NGT criticises Ministry on Chardham highway project

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for not submitting a plan on the disposal of muck from the construction site of the Chardham highway project in Uttarakhand.A Bench headed by NGT acting chairperson Jawad Rahim gave the authorities time till April 19 to comply with the previous orders and file the action plan.Noting that the Ministry had failed to submit a plan despite the tribunal not passing any interim order, the green bench said: “Even muck dumping plan which we had directed to file has not been filed or produced today. This can hardly be appreciated. Be that as it may, we restrain ourselves from imposing cost but we make it clear that no further adjournment would be granted in the case.”The green panel further said that its previous orders would be continued till any other order is passed.Earlier, on March 21, the NGT had said: “Material placed by the project proponent (MoRTH) shows that the project activity has commenced somewhere in the year 2015, therefore we do not intend to pass any interim order but till further hearing of the issues, the project proponent should restrain from felling of trees.”NGO for stay on projectThe directions came while the tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Citizens of Green Doon, a Dehradun based NGO that had sought a stay on the road widening project. The petitioners had further claimed that the construction work was being carried out in violation of environmental laws.last_img read more

Ban vs Ire: Bangladesh beat Ireland by 27 runs

first_imgBangladesh beat Ireland by 27 runs in their Group B match of the cricket World Cup in Mirpur on Friday. Score Earlier, Bangladesh were let down by a shoddy batting performance as a disciplined Ireland skittled them out for 205 in a Group B match.Electing to bat, Bangladesh’s batsmen failed to build partnerships with Tamim Iqbal (44), Mushfiqur Rahim (36) and Raqibul Hasan (38) being the only noteworthy contributors to the total.To Bangladesh’s embarrassment, the team did not even last the full 50 overs and folded up in 49.2 overs.The Irish had got the better of Bangladesh even in the previous edition of the World Cup and had the upperhand for most of the first half of the crunch game a loss in which would severely jeopardise the co-hosts’ chances of advancing to the quarterfinals.It was a fantastic start to the proceedings for the hosts after winning the toss as they raced to their 50 in just 5.4 overs.But the slide was not too far either and it started with opener Imrul Kayes (12) being sent back by pacer John Mooney in the seventh over.Next man in, Junaid Siddique, didn’t last long either and was run out by Ed Joyce after contributing just three runs to the total.Three overs after Siddique’s dismissal, Bangladesh were dealt a massive blow when Tamim was dismissed by Andre Botha.After striking seven boundaries in his 43-ball knock, Tamim drove Botha outside off stump only to be caught by Irish skipper William Porterfield at point, leaving the packed crowd stunned in silence.With skipper Shakib Al Hasan also making a hasty exit after contributing 16 runs, Bangladesh were in dire straits at 86/4 in just the 16th over.But Rahim and Raqibul got together to put on 61 runs for the fifth wicket and steady the rocking boat, albeit temporarily.Their partnership was broken when Rahim’s attempted sweep off 18-year-old spinner George Dockrell landed straight into the hands of Andrew White.His dismissal triggered another collapse with senior batsman and former captain Mohammad Ashraful (1), who was brought back into the side to strengthen the faltering line-up, coming a cropper lasting just one over.Given the top-order collapse, the tail could not do much either save for Naeem Islam, who added 29 vital runs to the score including three boundaries.For Ireland, Botha picked up three wickets, conceding just 32 runs in his nine runs, while Dockrell clinched a couple of scalps in his 10 overs during which he gave only 23 runs.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Thiem was broken just four times out of 61 service games in the tournament. He didn’t lose serve during his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, facing only one break point in that match.Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the women’s title.Thiem and Andreescu earned $1.3 million each.Federer and Thiem had split their four previous meetings, but Federer had won both of their hard-court matches without dropping a set.He cruised through the first set in 36 minutes while getting broken for just the second time during his run to his ninth appearance in the final. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set.ADVERTISEMENT “The way he was playing the first set was unreal,” Thiem said. “I had to get used to it.”Thiem earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game, going up 3-1. Federer won just two more games in the set.Both players were on serve in the third set until Thiem collected the only break. Federer tried consecutive drop shots that Thiem retrieved for crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit a winning forehand to lead 6-5.“He did very well when he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot,” Federer said.Federer won just one point on Thiem’s serve in the final game.“Just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered,” Federer said. “I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”Federer advanced to the final after rival Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal match because of knee pain. Thiem also benefited from a walkover, reaching the semis when Gael Monfils withdrew with an Achilles injury.Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, became the first wild-card winner and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.“The fricking champion of Indian Wells,” Andreescu said. “It’s crazy.”She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They clearly enjoyed Andreescu’s fearless style of play. She alternately outpunched opponents from the baseline, tossed up high-arching shots and unleashed well-time drop shots — usually during the same point.A smiling Andreescu was quick to correct a reporter.“It’s not moonballing,” she said. “It’s just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin. We’re not under 12 here.”Her most dominant win during the 12-day tournament came in the quarterfinals, a 6-0, 6-1 rout of two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza. In all, the teen knocked out four Top 20 players.Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her tight right shoulder and arm.Kerber won the next two games, breaking Andreescu to go up 3-2.Appearing tired and nervous, Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point.She did just that.Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game.“I just fought till the end because physically I wasn’t feeling too well,” she said. LATEST STORIES “It just feels unreal what happened,” Thiem said. “He’s such a legend.”Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem served out the two-hour match that ended with yet another error from Federer, a forehand dumped into the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFederer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro last year. Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai recently.Thiem had lost in his previous two ATP Masters 1000 finals. But the 25-year-old Austrian’s solid serve held up against Federer as it had throughout the tournament. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered her face in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped to her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head.Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis.Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches.“When she had the chances, she just go for it,” Kerber said.The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January.“No pressure,” Andreescu said, joking.She’s projected to rise 36 spots to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday.Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon last year.She was a crowd favorite, with fans waving Canadian flags and chanting “Let’s go, Bianca! Let’s go” in the second set. Dominic Thiem, of Austria, celebrates after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Thiem won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer came out playing like his legendary self. Dominic Thiem needed a set to adjust to what he was seeing across the net.Thiem went on to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Joel Embiid’s 40 help Sixers overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52, Bucks SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more

PEI police arrest nine men tied to Torontoarea Hells Angels chapter

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – Nine men affiliated with a Toronto-area Hells Angels chapter have been arrested by a new police task force targeting P.E.I.’s growing outlaw motorcycle gang presence.Police say the nine — reportedly aged 19 to 63 — are “hangarounds” with the Hells Angels in Woodbridge, Ont.They face charges relating to involvement in a criminal organization as well as lottery and gaming counts.They were arrested early Thursday by the P.E.I. Organized Crime Task Force — a joint group including municipal forces and the RCMP.Members affiliated with the Hells Angels chapter set up shop on Prince Edward Island last December.The Angels were without a beachhead in the Maritimes since police disbanded the former Halifax chapter in 2001.But the gang has begun to reassert itself, strengthening its presence mainly through affiliate or so called “puppet clubs” in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I.last_img read more