ATM fraud: Police achieves a breakthrough

Shillong Times - Sat, 2014-10-25 06:09

SHILLONG: With the surge in ATM fraud cases in the State, the city police have achieved a major breakthrough when it managed to arrest one person, who might turn out to be an important link in the racket that has duped hundreds of people in the country including Shillong.
One Md Mukhtar Ansari was arrested by the Meghalaya police team led by Inspector BK Mishra from a village in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand.
Informing this at a press conference here on Friday, East Khasi Hills district police chief M Kharkrang said that preliminary investigation revealed that the latest modus operandi adopted by the frauds is that the criminals usually call up gullible customers and identify themselves as a bank manager.
The criminals pretend that there is a problem with the ATM card of the customers and asked for the ATM and pin numbers on the pretext of changing the ATM card and pin number and as soon as the ATM card and pin numbers are given, the customer gets a call alert on his mobile that an amount has been debited from his account.
Speaking on the modus operandi of the arrested person, Kharkrang said that after the geeting ATM number they (the racket) would download e- wallet such as “Y Paycash”,”Mobikwik”, and “Paytm”  in their smart phone and once downloaded, they would transfer the amount from the   customer to their SIM card through these e-wallets and them is used for recharge,  DTH and online shopping.
According to the senior police official,  in its endeavour to get criminals, police team from district have been going to  various states in the North East  and also in the mainland where they have been able to arrest some of the accused persons.
Kharkrang said that they usually try hundreds of phone numbers every day to dupe people and out of many numbers, usually few people fall in their trap.
However, what is surprising is the fact that  most of such fake calls are made from Dhanbad and  Jamtara district of Jharkhand and surprisingly, there is no case against the miscreants in Jharkhand.
The miscreants usually debit Rs 4000 at one go and later the amount is spent on online shopping, recharging and others.
The police meanwhile has once again urged people not to disclose their ATM details to any one.
Kharkhrang said though it is still a challenge to tackle the menace of cyber crime but the only solution is for public to be aware that ‘self protection’ is the need of the hour adding efforts are made to train police officials on how to deal with such crime.
Meanwhile, the accused has been booked under the Information Technology Act. He was sent to five-day police custody.

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‘NE education system in urgent need of reforms’

Shillong Times - Sat, 2014-10-25 06:08
NE India Model UN session kicks off

SHILLONG: There is a need for reformation of the education system in North East, feels director of North East India International Model United Nations (NEIMUN), Limabenla Jamir.
Addressing media persons post the inaugural function of the three-day NEIMUN session which kicked off at the State Convention Centre here on Friday, Jamir said that the curriculum being followed by students from the region has no relevance at present and there is an urgent need to reform the whole education system which should look beyond textbooks and classrooms.
Stating that students should fight for their cause, Jamir said that NEIMUN would focus on building leaders in every state who in turn will fight for the reforms.
Around 290 students from across the country have descended on Shillong for the second session of NEIMUN which will see deliberations on issues like access to sanitation, gender equality, corruption, rights of indigenous people and other issues which are pertinent to the Northeast. The session will also dwell upon the “Post-2015 sustainable agenda: setting the world stage to end poverty.”
NEIMUN’s first session was held in December last in Kohima, Nagaland.
NEIMUN aims to encourage students to study international organisations and global issues besides trying to create a platform for talented students from across India and neighbouring countries to integrate with the students of Northeast. Believing in the power of youth to change society, NEIMUN, Jamr said, aims to build future leaders.
“We will like to make students aware of not only the local and national affairs, but also international events and make them future leaders,” the NEIMUN director added.
She is also said while people in the region are way ahead in terms of fashion, they are lacking in many other areas.
Meanwhile, Jamir informed that NEIMUN was in close coordination with other organizations on the issue of alleged racial discrimination of people from Northeast in “mainland” India. It was also pushing for inclusion of the history of Northeast in school textbooks in other parts of the country.
Earlier, speaking at the inaugural function, Chief Secretary PBO Warjri spoke about burning global issues like ISIS and Ebola.
Warjri termed the ongoing conflict in the Middle East countries as a threat to neighbouring nations.
The Chief Secretary also said that young people should be a part of the “change”. However, he said, people cannot change for good unless they respect themselves and others at the same time.

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Parliamentary team to visit Meghalaya

Shillong Times - Sat, 2014-10-25 06:08

New Delhi: Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice will be on a two-day tour of the city to listen to the grievances of those affected by the National Green Tribunal ban on coal mining in Meghalaya.
The 31-member Committee that will visit the city will be headed by EM Sudharsana Nathiappan, senior Rajya Sabha member from Congress. The Committee comprises of 10 members from Upper House and 21 from Lower House including Shillong MP Vincent Pala.
During the visit the Committee will meet aggrieved sections of people affected by the ban on coal mining, official sources said.
The long pending issue has been raised on the floor of the Parliament earlier and even President, Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been apprised of the problem. The PMO had also constituted a high level committee on this vital issue.

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Seminar on standardising Khasi language

Shillong Times - Sat, 2014-10-25 06:00

SHILLONG: The departments of Computer Science and Khasi, St. Anthony’s College in will organize a national seminar titled “Towards Standardising Khasi for Computational Purposes” from October 28-29. The seminar, which is being organized in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture, will be attended by resource persons from IIIT Hyderabad, IIT Bombay, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Khasi language experts besides participants from universities and colleges.
The seminar is being held to deliberate and arrive on a consensus on the use of Khasi spellings, grammar, lexicon etc., in digital form. The seminar is the first of its kind in the state and is being organised to bring technology and linguistic experts from across the country on the same platform to initiate discussions for language resource development for Khasi.
The college authorities have informed that details of the seminar are available at

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Garo Hills cop killed in counter insurgency operation

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-10-24 16:10

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Tura, Oct 23: A top cop of the West Garo Hills (WGH) police department, Promoth Sangma lost his life early Thursday morning while fighting insurgents holed up in Songmagre, near Purakhasia in WGH. Sangma was a veteran and a huge inspiration to the many that were trained under him or worked with him, with praise coming for the martyr from all his colleagues.
The 50 year old sub-inspector led his group to bust a militant hideout at Songmagre village under Purakhasia, along the India – Bangladesh border on Wednesday.
However the team came under heavy gunfire in the midst of which, Sangma lost his life on Thursday. Songmagre is a village about 55 km from Tura in WGH.

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NEHUSU flags misconduct of NEHU faculty

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-10-24 16:09

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SHILLONG, Oct 23: The North East Hill University Students’ Union (NEHUSU) on Thursday has made a serious remark on the alleged ‘misconduct’ of some faculty members working in this prestigious institute in the North East, even as it seeks immediate correction on the matter.
In a letter to the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University on Thursday, the Union’s vice president Shiningstar Kharbihkhiew said, “While we look up to our teachers for educational guidance and decencies expected of a responsible citizen, some are adhering to indecent behaviour like smoking in full public view, both in the classrooms and out in the corridors.”

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3 LAEF cadres caught by NGH police, camp busted after militants flee

Meghalaya Times - Fri, 2014-10-24 16:08

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TURA, Oct 23: Continuing the offensive against militancy in Garo Hills, the North Garo Hills (NGH) police arrested 3 cadres allegedly belonging to the Liberation of Achik Elite Force (LAEF) on Tuesday. The 3 militants, who were arrested, were in a camp that had about 18 cadres, most of whom managed to escape into the nearby jungle. The incident happened in a village called Bangsi Bokda about 120 kms from the town of Tura.

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Gogoi urges Paresh Baruah to join politics

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 06:01

Guwahati, Oct 22 (IANS): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday asked the commander-in-chief of the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Paresh Baruah, to join mainstream politics.
Gogoi also said he would urge the Centre to give Baruah amnesty, if he decides to respond to the offer.
Gogoi's reaction came a day after Baruah told a local newspaper (The Assam Tribune) that the political leaders of India should learn about true democracies from countries like Great Britain who dared to hold a plebiscite on the demand for separation of Scotland. Canada, he said, had taken a similar step, but leaders in India lack the courage to go for such a move.

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6 ULFA cadres caught in joint Army – Police operations in WGH

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 05:59

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TURA, Oct 22: In a huge boost to the counter insurgency operations within the region, the Army in collaboration with the West Garo Hills (WGH) police apprehended 6 suspected United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) cadres from the border village of Pedaldoba, near Tikrikilla on Tuesday night, about 120 kms from the town of Tura.
The Army-Police personnel recovered a sizeable amount of arms and ammunition from the group which was travelling in a Nano before being caught by the team that was doing a recce around the place. The Army unit of Lakhipur in the Goalpara district of Assam was actively involved in the whole operation and was responsible for apprehending the six.

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GNLA questions will of surrendered cadres

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 05:59

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TURA, Oct 22: Taking note of the increased number of surrenders in the Garo Hills region, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has come out stating that the submissions were in no way related to the directions of the senior leaders.
In a press communique sent by the Joint Publicity Secretary of GNLA, Mandei Ch Marak, the outfit stated that it was not the problem with leadership but with the will of the cadres who surrendered.
“There have been rumours in social media that the reason for surrendering of our cadres is because of the behaviour and character of our senior cadres and leaders. These are totally unacceptable and baseless allegations made by some bogus people to defame our organization and our leaders,” said Marak.

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5 more ASAK cadres surrender to police in SGH

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-10-23 05:58

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TURA, Oct 22: The trend of surrenders continued in Garo Hills with another five hardcore cadres of the ASAK outfit laying down their arms on Tuesday in the town of Baghmara, South Garo Hills (SGH).
The surrenders came on the same day when 5 hardcore GNLA cadres surrendered on Tuesday in North Garo Hills (NGH) as well. The surrendered cadres deposited arms and ammunition that they possessed.

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Sweeper Lane to be converted into Market Complex

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-10-22 07:39

Adelbert to stick to Ardents plans
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SHILLONG, Oct 21: Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Adelbert Nongrum on Tuesday said that his Executive Committee (EC) will follow the policy adopted by the EC led by Ardent Basaiawmoit, who quit as the CEM last month by taking up the issue of relocating the residents from the Sweeper Lane to pave the way for the construction of a new market complex.
“We will follow the policy adopted by the former EC led by Basaiawmoit, which proposed to turn the Sweeper’s Lane area into a market complex,” Nongrum told reporters after the EC meeting of the Council held on Tuesday.

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GNLA alleges conspiracy to eliminate family members, warns police against first strike

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-10-22 07:38

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TURA, Oct 21: Alleging a plot to eliminate members of the family of cadres belonging to the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), the outfit has warned the police in Garo Hills against making any provocative attacks against their families or the outfit would retaliate in kind to the actions of the police force.
In a press communiqué sent on Tuesday, the Deputy Commander in Chief (Dy C-In-C) of the outfit has claimed that the police is targeting the families of the outfit members and has stated that this is not the way forward. Stating that a former member of the GNLA, Mingran T Sangma was actively involved in helping the police in attacking their families, the outfit set out a stern warning against action on their loved ones.

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5 GNLA cadres surrender in NGH

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-10-22 07:38

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TURA, Oct 21: Continuing the trend of surrenders in Garo Hills, five members of the banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) surrendered to the North Garo Hills (NGH) police on Tuesday.
The surrender which happened in the presence of the NGH Superintendent of Police (SP), Jerry Marak, at about 11:30 am saw five cadres come forward to give themselves up at the Bajengdoba Police Station.
The surrendered cadres have been identified as Tengbarth Marak alias Jingnang, (20) of the 4th batch of GNLA cadres. He was the senior most of the cadres who surrendered along with Griksang B. Marak alias Katnap, 19, Chanang K Marak alias Rasong, 21, Loban M. Sangma, 19 and Nikrak M. Sangma alias Mikjan, 19.

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Rain threat looms large over Sachin vs Dhoni ‘clash’

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:24

Chennai: The joy of dramatic win against Goa in the opeening game may as well turn into ‘despair’, as it were, for Chennaiying FC who take on Kerala Blasters in their first home game at the spruced up Jawaharlal Nehru stadium hereon Tuesday if the weather office’s prediction of rain for the next three days holds water.

The teams could not kick around at the stadium to acclimatise themselves to the conditions with the weather God preventing them. The heavy rains lashing the city as well as the southern parts of Tamil nadu, have left the ground conditions water logged.

‘It all depends on the match commissioner, there is water in the ground’, Tamil Nadu Football association Secretary Ravikumar David told UNI when contacted.

The dam weather may also douse the hopes of Chenai franchose which has Team India cricketer M S Dhoni as one of the three owners notching up their first home win as well as the second league win on trot.Sachin who owns the Kerala team, may also be looking forward to his team’s first win after the loss to another of his former captains Saurav Gangly’s kolkatta in the first outing in the league.

Chennai meanwhile has signed Cameroonian midfielder Eric Djemba Djemba and Haitian forward Jean Maurice Edu on sunday.

Maurice is a former Paris Saint Germain player and has also featured for Lens and Le Mans in the French top tier.

Besides, they have marquee player Elano in their ranks, and Balwant Singh, who became the first Indian player to score in the inaugural ISL, will look to impress further. The move came after the club allowed Swedish midfielder Pierre Tillman and Spanish striker Eduardo Silva Lerma to leave due to ‘technical issues with the contracts.’

Djemba Djemba is a former Manchester United player and last played in the Scottish Premiership for St. Mirren this year. The 33-year-old has represented Cameroon 24 times and played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Kerala Blasters will be looking for a good show from their hero David James. The former English Premier League star was capped 53 times by England between 1997 and 2010, and was first choice goalkeeper during the team’s Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup campaigns.

National talents including mid=fielders Mehtab Hossain, Ishfaq Ahmed and Sandesh Jhingan and Nirmal Chettri will also be key players to inspire the team to bounce back from their previous defeat and upset the home team. AT the press conference late in the evening, in tandem, at the Nehru stadium, the leaders of both teams hoped that rain would not play spoil sport on Tuesday. (UNI)

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Mohammedan to skip I-League, Durand Cup

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:23

Kolkata:One of India’s oldest soccer clubs Mohammedan Sporting has decided to skip the I-League second division and the Durand cup this year for its inability to meet the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) club licensing criteria and financial difficulties.
However, club president Sultan Ahmed made it clear Monday that the club was not being wound up as suggested in some quarters.
“All these speculations that the club was being shut down are baseless.  We have been unable to meet the AIFF club licensing criteria. “We are facing financial difficulties. We will work on our infrastructure improvement plan. From 2015-16 we will again take part in second division I-League.”
The 123-year-old club has been unable to pay salary to its players, support staff and other employees for the past three months.
Sporting alongside three other clubs – Churchill Brothers, United SC and Rangdajied United – was earlier in the year barred from top-flight I-League football by the AIFF for failing to meet the AFC’s club licensing conditions.(IANS)

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Rossi wins Australian MotoGP as Marquez crashes out

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:23

PHILLIP ISLAND: Italian legend Valentino Rossi won his first Australian MotoGP in nine years after world champion Marc Marquez crashed out while holding a big lead at Phillip Island on Sunday.

Rossi, one of the sport’s greats with nine world championships across all classes, swept to the front when Marquez came to beat home teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Britain’s Bradley Smith. It was a popular victory for the 35-year-old Italian, who celebrated his 250th premier-class race with his 82nd victory at one of his favourite tracks.

It was Rossi’s sixth premier-class win at Phillip Island and his first since 2005 to extend his phenomenal record to 15 podium finishes in 18 trips to Australia.

Marquez, who clinched back-to-back world titles last weekend in Japan, had looked set to comfortably win his first MotoGP at Phillip Island with a massive four-second advantage on his dominant Repsol Honda bike. But the Spanish ace lost control of his front wheel on lap 18 of the 27-lap race and crashed out, leaving Rossi to take over and go on and win by 10.836 seconds.

“When I saw Marc crash it was a surprise, and to finish first at Phillip Island after my last victory here in 2005 is a great achievement,” Rossi said.(AFP)

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Suarez feared Barca would not sign him after biting ban

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:23

BARCELONA:Luis Suarez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.
The Uruguayan signed for Barca from Liverpool for 81 million euros (103.5 million dollar) despite the ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini when playing against Italy in Brazil.
He will be available to make his much-awaited debut on Saturday in the broiling atmosphere of an El Clasico against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
‘I thought that I had ruined my career. At the start I didn’t want to speak to anyone, I hid away behind my family although later I thought about it, I said sorry and I felt relief as a result,’ Suarez told Spanish television.
‘When the talks began with Barcelona and when (his agent) Pere Guardiola phoned me to say that it was all done I started to cry due to the situation that I was in and for the support that Barcelona were offering me.
‘I had been worried that Barca would decide against it due to all the repercussions from the situation.’
Suarez is keeping his fingers crossed that Barca coach Luis Enrique will play him against Real.
‘I don’t want to tempt fate by imagining myself playing,’ he said.
‘It is not my style to tell the trainer to play me in the game. I wouldn’t dream of saying to Luis Enrique that I want to play in the Bernabeu. If I don’t play then I won’t be angry, I want to help my team mates and feel a footballer again.’ (Reuters)

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ATP world Tour Finals chiefs keep anxious eye on Nadal and Murray

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:22

LONDON: Organisers of the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month will be keeping a keen eye on Andy Murray’s results and Rafa Nadal’s health over the next couple of weeks.
Home favourite Murray is one of several players scrambling to accumulate enough ATP Race points to grab one of the three remaining spots while already-qualified Nadal has been diagnosed with appendicitis and question marks remain over his appearance.
Murray, an ever-present at the season-ender since it came to London’s cavernous O2 Arena alongside the River Thames in 2009, apart from last year when he was recovering from back surgery, guarantees a spike in ticket sales at the hugely popular event.
Likewise, 14-times grand slam champion Nadal boasts an army of fans worldwide and should he succumb to ill health the event would be down-valued, whatever the quality of the eight men who do line up for the ATP’s showpiece tournament.
It is mighty close, however, with Spain’s David Ferrer and Canada’s Milos Raonic within touching distance of the Scot ahead of the final regular events of the year in Basel, Valencia and the Paris Masters, the latter with 1,000 points on the line.
Murray has not always enjoyed overwhelming support from British fans, a legacy of the surly demeanour of his early days and his fierce streak of Scottish patriotism that has occasionally attracted criticism.
His 2012 Olympic gold medal in London and last year’s Wimbledon triumph won many of the sceptics over, however, and he would be the fans’ first choice to win the Tour Finals title.
While Murray is clearly keen to qualify for London, evidenced by his decision to take a wildcard for Vienna, he is more concerned with returning to the kind of form that has earned him two grand slam titles to date.
‘I said when I arrived in China that I wanted to try and get to the latter stages of the events I was playing between now and the end of the year and play against the top players to get into the routine and rhythm again,’ Murray said.
‘Obviously, London would be very nice if I can get there but it’s also important for seedings at the Australian Open. To be seeded in the top eight there can make a big difference to the draw and hopefully I will be able to do that.’(Reuters)

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Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:21
Nepal implementing ‘corrective measures’, says FIFA

BERNE: Nepal’s football association (ANFA) is implementing ‘corrective measures’ amid allegations from its own senior officials about embezzlement of funds, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday. FIFA said the Nepalese FA had been the subject of an ‘unsatisfactory’ external audit in 2012, when ‘unappropriated cash movements’ were identified, and was also targeted by an ethics committee investigation in 2013. Last week, two ANFA vice-presidents asked FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia to look into ANFA president Ganesh Thapa and how funds to Nepal from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were used. The request, via an emailed letter seen by Reuters and dated October 15, came after the country’s public accounts committee ordered an investigation of Thapa, an AFC vice president, over what it said was alleged embezzlement of funds. Thapa has repeatedly denied all allegations, saying he has done nothing wrong. ‘With the ANFA mired in unresolved allegations of impropriety and scandal, we respectfully request that an investigation be immediately launched by the FIFA Ethics Committee Investigatory Chamber to resolve these many concerns and questions,’ said the letter. (Reuters)

Donbass Arena damaged by shelling By Igor Nitsak

KIEV:Shakhtar Donetsk’s Donbass Arena suffered serious blast damage from shelling on Monday despite a ceasefire agreed between the Ukraine government and Russian-backed separatists. Photographs posted on Twitter showed damage to the glass facade of the stadium in eastern Ukraine’s separatist stronghold. ‘As a result of a powerful explosion, the blast wave caused serious damage to the western and eastern parts of the arena,’ Vadyn Gunko, the Arena’s interim executive manager, told the website. ‘A part of the facade glass crashed, a large area of it with critical damage. The inner facilities also were hit. We are assessing the damage at the moment, blocking the dangerous areas. ‘We are warning the residents of Donetsk not to approach the stadium under any circumstances as it might be unsafe,’ he added. Shakhtar have moved their headquarters from the strife-torn industrial city to Kiev, with home games being played in the western city of Lviv. The 52,000-seat venue, which hosted five matches at Euro 2012 and regularly staged Champions League matches, has suffered minor damage in shelling over the past two months with the north-eastern facade damaged in September. (Reuters)

Champions League absence hurting Man-United: Van Gaal

London:Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels his club, which failed to qualify for the Champions League, are suffering due to their absence from the elite European tournament and insisted that his team will only reach higher levels when they will be up against some of the best sides in the world. With rivals Manchester City and Liverpool are preparing for Champions League encounters against CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid, respectively, United instead travel to West Bromwich Albion in search of Premier League points, reports The Daily Telegraph. “I don’t know if there is an advantage (being out of Europe). When you can play the Champions League and also the Europa League, you can compare yourselves as a team with the better players, with a higher level,” van Gaal said. “Maybe in my first year I have more chances to train with my players and that is probably better than all the matches maybe. But at the end, it’s always better to play in the Champions League and all the cups and play all the matches because you can compare yourself with higher level opponents.”(IANS)

U-16 India girls face must-win game against UAE

Dhaka:The Indian women’s Under-16 football team will take on United Arab Emirates in a must-win Group B clash of the AFC Championship qualifying round at the Bangabandhu Stadium here Tuesday. Severely thrashed by Iran, Jordan and Bangladesh in their previous matches, India will now have to win both their matches against the UAE and Jordan and hope Jordan or Bangladesh put a spanner in the works of Iran to stand a chance of topping the group. Chances then are that it will boil down to goal difference and as done by other teams, India will also look to make the most of this fixture to plunder as many as they can and bridge the gap on Jordan who are placed a rung above them in the table. (IANS)


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