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Crystal Palace stun Chelsea as City set club record

Shillong Times - Sun, 2015-08-30 10:23

London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho suffered only his second Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge as Crystal Palace clinched a shock 2-1 win over the spluttering champions on Saturday.
Mourinho was taking charge of his 100th home fixture in England’s top-flight, but Palace ensured that milestone won’t be remembered with any fondness by the Portuguese coach as they inflicted his first league loss on home soil since Sunderland’s victory in April 2014.
It was the latest setback for Mourinho’s side, winners only once in their first four matches and already languishing eight points behind leaders Manchester City, who extended the last 100 percent record in the top tier with a 2-0 win against Watford at Eastlands.
Just seconds after clearing a Gary Cahill header off the line, Mali forward Bakary Sako struck at the other end, sweeping high into the net from Yannick Bolasie’s cross to give Palace a 65th minute lead.
Colombia’s Radamel Falcao looked to have rescued a point for Chelsea when the on-loan Monaco striker headed in a Pedro Rodriguez cross for his first goal for the Blues in the 79th minute.
However, parity was short-lived as defender Joel Ward headed home from Sako’s cross in the 81st minute to give second placed Palace their first win at the Bridge since 1982.
Raheem Sterling’s first goal for City since his £49 million ($75.4 million, 67.4 million euros) pre-season switch from Liverpool broke Watford’s stubborn resistance in the 47th minute as the England winger stabbed in Bacary Sagna’s cross.
Fernandinho bagged City’s second goal in the 56th minute, the Brazilian lashing home after a one-two with David Silva to seal a club record 10th successive league win dating back to last season.
Liverpool were beaten for the first time this season as West Ham’s 3-0 victory gave the east Londoners their first league triumph at Anfield since 1963.
After 42 fruitless visits to Anfield, the Hammers, who have already won at Arsenal this term, took the lead in the third minute.
Martin Skrtel’s poor headed clearance fell at the feet of Aaron Cresswell and his low cross was prodded in by Manuel Lanzini, a 22-year-old Argentine midfielder on loan from Al Jazira.
Slaven Bilic’s team doubled their lead in the 29th minute when Mark Noble side-footed home after Reds defender Dejan Lovren carelessly allowed Lanzini to seize possession.
A dismal day for Liverpool was completed when Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho was sent off for his second booking in the 56th minute.
Referee Kevin Friend also sent off Noble in the closing stages for a lunging tackle, but there was still time for Diafra Sakho to complete Liverpool’s embarrassment with a third goal in stoppage-time.
Arsenal clinched their second league win of the season as Fabricio Coloccini’s own goal gifted the Gunners a scrappy 1-0 success at 10-man Newcastle.
Although they were below their best again, Arsene Wenger’s team got back on track at St James’ Park with the help of hot-headed Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic’s latest indiscretion.
The turning point came in the 16th minute when referee Andre Marriner sent off Mitrovic after the Serbia international needlessly stamped on Francis Coquelin’s ankle as he stretched in a failed attempt to reach a loose ball.
Wenger’s team eventually took advantage of their numerical superiority in the 52nd minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s low drive beat goalkeeper Tim Krul via a deflection off Coloccini.
Leicester left it late to rescue a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth thanks to Jamie Vardy’s 86th minute penalty after the hosts went in front through striker Callum Wilson’s 24th minute acrobatic overhead kick. (AFP)

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Bolt wins World treble with relay gold

Shillong Times - Sun, 2015-08-30 10:22

Beijing: Usain Bolt capped a memorable world championships by winning a third gold on Saturday as anchor of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team, while the United States were disqualified to hand China a shock silver.
Bolt ran a blistering final leg at a packed Bird’s Nest stadium, hurtling through the line in 37.36 seconds after team-mates Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade had successfully got the baton around.
The victory gave Bolt his 11th world gold medal — his only blemish being the 100m at the 2011 Daegu worlds, when he was disqualified after a false start.
The US quartet of 100m bronze and silver medallists Trayvon Bromell and Justin Gatlin, and fellow finalists Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers, were initially awarded silver before being disqualified over a botched final handover which strayed beyond the passover limit.
China, headed by individual 100m finalist Su Bingtian, delighted the home crowd when they were upgraded to silver in 38.01sec, while Canada moved up to bronze (38.13). Bolt said the victory was particularly sweet given the scepticism he had encountered in a season during which he missed six weeks because of pelvic joint pain.
Racing in lane four, Carter’s opening leg for Jamaica saw him slip slightly down on Bromell. Powell ran his second leg in full chase of Gatlin, silver medallist to Bolt in both the 100 and 200m, in lane six.
Ashmeade took up the chase for Jamaica around the back bend, but Gay had his beating and it looked as if Bolt would not have a genuine chance of catching the Americans.
But there was a disaster as Gay’s handover to Rodgers misfired and went outside the baton-passing area, leading to the US team being disqualified.
Despite losing to the US team at this year’s World Relays, much to Bolt’s visible annoyance, the Jamaicans have won all world and Olympic sprint titles since the 2008 Beijing Games, and also set a world record of 36.84sec while winning gold at the London Games. (AFP)

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St. Anthony’s claim NEHU Inter College Football (Men) Tournament

Shillong Times - Sun, 2015-08-30 10:22

Shillong: St. Anthony’s  College defeated Kiang Nangbah Govt. College 3-0 in the final to claim the NEHU Inter College Football (Men) Tournament organized by NEHU at the J.N.Sports Complex, Polo on Saturday.  
In the first half the score was nil and in the 48th minutes Shaibor Nongrum of St. Anthony’s College put the first goal to take a lead of 1-0. In the 50th minute Shaibor Nongrum scored again to take the lead to 2-0.
In the 58th minute Hauni Daminmi Dkhar of the St. Anthony’s College scored another goal to make it to 3-0 for St. Anthony’s thereby closing the doors for Kiang Nangbah College.
Vice-Chancellor, North-Eastern Hill University Prof. P.Shukla was the chief guest and gave away prizes to the winners.

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Students from Meghalaya have ‘very low employability’: Goyal

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-08-30 05:41

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 29: Underlining the ‘very low employability’ of students from Meghalaya, State Finance Secretary Sanjay Goyal on Saturday said this issue is a huge concern for the government especially since the State fares poorly in-comparison to national average.
Speaking as the Chief Guest at the Inter-Zone Extempore Speech Competition organized by the Khasi Jaintia Deficit School Teachers’ Association (KJDSTA) as part of its coral jubilee celebration held in the city, he said, “The employability factor of the students who are getting out of the education system after their X standard or graduation is not of the same standard with others as we are lacking behind on this.”

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Demolition of ‘illegal structures’ along Wahumkhrah stayed

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-08-30 05:40

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 29: Despite the direction from National Green Tribunal (NGT) to demolish ‘illegal structures’ along the River Umkhrah, MUDA officials on Saturday could not do so as the matter has been stayed by a Civil Court here. The petitioners produced the stay order just before the MUDA officials were about to the start the demolition process.
The order was issued by the Assistant Deputy Commissioner (Judicial) on Friday after 30 petitioners, who were served with notices by the MUDA, filed a suit seeking immediate stay on the matter, sources informed.

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Police-GNLA skirmish in SGH

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-08-30 05:40

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 29: A police team near Siju had a short skirmish with a group of alleged Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants near the village of Paromgre in South Garo Hills (SGH). The exchange of fire lasted for a few minutes though there were no reports of any casualties from either side.
The incident happened at about 6:30 A.M.  on Saturday morning near the village of Siju in South Garo Hills, about 140 kms from the town of Tura. Later a search operation was carried by police forces from around the area.

 

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Sheena murder: With counter-claims, motive shrouded in mystery

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-08-30 05:40

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS): With claims and counter-claims and new leads emerging in the investigation, the exact motive behind the Sheena Bora murder case remains shrouded in confusion, as investigators continued to probe different angles here on Saturday.
According to police, the death threats apprehended by Sheena's brother Mikhail Bora were genuine and he was in Mumbai around April 24, 2012 when his sister was killed.
Since the arrest on August 25 of Mikhail's mother Indrani Mukherjea, wife of former media tycoon Peter Mukherjea, Mikhail has repeatedly claimed that his life was threatened and alleged that his mother had plotted to eliminate him like Sheena.
Living up to his claims, he provided some evidences to the investigators, which Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said were being verified.

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MTV Indies features Garo song on peace by young Garo musician

Meghalaya Times - Sun, 2015-08-30 05:36

Staff Reporter
TURA, Aug 29: For the first time ever, a Garo song has become a rage in the music world after its airing on the MTV Indies channel, becoming the first ever to feature in any national channel of music. The song by Mikhail Marak speaks for peace, a thought that has bled many hearts of the region.
The song was first aired on August 26, 2015 and is presently playing at 8 A.M., 12 noon and 7 P.M. daily on the channel and has left the creator of the song and its video ‘Jakgitel – a prayer for peace’ very proud.

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‘Climate change will lead to rise in malaria, dengue cases’

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 21:39

New Delhi: Rising temperatures due to climate change will increase the spread of deadly vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue especially in the Himalayan region, experts said here on Friday while emphasising there was an urgent need to “strengthen” the country’s health infrastructure.
Speaking at a conference on “Climate change and health risks” organised by the French Embassy in partnership with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), Ramesh Dhiman, scientist at the National Institute of Malaria Research, said the Himalayan region will be the worst affected by such diseases. “Places like Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand will have the problem of transmission (of vector-borne diseases) by 2032 and the Himalayan region will be the most hit as the rise in temperature will make breeding of mosquitoes easy at higher regions,” Dhiman said.
Dhiman said there was a need to “strengthen” the country’s health infrastructure and reach out to people living in far flung areas of the country.
“We need dedicated health workers who will have to visit each and every corner of the country as surveillance is the crux of the issue,” Dhiman told IANS.
Adding to the menace would be the hazards of heat waves which in 2015 killed over 2,000 people in India alone, said Dileep Mavalankar, Director of Gandhinagar-based Indian Institute of Public Health.
Noting that “pursuit of high growth” will ultimately lead to death, B.N. Satpathy, consultant, NITI Ayog said the government had laid down a low carbon energy growth path.
“The GDP may not be as high as expected but the carbon emissions will be low,” Satpathy said, adding that climate change affects the social eco-system and that nine coastal states in India were the most vulnerable to effects of climate change. According to WHO, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths between 2030 and 2050; 38,000 due to heat exposure in elderly people, 48,000 due to diarrhea, 6,000 due to malaria and 95,000 due to childhood nutrition problems. (IANS)

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Srinivasan’s presence forces BCCI to adjourn working committee meet

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:19

Kolkata: High drama was witnessed on Friday in the BCCI’s crucial Working Committee meeting over the presence of N Srinivasan, prompting the President Jagmohan Dalmiya to adjourn the meeting sine die over lack of legal clarity on the sidelined former chief’s status.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee meeting was adjourned sine die after deciding to seek the opinion of the Hon’ble Supreme Court whether Mr. N. Srinivasan could attend the meetings of the BCCI as the authorised representative of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association,” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said in a brief statement.
The working committee was to discuss the report of the four-member working group on the roadmap for conducting the IPL in the wake of the two-year suspension of two franchises — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee.
The meeting was postponed as the members argued over the presence of Srinivasan, who was earlier barred by the Supreme Court from contesting the BCCI President’s post following the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
In his defence, Srinivasan, who attended the meeting as President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, placed Justice Sri Krishna’s opinion which said he was entitled to attend the meeting, an official who attended the meeting said.
But some BCCI members countered that argument and claimed that the Supreme Court had made it clear that he should stay away from BCCI meetings.
“Since there was no clarity on the legal status of Mr Srinivsan, President adjourned the meeting after the BCCI legal adviser Ushanath Banerjee also said that he was not sure about Srinivasan’s legal standing as of now,” the official said.
The official said that Srinivasan was specifically told not to attend the meeting and among those who tried to dissuade him were IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary. However, the Chennai strongman did not give in and attended the meeting.
Srinivasan tried explaining his stance to the BCCI members by insisting that there was no conflict of interest in his position as an administrator and as owner of Indian Cements — the company which owned CSK. The BCCI, it is learnt, has decided to call an emergency working committee meeting in the first week of September to finalise the date of its Annual General Meeting, which is likely to be held in Kolkata on September 27.
The working committee was to discuss the Justice Lodha Committee report and the subsequent recommendations of the Working Group.
The meeting was also set to deliberate on the the Madras High Court order directing the BCCI, India Cements and others involved to submit their counter affidavits to the petition which has been filed by CSK Ltd.
The High Court has directed the parties to file their written submissions within a certain time period and the next hearing has been scheduled for September 23.
The two-time champions CSK had moved the Madras HC challenging the suspension. The first bench of the High Court had found the petition maintainable and issued notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Other key points on the agenda were the NCA committee recommendations on whether to keep the apex academy in Bangalore, discuss affiliation status of Chattisgarh, Bihar and Manipur and the technical committee recommendation among others.
Appointment of India’s next coach was not on the agenda but the working committee was to ask the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to finalise the name.
On Thursday, the IPL Governing Council had recommended Having two news teams for the next two editions of Indian Premier League in place of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
Ushanath Banerjee later told reporters that the matter of Srinivasan’s representation in the BCCI would be dealt with after legal consultation.
“The Board has taken the opinion of two former judges who were of the view that attendance of Srinivasan may invite contempt of court. So, on the ground of conflict of interest, the meeting was adjourned sine die,” he said.
“TNCA also obtained opinion of the former SC judge who said Srinivasan can attend the meeting. So to obtain the clarification on the honourable SC’s order, the Board decided to adjourn the meeting.
“The next meeting of the working group will be decided by the Supreme Court and the AGM will be held tentatively on September 27,” he added. (PTI)

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Sports UPDATE

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:18

 SCA general body meeting on September 19
Shilllong: The General Body Meeting of the Shillong Cricket Association will be held on the September 19 at 2 pm at Arts and Culture Hall of U Soso Tham Auditorium. Two representatives of affiliated clubs are invited to attend the meeting.  Nomination forms are  available at the office of the SCA and the last date of receipt is September 5. Last date of withdrawal of nomination is September 10. Results will be declared if elected unopposed during the meeting on September 19.
CFL: Mohun Bagan beat Tollygunge Agragami 3-1
Kolkata: Mohun Bagan returned to their winning ways by finishing 3-1 result against Tollygunge Agragami in the Calcutta Football League premier division here on Friday. Bagan led 3-0 at the breather. Nigerian forward Dudu Omagbemi scored a brace while Lalkamal Bhowmick slotted once for the city football giants. Dudu’s compatriot Oluwaunmi Somide Adelja pulled one back in the second session. (IANS)
Eriksen to miss Tottenham’s EPL clash with Everton
London: Midfielder Christian Eriksen is yet to recover from a knee injury and has been ruled out of Tottenham Hotspur’s English Premier League (EPL) football tournament’s home match against Everton on Saturday. The Danish international missed last week’s 1-1 draw against club Leicester City and head coach Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday said that same problem is set to keep the 23-year-old out of Saturday’s match. “Christian Eriksen is still out and we need to assess some players,” Tottenham head coach Mauricio told the club’s website on Thursday. There is better news on English winger Andros Townsend, however, as the winger has rejoined the squad in training after shoulder and ankle problems kept him out of Tottenham’s first three games of the season. “Andros Townsend is in the group again and may be available to be in the squad, but after that there are no big issues or problems,” Pochettino added. (IANS)
Former Zimbabwe cricketer Taylor found sleeping in car
Nottingham: Former Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor, who quit playing international cricket to play English county cricket, was found sleeping in an unlocked car by local police here on Friday. Taylor was partying on Thursday night as his side Nottinghamshire progressed to the semi-finals of the Royal London Cup and then he landed up in the car. He was woken by police after a Nottingham man opened his unlocked car to find him sleeping off a long night, reports ESPNcricinfo. Taylor had taken shelter in the car having lost his bearings several hours after Nottinghamshire’s quarter-final victory against Durham. Nottinghamshire have yet to make a statement on the incident. (IANS)
England batsman Bell not ready to retire
London: England right-handed batsman Ian Bell on Friday said he still has the “hunger and desire” to play top-flight cricket. Bell, 33, hinted he could quit cricket after winning the Ashes last week for the fifth time. But he has had a word with coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Alastair Cook and now is ready to play again. “I was as honest as I could be. Deep down I probably knew I wasn’t ready to call time on my Test career,” Bell was quoted as saying by BBC.  Bell has featured in 115 Tests scoring 7,569 runs at an average of 43 with 22 centuries. He managed only 215 runs at an average of 26.87 in the recently concluded five Ashes Tests against Australia. (IANS)
Indian shuttler Verma loses in Vietnam Open GP
Ho Chi Minh City: The Indian challenge came to an end at the $50,000 Vietnam Open Grand Prix as shuttler Sameer Verma lost his mens’s singles quarter-final to South Korean second seed Lee Hyun Il here on Friday. The Korean took just 42 minutes to beat Verma 21-15, 24-22 at the Nguyen Du Stadium. (IANS)
Chelsea make offer for China defender Zhang report
Undated: Chelsea have made an offer for China and Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, Chinese media reported on Friday. The Premier League champions sent a contract on Wednesday and hope to secure the 26-year-old right back before the summer transfer window closes on September 1, Titan said. “I’m very happy and very excited to finally have this formal invitation,” the newspaper quoted Zhang as saying. “I’ve worked hard and waited these five-six years for my dream of playing overseas, and finally have recognition from the English Premier League.” Zhang and the clubs were working through the terms of his transfer, Titan said, which was likely to be a loan deal. Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou were not contactable to verify the report. Chelsea have endured a sketchy start to their English title defence, shipping an unusually high seven goals in their first three matches. (Reuters)
Mayweather relaxed about retirement
Las Vegas: Professional boxing star Floyd Mayweather insists that he has “no second thoughts” about his retirement. He will hang up his gloves following his upcoming clash with Andre Berto. The 38-year-old American will move to 49-0 if he beats his compatriot Berto in Las Vegas on September 12. But despite widespread speculation that he will fight again in an attempt to better Rocky Marciano’s record (49-0), Mayweather said he is looking forward to retirement. “Nobody knows what the future holds, but right now, I’m cool and comfortable and having no second thoughts at all about retirement,” Mayweather was quoted as saying by skysports.com on Thursday. “I had a good career, I won every world title, but boxing is wear and tear on the body. It’s time to hang ’em up. I’m looking forward to working with some up-and-coming kids, going on walks, and taking vacations.” (IANS)

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Boat packed with migrants sinks off in Libya

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:17

200 feared dead till now

TRIPOLI:  A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast and officials said up to 200 might have died.
A security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boat had set off, said there had around 400 people on board. Many appeared to have been trapped in the hold when it capsized.
By late in the evening, the Libyan coast guard rescued around 201, of which 147 were brought to a detention facility for illegal migrants in Sabratha, west of Tripoli, the official said yesterday, asking not to be named.
Another local official and a journalist based in Zuwara confirmed the sinking but also had no information on casualties.
The migrants on board had been from sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco and Bangladesh, the security official said.
The Italian coast guard, which has been coordinating rescue operations with the European Union off the Libyan coast, could not immediately confirm a sinking.
Libya’s coast guard has very limited capabilities, relying on small inflatables, tug boats and fishing vessels. Zuwara, Libya’s most western town located near the Tunisian border, is a major launchpad for smugglers shipping migrants to Italy.
Libya has turned into a transit route for migrants fleeing conflict and poverty to make it to Europe. Cross-border smuggler networks exploit the country’s lawlessness and chaos to bring Syrians into Libya via Egypt or nationals of sub-Saharan countries via Niger, Sudan and Chad.
More than 2,300 people have died this year in attempts to reach Europe by boat, compared with 3,279 during the whole of last year, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked lorry in Austria near the Hungarian border yesterday, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discovery had shaken European leaders discussing the migrant crisis at a Balkans summit.
Libya has been struggling to cope with an influx of migrants, putting them in overcrowded makeshift detention facilities such as schools or military barracks where they live in poor conditions lacking medical care. The North African country used to deport migrants it caught but with fighting between armed groups having cut off land border crossings to Niger, Algeria and Chad many stay months or years in detention facilities. (REUTERS)

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Arrest warrant issued in second Bangkok explosion

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:16

Bangkok: An arrest warrant has been issued for an unidentified suspect over an explosion that took place at a pier in Bangkok a day after 20 people were killed at a shrine in the Thai capital, police said on Friday.
“The Southern Bangkok Criminal Court approved an arrest warrant against a man of unknown nationality over the second blast based on CCTV footage,” national police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said in a statement released late Thursday.
Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said a court issued the warrant based on grainy video footage of a man in a blue shirt kicking a bag into the water near the pier on the night of August 17, soon after the blast at Bangkok’s Hindu Erawan Shrine.
The warrant describes the suspect in a blue shirt as an Asian male, aged 25-30, 170 cm tall, with yellow-white skin, thick eyebrows, a high-bridged nose and thick hair, the Bangkok Post reported.
The grainy video footage showed the suspect kicking a bag into the water near the Sathon ferry pier on the night of August 17, soon after the blast at Bangkok’s Hindu Erawan shrine that killed 20 people, mostly tourists and injured over 120 others.
However, police have not definitively linked the two blasts.
“We have not yet concluded whether the two blasts are linked to each other,” Prawut said.
In the shrine bombing investigation, police are focusing on a man seen in blurry security camera footage. The footage shows a man in a yellow shirt and dark hair removing a backpack after entering the packed shrine and walking away from the scene before the explosion. Last week, an arrest warrant was issued for an “unidentified foreign man” seen in the video footage along with an image of the suspect. (IANS)

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Japan students on hunger strike over security bills

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:15

Tokyo:  A group of Tokyo university students have staged a rare hunger strike in front of Japan’s parliament as they protest against security bills that critics fear would drag the country into foreign wars.
The move highlights growing opposition to legislation backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, just days after Japan’s national bar association joined the effort to prevent the constitutionally pacifist nation from enacting changes that could see Japanese troops engage in combat for the first time since the end of World War II.
Four male students began their hunger strike on Thursday afternoon in front of the Diet building, saying a “direct and tough approach” was required to block the bills, which are being hotly debated in parliament.
The group, who spent their first night on the street in the Nagatacho political district, said they would hold off food until they reached their “physical limit”. “(A hunger strike) is an act of risking one’s life… but I thought I should express my opposition to these bills more directly,” said Shotaro Kimoto, 19, one of the group members and a student at the prestigious Waseda University.
Under the proposed new rules, Japan’s Self-Defence Forces would have the option of going into battle to protect allies even if there was no direct threat to Japan or its people. Abe and his supporters say the bills are necessary for Japan to deal with the security environment, and want them to clear parliament during the current session which ends late next month.
But opponents say they will drag Japan into distant American wars, and the legislation is deeply unpopular among the general public. A constitution imposed by a post-war US occupation force barred Japan’s military from combat except in self-defence. The bills cleared the powerful lower house last month. “We were appalled and furious that the bills were rammed through the lower house despite strong opposition,” said Motoya Tsuchida, 19-year-old law student at Keio University, a
supporter of the hunger strikers. “We thought we needed to voice our opposition with a tougher approach.”
While relatively small street demonstrations are carried out frequently in Tokyo, hunger strikes are rare.
Two years ago, an anti-nuclear group went on a rotating hunger strike for a week over government efforts to end a demonstration calling for the end of atomic power after the Fukushima accident. (AFP)

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Potpourri

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:15

Facebook records one billion
logins in a day
San Francisco: A billion users logged into social networking site Facebook on August 24 for the first time, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said. “We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day,” he wrote on his Facebook page late Thursday. “On Monday, one in seven people on the Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.” The founder of the world’s largest social network said the achievement was a step towards the company’s objective to connect everyone to the internet.
“Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world,” Zuckerberg wrote. He said he believed “a more open and connected world is a better world.” “It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.” Facebook has a total of 1.5 billion users who connect at least once a month. The social network reached the one billion mark in October 2012. (IANS)

Nearest galaxy powered by two black holes: Astronomers
Washington: Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble telescope have found that the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other.
The finding suggests that quasars – the brilliant cores of active galaxies – may commonly host two central supermassive black holes, which fall into orbit about one another as a result of the merger between two galaxies.
Like a pair of whirling skaters, the black-hole duo generates tremendous amounts of energy that makes the core of the host galaxy outshine the glow of its population of billions of stars, which scientists then identify as quasars. Scientists looked at the observations of ultraviolet radiation emitted from the center of Markarian 231 (Mrk 231) to discover what they describe as “extreme and surprising properties.” Mrk 231 is located 600 million light-years away. “We are excited about this finding because it not only shows the existence of a close binary black hole in Mrk 231 but also paves a new way to systematically search binary black holes via the nature of their ultraviolet light emission,” explained Youjun Lu from National Astronomical Observatories of China at Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The central black hole is estimated to be 150 million times the mass of our Sun and the companion weighs in at four million solar masses. The dynamic duo completes an orbit around each other every 1.2 years.
“The structure of our universe, such as those giant galaxies and clusters of galaxies, grows by merging smaller systems into larger ones, and binary black holes are natural consequences of these mergers of galaxies,” added co-investigator Xinyu Dai from University of Oklahoma. The binary black holes are predicted to spiral together and collide within a few hundred thousand years.

World’s largest tennis-ball mosaic created in the US
New York: A giant record-breaking mosaic consisting of over 10,000 tennis balls has been created here to commemorate the 84th birth anniversary of Indian spiritual leader Chinmoy Kumar Ghose.
City-based Ashrita Furman, who holds the most Guinness Records at the same time (currently 195), worked with 20 friends to create the world’s largest tennis ball mosaic.  With the creation, the 60-year-old health food store manager set the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest tennis ball mosaic in honour of the meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy. The mosaic consists of 10,084 tennis balls in white, green-yellow, orange and pink fixed on boards.
The ball composition shows a tennis player in action and has a length of 29 feet and 9.5 inches and a width of 15 feet and 4 inches. Furman surpassed the previous record of a 2,732 tennis balls mosaic, which was created by Tennis Emirates in Dubai a year ago. Furman credited Chinmoy for inspiring him and the world to “find more joy and peace in our hearts”.  Given that the spiritual leader was an avid tennis player, Furman said he came up with the idea to create the tennis ball mosaic.
Furman has been breaking Guinness World Records since 1979, including building the world’s largest tennis racket. Born in 1931, Chinmoy moved to the US in 1964 after spending almost two decades at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. He died from a heart attack in Jamaica, Queens, New York on 11 October 2007. (PTI)

First Sikh soldier to guard Tomb of Unknown Soldier
Ottawa: In a first, a Sikh soldier has been appointed to watch over the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” at the National War Memorial here in Canada, a media report said. The tomb refers to a monument in dedication to the services of an unknown soldier and to the common memories of all soldiers killed in any war.  Taj Aujla is one of the four Canadian soldiers of the 39th Brigade Group, Royal Westminster Regiment, who are currently in Ottawa for three weeks to guard the tomb, Ottawacitizen.com news portal reported. “The basis of Sikhism is service to your country and your community. Being here is a big honour because I am representing the way of life of a Sikh. But it goes back to the tomb, that is why we’re here,” Aujla was quoted as saying. “This gentleman — the unknown soldier — whoever he is, was serving. He made the ultimate sacrifice, for our freedom, for our country for us. To be a part of this is exactly what I practise on a day-to-day basis. What he did was very human,” Aujla said. Aujla joined the reserves of the Canadian forces four years ago. When he came to know about the opportunity to join the ceremonial guard, he researched on the tomb and decided to offer his services. “If people had loved ones who did not make it home from World War I or World War II, this tomb is the place where they can come to pay their respects. To be able to stand guard here is a privilege,” said Aujla. “When I joined the forces and was sworn in, my unit welcomed me as a Sikh and said welcome to the family. There’s a lot of a brotherhood here,” he added. (IANS)

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My wife is best at saying no to fan photos: Daniel Craig

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:13

Skyfall” star Daniel     Craig says he cannot     stand when fans try to discreetly take his photo. “Bars are hard (for me to go to), but that’s more because of mobile phones.
I’ll do autographs all day long, and I’ll even do a picture at the end of an evening. But if I’m being photographed all night long in a bar, that pisses me off,” the actor, 47, said.
“If you ask, I may say yes, but come up to me and say, ‘Would you like to take a photograph with me?’ If you’re sneaking photographs of me…
It’s human nature, you’re sneaking something! But people don’t see it as a problem. Maybe I’m delusional,” he said.
The Bond star said his wife, Rachel Weisz, has an issue with it too. “There were phones back then, but nobody used the cameras,” he said of 2006, when he first took on the iconic role in “Casino Royale”.
“Or there was a rule, if someone did it, you’d be like. My wife is the best in the world at all that, she’ll just turn to them and go, ‘No, thank you very much’, and they’re like, ‘Okay’,” he added. (PTI)

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Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:13

Sonakshi Sinha apologises for false judgment
After the claim of harassment made by Delhi-based     girl Jasleen Kaur, proved to be false, Bollywood     shotgun junior Sonakshi Sinha, who along with whole nation had come out in support of her, has now apologised for wrongly judging the guy. Jasleen accused Singh of harassment and posted his picture saying that she was eve-teased and obscenely abused by him, who had no fear of the police either. While, the nation gave a support to her. Even Sonakshi showed her support by tweeting, ”Well done Jasleen! Hope this serves as a warning to all the creeps and ncouragement to every girl to take action!”. Recently it came to light that the victim in the case was not Jasleen but the man who was falsely accused and jailed.That’s when she snapped him and went ahead with the whole drama. Being sorry for the wrong judgment Sonakshi has tweeted, ”Being a girl, gave the benefit of doubt to Jasleen, like many others! And like many others am embarrassed n let down! Apologies to the guy.” (UNI)
SRK shares bucket list, wants to finish autobiography soon
Sharing his bucket list of pending works with his fans,     superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he wants to quickly     finish penning the autobiography which he has been writing for a long time. The 49-year-old actor, who is busy with his back-to-back film releases, called his to-do list “amaranthine”. “Just putting it out there. My amaranthine bucket list. Like I said its perpetually increasing & changing but right now it’s this…,” tweeted the actor, whose list included learning guitar and cooking, making five cocktails, finding a perfect pair of jeans, finishing book among others. About the book, he jokingly added, “Finish book means finish writing the book I have been writing for the last millennium…somebody stop me!!!” Titled “20 Years in a Decade”, the autobiography speaks about the perks of stardom and the disadvantages that tag along with it. (PTI)
Miley Cyrus bakes vegan cake for father’s birthday
Pop star Miley Cyrus especially baked a vegan cake  for her father Billy Ray Cyrus, who turned 54. The  “Achy Breaky Heart” crooner celebrated his birthday with his daughter and the rest of his famous family, reported E!Online. Miley, 22, shared a few Instagram pics from the intimate at-home party. “Dadaz birffffday brought a bunch of freaxxx togethhhha!!!!!” the “We Can’t Stop” singer captioned one sweet snapshot of her, Billy Ray, mother Tish Cyrus and siblings Trace Cyrus, Braison Cyrus, and Noah Cyrus, 15. “Made a biiiirffffdayyyy cake for papa @billyraycyrus vega. (PTI)
Nicki Minaj will open MTV Video Music Awards
Rapper Nicki Minaj will open 2015 MTV Video Music     Awards with a performance. The 32-year-old singer     also did the opening act at last year’s VMAs as well, memorably performing “Anaconda” during a medley with Ariana Grande and Jessie J, reported Entertainment Weekly. “@NICKIMINAJ will be performing at the 2015 #VMAs this Sunday at 9/8c for the second year in a row,” MTV announced the news on Twitter. Minaj will join performers including Justin Bieber, the Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$APRocky, and Twenty One Pilots. (PTI)

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Phantom is a misguided missile: Director

Shillong Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 10:13

Director Kabir Khan     blends fact and fan tasy is search of hi-octane thrills in Phantom, a spy drama that is irretrievably undermined by a weak script and pedestrian acting.
The film harks back to the festering wounds inflicted on India by the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai and constructs a wishful scenario: each of the perpetrators of that crime is punished by an intrepid agent unleashed by RAW. Kabir Khan is on a strong wicket after the runaway success of Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
But Saif Ali Khan is in desperate need of a career-resurrecting hit. Like his eponymous character did in Agent Vinod, his fearless spy here is an inveterate globe-trotter who is never in one place for any length of time.
The script based on S Hussain Zaidi book Mumbai Avengers is no different – it flits about aimlessly as the hero goes pursues the mission of eliminating the big, bad terrorists in the neighbouring country and elsewhere. One commendable aspect of Phantom is its matter-of-fact approach that it adopts to its portrayal of the fight against terror. It keeps chauvinistic chest-thumping to the bare minimum.
While it does not conceal the identities of the men who plotted the 26/11 attack, it does not blame Pakistan as a nation or any particular community for that dastardly act. In fact, Phantom projects the people of Pakistan as victims too, introducing a Lahore mother who has lost her son to the Lashkar-e-Taiba. RAW plucks tainted soldier Daniyal (Saif Ali Khan) out of thin year and sends him on an impossible mission.
The man has nothing to lose for he has lost all interest in life since being dismissed from the army for allegedly deserting his men in a bunker.
He is introduced to Nawaz (Katrina Kaif), a former RAW agent who, too, has a personal reason to go after the terror masterminds. Chicago, London, Beirut, Amman, Lahore – the duo hops from one location to another looking for their quarries in dangerous places. Much of this is rather dreary and mechanical.
It is not until Daniyal lands in Pakistan that Phantom perks up a bit. The climax is passable, but Phantom takes two-and-a-half hours to get there, by which time the action has turned too predictable and humdrum to kindle genuine interest of what is unfolding on the screen.
Saif Ali Khan wears an inscrutable facial expression all through Phantom. It is difficult to tell whether the lack of animation is a reflection of the character’s state of mind or the current state of the actor’s career.
Katrina Kaif is a misguided missile in this drama – she does not know what she is supposed to be doing here. And neither does the audience. Phantom has its moments, especially in the second half, but that isn’t enough to sustain the film all through its running time. (PTI)

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JAC-LOQA, KHADC & JHADC to challenge limestone mining ban in Supreme Court

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 05:23

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 28: Hundreds of land owners, exporters and suppliers along with the KHADC and JHADC on Friday resolved to approach the Apex Court against the ban on limestone mining by the Meghalaya High Court, likely by next month.
A meeting was held on Friday at the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to discuss on the impact of the High Court’s order to ban extraction and transportation of limestone and other minor minerals.
The meeting was attended by the two chiefs of the KHADC and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) respectively, besides representatives from the different Associations of land owners, exporters and suppliers.

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KHNAM holds bike rally against Ordinance on Village Administration

Meghalaya Times - Sat, 2015-08-29 05:22

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 28: Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) on Friday took out a bike rally to protest and demand immediate withdrawal of the Government’s Ordinance on Village Headmen.
Over 30 riders participated in the rally, which started from Student’s Field, Jaiaw and passed through different localities of the city and its suburbs.
The two-wheeler rallyists displayed anti-Ordinance placards and shouted slogans like “We demand Government to immediate revoke the Ordinance” and “No Ordinance, KHADC Rules, we welcome.”
Apart from this, the rallyists also shouted anti-MUDA building byelaws slogans during the rally.

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