Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:20
George Clooney to throw another wedding party?

It seems that actor George Clooney’s wedding festivi ties are not over yet. The actor is reportedly throwing another party in Buckinghamshire to celebrate his wedding to British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. According to a report in The Sun newspaper, they are organising a bash at the Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire Oct 24, reports a website. The duo exchanged vows in a ceremony in Venice Sep 27. “Amal has a lot of her family in the UK, so it made sense for them to hold another bash here following last month’s wedding,” a source said. However, the guest list still remains a secret as the hotel staff are told to remain tight-lipped about it. Hotel staff are under strict orders not to let slip who their upcoming guests are — but everyone is buzzing about their arrival,” the source added. (IANS)

Drew Barrymore ‘happy’ to turn 40

Actress Drew Barrymore says she will be “so hap py” when she turns 40 next year because she has “worked so hard”. The actress, who has daughters Olive, 2, and Frankie, six months, with husband Will Kopelman, says she isn’t worried or upset about celebrating the milestone next February, reports a website. She said: “When I turn 40 on February 22, I’m going to heave a huge sigh of relief. I’m so happy to be there. I really am. You work so hard to get there, and it’s just awesome”. The 39-year-old also can’t wait for her eldest daughter to get a little older, so she can inherit her favourite designer shoes. She said: “I can’t wait until Olive can fit into my high heels. I have a wonderful shoe collection, but none of them fit since I had the girls”. (IANS)

Swift advices Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez revealed that her gal-pal Taylor Swift recently gave a “great advice” to her on relation ships and business. The ‘Teardrops on My Guitar’ singer told the former Disney star that if she’s the smartest person in the room, then she was going to be in the wrong room, E! Online reported. Gomez explained that Swift thinks she should constantly surround herself with people who are going to make her better, that are going to challenge and motive her. The 22-year-old star also mentioned that the ‘Shake It Off’ singer supports her and never judges her. The talented performers have been friends for years and always have each other’s back. (ANI)


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‘I was shown less on Bigg Boss’

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:19

Serbian model-actress      Natasa Stankovic,      who has been evicted from Big Boss 8, says she was very active on the show but was not shown much in the episodes.
Stankovic is the third contestant to have been eliminated from the controversial reality show, after Sukirti Kandpal and Deepshikha Nagpal. The 37-year-old beauty said people perceived her as passive and boring but she did a lot of fun on the show.
“I am actually shocked when I got to know that my friends did not see me much on the show because I was always dancing, singing and having fun. In fact my energy was such that inmates had to tell me to pause. “I don’t know why I was shown less in the episodes. People outside thought I was a quite person but that is not true. Less visibility is most probably the reason why I got evicted,” Natasa told. (PTI)

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Susan Boyle hopes to adopt a child

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:18

Singer Susan Boyle has      said she wants to      adopt a child to give him/her the best start in life. Boyle, 53, said she was subjected to a lot of taunts and cruelty in her childhood so wants to be a protector for a kid. Placed in a remedial class at school, Boyle would weep as other children bullied her for a condition she only recently discovered was Asperger’s.  “I have so much love to give, I have so much to give someone that I want to adopt. I want to adopt a child who doesn’t have much, someone who I can really give something to. It’s a way of giving back for me. (PTI)

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Not prepared to face insecurity from masses: Bachchan

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 15:18

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has faced many ups and downs in his glorious career but says he still finds himself unprepared to face the insecurity from the fans.

The 72-year-old actor said viewers have the power to elevate stars to the highest peak of stardom and bring them down in an instant. “Insecurity from the masses is the greatest challenge one has to face… Those that can, and many do, are blessed.

I am not, for me the call from the audience is the moment of reckoning, they can deflate you and pick one up, they can elevate you to unknown heights and bring you down with a thump. “I have seen it all. The elevation and the deflation, the plateau effect and the effect of stagnation, of the smile among audiences, of the recognition, of shame and victory from it, and the triumph of those that decided to make what you become,” Bachchan said in his blog while describing the importance of audience in an actor’s life.

The Bhootnath Returns star added that making peace with the highs and lows of stardom is difficult and those who can achieve that are his heroes. “It is a stage that often invites the lessening of the interest.. A cause that shall happen to us all in the business. (IANS)

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Clean India Campaign - Whose Responsibility

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 05:34

It has been 18 days since the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launch and this pile of garbage along the he Bomfyle road has become a laughing stock and an indication of the incapacity of the system to take care of its own backyard, forget about the whole state.
There are two schools and several colleges along the route, what kind of an example are we setting for the students of these schools and colleges?
Pic and caption by Nicholas J. Kharnami


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HNLC demands right to self-governance, withdrawal of armed forces

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 05:32

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 20: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), observing the 26th Death Anniversary of King Wickliffe Sing Syiem on Monday, has demanded from the Government of India (GoI) to bestow Hynniewtrep people with ‘Right of Self determination and Self Governance to the Hynniewtrep and its people’. It also demanded immediate withdraw of the armed forces and its political machineries from the Hynniewtrep soil (Khasi – Jaintia Hills), if at all it (GoI) wants peace and normalcy to draw closer once again.

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AMPSTA urges teachers to appear for exams

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 05:32

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 20: In the wake of stiff opposition against the move of the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE) asking teachers to reappear for HSSLC examination next year, the All Meghalaya Primary School Teachers’ Association (AMPSTA) on Monday has appealed to all its members to come forward and appear for the examination without fear citing that this is for their own betterment.
In a statement issued on Monday, AMPSTA general secretary FC Shullai said, “All members of the AMPSTA who secured below 45 per cent in the HSSLC Examination effect from September 3, 2001 must appear the HSSLC examination 2015 conducted by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBOSE).”

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Official ceremony to disband ANVC, ANVC(B) soon: Warjri

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-10-21 05:30

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 20: Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri Monday said the state government would soon hold an official ceremony to mark the disbandment of the A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and its splinter group - ANVC(B).
It may be mentioned here that ANVC and ANVC(B) entered into a text agreement with the Centre and the State government in New Delhi on September 24.
“However, we are yet to fix the date for holding this official ceremony,” Warjri told reporters here.

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BJP may govern Maharashtra with NCP support

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:33

Mumbai: The BJP could rule Maharashtra after finishing as the single largest group in a hung house Sunday after the NCP offered unexpected “outside support” to it, leaving the runner up Shiv Sena high and dry.
There was no official response from the Bharatiya Janata Party to the NCP decision but it reduced the BJP’s need to patch up with its estranged and long-time ally Shiv Sena, which it had dumped before the Oct 15 polls.
Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel, a confidant of party strongman Sharad Pawar, said Maharashtra needed a stable government and so the NCP was ready to prop up a BJP government.
The dramatic announcement came just before the BJP leadership began a meeting in New Delhi to analyse its spectacular showing in Maharashtra and Haryana and amid speculation of renewed bonhomie between the BJP and the Sena.
Election officials said the BJP was set to win 119 seats in the 288-member assembly, far short of the 145 needed to secure a legislative majority.
With the NCP’s expected 42 seats — officials continued to count the millions of votes cast — coming its way, the BJP can cross the threshold.
The Shiv Sena, which could end up with 61 seats, had earlier said that it was ready to make up with the BJP, a sentiment shared by some of its leaders, including L.K. Advani who called for a BJP-Sena rapprochement.
“I hope the BJP and Shiv Sena will come together,” said Advani, one of those leaders who was not happy with the BJP decision to dump its ally of 25 long years after a row over seat sharing ahead of elections.
The Congress, which along with the NCP had ruled Maharashtra for 15 years until their alliance collapsed before this election, is expected to finish third in the state with 44 seats.
The BJP, which until now had played second fiddle to the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra assembly elections, credited the showing in the state to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular appeal.
“People of Maharashtra have shown faith in Modiji’s agenda of good governance. We are thankful to the people,” BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said.
The second largest party (Sena) has just half of our strength.”
Earlier, Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis told the media that while no discussions had taken place with the Sena, “if the need arises, we expect our friends to support us”.
Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai said the acrimony between his party and the BJP was history.
Not anticipating a bonhomie between the BJP and NCP and thinking the BJP will seek his party’s aid, Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said: “Whatever happens, the chief minister will be from our party.”
Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena cut a sorry figure in the state. It might end up with just three seats in the Maharashta legislature while independents and smaller parties could have 19 members.
Fadnavis, however, admitted that the BJP was “deeply hurt” over the manner the Sena targeted Modi and the BJP during the election campaign.
The NCP blamed the Congress for the impending rout.
“It all happened because of Chavan,” NCP’s Nawab Malik said, referring to former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan of the Congress.
“He had no understanding of the issues in Maharashtra, he did not take the right decisions, and he didn’t act when he had to.”
Chavan accepted responsibility for the Congress rout.
The NCP-Congress alliance came apart Sep 25, the same day the BJP dumped the Sena, triggering speculation that the NCP and BJP appeared to be in a secret deal.
As the BJP celebrated in Mumbai and New Delhi bursting crackers and distributing sweets, Maharashtra Congress chief Manikrao Thakre resigned. (IANS)

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Not many takers for NOTA in Maharashtra, Haryana polls

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:33

New Delhi:  There were few takers in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls for the ‘None of the Above’ option which was introduced by the Election Commission last year following a Supreme Court judgement.
According to figures made available by the poll body, 4,60,741 voters opted for the NOTA option in Maharashtra, which has 288 Assembly constituencies, while 53,381 electors used the provision in the voting for the 90 seats in Haryana.
Percentage-wise, it was 0.9 per cent of the voters who hit the NOTA button in Maharashtra with Haryana seeing 0.4 per cent of the electors going for that option. (PTI)

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BJP all set to form govt in Haryana

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:32

Chandigarh:  Riding a Modi wave, BJP, which contested Assembly polls on its own in Haryana for the first time, is set to form the new government, winning 24 seats and leading in 26 others in the 90-member Assembly.
As per the Election Commission, BJP has won 24 and was leading comfortably 26 others, Congress bagged 9 and leading in 5, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) won 12 and leading in 6 while its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had won one.
HCJ was leading in two, HLP leading in one seat and Independents have won three and leading in 1.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed 11 rallies in the state in the run-up to the October 15 polls, has clearly helped BJP romp home comfortably, a senior party leader said.
Conceding defeat, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda hoped that the new dispensation will continue the growth momentum that has been in the state during its 10-year rule.
“A new government is going to come. I hope they will keep the growth momentum of Haryana,” Hooda, who defeated INLD’s Satish Kumar Nandal by 47,185 votes from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi constituency in Rohtak district, said.
INLD, which is out of power in the state for about a decade, is likely to end up as the second largest outfit in terms of number of seats won.
Outfits like Kuldeep Bishnoi’s Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC BL) and its ally former union minister Venod Sharma’s Jan Chetna Party (JCP), BSP, Left, Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) of Gopal Kanda, facing trial in air hostess suicide case, are set to bite the dust and their emergence on the political map of Haryana seems to be ebbing.
Prominent winners include Anil Vij (Ambala Cant), INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala, Naina Singh Chautala, wife of party’s senior leader Ajay Singh Chautala and Haryana Minister and Congress party spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Haryana Minister Savitri Jindal, mother of noted industrialist and former MP Naveen Jindal, lost to Dr Kamal Gupta of BJP.
Swaraj’s sister Vandana Sharma, a political greenhorn, is ahead of her Congress rival in Safidon seat. (PTI)

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People have voted for ‘change’: Congress leadership on poll results

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:32

New Delhi: With Congress losing power in Maharashtra and Haryana, its President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi said the party will now play a “constructive and vigilant role” in the two states where the people have voted for “change” after 15 and 10 years.
Congratulating BJP for its success, the Congress leadership also expected that parties forming the government will “fulfill the promises that they made”.
“The Congress party accepts the election verdict delivered by the people of Maharashtra and Haryana with humility and resolves to play a constructive and vigilant role. “The people of Maharasthra and Haryana trusted us with their mandate thrice and twice respectively. We hope that parties forming the government will fulfill the promises that they made,” Sonia Gandhi said in a statement.
She also thanked the supporters and voters of Congress for having stood by the party and the workers in particular for their “tireless and unstinting commitment” to the party and its ideology.
In his statement, Rahul Gandhi said, “We accept the verdict of people. People have voted for change, after 15 years of our government in Maharashtra and 10 years in Haryana.”
Unfazed by the rout, Rahul said that the party will work hard to regain the confidence of the people as he congratulated BJP.
“I congratulate the BJP on their success. The Congress party will work hard on the ground to once again earn the confidence of the people”.
AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed for Haryana said that the party will sit and analyse the causes of the “below- expected performance”.
Taking responsibility for Congress’ rout in Maharashtra Assembly polls, former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the party’s performance was “disappointing” though it did recover some ground since the Lok Sabha election.
The reactions by the Congress leadership came as it became abundantly clear that a Modi wave has spurred BJP into top position in Maharashtra and Haryana.
While BJP appears poised to get a majority on its own in Haryana, it has emerged as single largest pasty in Maharashtra where the Assembly election threw up a hung verdict. (PTI)

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Pak violates ceasefire along IB in Jammu,targets forward posts

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:31

Jammu: In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani Rangers Sunday resorted to small arms firing on forward Border Outposts (BoPs) along the international border in Jammu district.

“Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing at BoPs along IB in Pargwal sectors of Jammu district around 1030 hours this morning,” District Magistrate of Jammu Ajeet Kumar Sahu said.

“Their aim was to prevent farmers from harvesting their crops,” he claimed. As per reports, the areas which came under firing from across the border included Jaman Bela, Rajpurs, Maljudh, Chak Phagwari, Deora and Himarpur Kona BoPs in Pargwal and Jourian areas of Akhnoor.

BSF troops retaliated resulting in firing exchange, the district magistrate said adding that there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.

There has been five cases of ceasefire violation along the international border and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts in the past three days.

Around 30,000 people have fled their border homes leaving 113 hamlets deserted along the international border. (PTI)

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National Nuggets

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:30
122 truant government officials suspended in JK

Jammu: As many as 122 government officials have been suspended in Kishtwar district by the Jammu and Kashmir government after they were found absent during the duty hours. The Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, Mohammad Javed Khan, Saturday suspended 122 officials who were found absent from the duty during surprise inspection by district administration teams across the district, an official spokesman said on Sunday. To check absenteeism in the government offices, the Deputy Commissioner had deputed ten teams of senior District Officers to conduct surprise inspection at the government offices across the district. The teams, comprising District Officers and respective SDMs and tehsildars, inspected government offices in Kishtwar town, Dool, Drabshalla, Bunjwah, Sarthal, Palmar, Padder, Chatroo, Warwan, Marwah and Dachhan areas, he said. 122 employees including teachers, VSAs, para medical staff, clerical and field staff were found absent from their duties, spokesman said. He also said that during the inspection, some medical dispensaries and health centres were also found closed. (PTI)

Woman booked for sexually exploiting minor boy

Ludhiana: A 31-year-old woman was booked here Sunday for allegedly sexually exploiting and blackmailing a minor boy, who used to take tuitions from her, police said. The victim is a class eight student and his family lives as a tenant in a house owned by the father of the accused, they said. The woman allegedly forced the 14-year-old boy into having physical relationship with her, they said. The woman threatened to kill the boy if he did not meet her demand. She also made a video and started blackmailing the boy, SHO Dharm Pal said, adding, this continued for several months. Later, the victim told about the entire case to his father, who then approached the police. A case under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 (POCSO) has been registered against the woman today, police said, adding, the accused was absconding. The police have taken possession of the objectionable video and further investigation in the case is on. (PTI)

Married woman gangraped by husband’s friends

Meerut (UP): A 30-year-old married woman was allegedly gangraped by two of her husband’s friends at knifepoint in Kankarkheda area of the district, police said on Sunday. The accused also made a video clip of the incident, police said. Kankarkheda police station in-charge Mahavir Singh Chauhan said the victim filed a complaint with the police Saturday saying that her husband’s friends Nadeem and Aarif, residents of Shobhapur, raped her at knifepoint on October 10. She was married to her husband around two-year-ago in Modi Nagar and recently had come to her father’s place in Kankarkheda, Chauhan said, adding that she was alone in the house when the duo raped her. When the duo again tried to rape her with a threat that they will upload the video clip on the Internet, the victim disclosed the matter to her husband. Police have registered a case in the matter and efforts are on to nab the accused, Chauhan said. (PTI)

Gang robs family of Rs 26 lakh worth of gold jewellery

Madurai: A ten-member gang allegedly robbed an employee of the Electricity Board and his family of 125 sovereigns of gold jewellery valued at around Rs 26 lakh after tying them up at nearby Tirumangalam, police said Sunday. The gang entered into the house after scaling the compound wall and broke open the back door late Saturday night. They threatened the family at knifepoint, took the keys, tied them up and decamped with the booty, police said. The neighbours rushed to the house on hearing the shouts of the family, untied them and informed the police. The employee said, the gang also took away a gas cylinder and a stalibliser of an air-conditioner unit. (PTI)

Centre proposes to appoint K K Sharma as Goa chief secretary

Panaji: Union Home ministry has proposed to appoint advisor to the administrator of Chandigarh K K Sharma as the new chief secretary of Goa. According to a circular issued by Home Ministry, under secretary A K Das has proposed to appoint advisor of administrator of Chandigarh K K Sharma as secretary of the state. The position is vacant since B Vijayan retired last month from the post. Sources close to the chief minister office said that the state is yet to convey their acceptance on the appointment. The circular regarding the appointment was issued late last month, however the delay in acceptance of the order was not disclosed by the officials concerned. Currently, senior IAS officer R K Srivastava is serving as the acting chief secretary. (PTI)

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India may scrap 2016 West Indies tour

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:23

MUMBAI:ndia may scrap their tour to the West Indies in 2016 as a result of the West Indies’ abrupt cancellation of the India series in Friday. The BCCI is considering legal actions and is seeking the intervention of the ICC.

The West Indies abandoned the series against India with an ODI, a T20I and three Tests left to be played. The pullout resulted from the pay dispute between the West Indies players and the WICB. The board said that it was left with no option but to abandon the tour following the stance taken by Dwayne Bravo and the players. The BCCI have roped in Sri Lanka for a five-match ODI series next month.

Speaking to Reuters, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said, “It will be very difficult to play West Indies in bilateral series in future. They have to demonstrate the willingness that such situations never happen again. I would say that India’s next tour of West Indies is highly unlikely to go ahead in the current situation.”

India were scheduled to tour the West Indies in early 2016 for three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I. Patel went on to say that whatever was the root cause of the issue, the West Indies should have honoured the bilateral agreement. He thanked the SLC for agreeing to tour on a short notice and expressed disappointment that the Tests could not be fitted in due to lack of time.

The BCCI has called an emergency working committee meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue. “We have suffered huge losses and the ICC is our parent body and we are going to ask them to ensure that this never happens in the future,” he said.

During the course of the fourth ODI in Dharamsala, the BCCI announced that the West Indies team was flying home after the ODI. The WICB retorted and released a statement denying that the team had withdrawn. As the game progressed, the WICB apologized to the sponsors, broadcasters and fans in a statement. They offered to provide a replacement team but India declined.

The WICB said it had spoken to team management and been informed that “the players have taken a decision to withdraw their services for the remainder of the tour of India.”

The WICB and West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) signed a new agreement last month covering pay and conditions but it was rejected by the senior players, including ODI captain Dwayne Bravo who said they were kept in the dark.The players subsequently issued a strike threat during the first ODI in Kochi but eventually played that game.

During the fourth ODI, Bravo assembled with his whole team for the toss and they took to the field on the insistence of HPCA president Anurag Thakur. The WICB is to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to “conduct a thorough assessment of all the ramifications of the premature end to the tour” and decide what action if any should be taken.(PTI)

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Messi nears scoring record with 250th La Liga goal

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:23

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi notched his 250th La Liga goal to move one off the all-time league scoring record as leaders Barcelona won 3-0 against Eibar on Saturday ahead of next weekend’s Clasico with Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his blistering scoring form with two goals as Real swept Levante aside 5-0. They are in second place four points off the pace ahead of the showdown.
Barca needed Xavi to come to the rescue on the hour to finally break the resistance of a resolute Eibar side who are enjoying their first season in the top flight.
Neymar quickly added to the lead and then combined with Messi for the Argentine, who this week celebrated 10 years since his Barca debut, to reach a quarter-century of La Liga goals.
Messi has a chance against Real to beat Telmo Zarra’s record of 251 goals for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and ’50s.
“We found it difficult to get the opener but after that it was a lot easier,” Xavi told reporters.
“They were more tired by then but at the same time we were strong defensively and that should be recognised.”
New coach Luis Enrique has strengthened the defence and Barca are still to concede a goal after eight league games.
“Sometimes you score in the first minute but this is football and it just depends. I think we played well,” Xavi added.
“It is not just a coincidence that we haven’t let in a goal but it is the work from all the team. The coach has some set rules and everyone does their own work.”
Ronaldo slotted home a penalty for Real after 13 minutes following a foul by Juanfran on Javier Hernandez and the Mexican striker headed in from close range before halftime.
“We are arriving in good condition (for the Clasico). It was a difficult game to prepare us and we looked solid, full of concentration and we got a good result.”
While Real rested Gareth Bale, Luis Enrique gave several players a break for Barca but Neymar and Messi both started despite long journeys for recent international matches.
Barcelona had plenty of the ball in midfield but they found it difficult to break down a resolute Eibar side.
Messi had a chance midway through the first half which was saved by goalkeeper Xabi Irureta, while Eibar wasted a golden opportunity through Ander Capa who rounded keeper Claudio Bravo but put the ball wide with the goal gaping.
Eibar, with a budget of 18 million euros ($23 million) compared to Barca’s 539 million, succeeded in frustrating the home side until Xavi scored and then goals for Neymar and Messi followed as the Eibar players’ heads dropped.
In injury time Messi had a final chance to equal Zarra’s record after combining with Andres Iniesta but Irureta saved well.
Champions Atletico Madrid, who are down in fifth place with 14 points from seven games, face Espanyol on Sunday.(Reuters)

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Murray boosts London bid with Vienna triumph

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:22

VIENNA: Andy Murray wasted no time in hopping on a jet on Sunday for his next ATP event in Spain after boosting his chances of making the ATP World Tour Finals by winning the Austrian Open.
The Scot claimed the 30th title of his career as he defeated Spain’s David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, lifting the title on his Austrian debut as he played his 44th career final.
The 27-year-old is now one of five active players with 30 trophies. Murray, who flew into Vienna on a private jet, was promising himself the smallest of celebrations as he continues his battle to claim one of three remaining spots in the year-end showpiece in London.
“Maybe there will be one glass of champagne,” he hinted after beating Ferrer for the eighth time in their series.
Murray will be joined in Valencia by Ferrer at the Spaniard’s home event. As during the Vienna week, just a few computer points separate the battling pair in the season race with Murray now slightly ahead after Sunday’s title.
Murray’s win came a week after he lost in three sets to Ferrer in Shanghai. “It’s the same for both of us, we’ve had very close matches,” said Murray. “Whoever qualifies for London will deserve it.”  Ferrer was making his first Vienna appearance in a decade and remains inspired despite his loss at the final hurdle.
“Andy played a great match and deserved to win the title,” said the 32-year-old. “I had my chances but it was so tough today. I’m going to keep fighting for London.”
The battling victory in two hours, 41 minutes puts Murray in solid contention to book a London berth with next week and the Paris Masters to follow wrapping up the regular ATP season. (AFP)

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Serena slams Russian chief for ‘sexist’ slur

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 11:22

SINGAPORE:World number one Serena Williams slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using ‘extremely sexist, racist and bullying’ comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the ‘Williams brothers’.

The WTA took swift action and fined Tarpishchev 25,000 dollar and disqualified him from working in an organisational capacity for a year on Saturday after he made the comments on Russian State Television on Friday.

Tarpishchev, who is also an International Olympic Committee member, made an official apology later yesterday after a WTA demand to do so but that was not enough for a clearly unhappy Williams.

‘I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying,’ Williams told reporters in Singapore on Sunday.

‘I’ve done the best that I can do, and that’s all I can say. So I just wasn’t very happy with his comments. I think a lot of people weren’t happy as well. ‘But the WTA and the USTA (United States Tennis Association) did a wonderful job of making sure that — in this day of age, 2014 for someone with his power, it’s really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks.’

Appearing on a chat show, the programme host said to Tarpishchev: ‘I was at the Olympics, where Maria Sharapova was in the final, playing with one, with one of the….’ before the RTF head responded by saying ‘Williams brothers’.

American Serena Williams, 33, is the current world number one and has won 18 grand slam singles titles. She has also teamed up with her elder sister Venus to win 13 grand slams and three Olympic gold medals in doubles.

Serena is in Singapore to play in the season-ending WTA Finals tournament, which she has won the last two years. The tournament begins on Monday with Williams taking on Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic in the opening match.

Also in the field is world number two Maria Sharapova, with whom Serena has endured a frosty relationship. The French Open champion was also offended by the comments of her compatriot.

‘I think they were very disrespectful and uncalled for, and I’m glad that many people have stood up, including the WTA,’ Sharapova said.(Reuters)

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BJP creates history in Haryana; to rule Maharashtra

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 04:25

Mumbai/Chandigarh, Oct 19 (IANS): The BJP Sunday created history in Haryana by getting a clear majority on its own for the first time and said that it would form the government in Maharashtra too where it finished the single largest group in a hung assembly.
The Congress was humiliated in both Haryana and Maharashtra which it had been ruling for two and three consecutive terms respectively.
For the first time, the Bharatiya Janata Party got a clear mandate in Haryana and was looking at names of probable leaders who could be its first chief minister in the state.

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Operation Hillstorm: Juvenile among 2 militants nabbed

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-10-20 04:25

Staff Reporter
TURA, Oct 19: The police offensive against militancy continued unabated in South Garo Hills (SGH) with police personnel apprehending two more militants from two separate locations on Saturday, with one of them being a juvenile.
While one militant, a juvenile, was caught from Gasuapara when he had come to extort money from a businessman, another was caught from the Agreng area in Nongalbibra.

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