Imphal:Hundreds of women vendors took part in a relay hunger strike yestersday at Khwairamband keithel, the main market of the city to protest failure of the government to apprehend those involved in the bomb blast in the busy market area which led to death of three persons on March 11.
The women vendors denounced planting of bombs in the market and condemned “failure” of the government to nab the culprits.
The stir will continue until the government apprehends the perpetrators and take up appropriate security measures they demanded. (UNI)
Guwahati: At least four persons, including a child, died on the spot while the other died in the hospital and about 20 others were injured in a road mishap on NH 31 in North Salmara area, under Abhayapuri police station, of western Assam’s Bongaigaon district yesterday.
A passenger-carrying bus, going from Dhubri to Goalpara, fell from a bridge into a dry ditch.
Survivors said the bus was traveling at a high speed and the driver must have probably lost control, (UNI)
Agartala:The process for inclusion of Aadhaar number and other contact details with the voter identity card to create an error free voter lists would begin in the state from April, an official said today.
“The Election Commission has launched a nation-wide programme – National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme to ensure an error free voter list. In this process Aadhaar numbers and other contact details would be included with the voter list to avoid any duplication. This programme would start in our state from April 1,” Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S K Rakesh told reporters.
The process would be completed in August. (PTI)
GUWAHATI:Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing concern at the attitude of a national magazine to portray the editor of a satellite news channel in ‘negative light’, said that the magazine only showed its bias against Arnab Goswami rather than highlighting bigger causes of ruin in the Indian television media.
Reacting to the latest issue of ‘Outlook’, where an article on the editor-anchor of ‘Times Now’ was published as a cover page story with the highlight ‘The Man Who Killed TV News’, the Assam-based journalists’ forum said, ‘Criticising a particular editor of a news channel as being the murderer of the television journalism is uncalled for.’
“Is Indian journalism is so week that one Arnab Goswami can destroy it?’ a JFA statement, issued by its president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria, questioned.
The forum also claimed that the national magazines never publish editorials (nor even articles) narrating the difficulties of thousands of television employees as they are deprived of a statutory wage board benefits.
“Show us an editorial of Outlook since its inception, where the plight of the millions of media employees is highlighted?,’ the JFA further questioned, adding, ‘When the journalists and other employees of newspapers & news agencies in India are entitled for the benefits of Majithia Wage Board, the employees of television channels are deprived of the same. Is it not a persistent destroyer of the medium?’ (UNI)
Guwahati: Assam Governor P.B.Acharya called DGP Khagen Sarmah to the Raj Bhawan and directed him to take immediate action to prevent killing of rhinos in the state.
The Governor directed the DGP to “build a strong first line of defence by utilising the support and cooperation of the inhabitants of the char areas and the villages through which the poachers carry on their dastardly crimes,”. Acharya further said that if rhino killings persisted even after the implementation of these measures, actions like imposition of deterrent fines on the communities of those areas have to be initiated. He also urgently called for an effective solution and halt to the “heartless slaughter of this precious symbol of the state,” the release added. (PTI)
22 g heroin seized, two women held
Aizawl:Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department’s Anti Narcotic Squad seized 22 gram of heroin from Hunthar locality here. Two women, Lalhruaisangi of Hunthar here and Ramhmingthangi of Mizoram-Myanmar border Zokhawthar hamlet in Champhai district, were arrested in this connection, an official statement said today. The accused were remanded to judicial custody. (PTI)
South Korean duped in Assam
Guwahati:A taekwondo grandmaster from South Korea has been duped of over Rs 10 lakh by a fraudster in Assam.The foreigner, Wan Yong Lee, was under the aegis of the Assam Taekwondo Association to train State youths in the martial arts. ‘He came in touch with a person identified as Sonmani Das who gave him some business proposals. Believing Das, the South Korean national paid him over Rs 10 lakh in three installments,’ a police officer said. When Lee found that Das was a fraud, he immediately approached the Dispur police station in the city. Das, a resident of Polashbari, was arrested and taken into five days’ police custody yesterday. Lee had conducted a training camp in Karnataka before coming to Assam. (UNI)
Replica gun stolen from Agartala war memorial
Agartala:A replica gun placed in a war memorial in Agartala, Tripura, has been stolen, police said on Thursday.The war memorial is situated in the midst of a sprawling park and between the state civil secretariat and the Tripura High Court. It was reconstructed and inaugurated by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) on December 16 last year.The war memorial was built to commemorate the sacrifices of Indian soldiers during their battle with the Pakistani Army along the Tripura frontier during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.”A complaint was lodged by the military with the New Capital Complex Police Station on March 8, after the replica gun was stolen with an iron helmet. We are probing the incident but no clue yet,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (central) Rajendra Datta informed.The gun was placed upside down and was a wooden replica of a self loading rifle, a weapon extensively used in the battle with the Pakistani soldiers. On the top of the gun was an iron helmet.During the Bangladesh liberation war, 10 million men, women and children from then East Pakistan took shelter in West Bengal, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya. (IANS)
Ultras held by Army, police
Guwahati:Two MULTA terrorists were arrested by a joint team of army and Assam police from Goalpara in western Assam today.The terrorists were in possession of pistols and fake Indian currency notes amounting to Rs 2 lakhs.The apprehended terrorists are fake Indian currency note suppliers who hail from Mankachar area of Dhubri, a defence statement said here.In another joint operation conducted by Army and Meghalaya Police, one over ground worker of Achik Matgrik Elite Forces (AMEF, a Meghalaya based terrorist group) was apprehended near Kharkuta last evening.The OGW, identified as Tilling Arengh, was coming to deliver extortion note in village Kharkuta.Five extortion notes of AMEF, one two-wheeler, mobile phones and other documents were recovered from the apprehended OGW.Two hardcore terrorists of the same group were killed in an encounter with security forces on March 17 last. (UNI)
Two militants nabbed
Guwahati:Two Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Asom (MULTA) militants were apprehended yesterday by security forces in Assam’s Goalpara district. The fake currency with a face value of Rs 2 lakh and two pistols were recseized from the two militants. (PTI)
Melbourne: Rohit Sharma blasted a strokeful century as defending champions India stormed into the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup by thrashing a hapless Bangladesh by 109 runs in a lop-sided contest here on Thursday.
Riding on Rohit’s spectacular 137 off 126 balls and his rollicking 122-run fourth wicket stand in only 15.5 overs with the belligerent Suresh Raina (65), India were able to post a commendable 302 for six after opting to bat at the MCG.
In reply, Bangladesh were never in the contention as India hardly took their foot off the pedal to dismiss their neighbours for a paltry 193 in 45 overs without hardly breaking a sweat. The juggernaut continues to roll on for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men who have now recorded their seventh win on the trot in this mega event.
India will now meet the winner of the third quarter-final between Australia and Pakistan at Sydney on March 26.
The victory took the tally of India’s successive World Cup victories to 11, including four in the last edition, as it was yet another easy outing for the title contenders.
Such has been India’s domination that whenever they have batted first in the tournament, they have scored 300 or more and taken all 70 opposition wickets in seven matches so far.
Umesh Yadav (4/31 in 9 overs) was bang on target during his entire spell despite a flurry of boundaries in Tamim Iqbal’s run-a-ball 25 that ended with Dhoni taking a low catch off the bowler.
Imrul Kayes (5) was run-out due to a mix-up. Two in-form players in left-hander Soumya Sarkar (29) and Mahmudullah Riyadh (21) steadied the ship with 40 run stand before Shikhar Dhawan took an acrobatic catch to get rid of the latter on the boundary line.
Once Mahmudullah was gone there was an air of inevitability about the result with Soumya Sarkar being caught by Dhoni diving to his left and Shakib Al Hasan caught at backward point of Jadeja.
Mohammed Shami (2/37 in 8 overs) took his wickets tally to 17 while Ravichandran Ashwin (0/30 in 10 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/42 in 8 overs) again operated well in tandem with big MCG boundaries as cushion. The day however belonged to Rohit, who hit his seventh ODI hundred with 14 boundaries and three sixes to his credit while Raina played an equally attractive as well as game-changing knock. (PTI)
Melbourne: Delighted with Rohit Sharma’s match-winning knock against Bangladesh in the cricket World Cup, India skipper Dhoni on Thursday said the Mumbai batsman has now become an asset at the opener’s slot after his “talent was being wasted” in the middle-order.
“If I have to go back four years, it won’t be a realistic comparison, the reason being he was not really opening for us at that point of time. We felt that he was a bit of waste of talent if he was batting at 6 for us because more often than not he was not getting enough chance to bat, as our top-order was quite fixed. We couldn’t really make him play or give him enough opportunities,” Dhoni said.
He was in a mood to talk extensively on Rohit as he spent a lot of time doing a detailed analysis. “If you see in the first 40 games, you may think he has not done enough. But out of those 40, there were quite a few times when he went in to bat in the last four or five overs, and it’s difficult”said Dhoni(PTI)
SHILLONG, March 19: Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Water Resources Rowell Lyngdoh on Thursday shockingly said that the pollution caused to the Rivers Lukha and Myntdu by way of drainage from coal will be addressed by Mother Nature by way of the monsoon rains.
SHILLONG, March 19: A day after state government recommended for Administrator Rule in KHADC, the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) on Thursday demanded the Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to convene a Special Session.
ARPA leader Metbah Lyngdoh led a delegation of his supporters consisting of 16 members of the district council to meet the Governor.
In a petition submitted to the Governor, Lyngdoh said, “We request you to convene a Special Session to enable the present internal arrangement to materialize as per Constitutional provision.”
SHILLONG, March 19: Meghalaya Power Minister Clement Marak on Thursday told the Assembly that the State will generate over 700 Mega Watt (MW) of power in the next ten years to meet its growing energy requirement.
“The total availability of power in the state by 2023-24 is projected at 723 MW,” he said while informing that the state is going to get a total of 260.93 MW from the central share, the state’s own generation will be at 462 MW from the Leshka stage II power project.
SHILLONG, March 18: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday tabled a deficit Budget of Rs. 819 crore for the state for 2015-16, even as he announced slew of measures his government will be undertaking to increase state’s revenue especially in view of the huge revenue gap arising out of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on coal mining besides the low allocation by 14th Finance Commission for the State.
“I am presenting the 2015-16 Budget with a fiscal deficit of about Rs 819 crore which is around 2.8 per cent of the GSDP,” Dr Sangma told the Assembly while presenting his Budget on Wednesday.
SHILLONG, March 18: Meghalaya government on Wednesday decided to approve the imposition of ‘Administrator Rule’ in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) with an aim to put an end to the ongoing political crisis.
Addressing newsmen after the Cabinet meeting held here on Wednesday, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said, “We have decided to approve the proposal brought by the DCA department for imposition of Administrator Rule in the KHADC.”
TURA, March 18: Two days after Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma put up his conditions for talks with militant outfits, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Wednesday stated that they are examining the statement and want some time to lift their bandh call in Ampati. The outfit further stated that the government could initiate peace talks with Champion Sangma, the Chairman of the outfit, even while he is in jail.
SHILLONG, March 17: In a bid to clear the over Rs 400 crore power dues to 12 utilities including North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), Power Minister Clement Marak on Tuesday informed the Assembly that Meghalaya government is preparing to avail loan from financial institutions towards this end.
Sydney: Glenn Maxwell’s brutal assault proved to the difference between the two sides as hosts Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 64 runs — despite a spirited chase led by Kumar Sangakkara — to become the third team to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Sunday.
Maxwell’s blitzkrieg 53-ball 102, his maiden One-Day International (ODI) century, the fastest by an Australian in ODIs and the second fastest ton of World Cups, guided the hosts to racking up an imposing 376/9 in 50 overs in the Pool A match.
Chasing the mammoth total, the islanders were incredibly in contention with wicketkeeper-batsman Sangakkara (104) scoring his 23rd ODI century. In the process, the left-hander became the first individual to hit three centuries on the trot in World Cups, the highest scorer of the current tournament with 372, and the second individual after Sachin Tendulkar to go past 14,000 ODI runs.
Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 312 in 46.2 overs. They started the chase beautifully before some thoughtful bowling changes, from the likes of James Faulkner (3/48) and Mitchell Starc (2/29), ensured that Australia held on to the win.
Sangakkara demonstrated class and pedigree as he stroked to a potentially match-winning century before falling at the last hurdle. He was well supported by Tillakaratne Dilshan, who played a brilliant knock of 62 which also included six boundaries in one over, bowled by Aussie pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson (2/62).
The duo struck 130 runs for the second wicket to keep Lanka in the chase after losing opener Lahiru Thirimanne (1) in the second over.
After Dilshan got out (135/2), veteran Mahela Jayawardene (19) joined Sangakkara. However, both their wickets, in a span of 13 runs, eroded Sri Lanka’s chances of clinching a historic win.
Captain Angelo Mathews (35) and Dinesh Chandimal’s (52 retired hurt) fifth-wicket 80-run stand provided some fireworks. It once again looked like the Asian side had an opportunity.
Chandimal smashed a 24-ball 52 but his hamstring niggled him, forcing him to retire at the peak of their chase in the 42nd over. Thereon, the Sri Lankan lower order could not cope under the pressure of chasing the monumental total and collapsed while trying to accelerate.
Earlier, Australia did not start well as they lost openers Aaron Finch (24) and David Warner (9) by the ninth over to be at 41/2. But two-century run partnerships between skipper Michael Clarke (68) and Steven Smith (72) and Shane Watson (67) and Maxwell helped the four-time champions to amass the highest Cup total against Sri Lanka by any team.
A 134-run third-wicket partnership between Clarke and Smith settled the innings before Maxwell and Watson went ballistic in the end to power them to the significant total.
Clarke scored his 57th half-century while Smith his fifth to give themselves a brilliant platform at 175/2 in the 31st over. However, both got out in a span of five balls which brought out Maxwell and Watson. The duo went berserk in the death overs to smash a 160-run fifth-wicket partnership to propel the run rate.
Maxwell’s knock included 10 boundaries and four huge sixes as he brought up his century in only 51 balls.
On the other hand, Watson, dropped from their last match due to poor form, gave a ‘good’ worry to the Australian management who will think twice before dropping him. The all-rounder hammered 67 off 41 deliveries, his innings studded with seven fours and two sixes. New Zealand and India are the other teams who have qualified for the quarters. (IANS)
Napier: The New Zealand juggernaut continued to roll in the cricket World Cup as they defeated a spirited Afghanistan by six wickets for their fifth win in a row in Pool A, here on Sunday.
Chasing a modest 187, New Zealand romped home with 13.5 overs to spare with opener Martin Guptill being their top scorer with a 57-run knock.
Afghanistan owed their total to Najibullah Zadran (56) and Samiullah Shenwari (54), who struck fighting fifties after left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori rocked their middle-order with a four-wicket haul and in the process the veteran New Zealand bowler touched the 300-ODI wickets milestone.
Vettori broke the back of the Afghanistan batting order by taking four wickets at the expense of just 18 runs as the Asian nation posted a modest 186.
Electing to bat, the team from the troubled nation was in a spot of bother, having lost six wickets with just 59 runs on the board but Zadran and Shenwari revived their innings with some gritty batting.
Skipper Brendon McCullum yet again provided a fiery start to the Kiwis as he blasted 42 runs off just 18 balls. He struck six fours and cleared the boundary ropes one time.
After his dismissal, the run-rate dipped but Kiwis kept going calmy towards the victory target even as the Afghans fought their hearts out.
Kane Williamson (33) and Guptill added 58 runs for the second wicket before the former’s run out. Ross Taylor came to the crease and reamined their till the run-chase buisness was finished. (PTI)
Afghanistan 186 all out in 47.4 overs (Samiullah Shenwari 54, Najibullah Zadran 56, Daniel Vettori 4/18 and Trent Boult 3/34)
New Zealand 188/4 in 36.1 overs (Martin Guptill 57, Brendon McCullum 42; Mohammad Nabi 1/39, Shapoor Zadran 1/45).
SHILLONG: TNT Sputnik defeated United XI by 6 runs in an inconsequential last league match of the Super Division Shillong Cricket League 2015 organised by the Shillong Cricket Association at the SCA Cricket Ground, Polo.
TNT Sputnik won the toss an to elected to bat first. They scored 228/8 in the allotted 40 overs which including 10 penalty runs for slow overrate by United XI.
In reply, United Xl score 222 all out in 39.4overs. Mark Ingty scored 50 runs off 76 balls and Andrew Thabah scored 33 runs off 44 balls.
This defeat did not matter for United XI as they have already qualified for the finals.
Next Match, Tuesday 10: (Super Division) FINALS: United XI vs Lawmali SCC
Sydney: Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman after Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar to score 14,000 One-day International runs when the Sri Lankan veteran reached the landmark against Australia in a World Cup Pool A match here on Sunday. He also became the first batsman to score hundreds in three consecutive World Cup matches.
Sangakkara was 39 short of reaching the milestone when he came out to bat at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Chasing a mammoth 377-run target, Sangakkara put up a spirited show with his fluent century and kept Sri Lanka in the hunt till he was dismissed.
Left-hander Sangakkara, 37, got to the feat with a paddled two to fine leg off spinner Glenn Maxwell in the 14th over of Sri Lankan innings. This was Sangakkara’s 378th innings in 402 ODIs.
Sangakkara has been in prolific touch and in his last two outings scored back to back centuries.
He scored a 73-ball ton against Bangladesh and then notched up another impressive hundred off 70 balls against England.
Both his hundreds proved to be match winning ones and gave Sri Lanka much needed fillip after their poor start against New Zealand. The three centuries took Sangakkara’s tally to 24 hundreds and he has the most centuries for Sri Lanka after Sanath Jayasuriya’s 28 tons.
The classy left-handed batsman features fourth on the list of all-time most hundreds in ODIs. He also became the first Sri Lankan batsman to notch up 14,000 runs in ODIs.
Sangakkara, who will play his final ODI at the ongoing World Cup, quit the shortest format of the game after winning the World T20 last year. “There are Test matches in June and July, and I will be done by the end of August. A series or two in June and in August, and that’s it,” Sangakkara said.
The former Sri Lanka skipper said it was important for both him and the team to build momentum in the tournament. (PTI)
BIRMINGHAM: Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal’s quest for becoming the first Indian woman to win the most prestigious All England badminton championship ended in agony after she suffered a heart-breaking loss to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the summit clash on Sunday.
The World No. 3 Indian let go of a huge opportunity to script history as she squandered an opening game lead to go down 21-16 14-21 7-21 to the reigning world champion in the women’s singles final that lasted for little over an hour.
Saina, who has been competing at the All England since 2007, had never lost to Carolina and looked on course for an encore before the World No. 6 Spaniard scripted a remarkable comeback in the second game to put paid to the Indian’s hopes at the Barclaycard Arena.
A billion hopes rode on Saina as she geared up for the finals with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also wishing her luck through social networking site twitter, but the Indian ace failed to live up to the expectation.
After dominating the opening game completely, Saina was leading 11-9 in the second but lost steam after the break, as Carolina fought back brilliantly and bagged eight out of the last nine points.
In the decider, Carolina stamped her authority with her sharp smashes and better movement to completely make it a one-sided contest as Saina could only watch her hopes went up in smoke.
Saina, who had defeated Carolina in the finals of the Syed Modi International championship at Lucknow in January early this year, started as the hot favourite.
Sporting a black dress, Saina started off with an unforced error but soon brought out her power-packed smashes to lead 4-2.
The left handed Carolina conceded points in unforced errors to allow Saina lead 8-4 but every time the Spaniard won a point her celebration was vocal, perhaps to put mental pressure on the Indian.
In the decider, Carolina once again led 3-1 early on and soon zoomed to 6-2 as there was a visible change in Saina’s demeanour. Her strokes started going wayward, even her service returns went wide and her movement grew slower.
Carolina showed her brilliance through her exceptional smashes and soft touches.
Her smashes found the Indian napping on more than one occasion and another unforced error meant the Spaniard was leading 11-4 at the break.
The pressure of playing in the finals probably got to her as Saina’s game crumbled inexplicably. (PTI)