Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman00:50Trending 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 Both fighters started out strong, landing heavy shots from the opening bell but it was Duno (20-1, 15 KOs) who connected better.The fourth round saw Rodriguez (30-8 26 KOs) get bloodied after an accidental headbutt while the fifth round featured Duno losing a point for hitting his opponent with a low blow.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, logisticsDuno sent Rodriguez to the mat with a solid body shot in the final minute of the eighth round but was unable to follow it up with no time left on the clock.Rodriguez then suffered a cut on his cheek after another accidental headbutt prompting referee Raul Caiz Sr. to send the fight to the scorecards. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES FILE – Romero Duno of the Philippines looks on after defeating Juan Sanchez of Mexico during their lightweight bout at The Forum on September 23, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Romero Duno scored a tight split decision victory over Mexico’s Juan Antonio Rodriguez in nine-round slugfest to claim the North American Boxing Organization lightweight title at Fantasy Springs Casino in California Thursday.The judges scored 85-84 ,86-83 for Duno, and 85-84 for Rodriguez.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Topless Tongan eyes unique Olympic treble This was Duno’s 11th straight win while Rodriguez his second of his last three fights with his last victory coming against Filipino Mercito Gesta, who is a good friend of Duno’s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments MOST READ
Haryana Steelers will welcome reigning champions Bengaluru Bulls on Sunday (October 2) in the Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7. Hosts Haryana, who have sealed their PKL 2019 Season 7 playoff berth, will eye another win on the home turf as they face the Bengaluru side. The Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 Haryana Steelers vs Bengaluru Bulls will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana. Bengaluru Bulls, however, will seek to freeze their Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Season 7 playoff berth. The PKL 2019 Season 7 Haryana Steelers vs Bengaluru Bulls will start at 8:30 pm.Led by skipper Dharmaraj Cheralathan, the Haryana side will look to keep their momentum when they step into the turf in front of the home crowd. Defending champions Bengaluru Bulls will aim at sealing their qualification in the upcoming outing. The visitors will bank on their ‘Hi-Flyer’ Pawan Sehrawat to show some charisma on the turf. This season 12 teams are participating in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha.What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Bengaluru Bulls start?The 118th match of PKL 2019 season 7 series is scheduled to start at 8:30 pm. The match between Haryana Steelers and Bengaluru Bulls will be played at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula, Haryana.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Bengaluru Bulls on TV?The PKL 2019 Season 7 Haryana Steelers and Bengaluru Bulls clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Haryana Steelers vs Bengaluru Bulls match on live streaming?The live streaming of the Haryana Steelers and Bengaluru Bulls, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Bengal Warriorsbengaluru bullsdabang delhi kcGujarat Fortunegiants First Published: October 2, 2019, 1:29 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Undergoing a transition phase, defending champions Sri Lanka may not be in their elements in the build-up to the ICC World T20 but skipper Angelo Mathews on Wednesday said it is good to carry the underdogs tag as it does not put the team under pressure.”The fact that we are coming as underdogs releases the pressure. Yes, we didn’t do well in the Asia Cup but we’re getting better day by day. I’m confident of my team’s progress,” Mathews said on the eve of their Super 10 opener against Afghanistan .Mathews said that his team needed just one win to get the momentum back.”We’re not looking too far ahead at the moment and we will take one game at a time. We need one good game to get our momentum back,” said the skipper.Afghanistan almost pulled off an upset during the 2015 World Cup in Australia when they threatened to chase down 237 before being bowled out for 232 in 49.4 overs and Mathews said the Afghans were no more the minnows.”We can’t call Afghanistan minnows. They beat all the teams in the qualifiers and progressed. We are taking them very seriously. They can upset any team. We have to really play well to beat Afghanistan. They’re really tough.”It (2015 WC) was a very close game. They really fought hard against us. We have to fight well. If we play to our potential, we can beat them,” said Mathews.With Lasith Malinga having stepped down as Sri Lanka captain, citing injury concerns at the last minute, Mathews was quoted as saying in media that he was not ‘mentally prepared’. However, the Lankan all-rounder clarified his comments saying: “I think I used a wrong word ‘not ready’. What I meant was I was not expecting the captaincy.advertisement”I’ve been a part and parcel of the team and captain of the ODI and Test teams for about three years. I’m very familiar with the players. It’s not a burden at all. My task now is to get the maximum out of players from the bunch that we have. I’m really confident.”The retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have been a big blow to Sri Lanka as they’ve won only four of their 14 matches since beating India in Mirpur in 2014.But Mathews said cricket has to live on and he urged the players to take up more responsibility and live up to the challenge.”It’s quite hard to fill those gaps. They served us for so many years. They’ve retired. Cricket will live forever…no one is permanent in the team. Whosoever comes into the team has to take responsibility. Yes, I’ve had a lean patch but I have been batting well at the nets and have to carry on,” Mathews insisted.
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(REOPENS DEL 32) (REOPENS DEL 32) “I said it before, we have number of guys in 30s and we came here in this tournament not playing a T20 in the calendar year, where we saw lot of (things) against us. That really brought the team closer together,” Sammy added. “Youve to see the way weve played. We think its us against the world. That 15 players and the support staff, its just us, our own new circle against the world and thats how weve gone out and played.” High on confidence after some good performances in Super 10 stage, the West Indies captain said his team was looking forward to playing the home team. “Nobody gave us a chance and a lot was said about us which weve not spoken about. We had our moment but as I said (there are) six steps to (win) the World Cup. Weve taken four. We had a little wobble in the match against Afghanistan but weve dusted ourselves up and the step tomorrow is against India and were looking forward to it,” he said. Sammy pointed out that both the teams have players who are very good in the shortest format. “You look at the two sides, especially with the experience in the dressing room playing T20s in both sides. We have players who play all around the world with a lot of experience. When you have somebody like Chris Gayle in the dressing room, who I think is the best T20 batsman in the world, his record speaks for itself. Other quality players in our team — Bravo, Russell, Badree, Benn. Its a good combination which allows you to win cricket matches. “On the other hand, you have somebody like Virat in India team, MS Dhoni and (Suresh) Raina, and all these guys. Both teams are really good and we are looking forward to that. What better place to play (than) here in Mumbai, (which is) one of the best wickets in India. Its going to be exciting,” he said. Stating that West Indian players always enjoy playing in India, he said: “A number of our players play here (in IPL). We have a lot of respect and camaraderie in the group.” On Wankhede pitch, Sammy gave a tongue-in-cheek reply, saying: “To be honest, I just want (a pitch) 22 yards long and probably 6 feet wide. Thats a good cricket wicket. We play on whatever wicket is given. It is a semifinal, a lot is at stake. Whatever is given, were ready to face the challenge.” PTI SSR CM PMadvertisement
From Lalit K Jha Washington, May 28 (PTI) Chinas military expansion in the disputed South China Sea poses a growing risk to the regions prosperity and its actions could erect a “Great Wall of self- isolation”, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has warned. “China wants and enjoys all the benefits of free trade and a free internet, while sometimes restricting both as they apply to them,” Carter said at graduation and commissioning at Naval Academy in Maryland yesterday.In sum, on the seas, in cyberspace, in the economy and elsewhere, China has benefited from the principles and systems that others have worked to establish and uphold, he said.”But instead of helping sustain those very principles and systems that have served all of us so well and for so long, instead of working toward the, quote, win-win cooperation that Beijing publicly says it wants, China plays by its own rules undercutting those principles,” he said.”The result is that Chinas actions could erect a Great Wall of self-isolation, as countries across the region ? allies, partners and the unaligned ? are voicing concerns publicly and privately, at the highest levels,” Carter said.”Such a model reflects the regions distant past, rather than the principled future we all want for the Asia-Pacific.”He said in the disputed South China Sea and elsewhere, there is a growing risk to the regions prosperous future.”China has taken some expansive and unprecedented actions in the South China Sea, pressing excessive maritime claims contrary to international law. Its construction ? and subsequent militarisation ? of artificial islands on disputed features far surpass all other land reclamation efforts by other nations there, combined,” he added.advertisement”And when other aircraft, ships, and even fishermen act in accordance with international law near these features, China tries to turn some of them away,” he said.China claims all most all of South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan fiercely contest Chinas claims.Carter said the US is determined to stand with partners in upholding core principles, like freedom of navigation and overflight, free flow of commerce, and the peaceful resolution of disputes, through legal means.”We are committed to ensuring that these core principles apply equally in the South China Sea as they do everywhere else because only by ensuring that everyone plays by the same rules can we avoid the mistakes of the past, where countries challenged one another in contests of strength and will, with disastrous consequences for humanity,” he said.Carter said Americas focus on upholding principles extends beyond the maritime domain. For example, China wants its companies that depend on the Internet to flourish in the global marketplace so it can lift its peoples prosperity.”And yet, Chinas cyber-actors have violated the spirit of the Internet ? not to mention the law ? to perpetrate large-scale intellectual property theft from American companies. Thats why the President has been determined to develop international understandings of behavior in cyberspace,” he added. PTI LKJ ZH
Argentina legend Diego Maradona has claimed that present captain Lionel Messi does not have the character to be a leader.Maradona was caught on microphone talking about the FC Barcelona icon with Brazil legend Pele at an event here on Thursday.”He’s a really good person, but he has no personality,” Maradona was quoted as saying by goal.com. (Copa America: Assassin Messi could be unstoppable, says Panama coach)”He lacks (the) character to be a leader.”Pele responded saying, “Ah, I get it, he’s not like we were back in the days. In the 70s we (Brazil) had really good players like Rivellino, Gerson, Tostao.””Not like Argentina now, which depends only on Messi. He (Maradona) is saying that Messi is a good player, there’s no doubt about it, but he has no personality.”Messi’s commitment to the game has been questioned time and again by Argentina fans as the talismanic forward has struggled to replicate his club form in national colours.The 28-year-old has twice lost in the final of the Copa America and once if the World Cup final. He has only the 2008 Olympic gold medal as a significant international honour.He missed Argentina’s opening game of the Copa America, a 2-1 win over title holders Chile, due to a back injury.
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Indian cinemagoers have a propensity to forgive and forget when it comes to Salman Khan, the man who can get away with comparing his experience of pretending to be a wrestler to that of a sexually assaulted woman. Such is his exalted status that his apparel company, Being Human, may,Indian cinemagoers have a propensity to forgive and forget when it comes to Salman Khan, the man who can get away with comparing his experience of pretending to be a wrestler to that of a sexually assaulted woman. Such is his exalted status that his apparel company, Being Human, may as well unveil a T-shirt that says, ‘In Bhai We Believe’. His larger-than-life presence in Sultan (2016) has catapulted it to the third-highest earning film of all time behind only his own production, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and PK (2014). That Salman, unlike his peers Aamir and Shah Rukh, has maintained a silence on rising intolerance has only won him more admirers, including in government, which appointed him the Indian Olympic Association’s goodwill ambassador for Rio 2016. So what if he can’t get Dipa Karmakar’s name correct? For Bhai, it’s all about being human. And humans err.From the Mood of the Nation poll in April 2015, when Salman had only a 1 percentage point advantage over Shah Rukh, he now enjoys a healthy 10 percentage point lead over both SRK and Amitabh Bachchan. Meanwhile, Aamir, who in April ’15 was tied with Shah Rukh, with 14 per cent respondents picking him as their favourite actor, has fallen behind. Akshay Kumar, in the meantime, has inched forward. Seven per cent of respondents prefer the Airlift actor compared to Aamir’s 6 per cent. It has as much to do with Aamir not having a release last year as with his comments on censorship during Pahlaj Nihalani’s reign.Deepika Padukone. Photo: Bandeep SinghThe actresses’s popularity ratings are more stable. Deepika Padukone is down only slightly from the February 2016 MOTN poll, where she led with 16 per cent. Much like Priyanka Chopra, who ranked second, Padukone has her eyes set on Hollywood and spent a chunk of 2016 shooting her international debut, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, with Vin Diesel. At a recent India Today TV event, the actress said that American TV does not interest her professionally. Riding high on her career-best performance in Piku, Padukone stands tall on the merit of her own star power in Tamasha and Bajirao Mastani. Year 2016 will be a rare one for her, without a single release, but the same is true of her closest rival, Bajirao Mastani co-star, Priyanka Chopra.advertisementAnushka Sharma has gained, having featured in two of the biggest films (PK and Sultan). With a 10 per cent score, six points ahead of three-time National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut, Sharma is proving to be a contender for Heroine No. 1. As Katrina Kaif languishes and ties with Sharma at the third spot, watch out for new entrant Alia Bhatt.Follow the writer on Twitter @suhani84THE BRAVE NEW FACE OF CRICKETThere is a tide in the affairs of sportsmen, with apologies to Shakespeare, which taken at the flood leads on to greatness. If Sachin Tendulkar rode that tide between 1996 and 1997-when he struck seven Test centuries in five continents and added another 11 ODI hundreds for good measure to establish himself as the world’s best batsman – Virat Kohli has ridden it from the second half of 2014 to 2016.Virat Kohli. Photo: Getty imagesThough there is still a huge statistical gulf between the two, Kohli has established himself as the premier Indian sporting icon of the next generation. Like with Tendulkar, it’s not just what Kohli does, but how he does it.The aggressive demeanour on the field is slowly getting tempered, even as the aggressive streak at the crease is being honed. With him batting, like with Sachin in his prime, India always has a chance. Little wonder then that Kohli is India’s favourite – way ahead of the rest. By Kunal PradhanAlso read:Mood of the Nation: Modi bounces back after slump in last 3 polls Mood of the Nation: Is Rahul Gandhi best PM candidate for Congress? Mood of the Nation: Modi a boon for India’s international ties Arvind Kejriwal or Nitish Kumar: Who can lead an anti-Modi alliance? Mood of the Nation: Curious case of Modi not being blamed for inflation, corruption, no jobs
Mumbai, Oct 6 (PTI) Leading video streaming platform Hotstar today said it will stream the upcoming Kabaddi World Cup in stereoscopic 3D Virtual Reality (VR), which will offer a panoramic view of the game.The Kabaddi World Cup games will be shot in stereoscopic 3D using two camera pods (in addition to the multi camera set up of the traditional production) including 12 cameras per pod, which allows for immersive production and stereoscopic capture, Hotstar said in a statement.The live VR stream for the Kabaddi World Cup will be available to fans in two formats — a personalised, 2D user-controlled experience for viewers without headsets, and in full stereoscopic, TrueVRTM for Google Cardboard and Gear VR headsets.”It is the first time VR content from a live event of this magnitude will be available on multiple headsets and mobile operating systems,” it said.Users of Samsung Gear VR will have access to the Hotstar app on the Oculus store.”Fans in India look to Hotstar to set the benchmark for video streaming and we are excited to bring a dramatic new live experience to sports fans,” Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan said.Teams from across the globe will participate in the event commencing tomorrow. PTI DS NSK BAL
By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) West Indies are two-time World T20 champions but the flamboyant Chris Gayle feels “it will be difficult” for the Caribbean islands to regain their glory days in Test cricket in the near future. One of the most dashing batsmen of his time, Gayle has two triple hundreds in the longest format with 7214 runs in 103 games. His RCB jersey no, 333, is his highest Test score. West Indies have lost their last two Test series against India (at home) and Pakistan (away). “It will be difficult for West Indies to go back where they were in Test cricket,” Gayle told PTI during an interaction arranged by Diageo. Gayle terms lack of “concentration” and “consistency” as hurdles in attaining success in Test cricket. “The structure of modern day cricket is such that it will be difficult to regain those days of glory because of the advent of the shorter format and the interest that it has generated among the youngsters. In longer formats, you need to concentrate more and have that game discipline in order to achieve consistency,” Gayle said. “If you look at our T20 success it is because of the short duration that helps one play their attacking game. So if you ask me about a turnaround, it seems difficult as of now,” Gayle was straightforward in his assessment. He also felt that youngsters in the West Indies could always be lured by lucrative private T20 leagues across the globe. “You cannot rule out that possibility that Gen Next in the Caribbean will be more inclined to play T20 leagues. If you are a professional cricketer, you would want to have a good career. With so many leagues across the globe, one needs to accept it as a reality today. If a guy is a good enough player and can remain fit, one can play in T20 leagues even above 40 (Brad Hogg is a case in point),” Gayle made his point. “At the end of the day, sport is entertainment and one cant deny that T20 gets you good TV coverage for the duration of the game and the entertainment associated.” The Jamaican dasher believes that for upliftment of West Indies cricket, the players as well as West Indies Cricket Board will have to join hands as it is “everyones responsibility”. Did he speak to WICB president Dave Cameron on the issues leading to sour relations in the recent past between players and board, he replied: “No, I have not spoken to anybody. I believe we have a designated players body and they represent us. If the players need to voice any concern they tell it to the association. “But yes, everyone has some sort of responsibility to take West Indies cricket forward. You dont want a situation like Dwayne Bravo was in. Every player wants to play for the West Indies but there are issues that need to be addressed.” On a personal front, Gayle is currently recuperating from injury and will not be playing in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia. “I am not playing in the Big Bash as I am spending time with my family and recuperating from an injury. I am eyeing a comeback during Pakistan Super League (PSL) and then the Indian Premier League,” said Gayle. He is also hopeful that he will be donning the West Indies jersey again having last played in the ICC World T20 in India. “If I am fit and in form, I would still like to play for the West Indies not only in T20 but in ODIs as well. If you ask me, I would like to play till the 2019 World Cup in England. Thats a target I have set for myself,” he concluded. PTI KHS AH AHadvertisement
Didier Deschamps has no concerns about Paul Pogba amid reports the France midfielder’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has broken down.Pogba was a key player as Les Bleus won the World Cup at Russia 2018, scoring in the 4-2 defeat of Croatia in the final.Although Pogba has netted four goals in all competitions for Manchester United this season, he was stripped of the vice-captaincy by Mourinho, who denied a training ground row between the pair, while the midfielder has since claimed he has been banned by the club from speaking to the media. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Joining France on international duty for a friendly against Iceland and a Nations League clash with Germany will give Pogba a break from United and Deschamps – who won FIFA’s Best Men’s Coach award last month – feels the change of scenery will be welcome.”I’m not worried at all and I’m not Jose Mourinho,” Deschamps said on Thursday. “I do not want to interfere in their affairs, everything is clear with Paul, you have to balance things out. “The setting is different when they find themselves in the French team.”Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is included in Deschamps’ squad, but the coach warned the 21-year-old to stay focused.”Ousmane has had a good start to the season with Barca,” Deschamps said. “He is decisive and scores a lot of goals, he has to gain in consistency.”It’s up to him to be aware of all the demands of high level football, and I do not think he is fully aware of it.”France have recalled defensive trio Mamadou Sakho, Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne while uncapped 21-year-old Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele could make his international debut.
Kochi, May 7(PTI) Kerala government today assured that all major works at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and training grounds in the city, for the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be completed by May 15.”There is no any need for any concern.. All important works will be completed by May 15,” Kerala Industries Minister A C Moideen said, after inspecting preparation works at the stadium here, one of the six venues for hosting U-17 World Cup matches.During his visit to the stadium last month, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel had expressed disappointment over the delay in completion of works at the main stadium and training grounds for the FIFA U- 17 World Cup.FIFAs inspection team had expressed deep concerns over the pace of work at the stadium, and had set 15 May as the deadline for completing the work.”Though I am disappointed over the delay in completion of various works, the officers have promised me that most of the work, especially at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, will be completed by 15 May,” Goel had said at a press conference.The Local Organising Committee of FIFA U-17 World Cup had earlier this month asserted that Kochi was on its way to complete preparation work by 15 May, rubbishing speculations that the venue could be dropped. PTI TGB ROH
The concept of going back to the home and away format in Ranji Trophy games after one year’s experiment with neutral venue format found favour from the majority of participants in the BCCI’s captains-cum-coaches conclave in Mumbai on Tuesday.”An overwhelming majority (of captains and coaches) wanted to go back to the home and away concept,” said a Ranji Trophy skipper after the conclusion of the two-hour meeting.”There were views supporting both the formats. Instead of making a calculation of how many people were on which side, what was done was that points made to substantiate a certain position on either of the two formats have been collated,” said BCCI’s acting secretary, Amitabh Chaudhry.”They will be brought to the technical committee and then put before the general body which will take a call,” he added.”The meeting lasted two hours and covered every aspect of the BCCI tournaments, particularly the Ranji Trophy. Even the Vijay Hazare (one-dayers) and Mushtaq Ali (T20s) were discussed. There was also a discussion on junior tournaments even though it was the Ranji captains and coaches conclave. Every tournament literally got covered,” Chaudhry explained.”All aspects of the game, various tournaments, playing conditions and players’ welfare – everything was discussed,”he added.It was learnt that the issue of raising the fees of domestic players too came up at the conclave as it was felt that the amount earned by players in Australia and England in domestic cricket was substantially higher and enough to make a living out of playing at this level too.advertisementAnother issue that was discussed in detail was the quality of umpiring with almost everyone criticising the standards of officiating in domestic tournament, according to sources who attended the meeting.”Our umpires are very good in theory and are prompt in punishments but make a lot of mistakes on the field,” was the opinion of one of the captains.There was also suggestion to revive the practise of rival captains giving their views through a report on umpiring after each game to the BCCI, which was discontinued last season, it was learnt.The meeting was attended by the BCCI’s office bearers and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators whose member Ramchandra Guha described the discussions as “very educative.”
Police scrambled to close down a network around the Manchester suicide bomber with arrests in Britain and Tripoli on Wednesday, as details about the investigation were leaked to US media, infuriating authorities who fear a second attack is imminent.British-born Salman Abedi, 22, who was known to security services, killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children on Monday.Authorities believe he had help in building the bomb, which photographs published by the New York Times showed was sophisticated and powerful, and that his accomplices could be ready to strike again.Manchester police arrested five men and one woman on Wednesday, bringing the total held for questioning to seven, and searched multiple addresses in northern and central England.Explosives were found at one site, the Independent reported, citing security service sources.A source said British investigators were hunting for anyone who may have helped build the suicide bomb.”I think it’s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating,” police chief Ian Hopkins said outside Manchester police headquarters.”And as I’ve said, it continues at a pace. There’s extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak.”Abedi, who was born in Manchester in 1994 to Libyan parents, blew himself up on Monday night at the Manchester Arena indoor venue at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande attended by thousands of children and teenagers.Police in Tripoli on Wednesday arrested Abedi’s younger brother and his father, who said he did not expect the attack.advertisement”I spoke to [Salman Abedi] about five days ago … there was nothing wrong, everything was normal,” Ramadan Abedi told Reuters, moments before he was arrested.A spokesman for the local counter-terrorism force said his brother Hashem Abedi was arrested on suspicion of links with Islamic State and was suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the Libyan capital.The first arrest made in Britain on Tuesday was reported by British and US media to be Abedi’s older brother.Earlier, interior minister Amber Rudd said the bomber had recently returned from Libya. Her French counterpart Gerard Collomb said he had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria as well.US LEAKSAuthorities in Britain have become increasingly angered by US leaks from the investigation, including the bomber’s name on Tuesday and the photos of blood-stained fragments from the bomb on Wednesday.British police chiefs said the breaches of trust between security service partners were undermining their efforts.Rudd had earlier scolded US officials for leaking details.”The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise, so it is irritating if it gets released from other sources, and I have been very clear with our friends that should not happen again,” she said.But, hours after the warning, the New York Times published the detailed photographs.A government source told the Guardian newspaper, “Protests have been lodged at every relevant level between the British authorities and our US counterparts.”British Prime Minster Theresa May will meet US President Donald Trump at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, but officials said she would cut short the second leg of her trip to the G7 summit in Italy.The Manchester bombing has raised concern across Europe. Cities including Paris, Nice, Brussels, St. Petersburg, Berlin and London have suffered militant attacks in the last two years.SOLDIERS ON THE STREETSThe 22 victims in Manchester included an eight-year-old girl, several teenage girls, a 28-year-old man and a Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters.Britain’s official terror threat level was raised to “critical”, the highest level, late on Tuesday, meaning an attack was expected imminently.But with just over two weeks to go until a national election, May’s Conservatives and political parties said they would resume campaigning in the coming days.The Manchester bombing was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated attacks on London’s transport network.Rudd said up to 3,800 soldiers could be deployed on Britain’s streets, taking on guard duties to free up police to focus on patrols and investigation. An initial deployment of 984 had been ordered, first in London and then elsewhere.Soldiers were seen at the Houses of Parliament, May’s Downing Street residence and at the London police headquarters at New Scotland Yard.The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, a draw for tourists, was cancelled because it requires support from police officers, which authorities decided was not a good use of resources given the threat level.advertisementA source close to the bombing investigation told Reuters that the focus was on whether Abedi had received help in putting together the bomb and on where it had been done.The bomb used in the attack appeared to contain carefully packed shrapnel and have a powerful, high velocity charge, according to leaked photographs from the investigation published by the New York Times.The BBC reported that security services thought the bomb was too sophisticated for Abedi to have built by himself.Police arrested three people in South Manchester, one woman in North Manchester, a man in the nearby town of Wigan, and another man in the central English town of Nuneaton.CANCELLED TOURAriana Grande’s representative said on Wednesday she was suspending her tour to assess the situation and to “pay our proper respects to those lost”. The US singer had been scheduled to perform two shows at London’s O2 arena this week.Chelsea soccer club said it had cancelled a victory parade that had been set to take place on Sunday to celebrate its Premier League title.Several high-profile sporting events are coming up in Britain, including the soccer FA Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium and the English rugby club competition final at Twickenham on Saturday and the UEFA Champions League final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on June 3.Britain also has a national election scheduled for June 8. All campaigning was suspended after the attack, although major parties said they would resume some activities on Thursday and national-level campaigning on Friday.The government said a minute’s silence would be held at all official buildings at 1000 GMT on Thursday.Greater Manchester Police said they were now confident they knew the identity of all the people who lost their lives and had made contact with all the families. They said they would formally name the victims after forensic post-mortems, which would take four or five days.The bombing also left 64 people wounded, of whom 20 were receiving critical care for highly traumatic injuries to major organs and to limbs, a health official said.France, which has repeatedly been hit by devastating militant attacks since 2015, extended emergency powers.ALSO READ | PM Modi condemns Manchester attack, no word yet on Jharkhand lynchings back home ALSO READ | Manchester blast: This is how Sikhs are helping the injured after the terror attack ALSO WATCH | Witness Recounts Moment of Manchester Concert Suicide Bombing
Lucknow, Jun 7 (PTI) Jan Sangh stalwart Deen Dayal Upadhyay will be the focus of a mega general knowledge quiz, involving about 20 lakh children in Uttar Pradesh, as the BJP celebrates the birth centenary of its leader.The quiz aims to make antodaya (reaching the last strata of society) and ekaatma manavaad (integral humanism) — the terms synonymous with Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay — household names across the state.The BJP is celebrating 2017 as Gareeb Kalyan Varsh to mark the birth centenary celebrations of Upadhyay.The quiz will be held on August 20.”It will be a written quiz in which we are expecting 15- 20 lakh students from classes VIII, IX and X to participate. The quiz will be held throughout the state on August 20. A booklet depicting the life, personality, contribution and achievements of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay is being printed for participants,” UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told PTI.The quiz will be conducted by the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Janma Shataabdi Samaroh Samiti, which will have BJP members in the committee, he said.He said the endeavour of the party workers is to ensure that the teachings and philosophy of Deen Dayal Upadhyay reach the last strata of the society and also among the youngsters.”Deen Dayal is a well-known personality outside India. But it is ironical that in the annals of Indian history, he is yet to get a fair share of his due,” Tripathi said.UP state secretary of BJP Subhash Yaduvanshi has been made the co-ordinator for this ambitious competition.advertisement”Victorious students will be publicly felicitated. Preparations for the quiz are already going on in full swing,” said another BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla.The contest will see participation of 100 schools from each of the 75 districts of the state, he said.The Yogi Aditynath government has also decided to rename the Mughalsarai Railway Station in the state after the RSS ideologue, who had mysteriously died at the railway station in 1968.Earlier in April, the Yogi Adityanath government had decided to name the Agra airport after Upadhyay.The birth centenary celebrations of the Jan Sangh stalwart will continue till September 25 for which the Information department has been made the nodal department.The programmes will be held at the district and block levels and a three-day-long Antodaya Mela and exhibition will be organised.Information about the welfare measures initiated by the Centre and state governments will also be disseminated through fairs and exhibitions.The departments of higher education and secondary education will conduct different programmes on this occasion.This includes discussions, seminars, poster competition, slogan writing competition, creative writing competition, debates, recitation, elocution, quiz competition and essay writing contests.A prabhat pheri (morning march) will be taken out on the birth anniversary of Upadhyay. The government will also declare a nagar panchyat (the smallest unit of the urban local bodies) as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Adarsh Nagar Panchayat.Under this, efforts will be made by the state government to make available all basic amenities to people living in the area. There are 438 nagar panchayats in UP.A number of sporting events too will be held on this occasion. PTI NAV SMI DV
Mumbai, Jun 14 (PTI) World mens No.7 Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong believes that the Ultimate Table Tennis league, which will begin from July 13, will benefit the sport in India.Speaking about the inaugural edition of the Ultimate Table Tennis where he will turn up for the Maharashtra United, Wong Chun Ting said, ?The Professional league will attract and bring world class players to India. This will benefit the sport of table tennis in India. I believe it will bring advanced training methods and other technical aspects too which will benefit Indian players in the long run.?Ting, a bronze medalist at the recently concluded World Championship in Dusseldorf, is visiting India for the very first time.”I am very excited about my first trip to India for the UTT. I expect there will be top-class competitions with many top players from other countries,? Ting, who lives in Hong Kong, was quoted as saying in a media release issued here.He is the highest ranked player at the inaugural UTT scheduled to begin on July 13 in Chennai.Ting took to competitive training in table tennis only at the age of 12.”Joining the Hang Seng Table Tennis Academy was a critical point of my career in table tennis. Even though it was tough as I had to travel a long way to the training centre after school, I was really looking forward to each session of training,” said the paddler who took up TT as a full-time career after completing his secondary school at the age of 18.advertisementWhile he completed ninth in the mens singles at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, the Hong Kong player has had a memorable start in 2017 and won the mixed doubles Bronze along with his compatriot Doo Hoi Kem at the World Championship which he calls, a highlight of his career.?This experience has amply impacted my career in table tennis. This year my target is to get a place at the World Tour Grand Finals in December. I want to advance my world ranking further,? said an optimistic Ting.He will team up with Harmeet Desai, Ronit Bhanja, Joao Monteiro, Krittwika Sinha Roy, Pooja Sahasrabudhe, Liu Jia and Fu Yu in the Maharashtra United squad. PTI NRB DK DK SDM
(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs)Hyderabad, June 21 (PTI) The Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, ESL Narasimhan, Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya and badminton chief national coach Pullela Gopichand were among several prominent personalities, who took to the ancient practice on the occasion of International Yoga Day here today.”Yoga is a great treasure given to us by our ancestors. We have to protect this treasure,” Narasimhan, who performed Yogasanas at an event held in Raj Bhavan here, said.”Yoga helps in reducing stress and tensions associated with the modern day lifestyle,” he said.Narasimhan said one can acquire better mental and physical health by practicing pranayama or breathing exercises for 10-15 minutes everyday.Dattatreya, the Union Minister of State for Labour (independent charge), took part in a programme organised at the Gachibowli stadium in the city.”Yoga is not a religious activity,” he said, adding that the traditional practice promotes good health.The usually busy and noisy badminton courts at the Gopichand badminton academy turned into a silent Yoga zone as players, coaches, parents of trainees and a few residents of Gachibowli and Madhapur attended the Yoga session at the facility.”Yoga is a holistic system that develops not only physical competency but also control over mind. It helps in control over the body, good breathing habits, to keep calm under pressure and highly developed concentration skills. We encourage our athletes to practice yoga and meditation. Yoga is one of the mandatory programme as part of our Physical Literacy initiative,? Gopichand said.advertisementTelangana Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali, state Health Minister C Laxma Reddy and other leaders participated in the event at the Gachibowli stadium.Dattatreya, Telangana BJP president K Laxman and several other party leaders attended the International Yoga Day celebrations at the Sanjeevaiah park here.Popular Telugu film star and TDP MLA in AP N Balakrishna, who is the chairman of the Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital, took part in an event organised at the KBR Park in the city.Perala Shekhar Rao, the vice chairman of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, which comes under the Union sports ministry, led the International Yoga Day celebrations at Saroornagar indoor stadium.Several PSUs, including the National Mineral Development Corporation (NDMC) and the Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) also organised International Yoga Day celebrations. PTI SJR RS GK NP