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Short News BJP rigging EVMs to win elections: Shiv Sena

Mumbai : The Shiv Sena on Friday accused its estranged ally BJP of rigging EVMs to win elections and claimed that people do not trust the current method of polling anymore. The recovery of “fake” voter ID cards in Bengaluru show how the electoral process in Karnataka has touched a new low, the Sena said. The southern state goes to polls tomorrow and the results will be declared on May 15. “(PM Narendra) Modi talks about ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. But although the Congress is coming to an end, its thoughts are not dying. The BJP is trying to finish the Congress by imbibing the qualities of that party,” the Sena said in an editorial in its mouth piece ‘Saamana’. “Ahead of the Karnataka elections, 10,000 fake voter ID cards were recovered from a flat in Bengaluru.

No plans to retire from politics, hints Mallikarjun Kharge Karnataka : Congress veteran M Mallikarjun Kharge has indicated he has no plans to retire from politics for now and that he would accept any role assigned by the party central leadership. His comments ahead of the Karnataka assembly elections assume significance as the Congress has not named a chief ministerial candidate even though it has projected incumbent Siddaramaiah as the face of its campaign. The party has been maintaining that the issue of chief ministership would be dealt with later.

Biplab Deb says Rabindranath Tagore rejected Nobel prize to protest British atrocities

Agartala : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb came in for fresh criticism after he said Rabindranath Tagore had rejected his Nobel prize in protest against the British government. The opposition was quick to react to the chief minister’s folly. Tagore never returned the Nobel Prize for Literature, which was conferred on him for his work ‘Gitanjali’ in 1913. He had renounced the British Knighthood in 1919 in protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Speaking in Bengali at a programme in Gomati district on the occasion of Tagore’s birthday on Wednesday, the chief minister had said, “Rabindranath Tagore not only rejected the Nobel Prize in protest against the British government, but also got Biswosrestho (world’s best) award for Gitanjali.

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Narendra Modi in Nepal PM Modi said, "I am glad to be here in Janakpur. I am here to pay respects to King Janak and Mata Janaki. I thank the PM of Nepal Shri Oli for accompanying me during this visit to Janakpur."

PM Modi says Nepal at top in India’s Neighbourhood First policy, announces Rs 100 cr package to develop Janakpur

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Nepal, on Friday along with his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated a direct bus service between Janakpur and Ayodhya, a move that connects Lord Rama’s birthplace Ayodhya with goddess Sita’s birthplace Janakpur. The move is a part of “Ramayan Tourism Circuit” theme, which promises to boost the tourism sector, both in Nepal and India. PM Modi, speaking during the launch, termed the move as ‘historic’ and highlighted the religious significance of the two ancient cities. He said, “India and Nepal will work towards building ‘Ramayan’ circuit between both the countries. This will act as foundation for strong people to people contact between the two nations.” He added, “I am glad to be here in Janakpur. I am here to pay respects to King Janak and Mata Janaki. I thank the PM of Nepal Shri Oli for accompanying me during this visit to Janakpur.”

The Prime Minister flagged off the bus service after offering prayers at the Janaki temple, dedicated it to Hindu goddess Sita. Thousands of people had gathered outside the temple premises and special arrangements were made to welcome the Indian Prime Minister. Overwhelmed with the arrangements, PM Modi said, “Today’s welcome in Nepal shows the affection the people of Nepal have towards the people of India.” With the Indo-Nepal bus service launch, the Indian government has identified 15 destinations in India for development under the Ramayana Circuit theme namely Ayodhya, Nandigram, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh), Sitamarhi, Buxar and Darbhanga (Bihar), Chitrakoot (Madhya Pradesh), Mahendragiri (Odisha), Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), Nashik and Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), Hampi (Karnataka) and Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu).

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Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking probe into Sridevi’s death

New Delhi : A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Friday dismissed a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of actor Sridevi. Petitioner Sunil Singh, in his plea, raised doubts over the circumstances surrounding her death. He alleged that there were insurance policies taken out in her name in Oman, which would be payable only if she died in the United Arab Emirates. He moved the apex court after the Delhi High Court had on March 9 refused to entertain his PIL to probe her death, saying authorities in India and Dubai had already looked into the incident. On February 24, Sridevi died of “accidental drowning” in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness. According to Dubai-based Gulf News, the actor was under the influence of alcohol when she fell into the bathtub and drowned. Her body was embalmed at Al Maktoum Hospital Mortuary before it was released for transportation to Mumbai. The actor was in Oman to attend a wedding in the Kapoor family.

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IT dept files charge-sheets against Chidambarams under Black Money Act

Chennai : The Income Tax department on Friday filed four charge-sheets against former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, his wife Nalini, son Karti and daughter-in-law Srinidhi under the Black Money Act for allegedly not disclosing their foreign assets. The charge-sheets or prosecution complaints have been filed by the department before a special court in Chennai under Section 50 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, officials said. Nalini Chidambaram, Karti and Srinidhi have been charged for allegedly not disclosing, either partly or fully, immovable assets like the one at Cambridge in the UK worth Rs 5.37 crore, property worth Rs 80 lakh in the same country and asset worth Rs 3.28 crore in the US, they said. The charge-sheets claimed that the Chidambarams “did not disclose” these investments to the

The Supreme Court Collegium also decided to recommend names of other judges for elevation to the top court. The next meeting has been slated for May 16.

SC collegium unanimously agrees in principle to reiterate Justice Joseph’s name

New Delhi : Supreme Court Collegium on Friday unanimously agreed in principle to reiterate the recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph as an apex court judge. The Collegium, comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, made the decision during an hour-long meeting which was held after the recommendation was returned by the Centre. Besides this, the Collegium also decided to recommend names of other judges for elevation to the top court. On May 2, the Collegium had discussed the matter of elevation of judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh “in view of the concept of fair representation”. “The Chief Justice and other members of the Collegium have, on principle, unanimously agreed

that the recommendation for appointment of Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court [Parent High Court: Kerala] as a Judge of the Supreme Court should be reiterated,” the Collegium, in a resolution, said. It added, “However,

the said reiteration should also be accompanied by the recommendation of the names of Chief Justices of High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, for which detailed discussion is required.The next meeting has been slated

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for May 16. “In view of the aforesaid, the meeting stands deferred for being held at 4.15 PM on Wednesday, May 16, 2018,” it said. It was four months ago, at its meeting on January 10, that the Collegium consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the senior-most judge in the apex court Justice J Chelameswar and Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph had decided unanimously to recommend the names of Justice K M Thomas and (then senior advocate) Indu Malhotra to the Supreme Court. On April 26, the government returned for reconsideration the collegium’s recommendation to elevate Justice K M Joseph but notified the appointment of Malhotra as a judge. It was Justice Joseph who had struck down the Centre’s bid to impose President’s rule in Uttarakhand.

tax authority as also by the firm co-owned by Karti– Chess Global Advisory, in violation of the black money law. The law was brought by the Modi government in 2015 as part of its drive against black money and to prosecute those Indians who have secretly stashed illicit wealth abroad. The department had recently issued notices to Karti and his family members in the case which he had challenged before the Madras High Court. Karti had refused to join the probe stating that he had already submitted the details of the asset and related transactions undertaken last year to another tax authority, and that “parallel proceedings” cannot take place against an individual under the same law. The writ petition was later quashed by the high court. Officials said the charge-sheet has been filed as the investigation of the case had reached its “logical conclusion” and thus it could be presented before the court.

GSEB 12th result 2018: At 73%, Gujarat records lowest Class XII Science success in 5 years Ahmedabad : The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) declared the results for Class 12 science stream on Thursday. With 72.99 per cent students having cleared the board examination this year, there has been a dip of around 8.9 per cent — the lowest recorded in the last five years (2012-2017) when the semester system was in place — in the pass percentage as compared to last year when 81.89 per cent students had passed the exams.While 74.91 per cent girls cleared the exams, for boys the pass percentage was 71.84 per cent. Unlike in 2016-2017, when the boys broke the previous records

and outshone girls though only by a narrow gap of 0.46 per cent, this year, the girls retained their numero uno position by a margin of 3.07 per cent Last year, the pass percentage of girls recorded 81.60 per cent against boys who secured a higher pass percentage of 82.06 per cent. Incidentally, this is the first session after a gap of five years that students appeared as per the annual examination system which replace the semester system. In 2017, the last batch of students cleared their higher secondary under the semester system. In 20162017, the concluding year of the semester system, the overall pass percentage was 81.89 per cent.

Karnataka Assembly elections 2018: Here is Former Maharashtra ATS chief Himanshu Roy commits suicide in Mumbai what Congress is complaining about to EC

New Delhi : Less than 24 hours before Karnataka begins voting, Congress leaders on Thursday met the Election Commission over a video clip purportedly showing BJP candidate B Sriramulu trying to a bribe a former chief justice of India’s relative. A delegation comprising party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, former UPA minister Kapil Sibal, and senior leaders RPN Singh and Motilal Vohra arrived at the Nirvachan Sadan earlier today to meet the Election Commissioner of India (ECI). On Thursday, the party

released two videos dating back to 2010. The video purportedly shows Karnataka BJP leaders B Sriramulu and G Janardhana Reddy in talks of bribery with a former Chief Justice of India’s (CJI) relative. The video was

played on Kannada media channels. Referring to the video, the Congress has submitted a written complaint to the ECI. – “This clear-cut evidence relates to grave corrupt practices including attempting to bribe

a Supreme Court judge.” The party adds that even a cursory view of the video makes a “clearcut” case for the cancellation of Sriramulu’s candidature for both seats being contested by him. – The party has complained that the video shows the son-in-law of a former CJI in conversation with three other people – Janardhan Reddy, Captain Reddy, and Swamiji – and that the discussions between them relate to bribing the former CJI relative to secure a favourable judgment from the SC in the Reddy brothers case.

Mumbai : Maharashtra Additional Director General of Police Himanshu Roy, who handled several high profile cases, committed suicide Friday at his south Mumbai house by shooting himself with a licensed revolver. Police said Roy (54), who was battling bone cancer and had a relapse, was on sick leave since 2016 and had visited the United States for treatment. According to the police, Roy shot himself with his revolver at his residence — Suniti building in Nariman Point — while he was alone in his bedroom around 1 pm. His wife, Bhawna was in the adjoining room. On hearing the gunshot, his wife and staff including his driver and operator rushed to his bedroom and took him to the Bombay Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. In a one-page suicide

note he left behind, Roy allegedly said that he was ending his life as he was depressed due to his illness. An officer from the Cuffe Parade police station said, “Roy woke up in the morning and went about his routine. He had breakfast, as usual. After taking his medicine he went back to sleep and woke up for lunch and sat in his bedroom. Minutes later his wife heard the gunshot.”


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The Jinnah portrait controversy as a 'non-issue'? It is, indeed, nice to know in the context of the Jinnah portrait in AMU Students' Union office that the sandstone Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry building has its original foundation stone intact, encased in a glass frame, stating that it was laid by Mahatma Gandhi. The building, at that time, was known as the Karachi Indian Merchants' Association. There are also a number of other buildings nearby, built by the city's former Hindu residents, that still retain their original Hindu names. But a bronze statue of Gandhi, installed by the Karachi Indian Merchants' Association, was pulled down during riots in 1950. Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria was, last week, reported to have taken a selfie in front of the foundation stone. According to reports, refusing to be drawn into the controversy regarding the Jinnah portrait, Bisaria, however, stressed the need to respect leaders of both nations. While the high commissioner's sentiment needs endorsement, any comparison between Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed Ali Jinnah is eminently avoidable. Gandhi stood for uniting people; Jinnah had insisted on Partition. He cannot be absolved of the blame for all the bloody consequences of his actions. AMU vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor has described the Jinnah portrait controversy as a "non-issue" pointing out that the portrait of Pakistan's founder is also present in Bombay High Court, the Sabarmati Ashram and the Nehru Museum. He is certainly right in calling it a non-issue, but there is a difference between the two instances. The Bombay High Court Museum exhibits Jinnah's barrister certificate with a portrait of his. Jinnah was very much a part of the high court and the exhibits can be considered a matter of routine. Similarly, Jinnah's association with Sabarmati Ashram and Nehru Museum is rooted in the history of the Independence movement. But the case of the AMU portrait is different. During his time, Jinnah had a mostly tenuous relationship with AMU and its faculty, as well as alumni. It was only after the launch of the Khilafat movement by Gandhi that he started cultivating the institution and interacting with the Students' Union, which awarded him membership for life. But the university had a more passionate engagement with Gandhi, Nehru and others, to whom the students' union warmed up with great enthusiasm. That is how all these leaders became life members of the union and their portraits occupied the wall of the union office. There is a big difference in how the nation treats Jinnah and the rest of the leaders, however. The Jinnah portrait has been hanging on the wall of the union office all these years without hurting anyone's sensitivities. It could continue to be so, except that a controversy has been raked up with an agenda, which may have served its limited purpose. It is all a symbolism!

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Bollywood - Hollywood Selena Gomez Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi off has moved on to US for honeymoon, will host reception for B-Town soon

After dealing with the fallout of yet another breakup with Justin Bieber, multiple sources confirm that Selena Gomez has finally moved on, reports Eonline.com. Gomez is “not interested in getting back together with him anytime soon.” The insider explains, “She respects him as a person but has decided she is much happier doing her own thing. Selena rarely even talks about Justin anymore, and is fully open to dating.” A second source says Selena and Justin “aren’t in contact.” After things between the celeb pair began to fall apart in March, the Sorry crooner began spending time with Instagram model Baskin Champion. Despite a whirlwind reconnection, it’s safe to say Jelena is over for good

Rush hour: Sonakshi Sinha proves she is a committed actor!

While social media is still recovering from Sonam Kapoor’s big fat Punjabi wedding, another star quietly tied the knot on Thursday. Actress Neha Dhupia is the secret bride. Neha married her long-term beau Angad Bedi at an Anand Karaj ceremony in South Delhi. Angad is the son of former Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi. The bride looked stunning in pink along with the traditional ‘kaleerein’ and auspicious red ‘chooda’. Our very own handsome groom also co-ordinated his ‘pug’ and ‘saafaa’ to his beloved wife. The ceremony was intimate and was attended by the likes

of Ajay Jadeja, Ashish Nehra and Gaurav Kapoor. The couple, who managed to keep the event under wraps, announced the good news through social media. The newlymarried couple is now reportedly leaving for USA to attend a charity event there, and they will spend their short honeymoon there. A close friend of the couple informed Mid-Day, “They are planning a Mumbai reception. They will host a party to make up for not having invited us to the wedding. But, they are in most likelihood, leaving for the US tonight for a charity event, and will be back next week.”

Alia and Ranbir receive hearts from industry and sister Shaheen; is it official now?

Sonam Kapoor finally tied the knot with her entrepreneur boyfriend Anand Ahuja on Tuesday morning, amongst family and industry friends like Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karan Johar, Rani Mukerji, Ranveer Singh and others. Post that, the actress hosted a wedding reception, which saw the likes of Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh and others. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were among one of the most pleasant looking, adorable pair at the reception. While the two are doing trilogy ‘Brahmastra’ together, reports of them being in a relationship has been floating since a long time. Looking at them comfortable in each other’s skin once again only gives rise to the rumours. And adding fuel to the fire, Alia even posted the same photo on her Instagram, captioning it ‘yass’. Onlookers say the two gave out more than enough hints about them being a couple, and there’s no end to the speculations as the whole industry, including Alia’s sister Shaheen Bhatt and their ‘Brahmastra’ co-actress Mouni Roy, sent their hearts on the photo.

Taking a red eye flight is never an easy task. But taking a red eye international flight only to be back that same night is what can be deemed as a seriously savage feat. And it was none other than the vivacious Sonakshi Sinha who decided to put herself through the grind to complete a commitment made to one of her brands. Says an insider source, "Sonakshi, who is currently in Kuala Lumpur shooting for Aanand L Rai produced Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi, requested for a day off from her shoot schedule to fulfill a past commitment she made to one of the brands she endorses. For a meet and greet scheduled in Delhi with the media, Sonakshi took an early morning flight from KL to Delhi to be part of the event scheduled for that evening. She landed into Delhi, got ready and was at the event in time to fulfill her ambassador duties. That same night, post the event, Sonakshi took the last flight out back to KL and resumed her shoot for the film the next morning.

Tabu has 'blind faith' in her Haider director Vishal Bhardwaj Known for her varied choice of films, Tabu has time and again proved her mettle as an actor with her versatility. While considered to be one of the pickiest actresses in showbiz, it takes quite a lot to impress this beauty and gain her trust. But the actress reveals, it is filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, whom she trusts blindly. “I have blind faith in Vishal because I know that he will come to me with something that is worth my while. I think, more than blind faith, I know he understands me and he knows what I will do,” says Tabu. She further adds, “I think I have a lot of strength in the faith I have in him. Our working relationship is one of the best I ever had.” The two together have delivered some great pieces of work, namely Maqbool and Haider. But for Tabu, the meaning of success is much more than just being paid well. “I think I could say success in this industry means you are popular and paid some good amount of money.

Director Suparn Verma praises Rannvijay Singha “Rannvijay always pushes himself to try new things” Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone, who was forced to take a break on account of her neck injury and the postponement of a film, is busy screening scripts these days. The said film, which was supposed to be about gangster Sapna Didi, has been indefinitely postponed on account of Irrfan Khan’s illness. So, in the meantime, the Piku actress is spending her time reading scripts from Bollywood, as well as contemplating opportunities in the West. “But the problem is that Deepika is the highest paid actress today in Bollywood. She commands fees that A-list actors do and if she is paid that kind of a figure, budgets do not become viable to cast another A-list actor opposite her. If the actor is too small then Deepika does not want to be cast with newcomers or relative newcomers. That is the dilemma of a top actress. If you pay her the fees she deserves, you need to cast someone opposite her who is not that expensive and she does not want someone like that all the time. So, the budgets go crazy,” says a trade source. What Deepika needs right now is a big-banner film, where the makers can afford another A-lister. But implementing this solution is easier said than done.

The talented ace director cum producer Suparn Verma has left no stone unturned to entertain the viewers with his beguiling scripts. One after the other, he has always seen to it that through his exemplary skills he is able to leave the audience amused. Taking the same forward, his recently launched web series Kaushiki that streams on Viu is engaging the masses and receiving rave reviews. On the same when we got in touch with the ace maestro, he quips, “It takes a lot to make a web series like Kaushiki which has an intense storyline. While people have heard a lot about stories on group of friends, this is unlike them and has a fresh perspective to it. The actors were aptly chosen to fit the characters and not to one’s surprise they have given a phenomenal performance.” “All the actors in the series be it Namit Das, Omkar Kapoor, Mansi Scott, Sayani Gupta, Rannvijay Singha, Shruti Shrivastava and Rajeev Siddhartha, all have done a fabulous job. For the first time I have worked with Rannvijay and I must say he is great to work with. He constantly pushes himself to try new things. Like if I have to elaborate, he is so skilled that he shot an 18 page sequence without any re-take” concluded Suparn Verma. Well that is mindboggling! To watch the phenomenal performance of the actors and the riveting episodes of the series, stay tuned to Kaushiki only on Viu.

Arjun Kapoor is set to play a RAW agent in Raj Kumar Gupta’s next film

Arjun Kapoor is set to play a RAW agent in 'Raid' director Raj Kumar Gupta’s next ambitious project and has already given a nod to the film titled 'India’s Most Wanted'. It is a thriller based on India’s 2012 secret mission to capture country’s most wanted terrorist. Arjun will play an intelligence officer in the film and it will be shot in July in Nepal and Delhi. For the uninitiated, Arjun and Raj Kumar were supposed to collaborate a long time ago for adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s best selling book Revolution 2020 but the project did not materialise. Though they were quite excited to work together since then. As this opportunity presents itself to Arjun, it is said that he has given bulk dates to his director as the film will be shot in start to finish schedule. Therefore, it is required that Arjun gives his total attention to this one project.


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With soaring temperatures, this summer HardikPandya and ShikharDhawan decide to Break the Beard

Kolkata: Changing the game on and off the field this IPL season, cricketers are taking #BreakTheBeard to a new level. This season has witnessed a lot of close finishes on the field and Indian cricketers have not shied away from making some close shaves off the field by changing their beard styles. Known to be the trendsetters in the country, the #BreakTheBeard boys have their grooming game on point with their sharp, well stylised facial hair dedicating the new looks to their fans. For India’s most stylish all-rounder, HardikPandya, #BreakTheBeard is an integral part of his routine before he takes to the field “So many people watch IPL, hence it is important to look good on screen and have a strong grooming game. This is why,

I travel with a Gillette ProGlideStyler and the Mach 3 razor to help maintain a sharp stylised look always.” Taking the trend forward,ShikharDhawan revealed his Gabbar look when he met with one of his biggest fan. His new look instantly grabbed attention of fans across the country. Following on from ShikharDhawan; RavindraJadeja, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson and the Pandya brothersHardikPandya and KrunalPandya made fashion statements by sporting unique beard styles. ShikharDhawan dedicated his new look to his fans taking an inspiration from them. He said,“It’s a new IPL season and a new look helps create a fresh mindset and approach towards the game.

‘The Hundred’ will reduce difference between good and ordinary, says Ganguly Kolkata : Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is also a member of the MCC’s World Cricket Committee, is not in favour of tinkering with the hugely popular Twenty20 format as mooted by the England and Wales Cricket Board. The ECB has proposed to overhaul domestic Twenty20 tournament, making it ‘The Hundred’ which could feature 15 six-ball overs per side and a final 10-ball over. The exact details are yet to be finalised, with the eight-team tournament to begin in 2020. “You got to be very careful

that it should not be such that before a spectator comes and blinks, the thing (match) is over. The shorter the format gets, the difference between the very good and the ordinary becomes much lesser,” Ganguly, who is the mentor of Pro Star League, an Under-16 all-India cricket tournament, said. “The spectator wants the fun and pressure to go on for a certain period of time and then find genuine talent and genuine winners. We will have to wait and see how shorter it gets.” Ganguly firmly believed that the Test cricket will remain

the ultimate challenge, even with the commercial success of the T20 format. “It requires concentration, skill, technique. T20 will remain, it’s commercial and fun but the real version will be the longer format of the game. It is still the biggest challenge. “You have to come and bowl in the morning and then in the afternoon and then at tea time when you’re tired fielding all day, you still have to bowl at 140 kilometre per hour, that’s why it’s tough,” he said. A Brazil football fan, Ganguly said he has plans to watch the World Cup final in Russia on July 15.

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SPORTS ROUNDUP

Preity Zinta slams media reports for ‘fake news’ on spat with Virender Sehwag

Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Friday that the player's father and agent, Neymar Sr., has told PSG his son wants to leave immediately.

Neymar on target to regain fitness by World Cup but PSG future unclear Madrid : Brazil forward Neymar is focusing on getting fully fit in time for next month’s World Cup following foot surgery but his future at Paris St Germain looks increasingly uncertain. He was absent from PSG’s Ligue 1 title celebrations in April although he was at the Stade de France on Tuesday to watch his side beat third-tier Les Herbiers 2-0 in the French Cup final to complete a domestic treble. Reports in French and Spanish media say Neymar, who joined the Ligue 1 club from Barcelona for a record 222 million euros ($265.18 million) last August, has told PSG directors he wants to quit the club after only one season. Pressed on the topic by reporters in his preLigue 1 match news conference on Friday, PSG coach Unai Emery said: “(Sports director) Antero Henrique is not far from here and he could come and answer, or why not even Neymar himself.” The latest media reports say the Brazilian now wants to move to Real Madrid, who tried to sign him in 2013 before he opted to join Barcelona from Santos. Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Friday that the player’s father and agent, Neymar Sr, has told PSG his son wants to leave immediately. It said his father met Real directors in December on the day Cristiano Ronaldo received the Ballon d’Or in Paris. The 26-year-old Neymar has been out of action since spraining his ankle and fracturing his fifth metatarsal on Feb. 25, which led him to undergo surgery in Brazil. He had chalked up 28 goals and 16 assists in 30 appearances in all competitions for PSG before his injury.

Jaipur : Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta slammed a popular media outlet on Friday after they wrote an article on a conversation between her and team mentor Virender Sehwag, calling it fake news. A report by Mumbai Mirror said that the Bollywood actress slammed Sehwag after defeat against Rajasthan Royals. The report even said that an angry Sehwag could quit the franchise. However, Preity took to social media, saying that the conversation between the two has been blown out of proportion. “Mumbai Mirror gets it wrong again because we didn’t do Media net & pay them to write

articles cuz that’s the only time they get it right. A conversation between Viru & me has been blown out of proportion & suddenly I’m a Villian ! Wow ! #fakenews,” she wrote on Twitter. The report said that Preity approached Sehwag even before the players had retired to the change rooms after the match and questioned him about the ‘tactics’ used during the game. “Viru had told the other owners to rein in Preity. He told the owners that he’ll not comment on Preity’s acting chops and she should refrain from talking about his cricketing acumen,” Mumbai Mirror quoted a franchise source.

People know me today only because of Mumbai Indians, says Krunal Pandya Jaipur : Mumbai Indians allrounder Krunal Pandya journey to the top has been one filled with struggles and immense sacrifices. It is an inspiring tale as the elder of the Pandya brothers went through one of the biggest lows in his career to bag a lucrative IPL contract with Mumbai Indians. In a recent chat with Mumbai Indians, Krunal revealed his moment of reckoning which occurred after an Under-23 match for his state team of Baroda against Karnataka. Recalling the immense sacrifices made by his parents, Pandya said that once he faced the axe he was shattered and left in grief. However, not among the ones to get bogged down, Krunal kept his chin up and changed his life in a couple of years. Recalling the troubled

period Pandya said, “I had my reality check during a U23 game- Baroda vs Karnataka. This was the turning point of my life. It was the end of the 4th days play, we were trying to save the game.I played a poor shot and got out, and was dropped from the team immediately. I went home and cried for an hour.” “It was hurting and I began to think about what I had achieved in my life. My parents had done so much for me. sacrificed so much. They had relocated cities just so that I could play well. I was 22-23 and I had nothing to show for it. At the time I got that reality check, I felt miserable…But that was the best thing that could have happened to me. After that things turned around for me within a couple of years.

Gianluigi Buffon hit with UEFA charge after rant at referee Jaipur : Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was charged with violating UEFA’s code of conduct on Friday for comments he made about referee Michael Oliver following his team’s Champions League quarterfinal defeat by Real Madrid last month. The Juve captain was

enraged by Oliver’s decision to award Real a decisive stoppagetime penalty during the secondleg tie at the Bernabeu and lost control, screaming at and jostling the English referee until he was shown a red card. Forward Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to convert the penalty and send

Real through to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate. Buffon, 40, criticised Oliver after the match, saying the referee had been out of his depth, should have been in the stands eating crisps and must have had a garbage bin for a heart. UEFA said in a statement on its website http://www.uefa.

com/insideuefa/disciplinary that Buffon had been charged both for receiving a direct red card and with violating the governing body’s “general principles of conduct”. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 31.

Gianluigi Buffon, 40, said that referee Michael Oliver must have had a garbage bin for a heart after Juventus' fiery Champions League quarter-final match against Real Madrid.

Infuses Rs. 1250 crore in Sintex Business KKR Plastics Technology Subsidiary, SBAPL

Amazon.in Launches Shutterbug

Bangalore : Amazon India today launched Shutterbug, a one-of- its-kind online club for photography enthusiasts. An India-first initiative across Amazon geographies, Shutterbug is designed to be a free to use, engaged community bringing all photographers from beginners to professionals under one roof. The club is open for everyone interested in photography and offers a mix of tips & tutorials, engagement opportunities with renowned photo mentors, offline workshops and exciting contests to showcase photography skills. At its heart, Shutterbug comes with the aim to educate and upskill budding photographers in India. To achieve this, Amazon India has partnered with Toehold

Travel & Photography, a renowned training & photography brand helmed by Jayanth Sharma, a Sanctuary Asia award-winning photographer. Shutterbug will feature original bitesized video training content and exercises from Toehold. There is also a formal course on photography featuring five modules with 17 videos called Essentials of Photography. Shutterbug will also feature monthly content on advanced techniques on different genres of photography. Moreover, Amazon India will be leveraging expert content & renowned photo mentors from top imaging brands like Leica, Canon and Sony. “Amazon.in has a wide customer reach being the world’s largest product search engine.

Ahmedabad: Sintex BAPL Limited, part of the Sintex Group and recently demerged from the textile divison is India’s one of the oldest and largest brand in plastics. The unlisted subsidiary of Sintex Plastics Technology Private Limited, has received capital commitment of uptoRs. 1,250 crore via structured finance from KKR India & its affiliates, one of the biggest PE funds, to fuel its aggressive growth plans as the company continues to rapidly shift its business model towards B2C/ retail segment. The proceeds shall be utilized to refinance existing debt and fund the company’s growth in the B2C business, further capitalizing on the “SINTEX” brand for highmargin Value-Added Product categories in the retail plastics division as well high end auto and defense plastics product category. Additionally, funds will be deployed to improve cash flows and augment brand building activities. Commenting

on the KKR infusion, Mr. Amit Patel, Group Managing Director said, “KKR Infusion is a measure of confidence in our group. I believe the partnership with KKR will go a long way in nourishing our retail business and custom molding business globally. We welcome KKR onboard and we both will partner for long term value creation for our stakeholders”. KKR and affiliates have funded the company’s aggressive retail expansion and to incorporate high value added items in the company’s auto plastics business. The transaction, advised by ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd, conserves cash flows as well as aligns the investor with the growth strategy of the company. KKR shall have Board representation, with MrTashwinder Singh nominated as KKR’s representative on the board of Sintex BAPL.ICICI Securities Primary Dealership Ltd. is the sole advisor to the transaction. This transaction

is among the largest in the manufacturing sector in India. Our history goes back to 1931! And we’re as true to our guiding principles today as we were back then. For more than 8 decades in business & more than 4 decades in Plastic Products, we have been helping our clients, industries and societies prosper. We’ve been leading the way in Plastics are present across major Asian, European, American, and African markets, in 9 countries including France, Germany, and USA.For more than 8 decades,we’ve also been paying un-interrupted dividends to our shareholders, which again shows our commitment to growth. The spirit of ‘Active Thinking’ drives the organization on its path. The innovative ideas are not just limited to the products but they are also implemented in the manufacturing processes, markets and management policies.Sintex group serves its clients across the globe and most of them are part of the Fortune 500 Companies.

Gold prices slipped in range-bound trading on Friday as the dollar firmed slightly.

Gold eases on firmer dollar, eyes first weekly gain in four

Bengaluru: Gold prices slipped in range-bound trading on Friday as the dollar firmed slightly, with investors mostly brushing off a potential broadening of conflict in the Middle East. Spot gold was down 0.1 per cent at USD 1,319.61 per ounce as of 0656 GMT, after rising to the highest since endApril at USD 1,322.76 in the previous session. The metal was, however, still on track to register a first weekly rise in four. US gold futures for June delivery were nearly 0.2 percent lower at USD 1,320.20 per ounce. “I think geopolitical concerns (with respect to recent attacks on Syria) are still a concern but investors aren’t paying significant attention to these,” said Naeem Aslam, chief markets analyst, Think Markets. “The dollar story is more prominent.” Israel said

it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria on Thursday, after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeliheld territory for the first time in the most extensive military exchange ever between the two adversaries. Gold is traditionally seen as a safe place to park assets in times of uncertainty or conflict. Meanwhile, the dollar index on Friday edged slightly higher, but still held below a 4-1/2-month high hit on Wednesday, with

tepid US inflation data for April prompting traders to pare bets of faster rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. Fed funds futures, however, rose on Thursday, indicating some traders continued to expect the US central bank to raise key interest rates at its next policy meeting in June. A stronger dollar makes gold more expensive for holders of other currencies, while higher US rates tend to boost the greenback.


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Godhra riots: Gujarat High Court acquits three, confirms sentences to 19 others in Ode massacre case Ahmedabad : A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Friday acquitted three and confirmed the sentence handed by a special trial court to 19 others in the Ode massacre case of 2002 post-Godhra riots. The court also confirmed the acquittal of 23 of the 47 accused. In 2012, a special trial court had held 23 accused guilty and out of them, 18 were convicted for life imprisonment while the remaining five had been sentenced to seven years. The division bench of Justices Akil Kureshi and B N Karia had concluded the hearing and reserved the judgment last month. Following the lower court’s decision, the convicts moved the High Court challenging the judgment. The SIT also moved the court, challenging the acquittals in the case and demanding enhancement of sentences of five

has two elder brothers. His eldest brother, Sahajuddin, works as a customer executive in a cellular company and is the only member who earns in his family after his father. Mohammed, whose aim is to get admission in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), said, “I scored 81 per cent in Class X. For my Class XII examination, I studied 20 hours a day and slept for only four hours. I have recently cleared my GUJCET with 110 marks and JEE mains with 107. I will now appear for JEE advanced.” He said that his only advice to other students would be that not to procrastinate, start your preparation from day one and be consistent in revision. Mohammed did not go to any coaching classes; he neither

Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyaan is becoming country’s biggest water conservation campaign: CM Ahmedabad : Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today asserted that the state government’s Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyaan (SSJSA) is becoming country’s biggest water conservation campaign. The Chief Minister was speaking at a function organized to launch lake deepening works at Ramanda village of Patan tehsil. He had flagged-off as many as 11 JCB machines to start lake deepening works at 11 lakes of Ramanda village. Mr. Rupani claimed that state’s water scarcity problem would now be a history. Under the SSISA, each district is given a specific target of works and jobs are being done accordingly. The campaign is giving double benefits to the farmers. First deepening of lakes is resulting into conservation of more waters. And secondly, the digging of lakes is giving fertile clay to the farmers which can be utilized into their farms to yield more crops. In Patan district, under the MGNREGA and Narmada Yojna as many as 102 lakes will be deepened and 29 check-dams, 69 lakes, and several canals would be cleaned at a cost of Rs. 865-lakh; along with revival of Rupen river at a cost of Rs. 33.26 lakh. At the function, four dhan kumbh (money pots) containing Rs. 61,000, which was donated @ Rs. 1 each from every house by the local residents, was presented to the Chief Minister.

had any social media account nor phone. He opted playing cricket and other outdoor activities than spending time on the social media. Bhargav Vakotar, a 17-year-old student of Gayatri Vidyalaya, scored 99.98 percentile. Bhargav’s father, Hasmukh Vakotar, is a tailor by profession and his mother, Naina Ben, is a homemaker. With a family income of Rs 9,000 per month, both of his parents have studied till Class X, but three of their children have equally excelled in academics. Bhargav’s elder brother Hardik was also a higher secondary topper. He secured 95 per cent in Class XII; he is currently pursuing Computer Engineering. Bhargav’s elder sister is an engineer by profession.

Ahmedabad : Among Class XII students who failed in the science stream this year, the highest number of students failed in chemistry. Among a total of 1,34,209 students who took the chemistry examination, 99,267 students cleared the exams while 34,942 students failed and will be appearing in the exam again. Chemistry is a common subject taken up by all those seeking professional degrees, both for medical and engineering courses. Students who have been failing the boards have also been failing in chemistry for the last seven years in a row now. Incidentally, chemistry recorded highest failure rate even after the board increased the total grace marks for the subject to 15 — the highest among subjects — this year after the students complained that the paper was tough. Among science subjects, this year again chemistry turned out to be the subject with least pass percentage of 83.50 per cent. Biology recorded the highest pass percentage of 87.43, followed by mathematics at 86.76 per cent and physics at 84.59 per cent. An increase in the number of students taking up science over these years in the last seven year is directly proportional to the number of students failing in chemistry. Compared to mathematics, the subject which is considered to be tough among students, out of 57,591 students who took the exam, 12,209 could not clear the subject. In biology, this number was 21,116 as out of 76,618 students, 55,503 cleared the subject. In physics, out of 1,34,224 students who appeared for the exam, 1,06,692 students cleared and 27,532 failed to do so.

Gujarat Chief Minister inaugurates Education Expo-2018 at Gandhinagar

“Educational fairs should guide youth chose right career, convert challenges into opportunities later in life,” says Rupani Ahmedabad : Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani inaugurated a threeday Education Expo-2018 organised by the Thanganat Cultural Foundation at Gandhinagar. Speaking on the occasion, he said that such events should prove a boon for post-HSC students build their career, inform and guide Gujarat’s youth about world-class courses, career-oriented education at one place, convert challenges into opportunities, and help them rub shoulders with their peers. He said that Gujarat’s youth are known for their entrepreneurial skill, as the state government has started several organizations like Startup Mission and iCreate to make them job-givers, and not job-seekers. Mr. Rupani said it was due to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s vision when he was Gujarat’s Chief Minister that 57 universities have been set up in the state, including specialized ones in marine, forensic science, petroleum and raksha shakti which train youth to take up varied job to build a New India. Those present on the occasion included Chief Secretary Dr. J.N. Singh, Foundation’s Founding Chairman Bhikhubhai, Mr. Rohit Nayani, exhibitors and students.

Bridegroom Raviraj offers ‘shramdan’ at Jal Sanchay Abhiyan-2018, before and after marriage in Patan; Chief Minister hails the gesture

Ahmedabad, Friday: A young bridegroom Raviraj on way to the venue of his marriage at Ramanda village in Patan district today saw Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani busy in Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan-2018 deepening a pond. Moved by the noble cause of rainwater conservation, he joined the ‘abhiyan’ and offered ‘shramdan’ for a while. He returned after the marriage was solemnized and re-joined. The gesture comes in praise from Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani.

CM fired corrupt town planning official to sets illustration of total transparency in administration Ahmedabad : With a vision to further enhance the image of Gujarat Government as the clean and a transparent administrator, Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today fired one Ashutosh Pandya, town planner officer of the Urban Development Department, Ahmedabad city, from his post for his alleged involvements

international Pakistan imposes ‘reciprocal’ restrictions on movement of US diplomats

convicts who got seven years in jail. The SIT has also sought capital punishment for all the accused found guilty of murder. On March 1, 2002, two days after the Godhra train carnage, 23 Muslims were burnt alive in the Ode massacre in Anand district of central Gujarat. It is one of the nine major riots cases which were handed over to the Supreme Court-appointed SIT for further investigation.

GSEB 12th result 2018 — For some, perseverance is the key: They triumphed over financial constraints Ahmedabad : Despite financial constraints, several students cleared the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GHSEB) Class XII Science stream exams with grit and perseverance, leaving an example for others to emulate. Sheikh Mohammed, the son of an auto driver from Juhapura, scored 99.84 percentile. Mohammed completed his higher secondary from The New Age School, Juhapura. Sirajuddin Sheikh, Mohammed’s father, said, “My son sacrificed everything for his board examination. He stopped attending weddings and parties. He was just focused. He had an aim to make our family proud and he accomplished it.” Mohammed

GSEB 12th result 2018: For seven years in a row, despite max grace marks, most fail in chemistry

into corruption and irregularities. The decision was taken by the Chief Minister when some substantial truths were found after the investigations made into the complaints filed against Mr. Pandya alleging his involvements in corruptions in various town planning schemes of Ahmedabad city. Mr. Rupani said that the

decision was taken by the state government as it has a policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against the corruption in the government administrations. To further strengthen the campaign against corruption, the anti-corruption bureaus would be equipped with latest technologies and additional man-force, he added.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani hails Governor’s decision to throw open Raj Bhavan to public

Ahmedabad : Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani hailed Governor Mr. O.P. Kohli’s decision to throw open the Raj Bhavan to public for viewing. Mr. Rupani said the decision

should help common man acquaint himself with the functioning of Raj Bhavan, worth emulating in a democracy making Raj Bhavan a ‘Lok Bhavan’ in true sense.

Islamabad : Pakistan on Friday imposed “reciprocal” restrictions on the movement of US diplomats after Washington took similar measures, a tit-for-tat move that is likely to further strain ties between the two countries. Earlier, the restriction was to come into effect from May 1, but was deferred as the two sides decided to resolve the issue. Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed on Thursday that the two sides would impose curbs

on movement of each other’s diplomats. “The restrictions will be implemented from May 11 and on a reciprocal basis,” he said, adding that “however, negotiations were going on between the two sides, on the matter.” According to the US decision, Pakistani diplomats, at the embassy in Washington and four consulates in New York, Los Angeles, Texas and Chicago, will need to stay within 25 miles (40-kms) of the city of their posting.

Army to set up directorate to counter war crime charges, says Army Chief Colombo : The Sri Lankan Army has set up a special international directorate tasked with countering allegations of war crimes, Army Chief Mahesh Senanayake has said. The directorate, which was set up last month, would collate relevant information to defend the Army in its conduct during the final phase of the military conflict with the LTTE. Sri Lanka Army and the LTTE were both accused of committing war crimes. Sri Lanka faced severe international condemnation with UN Human Rights Council passing resolutions to hold the country’s government accountable for war crimes. The UN rights body has prescribed an international investigation into the alleged war crimes. “We (the Army) have to have our own unit to counter these charges. We are keen to clear our name,” Senanayake said. “A few may have committed crimes but the whole Army cannot be blamed,” he said. He dismissed the claim that 40,000 people had been killed in the final phase which

ended nine years ago in 2009. Senanayake said the new unit would also supervise the vetting of soldiers who serve as UN peacekeepers. The soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers have faced sexual abuse charges in recent times. The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission last month in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena found fault with the Army for non-cooperation with them for screening soldiers for human rights conduct before being sent as UN peacekeepers.

UN chief Antonio Guterres asks for halt to ‘all hostile acts’ in Middle East

Beirut : UN SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres called for an immediate halt to “all hostile acts” to avoid “a new conflagration” in the Middle East after Israeli forces bombed Iranian targets inside Syria. Guterres’ comments came as a calm night followed intense attacks on parts of Syria by Israel. Israel said the strikes early Thursday were

retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the Golan Heights and has called on the UN Security Council and secretary-general to immediately condemn Iran’s attack. Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Israel’s attacks and called it a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty. In Iran’s first official reaction to the attack,

a Friday report in staterun IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying the Israeli attack on Syria under “fabricated and baseless excuses” is a breach of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. He added that Syria has the right to defend itself “against the aggressors”.

France: Europe isn’t US ‘vassal,’ should trade with Iran

Paris : France’s finance minister says European countries should push back harder against the Trump administration over the Iran nuclear deal and not act as “vassals” to the U.S. Bruno Le Maire said Friday on Europe-1 radio that Europe should not accept that the U.S. is the “world’s economic policeman.” He wants European companies to be able to continue trade with

Iran despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to re-impose sanctions. Le Maire proposed creating a European body that would have the same kind of powers that the U.S. Justice Department has to punish foreign companies for their trade practices. As a result of the new U.S. sanctions, companies worldwide must stop doing business with Iran or risk U.S. fines

or other punishment. The sanctions will not only bar U.S. companies from doing business with Iran, but they also will hurt foreign companies by prohibiting them from using American banks unless they cut links with Iran. “Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their trousers?” Le Maire asked.

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