The Union Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, Judicial Section, has granted permission to Advocate Atmaram N. S. Nadkarni, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) to represent the State of Goa in the matter of Mahadayi Inter-State River Dispute Tribunal.The permission has been granted in relaxation of rules with the stipulation that his appearance will be as an Advocate and not as Additional Solicitor General.Earlier on Februrary 22, the then-Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar, had requested permission to allow Mr. Nadkarni to appear on behalf of the State.
\R Bulawayo, Jul 22 (AFP) Pakistan completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a 131-run win today in the fifth and final match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. On another record-setting day for the visitors, Fakhar Zaman became the fastest player in history to reach 1,000 career runs in one-day international cricket as Pakistan amassed 364 for 4. Zaman broke the previous record of 21 innings by reaching the mark in his 17th innings in the course of a fluent half century. His opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was also in the runs once again, the pair adding their fourth century stand of the series. They took the score to 168 in the 25th over before Zaman was caught behind for 85. While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, Zaman did also claim the records for most runs in a five-match bilateral series with 515 and most runs scored between dismissals in ODIs, having scored 455 runs since he was last dismissed in the first match of the series. On a morning for batsmen, Imam-ul-Haq went on to reach his third century of the series, and though Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali fell cheaply, the carnage continued with Babar Azam then racing to a century of his own from 72 deliveries, his second fifty haven taken just 17 balls. In response, Zimbabwe showed much more stickability with the bat than had been the case in the first four games of the series. Hamilton Masakadza and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe got going with a 66-run opening stand, Zimbabwe’s best of the series, and though Zimbabwe never looked like threatening Pakistan’s total, the middle order did at least hold firm.advertisement Prince Masvaure made 39 and Ryan Murray contributed 47 – personal bests for both players in their short careers – and Peter Moor finished off with 44 not out in a 67-run stand with Elton Chigumbura, allowing Zimbabwe to reach 233 for 4. (AFP) ATKATK
India are set to play against China in Suzhou in a friendly fixture on October 13 as part of the preparation for AFC Asian Cup 2019 in UAE. China will also be playing in the Asian Cup even though they are in a different group than India.India are grouped in Group A alongside hosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand and considering the strides being made by each country, it’s going to be a very tough challenge for India.To prepare for the difficult road of Asian Cup, India are playing China PR, world No.76 according to FIFA rankings while we are ranked 97th in the world. In Asia, China are the seventh best ranked team while India are placed eight places below them.India’s central defender Sandesh Jhingan felt China will prove to be a very tough opponent and this in turn can lay the best platform for intense preparation of the Asian Cup in January.Also read – 2019 AFC Asian Cup: India clubbed with Thailand, Bahrain, hosts UAE”Really looking forward to it. After many years, India is going to play China, they are a good side, good coach. They’ve seen quite a bit of success in the last few years and of course a very good squad with all the money coming into the league and with good players also coming in.”They are a good team, they have a good ranking as well and they just beat Bahrain, who are in our group in Asian Cup. It’s a good preparation for Asian Cup because there are all the big teams in Asia and we have to play against the big guns so that you get to see yourself,” Jhingan said at the sidelines of a two-day preparatory camp in New Delhi before the team depart for China on October 10.advertisement Sandesh Jhingan wants India to show the desire and passion against China. (India Today Photo)Indian forward Jeje Lalpekhlua also echoed Jhingan’s thoughts and felt it is a very opportunity to play against a big team and they will have to look to get a positive result out of the match.”Yes, I think, this game is like I said, not going to be easy, it’s going to be very difficult but I think this preparation for the Asian Cup and it’s good for us. We get a good opportunity to play with big team. And, like I said, we need to take something from this game.”I haven’t seen much of China yet. I played once against one of their clubs at Mohun Bagan but haven’t seen much of their national team but I think they are a good side. China are playing very well and especially in their league, it’s going good. Like India have starting with the ISL now, China began the Chinese Super League earlier and like now a lot of big players are going there. They are more developed,” Jeje said.Both Jhingan and Jeje felt that even though getting a good result in matches is always important, against China, they wanted to see where they stand, give their 100 per cent on the pitch and get some learnings from the match.”Result is of course important but the most important thing is how you play. Like I said they are a very good side and I think with the kind of sides we are going to face in the Asian Cup, according to that I feel this will be a good preparation,” Jeje told.Also read – Aim to break into top 10 in Asia first, World Cup later: Sunil Chhetri”What I want as a player is for our team to give their best. I expect them to give their 100 per cent, the commitment the desire should be second to none so that’s something expecting and if we do that, we stick to the plan, play as a team so let’s see how it goes. We are obviously going for a win but we expect to play as a team and give your best, passion should be there.”You have to understand why we are playing this game. The main thing is to improve as an individual and as a team. In friendlies, the performance is more important. How the boys get along, we are all together after a long time now, we’ve come back so it’s going to be hard. We have a good chemistry so that can be managed but more importantly is playing games in friendlies and more into seeing that instead of result,” Jhingan asserted.advertisement Sandesh Jhingan and Jeje Lalpekhlua feel that India will have to play as a team to get a positive result against China. (India Today Photo)India will need two crucial partnerships to get going against China if they are to get positives out of their game — Jhingan and Anas Edathodika (in central defence) and Jeje and Sunil Chhetri (in the final third).While Jeje and Chhetri represent different clubs in domestic football, Jhingan and Anas are both playing for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League this season. Jhingan feels the fact that he and Anas practice even more together now makes their understanding even better.”It’s about how much you play together. As a defender it’s very important to have a chemistry with your partners, where you trust your partners and the more you play, the better you get as a partnership and we [Jhingan and Anas Edathodika] have a really good partnership in the national team now. He has come to Kerala now so we train more together, go to gym together and hang out also out of the field. So, you get that good feeling. Looking forward to seeing how we improve more.”Also read – India set to play Saudi Arabia, China as preparation for AFC Asian CupJeje said whenever he and Chhetri are playing against each other, it is for the club. However, when it comes to playing for India, it is an automatic transition. Apart from describing his relationship with Chhetri, Jeje felt it was important for everyone in the team to look to convert opportunities.”It’s different in national team and club team is different. Because whenever we [Jeje and Chhetri] play each other, we want to play for our team. But when you come in for the national team, it’s a different feeling because we are playing for the country and playing for India. It feels different.”Not just the both of us but the team is important. We are all pumped up for the game and we have to play as a team. If we stay together and play like before, I’m sure we’ll get a good result.”
Afghanistan’s campaign has gone from bad to worse in the World Cup 2019 as five defeats and blame games within the team is taking a toll on the players. The team is languishing in last place in the points table and have no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.Afghanistan’s next challenge is against India, which has been the team to beat in the tournament so far along with New Zealand. India will be the favourites once again when they take the field in Southampton on Saturday.Taking on a formidable side like India will be an uphill task for the Afghans and they will be looking to bring in their A-game against Kohli and Co. on Saturday. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan urged his teammates to not repeat the same mistakes that they have made in this tournament so far against India.Rashid admitted that things haven’t gone according to plan for Afghanistan but they are still upbeat about their chances in the remaining four matches.”We had come in with a lot of preparation and a plan. We tried a lot, we should have won against Sri Lanka and we had also targeted that game. But we were unlucky, we didn’t play responsibly.”As a batting unit we had the capability to chase the target but there are always bad days. We learnt from that game. We have learnt a lot from other games, we still have 4 matches left so we hope we won’t make the same mistakes.”We have played against India in the Asia Cup, it will be a tough game. With the kind of batting and bowling they have, they are one of the top teams in the tournament. But we will try not to repeat the same mistakes. Our main focus will be to field well. We will try to play positively. Whatever talent we have we will try to showcase it on the ground against India,” Rashid Khan told India Today.advertisementAfghanistan have just not been unable to recreate the magic they did in the World Cup Qualifiers and Asia Cup last year, and have faced five defeats in as many games so far. They have been below par with both bat and ball and the sloppy fieldwork has also not helped their cause.Fielding is one area where they are working extra hard and Rashid said they will have to be at their best in the match against India, who he labelled as the team which can win the World Cup.”There is no doubt India cannot win the world cup. The combination they have, the bowling lineup and the fielders they have. In this World Cup, the teams which are fielding well are winning matches. India have the skills in the fielding. They have better batsmen than bowlers, one of the best teams here. They can win there is no doubt,” Rashid Khan said.Also Read | Why Rashid Khan, Nabi and Mujeeb face stern test vs IndiaAlso Read | People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember one bad outing, says Rashid KhanAlso Read | Told my mom about World Cup call-up, she went straight to the temple: Rishabh Pant
But, despite flashes of enlightenment, the All England Club is a tough establishment nut to crack. Last week they denied Dan Evans a wildcard – in the main draw and qualifying – even though his ban for taking cocaine last year ended in April, since when he has won 20 of 24 matches, 14 on grass, the most by any British player this summer. After coming through a pre-qualifying tournament, Evans needs three more wins at Roehampton this coming week to confront his doubters at Wimbledon.There remains the small matter of the unfortunate fixture clash on Sunday 15 July, when the men’s final bumps up against the World Cup final in Russia. The BBC is understood to be lobbying behind the scenes for Wimbledon to bring forward its starting time an hour to 1pm, to lessen the impact on ratings for the football, which starts at 4pm. The response has been muted but common sense may yet prevail.Meanwhile, McEnroe is going in to bat for Williams. “I don’t think there would be a player that would complain, especially the top ones, if she was one of the top eight. Why in the world would they want to play her in the first, second, third round? Nor should they, in my opinion.”The core issue has been whether Williams or any player should be seeded when returning to the Tour after pregnancy. On Saturday Katrina Adams, the president and chair of the United States Tennis Association, told the New York Times that such players should not be “penalised” for starting a family.As for the argument that seeding Williams might be unfair to the player edged out of the top 32 – which the British No 1, Jo Konta, thinks ought to be considered – McEnroe says: “What’s her name? No offence. You’re talking about Serena.”McEnroe said the first day Williams played in the French Open last month, ratings on NBC were “50% more than a year ago”. 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Share on Facebook Read more The wise burghers of Wimbledon are treading delicately through a few moral minefields before the 150th championships, which begin on Monday week, but John McEnroe is adamant about one thing: the seven-times champion Serena Williams should be seeded.The tournament seedings committee, on which the former champion sits, will decide on Tuesday whether Williams – ranked 183 in the world as she continues her comeback after having her first child last September – should be included among the top 32 entrants in the women’s singles draw. Asked where he would rank his 36-year-old compatriot at Wimbledon, McEnroe said: “Somewhere between one and 10 – one and 16 at the worst.” Wimbledon Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Topics Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Tennis John McEnroe Share via Email Serena Williams The Observer Roger Federer: the more we love him, the nicer he becomes Share on Messenger Roger Federer: Serena Williams may well be best overall tennis player ever Share on Twitter Wimbledon 2018 Elsewhere, Andy Murray, who gave Nick Kyrgios three tough sets in his first match in 342 days in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships on Tuesday, will decide about Wimbledon after he has played at Eastbourne – where he has drawn Stan Wawrinka in the first round, with the winner playing Kyle Edmund. That’s one tough draw.At Queen’s on Saturday, Kyrgios added 16 aces to the 82 he had served this week but lost concentration in the tie-breaks as Marin Cilic went through to his fourth final, winning 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in an hour and 26 minutes. “I was a little more composed in these situations,” the No 1 seed said.Cilic plays Novak Djokovic, who looked strangely out of sorts but found enough to beat Jérémy Chardy, 7-6 (5), 6-4. “I was very pleased to go through to the finals. Every tournament I am hoping I can play the way I know I can play.” It was a low-key reaction after playing some brilliant tennis. It should be an excellent final.In Halle, a below-par Roger Federer had to fight hard to win his 20th match in a row on grass, beating the world No 109, Denis Kudla, 7-6 (1), 7-5. He goes for his décima in Sunday’s final against Borna Coric, who got a walkover from the injured Roberto Bautista Agut. The world No 1 has struggled for rhythm this week but will surely turn up at Wimbledon in good shape to defend his title.
Urban Meyer Son First PitchTuesday night, the Cleveland Indians hosted Urban Meyer and his son Nate as they took on the Mariners at Progressive Field. Initially, it was thought that Meyer himself would be throwing out the first pitch. But in the end, it was actually his son doing the honors. Meyer caught the ball at home plate instead. Pretty cool.Thursday, Ohio State released a short video to recap the experience. Meyer and his son met a number of players, hung out in a luxury box, toured the facility, and of course, got to walk on the field. Enjoy, OSU fans:
Premier Darrell Dexter announced the appointments of the principal secretary to the premier and director of communications, today, June 23. Matt Hebb, who has been the principal assistant to Mr. Dexter for the past number of years, has been named the principal secretary to the premier. Shawn Fuller is director of communications for the Premier’s Office. Mr. Fuller was previously manager of research for Mr. Dexter. “I am happy to have such qualified people on my team as we face the challenges ahead,” Premier Dexter said. Both appointments are effective immediately. Communications Nova Scotia is assisting the Premier’s Office through its transition period by providing an interim press secretary. Janet Lynn McNeil will serve in that role until staffing is complete.
Mumbai: In a significant development, the Mumbai Police have filed a closure report in the #MeToo case by actress Tanushree Dutta against actor Nana Patekar, a top official said here on Thursday. “Yes, we have filed a B-Summary Report before the court,” Mumbai Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Shinge told IANS. The police move comes after they reportedly did not find enough evidence in the matter, virtually ending the case.
There was a singular absence of frenzy last week in Ayodhya on the occasion of Ram Navmi. As the campaign for election 2019 rose to a crescendo, one would have expected the Hindutva Brigade to turn up in full force for several reasons. To obtain the Lord’s blessings for the do or die battle. And to focus on Ayodhya to keep the issue simmering during these crucial elections. True, the matter is in court but so is the Sadhvi Pragya Thakur matter. When were such niceties sacrosanct for the current lot? More likely, the Mandir-Masjid soufflé is not rising. Also Read – A special kind of bondI have seldom seen Rama’s city so bereft of political presence. The old colonial bungalow refurbished as Faizabad’s Circuit House looks like a spruced up haunted haven. Cooks, bearers, housekeepers, in white, appear at one end and shuffle past with no apparent work in hand. Well past midnight, there is a knock on the door. “Please let me have your remote,” a voice implores. Spooky, isn’t it? Apparently, someone of consequence has arrived unexpectedly. It turns out that solitary remote services all the air conditioners which are available in abundance. Even the dressing rooms are air-conditioned. Also Read – Insider threat managementCross into Ayodhya and throngs of devotees chanting ‘Jai Sia Ram’ choke the lanes. Milling crowds climb the wide staircase of the Kanak Bhawan Ram temple. Chanting devotees come in waves, their hands uplifted in reverence, eyes focused on the jharoka or balcony beyond which aarti begins at 11 am in preparation for the Lord’s birth at noon. But even at noon, there is no frenzy, just chants of reverence accompanied by a surge towards the balcony for a closer experience of the moment of birth. I do not know how purists will take this report but my wife and I are rather proud that we had more than a ringside seat, virtually within whispering distance of the birthing suite where Ram was born. The pujari with a “thal” or plate of lamps makes circles around the imaginary bed. The lights flicker on the gold silk and taffeta, neatly folded in Ram and Sita’s wardrobes lining the walls all around us. Once Ram lalla is born, Madhukar Singh of Orchha and his Rani wave a “murchal”, a sort of whisk in slow, pampering motions around the infant. Madhukar’s ancestors, the rulers of Orchha in Bundelkhand, built the Kanak Bhawan Ram temple complex in the late 19th century. Since then it has been the responsibility of the family to personally supervise Ram Navmi and other festivals associated with Ram. It is hard to imagine larger crowds, steeped in such unadulterated reverence. Pardon the thought, but is there a need for a parallel temple of contention which will only neutralise the good-natured atmospherics of the birthday celebrations in this magnificent Ram Mandir? Our visit was a function of both: my passionate pursuit of the multicultural and Madhukar Orcha’s profound hospitality. The red and yellow thread that the priest tied on my wrist was, in its minutest detail, similar to what my mother did to visitors of diverse faiths who visited our village home during Moharram. In fact, even the Imambara, where a replica of Imam Hussain’s tomb in Karbala is kept, was not very dissimilar to the sanctum sanctorum – all peculiarly Indian. Mosques, of course, are different. There is a great deal in common between the Jama Masjid, Blue Mosque or the Shah Abbas mosque in Delhi, Istanbul and Isfahan respectively. But these mosques, in their distinct grandeur, are marvels of architecture. Not surprising, therefore, that in Ayodhya, the thought of Babri Masjid, should cross one’s mind. It was by no stretch of the imagination a historic mosque. It had no architectural merit compared to the ones listed above. In August 1989 when I visited Ayodhya for the Shilanyas, the scene was distressing. I have since found myself on the same wavelength as the moderate cleric, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq. Since his cancer has galloped to its last stages, what the Maulana says is virtually his last will and testament: “A Muslim can spread his prayer mat anywhere, facing the Kaaba, and say his prayers; a Hindu consecrates the idol forever. The difference is enormous. Just look at the Muslims in India today: unwise politics around the Mandir-Masjid issue has contributed greatly to their unhappy situation.” If Muslims win the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court and decide to make a gift of the land for the construction of the temple, “The gesture will electrify Hindu masses; communal politics will be defeated.” The soft, reverential tones of the ceremonies at the Ram temple are such a welcome relief from the warlike atmosphere of intrigue and deception that we witnessed during the Shilanyas 30 years ago. I can never forget, the District Magistrate of Faizabad, Ram Sharan Srivastava’s harassed face under instructions to implement the underhand, duplicitous order handed over to him by the Congress High Command – Rajiv Gandhi, Arun Nehru and Narayan Datt Tiwari. The situation was this: Allahabad High Court had stayed any brick laying on “disputed” land. But Ashok Singhal of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad threatened “rivers of blood” if Shilanyas were not held where the VHP wanted it. The District Magistrate was instructed to accede to Singhal’s demand “confidentially”. In other words, bricklaying would be allowed clandestinely on disputed land. Singhal had agreed to keep this secret. But Congress, to score brownie points, announced that the brick laying ceremony was allowed only on land which was “not disputed”. No sooner was the handout issued, then Singhal, not to be upstaged, held a press conference. “We have laid the Foundation Stone at exactly the place within our construction plan.” Congress double-crossed the people; Singhal double-crossed Congress – and all in the name of Maryada Purushottam, the perfect man. I removed this nightmare from my mind and left the sanctum sanctorum remembering Allama Iqbal’s couplet: “Hai Ram ke wajood pe Hindostaan ko naz. Ehle nazar samajhte hain usko Imam e Hind.” (Ram is Hindustan’s pride. Men of vision consider him the Imam of Hindustan) (The author is a commentator on political and diplomatic affairs. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,484.55, up 21.41 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down one cent, or 0.11 per cent, to $9.08 on 12.2 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down 19 cents, or 5.03 per cent, to $3.59 on 6.6 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down four cents, or 0.23 per cent, to $17.17 on 6.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Up five cents, or 1.25 per cent, to $4.05 on 6.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 39 cents, or 4.04 per cent, to $10.05 on 5.9 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Energy. Up two cents, or 0.05 per cent, to $42.52 on 5.8 million shares.Companies reporting:CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A). Down 24 cents to $85.92. CGI Group reported a profit of $311.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $285.3 million in the same quarter a year earlier. The technology and business consulting firm says the profit amounted to $1.11 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 98 cents per diluted share a year earlier. Revenue for the first quarter totalled $2.96 billion, up from nearly $2.82 billion. Excluding specific items such as acquisition and integration costs, CGI says it earned $1.12 per diluted share for the quarter, up from 99 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP). Down 24 cents to $17.75. Canfor Corp. says it will temporarily curtail operations at three B.C. sawmills due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions. The company says the cuts will reduce its production by approximately 40 million board feet. Canfor says its sawmill in Vavenby will be curtailed for six weeks starting on Feb. 11. Meanwhile, sawmills in Houston and Mackenzie will be curtailed for one week each in the first quarter. Canfor has 13 sawmills in Canada.WSP Global Inc. (TSX:WSP). Up $3.07 or 4.76 per cent to $67.51. WSP Global unveiled a strategic plan Wednesday that forecasts double-digit revenue growth through 2021, when it expects to rake in up to $9 billion. Once a boutique firm, the 60-year-old company has swelled to 48,000 employees from 17,000 in 2014, and aims to exceed 65,000 workers in the next three years. Beefed up by acquisitions of companies such as New York-based infrastructure firm Parsons Brinckerhoff — and 11 acquisitions in 2017 alone — WSP’s expansion plans won’t come at the cost of excessive leverage, RBC Dominion Securities analyst Derek Spronck says.The Canadian Press
15 July 2008A just concluded three-year pilot project has shown that solar power can be an affordable and sustainable alternative energy source for the people of Timor-Leste, according to a senior United Nations official heading up the programme. The solar project, just one of many initiatives carried out by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affair (UNDESA) in the tiny South East Asian nation, aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of this alternative energy source.Under the pilot programme, carried out in communities on Atauro Island and in Aleiu District, community members agreed to pay $1.80 per month for the use of solar lanterns.It is estimated that communities on Atauro using the lanterns have saved over $1,800, and now other communities have also expressed interest in using the lanterns.“This pilot project has shown that solar can become a real energy option for rural communities. With proper support, communities have the potential to manage their energy needs in an affordable and sustainable way,” said UNDESA Chief Sarina Kilham. “However, the key is ongoing support.” UNDESA’s Renewable Energy Officer Paulo de Silva agreed, noting that finding solutions to the country’s energy needs is critical to development.“The way in which Timor-Leste attempts to meet the energy needs of its growing population will determine how quickly and sustainably the country can develop,” he stated. “It is critical that the Government continue to support alternative energy supplies. We have already seen that with the proper support, solar power does work.”In addition to the solar project, UNDESA has also been working to help the Government strengthen management of water and renewable energy services at the community level.The community water management project involves working with communities to establish and support sustainable water supply systems, including providing infrastructure in some areas.Oscar de Silva, UNDESA’s Community Development Officer, stressed the importance of community participation in water management projects.“Water management will not work without full community ownership of the water facilities. But communities also need adequate support to implement, maintain and manage them,” he noted.
Meanwhile speculation was rife yesterday that former Presidential Advisor Hemakumara Nanayakara has been approached by the UNP to contest the elections on behalf of the opposition.Nanayakara resigned from his post over a dispute with the government. The elections will be seen as a referendum on the government at a time when the cost of living has gone up with the rise in the price of essential items. The government today dissolved the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial councils through a gazette notification, the government information department said.The gazette was issued last night dissolving the three councils with effect from today, a year before the scheduled day the term of the three councils end. Elections for the three councils are expected to take place in September this year.
The accused, who carried two packets each, hailed from Mandapam. An inquiry had been launched to find out all those involved in smuggling, the officials said. This is DRI’s major seizure of gold smuggled into the coast of the district from Sri Lanka via the sea route this year. The DRI seized 9.293 kg of gold biscuits smuggled into Thondi coast from Sri Lanka after detaining two persons in November, 2017. (Colombo Gazette) Sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 11.15 kg of gold of foreign origin, smuggled into the Mandapam–Vedhalai coast from Sri Lanka via the sea route, after intercepting a bus in Madurai and arresting three persons who were acting as couriers on Wednesday night.Acting on specific inputs provided by the DRI Chennai that foreign origin gold was being smuggled into India from Sri Lanka through the sea route and being transported to Madurai, DRI sleuths from Thoothukudi and Madurai intercepted the bus on the Viraganur–Madurai Ring Road stretch and seized the gold, The Hindu newspaper reported. “The three persons admitted that the gold was being smuggled into India from Sri Lanka by sea and they were transporting it to Madurai for monetary consideration,” the DRI release said. A DRI release from Chennai said the officials kept a watch on vehicles coming from Rameswaram to Madurai and found three persons being in possession of the smuggled gold, valued at Rs. 3.32 crore. The gold, in the form of cut pieces of different shapes and sizes and crude gold chains and a bangle, landed at Mandapam–Vedhalai coast around 8 p.m.
An investigation has been launched into clinical waste floating in the Puttalam sea believed to have been dumped in India.The Marine Environment Protection Authority said that the waste was seen within a 10 kilometer stretch in Puttalam. According to reports, the waste comprised of plastic containers, discarded vaccines, discarded syringes and other clinical materials. (Colombo Gazette)
One person was killed following a shooting incident in Grandpass today.The Police said that three others sustained injuries in the shooting incident. The Police said that a criminal gang member was believed to have been involved in the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette)
by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toshiba says Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection TOKYO – Japan’s embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink.Toshiba said in a statement that it filed the Chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. The move had been largely expected.Toshiba has said it’s expecting a loss of 500 billion yen ($4.3 billion) for April-December of last year, including a 712.5 billion yen ($6.2 billion) hit from its embattled nuclear business. It said Wednesday that it was working out revised numbers, and warned that the loss for the fiscal year may grow to 1 trillion yen ($9 billion).Toshiba acquired Westinghouse in 2006 with much fanfare, making nuclear power an important part of its business strategy.After the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, costs of the business have ballooned because of growing safety concerns and regulations, and a souring of sentiment toward nuclear power in some countries, such as Germany.Toshiba has been eager to get Westinghouse off its books to improve its plight, and it said it would do just that from this fiscal year. It has said earlier it wants to sell Westinghouse. Toshiba said Westinghouse had racked up debt of $9.8 billion.Toshiba President Satoshi Tsunakawa said the move was aimed at “shutting out risks from the overseas nuclear business.”“We want to make this our first step toward recovering our solid business,” he told reporters after the announcement.Toshiba reiterated its view that at the root of the problem was the acquisition of U.S. nuclear construction company CB&I Stone and Webster. It declined comment on possible future partners in the rehabilitation of Westinghouse.Toshiba, which has been unable to report its financial results as required, postponing it into next month, said it would monitor the rehabilitation proceedings and disclose information as quickly as possible.Its chairman has resigned to take responsibility for the company’s troubles.Auditors questioned Toshiba’s latest reporting on the acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster after a whistleblower, an employee at Westinghouse, wrote a letter to the Westinghouse president.The company’s reputation has also been tarnished in recent years by a scandal over the doctoring of accounting books to meet unrealistic profit targets.Satoshi Ogasawara, who has written a book about Toshiba’s systematically falsifying financial results, says executives knew of the problems for years but kept procrastinating, hoping against hope that things would get better and they would be able to avoid blame. But things just got worse.“Buying Westinghouse was the beginning of the end,” he said. “But even before that, there was a dubious corporate culture.”Toshiba already faced problems in its personal computer business amid competition from Dell, Lenovo and HP. The drop of oil prices combined with the Three Mile Island and Fukushima accidents made nuclear power less lucrative, and plant construction kept getting stonewalled, said Ogasawara. He believes many executives responsible for the mess are still at Toshiba, without being held responsible.The company has said it will no longer take on new reactor construction projects and will focus on maintaining the reactors it already has. But it is also involved in the decommissioning of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns after the March 2011 tsunami.Toshiba has sold off so many parts of its once prized operations, such as computer chips and household appliances, it has little left but its infrastructure business.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama Toshiba Corp. President Satoshi Tsunakawa bows during a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Japan’s embattled Toshiba said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection. Toshiba said in a statement that it filed the chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
“I call on countries and communities to continue to improve the lives of everyone blighted by drug abuse by integrating security and public safety with a heightened focus on health, human rights, and sustainable development,” said the UN chief in his message on the Day. The illicit trade in drugs fosters transnational organized crime networks, systemic corruption and widespread violence. It is also a major public health menace. Millions of people are directly affected, especially the poor, vulnerable women and children, and those living in fragile communities. At the special session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem, held in April, tangible progress was made in promoting alternatives to incarceration, fortifying human rights commitments, strengthening the focus on illicit financial proceeds, and tackling corruption. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also informed the deliberations at the special session. Goal 3 calls on countries to strengthen the prevention and treatment of narcotic drug abuse, end AIDS and combat hepatitis. Goal 16 is designed to help to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies and institutions that can address illicit drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. This year, the Day is marked by the launch of the ‘Listen First’ initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use. Based on science, listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe, and it is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities. In 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. In another message to mark the Day, Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), highlighted that the outcome document adopted at the General Assembly special session stresses a joint commitment to counter the world drug problem, which has helped “generate a global sense of purpose against this threat that menaces millions.” The Executive Director said the document makes a number of concrete recommendations on the way forward, such as exploring alternative measures to conviction or punishment where appropriate; promoting international cooperation; the adoption of key international instruments on organized crime, corruption and terrorism; strengthening criminal justice systems, with a focus on drug prevention and treatment; including HIV and hepatitis; and upholding fundamental human rights. For its part, UNODC’s World Drug Report 2016 advances further understanding of the problem, the Executive Director said. “In alarming detail the report shows a rise in the number of problem drug users from 27 to 29 million people aged 15-64; the disastrous resurgence of heroin in some regions; the use of the ‘Darknet’ for drug trafficking; the appalling loss of life due to overdoses, and the disproportionate impact illicit drugs have on women, among many others challenges,” Mr. Fedotov said. “Today also follows the landmark adoption last September of the 2030 development agenda. The special session gave us the tools and the commitment to fight illicit drugs; but in the 17 Goals we now have the architectural blueprint for appreciating how work against drugs, crime and corruption fits into the much wider work of sustainable development,” he added. Mr. Fedotov noted that one of the key recommendations of this year’s report is that achieving sustainable development and countering the world drug problem must not exist as “distant cousins.” Illicit drugs threaten the security and health of people, while weakening both communities and institutions. If targets are to be achieved under Goal 3 on health, and Goal 16, on peaceful societies, as well as many other goals, drug-related development initiatives should be mainstreamed into general development efforts, he emphasized.
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The OSU men’s swimming team practices leading up to meets against Michigan State and the University of Pittsburgh on Jan. 20 and 21. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team is set to compete in back-to-back dual meets this weekend, starting on Friday at Michigan State and continuing in Columbus on Saturday, hosting the University of Pittsburgh.The Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Michigan, after a dominant performance against Cincinnati, setting three pool records at Keating Aquatic Center.Carrying that momentum is vital heading into a double header, graduate senior Josh Fleagle said.“It’s definitely not easy,” he said. “We just take it one practice at a time, one meet at a time and we look forward to new challenges, competition and we love racing.”It will be a quick turnaround, but Fleagle believes the team’s experience will give the Buckeyes an upper hand.“When we go to Big Tens and NCAAs, it’s four or five days of just swimming,” he said. “So two days isn’t that bad, granted we will get back a little bit later on Friday from Michigan State. But we are pretty used to it.”The Buckeyes will swim against the Spartans for the first time this season. Senior Matt McHugh said the results of the meet will give some insight into the team’s level of conditioning.“It’ll be good to see how we go up against Michigan State in a dual meet,” he said. “It’s a good indication to see where we need to improve, and what events we need to put certain people in.”In facing both a conference and a out of conference opponent this weekend, the Buckeyes are keeping the same mindset: competition is competition, said Fleagle.“I think right now the positivity is really up and obviously, the goal is to get best times in everything we do,” he said.Competition is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday.
D’Angelo Russell declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, becoming the first OSU one-and-done player since Byron Mullens.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerD’Angelo Russell officially announced his intentions to leave the Ohio State men’s basketball program for the NBA, leaving after a year in which he earned a first-team All-American honor, the inaugural Jerry West Award for the nation’s top shooting guard and the eternal admiration of OSU coach Thad Matta.“I got to the point where I just kinda enjoyed the game,” Matta said about watching Russell play. “There were times in the game where I could say to him, ‘take over,’ and he’d look, wink and he’d do it. I think that’s what I’m going to miss the most.”In OSU’s regular-season opener, a 92-55 win at home against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, the freshman scored 16 points to go along with four rebounds, six assists and three steals. This performance inspired UMass-Lowell coach Pat Duquette to call Russell “as good a freshman as I’ve seen” following the game.It didn’t even take until the regular season for Matta to see that same spark.“It was probably our preseason scrimmage at West Virginia when he scored 33 and he hit the game-winner,” Matta said. “I kinda scratched my head and said ‘Uh oh, this kid.’ He was doing things that we hadn’t even talked about yet in terms of drill work.“‘If he plays half this well (as the scrimmage), he’s one of the best guards in the country.’ And he only got better from there.”Not everything was smooth sailing for Russell and the Buckeyes throughout the season, however. In losses to Louisville, in which Russell shot 6-of-20, and Indiana, in which he shot 3-of-15, the guard was criticized by some for trying to do everything himself.Russell, who declared for the draft on Thursday, said he never had NBA goals in mind, but rather that he was returning the trust in his coach when Matta trusted him to try to take over the game.“I didn’t think about ‘I’m trying to be a top-five pick, I’m trying to be a first-team All-American, I’m trying to be this, that,’” Russell said. “I just came in like, ‘Coach, I’ll do whatever you need me to do.’”According to ESPN, Russell had offers in high school from powerhouse programs such as North Carolina, Virginia and Louisville, which is his hometown.But it wasn’t the number of Final Four appearances that ultimately was the deciding factor. Nor was it the opportunity to put up flashy numbers or the quality of the rest of the starting lineup.“The reason we picked this school is he built a great relationship with the head coach … Once we made that bond and that connection, there was no other school,” Antonio Russell, D’Angelo’s father, said.Matta said he knew from just about the first time he saw D’Angelo Russell in practice that there was a high probability he would leave after his freshman season — despite the guard being brought in on a two-year plan. It was at that point when Matta realized he might need to find D’Angelo Russell’s replacement for next season.It was also at that point when D’Angelo Russell became a recruiter in addition to a leader on the court, as he was instrumental in landing his likely replacement — guard JaQuan Lyle.“Getting JaQuan, he and D’Angelo were very close during the process, and D’Angelo helped us get him, which, once again, speaks volumes to how committed he is to our program,” Matta said.Lyle, originally in D’Angelo Russell’s high school class, committed to Oregon before last season. The Huntington, W.Va., product was denied admission in Eugene, however, after he was found to have not completed enough credit hours.Lyle ended up playing a post-graduate season at IMG Academy in Florida before he committed to OSU in January.Although there was nothing he would have liked more than seeing D’Angelo Russell return for another season, Matta said the bond formed between the two over the last year made it impossible to not advise him to do what he felt was best for him and enter the draft.“This is a goal achieved for me, in terms of being a head coach, because I think one thing I’ve always tried to be in situations like these is selfless,” Matta said.OSU has not had a player leave for the NBA after one year since Byron Mullens in 2009, who at the time was the fifth player in three years to be one-and-done.While Matta has since put a stronger emphasis on building a program with players who stay for longer, he said he knows D’Angelo Russell is not a typical talent, but rather one who will excel at the next level.“He’s one step ahead of the game,” Matta said. “And that’s very, very rare, from the time he was 18 years old, to be thinking that way.”