SHILLONG, May 18: National award winning Khasi feature film “Onaatah – of the Earth” is running houseful even after a week of its release in two cinemas of the city – Biju and Anjalee Cinema.
Over 10,000 viewers and movie lovers have watched the film, the estimate made from the number of tickets sold in the two cinemas so far.
VISAKHAPATNAM: Adam Zampa and Ashok Dinda shone with the ball by grabbing three wickets apiece before Ajinkya Rahane hit an unbeaten 42 as Rising Pune Supergiants beat Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-interrupted IPL match here on Tuesday. Leg-spinner Zampa (3/21) and pacer Dinda (3/20) led a disciplined bowling display for Pune to restrict the Daredevils to a meagre 121 for 6 and later opener Rahane led the batting charge with 42 not out as the “home” side won the match by 19 runs under D/L method. Rahane hit five fours and a six in his 36-ball knock to anchor the innings as Pune reached 76 for one in 11 overs before the umpires called off play after second rain interruption at the ACAVDCA Cricket Stadium. At the first rain interruption, Pune were 57 for 1 in 8.2 overs with Rahane on 26 and George Bailey on 6. They returned after a rain break of around an hour and they were to get their full quota of 20 overs. But rain came back again after playing another two overs and four deliveries. Rahane and Bailey added 19 runs in those 16 deliveries. Rahane added 16 runs for himself as he hit a four and a six off Mohammed Shami tinued persistently, the match was called off after a wait of around 15 minutes with Pune ahead of the par score of 57 by 19 runs. The win did not change anything for Pune, apart from the addition of two more points to their earlier six, except that they are now in the seventh spot ahead of Kings XI Punjab. For Daredevils, the loss will make it more difficult for them to book a play-offs berth as they remained at sixth spot with 12 points from 12 matches. They will now need to win both their remaining matches — against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Pune made a brisk start in their run chase and reached 30 for no loss at the end of the third over with Khawaja (19) hitting four boundaries in his 13-ball knock before he sliced straight to backward point fielder Shreyas Iyer in the fourth over. (PTI)
NEW DELHI: India’s star batsman Virat Kohli says he has not batted better than the last two months but stopped short of calling the ongoing phenomenal phase as the peak of his career. “I don’t know if if I have reached my peak yet. It just feels that I have just started in the last couple of months. Coaches including in IPL ask me regularly whether I have hit peak or not. All I can say is that I have been hitting the ball better than I have ever but I know this phase can’t be taken for granted,” said Kohli. Kohli’s breathtaking run began with the World T20 and he has carried it well and truly into the IPL, where he has scored a record three centuries and has become the highest run-getter in a season. “I would like to enjoy this phase rather than think about anything else. I have never been this calm in my head. I am aiming for improvement not just as a cricketer but also as a person.” In an interview to India Today, Kohli also gave an interesting insight to his state of mind before he takes the field in every game. “I check my heart-rate just before I take the field. I try to calm myself down if the heart is beating too fast as I feel I won’t be able to give my best that way. After that I just to look to start my innings and explore,” he said. How does he manage to maintain his intensity on the field after scoring tons of runs for his team? “I respect the sport. Be it any match, I know I have to give my 120 percent. It is probably because the struggles of the past remain fresh in my mind and that is why I don’t take anything for granted. Playing this sport is all I know,” said the champion batsman. (PTI)
New Delhi, May 17 (PTI) Ending speculation around the merger of Indian Super League with I-League, the AIFF on Tuesday virtually recognised ISL as the country’s premier league as per a new roadmap, which will have three more sevenmonth leagues in a hierarchical system from 2017 onwards. In place of Nehru Cup, the AIFF also plans to start a multi-country tournament from 2017 in which teams ranked between 120 to 150 in the FIFA chart will be invited to participate. As per its latest roadmap, the Super Cup, which was earlier played between the winner of I-League and Federation Cup, will be a two month affair played by the best teams from ISL, League 1 and League 2 from March 2018. Teams vying to play in the continental AFC Cup will have to go through Super Cup. Aiming to restructure Indian football, the AIFF and its marketing partners IMGReliance on Tuesday presented a new roadmap under which the ISL will be the country’s top league followed by League 1, 2 and 3 that will start from November 2017. A meeting attended by officials from AIFF, ISL, ILeague, I-League 2, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) and official broadcaster Star Sports was held on Tuesday. Well-known Indian players such as former captain Bhaichung Bhutia and current star Sunil Chhetri were also present. While the majority sounded positive about the new roadmap created to restructure Indian football, a few traditional clubs raised concerns. According to All India Football Federation president Praful Patel, this is aimed at reducing the “friction” between the ISL and the existing I-League, which will be rechristened League 1. Speculation was rife that the ISL would merge with ILeague and become a single entity but when asked about the sudden change in their stance, Patel said they were only trying to have different tiers, and not separate leagues, to have a wider pool of talent. The AIFF’s objective is to create a “sustainable ecosystem” for clubs. Promotion and relegation will not be applicable to the ISL but Patel said there could be 10 to 12 teams participating in the event from next year onwards. The AIFF said it is striving to see the national team improve its FIFA rankings to 120 by December 2017. It also wants to help the women’s team qualify for the 2019 World Cup. Under the AIFF Lakshya programme for club football, the federation said it aims to improve the marketability of clubs, attract investment, incentives competition and bring professionalism in Indian clubs. While 28 teams from 15 states are playing currently in Indian leagues, the AIFF hopes to see the involvement of all states by 2020. Patel said ISL has been a “disruption in Indian football and it because of this disruption that we are now looking for solutions”. For the sustenance of the lower division clubs, the AIFF said it will guarantee minimum central revenues to them. The revamp in grassroots development programmes will continue. (PTI)
NEW DELHI: With the Delhi High Court on Tuesday directing WFI to hold a meeting with Sushil Kumar, the decorated grappler’s hopes of competing at the Olympics seems almost over as the Federation is not keen on conducting a trial in the contentious men’s 74kg category, saying it would set a wrong precedent and might “finish Indian wrestling”. Following the HC directive, the Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh decided to hold a meeting with the two-time Olympic medallist tomorrow, to sort out what has snowballed into a major controversy ahead of the mega-event in August. Having already won two individual medals at the last two Olympics, the 32-yearold is one of India’s biggest sporting icons but the WFI, notwithstanding, is keen on sending quota winner Narsingh Pancham Yadav to the upcoming Games. “I will be conducting a meeting tomorrow. Earlier, there was suppose to be a selection committee but now that the court has directed us to form a fourmember committee, we will meet tomorrow and then put forward our opinion,” Brij Bhushan told PTI on Tuesday. The Delhi High Court today said that a committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and the chief coach should meet Sushil at the earliest and since the federation was an autonomous body, it should try and resolve the matter amicably. The court has also sought the response of the Sports Ministry and WFI and asked them to file their affidavits before its next hearing on May 27. Making it clear that WFI would not like to conduct a trial, Brij Bhushan said this practice may harm Indian wrestling severely. “Till now, a wrestler believes that if he/she brings a quota, he/she will go to the Olympics. But the day it would become a norm that even if one athlete brings a quota but someone else may go to the Olympics, that day wrestling in India would be finished. No one would work hard to bring a quota as the wrestlers may not feel secure,” he insisted. “Because of this issue, our other qualified wrestlers are also under pressure and not just the ones in 74kg. Everyone is worried that if trial is conducted in one category, then others will also demand for trials. This is also not justified that we hold trial in just one weight division. So all the grapplers, who have qualified are disturbed and that is hampering their preparations,”
KUNSHAN (CHINA): Saina Nehwal guided the Indian eves to a dominating 5-0 win over Germany to stay on course for a knockout berth in Uber Cup, but the men’s team suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat against Hong Kong, as they stared at an early exit in Thomas Cup badminton tournament here on Tuesday. It turned out to be another disappointing day for the men’s team after Ajay Jayaram lost the opening singles and Rio-bound pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy and young combo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also lost their respective doubles matches. Sai Praneeth and Sourabh Verma restored some pride with thrilling victories in the second and third singles to narrow down the margin of defeat. Later in the day, Saina and P V Sindhu enthralled the spectators with straight-game wins in the women’s singles and Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa then bounced back from a game down to eke out a win in the first women’s doubles and take an unassailable 3-0 lead. Starting the proceedings for Indian women’s team, London Olympic bronze medallist Saina thrashed Fabienne Deprez 21-15 21- 10, while World No. 10 Sindhu brushed aside Luise Heim 21-7 21-12 to give India a 2-0 lead. 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallists, Jwala and Ashwini prevailed over Linda Efler and Lara Kaepplein 14-21 21-9 21-8 in a 41-minute clash in the first doubles to give India a 3-0 advantage. In the last two inconsequential matches, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde trounced Yvonne Li 21-5 21-15, while N Sikki Reddy and Sindhu paired up to beat Isabel Herttrich and Franziska Volkmann 21-18 19-21 22-20 in the second doubles. India will take on the 2014 runners-up Japan in a Group D match on Wednesday. The Indian eves had lost 2-3 to Japan in the semifinals of the last edition. (PTI)
NEW DELHI: In a setback to BJP which dominated the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the party managed to win only from three seats while the AAP made its debut by winning five seats and the Congress wrested four seats in the bypolls to 13 wards. The AAP fell short of its expectations of a “clean sweep” in the polls, which was billed as a barometer of Kejriwal government’s popularity in Delhi, while Congress’s victory was seen as the indication of party’s revival in the city after it drew blank in the last assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. One Congress rebel won as an Independent from the Bhati ward in South Delhi. The MCD, which was trifurcated in 2012, has been a BJP-ruled body for nearly a decade. Out of the 13 wards, seven were previously held by BJP, one by RLD, and five by Independents. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thanked the people for helping the party emerge as the largest party in MCD bypolls. “MCD ruled by BJP-Cong. Outsider AAP wins max seats in byelection. Thnx Delhi for reaffirming faith. Ab MCD election mein sabhi seat jeetni h,” he said in a twwet. Congress was ecstatic with its win in four wards. “It’s a very big victory for us,” said Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken pointing out that all the four wards won by the party were not won by it even in 2007 and 2012 MCD elections. He also expressed hope that party rebel Rajender Singh Tanwar will join Congress bringing the party’s tally on par with AAP. “Rajender is expected to join Congress. It is also noteworthy that our candidate from Bhati ward Joginder Tanwar was runner up in the election,” Maken said. Out of the thirteen wards, AAP won from Matiala, Tekhand, Nanakpura and Vikas Nagar wards. Congress candidates won in Quamaruddin Nagar, Munirka, Khichripur and Jhilmil wards. Congress candidate Yogita Rathi won from the all-women candidate ward Munirka while party candidates Anand Kumar and Pankaj defeated ex MLAs fielded by BJP from Khichripur and Jhilmil wards in East Delhi Municipal Corporation. BJP, which had won 7 out of the 13 wards in 2012 MCD elections, won Wazirpur, Nawada and Shalimar Bagh (North) wards. In terms of voting percentage BJP garnered the maximum 34.11 votes despite winning only in three wards. AAP obtained 29.93 percent votes while Congress got 24.87 percent votes while winning 5 and 4 wards respectively. BJP was also runner up in the 8 wards which were won by AAP and Congress. Congress candidate from Qamaruddin Nagar Ashok Bhardwaj won by the highest margin of 7434 votes by defeating BJP’s Anil Sinha. “The counting went on peacefully and smoothly. Thirteen centres were set up to count 3,06,677 votes polled on May 15 which comprised 45.9 per cent of the total number of eligible voters,” he said. A total of 95 candidates were in the fray in bypolls voting for which were polling were held on 694 stations. BJP, Congress and AAP had fielded candidates each for all the 13 wards. (PTI)
NEW DELHI/ ISLAMABAD: India on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for taking to the UN the issue of its proposed law against wrong depiction of India maps, saying the Bill was its internal matter and Islamabad had no business in it. ”The proposed Bill is an entirely internal legislative matter of India, since the whole of the state of J&K is an integral part of India. Pakistan or any other party has no locus standi in the matter,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said here in reaction to a statement issued by the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad . He said India saw no need of internationalising any matter that could be resolved by the two countries bilaterally. ”The government firmly rejects Pakistan’s repeated and increasing attempts to impose on the international community matters that India has always been open to address bilaterally with Pakistan.”The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 has been prepared in the light of certain social networking sites showing Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of Pakistan and China respectively. It provides for a jail term of seven years and a fine of up to Rs 100 crore for wrong depiction of the Indian map. In Islamabad, the Foreign Office said, ”Pakistan has expressed serious concern to the United Nations Secretary General and the President of the UN Security Council, through letters by our Permanent Representative in New York, with regard to the Indian government’s efforts to introduce a controversial “Geospatial Information Regulation Bill” in the Indian Parliament.” The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 has been prepared in the light of certain social networking sites showing Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of Pakistan and China respectively. (PTI)
NEW DELHI: Stepping up his attack on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack him immediately claiming he was “mentally not fully Indian” and alleging he has “wilfully” wrecked the economy. However, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh reacted sharply to the attack on Rajan saying why Swamy does not hit his “real target” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley but “set up dummy targets” like the RBI Governor who cannot speak out. BJP spokesperson on economic affairs Gopalkrishna Aggarwal said Swamy is a senior leader whose opinions “definitely matters” but added the final say will be with the government. Following up on his barb last week that Rajan should be sent back to Chicago, Swamy has written a letter to the Prime Minister Swamy saying how a person appointed by the UPA government should be continued in the post. “I cannot see why someone appointed by the UPA Government who is apparently working against Indian economic interests should be kept in this post when we have so many nationalist- minded experts available in this country for the RBI Governorship,” he said. The newly-nominated MP urged Modi “to terminate the appointment of Dr Raghuram Rajan in the national interest.” “The reason why I recommend this is that I am shocked by the wilful and apparently deliberate attempt by Dr Rajan to wreck the Indian economy,” he said adding his concept of raising interest rates to contain inflation was “disastrous. ” Also, bad loans with public sector banks has doubled to Rs 3.5 lakh crore in two years, he said. Rajan was appointed RBI Governor by the previous UPA government in September 2013 for a three-year term, which can be extended. “These actions of Dr Rajan lead me to believe that he is acting more as a disrupter of the Indian economy than the person who wants the Indian economy to improve. “Moreover he is in this country on a Green Card provided by the US government and therefore mentally not fully Indian. Otherwise why would he renew his Green Card as RBI Governor by making the mandatory annual visit to the US to keep the Green Card current?” he wrote. At an event here yesterday, Jaitley had declined to wade into speculation whether Rajan would get a second term or not. “As far as finance ministry and RBI are concerned, there is an institutional relationship between the two. It is a very matured relationship. We at the highest level at the two institutions have discussion and each other’s view is considered between us,” the minister had said. Swamy had last week stated that Rajan was “not appropriate for the country” as he had in the garb of controlling inflation raised interest rates leading to “collapse of industry and rise of unemployment in the economy.” Rajan’s three-year term ends in early September and if an extension is denied, he will be the first RBI Governor since 1992 to not have a five-year term. His predecessors — D Subbarao (2008-2013), Y V Reddy (2003-2008), Bimal Jalan (1997-2003) and C Rangarajan (1992-1997) had five-year terms. After assuming charge as RBI governor in September 2013, Rajan gradually raised the short-term lending rate from 7.25 per cent to 8 per cent and had retained the high rates throughout 2014. He kept the rates high, citing inflationary concerns despite intense pressure from the Finance Ministry and the industry for softening them with a view to boosting growth. The Governor began the process of lowering the rates in January 2015 and since then it has come down by 1.50 per cent to 6.50 per cent. Ramesh said RBI was a respected and venerable institution and beyond politics. Rajan is one of the most eminent central bankers in the world, acknowledged authority in finance and monetary economics. (PTI)
Guwahati: Even as various exit polls have predicted that BJP-led coalition is most likely to form the next government in Assam dethroning the Congress, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi believes otherwise.
“Exit polls conducted after 2011 Assembly election too predicted an ouster of Congress from power in Assam, but we won in an overwhelming manner. This time also I believe that Congress will be able to form the government in Assam after poll results are out on May 19,” Gogoi said.
On the other hand the BJP’s chief minister candidate and Union minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal said, “What the exit polls have predicted is a reflection of people of Assam’s yearning for an alternative to Congress and we the BJP is still sticking to our Mission 84 (winning 84 out of 126 Assembly seats in Assam).”
Sonowal on Tuesday yet again ruled out possibility of the BJP having any understanding /alliance with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) led by Badaruddin Ajmal ‘under any circumstances’ for formation of the next government in Assam.
He said the BJP, if voted to power, would work as a team with all its pre-election allies out of respect for the people’s mandate.
AIUDF president Badaruddin Ajmal, meanwhile said that exit polls results would be proved wrong as he had tremendous faith in voters in Assam. He said AIUDF would perform much better than what exit polls had predicted.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has made complete arrangement for the counting of votes for election to Assam Legislative Assembly, to be held on May 19 from 8 AM.
All necessary instructions have already been given to the District Election Officers and Superintendent of Police for ensuring smooth counting process.
There are 1064 candidates contesting from 126 assembly constituencies. Fifty-one counting centres have been set up in the State, consisting of 143 counting halls and 1771 counting tables. Nobody (except authorized person) shall be allowed to carry a mobile phone inside the counting hall.
Total 126 ECI observers will observe the counting process. Counting staff comprising 5313officials will be deployed in 51 counting centers. At each of the 1771 counting tables, one micro observer shall be deployed. Each candidate should be allowed to appoint as many counting agents as the number of counting tables and one more to watch the counting process at the Returning Officer’s table.
Entire counting process will be video graphed. A three tier Security arrangement has been made at each counting center. The innermost tier will be manned by the Central Armed Police Force. No victory procession will be allowed without prior permission of the concerned District Magistrate.
May 19 has been declared dry day in Assam.