Description in Mahabharata is proof of Internet use during epic period, says Tripura CM Biplab Deb

first_imgYour remark that internet and digital technology was around in the Mahabharata period has created a controversy. What did you mean when you said that?Whether Mahabharat, Ramayana or Upanishad, these are the empirical texts of our culture. If a person sitting in a palace can narrate what is happening in a battlefield 50 km away, there must have been some technique. Ordinary eyes do not have the facility to see such things. This was a particular technology, in the name of Sanjaya, which is akin to the Internet of today. Now if some of my friends raise questions on proof, then I would say that the proof lies in the Internet technology of today. Those who cannot understand, and feel that to oppose they must run down Indian culture and civilisation and aggrandise Western culture, they are provoked by my statements.For example, how did the Wright Brothers think up of aeroplanes? They watched birds fly and conceived of a technology that could make a plane that flew. Thus Sanjaya’s use of a technology that could see events far away proves the superiority of Indian civilisation. Those who do not believe in Rama will question his existence. In the time of Rama, there was the Sarayu river, now too it is there. I am born of my mother, why do I believe that, because my mother told me so.But, unlike the existence of remains of say the Iron or Bronze Age, Gupta and Maurya empire, where is the proof of Sanjaya’s Internet?Sanjaya’s technique was millennia ago, how will you locate the satellites that drove that technology? But the fact that there is a description of it in the Mahabharata is proof. The fact that these technologies are available now means that there were these ideas earlier too. Nowadays what has happened is that the Leftists or those of that inclination feel that whatever we have done as Indians should be run down. When Rajiv Gandhi brought computers into the country, I remember that the Leftist government in West Bengal opposed it tooth and nail. Our party, when it came to power under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on the other hand, promoted technology. Pramod Mahajanji promoted the telecom revolution because of which you are recording my interview on this phone.Our government combines our civilisation-al heritage with the future, unlike the Leftists who only look at Western civilisation and [believe] that all forward looking things came from there. I say that (CPI(M) general secretary) Sitaram Yechury’s parents named him Sita and Ram, not Stalin or Lenin — it reflects India and that thinking. What he did later, of course, is his outlook.But don’t you think that as a young Chief Minister you got mired in an essentially useless controversy?I didn’t create this controversy, others who have no work did. I was talking at a programme of digitisation in Public Distribution System in Agartala and I was explaining how the Internet existed in our country in the past and how we are implementing this now to end pilferage in the system. I say that if you want to fight me politically, do it on the level of development. But the Leftists use these kind of issues. Arundhati Roy, just before her book comes out, will say things like Kashmir should be given away just to create some talk around her. It is not done.Do you feel bad that you were mocked on social media?I pity the people who mocked me. I have the 37 lakh people of Tripura with me who have rejected the thinking of the Left and its aggrandisement of the West.A big campaign promise by the BJP in the Tripura polls was the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. The State is still under Fourth Pay Commission. Any forward movement there?In my first Cabinet meet, we decided to set up a committee under former Assam chief secretary P.P. Verma along with two Tripura officers to go into the issue. Normally such committees are given time till 90 days — we have asked for a report within 45 days. Since Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had released our vision document for the polls, I feel that we will be successful in getting Central support for this and fulfilling this promise to our 1.5 lakh government employees. Mr. Verma was the one under whom the Seventh Pay Commission was implemented in Assam, and the people there were happy, so we expect that he will do a good job here too.You declared that Tripura schools will now use NCERT textbooks. What other changes are you envisaging?Atul Nath (Education Minister) will be forming a committee to look into how NCERT text books will be introduced in schools across the State. Our literacy rates are very high, but it is only a percentage — the quality suffers. How many IAS, IPS, railway and central government jobs have people from Tripura got? There has to be a systematic look at the education sector in the state.Rapid development was promised by the BJP in its poll promises, what are your plans for the State?If you see from Cox Bazaar, the biggest market for the North East and the region can only be Tripura. We are speaking to Bangladesh for connectivity for that. From Chittagong to Tripura it is just 65 km, whereas from Haldia to Tripura, as of now we travel 3200 km. If Tripura becomes a regional hub for trade, like Dubai is for that region, we can achieve much. Already three BPOs have been approved under Information Technology ministry, two plastic parks have been approved by the Chemicals and Fertiliser ministry, with high employment potential. We are in the process of getting a chemical fertiliser complex for Agartala approved. Projects up to ₹3000-4000 crore have already been approved for the State.Religious tourism is number one in our country. We have the Tripureshwari Mandir, a Shakti peeth which was earlier run by a committee headed by the local District Magistrate with the local MLA. Now we have taken a decision that the Chief Minister will head the committee, with the Chief Secretary and Revenue Secretary as members. An amount of ₹50 crores has been sanctioned for the build up of facilities around the temple under the Prasad scheme. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh ji has approved the raising of two territorial army battalions which will provide jobs to 2150 young men.Since you had such success against the CPI(M) in Tripura, is there a call for you to campaign in the upcoming bypoll in Kerala?The State resident (Kummanam Rajashekharan) did call me and ask for my presence but I told him that I will only go if directed by national president (Amit Shah).Just today there were reports that some illegal Rohingya migrants were apprehended in Tripura. What is your government’s take on the issue of Rohingya migrants?No country can tolerate people entering it illegally. If anyone goes to your house uninvited how will you react?But doesn’t India’s sanskaar say “Aitithi Devo Bhava” (Guest is like god)?Of course. And I will still say it, but nowhere does the sanskaar say that the Aitithi can walk off with my house and displace me.last_img read more

Lyceum averts disaster, escapes Arellano to stay unbeaten

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum preserved its immaculate record in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 94-92 stunner over Arellano Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Pirates finished the game on a blistering 20-5 run that overhauled a 13-point disadvantage in the fourth quarter as they sealed their 12th win in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Down 87-74, Lyceum went on a 14-0 run capped off by a bucket from CJ Perez to regain the lead, 88-87, with a little over two minutes to go.“Hopefully it’s a challenge or a wake up call for us that we have to keep on playing until the final buzzer sounds,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson of the close call. “It’s going to be hard along the way but hopefully this game would turn us really into a great team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Chiefs retaliated to get back on top, 91-88, but that was the last they would get the lead as the Pirates took over for good with 7.4 seconds left.Kent Salado still had the chance to tie the game but he missed one of his free throws with 6.5 ticks left. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Arellano slipped to 4-7, making its battle for a Final Four spot even tougher. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Alvarez sees a knockout and a great fight against Triple Glast_img read more

PBA semis: June Mar Fajardo hits face on floor in hard fall

first_imgLATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—In another scary sight, June Mar Fajardo hit the left side of his face hard on the floor late in the first half of San Miguel Beer’s game against Phoenix in Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Steady and progress carries Lady Warriors out of cellar Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 29-year-old Fajardo has nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a block. San Miguel leads, 76-57, with under five minutes left in the third quarter as of posting time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fajardo lost his balance while fighting for position on a rebound play against Phoenix’s Doug Kramer and Calvin Abueva at the 3:33 mark of the second quarter with the Beermen leading, 38-31.The San Miguel center stayed down on the floor with his face down that left the Mall of Asia crowd holding its breath. He got back on his feet and slowly walked back to the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe reigning five-time MVP appears to be fine after starting the second half where he helped his team extend its lead to 22.It was the second time in less than week where Fajardo was shaken up after his knee buckled late in the Beermen’s loss to the TNT KaTrop in Game 2 of their quarterfinals duel five nights ago. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

India-Pakistan game will be toughest moment in MS Dhoni’s career: Steve Waugh

first_imgIndia may have been shocked by New Zealand in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 but Australian legend Steve Waugh feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s mere presence in the middle will lift the morale of every Indian for the rest of the tournament.Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2016, Waugh said Dhoni still has the Midas touch.”Dhoni seems to have that Midas touch. He gives all Indians that sense of comfort – when he walks to the wicket, every Indian feels he would do something good,” he said.After losing the tournament opener by 47 runs, India’s next match against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens becomes crucial.  Waugh believes the Saturday game will one of the toughest moments of Dhoni’s 12-year-long international career in front of his home crowd.  “The India-Pakistan game on Saturday will be one of the toughest moments in his career,” Waugh said.Waugh was also optimistic about the team’s chances under Dhoni. He said the wicketkeeper-batsman had the nack of delivering during pressure situations. “He generally delivers when the team needs him to. I still think he’s great player, particularly in limited-overs cricket,” Waugh said.”Losing the first game has put an enormous amount of pressure on India. However, Dhoni is one guy, who doesn’t get affected by pressure,” he added.The former Australia skipper said Dhoni continued to be a tough and resilient cricketer. Waugh was in awe with the amount of T20 cricket the wicketkeeper-batsman has played.”As a keeper he has played 64 T20I games , the second most in international cricket and that shows how resilient and tough he is,” Waugh said.advertisementlast_img read more

Sonam charms Cannes red carpet with her distinct, elegant look

first_img(Eds: With additional information)Cannes, May 22 (PTI) Sonam Kapoor showed off another iconic look from her Cannes fashion diaries as the actress slayed the galas red carpet in a striking Elie Saab ensemble.This is 31-year-old actress seventh year at the French Riveria movie carnival and she made sure that her outfit stood out from the rest.The diva appeared coruscating in the exquisite pink gown with a long train and bell sleeves. Teaming it with custom made rose gold jewellery from Kalyan Jewelers and hair tied in a loose bun, Sonam carried the look with a lot of panache.She accentuated her eyes with La Palette Nude eyeshadow in gold and True Match Lumi Power in rose, finishing it with superliner black lacquer and dollops of superstar mascara.Sonam, who walked the red carpet as LOreal Paris India brand ambassador, posed with actresses Andie MacDowell and Araya A Hargate at the event.The actress also took to Instagram to share her red carpet look from the festival.”I know who I am. I am not perfect. Im not the most beautiful woman in the world. But Im one of them. Mary J. Blige #sonamatcannes #sonamatcannes #kalyanjewellery,” she wrote alongside one of the photos.For her day appearances today, the actress opted for two opposite looks.She first flaunted a mustard and red outfit by Anamika Khanna and Apala by Sumit. She added a bohemian touch to her look by sporting a red headband and chunky jewellery.Sonam then went breezy with a white and aqua blue kaftan gown by Indian designer duo Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla.advertisementFor her first appearance at the festival this year, the actress had impressed with her unicorn coloured sari. PTI SSN JCHlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 13

first_imgIndia equalled their best ever medal haul at Asian Games on Day 13. India’s medal tally now stands at 65, the same as in 2010 – their best ever performance in Asiad.In sailing, Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar claimed silver in 49er FX event. Harshita Tomar claimed bronze in the Open Laser 4.7.Varun Thakkar Ashok and Chengappa Ganapathy Kelapanda won bronze with a total of 53 after race 15 in the 49er men’s event.It’s a great feeling: Harshita Tomar after sailing bronze at AsiadThe Indian women’s hockey team earned silver after losing 1-2 to Japan in the final. India are currently eight in the table with 65 medals including 13 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze. (India Today photo)The Indian men’s squash team settled for bronze after a 0-2 loss to Hong Kong in the semi-finals. Saurav Ghosal, who was not fully fit, and Harinder Pal Sandhu, lost to Max Lee and Leo Au, 0-3 and 1-3 respectively.Asian Games 2018 women’s hockey final: India take silver after losing to JapanBoxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) got bronze after being forced to withdraw from his last-four bout owing to a cut on his eyelid sustained in the pre-quarters.Day 12: WRAPThe first medal of Day 12 came in women’s discus throw as veteran Seema Punia clinched bronze. The 35-year-old Seema cleared a best distance of 62.26m, her best in six years, but that was just enough for a bronze medal.Asian Games: Jinson Johnson happy with sweet revenge on Manjit after 1500m goldPU Chitra won a bronze in the women’s 1500m race. Chitra entered into the race as Asian leader this season but had to settle for a bronze with a timing of 4 minute and 12.56 seconds.advertisementAsian Games 2018: Defending champions India’s gold medal hopes endJinson Johnson claimed a gold medal in the men’s 1500m event. The sprinter clocked 3:44.72sec to claim the top honours. Asian Games 2018 4x400m relay: India women win 5th straight gold, men win silverIndia’s 4x400m women’s relay team clinched its fifth consecutive gold medal in the Asian Games. The Indian women’s quartet of Hima Das, M R Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth ran 3 minute and 28.72 seconds to claim the gold.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGEIndia’s 4x400m men’s relay team also won a silver in the final event of athletics. The Indian quartet of Kunhu Muhammed, Dharunn Ayyasamy, Mohd. Anas and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3:01.85 to finish behind Qatar who won gold in an Asian record time of 3:00.56.DAY 11: WRAPThe first medal of the Day 11 came from table tennis as Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal settled for the bronze medal after losing their mixed doubles semi-final against China.Ace sprinter Dutee Chand then bagged the silver medal after finishing second in the women’s 200m final with a time of 23.20 seconds. Dutee ended a 16-year wait for India with a medal in the women’s 200m.Asian Games 2018: Dutee Chand ends 16-year wait for India with silver in 200mSaraswati Saha was the last athlete to win a medal (gold) for India in the event back in 2002. Overall, Dutee is the fifth female athlete to win a medal in the event after Mary D’Souza (bronze in 1951), Stephie D’Souza (silver in 1958) and PT Usha (silver in 1982, gold in 1986).How Swapna Barman braved serious pain to create Asian Games historyArpinder Singh then clinched the first gold medal of the day for India as he won the men’s triple jump event with a best jump of 16.77 metres. Arpinder became the second Indian after Mohinder Singh Gill’s win in the 1970 Asiad. Watch: Swapna Barman wins historic Asiad medal, mother gets emotional at homeSwapna Barman then added the second athletics gold and fifth overall, after winning the women’s heptathlon event with a total of 6026 points. It was India’s first ever gold medal in the event at the Asian Games.India ended the day on a high as the women’s hockey team beat China 1-0 to enter the final where they will face Japan in the gold medal match on August 31. Gurjit Kaur scored the lone goal of the match in the 52nd minute with a superb drag-flick from a penalty corner.DAY 10: WRAPIndia’s push for more medals on Tuesday ended with an impressive show of 9 medals which includes one gold, six silver medals and two bronze medals.India clinched a gold in the Men’s 800m Final with Manjit Singh winning the race ahead of compatriot Jinson Johnson, who bagged the silver. The sprinters ended the day with a silver medal in the first ever Mixed 4x400m Relay event held at the Asian Games.advertisement India clinched a gold in the Men’s 800m Final with Manjit Singh winning the race ahead of compatriot Jinson Johnson (left), who bagged the silver (AP Photo)India’s Kurash stars Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Jadhav clinched the silver and bronze medals respectively.Earlier in the day, the Indian men’s table tennis team of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj bagged the first ever Asian Games medal for the country in the sport with a bronze.The archery teams also managed to clinch a medal as the Indian men’s and women’s compound team settled for silver after losing their respective finals.But the biggest heartbreak for India in the day came early when PV Sindhu lost her women’s singles badminton final against world number one Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan to settle for the silver medal.9 medals including a gold, helped India clinch the 8th spot on the medals tally. The day ended with 50 medals in total of India – 9 gold, 19 silver and 22 bronze.DAY 9: WRAPNeeraj Chopra was undoubtedly the star of the day for India, after he became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal when he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m.3 silver medals for Indian athletes on Day 9Chopra’s gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.Dharun Ayyasamy bagged silver in men’s 400 metre hurdles at the 2018 Asian Games while Sudha Singh won silver in women’s 3000 metre steeplechase on Monday in Jakarta. Neena Varakil also won silver in women’s long jump with a jump of 6.51.Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-finalSaina’s bronze is the first individual badminton medal at the Asiad for India in 36 years. This is Saina’s first medal at the Asian Games as she was ousted in the quarter-final of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Hima Das won silver in the 400m finals with a time of 50.79 (AP Photo)Day 8: WRAPSprinters Muhammed Anas, Hima Das and Dutee Chand claimed silver medals after India earned two bronze medals in Bridge and another two silver in Equestrian.Hima Das wins silver in 400m with National RecordHima Das clinched the silver medal in the final of the 400m race and with a time of 50.79 in the final, broke the National Record again. Bahrain’s Salwa Naser produced a Games record timing of 50.09 seconds to finish ahead of 18-year-old Hima.Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverMuhammed Anas bagged silver in men’s 400m after he clocked in at 45.69 seconds. Qatar’s Abdalelah Hassan, who completed the race in 44.89 seconds as he fended off Anas, who has a personal best of 45.31 seconds. Dutee Chand clocked 11.32 seconds to win women’s 100m silver at Asian Games 2018. (AP Photo)Dutee Chand clinched the silver medal in the women’s 100m final. Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds to earn the silver. The gold medal went to Edidiong Odiong of Bahrain, who clocked 11.30s while China’s Yongli Wei took the bronze, clocking 11.33s.advertisementDutee Chand wins silver in women’s 100m raceIndia earned two bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.India settle for two bronze medals in bridgeThe men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.Fouaad Mirza, Team India win silver medals in EquestrianIndia’s Fouaad Mirza won a silver medal at the Equestrian Jumping Final and his valiant effort also helped the Indian team bag silver in the same event. Tajinderpal Singh broke the games record to win men’s shot put gold at Asian Games 2018. (AP Photo)Day 7: WRAPTajinderpal Singh Toor won India’s first medal in athletics as he broke the Games Record and the National Record after all three squash players returned with bronze after losing in the respective semi-finals.Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games RecordThe 23-year-old Toor sent the iron ball to a national record distance of 20.75m to win his maiden Asian Games medal on the opening day of the athletics competition.India won three bronze medals in squash, which is the best ever performance in the singles squash event.Saurav Ghosal settles for bronzeTop seed Saurav Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China 12-10 13-11 6-11 6-11 6-11 in the men’s singles semifinals.Joshna Chinappa goes down fightingAs for the the Indian women, Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) to defending champion and former World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia.Dipika Pallikal settles for bronzeJoshana Chinappa went down 1-3 (5-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12) to another Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam.Day 6: WRAPIndia won medals in tennis, women’s kabaddi, shooting, rowing on Friday to end the day as the most productive one so far in this year’s Asian Games.Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingIndian rowers started the day with a bang as they got three medals for their country early on in the day. Dushyant Chauhan bagged bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.Rowing team wins fifth gold medal for IndiaIt was followed by another bronze by Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event. After two bronze medals in rowing, the Indian team finally struck in men’s Quadruple Sculls event.Rowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh get bronze in Double Sculls Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold in men’s doubles tennis (Reuters Photo)Later in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch won gold in men’s doubles tennis. Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisThe next medal came when the women’s kabaddi team, much like the men’s team, failed to overcome the mighty Iranians and surrendered a lead to go down in the final and therefore, settele for silver.India women settle for silver in Kabaddi Heena Sidhu bagged bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event (AP Photo)Heena Sidhu continued her medal-winning run at the Asian Games well as she settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event.Bronze for Heena SidhuThe last medal of the day came from Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who settled for bronze after losing his men’s singles tennis semi-final.Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisDay 5: WRAP Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final (AP Photo)India returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.Ankita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.Day 4: WRAP Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (AP Photo)Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.Day 3: WRAP Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAP Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50kg category final (AP Photo)Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.India bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (AP Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.last_img read more

Federer, Nadal and Osaka through to last 16 in Rome

first_imgFederer, Nadal and Osaka through to last 16 in RomeRoger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka booked their respective places in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open.advertisement Reuters RomeMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 20:17 IST Roger Federer is making a return to the Italian Open for the first time since 2016 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer defeated Joao Sousa 6-4 6-3 in the second roundRafael Nadal demolished Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-0 6-1Naomi Osaka beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-3 in the day’s openerFormer world number one Roger Federer marked his return to the Italian Open for the first time since 2016 with a 6-4 6-3 second-round win over Joao Sousa on Thursday.The Swiss had criticised organisers for doubling ticket prices after he confirmed his participation last weekend but the fans who had made their way into Foro Italico on Thursday have been rewarded with a Federer double bill.With rain having washed out Wednesday’s play, Federer along with champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic all face playing back-to-back matches on Thursday if they want to reach the quarter-finals.The backlog means that fans on the secondary Grandstand Court can also look forward to a blockbuster schedule as Federer will be back for an evening showdown with Croatian Borna Coric.Earlier in the day, Nadal had treated the Grandstand fans to a 6-0 6-1 demolition of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and the Spaniard will be back on action on the main stage against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.Women’s world number one Naomi Osaka produced a solid performance to beat Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-3 in the day’s opener.Djokovic, fresh from winning last week’s Madrid Open, was playing Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the round of 32. A clash with either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Marco Cecchinato will be the winner’s reward.The 37-year old Federer moved around the court like his younger self as he rifled in 17 winners in the opening set, having broken Sousa in the seventh game before he saved a triple break point, the last one with a stunning crosscourt forehand.advertisementHaving broken Sousa’s serve in the opening game of the second set, the Swiss maestro was at his best again in the seventh as he saved a double break point and went on to wrap up the entertaining contest.”I came out of the blocks well and held serve throughout, so I am very happy to be in the next round,” said Federer.”I played today already and Borna didn’t. I don’t know whether it’s a disadvantage or not but either way it’s going to be tough.”After crashing out in the semi-finals on home soil in Madrid, Nadal wasted no time in making a statement of intent as he blew away Chardy.Nadal won 80 per cent of the points on both his first and second serve as he tormented the Frenchman with a barrage of stinging baseline shots.Osaka made a slow start against Cibulkova as the Slovakian broke the world number one in the third game of the opening set but regained her composure quickly.The Japanese served two aces to save a double break point in the eighth game and enjoyed plain sailing for the rest of the tie after clinching the game with a service winner.In the men’s draw, Fernando Verdasco ground out a surprise 4-6 6-4 7-5 win over fifth seed Dominic Thiem, as did Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-2 6-3 hammering of Marin Cilic.Also Read | Novak Djokovic has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked: Nick KyrgiosFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow Rafael NadalFollow Naomi OsakaFollow Quarter-finalsFollow Italian OpenFollow Rome Nextlast_img read more

Is Shah Rukh Khan playing a cameo in Bigil? Vijay’s team responds

first_img Janani K ChennaiJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 17:06 IST Shah Rukh Khan and VijayShah Rukh Khan, Badshah of Bollywood, is taking some time off from films and chilling with his family. After the failure of his big Bollywood film Zero, he is conscious of his choices and is yet to sign a movie in Bollywood. However, for the last couple of days, it has been rumoured that he will be seen in a cameo in Tamil film Bigil, which stars leading hero Vijay in the lead role.Speculation is rife that SRK will be shaking a leg with Vijay, who is known for his dancing skills. Another set of reports suggest that the Bollywood actor will be seen in a 15-minute role in the film as the antagonist. It was also reported that he will be shooting a stunt sequence with Vijay in the coming months.However, Vijay’s team vehemently denied the inclusion of Shah Rukh Khan in Bigil. A source close to the Bigil team told IndiaToday.in, “We don’t know what fuelled these rumours, but Shah Rukh Khan is definitely not doing a cameo or any role in the film. This is baseless speculation.”Earlier this year, Shah Rukh Khan and director Atlee (who is directing Bigil) were seen enjoying an IPL match in Chennai. After the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkatta Knight Riders match ended, SRK was snapped at Atlee’s office in the heart of the city.This led to rumours about a possible collaboration between the two in the near future. It was also said that they would do a separate film together. At this point, talks could still be in the nascent stage as Atlee has his total concentration on Vijay’s Bigil, which is on the verge of completion.advertisementBigil marks the third collaboration between Atlee and Vijay after two blockbuster hits – Theri and Mersal. The sports drama, produced by AGS Entertainment, is about women’s football. The film also includes Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Yogi Babu, Vivekh, Indhuja Ravichandran and Varsha Bollamma among others.ALSO SEE | Shah Rukh Khan to do a cameo in Vijay-starrer Bigil?ALSO SEE | Thalapathy 63 is now Bigil: Vijay rocks in two roles as gangster and football playerALSO WATCH | Vijay’s Athirindhi cleared without cuts, says CBFC chief Prasoon JoshiGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byK Janani Tags :Follow VijayFollow BigilFollow Shah Rukh Khan Is Shah Rukh Khan playing a cameo in Bigil? Vijay’s team respondsSeveral reports claim that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in for a cameo in Vijay’s Bigil.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Because it matters a great deal

first_imgAs Brazil burns in historic wildfires, there is a need worldwide to understand why this is not a matter confined to rainforests of Amazon. Known as the lungs of the planet, the forest has been up in flames for past several weeks and particularly in the last two weeks, matters have compounded to unprecedented extents. About half of Brazil is engulfed in smoke which has travelled as far as the Atlantic coast. Not containing this with urgent measures could lead to the worst global climate disaster in recent times. It is widely argued and accused that these fires are set by cattle ranchers and loggers who want clear land for their business, and are emboldened to do so given the pro-business state policies of the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro. While the politics around it is a debate for another column, a very striking predicament here is that the environment and nature are compromised for non-generic human gain by just a handful of people who wield a huge amount of power to make lasting changes but who invariably abuse their power leaving nature and ordinary mankind at the receiving end. This year’s fires fit in an established seasonal agricultural pattern and it is reported and explained that the vast majority of these fires (nearly 99 per cent) are human-lit and the most favourable time for this is the dry season when it is easier for the humid rainforest of Amazonia to catch fire. The peak of the dry season, however, is still to come in September. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) informs that the number of fires in Brazil is up to 80 per cent higher than last year and ore than half are in the Amazon region, spelling disaster for the local environment and ecology and aggravating massively on a global scale. The Amazonian rainforest is a repository of rich biodiversity and is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming. Producing one-fifth of the world’s oxygen and about 20 per cent of its freshwater, it is also home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous communities whose lives and homelands are continually under threat due to the persistent encroachment by the capitalist business vultures who do not hesitate to vandalise the resource-rich environment for sinister economic interests. Thus, these human-induced fires can range from a small-scale agricultural practice to deforestation for a mechanised and modern agribusiness project, as we see ablaze in Brazilian Amazon. This man-made disaster means that nature is repeatedly being taken for granted and that nothing is more important for humans than realising their own short-sighted visions at the cost of anything they think does not concern them. In this case, it is the environment. The Amazon rainforest is a crucial system that contributes to the water cycle on a global scale. The rain produced by the Amazon travels across to the Andes mountain range. Moisture from the Atlantic falls on the rainforest and eventually evaporates back into the atmosphere. It is established that Amazon rainforest has the ability to produce at least half of the rain it receives. This cycle is a delicate balance with impact on all the major parts of the world. Needless to say that there is a very urgent need to heed this balance. Necessary policy intervention is, of course, the urgent need of the hour but the very fundamental understanding that nature is not the means but the very locus of survival must be internalised by all. The Amazon is exceedingly important for the future of mankind and planet Earth, essentially for its capacity to stave off the worst of climate change. It is time the world comes together to prevent from compounding this untold destruction staring humanity in the face.last_img read more

Gas plants accused to hear Thursday on need to defend themselves further

first_imgTORONTO – Two former top political aides will hear on Thursday whether they need to offer further defence to accusations they illegally destroyed documents about the Ontario government’s politically explosive decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the provincial election in 2011.Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson on Tuesday reserved his decision on a request from David Livingston and Laura Miller for a directed acquittal — that he dismiss the case against them without the defence putting forward any evidence.Livingston and Miller, top aides to ex-Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, argued through their lawyers that the prosecution has failed to prove their guilt on charges of mischief and illegal computer use but prosecutor Tom Lemon said emails from 2012 indicated their culpability.Among the emails, court heard, were instructions on “double deleting” documents, and discussion of the increasingly tense political situation at the time: A legislature committee and others were requesting documents related to the Liberal government’s decision to scrap and relocate the gas plants, which cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.Both Livingston, who was McGuinty’s chief of staff, and his deputy Miller were quick to say they had no records responsive to the information requests, court heard. But Lemon argued the duo knowingly and deliberately wiped computer hard drives in the premier’s office in violation of guidelines and policies related to the records. He also said the pair kept senior bureaucrats in the dark about what they were doing.“There was no intention to comply with any of those policies,” Lemon told Lipson. “Certainly, they intended to wipe those hard drives.”While the pair admit deleting about 400 files from 20 computers, they maintain the files contained only personal data or political records they were not obliged to keep. In addition, their lawyers said, no evidence exists to show exactly what was deleted.“We don’t have to prove that the defendants deleted specific records,” Lemon countered. “The data being wiped did not belong to them.”In pressing for a directed acquittal, Livingston’s lawyer Brian Gover denied the pair had acted nefariously, stating the deleted emails were “political in nature.” The law, Gover said, only required retention of records of long-term business value to the Ontario government, and the relevant emails about the fallout from the gas-plants decision didn’t qualify.Miller’s lawyer, Scott Hutchison, said the prosecution had opened its case by suggesting the pair had deleted thousands of documents as part of some “grand conspiracy.” The emails the Crown pointed to as evidence of guilt simply reveal the obvious, Hutchison said: The government’s gas plants decision had been controversial.“I’m prepared to stipulate there was a political controversy in 2012,” Hutchison said. “If you look at these emails, they are all political, they are all transient, and none of them would have had to be preserved.”“Your position is that there were no business records that had to be retained?” Lipson asked.“None of these emails had to be retained,” Hutchison said.Hutchison said his client’s job related to “political messaging” about the issues of the day and no obligation existed to preserve related discussions.Lipson appeared to have difficulty that records concerning the government’s decision were “personal.” He also wondered whether freedom of information requests changed the situation, noting the accused said they had no records and then had Miller’s spouse, Peter Faist, wipe the drives.“There’s no evidence of any (responsive) records actually being destroyed,” Hutchison said. “That’s the problem.”The prosecution last week admitted it had no case on a third charge against Livingston and Miller, breach of trust.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried an incorrect spelling for David Livingston’s last name in one reference.last_img read more

Workers at the Quebec Native Womens Association band together

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn organization working for Aborignial women in Quebec has made the unprecedented move to unionize.The employees of the Quebec Native Womens Association says it is their job to promote the rights of Native women in the province – including the women working in their office.APTN’s Ossie Michelin tells us why they did itlast_img

NAFTA further imperilled by US demand for stringent American auto content

OTTAWA — Pessimism about the fate of NAFTA is mounting amid dismay that the U.S. wants to impose stringent new American content requirements on vehicles that are allowed duty-free movement across North America.The United States is set to propose that cars and trucks must have at least 85 per cent North American content and at least 50 per cent specifically American content to qualify for duty-free status, according to a report by Inside U.S. Trade.The rules of origin proposal is expected to be tabled next week in Washington during the fourth round of negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement.Canada and Mexico have, from the outset of talks, been adamant that they won’t agree to a specific American content requirement that would bolster the U.S. industry at the expense of automobile and auto parts manufacturers in the other two countries.And Canada’s automotive industry agrees.“You can’t have protectionism within a free trade agreement. It’s an oxymoron,” Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, said Friday.Studies have found that Canadian-produced vehicles already contain 63 per cent American content, while those produced in Mexico contain 40 per cent, Volpe noted. But he said casting an American content requirement in stone would handcuff the industry’s ability to pivot to suppliers in other countries — including Canada and Mexico — should they be able to offer a better product at a better price.“If the U.S. becomes less competitive and you’re tied to doing it in the U.S., then you are less competitive,” Volpe said, adding that in the meantime the industry’s global competitors, like China, will be “eating your lunch.”“It’s goofy.”Even without a specific American content requirement, the reported proposal to hike the North American content requirement to 85 per cent — up from the current 62.5 per cent — is stoking fears in all three countries that their fully integrated supply chain would be disrupted, manufacturing costs would skyrocket and the North American automotive industry would be left unable to compete with auto makers in Europe and Asia.“We are such a highly integrated industry, I think numbers of this nature would be highly problematic … and it would really tend to undermine our competitiveness as an industry within North America, let alone Canada,” said Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association.Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council and former Missouri governor, echoed that concern.“We share the goals of the (Trump) administration to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector, grow the U.S. economy and American jobs,” he said in an email statement to The Canadian Press.“We, however, are concerned the approach they are taking would be counterproductive to achieving those shared goals, including significant changes to rules of origin that would be harmful to the short and long-term competitiveness of the North American auto industry.”Unifor president Jerry Dias, whose union represents Canadian auto workers, said he sympathizes with what the U.S. is trying to do: stop the exodus of manufacturing jobs, particularly in the auto industry, to low-wage Mexico.But he said imposing stringent North American and American content requirements, without simultaneously raising the 2.5 per cent tariff on vehicles imported to the U.S. outside NAFTA, would backfire. He predicted auto makers would forgo their duty-free status under NAFTA, move their operations to Mexico and pay the tariff.“Ultimately, unless they deal with the 2.5 per cent tariff, it’s all worthless.”As for a specific American content requirement, Dias said that simply “won’t fly.”“For the U.S. to think that Canada is somehow just going to be bullied and is going to roll over and not protect their key industries while the U.S. is trying to do the same makes no sense,” he said, noting that autos remain Canada’s top export.The protectionist line on auto rules of origin comes after the U.S. tabled an equally unpalatable proposal on government procurement at the third round of negotiations last week in Ottawa. The U.S. is looking to severely restrict the ability of Canadian and Mexican companies to win contracts on government-funded infrastructure projects in the U.S.The mood among stakeholders during the third round was glum but Dan Ujczo, an Ohio-based trade lawyer with clients in both Canada and the U.S., said it’s about 10 times worse now, with most expecting the talks to end in failure.While the political leaders still talk about creating a “win-win-win” for all three countries, Ujczo said the only ‘Ws’ on stakeholders’ minds during the fourth round will be “who will withdraw” and “when will withdrawal” occur.A senior Canadian government official, not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Canadian negotiators will keep meeting and talking, even if it means repeatedly rejecting hardline American proposals.Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, declined to comment on the auto content requirement issue because an American proposal has still not been put on the table.“We will continue to work for a good deal, but not just any deal. We will continue to make clear, reasoned arguments based in fact.” read more

Chennai Court rejects plea from Douglas

Rejecting his request, IV additional sessions judge S Rajagopalan said his personal appearance before the court could not be dispensed with because of the police objection over his identification and the gravity of charges against him. “The petitioner has not complied with the order of the high court. Further, the respondent (police) clearly and categorically questioned the identification of the person accused. The NBW is pending for long time,” the judge said in his order. “Under these circumstances, after applying my judicial mind, it is concluded that the presence of the petitioner is essential, in order to ascertain his identity.” A Chennai sessions court on Thursday refused to revoke a non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda and turned down his offer to face the murder trial he faces in India through video-conferencing.Devananda and nine others are accused of firing on local residents and killing one person at Choolaimedu in Chennai in November 1986. All the 10 were arrested and charged with murder. A chargesheet was filed before the IV additional sessions court in 1987. As all of them absconded after being released on bail, the court declared them as proclaimed offenders in August 1994. The minister had approached the court seeking cancellation of the warrant and cited security threat to him and possible law and order problem in Tamil Nadu if he visited the state to attend the trial. Devananda sought the court’s permission to face trial through video-conferencing at the Indian high commission in Sri Lanka. Public prosecutor Prabhavathi assured that Devananda would get adequate police protection if he chose to attend the trial proceedings. But the minister’s counsel said the Tamil Nadu police were not as good in providing security as in conducting investigation, as was evident from the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.Besides the security threat, the Lankan minister cited his high constitutional position in Sri Lanka for his inability to attend the trial proceedings. (Times of India) read more

Democratic Peoples Congress sacks Nalliya Kumaragurubaran

Kumaragurubaran has also been removed from the party as he had failed to promote the party and had instead established contacts with other political parties. (Colombo Gazette) The Democratic People’s Congress says it has removed Nalliya Kumaragurubaran from the party.In a statement, the leader of the Democratic People’s Congress, Praba Ganesan said that Kumaragurubaran had been removed from his post of party General Secretary.

Wabush 3 mine project a significant boost for Labrador West IOC

Wabush 3 mine project a ‘significant’ boost for Labrador West: IOC LABRADOR CITY, N.L. – The Wabush 3 mine project in Labrador West is going ahead with a planned investment of $79 million, the Iron Ore Company of Canada announced Thursday.The new pit to be developed as part of IOC’s ongoing operations will extend the life of the existing mine, offering hope in a region hit hard since iron ore prices crashed.“This value-driven investment will deliver significant benefits for our business, employees and surrounding communities in Labrador West and Sept-Iles for many years to come,” IOC president and CEO Clayton Walker said in a statement.Lower iron ore prices over the last three years have economically battered Labrador West. The collapse spurred layoffs at IOC and the shutdown of Wabush Mines, wiping out about 500 well-paid jobs in the one-industry community.The Wabush 3 project has cleared regulatory and environmental hurdles, but was delayed in 2015 due to sluggish prices.IOC now says construction of the new pit is expected to start in the second quarter of this year.First ore from production mining is expected in the second half of 2018, to help drive IOC’s annual capacity to 23 million tonnes from 18 million tonnes.The company says Wabush 3 gives it the best access to low-cost, quality ore to help it compete as prices remain volatile.“IOC is committed to modernizing its assets and operating model to achieve safer and more stable production,” and become “the premier mining organization in North America,” it said Thursday.The company has moved to improve productivity in recent years and has denied complaints of forced overtime. Union leaders have repeatedly raised concerns about worker fatigue and unresolved grievances. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 9:49 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Newly discovered DDay maps reveal German defences on eve of assault

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Individual houses along the coast that had been fortified and occupied by the Germans were also highlighted.The maps cover the areas of Normandy where Allied paratroopers dropped a few hours before the beach landings. Not only were roads, bridges and streams marked but even their length and width were noted.One of the maps covers ‘Dog’ section for Omaha Beach, which featured in the Steven Spielberg film Saving Private Ryan.The 1:25,000 or 2.5ins to 1 mile scale maps were colour-coded with blue for comfirmed enemy positions, purple for unconfirmed and orange for amended positions. The most up-to-date maps for the D-Day invasion have come to light 72 years later to show the incredible detail the Allies went to to ensure victory.The 24 original maps were drawn up just two weeks before the momentous operation and gave the military commanders the most contemporary reports of the state of the five Normandy beaches.The charts, marked ‘Top Secret’, were so detailed they contained almost the exact number and positions of mines, pill boxes and other defence works the Germans had laid as part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. One of the maps covers ‘Dog’ section for Omaha BeachCredit:Abbie Trayler-Smith for The Telegraph A man of Sword beach where British troops came ashoreCredit:C&T/BNPS Sword beach in the British sector - even flame throwers are markedcenter_img The maps, that spread out to 3ft by 2.5ft, were dated May 20 when the date and location for the Allied invasion of Europe was still only known by a select few.Indeed, they were for members of the ‘BIGOT’ list only – the limited number of military top brass who knew about the plans for Operation Overlord.An instruction along the top told the holder the maps were not to be carried in operational aircraft in case it crashed behind enemy lines.The documents were the culmination of two years of work to gather intelligence and photographs of the Normandy coast.The operation involved a bogus BBC competition for British holidaymakers to send in their photographs of the French seaside and Allied divers taking panoramic snaps of the beaches under the noses of the Germans. “There are no other maps that are as up-to-date as these that we know of.”They are rare. Every now and again one might pop up from the family of a senior officer but to get so many of them in one go is quite something.”They are in very good condition.”Very few have survived and this is the largest single grouping we have seen.”The maps include Gold Beach between Colleville and Arromanche, Sword Beach between St Aubin and La Breche, ‘bloody’ Omaha Beach at St. Pierre-Du-Mont and St. Marie-Du-Mont at Utah Beach.They are being sold on September 7 and expected to fetch £2,800. Omaha Beach The maps have emerged now after an unknown dealer bought them from a descendant of a senior military officer who was involved in Operation Overlord.They are being sold in eight separate lots by C&T Auctioneers of Ashford, Kent.Tim Harper, of C&T Auctioneers, believes the maps were kept by a senior Allied military leader after the historic operation.He said: “These were the last printed maps before D-Day.”They are incredibly detailed and gave the main military leaders vital information on the presence of defences, machine gun posts, pill boxes and trenches.”The maps are dated May 19 and D-Day was put back once or twice before it was launched on June 6, 1944.last_img read more

Women being forced to sign gagging clauses which stop them talking to

Zelda Perkins gave evidence to a previous committee hearing Credit:PA When asked yesterday whether there was evidence of other stringent agreements, Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: “Most of them just allow you to talk to your spouse, your lawyer and your accountant and that is it.  He said that it was felt that the change in the law came about in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein #MeToo scandal as it was felt that NDAs were being abuse. He told the committee: “The value of the NDA is to intimidate women into being silent and that I think was the context, that women were being silenced and repeat harassers were continuing to harass.”The committee will continue hearing evidence in the new year.  Women are being forced into signing into signing controversial gagging orders which are so strict they ban them from speaking to their doctor about their experiences, MPs have been told. Employees are left feeling that there is no choice but to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)  which “intimidate” them into silence after having “horrible” experiences at the hands of their bosses, the Women and Equalities Committee heard as they opened a fresh inquiry into the use of the agreements. It comes in the wake of the scandal surrounding Sir Philip Green’s use of NDAs to silence staff who accused him of sexual and racial discrimination. The Topshop billionaire still has an injunction out against the Telegraph preventing this newspaper printing allegations made against him by five former staff members.Emma Webster, a solicitor specialising in the field, told the hearing that NDAs were used in almost every case where there had been a payout but as they are so shrouded in secrecy it was impossible to know how many existed. The committee originally heard evidence on the use of NDAs last year when Zelda Perkins, who had been forced to sign one by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, told them that her agreement precluded her from speaking to her therapist or the police.  Zelda Perkins gave evidence to a previous committee hearing  “We would never advise anybody to speak to anybody outside of that as they would risk breaching their NDA and it would just be too terrifying what the consequences of that could be.”Sarah Champion MP said she was “shocked” that people were only able to tell their spouse.Ms Webster,  Joint CEO of Your Employment Settlement Service, argued that in most cases the agreements said that you could speak to “professional advisors”, which she would tell clients would include a doctor or therapist. But she agreed that it “probably” needed to be clearer. Ms Brearley said that her campaign group had carried out research in which 260 women responded to their survey to say that they had experienced pregnancy or maternity discrimination and had signed an NDA. Of those 91pc said that they felt “forced to sign that NDA, that they didn’t have any other choice” and 69pc said that signing it had had a “long term impact on their mental health”.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It is put to them as if it is a choice, it is not a choice. There is no other option, there is nowhere else for them to go,” she told the hearing. “Many of these women are in horrendous, vulnerable states. They have just had a baby, they are trying to get used to motherhood and they are going through this awful experience with their employer. They just want it over.”She said that the “silence, the secrecy, damages women for a really long time” but argued that NDAs should not be abolished as many need the settlement. She added: “They want it in that sense that they want it over”. She said making the tribunal process easier and “less brutal” would help, but added: “We should make it clear that women can talk to their counselor about it… that is the least we can do. “Seamus Dooley, Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists, argued that they should be abolished in certain cases as “harassment occurs in the dark and the only way we can actually stop it is by shining a light on it”. The committee also heard from Peter Rukin, a partner at Californian law firm Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP, where NDAs are being outlawed in sexual abuse and harassment cases.  read more

Prince Harry to open memorial to 31 British victims who died in

The Duke of Sussex will officially open a memorial to 31 British victims of two terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kensington Palace has announced.The memorial commemorates the 30 British victims of the Sousse attack at a popular coastal holiday resort in 2015, as well as a UK national who died in an attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis earlier the same year.The commemorative sculpture, called Infinite Wave, will overlook a lake in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park and comprise 31 individual streams, with each representing the loss of a British life.A number of the victims had links to the Midlands, including 70-year-old former Birmingham City footballer Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine, 69.The duke will attend a ceremony to officially open the memorial on March 4 and attend a reception where he will meet some of the families of those affected.In 2016 Harry gave a reading at a service for the victims at Westminster Abbey in London.The sculpture, which was designed by London and Gloucester-based George King Architects, was chosen ahead of 19 other entries by an independent panel, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.Relatives of the victims were consulted on its design and location. Suzy Richards, who lost three members of her family in the attack, has previously described the memorial as representing “our never-ending love and beautiful memories we treasure”.As part of his visit to Birmingham, the duke will also visit The Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.The centre aims to minimise the psychological and physical impact of scarring among armed forces personnel and civilians wounded in terrorist attacks.The Royal Foundation gave funding to the CASEVAC Club, which helped to set up the centre and aims to provide wounded personnel with a close-knit, supportive community and assist in the advancement of treatments. read more

Jodie Whittaker Opens Up About Doctor Who

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Trust her…she’s a doctor. Jodie Whittaker tells @shaunwkeaveny about her new drama Trust Me & life as the 13th @doctorwho. pic.twitter.com/s6YanTSrEp— BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) August 7, 2017Following this winter’s departure of showrunner Steven Moffat and Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, Whittaker and Chibnall (“Chibs”) will carry the BBC torch—likely starting in the fall of 2018.“I’m about to play an alien, a Time Lord. And as a girl? … That’s incredible,” she said.Whittaker isn’t the only one excited for the change: A home video of a young fan watching the BBC’s post-Wimbledon reveal went viral when she fangirled hard over the casting news.“Seeing things like that are really exciting,” Whittaker added.While plenty of Whovians are right chuffed over the Doctor’s changing sex, some folks have criticized the program for this diverse move—one that Whittaker has gallantly addressed on multiple occasions.“The people that are in these roles that we are … passionate about or look up to don’t always have to tick the same box,” she told Keaveny in that thick Northern accent reminiscent of the Ninth Doctor.Christopher Eccleston himself shared his thoughts with fellow BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends presenter Sara Cox: “She’s working-class, she’s Northern, what can go wrong?”Whittaker, who worked with Tenth Doctor David Tennant on Broadchurch, suggested that she’s “spoken to a few” previous Time Lords, who simply reminded her to enjoy the journey.“No person plays this part the same,” she said. “And what a freeing thing [that is] for day one.”Whittaker also sat down with BBC News to discuss Doctor Who.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img In the first broadcast interview since her unveiling as the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker today joined BBC Radio 6 Music to talk emotions, fans, and upcoming adventures.“I didn’t faint,” she said of learning she got the part. “I played it really cool. And cried.”The 35-year-old from West Yorkshire found out about her new role while filming four-part BBC miniseries Trust Me, in which she plays a disgraced nurse masquerading as a doctor.“It was incredibly emotional,” she told 6 Music’s, Shaun Keaveny. “All I ever wanted to do was be an actor. I wanted to do it because I wanted to play pretend. And [Doctor Who] is the ultimate playing.“If you grow up watching adventure films and TV shows [with] that belief that anything is possible, this is the job to do,” she continued. “And I get to do it. And that was never in the realm of possibility ever growing up.”Most American audiences will recognize Whittaker from her three-season stint as Beth Latimer in Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch (also featuring Arthur “Rory Williams” Darvill).But the versatile performer, who had her big-screen breakthrough opposite the late Peter O’Toole in 2006’s Venus, can make audiences laugh as easily as she can break their heart.last_img read more

Girl pleads guilty in robbery

first_imgThe driver in a Camas home-invasion robbery and assault in May pleaded guilty in juvenile court Thursday to second-degree robbery.Amanda Louise Seekins, 17, was driving after her co-defendants allegedly assaulted and robbed at gunpoint two men May 12.Court records say police were called to a home in the 3900 block of Northeast Tacoma Court for a robbery early that morning. A resident and house guest said they were attacked.One of the men said he had been speaking with one of the co-defendants over social media for a few weeks, and invited her over.When he answered the door, three man pushed their way inside and robbed the two, according to court records.Seekins, court records say, drove the car from the house.One of the co-defendants in the case, Evan B. Barajas, 20, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Sept. 7 after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and third-degree assault. Co-defendant Raelyn G. Domingo, 15, was sentenced in July to 15 to 36 weeks in a juvenile facility for her role in the robbery.Domingo is also accused of shooting a 56-year-old Beaverton, Ore., man whom she met on a “sugar daddy” dating site. She’s facing first-degree robbery and first-degree assault, both Measure 11 crimes in Oregon that carry mandatory minimum sentences of 7 1/2 years in prison.Seekins’ sentencing was set for Jan. 24, 2019.Trials for the other co-defendants — Jamil R. Timpke Rhoades, 19, and Keonte D. Scott, 20 — are pending.last_img read more