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Ind vs Aus 1st Test: India have the edge on Day 1

first_imgIndia paceman Umesh Yadav went full throttle even as old warhorse Zaheer Khan made a slow start but managed to silence his critics during the India vs Australia Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday. Score | PhotosIt was due to their combined effort during Day 1 of Ind vs Aus Test that the Aussies were reeling on 205/5 before lower-order batsmen Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin made amends to push the Australia total to 277/6 at stumps.Together Yadav (3) and Zaheer (2) scalped five wickets between them with R Ashwin claiming the last wicket of the day in the form of debutant Ed Cowan, who made a fine 68 at the top of the heap.No doubt the Aussie total of 277/6 looks respectable at a glance, but considering that their bowlers are inexperienced and lack the firepower, the visitors very much fancy their chances at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Electing to bat the hosts didn’t get the sort of opening they would have desired as India pacer Umesh Yadav got rid of opener David Warner and an over later sent one-down batsman Shaun Marsh packing on a duck to reduce the Aussies to 46/2.Later former Aus skipper Ricky Ponting and opener Ed Cowan combined to provide the much-needed stability before rains stopped play minutes before lunch when the score was 68/2.An hour later the covers were removed and match resumed with Ponting and Test debutant Cowan batting steadily to negate the effects of the adverse weather conditions. As the weather conditions improved the two started batting at ease even as the Indians continued to bowl a probing line.advertisementSoon the former Aussie skipper Ponting completed his half-century in style off R Ashwin’s turner. No wonder the man wanted to put to rest all voices that demanded his ouster. He was well supported by southpaw Cowan, who too completed his half-century a little later.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni utilised a pacer and a spinner in tandem to break Ponting and Cowan’s stand, but his efforts came a cropper looked at ease and batted with confidence. Interestingly, their 100-plus stand didn’t see a single aerial shot being played.But eventually Dhoni’s did pay off with Yadav increasing his victims tally to three. An edge off Ponting (62) was nicely lapped up by VVS Laxman in the slips cordon and his 113-run stand with Cowan came to a close as Aussies lost their third wicket on 159. At tea, the hosts were batting on 170/3.The third session saw the Aussie score that was once reeling on 46/2 swell to a good 200-plus. But just when things were settling down for the hosts, Zaheer Khan struck to remove Aussies skipper Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey on consecutive balls to reduce the hosts to 205/5. Zaheer got his first wicket, nice and clean, dislodging Clarke’s stumps but the second one was a bit iffy. Television replays showed that Hussey hadn’t nicked the ball to Dhoni. Unfortunately for Hussey there’s no DRS in this series.Two quick wickets and India were back in thick of things and that’s when offie R Ashwin, who was bowling in tandem with Zaheer struck to send dangerman Cowan back to the pavilion. An edge off his turner was cleanly taken by Dhoni and the man was walking back after a fine 68 and Australia were looking in bad shape with 214/6 on board.Finally Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin added 63 runs for the sixth wicket to push Australia’s total to 277/6. The two were unbeaten at close.last_img read more

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Report: PSG 2 Strasbourg 0

first_imgNeymar provided Paris Saint-Germain with an injury scare after hobbling off having appeared to twist his right foot in the 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg.PSG’s 9-0 thrashing of Guingamp on Saturday was soured by midfielder Marco Verratti suffering a sprained left ankle, and Neymar sustained a problem in their latest success.The Brazil forward received treatment for an issue seemingly sustained after a challenge from Strasbourg midfielder Moataz Zemzemi and, though Neymar returned to the pitch, he withdrew himself in the 62nd minute and was consoled as he made his way down the tunnel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Thomas Tuchel’s side had been 1-0 up at the time thanks to Edinson Cavani’s early goal, and Angel Di Maria’s 80th-minute volley made sure of their progress to the last 16.GOAL! 2-0! Angel Di Maria makes it two! #PSGRCSA#ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/s1Hxd2zP5T— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) January 23, 2019PSG went ahead inside four minutes, Cavani placing home after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gathered Thiago Silva’s long ball.After going close with a pair of free-kicks, Neymar somehow poked wide in front of an open goal after sliding to reach Di Maria’s squared pass.Cavani’s downward header from a corner was clawed away by Matz Sels, who kept out Neymar’s effort and saw Di Maria’s follow-up attempt hit the post before half-time.Neymar’s eventful evening continued when he suffered his apparent injury when trying to fend off Zemzemi, who attempted to tackle the Brazilian three times before the referee’s whistle went.The PSG forward was unhappy with the rough treatment meted out and got a form of revenge when he flicked the ball over the Strasbourg midfielder before firing wide from the resultant set piece.However, Neymar left the pitch shortly after and his evening ended with 28 minutes still to play.It appeared to have an adverse effect on Tuchel’s men, who barely created anything until Di Maria reached Julian Draxler’s back-post cross to make sure of the win 10 minutes from time.That killed off any hope of a Strasbourg fightback and also allowed Tuchel to introduce Jese Rodriguez from the bench for his first PSG appearance since December 2016. What does it mean? PSG left with Neymar fearsNeymar sustained his injury with less than three weeks to go until the first leg of PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United. A fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle suffered last February ensured he missed the rest of the domestic season. A similar period on the sidelines would be a significant blow to PSG’s continental hopes.No Mbappe … then no Neymar, no problem.Tuchel opted to leave Kylian Mbappe out of his matchday squad and even after Neymar came off his team still had plenty of firepower. Di Maria looked the most dangerous throughout and got his reward when Draxler picked him out at the back post to score the second with 10 minutes to go.Zemzemi endures night to forgetHe may have injured Neymar but Zemzemi was made to look foolish when the PSG forward responded by flicking the ball over his head moments later. Moreover, it was Zemzemi’s dreadful clearance that allowed the home side to score their second and clinch the tie.What’s next?Ligue 1 leaders PSG, who are 13 points clear with two games in hand, may be without Neymar when they entertain Rennes on Sunday before a trip to Lyon. Fifth-placed Strasbourg will hope to get back to winning ways in the first of back-to-back games against Bordeaux.  read morelast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Juventus after 9 years at Real Madrid

first_imgJuventus FC have agreed to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, the Spanish giants announced through an official statement.The deal is believed to go ahead for a fee of above 100 million euros and will be payable over two years.Ronaldo, who was reportedly unhappy with president Florentino Perez and the treatment of the Portuguese star, had dropped a hint after the Champions League final in Kiev this year that he might be on the move.It was believed that Ronaldo was unhappy with Real president for not keeping his promises and was finally ready to move on.”Real Madrid C.F. communicates that, in response to the will and request expressed by the player Cristiano Ronaldo, he has agreed to transfer to Juventus FC.”Today, Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.”Beyond the conquered titles, the trophies achieved and the triumphs achieved in the playing fields during these 9 years, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and improvement,” said Real Madrid’s official statement.”For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of his great symbols and a unique reference for the next generations. Real Madrid will always be your home,” it added. Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won 4 Champions League trophies with them (Reuters Photo)Moments after lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy by helping Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final in May, Ronaldo appeared to suggest he had already decided to leave the club this year, telling a reporter on the pitch at Kiev’s NSC Olympic Stadium: “It was beautiful to play for Real Madrid.”advertisementThe five-times world player of the year has had several fallouts with his club and on several occasions indicated that he would leave.However, a move to Juventus was out of cards as a return to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain was believed to be more likely. But, the former United player decided to quit the sunny shores of Spain and join Turin instead of a dull and rainy Manchester.Few days back, Ronaldo’s agent had told Portuguese media that the player would be “eternally grateful” to Real Madrid if he ends up leaving the European champion.Jorge Mendes was quoted as saying in Portuguese newspaper Record that Ronaldo would always be grateful to “the club, the president, the directors, the medical staff, all the workers without exception and all the Madrid fans around the world.”Mendes was quoted by Record last Thursday as saying that “if that happens, it will be just a new phase and a new challenge in his brilliant career.”And, it has finally happened. A vendor adjusts a Juventus’ jersey with the name of Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited in his shop in Turin (Reuters Photo)He is all set to wear his famous No. 7 jersey and will be unveiled in the upcoming days by the Old Lady.News of him moving to Italy broke out just after Portugal crashed out of the World Cup 2018 in the round of 16 after losing to Uruguay.While, many people were shocked by the news of him moving to Juventus, shares of the Italian club were up 5.5 percent at 0.865 Euros, after a session high of 0.8995 Euros. The stock kept rising in the upcoming days.Many have raised questions about Juventus’ ability to pull off such an astronomical deal because of the transfer fee and player salary involved but a Milan-based trader pointed to the potential gain from a merchandise point of view. He said that Real Madrid has sold 750 thousand jerseys of Ronaldo alone and there is no sign of that changing even at Juventus.In February, Juventus said it forecast to end the 2017-18 financial year, ending in June 2018, with a loss after posting half-year revenues at 290 million Euros and a profit down to 43.3 million Euros. Ronaldo joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds (Reuters Photo)Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world-record fee of 80 million pounds ($106 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top-scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.last_img read more

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21 days agoTottenham to compete with Man Utd for Leicester midfielder James Maddison

first_imgTottenham to compete with Man Utd for Leicester midfielder James Maddisonby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will compete with Manchester United for the signature of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison.Christan Eriksen looks set to leave Tottenham after refusing to sign a new contract, having made it clear during the summer that he wanted to find a new club, says the Daily Star.The Danish midfielder is in the final year of his contract and so can leave for nothing next summer – meaning Spurs will likely look to cash in on him in the January transfer window.And Leicester City ace Maddison , who has just been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, has been identified as the perfect replacement.But Tottenham will face competition for the 22-year-old, who does not have a buy-out clause in his contract, with United believed to be confident of completing a £60m deal to take him to Old Trafford. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Sehwags wife says biz allies forged signatures for loans

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag’s wife Aarti has accused her business partners of forging her signatures to avail a loan of Rs 4.5 crore, police said on Saturday. Aarti Sehwag, a partner in SMGK Agro, alleged that her partners in the firm took a loan of Rs 4.5 crore from Lakhanpal Promoters and Builders Pvt Ltd by forging signatures and later defaulted on payments.In her complaint, Aarti has alleged that the two partners influenced the other company by using her husband’s name. “It was alleged in the complaint that the accused did everything without any consent and knowledge of the complainant. The accused also forged the complainant’s signatures and later defaulted on payment,” said a senior police officer. Both the accused had also issued two postdated cheques to the firm from which they took the loan. The firm then took the case to court following which the complainant came to know about the loan and later found out that her signatures have been forged, police said.last_img read more

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BJP will not come back to power CM

first_imgBankura/Purulia/Kharagpur: Accusing Narendra Modi of talking nonsense as he is suffering from fear of defeat, Trinamool Congress supremo said the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23, the day when the Lok Sabha election result is declared.Addressing a mammoth rally in Bankura on Thursday afternoon, she clearly indicated that BJP will not come back to power in Delhi and said: “Modi is talking nonsense as he is suffering from the fear of defeat and the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt Purulia, Banerjee challenged Modi to prove that his party leaders are involved with the coal mafia as alleged by him. “The Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) guards the coal mines which are under the Ministry of Coal and BJP leaders are its agents. Instead of blaming them, Modi is blaming us. If he can prove that any of my leaders are involved in the matter, I will withdraw the candidature of 42 candidates but if he fails to prove his allegation, he will have to tender apology and do 100 sit-ups holding his ears.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn Bankura, Banerjee alleged that to please Modi, seven-phase elections are being held in Bengal. “It is impossible to bear the heat but still polls are being conducted so that Modi can come and address election rallies. He is least bothered about the people who are suffering from unbearable heat and incredible stressful conditions.” Banerjee said that BJP had used power to hold Modi’s meeting in Bankura. “There are 50 owners of the land and out of them only 17 had allowed the party to hold the meeting. BJP used force to hold the rally at the venue,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Modi had influenced police to get clean chit in Godhra and Gujarat riot incidents.” She also alleged that BJP workers threw chairs and bottles at the police. “Modi babu, this is your culture and not ours. Such incidents do not happen in the meetings of Trinamool Congress leaders,” she said. Banerjee added: “He does not know about our culture and heritage. He says that I do not allow Durga Puja in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held and more than one crore Saraswati Pujas are organised throughout Bengal. He is so shameless that he does not do any homework before addressing the election meetings.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees Subrata Mukherjee, former state minister for Panchayats and Rural Development in Bankura and Mriganka Mahato in Purulia. “Your one vote will help Trinamool to consolidate its position in Delhi and help to form a stable, secular and pro-development government.” Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his Banerjee as a “Bengal tigress” and said she had “taught a lesson” to the Prime Minister. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief attended her election rally in Kharagpur in support of her party’s Lok Sabha candidate Manas Bhunia.last_img read more

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Tesla posts small 4Q profit tougher times ahead

DETROIT — Tesla eked out a small fourth-quarter profit to close 2018, but a debt payment and slowing demand for pricier versions of its vehicles will make it hard to stay in the black.Palo Alto, California-based Tesla posted net income of $139.48 million, or 78 cents per share, from October through December. It posted two straight quarterly net profits for the first time since going public in 2010.Excluding one-time items, Tesla made $2 per share, falling short of Wall Street expectations. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $2.20.For the full year, the company lost $976.09 million, or $5.72 per share. Without one-time items, the loss was $1.33 per share, better than estimates of $1.24.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

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UNs Liberia mission calls for immediate investigation into possible sexual abuse

“The UN Mission in Liberia has requested the Office of Internal Oversight Services to conduct an immediate investigation, following the Mission’s receipt of information suggesting that some of its personnel have been involved in sexual exploitation and abuse,” Michele Montas told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.“The UN is deeply concerned by this development and wishes to reiterate its determination to take action against any of its personnel who are found to have committed any act of sexual exploitation or abuse.”The world body maintains a zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and has worked to stamp it out wherever it occurs, whether in the various UN headquarters worldwide or perpetrated by any of the nearly 200,000 people from well over 100 countries that rotate through its peacekeeping missions every year.This latest move by the UN in Liberia comes a day after the world body agreed with the Government of Sudan to set up a joint task force to deal with the issue there, which in turn followed recent media reports of abuses by UN peacekeepers in southern Sudan.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other top officials have declared that any form of sexual exploitation will not be tolerated and the UN has set up conduct units in all of its major peacekeeping operations to address the problem. 19 January 2007The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has called for an immediate internal investigation after receiving information about possible sexual exploitation by some of its staff, a UN spokesperson said today. read more

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Urgent action sought to stop execution of 13 in Sri Lanka

“Please retain Sri Lanka’s positive death penalty record and establish a moratorium on all executions with a view to abolish the death penalty entirely,” the appeal said. Amnesty says there is completely secrecy around the dates identities of the prisoners who are expected to be imminently executed.“No information about their case histories has been shared. It is unknown whether the individuals had fair trials, access to lawyers or whether they were able to engage in a meaningful clemency process,”Amnesty said. Urgent action has been sought to stop the execution of 13 convicts in Sri Lanka.Amnesty International made an urgent appeal today to request President Maithripala Sirisena to reconsider his decision to hang 13 prisoners, and commute their sentences. After 43 years without using the death penalty, President Maithripala Sirisena, is reportedly planning to execute prisoners on death row. The last execution in Sri Lanka was in 1976 and Amnesty International says 2019 cannot be the year that the progress is reversed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Experts urge major effort to meet UN millennium goals on maternal child

With inadequate progress being made towards meeting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of slashing maternal and child deaths by 2015, a meeting of experts from around the world has called for a major cooperative effort that could save the lives of 7 million women, newborns and children each year.“Only through coordinated and concerted action and unprecedented resource mobilization at the national and international levels can we hope to meet our commitments by the target year,” health officials, medical professionals and advocates declared at the close of a three-day forum at the weekend in New Delhi, India.Appealing for “strong partnerships that include governments, development partners, donors, civil society, the private sector and others,” the conference declaration called on donors to close an estimated $9 billion annual shortfall in funding for maternal and child health programmes.The underlying theme of the meeting – “Lives in the Balance: The Partnership Meeting on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health” – was the lack of progress many countries have made towards meeting the MDGs on maternal and child deaths, seen as key steps in eliminating extreme poverty, another major MDG set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000.“Cost-effective interventions, if taken to scale worldwide, can prevent close to three-fourths of maternal deaths, and over two-thirds of child deaths,” the declaration said. “Thus, we have – almost within reach – the means to save nearly 7 million lives each year.”To achieve this, countries need to “invest in strengthening health systems, from community to the referral levels,” tailoring programmes to fit national and community needs, and specifically ensuring that they reach and benefit the poor, the marginalized and the underserved.“This has been a very productive and inspiring meeting, one that has taken full advantage of the depth and diversity of experience among the participants,” UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Deputy Executive Director Kunio Waki told the closing session. “Our shared commitment to health and equity has strengthened our mutual determination to redress the shameful and unjust gaps in coverage for mothers, newborns and children.” read more

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Hearings begin in South Dakota on Keystone pipeline construction

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 27, 2015 7:02 am MDT Hearings begin in South Dakota on Keystone pipeline construction The hearings by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission are scheduled to continue until August 4th.The state initially authorized the TransCanada project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn’t start withinfour years.Native American tribes, some landowners and environmental groups are opposing the pipeline because critics fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.The pipeline proposed in 2008 hasn’t received the required approval from U-S President Obama and is also delayed by a Nebraska court case from landowners who oppose it.The Harper government has vigorously lobbied American political leaders to give the project the green light.(The Canadian Press) read more

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In the spring sunshine Open House attendance soared

The final numbers are in, and they confirm what was widely suspected: Record crowds poured into Brock University for Sunday’s Open House, the most important event in the recruitment calendar.In this first year when the annual event moved from late winter to early spring, the backdrop was sunshine, green grass and April flowers as nearly 5,000 prospective students, parents and other guests made the journey from around Niagara, the GTA and southwestern Ontario.Beth Natale, Director of Recruitment, said Sunday’s crowds represent a 12 per cent attendance jump over last year.“The whole campus community stepped up,” said Natale, “and it showed how Brock can work together as a team. Students and parents were having a great experience. They were happy, they were enjoying themselves and they loved the interaction with faculty and students.”She said the enthusiasm was palpable to the more than 400 staff and students who gave up their Sunday to greet visitors, answer questions about degree programs and offer tours of everything from labs and residences to athletics and food facilities. Earlier in the weekend, visitors also toured Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.“Energy levels were off the charts,” said Natale. “People were enjoying themselves, and really getting a sense of what we have to offer.”University Registrar Geraldine Jones said her staff on Sunday had 21 on-the-spot registrations for fall term, an unusual level of commitment on a day when most people are in information-gathering mode.Besides the buzz taking place at the Information Fair in Beddis Gym, where representatives from academic Faculties and campus services fielded questions and distributed materials, the measure of the massive collaborative effort could also be seen in other numbers for the day:17 different presentations given, spanning Academic program/Faculties, Experiential Education, Study Abroad, Financing your Brock Experience and sessions for prospective Graduate students, Grade 10-11 students, and International students;12 Experience Brock opportunities were provided, including a Career Coach demonstration and labs for Nursing, Big Data, Computer Science, Digital Humanities, Archaeology, Applied Health and Lifespan Research;even the Campus Store offered discounts on Brock gear, and by day’s end visitors had bought more than 200 Brock sweatshirts.Rescheduling this year’s Open House from March to April was a strategic move to connect with potential students as they are receiving their offers of admission from Brock and other universities, said Senior Recruitment Officer Matthew Melnyk.“A lot more students are in the frame of mind where they’re making their final decision,” said Melnyk, “so I think our event made a difference. We wanted to make sure we were hitting the sweet spot where they had gotten their offers.”Melnyk said the other benefit of pushing the event until April was much better weather.“It was nice to see tulips instead of snow when we were putting the signs out.”The next big date on the application calendar is April 15, the deadline for incoming students to apply for the OneApp, where a single application allows them to apply for hundreds of awards and bursaries. The OneApp deadline for returning students follows on May 31.Melnyk said the true barometer of success from the spring recruiting season will be after June 1, the deadline for Ontario high school students to accept their offers from the University. read more

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While chaos reigns in Iraq the Kurds want to form an independent

first_img Iraqi security forces celebrate after clashes with followers of Shiite cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi, in front of his home in the Shiite holy city of Karbala. Source: AP Photo/Ahmed al-HusseiniBarzani said Kurdish forces will not pull out from northern territory they occupied after federal security forces withdrew at the beginning of the jihadist offensive, giving them control of areas they want to absorb over Baghdad’s strong objections.Maliki rejected that assertion Wednesday, saying “no one has the right to exploit the events that took place to impose a fait accompli” and that the Kurds’ steps towards self-determination had no constitutional grounding.On the ground, Iraqi forces were struggling to break the stalemate with militants. After wilting in the initial onslaught, they have since performed better but with limited offensive success.Security forces entered Awja, executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s place of birth, after fierce clashes but the government had yet to reclaim the nearby city of Tikrit despite an offensive that has lasted more than a week.The top provincial official has said soldiers were advancing slowly because homes and burnt vehicles on the way into town had been rigged with explosives and bombs were planted along roads.- © AFP, 2014Read: Iran might be helping Iraq to fight ISIS by providing military jets > IRAQ’S KURDS HAVE set the ball rolling for a referendum on their long-held dream of independence, ignoring calls for the nation to unite against rampant jihadists or face “Syria-like chaos”.Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, meanwhile, broadened an amnesty offer aimed at undercutting support for militants who last month conquered Iraq’s second city and large swathes of land which the US top general warned government forces would need help to wrest back.Iraqi Kurdish president Massud Barzani told the autonomous region’s parliament that it should make “preparations to begin to organise a referendum on the right of self-determination”.“It will strengthen our position and will be a powerful weapon in our hands,” he said.The prospect of an independent state is made more attractive by what the Kurds say is Baghdad’s unwillingness to resolve the issue of disputed territory and its late and insufficient budget payments to the region this year.last_img read more

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Machine Operator testifies in Former SG Sabally’s trial

first_imgBy Lamin SanyangSheikh Omar Bah, a ‘Machine Operator’ at the Central Bank of The Gambia yesterday, Wednesday 3rd December, testified in the criminal case of Mr. Momodou Sabally, former Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs who is standing trial before Justice Emmanuel Amadi of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court.  When the matter was called in a crowded courtroom yesterday afternoon, Mr. SH Barkun, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) together with Olimatou Danso appeared for the State while lawyer Antouman Gaye announced his appearance for the defendant (Sabally).The first prosecution witness in his evidence-in- chief introduced himself to the court as Sheikh Omar Bah. He said he lives in Pipeline. He told the court that he is a Machine Operator at the Central Bank and knows the accused person as they worked together at the said bank for many years.The witness informed the court about a car dealer known as Assan Ndoye who was introduced to him by his brother in-law, Sulayman Jatta. He testified that the said car dealer brought two cars from Senegal to sell to the President. He said he contacted the accused (Sabally) who made arrangements to bring the cars to inspect them at his residence at Kerr Sering.“The cars were inspected by him and he asked us to bring them the following day to the State House,” said Sheikh Omar Bah.The Central Bank Machine Operator told the court that the following day, they brought the cars and met with the President at the July 22 Square. He said they were with the President at the July 22 Square till late at night and were asked to bring back the cars the next day. He said the cars were brought back the next day and were directed by the accused person to park them at the garage at State House as the keys were handed over to a soldier who was in-charge of the vehicles.The witness said he remembered that one Mr. Ndoye went to the accused person’s office and when he came out, he told them to leave. He said he asked whether he could give the proposal to Sabally, but Ndoye told him to wait. He adduced that some weeks later he went to the accused person’s office and talk to him about the proposal given to him by Mr. Ndoye. He adduced that the accused told him to hold on because there were lots of papers on his desk.The witness said after sometime, the accused (Sabally) called him at night and said he thought the cars were a donation. He said the accused spoke in an angry tone over the phone; as his boss he needed not to talk when he is talking. He said the accused said he would make sure the cars are returned to Mr. Ndoye.The Central Bank Machine Operator said it is not to his knowledge whether the cars were returned to Mr. Ndoye or not. He insisted that the car dealer told him that the cars were for sale and not donation.At this juncture, the state prosecutor asked the witness whether he has anything to tell the court apart from what he already said in his evidence in chief. The witness, however, started to say he felt sorry for the accused person, but was interrupted by the state prosecutor. He then said he has nothing to say except that the accused person (Sabally) was his former boss.The matter was adjourned till today, Thursday 4th December, for continuation of cross examination.                                                           ]]>last_img read more

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Mirpur slum fire hurts woman burns hundreds of shanties

first_imgHundreds of shanties burnt to ashes as a fire breaks out in Elias Mollah slum in city`s Mirpur-12. Photo: Prothom Alo Mirpur slum fire hurts woman, burns hundreds of shantiesAt least one woman sustained injuries and hundreds of shanties were gutted after a fire broke out in a slum in Mirpur-12 early Monday.The slum, known as Elias Mollah slum, caught fire around 3:00am.On information, 23 firefighting units rushed to the slum and doused the blaze at 7:20am after more than four hours of frantic efforts, according to fire service officials and locals.Fire Service and Civil Defence director (operation and maintenance) major AKM Shakil Newaz told Prothom Alo, ”We have so far heard that one woman has been injured in the incident. She has been rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment.”Hundreds of shanties burnt to ashes as a fire breaks out in Elias Mollah slum in city`s Mirpur-12. Photo: Prothom Alo Mirpur slum fire hurts woman, burns hundreds of shantiesThe identity of the victim could not be confirmed yet.Local member of the parliament (MP) Elias Ali Mollah said most of the shanties in the slum were burnt to ashes.Around 25,000 people used to live in some 7,000-8,000 shanties in the slum.The reason of the fire, however, could not be known immediately.last_img
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India says doesnt want further escalation after Pakistan strikes

first_imgSushma SwarajIndia wants to avoid any “further escalation of the situation” after conducting air strikes against militant camps in Pakistan territory, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday.She stressed during a visit to China that “no military installations were targeted” in the air raid, describing the operation as a “preemptive strike” to prevent another attack in India by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group.A Reuters report on 26 February says quoting an Indian spokesperson, India and Pakistan troops exchanged gunfire across the border in the disputed region of Kashmir on Tuesday after Indian jets carried out air strikes inside Pakistan.“At about 6:30 pm Indian Standard Time, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector and Indian troops gave befitting reply,” the defence spokesman said.Tensions are running high between the nuclear rivals after the cross border air raid.According to NDTV, all government and private schools located within 5 kilometres of the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district will remain closed on 27 February as Pakistani troops fired mortar shells at several areas hours after the Indian Air Force bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.last_img read more