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Jammu Army camp attackers from Pakistan: J&K DGP

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first_imgJammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid said on Saturday that the terrorists who had stormed the Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu earlier in the day were “100 % from Pakistan.”Mr. Vaid said the attack coincides with the death anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Guru was hanged to death in Delhi’s Tihar Central Jail on February 9, 2013. Security agencies had sounded a high alert last week for February 9 and February 11, the day Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front founder Maqbool Bhat was hanged in Tihar jail in 1984.Rajnath in loopHome Minister Rajnath Singh said Centre was closely monitoring the situation. Mr. Singh said he spoke to the J&K DGP regarding the terrorist attack on the Army camp.“The DGP has apprised him of the situation. The MHA is closely monitoring the situation,” a tweet posted by Mr. Singh’s verified handle said.Later, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Ahmedabad, Mr. Singh said, “You should be rest assured that Army and security forces are giving a befitting reply to the attack. They will not let Indian down. I cannot comment anymore as the operation is still on.”A senior Home Ministry official said the attack had tell-tale signs that the terrorists belonged to Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM). In the past two years, Afzal Guru has emerged as the common link in at least three attacks on police and Army camps along the Jammu-Pathankot highway. The att ack on a CRPF camp in South Kashmir’s Pulwama on December 31 was also carried out by JeM, the official said.Investigators had found a message, written in Urdu, on piece of paper on the body of one of the four terrorists who was killed at Pathankot airbase in 2016. The message allegedly said the attacks were a revenge for Afzal Guru’s hanging.Similar papers were found on the bodies of intruders who were gunned down during an attack on a police post at Rajbagh police station in Kathua in Jammu on March 20, 2015 and the attack on an Army camp in nearby Samba on March 21, 2015. All the cites of the attacks are located within 15-20 kms of the Pakistan border and along National Highway 1A.An official said it was premature to say whether the terrorists infiltrated from the Line of Control (LoC) or International Border (IB). The 740 km LoC is under the operational control of the Army and 192 km International Boundary (IB) along Jammu is manned by the Border Security Force (BSF). Infiltration bidsOn February 7, the Home Ministry informed the Rajya Sabha that there were 406 infiltration bids reported in J&K in 2017 and 59 infiltrators were shot dead. In 2015 and 2016 the cases of Infiltration stood at 121 and 371 respectively. The BSF said it has been on maximum alert due to the ongoing cross-border firing and shelling from Pakistan’s side. “There has been no breach of fence on the IB. The forces are on maximum alert. The cross-border firing has stopped since January 22 but sporadic shelling is taking place. It is premature to say where the terrorists came from,” said a senior BSF official.last_img read more

People supreme, Naveen reminds MLAs

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday told State legislators that democratic dissent should not eclipse democratic decency under any circumstances.Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day orientation programme for legislators, Mr. Patnaik said that democratic dissent is “a right, however, while exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency”.“The roots of our successful democracy lie in our people and their unflinching faith in democratic values,” added Mr. Patnaik.“Every elected representative must understand this: whatever position you may be in, the people are supreme. Elected representatives should keep the common people at the centre of all their initiatives,” said the CM. Stating that the primary function of the legislature is to make laws, Mr. Patnaik said an appetite for information and education on legislative procedures, and understanding of socio-economic issues and policies is beneficial.“All our Acts and policies are essentially directed towards the greater public good. Legislators should endeavour to bring the Acts and policies to the public domain so that the people can be partners in the process of change,” he added.‘Lead by example’Stating that the legislators must lead by example. Mr. Patnaik said: “Simplicity should be at the core of our public behaviour. Leading a simple life can help us stay connected to the people.”Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro presided over the inaugural session of the programme., which was organised by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in collaboration with the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Deputy Speaker Rajanikanta Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Nayak and Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick also attended the event.last_img read more

Stung by Criticism: Karuna reverts to White

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first_imgHis resolve could not last even for a week and the old warhorse of Dravidian politics has reverted to his traditional white attire. In what was seen as his return to rationalist roots, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi decided to opt for the ‘black shirt’ as a mark of protest. But in the facing of stinging criticism and lampooning in the media and cyber space, the octogenarian made a hasty retreat.”Henceforth, I would wear only black shirt,” he declared on October 4, a day ahead of the proposed statewide campaign against the misrule of the AIADMK government. This, he said, was a mark of protest.With the police denying permission for rallies and demonstrations, he issued a diktat to the cadres to sport black shirts and distribute handbills, listing the omissions and commissions of the Jayalalithaa regime. This resulted in a scramble for black shirts all over the state.Party supporters had dreamt of their leader returning to his apprenticeship under E.V. Ramasamy alias Periyar, who led the non-brahmin movement with an army of ‘black shirt volunteers’. For, to rationalise his decision, the old man of Gopalapuram even recalled that he was among the first to enroll and don a black shirt when Periyar launched the force way back in 1945.But, with this decision the DMK president turned out to be the butt of ridicule on social networking sites and Tamil media. Insinuations that he was acting as per astrological advice aimed at weakening his bte noire were hurled at him. Poor Karunanidhi had no takers to believe his script but for his followers!One newspaper even claimed that wearing black shirt was his attempt to ward off adverse effects of Saturn, which was reigning in the sixth house from his zodiac sign, ‘Rishaba’.Whining at the ‘level of journalism’ which trumpeted such theories, he questioned the media’s silence when Jayalalithaa observed ‘Raghu Kalam’ and ‘Yama Kandam’ even for unfurling the national tricolor on Independence Day.However, wilting under pressure, the patriarch has quietly reverted to his white robes.advertisementlast_img read more

Cavaliers stun Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return; 2 ejected for fight

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first_imgLATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” Love said. “It happened so fast. Everybody almost wants to run out there and check what’s going on. It was broken up quick. That’s usually how it goes.”Neither player was available for comment following the game. A Raptors spokesman said Ibaka was reacting to something Chriss said to him after the Toronto player was knocked to the floor.Cleveland held a 91-77 lead when the fight occurred and poured it on in the fourth quarter. Toronto coach Nick Nurse pulled his starters as the Cavaliers pulled away and the lead reached 27 points with just under a minute to play.“That was a great win for us,” Love said. “Especially against a real good team at home. It was fun.”Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for Cleveland, which placed six players in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT Leonard was 11 of 19 from the field, but the Raptors only led briefly in the first half.“They did a great job, they played well, and they made open shots,” Leonard said. “That’s pretty much the way the game played out.”Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors. Toronto (48-20) trails Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league.Toronto rolled to a 125-104 win over the Heat without Leonard, tying a franchise record with 21 3-pointers and outscoring Miami 63-24 from beyond the arc.Leonard, averaging 27 points this season, hasn’t appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.The Raptors, showing signs of being tired in their third straight road game, struggled throughout the game. Toronto fell behind by 10 points and committed 11 turnovers leading to 13 points for the Cavaliers.Cleveland coach Larry Drew said before the game Love, who hasn’t played in back-to-back games since returning from foot surgery, will sit out Tuesday in Philadelphia.TIP-INSRaptors: G Fred Van Vleet (ligament tear in left thumb) missed his 11th straight game. … G Patrick McCaw made his first start with the team Sunday at Miami with Leonard sidelined, scoring 10 points in 26 minutes. McCaw appeared in three games with the Cavaliers earlier this season.Cavaliers: Cleveland is 5-4 since the All-Star break. … F Larry Nance Jr. (bruised rib) was out after being injured Friday against the Heat. … G Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) missed his second straight game. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Cavaliers: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bradley Beal’s late surge lifts Wizards past Kings PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) drives past Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND— Even with Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup, the best fight Toronto put up in Cleveland was when Serge Ibaka threw a punch at Marquese Chriss.Ibaka and Chriss were ejected for fighting during the Cavaliers’ 126-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Leonard scored 25 points after sitting out Sunday’s game, but the team with the league’s second-best record trailed most of the way.Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Kevin Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds for Cleveland, which dominated the second half and seemed to gain momentum after the fight with a second left in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIbaka went to the floor after he and Chriss were battling for position under Cleveland’s basket as the Raptors attempted a full-court pass that sailed out of bounds.Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed near his neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred. FIGHT ANALYSISPlayers and coaches stepped in when Ibaka and Chriss squared off, but no one seemed to get a good view of the incident.“I didn’t see much of it, to be honest,” Nurse said. “Listen, it’s always going to be concerning when something like that happens. We certainly don’t want that in our game. We don’t want to lose one of our guys.”The teams don’t play again this season.TOUGH NIGHTNurse had a simple explanation for the loss that ended Toronto’s three-game road trip that began with wins over New Orleans and Miami.“It didn’t seem like our energy was where theirs was,” he said. “Obviously, we’re coming off a back-to-back and off a game where we played unbelievably well and we didn’t handle the success that great.”Nurse said Lowry turned an ankle late in the game, but the injury isn’t serious.UP NEXTRaptors: Host the Lakers on Thursday. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Bostons Mikmaq speak to APTN in bombing aftermath

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first_imgAPTN National NewsBoston residents are still coming to terms with the terror attack two weeks ago.A number of the city’s residents are Mi’kmaq. In fact, more than 2,000 have moved south from Canada and call Boston home.APTN’s Tim Fontaine caught up with the community to find out how they’re coping.last_img

3 US banks post higher profits with huge assist from tax law

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first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Three of America’s biggest banks reported higher profits Friday, with a huge assist from the tax law passed late last year.JPMorgan reported a record quarterly profit, while Citigroup and Wells Fargo topped analyst expectations.Banks are expected to be major beneficiaries of the tax overhaul, which sharply lowered corporate tax rates. Comparing each of the effective tax rates from last year to this year, the three Wall Street banks that reported earnings Friday appeared to have saved roughly $1.6 billion altogether.The first-quarter earnings season will give investors and the public their first good look into how President Trump’s tax law is impacting Corporate America. Publicly traded banks are the first major industry to report their results each quarter.Net income at JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets and deposits, rose 35 per cent to $8.71 billion. The result was primarily driven by two factors: higher interest rates, which have allowed banks such as JPMorgan to charge more for customers to borrow, and the lower corporate tax rate.However, JPMorgan had to set aside more money to cover bad loans in its consumer bank, where delinquencies have been steadily edging higher. JPMorgan shares fell 2.7 per cent, while shares of Wells Fargo slipped 3.4 per cent and Citigroup shares dropped 1.6 per cent.While JPMorgan’s pretax income rose by $2 billion in the quarter, the company said it effectively paid $240 million less in taxes compared to a year earlier. The bank paid an effective tax rate of 18.3 per cent in the quarter, compared with a rate of 22.7 per cent a year earlier. Before the changes to tax law, JPMorgan’s effective tax rate averaged in the high 20-per cent range.JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon has been a big promoter of the tax overhaul, saying it would be good for businesses as well as average Americans. Soon after President Donald Trump signed the law into place, the bank announced higher salaries for most of its retail bank employees, and said it would open branches in a handful of new markets. It also announced an expansion of small business lending.“The global economy continues to do well, and we remain optimistic about the positive impact of tax reform in the U.S. as business sentiment remains upbeat, and consumers benefit from job and wage growth,” Dimon in a statement.Other bank executives were just as optimistic when speaking about the tax law’s impact. Citigroup Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach told reporters Friday that businesses had only begun taking advantage of the changes.“I think the best is yet to come,” he said.Rising interest rates helped JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, but not Wells Fargo, which continues to struggle under the weight of several scandals and investigations. Wells disclosed as part of its earnings that they may have to pay as much as $1 billion to federal regulators to settle investigations being conducted by financial regulatory agencies.The Federal Reserve has been steadily raising interest rates for more than two years. Net interest income at JPMorgan was $13.3 billion, up 10 per cent from a year earlier. At Citigroup, net interest revenues were $16.33 billion, up 12 per cent from a year earlier. Wells Fargo reported a slight decline in interest income.JPMorgan’s investment bank also had a solid quarter, helped by much more volatile and active markets last quarter. Net income in the investment bank was $3.97 billion, up from $3.24 billion a year earlier.There were some concerns about JPMorgan’s credit quality, however. The bank had to set aside more money to cover potentially bad loans, and the bank’s total charge-off rate — the percentage of loans it expects are not likely to be repaid — climbed to 1.20 per cent of all loans. That compares to 1.07 per cent of loans in the second quarter of 2017.Citi also had to add to its loan-loss reserves, and reported an 8 per cent increase in its total credit losses in the quarter.JPMorgan’s quarterly revenue was $28.52 billion, up from $25.85 billion. On a per-share basis, JPMorgan earned $2.37 a share, up from $1.65 per share, beating analysts’ forecasts.Citigroup reported a profit of $4.62 billion, or $1.68 a share, compared with a profit of $4.09 billion, or $1.35 per share, in the same period a year earlier. The results beat analysts’ forecasts for earnings of $1.61 a share, according to FactSet. It was the largest quarterly profit that Citi has reported since 2015.Wells reported first-quarter earnings of $5.9 billion, or $1.12 per share, topping Wall Street’s per-share expectations by 6 cents, according to a FactSet survey, That profit exceeds last year’s $5.46 billion, or $1.03 per share, in profit.Wells paid $1.37 billion in taxes in the first quarter, about 36 per cent less than the $2.13 billion it paid last year.___Ken Sweet covers banks and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet.last_img read more

MLA Dan Davies and Jane Thornthwaite hosts roundtable on mental health and

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, and Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions, Jane Thornthwaite were hosts to a recent roundtable discussion on mental health, addictions, and the opioid crisis.The discussion centred on the need for treatment facilities, expanded medical services, street clinics, and mental health and counselling providers.According to Thornthwaite, mental health and addictions affect all areas of the Province, including communities such as Fort St. John. “Mental health and addictions challenges affect all areas of B.C. and smaller cities like Fort St. John are no exception.”Thornthwaite says what sets smaller communities apart from larger cities, is the struggle with having available services to those dealing with mental health and addictions.“But smaller or more rural municipalities often struggle with fewer services and less access to trained professionals than urban centres. Access to accurate overdose data would help to identify gaps and target services where they are most needed. Northern residents need immediate treatment and recovery options when they reach out for help.”Davies says he welcomed Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic and appreciates her sharing her knowledge with first responders and front-line workers.“We were pleased to welcome MLA Thornthwaite to Fort St. John to discuss this vitally important topic with our dedicated first responders and front-line workers. She brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and will bring these concerns forward on behalf of northern British Columbians.”last_img read more

Delhi BJP shortlists 21 names for 7 seats

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP’s election committee on Friday shortlisted three names each for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, amid protests by party members over celebrities joining the organisation for tickets ahead of polls, party leaders said. The list, which was finalised at a meeting of the state unit’s election committee, does not include the name of former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, whose name was making rounds as a possible candidate from the New Delhi seat after he joined the BJP, said a leader who attended the meeting. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All the seven sitting party MPs’ names have been included in the list which will be sent to the Central Election Committee for final selection of candidates,” he said. Some other Delhi BJP leaders who attended the meeting claimed “objections were raised over celebrities joining the BJP for Lok Sabha tickets and demanded priority for dedicated leaders and workers during ticket distribution”. The meeting chaired by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari was also attended by Union minister and Lok Sabha incharge of the unit Nirmala Sitharaman and co-incharge Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom the New Delhi seat, besides sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Delhi BJP incharge and national vice president Shyam Jaju, and Delhi BJP general secretary Rajesh Bhatia have been shortlisted, they said. For the Chandni Chowk seat, names of sitting MP and Union minister Harsh Vardhan, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and Sudhanshu Mittal have been selected. MP Mahesih Girri, Aman Sinha and Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma have been shortlisted from East Delhi, they said. The name of Tiwari, who is a sitting MP, is in the list of probables from North East Delhi seat. From West Delhi, sitting MP Parvesh Verma, Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Pawan Sharma’s names have been shortlisted. For South Delhi, names of sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri, Ram Veer Bidhuri and Brham Singh Tanwar have been selected, while Udit Raj (MP), Ashok Pradhan and Anita Arya have been shortlisted from the North West reserved seat, they said.last_img read more

ExCong min joins BJP in HP

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first_imgShimla: Within a week after three-time Hamirpur MP joining the Congress, it was BJP’s turn to give a jolt to the Congress at Rampur – the home town of six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.Former Congress minister and Dalit leader Singhi Ram, an estranged loyalist of Virbhadra Singh, joined the BJP in presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who was campaigning at Rampur. Virbhadra reacted to ridicule him, saying “How does it make any difference on Singhi Ram joining BJP? He has no base there.” Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahRampur is part of Mandi Parliamentary constituency, which more or less had been voting block for the Congress in most Lok Sabha elections. Singhi Ram had represented Rampur for six times before he was denied ticket at the behest of Virbhadra Singh in 2007 assembly polls. In 2017 poll, Singhi Ram has contested Rampur assembly constituency as independent but lost to his Congress successor Nand Lal, who is Virbhadra Singh’s staunch lieutenant.last_img read more

Russian President Putin challenges Washington in Venezuela power play

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first_imgMoscow: Russia emerged as a crucial power broker in the crisis in far-away Venezuela this week when Washington accused Moscow of convincing President Nicolas Maduro not to flee to Cuba. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro had a plane on the tarmac ready to fly to Havana when “the Russians indicated that he should stay”. Moscow hit back, dismissing the claim as fake and accusing Washington of supporting a coup “that has nothing to do with democracy” by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMoscow has its reasons for standing behind Maduro — he’s a rare ally in Latin America and Russia has poured billions into the Venezuelan economy. But analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is also playing the long game, hoping to use Venezuela as leverage in his global tug-of-war with Washington. “Russia is seeking to translate its influence over Maduro — which is in fact not absolute — into an opportunity to have dialogue with the United States,” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of R.Politik, a Paris-based analysis firm, told AFP. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Maduro is a bargaining chip.” Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido declared himself acting president in January, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate. More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro. Reeling from Western sanctions, Moscow has quickly sensed an opportunity, even if it meant locking horns with the United States in Latin America, Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. In a highly publicised move in March, Moscow sent two planes with around 100 soldiers and equipment to Caracas, where Russian mercenaries are also believed to be operating. Ties between Russia and the West plummeted over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine and military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But the audacity with which the Kremlin inserted itself into the Venezuela crisis has drawn gasps in Washington. “Russia is making the next play in our hemisphere,” Frederick Kempe, president of the Atlantic Council, wrote last month. “Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration.” Russia and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin. After Chavez’s death in 2013 the relationship with a country that boasts the world’s largest proven oil reserves has continued to thrive. Russia is the second largest lender to Caracas after China, with Moscow heavily investing in Venezuela’s oil resources and Caracas acquiring Russian arms worth billions of dollars. However that also means, analysts say, that Russia has a lot to lose from a change in leadership. But what it stands to gain from a possible deal with Washington may be more important for the Kremlin.last_img read more

Wont play a role unless Im convinced Patralekhaa

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first_imgMumbai: Actress Patralekhaa, who features in the upcoming film “Badnaam Gali” alongside Divyendu Sharma, says the dull phase in her career has taught her not to live on someone’s mercy and only sign up for films she is convinced with. Patralekhaa of “Citylights” fame told IANS: “One of the most important lessons that I have learnt from the tough phase of my career is that if I am not convinced, I won’t play the character. I think for a performer, for an actor, conviction is one of the most important elements and if I am not fully convinced, it shows in my performance. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “So from now on, everything I will do, I will do it with conviction. Also I have stopped taking nonsense from people because we actors are here by choice and we cannot be on anybody’s mercy… No one should make us feel insecure or vulnerable just because an artiste has a sensitive mind.” Releasing on the OTT platform ZEE5 on Friday, the film “Badnaam Gali” tells the story of a young surrogate mother named Noyonika Ganguly, played by Patralekhaa. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up The film was shot in Delhi. “We shot in summer. The temperature was around 42 degrees and I was wearing that prosthetic belly as you know I have played a pregnant girl. It was physically exhausting under that heat. I was sweating all over and I was getting tired, but everything was worth it when we saw the end result,” she said. Asked about how the story of a surrogate mother has become acceptable for the audience, she said: “The good thing is that time is changing. An unmarried pregnant girl is always a taboo in the society and that is why earlier when actresses like Preity Zinta did that film ‘Kya Kehna’, it was an example. “Now it is great to see that the audience is receptive towards these kind of stories. That is how actors like us are getting chances to work on good stories. I always choose my films as an audience because I am the first audience of my film. “Though it is a story told in a lighter manner, it raises some important questions. She is a surrogate mother, an independent girl with a very unapologetic attitude and how society treats her… Digital platforms really have given us the opportunity to some of these progressive stories.” After “Badnaam Gali”, Patralekhaa has another film in her kitty. It is directed by Pradeep Sarkar, and the actress says it is quite dark and different. “We have room for versatility too,” she said. Starting her career in Bollywood with the film “CityLights”, Patralekhaa has also appeared in the web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”. She has been through few years of struggle to get good film offers, though critics always praised her performance. While she has an inclination towards playing a strong woman on-screen, she knows that as an actor, she shouldn’t say that “I only want to play such character.” “Yes, my character should have a strong opinion, but she could be vulnerable too. I think that is the intriguing point for me that I look for in every good script,” added Patralekhaa.last_img read more

Apparently The Regular Season Is Irrelevant In The NHL

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While the opening round of the NBA playoffs so far could have been blindly simulated, chaos is governing the ice.Ranked dead last in early January, the St. Louis Blues completed arguably the greatest midseason U-turn in NHL history by advancing to the conference semifinals. And that’s probably just the third-most-surprising storyline of this young postseason. Tampa Bay and Calgary, the top seeds in each conference, survived less than two weeks, combining to win a single game. Never before had the President’s Trophy-winning team been swept. Never before had the top seeds both been eliminated in the opening round.It has already seemed like “the year of the underdog” in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. But unlike its hardcourt brethren, the NHL is accustomed to things not going to plan in the “second season.” So how does this postseason stack up against years past? Using the archived money lines at SportsOddsHistory.com, we can decipher a team’s implied probability of advancing and use that to rank the wildest opening rounds in Stanley Cup history. After marauding the league during the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning were installed as 1-to-4 favorites going into their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jon Cooper’s outfit won the President’s Trophy behind 128 points and 62 regular-season wins, which tied for the most ever. Tampa was the league’s highest-scoring team by a generous margin, spearheaded by three 40-goal snipers — a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in nearly a quarter-century. Not since 2009-10 had there been a bigger favorite in a series.1That year, Washington, Chicago and San Jose all had implied odds greater than 77 percent. Columbus checked in at +325, which translates to a 23 percent implied probability of winning after adjusting for the cut of the bookmaker, or the vigorish.2We calculated the true implied odds by dividing the implied probability of one team by the sum of the implied probability of both teams. Tampa Bay fell apart against the new-kids-on-the-block Blue Jackets in what could be argued was the single biggest collapse in modern sport. What’s more, it was the first series win in Columbus franchise history.“In today’s game with the parity, it’s not unusual that an eight [seed] beats a one anymore,” Cooper said after the loss. “Everybody’s that close.”North of the border, the Calgary Flames were given a 67 percent implied probability of winning their series against the Colorado Avalanche. Bill Peters’s squad included the league’s second-best offense3Tied with Boston. and a triumvirate of 30-goal scorers. After taking the series opener, Calgary got buried in four straight games by the Avalanche, a wild-card club with the 17th-best record in the NHL.“Obviously we were the big underdogs,” Avs center Nathan MacKinnon said. “And no one picked us to win.”But the pandemonium didn’t stop there. Despite not having home ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins had a 59 percent implied probability of winning their series against the New York Islanders. They were promptly swept. The Nashville Predators, which had reached at least the second round in three consecutive seasons, had a 61 percent implied probability against the Dallas Stars, but the Preds fell in just six games.The Vegas Golden Knights, last season’s expansion surprise, were slight favorites over the San Jose Sharks despite not having home ice. But the Sharks came back from down 3-1 in the series to force a Game 7, in which they found the net four times on one power play and edged Vegas in an all-time classic. “That’s a once in a lifetime game,” Sharks center Logan Couture told The Athletic. “I don’t think my heart can take another one like that.”The Winnipeg Jets, meanwhile, entered the season on the short list of Cup contenders but were slight underdogs against St. Louis even with their home ice. They lasted only six games in the playoffs. And the Toronto Maple Leafs gave the favored Boston Bruins all they could handle before falling in Game 7. There’s potential for more chaos as well: The defending champion Washington Capitals hold home ice and a 57 percent implied probability of winning. But they failed to put away the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 and will need to win a series-deciding seventh game on Wednesday to stay alive.In total, of the seven teams to advance so far to the second round, just two were favored (St. Louis and Boston), and just three of those with home ice advanced (Boston, San Jose and New York). Last year, seven of the eight opening-round matchups were won by the team holding home ice. Since the turn of the century, only 18 away teams have advanced to the second round without an implied probability of at least 35 percent. Two have come this season.Which is to say, the second round won’t be as top-heavy in terms of quality as it has been in recent years. From the 2010-11 season through last year’s playoffs,4Excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. the average team to qualify for a conference semifinal team had been a 105-point outfit that was 0.39 goals better than the average team in that given season, according to Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System. The average of this year’s crop is a 99-point outfit that’s 0.29 goals better than average. Three of the four best teams in the league didn’t even reach the second round. This means that the eventual winner is anybody’s guess: MoneyPuck.com gives six teams odds of better than 10 percent to win the whole thing, with the Blues leading the pack at 16 percent.These gargantuan first-round upsets are rare, regardless of the sport. In MLB’s wild-card era, only five teams touting the best conference record have failed to reach the second round, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In the NBA, a 1- or 2-seed hasn’t lost in the opening round of the playoffs since the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in 2012. But with its randomness, hockey stands out for its opportunities to surprise. Research by Michael J. Lopez, Gregory J. Matthews and Benjamin S. Baumer found that, on average, the better NBA team in a best-of-7 series advances 80 percent of the time. To match that rate, the NHL would require a best-of-51 series.This postseason has been a difficult one for giants, with new blood chasing Lord Stanley’s Mug. And while the outcome in the NHL is far less predetermined than, say, the NBA or NFL, it’s been a banner two-week stretch of upsets. Suffice it to say that luck goes a long way in hockey (so too does a red-hot goalie). But seldom does the best team hoist the trophy at season’s end. That’s what makes professional hockey special — you can witness history every time you tune in. read more

Softball Sixrun third propels Ohio State to 62 victory against Michigan State

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Bri Betschel holds her bat out, prior to pulling back for a swing in a game against WrightState on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team failed to get a single hit in the first two innings.But that was about it for the lull in the offense for the Buckeyes, with the team scoring six runs in the bottom of the third inning. The flurry of runs would be all Ohio State needed to beat Michigan State in a 6-2 win Saturday afternoon, clinching the series win. Freshman Kallie Boren pinch hit for catcher Becca Gavin in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded and came through for her team, hitting a three-run double in the third inning to extend Ohio State’s lead to 6-0.“Sometimes it’s just about timely hitting and Kallie stepped in when it was a really big moment and she took advantage of it,” hitting coach Jenna Hall said.“I think I saw all of my teammates getting on base and I knew that I wanted to do something for the team,” Boren said. “I saw them pitching me inside, so I thought they were going to come in again and they did, and it was just there.”Ohio State senior pitcher Shelby McCombs kicked off the scoring in the third inning, knocking in freshman third baseman Niki Carver with an RBI double.White drew a bases-loaded walk that brought McCombs home. It was the second bases-loaded walk of the inning and seventh total walk issued in the game by Michigan State starting pitcher Bridgette Rainey.“As the game evolves, you pay attention to what’s going on and you try to make adjustments and I think that our girls did a really good job of being patient for what they were looking for,” Hall said.Michigan State freshman first baseman Riley Paxson responded to Ohio State’s scoring by hitting the first home run of her career in the top of the fourth inning.With the win, Ohio State has taken the first two games of the series against Michigan State. But the Buckeyes had to snap a three-game losing skid that included a two-game sweep against Northwestern and a 7-0 blowout against Ohio University Wednesday.“The season’s long and there’s adversity and there’s struggle and there’s positives and I think sometimes you just have to flow with it and learn and I think after this week and Wednesday taking a tough loss, they knew that they couldn’t sit on it,” Hall said. “They had to bounce back.”The Buckeyes have outscored the Spartans 16-4 this weekend and will face Michigan State at noon Sunday eyeing a potential sweep in their final game of the weekend.“I think we’re feeling really good. We feel on track and we’re working together,” Boren said. “Everything is clicking so I think tomorrow we’re going to come out fighting and hopefully get that win.” read more

Benitez hails Newcastles important win

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first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has praised their 1-0 win at Huddersfield as “really important” as the Magpies moved six points clear of the relegation zone.Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday as Newcastle United claimed all three points and moved further away from the relegation zone.“It was a really important for us, and them, so to get three points here in the way that we did, with a big effort from every player, is always something you have to be satisfied with,” Benitez told Sky Sports.“We tried to play on the counterattack and defend well, against a good team.“They were pushing, with a lot of crosses, balls in the air and when they wouldn’t do that they tried to do it with penetrating passes through the middle instead.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We had to deal with all these situations, but in the first half we gave the ball away a little bit cheaply.“We were stronger in the second half and they didn’t have the space, it wasn’t easy for them, and we knew we would have to play on the counterattack.“We scored a goal, we had another which was not offside, but that’s it – we got the three points.“They are a good team, they worked hard and will do until the end. We have to carry on and I’m sure they will do too.”last_img read more

Mendy Foxes geared up for Anfield battle

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first_imgPapy Mendy says Leicester City make the advantage of their short break count when they lock horns with Liverpool on Wednesday night.The Foxes’ bowed to the last gasp goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in their agonising 4-3 reverse at Molineux Stadium.But the French midfielder who has been consistent for the Foxes this season has called for his side to give their all at Anfield.“We have to stay concentrated,” Mendy told the club’s website prior to the trip to Merseyside. “We can work well, and we can think about Liverpool, we can prepare well to fight.“It is good to have a little break because I think we need it for our minds. The last three or four games were not easy.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is never easy when we lose but we are professional and that is football. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. We do the maximum to get the maximum result.”The 26-year-old believes City must put their defeat to Wolves behind them as they aim to cause an upset against the league leaders on Wednesday evening.“It was frustrating because we came back after 2-0 and we lost in the last minute,” Mendy continued. “It was not easy. We didn’t start well at the beginning and we have to correct this.“That is our problem this season. We have a desire to correct this every time in training and we must correct this problem.“We play together and we have to fight together and yes, the Premier League is very difficult because every weekend we play against a tough team. It is a good challenge to get a good result at Liverpool.”last_img read more

Locked up and scared woman wakes up alone in Air Canada flight

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first_imgReutersA woman experienced acute anxiety after she woke up on a ‘freezing cold’ and ‘pitch black’ Air Canada flight, hours after it landed at Toronto airport earlier this month. The carrier said they are investigating how the cabin crew left the sleeping passenger without checking.The incident involving Tiffani Adams was shared on Facebook by her friend Deanna Noel-Date on June 20. The post described how Adams got herself out of the carrier after getting locked up by the cabin crew members. “I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!” Adams wrote in the post.While the carrier confirmed the incident, it hasn’t released the findings of the investigation, reported Associated Press. “We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” Air Canada told AP.According to the post, she found it difficult to breathe and tried to control her panic attack while attempting to “charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could find.”Noel-Dale initially assumed that Adams was at home and experiencing bad dreams when she contacted her. It was only after Adams opened FaceTime and showed her the pitch-black cabin that she understood the situation. However, Adams claims that her phone switched off due to low battery soon after talking to her friend about the situation. Adams later got hold of a flashlight from the cockpit and made SOS symbols. After gaining no response, she opening the main cabin door and managed to get the attention of a nearby ground staff who helped her out of the plane.The passenger wrote that after an Air Canada representative asked if she was ok, she was offered a limo and hotel but she rejected the offer. She said the company later apologised and said they would investigate the matter.The incident, however, continued to affect her even after 10 days, “I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” she wrote.last_img read more

Beyond the naked eye

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first_imgNature has no boundaries. The more you try to explore it, the more it makes you realise your rawness. And then the search for the unknown takes the form of an art. Works by artist DP Sibal, who is primarily inspired by nature, is being exhibited at the Hungarian Culture Centre. The exhibition that kicked off on 21 March showcases twenty of his paintings.Great art picks up where nature ends. Justifying this famous qoute of Marc Chagall, Sibal’s works are embeded in nature. We got to talk to the artist. Read on to know more… Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What are your major influences?I think my childhood is the biggest influence for me, being a child I was always surrounded with lush green spaces, peacocks used to come on our roof tops. Clear skies with endless shining stars as if we were living admits nature unlike today where greenery is shrinking and pollution had taken over the night skies, these all have inspired influenced me time to time to relive the beauty of childhood gone by.What is the theme of your painting? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI have always painted on nature as a theme and this time I’m exploring natures unknown dimensions, going a step ahead into the vastness of the cosmos, the unknown spaces which are ‘beyond the naked eye’.Do you follow a particular style of painting?I think freedom is the style of my work, to have no boundaries when painting, being able to express limitlessly and  have a vibrancy in the colours is my style.What is the uniqueness of your work?Well uniqueness is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone interprets art in their own way which is unique by itself. What  message do you want to convey through your pieces?The message we focus on the beauty nature holds, which we miss in the rush of today’s times and think how to preserve nature for generations to come so they can inherit the beauty it has to offer.What lies next in the pipeline?Difficult to answer right away, my love for natures remains strong, I’m thinking of the moon and planning to showcase different dimensions of the moon. I guess that might be what is in pipeline.last_img read more