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One GNLA militant lynched by villagers, another critical

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-06-09 07:15

Staff Reporter
BAGHMARA, June 08: Two suspected GNLA militants were severely thrashed by a mob in remote Jaksongram near Baghmara in South Garo Hills (SGH) district on Sunday. The village is situated close to the Bangladesh border and is about 15 kms from the district headquarters of Baghmara. The incident happened between 4 pm to 5 pm and the two were taken to the Baghmara Civil Hospital where one died and the other is said to be in critical condition.
According to the police, the two had come to Jaksongram to serve demand notes and had even tried to take a villager to the nearby jungle. Angry villagers surrounded the two and tied them to bamboos. They were then soundly beaten up by the villagers.

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NGT coal ban likely to continue for atleast six months

Meghalaya Times - Mon, 2014-06-09 07:15

Staff reporter
Shillong, June 08: While the Circuit Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) will have its sitting in Shillong on Monday with many praying hard that it lifts the blanket ban on the rat – hole coal mining in the state, but it is highly unlikely that anything comforting may emerge from the sitting.
The Special Circuit Bench of the Eastern Zone Bench of NGT’s Principal Bench comprising of Justice Swatanter Kumar (Chairperson) and Ranjan Chatterjee (Expert Member) will be holding its sitting from 10 am at High Court building here.
According to sources, Meghalaya Government has appealed for six months time to implement the Meghalaya Mines and Minerals Policy, which would regulate mining in state. This will be taken up by the Tribunal in its sitting on Monday here.
It can be gauged that the ban will stay in place for atleast six more months if not more.

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GNLA kills woman in front of her children for resisting rape

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-06-05 08:23

Police questions rationale behind killing
Staff Reporter
BAGHMARA, June 04: In a shocking incident that has sent shivers down the spine of many and defied all rationale; a 35 – year old woman was killed by GNLA militants by blowing her head off in front of her four children when she resisted an attempt to rape her.
In incident took place at Raja Rongat under Chokpot, South Garo Hills, on Tuesday evening, when 4-5 GNLA militants came to the house of the victim, Josbina M Sangma, and dragged her out after confining her husband, Abel Sangma, and her children in the house.
“The children of the victim, who were also eye witnesses to the crime, said two GNLA militants tried to rape and molest their mother. When she resisted their advances, the militants fired 5-6 rounds of bullets into her head. She died instantly,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) of South Garo Hills (SGH), Lakador Syiem.

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CID hands over House to Jha, seizes Rs 11 lakh, US Dollars

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-06-05 08:22

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SHILLONG, June 04: The State Crime Investigation Department (CID) Wednesday handed over the residential building of controversial Chandra Mohan Jha (CMJ) to his wife, besides seizing Rs 11 lakh and US dollars from the house.  
The CID, the investigating authority on the CMJ case, handed over the building located at Crinoline, Laban, in the city to the wife of Jha based on a Court Order. However, Jha cannot dispose off or sell the property and can only use for residential purposes. 
In the course of handing over, the CID team also recovered documents relating to CMJ University and CMJ Foundation, a sponsoring body of the University.

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GNLA threatens female journalist

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-06-05 08:22

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Shillong, June 04: Journalist Alva B. Sangma, Editor and Publisher Garo weekly - A'chik Songbad, has been threatened by GNLA for breaking the news of murder of the 35 – year old woman by the outfit on national TV channel.
The outfit's political affairs secretary, Bikdot Marak, asked, "Why can't Alva Sangma herself make spot inquiry and gather firsthand knowledge about the incident?"
Marak further asked, "Whose version or side of the story is being flashed on TV? Is it a combination of Chief Minister, police and Alva".

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Mukul gives ‘one – time peace settlement’ offer to all militants

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-06-05 08:21

Govt re-strategizes approach towards militancy
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SHILLONG, June 04: In an attempt to ‘re – strategize’ the government’s approach in dealing with the problem of mushrooming of militant organizations in Garo Hills region of Meghalaya, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said that his government is offering a one – time peace settlement with all militant outfits active in the state.
“I would like to urge all militant outfits in the state to stop all acts of criminal activities if they expect the government to engage in dialogue with them for bringing in a conducive environment and sustained peace for growth and development,” Dr Sangma said on Wednesday here.
This move, according to the CM, has come in the wake of pleas from various sections of the society to provide the militants an opportunity to engage in peace talks.

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Centre warns Meghalaya over law and order situation

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-06-05 08:19

Shillong, June 04 (IANS): The NDA government Wednesday warned the Congress government in Meghalaya over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state's Garo Hills region where rebels shot dead a tribal woman in front of her children.
"It is very apparent that the state government has been unable to tackle the rising crimes in Garo Hills. The situation in Garo Hills region is definitely cause of concern for us and the state government must wake up to tackle it," union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.
"Over the last two months, the internal security reports from Garo Hills are very disturbing to us. The militant activities are on the rise...coupled with poor maintenance of law and order," he said.

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Tenants of Shillong an unprotected, exploited lot

Meghalaya Times - Thu, 2014-06-05 08:17

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, June 04: The reckless high-rise buildings in the city is taking a toll not only on the environment, the society, civic sense and what have you but also on the public which is seeking rented accommodation. The yearning for such buildings among the larger tribal community here is to extract maximum rent by letting off their apartments to rent seekers. But that does not mean that the non-tribals are out of this purview because, even on a minor scale, they too are after such buildings.
With home loans, car loans et al which comes much easier to customers than public beneficiary PDS items, it becomes much more affordable to go for a high-rise building and later repay the loan amount to banks from the rent paid by the tenants. This has become a full-scale business for landowners as areas like Laitumkhrah, Lachumiere, Laban, Jail Road, Rynjah and other areas are leading the race. However, this trend is also creeping into those places which are on the fringes or residential areas like Madan Laban, exterior Kench’s Trace, Motinagar, Rilbong, Oakland, Pine Mount Ridge, Pohkseh and the rest.

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Rangdajied United out from I-league

Meghalaya Times - Wed, 2014-06-04 07:28

Staff Reporter
Shillong, June 03: In an unfortunate news for the passionate football fans in Meghalaya, the state will have only two clubs playing in the I-League’s next season as the licensing appeal of Rangdajied United was turned down on Tuesday. 
Only Shillong Lajong and Royal Wahingdoh will feature in the next I-league season from Meghalaya. 
Club Licensing Appeals Body which met at AIFF Headquarters, Football House, New Delhi, on Tuesday turned down appeals of the four Clubs which had contested the decision of the Club Licensing Committee First Instance Body (CLC-FIB).
The four appellant Clubs were Churchill Brothers, United SC, Rangdajied United and Mohammedan Sporting, who made their presentations before the Appeals Committee.

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Mamata, SRK, Bengali stars to attend KKR’s royal reception at Eden

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:06

Kolkata: The eastern metropolis is all set to accord a ‘royal felicitation’ to IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens, with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee altering an important tour schedule to attend the occasion in the company of team owner and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and a host of Bengal film celebrities.

The hour-long programme would be attended by a number of state ministers, former cricketers and other sports personalities and cultural icons from the state. The state government is hoping for a full house at the historic ground where entry would be free.

However, Sports Minister Madan Mitra said fans wishing to watch the gala would have to collect passes from the local police stations.

“We will give a royal felicitation to the team. We are hoping for a packed stadium. If even on the day, we find some genuine sports lovers like say former players keen to join the celebrations, we will issue passes on the spot,” he said.

The programme — to be jointly organised by the state government, Kolkata Police, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) — would begin at 1 pm.

Shahrukh, likely to be the centre of attraction, would arrive on Tuesday morning, while team co-owner and former Bollywood diva Juhi Chawla arrived with KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir, Yousuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla and some other players by a Monday evening flight to a rousing welcome.

Hundreds of delirious fans shouting “KKR, KKR” danced in joy as Gambhir stepped into the city holding aloft the IPL trophy that his team won after a three-wicket win in a thrilling final against Kings XI Punjab at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.

Sports Minister Mitra and CAB officials were present at the airport to receive the players.

The felicitation ceremony programme was finalised at a high-level meeting at the state secretariat Nabanna, where CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya, Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee, city police commissioner Surojit Kar Purokayastha and some cultural personalities were present.

Mitra said the players and the support staff will be given mementos, but refused to disclose the details. “If there is no secret, the fun and excitement will be lost,” he said.

He said Banerjee will felicitate the players after the programme begins with a cultural show.

However, unlike in 2012 when the KKR lifted the title for the first time, the authorities have decided to do away with a roadshow of the victorious team, fearing rains.

The chief minister, known for her love for cultural megashows and big ceremonies, kickstarted the hectic pace of developments on Monday morning itself in a series of Facebook posts and tweets.

She congratulated the Knights for their victory, and announced a felicitation programme on “public demand”.

“We will felicitate KKR tomorrow (Tuesday) in Kolkata for IPL victory. There is a public demand,” she tweeted.

Later, talking to media persons at the Kolkata airport before embarking on her official trip to north Bengal, she referred to the spirit of Kolkata that relishes sporting events.

“The people deserve to celebrate… the people in Bengal have always loved sports like cricket and football. It is their spirit. I congratulate KKR for the win and they will get a reception tomorrow (Tuesday),” she said.

Banerjee’s tour was meant to run through five consecutive days.

However, she returned to the city on Monday night — after her day-long administrative meeting in the north Bengal secretariat Utarkanya in Jalpaiguri district — to be in time for Tuesday’s ceremony, official sources said.

After the 2012 triumph, the chief minister had feted the team outside the state secretariat and then travelled in the team bus with Shahrukh to the jampacked Eden Gardens where a civic reception was given to the victorious side. (IANS)

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De Villiers, Amla vie for Test captaincy

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:06

JOHANNESBURG: Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa’s Test captain.

Cricket South Africa’s board meets in Johannesburg on Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm.

Smith captained South Africa in a world-record 109 Tests before announcing his retirement during the third and final Test against Australia last March.

The national selectors will table their recommendation for the captaincy, but the final decision will be made by the board.

The first assignment of the new captain will be to lead the team in two Tests in Sri Lanka during July.

De Villiers, 30, was vice-captain under Smith and is the ODI skipper. He has led the side in 40 ODI games. He had no prior captaincy experience.

Amla, 31, captained the South African team at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in 2002 and was appointed captain of the Dolphins franchise early in his first-class career.

Amla was appointed De Villiers’ vice-captain of the South African ODI team in 2011 and led the side in three matches, but gave up the job last year. (PTI)

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Kohli wins Ceat cricketer of the year award

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:05

Mumbai: India’s top batsman Virat Kohli on Monday won the Ceat International Cricketer of the Year award while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the fastest player from the country to pick 100 Test wickets, bagged the Indian Player of the Year award for 2013-14.

Left-handed Test and ODI opener Shikhar Dhawan was named the International Player of the Year while Robin Uthappa, who was part of the triumphant Karnataka Ranji Trophy team, clinched the Domestic Cricketer of the Year honour at a function held here on Monday night.

Kohli had won the best player award in 2011-12 too.

India’s under-19 cricketer Vijay Zol got the Young Player of the Year award while yesteryear stumper Syed Kirmani, one of the finest behind the stumps who was also part of the 1983 World Cup winning team, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kirmani played in 88 Tests and 49 ODIs.

Australian Mitchell Johnson, who was instrumental in his country winning the Ashes Series in overwhelming fashion against England at home, and compatriot Glenn Maxwell received the Test Player of the Year and Popular Choice awards respectively, while Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan got the T20 Player of the award.

“It’s good to see an Indian (Kohli) win the main award again and that he has won it for the second time at such a young age should inspire other youngsters also to win the coveted award,” said former India skipper and chief adjudicator of Ceat Cricket Rating, Sunil Gavaskar.

“It’s also wonderful to see Syed Kirmani being recognised for his tremendous service to Indian cricket. He is, without doubt, one of India’s all-time greats,” said Gavaskar in a tribute to his former teammate. (PTI)

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Senananyake reported for suspected bowling action

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:05

Bangalore: Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side’s seven-run victory over England in the fourth One-Day International at Lord’s last Saturday.

Senanayake was reported at the end of the match by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould, both from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, TV Umpire Chris Gaffaney, and Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

Crowe handed over the copy of the report to the Sri Lanka team manager on Sunday.

The umpires’ report cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect.

Senanayake’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to bowlers reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

The off-spinner is required to undergo testing within 21 days. During this period, he would be permitted to continue bowling in international cricket. (PTI)

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‘Distinct Indian stamp in IPL-7 final

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:05
By Javagal Srinath

Sunday’s IPL final at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore had all the elements that go to make Twenty20 cricket the most exciting and entertaining form of the game. For a long time now, cup finals have tended to be one-sided affairs not befitting the occasion, across disciplines. Finally, we found the finish that the tournament deserved.

I was particularly delighted to see a distinct Indian stamp on the final. The international cricketers that play in the IPL are the cream and they are generally bought for a premium. Their talent is already measured and equated before they are bought.

But when it comes to players like Akshar Patel and Sanju Samson, generally what franchises do is trust their instincts and buy them, not sure of what their potential is or how they will respond to the pressures of a high-profile tournament like the IPL.

It is when these guys deliver on the big stage that franchises feel vindicated. They will take great pleasure in the success of all their players, of course, but both franchise owners and support staff, and cricket lovers in general, will appreciate the performances of the so called lesser lights more than they will the performances of the international stars.

Whether these successes are translated on to a more advanced stage remains to be seen, but for now, we must celebrate the efforts of the Indian players who have broken through during this IPL.

Hearteningly from the perspective of Indian cricket, there have been several such performances throughout this year’s tournament, culminating in Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vohra, Karanveer Singh, Akshar Patel and Manish Pandey all standing tall in the final and grabbing the attention even as most of the established names, the ones expected to make the difference between victory and defeat, fell a little silent during the last couple of matches of the competition. Now, that is the variety that makes this game so exciting.

While a lot of hearts will go out to Kings XI Punjab who were excellent under the able and understated leadership of Sanjay Bangar, Kolkata Knight Riders really stand out for what they have done in the second half of the tournament, after beginning with just two wins from their first seven games.

The way they have gone about structuring their team, and getting Wasim Akram back into the fold, has been exceptional. Wasim is good enough to be able to share his knowledge, but he must also have the talent delivery system for his knowledge to be made the most of. More than his wisdom, his temperament and his positive outlook have worked wonders for the confidence of the bowling group. He is someone who can empathise with the bowlers when the going is tough, as it has sometimes been on flat tracks, and his counselling has made a huge difference to Kolkata’s bowlers.

Then, there are Trevor Bayliss and Vijay Dahiya, who have been associated with the team for a while now, and WV Raman, who came on board this year.

Additionally, Kolkata also benefited from having Adrian le Roux as the physical conditioner and Andrew Leipus as the physio. Apart from being at the top of the charts in their respective vocations, these two men are also wonderful sources of support with their demeanour and their life skills.

Kolkata, it is clear, had all the ingredients that go into the making of a successful unit.

In terms of the competition itself, this IPL has reinforced the confidence within the Indian players. The delivery mechanism for winning is how you shape the seven Indian players in the playing eleven. Most of the franchises have realised by now that the real key to success is how the seven Indians perform, and the weightage has shifted from the overseas players to the Indian players.

I can see in future more spending on the Indian names. There was a time when the four foreign players would be picked, then the seven Indians. I see that changing. I see the Indian players becoming more and more crucial from a franchise’s point of view. I won’t be surprised if seven or eight Indian players are picked first, and then complemented by the overseas players. In that regard, Indian cricket has overall gone one level higher.

Of all the seven editions thus far, this IPL has been the most balanced and competitive one, with teams well matched and several close finishes eventuating. You could call it a good beginning to IPL 8, in a way.

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FIFA WC: France the team to beat in Group E

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:04

Rio de Janeiro: Former champions France hope to put behind an unimpressive qualifying campaign while Switzerland will be looking to justify their perfectly-timed rise as a seeded nation in Group E that promises to dish out exciting fare in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The other two teams in the group, Honduras and Ecuador, will be keen to shed the tag of also-rans and upset the calculations of the top two.

While France (16th) are ranked behind Switzerland (8th) but the Les Blues would be the team to beat in Group E.

The last four World Cups (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010) have been a roller-coaster ride for France. They were champions in 1998 and runners-up in 2006 but made first round exits in 2002 and 2010 after failing to win a single match.

The French were hit by a players’ rebellion in 2010 after a row between coach Raymond Domenech and Nicolas Anelka that saw the striker expelled from the team.

Domenech was later sacked and was replaced by Laurent Blanc, who also resigned after France were eliminated in the Euro 2012 quarterfinal.

Current manager Didier Deschamps, who captained the team to victories in the 1998 World Cup and the 2002 Euro, however, has brought some stability to the side. He has worked hard in the last two years since taking over from Blanc in improving the image of the side and also re-building relations with the fans, who still haven’t forgiven the team for its misdemeanor in South Africa.

Deschamps, however, raked up a controversy after he left out Manchester City’s Samir Nasri. Deschamps logic was Nasri was a regular starter with his club but not with France and that he doesn’t like coming in as a sub.

French hopes took a big knock over the weekend when it was revealed that star Frank Ribery may even be ruled out of the World Cup with a chronic back problem. The dodgy back has plagued him the entire last season and he made only 18 starts for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

However, Deschamps and French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet are confident of his playing in the World Cup. Le Graet said that Ribery had been given the all-clear after he underwent tests in a hospital in Paris on Saturday and is due to travel to Nice, where the French squad is preparing for a friendly with Paraguay.

Though it will be too early to predict if the Nasri snub would prove costly, France’s hopes for sure will depend on the form of Ribery and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

This time, the mantra for France is “Impossible is not French” and going by history, 2014 should be a good outing for the Les Blues.

Like the French, the Swiss would also be looking to make the second round after failing to get past the group stage in South Africa despite a 1-0 win over eventual champions Spain.

Switzerland, who surprisingly failed to make it to the 2012 Euro, qualified for the World Cup with a match to spare and kept clean sheets in seven of their 10 qualifying matches in what a relatively weak group.

What will stand in good stead for the Swiss is be their 1-0 win over Brazil in a friendly last year.

The Swiss are known for their resolute defence and coach Ottmar Hitzfield was criticised for his defensive tactics. And the German legend responded well by replacing his rigid 4-4-2 formation with a more creative 4-2-3-1 that is more suited for counter-attack.

Switzerland and France will meet on June 20 in Salvador and the match will probably decide the Group E winners, who possibly avoid Argentina in the second round.

Ecuador, who made their maiden appearance in 2002, are back after missing out in South Africa while Honduras have qualified for back-to-back World Cups for the first time. (IANS)

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Hockey WC: India’s late goal woes continue against England

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:52

The Hague: India conceded another last minute goal as they went down 1-2 to England for their second consecutive loss in the FIH Hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium here on Monday.

India put on a vastly improved show but a 69th minute goal by Simon Mantell from a rebound off a penalty corner, that was well saved by goalie P.R.Sreejesh, cost them badly.

It was a spirited performance by the Indians as they were determined to bounce back from the 2-3 loss to Belgium in their opening match.

India started off well but England went into the lead in the 27th minute after Mark Gleghorne converted a penalty corner.

But the Indians were back in the reckoning within four minutes through Dharamvir Singh, who received a pin-point pass from skipper Sardar Singh and swung around to hit it straight into the net from the top of the circle.

Till the 68th minute, the Indians did well and the match looked to be heading towards a 1-1 draw. But a foul by Gurbaj Singh gave England the winner from the penalty corner.

The Indians did contest the penalty corner but it was upheld after a referral and Mantell scored from the rebound after Sreejesh had put on a brilliant effort to thwart the penalty corner shot.

India were the livelier going forwards but England’s defence was resolute. India always threatened to score the spectacular goal, in fact they were forced to take shots that were either wide, high or easy for goalkeeper George Pinner to deal with.

In the opening minutes Mandeep Singh and Manpreeet Singh kept the England defence busy with their darting runs and mercurial dribbling skills and two penalty corners resulted from their mesmerising creativity.

Sardar was a constant thorn in the England side, but it was Akashdeep Singh who nearly broke the deadlock with a shot that whistled inches past Pinner’s goal.

England lost the services of Dan Fox when Rupinder Singh struck a penalty corner with force and caught Fox on the kneecap. Fox left the field on a stretcher and played no further part in the game.

The second half remained goalless, but was anything but dull. Pinner was the busier goalkeeper, being forced to meet Mandeep Singh on the edge of the circle and then watching a rocketing shot from Yuvraj Walmiki whistle just wide of the England post.

Ashley Jackson and Barry Middleton spearheaded England attacks, but found Sreejesh in good form in the India goal.

With just over one minute left on the clock, and against the run of play, England won a penalty corner and Mantell was on hand to fire the rebound home, netting England’s second goal and, more importantly, three points. (IANS)

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Nadal, Ferrer, Murray advance into qrtrs

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:51
‘Battle of the minnows’ as Errani, Halep, Petkovic reach last 8 stage in women’s event

Paris: For the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal will make a fifth straight appearance in the French Open quarterfinals.

Nadal won a record 32nd straight match at Roland Garros on Monday, beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 to improve on his own record by one.

The Spaniard is an eight-time French Open champion with a 63-1 record on the red clay in Paris. His only loss came in the fourth round in 2009, when he was a four-time defending champion for the first time.

Another upset never seemed possible this time, despite complaints of pain in his back that slowed his serves in the previous round.

Playing on Court Philippe Chatrier, Nadal’s favorite court in the world, the top-seeded Spaniard controlled the match from the start. He then won 17 straight points to open the second set, taking a 4-0 lead before finally sending a backhand wide to make it 15-15 in the fifth game.

Later in that set, Lajovic held three break points at 0-40, but Nadal saved them all and held. It wasn’t until late in the third, with the match far out of reach, that Lajovic did manage a break, the only game he won in the final set.

Nadal has won 13 major titles, and is the only man to win eight at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments. With another championship at Roland Garros this year, he would become the first man to win five straight French Open titles. And he’s looking rather unbeatable.

The Spaniard, who turns 28 on Tuesday, has lost only 23 games through four rounds, only four more than he lost in reaching the quarterfinals in 2012.

Nadal will next face fifth-seeded David Ferrer, the man he beat in last year’s French Open final. Ferrer defeated 19th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

In April, Ferrer beat Nadal on clay in the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.

Also on Monday, Andy Murray was on court a day after he completed a five-set win over Philipp Kohlschreiber. He was playing Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

In the women’s tournament, fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania beat Sloane Stephens of the United States 6-4, 6-3, and 10th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy defeated sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Earlier, Andrea Petkovic overcame an inconsistent serve and unseeded Kiki Bertens to reach the quarterfinals with a 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

The 28th-seeded German was broken three times in the first set, once in the second and three more times in the third. But she was able to earn seven breaks of her own, all in the final two sets, to advance to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the second time in her career.

Bertens, a Dutchwoman ranked No. 148, had been bidding to become the lowest ranked woman to reach the French Open quarterfinals since the field at the clay-court major was expanded to 128 players in 1983.

After splitting the first two sets, the players exchanged breaks quickly and often in the third. Each of the first five games went to the returning player, with Petkovic finally holding to lead 4-2.

Both players were broken once more, but Petkovic was able to hold in the last game with a forehand winner on match point. (AP)

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AIFF panel to hear appeals of four clubs today

Shillong Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:51

New Delhi: The appeals of four football clubs — Mohammedan Sporting, United SC, Churchill Brothers and Rangdajied United — against their disbandment will come up for consideration when the AIFF club licensing appeals committee meets at the Football House here on Tuesday.

Justice (retd) N.K. Sud of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will chair the meeting which will also have Sanjeev Paul, managing director TATA Metalicks, and Neel Ratan, executive director, PricewaterhouseCoopers as committee members.

The club licensing committee, which met at the governing body’s headquarters on May 21 decided to disband the four clubs based on the documents provided by all the 14 clubs and the inspection conducted by the AIFF team during April-May.

The requirements include legal, administration, sporting, infrastructure and financial criteria which all clubs are required to meet.

The licence is required by each club to compete under the AIFF’s Indian club licensing system, and is reviewed annually based on a team’s overall performance. (IANS)

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Telangana is 29th state of India; KCR takes over as first CM

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:31

Hyderabad, June 02 (IANS): Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao Monday took oath as the first chief minister of Telangana, a few hours after it took birth as the 29th state of India, triggering wild celebrations across the region.
On a historic day, Telangana witnessed series of events beginning with the lifting of president's rule in the new state. This was followed by Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan taking oath as the Telangana governor early in the morning.
Narasimhan later administered the oath of office and secrecy to 60-year-old Rao at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan here.
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, paid tributes to the martyrs of Telangana before taking oath.

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UALA, ARF express willingness to start peace talks

Meghalaya Times - Tue, 2014-06-03 04:31

Staff Reporter
TURA, June 02: The United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA) along with the newly formed A’chik Revolutionary Front (ARF) - a consortium of militant groups - has together in a joint statement stated their willingness to come forward and join the peace process. The ARF comprises of the five groups namely UALA, LAEF, ASAK, ANLCA and the ANCA. The statement comes at a time when the Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, has also expressed his willingness to talk to all groups that are willing to come to the negotiation table.
In a statement issued on Monday, Chiindik Marak, the Chairman of the UALA, said the reason for them coming forward was for permanent peace in Garo Hills. “As the situation is getting more complicated, therefore, we have decided to be a part of the peace settlement for the larger interest of the people of Garo Hills,” he said.

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