KOLKATA, Jan 12: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Monday evening inaugurated the newly constructed Meghalaya House at Russel Street, Kolkata, at a glittering function held here, even as he lamented on North East being perceived as a ‘Conflict Zone’.
Blaming media for such a notion, he said media has only portrayed the negative side of the region in the news that has created a perception that North East is a ‘Conflict Zone’ because the positive things happening around are not captured.
SHILLONG, Jan 12: Four opposition political parties in Meghalaya on Tuesday decided to seek Centre’s immediate intervention into the extension of the term of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).
Addressing reporters after an all party meeting held here on Monday, UDP working president Bindo M Lanong said, “We have decided to write to the Centre through the Governor to intervene in the matter and ensure that immediate elections in the GHADC should be conducted.”
The meeting attended by the United Democratic Party (UDP), National People’s Party (NPP), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has also categorically termed the extension of the term of GHADC for another six months as ‘highly illegal’.
Shillong, Jan 12 (IANS): An official of the armed police in Meghalaya was Monday arrested from the Delhi-bound North East Express train at the Guwahati station for possessing a huge cache of illegal ammunition and explosives.
Ram Naresh Rai, a sub inspector in the Meghalaya Police 3rd battalion, was arrested by the Government Railway Protection Force, Inspector General of Police (Operations) G.H.P Raju informed.
Rai, who was going to his native village Bariyarpur in Bihar's Vaishali district, had more than 420 rounds of ammunition of various calibre, explosive material and a carbine.
Kolkata, Jan 04 (IANS): An unidentified youth slapped Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, when he was addressing a public meeting in East Midnapore Sunday. The party claimed it could be a planned attack on life of Banerjee, widely perceived as his aunt's political heir.
The incident led to chaos as party workers thrashed the attacker severely and later went on a rampage, targeting policemen and media personnel at the meeting convened by the Trinamool Youth Congress (TYC) in Chandipur.
Taking security personnel and party workers unawares, the youth mounted the dais while seemingly clicking photos on his mobile phone and came close to Banerjee.
TURA, Jan 04: One of the busiest routes for coal in the region, the state of the Dainadubi Rest House in North Garo Hills (NGH) has been lying in a state of dilapidation for the past few years. The rest house, which was set up some time in the year 1975 consists of only 2 rooms both of which need immediate repair, however the facility lies as it has been since inception.
What is even more, the facility has been without water for as long as one can remember and it is only a hand pump, installed a few years back that provides water for the use of the two rooms in the rest house.
SHILLONG, Jan 04: The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) on Sunday said that it will soon approach the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) for the removal of a headman who the Organization has alleged that harassed the family of a rape victim.
In a press statement issued on Sunday, CSWO president, Agnes Kharshiing said that harassment to families of rape victims seems to be the new factor, created by certain headmen, who want to help the alleged accused, with intentions to intimidate and deter the victim families of violence against women from coming forth to file FIR’s against such atrocities.
New Delhi, Jan 04 (IANS): Racial slurs against the people of India's northeast will soon be a criminal offence as the central government plans to insert new sections in the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Announcing that the government has accepted the recommendations of the Bezbaruah Committee, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the capital that new sections, 153C and 509A, will be added to the IPC.
"The Indian Penal Code will be amended for insertion of new sections of 153C and 509A as recommended by the committee," the home minister said Friday, adding that the law ministry has agreed to it.
"The government is committed (to the) safety and security of the people from the northeast region living in Delhi and other metropolitan cities," he said.
Vasco: Substitute Robin Singh turned out to be the hero of the match as his 50th minute strike powered Bengaluru FC to a 1-0 win over Shillong Lajong in the Group “B” league match of the Hero Federation Cup, here on Friday.
The win takes Bengaluru FC on top of the table with 7 points from three matches and put them in strong position for a place in the semi-final.
Shillong Lajong who have lost all their three matches are at the bottom and out of reckoning for the semi-finals berth.
Both the teams played entertaining game at Tilak Stadium. Bengaluru FC who had the early domination with C K Vineeth looking dangerous on the right flank as he came close to scoring in the 17th minute but his shot was tipped over by keeper Bhutia.
Shillong Lajong took time to settle down but took over the reins midway in the first half with their midfield showing lot of cohesion. Seminlen Doungel, who looked enterprising upfront, saw his shot being collected by the rival keeper as both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half.
Ashley Westwood made an early change after the break bringing in Robin Singh in place of C K Vineeth and it proved to be the masterstroke as he combined well along with Sunil Chhetri upfront and troubled the rival defense. He put his team in the lead in the 50th minute when he drove a left-footer from inside the box off Chhetri’s pass that went in after hitting the post.
The goal completely changed the complexion of the game as Bengaluru FC were on the prowl and Robin Singh who was the thorn in the flesh for the rival defense essayed three powerful shots which rival keeper saved. His shot hit the cross bar and he earned the man of the match award.
Shillong Lajong who were at the receiving ends came with couple of counter moves and nearly found the equaliser but Seminlen Doungel shot was well saved by the rival keeper. (PTI)
Margao: Mumbai FC defended well to hold East Bengal to a goalless draw in a Group A league match of the 36th Hero Federation Cup football tournament here on Friday.
With Friday’s draw, both the team are on four points from three matches. Dempo are at the top with six points from two matches.
Royal Wahingdoh, who have three points from two matches, play their next match against Sporting Clube de Goa on January 4. A win will give them the edge over East Bengal and Mumbai FC to qualify for the semi-finals.
East Bengal keeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, who brought off a couple of good saves, was declared man of the match.
With Dempo sitting pretty at the top of the table with two wins, today’s match has been crucial for the both the teams as they have three points each from two matches.
East Bengal played with more confidence with quick short passes. They had an early chance to forge ahead but Dudu Omagbemi’s effort was blocked by rival defender Justin Stephen after he was put through by Cavin Lobo. Mumbai FC, who relied more on the long balls, tried to catch their rivals on the counter and a created couple of clear chances but failed to score. First, Mohammed Rafi shot the ball wide off the target from a Climax Lawerence assist. East Bengal keeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury made a close save when he blocked a powerful drive from Josimar Da Silva to deny Mumbai FC the lead at half time as both the teams failed to break the deadlock at the break.
East Bengal continued to have more ball possession but could not translate their superiority in terms of goals as rival keeper Kunal Sawant denied Mehtab Hussain from scoring. Later substitute S Malsawmtulunga’s headerd went out. (PTI)
Wellington: New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has sustained an ankle injury and is doubtful for the second Test match against Sri Lanka in the Basin Reserve.
He, however, will undergo a fitness test before the match starts Saturday.
Southee, who claimed six wickets in the eight-wicket win over the tourists in Christchurch, has what skipper Brendon McCullum described as a “slight ankle issue”. “We’ll see how he pulls up in the morning,” McCullum told AAP. Southee has so far picked up 134 wickets from 38 Tests. (IANS)
Sydney: Three days after India captain MS Dhoni surprised the cricket world with his sudden retirement from Test cricket, the focus is slowly shifting towards the new skipper and how India would make a fresh start with Virat Kohli at the helm when final Test commences here on January 6.
With Dhoni opting to stay away from not only the cricket field but also off it, as he didn’t attend the high-tea organised on Sunday by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for both the teams, Kohli has been hogging all the limelight.
Dhoni’s retirement technically means he is no longer a part of the Test squad, but he was invited nevertheless.
In his absence, the spotlight was on Kohli, who posed for camerapersons with his Australian counterpart Steven Smith and the Prime Minister, and later in the captain’s photo-op.
But even before Dhoni’s retirement, Kohli was the centre of attention in Australia, but not because in the manner in he led in the first Test at Adelaide, but for his aggressive run-ins with the Aussie players in the last two Tests.
“Virat Kohli is a fascinating personality. He is very aggressive and looks to get under the opposition’s skin. At the same time, he also doesn’t mind when they talk back to him. In fact he thrives on it and relishes when they sledge him,” said former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming.
“I wouldn’t sledge Kohli if I were bowling to him. He will only use it to fire himself up and use it against you,” he added.
Kohli scored two centuries in the first Test at the Adelaide Oval, leading India to an almost improbable win. The former Australian international believes that the new captain will be an improvement on the one who exited the scene.
“Dhoni isn’t too volatile on the field and he doesn’t sledge. When there is hostility in the field, he is a very calming influence, which is good. But he also let the game drift away and didn’t adapt quickly in Test cricket.
“Kohli will be a reactive captain if not better and his batting traits will help him. He stands out of the crease, taking LBW out of the equation. It is a small example how Kohli is a thinking player and he evolves as the game progresses, which is how a captain should be,” Fleming said. PTI
Sydney: Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson feels new India Test skipper Virat Kohli’s “in your face” attitude will spill over to his captaincy and will bring an aggressive approach to the way the Indians play cricket.
Kohli and Johnson have had frequent run-ins during the first three matches of the four-Test series, which Australia have already sealed in their favour after winning the first two Tests and the third being a draw.
“It could be quite interesting because they’re not known for that aggressive type of play. But ever since I’ve seen him play cricket, I’ve always seen him pretty fiery,” said Johnson.
“So he’ll definitely be an aggressive type of captain I think in the way he sets fields, and I think you’ll see a lot different to what M S did. He is a fierce competitor and he really does like to get involved in it all,” he added.
Johnson said Kohli’s approach hardly changes irrespective of who the opponents are.
“It doesn’t matter who he plays against, he plays in your face and that is how he likes to play the game. Virat’s just been telling us how many runs he’s scored and we’ve just been saying we’re two-nil up in the series so that’s pretty much it. It’s always been part of the game and always will be,” said Johnson.
Johnson, meanwhile, said he was forced to cut down on his pace due to longer stints he was asked to bowl against India but is now keen to go back to his shorter spells, similar to those he fired down at England last summer.
Except for an influential spell on the final morning of the Gabba Test, Johnson has not been up to the mark so far in the ongoing series against India, and also had to reduce his pace by around 10km/h than what England and South Africa were subjected to. Key to his high speed were the short bursts of around three overs that Michael Clarke kept Johnson fresh for.
“I’ve been bowling longer spells. That’s been at the back of my mind where I know I’m going to be bowling four, five, six over spells that I can’t be flat out every ball. It has dropped off a little bit,” Johnson insisted. (PTI)
Sydney,: Former Aussie batsman Michael Hussey was taken by surprise from reports claiming that retired India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had suggested his name to replace Duncan Fletcher as India’s coach.
Hussey, who is currently the skipper of Sydney Thunder in Big Bash, Friday said he is not sure whether he is ready to take up the top job.
“I’m not sure if I’m really ready for that sort of challenge. Thanks, MS (Dhoni), if it’s true… but, I’m still playing!,” Hussey, who played under Dhoni in the Chennai Super Kings till 2013 was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
According to media reports, Dhoni had suggested to BCCI that Hussey, is the best man to replace Fletcher in the coach’s chair.
Fletcher’s contract with the Indian team is due to expire at the end of this year’s ICC Cricket world Cup in Australia and New Zealand and with yet another Test series defeat Down Under, it is highly unlikely that the Zimbabwean will get an extension.
Dhoni, whose abrupt decision to retire from Test cricket midway the Australia tour shocked the entire cricket fraternity, is tipped to have said he sees a reflection of India’s World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten in Hussey and feels the Aussie can bring back the same cohesive environment to the Indian dressing room.
Hussey, who has played 79 Tests and is nicknamed ‘Mr Cricket’, said his immediate priority was to help the Sydney Thunder fulfill their vast potential.
“This has been a huge motivation. To build something up…something we can be very proud of…really motivated me to join the Thunder,” Hussey said. (UNI)
Thiruvananthapuram: With just three weeks left for the start of the 35th edition of National Games here, preparations are in full swing with the state government formally launching the official countdown of the multi-sporting event.
As a prelude to the fortnight-long sporting gala, to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 31, a series of promotional programmes including ‘Run Kerala Run’ marathon and a torch rally will be held in the coming days.
Cricket legend and goodwill ambassador of the Games Sachin Tendulkar would participate in the marathon, a major highlight of the campaign, to held on January 20 in over 7,000 points across the state with expected participation of lakhs of people from various walks of life.
Launching the official countdown, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy unveiled the medals to be presented to the winners at a colourful function here last evening in the presence of yesteryear athletes and coaches.
Chandy said the state was all set to successfully host the National Games, being held in different venues in seven districts. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games will be held at the new ‘Greenfield Stadium”, built at a cost of Rs 161 crore at Karyavattom here. (PTI)
Cape Town: Debutant off-spinner Simon Harmer took three wickets before West Indian captain Denesh Ramdin led a fightback against South Africa on the first day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Friday.
At stumps at Newlands, West Indies, who are attempting to square the series, were 276 for six.
Ramdin (53) and Jermaine Blackwood (45 not out) put on 94 for the sixth wicket to enable the tourists to finish with a respectable total after it seemed they had squandered the advantage of winning the toss and batting first on an easy-paced pitch.
Harmer took three for 67 and was mainly responsible for the West Indies slipping to 172 for five, dismissing Devon Smith, Leon Johnson and Shivnarine Chanderpaul during an impressive first day of Test cricket.
Harmer, 25, replaced leg-spinner Imran Tahir in the only change from the South African team that played in the rain-hit drawn second Test in Port Elizabeth.
He made an early impact by taking a wicket with the last ball of his fourth over.
It was also the last ball before lunch and came from a disappointing shot by Smith, who made 47 and seemed to be settling down after being beaten several times early on by the South African fast bowlers.
Smith tried to cut a ball which was too close to his body and chopped the ball onto his stumps.
Johnson played some handsome strokes in making 54 off 84 balls with nine fours.
He added 51 for the third wicket with Marlon Samuels before he was deceived by a quicker ball from Harmer which curved in with the arm and struck the batsman on his front pad deep in his crease.
The leg before wicket decision was so obvious that Johnson did not even contemplate asking for a review, departing for the dressing room immediately.
Samuels looked in good form, scoring 43 off 70 balls, but hung his head in shame after playing a loose drive against the first ball sent down by part-time bowler Stiaan van Zyl, bowling at a gentle medium pace. The ball went straight to Faf du Plessis at cover.
Worse for the West Indies was to follow with the first ball after tea.
In what appeared to be a planned move, Harmer fired the ball down the leg side and Chanderpaul was smartly stumped by AB de Villiers.
Chanderpaul was out for nine — his fourth successive failure in a series in which he has scored only 41 runs in four innings.
Ramdin, whose previous highest score in eight Tests against South Africa was 32, struck the ball solidly in making his half-century before falling to Dale Steyn shortly before the close.
He mistimed a slower ball to offer a return catch to the fast bowler.
Steyn took the first wicket of the day when he had Kraigg Brathwaite caught at gully.
His two wickets for the day took him to 391 Test wickets and second place on South Africa’s all-time wicket-taking list, one ahead of Makhaya Ntini and behind only Shaun Pollock, who took 421.
Blackwood was picked as an extra batsman in place of left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters and justified his selection with a dogged innings. (AFP)
Pune: India defender Gouramangi Singh is looking forward to the start of the I-League football season on January 17 and representing debutant club Bharat FC in the tournament after his stint at the Indian Super League, which ended last month.
“ISL is behind us now. The focus for me now is the I-League. I am now looking forward to play in the I-League for Bharat FC. I am very happy with the club’s vision and ambition to go forward. Personally speaking I will try and give my best to the team,” said the player at the Pune-based club’s three match kits unveiling here today.
Gouramangi, represented Chennayin FC in the ISL, however was stumped for words when asked how the All India Football Federation can improve the visibility for I-League after the successful ISL that ended on December 20.
Bharat FC Director Kunal Agarwal came to the player’s rescue and said that the success of the ISL would hopefully trickle down to I-Leauge.
“AIFF has done a tremendous job for ISL. I am sure the trickle-down effect will be seen in I-League. ISL has opened the door for people of India to follow Indian football,” said Agarwal.
Bharat FC’s MD Amit Kalyani, meanwhile, reminded everyone of the success tasted by Bengaluru FC, which won the I-league title on its debut last year.
“I expect the team to play good football, show sportsman spirit. Winning is important but so is how you play,” said Kalyani, adding that the club is planning to tie up with schools as part of the grass root building programme.
Agarwal said that the club plans to build a world-class football stadium at Manjri on the outskirts of the city.
“The club is going to build a lot of stuff around football like academies, schools for footballers, top class training grounds. We are planning to build a top class stadium for football at Manjri. The process will start next month,” he said.
He said on the sidelines of the function that Bharat FC would be spending Rs 12 crore in the first year and the planned infrastructure, budgeted to cost Rs 950 crore, will be done in four years.
The squad for its inaugural season comprises seasoned players like front-liner Subas Singh, defender Mehrajuddin Wadoo, goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya and defender Dharmaraj Ravanan.
The club also has two overseas signings in forward Kris Bright of New Zealand and defender Bobby Hassell from England. Team’s head coach Stuart Watkiss could not be present as he had gone home to England following the death of his mother. “He had to go back to England following the death of his mother. He will be back next season,” said Agarwal. The team members were introduced by assistant coach Stanley Rosario.
Bharat FC would kick off its campaign with a home game at the Balewadi Stadium here against former champions Dempo SC on January 24. Goalkeepers: Arindam Bhattacharya, Harshad Meher, Shahinlal Meloly.
Defenders: Gouramangi Singh, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Dharmaraj Ravanan, Nallapan Mohanraj, James Naorem Singh, Bikramjeet Singh, Bobby Hassell, Shahbaz Saleel. ( PTI )
Chennai: World No 4 Stan Wawrinka of Sweden, who is all set to launch his new year campaign in the Chennai Open ATP World Tour Tennis event here, said 2014 was a great year for him during which he had some great wins against Rafael Nadal and Roget Federer and helped his country win the elusive Davis Cup crown.
The Swiss, who would be participating in the event for the seventh straight year said, “I like Chennai very much. The atmosphere is always great and the fans are amazing…that’s why I keep coming back”.
“The crowd makes that stadium go wild! The tournament was a great start to an amazing year in 2014 and I hope that it will be the same in the New Year,” says Wawrinka. The 20th edition of the Chennai Open would be held here from January five to 11. The year 2014 has been an extraordinary year for the 29-year-old who has grown from strength to strength.
“I have had a few great wins, starting from the ones against Djokovic, Berdych and Nadal in Melbourne as well as beating Roger in the final in Monte-Carlo. If I have to pick one match it’s probably the one against Novak in Australia,” he says, talking about his favourite encounter of the year.
Stan captured his first Grand Slam championship title with a stunning four-set victory over top seed Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final. (PTI)
SHILLONG, Dec 30: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Adelbert Nongrum on Tuesday dared the Meghalaya High Court to hold him in contempt and to punish him for the same.
The CEM was speaking at a function where he inaugurated the statue of the martyr U Kiang Nangbah at Civil Hospital junction in the city.
During his speech, the CEM had said, talked about the recent order of the Meghalaya High Court banning headmen from issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs) and had said, “The tradition and customs does not depend on written laws but by practice and convention.”
SHILLONG, Dec 30: Having been appointed as the new Governor of Uttarakhand, the outgoing Governor of Meghalaya, Krishan Kant Paul will finish the remainder of his term in the northern state.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has appointed the Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi to take charge as the Governor of Meghalaya in addition to his own duties as West Bengal Governor.
However, nothing has changed for KK Paul with regard to Manipur as he will continue to hold additional charge there.
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Aziz Qureshi as the new Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term.
NEW DELHI, Dec 29 (IANS): It was a historic, memorable and momentous year for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And it was a year the Congress would like to forget.
After 10 long years in the opposition, the BJP took control of India, by forming the first government in 30 years with a parliamentary majority for any one party.
And after the Lok Sabha battle left virtually all other parties in the dumps, the BJP went on to take power, again for the first time, in Haryana and Maharashtra, formed a government in Jharkhand and became the second largest party in Jammu and Kashmir.