A Maoist was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattigarh’s Bijapur district on Sunday morning, a day ahead of polling in the region for the State Assembly polls.Also Read The exchange of fire took place at a forest in Bedre area when a team of the Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, a senior police official told PTI. As per the ground report, a body of a Naxal clad in ‘uniform’ and a rifle were recovered from the spot, located around 450 km from Raipur, he said. Further details are awaited as the search operation was still under way, he added.IED blast in KankerMeanwhile, a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel was injured when Maoists detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattigsarh’s Kanker district on Sunday.A team of the BSF was out on an area-domination operation when Maoists blew up the IED in a forest area between Kattakal and Gome villages, located around 200 km from Raipur, Kanker Superintendent of Police K.L. Dhruv told PTI over the phone.”BSF’s Sub-Inspector Mahendra Singh sustained injuries in the explosion,” he said.Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured personnel was being evacuated from the forest, he said, adding that a search operation was under way in the region.Security increasedSecurity has been heightened in seven districts of Bastar division and Rajnandgaon district which go to polls in the first phase on Monday. Around one lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of elections.Maoists have asked voters to boycott the polls. The 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will go to polls in two phases — on November 12 and 20 — and the results will be announced on December 11.The first phase of polls will cover 18 constituencies of eight Maoist-affected districts that include Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon. Ahead of polls, spike in IED seizures in Chhattisgarh
Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has extended his contract with Paris St Germain by two years until 2020, the French champions said on Tuesday.Cavani, 30, has scored 125 goals in 192 competitive games for PSG, 20 of them in the Champions League — a club record.”It is with a lot of joy that I extend my commitment to Paris St Germain,” said Cavani.”It has always been clear that my priority was to continue my history with PSG.”PSG are second in the Ligue 1 standings, behind Monaco on goal difference.
Sachin Tendulkar turns 46 on today, April 24. Famously known as ‘Little Master,’ Sachin was born this day in 1973 in Maharashtra.Legendary cricketer stepped on the field of cricket on November 15, 1989, while made his one day international (ODI) debut on December 18, 1989.Only 16 when he debuted, Sachin played sublime cricket throughout his cricketing career, which lasted for 24 years.Tendulkar amassed 18,426 runs in ODI and is 4,192 runs ahead of the second positioned batsman Kumar Sangakkara.Moreover, he is atop the list of ‘most runs’ in the longest-format, accumulating 15,921 runs.Tendulkar featured in six World Cups and here is a list of some great knocks played by Tendulkar in the premier tournament:Master blaster, at the age of 22, played an impeccable inning of 90 runs at his home ground in Mumbai.India was chasing a target of 259 runs against the best bowlers in the game, at the time, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.But Tendulkar did not show any trepidation and gathered brilliant 90 runs. Although his inning was not enough to chase down the target set by the visitors as Australia won the match by 16 runs.Tendulkar’s unbeaten knock of 149 runs came at a very crucial time as India were in an utmost need of a victory to keep themselves alive in the tournament. This performance from Tendulkar dismantled the Kenya bowling attack and cruised India to an easy win.Tendulkar scored 98 against Pakistan when India were chasing a target of 274. The inning holds great significance because he scored against bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shahid Afridi but Tendulkar swatted 12 boundaries and a six provided his side momentum to chase down the target.advertisementIn a group stage clash against England, Master Blaster again showed a stunning performance as he scored 120 runs and helped his side set a target of 338 runs. England, who then came out to bat scored 338 as well and as a result, the match concluded on a tie.Tendulkar scored 85 against Pakistan in the semi-finals of the quadrennial tournament and took India to the victory, thus one step closer to the title. India then went on to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets and the World Cup win for India in 2011 handed over Tendulkar the only missing trophy.Also Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Master Blaster turns 46Also Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: ’46 represents the years you have blessed this planet’Also Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Recapping the Master Blaster’s innumerable records
India is all set to play the first match of this edition’s ICC Cricket World Cup against South Africa on Wednesday and cricket fans in Varanasi offered prayers for the team’s success in the match.’Vedic Mantras’ was chanted in the temple of Varanasi so that team perform well in the premier tournament and have a good start on Wednesday. India takes on South Africa at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton in their World Cup 2019 opener.”We are praying that ‘God gives strength to team India so that team, under the leadership of Virat Kohli, win a one-sided match.’ Not only this we prayed that India beat all the teams and win the World Cup,” Acharya Pandit Rajendra Trivedi, one of the fans who offered prayers, told ANI.Ramesh Verma, another fan, said: “We have taken blessings from Bholenath for India’s success. We will win all the matches and I think we will win the World Cup for the third time. India is the strongest team with good batsmen and bowlers.”This is India’s first match in the tournament while South Africa will be playing their third match. South Africa has lost both its matches at the hands of England and Bangladesh.India are heading into the match as firm favourites. It will, therefore, be interesting to see whether South Africa will be able to change their fortunes from now on or India will justify their favorite tag.Also Read | South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup 2019advertisementAlso Read | India vs South Africa, World Cup 2019 Match 8: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso See
Rafael Benítez Rafael Benítez has denied he is in a marriage of convenience with Newcastle but concedes that, although his love for the club endures, the partnership is fast approaching breaking point.As Newcastle headed to Crystal Palace, where Benítez hopes to secure his first win of the season on Saturday, Jamie Carragher used a newspaper column to suggest his former Liverpool manager will leave Tyneside at the end of the season.Benítez had hoped to be challenging for a place in the top six but Mike Ashley’s transfer parsimony prompted the manager to state that “staying up” this season would represent a “great achievement”. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Considering Benítez’s contract ends next summer and he has declined to sign a new deal, the future seems opaque – particularly as Newcastle’s manager describes last season’s 10th-place finish as a “miracle”.On Friday he made it clear the contract situation would not be revisited until the end of the January transfer window at the earliest. “We have to go to January and see what we do,” Benítez said. “After that it will be easier to know where we are. When I first decided to stay my view was very clear: to compete in the top 10. That is not the case now. So we have to review things. It’s obvious for everyone that we have to do things in another way.”Even so, Benítez has never given the remotest impression of regarding Newcastle as a highly paid marriage of convenience. The sense is he has stayed this long in the hope of the club being taken over or Ashley undergoing a dramatic change of heart and relaxing the purse strings.“I’m really pleased here,” Benítez said. “I like the city, I like the atmosphere and the fans and everything. The potential of the club is massive.”His problem is that, while other teams have spent lavishly, Newcastle’s record transfer fee remains the £16.8m paid for Michael Owen by Ashley’s boardroom predecessors in 2005. “You cannot find an offensive player who can make the difference for less than £20m now,” said Benítez. “We have good players and a good team which is strong if we stick together but we do not have these kinds of players. Players who can make a difference, can win games on their own, are more expensive.” Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Twitter Crystal Palace v Newcastle United: match preview news Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Topics Newcastle United Read more Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest
Cardiff, Aston Villa battle for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodovby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City face competition for CSKA Sofia forward Kiril Despodov. The Express & Star says Aston Villa are interested in signing CDespodov.The 22-year-old Bulgarian, who favours a position on the right wing, is being tipped to have a bright future after scoring ten goals and registering 11 assists in just 22 appearances this season in his native top flight.Cardiff and Middlesbrough are also reported to be interested in the £5m rated international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and former Ohio State interim head coach and longtime assistant Luke Fickell are in a war of words over a former top recruit.James Hudson, a former four-star defensive tackle recruit who transferred to Cincinnati, is the subject of discussion.In the process of transferring, he petitioned the NCAA for a waiver claiming mental health issues.The NCAA ruled against Hudson after he reportedly failed to report any mental health issues while at Michigan. On Tuesday night, Harbaugh responded to comments from Fickell suggesting Michigan “didn’t work to help the kid out.”Here are his full comments via Orion Sang of the Detroit Free Press.Here’s Jim Harbaugh’s answer when asked if he had seen what Luke Fickell said today regarding the situation of James Hudson pic.twitter.com/Aq5yKV1jQf— Orion Sang (@orion_sang) August 14, 2019Clearly the two coaches don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to the transfer process.In an interview with ESPNU earlier this summer, Harbaugh questioned some players who claimed to be transferring because of mental health issues. He received criticism for his comments suggesting players took advantage of the transfer process by claiming to be “depressed.In the end, Hudson’s waiver request was denied and he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season.It’s too bad these two programs won’t face off on the gridiron this season.We’d pay to see it.
TORONTO — A lawyer for Saskatchewan says Ottawa’s carbon-pricing law amounts to Big Brother forcing its will on the provinces.He tells Ontario’s top court that it’s no coincidence the law only applies in four provinces with Conservative governments.The court is hearing from interveners today on Day 3 of Ontario’s constitutional challenge to the federal law.Like Ontario, Saskatchewan calls the federal charge imposed in four provinces on fossil fuels an illegal tax.Ottawa maintains the law is needed to fight greenhouse gas emissions in those provinces that aren’t doing enough.But Saskatchewan says the federal government is intruding on provincial authority simply because it doesn’t like provincial policies.“This Big-Brother-Ottawa-knows-best is inimical to federalism,” lawyer Mitch McAdam told the five-justice panel. “You don’t need to throw out the Constitution in this case in order to save the planet.”The federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, which levies a charge on gasoline, other fossil and on industrial polluters, kicked in on April 1. While Ottawa calls the levy — currently four cents a litre on gasoline — a regulatory charge designed to change behaviour, Ontario and Saskatchewan call it an illegal tax.“Consumers are simply told to do one thing: Pay more tax,” McAdam said. “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”Earlier, a lawyer for British Columbia, which sides with Ottawa, said Canadians elected the federal government to address climate change. The law, he said, doesn’t get in the way of provinces’ ability to do their part.“Each jurisdiction can innovate,” the lawyer said. The Canadian Press
Controversial singer R. Kelly has announced that he will be on tour in Sri Lanka soon.However no further details were given. The Hollywood Reporter said that the announcement comes weeks after Surviving R. Kelly aired featuring Kelly’s accusers and industry insiders detailing allegations against the singer that include physical, emotional and sexual abuse against women and underage girls. Kelly was first arrested in 2002 for his alleged involvement in a child pornography tape. Surviving R. Kelly — which averaged 2.1 million viewers, a significant number for Lifetime — explored that scandal in particular, along with the stories and allegations from a number of women, including Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Lee, former underage partner Lizzette Martinez and former backup singer Jovante Cunningham.Over the course of a twenty-five year career that’s been marked by controversy off stage, Kelly has amassed a slew of hit records, awards and accolades – not to mention huge personal worth.He’s demonstrated an impressive penchant for being able to reinvent himself over the years; his early successes in the first part of the nineties saw him make a name for himself with his debut solo record, “12 Play”, and especially the smash hit single “Bump ‘N Grind”, which spent twelve weeks at the top of the charts in his native U.S in 1993. By Easwaran Rutnam The singer took to social media to announce that he will be on tour in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. In response to the show, which gave rise to the #MuteRKelly campaign, a number of artists and former collaborators spoke out against Kelly, with Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson and more either pulling their collaborations with Kelly from streaming services or expressing their regret for working with him.Additionally, Sony BMG — the parent company of Kelly’s record label, RCA Records — parted ways with the Grammy winner in the wake of the docuseries. Kelly’s music had also reportedly been banned from two Dallas-area radio stations, while some community organizers had begun to call on iHeartRadio and Radio One to ban his music from their playlists. The singer has also been banned from Philadelphia by its city council. The following year, Kelly would court notoriety offstage by producing Aaliyah’s debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” amid a flurry of speculation that the pair had wed despite Aaliyah apparently being underage – the first of many controversial incidents in Kelly’s career. In 1996, he had arguably his biggest success to date with the anthemic “I Believe I Can Fly” from the movie “Space Jam”; it scooped him three Grammy Awards and remains his signature song. (Colombo Gazette)
Loonie higher as US leaders reach agreement over budget spending cuts by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 2, 2013 5:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar gained nearly a penny against the American dollar Wednesday as the U.S. avoided massive tax increases and spending cuts that had threatened a renewed recession south of the border.The loonie moved up 0.99 of a cent to 101.50 cents US.The U.S. deal, approved by the House of Representatives just before midnight Tuesday, left several issues unresolved and it was unclear how long markets would be lifted by the agreement.The bill that Congress approved allows for higher taxes on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, a victory for President Barack Obama. Earnings above those amounts would be taxed at a rate of 39.6 per cent, up from 35 per cent. However, earners below that level, were spared an increase.The bill also delayed for two months $109 billion worth of across-the-board spending cuts set to start taking affect this week.Though fiscal cliff fears have eased, investors still have a host of issues to worry about — not least the prospect of more debates over unresolved longer-term U.S. budget issues.“The fiscal cliff pact has stock markets and commodities higher; oil is also much stronger,” said Rahim Madhavji, an analyst at Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange in a note.“The loonie is also higher as a result of the risk-on bias. The focus now shifts to the end of February where the next battle will be over raising the U.S. debt ceiling.”In commodities, oil prices rose with the February contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.30 to US$93.12 a barrel.Gold prices picked up with the March bullion contract moving ahead $13 to US$1,688.80 an ounce. Copper prices for the March contract were up 8.4 cents to US$3.74 a pound.
USU Eastern hosted its fourth annual intercollegiate rodeo over the week, welcoming competitors on Friday and Saturday. The top two teams and the top three individuals in each event qualified for the national college finals, which is scheduled to take place in Casper, Wyo. in June.The women competing for USU Eastern include Morgan Jensen, a Price local who is ranked first in the region for barrel racing and qualified for nationals last year. Afton McCourt is another Price local who competes in breakaway (ranked 12th), barrel racing and goat tying. Lakenzie Newman is from Herriman, Utah and competes in breakaway roping (ranked sixth) and barrel racing. Sierra Edwards is another Price local and rounds out the women’s team as a breakaway roper. The women’s team is in fourth place overall with 535 points.On the men’s team, Austin Allred of Cleveland competes as a bull rider and team roper. He is currently ranked third in bull riding in the region and has qualified for nationals in the past. Will and Wyatt Magnuson from Castle Dale compete in team roping and tie down roping. Will is currently ranked fifth in tie down while Wyatt is ranked seventh. Leegene Barlow from Arizona is also on the men’s team. The men’s team currently sits in seventh with 505 points.USU Eastern competes in the Rocky Mountain Region, which consists of 12 schools from Utah, Idaho and western Colorado.
Doran GrantJust a year ago, many Buckeye fans were worrying about how the OSU secondary would improve on a 112th ranked pass defense after losing Bradley Roby to the first round of the draft.Grant not only filled Roby’s shoes, but ran out of them.Grant took on the likes of Tony Lippett and Amari Cooper during the 2014 season and greatly improved his draft stock, which many might say was nonexistent heading into the national title run.The Akron product led a defensive secondary that led the Big Ten in passes defended, as the Buckeyes collected 25 interceptions in 2014, five of which belonged to Grant.Grant earned a first team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, and in the process, also an invitation to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.While he might not go as high as Roby, he will likely give more effort to the team that selects him. OSU then-senior tight end Jeff Heuerman (5) attempts to set a block during the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship against OSU on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor four now-former Ohio State football players, the next chapters of their football careers are just around the corner.Tight end Jeff Heuerman, cornerback Doran Grant, wide receiver Devin Smith and defensive lineman Michael Bennett all earned invitations to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, set to begin Tuesday.Where will these former Buckeyes land? It all starts in Indianapolis. Michael BennettThe anchor in the middle of the national title-winning defense at OSU was once a projected first round pick before sliding down draft boards early in the season.Bennett, who did not record a sack until the fifth game of the year against Maryland, had a breakout game on the big stage in East Lansing, Mich., as he recorded a sack, and two tackles for loss in an upset win over Michigan State.That performance, combined with a dominating two-sack, four-tackle for loss effort against Wisconsin put Bennett back on the map as a dominant force in college football.While it might not be enough to get him back into the first round, his late-season dominance showed many teams that he can have a future at the nest level.Projection: Late 1st, early 2nd round Jeff HeuermanHeuerman, who was tabbed as the second-best tight end prospect by ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper before the 2014 season, might have fallen since that time because of a drop-off in production from the 2013 season.The Florida native, who caught 26 passes for 466 yards and four scores in 2013, caught just 17 passes in 2014 for 207 and two scores.The decline in production could be attributed to nagging injuries, one of which forced him to miss OSU’s third game of the season against Kent State.That being said, Heuerman has shown his ability to run and pass block in coach Urban Meyer’s complex offensive system and not many will argue with his pass-catching ability.If Heuerman can impress in Indianapolis, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be either the first or second tight end off the board. Projection: 4th round Devin SmithArguably one of the best wide receivers to ever play at OSU, Smith soared up draft boards with his performances in the Big Ten title game and the Sugar Bowl.The deep-ball threat not only led the Big Ten in yards per catch, he led the conference in touchdown receptions with 12, four of which came against Wisconsin and Alabama combined.Smith, who became famous in Columbus for his game-winning catch against Wisconsin in 2011, continued to help the Buckeyes win games as OSU never lost a game in which Smith caught a touchdown pass.It would be tough to argue that any player in college football helped his draft stock more than Smith down the stretch, and an impressive performance at the combine could even boost him higher. Projection: 2nd round Projection: Late 1st round
Before the last Round of Qualification for Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, 10 teams who will play at the tournament are already known. Still 6 tickets are avaliable. In three groups will direct clashes decide. Also the third best ranked team will be known…Macedonia or Portugal, Austria or Russia, Slovenia or Belarus?Group 1:Spain vs. Switzerland; Sunday, 13:00 hrs. local time in LeonFyr Macedonia vs. Portugal; Sunday, 20:30 hrs. local time in SkopjeGroup 6:Slovenia vs. Belarus; Sunday, 18:00 hrs. local time in LjubljanaIceland vs. Romania; Sunday, 19:45 hrs. local time in ReykjavikGroup 7:Serbia vs. Bosnia Herzegovina; Sunday, 19:00 hrs. local time in NisAustria vs. Russia; Sunday, 19:15 hrs. local time in Innsbruck Danish handballMen’s EHF EURO 2014 ← Previous Story Davor Dominikovic to HSV Handball Next Story → World Championship 2013 (W) groups drawn!
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cliodhna Russell Three out of five people think those convicted of drink driving should get automatic ban The poll was carried out for Claire Byrne Live earlier today. THREE OUT OF five people think there should be an automatic ban for any driver convicted of drink driving.The poll conducted for the Claire Byrne Live show on RTÉ found that 59% of people said yes when asked if there should be a mandatory disqualification, 30% said no and 11% said they don’t know.It comes as Transport Minister Shane Ross’ latest road safety proposals would mean automatic bans for anyone found to be driving while over the limit.Ross said he is determined to reduce the number of road deaths. The latest figures shows there were 188 road deaths in 2016, up 26 deaths on 2015.Dr. Ciara Kelly and Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae debated whether such an approach is the right way to reduce deaths on our roads.The poll was carried out by Amárach Research for Claire Byrne Live earlier today, Monday 13 February 2017.The Claire Byrne Live /Amárach Research Panel consists of over 1,000 Irish adults, all aged over 18.Read: ‘No exceptions’: Drink drivers to get automatic ban instead of penalty points> 32 Comments Monday 13 Feb 2017, 11:35 PM Feb 13th 2017, 11:35 PM Image: Shutterstock/nikamo 7,415 Views Image: Shutterstock/nikamo https://jrnl.ie/3238494 Share7 Tweet Email Short URL
Claudio Ranieri has heaped praises on Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno-Espirito Santo ahead of Fulham’s clash with Wolves.The Fulham manager praised the achievement of the Midlands club under tutelage of Nuno, as Wolves are currently seated in seventh position on the Premier standings.Fulham, who’re currently bottom of the league and struggling for points, face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Boxing Day before hosting Huddersfield Town on Saturday, as Ranieri hopes his side can begin their resurgence up the table.The Cottagers have won one of their last 15 league games and a change in fortunes against teams of which they gained promotion with from the Sky Bet Championship at the end of last season would provide a major boost.However, Ranieri said, according to rte: Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“[Manager Nuno] Espirito Santo is doing a very good job – I watched the match against Liverpool and Wolverhampton played fantastically.”“They created two or three great chances in the first half and Liverpool at the end won the match. It will be another tough match for us.”
The extra spending afforded by last week’s budget deal will pay for the increases in active end strength mandated under the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill, a boost of 16,600 service members. That growth would continue under the fiscal 2019 budget request that Pentagon officials unveiled Monday, funding over 14,000 additional active-duty personnel.Under the five-year plan for the Army, the size of its active force would rise by 4,000 in FY 2019 to 487,500 soldiers. The service will continue to increase its end strength by 4,000 personnel each year to reach 495,500 by FY 2021, reports Defense News.The Navy would add 7,500 sailors under the FY 2019 request to reach a total of 335,400 active-duty sailors. The service’s long-term plan calls for an active end strength of 344,800 by FY 2023. The Marine Corps would grow by about 1,000 personnel in FY 2019.DOD Photo by Army Sgt. Amber Smith Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Mars rovers NASA Sci-Tech Share your voice The thin Martial atmosphere Aung mentions means the Mars Helicopter has to be both lightweight and powerful. It’ll use solar cells to charge its batteries, and operate a built-in heater to combat frigid nighttime temperatures. The chopper will be autonomous: The nearest humans will be millions of miles away, so any kind of manual control isn’t yet an option.NASA first announced its plan to attach a chopper to its 2020 Mars Rover last year, but it’s been developing the technology since 2013.Correction, 8:25 a.m. PT: The story initially misstated the distance to Mars. Comments 11 Tags The Mars Helicopter. NASA How well can a vehicle fly in the Mars atmosphere? NASA just got a step closer to finding out, announcing Wednesday that its Mars Helicopter has been attached to the Mars Rover it intends to send to the Red Planet next year. The 2020 Mars Rover should arrive on the planet in February 2021, and if all goes to plan, the helicopter will then become the first aircraft to fly on a planet other than Earth.The Mars Helicopter will serve a double duty. NASA will use it to see how the conditions on Mars affect aviation, and to prove that we can fly helicopters, drones and other aircraft on Mars. Once in the air, the camera-equipped copter will then showcase the viability of surveying Mars by sky. “Our job is to prove that autonomous, controlled flight can be executed in the extremely thin Martian atmosphere,” said MiMi Aung, manager of the Mars Helicopter project. “If we prove powered flight on Mars can work, we look forward to the day when Mars helicopters can play an important role in future explorations of the Red Planet.”
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Reports of a rift between Virat and Rohit have been gaining groundReutersThe story about a rift in the Indian team with two camps – one loyal to Rohit Sharma and other to incumbent captain Virat Kohli – has been doing the rounds for quite some time. But now, it seems the plot is getting thicker.A report from news agency IANS has suggested that even an attempt by the authorities to silence the rumours has failed. As per the story, a senior player of the team was approached by one of the members of Committee of Administrators (CoA) with the proposal that the player should post a public message proclaiming that everything is fine in the team. But that player hasn’t performed that role so far.”Everyone is aware that there is tension brewing and while the CoA has tried its best to deny any rumours of rift in the ODI team in the media, one of the members spoke to a senior player asking him to send out a positive message/statement in the matter. But not much progress has been made in this regard,” a senior official of BCCI told IANS on condition of anonymity. Rohit Sharma unfollowing Anushka Sharma on Instagram became a big newsInstagramThe speculation about Virat-Rohit rift gained further ground when the Indian ODI opener and vice-captain of the side recently ‘unfollowed’ Anushka Sharma, Virat’s wife, on Instagram. Till now, no clarification has come from the side of either Kohli or Rohit. The fact that this issue is being discussed threadbare and yet, the two cricketers have remained silent suggests there is more to it than mere rumours.Apparently, the problems started emerging in the team after their first loss of the 2019 World Cup – to England – in the league stage. According to the sources of IANS, the bowlers were blamed for the loss in a team meeting and criticised severely. This caused them to feel that they were being targeted unfairly.”The bowlers were given a showdown after the loss and they felt that it wasn’t just a case of bad bowling and there were more areas that needed to be looked into before pointing fingers at the bowling unit,” another credible source told the agency.One thing is certain, the longer the two men in forefront of the matter maintain this deafening silence, the more the rumour mill is going to churn out stories. All this seems a bit too much like the events of 2017 involving Virat Kohli and the then coach Anil Kumble. That led to the removal of Kumble from his position. Only time will tell what the denouement of this story will be like.
Chiranjeevi and SS Rajamouli.PR HandoutSS Rajamouli has been slammed by a section of Chiranjeevi fans for failing to wish the Mega Star on his birthday (22 August). Their criticism got intensified after he hailed the trailer of Kiccha Sudeep’s multilingual movie Pailwaan.”Wishing the best to Sai garu, @VaaraahiCC for the Telugu release of #Pehlwaan! Good luck to @KicchaSudeep and the entire team of the film… #PehlwaanTrailer. [sic]” SS Rajamouli tweeted about the trailer of Sudeep-starrer.The Telugu version of Pailwaan is being distributed by Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram owned by Sai Korrapati, who is a good friend of SS Rajamouli. Also, the director shares a good rapport with Sudeep with whom he had worked in blockbuster Eega.It seems like SS Rajamouli has tried to give a boost to Pailwaan as his good words will attract the Telugu audience towards the film. Unfortunately, the director has failed to wish Chiranjeevi on his birthday on Twitter.So, the Mega Star’s fans are apparently upset with SS Rajamouli. Further, the director had failed to comment on the recently-released trailer of Chiru’s upcoming film Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, which will see the light of the day on 2 October to coincide with the Gandhi Jayanthi celebration. Check out select-few reactions of angry fans:PinKy: @ssrajamouli @VaaraahiCC and @KicchaSudeep Mee banner Movie promotions tweets vestaru kani ma icon ani chepukuntunna chiranjeevi gari ki wiesh cheyaru great sir #HBDEvergreenMegaStarLeo: @KicchaSudeep Meeku syera teaser kanapadaledaaa…why sooo partial you arePRASAD ND: Sir, You didn’t tweet about Syeraa Teasesr and also Sahoo. Any particular reason.Interestingly, people, before criticising him, have not considered the fact that SS Rajamouli is currently working with Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan along with Jr NTR in a mega-budget film RRR.The team is taking a break from the shooting after completing a recent schedule. It is a multilingual film, on the lines of the Baahubali series, in which Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn are playing key roles.