The BCCI on Saturday retained the three-member disciplinary committee probing charges of financial irregularities against Lalit Modi, rejecting the former IPL chairman’s demand for a reconstitution of the panel.The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting convened to resolve the matter after Modi’s counsel Mehmood Abdi pointed out last month that the panel did not have the BCCI General Body’s mandate.The committee comprises the trio of Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia.”The committee had already got the BCCI’s approval in the Annual General Meeting but it was not recorded in the minutes of the meeting,” a BCCI source said after the meeting.Abdi had said that BCCI forgot to re-constitute the Committee for the year 2010-2011 at its AGM held in September.Modi’s camp had consistently opposed the nomination of Amin and Jaitley, both members of the IPL Governing Council when it was headed by Modi, citing bias.
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b sai praneethbadmintonchina openIndia First Published: November 6, 2019, 11:16 AM IST Saina Nehwal lost to Yan Yan Cai of China in the first round of the ongoing China Open in Fozhou on Wednesday.World number 9 Nehwal lost 9-21 12-21 in just 24 minutes to crash out in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals. The 29-year-old Saina has been going through a tough phase with regards to her fitness since claiming the Indonesia Masters in January.She made three consecutive first-round exits before reaching the quarterfinal of the French Open last month.Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Parupalli Kashyap defeated Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand 21-14 21-13 in a 43-minute clash. He will face seventh seed Victor Axelson of Denmark in the second round.World Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth also made it to the second round beating Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 15-21 21-12 21-10 in a 52-minute hard-fought opening round battle. The world No. 11 Indian will take on fourth seed Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the next round.However, Sameer Verma once again bowed out early as he lost 18-21, 18-21 to Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu in the first round.In the mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also lost to the Taiwanese Pair of Chi Lin Wang and Chi Ya Cheng 14-21 14-21 in 31 minutes.Earlier on the first day of the tournament, PV Sindhu had been knocked out in the opening round after a shock defeat to World No. 42 Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei. The world champion lost 13-21, 21-18, 19-21 in 74 minutes.In men’s singles, HS Prannoy, who has recently recovered from dengue and was making a comeback after two months, faltered in the opening round and lost 17-21, 18-21 to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke. Related StoriesSaina Nehwal Reveals Why She Had to Hide Relationship With Parupalli Kashyap For the Longest Time Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jhabua, one of the agricultural extension centres in India, has offered a diet recommendation to India cricket team captain, Virat Kohli, and his teammates, saying they should prefer “Kadaknath” chicken – an Indian breed of chicken local to Madhya Pradesh – over grilled chicken.The centre in Madhya Pradesh has written a letter to Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has claimed that Kadaknath chicken is low on both cholesterol and fat and that the senior national team players can fulfill their chicken requirement by including the said breed in their diet.In the letter, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, writes: It has been known by the media that Virat Kohli and other players of India cricket team are eating Grilled Chicken in their diet. But due to higher quantities of cholesterol and fat in Grilled Chicken, you are stop it’s in your diet and adopted vegan diet (sic).””Krishi Vigyan Kendra Jhabua (Kadaknath Research Centre) wants to suggest Virat Kohli and BCCI that in the meat of Jhabua’s Kadaknath chickens the cholesterol and fat are very low with higher protein and iron content as per report of National Research Centre on Meat Hyderabad. Therefore, you and your team members are fulfill (sic) your chicken requirement by Jhabua’s Kadaknath chickens.”The recommendation comes, months after Kohli revealed he has switched to a vegan diet to further improve his fitness. The India captain, who is arguably one of the fittest cricketers going around, had adopted a strict diet and workout plans after giving up his love for butter chicken following a rare period of poor form in 2012.advertisement”Two years ago, when he was on a normal diet, he had said that he would go vegan if given a choice. He is now feeling stronger than before. Kohli started this diet four months ago and is feeling stronger as his digestive power has increased. He isn’t missing meat, eggs or dairy,” a source was quoted as saying by The Times of India.However, Kohli had revealed his diet plan in a chat show “Breakfast with Champions” in 2017, that he generally preferred grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, spinach and veggies for lunch and seafood for dinner.”I have a set breakfast. I eat an omelette, three egg whites, one whole egg. The spinach black pepper and cheese, some grilled bacon or smoked salmon along with it. I eat papaya or dragon fruit if it’s available or watermelon. I eat decent amount of cheese for good fats. I carry my own butters and I get gluten free bread from the hotels…so I apply on that. Then a nice big pot of green tea with lemon, I drink three to four cups of that,” Kohli had said.”When our trainer Mr. Basu tells me to put on a bit of muscle then I increase red meat. Otherwise generally for lunch it’s grilled chicken and mashed potatoes, spinach and veggies and for dinner it’s seafood.”Also Read | Virat Kohli turns vegan in bid to further improve fitnessAlso Read | Australian Prime Minister to Rishabh Pant: Aah yes! You sledge right?Also Read | Best babysitter: Tim Paine’s wife shares photo of Rishabh Pant with her kidsAlso See:
Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share via Email Jackie Stewart and his struggle to make F1 a safer sport for all Formula One 2019 Optimistic that finally he might claim Ferrari’s first victory this season, Sebastian Vettel’s hopes turned to bitter ashes as he was denied by a controversial penalty at the Canadian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took the win for Mercedes but only after an incident that left Vettel fuming, disappointed and confused as to how the decision against him was made. The race had been in his and Ferrari’s hands but they were denied as the finale descended almost to pantomime, leaving little pleasure for any of the drivers involved, not least Hamilton.Hamilton won the 50th Canadian Grand Prix having started from second behind Vettel and remained in that position. He had not looked like he had the pace to pass despite chasing relentlessly until a moment of high drama changed the race. Share on Twitter Hamilton believed the stewards decision was correct. “I forced him into an error, he went a bit wide but then I had the run on that corner and we nearly collided. It is unfortunate but this is motor racing,” he said. “I took the corner normally but when you come back on track you are not supposed to go straight back on to racing line you are supposed to come back on safely.”The debate over the penalty will continue long into the season but Vettel believed it had done the sport as a whole a disservice. “We deserved to win now and that is our opinion,” he said. “It was a great race, they [the crowd] cheered me on all the race, it’s a bit weird now, I don’t know what else to say. It is not making our sport popular. People want to see us race, and it was racing. Just a shame when we have these funny decisions.”In what was otherwise largely a procession for the front three, Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc took third. He finished in front of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen who came back from ninth on the grid to claim fifth. Bottas took the fastest lap.Having taken a victory Ferrari had hoped would narrow the championship gap in their favour, they have been cast even further adrift. Hamilton has extended his lead over Bottas to 29 points in the world championship, while Vettel has fallen to a full 62 points back.It was clearly not how Hamilton wanted to take the victory and perhaps not one he will take any great pleasure in, but he leaves Canada with his seventh victory here matching Michael Schumacher’s record tally. Vettel and Ferrari depart only with frustration and disappointment. Topics news Read more Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel Motor sport Share on Messenger Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Twitter Formula One Since you’re here… Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more Support The Guardian Visibly disheartened Vettel did finally stand for the ceremony but with a face that betrayed his distaste at the events that had unfolded. Hamilton invited him to the top step, a moment the German did not indulge for long. Finally interviewed and with the crowd cheering him he reflected their feelings. “You should ask the people what they think”, he said of the decision.“It’s not for us to decide and that’s the sport – everyone seems to believe that Sebastian won,” said Mattia Binotto, Ferrari’s team principal. “He was driving at the limit in each corner, and we are on the border line of the tyres. When he was coming back on the track he went on the grass and there was nothing he could do. We won today. Honestly as I said, we were the fastest on track and that is important”Hamilton, who similarly lost a win in Spa with a time penalty for cutting a corner in 2008, said: “That’s not the way I wanted to win but I would’ve been past.” He pointedly noted that he had pressured Vettel into an error and would have taken the place had he not had to avoid the German as he returned to the racing line. Hamilton was booed after the podium ceremony but Vettel immediately defended the British driver. F1: Hamilton wins Canadian GP after penalty denies Vettel – as it happened Sebastian Vettel switches the markers to place Lewis Hamilton second and himself first after the controversial finish at the Canadian Grand Prix. Photograph: Paul Chiasson/AP Vettel pushing hard, lost the rear at turn four on lap 48, went across the grass and almost hit Hamilton as he returned to the track on the inside and Hamilton attempted to go around him. Vettel emerged in front and the incident was investigated by the stewards.Shortly afterwards they gave Vettel a five-second penalty for an unsafe return and forcing another car off the track. He held his lead to the end but was only 1.3 seconds in front of Hamilton who thus took the win. Ferrari have appealed against the decision.Vettel was angry and confused. “I had nowhere to go. They are stealing the race from us,” he said to his team. Then querying what he might have done having gone straight across the grass to rejoin the track. “No, no, no. Seriously you need to be an absolute blind man,” he said. “Let him pass and not control your car – where am I supposed to go? This is a wrong world, this is not fair.”He appeared to be struggling to control the car as it bounced across the grass as he rejoined, mitigating the circumstances and raising a major question of exactly what else he might have done as he fought for control of the car. He had made a mistake but it might easily have been dismissed as a racing incident.What followed the flag reflected how aggrieved the German felt. Vettel parked his car at the end of the pit lane and did not take part in the post-race interviews, immediately going instead to his team motorhome before returning to he podium ceremony. He is required to attend the podium and did so to a ringing endorsement of applause and cheers from the fans. On his way there the theatre continued as he moved the No 1 marker board from in front of Hamilton’s car, replacing it with the No 2 and put the original where his car would have stood had he brought it to the parc ferme. Reuse this content
Teams will travel from many areas across the Territory to compete in the event, including East Arnhem, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Ramingining and from around Darwin to battle it out for the title of Mixed under 18, Mixed over 35’s, Men’s and Women’s Open champions. Under 18 teams include; Taminimin, Katherine High School, NPGA ST Johns, Alice Springs, Team Deadly, East Arnhem and the Red Dragons. This year will see the introduction of the Mixed over 35’s division and will see the Darwin Legends, the Mixtures, the Uni Titans and Gove all challenge for the title.In the Women’s Open division, seven teams will be competing in Darwin with Alice Springs, Gove, the Scorpions, Hoops 4 Health, the Prospects, the Titans and Ramingining all vying to be the Territory’s number one side.The Men’s Open division will see six teams competing with the AIRSNT Tigers, Alice Springs, the BOC Dodgers, Ramingining Warriors, the Bears and the Prospects all being represented in the premier division.This year’s titles will see Alice Springs in the Under 18’s, the BOC Dodgers in the Men’s Open and Hoops 4 Health in the Women’s Open divisions returning to defend their 2011 titles. The grand finals will be played out on Sunday afternoon with the Under 18’s game kicking proceedings off at 3.30pm, with the Men’s Open’s concluding the event with a 6.00pm final. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2012 NT Titles, please click on the link below:www.ntstatechamps.mytouchfooty.comLive updates of the scores during the finals will also be broadcast on TFA’s official Facebook page. To stay up to date with finals scores, please join us at 3.30pm on Sunday via:http://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia
Midfielder Alberto Soro will join Real Madrid imminently, according to Real Zaragoza president Christian Lapetra.It has been reported Soro will sign for Madrid in a €2.5 million deal that could rise to around €5m, before returning to Zaragoza on loan.Lapetra said on Friday he expected the transfer to be formally announced “in a matter of hours”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “As president, I have to sign off on the sale and I want to announce Soro will join Real Madrid in a matter of hours,” he said, as reported by AS.”All that remains is to sign a deal that is already done.”The 20-year-old made 29 appearances in a breakout season in the Segunda Division last term, scoring twice.The former Spain U18 international signed an extension with Zaragoza through 2022 last fall, but his standout campaign has earned him a move to Madrid.The left-footed player, who can operate either centrally or in wide midfield, had also previously been linked with a move to Barcelona. Elsewhere, Udinese have confirmed the signing of Real Madrid striker Cristo Gonzalez on a five-year deal. ⚽️ Cristo Gonzalez è dell’@Udinese_1896! Il giocatore spagnolo 🇪🇸, proveniente dal @realmadrid, ha firmato con i bianconeri per 5 anni.👉 https://t.co/ISnuKIXO1t #bienvenidogonzalez pic.twitter.com/EF50W8dDRk— Udinese Calcio (@Udinese_1896) July 19, 2019The 21-year-old scored 21 goals for Madrid’s Castilla side last season and also made four appearances for Madrid’s senior side, scoring once in the Copa del Rey.
This monsoon, the lines, shapes, curves, colours, concepts converge together at India Habitat Centre, as fifteen artists come together under one roof to showcase their exhibits based on an eclectic mix of themes.Titled ‘Panorama – 15’, the exhibition, which is going on until August 15, showcases themes like spirituality and love for animals by the artists including Uma Bardhan, Shalini Varshney, Pooja Mudgal, Nirupama Mishra, Meghna Agarwal, Mahendra Rai, Renu Umrao, Dr Zaheeda Khanam, Rashid Ahmed, Biswaranjan Bhunia, Suhas Das, to name a few. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSpirituality helps in destressing oneself and become one with the universe. This idea has been portrayed by Shalini Varshney in her depiction of Lord Buddha. Whereas, Nirupama Mishra has shown people take a holy dip in the holy city of Benaras. Meghna Agarwal’s paintings show the results of deforestation as it affects men and animals in the same intensity. The exhibition titled ‘Panorama’ –Just as the word Panorama suggests an unbroken world view of things, likewise the exhibition depicts myriad artworks based on various contemporary issues of social relevance all beautifully arranged and displayed under one roof. The colourful canvases, intriguing techniques, bold brush strokes, thought-provoking art, timeless collection of paintings have made the exhibition one of its kind.
TORONTO – Andrew Scheer is no stranger to making political history.When he first sought federal political office in 2004, he beat out the NDP candidate who at the time was the longest serving MP in the House of Commons.Seven years later, his Conservative party won its first majority government and Scheer, then only 32, would soon be elected Speaker of the House of Commons, the youngest person ever to hold the storied post.On Saturday, he nabbed another place in the history books, becoming only the second leader ever of the federal Conservatives in a nailbiter win over Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.Bernier started on his path to the leadership race years ago. Scheer’s was more recent.In the aftermath of the 2015 election, which put the Conservatives in Opposition, Scheer gave serious thought to seeking the role of interim leader, which became available when Stephen Harper announced his resignation shortly after going down in defeat to the Liberals.The interim job comes with a catch, warned fellow Saskatchewan MP Chris Warkentin: you can’t run for the permanent position. Warkentin looked Scheer him square in the eye and said, “Don’t do it.”Warkentin and others were looking around at who was already testing the waters for a leadership bid. At the time, it was far from clear whether longtime party heavyweights Jason Kenney and Peter MacKay would seek the job. Challenging them would have been futile.Once MacKay and Kenney made it clear their interests lay elsewhere, potential supporters saw a path to victory for the dimple-cheeked father of five.Born in Ottawa but having spent his adult life on the Prairies, Scheer was a candidate of the West and central Canada. He was fluently bilingual, an asset the party needed to capitalize on its 2015 success in Quebec. And while he was young — he’s now only 38 — he had an air of gravitas that came from his years as Speaker.“I think that Andrew has demonstrated through this campaign the things I recognized in Andrew a year ago,” Warkentin said. “He had the ability to connect with Canadians from coast to coast, and if given the opportunity to get to know him, they would put their confidence in him.”Saskatchewan Sen. Denise Batters decided to back Scheer the very day MacKay bowed out.She’d been a longtime supporter of MacKay’s, and said she saw similar traits in Scheer: style and substance, a perfect foil to Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“A better guy you could not find,” Batters said of Scheer. “He thinks of his country always No. 1.”That was September 2016, and that week Scheer announced he was stepping back from his current caucus position as House leader to pursue his leadership bid.His campaign saw him pick up dozens of endorsements from within the Conservative caucus and without; a key moment for his campaign came when Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall offered his support. Another came when farmers in Quebec coalesced around his campaign in a bid to stop Bernier.The latter’s opposition to supply management was seen as a threat to their livelihoods; thousands of farmers are believed to have bought memberships in the party specifically to vote against Bernier.In Saturday’s vote count, Scheer actually won more votes in Bernier’s own riding of Beauce.Social conservatives also claim a piece of his prize.Scheer is pro-life; though he did support the party’s decision to strike a policy opposing same-sex marriage from its handbook, it wasn’t because he supports it. It was a pragmatic decision, he’s said, stemming from the fact that the country has just moved on.Still, his decision on same-sex marriage was one of the things that prompted fellow Conservative Brad Trost to launch a leadership campaign of his own. Trost said he believes that when he dropped off the ballot, his supporters went to Scheer.“Social conservatives had an impact in this race,” Trost said afterward.“We have a voice.”
Rabat – The French Foreign Ministry confirmed Wednesday the postponement of the visit of Morocco’s chief diplomat Salaheddine Mezouar to France.The Moroccan Foreign Minister was expected to visit France this week in what appeared to be an attempt by Moroccan and French officials to ease the year-long tension between Rabat and Paris.“We are working to set with the Moroccan authorities a new date for the visit,” said Quai d’Orsay Spokesperson Romain Nadal, adding that Salaheddine Mezouar is “welcomed in France.” Salaheddine Mezouar announced that he would travel to France to meet his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.Meanwhile, Moroccan foreign ministry sources said on Monday that Morocco wants immunity from prosecution in France for its officials as a condition of resuming judicial and security cooperation agreements with Paris.“Moroccan officials should have immunity on French soil. And we can always work out our differences through the diplomatic process,” a Moroccan source was quoted by Reuters as saying.France wants intelligence from Morocco and other North African countries on terrorism suspects, an interest that has become more urgent after this month’s killings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish store in Paris.Morocco suspended cooperation agreements when half a dozen agents of the French judicial police went to the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco driven by three complaints raised against Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan secret services (DGST), accusing him of torture.The judicial move had been prompted by lawsuits filed against the Moroccan official in France by Moroccan activists.
Rabat – Hootsuite, a social media manager that keeps track of global internet usage, said in its annual report that Moroccans mostly use Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram.As of mid-2018, eighty-one percent of Moroccan internet users between 16 and 64 reported using WhatsApp, 76 percent reported using Facebook, 60 percent reported using YouTube, 45 percent reported using Instagram, and 43 percent reported using Facebook Messenger.The report, titled “The Global State of Digital in 2019,” related that 62 percent of Moroccans use the internet, equivalent to 22.57 million Moroccans. Moroccan internet usage grew by 0.03 percent from January 2018 to January 2019, and the report noted that Morocco has higher internet usage than the global average of 57 percent.Read Also: Report Finds 19 Million Moroccans Go Online EverydayAccording to the report, Moroccans spend 2 hours and 33 minutes on social media per day, and no Moroccan accesses the internet for personal use less than once a month.The report pointed out that Facebook can reach 17.00 million Moroccans with advertisements. Of those, 36 percent are women and 64 percent are men.Instagram can reach 4.40 million Moroccans, a slight majority of whom are men. Snapchat and Twitter show the biggest gender differences. SnapChat has a larger female audience (66 percent) than male (31 percent) and can reach 2.95 million Moroccans through advertisements. Twitter can reach only 454,000 Moroccans, and 76 percent are men. and Featuring analysis by Simon Kemp, a world-renowned digital expert, Hootsuite reports annually provide insights into social media, e-commerce, and mobile usage around the world.
Minister Peiris informed Prime Minister Singh of recent developments in Sri Lanka including arrangements that are being made for the elections to the Northern Provincial Council on 21 September. Describing the process involving the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Minister Peiris said that Sri Lanka is in compliance with its obligations in terms of the Indo-Lanka Accord which includes specific provisions on linguistic and cultural aspects. In this context the Minister referred to the Tamil language being given its due place. The Minister explained as well, the provision which specifies the uniform application of administrative structures in all provinces. Prof. Peiris expressed the view that the participation of all parties in the PSC process, particularly the Tamil National Alliance, would be useful and that solutions to matters that pertain to people living in Sri Lanka should be found within Sri Lanka.Minister Peiris had wide ranging discussions with his counterpart in the Government of India, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. The External Affairs Minister of India accepted with pleasure the invitation by Prof. Peiris to visit Sri Lanka in October. The Minister handed over to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a letter of invitation from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to attend the Commonwealth Summit and the Minister said that the Government of Sri Lanka looks forward to Prime Minister Singh’s participation. The Prime Minister of India requested that the Minister of External Affairs should convey to the President of Sri Lanka, the thanks of the Indian Prime Minister for deputing Prof. Peiris to hand over the letter of invitation to him, the External Affairs Ministry said. The Prime Minister and Prof. Peiris discussed matters pertaining to the apprehension of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters. The Minister expressed the necessity to find a practical solution to the issue and explained that 400-500 Indian fishing boats consisting of approximately 1500 Indian fishermen continue to cross over to Sri Lanka territorial waters during the fishing season on a daily basis with no reduction in numbers.Explaining the serious impact of this practice on the livelihoods of Tamil fishermen in the North of Sri Lanka, Minister Peiris said that the matter is aggravated by the fishing methods used by the Indian fishermen such as use of multi-day fishing boats and nylon nets and bottom trawling which cause damage to the sea bed and marine eco system. Moreover, the Indian fishermen no longer confine themselves to the Palk Bay area but venture close to the eastern seaboard, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Point Pedro. Sri Lanka is therefore compelled to put in place an effective deterrent as the Government of Sri Lanka has a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the fishermen in the North of Sri Lanka. The deterrent mechanism involves apprehending fishermen, producing them in court and charging a fine. There is no intention whatsoever to harass or oppress fishermen or keep them in custody for long periods. Due care will always be given to treating fishermen in a humane manner. External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris briefed Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi today on the post war developments in Sri Lanka, the External Affairs Ministry said.The discussions between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prof G.L. Peiris included a range of matters such as cooperation with regard to the economy, development and the rehabilitation process.
Sri Lanka today successfully tested artificial rain for the first time in the country over the Maussakele Reservoir, the Power and Energy Ministry said.The Ministry said that an Air Force aircraft was used in the test resulting in around 45 minutes of rainfall. A special team of engineers from Thailand assisted in the entire operation.
Defence Secretary, General SHS Kottegoda today assured that the security threat in the country has been brought under control and the public can go about their usual dail activities.He said that the threat following the Easter Sunday attacks has been eliminated and security strengthened in the country. He said that special focus of the security operations has been placed on schools, places of worship and hotels. (Colombo Gazette) “I say with responsibility the situation is now under control,” he said.Kottegoda said that security operations are being conducted around the island by the Police and the security forces.
Aiming to protect 3.5 million children from malaria in Niger, where almost all the population are at risk from the disease, more than 2 million mosquito nets have now been delivered throughout the impoverished country to mothers of children under five, the United Nations-backed health fund that sponsored the campaign said today. Distribution of mosquito nets began at the end of last year in a campaign that was supported by an $11 million grant from the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as by $2 million from the Canadian International Development Agency. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Niger Ministry of Health began distributing the mosquito nets on 19 December, in tandem with a house-to-house effort to vaccinate ‘under-fives’ against Polio, the agencies said in a news release. Additional support for the programme was provided by the Norwegian and American Red Cross societies, Rotary, the Center for Medical Research (CERMES), the Measles Partnership, the Polio Eradication Programme, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership – which includes the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – and United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The campaign also involved almost 4,000 Red Cross volunteers and more than 16,000 other vaccinators and community workers, the release stated, adding that the Niger Red Cross society would play an “essential role in following up that the nets are correctly hung up and used.” With a population of over 12 million, Niger ranks last of 177 countries measured by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Index (2005) and 97 per cent of its population is at risk from malaria. Children in Niger face an under-five mortality rate among the highest in the world – 255 per 1,000. The Global Fund currently supports Niger’s efforts to combat malaria through two grants worth $16 million. A third grant worth up to $4.6 million for malaria programs was approved in December. In a separate development related to the fight against malaria, the single largest killer of children in Africa, stars of the African music world and international public health experts, gathered in New York last week for the US premiere screening of ‘AFRICA LIVE: The Roll Back Malaria Concert,’ co-hosted by the UN Foundation and UNICEF. “One of the most effective interventions is to make sure that all children and mothers sleep under impregnated mosquito nets,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam said at the screening. “These mosquito nets cost only five cents apiece. If all the children of Africa slept under mosquito nets, a quarter of a million children would not die every year.”
It wasn’t easy, but the Pittsburgh Penguins kept their bid for a second-consecutive Stanley Cup alive on Thursday night, surviving the surprising Ottawa Senators with a double-overtime win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. On paper, there was little reason to think the Sens would pose much of a threat to the defending champs, let alone take them into the 85th minute of Game 7. But that’s the way things have been for Pittsburgh all playoffs long.Chris Kunitz’s game-winning goal saved Pittsburgh from what would have been the biggest conference-finals upset since 1996, when the Florida Panthers knocked off a very different version of the Penguins. According to Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), Pittsburgh ranked fourth in the league during the regular season (0.59 goals per game better than average), while Ottawa ranked a distant 18th (0.01 goals per game below average).1In 1996, the Pens ranked third and the Panthers ranked eighth, though the gap between the two teams — 0.6 goals — was just as big as the gap between Pittsburgh and Ottawa this season.It was the second series in a row that Pittsburgh has been taken the distance by its opponent, after Washington pushed them to seven games in the conference semifinal. To their credit, the Penguins weathered each onslaught; they even outgunned the Sens by 45 combined shots in the East final, including 49 over the series’ final four games. But Pittsburgh has also been living dangerously. Its even-strength possession metrics over the entire playoffs are not as good as they were during last year’s run to the Cup final, nor do they compare well with the postseason numbers of the Penguins’ upcoming opponent, the Nashville Predators.The Preds didn’t play particularly great hockey during the regular season — they ranked 13th in SRS (in part because brilliant defenseman P.K. Subban missed 16 games with an injury). But they’ve saved their best work for the playoffs, where they rank second in possession rate (Pittsburgh is 12th out of 16 teams) and first in SRS2Playoff SRS is calculated by adjusting each team’s playoff goal differential for the regular-season SRS ratings of the teams they’ve played, with a home-ice advantage adjustment to account for where each game was played. (Pittsburgh is second). Pittsburgh was better in the regular season, but Nashville’s been the hotter team of late.So which situation would you rather be in, heading into next week’s series? Intuition might say it’s better to be the comparatively less worn-down Preds, rolling with the more impressive postseason stats. But history suggests otherwise. Going back to 1988,3The earliest season of data in Hockey-Reference’s indispensable game finder tool. there have been 14 cases in which one Stanley Cup finalist had the better regular-season SRS, but its opponent had the superior SRS in the playoffs leading up to the final.414 other times, SRS from both the regular season and postseason agreed who the better team was; those clear favorites won their series 79 percent of the time. Of those, the better regular-season team won the Cup nine times (64 percent). And that’s not even considering that the Penguins’ regular-season edge was slightly wider than the typical favorite’s, or that they’ll have home-ice advantage in the final.If we’ve learned anything about the Penguins these playoffs, it’s that they rarely make things easy. (And if we’ve learned anything about the NHL since 1998, it’s that repeating as a champion is really hard.) But a grueling, complicated postseason run isn’t necessarily a handicap in the Stanley Cup Final, if you’ve had a championship track record all season long.
London teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racist attack on April 22, 1993, aged 18Credit:Stephen Lawrence family A high profile ethnic minority recipient of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours says that while the diversity of those recognised has improved it has made little difference to the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young people.This year’s honours includes one of the highest number of ethnic minority people in recent years – at 10.4 per cent of the total – with awards going to campaigners against racism, female genital mutilation and job discrimination.The range of awards to Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals is understood to reflect outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May’s determination that the honours system should “remove barriers to success and work to tackle discrimination”.But Sonia Watson, the chief executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, has criticised the lack of social mobility in Britain, saying that ethnic minority youngsters are still being excluded from top jobs and professions.Ms Watson, who receives an OBE for services to diversity in architecture, told The Telegraph: “It’s certainly encouraging that more BAME people are being recognised, compared to a decade ago, but statistically very little has changed.“We’re still not getting young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those from ethnic minorities, into play. They are still not getting a seat at the table.” Ms Watson works through the trust set up in the name of the murdered London teenager to help disadvantaged BAME youngsters fulfill his dream of becoming an architect.But she points out that less than a quarter of board members of FTSE 100 companies are women, and less than seven per cent come from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds.At the same time black graduates are around twice as likely as white graduates to be unemployed and only 1 in 15 people in a management position are from BAME backgrounds.Particularly damning is the fact that at the time of his death in 1993 ethnic minority youngsters like Stephen had only a 1 per cent chance of becoming an architect and that figure is now slightly lower.“Something has changed visually in terms of more ethnic minority people like me being recognised, and that is welcome, but the reality on the ground is very poor when it comes to people’s opportunities. We have a lot of work to do,” added Ms Watson. “With the help of everybody in this country we’ll start to see the real change that Stephen wanted to inspire.”Others from an ethnic minority to be recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours include Nimco Ali and Leyla Hussein, who receive OBEs for their work at the forefront of the global campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM). Nimco Ali, who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to tackling FGM and gender inequalityCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Holocaust survivors George Hans Vulkan, Ernest Simon, Walter Kammerling and Ruzena Levy, at the Jewish Museum LondonCredit:Yui Mok/PA Ms Ali and Dr Hussein, who are of Somali origin, both suffered FGM at an early age and have dedicated themselves to ending the practice and encouraging women to take the lead in speaking out against it.Dr Hussein, the global ambassador for the UK aid funded The Girl Generation, which is helping to build an African led movement against FGM, said: “FGM is not a cultural or religious practice, it is actually violence against women to stop them experiencing pleasure.“I hope other places around the world will see the government funding and recognition our organisations receive as a great example.”Ms Ali who set up the UK’s first FGM helpline with the NSPCC, pointed out that 147,000 women in the UK had suffered FGM, adding: “I’m proud to be Somalian, I’m proud to be British, I’m proud to be Muslim. FGM has no part in those cultures. I’m honoured to receive this [OBE] on behalf of those African women who are fighting FGM.”Also recognised is Simon Woolley, the founder of Operation Black Vote, who receives a knighthood for his work in encouraging BAME communities to take more part in the political process; Cush Jumbo, the star of The Good Wife, who receives an MBE; and Chris Ramsey, who receives an MBE for services to football and diversity in sport.Mr Ramsay’s work as a coach with Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and England’s under-20 and under-17 squads paved the pay for other black coaches in the game. But he warned that the racism he experienced as a footballer in the late 70s and 80s “has never gone away”.’Time to honour all Holocaust survivors’ All those who survived the horrors of the Holocaust should be honoured before it is too late, a leading campaigner has said after seven survivors were named in the birthday honours list.Walter Kammerling, 95, Ernest Simon, 89, Gabrielle Keenaghan, 92, Ruzena Levy, 89, Ann and Bob Kirk, 90 and 94, and George Hans Vulkan, 89, will all receive British Empire medals for their dedication to Holocaust remembrance and education, which has seen them tell their painful stories to more than 100,000 schoolchildren around the country. Other survivors have been recognised in the past, but with many now frail and elderly there is an urgency to the need to make sure all are honoured, particularly at a time of “rising anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and hate”, said Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust.The number of direct Holocaust survivors still alive in Britain is now estimated by the trust to be in the “low hundreds”.Ms Pollock said: “Though smaller in number, there are still survivors who continue to share their testimony, they work hard to educate about the holocaust, who have yet to receive national recognition, and I hope that they too will be rightly recognised while we still can.”It is my view that all survivors who have not yet been recognised for their efforts should be.”Mrs Levy, 89, who survived the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland as a teenager, continues to speak in schools despite suffering nightmares every time she shares her memories of the ordeal.She said: “It all makes me suffer, by the fact that I think about it too much beforehand and certainly relive it afterward, but I’m glad to do it, I get very good feedback from children, lovely letters and reports from teachers (about) how much good it has done, and that is satisfying.”The 89-year-old, who now lives in Golders Green, north London, added: “The honour is a great surprise and appreciated by me and my family, and I’m proud for them.”Mrs Levy’s daughter, Shelley, 56, said: “She feels that it’s very, very important and she’s running out of time, and she needs to make the most of every day and talk when she can.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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The family of a six-year-old Abrams Creek Primary School student who fell into the Pomeroon River, Region Two, and drowned, is calling for a proper investigation to be carried out into the incident.The young grieving parents of Ramesh Khanai, a Grade One student of Abrams Creek, Upper Pomeroon River is receiving the legal assistance of former Attorney General Anil Nandlall.The father of the child, Doodnauth Khanai, claims that his son was at school when the incident occurred.As such he is alleging that the drowning may have resulted due to negligence on the part of the teachers at the school entrusted with his care.The distraught father visited the former AG’s office earlier today (Tuesday) who was able to get a letter dispatched to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) seeking an inquest.Speaking with this news agency, Nandlall explained that neither the Education Ministry nor the Social Protection Ministry has reached out to the parents of the dead child.The attorney said that based on the facts that were presented to him, the incident happened as a result of negligence. Khanai fell into the Pomeroon river about 11:45h on Thursday, July 12 when he went to wash his feet in the river which runs along the front of his school.Efforts to make contact with the school’s administration for a comment on the matter proved futile. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related6-year-old Pomeroon student reportedly drowns in river near schoolJune 13, 2018In “Crime”Body of drowned Abrams Creek boat builder recoveredSeptember 20, 2018In “Crime”Essequibo mechanic chops wife, then attempts suicideApril 19, 2017In “Crime”