Why is Maharashtra on the boil?

first_imgWhat happened?On January 1, members of the Dalit community on their way to Bhima-Koregaon, a village near Pune, were attacked, allegedly by Hindutva forces. In the violence, a young man was killed. Protests erupted, and by January 2, they spread throughout Maharashtra. Prakash Ambedkar, head of the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh party and a grandson of Babasaheb Ambedkar, called a State-wide bandh on January 3.Why is Koregaon-Bhima important?The Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar) is a memorial for British East India Company soldiers killed in a battle on January 1, 1818, in which a small group of infantrymen — about 500 of them Mahars (a Scheduled Caste community) — held off a numerically superior force from the army of Peshwa Bajirao II. The Mahars fought alongside the British, some accounts say, because the Peshwa had scorned their offer to join his army.That battle has not found a place in public memories of that time. Dalit activists put this down to a Brahmanic hold on the telling of Indian history. After Dr. Ambedkar visited the site on January 1, 1927, it became a place of pilgrimage for Dalits, an assertion of pride. In recent years, attendance has been in the lakhs, with Dalits coming from all over India. This year, the bicentenary, saw an especially large influx.What triggered the violence?Sambhaji, Shivaji’s son and successor, was captured by the Mughals; according to legend, he was tortured and his mutilated corpse thrown into the Bhima river. Govind Mahar, a Dalit, gathered the dismembered parts of his body and performed the last rites; later, Mahars of the village erected a memorial to Sambhaji. Govind Mahar’s tomb stands near Sambhaji’s in Vadhu-Budruk village, near Bhima-Koregaon.On December 29, a board came up in Vadhu-Budruk hailing Govind Mahar, which, locals say, irked the Marathas in the village, who believe that their ancestors performed Sambhaji’s last rites. Mahar’s tomb was vandalised. On January 1, a mob of 1,500 gathered and, armed with stones, bottles and sticks, attacked buses on their way to Bhima-Koregaon; they threw stones and torched more than 10 vehicles. The violence continued for over four hours. The police remained spectators, and the administration seemed unprepared for the unrest, though it knew of the assembly of a large number of youths at Vadhu-Budruk.Who instigated the violence?News reports say Manohar (a.k.a. Sambhaji) Bhide of Shiv Pratisthan and Milind Ekbote of Hindu Ekta Aghadi instigated the violence. Mr. Bhide, whose stronghold is Sangli district, has close ties with the RSS. He claims to travel across the State, lecturing the youth on Shivaji and his work. He has had cases filed against him for inciting protests against the film Jodha-Akbar, and is believed to have been involved in the Sangli-Miraj riots. Mr. Ekbote is a former BJP municipal corporator in Pune. After the party denied him nomination, he formed his own outfit, Hindu Ekta Aghadi. He, too, has been charged in the past with fanning communal tensions. Cases have been filed against both under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.What happened during the bandh?On January 2, Dalit organisations took to the streets in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Nagpur, Pune and many other districts, blocking roads and trains and allegedly forcing closure of commercial establishments.On January 3, in Mumbai, local trains and Mumbai Metro suspended a number of services; vehicular traffic, too, came to a halt, and many schools, colleges and offices remained shut. Similar protests brought life to a stop in every district. Violence erupted in Mumbai, Aurangabad, and Kolhapur, among other places. The bandh was arguably the biggest since 1997, when Dalit organisations protested against police firing at Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Ghatkopar. This bandh served as a potent reminder of Dalit strength and brought Mr. Ambedkar back into the reckoning as a political force and voice of Dalit aspirations.last_img read more

Gagan Narang wins bronze in 10m Air Rifle, gives India its first medal at the 2012 Olympics

first_imgIndia has won its first medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Gagan Narang won a bronze for the country in the 10m Air Rifle event with an overall score of 701.1.India Today correspondents provided live updates from the Royal Artillary Barracks in London, where the final took place.HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FINAL 5:20 pm | Gagan Narang to S Kannan: “I am glad. I am now an Olympic medallist.”5:20 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang wins bronze on last shot in a nerve wracking final.”5:15 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang makes every Indian proud around the world.” 5:09 pm | India Today: What a comeback by Gagan Narang! A 10.7 with his last shot gives India it’s first medal of the Games. A bronze it is for him. 5:06 pm | India Today: Better this from Gagan Narang. He gets a 10.3 with his ninth shot. But will it be enough to get him back on the podium. 5:04 pm | India Today: Nerves seem to be getting to Narang in these closing stages of the final. A 9.5 has dropped him further down the order. 5:01 pm | India Today: A rather poor attempt by Narang. He could manage only a 9.9 in his seventh shot. This has dropped him down to fourth and out of medal contention. 4:59 pm | India Today: Gagan Narang is in silver medal position now. A 10.6 in his sixth shot moves him up a place. 4:56 pm | India Today: Consistency is Narang’s strength and he’s showing it here. His fifth shot — a 10.4 — gives him a total of 52.1. 4:53 pm | India Today: Another 10.7 from Narang. He’s really turning it on in the final.  Just 0.5 away from the top-spot. His score is good for a bronze at the moment. advertisement4:50 pm | India Today: Gagan bounces back like a champion with a shot of 10.6. His total score is 31.0 for the final and 629.0 overall.4:47 pm | India Today: Narang’s second shot is a bit of a let down. It’s a 9.7. His total score right now is 20.4 in the final.4:45 pm | India Today: Gagan Narang has made a superb start in the final round. His first shot is a 10.7. Joint-second place for now. 4:34 pm | Gaurav Gala: “Can Gagan shoot India’s first medal at London 2012? We’ll find out soon enough.”4:30 pm | Gaurav Gala: “Finalists have come to the arena… Anticipation is building.”4:29 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang enters hall for the final. Historic moment. Ajay Maken is also watching.”HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUALIFICATION ROUNDS Kannan: “Abhinav Bindra says he won’t quit shooting. He will now watch Gagan Narang shoot the final.” S Kannan: “On the bright side, Gagan Narang has qualified third for the final of the event. He scored 598 out of 600.”S Kannan has sent us this picture of a disappointed Abhinav Bindra right after missing the cut  in the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Beijing gold medallist Abhinav Bindra fails to qualify for the finals of the 10m Air Rifle event in London 2012. That’s a massive upset for the Indian contingent. Bindra finished 16th with a score of 594 / 600″S Kannan: “Bindra seems to be faltering again after a good comeback. He’s out of the top-10 at the moment. Narang continues to be strong in fourth position. Last series of shots going on. This is it!”Gaurav Gala: “Bindra showing his class in the second and third series. Making a late charge with 20 perfect shots. Bindra in 7th position.”Gaurav Gala: “Abhinav steadily climbing the leaderboard… 99, 99, 100… 30 more shots left for the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan has shot 20 perfect shots so far. Fingers crossed!”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan Narang still on a roll. He wants this Olympic medal.” Aaj Tak Sports Editor Samip Rajguru has sent us this picture of Sports Minister Ajay Maken at the 10m Air  Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Bindra at 198 / 200. Hoping for a late surge from the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan is taking his time. And its paying off so far.”Headlines Today Sports Editor Gaurav Gala says from London: “Gagan Narang on fire early on in the 10m Air Rifle qualification. He hasn’t missed a perfect 10 yet.”S Kannan: “Shooting arena is packed. Sports minister Ajay Maken is also here.”Mail Today Sports Editor S Kannan says from London: “Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra start their 10 m Air Rifle match.”last_img read more

BCCI set to pay huge compensation to Kochi Tuskers,BCCI set to pay huge compensation to Kochi Tuskers

first_img COMMENT Kochi Tuskers Kerala coach with the team’s logo at the official launch in 2011. The BCCI is set to pay a huge compensation of more than Rs 800 crore to disbanded IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala for terminating their contract in 2011.“Kochi Tuskers has demanded Rs 850 crore as compensation. Today we discussed the matter at IPL GC meeting and we will now place the matter before general body. Let them take a call but obviously some negotiations are needed,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said after the meeting.Kochi Tuskers owners in 2015 had won an arbitration challenging BCCI decision to encash bank guarantee citing breach of contractual agreement. The RC Lahoti headed panel had directed BCCI to pay Rs 550 crore as compensation with 18 percent annual penalty on failing to do so.For the past two years, BCCI was adamant in neither paying compensation nor taking back the franchise in the IPL. “We have to pay Kochi compensation. All legal options have been exhausted. Normally when arbitration decision goes against you, it will be stupid to move Supreme Court appealing against it. We have no option but question is how much,” an influential IPL GC member told PTI after coming out of the meeting.The decision to terminate Kochi contract was taken by then BCCI President Shashank Manohar citing breach of franchise agreement, something majority of BCCI officials were against. “It was one man’s obstinacy that is now costing us a bomb. Had Shashank not taken that decision, we could have worked our way out.“In fact, before Kochi went to arbitration, they had asked for a compensation of Rs 300 crore. Even then our officials showed arrogance and now we will be forced to shell out more than double,” the angry official further added.The BCCI will be trying to negotiate and bring down the compensation to an optimum level. “Even then we will not be able to bring down to less than Rs 600 crore, I feel,” said the official, who had been associated with the case.Meanwhile in another development, the BCCI will be earning a token amount of Rs 5 lakh from Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as a part of 5 per cent earnings from total valuation of a franchise that transfers its ownership.Chennai Super Kings is now under the wings of Chennai Super Kings Company Limited (CSKCL) with India Cements transferring its shares to the newly formed limited company.As per IPL rules, any transfer of ownership will mean that BCCI will get 5 per cent of the total valuation.Accordingly, BCCI is expected to get Rs 5 lakh and senior officials are not amused. “This is bizarre but true. We will get Rs 5 lakh but we are trying to take legal opinion,” the official said. × cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL October 24, 2017center_img The decision to terminate Kochi contract was taken by then BCCI President Shashank Manohar citing breach of franchise agreement. Kochi Tuskers Kerala coach with the team’s logo at the official launch in 2011. Published on SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

FIBA chooses sites for 2020 Olympic qualifying tournaments

first_imgView comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The draws for all eight qualifying tournaments will be held Nov. 27. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress MIES, Switzerland— Canada, Croatia, Lithuania and Serbia have been selected as hosts for the qualifying basketball tournaments that will determine the final four men’s spots available in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Those tournaments will take place from June 23-28. Each of those four nations will host a six-team event, where the winner will earn a spot in the Tokyo Games.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Besides the host nations for the qualifiers, the 20 other nations that will complete for those last four spots are Slovenia, Angola, Senegal, Mexico, Uruguay, China, Korea, Greece, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Puerto Rico, Turkey, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, New Zealand and Tunisia.Japan automatically qualified for the men’s 12-team Olympic field as the host nation. The U.S., Argentina, Nigeria, Spain, France, Iran and Australia clinched Olympic spots at the World Cup this summer by finishing as the best teams in their respective FIBA regions — the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe women’s Olympic field will be filled by four different four-team qualifying tournaments, which will be held from Feb. 6-9 in Belgium, France, Serbia and possibly China. The Chinese hosting rights are contingent on that country advancing out of a pre-qualifying tournament currently taking place in New Zealand. If China falters there, FIBA will choose another nation to host.Japan and the U.S. have already qualified for the Olympic women’s field. LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Strong second half propels Azkals past Maldiveslast_img read more

Thompson Returns With 39, Warriors Bounce Back, Beat Nuggets (Pics, Vid)

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors hardly expect to fix every flaw in one night.Beating Denver in dominant fashion certainly provided a positive first step. The two-time defending champions showed some of that swagger again.“Pride,” coach Steve Kerr said.Klay Thompson returned from a two-game absence to score 39 points with nine 3-pointers, and the Warriors bounced back from their worst loss of the season to beat the Nuggets 122-105 on Friday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.Thompson sat out that embarrassing 128-95 home defeat Tuesday night to the Celtics, the worst at Oracle Arena in Kerr’s five seasons, because of soreness in his right knee. He then scored 27 points in the first half Friday and wound up 9 of 11 from deep.Having him back meant a lot, and everybody else brought their best, too.Kevin Durant added 26 points and six assists, and Stephen Curry scored 17 points. DeMarcus Cousins had a strong outing on both ends with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists, six blocked shots and three steals.Dubs brought the energy tonight.Relive the win with the Game Rewind, presented by @Verizon ⏪ pic.twitter.com/UEkGX0h4SB— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 9, 2019Golden State played with a purpose again, an edge that hadn’t been seen much the past month.With the Warriors on a two-game home losing streak, they didn’t let Denver get into the game for any significant stretch — much like a 142-111 road win against the Nuggets in January.“Our guys have responded for the last five years to bad losses, to lulls, so it didn’t surprise me at all that we came out with energy and passion and got off to that great start,” Kerr said.Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton, left, guards Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Malik Beasley scored 17 points off the bench for cold-shooting Denver, which lost for the fourth time in five games following a five-game winning streak.After Golden State’s worst loss of the season overall to Boston and fifth at Oracle by 20 or more points, the Warriors quickly got back to work and players spoke up as they spent the next day at film study and practice re-establishing their goals: Do the little things better. Defend. Hustle. Secure home court for the playoffs.Draymond Green acknowledged the team wasn’t competing.Kerr said his team needed to play angry.Curry called for action on the court, enough talking about doing it.Durant challenged everyone, from the coaches on down, to improve.The collective effort was clear from the opening tip.“The last couple days of practice was great for us,” Green said. “You could just kind of sense that everybody was locked in, and there’s still a lot of things we can correct. … It was good to kind of feel that energy and focus level from the start of the game.”Nikola Jokic had 16 points for the Nuggets, who beat the Lakers in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.On Friday, Denver’s starters didn’t get it done, with the Nuggets’ bench outscoring Golden State’s reserves 58-23.“They’re a better team than we are. If it wasn’t for our bench we would have gotten completely blown out,” coach Michael Malone said. “Our bench at least kept it respectable.”Golden State started 8 of 15 with seven assists and eight rebounds to go ahead 20-6 and force a second Denver timeout at the 6:18 mark of the first. The Warriors led 67-50 at the break.“We’re not going to just flip it all around in one night, but this was a great start to getting back on track and playing like ourselves,” Kerr said.Denver Nuggets’ Torrey Craig, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)TIP-INSNuggets: The Nuggets outrebounded the Warriors 45-44 but shot just 33 for 87. … Trey Lyles missed his eighth straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Denver returns to Oracle Arena on April 2 after the teams split their two meetings in the Mile High City.Warriors: Thompson notched his 11th 30-point performance with his eighth 20-point half this season. … Green moved past former Warriors player, coach and GM and current team ambassador Al Attles (2,483) for eighth place on the franchise career assists list. … Shaun Livingston was back after missing Tuesday’s loss with neck spasms, while C Kevon Looney returned after being sidelined two games with right pelvic soreness.STEPH’S PROMISECurry and Under Armour teamed to fulfill their promise to Riley Morrison, the 9-year-old Napa girl who wrote a letter to the two-time MVP in November asking why his signature Curry 5 shoes weren’t offered for girls. Curry apologized and vowed to send her two pairs, including the new Curry 6 model.Curry announced the ICON Curry 6 “United We Win” edition that features a personal design touch from Riley in the sock liner.The girl was doing an interview Friday on CBS about the shoes and Curry when he walked in. He gave her a pair of the new shoes and rebounded for her while she shot baskets.Morrison was Curry’s guest for the game on International Women’s Day.Meanwhile, Durant wore bright pink sneakers in the spirit of the day.By: Janie McCauley, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

RIGOL: new entry level arbitrary waveform generators deliver advanced capabilities

first_imgRIGOL Technologies EU announces an expansion of their Waveform Generator portfolio. The new DG800 and DG900 Series gives budget constrained customers an uncompromised value with advanced features typically reserved for much higher price points. Now makers, educators, and IoT designers working with both electrical and RF applications can build long complex arbitrary waves, generate 8th order harmonics, create advanced modulations and inject random noise. Both with a 4.3 inch TFT Color Touch screen.With 10 to 35 MHz max sine wave and square wave frequency, 1 or 2 full function independent channels, exceptionally long Arb memory length, and 160+ built-in waveforms, the RIGOL DG800 brings a new instrument family down to the value market.Furthermore, with 50 to 100 MHz bandwidth, 2 full function independent channels, exceptionally long 16 Mpts Arb memory length, and 160+ built-in waveforms, the RIGOL DG900 with also 16 bit vertical resolution extends this new generation of Arbitrary Waveform Generators for this marketShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous VadaTech: one slot 6U VPX benchtop development chassis with RTMNext AAEON presents AI applications at China International Industry Fairlast_img read more

10 months agoNapoli coach Ancelotti: I want Sarri’s Chelsea in Europa League final

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti: I want Sarri’s Chelsea in Europa League finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to meet Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in this season’s final of the Europa League.Sarri left Napoli to be replaced by Ancelotti last summer.And the latter says: “I will be judged on the results of the team, but I think Napoli is doing a very good job. We did not qualify for the Champions League, but we knew from the start that it would be very difficult. “Napoli was up against two of the best teams in Europe. I would like to reach the final. It would be even better to be able to play against the Chelsea of Sarri. I think even Sarri would be happy to face Napoli. “Napoli versus Chelsea in the final of the Europa League, it would be magnificent. For me, it would be special to play Chelsea, one of my former clubs.” last_img read more

2 Ohio State Beat Reporters Update Their Urban Meyer Predictions

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer with his arms crossed on the sideline during an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches a replay on the scoreboard during a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)We’re in what should be the final days of Ohio State’s investigation into the Zach Smith scandal. That means a decision on Urban Meyer’s fate is closing in.It seems like common thought has moved from Meyer’s job being in trouble to there being some sort of penalty, based on what information we know now. Of course, that changes if the investigative committee learns of something shocking, but that is yet to be seen.In the latest episode of the BuckeyeXtra Podcast, Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch discuss what they see happening with Meyer.Both Buckeye beat writers believe there will be some sort of penalty for Urban Meyer, but it doesn’t sound like either expects it to be severe.May and Rabinowitz open the episode discussing the investigation. Eventually, May turned the conversation to the eventual penalty that Meyer may face.May: “I would be surprised if there’s not some penalty that comes from all of this. Whether it involves Urban Meyer and/or athletic director Gene Smith, that remains to be seen. Obviously Gene Smith was pulled into the focus only because that’s who Zach Smith said called him off the road back in 2015 to answer to allegations that were, at that point, brought by his wife, now former wife Courtney Smith.So we’ll see where it goes. Who knows? They may just determine in Urban Meyer’s case, he’s going on 15-16 days of paid administrative leave, they figure that may be time served. You never know how these things go.”Rabinowitz opened by saying that he didn’t want to make a prediction, to keep people from thinking that he had any real dog in the fight, but wound up mostly agreeing with where May landed.Rabinowitz: “As far as I will venture a guess as to what happens, I think I’m pretty firm in believing that he will not get off scott free, that Urban Meyer will pay some kind of price. Now maybe it is some kind of time served, but I expect there will be some kind of consequence, if only for the fact that he admitted not handling Chicago well. That’s the bare minimum.We don’t know what the committee will uncover. If they uncover that Urban Meyer did not follow the protocol that he said he did, then all bets are off.”Here is the full episode, which goes into actual Buckeyes football after the initial Meyer discussion.Earlier in the episode, the two said that they don’t expect a decision to come down before Monday. That is the final day of the 14-day time period that was laid out last week.[BuckeyeXtra Podcast]last_img read more

Sprinter Dutee Chand courts controversy for allegedly campaigning for BJD candidate

first_img Press Trust of India BhubaneswarApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 20:31 IST Following her social media post, there have been allegations that Dutee Chand violated the model code of conduct. (Photo: Facebook/Dutee Chand)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand allegedly campaigned for a BJD Lok Sabha candidate in OdishaShe wished the candidate success and requested that the matter should not be politicisedDutee Chand was among the six people recognised by the EC as its icon in OdishaSprint star Dutee Chand has courted controversy by allegedly campaigning for a BJD Lok Sabha candidate in Odisha despite being an icon of the Election Commission.In a Facebook post, Dutee Chand has spoken about Achyuta Samanta, who is contesting as a BJD candidate from Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat where polling will be held on Thursday.”I am not supporting any candidate or political party. I also do not appeal to any one to vote for Achyut Samanta. However, on a personal level I wish him success in the election as he is God-like for me and helped me a lot to carry forward my sporting career,” she said in her Facebook post.She also requested that the matter should not be politicised.Dutee Chand was among the six people recognised by the EC as its icon in Odisha to create awareness and encourage young and new voters to exercise their franchise in the ongoing simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the state.Following her social media post, there have been allegations that Dutee Chand had violated the model code of conduct and a complaint has been lodged with the Odisha chief electoral officer.”The matter in being investigated and her social media account will be verified,” state Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar told reporters.Apart from Chand, the ECI has also recognised para athlete Jayanti Behera, para shuttler Pramod Bhagat, singer Rituraj Mohanty and cine artistes Sivani Sangita and Swaraj as the state icons for the 2019 elections.Also Read | Maoists gun down woman polling officer in OdishaAlso Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Read | EC bars Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours, Mayawati for 48 hours over model code violationAlso Read | We want both Ali and Bajrang Bali, says BSP chief MayawatiadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Sprinter Dutee Chand courts controversy for allegedly campaigning for BJD candidateSprint star Dutee Chand allegedly campaigned for a BJD Lok Sabha candidate in Odisha despite being an icon of the Election Commission. In a Facebook post, Dutee Chand talked about Achyut Samanta, who is contesting as a BJD candidate from Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat.advertisementlast_img read more

The Manual Wind: Piaget Altiplano Chronograph

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Introducing the thinnest manual wind chronograph in the world, the Piaget Altiplano Chronograph.  Measuring a mere 8.24mm thick, the new Altiplano Chronograph with a 4.65mm thick movement takes another world record for Piaget.  This ultra thin manual wind flyback chronograph boasts a second timezone indicator, 50 hour power reserve, and beats at 21,600 vph (vibrations per hour).  Above the movement lies a brushed sunburst finished dial with classic black markers and hands.  Encased in either white or rose gold, this 41mm diameter timepiece redefines the modern ultra thin. Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful Watches over the last few years have had a growth spurt.  A 44mm timepiece suddenly became an average size for the typical watch wearer.  Even dress pieces have grown.  Manufactures of the classics, such and Patek Philippe and Blancpain, have supported this surge with new offerings that are larger and almost uncharacteristic.  Following the market demand is as important as staying focused on one of the classic goals of watchmaking; the thinner the better.  Piaget, a brand not always known for its movement manufacturing, has been taking this goal very seriously as of late.  Now holding records for some of the thinnest movements, another emerges. In the last few years Piaget has redefined their brand with their new watchmaking prowess.  Focusing on thickness rather than diameter has made them a standout brand amongst dress pieces and ultra-thin offerings in the industry.  Many luxury watch brands make ultra thin timepieces making it tough to differentiate between brands.  Holding 14 world records for the thinnest movements finally sets a brand apart in this segment.  Piaget might not have the watchmaking reputation of the Pateks and Blancpains of the world, but they are making a good case for being the go to high end ultra thin manufacturer.See their other offerings here. The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sportylast_img read more

Off the Shelf Review: Get LIT with Desert Island Long Island Ice Tea

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now Norway’s Manshausen Island Resort is a Minimalist Retreat Founded by a Real-Life Explorer For Sale: The Stunning Bahamian Island Where Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup Usually for these reviews, the spirits I review have been sent to me for the express purpose of reviewing them. They’re either new, or have been rebranded, or there is something else noteworthy about them.That is not the case this week.For this week’s review, I went into a liquor store and found a bottle that seemed, frankly, like a bad idea. By bad idea, I mean bottom shelf, generic label, and something that under most circumstances that don’t count as duress, I wouldn’t buy (once I graduated from college, at least). Enter Desert Island Long Island Ice Tea mix.Labeled as “a blend of rum, vodka, gin, tequila, & triple sec liqueur,” Desert Island is produced by Sazerac in Louisville, Kentucky. In order to really get a feel for the liquor in front of me, I drank it straight and mixed with cola and a splash of sour mix to recreate a Long Island Iced Tea. The review of nose, palate and finish are derived from drinking it straight.Nose: It smells like sweet nail polish remover. There’s an ethanol undertone that you might expect from something that costs less than ten bucks for a bottle. You might argue that there is some complexity derived from the blend of spirits all in one bottle, but why would you want to? It smells like cheap booze, end of story.Palate: Sweet more than anything. The syrupy nature of the triple sec comes through, but you do get notes of the rum, vodka, and the tequila. By notes, I don’t mean the subtle hints of molasses or citrus or anything you might get from a single spirit. I mean you get a hint of vodka and a hint of tequila.Finish: Short and sweet, with a burn like you might expect from other cheap alcohols (though the burn is somewhat mitigated by the amount of sugar in the spirit).Final Thoughts: On its own, Desert Island Long Island Ice Tea is pretty bad, as you might expect. I don’t think the Sazerac company has any dreams that it is some magic liquor that is cheap and tastes delicious. When made into something resembling a LIT though, I hate to say it, but it isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It is a perfectly serviceable mix for when you’re low on funds or when you just feel like making a Long Island Iced Tea and don’t want to buy five different bottles of alcohol.Desert Island Ice Tea is 37% ABV retails for around $8.99 per bottle.last_img read more

State to compensate families of postpoll violence victims

first_imgKolkata: The state government will give compensation to the next of kin of those who died in post-poll violence, including two BJP supporters, announced Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday.While addressing the gathering in Hare School ground in connection to the reinstallation of the statue of Vidyasagar which was vandalised at Vidyasagar College, she said: “It is most unfortunate that 10 people have died in post poll-violence, of which 8 are Trinamool Congress supporters while 2 belong to BJP. I do not support violence.” Banerjee instructed Chief Secretary Malay De to take necessary action in this connection. However, the amount of compensation that would be paid has not been announced yet. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee said: “When the Left Front government was defeated after 34 years, we did not pull down statues nor was there any post-poll violence.” She alleged that in Sandeshkhali, BJP workers had killed the Trinamool Congress supporter first. Later, two other persons had been killed. “The police are conducting an inquiry and the report is awaited.” Banerjee said eight supporters of Trinamool Congress have been killed in incidents of post-poll violence. “Even on Tuesday, a Trinamool supporter has been killed in Galsi. What is going on?” she said. Banerjee refuted the statement of Governor K N Tripathi that 12 persons have been killed in post-poll violence. “I respect the Governor but the figure he has quoted is not true.” The Governor met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home minister Amit Shah on Monday in Delhi and submitted a report to Shah.last_img read more

Exhibition exploring food politics

first_imgWorks of art by promising Indonesian artists, depicting the global-local politics of food practices in South Asian countries, are the focus of an ongoing exhibition here. The exhibition titled ‘The Food Diplomacy: Makan Ngga Makan Asal Kumpul’, is open at the Korean Cultural Centre till July 30. Curated by M Haryo Hutomo, the exhibition features seven Indonesian artists and wrestles with questions about public consumption practices, production and distribution of food. This way it takes food out of its usual culinary discourse, forcing one to think of its broader social role. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIn its wide ambit of themes, the exhibition showcases food production and distribution modes, minor narratives of Indonesia’s socio-political history related to food sovereignty, contemporary trade politics in the snack industry, spices and herbs as alternative medicine, and the future relationship between arts and technological creativity. Adi Sundoro artistically recreates the food distribution process of global companies using their transportation tools. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnother presenting exhibitor, a food study group named Bakudapan, believes that food isn’t restricted just about cooking — its history and conservation, but also an instrument to speak on politics, society and economy. Here, they are exploring politics of food during a dark socio-political era of Indonesian history – the civil unrest of the 1960s – that also changed agrarian laws. Fransisca Retno’s new-media art works inform people of the negative effects popular foods have on our health. Popular Jakarta-based artist Natasha Gabriella Tontey, who is known for her out-of-the-box art, features in the show with her imaginative work about the sustainable future led by pests. Also on view are installation and video works by XXLab about the process of industrial waste that produces tofu into ready-made fabrics. Inaugurating the exhibition last week, Indonesian Ambassador Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro shared how food was an “expression of culture” and culture was the forefront of diplomacy. “Some Asian countries that have similar cultural backgrounds are also similar in terms of food relations, bio-political practices and its changing practices on the way people consume without considering where the food comes from,” said Korean Cultural Centre, a cultural offshoot of the South Korean Embassy in Delhi.last_img read more

Paediatric societies call for Quebec to allow parents on child medical flights

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec must change its policy that systematically denies parents the right to accompany their children during urgent medical air evacuations, the Canadian and Quebec paediatric societies said Tuesday.The call by the child-advocacy groups follows a similar demand by three physicians who wrote to the Quebec government in December, urging the health minister to reconsider the policy they say disproportionately affects northern Inuit and First Nations communities.Remote northern areas often don’t have medical infrastructure to care for critically ill people, and as a consequence patients are transported to southern cities for services.Sending children, especially from First Nations communities, alone on medical flights can be traumatic, said Catherine Farrell, president-elect of the Canadian Paediatric society, in an interview.The reason parentless flights are especially damaging to native people is due to “intergenerational trauma from the forced removal of children during the residential school system and during the tuberculosis epidemic,” Farrell said.“(Children) suffer from the absence of their parent,” she added. “Not just during transport, but in the period following transport when we are taking charge of a patient’s care and making decisions without their parents being present.”Quebec is the only jurisdiction in the country that routinely denies parents the ability to fly with their sick kids, she said.The paediatric society is calling on the Quebec government to change its policy on air flights and to prioritize space on the plane for a parent or relative to accompany their child.“I think what we are looking at is rejigging the space (on the place) that’s required for one person to sit,” Farrell said. “I think it’s doable because in other provinces it’s completely doable.”In January, Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette denied the policy is discriminatory toward Inuit and First Nations and noted the government picks up the bill to fly parents to be at their children’s bedsides.He said at the time Quebec’s air ambulances are designed to make multiple stops to pick up patients, which leads to a lack of space on the aircraft and added a plane’s medical equipment doesn’t leave much room for seats, and those need to be reserved for medical personnel.In response to the Canadian and Quebec paediatric societies call for change, a spokeswoman for Barrette said via email he was “reflecting” on the issue.Asked whether the government’s position had changed, spokeswoman Catherine Audet simply repeated her one-line response: “Our reflections continue on the subject.”Farrell said the costs associated with renovating the aircraft to allow room for parents would be defrayed by the savings in paying for commercial flights after their children arrive in hospital.“We will maintain pressure so that (the issue) really gets looked at by (Barrette),” she said. “So that at a minimum, changing the policy is top priority and then making the change a reality is the last step.”last_img read more

Andreescus storybook US Open run stands alone in Canadian sports lore

first_imgMost of us have never seen her lose.That’s how fast and unexpected and remarkable this has been. Way back on March 1, in the semi-finals of the Mexican Open, a third-tier event in Acapulco, Bianca Andreescu fell in three sets to Sofia Kenin, then the 35th ranked player in the world. She took home a check for $11,500.She had made a bit of noise earlier in the season, beating Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniaki in Auckland en route to the Australian Open as a qualifier, but beyond the tennis hard core, those victories hardly caused a ripple.And before that, Andreescu was precisely as famous as you’d expect the 152nd ranked player in the world to be.Then, immediately after Acapulco, Andreescu won Indian Wells, sort of the fifth major, and this crazy ride began.Her only two losses since, a retirement and a walk-over, were forced by injury. Andreescu has otherwise been untouchable. The odd wobble here, the brief loss of form there, but no one has been able to beat her when she was able to finish a match, and there is every reason to believe that in this moment, she is the finest female tennis player on Earth.That truth was, of course, hammered home on Saturday afternoon, when Andreescu defeated the greatest female player in history, Serena Williams, in straight sets in the final of the U.S. Open — the first Grand Slam victory by a Canadian.It wasn’t quite prime time Serena, at age 37, but it was very, very good Serena, riding an emotional high after dominating her side of the draw. So no asterisks here. Just try and come up with a historical list of the players Andreescu wouldn’t have beaten that afternoon in Flushing Meadows.The image of her victory, Andreescu lying on the court, spread eagled as though about to make a snow angel, staring into the New York sky, is already one that belongs on a stamp. She has been propelled over those eight months from obscurity to full-on national sports hero.And we, as a country, have entered uncharted territory. You can start searching for comparables, but they just aren’t really there.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In tennis, Carling Bassett made it as far as the U.S. Open semis, and Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard both made Grand Slam finals – Bouchard also made it to two Grand Slam semis – and peaked at number three in the world. Perhaps it’s merely the power of hindsight that paints those results as unsustainable, but the truth is, none of them won, and for all of the excitement in the moment, it didn’t feel anything like this.In other individual sports, there’s Mike Weir winning the Masters and Lennox Lewis winning the heavweight championship, Brooke Henderson’s recent triumphs and Ben Johnson and Donovan Bailey and a long list of Olympians who at least temporarily captured the country’s heart.None of those, though, came so quickly, so out of the blue.Emotionally, the can’t-stop-smiling part of this feels closest to the Raptors’ championship, not just because of She The North, but by the way something went from specific to universal so quickly, by the way it became one big, ecstatic social-media driven national hug.And now to figure out who this young woman is, since there hasn’t really been time for that. Even the marketers are scrambling to catch up.You will hear very much in the coming days about her parents and their classic, immigrant story (not a bad time to be reminded of just how Canadian that story is….), about her little dog Coco, about her coach Sylvain Bruneau, about her dogged rise through the ranks when no one was paying attention, about the sacrifices made, about her diet and training regimen, about how she might fare in Melbourne in January, about how she’ll approach the red clay of Roland Garros or the grass courts of Wimbledon next summer, about what it will be like to return to New York as a defending champion, with expectations turned on their head.How Andreescu handles that whirlwind will be telling. But absolutely no one is doubting that she has the tools, and the varied, nuanced game, to continue to succeed at this level.At age 19, it’s understandable that Andreescu doesn’t really have the words to describe what she’s living through. In some ways, she is processing it along with the rest of us.But there is a look in her eyes that, in the context of what we have just witnessed, speaks to a level of confidence that only the greatest athletes possess. It’s as if she was shocked by the moment, yet absolutely unsurprised by the result.Amazing enough when it comes from a Tom Brady or Sidney Crosby. On a whole other level when it comes from a teenager who has never been this way before.Emotionally, it might never be so sweet and fresh and beautiful again, and Canadian sports fans have been historically conditioned to wait for bubbles to burst.But there’s nothing to dread here. Instead sit back, savour what we’ve just witnessed, and imagine the journey to come.last_img read more

Anna Netrebko to make Canadian debut in Toronto

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment One of the most famous opera singers in the world is to make her Canadian debut at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is to perform here in the world premiere of a new opera trio, Trio Magnifico.Composed of Netrebko, her husband, Azerbaijan-raised tenor Yusif Eyvazov, and Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Trio Magnifico is to appear April 25 in The Ultimate Opera Gala, a presentation of the Canadian Opera Company and Show One Productions.last_img read more

House of Commons debate sets up vote on Pope Francis apology next

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsA motion calling for Pope Francis to apologize to residential school survivors was debated for nearly four hours in the House of Commons Thursday.The motion presented by NDP MP Charlie Angus also called on the government to pressure the church on a number of other issues.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

Canadas treatment of Indigenous women not a genocide Andrew Scheer

first_img“It does not fall into the category of genocide,” says Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Photo: APTN file.The Canadian Press“Genocide” isn’t the right word to describe what’s been done to generations of Indigenous women and girls in Canada, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Monday.“I believe that, as most Canadians do, that every single life lost is a tragedy, has a huge impact on families and loved ones and that there are concrete things the government can do, that all levels of government can do, to help protect vulnerable people in our society, specifically Indigenous women and girls,” Scheer said on Parliament Hill.“That being said, the ramifications of the term ‘genocide’ are very profound. That word and term carries a lot of meaning. I think the tragedy involved with missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is its own thing, it is its own tragedy, and does not fall into that category of genocide.”The federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls released its final report a week ago. The report says that under international law, a genocide doesn’t need a single directing mind, or to be an organized campaign of violence.The inquiry’s four commissioners included a long separate argument for why Canada’s “series of actions and omissions,” from residential schools to poor health care to unsafe transportation to indifferent or even hostile policing, have allowed Indigenous women to be targeted in numerous ways that add up to what they called an ongoing genocide.“Canada has displayed a continuous policy, with shifting expressed motives but an ultimately steady intention, to destroy Indigenous Peoples physically, biologically, and as social units,” through oppressive colonial actions that have persisted since Europeans began settling, the commissioners’ argument says.The inquiry report says it’s impossible to count the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada accurately. One reckoning by the RCMP found 1,186 applicable cases in its files over the past 30 years alone. The Mounties do not police the whole country, not every missing person is reported and not every death becomes a police matter.The use of the term “genocide” in the report instantly sparked arguments over whether the inquiry commissioners’ label is accurate and whether those arguments risk obscuring their other findings and the 231 recommendations they made.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not directly answered questions about whether he agrees with that, though he has said he accepts the findings of the report.Canada signed on to the United Nations’ 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which included commitments to avert and stop genocidal acts and to punish perpetrators. After the latest inquiry report was released, the secretary general of the Organization of American States said he wanted to form an international panel to investigate the claim and achieve justice.On Sunday, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told Global Television’s “The West Block” that the Liberal government would support such a call because it believes in the “rules-based international system.”“The idea that Canada would now be subject to the types of international actions that follow findings of genocide, I think we have to be very careful with the use of that terminology and I don’t want to get distracted from the good work that the report has done,” Scheer said.“But that being said, I think that the tragedy is its own thing, it is its own heartbreaking situation for every single family that was affected by it, and it does not fall into the category of genocide.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

AI denies price of VVIP Boeing 777-300s to RTI applicant without reasons; CIC issues show-cause

first_imgNew Delhi: An “irked” Central Information Commission (CIC) issued a show-cause notice to Air India’s CPIO on Thursday for the “callous attitude” while denying information about the purchase price of Air India-I aircraft to ferry VVIPs like the president and the prime minister. The national carrier, while denying an RTI applicant the details of the cost and status of the purchase of Boeing 777-300, to be used as Air India-I, did not invoke any of the RTI exemption clauses in an “inordinately delayed” response, Information Commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha noted. An RTI applicant had approached the commission, the highest adjudicating body under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, after he failed to get a satisfactory response from Air India. Air India has purchased two Boeing 777-300ERs, which will replace the over 25-year-old jumbo jets — B747-400s — which used to ferry the president, vice-president and the prime minister. The jets chartered by the national carrier for VVIP flights are given the call sign, Air India-I. The two jets are part Air India’s 2006 order to Boeing for 68 aircraft — 27 Dreamliners, 15 B777-300 ERs, eight B777-200 LRs and 18 B737-800s. The aircraft have been retrofitted with additional features required for the movement of dignitaries. When the matter came up for hearing before the CIC, the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), the nodal officer for handling RTI applications in a public authority, of Air India was not present. He had, instead, delegated it to a different officer, who was caught unaware about the reasons for the delayed response. Under the RTI Act, a response to an application should mandatorily be provided within 30 days. The information could only be denied citing a suitable exemption clause under the RTI Act and “not merely on apprehensions and conjecture”, Sinha noted.last_img read more

UN Luxembourg partner to strengthen emergency telecoms

8 December 2011The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Luxembourg today announced that they have agreed to cooperate on strengthening emergency telecommunications and rapid responses whenever natural disasters strike. The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Luxembourg today announced that they have agreed to cooperate on strengthening emergency telecommunications and rapid responses whenever natural disasters strike.ITU and Luxembourg are both members of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), which is made up of UN agencies and other humanitarian partners.The Government of Luxembourg has developed a “nomadic” satellite-based telecommunication system known as ‘emergency.lu’ aimed at assisting humanitarian agencies respond to communities affected by natural disasters, conflict or protracted crises.The platform will be available for use by the international humanitarian community as a global public good facility as of 1 January neat year, with Luxembourg funding its development, implementation, operation and maintenance to the tune of €17.2 million.Under the umbrella of the ‘ITU Framework for Cooperation in Emergencies’ (IFCE), ITU will encourage its 193 Member States to use the ‘emergency.lu’ platform and facilitate the rapid deployment of emergency telecommunication systems in the event of a sudden-onset disaster.The facility can also be used for longer-term deployment in chronic or recurrent humanitarian situations or as part of a preparedness strategy in developing countries. ITU will negotiate appropriate regulatory and legal frameworks with telecommunications regulatory authorities to assist in the deployment.The IFCE, an ITU communications initiative to assist the humanitarian community in disaster response, and ‘emergency.lu’ will be jointly and individually deployed within two hours of notification using every possible means, including custom-fitted aircraft, depending on the nature and magnitude of the disaster.“In recent times, disasters have wreaked havoc around the world – floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, wild fires – resulting in catastrophic loss of lives and damage to property,” said Hamadoun Touré, the ITU Secretary-General.“By placing ‘emergency.lu’ at the disposal of the international humanitarian community as a global public good, the Government of Luxembourg has provided an invaluable asset to humankind in an effort to save lives – and ITU will take all measures to facilitate its deployment.” read more