Monthly Archive: November 2019

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Nov
2019

World Cup: BCCI increases cash reward for Indian players to Rs 2 crore each

first_imgAmid speculation that Indian cricketers are unhappy with the prize money announced for their World Cup triumph, the BCCI on Wednesday increased it from Rs one crore to Rs two crore each. The BCCI, in its working committee meeting in Mumbai, decided to increase the incentive to Rs two crore per player, which is still less than the Rs 5 crore each that the players had reportedly demanded. “The cash incentive to the members of the World Cup winning Indian team has been increased from Rs 1 crore per player to Rs 2 crore per player,” BCCI secretary and president-elect N Srinivasan said in a media release. The decision comes after speculation that several top Indian cricketers made an informal demand to the cricket board to increase the reward money to Rs 5 crore instead of just 1 crore for winning the biggest cricketing event after 28 years. However, such reports were rejected by the BCCI with Srinivasan terming them as incorrect. India won the ICC World Cup beating Sri Lanka in the final on April 2 at the Wankhede Stadium. Immediately after the triumph, BCCI President Shashank Manohar had announced a reward of Rs one crore for each of the 15-member World Cup squad. He also announced that the support staff would be awarded Rs 50 lakh each.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

28
Nov
2019

Lashkar-e-Toiba used Gujarat riot videos to psych me against India, David Headley tells court

first_imgThe Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) used videos of the 2002 Gujarat riots to “motivate” David Headley to carry out jihad against India, it has been revealed.Headley, a co-accused in the 26/11 strike, was allegedly trained by the LeT as well as the ISI in terror operations after seeing the videos “that revealed the persecution of Muslims in India”.As a star witness during the just-concluded trial of his childhood friend Tahawwur Rana, Headley told a US court in Chicago how the banned Pakistani militant group was using the 2002 riots as a potent tool to radicalise possible recruits.Headley told the Chicago court last month that the Gujarat riots were very often the topic of discussion among him and his Pakistani handlers, including Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as well as senior LeT leaders such as Sajid Mir and Yusuf Muzammil.When the US government prosecutor asked him if the Gujarat riot motivated him to carry out jihad against India, Headley said: “Yes.””It was a massacre that had happened, and they showed people running, houses being burnt. And also since that time from 2002 till 2007, the Lashkar office itself had received hundreds of letters from Muslims in Gujarat asking for help,” Headley said.”All of us spent a few weeks there watching videos of different actions that had taken place in India against Muslims,” Headley, 50, said. He saw the videos at the outfit’s Muzzaffarabad headquarters.He told the court of having seen a hidden-camera interview of one Baba Bajrangi, said to be a VHP leader, who relocated himself from Mumbai to Gujarat during the riots.advertisement”In the video, Baba Bajrangi claimed that he had killed a lot of women and burnt houses and stuff. That’s available on YouTube,” Headley said referringto his conversation with LeT leaders in Pakistan.”They are videos of the massacres that had taken place in Gujarat a few years earlier and the breaking of the Babri Mosque, other things like that,” Headley said when asked about the videos that were shown to him by the Lashkar leaders ahead of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.The terror accused also revealed how his handlers used a US cell phone number to communicate with him in order to deceive Indian security agencies.He said the ISI’s Major Iqbal – another accused – used to call him from an American number while the Pakistani-American was scouting for targets in India.Headley told the court that Iqbal gave him a New York cell phone number starting with 646 so that both of them could have unhindered communication while he was in India.Headley said he was asked to call on that number to talk to Major Iqbal when he was travelling inside India.”This was done because all calls between India and Pakistan were mostly monitored,” Headley explained.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

28
Nov
2019

I wouldn’t like to be compared to Sunil Gavaskar: Rahul Dravid

first_imgHe might have equalled Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of Test hundreds but senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid does not want to be compared to his legendary compatriot.Dravid cracked his 34th Test century in the ongoing second Test against England which brought him on par with Sunil Gavaskar’s three-figure numbers during his distinguished career.”I wouldn’t like to compare myself with Mr Gavaskar who is a legend of the game. I grew up as a kid trying to be either Mr Gavaskar or Vishwanath in my backyard. To now equal something he has done is fantastic,” said the 38-year-old.Dravid opened the innings due to injury to Gautam Gambhir and it was the third time from 20 innings when he has managed to score a century. Opening the innings, he conceded, is still not quite what he likes doing in Tests.”As a middle order batsman, all my routines have been set. The 10-minute changeover period when I have to change and comeback, I find myself rushed. I remember at Lord’s, I had to keep wickets, run up and down and felt really rushed,” Dravid said.”I was determined to ensure I did not get that feeling. I went in bit taking more time. At number three, there is some breathing space even if it is a little bit,” he said.Talking about the evenly poised match, Dravid rued that India had let slipped the chance to take control for the second day in succession. .”We had them 124 for eight yesterday and today we were 267 for four and we collapsed. In a tight game, on a tough wicket in a low-scoring game, these things are important. It’s 50-50, even-stevens now,” said Dravid after India could finish with only 67 runs in front after promising much more on the second day.advertisement”We would like to chase as few a runs as possible. We got to bowl in right areas and restrict them as low as possible. Irrespective of what the number is, we should look to win this Test,” he said.Dravid said he had to face some critical moments during his 117-run knock when his right wrist was hit while he was on 30 by a short delivery.”That hurt the right wrist, it spasmed for 5-6 overs. It was bit of a tricky period and for sometime I did not have much feeling in my right hand.”Once we got through to lunch, it eased out. It is still paining but not much. Towards the end, I was cramping up as it was a hot day and I was on field for a long time,” he revealed.The right-handed batsman was out in an uncharacteristic manner when he threw his bat at a wide delivery from Tim Bresnan and was caught at third man.”If Harbhajan was there, I would have played normally. I saw these guys (Broad and Swann) come in and (aggression) worked for them.” .”Unfortunately, the first time I tried, it went straight to hands. I wanted to be positive and get 20-25 runs quickly. In a low-scoring game, these runs are important,” Dravid said.Asked about his temperament and focus, he said, “When in form, your judgment improves, confidence is there. I did play and miss a lot but I wanted to make it count, to have the fortitude and discipline to make it count.”I try not to think, play one ball at a time. I try to play each and every ball with utmost concentration. I want to be fully present to play one ball at a time. I have been always calm at the crease,” he said.Dravid admitted that he did not have the full range of strokes that a Sachin Tendulkar or a Virender Sehwag can play and so he had to be more focussed to score runs.”I recognised over a long period of time that I didn’t have as many shots as say a Sehwag or a Tendulkar, and that I needed to concentrate that much,” he said.Dravid gave an insight on how playing Test cricket can be a draining experience.”Everyone keeps saying the physical part but a Test is a big ask mentally, emotionally. You learn to balance emotions over a period of time. To do so, it’s important how you spend your time after 7 pm, how to take your mind away from cricket.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

28
Nov
2019

UK will seek anti-gang ideas from US: David Cameron

first_imgPrime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron says that Britain would seek solutions from the United States on gang violence and authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron said that Britain would look to the US for solutions to gang violence and authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron said on Thursday that Britain would look to the United States for solutions to gang violence after nights of riots and looting, and promised authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Cameron told lawmakers he was “acting decisively to restore order on our streets,” as police raided houses to round up suspects from four nights of unrest in London and other English cities.Steve Kavanagh, the deputy assistant commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, admitted the force initially did not deploy enough officers to control the outbreak of violence, saying “it is clear we did not have enough numbers on duty to deal.”Cameron also acknowledged that police had been overwhelmed by mobile groups of looters in the first nights of the rioting and said authorities were considering new powers, including allowing police to order thugs to remove masks or hoods, evicting troublemakers from subsidized housing and temporarily disabling cell phone instant messaging services.He said the 16,000 police deployed on London’s streets to deter rioters and reassure residents would remain through the weekend.advertisement”We will not let a violent few beat us,” Cameron said.While Britain’s streets were clear of looters for a second night in a row, the toll of the riots continued to climb. A 68-year-old man who was attacked during rioting in west London as he tried to put out a fire died late Thursday, police said in a statement.Richard Mannington Bowes had been in a coma since Monday. Police said a murder investigation has now been opened into his death.Lawmakers were summoned back from their summer vacations for an emergency session of Parliament on the riots as government and police worked to regain control, both on the streets and in the court of public opinion.During a session lasting almost three hours in which he faced 160 questions from lawmakers, Cameron promised tough measures to stop further violence and said “nothing should be off the table.” He said that included water cannon and plastic bullets – though senior police have said they don’t feel the need to use those at the moment. He also said officials would look at “whether there are tasks that the army could undertake that would free up more police for the front line.”Cameron said he would seek American advice on fighting the street gangs he blamed for helping spark Britain’s riots.He told lawmakers that he would look to cities like Boston for inspiration, and mentioned former Los Angeles, New York and Boston Police Chief William Bratton as a person who could help offer advice.Bratton said in a statement he’d be “pleased and honored” to provide services and counsel in any capacity, adding that he loves London and has worked with British police for nearly 20 years.Cameron told lawmakers he wanted to look at cities that had fought gangs “by engaging the police, the voluntary sector and local government.””I also believe we should be looking beyond our shores to learn the lessons from others who have faced similar problems,” Cameron said.He said the government, police and intelligence services were looking at whether there should be limits on the use of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or services like BlackBerry Messenger to spread disorder.BlackBerry’s simple and largely cost free messaging service was used by rioters to coordinate their activities, Cameron’s office said.Britain’s Home Office said it planned to hold talks with police chiefs, Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion Ltd.Facebook looks forward to meeting with the home secretary, the company said in a statement, adding that it has taken steps in recent days to ensure that any credible threats of violence are removed from the social networking site.Government officials said they were discussing with spy agencies and communications companies whether messaging services could be disabled in specific areas, or at specific times.Authorities are considering “whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality,” Cameron said.Cameron said that, in the future, police would be able to order people to remove masks, hoods or other face coverings when they suspect them of concealing their identity to carry out a crime. Currently, police must seek approval from a senior officer.advertisementCommunities Secretary Eric Pickles confirmed that powers that allow authorities to evict convicted criminals from government-subsidized housing will be strengthened. Authorities have the power to eject someone from social housing if they commit a crime, but only if the offense is in their own neighborhood.Pickles said he hoped the power would be more widely used, and that it would apply to crime committed anywhere.A program that can ban gang members from meeting together, loitering in certain places, or displaying gang insignia will also be extended, he said.Some lawmakers urged Cameron to take even tougher measures. Conservative Party lawmaker Peter Tapsell said he recalled law enforcement officers in Washington, D.C. in 1971 rounding up anti-Vietnam war demonstrators and imprisoning them in a sports stadium. Tapsell asked Cameron if London’s Wembley Stadium, the country’s showpiece soccer arena, could be used. Cameron insisted the stadium would be used only for “great sporting events.”Parliamentary authorities confirmed Thursday that a petition calling for those convicted of offenses during the riots to lose welfare payments could be debated by lawmakers. Earlier this month, Britain began an initiative under which online petitions with at least 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.Authorities said the petition crossed the threshold on Thursday – the first to do so – and would now be studied by a committee that decides on Parliament’s business.Britain’s riots began Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in north London turned violent. That clash triggered wider lawlessness that police struggled to halt.Across London, and then in cities throughout England, rioters set stores on fire and looted shops for sneakers, bicycles, electronics and leather goods. For the first couple of nights there were too few police on the streets to challenge them.That changed Tuesday, when 16,000 officers were deployed on London’s streets – almost three times the number of the night before.Police swooped on houses across London on Thursday, detaining suspects and retrieving stolen goods. The number of people arrested since Saturday rose to 1,009, with 464 suspects charged.Birmingham remained in focus as tensions remained high after three men were killed in a hit-and-run incident as they took to the streets to defend shops from looting. Police on Thursday arrested three more men on suspicion of murder – a 16-year-old, a 17-year-old and a 26-year old. A 32-year-old man arrested a day earlier was released on bail.Scenes of ransacked stores, torched cars and blackened buildings have frightened and outraged Britons just a year before their country is to host next summer’s Olympic Games, bringing demands for a tougher response from law enforcement and calls for the government to scrap plans to cut police budgets.Cameron’s Conservative-led government is slashing 80 billion pounds ($130 billion) from public spending by 2015 to reduce the country’s swollen budget deficit – measures that include curbing police budgets. A report last month said the cuts will mean 16,000 fewer police officers by 2015.advertisementNormality was being restored in London Thursday, although soccer authorities announced that Tottenham Hotspur’s season-opening match against Everton on Saturday was being postponed.Nine other Premier League matches due to be played this weekend across the country are due to go ahead.As authorities attempted to dispense swift justice to rioters, there were chaotic scenes at courthouses, several of which sat through the night to process scores of alleged looters and vandals, including an 11-year-old boy.The defendants, mostly young but otherwise diverse, included a teenage ballerina, a university English student from a prosperous commuter town and Natasha Reid, a 24-year-old university graduate who admitted stealing a TV from a looted electronics store in north London. Her lawyer said she had turned herself in because she could not sleep because of guilt.Also due to appear in court were several people charged with using Twitter and Facebook to incite violence.-With inputs from APlast_img read more

28
Nov
2019

London Olympics: Annu Raj looks set to make her mark

first_imgLast year’s ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA, was a happy hunting ground for India. Not only did the country’s pistol shooters win three medals, they also booked an unprecedented number of berths – three – for the London Olympics.One of these winners was Annu Raj Singh, who clinched a silver medal in the 10m air pistol women event. The Aligarh-born girl, who now resides in Faridabad just outside the Capital, shot a personal best 389/400 in the qualification rounds before scoring a steady 97.6 in the final.A repeat of that score at the Royal Artillery Barracks next Sunday would hold her in good stead for a medal. Four years ago, in Beijing, when there were no Indians in the fray, Russian Natalia Paderina had shot an Olympic Record 391 in the qualification round, but lost out to Chinese Guo Wenjun, who registered a Final Olympic Record of 492.3 for the gold medal.Apart from the air pistol, the 28-year-old Annu Raj will also be competing in the women’s 25m or ‘sports’ pistol event. This is her secondary event and, with a personal best of just 578/600, she is highly unlikely to challenge for a medal.Annu Raj will have a familiar face among her competitors in Heena Sidhu, with whom she combined to win the New Delhi Commonwealth Games Pairs gold medal in the event. The duo had also won the team silver medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games along with Sonia Rai.Her main focus, like all other first-timers, has been to try and work on the mental aspects of the game.advertisementHowever, the bane of a majority of Olympic-bound Indian shooters has been consistency, and Annu is no different. While she did win a bronze medal at the Asian Shooting Championships in Doha earlier this year, her score was down to 383.Still, she has the advantage of a strong technique and an experienced head on her shoulders, and come July 29, it certainly won’t be a surprise if the Tricolour is hoisted behind the podium.last_img read more

28
Nov
2019

New Barbie dolls for Olympics 2012

first_imgMattel Toys India has launched new editions of the “Barbie I Can Be” range of dolls to commemorate the entire female contingent for Olympics 2012, a company official said.The new edition comprises three dolls – “Barbie I can be a Champion Gymnast”, “Barbie I can be a Tennis Player” and “Barbie I can be a Trackstar”.”Way more than just a fashionista, Barbie encourages girls to imagine themselves in (and “try on”) different careers and personalities. With over 127 careers, Barbie continues to find new ways to spur and encourage the next generation of girls,” said Rahul Bhowmik, head marketing, Mattel Toys India.”This year, the global spectacle Olympics 2012 will witness iconic women achievers from different nations strive for glory on the grandest stage of all. With the launch of the new Barbie ‘I Can Be’ range themed on sports, Barbie truly celebrates the eternal spirit of success and triumph by women achievers across the globe.”- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

28
Nov
2019

Sushil provides the silver lining on last day, raises India’s medal count at London Olympics to six

first_imgSushil Kumar scripted history on Sunday as he became the first Indian athlete to win back-to-back Olympic medals, though the silver effort in the 66kg final did not leave him too pleased.Egged on by a huge crowd in an atmosphere resembling a Roman amphitheater, a dehydrated Sushil fought his heart out all day long before a strong Japanese opponent in the final answering to the name of Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu stopped him.This was a day full of expectations when people kept talking about only “gold”. Yet, at the end of the Games, with India’s medal tally reading two silver and four bronze medals, there is plenty of reason to celebrate.For hundreds of Indian supporters inside the arena and millions back home, this was a day when the prayer was Sushil wins gold.The way the champion fought all day long, with a superlative effort coming in the semi-final against Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov, Sushil had raised huge hopes.However, in the 66kg final, against Tatshuiro, Sushil looked tired. Tatsuhiro, who had won gold in the same category at the Guangzhou Asian Games, was too explosive.The strategy was simple and the Japanese wrestler went on the offensive from the start and earned a valuable point in the first round itself.In the second round, Tatsuhiro showed amazing guts and power as he lifted Sushil and dropped him to the ground. With a minute for the bout to end, it was clear Sushil had no energy to fight back.As the referee signalled victory for the star from the land of the rising sun, Sushil was dejected. The Indian slapped both his palms on his thighs and took slow, measured steps back to his coaches.advertisementAt the medal ceremony, too, Sushil never smiled as he was presented the silver medal. As he came out of the arena and walked to the waiting media, Sushil’s expressions changed.The half smile reappeared on his face and he had reason to as he is the first Indian to win two individual Olympic medals. The TV scribes wanted to grab him and the print media was also were hungry for bytes. “Yes, I had loose motions. As a sportsperson, I have to take it in my stride. It’s part of the game,” said Sushil.But the champion was not going to offer ill health as an excuse. “I had problems in the final but I have no excuses. Yes, our national anthem was not played and I would have loved to hear that,” said Sushil.Reflecting on the journey from Beijing to London, Sushil was nostalgic. “I wish to thank all the people for their love and wishes and those who prayed for me. I wish to thank my guru Satpal and my parents. I also wish to thank each one of my support staff,” he said as if it was a thanksgiving speech.Stressing on the importance of coaches, masseurs, doctors and others who assist him, Sushil said: “You see me only competing in the centre of the stage. But I have a huge support team which backs me, and they are the ones who also need to be praised.”Before I came to London I told you (the media) we will do well in wrestling and see I changed the colour of my medal. Not just that, India won two medals in wrestling and I am happy Yogeshwar also did well.”I can assure you, in future Olympics, we will do even better,” concluded Sushil.So how was Sushil going to celebrate? “I wish to rest now. The last five months have been very hectic. I need to recover well and then think of celebrations,” said the modest man.This was a day when Sushil caught the attention of all from early morning itself as he downed Beijing Olympics gold medallist Sahin Ramazan from Turkey.Having beaten the defending champion, expectations grew that Sushil would continue till the end. But the real drama came in the semi-finals when it appeared Sushil was down and out against Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov.However, in the second round, Sushil gathered his breath and in one clean action lifted and threw his opponent.With the Kazakh seen bleeding from the right ear there were rumours if Sushil had bit his opponent. Replays suggested the injury took place during the normal course of the bout and Sushil had not indulged in any foul play.last_img read more