Mohammedan Sporting honours former star

first_imgKolkata, Jun 16 (PTI) The executive committee of Mohammedan Sporting club has unanimously decided to confer the prestigious Shan-e-Mohammedan on former India footballer Latifuddin Najam at its Iftar Party on June 23. The Shan-e-Mohammedan is the Lifetime Achievement Award of Mohammedan Sporting club, which is awarded annually to players for their contribution to football. Latifuddin, son of 1952 Helsinki Olympian Syed Khaja Moinuddin, was a useful winger who could play on both flanks. “When I started playing I just wanted to be like my father. He was my idol, he always used to tell me whatever you do in your life do with honesty. I think I have him proud along the way.” Latifuddin said. “I played the game for passion and never think of any awards but today I felt honoured to recieve this award from a club which is closest to my heart.” he added. Latifuddin began his career at Andhra Pradesh Police team before moving to Kolkata in 1970 with Mohammedan Sporting. Having spent a couple of seasons at Mohammedan Sporting, Latifuddin switched allegiance to East Bengal in 1972. However, he returned to Mohammedan Sporting the very next year and stayed till 1980. During his second spell with Mohammedan Sporting, he formed a lethal strike force with the likes of Mohammed Habib, Mir Sajjad and Mohammed Akbar, which helped the Black Panthers win many accolades in 70s. In 1981, Latifuddin again joined East Bengal before returning to Mohammedan Sporting for one last time in his career in 1982. Latifuddin bacame the top scorer in 1976 Calcutta Football League with 22 goals, a feat that has been achieved by 11 other Mohammedan Sporting footballers only since the inception of Calcutta Football League in 1898. The Hyderabadi has also enjoyed a lot of success in his international career. He was a prominent member of the India junior team that were joint winners of the 1974 AFC U-19 Championship in Thailand, which was known as Asian Junior Championship then. Latifuddin scored a goal in the final which ended in a 2 -2 draw against Iran and both teams were declared as joint winners. He was also a part of the senior India team in the 1974 Mardeka Cup, where he scored against Indonesia in a match which India lost in tie-breaker. PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Operation CricketGate: Pune curator promises 340-run pitch but India pacers restrict New Zealand to 230

first_imgIn a major expose, India Today TV caught Pune pitch curator Padnurang Salgaonkar on camera, promising a 340-run surface for the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team. Soon after the sting operation aired on India Today and Aaj Tak on Wednesday morning, BCCI and MCA swung into action.Salgaonkar was barred from entering the stadium and faced preliminary action from the MCA.”Two players want some bounce on the pitch. If that can be done,” one of the reporters is heard telling the curator on tape.”It will be given. I told you this is a 340-run wicket either way. New Zealand always bowl with their speedsters and our pitch has always favoured pacers,” he responded.However, India pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah rattled the Black Caps, picking five wickets between them. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal snared two wickets as New Zealand managed only 230/9.For the visitors, middle-order batsmen Colin de Grandhomme (41) Henry Nicholls (42) and Tom Latham (38) were the major contributors.Unlike the first ODI at the Wankhede on Sunday, everything fell in place for India’s dangerous bowling attack. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah chipped away with regular wickets while the spinners including part-timer Kedhar Jadhav never allowed the Kiwis to build any kind of momentum.advertisementNicholls and Grandhomme then got together to stitch a gutsy 47-run parntership, giving New Zealand’s total some kind of respectability.However, Bhuvneshwar, one of the world’s premier death bowlers returned to pack off Nicholls. Despite a few lusty blows from Grandhomme, New Zealand were restricted to a modest total on a pitch where India had chased down 350 against England in January.last_img read more

America’s Cup Returns to New York

first_imgExciting news for fans of sailing in New York, America’s Cup-related sailing returns to New York waters for the first time in 96 years this weekend, and a crew of Kiwis would love to shine in the Big Apple. A good showing in the America’s Cup World Series regatta off the southern tip of Manhattan won’t make up for the soul-crushing loss Emirates Team New Zealand suffered to Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup on San Francisco Bay in 2013. The race is scheduled to begin at 2pm EST. The points earned at the competition this weekend will count toward the final competition which decides who will challenge the defending champion Oracle Team USA for the 35th America’s Cup, scheduled for next June in Bermuda’s Great Sound.By Bernie Wilson.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Durban Test: Debutant Embuldeniya shines on Day 3 but South Africa still hold upper hand

first_imgBrief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 83/3) at stumps, need another 221 runs vs South Africa (235 & 259). Kusal Perera (12*), O Fernando (28*), Olivier (1/3). Full ScorecardDebutant spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took five wickets as Sri Lanka produced a strong fightback with the ball on day three of the first Test, but hosts South Africa remained on course for victory at the close at Kingsmead on Friday.Set a target of 304 to win, Sri Lanka were 83 for three when bad light brought a premature end to proceedings, with Oshada Fernando (28 not out) and Kusal Perera (12 not out) to resume the victory hunt on the fourth morning.The impressive Embuldeniya had earlier claimed 5-66 and sparked a South Africa collapse as the hosts were bowled out for 259 in their second innings, leaving Sri Lanka to chase what seems an unlikely victory.The tourists have not posted over 300 in any of their last 12 Test innings, while the record fourth innings total to win a game in Durban is 336 by Australia in 1950.Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (20) and Lahiru Thirimanne (21) had put on 42 for the first wicket of Sri Lanka’s chase, before the latter was caught by Faf du Plessis at second slip off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.Visiting captain Karunaratne was out soon afterwards, trapped leg before wicket by Vernon Philander as the tourists wobbled.They were three down two overs later when Kusal Mendis (0), batting with an injured finger, could only guide a Duanne Olivier delivery to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Sri Lanka batted another anxious nine overs before the cloud cover that had threatened for much of the day forced the players from the field as the umpires deemed the light too gloomy to continue.advertisementThe visitors had skittled out South Africa’s lower order 40 minutes before tea, taking the final five wickets for the addition of only eight runs.The home side were reasonably comfortable on 251 for five, but lost Philander (18) when he was bowled by a ball that kept low from the Embuldeniya.Home captain Du Plessis (90) had looked largely in control, but was out when he left a straight ball from Vishwa Fernando (4-71) that trapped him leg before wicket, with the seamer going on to collect two more wickets for a total of eight in the match.It was a swift end to South Africa’s second innings, but a sign of the variable bounce and generous turn on offer to the bowlers that will make Sri Lanka’s chase that much harder.The second and final Test of the series will be played in Port Elizabeth from Feb. 21-25.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 3 in Durban: As it happenedlast_img read more

Kagiso Rabada is a wonderkid: Dale Steyn hails Delhi Capitals pacer

first_imgKagiso Rabada is a wonder-kid and has shown the mettle to shine on the international stage, feels South Africa and Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Dale Steyn.Rabada, 23, is regarded as one of the finest pacers of his generation and along with India’s Jasprit Bumrah, is one of the two most sought after fast bowlers in the current crop. Playing for Delhi Capitals in the ongoing Indian Premier League, the tearaway Proteas quick is the leading wicket-taker with 17 scalps to his name.”You look at KG (Rabada), he’s been bowling exceptionally well. Kagiso is a wonderkid. Just hope he continues that kind of form. He’s come on to the scene in international cricket and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”We’ve seen players come in, show signs of extreme excellence and then fade away, but KG is someone we can get used to,” Steyn told reporters on the sidelines of RCB’s practice session at the Eden Gardens.Ignored at the IPL auction, Steyn has been roped in as replacement for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile by RCB who are in a must-win situation after seven losses from eight games.”He (coach Gary Kirsten) asked me have I been playing, have I been bowling, and I said yes. I was actually prepping to play our local T20 tournament. It can sometimes be difficult coming halfway through the IPL and the World Cup coming up, but we got through it, and here I am,” said Steyn who will turn 36 in June.”I wasn’t originally picked up for the IPL, but that’s totally okay. Coaches have plans and structures, and if you’re not in those plans you shouldn’t take it personally. It’s nothing personal, it’s business. But to be honest with you, I just love playing cricket.”advertisementAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

9 days ago​Liverpool loanee Woodburn: I handled record pressure well

first_img​Liverpool loanee Woodburn: I handled record pressure wellby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is determined to become a success at the club.Three years ago, he managed to gain the honour of being the club’s youngest goalscorer.But he has struggled to grab a place in the first team since, and is now on loan at Oxford UnitedThe 20-year-old is insistent that he never let the pressure or sudden attention get to him.”When I scored, I didn’t have a clue about the record,” he told reporters.”I remember walking off the pitch with Trent (Alexander-Arnold). The players were saying well done, the manager (Jurgen Klopp) was saying well done because I’d scored my first Liverpool goal. “It was probably only when I started checking Instagram I realised the significance.”Obviously that game was when I got quite a lot of attention. I was definitely recognised going out in the streets, shopping in Liverpool One, people asking for a few pictures. You had to get used to people looking.”The club helped us and I got a lot of advice from family, friends and my agent, but you also have to take quite a bit of on your own shoulders and it’s a bit strange when it happens.”I look back now and think I handled it well. I don’t think I was big-headed, I took it during the y About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

‘De Ligt should snub PSG & join Barca or Man City’

first_imgMatthijs de Ligt has been warned off a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with Ronald de Boer urging the Ajax defender to head for Barcelona or Manchester City.As things stand, the 19-year-old centre-half has the pick of Europe’s top clubs.The current holder of the prestigious Golden Boy award is wanted by leading sides in La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? PSG have emerged as a leading contender to secure his signature, although so-called ‘super agent’ Mino Raiola has branded talk of a deal already being done “fake news”.Former Netherlands international De Boer hopes an alternative destination can be found for De Ligt, with it his opinion that Camp Nou or the Etihad Stadium would be preferable to Parc des Princes.He told reporters: “[De Ligt] is a player who can play for any team and for me it would be better to see him playing at Barcelona, because they are a club with the same philosophy as Ajax.”He started at Ajax as a 10-year-old and he has a philosophy and a way of playing which is very close to that of Barcelona”He wouldn’t need to adapt, and he would be ready to play.”People see him with a ball, but without the ball he is also very good”[PSG] are a very good team with great players, but they are a team that don’t play like [De Ligt] is used to.”It’s different and philosophy is important, and if you ask me I’d prefer to see him at Barcelona or Manchester City.”He must have confidence in his own character. If he doesn’t play the first few months [at Barcelona], he should remain calm.”De Ligt has this character as he’s patient and he’s going to be a great signing for Barcelona, if it’s finally done.”Frenkie de Jong Ajax BarcelonaIf De Ligt does move to Catalunya, then he will be reunited with Frenkie de Jong.The highly-rated midfielder has already secured a €75 million (£66m/$85m) move to Barcelona.De Boer is expecting the 22-year-old to thrive with the Blaugrana, but can understand when fellow Dutchman Jasper Cillessen is looking for a way out of Camp Nou amid struggles for regular game time.He said: “[De Jong] is a very talented player and he’s had a spectacular year.”His potential is great and his style is close to that of Barcelona, so I think he’s going to be successful.”Sometimes you have to see who is in front of you and [Cillessen] has [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen who is an impressive goalkeeper.”[Cillessen] is also a great goalkeeper and he wants to play in the important games.”He has the quality to be in a good team and I understand that he wants to go out.”He has learned a lot at Barcelona, but he has to look for his own success.”last_img read more

The Spun’s Staff Picks For Conference Champions, College Football Playoff, National Champion

first_img Here are our picks heading into the 2019 season:The Spun's staff picks for the 2019 season.The Pac-12 doesn’t get a whole heck of a lot of love from us either. Only one of us has any of the conference’s teams in the playoff.This year’s College Football Playoff will feature semifinal contests at both the Fiesta Bowl and the Peach Bowl on December 28. The national championship game will be played on January 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.College football fans – which of us have it right this year? Kirby Smart talking to one of his Georgia assistants.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs decides on a play call against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)College football season officially starts on Saturday when Miami and Florida do battle in one of the better non-conference matchups of the 2019 campaign. We’ve held out long enough – here are our staff picks for the coming season.Four of our nine writers are taking Alabama to reestablish itself as king of college football. Only one – Chris Rosvoglou – sees Clemson repeating as the national champion.Two of us are taking Georgia to finally get over the hump and win it all. There’s also one pick for Oklahoma and one pick for Texas.It’s also worth noting that only one of us, Tzvi Machlin, has Michigan reaching the College Football Playoff. None of us have the Wolverines winning the national title.last_img read more

Adults with Disabilities Conquer National Parks

first_img Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations Highland Park Takes Tailgating to Another Level On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Perhaps one of the best things about the United States is our national parks system. It maintains and protects some of the nation’s most beautiful and badass areas (one is literally called The Badlands after all). We’re actively encouraged to muck about in these breathtaking, pristine, diverse ecological nooks and crannies, earning valuable skills, learning about ourselves, and gaining a greater appreciation for nature. It’s an amazing deal. But for some, it hasn’t been possible to venture into the parks. Toad&Co is changing that. They have teamed up with the National Park Foundation and Wilderness Inquiry to help adults with disabilities experience our national parks.The activewear company Toad&Co, originally known as Horny Toad (we all thank them for moving on from this name), has incredible clothes, sure, most even made from organic cotton. But what really sets this company apart is its commitment to doing good. Started in 1991 in a Telluride garage with just one person making fleece hats, Toad&Co has grown into a major company, consistently voted one of the best places to work. In 2015, employees worked over 1,200 volunteer hours, they beautify the cities they live in, clean up rivers, work with the Boys and Girls Club, and serve in soup kitchens. They even weeded the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. These are some helpful people.Toad&Co has a history of improving the lives of those with disabilities. In 1997, they created the Planet Access Company (PAC) to provide job training and skills to adults with disabilities who might otherwise not have a great opportunity to work. Since 2001, Toad&Co’s entire inventory is picked, packed, and shipped by members of the PAC team. That same year they started Search for Adventure, which sends employees from PAC on trips into the great outdoors. “Employing adults with disabilities and connecting them to the outdoors is one of the most important things we do at Toad&Co and has been part of our mission since the beginning,” says Gordon Seabury, Toad&Co’s founder. “People with disabilities have the right to experience that same life-changing effect that the outdoors has had on me.”So, it was a natural fit to help the National Park Service celebrate its centennial by ensuring all Americans can appreciate the wilderness we have. A generous grant given by Toad&Co allows 1,000 adults with disabilities to experience ten national parks this year. How’s it work? Wilderness Inquiry, a fantastic educational organization that helps people from all walks of life get out on the water, is using its Canoemobile, a fleet of 24-foot Voyageur canoes, to hit the waterways of our national parks with adults with disabilities. Stops include the likes of Golden Gate National Recreational Area, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Big Thicket National Preserve. Toad&Co hopes this will be just the beginning of the participants’ relationship with the great outdoors. Participants are encouraged to apply for a lifetime pass that grants access to over 2,000 recreational spots around the US and with the launch of Find Your Park, it’s never been easier for people to find parks and activities that speak to them.The program started in April and will run through November of this year and you can follow the Canoemobile’s progress on the map. Anyone interested in participating can find the link here. Now get out there in your Toad&Co activewear and Find Your Park. What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Book a Last-Minute Summer Camping Trip Just About Anywhere With Pitchuplast_img read more

Government Supports Trans and Gender Variant Employees

first_img “Government is committed to providing a workplace that values diversity and is free from discrimination,” said Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis. “We are removing barriers to employment and workplace inclusion for marginalized groups and creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive workplace. “We’re very proud that Nova Scotia is a leader among provincial and territorial governments in increasing awareness of diverse gender identities and gender expressions in the workplace.” This winter, the Public Service Commission conducted a workforce census that indicated about one per cent of Nova Scotia government employees identify as trans or gender variant. The guidelines are part of government’s Respectful Workplace Policy. To view the guidelines, visit On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, today, May 17, government released Guidelines to Support Trans and Gender Variant Employees for government workers, making Nova Scotia the first provincial public service in Canada to do so. The guidelines provide clarity on how trans and gender variant employees are supported and included in the workplace. Government is launching the guidelines to help build a safe, diverse, respectful and inclusive work environment. “These guidelines will help make our workplaces more inclusive for trans people,” said Maddi MacDonald, co-chair of government’s LGBTI Network. “They are a step toward addressing assumptions that all people are male or female, which marginalizes and excludes trans people. “Making our public service more inclusive of trans and gender variant people will benefit both employees and the Nova Scotians we serve.” The guidelines support trans and gender variant employees being able to access spaces and experience their work environment in ways that affirm their gender identity based on how they self-identify. Areas addressed by the guidelines include: safety, inclusion, and access to washroom and change room facilities work assignments and workplace inclusion use of an employee’s identified name and pronoun being able to wear clothing that reflects one’s gender identity respect and protection for employee confidentiality with respect to gender identitylast_img read more

Unitech told to refund Rs 1 cr to homebuyers

first_imgGurugram: The apex consumer commission has asked real estate giant Unitech Limited to refund over Rs 1 crore to two homebuyers for failing to hand over possession of an apartment even after a delay of almost six years.The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) asked the company to refund within three months the amount of Rs 1,06,57,663 deposited by D Rameshbabu and Swaroop Nandakumar in Unitech’s project namely ‘The Exquisite’ Nirvana Country 2, which was to be developed in Gurugram. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt also directed Unitech to pay as compensation interest at 10 per cent per annum on the principal amount. “The opposite party shall refund the entire principal amount of Rs 1,06,57,663 to the complainants along with compensation in the form of simple interest at 10 per cent per annum with effect from the date of each payment till the date of refund,” the commission said. It also asked the firm to pay Rs 25,000 as litigation cost to the two. Nandkumar and Rameshbabu had booked a residential flat with Unitech in 2010. As per the sale agreement, the flat was to be delivered within 36 months of its execution. However, even after expiry of the stipulated period and despite payment, they did not get possession of the flat, the two homebuyers claimed in their plea. This is not for the first time when Unitech has to face the wrath of the homeowners. Not only is the builder facing the anger of non-delivery of the flats there is also the anger of the poor quality of construction by the builder. Once a darling of the real estate market the effect of the slowdown has been felt the worse in Gurugram which till date has one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country.last_img read more

Awaiting the final draft

first_imgThe final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list for Assam is, at last, being published on August 31, 2019, after a few extensions amidst all concerns raised by the ruling BJP and various groups in the last few days. Even extensive media reports have been across for more than a month on the unique cases of exclusion from the final draft of NRC published on July 30, 2018 and the Additional Exclusion Draft list (AEDL) on June 26, 2019, that excluded the names of 40.7 lakh and 1.02 lakh applicants out of the total 3.29 crore applicants respectively. The foreign media has also reported the last few weeks on the whole NRC process, albeit harshly, and often missed the actual picture on the ground. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe whole effort of NRC to arrive at a correct list of citizens in Assam as envisaged under the Assam accord of 1985, was an excruciating exercise of more than four years for both the administration and public, and lakhs of people have cooperated in the exercise in a peaceful manner despite the hardships and tribulations. Since February 2015, this process has been undertaken under the direct monitoring of the Supreme Court of India (SC) through the Assam NRC Coordinator (ANC) who carried the job through a mix of administrative steps and software supported ecosystem. The SC gave the ANC its full support relying on his sealed enveloped reports on the process and timelines. Even when the Union government and the state government of Assam both pleaded with the SC for sample re-verification of 20 per cent of names in the border districts fearing wrongful exclusions and inclusions, the SC rejected the plea and referred to the ANC’s confirmation to the court that 27 per cent of the names have been re-verified in the process of claims and objections. Pertinently, on August 28, 2018, the SC had directed for sample re-verification of a least 10 per cent of names that appeared on the final draft NRC list on July 30, 2018. Now, the final list will show how many people have actually made it after undertaking the claims and objections process. Also Read – Insider threat managementNeedless to say, NRC was envisaged in the right spirit in 1985 around the Assam accord signing but the delay in implementing after 30 years has had its own share of issues. The cut-off date for being a citizen being March 24, 1971, another 15 years was in bridge and today after 45 years, a listing will happen that will decide who remains a citizen of the country. 45 years or even 30 years is too long a time for such a serious issue to linger on and Assam also saw a chief minister who as student-leader raised the issue, then signed the Assam accord and finally became incompetent in implanting the Accord, including the NRC. In the process, a lot of damage was done to the state and also to the citizens and the illegal migrants alike. Needless to mention, it will not be very easy to deal with the whole situation and with no plan still to deal with those left out in the final NRC list, the matter will persist for many more years to come. Clearly, the exercise, despite the good and hard-working intent, has raised doubts in many minds regarding the veracity of the enlistment. Many organisations have expressed their apprehensions about both wrongful exclusions and inclusions. The Sachetan Nagrik Manch (SNM) had demanded the extension of the deadline citing large pendency and had collected 27 lakh signatures from across the state and sent it to the President of India. The Citizenship Rights Protection Coordination Committee (CRPCC) had demanded the resolution of D-voters issues before the final list. Even the AASU and the original petitioner, NGO Assam Public Works (APW) had expressed their concerns at regular intervals through the process about a correct list. Besides doubts about the list still having illegal migrants names, serious doubt of victimisation of certain communities have also been alleged. Several organisations mostly from the Hindu Bengalis and Muslims have protested against alleged large-scale submission of false objections which were not substantiated during subsequent hearing proceedings. A few glaring cases that came on the media have touched every section of society. The case of Md. Sanaullah being declared a foreigner in May 2019 by Boko Foreigner Tribunal court after serving the Indian Army for 30 years and also Assam Police, the case of Pijush Choudhury who served the Income Tax department for more than 30 years as an officer and then he and his one son’s name is missing while other son and wife’s name is there, the case of 76-year-old Sunirmal Bagchi whose name figured in the draft list but got cancelled later despite his birth certificate of 1943 from Silchar Municipality are serious omissions. Likewise, Gorkha organisation have found out prominent omissions of some freedom fighters/martyrs/award winners/ex-serviceman belonging to the community, prominent among them being Nirmala Devi (sister-in-law of Baijyanti Devi, a Gorkha girl, the first woman martyr during the Assam agitation), family members of Chabilal Upadhyay (freedom fighter), etc. Such cases have been taken as a rallying point by various organisations to showcase the issue of victimisation of genuine persons. A few organisations like AAMSU had alleged that publication of AEDL about a month before the original deadline for final NRC on July 31, 2019, had reduced the time for filing claims and had cited para 6(1)(b) of the schedule to Rule 4A of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules 2003. It is prudent to have a correct NRC list as it has ramifications that cut many corners. It involves public trust and at the same time having a country free of illegal residents. Assam needs to move forward towards progress and development and maintain its pluralistic culture and harmony. Of course, those left out will have to seek recourse and take steps via Foreigners Tribunals and then the courts. But the imperative of a correct NRC itself is a call on the whole nation and its various arms of governance; after all, judiciary and executive have been involved sincerely to conclude the exercise diligently. (The author is Director of Jookto which works in grassroots in North-east India and a former country head of General Dynamics. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Payment processor Visa earnings jump 25 in fiscal 3Q easily topping analysts

by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 2:38 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Feb. 2, 2011 file photo shows a wallet containing cash and a Visa card in Surfside, Fla. Visa Inc. releases quarterly financial results on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) Payment processor Visa earnings jump 25 in fiscal 3Q, easily topping analysts’ estimates NEW YORK, N.Y. – Visa Inc. said its fiscal third-quarter profit jumped 25 per cent, helped by a double-digit rise in payments processed on its network. However Visa executives emphasize they are not seeing as robust U.S. consumer spending as they hoped.The San Francisco-based payment processing company earned $1.7 billion after payments to preferred shareholders, compared to a profit of $1.36 billion a year earlier. On a per share basis, the bank earned 69 cents per Class A share, compared with 54 cents per share a year earlier.The results easily topped estimates. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected earnings of 58 cents per share.Net revenue at Visa totalled $3.52 billion, up from $3.15 billion a year earlier.Customers spent $1.2 trillion on Visa’s network, up 11 per cent from a year ago, in the latest quarter. Visa takes a small percentage of every transaction processed on its network as a fee, which is almost always paid by the merchants who accept Visa credit or debit cards. Visa had 2.42 billion cards issued on Visa’s network, up 7 per cent from a year earlier.In the U.S., where more than half of Visa card transactions are processed, payment volume rose 8.7 per cent versus a year ago.But Visa CEO Charles Scharf said in a conference call with investors that, despite the payment growth in U.S., the company had seen “very little improvement with the U.S. consumer in our numbers thus far, if any.”“There are positive signs in employment and housing and lower gas prices should help, but we’ll have to wait and see,” Scharf added.Due to its involvement with millions of credit and debit card transactions each day, Visa is heavily exposed to swings in U.S. consumer spending behaviour. Investors often look to Visa as a metric to measure how the U.S. consumer is doing.Separately, Scharf confirmed that Visa remains in in early merger talks with Visa Europe, a separate payment processing company that also runs a payment network in Europe. The companies are not ready to announce a deal, and would likely come later this year.Shares of Visa jumped $5.02, or 7 per cent, to $76.77 in after-market trading Thursday. read more

A majority of people think Irish should be optional in Irelands schools

first_imgA majority of people think Irish should be optional in Ireland’s schools A new poll shows more than half believe the compulsory requirement should be dropped. By Daragh Brophy Apr 4th 2017, 7:31 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THERE’S SUPPORT FOR changing the compulsory requirement for learning the Irish language in Ireland’s schools.According to a poll carried out by Amárach Research for Claire Byrne Live last night, just over half of people believe it should be optional.Here’s how the results break down:Q: Should learning Irish be optional in schools? Short URL 53% – Yes42% – No5% – Don’t knowPeople were also asked whether they would be prepared to pay more tax in order to fund State-owned social housing. Here’s how those results broke down:17% Yes74% No9% Don’t knowThe poll questions were asked yesterday. The research panel has 1,000 members, all aged over 18.Read: Donald Trump donates part of salary to National Park Service >Read: Police say St Petersburg attack carried out by suicide bomber as death toll rises to 11 >center_img Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 7:31 AM 122 Comments Share17 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/ESB Professional 13,405 Views Image: Shutterstock/ESB Professionallast_img read more

Cadillac XT5 Sport Package gets dark for a limited time in Chicago

first_img See All SUVs Luxury cars Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Review • 2019 Cadillac XT4: Style, but not enough substance More about 2019 Cadillac XT4 Chicago Auto Show 2019 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies 72 Photos Enlarge ImageBorrowing a little bit of the Escalade’s fancy chrome isn’t a bad idea. Cadillac Despite being relatively new, the Cadillac XT5 already has two newer crossover siblings, the XT4 and the forthcoming XT6. So to keep up appearances, Cadillac has introduced a new limited-edition aesthetic package for its midsize SUV.Cadillac unveiled the 2019 XT5 Sport Package upgrade at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. Established as an optional package on top of either the Luxury or Premium Luxury trims, the XT5 Sport Package gives the SUV a little extra edge without breaking the bank.The most obvious change on the XT5 Sport Package is its grille, which is clad in gloss black and surrounded by Galvano chrome, a special kind of chrome with a unique luster that was first seen on the current-gen Escalade. The exterior changes are capped off with LED headlights, clear taillight lenses, side steps and 20-inch aluminum wheels in a gray finish.Buyers will choose from two interior color schemes — black with aluminum trim, or white and black two-tone with the same aluminum trim. There’s also a set of sport pedals on offer. Otherwise, it’s the same ol’ interior, including Cadillac’s 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Under the hood is the 310-horsepower V6 that powers every XT5.The XT5 Sport Package is a $2,995 upgrade on the $49,490 Luxury trim, which includes standard equipment such as leather seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging and a bevy of safety systems. Move up to the $55,190 Premium Luxury trim, and the package costs $1,995. Standard kit on the Premium Luxury trim includes a 14-speaker Bose sound system, embedded navigation, ventilated front seats and interior accent lighting. 2020 Cadillac XT6: Caddy’s new three-row crossover is heavy on tech •center_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chicago Auto Show 2019 Cadillac Share your voice 0 More From Roadshow reading • Cadillac XT5 Sport Package gets dark for a limited time in Chicago Preview • 2019 Cadillac XT4: Late to the party, but worth your attention Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tagslast_img read more

Green activists cry foul over landfill

first_imgHyderabad: A day after GHMC Zonal Commissioner for Khairatabad Mohammed Musharraf Faruqui visited the Devuni Kunta (Humayun lake) in Asifnagar, the green activists cried foul about the unabated activity of landfill and draining of water with pumps. They questioned the delay in action, even as the activity at the site increased its pace.Speaking to The Hans India here on Thursday, former SOUL (Save Our Urban Lakes) convenor, Lubna Sarwath expressed concern that the despite assurances from higher officials in Collectorate and the formal visit of GHMC Zonal Commissioner the activity continued unabated on Thursday, more so at a faster pace. “I believe till now, no official has asked the police to book cases against these men. They are indulging in activity with impunity, even as we are alerting the officials of revenue, GHMC and even police. Once again we shall be approaching the Collector, who has the magisterial powers to contain the situation,” she noted. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Congress leader and local activist Osman Al-Hajri, who also visited the spot earlier, said that that the number of men at the spot have gone up on Thursday, who can be seen building temporary sheds, while draining out water from the lake. “RDO said that this is water body whose status cannot be changed. We shall be intensifying the agitation. Notices were served about six months back, but no action has been initiated and no counter was filed,” he wondered. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us On June 24, while providing assurance of ‘stopping’ all kinds of illegal activity at Devuni Kunta (Humayun Kunta), the Revenue officials promised to restore the lake by removing road laid by private parties within the Full Tank Level (FTL). It may be mentioned here during weekly programme of Prajavani held on Monday at Hyderabad Collectorate headed by the Joint Collector, G Ravi, a representation was made by activists of SOUL (Save Our Urban Lakes) and members of Devuni Kunta Hindu Smashana Society. Advertise With Us After holding discussions with the Joint Collector, he asked the RDO (Revenue Divisional Officer) to initiate action against those involved in the activity and to restore the lake. Humayun Nagar police received a complaint from GHMC Deputy Commissioner (Mehdipatnam), M K Ali on June 14 seeking protection of the lake and police protection for Devunikunta and graveyard but no action has been taken. The official pointed out that some anti-social elements were occupying the lake and the graveyard land. “This office has inspected the graveyard with the team and found that the graveyard was encroached. Therefore, you are hereby directed to safeguard and protect the graveyard in order to maintain peace and take necessary action against the persons who trespass it,” he noted in the letter.last_img read more

Telangana DGP announces Rs 1 lakh reward to Raidurgam police

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahendar Reddy on Friday has announced Rs 1 lakh reward to the Raidurgam police station. After making surprise visit to the police station the DGP has expressed complete satisfaction over the maintenance, staff work and announced Meritorious Service Entry (MSE) reward to Inspector Ravinder and DI Vijay Kumar and further he announced reward to the whole staff. He said an awareness will be created to the police personnel working in all police stations in three police commissionerates on the working and maintenance of Raidurgam PS by visiting to the police station.last_img read more

Rupee relief unlikely to last as Modi government goes into election year

first_img“Politics is likely to decide the course for the Indian rupee in 2019. The political heat is already rising as the elections being held in five states currently will set the tone for the national elections in May 2019,” the study quoted Prakash Sakpal, Asia economist at ING, as saying.The uncertainty shrouding Modi’s return to power in the general election next year will continue to put pressure on the rupee, Sakpal says. The nation is not yet out of the woods into which a chaotic currency demonetisation and haphazard implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) dragged “We expect it to be a too-close-to-call poll.”Reuters polled around 40 strategists between November 28 and December 4 and the majority agreed the rupee would weaken over 2 percent by the end of May 2019, just after the general election, to 72 against the dollar.The majority view was that the currency could regain some lost ground a year from now touching 71.62. But the rupee is likely to find it difficult to regain lost ground without the central bank’s support, the study says.”Despite the current relief for the INR, India remains vulnerable to domestic and external woes. Its weak external fundamentals leave it prone to another round of sell-offs,” the study quoted Amy Yuan Zhuang, chief Asia analyst at Nordea, as saying.”Moreover, a liquidity crunch in the financial system combined with excessive bad debts among banks diminishes confidence in Indian assets,” she added.’ The Indian rupee’s recent reprieve is unlikely to last, given the worsening domestic and international uncertainties, a study says.The current drop in international crude to below $60 a barrel has helped the rupee, the Reuters study based on a poll of economic experts says, warning that the oil’s surge could wipe out those gains.However, the looming twin blows of an Opec (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) production cut and the drop in oil inventories once US sanctions on Iran being to bite could harm the Indian currency.The receding threat of a disastrous trade war between the US and China following the 90-day truce between the two countries agreed upon on the sidelines of the G20 summit has helped most Asian currencies, the report says.But the rupee further weakened more than 1 percent on Monday, bucking the general trend. The Indian currency has been the worst performing major Asian currency this year, having lost nearly 10 percent against the dollar.Oil has been edging up again and it could put pressure on the Indian currency again. A lower than expected economic growth numbers in the July-September quarter has also been weighing on the currency marring the buoyancy expected after a global trade war threat has been kept in abeyance.The experts are of the view that the rupee is headed for one of the worst yearly performances despite a few advances. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses at the Indian Community Reception in Washington DC, USA, on June 25, 2017.Press Information Bureaulast_img read more