Johanna Konta appoints Michael Joyce as new coach


first_imgBritish world number nine Johanna Konta has named American Michael Joyce as her new coach for the 2018 season following her split from Belgian Wim Fisette in October.The 26-year-old enjoyed a solid start to 2017, winning the Sydney International and Miami Open titles, and hit a career-high number four world ranking before injury and poor form saw her miss out on a WTA Finals berth.The 44-year-old Joyce has previously worked with former number ones Maria Sharapova, whom he guided to two grand slam titles, and Victoria Azarenka, whose team he joined in early 2017 before leaving the Belarusian’s coaching squad last week.”I’m delighted to confirm that Michael Joyce will be joining my team for 2018,” Konta said in a statement.”Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree and I’m really excited to work with him. 2017 has been amazing but I feel like there is so much more to come.”Konta will begin her 2018 season at the Brisbane International, which is scheduled to start on Dec. 31.Elsewhere, Czech Barbora Strycova, who won the Linz Open in October, has named compatriot David Kotyza as her new coach after splitting with Tomas Krupa earlier this year.Strycova, 31, will play her first competition under Kotyza at the season-opening ASB Classic in Auckland.last_img read more

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero to miss 2018 World Cup after drugs ban


first_imgPeru’s hopes at next year’s World Cup finals were dealt a huge blow when captain and all-time record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero was banned for one year on Friday after failing an anti-doping test for cocaine.The 33-year-old striker, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been provisionally suspended by world governing body FIFA after the drug, classified as a stimulant, was found in his system after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in October.”The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class ‘S6. Stimulants’, following a doping control test conducted after the match,” FIFA said in a statement.”By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”Peru qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 by beating New Zealand in a two-legged playoff. Guerrero missed both those matches.His ban will be back-dated to November 3 and will apply to international, domestic and official friendly fixtures.Guerrero, who used to play for German club Bayern Munich, made his international debut in 2004 and has 83 caps, scoring 32 goals.He helped Peru finish third in the 2011 and 2015 Copa Americas and was leading scorer in both tournaments.He also helped Brazilian club Corinthians win FIFA’s World Club Cup in 2012, scoring the winning goal in the final against Premier League side Chelsea.He joined Flamengo in 2015 and has been prolific in front of goal, scoring 42 goals for the Rio de Janeiro club.advertisementlast_img read more

German TV files complaint over insults against female commentator


first_img\R Berlin, Jun 29 (AFP) German public broadcaster ZDF said today it has filed a criminal complaint against two individuals who insulted the channel and its World Cup commentator Claudia Neumann in social media posts.”ZDF has lodged a criminal complaint at the Mainz prosecutor’s office against two social media users who made extremely derogatory remarks against Claudia Neumann and ZDF,” the channel’s director Thomas Bellut told the Mainz daily Allgemeine Zeitung.”There are apparently still some viewers who think that there is a problem that a woman is commentating on football,” said Bellut after a meeting of the channel’s advisory board.Neumann was among a handful of female sports journalists who made history this year by becoming the first women to commentate live on World Cup matches.But her station has had to leap to her defence as the 54-year-old repeatedly became the target of fierce ridicule and gender-based attacks.”We go after every attack against ZDF employees that constitutes a criminal offence,” said Bellut.Support for Neumann — who had previously taken the microphone for Euro 2016 and Champions League matches — also came from the German Olympic and Sports Confederation.The body proposed putting more women into “supposedly male disciplines” with an emphasis on high-profile events such as at the World Cup and Champions League matches. (AFP) CPS CPSlast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Take Steps to Prevent Fires during Yuletide Season


first_imgThe Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is urging citizens to take appropriate steps to ensure their personal safety and that of their property during the festive season. One of their main concerns is decorated Christmas trees, as they can cause considerable damage to property during the yuletide season, if a fire occurs. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on December 11, Assistant Superintendent in charge of communication at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, emphasised that extra precaution should be exercised in relation to the decoration of Christmas trees, adding that statistics indicate that these decorations pose the greatest fire risk. He pointed out that during this time of the year, there is a noticeable spike in fire related deaths and called on Jamaicans to adhere to good safety practices. “Don’t put up your trees too early, because the heat generated in the house and from the (Christmas) light bulbs dry the trees, and the drier they get the more likely they will start a fire or contribute to one,” he said. On the matter of decorative lights, the Assistant Superintendent pointed to the practice of stacking lights, especially on Christmas trees. This is a dangerous practice and if one is not careful, the lights could become a fire hazard. “Don’t plug more than three of these lights into one another. Anything over that you’re overloading your circuit.  When you overload your circuit, this can start a fire,” he warned. Mr. Ebanks also pointed to the outdoor use of decorative lights and the lack of care in installing them. “Great care must be taken to ensure that plugs on the outside are properly protected,” he stressed.                     “You might have a shower of rain, and the plug gets submerged and anyone who comes along will step into the water and may get electrocuted. You must also ensure that the lights are checked and that they are not chafed in any way. Lastly, when it comes to decorations and lights, plug them out before you retire to bed at nights,” he implored. Two other concerns cited by Mr. Ebanks are the use of candles and the practice of leaving children at home unattended. These, he said, are serious concerns to the JFB.   He said that candles should be kept away from areas where flammable materials can cause a fire. “You might have these candles in the bedroom, make sure that you keep them away from the sheets and curtains. Always make sure they are in candle holders,” Mr. Ebanks said.last_img read more

Herrera snatches late point for Atletico with debut Juve strike


first_imgMadrid: Hector Herrera grabbed a dramatic point on his Atletico Madrid debut with a late header that saw his side come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in their Champions League opener against Juventus on Wednesday. Herrera came off the bench to crash home Kieran Tripper’s last-minute corner and complete the comeback after Juve had gone ahead through Juan Cuadrado’s superb strike seconds after the break and a bullet header from Blaise Matuidi on 65 minutes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Stefan Savic gave the home fans hope when he pulled one back for Atletico five minutes after Frenchman Matuidi had doubled the away side’s lead. “I’m happy to have made my first appearance and to have helped the team. This side is known for how it always fights to the end,” said Herrera to TV broadcaster Movistar. “A draw against a team like Juventus isn’t bad at all. We wanted to win the match but a draw is a good result given the quality of the opposition.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Both sides now trail Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D thanks to the Russians’ 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen after a result that left Maurizio Sarri’s Juve disappointed they didn’t get more from an impressive second-half display. “I think we played well but we have a bitter taste in our mouth now because we felt we had the game in our hands,” said Sarri. “We need more attention and focus on set-pieces. We will work on that.” -Towering Atletico – ===================== Cuadrado had flashed Juve into the lead two minutes after the restart with an exceptional strike after good work from Gonzalo Higuain, who rolled a neat pass that allowed the Colombian to smash home the opener. Jose Maria Gimenez then passed up a good chance to level when he blasted over Koke’s pull-back, and the away side capitalised when Matuidi charged onto Alex Sandro’s cross and thumped his header past Jan Oblak. The hosts got back into the game almost immediately when Savic headed home a towering Gimenez’s perfect knockdown, and they were then pleading for a penalty with seven minutes left when referee Danny Makkelie waved away their appeals despite Matthijs de Ligt kicking the ball onto an unsuspecting Leonardo Bonucci’s hand. Juve had almost re-established their two-goal advantage shortly before when Higuain’s powerful shot was pushed out to Matuidi, whose follow-up was cleared off the line by Trippier. Atletico got a deserved leveller with yet another header, this time from substitute Herrera who beat an uncharacteristically weak Juve defence to power home his first goal since signing from Porto in the summer. The home fans had to survive one last scare however, with an otherwise quiet Cristiano Ronaldo coming to within centimetres of an incredible winner when his mazy dribble ended with a low drive that beat Oblak and the far post.last_img read more

NASA captures images of Chandrayaan2s Moon landing site Report


first_imgHouston: As the deadline to re-establish communication with Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram lander nears, NASA’s Moon orbiter has captured images of the lunar region where the Indian mission made an unsuccessful attempt to soft land, according to a media report that quoted a project scientist of the US space agency. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has snapped a series of images during its flyby on September 17 of Vikram’s attempted landing sight near the Moon’s uncharted south pole, and the US space agency is now analysing and reviewing them. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The probability of establishing contact with the lander has a deadline of September 21 because after that the Moon region will enter into a lunar night. LRO deputy project scientist John Keller shared a statement confirming that the orbiter’s camera captured the images, according to a report in “The LROC team will analyse these new images and compare them to previous images to see if the lander is visible (it may be in shadow or outside the imaged area),” Keller was quoted as saying in the statement. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday NASA is validating, analysing and reviewing the images. It was near lunar dusk when the orbiter passed over, meaning large parts of the area were in shadow, the report said. According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the lander Vikram and rover Pragyan were supposed to be functional only for 14 days from the day of their touchdown. At the start of the mission, ISRO said the mission life of the lander and the rover will be one lunar day which is equal to 14 Earth days, whereas that of the orbiter will be one Earth year. The nights on the Moon can be very cold, especially in the south polar region where Vikram is lying. Temperatures could drop to as low as minus 200 degrees Celsius during the lunar night. The instruments aboard the lander are not designed to withstand that kind of temperature. The electronics would not work and would get permanently damaged. Therefore, if no connection is established in the next two days, ISRO may have to give up the hope to establish connection with the lander. In the early hours of September 7, ISRO’s plan to soft land Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram module on the lunar surface did not go as per script. The lander lost communication with ground stations during its final descent. ISRO officials said that the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 remained healthy and safe. A NASA spokesperson had earlier said that the space agency will share any before and after flyover imagery of the area around the targeted Chandrayaan-2 landing site to support analysis by ISRO.last_img read more

294 mn transactions done through mobile banking Report


first_imgChennai: Global payments technology company Financial Software and Systems (FSS) on Thursday said it has witnessed 294 million transactions valued at $9 billion through mobile banking in the first six months of this year. According to the company president-retail payments Suresh Rajagopalan, the report FSS Digital Banking Trends 2019 was conducted between January and June across the country. The findings of the study would help banks improve channel performance and identify the areas for maximising the return on investments, he said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraSharing some of the key insights, he said, “In the first half of 2019, FSS processed 294 million transactions totalling $9 billion in value.” “Features tied to accessing and managing bank accounts are most sought-after by customers as per the study. While financial transactions constitutes 25 per cent non-financial transactions like balance enquiry, mini-statement constituted 75 per cent,” he said. As many as 64 per cent of the customers perform 1-3 transactions followed by customers who take up 3-5 transactions (11.5 per cent). Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysCustomers who perform 5-7 transactions constitute 6.9 per cent and those customers doing 7-10 transactions (6.4 per cent) and those people who make 10-plus transactions constitute 11.04 per cent, the report said. The convergence of digital banking and faster payment rails was propelling growth of financial transactions. Noting that banks have introduced a wide array of services, the report said financial product marketers need to strengthen monetisation capabilities by moving away from a utility-driven one-size fit-all approach and introduce segmented tailored offerings.last_img read more

Apurvi banking on maturity and experience to return with medal from Tokyo


first_imgNew Delhi: Ace Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela believes maturity and experience will hold her in good stead at next year’s Olympics and she will work on her technique and mental strength to return with a medal from Tokyo. Apurvi, currently ranked world no.1, emerged as a top medal contender at the Rio Games after a slew of record-breaking performances but “went blank” during the 10 metre air rifle competition, eventually ending 34th in the qualification round. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “I was younger then, but now I have matured, have more experience and a better sense of how to handle any kind of situation. These have been learning experiences,” Apurvi, who secured an Olympic quota with a bronze at the 2018 World Cup in Changwon, told PTI. “Overall this year has been good for me. Going into the Olympics, I have to focus on my technique, physical condition and mental shape and get better in them,” added the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters The Indian rifle and pistol shooters have been in phenomenal form this year, topping the medals tally at all four World Cup stages, picking up a total of 22 medals, including as many as 16 gold. India have nine quota places so far for the Olympics and Apurvi believes with a bunch of young go-getters in their ranks, the country will be able to put up a good show at next year’s Games. “The Indian team has grown so well, we have a big chance of winning medals at the Olympics,” said Apurvi, who achieved the world number one position in the women’s 10m air rifle event in May this year. “We have a good lot of shooters, you are focused on the task and are young and go-getters. The kind of spirit that they have got into the team is amazing and so I think we would be able to do better this time.” India’s young shooting brigade comprising the likes of Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary, Yashaswini Deswal and Elavenil Valarivan are giving stiff competition to their senior counterparts. Apurvi, who won two individual gold medals in the World Cups in Delhi and Munich besides the mixed gold in Rio, attributed her success this year to the intense competition that she faces from the younger lot. “The competition is helping me excel right now, I just can’t be satisfied with anything. So many youngsters are doing well and it is kind of pushing me more,” said Apurvi, who won gold in the 10m air rifle mixed event with Deepak Kumar at Rio World Cup. “The kind of scores that I am shooting now is something I couldn’t have imagined to shoot three years back. I mean, I couldn’t have thought of shooting a 633 in a World Cup. “So the margins are higher and the things that I am extracting from myself, which at some point, I thought I am not capable of, so boundaries are being broken.” The 26-year-old from Rajasthan said she is happy with her overall performance this season and focusing on the upcoming tournaments in November. “The preparation that I have been doing till now is working out well for me and things are looking up. I have been trying to be consistent in my shooting. “We have two more important tournaments in November this year, the Asian Championship and the World Cup Finals, so I am looking to doing well there,” said Apurvi. While the Asian Championship (November 3 to 13) is an Olympic qualifier, a record 14 Indian shooters will compete in the year-end World Cup Finals, scheduled to be held in Putian, China between November 17 and 23. Ahead of the Rio Olympics, Apurvi had suffered a foot injury and she says it was a big setback for her at that time. “I had a foot injury in March, 2016. It has taken me about one and a half year to get over that and try to increase my training hours or stand that long,” she said. “That was a setback because till then I was doing well, but then I had to take a break, I couldn’t stand for more than 20 minutes in training as my feet would burn but it is better now. My mentor and personal coach Rakesh (Manpat) helped me during that phase,” she recalled.last_img read more

Kashmir residents claim telecos are charging them despite no service


first_imgSrinagar: Kashmir has been facing communications blackout for the past 47 days with virtually no mobile phone and internet services, but many residents in the Valley say telecom companies have sent them bills for services that were not provided. The telecom companies have billed the subscribers for the period of communication blockade which began on August 5 when the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 and split Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Mobile phone and internet services are not functional in Kashmir since August 5, but still I have been billed Rs 779 by Airtel. I fail to understand what are we being charged for,” Obaid Nabi, a resident of Safakadal, said. Mohammad Umar, who has a BSNL mobile connection, said his average monthly mobile bill used to be around Rs 380 but he was surprised to find an inflated bill for the shutdown period. “I have been billed Rs 470 for the last month. The surprising aspect is that the phone services are not working for the past one and a half months,” Umar said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenSeveral subscribers said they were hoping that charges for the period of communication shutdown will be waived as it was done in the aftermath of 2016 agitation and 2014 floods in Kashmir. Bharti Airtel did not respond to an email query sent on the issue, while repeated calls and text messages to BSNL CEO went unanswered. Questions were also sent to Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio, but no response was received. Residents also said private schools in the city and some other towns in the Valley are calling parents to the schools on the pretext of providing assignments and syllabus for their wards and asking them to pay the fees, including transport charges, for August, September and October. “The kids have not gone to school since the first week of August due to prevailing situation in Kashmir, but the school authorities have asked me to deposit the fees for August, September and October,” Farooq Ahmad Dar, who has two children studying in a leading missionary school of the Valley, said.last_img read more

Sindhu resumes quest for seasons first BWF World Tour title in Korea


first_imgIncheon (Korea): World champion P V Sindhu will seek to quickly get over the disappointment of an early exit in the China Open when she resumes her quest for a BWF World Tour title this season at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament beginning here on Tuesday. After the high of winning the World Championships, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu was knocked out of the China Open Super 1000 event by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the second round last week. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju The 26-year-old Indian, who had won the Korea Open title in 2017, will have to sort out the little things that had led to her early ouster in China and turn her focus on the USD 400,000 tournament in Incheon, where she will face USA’s Beiwen Zhang in a tricky opener. Sindhu had defeated Zhang en route her World Championships gold at Basel and she will look to produce her best again against the Chinese-born shuttler, who had defeated her twice last year at India Open and Denmark Open. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters A win in the first round may hand Sindhu a chance to avenge her loss in China as she is likely to face Chochuwong again. Besides the World Championships final, Sindhu has reached the summit clash of only one BWF World Tour Final this year — the Indonesia Open Super 1000 — but the title eluded her. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who had claimed the Indonesia Masters early in the season, hasn’t looked her usual self this year. Saina, who has been bothered by pancreatitis and few injuries, lost in the first round of Malaysia Open, New Zealand Open, Sudirman Cup and China Open. The eighth seeded Saina will hope to turn around her indifferent form when she opens her campaign against Korean Kim Ga Eun. The 29-year-old from Hyderabad has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Kim and another win over the Korean is likely to pit her against Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. B Sai Praneeth, who had ended India’s 36 year old wait for a medal at the World Championships, will also look to continue his impressive run after a quarterfinal finish in China Open last week. However, Praneeth will face a dangerous opponent in fifth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark, who had returned with a silver from the World Championship last month. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, who has looked impressive this season, will take on a qualifier in his opening round. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who had broken into world’s top 10 after winning the Thailand Open last month, will face fourth seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the men’s doubles opening round. Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will take on a qualifying pair.last_img read more

Inheritance of the youth


first_imgLittle was the world prepared for a deeply feeling and angry youth when a school-going 15-year-old girl in Sweden called Greta Thunberg paved the way for deeper awareness about the deteriorating climate and the impact of it which will be borne not by the developing or backward countries the most but by the young generation of today which needs a future to look forward to. At 15, she skipped school to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament, holding up a sign calling for stronger climate action, and being alone in doing so in the beginning. Routinely held international summits on climate change, its impact, discussions about the quantum of emissions, the inter-governmental undertakings and agreements and disagreements all invariably begin and end with dominant political tones directed by primarily growing economic needs of the nations that have a say and which are also heard. It may be safely said that the outgoing generation has conveniently confined to political dynamics a profound issue of environment and humanity which is threatening of mass extinction lest it be ignored. Greta Thunberg belongs to Sweden, a developed, peaceful country with hardly any material deprivations whatsoever compared to most parts of the visible world. Taking to protest by such a person exemplifies sufficiently that development along economic parameters and material comforts cannot be the ultimate measure of a life of prosperity and safe and healthy thriving. The priorities of weaker or developing countries may not permit them to focus primarily on climate and environment but it stands unjustified to not have an attitude to heed the necessary balance between modern development and preservation of nature. Thunberg’s simplistic and straightforward approach to climate change can potentially result in bringing climate protesters into conflict with the complexities of decision-making in Western democracies in particular. The adolescent climate activist was visibly poignant at the UN Climate Action Summit asking a question very characteristic of her age: “how dare you?” to the world leaders that may be held accountable for allowing the phenomena of climate change to compound to the extent of causing the young to doubt any safety and security in a future for which they nurture ambitions and aspirations. “You have stolen my childhood” is a very forceful and telling remark coming form an aware and inform adolescent of a developed country insisting on her rightful demand for action for change. With the terrifying statistics that explain the gravity of climate change, a duly informed and aware youth can justifiably question if the future—dark and noxious, devoid of the kind of life which can allow healthy thriving—is actually worth any effort. The future belongs to the young generation, the source of all measurable economic growth and development in inevitably pegged on them. Greta Thunberg may be credited with taking climate awareness to the common people, not as an electoral or a political issue but as a concern for their own future. As a result, more than 4,600 events are held in 150 countries. Across the UK alone, for the first time, 200 events took place with 500 organisations and 1,000 companies came out in support. These protests are part of a snowballing movement sparked Thunberg’s school strikes outside the Swedish parliament. Also Read – A strong standpointAlong the lines of such awareness at UN Climate Action Summit in New York, PM Modi emphasised very correctly that time for talks on climate is over, the world must act now. A major global coalition to promote setting up of disaster-resilient infrastructure in the wake of rising extreme climatic events is a significant place to start. Developing climate resilience is the beginning of instilling among common people the necessity of a stable climate and the contribution of all in their respective capacities in ensuring efforts to restore the climate. The Indian PM is the third world leader after New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and President of Marshall Islands Hilda Heine to address the summit. Addressing the congregation, the PM highlighted to the world India’s plans to generate 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022 and that the government has given a major push to electric mobility and mixing of bio-fuel to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. India looks towards making investments of up to $50 billion on its Jal Jeevan Mission to conserve water resources. With respect to developing a comprehensive approach to combat climate change, the need of the hour is the much-needed behavioural change which can come about only through education and awareness. And this behavioural change has to be a wave sweeping the entire world, not just India.last_img read more

With Opposition in disarray BJP eyes poll sweep in Maharashtra


first_imgMumbai: 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.last_img read more

RSPs capacity to be increased to over 10 MT Pradhan


first_imgRourkela: Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday announced the Centre’s plan to raise the capacity of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) to over 10 million tonne from 4.2 million tonne now. The minister asserted that further expansion and modernisation at RSP, a unit of SAIL, will play a major role in transforming the western Odisha town of Rourkela into a manufacturing hub. “RSP presently has the capacity to produce 4.5 million tonnes of hot metal and 4.2 million tonnes of crude steel per annum. Its capacity is planned to be increased over 10 million tonne per annum,” Pradhan told reporters here. He asserted that raising RSP’s capacity is important as crude steel production in the country is sought to be increased from 140 MT to 300 MT by 2030 which will benefit the country in a big way. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe Union Steel minister, who visited RSP and held discussions with its top officials, said that SAIL will soon become a merchant miner with the Centre allowing it to sell a quarter of its captive annual iron ore output, which will benefit steel makers. “SAIL at present has over 70 million tonne of low grade iron fines which it could not sell so far. Now necessary steps have been taken to give SAIL merchant miner status and it can dispose of these high in demand materials. This will add to the profitability of SAIL,” he said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysNoting that merchant mining lease will come to an end in March 2020, Pradhan said the Centre’s decision will also increase input-supplies security for domestic steel makers, as the state-run steel behemoth is the countrys second-biggest miner of the key raw material. Pradhan, during his meeting with RSP officials, emphasised the need for fast-tracking projects and greater contribution towards regional development. Noting that RSP is located in the heart of the mineral rich belt of Odisha, he said it can be a leader in steel production in India and can contribute significantly towards achieving the target of producing 300 million tonne of steel. Describing RSP as one of the best SAIL units, he urged the top management to recalibrate their approach and further leverage new technologies and digitalisation to enhance productivity and profitability. RSP officials need to explore options for localisation of consumption of primary steel produced at the plant. This will ensure growth of the downstream steel industry in Rourkela, he said. The Petroleum and Steel Minister also took stock of the progress of national highway projects in Rourkela and Sundargarh. NHAI is undertaking highway projects worth Rs 20,000 crore in Odisha including Rs 3,000 crore in Rourkela, he said adding officials have been asked to ensure the timely completion of the projects.last_img read more

New Delhi Oct 1 PTI The Goods and Services Tax


first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI) The Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections dropped sharply to a 19-month low of Rs 91,916 crore in September, mirroring a widening slowdown in economy triggered by shrinking consumer demand. This is the second straight month of decline in the GST collections, according to official data released by the finance ministry. The tax collections at Rs 91,916 crore in September was lower than Rs 98,202 crore collected in August and Rs 94,442 crore mop-up in the same month a year back. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraGST, which from July 1, 2017, amalgamated 17 different central and state levies, including excise duty, service tax and VAT, is a reflection of economic activity and a decline in collections indicates a downturn. Experts, however, hoped for an upturn in October on the back of increased demand during the festival season. Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian said the cut in corporate tax rate will foster investment, and as a result that should take care of the GST collections target. He expressed hope that the collections will improve in the coming months. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysWhen asked about how the government will bridge the revenue shortfall of Rs 1.45 lakh crore due to corporate tax cut, he said the emphasis would be on many other sources of revenue, including disinvestment, to ensure the targets that we have set are met. “There is clearly an urgency to try and ensure that the plans on disinvestment we have are adhered to and we will stick to the target (Rs 1.05 lakh crore) we have set,” he said. The gross GST collections comprised of Rs 16,630 crore collection through Central-GST (CGST), Rs 22,598 crore in State-GST and Rs 45,069 crore through Integrated-GST (IGST). As much as Rs 7,620 crore was collected as cess levied on luxury and sin goods. “The revenue during September 2019 declined by 2.67 per cent in comparison to the revenue during September 2018. During April-September, 2019 vis-a-vis 2018, the domestic component has grown by 7.82 per cent while the GST on imports has shown negative growth and the total collection has grown by 4.90 per cent,” the statement said. India’s GDP slowed to more than six-year low of 5 per cent in April-June, prompting the government to take an array of steps to boost the economy, including a steepest ever cut in corporate tax rate which would cost Rs 1.45 lakh crore. During April-September, the GST collections totalled Rs 6.06 lakh crore. In comparison, tax collections in the same period of the previous fiscal were Rs 5.78 lakh crore. Abhishek Jain, Tax Partner, EY India, said: “With the recently announced fiscal and economic measures coupled with the upcoming festive season, the demand and related GST collections may witness an increase in the coming months. Stricter controls on tax evasion and audits by the revenue authorities may also help in improving the collections”. M S Mani, Partner, Deloitte India: “The lower collections seem to be on account of the lower GDP growth numbers that we have seen as GST is a transaction tax that is immediately impacted by any decline in any economic activity. However, the subsequent festival season is expected to improve collections”. The finance ministry said returns filed for August were 75.94 lakh. Returns filed during September would be known by end of this month. Also, the government has settled Rs 21,131 crore to CGST and Rs 15,121 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. The total revenue earned by the central government and the state governments after regular settlement in September 2019 is Rs 37,761 crore for CGST and Rs 37,719 crore for the SGST, the statement said. Niraj Bagri, Partner, Dhruva Advisors said: “The September month GST collections of Rs 91,916 crores is a significant drop if one compares the last few months data. This could indicate a reduction in economic activities. With the announcement of income tax reforms, any further dip in GST collections would be a cause of concern for the government”.last_img read more

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first_imgBijnore: A TikTok user has emerged as the prime suspect in three shocking murders that have taken place over the past five days in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnore district. Thirty-year-old Ashwini Kumar is a drug addict, who uses the alias of Johnny Dada and uploads TikTok videos of himself posing as a ‘villain’. He also posts violent Facebook messages like ‘I will destroy everything’, ‘Devil is ready now’ and ‘See my havoc’. However, he has no criminal record and was known to be a harmless man, until he shot a local BJP leader’s 25-year-old son and his nephew, 26, following a dispute on September 27 in Barhapur area in Bijnore. After the cold-blooded murders, he fled the busy market waving a pistol. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Three days later, Ashwini barged into the house of 27-year-old Nitika Sharma firing indiscriminately at her and fled from there. Nikita was a local girl, who used to work with a hotel in Dubai and had come home for her wedding in Bijnor. She was to marry a sub-inspector posted with CISF in Chennai on December 2. However, she died a day after she was shot. According to Nitika’s family, Ashwini had made advances at her in 2002, when he used to frequent her uncle’s place in Daulatabad and was spurned by her. She later got a job in Dubai and settled there. The episode was forgotten, or so they thought. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “It is likely that Ashwini was upset with the news of her wedding and wanted to settle scores,” a police official said. However, police are yet to establish motive in the other two murders he committed four days earlier. Ashwini, a graduate, comes from a humble background in Barhapur town of Bijnore. His father was a clerk in a sugarcane cooperative society in Dhampur tehsil and his elder brother works in a private company in Dehradun. According to the family, Ashwini also used to work with a private firm in Delhi, but abruptly gave it up. His family believes that his drug addiction affected his mental health. Meanwhile, additional security forces have been deployed in Bijnore and a reward of Rs 25,000 has been announced for anyone providing any information about his whereabouts. Bijnore Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Tyagi said, “We have formed eight teams and a combing operation is underway to trace him. Posters announcing the bounty and carrying his pictures and personal details of Ashwini have also been put up at various locations. Locals are being requested to alert the police about his whereabouts.”last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: “The greens (environmentalists) have failed,” the Bombay High Court said on Friday, while refusing to declare Aarey Colony a forest and declining to quash the BMC tree authority’s decision allowing felling of over 2,600 trees in the green zone to set up a metro carshed. The court imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on Shiv Sena corporator Yashwant Jadhav, who opposed the approval given by the BMC tree authority, of which he is a member, for hacking trees in the green belt. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre dismissed four petitions filed by NGOs and environmental activists on issues related to Aarey Colony in Goregaon, a major green lung of the metropolis. The court termed all the petitioners as “Davids” taking on the industrial “Goliaths”, apparently suggesting that they were fighting an unequal battle. One of the pleas moved by city-based NGO Vanshakti had sought that Aarey Colony be declared a forest and an ecologically sensitive zone, while another petition filed by green activist Zoru Bathena had pleaded that the area be given the status of a floodplain. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports Two separate petitions were filed by Bathena and Jadhav, challenging the decision of the BMC tree authority permitting the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) to cut 2,656 trees to construct a metro carshed in Aarey Colony. Dismissing the petition filed by Vanshakti, the court, in its judgment, noted that the issue was already decided by an earlier bench of the high court and the matter was presently pending before the Supreme Court. “The greens (environmentalists) fail in the instant petition because they have lost touch with the procedure to be followed as per law. The clock cannot be put back. We do not make any comments thereon as the petitioner has to now swim or sink before the Supreme Court,” the court said. Dismissing the petitions filed by Bathena and Jadhav, the bench said the greens had failed on merit. “The tree authority’s decision-making process was fair, transparent and based on reason. The greens fail not on account of sailing their boats in the wrong channel but on merits,” the court said. The bench imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on Jadhav. “It (Jadhav’s plea) is sans any material and bereft of concise statements and details concerning the meeting of the tree authority held on August 29, 2019,” the court said. It noted that there was no variation in the opinion of the members of the tree authority on whether the trees could be transplanted or had to be cut. “There are good reasons for taking the view that the trees would not survive if transplanted and that it would be futile to spend good money to transplant the trees, which ultimately would by and large die,” the bench said. The court also took note of the submission made by MMRCL counsel Ashutosh Kumbhakoni that the authority had already planted 20,900 trees in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. “This establishes that about seven times the number of trees to be felled have been replaced by planting of saplings,” the court said. It termed all the petitioners as “Davids” taking on the industrial “Goliaths”. “Relationship with nature and love for environment alone is true and all other relationships are unreal and temporary, is their (environmentalists’) belief. Their hearts are a temple of devotion to flora and fauna,” the court said. “In the instant case, the Davids (environmentalists) row their boat with faith, courage and devotion in the storm of development but directionless,” the bench said in its judgment, dismissing the plea filed by Vanshakti. It also refused to accept the contentions raised by Bathena and Jadhav in their pleas that the tree authority had granted approval in haste and without considering opposing views. “We highlight that the deliberation by the tree authority members was not only at the meeting held on August 29, 2019. They had discussed the issue at site visits held on August 10 and 20, 2019. What was discussed at the site has been neatly presented as a bonsai in the report prepared by the tree officers,” the court said. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had given the tree-hacking approval on August 29, triggering protests by green activists and common citizens, who had launched a “Save Aarey” campaign. Vanshakti, in its plea, had said Aarey Colony, measuring 1,287 hectares, had several exotic flora and fauna. On the Vanshakti petition, the court said, “The remedy is before the Supreme Court or the National Green Tribunal. We have applied the principle of commonality and not decided on merit.” The Maharashtra government had claimed that Aarey Colony could not be termed a forest and that the issue was already decided by another high court bench. Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, appearing for the state earlier, had said an appeal against the high court order refusing to declare Aarey a forest was currently pending before the Supreme Court. Bathena, in his plea, had challenged the decision taken by the tree authority granting permission to fell trees. The proposed carshed, part of the metro-3 project, will occupy 33 hectares in the southern part of Aarey Colony. The authority has approved felling of 2,185 trees and transplanting (uprooting from the original spot and replanting them at an alternate spot) 461 trees from the area. The authority’s approval is mandatory for felling more than 20 trees at a time at any place in the city.last_img read more

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Quoting a?Amar Ujala,pointing to a headline: Inhi wardaton se paida huwa playan parkaran (The exodus process was a result of theseincidents) Hindi newspaper Amar Ujala’s 19 February edition The headline reads: The exodus process was a result of these incidents Firstpost/Tufail Ahmad Muhammad Ali UP chief of religious group Ahrarul Islam claims that about a quarter of all Muslims in Kairana are involved in criminal activities involving drugs thefts liquor prostitution manufacturing guns and rangdari (extortion) Such criminality is not found among Hindus he says and adds that martial law needs to be imposed in Kairana On being asked if the army should be deployed wherever the Muslims are in majority the cleric responds: "Unlike Kashmir the difference is that Muslims in Kairana will actually welcome the army" Both Hindus and Muslims are affected by rangdari he says At Begumpura Bazaar in the town Varun Singhal runs a kirana store An armed policeman deployed by the Indian state sits next to him; and a garlanded photograph of his brother Vinod Singhal hangs on the wall Vinod was shot dead in 2014 for refusing to pay rangdari "The remaining Hindus will also leave It is only a matter of time" he says pointing out that another Hindu in the area had sold his business and was migrating to Panipat Varun’s is not the only business where the Indian state has been forced to deploy armed policeman for protection Hindu businessman Varun Singhal is provided with armed security to run his kirana store at Begumpura Bazar in Kairana Firstpost/Tufail Ahmad While the criminals demand extortion from members of all communities and murder people for diverse reasons it is predominantly the Hindus who have suffered in Kairana It is true that there are cases of Muslims such as Dr Asifa leaving Kairana due to extortion demands but most of these cases have happened in the months after Hukum Singh the local MP raised the issue of the exodus of Hindus There is a belief amongst many in the area that incidents of rangdari against Muslims were engineered to kill the argument that only Hindus were fleeing "A small wound becomes a big wound spreading to the whole body" observes Sudhir Chaudhary a journalist who sees a dangerous mix of politics religion and demography "Even a minor case cannot be registered against Muslim criminals by the police in Kairana who work under pressure from the ruling party MLA Nahid Hussain the patron-in-chief of the local criminals" If the police were to act against Muslims a mob will lay siege to the police station "The problem is that when the community’s population becomes big police come under pressure of Muslim mobs" says Chaudhary adding that a purely criminal issue becomes a Hindu-Muslim issue in which no action can be taken against Muslims Chaudhry notes that extortion was systematically demanded against owners of cinemas and other Hindu businesses over the years and "when a dozen such cases happened people realised that the town was being emptied of Hindus" Earlier Hindus and Muslims lived together peacefullyfor years so what changed "The population of Muslims rose" responds Chaudhary In the nearby town of Muzaffarnagar I met a group of doctors One of them says "If the police have to arrest a criminal hiding in the Muslim locality of Muzaffarnagar they cannot do this If they try to enter the locality they will need a battalion of cops" This behaviour of Muslim localities is not unique or limited to Muzaffarnagar and becomes consequential when the population isas high as in Kairana In Muzaffarnagar senior journalist Amir Ansari who now runs a computer training institute in the Muslim locality of Khalapar says that during the 2013 riots the Indian army arrived like farishtas (angels) thereby preventing lots of killings Ansari has devised his own response to vande matram (I praise the motherland) which he calls vande eishwaram (I praise the God) because he says Muslims cannot worship land Vande eishwaram very effectively incorporates the idea of Ummah the global Muslim nation Ansari notes that the GT Road in Muzaffarnagar divides the city between Hindus and Muslims with the west of the road consisting ofMuslim areas such as Khalapar and the eastern side being a predominantly Hindu area "Three partitions have occurred in India so far" Ansari says adding that the 1947 was the first the second being the aftermath of the Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya in 1992 – causing an intellectual partition between Hindus and Muslims – and the third partition happening after the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 "As a result of the Muzaffarnagar riots the batwara (partition) expanded to nearby villages In a single village Hindus and Muslims are living separately" Ansari notes adding that be it Muzaffarnagar or Delhi the educated Muslims were moving away from the Hindu-dominated areas Hindus too he adds do not like to live in the Muslim-dominated areas Before travelling to Muzaffarnagar I met journalists Hasan Khalid and Naveen Patel in Aligarh "Aligarh Hindustan-Pakistan banta ja raha hai (Aligarh is becoming India-Pakistan ie a boundary line between Hindus and Muslims in the city)" says Khalid Over thedecades Hindus and Muslims have isolated from each other because of riots Patel remarked that many Hindu families wereleaving the localities around Babri Mandi in Aligarh "In 11 years of my journalistic career I haven’t come across cases of Muslims migrating to other places (due to insecurity)" Patel claims The nature of the partition need not always be territorial or define international borders India is heading towards multiple partitions in the midst of its cities and regions Conversations with various people across western Uttar Pradesh point to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) as a possible source of these ‘partitions’ thereby posing a direct threat to the integrity of India Although these divisions are rooted in the political behaviour of a religious community almost everyone sees the root of 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