ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Stacy-Ann King shone, albeit briefly, but her Adelaide Strikers were still strong enough to beat West Indies teammate Deandra Dottin’s Perth Scorchers by 35 runs in the Women’s Big Bash here on New Year’s Eve.Opting to bat first at Adelaide Oval, the hosts rattled up 135 for six off their 20 overs, with King stroking a run-a-ball 21 in a 50-run opening stand with Sarah Taylor who top-scored with 48 off 37 balls.King struck three fours before perishing in the seventh over, leg before wicket to left-arm seamer Katie-Jane Hartshorn who finished with two for 20.Sophie Devine chipped in with a run-a-ball 32, posting 41 for the third wicket with Taylor.In reply, the Scorchers were dismissed for 100 in the last over, to lose their third straight game in the inaugural tournament.Jenny Wallace struck 29 from 33 deliveries but no other batsman managed to make it past 15.Dottin looked to be getting into stride when she stroked three boundaries in reaching 13 off 11 balls but was third out in the fifth over with the score on 30.Fast bowler Megan Schutt (3-11) and 18-year-old seamer Amanda Wellington (3-13) both wrecked the innings with incisive spells as Strikers won their second straight.
Pranav Goyal, who topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced, let out the secret of his success — stay calm and be focused. He bagged the first rank by scoring 337 marks out of 360 in the examination.“If you focus well, your study hours won’t really matter. So, just stay focused and calm. Have faith in your teachers and their guidance, and always ensure that your knowledge is conceptually sound,” an excited Pranav told the media. Pranav, student of a private school in Panchkula, said solving the previous years’ papers helped in getting an insight into the pattern of the examination. He said that he was not a ‘bookworm’ and made sure that he got his daily dose of entertainment. “While studying for 7 to 10 hours a day, I never missed out on my 40 odd-minute dose of entertainment before bedtime. I used to watch cartoons and read books to de-stress,” Pranav said.“I want to study computer science engineering from IIT Bombay,” he added.Pranav, whose father is a businessman, was also the tricity (Chandigarh-Panchkula-Mohali) topper in CBSE Class 12th board examination with 97.2%.
Itanagar, Sep 3 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has said mountaineering would be promoted to tap the enormous potential of adventure tourism in the state and has instructed immediate process for finalisation of the state mountaineering policy.Khandu also asked the department of sports and youth affairs to tie up with Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in New Delhi to designate peaks like Gorichen and others in the state to make them accessible to the mountaineers, an official communiqué informed here today.Khandu was speaking yesterday during the flag-in ceremony of six-member Arunachalee mountaineering team which scaled the 20,182 ft Mount Stok Kangri on July 24.Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok range of Himalayas in Ladakh and the expedition is the first major indigenous mountaineering expedition launched and sponsored by the state in the Himalayas.Congratulating the expedition team, Khandu assured full support and sponsorship to the aspiring mountaineers of the state.The team was led by in-charge, adventure cell of the state youth affairs department K Romeo Meetei. PTI UPL KK CHT
Congratulations to the following players who received Player of the Final honours at the 2016 National Touch League. Elite Eight Menâ€™s Player of the Final â€“ Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Menâ€™s Player of the Series â€“ Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Womenâ€™s Player of the Final â€“ Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Elite Eight Womenâ€™s Player of the Series â€“ Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Mixed Open â€“ Oscar Sanft and Natasha Adams (Brisbane City Cobras)Menâ€™s T League – Marcus Holme (South QLD Sharks)Womenâ€™s T League â€“ Eliza West (Victoria)Womenâ€™s 27â€™s â€“ Katie Shaw (South QLD Sharks)Menâ€™s 30â€™s â€“ Ryan Pollock (South QLD Sharks)Womenâ€™s 35â€™s â€“ Nicole Mitchell (Hunter Western Hornets)Menâ€™s 40â€™s â€“ Dean Wilbow (Hunter Western Hornets)Womenâ€™s 40â€™s â€“ Anita Hagarty (NQ Cyclones) Menâ€™s 45â€™s â€“ Bruce McDonald (South QLD Sharks)Menâ€™s 55â€™s â€“ Shane Beale (NQ Cyclones)Menâ€™s 50â€™s â€“ Jeffrey Carrick (South QLD Sharks)Senior Mixed â€“ James Harrington and Hayley McAnelly (South QLD Sharks)Related LinksNTL Player of Finals
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Evra: Why Burnley winger Lennon one of the toughest opponentsby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Patrice Evra admits Burnley winger Aaron Lennon was one of his toughest opponents.Evra clashed with Lennon when he was with Leeds United and Tottenham.He says the winger’s pace and style of play would sometimes cause him problems.”Lennon is the kind of player – if I wasn’t 100% fit – he would run behind me, and defenders hate when that happens.”He had this quick movement and it was also difficult to play against him.”
Mumbai: The BJP is eyeing to sweep the next month’s Maharashtra Assembly polls and is confident of a second term in office as the opposition NCP and Congress in the state appear to be in disarray, say observers.While the BJP and ally Shiv Sena are yet to announce the seat-sharing pact for the polls, scheduled on October 21, the Amit Shah-led party believes it will be back to power with a thumping majority. The BJP top brass is repeatedly stressing that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis would helm the state once again, but the Shiv Sena wants to project party president Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya Thackeray for the top post in the event of the saffron alliance returning to power. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Sena may agree to contest less seats if Aaditya Thackeray, who is likely to make his poll debut next month, is given the deputy chief minister’s post, a party source said. “A section of Sena leaders are, however, uncomfortable with this strategy,” he added. Making it clear that the abrogation of Article 370 would be the BJP’s main poll plank in Maharashtra, Shah last week urged people to show the Congress and NCP their place for “opposing” the government’s move in Jammu and Kashmir. As part of a pre-poll mass outreach campaign, Fadnavis also recently toured 140 out of the total 288 Assembly seats in the state through his ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadWhile NCP chief Sharad Pawar has also been touring the state, the Congress appears to be direction-less with there being no ‘pan Maharashtra’ leader. Many senior leaders from both the parties joined the BJP and Sena in last few months, a political observer noted. “There is no clarity about the Congress’ vision and direction and transparency in candidate selection,” he said. The five working presidents appointed along with Balasaheb Thorat as state Congress chief have not been taken into confidence on seat-sharing with the NCP, a source said. “All five working presidents and Thorat are contesting the upcoming polls and are unable to move out of their respective constituencies,” he added. The party is also criticism over Thorat not travelling across the state to campaign, amid rumours that former chief minister Ashok Chavan is calling the shots behind the curtain. To add to the confusion, the Congress has appointed poll in-charges for the five regions (Vidarbha, Marathwada, Konkan, north Maharashtra and western Maharashtra). “Most of them don’t know what they are supposed to do,”the source said. But, the Congress is putting up a brave front and countering the BJP’s move to highlight Article 370 scrapping, saying this election is about Maharashtra and not Kashmir. However, Fadnavis has been blunting the opposition’s point, saying what is the harm in speaking about national issues which concern the entire country. “The Congress hasn’t been able to counter the BJP, which is an expert in making an event out of everything, as to how the abrogation of Article 370 will help to wipe out terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir,” the source said. He said joblessness, slowdown in the economy and farm crisis need to be highlighted during the poll campaign which will gain momentum now. The opposition NCP is also dealing with its own issues, including naming of 78-year-old Sharad Pawar in the Maharashtra State Co-operative (MSC) Bank scam. The Maratha strongman’s deft political move to go to the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) office on Friday to face questioning almost galvanised the party cadres, but the Maharashtra government acted swiftly in enforcing prohibitory orders around the probing agency’s office here. Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve also persuaded Pawar against going to the ED office since it could lead to law and order problems. Observers feel the slight political point scored by Pawar senior was short-lived as the same day his nephew Ajit Pawar, who is one of the 70 people named in the scam, stunned the NCP by quitting as an MLA. The former state deputy chief minister on Saturday said he resigned as MLA as he was pained after his uncle’s name got embroiled in the MSC Bank scam for no reason. However, there have been speculations that all is not well in the Pawar family since the Lok Sabha polls when the party chief initially opposed the candidature of his nephew’s son Parth Pawar, but later relented. At the same time, his another grand nephew Rohit Pawar (son of Ajit Pawar’s cousin) is being encouraged in the party and is likely to contest the state polls next month.
Panaji: An IndiGo flight to Delhi had to return to the Goa airport and make an emergency landing after its engine developed “some technical issues” mid-air, the airline said on Monday. Goa Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, who was among the passengers on the flight which took off from the coastal state on Sunday, told PTI that the aircraft’s engine caught fire following which the plane had to return to the airport. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched a probe into the incident. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh IndiGo flight 6E336, operating from Goa to Delhi on September 29 returned to Goa due to “technical issues in engine”, the airline said in statement. “As per the laid down Standard Operating Procedures, our pilot landed the aircraft in Goa for inspection. All the passengers were accommodated on other flights to Delhi,” a spokesperson of the airline said. Cabral, however, said the flight had to return after the aircraft’s engine caught fire. He later flew to Delhi in another plane. “The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has started an investigation into the IndiGo Goa-Delhi flight incident,” a senior DGCA official said.
Mumbai: Actor Bhumi Pednekar, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Saand Ki Aankh, feels inequality towards women are burning reality even in today’s time. She hopes that the film brings about some change in the way people think and celebrate daughters. “Saand Ki Aankh is a film about equality of women at its core. Women have faced inequality in our country ever since we can remember. It’s taken a bunch of bold and courageous women to break those age-old moulds of discrimination, to bring about an evolution of equality in our country. These women started a revolution,” Bhumi said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerShe added: “And that’s exactly what the Tomar sisters did. Unknowingly, they were a part of a system that didn’t give them any opportunities cause the society just didn’t know better, but they didn’t want the same for their daughters and granddaughters.” Saand Ki Aankh is inspired by Chandro Tomar, or Shooter Dadi, and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar or Revolver Dadi, from Uttar Pradesh, who are said to be the oldest sharpshooters in India. Bhumi is deeply inspired by Chandro and Prakashi’s journey. “In their 60’s they broke all shackles of patriarchy through a very inspiring and truly overwhelming journey.”
New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai will take additional time to finalise its views on Over-The-Top (OTT) norms and issues around lawful interception and security are expected to be the key focus, an official said. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) deliberations on the issue may take at least one more month to conclude, as it is looking at international practices and regulations around OTTs, particularly on security-related aspects. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraOTT services refer to applications and services that are accessible over the internet and ride on an operator’s network. Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and Hike are some of the popular and widely-used OTT services. A senior Trai official said that the regulator wants to take a “practical approach” to the OTT issue. Moreover, OTT usage is also benefiting telcos given the spike in data consumption and traffic, and hence any argument about such services merely riding free on telecom networks is no longer as compelling. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEconomic aspects, therefore, are not the prime focus any more, said the official. “Now largely it has boiled down to security issue…questions like how the security concerns can be addressed, how other countries have dealt with security concerns. The problem has become a little limited – it is not as big as it was, when we started,” the Trai official said. Last year, Trai had issued its consultation paper — Regulatory Framework for Over The Top Communications Services’ – to debate whether OTT players should be brought under the regulatory regime. Of late, many of these platforms have come under intense scrutiny, and the Indian government is also proposing changes in IT rules to seek greater accountability from these firms, in the backdrop of the apps being used for circulation of fake news and misinformation. While issuing its discussion paper last year, Trai had made it clear that the scope of its consultation would be regulatory issues and economic concerns pertaining to those OTT services that are same or similar to the services provided by telecom service providers (TSPs). In the consultation paper, Trai had also sought the industry’s views on which OTT services should be regarded as the same or similar to those offered by telecom operators, and if “substitutability” should be the main criteria for comparison of regulatory or licensing rules applicable to TSPs and OTT service providers. Trai has also sought industry’s opinion on whether there are issues surrounding lawful interception of OTT communication that need to be resolved in the interest of national security and whether responsibilities of OTT service providers and telecom service providers should be distinct. “Now the question is of regulatory imbalance, on the issue of lawful enforcement…This is not only regulatory imbalance, it has implications on security of the country. So the argument is now limited to security-related issues,” the TRAI official said. Trai is looking at how other nations have dealt with such issues. “Security is not just India’s concern, it is a concern for every country,” the source said adding that TraiRAI has scheduled internal presentations and is likely to finalise its view in another month or so.
New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a humid day on Thursday, with the minimum temperature settling at 23.8 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity in the morning was recorded at 83 per cent. “The minimum temperature settled at 23.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average while the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 35 degrees Celsius,” a MeT Department official said. The weatherman has forecast a generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. On Wednesday, the city registered a low of 23.4 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature had settled around 32 degrees Celsius.