TURA, Sept 01: In what is the first in the Garo Hills region and possibly the first within the state run government hospitals, a 60-year-old woman from Rongram in West Garo Hills (WGH) successfully underwent a total hip replacement surgery at Tura Civil Hospital (TCH).
“It is a complicated surgery. The patient had a pathological fracture of the hipbone. The procedure was performed with replacement of polyethylene cup and artificial socket, neck and head, known as cemented total hip replacement”, said the orthopedic surgeon who conducted the surgery Adrian R Marak along with orthopedic surgeon Chester R. Marak, medical officer Suzarine R Marak and Moloy Hajong.
SHILLONG, Sept 01: “I am short… I am fat… I am sexy” were my response for an interview at a spot United Nations interview” said North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) Chairman, Phrang Roy recounting the words that got him the job and also broke the ice with 50 young minds from various departments of NEHU.
The session, organised by the Department of Sociology, NEHU and Chaired by Dr. A.K Nongkynrih, Professor of Sociology is aimed to update the students that come from various parts of not just Meghalaya, but all the North East of India.
SHILLONG, Sept 01: The Village Administration Bills passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) are likely to become Acts with the Governor assuring to give his approval to the same very soon.
Addressing pressmen after meeting the Governor V Shanmuganathan on the issue here on Tuesday, District Council Affairs (DCA) Minister HDR Lyngdoh and the Chief Executive member (CEM) of the KHADC PN Syiem said that they were assured by the Governor that he will soon give his assent to the VABs.
SHILLONG, Sept 01: Heads from Raid Nongtung in Ri Bhoi District on Tuesday demanded the state government to provide adequate security by setting up two police outposts to address the continuous harassment by Karbi based militant outfit as well as Assam police.
The demand came following the state government’s assurance to set up the police outposts in Umtlih, Madan Umwang and Umlaper villages under Raid Nongtung.
Colombo: India remained on course for an away Test cricket series victory against Sri Lanka after 22 years, as the hosts chasing a challenging target of 386 to win, struggled to reach 67/3 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the third match here on Monday.
Opener Kaushal Silva (24 not out) and skipper Angelo Mathews (22 not out) were at the crease for Sri Lanka at stumps at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC). Indian pacers Ishant Sharma (2-14) and Umesh Yadav (1-32) struck yet again in the second innings to leave the visitors just seven wickets away from a memorable victory.
Virat Kohli-led India slumped to a 63-run loss in the first Test at Galle despite dominating much of the match, but shook off the disappointment by thumping the hosts to a 278-run loss in the second Test at the P. Sara Oval. India are eyeing their first Test series win in the island nation since 1993.
The fourth day of the ongoing Test belonged entirely to India which started off with their batsmen showing their class and composure to build a strong lead. Sri Lanka had managed 201 in the first innings in reply to India’s 312.
Sri Lanka came into bat in the second innings with a daunting 386-run target ahead of them and looked nervous right from the start as opener Upul Tharanga (0) fell in the sixth ball of the innings to Ishant.
Dimuth Karunaratne (0) too perished in the fourth over, leaving Lanka in a spot of bother at 2/2.
In-form batsman Dinesh Chandimal (18) too soon went back to the pavilion, leaving the hosts on a sticky wicket with a day remaining in the Test match.
Earlier, India resumed the fourth day at 21/3, with overnight batsmen Rohit Sharma (50) and Kohli (21) getting the proceedings underway by facing the Sri Lankan bowlers smartly on a bright sunny morning.
But Kohli edged one to first slip off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep to hand the opposition their first wicket of the day. India were 64/4 then.
Then Stuart Binny joined hands with Rohit for a handy 54-run partnership for the fifth wicket to take the lead past the 200-run mark.
Just a few minutes before lunch, Rohit gave his wicket away while attempting a pull off a short delivery from pacer Prasad.
With the dismissal of Rohit, debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha joined Binny in the middle as India reached 132/5 at lunch.
The partnership between Binny (49) and Ojha (35) ended soon after lunch as the team’s score reached 160.
After striking seven fours in his 62-ball 49, Binny edged a good length delivery from pacer Dhammika Prasad to Tharanga, who at first slip dived to his left and plucked a low catch.
His partner Ojha who was also looking set, soon fell to left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, leaving India wobbling at 179/7.
Two quick wickets did not matter for incoming batsmen Ravichandran Ashwin (58) and Amit Mishra (39) as the duo added some vital runs in a 55-run partnership to push ahead India’s lead.
Off-spinner Ashwin was the highest run-scorer for India and the last wicket to fall as India were bowled out for 274 in their second innings and set a challenging 386-run target for the hosts. Nuwan Pradeep and Prasad clinched four wickets each for the hosts. (IANS)
New Delhi: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday loathed the way Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers got involved in ugly on-field altercations, saying such incidents are poor advertisement for the sport.
Indian paceman Ishant Sharma exchanged a few words with Dhammika Prasad and Dinesh Chandimal on Monday, and on Sunday, the gangling bowler argued with Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera.
“These are some of the scene that you don’t want to see. The kids are watching and international players are role models. This is just a sport which should be enjoyed. You don’t want the parents to tell their kids that you should not play this sport,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
However, the batting legend was impressed with the way Ishant has bowled in this Test.
“He was terrific. The wrist position is better, the seam is upright, the away going delivery seems to have come back. It’s good news for the Indian cricket. If he can control (his temperament), it’s good (for the team),” he said.
Gavaskar also had an advise for Stuart Binny.
“His partnership with Rohit Sharma steadied the innings. He played as he usually plays. If he can stop thinking about aerial shots, it will be good. He should play his shots but along the ground.”
The former captain was also impressed with the batting of the lower-order batsmen. “It was fantastic. It was good to see the application shown. Mishra was promoted and wickets in first innings must have spurred him on. The determination required was there. You just don’t sell your wicket cheaply. Make it hard for the opponents,” he said. (PTI)
Colombo: Indian speedster Ishant Sharma was again involved in an altercation with some Sri Lankan players during the visiting team’s second innings on the fourth day of the third cricket Test here on Monday.
The incident happened in the 76th and final over of the Indian second innings, which was being bowled by Dhammika Prasad.
Prasad bowled a couple of bouncers which Ishant left alone and had a smile for the Lankan pacer. A bit agitated, Prasad bowled a third bouncer which was illegal and promptly signalled no-ball by the umpire.
Having exhausted his quota of two bouncers for the over, Prasad pitched one up and Ishant cut it towards point region for a single. But as he ran past Prasad, he started tapping his helmet with an obvious gesture to the fast bowler to try and hit him on the head.
Once the run was complete, Prasad had a few words for Ishant, who was in no mood to back out and walked upto him.
Just when they were exchanging words angrily, Dinesh Chandimal while passing grazed Ishant’s shirt while with some words of his own which suddenly got Ravichandran Ashwin agitated.
Ashwin drew the attention of umpires Rod Tucker and Nigel Llong who then called up Angelo Mathews to tell him to calm his players down.
Still pretty angry at what happened, Prasad deliberately overstepped and bowled a fourth bouncer to Ishant after which he took a single.
The final delivery of the over saw Prasad dismissing Ashwin. But then as Ishant was trudging towards the pavilion, Prasad ran towards him and said a few words.
On Sunday, Ishant was involved in an argument with Kusal Perera and Rangana Herath. Ishant termed his argument with Perera as friendly banter. He had been fined 65 per cent of his match fee for a previous showdown in the second Test. (PTI)
New Jersey: In a rare public appearance in the US, Indian ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni interacted with the diaspora here and called on them to keep supporting the cricket team, which he said is going through a lot of changes.
“Keep supporting us. We have a good side, we have a good team. We are in a phase where we are going through a lot of changes but with all due support of yours, we will keep doing well,” Dhoni said in an interaction at the Siddhivinayak Temple here on Sunday.
Dhoni, accompanied by his wife Sakshi and former Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand Sudesh Kumar Mahto, performed puja at the temple, which is under construction and will open to the public later this year.
Dressed casually in jeans and t-shirt, Dhoni said it is “a first of a kind” visit to the US for him, since whenever he comes to America, he does not do any public events and only spends private time with family. “I have been to different places. Most of them have been cricket-playing nations like England and Australia. This was a one of a kind (visit) in the US,” he said referring to his public appearance at the temple. (PTI)
Cardiff: England captain Eoin Morgan marked his return to cricket by top-scoring in a five-run win over Australia in the lone Twenty20 international in Cardiff on Monday.
Morgan made 74 and shared a third-wicket stand of 135 with fellow left-hander Moeen Ali (72 not out) in a total of 182 for five after England, sent into bat, had slumped to 18 for two.
His innings was a vindication of the month’s break Morgan had from cricket after being rested by Middlesex — whose director of cricket, Angus Fraser, is also an England selector — following a poor run of domestic form.
Australia, however, were on course for victory while skipper Steven Smith was making a Twenty20 international best 90.
But they lost five wickets for 16 runs in 14 balls and finished on 177 for eight.
Australia needed 12 to win off the last over, bowled by all-rounder Ben Stokes.
However, they lost three wickets, two to run outs, with Stokes also having Nathan Coulter-Nile out for a duck when Adil Rashid held a skyer at short third man.
Stokes conceded just six runs off the over and finished with one for 29 in his maximum four-over stint.
Earlier, England lost openers Alex Hales (three) and Jason Roy (11) in four balls from paceman Pat Cummins to be 18 for two in four overs.
Morgan, however, struck a superb straight six off all-rounder Shaun Marsh that sent the ball soaring out of the ground and into the River Taff.
It meant the leg-spinner, who did not feature in the Ashes and has not been included for the five one-day internationals that follow Monday’s match, was left contemplating a round trip of some 20,000 miles to bowl six balls in international cricket this tour.
Morgan also hammered Cummins for two sixes before he was well-caught on the long-on boundary by Watson off paceman Coulter-Nile.
Former Ireland international Morgan faced 39 balls, hitting three fours and seven sixes.
Man-of-the-match Ali, deprived of the strike late on, faced 46 balls and struck six fours and two sixes.
Australia, as was the case with England, saw their openers fall cheaply, with David Warner out for four and Shane Watson dismissed for eight.
Smith was in sight of a hundred when he pulled Willey to Roy at mid-wicket.
He faced 53 balls, hitting four sixes and seven fours.
It was Smith’s highest score at this level, comfortably surpassing his previous Twenty20 international best of 34 against Sri Lanka at Perth in 2010.
Australia were then 165 for five, needing 18 to win off nine balls.
But from then on, their innings fell away. (AFP)
Tanvir Ahmed admits Pak players refused to play with tainted trio
Karachi: Out-of-favour Pakistani cricketer Tanvir Ahmed has revealed that some players of the national squad have refused to play with the tainted trio of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt. According to the PakPassion.net, the 36-year-old insisted that these three players should not be allowed to resume their career under any circumstances. He added that the trio might not be welcomed at the domestic level as well. Ahmed, who made a remarkable debut, claiming six wickets in the very first innings that he bowled, stressed that someone, who has defamed his country by indulging in acts like spot-fixing, does not deserve to be a part of a cricket field. The disgraced trio were found guilty of various offences of corrupt behavior relating to the Lords Test between England and Pakistan in 2010 and will be eligible for an international return in 2016 after going through a new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) rehab programme. (ANI)
Real Madrid train without 16 internationals
Madrid: Real Madrid head coach Rafael Benitez supervised a training session on Monday without 16 international players who had been called up by their national football teams. Benitez called to the training Real academy players such as Aleix Febas, Miguel Garci, Francisco Perez Ganfornina and Brazilian Abner Felipe Souza, with Miguel Molina from the junior first team, reports Efe. Real Madrid won Saturday’s game against Real Betis 5-0 in the second round of La Liga, which keeps them two points behind Celta, Eibar, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. (IANS)
Shillong Sports Association condoles member’s death
SHILLONG: Shillong Sports Association on Monday condoled the demise of its member LM Syiemlieh, who passed away on August 30.
The committee observed a two-minute silence to pay respect to the departed soul and message of condolence was sent to the members of the bereaved family.
Sharapova pulls out of US Open due to leg injury
New York: Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the US Open first round on Monday, losing 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 to Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova and giving Serena Williams a helping hand in her Grand Slam history bid.
Serbian seventh seed Ivanovic, a quarter-finalist in 2012, was in Williams’s half of the draw, a section which had already lost Maria Sharapova through injury even before the tournament started.
World number one Williams is bidding to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to complete a calendar Grand Slam.
Cibulkova, ranked 50th in the world after sitting out three months to undergo surgery on her left foot, will face American qualifier Jessica Pegula for a place in the last 32.
Meanwhile, Russian third seed Maria Sharapova withdrew from the US Open with a right leg injury, easing the path to a calendar-year Grand Slam for top-ranked Serena Williams.
US Open tournament director David Brewer announced Sharapova’s exit, which allowed qualifying lucky loser Daria Kasatkina of Russia into the draw in Sharapova’s place.
“Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in this years US Open,” Sharapova said in a Twitter posting on Sunday. “I have done everything possible to be ready but it was just not enough time.
“To all my amazing fans, I will be back in the Asian swing in a few weeks and look forward to finishing the year healthy and strong.”
Sharapova had been the highest-seeded rival in Williams’ half of the US Open draw, a status that now belongs to seventh-seeded Serbian Ana Ivanovic, a possible semi-final foe for the 33-year-old American.
Williams is trying to complete the first Grand Slam calendar-year title sweep since Steffi Graf in 1988 and match Graf’s Open Era-record of 22 Slam singles crowns.
Sharapova had not played a match since losing to Williams in a Wimbledon semi-final last month because of the injury, which she said had been a day-to-day thing since it happened.
“Dealing with these nagging things, it’s almost like a day-to-day process,” Sharapova said on Saturday. “When you are facing something with the body it’s always a day-to-day process.”
Williams is 18-2 all-time against Sharapova and has won their past 17 meetings in a row. Prior to pulling out of the tournament for the second time in three years, Sharapova described the injury as “just a muscle strain”.
“I’ve done everything I could to be ready,” Sharapova said. “There’s nothing more that I could have done.”
Sharapova did make the publicity rounds in the days before the US Open, including a photo shoot with a New York taxi and many of her rivals that noted her position at the front, well away from Williams and ex-boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov. (Agencies)
Japan Open Superseries
Tokyo: India’s top two badminton stars — Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu — are on a collision course at the $275,000 Japan Open Superseries to be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium from September 8 to 13.
The two are likely to meet in the second round of women’s singles in the Japanese capital if they beat their opening round opponents.
Double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu, who is unseeded here, will open her campaign against Japan’s Minatsu Mitani. Second seed Saina, who recently reached the final of the World Championships, will take on Thai Busanan Ongbumrungpan.
If both win, they will face each other for the second time in their career after the first meeting — at the 2014 India Grand Prix Gold final — was won by World No.1 Saina in straight games.
In men’s singles, the only Indian to be seeded is Kidambi Srikanth at No.3. He will open against Scott Evans of Ireland.
Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap will take on local boy Takuma Ueda, Ajay Jayaram will face a tough test against Danish seventh seed Viktor Axelsen while H.S. Prannoy will be pitted against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have a difficult task ahead as they have drawn Chinese women’s doubles eighth seeds Zhao Yunlei and Zhong Qianxin. Pradnya Gadre and N. Sikki Reddy face Japanese top seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the opener.
Meanwhile, the sports ministry on Friday sanctioned financial assistance to women’s World No.1 shuttler Saina Nehwal, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and the Indian wrestling team from the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). The ministry will pay Rs.1 lakh per month as remuneration to Saina’s personal coach U. Vimal Kumar and Rs.10,81,000 for the purchase of gym equipment for a 15-month period from June, 2015, to August, 2016, a release said. (Agencies)
New Delhi: The BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced that they will title all future bilateral series between the two countries – ‘The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series’.
The Test series between the respective countries will be played for the ‘Freedom Trophy’, which is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, said:”The struggle for freedom has been the common thread between our countries. Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela liberated our nations with non-violence and non co-operation as their weapons which have inspired the world, to adopt and achieve their goals in a peaceful manner. We dedicate this trophy to Mahatma and Madiba, the guiding souls of our nations.”
Secretary Anurag Thakur, said:”The Test Series has been christened as the ‘Freedom Trophy’. Freedom for which Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela sacrificed their lives and thereby allowed a nation to be born free from years of bondage and suppression.”
“BCCI, on behalf of every citizen of our country is able to pay tribute to these great leaders by naming the series after them and appeal to each and every citizen of our country to imbibe their ideals and follow the path advised by them,” he added. CSA President Chris Nenzani,said,”The revered names of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela leave us with a huge responsibility to live up to the legacies they have left us. Above all else they stood for doing the right thing and persevered at great personal cost to achieve freedom for their country regardless of how long it took them.
CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, said:”For the people of both our countries there is no greater duty than to uphold the ideals of both Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. As cricket loving people we must fight hard to win on the field of play but never forget to do battle in the spirit of these two great men.
“Naming all future bilateral series between our two countries after Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela is eternal news for our people and cricketers and I would like to thank the Nelson Mandela Foundation for their support,” concluded Lorgat. (PTI)
ISLAMABAD: US National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned Pakistani political and military leaders on Monday that recent attacks in Afghanistan by militants based in Pakistan threaten regional security, an official said.
Rice also delivered an invitation from President Barack Obama for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit the United States in October, the US National Security Council said.The meetings came at a tense time for Pakistan’s relations with neighbours Afghanistan and archrival India, along with uncertainty over whether the United States will release 300 million dollar in military aid to Pakistan.
Media reports have suggested the money could be held back if the United States determines Pakistan is not doing enough to combat the Haqqani network, accused of some of the deadliest attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan.
A senior US official who briefed reporters in Islamabad said Rice brought up this month’s rash of attacks that killed more than 50 people in the Afghan capital as an example of how militants based in Pakistan continue to destabilise much of South Asia.
“We think a series of recent deadly attacks in Kabul were perpetrated by the Haqqani network,” the official said.”This is absolutely unacceptable,” the official added.
The Haqqani network was described as a “veritable arm” of the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency – Pakistan’s powerful military spy wing – by the then-chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2011.Pakistan denies supporting the Haqqani network, an Islamist movement loosely allied with both the Afghan Taliban and al Qaida.
The latest Kabul attacks came after the revelation of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death two years ago, which derailed nascent peace talks initially hosted by Pakistan between the Taliban and the Western-backed government in Kabul.Militant attacks have “developed into a key point of regional friction. Addressing this challenge will be imperative for Pakistan’s relations with its neighbour and with Washington,” the US official said.Rice met with powerful military chief General Raheel Sharif as well as local political activists during her two-day visit to Islamabad.
She also urged Pakistan to end escalating tension with arch-rival India, who cancelled planned peace talks last weekend.
Prime Minister Sharif’s office today hailed Rice’s visit and said Rice “expressed deep appreciation” for the cooperation the allies have had in combating radical Islamist militancy.
Pakistan’s military has been waging an offensive against the Pakistani Taliban and its radical Islamist allies in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, since last year.Some have questioned whether the Haqqani network’s key leaders had been allowed to leave ahead of the assault. (REUTERS)
SHILLONG, Aug 31: Admitting the flaws in the Ordinance, the Congress led MUA-II government on Monday said that it will convene a meeting with all political parties on September 8, 2015 to discuss on the new draft bill to replace the same.
Addressing pressmen after a cabinet meeting held here on Monday, Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma said, “We would like to take into confidence through proper engagement and discussion with other political parties on the matter in a meeting proposed to be held on Tuesday next (September 8).”
SHILLONG, Aug 31: Public meetings cum rallies were held at different locations of Garo Hills on the question of exclusion of non - tribals from voters in the upcoming Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) elections. Rallies and meetings were held on Monday at Tura, Williamnagar, Resubelpara and Baghmara with all seeking exclusion of non-tribals from voting or contesting the forthcoming MDC elections.
All the rallies in the various towns were held under close observation of security forces as well as the various district administrations. Rain was a dampener for most of the rallies that were organized as the skies opened up since the morning and continued throughout the day. The meeting in Chandmari was attended by about 500 people who gathered to brave the rains.
SHILLONG, Aug 31: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Monday said that all necessary measures to formulate the much-demanded State Mining Plan have been taken and that the process is in an advanced stage.
Addressing pressmen here on Monday, Dr. Sangma said, “All necessary measures required to be taken up by the concerned line departments are attended to. They are in an advance stage of formulation of the necessary draft plan.”
He informed that a dedicated team of officers are working to speed up the formulation of the mining plan, which is in compliance to the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) which has imposed a ban on coal mining since last year.
“We have also roped in other government agencies from Ministry of Coal and these institutes are engaged along with the state government,” he said.
SHILLONG, August 31: The Co-Chairman of the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC),Balkarin Ch. Marak on Saturday called for mass support for the creation of a separate state for the Garoland Movement during a public meeting held to spread awareness with regard to the need for a separate state for the Garos.
Marak urged the public, Nokmas, Laskars, Church Leaders, NGOs and students who were present in the meeting to support the movement of a separate state.
SHILLONG, Aug 31: The nonstop rainfall for the last couple of days has not only made life for the people of Shillong miserable, it has also forced people to cover their nose with whatever they can find handy.
The ‘fragrance’ of the rotting wastes in the dustbins of the city can be felt far and wide affecting pedestrians on the street and residents alike. The parents and guardians of Pine Mount School who went to fetch their wards from the school on Monday were seen covering their nose with handkerchiefs, sari cliffs, shawls, sweaters, dupatta and other parts of their clothing since the dustbin outside the BSNL Office at the nearby Brightwell Road was stinking badly.
“Phantom”, based on the post-26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has minted Rs.21.24 crore in just two days of its release on Friday.The Kabir Khan directorial, which stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, collected Rs.8.46 crore on its opening day. It witnessed a 51 percent growth on the day of Rakshan Bandhan on Saturday, earning Rs.12.78 crore, taking the total to Rs.21.24 crore, said a statement from the production house. With no big release alongside, “Phantom” is expected to witness growth over the weekend due to the buzz around the movie. Phantom, which revolves around global terrorism, is an adaptation of the novel “Mumbai Avengers”. (IANS)
Caitlyn meets matchmaker in I Am Cait
Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, who was known as Bruce Jenner before undergoing a gender transition, might be ready for love again.In a preview of the new episode of her documentary series “I Am Cait”, she is dragged by her friend, Candis Cayne, to meet a professional cupid named Louie Felix. “Why am I doing it?” Caitlyn asks, to which Cayne replies: “You’re doing it just for fun”, reports a website. Caitlyn still looks unsure as she says: “Physically, I don’t know where I’m at”. (IANS)