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Accidental firing by trooper hits 2 cops in GH

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 10:49

TURA: Two armed battalion personnel of Meghalaya police have been airlifted to Guwahati for urgent medical treatment after being shot and injured by another trooper in an accidental firing in the border region of Purakhasia on Monday morning.

A team of 2nd MLP battalion personnel were leaving their outpost for patrol duty in Purakhasia, close to the international border with Bangladeh, when the AK assault rifle carried by Havildar Awithson Sangma suddenly went off firing a wild shot.

The bullet hit battalion constable Mridul Rabha (Bnc 1622) and driver Selvestin T Sangma in the upper body grievously injuring them.

The automatic rifle of the havildar had been armed with a round inside the chamber and the safety catch was reportedly off when the incident occurred.

Both the injured were rushed to Tura from where they were airlifted to army hospital at Basistha, Guwahati, where doctors declared that the condition of the two were serious but under control.

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ED Marak moves BJP chief against Dipayan, Khlur

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 10:48

SHILLONG: Former Speaker ED Marak has lodged a complaint with the BJP supremo Amit Shah against the party’s state leaders Dipayan Chakraborty and Khlur Sing accusing them of indulging in corruption.

In the letter to Shah, Marak, a former BJP leader, said that one Nitai Baksors, who was an aspirant for the party ticket in the last Assembly election from Tikrikilla, had accused that Dipayan had demanded from him 50 percent of the fund which was to be given by the party for contesting election. Marak further said that the state BJP chief Khlur Sing “is protecting Dipayan”.

“Amit Shah has promised to come to Shillong to sort out the matter,” Marak said.

He said, “If the party fails to remove both the leaders, he will take legal action”.

Earlier, Marak was dropped from the state BJP after he had leveled serious allegations against the party top brass.

When contacted, Dipayan termed the allegations as ‘baseless’.

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MP booked for sedition

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 10:46

Hyderabad: TRS Lok Sabha member K. Kavitha, who is also the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, has been booked on sedition charges for an alleged controversial statement on Jammu and Kashmir.

On the direction of a city court, a first information report (FIR) was registered against Kavitha, a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Lok Sabha member from Nizamabad, at the Madannapet police station.

Kavitha has been booked under charges of sedition, promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial maintenance of harmony, for statements conducing to public mischief, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. (IANS)

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Son-in-law’s hand in ‘murder’ suspected

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 10:46
Death of a minor girl in city: Police probe unsatisfactory: Father

SHILLONG: The relatives of the 11-year-old girl, whose body was recovered from a river near Burnside, Rilbong on Sunday, have expressed dissatisfaction over the apathy of police in investigating the case.

The body of Swagarika Das, a class VI student of Queenie School, Laban, was found floating in the river on Sunday at around 3 pm.

According to the relatives, it was between 1 pm on Sunday that the girl, youngest daughter of Sunil Das, a vegetable vendor at Laban Last Stop, had left the house at New Kenches Trace to buy something from the nearby shop.

“As she did not return home even after two hours, I searched for her in the nearby areas, but in vain”, Sunil said.

The father got the information that his daughter’s body was recovered from the river from police at around 4.30 pm.

Several people gathered at the river bank after spotting the body of the girl and it was a boy who identified her and informed the police.

The body of the girl was cremated on Monday after the post-mortem.

It was double tragedy for the family as Sunil’s wife had expired only in January this year.

“The police are not revealing anything about the progress of the inquiry and more painful is that when inquired about the post-mortem report, the doctor at the civil hospital informed that I have to get the post-mortem report from the Directorate of Health Services after three weeks”, Sunil said.

The family suspects that the girl was murdered and the body was thrown into the river which is far away from the house.

“There was no need for her to go to the river side which is quite far from our house,” the father said.

According to the father, those who saw the body had claimed that there was a 10 rupee note in her folded hand and some cotton in her mouth.

In the FIR lodged with the Rilbong police on August 10 , the father asked the police to take action against Dharmendra Rai, the husband of his eldest daughter, for his alleged role in the crime.

“Dharmendra had threatened to kill both of my daughters — Swagariaka Das and Swagata Das two days back (August 8) and in addition previously also Dharmendra’s father, mother and his four brothers along with Dharmendra had threatened to kill my daughters,” the FIR said.

In the FIR, the father of the victim also alleged, “I strongly suspect and believe that the above mentioned persons have killed my daughter “.

The father alleged that Dharmendra and his parents on July 20 assaulted her daughter in his house and also wanted to take away the baby.

“We even lodged complaint with the Rilbong police on July 20, but the policemen did not take any action against the culprits though my daughter had undergone a medical examination after the assault,” he said.

When contacted, Dharmendra admitted that his family had assaulted his wife on July 20 after she complained that he was coming late after playing cricket.

Dhrmendra however, said that he and the family did not have any role in the killing of the minor girl.

“I had gone out of the house at Lowsohtun on August 10 at around 11 am, and I was playing cricket at Lowsohtun Block VI, and returned home only at around 6 pm”, Dharmendra said.

Dharmendra never visited his wife at New Kenches Trace after July 20, the wife’s relatives said.

When contacted, the police said that investigation was on to ascertain the nature of crime and added that no one has been arrested in connection with the case.

“It is too early to say whether it is a murder case or not”, police added.

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2 policemen hurt in accidental firing, one airlifted to Guwahati

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 05:53

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 11: Two policemen were hurt in a case of accidental firing in the remote village of Purakhasia, about 35 kms from the town of Tura. The two, one a driver and the other a battalion constable, were hurt when a carbine accidentally went off when the constable was about to board a Gypsy on his way to an operation.
The two injured policemen have been identified as Battalion Constable (BNC) Mridul Ch Rabha while the driver has been identified as Trepatin T Sangma. While Rabha is from Mendipathar, Sangma belongs to Tura. The incident happened at about 8 am on Monday morning.

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SBI staff stage one-day strike to protest abduction of employee

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 05:52

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG/TURA, Aug 11: All branches of SBI in Meghalaya remained closed on Monday while hundreds of employees of State Bank of India (SBI) staged a silent peace rally to protest and demand immediate release of bank employee Subodh Kumar Mishra who was kidnapped by armed militants from Gasuapara branch in Garo Hills on August 5 last.
The silent peace rally started from Dhanketi and concluded at SBI Shillong main branch organized by the SBI Officers’ Association. During the rally, they asked militants to “stop making SBI employees’ soft targets for demands”.
All the 110 SBI branches in Meghalaya, including 41 branches in Garo Hills region, remained closed on Monday as part of the state – wide strike of the bank employees who also demanded the state government to provide security and safe working environment for them.

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GHADC workers to go on 2 - day strike from today

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 05:51

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 11: Job holders working under the payroll of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) have decided to go on a two-day strike from Tuesday onwards over the nonpayment of dues for the past four months. The Council which last paid salaries to its employees way back in the month of March has been riddled with protests over the salaries that it is supposed to pay.

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FKJGP demands roll-back of fare hike in public transport

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 05:50

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SHILLONG, Aug 11: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) Monday asked government to immediately roll-back the recent fare hike for Shillong Public Transport Service (SPTS), Shillong Special Public Transport Service (SSPTS) and Shillong Supplementary Transport Service (SSTS) run by Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA).
In a letter to Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, FKJGP President Joe Marwein said, “The increase in the fare by 100 per cent of the existing rate is unjustified and unreasonable. This is going to have a severe impact on people who depend on this public transport service to commute from one part of the city to another, students and poor families.”

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EGH NGOs meet GHADC CEM on the ‘Garo’ definition

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-08-12 05:50

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 11: After the furor over the ‘Codification of Garo Customary Law’ attempt made by the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the NGOs of East Garo Hills (EGH) including the GSU, AIGU, FAF, Mothers' Federation, WGCSU, ICFS, AYF and ASCOT met the CEM, Alphonse A Sangma at his residence to convey their apprehension of the Bill in question. A memorandum to this effect was submitted to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) on Saturday at his residence in Dakopgre in Tura.
The NGOs have demanded the scrapping of some sections of the Bill to ensure non - tribals were not given a free hand in becoming a Garo through the laws.

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Lanka beat Pakistan in first Test

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:33
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 7 wickets to take 1-0 lead in the 2-match series

Galle: Retiring Mahela Jayawardene took on the unusual role of opening batsman to hand Sri Lanka a thrilling seven-wicket victory on the final day of the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Sunday.

The hosts, needing 99 to win in a minimum of 21 overs, beat fading light and approaching rain to cruise home in the 17th over in front of some 5,000 jubilant home fans. Jayawardene, who is due to retire from Test cricket after the two-match series, scored 26 before Kumar Sangakkara (21) and skipper Angelo Mathews (25 not out) chipped in lower down the order.

Mathews and Kithuruwan Vithanage smashed 17 runs in the 16th over bowled by Junaid Khan and then scored the winning run in the next over just before rain hit Galle.

The win was set up by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who claimed six for 48 that bundled Pakistan out for 180 in their second innings in the post-tea session. Pakistan, who started the day at 4-1, lost three wickets in the morning session to go to lunch on 66-4.

The tourists added eight runs in the morning when seamer Dhammika Prasad had nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal edging a catch to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella. Opener Ahmed Shehzad made 16 when he was given out leg-before to off-spinner Perera .

Shehzad, who consulted his partner Azhar Ali before deciding not to ask for an umpire’s review, would have survived if he had signalled for it. Replays showed the ball missing the leg stump. Herath dealt Pakistan a bigger blow when he bowled first innings century-maker Younis Khan for 13 to reduce the tourists to 55-4. Ali and skipper Misbah-ul Haq put on 56 for the fifth wicket on either side of lunch when both fell at the same total to make it 111-6 — just 29 runs ahead with 45 overs left in the game. Ali (41) was caught behind off Herath and Misbah (28) was leg-before to Perera in the next over.

Seamer Shaminda Eranga had Abdur Rehman caught behind at the stroke of tea before Herath dismissed Talha and last man Junaid to leave gutsy Sarfraz Ahmed stranded on 52 not out.(AFP)


Score board

Pakistan 1st innings:           451
Sri Lanka 1st innings:       533
Pakistan 2nd innings
KManzoor c Dickwella b Herath    3
Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Perera    16
SAjmal c Dickwella b Prasad     4
Azhar Ali c Dickwella b Herath  41
Younis Khan b Herath             13
Misbah-ul Haq lbw b Perera        28
Asad Shafiq lbw b Herath          8
Sarfraz Ahmed not out              52
ARehman c Dickwella b Eranga     1
MTalha c Dickwella b Herath        4
Junaid Khan lbw b Herath             0
Total (all out, 80.2 overs)       180
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-11, 3-39, 4-55, 5-111, 6-111, 7-133, 8-153, 9-178
Bowling: Herath 30.2-11-48-6, Eranga 14-5-44-1, Perera 28-6-68-2, Prasad 8-3-10-1.
Sri Lanka 2nd innings:
U Tharanga b Junaid                   12
M Jayawardene b Junaid             26
K Sangakkara c Manzoor b Talha  21
A Mathews not out                   25
K Vithanage not out                   11
Total (3 wickets, 16.2 overs)    99
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-59, 3-73
Bowling: Ajmal 6-0-29-0, Junaid 8-0-55-2, Talha 2.2-0-12-1.

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Indian women team win gold in Archery World Cup

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:32

Kolkata: Deepika Kumari-led women archers clinched the recurve team gold after routing Mexico 6-0 in the final as India returned with five medals in the Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland on Sunday.

Deepika herself won three medals on Sunday as she also bagged a bronze each in recurve women’s individual event and recurve mixed team pair event with her partner Jayanta Talukdar.

The men’s recurve team settled for a silver after losing to Mexico 3-5 in the final on Sunday.

The Indian compound mixed pair of Abhishek Verma and Puvasha Shende had clinched a silver medal last night.

In the women’s recurve team event, the second seeded India women’s trio of Deepika, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi routed Mexico 6-0 without surrendering a single set point.

Deepika herself shot three of the Indian team’s five 10s.

“The match was not too difficult. Hopefully we can do the same at the Asian Games,” said Deepika.

“This event has already raised our confidence. We have had a difficult season, but the hard work we have put in ahead of Incheon is starting to pay off.”

The Indian trio had earlier trounced their opponents from Georgia 6-2 in the semifinals.

In the men’s recurve team final, however, the Indian trio of Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar and Atanu Das lost to Mexico 3-5.

Mexico took a 2-0 lead and never looked back. India trailed 2-4 in the fourth set with Mexico’s anchor archer Juan Rene Serrano only needing a red to seal the match.

The only right-handed archer in Mexico’s team, Juan Rene shot last in the trio’s rotation and he did not make any mistake.

It was the second World Cup stage team gold for Mexico. The other was won at Medellin last year.

In the women’s recurve individual event, Deepika beat Tatiana Segina of Russia 6-2 in the bronze-medal match.

Deepika then partnered Talukdar in the recurve mixed team pair event and thrashed their Belarus opponents 6-0 in the bronze-medal match on Sunday.

Earlier, the Indian compound mixed pair of Abhishek Verma and Puvasha Shende also clinched a silver medal.

The third seed Indian duo lost to the World No. 1 US pair of Braden Gellenthien and Crystal Gauvin 151-155 in an intense final last night.

Both the teams shot 38 each in the first end but the US gained a one point lead with India shooting 37 in the second.

The world no 1 US pair remained steady to log a 40 and 39 points compared to the 39 and 37 by the Indians to seal the gold medal. (PTI)

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Sania-Cara sets up title clash with Errani and Vinci

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:31

Montreal: Sania Mirza and Cara Black survived a thriller in the semifinals as they carved out a hard-earned 7-6(3) 3-6 13-11 victory to set up a Rogers Cup doubles final against top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci here.

The fourth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair knocked out the second seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei and China’s Peng Shuai in a contest that lasted an hour and 50 minutes.

Having saved a set point in the opening set, Sania and Cara prevailed over their higher ranked opponents in a tie-break.

However, Hsieh and Peng fought their way back in the second set and comfortably wrapped it up 6-3, taking it to the deciding set.

In the third set, Sania and Cara opened up a 9-6 lead, before Hsieh and Peng rallied and held a match point at 11-10. But from there Sania and Cara won three straight points, to run away with the match on their fifth match point. (PTI)

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Venus wins Williams battle, reaches final

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:31
Federer cruises into his 120th career final, to meet Tsonga

Montreal/Toronto: Venus Williams upset little sister Serena 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3 to register the first win over her top ranked sibling in five years and move into the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.

The meeting marked the 25th time the sisters had squared off but the first time Venus had come out on top since a 2009 semi-finals encounter in Dubai.

World number one Serena holds a 14-11 lead in their head-to-heads after coming out on top in their previous five encounters, including the 2009 Wimbledon final.

Clashes between the pair, which at one time were an almost regular and welcome occurrence on tennis courts around the world, have become rare and their meeting in Montreal was just the second since the 2009 Tour championships.

“It was a tough match out there,” said Venus, who will meet Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in Sunday’s final. Third seed Radwanska beat Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 7-6(1) 7-6(3) to advance to her second final of the year.

“I don’t think we played for a number of years, as well. It’s not like we’ve been playing year in and year out,” added Venus.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title.

Standing between Federer and another trophy is Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who claimed his third straight yesterday upset by dispatching seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-3.

After knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round, twice champion Andy Murray in the quarters and Dimitrov in the semi-finals, the powerful Frenchman will need to produce one more upset to deny Federer a third Canadian title.

It will be Federer’s 120th career final while Tsonga will be playing for a title for the 20th time.

Federer said Tsonga would be on a high after his series of upsets in Toronto.

“I think it was a matter of time that he got it all together again, especially in terms of confidence,” said the second seeded Swiss, who is looking for his third title of the season.

“So for him to beat Murray and Djokovic… it’s a really good effort,” the Swiss champion added.

Federer, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Friday, was in imperious form, dropping just four points on his serve in taking the opening set.(Reuters)

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Badminton C’ship concludes

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:30

NONGPOH: The 32nd State Level Badminton Championship hosted by Ri Bhoi District Badminton Association (RBDBA) under the aegis of Meghalaya State Badminton Association (MSBA), concluded here on Saturday.

The closing ceremony was attended by Chief Engineer of Meghalaya State Sport Council G Kharmawphlang as the chief guest in the presence of MSBA President W Kharshiing; Meghalaya State Commission, Resource Mobilization MG Kharshanlor; RBBA President Ferdinald K Kharkamni among others.

The championship is also supported by the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs and the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District.

The championship saw participation from a total of 285 participants from six districts of the State. The ceremony ended with a prize distribution by the chief guest and others to the winners in different categories.

In the final matches held on the closing day Lalmuanpuia (EKH) defeated Siddartha Das (EKH) in men’s singles; Balajied L Nonglait and Bishen Thapa (EKH) defeated Lalzarmawia and Lamuanpuia (EKH) in men’s doubles, in women’s singles Pretty Singh (EKH) defeated Larihun (EKH) while in women’s doubles Eraneeles Syiem and Pretty Singh (EKH) defeated Balashembha Passah and Emilanadaka Chyrmang (WJH).

In U-19 category, Kiefer W Shullai (EKH) and Shweta Basel (EKH) won the boys’ and girls’ singles respectively and Kiefer W Shullai and Kynsaj S Mylliemumlong (EKH) won the boys’ doubles.

In U-17 category, Mebanker Shullai (WJH) and Shailja Chettri (EKH) won the boys’ and girls’ singles and M Shullai and H Passah (WJH) and Shweta Basel and Banadien Rapsang (EKH) won the doubles.

In Boys Single U-15 Ritu Ragnag (EKH) defeated Hrisami Passah (WJH), In Boys Double Hrisami Passah and Buromlangki Lakiang (WJH) defeated Ritu Raj Nag and Bidish Saika (EKH).

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‘India showed no backbone’

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:29

Former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar and wicket keeper, Farokh Engineer on Sunday described the Indian performance at Old Trafford as ‘spineless’ and ‘passionless’.


London: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Sunday slammed the Indian cricketers for their embarrassing innings defeat in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, saying that they showed “no backbone” to fight against a “persistent” England side.

“There were was no backbone shown by India,” Gavaskar told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.

“They (Indian players) showed no determination, the dismissals were soft, there were no great deliveries, England were just persistent,” said Gavaskar, one of cricket’s greatest opening batsmen.

“… you could see Indian heads go down and thereafter there has been no thinking of ‘let’s fight,” he added.

Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer was also equally critical of the players, saying that they played without “passion” and showed not guts to fight.

He also criticised “highly paid” coach Duncan Fletcher for not advising captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to field first after winning the toss.

India lost the Test by an innings and 54 runs to trail the five-match series 1-2.

“This was embarrassing. India shot themselves in the foot right from the moment they decided to bat on a green top surface,” the 76-year-old Engineer, who played 46 Tests from 1961-1975, told BBC Radio Five.

“There was no backbone shown by India. They played without any care or passion, like having a Saturday afternoon slog,” added Engineer.

He said Fletcher, a former England coach, ought to have told Dhoni to field first, rather than bat.

“Fletcher is very, very highly paid, surely he can read the pitch and advise Dhoni accordingly?”

After Dhoni won the toss and batted, India collapsed to eight for four inside six overs. They then lost nine second-innings wickets after tea on Saturday as England won with more than two days to spare to go 2-1 up in the five-Test series ahead of next week’s finale at The Oval.

It was the first time England had won a Test against India inside three days since a 132-run victory at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground back in 1967.

“There is only a bit of pride to play for because they’ve been humiliated. I dare not see the papers in India, they must be so critical, and rightly so,” Engineer said.

Asked about the poor performance of highly-rated Virat Kohli, who has scored only 108 runs in the series at an average of 13.5, Engineer said, “Virat Kohli came here with a great reputation and has just not taken off, he has been out to silly deliveries.”

Engineer was also critical of the BCCI’S ongoing opposition to the use of Decision Review System in matches involving India.

“The DRS is absolutely haunting India because a lot of the decisions have gone against them. I don’t know when they’ll open their eyes and wake up. They’ve got to embrace DRS,” Engineer said. “The ICC (International Cricket Council) are just not firm enough, can they not put pressure on India? All the other countries have agreed to it, why can’t you?” (PTI)

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Dhoni 3 defeats away from matching Fleming’s away Test record

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:28

New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have forged a formidable coach-captain combination with Stephen Fleming for the CSK in the Indian Premier League but the India captain is on the verge of equalling an ignominous record in possession of the former Black Caps skipper – that of maximum number of away Test defeats while leading his country.Fleming and Brian Lara with 16 overseas Test losses have the worst record among international skippers. Dhoni after the humilating defeat in the Manchester Test now has 13 away Test defeats as a leader under his belt.

Three more overseas Test defeats would put him alongside captains with worst Test records — a piece of statistic that would certainly make the Indian captain uncomfortable.

After losing a Test match in New Zealand, Dhoni had surpassed Sourav Ganguly, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Mohammed Azharuddin as the India skipper with worst away record.

The trio had 10 overseas Test defeats and the loss in Wellington was Dhoni’s 11th as captain on foreign soil.

However Ganguly has the best record as captain on foreign soil with 11 Test victories including to series draws in England (2002) and Australia (2003-04). Under Ganguly’s captaincy, India also won in West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

Dhoni has so far won only a total of six Tests away from home in the 27 that he has led the Indian side. (PTI)

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England unchanged for fifth Test

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:27

London: England on Sunday named an unchanged squad for the fifth and final Test against India starting at The Oval here on Friday, with pacer Stuart Broad being included despite suffering a fractured nose.

Broad was struck by a Varun Aaron bouncer that squeezed between the grille and peak of his helmet while batting during England first innings on the third day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford yesterday.

A bloodied Broad retired hurt and did not bowl during India’s second innings as the tourists were dismissed in 43 overs to give England an innings victory and a 2-1 lead in the series.

“Following England’s victory over India by an innings and 54 runs in the 4th Investec Test, England selectors today announced an unchanged 13-man squad for the 5th Test commencing Friday 15 August at the Kia Oval,” England and Wales Cricket said in a brief statement.

England squad: Alastair Cook (Captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. PTI

Broad posted a picture of his injury, which required stitches and a trip to hospital this morning, on his twitter page and suggested he may still play by wearing a protective mask.

“Little bit sore this morning but not too bad! Doc did a great job. On to The Oval! (With a mask),” he tweeted. (PTI)

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Indian men beat Qatar, women humble Holland

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:26

Tromso (Norway): The Indian men came up with their third victory on the trot defeating Qatar 3-1 while the women humbled Holland 3.5-0.5 in the seventh round of 41st Chess Olympiad here on Sunday.

S P Sethuraman and Krishnan Sasikiran scored important victories for India on the second and third board accounting for Mohammad Al-Sayed and Zhu Chen respectively while Parimarjan Negi was held to a draw by Mohammad Al-Modiahki on the top board. In the fourth board B Adhiban also played a draw with Nezad Husein Azaz.

The victory, coming at an important juncture, took the Indian men to joint sixth spot in current standings and are now within striking distance of what was considered an impossible task – a podium finish.

That said, they have the biggest hurdle to tackle in the next round when they meet three times winner and defending champion Armenia.

Meanwhile at the top of the tables, Azerbaijan defeated Cuba by 2.5-1.5 margin to emerge as the sole leader on 13 match points out of a possible 14.

The Azeri victory was made possible by Gadir Guseinov and Teimour Radjabov who won on board second and fourth.

China, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania are on the heels of the leader on 12 points apiece while the Indians are next in line with eight others.

In the other Indian games, D Harika was held to a draw by Peng Zhaoqin on the top board. (PTI)

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Disgruntled Nasri quits intl football

Shillong Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:26

LONDON: Manchester City’s French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international football over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media.

The 27-year-old playmaker won the Premier League last season with City but was left out of the France squad for this year’s World Cup in Brazil, where the side reached the quarter-finals.

Deschamps later filed a legal complaint for ‘public insult’ against Nasri’s girlfriend, Anara Atanes, for messages she posted on Twitter after the player was omitted from the France squad.

‘Let’s face it, as long as he (Deschamps) is going to be the manager I don’t think I have a shot after everything that has happened,’ Nasri told reporters before Sunday’s Community Shield against his former club Arsenal.

‘I will only be 29 in 2016 for the European Championships (hosted by France) but the French national team doesn’t make me happy. Every time I go there, there is just more trouble.

‘I face accusations about me and my family suffers from it and I don’t want to make them suffer, so it’s better to stop it and focus on my club career.’

Nasri, who has been capped 41 times, has a reputation as a troublemaker and was banned for three matches after launching a foul-mouthed tirade at a reporter following France’s quarter-final defeat by Spain at Euro 2012.

The player also missed the 2010 World Cup when former coach Raymond Domenech left him out of the squad.

Nasri said Deschamps was not the only factor that drove him towards taking a decision to quit playing for France.

‘He did what he thought was best for his team. I understand his choice, it is not something about him, I don’t have any problem with him. It’s just everything,’ Nasri added.

‘It is not him who talks in the press, it is the press who say things about me and the players as well.

“I don’t want to be there. I am not happy. I don’t want to go there any more.” (Reuters)

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HNLC calls 48 bandh to protest NGT ban, boycott I-Day

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-08-11 05:46

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 10: Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Sunday called for 48-hour bandh to protest NGT’s ban on rat-hole coal mining and boycott the Indian Independence Day in Khasi – Jaintia Hills.
The bandh will be effective from 6 PM of August 13 to 6 PM of August 15.
In a press communiqué issued on Sunday, HNLC Publicity Secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw informed, “The total shutdown will commence from 6 pm of August 13 to 6 pm of August 15.”
He explained the shutdown on August 13 and 14 is being called to protest against NGT’s ban on coal mining which has affected the livelihood of the people, and August 15 will be a sign of protest against the policy of the Government of India in forcing the signing of the Instrument of Accession and annexed Agreement on August 17, 1948, at gunpoint.

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