SHILONG, July 06: A woman hailing from the Meghalaya capital Shillong was found dead after she allegedly committed suicide inside a toilet attached to the Dispur police station in Assam’s Kamrup district, police said.
The deceased has been identified as Victoria D Kharkongor (39) from Nongrimbah, Laitumkhrah, they said.
SHILLONG, July 06: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) will convene a special session on July 9 to elect its new chairman.
The proposal for holding the special session was approved by Governor V Shanmuganathan on Monday, sources informed.
New Delhi, July 06 (IANS): The Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) abrogated the ceasefire deal with the Indian government under the influence of ULFA leader Paresh Baruah, according to two former leaders of the NSCN-K.
Wangtin Naga and P. Tikhak, leaders of a new organisation called NSCN (Reformation), said that it was at United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) leader Baruah's instance that NSCN-K leader S.S. Khaplang expelled them from the organisation as kilonsers (ministers) and abrogated the ceasefire deal.
Argentina come up short again as they lose 1-4 in penalties
Santiago: Chile defeated Argentina on penalties here to end their 99-year wait for a Copa America crown and condemn Lionel Messi to a second straight heartbreak in a major international final.
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez struck the winning spot-kick for Chile, as the hosts clinched a 4-1 shoot-out victory when the game ended goalless after extra time on Saturday.
Sanchez chipped the decisive penalty down the middle past Sergio Romero to spark wild celebrations in front of a 45,000 capacity crowd at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.
Chile took control of the shoot-out when Gonzalo Higuain blazed his penalty over the bar before Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved Ever Banega’s spot-kick.
Argentina captain Messi, aiming to inspire the South American giants to a first international title in 22 years, could only look on distraught as Chile celebrated.
Chile’s win was their first ever victory over Argentina in the Copa America.
The midfielder said Chile had been determined to win the Copa America after exiting the World Cup last year on penalties.
But it was another crushing loss for Messi, almost a year after Argentina lost the World Cup final to Germany in Brazil.
The game went to penalties after a hard-fought 120 minutes ended in stalemate, with neither side managing to unlock their opposite defence.
Chile started at a ferocious pace before Argentina gradually managed to gain a foothold in the game.
Messi, invariably tracked by two or three red jerseys throughout, almost played Sergio Aguero in with a superb pass after six minutes only for Chile to clear.
At the other end Chile came closest to opening the scoring early on when Vidal volleyed a deflected Sanchez cross goalwards, with Romero diving to save.
The desperation of both sides often threatened to cross the line, with some full-blooded tackles drawing the ire of Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan.
Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz was lucky to escape a caution for a cynical hack on Angel Di Maria who later limped out of the contest on 29 minutes to be replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi.
While Chile pressed forward relentlessly and launched a series of forays into Argentinian territory, it was the tournament favourites who had the better chances in the first half.
Argentina almost grabbed an opener in the 20th minute when Sergio met a Messi free-kick with a close range header that Bravo parried away.
On the stroke of half-time Argentina probed again and Javier Pastore set up Lavezzi whose shot was blocked by Bravo.
Sanchez went close for Chile on 82 minutes but hooked his volley just wide of the post.
Argentina almost snatched a dramatic victory in the dying seconds with a well-worked move that began after Messi skipped clear of the Chile defence and released Lavezzi on the left flank.
Lavezzi found Higuain — on for Aguero — at the far post but the Napoli striker couldn’t finish from a tight angle and shot into the side netting as Chile escaped. (AFP)
Santiago: Another tournament, another shattering defeat, and another round of unfavourable comparisons to Diego Maradona.
Lionel Messi was left reflecting on another bitterly familiar failure here on Saturday after Argentina suffered an agonizing penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.
It was the second time in 12 months Messi had finished on the losing side in a major final following Argentina’s extra-time loss to Germany at the World Cup last year.
“This generation is desperate to win a title with the national team,” Messi had said before this year’s Copa America.
“As a team, we deserve to win something and it would mean so much after the World Cup where we came so close.”
Saturday’s defeat will reignite the debate about where Messi deserves to be ranked in the pantheon of the very greatest players to have graced the sport.
For many, his extraordinary achievements at club level with Barcelona over the past decade have already guaranteed him a place alongside Pele and Diego Maradona.
Others insist that his failure to lead his country to international glory puts him just behind Pele and Maradona, who won four World Cups between them.
Statistically at least, Messi outscores Maradona in almost every department, with 46 goals in 103 international appearances compared to Maradona’s 34 goals in 91 games.
At club level Messi has amassed 412 goals in 482 games, compared to Maradona’s 312 in 588 matches.
Messi has won three European Cups with Barcelona; the famous trophy is conspicuously absent from Maradona’s CV.
Messi has been named world footballer of the year four times; Maradona earned the accolade only once. Even in the 1986 final, when he was well-shackled by Germany’s Lothar Matthaus, Maradona was able to prove a decisive influence, supplying the sublime first time pass to set up the game’s winning goal.
Messi can justifiably reflect, however, that the margins are impossibly fine.
Had either of those gone in and helped Argentina to victory instead of defeat Messi’s right to be bracketed with Maradona and Pele would not be in doubt. (AFP)
Dubai: The new playing conditions for Tests, One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) have come into effect with the series between Bangladesh and South Africa, which started in Mirpur on Sunday.
“The playing conditions are applicable to international cricket and must be read together with the Laws of Cricket. Whilst a playing condition may affect the Laws of Cricket as they may apply to international cricket, these changes are not amendments to the Laws of Cricket themselves,” an ICC release clarified.
In addition to the amendments to the playing conditions, a revised ICC Code of Conduct will come into effect on Wednesday.
According to the changed playing conditions, there are no more compulsory catchers required in overs 1-10 in One-dayers and there are no more batting Powerplays.
Now five fielders allowed outside the circle in overs 41 -50. If Team 2 is batting and a match is close to conclusion at the time the scheduled interval is reached, either captain can make a request to the umpires to extend play by an extra 15 minutes/minimum 4 overs to obtain a result.
Once the interval is taken, the referee has also been given discretion to reduce the interval time if he feels a result is imminent.
From now onwards, a Free Hit is to be awarded after all modes of No ball. If the No ball was called for having too many fielders outside the circle, the field can be changed for the Free Hit even if there is no change in striker, but only to the extent of correcting the breach.
Now a bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to deliberately attempt to run out the non-striker. It is applicable in Tests, ODIs and T20s.
According to change to clause 3.2 of the DRS Playing Conditions, teams must request a Player Review within 15 seconds of the ball becoming dead, but one exception has now been added.
The on-field umpire can now use the TV umpire to assist in detecting whether the ball has been in contact with any part of SpiderCam – the camera, its apparatus or its cables above the playing area.
There have been no changes to the Women’s Test, ODI or T20I playing conditions at this time. (PTI)
Dhaka: Skipper Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten half century to set up a crushing 52-run win for South Africa over Bangladesh in the first Twenty20 international in Dhaka on Sunday.
Du Plessis helped the visitors recover from a shaky start with an unbeaten 79 off 61 balls, his sixth half-century in Twenty20 internationals, which included eight fours.
Off-spinner JP Duminy (2-11), medium pacer David Wiese (2-12) and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (2-28) then put in a combined effort to dismiss Bangladesh for 96 runs on a slow wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shakib Al Hasan was the only batsman to offer some kind of resistance with 26 off 30 balls while debutante Litton Das made 22 off 33 balls.
Bangladesh lost both their openers for 13 runs but seemed to have recovered when Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim (17) put 37 runs for the second wicket.
The game decisively swung the Proteas’ way when Duminy dismissed Rahim and Sabbir Rahman (4) in his successive overs and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso removed Nasir Hossain for one as Bangladesh collapsed from 2-50 to 5-57.
Earlier, opting to bat first, South Africa struggled to keep the scoreboard rolling.
Bangladesh started with spinners from both ends and struck almost immediately with left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny dismissing AB de Villiers in the very first over for two.
De Villiers opened the innings for only the second time in his Twenty20 international career and conceded four dots before he picked up Mashrafee Mortaza at cover in the last ball of the over.
Quinton de Kock tried to break the shackle with a six off Nasir over cover but soon became a catch of Das off the same bowler at point for 12.
Sunny returned for his second spell to break a 46-run third wicket partnership between du Plessis and Duminy as Nasir took a well-judged catch at the deep to dismiss the latter for 18.
Du Plessis said he was happy to play the match-winning knock on a difficult wicket.
“It’s a knock that you’d like to play as a batter,” he said after the game. “Not the easiest wicket, not a flat T20 wicket, had to graft a lot.”
“Ball was spinning and staying low, we just needed a partnership, and Rilee (Rossouw) played really well. That was the match-winning partnership,” he said.
Shakib trapped David Miller leg-before for one but du Plessis added 58 runs in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with Rilee Rossouw (31 not out) to take South Africa to a respectable total.
Rossouw faced 21 balls and hit two fours and as many sixes for his cameo.
Bangladesh skipper Mortaza promised to improve their batting in the second match.
“I think (our) batsmen played too many shots, but we can fix it,” he said.
The second and final match of the two-match series will be held at the same grounds on Tuesday. (AFP)
Italy’s Andreas Seppi loses 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 1-6
LONDON: Andy Murray reprised his familiar role of being the last British singles player heading into Wimbledon’s second week, but he needed a reboot to come through Saturday’s four-set tussle with Andreas Seppi in a tale of two timeouts.
For almost three sets of Murray’s 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1 victory, the third seed was utterly dominant while his opponent looked forlorn, but the momentum of the encounter swung violently following two opportune visits to the court by the trainer. After Murray raced through the opening two sets and trailed 2-1 in the third, 25th seed Seppi called for medical assistance to work on a leg injury.
What happened next made the on-court physio look like a miracle worker as Seppi took the next five games to claim the third set and break the 2013 champion in the opening game of the fourth. At this point John McEnroe, in his role as a commentator for the BBC and no stranger to the dark arts of gamesmanship, was questioning Seppi’s motives. Murray, he said, was “like a poker player who has been bluffed”.
But Murray was then able to play his own joker and decided his own ailing body needed some work and the trainer returned to vigorously massage the Briton’s right shoulder. The effect of that intervention was equally immediate. Murray won the next six games to see out the clash, walloping down an ace on matchpoint as if to highlight just what a good job had been done on his stiffening joint.
“The shoulder is fine now,” Murray said, having teed up a last-16 encounter with the huge-serving Ivo Karlovic. “Towards the end of the second set it started to tighten up. When he took a medical timeout, it cooled down a little bit.”
As if to dismiss McEnroe’s hint that the players were playing mind games, he added: “When you’ve got a 90 kilo guy lying on top of you, it’s not very pleasant.” When Murray returns on Monday, it will be in his customary role of sole singles flagbearer for Wimbledon’s home fans after James Ward became his last remaining compatriot to exit following a gallant five-set struggle with Vasek Pospisil. (Reuters)
London: Leander Paes and Martina Hingis eased into the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals of the Wimbledon championships but it was curtains for Rohan Bopanna and his Spanish partner Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, here.
Seventh seeds Paes and Hingis subdued the French pair of Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Alize Cornet 6-4 6-2 in the second round match, late on Saturday.
They are now up against Artem Sitak of New Zealand and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia.
Bopanna and his Spanish partner suffered a tame 2-6 4-6 defeat against sixth seeded pair of Horia Tecau from Romania and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik in their second round.
Mahesh Bhupathi was eliminated earlier from the event when he lost his first round with Russian partner Alla Kudryavtseva.
On Monday, three Indian players will try to make the quarterfinal grade.
Top seeds Sania and Martina Hingis will take on 16th seeds Spanish team of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja in the women’s doubles third round.
In the men’s doubles, 11th seeded Paes and Daniel Nestor are up against Austria’s Alexander Peya and Brazilian Bruno Soares in their third round.
Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea, seeded ninth, face Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Belarussian Max Mirnyi. In the boys singles, Sumit Nagal will open his campaign against Juan Pablo Ficovich from Argentina. (PTI)
Pallekele: Skipper Angelo Mathews battled his way to an unbeaten 77 as Sri Lanka seized the advantage in the series-deciding third and final Test against Pakistan in Pallekele on Sunday.
The hosts gained a first innings lead of 63 runs and then recovered from 35-3 in their second knock to post 228-5 by stumps on a rain-interrupted, but absorbing, third day’s play.
Mathews led from the front against a tiring Pakistani attack, adding 45 for the fourth wicket with Upul Tharanga (48) and 81 for the fifth with Jehan Mubarak (35).
Mubarak marked his recall to the Test side after almost eight years with a gutsy 35 before he was caught at short-leg off Yasir Shah in the final session.
Dinesh Chandimal returned to form with 39 not out, helping his captain put on 67 for the sixth wicket before bad light ended the day’s play early.
Sri Lanka will begin the fourth day with a commanding overall lead of 291 runs with five wickets in hand, having a clear advantage on the wearing pitch to break the 1-1 deadlock in the series.
The tourists added six runs to their overnight score of 209-9 before they were all out for 215 in the day’s second over in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 278.
When Sri Lanka batted a second time, left-arm seamer Rahat Ali grabbed two quick wickets and new ball partner Ehsan Adil took one to leave the hosts tottering in the morning session.
Rahat bowled first innings century-maker Dimuth Karunaratne for 10 and yorked Lahiru Thirimanne for no score in an inspired eight-over opening spell.
In between, Ehsan Adil had Kaushal Silva caught in the slips by a diving Misbah-ul Haq for three.
Tharanga and Mathews repaired the early damage on either side of lunch before Yasir broke the partnership.
Having had a leg-before review turned down by the TV umpire off the previous ball, the leg-spinner forced Tharanga to edge the next delivery to Azhar Ali at short-leg.
Pakistan’s six runs in the morning all came off the bat of Sarfraz Ahmed, who remained unbeaten on 78.
Last man Imran Khan, who had not faced a ball in four previous Tests, survived for seven deliveries before he was bowled by off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal for zero.
Kaushal, Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep finished with three wickets each. (AFP)
Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt is expected to meet officials of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit soon regarding his efforts to make a comeback to domestic cricket after his ban ends in September.
A well-placed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that the ICC anti-corruption unit had contacted Butt after he submitted a written statement to the PCB admitting his involvement and guilt in the spot-fixing scandal in England in 2010.
“Indications are that the ICC ACU officials will meet with Butt soon to discuss his statement and future course of action,” the source said.
He said PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan had not raised the issue of giving some relaxation to Butt after his ban ends in September at the recent ICC executive board meeting in Barbados.
“But the ICC is now in touch with Butt,” the source added.
After being pressurized by the PCB, Butt finally gave a statement prepared after taking legal advice in which he admitted his guilt in the spot-fixing scandal that saw Butt, Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif all banned for a minimum five years in early 2011.
While Aamir is now free to resume international cricket once his ban ends in September, the story is different with Butt.
The ICC granted Aamir special relaxation late last year to resume playing domestic cricket despite his ban also ending in September. (PTI)
Blatter says to limit travel until ‘everything cleared up’
Berlin: Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA which is mired in corruption allegations, told a German newspaper on Sunday that he won’t take travel risks until the situation is “cleared up”. “As long as not everything is cleared up, I will not take any travel risk,” Blatter, 79, said, without giving details, in comments reported by Welt am Sonntag newspaper. He announced on June 2, just days after being re-elected, that he would step down from the FIFA presidency at an extraordinary congress to be held between December this year and March 2016. The decision followed a crisis that engulfed FIFA with 18 people indicted in the United States on football-related corruption charges involving millions of dollars in bribes. Blatter has repeatedly pleaded his innocence and that of FIFA. (PTI)
Roberto Carlos named Delhi’s marquee manager
New Delhi: In one of season’s biggest signings, former Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos was on Sunday oficially appointed marquee manager of the Delhi Dynamos franchise for the second edition of Indian Super League (ISL) football. Renowned for his powerful and curling free-kicks, the 42-year-old former Real Madrid ‘Galactico’ won the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Copa America and was widely regarded as one of the left-back to have played the game. His watershed moment, though, was winning the FIFA World Cup for his national team at the Yokohama Stadium in Japan in 2002. Besides the 2002 final, Carlos was a member of the Brazilian World Cup squad that reached the final in France 1998, when they were done in by a Zinedine Zidane-inspired France at the State de France in Paris. Carlos’s managerial experience includes stints with Turkish sides Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor. The Delhi Dynamos team, coached by Dutchman Harm Van Veldhoven, had failed to make the semifinals of the eight-team competition last year. They finished fifth, missing the semi-final spots by just a point. Carlos was also part of Fenerbahçe’s squad that reached the Champions League quarter-finals in the 2007-2008 season. (PTI)
I’m not turning pro: Mary Kom
Kolkata: Olympics bronze-medallist pugilist Vijender Singh might have turned professional but Indian woman boxing icon MC Mary Kom on Sunday said she’s not turning pro and would concentrate on her academy post retirement after Rio Olympics 2016. “As for me, I’m not turning pro. I’ve already announced that this (Rio 2016) would be my last Olympics and I would call it quits after this,” the Olympic bronze medalist told reporters here on Sunday. The 32-year-old Mary Kom said she would focus on winning another medal for India before calling it quits in 2016. “I’m looking forward to bag another medal and do the country proud. My preparation is going on very well for the Rio Olympics. After Olympics, my focus is on training kids back home and I’ll concentrate on my academy. I want India win more medals in boxing and that’s why my target is to train youngsters in my academy. I want to share my experience with them,” the Manipuri boxer added. On Vijeder’s decision, she said: “It would be better if you ask him (about turning pro)… I don’t want to comment on that. It’s his personal choice. “As for me, this is my last Olympics. At the same time I’m also a mother and I want to give time to my family. I want to do social work. I don’t want to turn pro.” Mary Kom, on whom a biopic has been made in Bollywood, asked the government to start a self-defence course for women in schools and colleges in the wake of violence against them. (PTI)
Facebook reunites mother with son after 15 years
New York: In a scene straight from a Bollywood movie, a Facebook photo has helped a Californian woman to reunite with her son after 15 years. Three-year-old Jonathan was allegedly kidnapped by his father and taken to Mexico 15 years back.Last year, Jonathan, now 18, posted a childhood photo with his brother on Facebook, thinking that his mother Hope Holland or his grown-up brother may find him on the social networking site, Time reported. Last week, the reunion finally happened and a teary Holland could not stop thanking Facebook for this miracle. “I am happy. It has been a long journey here,” Holland, who had lost all hopes of seeing Jonathan again, was quoted as saying. The miracle happened when Holland was signing up for a webinar on Facebook in January this year. There, she saw a picture of two little boys taking a bath together. “At first, my body responded with panic and excitement. Heart palpitations and sweat…my breathing out of control,” she told ABC 10 television. “I was the one who had taken the picture,” she said.
She visited Jonathan’s Facebook page and messaged someone who was scrolling through same photos she was looking at. The person put her in touch with Jonathan. Three days later, they spoke on the phone for the first time and decided to meet, the Time report said. After completing high school, Jonathan plans to return to California. (IANS)
Matt Stonie ends Joey Chestnut’s hot-dog-eating reign
New York: Matt Stonie, a 23-year-old upstart competitive eater has dethroned eight-time champion Joey Chestnut at the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest, gobbling 62 wieners in 10 minutes. Stonie, hailing from San Jose, California beat Chestnut by two dogs at the event held yesterday in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. “I trained hard for this, and I came prepared,” Stonie said after the much-popular event. Chestnut, who had won the hot dog eating contest every July 4 since 2007, just could not catch up with Stonie. “I just didn’t find my rhythm,” Chestnut said. “I did bad. He deserved to win.” “I’ve been looking for competition for a long time and I finally have it,” he said, vowing to return next year for what could become a highly anticipated rubber match. “He made me hungry.” The 31-year-old former top dog set the men’s record for eating 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in 2013. Stonie walked away with the coveted mustard yellow winner’s championship belt and USD 40,000 in prize money. In the women’s competition, defending champion Miki Sudo retained first place with the Las Vegas woman downing 38 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to claim the title along with the corresponding USD 10,000 prize. That was four more wieners than last year and comfortably ahead of Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, who devoured 31 hot dogs. (PTI)
2 senior UK ministers hunt down rat during budget meeting!
London: Larry, the 10 Downing Street’s “chief mouser”, could be sent packing in Prime Minister David Cameron’s next reshuffle with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and his Cabinet colleague giving stiff competition to the feline. The cat is under pressure after Osborne and Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock chased a rodent around the Treasury in the middle of a top-level budget meeting. During top-level talks ahead of the budget, a mouse ran across the sofa in the Chancellor’s office, sending one official screaming from the room. Undeterred, Osborne and Hancock leapt from their seats and chased the rogue rodent until eventually they had it cornered, The Telegraph reported. Hancock, a keen cricketer, pounced on the mouse, trapping it in a brown paper sandwich bag, before environmental health officers were called. The ministers did the job this time but Larry, a brown and white tabby, is the 10 Downing Street cat and “Chief Mouser” to the Cabinet Office. Larry, who is rumoured to prefer sleeping to hunting, had previously on two occasions been found wanting after rats were seen behind television news correspondents reporting live. The cat is also intended to be a pet for the children of David and Samantha Cameron. (PTI)
10-month-old Turkish girl rescued after floating out to sea
London: A 10-month-old girl was rescued off the coast of Turkey after she drifted about a kilometre into the sea on a flotation device while her parents were busy settling in on the beach. Melda Ilgin was seated in an inflatable child’s toy on Friday when strong winds caused her to drift away from the shore in the country’s Canakkale province. The yellow inflatable was carried further out to sea with the child still sitting atop it while her parents and others watching on the beach reacted with horror. The Turkish coast guard was then called to the scene, and a man jumped from the rescue boat to carry her to safety, BGN News reported.
Melda’s parents had placed her in the flotation device and were apparently settling in on the beach when they realised she was not where they left her. The winds had picked up on the beach, near the town of Kucukkuyo on the Aegean Sea, and were carrying her towards the Greek island of Lesbos, 10 kilometres away. By the time the coast guard arrived, Melda was about a kilometre out to sea. They found her unharmed, still sitting in the inflatable device. Dozens of onlookers gathered and watched as the baby girl was returned to her parents. (PTI)
New dating apps for dogs developed
London: A new Tinder-style dating app for dogs called Tindog has been developed to help users find their dogs the match, as well as form friendships and love connections with other owners, International Business Times reported. Developed by London-based start-up Holidog, the app would allow animal lovers to find a partner by using global positioning system (GPS) location data to suggest nearby matches.
“Dogs bring so much joy and love that they really have the power to connect us,” Julien Muller, founder and CEO of Holidog, was quoted as saying.”That’s why we wanted to make it easy for dog lovers to meet new people around them who feel the same way,” he added. Once matched, dog owners are able to chat, share photos with and meet other puppy fans in their area. “Whether it’s building new friendships or even making a love connection, Tindog is a great way to expand your social circle with others who love man’s best friend just as much as you do,” Muller said. Tindog is available for free on both Android and iOS devices. (IANS)
Japanese talk show with newly-weds runs for record 44 years
Tokyo: The talk show hosted by Japanese presenter Katsura Bunshi VI has entered the Guinness World Records for being the longest-running show in the world hosted by the same person and going on air for over 44 years. “Shinkon-san Irasshai!” (“Welcome, Newlyweds”), that began being broadcast on January 31, 1971, set a new record on June 7 after being on air for 44 years and 127 days with the 71-year-old Bunshi at its helm, Efe news agency reported on Friday.During the programme, the host invited newlywed couples to share how they met each other and about their new life together. (PTI)
TURA, July 05: In one of the most horrendous cases of rape to have come from the Garo Hills region, a four year old minor girl was raped allegedly by a 34 year old man in the village of Upper Jambal, Gairong in North Garo Hills (NGH). The incident which happened at about 2 pm on July 01 last became even starker after the Maharis (clan members) of the accused and the victim tried to compromise without even for once thinking of the physical and emotional pain suffered by the minor girl.
The latest incident comes even after the crackdown on institutions trying to compromise cases of rape recently.
According to information received, the incident happened at about 2 pm when the parents of the girl had gone to work in the fields. She was alone at home with her elder brother who went to take a bath when the accused, Jema Sangma (34), sneaked into the house and raped her despite her protests. Owing to the remoteness of their house her cries could not be heard.
NEW YORK, July 05 (IANS): In a scene straight from a Bollywood movie, a Facebook photo has helped a Californian woman to reunite with her son after 15 years.
Three-year-old Jonathan was allegedly kidnapped by his father and taken to Mexico 15 years back.
Last year, Jonathan, now 18, posted a childhood photo with his brother on Facebook, thinking that his mother Hope Holland or his grown-up brother may find him on the social networking site, Time reported.
Last week, the reunion finally happened and a teary Holland could not stop thanking Facebook for this miracle.
“I am happy. It has been a long journey here,” Holland, who had lost all hopes of seeing Jonathan again, was quoted as saying.
New Delhi, July 05 (IANS): Arun Sharma, the dean of a medical college in Madhya Pradesh, who was assisting the Vyapam scam investigation, was on Sunday morning found dead in a hotel here, police said.
His body was found in his room at Uppal Hotel near the Indira Gandhi International airport. He was to head to Agartala as a member of an inspection team of the Medical Council of India.
Sharma, 64, the dean MS Medical College in Jabalpur, was assisting the Special Task Force set up to probe the recruitment scam in the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) by providing documents on fake medical entrance examinees in the state-run medical college, police said.
WASHINGTON, July 05 (IANS): US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has accused China of stealing commercial secrets and government information, saying the country is “trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America”, and urged vigilance, BBC reported on Sunday.
US officials, earlier this year, named China as the chief suspect in the massive hack of the records of a US government agency.
But China denied any involvement, and called US claims “irresponsible”.
New Delhi, July 04 (IANS): A physically-challenged Delhi woman topped the civil services examination, as the first four ranks were scooped up by women in the results declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Saturday.
A total of 1,236 candidates were recommended for appointment to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central Services Group 'A' and Group 'B', the UPSC said.
TURA, July 04: The border regions of Assam-Meghalaya near Mankachar once again went into panic mode after the discovery of the body of a 53 year old man who had been kidnapped five days ago. The Assam resident who was working as an overseer of ongoing work near where he was kidnapped, near Waribok on June 28 about 25 kms from the town of Tura in West Garo Hills (WGH).
TURA, July 04: Education in the town of Williamnagar in East Garo Hills (EGH) received a huge boost with the inauguration of the four floored ‘Inigo academic block’ of the Loyola College in the town.