The Burdwan blast and its aftermath - arrests and searches at madrasas - have given rise to concerns in the state, prompting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to say criminals must be punished but a comm...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold his second round of Mann Ki Baat radio programme on November 2. Modi has invited people to share their thoughts, comments and examples of good governance initiatives that have left an impression on their mind.
An attempt to suicide case has been registered against 22 serial blasts accused who are on fast unto death for the last one week against restrictions on their movement outside barracks in Sabarmati Central prison.
Highlighting huge talent gap, a survey has revealed that a significant percentage of students from top business schools in India score below the industry standards in terms of sales acumen and customer focus.
(Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called Inbox on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way.
GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much.
Rafael Nadal shrugged off his impending date with appendix surgery by routing outclassed Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-1 6-1 today to reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals.Second seed Nadal, who last played the Basel event in 2004 and returned with a 0-2 record to the St Jakobshalle, needed just 56 minutes to beat the French qualifier.The Spaniard took full advantage of 11 double-faults off the Herbert serve in what was a frustrating afternoon for the 120th-ranked challenger.Nadal next plays either 17-year-old Croatian Borna Coric or Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan. Coric, tipped for a bright future, upset Latvian sixth seed Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 while Golubev advanced over Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-3 6-3.Five-time champion and top seed Roger Federer was opening his campaign at his home event later Wednesday against Luxembourgs Gilles Muller, hoping to avoid the upset which sent Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka to an opening loss for a third consecutive year.Federer stands an impressive 51-9 at Basel, where he has figured in the last eight finals. The Swiss is working on a potential blockbuster finish to the 2014 season, with a Davis Cup final, the chance of taking the number one ranking from Novak Djokovic and three more big events to play -- in his hometown, in Paris next week and the eight-man World Tour Finals in London next month.Nadals victory was straightforward as he totally dominated Herbert, breaking the Frenchman five times and saving the only break points he faced in the final game of the win.The nine-time French Open champion looked healthy and fit despite taking antibiotics for two weeks since appendix trouble struck him in China. The 28-year-old will need to have surgery, with doctors unsure of how many more weeks he can go on avoiding the operation.Belgian seventh seed David Goffin joined Nadal in the last eight as he beat Croatian Ivan Dodig 7-6 (7/0), 6-4.
After a series of posters from PK were unveiled, without giving much of a hint about the film, there was strong buzz that Aamir Khan is playing an alien in the film.
Now, the PK team has unveiled Aamir Khan's alien look from the film. Aamir who plays an alien in the film, will come to India in search of God and his journey will transform into a spiritual odyssey.
With green eyes and weird lips, Aamir's alien look is haunting but given the content of the film, Aamir as usual will win hearts. Did you like Aamir Khan's alien look?
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed on Tuesday that it aims to conduct a Women’s Cricket Cup in the name of Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to pay tribute to her for the achievement.
A PCB official said that the chairman has thoughts to introduce a tournament named after Malala in order to give the country’s women cricketers, who had recently won gold during the 17th Asian Games, a boost to build up their confidence.
However, he said that the final decision will would be made after the consultation with the board to finalise the Cup, adding that the tournament would be a tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize winner for her tremendous achievement for the country, The Dawn reported.
Malala gained worldwide recognition after she was injured two years ago in a Taliban attack for her outspokenness regarding women and the right to a fair education. She survived the attack and has since been able to take her campaign to a global stage.
The PCB official said that the board has always played a tremendous role in the evolution and development of women’s cricket in the country. He added that the PCB continues to provide a number of women’s tournaments being organised for the last 3-4 years now and the standard of these competitions is improving every year. The official also said that women players won the Asian Gold Medal twice and hence have every right to be well recognised worldwide.
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Serena Williams did not hesitate when asked to describe her performance today, when she took her heaviest defeat since she was 16 years old.Embarrassing describes the way I played today, Williams said. Very embarrassing.Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in what was arguably the worst performance of the 18-time Grand Slam champions career.The last time Williams managed to win just two games in a WTA Tour or Grand Slam match was in 1998 when she was a newcomer to the tour, known best as Venus little sister.The loss in the round-robin match provided a shuddering halt to Williams 16-match winning streak at the year-end championships, where she is the two-time defending champion.My forehand was off today, Williams said. Its obviously gone on an early vacation. My serve was at best at the 10-and-under division of juniors.You got to step up to the plate. She did and I didnt. The fourth-ranked Halep had never before beaten a player ranked in the top 3, and in her two matches against Williams last year, she only won a total of seven games.For a player, who was ranked No. 47 two years ago, Wednesdays win over No. 1 Williams represented a new career high.It was my best match of my life, Halep said. I played unbelievable shots. It means a lot this match. At an important time I played really well, and after today my confidence will be more high.Halep, runner-up at this years French Open, beat Eugenie Bouchard in her opening match and moves to 2-0 in the Red Group.Williams slips to 1-1 and will face Bouchard next. Ana Ivanovic beat Bouchard in Wednesdays other game, winning 6-1, 6-3. Ivanovic is 1-1 and Bouchard fell to 0-2.Going into the last round-robin matches in the Red Group, Halep is all but certain of a semi-final berth, needing to win just one game against Ivanovic, while Bouchard has only a very slim mathematical chance of progressing. Ferrer was also far from his best, but battled past Seppi to set up an all-Spanish last 16 tie with Fernando Verdasco.Indeed the three-time champion in Valencia had trailed 5-2 in the second set before reeling off five straight games to finish off the Italian. Both Murray and Ferrers Tour Finals chances were also boosted by defeat for Berdych earlier in the day to local favourite Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-3.I think it was a very special match for me, here in Valencia, with my friends and family cheering for me, said Andujar.I tried to be as solid as I could, then when I had the chance I attempted to hit it as hard as I could. I know Tomas is more powerful than I am, so if I just put the ball in, he would destroy me.The world number six arrived in Spain full of confidence having won in Stockholm last week. However, the Czech looked out of sorts as Andujar dominanted throughout and fittingly sealed victory with a brilliant cross-court forehand winner.The world No 46 will play Serbias Dusan Lajovic in the second round. Last years champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia also suffered a earlier exit as he was beaten by Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 7-5, 6-3.
Mitchell Johnson, the Australia paceman, has been lethal in the recent past, however Pakistan coach and fast bowling legend Waqar Younis reckoned comparisons still could not be drawn between him and pace legend Wasim Akram.
Waqar Younis was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald I wouldn’t compare anyone to Wasim Akram, that’s for sure, because he’s a legend and has done wonders for Pakistan over the last decade or so.
He’s got a long way to go if he wants to compete with Wasim Akram, but he’s definitely a threat and a very fine bowler, he added.
The last few seasons he has definitely changed his mode. He’s become a lot better bowler, he’s attacking. We know they’ll use him in short spells and look for wickets from him. He’s a fine bowler. He is a threat, he’s world class, Younis said. Johnson was instrumental in Australia winning the Ashes five nil earlier in the year.
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“I knew that agreeing to write my story would need me to be completely honest, as that’s the way I have always played the game. It would require talking about a number of aspects I have not shared in public before. So here I am, at the end of my final innings, having taken that last walk back to the pavilion, ready to recount as many incidents as I can remember since first picking up a cricket bat as a child in Mumbai 35 years ago.”
These words gave a huge number of fans possibly a last whiff at another fix of a drug whose reserves were close to cessation. A year after the biggest retirement in Indian sporting history, an account of his version will be available for the public.
As the most anticipated autobiography hits the stands come November the 6th, there is, as expected, a lot of blather and blither about the revelations. Everyone who has ever had anything to do with Indian cricket has her or his list of questions they seek answers to. Some of them are writing about what they expect Sachin to answer through the book; one person – H Natarajan, has written about the intriguing questions or rather controversies Sachin was supposedly close to or amidst, and hence there is a feeling of his duty to speak on those.
Another has written a list of things not to expect from the book. Thankfully, there is an overlap to some degree with the topics in both these articles. So, one thing is certain that the list of ‘controversies’ is pretty unchanged and common across all sects of fans – The usual nine yards of Kambli, Mike Denness, Kapil, Ferrari, Multan, Chappell, Monkey-gate, the hundredth 100 and timing of the retirement.
The stake-less fan though, probably has a different list. A fan, that grew up with Sachin – one who was a toddler in ’89 and a voter by ’01, who had his/her first break-up in ’99 and was married by ’07.
So, here is yet another list. We all talk about the anecdotes of brilliance without a care for their veracity, from the ‘Mai Khelega’ to ‘Upar se de’; from the Jeremy Snape anecdote to helping Neil McKenzie, the relationship with Yuvraj and Harbhajan; the ups and downs, the regrets and jubilations, 136 at Chennai and 175 at Hyderabad - but transcending all that, is our love for him for the person he is. Old and young, girls and boys, aristocrats and the blue collars, business moguls to the unemployed and retired all alike have tethered their emotions to him over 24 years, and that is not just because he scored 100 of those beautiful bat-raising things. It is because, each and every individual found something of theirs in him. They felt that they owned a part of him, and he too knew that.
A common thread tying the fans’ adoration for Sachin, from pundits to the Puneri mother, is the story of inspiration and dedication – of romance, hope and faith. One of his most ardent fans and an exquisite writer, owing to whom Sachin breached the visual boundary and became one whom you could not only watch but keep reading about is Harsha Bhogle, and in one of his articles Harsha writes about the strength of faith in the words – “Sachin ahey na, mag theek ahe.”.
When did he know?
Surely, we can understand what he must have gone through after the biggest hype was looking to die out a very premature death, but, when did he well and truly know that this was his calling and the only thing that made sense to him? When did he know that he will be the ‘Special One’? When did he know that joys of a billion people depended on him? When did he know that a nation’s sleep depended on his batting?
How did he overcome the exuberance of youth in forgiving the wrong decisions and injustice?
Will he ever be able to forgive Steve Bucknor? We know that we probably might ever not. Yes, bad decisions are a part of the game, but, since he claims to be human, doesn’t it affect him more than he shows it does?
Does he like the cover drive more or the on-drive?
Pictures and paintings of thousand words we have seen, but a thousand words are not enough to describe that cracking sound and a photographer’s symphony his bat makes when he drives. Did he pose for just a moment longer when he drove it to the boundary?
Has he sledged?
The sane ones, had it figured out very early, that trying to get under his skin was like standing on a rodeo bull – leave apart the Caddicks and a few Aussies. But, did he give it back with his mouth? Never? In the age of the anti-hero, surely there are fans who wish he sledged back.
Does he feel that his hard work is underappreciated owing to the attributing of genius?
300 balls per hour for a Ranji Trophy game after 198 Tests speak of one thing, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious hard work. Ravi Shastri’s most famous comment could be twisted to mean that everything Sachin managed to achieve was pretty much expected, considering his genius, but doesn’t he feel that attributing everything to genius, means belittling his work ethic? Yes, there are advocates who keep on stressing on his work ethic but how many of us listen to them rationally?
Does he prefer a coaching or an administrative job post retirement?
He can’t possibly have nothing to do with cricket anymore. So, what role does he see himself in another 10 years? A coaching job doesn’t seem the best option, since he demands his level of genius and work ethic from everyone – divine interventions don’t come about so frequently.
What advice would he give a bowler bowling against him?
Stories there are, in abundance, of him having helped numerous batsmen from all over the world to deal with the best bowlers in the business, but what would he advise the bowlers? How does he explain the sheer control that would have gone into not getting out to the Cronje-Fannie-midwicket combination again and Brad Hogg the second time?
In the pre-Ganguly era, how did he deal with the frustration of losses in spite of his performance being at a peak?
What was his vent for the frustration of losses or didn’t he have any frustration? He has been vocal about his happiness in the dressing room in the second half of his career, but, how did he deal with the first half, when most youth find a reason to crib at every minor nudge to their expectations?
Who understood him better, John Wright or Gary Kirsten?
The team and him both, flourished under these two brilliant coaches, but who according to him harnessed his potential and met his needs the most?
How does he plan to fulfill the surfeit of expectations that won’t die just because he has retired?
This is the most important of them all. He already faced flak about the Rajya Sabha anointment and the Bharat Ratna, none of which was demanded or even requested. Things that are bequeathed come with an unconditional and never ending fine print.
René Descartes in his letter to Princess Elizabeth says – “It would ill become me to flatter, or to give expression to anything of which I had no certain knowledge, especially in the first pages of a work in which I aim at laying down the principles of truth. The generous modesty that is conspicuous in all your actions, assures me that the frank and simple judgment of a man who only writes what he believes will be more agreeable to you than the ornate laudations of those who have studied the art of compliment. For this reason, I will give insertion to nothing in this letter for which I have not the certainty both of experience and reason; and in the exordium, as in the rest of the work, I will write only as becomes a philosopher.”
To call stumps on the article, what the purest fan expects from ‘Playing it my way’, is the above with replacement of the words truth with sport and philosopher with sportsman.
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Ajay Devgn unveiled the masaledaar trailer of his next film Action Jackson on Wednesday. Powerful and rowdier than ever before, the film features Ajay Devgn in an advanced Singham Returns mode, with his main weapon being the sword this time.
But in the 2 minute something trailer, we did notice that Ajay has deliberately taken some major digs at Salman Khan and his films. Belonging to the same genre of films, it was expected for Action Jackson to be laden with some heavy dosage stunts and dhaasu dialoguebaazi. but we guess, some of the dialogues were written keeping our Dabangg Khan's dialogues in mind.
One dialogue read: Na commitment, na appointment, only punishment which sounded extremely similar to Wanted's famous one liner Ek baar jo maine commitment kar di toh main aapne aap ki bhi nahi sunta. In another scene from the trailer, Ajay says, Pasand aaye toh dil mein warna dimag mein bhi nahi which also reminded us of the famous Main dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahi line from Salman's recent blockbuster Kick.
Is it a deliberate attempt to tweak the dialogues and take potshots at Salman? Or is it lack of originality which made the team stick to such similar one-liners? Only the Action Jackson writers can answer that!
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A suspected SIMI operative and an aide of Indian Mujahideen media in-charge were arrested from Secunderabad on Wednesday, with police saying they were allegedly planning to go to Afghanistan to get training from al-Qaeda for carrying out terror activities in India.
Police also claimed to have seized literature on explosives formula, a 16 GB pen drive containing literature in terror activities among other things from the Maharashtra youths.
One of them was identified as Shah Mudassir alias Talha, who runs a general store at Umerkhed and is a member of SIMI, police claimed. Even after a ban on the organisation in 2001, Talha became a member of the Association of Indian Minority Students (AIMS) which is a front organisation of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
The other youth is identified as Shoeb Ahmed Khan alias Tariq Bhai of Hingoli district and is an associate of Mansoor Ali Peerboy (Media in-charge of Indian Mujahideen, Pune Module), police said.
He (Tariq) is also a close friend of Mudassir, police said.
Mudassir and Shoeb came to the city today and got down in Secunderabad. As their movements were suspicious, they were taken into custody. A case is registered with Gopalapuram police station under relevant sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and IT Act. They have been arrested and sent in judicial custody, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Zone) R Jaya Lakshmi said.
When asked about Billah and two other citizens from Hyderabad, the DCP told PTI: I can only say they are not in our custody. The investigations are still going on. Both these persons are adept in using social networks in propagating Jihad and both of them are having several Facebook accounts, the DCP said in a release tonight.
During Facebook chats they came in contact with Abu Saif and Kamaran Sha, both of Pakistan, Zahid Al Hindi, a native of Afghanistan, and Mir Showkath, Sameer Khan and Mothasim Billah-- all residents of Saidabad area here, the DCP said.
Billah is a former SIMI member and son of Islahi, a Hyderabad-based Islamic scholar.
During Facebook chats, Zahid Al Hindi and Mothasim Billah used to motivate them frequently. Once Kamaran Sha of Pakistan shared literature through Facebook on explosives wherein three methods of explosive manufacturing from the locally and easily available chemicals were narrated, the officer said.
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After days of stand-off, Shiv Sena and BJP today struck a conciliatory note following last nights talks between their leaders in Delhi, reviving hopes of a saffron coalition government in Maharashtra.In an apparent attempt at rapprchement, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had despatched Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai and partys leader in the outgoing Assembly Subhash Desai to the national capital last night.We had gone to Delhi to take forward our talks on forming the next government together. We are ready for an alliance with BJP to form government and talks were positive, Subhash Desai, who briefed Uddhav on the developments earlier in the day, told reporters.We just had informal talks this time and formal discussions will begin from Monday. For now, we have not given any proposal to BJP but have only decided to come together and form a government, he said.Desai said he had not met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who has been appointed observer for the election of BJP lelgislature party leader.Though he did not name Senas BJP interlocutors, sources said they included Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Chandrakant Patil, an MP from Gujarat.Uddhav is known to have good personal equation with Singh, a former BJP president.Asked if Uddhav will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Desai said once the formal talks start, it will be decided whether Uddhavji will go to Delhi to meet the PM or some BJP leaders will come down to Mumbai for discussions with our leader. With Shiv Sena blinking first, BJP responded to the overture positively, with senior party leader Vinod Tawde saying the peoples mandate in Maharashtra was for the two parties running a government together.BJP has got the peoples mandate but it is not complete. We have got the largest number of seats....the mandate is for us jointly. If we talk of mandate, BJP and Shiv Sena should come together. This is what people want, Tawde, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, said.Amid unconfirmed reports about Sena insisting on the two parties following the 1995 formula under which the junior partner got deputy chief ministership, Tawde said the ground realities have to be taken into account for the alliance to function smoothly.There were reports that during back-channel talks, Sena had insisted on deputy chief ministership and equal share in the government.On former state BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar pitching for Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for chief ministership, Tawde said why only Mungantiwar, even I and Devendra Fadnavis (current Maharashtra unit president and frontrunner for the post) have said that.After the demise of the states tallest BJP leader Gopinath Munde, Gadkariji, who has the same stature, was the natural choice but he himself does not want to return to the state because of the important responsibilities he has to shoulder in Delhi, he said.Maintaining that there was no race and no competition for CMs job, Tawde said the legislature party will sit and decide its leader. The Central Parliamentary Board will then confirm that person as the leader who will be the Chief Minister.