The United Kingdom government was ordered by a judge on June 11 to make public the documents related to Operation Blue Star, as this could help in the assessment of Britain’s involvement in the incident that happened in India in 1984. The judge dismissed the UK government’s argument that the move could hamper diplomatic ties between India and the United Kingdom.The British government has one month to appeal the decision by a UK information tribunal, the Hindu reported. “We recognize that the period we are concerned with was a highly sensitive one in India’s recent history and the strength of feeling it continues to evoke… it should also be remembered that the fact that 30 years has gone by is bound to have reduced any prejudice that may have resulted from release of the withheld material,” the judgement stated.Judge Murray Shanks presided over a three-day hearing of the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) in London in March. The hearing had opened in London, aiming to determine if the UK’s Information Commissioner was right in upholding the Cabinet Office’s decision to keep the files away from public.Judge Shanks delivered his verdict, stating that most of the files that were related to the period should be made public. Upholding an appeal made by a freedom of information campaigner, the judge ordered that the documents will have to be published by July 12, 2018, the daily reported. The appeal was related to three of four files, which the UK government has resisted from declassifying.KRW law represented freelance journalist Phil Miller, who has been investigating the role of the Margaret Thatcher-led UK government’s role in the operation conducted by the Indian Army at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.However, the judge did accept that a file marked “India: Political,” from the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) could have information related to British spy agencies like MI5, MI6 and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters). Hence he said that the UK Cabinet Office was eligible to count on a technicality exempting material of this kind from the Freedom of Information (FOI) request appeal, PTI reported.Acknowledging the importance of India in the world and of the relationship between the two countries, Shanks noted how the documents, released in error in 2014, had not generated a hostile reaction from India.The judge rejected the argument of one of the witnesses of the UK government. The witness claimed that releasing the documents could have a damaging effect on the bilateral relations between United Kingdom and India as it could appear that the UK government did not see the activities of Sikh extremists with enough concern and was not very tough on them.“We do not give much weight to this point… anyone concerned would be well aware of the perceived UK failures,” judge Shanks wrote in his judgement, adding that, in contrast, the documents showed how these issues were given importance at senior levels, as per the Hindu.The Sikh Federation (UK) had earlier launched a process for judicial review into the nature of the country’s alleged involvement in Operation Blue Star of 1984 to mount pressure on the UK government. Related ItemsOperation Blue StarSikhismUnited Kingdom
All Indians in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were pounded recently by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, are “safe and sound,” according to an Indian consular officer in Atlanta.The Consulate General of India in Atlanta has been in touch with Indian organizations in both Caribbean islands, who have reported that no Indians were injured during the storms, although many homes were flooded and several of them are still coping with the after-effects, D. V. Singh, consul for community affairs, told Little India.Puerto Rico, population 3.5 million, was particularly devastated on Sept 20 by Hurricane Maria, which knocked out virtually the entire electric grid and nearly half the island is still without clean drinking water. Residents are lining up for upwards of eight hours to get fuel. The U.S. Virgin Islands, which has a population of nearly 100,000, was likewise flattened, with much of its infrastructure knocked out.Residents wade through flooded streets to escape to safety in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Photo: Courtesy Kiran DasariDilip Shah, a retired architect in Hato Rey in central San Juan, Puerto Rico, his family and a friend took shelter in the lobby of their bedroom on the 12th floor when the hurricane hit their apartment complex. The storm blew out the hurricane shutters, smashed windows and glass and the whole building seemed to be swaying like during an earthquake, he said. The section of their apartment on the 11th floor was flooded with more than a foot of water for several hours. Shah said that his friend, Ram Sarup Lamba, returned two days later to his home in Cayey, which is in the mountains, to find it devastated by the storm, with the roof ripped off. Another friend, Vijay Tavkar, who lives on a beach on the Northeast coast of the island, which was evacuated during the storm, had to stay in a shelter for three days.Kaumudi Joshipura, director of the Center for Clinical Research and Health Promotion at the University of Puerto Rico, whose home is on the coast in Condado, in central San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, took shelter at a friend’s home on the night of the storm. Her apartment on the 12th floor was flooded and many windows and the air conditioner ripped out.Even so, Joshipura says: “I count myself among the very lucky ones, in spite of having almost every room in our apartment affected. We have running water, not full time, because they need to control the generator use. The generator works for certain hours in the early morning and evenings. They shut it down at 6 am and start in the evening. We can power our phones and we have running water during that time.”Living Day to DayShah said nine days after the hurricane, 90 percent of the island still remains without power and buildings with generators are rationing its use because of an acute shortage of fuel. People stand 8 to 10 hours in line to buy gasoline and there are long queues at the supermarkets, which have very limited supply of food. Most communications, including cell phones, are shut off, he said, “We are living day to day.”Bangkok & Bombay, a Thai Indian restaurant, reopened for limited hours four days after the hurricane, powered by a generator. Photo: Courtesy Fernando TaverasKiran Dasari, who spent seven years as a PhD student at the University of Puerto Rico and moved recently to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as a post doc, remains in touch with several Indian friends in Puerto Rico, most of whom still lack power and safe drinking water. He said 67 families, who are on his Whatsapp group, cite the most common challenges as lack of electricity, damaged roads and downed electricity poles.Many are surviving on stored food supplies and bottled water. He is unable to reach many other friends, because cell service (and electricity to charge phones) is crippled on most of the island.Joshipura said that resident of vulnerable areas rode out the storms by turning to friends or shelters: “We have a very good community. Many people have reached out to help each other. Several people had offered us to stay at their homes, both Indians and Puerto Ricans and other nationalities.”After the storm, Ratnakar Palai, president of the Indian Association of Puerto Rico, and another association member Ashwin Modi, helped clear debris and repair windows at her home. With communication systems shut off and electricity and fuel in short supply, it is impractical for community organizations to offer much help, Joshipura said, “But people are checking in on their neighbors, friends, community members.”A week after Hurricane Maria struck, the situation is “very, very worrisome,” she says. “People are running out of supplies. Most people may not have water beyond a week. There are concerns about food, water, even medication for those who need them.”Consul Singh said: “We have set up a 24/7 helpline. We are in regular touch with the community associations and leadership in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands and we are ready to provide all possible help to all Indian citizens and even PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin).” As of Thursday, the Consulate had not received any requests for assistance.Windows and siding were ripped off many homes in Puerto Rico. Photo: Courtesy Kiran Dasari.Six Months to Restore PowerShah said official estimates are that it will take five to six months to restore electricity on the island, which is impeding distribution of fuel, food and services. “How will people survive for six months, I don’t know?” he said.Fernando Taveras, manager at Bangkok & Bombay, a Thai Indian restaurant in Santurce, San Juan, said the restaurant was forced to shut down after the hurricane. It reopened recently, for limited hours, from 2 pm to 8 pm, using a generator as electricity has not been restored. The restaurant, a popular destination for Indian tourists to the island, most of whom come on cruises, receives few customers, because most of the island is still devastated, he said.Federal Response CriticizedThe Trump administration has been criticized for its tepid response to the disaster in Puerto Rico. Indian American Congressman Ami Bera said: “As a doctor, I am gravely concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. There are 3.4 million American citizens in dire need of drinking water, food, medical supplies, and electric power. We have to act now and use every option available to support response efforts.”Destruction to homes in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Photo: Courtesy Kiran DasariShah said, “I don’t see why in the U.S. people should be experiencing this, people are starving for food. Why is the federal government not providing food and fuel and electricity for the people?”Adds Joshipura: “I was very, very worried about an Indian friend who lives in a remote area. We texted each other before the hurricane. She texted there was a foot of water in her apartment at 3 o’clock on Wednesday, the day of the hurricane. Another friend communicated with her at 4 o’clock and since then we had no communication with her and she had two little kids, three-year-old twins. I was very worried, but just yesterday I heard from her that they are OK.”But, she says: “I have not been able to connect with even half the people I would like to. We don’t know. There may be people who may be in a very, very bad situation and there is no way to communicate.”Communication Biggest ChallengeJoshipura left Puerto Rico a few days after the hurricane hit on a previously booked flight. She says one of the greatest challenge presently facing people looking to get out of the island is information: “I am trying to get my husband out. It does not matter which airline or which part of the U.S., because he can go from there anywhere. But you have to check so many airlines and so many destinations.”Residents line up for up to eight hours to get fuel in San Juan. Photo: Courtesy Fernando TaverasThe most important help needed presently, she said, is facilitating “information sharing, help find others who cannot be traced … reach people, connect, share information about a Costco or Walgreen being open.”Shah said: “You on the mainland get better news on TV, CNN, than we do here. You know more about what is going on than we do.”Joshipura said a central WhatsApp or text information sharing group, since data and Internet is spotty in Puerto Rico, would be the best immediate resource. “Financial help is not going to solve immediate problems. It is giving the right information, it is making the logistics easier,” she said.There are 3,523 Indians and an additional 2,000 mixed-race Indians in Puerto Rico, the largest Asian group on the island, according to the 2010 Census. The highest proportion are employed in the education, construction, hospitality and manufacturing sectors.Dasari says, however, that he doubts there are more than 1,000 Indians in Puerto Rico as major events, such as Diwali and Holi, organized by the Indian Association of Puerto Rico, typically attract 200 to 250 Indians. Many Indians moved out of Puerto Rico after the financial crisis hit about a year ago. In May, the government filed for bankruptcy and the island has lost nearly 10 percent of its population during the past decade. Dasari estimates that the Indian student population at the University of Puerto Rico has fallen to a quarter in recent years. Almost half the Indians in Puerto Rico, including a majority of mixed race ones, migrated from neighboring Caribbean islands.See also Indians in Virgin Islands Pick Up the PiecesThe article has been updated to include comments from the Consulate General of India in Atlanta. Related Items
Months after denying entry to Kislay Kumar, a student at Sogang University in Seoul, The Fountain bar has issued a formal letter of apology. “First I’d like to apologize for what happened last June,” the letter from The Fountain’s owner Yoo Seung-woo, states. “I know nothing I can say can address the hardship you experienced, but nevertheless I’d like to convey my regrets.”The letter carries an apology for the “immature” handling of Kumar’s case. Yoo also wrote that he has learned a lot from the incident, and talks about how he has reflected on how to handle misunderstandings between Koreans and foreigners.The incident, which happened in June, was captured on video, which went viral. In the video, a bouncer of The Fountain bar at Itaewon can be heard saying: “No Indians. It is a rule. No Kazakhstan, no Pakistan, no Mongolia, no Saudi Arabia and no Egypt. It is a rule.”Kumar, however, wrote on his Facebook that since South Korea has no anti-discrimination law, he didn’t know how to go about the redressal of the issue. He, along with the Indian Embassy and the National Human Rights Commission, tried to get a formal letter of apology from the bar for months.Kumar said he didn’t need monetary compensation from the bar, just a formal acknowledgment that they had made a mistake. “My motive was not to put them down or anything, just to get a message that if you do something wrong, there’s a way to, with the help of organizations, get some result,” Kumar told Korea Exposé on phone.Foreigners being kept out of public establishments such as bars is not a rare occurrence in South Korea. In 2011, a woman from Uzbekistan was denied entry to a public bath house in Busan as the staff pointed out that there were concerns that she would make the bath water dirty. A bar in Seoul last year refused non-Koreans saying that its staff couldn’t speak English. While the Ebola crisis in 2014 was happening, a Seoul bar put up a sign banning Africans from entering the bar.The publication quoted Kumar as adding that while South Korea has a long way to go to become a truly inclusive society, he hopes his case highlights the need for an anti-discrimination law. “This one incident can make people cautious about their actions, but it can’t change their mentality,” Kumar said. “It has to come in the textbooks. The mind has to be opened and that has to come through education.”Kislay Kumar is pursuing a masters degree in international trade at Sogang University. He is also an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he did a graduate course in Korean Studies. Related ItemsFountain bar Seoul apologyKislay Kumar South KoreaLittle IndiaSeoul Indian studentSouth Korea discriminationThe Fountain IndianUniversity of Sogang Indian student
Actress Priyanka Chopra has apologized for a recent episode of the TV series Quantico, that created furor among Indians for showed Hindus hatching a terror plot in the United States.“I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologize. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change,” Chopra, 35, said in a post on Twitter on June 10.I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 9, 2018Chopra’s apology came two days after the ABC Studios issued a statement, saying it had inadvertently stepped into a complex political issue.The American producers apologized over the episode, saying that the Bollywood star was targeted “unfairly” over the content.“ABC Studios and the executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, The Blood of Romeo,” a spokesperson of the studio said in a statement released on June 8, standing by the Indian actress who was facing the brunt of the social media backlash. “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it.”Several social media users continued to express their unhappiness with Chopra, even after she issued the apology.This is a ridiculous tweet. You’re not even apologizing. You make it sound like Indians are hurt, which is not the issue. The issue is you have denigrated peaceful Indians, especially Indian-American Hindus, who have NEVER had 1 single terror case. You lied.— Hindu Americans (@HinduAmericans) June 9, 2018To hell with your apology @priyankachopraIt’s too late, too little! #Quantico— Meera Singh (@meeraremi11) June 10, 2018https://twitter.com/irahsinha/status/1006026122381877248Hindu pundits were driven out of their home and yet they keep paitence and plee for peace while this self proclaimed icon of India shows India and Hindus as real terrorists of Kashmir. She can’t be doughter of a army man. Money can’t buy you everything PC #PriyankaChopra— captain price (@MowLung) June 11, 2018The episode, which was aired on June 1, showed Chopra, who plays FBI agent Alex Parrish in the series, thwarting a plot by “Indian nationalists” who are planning to stage a nuclear attack in Manhattan and then frame Pakistan for the attack before an Indo-Pak summit is to be held.Chopra, one of highest paid Indian actors, was slammed by many, including cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, on social media for featuring in the episode.#Quantico Shows Hindu Men With Rudraksh, Identified As #Indian Nationalists Planning A Nuclear Attack With Knowledge Of Indian Govt To Frame “Innocent” #Pakistan.Who Are Funding These #AntiIndiaGang? Why Is Priyanka Chopra Supporting Them? Money>Nation?pic.twitter.com/GYO2tFR1Pu— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) June 6, 2018Meanwhile, Chopra’s fans came out in her support, saying her apology was not needed, as it is a work of fiction. Many said they are disappointed with her for apologizing for “creative freedom.”Really disheartening to see that @priyankachopra has to say sorry for a fictional character & a representation of a fictional show. Wake me up when India stops being so sensitive. The woman is making your country proud… frigging stop getting offended by idiotic stuff! #Quantico— Amrita Tanna (@Amr1ta) June 10, 2018What happened to our tolerance levels? Our sentiments are hurt by a work of fiction and not the harsh realities in our country. An actor shouldn’t need to apologize or get slammed for following a script! #Quantico #PriyankaChopra— Ashima Goyal (@ashimagoyal) June 10, 2018I would have earlier said that I’m disappointed with @priyankachopra for surrendering & apologizing for creative freedom. But being an artist is a tough job when people don’t understand creative freedom. Such fragile egos!— Parampara Patil Hashmi (@cinemawaali) June 10, 2018Chopra has earlier starred in the 2017 film, Baywatch, based on the hit television series. She will next be seen in the upcoming films, A Kid Like Jake, starring Jim Parsons and Claire Danes, and Isn’t It Romantic opposite Rebel Wilson. Chopra made her debut on American screens as Alex Parrish in Quantico in 2015. The third season, which is on air currently, is said to be the last season of the show. Related ItemsPriyanka ChopraQuantico
Statistical highlights of the seventh One-day international of the triangular series between India and Australia in Brisbane on Sunday. # Australia’s splendid win by 110 runs is their fifth largest over India in terms of runs in ODIs. # Australia’s excellent win is the biggest by any team by runs’ margin at Gabba, bettering the 94-run triumph by Sri Lanka against South Africa on January 17, 2006. # Peter Forrest (52 off 71 balls) has registered his second fifty in ODIs – his highest is 66 against India at Adelaide on February 12, 2012. # Forrest has participated in a win for the first time. # Brett Lee took his wickets tally to 54 (ave. 20.90) in 31 matches against India – the most by an Australian bowler against India in ODIs. # Lee is averaging 20.60 in Australian wins – 286 wickets in 148 matches, including eight instances of five wickets in an innings. # Lee has taken his tally of wickets in Australia to 161 at an average of 22.96 in 90 matches. He has equalled Glenn McGrath’s record of 161 wickets at 20.22 apiece in 96 ODIs in Australia. # Michael Hussey (59 off 52 balls) has registered his seventh fifty against India – his 36th in ODIs. # Michael Hussey is averaging 54.07 in Australian wins, aggregating 2920 runs in 115 matches, including one century and 20 fifties. # Michael Hussey has become the 13th Australian batsman to manage 5,000 runs in ODIs, amassing 5002 at an average of 50.52 in 142 ODIs. # Michael Hussey took 142 innings to reach the coveted milestone of 5000 runs. He is the sixth quickest to reach the milestone for Australia. Dean Jones had taken least number of innings (128), followed by Matthew Hayden (133) and Michael Bevan (135). # Hussey has become the second Australian batsman after Michael Bevan (6912 runs at an average of 53.58 in 232 matches) to manage 5000 runs besides averaging 50 or more in ODIs. # Ben Hilfenhaus, for the first time, has recorded a five-wicket haul in ODIs. # Hilfenhaus is the third Australian bowler after Brett Lee (5/27 against India on February 3, 2008) and Clint McKay (5/33 against Sri Lanka on November 7, 2010) to produce a five-wicket haul in ODIs at Gabba. # Hilfenhaus, for the first time, has received the Man of the Match award in ODIs. # Mahendra Singh Dhoni (56 off 84 balls) has registered his 45th fifty in Limited-Overs Internationals – his fourth against Australia. # Dhoni is averaging 52.47 in chases – 2991 runs in 107 matchs, including two centuries and 21 fifties. # Australia, at Gabba, have won three games and lost two against India. # Australia (288/5) have recorded their highest total against India at Brisbane, outstripping the 284 on January 18, 2004. # David Warner (43 off 46 balls) has posted his highest innings against India in ODIs. # The 70-run opening partnership between Matthew Wade and Warner is Australia’s highest in 13 ODIs. # The above partnership is Australia’s highest for the first wicket against India at Brisbane, beating the 46 between Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden on January 18, 2004. # Irfan Pathan (3/61) has produced his best bowling figures at Gabba, surpassing the 3 for 64 against Australia on January 18, 2004. # Pathan, with 9 wickets at 26.88 runs apiece in six matches, is the leading Indian bowler at Gabba. # Ricky Ponting has earned a dubious distinction, recording five single-digit scores in succession – 2, 1, 6, 2 & 7 – for the first time in ODIs. # Matthew Wade’s superb 45 off 67 balls is his second highest innings in ODIs, next only to the 67 against India at MCG on February 5, 2012. # David Hussey, with 244 at an average of 81.33 in five game, is the leading run-getter in the CB series 2011-12. He is followed by Gambhir (193), Dhoni (191) and Chandimal (188). # Matthew Wade (five catches)has effected five dismissals in an ODI for the second time. He had accomplished the feat for the first time against Sri Lanka at WACA Ground, Perth on February 10, 2012.advertisement
India’s stand-in Test captain Virat Kohli scored 66 and Murali Vijay added 60 as the tourists played out a draw in the two-day match against a Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI that concluded on Friday.The match was organised on short notice to give the Indian players some much-needed match practice ahead of the first Test against Australia which begins Tuesday at the Adelaide Oval.The four-Test series had initially been due to begin in Brisbane this week but had been rescheduled following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.Playing at the Glenelg Oval in suburban Adelaide, the Australian team batted first and scored 243 while India replied with 375 in their first innings. The Chairman’s XI was 83 for 5 in their second innings at stumps on Friday.Vijay and Kohli, who both retired to give other batsmen time in the crease, shared a 123-run stand, steadying India’s innings after the visitors were 36 for 2 late on the opening day.Vijay took one bouncer on the body that flicked up and hit the helmet, but composed himself quickly. Hughes died last Thursday, two days after being hit in the head from a short-pitched delivery during a domestic first-class match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australian pace legend Brett Lee on Wednesday heaped accolades on Virat Kohli, describing the swashbuckling Indian batsman as a legend whose aura is comparable to the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli notched up his second successive hundred, a 92-ball 106-run innings studded with 11 fours and a six, in the fourth and penultimate ODI against Australia and Lee doffed his hat to the Indian Test captain.”Hats off to Virat Kohli. He is a legend. He has been in terrific form. Where do you bowl to the great man, it is almost like Sachin Tendulkar when he used to come out to bat. He had that presence and Kohli too has that aura around him,” Lee told ‘bcci.tv’.”…once he gets going it is very difficult to get him out. He has got aggression and control of course, the guy is in terrific form,” said the former pacer on a day when Kohli equalled Tendulkar’s record of most centuries while chasing – 15 in all.Kohli today broke Tendulkar’s record to be the fastest to reach 25 one-day international records. He is also only the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to register four successive fifty-plus scores against Australia in Australia.India have already lost the five-match series and Lee said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men need to fight back.”I think India played particularly well to score 300, two times then getting close and then getting run down by Australia. They are playing good cricket. Unfortunately for them, they really didn’t have the attack to bowl Australia out. Australia chased down 300 on three occasion,” he said.advertisement(With PTI inputs)
Tainted former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Abhay Singh Chautala, who has been appointed as the life president of the national Olympic body, has insisted that he is ready to relinquish the post if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) tells him to do so. (IOA asked to reply to government showcause notice by December 30)”If IOC is not favourably inclined to my taking over as life president after the president has had an opportunity of discussing this matter personally with IOC, in accordance with the IOA resolution passed in the AGMs of Guwahati and Chennai, I will be pleased to sacrice my position, once again, in the best interest of indian sports, sportspersons, good governance, transparency and cleanliness in Indian sports ,” Chautala said. (Will not step down as IOA life president before I clarify: Abhay Chautala)The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader also hit back at Sports Minister Vijay Goel for his criticism of former’s appointment as life president of the national Olympic body, and insisted that he would not step down from the post. (All ties with IOA remain cut till it reverses decision: Vijay Goel)Goel had on Tuesday criticised the IOA for making the tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Chautala life presidents, saying that the move was “totally unacceptable” as both of them were facing serious criminal and corruption charges. (IOA row: Abhay Singh Chautala hits back at Sports Minister Vijay Goel)”I am surprised at the reaction of the Minister of Sports Vijay Goel and the media attention which was given to this ceremonial recognition of my humble contribution to sports and the sacrice I have made in 2013 by resigning from the post of president, although I was elected president in accordance with IOA Constitution, Indian Constitution and in a most transparent manner in an election conducted by three eminent judges,” Chautala said.advertisementThe tainted former IOA president also said that his presence to witness the Rio Olympics was also questioned.”I am personally aware of the conduct of the Minister of Sports at Rio Olympics where IOC had questioned the behavior of the Minister and his Associates and threatened to withdraw his accreditation. I do not wish to dwell more on this subject as I do not want to embarrass the Minister as well as the Sports Movement in India. If necessary, I will brief the Prime Minister on this issue of Rio Olympics,” he said.As per sources, the decision to appoint Chautala and Kalmadi as life presidents was unanimous. A resolution was moved by Joint Secretary Rakesh Gupta and a total of 150 people, who were a part of the meeting in Chennai, agreed to it.The Sports Ministry on Wednesday decided to issue a showcause notice to the IOA and has said that all ties will be cut with the national Olympic body until Kalmadi and Chautala aren’t removed.Meanwhile, Kalmadi has voluntarily decided to step down from the post, confirmed his counsel Hitesh Jain yesterday.”Voluntarily he is stepping down and will not hold the post till his name is not cleared by court,” Jain told ANI.Kalmadi has been facing corruption charges for misappropriation of funds during the hosting of 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He served as the IOA president from 1996 to 2011 and was jailed for 10 months for his involvement in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games corruption scandal but later released on bail. Meanwhile, Chautala was earlier this month certied as the chief of the Haryana Olympic Association HOA) by the IOA.Chautala served as the president of the IOA from December 2012 to February 2014 when the IOA was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for fielding charge-sheeted candidates at the elections. His election as IOA chief was annulled by the IOC.Only after the IOA Constitution was amended to ensure that charge-framed candidates are not allowed to contest elections, the IOC revoked the suspension on IOA in February 2014.
HMD Global announced the Nokia 7 Plus in India alongside the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 8 Sirocco earlier this month. The new Nokia 6 has been available in the country for a few weeks now largely in the offline market and Nokia’s online store. This week, the Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 8 Sirocco went on sale both offline and online. As far as online channels are concerned, the Nokia 7 Plus can be found via Amazon India and Nokia.com/phones, while the 8 Sirocco is available on Flipkart and Nokia’s store.The Nokia 7 Plus price in India is set at Rs 25,999 and is perhaps the best value-for-money phone HMD has launched so far. The Android One phone not only comes with a stunning design language, but it also offers a pure, stock Android experience, which combined with a capable processor promises to deliver fast and smooth performance, and great battery life as well. The Nokia 7 Plus has a lot to offer and if you’re in the market looking for a good phone under Rs 30,000, we give you a few reasons to consider this phone.– One of the biggest appeals about the Nokia 7 Plus is its design. HMD this year is trying to create an identity for its phones and one of the ways it is doing that is by adding a dual tone design. The Nokia 7 Plus comes with copper accents around the frame, fingerprint sensor and rear camera module that makes it stand out.– The copper accents are further highlighted on a metal unibody that has been machined out of a single block of Series 6000 aluminum. This makes the phone extremely solid and durable and you feel it the moment you hold it. Additionally, the six-layer ceramic coating on the back gives it a smooth feel and also hides the antennae lines. This comes in a choice of Black and White, although only the former is currently available in India.advertisement– The Nokia 7 Plus is also the first phone from the company to sport an 18:9 display. This means you get a tall 6-inch full-HD+ IPS display with narrow bezels all around, which further adds to the attractive design language.– The 18:9 display on the Nokia 7 Plus is vivid and colours pop on screen. The display has good viewing angles and colour reproduction is quite natural. Brightness levels aren’t great outdoors and that is perhaps the only issue one might have with the display. — The Nokia 7 Plus is the first phone in India to sport a Snapdragon 660 chipset. This is notable because the processor is the first mid-range processor to feature Qualcomm’s Kryo cores. The chip features eight Kryo 260 cores with four of them clocked at 2.2GHz to handle performance intensive tasks and four energy-efficient cores clocked at 1.8GHz.– What this means is the SD660 chip will offer you a performance similar to the Snapdragon 821 flagship chipset of 2016, which is pretty great for a sub-Rs 30,000 phone. I reviewed the phone and found that the chipset allows for an extremely smooth performance with barely any lags or stuttering.– The other reason the chipset performs so smoothly is because the phone comes with stock Android. As part of the Android One programme, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with pure, unadulterated Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and is now upgradable to Android 8.1 Oreo with the April security update as well. There is practically zero bloatware and the software experience is clean and smooth.– Android One promises that the Nokia 7 Plus will get timely Android security updates as well as two major Android updates. This means that the phone can be expected to be among the first to receive Android P and Android Q, which not a lot of phones can boast of in this price range.– The Nokia 7 Plus houses a 3,800mAh battery, which HMD says will last you up to two days. This is largely true as I got a good day and a half of juice on average usage which includes messaging, browsing social media apps and streaming some videos on YouTube. Battery life is pretty solid and you should get an average of 5 to 6 hours of screen on time. Additionally, the phone supports fast charge via USB Type-C and will charge up from zero to 40 per cent in 30 minutes.– The premium and appealing design language, 18:9 display, impressive battery life, stock Android Oreo software and near flagship-level chipset are some compelling reasons to go for the phone in this price segment. It also keeps in line with 2018 standards, making it a more logical buy than last year’s Nokia 8, which is available at around Rs 28,000.advertisementALSO READ: Nokia 7 Plus review: Pretty, powerful and almost perfect
The third match of Indian Premier League(IPL) 2013 offers the clash between Pune Warriors India and this season’s debutants Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. The repackaged team from Hyderabad will take on last season’s laggards Pune in a rather easy opening match for the home team.Missing from the line- up of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, as they are called now, would be star batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who knocked up the fastest Test century on debut against Australia last month.The new owners have retained Kumar Sangakkara as captain.In the batting department, Sangakkara, South Africa’s JP Duminy, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera and Australian Twenty20 specialist Cameron White along with Parthiv Patel make the team highly competitive.South African paceman Dale Steyn would lead the bowling attack for them with Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Nathan McCullum providing support.Pune Warriors, on the other hand, suffered a setback when Australian Michael Clarke was ruled out of the entire IPL season due to a recurring back injury.But the return of Yuvraj Singh and the presence of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor have bolstered the team.Players to watch out for from Sunrisers Hyderabad:Cameron White: The Australian all-rounder is a T20 specialist. Known for his explosive batting and devious leg spin, White is the perfect mix for the IPL. He was the second highest run-scorer for Deccan Chargers with 479 runs in 13 matches last season.Dale Steyn: The top-ranked bowler in Test cricket, Dale Steyn, has scalped 59 wickets in 52 matchs during his IPL career. Steyn was the highest wicket-taker for Deccan Chargers with 18 wickets in 12 matches last season. He will play a key role in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s journey this season.Amit Mishra: The 30-year-old leg-break bowler from Delhi, Amit Mishra, is a wicket-taking yet economical bowler in the shortest version of cricket. He was impressive in IPL 2008 when he picked up a hat-trick while playing for the Delhi Daredevils. Mishra was the highest wicket-taker for Deccan Chargers with 19 wickets in 14 matches last season.Quinton de Kock: The 20-year-old wicket-keeper batsman from South Africa is one of the most talked signings this season. He came to the spotlight after scoring a brilliant 51 not out off 33 balls in their first match for South African Highveld Lions against Mumbai Indians in Champions League Twenty20, 2012 in Johannesburg.Players to watch out for from Pune Warriors India:Robin Uthappa: The 27-year-old explosive batsman was the top run-scorer for Pune with 405 runs in 16 matches last season. He is an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace.Parveez Rasool: The 24-year-old off-break spinner will make his debut in the IPL this season. He was the leading run-scorer and the highest wicket-taker for J&K in the Ranji Trophy 2012-13 season. He shot to fame with his bowling spell of 7/45 against Australia in a warm-up game at Chennai this year.Yuvraj Singh: The left-hander is no stranger to the T20 touranament. Despite going through a bad form, Yuvi is clean striker of the ball and a match-winner to have in your squad. He should strike into form if Pune intends to add silverware in their trophy cabinet this year.Steven Smith: The 23-year-old Australian all-rounder was a run-machine for Pune last season. He was the second highest run-scorer for Pune with 362 runs in 15 matches last season. He resumes duty for Pune with superb form that was showcased against India in the recent Test series.Teams(From): Sunrisers Hyderabad: Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews(c), Ajantha Mendis, Kane Richardson, Parveez Rasool, Luke Wright, Abhishek Nayar, Marlon Samuels, Manish Pandey, Michael Clarke, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mitchell Marsh, Rahul Sharma, Ross Taylor, Ashok Dinda, Steve Smith, Tamim Iqbal, Wayne Parnell, Ali Murtaza, Anustup Majumdar, Robin Uthappa(wk), Dheeraj Jadhav, Eklavya Dwivedi(wk), Harpreet Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Mahesh Rawat(wk), Mithun Manhas, Raiphi Gomez, Shrikant Wagh, Tirumalasetti Suman, Udit BirlaPune Warriors India: Kumar Sangakkara(c/wk), Ishant Sharma, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Rusty Theron, Parthiv Patel(wk), Quinton De Kock, Darren Sammy, Thisara Perera, Clinton McKay, Nathan McCullum, Shikhar Dhawan, Veer Pratap Singh, Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Ankit Sharma, Bharat Chipli, Biplab Samantray, Akash Bhandari, Akshath Reddy, Ravi Tejaadvertisement
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has written strong letters to the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) on Tuesday asking for explanations on their own governance and how shabbily they have dealt with the Asian Games selection.At a time when most of the national sports federations at home have been pressing for their teams’ participation at the Asian Games in Indonesia, the EFI has done the unthinkable.It first held a selection committee meeting in the Capital on June 2 and 3. A day later, the EFI sent out a press release to the media that a seven member team (three-day eventing and showjumping) had been cleared.Two days later, EFI president Lt General Ashok Ambre cancelled the selection without even consulting the selectors. This lead to a huge furore and has been reported in detail by Mail Today.Later, at a meeting held in the sports ministry where the annual training and competition of the EFI was discussed, Ashok Ambre had said to secretary sports, Rahul Bhatnagar, they were not sending a team to the Asian Games.The IOA, in its letter on Tuesday, has said “retracting of a national team that represents the country in such a prestigious international event is no small action. It caused much distress to the athletes (riders) and effects of which have also caused disrepute to the sport and our country,” says the letter signed by IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.While the IOA does not interfere in the autonomy of federations and selection matters, it has expressed anguish at the way the whole drama has been played out. Riders and sponsors associated with the sport are in a state of shock and have written to the IOA seeking justice.advertisement”The IOA seeks to know the action taken by EFI to enquire the role of selection committee members that caused the unfortunate situation. We hope suitable disciplinary action would be taken against the guilty and precautions would also be taken to avoid such instances in the future,” adds the letter.The EFI will now need to tell the IOA and sports lovers who took the arbitrary decision to cancel the team selection. The EFI selection committee cannot be blamed as most of them were not in favour of cancelling the teams selected after their meeting was held at the beginning of this month.There is also a possibility the EFI selection meeting can be reconvened.In another letter, the IOA has raised serious doubts about the functioning of the EFI. The letter, again signed by Mehta says, “the EFI is not complying with the National Sports Development Code of 2011 and norms of the IOA.”The IOA, after reviewing the EFI statute, has pointed out flaws in the structure of the EFI where “all members including clubs and institutions are granted voting rights.””The right to vote in any of the national sports federations is granted to those associations that have only one sport association in one state for the sport,” says the IOA.For the first time, the IOA has also slammed the EFI over the composition of its executive committee. “It is evident that the composition of the EC is largely from one section of the government (Army). Out of the total 21 members in the EC, there are very few exceptions. In essence, it does not reflect autonomous governance of sport,” adds the letter.The EFI will now have to submit to the IOA several documents to prove they function at par with other national sports federations. It includes registration certificate, copy of statues/constitution, copy of minutes of the last AGM (annual general meeting) and last election report. The IOA has also asked for the last three years annual report.
Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, everyone is caffeinated and ready to talk about our everyday fuel — coffee, that is. The cast of characters includes Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks; our Food and Drink Editor, Sam Slaughter; our Managing Editor, Nicole Raney; and our illustrious host, Greg Nibler.We also have a very special guest from Charleston, South Carolina. Katie Weinberger, the marketing director for King Bean Coffee Roasters, chats with Cator about the importance of local coffee communities and what it takes to get the perfect roasts. (This is Cator’s favorite from the King Bean lineup, by the way.)Nicole gives us a quick rundown of the different ways that you can make coffee at home, and then the discussion moves on to the a more buzzworthy topic: booze! Because no podcast would be complete with it. Sam give us a quick rundown on the history of Irish coffee (you can find more info below) as well as a delicious recipe that you can easily make at home. An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Slane Irish Coffee(Created by Pam Wiznitzer, Seamstress, New York City)1.75 oz Slane Irish Whiskey.5 oz Demerara simple syrup (2:1, sugar to water)2.5 oz hot strong brewed coffee1 oz cream float*Method: In a heatproof Georgian glass, add Slane Irish Whiskey, Demerara simple syrup and coffee. Leave room at the top for the heavy cream. Stir gently. Float a thin layer of cream on top. Garnish with a healthy grating of fresh cinnamon.*Cream Float6 oz heavy cream3 tsp powdered sugar1 grating fresh cinnamonMethod: Combine ingredients in a Mason jar or protein shaker. Cover and shake for 20-30 seconds. Do not over-shake. They consistency should become denser, but still pourable.Further ReadingThe History and How-To of Irish Coffee: This classic caffeinated has a long and interesting back-story. We make up for any boring details by providing five tasty recipes.Brew the Perfect Jolt of Java with these Home Espresso Machines: Complicated, professional-grade equipment is super expensive. These machines can satisfy your fix without requiring five-plus years barista experience.What is a Scrub, Rub, and Chug? We almost didn’t want to tell you so you imaginations would run while, but here’s the mysterious procedure that Sam mentions in the podcast.Need Something More? Here are Some of Our Favorite Coffee Products: Kuju Coffee Pocket Pourover and Nomad Espresso Machine, for when you’re on the go; HuskeeCup, to reduce coffee-related waste; and the best travel mugs on the market. While you’re at it, learn some more about civet crap coffee. Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy Editors’ Recommendations
A feasibility study is to be done for an air-conditioning energy efficiency system using seawater from the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.This follows Cabinet’s approval for the Ministry of Transport and Mining, through the Airports Authority of Jamaica, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with Deprofundis Ingenium SAS to undertake the study.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on June 28.“If the study proves positive, the implementation of this project would be in line with this Administration’s commitment to use as much of the country’s natural resources to reduce costs and improve energy efficiency,” Senator Reid said.The France-based company, Deprofundis, specialises in seawater air-conditioning technology.The entity also offers consultation services to analyse the energy consumption of specific buildings or other areas, and puts forward renewable energy-based solutions.In the meantime, Senator Reid also informed that Cabinet has authorised the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology to grant a generation licence to Wigton Windfarm in Manchester.This will give the entity formal permission to supply up to 18 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, using wind from its Wigton II facility.
zoom Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) is rolling out the annual UAE Ministry of Labour and the Abu Dhabi Emirate Environment, Health and Safety Management System (AD EHSMS) ”Safety in the Heat” campaign in its ports and the Kizad industrial zone.The ADPC campaign will run from begining of June until September 15, 2014 at all ADPC ports, and it is using the “Safety in the Heat” campaign messages and awareness material, developed by the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD).ADPC’s campaign which is being held for the second year is designed to raise awareness about, and help prevent heat-related illnesses over the summer months.ADPC’s Health & Safety staff will distribute parcels which will include a summer hat, a bottle of water, electrolyte fluids, reusable water bottles, and information flyers.In addition, a new video about the “Safety in the Heat” will be shown in all ADPC’s offices and ports, and shaded areas will be provided along with plentiful water at all times.Sultan Al Jaberi, VP Regulations, HSE and Security, ADPC said: “We hope that this campaign will mean that everyone can keep safe and hydrated and that we will have no Lost Time Incidents as a result of heat related illnesses. This campaign will ensure that everyone in our ports and the industrial zone will know how to stay safe by recognizing the early signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses and can seek treatment accordingly.”June 10, 2014
Melbourne: Most diamonds are formed from recycled ancient seabeds that became buried deep beneath the Earth’s crust, a study has found. Researchers from Macquarie University in Australia recreated extreme pressures and temperatures found 200 kilometres underground. They showed that seawater in sediment from the bottom of the ocean reacts in the right way to produce the balance of salts found in diamond. The study, published in Science Advances, settles a long-standing question about the formation of diamonds. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”There was a theory that the salts trapped inside diamonds came from marine seawater, but couldn’t be tested,” said Michael Forster, a professor at Macquarie University. “Our research showed that they came from marine sediment,” said Forster. Diamonds are crystals of carbon that form beneath the Earth’s crust in very old parts of the mantle. They are brought to the surface in volcanic eruptions of a special kind of magma called kimberlite. While gem diamonds are usually made of pure carbon, so-called fibrous diamonds, which are cloudy and less appealing to jewellers, often include small traces of sodium, potassium and other minerals that reveal information about the environment where they formed. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThese fibrous diamonds are commonly ground down and used in technical applications like drill bits. Fibrous diamonds grow more quickly than gem diamonds, which means they trap tiny samples of fluids around them while they form. “We knew that some sort of salty fluid must be around while the diamonds are growing, and now we have confirmed that marine sediment fits the bill,” said Forster. For this process to occur, a large slab of sea floor would have to slip down to a depth of more than 200 kilometres below the surface quite rapidly, in a process known as subduction in which one tectonic plate slides beneath another. The rapid descent is required because the sediment must be compressed to more than four gigapascals (40,000 times atmospheric pressure) before it begins to melt in the temperatures of more than 800 degrees Celsius found in the ancient mantle.To test the idea, team members carried out a series of high-pressure, high-temperature experiments. They placed marine sediment samples in a vessel with a rock called peridotite that is the most common kind of rock found in the part of the mantle where diamonds form. Then they turned up the pressure and the heat, giving the samples time to react with one another in conditions like those found at different places in the mantle.
VICTORIA – The chief of the Victoria Police Department says there is still “work to do” in the wake of a scathing report that found former chief Frank Elsner committed eight acts of misconduct while in office.“The behaviour that was described in the final report is simply unacceptable in the workplace,” Chief Const. Del Manak told a news conference Friday.Senior managers in the department will work with the police board and union leaders to identify and address all workplace issues that made Elsner’s actions possible, he said.“How could this behaviour have occurred in our midst?” Manak said, questioning if the force did enough to immediately identify Elsner’s misconduct and take action to prevent it from happening again.He pointed to the recently created diversity and inclusion executive committee and mandatory anti-bullying and harassment training and ethics courses as signs the department is committed to a healthier work environment.Manak also praised the “brave and ethical people at this police department,” who witnessed Elsner’s actions and spoke up.“Their courageous actions led directly to Wednesday’s final report by the (Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner),” he said.Commissioner Stan Lowe found Elsner had been “caught in a web of untruths” that began when the former chief sent inappropriate Twitter messages to the wife of an officer in his department.Elsner lied to investigators, minimized the inappropriate comments, encouraged another witness to make a false statement, had unwanted physical contact with two female officers, made inappropriate sexual remarks to another and misused department equipment, Lowe found.He resigned as chief last May but Lowe demoted him to the rank of constable and dismissed him from policing.Elsner could not be reached for comment.
During the lengthy discussions, the two leaders focused attention on several areas of bilateral cooperation including economy, investment, trade, technology and tourism. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs Mervyn Silva, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin De Vaas Gunawardene, Members Parliament Lohan Ratwatte and Lakshman Wasantha Perera, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal were also present at the Discussion. (Colombo Gazette) Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has said his country will back Sri Lanka at many international fora, the President’s office said today.President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is now on a state visit to Tanzania held bilateral discussions with his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete at the State House in Tanzania yesterday. President Rajapaksa elaborated on present investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and invited Tanzanian investors to make use of those opportunities. President apprised the Tanzanian President of preparations to host 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (2013) in Sri Lanka. President Kikwete while reaffirming his support for a successful Summit in Sri Lanka pledged his country’s cooperation to Sri Lanka at many international fora.The Tanzanian President hosted the Sri Lankan delegation for a State Banquet at the State House.
Co-sponsored by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at New York’s Fordham University, the day-long symposium was devoted to the theme of ‘Human Security for All.’“Sergio would have been glad that you are addressing this simple but powerful theme: the notion that every man, woman and child must have clean water, enough food to eat, adequate shelter, basic health care, a decent education, protection from violence, and a popularly elected government,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in charge of OCHA.Referring to the bomb attack that killed Mr. Vieira de Mello, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and 21 others, Mr. Annan added: “Their deaths were a shock to us all – and a terrible illustration of the new dangers we face in seeking to bring relief to suffering populations.”Fordham University posthumously bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on Mr. Vieira de Mello, a degree that was accepted by his widow Annie and son Laurent.Those scheduled to address the symposium included Mr. Egeland, Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).