, said employers should not underestimate the effect the death of a pet can have on its owner. “We have been supporting grieving pet owners for 25 years and we know how devastating the loss of a pet can be,” Diane James, pet bereavement support service manager at Blue Cross told The Telegraph. “The despair, grief and sadness owners feel when their pet dies can be as much as, or even more than, when they lose a human member of the family so should never be taken lightly.”Ms James said Blue Cross supports employers who offer bereavement leave to allow time for pet owners to come to terms with their loss.The advisory, conciliation and arbitration service (Acas) which provides impartial employment law advice said that while pet bereavement is not covered by workplace legislation, employers should recognise that the death of a pet can impact an employee’s wellbeing.  The petition had gained over 3,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon.  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. “The law gives a day one right for an employee to have reasonable time off work to deal with a bereavement involving a dependent. Bereavement is a very personal issue and can affect different people in different ways,” a spokesperson said. “Dealing with bereavement can impact a person’s mental health. Pets are not specifically mentioned within workplace bereavement legislation but the death of a beloved pet can impact a worker’s mental health and a good employer should be sensitive and mindful of their employees’ wellbeing,” the Acas spokesperson added. Ms McNulty received a wave of support for her campaign yesterday. One supporter, Louise Stephen said “I don’t have children, I have chosen to have a dog instead. She is my world. If something happens to her I’m not allowed time off to take her to the vet and I’m not entitled to leave when she passes away. Yet if I have a child I can do these things”.  read more

RCT teaches an old machine new tricks

first_imgRCT was able to retrofit a Caterpillar D8R with remote technology after other remote companies said it was virtually impossible.In order to adhere to US Mine Safety and Health Administrations (MSHA) new regulations to remove operators from dozers pushing coarse coal refuse into a tailings pond, Alliance Resource Partners looked to provide remote control for two dozers at its River View Coal mine in Uniontown, Kentucky.While its Caterpillar D6T was a straight forward installation, its older model Caterpillar D8R was more complicated and deemed virtually impossible by other remote technology companies.However RCT was unconvinced. With a reputation for being able to adapt its technology to any machine, it was keen to rise to the challenge and retrofit its ControlMaster® Line-of-Sight Remote Dozer System (ATX2200).This was successfully completed by RCT’s Custom team – a dedicated projects team with the resources and expertise to find the answers to problems and adapt current systems.While the deployment of the remote system to the D6T dozer was standard, the D8R required extensive hardware to be fitted in order to achieve all functions remotely.This feat was not only a first for the RCT team, but most likely the first D8R to be put on remotes ever before.RCT Custom Projects Manager John Androvich described the D8R installation as an extremely challenging job; however this didn’t discourage him and the team from tackling it head on.“It was a massive task as the D8R was about 15 years-old so it was all mechanically driven, whereas most new models we deal with today are now electric,” said Androvich.The process required a collaborative approach; with the Custom team engaging with RCT’s development team, a hydraulics specialist and a machinist to hand-craft some of the componentry.The project required the team to convert the machine to electric, before converting it to hydraulic and then back to mechanical in some instances.Androvich credited his experienced team for the success of the job as the mechanical aptitude required to understand the machine was extensive. “We are lucky to have such an experienced team here at RCT, so we were able to draw on this extensive experience to create something that other remote companies said was virtually impossible,” he said.RCT has received extremely positive feedback about the job carried out at River View Coal.“The D8R is an older machine and was a much more intense installation – they did a really good job in setting it up and within a couple of weeks it was up and going,” said River View Coal Mine Engineer Mark Henshaw.“We have been told that the 15-year-old machine is now the preferred machine of use – we got a fair buzz out of hearing that! It’s a definite credit to the team,” said Androvich.last_img read more

Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic begins tonight on NXT Videos following Smackdown Live

first_imgFacebook Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next March 7, 2018 at 5:10 pm Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Pinterest Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Google+ Twitter Is it me or do others like seeing the softer side of Braun? Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins 1 COMMENT Jamie Stidiford WhatsApp Comments are closed. Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic begins tonight on NXTWWE NXT airs tonight on WWE Network at 8:00 PM ET. Set for tonight is the kick-off of the third annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic as The Authors of Pain faces TM-61 in first-round action. Plus, Aleister Black faces Killain Dain in a #1 Contenders Match.Wrestleview.com will have a recap of NXT later tonight. Videos following Smackdown LiveWWE posted the following videos from after last night’s Smackdown Live.last_img read more